TALKING DEAD STAFF QUITTING IN PROTEST AFTER CHRIS HARDWICK RE-HIRED: Staffers at Talking Dead are quitting in protest over accused sexual assaulter Chris Hardwick’s return. His ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra accused him of mistreating her, a charge Hardwick denied. AMC reviewed the case and allowed him to return. A female exec producer and a handful of the other two-dozen staffers are reportedly out. Hardwick had an "emotional" staff meeting Wednesday, The Wrap reports, during which he apologized. This fallout comes on the heels of his first appearance—on NBC’s America’s Got Talent—since the scandal broke.
LINDSAY LOHAN APOLOGIZES FOR #METOO COMMENTS: Lindsay Lohan is apologizing for recent comments she made to Britain’s The Times about the #MeToo movement. (ICYMI, she said women who come forward with assault allegations "look weak.") "I would like to unreservedly apologize for any hurt and distress caused by a quote in a recent interview with The Times," Lohan, 32, tells PEOPLE. Lohan continues: "The quote solely related to my hope that a handful of false testimonies out of a tsunami of heroic voices do not serve to dilute the importance of the #MeToo movement, and all of us who champion it. However, I have since learned how statements like mine are seen as hurtful, which was never my intent. I’m sorry for any pain I may have caused."
RUBY ROSE QUITS TWITTER: Actress Ruby Rose has deleted her Twitter account after getting dragged online. Rose experienced an extreme backlash following the news that she was cast as Batwoman in The CW’s spin on the DC Comics story. It was a landmark role—she was the first lesbian superhero to headline a TV show. The Batwoman character is set to debut in December during The CW’s annual crossover event; this year, the event will include episodes of The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl.
JENNIFER GARNER PHOTOGRAPHED AT BEN AFFLECK’S HOME AFTER BEING WARNED DIVORCE MAY BE DISMISSED: In June of 2015, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, 45, announced their intention to divorce. In April of 2017, they filed joint legal documents. But according to The Blast, the Los Angeles Superior Court has warned them that their case could be dismissed if they don’t take action. Soon after that news broke, the Daily Mail photographed the 46-year-old star leaving Affleck’s home in L.A.
GIRLS WRITER WON’T BE CHARGED AFTER ASSAULT PROBE: Girls scribe Murray Miller was investigated after actress Aurora Perrineau accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2012 when she was 17. Miller denied the allegations. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office released a statement, saying it is not charging him "based on the evidence presented, which included victim, suspect, and witness statements, there are inconsistencies which cannot be overcome." After the allegations emerged, Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner defended him, only to get dragged on social media for it and then walking their statement back. "We regret this decision with every fiber of our being," they said of issuing the statement.
ERIKA CHRISTENSEN WELCOMES SECOND CHILD: Think pink! Erika Christensen has welcomed a baby girl with husband Cole Maness. The Parenthood star revealed the happy news on Friday, saying Polly was welcomed at home. "It happened!" she wrote. "It happened this morning. And it will go down in family history because baby girl's own, incredible Dad delivered her all by himself. My fault entirely as I didn't know she would come so quickly and didn't call the doc until far too late. He came straight over and arrived about one minute after she joined us in the world. Haha! My Mom too. You should've seen their faces when they walked in to hear her little wail. Mom immediately took this picture. So epic. 9:21a (we think) at 7lbs 8oz (we think). Doc didn't have time to grab the baby scale in his rush. Meet Ms. Polly. She's chubby-cheeked and rosy and so beautiful." Polly joins big sister Shane.
COLIN JOST AND MICHAEL CHE WON’T MAKE EMMYS POLITICAL: When the Emmys air next month, hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, have zero plans to get political. "It is kind of fun for us to do something that is not political," Jost told Vanity Fair in a new interview. "The exciting part is to do things about television and that particular awards ceremony and make it, in general, less political than normal. There’s a lot to celebrate in television right now. It’s a very strong time." Plus: "I think that by the Emmys, people are going to be desperate to give men a chance, finally. It’ll probably be #HeToo by then."