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Ricardo Chavira's "white privilege" comments about 'Desperate Housewives' co-star Felicity Huffman go viral

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Chavira in “Scandal” – ABC/Nicole Wilder(LOS ANGELES) — Although he posted them to Twitter on September 13 — the day Felicity Huffman was sentenced to jail for her role in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal — her Desperate Housewives co-star Ricardo Chavira’s outraged comments over her short sentence have just started to go viral.

“White Privilege,” he fumed.

Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison, a $30,000 fine and 200 hours of community service for her role in the scandal, which centered on parents accused of paying bribes and falsifying applications to get their kids into better colleges.

“White Privilege. And I saw Eight years worth of it, so I know what I’m talking about,” wrote Chavira, who played Carlos Solis on Desperate Housewives for eight seasons. “Accountability and Responsibility don’t mean sh** to these people,” he continued.

“I saw eight years worth of it working on Housewives,” Solis tweeted next. “I’ve seen a lifetime of it being a halfbreed, and I’ve struggled with the intricacies of it on a daily basis with all the cultural bias I’ve received on both ends. But whatever. Slap on the wrist. Sorry, but this sh**.”

 

Incidentally, Solis’ Desperate Housewives wife, Eva Longoria, was one of nearly 30 people who wrote letters of support for Huffman, in hopes the judge would be lenient.  

Huffman, the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated wife of actor William H. Macy, who was not implicated in the scandal, is scheduled to report to prison October 25.

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Drew Barrymore's daytime talk show gets the green light

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ABC/Jeff Niera(LOS ANGELES) — Drew Barrymore is getting into the daytime talk show game.

The actress and former Santa Clarita Diet star tried her hand at this in 2016, shooting a pilot episode that pretty much went nowhere.  But a new pilot shot back in August reportedly led CBS Television Distribution to give a new show the green light.

“It is beyond my wildest dreams to have this opportunity for a daily talk show,” Barrymore said in a statement. “I’m truly thrilled and honored to be creating this show with CBS.”

Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations, called the project the, “brightest prospect I have seen in many years,” adding, “We look forward to giving Drew and our colleagues at CBS Television Distribution our full support to help this show strike gold with our audience and advertisers.”

No word yet on when Barrymore’s talk show will premiere.

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The Obamas congratulate Tyler Perry on his studio's grand opening: "What an inspiration"

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ABC/Steve Iervolino(LOS ANGELES) — Although they were unable to make it to the October 5 grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios, Barack and Michelle Obama have a special message for the director and now studio owner.

“So much love for @TylerPerry, who just opened the first major film studio lot fully owned by an African-American,” tweeted Mrs. Obama tweeted. “Barack and I couldn’t be more proud of you—thanks for showing that no matter what, progress keeps marching forward.”

“What an inspiration,” she wrote, adding a strong arm emoji.

Perry later reposted Mrs. Obama tweet to his Instagram, adding his own thoughts to her message.

“I’m a writer with no words,” he wrote. “I’m still trying to take it all in. Forgive me but all I can say right now is thank you!!! @michelleobama.”

As previously reported, Perry told ABC Audio that he hoped his studio opening would serve as inspiration to others.

“My whole intention…my whole hope is that somebody gets inspired,” he said. “If that happens, then I’m good, I’m good. So that is that, that is what I feel. I want to inspire somebody — to dream, to believe that they can do it too. No matter where he came from.”

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Cuba Gooding Jr. has been indicted by a grand jury on new charges

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iStock/Pattanaphong Khuankaew(NEW YORK CITY) — Cuba Gooding, Jr. was indicted on new charges by a grand jury in New York City court today.

The latest charges will remain sealed until Tuesday, October 15, when Gooding returns to court.

The actor previously pleaded not guilty to one misdemeanor count each of forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree. The charges stem from the 51-year-old actor’s alleged groping of a woman’s breast inside Manhattan’s Magic Hour Rooftop Bar on June 9.

Attorneys for the Oscar-winning Jerry Maguire star had previously sought to dismiss the case, arguing that a video of his encounter with the woman in question shows that he didn’t grope her.

The judge declined to dismiss the case.

The complaint itself asserts that Gooding, “forcibly touched the sexual and other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading and abusing such person, and for the purpose of gratifying the defendant’s sexual desire; the defendant subjected another person to sexual contact without the latter’s consent.”

Gooding has denied the claim.  

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'Ugly Delicious' chef David Chang serving 'Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner' for Netflix

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Gabriele Stabile/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Netflix released the trailer on Wednesday for for a new series, called Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, created and hosted by American restaurateur, author and TV personality David Chang. 

The series features Chang traveling to cities around the world with different celebrity friends, including Seth Rogen, Chrissy Teigen, Kate McKinnon and Lena Waithe, to explore food and culture. 

James Beard Award winner Chang previously teamed up with Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville for the acclaimed, beautifully shot Ugly Delicious; the Netflix show celebrated delicacies in unlikely locations, like pizza in Toyko, and Viet-Cajun cuisine in Texas.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner launches October 23.

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