WEtv LETS TAMAR BRAXTON GO, BUT WILL STILL AIR HER NEW REALITY SHOW
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s a strange move – even in the sometimes strange world of reality TV. After Tamar Braxton asked to be cut loose from WEtv, the network agreed to her request. At the same time, WEtv says it will continue with plans to air Braxton’s new reality show starting next month. Yesterday’s announcement caps nearly a month of intrigue, beginning when Braxton was hospitalized with an undisclosed medical emergency after being found – as she later put it – “lifeless” at her home. She also complained online that her new show was too taxing for her. The network responded by issuing a statement releasing Braxton from further work on WEtv. The network says it wishes Braxton well “as she focuses on her health and recovery.” The new show, which was to make its debut last week – has been delayed until Sept. 10.
DWAYNE JOHNSON BUYS A FOOTBALL LEAGUE
UNDATED (AP) – Some guys who like football might buy a jersey or cap for their favorite team. But actor Dwayne Johnson has decided to buy a whole football league. The former wrestling star says he has purchased the XFL. The reported price: $15 million. The purchase gives the man who wrestled as “The Rock” a league with eight teams. The XLF played half its planned 10-game schedule before canceling the rest of its season in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, the spring league has suspended operations, laid-off all its workers – and filed for bankruptcy.
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO LAYING OFF WORKERS
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The coronavirus outbreak has – again – claimed the jobs of some workers at a popular theme park. Nearly two months after reopening, Universal Orlando is laying off an undisclosed number of employees. A rep says the theme park is slashing its workforce “to reflect current priorities and needs.” Universal Orlando, like most U.S. theme parks, closed in mid-March as the coronavirus spread in the U.S. It was the first of Orlando’s major theme park operators to reopen when it welcomed back visitors in early June. Universal says the laid-off workers will get severance pay – and subsidized health benefits.
REPORTER SUES HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The organization that gives out the Golden Globe Awards is being sued. A Norwegian entertainment reporter is suing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to force it to accept her as a member. Kjersti Flaa is challenging rules she says stifle the addition of new members. Her suit claims HFPA rules bar new members if their work competes with that of existing members. Flaa says that’s discriminatory, since the group has tax-exempt status in California. The association calls the suit an effort by Flaa “to shake down the HFPA.”
MSNBC SHUFFLES WEEKDAY LINEUP
NEW YORK (AP) – It will be the same faces at MSNBC – but they will be appearing at different times. The network has tweaked its lineup to give more work to Nicolle Wallace and to bump “Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd to an earlier shift. Todd’s show had been airing at 5 p.m., eastern – and will now air at 1 p.m. Wallace will get an extra hour of airtime – meaning her show will now run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wallace is a former official with the Bush administration – and a fierce critic of President Donald Trump. MSNBC hopes the moves will put it in a better position to compete with Fox News Channel and CNN in the 5 p.m. slot on the East Coast.