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Sara Gilbert Stands By ABC’s Decision To Cancel ‘Roseanne’ But Shares: “This Show Has Always Been About Diversity, Love and Inclusion. It’s Sad To See It End This Way”

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During Monday’s episode of CBS’ Daytime’s The Talk, co-host Sara Gilbert had the opportunity to address those at home, and in the audience on her thoughts on the firestorm that ensued last week when her primetime series, Roseanne was swiftly cancelled by ABC.

All of this came about following its star, Roseanne Barr’s racist and offensive tweet.  The tweet about former Obama advisor, Valerie Jarrett caused ABC executive, Channing Dungey to ax Roseanne from the network’s line-up effective immediately.

Gilbert, who was a major force in bringing the Roseanne reboot back to ABC, had shared her sentiments on Twitter last week, but on her daytime series today she offered this up: “In addition to my statement, I would like to say this has been a very difficult week. A lot of people have been hurt by this. I will say I’m proud of the show we made. This show has always been about diversity, love and inclusion. And it’s sad to see it end in this way. I’m sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process. However, I do stand behind the decision ABC made.”

Sara’s other co-hosts chimed in.  Sheryl Underwood added, “As a black woman who is a comedienne… I’m happy to see that it was done swiftly.’  Julie Chen adds, “Canceling the show so quickly sent a strong message and the right message.”

Watch Sara’s statement on the Roseanne cancellation below.  Then let us know, what did you think of Sara standing by ABC’s decision and reflecting the loss of jobs and the way that the show stood for inclusion and diversity had to end this way? Comment below.

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Yes, sad. Too much racism and hatred today.

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Roseanne’s mind isn’t right, something is seriously misswired upstairs, back to the macadamia nut farm she goes.

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I THINK IT SUCKS. I HAVE HEARD WORST THINGS SAID ABOUT THE PRESIDENT BUT THEY DON’T CARE. ALL BECAUSE ROSANNE IS A REPUBLICAN. I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED IN IN ALL 3. WHEN TRUMPS MOTH WAS COMPARED TO A MONKEY THAT WAS FUNNY TO ALL DEMS & PERFORMERS ON TV ARE DEMS. THE VIEW DOES HAVE 1 REP THEY GIVE HELL EACH DAY. MICHAEL U KNOW HOW I BOYCOTTED ABC WHEN THEY CANCELLED OLTL WELL HERE WE GO AGAIN AS WELL AS THE TALK. PERFORMERS OR TALKERS WHO THINK WHAT THEY SAY IS GOSPEL HAD BETTER THINK AGAIN. I’M BEGINNING TO BELIEVE THEY ALL FOLLOW THE DEVIL HIMSELF. EVERYTHING IS SUPPOSE TO BE TRUE IF THEY BELIEVE. WELL I FOR 1 AM TIRED OF THEM ALL. THEY ARE NO BETTER THAN WE REGULAR PEOPLE ARE. THEY FORGET WE MADE THEM. I’LL CLOSE BY SAYING GOD BLESS OUR PRESIDENT & GOD BLESS THE USA.

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Jussie Smollett Scenes Cut From ‘Empire’ In Lieu Of Attack Investigation

As of Tuesday, the production of Fox’s hit series, Empire has slashed Jussie Smollett’s upcoming scenes following reports that the suspicion is now on him for allegedly staging the “hate” attack he reported to the Chicago PD back on January 29th.

According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

What are your thoughts on the latest developments in the Smollett case and Empire reducing his appearances for the remainder of the season? Comment below.

 

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TODAY: Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Visits ‘The Talk’ As Her 40th Anniversary Week As Nikki Newman Kicks-Off

On today’s broadcast of the CBS afternoon series, The Talk, the ladies welcome Y&R icon, Melody Thomas Scott, who this week celebrates her incredible 40th anniversary with the show as Nikki Newman.

During her segment, Melody chats on Wednesday’s upcoming standalone episode where Nikki is in jail reflecting on her life.  Wednesday is also the exact date of Thomas Scott’s 40th anniversary with the CBS Daytime drama series.

During the segment Melody fills the ladies in on the “All About Nikki” episode, as she relates:  “I was so thrilled that they did this. It’s truly, really the life of Nikki in the entirety of the episode. It’s all about Nikki. And she’s in jail. She’s writing a letter to her grandchildren so that she can explain who she really is, how she got to where she is.  I have to narrate it, I’ve got a voice-over, a long voice-over. And then, as I’m thinking about all these different times in my life, I can’t believe I’m referring to me as her, her life, then we see the flashbacks. And for the longtime viewers, even current viewers, it is such a trip down memory lane. I mean, you are on that train and you’re not getting off…all of the clips have not been seen since they were first aired.”

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In addition, Melody addresses the passing of her longtime co-star and friend, Kristoff St. John relating:  “I adored him. We all adored him. There was something very unique and magical about him. He would just draw you into his wonderful world. And all of his bear hugs, I can’t believe I’ll never get a bear hug. Going to any kind of event, any party, the first thing I said when I got there was ‘Where’s Kristoff?’ I want to find Kristoff, I want to be with him, I want to be in his air space. Because that’s the kind of guy he was, and I think that came through on camera. I think everybody sensed that, I mean everybody adored him.”

So, will you be checking out Melody on today’s episode of The Talk (2PMEST and 1PM PST) today? Comment below.

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General Hospital Writing Team Wins WGA Award In Daytime Drama Category

In duel ceremonies currently underway in both Los Angeles and New York, the Writers Guild of America is handing out the 71st annual WGA Awards for excellence in writing in the fields of motion picture and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of head writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles, took home the prestigious honor.

This win for GH marks the fifth win in a row for the ABC series, which make its a record-breaker for the Daytime Drama category at the WGA Awards.

For a complete list of winners click here.

Congratulations to the team from Port Charles and General Hospital on their WGA Award win.  So, what do you think of GH besting DAYS?  Glad the ABC daytime drama won? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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