Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner has spoken out about his former The Cosby Show co-star Bill Cosby, insisting he finds it "painful" to see the embattled comedian at the centre of multiple sexual abuse allegations. Warner, who played Cosby's son on the hit sitcom, has opened up about the funnyman's high-profile scandal as he stands accused by more than 20 women of sexual abuse and inappropriate behaviour in decades-old incidents.
In an interview with Billboard, Warner admits the entire situation has been difficult for him to watch.
He says, "He's one of my mentors, and he's been very influential and played a big role in my life as a friend and mentor. Just as it's painful to hear any woman talk about sexual assault, whether true or not, it's just as painful to watch my friend and mentor go through this."
Warner's other co-stars have also opened up about the accusations, with his on-screen sister Keshia Knight Pulliam saying she can only make judgements based on "the man that she knows", while TV mother Phylicia Rashad said the scandal is ultimately "about the obliteration of (Cosby's) legacy".
The beloved sitcom, The Office, was a hit not only because of the very funny Michael Scott (Steve Carell), but because the show had so much truth to it. Its characters weren't doing anything very exciting. They simply sold paper. But they mirrored the things everyone has to deal with in a workspace and made them funny.
1. Your desire to leave mandatory "parties" early.
2. Taking an unscheduled break in order to get away from doing something.
3. Watching the clock in order to leave.
4. Having to work with people you can't stand!
5. When a co-worker proposes to get crappy food for the party.
6. Awkwardly getting locked out the office, or being the last one to leave and not have a key to lock up.
7. Needing other co-workers to back you up.
8. Having to continue to work with someone you hooked up with.
9. When you're ready to head out and you have to try and blow off any more work that might come your way.
10. Getting unsolicited dating advice from co-workers.
11. Basically falling asleep during a meeting.
12. Having a little too match at the office party
13. Having one of those days where you just can't!
14. When someone says something offensive in a "tolerance" meeting held by HR.
15. When you get a not-so-highly-regarded award from work and you have to pretend you're flattered.
Greattttttt, so can I get a raise?
16. Having to deal with your co-worker's disgusting perfume or cologne.
17. You have been forced to resort to looking for professional help to deal with your difficult co-workers.
18. Getting hand-me-down items from co-workers because management is cheap.
19. Using office supplies to cut cost in your personal life.
20. Having an unpredictable boss.
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In a world where celebrities are constantly bombarded with paparazzi and where every detail of their life is public information, it seems very difficult for many to keep a long-term relationship. These twelve couples are among some of the most stable and enduring celebrity pairs of our time. They defy the odds by sticking through it and often, by keeping their lives as private as they possibly can.
1. Meryl Streep and Don Gummer: 36 years
Meryl Streep opted out of marrying someone famous and married this friend of her brother. Because Meryl wanted to keep her marriage out of the spotlight, it is still very impressive how little the world knows about him. The couple have four children together, and when Meryl finally did mention him in her 2012 Oscars' acceptance speech it was adorable. "“I’m going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you’ve given me," she said.
2. Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne: 32 years
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This couple has had their fair share of ups and downs, but have remained together nonetheless. They met in England when Sharon's father, a music manager and concert producer, managed Black Sabbath, the band Ozzy was the lead singer of. Ozzy was kicked out of the band because of drug abuse and Sharon ended up taking him on as a client. Ozzy continued to struggle with substance abuse and was even arrested for attempting to strangle Sharon while under the influence.
3. Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington: 31 years
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According to HelloBeautiful, this couple met while co-starring in the film Wilma in 1977. Five years later, they were married and now have four children together. According to the site, Pauletta told Oprah that she fell in love with his personality first. “I thought he was cute, but I fell in love with his spirit. And then I thought, ‘Hmm, not a bad package,'" she said.
4. Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest: 29 years
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According to People, Jamie first saw Christopher in a magazine when he was an actor in the spoof The is Spinal Tap. She felt an immediate connection to him. "That's why I developed my smirk—which is why, when I looked at Chris's smirk in the picture, I basically saw myself. I saw a kindred spirit," she says of seeing his photo. Jamie gave him her number through an agent and the two became bicoastal lovers soon after. They married in 1984 and have adopted two kids, Annie and Thomas.
5. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: 26 years
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The pair originally met while Tom was still married to his college sweetheart on the set of ABC sitcom, Blossoming Buddies, when Rita guest starred for an episode. They didn't get together despite the chemistry they both felt, until after Tom's divorce in 1987. In 1988, they married and have since had two children together. "Literally, a wave of — if love is a feeling, or a cellular thing that happens to your body, it went through me, and that’s pretty much who he is, and how he’s been," Rita said of their relationship to Piers Morgan in 2012.
6. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick: 26 years
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Interestingly enough, the couple first met when Kyra was 12, at a viewing of a matinee play Kevin starred in. He was 19 at the time and nothing came of the meeting, except Kyra's brother urging her to tell him how much she enjoyed the play. Their relationship started several years later when they worked on the set of Lemon Sky together.
7. Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan: 26 years
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This pair is especially inspirational as they have continually supported each other through a chronic illness. They met while working on Family Ties in 1985, but didn't start dating until two years later. Early on in their marriage, Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but the couple have remained stable. "When we married, we married--and that was it. We were in love then, as we are now, and we planned to stay married," Michael told O Magazine in 2002.
8. John Travolta and Kelly Preston: 23 years
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Despite losing their 16-year-old son, Jett, in 2009, the pair have stayed strong. They first met while filming The Experts, but nothing formed except for a friendship, because Kelly was married at the time. John told Redbook what he thought of her initially: "I had interest in her because even in spite of the trouble that she was having in her marriage, she was willing to stick through tough times with him, which really showed character. I just remember thinking, God, if we're ever single at the same time, I think this is really the one."
9. David Bowie and Iman: 22 years
According to Huffington Post, the rockstar and supermodel fell in love on a blind date in 1990 and were married two years later. The couple are very quiet about their life and their love story, but do have two children, Zulekha (Iman's child from a previous marriage) and Alexandria. Iman told The Independent that though David knew it was love at first sight, she was a little overwhelmed at first. “I was not ready for a relationship. Definitely, I didn't want to get into a relationship with somebody like him," she said.
10. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos: 18 years
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This beautiful couple met on the set of All My Children where they were onscreen lovers. According to People, they dated secretly for a year and then eloped in Las Vegas. In fact this photo is from their onscreen marriage, because much of their offscreen romance has been kept secret. "It just happened. The next thing you know, we're married, and then four months later we were pregnant," Consuelos told Redbook. The couple have three children.
11. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness: 18 years
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The couple first met in 1995 in Melbourne, Australia on the set of the TV drama Correlli. They both felt initial attraction and though Hugh hesitated to propose, he overcame it and they were married a year later. "I decided, I won't ask her to marry me for six months," Jackman told Town and Country magazine. "Then after four months I thought, that's the most ridiculous rule!" The couple have two children, Oscar and Ava. "It gets better every year," Furness said.
12. Sarah Jessica Parker and Mathew Broderick: 17 years
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Another couple that have successfully kept their relationship under wraps, Sarah and Matthew refuse to say much about the secrets to their success. In last year's Harper's Bazaar, Sarah did gush about him shorthly. “There’s also the reality of your life,” she said. “I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him. We can only be in the marriage we are. We’re very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.”
Actor Willie Garson is set to star in a modern remake of 1960s sitcom The Courtship Of Eddie's Father. The Sex and the City star will take on the role of the dad, whose son attempts to play matchmaker to help him find love.
The TV series will also draw inspiration from Garson's own life - he adopted a young orphan named Nathen in 2009.
Garson, whose son is now 13, explains, "I'm in development, I'm doing a remake of a show called The Courtship of Eddie's Father, combining the show with my life as an adoptive father of a Latin American child."
The original series ran from 1969 to 1971 and starred actor Bill Bixby as a widowed father looking for love.
The TV show was based on a 1963 movie of the same name, featuring Glenn Ford and a young Ron Howard.
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown is leaving her role on cult TV comedy Community in order to care for her ailing father. Brown has played Shirley Bennett on the series since 2009, but she announced on Tuesday (30Sep14) that she will not be joining her fellow castmates for the upcoming sixth season, and requested to be released from her contract to focus on caring for her sick dad.
She tells TV Guide Magazine, "My dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad.
"I can't say enough how much I respect Sony and (executive producer) Dan (Harmon) for how they handled this profound change in my life... I'm still Community's biggest fan... It's very bittersweet. I can take care of my dad but won't be with my TV family. I don't want the fans to worry; it's going to be fine."
Brown is also currently working on the remake of classic sitcom The Odd Couple, starring Matthew Perry.
Meanwhile, Community stars including Joel McHale, Alison Brie and Ken Jeong are all slated to return for the show's sixth season, which will stream on Yahoo! Screen, after it was cancelled by bosses at America's NBC network after five seasons.
Veteran actress/director Penny Marshall is publicly appealing to the president of a Detroit, Michigan school to halt cruel heart experiments on dogs after learning a pooch named in honour of her character on TV sitcom Laverne & Shirley was subjected to the traumatic treatment. The A League of Their Own moviemaker has written an open letter to Dr. Roy Wilson, President of Wayne State University, to express her horror after learning the school's animal experimentation allegedly includes cutting the chests of dogs open and forcing them to run on treadmills as part of scientists' heart disease research.
In the note, Marshall recalls filming an episode of the hit 1970s show, in which the title characters handcuffed themselves to a furry friend in an effort to save it from being euthanised at a dog pound. The pet's life was spared.
She continues, "Tragically, a dog given my character's name - as well as many others like her - met the opposite fate in horrific heart failure experiments at Wayne State University. I am writing to urge you to immediately end these cruel, unnecessary experiments and instead focus on human-relevant research. Two decades of these experiments - which have not translated into benefits for Americans suffering from heart disease - is quite enough...
"Before they were killed at Wayne State, dogs named Laverne, Shirley and Squiggy (show neighbour) endured invasive surgeries and suffered a great deal of trauma and pain. Please see that Wayne State no longer subjects dogs like them to such cruel experiments and instead focuses on improving human health."
The letter, circulated by officials at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine non-profit organisation, is due to be mailed to Dr. Wilson on Wednesday (27Aug14), the same day many kids in the U.S. return to school after summer.
Singer/actress Ariana Grande has written a 'thank you' letter to the cast and crew of Sam & Cat following the cancellation of her hit U.S. TV series. The teen sitcom, starring Victorious' Grande and iCarly's Jennette McCurdy, was put on hiatus in April (14) and now executives at the show's network Nickelodeon have announced the programme will not be returning for another season.
Sharing her thoughts on the end of the show, Grande took to Twitter.com on Sunday (13Jul14) to give thanks to those who have been involved with the series since its inception.
She wrote, "I want to thank Nickelodeon for making a childhood dream of mine come true, for being a family to me, for being so accommodating and supportive of my multitasking with my music career, and for of course introducing me to many of my fans however many years ago.
"I will always hold (character) Cat near and dear to my heart and appreciate her help in my personal growth from teenager to adult. I know she seems like a simple, daft character (and she is) but she played such a huge part in my life.
"Thank you to the cast and crew who I spent almost every day with for a good 4 or 5 years... The guys behind the scenes couldn't have been more pleasant or hard working and I appreciate them for that so much. I can't imagine that there is a more pleasant or professional crew in Hollywood.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart to a true friend of mine, (series creator) Dan Schneider. I will never take these memories or lessons learned for granted.
"Lastly, thank you to my fans who have been with me since all of this started... you are the most loyal, dedicated and continuously loving supporters I could ever imagine. We've been through so much and you are still here... and we've got a long way to go. Thank you for believing in me, accepting me and loving me. I love you forever."
Actress Mila Kunis had no interest in marriage until she fell in love with her That '70S Show co-star Ashton Kutcher.
The pregnant star, who used to date Macaulay Culkin, admits she was never one to dream about her big day, but everything changed when she finally began dating Kutcher in 2012, 14 years after meeting on the set of the TV sitcom. They became engaged earlier this year (14) and are now preparing to start a family.
She tells America's W magazine, "I never wanted to get married. From the age of 12, I prepared my parents for no marriage. Then things changed - I found the love of my life."
However, Kunis insists the private couple will be keeping their nuptials low-key: "Now my theory on weddings is: Don't invite anyone. Do it privately and secretly. My parents are OK with that. They're just excited that I said yes."
In the candid interview, the mum-to-be also confesses she was attracted to Kutcher from the moment she laid eyes on him, saying, "We all get movie star crushes. I'm marrying mine."
And Kunis reveals she was lucky enough to enjoy her first kiss with her future husband, explaining, "My first real kiss ever was with him on the show. And when That '70s Show had a prom, my date for the prom turned out to be my fiance. We can honestly say that we went to prom together."
She adds of the hit comedy: "Not only did it introduce me to my fiance, but I'm so grateful that all my mistakes are recorded for posterity. I went through everything embarrassing that a girl can go through in front of my fiance. There's no question that he's seen the worst. I find that comforting."
The marriage will be Kunis' first and Kutcher's second; he was previously wed to actress Demi Moore. The former couple split in late 2011, months before the actor reconnected with Kunis.
Matt Leblanc's relationship with his father was left in tatters after he sold a number of stories about the actor to the press. The star was brought up by single mother Patricia and didn't meet his father Paul until he was eight years old.
Although the pair forged a close relationship, LeBlanc cut him out of his life after landing his breakthrough role on hit sitcom Friends in the 1990s because his dad tried to cash in by selling stories.
LeBlanc tells Britain's The Times Magazine, "You can learn valuable lessons from unpleasant people too. My dad wasn't around when I was born and I only met him for the first time when I was eight.
"We had a good relationship when I was a kid - he taught me how to ride a motorcycle, how to sail a boat, how to tie knots. Since then he has sold stories about me to the tabloids. We don't really speak any more."
Actress Mindy Kaling is working on another memoir - her second in three years. The former The Office star is writing a new book titled Why Not Me?, a sequel to 2011 bestseller Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns).
The Emmy nominee, who now stars and executive produces her own sitcom, The Mindy Project, is keen to share stories about the last few years of her life with fans.
She says, "So much has happened between the time I published my first book and now. The show; my mother passed away; so many of my friends have gotten married. I'm a godmother now, and a homeowner. There's so much that has happened in that period of time that I wanted to write another book."
Real families compete to prove that their family is worthy of starring in their own sitcom by having a sitcom writer live with them to observe their everyday lives while the cameras watch. One family appears each week. Former sit-com stars comprise the three person panel of judges.