The longtime comedian has joined the cast of Madoff, ABC’s upcoming miniseries about former stockbrocker Bernie Madoff.
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Inspired by Brian Ross’ book The Madoff Chronicles, the drama will explore the rise and fall of the disgraced financier, culminating in his 150-year prison sentencing in 2009 for operating a $65 billion Ponzi scheme.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Black will play Ezra Merkin, who invested with Madoff and brought a number of wealthy Jewish clients into his fold. The comedian joins a cast that includes Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Matenopoulos will begin in her new role on July 6, serving as host, alongside Louis Aguirre. Michael Yo and Keltie Knight remain correspondents.
“Our audience really connects with Debbie, and she has great chemistry with Louis and the team,” exec producer Brad Bessey announced Tuesday. “She’s down-to-earth, plugged into celebrity news and pop culture, has a vibrant personality and is a true industry insider. In many ways she is the personification of ‘The Insider’ brand.”
Matenopoulos joined the entertainment newsmagazine as a special correspondent this past May for for exclusive sit-down interviews with Sally Jessy Raphael, Martha Stewart, Joy Behar and Kathie Lee Gifford, among others. She first joined “The Insider” in January 2012, as a correspondent.
Previously, she worked as a host for “The View,” TV Guide Channel, E! and, most recently, Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family.”
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Favorite side dish? "Sweet potato casserole," Taylor tells Robin.
Stuffing or mashed potatoes? "Mashed potatoes."
Canned or homemade cranberry sauce? "Canned."
Pumpkin pie or sweet potato pie? "Pumpkin."
The special also pays tribute to unsung American heroes who have devoted themselves to helping others -- people like sanitation worker Arnold Harvey, who selflessly cashed in his 401k to create a food pantry for the homeless.
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"Climbing in the truck with him -- going into his world and seeing what he does for us, it's one of those jobs we don't say thank you," Robin said through tears.
Robin jumped at the chance to show her gratitude to Arnold for the work he does
Get ready for a new Et co-host!
Veteran entertainment journalist Kevin Frazier has been named co-host of Entertainment Tonight! He'll join Nancy O'Dell starting Tuesday, September 9. Et Executive Producer Brad Bessey made the announcement today.
"Kevin lives and breathes entertainment news," said Bessey. "He is the ultimate professional and has a phenomenal relationship with Nancy."
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Just in case you need some catching up, we put together a list of everything you need to know about Kevin Frazier. Well... almost everything!
What does he think of Nicki Minaj's Anaconda: The dirty Nicki is back.
Favorite TV show besides Et and The Insider: Naked and Afraid
First job: Cleaning cars and running errands at a car dealership in Columbia, Maryland.
Favorite hobby: Playing with his boys, Shane (7) and Reece (4).
How much does he sleep: 4 hours per night.
Those sharing the MGM Grand Garden Arena stage in Las Vegas with returning hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan include Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Lee Brice, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts.
They will join a previously announced megawatt lineup that already includes Shelton, Bryan, Stevie Nicks, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Keith Urban, Shakira, George Strait, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line.
Mila Kunis, middle right, also caught our eye in a flowing gown, while Emilia Clarke was gorgeous trading in her "Game of Thrones" leather and blonde hair for a sparkly gown and her natural locks.
Middle left is TV personality Thea Andrews and on the far left is "House of Cards" star Kate Mara in a bit of a '70s throwback look. Which woman do you think rocked the silver/gray the best? Vote below!
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Like any good dish, the reality competition's sophomore season is coming together nicely, what with new host Lisa Raye filling in Andrews' shoes (who is expecting her second child) and Food Network Canada finally revealing when the hit show is returning to its lineup.
The new season premieres March 12 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt and, according to a network release, it will boast bigger, more intense challenges and surprise twists that the 16 new chefs will have to tackle.
"When a series comes out of the gate an instant hit and top performer, as "Top Chef Canada" has done, the heat is on for the next season to really step it up," says Barb Williams,
"Once we thought of him, we started developing the costume and the design of the character around him," Favreau told Et's Thea Andrews on the casting of Rourke. "His career got very busy as he was doing all the award season stuff and it took some time to make everything work out, but he was enthusiastic from our first meeting. And, I was so glad that it worked out. Now he's a very formidable adversary to Robert Downey Jr."
Downey Jr. also shared his thought on the joining of the star of "The Wrestler". He said,
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