Alec Baldwin: ‘Ever since I played Trump, black people love me’

Alec Baldwin said Wednesday black people “love” him ever since he began impersonating President Trump and revealed he was nearly accused of sexual misconduct in the midst of the #MeToo movement. 

Alec Baldwin tires of Trump

President says watching him is agony.

Alec Baldwin said Wednesday black people “love” him ever since he began impersonating President Trump and revealed he was nearly accused of sexual misconduct in the midst of the #MeToo movement.

In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Baldwin admitted everything is a “minefield of bombs going off” before proceeding with his controversial comment on playing Trump.

“I don’t know how to say this and I don’t want to get it wrong either, because everything is a minefield of bombs going off, Baldwin said. “But ever since I played Trump, black people love me. They love me.”

“Everywhere I go, black people go crazy. I think it’s because they’re most afraid of Trump. I’m not going to paint every African-American person with the same brush, but a significant number of them are sitting there going, ‘This is going to be bad for black folks,'” Baldwin added.

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Baldwin’s impersonation of Trump was unveiled on “Saturday Night Live” ahead of the 2016 presidential election and he’s made frequent appearances on the show since then. The 60-year-old actor called his Trump character “cartoonish.”

“All I wanted my Trump to be is mean-spirited and miserable, like Mr. Potter from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’” Baldwin said. “But then I’ll say, ‘Oh, I don’t want to do it anymore,’ and people will go, ‘Don’t you dare give that up, we need you.’ Like I’ve gotten people through something in our nation’s history.”

Baldwin said earlier this year that playing Trump has become an “agony,” which elicited a response from Trump himself on Twitter.

“Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony. Alec, it was agony for those who were forced to watch. Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!” Trump tweeted in March.

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Baldwin told the Hollywood Reporter he’s not done with “SNL” yet. He’s planning to appear in Season 44 of the show for a few of the episodes, with his first one scheduled for Oct. 13.

“I’m going to mosey in there and hopefully we’ll have a fresh round of indictments to tear into,” he said. “From my mouth to Robert Mueller’s ears.”

Alec Baldwin portrays President Trump during the cold open on "Saturday Night Live."

Alec Baldwin portrays President Trump during the cold open on “Saturday Night Live.” (Will Health/NBC via AP))

Baldwin also revealed the #MeToo movement began affecting his personal life when a former co-star called him and said a publication was asking about possible alleged sexual misconduct on the set of a 1980s film.

“She goes, ‘Alec, they [a publication] called me and they said that a wardrobe person said you sexually molested me and that you constantly had me sitting on your lap and they asked me for a comment,'” Baldwin recalled of the conversation.

“And she said, ‘I told them it was ridiculous, that you never groped me,'” he said. “I just remember thinking in that moment, ‘Wow, they’re looking for people. This is a fire that needs fresh wood, and they’re coming for me.'”

Baldwin said he doesn’t believe #MeToo is a “witch hunt,” but worries about the movement.

“What worries me is that this is a fire that needs constant kindling,” he said.

Teresa Giudice’s husband Joe to be deported back to Italy after serving prison sentence

Joe Giudice, who appeared alongside wife Teresa on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” is set to be deported.
Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, 43, left, and his wife, Teresa Giudice, 41, of Montville Township, N.J., walk out of Martin Luther King, Jr. Courthouse after a court appearance, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Newark, N.J.

Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, 43, left, and his wife, Teresa Giudice, 41, of Montville Township, N.J., walk out of Martin Luther King, Jr. Courthouse after a court appearance, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP)

Joe Giudice, who appeared alongside wife Teresa on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” is set to be deported.

Teresa’s husband was ordered to return to his native Italy at the end of his prison sentence, Page Six confirmed on Wednesday.

“Immigration Judge John Ellington ordered Giuseppe Giudice removed from the United States,” the press secretary at Pennsylvania’s York Immigration Court told us.

He is set to be released on March 14, 2019, per Bureau of Prisons records.

Joe and Teresa, both 46, pleaded guilty to 41 counts of fraud in 2014. Teresa served 11 months at FCI Danbury in 2015 and Joe is currently serving a 41-month prison sentence at FCI Allenwood in Pennsylvania. He was originally serving his sentence at FCI Fort Dix, but complained that he was not able to participate in an alcohol abuse treatment program at the facility because of a detainer on him.

On a positive note, the couple’s 2009 bankruptcy case was dismissed in June, and they intend on staying together with their four daughters, Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 12, and Audriana, 9.

“Teresa is not talking about getting divorced, she is not thinking about getting divorced and she’s not filing for divorce,” the RHONJ star’s lawyer, James Leonard Jr., told Page Six last week. “It’s not happening, not just now, but never. I can’t be any more clear about it.”

This story originally appeared in the New York Post. 

‘Price is Right’ icon Bob Barker resting after enduring ‘non-emergency’ back injury

“The Price is Right” icon Bob Barker is at home resting after he suffered a “non-emergency” back injury at his Hollywood Hills home, his manager confirmed to Fox News Wednesday.
"Price is Right" icon Bob Barker is at home resting after suffering a "non-emergency" back problem, his manager confirmed.

“Price is Right” icon Bob Barker is at home resting after suffering a “non-emergency” back problem, his manager confirmed.

Bob Barker is at home resting after he suffered a “non-emergency” back injury at his Hollywood Hills home, his manager confirmed to Fox News Wednesday.

Radar Online initially reported Tuesday the former “Price is Right” host, 94, suffered a “horrifying medical emergency” at his home, which resulted in “a swarm of ambulances” arriving to provide aid. The gossip site claimed that after a “few agonizing hours” he was given the clear.

Barker’s manager Will Prappas told Fox News Barker is doing fine after the health scare.

“It’s true the LA fire department came out there, but it was a non-emergency back injury, a back problem,” he explained. “He’s home, he’s resting, he’s comfortable. He’s OK.”

Prappas added, “It’s clearly not what it was made out in that report. This is not an everyday occurrence. I wouldn’t necessarily call it an injury. It’s just a back problem. But he’s fine now.”

This isn’t the first time that the beloved TV icon, who hosted “The Price is Right” from 1972 until 2007, has recently stirred headlines. In 2017, ET Online reported the game show star was taken to the hospital after hitting the back of his head during a fall in his bathroom.

“He hit the back of his head and decided it would be wise to go to the ER and get checked out,” a rep for Barker told the celebrity news site at the time, adding the reports that Barker called an ambulance were false.

“[Barker’s] housekeeper took him to Cedar [Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles], where he underwent some minor testing,” the rep added. “He was in and out [of the hospital], spent maybe a couple of hours there. He’s now home and has had some minor discomfort and pain but is doing fine, as the days go on.”

ET added Barker suffered a similar fall in 2015.

“I just went for a little stroll. Harmless,” Barker explained to ET. “And I ended up in the hospital.”

Barker shared he was walking when he stubbed his toe on a bit of cement sticking up in his path.

“I started to fall forward, and I didn’t want to land on the cement so I twisted and landed right over here but my head was on the cement and so I cut my head all up and cut my knee and scraped it,” he explained.

Two LAPD officers spotted Barker tumble to the floor. He was tended to his wounds until emergency services arrived.

“They had me out of here and to the emergency hospital in no time at all,” said Barker. “I’m telling you the good Lord was watching over me.”

Ban on Lynyrd Skynyrd film about tragic 1977 plane crash reversed

A film about the 1977 plane crash that killed Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines may finally hit theaters.

Lynyrd Skynyrd marks 40th anniversary of tragic plane crash

Fox411: Southern band Lynyrd Skynyrd is marking the 40th anniversary of one of classic rock music’s greatest tragedies – the plane crash that took the life of founder and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant.

A film about the 1977 plane crash that killed Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines may finally hit theaters.

The Second Court of Appeals overturned a decision Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet who ruled in 2017 that a “blood oath” made by surviving band members not to exploit the rock band’s name and history could be upheld, effectively blocking the distribution of “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.”

In the 1970s, the band rode the popularity of classics like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird” to stardom before lead singer and songwriter Ronnie Van Zant died in the October 1977 crash in Mississippi. The same year, the band released its final album: “Street Survivor.”

Gaines and Van Zant’s heirs, as well as founding lead guitarist Gary Rossington, sued the filmmakers in 2017 for working with former drummer Artimus Pyle on the film. However, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals lifted Sweet’s injunction, allowing Cleopatra Films to move forward with the movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“Cleopatra did not sign the Consent Order,” the opinion stated. “The Order was sealed when entered, although Cleopatra became aware of its existence before it had spent any significant amount of money to make the Film. The District Court applied the Consent Order to Cleopatra because of its relationship with Pyle, who was a party to the Order.”

The Second Circuit opinion continued that Pyle is allowed to make a movie about his experiences with reference to Lynyrd Skynyrd as opposed to a movie about the history of the band.

“That crash is part of the ‘history’ of the band, but it is also an ‘experience’ of Pyle with the band, likely his most important experience,” the Second Circuit noted. “Provisions of a consent decree that both prohibit a movie about such a history and also permit a movie about such an experience are sufficiently inconsistent, or at least insufficiently specific, to support an injunction.”

Evan Mandel, a lawyer for Cleopatra Records Inc. and Cleopatra Films, said in a 2017 Manhattan court filing that Sweet’s ruling did not disclose the “specific parameters” of relief to the plaintiffs.

Sweet ruled at the time that the film relied, in part, on the memories of Pyle, who joined as the group’s drummer in 1975. The film focuses on Pyle, his relationship with other band members, particularly Van Zant, and events during and immediately following the plane crash.

Pyle was critically injured but survived the crash, as did founding band member Gary R. Rossington.

Sweet previously ruled that Rossington, fellow founding band member Allen Collins, and Van Zant’s widow, now Judy Van Zant Jenness, entered a “blood oath” post-crash, agreeing no one would ever perform as Lynyrd Skynyrd again. Collins died in the early 1990s.

Sweet said in his ruling that a dispute after surviving band members decided to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the crash with a tribute tour resulted in an agreement defining when the parties could use the band’s name, its history or the name and likeness of Van Zant. Pyle signed the agreement, writing “Under Protest” adjacent to his signature. He performed until 1991, before signing a termination agreement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

All of the winners at the 2018 American Music Awards

A list of the winners at the 2018 American Music Awards, held Tuesday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Taylor Swift broke the record for most American Music Awards won on Tuesday.

Taylor Swift broke the record for most American Music Awards won on Tuesday. (AP)

A list of the winners at the 2018 American Music Awards, held Tuesday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

— Artist of the year: Taylor Swift

— New artist of the year: Camila Cabello

— Collaboration of the year: “Havana,” Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug

— Favorite pop/rock female artist: Taylor Swift

— Favorite pop/rock male artist: Post Malone

— Favorite pop/rock duo or group: Migos

— Favorite pop/rock song: “Havana,” Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug

— Favorite pop/rock album: “reputation,” Taylor Swift

— Favorite rap/hip-hop artist: Cardi B

— Favorite rap/hip-hop song: “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” Cardi B

— Favorite rap/hip-hop album: “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Post Malone

— Favorite soul/R&B female artist: Rihanna

— Favorite soul/R&B male artist: Khalid

— Favorite soul/R&B song: “Finesse,” Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B

— Favorite soul/R&B album: “17,” XXXTentacion

— Favorite country female artist: Carrie Underwood

— Favorite country male artist: Kane Brown

— Favorite country duo or group: Florida Georgia Line

— Favorite country song: “Heaven,” Kane Brown

— Favorite country album: “Kane Brown,” Kane Brown

— Favorite alternative rock artist: Panic! at the Disco

— Favorite adult contemporary artist: Shawn Mendes

— Favorite Latin artist: Daddy Yankee

— Favorite contemporary inspirational artist: Lauren Daigle

— Favorite electronic dance music artist: Marshmello

— Favorite social artist: BTS

— Favorite music video: “Havana,” Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug

— Tour of the year: Taylor Swift

— Top soundtrack: “Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By”

Aretha Franklin honored with star-studded tribute at the 2018 American Music Awards

The tribute to Aretha Franklin at the 2018 American Music Awards was quite the star-studded affair!

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The tribute to Aretha Franklin at the 2018 American Music Awards was quite the star-studded affair!

The Queen of Soul, who died in August at age 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, was honored by several singers including Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans at the big show on Tuesday night.

The tribute kicked with a retrospective of Franklin’s career, including footage of her performing at the third-ever AMAs, after an emotional tribute from host Tracee Ellis Ross to “our friend, our sister, our queen.” Then Knight, 74, opened the tribute with a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace,”  which led into performances of “Climbing Higher Mountains,” ” Mary, Don’t You Weep,” “How I Got Over,” and more.

ET’s Keltie Knight spoke with Franklin’s sons, Jordan Franklin and Kecalf Cunningham and granddaughter, Victorie Franklin, on the red carpet ahead of the awards show, where they opened up about their excitement over the tribute.

“I’m excited, I didn’t get a chance to check out too many of them,” Jordan said of the performers. “Just from all the other performances and tributes, it’s always something special. So I’m definitely excited.”

“[I feel] honored,” Kecalf shared. “Appreciated,” Victorie added.

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“The last time we were here, she did a show here. [It was] maybe a couple years ago, and it was amazing. This exact venue,” Jordan added of the Microsoft Theater. “I think she’d be happy to be back and she’d appreciate all the love. She’s here, we’re here so she’s here.”

Prior to the live show, ET caught up with its producers, Mark Bracco and Baz Halpin, who discussed their hopes for the tribute.

“This is huge. I mean, obviously a terrible loss… not only the musical world, but the world in general,” Halpin said. “We have an incredible Aretha tribute featuring just a host of gospel stars. I think it’s something that everybody will want to see.”

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Bracco concurred, saying that the performance would “start out with a lot of tears and end up with a lot of joy.”

“Yeah, it’s a celebration for sure,” Halpin agreed.

The tribute came about thanks to Rickey Minor, who was a close friend of Franklin’s and produced the musical arrangement for the tribute.

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“[The tribute is] about the people who were close to her and the music that she loved, and really paying tribute to that,” Halpin said.

“We really wanted to pay tribute to her gospel roots… first of all with Gladys Knight, who’s a legend, and then gathering some of the biggest legends of gospel,” Bracco added. “That’s really what’s going to be a celebration of life… It’s not going to be maudlin, it’s going to be joyful.”

Cardi B addresses Fashion Week brawl with Nicki Minaj: ‘She’s been taking a lot of shots at me’

Cardi B has opened up about her infamous Fashion Week fight with Nicki Minaj.
Cardi B opened up about her fight with Nicki Minaj at Harper’s BAZAAR ICONS party during New York Fashion Week.

Cardi B opened up about her fight with Nicki Minaj at Harper’s BAZAAR ICONS party during New York Fashion Week. (AP)

Cardi B has opened up about her infamous Fashion Week fight with Nicki Minaj.

In W magazine, Cardi says, “For a while now, she’s been taking a lot of shots at me. I spoke to her twice before, and we came to an understanding. But she kept it going.”

Cardi also addresses the alleged incident in which she attacked two bartender sisters at a Queens strip club in a jealous rage.

“Every single day there’s rumors about me and my dude,” meaning husband Offset, she said. “I don’t have no proof . . . We practically on the phone 24 hours a day. If I can’t find him, I’m going to find his friend. Somebody going to answer the phone.”

Adding, “I cannot be feeling insecure, to a point that I would drive my dude away.”

For the strip-club case, she’s due in court Oct. 29.

This article originally appeared in Page Six

G-Eazy and Halsey reunite at American Music Awards red carpet post-breakup

Following their brief split, Halsey and G-Eazy want the world to know they’re a couple again.
G-Eazy, left and Halsey attend the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Getty)

G-Eazy, left and Halsey attend the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Getty)

Following their brief split, Halsey and G-Eazy want the world to know they’re a couple again.

The two musicians arrived at Tuesday night’s American Music Awards together in coordinated purple-and-black outfits, marking their first red carpet outing since their breakup early this summer.

“G-Eazy and I are taking some time apart,” Halsey, 24, shared on Instagram Stories in July. “I’m eager to continue the upcoming passage of time dedicating myself to my art and my career and the duration of my tour. I wish him the best. Thanks for respecting our privacy at this time.”

By September, however, the two seemed to be back on, with Halsey kissing 29-year-old G-Eazy onstage at his New Jersey show and later performing with him at his Miami afterparty. The two also recently celebrated Halsey’s birthday together in Italy.

The “Without Me” singer is set to perform alongside Benny Blanco and Khalid during the AMAs.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

XXXTentacion wins American Music Award posthumously

XXXTentacion’s mother accepted the American Music Award for favorite soul/r&b album on behalf of the late rapper on Tuesday.
XXXTentacion was fatally shot on June 18 in Florida. He was 20.

XXXTentacion was fatally shot on June 18 in Florida. He was 20. (ZUMA Press)

XXXTentacion’s mother accepted an American Music Award on behalf of the late rapper on Tuesday.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of my son,” Cleopatra Bernard said of her son’s favorite soul/r&b album win.

She continued: “I would like to thank the AMAs, his fans, and to everyone who made this possible. Thank you guys so much. I appreciate it.”

Following his death, Bernard broke the news that the slain rapper, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, would have been the father of a son.

XXXTentacion was fatally shot on June 18 in Florida as he was reportedly leaving a motorcycle dealership. He was 20.

Mariah Carey accused of lip-syncing during American Music Awards performance

Mariah Carey graced the stage at the American Music Awards on Tuesday for the first time since 2008 – and while the accomplished vocalist looked to be in peak form, the buzz circulating on social media was whether or not she was actually singing.
Some fans think Mariah Carey lip-synced during her performance at the 2018 American Music Awards.

Some fans think Mariah Carey lip-synced during her performance at the 2018 American Music Awards. (AP)

Mariah Carey graced the stage at the American Music Awards on Tuesday for the first time since 2008 – and while the accomplished vocalist looked to be in peak form, the buzz circulating on social media was whether or not she was actually singing.

Draped in a bright pink gown with black trim, the “Obsessed” singer belted out her new single “With You” with incredible precision and drew both scorn and praise from Twitter users who reacted to her performance.

“Stop lipsyncing Mariah,” one user wrote, while another echoed her sentiments saying, “Mariah looks great but why is she lip syncing?!”

A rep for Carey told Fox News, “Wow we can’t even get through five minutes without someone trying to tear her down.”

Carey has taken home 10 AMA awards during her musical career and has received the Award of Achievement twice – once in 2000 and again in 2008. She also stands on her own as the only solo artist of all time with the most No. 1 hits.

Carey’s single “With You” is tapped to appear on her upcoming album, which is slated to be released later this year – and while many of her fans pointed out their observations during her AMAs performance, others couldn’t contain their excitement for her soon-to-be-released music.

“Wow Legend @MariahCarey sounds and looks so Beautiful at the #Amas Sis is serving body and vocals Can’t wait for her album to drop,” wrote one fan, while another was left floored and called her showing, “Absolutely Flawless!!”