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Losing a job is always difficult. Last month, NeNe Leakes tearfully admitted she was fired from Real Housewives of Atlanta, the reality TV series she helped to create in 2008.

After calling bloggers liars for months, 55-year-old NeNe finally came clean during an episode of Tamron Hall. She confessed that she was forced off RHOA by the show's producers.

She stopped short of saying why (hint: her attitude needed adjustment).

Now NeNe claims she is "losing sleep" because of the "trauma" she's been through.

In a heavily filtered post on her Instagram stories, NeNe said, "I haven't slept well lately! Kinda in a daze. Sometimes when you've been thru [trauma] it's hard to sleep."

NeNe's followers expressed their support for her, saying she has a lot to live for despite being kicked off RHOA.

Others begged her to stay off social media due to its addictive and manipulative environment.

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As a possible Covid-19 vaccine April availability date looms, some Americans have expressed concerns about their employers forcing them to get the vaccine.

The New York State Bar Association on Saturday voted to approve a resolution urging the state to make Covid-19 mRNA vaccinations mandatory for all New Yorkers -- even those who object for "religious, philosophical or personal reasons."

Other local governments are considering their own vaccine mandates for a virus that causes no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms 99.4% of the time.

According to AARP, you can you lose your job if you don't take the COVID-19 vaccination. "An employer can make a vaccination a requirement if you want to continue working there."

"Employment in the United States is generally 'at will,' which means that your employer can set working conditions," says Dorit Reiss, a law professor at the University of California.

AARP said there are exceptions, such as medical disability or religious beliefs. As mentioned before, New Yorkers can't object for "religious, philosophical or personal reasons." But a medical disability may be acceptable.

It also depends on whether your job is indispensable and not easily outsourced.

As a RN, your auntie worked at hospitals up and down the Eastern seaboard. Every hospital had a flu vaccine mandate. None of the hospitals pressed the issue when I declined to take the flu vaccine. I didn't have to give a reason. I simply signed a waiver form and it was placed in my employee file.

Update: Ticketmaster announced it will verify if fans received Covid-19 vaccinations or tested negative before issuing tickets.

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A Utah man has apologized after he lost his job for coughing on Black Lives Matter protesters.

Robert Brissette, of Kanab, issue an apology after he was caught on viral video coughing on Black Lives Matter protesters.

The incident happened on Saturday, Oct. 10, at a Kanab gas station. Brissette told the NY Post he was pumping gas when the protesters "goaded" him by throwing rocks at his pickup truck.

"The action was screwed up on my part," Brissette said. "I should never have done that, and that part I apologize for. But to the person that I did it at, I do not apologize to. I apologize to the general public for being a dumb s—t doing that. But the person I did it at deserved it."

Brissette, 42, said he didn't actually cough on the protesters. "I only made the sound. I didn't spit on them or anything. I fake-coughed. It was a fake."

Brissette said he fake-coughed 11 times and he knocked a cap off a protester's head. He said a female BLM organizer slapped him three times in the face, but the video didn't capture that.

Brissette and the BLM protesters are Caucasian. He said he was forced to delete his social media accounts and change his phone number after receiving an avalanche of threats.

Brissette created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his legal defense. But he took the page down after police declined to charge him.
 

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Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is being sued for sex assault and harassment by the same female cop he was seen kissing the night he was found slumped at the wheel of his car in a drunken stupor.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Johnson for "lying" about falling asleep behind the wheel of his car last year.

Johnson, who was promoted to superintendent in 2016, had been on the police force for 31 years. He was just weeks away from retirement when he was canned.

Before officers found Johnson slumped at the wheel, he was spotted at a bar kissing Officer Cynthia Donald.

On Thursday, Donald filed a lawsuit claiming Johnson sexually harassed her after having her reassigned to his unit.

She said he sent her nude photos, forced her to engage in sex acts and sexually harassed her at work.

Donald said Johnson told her he was attracted to her. Three months later, he pushed her onto a couch, pulled down her pants and "forcibly" performed oral sex on her. Afterward, he ejaculated on her, and said: "Now you belong to me."

Ofc. Donald claimed Mayor Lightfoot "retaliated" against her after she found out about her affair with Johnson in 2016.

During a press conference to announce Johnson's termination on Dec. 2, Lightfoot refused to release details of his relationship with Ofc. Donald, saying she wanted to protect his wife and three children.

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Johnson and his wife, Junior Officer Lt. Nakia Fenner, 43, (pictured above, 2nd from right) were married in 2017. A scowling Mayor Lightfoot is pictured at left.

Johnson is also a defendant in a lawsuit filed by disgraced actor Jussie Smollett against the city of Chicago in 2019. Smollett was sued by the City for over $390,000 for wasting the police department's time and resources investigating his lies about a hate crime.

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NeNe Leakes officially confirmed her departure from Real Housewives of Atlanta after denying the rumors for months.

The news that NeNe was let go from the reality TV franchise was first reported by blogger B. Scott in June.

The mom of two responded to allegations that she was not invited back to the show due to insubordination and being a b*tch to her castmates.

"I promise I'll be the first to tell you myself! Thanks you for the love," she tweeted in June.

NeNe's manager also shut down rumors that she was dismissed from the cast after repeated acts of insubordination on and off the set.

"It is absolutely not true that Nene has been fired from RHOA," Leakes' manager, Steven Grossman tells PEOPLE. "Furthermore, it was made abundantly clear prior that she will always be welcome on the series as long as she wants to be."

A confidential source told Sandrarose.com that NeNe was "hurt and depressed" after being dismissed from Bravo's longest-running 'Real Housewives' franchise.

"She thinks her friends have abandoned her and she can't trust anyone."

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Negotiations between NeNe, Bravo and her manager reportedly broke down after NeNe demanded more screen time in every episode, according to Tamara Tattlez, who added that NeNe was offered a 5% raise in her letter.

NeNe finally confirmed the inevitable in a video on her YouTube channel on Thursday. "I have been on an extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation," she said.

NeNe tried to save face by claiming she made the decision to leave.

"There's been a lot of emotion flying from both sides. It has been hard, and I have made the very hard and very difficult decision to not be a part of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta,' Season 13. It wasn't an easy decision for me. It was hard."

Word has it that the producers thought NeNe, at age 52, wasn't connecting with Gen-Z. Her constant rants and jabs at everyone from her castmates to producers grew tiresome.

"I'm just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for black ensemble reality shows," she said.

She thanked Bravo's producers for "all the memories, the laughs, the tears."

Bravo isn't done cleaning house. Other aging cast members who will be phased out next year reportedly include Cynthia Bailey, 53, Kenya Moore, 49, and Kandi Burruss, 44.
 

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A Georgia deputy who beat a Black man unconscious for refusing to show his driver's license has been fired.

Sean Williams, an attorney for Roderick Walker, a 26-year-old Black male who was repeatedly punched by a Clayton County deputy during a traffic stop, is demanding that criminal charges be filed against the terminated officer.

"They almost killed him," Williams told USA Today. "They committed an aggravated assault on this man and luckily I'm not talking to you about Mr. Walker's death."

According to MSN.com, the incident occurred Friday in Clayton County, Georgia, just south of Atlanta. Video of the assault went viral after it was uploaded to social media by Walker's girlfriend, Juanita Davis.

Williams said Walker, Davis, their 5-month-old son, and Davis' 5-year-old son from a previous relationship, had dropped off a rental car and paid a man $10 to drive them home. Police stopped the vehicle for a broken tail light.

Williams said the deputies asked Walker, who was in the passenger seat, for his ID and Walker stated he did not have one. A struggle ensued when the deputies ordered Walker out of the car for back-talking them.

Davis is heard hysterically screaming "Get off of him" and "Don't kill him. He said he can't breathe, officer."

Her son is heard yelling, "Daddy!" in the background of the video.

The sheriff's office fired one of the deputies, but Williams wants the second officer to be fired also and both should face criminal charges.

The sheriff's office said it turned over the criminal investigation to Clayton County District Attorney Tasha Mosley.

Mosley, who is Black, said in a statement that she had requested materials related to the investigation and would consider charges upon receiving them.

"If the final outcome of the investigation leads us to bring charges we are unsure at this time when it will come before a Grand Jury," Mosley said.

Walker has been transferred to the Fulton County Jail to face outstanding warrants on probation violations in Fulton County.

Williams said Walker was "illegally arrested" and police are using the outstanding warrants to "deflect from their horrendous acts."

"Roderick Walker is in jail solely because he was illegally arrested after being assaulted by Clayton County Sheriff deputies, not because of anything he did during that incident or in the past," Williams said. "Mr. Walker would not be in jail if it were not for this unlawful arrest that violated his legal and constitutional rights."
 

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The hammer dropped on repeats of Ellen DeGeneres's daytime talk show in Australia.

A Channel Nine spox told Daily Mail Australia the channel will no longer air repeats of the talk show as of Monday, amid reports of racism and sexual harassment on Ellen's set in the U.S.

"We are resting Ellen repeats on Nine and have replaced with Desperate Housewives," the spokesman said.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been in repeats in the U.S. since Buzzfeed News broke the story earlier this year.

The news comes after Ellen made a tearful appearance during a Zoom video conferencing call with her staff on Aug. 17.
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Staffers were reportedly "upbeat" after they learned three executive producers were fired. But two other troublesome producers -- close friends of Ellen's - were not let go.

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The 62-year-old talk show host was seen leaving lunch with a friend in Santa Barbara on Saturday.

Warner Bros. is currently investigating numerous complaints of the "toxic" environment on the Ellen set.

Former employees complained that Ellen contributed to the toxic environment by ordering staffers not to make eye contact with her.

According to sources, execs asked Ellen to make a graceful exit, as the show cannot be salvaged with her at the helm.

A search is currently underway for her replacement. James Corden and Kevin Hart are reportedly being considered for the TV gig.

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Hot 97 on Sunday fired an employee of 20 years after learning he was part of a mob of racists that killed Yusuf Hawkins in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY in 1989.

Pasquale "Paddy Duke" Raucci was identified as one of the youths in the mob, according to the HBO documentary Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn.

Hot 97 announced it was "shocked" to learn of Raucci's part in Hawkins' death after watching the documentary.

The station announced Raucci's termination in a tweet on Sunday.

Raucci was employed by Emmis Communications in 1994 and worked with DJ Angie Martinez during her time at the radio station. Martinez and Raucci are pictured above in an undated video still.

Hawkins, 16, was walking with three friends in Bensonhurst on Aug. 23, 1989, when they were ambushed by a group of about 30 Italian-American men and teens who demanded to know whether he was dating a neighborhood girl.

Hawkins, who was Black, was in the neighborhood with his friends to inquire about purchasing a used 1982 Pontiac automobile.

He was chased and beaten by men wielding baseball bats. One man, armed with a gun, shot Hawkins in the chest when he tried to defend himself.

Joseph Fama, the 19-year-old man who fired the shot that killed Hawkins, was convicted of second-degree murder in 1990 and sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.

Fama is not eligible for parole until 2022, when he will be 50 years old.

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Nick Cannon and ViacomCBS are on friendly terms again after he met with Jewish community leaders following his anti-Semitic outburst last month.

Variety explains ViacomCBS has "opened the door" for the disgraced comedian to work with the company again at some point in the future.

A ViacomCBS source told Variety that Chris McCarthy, president of entertainment and youth brands at ViacomCBS, praised Cannon for going on an apology tour to Jewish community centers.

The source said McCarthy and Cannon have been in touch in recent weeks, after he was abruptly terminated in July for calling white people and Jews "the true savages" who act "evil" and "rob, steal, rape, kill in order to survive" on his podcast show, "Cannon's Class,".

Speaking at a town hall with employees on Monday, McCarthy described himself as "hopeful" that ViacomCBS would "find a way" to work with Cannon again.

"I struggle with the fact that Nick, a longtime partner and friend of ours, is on this journey and we're not part of that journey," McCarthy said. He added, "I am hopeful we find a way to bring these two things together and hopefully we will have the opportunity to do that with Nick again."

Earlier this month, Cannon appeared on the American Jewish Committee's online program, AJC Advocacy Anywhere, where he apologized again for insulting the Jewish people.

He said he'd recently discovered his ancestors are Black and Jewish. "I come from a Jewish family," Cannon said, after he discovered his great-grandfather was a "Spanish rabbi."

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"My mother has been calling me every single day since this happened with so much family history," Cannon shared. He said his mother told him his "great-grandfather was a Spanish rabbi. He's a Sephardic Jewish man."

"So, as much heat as I've been catching from the public and the outside, this hit home for my family in a real way because I come from a Black and Jewish family on my mother's side," he said.

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Cannon, 39, has been very vocal in Black Lives Matter's efforts to defund the police following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May.

Cannon was upset when his friends and Black Lives Matter didn't rush to his defense following the public backlash. He took to social media and hinted he might harm himself.

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Ellen DeGeneres held a virtual staff meeting after two more producers were let go amid reports of a toxic work environment on her show.

DeGeneres boosted staff morale with a Zoom video call on Monday, Aug. 17, following the news that two producers had been axed from her daytime talk show.

DeGeneres reportedly took part in a video call during which she apologized for her "bad days" and promised she'd do better going forward.

Producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and Jonathan Norman were all told their services are no longer required, according to Deadline.com sources, who reveal the news was shared during the virtual staff meeting on Monday.

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"Producers, Ellen and crew were on a video call this afternoon," a source told Us Weekly. "Ellen addressed them. It really boosted morale. She opened up and was being real. (She) admitted to being multilayered and said she has good days and bad days. She said people on the call would know that she has not asked people not to look her in the eyes on set."

The daytime talk show host has been under fire since allegations about her treatment of employees were first exposed in a Buzzfeed article earlier this summer.

She issued an apology, but executives at WarnerMedia, the company behind The Ellen DeGeneres Show, decided to launch a wider investigation into the allegations.

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DeGeneres, 62, reportedly denied telling people not to make eye contact with her backstage or on the set. She called the claim "crazy" and "not true".

She apparently told her employees that they shouldn't "be afraid to address her and say hi".

"She encouraged it," the source added.

But former staffers took to social media to call her a liar.

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One person wrote, "Liar. You were called out for being a total BITCH so your response is to fire other people. Typical Hollywood hypocrite."

Another said, "So Ellen had claims of sexual abuse, systemic racism and her just plain being mean to her employees and so what does she do? Fires 3 producers and says her show will be better than ever next month."

There are unconfirmed reports that The Ellen DeGeneres Show will be canceled. Friends say the reports have caused considerable concern for DeGeneres, who dreads doing standup comedy tours to pay her bills.