The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host used the top of his show on Monday to address finding himself at the center of the national healthcare debate after several emotional monologues led to a back-and-forth between him and Sen. Bill Cassidy, the co-sponsor of the proposed Graham-Cassidy bill.
“Unfortunately, the plan Sen. Cassidy and his colleague, Lindsay Graham, came up with – does not protect those parents – or their children – or anyone, really – and so I called him out on that. He was going around telling people it passed the Jimmy Kimmel Test and it doesn’t,” the 49-year-old comedian said. “Obviously, this is personal thing for me.”
“So this weekend, I was in three cities over the weekend — and also I had a charity event Saturday night,” he added. “And I met so many people who came up to me – strangers, almost everyone – many of them wanted to tell me that the Affordable Care Act, that our president and half our senators are so desperately trying to kill, saved or drastically improved their lives, members of their family’s lives and/or their children’s lives.”
“They came to me and said, ‘Mr. Fallon, thank you for speaking out,'” Kimmel jokingly recalled.
With several Republican senators coming out against the bill, its likelihood of passing is in jeopardy, something Kimmel marveled at in his remarks.
“I still can’t believe we pulled it off, but we did it! It’s amazing, isn’t it?” he celebrated. “Which means this bill is almost certainly dead. Or at the very least it’s on life support, which isn’t covered.”
“And the best news is, now I can go back to talking about the Kardashians,” he concluded.
The late-night host also expressed his gratitude on social media, captioning a pic of his son, Billy, “Thanks to all who stood up and spoke out from this happy guy and his less-fortunate friends #GoodbyeGrahamCassidy.”
What a smile on that brave little guy.
Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearney, recently spoke to ET with an update on Billy.
Of the new hires, Redd is likely the most recognizable after his scene-stealing performance as rapper Hunter the Hungry in the music mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, where he appeared alongside SNL alum Andy Samberg.
Sometimes brothers and sisters fight, but Paris and Prince Michael Jackson get along so well, we’re declaring them #SiblingGoals!
For starters, there was the moment just this weekend when Paris and Prince attended their cousin Siggy Jackson’s wedding, posing together holding matching flowers and looking as adorable as any brother-sister pair at a wedding.
Paris also shared the image on Twitter, calling Prince “my ride or die.”
Her brother echoed that sentiment on Instagram, sharing a cute picture of the siblings on a motorcycle before the ceremony with the caption, “Get you a ride or die to ride into the sunset @parisjackson #harleydavidson #harleylowrider.”
Michael Jackson’s 20-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter also love hitting the tattoo parlor together and got matching yin and yang symbol on the back of their legs earlier this year.
Paris shared the image on Instagram, writing in the caption, “Sometimes I feel like my big brother and I always think the same thoughts. He just doesn’t have a filter and always vocalizes them. Though total opposites, like my gooko and I, the inseparable yin and yang work together finding and causing balance within each other. Matchies with my bestie @princejackson! ❤️.”
Later in the year, Prince used the same artist as Paris for a tattoo of the Egyptian god Anubis, and the pair also got tattoos together in July.
And they share sweet throwback pics together too. Paris posted this gif from their slightly younger days on Twitter, with the caption, “dis ma best friend @princemjjjaxon.”
Prince shared another shot, writing “This might be one of my favorite pics because of our faces”
They two even Facetime together! Paris posted a screengrab of the two on Twitter in August, while she was getting her hair done on the set of a project.
And Paris’ big brother is supportive, sharing this video of himself watching her on this year’s MTV VMAs.
The two may be taking different career paths, with Paris working her way into modeling and acting, and Prince focusing on non-profit work, but their sweet relationship is one that would make their father proud.
For more on how they’re continuing his legacy, watch the video below.
The 28-year-old singer and actress was surprised by her family backstage at the So You Think You Can Dance season 14 finale on Monday night.
“I can’t. I love my family so so much. This is how they greeted me after the finale last night lol,” she captioned an Instagram video on Tuesday where she’s seen walking into her dressing room as everyone yells and throws rose petals.
“I gained 70-ish pounds over two years,” Pieterse recounted. “It was really, really hurtful the way people reacted. They were saying stuff like, ‘She’s pregnant.’ ‘You’re fat.’ They were angry, they were mad that I look like this. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through.”
The 21-year-old actress said she had no idea why she suddenly started putting on weight, and had no idea how to deal with her problem until just recently, when she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, a hormone imbalance.
“Finally, I knew what this was happening to me,” she shared.
Since starting the show, Pieterse said she’s already lost 15 pounds and “most importantly, I’m feeling like me again.”
“It’s not an easy road, but being able to focus on getting myself healthy again and the fact that I’m seeing results now and getting better is all I can ask for,” she added.
Hitting the dance floor for their prom-themed routine, Pieterse absolutely beamed as she and Savchenko pulled off a beautiful, strong and dynamic samba that earned some love and praise from the judges — especially Carrie Ann Inaba.
“Most girls are sitting at home thinking, ‘I wanna be like you,’ that’s what’s happening right now.” Inaba exclaimed. “The best part of being a judge on this show is watching someone like you really blossom into yourself. You are great out there.”
Speaking with co-host Erin Andrews after the performance Pieterse opened up about her DWTS journey and her emotional road to getting healthy.
“I feel like I’ve always been a happy person and I’ve been so blessed with an amazing family and friends, but I went through a hard time,” she shared. “So, feeling like me again means the world, honestly.”
For their sweet, energetic performance, the beaming couple earned a score of 22 out of 30, putting them near the top of the night’s scoreboard.
ET’s Cameron Mathison caught up with Pieterse and Savchenko after Tuesday’s show, where she opened up about how she hopes to spread awareness of her condition to other women who may unknowingly be suffering from it as well.
“What I want [is] for people to have awareness because so many women have it and they don’t know and if you don’t catch it in time, it leads to [things like] ovarian cancer and breast cancer and all kinds of things that women deal with all the time,” Pieterse explained. “[A lot of it] could’ve been avoided, so if I can share that, that’s really important to me.”
“From this show, in this short amount of time, and this guy right here, I feel like I got my life back,” Gibson said, putting her hand on Bersten’s shoulder as she spoke with co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews after the elimination. “I am so thrilled, and we’re gonna keep dancing.”
Meanwhile, at the top of the leaderboard are Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson — who earned a 25 for their cha cha set to Bruno Mars’ “Perm,” followed by Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, who tied for second place with Linsday Sterling and Mark Ballas. Both couples earned 24.
The singer recently dropped her sophomore album, Double Dutchess, which comes on the heels of the confirmation that she and Duhamel split in February after eight years of marriage.
ET caught up with Fergie earlier this month, where she discussed her recent separation.
“We’re great friends, Josh and I, there’s so much love that we have for each other,” Fergie explained. “We really like each other, we have fun with each other. We’re just not a romantic couple anymore.”
“But we are still Axl’s parents through and through, and our families — each other’s families, the cousins, my nieces and nephews — it’s all the same. So that’s the only thing that’s changed,” she added.
The news that Khloe Kardashian is pregnant may have come as a surprise, but the 32-year-old reality star has been open in the past about wanting kids of her own.
In the season finale of Keeping Up With the Kardashians back in June, Khloe revealed to her sister Kim that she and her boyfriend, Tristan Thompson, were in the early stages of considering children.
“He wants to have kids now,” Khloe explained, after initially expressing her hesitancy to be a surrogate for Kim. “He said, ‘I want to have kids with you, [and] if you get pregnant, you could make maternity jeans for [your clothing line] Good American.”
Khloe has previously struggled with the idea of having children, particularly in her marriage to Lamar Odom. When visiting the fertility specialist with Kim, she had to explain that she had “fake tried” to get pregnant while married to the basketball star.
“When I was doing my fertility treatments, they were more so for Lamar,” she shares in the episode. “I had to stop because there was much deeper stuff that was happening in our marriage.”
“I knew that it wasn’t the right situation to bring a child into, and I think I’ve done a lot of covering up for him, like, even when it made me look like I was the problem,” she adds. “But I was fine taking on that burden on my shoulders because he had a lot of other deeper s**t to deal with.”
Khloe faced some fertility issues in the season finale, but they appeared to be cleared up by the end of the episode. “I am really, really excited about my future with me and Tristan,” she said. “We’re doing so well, and I’m looking forward to see where all that goes.”
“I’m just really playful and I guess you could say I’m the ‘wild aunt,’” she continued. “But honestly, I like that they view me like that.”
It shows in moments like these, when Khloe shared this cute pic on Instagram, showing her crouching on the ground posing with her brother Rob’s daughter, Dream, and sister Kourtney’s three children, Mason, Penelope and Reign, calling them “my squad!”
Plus, she’s always front and center for the kids’ parties. She wore a pink wig at the request of Penelope and Kim’s daughter, North, for their mermaid-themed party, and wrote on her site she’s “naturally really energetic and especially so with kids, so it works out.”
“They say it takes a village to raise a child — that couldn’t be more true,” Khloe added. “We all have so much fun helping raise each other’s kids.”
For more on Khloe’s pregnancy news, watch the video below!
Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you haven’t watched Tuesday’s season 15 premiere of NCIS. If you have, you may continue…
NCIS isn’t messing around in its season 15 kick-off.
On Tuesday’s action-packed premiere, titled “House Divided,” the story picks up two months after the finale, and finds Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and McGee (Sean Murray) locked up, looking worse for wear, in a rebel prison in Paraguay. Though there were moments where their survival seemed dicey (see: their fistfight, which was later revealed to be part of a ruse), they came out the other end alive but ultimately scarred from their experience.
“It really hits the ground running,” Murray told ET of the premiere. “It’s quite an episode. We’ve never done anything like it.” The actor breaks down the biggest developments from Tuesday’s episode and talks Maria Bello’s impending introduction, as well as the show’s “renewed” focus.
ET: The premiere really leaned into the Gibbs and McGee dynamic. What do you think the episode illuminated about their connection?
Sean Murray: It’s obviously away from the norm, but it’s almost as if the father-son relationship that Gibbs and McGee have always had almost turns brotherly in this episode. To me, they’re both in the same place. They’re stuck in the same situation and they’ve got to rely on each other. Gibbs obviously gets it rougher than McGee does, but there’s a camaraderie there that’s almost brotherly.
Does this experience that the two share brings Gibbs and McGee closer?
It absolutely has brought them closer and we reflect on that as we go on. There are things placed here and there; there are reminders. It’s not just, “Oh, OK that happened and we’re all good. We’re back to normal.” That’s a scarring thing and there are things that both characters take from it that are troublesome and hard to deal with. You’ll see some of that as the season goes.
There was one scene between Gibbs and McGee in the prison, where it seemed like they were turning on each other, which we later learn was just a ruse and part of the bigger plan to break out. Talk me through filming that fight scene with Mark Harmon.
We had a lot of fun filming that scene. (Laughs.) I remember Mark and I talking to each other, and you know, there’s the typical stunts that are filmed with the stuntman. But Mark and I put our heads together and said, “You know what, let’s just go for it. Let’s just start wrestling. Try and get some punches in the stomach, around the shoulders. Let’s just wrestle and grapple.” That’s what we did and went for it and improvised a lot of it. You see later that there was a bit of a ruse to that, something that I think they had been cooking up a little bit.
That moment definitely elicited a big “No!” from me.
That’s great! That’s what we wanted. We wanted it to be “Are you kidding? Gibbs and McGee are fighting?!”
And McGee is expecting a baby while all this is going on, so his high level of desperation seemed warranted.
True, he carries a lot of that with him. He’s married, he’s got a kid on the way and [he was in a] situation that’s not like anything he’s ever been in. The gloves are off when it comes to being in the situation that they were in. It is desperate.
What can you say about impending fatherhood for McGee? Will we see him and his wife, Delilah, preparing for the big day?
I know we’re going to have some of that coming up, more about Delilah and McGee. The everyday stuff that they go through and then I’m sure eventually, a baby will be born. I don’t know that. They haven’t written that, but that would be my guess. Although who knows, babies are hard to work with; maybe they don’t want to deal with that. (Laughs.)
What are you excited to explore when it comes to McGee and Delilah?
I’m really excited for fans to see — not just the McGee-Delilah stuff that I personally love; I love seeing the domestic side of them and their growth — but there’s a lot going on this season and there’s been a lot of stepping up to the plate by everyone. It’s gonna be a good season.
The show is also bringing in a new addition, Maria Bello, who makes her entrance in the fourth episode as an NCIS agent with a focus on forensic psychology. What does her presence add to the team?
Maria is really wonderful and such a cool, down-to-earth person. It’s great having her there. Her character is a really interesting psychologist profiler and McGee actually gets to do some work with her early on when she first joins the agency. That was a blast to do that. We filmed some stuff out of order, so I got to film some heavier stuff with Maria early on. It was kind of our introduction. We had a blast.
How would you describe the dynamic between McGee and Maria’s character?
It’s still being figured out. We’re still figuring her out. We know she’s her own woman, but warm, and Gibbs seems to like her being around, so we each come to her with our problems and sometimes she comes to us about our problems. Some of us are a little frightened of her, because we think we’ll be profiled all the time. It’s really cool having Maria bring something new and something that feels like [it] has been missing.
How would you describe season 15?
It feels renewed. It feels like there’s a new kind of energy and everyone is excited and happy about it. We have a really positive working environment. [Recently,] we had a read-through for our next episode and it was a “knocked it out of the part” read-through. The stuff the writers are coming up with, the stuff the actors are doing, it’s been good so far. We’re almost a quarter through the season and we can’t believe it.
In Tuesday’s episode, a huge piece of the puzzle to how Jack died was revealed in the last minutes of the show’s return. After the Pearson patriarch admitted to secretly battling alcoholism, Rebecca demanded he “get in the car” so they could fight it together. “In a few months from now, everything will be back to normal,” Rebecca assured Jack. The scene transitioned to a moment — presumably several months later — with Rebecca alone in the car and Jack’s possessions in a plastic bag, as she drove up to the family home, which had just been destroyed by a fire.
With one piece of the answer to Jack’s death answered in the premiere (something to do with a fire), Ventimiglia — who, like his This Is Us castmates, have danced around the topic for six months — expressed relief over that crucial piece of intel now being out there in the world for viewers to dissect.
“I feel like I’m right back to season one, the whole mystery about the family right at the end of the first episode. It’s the same feeling of, ‘OK, I’m relieved of duty.’ I don’t need to [skirt around] questions anymore,” the 40-year-old actor told ET’s Leanne Aguilera at the season two premiere party at NeueHouse in Hollywood on Tuesday. “It’s an amazing episode written by Dan Fogelman, directed by Ken Olin. It’s just so great. I’m happy.”
Ventimiglia agreed that the final minutes from the episode were mind-blowing, revealing that though he knew what was coming, the actual scenes were still omitted from his script.
“I’d read what it was but it was disjointed,” he shared. “I knew what was happening, but even when I read it, I was like, ‘Wow, this is big, this is powerful.’ This is everything that we want from this show, from these characters. It’s everything that we want out of Jack and Rebecca and Randall and Kate and Kevin. It’s what we want to see. We want to get back into the world of this family.”
The day of Jack’s death provided several clues as to what was going on with the family at the time. Teenage Kate had a dog, Randall had a red-headed girlfriend and Kevin, who wasn’t with his siblings when his father died (Kate broke the news to him), had a broken leg and was kissing a girl (possibly Sophie). Meanwhile, Rebecca was wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey.
“I think people just need to pay attention, like really, really pay attention because you’ll start to pick up on indicators. You’ll see some things that maybe you hadn’t seen before,” Ventimiglia told ET of the blanks that remain unfilled as the show heads into episode two. “If you’re paying attention to it, then you’re gonna pick up some clues as to timeline, as opposed, not in addition to, events. So yeah, you just gotta pay close attention. I feel like it’s like a game of clues.”
During the Q&A following the premiere screening, Ventimiglia admitted to some relief over the episode airing and being able to freely talk about what’s to come, saying that the final minutes are “a big piece” of the Jack mystery. “It’s like a pressure valve released a little bit,” he confessed. “But as Dan has always said, ‘With this answer, there’s still a lot of questions.’”
Moore cautioned that what viewers saw at the end of the premiere isn’t the full story of what happened to Jack. Those answers will be doled out in time over the course of the season.
“It’s not the full answer. It’s not the full story, because we have 18 episodes to tell that in and for that to unfold,” Moore told ET. “It’s a very monumental, pivotal moment in the lives of this particular family, so it can’t just all come out in one fell swoop.”
What did you think of the This Is Us premiere? Were you surprised by the revelation of Jack’s death? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or by tweeting us at @etnow!