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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.
 
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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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"Sex and the City" star Chris Noth's character "Mr. Big" was reportedly killed off in a shocking plot twist after two women accused him of assault.

The two women claim "The Equalizer" star sexually assaulted them during separate incidents that occurred in 2004 and 2015.

Noth denied the allegations in a statement, saying he engaged in consensual sex with both women.

"The accusations against me made by individuals I met years, even decades, ago are categorically false. These stories could've been from 30 years ago or 30 days ago — no always means no — that is a line I did not cross.

"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."

The two women - who don't know each other - approached The Hollywood Reporter magazine independently this year, in August and October.

One woman, identified only as Zoe, 40, told THR she met Noth while working at a Los Angeles firm in 2004.

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She said Noth, 67, flirted with her and invited her and a friend to swim in the pool at his apartment building in West Hollywood.

When she went to his apartment, she claimed Noth kissed her as soon as she stepped in the door, and pulled off her shorts and bikini bottom. Zoe claimed Noth raped her from behind.

"It was very painful and I yelled out, 'Stop!' And he didn't. I said, 'Can you at least get a condom?' and he laughed at me."

The other woman, identified as Lily, 29, told THR a similar story. The woman said Noth asked her out to dinner in 2015. They met at an Italian restaurant that was featured in "Sex and the City" and later went to Noth's apartment in Greenwich Village.

There, Noth allegedly forced the woman to perform oral sex on him and then raped her.

"We were in front of a mirror," she told THR. "I was kind of crying as it happened."

THR has viewed text messages exchanged between Noth and the two women.

In one text, Noth wrote:

"By the way I have to ask did you enjoy our night last week. I thought it was a lot of fun but I wasn't quite sure how you felt."

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Noth is pictured with co-star Queen Latifah in The Equalizer" in November 2020.

Peloton bike, which is featured dramatically in a major plot twist involving Noth's character Mr. Big on "Sex and the City," has since deleted an ad from all social media platforms that was filmed by Noth this past weekend.

"Every single sexual assault accusation must be taken seriously," Peloton said in a statement to CNBC.

"We were unaware of these allegations when we featured Chris Noth in our response to HBO's reboot. As we seek to learn more, we have stopped promoting this video and archived related social posts."

Noth is married to Canadian actress Tara Lynn Wilson. They share two sons: Orion, 13, and Keats, 22 months.

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Sherri Shepherd surprised Wendy Show viewers on Tuesday after emergency surgery for appendicitis.

The actress/comedian updated her fans on Monday. She said the surgery to remove her appendix prevented her from hosting The Wendy Williams Show on Monday. Sherri was scheduled to host the show from Monday through Friday this week.

Wendy Williams, who is on extended medical leave, is not expected to return this year.

Sherri is a fan favorite out of all the guest hosts on Wendy's show. She was replaced by Michael Rapaport on Monday.

A rep shared a statement from to PEOPLE, apologizing for Sherri missing Monday's show: "She is absolutely devastated that she will not be able to guest host The Wendy Williams Show today, but she is following doctors orders and expected to make a full recovery. Thank you all for understanding and respecting her privacy."

In a post on Instagram, Sherri shared a photo of the dress she would've worn to host Monday's episode.

"With some alterations this would've been my opening day dress (@tagsboutique) for @wendyshow but my stomach is swollen from the surgeons removing my appendix," she wrote.

"I tried it on and swore I heard the dress scream 'Bisssshhhh what do you think you're doing!' " Sherri joked. "@4kwame my stylist is frantically shopping for loose & flowing dresses right now! Saints... pray for me! Can't wait for see you!"

But in an update on Tuesday, the Wendy Show Instagram account shared a clip of Sherri hosting Tuesday's show.

"Show your love for @SherriShepherd!!!" the caption read.

The audience cheered ecstatically as Sherri danced during her introduction. "Thank you! I'm so excited to be here," Sherri said.
 

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An ABC's news special report on Travis Scott's disastrous Astroworld Festival was quickly removed from Hulu following public backlash.

Much of the criticism was due to the mistaken belief that the ABC news special was a documentary.

The 50-minute special, titled "Astroworld: Concert from Hell," was billed as a "minute-by-minute look," according to Complex.com.

"Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival was supposed to be the concert of a lifetime. But it turned into a tragic nightmare. A minute-by-minute look at what happened in the crowd, the young victims who were killed, and what happens next."

10 fans lost their lives during a crowd surge and stampede on day one of the music festival at NRG Park in Houston on Nov. 5.

Furious Twitter users lashed out at ABC News on Wednesday.

"They couldn’t wait to make that Travis Scott Astroworld documentary. It was literally 27 days before Hulu and ABC released a documentary," one Twitter user wrote.

Others corrected those who mistook the news special for a documentary.

One Twitter user wrote:

"I wish y'all would stop saying Hulu made a doc on astroworld when it's just ABC news doing their job... reporting the news."

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Will Smith reveals he tried to date his "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" co-star Karyn Parsons, but she rejected him.

In his memoir, WILL, the 53-year-old actor admitted he was smitten with Karyn, who played his TV cousin Hilary Banks, but she rejected him.

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Will said he's glad Karyn rejected him because he married his wife of 24 years, Jada Pinkett Smith, in 1997.

He wrote:

"Not only did Karyn beat out a slew of Hollywood big hitters to win her role, but she was smart enough to tell me 'hell no' when I tried to explain we were not really cousins so it would be fine if we dated: 'I swear it won't mess up our working relationship.' She knew better than that — good call, K.P."

Karyn, 55, opened up about her working relationship with Will in a 2019 interview.

"He's got charisma like crazy. He's just incredibly charismatic, so bright, very smart and quick-witted and funny. It's just him. People always say, 'What's it like?' It's exactly what you see. That guy, that's Will."

Will reunited with Karyn and the Fresh Prince cast last year when HBO Max aired the Fresh Prince reunion.

The cast paid tribute to actor James Avery (Uncle Phil), who passed away in 2013 at age 68.
 

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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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Ruby Rose stunned fans on Wednesday when she claimed she left the Batwoman TV series in 2019 because of abuse, negligence and poor working conditions.

The 35-year-old Australian star was allowed to save face by saying she quit the series due to back and neck injuries.

In an Instagram stories post on Wednesday, Oct. 20, Rose revealed she was fired from the show and she lashed out at the showrunner and executive producers over unsafe conditions on set.

Rose claimed Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries and executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter made everyone work when the pandemic shut down other shows.

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She said she was forced to return 10 days to the series after suffering a neck injury on the set. Rose said undergoing surgery for her neck injury prompted her to speak out.

"They ruined [the character] Kate Kane and they destroyed Batwoman, not me. I followed orders, and if I wanted to stay I was going to have to sign my rights away."

Rose also called out co-star Dougray Scott, insisting he was "a nightmare" to work with.

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However, Warner Bros. execs clapped back at her allegations, saying they opted not to renew her contract for a second season after complaints about her behavior on set.

Batwoman producers released a statement confirming Rose was let go in part because of "complaints about workplace behavior".

They wrote:

"The truth is that Warner Bros. Television had decided not to exercise its option to engage Ruby for season two of Batwoman based on multiple complaints about workplace behavior that were extensively reviewed and handled privately out of respect for all concerned."

Actress Javicia Leslie replaced Rose as the show's lead ahead of season two. The upcoming third season of Batwoman will feature the addition of actress Robin Givens.

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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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Netflix fired a longtime employee who leaked the amount that the company paid Dave Chappelle for his controversial comedy special The Closer.

The employee was let go after they leaked that Netflix paid Chappelle $24.1 million for The Closer and $23.6 million for his 2019 comedy special Sticks & Stones.

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By comparison, Netflix spent $21.4 million for Squid Game, which is Netflix's biggest series launch ever.

A spokesperson for the company announced on Friday:

"We have let go of an employee for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company."

The job termination comes amid ongoing tensions over transgender jokes Chappelle told in The Closer.

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Netflix's co-CEO Ted Sarandos, pictured with his wife Nicole Avant, previously said he would not pull The Closer off the air after three employees were suspended for crashing an annual meeting of Netflix's top directors.

The three employees were reinstated this week. However, Netflix's transgender employees plan to strike on Oct. 20.

Netflix's other co-CEO Reed Hastings told angry staff "We are on the right side of history" in a post on an internal message board.

Lesbian comedian Hannah Gadsby wrote an open letter to Sarandos on Instagram slamming him for using her name to defend Chappelle.

"F**k you and your amoral algorithm cult..." she wrote.

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After multiple delays of her popular daytime talk show, Wendy Williams is reportedly ready to pull the plug on the show.

Last week Wendy confirmed her daytime talk show would return on October 4, despite her mental and physical health issues.

In a video posted on her official Instagram account, Wendy wrote: "THE WAIT IS OVER! Season 13 starts MONDAY. You don't wanna miss it!"

Then on Thursday, it was announced that the show was delayed yet again.

Now comes word that Wendy is pulling the plug on the show after 13 seasons.

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According to The Sun:

Wendy Williams may quit her talk show following a string of serious health struggles- as her show has still not been renewed past 2022, according to sources.

One source close to The Wendy Williams Show exclusively told The Sun: 'The show is set to air through the 2021-22 season. There is no decision beyond that, but she could very well walk away. She's over it."

Wendy looked frail and weak after she was discharged from a NY hospital on Sept. 24 following treatment for Covid-19 and a possible mental breakdown.

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She was photographed arriving home with her son Kevin Hunter Jr. and an assistant pushing her in a wheelchair.

The daytime TV host, who is fully vaccinated, was previously hospitalized on Sept. 15 after she tested positive for a "breakthrough case" of Covid-19.