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‘Dancing with the Stars’ elimination odds: Lamar Odom got the lowest score, but Spicey may be the one who exits

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ elimination odds: Lamar Odom got the lowest score, but Spicey may be the one who exits
Basketball player Lamar Odom got the lowest score from the judges in the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars,” but he may not be the one eliminated tonight. According to the combined predictions of “DWTS” fans who have given us their forecasts here in our predictions center, Sean Spicer will be the first to get the boot. However, it also depends on tonight’s dances and how the voting process will be handled.

As of this writing Spicer gets leading odds of 17/10 of getting the axe, followed by Odom with 47/20 odds, “The Office” actress Kate Flannery with 6/1 odds and legendary singer Mary Wilson with 19/2 odds. Indeed, Spicer and Odom landed on the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard: Odom with 11 out of 30 and Spicer with 12 out of 30. But last week’s scores are going to be combined with tonight’s scores as well as tonight’s live audience votes to determine the elimination.
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College Admissions Scandal: 10 Ways to Know How Bad the Crisis Is

  • Variety
Howard Bragman, a longtime PR strategist and crisis manager, weighs in on the college admissions scandal that has ensnared “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin. Neither actress is a client of Bragman’s.

Seeing your spin doctor is just like seeing your medical doctor after a scary diagnosis: Everyone wants to know how bad it is.

That’s the question everyone is asking right now about Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. What will their careers look like post-scandal?

Actually, there are some objective ways to predict whether this will be a speed bump or a sink hole. Here are the things I look at:

1.) How egregious is the act?

Racism is the worst; ask Michael Richards and Paula Deen. I explain that race is the “third-rail” of reputations. In Felicity and Lori’s case, there is a lot of anger, but most parents understand that as parents,
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10 Things Every Celebrity Should Do When Making a Public Apology (Guest Column)

  • Variety
10 Things Every Celebrity Should Do When Making a Public Apology (Guest Column)
It’s true. PR people are often called “apologists.” I don’t bristle at that description, because apologizing and getting it right is a crucial skill set for today’s crisis manager.

Apologies are hard to do — they are humbling, irritating and often required during periods of high emotional pressure and agitation. I promise, we live in a very forgiving world, people want to forgive you. A solid apology allows that.

For public figures apologies may affect your image, your career options and of course your income, and I have always believed that our reputations are the most valuable things we own.

As we just saw with Kevin Hart and the Oscars, a botched apology can lose you a dream job if handled badly.

Don’t let the anger get the best of you. Get in touch with your most rational self, and get a team together to help you.
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How Kevin Hart Failed to Apologize, Offended the Lgbtq Community and Blew His Oscar Hosting Dreams

  • Variety
How Kevin Hart Failed to Apologize, Offended the Lgbtq Community and Blew His Oscar Hosting Dreams
Kevin Hart’s failure to quickly and effectively respond to controversy over his homophobic tweets shows that celebrities have little margin for error when faced with a burgeoning scandal. Over the span of 24 hours, Hart’s dreams of hosting the Oscars went up in smoke after the comic offered up two non-apologies that were alternately churlish, defiant, and indignant.

“In this day and age you’ve got minutes, if not seconds to deal with a crisis,” said Andrew Blum, head of the crisis PR firm Ajb Communications. “You always offer the most apologetic statement first and he didn’t.”

That didn’t happen. Instead, it was only on his third attempt, following two Instagram videos that public relations gurus say were tone deaf, that Hart seemed to recognize he’d hurt people.

“I sincerely apologize to the Lgbtq community for my insensitive words from my past,” he tweeted on Thursday
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Martha Stewart Vents About Her First Uber Ride: ‘A Mess Inside and Out!!!!!!!!’ (Photo)

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Martha Stewart Vents About Her First Uber Ride: ‘A Mess Inside and Out!!!!!!!!’ (Photo)
Martha Stewart’s first Uber ride: Apparently, it wasn’t a good thing.

On Monday, domestic-arts guru Stewart harnessed the power of her Instagram account to say that she’d taken her first Uber ride, with less than satisfactory results.

Stewart made sure to note that, rather than employing the cheap-o version of Uber, she had “ordered the most expensive version.”

Also Read: Martha Stewart Feels 'Sorry' for Paula Deen; Admits to Sexting, Threesome During 'What What Happens Live'

“My very first Uber! I ordered the most expensive version to pick me up on Fifth Avenue and 57th street in front of Tiffany’s,” Stewart wrote.

Stewart went on to detail the experience.

“The first Uber did not show up The second Uber came ten minutes later and parked halfway down 57th street where I could not see the license plate,” Stewart wrote.

Also Read: Uber Board Member Makes Sexist
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Tavis Smiley Blasts PBS CEO Paula Kerger for ‘Running From a Deposition’ in His Case

Former PBS host Tavis Smiley blasted his former employer Thursday, accusing the network’s CEO Paula Kerger of using legal tactics to avoid giving a deposition in his case.

Smiley sued PBS in February after the network pulled the plug on his eponymous late-night interview program amid accusations of sexual misconduct last year, and has denied any wrongdoing. PBS countersued Smiley in March, saying that the host violated a morality clause in his contract. The network is also seeking to reclaim $1.9 million in salary it had paid him.

“Why is PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger running from a deposition in my lawsuit?” Smiley asked on Thursday in a statement that was posted to his website.

Also Read: Tavis Smiley Slams PBS, Says Network Will Accuse Him of 'Financial Impropriety' in Open Letter

“From the very beginning, this curious case of alleged sexual misconduct has raised more questions than answers,
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Tavis Smiley Slams PBS, Says Network Will Accuse Him of ‘Financial Impropriety’ in Open Letter

  • The Wrap
In an open letter provided to TheWrap, former PBS host Tavis Smiley said the network will be accusing him of “misappropriating public funds” in the upcoming trial for the lawsuit Smiley filed in February.

“I said last December that all I wanted was the truth,” Smiley said. “I am still in search of it.”

Also Read: Tavis Smiley Admitted to 'Multiple Sexual Encounters With Subordinates,' PBS Says

Smiley said that PBS has refused to cooperate with requests to see the findings of an independent investigation into the accusations that led to his firing, and accused it of stalling, intimidation, coercion, and of trashing “my reputation in the media.”

“Now I am hearing that they will be falsely accusing me of misappropriating public funds,’ he said.

In the letter, Smiley said neither accusations of sexual misconduct nor financial impropriety are true, and that “the real misuse of public monies is
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Anthony Bourdain Dies at 61

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Anthony Bourdain Dies at 61
Anthony Bourdain, the television personality and writer, who shot to fame with his culinary-driven globe trotting, has died by suicide. He was 61.

CNN, the network for which Bourdain hosted the popular “Parts Unknown,” a food-focused travel series, confirmed the news.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement on Friday morning. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink, and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

According to the network, Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his CNN series. His friend, French chef Eric Ripert, found him unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday morning.
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RuPaul's Drag Race Recap: 'Two Old Queens Stand Before Me...'

RuPaul's Drag Race Recap: 'Two Old Queens Stand Before Me...'
Following an Emmy Award-worthy introduction from Stephen Colbert (“Okurrr?“), the remaining six queens on Thursday’s Drag Race buckled in for an evening of butts, bots and Boniva.

Mini Challenge: Pants Down, Bottoms Up

In a game very true to its name, this week’s mini challenge was basically Memory — only instead of matching words or pictures, the queens picked various shirtless gentlemen to drop their pants in the hopes of matching pairs of undies. It was basically just an excuse to check out some butts and yell stuff like “Do you you want fries with that shake?”

Winner: Aquaria
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PBS Hires Paula Deen’s Former Lawyer in Legal Battle With Tavis Smiley (Exclusive)

PBS has hired the same lawyer that celebrity chef Paula Deen used in her workplace racial discrimination suit, to represent the network in its legal battle with Tavis Smiley.

In February, Smily sued PBS for firing him over sexual misconduct allegations, claiming that the network breached its contract and damaged his production company.

Grace Speights, an employment litigation specialist and partner in the D.C. office of Morgan Lewis, will be leading PBS’ legal team in the case, according to the network. An initial scheduling conference is set for later this month in D.C. Superior Court.

Also Read: Tavis Smiley Blasts PBS for 'So-Called Investigation' Prompting Show Suspension: 'This Has Gone Too Far'

Speights represented Deen in 2013 after the TV chef and her brother were sued by a former employee for sexual harassment and racially offensive talk. The lawsuit, which prompted Deen to admit among other things that “of
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Wake and bake French toast casserole

  • The AV Club
For several years—I don’t even remember when I started, or why—I have been preparing a modified version of Paula Deen’s Baked French Toast Casserole on Christmas Eve, to bake on Christmas morning. You make a caramel-like sauce (which I put on the bottom of the dish; Dean puts her on the top), layer some French bread…

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Paula Deen Is Hosting a New TV Show — and Is Trying Some Healthy Vegan Recipes!

Paula Deen Is Hosting a New TV Show — and Is Trying Some Healthy Vegan Recipes!
Paula Deen is back on TV.

The southern cookbook queen, former Dancing with the Stars contestant and butter’s biggest fan has a new TV show, Positively Paula. The family-friendly cooking show is filmed in Paula’s home in Savannah, Georgia. The show, now in its first season, airs on Rfd-tv each Tuesday night, and is also syndicated around the country.

On Tuesday night’s episode, Paula’s daughter-in-law has a surprise for the TV cook. Claudia Deen prepares a delicious and nutritious lunch for Paula — but doesn’t tell her that it’s vegan.

Deen is thrilled to be back.
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TV Critics Share the Strangest, Most Unexpected Interview Responses — IndieWire Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the strangest (most unusual, most unexpected, etc.) response you’ve had in an interview?

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

I’m sure I’ve probably blacked out the craziest stuff from my memory, like Lou Dobbs insulting me so badly during an interview that the publicist who set it up called to apologize afterwards. Or Tommy Lee Jones insisting on only answering in detail incredibly esoteric questions about lighting and scheduling lunch when talking about directing a version of the two-man play “The Sunset Limited” for HBO. But one of the weirdest experience I ever had was when Tim Allen said the word “nigger” to me during a telephone interview.
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Fake Skin Care Ads That Used Oprah, Joy Behar, Pauley Perrette and More Shut Down, Fined $179 Million by FTC

Fake Skin Care Ads That Used Oprah, Joy Behar, Pauley Perrette and More Shut Down, Fined $179 Million by FTC
The Federal Trade Commission has taken action against a vast network of internet marketers who misled consumers.

According to a statement obtained by Et from the FTC, three men -- Richard Fowler, Ryan Fowler and Nathan Martinez -- were allegedly behind the scam, which deceived consumers into believing they were ordering "free trials" of skincare products and dietary supplements. These men control 19 companies, collectively operating as Tarr, Inc.

They allegedly used fake websites (like womenshealthi.com and goodhousekeepingtoday.com) that appeared legitimate as a way to conceal their fraudulent conduct. They also used the likeness of a few celebrities to endorse their products without permission, claiming stars like Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Eva Longoria, Paula Deen, Christina El Moussa and more used the products and experienced "dramatic results."

"A vast network of online marketers and the three people behind it have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they sold more than 40 weight-loss, muscle-building and wrinkle-reduction
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Paula Deen, I Got No Opinion on Kneeling, But My Husband's Disgusted

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[[tmz:video id="0_klygzmjv"]] Paula Deen is an accomplished chef, so it's no surprise she knows how to handle a hot potato ... kneeling during the National Anthem. We got Paula Friday night in WeHo leaving Craig's, and she clearly didn't want to go near the kneeling controversy, which was originally a Black Lives Matter protest. Paula was skewered a few years back after stories surfaced she had used the n word, so it's no surprise she zipped it. She did,
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Watch the Most Outrageous Performances in Dancing with the Stars History

Watch the Most Outrageous Performances in Dancing with the Stars History
People is celebrating the Sept. 18 premiere of Dancing with the Stars‘ 25th season with 25 days of exclusive interviews, fun retrospectives, and new details about what fans can expect from the milestone season.

Another season of Dancing with the Stars means another season of passionate paso dobles, charming cha chas, and titillating tangos.

As fans gear up for season 25 of the ABC reality dance competition (premiering Sept. 18), People presents a list of the most outrageous dances in the show’s history:

Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd – “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (Season 20)

Bristol Pailin & Mark Ballas – the Monkees theme song (Season
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Ivanka Trump Isn’t the Only Celebrity Whose Fashion Line Has Been Dropped Due to Controversy

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Ivanka Trump Isn’t the Only Celebrity Whose Fashion Line Has Been Dropped Due to Controversy
The future of Ivanka Trump‘s fashion empire may be in jeopardy, as her brand continues to vanish from retailer websites at the same time that Trump continues to work with the White House alongside her father’s administration. It was announced late last week that Nordstrom would no longer be carrying the brand in stores or online, and it appears that Neiman Marcus has also followed suit, removing more than a dozen accessories and jewelry from their website. Now, it seems as though Macy’s might be the next to distance themselves from the first family, as consumers participating
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Angelina Jolie's Divorce Team Is Working with High-Powered D.C. Fixer Who Inspired Scandal's Olivia Pope

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Angelina Jolie's Divorce Team Is Working with High-Powered D.C. Fixer Who Inspired Scandal's Olivia Pope
A heavy-hitting crisis manager for Angelina Jolie's team? It’s handled. Jolie's team has retained the help of legendary crisis manager Judy Smith, amid the actress' ongoing divorce with Brad Pitt. Multiple sources have confirmed to People that Smith, who inspired Kerry Washington's fictional character in the hit TV show Scandal, is "consulting" with Jolie's team as she continues to hash out divorce details with Pitt. "Judy has been asked to consult with those working with Angelina on divorce negotiations," a source close to the situation tells People. "Judy and her firm have a long history of handling
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Angelina Jolie's Divorce Team Is Working with High-Powered D.C. Fixer Who Inspired Scandal's Olivia Pope

  • PEOPLE.com
Angelina Jolie's Divorce Team Is Working with High-Powered D.C. Fixer Who Inspired Scandal's Olivia Pope
Angelina Jolie's team has retained the help of legendary crisis manager Judy Smith, amid the actress' ongoing divorce with Brad Pitt. Multiple sources have confirmed to People that Smith, who inspired Kerry Washington's fictional character in the hit TV show Scandal, is "consulting" with Jolie's team as she continues to hash out divorce details with Pitt. "Judy has been asked to consult with those working with Angelina on divorce negotiations," a source close to the situation tells People. "Judy and her firm have a long history of handling issues that have unfortunately garnered too much attention in the public eye,
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Dancing with the Stars: 5 Casting Secrets Revealed

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Dancing with the Stars: 5 Casting Secrets Revealed
Dancing with the Stars doesn't return until Sept. 12, but the team behind ABC's reality dance competition has been working for months to get the right cast for season 23. With the full cast expected to be announced Tuesday, DWTS co-executive producer Rob Wade - who casts the show alongside his fellow executive producer Deena Katz and ABC's Rob Mills and Joey Tague - talks to People about what it's really like putting together a cast of dynamic pro dancers and captivating celebrity contestants.1. "It's like planning a dinner party.""We obviously have a list of people that we begin to reach out to months in advance,
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