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Senator, Vietnam War Hero & Presidential Candidate, John McCain Dies; His Daughter, ‘The View’s’ Meghan McCain Writes Heartfelt Tribute

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As we write this o Saturday, the media, celebrities,, the public, and politicians are learning of the passing at 4:30PM today Arizona time of Senator John McCain who died at 81 of brain cancer.  He died surrounded by his wife and family.  McCain who was often called “The Maverick” was known for his service to his country both as a Vietnam war hero, and for his years of service to the public in the political arena.

 

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His daughter, Meghan McCain is currently the co-host of ABC’s morning talker, The View.  She took to social media with this heartbreaking and heartfelt tribute to her father on his passing:

In addition, some of your favorite soap stars are posting on social media upon learning the news of McCain’s passing.

Eileen Davidson took to Twitter and expressed: “One of the greats. RIP John McCain thank you for your valiant service. Our world is better because of your example. God bless your family. ❤❤❤ A TRUE LEADER. A TRUE HERO!!!!!”

Share your thoughts on the passing of Senator John McCain, and Meghan’s message in the comment section below.

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John McCain was a perfect example of how to handle political disagreement with class, dignity, and respect for the people he represented. That classic moment in the 2008 campaign when he defended Barack Obama to a misinformed voter was beyond brilliant. It’s sad that we’ve seen so little of that behavior since; I dare say we may never see it again.

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Respect for those he purportedly “represented?” Since when? Given that two of the most desired recent items on the GOP voters’ agenda were to repeal Obamacare and pass immigration measures to stem the overwhelming tide of illegal aliens pouring into our country, I saw absolutely no indication of either acknowledgment for our wishes or willingness to support these measures legislatively by this petty, bitter, vindictive little man who always thought he knew better than the Republicans he claimed to serve. In fact, he was an obstinate, steadfast obstacle to getting this done because he couldn’t abide giving our president a victory on either score. That indicates neither class nor dignity to me.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Beautifully said, Soaphound. I agree. Class, dignity and respect. He will be missed by even those on the opposing side.

Harry
Harry

Always fighting the good fight and even when one disagreed with him, one respected him. We don’t see his like again. “Honor and Beauty in the Owner’s Arms, are Weakly Fortress’d in a World of Harms.”

William Shakespeare. The Rape of Lucrece.

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su000

John McCain the politician the Senator, I rarely agreed with his policies. Not a fan.
John McCain the man. I have great respect and honor for the man. I Salute.

May your soul be blessed on its’ journey, John McCain.
be it going to Nirvana? Heaven? Hell? Purgatory? Reincarnation? Who knows. I Wish a blessed journey.
But, Never RIP- it’s to cease the journey and enter into Eternal Slumber.

John Sidney McCain III, Atma ko Sadgati Prapt ho..

rebecca1
rebecca1

Beautiful tribute from a daughter to her father. What a life he lived! And through it all, from what I’ve read, witnessed, he always stayed true to his convictions. His vote against that heartless attempted repeal of the healthcare act was one of bravery and conscience. In the midst of his own devastating diagnosis he had the compassion to realize that not all could afford the medical treatment he could; that many would suffer if that bill had passed.

Another good person has exited. RIP John McCain. I say that with respect and gratitude for your service both in and out of the military.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree with a lot of what president Trump has done in his nearly two years in office BUT the one black mark I cannot forgive him for is saying that John Mccain was not a hero. MCCain went through hell and back and THEN became a politician and managed to keep a good name on both sides of the political fence. God bless you John and you’re loving family!

rebecca1
rebecca1

If a funeral can be considered “amazing” then that’s how I’d describe what I watched today. The speeches, the tributes, the music…what a beautiful, spectacular service to a man who gave so much of his time to serving. The evidence of his humanity and ability to see “across the aisle” was evident in the diversity of party, religion and race, and the two presidents who beat him to The House who he considered friends.. Instead of obsessing on who drew a bigger crowd or who won the race, he developed friendships with those he didn’t always see eye to eye with, yet strove to work with them for the greater good and in so doing saw the person behind he differences.

I loved how he planned much of his own funeral while he was still able to do so; still able to get his points across, leave his final words of wisdom in such a poignant fashion through his daughter and the speakers who spoke of him and for him. In the midst of such a solemn occasion he delivered through his choice of speakers a powerful message that all men/women of good conscience will hopefully heed.

RIP John McCain.

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Angelica McDaniel OUT as CBS Head of Daytime As Network Restructures

There has been a swift turn in the CBS Daytime hierarchy.  In news this evening, CBS Head of Daytime Angelica McDaniel has exited the network and her position, following a restructuring which dissolved her position.

According to Deadline:  McDaniel’s position is being eliminated as the network is folding the daytime team into the Current Programming department headed by Amy Reisenbach.”  Angelica had been with the company for nine years.

Reportedly, McDaniel’s last day at CBS was today.  The move by CBS now makes it similar to how ABC handles their soap opera, General Hospital as it is overseen by Vicki Dummer. who oversees all scripted series for the day-pa

Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment said in a stateement: “Angelica McDaniel championed our daytime series line up with creativity, passion and energy and broke new ground by helping launch the Network’s first daytime talk show in years while respecting the long history and tradition of the dramas and game shows. We appreciate her many contributions and wish her well on her next endeavors.”

McDaniel oversaw The Young and the Restless (who’s ratings have been on a decline of late) and The Bold and the Beautiful for the network.  She also was responsible for championing The Talk to daytime television.  Angelica was promoted over a short period of time by industry standards to her position after her accomplishments.

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GMA’s Lara Spencer Says, “I Screwed Up” As She Apologizes For Insensitive Prince George Ballet Joke

After a major backlash, Good Morning America‘s Lara Spencer apologized Monday morning on-air during the ABC morning show, over comments she made last week over now six-year-old Prince George taking ballet classes.

In her apology, Spencer told GMA viewers: “I screwed up.  The comment I made about dance was insensitive, it was stupid, and I am deeply sorry.”

Several key figures in the dance community spoke out following her remarks, and Spencer herself also spoke to them over the last few days telling viewers: “I have listened, I have learned about the bravery it takes for a young boy to pursue a career in dance.”

From there, a previously recorded group interview Spencer conducted with three male dancers; Robbie Fairchild (Cats), Travis Wall (So You Think You Can Dance) and Fabrice Calmels (Joffrey Ballet), was shown as each expressed their personal journey and often the humiliation they felt as young boys when they were laughed at and made fun of because of dance.

All of this was kicked off by Spencer making a comment during the Thursday ‘Pop News’ segment on GMA, in which she talked about Prince George’s  “curriculum”.

Lara said in her commentary: “In addition to the usual first- and second-grade things like math, science and history, the future King of England will be putting down the Play-Doh to take on religious studies, computer programming, poetry and ballet, among other things.” She then paused which gave way to chortles in the audience and went on to say: “Prince William says Prince George absolutely loves ballet. I have news for you, Prince William: We’ll see how long that lasts. I mean, he might! He might end up … Between the religious studies and the computer programming, I just want to go back to the Play-Doh!”

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From Debbie Allen, to Rosie O’Donnell, to the wife of the late great dancer Gene Kelly, these women were among those who took swift action commenting on Lara’s remarks and how she mocked ballet.  Outside the GMA studios Monday morning were hundreds of male dancers doing their ballet moves, as well.

So, what do you think of Spencer’s remarks and her apology? Comment below. But first watch the segment and what went down this morning on GMA.

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Dancing with the Stars Season 28 Cast Revealed: From The Bachelorette’s Hannah Brown to Ex-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

This morning on ABC’s Good Morning America the celebrity line-up was announced for the upcoming fall season and 28th edition of Dancing with the Stars.  Within the list of competitors are: The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown, former Dawson’s Creek star, James Van Der Beek, and even disgraced White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, and the “Uptown Girl” herself, supermodel Christie Brinkley 

In addition to the above celebs, showing their best ballroom dance moves will also be: Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, The Office‘s Kate Flannery and Kenan & Kel‘s Kel Mitchell, plus The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke, and American Idol Season 10 runner-up  and now country/pop star, Lauren Alaina.

As for the former pro athletes in the cast; those slots belong to: former NFL linebacker of the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis, and former NBA player (and former hubby to Khloe Kardashian) Lamar Odom.

On the pro dancer side, this season will mark the return of Peta Murgatroyd who last competed three seasons ago, as well as newcomers Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov. In addition, the cast will include the steps of: Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko and Emma Slater.

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This season viewers will not learn of the celebrity/pro pairings till the night of the premiere.

All the moves kick-off on Monday night, September 26th at 8PMEST/7PMCST on ABC.

So, what do you think of the new cast of DWTS? Who do you think on paper stands the best chance of being a top contender for the Mirror Ball Trophy? Weigh-in below.

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