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Tavis Smiley Suspended, Says, 'This Has Gone Too Far'

PBS host vows to fight back after sexual misconduct claims

(Newser) - Another TV host has been suspended amid accusations of sexual misconduct—and PBS has another hole in its schedule. The broadcaster announced Wednesday that production of Tavis Smiley's self-titled late-night show was suspended with immediate effect after an outside investigation of "troubling allegations" uncovered "multiple, credible allegations... More »

Familiar Face Officially Returns to American Idol

Ryan Seacrest will again serve as host

(Newser) - A familiar face is officially returning to American Idol when it re-launches on ABC . The network has confirmed Ryan Seacrest will be back to host the reality competition, USA Today reports. Seacrest hosted the show on Fox from its launch in 2002 to its retirement in 2016, Deadline reports, calling... More »

Your 2011 Oscars Hosts Are...

James Franco and Anne Hathaway, Academy announces

(Newser) - Your 2011 Academy Awards hosts: James Franco and Anne Hathaway. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweeted the announcement today, adding that you should "tweet them your advice!" Oddly, both actors could potentially be nominated in the lead categories, Franco for 127 Hours and Hathaway for... More »

Lou Dobbs: I Wasn't Forced Out

Ex-CNN host says he hasn't talked with Fox

(Newser) - Lou Dobbs says he doesn't feel as though he was pushed out of CNN, where he worked for all but 2 years of its existence until last Wednesday. "I don't know if people will believe it, but we had a very amicable parting on the best of terms,"... More »

Lou Dobbs Leaves CNN

Longtime anchor announces move on tonight's show

(Newser) - Anchor Lou Dobbs is leaving CNN, he announced during tonight’s show—his last after 27 years at the channel. Dobbs, whose contract wasn’t up until 2011, has made waves with his anti-immigration views and his questioning of President Obama’s citizenship; he didn’t shed much light on... More »

Martin, Baldwin to Host Oscars

March 7 broadcast will be third for Martin, first for Baldwin

(Newser) - Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will host next year’s Oscars telecast, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. Martin’s hosted the show twice, and though Baldwin never has, he has plenty of similar experience, hosting Saturday Night Live 14 times. That’s one less than... More »

Imus Joins Fox Business

Fox deal returns host to cable news after 2007 race controversy

(Newser) - Don Imus has completed a deal to simulcast his radio show on Fox Business Network TV beginning Oct. 5, Mediabistro reports. Imus has gotten out of his simulcast deal with RFD-TV. On FBN, he'll add more business news, and Fox Business Morning hosts Jenna Lee, Connell McShane, and Ashley Webster... More »

Emmys Line Up Harris to Host

Mother star moves to TV after hosting Tonys

(Newser) - Neil Patrick Harris is likely to be the host of the next Emmy Awards ceremony, sources tell Variety. The How I Met Your Mother star is in negotiations with CBS and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to front the broadcast Sept. 20. Harris was a hit hosting the... More »

Actually, Beck Calms the Lunatic Fringe

With O'Reilly and Olbermann, lets wingnuts 'let off steam'

(Newser) - Glenn Beck infuriates many liberals, but they should really be thanking him: His rhetoric tempers fringe sentiments and prevents violence, writes Reihan Salam for the Daily Beast. Talking heads like Beck and Bill O’Reilly “take unspoken anxieties very seriously,” giving voice to a “small and alienated... More »

Blago's New Gig: Talk Radio

Disgraced governor to host local Chicago broadcast

(Newser) - Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has a new temp job—as a radio talk show host. WLS-AM program director Bob Shomper says Blagojevich will be on the air on the Chicago station tomorrow morning, taking calls from listeners, telling stories, and talking with guests. Shomper says it's a one-time deal... More »

Can Jackman Save Oscar?

He can sing, he can dance, he can act: will that be enough?

(Newser) - Hugh Jackman has a big weight on his shoulders tonight: carrying an Academy Awards show that cynics are sure is doomed to be ignored by the public and the acting community alike. But producers remain excited that the singing, dancing, not-just-an-action star will lure viewers, and Jackman tells the... More »

Rudy Likely to Fill O'Reilly's Radio Gig

Giuliani in talks to succeed Bill O'Reilly

(Newser) - America’s Mayor may return to the radio waves, according to the New York Post, which reports that Rudy Giuliani is the leading candidate to succeed Bill O’Reilly when he leaves his syndicated show. Giuliani's camp isn't commenting, but Hizzoner has some experience being blunt behind the mike—he... More »

Jackman to Host Classed-Up Oscars

Hugh has 'style, elegance, and a sense of occasion': producers

(Newser) - Australian hottie Hugh Jackman will host the next Academy Awards, but don't expect Jon Stewart-style wisecracking or mugging à la Robin Williams, Deadline Hollywood Daily reports. The ceremony's producers "were looking for Cary Grant or Clark Gable," they said today, and tapped People's "Sexiest Man Alive,"... More »

Usual Suspects to Host Debates

(Newser) - The moderators for the three presidential debates have been announced, and none of them are particularly gasp-inducing, the Swamp reports. Tom Brokaw, interim host of Meet the Press, Jim Lehrer, of PBS’ News Hour, and Bob Schieffer of CBS’ Face the Nation, will each host a debate, while Gwen Ifill,... More »

Mrs. O Gets Her Own View

Following Cindy McCain's path, Michelle Obama will guest-host June 18

(Newser) - Following Cindy McCain's lead, Michelle Obama will co-host The View on June 18, the AP reports. ABC’s mid-morning gabfest asked the wife of the presumptive Democratic nominee to be a guest, but she said she’d rather jump into the often-lively chat and guest interviews, as McCain did in... More »

Scandal-Plagued Ex-DA to Become TV Judge

Pirro joins the CW's new afternoon lineup this fall

(Newser) - An ex-DA from the New York suburbs will be behind the bench starting this fall—on TV. Judge Jeanine Pirro stars a onetime Hillary Clinton Senate challenger who landed the CW gig even though Pirro and her husband have a history of controversies ranging from tax fraud to wiretapping probes,... More »

Seacrest Media Empire Still Expanding

'American Idol' host runs 6 companies and wants to 'try everything'

(Newser) - Ryan Seacrest has a mission, and he’s proud to admit it: He aims to be the Dick Clark, Merv Griffin, and Larry King of his generation. Since childhood, the "American Idol" host has plotted every step to get closer to his goal, writes Tom Shales in the Washington ... More »

Writers Strike Hobbled Oscars

No prep time meant too many clips, not enough Stewart

(Newser) - The Oscars were mediocre, to say the least, and USA Today TV critic Robert Bianco chalks the "padded bore" up to the writers strike. With the standoff settled just 2 weeks before the big night, the staff putting clever lines in Jon Stewart's mouth was on a tight schedule.... More »

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