Google Paid Former VP up to $45 Million to Leave Company After Being Accused of Sexual Misconduct

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The board of directors at Alphabet, Google’s parent company, agreed to pay a former high-ranking executive up to $45 million when he left the company in early 2016 following an accusation of sexual misconduct, according to court documents released on Monday.

The payout to Amit Singhal, a former senior vice president overseeing Google Search, came after he was accused of drunkenly groping an employee at an off-campus event, according to The New York Times. The company investigated the employee’s accusation and found it to be “credible,” per the Times.

The previously undisclosed exit package was revealed in a shareholder lawsuit against Alphabet, which said that the board acted irresponsibly by paying former executives accused of sexual misconduct rather than firing them for cause.

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Singhal was paid a combined $30 million for the first two years after he left Google in February 2016, according to the suit, and between $5 million and $15 million for his third year away from the company, depending on whether he worked for a competitor. According to the Times, Singhal took a job at Uber a year after he left Google, but resigned a few weeks later after the accusations became public.

Google has “made many changes to our workplace and taken an increasingly hard line on inappropriate conduct by people in positions of authority,” a company spokesperson told the NYT. “There are serious consequences for anyone who behaves inappropriately at Google.”

For Google’s critics, the payout reinforces a disturbing trend. Last fall, it was reported Google paid Android co-founder Andy Rubin $90 million when he left the company in 2014 after an employee said that he “coerced” her into having oral sex. A rep for Rubin denied any sexual misconduct accusations in October.

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In a company-wide email from CEO Sundar Pichai in October, he said Google had fired 48 people in the last two years for sexual misconduct, including 13 people who were “senior managers and above.” The following week, hundreds of Google workers around the world walked out to protest the company’s perceived mishandling of sexual misconduct accusations.

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HBO Puts 2 Mike Judge Series in Development as Part of New 2-Year Overall Deal

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HBO has signed “Silicon Valley” co-creator Mike Judge to a new two-year exclusive deal and has already put two projects in development.

The first is an adaptation of Marc-Uwe Kling’s novel “QualityLand.”

Per HBO, “QualityLand” is in the very near future and is the story of humanity’s struggle against the tyranny of convenience. But it’s funny. Judge is co-writing the script with Josh Lieb, who will executive produce with Michael Rotenberg for 3 Arts Productions. The project is a co-production between HBO and Lionsgate/3Arts.

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The second project from Judge is a limited series tiled “A5,” which is centered on a bioengineer who discovers the gene that makes a person an a–hole and attempts to answer the questions nagging at all of us: Why do a–holes exist? Why have they come to dominate our culture? And can they be cured? Judge will also co-write “A5” with Etan Cohen; both will executive produce with Rotenberg.

Judge’s “Silicon Valley” is taking a year off and won’t debut its upcoming sixth season until 2020 while showrunner Alec Berg tends to the same duties on “Barry,” which returns for its second season at the end of March.

Mike Judge is represented by WME, 3 Arts, and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman. Lieb is represented by WME, Cinetic Media, and Sloss Eckhouse LawCo. Kling is represented by WME. Etan Cohen is represented by CAA and Mosaic.

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‘Silicon Valley’ Star Zach Woods Joins HBO Space Comedy From ‘Veep’ Creator

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Zach Woods has joined the cast of “Avenue 5,” HBO’s space comedy pilot from “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci.

Woods will play Matt Spencer, head of customer relations. Despite being a nihilist, Matt is a nice guy who can’t wait to get to the end of his final cruise before promotion to a more senior role on Earth. He has a performance background, but gave up trying to make it as an entertainer years ago.

Though HBO hasn’t released many details on the series, the comedy appears to center on the crew and passengers aboard the Avenue 5, a space cruise ship. Hugh Laurie plays the ship’s captain Ryan Clark, while Rebecca Front plays one of the passengers, a middle-aged housewife.

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The project currently has a pilot commitment with backup scripts ordered. Not much is known about the comedy, with HBO only describing it as “a comedy set in the future, mostly in space.”

Iannucci is best known for creating “Veep,” which garnered numerous Emmy awards for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, helping her defeat the so-called “Seinfeld” curse. He departed the show after its fourth season. “Veep” will end its run on HBO this spring.

Woods has starred for five seasons on HBO’s tech comedy “Silicon Valley” as Jared Dunn, a confidante of Richard Hendrix (Thomas Middleditch) and eventually COO of Pied Piper. HBO pushed back the start of production on the sixth season of “Silicon Valley” in order to accommodate showrunner Alec Berg’s same responsibilities on “Barry.” The series is not expected to return until 2020.

Woods also had a brief role in “Veep” as Ed Webster.

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FX Boss John Landgraf Bashes Google and Facebook’s ‘Winner-Take-All’ Mentality: ‘Not a Good Thing for Society’

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FX chief John Landgraf questioned whether Facebook and Google’s outsized influence is bad for humanity during his executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday, saying it’s “not a good thing for society” that they have such an impact on our day-to-day lives.

Landgraf said he didn’t “begrudge them their existence,” but the two tech giants have nonetheless come to symbolize a downside of Silicon Valley.

“What I don’t tend to like about Silicon Valley is that now the search ecosystem is — for the most part — Google, the social media ecosystem is Facebook,” Landgraf said. “And I don’t think that winner-take-all or winner-take-most mentality is good is good for the world. I don’t think it’s good for America. And it’s not necessarily about who wins. It’s about the notion that I think– balance of power, it’s in our Constitution, it should be in our economy. It’s a good thing.”

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Netflix wasn’t spared Landgraf’s criticism, either. The FX boss said the streaming heavyweight’s viewer data is “not remotely accurate,” before adding “one way or another, the truth will come out — as it always does.”

When asked what made him go after Netflix today, Landgraf said his concerns extend beyond the TV industry, saying it’s “not a good thing for society when one entity or one person gets to unilaterally make the rules or pronounce the truth.”

He added: “Leaving Netflix aside, Silicon Valley’s attitude just really, really bothers me. Look at what it’s done to journalism. It started with a free pass on copyright, but now it insists that its divine right is a free pass on copyright. I just don’t like the notion that any one entity gets to decide what is true and tell you what is true, and make their own news without your being able to check the facts or ask questions or do what journalists do. That bothers me on a fundamental level.”

Landgraf didn’t expand on what else he dislikes about Facebook and Google. The two companies have drawn the ire of their smaller counterparts in recent years for their combined dominance over the digital advertising world — with Facebook and Google pulling in 56.8 percent of U.S. online ad dollars last year, according to eMarketer.  Both companies have also been criticized in the last year for their handling of user data, with Google admitting it tracked users, even after they’d turned off their Location History, in August. Facebook, meanwhile, was at the center of several user privacy concerns last year, including the Cambridge Analytica data leak, where up to 87 million users had their profile information unknowingly accessed by the now-defunct political data firm.

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Bill Gates Praises HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley:’ ‘Like All Great Parodies It Captures a Lot of Truths’

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HBO’s satirical comedy “Silicon Valley” is known for its lampooning of the Northern California tech bubble and frequently drawing the ire of those in the industry. But the show can count one of the tech industry’s founding fathers as a fan.

“If you really want to understand how Silicon Valley works today, you should watch the HBO series ‘Silicon Valley,’” wrote Microsoft founder Bill Gates in a blog post on Monday. “The show is a parody, so it exaggerates things, but like all great parodies it captures a lot of truths.”

Gates said he helped consult with “Silicon Valley” writers for its most recent fifth season — the show has routinely sought input from industry players, including former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo — and argued that the show is pretty accurate, in both the industry’s triumphs and mistakes. “I have friends in Silicon Valley who refuse to watch the show because they think it’s just making fun of them. I always tell them: ‘You really should watch it, because they don’t make any more fun of us than we deserve.’”

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He added that he sees a lot of himself in Thomas Middleditch’s Richard Hendrix, the founder and occasional CEO of Pied Piper, the fictional company at the center of the series. The series frequently pokes fun at “start-up culture,” where everyone is pitching the next new idea that is going to benefit the entire world, even if its just “Shazam for food.”

“Even a huge believer in technology like me has to laugh when some character talks about how they’re going to change the world with an app that tells you whether what you’re eating is a hot dog or not.”

But Gates has an unsurprising gripe about the way the large corporations are portrayed as mostly being inept. “But I also understand why the show focuses so much on Pied Piper and makes Hooli look so goofy. It’s more fun to root for the underdog.”

Gates will have a wait a bit longer for season 6, which may not be uploaded until 2020.

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Google Ends Forced Arbitration for Sexual Misconduct Claims After Employee Walkout

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Google announced several key changes to how the company handles sexual harassment claims on Thursday, including the termination of forced arbitration, after thousands of employees participated in a walkout last week.

“We recognize that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that. It’s clear we need to make some changes,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to employees.

The tech giant will “provide more granularity around sexual harassment investigations,” he said, and outlined the three ways how company has revamped reporting sexual misconduct: bringing its harassment reporting channels under one roof and adding live support; offering “extra care and resources,” like counseling, to employees before and after filing their claims; and enhancing the “processes we use to handle concerns — including the ability for Googlers to be accompanied by a support person.”

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Google will also end its policy of forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims — one of the major reforms walkout organizers called for last week in The Cut. The company has also updated and expanded its mandatory sexual harassment training, Pichai said.

The changes come one week after more than 20,000 employees, from Tokyo to London to company headquarters in Mountain View, California, walked out to protest Google’s handling of sexual harassment. Employees were responding to a New York Times report Google shielded Android co-founder Andy Rubin after an employee said that he “coerced” her into having oral sex — deciding to publicly praise him and award him a $90 million exit package when he left the company in 2014. A rep for Rubin disputed the report to the Times, saying  “any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual.”

Pichai, in a staff email shared with TheWrap following the report, said Google had fired 48 people in the last two years for sexual harassment. Thirteen of those workers were “senior managers and above,” according to the email. Pichai said he was “dead serious” about making the company a safe place for workers.

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Peter Thiel Calls Trump’s Nicknames ‘Powerfully Accurate’

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Peter Thiel doesn’t have an issue with President Trump’s nicknames for his opponents, even if his critics find them a bit crass.

“I don’t think President Trump’s nicknames are that nasty,” Thiel said at the DealBook conference in New York City on Thursday. “They are powerfully accurate.”

One nickname that particularly resonated with Thiel: “Low energy” Jeb Bush. “I met him,” Thiel said. “I was thinking to myself; why is this person even running?”

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Thiel didn’t back away from his position as Trump’s most prominent fan in the tech world, saying that he’s planning on supporting the president when he runs for re-election in 2020. “I don’t think there’s something that’s going to change my mind,” he said.

The entrepreneur, when pressed by moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin, said there is plenty to “quibble” about with the president’s agenda on a daily basis. On whether or not President Trump lies, Thiel drew moans from the crowd, saying “I tend to think that the inaccuracies President Trump tells are basically exaggerations of the truth.”  He added lying is “just politics,” while pointing to Barack Obama’s healthcare claims and George W. Bush launching the Iraq war as examples.

Thiel’s support for Trump has long put him at odds with Silicon Valley’s tech elite — something that spurred his decision to move to Los Angeles earlier this year. Thiel chided the tech epicenter for becoming a “one-party state,” unwilling to humor conservatives when Sorkin asked about his move.

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“It feels like it’s jumped the shark,” Thiel continued in his Silicon Valley assessment. “The network effects are more negative than positive. It’s not the wisdom of crowds — it’s the madness of crowds.”

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Google Workers Walk Out Globally Over Handling of Sexual Harassment

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Scores of Google employees around the world walked away from their desks on Thursday to protest what they perceive as the company’s mishandling of sexual misconduct accusations.

Hundreds of Google workers, from Tokyo to London, participated in the walkout, according to the LA Times. That number will likely rise as employees in the U.S. head to work on Thursday morning.

“Earlier this week, we let Googlers know that we are aware of the activities planned for today and that employees will have the support they need if they wish to participate,” Google chief Sundar Pichai said in a statement to TheWrap. “Employees have raised constructive ideas for how we can improve our policies and our processes going forward. We are taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action.”

The “Walkout For Real Change” protest comes a week after The New York Times reported Google shielded Android co-founder Andy Rubin after an employee said that he “coerced” her into having oral sex — deciding to publicly praise him and award a $90 million exit package when he left the company in 2014. A rep for Rubin disputed the report to the Times, saying  “any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual.”

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Google eventually concluded that the woman’s complaint was “credible,” according to the Times. The company chose to praise Rubin when he exited — “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next,” Google co-founder Larry Page said in a statement at the time. The company could have fired Rubin instead, according to the Times, and paid him next to nothing.

Soon after the Times report came out last Thursday,  Pichai said in a staff email that he’s “dead serious” about workplace sexual misconduct and said the tech giant has fired 48 people in the last two years for sexual harassment.

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The walkout organizers outlined several demands they expect to be met in an article for The Cut on Thursday. The demands include: “a publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report,” which includes the number of harassment claims over time; “a clear, uniform, globally inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct” that is anonymous; “an end to forced arbitration” in harassment and discrimination claims from current and former staff; and “a commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity,” which included a call for “women of color at all levels of the organization.”

A rep from Google did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

You can see a few pictures of the walkout below:

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— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) November 1, 2018

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— USA TODAY Tech (@usatodaytech) November 1, 2018

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Google Fired 48 Workers for Sexual Harassment in Last 2 Years

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Google has fired dozens of workers for sexual harassment in the last two years — including several high-ranking employees — according to an email sent by CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday, following a New York Times report the company “protected” a former executive that was credibly accused of sexual misconduct in 2014.

Pichai and Eileen Naughton, the company’s VP of people operations, said the company is “dead serious” about making the tech giant a safe place to work, according to a staff email shared with TheWrap by a Google spokesperson. The executives said they’ve fired 48 people in the last two years for sexual harassment. Thirteen of those workers were “senior managers and above,” according to the email.

“In recent years, we’ve made a number of changes, including taking an increasingly hard line on inappropriate conduct by people in positions of authority,” Pichai and Naughton wrote. None of the fired workers received an exit package, Pichai and Naughton added.

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The email follows a New York Times report that Android co-founder Andy Rubin, while working for Google in 2013, “coerced” a coworker into oral sex at a hotel. The woman reported the incident to HR in 2014. Shortly after, Rubin was awarded a $150 million grant from the company, although it was “unclear” if Google co-founder Larry Page was aware of the harassment claim at the time, according to the Times.

Google later found the sexual misconduct claim to be “credible,” the Times reported. Rubin was awarded a $90 million exit package, according to the Times, and was publicly praised by Page when he left the company in 2014.

Sam Singer, a representative for Rubin, told the Times Rubin did not engage in sexual misconduct and said: “any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual and did not involve any person who reported directly to him.” A rep for Rubin at Essential, his phone company, did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Since 2015, Google has launched two internal organizations to combat workplace harassment, according to the email from Pichai and Naughton

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Facebook, Google Hit With Lawsuits for ‘Secret’ Location Tracking

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Facebook and Google have both been hit with lawsuits claiming that the Silicon Valley giants secretly track their users’ locations against their will and use the information to pad its advertising business.

The class action complaint against Facebook, which was filed by Brett Heeger last Friday in San Francisco federal court, said the social network tracks its users even after they’ve opted out of its “Location History” feature.

“Facebook secretly tracks, logs, and stores location data for all of its users–including those who have sought to limit the information about their locations that Facebook may store in its servers by choosing to turn Location History off,” the suit said. “Because Facebook misleads users and engages in this deceptive practice, collecting and storing private location data against users’ expressed choice, Plaintiff brings this class action on behalf of himself and similarly situated Facebook users.”

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Heeger said users aren’t aware of Facebook’s “secret tracking” unless they download their data from the company and search “multiple levels of obscure folders.” He claimed he set up his privacy settings to stop Facebook from tracking his location, but the company continued to do so. Facebook used “estimated locations,” using his IP address and WiFi data, to continue tracking his location, Heeger claimed. The action violated federal and state wiretapping laws, according to the suit.

Facebook benefited from tracking Heeger, the suit claimed, because the company makes money off location-based advertisements. The complaint seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Facebook, in a statement to TheWrap, pushed back against the lawsuit, saying its location tracking policy has always been transparent.

“Our Data Policy and related disclosures explain our practices relating to location data and provide information about the privacy settings we make available,” a Facebook spokesperson told TheWrap. “This lawsuit is without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously.”

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The lawsuit follows a similar complaint against Google, which was filed on Oct. 12. in San Francisco federal court. The suit claims that Google “intentionally provided inaccurate instructions” for its users to turn off its own “Location History” feature.

“Google explicitly represented that its users could prevent Google from tracking their location data by disabling a feature called ‘Location History’ on their devices. Google stated: ‘With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.’ This statement is false,” the lawsuit claimed. “Turning off the ‘Location History’ setting merely stops Google from adding new locations to the ‘timeline’ accessible by users. In secret, Google was still tracking, storing, and monetizing all the same information.”

Instead, users have to navigate a labyrinth to reach the correct “Web & Activity” page to turn off location tracking — a page “Google’s instructions intentionally omit all references to,” according to the class action complaint. The suit points to an Aug. 13 report from the Associated Press that brought Google’s tracking policies into question.

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Google’s “secret trick,” allowing the company to continue monitoring its billions of users, violated California privacy law and the state’s right to privacy, according to the suit.

The suit is seeking monetary damages and an injunction against Google continuing the practices.

Google did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the lawsuit.

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Following the AP’s report, Google updated its location tracking policy to “make it more consistent and clear,” the company told TheWrap in August.

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Ebay Says Amazon ‘Illegally’ Poached High-Value Sellers in New Lawsuit

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Ebay is suing Amazon, claiming the e-commerce giant illegally leveraged its internal messaging service to poach high-value sellers.

The “startling” scheme was orchestrated by hundreds of Amazon reps with ties to the company’s Seattle headquarters, eBay said in its lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in California Superior Court in San Jose, California.

“For years, and unbeknownst to eBay, Amazon has been engaged in a systematic, coordinated effort to infiltrate and exploit eBay’s proprietary M2M system on eBay’s platform to lure top eBay sellers to Amazon,” eBay said in the suit.

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Ebay’s M2M system is the company’s member-t0-member emailing system and it claims that Amazon representatives “violated” its user agreement, which prohibits its M2M system from being used to lure sellers away. Amazon employees often recruited eBay sellers within five minutes of opening accounts, the lawsuit claims. Like Amazon, eBay relies on a network of independent sellers on its site.

Ebay, pointing to messages being nearly identical from several Amazon reps, said this was a “coordinated, targeted” attack “designed to inflict harm on eBay.”

Amazon did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. The company told the Wall Street Journal it was conducting an investigation into eBay’s accusations.

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Ebay added that Amazon was often successful in poaching sellers. “Amazon’s clandestine efforts have borne fruit. Its representatives have discussed the success 0f their scheme with eBay seller prospects.” The lawsuit said Amazon violated California’s penal code and business and professions code, with eBay seeking monetary damages and a court order prohibiting Amazon from recruiting more of its sellers.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star Jimmy O Yang on the ‘Almost Therapeutic’ Process of Writing His Memoir

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On the heels of the crazy success of “Crazy Rich Asians” comes “Silicon Valley” star Jimmy O. Yang’s hilarious but heartfelt memoir “How to American,” which tells his story as a young Chinese immigrant pursuing a career in Hollywood… much to his family’s chagrin.

“Growing up, my dad was ‘get a real job, don’t go pursuing your dreams, that’s how you become homeless,’” Yang told TheWrap. “So, do I pick my family or do I pick my own happiness, and how much does my own happiness depend on my family?”

You already know the answer to that question, but sharing that deep desire didn’t sit well with his traditional parents.

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“My dad thought I was crazy, but I figured it was better to disappoint my parents for a few years than to disappoint myself for the rest of my life,” said Yang, who migrated to the U.S. from Hong Kong with his parents when he was 13. “I had to disappoint them in order to pursue what I loved. That was the only way to have my Chinese turnip cake and eat an American apple pie too.”

It didn’t go much better with his mother, who he said is a “people person” but is also “very blunt.”

“I always have to brace myself when I visit my parents,” Yang joked. “My mom often greets me with a slew of nonconstructive criticisms: ‘Jimmy, why is your face so fat? Your clothes look homeless and your long hair makes you look like a girl.’ After 30 years of this, my self-image is now a fat homeless lesbian.”

The decision to get his life experience on paper for the world to see clashed with a couple of what he calls his “Chinese Rules”: “1) Respect your parents, your elders and your teachers. NEVER talk back or challenge them under any circumstance, and 2) Family first, money second, pursue your dreams never.”

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But pulling up memories for the book was, “almost therapeutic” for him.

“Certain stories, like my mom leaving when I was 15-years-old to go back to China because she didn’t quite assimilate like we did, that was a moment that was very sad in my life,” Yang said. “But also, maybe now the emotions come from the fact that she is back in this country and we do have our family back together. And it’s all fine. I turned out to be OK, for the most part. I think. But it kind of reminds you that it doesn’t matter how tough times are, maybe when you look back at it, it’s just another anecdote.

“Hopefully people can draw some parallels to that maybe in their own experiences.”

Yang was shooting “Crazy Rich Asians” while completing “How to American,” and he remembers how the combined experiences felt.

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“I just felt so proud to be Asian,” he said. “It doesn’t matter about ‘Asian-American’ because I saw other Asians — Asian-Australians, from U.K., from Singapore — we were all just there, doing the best that we could. Our whole journey of our life took us to that moment, right there in Singapore. I was so proud of everything.

“The book is about how I tried to fit in to be an American; that experience made me feel so proud to be Asian that I wanted to be more Asian again, instead of trying to change myself to assimilate into this culture that I ended up growing up with. A lot of people go on this journey of finding themselves and then eventually realize that their true self wasn’t on the outside but it’s always been there. It’s going back to what you know.

“And there’s some comfort in that. … now that the movie is a success, that story and that journey means that much more to me.”

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Emmy Winners and Nominees: The Complete List (Updating Live)

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The curtain just rose on the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, and the first trophy went to Henry Winkler for his work on “Barry.” Among those the “Happy Days” alum defeated was Alec Baldwin, who was nominated for his President Donald Trump impression on “SNL.”

Bill Hader also won for his starring role on “Barry,” but not before “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” took four awards in a row.

Plenty of statues were previously handed out during Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month. You can see the winners from Night 1 of that show here and Night 2 here.

Below is the full list of Primetime Emmy Award nominees. We’re updating this post with winners in real-time as the show progresses.

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Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Brian Tyree Henry – “Atlanta” (FX)
Louie Anderson – “Baskets” (FX)
Kenan Thompson – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Tituss Burgess – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Henry Winkler – “Barry” (HBO) *WINNER
Alec Baldwin – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Tony Shalhoub – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Zazie Beetz – “Atlanta” (FX)
Laurie Metcalf – “Roseanne” (ABC)
Leslie Jones – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Alex Borstein “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) *WINNER
Betty Gilpin – “GLOW” (Netflix)
Aidy Bryant – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Kate McKinnon – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Megan Mullally – “Will & Grace” (NBC)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover – “Atlanta” (FX)
Stefani Robinson – “Atlanta” (FX)
Alec Berg, Bill Hader – “Barry” (HBO
Liz Sarnoff – “Barry” (HBO)
Alec Berg – “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Amy Sherman-Palladino – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) *WINNER

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Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover – “Atlanta” (FX)
Hiro Murai – “Atlanta” (FX)
Bill Hader – “Barry” (HBO)
Mark Cendrowski – “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Jesse Peretz – “GLOW” (Netflix)
Mike Judge – “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Amy Sherman-Palladino – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) *WINNER

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon – “Better Things” (FX)
Lily Tomlin – “Grace & Frankie” (Netflix)
Allison Janney – “Mom” (CBS)
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish” (ABC)
Issa Rae – “Insecure” (HBO)
Rachel Brosnahan – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) *WINNER

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish”(ABC)
Ted Danson – “The Good Place” (NBC)
Larry David – “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
Donald Glover – “Atlanta” (FX)
Bill Hader – “Barry” (HBO) *WINNER
William H. Macy – “Shameless” (Showtime)

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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Adina Porter – “American Horror Story: Cult” (FX)
Merritt Wever – “Godless” (Netflix) *WINNER
Penelope Cruz – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
Letitia Wright – “Black Museum” (“Black Mirror”) (Netflix)
Sara Bareilles – “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (NBC)
Judith Light – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Jeff Daniels – “Godless” (Netflix) *WINNER
Ricky Martin – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
Finn Wittrock – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
John Leguizamo – “Waco” (Paramount Network)
Brandon Victor Dixon – “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (NBC)
Edgar Ramirez – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
Michael Stuhlbarg – “The Looming Tower” (Hulu)

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus – “American Vandal” (Netflix)
Scott Frank – “Godless” (Netflix)
David Nicholls – “Patrick Melrose” (Showtime)
Tom Rob Smith – “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
David Lynch, Mark Frost – “Twin Peaks” (Showtime)
William Bridges, Charlie Brooker – “USS Callister” (Black Mirror) (Netflix)

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Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Scott Frank – “Godless” (Netflix)
David Leveaux, Alex Rudzinski – “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (NBC)
Barry Levinson – “Paterno” (HBO)
Edward Berger – “Patrick Melrose” (Showtime)
Ryan Murphy – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
Craig Zisk – “The Looming Tower” (Hulu)
David Lynch – “Twin Peaks” (Showtime)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
Jessica Biel – “The Sinner” (USA Network)
Laura Dern – “The Tale” (HBO)
Michelle Dockery – “Godless” (Netflix)
Edie Falco – “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” (NBC)
Regina King – “Seven Seconds” (Netflix)
Sarah Paulson – “American Horror Story: Cult” (FX)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
Antonio Banderas – “Genius: Picasso” (National Geographic)
Darren Criss – “Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
Benedict Cumberbatch – “Patrick Melrose” (Showtime)
Jeff Daniels – “The Looming Tower” (Hulu)
John Legend – “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” (NBC)
Jesse Plemons – “USS Callister”/”Black Mirror” (Netflix)

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Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
Melinda Taub, Samantha Bee – “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It’s Complicated)” (TBS)
John Mulaney – “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous At Radio City” (Netflix)
Michelle Wolf – “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady” (HBO)
Patton Oswalt – “Patton Oswalt: Annihilation” (Netflix)
Steve Martin, Martin Short – “Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life” (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
Stan Lathan – “Dave Chappelle: Equanimity” (Netflix)
Michael Bonfiglio – “Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry Before Seinfeld” (Netflix)
Marcus Raboy – “Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life” (Netflix)
Hamish Hamilton – “Super Bowl LII Halftime Show Starring Justin Timberlake” (NBC)
Glenn Weiss – “The Oscars” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Mandy Patinkin – “Homeland” (Showtime)
Matt Smith – “The Crown” (Netflix)
Peter Dinklage – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
David Harbour – “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Joseph Fiennes – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Lena Headey – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Vanessa Kirby – “The Crown” (Netflix)
Ann Dowd – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Thandie Newton – “Westworld” (HBO)
Millie Bobby Brown – “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Alexis Bledel – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Yvonne Strahovski – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge – “Killing Eve” (BBC America)
The Duffer Brothers – “Stranger Things” (Netfix)
Joe Fields, Joe Weisberg – “The Americans” (FX)
Peter Morgan – “The Crown” (Neflix)
Bruce Miller – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Alan Taylor – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Jeremy Podeswa – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Jason Bateman – “Ozark” (Netflix)
Daniel Sackheim – “Ozark” (Netflix)
The Duffer Brothers – “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Stephen Daldry – “The Crown” (Netflix)
Kari Skogland – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman – “Ozark” (Netflix)
Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us” (NBC)
Ed Harris – “Westworld” (HBO)
Matthew Rhys – “The Americans” (FX)
Milo Ventimiglia – “This Is Us” (NBC)
Jeffrey Wright – “Westworld” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Foy – “The Crown” (Netflix)
Tatiana Maslany – “Orphan Black” (BBC America)
Elisabeth Moss – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Sandra Oh – “Killing Eve” (BBC America)
Keri Russell – “The Americans” (FX)
Evan Rachel Wood – “Westworld” (HBO)

Outstanding Reality Competition Program
“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“The Voice” (NBC)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)

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Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
“At Home with Amy Sedaris” (TruTV)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman” (Hulu)
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The Tracey Ullman Show” (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)
“The Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS)
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Outstanding Limited Series
“Genius: Picasso” (National Geographic)
“Godless” (Netflix)
“Patrick Melrose” (Showtime)
“The Alienist” (TNT)
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)

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Outstanding Comedy Series
“Atlanta” (FX)
“Barry” (HBO)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“GLOW” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Ms. Maisel” (Amazon)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Outstanding Drama Series
“The Americans” (FX)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)
“Westworld” (HBO)

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Elon Musk’s ‘Pedo’ Tweet Inquiry Answered: Thai Rescue Diver’s Lawyer Preps Lawsuit

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A lawyer representing the diver who Elon Musk recently accused of being a pedophile said on Wednesday that he sent the Tesla chief a letter that says that he’s preparing to file a libel lawsuit.

The development is the latest twist in the entrepreneur’s turbulent summer on Twitter and comes one day after Musk questioned why the diver hadn’t sued him if his claims were untrue.

“You don’t think it’s strange he hasn’t sued me? He was offered free legal services,” asked Musk in reply to @Yoda on Twitter.

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Attorney L. Lin Wood, who is representing diver Vernon Unsworth, replied to the thread on Wednesday, saying that Musk “should check his mail before tweeting.”

@elonmusk should check his mail before tweeting. pic.twitter.com/3c9QWtdp25

— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) August 29, 2018

Musk originally called Unsworth — a diver that criticized Musk’s attempts to help the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave as a “PR stunt” — a “pedo guy” in July. Musk later apologized for his comment, saying it was “spoken in anger.”

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“You published three different tweets to your twenty-two million followers that Mr. Unsworth engages in the sexual exploitation of Thai children, and you did so at a time when he was working to save the lives of twelve Thai children,”  Wood said in his letter, dated August 6, to Musk. “You did so without any basis.”

Wood added that he’s prepping a civil libel complaint against Musk.

A representative for Musk did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Even without a potential civil suit on his hands, it’s already been a controversial month for 47-year-old entrepreneur. Musk is under the regulatory microscope after bringing Wall Street to a halt earlier this summer, tweeting he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private. Musk announced last Friday, after talking to shareholders, to keep Tesla a publicly traded company. Tesla shares have dropped about 20 percent to $305 a share since Musk tweeted about going private.

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Trump Still Among Top Google Ads Spenders Despite Bashing Search Giant

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President Trump is spending big on Google advertisements, despite saying the tech stalwart is “suppressing” conservative voices.

According to Google’s hub for tracking political spending, Trump — via the “Trump Make America Great Again Committee” — has dropped $720,500 on Google ads since the start of June. (The ad tracking tool shares data on spending since May 31 of this year.) As of Wednesday, that makes Trump the second-biggest spender on Google political ads, behind One Nation, the Karl Rove-linked organization that’s supporting Republicans in the 2018 U.S. midterms. As recently as Aug. 16, Trump was leading the pack when it came to Google political marketing.

Nearly all of the president’s Google budget goes towards YouTube, its massive video site.

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“Tell Congress: You Want The Wall!” reads on recent YouTube ad. “Do you trust the mainstream media to put the interests of Americans first?” reads another ad, while funneling viewers to a survey on his campaign’s site.

While Trump’s campaign apparently finds Google ads effective, he ripped the company on Tuesday, attacking the search engine for what he said was the unfair promotion of the “fake news media.”

“Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent,” Trump tweeted.

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Google pushed back against the president’s tweets, saying in a statement to TheWrap that its “search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology.”

Trump’s spending on Google ads has swiftly declined in recent weeks. After putting about $114,000 into ads during the first week of August, the president’s spending dropped to $44,000 during the third week of the month, according to Google’s tracking tool.

President Trump is Google’s second biggest spender on political ads, but he’s cut down on spending in recent weeks (via Google)

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Trump also called out Facebook in his criticism of Silicon Valley on Tuesday, saying “they are really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful.” But Trump is still ponying up for Facebook ads, too. A recent NYU study showed the president was Facebook’s top political advertiser, spending about $275,000 on ads between May and mid-July.

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TJ Miller Says ‘I Play an A-hole’ on ‘Silicon Valley’ – But Denies Real-Life ‘Bully’ Accusations (Video)

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T.J. Miller says he isn’t a “bully and petulant brat” — despite actress Alice Wetterlund’s accusations — but says he did play one on TV.

“I play an a–hole on TV, but I’m not a bully in real life, ever,” Miller said, while addressing the elephant in the room during his recent appearance on the “Jim Norton & Sam Roberts” show. The response was prompted by Wetterlund’s recent claims he was a “bully and petulant brat” on the set of “Silicon Valley” — which Miller says are inaccurate.

“It was not my experience that anyone was bullying her or mean to her,” Miller said. “Truthfully, I felt like it was difficult to work with her because she kept interrupting Zach Woods. And that was my perspective of it.” Miller went on to say the actress would interrupt Woods “during takes, and even when she was off camera.”

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“I’m not a bully,” Miller added. “I don’t think I have the energy of someone who comes in and is like, ‘OK, shut up, the men are talking now.’”

Last month, Wetterlund — who played the role of Carla on Seasons 2 and 3 — tweeted, “TJ Miller was a bully and petulant brat and pretty much everyone who had any power on that (almost all male) set, including the male cast members, enabled him and were complicit in his unprofessionalism,” Wetterlund. “They can f– off forever.”

“I’m pretty open about this, and I don’t know if other women on the show had a different experience than me, but it was kind of a nightmare,” she added.

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Wetterlund’s comments come after Miller left the show after Season 4. In a statement last May, HBO said the exit was mutual, though reports of bad behavior by Miller later surfaced.

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