According to multiple reports, several major advertiser have pulled TV spots from the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting. Last week, star Josh Duggar issued an apology following the release of police reports that show he had been accused of sexually abusing children as a teenager. The Hollywood Reporter says that Choice Hotels and Payless ShoeSource have joined companies including General Mills and Walgreens who are no longer advertising on the reality series. Reruns of the series have been dropped from the TLC schedule.
Josh, 27, who is the oldest of the Duggar children, resigned from the political group Family Research Council and issued an apology last week for acting “inexcusably.” He wrote, “We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling … I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life.” (You can read it in its entirety on Facebook). InTouch Weekly published a police report, which indicated Duggar was investigated for molesting several young girls in incidents dating back to 2002, but managed to avoid prosecution after the statute of limitation passed between when some of the crimes were allegedly committed, and when they were reported to authorities ... Discuss
Have mercy. The executive producer of Netflix’s upcoming TGIF spin-off Fuller House has announced that the Tanner family won’t be fully reunited as we had hoped. In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, Robert L. Boyett said, “Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of Fuller House, I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family." So far, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber are officially signed on for the series, with Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin currently in talks to appear as well ... Discuss
Netflix’s upcoming Bill Murray Christmas special sounds like a good time, even though this trailer is a total bummer. Directed by Sofia Coppola, A Very Murray Christmas will feature appearances from celebrities including Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, George Clooney, Maya Rudolph, Miley Cyrus and others, as well as Murray “as he worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City. Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit” ... Discuss
Last night was David Letterman's big send off from The Late Show. Along with retrospectives from his decades as a late-night staple, the finale—of course—featured one last top 10 list. With the help of some of his very famous, funny friends, Letterman’s best long-running bit bowed out in style ...
Ladies and gentlemen, meet your new host of America’s Funniest Home Videos: Carlton Banks himself, Alfonso Ribeiro. In other news, AFV is still a TV show. Ribeiro is taking over for Tom Bergeron, who hosted the long-running pre-Internet viral video show for nearly 15 years. His final episode was on Sunday night. An AFV executive producer told Variety why they believe the former Fresh Prince star and recent Dancing with the Stars winner is such a good fit: “There’s got to be a sincerity and a connection with the audience. You’ve got to be someone who cares about kids. That connection you make with the audience is of the utmost importance to me.” The new season of the show begins filming later this summer ... Discuss
If you grew up in the ‘90s, there’s a good chance you spent some of your childhood watching Bill Nye the Science Guy perform sweet experiments while also attempting to replicate them in your parents kitchen. We’ve got some exciting news for you: You can now relive those magical times thanks to Netflix. The streaming content provider has added more than 30 of the original episodes to its on-demand library, so you can binge-watch your way through hours of demonstrations of baking soda volcanoes, homemade rockets and all manner of bow-tied fun. Because before he was debating creationists and giving lectures, Nye was every young millennial’s excuse to break out the household chemicals and create their own concoctions all in the name of “science”... Discuss