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The long-awaited 'Empire' spin-off, featuring Taraji P. Henson, has been put on hold indefinitely and probably forever.

The hip-hop soap opera, which was canceled last year due to poor ratings and the Jussie Smollett scandal, was set to transform into a new spin-off series.

However, Taraji - who plays the part of Cookie Lyon - revealed that plans for the new show have been delayed again.

Taraji explained that the new series - which was originally due to air last year - was "put to rest".

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"I think we're gonna put it to rest for a sec. For me, the script has to be right. It has to be worthy of the audience. We have to give the audience something incredible, and sometimes, I think you need time, time away. I think absence makes the heart grow fonder."

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Jussie was let go from 'Empire' after he was arrested for perpetrating a hoax involving two friends who were paid to shout racial and homophobic slurs at him, pour bleach on the actor and tie a noose around his neck in January 2019.

Meanwhile, Taraji is preparing to host the BET Awards this weekend in Los Angeles.

She told 'Entertainment Tonight', "It's all about the fashion. I would have to say for this one, it's about the entrance. I'm always going to try to make you laugh and forget about the woes and the troubles of the world, so look forward to a lot of fun, a lot of laughter, because that's what I like to do."

Taraji also revealed that the upcoming show will focus on celebrating the influence and achievements of black women, like Queen Latifah.

She said: "What I love particularly about this year, is that we are celebrating the black woman. This is the year of the black woman because the black woman has made incredible strides in changing history, politics, music - you name it, we done it."

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Tiffany Haddish is poised to take over Ellen DeGeneres's spot when her daytime TV talk show ends in 2022 after 19 seasons.

The "Girls Trip" star, 40, has frequently filled in for Ellen, 63, who was criticized by former staffers for being mean.

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A senior NBCUniversal source told Page Six: "Tiffany is a favorite, she has humor and empathy in spades.

"She's top of the list to get a daytime show – she's a fresh voice."

Apart from her guest hosting gigs, Haddish hosts CBS's "Kids Say The Darndest Things."

She also currently stars opposite Billy Crystal in the new movie, "Here Today."

Former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is also favored to take over Ellen's 3 pm TV time slot. Kelly's own talk show airs in most markets after DeGeneres.

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show won't be renewed after 19 seasons on television. DeGeneres made the announcement on Wednesday, saying she is walking away from her daytime chat show next year.

The news was leaked to the Daily Mail on Wednesday, as DeGeneres prepared to break the news to her devoted viewers.

She later confirmed the claims to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, "When you're a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged - and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it's just not a challenge anymore."

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The exit comes a year after Ellen's former staffers complained about her bad behavior behind the scenes.

Her reputation as one of Hollywood's nicest people took a hit following sexual harassment allegations from current and former staffers.

One ex-employee said producers were mean and sexist which created a toxic work environment.

Ellen issued an apology to staff and insisted she would do better going forward.

Multiple producers were also fired as a result of the many complaints.

Ellen has just launched a new show, Ellen's Great Design Challenge, on HBO Max, and currently oversees a variety of TV programs.

Kelly Clarkson's hit daytime show is expected to fill the slot vacated on the schedule by DeGeneres' departure.

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Last week it was announced that this season of CW's Black Lightning would be the last.

The show's star China McClain announced she found out she was already leaving the show.

In a long, rambling video on Instagram, she said, "There's something I want to tell you. For those of you who haven't heard... This season that we're filming of Black Lightning now is gonna be the last season."

McClain tearfully said she already found out she was leaving the show, but she declined to say why for personal reasons.

"I only agreed to do a certain number of episodes. I'm not in the whole season."

Her revelation came as news to fans of the show because she is a main character who appeared in every episode in the past 3 seasons.

"There's only one truth and I'm going to live in that truth until I die," she said in a cryptic message.

She said she wasn't built for the entertainment industry and her steps will be ordered by God.
 

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The internet is celebrating the news that reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians will end in 2021.

Kim Kardashian made the announcement via Instagram on Tuesday, revealing the show, which debuted on E! in 2007, will shut down after 2 more seasons in 2021.

Addressing fans, Kim said, "It is with heavy hearts that we've made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up With the Kardashians. After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and numerous spin-off shows, we are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years..."

Reports are that the poorly-rated reality show got the ax because manager Kris Jenner got greedy.

According to OK! magazine, E! network refused to pay another $150 million to keep Kim Kardashian and her sisters dipped in diamonds and furs for another five years.

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"The last deal Kris Jenner signed was in 2017 giving her and the family $30 million per season. That deal has expired, and greedy Kris wanted at least $40 million per season to continue even though ratings have been declining dramatically," a source tells OK! exclusively.

KUWTK averaged less than 1 million viewers per episode despite hundreds of millions of social media followers.

"The negotiations were going nowhere. E! was interested in keeping the show on the air, but there was no way the network could continue paying the family the same amount of money for almost half as many viewers. In the end it was better for everyone to say goodbye," the insider adds.

"Although Kris isn't giving up just yet, she is busy on the phone shopping the show around to other networks. But not at a discounted price."

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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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Daytime talk show "Strahan, Sara and Keke" won't return from coronavirus hiatus, multiple sources confirmed to Page Six.

"'Strahan, Sara and Keke' is put on hiatus and it doesn't look like it's going to come off," a source told Page Six.

ABC News took the talk show off the air in March and replaced it with
"Pandemic: What you Need to Know," a daily coronavirus report by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and TJ Holmes.

"It was initially supposed to be a 2-week experiment and the show did really well," a spokesperson told Page Six.

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Keke Palmer joined the show a year ago after she impressed ABC execs following her appearance on "Strahan and Sara," starring co-hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines.

Strahan and Haines won't be on the unemployment line. Strahan still hosts "GMA."

"Everyone is still getting paid. There's space for everyone. They're actively in contact... They're figuring out what the future will look like," a source said.

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Atlanta-based TV talk show Sister Circle has been cancelled after three seasons. The production company, Tegna, announced the cancellation in a press release, according to the AJC.com's Radio & TV Talk.

The talk show will air its final episode on April 24. The company explained that "while there are many loyal fans of the show, the show has not grown its audience enough to continue."

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Sister Circle was helmed by TV and radio personality Rashan Ali. Ali got her start working alongside Atlanta radio legend Ryan Cameron (who recently underwent emergency open heart surgery and is recovering in an ICU).

In a text message to Radio & TV Talk's Rodney Ho, Ali said: "it was a privilege to have this opportunity. I am so proud of the show and want to thank my co-hosts, our production team and our 'Sister Circle' family for making an indelible impact in media."

She added: "Right now, however, my thoughts and prayers are with Ryan Cameron who played an integral role in my career."

Other hosts included Syleena Johnson, 'Married to Medicine' cast member Quad Webb and comedienne Kiana Dancie who was replaced by reality star Trina Braxton ('Braxton Family Values') in the 2nd season.

Sister Circle got off to a rocky start in 2017 when the panel included woman-hating blogger Funky Dineva. The TV ratings picked up slightly after Dineva was let go in 2018.

CNN contributor April Ryan expressed her disappointment in a tweet early Monday.

"I'm disappointed to learn that @TEGNA has canceled @SisterCircleTV! This show offered a unique point of view from four Black hosts @RashanAli @Syleena_Johnson @AbsolutelyQuad & @TrinaBraxton! Someone else pick up this show! https://t.co/md3aFAh369 #SisterCircle #SaveSisterCircle."

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It seems RuPaul is having no luck beyond his popular RuPaul's Drag Race show. Netflix just canceled RuPaul's 'AJ and the Queen' series, which was aimed at introducing children to the drag culture.

RuPaul announced the cancelation on Twitter.com on Friday. "End of the road for 'AJ and The Queen' @Netflix has decided to not extend our road trip across America. Thank you for all the love & support. We're so very proud of the work," he tweeted alongside a promotional image from the show.

AJ and the Queen starred RuPaul as drag queen Ruby Red who travels around the country in an RV with 11-year-old tomboy orphan AJ (played by actress Izzy Gaspersz).

RuPaul, real name RuPaul Andre Charles, created the show along with writer Michael Patrick King. Sadly, it didn’t click with audiences who are wary about the LGB and T communities targeting children.

The ten-episode series premiere in January to little fanfare and raised eyebrows.

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Popular courtroom TV show Judge Judy is set to end after 25 seasons. Judge Judy Sheindlin has presided over the courtroom reality series since 1996, overseeing civil cases with maximum damages of $5,000.

Speaking during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that aired on Monday, the star confirmed the Daytime Emmy award-winning show had been canceled, and will end after its 2020-2021 season.

Judy hinted that CBS thought she was too old to continue paying $47 million a year.

"CBS (which syndicates the show) sort of felt, I think, they wanted to optimally utilize the repeats of my program," said the retired 77-year-old judge. "Now they have 25 years of my reruns. What they decided to do is sell a couple of years' worth of reruns."

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But Judy, who is married to Judge Jerry Sheindlin, isn't ready for the retirement home just yet. She announced she has a new show in the works, Judy Justice, which "will be coming out a year later".

"Judge Judy, you'll be able to see next year — a full year, all new shows. The following couple of years, you should be able to get all the reruns that CBS has sold on the stations currently carrying Judge Judy, and Judy Justice will be going elsewhere," she confirmed, adding, "Isn't that fun?"