Roseanne: I Was Fired Because I Like Donald Trump

Roseanne Barr tells the Daily Mail she was fired from the successful reboot of her sitcom Roseanne because she supports Donald Trump and Hollywood hates him.

‘When it happened it was like I thought I was gonna lose my life,’ she recalled. ‘It was devastating and horrible and is unprecedented too that they would do that to me.’

She feels like there is more to her departure from ABC than just the shocking social media post and wonders if there was some sort of conspiracy at play.

‘It was a perfect storm,’ she told Palmer. ‘That’s what I think, just the perfect storm at the perfect time. Kind of a little bit too perfect. Sometimes I think “was this orchestrated? The whole thing?”’

Barr reckons that her continued support of President Donald Trump played into ABC’s decision to boot her.

‘All of Hollywood, they just hate him and they hate those of us who like him. There is no way around it.

‘So, yeah, I think they took me off because I liked him and I like him because I’m a Jew and he likes Israel,’ Barr said matter-of-factly.

In the aftermath of referring to former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett an ape on Twitter, Barr was fired from her own show. The series was initially cancelled but then revived as a spin-off, The Connors. The revamped series is now heading into its second season.

Barr, who is about to begin a comedy tour with Andrew Dice Clay, says she is not in contact with any of her former cast mates.

(image via Instagram)

Sunday Slowdown: Blondie ‘The Tide Is High’

Running some errands with hot hubby Michael today, I heard this on the music system at one of the stores we visited and I found it impossible not to bop down the aisle.

Originally performed by the Jamaican group The Paragons, the song didn’t become a hit until Blondie covered the tune in 1980 for their Autoamerican album and took it all the way to number one, becoming an international sensation.

Who can’t groove to this?

Happy Sunday, folks.

RuPaul Wins 4th Consecutive Emmy Award For ‘Outstanding Host’

For the fourth year in a row, RuPaul has snatched up the Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Backstage, RuPaul explained he was “having a hard time putting words together,” but he ultimately expressed his gratitude for the win and the art of drag.

“I show up to work because I love drag queens, love dramatic people, love being around people who march to a different drummer,” RuPaul said.

He later added, “Drag is dangerous. Drag is not politically correct,” he said. “I know people say, ‘You’re mainstream,’ but drag will never be mainstream.”

Drag Race was up for 14 awards at this year’s ceremony. The show made history in 2018, becoming the first series to win best reality host and best reality competition program in the same year.

The show was recently renewed for a 12th season on VH1, as well as spinoff RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, which was greenlit for a fifth season.

Daily Dance: Wedding Reception Flash Mob Goes Viral

When Isaiah and Taylor Green-Jones got married in Portland, Oregon on August 4th, the couple knew they wanted to do something special for their wedding reception guests.

“We’d always wanted to do a dance video, but had never made a routine,” share Taylor, 35, with Good Morning America.

Working with a colleague, Taylor choreographed a flash mob to Beyonce’s “Before I Let Go” and Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.”

The couple told GMA they rehearsed for a month before the big day.

“Everyone was surprised at the wedding,” says Isaiah. “No one knew, so there was a lot of cheering, a lot of yelling. It was great.”

The response to the now-viral video has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Online, there was a lot of support. I think people felt inspired … because this video showed a little piece of light in the midst of a lot of negative energy out there,” he shared.

According to ABC News, the two hope that the video shows others “the importance of supporting folks and celebrating love, no matter what that looks like.”

(lead image via Facebook)

‘Matt & Dan’ Serve Up Deliciously Off-Kilter Encounter

Don’t you hate it when folks come up to you in public, immediately jump into conversation like they know you, but you have NO IDEA who they are?

The latest episode from Matt Wilkas and Daniel Vincent Gordh’s self-titled web series, Matt & Dan, takes the ‘where do I know you from?’ scenario and ramps up the socially awkward score to Level 10.

In ‘Best Friends For Never,’ Matt (above) is grabbing some java on his way to CrossFit class when Dan spots him from across the coffee shop.

Dan: “Oh, my god…Ben!”

Matt: (draws total blank) “So fun…”(not)

Amid weird hugs and kisses, Matt tries to decipher where he knows Dan from, but…nothing.

Every question is met with a dodge even though Dan clearly knows a LOT about Matt’s life – his recent birthday party, his gym workout schedule…

When Matt’s friend ‘Sarah’ (guest star Julia Cho) gets dragged into the increasingly weird meet-up, she tries to divine some background (“Are you in Jill’s Pilates class? Northwestern?”), but only finds herself further and further in the Twilight Zone.

We won’t give away where it all goes, but props to the duo for the deliciously off-kilter encounter.

Plus – bonus points for Matt Wilkas in a tank top 🙂

Check out the new episode below, and you can find past episodes on their YouTube channel here.

New Music: FAZE Shares Some Musical ‘Magic’

Out indie artist FAZE drops his new single, 'Magic,' in advance of his upcoming EP titled Eclipse.

Out indie artist FAZE drops his new single, 'Magic,' in advance of his upcoming EP titled Eclipse.

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter FAZE releases his new single “Magic” from his upcoming EP.

The chill mid-tempo was the last song recorded on for the EP, to be titled Eclipse.

“Stylistically I wanted to go for something that was influenced by my Persian background – which was outside of the norm for me and also different from mainstream music” says FAZE.

The handsome artist says the song captures “falling for someone or something in a way that you’ve never felt before.”

Spirits talking heavens watching” is the voice in our head that reminds us the world is always watching, judging and ridding yourself of those perspectives,” explains FAZE. “Whether it’s the initial spark in a relationship or on a more personal level, the underlying message behind Magic is about stepping outside of your comfort zone and embracing it. It’s about feeling good, feeling sexy and feeling magical”.

A member of the LGBTQ community, FAZE has spent years working to find his most authentic creative voice, with the intent on making his art as inclusive as possible.

The San Diego native spent years grappling with not only his sexual orientation but with a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome at the age of seven.

But music would prove to be his emotional salvation, and by the age of nine he’d learned to play both piano and cello. “My idea of fun when I was a kid was just sitting in my garden, listening to classical music and playing my cello,” he recalls.

By his early 20s, he’d begun joining in songwriting sessions for leading artists, which went a long way in sharpening his songcraft and refining his vision for his own work.

“Even when I was writing for other people, I was always pulling from my own experiences—I can only write what’s real to me,” says FAZE. “But now with Eclipse, I feel like it’s the first time I’m stepping out into the world, and fully showing who I am as an artist.”

Sexually-Fluid Reality Contestant Kicked Off Instagram For Posting The Wrong Pic

Remy Duran, of the sexually-fluid edition of MTV's Are You The One? reality show, got kicked off Instagram after posting a pic with his new girlfriend and a dildo

MTV aired the finale of its off-the-wall dating reality show, Are You the One?, on Monday night.

The show purports to help contestants find ‘the one’ by the end of the series. In fact, the show’s creators have already determined the perfect match for each contestant through a series of interviews with the participants, friends and family members, and psychological testing.

The trick for the contestants is to figure out who that is.

(Spoiler coming…)

This season’s edition featured an entire cast of sexually-fluid participants.

On the finale, hottie Remy Duran announced he and contestant Paige Cole were now a couple. No, they weren’t each other’s predetermined ‘Perfect Match,’ but they were totes in happiness.

Until.

The couple shared the news on their respective Instagram accounts by posting a pic featuring the duo posting with a dildo hanging from the wall.

Just hours later, though, Remy’s entire Insta account was deleted by the powers that be at Instagram.

The image is still viewable on his Twitter account. It’s the pink-tinged photo in the montage below.

Speaking to Vice, Remy expressed his frustration saying, “I’m so pissed. I thought, ‘Oh, shit, my picture got taken down,’ but my whole account got deleted without warning. I didn’t get an email. Nothing.”

Interestingly, Paige’s post of the image was removed, as well, but her account remains intact and online.

Calling the deletion ‘homophobic,’ Paige points to posts that are far more graphic than the couple’s light-hearted photo.

“You see car accidents where people probably died, you see photos of animal abuse on popular pages,” Paige shared with Vice. “There are real issues on Instagram, but they have a problem with sex workers. They have a problem with a titty popping out. They have a problem with a gay man and his gay girlfriend posing with a dick on the wall.” 

She continued, “We say ‘Homophobia!’ jokingly, but there’s no excuse for deleting his account and not mine for literally posting the same content.”

At the end of the day, it’s not just the ‘dang it’ of having one’s account deleted.

The hours directly following the finale of AYTO can be crucial for someone like fashion designer-turned-party promoter Remy as the public’s interest is at its peak.

Vice reports that Remy has been building his social media brand since 2014 to promote his party-planning business and support both himself and his mother. Remy says before the deletion his account of 49k followers was gaining over 100 new followers every 20 minutes.

“I’m sick for him,” Paige tells Vice. “Being on the show has enabled me to be contacted by brands for influencer gigs. I’m hoping to use it to build my modeling career in the entertainment industry because people watching you is worth more than currency. Get the right person watching you, and your whole life can change.” 

“We know all the right people are watching us within 24 hours [of AYTO’s season finale], and they can’t even look at Remy,” added Cole.

The Community Guidelines for Instagram do specifically ban things like “sexual intercourse,” “genitals,” and “some photos of female nipples.” While it’s not clear why Remy’s account would be shuttered but Paige’s account would get just a slap on the wrist, Remy does admit he’s had two prior violations with the social media giant.

Censorship has become a big deal on social media since the March 2018 passage of the bipartisan Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act in the U.S. Senate. The legislation provides for holding online businesses liable for any content (even if posted by users) that could be viewed as relating to sex work.

(source: VICE – all images via Remy Duran Twitter)

Behind-The-Scenes Of The Upcoming Garland Biopic ‘JUDY’

In advance of the upcoming September 27 release of JUDY, starring Oscar winner Renée Zellweger as the legendary Judy Garland, the producers share this behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the film.

“There are a lot of reasons I wanted to make this picture—to look into the human side of this icon,” Zellweger says. “There’s a reason why we’re telling her story 40 years after her passing. That combination of spirit and beauty and humility and grace and empathy is so rare.”

The official synopsis:

Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown.

As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.

Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer.”

(lead image courtesy Roadside Attractions – photo credit: David Hindley)

Parker Matthews’ Euphoric End Of Summer ‘Live For Your Crazy’

Out singer/songwriter Parker Matthews drops his latest track, an upbeat synth-pop banger titled, “Live For Your Crazy.”

The track features an infectious vocal hook and polished, top-shelf production. Effortless and euphoric, it’s a breezy end-of-summer bop.

In the video, directed by Nicolas Wendl, Matthews envisions sexy Mother Nature coming to save him from the sweltering desert heat.

I chatted with the rising pop star about the new song, sweaty desert realness, and what’s on the horizon for him.

The Randy Report: Your last music video, “Good Enough,” was set in a dark theater, serving up a melancholy Parker in ‘leading man’ mode. In “Live For Your Crazy,” it’s a complete 180 taking us out into the middle of nature, busting moves right and left, and chilling in a grove of palm trees. Where did the inspiration for the video come from?

Parker Matthews: I wanted to show the next step in my evolution on this journey both as an artist and as a person. In the beginning of this video, I let go of the rose petals I was holding on to from the darker place of Good Enough, and symbolically, set out to find my own way.  

My whole life, women have saved me, in various ways, and I wanted to depict that by having a Mother Earth figure as my saving grace.  Between everything currently going on with climate change, and the destruction of our planet, I wanted to show the beauty of nature by actually going on location and in some ways, how delicate it can actually be.  

The locations that we shot this video on have never been filmed on, nor will they be filmed on again. My team and I partnered up with CNLM, a non-profit organization that focuses on protecting endangered species and plants, was gracious enough to allow us to captivate such epic visuals.  It was a 16 hour day, in 118-degree heat, but with their help, we were able to film something amazing. 

TRR: What does 2019 Parker know today that it would have been handy if 2017 Parker might have known? Is there anything you’ve learned in the past two years that you thought, “That would have been really useful to know…”

PM: There are so many things I’ve learned since getting into this game, but I think one of the biggest things has been learning to always be my unapologetic self, no matter how ‘uncool’ that might be.  Standing up for my own vision, and surrounding myself with a team that believes in me is what truly makes the difference.  I can confidently say that I’ve found myself, and now, its full speed ahead.  I have my team locked down, and as for new music… I have a lot to say 😉

TRR: You’ve been turning out really terrific tracks for some time now. What’s the ’next step’ career goal?

PM: I have one more record for you this year, and then I’m taking some time to record my first EP.  I have most of the songs already written, and I have a title, that you’ll find out about all in good time J  

By having a bunch of singles that took listeners around the ‘map’, I showed my versatility and malleability, but I want to have this EP to really focus on the artist that I am, what I stand for, along with my overall brand.  (You can expect that around the end of March).

TRR: Random question: Name three artists you wouldn’t mind being compared to?

PM: I don’t really compare myself to anyone, because I am me.  I write my own records, and I create my own visual ideas, but if I had to choose other artists, I’d pick ones with like-minded values, and would honestly all be women.  Lady GaGa, Christina Aguilera, and Julia Michaels all have a spot in my heart.  Being real is what stands out the most to me,  and that’s where I give the utmost respect J

For more info on the handsome Mr. Matthews, check out my previous coverage of his music here.

“Live For Your Crazy” is now available on all digital download sites.

Check out a few peeks behind-the-scenes of the making of “Live For Your Crazy” via Parker’s Instagram.

Sunday Slowdown: Kevin Spirtas “I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love”

I’ve always loved the Pete Allen/Carole Bayer Sager song, “I’d Rather Leave While I’m in Love.”

Rita Coolidge had something of a comeback with the tune in 1979 when she hit #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

My pal Kevin Spirtas shared this today and I had to hit repeat a few times.

I’ve written about Kevin on The Randy Report several times in the past.

While daytime fans know him from his years on Days of Our Lives as Dr. Craig Wesley, his most recent triumph was winning ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series’ for his performance in After Forever. He also won for ‘Outstanding Writing for a Digital Daytime Series’ and the top prize, ‘Outstanding Digital Drama Series.’

The Broadway veteran (A Chorus Line, The Boy From Oz, Meet Me In St. Louis) also sings and dances,  oh, just a bit LOL

Many folks may not know that Kevin was Hugh Jackman’s standby for the Broadway run of the Peter Allen bio-musical, The Boy From Oz.

You most probably don’t know that because Hugh never missed a performance, so Kevin never got the chance to step into his Peter Allen shoes. But trust and believe, he was ready.

This is just a taste of what audience MIGHT have gotten back then. Enjoy.