Melissa Francis has been off the air at Fox News and Fox Business since Oct. 7, and it is unclear when — or even if — the “Outnumbered” co-host will return to either network.A Fox News spokesperson told TheWrap that Francis has not been fired, contradicting a Thursday L.A. Times report that she had been let go after filing a discrimination complaint against the network.The network also sidestepped why Francis had been off air for the last two weeks. “Fox News Media regularly considers programming changes, including to its daytime lineup, and will launch new formats as appropriate after the election,” Fox News Media said in a statement. “These changes are being made independent of any other ongoing matter.”Also Read: Chris Wallace Wishes He'd Moderated THIS Debate Instead of Messy First One (Video)The LA. Times reported Thursday that Francis, who co-hosts Fox News’ “Outnumbered” and joined Fox Business Network in 2012, recently filed a gender-based pay discrimination claim against the company. According to the report, she has been working at the networks without a contract for a year. The network did not directly dispute anything in the L.A. Times story.Fox News reps would not comment further on the host’s future or the status of any complaint. TheWrap could find no evidence that any legal case was filed outside of Fox News.Beyond not appearing on her usual shows within the Fox News Media ecosystem, Francis also hasn’t been active on social media in several days. Her most recent tweet, from Oct. 18, said, “Trump will win. I’m not advocating, I’m telling you to mentally prepare. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”Read original story Fox News Says Melissa Francis Isn’t Fired but She’s Been Off Air Since Filing Gender-Pay Complaint At TheWrap
Wallace admitted he would've liked to "moderate that debate and get a real exchange of views instead of hundreds of interruptions."
Cuomo believes Trump is bothered by the fact that New York now has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the country.
NBC News pushed back Thursday against Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson, who it says "encouraged harassment" of journalist Brandy Zadrozny in a segment on his Wednesday-night broadcast. During the program, Carlson talked to Darren Beattie, a former speechwriter for President Trump who left the White House in 2018 after CNN reported that he had […]
President Donald Trump followed through on his threat and released footage from his contentious 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl ahead of Sunday's broadcast. Trump posted the 37-minute footage to Facebook on Thursday. (Watch the video here.) In it, Stahl repeatedly challenges the president on his claims, such as when he says, "We created the […]
The sleeper Broadway hit that was Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin and Matthew Sklar’s The Prom is now a star-studded spectacle on Netflix starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, and Nicole Kidman, all of whom drown in autotune in the first trailer for Ryan Murphy’s upcoming adaptation.
Women and people of color are getting more screen time on television, but those who hold the power -- and the purse strings -- in the industry are "still overwhelmingly white and male," says the latest UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report, which analyzed the TV business across the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons. “There has been a […]
Colbert implored the American people to use their vote to condemn family separation after it was reported that the parents of 545 immigrant children can’t be found.
Wednesday’s "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" tackled some of the more suppressive mail-in voting laws that will affect the 2020 U.S. election.
UPDATED at 3:30PM PT with official statements. Quibi, the mobile streaming service launched amid great fanfare and nearly $2 billion in start-up capital by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, is officially shutting down. Katzenberg and CEO Whitman held a video call with investors this afternoon to explain their decision to wind down the short-form video […]
A TV series reboot of the 1983 classic “Flashdance” is in the very early stages of development CBS All Access, which will soon be rebranded as Paramount+, TheWrap has learned.Tracy McMillan is writing the script for the potential series, which will be executive produced by Angela Robinson (who is set to direct the pilot) and Lynda Obst, who was associate producer on the original Jennifer Beals-led Paramount movie.Paramount Television Studios would produce the project.Also Read: ViacomCBS Streaming Shakeup: Tom Ryan Takes Over, Marc DeBevoise Steps DownAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported news of the “Flashdance” TV series. “The new take will revolve around a young Black woman with ballet dreams and a strip club reality who struggles to find her place in the world while navigating romance, money, art, friendship and how to love herself.”Representatives CBS All Access declined TheWrap’s request for comment and Paramount Television Studios did not immediately respond.Also Read: Fall TV 2020: All the Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows - So Far (Photos)Last month, ViacomCBS revealed that CBS All Access will be called Paramount+ beginning early next year. The rebranding is the second, and much bigger, phase of the two-phase expansion of CBS All Access, which first launched in 2014 and was among the earliest entrants in the streaming space. In July, All Access added more than 3,500 episodes from Viacom networks BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Smithsonian Channel, along with a smaller redesign that incorporates hubs for the Viacom networks.In the weeks since the July addition of content, ViacomCBS said that All Access broke a new record for total monthly streams in August and experienced one of its best months ever in terms of new subscriber sign-ups (though revealed no actual numbers). In addition, the average age of new subscribers in August was measurably younger than the service’s overall average subscriber age, due in large part to the addition of UEFA and the newly added content from various ViacomCBS brands.Read original story ‘Flashdance’ Reboot TV Series in Development at Paramount+ At TheWrap
Sacha Baron Cohen serves up a serious October surprise involving Rudy Giuliani in "Borat 2," while the Trump counselor claims he was just "tucking in my shirt" and not in a compromising position.
The classic 1977 action comedy "Smokey and the Bandit" is getting the TV treatment. UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Seth MacFarlane's Fuzzy Door are teaming to develop a series based on the Burt Reynolds movie. The series is being written by "Pineapple Express" director David Gordon Green and regular collaborator Brian Sides. […]
Tuesday’s episode of "The Bachelorette" landed Clare Crawley and the show’s producers in hot water on Twitter.
"I probably have to go see my therapist after that," Stefani quipped, after Aaron Scott covered a hit by Fuel.
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris and Zoe Lister Jones brought back their New Girl characters for one perfect 30-second video.
Chachi is not having such a happy day.Scott Baio, a vocal Trump supporter, expressed his disappointment over former “Happy Days” co-stars staging a reunion to raise money for the Wisconsin Democratic Party.“What a shame to use a classic show like Happy Days about Americana to promote an anti-American socialist,” Baio tweeted.Hollywood megaproducer Ron Howard, who co-starred as Richie Cunningham alongside Baio on the classic 80’s sitcom , announced the event via Twitter on Monday.Also Read: Wanda Sykes Claps Back at Scott Baio Over Joe Biden Support“The most important election of our lifetimes is right around the corner and Wisconsin is a must-win state. So I’m thrilled to announce a HappyDaysReunion to support @WisDems on Oct 25,” Howard tweeted.Howard will be joined by “Happy Days” c0-stars Henry Winkler (Fonzie), Marion Ross (Marion) and Anson Williams (Potsie).Shortly after the announcement, “Full House” star John Stamos jumped in on the action, asking if he could play Chachi to which Scott Baio fired back.“Shouldn’t he be taking care of Aunt Becky,” Baio responded in a dig at co-star Lori Loughlin’s college scam legal woes.Then in a direct quote tweet of John Stamos’ Chachi joke, Baio said: “This is what Hollywood has come to. shameful LiberalsAreDesperate”As of time of this post’s publishing, neither Howard or Stamos has responded back to Baio so in similar Trump Twitter fashion he continued to retweet fans in support of him.Baio appeared as a guest speaker in support of Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention and often uses his social media platform to support the president’s agenda and policies. The former actor has also spent some time railing on Democratic challenger Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris’ campaign. Specifically, he reminded voters about the disparity in Trump and Biden’s tax policy proposals.See Scott Baio’s tweets here:What a shame to use a classic show like Happy Days about Americana to promote an anti-American socialist. Shameful https://t.co/v1uB2vK5sj— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) October 20, 2020🤣 This is what Hollywood has come to. shameful LiberalsAreDesperate https://t.co/JxlIYc9AHZ— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) October 20, 2020Read original story Scott Baio Takes Aim at Ron Howard, John Stamos Over ‘Happy Days’ Fundraiser At TheWrap
The enchanting world of "Willow," created by George Lucas, is officially coming to the small screen. Disney Plus has confirmed a sequel series taking place years after the events of the original Ron Howard-directed pic is heading into production next year. Howard is returning to the project as executive producer alongside original star Warwick Davis, […]
Bravo has greenlit “Top Chef Amateurs,” to be hosted by longtime “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons. Production on the show will begin later this month in Portland, Ore., where the next season of “Top Chef” has been filming under COVID-19 protocols. “Top Chef Amateurs” will be produced in a similar production bubble, and will premiere […]
Jamie Foxx is starring in and executive producing the Netflix vampire comedy "Day Shift," with JJ Perry making his directorial debut. Foxx will portray a hard working, blue collar dad who wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted 8-year-old daughter, but his mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for […]
Kaley Cuoco's titular Flight Attendant has a one-night stand to remember in the HBO Max series' first trailer. And yet, she apparently has forgotten critical (deadly?) parts of the impulsive encounter. HBO Max also has revealed the rollout plan for the The Flight Attendant, which (akin to Love Life and Raised by Wolves) will premiere […]