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Allison Janney Shares First ‘Mom’ Set Photo Since Anna Faris’ ‘Sudden’ Exit



Allison Janney is back on the set of Mom just weeks after her costar Anna Faris announced she was leaving the series for good. Janney gave fans a look at the show’s upcoming Season 8, taking viewers behind the scenes and onto the set of the show, which is continuing along despite the exit of one of its leads.

In a clip posted on her Instagram featuring Mimi Kennedy, Beth Hall and Jaime Pressly, Janney gave her followers a glimpse at the set for the upcoming season. “Hi everyone, we are all back at Mom. It’s our first day with the new COVID protocol,” Janney said. “Everyone’s here and it’s a whole new territory, but we’re excited for season 8 to begin.”

Janney’s Mom set tour comes only weeks after Faris announced she was leaving the show Sept. 4 after starring on the CBS sitcom for seven seasons. A source close to the show called Faris’ exit “a nightmare” after she left. “It was a surprise to hear that Anna was leaving. None of us are happy about that,” a source told People, adding, “It was sudden and unwelcome, and it left the entire network scrambling. This is not a good thing at all.”

Since 2013, Faris played the character Christy on the show, a single mother who is reunited with her dysfunction mom, Bonnie (Allison Janney), when she least expects it. The series follows the two as they manage their own addictions and sobriety. Faris’ exit from Mom comes right in the middle of a two-year contract she signed with the show in 2019.

When announcing she was leaving the show, Faris called her years spent acting on Mom “some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career,” adding, “I’m so thankful to Chuck, the writers, and my amazing castmates for creating a truly wonderful work experience. While my journey as Christy has come to an end, allowing me to pursue new opportunities, I’ll be watching next season and rooting for my TV family.”

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Kelly Clarkson’s ‘genuine kindness’ could help her dethrone talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres, expert says




Kelly Clarkson’s ‘genuine kindness’ could help her dethrone Ellen DeGeneres, according to a communication expert (Picture: CraSH/imageSPACE/REX)

As The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show make their return this week, all eyes will be on how their both fair in a very interesting time for talk shows.

Adapting to the new coronavirus regulations has already been a key challenge for most shows, and there will be extra focus on Ellen DeGeneres and her team after a summer of allegations that may have taken a hit on her image and the show’s reputation.

After a damning Buzzfeed expose and multiple statements brought to light alleged behavior of senior staff on set, claims of intimidation and potential racism made about senior producers – and talks of Ellen’s own behaviour – became trending topics.

Something Ellen has promised to address when she returns to the TV screens and reunites with her viewers this week.

Meanwhile, Kelly’s star power continues to rise after an Emmy Award win and stellar ratings sees her show stride into a second season with high expectations for more of the same success.

And according to leading celebrity communications expert Danny Deraney, the American Idol winner’s ‘genuine kindness’ could see her take Ellen’s spot as the reigning daytime talk show host.

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The singer’s show returns for a second season after a successful first run which even saw Kelly win an Emmy (Picture: BRAVO)

Speaking to, he explained: ‘There’s a genuine kindness with Kelly, she comes across as relatable and caring which is something that people of every generation connect to.

‘It’s an excellent quality for a talk show host because it means don’t have to be a fan of her music to enjoy watching her show. You can just be a fan of her humanity because there is something that radiates out of Kelly and viewers are drawn to it.’

The PR expert admitted it would still take some time for anyone to knock Ellen from the top shop, but he stated why Kelly is currently the star’s biggest competition.

Danny added: ‘Kelly is in a luxurious position where she can continue being herself and working on the show like she has been in the past year and she could step up if Ellen slips further down the cracks. I think the position would be open to anyone in the talk show sector but Kelly could take over in the same way Ellen skyrocketed when Oprah Windrey ended her show.’

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show has had to battle allegations of being a ‘toxic workplace’ behind-the-scenes (Picture: NBC)

‘The opportunity is open for everyone or anyone who wants to take it but right now Kelly has the advantage. It does all still depend on what happens with Ellen and her show as she tries to move forward from the curreent backlash.’

He continued: ‘American Idol was 18 years ago and I have never heard a single, negative thing about Kelly during my time in the industry. Every time I worked on a project with her, she was kind, caring and had no ego about her. People respond well to that.

‘She has the girl next door quality that has helped her show to become so successful. Audiences are drawn to someone who feels real and truly kind. Ellen’s show is full of acts of kindness but it comes naturally for the audience to want to root for Kelly.’

The Kelly Clarkson Show returns on September 21 for its second season.

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Reese Witherspoon Throws New Year’s Eve Party For The Emmys




Reese Witherspoon is so ready to say goodbye to 2020 that she threw a New Year’s Eve party during the Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept 20.

The actress invited her “Little Fires Everywhere” co-star Kerry Washington to the NYE-themed bash, which was held on Witherspoon’s lawn.

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“We’re ready for this year to be over,” explained the actress, speaking to Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel.

When Kimmel asked if it’s possible to simply end the year in September, Witherspoon replied, “Of course. We’re Emmy-nominated television producers.”

“Little Fires Everywhere” was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series at the award show.

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Witherspoon and Washington even did a countdown, minus the traditional New Year’s Eve kiss due to the pandemic.

“I wish I could kiss you guys, too,” said Kimmel, to which Washington quipped, “No, we don’t want that. Thank you!”

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Kate McKinnon Pays Tribute to ‘Real-Life Superhero’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg




Kate McKinnon, who played U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday Night Live, paid tribute to her in a tribute obtained by the TODAY show.

Wrote McKinnon: “For so many of us, Justice Ginsburg was a real-life superhero: a beacon of hope, a warrior for justice, a robed crusader who saved the day time and again. Playing her on ‘SNL’ was a profound joy because I could always feel the overwhelming love and gratitude that the audience had for her. It was one of the great honors of my life to meet Justice Ginsburg, to shake her hand, and to thank her for her lifetime of service to this country.”

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McKinnon met the Justice at a performance of Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof in August 2019.

In her SNL performances, McKinnon made light of Ginsburg’s longevity, historic accomplishments, and fighting spirit, showing off a calendar from 1982 that read “Turn 100,” “break glass ceiling,” and “do laps in a bird bath” and one from this year that read “Don’t Die.”

“I’ve been alive for so long, I’m restarting my lifecycle, like a cicada,” McKinnon’s Ginsburg whispered. “I’m going through puberty again. I’ve got all sorts of feelings about Riverdale. That Cole Sprouse, he’s looking like a snack to me.”

Watch McKinnon’s Ginsburg on Weekend Update:

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