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Trump says he's not a feminist: 'I'm for everyone'

President Donald Trump said he wouldn’t go so far as to call himself a “feminist” during an interview with Piers Morgan, the news host revealed Saturday.

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Morgan sent out quotes on Twitter ahead of the interview, which aired Sunday night on Britain’s ITV, writing: “President Trump has declared he is NOT a feminist.”

The British television host went on to quote Trump, writing, “He tells me: ‘No, I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist. I mean, I think that would be, maybe, going too far. I’m for women, I’m for men, I’m for everyone.'”

The news comes during a worldwide conversation about sexual assault and women's rights.

Trump has been criticized for his treatment of women and has been accused by more than a dozen women of sexual misconduct. Trump has denied the allegations.

>> State of the Union 2018: What time, what channel, livestream, protests

On Friday, Morgan posted another quote from Trump, this time about a post the president had retweeted by Britain First, a far-right group: "I don’t want to be involved with these people. If you’re telling me they’re horrible racist people. I certainly apologize."

Morgan also asked Trump about British Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of Brexit. Trump replied, “Would it be the way I negotiate? No, I wouldn’t negotiate it the way it’s [being] negotiated … I would have had a different attitude.”

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When Morgan asked him what he meant, Trump replied, “I would have said that the European Union is not cracked up to what it’s supposed to be. I would have taken a tougher stand in getting out.”

'Wonder Years' actress claims show ended because of sexual harassment lawsuit

Beloved TV show “The Wonder Years” was taken off the air after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against actor Fred Savage, according to Alley Mills, the actress who played his on-screen mom.

Last week, Mills told Yahoo that the ABC show’s six-season run was cut short due to what she called a “completely ridiculous” sexual harassment lawsuit.

“When we shot the series finale … nobody knew whether or not ‘The Wonder Years’ was going to be renewed. And that’s because of a completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit that was going on against Fred Savage – who is, like, the least offensive, most wonderful, sweet human being that ever walked the face of the Earth,” she said.

>> Scott Baio denies sexual misconduct allegation by 'Charles in Charge' co-star Nicole Eggert

In 1993, a costume designer who worked on the show filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Savage, who played Kevin Arnold, and Jason Hervey, who played older brother Wayne Arnold. At the time, Savage was 16 and Hervey was 20.

The accuser claimed that the actors verbally and physically harassed her, and she filed a lawsuit after she was fired from the set after complaining about Savage’s hand-holding, requests for an affair and sexual remarks.

"So I just thought [the lawsuit] was a big joke and it was going to blow over," Mills said. “It’s a little bit like what’s happening now – some innocent people can get caught up in this stuff; it’s very tricky. It was so not true."

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The allegations were eventually dropped, and the matter was settled outside of court.

“I just thought this was a joke. You know, they bought her off, which really made me mad,” Mills recalled. “That was incorrigible that the network did that; they should never have paid her off. They wanted to avoid a scandal or something, but it made them look guilty. You know, you don’t pay someone off when there was no crime; you just fire the girl.”

In 2016, Rolling Stone ranked “The Wonder Years” No. 63 on its list of 100 greatest TV shows of all time.

Scott Baio denies sexual misconduct allegation by 'Charles in Charge' co-star Nicole Eggert

A bombshell accusation came Saturday as former "Charles in Charge" cast member Nicole Eggert accused the star of the show, actor Scott Baio, of sexually abusing her while she was a minor.

Eggert responded to a tweet by Tony Posnanski about Baio, replying, “Ask @scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Creep.”

>> See the tweet here

According to the New York Daily News, she later elaborated on the alleged abuse and wrote, “It started when I was 14. Wasn’t a one-time deal.” 

“I’m being accused of inappropriately touching her, Nicole Eggert, when she was a minor. And having sex with her when she was a minor. That’s what I’m being accused of,” Baio said in a Facebook Live video posted Saturday.

>> Watch his response here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)

He said the pair did have sex, but it was consensual and happened after the show stopped shooting, when she was of age.

“I remember her calling me and asking me to come over and coming in my house one time and seducing me,” Baio said to the camera.

“Any normal heterosexual, red-blooded American guy, the outcome would have been the same.”

Baio defended his behavior on the set of “Charles in Charge,” a show that ran from 1984 to 1990.

“When you have minors on the set, when they are not on the set working, they are in the classroom with the teacher, the teacher brings them to the set, and on the set is their parents, their teachers,” he said.

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Eggert has made similar claims against Baio in the past, but he said he usually ignores them and they go away. This claim, he said, has gained steam, prompting his video response, which he said he filmed so that he could not be edited.

“If you have a real claim, you go to the real people, not to social media where people like me get beat up,” he added.

Baio has been in the headlines during the last few years for his support of President Donald Trump.

Grammys 2018: Bruno Mars makes magic, Kendrick Lamar scores, Jay-Z shut out

The 60th annual Grammy Awards were poised to be a showdown between hip-hop heavyweights Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z, who came in with a leading eight nominations to Lamar’s seven.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Grammys red carpet

But it was more of a KO by Bruno Mars and Lamar, as Jay-Z left Sunday’s ceremony empty-handed and Mars and Lamar carried six and five trophies, respectively.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Grammy Awards

Mars landed the high-profile album and record of the year (“24K Magic”), song of the year, best R&B performance and best R&B song (“That’s What I Like”) and best R&B album (“24K Magic”), while Lamar scored with best music video, best rap performance and best rap song for “Humble,” best rap/sung performance featuring Rihanna on “Loyalty” and best rap album for “Damn.”

>> 2018 Grammys: Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar among winners

“Rap music … showed me the true definition of what being an artist was. I thought it was about the accolades, but it’s about putting that paint on the canvas. Hip-hop has done that for me,” Lamar said from the stage at Madison Square Garden, before flashing a smile and adding, “Jay for president!”

>> Kendrick Lamar, U2, Dave Chappelle open 2018 Grammys with political performance

Lamar opened the show — in New York for the first time in 15 years — with a blistering medley of “XXX,” “DNA,” “New Freezer” and “King’s Dead.”

His fiery set, which offered pyro, marching soldiers and plenty of social commentary, scored pop-ups from Dave Chappelle, as well as U2’s Bono and The Edge.

>> PHOTOS: Kendrick Lamar opens 2018 Grammys with The Edge, Bono, Dave Chappelle

Host James Corden — back for a second year — aimed some city-centric jokes at Brooklyn native Jay-Z; presenters Tony Bennett and John Legend vamped on “New York, New York” (and the camera cut to a beleaguered-looking Jerry Seinfeld); and Sting, Shaggy and Corden engaged in a humorous takeoff of Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” feature with “Subway Karaoke.”

>> Maren Morris, Eric Church, Brothers Osborne honor Manchester, Las Vegas victims at Grammys

Ed Sheeran added two more Grammys to his collection, for best pop vocal album (“Divide”) and best pop solo performance (“Shape of You”), and the always-genuine Chris Stapleton scored a trifecta with best country album (“From a Room: Vol. 1”), best country solo performance (“Either Way”) and best country song (“Halos”).

>> Jay-Z honored, stars celebrate at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala

Politics entered more prominently later in the show, when Cuban-Mexican immigrant Camila Cabello introduced a U2 performance from a barge on the Hudson River, in view of the Statue of Liberty.

The Grammys also included a humorous bit of staged auditions for the spoken-word version of Michael Wolff’s controversial “Fire and Fury” book. Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B and DJ Khaled read passages, but were upstaged by the final candidate — Hillary Clinton.

>> Hillary Clinton, Cardi B, others read ‘Fire and Fury’ at 2018 Grammys

Many performers also donned a white rose, which has been a symbol of the #TimesUp movement.

Janelle Monae introduced an emotional performance from Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and others with a powerful speech: “We come in peace, but we mean business. For those who would dare try to silence us, we have two words — time’s up!”

>> Inside the 2018 Grammys and its return to New York

Best new artist winner Alessia Cara said backstage that to her, wearing a white rose “means speaking up for women who don’t have a voice, who aren’t as lucky to have a platform like I do.”

As usual with the Grammys, live music provided the highlights, and while there were bright performances from newcomers SZA (“Broken Clocks”) and Cardi B with Mars (“Finesse”), the showstopping moment came from Broadway diva Patti LuPone, who rattled the rafters with a re-creation of her 1981 Grammy performance of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” (in the original key, according to “Evita” mastermind Andrew Lloyd Webber).

>> Tina Turner and Queen among honorees for Lifetime Achievement Grammys

More impressive belting came from Lady Gaga, who played a white piano decorated with feathers and a giant set of wings, during “Joanne” and “Million Reasons,” while Pink also demonstrated that purity reigns with her “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken,” and Sting and bromance partner Shaggy added a touch of nostalgia with “Englishman in New York.”

The collective of Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Eric Church — who all performed during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas in October — unveiled a heartfelt version of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” in honor of those gunned down during the last night of the event.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Grammy nominees

And Logic, Cara and Khalid provided the coda to the In Memoriam segment with an affecting rendition of “1-800-273-8255,” their suicide prevention anthem, which ended with Logic ad-libbing, “Bring us your tired, your poor and any immigrant who seeks refuge.”

During the “Premiere Ceremony,” trophies for 75 of the 84 categories were distributed a few hours before the telecast in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

>> Zac Brown Band is ready for its Grammy close-up

The Atlanta hard rock mainstay, Mastodon, scored its inaugural Grammy with “Sultan’s Curse” in best metal performance.

Backstage, drummer Brann Dailor, guitarist Bill Kelliher and bassist Troy Sanders cradled their Grammy gold (guitarist Brent Hinds wasn’t feeling well, Dailor said, and didn’t make the trip).

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Childish Gambino — aka Donald Glover — also nabbed his first career Grammy for best traditional R&B performance for “Redbone.”

The singer/rapper/actor earned five Grammy nominations this year and impressed with his falsetto on a seductive performance of “Terrified.”

>> Alicia Keys hints at new music at Grammy event

Backstage, he said the evening felt “surreal” and confirmed his plans to say goodbye to Childish Gambino.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit bested the late Gregg Allman in two categories in which they shared a nomination — best American roots song (“If We Were Vampires”) and best Americana album (“The Nashville Sound”).

>> Grammys give R&B and hip hop some shine with 2018 nominations

Backstage, a respectful Isbell said Allman’s influence was “huge on me. … Some of the first music I learned to play were Allman Brothers records.”

Reba McEntire delivered one of the most memorable speeches of the ceremony after winning for best roots gospel album (“Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope”).

>> Read more trending news 

“Our job in the entertainment business is to heal hearts and to help other people,” she said. “Music is so healing.”

The eligibility period for the 2018 awards was Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017.

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New Burger King commercial is a whopper of a parody

Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce. Special orders don’t upset us -- but it going to cost you if you want that burger quickly. 

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It’s bad enough to wait in line at a fast-food restaurant. But when you have to wait because of a government policy, well, that’s a whopper of a tale.

Burger King released a new advertisement Wednesday that poked fun at net neutrality. That is a rule prohibiting internet service providers from speeding up, slowing down or blocking content, and it was repealed last month by the Federal Communications Commission.

In Burger King’s ad, a “social experiment” takes place with a Whopper “fast lane,” CNN reported. Customers who wanted their Whopper delivered quickly were hit with a $26 bill. Those who refused to pay any extra surcharges had to wait up to 20 minutes.

The ad, called “Whopper Neutrality,” parodies the FCC ruling that was pushed by the Trump administration.

“Sir, you’ve got the slow Whopper pass,” a Burger King cashier tells a disbelieving customer. That means the customer gets the Whopper for the regular price of $4.99 but has to wait. A fast Whopper pass costs $12.99, while a hyperfast pass sets the customer back $25.99.

“Wait. What?” a customer asks.

Another customer is irked when the cashier tells him that “the sandwich is ready, I’m just not allowed to actually give it to you yet.”

“You can't give me the sandwich? It's ready but you can't give it to me?” the customer responds. “Oh, my God, this is the worst thing I've ever heard of!”

The commercial’s edgy theme also pokes fun at FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The Burger King mascot is seen at the end of the ad sipping from a large Reese’s mug, the same type of cup Pai has used at news conferences.

Fernando Machado, Burger King’s top marketing executive, said in a statement that the company believes “the internet should be like Burger King restaurants, a place that doesn't prioritize and welcomes everyone,” CNN reported.

It’s a far cry from the 1970s:

WWE's Vince McMahon to make 'major sports announcement'

Vince McMahon, the chairman and CEO of the WWE, is making what officials with the wrestling organization are calling a “major sports announcement” Thursday at 3 p.m.

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McMahon is expected to make the announcement under the banner of his new enterprise, Alpha Entertainment, WWE officials announced on the group’s website.

>> Related: WWE's Vince McMahon to give football another shot, may bring back XFL

 ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported that McMahon plans to announce that he will make another attempt at starting a professional football league.

Adam Silverstein, of CBSSports.com, reported that the league will be called the XFL and is not expected to start play until 2020.

This will be McMahon’s second attempt at pro football. 

The original version of XFL’s only season took place in 2001, when it debuted to big ratings that steadily declined

Word of a potential return of the XFL was first reported in December.

Michigan man arrested for threatening to murder CNN employees

A Michigan man was arrested for threatening to come to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters and murder employees, according to a CBS46 report.

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The FBI arrested the man after he made 22 calls to CNN about a week ago. The story did not identify who he was.

He accused CNN of “fake news” and said he was going down to Georgia “right now to go (to) the CNN headquarters to … gun every single last one of you.”

President Donald Trump has frequently cited CNN as using “fake news” and bestowed the Atlanta-based news operation four “Fake News Awards” last week.

Kristen Bell mocks Melania Trump during SAG Awards opening monologue

Host Kristen Bell kicked off the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards with a brief but punchy monologue that included a subtle joke at first lady Melania Trump’s expense.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 SAG Awards red carpet

>> PHOTOS: 2018 SAG Awards show

“There has never been a host for this awards show before,” Bell said. “First time. First person. First lady! I honestly never thought I would grow up to be the first lady, but you know what, I kind of like it. I think my first initiative as first lady will be cyberbullying … because I have yet to see any progress on that problem quite yet.”

>> 2018 SAG Awards: Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, complete list of winners

Despite not directly referencing the first lady, it seemed like Bell was alluding to Melania Trump's mission to end cyberbullying.

>> Morgan Freeman honored with lifetime achievement award at SAG Awards

“I’m looking at you Tony Hale!” she said, gesturing toward the “Veep” actor. “You’re a bully! You guys, he’s a savage on Twitter!”

>> Alison Brie weighs in on sexual misconduct allegations against brother-in-law James Franco

Bell’s monologue came to a close with a message of encouragement for the Time's Up movement, which fights against sexual harassment and inequality for women in the workplace.

>> Read more trending news 

“We are living in a watershed moment, and as we march forward with active momentum and open our ears, let’s make sure we’re leading the charge with empathy and diligence,” she told the audience before ending on a gag. “Because fear and anger never win the race. Most importantly, regardless of our differences, I think we can all come together and delight in one thing — ‘Frozen 2’ is coming out in theaters in 2019! I’m very excited.”

Watch the whole thing below:

Deployed troops will be able to watch NFL playoff games

UPDATE, 10:03 a.m. 1/21/2018: Despite the shutdown of the United States government early Saturday, the NFL announced Sunday morning that the Armed Forces Network will  air the AFC and NFC Championship games.

>> Read more trending news 

The NFL also said it is providing free access to the games via NFL Game Pass to all USO centers.

Meanwhile, Congress is back at work Sunday, attempting to create a deal to end the shutdown. 

ORIGINAL STORY: As a result of lawmakers failing to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending, the United States government has been shut down indefinitely – meaning everyone has been affected, including troops overseas.

>> Watch the news report here

There is a lot of fallout from the shutdown. From government employees who aren't being paid, including the Defense Department, to the Armed Forces Network being taken off the air, the effects of a standstill government can be felt across the board.

Since the AFN has been taken off the air, that means many of our troops overseas won't be able to watch the NFL playoffs Sunday

Surely it's not the biggest issue surrounding a government shutdown, but it's a big morale issue. 

>> Trump campaign ad calls Democrats 'complicit' in killings by undocumented immigrants

Watching the Patriots on the Armed Forces Network has been a comforting piece of home for army Sgt. Matt Connolly, who's serving in South Korea.

"It's kind of the only thing we can do for fun over here," Connolly told WFXT.

For the first time since he's been stationed in Korea, his family came to visit him for the AFC Championship game.

"I'm actually on leave right now. My family from Boston is here right now and we were looking forward to watching the game," Connolly said.

With no one to run it, AFN is off the air. 

>> John Legend blames Trump for government shutdown, calls him racist

The NFL says it is providing free access to Sunday's Championships via the NFL Game Pass to all USO centers.

"No matter what, I'm going to watch them," Connolly said.

Sen. Ed Markey says he's in a holding pattern right now as he says he and most of his colleagues are preparing to negotiate through the night – but it's still unclear if that will be an option.

Immigration issues are at the center of the shutdown. Many Republicans don't want to negotiate on those issues until a spending bill is passed and the government re-opens.

However, those immigration issues – including the DREAMERS Act – are a priority for many Democrats. 

Markey told WFXT that he believes everyone needs to continue working to find some sort of compromise, and he wants President Donald Trump to take the lead.

"Bill Belichick is telling the New England Patriots for tomorrow, 'Do your job,' and we are saying to President Trump for tomorrow, 'Do your job, Mr. President. Make sure that the funding is there for our troops. Make sure that our defense is taken care of, but make sure that we also protect child health and the Dreamers,' but thus far he's been unwilling to do his job," Markey said.

Read more here.

Oscar winner, 'Peyton Place' star Dorothy Malone dead at 93

Dorothy Malone, who won an Oscar for her sultry role in the 1956 film “Written on the Wind” and starred in the television soap opera “Peyton Place,” died Friday in Dallas, The New York Times reported. She was 93.

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Malone’s daughter, Mimi Vanderstraaten, confirmed her mother’s death, the Times reported. Malone died a few days short of her 94th birthday at the assisted living facility where she had spent the last 10 years of her life.

Malone earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in her role as Marylee Hadley, the promiscuous daughter of a Texas oil tycoon, in Douglas Sirk’s 1956 drama, Entertainment Weekly reported. Malone performed a memorable mambo dance in the movie and made a play for Rock Hudson in the steamy melodrama. She starred along with Hudson, Robert Stack and Lauren Bacall. 

On television, Malone portrayed Constance Mackenzie in more than 400 episodes of “Peyton Place” from 1964 to 1968. “Peyton Place,” based on the best-selling novel by Grace Metalious. Her character had a dark secret about the birth of her daughter, played by 19-year-old Mia Farrow, and it led to a rating hit as television’s first nighttime soap opera, the Times reported.

Malone would reprise her role in two television movies, “Murder in Peyton Place” in 1977 and “Peyton Place: The Next Generation,” in 1985. 

Malone’s final movie appearance came in “Basic Instinct,” when she portrayed Hazel Dobkins, a mother accused of murdering her family, Entertainment Weekly reported.

“I came up with a conviction that most of the winners in this business became stars overnight by playing shady dames with sex appeal,” Malone said in 1967. “And I've been unfaithful or drunk or oversexed almost ever since — on the screen, of course.”

 

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