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    • JUST MEGHAN AND HARRY!

      Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are dropping their royal titles for their first major TV appearance. The pair are set to appear in a first-ever primetime event celebrating TIME magazine's annual list of the world's most influential people, airing on ABC, September 22nd.

      In a promo, the pair were introduced as "Harry and Meghan," without the more formal titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex. However, they seem to be splitting it down the middle, because an article from TIME introducing the event did list them as "the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle."

      The pair did retain their Duchess titles when they stepped down from their senior royal duties in January, but they are not permitted to use the titles "His/Her Royal Highness."

      Other stars appearing to announce the honorees: Trevor Noah, Sandra Oh, Kumail Nanjiani and John Legend. There will also be performances by Halsey, Jennifer Hudson and The Weeknd.

      "In a year in which we are unfortunately unable to convene the TIME100 community together in person, we are excited to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the members of this year's list with a brand-new experience on ABC that will allow more people to participate than ever before," TIME studios president Ian Orefice said in a statement.

    • NENE LEAKES IS LEAVING 'THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA'

      Nene Leakes has announced on her YouTube platform that she will not be returning to the 13th season Real Housewives of Atlanta. She said, "I have made the very hard and difficult decision to not be a part of ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta' season 13. It wasn't an easy decision for me. It was hard."

      She continued, "I'm just so happy that I can say that I was part of a genre that opened up a door for Black ensemble reality shows," she said before offering up her gratitude. "I want to thank everybody that has looked up to me over the years. ...I want to thank Bravo for all the memories. ...Thank you to the cast for all of the memories."

      NeNe thanked her fans and told them that they would see her very soon.


      Bravo released a statement, saying, "We wish NeNe all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for sharing her journey for over a decade with the fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She's been instrumental since the start and will truly be missed, and maybe one day she'll hold the peach again."

      Andy Cohen also released a statement, saying, "Nene Leakes is an icon of the genre. She is a gif and catchphrase machine. In 11 years of #WWHL, Nene has been our most frequent guest, and she is always A BLAST. Nene nicknamed me "Buttercup" the first day we met, and still calls me that today. Through her whole run, she has always had a serious concern and drive to maintain the success and well-being of #RHOA. I am going to miss Nene on the show, but I'm hoping we work together again soon and will remain in each other's orbits forever. XO, Buttercup."

    • ROBERT PATTINSON IS ALL BETTER

      After being diagnosed with COVID-19 and shut out of the set on The Batman, Robert Pattinson was spotted making out with his model girlfriend Suki Waterhouse in London. Apparently, he's on the mend, and Warner Bros. confirmed as much, saying that the film will resume production.

      "Following a hiatus for COVID-19 quarantine precautions, filming has now resumed on The Batman in the U.K.," a spokesperson for Warner Bros. Pictures told Variety.

      The Batman also stars Paul Dano as the Riddler, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin. Andy Serkis plays Batman/Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred, and Peter Sarsgaard, John Turturro and Jeffrey Wright also star. Matt Reeves is directing.

      The pair have been social distancing with each other since the pandemic. They were spotted wearing masks—when their lips weren't locked—and strolling around London.

      Multiple COVID-related delays in production have forced the release of the film to be pushed from June to October 2021.

    • FORMER 'ELLEN,' 'TMZ,' 'ROSIE' EMPLOYEES TALK TOXIC CULTURE

      Long before the "toxic work culture" at The Ellen DeGeneres Show was being officially investigated by Warner Bros. Television, staffers there, at TMZ and at The Rosie O'Donnell Show say the cultures were famous for allowing bad behavior thrive, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

      A new investigation delves into some of the details and the culture at Telepictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. that produces Ellen and TMZ, and produced Rosie until it was canceled in 2002.

      ELLEN

      "What you had at Ellen are showrunners who came from notoriously toxic environments," says a former Telepictures producer who worked at the company in the early 2000s, "so what resulted was the worst of all those worlds. A place where the EPs cater to the host, restrict virtually every other staffer's access to the host, and then make you work 80- to 90-hour weeks almost for sport 'because that's what they had to do.' "

      Among the allegations made anonymously to THR: "verbal abuse; frequent and unwarranted firings (and, conversely, vague contracts that made it difficult to leave); overworking; instances of gender discrimination; absent or ineffective human resources departments; and nepotism."

      In a statement to THR, WarnerMedia says: "We are hopeful that our industry has finally reached a turning point and recognizes that behavior that may have been tolerated decades ago simply can no longer be accepted. To that end, we take all allegations of abuse or discrimination seriously, regardless of time frame, and will investigate these claims."

      Since Warner Bros. launched an investigation, three top execs have been fired, DeGeneres apologized and several changes were made to the benefits and vacation plan.

      TMZ

      At TMZ, female employees said they were discriminated against.

      "A thousand percent, founder Harvey Levin gives men preferential treatment," says Bernadette Zilio, who appeared on camera on TMZ on TV. "The running joke is that when a girl speaks, he doesn't look in your direction. It's like he doesn't see you. He really only listens to what the guys have to say. It's always sexist and disgusting and just offensive."

      BROADER ISSUES

      There were broader cultural problems at Telepictures, according to THR, where execs frequently made racially charged remarks.

      The Real, one source told THR, was referred to by some execs during the early development process as "the down-market View" or "the ghetto View" (a second source at the Telepictures offices at this time corroborated this observation). "It was definitely an environment where I was, to my face and about me, told some of the most racist things I've encountered in my career," the Telepictures corporate office employee said.

    • LORI LOUGHLIN'S PRISON WISHES COME TRUE

      Lori Loughlin's request to serve her two months of time for bribery at a low security prison dubbed a "camp" in Victorville, California, has been approved.

      The same judge who derided the Full House star for being greedy at her sentencing approved the "facility closest to her home in CA, preferably the camp at FCI Victorville," the documents say.

      Instead of cells, the facility features open day-dorms, and four-person dorms, according to reports.

      Loughlin pleaded guilty to scheming with her husband Mossimo Giannulli and paying out $500K in bribes to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Bella into University of Southern California as fake rowing recruits. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton also approved Giannulli's request to spend his time at a low-security lockup for men two hours away from home. He is serving five months.

    • WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE 2020 EMMYS

      Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the Emmy Awards Sunday, his third and surely the weirdest stint presiding over TV's biggest night. This year, the show will be virtual, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      WHAT TO EXPECT

      First, no red carpet. Second, Kimmel will not have special guests with him onstage, nominees or an audience to join him in the celebration. He will be presenting from the Los Angeles Staples Center with a small crew.

      125 awards hopefuls will appear live from their homes in 20 cities, including London, Toronto and Tel Aviv, using equipment sent to them from the Academy.

      SPECIAL GUESTS

      There will be virtual "special appearances" by Oprah Winfrey, Gabrielle Union, Lin Manuel Miranda and Count von Count, among others.

      KIMMEL's APPROACH

      Kimmel told USA Today to prepare for "a disturbing journey into my brain, with occasional statuettes."

      He added: "Are you familiar with home schooling? It's gonna be kinda like that. It's gonna be a bunch of people on their webcams. It'll be closer to porn than an awards show."

      The show kicks off Sunday at 8 pm on ABC.

    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      STASSI SCHROEDER TALKS FIRING: Stassi Schroeder has spent the months since being fired from Bravo's Vanderpump Rules thinking about her past racist behavior. She said on the Tamron Hall Show: "People expected me to just understand everything immediately and things like that take time. And I felt like it would be better for me to take the time to get a greater understanding of everything and the issues before I opened my mouth again. I'm someone who messed up quite a few times. I am the reason why I am in this situation. I think a lot of people wanted me to focus on cancel culture and whether I was a victim or not but it's not how I feel at all." She added: "I don't have hate in my heart. But I recognize that I wasn't anti-racist. That's something I've been learning throughout all of this." She is now working with a diversity coach. "I want to be a better person," she concluded after Hall pressed her about if she was making these changes solely because she needs an income. "I'm pregnant and I want my daughter to be proud of me and I want to be a part of the solution. I've been a part of the problem for years now and I recognize that."

      ASHLEY TISDALE IS PREGNANT: High School Musical alum Ashley Tisdale and her husband Christopher French are expecting their first child, they shared Thursday on IG, with cute pics. Her pals weighed in immediately. "Just the freaking cutest," replied fellow HSM alum Vanessa Hudgens.

      IS HALLE BERRY OFF THE MARKET?: Is Halle Berry dating singer Van Hunt? The 54-year-old actress shared a photo of herself on Instagram wearing a t-shirt bearing Van Hunt's logo. She captioned the photo, "Now ya know… 🦶🏽♥ @vanhunt." Back in August, Hunt shared a photo of himself being kissed on a cheek by a woman who resembled Halle.

      FAST TIMES TRAILER DROPS: The trailer for the table read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, starring Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, officially titled Dane Cook Presents Feelin' A-Live, has dropped, after technical delays. The reading also features Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Morgan Freeman, Jimmy Kimmel, Ray Liotta, Shia LaBeouf and Henry Golding. The Fast Times at Ridgemont High virtual table read will take place Thursday Sept. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on CORE's Facebook and TikTok pages.

      JERRY HARRIS CHARGED WITH PRODUCING CHILD PORN: A star of Netflix's Cheer, Jerry Harris, has been arrested on federal child pornography charges, days after being sued by twin brothers who accused him of misconduct. The 21-year-old has been charged with producing child pornography, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

      MELROSE PLACE STAR AMY LOCANE HEADS BACK TO PRISON: Melrose Place alum Amy Locane is headed back to prison for eight years. The sentencing is related to fatal 2010 DWI crash near Princeton. The accident killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman and severely injured Helene's husband Fred. Her blood alcohol content was reportedly three times the legal limit. Her original conviction earned her a three-year sentence in 2013, but there have been multiple appeals and re-sentencings.

      KATHY HILTON ON RHOBH? Kathy Hilton, Kim and Kyle Richards' half-sister, is considering joining the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, according to TMZ. If cast, she would make regular appearances, but wouldn't be an official cast member.

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      BET LAUNCHES NATIONAL BLACK VOTER DAY: BET and the National Urban League are teaming up with more than 40 organizations and political, entertainment and media stars, including Stacey Abrams, Soledad O'Brien and Tina Knowles-Lawson on National Black Voter Day. The Day takes place September 18th, and will feature PSAs across all BET partner platforms, including MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central and media partners including The Root, The Skimm, Entertainment Tonight, Bounce and Black Enterprise. "BET continues to demystify the process of voting for Black citizens in a COVID-19 world, and #ReclaimYourVote will break down the necessary steps to make our voices heard. From securing and checking your voter registration, to making a plan for how to vote, to gathering your friends and family to vote with you, #ReclaimYourVote is committed to ensuring every step of the process is clear and accessible for Black voters," BET chief social impact and communications officer Jeanine Liburd said in a statement. "Our partnership with the National Urban League and the expansive group of impact partners will combine as one mighty voice this September 18th on National Black Voter Day and beyond."

      JADEN SMITH'S NEW SNAPCHAT SHOW DEETS: Jaden Smith is hosting The Solution Committee, on Snapchat. The unscripted series will tap activists and his celeb pals in a bid to explore how social and racial justice can be effected—and encouraging viewers to vote. The show bows September 21, the day before National Voter Registration Day. His parents, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, are producing.

      GANGS OF LONDON TRAILER DROPS: AMC has unveiled the first trailer for AMC's Gangs of London, starring Joe Cole, Colm Meany, Michelle Fairley and Paapa Essiedu. The show dissects the power dynamics between London's array of gangs. Gangs of London, which has been renewed for a second season, is set to start streaming on AMC+ starting Oct. 1.

      TOWNS SUE STREAMERS: Several cash-strapped towns are suing major streamers, including Netflix, Hulu and Disney+, arguing they need to share revenue to make up for utility use, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Reno, Nevada; New Boston, Texas; and Fishers, Indiana are among the towns suing this month alone.