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Ryan Seacrest has a new advocate: longtime 'American Idol' stage manager Debbie Williams.
Ryan Seacrest has a new advocate: longtime 'American Idol' stage manager Debbie Williams. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

The drama surrounding harassment allegations against Ryan Seacrest continues to unfurl, as a new voice is added to the conversation.

Longtime “American Idol” stage manager Debbie Williams, who has worked with the host for 15 years, spoke to the Wrap recently to defend Seacrest.

"If I thought for a second, ‘Ooh, I’ve seen things,’ I would call him out. But nothing. Ever. Nothing,” Williams said. “The crew was all talking at the Oscars, and everybody — audio people, camera guys, everybody — went, ‘We have never thought this guy was anything but a class act.’”

Talk show host Wendy Williams.
Talk show host Wendy Williams. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Wendy Williams will return to her eponymous talk show on March 19. In the meantime, producers have tapped an interesting guest host to fill Williams’ purple chair: actor Jerry O’Connell.

“Jerry has been such a good friend to me and to the show,” Williams said in a statement Tuesday. “We’re happy to welcome him as a guest host while I’m out getting much needed rest. Can’t wait to get back in my purple chair!”

O’Connell has made a handful of appearances on the daytime talk show, notably — er, horrifyingly — dressing up as three pregnant Kardashian sisters during Williams’ Halloween episode last year. (That’s the same episode during which Williams passed out.)

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Jennifer Garner arrives at the 90th Academy Awards.
Jennifer Garner arrives at the 90th Academy Awards. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

It began, as these things so often do, on Twitter.

More than two hours into Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony, Jezebel writer Bobby Finger posted video of Jennifer Garner with a simple question: “What realization did Jennifer Garner just come to?”

In the three-second clip from the show, Garner applauds along with the rest of the audience before a look of vague concern crosses her face and she slowly stops clapping.

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Questlove. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Musician Questlove is promoting “A Wrinkle in Time” in a big, philanthropic way. 

The “Tonight Show” deejay took to Twitter on Monday to launch #WRINKLEchallenge so children can see Disney’s upcoming fantasy film for free.

“*breaking news* im startin the #WRINKLEchallenge --- because it's IMPORTANT that children see this film. if you are able to donate ($10 bucks or $10 katrillion) please rise to the occasion. SUPER EASY!” he began in a series of tweets.

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The antics of the Trump administration seem to trigger a lot of feelings in the host of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert: from rage to confusion – and generally back to rage.

But it’s rare to see Colbert truly delighted by a Trump-related brouhaha the way he is with the antics of Sam Nunberg.

For those who missed the late-breaking news cycle Monday, Nunberg is a former Trump campaign aide subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller. Nunberg has not taken this development lightly and took to the cable news circuit to air his grievances. 

Emma Watson arrives at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday.
Emma Watson arrives at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday. (Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images)

Emma Watson has gamely joined the many armchair copy editors commenting on her new feminist tattoo’s grammatical error. 

The actress and Time’s Up advocate debuted “ink” supporting the anti-harassment movement at the Vanity Fair Oscars party on Sunday night. But, missing a key apostrophe, the large “Times Up” in script on her right inner forearm arm was met by criticism.

A close-up of Emma Watson's "Times Up" tattoo.
A close-up of Emma Watson's "Times Up" tattoo. (Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images)

Thank goodness it’s not a mistake that will last a lifetime — a closer look revealed the edge’s of the tat’s clear sticker, and a message from Watson sealed the deal. 

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(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

I wasn't in the position of being a sex symbol or anything like that. The insight I have is more from the standpoint of what any creative person goes through in the process of growing.

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(Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

My kids are very funny. The other day ... I was getting mad at [my 9-year-old] and he was getting mad at me, and out of nowhere he said, 'So I guess you'll be taking care of yourself when you get old.' 


“We come in peace, but we mean business,” singer, actress and activist Janelle Monáe repeated Friday afternoon at an intimate brunch in West Hollywood. They were the same words she shared at the 2018 Grammys earlier this year.

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(Jennifer S. Altman / Los Angeles Times)

I just don't want to be in a box ever where anybody feels I can only do one thing, because it's boring. I feel I have a lot to explore and a lot to give and try and probably fail doing something, but I want the shot to do it.