LES MOONVES – LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – So far, CBS has declined to comment on a new claim of sexual misconduct against company president Les Moonves. Prosecutors in Southern California have announced they won’t pursue sexual abuse claims against Moonves – because the statute of limitations in the case has expired. The claims come from a woman who worked in the TV industry. She reported the matter to police in February, claiming there were three incidents – two in 1988 and one in 1986. Last week, New Yorker magazine reported six women had accused Moonves of sexual misconduct. The author of the article, Ronan Farrow, tweets those incidents weren’t among those he wrote about.
LES MOONVES – STEPHEN COLBERT
NEW YORK (AP) – Stephen Colbert says he’s in a tough spot these days. Like many in the TV industry, the “Late Show” host has been following the news about sexual misconduct allegations made against his boss at CBS, Les Moonves. Colbert notes Moonves was the person who gave him the job of replacing David Letterman when he retired from doing the late-night gig – and stuck with the show through its early rough spots. Colbert he says it’s tough to reconcile that with the allegations lodged against Moonves now. However, Colbert says people who do wrong should be held accountable whether they’re the head of a network or the leader of the free world. CBS is investigating claims by six women that Moonves engaged in sexual misconduct, including making unwanted sexual advances. Moonves remains on the job while the probe continues.
ALEX TREBEK HINTS AT LEAVING “JEOPARDY!”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – For a generation of TV game show fans, it’s hard to imagine watching “Jeopardy!” without Alex Trebek as host. But way back in the day, people thought the same thing about one of his long-tenured predecessors, Art Fleming. Trebek is hinting strongly that he’ll be ready to leave the show when his contract expires in two years. Speaking Sunday on Fox, Trebek pegs the odds of leaving as 50/50 “and a little less.” Trebek has hosted “Jeopardy!” since 1984.
ALAN ALDA HAS PARKINSON’S DISEASE
NEW YORK (AP) – Veteran actor Alan Alda is dealing with a health issue. He has Parkinson’s – and says he views having the disease as a challenge. Alda made the revelation on “CBS This Morning” yesterday. The former “M.A.S.H.” star says he was diagnosed three and a half years ago – and has acted and given talks since then. Alda is 82. He says he decided to go public to beat a tabloid to the punch about telling the world about his condition.
JUDGE JUDY BUYS A HOUSE
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – It almost sounds like an episode of “Judge Judy:” a woman paying $9 million for a bird house. Only Judy Sheindlin isn’t suing. TV’s Judge Judy is voluntarily shelling out the big bucks to buy an estate in Newport, Rhode Island known as the “Bird House.” The Newport Daily News reports the home was owned by Dorrance Hill Hamilton, who died last year at age 88. In a statement from the realty company handling the sale, Sheindlin says she and her husband are “looking forward to falling in love with Newport.”
“INCREDIBLES 2” HITS BILLION DOLLAR MARK
NEW YORK (AP) – The sequel for “The Incredibles” is a billion-dollar baby. Disney says “Incredibles 2” has surpassed the $1 billion mark in worldwide ticket sales. The summer blockbuster reached the milestone Monday – six weeks after making its debut in North America. That $182.7 million opening set a new standard for animated releases. Not accounting for inflation, the domestic gross for “Incredibles 2” is the ninth biggest of all time.
PAUL RYAN – ROOTS
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan was surprised and proud to find out he has Jewish roots. The Wisconsin Republican learned of his new-found genetic information while doing a segment for an upcoming episode of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.” Gates made the revelation to TV critics who have been meeting in Beverly Hills, California. Gates says when Ryan got the news, “you could have knocked him over with a feather” – but added Ryan was also proud to learn of his roots.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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