After Kevin Hart stepped down as host of the 2019 Oscars following backlash over resurfaced homophobic tweets, several people pointed out that white female comedians like Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman had also sent out homophobic tweets in the past, without suffering consequences.
Nick Cannon was the most prominent critic. In response, the 48-year-old Silverman shared a thread on Twitter written by LGBTQ advocated Greg Hogben.
"There’s been a trend of LGBT allies being accused of homophobia recently. Mostly it’s jokes about Trump/Putin relationship," Hogben tweeted.
He continued, "The thing is, a lot of gay guys didn’t take offence sic to these comments, because we didn’t feel the violence or malicious intent behind it. Because we knew they were jokes. Because we knew these people were LGBT allies."
"We also knew the history and backgrounds of these women. They used their massive platforms to help us long before marriage equality," he wrote. "And continue to do so. To use your examples of Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer…"
"I can’t say the same for Kevin Hart. I can’t find a history of helping at risk LGBT youth," he continued. "To be honest, his tweets and his stand-up gig saying he’d ‘do anything not to have a gay son,’ made me bristle. In short, it *felt malicious."
But many weren’t having it. One critic wrote that his response was the "literal" definition of "double standard."
Meanwhile, the Oscars are having trouble finding a host to replace Kevin Hart, TMZ reports. Sources tell the site that the notoriously minute payment (said to be around $15K) is part of the problem.
The other part is all of the scrutiny that accompanies the gig: in addition to having their social media feeds dissected, their performance will frequently be savaged.
Past hosts have included Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen DeGeneres and Billy Crystal.
In a revealing new interview with the New York Times, Megan Fox says she didn’t speak out during the #MeToo movement, not because she wasn’t a victim herself, but because she didn’t believe the public found her to be "relatable or likable."
"I just didn’t think based on how I’d been received by people, and by feminists, that I would be a sympathetic victim," the star told the publication. "And I thought if ever there were a time where the world would agree that it’s appropriate to victim-shame someone, it would be when I come forward with my story."
Fox knows from experience that her stories won’t always be embraced. In a 2009 interview with Wonderland magazine, she said Transformers director Michael Bay upset her when he told her to "be sexy" on set. But she also made a remark likening Bay to "Hitler on his sets," which overshadowed her other allegations.
In another interview with Jimmy Kimmel later that year, she complained that at age 15 on the set of Bad Boys II, Bay ordered her to dance under a waterfall in six inch heels. That also wasn’t embraced.
"I don’t want to say this about myself, but let’s say that I was ahead of my time and so people weren’t able to understand. Instead, I was rejected because of qualities that are now being praised in other women coming forward," Fox told The Times, adding that, because of her experience, she feels as though she’ll "always be just out of the collective understanding."
ELLEN POMPEO AND PATRICK DEMPSEY DON’T TALK: Although they worked together for 11 years, Ellen Pompeo recently told Jada Pinkett Smith on her Red Table Talk show that she and Patrick Dempsey haven’t spoken since he left Grey’s Anatomy in 2015. No hard feelings though. "That's a talented man right there. He did 11 amazing years," she continued. "Typically, when people leave the show, they need to sort of find themselves, who they are without the show, because the show takes up so much of your life. You need that time to figure out who you are without the show, so, we have not spoken, but I will always have a place in my heart for Patrick."
SARAH HYLAND REVEALS HEALTH STRUGGLES: Sarah Hyland has long been open about her ups and downs in the health department. Now, the Modern Family star is revealing that she had a second kidney transplant after her first one failed. "We did all of these tests and all of these treatments to try and save the kidney," Hyland told SELF for their latest digital cover. "Christmas break, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, my birthday, all of that spent in the hospital." Ultimately, all of the interventions failed, and she found herself struggling with suicidal thoughts as she contemplated another major surgery. In the past 16 months, she’s had six surgeries to combat various health issues, and she credits her relative peace of mind to the support of her family, friends, fans and boyfriend Wells Adams. "He was texting me in the morning before I went into surgery, and we were FaceTiming the entire time I was in the hospital. He’s seen me at my worst. He was there through all of that," she said. "I think that’s why I feel the most beautiful in his eyes, because he still finds me beautiful after seeing all that."
EMILIE DE RAVIN GIVES BIRTH: Lost alum Emilie de Ravin welcomed her second child with Eric Bilitch. She shared the happy news on Instagram, writing: "Theodore Kubrick de Ravin-Bilitch was born at home on December 9. We're so excited you're finally out here to play with us! We love you so much Theo xoxo." Theo joins Vera Audrey de Ravin-Bilitch, who was born on March 12th, 2016.
HAS JENNIFER GARNER SLOWED ROMANCE DOWN? Jennifer Garner is putting the breaks on her romance with John Miller, according to a report in Entertainment Tonight. Instead, she is focusing on her career and the children she shares with Ben Affleck. "Privately, she has told friends she doesn’t want to be deeply committed at the moment," the source says. "She wants to focus on family, career and getting Ben back on track. She enjoys her time with John but she has concerns of moving too quickly because she doesn’t want to be disappointed. Her friends are in full support of her stepping back a bit because they all know relationships take a lot of work and right now her plate is full."
CATHERINE ZETA-JONES WISHES KIRK DOUGLAS A HAPPY 102nd BIRTHDAY: Kirk Douglas turned 102 on Sunday, and his family honored the Hollywood legend with sweet tributes on social media. Daughter in law Catherine Zeta Jones led the charge, writing: "Happy 102nd birthday to the most beautiful man. We love you Kirk." Grandson Carys, 15, wrote: "102 years young to my inspiration, my pappy. I can’t put into words how much you mean to me. Happy birthday, I love you."
BEN AFFLECK RETURNS TO THE SCREEN: Following a flurry of not-great PR for another stint in rehab and his divorce from Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck is making headlines for the right reasons. The star is appearing in Triple Frontier, his first project post-rehab and divorce, and the first trailer dropped Monday. The film focuses on a group of Special Force operatives (Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal) who want to plan a heist in South America. Triple Frontier will land on Netflix and in select theaters in March of 2019.
We all have weird habits, and Jennifer Aniston’s is watching TV nude. On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the host challenged her 49-year-old pal to a round of Burning Questions.
"Besides making love, showering or swimming, what is something else you have enjoyed doing naked?" DeGeneres asked.
I "watch TV," Aniston confesses. When DeGeneres expressed incredulity, she responded: "Is that weird? I mean at night, you get into bed and you watch TV." Later, she also admitted to watching TV nude "sunbathing."
Three things Aniston does every day: "brush my teeth, take a shower and pray."
Biggest act of rebellion as a teen: sneaking out and going dancing.
First celebrity crush: Shaun Cassidy.
Over the weekend, Thomas Markle opened his mouth again after weeks of relative quiet. He told The Mail how angry he was about the "wall of silence" his daughter Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry had erected between them, weighed in on the rumored feud Meghan is having with sister-in-law Kate Middleton and shared old letters she wrote him.
In a particularly cringe-worthy aside, he claimed that Meghan and first husband Trevor gave out baggies of marijuana to their wedding guests. "It’s illegal, but it’s no big deal in Jamaica," he blabbed. "It’s almost customary down there. I don’t smoke weed and to the best of my knowledge nor does Meghan. I don’t know what I did with mine. I think I gave it away. I kept the bag and I use it to keep the sea air off one of my Emmys."
Meghan is horrified by her father’s continued conversations with the press, and according to a source close to her, has told him that she won’t speak with him until he stops talking to the press, Vanity Fair reports.
"Meghan made it clear that they could only have a relationship if he kept his silence," the friend said. "She told him that he couldn’t speak to the press, plain and simple. But he keeps doing that, and so she feels that she cannot trust him."
Meanwhile on the home front, Meghan and Harry will lose their trusted aide Samantha Cohen next year, according to reports. Cohen became their private secretary and chief of staff over the summer. She will reportedly leave after a replacement is found.
The mother of three was previously Queen Elizabeth’s assistant private secretary and press spokeswoman.
This news comes on the heels of Meghan’s assistant Melissa Toubati leaving after six months in the fall and rumors of her being a "difficult" and "demanding" boss.
Kim Kardashian is spilling the tea on her past drug use, her sister’s rumored marriage and the cardinal beauty rule she breaks on the regular.
ICYMI, Kim recently revealed that she’d filmed her famous sex tape while on the drug ecstasy … and also married her first husband on the drug. As she put it on a recent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians: "I did ecstasy once and I got married, I did it again and I made a sex tape. Like, everything bad would happen."
After Sunday’s episode, she appeared on Busy Philipps’ Busy Tonight and confessed that her momager Kris Jenner finally put a stop to the hijinks.
"I would tell my mom everything, we always had such a close relationship," Kim told Busy. "So I would come home and be like, ‘Oh my god, mom, I did ecstasy last night'....She was sitting on top of the washing machine …. and she was like, 'You, one day, you’re not going to be able to have babies, you can’t do this, you’re going to ruin yourself!' Like, she was so upset."
She says Kris was worried she’s be a "crazy drug addict," and eventually she agreed.
"I just was like, 'You know what? She’s so right, I’m so over it,'" Kim said. "Like, this is so not me. And I just never did anything again."
Busy also asked Kim about those rumors that her sister Kylie Jenner had married Travis Scott.
Kim said: "I honestly don't know. I see that too...they're the cutest and I think they're so in love and they have the cutest little family. I would say like no, they're just being cute and posting that, but they posted it a few times, so I am going to ask in our group chat today when we leave here."
She also copped to sleeping in her makeup, normally a skincare no-no. "Oh, all the time. Like even if I can’t have glam the next day, I’ll sleep perfectly and maybe I’ll redo my skin, but I try to salvage it for two days," the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star admitted.
CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED: The Favourite led the pack with 14 nominations for the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 24th Annual Critics Choice Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and noms for all three stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. The Critics Choice Awards are thought to be the most prescient of eventual Oscar winners, sharing 17 of 19 categories in common last year. Black Panther nabbed 12; First Man garnered 10; Mary Poppins Returns, A Star Is Born and Vice earned 9 each.
DISNEY, COMCAST DOMINATE GLOBAL CONTENT SPENDING: Netflix was on track to spend more than anyone in Hollywood on content, but thanks to Comcast’s recent $39 billion acquisition of TV giant Sky and Walt Disney’s recent $71.3 billion buy of much of 21st Century Fox, Comcast and Disney will dominate content spend. The duo will shell out 20% of the cash plonked down for content globally, according to a new study from Ampere. Together, they’ll shell out $43 billion by the end of this year.
DOCTOR WHO TO RETURN IN 2020: Jodie Whittaker and her crew will return after their Season 11 finale Sunday night, but it will not return until 2020. Fans can get a quick fix with a New Year’s Day special in three weeks.
VIACOM BEEFS UP ORIGINALS: Viacom is ramping up its digital originals with three new series from Comedy Central International. The studio is launching Bad Cramps and Laughing at Salad, and scripted series Waiting. Bad Cramps hails from Georgie Fuller and Danni Jackson, stars of Comedy Central’s digital short Bad Snappers. It launched yesterday in Comedy Central UK’s YouTube page, and will launch elsewhere soon. Laughing at Salad, a nine-part sketch series, will launch in January. Waiting will begin development in January.
NETFLIX ORDERS FIRST AFRICAN SERIES: A spy dramedy starring Quantico’s Pearl Thusi will be Netflix’s first African series. Dubbed Queen Sono, the show goes into production next year. Thusi shared the news on Twitter, writing: "It's going to change the game for every artist on this continent. Thank you to Netflix for believing in this idea. I cannot wait for every young woman, every woman on this continent and actually this planet to meet Queen Sono. We have worked so hard on this and I cannot wait."