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Janet Jackson Opens up About Her "Intense" Struggle With Depression: "Thankfully, I Found My Way Through It"

Something we’ve sadly learned over the past few months is that depression doesn’t discriminate. From Kate Spade to Anthony Bourdain, Hollywood’s elite are not exempt from this scary disease. That said, there’s always hope and fortunately, Janet Jackson’s struggle with depression is a prime example of that. On Wednesday, June 20, a letter that Janet wrote for Essence magazine about her journey with mental illness was shared on Good Morning America. "I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense," the mother-of-one shared. "Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards," Janet continued. "And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way through it." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Janet continued that her son, Eissa Al Mana,
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Pharmaceutical Spending Drives Moderate CBS Gains in TV’s Upfront Market

An influx of spending by pharmaceutical advertisers helped fuel moderate gains in volume at CBS in TV’s “upfront” advertising market, according to a media-buying executive and another person familiar with the annual negotiation for commercial time between TV networks and Madison Avenue.

The buying executive suggested CBS may have seen a small gain in the volume of ad commitments made for its primetime schedule. Using a figure of 1%, CBS may have secured between $2.28 billion and $2.63 billion for its primetime programming, compared with $2.26 billion and $2.6 billion in 2016. If so, it would mark the first time in two years that CBS
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Chew Hosts Say Emotional Goodbye in Finale: 'This Has Been a Joy Every Day'

ABC served up its final helping of The Chew on Friday, and it was a bittersweet farewell for hosts Clinton Kelly, Michael Symon and Carla Hall.

Though new, pre-taped episodes of the daytime series will air through June 22 — with enhanced encores slated for the rest of the summer — Friday’s episode served as The Chew‘s series finale after ABC announced its cancellation on May 23. In its place, the Alphabet Net will start airing a third hour of Good Morning America in September.

For the final, emotional hour, The Chew‘s hosts decided to interview one another instead of bringing out celebrity guests,
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TV News Roundup: ‘The Sinner’ Season 2 Releases First Trailer

In today’s roundup, USA Network releases a new trailer for Season 2 of “The Sinner,” while Rev Run teases his new sitcom on Netflix.

First Looks

USA Network has released a first look at Season 2 of “The Sinner,” featuring Tracy Letts as Jack Novack, father of rookie detective Heather Novack and childhood friend of Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman). Letts also joins Carrie Coon Natalie Paul (“The Deuce”), Elisha Henig, and Hannah Gross (“Mindhunter”) when the series premieres on August 1 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. Watch the trailer here and see first look photos below.

Casting

Jean Smart has joined the
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‘The Chew’ Final Episode: First-Look Photos & Some Series Stats

After seven seasons and thousands of culinary delights, ABC’s The Chew taped its final episode today. Check out some first-look photos from the set above and below. Launched in September 2011, the Daytime Emmy-winning series that celebrates life through food will wrap after Friday’s last show. The network cooked The Chew‘s goose three weeks ago, canceling it in favor of a third hour of Good Morning America. Ranging from cooking and home entertaining to exploring food…
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‘The Chew’ Finale: Watch Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly and Carla Hall Say Goodbye (Photos)

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‘The Chew’ Finale: Watch Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly and Carla Hall Say Goodbye (Photos)
The final episode of “The Chew” is set to air on Friday, concluding its seven-year run.

ABC has released a few new photos from the upcoming finale, showing hosts Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly and Carla Hall raising a glass to the daytime talk show’s 1,500-episode run and bidding goodbye to the show they’ve hosted since 2011.

The very first episode of #TheChew aired on September 26, 2011, and with 1500 shows later, the final taping is officially in the history books! Tune in tomorrow for our special farewell. You seriously don’t want to miss it. We love you @Clinton_Kelly, @ChefSymon, and @carlahall! pic.twitter.com/8c8L5uqbeG

The Chew (@thechew) June 14, 2018

Also Read: 'The Chew' Canceled by ABC After 7 Seasons

The episode, taped Thursday to air Friday, is the final episode of the show to be produced, but previously unaired episodes will continue to air on ABC
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Watch the Moment Kim Kardashian Meets Alice Marie Johnson — the Woman She Helped Pardon

A new friendship just formed between Kim Kardashian and Alice Marie Johnson! Kim made her way to Memphis, Tn, to meet Alice — the woman whom 37-year-old reality star convinced President Donald Trump to pardon. Reporters waited outside of what is presumed to be Alice's home, as Kim walked up to the door to greet her. The duo embraced in front of a full camera crew, and went inside. This is the first-ever meeting between Kim and Alice, but they might already feel like old friends. Kim was given the honor of calling Alice and telling her the good news. "I was like, 'You're going home,'" the mom of three told CNN. "We cried, maybe, on the phone for, like, three minutes straight. Everyone was just crying." Only On FOX13: Here is the moment @KimKardashian met Alice Johnson in Memphis. Story: https://t.co/bO5c0IffEz pic.twitter.
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Dennis Rodman Slams Obama for Missed Opportunity With North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

Dennis Rodman Slams Obama for Missed Opportunity With North Korea’s Kim Jong Un
Dennis Rodman cast shade on former President Barack Obama about missing an opportunity to forge diplomacy with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — an opportunity that Donald Trump seized upon in his historic meeting early Tuesday in Singapore.

“I just want them to talk,” the former NBA star told ABC NewsMichael Strahan in an interview that aired Tuesday on “Good Morning America.” “I said that with Obama, and Obama just pretty much just blew me off, and thought that I was a laughingstock, that I didn’t know what I was doing.”

Rodman also defended Kim, whom he has visited in North Korea several times in the last decade over their shared love of basketball.

Also Read: Dennis Rodman Cries as He Talks About Trump's Meeting With Kim Jong Un: 'It's Amazing' (Video)

“I don’t look at him as a dictator,” said Rodman, wearing a Make America Great
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SAG-aftra Reaches Tentative Agreement With TV Networks

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SAG-AFTRA, the four major television broadcast networks and other producers have reached a tentative agreement on terms for the National Code of Fair Practice, the union announced on Saturday.

The term of the contract is July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2021.

“This deal delivers overall gains in important areas, including meaningful increases in wages and residuals rates that will put real money in members’ pockets. Additionally, the agreement now reflects important new language limiting auditions or meetings in private hotel rooms and residences, which represents a partial realization of our work toward industry culture change,” said SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris.

Significant gains will be felt across a wide range of categories, including principal performers, background actors, stand-ins, promo announcers, singers and dancers, SAG-aftra National Executive Director David White said.

Also Read: SAG-aftra Issues Code of Conduct in Response to Sexual Harassment Climate

Contract minimums will increase over the next three years,
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Emily Weinman Tells Her Side of Story About Jersey Cop Beach Beating (watch!)

Emily Weinman, whose sunny outing at Wildwood beach in New Jersey turned into a viral video of her being beaten by Jersey cops, told her side of the story this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She’s not the person she was made out to be, she says. Weinman became a viral video star after a bystander posted a video of her being thrown to the ground and punched repeatedly during an arrest. Police quickly released body cam video of the incident that town officials claimed exonerated them.
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‘Beachfront Bargain Hunt’ Buyer Is 2nd Person Hgtv Has Saved From Throat Cancer (Video)

Nicole McGuiness just wanted to buy a beachfront vacation home. What she got was a new lease on life.

The “Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation” buyer is now incredibly the second Hgtv subject to have her life saved by a viewer noticing a suspicious lump in an on-camera personality’s throat.

They say TV rots your brain, but Hgtv protects your throat.

Also Read: Fun 'Fixer Upper' Stats, Like: Joanna Gaines Used Shiplap in 39 Percent of Hgtv Houses (Exclusive)

The first one, lest you forget, was “Flip or Flop” star Tarek El Moussa.

That time a registered nurse noticed something in his throat while watching an episode of Tarek and now-ex-wife Christina El Moussa’s hit house-flipping show. The suspicious nodule turned out to be a cancerous tumor that had spread to his lymph nodes.

Tarek underwent surgery followed by radiation therapy to treat his throat cancer. Though he was unfortunately
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Piers Morgan Calls Out Gretchen Carlson Over ‘Absolutely Ridiculous’ Miss America Changes

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Piers Morgan Calls Out Gretchen Carlson Over ‘Absolutely Ridiculous’ Miss America Changes
Piers Morgan won’t be winning any points for congeniality with his latest column.

British media personality Morgan savaged the Miss America competition’s decision to rule out physical appearance as a criterion for judging a winner on Tuesday, calling out former Miss America winner and current board chair Gretchen Carlson in particular.

“We are now open, inclusive and transparent,” Carlson is quoted as saying in Morgan’s new column, “and I want to inspire thousands of young people across this country to come and be part of our program. We are not going to judge you on your appearance because we are interested in what makes you you.”

Also Read: Miss America Drops Swimsuit Competition

Morgan also quoted Carlson as saying, “It what comes out of their mouths that we care about.”

“I’ve got some news for you, Gretchen: nobody on the entire planet cares what comes out
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Miss America Scraps Swimsuit Competition in #MeToo Era

Miss America Scraps Swimsuit Competition in #MeToo Era
Miss America will no longer feature a swimsuit competition or judge contestants based on their physical appearances. Gretchen Carlson, the 1989 Miss America winner and current chairwoman of the organization, announced the news on Tuesday's episode of Good Morning America. "We are no longer a pageant," she said. "We are a competition. We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance." According to Good Morning America, contestants will now partake in a "live interactive session with the judges" in lieu of the swimsuit portion. The news organization stated that participants will now be asked to "demonstrate their passion, intelligence and overall...
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Miss America Drops Swimsuit Competition

Miss America Drops Swimsuit Competition
The Miss America contest is killing the swimsuit competition from future editions and vowing to rule out physical appearance as a criterion for judging a winner, the organization announced Tuesday.

“We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the former Miss America recently named chair of the Miss America Organization board of trustees, said on “Good Morning America.” “We are a competition.”

The organization is also eliminating the evening gown portion of the competition. Instead, contestants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia will wear attire that makes them feel confident, expresses their personal style and shows how they hope to advance the role of Miss America.

The swimsuit parade will be replaced with a live interactive session with the judges, the organization announced.

Also Read: Gretchen Carlson Promises 'Tsunami' of Change for Miss America Pageant (Video)

“We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say,
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Is Mama June Legally Blind? Find out the Truth About the Reality Star's Condition

People can’t stop talking about Mama June’s impressive weight loss, but what a lot of fans don’t know is that the reality star has been dealing with an abundance of other health issues for years. The 38-year-old is, in fact, legally blind, which she revealed on an episode of her former TLC show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. In one moment caught on camera, the mother-of-four struggled to go-kart with her family after admitting that she doesn’t have a driver’s license because of her condition. "I'm not going to lie to you, my eyesight was a little blurry," she said after crashing into the barrier. June’s vision deteriorated due to childhood cataracts that had not been treated properly. "She can't have surgery because they believe it could do more harm than good," a TLC spokesperson told the Daily Mail in 2013. “The damages are that bad.
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SAG-aftra Launches Negotiations on Network Code Contract

SAG-AFTRA has begun negotiations with the networks on a successor deal to its master contract covering non-primetime TV work.

The current three-year pact, known as the network code contract, runs out on June 30. The union said Friday that talks have launched in New York City under a news blackout.

The contract is officially called the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (Network Television Code) and covers work on ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC.

The deal covers about $200 million in annual earnings for members. The current agreement included increases in contract minimums over a three-year period,
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Amy Robach Reveals She "Started to Cry" When She Moved Into Barbara Walters' Old Office (Exclusive)

In addition to celebrating her cancer-free health, Good Morning America's Amy Robach, 45, is reveling in her promotion to co-host of 20/20. While she says she'll still appear two or three times a week on Gma (which recently announced it will add a third hour in the fall), she's already seen her new office, which once belonged to legendary newswoman Barbara Walters! "I have to tell you, I started to cry," Amy exclusively tells Closer Weekly. "That is a dream, that is the pinnacle of my career and so I am beyond honored to have this job." Amy and Barbara. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) "I want to live up to the standards that Barbara created when she began 20/20," she tells Closer. So has Barbara offered her any advice? "You don't have to ask for advice," Amy says with a laugh. "She tells you! She is just all about keeping it real,
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Watch the Cast of Broadway's Frozen Perform 'For the First Time in Forever' Live!

Watch the Cast of Broadway's Frozen Perform 'For the First Time in Forever' Live!
Fans of the movie Frozen are getting a special treat!

The cast of the musical Frozen, based on the hit animated Disney movie, performed for the first time on TV Wednesday morning for a special segment on Good Morning America.

Patti Murin, who stars as Princess Anna in the Broadway musical, performed the hit song “For the First Time in Forever,” a track from the movie that sees Anna getting ready for her sister Elsa’s coronation.

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And while she puts on her famous green dress, Anna realizes that she’ll finally get to spend time with
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Harvey Weinstein Arrested in New York, Rose McGowan and Others Respond

Harvey Weinstein Arrested in New York, Rose McGowan and Others Respond
More than seven months after the first allegations against Harvey Weinstein were levied, the disgraced movie producer and mogul was finally arrested in New York City today, not far from his former offices at The Weinstein Company. Weinstein was formally charged with rape and other acts of sexual misconduct. His bail was set at $10 million, and he paid a $1 million cashiers check to post bail, while also surrendering his passport and agreeing to the judge that he would not travel outside of New York state and Connecticut without permission from the judge, and also agreed to wear a Gps tracking device. Here's what attorney Gloria Allred, who represents several of Weinstein's victims, had to say in a statement.

"I represent many accusers of Harvey Weinstein, both in lawsuits and in claims in bankruptcy court. It is long overdue for him to be required to face the bar of justice, but that day has finally come.
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MSNBC Hires Notable #Instastud as Morning Joe‘s New Booking Producer

winter is over #thisiswinterparty #parkeandronen A post shared by Mike Del (@mikedelmoro) on Mar 4, 2017 at 11:35pm Pst It was a subtle entry in the Revolving Door section of Politico’s daily “Morning Media” newsletter: Michael Del More, most recently at ABC’s “Good Morning America,” is heading to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” as a booking producer. You’d be […]
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