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'The Chew' canceled: ABC kills foodie talk show amid Mario Batali allegations

ABC’s appetite for afternoon talk show “The Chew” is over after seven years.

Instead, a third hour of “Good Morning America” will air at 1 p.m. starting this fall. 

>> Mario Batali faces criminal investigation, NYPD officials say

“The Chew,” currently hosted by Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Michael Symon, replaced “All My Children” in 2011. Former co-host chef Mario Batali was fired late last year after several women alleged he sexually harassed them at his New York restaurants. Batali is now under criminal investigation by the New York Police Department.

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The chat/food show’s ratings have fallen sharply this season to its lowest levels since its debut.

New episodes of “The Chew” will continue to air through the summer.

Details on who will host this third hour of “GMA” will be released later.

Who won 'American Idol' 2018? Winner revealed in season finale

Maddie Poppe took home the “American Idol” crown Monday night, beating out Caleb Lee Hutchinson, a Georgia country singer.

>> ‘American Idol’ reboot returning next season

Poppe, a 19-year-old Iowa singer-songwriter, was so overtaken by emotion that she couldn’t finish her original song, “Going Going Gone.” The rest of the top 10 plus Katy Perry joined her on stage. Hutchinson even sang a few lines himself. 

>> On AJC.com: What’s up with the first 15 ‘American Idol’ winners?

And the cliche is right in a sense: Poppe and Hutchinson are both winners because they are dating. The revelation shocked the audience and the judges just minutes before Ryan Seacrest named the winner.

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Keith Stell, Hutchinson's pastor, said in an interview Monday night that he had kept the secret for weeks and was surprised that they chose to reveal it on air. “They just made this connection during Hollywood week,” Stell said. “Their characters melded together. They share a lot in common.”

Indeed, they are both from small towns and are the same age.

Poppe is the first female to win since season 12 and only the second in the past 10 seasons. She is also the first quirky singer-songwriter type to take home the prize.

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At 10:16 p.m., the show eliminated Gabby Barrett. The versatile singer came in third. 

Poppe will appear on ABC's “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning, followed by “Live With Kelly and Ryan."

>> On AJC.com: Read the full recap of Monday's season finale

Miss USA 2018: Who is Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers, this year's winner?

Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers was crowned the winner of this year's Miss USA competition Monday night in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

Here's what we know about Summers, who will compete for the Miss Universe title later this year:

>> PHOTOS: Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers crowned Miss USA 2018

1. The 23-year-old from Omaha is a certified child life specialist. According to the Miss Universe website, her brief hospitalization at age 4 for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an immune disorder that can cause bruising and bleeding, and its effect on her family eventually led her to the field. Summers now works "as the liaison and advocate between children and families and the medical team in children's hospital settings," explaining diagnoses and procedures to patients and their loved ones, the website says

2. The 2017 Texas Christian University grad earned bachelor's degrees in strategic communication and child development. Summers, who graduated with honors, also minored in business, the pageant's website says.

3. She studied abroad in college. Summers went to Peru, where "she knew no one, hiked Machu Picchu, visited remote villages, and slept under a mosquito net in the Amazon Basin," according to the Miss Universe site.

4. The pilates enthusiast is interested in health, fitness and helping people overcome eating disorders. "From her personal experience finding a balance, watching her mother lose 75 pounds, supporting multiple friends as they struggled with anorexia and orthorexia, and learning about the eating disorder inpatient unit during her clinical rotations, she is passionate about working closely with (National Eating Disorders Association) this year and plans to continue doing so," her Miss USA bio says.

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5. Her answer in the competition's interview round encouraged self-expression and unity. The question: "You're on your way to a march and someone hands you a blank sign and a marker. What do you put on your sign and why?"

Her response: "I say, 'Speak your voice.' I don't know what march we're on our way to in this hypothetical situation, but no matter where you're going whatever type of march it is, you're obviously on your way to that march because you care about that cause. So go speak to people when they have questions. Communicate with them. Listen to their views, also. That is one thing in the United States that we really need to focus on: listening to each other."

Original 'Kiss Me, Kate' star Patricia Morison dead at 103

Patricia Morison, who played the shrewish lead role in the 1948 Cole Porter Broadway musical “Kiss Me, Kate,” died Sunday, Variety reported. She was 103. 

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Morison also appeared on stage with Yul Brynner in “The King and I” and starred in films such as “The Song of Bernadette.” She also appeared as Basil Rathbone’s foil in the 1946 Sherlock Holmes film, “Dressed to Kill.”

“Kiss Me, Kate” was an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play “The Taming of the Shrew.” It had a run of 1,077 performances over 2½ years on Broadway and won six Tony Awards, including best musical, Variety reported.

In “Kiss Me, Kate,” Morison’s renditions of “So In Love” and “I Hate Men” became classics. She played the character of Lilli Vanessi.

“When I first heard ‘So In Love,’ when Cole Porter played it for me, it just knocked me out. It was a beautiful gift,” Morison told Los Angeles magazine in March 2015. 

Kathryn Grayson starred as Lilli/Kate in the 1953 film version for MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Morison was born March 15, 1915, in New York City. She was the daughter of actor-playwright William Morison and Selena Fraser, a British Intelligence agent during World War I, Variety reported.

Morison made her film debut in the 1939 movie “Persons in Hiding.”

In addition to appearing as Empress Eugenie opposite Jennifer Jones in “The Song of Bernadette,” Morison starred with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in the romantic comedy “Without Love” in 1945.

On television, she played a psychiatrist in the 1952 show “The Cases of Eddie Drake” and made an appearance on a 1989 episode of “Cheers,” the Reporter wrote.

'Suits' cast reunites in England on eve of royal wedding

Meghan Markle's former “Suits” castmates had a reunion Friday night in the United Kingdom in anticipation of the royal wedding and shared some photographs on social media, Harper’s Bazaar reported.

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Patrick J. Adams and his wife, Troian Bellisario, visited the Royal Standard of England, the country’s the oldest pub, while Gabriel Macht and his wife Jacinda Barret strolled through Hyde Park.

The night before the wedding, the cast met at Barn restaurant in Sunningdale, England, to toast Markle. Adams, who plays her on-screen love interest Mike, shared a photo of the group on Instagram, calling it "The last supper #royalwedding."

Meghan Markle to walk alone down aisle, except for short stroll with Prince Charles

In a break with tradition, Meghan Markle will walk unescorted for part of her trip down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry on Saturday, CNN reported Friday.

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Markle will enter St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and walk with her bridesmaids until she meets Prince Charles at the Quire, where the royal family sits, CNN reported. The Prince -- Harry’s father -- will walk Markle to the foot of the altar but will not give her away. 

Prince Charles will then stand back as Markle approaches Prince Harry. CNN reported.

Earlier, Kensington Palace wrote in a tweet Friday that Charles would walk Markle down the aisle.

“Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle,” the palace wrote in its tweet.

Charles will take the place of Markle’s father, who was unable to attend Saturday’s ceremony.  Thomas Markle originally was supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle, but underwent heart surgery on Wednesday.

>> Meghan Markle’s father has heart surgery

Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, landed in England on Wednesday and met with several members of the royal family. She is scheduled to have tea Friday with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Daily Mail reported.

Ragland, 61, was introduced to Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on Wednesday, as she was invited for tea at their London home, People reported. Ragland also met Prince William; Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Windsor; and their three children.

Report: Bill O'Reilly could be headed back to cable TV 

The “No Spin Zone” may be heading back to cable television.

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Bill O’Reilly is in negotiations to return to his old 8 p.m. time slot, but for Newsmax TV, The New York Post reported.

O’Reilly, who left Fox News last year after the disclosure of sexual harassment allegations and payments to alleged victims, has been talking with Newsmax about creating a new show, the Post reported.

>> O’Reilly, Fox News sued by woman who settled harassment complaint

“The deals are not done yet, but talks are in the advanced stages, certainly with O’Reilly,” a source told the Post.

Since his abrupt departure from Fox News, O’Reilly, 68, has worked on his books and produced podcasts on his website.

A return to the 8 p.m. time slot could pit O’Reilly against his replacement on Fox News, Tucker Carlson.

Newsmax Broadcasting CEO Michael Clemente could not be reached for comment, and O’Reilly’s manager Evan Bell also was unavailable, the Post reported. 

LOOK: John Stamos' baby boy meets 'Full House' stars Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin

Whoa, baby!

"Full House" star John Stamos' 1-month-old son, Billy, recently met two members of his dad's TV family – and the sweet moment was caught on camera.

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"The Tin Man, Dorothy and The Scarecrow say hi to the cutest of Munchkins. #BillyandtheRippers," Stamos captioned an Instagram photo that showed Billy, clad in a Jesse and the Rippers onesie, with actors Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin. 

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Billy, born April 10, is the first son of Stamos and wife Caitlin McHugh, People reported.

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'Game of Thrones' actor Hafthor Bjornsson wins World's Strongest Man title

“The Mountain” now sits on the throne as the world’s strongest man.

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Hafthor Bjornsson, the powerlifter from Iceland who also stars in “Game of Thrones,” won the 2018 World's Strongest Man contest Sunday after winning three of the final weekend's six events in Manila, Philippines, Bleacher Report said.

Bjornsson plays the role of Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane on “Game of Thrones.” Capping his first appearance in World’s Strongest Man competition, Bjornsson finished second in the 20-ton truck pull before winning the loading race to clinch first place.

The victory made Bjornsson the first athlete to win World's Strongest Man, Europe's Strongest Man and the Arnold Strongman Classic in the same calendar year, Bleacher Report said.

Tia Mowry-Hardrict and husband Cory welcome baby girl

"Sister, Sister" star Tia Mowry-Hardrict has given birth to a baby girl.

>> Jordin Sparks and husband Dana Isaiah welcome baby boy

According to Essence, the actress and her husband, Cory Hardrict, welcomed their second child Saturday. They also have a son, Cree, who was born in 2011.

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Mowry-Hardrict's twin and "Sister, Sister" co-star Tamera Mowry-Housley wrote on Instastory: "She's here!! Can't wait for the world to see her. She's beautiful."

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Earlier Saturday, Hardrict posted that he was crying "grown man tears" ahead of the baby's arrival.

"Baby girl is near," he wrote. "Prayers Up."

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