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Saying they "feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken," 36 women affiliated with "Saturday Night Live" during the now-senator's 20 years on the show have signed a letter countering sexual harassment allegations recently leveled against the Minnesota Democrat.

Signatories included original "SNL" cast members Laraine Newman and Jane Curtin, along with 34 women who worked on the show behind the scenes between 1975 and the present. Franken was a writer and performer on the NBC sketch comedy show primarily from 1975 to 1995.

"What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize ...," the letter said. However, it continued, "after years of working with him, we would like to acknowledge that not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behavior; and mention our sincere appreciation that he treated each one of us with the utmost respect and regard."

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It's a healthy, already-smiling baby boy for comedian Kevin Hart and wife Eniko Parrish. They welcomed son Kenzo Kash Hart early Tuesday morning, Hart, 38, confirmed on Twitter.

It's the third child for the "Jumanji" star. Hart shares two children, daughter Heaven and son Hendrix, with his ex-wife, Torrei Hart.

On Sunday, Parrish took to Instagram as she waited for their son's arrival, sharing that he already was several days past his due date.

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I’m not new on the block, so I know what goes on when a gal gets to be at a certain time in her life in this business. You don’t get things like ['Snatched']. But look what I got. I got Amy  [Schumer] and me together in, basically, a two-people movie. How awesome to not play an ancillary role? It was an awesome way to reenter.

Taylor Swift's new 'Reputation' album sold more than 1.2 million copies in its first week of release
Taylor Swift's new 'Reputation' album sold more than 1.2 million copies in its first week of release (John Salangsang / Associated Press)

Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” has clocked a first-week sales figure of 1.216 million copies, making it the biggest selling album of 2017, according to the Nielsen Music monitoring service.

That figure is 41% higher than the combined sales of the other 199 albums that make up Billboard’s top 200 album chart for the week, Nielsen noted.

It’s also her fourth consecutive album to top first week sales of more than 1 million copies, following “1989,” which sold 1.29 million copies in 2014, “Red” (1.21 million in 2012) and “Speak Now” (1.05 million in 2010).

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons onstage at the 46th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena in 2015.
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons onstage at the 46th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena in 2015. (Chris Pizzello)

HBO said Monday that it plans to continue Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy series despite accusations of  sexual misconduct  against the hip-hop mogul.

“We do plan to air [‘All Def Comedy’] beginning next week,” HBO said in a statement. “The show is a platform for promising new artists, and we want them to have the opportunity to showcase their talent to a national audience.”

Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam,” which first aired on the network from 1992 to 1997, was lauded for creating a platform for black stand-up comics. Some of the famous names whose careers were boosted by appearing on the series include D.L Hughley, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence.

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Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner star in Taylor Sheridan's 'Wind River'
Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner star in Taylor Sheridan's 'Wind River' (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)

Indie crime thriller “Wind River” has been scrubbed of its Weinstein ties, just in time for awards season. 

“Wind River” writer-director Taylor Sheridan and producers Matthew George and Basil Iwanyk have taken the film back from the Weinstein Co. and begun to screen a version of the film free of the distributor’s name, its logo or the name of executive disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein had an executive producer credit on the film starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen when it debuted in theaters to acclaim in August. The debut directorial feature from “Sicario” and Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water” writer Sheridan nabbed the filmmaker the Cannes Un Certain Regard best directing prize and went on to enjoy a robust $33 million box office, positioning it for an outside shot at an awards run.

Zinzi Clemmons, a writer for Lena Dunham and Jenny Konner's Lenny Letter, announced her resignation on Sunday in the wake of the women's statement in defense of "Girls" writer-producer Murray Miller, whom actress Aurora Perrineau has accused of rape. 

"For all you writers who are outraged about what she did, I encourage you to do the same," Clemmons wrote in a statement posted on social media Sunday. "Especially women of color. She cannot have our words if she cannot respect us."

Dunham and Konner had defended Miller in a statement to Variety on Friday, saying, "While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year."

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Charles Manson attends his parole hearing in 1986.
Charles Manson attends his parole hearing in 1986. (AP Photo/File)

Murderous cult leader Charles Manson died Sunday of natural causes at the age of 83, and Twitter isn't entirely certain what to make of it.

Manson's "family" carried out a series of lurid, bloody murders in 1969, including the killing of pregnant actress Sharon Tate.

Between Tate's murder and Manson's obsession with the Beatles, he quickly became a pop-culture figure. His face, scarred swastika carved into his forehead and all, became synonymous with evil.

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Stagecoach is a good barometer for measuring my career. It’s a chance to check back in on where we’ve been, what we’ve accomplished, what we’re looking forward to since the last time we were here.

Diana Ross performs onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Diana Ross performs onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Diana Ross celebrated her lifetime achievement award at the 2017 American Music Awards with a jubilant, career-spanning medley.

In what’s become her signature grand entrance, the pop diva arrived to the tune of her 1980 Nile Rodgers-produced anthem, “I’m Coming Out.”

With a career that spans nearly 60 years, Ross had a tough task on her hands during her 10-minute segment. She opted for ‘90s tunes like “Take Me Higher” and “The Best Years of My Life” alongside signature hits “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Ease on Down the Road” from “The Wiz.”