The sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Ryan Seacrest won’t keep him from working the red carpet Oscar night. E! has confirmed Seacrest will be doing red carpet hosting duties before the Academy Awards on Sunday.
He’ll also continue on with other projects with the company, like the American Idol revival. In Variety Monday, former E! stylist Suzie Hardy accuses Seacrest of “years of unwanted sexual aggression,” ranging from sexual harassment like pursuing her despite her refusal, to physical assault like groping her vagina and slapping her buttocks.
On the syndicated Live With Kelly And Ryan Tuesday morning, co-host Ryan Seacrest made no mention of the sexual harassment allegations made against him by his former personal stylist. As for the broadcast morning shows, the Today show and CBS This Morning reported the story.
The allegations were first made in a Nov. 10 letter from Hardy’s attorney to Seacrest, E! and the cable channel’s corporate parent, NBCUniversal. In November, a week after being contacted by Hardy’s attorney, he issued a public statement saying that “someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News” had issued a complaint against him, without revealing the specifics of the allegation.
“Over the course of a two-month process, our outside counsel interviewed more than two dozen people regarding the allegations, including multiple separate meetings with the claimant and all firsthand witnesses that she provided,” according to a statement issued by E! Tuesday. “The investigator is an attorney with nearly 20 years’ experience and is highly regarded professionally. Any claims that question the legitimacy of this investigation are completely baseless.”
Seacrest said Tuesday in a statement, “This person who has accused me of horrible things offered, on multiple occasions, to withdraw her claims if I paid her millions of dollars. I refused. I have worked extremely hard to achieve my success and I don’t take my opportunities for granted. I don’t want to accuse anyone of not telling the truth but in this case, I have no choice but to again deny the claims against me, remind people that I was recused of any wrongdoing and put the matter to rest.”
HQ Trivia is one of the fastest growing mobile games in the world. The app allows users to attempt to win cash playing a live trivia show twice a day, every day. Long time users of the app have grown quite fond of the usual host of the trivia games, Scott Rogowsky, but one ad agency thinks that they have a guy that fans would like just as much. They want Captain Obvious, the spokesperson for Hotels.com, to host a few games of trivia.
CP+B, the agency representing Hotels.com and Captain Obvious, reached out to HQ to see if there are any advertising opportunities within the app, but learned that HQ is not currently working on branded integrations. So, the team whipped up the audition clip while it was shooting some other social content with the character a couple of weeks ago.
HQ has experimented with a few guest hosts, including late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel last month.
As Rich Homie Quan continues to work on his upcoming album, Rich As In Spirit, he has decided to put out some new music to give us a little taste of what's to come.
The Atlanta rapper has dropped a new single called "34" which you can check out below. Rich Homie Quan's new album is due at later this year from Motown Records.
Joe Moses is a Los Angeles based rapper who has been making waves for a while. His newest track under the Atlantic Records label gets a little help from Atlanta rapper Future. Check out Joe Moses new single "Back Going Brazy" below.
Two gun control groups, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, took out a two-page ad in Wednesday’s New York Times listing members of Congress who have accepted donations from the National Rifle Association.
The groups say the members of Congress listed have taken NRA contributions but “refuse to take action” on gun-control measures. The move comes one week after 17 people were fatally shot at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, when a former student went on a rampage with an assault rifle.
YouTube has removed a conspiracy theory video that alleged one of the students who’s been advocating for stricter gun laws in the wake of the shooting is an actor. The action came hours after the tech site Motherboard reported that the video, asserting false claims about David Hogg, was in the top trending videos on YouTube.
The video showed footage from a year-old local CBS news segment in which Hogg was interviewed following a heated argument between a lifeguard and a beach goer. The video was removed because its description violated YouTube policies.
Going into this past weekend everyone knew that Marvel's Black Panther was going to do well at the box office. With record-breaking advance sales and incredible reviews, failure was never in the cards. In its first weekend, Black Panther has brought in a staggering $192 million as of Sunday and is expected to get to over $218 million after today's holiday (President's Day).
The Ryan Coogler-directed movie — unprecedented in being a big-budget studio tentpole featuring a virtually all-black cast — secured the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time after blasting past all expectations. It's also the best launch of any superhero film behind fellow Marvel title The Avengers (2012), which earned $207.4 million in its first three days, not accounting for inflation.
The weekend isn't over, however, and Black Panther could climb even higher. Many rival studios show a four-day total of $222 million to $225 million, as well as a higher three-day total in the $195 million range.
Other records broken include that of the biggest opening for an African-American director, the top-scoring superhero film on Rotten Tomatoes (97 percent) and the biggest February bow, supplanting previous champ Deadpool, which took in $152.2 million over the four-day Presidents Day weekend in 2016.
Just ahead of the release of their first album in 15 years, En Vogue has released an image of the cover of their new album, Electric Cafe.
En Vogue is a female R&B group who were mainstays throughout the 90's. They had hits like "Don't Let Go" and "Free Your Mind."
En Vogue's new album is due out on March 30. The project is lead by the single "Rocket", a song that was written by Ne-Yo.
Electric Cafe is available for pre-order on iTunes now.
America's biggest fast-food franchise is making a major change to one of their most iconic meals. McDonald's Happy Meal will no longer be available with a cheeseburger or chocolate milk. In addition to those changes, they will also reduce the amount of fries that come with the meals.
The changes are being made because McDonald's wants to improve the health benefits of its Happy Meals everywhere. They have been working in tandem with Healthier Generation since 2013 in an effort to increase customers' access to fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and water, this is just another part in the grand plan to be healthier overall.
The changes will fully roll-out by June of 2018. Happy Meal combinations offered on Happy Meal menu boards will be 600 calories or fewer, and 100 percent of those offerings will be compliant with the new nutrition criteria for added sugar, saturated fat, and 78 percent compliant with the new sodium criteria.
Customer will now be able to choose from a hamburger meal, a 4-piece Chicken McNuggets meal, or a 6-piece Chicken McNuggets. Guests can still special order cheeseburgers if they want; it just won’t be on the board. McDonald’s is also replacing the small French fries with kids-sized fries in the 6-piece Chicken McNugget meal, which decreases the calories and sodium in the fries serving by half, McDonald’s said.
For the beverage options, McDonald's will be removing the choice of chocolate milk from the Happy Meals. The restaurant is currently working on reformulating the chocolate milk formula and will later reintroduce a healthier, less sugar version of the beverage.
The announcement was part of McDonald’s expanded commitment to families revealed Thursday. The chain aims to improve access to reading and wants to help keep families together through Ronald McDonald House Charities, in addition to the Happy Meal upgrades.
This spring, Six Flags Great America will unveil their newest giant coaster, a 100-foot-tall coaster that will take riders forward and backward on a giant 360 degree loop with multiple inversions. And now we finally know the name of this attraction, the Mardi Gras Hangover.
The coaster will feature “face-off” seating, which means riders are seated back-to-back and face-to-face. The park also said the loop coaster will open in the park’s Mardi Gras-themed area and that Six Flags also will be introducing a new Mardi Gras Festival in late summer. It will include nightly shows, floats, beads and fireworks.
After a decade of comedy silence, Chris Rock is back with an all new Netflix special called Tambourine. This will be his first special since 2008's Kill The Messenger.
The special, which can be streamed starting today (Feb. 14) only on Netflix. Last year, Rock embarked on his first headlining tour in nine years. In addition, he performed at Dave Chappelle’s Radio City Music Hall residency, which also featured appearances from Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, Lauryn Hill, and Erykah Badu.