Cybill Shepherd says her titular show Cybill got pulled from CBS after she spurned disgraced former chairman Leslie Moonves’ sexual advances.
Shepherd appeared on SiriusXM’s "The Michelle Collins Show," Thursday, and claims he hit on her at dinner while he was still married to Nancy Wiesenfeld.
She says: "My show could’ve run another five years but I didn’t fall on the right side of Les Moonves. I wasn’t going to fall at all for Les."
Shortly after the doomed dinner, the 68-year-old says he started criticizing her. Shepherd recalls: "It’s just funny to see somebody whose quote ‘pretty,’ you know, talking with some food in their mouth, not overdoing it. It’s just funny. And then I got that note, ‘Don’t do that anymore. Don’t have Cybill talk while she’s eating. Then it was, okay, we had done one menopause episode, then we were going to do a second one. They said, ‘You can’t use "menses," "menstruation" or "period" and I fought to say period and that ended up in Newsweek or Time just that year. I had had to fight to say period."
Cybil ran for four seasons from 1995-1998. She earned two Golden Globes and 12 Emmy nominations for her work.
In other Moonves news, he has quietly left the boards of the American Film Institute and the Paley Center for Media due to the cloud of scandal that hovers over him, Variety reports.
Reigning Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers has apologized on Instagram after getting dragged for openly mocking Miss Vietnam H'Hen Nie, and Miss Cambodia Sinat Rern, for not speaking English.
In a video captured by Miss Colombia Valeria Morales, Summers, 24, asks, and then answers, "What do you think of Miss Vietnam Nie?"
Summers says: "She's so cute and she pretends to know so much English, and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she goes smiles and nods. She's adorable."
Later in the video, Summers appears to have empathy for Rern: "Miss Cambodia is here and doesn't speak any English and not a single other person speaks her language. Can you imagine? Miss Australia Francesca Hung said 'that would be so isolating,' and I said, 'Yes, and just confusing all the time.' Poor Cambodia."
In her apology, Summers says: "In a moment where I intended to admire the courage of a few of my sisters, I said something that I now realize can be perceived as not respectful, and I apologize."
TMZ reached out to her mother Desiree, who says: "She in no way meant any harm. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body." As for imitating Miss Vietnam, Desiree says, "Summers was just recreating how Miss Vietnam acts when she doesn’t understand what someone is saying. She wasn’t trying to mock her."
PETER JACKSON SPEAKS OUT ON HARVEY WEINSTEIN: Peter Jackson won 11 Oscars for the third installment of Lord of the Rings, but he says that disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein was never satisfied with his work, and in fact wanted to take the franchise away from him and give it to Quentin Tarantino. "What we got was a real bully, a very unpleasant experience," Jackson tells The Independent. "Purely because they had this mafia thuggery, and that’s no exaggeration. We ultimately left them and were happy to leave them. Me and Fran Walsh, Jackson’s wife and co-writer promised never to work with them again. I haven’t spoken with Harvey for 20 years." He also opened up about what he thinks Weinstein, who has been accused of assaulting 80 women, deserves: "It’s up to the courts and the justice system to find out what’s true. If he’s done anything like what he’s been accused of justice should be brought, it’s black and white for me."
WHAT WILL OPRAH GIVE GAYLE KING FOR CHRISTMAS? Nada! The BFFs do not exchange Christmas gifts, Gayle King says on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. "We don’t exchange gifts because both of us feel that we really don’t need anything, we just like hanging out together," King, 63, said. Fair enough! If you could ask Oprah Winfrey for anything this year, what would it be?
AMBER HEARD WANTS TO PLAY JAMES BOND: Move over, Daniel Craig! ET caught up with Amber Heard at the premiere of Aquaman, and she copped to wanted to play James Bond. She says: "I'd do a great Bond! Hell yeah… I think I could. It’s about time."
GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE SAYS GOT FANS WILL ‘NEED THERAPY’ AFTER FINALE: Brace yourselves! The final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones is heading to small screen in April, and according to Gwendoline Christie, it’s brutal. "You’re going to need therapy," she told E! "I think just the show ending is going to send all of the world into professional help. I think it’s going to make me incredibly emotional. We’re all emotional about the fact that this is the end, and this is the end of something incredibly significant for all of us, and it’s been a truly incredible thing to be a part of." Will you tune in?
Meghan Markle is dying to speak her truth, but royal etiquette won’t let her. She has spent the past year getting dragged in the press for real and possibly imagined offenses, from her father outlandish behavior to the "feud" she reportedly instigated with sister in law Kate Middleton.
In public, she has maintained equilibrium and silence, only issuing one statement to the press about her father, when backed out of her May wedding to Prince Harry. In January, Meghan deleted all of her social media accounts, per royal requirements.
"It’s just been frustrating and stressful to have no voice," a royal insider told Us Weekly. "She’s always relied on her own voice to stand up for others, and for herself. So not being able to say anything is a debilitating feeling. She’s always been so independent, her entire life, and that’s all been taken away from her. She’s always been able to clap back on social media and now she can’t."
NEVER SPEAKING TO FATHER AGAIN
Us Weekly also reports that Meghan has no plans to speak with her father again.
"It keeps getting worse and worse, he won’t stop. It’s shocking," a source tells Us of his constant interviews with the press.
Another insider says that the 37-year-old has "moved on" from her dad. "The best thing he could have done since the day it fell apart would be to go away, and stay silent and he’s done everything but," the second insider says. "There is no relationship change. Any other interviews are just an eye roll."
Meanwhile, as Meghan adjusts to the royal rules regarding public discourse, she may be adjusting to some new traditions in private too. The latest speculation has Meghan spending Christmas morning alone.
She and Harry are headed to Sandringham to spend Christmas with the Queen, Prince William and Kate, but "tradition" stipulates that women eat breakfast solo in their bedrooms while men dine downstairs.
"On Christmas Day, the ladies generally opt for a light breakfast of sliced fruit, half a grapefruit, toast and coffee delivered to their rooms," former royal chef Darren McGrady wrote in an article for The Daily Mail, adding that the men eat a heartier meal of "eggs, bacon and mushrooms, kippers, and grilled kidneys."
Natalie Portman is speaking out about Israel’s nation-state law, passed earlier this year to criticism within the country and abroad. In an interview with the London-based Arabic daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, the Oscar-winner says the law is "racist."
The law states that "Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people," despite Israel’s Arab citizenship, which numbers some 1.8 million, or 20% of the nation’s 9 million total population. The law also defines Hebrew as Israel’s official language.
Portman opines: "It is a mistake and I don't agree with it ... people's lives are being affected on a personal level by decisions made by politicians. I only hope that we will be able to truly love our neighbors and that we can work together."
It’s not the first time the Israeli-born Portman has spoken out against her native country. Less than a year ago, she pulled out of a prize ceremony in Tel Aviv, weeks after Israeli troops shot and killed Palestinian protestors at the Gaza border.
The 23-year-old catwalk strutter Kendall Jenner is the highest-paid model in the biz, according to Forbes.
According to the magazine’s pre-tax estimates, she earned $22.5 million between June of 2017 and June of 2018, a bump from the $22 million she reportedly banked last year.
Coming in a distant second is Karlie Kloss, with $13 million, with Chrissy Teigen and Rosie Huntington-Whitely tying for third with $11.5 million. Gisele Bundchen and Cara Delevingne are next with $10 million, with Gigi Hadid following with $9.5 million and her sister Bella nipping at her heels with $8.5 million. Joan Smalls ($8.5 million) and Doutzen Kroes ($8 million) round out the list.
JERRY SEINFELD WEIGHS IN ON KEVIN HART, OSCARS FLAP: Jerry Seinfeld is discussing Kevin Hart following the Academy Awards flap, and he is clearly siding with Hart. (He was famously ousted when homophobic tweets were resurfaced). Seinfeld is set to speak with Willie Geist on NBC’s Sunday Today, and a clip was leaked ahead of time. "I think Kevin is going to be fine, but find another Kevin Hart, that's not so easy," Seinfeld said of the Academy's current host-free Oscars ceremony. "He's a brilliant guy with a movie career." A replacement has not yet been named. Seinfeld adds that he thinks comedy has always been rife with offensive jokes: "Look, when I started out, there were dirty comedians— Well, if you want to get on The Tonight Show, you can't use any of those words. And a lot of us went, 'OK. I still want to play. I'll play.' Here's a new rule, we're cutting this out. 'Ok. I'll get around that.' So, that's our thing. It's like Lindsey Vonn: wherever you put the gates, I'm going to make them."
FACEBOOK RENEWS SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, FIVE POINTS: Facebook has renewed four original series for second seasons: Five Points, Huda Boss, Sacred Lies and Sorry for Your Loss. Collectively, the shows bring in 1.3 million viewers and join an increasingly diverse roster of programming, including Jada Pinkett Smith’s hit Red Table Talk, the game show Confetti and the planned reboot of MTV’s The Real World. "With our originals, our aim is to give people programing that not only serves to entertain, but to also bring them closer together," said Ricky Van Veen, Facebook’s head of global creative strategy. "We’ve intentionally focused on content with the potential to have an extended life on Facebook beyond the initial airing of the shows, that sparks conversations and two-way interactions."
NARCOS: MEXICO DETAILS RELEASED: The second season of Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico will see the return of Diego Luna and Scoot McNairy, the streaming giant announced.
REORG AT HOUSE OF MOUSE: Disney is revamping its international business ahead of the pending acquisition of 21stCentury Fox. Per Deadline, the shuffle is as follows: Rebecca Campbell, who currently serves as President, The Walt Disney Company EMEA, will continue in this role, while also now overseeing Russia and CIS. Diego Lerner, who currently serves as President, The Walt Disney Company Latin America, will lead the Lat Am business; Uday Shankar, who currently serves as President, 21st Century Fox, Asia, and Chairman and CEO of Star India, will become Chairman, Star and Disney India, and President, The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific. Disney exec Janice Marinelli will serve as President, Global Content Sales and Distribution.