WENDY WILLIAMS: Faints on Air
Wendy Williams fainted in the middle of her show Tuesday morning on live TV -- with hundreds in the studio and millions watching at home.
The talk show host was dressed as the Statue of Liberty for the annual How You Booin' Halloween Costume Contest edition of her show. Around 48 minutes into the show, in the middle of a sentence, she stuttered, got wobbly and quickly collapsed to the ground.
Producers acted quickly, cutting to black and then going to commercial. When the show returned, she explained that she'd overheated from the costume. She told the audience, "That was not a stunt... I overheated in my costume. I did pass out. But you know what, I'm a champ and I'm back."
The show later put out a statement that reads, "Wendy is feeling much better. She overheated because of her heavy costume, makeup and lights. She was able to finish the show in true Wendy spirit. She will address the incident on tomorrow’s show."
JEREMY PIVEN: Denies Sex Assault Allegations
Jeremy Piven is denying allegations that he sexually assaulted an actress on the set of HBO's Entourage.
On Monday, Ariane Bellamar tweeted to Piven, "'Member when you cornered me in your trailer on the #Entourage set? ‘Member grabbing my boobies on the [couch] without asking? 'Member when I tried to leave; you grabbed me by the ass, looked at yourself in the mirror and said what a ‘beautiful couple’ we made?"
Piven has responded in a statement saying, "I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen." He added, "It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn’t happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard."
HBO chimed in with its own statement saying, "Everyone at HBO and our productions is aware that zero tolerance for sexual harassment is our policy. Anyone experiencing an unsafe working environment has several avenues for making complaints that we take very seriously." (People)
HARVEY WEINSTEIN: Beverly Hills Police Investigating
The legal battles for Harvey Weinstein continue to mount.
The Beverly Hills Police Department confirmed that they’ve taken multiple complaints about the movie mogul’s behavior. More than 80 women have alleged sexual misconduct from harassment to rape. Many of the alleged incidents occurred at his residence suite at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.
A spokesperson the police department said last night, (quote) “These cases are currently under investigation and no further information will be released at this time.”
Director James Toback is also under the Beverly Hills Police Department microscope. More than 300 women have come forward to accuse him of sexual assault and harassment. Probably the biggest name is Academy Award winner Julianne Moore. (Los Angeles Times)
ANDY DICK: Thinks Sexual Harassment Is Funny
Andy Dick has been hit with charges of sexual harassment -- and he thinks it's all a big joke.
The raunchy comedian, whose act is filled with lewd shtick, was just fired from his gig on the independent movie Raising Buchanan over his behavior -- which he says is totally unfair. Dick tells the Hollywood Reporter, “I didn’t grope anybody. I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. That’s my thing. I licked Carrie Fisher at a roast. It’s me being funny. I’m not trying to sexually harass people. I didn’t grab anybody’s genitals.”
He does admit that he propositioned people on set, noting, “Of course I’m going to proposition people. I’m single, depressed, lonely and trying to get a date. They can just say no, and they probably did, and then I was done.”
HOUSE OF CARDS : Show Could Be Over
Kevin Spacey's real-life drama has knocked down House of Cards -- possibly for good.
One day after announcing that the show would end after the current season finished filming, Netflix has decided to shut down production immediately. Deadline reports that reps of the production company went to the set in Maryland to inform cast and crew that the plug was being pulled, and that the political drama would be "on indefinite hiatus."
Spacey, who faces accusations that he made advances to a 14-year-old boy back in 1986, has made no comment on the future of the show.
MOVIES OPENING TODAY
A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS (Horror)
WHAT IT'S ABOUT? Three under-appreciated and over-burdened women rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas.
WHO'S IN IT? Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Cheryl Hines, Peter Gallagher, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon
- This is Mila Kunis's first sequel.
- Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell have now co-starred in three movies: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Bad Moms and this one.
- The original Bad Moms grossed more than $113 million in the U.S. last year.
THIS IS US: Deleted Reference to Kevin Spacey
Nobody wants to touch Kevin Spacey -- literally and figuratively. All of Hollywood is trying to distance themselves from the actor, who’s been accused of trying to have sex with a 14-year-old.
Last night, the NBC drama This Is Us deleted a reference to the disgraced actor. In the scene, Kevin Pearson’s 20-something roommate had just been cast in a movie starring Spacey. They’re invited to attend a party hosted by the director – and one of the guests is Kevin Spacey.
The script written weeks ago. But in hindsight, that’s a creepy proposition.
Yesterday, 20th Century Fox Television stated, (quote) “In light of recent events, the producers have decided to remove the brief reference to Kevin Spacey.” (E! News)
MAROON 5: No More "Wait" for a New Song
With just a few days to go before their Red Pill Blues album is released on Friday, Maroon 5 unveiled another song from it today (Tuesday).
"Wait" is its title and you can find it on YouTube and Vevo as well as on streaming and download services.