’Tis the season for eating, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture is warning consumers to stay away from “cannibal sandwiches” -- a dish featuring raw ground beef, garnished with onions and spices and served on bread or crackers.
It seems to be a tradition in Wisconsin, and the state’s Department of Health Services warned there have been eight outbreaks of people becoming sick from the raw meat since 1986. More than 150 people were affected during a 1994 outbreak, the department said on its website.
The meal can be dangerous because it is uncooked and could contain harmful bacteria that can only be killed by cooking the meat at a minimum temperature of 160 degrees, the USDA said.
The dish, also known as Tiger meat or steak tartare, is never safe to consume because it is raw meat, the USDA reported.
The USDA recommends that steaks, chops and roasts that use beef, pork, lamb and veal as their main ingredients should be cooked at a minimum temperature of 145 degrees. Ground beef, pork, lamb and veal should be cooked at 160 degrees, while any kind of poultry should be heated at 165 degrees.
If you have a question about preparing a safe alternative to cannibal sandwiches, the USDA suggests calling the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-674-6854 or chatting live online at AskKaren.gov from from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.
An Arizona couple hopes a meeting with Mattel can convince the toy giant to consider adding same-sex couples to their wedding sets, KABC reported.
Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio will be getting married in May after having been together for 11 years, KPNX reported. They moved to Scottsdale three years ago from Los Angeles and will become the first same-sex couple to be married at The Scottsdale Resort, the television station reported.
While shopping with Jacobi’s niece, the men wanted to get the 8-year-old something wedding-related since she will be a flower girl at their ceremony, KPNX reported.
"We went online and we also went through Target and Walmart and were just searching and we found this awesome wedding set from Mattel and it was almost perfect," Jacobi told the television station.
Almost, because all they could find was Barbie and Ken. So the couple bought the set and an extra Ken doll.
"So we bought another Ken, who was in a tux, and took out Barbie and added another Ken in, tied it together and gave Natalie the gift and her reaction was priceless," Jacobi told KPNX.
Jacobi and Caprio reached out to Mattel, posting a photo of the set they made and writing, “I hope this inspires you."
Mattel contacted them days later and will meet with the couple this week, KABC reported.
"For them to reach out and take to social media shows the power of your voice on social media," Caprio told the television station. "It was great to be able to contact them and we’re really excited to see where this goes and work with them.
"It's going to come up in your family, no matter what. As more same-sex couples are having kids, your kids are going to have kids in the class that have gay parents and things like that, too, so it's not this huge shock anymore."
On Sunday, popular meme account SourPsycho posted a graphic that said “No Man has all five: good d—, empathy, a height above 5’9, no h— [mistress] and common sense.”
Cyrus, 26, was quick to squash that myth writing, “Mine does! Don’t give up!” in reference to her fiancé’s stature, kind heart, and other qualities that are less appropriate to discuss publically.
The hilarious confession, as first spotted by Instagram account CommentsByCelebs, comes just a few days after Cyrus revealed she had given Hemsworth a new name after he saved her bevy of animals — including seven dogs, four horses, two pigs and three cats — from the fire that destroyed their Malibu home in November.
“Liam, I’ve never loved him more for this,” Cyrus told Howard Stern on SiruisXM’s Howard Stern Show. “I call him my survival partner now. He thinks it’s not romantic, but I learned that it is. It is why you pair up with someone, for survival. He was so incredible — he got all the animals out in his truck. He put two pigs in crates, which I tell you is so hard.”
Cyrus then went on to explain how Hemsworth accomplished the daunting task of getting the pigs out.
“He said, ‘The only thing I could do was get a really powerful hose and spray them in the ass,'” she said. “So he just chased the pigs into the crate, which was genius.”
Cyrus, who donated $500,000 to the Woolsey fire relief efforts with Hemsworth, also said that her cats were particularly hard for Hemsworth to herd to safety.
“My cats, they’re so stupid,” she said. “He tried to get my cats out and he was trying to lead them to the truck because he had the dogs and all these things, and one of the cats started running away. The cats have never really been outside and he started opening the door, trying to get them in and out. The one cat just ran away, and I’m so glad he didn’t just say, ‘Okay, you don’t know what you’re running into.'”
Cyrus and Hemsworth first began dating in 2010 after starring in The Last Song together. They then broke up that same year but got back together in 2011.
The couple then got engaged in 2013 with Cyrus telling PEOPLE, “I’m so happy to be engaged and look forward to life of happiness with Liam.”
The couple then broke up again in 2013 but got back together in 2016 as Cyrus was spotted out wearing her diamond engagement ring.
The two have yet to publicly announce a wedding date.
Selma Blair had an emotional reunion with her horse over the weekend.
The actress, 46, had the opportunity to get back on her horse for the first time in months as her multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms have prevented her from riding.
While she could not take her horse show jumping like they used to do, just having a chance to sit on his back was enough for the star, who shared the tearful moment to Instagram in a series of posts on Sunday.
“This happened,” she captioned the first photo. “My magical unicorn, #mrnibbles , held my body while I broke open with gratitude. I haven’t been able to ride for four months or more. I haven’t been able to get to him, so my saint of a trainer, @kjrides brought him to me.”
Although the focus of the emotional shot is on her horse, Blair can be seen in the corner of the photo’s background crying.
“It was a fairytale. My horse in my front yard, with more emotions than these words can hold,” Blair continued. “The gratitude. Thank you #cellardoorequestrian for knowing when I needed you the most. I will heal. I will ride.”
“But until then I will hold onto this feeling and post pictures whenever we all need to believe people will move mountains and horses to help us heal,” Blair finished.
She then shared two more photos from the eventful day to Instagram.
The first was a shot featuring Blair and her trainer, Kelly Jennings. In it, the actress affectionately leaned her head on Jennings’ shoulder while the pair smiles alongside Mr. Nibbles.
“This woman. This horse. Thank you. #mrnibbles #kjrides #cellardoorequestrian and to my neighbors. Thank you for letting him graze. On your lawn. Heaven on earth,” she appreciatively wrote.
The other featured Blair on top of her horse, happily leaning into his large, white body. Showing her intentions to once again ride, Blair said simply: “I can.”
Blair first revealed that she has MS on Oct. 20, two months after learning the news from her doctor.
“I have #multiplesclerosis. I am in an exacerbation,” she wrote on Instagram. “By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.”
She continued: “I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself. You can’t get help unless you ask. It can be overwhelming in the beginning. You want to sleep. You always want to sleep. So I don’t have answers.”
“You see, I want to sleep. But I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow,” she added. “I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me, dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges.”View this post on Instagram Thanksgiving is dwindling down for me. I stayed home. It was the right place for me today. And tears came. And lost myself in Joan Didion and the beautiful documentary by @griffindunne . Sublime. Her dedication to her life’s work ,her way of observing humanity and her ever present dignity through her writing and her presence... cracked me. I have always been grateful to her. She is so much of a person. Thank you #griffindunne and #joandidion for making this film. Thank you to @collectivemetals my forever friend for gifting me these precious gold warrior rings. @james.kennedy_ you have a ???? of gold. Thank you @mazzhannabeauty for giving my hands some #crystallove . I want the world to have more Joan didions. More Griffin Dunnes. More James Kennedy’s and Mazz Hannah’s More Carrie Fisher , (because I just miss her every day. Knowing she could be there )More connection. More honesty. I have been grieving recently. For the things I took for granted. A cartwheel for my son being one. I was the most gymnastic mom I knew. A cartwheel was just as easy as taking a breath. But when I began to turn one yesterday on an impulse to show my son who had forgotten, it went all wrong. A jumble of confusion for this body I knew so well. A heap. A heap on the ground. And I tried to laugh. As did my son. But it was a turning point. Part of the grim realization. Is this just #ms or Is this still an exacerbation ? Five months and still same way. Or is this my new normal? And then more gets taken away. As Joan has written. The center will not hold. And as I write... neither will the rest of it. So I thank you all for propping me up. We all have something. Now how do we handle it? What do we do when the news is old but dramatically altering our lives every day? Still grateful. A post shared by Selma Blair (@selmablair) on Nov 22, 2018 at 11:10pm PST
Since then, Blair has kept her followers updated on how she is dealing with her condition. Most recently, the actress opened up on Thanksgiving and reflected on her new life with the disease.
“Thanksgiving is dwindling down for me. I stayed home. It was the right place for me today. And tears came,” she wrote. “I have been grieving recently. For the things I took for granted.”
Blair said she would do previously-easy tricks to amuse her son, Arthur Saint Bleick, 7.
“I was the most gymnastic mom I knew,” she said. “A cartwheel was just as easy as taking a breath. But when I began to turn one yesterday on an impulse to show my son who had forgotten, it went all wrong. A jumble of confusion for this body I knew so well. A heap. A heap on the ground.”
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“And I tried to laugh,” Blair continued. “As did my son. But it was a turning point. Part of the grim realization. Is this just #ms or is this still an exacerbation ? Five months and still same way. Or is this my new normal? And then more gets taken away.”
She finished the post by thanking her fans for supporting her as she continued to figure out life with MS.
“We all have something. Now how do we handle it? What do we do when the news is old but dramatically altering our lives every day?” she said. “Still grateful.”
The case is about to close: CBS’ Elementary will come to an end after its upcoming season, EW has confirmed.
The long-running procedural, which debuted in 2012, will wrap with its seventh season. The decision to end the series was made when the series was renewed for season 7, and the final season has already finished production.
Elementary put a modern spin on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales of Sherlock Holmes. Starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock and Lucy Liu as the gender-flipped Watson, named Joan, the series saw the pair investigating cases in New York City alongside the NYPD, with Joan initially serving as Sherlock’s sober companion and later becoming his partner-in-crime-solving. The season 6 finale saw the duo finally move to Baker Street in London, though the 13-episode season 7 will reportedly find them back in New York at some point.
Executive producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe reacted to the news of the show’s cancellation on Twitter, thanking his colleagues and calling the chance to work on the series a “career highlight.”
“Once again, just wanted to say what an incredible honor it was to work on this show. From creator Rob Doherty and his partner-in-crime Carl Beverly, to my fellow writers, our amazing cast and crew, our top notch editors, #Elementary was a 1st class group in every way,” he said in the first of four tweets.
He continued: “Working on #Elementary was a career highlight and I’m insufferably proud of what we’ve achieved. Doyle wrote 60 Holmes mysteries, we did 154. Jonny Lee Miller and @LucyLiu have played Holmes and Watson on screen more than any pair in history.”Once again, just wanted to say what an incredible honor it was to work on this show. From creator Rob Doherty and his partner-in-crime Carl Beverly, to my fellow writers, our amazing cast and crew, our top notch editors, #Elementary was a 1st class group in every way.— Robert Hewitt Wolfe (@writergeekrhw) December 18, 2018 Working on #Elementary was a career highlight and I'm insufferably proud of what we've achieved. Doyle wrote 60 Holmes mysteries, we did 154. Jonny Lee Miller and @LucyLiu have played Holmes and Watson on screen more than any pair in history.— Robert Hewitt Wolfe (@writergeekrhw) December 18, 2018 Holmes & Watson are eternal. They'll always be out there, somewhere, on stage, screen, or page, solving mysteries and depending on each other. We gave them voice for a time, and now we move on, leaving them waiting for the next interpretation, the next mystery. Adieu. #Elementary— Robert Hewitt Wolfe (@writergeekrhw) December 18, 2018
Wolfe added that the seventh season will likely air in the late spring or early summer, though the network has yet to set an official premiere date.
Deadline first reported the news.
[Rubs hands] Here we go.
It’s the last week of The Voice’s 15th season, which means the contestants no longer have the option of making mistakes and leaning on the instant save to see them through to the next round. Tomorrow, a winner will be chosen from the final four, based at least in part upon tonight’s performances.
With one cover, a coach duet, and an original song for each to get through, they have a lot of chances to remind us why they’re still here and make a case for why they deserve the big W. So, who comes out on top of tonight’s performances? Let’s take a look.
Chris Kroeze “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Blake Shelton says that Chris Kroeze is “swinging for the fence” with this piece because it’s “the most iconic rock song of all time,” but really, it’s not that far off from most of the material he’s dealt with before. It suits his high rasp and echoes the personality we’ve seen from him in previous performances as well — this is an anthem about Southern pride, and he seems to have just that, even if he is from the midwest. Chris seems comfortable with the flow of the number, and since he has never been the kind of singer that lives on his range or put-on intensity, this is about as good as it gets with this singer.
Chevel Shepherd “It’s a Little Too Late” by Tanya Tucker
It’s definitely not too late for Chevel Shepherd “to do the right thing now.” By picking this song, coach Kelly Clarkson thinks audiences are going to get to see her “soul” and “a whole new version” of her, but it’s not as though we need to. Chevel has so far made a name for herself on this show by being a genuine honky tonk tyke with a unique talent for throwing in yodel notes to break up her brusque singing moments. She still struggles to find those lower notes here, but there’s something fun about the way she plays into the drama of this exaggerated intro before breaking into the brisker pace of this sashay-style country favorite. Adam compliments her “classic voice” and how much power she possesses in such a small (by his estimation, 4’10”) package, but what her own coach wants the world to know is that she’s still ready to learn and improve as her still-very-young “career” progresses beyond this stage.
Kirk Jay “Defenseless”
It’s never been Kirk Jay’s precision or technical prowess that’s made him such a buzzy contestant on this show. Instead, it’s the sprawling heart that he seems to bring to the stage every single week — if he’s not connected to the song itself, his vulnerability is captivating, and if he is into what he’s singing, it’s all the more endearing. Tonight, his sharp drawl fits well with this song because we don’t get overwhelmed by too many vibrato strands. Although it’d be nice to hear a choice power note or two thrown into the hook for emphasis, what resonates with Kirk Jay again tonight is how much of his personality and earnestness comes through in his delivery. Jennifer Hudson, ever the enthusiast for this contestant, tells him, “You are a true country artist. And you made a true country fan out of me.” For coach Blake, that’s exactly what he’s been hoping to hear because he knows that Kirk Jay can help shake up the genre with his uniquely brassy tones.
Kennedy Holmes “Love Is Free”
Well, this is just about as fun as it can be, no? It kind of feels like the type of song you’d hear during the credits of a feel-good ensemble dramedy film, with all its body-positivity and earworm choral elements. Now that she’s the only pop-soul singer left in this thing, she’s able to singularly own this space without being too over-the-top with the runs and power notes, and it ends up being a bop that can get people smiling. She’s showing us one of the many lanes she might choose to travel down if she has a professional future in this industry. As coach Jennifer Hudson puts it, “You made the room feel how you feel right now, which is so important.” The world could use a little sunshine, and Kennedy’s got it to spare.
Kirk Jay and Blake Shelton “You Look So Good in Love” by George Strait
This season’s duets have been surprisingly enjoyable. Here, Blake takes the lead on most of the song but allows Kirk to break away with his Aaron Neville-meets-Ronald Isley crowing. They’re singing two different songs entirely, but because they seem to know that they won’t be able to harmonize much, they give each other space instead of trying to force it. (Side note: This would be one of those situations where the “find you a man who looks at you like” meme would come into play because, yeah, Blake’s a believer of Kirk Jay.)
Kennedy Holmes and Jennifer Hudson “Home” by Stephanie Mills
Both of these women can wail, but they don’t get too carried away with the gospel game in their duet. What works for Kennedy in this song is that she quickly reminds us that in addition to that peppy pop style she’s got going on, she’s also a rather elegant soul singer who can embrace her diva side just as easily as anything else.
Chris Kroeze “Human”
Gah, what is it with all these feel-punch originals tonight?! Blake says this song showcases the “diversity” of what Chris Kroeze can do and that “he doesn’t belong in a box” because it’s a little more pop-rock-oriented than some of his recent pieces. While he does have that early aughts jam band vibe going on here, it’s still not a total reinvention. There’s not that much distance between this church rock style and his usual southern rock persuasion. Even so, there is something nice about the way his friendly gravel tones match with these lyrics that speak of how alike we all are. As Blake notes, it’s a good song for the times, and if Chris Kroeze wants to be the new frontman for a religious-bent band in the vein of Creed or Jars of Clay, his voice would be a warm addition to that world.
Chevel Shepherd and Kelly Clarkson “Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain” by The Judds
Chevel Shepherd and Kelly Clarkson are a surprisingly odd vocal coupling. Chevel’s got this unwavering steadiness about her, even when she’s playing up the rhythm as with this number, while Kelly tends to look for opportunities to break away (pun not intended) a bit, so they spend a good bit of this song trying to find a way not to clash.
Chris Kroeze and Blake Shelton “Two More Bottles of Wine” by Delbert McClinton
This duet clearly isn’t meant to be some revelation for Chris Kroeze because he’s already done enough to remind us of his consistently cool sound tonight. This is more just an opportunity for Chris and Blake to jam out and have some fun one last time on this show, and why not? It’s a little surprising that he finishes up his competitive set with a mostly forgettable duet like this, but he’s still likely done enough to keep his fanbase happy tonight.
Kirk Jay “I Won’t Let Go” by Rascal Flatts
It’s hard not to root for Kirk Jay. The guy has so much spirit and an unbridled desire to win this thing. Voice contestant “stories” can be a little much sometimes, but the reason Kirk’s resonates so well is that he doesn’t beat us over the head with the fact that he comes from extreme poverty and hardships. He’s probably the least polished singer left at this point, but as Adam Levine points out, he has an original sound that’s impossible to miss. This song, in particular, is meant to be a “full circle” moment since his fateful blind audition was with Rascal Flatts’ “God Bless the Broken Road.” It has some bumpy moments where he falls flat but plenty of others where he sells it. Carson Daly sure is impressed by what he’s done, forming a chef’s kiss hand gesture while he says, “That’s the stuff of finale right there, Kirk.” It’s certainly not a bad way to end the competitive portion of his time on The Voice that’s for sure.
Chevel Shepherd (Team Kelly) “Broken Hearts”
Yet another strong single. This one is something Kelly Clarkson wanted to record herself, and it’s a little surprising no one else has scooped it up yet because although simple, the melody seems like something the Dixie Chicks or Miranda Lambert or Sara Evans or Jennifer Nettles or any number of other country singers would be teeing up. Kelly appreciates the “innocence” Chevel brings to her performance, and, although she’s incredibly stoic and keeps it as laser focused and even-keeled as ever, she’s still such a little bundle of authenticity for her deep country genre.
Kennedy Holmes “Confident” by Demi Lovato
Kennedy Holmes has saved her feistiest moment of the night for last. This time, it’s her showmanship and, well, confidence that she’s tapping into to close things out. This song might’ve been a better match for a power singer like Sandyredd, but Kennedy Holmes seems to be having a blast with it all the same. Whereas everyone else kind of huddled around their strong suits for each of their songs tonight, Kennedy decided to give us a taste of several things she can do when given the chance.
Predictions: This … isn’t easy. It never is, but especially not this season. What Chevel Shepherd and Chris Kroeze bring to the table is consistency and a good grip on their genres. Meanwhile, Kennedy’s got a lot of star power and the ability to continue surprising everyone, despite all we’ve seen from her so far. But Kirk Jay has still been compelling all season long, and even if he does need a little ironing here and there before he’s really ready for the next level, the singularity of his sound and the fact that he seems to be such a genuine article makes it hard not to believe he’ll walk away with it.
Sigh, here’s my theory on the Top 4 (don’t yell at me):
4. Chris Kroeze 3. Kennedy Holmes 2. Chevel Shepherd 1. Kirk Jay
Amber Portwood has been struggling with suicidal thoughts since being diagnosed with postpartum depression.
The mother of two, 28, opened up about her mental health with her cousin Krystal on Monday night’s season finale of Teen Mom OG. She also revealed she was having a hard time with online bullying.
“They can’t accept the fact that I have postpartum in any way,” she said, referring to people online who criticized her parenting. “I just didn’t know what it felt like because I’d never experienced that before.”
“Our relationship has definitely been different. We’re not as lovey, we’re not as on each other as we used to be,” she said. “We’re really tired from the baby and we’re stressed out because I’m always unhappy.”
However, her unhappiness ran deeper than stress.
“There was a night that I was waiting for him and James to go to bed so I could kill myself,” she said, beginning to cry. “For some odd reason, [Glennon] could feel it and he’s like, ‘I’m not going to bed.'”
The MTV star continued, “It doesn’t feel good to go and do things, it doesn’t feel good to be alive right now.”
She explained trolls on social media had also called her out for not spending as much time with her 10-year-old daughter Leah as she spends with James. (Portwood shares her daughter with ex-boyfriend Gary Shirley.)
“I have people saying to me, like, ‘Why couldn’t you do this for Leah?’ And it’s like, I was young and stupid,” she said, crying.
Krystal attempted to console her, saying, “Who cares what other people think? Listen, you may not feel like getting out of the house daily and doing things but there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s typical depression, it really is.”
Portwood sought help from costar Catelynn Baltierra, who entered rehab late last year for suicidal thoughts after suffering from a miscarriage.
“I’m just at my end,” Portwood said. “I’m literally, I feel like I’m at my lowest right now. I’m not… I have no will. I’m not living for myself at the moment.”
Baltierra, 26, replied, “Just those words scare me. I would love to see you at a place where you could [live for yourself]. But if you really need help, there are places you can go — know that. So you don’t feel hopeless.”View this post on Instagram My beautiful babies! Happy momma???? A post shared by Amber Leann Portwood (@realamberlportwood1__) on Aug 3, 2018 at 2:54pm PDT
Speaking of her own experience, Baltierra explained she chose to enter rehab because her “suicidal ideation was so bad.”
Shaking her head, Portwood said, “Mental illness is real s—.”
“It’s real. I just happen to be on a popular show with a mental illness that is real. It’s complete sabotage when you’re called a horrible mom every day,” she continued, referring to online trolls.
Portwood added, “This show has ruined my name. This show has not shown who I am as a person. They don’t show the funny side of me, they show bad mom, they show all that s—, they show the struggle, they show me crying, they show postpartum. So I go, okay, that’s what’s going on in my life so I guess that’s true. I’m over it.”
In November, Portwood tweeted, “I can’t do this anymore. I have to quit this show.“
Following her tweets, she refused to continue filming with MTV per an explanation by the network in the episode that read, “After expressing her unhappiness with the show online, Amber is refusing to film.”
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Show producers Larry and David received a phone call from Portwood in which she said, “I think I should separate myself from this show.”
“I just don’t feel like this is right for my life anymore, I think you guys want a certain kind of story that I just don’t want to give you any more,” she explained. “I just feel like it’s very depressing to be on this show.”
When Larry said they could focus on the positive aspects of her life, including her newborn son, Portwood said, “There’s certain things you guys want and I’m not that person anymore.”
“It would be a lot easier to talk in person,” Larry told her.
Portwood replied in anger, “I don’t care! I don’t f——— care. This is my life that you guys plaster all over f——— television that I signed up for. So I’m not going to film right now. I need time to f——— think. If you guys need to do what you need to do on your end then f——— do it.”
“I’m done,” she added.
In 2017, Portwood said on the show she had been re-diagnosed with borderline personality and bipolar disorder.
In May, the reality star told PEOPLE she was concerned about her depression when she became pregnant, saying, “It was a concern that postpartum was something that could happen because of how I’m doing right now.”
She said she began taking antidepressants during her pregnancy with James.
“I kind of just want to nip it in the bud before anything gets too bad or you go into a really deep depression, which is not good for me right now, obviously,” she explained. “It’s just something you have to do to make yourself feel better, and you have to make sure it’s safe for the baby and just move forward from that.”
Also in the finale, Baltierra continued to struggle with her husband Tyler Baltierra’s decision to live separately for 30 days as they tried to overcome their marital troubles.
Maci Bookout shared a heart to heart with ex-boyfriend Ryan Edwards’ parents, Jen and Larry, about Ryan’s recovery from drug addiction in a rehab facility.
Cheyenne Floyd revealed her growing feelings for the father of her daughter Ryder, Cory Wharton, after hosting a celebration in his honor, while Bristol Palin visited a counselor to learn better ways of communicating with her ex-husband Dakota Meyer.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Actress and showrunner Frankie Shaw has been accused of misconduct and contractual violations on the set of her Showtime series, SMILF.
According to an exposé by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the show’s stars is leaving amid claims her contract was breached due to two mishandled sex scenes. Several employees have contacted major talent guilds, including WGA and Disney’s ABC Signature Studios — which produces SMILF — with complaints of misconduct.
In a statement to Variety, however, ABC Studios said it had investigated the misconduct allegations against Shaw and concluded that there had been no wrongdoing on Shaw’s part.
“I’ve dedicated my career to creating platforms for underrepresented voices — both in front of and behind the lens. That’s why I felt so strongly that at least half of my crew on SMILF needed to be female, that we should create an intersectional workplace in which more than a third of writers were women of color, and that it was important I have female shadow directors on set,” Shaw, who also stars in the show as Bridgette Bird, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE, denying any bias.
“I am proud of the accomplishments and that all but one of SMILF’s 18 episodes over the first two seasons were directed by women, because these are my values and priorities and I am grateful for the support and contributions of the SMILF team in helping me to realize them,” Shaw said.
“I work daily to create an environment in which everyone should feel safe, and in which I can continue to grow as a leader and manager. I am now and always have been open to hearing and addressing all concerns and issues that fall within my control. It pains me to learn that anyone felt uncomfortable on my set. I sincerely hope we can work together to resolve any and all issues, as I am committed to creating a workplace in which all people feel safe and heard,” Shaw concluded her statement.
Samara Weaving, an actress who plays Nelson Rose in the show’s first and upcoming second season, reportedly made two claims against Shaw.
In one incident, during the first season, Weaving claimed she objected to filming a nude scene. Shaw allegedly told her that she understood how nude scenes could be stressful and spoke of demands made of her in the past, according to Deadline, which also reported that Shaw, who was wearing a bra, pulled up her own T-shirt and showed Weaving how giving birth had altered her own body, explaining that she still did nude scenes when required.
“In an effort to point out her own imperfections and make others feel comfortable with their own bodies, Frankie did lift her shirt and pinched her belly. She was wearing a bra at time and her breasts were not exposed. There were several people around and it wasn’t done in a vulgar or sexually suggestive manner,” Shaw’s attorney said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
The second incident involved Weaving’s claims that her contract was breached during the filming of a sex scene with her onscreen love interest Rafi (played by Miguel Gomez) in the second season, as reported by THR. Weaving, who was wearing a T-shirt and underwear in the scene, allegedly complained to Disney and SAG-AFTRA after the sex scene was seen by unauthorized crew members who were not involved in the supposedly closed set.
In her statement obtained by PEOPLE, Shaw said she was not on set at the time of the incident. A rep for Weaving did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Variety reported that Weaving confided in costar Rosie O’Donnell, who spoke with Showtime executives about Weaving’s complaint, which launched an investigation by ABC. “I have worked with Frankie Shaw for two and a half years. She is an immensely gifted young talent. I love acting on SMILF, a show that I am extremely proud of,” O’Donnell, who plays Tutu, said in a statement to THR.
A rep for O’Donnell did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
“We are not attempting to make excuses or minimize the fact that Samara felt uncomfortable and that we fell short of our intentions to protect her privacy,” SMILF executive producer Michael London told Deadline. “All we can do is apologize to her and make the necessary changes to make sure it never happens again. This isn’t a small matter to Frankie. She’s an outspoken voice for female empowerment and affording women more opportunities to tell their stories. She herself experienced pressure from male directors to participate in uncomfortable sex scenes earlier in her career.”
ABC Signature Studios and Showtime declined to comment.
Weaving was released from her contract at her request and is not expected to join the show for a potential third season, Variety reported.
On Sunday, Kim, 38, shared an adorable throwback photo of herself as a child captioned “Baby K.”
The sweet shot got over two million likes and even a comment from her other sister Kylie Jenner, who couldn’t help but point out how much the KKW Beauty founder looks like her 10-month-old daughter Chicago.
“Omg Chicago,” Kylie, 21, wrote in the comment section. While most fans agreed with the comparison, one user, in particular, didn’t. Instead, the user argued that Chicago “would either look MORE like Kanye or the surrogate mother,” as she was carried to term by a surrogate.
That’s when Khloé, 34, chimed in. “If you don’t know about someone’s situation then maybe you shouldn’t comment. Try informing yourself first before you make such silly statements,” Khloé wrote.View this post on Instagram Baby K A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Dec 16, 2018 at 3:25pm PST
“Your [sic] passive wanna be petty comment is simply uneducated,” The Revenge Body star continued. “Chicago is completely Kimberly’s biological child. Praise the lord she was able to have a surrogate and that we are blessed we sweet gorgeous Chi Chi.”
The user then replied, “I never said the baby wasn’t beautiful [face with tears of joy emoji] SHE DEFINITELY IS, but she did have surrogate so the baby would either look MORE like Kanye or the surrogate mother. That’s all love.”
Khloé later replied, explaining the process of surrogacy. “I am not saying you said that love. I am saying you must be more informed before speaking on something that you don’t know anything about apparently.”
“Chicago is Kimberly’s DNA. Her and her husband made embryos and then they were blessed enough to have a surrogate carry their child for them since Kimberly is unable to. God bless modern medicine.”View this post on Instagram ???? A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:22pm PST
“Always gorgeous just like both of your baby girls!!!! Blessed!!!” Khloé concluded.
“I have always been really honest about my struggles with pregnancy,” Kim wrote on her website. “Preeclampsia and placenta accreta are high-risk conditions, so when I wanted to have a third baby, doctors said that it wasn’t safe for my— or the baby’s— health to carry on my own.”
“After exploring many options, Kanye and I decided to use a gestational carrier,” added Kim explaining, “Although I have used the term surrogate in the past, a gestational carrier is actually the technical term for a woman who carries a baby that she has no biological relationship to.”
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