Richard Harrison, The Old Man from "Pawn Stars," dead at 77
Richard "The Old Man" Harrison of "Pawn Stars" fame died on June 25 at 77, his son and co-star Rick Harrison confirmed on Instagram. "He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn and his many fans the world over," Rick captioned a photo of his father. "He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool 'Old Man' as my dad. That I got to share him with so many others and they got to see what a great family man he was is something I am grateful to have experienced with him. He lived a very full life and through the History television show Pawn Stars touched the lives of people all over, teaching them the value of loving your family, hard work and humor. We appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers and ask that we are provided some privacy at this time."
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Anthony Bourdain muses about death on final "Parts Unknown" episode
On the final episode of CNN's "Parts Unknown," which aired on June 24, the late Anthony Bourdain mused about death while exploring the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan with pal Darren Aronofsky. "It is considered therapeutic to think about death a few times a day," he said while discussing certain aspects of Buddhism. After another man chimed in to say, "You are reminded time and again not to take things too seriously," the beloved host, who took his own life on June 8, responded, "Life is but a dream." According to "Black Swan" director Aronofsky, he and Bourdain performed a Bhutanese death ritual on the last day of shooting the episode. "It seems ironic now," Aronofsky told CNN following his friend's suicide.
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Sara Gilbert says she's "so excited" for "Roseanne" spinoff, "The Conners"
On the June 25 episode of "The Talk," Sara Gilbert gushed about "The Conners," the upcoming spinoff of "Roseanne," after co-host Sharon Osbourne congratulated her on the new show. "I'm so excited, thank you all so much. I really appreciate it," said the actress-producer. The sitcom — in which controversial comedian Roseanne Barr will have no part — is set to debut on ABC in the fall.
"Flip or Flop" star Christina El Moussa headlining new HGTV show
Christina El Moussa is going solo: She's set to headline a new HGTV series, "Christina on the Coast," in early 2019. The eight-episode first season will focus on her work as a designer as well as her personal life following her divorce from "Flip or Flop" co-star Tarek El Moussa. "Each episode is going to show a glimpse into a real life, selling my home in Yorba Linda, house-hunting and moving into my new place," the mother of two told The Hollywood Reporter as part of a June 27 report. "It's going to show me trying to balance it all with kids and work." On each episode, she'll offer her design expertise to a different family, focusing on just one room in their home. "I'm just helping them do one room because of the time constraints," she told THR.
Jimmy Fallon responds to Trump's "be a man" Twitter dis with RAICES donation, "Tonight Show" monologue
On June 24, Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Jimmy Fallon for recently saying that he regrets his 2016 softball interview with the then-Republican presidential candidate, writing, "@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous 'hair show' with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have 'humanized' me-he is taking heat. He called & said 'monster ratings.' Be a man Jimmy!" The "Tonight Show" host quickly responded with a tweet of his own: "In honor of the President's tweet I'll be making a donation to RAICES in his name." (RAICES is a nonprofit that provides legal services to immigrant children, families and refugees in Texas.) The following day, Fallon addressed his feud with the former reality TV star during the opening monologue on his late-night show: "As you may have heard, last night, the President of the United States went after me on Twitter. So Melania, if you're watching, I don't think your anti-bullying campaign is working," he said. "When I saw that Trump insulted me on Twitter, I was gonna tweet back immediately, but I thought, 'I have more important things to do.' Then I thought, 'Wait — shouldn't HE have more important things to do?'"
Trump criticizes late-night TV hosts during South Carolina rally
Donald Trump directed his ire at Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert during his speech at a rally for Governor Henry McMaster in Columbia, South Carolina, on June 25. "He looks like a lost soul," Trump said of Fallon. "But you know what? He's a nice guy. I agreed to do his show, and because I guess I was running at that time, he got tremendous ratings on that show. Killed everybody, right? He should be thankful. He shouldn't be upset and angry. … A year and a half, two years later, he is now apologizing because he humanized me, and he really hurt himself." (Fallon recently said that he regretted his 2016 softball interview with the then-Republican presidential candidate.) Trump also doubled down on his "be a man" weekend tweet at Fallon. As for the late-night host's peers, the former reality star called Colbert, whom he repeatedly referred to as "the guy on CBS," a "lowlife" and Kimmel "terrible." Said Trump, "Honestly, are these people funny? … They have no talent. They are not talented people. Johnny Carson was talented."
Jerry Seinfeld doesn't think Roseanne Barr should've been fired
Jerry Seinfeld "didn't see why it was necessary to fire" Roseanne Barr from her eponymous ABC sitcom after she tweeted a racist comment about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, he told "Entertainment Tonight" on June 25. "Why would you murder someone who's committing suicide?" he said, adding that he "never saw someone ruin their entire career with one button push," which he called "fresh." Seinfeld also said that ABC should cast another actress to play the title character on "Roseanne." Said the funnyman, "I think they should get another Roseanne. … They brought Dan Conner back, he was dead and they brought him back. So why can't we get another Roseanne? There's other funny women that could do that part. You need to get the comic in there. I hate to see a comic lose a job."
"Operation Repo" actor Carlos Lopez Jr. dead of apparent suicide at age 35
Police found "Operation Repo" star Carlos Lopez Jr. dead of an apparent suicide on June 24. According to the coroner's office, the 35-year-old actor, who appeared in reenactments on the truTV series, died of a gunshot wound. Police and paramedics reportedly found him unresponsive at his apartment in Los Angeles and pronounced him dead at the scene. "Our hearts are heavy. Our handsome adventurous and loving son Carlos Jr. left us for Heaven yesterday and our hearts are so heavy. Keep our family and Carlos's friend Ronnie Lee in your prayers please. We've lost our eldest son and military warrior," the U.S. Army veteran's mother wrote on Facebook on June 25. Lopez also had small stunt roles in "American Made," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
Oprah makes "incredibly powerful" cameo on latest episode of "The Handmaid's Tale"
Oprah Winfrey provided her instantly recognizable voice to the June 27 episode of "The Handmaid's Tale." The media mogul read a news report "broadcasting from somewhere in the great white north" that Elisabeth Moss's Offred hears from a car radio while attempting to escape Gilead. "The American government in Anchorage received promises of economic aid from India and China," she can be heard saying. "In the United Kingdom, additional sanctions on Gilead were announced, as well as plans to raise the cap on American refugees relocating from Canada." Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" then plays as the unofficial voice of the resistance continues, "Now a tune to remind everyone who's listening — American patriot or Gilead traitor — that we are still here. Stars and stripes forever, baby." Creator and showrunner Bruce Miller told The Hollywood Reporter that they reached out to Oprah after hearing that she's a fan of the Hulu series. "The radio segment she recorded was inspired by the free radio of the Allies from WW2," he said. Added co-executive producer Kira Snyder of the cameo, "It's an inspiring voice for anyone to hear, but especially for June in that moment. … It's a moment of utter inspiration and hope, hearing that America is still out there and patriots are still out there. It's incredibly powerful. I believe it's the first time since June has been in Gilead that she's heard any broadcast or media coming from outside Gilead. All she's heard has been Gilead state media. The knowledge that the outside world at all is still there, and specifically the United States, is completely inspiring to her, to hear that voice, and to hear the music that comes up underneath it."