The daily gossip: Kim Kardashian isn't 'into cancel culture,' Ben Affleck slams 'clickbait' about his Jennifer Garner comments, and more
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Kim Kardashian tells Bari Weiss she isn't 'into cancel culture'
Kim Kardashian sat down for a wide-ranging interview with former New York Times writer Bari Weiss, and yes, you better believe the topic of "cancel culture" came up. When asked about how she decides when to respond to what Weiss described as online "outrage-addicts," Kardashian noted she took allegations of cultural appropriation leveled against her shapewear company seriously. But she also proclaimed she's "never really been into cancel culture," calling it the "most ridiculous thing" while referencing "several dinners" she's been at with Weiss where this was discussed. "I believe that if we cancel someone for something that they had done or said in their past, then we're not inviting them into the conversation to really understand," she said. Kardashian also discussed how she didn't want Kanye West to wear a pro-Trump Make America Great Again hat on Saturday Night Live and told him to "take that hat off" — though she feels differently about that now. "Why can't he wear that on TV?" Kardashian said. "Half of the country voted for him, so clearly other people like him."
Ben Affleck denies blaming Jennifer Garner for his drinking, slams 'clickbait'
Holy backlash, Batman! Ben Affleck responded on Jimmy Kimmel Live to the uproar over his recent comments that he started drinking partially because he felt trapped in his marriage to Jennifer Garner. He was criticized by those who felt he was blaming his drinking on Garner, but a clearly ticked off Affleck slammed "clickbait" headlines about this on Kimmel's show. "They had literally taken the conversation that I had had for two hours and made it seem as if I was saying the exact opposite of what I said," Affleck said. "...[They] made me out to be the worst, most insensitive, stupid, awful guy." But Affleck said it's "not true" that he's blaming Garner for his drinking and he would "never want my kids to think I would ever say a bad word about their mom." He added that the whole thing "hurts my feelings." Meanwhile, Page Six claimed Affleck's current girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, is "pissed," and she "doesn't want to be dragged into this."
Jeff Garlin out at 'The Goldbergs' over alleged misconduct
Less than two weeks after Jeff Garlin told Vanity Fair, "No, I was not fired from The Goldbergs," Jeff Garlin is out at The Goldbergs. Garlin is leaving the ABC comedy after allegations of misconduct on set. Garlin allegedly "engaged in a pattern of verbal and physical conduct on set that made people uncomfortable," including by using inappropriate language and touching or hugging people. "My opinion is, I have my process about how I'm funny, in terms of the scene and what I have to do. [Sony] feel[s] that it makes for a quote 'unsafe' workspace," he said. He also claimed that "there really is no big story" here "unless you want to do a story about political correctness." Garlin also stars with Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm, but it wasn't clear whether these allegations would affect that gig.
'The Book of Boba Fett's marketing has only teased the 'opening minutes' of the show
Star Wars' intense secrecy is reaching wild new levels with The Book of Boba Fett. A new Hollywood Reporter piece teases the upcoming Star Wars Disney+ series about the famed bounty hunter, and it includes a surprising detail about the show's marketing. The teaser trailers Disney has released only show so little because "producers have only revealed footage from the seven-episode season's opening minutes," according to the Reporter. Showrunner Robert Rodriguez, in fact, claimed they can't even tease "the second half of the first episode because it gives so much away." Famously, Disney's marketing for the first season of The Mandalorian never revealed Baby Yoda, even though the mission to protect him was the entire premise of the series. Could there be another Baby Yoda-level surprise in store in Boba Fett's first episode? Well, there is already a baby Jabba the Hutt.
'Sex and the City' star Chris Noth accused of sexual assault by 2 women
A week of Chris Noth-related headlines following that big Sex and the City twist has taken a disturbing turn. Noth, known for his role as Mr. Big on Sex and the City, has been accused of sexual assault by two women. One woman, identified as Zoe, alleged Noth assaulted her in Los Angeles in 2004, after which she had "blood on my shirt" and was taken to a hospital for stitches. She said "seeing that he was reprising his role in Sex and the City set off something in me." Another woman identified as Lily alleged Noth assaulted her in New York in 2015, and she recalled feeling "totally violated," adding, "All of my dreams with this star I loved for years were gone." Noth denied the allegations. "It's difficult not to question the timing of these stories coming out," he said. "I don't know for certain why they are surfacing now, but I do know this: I did not assault these women." Hours after the allegations hit, the ad starring Noth that Peleton scrambled to put together over the weekend had vanished.