Legal analyst Kimberly Guilfoyle abruptly split from Fox News last week, and threatened to sue HuffingtonPost.com after it reported that her departure was not voluntary. Guilfoyle says the decision to leave as co-host of The Five was mutual, but HuffingtonPost.com reported that she was forced out after 12 years at the network. Guilfoyle, an ardent supporter of President Trump’s, is now dating his son, Donald Trump Jr. Fox announced the departure in a one-sentence statement, and The Five aired and made no mention of Guilfoyle’s absence. Guilfoyle’s attorneys told HuffingtonPost.com that its story was false and demanded a retraction. The 49-year-old attorney now plans to hit the campaign trail with her new boyfriend for the midterm elections, and has taken a job a pro-Trump Super PAC, America First.
An on-air shouting match erupted on ABC’s The View between co-host Whoopi Goldberg and Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro, and got even nastier backstage. Pirro, a vehement supporter of President Trump’s, set things off by accusing the liberal Goldberg of “Trump derangement syndrome.” The two went back and forth until Goldberg got up, said, “I’m done,” and walked off set. When they crossed paths backstage, Goldberg yelled, “F--- you, get the f--- out of this building,” according to Page Six. Pirro later accused Goldberg of spitting in her face. Goldberg denied any spitting, but apologized to viewers, saying, “I very rarely lose my cool and I’m not proud of it, but I also don’t like being accused of being hysterical.”
James Gunn was fired as writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, after tweets from 2008 to 2012 resurfaced in which Gunn joked about pedophilia and rape. Disney’s decision to fire Gunn followed a campaign by conservative media personalities who said there was no difference between Gunn’s jokes and the racist tweet this May that got Roseanne Barr fired by Disney-owned ABC. Yet the decision to can Gunn outraged fans, with more than 200,000 signing an online petition urging Disney to rehire him. Gunn, who wrote and directed the first two Guardians movies, called his old tweets deliberately provocative and “wildly insensitive,” adding, “As I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.” ■