ROSEANNE BARR APOLOGIZES AGAIN ON “HANNITY”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Roseanne Barr says her racist tweet about a former Obama administration adviser cost her everything – and that she wishes that she had “worded it better.” In an hour-long appearance on “Hannity” last night, Barr repeated her latest assertion that her tweet wasn’t racist because she didn’t know Valerie Jarrett was black when she compared her to an ape. During the interview, host Sean Hannity repeatedly urged Barr to apologize to Jarrett on air. She eventually did, telling her through the camera: “I’m sorry that you feel harm and hurt, I never meant that. I never meant to hurt anybody.” Despite her apologizes, Barr also insisted her tweet was being mischaracterized – and that she feels she has already apologized enough.
TRUMP – MEDIA
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House appears to be shifting gears about what happened the other day when it barred a CNN correspondent from an open press event. Both CNN and the reporter involved, Kaitlan Collins, says the White House told her the questions she shouted at President Trump during a pool assignment earlier that day were “inappropriate.” Yesterday, deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said Collins was denied entry because she refused to leave the previous event when ordered to do so – and Collins’ expulsion “had nothing to do” with her questions. Other journalists who were in the room dispute the White House account, saying there were many reporters shouting questions as the event ended – and that it took time for the pack of journalists to file out the door.
PHONY FESTIVAL PROMOTER ADMITS TO MORE CRIMES
NEW YORK (AP) – The promoter of a bogus music festival has fessed up to ripping people off for more than just the tickets for the island getaway that never came off. Billy McFarland entered a plea deal in which he has admitted he duped some of the same victims into buying tickets he never had, like seats to the Grammys or a Cleveland Cavaliers game and a team dinner with LeBron James. The admissions will tack on additional prison time to what he was already has earned for taking $26 million in investment funds for the 2017 Fyre Festival on the Bahamian island of Exuma. McFarland’s sentencing is set for Sept. 17. He’s expected to get between 11 and 14 years in prison.
DONALD TRUMP JR., ESTRANGED WIFE, MAKE COURT APPEARANCE
NEW YORK (AP) – They were unable to work out issues in their marriage. But a New York judge is congratulating Donald Trump Jr. and his estranged wife, Vanessa for working out matters related to their divorce. The couple made a brief court appearance in New York yesterday – during which a judge noted they’d agreed to work out the child custody issues stemming from the split. And the attorneys for both say they’re on the way to resolving financial matters involved in the divorce, too. The judge says he’s pleased they were taking steps to spare their kids from what he says “could have been an invasive legal process.”
OMAROSA – BOOK
NEW YORK (AP) – Remember Omarosa? The former aide to President Donald Trump is writing a book. It’s due out next month – and the publisher for the former “Apprentice” contestant says it will be “explosive” and “jaw-dropping.” The book is titled “Unhinged.” Omarosa left the White House a year and a half into the Trump administration. After being a vocal supporter of the president, she left under less-than-amicable circumstances. She denied reports she was fired – though she did say she was worried about the nation and would never vote for Trump again.
KRISTEN STEWART – “CHARLIE’S ANGELS”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kristen Stewart is getting ready to become an angel. The actress will be co-starring in the Elizabeth Banks reboot of “Charlie’s Angels.” Sony says she will be teamed up with Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. The movie is due in theaters in September of next year.
ROBIN ROBERTS – LIFETIME
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Robin Roberts will be doing some business with the Lifetime channel. The cable outlet says it has signed a deal with the ABC News star for a series of movies and documentaries. The first of the projects will be about singer-activist Mahalia Jackson. After that, there will be a story about a woman who was abducted at birth from a Florida hospital.
RADIO HOSTS SUSPENDED FOR “TURBAN MAN” RANT
UNDATED (AP) – The replacement for two New Jersey radio hosts suspended for calling the nation’s Sikh attorney general “turban man” says the hosts aren’t racists. Steve Trevelise says he doesn’t think WKXW-FM hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco have a racist bone in their body. The two are suspended 10 days after they castigated Gurbir Grewal for wearing a turban. The hosts have written a letter of apology over the comments. For his part, Grewal notes the radio station insult isn’t the first time he’s been targeted by his race – and probably won’t be the last. He says he still faces “small indignities and humiliations” no matter how far he rises or how important his position.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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