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ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Tiffany Haddish just received the surprise of her lifetime.

Ahead of her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, Oprah Winfrey surprised the Girls Trip star with a impromptu meeting.

"Look who I just surprised @theellenshow.. @tiffanyhaddish watch tomorrow," Winfrey wrote, captioning an Instagram photo of her and Haddish on set.

It's safe to say, Haddish could barely contain her excitement, reposting Oprah's photo three times on Instagram and sharing her own personal message.

"SO JUST SO YALL KNOW I POSTED IT THREE TIMES BECAUSE I AM THAT DAMN HAPPY!" she wrote. "YES! YES! YES I CRIED AND YES I ASKED HER TO BE MY AUNTIE! SO ALL THANKS BE TO GOD FOR ALWAYS COMING THRU YOU HEAR MY PRAYERS AND ANSWER ACCORDINGLY AMEN!"

No word if Oprah accepted Haddish's request to become her kin.

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Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Tavis Smiley has slapped PBS with a lawsuit claiming its investigation into sexual misconduct complaints against him is nothing but an excuse to suspend his long-running talk show.

In the lawsuit, obtained by Variety, Smiley claims PBS never viewed him as a "team player" and further accuses the public broadcaster of racial bias in its oversight of his program, alleging it was critical of controversial black guests, but not controversial white ones.

The suit goes on to accuse PBS of conducting audits of Smiley's his books, but not those of shows managed by white people.  “PBS’s audits are based on the insulting stereotypical premise that an African American owned business will have shoddy accounting records,” the suit claims.

In a statement Tuesday, a PBS spokesperson dismissed the accusations as "another example of Tavis Smiley’s attempts to distract the public from his pattern of sexual misconduct in the workplace.”

PBS reiterated its claim that, "following receipt of a complaint alleging inappropriate conduct by Mr. Smiley, PBS hired an independent law firm to conduct an investigation. The ongoing investigation, which included a lengthy interview with Mr. Smiley, revealed that he had multiple sexual encounters with subordinates over many years and yielded credible allegations of additional misconduct inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS.”

Smiley has admitted to consensual relationships with employees, but claims they didn't violate the policies of his production company, TS Media. He also insists that he did not have the power to hire and fire the women with whom he had relationships.

TS Media has reportedly laid off 20 people following the suspension of Smiley's show.

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Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Meryl Streep isn't happy with Harvey Weinstein's use of her name -- as well as Jennifer Lawrence's -- in a motion to get a sexual misconduct class-action lawsuit against him tossed.

"Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys’ use of my (true) statement -- that he was not sexually transgressive or physically abusive in our business relationship -- as evidence that he was not abusive with many OTHER women is pathetic and exploitive," Streep wrote in a statement Tuesday.

"The criminal actions he is accused of conducting on the bodies of these women are his responsibility, and if there is any justice left in the system he will pay for them -- regardless of how many good movies, made by many good people, Harvey was lucky enough to have acquired or financed," she added.

Weinstein's lawyers name-dropped Streep and Lawrence in a memorandum of law accompanying his motion of dismissal Tuesday.

“These proposed class definitions are fatally overbroad as to be not ascertainable," the memo states. "As drafted, they would include all women who ever met with Weinstein, regardless of whether they claimed to have suffered any identifiable harm as a result of that meeting. Such women would include, presumably, Jennifer Lawrence, who told Oprah Winfrey she had known Weinstein since she was 20 years old and said ‘he had only ever been nice to me,’ and Meryl Streep, who stated publicly that Weinstein had always been respectful to her in their working relationship.”

Streep was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in 2013’s August: Osage County, which Weinstein executive produced, and took home the Oscar for 2012’s Weinstein Company release, The Iron Lady.

Lawrence won an Oscar for the Weinstein-produced Silver Linings Playbook.

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ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- Mark Hamill made a name for himself "in a galaxy far, far away," but his name will soon grace Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

The 66-year-old actor, best known for playing Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, before recreating the role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens and in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will be honored with the 2,630th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a March 8 ceremony.

Lucas will join Master of Ceremonies and President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Leron Gubler at the ceremony, along with Hamill's Star Wars co-star, Harrison Ford.

Hamill, who got his start on the ABC soap General Hospital in the early 1970s, has gone on to appear on Broadway and in a number of films, including Corvette Summer, Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One, Slipstream, Walking Across Egypt, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Sushi Girl and Kingsman: The Secret Service. He's also lent his voice to countless animated series for television, feature films and video games, perhaps most famously voicing the Joker in dozens of projects.

In addition to acting, Hamill is involved with many charitable organizations, including USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Feeding America.

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Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which first aired 15 years ago, is back on Netflix with a more diverse cast and a shorter title: Queer Eye.  But do we really need a new version? Tan France, the show's fashion expert, says yes.

"There is always a need for a Queer Eye. Until we are as visible as our straight counterparts," he tells ABC Radio.  Helping with that visibility is the show's new location: Atlanta, Georgia.

"[It] meant that I was interacting with people who probably have never met somebody like me before -- not just a gay person, but all the other things I represent," the British-Pakistani man explains. "So when I found out it was in Atlanta, that was the thing that convinced me I should do the show."

Both critics and fans have given the reboot rave reviews.  France says he and the rest of the new Fab Five are surprised and relieved.

"It's hard taking on a legacy show!" he says. "[But] we've had great reviews from the press, and we're lucky enough to be in a world where we get immediate responses from people all over the world...[And] literally, I have not had one negative message."

Thanks to those responses, France has learned that there are a huge number of straight men tuning in.

"[They tell me], 'I never dreamt that I would be watching a makeover show, but this has taught me so much,'" France says.  "And a lot of them are sharing stories of friends and family that they didn't accept because they didn't understand who they were.  And we've given them a window into our world that highlights that we are just like everybody else."

Queer Eye is streaming now on Netflix.

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AMC/Gene PageBy now, it's well known that Marvel Studios' Black Panther is not only a box office smash, but a cultural "moment," with African American moviegoers showing up to screening after screening wearing fashions that showcase their heritage.

Two of those fans were The Walking Dead star Seth Gilliam and his son. The actor, who plays Father Gabriel on the hit show, tells ABC Radio, "I got some African beads and a wrist bracelet...And my son had his little Kente cloth as well and we went!"

Much of the movie, which features a nearly entirely black cast, and was directed by Ryan Coogler, who is African American, is set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda.

Gilliam tells ABC Radio, "I think it is a cultural phenomenon because it's time. It's time to see a different representation of  a certain sect of people in these large action-adventure movies -- you know, not just one or two characters...but...to be...populated completely throughout the movie."

Gilliam joked that although The Walking Dead's Michonne, Danai Gurira, is in the movie, she wasn't about to let slip any spoilers.

"Couldn't get anything out of her about it," he laughs. "Like, 'So, but what does it look like? But, but, what does Michael B...? But, but: Danai! Danai! Denai!' Nothing. She would deny. She would 'Danai' you, is what she would do!"

Gurira plays the fearsome Wakandan warrior Okoye in the film.  Gilliam says, "Aside from being proud of her...I was excited by the performance that she gave...I think she's really compelling to watch."

Gilliam returns to AMC's The Walking Dead this Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern, for the series' mid-season premiere.

Black Panther was released by Marvel Studios which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Wilhelmina Models(NEW YORK) -- Wendy Williams is taking an extended break.

On the Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday, the daytime host announced she was taking three weeks off starting Thursday to deal with complications from hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease.

"My doctor has prescribed ... are you ready? As of today, three weeks of vacation," she told the audience. "What? Who are you? I was p***ed."

During the show, Wendy described some of the symptoms of her illness.

"I have been telling you for awhile. I wake up, I can't sleep. Then I told you I take the melatonin," she explained. "Well, difficulty swallowing. Rapid heart beat, yes. Yes. And intolerance for heat."

In a statement to ABC News, a show rep says Williams must follow doctor's orders.

“Wendy is a true champion and has never missed a day of work. But her health and well-being must be put before all else. Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves’ disease for many years in addition to hyperthyroidism," the statement reads.

"Yesterday, Wendy’s doctor prescribed a necessary three weeks of rest to get her levels and medication in sync. The show will be in repeats during this unplanned hiatus. A live show was produced today so that Wendy could speak directly to her fans and explain her condition.”

However, according to Wendy, she may try to work around that.

"Even though I have been off for one week. I'm gonna fix that. I'll be back in two," she said. "I'm not an heiress. Who's gonna pay my bills? Are you serious? I'm just saying. I come from working class. Work, work, work, that's all I do is work, work, work. But for the next few, I won't be."

The time off follows Wendy’s recent on-air health scares. Last week, she cancelled shows due to "flu-like symptoms" and she fainted on-air during her Halloween episode in 2017.

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- After the record-breaking weekend of his Marvel film Black Panther, Ryan Coogler is sharing his heartfelt sentiments on the film's accomplishments, explaining that he's been "moved to tears" by the outpouring of support.

In the letter, posted on the Marvel Studios Twitter page, Coogler starts off by thanking those involved with the film.

"I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try," he begins. "Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up [of] amazing people from all over the world who believe in this story. Deep down, we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent."

He continues, "Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong...to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters often moved me and my wife to tears."

Coogler, who both directed and co-wrote the film, then offers some specific thanks.

"For the people who bought out theaters, who posted on social about how lit the film would be, bragged about our awesome cast, picked out outfits to wear, and who stood in line in theaters all over the world– all before seeing the film…thank you."

Then, after thanking the movie critics and kids who've also supported the film, Coogler concludes, "Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you."

He signs off, "Sincerely, Ryan Coogler... P.S. Wakanda Forever."

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Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Aniston and her estranged husband Justin Theroux were dealing with "intense issues" prior to their separation announcement, a source tells E! Online.

The insider claims the couple, who announced in a joined statement issued last Thursday that they were splitting after less than three years of marriage, had been separated for a couple of months, but had been having problems for the better part of a year.

The source blames their bicoastal lifestyle for the split, insisting Jen "really tried to make it work with him, but the distance was a factor as he only wanted to live in NYC and there was no compromise with her."

As for how Jen's been holding up since the announcement, another source tells the entertainment news website she's been up and down.

"Jen was doing OK for a few weeks after Justin left, and then things got stirred up again when the announcement was made to the media," says the source," adding that Aniston, 49, is "adjusting to living by herself and not having Justin around."

"She is used to the empty house since it's been months now without him, the source continues, "but it's still an uneasy feeling for her. She knows in due time she will feel tremendously better, but is really going through the motions right now."

The source tells E! that Aniston's been leaning on her former Friends co-star Courteney Cox, who's been "by her side through it all."

As for a possible reunion with her ex Brad Pitt, who himself separated from wife Angelina Jolie in September, 2016, Aniston says "that chapter is sealed and so far in the past," according to the insider. Aniston and Pitt divorced in 2005 after five years of marriage.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LONDON) -- A photo of Jennifer Lawrence wearing a revealing black dress outside -- while surrounded by her bundled-up male co-stars -- at a Red Sparrow photocall in London is being labeled as "sexist" by fans online. But J.Law doesn’t see it that way.

The actress posted a message on Facebook in response to the “controversy.”

“This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended,” she writes. “That Versace dress was fabulous, you think I'm going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf? I was outside for 5 minutes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion and that was my choice.”

She continues, “This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism. Over-reacting about everything someone says or does, creating controversy over silly innocuous things such as what I choose to wear or not wear, is not moving us forward.”

Lawrence adds that it’s only creating “silly distractions” from real issues.

“Get a grip people,” she concludes. “Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THATS MY CHOICE TOO!”

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Stars of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the lead of Wonder Woman, the creator of Hamilton and an acting legend are among the newly announced presenters for the 90th annual Academy Awards, airing March 4 on ABC.

Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, and Kelly Marie Tran, all of whom appeared in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will present, as will Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot and Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame. 

In addition, Call Me By Your Name star Armie Hammer, The Greatest Showman actress Zendaya, and Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez -- who lent her voice to the nominated animated film Ferdinand -- will take the stage.

The legendary Eva Marie Saint, who won an Oscar for her role in the 1954 classic On the Waterfront, will also present an award.

Previously announced presenters include Tiffany Haddish, last year's Moonlight Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Margo Robbie, Jennifer Garner, Chadwick Boseman, Emma Stone, Tom Holland, and Kumail Nanjiani.

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 90th annual Academy Awards, airing live from the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, March 4, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Ashton Kutcher ended his seven-year marriage to Demi Moore in 2012, but he spilled new details about the divorce on a recent episode of Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast.

“Right after I got divorced, I went to the mountains for a week by myself,” Kutcher reveals in the interview. “I did no food, no drink -- just water and tea. I took all my computers away, my phone, my everything. I was there by myself, so there was no talking. I just had a notepad, a pen and water and tea -- for a week.”

Kutcher, now 40, said he also practiced tai chi, to help combat the the hallucinations he experiencing during his seven-day cleanse in Big Sky, Montana.

In a move he compares to an Alcoholics Anonymous exercise, Ashton says he wrote letters to every person with whom he’d ever been in a relationship, explaining, "I had where I felt like there was some grudge or some anything, regret, anything. And I wrote letters to every single person, and on day seven, I typed them all out and then sent them.”

Kutcher calls the trip “really spiritual and kind of awesome,” adding it “[cleared] his palette.”

Kutcher is now married to his former That 70s Show co-star Mila Kunis. The two tied the know in 2015 and have two children together: three-year-old daughter Wyatt Isabelle and one-year-old son, Dimitri Portwood.

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Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw, and Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg have joined George and Amal Clooney in each pledging to donate $500,000 to the Our Lives anti-gun demonstration planned by victims of last week's shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida that left 17 students dead.

“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School,” Clooney said in a statement Tuesday morning. “Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating $500,000 to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.”

"George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more, Oprah later tweeted. "I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’"

“The young students in Florida and now across the country are already demonstrating their leadership with a confidence and maturity that belies their ages,” Spielberg said in a statement obtained by Variety. “Kate and I applaud their efforts to take a stand for the benefit of this and future generations.”

Katzenberg, speaking on behalf of himself and his wife, said “Marilyn and I are proud to stand with the brave young leaders from Parkland, Florida, who have taken their pain and grief and turned it into action.”

The Katzenbergs will also join the Clooneys at the Washington, D.C. march.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the Valentine's Day massacre. The FBI has admitted it didn't follow proper protocols in following up on tips from concerned citizens about the alleged shooter, prior to the shooting.

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Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SHOWTIME(NEW YORK) -- Both The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden were off last week when Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Valentine's Day. Both hosts took time to address the shootings Tuesday night during their first shows back since then.

Stephen Colbert solemnly addressed his audience by saying that he was “sickened and heartbroken” by the massacre, and the inaction of GOP leaders on gun control. He singled out Marco Rubio, comparing the Florida Republican senator to a house plant. Rubio, who's largely against gun control, had said, “if someone has decided ‘I’m going to commit this crime’ they’re going to find a way to do it.” To which Colbert questioned, “If laws are useless, then why do we need you? It seems like a houseplant would do a better job, and need a little less water.”

Colbert also called the students of Parkland “inspiring,” declaring "The adults aren’t cutting it anymore,” and suggesting that the U.S. change the voting laws to prohibit anyone over the age of 18 from filling out a ballot until something is done about guns.

James Corden began his comments by addressing critics who suggested that foreign-born talk show hosts shouldn’t comment on mass shootings in America, pointing out that he has children who are American and they attend school in America. Like Colbert, he also suggested that people listen to the kids in this country, the survivors and kids who don’t want to fear for their lives while they’re at school. Corden ended by noting the student-organized and led March for our Lives gun protest rally that will take place on March 24 in Washington, D.C.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:30 on CBS, followed by The Late Late Show with James Corden.

  


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Myles Aronowitz/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- In anticipation of the highly-awaited second season of its acclaimed Marvel series, Netflix on Tuesday released the franchise trailer for Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Kicking off with a scene in an anger management group session, the new trailer is meant to catch up fans with events of season one by flashing back to the events that helped shape Krysten Ritter's hard-drinking, hard-hitting, reluctant super hero. 

"I'll start at the beginning. My whole family was killed in a car accident," Jones tells the other patients. "Someone did horrific experiments on me.  I was abducted, raped and forced to kill someone."

Then, when Jones is asked how anger management is going, she quips, "Still angry!"

We then cut to a montage of Jones working as a private eye. "Some people call me a hero," she says. "Some people call me a freak. I didn't ask for this. I'm just trying to make a god***n living."

Marvel’s Jessica Jones returns for a second season on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018 on Netflix.

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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