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Is a ‘GMA’ anchor in line to replace ‘Bachelor’ host Chris Harrison?

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Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts are both being considered as replacements for Chris Harrison on “The Bachelor,” The Sun can reveal.

Michael will bring “a level of stability” to “The Bachelor,” a source said, as he is eyed to replace troubled Chris, while Robin “would be an excellent choice to bring some gravitas and seriousness.”

Amid the ongoing backlash to the racism scandal, Chris has been “iced out” of talks at ABC as they discuss who should replace the long-time host.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun, a “Bachelor” insider admitted that Michael is being considered as the replacement for Chris, with sources claiming that the “Good Morning America” host is “the right mix of news and show business” to deal with the role of overseeing the ABC series.

OK! originally broke the news of Michael’s potential new gig, but the insider explained there are issues that would need to be ironed out for him to land the role full time.

The Sun understands ABC executives want to make sure that they have the right message and bring a level of stability to the replacement for Chris, who may not return for the next season.

Insiders said while his position as executive producer is safe, there is a “time to wait before knowing whether Chris can come back onscreen.”

Michael, if he got booked, would oversee Matt James’ “After the Final Rose” special, and the next season of “The Bachelorette.”

Decisions will be made in the next few days, sources said, adding Michael’s booking would “need some tricky negotiations” given his Fox commitments and GMA role in New York.

“The Bachelor” usually films around Los Angeles, although due to the pandemic, it has in recent seasons filmed at resorts in Palm Springs and North Carolina.

Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts on the set of ABC's "Good Morning America."
Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts on the set of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
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The Sun previously revealed that since the show has remained under fire for its controversies surrounding race, people of color are being hired “at all levels” to add diversity behind the scenes. 

With 49-year-old Chris’ position on the chopping block as backlash rages on for his comments, a source says it’s a matter of “when, not if” Chris will get the boot. 

The insider exclusively told The Sun: “It’s only a matter of time before an announcement is made that Chris isn’t returning. 

“At this point it’s not if, it’s when. There are still talks of keeping him as an executive producer.

“But unless Chris somehow turns this around, his role on-camera is done.”

"The Bachelor" contestant Matt James with host Chris Harrison.
“The Bachelor” contestant Matt James with host Chris Harrison.
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Fans have called for Chris to be fired after making a series of “unacceptable” comments while chatting with former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay – the first Black lead in the show’s history. 

Chris asked fans to show “compassion” for Rachael Kirkconnell, 24, after resurfaced photos showed her attending an “Old South” plantation party with deep ties to the Confederacy in 2018. 

The Matt James frontrunner was also accused of liking controversial social media posts that include the Confederate flag and pro-Trump “MAGA” content. 

The Sun has contacted reps for Michael and Robin for comment.

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‘Godzilla vs. King Kong’ to become highest-grossing film of pandemic

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'Godzilla vs. King Kong' to become highest-grossing film of pandemic

It’s a roarrr-ing success!

“Godzilla vs. King Kong” is on track to become the highest-grossing North American film since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Warner Bros. and Legendary flick netted $48.1 million in its first five days since opening in theatres on March 31, Boxoffice Pro reported.

According to the film industry magazine, the movie could have surpassed $57.9 million in sales as early as last Thursday, which would be the most for any film released since March 2020.

Official figures since last weekend have not yet been released.

The epic monster movie is also streaming on HBO Max.

The movie business, like many other industries in the US, took a hit during the pandemic as theaters across the country were forced to close.

Forty percent of the nationwide theaters remain closed, according to Bloomberg.

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DMX fans remember rapper’s sweet ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ cameo

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DMX fans are celebrating the late rapper’s funny bone.

The 50-year-old, gravel-voiced musician, who died Friday following an April 2 heart attack triggered by a drug overdose, showed off his comedic delivery in a 2015 episode of the Randall Park-starring ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat.”

In the episode, Louis Huang’s (Park) son Eddie, played by Hudson Yang, gets a part-time job pitching in at the home of a new neighbor — DMX. But Eddie has a lot to learn before he jumps in.

“You look older in person,” Eddie tells him in the episode, titled “We Done Son,” to which a baby-cradling DMX responds, “Fatherhood ages you. I’m tired. Emotional. Crying. Yelling. Pulling up the same cotton commercial. It’s the fabric of our lives.” 

But when an excited Eddie says he can’t wait to clue in his friends about his new gig, the hip-hop legend forks over a multipage nondisclosure agreement for him to sign.

“Sorry, little man; can’t have you blowing up my spot,” he tells the disappointed kid. “It’s the same one Oprah used on Stedman,” DMX adds, referring to Winfrey’s rarely seen longtime partner, Stedman Graham. 

The Ruff Ryder then rattles off a list of chores for Eddie to take on for his newborn daughter, including “baby-proofing the living room” and putting “lavender drops in her cloth diapers.” When Eddie asks why he doesn’t just use disposable ones, an environmentally conscious DMX responds, “ ‘Cuz I ain’t trying to leave some big-ass carbon footprint.”

In another, more touching scene, DMX gives Eddie a tour of his orchid-laden private greenhouse and offers the boy some solid relationship advice.

“When I first started growing orchids, I thought they needed the most expensive soil and lights to blossom. And they died,” the “Party Up (Up in Here)” singer tells Eddie while showing off his floral bounty. “That’s when I realized that all they really needed was time and attention.”

DMX then draws a connection between his horticultural know-how and how to treat women.

“You don’t need to get your girl a gift,” he says. “You need to give her your time.”

That clip brought a wistful reaction from Twitter user and apparent orchid-grower @CharlotteAbotsi, who shared it with a message of foreshadowing. “This morning I woke up to find the last petal of an orchid plant I’ve been trying to nurse on the floor,” she wrote in the tweet. “I should’ve known then. RIP DMX.”

That quick stint on “Fresh Off the Boat” apparently wasn’t DMX’s only connection to sitcom life. During a 2017 episode of the talk show “Hot Ones,” actress Gabrielle Union told host Sean Evans that DMX “loves” the 1980s sitcom “The Golden Girls.”

“That’s a real fun fact,” says Union, who worked with him in the 2003 film “Cradle 2 the Grave.” In the video, Union shares that DMX watched the show in his trailer on set — and invited her to join him over beers. “We would have a Heineken — and sometimes a little Crown [Royal] — and we watched ‘The Golden Girls,’ ” she says, adding, “And he would laugh hysterically.”

Union was also among the celebrities who weighed in on his passing Friday. “No words right now. Nothing but fierce love, prayers and protection for X’s family, friends and fans. This loss is devastating,” she tweeted, adding prayer emojis and a black heart.

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Marine vet pens children’s book to help military families cope with deployment separation

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A Marine veteran has written a children’s book to help kids with the challenges of a parent being deployed.

The book, titled “I Will Come Back,” will be released in May in both Spanish and English.

Author and veteran Padgy Soltis wrote the story based on her son’s experience of living in a dual military family and experiencing the deployment of both parents.

“My hope is that this book will help children experiencing issues with separation from a loved one, whether it is a day or months long,” Soltis said. “It is a reminder that they are always in our hearts regardless of the distance or time.”

Soltis originally wrote the book in 2016, when she began a new career months after her son was born. The author was sent away for two months for training when her son was only eight months old.

Then in 2017, her son’s dad was deployed for six months, a departure that was followed by a nine-month deployment in 2018 for Soltis.

“The most difficult moments between a child and parent are times of separation,” the book’s synopsis reads. “This book is the light at the end of the tunnel when being apart is inevitable. Whether it is making a trip to the grocery store, a weekend away for work, or a nine-month military deployment. ‘I Will Come Back’ reminds children and parents that regardless of the time and distance they may be apart, they will be reunited once again.”

Soltis’ book, originally a poem that helped her adjust to deployed life without her son, is “written in a simple, rhythmic style, [and] it gives kids a reassuring sense that the bond of parenthood and love knows no limits,” Soltis said.

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