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KISS announces 'End of the Road' farewell tour

We’ve heard this song before, but it seems genuine that KISS’ upcoming “End of the Road World Tour” will be exactly that.

The band announced the decision to pack up the pyro after a performance on Wednesday’s finale of “America’s Got Talent.”

"All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in... Unapologetic and Unstoppable," the band said in a statement.

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KISS hasn’t yet announced dates for this final run, but will update fans in the next few weeks on www.kissonline.com

In 2000-01, KISS embarked on “The Farewell Tour,” which, in fairness, turned out to be the final tour with the original lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. But the band returned in 2003 for a co-headlining tour with Aerosmith and has remained steady road warriors.

The band’s current members are Stanley, Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.

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Houston Texans players rip superintendent for ‘you can’t count on a black quarterback’ post 

Houston Texans football coach Bill O’Brien and several players criticized a Facebook post made by a Texas school superintendent after the team’s 27-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, that read in part, “you can’t count on a black quarterback,” the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.

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Lynn Redden, the superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District, apparently was reacting to the final play of Sunday’s game, when Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson held on to the football as time ran out.

The incident occurred Monday, when the Chronicle posted a meme about the play.

Matt Erickson, of Houston, commented that he never watches the "perpetual dumpster fire that is the Houston Texans," KTRK reported.

Redden, who is white, then replied in a public post, “That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I've seen in the NFL. When you need precision decision making you can't count on a black quarterback."

The Chronicle obtained a screenshot of the comment, the newspaper reported.

At his Wednesday news conference, O’Brien criticized the comments.

"I don't want to waste any time responding to ignorant, idiotic statements," O’Brien said. "Deshaun represents everything that's right about football and life. It's amazing that BS exists, but it does."

At the same news conference, Watson said he had experienced racism before but did not comment about the superintendent’s post.

"That's on him – let peace be with him," Watson said. "I'm all about love."

Texans defensive star J.J. Watt said the post “does not deserve any attention from any of us.”

“It's a very ignorant comment that doesn't deserve any more play,” Watt said. “It's very unfortunate. I trust (Watson). We all trust him."

Redden told the Chronicle in a telephone interview that he regretted making the post, which has been deleted, and thought he was responding to a private message. He told the newspaper he deleted the comment as soon as he realized it was public. He said that he was referring to the statistical success of black NFL quarterbacks, adding that they "have had limited success" throughout the league's history, the Chronicle reported.

The Onalaska ISD school board will discuss Redden's contract during a closed meeting Saturday, the Chronicle reported. In a statement to KPRC, the school board said that it “does not condone negative comments or actions against any race.”

"The district values every individual and therefore the district will take the appropriate measures to address the situation expeditiously and completely," the statement read.

'Avengers 4' movie: Jeremy Renner teases bruised, bloody Hawkeye

Actor Jeremy Renner wants you to know that Hawkeye will be returning to the upcoming untitled “Avengers 4” reshoot, despite the rumors.

>> On AJC.com: Where ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ filmed in Atlanta

The superhero, along with Ant-Man and the Wasp, didn’t make it to Marvel’s Atlanta-filmed “Avengers: Infinity War,” but Renner is officially back in action for the next installation.

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The 47-year-old shared a photo of himself in character on Instagram, all beaten up and bruised.

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“Not everyday begins the same ... but always finish with a smile,” he captioned the post.

>> On AJC.com: Behind the scenes on the Atlanta ‘Avengers’ sets

“Avengers 4” is currently undergoing reshoots and will hit theaters on May 3, 2019.

“The current rumour is that it will be called 'Avengers: End Game', but we might not get confirmation of that until the end of 2018,” Digital Spy reported last week.

NBA star Russell Westbrook, wife Nina expecting twin girls

NBA star Russell Westbrook and his wife, Nina, announced Tuesday they are expecting twin girls in a YouTube video produced by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The video is called "The Westbrook Family." Nina lets out the news they're having twins 2:12 into the video. Russell mentions they will be girls at the 2:28 mark.

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The couple already have a 1-year-old son named Noah.

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Russell had arthroscopic knee surgery last week. The seven-time All-Star and former MVP is expected to miss preseason and may not be ready for the start of the regular season. The Thunder's first game is Oct. 16 at Golden State.

Hurricane Florence: Michael Jordan to donate $2M to relief efforts

Charlotte Hornets chairman and NBA basketball legend Michael Jordan, along with the Hornets organization and the NBA, have announced that they’re working together with a number of community organizations to provide relief and support to the people affected by Hurricane Florence.

Jordan is donating $1 million each to The American Red Cross and The Foundation for the Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

>> On WSOCTV.com: 'We share more than a state line': Panthers, local organizations unite in Florence relief efforts

“It’s truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas,” Jordan said in a statement.

>> On WSOCTV.com: Floodwaters of Florence put North Carolina dams under stress

The Hornets, in partnership with Food Lion will pack thousands of disaster food boxes Friday at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. The boxes will be distributed across the Carolinas to provide meals to victims of Florence.

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“The recovery effort will be massive, and it will take a long time to repair the damage and for families to get back on their feet,” said Jordan.

Fans are encouraged to visit here to make a donation.

“To all those affected, stay safe and know that we’re here to help,” Jordan said.

>> Hurricane Florence: Here's how you can help

Hornets and NBA merchandising partner Fanatics, have collaborated to create a T-shirt with the Hornets logo in the middle of North and South Carolina. The shirt features the phrase “Carolina Strong” and all the proceeds will be donated to the Foundation for the Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

Purchase a T-shirt here.

CNN's Anderson Cooper calls out Donald Trump Jr., debunks hurricane meme

Atlanta-based CNN is often dismissed as "fake news" by President Donald Trump and his supporters.

Seeking to prove their point, some right-wing meme creators found a photo of Anderson Cooper in waist-deep floodwater, claiming he was exaggerating and staging shots during Hurricane Florence. 

>> On WSOCTV.com: Florence's aftermath: The latest updates from the Carolinas

But the photo was from 2008 during Hurricane Ike in Texas, and Cooper was demonstrating the dangers of shifting depths of floodwaters. 

Cooper decided to address the issue in a nine-minute segment on his show Monday in part because the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., used the meme as fodder to malign CNN on Twitter.

While many people on Twitter used the images and tied them to Florence, Trump Jr. merely implied that this was fakery and designed to make his dad “look bad.” 

Cooper took umbrage to that, shading Trump Jr. by showing photos of him being an “outdoorsman” killing exotic wildlife but presuming he wasn’t in North Carolina helping in rescue efforts. 

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Cooper then showed the 10-year-old video of himself in waist-deep water in a flooded area of Bridge City, Texas. He was demonstrating the various depths of water in a very small area. At one point, he even made fun of himself for doing this, but added that he didn’t want to be on the dry part of the road interfering with rescue operations. Cooper said he also wanted to show that water can go deep very quickly even just a few feet off a road, and many people die in hurricanes via drowning.

Cooper noted that his camera crew has to shoot on dry spots to keep the equipment from getting wet. And the tech person in the photo? He died last year, Cooper said. 

Tom Arnold claims 'Apprentice' creator Mark Burnett choked him at Emmys party

Actor and comedian Tom Arnold filed a report Monday with the Los Angeles Police Department after he said he was attacked by famed producer and MGM Chairman Mark Burnett at a pre-Emmys party in Los Angeles one day earlier.

Update 3:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 17: Los Angeles police spokeswoman Det. Meghan Aguilar confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Arnold met with officers in West Los Angeles on Monday to file a battery report in connection to the incident.

The Times reported that Arnold and Burnett got into a confrontation over alleged secret recordings from “The Apprentice.” Burnett produced the show, which was hosted by Donald Trump for 14 seasons before his 2016 presidential run.

Arnold’s new show, "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes," follows the comedian’s attempts to find recordings that show Trump expressing bigoted views on the reality show.

Arnold said earlier Monday that he planned to file charges against Burnett, who he said "lost his mind, attacked & chocked me last night at Katzenberg's Night Before The Emmy's Party."

Authorities are investigating the case.

Original report: Two nights before the premiere of his new Viceland show, "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes," actor Tom Arnold took to Twitter late Sunday to accuse famed producer and MGM Chairman Mark Burnett of attacking him at a pre-Emmys party in Los Angeles.

"Mark Burnett just went (expletive) and choked me at this huge Emmy party then he ran away with his torn Pink shirt & missing gold chain," Arnold tweeted just before 9:30 p.m. PDT.

"I'm waiting for LAPD," he added, referring to the Los Angeles Police Department.

>> See the tweet here (WARNING: Linked page contains profanity.)

Minutes after Arnold tweeted that Burnett had "choked" him Sunday night, Burnett's wife, Roma Downey, fired back with her own tweet.

"Got this bruise tonight when Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event," she wrote. "Is your TV show worth it Tom? Please stop."

>> See the tweet here

Arnold replied: "You lie your crazy husband attacked me you psycho. I'm filing police report & suing you for defamation."

>> See his tweet here (WARNING: Linked page contains profanity.)

It was not immediately clear whether Los Angeles police responded to the scene. Burnett has not publicly commented on the incident.

Arnold, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, has alleged that outtakes from "The Apprentice" show Trump using sexist and racist language, including the N-word. Arnold claims that Burnett, who created the reality show, won't release the tapes because he's protecting Trump.

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Trump denied the existence of the alleged "N-word tape" last month when former "Apprentice" star and Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman released "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House." In the book, she discusses her efforts to learn more about the rumored recording.

"@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa," Trump tweeted on Aug. 13. "I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up."

>> See Trump's tweet here

"The Hunt for the Trump Tapes," which follows Arnold's quest to find "the truth behind the many rumored, potentially damaging recordings" of the president, premieres Tuesday, according to the show's website.

Ed Sheeran brings smiles to Boston Children's with special visit

Over the weekend, children at Boston Children's Hospital were all smiles when Ed Sheeran stopped by for a visit.

The award-winning singer and songwriter made a special visit where he answered questions, posed for selfies and entertained patients.

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Sheeran even sang his hit song "Perfect" to young boys and girls and staff members.

In a Facebook post, the hospital thanked Sheeran for "helping to bring smiles to the faces of our patients, families and staff," adding that they hoped to see him again soon.

Sheeran visited the hospital after his back-to-back performances at Gillette Stadium this weekend.

Katt Williams says Atlanta DJ Wanda Smith's husband pointed gun at him

Katt Williams told Gwinnett County police Saturday night that V-103 personality Wanda Smith’s husband pointed a gun at him outside the Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross.According to a police report, Smith’s husband LaMorris Sellers said his gun had merely fallen out. He told cops he did chase Williams into a nearby supermarket, but did not point a gun at him. 

The incident between Sellers and Williams “stemmed from an interview that Wanda conducted with Katt previously in Atlanta,” the report said.

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The Friday interview, which featured Williams and Smith roasting each other, has been seen by millions.

Ski and Smith were interviewing another comic when they heard Williams was in the building and Smith convinced Williams to come into the studio. She said this was the first time she met him and she respected him as a big-time comic. She said she was shocked when he started mocking her weight, her wig and her cooking skills.

“I am not playing victim,” Smith said Monday. “I am not a jokester like that. I don’t know how to do that. He did it. He won. It threw me off.” 

Gary Abdo, the owner of Atlanta Comedy Theater, said he was in the V-103 studio when the exchange happened and said it was very tense between Smith and Williams.

Related: Katt Williams slams Tiffany Haddish, says she 'has not proven the ability to tell jokes' 

This interview led to Saturday night. Outside the Atlanta Comedy Theater, where Smith regularly hosts, Williams arrived to support another comic. 

On their radio show Monday morning, Smith said that when Williams saw her on the sidewalk outside the club, he approached her and said, “I told you (expletive) with me gon make you go viral!”

Smith said that was the remark that got her husband got upset, but she wouldn’t explain further, citing legal reasons. 

The police report said Williams told the cop that Sellers pointed a gun to his face. “Katt and his security guard fled (to) the Food Depot next door, where the officer had his initial contact with them,” the report said. 

Sellers told the cops that Williams “had a verbal altercation with Wanda. He said that Katt indicated that he wanted to fight. According to LaMorris, he approached Katt and chased him into Food Depot where he left him and returned to the Atlanta Comedy Theater. When asked if he had a gun on him, he said yes. LaMorris stated that as he was chasing Katt, his gun fell from his waistband and he bent to retrieve it however, he never pointed it at anyone.”

Video from the Food Depot showed Sellers chasing Williams but no evidence of a gun, the report said. The comedy theater management told the officer they couldn’t access the video from the club’s vantage point. 

Williams chose not to prosecute. 

On V-103, some listeners supported Smith regarding the Friday interview, saying Williams’ behavior was inappropriate. “You invited hatred in,” a caller said. “He did not come in love. You guys were the portal.”

Others said she should be able to handle it as a fellow comic, that she “can dish it but can’t take it.”

Ski defended himself for not cutting the interview off early because he didn’t think it was problematic at the time. He also didn’t stop the exchange from going online.

“I just see two comedians going back and forth,” Ski said. 

“I’m OK,” Smith said.

Birthday boy Prince Harry still gets nervous when he bumps into the queen

Prince Harry turns 34 Saturday, and even though he has been around the royal family his entire life, the Duke of Sussex admits he still gets nervous when he runs into his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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Those panic attacks are brought to light in a new documentary that examines life inside the royal family, the Express reported Saturday.

During the two-part series -- called “Queen of the World” -- Prince Harry was speaking with hospitality professionals from the Caribbean. The professionals were spending time at Buckingham Palace, the newspaper reported.

>> Photos: Prince Harry through the years

“You guys have spent way more time in Buckingham Palace than I ever have -- and you’ve only been here two weeks,” the prince said.

Harry added, “If you suddenly bump into (the queen) in the corridor, don’t panic.

“I know you will. We all do!”

The show will air Sept. 29 on ITV, the Express reported.

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