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TV host Jimmy Fallon ‘very sorry’ for 2000 blackface skit

TV host Jimmy Fallon ‘very sorry’ for 2000 blackface skit

Entertainment
NBC's Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has apologised for wearing blackface in a Saturday Night Live skit from 2000.The clip went viral on Monday, and led to calls for Fallon to quit the show.In his apology on Tuesday, Fallon said there was "no excuse" for his actions, and thanked the public "for holding me accountable".Several politicians and media figures, as well as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have been embroiled in recent blackface scandals. In the skit, Fallon wore blackface to impersonate fellow Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Rock, who is African American, depicting him as making a joke about crack cocaine.As the hashtag #JimmyFallonIsOverParty trended on Twitter on Tuesday, Fallon released a statement apologising for the 20-year ol...
‘Sopranos’ stars to host podcast

‘Sopranos’ stars to host podcast

Entertainment
March 1 (UPI) -- Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa have announced they are starting up a rewatch podcast called Talking Sopranos. Imperioli played Christopher Moltisanti and Schirripa played Bobby Baccalieri on the iconic mob drama, which aired for six seasons on HBO from 1999 to 2007. Installments of the podcast will focus on specific episodes of The Sopranos and will feature interviews with cast members, writers, directors and other experts. No launch date for the podcast has been revealed yet, but the program will be available via Spotify and iTunes, the actors said. "Michael and Steve follow the Sopranos series episode by episode giving fans all the inside info, behind the scenes stories and little-known facts that could only come from someone on the inside," said a synopsis, fol...
Dark skies to host Quadrantid meteor shower

Dark skies to host Quadrantid meteor shower

Science
Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The first major meteor shower of 2020, the Quadrantids, will flash across dark, moonless skies during the predawn hours on Saturday morning. The Quadrantids arrive each year during the first week of January. They often put on a great show, featuring up to 100 meteors per hour during the shower's peak, but last year in North America, the timing wasn't quite right. "The reason the peak is so short is due to the shower's thin stream of particles and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle," according to NASA. Last year, viewers in Asia and Europe saw plenty of action, but the curvature of the Earth blocked much of the view for sky-watchers in North America. This year's timing is much better. And a bonus, the skies will be moon-free. The Quadranti...
Laura Whitmore replaces Caroline Flack as Love Island host

Laura Whitmore replaces Caroline Flack as Love Island host

Entertainment
Laura Whitmore is to step in as host of ITV2's winter edition of Love Island after Caroline Flack had to stand down after being charged with assault.The broadcaster will front the show when the contestants move into a new villa in South Africa in January.She previously replaced Flack as host of I'm A Celebrity... Get me Out Of Here's ITV2 spin-off in 2011, and has a weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live.Flack was charged after police were called to an incident on 12 December.She was charged with assault by beating following an incident at her north London home. Police were called to the 40-year-old's home in Islington, where she lives with her partner, tennis player Lewis Burt...
Queer Eye host: ‘We’re ready to bring show to the UK’

Queer Eye host: ‘We’re ready to bring show to the UK’

Entertainment
By Gemma Peplow and Bethany Minelle, arts and entertainment reporters, in LA Queer Eye star Karamo Brown has said Brits don't need too much help when it comes to fashion - but the show's experts could help us when it comes to Brexit.As one of the US show's Fab Five makeover experts, along with Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France and Bobby Berk, Brown is known for his good advice and being able to solve a problem. Image: The series is a makeover show with 'heart'. Pic: Netflix The critically acclaimed reality TV show has become a huge hit since it rebooted in 2018, winning three Emmys that year and four in 2019, as well as fans across the world, and making global stars o...