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Roger Ailes Allegedly Asked Megyn Kelly To Twirl And She Said ‘God Help Me, I Did It’

There’s no denying that the new Jay Roach movie “Bombshell” is controversial. The film, which zooms in on the lead up to the events that led the women of Fox News to take down Roger Ailes. Already on the conveyor belt of Oscar’s buzz, the film’s depictions, of which includes a stand out performance by Charlize Theron as Megan Kelly, “Bombshell” is not without its disappointments.  The film works to promote a world in which Kelly is a tell-it-like-it-is journalist who puts powerful people in the hot seat– that is when Ailes is not at the helm. However it overlooks the ways in which the former host of The Kelly File used her prosecutorial experience to argue for racist conspiracy theories and cram down white ideals of Jesus and Santa. Miserably, it forgets, how in her years after her experiences at Fox, Kelly was ultimately pushed out of her position at ABC after defending the use of Blackface. 

The film, however, does do its part in lighting up the toxic work environment in which Roger Ailes promoted during his reign at Fox Network and which Kelly not only endured but ultimately her part in bringing him down from his thrown. Speaking out about her experiences with Ailes and her depiction in the film, Kelly recently sat down with a handful of other Ailes’ alleged victims for a roundtable discussion. 

The former Fox News anchor sat down with Aile’s alleged victim and talked about “Bombshell.”

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In a video posted to her youtube channel, Kelly sat down for a roundtable interview with Juliet Huddy (former host of Fox News’ The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet), Rudi Bakhtiar (former Fox News reporter) and Julie Zann (former associate producer of Fox News Live). 

In a teaser clip of the interview, Kelly talks about  “the infamous spin inside of Ailes’ office” depicted in a scene starring Margot Robbie. In it, Ailes instructs Robbie’s character to “twirl” for him so that he can have a better look at her body. The scene is cringe-worthy and absolutely stomach-turning at best. The scene is reportedly an accurate depiction of a method Ailes would use to harass his employees. 

During her interview, Kelly asks the former Fox News hosts whether or not Ailes made them spin.

Most of the woman replied that he did, while the others say there were other forms of harassment. But when Kelly is asked by one of the women if she’d been told to do the twirl, the former ABC hosts replies  “I was asked to do the spin and God help me, I did. I know people think it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, you spin around.’ But I remember feeling like, ‘I put myself through school; I was offered partnership at Jones/Day, one of the best law firms in the world; I argued at federal courts of appeal all over the nation; I came here, I’m covering the United States Supreme Court; I graduated with honors in all of my programs and now he wants me to twirl?’ And I did it.” “It was like, if you don’t get how demeaning that is, I can’t help you.”

Zann, Bakhtiar and Huddy all said that they had similar interactions with Ailes to the one depicted onscreen while they worked at Fox News. 

Speaking in the interview Huddy said, “he never did the twirl thing to me. He would just say, ‘Turn around and let me see your ass. You’re too skinny, gain some weight.’ That kind of stuff.”  Meanwhile, Zann recalled that she was “was asked to twirl, and I did it.” 

 Bakhtiar also admitted that Ailes had asked her “to get up and turn around, and I didn’t do it. I didn’t get up and turn around, but he did ask me.” 

Speaking about the culture of sexual harassment at Fox, each of the women explained that they had worked with Ailes because they were fearful of losing their positions.

“This was the way it worked, everyone would tell you, ‘Don’t complain about sexual harassment because you’ll lose your job,’ ” Bakhtiar said in her trailer.

Last month, in response to the trailer, Kelly admitted the release of the film was particularly emotional for her. 

“Watching this picture was an incredibly emotional experience for me, and for those with whom I saw it,” Kelly wrote on Instagram “Sexual harassment is pervasive in this country; it can leave scars that do not heal. My heart goes out to those who’ve gone through it, who I hope might find some comfort in this story.” 

Watch the full trailer for “Bombshell” starring Charlize Theron here.

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Um Hi, Armie Hammer Dropped Out Of A JLO Movie After Leaked Texts Claimed He’s Into Being A Cannibal And Is 2021 Over Yet?

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Um Hi, Armie Hammer Dropped Out Of A JLO Movie After Leaked Texts Claimed He’s Into Being A Cannibal And Is 2021 Over Yet?

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Yes, welcome to 2021. A year whose heels only just hit the ground when Republican extremists terrorized the Capitol building leading to Donald Trump’s impeachment… And oh yeah saw actor Armie Hammer being accused of liking cannibalism. Yes, we said it cannibalism, ya know, an appetite for eating your own kind?

Gossip surrounding the Call Me By Your Name actor and his sex life has become so salacious that the actor announced that he was stepping back from an upcoming movie with Jennifer Lopez.

Armie Hammer announced this week that he will no longer star in the upcoming movie, Shotgun Wedding alongside Jennifer Lopez.

The brewing scandal involving Hammer includes alleged leaked messages related to his sex life.

The leaked messages alleged that Hammer has a thing for fantasies related to rape and cannibalism and was leaked by an anonymous social media account user with the name House of Effie. According to the account, Hammer told a woman that he was “100 percent a cannibal.” Another message suggested that Hammer liked the taste of blood.

“I’m not responding to these bulls–t claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,” Hammer said in a statement to Page Six. “Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.”

Still, the show will go on for Lopez who will star in the film being directed by “Pitch Perfect” director Jason Moore.

The film will be distributed in the US by Lionsgate and will stream internationally on Amazon Prime. According to Deadline, Shotgun Wedding was meant to see Lopez and Hammer “play a couple who gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding just as they begin to get cold feet about their relationship. If that wasn’t enough of a threat to the celebration, suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken, hostage.”

Despite the unconfirmed gossip around him, Hammer still has upcoming projects. These include the thriller, “The Billion Dollar Spy,” and a sequel to the 2017 hit “Call Me By Your Name” in which he played Oliver, a handsome doctoral student.

Its not the first time gossip around Hammer’s love life has caused a stir. In a 2013, Playboy interview Hammer described himself as a “dominant lover” and enjoyed “grabbing women by the neck and hair.”

He later told E! News of the candid Playboy interview, “Don’t drink during an interview.”

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Issa Rae Has Been Appointed To Serve On Television Academy’s Executive Committee

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Issa Rae Has Been Appointed To Serve On Television Academy’s Executive Committee

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Throughout her career as an actress and producer, Issa Rae has established herself as a woman with great entrepreneurial mindsets. Focused on telling stories about real women Rae has garnered attention for her YouTube web series “Awkward Black Girl” and contributed to the expansion of content created by people of color. Because of her, the television sphere has become a whole heck of a lot more colorful and no doubt more WOC are receiving more approval and acclaim for their work.

Her HBO television series “Insecure” has been nominated for multiple Golden Globes Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards and in 2015 her memoir, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl became a New York Times best-seller. Now, Rae is bringing her experience and viewpoint to the Television Academy.

Recently, The Television Academy revealed that Rae is now a member of the Executive Committee.

Her appointment to the Television Academy comes at a time when the organization is refocusing its attention on increasing diversity in the entertainment industry. While an increase in representation of actors of color has occurred in recent years, diversity among television executives has remained lackluster. In 20202, UCLA’s Hollywood Diversity Report revealed that “women hold only 32.0% of studio chair and CEO jobs; minorities just 8.0%.”

In a statement about her new role the Academy explained “We are thrilled to be able to leverage the collective expertise of this talented group of Television innovators as we navigate this extraordinary time in the history of our industry… Their leadership provides invaluable insight that will allow the Academy to play an integral role in shaping the evolution of the medium.”

Award-winning writer, producer, director, and actress Gloria Calderón Kellett also joins the ranks of Television Academy executives.

Calderón Kellett is an award-winning writer, producer, director, and actress who served as the executive producer, co-creator, co-showrunner, director and actress on the sitcom “One Day at a Time.” According to the Emmy website, Calderón Kellett “spent her early years as a writer/producer on numerous shows including Devious Maids, Rules of Engagement, and How I Met Your Mother; has directed episodes of Mr. Iglesias, Merry Happy Whatever, United We Fall, and the Mad About You revival; and recently sold her first feature film, We Were There Too.”

News of Rae’s new role as an executive is proving to be just another milestone of accomplishment for the actress. In October, Rae revealed that she was launching a new production company called Hoorae.

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