The Dish For June 5th 2018

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SARA GILBERT: Makes First Comments on The Talk


Sara Gilbert has made her first on-air comments about the cancellation of Roseanne.

While on The Talk today (Monday), Sara fought back tears as she told her fellow co-hosts that “I would like to say this has been a very difficult week. A lot of people have been hurt by this. I will say I’m proud of the show we made. [Roseanne] has always been about diversity, love and inclusion, and it’s sad to see it end in this way. I’m sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process. However, I do stand behind the decision that ABC made.”

She was an executive producer on the show as well as a star.

Still, there's hope. TMZ says ABC is thinking about reviving the show with the focus on Sara's character Darlene -- minus Roseanne Barr. An announcement could come soon.


WOODY ALLEN: "I Should Be Poster Boy for the #MeToo Movement"


Woody Allen says he should be the “poster boy” for the #MeToo movement. His reasoning? He hasn’t been accused of sexual misconduct by any actresses.

In an interview with an Argentinian news program, the director said, “I’m a big advocate of the #MeToo movement. I feel when they find people who harass innocent women and men, it’s a good thing that they’re exposing them. But you know, I should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement. Because I have worked in movies for 50 years. I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses and not a single one — big ones, famous ones, ones starting out — have ever ever suggested any kind of impropriety at all. I’ve always had a wonderful record with them.”

He doesn't have the same record with his family. His adopted daughter Dylan Farrowclaims Woody molested her in 1992 when she was 7 years old.

Asked if the allegation is true, the filmmaker said, “Of course not, I mean this is just so crazy. This is something that has been thoroughly looked at 25 years ago by all the authorities and everybody came to the conclusion that it was untrue. And that was the end and I’ve gone on with my life. For it to come back now, it’s a terrible thing to accuse a person of. I’m a man with a family and my own children. So of course it’s upsetting.”

He added that it "bothers" him that he gets linked with people like Harvey Weinstein"who have been accused by 20 women, 50 women, 100 women of abuse and abuse and abuse -- and I, who was only accused by one woman in a child custody case which was looked at and proven to be untrue, I get lumped in with these people."


SIMON COWELL: No More Cell Phone


Simon Cowell hasn't used his cell phone for 10 months. That's one of the interesting revelations in his interview with Britain's Sunday Mail.

The America's Got Talent judge says, "The difference it made was that I became more aware of the people around me and way more focused... It has been so good for my mental health. It's a very strange experience, but it really is good for you and it has absolutely made me happier."

While it's not a complete barometer of his online life, Cowell hasn't tweeted since last June 21st.

Simon says he limits the amount of time his four-year-old son is allowed to spend on his iPad. Instead, he watches TV with Eric -- hoping "to ensure the future of television" by getting kids the boy's age interested in the medium, instead of being lured away by other video products. He finds fault in TV executives' relying on "this 18-34 demographic, I'm more interested in bringing in the very young viewers, like Eric's age, because if you get them watching television, they will hopefully keep watching it."


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Reese Witherspoon is in talks to return as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3, according to Deadline. Legally Blonde came out in 2001 and Legally Blonde 2 was released in 2003.

Dolly Parton will executive-produce and co-star in an eight-episode anthology series based on her music for Netflix. (Variety)

Freeform has canceled Shadowhunters. Variety says the show "will end with a special two-hour final at the close of the upcoming second half of season three." Meanwhile, TV Land has Younger for a sixth season.

Robert Mandan, who played Chester Tate on the '70s sitcom Soap, died on April 29th after a long illness. He was 86. The actor also appeared on Three's Company, Sanford and Son and Maude.


IMAGINE DRAGONS More LGBTQ Love


Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds has written an essay for Billboard's Gay Pride Month "love letters" project.

The timing is good, since Believer, the documentary film that follows Reynolds as he explores how the Mormon church treats its LGBTQ members, will premiere on HBO on June 25th.

Reynolds starts his piece by explaining how, as a devout Mormon raised in a very conservative home, he "spent many years in conflict between the teaching of the faith and what [his] heart was telling [him]." He says that as a kid he had many LGBTQ friends who were affected by this conflict and how, as he got old enough to follow his own mind and speak his own truth, he realized that "being gay is perfect and in fact beautiful, as is all love."

He addresses religious leaders and how they need to change what he calls "their dangerous doctrine that implies or states that LGBTQ youth are living in 'sin' when acting upon their sexuality." He then explains how he feels that doctrine affects these people and how "they deserve to be LOVED, not 'tolerated.'"

He says he spent "far too many years as a confused Mormon," but is "no longer confused." He calls himself "still a Mormon, but...one with open eyes and open arms." He pledges to do all he can "to create dialogue that leads to change within communities of faith" and asks LGBTQ people to forgive the years of "intolerance...injustice...[and] judgment." Until change comes, he urges them to use available resources to "find help and love" and "never take your life away from us." He concludes by telling them he truly loves and accepts them.


CELINE DION: Her Residency Will Go On


Celine Dion won't be leaving Las Vegas anytime soon -- she's just announced a new run of dates that will keep her on the Strip into next year.

Celine has extended her stand at Caesar's Colosseum by 24 dates, with a run from October 30th through November 17th and another from December 28th through January 20th, 2019 -- including a special New Year's Eve show.

This summer, the Grammy-winning singer will head overseas for 22 shows across the Asia-Pacific region, kicking off June 26th in Tokyo.


KELLIE PICKLER: Decking the Hallmark


Kellie Pickler will share billing with Elvis Presley's spirit in a new Hallmark Channel holiday flick called Christmas at Graceland.

In the latest addition to Hallmark's Christmas Countdown, Kel will break character to play a stressed-out big city financial executive who decides to move to Memphis to save a mom-and-pop bank that's on the verge of going under. Once she gets there, she runs into an ex who reminds her of her old dreams of being a singer -- and you can guess the rest.

Christmas at Graceland will be filmed at Elvis's old digs, and will feature some of his tunes, as well as originals from Kellie.


SOFIA RICHIE, SCOTT DISICK: Still Together


Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are still canoodling.

Despite reports that the two broke up, Scott and Sofia were spotted hitting up Nobu in Malibu this afternoon (Monday) for a "high-profile" sushi date, according to The Blast.

After publishing a photo of Scott cozying up with "another chick" last week, TMZ now says the couple "are still very much together." Hours earlier, the gossip blog shared a photo of Sofia's "revenge bod" in a "midriff-baring top, sure to remind her Scott what he's abs-olutely missing out on these days."

Sources tell TMZ that she "wasn't happy with the photo of Scott getting handsy with a mystery chick at Kanye's album listening party Thursday night in Wyoming -- but she hasn't pulled the plug on their relationship."


BONUS VIDEO


Meghan Trainor still has those dancin' shoes on -- and she gives them quite a workout in the video for her latest single, "Let You Be Right." This latest tune goes back a little further than her last couple of '80s-tinged songs, borrowing a bit from the late 1970s -- including the disco ball that dangles above Meghan as she swirls through the melody.

There's still no official word as to when she'll drop her long-awaited third album.

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