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Last Update on April 01, 2015 07:10 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- How would you feel if you got a promotion, then people started trolling through your old social media posts -- and decided that you weren't fit for the job? That's the situation facing Trevor Noah, the guy Comedy Central has tabbed as the replacement for Jon Stewart as host of "The Daily Show." Some have complained about his old tweets -- saying some of his comments about Jews and women were distasteful. But Noah isn't apologizing. He says it's unfair to make assumptions about his views over what he calls "a handful of jokes that didn't land." His bosses have also come to his defense. Comedy Central says Noah is a "provocative" comedian who "spares no one, himself included."

AP Enterainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Comedy Central has issued a statement backing Trevor Noah after some complained his tweets from years ago were offensive.


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Did you hear the one about the comedian, a man with a banana -- and a man with a sketch pad? It may sound like the setup for a joke -- but it turned out to be the setup for an arrest. Authorities in Santa Fe, New Mexico say they arrested a man who threw a banana peel at Dave Chappelle during a show Monday night. The man was taken in on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and battery. The man, Christian Englander, acknowledges he threw the peel at Chappelle, who is black. Sometimes a move like that can have racial connotations. But police say the man told them he did it because Chappelle made fun of his friend -- the one with the sketch pad.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Hard to tell what was up with "The Talk" co-host Sheryl Underwood when she and her fellow hosts were reading off the Daytime Emmy nominations. She grinned, nodded and pumped her fists as the nominees were announced. And when she heard her own show was up for best talk show and best talk show cast -- she began crying. She joked later that she was crying because she only had a month to drop 50 pounds for the Emmy ceremony. Overall, ABC's "General Hospital" ended up with the most nods, 28, including four for its cast members. Winners will be announced April 26 on the Pop network.

AP Enterainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel looks at the list of nominees in the talk show category.

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Sheryl Underwood, "The Talk"

Here's Sheryl Underwood reading nominees for best dramatic daytime TV show. COURTESY: CBS ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Aisha Tyler, "The Talk"

Here's Aisha Tyler reading off names of Emmy nominees for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series. COURTESY: CBS ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Julie Chen, "The Talk"

Here's Julie Chen of "The Talk" reading off names of Daytime Emmy nominees for outstanding game show host. COURTESY: CBS ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Aisha Tyler, "The Talk"

Here's Aisha Tyler, reading off names of Daytime Emmy nominees for outstanding game show.((Courtesy: CBS - MANDATORY ON-AIR CREDIT))

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Sheryl Underwood, "The Talk"

Here's a very excited Sheryl Underwood of "The Talk," reading off names of Daytime Emmy nominees for outstanding talk show. COURTESY: CBS ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Sheryl Underwood, "The Talk"

A very overcome Sheryl Underwood of "The Talk" explains why she cried during the nominations for best talk show and talk show host. COURTESY: CBS ((mandatory on-air credit))


NEW YORK (AP) -- Helen Mirren says if you can imagine what it would be like if someone swiped the Statue of Liberty from New York City, you can appreciate the role she plays in "Woman in Gold." Mirren plays a woman named Maria Altmann, who fights to reclaim a portrait of her aunt, which was stolen by the Nazis, then appropriated by Austria after World War II. Mirren says she felt the painting's worth exceeded its monetary value. She saw it as a symbol of the life that was taken away from her character during the war. "Woman in Gold" opens today.

Helen Mirren says while she didn't suffer as much as her real-life counterpart Maria Altmann, she could understand her struggle to get a famed painting of her aunt returned. ((note length of cut))


NEW YORK (AP) -- The X Album? That's not what David Duchovny is calling it. But the actor famous for his work on "X Files" will be dropping his first music album. The project is called "Hell or Highwater" -- and it comes out May 12. He wrote a dozen tracks for the project. He says making the album is "a dream come true" -- though if you think his having a musical career is a shock, he says he'd agree.

Theme from the show "The X Files." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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David Duchovny,

Agent Fox Mulder tells agent Dana Scully that his mission to seek the truth has been unsuccessful.


NEW YORK (AP) -- It's been a while since she left "The View." But Barbara Walters never said she was retiring. And she's proving it -- by taking on a new gig. She will launch a series to begin in October on the Investigation Discovery network. It's called "American Scandal" and will follow up on some of the stories she's covered during her career. One episode will be about Mary Kay Letourneau (leh-TUR'-noh), the Seattle-area teacher convicted of raping a 12-year-old student.

Rewind Time

April 01, 2015 07:10 GMT

Today is Wednesday, April 1, the 91st day of 2015. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool's Day.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 1, 1945, American forces launched the amphibious invasion of Okinawa during World War II. (U.S. forces succeeded in capturing the Japanese island on June 22.)

On this date:

In 1789, the U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York; Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first House speaker.

In 1815, Prussian/German statesman Otto von Bismarck was born in Schoenhausen.

In 1865, during the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan routed Confederate soldiers under the command of Maj. Gen. George Pickett in the Battle of Five Forks in Virginia.

In 1924, Adolf Hitler was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich. (Hitler was released in Dec. 1924; during his time behind bars, he wrote his autobiographical screed, "Mein Kampf.")

In 1933, Nazi Germany staged a daylong national boycott of Jewish-owned businesses.

In 1954, the United States Air Force Academy was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In 1962, the Katherine Anne Porter novel "Ship of Fools," an allegory about the rise of Nazism in Germany, was published by Little, Brown & Co. on April Fool's Day.

In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon signed a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and television, to take effect after Jan. 1, 1971.

In 1972, the first Major League Baseball players' strike began; it lasted 12 days.

In 1975, with Khmer Rouge guerrillas closing in, Cambodian President Lon Nol resigned and fled into exile, spending the rest of his life in the United States.

In 1984, recording star Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father, Marvin Gay (cq) Sr. in Los Angeles, the day before his 45th birthday. (The elder Gay pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and received probation.)

In 1992, the National Hockey League Players' Association went on its first-ever strike, which lasted 10 days.

Ten years ago: The Vatican reported that Pope John Paul II was near death, his breathing shallow and his heart and kidneys failing. President Bill Clinton's former national security adviser, Sandy Berger, pleaded guilty to sneaking classified documents out of the National Archives; he was later sentenced to two years' probation.

Five years ago: Roman Catholic cardinals across Europe used their Holy Thursday sermons to defend Pope Benedict XVI from accusations he'd played a role in covering up sex abuse scandals. Dayton denied the previous year's national champs another title as the Flyers beat North Carolina 79-68 to win the NIT. Actor John Forsythe, 92, died in Santa Ynez, California.

One year ago: Mocking his critics, President Barack Obama boasted that 7.1 million people had signed up for his health care law, and said "the debate over repealing this law is over." Congress demanded answers from General Motors' new CEO, Mary Barra, on why the automaker had taken 10 years to recall cars with a faulty ignition switch linked at that time to 13 traffic deaths; Barra acknowledged that the company took too long to act.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Jane Powell is 86. Actress Grace Lee Whitney is 85. Actress Debbie Reynolds is 83. Country singer Jim Ed Brown is 81. Actor Don Hastings is 81. Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro is 76. Actress Ali MacGraw is 76. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rudolph Isley is 76. Baseball All-Star Rusty Staub is 71. Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff is 67. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is 65. Rock musician Billy Currie (Ultravox) is 65. Actress Annette O'Toole is 63. Movie director Barry Sonnenfeld is 62. Singer Susan Boyle is 54. Actor Jose Zuniga is 53. Country singer Woody Lee is 47. Actress Jessica Collins is 44. Rapper-actor Method Man is 44. Movie directors Albert and Allen Hughes are 43. Political commentator Rachel Maddow is 42. Tennis player Magdalena Maleeva is 40. Actor David Oyelowo (oh-YEHLOH'-oh) is 39. Singer Bijou Phillips is 35. Actor Sam Huntington is 33. Comedian-actor Taran Killam is 33. Actor Matt Lanter is 32. Actor Josh Zuckerman is 30. Country singer Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum) is 29. Actor Asa Butterfield is 18.

Thought for Today: "The only sin is mediocrity." -- Martha Graham, American modern dance pioneer (born 1894, died this date in 1991).