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Ellen Pompeo Lashes Out: How DARE You Blame Me for Grey’s Anatomy Firings!

Ellen Pompeo is not here for anyone’s BS, she would like to make that clear.

Just a few hours after news broke that two of her long-time co-stars on Grey’s Anatomy would not be returning for Season 15, the series lead has broken her silence.

Has she wished the best to Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw, both of whom were let go for creative reasons by ABC?

In private, we have no doubt.

In public, however, Pompeo jumped on Twitter last night to call out a report that blamed her for these actresses getting fired.

How did this claim even come about?

In January, Pompeo signed a two-year deal with Grey’s Anatomy, worth over $ 20 million.

Deadline then ran an article yesterday that strongly implied this impacted the show’s budget in such a way that fellow stars had to be cut, writing:

“The decision not to bring back Capshaw and Drew comes on the heels of the blockbuster new Pompeo pact that gave her a significant salary increase, paying her as much as $ 20 million a year.”

The 48-year old actress was quick to respond to this allegation.

“I’m a big girl @DEADLINE can take shots at me if they want but to the fans please don’t fall into that trap,” she wrote on Twitter, adding of the decision to dismiss Capshaw and Drew:

“This is above my pay grade.”

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She also found it ironic, and very irritating, that this report came out on International Women’s Day, also Tweeting in response:

“Its unfortunate that @DEADLINE chooses to try to pit women against each other on #InternationalWomensDay #shameonyounotme.”

Drew played Dr. April Kepner on Grey’s Anatomy for nine seasons; Capshaw came on board a decade ago as Dr. Arizona Robbins.

Both women have released statements (below) of remorse and gratitude in light of their unwanted career moves.

The show’s co-showrunner, Krista Vernoff, also shared a lengthy statement defending Pompeo against the publication.

She Tweeted the following on Thursday evening:

The suggestion … that our cast changes are in any way related to Ellen Pompeo‘s salary renegotiation is wrong and hurtful and misguided.

It smacks of an old, broken, patriarchal notion that women must be pitted against each other and that one woman’s success will be costly to others.

Ellen Pompeo has not only advocated passionately for her fellow cast members, she has taken the time to educate women worldwide as to how to advocate for themselves and that must not now be twisted.

Vernoff had previously said of Drew and Capshaw:

“It has been a joy and a privilege to work with these phenomenally talented actresses.”

As for Drew and Capshaw’s mature responses to their firings, the former wrote this upon learning the news:

Thank you for all of the love. I know you’re sad. I’m sad too. I haven’t really had the time to process this information.

I’ve been with it for less than 48 hours, so I’m not ready to say my thank yous and give an all encompassing statement about my 9 years here. That will come later.

For now, I’d like to say: I love you, and I love April, and her story isn’t over yet. And the really good news (for me, at least) is that I’m here on set shadowing one of my favorite people, Kevin McKidd, with my beloved Grey’s family all this week and next, so I get to process all of my feelings surrounded by the community that has nourished and nurtured me for almost a decade.

For that, I am grateful.

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And here is Capshaw’s similarly emotional statement:

For the past ten years I have had the rare privilege of not only playing Arizona Robbins but also being madly in love with playing her.

Arizona Robbins is kind, intelligent, funny, insightful, bold, playful, fierce and really good at her job.

She was one of the first members of the LGBTQ community to be represented in a seres regular role on network television. Her impact on the world is permanent and forever. Forever.

I am grateful that I have gotten to bring her to life and for the life that she has brought to me.

I am sad to see her go but I am consoled by the idea that she will continue to live on and on in all of our consciences and our imaginations. Shonda [Rhimes], thank you for the ride on this incredible rollercoaster.

Everyone associated with the show (from fans to crew members) agrees that this news is far from ideal, but it’s silly and ignorant to blame Pompeo for it.

(Also worth noting: ABC has not even renewed Grey’s Anatomy beyond this season.)

Always a thoughtful person, we’ll let actor Jesse Williams have the final word for now:

Sarah and Jessica are easily among my very favorite people and coworkers, so this news fuckin sucks.

Their immense talent speaks for itself but it’s them as people that I’m so grateful to know, privileged to have worked with and learned from.

To say they’ll be missed is a massive understatement. Luckily for all of us, we’ll get to see these artists continue bringing compelling and complex characters to life for many moons to come! #OurWorkIsForever

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Williams’ character of Jackson was married to Drew’s April Kepner and the two had a baby named Harriet together.

No details have been revealed about how both characters will be written off the series.

But they’ll be missed. Greatly.

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Meghan Markle’s Brother Lashes Out: She Abandoned Her Family!

We’re just over three months away from the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

As expected, royal obsessives the world over are already giddy with anticipation.

Sadly, just as unsurprising is the fact that opportunists and con artists are coming out of the wood work hoping to exploit Meghan in her remaining days as a civilian.

And some of them are members of her immediate family.

It all started when Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha Grant, threatened to publish a tell-all.

Amazingly, it looks like she managed to land a publisher, but it sounds like the book won’t be loaded with the bombshell revelations the public is hoping for.

Meghan and Samantha reportedly haven’t had any contact with one in well over a decade, and sources say they weren’t close with one another for several years before that.

So unless you’re hankering for some insights into Meg’s high school study habits, the book probably won’t do much for you.

Just last month, the sketchy sibling started going by Samantha Markle and managed to score a deal with TLC to produce a special about Meghan.

And now it seems she’s not the only member of the Markle clan who’s looking to line their pockets.

Apparently, Meghan also has a half-brother named Tom Markle Jr.

In addition to having a name that sounds like an anagram for a Harry Potter villain, Tom is apparently even more shady than Samantha.

Rather than threatening to share Meghan’s secrets with the world, he took the more direct route of asking Meg for money for a personal security detail, and then publicly calling her out for abandoning her family when she refused.

In a recent interview with In Touch, Tommy Marks shared the contents of the email he received from Meghan’s lawyers that basically told him to go do his panhandling elsewhere.

“My lawyer had a phone meeting with her lawyer, and he emailed me some of [Meghan’s] direct words. She said, ‘That’s distant family and I don’t know those people,'” Tom told the tabloid.

“That’s pretty harsh,” he adds calling the email “a slap in the face” and “below the belt.”

“I spent a lot of time with her growing up,” Tom says.

In the emails, Tom asks Meghan and Buckingham Palace officials to “take some action to protect [him],” which apparently meant not only security services but protection from what he claims are inaccurate media reports.

“There was a time where people were following me around at work, taking pictures and posting horrible stories about me and my family saying I’m a white supremacist, a drug addict and a dealer, all this crap that just isn’t true,” Tom tells In Touch.

“My attorney was reaching out to her people and the palace to basically [help us] try to get a retraction for all these false stories in [countries] where there are different laws.” 

Reps for Harry were apparently more polite than Meghan’s lawyers, telling Tom, “We are so sorry to hear you have been having a tough time with the media.”

Of course, they still didn’t offer him any sort of assistance with the problem.

We’re assuming Meghan is currently being trained in how to tell someone to shove off using proper royal decorum.

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Scott Baio Lashes Out at Nicole Eggert, Sexual Abuse Allegations

Scott Baio made his voice heard on Good Morning America today.

Loudly and defiantly.

Faced with allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior by former Charles in Charge co-star Nicole Eggert, Baio sat across from Amy Robach on Wednesday and strongly defended actions.

(Eggert said last week on social media that Baio molested her back when she was 14 years old and he was 26.)

“The story seems to change quite a bit and I can’t keep up with it quite honestly,” Baio  Robach on GMA, expounding as follows:

“I don’t know if you’ve ever been on a sitcom set but on any given day… there are teachers, parents, family, crew, producers, my dad.

“So how any of this could have happened is absolutely impossible and I don’t know how anybody can believe what she’s saying when her first allegation of having sex when [she] was 17 proved to be 100 percent false.

“And her story keeps changing. She makes up new things.”

Baio quickly replied to Eggert’s allegation by admitting the co-stars had sex, but he said Eggert came on to him and he said the intercourse took place when she was 18 years old.

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Were there any sexual encounters when Eggert was underage?

“Absolutely nothing,” Baio said today, adding:

“And I find it interesting that the moment that her first allegation that we had sex when she was 17 – which is not true – as soon as that was proven to be 100 percent false she comes up with a new story where something happened once a week for years.”

Indeed, Eggert has said Baio molested her from the age of 14 through the age of 16, approximately.

She told Megyn Kelly this week that Baio “penetrated” her with his finger inside his garage, just before her 15th birthday.

“And that is when the sexual touching and abuse started, after that,” the actress told Kelly.

“I was very young. And it was shocking, a little. I had never experienced anything like that before, either.”

She claims Baio warned her not to tell anyone because he would go to jail and the show on which they both starred would be canceled.

But the actor denies every part of this allegation.

He says that he and Eggert only had sex once and that she was 18 at the time.

“Nicole and I were friends after our only sexual encounter,” he told GMA, continuing:

“She aggressively sought me out because she wanted me to be her first so she would be good for her boyfriend. Those are her words.”

Despite the claims and the obvious bad blood that exists now, Baio says that his time on Charles in Charge “was great” and that Eggert was a “talented girl.”

“We had a great time on the set. Everybody liked each other. Everybody got along.

Is he concerned that Eggert might go to the police with her allegations?

“No,” he replied. “Why would I have a concern over something that I didn’t do?”

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90 Day Fiance: Luis Lashes Out, Threatens to Sue TLC!

Oh, boy.

This past season of 90 Day Fiance had its ups and downs for all of the relationships, but one of the new 90 Day Fiance stars is so unhappy that he’s publicly ranting against TLC and the show’s producers.

And he’s also announced his intention to sue.

Molly Hopkins is 41 years old. She’s an American — specifically from Georgia.

26-year-old Luis Mendez is Dominican.

He and Molly met and fell for each other outside of the US, when she was on a trip and when he was working in a bar.

The two of them decided to not only pursue their relationship, but to go on 90 Day Fiance so that the rest of the world could watch the highs and lows of their relationship.

Oh, and so that they could make a little cash.

And one of the big concerns that Molly had was seeing how good of a stepfather the more-than-slightly younger Luis would be to her daughters, one of whom is 7 and the other of whom is 16.

In addition to the all-important test of whether or not Luis would fit in with Molly’s family …

(After all, your kids should always take precedence over your romantic pursuits)

… The couple had a few hurdles to cross. Molly Hopkins has a shady criminal history that mostly involves what we’ll delicately describe as reasons why you don’t want to ride in a car with her.

Also, Luis would have to get along well with more than just Molly’s family. His romance with Molly needed to click when they were living together.

(Sometimes, what’s sexy and romantic on vacation turns into an annoyance back at home, in the real world)

Finally, some wondered if the younger man who had tended bar in Santo Domingo was really interested in Molly Hopkins for romantic reasons … or if he was using her, hoping to land legal residence in the United States.

As we already told you, Molly Hopkins and Luis Mendez did get married.

But married isn’t the same thing as happily ever after, folks.

See, after the couple got married — which they apparently did without informing TLC of the event, which kind of defeats the purpose of appearing on the show in the first place — things went south.

The two separated, only reconcile before the Tell All special was filmed.

But then the husband and wife seemed to have trouble again. 

At the beginning of January, Molly told Luis that she was filing for divorce.

That is part of what has led to Luis Mendez’s dissatisfaction, we assume.

But that’s not the focus of his rant, which he posted to social media:

“TLC is a piece of s–t.”

Wow, tell us how you really feel.

“They only use the immigrant people for make million dollar, they don’t pay to us in the first 90 days and they destroy our lives with bad fame.”

That’s quite an accusation.

“But I don’t receive any money, only the American people bc we are trash for them.”

He added another message with similar points … and expressed a strong desire to take legal action.

“Immigrant people only are trash for TLC. I want to meet a lawyer in NYC to sue those bastards.”

Now, it seems that he’s complaining about money. 90 Day Fiance stars are paid for their work, but in comparison to other reality salaries, it’s not all that much.

We should point out that, although countless companies employ immigrant labor and pay them less than they deserve, that isn’t necessarily what’s behind this.

You need a work visa in order to work in the US if you are not an American citizen. It’s possible that they aren’t legally permitted to pay Luis until he gets one.

Now, if there’s been anything improper in terms of paying him, maybe Luis can get that money through a lawsuit. But our guess is that Luis just needs to have a work visa.

It sounds like he’s complaining about his portrayal on the series. That … well, he presumably signed a contract saying that he can be edited in any way that the show sees fit. Tough luck.

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Kris Jenner Called “Chubby;” Kim Kardashian Lashes Out!

Kris Jenner is the momager of a media empire. She’s a beloved (and feared) figure in her own right. Also, Kris Jenner is about to get so many new grandbabies.

Kris can and does absolutely speak for herself. But that doesn’t mean that her family doesn’t speak up for her.

But when Kim tweeted a defense of her momager after someone called Kris chubby, Kim ended up in hot water with some Twitter users.

Before we get into Kim’s outrage and the various responses, let’s look at how this all started:

The Daily Mail took a look at the ghost of Kris Jenner’s past — that is, of Kris before Keeping Up With The Kardashians and before Caitlyn Jenner and even before she met Robert Kardashian.

Their very first bullet point reads:

“Before she turned momager and reality TV star, Kris Jenner was a chubby-faced store clerk and a junior flight attendant.”

That’s … a very loaded line. Kim Kardashian certainly thinks so.

Kim Kardashian took offense at the description of her mother’s younger self.

Kim tweeted a link to the article (a surefire way to make sure that as many people read it as possible), and wrote:

“Chubby really? That’s the headline? How about beautiful, youthful, stunning?!?!”

While we can understand (and applaud) a natural disposition that she be defensive of her mother, Kim’s response proved to be controversial.

Would you care to guess why?

Some tweets, of course, immediately agreed with Kim that it was an outrage for her mother to be described like that.

Others took a different view, writing:

“Chubby is not a bad thing!!!”

A lot of tweets shared that sentiment, and they’re absolutely right. In fact, many people lovingly describe their “chubby girlfriends,” though many opt for less polarizing words like “soft.”

Others pointed out that it was still fine for Kim to be unhappy.

Replying to the (correct) assertion that that “chubby” isn’t a bad thing, someone tweeted:

“Yes, it isn’t. But there are so many more words to describe Kris & they chose to target weight specifically rather than something else. Chubbiness is not bad :)”

Another wrote:

“It’s a term you have to be careful with. Definitely not the best term to come up with.”

And another really saw eye-to-eye with Kim:

“I’d be so upset if someone described my momma like that in a headline! Go Kim!”

Ultimately, though, the people who saw Kim’s tweet as relatable, the people who saw Kim’s tweet as fat-shaming, and Kim herself may have all been missing the point.

The Daily Mail described Kris’ younger self as chubby-faced.

While potentially inflammatory, “chubby-faced” is a description often given to photos of people when they were children. And while Kris was 22, and not a child, they may have been highlighting her youth.

But not all chubby people are okay with the word, just as not all fat people are okay with that word. And you know what? Kris’ face aside, she is and was neither.

At the time in Kris’ life that The Daily Mail describes, she looked — more than anything — like Kourtney Kardashian. Their faces are so similar that a time-traveling Kris Jenner could probably unlock Kourtney’s phone.

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Derick Dillard Lashes Out at Fans: I QUIT Counting On & So Did My Wife!

The rapid unraveling of Derick Dillard continued yesterday, as Jill Duggar’s husband posted a series of irate tweets, in which he  explained that parting ways with TLC was his decision, not the network’s.

It was previously reported that Derick had been fired from Counting On due to his controversial comments toward transgender teen and fellow TLC reality star Jazz Jennings.

Now, Dillard says he was not fired, but in fact quit the show due to differences of opinion.

“Unbelievable what’s considered newsworthy these days, but then again this is how I heard I was ‘fired,’” Dillard wrote in response to a Fox News tweet about his firing.

“For the record, I was never fired. I just felt it was best for my family to cut ties months ago, as we are heading in a different direction.”

Derick went on to claim that he “never worked” for TLC, which seems to be his way of saying that he was never under contract with the network.

“Yes, I’m no longer doing [the show], but nowhere did they say that I was fired,” Derick wrote. “Big difference. You can’t be fired from somewhere you never worked.”

“That’s what’s so funny. I was fake fired from my fake job,” he added.

“PR must be their justification. See it is funny, you’re laughing too lol.”

Despite his claim that he left the network by choice and was never really employed there, Derick clearly feels some bitterness toward TLC.

It’s not the first time Dillard has claimed that he quit, but it is the first time that he revealed his wife, Jill, will no longer be appearing on Counting On.

When a fan asked Derick, “So you guys aren’t on the show anymore?” the 28-year-old former accountant quickly replied, “Correct.”

So it seems viewers may have seen the last of fan favorite Jill.

Naturally, the revelation that the Dillards will be stepping away from the spotlight has further fueled rumors that Derick was caught cheating on Jill, but it seems unlikely that we’ll ever receive any sort of confirmation on that.

The fact that she’ll no longer be appearing on television may help explain some recent changes in Jill’s appearance.

Jill’s been sporting a nose piercing, henna tattoos, and other non-Duggar-approved fashion statements.

Perhaps life away from the glare of the spotlight offers some advantages, after all.

Watch Counting On online for more from Jill and Derick’s controversial marriage.

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