<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSun, 28 May 2017 10:46:29 -0400Sun, 28 May 2017 10:46:29 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Celebs and Musicians Mourn the Death of Rock Legend Gregg Allman]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 17:16:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-57631761.jpg

Music legend Gregg Allman died Saturday at his home in Savannah, Georgia, publicist Ken Weinstein said. He was 69.

Allman's bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ will be missed by his fellow musicians and fans all around the world. 

Songs such as "Whipping Post," "Ramblin' Man" and "Midnight Rider," helped define what came to be known as Southern rock.

Here are some of what Allman's faithful fans have to say about his passing:



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<![CDATA[Chris Cornell Funeral: Rock Royalty Pay Final Respects]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 21:31:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/chris-cornell-funeral.jpg Numerous members of rock royalty and the Hollywood A list joined mourners at Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell's memorial service in Hollywood on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Five Things You May Not Know About 'The Rock']]> Fri, 26 May 2017 13:31:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+THE+ROCK+THUMB.jpg

Already dominating the box office with "The Fate of the Furious," Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is set to open another blockbuster this weekend with "Baywatch." Here are five fun facts about the superstar that you may not know.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Bryan Cranston Acts on Toilets a Lot]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 04:37:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-26-at-4.36.17-AM.jpg

Bryan Cranston sits down with Seth Meyers, who points out the fact that Cranston has performed a lot of scenes on the commode.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Closer Look at Gianforte and the 1st Amendment]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 04:44:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-26-at-4.32.07-AM.jpg

Though Seth Meyers taped his "Closer Look" segment before the results of Montana's special election were announced, he discussed the meaning of Republican Greg Gianforte's alleged body slam of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Niall Horan Makes Fallon Do Gangnam Style]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 09:45:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-26-at-4.20.57-AM.jpg

Singer Niall Horan interrupts Jimmy Fallon's monologue to have him do the Gangnam Style dance in honor of Red Nose Day.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Musical Genre Challenge With Jamie Foxx]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 04:17:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-26-at-4.16.14-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Jamie Foxx sing popular songs in different musical styles, like "Who Let the Dogs Out" as a Broadway musical tune.

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<![CDATA[Julia Roberts Travels to Kenya for Red Nose Day]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 07:15:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-25-at-9.09.05-PM.jpg

Julia Roberts traveled to Kenya on "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" for Red Nose Day 2017.

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<![CDATA[2017 Cannes Red Carpet]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 20:18:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-688406350_master.jpg The 70th Cannes Film Festival opened Wednesday, May 17, in Cote D'Azur amid heightened security measures, restricted access and even an anti-drone system.

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<![CDATA[Melania Trump Style Guide ]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 13:56:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17147561894724.jpg First lady Melania Trump brings her fashion sense as a former model from the campaign trail to the White House.

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<![CDATA[Meet the Winner of Adobe's $25K Imagine Dragons Contest]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 18:57:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/winnerwinnerchicken1.jpg

Well, imagine that.

Thirty-year-old Adam Henderson, a Dallas native and eight-year video editor, has been named winner of Adobe's "Make the Cut" music video editing contest and pockets the $25,000 grand prize that comes with it.

Adobe and rock band Imagine Dragons teamed up for the "Make the Cut" editing competition. Contestants were given the outtakes and footage from Imagine Dragons' "Believer" music video and asked to create a completely unique version of their own using Adobe software. The competition was open to contestants worldwide.

"It was so intimidating at first because I knew a lot of people were gonna do it," Henderson said. "But editing a music video, what's more fun than that?"

In a matter of three weeks, over 9,000 people had submitted videos. And Henderson beat them all out. 

"I thought, 'If anything, I'm gonna be a better editor because of it,'" he said. "Winning is just the icing on the cake."   

Contestants were judged by an all-star panel that included two-time Oscar winning film editor Kirk Baxter; Academy Award winner Angus Wall, who films credits include "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Social Network"; music video editor Vinnie Hobbs; television editor Billy Fox; Adobe CMO Ann Lewnes; and "Believer" video director Matt Eastin.

"I was looking for something different from what I did," said Eastin. "I was looking for new, creative takes and spins on it and that definitely happened."  

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Henderson said he took all the footage and thought of the music video as a five-act story. Henderson estimates he spent about half of the total time, 20-25 hours, on the story creation and editing, and the other half fine-tuning it. 

As the contest winner, Henderson also wins a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

"It's been the best day of my life," he said just hours after he found out that he won. "It's been an incredible experience, I'm a better editor because of it and I hope others who competed feel the same way."

The contest had five additional awards categories: Best Short Form, Best Young Creator, Most Unexpected and Fan Favorite and a bonus prize for Best Use of Stock.

What's next for Henderson? Well he says a professional goal would be to work on "the next 'Stranger Things,' 'House of Cards'" or editing a film.

But for now, Henderson said he'll just bask in this huge competition win. 

"It's just been such a fantastic opportunity and to actually come out winning is something I'll never forget for the rest of my life," he said. 


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<![CDATA[ 'Handmaid's Tale' Cast Talks Politics, Patriarchy]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 13:56:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/handmaidenstale.jpg

It’s a scene that burns into your brain.

As Alexis Bledel’s character, Ofglen, realizes that her clitoris has been surgically removed without her consent, her face contorts in pain, loss, anguish, and anger. With a bone-chilling scream that closes the third episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Bledel makes one of her only noises, beyond whimpers, in 53 minutes.

During the episode, she has been mutilated. She has watched her lover hung from a crane after officials discovered their illicit affair. She’s been called “an abomination” by a theocratic judge because she's a lesbian. And yet the defiance that makes her the show’s voice of revolution is still there, burning in her eyes, as she unleashes a last war cry before the white walls of a hospital room morph into final credits.

“I was just thinking about her resolve — when to let that out,” Bledel told NBC. “How much of that was left at this point, after all she’s been through. And that’s one of the remarkable things about this character: that there still is some fight for what’s right, underneath her anger — and as part of her anger — but also underneath all her pain. As she’s beaten down by all the things that happened to her, there’s still something there that still allows her, helps her, to keep going.”

The moment is one of many that haunt viewers as they dive into the dystopian world of Gilead. A Hulu original series, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel that, in its day, combated a fundamentalist movement in the United States as Ronald Reagan’s presidency dictated social politics. Now, the authoritarian theocracy that rules over Gilead has sparked comparisons not only to American politicians, but also to right-wing regimes around the globe.

“I think we can put a lot up to your [Trump] administration, and I think that’s good, because there’s huge hypocrisies and deceit from what I’m seeing and reading,” said British actor Joseph Fiennes, who plays Commander Fred Waterford in the series. “But also let’s not forget about the rest of the world. I feel like saying, ‘Please America, don’t be so selfish about “The Handmaid’s Tale.”’ It’s not just your administration. Look around the world.”

Fiennes cited human rights violations against the LGBTQ community in Chechnya and disabled demographics in Latin America as examples of oppression and cruelty beyond U.S. borders.

“For me the book talks, yes, about the female voice and what’s been taken away in terms of rights in America, and that’s completely evident in terms of the autonomy of your body and the legislation that’s coming in to remove your rights and to remove the parental care,” he said. “But I just look at all across the world, and for me, the book is always about this discourse of fundamentalism, and authority, and the corruptive force of that.”

Still, abuse against women is one of the most explicit themes of Atwood’s work, and Bruce Miller's television adaptation three decades later. The plot follows Offred, played by Elisabeth Moss, who is kidnapped and forced into sex slavery and reproductive services for the elites of Gilead, a new fundamentalist society that has overtaken what used to be the United States. Offred and her fellow handmaids must participate in “the ceremony” every month when they’re most fertile; their masters sexually assault them while supposedly sterile wives watch and hold them down. In this arrangement, there's no room for the concept of consent — handmaids fulfill their "biological destiny" as breeders and are seldom seen as human beings. 

In Offred’s household, Commander Fred is the perpetrator, and Serena Joy is his partner in crime. 

“I would always sort of bump on that ceremony, because I thought, what woman would agree to this?” said Yvonne Strahovski, who portrays Serena Joy. “I thought, how does she partake in this willingly? And I kept bumping on the fact that just stripping away everything, how would you feel if you were a woman having to watch your husband who you’re no longer allowed to be intimate with have sex with another woman? So there’s many levels, I think, to what she’s experiencing while being a supporter of this sexual assault.” 

But, Strahovski continued, “She’s definitely a partaker in this ritual. She’s definitely someone who is condoning it. Otherwise, she wouldn’t be there.”

Ofglen, Offred’s companion and a handmaid herself, adds nuance to the ceremony because of her sexuality. Considered impure by her society, Bledel’s character is washed clean, in the minds of her oppressors, by her repeated assault by a man.

“It did intensify, I think, my work to know that she is a lesbian and having to go through this,” Bledel said. “Just the level of trauma on a regular basis, having to live with that… I mean they’re all trying to survive, but I think that maybe this is where some of her fight comes from. She’s enraged on some level at what is occurring, and the injustice of it is so palpable, especially for her.”

Fiennes said that on the other end of the act, the Commander does not necessarily enjoy the ceremony, at least at the beginning. The fact that Fred is “not a cardboard cutout, bad character,” he added, “just makes the abuses even more difficult to stomach.” 

He likened the sexual assault component in “The Handmaid’s Tale” to recent events in Nigeria, where 82 Chibok schoolgirls were reunited with their families after being kidnapped for three years by terror organization Boko Haram.

“Boko Haram, and the girls just released, and the pain of seeing that — oh my god, there’s your modern day rape culture,” Fiennes said. “It’s just, it’s sickening.”

Sexual assault and abuse are not the only themes where modernity seeps into the “Handmaid” fictional universe — Strahovski said she saw the entire story as a cautionary tale.

The parallels are perhaps at their starkest in Gilead’s definition of femininity. If the dystopian government is ruled by a desire to oppress women, its complicated ethos takes shape in the confused but misogynistic mind of the Commander.

“I think there’s an underlying sense of hatred and fear of the female psyche which makes him cling onto the patriarchal power even more, and sort of enjoy it as it corrupts him,” Fiennes said.

He compared Fred to men around the world who are intimidated by female ingenuity, and who endorse the patriarchy as law despite its inequality because they’ve grown to expect an advantage. 

“I think that men feel threatened, or they’ve had such a life-long experience of being conditioned to be made to believe that they are the ones who should be running the company, or driving the car, or holding the bank accounts,” he said. “But as soon as the female psyche shows its extraordinary power, there’s a threat.”

Serena Joy, a former author and spokesperson, represents this threat for Fred as the logical extreme of a right-wing pundit advocating for domesticity. But when her husband takes on a significant role in a government that disenfranchises women, she lets go of her influence and suffers from “a pretty empty shell” of a life, Strahovski said.

“At some point she lost her voice in the construction of Gilead society,” Strahovski added. “As a woman, she got told, ‘No, you’re not allowed to have a voice in this anymore.’ But she still followed through to be in this society while at the same time losing her own rights as a woman.”

In the show, Serena Joy continues to espouse conservative values while they oppress her, and she watches as her books get thrown to the curb (because women aren't allowed to read them) and her husband, who used to follow her advice, loses respect for her. As she relinquishes her policymaking role, she takes out her aggressions on Offred, who is lower on the Gilead food chain than she is.

“I struggled with this character a lot because I don’t agree with anything she does, and I had to turn my judgment off in order to humanize this woman,” Strahovski said. “It’s powerful, but it’s also scary, because… it gives insight into the real world, and what people’s true motivations are when when we don’t agree with what they’re doing, when they’re in authority positions.” 

For many viewers, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is almost a parable, forewarning an eerie future at a tumultuous time. That was not necessarily the intent when the cast started filming, but it became more and more pronounced as the series premiere approached.

“I knew that she [Ofglen] was somebody who fights back, but I couldn’t have predicted that she would represent people in the present day, in reality,” Bledel said. “I think this story is a cautionary tale in the sense that it suggests we stay awake, and it couldn’t be more important now.” 




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<![CDATA[Red Nose Day 2017: Stars Turn out for Charity Special]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 09:39:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rednosedayhere.jpg

Are you wearing your red nose? 

Celebrating Red Nose Day for the third year in a row, NBC will anchor a special night of programming on Thursday, May 25 with Chris Hardwick hosting the "The Red Nose Day Special."

The Red Nose Day program kicks off with "Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day" at 8:00 p.m. and will be followed by a special 9:00 p.m. episode of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day," with Academy Award winner Julia Roberts venturing to Kenya, leading up to NBC's third annual "The Red Nose Day Special," hosted by Hardwick at 10:00 p.m.  

Roberts and other stars will partake in Red Nose Day-themed programming throughout the night that both entertains viewers and gives them an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of kids in need.

Hardwick, also host of NBC's "The Wall," said he jumped at the opportunity to host the special because Red Nose Day tackles the needs of children from a unique perspective.

"Coming out of the lens of comedy and using comedy to tell that story and garner attention and be able to say you know jokes aside we really need to help these kids, we really need to help children, I think that separates it from other charities that I’ve seen," Hardwick said.

The one-hour "Red Nose Day Special," hosted by Hardwick will be broadcast live from Rockefeller Plaza in New York City in support of the Red Nose Day charity campaign.

Stars appearing include Ben Affleck, Jack Black, Orlando Bloom, Yvette Nicole Brown, Bryan Cranston, Patrick Dempsey, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Bear Grylls, Mindy Kaling, Mark Hamill, Matt Iseman, DJ Khaled, Matt Lauer, Rachel McAdams, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Julia Roberts, Al Roker, Paul Rudd, Dax Shepard, Ben Stiller and Kenan Thompson, along with "This Is Us" cast members Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Ron Cephas Jones.

The special will also feature "Red Nose Day Actually," the much-anticipated reunion sequel to "Love Actually," catching up with cast members from the beloved holiday film, including Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson and Bill Nighy.

"Love Actually" star Martine McCutcheon, who played Hugh Grant's love interest in the romance classic, said she was happy the reunion film was being tied to a charitable cause.

"It's a fantastic clever link by [director Richard Curtis.] At the end of the day it's about people coming together and understanding others struggles and the different curveballs people chuck at you in life. To link 'Love Actually' with comic relief is such a brilliant teaming of two things," McCutcheon said.



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<![CDATA[They Make the Terror: 'House of Cards' Powers Up Again]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 12:01:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/%27House-of-Cards%27Netflix_AP.jpg

The fourth season of "House of Cards" ended with Claire Underwood joining her husband, Frank, in turning to the camera and breaking the fourth wall as the final line landed.

"That's right, we don't submit to terror – we make the terror."

He said it, but she was thinking it, too.

The scheming first couple, now presidential running mates, return to Netflix Tuesday to wage a scorched-earth campaign fired by fear itself.

Surface parallels to real life abound as few would have predicted when Season 4 debuted a year ago: A president, besieged by investigative reporting shedding unflattering light on his rise to power, wields a deflection arsenal that includes declaring war on terror.

But "House of Cards" weaves a deeper, more intricate tale of a couple united by a quest for power at all costs.

While their marriage at times has teetered with the fragility of the title image, Season 4 culminated in a chilling show of unity amid an uphill election fight.

They didn't join full forces over Frank's near fatal wounding as much as the shared realization they're two parts of the same person – bound via a mind-meld that extends to finishing one another's thoughts while plotting.

Just take this exchange when they're at their lowest ebb: down in the polls to a handsome New York governor amid the damaging press reports and an unsuccessful attempt to free an innocent man kidnapped by homegrown terrorists.

"I'm done trying to win over people's hearts," Claire declares.

"Let's attack their hearts," Frank responds.

"We can work with fear," she concludes.

That led to a bloody ending, shocking by even "House of Cards" standards.

The Underwoods' latest human sacrifice on the altar of ambition underscored the heartless machinations that fill a show with no heroes – save for some great actors, led by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, and some exceptional writers.

"House of Cards" returns at time when a constant stream of political revelations out of Washington threatens to wash away the ability to jolt a jaded public. 

But the show, based on its stellar track record, dangles the promise of delivering another surprise-packed, scary-good outing bound to resonate well beyond the fourth wall.


Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.


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<![CDATA[From Darth Vader to Rey: Celebrating 40 Years of 'Star Wars']]> Thu, 25 May 2017 11:49:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/starwarsbirthday.jpg Thursday, May 25, 2017, marks 40 years since the first Star Wars movie release. Look back at the series' red carpet premieres and the actors who made the movies possible.

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<![CDATA['This Is Us' Was Originally Going to Be About Octuplets]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 10:38:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-619311940.jpg

Fans of "This Is Us" know and love the the trio of Pearson children whose stories are told on the hit NBC drama.

But when the show was still being sketched out, there were going to be eight Pearson kids, "Today" reported.

"This Is Us" Creator Dan Fogelman said in the June edition of Emmy Magazine that he was originally going to saddle Jack and Rebecca Pearson with a set of octuplets, and the story was originally going to be a movie, according to People's look at the interview.



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<![CDATA['Late Night': Closer Look at Trump's Budget Proposal]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 04:47:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a look at President Donald Trump's budget proposal released this week and how it will affect various programs in the country.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Ellie Kemper Had Some Embarrassing 'Roles']]> Thu, 25 May 2017 06:24:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-25-at-4.35.48-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers sits down with Ellie Kemper and jokes around by showing Kemper in some embarrassing "roles."

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Virtual Reality Pictionary With Orlando Bloom]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 04:31:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-25-at-4.30.01-AM.jpg

Orlando Bloom and The Roots' Tariq Trotter face off against Jimmy Fallon and Zoe Lister-Jones in a virtual reality version of Pictionary.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Good Name, Bad Name, Great Name]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 04:28:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FALLON_GettyImages-528518222.jpg

Jimmy Fallon demonstrates that what makes a good name for one thing might make a bad name for something else, such as "Fight Club" or "Payless."



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner kiss]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 13:42:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17147352109041.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Hyland Strikes Back Against Trolls Slamming Slim Physique ]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 07:02:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sarahsarah.jpg

"Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland took to social media Wednesday to strike back against trolls criticizing her thin appearance on Instagram. The young star revealed she's suffering from an undisclosed illness that has left her bed-ridden and unable to maintain muscle mass.

"I normally don't comment on things like this because it draws attention to those trying to spread negativity..but I haven't had the greatest year. This has brought a lot of changes and with that, physical changes," the actress wrote.

Hyland went on to write she wasn't a fan of "being skinny."

"No one's head should be bigger than their body. But considering I've basically been on bed rest for the past few months, I've lost a lot of muscle mass," she wrote. " My circumstances have put me in a place where I'm not in control of what my body looks like."

The actress did not specify the medical condition. But she said her appearance has led some to accuse her of promoting anorexia, which led her to speak out.

"Am I bothered by my appearance right now? Well it's never fun to look in the mirror and see your hard work at the gym fade away or have your legs be the size of ones arms," she wrote. "But I know when I get clearance I will be able to get back to the STRONG, lean, and fabulous self I know I can be."

Fans of the actress were quick to jump to her defense, offering support and condemning those who made her feel a public revelation was even necessary.



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<![CDATA[Leslie Jones to Host 2017 BET Awards]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 06:21:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/578767990-leslie-jones-twitter-rio-olympics.jpg

"Saturday Night Live" star Leslie Jones was announced to host The 2017 BET Awards. The award ceremony will be held on June 25, 2017 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

"I am so excited to be hosting The BET Awards this year," Jones said in a statement on Wednesday. "BET was the first network and place where I was on TV - I am looking to turn this whole experience into a joyful homecoming."

Last year, Jones was also the target of racist trolls, who wrote hateful comments on Twitter and hacked her accounts, posting naked pictures of the star. The attack appeared to start after she starred in "Ghostbusters," which showed the country that racism and sexism have come nowhere close to dying.

However, fans and celebrities alike rallied behind Jones with the hashtag "#LoveforLeslieJ."



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