ABC Rebrands ‘GMA Day’ as ‘Strahan & Sara’

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ABC News has rebranded its afternoon version of “Good Morning America,” previously known as “GMA Day,” to “Strahan & Sara.” Yes, already.

“GMA Day,” an extension of the ABC morning talk show, launched in September. Now named after its hosts, Michael Strahan and Sara Haines, “Strahan & Sara” airs at 1 p.m. on ABC.

The new title and set debuts today, a person with knowledge of the update told TheWrap.

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The afternoon program was originally intended to act like a third hour of “Good Morning America” — just a bit removed from those hours (and the “morning” part in general). “GMA Day” took over for “The Chew,” which was canceled while facing a whole host of issues, including sexual misconduct accusations against one of its hosts, Mario Batali.

Unfortunately, “GMA Day”/”Strahan & Sara” has yet to surpass even the modest Nielsen TV ratings the time slot got in its “Chew” days. Evidently, ABC News executives believe the opportunity for growth exists, and see any hope for success as being tied directly to the two big personalities in front of the cameras. Yes, it appears they’re going for more of a Kathie Lee and Hoda vibe now — those two chat and swill wine for the fourth hour of key “GMA” competition, NBC’s “Today” show.

Variety first reported the news of the “Strahan & Sara” rebranding.

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Kevin Hart Rules Out Hosting Oscars: ‘I’m Over It’

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Kevin Hart officially ended discussion about him hosting the 2019 Academy Awards on Wednesday, telling “Good Morning America” that he was “over” the negative attention surrounding his old homophobic tweets and wanted to move on.

“There is no ending to it. If you keep feeding this energy, then it’s going to grow. You’re not getting no more of my energy from it. I’m not giving no more, because it’s endless,” Hart told host Michael Strahan. “I want everybody to know I’m done with it. It’s a choice that I’ve personally made to say I’m not addressing it anymore.”

“I’m over it,” he said repeatedly.

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His response came when Strahan asked: “Is there a hope that you would host the Oscars this year?”

“No, I’m not hosting the Oscars this year,” Hart replied without hesitation. “The Academy, they’re amazing people, the offer was made, it was received, I was excited this happened, it didn’t work out the way it should have. Right now from a time perspective, I don’t really have time.”

Hart was dropped by the Oscars after multiple old tweets emerged showing his previous use of homophobic slurs. Hart fanned the flames when critics said an initial apology offered was insufficiently contrite. His image has rebounded somewhat with sympathetic appearances on “Ellen,” though he has continued to face backlash, including from CNN anchor Don Lemon, who said it was not Degeneres’ place to forgive Hart.

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“For many in the gay community but especially in the black community,” Lemon said, “the Twitter apologies and explanations on ‘Ellen’ have fallen flat … To many it seems he has somehow turned himself a victim, instead of acknowledging the real victims of violent and sometimes deadly homophobia.”

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‘Shut Up and Dribble’ Director Gotham Chopra Says ‘Sports and Politics Have Collided for Decades’

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The title for Showtime documentary series “Shut Up and Dribble” was inspired by LeBron James’ feud with Fox News host Laura Ingraham last February, but the project had been in the works long before that.

“I don’t believe in coincidences … that it took two years to make and got released now after the world has become increasingly politicized is very synchronistic,” director Gotham Chopra told TheWrap. “When we first started, it was going to be equal parts social impact and cultural impact — and there was going to be more basketball in it — but this just felt like a natural evolution of the project and the conversation.”

James clearly didn’t heed Ingraham’s advice to “keep the political comments” to himself and instead used her words against her on the three-part series that he executive produced along with Maverick Carter and Chopra. Former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, who has also had her own high-profile clashes with President Trump, narrated the program.

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“Shut Up and Dribble’s” airing also coincided with the launch of two other Chopra projects — Season 3 of “Religion of Sports” and the debut of the podcast series “Why Sports Matter,” both for which he re-teamed with Tom Brady and Michael Strahan.

“The mission behind the company has always been that sports is a backdrop for great and relevant storytelling,” he said.

TheWrap caught up with Chopra to talk about all three series.

TheWrap: How has the concept of “Shut Up and Dribble” changed since you began working on it two years ago?
Gotham Chopra: Back then, everyone wanted to talk about the anthem issue. While we were focusing on the NBA, a lot of people I was talking to said, “What happened to Colin Kaepernick? This isn’t the first time this has happened. This happened in the NBA 25 years ago.” Now the show has come out, it is certainly topical but sports and politics have been colliding for decades.

Do you think the NBA is the most politically vocal of the leagues?
Football has always been called America’s game but the NBA is the most politically-relevant sport and its athletes are among the most outspoken. If you look across time, which this series does, to the ’50s and ’60s, to players like Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — they were in some ways civil rights activists of their era. What they were doing then was pretty radical and definitely set the foundation for what the NBA is today. LeBron is arguably the best player of his generation and he is also the most outspoken athlete out there now.

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How did Ingraham’s “shut up and dribble” slam influence the series and the title?
We had a working title and thought we’d figure it out later. The project was already well underway and the movement for it being more socially anchored around politics was already happening, but the pivotal moment with the Laura Ingraham comments crystalized it for us and it became much more of an organizing principle. In some ways, the moment made us realize, “Oh, this is about politics.” It gave us a great title but also helped us refine the vision and the focus of the series.

Have you had any reaction from Laura Ingraham on it?
I have not heard from her. I was wondering if we were going to get anything from her or our president.

Why was Jemele Hill the perfect choice for narrator?
She has grown up in Detroit, knows her basketball, is an analyst and has been around these athletes for a long time. Jemele is not only African-American and can speak to that experience but she has also been part of this conversation. The president and the White House came after her on social media — not unlike LeBron or Steph Curry — so she has that unique perspective. She just really embraced and embodied everything we were looking for.

Were you always interested in politics or has that intensified over the last few years?
It has long been a passion of mine, probably with the same intensity as sports is. President Obama being elected, as a minority and a child of immigrants to become president, was a big affirmation of my journey and my experiences as a minority [Gotham is the son of Indian-born spiritual guru Deepak Chopra]. That helped intensify my interest politics, and certainly the last two years have ratcheted my engagement. It demands participation and you can’t just be passive. I didn’t want to make the series partisan but I did want to make it part of the conversation. It wasn’t about: “Here’s my point of view” — rather than about looking at the history that you may not know. The president and Laura Ingraham gave us hooks and topical moments but it is certainly not about them.

You also launched a podcast series this month. Why was now a good time for you to break into that realm?
I am a big podcast consumer. I love it because it’s a very different kind of storytelling. In film, the cinematography communicates so much of the story, whereas in podcasting, you have to really cement your storytelling and communicate it through sound. One of the things that happens when you’re doing a documentary television series is the question of “can this story fill up an hour?” We get pitched a lot of stuff that would make great podcasts as they can be less formatted — they can be 15 minutes or 50 minutes, whatever — so we just started experimenting with it.”Why Sports Matter” has always been the DNA of “Religion of Sports,” as we want to tell stories that have meaning and purpose so to bring that into podcasting and let that it be the foundation for the series felt inevitable.

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How have the podcasts differed from the original “Religion of Sports” series?
I feel like you can play with topics more without having to invest a huge budget like you would for the show. We have an episode on the Humboldt bus crash tragedy in Canada last year where many of the players and coaches perished that we considered trying to do as a documentary, but mobilizing that and trying to figure out all the different pieces and the rights’ issues was complicated. With podcasting, we can literally just start talking to people and recording.

Season 3 of “Religion of Sports” premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. on AT&T’s AUDIENCE Network.

“Why Sports Matter” is available free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Radio.com and other on-demand audio platforms.

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Tom Brady, Michael Strahan, Gotham Chopra’s Religion of Sports Launches ‘Why Sports Matter’ Podcast

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Religion of Sports, the media company founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra, announced the launch of a new podcast series on Tuesday.

“Why Sports Matter” will be available on the Cadence13 podcast network from Oct. 30. The series will explore the larger themes of tribalism, authenticity, leadership and more through compelling stories that illustrate how sports provide meaning, purpose and significance in people’s lives.

“As long as I’ve been playing sports, I’ve had to fight to overcome obstacles and adversity,” NFL legend Brady said in a press release Tuesday. “Sports are more to me than wins and losses — its emotions encompass much of my life. Being able to share stories of others like me, with similar struggles and triumphs is compelling and authentic. I couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come for Religion of Sports.”

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“Since the formation of our company, why sports matter has been the consistent theme behind every piece of content we have generated,” Chopra said in the joint statement. “To bring that DNA into podcasting and address it head on through powerful stories that illustrate the meaning and impact of sports on individuals and communities is beyond exciting.”

Former Super Bowl champion and “Good Morning America” cohost Strahan said: “I’m excited to team up with Cadence13 on ‘Why Sports Matter’ and share these universally relatable stories. I look forward to our guests having the opportunity to express all that they’ve learned along their respective journeys, while showcasing how these themes translate outside the world of sports.”

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“‘Why Sports Matter’ is a groundbreaking series of audio essays that takes uncommon stories from athletes and the sports world and distills them down to the components that reflect human nature and the values we have as members of a larger community,” said Chris Corcoran, chief content officer of Cadence13, continued. “It’s expert storytelling that’s sure to appeal to all types of audiences and not just sports fans.”

Along with the “Religion of Sports” series airing on DirecTV’s Audience Network and AT&T’s U-Verse, Chopra is also the director behind the highly-acclaimed Facebook Watch series “Tom vs Time,” which took an intimate look inside the life of New England Patriots QB Brady throughout the 2017 NFL season that culminated in a loss at Super Bowl LII.

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Cadence13’s slate of podcasts includes “The Punies” by NBA star Kobe Bryant, “What Really Happened?” by documentary filmmaker Andrew Jenks and producer Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “The Oval Office Tapes” by  R.J. Cutler and Blumhouse Television, and the Origins series hosted by James Andrew Miller.

“Why Sports Matter” will be available free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Radio.com and other on-demand audio platforms on Oct. 30, with new episodes of season one being released every week.

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ABC Developing Drama ‘Completeness’ Produced By Michael Strahan

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ESPN’s Kevin Wildes to Executive Produce New ‘GMA’ Hour Hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines

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ESPN executive Kevin Wildes will serve as executive producer of the new daytime hour of “Good Morning America” to be hosted by Michael Strahan and Sara Haines, ABC announced on Thursday.

The new hire was announced by “GMA” senior executive producer Michael Corn in an internal staff memo on Thursday.

“Kevin is a skilled producer and brings an enormous amount of live television experience to his new role,” Corn wrote. “He created shows that both informed and entertained a wide fan base which is at the heart of what we do at GMA.”

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Wildes has served as vice president of original content at ESPN, since 2016 and has produced a number of programs including “NBA Countdown,” “The Jump” hosted by Rachel Nichols, “SportsNation” and Kobe Bryant’s Detail show for the streaming service ESPN+.

The third hour of “Good Morning America,” titled “GMA Day” is set to debut in the 1 p.m. timeslot on Monday, Sept. 10. Michael Strahan and “The View” alum Sara Haines will serve as hosts.

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Read Corn’s full memo below.

Team,

I am excited to share that Kevin Wildes will be joining the team as Executive Producer of “GMA Day.”

Kevin comes from ESPN where he most recently served as Vice President of Original Content. He has produced many shows we’re all familiar with including NBA Countdown, The Jump hosted by Rachel Nichols, Kobe Bryant’s Detail show for ESPN+ and SportsNation.

Kevin is a skilled producer and brings an enormous amount of live television experience to his new role. He created shows that both informed and entertained a wide fan base which is at the heart of what we do at GMA. At the helm of our third hour Kevin will work closely with Michael, Sara and our incredible team behind the camera to bring our viewers the best possible show each day.

This is a really exciting time for GMA. September 10th is right around the corner and I can’t wait to see what Kevin and this amazing team have in store. As always, I’m proud to work with the best team in the business and I’m thrilled to join you in welcoming Kevin to GMA.

Corn

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Sara Haines is leaving behind her co-hosting duties on “The View” — but she’s not leaving ABC behind.

Haines, who joined “The View” in 2016, will depart the show, but is taking up co-hosting duties with Michael Strahan on the upcoming third hour of “Good Morning America,” an individual with knowledge of the move told TheWrap.

Haines, who became an ABC News correspondent in 2013, had previously appeared on the weekend editions of “Good Morning America.”

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ABC had no comment on the move for TheWrap.

News broke in May that a third hour would be added to “Good Morning America,” though the plan is to air the additional hour at 1 p.m./12c (and PT).

“Over the past six years ‘Good Morning America’ has solidified its place as America’s No. 1 morning show,” Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney|ABC Television, said at the time. “We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour.”

Former NFL player Strahan became a regular contributor to “GMA” in 2014. In 2016, it was announced that Strahan would join the morning show on a full-time basis.

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Dennis Rodman Slams Obama for Missed Opportunity With North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

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Dennis Rodman cast shade on former President Barack Obama about missing an opportunity to forge diplomacy with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — an opportunity that Donald Trump seized upon in his historic meeting early Tuesday in Singapore.

“I just want them to talk,” the former NBA star told ABC News’ Michael Strahan in an interview that aired Tuesday on “Good Morning America.” “I said that with Obama, and Obama just pretty much just blew me off, and thought that I was a laughingstock, that I didn’t know what I was doing.”

Rodman also defended Kim, whom he has visited in North Korea several times in the last decade over their shared love of basketball.

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“I don’t look at him as a dictator,” said Rodman, wearing a Make America Great Again baseball cap and a PotCoin.com t-shirt. “I look at him as more like a person that tries to blend in with the world. I tried to convey that to people, and people looked at me like I was out of my mind.”

Rodman praised Trump for going ahead with the summit meeting and shaking hands with Kim. “It almost didn’t happen,” he said. “I’m glad that it did.”

And he could not resist taking credit for his own role as one of the few Americans to have made any contact with the previously isolated Kim. “I guess it gave me a little more shine of a light as far as knowing the fact that I did something pretty, pretty historical as far as, like, bringing awareness to North Korea and some of the issues that’s over there.”

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Kim and Trump came together for the historic summit on Tuesday morning, Singapore time, on an island resort.

The two leaders shook hands warmly in front of a row of alternating U.S. and North Korean flags, according to the Associated Press, before having a 40-minute one-on-one meeting with the aid of interpreters. Both men then signed a document in which Kim apparently agreed to move toward “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

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How Gotham Chopra’s Sports Emmy-Nominated Series ‘Why We Fight’ Tackles Opioid Addiction

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As the 39th Annual Sports Emmy Awards kick off Tuesday night, the Religion of Sports team under Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra hope that their gritty docu-series “Why We Fight” will be victorious in the Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary category.

The eight-episode series on Verizon go90 network, executive produced by UFC champion-turned WWE Superstar Ronda Rousey, is far from your typical sports drama — especially as its host unexpectedly relapsed into opioid use during production.

The show was built around active fighter/host Zac “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman, who was recovering from painkiller addiction stemming from injuries in the ring. “He’d been diligently clean and then during our production he had a relapse, and that was something we had to deal with,” Chopra, who recently earned critical acclaim for his Facebook Watch series “Tom vs. Time,” told TheWrap.

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The relapse naturally sparked a moral dilemma for the filmmakers, along with a logistical nightmare, especially regarding insurance issues. “We had a moment where we asked ourselves ‘what are we going to do and should we really be doing this? And, if we’re doing it, how do we support Zac? Are we going to acknowledge it?’” Chopra said.

In the middle of shooting an episode in Tijuana, Mexico, Zac told a fighter who they were filming about his addiction, and from then on “it became a part of the series,” the director said. “I think that as much as it is a show about fighting, it is also a show about opioid addiction, which is a huge issue in this country.

“It became personal and emotional … which really differentiated the series from being another travel show about another sport,” the filmmaker, who is the son of spiritual guru Deepak Chopra, said. “They call it ‘unscripted television’ for a reason, you can go in with an agenda and an outline of what you are going to do but you have to be able to adapt. That sort of tension and drama is what makes these series great, if you have to deal with stuff and if you do it honestly — it really shines through,” he added.

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Another factor contributing to “Why We Fight’s” appeal was the subject matter, Gotham said. “There is something primordial about it. Fighting is the oldest sport we have, and UFC is a modern day version of it harking back to when two people went into a cage and only one person came out,” he explained.

“Early on in the production, someone said that if you went to a street corner and Kevin Durant and LeBron James are playing one-on-one basketball, Tom Brady and Gronk are playing catch, and two guys you’ve never seen before are having a fist fight — what are you going to watch?” he asked about the must-watch phenomena of fighting. “That really resonated with me and I think it’s true.”

Along with the unexpected storyline of Wohlman’s drug relapse, “Why We Fight” had the benefit having Rousey as an executive producer. “In my opinion, she is one of the most iconic names in fighting. She has really invented herself and is super passionate about what she does,” Gotham said.

The series’ Sports Emmy nomination marks the first for Gotham, Brady, Strahan and co., and was a “pleasant surprise” for the director. “Why We Fight’ doesn’t have a big name attached to it like Tom or LeBron James, as nobody really knows who Zac is, and go90 is not Facebook or Netflix,” Gotham said. “I look at the shows we’re in competition with in this category (such as HBO’s “Hard Knocks” and Showtime’s “A Season With Navy Football”) and it’s pretty intimidating,” he added.

The 34th Annual Sports Emmy Awards are announced live in New York from 7 p.m. ET.

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How to Watch the 2018 Oscars Ceremony Live Online

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Here we are, on Oscar Sunday, finally at the climax of the 2018 Hollywood awards season. The Oscars are Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, and you won’t have to be in front of a TV to watch all the goodness on the Dolby Theater stage Sunday night.

The Oscars ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be broadcast on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, a half hour earlier than it’s aired in years past. And you can stream ABC from wherever you are, by way of ABC’s streaming app that’s available for smart devices of all sorts, including tablets, as well as streaming boxes, like Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. On top of that, you can view the ceremony in a web browser on ABC.com.

You will need to log in with a TV provider in order to access the livestream, however, and ABC is not available for streaming in all markets — though it is available in most.

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On top of the regular broadcast of the Oscar ceremony, ABC will also be providing a free behind-the-scenes stream on Oscar.com, dubbed “The Oscars: All Access.” Though you won’t be able to watch the actual ceremony through this feed, you will get live looks at what’s going on backstage and also spend more time in the audience. This “All Access” feed will give viewers an intriguing alternate experience during the ceremony, and while it may not be the best way to experience the Oscars on its own, it will be a cool second screen type of deal for those who are watching the show the normal way.

Prior to the ceremony itself, ABC will have red carpet coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT, hosted by Michael Strahan, Wendy McLendon-Covey and Sarah Haines. The ABC red carpet coverage will also be streamable through the ABC app and on ABC.com, with the same TV provider login requirement. The free “All Access” stream will also feature red carpet coverage, though it won’t be the same as what’s on ABC proper.

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The 90th edition of the Academy Awards is upon us, triggering the end of Hollywood’s lengthy 2018 awards season — which also means we’re getting our last big red carpet event for a while. And you’ve got more than one option for getting a glimpse at all the stars as they arrive at the Dolby Theater for Hollywood’s biggest night of the year.

ABC will broadcast the Oscars ceremony itself at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, and will have its own red carpet show immediately beforehand starting at 6:30 ET/3:30 PT. ABC’s 90-minute red carpet special will be hosted by “Good Morning America” anchor Michael Strahan and “The Goldbergs” star Wendy McLendon-Covey and Sarah Haines from “The View” for some quality ABC synergy, along with Vanity Fair executive West Coast editor Krista Smith and IMDb’s Dave Karger.

The red carpet special airing on ABC means that it will also be streamable across ABC’s array of streaming apps for smart devices, tablets and streaming boxes like Roku and Apple TV, as well as on ABC.com. You will need a valid login from a TV provider, however, and not all local ABC affiliates support streaming, but most markets will be covered.

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Aside from ABC’s red carpet coverage, E! will also be delivering its standard red carpet package, with Ryan Seacrest and Guiliana Rancic hosting. E!’s red carpet broadcast will begin at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT and running right up to the beginning of the Oscars ceremony itself — meaning the show will be twice the length of ABC’s red carpet presentation.

E!’s red carpet show may be extra intriguing this time with Seacrest making the news this weak as he faced an accusation of sexual misconduct — though E!’s internal investigation said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove wrongdoing on Seacrest’s part. Still, with #MeToo and #TIMESUP sure to play major parts in the Oscar ceremony Sunday night, lots of folks have been wondering how stars will treat Seacrest’s presence on the red carpet.

It’s a valid concern, given what else E! made news for this week — a former producer at the network claimed she was fired for not cutting away on the Golden Globes red carpet when Eva Longoria called out E! for the Catt Sadler equal pay dispute that led to Sadler’s exit from the network. Given Longoria’s willingness to complain about E! on E! it wouldn’t be all that surprising if somethign similar happened on Sunday.

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Unfortunately, E! does not have a streaming setup on its website or app for its main red carpet coverage. If you want to stream E! you’ll have to do so through a TV provider’s own livestream service, like Spectrum’s live TV app. OTT providers like Sling TV will of course offer E! through all the same means that it normally provides.

However, E! does provide a “second screen” stream called E! Live 360 from the red carpet through the E! News app — it just won’t be the same thing you’d see if you watched E! on TV. Anyone with an Android or iOS device can watch E! Live 360 for free.

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Kimberly and James Snead, who took in Parkland, Fla. shooter Nikolas Cruz three months before last week’s massacre, appeared Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” There, they told “GMA” anchor Michael Strahan that Cruz was “very polite” in their home and that he “seemed normal.”

“Everything everybody seems to know we didn’t know,” James Snead said this morning. “We had rules and he followed every rule to the tee”

“He was very polite,” he continued on Cruz. “He seemed normal.”

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Here are James and Kimberly describing what they knew of Cruz before accepting the young man into their home:

The couple who took in the Florida school shooting suspect after his mother died says he “was very polite. He seemed normal.” https://t.co/DRkVUhkJBY pic.twitter.com/aPH22c9F66

— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 19, 2018

Cruz, who was friendly with the Sneads’ son, moved in with them after his adopted mother died in November.

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And here, the couple recounts what happened on the morning of the horrific mass-shooting:

Couple who took in alleged Florida school shooter describes the day of the rampage: “He said he didn’t go to school on Valentine’s Day.” https://t.co/s7ae1D2lTp pic.twitter.com/2HdYeQFyt4

— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 19, 2018

Cruz shot and killed 17 people at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday.

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