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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.

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Denzel Washington and actress Ellen Pompeo almost came to blows when she went off script during the "Grey's Anatomy" episode he directed.

The incident went down when Denzel directed the season 12 episode "The Sound of Silence," which saw Ellen's character Meredith Grey has her jaw broken when she's attacked by an epileptic patient.

The Oscar-winning actor was recruited by producer Debbie Allen to keep Ellen "interested" in the show after actors Sandra Oh and Patrick Dempsey both quit the medical drama.

"One of the scenes at the end of the episode, I have to go (confront) this man who beat me up," Ellen recalled on her podcast Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo.

She said her character, Meredith, was reluctant to hear the apology from the male patient.

"[Meredith's] jaw was broken, and I couldn't bring myself to go hear the apology from this character... She was just at the point where she wasn't having it.

"I didn't really want to talk to this actor or see this actor before we did this scene, so I didn’t have much interaction with him at all. And then, he apologized to me, but he was doing it really softly. He made this choice to speak very softly. And I was p**sed that I had to sit there and listen to this apology. And he wasn't looking at me in the eye… and I yelled at him, I was like, 'Look at me! When you apologize, look at me!' And that wasn't in the dialogue."

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After Ellen's ad lib, she said Denzel pulled her to one side and yelled at her.

"Denzel went ham on my a*s. He was like, 'I'm the director! Don't you tell him what to do!'"

But Ellen hit back, shouting at him:

"I was like, 'Listen, motherf**ker, this is my show! This is my set! Who are you telling... You barely even know where the bathroom is!' I have the utmost respect for him as an actor, as a director, as everything, but we went at it!"

Ellen said calmer heads prevailed when Denzel's wife visited the set.

"Then his wife came to set to visit, and I was not talking to him. I was mad at him. And I told his wife, I was like, 'Yeah, he yelled at me today. He let me have it today, and I’m not OK with him, and I'm not looking at him, and I'm not talking to him.'"

However, Ellen insisted she and Denzel were "completely fine after that" and she has no hard feelings towards him.

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Wendy Williams confirms her daytime talk show will return on October 4, despite her mental and physical health issues.

Williams, 57, announced her talk show's definite return on her Instagram account.

The caption read: "THE WAIT IS OVER! Season 13 starts MONDAY. You don't wanna miss it!"

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

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.

A source told TMZ that Wendy is currently "asymptomatic", meaning she is showing no symptoms of Covid.

Breakthrough cases occur when fully vaccinated persons are infected with Covid-19.

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Wendy Williams' brother says his sister is stable, improving, and hanging in there during her stay at a hospital where she is reportedly "fighting" Covid-19.

As reported last week, the 57-year-old host was voluntarily admitted to a hospital in New York on Wednesday for a psychiatric evaluation after police responded to a 911 call about a "non-violent" 57-year-old woman behaving erratically.

However, insiders say Wendy was actually hospitalized after testing positive for Covid-19. A source tells Sandrarose.com that Wendy can't have visitors due to her diagnosis.

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According to Wendy's brother, Tommy Williams, she is "fighting" to get well and resume her hosting duties on The Wendy Williams Show season premiere in October.

"I really do believe and have the faith that Wendy's going to make it... We've been hit just like other families. You know it's not easy [but] you got to dig yourself out, you got to hold on to the memories and we have some good ones.

"She's doing well. Stable. I've spoken with her, and we're hanging in there. She's hanging in there. We're praying. She's fighting."

However, another source close to Wendy Williams said the fully vaccinated host is "asymptomatic and not showing any signs of COVID-19." The source added that Wendy's mental health "continues to improve each day."

The Wendy Williams Show season premiere has been pushed back to October 4.

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Wendy Williams was recently hospitalized after contracting Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

The September 20th season premiere of the Wendy Williams Show was canceled after Wendy was diagnosed with a breakthrough case of Covid-19.

Wendy's Instagram account announced on Wednesday that the fully vaccinated daytime host is battling a "breakthrough case of Covid-19."

"While continuing her health evaluations, Wendy has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19," the statement read.

"To allow Wendy time to quarantine and fully recover and to ensure that our production abides by all SAG/AFTRA and DGA Covid protocols, we expect to begin the 13th season of 'The Wendy Williams Show' on Monday, October 4th."

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Page Six reports the show will air repeats until then.

Wendy's fans were shocked when paparazzi photos showed her arriving at her Manhattan apartment wearing a bathrobe and blue socks on the wet pavement.

She was assisted into the building while another man followed close behind her with a wheelchair.

According to the Centers for Disease Control data on breakthrough cases: "Vaccine breakthrough cases are expected," and "no vaccine is 100% effective at preventing illness."

The CDC claims the mRNA vaccines "may make illness less severe for those who are vaccinated and still get sick. The risk of infection, hospitalization, and death are all much lower in vaccinated people compared to unvaccinated."

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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.


 

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Singer/actress Mary J. Blige is seen brandishing a handgun on the set of "Power Book II: Ghost" in NYC on Wednesday, July 28.

Blige plays the ruthless designer clothes-wearing drug queenpin, Monet Stewart Tejada in "Power Book II: Ghost."

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Blige is dressed in Fendi from head-to-toe as she crouches behind a dumpster for cover with a youngster during an intense shootout scene on a hardtop basketball court.

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The 50-year-old New York native has won 9 Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards and has sold 100 million records worldwide.

She is best known for her No. 1 R&B hits "You Remind Me", "Real Love", "Not Gon' Cry", and "Be Without You."

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Mekai Curtis, left, and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson attended the New York premiere of Starz's highly anticipated prequel Power Book 3: Raising Kanan.

The new iteration of Power follows young Kanan Stark (Mekai Curtis) as he dodges bullets and keeps his enemies close. Kanan was originally played by 50 Cent.

Power Book 3: Raising Kanan also stars Omar Epps, Joey Bada$$, and Patina Miller.

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Mekai is pictured right with 50 Cent, center, and actor Michael Rainey Jr., left.

TheGrio spoke exclusively with the cast to discuss some of the challenges of creating the prequel.

"The pressure was having the continuity and the essence more so of the characters than the actual franchise itself," stated Mekai, who believes the hardest part was making sure he lived up to the high standards set by 50 Cent.

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Actor Omar Epps, who plays shady detective Howard, attended the premiere with his wife Keisha Epps. He said he didn't have any expectations for the new show.

"I don’t think there are any expectations. It's just a piece that I think the power in it is, that you know, we know who Kanan was and how he was the monster that he was. And this is kind of an exploration of humanity, to be honest with you. It's like, how does someone, you know, evolve into being the character that we saw 50 play."

The original Power aired on the Starz network from June 7, 2014, to February 9, 2020.

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The family of murdered 19-year-old TikTok star Swavy have demanded an apology from TV host Wendy Williams.

Williams come under fire last week after she shaded Swavy, real name Matima Miller, on the July 7 episode of The Wendy Williams Show.

Swavy was best known for his dance videos and comedy skits on TikTok.

Swavy was shot to death by an unknown assailant in Delaware on July 5.

Wendy acknowledged that no one in her studio audience had ever heard of Swavy until after he was killed.

"I have no idea who this person is ... neither does one person in this building. He’s a TikTok star, and he’s got more followers than me: 2.5 million," Williams said on July 7.

"Swavy is now dead. Ah, all those followers. Yeah, that's really tragic, only 19 years old," she said.

Someone tweeted out a clip of the segment on Thursday night and Wendy's name trended on Twitter.com and TikTok.

Now Swavy's mom Chanell Clark and older sibling Rahkim Clark have demanded an apology from Williams.

"Wendy has always been a messy person," Rahkim said."This is not just any other story, this is not a highlight, this is not a hot topic, this is our real life."

"I'm so p**sed off, because you did him like that," Chanell said as she tried to fight back her tears. "I'm looking for an apology, I do want an apology."