Fergie’s Unique National Anthem Mocked by Golden State Warriors… Again (Video)

Poor Fergie can’t catch a break.

The singer’s much-maligned national anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game earlier this year is once again drawing laughs, with the Golden State Warriors dancing and chuckling to a new remix of Fergie’s performance — and it was all captured on Steph Curry’s Instagram Friday night.

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The Warriors are clearly responding to Fergie’s ex-husband, Josh Duhamel, calling forward Draymond Green a “prick” during an interview Thursday. Duhamel recalled Green being caught on camera letting out a wry smile and laughing at the All-Star Game in February as Fergie wrapped up the anthem.

Duhamel, in an interview with Fox Sports’ Kristine Leahy, said if Green was a “real man” he would’ve called Fergie to apologize.

“I was pissed off at Draymond Green, first of all, I think he owed her an apology,” Duhamel said. “I thought he was kind of a prick, just because he knew the camera was on him and he snickered about it.”

Welcome to #NBATwitter Josh Duhamel. #DraymondGreen On today’s @FairGameonFS1 at 5:30pm ET. pic.twitter.com/Zz0P6bsKlh

— Kristine Leahy (@KristineLeahy) October 25, 2018

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Green, in response, joined several teammates — including Curry, Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins — in clowning Fergie’s performance once again in the locker room skit.

The beef appears to be dead, however. Duhamel tweeted Friday night “note to self: Think twice before you call out the champs. Well played @Warriors #NBATwitterisnojoke.” Green followed up, responding “Hahaha it was never any disrespect to her… But the challenge about to be lit G!” Seems like everyone is back to being friends.

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Note to self: Think twice before you call out the champs.
Well played @warriors #NBATwitterisnojoke #sorryferg pic.twitter.com/W2ePGvEM8w

— Josh Duhamel (@joshduhamel) October 27, 2018

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Poor Fergie can’t catch a break.

The singer’s much-maligned national anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game earlier this year is once again drawing laughs, with the Golden State Warriors dancing and chuckling to a new remix of Fergie’s performance — and it was all captured on Steph Curry’s Instagram Friday night.

The Warriors are clearly responding to Fergie’s ex-husband, Josh Duhamel, calling forward Draymond Green a “prick” during an interview Thursday. Duhamel recalled Green being caught on camera letting out a wry smile and laughing at the All-Star Game in February as Fergie wrapped up the anthem.

Duhamel, in an interview with Fox Sports’ Kristine Leahy, said if Green was a “real man” he would’ve called Fergie to apologize.

“I was pissed off at Draymond Green, first of all, I think he owed her an apology,” Duhamel said. “I thought he was kind of a prick, just because he knew the camera was on him and he snickered about it.”

Green, in response, joined several teammates — including Curry, Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins — in clowning Fergie’s performance once again in the locker room skit.

The beef appears to be dead, however. Duhamel tweeted Friday night “note to self: Think twice before you call out the champs. Well played @Warriors #NBATwitterisnojoke.” Green followed up, responding “Hahaha it was never any disrespect to her… But the challenge about to be lit G!” Seems like everyone is back to being friends.

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Danica Patrick’s ESPYs Monologue Called ‘Awkward, ‘Cringey’ (Video)

Sounds like the joke might have been on Danica Patrick at Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards show.
Former IndyCar Series and NASCAR driver Patrick, who’s hosting this year’s event, took to the stage to kick off the show with a barrage of j…

Sounds like the joke might have been on Danica Patrick at Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards show.

Former IndyCar Series and NASCAR driver Patrick, who’s hosting this year’s event, took to the stage to kick off the show with a barrage of jokes in her opening monologue.

Unfortunately for Patrick, most people on Twitter laughed at Patrick’s awkward delivery rather than at her jokes.

During the monologue, Patrick made light of baseball player Jose Altuve’s height (“And when I say it’s incredible that Jose can reach the top of his profession without being able to reach the top shelf of his locker, it’s out of respect”); Odell Beckham Jr.’s hair (“Odell is once again healthy and will return to the field next season, but his hairstyle is still listed as questionable”); and newly minted Los Angeles Laker LeBron James’ lack of hair (“And now LeBron is the newest Los Angeles transplant. ‘Los Angeles transplant’ is also what he Googles when he needs new hair”).

Reaction to Patrick’s comedic efforts were largely brutal on social media.

“Danica Patrick trying to roast LeBron at the ESPYS…gets awkward silence from the crowd…CRINGE,” read one response.

“Danica Patrick tryna make jokes is so cringey,” read another assessment.

“Danica Patrick telling jokes is like Fergie singing the National anthem…” read another review.

“Stop it please, Danica Patrick. These jokes madddd cringy I can’t watch,” pleaded another viewer.

And then there was, “Idk what’s more dry. A biscuit for popeyes or these jokes from Danica Patrick.”

Ouch. And actually pretty funny. Unlike, well…

Watch Patrick’s monologue and read more reactions below.

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‘The Four’: Fox Sets Season 2 Premiere Date For Singing Competition

Fox has set a June 7 premiere date for second cycle of its singing competition series The Four: Battle for Stardom. Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie returns as host along with judges Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor.
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Why Fergie, Austin Dillon and Julie Thatcher Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

A pop star, a NASCAR driver and a returned sister had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Feb. 14-20 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

Instead of being about the players, much of the conversation around the 2018 NBA All-Star game, which generated 251,679 Emotional Reactions (ERs) and was broadcast on TNT, centered on Fergie, the singer who performed a notoriously controversial rendition of the National Anthem. Thousands of people took to Twitter to weigh in about the song, which Fergie performed in a jazzy, weirdly sultry manner. Reactions ranged from confusion and awkward laughter to downright anger and hate.

Wtf fergie??? #AllStarWeekend

— TheBus_Driver (@AirFly24) February 19, 2018

Uhmmm, okay Fergie? ???? #NBAAllStar

— CJ Khaled (@cj_enco) February 19, 2018

That was AWFUL Fergie #AllStarGame

— Sam Clubb (@sam_clubb26) February 19, 2018

Fergie is horrible #NBAAllStar2018

— Juaniboi (@ynkeesnum1fan) February 19, 2018

Fox’s broadcast of the 2018 Daytona 500 inspired 78,510 ERs, with ultimate champion Austin Dillon being the most-mentioned driver of the day. During the final lap, Aric Almirola crashed into a wall, giving Dillon the space to eek out the win. Viewer reaction was mixed, with some applauding him while others went the more negative route.

CONGRATS TO AUSTIN DILLON ????????

— Paige (@keefer_paige) February 18, 2018

Ugh. Austin Dillon wins.

— Just Keep Fighting (@JKFv699) February 18, 2018

Way to go Austin Dillon! Whooot!

— Sarah Hansen (@kaitlandsmom) February 19, 2018

Austin Dillon, scumbag of the week

— owen mccormack (@OwenMcCormack8) February 18, 2018

There were 18,986 ERs around the season 5 premiere of Hallmark’s hit series “When Calls the Heart,” with Julie Thatcher (portrayed by Charlotte Hegele) generating the most conversation. Julie is the sister to main character Elizabeth Thatcher, and her unexpected return in the premiere prompted much excitement among fans — although some expressed trepidation over her apparent interest in the character Jesse (Aren Buchholz).

OMG JULIE IS BACK!!! #Hearties

— Miranda Hernandez (@Mir_maid6) February 19, 2018

Julie looks great. #hearties @hallmarkchannel @SuperChannel

— Katya Valluzzo (@katya421) February 19, 2018

So happy to have Julie back! #Hearties

— Candace Dezelske (@CandieCane1118) February 19, 2018

Nooooooo not Julie and Jesse!!!!! ????@WCTH_TV #Hearties

— Tayci Gustafson (@giggletayc) February 19, 2018

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A pop star, a NASCAR driver and a returned sister had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Feb. 14-20 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

Instead of being about the players, much of the conversation around the 2018 NBA All-Star game, which generated 251,679 Emotional Reactions (ERs) and was broadcast on TNT, centered on Fergie, the singer who performed a notoriously controversial rendition of the National Anthem. Thousands of people took to Twitter to weigh in about the song, which Fergie performed in a jazzy, weirdly sultry manner. Reactions ranged from confusion and awkward laughter to downright anger and hate.

Fox’s broadcast of the 2018 Daytona 500 inspired 78,510 ERs, with ultimate champion Austin Dillon being the most-mentioned driver of the day. During the final lap, Aric Almirola crashed into a wall, giving Dillon the space to eek out the win. Viewer reaction was mixed, with some applauding him while others went the more negative route.

There were 18,986 ERs around the season 5 premiere of Hallmark’s hit series “When Calls the Heart,” with Julie Thatcher (portrayed by Charlotte Hegele) generating the most conversation. Julie is the sister to main character Elizabeth Thatcher, and her unexpected return in the premiere prompted much excitement among fans — although some expressed trepidation over her apparent interest in the character Jesse (Aren Buchholz).

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“In hindsight, trying to work in the words ‘my humps, my humps, my lovely lady lumps’ may have been a mistake,” the late-night host joked during his Tuesday show. read more


"In hindsight, trying to work in the words 'my humps, my humps, my lovely lady lumps' may have been a mistake," the late-night host joked during his Tuesday show.

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Jimmy Kimmel Has the Perfect Excuse for His Reaction to Fergie’s National Anthem (Video)

Jimmy Kimmel wasn’t laughing at Fergie’s NBA All-Star Game national anthem performance, he was laughing with her? The ABC late-night host can probably do better reasoning away his caught-on-camera moment from this past weekend.

“The reason I was smiling is because I love the national anthem so much,” Kimmel said during Tuesday’s monologue.

There ya go.

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“That was some arrangement, though,” he added last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “Here’s the thing about taking risks: When it comes to the national anthem, don’t.”

Watch the video above.

As for the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman, well, she’s already explained — and apologized for — her weird, jazzy, sultry “Star-Spangled Banner,” which tipped off Sunday’s exhibition roundball contest. Read Fergie’s response to the insta-backlash here.

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Jimmy Kimmel wasn’t laughing at Fergie’s NBA All-Star Game national anthem performance, he was laughing with her? The ABC late-night host can probably do better reasoning away his caught-on-camera moment from this past weekend.

“The reason I was smiling is because I love the national anthem so much,” Kimmel said during Tuesday’s monologue.

There ya go.

“That was some arrangement, though,” he added last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “Here’s the thing about taking risks: When it comes to the national anthem, don’t.”

Watch the video above.

As for the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman, well, she’s already explained — and apologized for — her weird, jazzy, sultry “Star-Spangled Banner,” which tipped off Sunday’s exhibition roundball contest. Read Fergie’s response to the insta-backlash here.

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Jimmy Kimmel Explains His Caught-On-Camera Reaction To Fergie’s Sultry Singing Of National Anthem

“I feel like I need to address something that happened Sunday night at the NBA All-Star Game,” Jimmy Kimmel said on his late-night show, after he was caught on tape during Fergie’s much-mocked performance of the national anthem at the event.
“Somehow, I became a part of a National Anthem fiasco. Fergie, the singer from the Black Eyed Peas, gave an unusually sultry version of our National Anthem,” he explained.
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Forget Fergie, LeBron James and Steph Curry Agree That 2018 NBA All-Star Game Was a Hit

While the internet is still abuzz with Fergie’s disastrous national anthem rendition, everyone agrees that — despite a few bizarre entertainment segments courtesy of Kevin Hart — the new NBA All-Star format was a huge hit.

For the first time, the NBA broke with the traditional (and often uneven) East vs. West matchup for an exciting twist pitting Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen, which involved the captains drafting their most desirable players.

“But I think the format was great. I think the fans did a great job of reacting to it in a very positive way,” James said during the post-game press conference following his team’s 148-145 victory.

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“The great thing about our commissioner, he’s absolutely OK with trying something new, to change the format, and it definitely worked out for everybody,” he continued, referring to Adam Silver. “It worked out not only for the players, not only for the league, but for our fans, for everybody. It was a great weekend, and we capped it off the right way.”

Of course, that “capping off” also involved James being crowned MVP for the third time of his career.

Along with captaining his team to overcome a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers star also had the last possession of the game, which ironically ended on a defensive stop. The three-time NBA Champion then flew down the court with his arms up in ecstatic celebration, like a little kid who’d won his first game (as opposed to one of the most famous athletes in the world after what is essentially an exhibition game).

“That’s what you wanted, and we gave it to y’all!” #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/OORYqza5p5

– NBA (@NBA) February 19, 2018

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“Championships is what I play for, and along the way you’re able to have — if you’re able to have some accolades along the journey, then it’s really cool, and this is one of them,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do. We just added four new guys before the break, and we have a lot of work to do.”

James also revealed on what order he picked his team — a matter that has been highly debated — saying: “I took Kevin first, then I took Anthony Davis, and I followed that with Kyrie and DeMarcus.”

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Many people, most notably ESPN’s Rachel Nichols have campaigned to have the draft aired live, and Silver has now conceded. “When we sat with the union and we came up with this format, we all agreed, let’s not turn something that’s 100 percent positive into a potential negative to any player,” the commissioner said. “But then … maybe we’re overly conservative, because then we came out of there, and the players were, ‘We can take it. We’re All-Stars. Let’s have a draft.’ So it sounds like we’re going to have a televised draft next year.”

Despite leading the losing team Sunday night, Golden State Warriors phenomena Curry was also singing the praises of the new format. “It was an amazing environment, obviously with the new format, having guys mix and match from different conferences, same conference, whatever the case is,” he told reporters.

In a sharp contrast to prior year’s blowouts, the point guard for the current NBA champions described the 2018 All-Star as “a very competitive game. I think we did it the right way — showcased our talents and our skills and put on a show, so that was fun.”

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The success of this year’s All-Star also reflected in the ratings for host network TNT, with viewership peaking with an average of 8.2 million total viewers. The telecast drew a 4.3 U.S. household rating and 5.1 million household impressions — both up 2 percent — and marking the highest for All-Star since 2013, based on Nielsen Fast Nationals. Turner’s TV Everywhere platforms were also up 101 percent in video starts for the over last year.

The 2019 NBA All-Star will take place in Curry’s home city of Charlotte, North Carolina. “It will be great finally getting the game there, first time in a while,” he said. “It will be kind of crazy for the Curry family. But it will be a really cool experience to go home and enjoy bringing the NBA and celebrating the game of basketball and what the NBA is about in Charlotte.”

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While the internet is still abuzz with Fergie’s disastrous national anthem rendition, everyone agrees that — despite a few bizarre entertainment segments courtesy of Kevin Hart — the new NBA All-Star format was a huge hit.

For the first time, the NBA broke with the traditional (and often uneven) East vs. West matchup for an exciting twist pitting Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen, which involved the captains drafting their most desirable players.

“But I think the format was great. I think the fans did a great job of reacting to it in a very positive way,” James said during the post-game press conference following his team’s 148-145 victory.

“The great thing about our commissioner, he’s absolutely OK with trying something new, to change the format, and it definitely worked out for everybody,” he continued, referring to Adam Silver. “It worked out not only for the players, not only for the league, but for our fans, for everybody. It was a great weekend, and we capped it off the right way.”

Of course, that “capping off” also involved James being crowned MVP for the third time of his career.

Along with captaining his team to overcome a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers star also had the last possession of the game, which ironically ended on a defensive stop. The three-time NBA Champion then flew down the court with his arms up in ecstatic celebration, like a little kid who’d won his first game (as opposed to one of the most famous athletes in the world after what is essentially an exhibition game).

“Championships is what I play for, and along the way you’re able to have — if you’re able to have some accolades along the journey, then it’s really cool, and this is one of them,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do. We just added four new guys before the break, and we have a lot of work to do.”

James also revealed on what order he picked his team — a matter that has been highly debated — saying: “I took Kevin first, then I took Anthony Davis, and I followed that with Kyrie and DeMarcus.”

Many people, most notably ESPN’s Rachel Nichols have campaigned to have the draft aired live, and Silver has now conceded. “When we sat with the union and we came up with this format, we all agreed, let’s not turn something that’s 100 percent positive into a potential negative to any player,” the commissioner said. “But then … maybe we’re overly conservative, because then we came out of there, and the players were, ‘We can take it. We’re All-Stars. Let’s have a draft.’ So it sounds like we’re going to have a televised draft next year.”

Despite leading the losing team Sunday night, Golden State Warriors phenomena Curry was also singing the praises of the new format. “It was an amazing environment, obviously with the new format, having guys mix and match from different conferences, same conference, whatever the case is,” he told reporters.

In a sharp contrast to prior year’s blowouts, the point guard for the current NBA champions described the 2018 All-Star as “a very competitive game. I think we did it the right way — showcased our talents and our skills and put on a show, so that was fun.”

The success of this year’s All-Star also reflected in the ratings for host network TNT, with viewership peaking with an average of 8.2 million total viewers. The telecast drew a 4.3 U.S. household rating and 5.1 million household impressions — both up 2 percent — and marking the highest for All-Star since 2013, based on Nielsen Fast Nationals. Turner’s TV Everywhere platforms were also up 101 percent in video starts for the over last year.

The 2019 NBA All-Star will take place in Curry’s home city of Charlotte, North Carolina. “It will be great finally getting the game there, first time in a while,” he said. “It will be kind of crazy for the Curry family. But it will be a really cool experience to go home and enjoy bringing the NBA and celebrating the game of basketball and what the NBA is about in Charlotte.”

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Fergie Acknowledges National Anthem Snafu: ‘Clearly This Rendition Didn’t Strike The Intended Tone’

Fergie’s performance of the national anthem at Friday’s NBA All-Star Game didn’t exactly go over well, with her sexy take causing observers to take to Twitter in confusion and dismay. The singer released a statement Monday responding to the backlash, admitting that “clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone.” “I’ve always been honored and […]

Fergie’s performance of the national anthem at Friday’s NBA All-Star Game didn’t exactly go over well, with her sexy take causing observers to take to Twitter in confusion and dismay. The singer released a statement Monday responding to the backlash, admitting that “clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone.” “I’ve always been honored and […]

Like all of us, Fergie is just trying her best 

One of the most valuable and hard-earned lessons you can get in life is that nobody is perfect. You’re inevitably going to fuck up at some point, and all you can do is try your best and learn from your mistakes. Some of us, though, have the misfortune of fucking up on live TV, like Fergie did with her inappropriately…

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One of the most valuable and hard-earned lessons you can get in life is that nobody is perfect. You’re inevitably going to fuck up at some point, and all you can do is try your best and learn from your mistakes. Some of us, though, have the misfortune of fucking up on live TV, like Fergie did with her inappropriately…

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Fergie Apologizes For NBA All-Star Game National Anthem That “Didn’t Strike The Intended Tone”

A day after her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the NBA All-Star Game was ridiculed on social media, Fergie admits her rendition “didn’t strike the intended tone.”
“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone,” the former Black Eyed Peas singer said in a statement to media outlets. “I…

A day after her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the NBA All-Star Game was ridiculed on social media, Fergie admits her rendition “didn’t strike the intended tone.” “I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. I'm a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn't strike the intended tone,” the former Black Eyed Peas singer said in a statement to media outlets. “I…

Fergie Responds to National Anthem Backlash: I ‘Honestly Tried My Best’ (Video)

Fergie has responded to backlash surrounding her performance of the national anthem at Sunday’s NBA All-Star game, assuring fans she “honestly” tried her best.

“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” she said in a statement to TheWrap. “I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”

The Black Eyed Peas singer put on such a poor performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” ahead of the All-Star game at Staples Center in Los Angeles that Twitter quickly exploded in outrage Sunday night. One critic wrote, “America is officially dead. #Fergie,” while another wag joked, “Francis Scott Off-key” — referring to the song’s original writer.

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Even Roseanne Barr, who famously infuriated many with her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a baseball game in 1990, weighed in on Fergie’s rendition.

“Who saw Fergie’s national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey,” Barr wrote.

Watch Fergie’s performance above if you need a reminder.

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Fergie has responded to backlash surrounding her performance of the national anthem at Sunday’s NBA All-Star game, assuring fans she “honestly” tried her best.

“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” she said in a statement to TheWrap. “I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”

The Black Eyed Peas singer put on such a poor performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” ahead of the All-Star game at Staples Center in Los Angeles that Twitter quickly exploded in outrage Sunday night. One critic wrote, “America is officially dead. #Fergie,” while another wag joked, “Francis Scott Off-key” — referring to the song’s original writer.

Even Roseanne Barr, who famously infuriated many with her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a baseball game in 1990, weighed in on Fergie’s rendition.

“Who saw Fergie’s national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey,” Barr wrote.

Watch Fergie’s performance above if you need a reminder.

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Social media blew up following Fergie’s bluesy, breathy rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game — and mostly not in praise.
Roseanne Barr, whose performance before a San Diego Padres game in 1990 ranked on Billboard’s list of 10 worst national anthem performances ever, even weighed in, suggesting hers was better.

Who saw Fergie’s national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey
— Roseanne Barr…

Social media blew up following Fergie’s bluesy, breathy rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game — and mostly not in praise. Roseanne Barr, whose performance before a San Diego Padres game in 1990 ranked on Billboard’s list of 10 worst national anthem performances ever, even weighed in, suggesting hers was better. Who saw Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey — Roseanne Barr…

Fergie Sexes Up National Anthem at NBA All-Star Game and America Isn’t Having It

Was there collusion, or was this unilaterally sprung upon an unsuspecting America by an outside enemy bent on sewing discord and chaos? We’re speaking of course, of the scandal of Fergie’s Sunday night performance of the national anthem, which caused the entire All Star Game-watching public to immediately form a social-media grand jury, intent on […]

Was there collusion, or was this unilaterally sprung upon an unsuspecting America by an outside enemy bent on sewing discord and chaos? We’re speaking of course, of the scandal of Fergie’s Sunday night performance of the national anthem, which caused the entire All Star Game-watching public to immediately form a social-media grand jury, intent on […]

NBA All-Star Game: Kevin Hart’s Bizarre Player Intros and 8 More Things You Didn’t See on TV

The NBA All-Star game is the ultimate melding of sports and entertainment, so what better place to have it than in Los Angeles?

As the average height of people walking around downtown Los Angeles increased by about five inches, the NBA changed its format from East vs. West to the two most dominant players in the league drafting their own teams. And so we got Team LeBron vs. Team Steph going head-to-head at the Staples Center Sunday night.

While the game aired live in TNT, there was plenty of action over the weekend that wasn’t caught on the cameras (not official ones at least). Luckily TheWrap battled the crowds and the endless barricades to give you a behind-the-scenes look at NBA All-Star weekend.

Also Read: LeBron James Is Determined to ‘Talk About What’s Really Important,’ Will Not ‘Shut Up and Dribble’

Here are what you didn’t see on TV

1. Kevin Hart’s bizarre player introductions
After a drunken Super Bowl weekend that included crashing the Philadelphia Eagles party, Kevin Hart had NBA fans scratching their heads Sunday night with his strange player introductions.

The comedian’s intros seemed to take a lifetime as he threw in not-funny one-liners about each star. Fans in the stadium seemed perplexed — and impatient to start the game — while the Twitterverse really hated it!

People’s reaction to Kevin Hart in 2010 vs 2018 pic.twitter.com/fygEgKn60o

– Bro Bro (@tinashesofine) February 19, 2018

Kevin Hart has forfeited the privilege of being brought on board inside carry on luggage…

– Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) February 19, 2018

2. Fergie’s national anthem fail
While everyone in the stadium took their feet for both the Canadian and U.S. national anthems, Fergie’s performance of the latter fell flat and left many rolling their eyes.

The Black Eyed Peas singer failed to inspire the audience to feel patriotic, as many swift social media users — including ESPN’s Darren Rovell — captured unimpressed looks on the players’ faces.

Players faces during Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem… pic.twitter.com/QQ3VXaBchT

– Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 19, 2018

Leslie Jones even offered to step in next time.

Meanwhile back in the states… I leave for a couple of days and y’all lose your muthaf-cking mind!! Why did this happen? Not everyone supposed to do this y’all! You might as well should have ask me to sing. Wtf?!https://t.co/M7eIzgGBrk

– Leslie Jones ???? (@Lesdoggg) February 19, 2018

3. Riggle and Hart serve up a lukewarm warm-up
Before the flat intros, Hart and Rob Riggle did an awkward skit to kick off the show. Playing honorary coach, Riggle described Hart as “slow and short” when he said he wanted to play in the All-Star game. It then progressed to Hart pretending to have starred in famous movies such as “Lion King” and “Rocky.”

The crowd seemed lost in many ways … and not just because they were looking for their seats before tip-off. Oh, and Jamie Foxx relived his “Django Unchained” with a Wild West-themed performance …

4. Queen Latifah adds some heat
Luckily, Queen Latifah was on hand to get things back on track. Her opening performance got plenty of screams — and not just because it showed video of shirtless LeBron and other players working out.

Also Read: Fergie ‘Butchers’ National Anthem at NBA All-Star Game, Kneels to Laugh

5. That was Anthony Davis again …
NBA All-Star games aren’t known for their strong defensive performances. However, that didn’t stop a number of fouls being called in the opening minutes of play — and some additional confustion. The in-house commentator kept getting players mixed up when it came to fouls. First he said it was LeBron James — nope, it was Anthony Davis. And when he said it was Kyrie Irving the next time, of course it was Anthony Davis again.

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6. From flipping houses to bouncing in balls
“Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott took time off from the TV real estate business to hang at the All-Star game. After Drew played in the Celebrity Game on Friday, both siblings provided entertainment during a TV timeout by rolling around in giant inflatable hamster balls as they bashed into each other. We’re not sure which identical twin was victorious, but it was the crowd who were the real winners.

Here’s what you’re missing during commercials at #NBAAllStar

Property Brothers fighting in giant fishbowls pic.twitter.com/TED4Km2vVZ

– Phil Murphy (@Phil_Sports) February 19, 2018

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7. Hollywood hits the hardwood
Courtside at Lakers games used to be the place to spot stars — and Sunday night the Staples Centrer returned to that heyday. Spotted in the crowd and on the Jumbotron were Dave Chappelle, Anthony Anderson, Tracy Morgan, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Andy Garcia, Ludacris and Jack Nicholson. And that’s not even getting us started on who was tucked away in the stadium’s many private VIP suites.

8. Shaq and Sir Charles live and in person
“Inside the NBA” viewers are used to seeing analysts Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal debate the hottest NBA action on TV, but on Sunday the talent were live in person as their set was specially constructed in L.A. Live across the street from Staples Center.

Fans got to see Shaq and Sir Charles in all their seven-foot glory as they headed to the stadium for the game.

9. Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk
With thousands of fans flooding to downtown not just for the game but for all the events surrounding it from fan fests to Jack Daniels promotions, getting around L.A. Live involved a LOT of crowd-tackling. That wasn’t made any easier by the explosion of barricades and temporary fences.

Even Lakers and Clippers season tickets holders got confused as their usual routes around the stadium were blocked (this reporter racked up an average of 20,000 steps on her FitBit each day!)

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The NBA All-Star game is the ultimate melding of sports and entertainment, so what better place to have it than in Los Angeles?

As the average height of people walking around downtown Los Angeles increased by about five inches, the NBA changed its format from East vs. West to the two most dominant players in the league drafting their own teams. And so we got Team LeBron vs. Team Steph going head-to-head at the Staples Center Sunday night.

While the game aired live in TNT, there was plenty of action over the weekend that wasn’t caught on the cameras (not official ones at least). Luckily TheWrap battled the crowds and the endless barricades to give you a behind-the-scenes look at NBA All-Star weekend.

Here are what you didn’t see on TV

1. Kevin Hart’s bizarre player introductions
After a drunken Super Bowl weekend that included crashing the Philadelphia Eagles party, Kevin Hart had NBA fans scratching their heads Sunday night with his strange player introductions.

The comedian’s intros seemed to take a lifetime as he threw in not-funny one-liners about each star. Fans in the stadium seemed perplexed — and impatient to start the game — while the Twitterverse really hated it!

2. Fergie’s national anthem fail
While everyone in the stadium took their feet for both the Canadian and U.S. national anthems, Fergie’s performance of the latter fell flat and left many rolling their eyes.

The Black Eyed Peas singer failed to inspire the audience to feel patriotic, as many swift social media users — including ESPN’s Darren Rovell — captured unimpressed looks on the players’ faces.

Leslie Jones even offered to step in next time.

3. Riggle and Hart serve up a lukewarm warm-up
Before the flat intros, Hart and Rob Riggle did an awkward skit to kick off the show. Playing honorary coach, Riggle described Hart as “slow and short” when he said he wanted to play in the All-Star game. It then progressed to Hart pretending to have starred in famous movies such as “Lion King” and “Rocky.”

The crowd seemed lost in many ways … and not just because they were looking for their seats before tip-off. Oh, and Jamie Foxx relived his “Django Unchained” with a Wild West-themed performance …

4. Queen Latifah adds some heat
Luckily, Queen Latifah was on hand to get things back on track. Her opening performance got plenty of screams — and not just because it showed video of shirtless LeBron and other players working out.

5. That was Anthony Davis again …
NBA All-Star games aren’t known for their strong defensive performances. However, that didn’t stop a number of fouls being called in the opening minutes of play — and some additional confustion. The in-house commentator kept getting players mixed up when it came to fouls. First he said it was LeBron James — nope, it was Anthony Davis. And when he said it was Kyrie Irving the next time, of course it was Anthony Davis again.

6. From flipping houses to bouncing in balls
“Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott took time off from the TV real estate business to hang at the All-Star game. After Drew played in the Celebrity Game on Friday, both siblings provided entertainment during a TV timeout by rolling around in giant inflatable hamster balls as they bashed into each other. We’re not sure which identical twin was victorious, but it was the crowd who were the real winners.

7. Hollywood hits the hardwood
Courtside at Lakers games used to be the place to spot stars — and Sunday night the Staples Centrer returned to that heyday. Spotted in the crowd and on the Jumbotron were Dave Chappelle, Anthony Anderson, Tracy Morgan, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Andy Garcia, Ludacris and Jack Nicholson. And that’s not even getting us started on who was tucked away in the stadium’s many private VIP suites.

8. Shaq and Sir Charles live and in person
“Inside the NBA” viewers are used to seeing analysts Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal debate the hottest NBA action on TV, but on Sunday the talent were live in person as their set was specially constructed in L.A. Live across the street from Staples Center.

Fans got to see Shaq and Sir Charles in all their seven-foot glory as they headed to the stadium for the game.

9. Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk
With thousands of fans flooding to downtown not just for the game but for all the events surrounding it from fan fests to Jack Daniels promotions, getting around L.A. Live involved a LOT of crowd-tackling. That wasn’t made any easier by the explosion of barricades and temporary fences.

Even Lakers and Clippers season tickets holders got confused as their usual routes around the stadium were blocked (this reporter racked up an average of 20,000 steps on her FitBit each day!)

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Fergie ‘Butchers’ National Anthem at NBA All-Star Game, Internet Kneels to Laugh

Just two weeks after Pink was praised for her national anthem performance at Super Bowl LII, Fergie was blasted for butchering it.

The Black Eyed Peas singer put on such a poor performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” ahead of Sunday’s NBA All-Stars game at Staples Center in Los Angeles that Twitter quickly exploded in outrage.

Many went the political route by describing it as Trump’s national anthem, while others referred to former NFL player Colin Kaepernick famously kneeling during the anthem in protest of police brutality, saying it was “so bad that it made Colin Kaepernick stand up.”

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ESPN’s Darren Rovell captured the unimpressed looks on the players’ faces, and “SNL” comedian Leslie Jones offered to sing it herself next time.

BarkBox even asked followers to “tweet a pic of your pup’s reaction” to Fergie’s on-air debacle.

If your ears have stopped burning, check out the best of the social media criticism below and watch the video above … if you dare.

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America is officially dead. #Fergie pic.twitter.com/GavMIw27xn

– Based Monitored ???????????????? (@BasedMonitored) February 19, 2018

I’m really bummed I was away from my phone during Fergie-anthem twitter

– Mike Golic Jr (@MGolicJR57) February 19, 2018

Even Charlie Steiner couldn’t contain himself after the #Fergie rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.

“Francis Scott Off-key”#NBAAllStar2018 #NBAAllStar #NationalAnthem pic.twitter.com/rlDrOcdXnD

tweet us a pic of your pup’s reaction to #Fergie ‘s #NBAAllStar2018 performance

– BarkBox (@barkbox) February 19, 2018

– Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) February 19, 2018

Charles Barkley instantly going after Fergie for her National Anthem. ???? pic.twitter.com/ACuVYoU9u1

– Dirty Sports (@TheDirtySports) February 19, 2018

Players faces during Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem… pic.twitter.com/QQ3VXaBchT

– Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 19, 2018

#Fergie sang the national anthem so bad that it made Colin Kaepernick stand up #NBAAllStar2018

– Tony (@JumpMan514) February 19, 2018

Y’all ruthless. The internet is undefeated #fergie #allstarweekend pic.twitter.com/dEgkAUUWnX

– @RileyFreeman on IG (@RileyFreeman) February 19, 2018

Apparently, Fergie has been butchering anthems for years… pic.twitter.com/wvXEUMgz3v

– Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) February 19, 2018

America is officially dead. #Fergie pic.twitter.com/GavMIw27xn

– Based Monitored ???????????????? (@BasedMonitored) February 19, 2018

Meanwhile back in the states… I leave for a couple of days and y’all lose your muthafucking mind!! Why did this happen? Not everyone supposed to do this y’all! You might as well should have ask me to sing. Wtf?!https://t.co/M7eIzgGBrk

– Leslie Jones ???? (@Lesdoggg) February 19, 2018

Let’s be real, #Fergie gave the U.S. the anthem it deserves right now.

I mean you see who the president is, right? pic.twitter.com/Lbkymqd1co

– Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) February 19, 2018

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Just two weeks after Pink was praised for her national anthem performance at Super Bowl LII, Fergie was blasted for butchering it.

The Black Eyed Peas singer put on such a poor performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” ahead of Sunday’s NBA All-Stars game at Staples Center in Los Angeles that Twitter quickly exploded in outrage.

Many went the political route by describing it as Trump’s national anthem, while others referred to former NFL player Colin Kaepernick famously kneeling during the anthem in protest of police brutality, saying it was “so bad that it made Colin Kaepernick stand up.”

ESPN’s Darren Rovell captured the unimpressed looks on the players’ faces, and “SNL” comedian Leslie Jones offered to sing it herself next time.

BarkBox even asked followers to “tweet a pic of your pup’s reaction” to Fergie’s on-air debacle.

If your ears have stopped burning, check out the best of the social media criticism below and watch the video above … if you dare.

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Fergie Explains 2006 Comment That Quentin Tarantino Bit Her on ‘Planet Terror’

A 2006 video of Fergie saying Quentin Tarantino bit her on the set of “Planet Terror” has recently resurfaced, but the actress/singer says the incident is not a cause for concern.

“We were just kind of having banter. We were having a little bit of fun,” the host of the Fox singing competition “The Four” told “Entertainment Tonight.” “But make no mistake, I don’t want to take away from anyone’s story, and I stand with every victim and everyone’s story everywhere.”

The video, a behind-the-scenes bonus feature from the physical release of the Robert Rodriguez film, was resurfaced by Jezebel after a New York Times interview in which “Kill Bill” star Uma Thurman said she blames the director for an on-set accident that caused her major injury.

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Tarantino made an appearance as a zombie in “Planet Terror,” and Fergie said in the video that her scene partner got a little too into the role.

“As I was filming the scene where the zombies attack me, Quentin really got into it. I think he had a lot of fun with that,” she said, later playfully adding, “Quentin f—ing bit me. And by the end of this shoot, I will bite him back.”

Rodriguez clarified in his interview that “it wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t like a bite, she wasn’t bleeding or anything.” The director said, “Certainly you felt some teeth on flesh. It happens, people get into the role.”

“I stand with victims everywhere no matter what genre, race, gender, age. I stand with victims period, and I don’t want to take away from anyone’s story,” Fergie told “ET” on Thursday, more than a decade later. “That just wasn’t my story.”

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A 2006 video of Fergie saying Quentin Tarantino bit her on the set of “Planet Terror” has recently resurfaced, but the actress/singer says the incident is not a cause for concern.

“We were just kind of having banter. We were having a little bit of fun,” the host of the Fox singing competition “The Four” told “Entertainment Tonight.” “But make no mistake, I don’t want to take away from anyone’s story, and I stand with every victim and everyone’s story everywhere.”

The video, a behind-the-scenes bonus feature from the physical release of the Robert Rodriguez film, was resurfaced by Jezebel after a New York Times interview in which “Kill Bill” star Uma Thurman said she blames the director for an on-set accident that caused her major injury.

Tarantino made an appearance as a zombie in “Planet Terror,” and Fergie said in the video that her scene partner got a little too into the role.

“As I was filming the scene where the zombies attack me, Quentin really got into it. I think he had a lot of fun with that,” she said, later playfully adding, “Quentin f—ing bit me. And by the end of this shoot, I will bite him back.”

Rodriguez clarified in his interview that “it wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t like a bite, she wasn’t bleeding or anything.” The director said, “Certainly you felt some teeth on flesh. It happens, people get into the role.”

“I stand with victims everywhere no matter what genre, race, gender, age. I stand with victims period, and I don’t want to take away from anyone’s story,” Fergie told “ET” on Thursday, more than a decade later. “That just wasn’t my story.”

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‘The Four’ Grabs a Second Season at Fox

Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor can all get comfortable in their judges’ chairs, as “The Four: Battle for Stardom” is coming back for round two.

The network renewed the Fergie-hosted music competition series for a second season to premiere this summer, Rob Wade, the network’s president of alternative series and specials, announced Thursday, ahead of the season one finale.

The renewal comes just one week after the show’s fourth industry panelist, recently-suspended Republic Records president Charlie Walk, exited the series following sexual misconduct accusations posed against him by a former employee.

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“‘The Four’ is truly a next-generation show,” Wade said. “It has pushed past the boundaries of traditional music competition series by focusing on recording artists in an epic battle to become a superstar. And for the winner, guided by music giants Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, DJ Kahled, Meghan Trainor and Republic Records, this is just the beginning. We’d like to thank our panel, our ringleader, Fergie, the contestants and our incredible production team for delivering concert-quality shows every week. And we look forward to pushing the boundaries even further in Season Two.”

“The Four” has been holding steady in Nielsen ratings since its premiere in January, in both the advertiser coveted 18-49 demographic and total viewers. It’s currently averaging a 1.4 rating in the key demo and 4.6 million viewers, in the “most current” returns, a mix for seven- and three-day data. “The Four” is the network’s strongest-performing unscripted freshman series in four years.

The series was created by Armoza Formats and is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with Armoza Formats. David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg, Becca Walker, David Friedman, Avi Armoza, Moshiko Cohen and Elwin Viztelly de Groot are executive producers. Combs also serves as a producer.

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The Season 1 finale of “The Four” airs tonight, Thursday, at 8/7 c on Fox.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor can all get comfortable in their judges’ chairs, as “The Four: Battle for Stardom” is coming back for round two.

The network renewed the Fergie-hosted music competition series for a second season to premiere this summer, Rob Wade, the network’s president of alternative series and specials, announced Thursday, ahead of the season one finale.

The renewal comes just one week after the show’s fourth industry panelist, recently-suspended Republic Records president Charlie Walk, exited the series following sexual misconduct accusations posed against him by a former employee.

“‘The Four’ is truly a next-generation show,” Wade said. “It has pushed past the boundaries of traditional music competition series by focusing on recording artists in an epic battle to become a superstar. And for the winner, guided by music giants Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, DJ Kahled, Meghan Trainor and Republic Records, this is just the beginning. We’d like to thank our panel, our ringleader, Fergie, the contestants and our incredible production team for delivering concert-quality shows every week. And we look forward to pushing the boundaries even further in Season Two.”

“The Four” has been holding steady in Nielsen ratings since its premiere in January, in both the advertiser coveted 18-49 demographic and total viewers. It’s currently averaging a 1.4 rating in the key demo and 4.6 million viewers, in the “most current” returns, a mix for seven- and three-day data. “The Four” is the network’s strongest-performing unscripted freshman series in four years.

The series was created by Armoza Formats and is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with Armoza Formats. David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg, Becca Walker, David Friedman, Avi Armoza, Moshiko Cohen and Elwin Viztelly de Groot are executive producers. Combs also serves as a producer.

The Season 1 finale of “The Four” airs tonight, Thursday, at 8/7 c on Fox.

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