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Production of Queen Latifah's new drama series "The Equalizer" has been suspended due to a positive Covid-19 test.

Filming was halted and the producers asked those in close contact with the infected individual to self-isolate, according to Deadline.

The Equalizer stars Queen Latifah, real name Dana Owens, as a tough-as-nails vigilante based on the character played by Edward Woodward on TV and Denzel Washington on the big screen.

Latifah said playing the part of a Black female superhero was "necessary" in the face of social, racial, and financial inequalities.

"The only reservation I had was Denzel," Latifah told USA Today. "I had to figure out how to create a character that was going to be different from his and obviously not get in his lane, but not like the original, either."

She said she liked the idea of "delivering some justice (as) a Black woman on network television. I thought the idea of it was incredible and necessary and fun."

"When we started this project, little did we know that we would face a pandemic; we would face such amazing divisiveness in this country; we would have to deal with a real, real hard look at the racial inequities, of the social inequities, of the financial inequities of this country," said the multi-millionaire actress.

"We just didn't know that, God, would we need to see justice. There's just so many different things that are going on that made this show timely."

The series debuted after the Super Bowl on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 7, to mixed reviews. Some viewers were critical of the producers for casting former rapper Queen Latifah as single mom Robyn McCall, an "Overweight 50 year-old pre-diabetic woman who beats up dudes."

One viewer wrote "This series is (like Batwoman) a glaring example of that strategy. Female black hero against bad white men. Male is bad. Men are evil!"

Despite the criticism, 20.4 million people tuned in to watch "The Equalizer" on Sunday night. The show was the top-rated TV series of the week.
 

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The future of Ellen DeGeneres's once popular daytime talk show is in doubt.

DeGeneres, right, Is struggling to hold on to her hosting duties amid troubling accusations of racism and creating a toxic workplace.

With just one year left on her contract, the 62-year-old multimillionaire is said to be facing forced retirement.

According to Page Six, Ellen's TV ratings have collapsed 8 percent lower than last year.

Meanwhile, The Kelly Clarkson Show -- which comes on after Ellen's Show -- could take over Ellen's 3 p.m. spot if she is canceled.

Kelly's TV ratings matched Ellen's ratings high for the first time in 2019.

According to Page Six, NBC chiefs wooed Kelly, 38, before she launched her show in 2019.

The Kelly Clarkson Show became the most-watched new daytime talk show in seven years, winning three Daytime Emmy Awards last year.

Ellen has reportedly pleaded with her Black celebrity friends to help save her job.

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Only 705,000 viewers tuned in to watch ESPN's D. Wade: Life Unexpected, a candid look at Dwyane Wade's life on and off the court.

The documentary drew Less than 1 million viewers despite the heavy press coverage of Wade's gender confused child, Zion Wade, a 12-year-old boy who calls himself Zaya and prefers feminine pronouns.

In addition to Zaya, the former Miami Heat star and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, share 18-month-old daughter Kaavia James. He is also father to 18-year-old son Zaire and 6-year-old son Xavier, whose mother is family friend, Aja Metoyer.

Esquire magazine breathlessly called the documentary "a groundbreaking portrait of modern fatherhood" and "a breakthrough as a sports documentary" that "calls attention to the way we've viewed and discussed fatherhood in past years."

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An advanced screening of Wade's documentary at the massive AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami drew less than 1,000 fans on Sunday.

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In the documentary, Wade, 38, talked about how, when he was "on a break" from Union, he fathered Xavier. And about his public divorce from his first wife, Siohvaughn Funches, with whom he reached a $5 million settlement that included an NDA agreement.

Esquire referred to Wade's announcement about Zaya "the highest point" of the documentary.

"I looked at her and said, 'You are a leader. You are a leader and this is our opportunity to allow you to be a voice," Wade told openly lesbian TV host Ellen Degeneres.

"Right now it's through us because she's 12 years old, but eventually it'll be through her," Wade said.

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