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Fox Business Put Two Primetime Shows on Hiatus in March, and Only One Came Back

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Political commentator and former MTV VJ Lisa Kennedy Montgomery celebrated the revival of her Fox Business Network show, Kennedy, in brusque fashion on Twitter on Thursday, Oct. 15. “Listen up freedomaniacs, liberty lovers, politicos and misfits of every stripe,” she tweeted. “I’M BACK, B—-ES!!!” But what happened to Kennedy anyway? Why was it taken off the air in the first place? Here’s the skinny.

What happened to ‘Kennedy’ on Fox News?

Kennedy, a show on the Fox News Media channel Fox Business, was initially a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement in March 2020, Fox Business Network announced that it was scrapping 9 p.m. hour Kennedy and 8 p.m. hour Trish Regan Primetime “until further notice” to help clear its weekday programming schedule. The network put 5 a.m.’s FBN am and 5 p.m.’s Bulls & Bears on hiatus, as well.

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“Due to the demands of the evolving pandemic crisis coverage, we are deploying all resources from both shows for staffing needs during critical market hours,” the network’s statement said. “FOX Business will run long form programming in primetime for the foreseeable future.”

In a memo sent days to employees before, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and Fox News President Jay Wallace urged employees to “keep in mind that viewers rely on us to stay informed during a crisis of this magnitude, and we are providing an important public service to our audience by functioning as a resource for all Americans,” per Variety.

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Fox Business president Lauren Petterson added, “While FBN will remain committed to delivering up to the minute breaking business news and analysis, our first priority is the health and safety of our employees. This scaled back schedule will ensure we continue to deliver critical information to our audience amidst this global pandemic and time of market volatility while helping to fight the further escalation of the coronavirus.”

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On Thursday, however, The Wrap broke the news that Fox Business Network would be relaunching Kennedy, airing the show at 8 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday each week starting on Monday, Oct. 19. A source with knowledge of the renewal told The Wrap that Lisa was being brought back to offer her unique take on politics and pop culture in the lead-up to the election.

And on Saturday, Oct. 17, Jo Jorgensen — the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential candidate — tweeted that she would be a guest on Monday’s episode of the show.

Kennedy premiered in January 2015, two weeks after Fox Business canceled Lisa’s previous show, the libertarian-oriented series The Independents, after little more than a year on air.

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What happened to ‘Trish Regan Primetime’?

Trish Regan Primetime, which was put on ice alongside Kennedy this March, will not return to Fox Business Network: The cable channel severed ties with host Trish Regan later that month after she claimed the United States’ coronavirus crisis was “another attempt to impeach the president,” according to The Wrap.

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“Fox Business has parted ways with Trish Regan — we thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors. We will continue our reduced live primetime schedule for the foreseeable future in an effort to allocate staff resources to continuous breaking news coverage on the coronavirus crisis,” the network said in a statement.

In her own statement, Trish said, “I have enjoyed my time at Fox and now intend to focus on my family during these troubled times. I am grateful to my incredible team at Fox Business and for the many opportunities the network has provided me. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my career.”

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Matthew McConaughey was estranged from his mum for eight years after she leaked info to the press

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Matthew McConaughey is opening up about his past in his new memoir, Greenlights.

The actor shared a story about how he was estranged from his mother for eight years, after she began leaking details about his life to the press.

“I would have conversations, and then all of a sudden — whoop — what we’d talked about would end up in the paper three days later. I was, like, ‘Mom, that was between us!’,” he said this week in an interview with The Howard Stern Show.

“I was calling my mom at that time, after I’d gotten famous, needing to talk to my mom,” he continued. “And my mom was not the only one on the phone. The woman that was on the phone was a fan ― of my fame.”

The How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days actor says he asked his mother to stop talking to the press, but she continued. The last straw was when she allowed a TV crew into her home for an interview, and pointed out the bed where he had lost his virginity.

When he confronted her about it, she denied doing anything wrong and conceded that she just assumed he’d never find out about it.

“We went through a time where I didn’t really share much with her,” he said. “She became a different person.”

“It was a strenuous relationship for eight years. We’re back completely now,” the actor added, saying that he’s since “forgiven her” and had to “make some boundaries.”

“There’s always forgiveness. I just tried to bide my time,” he said. “It was a sad time. I remember talking to my brothers, going, ‘I have these five-minute conversations with mom on Sunday when I’ll call her, and I just really listen and barely say anything.’

“And I don’t feel like she’s getting to know me or I’m getting to know her any better,” McConaughey added. “It was tough for eight years, but we went through it, and we’re on the other side of it. It’s good.”

McConaughey’s memoir, which is out now, is full of new information about his life and career. He discusses how he was blackmailed into losing his virginity, his time as an exchange student in Australia, how he almost quit Hollywood, and his relationship with his wife Camila Alves.

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FDA Approves Gilead’s Remdesivir For COVID-19 Treatment

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However, on Oct. 22, the FDA approved Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir as the first and only fully approved treatment for COVID-19. Don’t expect to walk into a pharmacy and leave with the treatment though; the intravenous drug can only be administered in hospitalized patients. Here’s what else you need to know.

Is Remdesivir an FDA-Approved Treatment For COVID-19?

In May 2020, remdesivir was granted an emergency use authorization, which means doctors could administer the drug to hospitalized coronavirus patients even though it hadn’t yet been formally approved by the FDA. However, on Oct. 22, Gilead announced that remdesivir had been officially approved by the FDA, making it the first official treatment for COVID-19. That antiviral, which is sold under the brand name Veklury, is approved for patients 12 and older and “should only be administered in a hospital or in a healthcare setting capable of providing acute care comparable to inpatient hospital care,” the company said in a statement.

In the statement, Gilead explained that remdesivir is an antiviral drug that “works to stop replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.” It was one of the drugs used to treat Donald Trump after he tested positive for COVID-19 in Oct. 2020, according to CNBC. Gilead claims the drug is “widely available in hospitals across the country,” and will expand manufacturing to increase supply.

Is There a Cure For Coronavirus?

The National Center For Complementary and Integrative Health has another warning: beware of “alternative” treatments touted as cures for coronavirus. “Some of these purported remedies include herbal therapies and teas. There is no scientific evidence that any of these alternative remedies can prevent or cure the illness caused by this virus. In fact, some of them may not be safe to consume,” the experts warn. So, a cup of tea to soothe a cough? Perfectly fine. A supposed “miracle” tea that claims to cure coronavirus infections? Not a great idea.

How Do I Prevent Coronavirus?

So, if there’s no real cure, what are we supposed to do? The CDC’s guidelines are evolving as more knowledge about the virus develops, but right now, the focus is on prevention and keeping the virus from spreading. Since there is currently no available vaccine against the virus — although experimental vaccine trials are currently in the works from companies like Johnson & Johnson and Moderna — avoiding exposure is the best way to avoid infection since the virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person and through respiratory droplets from people who are sick when they cough, laugh, or sneeze. The following is a list of recommendations from the CDC to prevent coronavirus:

The CDC also recommends monitoring your health daily and being on alert for symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or sudden unexplained loss of taste and smell, among others, and to take your temperature if you notice symptoms developing.

What Do I Do If I Get Sick?

If you think might have coronavirus, whether you start developing symptoms or you have been exposed, you should talk to your healthcare provider about getting a test for COVID-19. If you’re already sick, the CDC similarly recommends a set of guidelines to try to prevent the spread of the virus. Among the recommendations: stay home except for visiting the doctor or hospital, call ahead when getting medical care to let your provider know you may have coronavirus so they can prepare accordingly, wear a face mask at the doctor’s office and when you’re in close proximity to other people, separate yourself as much as possible from other people or pets in your home, keep your hands and other surfaces in your home disinfected, and cover your coughs and sneezes.

The guidelines for treating and preventing coronavirus are shifting as officials and scientists learn more about the virus and its behavior. Be careful not to fall prey to misinformation and false reports. Your best bet is to get your information from reliable news outlets and government agencies like the CDC; you may even check a couple of different sources to make sure you’re getting legitimate and updated information to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

POPSUGAR aims to give you the most accurate and up-to-date information about the coronavirus, but details and recommendations about this pandemic may have changed since publication. For the latest information on COVID-19, please check out resources from the WHO, CDC, and local public health departments.

— Additional reporting by Christina Stiehl

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Are Chelsea Meissner and Nick Dana Still Together? ‘Southern Charm’ Fans Are Unsure

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In May 2020, Chelsea Meissner announced that she was leaving Southern Charm, the reality show chronicling the drama-filled everyday life of a group of socialites living in Charleston, S.C.

The revelation came as a shock to most fans — and those starved for more information about the latest developments in Chelsea’s love life in particular. After her breakup with Austen Kroll, she started dating pro sailor Nick Dana. However, she hasn’t shared any updates about her boyfriend for some time now.

It’s uncertain where things stand between ‘Southern Charm’ alum Chelsea Meissner and Nick Dana.

Soon after joining the cast of Southern Charm, Chelsea got caught up in a love triangle with Shep Rose and Austen Kroll, and she ended up choosing Austen. They parted ways after they realized that they were at different places in their lives. Fortunately for Chelsea, the breakup marked the beginning of an even more exciting chapter — as the next man to come along was Nick.

As a previous article by The Daily Dish reveals, lifestyle differences served as one of the biggest sources of conflict in Chelsea’s relationship with Austen. Arguably, this wasn’t a problem she and Nick would have ever had to face.

Chelsea is a Charleston-based hairdresser who loves to try new sports like fishing, surfing, or sailing, and spending time in the great outdoors. She even appeared on Season 24 of Survivor. Nick, on the other hand, is a professional sailor.

But the love of sailing is far from the only thing the stars had in common. Just like Chelsea, Nick loves to surf and travel, and it’s perhaps safe to assume that, as a professional sailor, he likes to exercise. And, as Nick revealed in an interview with WindCheck Magazine, he also knows how to fix up a lobster boat.

Nick might be Chelsea’s ex-boyfriend.

The last time Chelsea and Nick made the rounds was in January 2020, when they surprised fans with a much-needed update on their latest adventure, a romantic getaway to El Salvador. Unfortunately, there’s no information available on where their relationship stands, as they have been suspiciously quiet ever since.

Arguably, if there was one thing that could have driven them apart, it’s the fact that their long-distance relationship meant that they had to spend considerable time apart.

“I do have a boyfriend and all is going well … He travels a lot because he’s a professional sailor. He’s gone a lot, I’ll just say that,” was one of the first things Chelsea had to say about her relationship with Nick in a previous Bravo video titled “The Southern Charm Crew Reveals Their Relationship Status After Season 5.”

Disappointingly enough, Nick’s Instagram is set to private at present — which makes it all the more complicated for nosy fans to work out what’s going on between the stars. However, one notable clue might be that Nick isn’t tagged in any of Chelsea’s photographs — including the post about their journey to El Salvador.

Season 7 of Southern Charm premieres on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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