Caitlyn Jenner says she could "see myself" joining "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
During a March 24 interview with "Entertainment Tonight," Caitlyn Jenner and Sophia Hutchins expressed interest in appearing on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." Said the 23-year-old model-activist, "I would be on [the show] in two seconds. I asked her. We talked about it." Chimed in the former Olympian, "I did watch an episode with [her] two nights ago … and I honestly kind of got into it. I've done reality television pretty much all my life. … Sports is reality television. You don't know what's gonna happen. There's no script. You go out and do it. I was watching [it] and I was saying, 'You know what? I could see myself getting in there with some of the drama.' I can see that, yeah." Sophia then name-dropped "Housewives" executive producer Andy Cohen, joking, "Andy, call us!"
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Katy Perry brought to tears after "American Idol" contestant suffers seizure onstage
Shortly after introducing herself to the judges on the March 23 episode of "American Idol," contestant Makayla Brownlee suffered a seizure. Before the 17 year old could sing a single note, she became disoriented and rushed offstage, where she collapsed. A few hours after receiving medical attention from on-set EMTs, the aspiring singer — who has vasovagal syncope, a heart condition that causes sudden drops in blood pressure and can be triggered by stress — returned to the stage to perform Kacey Musgraves' "Rainbow." Ultimately, she knocked it out of the park, bringing Katy Perry to tears and receiving a standing ovation from the pop star and her fellow judges. As Makayla — who advanced to the Top 40 — left the stage, the "Teenage Dream" chart-topper dabbed at her eyes with a tissue and then put her head down to cover her face. "Perspective, right?" an extremely emotional Katy said while clasping Luke Bryan's hand.
Supreme Court sides with Comcast over Byron Allen
On March 23, the Supreme Court announced that they'd unanimously sided with Comcast over Byron Allen in the TV mogul's $20 billion discrimination lawsuit against the cable giant. In 2016, he filed a lawsuit alleging that Comcast acted with racial bias when it refused to carry the cable channels under his Entertainment Studios Networks banner. The case will now go back to a lower court.
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Steve Carell didn't want to leave "The Office," former crew members say in new book
In the new book "The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s," several former crew members allege that Steve Carrell left the show at the end of its seventh season because NBC executives pushed him out — not because he was ready to retire the iconic role of Michael Scott. "He didn't want to leave the show," said hairstylist Kim Ferry, according to Collider. "He had told the network that he was going to sign for another couple of years. He was willing to and his agent was willing to. But for some reason, they didn't contact him. I don't know if it was a game of chicken or what. … The deadline came for when they were supposed to give him an offer and it passed and they didn't make him an offer. So his agent was like, 'Well, I guess they don't want to renew you for some reason.' Which was insane to me. And to him, I think." Echoed casting director Allison Jones, "NBC, for whatever reason, wouldn't make a deal with him. … Somebody didn't pay him enough. … It was absolutely asinine." The nine-time Emmy nominee left "The Office" around the time that Bob Greenblatt took over NBC. Former "The Office" producer Randy Cordray said that Greenblatt was not "as big a fan of 'The Office' as we wished he would've been" and took the hit sitcom for granted. The former NBC head denied that version of events: "I think Steve was already departing the show when I arrived," he said. "I couldn't do anything about that since it preceded me."
"The Walking Dead" season finale delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic
On March 24, a rep for AMC released a statement announcing that in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the 10th season of "The Walking Dead" will end an episode earlier than originally scheduled. "Current events have unfortunately made it impossible to complete post-production of 'The Walking Dead' Season 10 finale," the statement read. "So the current season will end with its 15th episode on April 5. The planned finale will appear as a special episode later in the year." The debut of the show's second spinoff, "The Walking Dead: World Beyond," has also been pushed to later this year. The new series was set to premiere on April 12 following the season finale of "The Walking Dead."
Robin Roberts co-anchoring "Good Morning America" from home
On the March 24 episode of "Good Morning America," Robin Roberts announced that moving forward, she'll co-anchor the morning show from home. A doctor recommended that she self-quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic due to her medical history: Although she's currently in good health, she's battled myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone marrow disease, in the past. "It's hard to leave because you want the normalcy. You want it not just for yourself, but for your viewers," she said, adding that she's looking forward to being "able to keep my slippers on the whole morning."
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show" returns for one-night special with Neil Patrick Harris, Billy Porter and dozens more
On March 22, Rosie O'Donnell revived her eponymous late-'90s daytime talk show to raise money for The Actors Fund amid the coronavirus pandemic. The three-and-a-half-hour one-night-only live-streamed special featured interviews with Neil Patrick Harris (and his twin kiddos), Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Cynthia Erivo, Billy Porter, Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Idina Menzel, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kristin Chenoweth and more, as well as a performance by Gloria Estefan. Rosie's efforts paid off: She raised more than $600,000 for The Actors Fund, which supports entertainment professionals experiencing financial hardship.
T-Rex goes extinct on "The Masked Singer," is revealed to be young YouTube star
Following a performance of "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" by A.R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls on the March 25 episode of "The Masked Singer," the T-Rex was unmasked as 16-year-old YouTube star JoJo Siwa. Impressively, panelists Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy and Robin Thicke correctly guessed her identity before the unveiling.