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Eva Longoria Is Being Called Out For Dragging Former ‘Housewives’ Actors And Defending Felicity Huffman

Earlier this year, a major college admission scandal was exposed and at the center of it was actress Felicity Huffman. Huffman was found guilty of mail fraud for paying $15,000 to increase her daughter’s SAT scores. As of now, she awaits sentencing but is expected to be given at least a month in prison for her crime.

However, before the judge announces her sentence, celebrity friends and loved ones have sent in letters of support for Huffman, asking for leniency.

Among the letters was a testimonial from her “Desperate Housewives” co-star, Eva Longoria, and it revealed some major onset drama.

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In the letter, Longoria called Huffman her “good friend” and recalled how welcoming the actress was to the Latina, who was new to Hollywood at the time. She also recalled her first table read where Huffman offered support to her co-star after seeing her “alone, scared, and unsure of where to go and what to do.”

Additionally, Longoria revealed that she was bullied on set by another actress. Though she didn’t divulge who the bully was, “Desperate Housewives” was plagued by drama and tension between the cast and had rumors of a feud between Teri Hatcher and the rest of the actors.

Longoria wrote, “I dreaded the days I had to go to work with that person because it was pure torture.”

In the letter, Longoria revealed that the bullying didn’t stop until Huffman intervened.

“Felicity could feel that I was riddled with anxiety even though I never complained or mentioned the abuse to anyone,” the actress said in the letter.

The letter also revealed other ways that Huffman supported Longoria during their time at “Desperate Housewives.”

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It was also revealed that Longoria was being paid less than her co-stars. According to the letter, it was Huffman’s idea to pursue renegotiations as a group so they could reach a fair conclusion.

“That did not go over too well with the others,” Longoria explained. “But Felicity stood up for me, saying it was fair because the success of the show depended on all of us, not one of us. The fight lasted weeks, but Felicity held strong and convinced everyone this was the right thing to do.”

The letter also revealed that Huffman was the only co-star that supported Longoria’s charities and special projects.

“[The other women] were all usually too busy to help, except Felicity,” she wrote. “I can’t tell you how many times she was the only one who would physically show up to help me with kids with cancer, or children with special needs.”

Though Longoria’s letter comes from a place of friendship, not everyone appreciated the actress’ support of Huffman.

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Some Twitter users pointed out that Longoria’s letter shouldn’t circumvent the justice system and that Huffman’s punishment shouldn’t be lessened just because of the words of her friends and family.

Other’s mentioned the injustice that was perpetrated against a deserving student because of Huffman’s actions.

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In order to get her daughter into college, Huffman took a position from a deserving student who didn’t have the privilege of a parent who would buy their acceptance. Character witnesses from Huffman’s friends and family don’t negate the wrong she did to this student.

Overall, we don’t know if Longoria’s letter will help with leniency, but a lot of us still appreciate that “Desperate Housewives” tea she spilled.

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This whole college admission scandal has the makings of a novela and we’ll be sure to keep following the drama.

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From Sofia Vergara To Ana De Armas, Here’s How Your Faves Celebrated The New Year With Friends And Family

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From Sofia Vergara To Ana De Armas, Here’s How Your Faves Celebrated The New Year With Friends And Family

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2020 has officially arrived! And as with any New Year, this one comes as a blank slate ready to be filled with possibilities, resolutions, and brand new memories. And the fact that this year marks the beginning of a brand new decade makes everything that more exciting. Not only does the past feel unimportant, but now the future feels filled with endless possibilities. The end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 gave people around the world a reason to celebrate. And whether your mode of celebration was staying in with a cup of hot cocoa, or dancing your butt off until the crack of dawn, know that there is no one right way to ring in the New Year.

 And if, by this point, you’re still too busy fighting off your New Year’s Eve hangover to be thinking about 2020 goals, know you’re not alone. As the old saying goes, stars are just like us, and they too spent January 31st in various states of drunkenness. Thankfully, Instagram is here to help us spy on our favorite stars and see how they celebrated the beginning of a new decade. Read on to see how your favorite Latino celebs celebrated the New Year!

1. Mariah Carey spent her New Year’s in the Dominican Republic.

After a super-eventful holiday season, Mimi was getting some much-needed R&R in Punta Cana. We wonder if this was before or after her Twitter account was unceremoniously hacked by a mischievous troll…

2. Salma Hayek and Zoe Saldana rang in the New Year together furthering their BFF goals status.

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Happy 2020. #felizañonuevo #happynewyear

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We have to admit, we suffered from FOMO seeing these two have fun together. But, we love seeing strong Latinas celebrate their friendship together! Salma Hayek shared this adorable video of herself and Saldana counting down to the stroke of midnight with their respective husbands. So cute!

3. Thalia spent hers partying in Miami.

Leave it to Thalia to dance the night away after all these years. Her zest for life puts us all to shame!

4. Sofia Vergara spent her New Year’s Eve in a tropical paradise.

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Feliz añooooo🎉🎉🎉

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Not only was Vergara surrounded by the sun and the sand, she also was surrounded by her hunky husband, Joe Manganiello. 

5. Eva Longoria spent time with friends and family in Cabo.

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Cabo Sunsets 🌅 Last sunset of 2019!

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Longoria rang in the New Year with her new baby in Cabo. If you’re interested in seeing more, her Instagram feed is chock-full of photos documenting her super-fun vacation during the holidays.

6. Maluma spent his snowboarding.

While some people chose to spend the New Year on the beach, Maluma opted for a snowier location. Sure, we wouldn’t have minded seeing him lounging on the beach without his shirt, but he looks super cute in snow gear anyway.

7. Wilmer Valderrama spent his New Year…getting engaged.

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Not one to be out-shone by the turn of the decade, Valderrama proposed to his girlfriend of eight months, model Amanda Pacheco, on January 1st.

8. America Ferrera announced her pregnancy.

America Ferrera took the New Year as an opportunity to announce that she’s expecting her second child with husband Ryan Piers Williams.

9. Ana de Armas spent it with friends in Cuba.

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🎊 2020, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 🎊

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The “Knives Out” actress and upcoming Bond girl spent New Years Eve in her home country. 

10.  J.Lo and ARod spent New Year’s Eve partying with friends and family.

The power couple shared photos of themselves dressed to the nines on Instagram.

11. Becky G spent hers in a snowy paradise with her boyfriend Sebastian Lletget.

Like Maluma, Becky G spent her New Year surrounded by snow and sports. 

12. Christina Aguilera celebrated by rocking the house at her Vegas residency.

Never one to turn down the opportunity to work, Xtina rang in the New Year by giving her fans a show to remember. 

13. Eugenio Derbez counted grapes like we all did.

Eugenio Derbez blessed us with an adorable video of himself practicing the Spanish tradition of eating one grape for each stroke of midnight. 

READ: People Share The Stories Of Their Past New Years Kisses

Eva Longoria Joins The Chorus Of Celebrities Standing Up With Gabrielle Union Against ‘AGT’

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Eva Longoria Joins The Chorus Of Celebrities Standing Up With Gabrielle Union Against ‘AGT’

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Eva Longoria joined the rallying call to demand NBC address its toxic workplace culture for women after Gabrielle Union shared her experience on set and her firing from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Since AGT announced that Union would be leaving the show, the truth of the circumstances surrounding Union’s firing has come out and people are upset with the network. Union allegedly went to HR for a racist joke that was later edited out of Jay Leno’s act and was repeatedly told that her hairstyles were “too black,” according to a report by Variety. Now, Union has an advocate in Eva Longoria, who shared a Time’s Up petition to her 7.7 million Twitter followers Monday to demand that NBCUniversal “take concrete steps to foster a safe and equitable workplace.”

“What @gabunion experienced on set at @NBC’s #AmericasGotTalent is unacceptable,” Longoria also wrote on Instagram. Longoria is blasting NBCUniversal on all platforms to encourage fans to demand that the network begin dismantling the imbalance of power between genders.

Time’s Up, the organization birthed by the #MeToo movement, is using its platform to petition NBCUniversal, and Longoria wants you to know about it.

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“It’s time for @NBCUniversal to commit to long-term, concrete action to fix its toxic workplace culture and ensure safety and equity for all its workers. Add your name through @timesupnow Instagram story. #TimeUp on the imbalance of power. ✊🏼,” Longoria continued on Instagram. Longoria also publicly thanked Union on Twitter, posting, “Thank you @itsgabrielleu for speaking up about the toxic culture at @NBC‘s #AmericasGotTalent. It’s time for NBC to take these allegations seriously. Join me & @TIMESUPNOW in calling for accountability & concrete action from @NBCUniversal leadership.”

Time’s Up alleges that NBC retaliated against Union for speaking out against racial discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

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AGT is filmed in front of a live audience, but by the time its millions of American fans watch it on their television screens, it has been highly edited, including for the racist material that was allowed to be performed in front of the live audience. An insider told Variety that Jay Leno made a joke about a painting of Simon Cowell surrounded by his dogs on display in the executive producer’s hallway. According to four witnesses present for the taping made in front of the judges, including Union, Leno joked that “the dogs looked like something one would find ‘on the menu at a Korean restaurant,'” Variety reported. Several employees felt the joke was racist and only sought to perpetuate stereotypes that don’t actually exist at Asian-American restaurants, the outlet said. Union sought to bring the joke to the attention of Human Resources, as one might do at many other professional companies, but Variety’s whistleblowers said that it never made it to HR, though her concerns did allow for the joke to be censored in the final episode, aired on August 6.

Union’s hairstyles were also reportedly criticized as “too black.”

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Later, a white man tried to portray Beyoncé, but his hands were guised to look black, the insiders told the entertainment outlet. Union continuously asked producers to remove him from the stage, but they allowed him to give his performance to the live audience and removed the audition from the edited version. Union was also personally subjected to excessive notes on her physical appearance, specifically that her hairstyles were “too black” for their audience, something that Variety’s four inside sources said she was criticized for at least half a dozen times. News of the discrimination has prompted a #BlackHairChallenge viral hashtag in support of Union.

Longoria’s fans are taking it a step further and calling for a boycott of NBC.

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“People need to boycott the network. When it hurts their bottom line, they will change,” commented one fan. Change is already happening, thanks to the press generated from the likes of Longoria and those who signed the Time’s Up petition, which “applauds Union for her courage and once again calls on NBC to take these allegations seriously and take concrete steps to foster a safe and equitable workplace.” Already, NBC and its production companies have released a joint statement to PEOPLE to confirm they are “working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate.”

“So many tears, so much gratitude,” Union tweeted, the day after Variety’s report came out. “THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone… you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever.”

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