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Quibi & TMZ Team For Pair Of Daily Pop Culture News Shows

  • Deadline
Quibi is taking its Daily Essentials to the Thirty Mile Zone. Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s shortform digital platform is teaming with Harvey Levin’s TMZ on two daily celebrity news shows curated for millennials.

Quibi said the untitled pop culture shows will be rich with news from hip-hop and basketball to celebs and YouTubers. The new, premium shows, which will air Monday to Friday each week, capture the spirit of the brand with exclusive information, opinion and attitude. The shows will have a different look and feel from the other TMZ properties — produced specifically for a mobile experience on Quibi.

Quibi’s Daily Essentials are curated into minutes-long bites of news, entertainment and inspiration. TMZ’s daily morning show and afternoon show both will be available when the mobile platform launches in April.

“Quibi is the future, and we are thrilled to land on a mobile platform that
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Film Review: ‘Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story’
What was Kathy Griffin thinking when she posed for a portrait holding what looked like the severed head of Donald Trump? That’s the question the comedian’s fans most want to hear answered in her self-produced feature, “Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story,” which is her courageous attempt to soldier on after her career got “Dixie Chicked” by the scandal. But unlike the country band, who suffered blowback after Natalie Maines announced, “We’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas,” Griffin got heat from not just “Make American Great Again” supporters — whom she dubs “Maggots” — but the government itself.

Still, picking a fight with an insult comic is never a good idea. When Trump personally came after her on Twitter, he may have made Griffin’s life difficult, but he was also giving her material for which any stand-up would gladly go to Guantanamo.
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Pam Anderson Blasts Trump, Britain after Julian Assange's Arrest in UK

  • TMZ
Pam Anderson Blasts Trump, Britain after Julian Assange's Arrest in UK
7:16 Am Pt -- The U.S. Justice Department has accused Assange of conspiring with Chelsea Manning to hack a classified Pentagon computer.  Pam Anderson is enraged with Britain, The United States and President Trump after the arrest of her close friend Julian Assange. Assange was arrested Thursday at the Ecuadorean Embassy in the UK after the country withdrew his asylum. Anderson went on a tear on Twitter Thursday morning, saying, "How could you Ecuador?
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Former ‘American Idol’ Host Brian Dunkleman Torches TMZ for Revealing He’s Now an Uber Driver

  • The Wrap
Many people in Hollywood’s Thirty-Mile Zone may be afraid to take on gossip website TMZ and its founder Harvey Levin, but ex-“American Idol” host Brian Dunkleman is not among them.

After TMZ posted this story revealing that the former TV partner to Ryan Seacrest now drives for Uber, Dunkleman didn’t shy away from injecting a few more facts into the narrative.

“I chose to stop doing standup comedy and started driving an Uber so I could be there for my son as much as he needed after our life as we knew it was destroyed,” Dunkleman wrote on Twitter to TMZ and its boss Harvey Levin. “Print that.”

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“And I make over a grand on a good week motherf–kers,” he added atop the hashtag #HumanBarnacles.

Dunkleman’s girlfriend,
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Michael Avenatti Says He Won’t Take On Donald Trump In 2020

  • Deadline
Michael Avenatti Says He Won’t Take On Donald Trump In 2020
“I have decided not to seek the presidency of the United States in 2020,” Michael Avenatti announced today, surprising no one, though maybe disappointing some, including cable news networks.

Stormy Daniels’ attorney insisted he would run for Potus, were it not for his family.

“But for their concerns, I would run,” the attorney said in his statement.

“I will continue to represent Stormy Daniels and others against Donald Trump and his cronies and will not rest until Trump is removed from office and our republic and its values are restores,” Avenatti continued.

“I also will continue with my nearly twenty years of speaking truth to power and representing those who need an advocate against the powerful.”

Avenatti says he remains concerned Dems are going to nominate someone “who might make an exceptional President but has no chance of actually beating Donald Trump.”

Avenatti previously said he was weighing a White House run,
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Alex Trebek Renews 'Jeopardy!' Contract Through 2022 After Thoughts of Retiring

  • TMZ
Alex Trebek Renews 'Jeopardy!' Contract Through 2022 After Thoughts of Retiring
Alex Trebek is sticking around on "Jeopardy!" for at least a few more years -- the host just agreed to a contract extension after making a lot of noise about retirement. Alex's new deal with Sony Pictures TV will keep him dropping clues through the 2021-22 TV season, and you gotta figure they backed up the Brinks truck for him. Remember, he flat out told Harvey Levin earlier this year on "OBJECTified" ... there was a
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Alex Trebek Will Stay With ‘Jeopardy’ Through 2022

  • The Wrap
Alex Trebek Will Stay With ‘Jeopardy’ Through 2022
Though Alex Trebek hinted that he was going to leave “Jeopardy” after his contract expired in 2020, he will remain with the game show for a little bit longer.

Sony Pictures TV, which produces the long-running game show, announced that Trebek has signed a new deal through the 2021-2022 TV season. Additionally, Pat Sajak and Vanna White also re-upped with Spt for “Wheel of Fortune” through 2022.

During an interview with TMZ’s Harvey Levin, Trebek was asked about the likelihood of his departure from the game show after his contract expired. He described the odds of him leaving as “50/50.. and a little less.” Trebek said he had a few candidates in mind for his replacement.

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“Pat, Vanna and Alex are simply the best. Night after night, they seamlessly entertain generations of fans on two of the most beloved television programs on air.
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Viceland’s ‘Trump Tapes’ Is Over, But Tom Arnold’s Hunt Isn’t

  • Deadline
Viceland’s ‘Trump Tapes’ Is Over, But Tom Arnold’s Hunt Isn’t
Exclusive: Tom Arnold hasn’t given up his quest to uncover incriminating evidence against Donald Trump, but his Viceland series The Hunt for the Trump Tapes With Tom Arnold is over. A source said it was only ever intended as an eight-episode series.

But Arnold isn’t done. “I am not quitting until I get all the tapes or Trump resigns, which ever happens first,” he told Deadline. “Every day both things get closer to happening.”

Over the course of the show that premiered September 18, Arnold searched high and low for elusive videotapes allegedly showing Trump in all manner of compromising positions – from the infamous “pee tape” in a Moscow hotel room to an outtake on The Apprentice in which Trump allegedly used the N-word. Arnold hasn’t found the tapes yet, if they exist, but he hasn’t stopped looking.

“His search was fascinating and I loved it,” said Peter Woronov,
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Kanye West Says LeBron James Shouldn't Have Left Cleveland

  • TMZ
Kanye West Says LeBron James Shouldn't Have Left Cleveland
Kanye West thinks LeBron James made a mistake leaving Cleveland for Los Angeles -- claiming the people of Northeast Ohio need him there. It's not a diss -- in fact, it's the opposite.  Kanye believes LeBron is so powerful and influential, he could have continued to make a major impact in his hometown off the court ... and he was sad to see King James leave.  "I'mma just, it's not my place ... but just to make
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Kanye West Says He’s Recording ‘Yandhi’ in Africa, Continues to Talk Politics

Kanye West Says He’s Recording ‘Yandhi’ in Africa, Continues to Talk Politics
Kanye West was supposed to drop his ninth studio album on Saturday, September 29. Two days, three SNL performances, one tweet from Kim Kardashian-West and an appearance on TMZ Live later and Kanye’s Yandhi is pushed back to Black Friday, November 23. West admitted to Harvey Levin that he “didn’t finish” the album in time, and a member of his management staff suggested pushing the release back.

“I started incorporating sounds that you never heard before and pushing and having concepts that people don’t talk about,” West said of the project.
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Kanye West Stirs Controversy on TMZ Live: Here's What We Learned

Kanye West Stirs Controversy on TMZ Live: Here's What We Learned
Kanye West is setting the record straight on everything he said this past weekend, including his remarks about abolishing the 13th amendment.  The rapper, who now wishes to be called Ye, talks to TMZ's Harvey Levin about his controversial statements on Monday's episode of TMZ Live. To start, the rapper reveals he has been calling Colin Kaepernick so he can bring him to the White House and remove the "sons of b--tches statement and be on the same page." People might remember the President once referred to Colin and other football players who took a knee during the National Anthem as "Sons of B--tches." Kanye then begins to explain his intentions when he said he...
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Bet Sets ‘Raq Rants’ Late-Night Show With TMZ’s Raquel Harper

  • Deadline
TMZ’s Raquel Harper is taking her web series to television. Bet Networks is set to premiere 12 half-hour episodes of Raq Rants, a late-night show featuring TMZ breakout personality Harper, from Telepictures and TMZ Productions. It will debut Tuesday, October 16 at midnight Et on Bet.

In the series, Harper takes her distinctive interviewing skills to the streets to talk to some of the biggest names in music, television, movies, and sports. The show will cover the latest events in news and pop culture, structured around two to three celebrity guests per episode.

“Raquel’s voice is strong and unapologetic” said Harvey Levin. “She has a world view of life and is fearless about expressing it. I’ve rarely met anyone who can move a conversation along in such an authentic, entertaining, interesting and informative way as Raquel.”

Harper is a longtime producer at TMZ, who is crediting with breaking some
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Dana White Almost Fought Tito Ortiz, But We're Good Now!

  • TMZ
Dana White Almost Fought Tito Ortiz, But We're Good Now!
Dana White once hated Tito Ortiz's guts so much that the two men almost had a real-deal boxing match in 2007 -- but we're told the two are actually on good terms now.  It's no secret that White and Ortiz clashed -- but things got so bad back in the day that Dana says the guys were gonna duke it out For Real in a boxing match until, at the 11th hour, Ortiz got cold feet.
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‘Hunt for the Trump Tapes’ Trailer: Even the Easter Bunny Has Something for Tom Arnold (Video)

  • The Wrap
‘Hunt for the Trump Tapes’ Trailer: Even the Easter Bunny Has Something for Tom Arnold (Video)
Tom Arnold swears he’s gonna get to the bottom of this whole “Trump tapes” thing, even if he has to take unusual routes. That includes hitting up Peter Cottontail to find out what he’s got on Potus, in the first look at the actor’s new Viceland series, “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes.”

“I’m going to dig as deep as I have to, to expose the ugly truth about the ugly man,” Arnold says in the minute-long trailer.

Viceland’s new series “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold,” will see Arnold doing some “citizen journalism” to find out the truth behind the rumored recordings of Donald Trump. It will begin with Arnold’s appearance on the “Howard Stern Show” and continues to follow the comedian as he meets with figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penn Jillette, Judd Apatow and Rosie O’Donnell. And, apparently,
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Alex Trebek Imagines Life Without ‘Jeopardy!’ & Who Could Take His Place

Alex Trebek Imagines Life Without ‘Jeopardy!’ & Who Could Take His Place
What is 50-50? Answer: Alex Trebek’s chances of remains as host of Jeopardy! when his contract’s up in 2020.

The 78-year-old game show host, who’s been revealing questions to the answers since 1984, told Fox News Channel’s OBJECTified that he puts his odds of staying aboard at 50-50 (“and a little less”) when his current contract expires in two years. Asked whether he can imagine life post-Jeopardy!, Trebek said quickly, “Sure.”

And he had a couple suggestions on possible replacements. (Watch clip below.)

Trebek told OBJECTified host Harvey Levin that he’s mentioned to his producers “the fellow that does play-by-play for the Los Angeles Kings,” Alex Faust. who just completed his first season behind the mic for the NHL club. Another suggestion: CNN legal analyst Laura Coates.

“There is an attorney, Laura Coates,” Trebek said. “She’s African-American and she appears on some of the cable news shows from time to time.
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'Jeopardy' Host Alex Trebek Talks Retirement, Potential Replacements

'Jeopardy' Host Alex Trebek Talks Retirement, Potential Replacements
Alex Trebek may currently be the long-running host of Jeopardy!, but he already has a replacement in mind should his retirement come: sportscaster Alex Fraust.

During a sit-down with TMZ’s Harvey Levin for the latest episode of Fox News Channel's OBJECTified on Sunday night, Trebek says his chances of leaving the show are more than "50/50" once his contract expires in 2020. When asked who would be an ideal replacement, Trebek said that Fraust, who is an Los Angeles Kings hockey announcer, should take over.

"I mentioned to our producer, not so long ago, that the ...
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Alex Trebek Hints at ‘Jeopardy’ Departure (Video)

  • The Wrap
Alex Trebek Hints at ‘Jeopardy’ Departure (Video)
It may soon be “Final Jeopardy” for the show’s longtime host, Alex Trebek.

During an interview with TMZ’s Harvey Levin, Trebek was asked about the likelihood of his departure from the game show after his contract expires in 2020. He described the odds of him leaving as “50/50.. and a little less.”

Levin was interviewing the game show host for his Fox News series, “OBJECTified.” Trebek, a Canadian, has hosted “Jeopardy” since it was revived for syndication in 1984, sporting his trademark mustache during most of that time.

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Trebek said he has a few, very specific candidates in mind for his replacement who would actually be great “Jeopardy” questions. Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer Alex Faust and CNN legal analyst Laura Coates.

Jeopardy” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Sony
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'Jeopardy' Host Alex Trebek May Retire, Wants La Kings Announcer to Replace Him

  • TMZ
'Jeopardy' Host Alex Trebek May Retire, Wants La Kings Announcer to Replace Him
Alex Trebek can't host "Jeopardy!" forever -- in fact, he says there's a good chance he'll retire from the show soon -- and he's already got a replacement in mind ... with a very fitting name. Trebek talked to Harvey Levin on the latest episode of 'OBJECTified' Sunday night about his legendary career as a game show host. He says chances are more than 50/50 he'll leave "Jeopardy!" when his contract expires in 2020, and when
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Tom Arnold Demands ‘The Apprentice’ Creator Mark Burnett Release Tapes of the Real Donald Trump

  • Indiewire
Tom Arnold Demands ‘The Apprentice’ Creator Mark Burnett Release Tapes of the Real Donald Trump
Tom Arnold is searching for the Donald Trump tapes — but he means more than just the infamous, alleged Trump “pee pee tapes.” For his new Viceland series “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes,” Arnold is issuing a challenge to “The Apprentice” executive producer Mark Burnett: Release the hours of tapes of Trump on set acting inappropriate.

“Mark Burnett does have a disc with every outtake of ‘The Apprentice,'” he said. “I’d like [Burnett] to stand up and say, ‘actually we had to cut out all the lies and sexual harassment, he’s not really that guy [you saw on the screen],'” Arnold said. “The real guy is this other guy.”

Arnold, who appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice” and is familiar with how the production worked, said he’d like to have just one 12-hour day worth of footage from the 18 cameras that were used on the show.

“I want to show America that,
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‘The Hunt For The Trump Tapes With Tom Arnold’ Gets Premiere Date On Viceland – TCA

  • Deadline
Viceland has slotted a September premiere date for its anticipated series The Hunt For The Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold, in which the titular comic actor takes his activism off Twitter and puts it into real life. The eight-episode series will debut with a double episode on Tuesday, September 18 at 10:30 Pm.

Described as All the President’s Men meets Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arnold tries his hand at “citizen journalism” in The Hunt, using his network of connections to search for the truth behind the many rumored, potentially damaging recordings of President Donald Trump.

The series begins with Arnold’s appearance on The Howard Stern Show where he asks Stern to release his many hours of Trump interviews and follows Arnold as he meets with his deep network of show business connections including Celebrity Apprentice vets Arnold Schwarzenegger and Penn Jillette, fellow comedian turned outspoken Twitter activist Judd Apatow, and
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