ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Jessica Walter used a New York Times interview published on Wednesday to publicly confirm that her Arrested Development co-star Jeffrey Tambor verbally harassed her on the show's set.
During the emotional interview, which also included Tambor and fellow cast members Jason Bateman, David Cross, Tony Hale and Will Arnett, the interviewer mentioned that Tambor alluded to blowing up at Walter in an earlier Hollywood Reporter article.
Tambor said he "profusely apologized" before praising the 77-year-old Walter, who plays his wife in the show, as "a walking acting lesson."
Bateman immediately came to Tambor's defense, saying, “Not to belittle it or excuse it or anything, but in the entertainment industry it is incredibly common to have people who are, in quotes, ‘difficult.’"
A tearful Walter then opened up, saying, "Let me just say one thing that I just realized in this conversation, I have to let go of being angry at him. He never crossed the line on our show, with any, you know, sexual whatever. Verbally, yes, he harassed me, but he did apologize."
"I have to let it go of being angry at him," she continued. "In like almost 60 years of working, I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set. And it’s hard to deal with, but I’m over it now."
Bateman's comments drew the ire of Twitter users, calling him out for his "boys club mentality," and chiding him for explaining "how the industry works."
In February, Tambor was fired from Amazon's Transparent following sexual harassment allegations lodged against him by his former personal assistant, Van Barnes, and actress Trace Lysette.
The allegations led to an internal investigation by Amazon and the decision that he would not be returning as Maura Pfefferman for Transparent's fifth season.
Chuck Hodes/Fox Broadcasting Co.(LOS ANGELES) -- This week's episode of Empire, titled "The Empire Unpossess'd," marked the season 4 finale of the show. Here are some of the shocking highlights:
-- Lucious and Eddie continue their confrontation, with Lucious slapping Eddie and Eddie drawing a gun. Lucious, Thirsty, Andre and Cookie try to formulate a plan to keep Eddie from giving evidence to the police that would prove Lucious murdered Shyne.
-- Lucious and Renee, Cookie's mother, have a run-in at Empire. Afterwards, Lucious tells Cookie that the only way to save Empire is to turn himself in to the cops. Cookie disagrees and says that they need to come up with another plan to bring Eddie down. Lucious tells Andre that he's decided to turn himself in for Shyne's murder.
-- Lucious confesses to Hakeem and Jamal that he killed Shyne. Cookie thwarts Lucious' plan to give himself up to the police by bidding away Empire to Eddie in exchange for Eddie's evidence. The Lyons plan to rebuild Empire from scratch.
-- Jamal finds out that Tory suffered a grand mal seizure in the hospital and died. He then tells Cookie that he's leaving town.
-- Lucious asks Cookie to marry him again.
-- Tiana tells Hakeem that she's pregnant and that the baby is his. He's happy with the news.
-- Eddie names Anika as Empire's CEO. While giving her speech at the podium, Anika begins to hallucinate and sees dead Rhonda in the audience. It's then revealed in a flashback that Andre previously put drugs in Anika's champagne. After seeing Rhonda again, Anika falls off of a balcony to her death.
-- Lucious and Cookie get married in court.
-- As Blake, Hakeem and Tiana leave an apartment, Blake's dad shows up with a gun and fires three shots.
Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Black Panther baddie Michael B. Jordan, a self-proclaimed anime super-fan, is getting the chance to live his dream.
Jordan revealed via Instagram that he will voice the role of Julian Chase in an upcoming animae series called gen:LOCK, from Rooster Teeth, a streaming service for gamers that launched in 2016.
"Check me out later this year," he wrote, captioning an gif of his character saluting.
According to Variety, Jordan's character is a pilot for mecha, a class of "giant, weaponized robots controlled by humans."
In addition to starring in the series, Jordan's production company Outlier Society Productions, is set to co-produce the series alongside Roster Teeth.
This is the latest project for Jordan who currently has a busy schedule both on and behind the camera. In addition to his new HBO film, Fahrenheit 451, which recently debuted, Jordan is also currently shooting Creed II.
Behind the camera, his list includes the animated movie Super Day Care; the black family superhero drama Raising Dion at Netflix; a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair; the WWII drama film The Liberators; and his directorial debut, The Stars Beneath Our Feet.
Disney/Lucasfilm(ORLANDO) -- It's official: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the fully-immersive Star Wars-themed attraction, will open in the summer of 2019 at California's Disneyland Resort, and late fall next year at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The attraction, the most extensive dive into George Lucas' galaxy far, far away that Disney has ever built, promises to transport visitors to the Outer Rim planet of Batuu.
According to a press release, Galaxy Edge visitors will find themselves strolling through a, "remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge," that has, "become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space."
While Batuu may be new to us, it is clearly already familiar to many characters from the Star Wars saga as a stepping off point for epic adventures," says the announcement.
Disney is the parent company of both Lucasfilm and ABC News.
(L-R Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, Michael Symon of The Chew) ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- ABC is making some changes in the early afternoon.
First, ABC's long-running food-centric show The Chew is being canceled after seven years, but will air as planned until September. In a statement, Disney|ABC Television presidentBen Sherwood said, "For seven years The Chew has delighted audiences by delivering innovative food segments in an entertaining atmosphere. We applaud and thank Gordon Elliott, Aimee Householder, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and the entire cast and crew for their great work and amazing run. And we wish them the very best.”
In place of The Chew, ABC's Good Morning America will now expand to a third hour, airing at 1 p.m. EDT/noon CDT/PDT. The third hour will feature additional news, interviews, pop culture coverage and live events. More details about the new hour will be announced in the coming months.
The Emmy-winning GMA has been the most-watched morning newscast in America for six straight years.
Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- Sydelle Noel's role in Black Panther as Xoliswa -- one of Wakanda's royal guard of elite female fighters called the the Dora Milaje -- may have been brief, but it was powerful.
With the film's record breaking success -- currently the third highest-grossing film ever in the U.S. -- Noel says she and her Black Panther co-stars could almost pinpoint the moment when they realized their film had the potential to change history.
"We all had this, this vision when we were actually shooting," Noel, who also stars in the Netflix series Glow, tells ABC Radio. "We felt it. We felt this, like, kinetic energy during the waterfall scene. That's when literally, like everybody was there. Everybody, the whole entire cast was in that waterfall scene."
She continues, "And we had moments when it was like, 'Cut!' And we had people just drumming in the background and we were like dancing having a good time and I remember Angela Bassett was like, 'Do you just feel this? Like, look around like look what we're creating right now." And I was like, 'Yes.'"
The "waterfall" moment Noel is referring to is the fight scene where T'Challa is challenged for his birthright as king and later faces off with Killamonger for his throne. Noel adds that even Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker felt it.
"And then Forest Whitaker walked over and he was like, 'I just have a feeling that this is going to be huge,'" she added. "And everybody just looked around and we were just looking at each other and just seeing the moment from the background people, from the stunt people, to just everybody. This might be a big huge deal."
Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Letitia Wright, is now available on DVD.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Liam Nesson is in talks to join the new Men in Black movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film is being billed as a spin off set in the same universe that was created in comics and later in the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones films back in '90s, but with new heroes: Thor Ragnarok leads Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson have already signed onto the film.
It would seem that Neeson could fit the role of the head of the secretive government agency, which had been played by Rip Torn in the first two films, and Emma Thompson, who succeeded him in 2012's Men in Black 3.
The Sony Pictures film has a release date of summer of 2019.
HBO/Colleen Hayes(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Calling her a "comedy icon," the Kennedy Center just announced that Seinfeld, New Adventures of Old Christine and Veep Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be honored with this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
The star-studded event will be held on October 21 in Washington, D.C. and recorded for broadcast on a later date.
Days before announcing last fall that she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer, Louis-Dreyfus broke the record for the most Emmys won by a single performer, with 11 -- and six consecutively for Veep. She's also won a Golden Globe award, a Peabody Award, nine Screen Actors Guild awards and other honors.
Veep Emmy-winner Tony Hale told ABC Radio this week that Dreyfus is getting "stronger and stronger" following cancer treatment, and that their show, which suspended production while its star recovers, would get rolling again at the end of the summer.
Louis-Dreyfus is the 20th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Richard Pryor was the first and David Letterman the most recent. Louis-Dreyfus is also the sixth woman to receive the prize, following Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Tina Fey, Ellen DeGeneres and Carol Burnett. 2009 winner Bill Cosby had his prize revoked this year after he was convicted of aggravated indecent assault.
Lucasfilm(NEW YORK) -- The wait is almost over Star Wars fans -- Solo: A Star Wars Story opens with preview screenings on Thursday night before officially hitting theaters nationwide on Friday.
Donald Glover stars as the young Lando Calrissian, the role made famous in the original films by Billy Dee Williams. Glover tells ABC News he met with Billy Dee, and had a lot of questions about the character, but Williams answered them all with three words:
"Just be charming," Glover recalls the former Lando telling him.
"And I don't even think he was looking at me when he did it," continues the Atlanta creator and star. "He was like I don't know, you know, be charming. Which was really great advice, not to overthink it."
Solo: A Star Wars Story is directed by Ron Howard and stars Glover, Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, and Paul Bettany.
ABC(NEW YORK) -- ABC's successful family sitcom The Middle wrapped up Tuesday night after 9 seasons, and with it,Patricia Heaton, who also starred in Everybody Loves Raymond, had to say goodbye to another TV family.
"I feel a bit un-moored," the Emmy winner admitted to ABC Radio. "I love having some free time. But my free time is most enjoyed when I know I have a job to go back to at the end of the free time."
Another side-effect? "[T]he crazy dreams I’ve been having about people kicking me off the Warner Brothers lot!"
Her last day of shooting was tough -- understandable, considering Heaton watched her character's three onscreen kids grow up in front of her eyes. "I was rehearsing the night before going over my lines trying to memorize them and I kept breaking down and sobbing and I thought, 'This is terrible! Because tomorrow either I’m not going to be able to get through it because I’m sobbing or I’m crying so much tonight that I will be as dry as a bone tomorrow.'"
Heaton told Kelly Ripa that it was only when the assistant director had her sign out at the end of her last day that she lost it, sobbing in her car.
Heaton expressed, "You have an enormous amount of gratitude that you get to do this for a living and you get to make people laugh. And, I sometimes think of us as bunch of clowns when there’s other people out there curing cancer and whatever. But so many people come up to me and say things like, 'When my Dad had cancer, your show was the one half hour that we could all just forget everything and laugh our heads off. So you know, I realize everybody has something to contribute.'"
ABC/Mitch Haaseth(NEW YORK) -- On Monday night, Maddie Poppe won the American Idol crown, but even before Ryan Seacrest announced it, she knew she'd won...because she literally saw her name written on the card in Ryan's hand.
"Every week...I [could] see the card, but I [didn't] ever look," she tells ABC Radio. "But this week...I knew I was gonna be able to see whose name it was. And I looked over at Caleb [Lee Hutchinson] and I couldn't help but look down at the card, and I was like, 'Ohmigosh! It's my name!'"
Maddie says if you watch the moment back, "you can see, Caleb winks at me, and he kinda looks at me and in that moment, I knew that we both had seen the card."
Caleb didn't mind losing to Maddie, though, because as we now know, they've been a couple since January. While Caleb says it was love at first sight for him, it took a bit longer for Maddie to come around.
"I was not looking for a relationship...I've just been burned a lot," she tells ABC Radio. "But he captured my heart pretty quickly. I mean, his personality just shines, and he makes me laugh more than anybody else in the whole world, so it didn't take long!"
So how did Maddie, who described herself as an "underdog," end up winning? Well, in classic Idol fashion, she stayed true to herself. In fact, she was surprised that the show's producers "truly let me be exactly who I wanted to be."
Maddie believes having judge Katy Perry on her side didn't hurt either.
"Early on, she was saying, 'Oh, this girl reminds me of myself,' and was tweeting super-nice things," Maddie recalls. "To have her support...to have her say that to the world...was pretty awesome."
D. Herrick/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Philip Roth, the prolific author known for dark humored novels like Goodbye Columbus and Portnoy's Complaint, died Tuesday in a New York City hospital of congestive heart failure, a close friend tells The New York Times. He was 85.
The Newark, New Jersey-born writer -- whose more than 25 books mainly centered on the Jewish experience, the betrayal of American ideals, personal identity and the frailty of the human body -- won nearly every literary honor, including two National Book Awards, a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 novel American Pastoral, and three PEN/Faulkner Awards.
Eight of Roth's novels were made into films, including Goodbye Columbus, starring Richard Benjamin and Ali McGraw; Portnoy's Complaint; The Human Stain, with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman; The Humbling, featuring Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig; and American Pastoral, directed by and starring Ewan McGregor.
He retired from writing fiction in 2012, focusing thereafter on essays and criticism.
Roth was married twice: first to Margaret Martinson Williams from 1959 to 1963, then to stage actress Claire Bloom from 1990 to 1995.
Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Kelly Clarkson notched a victory in her very first season as a coach on The Voice, as her artist Brynn Cartelli was crowned the season 14 winner -- the youngest in Voice history. She receives a recording contract as her grand prize.
Cartelli, a 15-year-old pop singer from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, finished ahead of runner-up, 18-year-old Britton Buchanan of Team Alicia Keys -- who just missed winning her second straight title.
R&B powerhouse Kyla Jade and country/soul singer Spensha Baker, from Blake Shelton’s team, finished in third place and fourth place, respectively.
All of Team Adam Levine's members were eliminated prior to the finale.
During the two-hour results show, each finalist performed with a special guest. Cartelli joined Julia Michaels to perform a medley of the latter's singles "Issues" and "Jump"; Baker teamed up with Kane Brown for Brown's “What If”; Buchanan joined Ryan Adams for a rendition of Adams' “To Be Without You”; and Jade reunited with season 13 coach Jennifer Hudson -- for whom Kyla was once a backup singer -- for "I Know Where I've Been," from Hairspray.
The musical lineup also included Dua Lipa performing her latest single, “IDGAF”; James Bay teaming up with Alicia Keys on “Us”; Florence the Machine performing their latest single "Hunger"; Halseyand Big Sean teaming up for their single “Alone”; and Jason Aldean performing “Drowns the Whiskey.”
The Voice will be back with a new season in the fall on NBC, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and returning coach Jennifer Hudson.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- BET has tapped Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx to host the 2018 BET Awards.
The network announced on Tuesday that Foxx has signed on to host the annual event, which will take place in Los Angeles June 24. This will be Foxx's second time hosting the music event -- his first time was in 2009.
As previously noted, DJ Khaled tops the list of nominees this year with six nominations, including Video of the Year and two for Best Collaboration, with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, for "Wild Thoughts," and with Jay-Z, Future and Beyoncé for "Top Off."
Kendrick Lamar follows with five nominations, while Migos and SZA have four each.
The 2018 BET Awards air live Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- If your kids appeared in the movie that was currently #1 at the box office, you'd be proud, right? That's why Taylor Swift is pretty excited right now.
In the movie Deadpool 2, star Ryan Reynolds, a good friend of Taylor's, sports a shirt featuring a picture of Taylor's two cats, Meredith and Olivia. The t-shirt says "Olivia & Meredith...best friends purrrr-ever."
Taylor posted a still from the movie on her Instagram story and wrote, "I'm so proud of my fuzzy daughters! Thanks @VanCityReynolds!"
Taylor also posted a video captioned "Telling Mer the news," in which she tells her cat, "In Deadpool 2, they put you and your sister on a shirt in the movie." Meredith purrs loudly, which Taylor says means "she's really happy." She captioned the video, "The purring is really next level. MEREDITH LOVES A CAMEO."
Then we see Olivia and hear Taylor saying, "How do you feel about the shirt? The world is dying to know!" When Olivia gives no response, Taylor asks, "No comment?" The cat then walks out of the frame. Taylor captioned that video "She's very private."
The nod to Taylor's cats may be a thank-you from Reynolds, after Taylor featured James, his baby daughter with wife Blake Lively, on her album Reputation. You can hear her in the intro to the song "Gorgeous."