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Mikey O'Connell

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Ziwe Isn’t Sure About Cancel Culture: “I See It as a Bad Press Day”

The late night writer and Instagram Live provocateur debuts her new variety show, Ziwe, keeping up her fearless approach to hot-button issues: 'I'm just trying to have funny conversations about race…

Judy Sheindlin on Ending ‘Judge Judy,’ Her New Show and the Legal System’s Biggest Flaw

After 25 years, TV's highest-paid host is walking away from the show that made her an icon, but she has no plans to put the gavel down any time soon

By Mikey O'Connell

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Jeffery Salter


Susan Rovner Talks Peacock Plans, Post-Kardashians E! and Future of “Broken” Golden Globes

The view outside Susan Rovner’s 11th-floor corner office — a now-bustling Universal Studios and the surrounding San Fernando Valley — is not unlike her new job. There’s a lot to take…

Guy Fieri, Fired Up: The Food Network King, With a Massive New Deal, Pushes for More Restaurant Relief

Once mocked by white-tablecloth elites, Fieri has stepped into a respected elder statesman role in the food world, raising millions for workers unemployed due to…

Samantha Bee Is Asking Her Viewers to Write More Sternly Worded Letters

 'Full Frontal' host Samantha Bee discusses Reality Winner, the woman still in jail after leaking a report that proved Russia tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election.

Spirit Awards Host Melissa Villasenor on Why She Won’t Make Fun of This Year’s Contenders

As she prepares for her first-ever emcee gig, the 'Saturday Night Live' star is set to make herself the center of jokes.

Silicon Valley-Backed Creator+ Sets Team Behind New Digital Studio 

Media startup Creator+, co-founded by YouTube vet Benjamin Grubbs and tech veteran Jonathan Shambroom, will see digital media vet Adam Wescott running its content studio. 

NFT IP? First Non-Fungible Character Optioned for TV and Film

Micah Johnson's Aku, a young black astronaut NFT, has been optioned for film and TV projects by Anonymous Content. 

Phoebe Robinson Moves From ‘2 Dope Queens’ Into Producing and Publishing

The multihyphenate has a new series (Comedy Central's 'Doing the Most'), a production company and an upcoming book imprint, with aspirations for more: "We're going to…

‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’ Creator-Star Josh Thomas on Why Execs Avoid Challenging His Queer Sex Scenes

The creative mind behind Freeform’s series also talks about quitting stand-up, getting the show’s depiction of autism right and why he'll never do a Netflix comedy…

Guy Fieri Signs New Three-Year Deal With Food Network (Exclusive)

Guy Fieri signs a new, three-year exclusive pact with longtime home Food Network — which means more seasons of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Grocery Games and more.

Joanna Gaines’ ‘Magnolia Table’ Renewed for Two More Seasons (Exclusive)

Joanna Gaines’ cooking show, Magnolia Table, has been renewed for two more seasons — with season three coinciding with the digital launch of Magnolia Network