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Playboy Mansion To Host Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Party

Quentin Tarantino will host his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” premiere party at the Playboy Mansion — this after recently filming some scenes there … TMZ has learned. QT and co. are going to have their after-party at Hugh Hefner’s romping…

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Robin Leach Dies; Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Host Was 76

Robin Leach, the former host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, died on Thursday evening in Las Vegas.

He was 76 years old.

Leach had been hospitalized since he suffered a stroke last November in Cabo San Lucas.

According to his colleague at The Las Vegas Review Journal, John Katsilometes, Leach has been under hospice care since suffering another stroke on Monday.

Based on a statement from Leach’s family, it sounds as if the ex-television personality had been suffering greatly, or had at least not been remotely himself, ever since the aforementioned first stroke.

This is what today’s statement reads:

“Despite the past 10 months, what a beautiful life he had. Our Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend Robin Leach passed away peacefully last night.

“Everyone’s support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful. Memorial arrangements to follow.

“With love, Steven, Gregg and Rick Leach.”

Leach was known for his work as journalist before launching and hosted Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous 1984.

It aired until 1995 and it gave viewers a sneak peek into the lives of wealthy entertainers, athletes and CEOs.

This was prior to social media and also prior to programs such as MTV’s Cribs. It was really the first show of its kind, offering a glimpse into the homes, boats, cars, etc. of celebrities and moguls around the globe.

Along with this gig, Leach wrote for several notable publications, including the Daily Mail, New York Daily News and The Star.

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Tweeted Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman upon learning that Leach had passed away:

“Now an eternity of champagne and caviar. We’ve lost a dear, dear friend and a wonderful man. Rest in peace Robin Leach.”

Champagne wishes and caviar dreams, it should be noted, was Leach’s often-used catchphrase on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

The late British star also hosted Lifestyles spinoff Fame, Fortune and Romance and The Surreal Life: Fame Games on VH1.

The latter show featured 10 celebrities – including Vanilla Ice, Chyna, Verne Troyer, Ron Jeremy and Brigitte Nielsen – competing in a series of games for $ 100,000.

Toward the end of his life, Leach was writing for the Las Vegas Review-Journal as a celebrity and lifestyle columnist.

“I look at it as a challenge. It’s another [opportunity] to make something out of thin air. I’ll work as many hours as necessary. I’ve never shied away from hard work,” Leach told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, adding at the time:

“When there is an opportunity to do better at what you’ve been doing with new tools at your disposal, that becomes really exciting.”

Leach most recently appeared on an episode of VICELAND’s “Most Expensivest” where 2 Chainz jetted to Vegas to sip champagne and eat caviar with Robin.

Classic.

May Robin Leach rest in peace.

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‘Jeopardy’ Host Alex Trebek May Retire, Wants LA Kings Announcer to Replace Him

Alex Trebek can’t host “Jeopardy!” forever — in fact, he says there’s a good chance he’ll retire from the show soon — and he’s already got a replacement in mind … with a very fitting name. Trebek talked to Harvey on the latest episode of…

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Ed Schultz: Former MSNBC Host and Radio Personality Passes Away at 64

Ed Schultz has passed away.at his lake home in Minnesota.

The former MSNBC host and radio personality died from natural causes.

Schultz was 64 years old.

Schultz began his career in Fargo, broadcasting the news on both TV and radio in the 1890s.

Eventually, he began work as a commentator and host at MSNBC.

He was known for his progressive values, particularly as he championed the rights of workers.

He was a passionate defender of middle class and working class Americans, and used his show as a platform on which to espouse those values.

The Ed Show was broadcast on weekday afternoons until its cancelation in 2015.

In 2016, Ed Schultz puzzled some with his controversial choice.

After years of verbally excoriating Russian President Vladimir Putin, he went to work for the American version of RT, Russia’s state-controlled media and Putin’s personal propaganda machine.

But Schultz objected to the characterization, and explained his choice.

“RT completes the picture of the events in the U.S. and around the globe,” Schultz said. “Giving viewers access to a range of stories, voices and opinions, and a real opportunity to speak their minds.”

There are certainly plenty of arguments in favor of keeping an eye on how even hostile foreign governments are presenting the news.

Ed Schultz married his current wife, Wendy Schultz, in 1998.

Just a few years before his death, he revealed her struggle with ovarian cancer.

Wendy is the mother of Ed’s six children.

It was in seeking medical treatment for his mother during her battle with Alzheimer’s in the 1990s that his political leanings swung towards the left.

Ed has stated that he and his sons are gun owners, but that he supports certain gun control regulations.

He has stated that he does not believe in abortion because of his Christian beliefs, but he has also acknowledged that Roe v Wade is the law of the land.

Ed passed away on Thursday, July 5 of natural causes.

His death came as a shock to people who had followed his career for years or even decades, going back to when he was a sportscaster in Fargo.

Ed had friendships on both sides of the political aisle. Standing up for working Americans should not be considered partisan.

Ed Schultz will be sorely missed by his friends and loved ones.

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A.J. Calloway: Host of Extra Denies Allegations of Sexual Assault

Extra host A.J. Calloway has been accused of sexual assault by Sil Lai Abrams, who is one of the dozen or so women who has come forward to accuse Russell Simmons.

In a newly published report, Abrams details her accusations against Calloway.

Now, Calloway has responded.

Sil Lai Abrams is an award-winning author and anti-domestic violence activist who has appeared across countless news networks over the course of her career.

And, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she accuses A.J. Calloway of having sexually assaulted her in the back of a car in 2006.

Abrams says that she met Calloway for a potential work opportunity while he was still a BET host. He was also married.

She says that, in the following weeks, he began hitting on her.

According to Abrams, her attempts to have strictly professional conversations with Calloway were met with attempts to instead discuss sex.

One night in December, Abrams recalls, Calloway exposed his genitals to her while he was driving her home after the two of them had gotten drinks.

Per Abrams’ recollection, Calloway said: “Do you see what you do to me?”

“Why don’t you do us both a favor and put that away?” Abrams suggested in response, attempting to diffuse the situation.

She says that, unfortunately, when they arrived at her house, he began kissing her and again exposed himself.

Calloway then allegedly tried to push her head into his lap.

According to Abrams, when that did not succeed, he took her hand, placed it on his penis, and used her hand to masturbate himself.

Abrams says that Calloway called her later that night and apologized.

It was only after confiding in friends that Abrams resolved to file a police report. Records show that she did just that.

As revealed by documents examinted by The Hollywood Reporter, Calloway was charged with forcible touching and attempted sexual misconduct offenses

Though NBC News had decided to not run Abrams’ story, The Hollywood Reporter did so after interviews with corroborating witnesses and after accessing and reviewing  documents, text message records, and court orders.

Even so, Calloway has released a statement of his own.

In a statement from his lawyer, A.J. Calloway denies the accusations of sexual assault.

“I was disappointed to read the false allegations about me in The Hollywood Reporter,” Calloway says.

“As I have maintained from the beginning,” he continues. “These allegations are not true.”

Calloway insists: “When I was first notified about these allegations by law enforcement more than a decade ago, I fully cooperated from the beginning and the case was dismissed.”

He then takes aim at The Hollywood Reporter for not burying the story.

THR chose to publish these meritless allegations,” Calloway’s statement reads. “Without a thorough investigation of the facts.”

Calloway concludes: “I intend to vigorously defend my reputation against these false accusations and will not let this cause further harm to my family.”

Sil Lai Abrams explains why she came forward about him and about disgraced music mogul Russell Simmons.

“I needed to tell my story,” Abrams says. “To say his name out loud, to let people know what he had done to me.”

She also says that she recorded an entire interview with Joy Reid for NBC News, but that the network decided to keep it under wraps.

“They took away my voice,” Abrams laments. “I want people to understand how incredibly challenging this is, with a story like mine that’s highly sourced, with me doing this [advocacy] work in the public arena.”

She says that she knows that sexual assault is difficult to even begin to prove, but that she has evidence to demonstrate that her claim is credible.

“If I didn’t have those things, let’s be very clear, no one would know about this today,” Abrams says. “I’m speaking out for all the other women who have been silenced, to let them know it’s not their fault.”

Our hearts of course go out to all survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

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