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Dustin Diamond, Screech from ‘Saved by the Bell,’ Announces He has Stage Four Cancer

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Saved By the Bell Star, Dustin Diamond announced his stage four cancer diagnosis. 

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  • News of Diamond’s hospitalization came earlier this week and his diagnosis was confirmed Thursday night by his team. In a statement with People, they stated, “We can confirm that Dustin does have cancer.” 
  • Additionally, the representatives said that Diamond is in “a lot of pain,” and the diagnosis is “very serious”. The team also posted the confirmation on Diamond’s Facebook page.

Official Statement from Team Dustin:

“ At this time we can confirm that Dustin does have cancer . Dustin Will disclose more information once it is available and a plan moving forward is made …”

Posted by Dustin Diamond on Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Diamond is currently in the hospital and receiving chemo. According to his representatives, he will remain there for at least a week. Plans will be made for his return home after the diagnosis’ severity is understood and a treatment plan is made.
  • Diamond is most recognized for his time on Saved by the Bell, where he played Screech. The 1990s teen sitcom has since had a come back with a reboot on NBC’s Peacock. Diamond is the only one of the core six not involved in the reboot.
  • Costar Mario Lopez posted about Diamond’s diagnosis on Instagram. Lopez stated he contacted Diamond and will be praying for him.

 

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Within the coming weeks, Diamond and his team are expected to release more information on his diagnosis and wellbeing.

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Janet Jackson Two-Night Documentary Event Set at Lifetime and A&E

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Pop Icon Janet Jackson’s documentary JANET will air next year on Lifetime and A&E to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her first album.

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  • Janet Jackson is celebrating the 40th-anniversary of her self-titled debut album released in 1982 when she was 16. The documentary will be a two-hour, two-night premiere event airing in early 2022. This documentary will give an intimate look into the star’s life while featuring behind-the-scenes footage and home videos.
  • The long-awaited two-part project has been in the works for three years and will cover some of the most challenging moments the singer has faced in her life.
  • One of Janet’s most challenging moments includes grieving the loss of her father, Joseph Jackson, who died of pancreatic cancer. In addition to that, some other challenging moments include her famous 2004 super bowl performance with Justin Timberlake, her older brother Michael Jackson’s tragic passing, and becoming a mom later on in life.
  • Ben Hirsh directed JANET, while Janet and Randy Jackson served as executive producers on the forthcoming project, according to People.com.

This documentary provides an opportunity for Janet to look back at her own life and reflect on her fight to the top.

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Eddie Murphy Returning to Stand-Up Post-Pandemic

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Eddie Murphy is planning his comeback to stand-up comedy.

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  • In an interview for Kevin Hart’s SiriusXM radio show Comedy Gold Minds, Murphy revealed he had planned to return to stand-up much sooner, but the pandemic put things on pause. The 59-year-old Coming 2 America actor confirmed that he will return to stand-up comedy in the near future once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

“My plan was to do Dolemite, Saturday Night Live, Coming 2 America, and then do stand up. And then the pandemic hit, and it shut the whole s–t down. Then I was going – the whole time last year I would have been out working on my act trying to get my s–t right, and then the whole thing shut down. Hey, when the pandemic is over and it’s safe for everybody to go out and do it, then the plan is to do it,” Murphy told Hart.

  • Murphy started doing late-night stand-up shows in the 1970s but is most known for his career on Saturday Night Live. Once his SNL career garnered national attention, Murphy went on to star in a number of comedy and family-related films like Another 48 Hrs, Beverly Hills Cop, Mulan, and Dr. Dolittle.
  • In July of 2019, TMZ reported that Murphy was negotiating with Netflix on a deal for an undisclosed number of stand-up specials. At the time of the report, the number being thrown around was $70 million, which would’ve exceeded the reported $60 million that Dave Chappelle received for three specials, and the $40 million deal that Chris Rock inked for two. It is unclear if the deal was ever made.

Although there is no set date for Murphy’s return, it would be the comedian’s first stand-up show in almost four decades.

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Storm Reid Creates Gen-Z Cooking Show

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Storm Reid is using the pandemic to make a cooking show from her kitchen.

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  • Like many Americans, teen actress Storm Reid has leaned into cooking at home during the pandemic. Aside from acting alongside icons like Oprah Winfrey in A Wrinkle in Time, Reid’s always had a passion for cooking and deeper conversations.
  • “I’m a foodie,” she explained. “And my favorite pastime is eating, and it’s the thing that I enjoy the most. I’m from the South, so I’ve just been surrounded by good food all my life. So I’ve been able to watch my mom in the kitchen and be able to pick up new recipes. Then I think I’m the baker of the family. So if you need a pie, you need a cake, you need some cookies, you come to me.”
  • Now, the 17-year-old Euphoria actress is producing her own Facebook Watch series called Chop It Up. According to NBC, the series will feature A-list celebrity guests and young Hollywood talent to talk about things they feel passionate about.

“I feel like we just use the cooking by way of conversation and really just expressing ourselves and really having real deep conversations ranging from ethical technology and dating to family to college,” Reid said.

  • This is Reid’s first executive producing project using her co-founded production company, A Seed & Wings. Co-producer and mother Robyn Simpson inspired Reid to create the program. In an interview with NBC’s Snapchat show, Reid remembers her mother “was sitting around hearing me talk to my siblings and my friends about things that, I guess, young people care about. And she was like, Storm, is there something on television, or is there a piece of content where your audience or your supporters or even the older generations can look at and really understand how Gen Z is feeling? And I really sat there, and I was like, No, there’s nothing out there like that.”
  • Reid also admits to struggling to create and produce a show during a pandemic. She says she had to learn about technical work like budgeting and insurance, along with having confidence in her decisions. “It […] made me realize when it was all said and done … like, yes, we did it, and we can do it again. And it really made me believe in myself and believe in my team,” she explained.

Chop It Up will stream new episodes weekly on Facebook Watch.

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