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The end of an era: "The Wendy Williams Show" will officially come to an end in June due to host Wendy Williams' prolonged health-related issues.

The cancellation was announced by the show's producer and distributor Debmar-Mercury on Tuesday.

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"Since Wendy is still not available to host the show as she continues on her road to recovery, we believe it is best for our fans, stations and advertising partners to start making this transition now," company co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein said in a statement.

"We hope to be able to work with Wendy again in the future, and continue to wish her a speedy and full recovery," Marcus and Bernstein said. They also expressed their "great love and affinity for Wendy".

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Wendy's show will be replaced in the fall with a new daytime talk show hosted by comedienne/actress Sherri Shepherd. The new show, titled "Sherri", will also be produced by Debmar-Mercury.

The Sherri show will take over the Fox Network time slot held by The Wendy Williams Show since 2008.

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News of the cancellation was first reported by lovebscott.com on Sunday, Feb. 20 — days after Wendy uploaded a video to her newly launched Instagram page.

In the video, Wendy appeared to be lucid, alert and oriented. Despite reports that she was "incapacitated," Wendy appeared to be of sound mind and body. But business is business, and Wendy had been out of work since last July.
 
RELATED: Wendy Williams suffering from dementia: 'She doesn't recognize friends'
 
According to Scott, Wendy created the new IG account because the @WendyShow Instagram account was no longer under her control.

As lovebscott.com previously reported, Wendy Show execs have been trying to end her show and find a suitable replacement for several years now — but to no avail.

Our production sources tell us that Wendy has been 'checked out' for quite some time and had become increasingly difficult to work with prior to her medical leave.

"[Wendy] had become somewhat unbearable, having tantrums and throwing things at people. Basically, the consensus among the crew is that she didn't wanna be there anymore. Her illnesses may have exacerbated that feeling."

Despite Wendy's numerous absences, Debmar-Mercury renewed her show last year after their planned replacement, 'The Jerry O'Connell Show,' fell through due to awful ratings.

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On Friday's "Tamron Hall," Grammy-winning artist India.Arie appears in a daytime exclusive interview where she reveals why she's pulling her music and SongVersation podcast from Spotify's platform.

Arie explained that the decision was based on the audio streamer's ongoing relationship with podcaster Joe Rogan and her frustration with the meager compensation musicians receive from Spotify.

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The Grammy-winning singer also says she hopes other artists will consider following her lead (on the heels of the same move by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell) and noted her #WhatIfWeAllLeave hashtag.

The celebrated singer-songwriter later opens up about what provoked her viral Instagram post describing the music industry as "racist, sexist, deceitful."

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India.Arie on her decision to pull her podcast and music from Spotify:

"Yes, I decided to pull my music and my podcast from Spotify but it's dual. One is the Joe Rogan conversation and for me his language around race and some of the things I've seen and heard, but also coupled with that, there is the treatment of artists by Spotify. And so artists are underpaid and Joe Rogan gets paid all this money and it's hard for me to, these days, just sit back and go, 'Oh, well, that's how it goes.'"

She added:

"I made a commitment with myself, after reading this book by Martha Beck called The Way of Integrity – she challenges the reader to an integrity cleanse and it means telling the whole truth all the time and see what it will make of your life. And so I've been doing that since maybe around May, and so when this came up, I had to do it. And I'm a little bit nervous about it because I know people are gonna conflate the conversations and some people are gonna judge me and they're gonna say it's not my business and you know all these things because it is a little bit of a different reason than Joni [Mitchell] and Neil [Young] but also, it's my truth. And it's not always my job to educate people about how I feel, although I try. I know that my truth is mine. And so I am working to have it [her music and podcast] pulled down."

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India.Arie said Spotify can remove her music from the platform or pay her and other artists more money. Spotify paid Rogan $100 million to host his popular podcast.

She said:

"We all have a reverence for, say, Questlove, who has a wonderful big podcast ... does he get paid $100 million? Those kinds of things, like the equity, even in the podcast world, I'd love to see. But also what would make me comfortable is for artists to get paid more than a fraction of a penny. And so now we're all amplified and not just him [Rogan]."

Watch clips from the show below.
 

 

 

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Jada Pinkett Smith is reuniting with her Girls Trip co-star Queen Latifah in an upcoming episode of The Equalizer.

The CBS TV series is a reboot of the classic 1980s series, and hit movie starring Denzel Washington.

Smith is taking a break from her popular web series Red Table Talk to fill in for actor Chris Noth who was axed from the series following several sex assault allegations.

Smith will star as a character named Jessie Cook, a genius thief with a photographic memory, according to DailyMail.com.

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Like Chris Noth's character, Cook has good chemistry with Queen Latifah's lesbian character Robin McCall. They both worked together in the CIA.

Smith and Latifah previously starred together in the 2017 hit comedy film Girls Trip alongside Tiffany Haddish and Regina Hall.

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In 1996 they co-starred in F. Gary Gray's Set It Off with Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise.

Queen Latifah has two projects in post-production, titled Hustle and End of the Road. She will also star in Paper Chase, about a high school senior who figures out how to pay her tuition at a prestigious university when a grant falls through.

Smith is also staying busy producing three upcoming projects titled Straight Talk and a reboot of Uptown Saturday Night. There is also a third untitled project for Netflix.

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The Atlanta premiere of Lifetime's thriller "Single Black Female" was held at IPIC Theater over the weekend.

Single Black Female stars Raven Goodwin, Amber Riley, K. Michelle and Kevin Savage.

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Friend of the blog Tami Reed (left), of TalkingwithTami.com, posed with Raven at the Atlanta premiere. Tami was invited to interview the celebs on the red carpet.

Single Black Female was inspired by the 1992 thriller Single White Female starring Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh as the roommate from hell.

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In the updated version of SWF, written by Cleveland's own Sa'Rah Jones, Monica (Raven Goodwin) is reeling from the death of her beloved father and a difficult breakup. She is ready to move on with her life as she auditions for a new job as host of an afternoon talk show.

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When Monica hires a new assistant, Simone (Amber Riley), the two quickly become close friends. Simone moves in next door and completely immerses herself in Monica's life. But underneath her sweet exterior, Simone harbors a dark secret. As time goes on, cracks in Simone's façade begin to appear. Monica decides to sever ties once and for all with Simone, but Simone has other plans and is determined to take over Monica's life for good.

Single Black Female premieres Saturday, February 5 at 8p/7c on Lifetime.

See more pics from the Atlanta premiere HERE and watch the trailers below.
 

 

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Janet Jackson claims her late brother Michael Jackson bullied her about her fluctuating weight when they were young.

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Janet revealed her painful relationship with the former "King of Pop" who called her "fat, horse, pig, cow, and dog," during their childhood.

"When you have somebody say you're too heavy, it affects you," she said.

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Janet said they both laughed at the time but the taunts left a lasting impact on her.

She discusses her weight issues in the 2-part docu-series, "Janet," which airs January 28 and 29 on A&E and Lifetime.

The 55-year-old pop singer opened up about allegations of child sex abuse made against her brother, saying she was shocked and devastated.

Janet also talks about her marriages and relationships with James DeBarge, Rene Elizondo Jr., Jermaine Dupri and Wissam Al Mana, the father of her 5-year-old son, Eissa.

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Music producer Jermaine Dupri discussed his relationship with Janet on Ryan Cameron's Uncensored on Majic 107.5/97.5 (WAMJ-Atlanta) on Friday, Jan. 21.

Jermaine said he isn't worried that Janet might spill their secrets during the documentary-series. He said Janet controls every aspect of the documents-series.

Listen to Jermaine's interview with Ryan below.

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Kandi Burruss' mom and aunties are getting their own reality TV spin-off, titled "Kandi & The Gang."

According to theJasmineBrand, the BRAVO reality spin-off has been in the works since 2019. The show focuses on Kandi's mother, Mama Joyce, and her aunts Nora and Bertha, aka the Old Lady Gang.

The new series follows the staff in and out of the restaurant, and how they take their work home at night.

The Old Lady Gang operates restaurants in the Castleberry Hill and Camp Creek neighborhoods in southwest Atlanta.
 
RELATED: Kandi Burruss thanks Whoopi Goldberg for Visiting Old Lady Gang
 

Whoopi Goldberg stopped by the Old Lady Gang restaurant in October to shoot an episode with the ladies. She also sat down to sample their delicious soul food.

The series is produced by Truly Original with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Kandi and her husband Todd Tucker serving as executive producers.

Watch the trailer below.

Question: Will you watch the new series?

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HGTV property pro Egypt Sherrod and her husband, builder Mike Jackson star in "Married to Real Estate."

Powerhouse real estate broker and designer Egypt and her husband Mike know plenty about juggling booming property businesses, pleasing clients, managing a home and raising three daughters — and they make it look effortless and fun in their new HGTV series Married to Real Estate.

In the eight-episode season, which premieres on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Egypt and Mike will marry their considerable complementary talents to help families land a perfect home in their ideal neighborhood.

Egypt will leverage her knowledge of the housing market, financial prowess, and design sensibilities — skills she honed in her business life and as the star of her HGTV hit series Property Virgins and Flipping Virgins — to find affordable houses in desirable Metro Atlanta locations for her clients.

And, with smart expenditures that yield breathtaking results, Mike and his team will renovate the properties to help increase their value and return on investment. "I'm obsessed with real estate and helping people find their perfect home," said Egypt.

"Mike and I find families a house in the right neighborhood and renovate it into their dream home — with the goal that they move in with equity in their new place. We aim to over - deliver for our clients."

"Egypt and I work well together, and we enjoy working together," said Mike. "We've lived in and renovated 11 homes that we eventually sold for a profit, so we're able to advise our clients on how to spend their money the right way to maximize a home's value."

In the premiere episode, Egypt and Mike will tour two unique properties with a couple who is passionate about mid-century modern style. The chosen house has original features the buyers want to keep, including a statement stone fireplace and wood-paneled walls, so Egypt and Mike will incorporate those elements into the renovation.

At the reveal, the duo will wow their clients with a bright, open floor plan that includes a sleek kitchen with a waterfall island and an entertaining room with a built-in bar. Throughout the season, Egypt and Mike also will collaborate and compromise to manage their own personal and home projects, including building a basement design studio, searching for a new office space and creating a big girl bedroom for their youngest child.

While waiting for Married to Real Estate to premiere, fans of Egypt and Mike can catch them in action as guest judges in the last season of HGTV's mega-hit home renovation competition series Rock the Block, as well as stream Egypt's previous HGTV series on discovery+.

The duo also will star as one of the four competing teams in season three of Rock the Block in early 2022.

More Married to Real Estate content will be available on HGTV's digital platforms. Fans are invited to connect at HGTV.com and by following @HGTV and #MarriedtoRealEstate on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. In addition, fans can follow Egypt (@egyptsherrod) and Mike (@djfadelf) on Instagram. The episodes also will be available on HGTV GO the same day and time as the linear premieres — Thursdays at 9 p.m. beginning Jan. 13.

Married to Real Estate is produced by 51 Minds Entertainment.

The eight-episode series premieres on HGTV Thursday, Jan. 13, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and is available to stream on discovery+.

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Chris Noth has been dropped from CBS' "The Equalizer" amid sex assault allegations, according to a statement from CBS and Universal Television on Monday.

"Chris Noth will no longer film additional episodes of The Equalizer, effective immediately," the statement read.

He will appear in one more episode of the show that has completed production, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Noth played William Bishop, a former CIA handler and long-time friend to lead character Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah) in The Equalizer.
 
READ ALSO: ‘Sex and the City’ star Chris Noth accused of sexual assault by two women
 
The decision comes after two anonymous women told THR they were assaulted by the 67-year-old actor in 2004 and 2015.

Noth vigorously denied the allegations in a statement to THR:

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"The accusations against me made by individuals I met years, even decades, ago are categorically false... The encounters were consensual. It's difficult not to question the timing of these stories coming out. I don't know for certain why they are surfacing now, but I do know this: I did not assault these women."

Noth was also dropped as a client of A3 Artists Agency. And an ad he filmed for Peleton — after his character Mr. Big was killed off in HBO Max's Sex and the City sequel "And Just Like That" — was also removed from all of the fitness company's social media platforms.

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Black Twitter was outraged after a character on Prime Video's "Harlem" bust it wide open in a scene with star Meagan Good.

Viewers who tuned in to watch "Harlem" didn't expect to see a male character exposing his back door during what was supposed to be an intimate heterosexual scene.

The Black women empowerment series has been heavily criticized for being "too woke" and liberal for many viewers.

Twitter activist Tariq Nasheed wrote:

"This #HarlemOnPrime is really an LGBT show disguised as a "girl power" vehicle. All the sex scenes are generally same sex couples. And the one "heterosexual" sex scene that was about to happen was with Meagan Good, but the dude got in bed and spread his boochie cat open."

Black Twitter expressed similar sentiments.

Watch the trailer for the series below.
 

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Janet Jackson's infamous Super Bowl "Nipplegate" scandal is getting its own documentary.

Janet was blacklisted in Hollywood following her dramatic 2004 Super Bowl halftime wardrobe malfunction when singer Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Janet's costume to expose her breast.

The embarrassing moment, which was witnessed by 100 million viewers at home, will be revisited in a new documentary series later this month.

FX and Hulu bosses will feature Nipplegate in its factual series, The New York Times Presents.

Network heads previously partnered with Times editors on two hit series earlier this year - Framing Britney Spears and Controlling Britney Spears.

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The documentary, titled Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson will debut on November 19.

The new series will include footage of the scandalous moment, as well as new interviews with many of the behind-the-scenes players.

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Conspiracy theories abounded about the big reveal, with some experts suggesting the stunt was orchestrated because - just before the big reveal - Justin sang, "I'll get you naked by the end of this song."

And Janet's then-boyfriend Jermaine Dupri promised a big surprise during the halftime show.

Producers will also detail the effect the shocking X-rated moment had on the careers of both Jackson and Timberlake, who initially distanced himself from the controversy. But he has since apologized for his role in the scandal.

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Criticized online for the way he has treated the women in his life following the release of the Framing Britney Spears documentary, Justin said.

"I've seen the messages, tags, comments and concerns and I want to respond. I am deeply sorry for the time in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism."

Justin added:

"I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed. I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from."

 

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If you missed Colin Kaepernick's new Netflix series, "Colin in Black and White," you didn't miss much. The series is getting terrible reviews.

Sports journalist and culture critic Jason Whitlock called the series "absolutely embarrassing."

How bad is it? One critic said Kaepernick "Continues to show time and time again that he is one of the biggest scumbags in all of the world."

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The series is about Kaepernick coming of age from a mixed race baby adopted by white parents to a failed NFL quarterback. Actor Jaden Michael plays young Colin.

The series was developed by Kaepernick, co-creator Ava DuVernay, and showrunner Michael Starrbury.

They attempt to portray Kaepernick as a modern day civil rights hero, but they fail miserably because he can't get out of the way of his own gigantic ego.

Kaepernick is still bitter that no NFL team wants to sign him to a contract.

In one episode, Kaepernick compared the NFL combine to the slave trade (yes, he went there).

"What they don't want you to understand is what's being established is a power dynamic," he said.

"Before they put you on the field, teams poke, prod and examine you searching for any defect that might affect your performance. No boundary respected. No dignity left intact."

Then a group of players walk off the field and line up near an auction platform.

A bit overly dramatic? Yes, but we're talking about Colin Kaepernick. This series exposes Kaeprnick for who he really is: an unrepentant narcissist.
 

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The Wendy Williams Show is forced to pay people to sit in the studio audience during her extended absence due to Covid-19 complications.

The show's producer is offering $75 cash to non-union, vaccinated people to sit in the studio audience next week when guest host Whitney Cummings fills in for Wendy, according to an email blast seen by Page Six.

The call for seat fillers states: "$75 CASH incentive, given same day (3 hrs)."

The desperate action was necessary because producers are having trouble filling studio seats during Wendy's absence.

Not only that, but producers can't seem to convince bold name celebrities to host the popular daytime talk show.

A handful of stars have declined to host the show, according to sources.

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Wendy, who is fully vaccinated, has taken an extended leave from her hosting duties while she battles complications from Covid-19. She was hospitalized last month after having difficulty breathing.

Wendy, 57, is expected to be off the air through at least early November, according to Page Six.

There was also rumors that the show may be canceled.

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Ted Sarandos apologized for internal memos to his staff about Dave Chappelle ahead of a planned walkout by 1,000 Netflix employees on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Sarandos previously insisted he wouldn't remove Chappelle's hit comedy special, The Closer, despite outrage from transgender employees over Chappelle's transgender jokes.

"I can tell you I screwed up those two communications, but my stance hasn't changed," the Netflix co-CEO said in a phone interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Sarandos said he should have acknowledged that "a group of our employees were in pain" and "hurt" by the company's decision to air the special.

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"I'd say those emails lacked humanity, in which I like to and I do generally communicate with our teams," said Sarandos who is married to Nicole Avant, former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas.

"...this is the problem when you have a leaked email out of context, is it's part of a conversation already in progress, and that line of causing harm in the real world was way over simplistic and talking about something very specific that we were talking about earlier that day."

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Sarandos reiterated that Chappelle's comedy special - for which the comedian was paid $24.1 million - was in line with Netflix's stringent policy on harmful content.

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The Netflix chief (right) said he didn't think it would be "appropriate" for him to add a disclaimer about harmful content before airing Chappelle's special.

"The content is age restricted already for language, and Dave himself gives a very explicit warning at the beginning of the show, so I don't think it would be appropriate in this case."

He continued:

"But I do think that the inclusion of the special on Netflix is consistent with our comedy offering, it's consistent with Dave Chappelle's comedy brand and this is ... one of those times when there's something on Netflix that you're not going to like."

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Legendary Hip-Hop Artist Yolanda "Yo-Yo" Whitaker appears on ABC News Special "The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game."

ABC News has announced a new special, The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game, which takes an intimate look at the evolution and impact of women emcees and rappers.

This brand new special from ABC News features an all-female interview lineup including Yo-Yo, Monie Love, MC Lyte, Da Brat, Roxanne Shanté, Eve Cooper, and more.

The ABC News Special is narrated by Cheryl "Salt" James of the legendary hip-hop duo Salt-N-Pepa.

Yo-Yo is a Grammy-nominated hip hop entertainer, actress, educator, and philanthropist. The cast member of VH1's popular "Love & Hip Hop Hollywood" series is affectionately known as Auntie Yo-Yo.

The founder of the Intelligent Black Woman's Coalition (IBWC) is best known for her hit single "You Can't Play with My Yo-Yo", off her debut album, Make Way for the Motherlode (1991).

She is also known for her recurring role as Sheneneh Jenkins' rapping bestie, Keylolo, on the '90s sitcom Martin.

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Yo-Yo first appeared on the track "It's a Man's World" off Ice Cube's 1990 debut studio album AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted.

Yo-Yo, 50, is a proud grandmother and mother of two beautiful, intelligent daughters, Tiffany and Sanai.

The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game airs on Monday, October 18, at 10/9c on ABC and can be viewed the next day On Demand and on Hulu.

Watch the trailer below.
 

 

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Americans embraced 1980s TV series "The Wonder Years" featuring 12-year-old Kevin Arnold growing up during the late 60s and early 70s.

ABC's "woke" reboot of "Wonder Years" features a Black family savoring a slice of the American pie.

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The original series ran from 1988 to 1993 and starred Fred Savage, Josh Saviano and Danica McKellar as Kevin, Paul and Winnie - best friends for life.

The "Wonder Years" reboot stars (L-R) Dulé Hill, Laura Kariuki, EJ Williams (as as 12-year-old Dean Williams), and Saycon Sengbloh.

Actor Don Cheadle narrates Dean's adult voice.

Like the original Arnold family, the new family lives in a suburban home with a white picket fence and white neighbors who watch what they say.

Twitter reacted to ABC's trailer for the 2021 "Wonder Years" reboot. Some thought the new series parodied "Everybody Hates Chris" about the life and times of comedian Chris Rock.