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Sara Gilbert, left, and Roseanne Barr appear in a scene from "Roseanne."
Sara Gilbert, left, and Roseanne Barr appear in a scene from "Roseanne." (Greg Gayne / ABC via Associated Press)

“Roseanne” star and executive producer Sara Gilbert addressed the show’s cancellation for the first time on Monday’s episode of “The Talk.”

The episode, which followed a week of installments that had been pre-taped before the Roseanne Barr firestorm erupted, started out with co-host Julie Chen reading aloud the tweet Gilbert had written after Barr posted a racist statement about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, but before ABC decided not to move forward with new episodes of “Roseanne.”

“I would like to say this has a been a very difficult week,” a solemn Gilbert told the live studio audience. “A lot of people have been hurt by this. I will say that I’m proud of the show we made. The show has always been about diversity, love and inclusion, and it’s sad to see it end in this way. I’m sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process. However, I do stand behind the decision that ABC made.”

  • Celebrity
Laura Prepon and Ben Foster.
Laura Prepon and Ben Foster. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

Laura Prepon has married fellow actor Ben Foster.

The “Orange Is the New Black” actress confirmed the news on social media on Sunday, sharing a sepia-toned wedding portrait with her new husband that announced they were “Just Married!”

“Thank you for all the love and support. Wishing all of us the good stuff!” Prepon wrote on Instagram and Twitter.

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John Mayer, left, and Andy Cohen appear on "Watch What Happens Live."
John Mayer, left, and Andy Cohen appear on "Watch What Happens Live." (Charles Sykes / Bravo)

As he celebrated his 50th birthday on Sunday’s edition of “Watch What Happens Live,” Andy Cohen got a visit from good buddy John Mayer, and the two got real about their burgeoning bromance. 

“Do you think people wonder if we’re in a secret relationship?” Mayer asked Cohen.

“We get a lot of nods from behind the bar,” he added, talking about the cluster of Cohen’s friends who were acting as the show’s bartenders. 

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(Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)

Pop star Janet Jackson called police on Saturday night to perform a welfare check on her 1-year-old son, who was with her estranged husband.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 22000 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu after receiving a call at 9:55 p.m.

“Deputies responded and there was no evidence of any crime, no report was taken and the baby was well,” said Deputy Wally Bracks of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

  • Celebrity
Jimmy Fallon appeared as the surprise commencement speaker for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Jimmy Fallon appeared as the surprise commencement speaker for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Staff / Sun Sentinel)

After a school shooting took the lives of 17 classmates and teachers in February, the graduates of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were honored by a surprise celebrity commencement speaker anxious to sing the student body’s praises.

Jimmy Fallon, host of “The Tonight Show,” appeared at the graduation ceremony for the Parkland, Fla., high school on Sunday, sharing nothing but positivity with the gathered students and families. 

“Most commencement speakers get up and talk in future tense: ‘You will succeed. You will make us proud, you will change the world,’” Fallon remarked. “But I’m not going to say that, because you’re not the future. You’re the present.”

  • Birthdays
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

There was a time when celebrity was associated with people who were actually good at something. I'm trying to hold on to that, to not believe I need to feed some machine of pop culture or insatiable tabloid journalism in order to prove my value or define myself as an artist.

Damon Wayans, left, and Clayne Crawford in "Lethal Weapon."
Damon Wayans, left, and Clayne Crawford in "Lethal Weapon." (Darren Michaels / Fox)

New behind-the-scenes details regarding why Clayne Crawford was recently fired from Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” have been made public, and they reveal a set completely at odds with the show’s buddy-drama vibe. 

According to a new report by Variety, the atmosphere on the “Lethal Weapon” set was “so toxic that by [the second] season’s end, Pinkerton security guards were present on set at all times to ensure that disagreements would not deteriorate into physical violence.” 

In May, Fox renewed “Lethal Weapon” for a third season and announced that Crawford would be replaced by Seann William Scott, who will play a new partner for Damon Wayans’ Roger Murtaugh. 

Joy Reid is apologizing again for comments she made in old blog posts.
Joy Reid is apologizing again for comments she made in old blog posts. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

MSNBC host Joy Reid apologized Friday for inflammatory blog posts unearthed earlier this week, saying she had evolved in the years since she wrote them. The network, meanwhile, stood by her. 

“While I published my blog, starting in 2005, I wrote thousands of posts in real time on the issues of the day. There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by, things I would have said differently and issues where my position has changed,” the “AM Joy” host said in a statement Friday, adding that she was “sorry for the collateral damage and pain this is causing individuals and communities caught in the crossfire.”

While calling the posts “obviously hateful and hurtful,” MSNBC stood by Reid, saying in its own statement that they were “not reflective of the colleague and friend we have known at MSNBC for the past seven years.”

  • Music
Kanye West performs at the Forum in 2016.
Kanye West performs at the Forum in 2016. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Kanye West’s knack for unconventional album releases meant the first taste anyone got of “Ye” ahead of its release Friday was at the Diamond Cross Ranch in Wyoming’s Jackson Hole valley, not too far from where he recorded new music for a spate of projects, including Pusha T’s recently released “Daytona” and a joint release with friend Kid Cudi.

Collaborators, friends, press, radio programmers, executives and industry tastemakers from across the country all poured into Diamond Cross Ranch on Thursday evening for the event, which was also shown to millions across the globe via Wav, an L.A.-based music discovery app that won a bid to livestream the event over more well-known platforms such as Apple Music and YouTube.

The party was the climax of a whirlwind day where West’s guests were told next to nothing before arriving at a location where chartered jets awaited, the handiwork of 72 hours of secret planning.

  • Music
R. Kelly
R. Kelly (Frank Micelotta / Invision / Associated Press)

Following widespread criticism from the music community, Spotify has walked back its recently instated policy on “hate content and hateful conduct,” the streaming service announced Friday.

Last month, Spotify announced that it was rolling out the policy to curb content that "expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability."

Embattled R&B star R. Kelly and controversial rapper XXXTentacion were the first casualties under the policy, and their music was removed from promotional playlists and algorithmic recommendations, a move that sparked an intense debate within the music industry.