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Published: Friday, June 02, 2017 @ 2:40 PM
— During a Friday morning press conference in Los Angeles, comedian Kathy Griffin stood in front of reporters to discuss backlash against a photograph she posted on social media earlier in the week.
Griffin posed with a bloody dummy head that looked like President Donald Trump. In the ensuing days, members of the first family chastised Griffin for the photo, and she has been fired from multiple job opportunities.
Kathy Griffin says Pres. Trump and the First Family is “personally trying to ruin my life forever…you guys know him, he’s never gonna stop” pic.twitter.com/9fPesESCBp— ABC News (@ABC) June 2, 2017
Throughout the press conference, Griffin alternated between crying and dishing insults as she expressed that what was happening to her was absurd.
Kathy Griffin gets emotional when talking about photo: "I've had everybody turn on me and I just want to make people laugh...I screwed up." pic.twitter.com/2GKLX2sV36— ABC News (@ABC) June 2, 2017
She said she believes that her photo was clear satire and that it was improper for the president and his surrogates to mobilize public opinion against her.
“I’m going to make fun of the president. ... I’m not going to threaten him. I have no desire to harm him,” Griffin said.
Earlier in the week, Trump commented on the photo on his Twitter feed.
“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!” he wrote.
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Griffin admitted that the photo was a mistake.
“I make mistakes; if you don’t stand up, you get run over. What’s happening to me has never happened in this great country,” she said. “A sitting president of the U.S. ... is personally trying to ruin my life forever.”
Griffin also explained that she believed she was a clear target of a sexist culture.
“This wouldn’t be happening to a guy. This is a woman thing. ... People who sign my checks are white guys,” the comedian said.
Throughout her apology, Griffin delivered several jabs aimed at Trump. She reminded the assembled reporters that her job is to be a comedian, and whether it be the Kardashians or Trump in the news, she was going to comment on them.
“It’s a good time to be a comedian ... It’s scary to be a citizen ... But it’s a good time to be a comedian,” Griffin said.
After her removal from an annual job at CNN hosting their New Year’s Eve special, and the cancellation of several of her comedy shows, Griffin expressed that President Trump had accomplished what he wanted to.
Kathy Griffin gets emotional over fallout from photo: “I don’t think I will have a career after this. I’m going to be honest, he broke me.” pic.twitter.com/upzPbAJHFD— ABC News (@ABC) June 2, 2017
“I don’t think I’ll have a career after this,” she said. “I’m going to be honest. He broke me.”
Griffin also called the president a “fool” and said that she believes attention on her photo is a distraction from more important government issues.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:40 PM
MUSCAT, Oman — Swedish DJ Avicii was found dead Friday in Oman, his publicist confirmed. He was 28.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:09 AM
— David Copperfield was forced to shatter his most famous illusion.
The famed magician was ordered in court Tuesday to break the Magicians Oath in court Tuesday, the BBC reported. A judge ordered Copperfield to explain one of his most famous tricks -- the Lucky #13 -- during a trial involving a man who claimed he was injured during the stunt.
British tourist Gavin Cox, 58, filed a negligence lawsuit against the illusionist, Time reported. Cox claimed he fell while participating in the Lucky #13 trick at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in 2013, the BBC reported. In the trick, Copperfield makes 13 audience members, chosen at random, disappear on stage and then reappear at the back of the room, the BBC reported.
Cox told NBC News that he has suffered chronic pain and brain injury and has spent more than $400,000 on medical bills.
Copperfield’s attorney argued that revealing the secret would be financially detrimental, but a Las Vegas district court ruled against the magician
A Las Vegas district court rejected Copperfield’s defense, which argued that disclosing the secret behind the trick would be financially detrimental to him. He was ordered to explain how the trick was done.
Spoiler alert: Copperfield’s executive producer testified that when the curtain falls, the 13 volunteers are taken through passageways that circle the MGM building. They exit the building and then re-enter at the back of the theater, Time reported.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:12 AM
— Actor Rachel Weisz has announced that she and her husband, James Bond actor Daniel Craig, are expecting their first child.
The actress revealed the news when she spoke to The New York Times to promote her movie “Disobedience.”
“I’ll be showing soon. Daniel and I are so happy,” she told The Times. “We’re going to have a little human. We can’t wait to meet him or her. It’s all such a mystery.”
Weisz, 48, and Craig, 50, have been married for seven years and are very private about their personal lives, but Weisz did share that she is happy in her marriage.
“I’m very happy being married,” she said, “Very, very happy,”
Although Weisz applauds celebrity couples who have made their relationships part of their brand, that’s not the case for her marriage
“Daniel and I are really similar. We just literally don’t know how to do that,” Weisz said. “We’re just really crap at talking about our private lives.”
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:20 PM
— Former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams is getting married.
The 37-year-old singer is engaged to pastor Chad Johnson, 40, after a year of dating.
Johnson, founder of Elevate International, led the retreat in Arizona and said he and Williams were in “very similar places on a personal level.”
“I was in a horrible, dark place,” Williams said. “I just needed to go somewhere where I could get a message of hope and restoration, rejuvenation — get connected to God.”
“Michelle was coming off the heels of a really bad relationship, and I was just in a place of despair as well,” Johnson, a professional sports chaplain who has worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers and L.A. Dodgers, said.
The two kept in touch after the retreat and progressed from texts to FaceTime calls.
“We spent almost three months without even seeing each other, just building a strong foundation on the phone and through FaceTime,” Johnson told People. “It was really built on friendship and communication.”
The two went on their first date at a wedding in the Dominican Republic, had their first kiss and decided to date officially.
“I told her, ‘I’ve been looking. I don’t want to look anymore. I’m done. My search is over,’” Johnson said.
A year to the day Johnson first reached out to Williams -- on March 21 -- the two got engaged. Johnson proposed with a 5-carat ring and a video of himself with members of Williams’ family.
“I started weeping and wailing when I see all these special people,” Williams said. “Towards the end of the video, something in my head said, ‘Pull yourself together! He’s about to propose! Stop all this crying!’”
Destiny Fulfilled! Everything to Know About Newly Engaged Michelle Williams' Fiancé, Pastor Chad Johnson https://t.co/kWvsL94NfK— People (@people) April 19, 2018
Williams said she was drawn to her now-fiance because she could be herself with him, adding that Johnson calls her by her first name.
“My first name is Tenitra; my middle name is Michelle. I felt like I could be Tenitra; just ratchet, I didn’t have to have on any makeup, if I had to have on my hair bonnet — he just made me feel very safe in being myself,” she said.
The two plan on having a wedding this summer.
“It’s gonna be … think James Bond-meets-’Midsummer Night’s Dream’ — with a little hood in it,” Williams said. “It’s gonna be very traditional. We’re doing black-tie. We want it to be small and intimate and very private.”