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ABC execs wanted Abby Huntsman to publicly deny toxic work environment on ‘The View ’— and she refused

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On Monday’s broadcast of “The View,” conservative co-host Abby Huntsman announced that she is leaving the popular ABC talk show and will be working on the 2020 campaign of her father, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (who is running for that position again). But CNN Business reported that according to its sources, Abby Huntsman had reasons for leaving the show other than her father’s gubernatorial campaign: a “toxic” work environment and friction with co-host Meghan McCain. And according to the Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove, ABC executives wanted Huntsman to deny the CNN story — which she refused to do.

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Grove reports that “multiple” sources told the Beast that ABC executives Hilary Estey McLoughlin and Barbara Fedida “asked Huntsman to go on-camera and counter reports of internal strife by putting a positive spin on The View’s supposedly collegial workplace instead of the scorpions-in-a-bottle ambiance that is frequently portrayed in the tabloids.” But Huntsman, following the advice of co-host Whoopi Goldberg, refused to do it; Goldberg, Grove reports, believed that denying the reports of a toxic work environment would only fuel the tabloid gossip.

The tension between McCain and Huntsman, CNN Business reported earlier this week, stemmed from Huntsman discussing parenting on the show. McCain (daughter of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain) had suffered a miscarriage and believed that Huntsman was being insensitive by discussing parenting-related topics.

According to the Daily Mail, ABC executives are hoping that CNN’s Ana Navarro (a GOP strategist and vehement critic of President Donald Trump) will become more prominent on “The View.”  The Mail reported that with Huntsman “out the door, ABC is trying to find a way to convince Friday co-host Ana Navarro to commit more time to the show, as bosses rave about the Republican…. The proud Never-Trumper has become a fan favorite on the show, especially for her ability to keep Meghan McCain in check.”

 

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Key winners at the 2020 Grammy Awards

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Here is a list of winners in key categories at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, which took place Sunday in Los Angeles.

Teenage goth-pop iconoclast Billie Eilish was the big winner with a total of five golden statuettes, including a clean sweep of the "big four" prizes.

Lizzo, the top nomination getter, won three prizes -- best pop solo performance, best urban contemporary album and best traditional R&B performance.

Album of the Year: Billie Eilish, "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

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How the world discovered the Nazi death camps

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Images of what the Allies found when they liberated the first Nazi death camps towards the end of World War II brought the horror of the Holocaust to global attention.

Many of the ghastly pictures were at first held back from the broader public, partly out of concern for those with missing relatives.

The concentration and extermination camps were liberated one by one as the Allied armies advanced on Berlin in the final days of the 1939-1945 war.

The first was Majdanek in eastern Poland, which was freed on July 24, 1944 by the advancing Soviet Red Army.

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John McEnroe blasts ‘homophobic’ Margaret Court ahead of Grand Slam honor

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John McEnroe blasted fellow tennis great Margaret Court's "offensive and homophobic" views on Monday as the Australian Open prepared to mark 50 years since her calendar-year Grand Slam.

The American said Court, 77, was Tennis Australia's "crazy aunt" and that marking the golden anniversary of her 1970 Grand Slam was a "nightmare" for the governing body.

"There's only one thing longer than the list of Margaret Court's list of achievements: it's her list of offensive and homophobic statements," McEnroe said in a no-holds-barred video for Eurosport.

"Margaret Court is actually a ventriloquist, using the Bible as a dummy to say whatever she wants," added the seven-time Grand Slam winner.

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