Are Fixer Upper’s Chip & Joanna Gaines Holding Out For A Bigger & Better Deal With Discovery??

Show them the money!

As we reported, Chip and Joanna Gaines shocked their fans when they announced season five would be the last of their hit HGTV show, Fixer Upper.

Now we’re hearing the renovation duo may be holding out for a potential deal with Discovery Communications, which is in talks to buy Scripps (the company that owns HGTV).

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A network insider told Page Six:

“Many years ago, when Scripps, which also owns Food Network, signed Rachael Ray, they didn’t think about Rachael starting a magazine, launching product lines, getting endorsement deals and her books selling millions of copies. And so while Food Network turned Rachael Ray into a star, she made tens of millions and Scripps got none of it. After Rachael, they made sure no talent deal would ever put them in that situation again. Since the Gaineses were relatively unknown when they started, they signed the general Scripps talent contract.”

The source went on to add:

“Scripps talent contracts are very restrictive. The talent can’t do anything without their approval — any appearance, any publicity, any endorsement, any product — you have to ask them for permission. It is awful. And on top of that, Scripps takes a big percentage of everything you make — books, appearances, endorsements, products. If you make money, they take most of the money.”

So it sounds like the Gaines’ are ready to take their talents elsewhere for more money and more control:

“As Chip and Joanna grew more famous and popular over the years, the HGTV conceded to a few changes to their contract — like not taking a percentage of their Target collection — but they still wanted the Gaineses to shoot long days, promote the show and just work their butts off. So they are using this end of their contract as a total renegotiation to get the deal they really want: more money, less work, more control. The timing of Discovery buying Scripps worked well in their favor. With Discovery hopefully now about to own Scripps, they are rolling the dice thinking the new owners will come running after them and give them the deal they really want.”

Considering Chip and Joanna’s popularity, we can’t imagine Discovery not wanting to hop on board!

Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2017-10-10-fixer-upper-chip-joanna-gaines-discovery-deal

The internet couldn’t disagree more with this school district that has dropped ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

A Mississippi school district is pulling To Kill A Mockingbird from its 8th-grade curriculum after receiving complaints about the “wording” of the novel.

According to the Sun Herald, the Biloxi School District is replacing the novel in its curriculum. While the book will no longer be part of the grade’s English language arts lessons, it is still in the district’s libraries.

“There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books,” Kenny Holloway, vice president of the Biloxi School Board, told the publication.

In further detail, a “concerned reader” told the publication that the book’s use of the “N-word” led to complaints and that this change was made midway through the lesson plan. According to the district’s middle school website, the “the Golden rule” and “taking a stand” are the current themes for language arts classes, and students were anticipated to learn that compassion and empathy do not depend on race or education.

To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee and published in 1960, is a celebrated novel taught throughout middle schools in the U.S. for its lessons on prejudice and injustice.  Across the internet, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Piers Morgan, and critics in between slammed the district’s decision, particularly in the context of re-emboldened bigotry and racism in the U.S. sparked by white supremacy and police brutality.

The novel is one of the most challenged and banned classic literature novels of all time, according to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, via PBS. In 2012, a high school student in Colleyville, Texas was given an alternate book assignment when the parents took issue with the novel’s themes of race and politics.

Dramatic Publishing Vice President Chris Sergel has even said the publisher is often asked to change or remove words, but the requests are always denied.

“There are many resources and materials that are available to teach state academic standards to our students. These resources may change periodically,” Biloxi Superintendent Arthur McMillan said in a statement. “We always strive to do what is best for our students and staff to continue to perform at the highest level.”

H/T Associated Press

Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/irl/to-kill-a-mockingbird-ban/

JAY-Z Wore A Colin Kaepernick Jersey On ‘SNL’ For The NFL Protests And People Lost It

Everyone’s favorite late-night show kicked off its latest season on a political note.  “Weekend Update” took aim at President Donald Trump’s response to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, which caused quite an uproar —  regarding Michael Che’s words for the commander in chief. Alec Baldwin returned to imitate the president. Even the musical performance featured political undertones. JAY-Z wore a Colin Kaepernick jersey on , so it’s safe to say that everyone had a message for #45.

During his performance of “Bam” alongside Damian Marley, the rapper turned around to face the camouflage background and revealed a “Colin K” on his black number 7 jersey. Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is the one who got the ball rolling with Trump. He was the first to take a knee during the National Anthem to demonstrate against injustices. Needless to say, plenty of other players have followed suit over the past few weeks, making for a very unhappy president.

Though JAY didn’t actually say anything, his clothing options definitely spoke volumes, especially considering the president had a word of wisdom for the nation regarding their Sunday football games (a message he delivered via Twitter, naturally).

In between tweets about Puerto Rico, Trump said, “Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!”

Naturally, Twitter responded to JAY-Z’s Kaepernick jersey.

Some took issue with his performance.

Regardless of personal stances on the rapper’s outfit selection, it definitely got everyone’s attention.

As of late, JAY-Z has not only made political statements, but worked with his wife Beyoncé to respond to what’s happening around the country. The power couple hosted a benefit concert for those who were affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey. Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s hurricane benefit concert will be held on on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. Speculation is high that Bey and JAY-Z will take the stage with other Roc Nation artists, which could possibly include, Rihanna, HAIM, Willow Smith, DJ Khaled, among others. The show is a mere 10 days before JAY-Z kicks off his world tour for his new album, .

According to Queen Bey’s video, she and her husband want to take a stand with what’s happening around the world. She said,

It’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country.

Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage, and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools, and nursing homes, and countless families are now homeless.

In my hometown city of Houston, people need food, clothing, cleanig supplies, blankets, shoes, diapers, and formula for babies, and of course, clean water. The elderly need wheelchairs and kids need books and toys so they can continue to dream.

Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re from [Houston neighborhoods] Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together.

While JAY-Z took on the NFL issue that’s pit the players vs. the president — and caused the rest of the country to take sides — “Weekend Update” decided to focus on the devastation in Puerto Rico.

Colin Jost kicked off the digs by commenting on the president’s response to the destruction in Puerto Rico via Twitter. He joked,

Well, after President Trump was criticized for a terrible response to Hurricane Maria, this morning he gave the people of Puerto Rico what they needed most: a bunch of tweets straight-up calling them lazy.

Jost’s co-host, Michael Che, took the political commentary up a notch. In a fiery response to the president’s actions, he made no bones about stating his feelings — even calling the president a “b*tch.” He said,

This isn’t that complicated, man, it’s hurricane relief. These people need help. You just did the same thing for white people, twice. Do the same thing…

It seems like we’re in for a very interesting 43rd season of .

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/entertainment/jay-z-colin-kaepernick-snl-nfl/2084976/

Priscilla Presley Left Elvis Over ‘A Lot Of Infidelity’ And She’s Ready To Spill EVERYTHING!

She was the King’s wife. But she wasn’t always his queen.

Priscilla Presley is tired of hearing other versions of her own story, so she’s opening up about her rocky marriage to Elvis Presley in a new speaking tour.

Elvis And Me: An Evening With Priscilla Presley is doing its initial run in Australia — four dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, and Perth — so that was her first publicity stop.

Already we can tell this is going to be a more frank, candid Priscilla as the 72-year-old explained to WSFM‘s Jonesy And Amanda:

“I’m at a time in my life where I feel a lot more comfortable with people…

I’m asked so many questions all the time. There’s a lot of books that I have been glancing through that are just so altered and the truth is just not there… I don’t want to leave this world in the hands of other people writing my story.”

One thing we know she’ll open up about? Why she left Elvis in 1973 after just six years!

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She spelled it out simply:

“There’s a lot of temptation, a lot of infidelity and I just couldn’t live it any longer, I wasn’t willing to share my man.”

Now should she! She continued:

“It was just a very difficult lifestyle, rock n’ roll is not glamorous.”

We cannot wait to hear all about what Elvis was really like straight from Priscilla’s lips!

Would YOU go see this tour??

[Image via Guillermo Proano/WENN.]

Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2017-09-22-priscilla-presley-elvis-divorce-infidelity-interview