‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Boss Thinks World Would ‘Be a Better Place’ if Show Wasn’t so Relevant

(Spoiler alert: Do not read ahead unless you’ve seen all of Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”)

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 1 couldn’t have come at a better — or worse? — time in America.

Bruce Miller’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel struck a chord with fans and critics alike when it debuted in 2017. Viewers couldn’t help but see the parallels between the totalitarian regime in Gilead (a fictional future version of the United States) and the actions and beliefs expressed by then newly-elected President Donald Trump and people associated with his administration.

Then the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements began and the Elisabeth Moss-led series became a part of discussions about sexual misconduct and women’s rights.

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Now, with the sophomore installment of “The Handmaid’s Tale” dropping on the streaming service Wednesday, TheWrap asked executive producer Warren Littlefield if the constant talk of how “relevant” the Emmy-winning drama is in our political and social climate keeps it from being appreciated on its own.

“I think Margaret’s book could have been adapted and been a good adaptation any time,” Littlefield said. “Any time in the last 30 years it could have been powerful television. It wouldn’t play on network. But it’s such a powerful conceptualization. And a brilliant one. And of course particularly with #MeToo and #TimesUp, the struggle for human rights and feminist rights is so much a part of the fabric of what Margaret created and what we’re doing and that’s a part of our every day existence — only magnified in a Trumpian world. So we get it! We wish that we weren’t so relevant, because the world would maybe be a better place. But we are.”

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“We find ourselves a part of the conversation, we find ourselves part of the resistance,” Littlefield continued. “Women are dressing as handmaids and using that as a form of protest, all over the United States and now all over the world. So that’s pretty amazing to be a part of that, that our show is being talked about in such a powerful way. So first and foremost we better do a good dramatic television show. We’re not the news, we don’t want to mistake ourselves for the news. But I think if we’re good storytellers, we can’t escape the power of these themes.”

Littlefield says its possible the “relevancy” dissections will get in the way of fans just following Offred’s (Moss) story, but he has faith the two ways of watching can coexist.

“It may happen for some, I think that when our hours unfold I think we are pulled in by Offred/June. She is our rudder and I think that — I hope that — in some ways we’re just yanked into our world, our characters stories, their struggle and the drama that unfolds in each hour. And I’d like to think that the audience is completely enveloped by what we do. And yes, afterwards it can generate a very provocative and interesting and relevant discussion. But I like to think that what we’re offering the audience takes them on a journey.”

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 will be shaped by Offred/June’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. In the sophomore installment, Offred and others will fight against — or succumb to — the dark truth that “Gilead is within you.”

New episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale” drop Wednesdays on Hulu.

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(Spoiler alert: Do not read ahead unless you’ve seen all of Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”)

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 1 couldn’t have come at a better — or worse? — time in America.

Bruce Miller’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel struck a chord with fans and critics alike when it debuted in 2017. Viewers couldn’t help but see the parallels between the totalitarian regime in Gilead (a fictional future version of the United States) and the actions and beliefs expressed by then newly-elected President Donald Trump and people associated with his administration.

Then the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements began and the Elisabeth Moss-led series became a part of discussions about sexual misconduct and women’s rights.

Now, with the sophomore installment of “The Handmaid’s Tale” dropping on the streaming service Wednesday, TheWrap asked executive producer Warren Littlefield if the constant talk of how “relevant” the Emmy-winning drama is in our political and social climate keeps it from being appreciated on its own.

“I think Margaret’s book could have been adapted and been a good adaptation any time,” Littlefield said. “Any time in the last 30 years it could have been powerful television. It wouldn’t play on network. But it’s such a powerful conceptualization. And a brilliant one. And of course particularly with #MeToo and #TimesUp, the struggle for human rights and feminist rights is so much a part of the fabric of what Margaret created and what we’re doing and that’s a part of our every day existence — only magnified in a Trumpian world. So we get it! We wish that we weren’t so relevant, because the world would maybe be a better place. But we are.”

“We find ourselves a part of the conversation, we find ourselves part of the resistance,” Littlefield continued. “Women are dressing as handmaids and using that as a form of protest, all over the United States and now all over the world. So that’s pretty amazing to be a part of that, that our show is being talked about in such a powerful way. So first and foremost we better do a good dramatic television show. We’re not the news, we don’t want to mistake ourselves for the news. But I think if we’re good storytellers, we can’t escape the power of these themes.”

Littlefield says its possible the “relevancy” dissections will get in the way of fans just following Offred’s (Moss) story, but he has faith the two ways of watching can coexist.

“It may happen for some, I think that when our hours unfold I think we are pulled in by Offred/June. She is our rudder and I think that — I hope that — in some ways we’re just yanked into our world, our characters stories, their struggle and the drama that unfolds in each hour. And I’d like to think that the audience is completely enveloped by what we do. And yes, afterwards it can generate a very provocative and interesting and relevant discussion. But I like to think that what we’re offering the audience takes them on a journey.”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 will be shaped by Offred/June’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. In the sophomore installment, Offred and others will fight against — or succumb to — the dark truth that “Gilead is within you.”

New episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale” drop Wednesdays on Hulu.

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‘Travesties’ Broadway Review: Tom Hollander Pulls Out All the Stoppard

Tom Stoppard’s 1974 play “Travesties,” which opened Tuesday at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre in a spirited, quick-paced revival, is a showcase for modern theater’s ultimate teacher’s pet.

Stoppard built his reputation for erudite riffs on classic material with early shows like “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” which thrust two minor characters from “Hamlet” to center stage. In “Travesties,” he takes the structure and characters of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and adds often loopy layers of learned complication.

He centers his play on a real man named Henry Carr (Tom Hollander) who is a bit of a historical footnote: a British consular officer in 1917 Zurich who once sued James Joyce over a pair of trousers he had to buy for an amateur production of “Earnest.”

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Yes, that James Joyce. The Irish author (here played by Peter McDonald) was holed up in Zurich at the time writing “Ulysses,” which was originally titled — as Stoppard does not fail to note — “Elasticated Bloomers.”

Stoppard also introduces two other historical figures who happened to be in Zurich during the waning days of World War I: the Dadaist poet Tristan Tzara (Seth Numrich) and a pre-Russian Revolution Vladimir Lenin (Dan Butler). Not to mention a librarian who becomes Carr’s wife (and doubles as Cecily from “Earnest”) and Joyce’s scrivener who morphs into Cecily’s Wildean counterpart, Gwendolen.

The literary gymnastics do not stop there. There is quick-witted wordplay (“My art belongs to Dada,” Tzara says at one point); an entire scene written in limerick form; a delightful music-hall-style duet of one-up-manship between Cecily and Gwendolen that is the highlight of the second act.

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As Carr says at one point, “It may be nonsense, but at least it is clever nonsense.”

And under Patrick Marber’s masterful direction, “Travesties” never lets the mayhem swirl completely out of control. At the center of the madness is a bravura performance by Hollander, perhaps best known for screen roles as sidekicks who are either goofy (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) or vaguely sinister (“The Night Manager”).

Here, he portrays both an older, dementia-addled Carr, looking back on his Zurich experiences through hazy memories and malaprops, as well as the younger middle manager who rightly saw himself as the hero of his own story, the lead in that amateur Wilde production (“not Ernest, the other one”).

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Marber’s staging really shines when it slows down the verbal pyrotechnics to explore the efficacy of art in challenging times, allowing Tzara to stump that “anti-art is the art of our time” and Lenin to make a case that art must only exist to serve the revolutionary cause — but ultimately backing Joyce’s more nuanced appeal for art for its own sake: “What now of the Trojan War if it had been passed over by the artist’s touch? Dust.”

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Tom Stoppard’s 1974 play “Travesties,” which opened Tuesday at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre in a spirited, quick-paced revival, is a showcase for modern theater’s ultimate teacher’s pet.

Stoppard built his reputation for erudite riffs on classic material with early shows like “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” which thrust two minor characters from “Hamlet” to center stage. In “Travesties,” he takes the structure and characters of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and adds often loopy layers of learned complication.

He centers his play on a real man named Henry Carr (Tom Hollander) who is a bit of a historical footnote: a British consular officer in 1917 Zurich who once sued James Joyce over a pair of trousers he had to buy for an amateur production of “Earnest.”

Yes, that James Joyce. The Irish author (here played by Peter McDonald) was holed up in Zurich at the time writing “Ulysses,” which was originally titled — as Stoppard does not fail to note — “Elasticated Bloomers.”

Stoppard also introduces two other historical figures who happened to be in Zurich during the waning days of World War I: the Dadaist poet Tristan Tzara (Seth Numrich) and a pre-Russian Revolution Vladimir Lenin (Dan Butler). Not to mention a librarian who becomes Carr’s wife (and doubles as Cecily from “Earnest”) and Joyce’s scrivener who morphs into Cecily’s Wildean counterpart, Gwendolen.

The literary gymnastics do not stop there. There is quick-witted wordplay (“My art belongs to Dada,” Tzara says at one point); an entire scene written in limerick form; a delightful music-hall-style duet of one-up-manship between Cecily and Gwendolen that is the highlight of the second act.

As Carr says at one point, “It may be nonsense, but at least it is clever nonsense.”

And under Patrick Marber’s masterful direction, “Travesties” never lets the mayhem swirl completely out of control. At the center of the madness is a bravura performance by Hollander, perhaps best known for screen roles as sidekicks who are either goofy (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) or vaguely sinister (“The Night Manager”).

Here, he portrays both an older, dementia-addled Carr, looking back on his Zurich experiences through hazy memories and malaprops, as well as the younger middle manager who rightly saw himself as the hero of his own story, the lead in that amateur Wilde production (“not Ernest, the other one”).

Marber’s staging really shines when it slows down the verbal pyrotechnics to explore the efficacy of art in challenging times, allowing Tzara to stump that “anti-art is the art of our time” and Lenin to make a case that art must only exist to serve the revolutionary cause — but ultimately backing Joyce’s more nuanced appeal for art for its own sake: “What now of the Trojan War if it had been passed over by the artist’s touch? Dust.”

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Trump White House’s First State Dinner High on Pomp, Low on Star Wattage

Donald Trump’s first state dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte will include 120 guests, a cream and gold color scheme, rack of spring lamb for the main course and white floral centerpieces of sweet peas and white lilacs.

What it won’t have is Hollywood glamour.

Celebrities have long been a staple of Washington state dinners. But unlike, say, the Obama years, which featured the likes of Beyoncé, Steven Spielberg and James Taylor, this year’s event is low on star wattage, with the Washington National Opera serving as the featured entertainment.

Except for Melania Trump’s broad-brimmed white hat earlier in the day, which drew immediate comparisons to “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope, perhaps the only other Hollywood connection at the state dinner was movie-financier-turned-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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Among the non-politics celebs who arrived at the Mount Vernon dinner were Apple CEO Tim Cook, Rupert Murdoch and his wife Jerry Hall, Olympic curler John Shuster, and women’s hockey player Meghan Duggan. On the politics side, Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy, economic adviser Larry Kudlow, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, Chief Justice John Roberts, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, aide Stephen Miller, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Henry Kissinger, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were there.

The lone Democrat invited was Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, whose office confirmed to TheWrap he and his wife will be attending.

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In contrast, the Obama’s first state dinner for then-Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur in 2009 was held in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House. The dinner included 400 guests, including Steven Spielberg, Katie Couric and actors Blair Underwood and Alfre Woodard.

It was also the year when a couple of party crashers made headlines: Tareq and Michaele Salahi. The Washington socialites were filming “Real Housewives of D.C.,” and made an entrance even though their names were not on the list.

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The Obamas’ list of Hollywood celebs famously included Beyoncé, who headlined the 2010 state dinner for Mexico’s then-President Felipe Calderón and his wife, Margarita Zavala. Angela Merkel had a friend in James Taylor during her state dinner in 2011. British Prime Minister David Cameron got to enjoy some John Legend and Mumford and Sons in 2012. And Mary J. Blige had gave some real love to Macron’s predecessor, François Hollande during his state dinner in 2014.

The Obama’s last state dinner, for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini in 2016, featured a who’s who of Hollywood A-listers. Gwen Stefani, former racing driver Mario Andretti, fashion designer Georgio Armani, celebrity chef Mario Batali, Disney lobbyist Richard Bates, and actor Roberto Benigni, who won an Oscar for 1999’s “Life Is Beautiful” were among the dinner guests.

Republican presidents typically have a harder time wrangling A-listers for their dinners.

First lady Laura Bush’s first state dinner was an intimate dinner honoring then-Mexican President Vicente Fox and his wife, Martha Sahagun de Fox in 2001.  The guest list included tenor Placido Domingo, Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green, after-dinner entertainment soprano Dawn Upshaw and the lone Hollywood representative, Clint Eastwood.

Other celebrities attending state dinners during the Bush years include country crooner Kenny Chesney in 2006, famed violinist Itzhak Perlman in 2007 and the Broadway production of “The Lion King” in 2008.

Spent yesterday with my team checking on the final details of our first State Dinner with France. pic.twitter.com/vHoQ1rTA3s

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 23, 2018

Is Melania Trump’s white hat a symbol of morality like Olivia Pope’s? pic.twitter.com/JZRHL7iuOi

— KOlive (@kmomonahan) April 24, 2018

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Donald Trump’s first state dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte will include 120 guests, a cream and gold color scheme, rack of spring lamb for the main course and white floral centerpieces of sweet peas and white lilacs.

What it won’t have is Hollywood glamour.

Celebrities have long been a staple of Washington state dinners. But unlike, say, the Obama years, which featured the likes of Beyoncé, Steven Spielberg and James Taylor, this year’s event is low on star wattage, with the Washington National Opera serving as the featured entertainment.

Except for Melania Trump’s broad-brimmed white hat earlier in the day, which drew immediate comparisons to “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope, perhaps the only other Hollywood connection at the state dinner was movie-financier-turned-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Among the non-politics celebs who arrived at the Mount Vernon dinner were Apple CEO Tim Cook, Rupert Murdoch and his wife Jerry Hall, Olympic curler John Shuster, and women’s hockey player Meghan Duggan. On the politics side, Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy, economic adviser Larry Kudlow, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, Chief Justice John Roberts, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, aide Stephen Miller, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Henry Kissinger, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were there.

The lone Democrat invited was Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, whose office confirmed to TheWrap he and his wife will be attending.

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In contrast, the Obama’s first state dinner for then-Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur in 2009 was held in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House. The dinner included 400 guests, including Steven Spielberg, Katie Couric and actors Blair Underwood and Alfre Woodard.

It was also the year when a couple of party crashers made headlines: Tareq and Michaele Salahi. The Washington socialites were filming “Real Housewives of D.C.,” and made an entrance even though their names were not on the list.

The Obamas’ list of Hollywood celebs famously included Beyoncé, who headlined the 2010 state dinner for Mexico’s then-President Felipe Calderón and his wife, Margarita Zavala. Angela Merkel had a friend in James Taylor during her state dinner in 2011. British Prime Minister David Cameron got to enjoy some John Legend and Mumford and Sons in 2012. And Mary J. Blige had gave some real love to Macron’s predecessor, François Hollande during his state dinner in 2014.

The Obama’s last state dinner, for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini in 2016, featured a who’s who of Hollywood A-listers. Gwen Stefani, former racing driver Mario Andretti, fashion designer Georgio Armani, celebrity chef Mario Batali, Disney lobbyist Richard Bates, and actor Roberto Benigni, who won an Oscar for 1999’s “Life Is Beautiful” were among the dinner guests.

Republican presidents typically have a harder time wrangling A-listers for their dinners.

First lady Laura Bush’s first state dinner was an intimate dinner honoring then-Mexican President Vicente Fox and his wife, Martha Sahagun de Fox in 2001.  The guest list included tenor Placido Domingo, Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green, after-dinner entertainment soprano Dawn Upshaw and the lone Hollywood representative, Clint Eastwood.

Other celebrities attending state dinners during the Bush years include country crooner Kenny Chesney in 2006, famed violinist Itzhak Perlman in 2007 and the Broadway production of “The Lion King” in 2008.

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Rapper Meek Mill to Be Released From Prison

Rapper Meek Mill will be released from prison on Tuesday, according to his attorney Brian McMonagle who spoke to CBS News.

His sentencing for a probation violation sparked widespread outrage. According to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s official order (via TMZ), the justices cited the alleged corrupt police officer who testified in Meek’s case as a crucial point in their decision to order his bail. It also said prosecutors were not opposed to him being released, and sided with them.

In a statement, Meek said:

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“I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including Jay Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice – not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct. Although I’m blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.”

Mill received two to four years in state prison for probation violation on from Judge Genece E. Brinkley, telling the rapper that he’s been “just thumbing your nose at me” after she’d given him multiple chances to straighten up.

Mill pleaded guilty in October to reckless driving after doing wheelies on a dirt bike in New York, a plea that was followed by a March arrest stemming from a fight at a St. Louis airport. The charges from the arrest were dropped when the rapper agreed to community service.

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Mill’s Pennsylvania case originated in 2008, when he was convicted on a drug and gun matter, earning him eight months in prison followed by five years’ probation.

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Rapper Meek Mill will be released from prison on Tuesday, according to his attorney Brian McMonagle who spoke to CBS News.

His sentencing for a probation violation sparked widespread outrage. According to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s official order (via TMZ), the justices cited the alleged corrupt police officer who testified in Meek’s case as a crucial point in their decision to order his bail. It also said prosecutors were not opposed to him being released, and sided with them.

In a statement, Meek said:

“I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including Jay Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice – not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct. Although I’m blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.”

Mill received two to four years in state prison for probation violation on from Judge Genece E. Brinkley, telling the rapper that he’s been “just thumbing your nose at me” after she’d given him multiple chances to straighten up.

Mill pleaded guilty in October to reckless driving after doing wheelies on a dirt bike in New York, a plea that was followed by a March arrest stemming from a fight at a St. Louis airport. The charges from the arrest were dropped when the rapper agreed to community service.

Mill’s Pennsylvania case originated in 2008, when he was convicted on a drug and gun matter, earning him eight months in prison followed by five years’ probation.

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Kim Kardashian’s Naked Crotch-Shot Shredded by Piers Morgan: ‘Desperate.com’

Piers Morgan has once again displayed his naked distaste for Kim Kardashian’s exhibitionist tendencies.

British media personality Morgan took a poke at the reality TV personality on Tuesday, after Kardashian posted a bare crotch photo with a plug for her perfume.

The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” personality posted a photo of a crotch, presumably her own, with the genital area barely concealed by a strategic bend of a leg.

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“KKWFRAGRANCE.COM,” Kardashian wrote in a message accompanying the photo.

Morgan couldn’t help but chime in about the photo via his own Twitter account, writing, “DESPERATE.COM.”

For emphasis, Morgan included dual emojis of monkeys covering their eyes.

Morgan’s tweet included a link to the website Desperate.com, which bills itself as “the Largest Wholesale Manufacturer of Tin Signs,” though it’s unclear what his implication, if any, was.

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This is far from the first time that Morgan has taken a shot at Kardashian for her perceived overexposure. In February, after Kardashian posted a photo of herself sans top with the message “[camera icon] by North,” a seeming reference to her child with rapper/philosopher Kanye West, Morgan blasted her as “pathetic & creepy.”

“Kim Kardashian now posting topless photos of herself taken by her 4-yr-old daughter. Pathetic & creepy,” Morgan fumed.

https://t.co/tbQezJs782 pic.twitter.com/aXvIBFqbeT

– Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 24, 2018

https://t.co/IIsQBpFZPX ???????? https://t.co/90Bfcs4OOa

– Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 24, 2018

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Piers Morgan has once again displayed his naked distaste for Kim Kardashian’s exhibitionist tendencies.

British media personality Morgan took a poke at the reality TV personality on Tuesday, after Kardashian posted a bare crotch photo with a plug for her perfume.

The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” personality posted a photo of a crotch, presumably her own, with the genital area barely concealed by a strategic bend of a leg.

“KKWFRAGRANCE.COM,” Kardashian wrote in a message accompanying the photo.

Morgan couldn’t help but chime in about the photo via his own Twitter account, writing, “DESPERATE.COM.”

For emphasis, Morgan included dual emojis of monkeys covering their eyes.

Morgan’s tweet included a link to the website Desperate.com, which bills itself as “the Largest Wholesale Manufacturer of Tin Signs,” though it’s unclear what his implication, if any, was.

This is far from the first time that Morgan has taken a shot at Kardashian for her perceived overexposure. In February, after Kardashian posted a photo of herself sans top with the message “[camera icon] by North,” a seeming reference to her child with rapper/philosopher Kanye West, Morgan blasted her as “pathetic & creepy.”

“Kim Kardashian now posting topless photos of herself taken by her 4-yr-old daughter. Pathetic & creepy,” Morgan fumed.

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Bruce Campbell Squashes Hope for ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Revival: ‘I’m Retired as Ash’

Despite hopes of an 11th-hour fan campaign to save Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” the show’s star Bruce Campbell put the final nail in the coffin for his leading character, Ash Williams.

Responding to a post from Bloody Disgusting that tried to mobilize fans to petition Netflix to save the show, which Starz canceled last week, Campbell took to Twitter to say thanks, but he’s done with the character.

Big props to fans for the effort, but I’m retired as Ash. #timetofrysomeotherfish https://t.co/Di1aeBV0dl

— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) April 23, 2018

Last week, Starz announced the series would end after the upcoming season three finale, which is scheduled for April 29.

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Campbell first played the character in the Sam Raimi-directed “Evil Dead” in 1981, returning for a slew of sequels before Starz revived it as a TV series in 2015.

You can’t blame them for trying since it wouldn’t be the first (or second, or third) time Netflix revived a canceled show. The streamer has previously brought back “Longmire,” “The Killing” and most famously, “Arrested Development.”

But it looks like “Ash vs. Evil Dead” is, well, dead.

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Despite hopes of an 11th-hour fan campaign to save Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” the show’s star Bruce Campbell put the final nail in the coffin for his leading character, Ash Williams.

Responding to a post from Bloody Disgusting that tried to mobilize fans to petition Netflix to save the show, which Starz canceled last week, Campbell took to Twitter to say thanks, but he’s done with the character.

Last week, Starz announced the series would end after the upcoming season three finale, which is scheduled for April 29.

Campbell first played the character in the Sam Raimi-directed “Evil Dead” in 1981, returning for a slew of sequels before Starz revived it as a TV series in 2015.

You can’t blame them for trying since it wouldn’t be the first (or second, or third) time Netflix revived a canceled show. The streamer has previously brought back “Longmire,” “The Killing” and most famously, “Arrested Development.”

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Mike Francesa to Return to WFAN 4 Months After Leaving

Mike Francesa is returning to WFAN four months after walking away from the popular sports talk radio station.

“It is time to return to WFAN,” he told Newsday on Tuesday.

The rest of Francesa’s words were pretty cryptic.

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Francesa told Newsday that he has been working on a project with agency CAA for months, and that he “will do everything to work WFAN into an integral part of the project.”

“This is for those who started this campaign in recent days. I didn’t decide to go back to WFAN until I was told I better not go back,” Francesa told Newsday. “For those behind it, that was the moment I decided to return.”

CAA did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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The New York Post reports that Francesa, who anchored 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the station for decades, will host from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WFAN declined to comment to TheWrap.

The trailblazing sports radio host, who long co-hosted his afternoon show with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, dominated the ratings for two decades before signing off in December.

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Since his “retirement,” Francesa has appeared on the Bill Simmons Podcast and teased he’d potentially wind up elsewhere, but those plans appear to have never come to fruition. His return to WFAN would come after he received a year-long sendoff, coinciding with the release of a “30 for 30” documentary on ESPN.

The “Sports Pope” had been sharing his takes from his radio throne at WFAN since 1987, building an audience that tunes in waiting for one of his trademark rants. For those unfamiliar with the New York sports radio scene, @BackAftaThis on Twitter has chronicled Francesa’s biggest blowups, including the clip below:

???? The #4 Mike Francesa Moment of the Year

Mike destroys Penn State coach James Franklin two days in a row after he finds out that the coach iced Georgia State’s kicker with time running out, in order to preserve a 56-0 victory. pic.twitter.com/vylgVjSoGM

— Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) December 12, 2017

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Mike Francesa to Leave WFAN

Mike Francesa is returning to WFAN four months after walking away from the popular sports talk radio station.

“It is time to return to WFAN,” he told Newsday on Tuesday.

The rest of Francesa’s words were pretty cryptic.

Francesa told Newsday that he has been working on a project with agency CAA for months, and that he “will do everything to work WFAN into an integral part of the project.”

“This is for those who started this campaign in recent days. I didn’t decide to go back to WFAN until I was told I better not go back,” Francesa told Newsday. “For those behind it, that was the moment I decided to return.”

CAA did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The New York Post reports that Francesa, who anchored 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the station for decades, will host from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WFAN declined to comment to TheWrap.

The trailblazing sports radio host, who long co-hosted his afternoon show with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, dominated the ratings for two decades before signing off in December.

Since his “retirement,” Francesa has appeared on the Bill Simmons Podcast and teased he’d potentially wind up elsewhere, but those plans appear to have never come to fruition. His return to WFAN would come after he received a year-long sendoff, coinciding with the release of a “30 for 30” documentary on ESPN.

The “Sports Pope” had been sharing his takes from his radio throne at WFAN since 1987, building an audience that tunes in waiting for one of his trademark rants. For those unfamiliar with the New York sports radio scene, @BackAftaThis on Twitter has chronicled Francesa’s biggest blowups, including the clip below:

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