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How Did Jim Parsons Know It Was Time to Leave ‘The Big Bang Theory’?

If you’re sad about The Big Bang Theory coming to an end, blame it on Sheldon Cooper. Nobel Prize or not, this is all his fault.

To be more specific, the reason the show ended, even though it was still doing very well, was that Jim Parsons had decided he had enough. He wasn’t angry or tired per se — he just looked inside himself and figured it was better to go out before he or the show truly started to lose strength or wear out their welcome.

As he explained to the Hollywood Reporter, when you feel like maybe you’ve done all you can, that’s the best time to go. And judging by the acclaim for the finale, he was right.

Why Jim Parsons quit ‘The Big Bang Theory’

Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Vulture Festival

The Big Bang Theory has benefitted Parsons in particular, in that the show made him a household name. Johnny Galecki had been known for Roseanne, and Kaley Cuoco had 8 Simple Rules, but The Big Bang Theory was many people’s introduction to Parsons. His performance as Sheldon earned six Emmy nominations and four wins. And it was his character that got the spin-off, Young Sheldon.

“There was no factor; there was no situation that I was like, ‘Well, I’ve had enough of that.’ No. There was nothing like that. It was just…when you know, you know. And you’re susceptible and thrown around by the whims of your own existence and getting to a certain age and your life changes and suddenly you just think different,” Parsons said.

The producers knew full well without any of the ensemble cast members — and especially without Parsons — it was time to close the curtain on the show.

“I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of going on without the whole ensemble — and the whole ensemble is why we succeeded,” Chuck Lorre told The Hollywood Reporter. “In pulling it apart and re-approaching it as a fraction of what it was just never felt right to me.”

How ‘The Big Bang Theory’ came to an end

The finale was very Sheldon-centric (spoilers if you haven’t seen it). Sheldon and Amy get the news that they have won the Nobel Prize. Everyone is overjoyed until reality begins to sink in for everyone’s favorite scientific couple. The ever socially awkward Sheldon struggles to deal with the media attention, and Amy is frustrated that Sheldon struggles.

Tensions build until Sheldon’s behavior escalates and he begins to alienate his friends. Even after they arrive in Sweden, the friends seriously consider returning home and skipping the ceremony. Ultimately, they can’t miss Sheldon’s big moment, no matter how upset they are.

Realizing the error of his ways, Sheldon sets aside the lengthy acceptance speech that he had planned, and Parsons shines as he offers Sheldon’s apologies. He has each of his friends stand up, sharing the moment with them, and finally says: “In my way, I love you all.”

For millions of viewers, the feeling was mutual.

How to go on without ‘The Big Bang Theory’

The show may be done, but Sheldon will live on in Young Sheldon. And TBS, in particular, airs The Big Bang Theory reruns, often in all-day marathons. If you’re a cord-cutter and you don’t want to buy episodes, CBS All Access is your only option, as deals have not been made to air Big Bang on Netflix or Hulu yet.

As it happens, Parsons brought up Netflix when he considered the show’s legacy with the Hollywood Reporter: “Look at Netflix — when we started our show, Netflix was circling the drain. And they reinvented themselves into a powerful juggernaut.”

So even though there won’t be any new shows, The Big Bang Theory will still air somewhere as long as there’s a television.

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Why the End of Led Zeppelin Was So Different From The Beatles’ Breakup

By late 1969, The Beatles were well on their way to breaking up as a band. On various occasions, Paul McCartney and John Lennon had nearly fought in the studio; John and George Harrison actually did get into a fistfight; and George and Ringo both quit the group for weeks at a time.

After they went their separate ways, the rancor didn’t die down. At one point, a potshot in one of Paul’s songs led to a scathing response by John on his Imagine album. George and Ringo also had messages for ex-Beatles (Paul, mostly) on their own solo records.

In brief, The Beatles had what you’d call a very public, messy divorce. The end of Led Zeppelin couldn’t have been more different. Not only did the band split up due to John Bonham dying; the ex-Zeppelin members didn’t harbor the sort of animosity the former Beatles had toward one another.

Why The Beatles continued to feud in the early 1970s

John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles during the filming of ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ in Devon, UK, 1967 | Jim Gray/Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

As Zeppelin went about conquering the West in the early ’70s, The Beatles continued feuding with one another. The thing is, even though Paul wanted nothing to do with the others (and vice versa), all four remained trapped in a contract together.

That led to negotiations when Paul wanted to release his first album. Even though the Fab Four’s final record hadn’t appeared, Paul refused to delay the release of McCartney until the following month. Before it hit record stores, the public learned of the band’s breakup.

As a result, everyone not named Paul felt betrayed. (Ringo, who’d tried to reason with Paul in good faith, found himself thrown out of the man’s house for his efforts.) It only dug a deeper hole for all involved.

In the following years, you’d have Ringo calling Paul “meathead” on a record and John asking his old songwriting partner how he slept at night. The damage took a long time to repair.

Led Zeppelin’s members were on good terms when Bonham passed.

JUNE ’77, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham perform live onstage in 1977. |George De Sota/Redferns)

When John Bonham died in 1980, Led Zeppelin had already planned its next move. The band was about to launch yet another epic tour of the U.S. A September 11 press release went out announcing the dates as part of “The 1980’s: Part One.” (Zeppelin didn’t do understated.)

While the band had its share of issues by that time, the looming U.S. tour meant the group was together and ready to play. October 17 in Montreal would mark the first show, with multiple dates in Landover, Philadelphia, and Chicago to follow in the opening leg.

Bonham’s death on September 24 canceled all those plans. By the end of the year, the band made it official: Led Zeppelin was done. But since Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones were still near their musical peak, fans wouldn’t let go of the dream of a reunion.

Why not? Considering the three surviving members of Zep were on good terms and could play, the idea of a reunion wasn’t entirely impossible (at least on paper).

Yet the reality was they couldn’t replace Bonham. When they tried, the results were beneath the band’s best work. It’s to Zeppelin’s credit that they didn’t force the issue over the years. It’s more than most bands can say.

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‘Big Brother’: How Much Do Houseguests Get Paid for Being On the Show?

One of the most popular reality shows of all time has been a continuous fan favorite for nearly twenty years. Big Brother was a revolutionary concept when it was introduced, and the show has gone on to spawn several spinoffs and a whole host of popular slang terms.

With the 21st season coming soon, fans are eager to catch up on past seasons of their favorite show and to learn even more about the pop culture phenomenon.

What is the show about?

Celebrity Big Brother
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

Based on a popular Dutch TV show, Big Brother has a simple enough premise. The show follows a group of contestants, known as “houseguests,” who live together in a large, custom house. The catch is that they are all under constant surveillance, and are not allowed to communicate with anyone who is not in the house.

Every week, the contestants compete in various challenges in order to get closer to winning the prize at the end of the finish line – a huge cash award of $500,000. 

Big Brother originally premiered in 2000, and from the beginning has been hosted by television personality Julie Chen. The show has been wildly successful and is considered to be a game-changer in the reality show genre.

There have been two spinoffs, Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother: Over the Top – both have gone on to enjoy great success. For nearly 20 years, audiences have tuned in to Big Brother for drama, fun challenges, and humor.

‘Big Brother’ has faced criticism

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Although Big Brother has been one of the highest-rated shows of all time during the course of its run, there are people who have taken issue with the format and culture of the show. The nature of the show is that the contestants are on camera 24/7 – which means that literally every interaction and word is subject to being captured on film for the world to see. 

Multiple seasons of the show have faced controversy for contestant behavior, accusations of racist language, homophobic remarks, and even sexual harassment. The show has also not been immune to outright violence – In 2002, a contestant was removed from the house after he made verbal threats to other houseguests, and even held a knife to a contestant’s throat. 

CBS has even issued statements to condemn various incidents that have taken place on the show. All in all, most viewers don’t seem to mind the bouts with controversy and continue to tune in, week after week.

How much do the houseguests get paid?

While the show seems quite spontaneous, and many of the events on the show are unscripted, some things are planned out in advance. Big Brother contestants do receive a salary for their time on the reality show in the form of a weekly stipend.

After all, no one would want to spend an extended period of time in close proximity to strangers for free.

However, exactly how much contestants make is determined by a few different factors – how long they stay on the show, however much their sign-up fee was, and how well they do in the weekly competitions.

Reportedly, the weekly stipend is around $1,000 per contestant, up from the previous weekly salary of $750. Clearly, with thirteen weeks in each season of Big Brother, there’s a lot of cash at stake – and that’s before the big prizes at the end of the season. The grand prize winner gets to take home $500,000, while the houseguest voted as “America’s favorite player” receives a big payday of $25,000. 

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Does Ducky on ‘NCIS’ Have an Accent in Real Life?

Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum) is known by NCIS fans for being the wise and somewhat quirky chief medical examiner. On the show, he’s often seen talking to dead bodies and dishing out sage advice to his co-workers through anecdotes.

When did Ducky make his first appearance on ‘NCIS’?

McCallum made his NCIS debut in 2003. He first appeared in the episode entitled, “Yankee White.”

Three seasons of the hit show later, in Season 6 episode 17, “South by Southwest,” NCIS viewers learned why Ducky made a habit of talking to dead bodies.  “Their bodies tell me a great deal, it helps to reciprocate,” he said.

Who is David McCallum?

85-year-old actor, David McCallum, is best known for playing Ducky on NCIS. He first began acting in the 1950s when appeared in the mini-series, The Rose and the Ring. He made his big screen debut in the 1957 film, Night Ambush.

Actor David McCallum
Actor David McCallum as Donald “Ducky” Mallard on ‘NCIS’ episode, “Burden of Proof.” | Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images

McCallum’s big break came in 1963 when he appeared in The Great Escape as Ashley-Pitt ‘Dispersal.’

Does Ducky on ‘NCIS’ have an accent in real life?

McCallum is a native of Glasgow, Scotland, so, yes, he does have the accent in real life.

McCallum studied music before acting

Music played a big role in McCallum’s early years. His parents, David McCallum Sr. and Dorothy Dorman, were both musicians. McCallum’s father was first violinist for the London Philharmonic and his mother, a cellist.

McCallum studied music at the Royal Academy of Music where he played the oboe then left for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. McCallum is known as one of the first British actors to study Method acting.

Is David McCallum leaving ‘NCIS’?

Lately, there’s been talk of cast members leaving NCIS. And yes, McCallum has been part of those discussions. He’s been eyed as one of the cast members likely to leave the show because he hasn’t had much screentime in Season 16. He reportedly worked a reduced schedule to spend more time with his family.  

The actor has recently become an author. He made his writing debut in 2016 when he released his first book, Once a Crooked Man.

Hints that the actor may, in fact, be leaving the show have been popping up this season. Specifically in the episode titled, “Bears and Cubs.”

During a conversation Ducky had with Anthony DiNozzo Sr. (Robert Wagner), he said, “This may be my last autopsy for a while, perhaps ever,” hinting that Ducky’s time on NCIS may be over.

Brian Dietzen and David McCallum.
Actors Brian Dietzen and David McCallum on ‘NCIS’ episode, “One Man’s Trash.” | Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images

His character continued, saying, “I’m not sure there’s a place for me here. Dr. Palmer is an exceptional medical examiner who has every right to resent my return. I daresay, I might feel the same way if the roles were reversed.”

Although Dr. Palmer (Brian Dietzen) assured his mentor he didn’t resent his actions, the idea of an exit had already been planted in Ducky’s mind.

Gibbs (Mark Harmon) then learns of Ducky’s possible exit. “I’m not entirely sure, but one thing I am certain of: My future will no longer include NCIS,” Ducky told Gibbs. “I’ve done all I have to do. It’s time for Dr. Palmer to be the permanent chief medical examiner. I’m sorry.”

These interactions between characters indicate that McCallum could very well be leaving the show although nothing has been confirmed.

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‘The Bachelorette’: Hannah Brown Is Very Sexual and She’s Not Afraid to Show It

She may be from Alabama, but that doesn’t mean Hannah Brown
is afraid to let her sexual side show. Fans have been shocked and delighted
about how Brown has been shattering
stereotypes
and embracing her sexuality this season, especially compared to
last year’s virginal Bachelor Colton
Underwood.

During the season trailer, Hannah admits, “Honestly, like, I have had sex. And Jesus still loves me.” She wasn’t nearly this outspoken during her time as a contestant on The Bachelor, which is part of what makes her statements so surprising. Fans are happy to join her on her journey of finding love and, dare we say it, great sexual chemistry too. Which is also so important.

Only a couple weeks in and fans
are fervently fanning themselves because it is getting seriously hot
in here
.

Hannah Brown on The Bachelor After the Final Rose
Hannah Brown | Getty Images/ John Fleenor

This season of ‘The Bachelorette’
is so steamy already

Skimpy outfits, romantic trysts, and Fantasy Suites are all expected on any episode associated with the Bachelor franchise. But for some reason, Hannah B.’s season is getting hot and steamy quicker than normal. For one thing, the chemistry between our lovely Bachelorette and Luke Parker, who’s already being considered a favorite to win, is palpable. It helps that Luke is built like a Greek god and likes to show it—but it’s also pure chemistry between the pair.

Things got provocative during
Week 2, when Hannah said, “He’s so hot. It’s easy to get caught up in what this
is,” in a voiceover. She goes on, saying: “Can we just skip the main course and
go to the dessert? Luke P. is the dessert.”

Damn, Hannah!

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‘The Bachelorette’ is facing
criticism for being too sexual

As expected, critics are coming
forward in response to Hannah’s over-the-top sexually suggestive comments,
which aren’t just limited to Luke P. Her reaction to the Speedo competition
proves that she’s just as interested in the, ahem, physical qualities of a man
as she is his heart and mind. And a few fans are taking issues with that.

One Bachelorette contestant from 2018 (Connor Obrochta) tweeted his response to her on-screen actions, saying, “Hannah you’re supposed to find love and the one and only not a dude you want to just bang….” However, most people are thinking it’s a double standard to assume Hannah should behave demurely while male Bachelors get away with much more physical interest without any backlash.

The rest of the season will
have more sexually charged scenes

It’s clear that producers are
happy to let Hannah be Hannah and she’s also fine with ignoring the haters. In
previews of weeks to come, we see glimpses of our heroine engaged in all kinds
of sexual situations, proving that this is about as different from a virginal Bachelorette as you can get. And she’s
fine with that.

Maybe she figures that people would
criticize her no matter what, so she might as well be true to herself? Either
way, we can’t wait to see what comes next on this season. 

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‘Stranger Things’ Star Millie Bobby Brown Was Bullied, Forcing Her to Change Schools

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown recently revealed that she was bullied so badly that she had to change schools to escape it. As part of her role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, she hopes to put an end to bullying and has kids’ best interests in mind. Her own experience definitely plays a role, as she explained that some situations have been “soul breaking.”

Millie Bobby Brown at Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures And Legendary Pictures' "Godzilla: King Of The Monsters"
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Why it was important for Brown to address bullying

In a new interview, conducted by actor and fellow Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom, Brown was asked about some of the “biggest issues facing young people today” and addressed bullying, while relating her own experience.

She explained why the bullying issue is personally important to her, noting: “I was bullied at school back in England. So, it’s extremely important for me to speak out against bullying. I actually switched schools because of it, it created a lot of anxiety and issues that I still deal with today. I have dealt with situations both in real life and online that are soul breaking and it genuinely hurts reading some of the things people have said.”

Brown continued: “Being in this industry we have become so
aware of negativity and it’s made me appreciate the love so much more. People
receive so much love on social media and then only focus on the hate.”

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Brown wants to ‘spread positivity’

Bloom also asked Brown what she hopes to accomplish in her role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and she addressed how “young people’s lives are increasingly under pressure,” with her priority to “make sure that children are protected from violence and exploitation.”

In addition to that, she noted, she wants to “combat the negativity on social media,” as she shared that the hate that spreads is “so horrifying” to her. Brown further said she hopes to make social media “a happy place,” as it can be “one of the best places in the world and one of the worst,” pointing out that “there are some really heartbreaking things to happen on social media and I have dealt with a lot of bullying online.”

Overall, Brown explained her positive outlook, sharing: “My message is always to spread love, light and positivity. The world can be a scary place sometimes, but it’s important to remain hopeful and to be kind to others.”

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What happens on Stranger Things in season 3?

During the interview, Brown was also asked about what’s going to happen in Stranger Things season 3 and, as expected, she has to stay pretty mum on the subject. She did explain, however, that “There’s not much I can say. But I can say it’s one of the most important things in my life.”

She added: “I am so excited about it because I worked
really hard on it. It’s like my baby. I shaved my hair off for it, so ever
since then it’s become one of my favourite projects I have ever done.”

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The Real Reason Prince Charles Can’t Stand Prince Andrew’s Ex-Wife Sarah Ferguson

If you thought Prince Philip was the only royal who isn’t a fan of Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, think again.

Fergie’s embarrassing toe-sucking scandal in 1992 is what turned Philip against the duchess. The negative press and damage that caused to the royal family’s reputation are the reasons why he has refused to forgive his former daughter-in-law. But Prince Charles is not very fond of Fergie and his reasons have nothing to do with her toes being in another man’s mouth while she was married to his brother.

Prince Charles and Sarah Ferguson
Prince Charles and Sarah Ferguson | Tim Graham/Getty Images

Here’s why the Prince of Wales does not get along with the Duchess of York.

Why Prince Charles can’t stand Fergie

When Prince William and Kate Middleton wed in 2011, Ferguson was not invited to their wedding and that was reportedly at Prince Philip’s request. However, she can never be shunned from the royal family completely since she has two daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, with the Duke of York.

So when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot, Fergie was invited to their nuptials but not the private reception that her ex-husband and children were because Prince Charles did not want her there.

An insider commented on Ferguson being snubbed from the evening party, saying, “She is not a member of the royal family anymore and Prince Charles simply doesn’t have time for her. He just can’t see why she is still such a big part of his brother’s life.”

Prince Charles, Sarah Ferguson, and Prince Andrew
Prince Charles, Sarah Ferguson, and Prince Andrew | Georges De Keerle/Getty Images

And another source told The Sun that the future king’s reasoning for not wanting to associate with Fergie has to do with her taking Princess Diana’s side years ago.

“Charles is not OK with Fergie. He can’t stand her in reality,” the source said. “They don’t get on personally. There’s so much baggage because he feels she sided with Diana over Camilla.”

Is Prince Charles feuding with his brother and nieces too?

But it’s not just Fergie that Charles has a problem with. He has been feuding with Andrew for years and now Beatrice and Eugenie may feel their uncle’s wrath as well once he becomes king because he has some plans that do not include the York family.

Prince Andrew with daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice
Prince Andrew with daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice | Ian Gavan/GP/Getty Images

Charles has spoken about his plans to slim down the monarchy which would not only affect Andrew but also his daughters. The Duke of Cornwall’s future vision is to have the taxpayers just fund his immediate family. Meaning that the British public would only pay for his and Camilla’s expenses, as well as his two sons and their wives.

Andrew is reportedly so worried about that happening that he wrote a letter to the queen requesting that both Eugenie and Beatrice receive full-time royal duties like their cousins, William and Harry.

“Prince Andrew thinks that when [Prince Philip] dies and the queen winds down, there should be a greater role for him and his girls,” royal expert Phil Dampier noted.

However, if Charles doesn’t feel that way then whenever he does take the throne, his brother and nieces may not have any formal role within the royal family.

Read more: Prince Charles Feuded With His Brother Prince Edward Because of What He Did To Prince William

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‘The Bachelorette’: Did Cam Go Too Far?

Sometimes it’s not terribly cut and dry who the villain is at this stage of The Bachelorette. Based on the season preview shown at the end of Hannah Brown’s premiere, it looked as though Luke P. might be the season villain. He was shown yelling in another contestant’s face and in a few other heated moments. During the second episode of the season, Luke P. told Hannah B. that he was already falling in love with her. And he did it on a group date for everyone to hear. He’s definitely someone who wears his emotions on his sleeve. It wouldn’t be shocking to learn he’s as quick to feel anger as he does love.

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Cam and Hannah B. | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images

But then contestant Cam made some “bold” (the hot term of the season–Hannah B. keeps requesting that her men be bold) moves and now it looks as if we have ourselves a different villain.

Hannah Brown’s history with Cam

We first met Cam during Colton Underwood’s season finale. Hannah B. was introduced as the new Bachelorette and she had the opportunity to meet some of her suitors. Cam was one of them. He rapped for her:

“When they said it was you it was a pleasant surprise/ Now I’m standing here looking you straight in the eyes

All the other dudes got me feeling so stressed/ So I say ‘All aboard the hot mess express’

I’m ready for love and I’m ready to feast/ I fell for you like a fell for Hannah Beast

So take my hand and let’s go for a ride/This is the only time Camy’s gonna say Roll Tide”

It was well-received, both by the audience and Hannah Brown. Hannah B. liked Cam’s performance so much, in fact, that she awarded him her faux first rose.

Cam is trying to be bold for Hannah Brown

Now that he’s on the show, Cam’s decided to capitalize on the fact that Hannah B. keeps saying that she wants a bold man.

His Bachelorette bio reads:

“Cam is a sales manager from Texas with a competitive personality. He loves to be the life of the party and is the self-proclaimed “dance floor king.” Will he have the right moves to impress our Bachelorette?”

He certainly is competitive. He’s made it very clear that ABC (always be Cam) Cam will do what he needs to do to advance in the competition for Hannah B.’s heart.

On last night’s episode, we watched him crash a group date that he wasn’t invited to. On the latter portion of the date, Cam showed up with a bouquet of flowers. He told Hannah B. that he just wanted to see her. She seemed to enjoy the surprise. She told him that she was happy to see him.

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The other men on the group date, however, were not so excited to learn that Cam had crashed their date. They felt he stole some of their precious time with Hannah B. Several of the men confronted Cam about his stunt, but he just said that Hannah B. is his priority and that he’s going to do what he needs to do to spend time with her. There’s that competitive personality.

Then during the episode’s cocktail party, Cam interrupted Kevin and Hannah B. to take them over to sit in a heart made of rose petals and share some chicken nuggets–a callback to one of the first conversations Cam and Hannah B. had. Kevin was not amused. He later threw chicken nuggets at Cam to show just how unamused he was.

Did Cam go too far? That depends on who you ask. Hannah B.’s been requesting bold behavior and Cam’s acts were certainly bold. All of the contestants hate what Cam’s been up to but the producers are probably thrilled. There aren’t any rules that contestants can’t do what Cam’s doing. In fact, it seems to be encouraged.

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Will Michael Weatherly’s Harassment Controversy Prevent His Return to ‘NCIS’?

When Michael Weatherly left NCIS, fans were devastated. The loss of Anthony DiNozzo paired with the disappearance of Cote De Pablo’s character, Ziva David was a double whammy no one was prepared for.

While it’s been a while since both Weatherly and De Pablo’s character were written off the show, fans hold on to hope that their favorite NCIS “couple” will return.

Now there’s a potential new hurdle on the horizon — a harassment controversy that could very well keep Weatherly from ever joining his former co-stars.

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Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo. | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

Why did Michael Weatherly leave ‘NCIS’?

Weatherly was ingrained into NCIS lore. He appeared in a total of 306 episodes between 2003 and 2016. Despite being a core part of the series, the Trigger Happy actor began having his doubts when de Pablo was getting ready to make her exit. He probably would have taken off with his on-screen love interest had his conscience not held him back.

“The key for me was to make sure that these guys had enough time. I love Tony DiNozzo but more importantly, I love NCIS. I’m just a fan of the show. That’s always a priority, so I think his departure has to serve that primarily.” – Michael Weatherly (Parade)

While de Pablo had a disappointing storyline lingering over her head, Weatherly wasn’t as pressured to leave. That gave him all the time in the world to orchestrate a good “ending” for his character.

Ultimately, the Grown Ups actor decided to pull the plug on his character because he was growing tired of the role and the work it took to bring DiNozzo to the small screen.

“I was burnt out by NCIS and I was ready for a new challenge.” – Michael Weatherly (The Hollywood Reporter)

Did Michael Weatherly actually harass someone?

When Weatherly left NCIS he immediately took up residence on another show, Bull. He’s been there ever since but recent news of a harassment settlement began to breed uncertainty around the actor’s future.

Actress Eliza Dushku received a $9.5 million settlement from the network for her claims against him, a pretty hefty sum. 

According to Dushku, she lost her chance at becoming a full-time character on the show after she called out her co-star for bad behavior. Weatherly had made some comments about her appearance in front of the cast and crew, a move that made her extremely uncomfortable.

After speaking up, her time on the show was cut short. Once things came to light Weatherly apologized but Dushku was less than thrilled about what he said. 

“I do not want to hear that I have a ‘humor deficit’ or can’t take a joke. I did not overreact. I took a job and, because I did not want to be harassed, I was fired.”

Dushku clearly feels she was wronged and that Weatherly’s apology simply isn’t cutting it. In her eyes, the way he phrased it made it just seem like a perpetrator trying to cover their tracks after being caught. 

Will the controversy prevent Weatherly from returning to ‘NCIS’?

Well, here’s the thing. Both NCIS and Bull are CBS shows. After some deliberation, it seems like CBS will be moving forward with BullThe network feels like Weatherly covered all of his bases properly. 

“Michael made a mistake in his comments [to Dushku]. He owned that mistake. He was apologetic at the time, and he was remorseful. He was willing to take any kind of coaching or training we deem necessary for him to create a positive environment on the set.” – Kelly Kahl (CBS Entertainment Chief)

This statement comes after Steven Spielberg’s company, Amblin Television, snipped its connects with the show.

Dushku spoke with Spielberg about her experience and it looks like he’s bowing out before things get messy. But while Spielberg may feel like Weatherly crossed the line, the network definitely thinks otherwise. 

All that being said, there is clearly no internal problems keeping Weatherly from returning to NCIS. So while he may be a controversial star right now, his die-hard fans can sigh a sigh of relief since the ball is definitely still in his court.

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Was It a Mistake to Give the Next ‘Star Wars’ Movie to ‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff?

If you’ve been on the internet over the past few days, then no
doubt you’ve seen the overwhelming backlash over the last season of Game of Thrones. Things got so bad after
the finale aired that fans started to petition to give the show
a redo
—and so far, it’s earned thousands of signatures.

The problems with the latest GoT season are numerous. It all started with episode 3, ‘The Long Night.’ Fans complained the whole thing was too blurry and difficult to see. Things spiraled out of control after that and fans just kept finding fault with everything that happened, from errant Starbucks cups to their dissatisfaction with how the season ended.

For obvious reasons, Star Wars fans were skeptical when they found out that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were tapped to take on the newest Star Wars film. Was that a brilliant decision by Disney, or an epic fail?

Benioff and Weiss
Creator/Executive Producers David Benioff (L) and D. B. Weiss | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO

Their unpopularity might be a benefit

The new Star Wars film isn’t slotted to debut until 2022, so fans have plenty of time to forget just how angry they are with Benioff and Weiss’ creative direction on GoT. But as journalist and Star Wars enthusiast Ryan Britt points out, the fact that people hate them right now could be beneficial.

As he says, “In terms of perception, they won’t be creating a Star Wars film from a place of confidence, but instead — maybe — from a place of having something to prove. If the ending of Game of Thrones ends up being objectively ‘bad,’ then at least half the people who go see the Star Wars movie in 2022 will have this ‘fact’ in their minds.”

Fans are predicting the new ‘Star Wars’ movie will be like ‘The
Force Awakens’

J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams | Mike Marsland/WireImage

Not every Star Wars movie is good, but one notable exception is The Force Awakens, which was directed by J.J. Abrams. The interesting similarity between his story and that of Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss is that they were both chosen after their popularity plummeted. For Abrams, it happened in the final seasons of the show Lost.

The bottom line is that all directors have high and low
points in their careers, and no one will do everything right all the time.
Benioff and Weiss have proven themselves from their early work on Game of Thrones—that’s why they were
tapped for Star Wars in the first
place. Just because the final season of GoT
didn’t receive much love, it doesn’t mean this creative duo should be banished
from Hollywood. They deserve another chance. And now they’re getting one.

The ‘Star Wars’ universe provides plenty of new material

There’s another good reason why Benioff and Weiss should be
celebrated instead of shunned. While fans are already acquainted with how they
handle Westeros, Star Wars is a whole
new world—literally. The two stories may be based in fantasy, but that’s where
the similarities end. Taking on the Star Wars
franchise will no doubt bring tons of new creative energy from this pair.

2022 can’t come soon enough!

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