CBS EXTENDS PAUSE FOR “THE TALK” AFTER ON-AIR RACIAL DUSTUP
NEW YORK (AP) – CBS will continue to silence “The Talk.” The network says the daytime gabfest will stay off the air another week, while it decides what to do with it. The pause comes after a chat on racism went sideways a week ago. Co-hosts Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood clashed over Osbourne’s support of Piers Morgan, the British TV host who challenged Meghan Markle’s claims of racism by the royal family. CBS says the show will return next week, after it does an investigation into it.
GRAMMY RATINGS TUMBLE
NEW YORK (AP) – It was a winner when it came to staging an awards show in the middle of a pandemic. But when it came to TV ratings, Sunday’s Grammys ceremony was a loser. Nielsen says the CBS show had just 9.2 million viewers – its lowest total ever. It’s also less than half the audience that watched last year. All this, despite the fact that critics said this year’s show was one of the best in recent years, though it was done under COVID-19 protocols.
GOLDEN GLOBES THREATENED WITH BOYCOTT OVER DIVERSITY
NEW YORK (AP) – What if they gave the Golden Globes Awards – and no one came? The idea of a boycott is being raised as reps for TV and movie actors are threatening to sit the next one out. The reps say they’ll discourage their clients from appearing – unless the Hollywood Foreign Press Association cleans up its act. The agents say it wants people of color added to the HFPA. It came out before this year’s awards that the association has no Black voters.
YAPHET KOTTO DIES, VETERAN ACTOR WAS 81
NEW YORK (AP) – Because he was 6-foot-3 and weighed over 200 pounds, Yaphet Kotto was often cast as a tough guy – or considered an imposing figure. But those who spent time around him found him anything but – quick to offer a smile, a quip or a insightful comment about life. The veteran actor has died. He was 81 and his wife says he died Monday in the Philippines. He’s remembered for his work in “Alien,” the James Bond film “Live and Let Die” – and his longtime role as Al Giardello on “Homicide: Life on the Street.” That NBC drama ran from 1993 to 1999.