Monday, September 21

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Former Ellen DeGeneres staffers bash ‘toxic’ workplace culture on her talk show
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Former Ellen DeGeneres staffers bash ‘toxic’ workplace culture on her talk show

A black woman working on The Ellen DeGeneres Show said she repeatedly dealt with racist comments and microaggressions in yet another damning story relating to the comedian. The former employee was among 11 mostly former staffers who detailed horror stories from the “toxic” work environment at the show in a Buzzfeed article Thursday, pulling the curtain back on the cheery comedic host. The woman, who the outlet didn’t identify by name, said she dealt with racism throughout her year-and-a-half tenure on the show. When she was hired, she said a senior-level producer told her and another black employee, “Oh wow, you both have box braids; I hope we don’t get you confused.” And one of the main writers at a work party allegedly told her, “I’m sorry, I only know the names
Zac Efron’s ‘dad bod’ transformation on Netflix show shocks fans
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Zac Efron’s ‘dad bod’ transformation on Netflix show shocks fans

Father’s Day is long over, but there’s a new “daddy” causing a stir. Zac Efron — who morphed from a hunky high schooler in “High School Musical” to a ripped lifeguard in 2018’s “Baywatch” reboot — has reinvented himself yet again in his new Netflix series. Fans are dubbing the 32-year-old actor a dad with a body to match in “Down to Earth,” a show where he travels the world to experience different cultures and explore environmental sustainability. In the episodes, which premiered July 10, Efron’s signature abs and impressive muscles are covered in button-down shirts and baseball caps. The actor, who looks more rugged, also sports longer hair and a beard. Viewers called out his physique as looking a bit huskier and labeled h
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Colin Jost sounds unsure about his ‘SNL’ future

Though pandemic isolation has made Colin Jost appreciate more than ever the routine of working at “Saturday Night Live”‘s 30 Rock studio, the Weekend Update co-host still isn’t sure if the upcoming season will be his last. Appearing – remotely – on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show, Jost couldn’t give a definite answer when Stern asked point-blank if he’d be leaving the long-running NBC sketch comedy series after this season. “I’ve been talking to Che about it in general,” Jost said, referring to his Weekend Update co-anchor Michael Che. “I’m not sure. The COVID stuff has really affected how I feel about it because, you know, being away from people who make you laugh at work in that way for this long, really makes you appreciative of not only the job, but of the routine of b
Photographer secretly captures New Yorkers’ most ridiculous texts
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Photographer secretly captures New Yorkers’ most ridiculous texts

After over three decades shooting the streets of NYC, Jeff Mermelstein shifted his camera’s lens to a more specific corner — New Yorkers’ text conversations. Mermelstein has been taking an ongoing series of photos since October 2017 documenting the bizarre messages people send to each other while out on the streets. The photos, which the Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn, resident has been posting to his Instagram over the years, have been compiled into a book, “#nyc,” now available for pre-order. The photographer chatted with The Post about the most absurd texts, if anyone has ever busted him and the first intriguing text that started it all. What inspired you to start taking photos of New Yorkers’ texts? In the midst of making pictures with my iPhone for [m
Nicole Kidman, Idris Elba and more to read bedtime stories in HBO Max series
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Nicole Kidman, Idris Elba and more to read bedtime stories in HBO Max series

During these turbulent times, HBO Max wants you to just … relax. The streamer has ordered “A World of Calm,” a series based on the popular app and narrated by a slew of big names. The 10-episode order co-produced by Calm and Nutopia is HBO Max’s first brush with the health and wellness space. From the creators of the Calm app and Nutopia, the series combines mesmeric imagery with narration by A-list stars – including Mahershala Ali, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Lucy Liu, Cillian Murphy, and Keanu Reeves. Here’s the logline: A timely antidote for our modern lives, each half-hour episode takes audiences on an immersive visual journey into another world. Building on Calm’s Sleep Stories – bedtime stories for grown-ups – each relaxing tale is designed
Ava DuVernay lands unscripted NBC series ‘Home Sweet Home’
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Ava DuVernay lands unscripted NBC series ‘Home Sweet Home’

NBC has ordered the unscripted series “Home Sweet Home,” which hails from Ava DuVernay. In the 10-episode hour-long series, two families who lead very different lives go through a full-immersion cultural experiment. The show chronicles walking a mile in another person’s shoes by challenging racial, religious, economic, geographic, gender and identity assumptions as participants exchange homes for a week and experience the life of someone unlike them. “The idea for ‘Home Sweet Home’ came to me during the strange and important times we’re all experiencing,” DuVernay said. “The premise is that we are farther apart than ever, yet bound by what we have in common — concerns with health, safety, justice and community. These notions manifest in each of us in different ways, but nowhere more
‘The Chi’ ramps up the drama in Season 3
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‘The Chi’ ramps up the drama in Season 3

“The Chi” continues its riveting storytelling in Season 3 — in spite of (or maybe due to?) the off-camera troubles that have plagued this Showtime series. The ensemble drama, created by Lena Waithe and set in Chicago’s South Side, has had three showrunners since its 2018 premiere. Co-star Jason Mitchell, who played Brandon, was fired last year after sexual misconduct allegations brought by showrunner Ayanna Floyd Davis and by Tiffany Boone — who played Mitchell’s on-screen girlfriend, Jerrika. She left the series on her own volition. “The weight of what I was leaving behind felt like a ton, but the weight of my responsibility to speak up was even heavier,” she wrote on Instagram. All this upheaval, however, has not affected the show...
The Chicks’ ‘Gaslighter’ review: A bold, bracing divorce album
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The Chicks’ ‘Gaslighter’ review: A bold, bracing divorce album

In a long-distant era of discord suspi­ciously similar to our own, Natalie Maines, the singer for the group that was, until last month, known as the Dixie Chicks, lit a forest fire with an offhand insult about George W. Bush in 2003. Since then, she’s owned her political words more deliberately by laying into Donald Trump on social media, not onstage. But listening to her now, all you can think is: Man … they got off easy. Because on the newly renamed Chicks’ first album in 14 years, Maines savages her ex in ways that make it seem as if she were mincing words or pulling punches back when she was taking on mere presidents. She’s got your civil war right here: “Gas­lighter” might count as the boldest and most bracing entry ever in popular music’s long and storied history of divorce al
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Ramona Singer fires back at Elyse Slaine and Leah McSweeney Cameo diss video

“Real Housewives of New York City” drama has moved from Bravo to Cameo. Ramona Singer is firing back at fellow “Housewife” Leah McSweeney and frequent guest star Elyse Slaine, who continued their feud with Singer in a wild video Slaine made for Cameo — in which they make the bizarre claim that their rival “s–ts” when she has sex. “I believe that ‘Real Housewives of New York’ is a classy, elegant franchise, and I think the two of them are degrading it through social media. It really upsets me,” Singer, 63, said in an exclusive interview with The Post. “I know Elyse is desperate to be on the show, but she lost a friendship over it.” In the video, McSweeney, 49, alleged that Singer “s–ts duri
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Alex Trebek says he’s ‘feeling great’ in video message to ‘Jeopardy!’ fans

Fans of “Jeopardy!” can breathe a sigh of relief today. Alex Trebek released a video announcement today with an update on his fight against Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The beloved game show host, who made his illness public over a year ago, said he’s also looking forward to his upcoming book launch. “I’m doing well. I’ve been continuing my treatment and it is paying off, although it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good. I’m feeling great,” he says in the clip, while sporting an uncharacteristic beard for the usually clean-cut broadcaster. He also reassures anxious viewers that while production of his show remains halted due to coronavirus pandemic safety precautions, he has been “recording show openings for some very special ‘Jeo