The Dish for January 25th

THIS IS US: Crock-Plot Twist


Tuesday night's episode of This Is Us ended with a tragic preview of how Jack died, but the real victim of the tragedy is actually the Crock-Pot brand.

The episode ended with a raging house fire which was started by an old Crock-Pot with a faulty switch. Heartbroken fans of the show immediately went on social media and took out their anger on the Crock-Pot, making the company an unfortunate victim of pop culture. Some said they were going to throw out their slow-cookers so they too won't suffer the same tragic demise.

The outcry prompted a response from Crock-Pot. The company said it is also a fan of the show and wrote, "Don’t further add to our heartbreak by no longer using Crock-Pot Slow Cookers, rest assured our products have been generationally tested by your family and friends." The company has since issued a lengthier statement saying, "It is important that our consumers understand and have confidence that all Crock-Pot slow cookers exceed all internal testing protocols and all applicable industry safety standards and regulations as verified by independent third-party testing labs. For nearly 50 years, with over 100 million Crock-Pots sold, we have never received any consumer complaints similar to the fictional events portrayed in last night’s episode." (NBC News)


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Meryl Streep has joined the cast of Big Little Lies. The Oscar-winner will play the mother of Alexander Skarsgard's character Perry Wright.

The mother of stuntman John Bernecker, who died on the set of The Walking Dead last July, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against AMC. The lawsuit filed by Susan Bernecker says AMC Networks Inc. "orchestrated and enforced a pattern of filming and producing The Walking Dead cheaply and, ultimately, unsafely." (Hollywood Reporter)

Dennis Rodman has completed rehab after one week, TMZ reports. The former NBA star, who was arrested earlier this month for DUI, will reportedly move to an outpatient center before continuing his long-term treatment in California.

Storm Chasers star Joel Taylor recently died from a suspected overdose on a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship, TMZ reports. Law enforcement sources tell the gossip blog that he was "consuming controlled substances." Ecstasy and cocaine were believed to have been among the drugs.

A Murphy Brown revival is in the works at CBS. Original star Candice Bergen is set to reprise her role in the rebooted series.


DAVID COPPERFIELD: Accused of Sexual Assault


Illusionist David Copperfield tweeted a lengthy statement yesterday (Wednesday) in support of the #MeToo movement saying it is "crucial and long overdue," but then warned about rushing to judgment about false allegations. It's now clear he was referring to allegations made against himself.

Copperfield said, "We all want people who feel they’ve been victims of sexual misconduct to be empowered, and as a rule we should listen, so more will feel comfortable coming forward. It’s important." Shortly after he sent the tweet, a woman came forward with a decades-old assault claim against him. Brittney Lewis, who was a 17-year-old aspiring model in 1988, says she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Copperfield after competing in a modeling contest in which Copperfield was a judge.

Lewis claims that Copperfield put something in her drink and then assaulted her before she blacked out. She says she filed a complaint with the FBI in 2007 and is not seeking money. (People)


KIM KARDASHIAN: Considering Fourth Baby


Kim Kardashian may be adding to her family very soon.

The reality star, who just welcomed her third child via surrogate, is said to be already thinking about doing it again. A source tells People, “Even before Chicago was born, Kim was talking about asking the surrogate to carry her next baby.”

The insider adds that “she’s so happy with the whole process and thrilled with the surrogate,” and that “Kanye was even bonding with the surrogate’s husband in the delivery room.”

Chicago West was born January 15th.


LOGAN PAUL: Returns to YouTube With $1 Million Pledge to Suicide Prevention


Logan Paul has returned to YouTube in a bid to redeem himself over a controversial video.

In his first video since YouTube booted him from its advertising program, the vlogger says, "It's time to start a new chapter in my life as I continue to educate both myself and others on suicide." In the clip, the 22-year-old speaks to the director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Kevin Hines -- who in 2000 survived a suicide jump from the Golden Gate Bridge.

Logan has also vowed to donate $1 million to suicide prevention organizations.

The YouTube star came under fire last month when he posted a video showing a dead body hanging from a tree in Japan's infamous "suicide forest."


TONIGHT SHOW: Questlove, NBC Sued for Racial Discrimination


Tonight Show band leader Questlove and NBC are being sued for racial discrimination by two white ex-employees.

The men, camera operators Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino, say they were fired over “an unsolicited racist and misogynist text message from a Tonight  Showstagehand.”

They claim  Mark Kelley — a bassist for The Roots — also received the message. Kelley is African-American. Decker and Cimino are white. 

The two cameramen say they never responded to the message and reported it to a manager of the group as well as a technical production manager at NBC.

The two men claim they were both fired, while Kelley was not. Decker and Cimino claim in court documents that Questlove “pressured NBC to fire all of the Caucasian employees involved in the incident.”

They are each seeking a million dollars in damages. (TMZ)


MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK   


MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE (Action)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the "Flare."

WHO'S IN IT? Dylan O'Brien, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Patricia Clarkson, Giancarlo Esposito

TRIVIA:

  • Dylan O'Brien was seriously injured while shooting a stunt for the film, postponing production for an entire year.
  • Also because of his injury, the release was pushed back a year from its original date of February 17th, 2017.
  • Based on the Maze Runner books by James Dashner.
  • This the sequel to the 2015 film Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and the third and final installment in the film series.
 
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