The daily gossip: CBS selects nobody to take James Corden's seat, Lea Michele did 'a lot of personal reach-outs' after bullying scandal, and more

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1. CBS to reportedly replace James Corden's show with an '@midnight' reboot

CBS has finally found the perfect replacement for James Corden as host of The Late Late Show: no one. With Corden set to leave his late-night talk show this year, the network has reportedly decided the show will not go on with someone else behind the desk. Instead, The Late Late Show will end entirely after 28 years and be replaced by a reboot of the Comedy Central show @midnight, according to Deadline. Originally hosted by Chris Hardwick, @midnight was sort of an internet-themed mix of an improv show and a game show, with three comedians competing for points based on their jokes about various topics. Hardwick, who denied allegations of abuse brought by an ex-girlfriend in 2018, isn't expected to be directly involved in the reboot. Despite the name, though, the new @midnight will not actually begin at midnight, but at 12:30 a.m., so we're assuming CBS' next move will be cutting 60 Minutes down to 25 Minutes.


2. Lea Michele did 'a lot of personal reach-outs' after bullying scandal

And here's what you missed in Lea Michele's Interview interview. During a conversation with the magazine, the Glee alum addressed the allegations of bullying leveled against her by former co-stars, revealing she "did a lot of personal reach-outs" after the scandal. "The conversations that I've had behind the scenes with some people were incredibly healing and very eye-opening for me," she said, without revealing who she reached out to. In 2020, Glee star Samantha Ware claimed Michele made her "first television gig a living hell" with "traumatic" microaggressions. Other actors soon backed Ware up, with Glee's Heather Morris confirming that Michele was "unpleasant to work with." But two years later, Michele bounced back in a big way by landing her dream role in Broadway's Funny Girl, and she said she remembers thinking this would help "introduce people to who I am now." Michele received high marks for the show, though she told Interview, "I don't read reviews." Why not? Well, we know why…

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3. New 'Indiana Jones' removed 'a lot of old jokes' from the script, Harrison Ford says

Maybe he does belong in a museum, but the old Indy jokes are getting a bit old. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Harrison Ford revealed that jokes about how incredibly old Indiana Jones is at this point were cut from the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. "There were a lot of old jokes in the script," the 80-year-old actor said. "We took them all out." That's because Ford said he hates what he described as "talking about the story," rather than letting the audience "experience" it. "I'd rather create behavior that is the joke of age rather than talk about it," Ford explained. To be fair, there were already plenty of jokes about Indiana Jones' age in the previous film, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. But that came out 15 years ago, so by comparison, the Indy of that movie now looks practically young enough to date Leonardo Dicaprio.

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4. Armie Hammer's ex-wife had 'no words' when allegations emerged: 'What the f--k'

If you've got an article related to the Armie Hammer scandal, this is apparently the week to publish. After the disgraced actor recently addressed his sexual abuse scandal to Air Mail, his ex-wife, Elizabeth Chambers, has now also spoken to Elle. "I was learning things as the public was," she said. Chambers' reaction to the allegations, which included that Hammer has a cannibalism fetish? "I was like, 'There are no words,'' she said. "'What the f--k?'" But she "chose to be there" for the accusers and "listened to horrible, deep, dark details," according to her sister. Chambers, who filed for divorce from Hammer the year before the scandal, also said he "was the worst" when they quarantined together in the Cayman Islands, and when he left her and their kids to go back to California and help a friend restore a motel, "My heart was broken in nine million pieces, and I still drove him to the airport."


5. Marvel didn't call Elizabeth Banks back about directing a 'Thor' movie

Elizabeth Banks was ready to bring the thunder — if anyone at Marvel had returned her call. Speaking with Variety, Banks revealed she was "really interested" in directing the third Thor film, and "a call was made" about her pitching her take. But according to Banks, "no one called me [back]." Taika Waititi ended up getting the job, and it wouldn't be until 2021's Black Widow that a woman received sole directing credit on a Marvel movie. Banks went on to direct a Charlie's Angels reboot, which flopped at the box office in 2019. But she's following it up with Cocaine Bear, which has already earned tons of online buzz thanks to its wacky premise. You know what they say: sometimes you eat the bear that ate cocaine, and sometimes the bear that ate cocaine eats you.


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