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    • JULIE CHEN CONFIRMS EXIT FROM 'THE TALK' IN EMOTIONAL MESSAGE

      Julie Chen confirmed her long-rumored exit from CBS’ The Talk via a pre-recorded video message Tuesday. Chen is leaving her host post a week after her husband Les Moonves was ousted from the network over sexual misconduct charges.

      She taped the message from the set of CBS’ Big Brother, where she is also host. She made no mention of the case against Moonves, but did say she intended to spend time with her husband and son.

      "Right now I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son," she said. "So I’ve decided to leave The Talk.

      Chen appeared to fight back tears as she thanked crew members. "I know this show and the sisterhood it stands for will live on for many, many years to come," she concluded.

      CO-HOST, NETWORK RESPOND

      Her former Talk co-host Sara Gilbert simply said, "We love you, Julie," after the taped message was over and the show concluded.

      "For eight seasons, Julie Chen has co-hosted The Talk with incredible energy, grace and professionalism," CBS said in a statement. "Her talents played a big role in our successful launch of CBS’ first network daytime talk show, and in the series growth into an Emmy Award-winning broadcast. All of us here have tremendous appreciation for the dedication and passion she brought to the show every day and for her generous role as an ambassador for CBS Daytime. We are grateful for her many other contributions, respect her decision wish Julie all the best in everything she does."

      Reaction on social media was mixed. Some said that she shouldn’t have to pay for her husband’s crimes, while others pointed out that Chen was "overly critical" of Camille Cosby for standing by Bill after he was charged with multiple cases of assault, and saying she is getting what’s coming to her.

      Chen hosted The Talk since its launch in 2010. She remains on board as host of Big Brother as of now.

    • ASIA ARGENTO SLAPS ROSE MCGOWAN WITH 'SUBSTANTIAL' SUIT

      Buckle up! Asia Argento has informed Rose McGowan (via Twitter, natch) that she is suing her for "substantial damages" for "false statements" she made against her last month.

      On Tuesday, the 42-year-old Italian star tweeted: "To @rosemcgowan. The 24hr deadline given to retract your recent false statements about me has now passed. I must inform you & @raindovemodel that I’ve instructed lawyer Mishcon de Reya to seek substantial damages for deception, fraud, coercion and libel. You will hear from them shortly," the tweet read.

      This comes after her tweet issued 24 hours before threatening legal action. On Monday, Argento took to Twitter to threaten legal action against McGowan, claiming her lengthy statement on Twitter last month was filled with "horrendous lies." She gave the star 24 hours to retract her claims, but McGowan never responded.

      The former BFFs had a serious falling out after the New York Times reported that Jimmy Bennett claimed Argento sexually assaulted him when he was 17 and she was 37. Argento and McGowan originally collaborated in their fight against accused rapist Harvey Weinstein, and together, helped create and strengthen the #MeToo movement. But it all came crashing down after misconduct allegations against Argento herself were revealed.

      In August, McGowan and her gender nonconforming partner Dove denounced Argento and claimed that Argento previously admitted to having sex with Bennett in text messages sent to them. (Argento denied ever sleeping with Bennett in the aftermath of the accusations).

    • BURT REYNOLDS LEAVES SON OUT OF WILL, CREATES TRUST INSTEAD

      Screen icon Burt Reynolds left his son Quinton out of his will, but still made sure he’d get support. The will, obtained by TMZ, states: "I intentionally omit him from this, my Last Will and Testament, as I have provided for him during my lifetime in my Declaration of Trust."

      Reynolds signed the will in 2011. He appointed his niece Nancy Lee Brown Hess as his personal representative for his estate, and then appointed his great nephew Brian Ritchey Brown and then his great niece Tracy Erin Rogers as next in line after Hess.

      Reynolds may have created the trust to avoid estate taxes. He died earlier this month at 82. Quinton was born in 1988 and is the adopted son of Reynolds and his ex-wife Loni Anderson.

    • DID LEONARDO DICAPRIO, PARIS HILTON, MIRANDA KERR, MORE SELL THEIR INNER CIRCLES?

      Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton, Miranda Kerr and other Hollywood insiders got hooked into a Malaysian financier Jho Low’s billion-dollar deception, according to a new book by Wall Street Journal reporters Tom Wright and Bradley Hope.

      Billion Dollar Whale chronicles what they characterize as one of the most daring corruption heists in history, one that just happened to involve a star-studded cast of Hollywood hotties. Published by Hachette in the U.S. on Tuesday, September 18th, the book is already creating shockwaves. (Low denies the allegations, and has since Hope and Wright began reporting the story in 2015. Their stories have long attempted to pin Low to billions of dollar worth of laundering via a variety of schemes through a Malaysian state fund).

      LEONARDO DICAPRIO

      For his 38thbirthday in 2012, The Wolf of Wall Street star was gifted a best actor Oscar statuette by Low. It belonged to Marlon Brando originally, and Low shelled out $600K for the golden trinket.

      DiCaprio and Low became friends on Low’s dime, with the financier shelling out hundreds of thousands on parties to be close to the star, per BDW.

      PARIS HILTON

      Hilton got to know Low in 2009, the year Low set up 1MDB as a state fund, according to BDW. Low started off by flying her via private jet to Whistler, and began to pay her $100K per event she attended at his behest. In 2010, he gave her a Cartier watch and $250K in gambling chips on her 29thbirthday.

      One night, while partying in Saint-Tropez, Hilton opened and sprayed him with a $2.3 million bottle of Cristal champagne that he'd bought.

      MIRANDA KERR

      Recently split from Orlando Bloom, Kerr attended a party thrown by Low in 2014. They became romantically involved, and he gave her a $1.3 million diamond necklace on Valentine’s Day that year. For her 31stbirthday, he hired Salt-N-Pepa and Vanilla Ice to perform.

      Other stars who got hooked by Low include Jamie Foxx, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes and Elva Hsiao.

    • ROSEANNE BARR DISCUSSES AMBIEN, RACISM, PLANS TO HEAD TO ISRAEL

      When Roseanne Barr appeared on Dr. Oz Tuesday, she opened the book on the tweets that got her fired from ABC.

      First, she claimed that the sleeping medication Ambien caused her to write a series of bizarre tweets. Then, she defended herself against charges of racism, maintaining that she never called Barack Obama’s black adviser Valerie Jarrett an ape, simple made a reference to the film Planet of the Apes, which she claimed was politically motivated.

      ON AMBIEN:

      "Well I’ve done some weird things on Ambien. And I think a lot of people have too, I’ve heard from thousands of people about it. One guy got up and cooked a turkey and ate it so that was like four hours if you think about it and when he got up in the morning he didn’t remember. And all the time that happens to me when I’m in the kitchen and there’s a whole box of Triscuits out and like eggs cracked on the walls. I Ambien eat like Tiger Woods Ambien drove. It’s a weird drug."

      When Dr. Oz pointed out that racism is not a side effect of Ambien, she concurred.

      ON JARRETT’S RACE:

      "No I said Planet of the Apes. That’s a movie, you’re trying... I know what you’re doing. I said Planet of the Apes, which is a science-fiction movie about the overthrow of evil overlords such as Iran. I have apologized for the following too. I thought Valerie Jarrett was an Iranian woman as a lot of other people did too. I didn’t know that she was an African American woman. When I saw her on TV and she’s doing her DNA test, she’s also 46% European. So let’s just move past it."

      ON LEAVING TOWN

      Barr also spoke out about how her erstwhile Roseanne costars are moving on with The Conners reboot without her in October. She said that she plans to travel to Israel when the show begins and study Hebrew.

      "Oh, yeah, I don’t want to be around, because I, you know, I’ll get drawn into a negative thing of defending myself or being angry for being mischaracterized and, you know, I don’t. I want to stay away from it. I want to stay in a joyous, positive, happy place that I’ve worked my way to again in my life."

      Over the weekend, Barr claimed the show would kill off her character via an opioid overdose, but that has not been confirmed.

      AUDIO: ROSEANNE BARR ON DR. OZ
    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS REACHES OUT TO VOTERS VIA PSA: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has partnered with Federal PAC Local Majority on a PSA (directed by her husband Brad Hall) calling for Americans to vote and volunteer. "A corrupt, self-obsessed, inept moron who somehow becomes president of the United States? That’s the character that I play on HBO’s Veep," she says in the PSA. "But when I’m off of TV, I’m not a politician, I’m not an expert, I’m a citizen. And I know that the midterm election on Nov. 6 is beyond important. It is vital." As others list reasons to get involved, Louis-Dreyfus mentions hers: affordable health care. The cancer survivor says: "I’m a cancer survivor, and I am really lucky because I had access to excellent health insurance, even with a preexisting condition. That’s the way it should be for absolutely everybody, and it’s not. The Republican Congress is making it worse, but the Democrats can change that."

      SUSAN LUCCI MODELS SWIMSUIT IN UNRETOUCHED PHOTOS: The 71-year-old Susan Lucci proved that age is just a number in an untouched photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar in October. Yes, she is wearing a bathing suit. "I feel as good now as I ever did in my 20s and 30s, maybe even better physically," Lucci, who has been doing Pilates for over two decades, tells the publication. "What I've learned is that if you train hard, you can offset some of what you've got going against you. People look at me and say 'Wow, she doesn't seem old, but she is old.' Meanwhile, the reality is if you're strong, you're beautiful, no matter what age you are." She admits that her admirable physique requires sacrifice (no burgers, fries, snacks, dessert, bread, pasta).

      KRISTEN BELL VAPES WEED AROUND DAX SHEPARD: Kristen Bell likes the occasional puff and her (sober) husband Dax Shepard is cool with it. On Marc Maron’s WTF With Marc Maron podcast, she explained: "I smoke around my husband and it doesn't seem to bother him. Weed rules." Still, she sets boundaries. "Once a week, if I am exhausted and we are about to sit down and watch 60 Minutes, why not?" Shepard recently celebrated his 14thyear of sobriety, and she marvels at his ability to look beyond her occasional drug use. Sometimes, she says he even pushes her to explore new highs, telling her: "you shouldn't leave earth without having tried mushrooms or ecstasy."

      CHANGES AHEAD FOR WILL & GRACE: Season two (or 10, depending on how you count the rebooted NBC series’ seasons) of Will & Grace will feature Grace entering politics, Jack planning his wedding, Will launching a teaching career and Karen getting divorced from the always absent Stan. Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes teased what's ahead, which also includes guest stars David Schwimmer, Alec Baldwin and Matt Bomer. Will & Grace returns Thursday, Oct. 4 on NBC.

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      CAPTAIN MARVEL TRAILER DROPS: Marvel Studios has shared the first look at Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as pilot-turned-superhero Carol Danvers. Set in the 1990s, she has already acquired alien powers and is working with the Krees against shape-shifting baddies the Skrulls. Also appearing: Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy stars Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou, among many others. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck direct. Captain Marvel is set to bow March 8, 2019.

      EMMY RATINGS PLUMMET: Down, down, down. Even after moving the party from Sunday to Monday, the Emmys continued to hemorrhage viewers, according to reports. The NBC ceremony, hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost, garnered just a 7.4/13 result, an all-time low. Observers believe viewership was down 10% from last year’s Stephen Colbert-hosted ceremony. Did you tune in?

      TYRA BANKS SAYS LINDSAY LOHAN WILL APPEAR IN LIFE-SIZE SEQUEL: Tyra Banks is returning to Sunnyvale to juggle careers in medicine, aerospace and fashion as a magical doll named Eve for Life Size 2. When the original premiered in 2000, it featured Lindsay Lohan as Casey Stuart, a young girl who accidentally turns her doll into he perfect woman. She’ll appear in the sequel too, but TBD how big the role will be. "She has this new TV show on MTV about this club so she couldn't make it, which was sad," Banks told The Hollywood Reporter. "Lindsay will be in the movie in some kind of way. We'll see where that ends up." Life-Size 2 is slated to premiere in December during Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas.

      BRYAN CRANSTON, DAKOTA JOHNSON, AMBER HEARD JOIN GLOBAL CITIZEN FEST: Bryan Cranston, Dakota Johnson and Amber Heard have signed on to host this year’s Global Citizen Festival taking place in New York on Sept. 29. Johnson’s boyfriend Chris Martin is curating the festival, which will also feature Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, John Legend and Janelle Monae. The annual festival aims to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and push world leaders to fulfill their sustainable development initiatives.

      BBC NEEDS $: The BBC needs funding to compete against mega-streamers like Amazon and Netflix, director general Tony Hall is admitting. "I’m making the point that we need to find more money. I’m saying that could come from a variety of different sources. We’ve never had a proper debate about funding, it’s always been the BBC’s budget is too big, cut it. What is the right level of the funding for the BBC?" Do you think PBS and the BBC will be able to compete with streamers for much longer?