MEGHAN MARKLE’S BROTHER BLAMES PRINCE HARRY FOR FAMILY FIGHT: Meghan Markle’s family drama continues. In a new interview, her estranged brother Thomas Markle Jr. claims Prince Harry is to blame for the Duchess’ split from their father. "No father-daughter relationship should be like this. I feel for him because of how strong their relationship was and what it's become now. That's got to hurt anybody," he told the Daily Mail. "It's not the Meghan I remember. The Meg I remember was very caring and she cared about everybody—that was important to her." He continued: "Since Hollywood and being on that show—being a celebrity has changed her. Maybe she feels she is above everybody, maybe even more now. But if she wasn't with Prince Harry right now—even if she was still on Suits right now—she would have stopped what she was doing to go and visit him and make sure he's ok."
BIG BANG THEORY ENDING AFTER SEASON 12: Warner Bros. Television and CBS announced that the Big Bang Theory will end its run in May of 2019, making it the longest-running multi-camera series in TV history. The show debuted in 2007, has earned 52 Emmy nominations and 10 wins, will end after 12 seasons with 279 episodes under its belt. The series stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.
MICHAELA COEL SAYS SHE WAS ASSAULTED ON CHEWING GUM: Michaela Coel shared the horrific news that she was sexually assaulted while writing Chewing Gum. Coel made the allegations during a lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. "I was working overnight in the company’s offices; I had an episode due at 7 a.m.," Coel told the audience, speaking about her producers at Retort, which is owned by FreemantleMedia.I took a break and had a drink with a good friend who was nearby. I emerged into consciousness typing season two, many hours later. I was lucky. I had a flashback. It turned out I’d been sexually assaulted by strangers. The first people I called after the police, before my own family, were the producers." She said she wasn’t assaulted in the offices, or by a company employees; the producers funded her therapy until the shoot ended. "Overnight, I saw them morph into an anxious team of employers and employees alike; teetering back and forth between the line of knowing what normal human empathy is and not knowing what empathy is at all," she said. "When there are police involved, and footage, of people carrying your sleeping writer into dangerous places, when cuts are found, when there’s blood … what is your job?"
ANOTHER KEVIN SPACEY ASSAULT CASE REPORTED: The Los Angeles County D.A. is investigating a new assault case against Kevin Spacey, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Separately, an investigation was launched in London into reports of assault issued by three separate men last month. Other investigations are ongoing in L.A., Nantucket and London. Last year, Anthony Rapp was the first to report an attempted assault by Spacey when he was just 14, and since then, several other men have come forward with their own stories.
MACGYVER STUNT COORDINATOR IN COMA: Justin Sundquist is in a medically induced coma after a set injury on MacGyver, People reports. "We have learned about an injury to stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist that occurred late Monday on the set of MacGyver in Atlanta," CBS said in a statement to People. "The production team is cooperating with the authorities investigating the accident, and our primary concern at this time is Justin’s health and well-being." He was reportedly injured after he fell off a moving vehicle on-set. Season 3 of MacGyver returns Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
HOW DOES JENNIFER GARNER FEEL ABOUT BEN AFFLECK DATING A PLAYBOY MODEL? Us Weekly Magazine is on the case! 46-year-old Batman star Ben Affleck is reportedly getting hot and heavy with a 22-year-old Playboy model named Shauna Sexton, and many of us have idly wondered, how does the mother of his children feel? A source close to Jennifer Garner says she’s taking it in stride, and while she’s not "pleased," she’s certainly not shocked. "She’s not his babysitter. She just wants to protect the kids. But she does wish Ben would keep his life more private," the insider spills.
KENDALL JENNER CLARIFIES BLASÉ COMMENTS ON MODELING: After creating an uproar during a recent Love Magazine interview in which she said she’d never do "like 30 shows a season," like many other models, she’s clarifying her comments. (ICYMI, critics came for her on social. As trans model Teddy Quinlivan pointed out: "Models don’t just come from Calabasas… they come from Somalia, the Siberian tundra, a rural village in China, a trailer park in Tennessee. Making disparaging comments about your peers doesn’t lead to growth or unity which our regulation-less industry desperately needs.") Jenner wrote on Twitter: "It was intended to be entirely complimentary but unfortunately, my words were twisted & taken out of context. I want to be clear. The respect that I have for my peers is immeasurable!"
OSCARS PRODUCER CRAIG ZADAN DIES AT 69: Craig Zadan has died from complications following shoulder replacement surgery. He was 69. Zadan helmed the Academy Awards shows, in addition to movie and TV shows. His most recent success was in producing Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert for NBC. Starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles, it is nominated for five Emmy Awards.