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Ariana Grande talks split from Mac Miller, calls relationship ‘toxic’

Ariana Grande got candid about the end of her relationship with rapper Mac Miller in the form of a lengthy reply to a Twitter user. The singer, 24, split from Miller, 26, in April after two years together.

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Although initial reports -- and an Instagram story from Grande -- indicated an amicable, mutual split, Grande said the relationship was a toxic one.

ET reported that Grande’s reveal about her relationship came from reply to a fan on Twitter criticizing Grande. The tweet also referenced Miller’s May 17 DUI arrest and his struggle with sobriety.

“Mac Miller totalling his G wagon and getting a DUI after Ariana Grande dumped him for another dude after he poured his heart out on a ten song album to her called the divine feminine is just the most heartbreaking thing happening in Hollywood,” the fan wrote.

“How absurd you minimize female self-respect and self-worth by saying someone should stay in a toxic relationship because he wrote an album about them, which btw isn't the case (just Cinderealla is ab me),” Grande tweeted in a reply. “I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be. I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man's inability to keep his (expletive) together is a very major problem.”

Miller has not publicly commented on his arrest, but according to officials with the Los Angeles Police Department, he was arrested at his home when officers tracked his license plate to his house. He reportedly left the scene of the crash with two passengers.

“Let’s please stop doing that," she continued. "Of course I didn't share how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was. I will continue to pray from the bottom of my heart that he figures it all out and that any other woman in this position does as well.”

People reported that the fan replied with an apology, saying, “I’m really sorry this is something you took he time to read and that upset you enough to make such a thoughtful reply. ... I in no way think that you are the cause of Mac’s short comings we all have our demons.”

“Thank you for hearing me,” Grande replied. “I appreciate your response v much. sending u love.”

Grande may have already moved on from Miller. She is reportedly “casually dating” “Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson.

CBS renews NAI fight, seeks court approval of dilution vote

CBS Corp. asked a Delaware judge on Wednesday to bless a move by its board to dilute the stock voting power of its controlling shareholder, the latest step in an ongoing legal battle for control of the mass media company.

In amending a lawsuit filed earlier this month, CBS attorneys asked Chancellor Andre Bouchard to rule that a board vote last week to approve a dividend that would drastically reduce the voting stake of National Amusements Inc. was "effective and permissible."

The special dividend approved by the board would decrease NAI's voting stake in CBS from roughly 80 percent to about 20 percent.

The board vote came after NAI, led by the daughter of billionaire media mogul Sumner Redstone, submitted documents to CBS decreeing that any dividend must be approved by a "supermajority" of its 14-member board, a threshold that was not met.

CBS argues that the purported bylaw amendments are invalid and, under federal securities law, were not effective at the time of the special board meeting.

"This board action was a proper exercise of business judgment," CBS attorneys wrote in Wednesday's court filing.

NAI has called the board vote "pure pretext."

"National Amusements exercised its legal right to amend CBS' bylaws and this change was effective immediately," the company said in a prepared statement Wednesday. "We are confident the court will uphold NAI's action."

Last week's board vote came after Bouchard refused to grant CBS a restraining order against NAI. CBS sought the restraining order in conjunction with a lawsuit filed May 14 alleging that NAI was breaching its fiduciary duties to CBS and other shareholders and trying to undermine the authority of its management and board of directors.

CBS, led by CEO and Chairman Les Moonves, is pushing back against pressure by National Amusements to merge with Viacom, which also is controlled by NAI.

According to Wednesday's court filing, Moonves told fellow board members last week that NAI's interference with management, disparagement of CBS employees and attacks on the independence of directors have had a negative effect on the company.

"Mr. Moonves said that he did not think he could successfully lead the company under these circumstances. He said that the soul of CBS and its success derived from the independence of its board and management," CBS attorneys wrote. "He concluded that his duty to all stockholders led him to believe the stock dividend was necessary."

CBS and Viacom were once part of the same company, known as Viacom, but were split in 2005 into separate entities, both controlled by Redstone. His daughter, Shari Redstone, has been pushing to reunite the companies under one corporate umbrella, but a CBS special board committee concluded last week that the merger would not be in the company's best interest.

"As of the filing of this amended verified complaint, Ms. Redstone has made no commitment that she will not replace CBS's independent board with directors who would be willing to approve a CBS merger with Viacom and otherwise do her bidding," CBS attorneys wrote.

While proceeding with the board vote, CBS postponed an annual shareholder meeting that had been scheduled for last Friday while the legal battle plays out in court. The company also has acknowledged that payment of the special dividend was conditioned on court approval.

In refusing to grant CBS a restraining order, Bouchard noted that the company could still file a court challenge if NAI takes actions inconsistent with its fiduciary obligations to the company and to other shareholders.

"By any reckoning, the dividend proposal is an extraordinary measure, presumably reflective of the depth of concern the independent members of the special committee have about Ms. Redstone's intentions," Bouchard noted in his ruling.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus to receive Mark Twain Prize

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is being honored with the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for a lifetime in comedy.

The veteran actress and comedian will be the 21st recipient of the Twain prize. The Kennedy Center announced her selection Wednesday and she will be celebrated at a gala event on October 31.

Louis-Dreyfus started as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and went on to create a pair of iconic and long-running television characters: Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld" and Vice-President Selina Meyer on "Veep."

She has earned 11 Emmy awards, including a record-setting six consecutive Emmys.

Previous recipients of the Twain prize include Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Tina Fey, Bill Murray and Carol Burnett. Bill Cosby received the award in 2009 but it was rescinded earlier this year.

Michael Jackson estate slams ABC TV special on his last days

The estate of Michael Jackson is objecting to an ABC TV special on the end of the King of Pop's life, calling it a crass attempt to exploit Jackson without respect for his legacy or children.

The estate said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday that "The Last Days of Michael Jackson" is not sponsored or approved by Jackson's heirs, and will most likely violate their intellectual property rights — an assertion ABC denies.

Advertising for the two-hour documentary set to air Thursday night says it will reveal new information on Jackson and focuses on his apparent decline in the run-up to his death at 50 on June 25, 2009.

"We believe the special to be another crass and unauthorized attempt to exploit the life, music and image of Michael Jackson without respect for Michael's legacy, intellectual property rights or his children," the estate's statement says.

But the network says the documentary is a legitimate work of journalism on a newsworthy subect.

"ABC News' documentary explores the life, career and legacy of Michael Jackson, who remains of great interest to people worldwide," ABC said in a statement.

The estate said ABC was using a copyrighted silhouette and photo to promote the special, but it stopped after demands from Jackson attorneys. The estate expects other intellectual property will be used without permission, including music, photos and artwork.

"It is particularly disheartening that Disney, a company known to strongly believe in protecting its own IP rights, would choose to ignore these rights belonging to the Estate," the statement said. ABC is owned by Disney.

ABC responded that the "program does not infringe on his estate's rights, but as a courtesy, we removed a specific image from the promotional material."

An autopsy determined that Jackson died of acute propofol intoxication. The superstar had been taking the prescription anesthetic as a sleep aid during preparations for a series of comeback concerts called "This Is It."

Former cardiologist Conrad Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson a fatal dose of the drug. He served two years in jail for causing Jackson's death. Murray's conviction was upheld in 2014.

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Watch a preview for Kanye West, Kim Kardashian’s ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ episode

A preview for an upcoming episode of “Celebrity Family Feud” featuring Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West and the Kardashian family has been released with a premiere date.

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Set to air in June, a preview for the season 4 premiere episode shows host Steve Harvey asking Kris Jenner and West to “name a reason you think Steve Harvey is a good kisser.”

“Lips,” West says, beating Jenner to the buzzer.

“I’m here to win, bro. I’m here to win,” West said.

The show was taped in February. Initially, the Kardashians were supposed to compete against Paris Hilton’s family, but they reportedly turned it down. Instead, West and Kardashian West were on a team with members of West’s family. Competing against them is Team Kardashian-Jenner, comprised of Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kris’ mother Mary Jo Campbell and Cici Bussey, one of their cousins.

Watch a preview clip for “Celebrity Family Feud” below. The episode premieres June 10.

  

Minneapolis diners throw water at conservative Tomi Lahren

Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren says she is disheartened and embarrassed but not broken after a patron threw water on her at a Minneapolis restaurant.

The Fox News contributor told the channel's "Fox & Friends" Wednesday that she was eating Sunday brunch with her parents when a group of people "thought it would be funny to throw water at" her and chant profanities.

Lahren says people don't have to like or agree with her, but that they "don't have the right to throw things" at her. She insists she is "tough" and "can handle it."

President Donald Trump tweeted in support of Lahren, calling her "a truly outstanding and respected young woman!"

Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said Wednesday that no one has reported the incident.

Clinton: Democrats can win with bold ideas, core principles

Democrats can win elections and stand up to Washington Republicans by sticking to their core principles when it comes to education, health care, equality and the environment, Hillary Clinton told a friendly crowd at the New York state Democratic convention on Wednesday.

The remarks from the 2016 Democratic nominee for president came as Democrats look to make big gains across the country in the fall elections.

Clinton said Democrats in New York and across the nation are showing how to advance progressive priorities while also confronting Republican President Donald Trump, who defeated Clinton to win the White House. She dismissed criticism that her party has no "bold ideas."

"I don't know about you, but I think it's a bold idea that everyone in this country should have a decent standard of living," she said.

While some liberal Democrats question Clinton's progressive credentials, the former U.S. senator and secretary of state received a warm welcome in her home state, with cheers and applause greeting her as she took the stage.

Clinton praised Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose bid for a third term she has endorsed, and did not mention his from-the-left challenger, "Sex and the City" star and liberal activist Cynthia Nixon.

Cuomo easily won his party's nomination Wednesday, claiming more than 95 percent of the votes cast by delegates. Nixon received only a smattering of votes — and a few boos — in the nomination process. It wasn't a surprise: Cuomo is the de facto leader of the party and the convention is run by his allies.

"We really do have the anti-Washington agenda," Cuomo told reporters following his nomination. "This was really an overwhelming show of support, frankly more than I expected."

Nixon was not invited to speak at the convention but attended anyway. Asked about Clinton's support for Cuomo, she said voters won't make their decisions based on endorsements. Nixon can still appear on the September Democratic primary ticket by collecting voter signatures; she will already appear on the November ballot as the nominee of the left-leaning Working Families Party.

"Andrew Cuomo can get all the endorsements he wants," she said. "I think at the end of the day, voters vote on peoples' records, not on surrogates."

Nixon has faulted Cuomo for not doing enough to address education inequalities, corruption or the lack of funding for New York City's subways. Cuomo points to his successful push for gun control laws, same-sex marriage and a $15 minimum wage.

The party nominated New York City Public Advocate Letitia James for attorney general. James, who had key endorsements from Cuomo and Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie of the Bronx, beat Buffalo attorney Leecia Eve and Zephyr Teachout, a law professor and liberal activist.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to address the convention on Thursday.

Republicans are holding their convention in Manhattan, where they nominated Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro as their candidate for governor on Wednesday. New York City attorneys Manny Alicandro and Keith Wofford are seeking the Republican nomination for attorney general.

Trump was scheduled to be on Long Island Wednesday to speak to local law enforcement officials about gang violence.

Fox corrects mistake on Jemele Hill, but not on the air

The morning show "Fox & Friends" corrected by tweet a segment that described former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill as unemployed, but has not set the record straight on the air.

The Fox News Channel segment on Tuesday featured another journalist criticizing the National Association of Black Journalists for honoring Hill as its 2018 journalist of the year. Hill received attention, and was briefly suspended from her role as "SportsCenter" host, for social media posts critical of President Donald Trump.

Hill left the low-rated "SportsCenter" in January, but not ESPN. The veteran print journalist writes for the ESPN website, The Undefeated.

Fox guest Lawrence Jones, editor-in-chief of Campusreform.org, used the phrase "unemployed" three times in criticizing the NABJ's selection on "Fox & Friends." He said if he had a daughter interested in sports journalism, she could potentially look up to Hill.

"Well, there is no Jemele anymore," he said.

Three hours later, the show's Twitter feed posted a correction, saying Hill is currently employed by ESPN.

There's no common practice for correcting mistakes on television. The idea of giving corrections the same prominence as mistakes is often discussed and, in this case, it's not known how many people who say the mistake on the air would be likely to see the correction on social media. A Fox News spokeswoman had no comment on the issue Wednesday.

NABJ, through its president, Sarah Glover, said it does not need to dignify disparaging remarks made on the show. The association added: "But we do need to set the record straight: Ms. Hill is not only employed but thriving and advancing in her career and life."

Hill tweeted: "Can't wait until my unemployment check kicks in."

Danica Patrick to host ESPYS in July

Danica Patrick has lined up her first post-retirement gig: hosting The ESPYS.

She will preside over the show honoring the past year's top athletes and moments in sports on July 18. The show airs live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Patrick is set to retire from auto racing after competing in Sunday's Indianapolis 500, where her fourth-place finish in 2005 is the highest by a woman.

She will be the first woman to host the show. Previous hosts include LeBron James, Peyton Manning, Seth Meyers, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Kimmel and Justin Timberlake.

Patrick first attended the show in 2005, and ESPN says she holds the record for most consecutive years attending (13) by any athlete. She has said she met her boyfriend, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, at the show.

The Arthur Ashe Award for Courage will be presented to the sexual abuse victims who spoke out against former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor Larry Nassar.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus to receive 2018 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been named this year’s recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Variety reported that the 57-year-old actress will receive the prize at at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 21.

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“Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor,” Deborah F. Rutter, the president of the Kennedy Center, said in a statement, according to The New York Times. “Over four decades, her wildly original characters and her gift for physical comedy have left us in stitches.”

“Well, this is insanely exciting,” Louis-Dreyfus tweeted Wednesday in response to the news.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Louis-Dreyfus will be the sixth woman and 21st recipient overall of the prize. She joins the likes of Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, Jay Leno, Eddie Murphy and Bill Murray as those who have received the prize. Bill Cosby’s 2009 prize was rescinded by the Kennedy Center earlier this year after his sexual assault conviction.

“Merely to join the list of distinguished recipients of this award would be honor enough, but, as a student of both American history and literature, the fact that Mr. Twain himself will be presenting the award to me in person is particularly gratifying,” Louis-Dreyfus said in a statement.

The Oct. 21 ceremony will be in Washington, D.C.

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