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Joel McHale has been tapped to host the Espys! The show will be broadcast live on ABC July 15 at 8 p.m. Et from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in L.A. McHale announced his gig on ABC's Good Morning America Friday. "Joel is an extremely talented performer, a unique voice and a huge sports fan," said Connor Schell, senior vice president, Espn Films and Original Content, who oversees The Espys. "His experience as a comedian and love of sports make Joel the perfect host for The Espys inaugural broadcast on ABC." Executive producer Maura Mandt added, "I've had the opportunity to work with Joel on previous projects, including when he presented at The Espys, and he's an enthusiastic fan »
Good Morning America may be on track to win the May sweeps, finishing its third consecutive season as the No. 1 morning show, but Today has something significant to crow about for the first time in several years. Without the aid of the Olympics, the No. 2 telecast managed to top the adults 25-54 demographic for the second week in a month. Today averaged 1.867 million viewers in the morning-friendly demo for the week of May 11, inching past Gma by just 67,000 viewers. Small as the margin might be, it marks the second week in
- Michael O'Connell
ABC News president James Goldston sent a memo to staff this morning announcing Jesse Palmer is officially named a “special contributor” at Good Morning America: Team— I'm pleased to announce that Jesse Palmer, who has become a familiar face at Gma and across ABC News, is officially joining Gma as a Special Contributor. In this new role, he will focus on big stories for the second hour as well as news of day and signature big live events throughout the show. He will also… »
Celebrity chef Sandra Lee has successfully undergone a mastectomy on Tuesday, May 19, her team shared in multiple Facebook updates. A new update: Sandra is out of surgery! She's currently in recovery with @NYGovCuomo. She's groggy... but grateful. pic.twitter.com/7L8hGsjj2v — Sandra Lee (@SandraLee) May 19, 2015 The Food Network star, 48, revealed on Good Morning America last week that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in April. Luckily, the cancer was detected early while she was getting a routine mammogram. Lee was initially supposed to undergo a double mastectomy last week, [...] »
Former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer just landed a new position: special contributor across all ABC News platforms. The Florida Gator alum was welcomed to the spot Tuesday morning on “Good Morning America.” Palmer will continue his current role on Espn and the SEC Network as their lead college football analyst. The move was made official this morning via an internal memo sent by ABC News President James Goldston to his staff, which was obtained by TheWrap. “In this new role, he will focus on big stories for the second hour as well as news of day and signature big live events throughout the show, »
- Tony Maglio
Elian Gonzalez, the child seized by U.S. officials in Miami in 2000 and returned to his native Cuba, said he wants “to thank the American people” in an interview with ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila, the network said Sunday. The exclusive interview with Gonzalez, now 21, is the first he’s done with an American media company. it was conducted in Cuba and is the first time he has spoken at length on the event in nearly 10 years. “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir” and “Nightline” will air clips from the exclusive on Monday at 7 a. »
- Todd Cunningham
George Stephanopoulos apologized on air for a second time, for the $75K in donations he’s made to the Clinton Foundation since 2011. The latest statement came 14 minutes into this morning’s ABC News’s Sunday Beltway show This Week. It was the same apology he’d read on air Friday, on Good Morning America, about the donations. "Over the last several years I've made substantial donations to dozens of charities, including the Clinton Foundation,” Stephanopoulos said. “Those… »
Ahead of the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, superstar artists like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran will discuss the significance of the BBMAs in an hour-long television special. The Billboard Music Awards: An Insider's Guide will air Saturday, May 15, at 9 p.m. Et on ABC. Hosted by Good Morning America's Lara Spence, the special will give fans a look at life on the road with backstage access from Sheeran and Hozier's shows, as well as a look at the role of women in music and the emergence of women in all genres of the industry. Watch a
- Billboard Staff
After refusing to comment on the long string of sexual-assault allegations against him, Bill Cosby briefly addressed the claims during a Good Morning America interview this morning. "I have been in this business over 52 years and I have never seen anything like this," he admitted. "Reality is the situation, and I can't speak." Cosby is currently working alongside the Black Belt Foundation on a campaign to aid schools in the poorest parts of Alabama, and on Friday, he will lead a group of Selma high-schoolers across the Edmund Pettus bridge. He told Gma that despite the 40-plus allegations, his message to young people is still worth listening to: "My point is, okay, listen to me carefully, I'm telling you where the road is out. I'm telling you where as you're driving you're going to go into water and it looks like it may only be three inches but you »
- Nate Jones
“I have been in this business over 52 years and I have never seen anything like this,” he said. “Reality is the situation. And I can’t speak.”
The comedian sat down with ABC correspondent Linsey Davis to promote the Black Belt Community Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to improve education for children in high-poverty counties near Selma, Ala.
When asked what he would tell those kids if they brought up the controversy, Cosby dodged and rambled. “I’m not sure that they will come like that,” Cosby said. “I think that many of them will say, ‘Well you’re a hypocrite, you say one thing, you say the other.’ My point is, listen to me carefully, I’m telling »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Bill Cosby will no longer be silenced. The star appeared in a pre-taped interview on ABC's Good Morning America that aired Friday, in which he rambled in response to questions regarding allegations of sexual assault from more than 30 women. The 77-year-old actor is in Alabama this week to speak with high school students on behalf of the Black Belt Community Foundation's campaign to improve education in the south-central part of the state. During the interview, Cosby was asked how he would respond if a young person pressed him about accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted a number of women over a number of decades. "I'm not sure that they will come like that," Cosby, who has never been »
ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos apologized on air this morning on Good Morning America for having made donations to the Clinton Foundation and for not disclosing those donations to his employer or viewers while covering the political couple or their foundation for the news division. “I want to address some news you may have seen about me,” he began, about 24 hours after the story first broke. “Over the last several years I’ve made substantial donations to… »
Bill Cosby finally addressed the slew of rape allegations against him in an interview on “Good Morning America” Friday. “I have been in this business over 52 years and I have never seen anything like this,” he said. “Reality is the situation. And I can’t speak.” The 77-year-old comedian was on the show to talk about his partnership with the Black Belt Foundation after visiting High School students in Alabama on Thursday and Friday to speak about improving education in the state. Also Read: 37 Bill Cosby Accusers: Complete Breakdown of the Allegations When asked what he would tell the children about the. »
- Jordan Chariton
Bill Cosby has finally addressed the barrage of rape allegations that have plagued the comedian in recent months, as more and more women have claimed he drugged and sexually assaulted them. In an interview with Good Morning America that aired with little promotion on Friday, Cosby said he was baffled by the scandal. "I have been in this business over 52 years and I have never seen anything like this," he said. "Reality is the situation. And I can't speak." Read More Bill Cosby: Actress Who Appeared on 'Cosby Show' Is New Accuser (Report) Cosby was joined for
- Hilary Lewis
The chief anchor of ABC News offered a brief mea culpa to viewers on the network’s top-ranked morning program over gifts he made to the non-profit Clinton Foundation but failed to disclose even as he covered topics on air related to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
“I should have gone the extra mile to avoid even the appearance of a conflict” by noting the donations on air, George Stephanopoulos said Friday morning, about 18 minutes into the broadcast of “Good Morning America.”
He was making reference to Thursday’s disclosure that he donated money totaling about $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation over the past few years. The contributions leave Stephanopoulos open to charges of bias, given the fact that Hillary Clinton is seen as a leading Democratic candidate for U.S. president in the 2016 election and Stephanopoulos is likely to cover topics that relate to her in his duties on “Gma,” the »
- Brian Steinberg
First comes love, then comes marriage! Everything is awesome for George Clooney after marrying Amal Alamuddin. The once-eternal bachelor sat down with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America on Thursday, May 14, where he discussed the latest updates on his marriage. "Everything’s different now," Clooney said. "Actually it is. I was going to make a joke but it is actually." The Tomorrowland actor, 54, and international human rights lawyer, 37, married last September in a lavish ceremony before their famous friends and family members in Venice, Italy. "I couldn’t [...] »
Bill Cosby says the darndest things. The comedian recently caught up with Good Morning America to raise awareness for the Black Belt Community Foundation, and, naturally, was asked about the sexual assault allegations against him. But during the pre-taped interview, which aired on Friday, May 15, the star tried his best to avoid talking about his ongoing scandal. "Are you prepared for the backlash if a young person comes up to you and says my mom said you did some bad things?" Gma's Linsey Davis asked. "How [...] »
George Clooney can't stop gushing about wife Amal Clooney! During an interview on Good Morning America earlier today, the 54-year-old Oscar winner was reminded he hasn't made an appearance on the morning show since his nuptials back in September. "I'm a married man now. Everything's different now," the Tomorrowland star told George Stephanopoulos. "It is actually very different." "I couldn't be happier," Clooney went on. "We're having a really fun time. We're working on fixing up a house in England that we'll be spending a lot of time in, just outside of London. And we've been sort of traveling the world. We're on our way to Shanghai and »
The actress was crowned a “Jeopardy” champion on Thursday’s celebrity edition, collecting $50,000 for Operation Blankets of Love, an animal welfare charitable organization.
Young pulled out ahead of her competitors by sweeping the literature category, eventually going on to win the competition. “Good Morning America” chief meteorologist Ginger Zee placed second, and comedian Josh Gad finished finished third, each winning $10,000 for their charities, Susan G. Komen West Michigan and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, respectively.
Young’s victory precedes the season-four finale of “Scandal,” which airs Thursday night at 9 p.m. on ABC.
Watch Variety‘s exclusive video of Young’s literature category sweep below.
- Seth Kelley
We'll take Badass TV First Ladies for $1000, Alex! Scandal star Bellamy Young competed on Celebrity Jeopardy! on Thursday, May 14 (aka Scandal season 4 finale day!) and not only did she win, she absolutely slayed the show's Literature category. Young, a Yale grad, competed against Frozen star Josh Gad and Good Morning America's Ginger Zee on the long-running quiz show, joining Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, actor Neil Flynn, and CNN anchor John Berman as the week's winners. The woman also known as Mellie Grant donated [...] »
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