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New "Bachelor" Is Revealed on ABC's "Good Morning America"


ABC(NEW YORK) -- The next star of ABC's The Bachelor is recent Bachelorette contestant Chris Soules. The news was revealed Wednesday morning on Good Morning America.

Soules, a 32-year-old farmer from Arlington, Iowa, was cut by Bachelorette's Andi Dorfman right before she chose her final two. After a date where the two went horseback riding, Dorfman didn't feel she could adapt to Soules' life on the farm.

Since his appearance on The Bachelorette, Soules has apparently been besieged by female admirers, one of whom was so ardent that she drove hundreds of miles just to knock on his door. Another professed her love for him by taking out an ad in Soules' local paper.

Soules is a self-proclaimed romantic. He was engaged once before but he ended the seven-year -relationship just months before he was expected to walk down the aisle.

Soules studied agronomy and agriculture at Iowa State University and used his skills to expand the family business.

The Bachelor will return in early 2015.


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Mike Epps to Play Richard Pryor in Biopic, Oprah Winfrey to Star as Pryor's Grandmother


Vince Bucci/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Comedian Mike Epps has been cast to portray Richard Pryor in a biopic to be directed by Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels.

Oprah Winfrey confirmed the news in a post on Instagram. Winfrey posted a photo of Epps, Daniels and herself. She captioned the photo: "@theoriginalbigdaddy, @eppsie, and me just finished a great 1st read session. #RichardPryorMovie."

Epps also tweeted a photo of him meeting Pryor's widow, Jennifer Pryor, and getting her blessing. He added the caption: "Had to kiss the ring of @jennferLpryor for the blessing! you got to be stong to have been with the king!"

Entertainment Tonight reports Oprah will also star in the film as Pryor's grandmother, Marie Carter.

According to ET, Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans and Nick Cannon also tried out for the role. Reportedly, Cannon even had support of the late comedian's son, Richard Pryor Jr., who told TMZ that Cannon had the "passion" and "commitment" to portray his father.

Richard Pryor battled multiple sclerosis and died of a heart attack in 2005 at the age of 65.

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Why "Preachers of LA's" Bishop Noel Jones Won't Marry Girlfriend After 16 Years


Nino Munoz/Oxygen(NEW YORK) -- The relationship between Bishop Noel Jones and his "lady friend," Loretta, has been the center of the second season of Oxygen's Preachers of LA as fellow castmember Bishop Ron Gibson raises a question that many viewers have -- why don't the two just get married after being together for 16 years?

Bishop Jones tells ABC News Radio that Loretta has known from the start that they weren't ever going to marry because he had just ended a marriage when they began their relationship.

"When you marry young -- I was 20 years old, 20, 21, something like that -- and of course my ex-wife is older than I am and so she was probably more mature. I was forming and budding and becoming and we grew apart. So I wasn't in any mood for marriage [when I met Loretta]," he explains. "And Loretta didn't sign up in a relationship, in a friendship, with marriage in mind."

Bishop Jones adds that viewers falsely assume that Loretta has a desire to walk down the aisle.

"I think people are assuming that this woman is an inanimate object, who has no real choice as to whether or not she wants to be with me or not. If she's at the point where marriage is that critical to her and she knows my position, then it would seem to me that she would go find somebody to marry," he says.

Castmember Pastor Jay Haizlip defends Bishop Jones' reasoning for not wanting to walk down the aisle. "In my reading the Bible, I've never seen anything that would tell a guy, even if he's in ministry, that he can't have a girlfriend," he says. 

Bishop Gibson, and his wife LaVette, have a different stance. On Wednesday's episode of Preachers of LA, the two sit down with Bishop Jones and Loretta to tell them they won't do community outreach with the two if they aren't married.

Oxygen's Preachers of LA airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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"Full House" May Be Revived with Some Original Cast Members


Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Full House, making a comeback? In the immortal words of Uncle Jesse, "Have mercy!"

A revival of the hit 1987-1995 sitcom may be coming to your TV screen, according to TVGuide.com. John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse on Full House and reportedly has an ownership stake in the show, is "leading the charge" on the idea for Warner Bros. Television, according to the site, along with series creator Jeff Franklin and executive producer Bob Boyett.

The proposed revival would feature original cast members Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin -- who played Tanner family daughters D.J. and Stephanie -- as well as Andrea Barber, who played D.J.'s best friend, Kimmy.

Bob Saget and Dave Coulier -- a.k.a. Danny Tanner and Uncle Joey -- are also "involved in some way," according to TVGuide.com.

It's unclear whether Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who shared the role of the youngest Tanner daughter, Michelle, will take part in the potential project, which at this point is not official.

Full House is a hit in reruns on Nick at Nite, and the cast remains close. Stamos, Coulier and Saget co-starred in a Super Bowl commercial for Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt earlier this year. In July, Stamos, Saget, Cameron Bure and Barber attended Coulier's wedding.

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Celebrities Join Chelsea Handler for Musical Sendoff


Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday night, Chelsea Handler and a number of her celebrity pals bade farewell to Chelsea Lately, the comedienne's E! show.

Handler announced previously that she was leaving E! and heading to Netflix to create "docu-comedy specials" and also host Netflix's first talk show. The talk show does not have a premiere date.

In her opening monologue, Handler remarked she was “wrapping up seven years of ridiculous stupidity” and was "very impressed" with herself. She proceeded to pat herself on her own back.

Tuesday's hour-long, live send-off began with another one of the show's shower bits -- this time with a clothed Ellen DeGeneres interrogating a nude Handler as why she was never asked to be on the show. "Is it because I'm a lesbian?" Ellen asked. "No!" Handler protested. "I didn't even know you were a lesbian. I thought you were married to Ryan Seacrest."

The show featured a parade of the series' former "Roundtable" guests including comics like Whitney Cummings and T.J. Miller, and then segued to a sit-down with Handler's pals, Sandra Bullock, Mary McCormack, and Jennifer Aniston.

The trio, wearing signs bearing their first names, then staged an "intervention" for the allegedly hard-partying host. "I urge you to get help," McCormack pleaded. "So if you have to tell the world that you're 'Going to Netflix,' for a little while, I think everyone supports you...Netflix is a wonderful facility...Jen, Sandy, and I have arranged a plane that can take you to Netflix tonight when the show wraps."

Aniston claimed, "I miss the old Chelsea. The Chelsea who resembled a battered Gold Rush-era hooker...The one that I used to find naked on my lawn chair after she fell asleep in the sprinklers with little Chuy on her back."

Bullock started with, "Dear George, your practical jokes are annoying," before realizing she'd, "cut and pasted" the format from her Clooney intervention. She went on to say she had, "no intention of confronting" Chelsea about anything because their friendship "is still relatively new, and you still scare me a little bit." Bullock later scolded her friend for breaking up with 50 Cent, who appeared and later performed.

Miley Cyrus also appeared to sing Roy Orbison's torch song "It's Over."

That was followed by an impressive group of celebrities, including the aforementioned, singing a "We Are The World" spoof called "Goodbye to E!." The sing-along featured Trace Atkins, Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Gerard Butler, Avril Lavigne, Joel McHale, Tim Gunn, Josh Gadd, LeAnn Rimes, Alanis Morissette, Sammy Hagar, Amy Poehler, Bobby Brown, Dave Grohl, Dane Cook, Johnny Knoxville, Tim Allen, and Melissa McCarthy, with Marlee Matlin signing.  When Stefani introduced the sing-along, she referenced her Emmy night Colbert Report blunder by calling Handler "Chelsea Hemmer."

Handler also thanked E! for the opportunity to have her own show, and called for people to donate to Cyrus' charity My Friend's Place, which benefits homeless teens. "Y'all are rich," Miley said of her fellow celebrity chorus members, "so everybody here should donate, that's all I'm saying." Chelsea insisted she'd "make" her wealthy friends pony up, but implored regular people to do so, too.

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Pierce Brosnan Film "The November Man" Opens Wednesday


Relativity(NEW YORK) -- Pierce Brosnan stars in the new thriller The November Man, opening nationwide on Wednesday.

Brosnan is Peter Deveraux, a.k.a. "The November Man" -- an ex-CIA agent who comes out of retirement to protect a witness, played by one-time Bond girl Olga Kurylenko. This puts him in the cross hairs of a former friend and protégé.

The November Man, based on Bill Granger's best-selling book series, is rated R.

Brosnan announced last week he will reprise his role in a sequel.

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Movie Review: “The November Man” (Rated R)


Relativity(NEW YORK) -- CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) has the bedside manner of sledge hammer. We meet him as he‘s seemingly training agent Mason (Luke Bracey) to be an assassin. At a café prior to an assignment, Devereaux discovers his protégé flirting with a waitress we assume is his girlfriend, and warns him, “You feel the need for a relationship, get a dog.”  I mention this because, based on what unfolds over the course of the movie, we’re supposed to believe these two had a father-son type of bond. Believe me, that connection is never properly established.
 
Their mission goes tragically awry, and Devereaux blames Mason for the major mishap and gets out of the business. But five years later, he’s pulled back in -- specifically, to extract a spy in Russia with whom he clearly used to have a relationship.  Let’s just say, things don’t go well and his former student, Mason, still working for the CIA, is ordered to kill his former mentor.  It’s a game of cat and mouse!
 
So far, nobody is going to mistake anything here for an original idea.  But there’s more!  The reason things went wrong in Russia is because a former Russian general, Arkady Federov (Lazar Ristovski), is on the verge of becoming president and everybody once associated with him is being systematically eliminated. Enter Olga Kurylenko’s Alice, a social worker who holds the key to Federov’s violent past. Will Devereaux get involved and help Alice?  Will Alice interfere with Devereaux’s quest for revenge against the CIA?
 
Devereaux is hardly a sympathetic character. He’s even willing to brutalize innocent people in an effort to exact revenge on his enemies, a choice that’s an enormous misstep by everybody who collaborated on this story.  Pierce Brosnan is likeable, but not enough to overcome Devereaux’s despicable nature. Furthermore, the movie’s ideas of strong female characters are a Russian assassin who proves her flexibility by raising her leg above her head while she’s standing, and a CIA agent (the wonderful Caterina Scorsone, Private Practice/Grey’s Anatomy) who’s subjected to the worst kind of misogynistic insults.
 
To director Roger Donaldson’s credit, he does a nice job building the suspense and ratcheting up the tension, but The November Man remains a barrage of clichés, major plot holes, and flawed character development.
 
Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Miley Cyrus' Homeless VMAs Date Has Record, Warrant Out for Arrest


ABC/Richard Harbaugh(LOS ANGELES) -- The once-homeless man who was Miley Cyrus' date at the MTV VMAs on Sunday has a police record and an open warrant out for his arrest.

Jesse Helt, 22, gave a speech and accepted the award for Best Video on behalf of Cyrus on Sunday night at the MTV VMAs.

Helt spoke about youth homelessness in America and had Cyrus, 21, in tears.

However, Helt has a warrant out for his arrest in his native Oregon.

Court records obtained by ABC News showed he was arrested for "criminal mischief" and "attempted burglary" in 2010. The burglary charge was changed to "criminal trespass" later that year. The records showed that Helt admitted he tried to enter an apartment by breaking a window amid a "marijuana" dispute.

He pleaded guilty/no contest to the charges and received probation. An arrest warrant was issued in 2011 when Helt violated probation by failing to report to scheduled probation meetings and failing to complete urine tests, among other charges.

Jon Troike, a judicial services specialist, told ABC News that Helt would be arrested if the police found him, and they might find him right in Oregon.

Helt's mother, Linda Helt, told The Oregonian for Monday's editions that Helt would be returning.

"He's going to be traveling to Oregon today," she told the paper.

Helt grew up in Salem, Oregon, according to his mother, who added that Cyrus gave him money to go home and see his family.

Cyrus and Helt connected through My Friend's Place -- a Los Angeles center for homeless youth, helping them to get food and shelter.

Cyrus tweeted on Tuesday that she was disappointed that the focus was on Helt's past and not on the problem of youth homelessness.

 

The media never fails to disappoint. You've chosen to go after Jesse instead of covering the issue of youth homelessness :(

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 26, 2014

 

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The Sweet Nickname "19 Kids and Counting's" Jill Duggar Dillard Has for Her Unborn Baby


Photo Credit: TLC(NEW YORK) -- It's only been a week since Jill and Derick Dillard from 19 Kids and Counting announced they were expecting their first baby, and only two months since they were married in June, but the Dillards already have a nickname for their future little bundle of joy.

"We're expecting!!! So grateful to God for this new little blessing!!! #babydilly #firsttimeparents #sogratefultoGod #derickdillard #jillmdillard," she wrote next to a sweet picture of the couple holding tiny white baby shoes.



So "Baby Dilly" it is!

When the couple announced the good news last week, they told People magazine, "Both of us want as many kids as God will give us," Jill said.

Jill's father Jim Bob Duggar said everyone was surprised by the news but happy to have another baby running around someday.

"Everyone was clapping and cheering, and we were in shock, too," he said.

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Sarah Hyland and Matt Prokop Have Split


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC(LOS ANGELES) --  There's a reason Sarah Hyland didn't bring her boyfriend of five years, Matt Prokop, to the Emmys.

They broke up, her rep told ABC News.

The Modern Family star, 23, met Prokop, 24, in 2008, People magazine reported. They went on to co-star in Geek Charming on the Disney Channel.

"We had our first formal date at Casa Vega, this little Mexican place. We got to talking and I think it was on the date that we realized we didn't have to work to impress each other," he told Seventeen in 2012. "We were both there for the right reasons. It just felt so natural."

In 2011, Hyland revealed on The View that the two were living together.

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Emmy Winner Sarah Silverman Insists 'I Wasn't Stoned'


Mark Davis/NBC(LOS ANGELES) --  Sarah Silverman had a big night at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

The actress, 43, looked stunning on the red carpet to start the night, but when Giuliana Rancic took a peek inside her purse, she found what looked like a smoking device.

"That is my pot," she told Rancic, explaining it was a liquid form of marijuana.

Silverman went on to win an Emmy during the award show for her HBO special Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles.

In her speech, Silverman pronounced her love in the sweetest way during her acceptance speech, thanking "Mr. Fancy Pants Sheen," her boyfriend Michael Sheen.

Backstage at the Emmys, Silverman explained her speech -- where she also said, "We're just all made of molecules and we're hurtling through space right now" -- clarifying that her speech was in no way affected by any substance.

"I wasn't stoned. I had pot for later in my purse," she said. "It's legal and I don't drink. I like to have a puff as a treat at appropriate times."

Marijuana is legal in California if you use it for medical purposes. Silverman did not clarify if she had the drug for that reason or if she was just using it for recreational purposes.

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Sofia Vergara Tells Critics of Emmys Pedestal Gag to 'Lighten Up'


Mark Davis/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Sofia Vergara thinks people need to "lighten up."

The Modern Family actress was referring to critics who called her rotating pedestal gag at Monday night's Emmy Awards sexist.

During the 66th annual awards, Vergara stood on a slowly rotating pedestal, showing off her curves while the president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Bruce Rosenblum, spoke.

Vergara's curves were supposed to be a funny distraction from the Academy president's usual boring speech. Instead, the bit was slammed on Twitter and websites.

Salon called it "a bizarre, objectifying Emmy moment," while Jezebel fumed, "She was treated like a literal object."

The Colombian actress and model, 42, didn't see the stunt as sexist or demeaning.

"I think it's absolutely the opposite," she told Entertainment Weekly. "It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself. I think it's ridiculous that somebody started this -- I know who she was -- who has no sense of humor [and should] lighten up a little bit."

Vergara did not expound on who she believes started the criticism.

The backlash certainly didn't get in the way of her celebrating the fifth consecutive win for Modern Family for best comedy series. Vergara was later spotted at HBO's after party, shaking her famous curves on the dance floor.

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Why Kevin Spacey Showed Up to the Emmys Walking with a Cane


Jason Kempin/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Everyone was caught off guard when House of Cards star Kevin Spacey showed up to the Emmys with a walking cane.

But the cane wasn't to look extra fancy. Spacey, 55, was suffering from a minor tennis injury.

"The cane wasn't actually planned," he told Entertainment Tonight. "Two days ago on the tennis court, I strained my hamstring in racing for a drop shot, which I got, by the way."

Even though the Emmy nominee was injured and didn't win for Best Actor in a Drama Monday night, he said diving for that tennis shot was well worth it.

"It was the winning point, so at least there's that," he added.

In Spacey's category, Bryan Cranston took home the Emmy for his role of Walter White in the final season of Breaking Bad.

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Jimmy Fallon Tries to Steal Stephen Colbert's Emmy Award


Mark Davis/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- When Gwen Stefani mispronounced The Colbert Report in announcing Best Variety Series, Jimmy Fallon rushed the stage, grabbed Colbert's Emmy, and said there was a mistake.

Colbert let Fallon hold the award and instead of giving his own speech, he whispered the speech in Fallon's ear and the Tonight Show host seemingly repeated it.

Fallon thanked Colbert's family for him, told some jokes on Colbert's behalf about anyone who wanted to work on the show to just go to IMDB and put your name in the database as some "creative" adviser, and finally got the late-night host to blurt out an obscenity.

"We want to thank Comedy Central, of course, they are great, I want to thank his wife and his children, everyone's work on the show for the last nine years," Fallon said.

Colbert was able to give a little speech about how great it was to host his show on Comedy Central for the past nine years.

"It has been a ton of fun to do the show," Colbert said. "We want to thank Jon Stewart again."

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"Breaking Bad," "Sherlock" and "Modern Family" Dominate Emmys


Photo by: Mark Davis/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Walter White got one last sendoff at Monday night's Emmy Awards, as Breaking Bad and its cast scooped up their final trophies.  The show, which ended last September, won its second straight Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul all took home Emmys in their respective categories. 

Before the show, many had predicted that Matthew McConaughey and his role on True Detective would beat Cranston; so much so, in fact, that when Cranston took the stage, he said, "Even I thought about voting for Matthew!"  But Breaking Bad -- which won a total of six Emmys overall -- was too beloved and revered to beat.  "I love to act. It is a passion of mine, and I will do it 'til my last breath," said Cranston. "I don't know how I have been blessed with an abundance of good fortune in my life."

While Breaking Bad, which also won several technical awards, was the big drama winner, the biggest winner overall was, surprisingly, Sherlock: His Last Vow.  The TV movie, which aired on PBS, won a total of seven awards this year, counting Monday night's haul and wins at the Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month.  Monday's wins included Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Sherlock Holmes in the movie, and also plays him in the series from which it was spun off.  Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. Watson, was named Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.

The wins for Sherlock were among the few surprises in a night that basically featured favorites repeating in the top categories, including Ty Burrell for Modern Family, Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep, and Allison Janney, who took her home her second Emmy of the year for Mom, after scoring one at the earlier Creative Arts Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actress.  Jessica Lange repeated for the latest iteration of American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Coven, while The Amazing Race won its 10th Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition and The Colbert Report won its second for Outstanding Variety Series.  Julianna Margulies won yet again for The Good Wife.

One repeat, though, made history: Modern Family scored its fifth Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, tying it with Frasier for most consecutive wins in the comedy category.  "For the past five years, it's been a beautiful dream, and we thank you for not waking us up," said creator Steve Levitan.

Conversely, Jon Hamm once again failed to win the Outstanding Actor in a Drama trophy for Mad Men, for the seventh straight year.  He's now the most-nominated actor ever in that category without a win.

As expected, The Normal Heart was named Outstanding TV Movie.  Noting its long journey from the stage to TV, executive producer Ryan Murphy said of stars Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, "After 30 years, it took Erin Brockovich and The Incredible Hulk to finally get this thing made."  Also as expected, Fargo was named Outstanding Miniseries.  But despite major buzz, Orange Is the New Black failed to win any major awards.

Billy Crystal gave a heartfelt yet funny tribute to his pal, the late Robin Williams, during the In Memoriam segment.

Emmys host Seth Meyers got off a number of great jokes in his opening monologue, and then managed to keep viewers laughing by pulling out his Rolodex and tapping all his comedy pals -- from Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, to Amy Poehler, Ricky Gervais, Andy Samberg and even "Weird Al" Yankovic --  to contribute to various interludes and skits throughout the show. Here were some of the best bits:

--In his monologue, Meyers noted that the Emmys were taking place on a Monday because the MTV Video Music Awards were scheduled for Sunday. "That's right, MTV still has an award show for music videos, even though they no longer show music videos. That's like network TV holding an awards show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix." 

--On that same topic, he added, "And no one is happier to see streaming services take nominations away from cable than network television. Not very nice when someone younger comes along is it, cable? Cable is looking at Netflix the way Justin Bieber looks at One Direction...through a cloud of marijuana smoke."

--Commenting on the huge paydays that The Big Bang Theory cast just locked down, Meyers cracked, "Shows like Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and Fargo have the right idea. When your show starts getting critical acclaim and attention, kill off all the main characters, otherwise before you know it, you're paying Sheldon a million dollars an episode."

--Jimmy Kimmel ragged on Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey for trying to take over TV, arguing that he belongs in the movies. Kimmel said that McConaughey didn't even own a TV, adding, "I happen to know for a fact that he traded his television for a conch shell full of weed.” Kimmel also gave a shout-out to the still-recovering Tracy Morgan, saying, "We'll see you next year."

--"Weird Al" Yankovic made up lyrics to instrumental theme songs for Mad Men, Scandal, Game of Thrones, Homeland and Modern Family

--Meyers teamed up with Billy Eichner of Billy on the Street fame to play Eichner's popular game "For a Dollar" with random passersby, who all proved that they had no knowledge of this year's Emmy Awards, nor did they care. One couldn't even identify the Emmy statuette when it was placed in front of her.

--Ricky Gervais took the stage to pretend to be ticked off that he'd lost to Jim Parsons. "21 times I’ve been nominated, 19 times I’ve lost,” he whined. "It’s like a cruel joke.  It seems unfair, doesn't it?”

--Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston presented together, and Louis-Dreyfus gushed that Cranston really reminded her of this character on her old show Seinfeld: a dentist she dated who converted to Judaism. Cranston, in fact, played that character, but Louis-Dreyfus pretended that he was deluded, even when he reminded her that they'd even shared a kissing scene. Later, when she won her Emmy for Veep, they kissed passionately on her way to the stage, and the first words out of her mouth were, "Yeah, he was on Seinfeld."

--Maroon 5 frontman and Voice coach Adam Levine isn't a comedian, but plenty of viewers got a laugh out of the way he subtly gave a fist pump at the podium, during a mention of the legalization of marijuana in his home state of California.

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