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Netflix Stands By Dave Chappelle, Suspends MtF Trans Who Tried to ‘Cancel’ Him, Damon Wayans Says Chappelle Freed Comedian ‘Slaves’

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Netflix bosses are standing by comedian Dave Chappelle and his controversial new comedy special, “The Closer.”

The streaming service defended its decision not to pull The Closer, and suspended an MtF trans employee who spoke out against it.

Co-CEO Ted Sarandos insisted he won’t remove the hit comedy special, despite outrage from LGBT+ rights and transgender activists, who accused Chappelle of going too far.

A company source revealed that three Netflix employees have been suspended for crashing a quarterly directors meeting to complain, WENN.com reported.

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One of the suspended employees, Terra Field, a senior software engineer at Netflix, crashed a director-level meeting at the San Francisco headquarters to complain about The Closer.

Netflix invites 500 of its top employees to the annual meeting, however, Field’s name was not on the invite list.

On Oct. 6, Field wrote a lengthy Twitter thread about The Closer and included transphobic tweets from other Twitter users.

Serandos told The Hollywood Reporter that Field and the other two employees were not suspended for speaking out on social media.

“It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show. Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so.”

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Sarandos defended Chappelle and his new special in an internal memo to Netflix staff and talent:

“Some talent may join third parties in asking us to remove the show in the coming days, which we are not going to do.

“Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long standing deal with him… As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom – even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people believe is harmful, like Cuties, 365 Days, 13 Reasons Why or My Unorthodox Life.

Serandos continued:

“Several of you have also asked where we draw the line on hate. We don’t allow titles on Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe The Closer crosses that line. I recognize, however, that distinguishing between commentary and harm is hard, especially with stand-up comedy which exists to push boundaries. Some people find the art of stand-up to be mean-spirited but our members enjoy it, and it’s an important part of our content offering.”

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Fellow comedian Damon Wayans praised Chappelle for freeing comedian “slaves.”

“The comedians. We were slaves to PC culture,” Wayans told TMZ. “As an artist, he’s Van Gogh with his ear off. He’s trying to tell us, ‘It’s okay.'”

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Kelly Rowland Admits She’d Love To See A 4th ‘Merry Liddle’ Movie: ‘Everyone Loves This Family’

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Kelly Rowland is back for ‘Merry Liddle Christmas Baby’ on Lifetime. She spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL about Jacquie and Tyler’s next chapter, a fourth movie, and more.

There’s a Liddle baby on the way! Kelly Rowland and Thomas Cadrot return as Jacquie and Tyler in Lifetime’s Merry Liddle Christmas Baby, which premieres on November 27 at 8 p.m. ET. This holiday season, the beloved couple is gearing up for parenthood! HollywoodLife got EXCLUSIVE scoop from Kelly about how Jacquie is handling pregnancy, a fourth movie, and why this Christmas is extra special for her.

“She’s honestly trying to figure out everything in the least stressful way possible because she is OCD,” Kelly told HollywoodLife. “She loves to make sure that everything is the way she would think it should go. She’s a bit of a control freak. She’s trying to plan it out to perfection and things with her family and with pregnancy, which she’ll realize it’s really out of her control.”

Kelly Rowland’s character Jacquie is pregnant in ‘Merry Liddle Christmas Baby.’ (Lifetime)

Merry Liddle Christmas Baby marks the third Merry Liddle movie. Kelly would love to explore more stories with the Liddle family in a potential fourth movie. “I think that everyone loves this family. I think they’re very relatable,” she said. “I think that there’s someone in your family that you feel relates to someone from the Liddle family or a dynamic that relates to the Liddle family. If we can keep sharing these stories with people, why not? I would love to, and I love being around my family cast. They’re so much fun and we have a great time. There are so many stories that we can tell.”

Over the course of the past two movies, fans have watched Jacquie and Tyler’s love story blossom. Kelly revealed that she loves how Tyler has made Jacquie “relax” more. “He definitely made her relax because she was always moving and busy and uptight and this and that, you know what I mean? He was just like, you gotta chill. He’s a center for her, and I think that it’s so sweet. I think that as far as who she is with him, I think that he’s just always inspired by her. It’s a really sweet relationship that I think that everybody really gravitates towards,” she told HollywoodLife.

This holiday season is going to be extra special for Kelly and her family. It will be her first with her second child, Noah. Kelly gushed she “cannot wait” for Noah’s first Christmas with his family.

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Kelly Rowland and Thomas Cadrot as Jacquie and Tyler. (Lifetime)

“Noah’s growing at such a rapid rate because of his brother [Titan],” Kelly said. “He’s trying to keep up with Titan and the rest of his cousins. We’re always around family, and Noah’s trying to keep up with all the big kids. I’m actually wishing that he would slow down a little bit, but he already feels like a one-year-old. It’s the strangest thing. He’s trying to walk and he’s only 10 months. He’s trying to walk, and he’s just doing so much. I just want him to slow down just a little bit. But shopping for presents and stuff for him is going to be fun and just showing him what we do and tasting different things. It’s going to be fun. I’m just excited that we just get to have a beautiful Christmas all together just settled as a family. We’ve been doing a lot of traveling and moving around this year, so we’re just going to be still.”

The singer/actress also stressed that her oldest son, Titan, is the “best big brother you’ve ever seen. He really is. He’s so proud. He has his moments where he can be a little rough with his brother because he’s thinking that he’s actually older sometimes. But for the most part, he’s just so grateful that his brother’s here. He’s really is and it’s the sweetest thing. He wanted a sibling so bad and has the nerve to actually be asking me for one more. I’m really happy with my two for now.”

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90 Day Fiance’s Brittany Banks Shows Off 22 Lbs Weight Loss

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VIDEO: 90 Day Fiance's Brittany Banks Shows Off 22 Lbs Weight Loss, Shares Diet and Workout Routine After Stunning Transformation

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90 Day Fiance’s Brittany Banks is single and ready to mingle. But we have a feeling she won’t be single for long as her recent body transformation has her looking hot, hot, hot.

Brittany reveals the final number on the scale after her dramatic transformation, is 130 lbs, which means her final weight loss is 70 pounds!

Brittany showed off her brand new body in an Instagram post of her sporting a flashy new bikini. The caption revealed hints at how she achieved her weight loss success.

Brittany revealed that she had added walking to her fitness routine and made some “focused tweaks” to her diet regimen.

She went on to say that if she ever wanted to go back up in weight and be a little curvier, she would just add proteins and carbs back into her diet.

Thanks for the tips, Brittany!

While Brittany’s health has never been better, her love life has taken some serious hits over the past few years.

During 90 Day Fiance, Brittany had flown to Jordan to be with her ex-boyfriend Yazan Abu Harira but almost as soon as she stepped off the plane, the two began having problems and fans wondered if their relationship would make it.

Yazan came from a strict Muslim background and felt Brittany should mold to fit that lifestyle, starting with her clothes. Yazan had asked Brittany to dress more conservatively and she did not take it well. But her reaction to that paled in comparison to the one at Yazan’s request that Brittany converts to Islam within three days of her arrival. Ultimately Brittany felt the rules and regulations of Yazan’s lifestyle were too controlling for her taste.

Brittany’s bombshell that she was still legally married to her ex,  did not help matters between the tense couple and his family. Finally, the couple decided to part ways after months of a tumultuous relationship and Brittany flew back to the United States.

Brittany appeared on the 90 Day Fiance spin-off  90 Day: The Single Life and dated two men on that series, but ultimately neither panned out and Brittany remained single.

So now Brittany is focusing fully on her health and new fitness-toned body. But knowing Brittany, a new love interest can’t be far behind.

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Brooke Shields, 56, Rocks A Strapless Red Swimsuit As She Goes For A Dip On Thanksgiving — Photos

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Brooke Shields braved a cold plunge pool on Thanksgiving, but looked amazing while doing it!

Brooke Shields, 56, looked absolutely amazing in a strapless red swimsuit on Thanksgiving! The actress donned the one piece on Thursday, Nov. 25 as she bravely stepped into a cold plunge pool, which are believed to reduce muscle pain and inflammation by instantly numbing the nerves surrounding joints. She appropriately set the video to Bill Withers “Lovely Day” — although, we aren’t sure that cold water was that lovely!

“New Thanksgiving tradition,” The Blue Lagoon star quipped in her caption, including a turkey and snowflake emoji. While the weather looked sunny, it was more like a spring day in Los Angeles with temperatures falling around 70 degrees. Brooke hilariously reacted to the cold water as she dipped a toe in, opting to keep her long brunette locks up in a bun to avoid getting wet. She slowly backed into the water, rigidly putting her arms in before fully lowering her body and shoulders.

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Several of her famous pals got a kick out of the pic, including Christie Brinkley, 67. “Body-ody-ody‼️” the super model commented with three fire emojis, seemingly referencing “Body” by Megan Thee Stallion. Ali Wentworth quipped, “You’re supposed to cook the Turkey not yourself…” while Sophia Bush reacted, “Cold plunge!? LOVE.” Canadian television host Kuljeet Kaila hilariously added, “In Cali? That’s like Canadian summer weather.”

It’s no surprise to see Brooke looking so good: the actress recently opened up about feeling more “confident” as she hit her mid-50s. “I feel stronger, I feel sexier, I feel less burdened by: ‘Oh, what do they think of me?’” she said in an interview to Irish Times while promoting her new Netflix movie A Castle For Christmas.

“I’m not encumbered in the same way that I spent a great deal of my youth in. I still care about people, but I don’t put myself in this position to feel ‘less than’. And all of a sudden, I was like: ‘Why am I not represented?’ Why am I told: ‘You’re over because you’re not in your 20s’? I’m 56 and I feel more empowered now than I ever did,’” she added.

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