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Allison Janney Shares First ‘Mom’ Set Photo Since Anna Faris’ ‘Sudden’ Exit

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Allison Janney is back on the set of Mom just weeks after her costar Anna Faris announced she was leaving the series for good. Janney gave fans a look at the show’s upcoming Season 8, taking viewers behind the scenes and onto the set of the show, which is continuing along despite the exit of one of its leads.

In a clip posted on her Instagram featuring Mimi Kennedy, Beth Hall and Jaime Pressly, Janney gave her followers a glimpse at the set for the upcoming season. “Hi everyone, we are all back at Mom. It’s our first day with the new COVID protocol,” Janney said. “Everyone’s here and it’s a whole new territory, but we’re excited for season 8 to begin.”

Janney’s Mom set tour comes only weeks after Faris announced she was leaving the show Sept. 4 after starring on the CBS sitcom for seven seasons. A source close to the show called Faris’ exit “a nightmare” after she left. “It was a surprise to hear that Anna was leaving. None of us are happy about that,” a source told People, adding, “It was sudden and unwelcome, and it left the entire network scrambling. This is not a good thing at all.”

Since 2013, Faris played the character Christy on the show, a single mother who is reunited with her dysfunction mom, Bonnie (Allison Janney), when she least expects it. The series follows the two as they manage their own addictions and sobriety. Faris’ exit from Mom comes right in the middle of a two-year contract she signed with the show in 2019.

When announcing she was leaving the show, Faris called her years spent acting on Mom “some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career,” adding, “I’m so thankful to Chuck, the writers, and my amazing castmates for creating a truly wonderful work experience. While my journey as Christy has come to an end, allowing me to pursue new opportunities, I’ll be watching next season and rooting for my TV family.”

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Football-Style Concussions Turned Henry VIII Into A Wife-Chopping Tyrant

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The topic of brain injury in sports is a hotly debated issue. Is the reality that pro football players experience concussions to the effect of being in several major car crashes the reason they say “give a 110%” seven times during the same post-game interview? Yes, absolutely, and naysayers who claim this is a modern invention by our snowflake culture need only look at the dramatic shift in the intelligence of history’s most famous athlete: His Royal Highness Henry VIII, King of England.

King Henry VIII is best remembered as the king who turned the game of fuck-marry-kill into a to-do list. But before his wife swapping and chopping days, Henry VIII was considered a kind, generous and clever ruler. This started to change in his thirties when Henry “became a comfort-eating paranoid recluse — a 28 stone man-mountain,” something historians previously believed was because of a big dose of syphilis, as he did enjoy his woman like his coffee: briefly and often.

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Even Kilimanjaro has a lower death rate than climbing this man-mountain.

But a recent study from neurologist Arash Salardini of the Yale Memory Clinic claims that Henry VIII’s descent into mad despotism was, in fact, due to several NFL-style brain injuries he received during jousting. How is a modern team sport similar to a medieval man-on-a-horse-with-a-long-stick sport? In that, the helmets can’t protect all that shit. As an avid tourney jouster, Henry VIII was constantly being concussed by lances splintering off his noggin’. In 1524, the king was smashed above the right eye when a lance went through his visor, leaving him with constant migraines. In 1536, he was knocked off his horse during jousting practice, depriving him of consciousness (and his brain of oxygen) for two long hours. He also suffered major brain trauma after he fell headfirst into a brook when he unsuccessfully tried to pole vault over it.

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A case of brain injury begetting more brain injury.

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Kids Gush Over Soldier Dad They Haven’t Seen In 311 Days Unaware He’s Hiding Behind The Pillar

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Sgt. Kirby Karnes had been deployed in Poland for 311 days. That was a long time for him to be away from his wife and three young kids.

Especially during the pandemic when times are even more uncertain.

During his deployment, Kirby would Facetime with his family as much as he possibly could, but it just wasn’t the same as face-to-face communication. He’d often read his kids bedtime stories through the phone.

So when Kirby was slated to come back home a month early, he knew he wanted his homecoming to be extra special.

Though his early return nearly got called off due to COVID-19, it went through… and back to Park Hill, Missouri he went.


First, he unexpectedly showed up at home to surprise his wife and two-year-old.

Then he was off to the elementary school for a gift his other two kids never saw coming.

In the clip below, Kirby’s kids are standing outside school, talking to an interviewer about how much they miss their doting dad.

Little do they know he’s standing just feet away, hiding behind a concrete pillar and waiting for just the right moment to reveal himself.

Watch the priceless reunion below.

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Jimmy Kimmel Reflected Upon His ‘Strange’ Emmys Experience While Returning To His Late-Night Studio

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This year’s post-Emmys TV hangover included multiple talk-show returns on Monday, including Ellen DeGeneres returning to address those allegations of fostering a toxic workplace. The Emmys host, Jimmy Kimmel, also returned to late night after a months-long hiatus, and of course, he used the monologue to address the news of the day, which was the Emmys. Fortunately for all, Kimmel had forecast a “beautiful disaster” for the event, so not much was a surprise for him. Probably not even that fire.

Kimmel had also fully anticipated lower ratings for the event — which makes sense because people are burned out on Zoom panels and may have expected as much — so he took the report of a 12% tumble (to 6.1 million viewers) from last year in stride: “Well, we set a record let’s just say that.” In much better news, though, the Emmys raised $2.8 million for the No Kid Hungry charity, something that’s sorely needed during these pandemic days.

The host also addressed the eeriness of emceeing an empty event (while joking about how “the only person social-distancing in Zendaya’s house was Zendaya herself”), along with the lack of afterparties:

“The weirdest part of hosting this show was – when it was over – there are usually parties – and everyone is carrying their Emmys around. Everyone’s happy, everyone’s celebrating. This year, the show ended – and it was like ‘well, I guess I’ll go into my car – and drive home.’ Doing an awards show – where all the winners are at home – is a strange experience. It was probably the first time in history that someone won an Emmy – and then, ten minutes later put a load of laundry in the dryer.”

Although Kimmel also included several tweets of people (who didn’t realize that old footage was used for the live-audience effect) who bashed him during the show, the event was actually pretty fun to witness. It was truly a highlight of 2020 and pretty darn successful, given the tough circumstances. Where else can you see John Oliver in a hoodie? C’mon.

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