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Charlie Walk has been suspended as president of Republic Records after accusations of sexual harassment surfaced.
Charlie Walk has been suspended as president of Republic Records after accusations of sexual harassment surfaced. (Richard Shotwell / Invision)

Music executive and judge of Fox reality show “The Four” Charlie Walk has been suspended from his position as president of Republic Records after a former employee accused him of sexual harassment. 

A statement released Wednesday by Universal Music Group, which counts Republic Records among its labels, announced the decision.

"Republic Records is committed to a safe workplace environment where employees are treated fairly and respectfully. We have retained an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation of this matter and have encouraged anyone who has relevant information to speak to the firm’s investigators. Mr. Walk has been placed on leave, and will remain [on] leave for the duration of the investigation,” the statement read.

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Michelle Obama has revealed what was in that infamous Tiffany’s box given to her by First Lady Melania Trump during President Trump’s inauguration.

It was a frame — “a lovely frame” — but you’d never know it given the awkward exchange that took place when Obama received the gift.

The exchange, which launched memes all over the internet, took the former first lady by surprise, as she explained to Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday in her first television interview since departing from the White House. (The segment airs Thursday.)

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“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” aired a post-State of the Union live episode Tuesday night, but the show broke out a truly special guest Wednesday night for her take on the speech.

Tony Award winner Laura Benanti returned to the program, bringing her sterling impression of Melania Trump with her, and gave Colbert the scoop on what’s happening behind the scenes of the country’s first couple.

“The state of our union is strong. The state of their union? It’s complicated,” Colbert joked as he laid out the rumors swirling around the couple in recent weeks.

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Pure hip-hop is an art, one that we're trying to preserve. Picasso had plenty of influences, but you'd never catch him trying to remake another artist's work in the exact same way. We feel the same. That's what makes us different.

A scene from "Science Fair" directed by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster.
A scene from "Science Fair" directed by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster. (Pete Alton / Sundance Institute)

The Sundance Institute announced Wednesday that the documentary “Science Fair” is the winner of the first-ever Festival Favorite Award.

The final honor to be handed out at the Sundance Film Festival, the Festival Favorite Award was determined by audience votes from the 123 films screened at this year’s festival. The other award winners were announced on Jan. 27.

Directed by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, “Science Fair,” which had its world premiere at the festival, follows nine high schoolers from around the world as they compete against thousands of other students representing 78 countries at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. 

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Lorde took out a full-page ad in the New Zealand Herald to thank her fans for their support.
Lorde took out a full-page ad in the New Zealand Herald to thank her fans for their support. (Charles Sykes / Invision/Associated Press)

Lorde funneled her songwriting skills into direct correspondence with her fan base on Wednesday.

The two-time Grammy winner, whose 2017 album, “Melodrama,” scored a nomination for album of the year at Sunday’s awards, took out a full-page ad featuring a handwritten note in the New Zealand Herald to thank fans for their support.

“Oh, hi there!” the note, written on Monday, opens. “I’m writing this from New York City. [My brother] Angelo and I sat in Madison Square Garden last night and saw a lot of crazy and wonderful things.

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Singers Dolly Parton, left, and Adele had kind words for each other this week on social media.
Singers Dolly Parton, left, and Adele had kind words for each other this week on social media. (Jordan Short / Associated Press, left; Owen Sweeney / Invision, right)

The Dolly Parton-Adele love fest continues.

After Adele paid homage to the country queen this week on Instagram, Parton took to social media to share how flattered she was that the “Hello” singer would even know who she was, let alone pay tribute to her.

“Hey, Adele likes me? I was knocked out, I was so honored, I was so flattered,” the jubilant country icon said in an Instagram video posted Wednesday.

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Stephen Colbert went live and Jimmy Kimmel chatted up Stormy Daniels, but it was James Corden who offered maybe the best State of the Union palate cleanser on late-night Tuesday.

Dame Helen Mirren joined Corden on “The Late Late Show” and took on (or was it down?) the host in a “Drop the Mic” rap battle. 

The results were magnificent.

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"Charles in Charge" star Scott Baio.
"Charles in Charge" star Scott Baio. (Charley Gallay / Getty Images)

“Charles in Charge” star Scott Baio appeared on ”Good Morning America” on Wednesday to deny former costar Nicole Eggert’s allegations that he began sexually abusing her when she was 14.

“She lied at the time. I’m trying to figure out which time she’s lying and which time she’s not lying because the story seems to change quite a bit and I can’t keep up with it quite honestly,” Baio told ABC News’ Amy Robach.

Eggert, 46, also accused Baio of later having sex with her as a minor and said she lied about the story over the years to protect the legacy of the show. Baio, 57, said he did “absolutely nothing” to his costar.

Greg Kinnear and Diane Lane are set to join the sixth and final season of Netflix's "House of Cards."
Greg Kinnear and Diane Lane are set to join the sixth and final season of Netflix's "House of Cards." (Jay. L Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Roughly three months after halting production in response to sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey, Netflix’s “House of Cards” has officially resumed production on its sixth and final season — and it’s adding Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear to the mix.

Lane and Kinnear will play siblings in the forthcoming season, according to information Netflix released Wednesday morning. No further details about their characters were provided.

Production on the final season of the series, whose first five seasons followed power-hungry Frank Underwood (Spacey) and his ascension to the presidency, kicked back up Wednesday after coming to a halt last fall.