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Bill Maher Taping Canceled After Host's Positive Virus Test

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A taping of Bill Maher’s weekly HBO show was canceled after the host tested positive for COVID-19.

Maher, who is fully vaccinated, is “asymptomatic and feels fine,” according to a statement Thursday from HBO. “No other staff or crew members have tested positive at this time,” the channel said.

The taping of Friday’s episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” will be rescheduled, HBO said. Guests were to include astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and podcast host Dan Carlin.

Maher was tested as part of the Los Angeles production’s weekly protocol for staff, the channel said, adding that “every precaution” is taken in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding the coronavirus.

The comedian and political gadfly moved back to in-studio shows with a limited audience late last summer, after taping episodes at his home in the early months of the pandemic.

TV and filmmaking gradually resumed after last year’s pandemic-forced shutdown, but despite strict safety rules there have been other production holds caused by a cast or crew member’s positive virus test.

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Bill Maher taping canceled after host's positive coronavirus test

Maher, who is fully vaccinated, is “asymptomatic and feels fine,” according to a statement from HBO.

LOS ANGELES — A taping of Bill Maher’s weekly HBO show was canceled after the host tested positive for COVID-19.
Maher, who is fully vaccinated, is “asymptomatic and feels fine,” according to a statement Thursday from HBO. “No other staff or crew members have tested positive at this time,” the channel said.
The taping of Friday’s episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” will be rescheduled, HBO said. Guests were to include astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and podcast host Dan Carlin.
Maher was tested as part of the Los Angeles production’s weekly protocol for staff, the channel said, adding that “every precaution” is taken in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding the coronavirus.
The comedian and political gadfly moved back to in-studio shows with a limited audience late last summer, after taping episodes at his home in the early months of the pandemic.
TV and filmmaking gradually resumed after last year’s pandemic-forced shutdown, but despite strict safety rules there have been other production holds caused by a cast or crew member’s positive virus test.

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US chain challenged over freedom of speech

US chain challenged over freedom of speech

A coffee shop owner in the US has been fired from his role after leaving a derogatory comment on a post by social justice warrior LeBron James, with bosses axing him over three “inappropriate and uncalled for” words and an emoji.

Stephen Bruno Jr, who ran a branch of popular chain PJ’s in Louisiana, unwisely reacted to a status update by the Los Angeles Lakers talisman.

When James called for his vast audience to help “protect our young black women and men”, the franchisee replied by curtly telling him to eat an eggplant emoji – interpreted by most as a reference to a penis.

Kenn Barnes saw the exchange and posted a screenshot of it alongside Bruno’s Facebook biography, in which he claimed to be a “franchisee at PJ’s Coffee”.

That led to the company removing Bruno from their ranks, adding in a statement that they had taken swift action in order to keep “supporting the diverse communities in which we serve” – even though Barnes pointed out that he did not call for any punishment.

“When I made the post, I never said ‘this is despicable, he shouldn’t say this’ or ‘he should lose his franchise’ or ‘he should be canceled’ or anything of that sort,” Barnes insisted to KHOU“I [just] posted his words.”

Reaction to the firing was divided online, with some applauding bosses and others claiming that Bruno had become the latest victim of “wokeness”.

“PJ’s need to eat a d*ck,” seethed one unimpressed reader. “Given Lebron James’ behavior lately, Bruno’s tweet was appropriate. It’s a shame you had to involve yourselves in protected free speech like this.”

James removed a tweet last month after admitting it would stoke hate in the aftermath of the shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old black girl who had appeared to attack two other people with a knife in Ohio.

Shortly after police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for the murder of George Floyd, James posted a photo of officer Nicholas Reardon – the man allegedly involved in Bryant’s shooting – alongside the words “you’re next”, a hashtag of “accountability” and an hourglass emoji.

That earned him fresh criticism from the likes of former president Donald Trump and Jay Linneman, a bar owner in Ohio who responded by saying that James was not welcome at his venue.

“They just need to play the game and that’s it,” Linneman said, discussing basketball players attempting to take the moral high ground.

“Their opinion doesn’t really matter. They’re using their position to push their opinions, and that’s just not right.”

Linneman claimed that if Trump or his successor, Joe Biden, made similar demands, calls would be made for impeachment.

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“If anyone wants to watch an NBA game, don’t come to Linnie’s Pub,” he warned on Facebook. “We will not air them until Lebron James has been expelled from the NBA.”

Getting wind of the news, James responded with a jokey tweet that read: “Aww, damn. I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink. Welp.”

Confirming that Bruno had been removed as the owner of one of their New Orleans shop locations, PJ’s announced they would not “tolerate hatred or disrespect of any kind.”

“The words used by Stephen Bruno Jr were inappropriate and uncalled for,” they said.

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Shocking scenes as UFC fighter struggles to stand

The UFC flyweight clash between Ryan Benoit and Zarrukh Adashev has been canceled after Benoit struggled to stand on his feet at the scales during the weigh in, shocking fans and experts as he clearly struggled with a weight cut.

Benoit and Adashev were scheduled to meet on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday.

As is customary the day before, the fighters had to prove they could make the 125lb weight limit.

After being escorted off the scales after his first attempt, commentator Jon announced that Benoit was being attended to by doctors, and it wasn’t clear whether he would have another crack.

Those suspicions were answered just moments later, when Benoit returned and tried again.

Once more, he needed the help of his coaches just stand up. This time round, though, officials were able to get a reading that showed him four pounds over the flyweight limit.

Adashev, who made weight, revealed that the scrap was off while offering his best wishes to Benoit.

“My fight is off against Benoit [because] he couldn’t make weight and couldn’t stand at [the] weight in,” the Russian said on Instagram.

“It’s part of our job. [I] wish my opponent a speedy recovery. Get well soon brother, Baby Face Benoit. “I hope to see you soon in the cage. Thanks, everyone, for your support.”

Opinion was split on the developments across fans on social media. “It’s a choice,” suggested ESPN pundit Ariel Helwani, who was echoed by others suggesting that Benoit should move up in weight to avoid similarly disturbing difficulties if he is struggling to make the flyweight limit.

What are we doing? This is crazy. No-one is forcing this. It’s 100% on him and his team.”

Some called the debacle “absurd”, and even predicted that it could lead to deaths.

“This should be the number one concern for Uncle Dana [White, UFC  president],” argued one. “What’s it going to take to make some changes? Someone die?”

This is the second similar incident in a matter of weeks, with the UFC and its fighters appearing to tempt fate when it comes to the health of individuals.

In March, former Invicta FC champion Julija Stoliarenko fainted on the scales when readying herself to take on Julia Avila at UFC Vegas 22, apologizing to her foe afterwards.

“I want to explain what happened at the weigh-in,” the 27-year-old said.

“The problem wasn’t weight loss. In fact, it was one of the lightest weight races in my career.”

“The kilograms went away quickly. The problem was, I put on the right weight too early.

“A lot of time passed between this moment and the weighing, and my body was already at the limit of dehydration, so that was the point.”

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Texas MS 150 bike ride canceled due to weather

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The annual Texas MS 150 bike ride scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to the weather, according to organizers.

“We monitored the weather forecast through the night, but the heavy rain, flash flood warnings and the advisement our teams on the ground deemed this an unsafe ride and safety is our top priority for everyone connected to Bike MS,” organizers tweeted Saturday morning. “While this is immensely disappointing and we understand the desire to ride, we strongly discourage riding the route on your own.”

Organizers said they plan to give updates next week about the next Bike MS: Texas MS 150 event.

The Texas MS 150 ride had several locations where participants were to begin riding Saturday morning, including in Katy, Waller, La Grange and Todd Mission. The finish line was set to be at Kyle Field at Texas A&M in College Station.

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UFC commentator Joe Rogan to be canceled after he clashes with Fauci

A White House communications chief and Dr Anthony Fauci, Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, have dismissed claims by Joe Rogan that healthy young people do not need a vaccine – amid angry calls for the UFC pundit to be canceled.

Spotify superstar Rogan reiterated his views that young people can protect themselves against Covid-19 by exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet, adding that his own children had experienced “nothing” after contracting the virus that has swept the US to devastating effect.

Known to UFC fans for his hyperbolic commentary and sycophantic post-fight interviews, Rogan used his chart-topping show to put himself at loggerheads with health supremo Fauci and the new Biden administration, advising youngsters not to take the jabs that are being heavily promoted across the world.

“If you’re 21 years old and you say to me, ‘should I get vaccinated?’ I’ll go, ‘No,’” Rogan said on his podcast, whipping up a storm on news networks and social media.

“If you’re a healthy person and you’re exercising all the time and you’re young and you’re eating well, I don’t think you need to worry about this. But there are a lot of jobs that will tell you that you need to do this.

“Even saying ‘I’m not going to inject my child’ is controversial. It’s crazy. We’re not even talking about the flu.”

He added of the potential threat to children: “I can tell you… both my children got the virus. It was nothing. One of the kids had a headache, the other didn’t feel good for a couple of days.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just updated its guidelines to relax measures for people who have been vaccinated, and White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said the former MMA fighter was insufficiently informed to comment on the pandemic.

“I guess my first question would be, ‘did Joe Rogan become a medical doctor while we weren’t looking?’” she told CNN. “I’m not sure that taking scientific and medical advice from Joe Rogan is perhaps the most productive way for people to get their information.”

Rogan has consistently said that general good health should be promoted as much as masks and vaccines. “That’s incorrect,” Fauci told Today, when asked whether young people did not need to be vaccinated.

Addressing people who share Rogan’s viewpoint, he warned: “You’re talking about yourself in a vacuum. If you want to only worry about yourself, and not society, then that’s OK.”

Rogan’s comments drew fury towards the host and the UFC on Twitter, including calls for him to be sanctioned.

“‘Don’t do anything stupid’, says the guy who was just at a full-capacity UFC event,” seethed one, while another nameched the UFC president by saying: “It seems he’s ‘roided his brain into 90 percent muscle living in Dana White’s world.

“Most of the UFC is right-wing whack. They’re susceptible to alternative facts where people who actually study subjects know less than morons.”

Among his many backers, a Rogan fan said: “I’m with dude. I’m not injecting something experimental into my children’s veins, and it is amazing that people are pretending to be mad at that fact.”

A fellow follower claimed: “They’ve tried at least 15 times to cancel Rogan. It ain’t happening. His audience is anti-woke and we’re not going anywhere.”

Fox host Tucker Carlsen supports Rogan. “If you’ve got the vaccine, why is other peoples’ refusal to get the vaccine a problem for you?” he asked in response, questioning the government’s drive to vaccinate every citizen.

“Do people who’ve slimmed down from gastric bypass yell at fat people on the street? You wouldn’t think so. It’s not really their business.”

That only seemed to incite more rage. “If you wanted to know about UFC fighting or white supremacist replacement theory, then I would say that Joe Rogan and Tucker Carlson have you totally covered,” retorted one critic. “Vaccination, protecting from viral spread and herd immunity, not so much.”

The underlying suspicion of MMA was exemplified by one viewer. “Joe Rogan has always been a piece of sh*t,” they thundered.

“Always remember: if a person is connected to MMA, UFC, etc then there’s a 95 per cent chance that they’re either racist, bigoted, anti-science or sexist. They can be more than one because they can chew gum and drag their knuckles at the same time.”

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Head of Tokyo Olympics again says games will not be canceled

COVID-19 cases have been rising across Japan. Despite this, the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organizers are pressing on.

TOKYO, Japan — The head of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday was again forced to assure the world that the postponed games will open in just over three months and not be canceled despite surging COVID-19 cases in Japan.
Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto was asked at a news conference if there were any conditions under which the Olympics would be canceled.
The question comes as the general secretary of ruling LDP political party, Toshihiro Nikai, raised the possibility the day before.
“There are a variety of concerns but as the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee we are not thinking about canceling the games,” Hashimoto said.
Nikai, the No. 2 person in the LDP party, was asked on Thursday in an interview if cancellation was still an option.
“Of course,” he replied, adding that if the Tokyo Games caused a surge in infections “there would be no meaning to having the Olympics.”
Nikai tried to backtrack later, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga issued a statement Thursday saying there is “no change to the government position to do everything to achieve safe and secure Olympics.”
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Hashimoto acknowledged Nikai’s concern and suggested it was probably shared by the Japanese public. Polls show as many as 80% in Japan oppose holding the Olympics during the pandemic.
“The fact that he (Nikai) is concerned is a point that we need to take seriously as Tokyo 2020,” she said. “His comment has reminded us of how tedious it was for us to feel confident or be fully prepared for delivering the games.”
COVID-19 cases have been rising across Japan. Despite this, the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organizers are pressing on. The IOC, which relies on selling broadcast rights for 73% of its income, has seen its cash flow stalled by the postponement. Japan has already invested at least $ 15 billion to organize the Olympics, and national audits suggest it might be twice that much. All but $ 6.7 billion is public money.
In an editorial this week, the British Medical Journal questioned Japan and the IOC going ahead with the Olympics. Organizers have said the Olympics will be “safe and secure,” which the editorial challenged.
“While the determination is encouraging, there has been a lack of transparency about the benefits and risk, and international mass gathering events such as Tokyo 2020 are still neither safe nor secure,” the editorial said.
On Thursday, the government minister in charge of Japan’s vaccine rollout, Taro Kono, said even if the Olympics go on, there may be no fans of any kind in the venues. He said it’s likely that the Olympics will have to be held in empty venues, particularly as cases surge across the country.
Fans from abroad have already been barred.
Hashimoto, who had said previously that a decision on venues would come in April, seemed to push back that deadline. She was not asked about Kono’s suggestion and did not raise the issue or challenge it.
“Within April I would like to set the basis direction,” she said. “The final judgement time — this as well we need to monitor the situation of the pandemic and we need to remain flexible for that.”
Organizers had hoped to generate $ 800 million from ticket sales. Much of that revenue will be lost and the Japanese government will have to cover the shortfall.
No fans of any kind might simplify matters. Organizers can then focus solely on 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes entering Japan, and keeping in a bubble in the Athletes Villages, the training sites, and at the competition venues. Tens of thousands of judges, officials, media and broadcasters will also have to enter Japan.
The vaccine rollout in Japan has been slow with less than 1% having had the shot. The numbers will be better in three months, but will contrast sharply with non-Japanese entering the country. A large percentage of those are expected to be vaccinated, including athletes.
Hashimoto said Japanese athletes were not a “priority” for vaccination. Putting athletes at the head of the line has been largely opposed in Japan.
The IOC has said vaccination is not a requirement to participate in the Olympics. On the other hand, IOC President Thomas Bach has left no doubt he wants as many athletes vaccinated as possible.
Japanese Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa told reporters Friday that the government is considering conducting daily virus tests on athletes during the games as a way to guarantee safety. Previous plans had called for virus tests every four days.
Marukawa also said the government was not talking about prioritizing athletes for vaccination.
On Thursday, Japan’s second-largest metropolitan area of Osaka recorded 1,208 new cases. It was the third straight day that new cases surpassed 1,000. Tokyo hit 729, its highest total in more than two months.
Japan has attributed 9,500 death to COVID-19, good by world standards but poor by results in Asia.
The national government on Friday was to add four more prefectures to those already under a “quasi-state of emergency.” This brings the total to 10 and now includes Tokyo neighbors Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama.

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Trans MMA fighter Fallon Fox wants ‘transphobic’ Joe Rogan podcast canceled

Joe Rogan’s Spotify podcast – which is one of the most popular shows in the world – should be canceled for perceived and repeated “transphobic” comments, says transgender retired MMA fighter Fallon Fox.

Rogan added a few more zeros to his net worth last year when he inked a bumper $ 100 million multi-year deal with online streaming giants Spotify, but Fox has urged the company to dump one of their prized assets for what are described as numerous “transphobic” comments from the popular podcaster and UFC commentator. 
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In a recent ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ episode, Rogan appeared to question the motivations of some people who pursue a gender switch while also placing into question the supposed adulation that many receive in the media – calling it a “protected subject“.

There are people who really have these thoughts,” Rogan told comedian Jim Breuer, MMA outlet Bloody Elbow reported. “The problem is it becomes a protected subject and then you get praised for transferring your gender – for changing your gender. And then it gets exciting for people to talk about, and then you get chastised for even discussing it in any weird way.

And then people who were marginalized for being – like, generally dumb people, if they transfer over and become another gender, then they get praised,” he added. “There are a lot of people who are idiots, but then they become trans, and now all of a sudden we think they’re amazing.”

Rogan’s comments appear a thinly-veiled reference to a feud with Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic champion decathlete who would come out as a trans woman six years ago. Rogan has referred to Jenner in both his stand-up comedy and in his podcast, prompting Jenner to address the issue to TMZ last year.

He’s a homophobic, transphobic ass,” said Jenner. “He’s gotten his fame by putting other people down.”

According to Fox – to whom Rogan has previously referred to as a “f***ing man“- Rogan’s comments to Breuer were unacceptable. 

Joe Rogan is being transphobic yet again,” she wrote on Facebook. “He has had more transphobic episodes than you can shake a stick at. Spotify needs to cancel his show already.”

Criticism of Rogan has gained steam online since his multimillion-dollar deal with Spotify was announced last year. It was reported last year that the content of some episodes of ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ had sparked tensions with some employees in the Spotify HQ, with some said to have demanded some episodes be pulled from their service, as well as editorial oversight moving forward.
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These were shot down by both Spotify and Rogan himself, who referenced the matter on a subsequent show.

If you have a problem with people saying terrible shit and you work for Spotify, maybe you should listen to some of the lyrics [on Spotify-hosted songs],” Rogan said. “OK, because some of the lyrics and some of the f*cking music that you guys play over and over and over again makes my sh*t pale in comparison.

But I get it, you’re a 23-year-old woke kid and you’re working for this company and you think you’re gonna put your foot down,” he added. “I get it.

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