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May 16, 2019

“BIG BANG THEORY” FINALE IS TONIGHT

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — So, what are you doing after graduation? Jim Parsons says the ending of “The Big Bang Theory” feels like a “real rite of passage moment” in his life. And he says as there are in such moments, there’s feeling of accomplishment, some tears _ and a feeling that that life needs to go on. Co-star Kaley Cuoco says for her and other cast members there are a lot of emotions as the show ends end. She notes a lot of people come up to her to ask “How are you?” as if someone died. An hour-long series finale of the popular CBS sitcom airs tonight on CBS. The show has been on for 12 years _ most of the time as a ratings leader.

CBS DEFENDS RENEWING “BULL”

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says it feels it was in the right to renew its drama series “Bull” _ despite pressure from the #MeToo movement. The network decided to keep the show on the air even after settling a sexual harassment claim against its star, Michael Weatherly. Speaking at an event to unveil the new fall schedule, CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl says Weatherly, “owned” his actions and apologized for his on-set behavior toward actress Eliza Dushku. She complained she was written off the show after reporting Weatherly made remarks about her appearance and made jokes about sex and rape in front of cast and crew in 2017. The claim and a $9.5 million confidential settlement with Dushku were revealed by The New York Times.

CBS - NEW STUFF

NEW YORK (AP) — The creator of “The Big Bang Theory” will have a sitcom on the CBS schedule next season. But unfortunately for fans of “Big Bang,” it won’t be that long-running series, which ends tonight after 12 seasons. Chuck Lorre is churning out a series called “Bob Hearts Abishola.” In it, Billy Gardell of “Mike & Molly” fame plays a Detroit compression sock salesman who falls for his Nigerian-born cardiac nurse. His co-star is Nigerian actress Folake Olowofoyeku (foh-LAH’-kay oh-loh-woh-foh-YAY’-koo), whose credits include “Transparent.” A CBS executive says the series is true to Lorrie’s brand _ though he acknowledges it does have “a different flavor,” including exploring racial and political issues.

TRUMP’S APPARENT JUSSIE SMOLLETT REFERENCE

WASHINGTON (AP) — Was President Donald Trump trying to score political points with the Jussie Smollett (smol-LET’) case? It sure sounded that way during a ceremony in Washington yesterday for fallen law enforcement officers. In his remarks, Trump called out those who file false police reports, saying those who do “should face full legal consequences.” Combined with a dig at prosecutors in Chicago for not being tough on crime, it seems Smollett’s case was top-of-mind for Trump. But he didn’t “connect the dots” during his remarks _ and the White House didn’t clarify what he meant. Smollett is the “Empire” actor who reported being the victim of an anti-black, anti-gay beating in Chicago in January. After Trump and others denounced the beating, police ruled he staged the attack himself. The matter became even more of a political flashpoint after prosecutors dropped all charges against Smollett, who had been hit with numerous felonies stemming from the false report.

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SELENA GOMEZ - SOCIAL MEDIA

CANNES, France (AP) — A couple of years ago, Selena Gomez had more Instagram fans than anyone. But she’s no fan of social media. She says she sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are “terrible” for people her age. She says posting endlessly on an endless number of topics leaves young people “exposed” online _ and that frightens her. What’s more, Gomez says it’s “probably impossible” to make online portals safe for young people. She made her comments in France where she’s promoting her new movie, “The Dead Don’t Die.”

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BRUCE WILLIS - BASEBALL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bruce Willis was great when he starred in the TV series “Moonlighting.” But in his brief side gig as a professional baseball player, the actor wasn’t anywhere near as impressive. Willis was in Philadelphia to throw out the first pitch before last night’s game between the Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers. While Moonlighting and his other projects have been hits, his ceremonial inaugural toss was a miss. Willis’ delivery fell short of the plate, arriving on a bounce to Phillies picture Aaron Nola.

LAMAR ODOM - REGRETS? HE’S HAD A FEW

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lamar Odom says he wishes he “could have been more of a man” when it came to his relationship with his ex-wife, Khloé Kardashian. The former NBA star tells People magazine he regrets cheating on his reality show star wife _ and for not being up front about his addiction to cocaine. Odom is opening up to help hype his book, “Darkness to Light,” in which he says he misses being around the Kardashian clan. After a near-fatal drug overdose in 2015, Odom says he’s drug free now.

SANDRA LEE - N.Y. GOVERNOR

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. (AP) — Yes, Food Network star Sandra Lee is selling her home _ the one she shares with her longtime lover, New York governor Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh). But she says that doesn’t mean their relationship is on the rocks. Lee tells the New York Times the 1950’s Colonial in New Castle is being listed for $2.3 million. That prompted the New York Post to report rumors that they are on the outs. But in a comment to Facebook to the Post, Lee told the tabloid to “knock it off,” declaring that she and Cuomo are “very much together.”

MOMA - SACKLER

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art says it will stop taking monetary gifts from members of the Sackler family connected to the pharmaceutical company that makes OxyContin. The Met says while the family has “graciously supported” the museum for half a century _ in view of recent issues, it will no longer accept their donations. The Sackler family has strong links to Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin. Both the family and drug are being sued over accusations that they’ve played a role in the nation’s opioid crisis.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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