Tina Fey became the youngest recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last night at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The 40-year-old star of 30 Rock was feted by a cavalcade of stars, including Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, Jon Hamm, Steve Carell, and Betty White. Fey was primarily recognized for her Saturday Night Live parody of Sarah Palin. “I would be a liar and an idiot if I didn’t thank Sarah Palin for helping me get here tonight,” said Fey. “My partial resemblance and her crazy voice are the two luckiest things that have ever happened to me.”
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Kanye West told the Today show that he regrets his infamous “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” comment, something the former president has cited, during his recent book tour, as a low point in his tenure. In a taped interview shown live to Bush, West said, “I would say of George Bush, in my moment of frustration, I didn’t have the grounds to call him a racist. But I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that, we as human beings don’t always choose the right words.” Bush responded, “I appreciate that. It wasn’t just Kanye West who was talking like that during Katrina, I cited him as an example, I cited others as an example as well. You know, I appreciate that.”
But West didn’t at all appreciate how the whole exchange came to pass. Yesterday, after the taping, West Tweeted, “let me tell you how they did me at the Today show.” He went on to say, “I went up there to express how I was empathetic to Bush because I labeled him a racist and years later I got labeled as a racist. … I don’t mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show … and that’s a very nice way for me to put it! … HE TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS. IT WAS VERY BRUTAL AND I CAME THERE WITH ONLY POSITIVE INTENT.”
Morgan Freeman’s iconic narration, usually employed for the good of mankind, has recently been misused for political purposes, according to CNN. A voice similar to Freeman’s was featured in an television commercial in support of B.J. Lawson, a Republican candidate in a North Carolina congressional race. When asked, Lawson confirmed via Facebook that the voice belonged to the actor. Freeman, however, quickly issued a statement denying any participation, saying, “These people are lying. I have never recorded any campaign ads for B.J. Lawson, and I do not support his candidacy.” Lawson has since apologized to Freeman and his opponent, claiming that he was duped by MEI Political, the production company responsible for 30-second spot. MEI denies Lawson’s accusation.
Seconding what reps for Zach Galifianakis and HBO told EW on Monday, Bill Maher took time during his discussion of midterm elections with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last night to reiterate that Galifianakis did not light up a real joint on his show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Friday night. “If it was a real joint, Wolf, I would have smoked it … I think it was cloves or something,” Maher said, adding “Zach’s crazy, he’s not that crazy.”
Paul Rusesabagina, the Rwandan hero whose efforts to save hundreds of his countrymen from genocide were turned into the Oscar-nominated film, Hotel Rwanda, has been implicated by the ruling Rwandan government with funding terrorism activities, according to Reuters. Opposition leader Victoire Ingabire was arrested on Oct. 14 for terrorism activities, and the government claims Rusesabagina helped finance her group’s actions. Ingabire denies the charges against her and claims the accusations are politically based. Rusesabagina, who was played by Don Cheadle in the 2004 film, currently resides in the United States.
Vivian Schiller, CEO of NPR, released a statement, first reported on Politico, that expressed regret for the handling of the dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams, who was axed after saying on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor that he was nervous to fly on planes with Muslim passengers. “While we stand firmly behind that decision [to terminate our relationship with Williams], I regret that we did not take the time to prepare our program partners and provide you with the tools to cope with the fallout from that episode … Williams’ comments on Fox News last Monday were the latest in a series of deeply troubling incidents over several years. In each of those instances, he was contacted and the incident was discussed with him. He was explicitly and repeatedly asked to respect NPR’s standards and to avoid expressing strong personal opinions on controversial subjects in public settings, as that is inconsistent with his role as an NPR news analyst.”
NPR analyst Juan Williams fired for talking about Muslims on Fox News Channel's 'The O'Reilly Factor'
National Public Radio news analyst Juan Williams, 56, has been fired following his appearance on Monday night’s The O’Reilly Factor, during which Williams insinuated that airline passengers who are perceived to be Muslim can legitimately be viewed as security threats. Williams told Bill O’Reilly on-air, “I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the Civil Rights movement in this country … But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.” On Wednesday, NPR issued a statement saying Williams’ remarks “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”
Zachary Chesser, the 20-year-old Virginia man who threatened the creators of South Park with violence over their depiction of Muhammad, is set to plead guilty to soliciting crimes of violence and other charges, according to The Washington Post. Chesser, a George Mason University dropout who adopted the Islamic name Abu Talhah al-Amrikee, was also accused of providing material support to terrorists.
President Barack Obama will appear on the Dec. 8 episode of Mythbusters, the Discovery Channel’s series that goes to all lengths to explain how science really works. In the episode, the president will challenge the show’s hosts, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, to explain the Greek legend of Archimedes, who is credited with setting the invading Roman navy on fire with only mirrors and reflected sunlight.
Bosnian officials have reversed course after reviewing a current screenplay for Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut and will now permit the actress to film within their borders, according to the USA Today. “It’s very simple,” Jolie said, while filming in Budapest. “There was a nasty rumor that [the film] was about a relationship that started with a rape and torture — and it’s not.”
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