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‘This Is Us’ Cast, Julianne Moore, Allison Janney & More Ask NBC To Move President Trump’s Town Hall Opposite Joe Biden’s To A Different Time Slot

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After the announcement that President Donald Trump will hold a town hall on NBC opposite Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s on ABC tonight, over 100 writers, actors, directors and producers are calling out NBC for their planned broadcast at 8 p, m, and have signed a letter asking for Trump’s to be shifted to a different time slot .

According to Deadline:  “The list of those who signed the letter include the creator and cast of NBC’s flagship drama This Is UsLaw & Order: SVU star/exec producer Mariska Hargitay as well as Aaron Sorkin, J.J. Abrams, Ryan Murphy, Greg Berlanti, Ava DuVernay, Seth MacFarlane, Damon Lindelof, Kenya Barris, Phil Lloyd & Chris Miller, Adam McKay, Courtney Kemp, Tom McCarthy, Billy Porter, Seth Rogen, Ben Stiller, Allison Janney, Robert Kirkman, Julianne Moore and Amy Schumer.”

Soap fans know of Moore’s start on As the World Turns, Janney’s career started in daytime, and of course, Justin Hartley’s time in the genre, who is a central character on This Is Us as Kevin Pearson. Speaking of This Is Us look for its season premiere on Tuesday, October 27th,

In the letter, those that signed it are not arguing that Trump should not receive equal time on NBC after the network recently aired a Joe Biden town hall from the same Florida location, but are stating. “We are simply asking that NBC air the President’s town hall either before or after Vice President Biden’s so that American voters can have the opportunity to watch both.”

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The letter to Comcast, NBCUniversal and NBCU News Groups chairs, Brian Roberts, Jeff Shell and Cesar Conde says in full:  “We are a group of writers, actors, directors and producers. Many of us have been lucky enough to work for NBCUniversal at some point in our careers. Some of us are currently employed at your studio. We have always thought of NBC Universal as both a terrific creative home and a brand that stands for the best in entertainment and broadcast journalism.This is why we have been devastated to learn that you have chosen to air President Trump’s town hall this Thursday night at 8pm, directly opposite Vice President Biden’s town hall.  This is not a partisan issue. This is about the political health of our democracy.

President Trump refused to participate in the virtual debate scheduled for Thursday night by the Presidential Debate Commission. By agreeing to air his town hall as counterprogramming opposite Vice President Biden’s town hall on ABC, you are enabling the President’s bad behavior while undercutting the Presidential Debate Commission and doing a disservice to the American public. We believe this kind of indifference to the norms and rules of our democracy are what have brought our country to this perilous state.  We are simply asking that NBC air the President’s town hall either before or after Vice President Biden’s so that American voters can have the opportunity to watch both.  We understand the necessities of business, especially in this difficult time. But we believe there are larger issues of civic responsibility at stake here.”

To see all who signed the letter click here.

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Karen Zurawsky
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Karen Zurawsky

Who cares what a bunch of elitist pampered people who if someone else didn’t write their words for them would starve think? Certainly no one I know half of them promised to leave 4 years ago and are still here!

Harry
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Harry

Okay, Karen. Trump says if he loses to Biden that he will leave the country. Just another promise he will break.

Michael
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Michael

I won’t be watching Donald’s town hall since it’s just another excuse for him to lie to the American people.

Al
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Al

The truth is out about biden is is clearly the liar

Steve
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Steve

What “truth” are you talking about? The made up Russian propaganda about Ukraine?

Please provide details. Will gladly provide links to the multitude of lies from the current occupant of the office.

Satan
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Satan

The vanity of this sick orange bastard willing to expose countless others to a virus that he pretended was “a Chinese hoax” for 6 months, is completely off the charts.

As much as I don’t want him in Hell, it would probably be best for the country if he died from the virus, as that might be the only way the brain dead MAGAtts who worship him will take the pandemic seriously.

Herman Cain being down here should have convinced them, but sadly not.

Jimh
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Jimh

Trump did attempt early ion with his banned flights to China and closed boarders but was called a racist and both Nancy Pelosi downplayed it in Chinatown and DiBlasio told New Yorkers it was safe to go out and eat…Chris Cuomo was suppose to be in quarantine and was caught outside without a mask…and recently Pelosi was caught in a salon without a mask…both sides are the problem…

Jimh
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Jimh

All have a right to their opinions and free speech but when i come here i want to escape the news and every day problems of the world at least a few times a day…i can go to any news outlet when i need news…but when politics comes here its only going to cause friction between commenters…i belong to other entertainment sites that dont mix politics because there are other boards for that in order to avoid upsetting each other and causing fights which the news media is already doing and creating division…can we keep politics out of this or… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Jim, you know I like and respect you — as is the case for others here with whom I disagree politically. Here you make some great points.

However, you blame the media for “causing fights” and “creating division.” The undisputed master at sowing “division” is the current president. That’s his instinct, his go-to tactic, and people are just plain tired of it. His term, entrenched in non-stop negativity, bullying, lies, and chaos, must end in order for our country to heal, move on, and have any chance of uniting.

Harry
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Harry

I would just skip reading the articles which are political in nature.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Harry, Satan and others, HELP!! First of all I just think it’s easier arguing and or discussing these things here than with friends and family at home. I have one family member who decidedly thinks Trump’s course of action is for her as a business woman though she does not like the man personally and agrees with me that he’s obnoxious to say the least. Then we get into the nasty rumours about Biden and how much of that is true. Is he what they say he is, the videos I’ve seen do not help . Is he being set… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

I’ve never been Joe Biden’s biggest fan, but I believe he’s very capable of doing the job. Given his age, he might not serve 8 years, but at least if the foundations can be built to pull the USA back out of the abyss, then it will be an improvement. Of course the TRUE problem here is that the abyss didn’t begin in November 2016. The real problem started in November 1980, (some would say November 1963) and it’s been downhill from there. Bill Clinton & Barack Obama put a temporary stop to the decline, in some ways (unfortunately accelerated… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Violet, I am sorry you’re going through this. I would not argue with anyone with whom you’re close about Trump. Their minds are made up, just avoid the topic altogether. I will say that the New York Post ( a discredited rag) which initially reported this bogus Hunter story actually recanted their story and admitted they were wrong. Hunter is in recovery and his dad loves him unconditionally. That’s the real story! This idiotic story which purported that a drunken Hunter traveled 2,000 miles on an airplane and had his laptop repaired by a blind man, has been discredited. Once… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Harry, thanks for your words of wisdom and encouragement. I do not get into arguments. You are right, their minds are made up as is mine. Also what I was asking was about this terrible group called Qanon, which Trump tried to weasel out of when S.Guthrie questioned him about it. These people, in my mind are the sick ones, not the ones they are accusing, Biden, etc. of horrific things, and yet I hear the Trumpeters repeating these things like they are known facts. Where there’s smoke there’s fire, etc. Thanks for helping Harry. Stay well.

mgb357
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mgb357

so are they against freedom of speech or just donald trump?
since when are celebrities the arbituers of speech?

Kay
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Kay

Well I have a plane reserved I will fly it myself for all you guys who are going to leave if the Trumpster gets back in and guess what I will drop you off at 35,000 get my cruising speed ! You keep telling us you are going to leave do it please ! Shut your pie holes your viewership is down what 84 percent please leave us alone why would I listen to a woman who can’t control her weight or a man who humiliated his wife on social media when he gets a divorce ?? We are tired… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

This is quite a mean spirited Tweet, Kay and not at all fair. Trump chickened out of the second debate with Biden and then arranged to have his Town Hall at the same time as Biden’s. These employees of NBC’s are conscientious objectors and calling out their bosses at NBC to change the time slot. Seems fair to me. They should be lauded, not slammed for their life long struggles with weight or person issues.

Harry
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Harry

Gee, I wish I could edit my comment above. I was hiking the trails with my dog when I wrote it. What I meant to write was that these actors should be lauded for standing up to their bosses for the greater good. My last few sentences came out as gibberish. My apologies.

Harry
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Harry

Trump, like all bullies, is a coward. He chickened out of the planned debate with Biden and then manipulated NBC brass to arrange for his town hall meeting to air at the same time as Biden’s. NBC brass rewarded his bad behavior. However, this backfired because while Trump pulled this last minute game changer in order to beat Biden in the ratings,(because see? To this cheap reality TV star, it’s all about ratings)Biden garnered almost 2 million more viewers than Trump. Moreover, Biden came off as well informed, intelligent and compassionate while Trump came off as someone’s “crazy uncle.” I… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

To all the misguided souls in this thread and others; To the fat shamers and those threatening (even if tongue in cheek) the health (by mass murder no less) of fellow citizens; To all those who elect to ignore the ineptitude, belligerence, lies, criminality, cronyism, cowardice, and chaos of the current president: I hope that one day you learn the error of your ways (because your cult leader certainly won’t); You understand that you were used by a noncaring, nonempathic, narcissistic dictator for his own selfish purposes; You truly honor your country and fellow citizens by working to achieve healing… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Applauding wildly for you, James. Bravo! Beautifully expressed.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Harry! Having read your other impressive posts here as well, I also send accolades your way for your articulate sentiments. Case in point: “I love it when the good guys win and the bad guys lose.” That’s really what this is about, Harry. It’s about good versus evil. I will always root for good and against evil. Best to you, Friend!

Satan
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Satan

Well in the end, I guess the people have spoken… Biden’s show on ABC got more viewers than Cheeto’s did on NBC, CNBC, and MSNBC combined.

For the record, neither one aired in Hell, so I’m not preferring one over the other. But I saw enough clips of both to know which one was the greater embarrassment. Draw your own conclusions.

Supposedly another debate is still going to happen, but I wouldn’t bet your soul on that.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I wound up watching Trump but for the life of me could not find Biden’s broadcast. I thought when they said it would be at the same time, different channels, I’d watch one and record the other. Not to be. I finally figured that Joe’s had to have been on way earlier and I missed it. They said one was on NBC and the other was ABC here on the West Coast.

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Chris Harrison In First Interview Since ‘Bachelor’ Controversy Says He Wants To Be Back as Host; But GMA’s Michael Strahan Says Apology was a “Surface Response”

Thursday’s Good Morning America featured the highly-publicized first interview with ‘Bachelor’ franchise host and executive producer, Chris Harrison, since he stepped away from the show following his controversial remarks on current Bachelor contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, amid the airing of a season that has seen the first-ever Black male lead of the reality series, Matt James.

Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below. But first check out his GMA exclusive.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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