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Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 2:27 AM
NEW YORK — A character with autism is joining Elmo, Big Bird and the other familiar faces on "Sesame Street."
The iconic children's show, which airs on PBS and HBO, will introduce a new Muppet, Julia, to TV audiences April 10, according to The Associated Press.
Sunday's episode of "60 Minutes" offered a closer look at Julia, who has appeared online and in print as part of Sesame Workshop's "Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children" initiative since 2015.
"It's important for kids without autism to see what autism can look like," Julia's puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, who has a son with autism, told "60 Minutes."
Host Lesley Stahl met Julia and spoke to Elmo and Big Bird about their new friend.
"Hi, Julia," Stahl said to the red-headed Muppet, who remained quiet – the same reaction she'll have when meeting Big Bird in her upcoming debut episode.
"I thought that maybe she didn't like me," Big Bird told Stahl.
"Yeah, but you know, we had to explain to Big Bird that Julia likes Big Bird – it's just that Julia has autism, so sometimes it takes her a little longer to do things," Elmo said.
Julia also will struggle with loud noises and make up a game with her new friends.
"They decide to play tag together, but Julia's so excited that she's jumping up and down," writer Christine Ferraro told Stahl. "That's a thing that can be typical of some kids with autism. And then it turns into a game where they're all jumping like her. So it was a very easy way to show that with a very slight accommodation, they can meet her where she is."
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:42 AM
— Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star and Pittsburgh native Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer.
Doctor’s originally thought she had a severe infection. Miller is not out of the woods from the surgery yet and doctors said she plans to start chemotherapy and radiation soon.
Miller was recently transferred from federal prison to a reentry center in March.
She had been serving her sentence at a medium security prison in Victorville, California.
Miller was sentenced a year and a day in prison for bankruptcy fraud.
Investigators said Miller brought nearly $120,000 in Australian currency into the United States and not reporting it.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:58 PM
— Kanye West has been doing a lot of tweeting lately, teasing a philosophy book and sharing his thoughts on life and creativity.
His latest set of tweets, however, is about music.
The rapper, husband and father of three announced two new albums.
“Kids See Ghost” will be out June 8.
“Me and Cudi album June 8th,’ West tweeted. “It’s called Kids See Ghost. That's the name of our group.”
me and Cudi album June 8th— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
it's called Kids See Ghost. That's the name of our group— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
“My album is 7 songs,” he tweeted. “June 1st.”
my album is 7 songs— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
June 1st— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
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.”
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:24 PM
Uproxx reported that Carrey was in the area and is gearing up to work with late-night host Conan O’Brien on his Showtime series “Kidding.”
CNN reported that O’Brien chatted with the two about working together on the 1994 comedy movie and it’s less-successful sequel. Carrey revealed that the duo’s performance as Lloyd and Harry drew praise from Dustin Hoffman.
“Dustin Hoffman called me and he said, ‘That is the most real relationship -- buddy relationship -- I’ve seen in movies in decades,’” Carrey said.
Watch Carrey surprise Daniels on “Conan” below. The interview contains a brief sexual innuendo and a censored expletive.