Elton John donates £815k to coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund to protect people with HIV

SIR Elton John has pledged £815,000 ($1million) to a coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund to protect those living with HIV.

The 73-year-old music icon took to Instagram today to announce that his foundation was launching the fund to make sure no HIV patient is left behind while the COVID-19 pandemic grips the globe.

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In the video, the performer read out a statement to his 2.8million followers and explained how the fund will help those in need.

He began: "Hi this is Elton and I'm so pleased to announce that my foundation is a launching a new COVID-19 Emergency Fund today.

"For almost 30 years, my foundation has prioritised the most vulnerable people to HIV to end the aids epidemic and we're committed to this amid the COVD-19 crisis too.

"Distributing medicines, testing and preventive treatment is not as simple as it was a few weeks ago so our new COVID-19 emergency fund will help frontline partners to prepare for and respond to the pandemic and it's effects on HIV prevention and care for the most marginalised communities.


Adding: "We must keep up momentum or else the results could be disastrous for people living with HIV and other infectious diseases. We're with you, we're thinking of you, we will not leave anyone behind".

The award-winning musician echoed the same sentiments in the caption of the video which read: "Today, I’m proud to announce that my Foundation @EJAF is launching a $1million COVID-19 Emergency Fund to make sure that our frontline partners can respond to the effects of COVID-19 on HIV care for the most marginalised communities around the world.

"Now and always, I’m committed to not leave anyone affected by HIV behind. Click on the link in my bio for more info.


"Sending love to all of our Foundation’s partners, grantees, supporters, frontline workers and members of our community during this time."

Elton previously mentioned his fund while appearing on Miley Cyrus' Bright Minded live-stream last night.

The Rocket Man hitmaker admitted he was concerned HIV/Aids suffers would be hit with a "double whammy" due to the strain on the health service.

Elton is self-isolating in Los Angeles with his husband David Furnish and their two sons, Zachary, nine, and Elijah, seven.

As well as pledging money to his HIV/Aids charity, Elton has also played a huge part in raising money to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

He hosted the iHeart Living Room Concert For America last Sunday, which raised more than $8 million dollars in donations earmarked to Feeding America and the First Responders Children’s Foundation.

The event saw a plethora of stars including Mariah Carey, Lizzo, Backstreet Boys, Camila Cabello and boyfriend Shawn Mendes performing from the comfort of their homes.

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Nicole Scherzinger and Thom Evans sing a duet for loved-up birthday celebration

NICOLE Scherzinger and boyfriend Thom Evans' celebrated his birthday by singing a romantic duet.

The singer, 41, and her rugby star beau, 35, couldn't take their eyes off one another as they sang Shania Twain's You're Still The One in the Instagram video.

Gazing at one another, the couple showcased their musical prowess with harmonies before ending romantic ballad with a kiss.

Leaning in for a smooch, Nicole said: "Happy birthday baby."

Captioning the adorable video, she told her 4.4million followers that Thom wanted to sing something to mark his birthday.

She penned alongside the clip: "For Thom’s birthday yesterday he wanted to sing and spread some love to everyone during this time. Happy birthday baby ❤️ @te11 @shaniatwain."

Their heartwarming video comes after Nicole and Thom were spotted jetting out of London last week despite the UK coronavirus lockdown.

The couple were pictured outside Gatwick Airport wearing face masks amid the global health crisis, despite the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advising that all "non-essential" travel abroad should be avoided until April 15.

The lovebirds met during on X Factor: Celebrity when Thom competed in group Try Star with the rest of his rugby pals.

In November 2019 The Sun exclusively revealed that the pair were secretly dating and the Pussycat Dolls star "couldn’t stop kissing" her rugby player love interest – and they flirted for weeks before he finally asked her out.


A source said: "Thom is completely Nicole’s type. And for his part, Thom was smitten early on — he’s always said Nicole is one of the most beautiful women in the world.

"He fancied her long before meeting her on the show. He was initially a bit nervous about starting something up, and ruining his chances on the series, but they had great chemistry from the off."

Nicole, who was a judge on the show alongside Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh, wanted to keep the relationship a secret – but clearly couldn't keep her feelings for the hunk in anymore.

The judge suffered teasing from the rest of the judges and even sent the sports star home in a bid to save their romance.

The pair have been going from strength to strength and an endless amount of trips together around the world – including Los Angeles and Mexico.

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Mama June’s daughter Pumpkin and Sugar Bear’s wife Jennifer CLASH over Alana’s modeling shoot – The Sun

MAMA June’s daughter Pumpkin got into a HEATED debate with Sugar Bear’s wife Jennifer over littler sister Alana modeling in California.

Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon, 20, currently has guardianship over 13-year-old Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson after being estranged from their mom June amid months of family drama.



On Friday night’s episode of Mama June: Family Crisis, Pumpkin revealed Alana would fly to California with their agent Gina to audition in a modeling shoot.

Jennifer – who is there with Alana’s dad Mike “Sugar Bear Thompson – immediately questions if it’s “appropriate” for a 13-year-old to model.

Pumpkin fired back with an eye roll: “It’s modeling, it’s not like she’s butt naked.”

“Pumpkin takes Alana all the way to California when Alana should be focused on getting back in school and now it’s a runway show.


Jennifer then criticizes her teenage stepdaughter: “Alana is on the bigger side, she’s not one of those little stick people.

“People are going to make fun of her. This is the parenting mistake June would make. Like mother like daughter.”

The TLC star continued to defend her sister: “It’s just a modeling thing. Alana said she wants to get into modeling so I said okay.”

Sugar Bear’s wife-of-two-years then expresses Pumpkin is not upholding the “responsibility” of looking out for her sister.

“I get to make the decision so I decided to have her go with Gina,” she sassed back.


Pumpkin expressed concern Jennifer had a hidden agenda: "As of right now, I only have temporary guardianship.

"And I know Jennifer can have some tricks up her sleeve and snatch that away from me anytime.”

Pumpkin – who is the third of June's children – SLAMMED Alana's dad's partner for fighting dirty in the custody battle.

"The reason I don't like Jennifer is that she's a shady a** b***h," she fired off.

Later in the episode, Alana auditioned for her first runway show but was continually asked by the casting agent to redo her poses and change her walk.

The Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star wore a blue lace top and black leggings along with black heels during the fashion shoot.

Frustrated with the negative feedback, Alana admits: “If I fail this audition, I might not get another one.

“I don’t even know what to do anymore. This is so embarrassing like there’s no way I got picked by any of these judges. I just want to leave.”

Alana, has been living with Pumpkin and her husband Josh in Georgia since June began using drugs and got into a relationship with current boyfriend Geno Doak.

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Here's When Mulan And Black Widow Are Hitting Theaters

Disappointed over Disney rescheduling both Mulan and Black Widow? Chin up, movie buffs. You won’t be waiting too long for your chance to head to the theater and see your favorite heroines hit the big screen.

After the movies were set for late March and early May respectively, Disney made the difficult decision to pull them back for a later release in 2020 among sweeping theater closures across the United States and the rest of the world.

Now, nearly a month later, most theaters are still closed, and there’s no true indicator of when we’ll be able to go back to seeing movies the way we we did before the coronavirus pandemic wracked the globe. Luckily, Disney has set both Mulan and Black Widow and their triumphant return to the big screen.

Mulan will be opening on July 24 as Disney’s summer blockbuster, and summarily taking over Jungle Cruise’s old slot, which used to be July 30, 2021. Meanwhile, Black Widow gets a new release date of November 6, 2021. This was previously the same day that Marvel’s Eternals had been set to debut. Instead, it’s been pushed to February 12, 2021. It’s been a veritable game of musical chairs for many of Disney’s properties.

The rest of Disney’s slate has been dated as well, at least tentatively. For instance, Captain Marvel 2 has been scheduled for July 8, 2022, and Thor: Love and Thunder will be seen soon February 18, 2022.

While many of us are still practicing social distancing at the moment, it looks like we’ll have to clear our “end of quarantine” schedules to check out all the movies that will be coming out during this inevitably extremely packed time. You bring the popcorn, and Disney is going to be taking care of all the films about to be making their way out.

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Could Movie Theaters Reopen by Early June? That’s the Optimism of NATO

Top brass from the National Association of Theatre Owners struck an optimistic tone during a webinar Friday, as VP Patrick Corcoran said he expects movie theaters to begin to reopen by late May or early June and ramp up to a summer blockbuster season beginning in July.

The webinar, hosted by NATO magazine Boxoffice Pro and viewed by exhibitors, concessionaires, theater vendors, and journalists from around the world, represented the latest effort by the trade group to offer guidance and soothe an industry facing an unprecedented crisis during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to NATO president John Fithian, “We anticipate when we first open cinemas back up anywhere in the world, we’ll have social distancing.” This would include enforcing 50 percent auditorium capacity, a measure that was common if brief, before US theaters closed their doors in March. “We’ll return to the very intense cleaning procedures and anything else the health officials recommend.”

His hope is that within a couple of weeks of reopening of theaters, they’ll be on “full blast.”

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“We essentially need to go through the period where the government is confirming that the threat has been abated,” Fithian said.

That timeline coincides with the pandemic picture painted by President Donald Trump, who last week abandoned his earlier hope that things could return to normal by mid-April and extended social distancing guidelines through the end of the month. He suggested that by June 1, “a lot of great things will be happening.”

Other governments have less hopeful projections. In New York, the epicenter of the US outbreak, Governor Andrew Cuomo last month forecast the coronavirus’ spread could last up to nine months, with up to 80 percent of the population contracting the virus. And California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday confirmed that school campuses will be closed for the remainder of the academic year, which runs through mid-June at some institutions.

Here are some key takeaways from the NATO webinar.

Government programs are a key source of relief

NATO is urging its theater-owner members to rely on government programs created as part of the $2 trillion stimulus bill to ease their pain. The group said they lobbied Congress to ensure theaters could enjoy some of the benefits. “We wanted liquidity for our members so they can get through this,” Corcoran said.

Among those are Small Business Association loan and grant programs, some of which are partly forgivable contingent on businesses retaining employees and keeping payroll going.

“The first thing I would say is you should be talking to your banker right now,” Corcoran said.

Moving forward, NATO expects to see some conflicts arise surrounding the number of programs in which businesses can participate. The group is lobbying officials to ensure rules are clear, and discussing additional stimulus programs in the pipeline.

Employees aren’t being paid, but retention is key

Nearly all of the 65,000-plus employees of the country’s three largest circuits, AMC, Regal, and Cinemark, have been laid off or furloughed. There’s also tens of thousands more who worked at small chains and local theaters.

“Taking care of the employees is equally important, and a key concern because we want them to stick with us,” Fithian said. “We want employees that are trained and believe in the cinema experience.”

For that, NATO is again counting on government assistance. The Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation on Monday launched a fund with an initial $2.4 million to provide grants to exhibition workers facing financial needs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

To start, $300 grants are available to experienced workers — those with at least five years in the business. (Larger grants may be available on a case-by-case basis.) The money is meant to supplement government relief, such as the additional $600 per week for unemployment claims provided by the stimulus bill.

They don’t believe theatrical windows are in jeopardy

Closed theaters presented studios with a choice: Push back theatrical release dates or send movies straight to VOD. The most prominent example came when Universal announced last month it would release the animated musical “Trolls World Tour” for premium rental April 10. Fithian took pains to draw a distinction between the VOD debut of “Trolls” — which he described as a mistake — to on-demand movies that saw their theatrical runs cut short by theater closures.

"Trolls: World Tour"

“Trolls: World Tour”

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Fithian downplayed the idea that the “Trolls” move represented a threat to theatrical.

“I’m very confident that for almost all distributors, almost all movies will get postponed,” he said. “We believe that was a bad decision, but one movie does not change a model. All the other movies are being postponed for later theatrical release.”

That assessment overlooked another film, the Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae-starrer “The Lovebirds,” which was scheduled for release by Paramount April 3 and is now heading straight to Netflix — theater chains’ public enemy number 1.

Asked what he’s been hearing from studios, Fithian said “The conversations are not suggesting significant changes in the business model. The conversations are how do we survive as an industry.”

They expect audiences to return to theaters en masse, but it will take an effort

Fithian cited the Gulf War as a would-be analog to the current pandemic; during that time, Israeli cinemas were closed. When they reopened, the population flocked to cinemas for months.

“We strongly believe there will be a rush to cinemas to see all kinds of movies because people will just want to connect with their family and friends once it’s safe to do so,” he said.

However, the Gulf War happened three decades ago — a time when the exhibition business was very different, and VOD didn’t exist. Also, the threats of war are very different than a pandemic.

Bobbie Bagby, executive VP at Texas chain B&B Theatres, said it’s key for cinemas to engage with their audiences online. She also suggested launching an industrywide campaign that rallies people behind a message of seeing movies together. It would encourage them to sign a pledge that they’ll head to the theater once the threat dissipates, and to sign up for an alert that lets them know when their local theaters open.

Tom Brueggemann contributed reporting.

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The Action Picks up and Ahsoka Unknowingly Runs Into a Familiar Face in 'the Clone Wars' Episode 7 — Review

The Clone Wars’ final season has garnered a lot of positive reviews, including Showbiz Cheat Sheet’s. However, there are some that found the last couple of episodes lacking. Whether it’s in the action department or Ahsoka’s story, it’s semi-understandable. But if you’re in that lot, Episode 7, “Dangerous Debt,” will definitely make you happy. It revs up the action and Ahsoka’s story. Plus the future Siege of Mandalore arc is finding its footing with this episode. It’s becoming more clear how these past two episodes, and now this one, leads to the end. 

Ahsoka finally finds out that Rafa and Trace’s hate for the Jedi is personal 

Last episode we left off with Ahsoka, Rafa, and Trace captured by the Pykes on Oba Diah, their planet. Now, Ahsoka and the Martez sisters are in a jail cell, and it’s very much a blame game. Who’s most at fault for getting them in this mess? Rafa thinks it’s Ahsoka, for just being there when the trouble started. 

However, this moment in the cell gives the audience, and Ahsoka, insight into why the Martez sisters actually hate the Jedi. It’s more than just disdain for a group they saw with too much power. Their parents were actually killed because of Jedi chasing Jabba the Hut’s uncle Ziro on Coruscant. This most likely lines up with the finale of Season 1 of The Clone Wars, with the red-eyed alien being Cad Bane and the green-skinned Jedi being Luminara (probably), however, that chase isn’t shown on-screen. 

But, what does hit home is how the Jedi treated this loss of life. Luminara, or whoever the green Jedi was, came to the sisters and told them, “I had to make a choice. But not to worry; the Force will be with you.” And left. It shows the Jedi’s outlook; their disregard for civilians in the grand scheme of getting the bad guy. 

It also shows how flawed their detachment from emotions makes them. It lines up perfectly with how Ahsoka’s framing was dealt with in Season 5. All the masters, except for a few like Anakin and Obi-Wan, said Ahsoka should be grateful for what happened. Mace Windu even said, “This was your great test.” Totally glossing over the fact that they turned their backs on her in her greatest need for them and banned her when they had little evidence. 

Ahsoka and the sisters make a run for it and catch the eye of Bo-Katan

Luckily, Trace is a little more capable this episode — she seems to be a fast learner under pressure — and she’s able to escape the guards before being tortured. This allows Ahsoka and Rafa to also get out, thanks to Ahsoka’s Force abilities. 

In fact, this is the most action we’ve seen from Ahsoka thus far. She’s getting way more comfortable using her Jedi powers outside the realm of being a Jedi. She’s being careful because she still doesn’t want to give away her true identity. But odds are Rafa and Trace will learn of her Jedi past next episode, since it’s the last one in this arc. 

Also, the Mandalorian Ahsoka runs past when trying to escape is Bo-Katan. She used to be a part of Death Watch, a radical group of pro-violence Mandalorians. They split off from the main sect of their planet, governed by Duchess Satine Kryze, who chose passivism and stayed neutral in the Clone Wars. However, they were taken over by Maul and his brother, along with several crime lords including the Pykes. This group now governs Mandalore.

Bo-Katan recognizes Ahsoka from when Lux Bonteri took Ahsoka to Carlac in Season 4. That’s always a good arc to go back to if only to see Ahsoka decapitate four Mandalorians in one move. Iconic, doesn’t even begin to cover it. 

Bo-Katan is with three others, also defectors. They are on a “mission,” and one of her companions thinks Ahsoka could compromise them. Without spoiling anything, it seems like Bo-Katan’s main objective would be to take Mandalore back from Maul, leading to the Siege of Mandalore. She states that Ahsoka “could be of use” to them, which foreshadows how Ahsoka gets involved and how she also gets the Republic on their side too. 

Ahsoka is getting used to fighting again, which will come in handy moving forward

Outside of her Force powers, her Jedi training also comes in handy. We know she knows how to fight, and finally seeing Ahsoka let loose is such a good feeling. She uses it to her advantage, and not just physically. All those years as a commander in the war helps her in tough situations like this. Even if they do end up back in a cell at the end of the episode. 

The title card this episode read, “Who you were does not have to define who you are.” Ahsoka is learning more about how the Jedi functioned outside the eyes of the Order. Ahsoka was always doing her best to be the best Padawan and Jedi she could be. She took the Code seriously and treated her lessons with respect. But now the rose-colored glass with which she viewed the Order is shattering.

However, this doesn’ mean she has to shatter with it. She was a Jedi, but being a Jedi doesn’t define her anymore, as the line said. It’s exciting to see where she will be by the end of the season.

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Disney/Marvel/Lucasfilm Shifts Release Dates: Find Out When 'Black Widow,' 'Eternals, 'Mulan,' 'Indiana Jones 5' and More Come Out

Since the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, movie studios have postponed their spring and summer releases. Disney postponed Mulan, Marvel’s Black Widow and Fox holdovers New Mutants, Antlers and The Personal History of David Copperfield until further notice. On April 3, Variety reported that Disney announced new dates for those and their future film slate.

Other studios are still figuring things out. Sony moved all of their summer releases, most to 2021 with Greyhound still TBD. A Quiet Place Part II picked a September release date. F9 picked April of 2021. Wonder Woman 1984 moved from June to August to give theaters time to reopen. Find out when you can finally see Disney’s Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Fox and their own studio slate below. 

All the Marvel movies will wait for ‘Black Widow’

Marvel’s Black Widow was supposed to kick the summer movie season off the first weekend of May. Since theaters won’t reopen by then, Disney gave it a holiday release on Nov. 6. That was going to be The Eternals’ date, so that moves to Feb. 12.

Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are all connected, the releases still have to follow the right order. Disney shifted Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to May 7, 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to Nov. 5, 2021 and Thor: Love and Thunder to Feb 18, 2022. Black Panther 2 keeps its May 6, 2022 release date, and Captain Marvel 2 opens July 8, 2022.

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ takes over the ‘Jungle Cruise’

Disney’s live-action Mulan was supposed to come out March 27. Now it will open July 24, which was when Dwayne Johnson’s Jungle Cruise movie was supposed to come out. The Rock will have to wait a whole year until July 20, 2021.

Meanwhile, the Ryan Reynolds video game extravaganza Free Guy is moving from Aug. 3 to Dec. 11, in time for Christmas break. Pixar’s Soul is still scheduled for June 19. West Side Story is still Dec. 18 and The Last Duel is Christmas Day.

‘Indiana Jones and the Search for a Release Date’

Ever since Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, every Indy sequel has been plagued with delays. It took decades to mount the fourth movie, despite Harrison Ford’s reliable interest in reprising the role. Already, Steven Spielberg decided not to direct the fifth film, which will be the first under Disney’s ownership of Lucasfilm.

Now, Indiana Jones 5 can’t make a summer 2021 release date. If they manage to start filming, it won’t come out until summer 2022.

Fox movies are still orphaned

Since Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, they have given their movies respectable releases like Spies in Disguise and The Call of the Wild. One can’t help but think they’re the lowest priority in times of crisis, since most of the movies left without release dates are the Fox titles. 

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch moved from Aug. 24 to Oct. 16, but New Mutants, Woman in the Window, Antlers and The Personal History of David Copperfield, are still without release dates.

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Vicki Gunvalson Postpones Wedding amid the Coronavirus Outbreak: 'I'm Not in the Right Mindset'




This will be both Gunvalson and Lodge’s third marriage.

Having walked down the aisle twice before, the couple is well aware of the challenges of planning a wedding, which is why they’re planning on something more intimate this time around.

“We’re going to do something small,” Gunvalson told PEOPLE in March. “We have to get all the kids together. We just want it to be about family.”

Gunvalson has long gushed about Lodge, telling PEOPLE Now in the summer of 2018 that he’s “just an incredible, calming force to my crazy-a— life.”

“He’s my person,” Gunvalson added, in March. “He’s my happily ever after.”

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Did Better Call Saul Just 'Switch'? Was HTGAWM Reaction Lacking? Is TV Birthing Too Many Hopes? And More Qs

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Better Call Saul and How to Get Away With Murder!

1 | Ozark Season 3 Finale Spoiler Alert! Can someone explain to us why Wendy would not have at least briefly reconsidered taking the FBI deal that was presented to her and Marty before giving the all-clear to have her brother murdered?

2 | On Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, why hasn’t Zoey gotten a followup MRI or consulted a doctor since developing her superpower?

3 | Could the NCIS: Los Angeles team have expressed a bit more concern about the bomb squad tech who got blown away a good 25 yards by the exploded car? 

4 | Surely American Idol is not making us wait an entire week just to see Dillon James get eliminated, right?

5 | Outlander fans/readers: Even though we figured Murtagh’s death would eventually come, did you ever think it would show up in the same episode as Roger’s hanging? And anyone other viewers feeling whiplash from how bad last week’s episode was to how great this week’s was?

6 | Is John Krasinski making a play for his own late-night show?

7 | Is Homeland‘s Carrie going to check in on her daughter Franny even once during this final season, or nah?

8 | Regarding Manifest, TVLine reader Ned rightly asks, “In the 92-year history of television, has there ever been a prison-transport scene in which the prisoners did not escape? Don’t the drivers of prison transports watch TV?”

9 | Did The Good Doctor give you tonal whiplash, transitioning from Melendez’s death to Shaun and Lea’s happy ending? And despite what was going on at the hospital, shouldn’t Lim or another surgical attending have been listening in/instructing third-year resident Shaun as he amputated Vera’s leg?

10 | On Better Call Saul, did we just witness the precise moment that Jimmy McGill turned into Saul Goodman, with Jimmy unloading on Howard in the courthouse? And where does this stunning shot rank among the series’ best, including sire Breaking Bad?

11 | Why did the robbers on NCIS, who knew Jimmy was an M.E., not ask him to patch up their friend, instead of Kasie the forensic scientist? Also, were you wondering how Kasie’s conspicuously discussed new eye drops would eventually figure into the storyline?

12 | Did your ‘shipping of FBI‘s OA with the currently off-screen Maggie make his undeniably charming dynamic with Chicago P.D.‘s Haley Upton a bit hard to watch?

13 | If Schitt’s Creek‘s Twyla has been a millionaire all these years, why didn’t she ever offer to help out the Rose family of which she’s so fond?

14 | On Survivor, were you happy to see Tyson return to the game or were you rooting for someone else to win the Edge of Extinction challenge? And should Denise really have explained her genius play of ousting Sandra to everyone on the merged tribe?

15 | Three, count ’em, three, babies born and named Hope within two weeks (on This Is Us, Council of Dads and now The Magicians series finale)? Are there no other symbolic baby names?

16 | We all love this country, but come on, Meghan McCain — must you be the one View co-host who awkwardly positions her camera to fit the American flag in the background?

17 | If Grey’s Anatomy‘s Catherine couldn’t be on Richard’s medical team because they were family, why was she yelling at his daughter and stepson to work harder to find a cure? For that matter, why were Maggie and Jackson allowed to tackle his case at all if his wife wasn’t permitted to so much as crack a textbook in hopes of helping?

18 | Didn’t you expect How to Get Away With Murder‘s Bonnie to have a more emotional reaction to the news of Asher’s death? They used to date!

19 | Which Brooklyn Nine-Nine reference felt more dated: Jake, Roger and the Admiral doing a Bird Box-style kitchen cleanup, or Holt Whiplash-ing Terry? And now that we know that — gender reveal spoiler alert! — Jake and Amy are having a boy, what are the chances that Jake doesn’t insist on naming the kid John McClane Peralta?

20 | Did Last Man Standing really have characters heatedly debating “Laurel versus Yanni,” which was a thing [checks notes] almost two full years ago?

21 | Were you surprised that Devs‘ deterministic masterminds Forest and Katie are also lovers? What on Earth is going to compel Lily to show up at Devs the next day? And besides Lily’s projected death, what else is Katie hiding?

22 | Which Late Show writer clearly has not managed to binge Tiger King and yet was assigned to write the Thomas Lennon/Joe Exotic bit? Because what’s with all the pop culture references, overdone alliteration and mangled similes?

23 | Why is ABC’s General Hospital apparently not airing truly classic episodes as part of its “Friday Flashback” plan, whereas CBS’ The Young and the Restless is never shy about delivering a true blast from the actual past?

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'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' to Return to the Air With Jennifer Lopez Among First Guests

DeGeneres will tape the show remotely from her home

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“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is returning to the air on April 6.

The talk-show host will tape the episodes remotely from her home to be aired on television as before. Jennifer Lopez will be among the first guests she’ll interview via video chat.

“Since going into quarantine two weeks ago, I’ve been doing my show at home every day. But only for Portia. Starting Monday, you’ll be able to see it too, and I can’t wait,” said Ellen DeGeneres.

Other stars on next week’s lineup include Chrissy Teigen, and John Legend, drew Drew and Brittany Brees, and David Spade.

The show’s resident dancer Stephen “tWitch” Boss and executivepProducer Andy Lassner will make cameo appearances.

“Ellen” has been off the air for a few weeks since almost all talk shows canceled their live audiences and soon after went off the air stopped production during the coronavirus pandemic. Like many others, DeGeneres has been filming “Ellen’s Home Quarantine” series for her YouTube channel instead, on which she interviews celebrities from home.

More to come…

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