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"The single biggest professional embarrassment of my life": Letterman revisits the "Oprah/Uma" Oscars

Walt Disney Television/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- In 'celebration' of the 25th anniversary of one of the biggest flops in hosting history, David Letterman is revisiting that date that has lived in entertainment infamy: March 27, 1995 -- the night he hosted the 67th Academy Awards.

The night had Dave starting things off with a monologue gag: "introducing" Oprah Winfrey and Uma Thurman& as a play on their unusual names, and then adding Keanu Reeves to the bit. The gag landed with a thud -- but Dave shouted "OPRAH/UMA!" six more times before the monologue was over, and more as the night wore on.

The night has been described as "The Gold Standard of Oscar bombing."

To The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinman, Letterman had his own critique, calling his show an, "explosion of excrement."

Letterman took the reporter through the disastrous joke, noting he had his monologue down cold before "at the last minute" his then-Late Show head writer, Rob Burnett, came up with the intro bit.

Letterman insists, "And by the way, this is a solid idea," Letterman insisted. "...I said, 'This is great...this will...loosen everybody up!” Because unusual names -- we have three!'"

Dave admits the director wasn't prepared to show the three celebs in their seats, which made for a comedy quagmire. He also admitted he'd forgotten he kept repeating the joke in an attempt to try and save himself.

Letterman says he knew "right away" that the bit had bombed. "Oh, yeah!" he commented. "'I think someone's perspiring in this suit -- oh, it's me!'"

Acerbic as ever, the My Next Guest Needs No Introduction host thanked Feinman for, "helping me to celebrate...the single biggest professional embarrassment of my life."

The 72nd annual Academy Awards airs -- without a host -- on February 9 on ABC.

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After the success of 'Bumblebee', Paramount rolling out two new 'Transformers' movies

Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Paramount is revving up two new Transformers films, in a continuation of a franchise that has made nearly $5 billion at the global box office.

The franchise that saw success with four big-budget, bombastic Michael Bay-fronted films took a different tack with 2018's Bumblebee, a smaller-budgeted film starring Hailee Steinfeld that was a coming-of-age story that just so happened to co-star the titular Transformer.

While the movie pulled in a franchise-low of $460 million worldwide, its smaller budget and critical acclaim -- both rare for a movie about transforming robots -- scored the film as a success. 

The two new films are set in the Transformers universe, but only one will be directly connected to the Bumblebee story, according to Deadline

The trade reports one film is being written by Murder Mystery's James Vanderbilt, and centers on the transforming animal robot animated series Transformers: Beast Wars

The other film, based on the Bumblebee universe, is reportedly being fronted by Joby Harold, an executive producer on John Wick: Chapter Three -- Parabellum.

Both films will reportedly feature all-new casts.  No directors of release dates have yet been announced.

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'Doctor Who' casts first black Doctor in show's 56-year history

L-R Martin, Whitaker -- BBC America/James Pardon (LONDON) -- (SPOILER ALERT) Doctor Who, one of the longest-running television shows of all time, has made a historical casting decision.

On Sunday, the iconic 56-year-old BBC science fiction show revealed that Jo Martin, a black actress, will play The Doctor -- alongside current Doctor Jodi Whittaker.

If that sounds confusing, well, it's meant to be.

Doctor Who follows the interstellar adventures of "The Doctor," a time-traveling alien who is able to regenerate into a new form. Whittaker, the first woman to play the role, is officially the thirteenth Doctor. Since the show was rebooted in 2005, the character has also been played by Christopher Eccleston, Matt Smith, David Tennant, and Peter Capaldi.

In Sunday's episode, Whittaker's Doctor meets Martin's Ruth, a tour guide who is later revealed to be The Doctor as well. More specifically, she's a different incarnation of the character, and as we learn, she's part of the current Doctor's past. However, Whittaker's Doctor has no memory of ever being that Doctor, whose personality and tactics are vastly different from her own. In fact, Martin's Doctor can barely stand Whittaker's Doctor. Whittaker's Doctor -- who'd previously been warned by her old frenemy The Master that everything she knows is wrong -- then realizes that Martin's Doctor is part of a mysterious alternate timeline.

And, as if she doesn't have enough to worry about, Sunday's episode also marked the return of a fan-favorite character -- John Barrowman's Captain Jack Harkness -- who warns her that "the Lone Cyberman" is coming for her.

The official Doctor Who took to Twitter after the show's airing and, while posting a GIF of the big reveal, asked fans, "Who else was shook at THIS moment?!"  Fan reaction was, obviously, intense.

Doctor Who airs on BBC America Sundays at 8 p.m. ET.

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'The Bachelor' recap: Alayah is back and the ladies revolt

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday’s episode of ABC’s The Bachelor, Alayah returned and brought a fresh round of chaos to the Bachelor mansion.

First though, Peter and the 15 remaining bachelorettes attempt to leave the drama from last week's episode behind them as they travel cross-country to continue their search for love in Cleveland, Ohio.

The first one-on-one date goes to Victoria F., with an invitation to let their love “soar to new heights,” which means boarding a plane with Peter to Ohio’s Cedar Point amusement park, known as “the roller coaster capital of the world.”  Peter has one more surprise for the 25-year-old Virginia native: a private concert with country star Chase Rice.  Things get awkward when Victoria has a surprise of her own for Peter – Chase is her ex-boyfriend.

That leads to an uncomfortable conversation between Victoria and Chase, and a tougher one with Peter at dinner.  It’s all good though, as Peter is cool with the whole thing and Victoria even gets the date rose.

A group date features Victoria P., Kiarra Kelley Deandra, Madison, Lexi, Shiann, Tammy, Sydney, Hannah Ann, Savannah and Mykenna, where Cleveland Browns’ football legends Josh Cribbs and Hanford Dixon put them through a rigorous workout before they face off in “The Bachelor Bowl.”  The winners will spend the night with Peter, while the others go home.  The game ends in a tie, so all 12 got to the cocktail party, making it tough to get some precious one-on-one time with him.

Adding to the ladies’ frustration is Victoria P., who after sitting out the football game with a bad back and canoodling with Peter on the sidelines, who is first to steal him away at the cocktail party.  It’s about to get even more crowded, as Alayah, who was sent home last week, crashes the party.

Alayah is back to settle the score with Victoria P., who, it turns out, was not being completely honest with Peter about her relationship with Alayah.  It seems the two spent way more than the “three hours” Victoria indicated at last week’s pre-rose ceremony cocktail party.  In fact, they even vacationed together in Las Vegas.

Peter, admitting to Alayah that he “made a mistake,” invites her back to the mansion, and she accepts.  He seals the deal by offering Alayah the group date rose, further angering the women.

Meanwhile, Kelsey is the next lucky lady who enjoys a day exploring Cleveland with Peter.  At dinner that night, she explains that her “tough exterior” is the result of her father running off to Mexico when she was just seven, and leaving her mother to raise the family on her own.  Kelsey says she's determined not to let the past dictate her future, earning the respect of Peter, who offers her the date rose.

Back at the mansion, a new feud erupts when Alayah spills the beans about Victoria F.'s “Chase situation” to the other ladies.  That leads to a profanity-laced exchange between the two, but clearly, not a single bachelorette in the mansion seems happy about Alayah's return.

Peter is also feeling the heat, as several of the ladies express their anger over the outcome of the group date to his face.  He sticks to his guns at first, but after private conversations with Victoria P, Alayah and Victoria F., he feels like he’s “messing up so bad.”  The ladies agree, saying the drama between the three girls is ruing everyone's time on the show.

The episode ends on a cliffhanger, as Peter must figure out a way of restoring order to the house.

The Bachelor returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Jimmy Fallon, James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel honor Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant: Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK) -- Jimmy Fallon and James Corden each took a moment on Monday to pay homage to NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.  Jimmy Kimmel went even further, devoting his entire show to remembering the basketball great.

Fallon, the host of NBC's The Tonight Show, recalled he and Bryant met in Los Angeles years ago, when both were rising stars, and have been friends ever since.

"When we'd run into each other over the years, we'd laugh about that night we first met [and] laugh at all the good things that happened since, and...how much fun it was to raise kids and all the stupid mistakes we made trying to figure out how to be good dads," Fallon said through tears.  "And today, he and one of his girls are gone."

"I wish I could say something to make sense of it all," said Corden, host of CBS' Late Late Show. "All I can think of is this: if you can, take a moment...to call up someone you love and just let them know."

Kimmel, host of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! opened his show by announcing that "going forward with a comedy show didn't feel right" and used the hour to air Bryant's last appearance on the show from September of 2019.

Kimmel, admitting Kobe "was not a perfect person, added, "But I will say he loved his family, he worked very hard, and he brought a lot of joy to a lot of people in this city and we're going to miss him."

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Ellen DeGeneres offers passionate plea in wake of Kobe Bryant's death: "Just celebrate life"

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Ellen DeGeneres delivered a tearful and heartfelt tribute to the late Lakers great Kobe Bryant on Monday's special episode of The Ellen Show.

"I have mentioned before that we tape the show in advance," explains DeGeneres before exhaling loudly to gather herself while battling back tears. 

The Finding Dory star emotionally continues, "Today is Monday, and yesterday was Sunday.  It happened to be my birthday and the Grammy Awards... I was nominated.  I didn't win.  Not the point."

The remark drew a warm chuckle from the audience before DeGeneres turned her focus upon the heavy topic of Bryant's untimely passing.  Her voice breaking, she urged the audience while wiping away tears, "Life is short, and it's fragile, and we don't know how many birthdays we have."

"So just -- you don't have to have a birthday to celebrate.  Just celebrate life," pleads DeGeneres. "And if you haven't told someone you love them, do it now."

The comedian encourages the audience to hug, kiss, and say "I love you" more to the important people in their lives.  

"Be nice to the people at the DMV," she then cracked, eliciting another round of laughter.

DeGeneres struggled with her emotions throughout the day's taping as she and guest DJ tWitch celebrated her birthday while mourning Bryant.  

TWitch's voice swelled with emotion as he tried to present his birthday gift to a red-eyed DeGeneres, saying, "This is kinda the perfect place to be right now when you need this kind of inspiration and a little boost of love like this."  

Bryant, 41, died in a Sunday helicopter crash that killed everyone aboard, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.

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'Star Trek: Picard' beams up strong ratings for CBS All Access

Photo Cr: Matt Kennedy/CBS ©2019 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) -- Patrick Stewart's return to the Star Trek universe has beamed up strong numbers for CBS' streaming service, CBS All Access.

Driven by interest in the series, CBS claims January was a record month for subscriber sign-ups, and also saw a new record for total streams -- as well as the highest volume of subscribers streaming a CBS All Access original series to date. Picard also ranked as the biggest debut in the streaming service's history.

And it wasn't even close: Star Trek: Picard's streaming numbers warped 180% over the previous record holder, Star Trek: Discovery, according to the network.

A new episode of Star Trek: Picard drops every Thursday on CBS All Access in the U.S.  A second season was already ordered before the first season debuted.

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Watch New England natives Chris Evans, John Krasinski and Rachel Dratch in Hyundai's "Smaht Cah" ad

Hyundai(LOS ANGELES) -- Boston natives Chris Evans and John Krasinski join SNL vet and Lexington, Massachusetts' own Rachel Dratch in a new Super Bowl ad poking fun at their hometown accents. 

So to demonstrate Hyundai Sonata's new 'smart park' feature -- which literally lets the car drive itself into an out of a parking spot with the push of a button, they tapped the celebs for a play on the familiar 'pahk the cah' meme.

"Look who's got smaht pahk!" Krasinski says, showing off the remote. "Press the clickah, cah pahks itself." 

"It's smaht!" Evans marvels. "It's wicked smaht," Krasisnki adds, before his curious pals rattle off a series of Massachusetts locations at which he may have pahked, and 'unpahked', the new Sonata.

The tech even surprises Boston Red Sox champ David "Big Papi" Ortiz, who's wowed from an overhead window.

"This is a ghost cahh," an impressed Dratch says at the commercial's end.

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Two animated Marvel shows bound for Hulu get the ax

Hulu(LOS ANGELES) -- Marvel has nixed the development of two of its four animated comedies for Hulu, Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler, the latter of which was paused in December as part of a "creative overhaul," according to The Hollywood Reporter

MODOK and Hit Monkey are still slated to move forward.  

 Tigra and Howard are the latest Marvel TV series to get cut after being ordered straight to series. They join New Warriors and Ghost Rider.

Kevin Smith was co-wroting and co-producing Howard The Duck, about a talking alien duck. Howard, the subject of a famously bad 1986 live-action movie, was briefly glimpsed in Guardians of the Galaxy.  
From writers and executive producers Erica Rivinoja and Chelsea Handler, Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler, was to be about, "two woke Super Heroes and best friends...fight[ing] for recognition."

As one might imagine, Hit-Monkey is about an assassin monkey; Blades of Glory writers Josh Gordon and Will Speck are behind that one. Incidentally, writer-director James Gunn once pitched Marvel Studios on the idea of making a film based on the character before he got the Guardians of the Galaxy job.

M.O.D.O.K. will center on the work/life balance of the giant-headed villain whose name means "Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing." Comedian and certified geek Patton Oswalt is co-writing and producing the project, and voicing the character.

Marvel is owned by ABC News' parent company Disney.

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Series lead Omari Hardwick says he hasn't been able to watch the last season of Power: "I lived it"

Starz(NEW YORK) -- While Power fans are going bananas over the final season of the crime drama, one star is having difficulty tuning in.

Omari Hardwick, who plays drug kingpin James "Ghost" St. Patrick on Power, tells ABC News he hasn't been able to bring himself to watch the final season.

"I lived it," Hardwick said. "The mid-season finale...that, to me, was the finale."

Some of Hardwick's hesitation may come from the fact that he had a feeling what would happen to Ghost early on.  During season one, he emailed show creator Courtney Kemp to share what he thought the ultimate fate of his character should be.

"I said, 'I see this guy taking a bullet at the end.' I saw the fate of the show," Hardwick said. "That's five years ago. I saw him taking a bullet, but it was almost like Denzel [Washington] in Man on Fire."

He added, "Whether it was eight seasons or whether it was 20 seasons, Ghost had to give his life to save his brother and his best friend. So I did perceive an end, not dissimilar, but it wasn't necessarily this end."

Hardwick credits Kemp with writing a character who viewers saw as flawed, but struggling to be better..

"We literally added mirrors to the show," Hardwick said. "You'd see shattered mirrors, or broken mirrors, weird interesting looks of Ghost at himself within the mirror."

"...What we find attractive about human beings is...not just the fall, but when there's the fall, a lot of us are rooting for the person who is falling," he continued.

"We're almost figuratively extending our own hand, saying, 'Hey, I can help you up.' So Ghost was always getting up and falling. "

Power airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on Starz.

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'Bad Boys for Life' beats newcomer 'The Gentlemen' at weekend box office

Ben Rothstein/© 2019 CTMG, Inc. (NEW YORK) -- It wasn't much of a contest between Bad Boys for Life and newcomer The Gentlemen in the weekend box office.  

Bad Boys for Life, the third movie in the Martin Lawrence Bad Boys franchise, easily took the top spot with a $34 million haul in its second week.  Overall, the R-rated comedy starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence grossed $120.6 domestically.

Rising to second place thanks to its Oscar momentum was World War I drama 1917. The Sam Mendes-directed film, which stars George MacKayDean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch added an impressive $15.8 million domestically in its fifth weekend. Worldwide, its earnings have topped $200.5 million.

Falling to third place this week is the Robert Downey Jr. led Dolittle with $12.5 million.

Opening below-expectations was Guy Ritchie's star-studded ensemble movie The Gentlemen.  The gangster flick stars Matthew McConaugheyHugh GrantHenry Golding, and Charlie Hunnam opened to positive reviews but lukewarm sales of $11 million.  

The weekend's only other newcomer, horror flick The Turning scraped up a meager $7.3 million sixth-place finish.

Rounding out the top five was Jumanji: The Next Level with an additional $7.9 million.

Here are the top 10 movies Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Bad Boy for Life, $34 million
2. 1917, $15.8 million
3. Dolittle, $12.5 million
4. The Gentlemen, $11 million
5. Jumanji: The Next Level, $7.9 million
6. The Turning, $7.3 million
7. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, $5.2 million
8. Little Women, $4.7 million
9. Just Mercy, $4.1 million
10. Knives Out, $3.7 million

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Jon Lovitz returns to help SNL skewer Alan Dershowitz

Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live alum Jon Lovitz returned to his old stomping ground this weekend for a cold open sketch that reunited President Donald Trump's attorney Alan Dershowitz with former client Jeffrey Epstein in hell.

The sketch began with Lovitz, portraying Dershowitz, running his defense strategy for the president's impeachment trial by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Susan Collins, played respectively by SNL's Beck Bennett and Cecily Strong.

Lovitz's Dershowitz shocks the two Senators by referring to his former clients O.J. Simpson, Claus von Bulow, and Epstein.  As they warn him not to bring them up, he suffers a heart attack and lands in hell.

There, he comes face-to-face with Satan -- played by Kate McKinnon -- who is a "huge fan" of the attorney.  It's only temporary though.

“I’m gonna send you back upstairs in a minute. Honestly, I just really wanted to meet you,” McKinnon’s horn-headed Satan gushed.

“I never say this...I’m a huge fan. No seriously, you’re the GOAT,” Satan told him, referring to the greatest of all time before excitedly declaring she was “about to fangirl out so hard.”

Dershowitz is then greeted by Epstein, played by guest host Adam Driver, who says he's "just hangin'" -- a reference to the fact that the multimillionaire and alleged pedophile was found hanging in his Manhattan federal lockup in August.

Driver's Epstein then insists he was murdered, to which Lovitz answers, “I know. Trust me, I know,” suggesting that the widely-circulated conspiracy theory claiming Epstein didn't die by suicide is true.

Dershowitz also runs into several other celebrities while in hell, including the guy who wrote "Baby Shark," along with Mr. Peanut, Flo from the Progressive TV commercials and the devil’s “IT guy,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Celebrity fans pay homage to NBA legend Kobe Bryant after he dies in California helicopter crash

ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Celebrity sports fans from around the world are paying homage to NBA legend Kobe Bryant after he died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday.

Fellow former NBA stars Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were among the high-profile players who reacted to news of the beloved basketball player's death.

Bryant was one of nine people on a private helicopter that went down in Calabasas, California on Sunday, killing everyone on board. He was 41.

Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also killed in the crash, according to the NBA. The other seven victims in the crash have not been identified.

"I’m stunned. Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day," Pippen, an NBA Hall of Famer, tweeted.

Shaquille O'Neal, who played with Kobe on the Lakers, shared an emotional post.

"There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed," O'Neal wrote. "My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW."

Meanwhile, retired NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, posted a video of himself reacting to the news.

"Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players," he wrote in part. "But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete."

Twitter temporarily crashed at around 3 p.m. ET as news of the player's death flooded the platform. The term "Kobe" quickly became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter, followed by "Mamba" and "BlackMamba."

Music stars also reacted to the news of Bryant's passing, with Drake posting a mural of Bryant on Instagram and R&B singer John Legend reminding fans to hold their loved ones close.

"I'm so sad and stunned right now. In Staples Arena, where Kobe created so many memories for all of us, preparing to pay tribute to another brilliant man we lost too soon, Nipsey Hussle," Legend, who was preparing for the Grammy Awards, tweeted. "Life can be so brutal and senseless sometimes. Hold on to your loved ones. We miss you, Kobe."

Other notable reactions throughout the day have included former President Barack Obama, Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Kevin Hart.

"Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents," Obama wrote. "Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day."

"This makes me so sad. Kobe you were always so sweet to me. Known you over 10 years.. not super well but we always joked about you coming over and playing that game of horse!" Lavato wrote, sharing a photo of herself with Kobe and Gianna. "You will he so missed by so many. You’re a legend with wings now. RIP Kobe."

"This honestly doesn’t make sense....I just saw you man," Hart wrote, sharing a image of Bryant on Instagram. "This hurts my heart. God please place your hands on his family and help guide them thru this unbearable time. We love you forever man...Legends never die!!!! #MambaMentality #RIP.... RIP to the other passengers as well as sending prayers to their families."

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Kobe Bryant, daughter among 9 dead in helicopter crash in Southern California

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- NBA icon and Oscar-winner Kobe Bryant was killed Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles, ABC News has confirmed. He was 41.

Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died alongside her father, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

There were nine people on board the helicopter and no survivors in the crash around 10 a.m. local time Sunday, fire officials said in a press conference. The other victims have not been publicly identified.

The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances, a spokesperson from the National Transportation Safety Board told ABC News. Firefighters worked to contain the fire that resulted.

Bryant was drafted to the NBA out of high school in 1996 and spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships. He was awarded NBA MVP in 2008 and NBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010.

He won gold medals as a member of the U.S. men's basketball team in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

LeBron James surpassed Bryant's all-time scoring record on Saturday during the Lakers' game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Bryant tweeted at James congratulating him on beating his record.

In 2018, Bryant won an Academy award for his animated short Dear Basketball, based on a poem he wrote in 2015 when he announced his retirement.

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Terry Crews insists 'America's Got Talent' is "the most diverse place" he's ever worked

NBC/Trae Patton(NEW YORK) -- America's Got Talent host Terry Crews apparently had a very different experience on the set of NBC's variety series.

Amid the network's investigation into Gabrielle Union's departure from the show following claims of a toxic culture, Crews tells NBC's Today that he begs to differ.

“First of all, I can't speak for sexism because I’m not a woman, but I can speak on behalf of any racism comments. That was never my experience," he said. "In fact, it was the most diverse place I have ever been in my 20 years of entertainment."

"The Top 10 acts were Asian, women, older, younger, black, white, it was everything in the gamut,” he continued, defending the shows' diversity.

Crews went on to say that he even sought out the advice of his wife, actress Rebecca King-Crews, and her thoughts on what she should do in the wake of Union's claims.

"She was like, 'first of all, if it's coming from an unnamed source – because Gabrielle Union has not made any statement to this day about any of these allegations publicly …if she hasn't made a statement, why would you?'"

When asked if he's spoken to Union, beyond his tweet in December where he told Union she "will be missed," Crews replied, “I haven’t reached out, but I haven’t heard anything,” he said.

As previously reported, Union was fired from America's Got Talent following her reported complaints about the allegedly racially insensitive work environment on set. Following the immense backlash about her firing, Union confirmed that she met with NBC to discuss her complaints and "express [her] unfiltered truth."

Crews, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel are all expected to return to AGT for its next season.

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