Matt Lauer Releases Statement Regarding Accusations

Longtime “Today” show host Matt Lauer, who was fired by NBC News for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” has released a statement that was read at the beginning of this morning’s show by Savannah Guthrie.  He states, “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions.  To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry.  As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.  Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.  I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.  Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort.  It is now my full time job.  The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws.  It’s been humbling.  I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love.  I thank them for their patience and grace.”

Sara Bareilles is coming back to Broadway!  She made her Broadway debut in “Waitress” earlier this year – oh, and she wrote the music for it, too.  She will return to the cast January 16th through February 25th, joining Jason Mraz, who’s extended his run of performances to January 28th.

Disney has cast Chinese actress Liu Yifei as in the title role of Mulan, a live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated movie. She has starred in such films as The Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and Ip Man 3 with Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson.

 

Liu Yifei has been cast as #Mulan in the upcoming live-action film.

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ASCAP has released their list of the Top 25 Holiday Songs for 2017.  Shocking to no one, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” tops the list.  “A Holly Jolly Christmas” is second, followed by “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.”  Here’s the full list of the most played holiday songs of the season:

1."All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff (1994)

2."A Holly Jolly Christmas" by Johnny Marks (1962)

3."Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (1945)

4."Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Johnny Marks (1958)

5."Last Christmas" by George Michael (1984)

6."Jingle Bell Rock" by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe (1957)

7."It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Edward Pola and George Wyle (1963)

8."It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" by Meredith Willson (1951)

9."Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish (1951)

10."Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Johnny Marks (1949)

11."White Christmas" by Irving Berlin (1941)

12."Winter Wonderland" by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith (1934)

13."Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano (1970)

14."Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie (1934)

15."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin (1943)

16."Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)" by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman (1947)

17."The Christmas Song" by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells (1946)

18."Frosty the Snowman" by Steve Nelson and Walter E. Rollins (1950)

19."Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" by Robert Kinkel, Paul O'Neill and John Oliva (1995)

20."Jingle Bells" by James Lord Pierpont; Frank Sinatra version arranged by Gordon Jenkins (ASCAP, 1958)

21."Baby It's Cold Outside" by Frank Loesser (1948)

22."Santa Baby" by Joan Javits, Anthony Springer and Philip Springer (1953)

23."Run Rudolph Run" by John Marks and Marvin Broadie (1958)

24."Blue Christmas" by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson (1948)

25."Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney (1979)

 

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