<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSat, 19 Aug 2017 14:51:54 -0400Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:51:54 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Chelsea Handler: 'Please Go Rescue a Dog']]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:52:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-457522426.jpg

Comedian Chelsea Handler made an emotional plea Saturday, urging people across the country to “please, go rescue a dog."

The talk show host, who was forced last week to put down her beloved rescue dog Tammy, posted a heartfelt video message on social media advocating for pet adoption.

"I got both of my dogs at the pound. Chunk at the L.A. pound and Tammy at the Long Beach pound," Handler began.

She recalled how Tammy was the "ugliest dog I could find," but after taking her home and nursing her back to health, the pup "blossomed, and she bloomed and she was beautiful."

"Unfortunately, today she is no longer with us because I did have to put her down. She was having respiratory failure and kidney failure, and all this other ugly stuff," an emotional Handler said choking back tears.

But, she noted, at least Tammy had someone to love her for the last two years of her life, living the life of luxury in Belair. "Talk about going out in the sunset of your life."

"She added to my life more than I probably added to hers," Handler said. "I love my dog and I will never be able to say how much value dogs bring to your life."

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<![CDATA['Tonight' Thank You Notes: Triple H Body Slams Jimmy on Desk]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 03:21:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/Screen+Shot+2017-08-19+at+2.38.59+AM.png

Jimmy pens thank you notes to President Donald Trump for firing Steve Bannon, waterfalls and other things before getting body slammed by WWE wrestling star Triple H.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Face It Challenge With Jon Hamm]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 03:21:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2017-08-19+at+2.38.27+AM.png

Jon Hamm and Jimmy go head-to-head as they are given random faces to make at each other and try to hold for 10 seconds without being the first to break into laughter.

<![CDATA[Celebs Share Heartwarming Stories of Their Shelter Pets]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:41:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/CTS+CELEB+PETS_NYLIVE.jpg

Singer Miley Cyrus, actor Justin Theroux, host Mario Lopez and actress Lori Loughlin share heartwarming stories with People magazine about their shelter pets.

"Glee" star Jane Lynch also talks about adopting her first dog after filming the mokumentary "Best in Show."

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<![CDATA[How Arnold Schwarzenegger 'Fired' Back at President Trump]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:05:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trump-swarz.jpg

Arnold Schwarzenegger famously flopped as host of "Celebrity Apprentice" – but that didn't stop him from symbolically firing President Trump.

Sure, his video eviscerating Trump's equating of assorted white supremacists, Confederate flag wavers and neo-Nazis with their protesters escalated the duo's bizarre celebrity feud. But far more significantly, the storied action-movie hero and former Republican governor of California used his unique position to stake out higher ground.

"You have a moral responsibility to send an unequivocal message that you won't stand for hate and racism," he said, addressing Trump.

Schwarzenegger, of course, is far from the first major figure to slam Trump for blaming last weekend’s hate-fueled tragedy in Charlottesville, VA, on “both sides.” Everyone from politicians of both major parties to corporate leaders to TV comedians took aim at Trump's apparent tolerance of intolerance.

But Schwarzenegger's viral video, released Thursday night, stands among the most effective rebuttals yet as the nation reels from the murder of anti-hate protester Heather Heyer.

Ronald Reagan fan Schwarzenegger proved himself a great – and versatile –communicator in the three-minute, 42-second spot: He employed humor (mockingly lecturing a Trump bobble-head doll). He spoke in common-sense, patriotic terms ("The country that defeated Hitler's armies is no place for Nazi flags.”). He even tweaked one of his catchphrases ("Let's terminate hate.").

The video, though, packs its strongest punch when Schwarzenegger invokes his experience as a son of post-World War II Austria, growing up "surrounded by broken men" who had fought for the Nazis.

"These ghosts that you idolize spent the rest of their lives living in shame," he said, addressing neo-Nazis. "And right now, they're resting in hell."

The video came six months after Trump's attacks on Schwarzenegger's weak "Celebrity Apprentice" ratings emerged as a sideshow to a political circus whose rings keep spiraling.

The Twitter-happy President didn't immediately respond to the video, in which Schwarzenegger uses a favorite Trump insult – "losers" – to describe haters.

Arnold Schwarzenegger can't fire President Trump, whose successful stint on “The Apprentice” helped launch him to the most powerful elected office on Earth. But Schwarzenegger showed that insipid TV feud or otherwise, he's ready fire back when there's an actual moral imperative to speak out.

Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Celebs, Lawmakers React to WH Ouster of Steve Bannon]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:10:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trump-nacionalismo-1A.jpg

News of Steve Bannon's ouster from the White House was met with a variety of reactions across social media Friday, as celebrities, political commentators and politicians expressed both support and disdain for the move.

Rosie O'Donnell, political commentator Ann Coulter and movie director Jon Favreau were among those who took to Twitter as news broke of Bannon's ouster.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement following the news.

"Steve Bannon's firing is welcome news, but it doesn’t disguise where President Trump himself stands on white supremacists and the bigoted beliefs they advance," Pelosi wrote. "President Trump's growing record of repulsive statements is matched by his repulsive policies. Personnel changes are worthless so long as President Trump continues to advance policies that disgrace our cherished American values."

Bannon, 63, has been credited as a link between Trump and his conservative, populist base of supporters, but has been routinely criticized for his nationalist beliefs.

Trump hinted earlier this week that Bannon's future at the White House was under consideration.

Bannon is reviled by many for his role in developing Breitbart, which he stepped aside from to work for the Trump campaign. Critics call the site racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic. He has denied that he is a white nationalist, calling himself an "economic nationalist" with visions of building an "entirely new political movement." But he seemed to court revulsion from liberals and others opposed to him.

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<![CDATA[Where's Taylor? Swift's Social Media Accounts Go Dark]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:32:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/T-Swift-2015.jpg

Taylor Swift fans across the globe went into a mild frenzy Friday as the singer's various social media accounts went dark along with her official website. It's unclear if Swift's accounts had been hacked or if the moves were done in anticipation of the singer releasing a new recording.  

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Swift's Instagram feed which has more than 100 million followers -- was wiped clean and her twitter account now shows the last post being a retweet from 2015. Her official Facebook page has also been scrubbed clean dating back to 2015.

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<![CDATA[Arnold Schwarzenegger Slams Trump in New Video]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:59:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trump-schwarzenegger.jpg

Long time Donald Trump critic Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a Facebook video Thursday slamming the President for his remarks following the riot in Charlottesville that left one dead.

Schwarzenegger, the former Republican Governor of California, took particular umbrage with Trump appearing to show a measure of support for white supremacists.

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"The only way to beat the loud, angry voices of hate is to meet them with louder, more reasonable voices. That includes you President Trump," Schwarzenegger said. "In fact as president of this great country you have a moral responsibility to send an unequivocal message that you won’t stand for hate and racism."

Then, speaking to a bobble-head figurine of Trump, Schwarzenegger offered the following advice: "Now let me help you write your speech a little bit. 'As President of the United States, and as a Republican, I reject the support of white supremacists. The country that defeated Hitler’s armies is no place for Nazi flags. The party of Lincoln won’t stand with those who carried the battle flags of the failed Confederacy.'"

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<![CDATA[Amy Schumer Spotted in Background of 'Judge Judy']]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:53:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/judyamy.jpg

No, your eyes weren't deceiving you. That really was Amy Schumer you caught a glimpse of in the background of a recent episode of "Judge Judy." And social media users can’t get enough.

In an Instagram post, the actress appeared in the audience for one of Schumer's favorite shows.

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"Hell yeah! You know I was in the audience on #judgejudy My sister and I sat in on the cases for they day because we love her!!!!!" Schumer wrote.

Twitter users expressed their surprise to see the star in the background of the daytime program.

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The comedian posted videos of her visit to the courtroom TV show back in May. She also took a quick turn sitting in the Judge Judy's chair when she wasn't looking.

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<![CDATA[Robin Thicke's Girlfriend Announces Pregnancy ]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:06:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/thickepreg.jpg

Robin Thicke's girlfriend has announced she's expecting a baby with the singer and her due date is the same as the birthday of Thicke's late father, actor Alan Thicke.

April Love Geary made the announcement on Instagram Thursday alongside a sonogram image. She writes that "the due date is March 1st, Alan's birthday!" The actor died in December at age 69.

Robin Thicke has been dating the 22-year-old model since his divorce from actress Paula Patton in 2015. This would be the second child for the 40-year-old Thicke. His son with Patton, Julian, was born in 2010.

Thicke's publicist didn't immediately return a request for comment.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': The Fallout of Trump and Charlottesville]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:02:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a look at the fallout of President Donald Trump's comments about the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and how his team is responding.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Moore Says Donald Trump 'Outsmarted Us']]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:46:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-08-18-at-6.41.48-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers sits down with Michael Moore, who says the first step Democrats need to take is admitting that President Donald Trump "outsmarted us."

<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon Reads His Favorite #WhyIQuit Hashtags]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:20:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hashtags-jimmy-fallon.jpg

Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets from people explaining why they quit a job.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Rami Malek's Lesson From a Summer Job]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:36:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-08-18-at-6.27.24-AM.jpg

Rami Malek chats with Jimmy Fallon about getting recognized on the subway for "Mr. Robot" and the time he covered up a catering job mistake by scooping spilled food off a hospital floor.

<![CDATA[Rapper Meek Mill Arrested in NYC for Dirt Bike Stunt: Police]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:52:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Rapper+Meek+Mill.jpg

A famous rapper was arrested in New York City after posting a video of himself on social media allegedly performing a dirt bike stunt without a helmet, police said.

Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was arrested Thursday night just after 10 p.m. at the corner of 10th Avenue and Dyckman Street in Inwood, Manhattan, according to the New York City Police Department.

He is charged with reckless endangerment in connection with popping wheelies on the dirt bike without a helmet, the NYPD said.

He is accused of posting the video of him on the dirt bike on Instagram, but the alleged post was no longer on his account Friday morning.

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<![CDATA[Stone, JLaw, Roberts: The Top Paid Actresses in 2017]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:37:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/thumbail-top-paid-actress-2017.jpg Cha Ching! Before taxes, here's what Hollywood's top actresses made between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017, according to Forbes list of Hollywood's highest paid actresses.]]> <![CDATA[Johnny Depp Surprises Children at Hospital as Jack Sparrow]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:54:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-684952360.jpg

Captain Jack Sparrow took time from his pirate duties to visit patients at a children's hospital in Vancouver, Canada.

Actor Johnny Depp, in his role as Jack Sparrow from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie franchise, surprised patients at BC Children’s Hospital on Monday. According to the hospital’s Facebook page, Depp spent over five hours meeting face-to-face with patients in the oncology, general pediatrics and neurology wards.

"Meeting Captain Jack was a dream come true for my daughter," said Sarah Kertcher, mother of 7-year-old Madison, a patient at the hospital. "He never broke character once and was so generous with his time. He was truly here for the kids and it brought tears to my eyes to see how special he made each one feel."

Depp’s visit to the Vancouver hospital was not the actor’s first time making a unexpected appearance to fans — in 2015, Depp, dressed as Sparrow, surprised patients at a children’s hospital in Australia.

The fifth and most recent "Pirates of the Caribbean" film was released in May.

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<![CDATA['Tonight' Monologue: Fallon Says Trump Has Lost His Mind]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:22:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-08-17-at-4.21.41-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon opens his show with President Donald Trump's latest press conference and how Trump managed to "defend Nazis" while on vacation.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Marc Maron Says Donald Trump Has Ruined Irony]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:13:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-08-17-at-4.15.14-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon sits down with comedian Marc Maron, who talks about how low his expectations are for President Donald Trump.

<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's Press Conference]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:03:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-08-17-at-4.03.13-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers breaks down the claims President Donald Trump made in his third attempt at talking about the violent weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

<![CDATA[Marlon Wayans Talks New Show 'Marlon' and Charlottesville]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:04:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Marlon_Wayans_Drops_By_to_Talk_New_Show.jpg

Marlon Wayans dishes on his new show, "Marlon," which premieres on NBC4 Thursday. And he talks with News4's Chris Lawrence about the relationship with his ex and his kids that powers his show.

<![CDATA[Mind... Blown: Tyler to Sing Hit Song During Solar Eclipse]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:17:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16170759758631-BonnieTyler.jpg

The total eclipse may be eclipsed by the "Total Eclipse of the Heart" singer on the day of the solar event.

Bonnie Tyler, the singer of the famous pop song, will perform the 1983 hit on the Royal Caribbean's Total Eclipse Cruise.

"Bonnie Tyler was a natural choice for this once-in-a-lifetime moment," said Michael Bayley, the president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.

The last time a solar eclipse was visible in the continental United States, in 1979, Tyler's song had not been released.

"It's going to be so exciting," Tyler said in an interview with Time. "It doesn't happen very often, does it?"

The cruise, Oasis of the Seas, will depart from Orlando, Fla. on Aug 20., and will head to the Caribbean, according to Time. The group DNCE, led by Joe Jonas, will perform along with Tyler.

The ship will be in the "path of totality," meaning that the eclipse will be fully visible to cruise-goers.

In anticipation for the solar event, the views of the "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Youtube video have increased — now at over 300 million.

"The eclipse of the sun lasts 2 minutes and 40 (seconds), I'm told," Tyler said in the interview. "Unlike my song. It had to be chopped about, because it was so long. I never thought it would be played on the radio, in the beginning."

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<![CDATA[‘Breaking Crazy’: Late Night Pans Trump’s ‘Alt-Left’ Presser]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:11:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/meyers-kimmel-colbert-fallon.jpg

Late night hosts scrambled in the wake of President Donald Trump’s late-afternoon press conference, with show tapings needing on-the-fly planning after the president's inflammatory comments provided too much material for the comedians to ignore.

Seth Meyers

The "Late Night With Seth Meyers" host said that the press conference finished right before his show’s taping and broke down the president's comments in his "Breaking Crazy" segment.

"President Trump this afternoon gave a press conference that can only be described as clinically insane," Meyers said. "You know that list at the end of a pharmaceutical ad? He apparently has all of them."

President Trump went on to say that with the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, "where does it stop?" and referenced that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were slave owners.

"Where does it stop? Buddy, we've been asking that question since January," Meyers said.

"Normally when someone is talking that level of crazy, Batman crashes through the ceiling and punches him."

Images of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly during the press conference, where President Trump was not supposed to take questions, show his dismay during the comments.

"Trump is so fully out of his mind, he broke a general. That guy's been in wars," Meyers said.

Jimmy Kimmel

"Remember when Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear off? And then he bit his other ear off? This was the presidential equivalent of that," Jimmy Kimmel said on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on ABC, referring to the press conference.

Kimmel enumerated some of the events of the presidency so far and called on Trump voters to abandon him.

"Treat this situation like you would if you'd put Star Wars wallpaper up in the kitchen: 'All right, I got caught up. I was excited, I made a mistake, and now it needs to go.' Now he does need to go," Kimmel said.

The comedian then went on to propose his idea for going forward — making President Trump a king.

"I have an idea, so hear me out on this … instead of president, we make Donald Trump king. We make him the first king of America. England has a queen. She lives in a palace, everyone makes a big deal when she shows up, she has no power at all. In the morning, they put a crown on her head, she stands there and waves, she goes back to bed — that's it … That's what we need to do with Donald Trump. We need to set him up in a castle, maybe in Florida, lead him to the top and then lock the door to that castle — forever."

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert took no time addressing President Trump's press conference on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on CBS.

"He held a press conference today, I believe in the 7th circle of hell."

The comedian went after President Trump’s defense that his first statement regarding the protests in Charlottesville was not specific in its condemnations of specific hate groups because he wanted to know the facts first.

"I wait for the facts, okay. Just ask the millions of illegal voters who refused to look for Obama's birth certificate during my record-breaking inauguration. It's all on the Obama wire taps. It's all there."

Colbert also referenced President Trump's response to questions about Steve Bannon, during which the president defended his strategist by saying he is not "a racist."

"If the third thing someone says about you unprompted is 'he's not a racist' you've got a problem."

As for Trump's comments suggesting that after the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, statues of other public figures who owned slaves, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, could be next, Colbert had a theory.

"Spoken like a guy who's suspiciously worried that racist presidents don't get statues anymore," he said.

When President Trump was asked if he was planning on visiting Charlottesville, he said that he owned one of the biggest wineries in the country there. Colbert rejected this statement.

"It is not one of the biggest wineries in the United States, though he is one the biggest whiners in the United States."

Jimmy Fallon

On Monday, the "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" host set aside the jokes for his opening monologue and addressed the weekend's events in Charlottesville. 

"Even though the 'Tonight Show' isn't a political show, it's my responsibility to stand up against intolerance and extremism as a human being," Fallon said, also referring to the events as "disgusting."

The host mentioned his daughters and acknowledges the issues that parents face when discussing the events in Virginia.

"My daughters are in the next room playing, and I'm thinking, 'How can I explain to them that there's so much hatred in this world?'"

Fallon then called on "everyone, especially white people," to speak out.

"Ignoring it is just as bad as supporting it," Fallon said. "We all need to stand against what is wrong, acknowledge that racism exists and stand up for what is right and civil and kind. We can't go backward."

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<![CDATA['Tonight': True Confessions With Jones and Key]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:09:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-08-16-at-5.06.56-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon, Keegan-Michael Key and Leslie Jones play a game of True Confessions, taking turns confessing a random fact and guessing if it is true.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Pros and Cons of Watching the Solar Eclipse]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:06:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-08-16-at-4.55.42-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon weighs the good and bad of watching Monday's total solar eclipse.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Meyers Breaks Down Trump's Press Conference]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:30:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-08-16-at-4.50.44-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a moment to explain what went down at a Tuesday press conference when President Donald Trump again addressed the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Marlon Wayans Likes to Embarrass His Kids]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:42:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-08-16-at-4.43.21-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers sits down with comedian Marlon Wayans, who talks about how he likes to embarrass his kids in public.

<![CDATA[Kim Kardashian Walks Back Apology to Jeffree Star ]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:01:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/KimJeffree.jpg

Kim Kardashian-West walked back previous statements she made defending controversial beauty blogger Jeffree Star.

Star was bombarded by angry Kardashian fans on Monday after he criticized the swatches of her new powder contour kit via Twitter. Fans were quick to point out that Star had made racist comments in some of his past videos.

Star made headlines in June after years-old videos of him uttering the N-word came to light.

Kardashian came to his defense, posting a snapchat telling the haters to "get off his a--" and stop being "petty.

“I get it’s a serious deal if you say racial things but I do believe in people changing. People that apologize, I will give them the benefit of the doubt and accept that people change and move on,” she said, adding that she personally hated when people brought up her past mistakes.

“There's room for all of us,” she concluded. ”Love you, Jeffree!"

Before long, Kardashian began receiving backlash from her followers, prompting her to post a follow up snapchat on Tuesday.

“So I really wanted to apologize to you guys and my fans for defending a situation yesterday that I really didn’t know enough about,” she said.

“I just feel a bit naïve, and I do want to really apologize for me feeling like I had the right to say ‘get over it’ in a situation that involves racism.”

As the mother of interracial children, Kardashian has been vocal about racial issues before. Despite retracting most of her statements from Monday, she did stand by her belief that people could change for the better.

“I do believe that people are born to love and born with love, and they are taught to hate,” she said. “So I always have hopes that people can change and that people can learn to be better and do better, and learn to find that love again. So never give up hope.”

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<![CDATA[Taylor Swift's Priceless $1 Victory]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:42:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17036344777614_opt.jpg

The civil jury that found a now-former Denver disc jockey groped Taylor Swift during a 2013 backstage photo session awarded her $1 in damages.

But her victory proved priceless.

The superstar musician bolstered her stature as a feminist battler by fighting on behalf of "those whose voices should also be heard," as she put it after Monday's verdict in Denver federal court.

She also struck a blow for celebrities who, for all their privilege, can be vulnerable to segments of the population that confuse public lives with a sense of public ownership.

Swift could have left her high-priced lawyers to defend her against David Mueller, whose lawsuit blamed the singer for his firing after she accused him of lifting her skirt and grabbing her buttock. He contended he touched her rib cage and may have brushed against her skirt.

But she countersued and testified. Reports indicate the 27-year-old Swift was unshakable on the stand, declaring herself, in blunt terms, the victim of a “very long grab.” While she sought only a symbolic $1 in damages, Swift vowed after her legal victory to donate to “multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."

The court proceedings weren't televised, making the main visual accompanying the widely covered story the TMZ-obtained photo of a smiling Mueller and his then-girlfriend flanking Swift at the pre-concert meet-and-greet. The picture suggests, at best, inappropriate placement of Mueller’s hand and, at worst, a blatant assault.

The media-savvy Swift, who commands more than 100 million Instagram followers, likely knew going in that that image would dominate news reports and social media posts. 

But she chose to push ahead, putting substance to the image she's forged as strong young woman in charge of of her own destiny — a powerhouse unafraid to take any stage, no matter how uncomfortable.

Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA['Really Excited': Kaling Shares Excitement About Motherhood]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:00:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/mindybaby.jpg

Actress Mindy Kaling confirmed she is pregnant with her first child in an interview on "Sunday Today" with Willie Geist.

In an interview that will air in full on Sept. 10, "The Mindy Project" star said she is "really excited" about motherhood and joked that she will be able to "openly criticize other parenting" now that she will have a child of her own.

Kaling also spoke about her relationship with her late mother, who offered support to her daughter throughout her career.

"My mom was incredibly fierce and so devoted to us, just loved us and really wanted us to be happy no matter what we did," Kaling said.

Besides upcoming motherhood, the actress is also preparing for the return of "The Mindy Project" for its sixth and final season, which will premiere on Sept. 12 on Hulu.

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