Television personality Bill Maher penned an op-ed on his blog railing against the comic book industry in the wake of the passing of former Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Maher dropped lines like “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important,” along with mocking fans who were mourning the loss of the beloved comic creator.
“But then twenty years or so ago, something happened – adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff,” Maher ranted. “And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature. And because America has over 4,500 colleges – which means we need more professors than we have smart people – some dumb people got to be professors by writing theses with titles like Otherness and Heterodoxy in the Silver Surfer.”
Country music legend Roy Clark has died at the age of 85. The musician and TV host passed away on Thursday at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, due to complications from pneumonia, Variety reports. Clark’s publicist confirmed the singer’s death to the AP news agency.
Among the items was Hawking’s motorized wheelchair, used in the 1980s and 1990s. While the chair was expected to sell somewhere between £10,000 and £15,000, the ultimate price was nearly £300,000 (almost $392,000). The proceeds from the wheelchair will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, The Guardian reports.
In what must be considered an unwelcome twist for Megyn Kelly and the team haggling over her severance package from NBC News, ratings for the Today show’s third hour have measurably improved since she was summarily dropped from the program amid the “blackface” debacle.
This latest development is unlikely to enhance the former Fox News star’s negotiating leverage as her high-powered Hollywood attorney, Bryan Freedman, tries to persuade NBC’s upper management—including NBC News Chairman Andy Lack and his boss, NBC chief executive Stephen Burke—to maximize Kelly’s payout, midway through a three-year contract reportedly worth $69 million.
NBC News declined to comment, but a network insider told us that Kelly is “not going to be part of election-night coverage.”
Sources pointed out that “exit negotiations” are underway.
It’s yet another disappointment in the Peacock Network’s relationship with Kelly.
Several months ago, sources told Page Six that after Kelly’s hour of the “Today” show became a ratings disaster, execs had hoped to use Kelly more in its political coverage as a way to get some of their money’s worth out of their $69 million, three-year deal with her.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote in recent weeks that Kelly had “met with network executives” to discuss winding down the morning show and “expressed a desire to cover more news and politics.” Last week, Page Six reported that Kelly was being taken off “Megyn Kelly Today” — which debuted to muted response last year — after she defended blackface Halloween costumes on the show.
Kelly quickly apologized for the bizarre remark, but she was removed from the air within 48 hours of the incident.
It’s throwback Thursday at the famous ‘Brady Bunch’ house, where the main cast from the 1970s sitcom is getting back together to shoot for HGTV’s new show about the groovy makeover going down at their old crib.
Megyn Kelly has told NBC she will not spill whatever beans she has on the network and the people who work there … but at a hefty price.
Sources familiar with the negotiations tell TMZ … NBC offered Kelly $38 million, which the network says represents the balance owed on her contract. As we reported, Megyn was pulling in around $25 mil a year and she was one year and some change into the 3-year deal.
We’re told NBC attached a pretty standard string … a confidentiality agreement. Her lawyer said his client would sign on the dotted line … for an additional $10 million. We’re told NBC told the attorney to pound sand.
As noted by Yahoo, Somers was herself fired by ABC nearly 40 years ago when she asked for parity with her “Three’s Company” co-star John Ritter. During contract negotiations for the show’s fifth season, the actress asked for a raise from $30,000 per episode to match Ritter’s rate of $150,000 per episode.