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Bill Maher Tells Donald Trump To Forget Mars, “Make Earth Great Again”

Update with video Bill Maher said forget (more or less) Mars. Using a more potent F word, Maher welcomed Earth Day by devoting his New Rules segment to a lambasting of billionaires, news media and Hollywood for presenting Mars as “the party planet right next door.” Earlier: “Everyone has to shut up about Mars and how cool it would be to live there,” Maher said, pointing to The Martian with Matt Damon, the space dreams of Elon Musk and Richard Branson, and President Donald… Read

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Stephen Colbert Still Reeling From Loss Of Bill O’Reilly

UPDATED with video: Stephen Colbert wasn’t about to let go of the Bill O’Reilly Booted story on Thursday’s Late Show. “I need a little something to hold me together,” Colbert began. “I’m still reeling from the loss of Bill O’Reilly.” By “reeling” Colbert meant doing a happy dance. Stopping for breath, Colbert announced: “I'd like to stop now and welcome any orphan O’Reilly viewers to our show tonight. I know this is a confusing time for you. You’ve been through a lot. Not… Read

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Trevor Noah Wonders Why It Took Advertisers So Long To Dump Bill O’Reilly

Trevor Noah opened Wednesday's The Daily Show noting Serena Williams is expecting a baby, and reminding viewers, "you know what they say: For every amazing black baby that comes into the world, one old white man has to leave." That would be Bill O'Reilly, pushed out of Fox News Channel hours earlier. "You may not know this, but Bill O'Reilly was the biggest figure in the history of cable news," Noah explained, before launching a clip package of various ways in which… Read

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Stephen Colbert And “Stephen Colbert” Say Goodbye And Good Riddance To Bill O’Reilly

“I owe a lot to Bill O'Reilly,” CBS late-night star Stephen Colbert said at the top of Wednesday’s show, hours after Fox News Channel gave the hook to its primetime star. “I spent over 9 years playing a character based largely on him – and then 12 months in therapy, to de-bloviate myself.” “So tonight, we at Late Show are proud to issue a statement from Bill O'Reilly’s Conservative Gasbag Stephen Colbert: “Nation, shame on you! You failed him, you failed Bill O’Relly. You… Read

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Bill O’Reilly’s Name Wiped From ‘The Factor’ After Fox News Parts Ways With Star

Fox News Channel expunged “O’Reilly” from The O’Reilly Factor tonight and re-named the show The Factor, hours after parent 21st Century Fox announced it had let go cable news TV’s biggest star Bill O’Reilly. "We want to address a situation many of you may already be aware of. Bill O'Reilly, who hosted this program for 20 years, is leaving the Fox News Channel," fill-in Dana Perino said at the top of the telecast, for those viewers who had not noticed the gaping hole in… Read

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Bill O’Reilly: “Disheartening” To Exit Fox News “Due To Completely Unfounded Claims”

Fox News Channel star Bill O’Reilly has issued a statement calling “disheartening” Fox News’s decision to cut ties with its biggest star over what he calls “completely unfounded claims.” In FNC’s Mediabuzz coverage of today’s announcement, Howard Kurtz reported that his bosses severed ties to O’Reilly “after mounting allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior prompted the network to end his program.” O’Reilly’s statement: Over the past 20 years at Fox… Read

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Rupert Murdoch’s Memo To Fox News Staff On Bill O’Reilly’s Exit

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We obtained the memo Rupert Murdoch sent to staff on Wednesday announcing 21st Century Fox had reached a decision to cut loose Fox News Channel’s biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, ending the primetime host’s 21-year run on the network: Dear Colleagues: I would like to address questions about Bill O'Reilly's future at Fox News.  After a thorough and careful review of allegations against him, the Company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Mr. O'Reilly will not return to the Fox… Read

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Bill O’Reilly Out At Fox News Channel, Ending 21-Year Run

Fox News Channel parent 21st Century Fox has decided to cut ties with the network’s biggest star, ending Bill O'Reilly's 21-year run at the country’s most watched cable news network. Tucker Carlson will take over his 8 PM ET time slot. “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to Fox News Channel,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement. It did not elaborate. But, in an internal… Read

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Bill O’Reilly & Fox News Close To Cutting Ties, News Corp-Owned Paper Says – Update

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UPDATED, 7:55 PM: Fox News is preparing to cut ties with Bill O'Reilly, News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal reports this evening. But the report goes on to say “a final decision” on O’Reilly’s future, or not, at 21st Century Fox-owned Fox News Channel has not yet been made but could come as early as this week. O’Reilly, whose Fox News contract had been renewed early this month, is expected to top the list of things discussed at Thursday’s board meeting of  FNC parent… Read

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GLAAD CEO Fires Off Letter To MPAA Over R-Rating On TWC’s ‘3 Generations’

Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and CEO of GLAAD shot off a letter to the MPAA Chairmen Chris Dodd and Classifications and Ratings Administration (CARA) head Joan Graves saying that the R-rating imposed by the board for TWC’s transgender-themed movie 3 Generations “sends a dangerous message to this already marginalized community” of transgenders. The ratings board slapped 3 Generations with a R-rating earlier this month due to language and some sexual references. TWC said… Read

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‘Risk’: Neon Sets Theatrical Bow For WikiLeaks Docu From ‘Citizenfour’ Director Ahead Of Showtime Premiere – Update

UPDATED, 9:17 AM: Neon said today that it will open Risk, the WikiLeaks documentary about Oscar-winning Citizenfour filmmaker Laura Poitras, nationwide on May 5. Poitras will be participating in Q&As in various cities, and Josh Begley’s short film Best of Luck with the Wall, a voyage across the US-Mexico border, will accompany the Risk theatrical release. PREVIOUSLY, April 5: “This is not the film I thought I was making. I thought I couldn’t go into contradictions. I… Read

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WGA Negotiators Make The Case For Strike Authorization

In a preview of what they'll be telling writers at strike-authorization meetings this week, the co-chairs of the WGA negotiating committee say the choice is simple: Voting “no” will be tantamount to surrender. "If we don't get that authority – if the membership does not give us a 'yes' vote in the strike authorization – then we are essentially telling the companies, 'You can give us whatever you want,'" former WGA West President Chris Keyser said during a podcast taped… Read