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Ex-ESPN star Bill Simmons calls out network for editing him from Adam Silver interview

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Bill Simmons took to task his former employer ESPN for editing him out of an interview he conducted with NBA commissioner Adam Silver when World Wide Leader morning show “Get Up!” aired highlights on Wednesday — but the network claims it’s a non-story.

“Incredible CGI efforts by “Get Up” to cut me out of last Friday’s Adam Silver interview,” Simmons tweeted. “They should have just replaced me with a hologram of [current ESPN host] Rachel Nichols.”

Simmons rose to fame at ESPN, dabbling in everything from podcasting and producing documentaries to co-hosting the network’s NBA content. But Simmons was suspended by ESPN in 2014 for criticizing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and a few months later the network decided not to renew his contract.

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Simmons has since founded The Ringer, a thriving sports and pop culture media brand. While Simmons’ breakup with ESPN initially appeared ugly, the two have somewhat rekindled a relationship as of late. Simmons recently appeared on ESPN’s “Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” and “Always Late with Katie Nolan,” while current ESPN personality Ryen Russillo is allowed to have a podcast on The Ringer.

So it raised eyebrows on Wednesday when ESPN’s morning show aired highlights from an interview Simmons conducted last week at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston with the NBA honcho that didn’t feature Simmons himself. He was removed, making it appear that Silver was talking to an empty stage or “invisible Bill,” as one tweeter put it.

Simmons even urged his longtime friend, current ESPN host Jalen Rose, to defend him. Rose responded that he “got” Simmons, but didn’t elaborate.

“There is absolutely nothing to this. It’s a non-story. We ran clips of Adam Silver with Bill Simmons on ESPN shows/platforms,” an ESPN spokesperson told Fox News.

Bill Simmons was removed from ESPN’s “Get Up!,” but not the network’s NBA program “The Jump.”

Bill Simmons was removed from ESPN’s “Get Up!,” but not the network’s NBA program “The Jump.”

An ESPN source close to the situation pointed out that ESPN’s “The Jump” ran the same clip but didn’t edit out Simmons. The source said that each show has its own production team and “Get Up!” simply decided to give the video a “less cluttered look.”

However, Simmons wasn’t the only person to notice the odd edit on “Get Up!” and media watchdogs were quick to slam ESPN for the move.

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Sports Illustrated media columnist Jimmy Traina wrote, “Tsk, tsk, tsk, ESPN. Is it really necessary to be this petty? Did you really think you wouldn’t be called out for such nonsense?”

Author and radio host Clay Travis called it “next level petty,” while Decider’s Claire Spellberg said the move “can only be described as a supremely petty,” and said it escalates ESPN’s beef with its former star.

Deadspin’s Lauren Theisen wrote that Silver appeared to “talk to a man wearing an invisibility cloak,” noting that ESPN didn’t bother to remove Simmons’ ‘ghostly” voice from the clip.

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Awful Announcing’s Sean Keeley wrote that “very time we think this he-said-corporate-behemoth-said candle has burned out for good, along comes another petty move from one side to ignite the flame once more,” and paraphrased Ferris Bueller when analyzing the situation.

“It’s a little childish and stupid, but then, so is the sports media world,” Keeley wrote.

The Ringer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Jessica Simpson’s baby bags are packed

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Jessica Simpson is primed and ready to give birth!

A source speaking with ET has noted that Simpson’s “hospital bags are packed” amid the singer’s tumultuous pregnancy.

The famous singer is currently expecting her third child, Birdie, with former football player Eric Johnson.

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Simpson recently uploaded an Instagram pic of her baby bump, letting her followers know that she is ready to pop. The picture, which features the pregnant Simpson with an artsy background, was simply captioned “Jess-tation.”

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According to ET, a source for Johnson told the site that “Jessica is definitely uncomfortable.” The source continued, stating, “This has been a tough pregnancy but she knows it will all be worth it when she’s holding that little baby. Her hospital bags are packed. Everyone is trying to be patient, but the family is so excited and counting the minutes until the baby is here.”

Throughout this pregnancy, Simpson has experienced a multitude of health issues, including swollen feet and bronchitis. Simpson has been hospitalized for bronchitis four times throughout her pregnancy — noting how “crazy painful” it was to cough so much during pregnancy.

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Simpson also recently made headlines for breaking a toilet seat during her pregnancy. She made light of the situation by posting an Instagram photo captioned, “Warning..Don’t lean back on the toilet when pregnant.”

The couple currently are parents to Maxwell, 6, and Ace, 5.

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Cory Booker calls girlfriend Rosario Dawson a ‘wonderful,’ ‘incredible human being’

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Cory Booker couldn’t contain his love for girlfriend Rosario Dawson.

The New Jersey senator, 49, stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday to chat about his 2020 presidential run and the conversation shifted to the new woman in his life and their budding relationship.

“She was visiting me in D.C., and then she left to the airport, and she got ambushed at the airport,” he said of Dawson who confirmed their relationship status to TMZ when cameras caught up to her.

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“She was wonderful and she’s just an incredible human being,” he added of the actress.

Booker is also aware that balancing in a relationship while campaigning will be a challenging task. “As our relationship grows it’s difficult, but she is such a deeply soulful person,” he revealed. “[She] has taught me a lot of lessons about love already. That sometimes, you show the greatest strength when you make yourself vulnerable.”

“She really has this nurturing spirit that’s made me more courageous, not just in the love that I project and want to see in our country, but I think even in our own personal relationships to love more fearlessly,” he continued. “So, I’m very, very blessed to be with somebody that makes me a better person.”

DeGeneres even joked about officiating their potential White House wedding and said it would be like America’s version of a royal wedding.

Dawson said of Booker last week, “I am just grateful to be with someone that I respect and love and admire so much” and she’s really enjoying the time they get to spend with each other.

The couple first made headlines in January when they were reportedly spotted seeing a Broadway show together.

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Katie Couric revealed she once went on a date with Cory Booker

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Katie Couric revealed she once went on a date with Cory Booker

Katie Couric revealed a surprising bit of information about her dating life while on “The Wendy Williams Show” this week.

The 62-year-old confessed she once went on a date with 2020 presidential hopeful Cory Booker.

“I had a blind date with Cory Booker once,” she said Wednesday. “Wow, this just in! We went to a Giants football game.” Williams then prodded further and asked if they kissed to which Couric sadly admitted no.

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“He was really nice though,” the former “Today” show added. “This is a long time ago. He’s an incredible person.”

Couric also offered her opinion on the New Jersey Senator’s current girlfriend, actress Rosario Dawson.

“I really like Cory and I really like Rosario Dawson, I’m happy for them,” she said. “Look how beautiful she is. She’s also very politically active, she’s spoken out about gender equality, she cares deeply about stopping domestic violence. She’s a really cool woman.”

Couric even though that Dawson would make a great first lady if Booker were to go all the way.

Booker confirmed his relationship status to Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday while making an appearance on her show. “As our relationship grows, it’s difficult, but she is such a deeply soulful person,” he said.

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“[She] has taught me a lot of lessons about love already. Sometimes, you show the greatest strength when you make yourself vulnerable. She really has this nurturing spirit that has made me more courageous not just in the love that I project and want to see in our country, but I think in our own personal relationships to love more fearlessly,” Booker added.

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