Elmo and Big Bird are getting a new neighbor on Sesame Street: Julia, a muppet with autism. The character was introduced in 2015 in an online-only digital storybook, and she continues with the show’s social-impact program, Sesame Street and Autism. Now Julia will make her debut on the show — live and in the felt — beginning in April.
The “For Peete’s Sake” star, who has been an autism activist since her 19-year-old son, RJ, was diagnosed at the age of 3, celebrated the new addition to the classic kids’ show.
Seeing Gilbert Gottfried on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night reminded me how much I love this squinch-faced little guy. He’s been funny and outrageous for decades now, and he shows no signs of stopping his flow of unexpected punchlines. When Colbert asked him whether he had a rule about how soon he could joke about a topic that might be considered in bad taste, Gottfried said he had none: “I like to get the Internet to hate me right away.”
Rosie O’Donnell has apologized to Melania Trump. Rosie O’Donnell hates Donald Trump, but she is apologizing to his wife, Melania, for sharing a YouTube video speculating that their 10-year-old son has autism. Rosie O’Donnell tweets her apology to Melania Trump.
Rosie O’Donnell continues to be one of Donald Trump’s biggest critics, but things just took a more personal turn. It’s no secret that Rosie O’Donnell hates Donald Trump, but she insists that she wasn’t trolling the president-elect when she shared a YouTube video speculating that his 10-year-old son has autism. The outspoken comedian’s latest Trump drama started Tuesday when she tweeted a viral video, which has more than 3 million views, speculating that Barron Trump has autism, based on some of his mannerisms.
Chopped Junior sometimes has adorable contestants with big hearts, like Nadjah Bray, who is a great cook as well as a great big sister to autistic twin brothers.
Five-year-old Joe Hughes (Max Vento) seems to get the most pleasure out of life when he has big earphones clamped over his ears blasting ’80s pop music from bands like The Arctic Monkeys and Pulp. In the charming but tense The A Word, premiering Wednesday on SundanceTV, Joe is a sweet little boy whose life becomes more complicated — both for him and his family — when he’s diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Set in the rural Lake District of England, the show follows the reverberating reactions of Joe’s parents, Alison (Morven Christie, from Grantchester) and Paul (Lee Ingleby), and their extended family, which includes Joe’s grandfather, played by The Leftovers’ Christopher Eccleston.