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‘Bachelor’ stars denounce Chris Harrison’s ‘defense of racism’

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The female contestants of “The Bachelor” Season 25 have united in their stance against racism.

Almost every contestant shared the same message on social media following Chris Harrison’s recent interview defending 24-year-old Rachael Kirkconnell’s allegedly racist behavior.

“We are the women of ‘Bachelor’ Season 25. Twenty-five women who identify as BIPOC were cast on this historic season that was meant to represent change,” the message begins.

“We are deeply disappointed and want to make it clear that we denounce any defense of racism,” it continues. “Any defense of racist behavior denies the lived and continued experiences of BIPOC individuals. These experiences are not to be exploited or tokenized.” 

“Rachel Lindsay continues to advocate with ‘grace’ for individuals who identify as BIPOC within this franchise,” the statement concludes. “Just because she is speaking the loudest, doesn’t mean she is alone. We stand with her, we hear her, and we advocate for change alongside her.”

Contestants who have shared the message include Kirkconnell, Kit Keenan, Serena Chew, Michelle Young, Serena Pitt, Katie Thurston, Sarah Trott and more.

Lindsay reposted the uniting statement to her Instagram Story and added, “This is everything. This truly moved me. Thank you ladies.”

In an interview with 35-year-old Lindsay, the first black “Bachelorette” in franchise history, Harrison said contestants should offer Kirkconnell “a little grace, a little understanding.” His comments backfired immediately, and he subsequently apologized for “perpetuating racism.”

Kirkconnell offered an apology on Thursday for allegedly engaging with racially insensitive social media posts and participating in a plantation-themed party, saying her actions were “wrong.”

“At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them,” she wrote. “My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

Kirkconnell is reportedly a frontrunner on current “Bachelor” Matt James’ season.

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Bear Grylls claims he was ‘approached’ to play James Bond

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The hunt for the new James Bond is turning wild.

Celebrity survivalist Bear Grylls claimed that he has been “approached” to play the big screen’s most famous spy, 007.

“I have been approached to play Bond by a few people I can’t name,” the 46-year-old adventurer best known for his daring survival skills on “Man Vs. Wild” told The Sun on Sunday.

“It’s flattering. I’m privileged to be considered,” he said, suggesting it was a serious approach despite his Bond-like secrecy.

Grylls did not reveal how far the talks have gone, and said he didn’t “want to appear too greedy” in wanting the role as the suave spy in the blockbuster movie franchise.

“I’ve had so much more than I ever imagined and I’m grateful with that,” he told the UK paper.

Grylls has more than a death-defying adventure streak to support his potential to replace Daniel Craig as Bond.

Before finding TV fame, he served in the SAS — the elite UK fighting force similar to America’s Delta Force — and went to Eton, one of the UK’s poshest public schools, which was also attended by Bond creator Ian Fleming.

“I grew up loving Bond films,” Grylls told the outlet. “It was such a landmark moment when a Bond film came out and you’d go to the cinema.”

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Grammy performers for 2021 revealed: See who’s playing

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Here we go: Yet another awards show-concert to watch on your couch at home.

On Sunday, the Grammys announced its lineup of performers for the 2021 show, which is set to air March 14 at 8 p.m. on CBS, hosted by Trevor Noah. The long list includes Bad Bunny, Black Pumas, Cardi B, BTS, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Mickey Guyton, Haim, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Dua Lipa, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Megan Thee Stallion, Maren Morris, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, Harry Styles and Taylor Swift.

Among the performers, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch and Taylor Swift are also nominated for awards with six nods each.

Swift, who has been in a relationship with actor Joe Alwyn since 2017, previously dated Styles. The former One Direction singer, 27, is now dating Olivia Wilde, 36.

The Recording Academy did not reveal whether performances will be live or pre-taped in the Sunday announcement, but did make note that the show “will pay tribute to the independent venues, which have been greatly impacted by the pandemic.”

“From bartenders to box office managers, those who work day-to-day at the Troubadour (Los Angeles), The Hotel Café (Los Angeles), the Apollo Theater (New York City), and The Station Inn (Nashville) will present various categories throughout the night,” the Academy said.

Music’s big night was set to be held on Jan. 31, but — like many awards shows this season — was pushed back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, the Grammys’ move to March 14 caused a conflict with the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which were set to air the same night. The SAGs have since been rescheduled to April 4.

Clive Davis, who was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, postponed the second half of his annual party, setting the “pre-Grammy gala” for May — nearly two months after the actual show.

Sources told Variety that much of the 2021 show will be held outside at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with the usual venue, the Staples Center, in the background. There will be no audience and limited media at the live red carpet with performers and presenters, according to the report, which also revealed many performances will likely be pre-recorded.

Nominees were announced in November and include Beyoncé — who led the pack, as well as Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone and more.

Nominations proved to be somewhat scandalous this year as The Weeknd lashed out for being snubbed by the Recording Academy despite his album, “After Hours,” having two No. 1 hits: “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights.”

“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” he tweeted in November.

After he rocked a much-talked-about Super Bowl performance, though, The Weeknd seemed to back off, telling Billboard in January that the Grammys “mean nothing” to him.

“I personally don’t care anymore,” the singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, said. “I have three Grammys, which mean nothing to me now, obviously. It’s not like, ‘Oh, I want the Grammy!’ It’s just that this happened, and I’m down to get in front of the fire, as long as it never happens again.”

The academy later said it was because it was unsure which genre his music fell under.

Still, The Weeknd said it felt like a “sucker punch.”

“It just kind of hit me out of nowhere,” he told Billboard. “I definitely felt … I felt things. I don’t know if it was sadness or anger. I think it was just confusion. I just wanted answers.”

“Like, ‘What happened?’ We did everything right, I think,” he continued. “I’m not a cocky person. I’m not arrogant. People told me I was going to get nominated. The world told me. Like, ‘This is it; this is your year.’ We were all very confused.”

Justin Bieber also felt snubbed — despite earning an impressive four Grammy Award nominations for his fifth studio album, “Changes” — since he believes his album was wrongfully mistaken as a Pop album rather than an R&B anthology.

The Recording Academy also came under fire when it announced that Taylor Swift‘s re-recorded albums will be eligible for Grammys, prompting to Twitter to call it “greedy.”

But beyond nominations, Tiffany Haddish found herself swept up in Grammy drama when the show offered her a non-paid hosting gig, in which she’d have to pay for her hair, makeup and wardrobe. After she declined, the Academy apologized.

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Queen leads TV special praising ‘dedication of duty’ before Harry & Meghan sit-down

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She kept calm and carried on.

Queen Elizabeth II led the royal family in their own pre-recorded TV special Sunday — just hours before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s potentially explosive Oprah interview was due to air in the US — and praised those committed to a “selfless dedication of duty.”

The 94-year-old queen did not mention the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in her pre-emptive TV special — during which she heralded unity, also.

In the special — titled “A Celebration for Commonwealth Day,” which is Monday — the monarch said of the coronavirus pandemic, “We have an opportunity to reflect on a time like no other” — while hailing “stirring examples of courage, commitment and selfless dedication to duty.

“We have all continued to appreciate the support, breadth of experiences and knowledge that working together brings,” she said.

“And I hope we shall maintain this renewed sense of closeness and community.”

Prince Charles, joined by other royals including his elder son and heir, Prince William, also broadcast a tribute to the courage shown by people throughout the Commonwealth in response to the pandemic.

The pre-recorded message — airing 8 hours before the potentially damaging Oprah special on CBS — was immediately followed by a performance of the Bob Marley classics “One Love” and “Three Little Birds,” with its fitting refrain of “don’t worry about a thing … ’cause every little thing’s gonna be all right.”

Meanwhile, the Sussexes remain in their swanky mansion in California and have reportedly “cheesed off” the monarchy with their Oprah tell-all.

The Palace has said the date for the airing of the Commonwealth event was set “weeks ago,” according to Vanity Fair, while Oprah Winfrey revealed in mid-February she was interviewing Meghan and Harry.

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