Geraldo Rivera apologizes after tweeting defense of Matt Lauer

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 1:49 AM

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Following Matt Lauer’s bombshell firing Wednesday from NBC amid sexual misconduct allegations, a well-known Fox News host came to his defense.

>> Matt Lauer fired over allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior

“Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me,” Geraldo Rivera tweeted later that afternoon. “News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation.”

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After receiving backlash for the tweet, Rivera went on to defend his comments.

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“A jerk’s a jerk in dating. #SexHarassment should be confined to situations where superior imposes himself on subordinate who feels unable to complain because of power of perp or feared consequences to victim’s employment. Shouldn’t be used to get even w bad bosses or hated ex’s,” he wrote in one before continuing, “Heard well-regarded women in media today suggesting morning shows go to an all-female format. That should be as unacceptably retro as the other way around.”

Rivera then outlined the requirements he believes sexual harassment allegations should meet before they’re taken seriously.

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“#SexHarassment allegations should require: 1-made in a timely fashion-say w/n 5 yrs. 2-some contemporaneous corroboration, like witnesses, electronic or written communications. W $ settlements in multi-millions slight chance exists some victims are motivated by more than justice,” he tweeted and then added, “This issue is so red hot right now there is no room for any thought or opinion but hang em high. If News wasn’t (formerly) a flirty biz then how do we explain so many newsroom courtships that have led to happy marriages?”

Following uproar surrounding Rivera’s tweets, Fox News released the following statement:

"Geraldo's tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him."

Late Wednesday, Rivera apologized for his comments.

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"Reaction to my tweets today on #sexharassment makes clear I didn't sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden," he wrote, calling harassers "deviants who deserve what is coming to them."

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He continued: "Often victims are too frightened to come forward in a timely fashion. I humbly apologize."

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Mary J. Blige receives record-setting Oscar nominations for ‘Mudbound’

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:44 PM

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Mary J. Blige shed happy tears when she learned she earned her first-ever Oscar nomination Tuesday morning.

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“My phone rang at about 5:30 a.m. and it was my publicist, Amanda, and she was screaming,” she told USA Today. “And I don’t know what it is so I’m screaming and I’m crying! It’s just a really emotional time. We’re not taking this lightly because things like this don’t happen. And it did.”

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The singer is nominated for best supporting actress for “Mudbound.” She plays Florence Johnson, a sharecropper’s wife, in the film.

“I just can’t stop crying,” Blige said.

Mary J. Blige is earned two Oscar nominations for best supporting actress and best original song for "Mudbound."(EPK.tv)


Blige has a lot to be happy about. The same day, she earned a second nod for best original song for “Mighty River,” which she wrote and recorded for the post-World War II era Netflix movie set in the Deep South. Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson also share writing credits on the song.

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The double nomination makes Blige the first person of any gender to be nominated for best supporting actress and best original song in the same year.

Although the record is a historic one, Blige expressed disappointment that the film’s director, Dee Rees, wasn’t nominated for best director. Rees is still nominated for best adapted screenplay with Virgil Williams.

Blige told USA Today she hopes people take away a message of hope from the film.

“What I hope that people take away is that no matter how bad or how awful things get or look or people treat us, we cannot give up on ourselves,” she said. “And we have to continue to look at the negative as an opportunity to do something positive, to change something.”

“Love is the answer. Love is the silver lining trough the whole movie,” she said.

James Franco, ‘Wonder Woman’ among Oscar nomination snubs

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:32 PM

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Nominations were announced for the 90th Academy Awards‬‬ Tuesday, and although a number of actors and filmmakers and films have multiple noms, some names expected to be called were snubbed.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Franco was considered by many to likely be nominated for his role  in “The Disaster Artist.” The actor, who faces multiple sexual misconduct allegations, was not among those nominated. “The Disaster Artist” only received one nomination for adapted screenplay for screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.

This image released by A24 shows James Franco in a scene from "The Disaster Artist." Franco failed to receive an Oscar nomination for best actor on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Justina Mintz/A24 via AP)(Justina Mintz/AP)

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“Wonder Woman” was not nominated for any awards, technical or otherwise, despite being a high-grossing blockbuster last year. The star of the film, Gal Gadot, was also not nominated, Deadline reported.

Despite tremendous box office success, “Wonder Woman" and the film's star, Gal Gadot, received no Oscar nominations. (Warner Bros. Entertainment and RATPAC Entertainment, LLC)(Warner Bros. Entertainment and RATPAC Entertainment, LLC)

Tom Hanks was considered snubbed when he did not receive a Best Actor nomination for his role in “The Post.” Deadline reported that his co-star Meryl Streep received her 21st Oscar nomination overall for her role in the film. The movie also has a best picture nomination, but director Steven Spielberg was not nominated.

Streep is set to join other nominees at the 90th Academy Awards March 4.

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Jordan Peele makes history with ‘Get Out’ Oscar nomination

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

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Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out,” has earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director. The nomination puts him among just four other black directors nominated for the award.

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The Los Angeles Times reported that John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”), Lee Daniels (2009’s “Precious”), Steve McQueen (2013’s “12 Years a Slave”) and Barry Jenkins (2017’s “Moonlight”) have all previously been nominated in the Oscar category.

If Peele wins, he would be the first black director to have an Academy Award.

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Peele has already made history as the first black filmmaker nominated for writing, producing and directing in the same year, according to Esquire

The feat doesn’t seem lost on Peele. He tweeted gratitude after the nominations were announced.

“Right now I’m just thinking about everyone who bought a ticket and told someone else to. You did this. Thank you,” he wrote.

“Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya also received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. “I just spoke to Daniel,” Peele wrote on Twitter. “You know when you’re on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry? I failed at that.”

The Oscars are March 4.

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#BlackPantherChallenge sends internet into frenzy

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:38 PM



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“Black Panther” is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and thousands of children may have a chance to see it for free thanks to the #BlackPantherChallenge

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Earlier this month, Frederick Joseph, of New York, launched a GoFundMe to help students from the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem “see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life,” he wrote on the campaign page. He set a goal of $10,000 and nearly quadrupled that amount, raking in more than $40,000 in a few weeks.

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With all of the attention he garnered, including an appearance on the “The Ellen Show,” he began asking others to start similar fundraisers in their own communities. 

“This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally,” he said.

People seem to have answered the call, because 90 campaigns have been created, with more than $100,000 raised, Joseph announced this week

A ton of celebrities have gotten involved, too, including Jemele HillSnoop DoggChelsea Clinton and most recently Viola Davis and the film’s star Chadwick Boseman.