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Bill Cosby is making headlines yet again. At Kenan Thompson's stand-up show at the University of Pittsburgh last night, the Saturday Night Live star brought up Cosby and the many rape allegations against the TV star during his routine. "Kenan was on for about an hour and the Bill Cosby stuff happened halfway through, I would say," Jesse Irwin, the social media editor for the Pitt News, tells E! News. "He talked about how, growing up, Bill Cosby had been his hero. He was the first or one of the first clean black comedians. So as a kid, Kenan looked up to him." Some of that admiration changed for Thompson when he and Cosby worked together on the 2004 film Fat Albert. "When he »
Should we feel bad for Eddie Huang? The restaurateur whose memoir about his childhood inspired the current ABC sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat" went on a multi-post Twitter rant after this week's episode, complaining that, since the pilot, the show has drifted far from the reality of his own experience, to the point where "it got so far from the truth that I don't recognize my own life."
That's certainly unfortunate, even for a guy who received a tidy sum for the TV rights to his autobiography. No one wants to see his or her experience distorted and broadcast to millions. Then again, what did he expect? It's a network sitcom. It's generally going to avoid any bleak reality that can't be resolved in 22 minutes.
This sort of biographical distortion has been an issue for sitcoms since the dawn of television, since the format simply doesn't lend itself easily to »
- Gary Susman
Bill Cosby may have admitted under oath to sexually assaulting women ... at least that's what one alleged victim believes and is now trying to unearth documents to prove it. Tamara Green claims Cosby drugged and groped her back in the '70s. The statute of limitations has long since run, but Green sued Cosby last December for defamation because he repeatedly said she was lying -- that it never happened. Green has filed new legal »
- TMZ Staff
Bill Cosby continues to be heckled by audience members attending his stand-up comedy shows. The latest incident took place Friday evening while the Cosby Show star was performing in Baltimore at the Lyric Opera House. Only minutes into Cosby's performance, a man stood up from the audience and shouted, "38 women spoke up and called you a rapist." According to the Baltimore City Paper, the heckler added, "Tell the one about how to get away with rape." In a video posted online, several other fans can be heard telling him to "shut up," but it was the comedian who ultimately stood up to him when he said, "Just remain calm," before adding, "We are here to enjoy my gift. We are not »
Yet another Bill Cosby show has been interrupted by yet another heckler. The latest confrontation happened Friday night, during the comedian’s standup show in Baltimore at The Lyric Opera House. Minutes after Cosby started his set, a man yelled, “38 women spoke up and called you a rapist.” In a video posted online by the Baltimore City Paper, several fans can be heard telling the man to “shut up!” But he seems unfazed and shouts, “Tell the one about how to get away with rape.” Also Read: 35 Bill Cosby Accusers: Complete Breakdown of the Allegations Cosby briefly interrupted the show telling fans: “Just remain. »
- Anita Bennett
Two more women came forward to accuse scandal-plagued comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault on Friday, telling their stories at the office of attorney Gloria Allred. One of the accusers, Margie Shapiro, alleged that Cosby sexually assaulted her when they went to visit Hugh Hefner‘s mansion. Shapiro told reporters Friday that she met Cosby in 1975 while she was working at a donut shop in Santa Monica, where Cosby ordered dozens of donuts. She claimed that she was invited to Cosby’s film set, where she spent the afternoon with the comedian. Afterward, she was invited to a casual dinner with. »
- Tim Kenneally and Pamela Chelin
Chelsea Handler recalls a “weird” experience with Bill Cosby, Jon Hamm does a full day of Mad Men press just after news of his rehab stint broke, Zooey Deschanel tells Jimmy Fallon about her pregnancy, and more celebrity news.
I was in Atlantic City playing, doing stand-up, and he was doing stand-up in Atlantic City in the same hotel, and at like three o’clock in the afternoon, someone from the hotel came down and said, “Oh, you know, Mr. Cosby would really like to meet you up in his hotel suite.” And I thought, That’s really weird. This was like ten years ago. And I said, That’s really weird. I don’t want to go alone. I go, I don’t know him. So the three guys I was with—thank God these guys were with me. »
- Taylor Ferber
In an Esquire interview, Chelsea Handler revealed that Bill Cosby might have had plans to "Cosby" her, as she put it. Handler said that roughly a decade ago, the two were doing stand-up in Atlantic City and were staying at the same hotel. During some down time, Cosby asked one of the hospitality staffers to fetch her because the now-embattled comedian wanted to meet with her in his suite. "I said, That's really weird. I don't want to go alone. I go, I don't know him. So the three guys I was with — thank God these guys were with me ... I brought them up with me to his room and thank God I did, because now I know what would've happened if I went up there alone," she recalled. One of her friends who was with her at the time texted her recently: "Do you remember that night we »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Chelsea Handler is very firmly not on Team Cosby. During a recent interview with Esquire for the mag's "Women & Men" issue, the comedienne shared that Bill Cosby once invited her up to his hotel room in Atlantic City, N.J. Handler, 40, was chatting with her fellow April 2015 cover star Nick Offerman and interviewer Scott Raab when the Cosby Show alum's name came up, prompting Raab to remark, "Poor guy." "What do you mean 'poor guy'?!" the Chelsea Lately alum replied. "Not poor guy — he tried [...] »
Chelsea Handler is the latest person to join the slew of accusers suggesting that Bill Cosby made inappropriate advances on her. While the comedienne didn’t claim that she was sexually assaulted by the controversial star, she did say that it could have ended up that way if not for her film crew. “He tried to Cosby me,” Handler told Esquire during a joint interview with Nick Offerman for its April issue. Handler and Cosby were both performing comedy at the same Atlantic City hotel around 10 years ago, she recalled, and “at like 3 o’clock in the afternoon, someone from »
- Debbie Emery
Chelsea Handler recently said she thinks Bill Cosby is guilty of raping the women who have alleged he drugged and sexually assaulted them, because she has a near-miss story of her own. "He tried to Cosby me," said Handler in an interview with Esquire. "I was in Atlantic City playing, doing stand-up, and he was doing stand-up in Atlantic City in the same hotel, and at like three o'clock in the afternoon, someone from the hotel came down and said, 'Oh, you know, Mr. Cosby would really like to meet you up in his hotel suite.
- THR Staff
In an interview with Esquire, Chelsea recounted an experience she had with the comedian.
"I was in Atlantic City playing, doing stand-up, and he was doing stand-up in Atlantic City in the same hotel, and at like three o'clock in the afternoon, someone from the hotel came down and said, 'Oh, you know, Mr. Cosby would really like to meet you up in his hotel suite,'" she told the mag. "And I thought, 'That's really weird.' This was like 10 years ago. And I said, 'That's really weird. ...
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Welcome to the March 24, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is taking heat over...the group's 1988 album "...And Justice for All"? Anyone familiar with the history of the legendary metal band's fourth LP will know that the album received quite a bit of criticism for its nearly inaudible bass. According to a new interview with Steve Thompson, the man who mixed the record, the idea to turn the instrument down in the mix was actually Ulrich's. "He goes, 'See the bass guitar?'" Thompson related to Ultimate Guitar magazine. "And I said, 'Yeah, great part, man. [Bassist Jason Newsted] killed it.' He said, 'I want you to bring down the bass where you can barely, audibly hear it in the mix.' I said, 'You're kidding. Right?'...He said, 'No. Bring it down. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Three women who’ve accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct have taken aim at the embattled comedian in a new court filing, saying that he’s trying to “infect” their defamation case against him and “shirks any responsibility” for the harm that he has allegedly caused. Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz are suing Cosby for defamation, saying that the comedian has maligned them by denying, through spokespersons, their claims against him. Cosby filed a motion to dismiss the suit in February, claiming, among other things, that the denials in question were made by his spokespeople, not the comedian himself. »
- Tim Kenneally
Hannibal Buress revealed that he received death threats after his stand-up about Bill Cosby’s rape allegations went viral. Hannibal Buress Jokes About Death Threats On Jimmy Kimmel Live Buress, who was credited with reigniting media’s interest in the many rape allegations against Cosby, joked about the death threats in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on […]
- Olivia Truffaut
Comedian Hannibal Buress received a death threat from a Bill Cosby fan after reinvigorating the public’s interest in sexual assault allegations against the “Cosby Show” star. “It’s definitely a weird situation. I get a lot of messages from people about it,” Buress told Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night. “You know, the weird thing about getting a death threat from a male bodybuilder/stripper on Facebook is when you click on his profile and see that you have one mutual friend.” Also Read: Hannibal Buress Rips Bill Cosby: ‘You Are a Rapist’ Although allegations against Cosby first emerged in 2005 when a woman named. »
- Greg Gilman
Not so funny. Hannibal Buress made headlines in October 2014, when he now-famously ripped on Bill Cosby in a stand-up routine. The comedian, 32, refocused the spotlight on Cosby's alleged transgressions and inspired a huge group of women to once again come forward with their stories. Buress revealed in a new interview with Jimmy Kimmel, however, that the watershed jokes about Cosby were not without consequences. "It's definitely a weird situation," the Broad City star said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, March 18. "I get a lot [...] »
Justin Bieber may have ended his Comedy Central Roast, which taped Saturday night at Sony Studios in Los Angeles, on a humble note, but that didn’t stop him from getting skewered by friends and comedians at the annual event.
As is tradition at the roasts, Bieber got the chance for a final say after the roasters were done ripping into him. While he got the chance to land a few hits (“What do you get when you give a teenager $200 million? A bunch of has-beens calling you a lesbian for two hours” was one choice joke), the pop star ended the night by apologizing for his much-publicized mistakes.
“There was really no preparing me for this life,” he explained onstage. “I was thrown into this at 12 years old, and I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. There’s been moments I’m really proud of »
- Alex Stedman
Comedy Central taped its Roast of Justin Bieber last night at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif. featuring roastmaster Kevin Hart, and a lineup of roasters that included Ludacris, Shaquille O'Neal, Pete Davidson, Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, Chris D'Elia, Will Ferrell, Snoop Dogg, and, for some reason, Martha Stewart.
With all of 21-year-old Justin's antics and mishaps, the roasters had more fodder for this roast than maybe ever. And we knew they wouldn't go easy on him, but damn!
Here are all the biggest moments you can look forward to on the telecast, as well as some moments you probably definitely can't.
1. Kevin Hart pulled no punches.
"Tonight, we are gonna do what [Justin's] parents and the legal system should have done a long time ago, said Kevin. "Give this boy an ass-whuppin' he deserves."
The mega-successful comedian was the roastmaster of the night, and despite »
Host Kevin Hart said it best in the first few minutes of Comedy Central's Justin Bieber Roast: "Tonight we are gonna do what parents and the legal system should have done a long time - give the boy an ass-whuppin' he deserves." And with that, the shellacking of the 21-year-old pop star began, starting with a video montage that included all of Bieber's embarrassing legal woes and continuing with a tidal wave of cracks about the singer's pre-pubescent fanbase, his goofy songs and all those appearances on Ellen. And that was just when Ludacris, comedian Natasha Legerro and Shaquille O'Neal »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
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