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Colbert, Fallon, O’Brien respond to criticism from Donald Trump in hilarious cold open sketch

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After Donald Trump took a jab at them at a South Carolina rally on Monday, three of late night television’s biggest hosts teamed up for a cold open sketch like no other that kicked off both The Late Show and The Tonight Show on Tuesday evening.

Stephen Colbert,  Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien united for the unique response to the president’s criticism, in which he referred to Colbert as a “lowlife,” Fallon as a “lost soul,” and Jimmy Kimmel as “terrible,” while adding that they are “not like talented people.”

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We’re told Kimmel was invited to appear on the sketch, which features the late night hosts in a mock Skype conference call, but is on vacation this week and was unable to participate. O’Brien’s show likely would’ve aired the sketch as well, but is on hiatus for the entire week.

“I heard he said some pretty bad stuff about us,” Fallon says in the sketch. “I heard he said we’re all no-talent, lowlife lost souls.”

“That doesn’t sound like him,” Colbert replied. “That’s not right. That’s Conan.” Colbert then conferences O’Brien onto the call, who is in the middle of shaving his face and is facetiously unaware that Donald Trump, “the real estate guy who sells steaks,” is the president of the United States.

The sketch ends after Fallon and Colbert agree to go out to lunch at the Red Hen, the Lexington, Virginia restaurant which made headlines last week after they asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave. “Red Hen?” Fallon suggests. “Red Hen!” Colbert responds enthusiastically.

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2018 Emmy nominations announced: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix top this year’s nominees

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The nominations for the 70th annual Emmy Awards were announced by The Handmaid’s Tale actress Samira Wiley and The Blacklist alum Ryan Eggold on Thursday morning with HBO’s Game of Thrones unsurprisingly leading the way with a whopping 22 nominations.

However, while HBO has been the most nominated television network at the Emmys each and every year for the past 17 years, streaming giant Netflix stole the honor this year with 112 total nominations, beating HBO’s 108 total nominations.

Trailing close behind Thrones are NBC’s Saturday Night Live and HBO’s Westworld with 21 nominations, while Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale came in with 20 nominations. The latter two join Thrones in the Outstanding Drama Series category, which also includes Stranger Things, This Is Us, The Crown, and The Americans.

You can check out the complete list of 2018 Emmy nominees below.

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Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
Westworld
The Americans
The Crown
Stranger Things

Outstanding Comedy
Atlanta
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Black-ish
Silicon Valley
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Glow
Barry
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Comedy Actress
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Rachel Brosnahan  (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
Issa Rae (Insecure)

Outstanding Comedy Actor
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Outstanding Drama Actress
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)

Outstanding Drama Actor
Sterling K. Brown (This is Us)
Justin Bateman (Ozark)
Ed Harris (Westworld)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
Milo Ventimiglia (This is Us)

Best Reality Program
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Amazing Race
Top Chef
The Voice
American Ninja Warrior

Outstanding Actor, Limited Series
Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso)
Darren Criss (Assassination of Gianni Versace)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose)
Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower)
John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror)

Outstanding Actress, Limited Series
Jessica Biel (The Sinner)
Laura Dern (The Tale)
Michelle Dockery (Godless)
Edie Falco (The Menendez Murders)
Regina King (Seven Seconds)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)

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Netflix debuts ‘Strong Black Lead’ spot just days after firing a top executive for using the N-word

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The timing of a new commercial featuring 47 black Netflix content creators and talent, all of whom represent the streaming giant’s Strong Black Lead initiative, couldn’t be more ironic given the fact that it aired during Sunday night’s BET Awards just two days after the company fired PR chief Jonathan Friedland for using the N-word and displaying “unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity.”

The spot, narrated by Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin, is inspired by the legendary 1958 photo “A Great Day in Harlem” and was directed by Lacey Duke and features Ava DuVernay, Derek Luke, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe, Mike Colter, Rev Run, Spike Lee, Ashley Blaine Featherson, Logan Browning, Ajiona Alexus, and Priah Ferguson, among many others. Kwaku Alston photographed the moment.

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According to one source inside the company with knowledge of the situation, Netflix execs debated whether or not they should run the spot during the BET Awards this past weekend, fearing potential backlash, before ultimately making the decision to move forward with their original plans.

“This is a new day built from the ground broken by legends, a day for our generation to see untold experiences of our blackness representing a limitless range of Identity, playing kings and queens of our neighborhoods, defeating larger than life forces trying to flip our world upside down,” says McLaughlin in the video.

“We’re not a genre because there’s no one way to be black. We’re writing while black — nuanced and complex, resilient and strong. This is not a moment. This is a movement. We are strong black leads. Today is a great day in Hollywood,” he adds.

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Robert De Niro receives standing ovation after saying ‘Fuck Trump’ twice at the Tony Awards

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After taking the stage to introduce Bruce Springsteen’s musical performance at last night’s Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, legendary actor Robert De Niro had a few choice words for President Donald Trump. However, while CBS, who has the telecast on a seven-second delay, decided to censor De Niro’s remarks, that didn’t stop the actor’s message from getting across by means of social media.

“I’m going to say one thing, Fuck Trump,” De Niro said, pumping his fists in the air and nodding with approval as the crowd instantly rose to their feet to give the actor a standing ovation. “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s fuck Trump.”

While viewers from coast to coast were originally a bit confused by what De Niro had said due to the fact the remarks were bleeped by a CBS employee, Rhett Bartlett, a writer for The Hollywood Reporter, posted an unedited video of De Niro’s remarks on Twitter that was taken from the telecast’s Australian feed, where the vulgarities went uncensored.

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In a brief statement issued Sunday evening, a CBS spokesperson said: “Mr. De Niro’s comments were unscripted and unexpected. The offensive language was deleted from the broadcast.”

Last night’s remarks wouldn’t be the first time De Niro has told the world how he really feels about the president. At the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala back in January, De Niro referred to Trump as the “jerk-off-in-chief” and called him a “fucking idiot,” while condemning the president for putting the press under siege.

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