The Dish for December 6th

TODAY SHOW: Ratings Way Up After Lauer Firing


Who needs Matt Lauer? For the first time in weeks, the Today show was the nation’s most-watched morning news program, according to Page Six, beating ABC’s Good Morning America by more than 500,000 viewers for the five days ending December 1st.

Lauer was fired on November 29th for sexual misconduct.

After Today's nearly two-decade run at the top, Good Morning America has been the number-one morning show ever since the summer of 2012 -- when the Today show fired Ann Curry.


CASEY AFFLECK: Divorce Finalized


Casey Affleck is officially on the market. The Oscar-winner has finalized his divorce from Summer Phoenix.

She filed for divorce in July, citing irreconcilable differences, with the date of separation listed as November 2015.

The couple, who wed in June 2006, have two sons -- 13-year-old Indiana and 9-year-old Atticus. They plan to share custody. (TMZ)


JOHN MAYER, DEAD & COMPANY: Emergency Appendectomy   


John Mayer had to undergo an emergency appendectomy on Tuesday.

The operation has forced the postponement of tonight's Dead and Company show at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

Management added in a statement that "all tickets for the show will be honored for the rescheduled date" and that information on it will be announced “as soon as possible.” They're also offering refunds to ticketholders who want one.

Dead and Company have two remaining tour dates on their schedule: Thursday in Orlando and Friday in Sunrise, Florida. There's no word yet if Mayer's procedure will affect those dates. (Variety)


NAYA RIVERA: Files for Divorce, Again


Naya Rivera filed for divorce. Raise your hand if you saw this coming.

Thanksgiving weekend, cops arrested Naya for domestic battery. Her husband, Ryan Dorsey called 911 to report the attack. He recorded Naya hitting him across the face during a family walk with their two-year-old son.

She could use that video as an audition tape for her next career as a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills.

The couple was on the road to divorce until Naya withdrew legal documents in October. In refiling the paperwork, Naya cited “irreconcilable differences.” She’s requested joint custody. (Entertainment Tonight


TERRY CREWS: Suing Agent Who Allegedly Groped Him


Terry Crews is suing the agent he says groped him at a Hollywood party in 2016.

In the complaint, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star claims agent Adam Venit, "upon his first meeting Crews, viciously grabbed Crews' penis and testicles so hard that it caused Crews immediate pain in a blatant and unprovoked sexual assault."

After Crews made the claim on Twitter in October, Venit was suspended for one month and demoted from his position as head of the motion picture department at WME.

Crews is suing for assault, battery, sexual battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and negligent retention and supervision.

According to TMZ, the actor has already filed a police report and authorities are reportedly investigating.


TIME: Person of the Year Revealed


TIME magazine has chosen "The Silence Breakers," the victims of sexual harassment who courageously came forward and launched the #MeToo movement, as its 2017 Person of the Year.

The magazine's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal made the announcement this morning on the Today show and revealed the magazine's cover which features a group of women including Ashley Judd and Taylor Swift. Felsenthal said, "The idea that influential, inspirational individuals shape the world could not be more apt this year. For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, The Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year."

Donald Trump, who was named the 2016 Person of the Year, was this year's first runner-up. 

Time Person of the Year cover


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Lionsgate has pulled John Travolta’s John Gotti bio-pic from its schedule -- only 10 days before it was set to be released. No reason was immediately given. (EW)

The CBS reboot of S.W.A.T and HBO’s Westworld have shut down production because of the wildfires in Southern California. HBO says production will resume "as soon as it’s safe to do so."

Will Smith will host the upcoming National Geographic event series One Strange Rock, which tells story of Earth.

Alice Eve has joined the cast of Netflix's Iron Fist for its second season.

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