Cash Trapped fans slam player for confessing to huge error as she loses for second time

Six contestants returned for a consecutive 11th instalment of Cash Trapped this evening (December 5) after contestant Mairead lost out on taking home over £44,000 last night. Bradley Walsh welcomed back Mairead, Andy, Mel, Phil, Mike and Nariece on the ITV show as the hopeful quizzers tried their best to escape with their individual jackpots. However, when Mairead lost for the second time in a row, viewers were shocked to hear her justification. 

Following last night’s defeat, Mairead’s winnings had been taken away from her but the quizzer managed to rack up £10,200 during tonight’s show.

After earning the most amount of money in the latest instalment, Mairead was given a chance to escape by cash trapping her five opponents but she ran out of time.

Discussing her defeat, Mike said: “You’re trying to pit your general knowledge against five other people five brains against one.”

“I keep forgetting I have to cash trap you,” Mairead confessed.

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Nariece remarked: “But that’s the name of the game.” 

Mairead explained: “I just think I’ve got to get to the end of the minute, oh no I’m supposed to answer questions.”

“You kept forgetting that rule?” host Bradley interjected.

“I keep forgetting that rule that’s why I panic,” Mairead confirmed.

“I’ve got to block those guys not just last for a minute,” Mairead remarked before confirming she was happy to return tomorrow alongside her five opponents. 

Discussing the show backstage, Bradley admitted he found it “weird” Mairead was unclear on the rules.

Bradley said: “Right well that’s very interesting became Mairead just said she forget she has to cash trap people in the final round.

“She thought she had to sit the minute out, she’s been here for 11 days.”

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“How do you not know that rule?” Bradley asked. “That’s weird.”

Viewers watching the six hopeful quizzers took to Twitter to slam Mairead for not knowing the rules.

One said: “If Mairead doesn’t know she has to cash trap players on a show called #cashTrapped after 11 consecutive days then what are you still doing there?”

Another sceptical viewer thought Mairead did know the rules and sarcastically tweeted: “I forgot I gotta cash trap people #CashTrapped.”

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“This Irish woman’s been on for a fortnight and still doesn’t the rules FFS! #CashTrapped,” a third wrote.

However, other viewers blasted the ITV quiz show’s confusing format.

“#CashTrapped makes no sense – Mairead’s been here for 11 days and doesn’t know the rules, when are they all gonna clear off? Bradley, you’re a good man but this has gone on long enough. Give the people what they want, bring back #TheChase @ITVChase,” one tweeted.

Another remarked: “She’s been on for 11 days and doesn’t know the rules… Because no one does Bradley.”

Cash Trapped airs weekdays on ITV at 5pm.

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Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker Writer On Ending 24 Characters Arcs

This generation’s Star Wars trilogy will be coming to a close with Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker later this month, which naturally means that we can expect some grand finales for characters we’ve come to know and love in these new films.

However, beyond just the heavy hitters like Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren, screenwriter Chris Terrio told Polygon that Rise Of Skywalker will tie-up and finish out the arcs for a whopping 24 different characters. And to make sure it all worked out, Terrio confessed that he and the Star Wars creative team took an interesting approach to the storytelling of a sci-fi fantasy epic.

“I think that, by my last count, there were 24 character arcs in the movie. Twenty-four characters whose stories had sort of beginning, middle, and end,” Terrio said. “So it’s daunting, but also we would tell ourselves that this is just the history of the galaxy. It’s not like we’ve got to make up some confection in order to fit in certain things. We said, ‘No, this is what happened. This is the battle that happened. This was the chance that they took. This was the plan.'”

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In order to make sure everyone was getting their due, Terrio explained that they took an approach that felt similar to writing nonfiction. “A lot of my past work was like historical drama and stuff like that. You write it in the way that you would write any world historical event or galaxy historical event, which is to say that there are all these interwoven strands and all these little moving pieces.”

But despite the myriad endings, Rise Of Skywalker doesn’t actually put a wall around the edges of the Star Wars galaxy. In fact, it actually opens the door for more exploration. “I think there are also little parts of the galaxy that will be opened–at least to the imagination, if not to further films,” Terrio said. “We have some new characters in this movie that I would live with happily in my brain and imagination. So I hope that we’re also saying that the galaxy is big and various. We’ve shown you this one saga, but the galaxy contains multitudes.”

Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker hits theaters December 20, 2020.

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Bradley J Fischer Joins Brian Oliver's New Republic Pictures as President and Chief Content Officer

Company based at Paramount co-financed “Rocketman” and “1917”

With the box office and awards season success of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” music biopics are roaring back. “Rocketman,” based on the life of Elton John, just released this past weekend, and several others are currently in the works, including films about Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. 

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  • Amy Winehouse

    Monumental Pictures’ Alison Owen and Debra Hayward are producing a film on the life of the late Amy Winehouse. They’ll be working in coordination with Winehouse’s father Mitch, who previously said in a statement that he felt finally the “time was right.” Although no one has been cast yet as the soul singer, Owen tells TheWrap the project is in development and the plan is to shoot next year.

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  • “Respect” – Aretha Franklin

    Before her death in 2018, Aretha Franklin chose Jennifer Hudson to portray her on film. The biopic follows the Queen of Soul from her childhood singing in her father’s choir, through the tumultuous, cultural revolution in the 1960s at the start of her career, and on the way to becoming an international icon. Tommy Liesl is directing the film from a script by Oscar winner Callie Khouri. MGM has the movie slated for release on Aug. 14, 2020.

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  • Bob Marley

    Bob Marley’s son Ziggy is producing the currently-in-development biopic about the iconic reggae singer’s life with Paramount Pictures. Marley helped introduce reggae to mainstream audiences around the globe and helped change the landscape of music before dying of cancer at age 36.

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  • Boy George

    Most recently, MGM announced it is set to produce a feature biopic on the life of Boy George, the flamboyant and charismatic frontman of the pop band Culture Club. Sacha Gervasi (“Anvil: The Story of Anvil”) is writing and directing the film that will chart his childhood in a working class Irish family up through his international success as a solo artist.

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  • “Beautiful” – Carole King

    The film adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical “Beautiful” about the life and career of Carole King was first announced back in 2015, and an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap that “Beautiful” is still in development. While no cast or director has been set, Tom Hanks, Paul Blake and Gary Goetzman are set to produce an adaptation based on the musical book by Douglas McGrath. The play is a jukebox musical featuring many of King’s hits as it charts the early part of her career, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Natural Woman” and many more.

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  • “The Power of Love” – Celine Dion

    Valérie Lemercier will star in and direct this feature inspired by the life and career of Canadian singing powerhouse Celine Dion, which will also feature her songs. The film is in the French language, and Gaumont is handling, but a representative says sales have not yet begun on the film. 

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  • Elvis Presley

    “Moulin Rouge” director Baz Luhrmann is helming an untitled biopic about the life of Elvis Presley at Warner Bros., and as of March, Tom Hanks was in talks to portray Elvis’ manager “Colonel Tom” Parker. No word on casting for the King himself however. 

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  • Gucci Mane

    In February, Paramount Players and Imagine Entertainment acquired the life rights to Gucci Mane and kicked off development on a music biopic based on the rapper’s book “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.” Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing the project, and Mane is executive producing with Todd Moscowitz. His book talks about how Mane released mixtapes from prison alongside other rappers like Migos and Young Thug. 

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  • “I Am Woman” – Helen Reddy

    Tilda Cobham-Hervey stars in this biopic of Australian singer Helen Reddy, who became a smash with her feminist anthem “I Am Woman.” Evan Peters and Danielle MacDonald also star in the film directed by Unjoo Moon from a script by Emma Jensen. The biopic follows Reddy’s career as a musician and as an activist during the 1970s. WestEnd Films is handling sales.

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  • “I Still Believe” – Jeremy Camp

    Lionsgate had a surprise box office hit on their hands with the faith-based music biopic “I Can Only Imagine,” and their next is about another Christian rock star, Jeremy Camp. “Riverdale” star KJ Apa stars alongside Shania Twain, as well as Britt Robertson, Melissa Roxburgh and Nathan Dean Parsons.

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  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono

    Bohemian Rhapsody” scribe Anthony McCarten wrote the screenplay for an untitled biopic about the romance between John Lennon and Yoko Ono, along with their activism and strive for peace. Ono herself approved the story after producer Josh Bratman lobbied her to bring it to the screen. Jean Marc Vallée (“Big Little Lies,” “Dallas Buyers Club”) is directing the film, which is currently in active development, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. 

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  • “Leonard” – Leonard Bernstein

    Bradley Cooper is following up “A Star Is Born” by taking on the life story of the legendary composer Leonard Bernstein. Cooper will direct and star in the music biopic, as well as write the script with Josh Singer (“First Man,” “Spotlight”). Paramount Pictures and Amblin Partners are co-financing the project about the New York Philharmonic music director and composer of “West Side Story.” At one point Jake Gyllenhaal was attached to star in a separate Bernstein biopic from director Cary Fukunaga.

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  • “Blond Ambition” – Madonna

    The script for “Blond Ambition” by Elyse Hollander was the number one ranked title on the 2016 Black List of the best un-produced screenplays, and Universal acquired the project in 2017 for Brett Ratner and John Zaozirny to produce. It’s described as the story of how Madonna struggled to get her first album made in 1980s New York, as she navigates fame and a struggle with her gender in show business. Immediately after news broke that the script was acquired, the Material Girl in a now-deleted Instagram post called the project “all lies.” “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story,” she said in a separate post. “Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.” An individual with knowledge says the film is still in active development. 

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  • Teddy Pendergrass

    Tyrese Gibson will play R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass from Warner Bros., who acquired the rights to the singer’s life in February. Pendergrass’ story is ripe for adaptation, as he rose to fame as part of the group Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes before breaking out as a solo artist. Pendergrass suffered a major spinal cord injury in a car crash in 1982 that left him paralyzed, leading him to fight to come back as part of the Live Aid concert in 1985. He died in 2010. Gibson is also producing with the “Empire” creator Lee Daniels and Donald De Line. Pendergrass’ widow is an executive producer. 

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  • Carole King, Boy George, Celine Dion and more are looking for their “Bohemian Rhapsody” moment

    With the box office and awards season success of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” music biopics are roaring back. “Rocketman,” based on the life of Elton John, just released this past weekend, and several others are currently in the works, including films about Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. 

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    Aubrey Plaza Returning as Indie Spirit Awards Host

    Aubrey Plaza will return to the white tent on Santa Monica beach to host the Film Independent Spirit Awards for the second consecutive year.

    Now in its 35th year, the ceremony honoring the year’s best independent cinema will be held on Feb. 8. The 2020 celebration will broadcast live on IFC.

    “Like all great independent film performances, this one deserves a sequel,” Plaza said in a statement. “The people have spoken. Bow down to your host!”

    Film Independent president Josh Welsh added, “At a time when the world is so bitterly divided and civil discourse is almost impossible, it’s nice we can all agree that Aubrey Plaza is the greatest host in the history of hosting. We are thrilled to have her back. Today is also the last day to join Film Independent as a member to get access to the nominated films and vote on the winners.”

    Past Spirit Awards hosts have included duos Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani and Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell.

    Plaza won a Spirit Award for best first feature for her social media satire “Ingrid Goes West.” Best known for her role as April Ludgate on NBC’s sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” Plaza’s credits also include “Jeff Baena’s “The Little Hours,” Colin Trevorrow’s “Safety Not Guaranteed,” Noah Hawley’s “Legion” on FX and Lina Roessler’s “Best Sellers.”

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    Up next, she will star in the drama “Black Bear” opposite Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon. The film is set to premiere at Sundance Film Festival in January.

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    Texas dad dies in ‘freak accident’ hanging up Christmas lights

    A 39-year-old Texas dad died from the injuries he suffered when he fell in a “freak accident” hanging up Christmas lights, according to reports.

    Felipe Gallegos, who owns a window-washing business, was decorating a client’s home with his wife and son Saturday in Rhome when he plummeted from the roof and fractured his skull, news station DFW-TV reported.

    His wife, Alisha Fick, said they hang Christmas lights as a side gig during the holidays and were on their third client of the day.

    She was in the front yard with her son when they heard a loud noise from the backyard, where her husband had been working on the lights, news station WFAA reported.

    “We heard something, and I got out and I went over there, and he was laying on the concrete,” Flick told WFAA. “He was saying, ‘Help me, help me,’ and so I called 911.”

    Gallegos was rushed with multiple injuries to a local hospital, where he died from head trauma, WFAA reported.

    “He had a skull fracture and bleeding in the brain and then he had a chest fracture. And they had to drain blood from his chest,” Flick said. “And they rushed him into emergency surgery, but he didn’t make it.”

    Flick said she’s still in shock and called the incident a “freak accident,” as her husband had several years of experience working on roofs, according to DFW-TV.

    “He was just an all-around great person,” Flick told WFAA. “He always had a smile on his face, and he was always goofy and he was always making everybody laugh.”

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    Taylor Swift Is Done ‘Stressing Out’ About Her Body Ahead Of Turning 30: ‘There Are Certain

    Taylor Swift is shaking off negativity ahead of her upcoming 30th birthday.

    The songstress, who enters a new decade of life on December 13, is being honored by People as one of four “People Of The Year” for 2019 along with Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, and Michelle Obama.

    Ch-ch-check out her cover shot (below):

    Openly discussing her body image, Swift shared with the publication:

    “There are certain parts of my brain that I don’t visit as often, like stressing out about my body, stressing out about being on trend, stressing out about people thinking I’m cool, stressing out about people thinking really anything about me. You have to toss out things that don’t serve you. That’s what I think we all try to do when we’re getting older, and you just hope that you’re getting wiser too!”

    Overall, the 10-time Grammy winner is “really happy” right now. She explained:

    “I’ve been told by a lot of people are really fun, and I’m having a really good time approaching them.”

    Of course, just because Tay tries not to overthink her image, she also spoke about how she handles getting stressed about her bod:

    “I really love that there are advocates out there in the world being very vocal about the fact that aging is not a slow march to irrelevancy, death and decay. Whenever I feel stress-y about things, I’ll just read some of Jameela Jamil’s quotes about body image and health and normal body weight.”

    Specifically discussing Jamil, the Lover artist explained:

    “She talks about how we should just be not so much body-positive, but body-neutral. We shouldn’t be thinking about them as much as we do, and I really like that. People like that who make solid points like that make me feel more chill about life.”

    Aside from her trek to body neutrality, the Cats star has also been on quite the romantic journey since entering the public eye. But luckily, she’s been able to learn a lot from her experiences, and hopes fans have as well:

    “So much was made of my personal life at such a young age, I started to feel like anything that I did that wasn’t successful, like a breakup or anything that people were making such a big deal of, such a huge mark on me that would last forever.”

    Without specifically addressing her ongoing drama with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, the songstress even discussed how she’s evolved into being a woman who can stand up for herself in any social situation:

    “The more women are able to voice their discomfort in social situations, the more it becomes the social norm that people who ask the questions at parties like ‘When are you going to start a family?’ to someone as soon as they turn 25 are a little bit rude. It’s gonna take a bit for people to catch up with that, and I understand that, but it’s good that we’re allowed to say, ‘Hey, just so you know, we’re more than incubators. You don’t have to ask that of someone just because they’re in their mid-20s and they’re a female.’”

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    The Clock Tower: Here's What You Need to Know to Prepare For 'Crisis on Infinite Earths'

    (Welcome to The Clock Tower, where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes, cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every other week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.)

    Okay, so, no one panic. But we’re here. The weapon is built, the Harbinger has come, and Crisis on Infinite Earths is just days away. This week’s Clock Tower is going to work a little bit differently. We’re still going to talk about the respective shows, but we’re also going to do a little bit of a primer for those who are hyped to check out Crisis, but don’t have the time to commit to five full-time superhero shows! If you’re lost during these little check-ins, just scroll ‘till you hit “So, What Do I Need to Know to Watch Crisis on Infinite Earths?”

    We’re All Mad Here

    Batwoman has featured the least amount of Crisis lead-in, but that doesn’t mean there was nothing to see. Alice finally got her tea party, and things got lethal. Katherine Hamilton-Kane falsified the evidence of Alice’s death so Jacob and Kate would stop looking for her. She did it as a mother, who saw her husband and stepdaughter hurting. A sip of champagne will force her to make a new call as a mom: take the antidote and save herself, or give the antidote to a terrified Mary. Though Hamilton-Kane’s decision is ultimately unsurprising, it did deliver one of the most emotional moments of the series yet. Her death also ensured that Kate and Jacob are done handling their murderous family member with kid gloves. At least for now. 

    Rama KHHAAAANNNNN

    You know what’s exhausting? When one half of an episode is infinitely more interesting than the other. Though, it does speak wonders to the performances of Melissa Benoist (Supergirl) and Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor). The two women’s story was up against the god behind all of the world’s natural disasters (who also happened to be played by the incomparable Mitch Pileggi), but they still grabbed all of the attention for themselves.

    Currently, hope is all we have when it comes to Lena Luthor. Specifically, the hope that the show does the right thing and brings her back from the edge she currently finds herself teetering on. Having a Luthor who rises above her family’s darkness is so much more interesting than watching another one fall. Particularly now that The Monitor has brought Lex back into the fray. 

    Barry Allen’s Superpower Isn’t Speed – It’s Hope

    The mid-season finale of The Flash also felt a little disjointed, but there was still a lot to love. It’s hard to give Dark Flash any emotional oomph when you know the real Barry’s going to be back next week. That doesn’t mean we can’t have fun with the zombies though! Bloodwork’s spooky by nature, so getting a horror-centric episode was bound to happen sooner or later. They delivered both on his minions, and on his final creepy form. Most importantly, they delivered on the feels! 

    As far as Team Flash knows, Barry Allen’s about to run to his death. We’re going to just ignore the fact that “The Flash must die” doesn’t specify which Flash, and acknowledge all of the beautiful moments that went down between the family. Even if we did miss Ralph a little bit. 

    I’m Not Alone

    Arrow was always going to have the most Crisis tie-ins. Oliver Queen must die for the universe and Lyla Michaels has been around for quite some time. The team’s last task before infinite earths fall was to build the weapon that would help defend them. Though it’s Oliver’s story with his children that once again ends up being the most important thing about the episode.

    Oliver Queen struggle on Lian Yu while reconciling with the fact that he has to say goodbye to his kids resulted in another stellar addition to Arrow’s final season. He shares emotional moments with both William and Mia before things come to a close, but he also sends Diggle with some instructions for the future. Those include ensuring the 2040 crowd is sent back to their time where they belong, and that Mia and William get to grow up together. Considering Mia’s with him in all of the promo shots for Crisis, I suspect neither of those things are going to happen. 

    So, What Do I Need to Know to Watch Crisis on Infinite Earths?

    Hi new friends! Welcome to your crash course on the biggest crossover event in DC history (yes, step aside Justice League). If you haven’t been following along, and you’ve never read Crisis on Infinite Earths, you need to first know about Krona, Mar Novu, and Mobius. Ultimately what we’re about to see is all of the infinite earths condensed into one. We’re also about to see a lot of people die. 

    Mar Novu has brought in several key players outside of the main heroes. J’onn J’onnz was recently confirmed as a participant, as was Lex Luthor. We’ll have several iterations of Superman that include Tom Welling’s Clark Kent and Brandon Routh’s Kingdom Come Supes in addition to the Arrowverse’s Tyler Hoechlin. Batman will finally be joining the fray by way of the one and only Kevin Conroy as Kingdom Come’s version of Bruce Wayne. Smallville’s Erica Durance will be playing both Lois Lane and Alura Zor-El, while John Wesley Shipp will reprise his role as The Flash. In addition, we’ll also see Black Lightning come play in the Arrowverse for the very first time, and will be joined by the likes of Star Girl, Huntress, Jonah Hex, and Burt Ward (we don’t currently know if he’ll be playing Robin). 

    If you tried catching the shows this week so you could be prepared, that guy you kept seeing at the end of every episode is Nash Wells. We’re pretty sure he’s Pariah. I’m not gonna dive too much into what that means, just keep your eye on him when he pops up throughout the five-part crossover. If you’ve got questions about Crisis that aren’t addressed here, I’ll try to help out in the comments! 

    Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel

    So… anyone else stressed? I’m stressed. This Sunday kicks off a massive event that’s going to lead to the death of a lot of darlings. Oliver and Felicity are likely to get the pocket universe storyline that Superman and Lois got in the comics, since he’ll be playing the lead role, but we’re certainly going to lose a Flash. Superman, Batman, parallel earth versions of your faves? Those are all fair game as we gear up to watch infinity be wiped out of existence. Everything’s fine! We have fun here! See you next week! 

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    What Was Monique Samuels’ Job Before ‘Real Housewives of Potomac?’

    It’s rumored that Real Housewives of Potomac star, Monique Samuels, may not be returning for the upcoming season. A physical altercation between her and castmate Candice Dillard is said to have occurred while filming and both are now in a nasty legal battle.

    Things have taken a dark turn recently but when viewers were introduced to Samuels, she was a spitfire personality who loved to have a good time. Fans loved her for her talkative nature, sense of style and her bragging about not just her current life, but also her past dealings in the music industry.

    Monique Samuels pursued a rap career before ‘RHOP’

    “Motormouth Mo’Nique,” as the RHOP star has called herself, once put her love of talking to good use and heavily pursued a rap career. Under the stage name “Hazel,” her skills were so good that she says she was offered several record label and production deals. Many of the opportunities she took came to an abrupt end when she realized the compromises industry executives wanted her to make. 

    In a 2017 interview with Bravo.com, Samuels spoke about the dangers of the music industry that she refused to take part in. “I was always asked to either change my persona or several “strings” were attached along with the opportunity,” she explained.

    According to Samuels, she preferred to create fun and encouraging music with popular messages and great beats. Record label heads didn’t take to her look or sound and wanted her to be as oversexualized as other female rappers of her time or have more street appeal. “I was not about to parade around, barely clothed, singing about men and sex, she said. “I don’t have a street background so I wasn’t comfortable with giving a more “gangsta” message.”  

    But not all of her experiences were bad. She met and collaborated with a few of rap’s current icons. Samuels also says that she receives residual checks from music she recorded that became popular overseas. “Every quarter I receive a statement of how many plays each of my registered songs receive, along with a check,” she exclaimed. 

    Monique Samuels raps on ‘RHOP’

    Samuels may have stopped pursuing rap as a career choice but that doesn’t mean she’s completely retired. During her first RHOP scene with the cast, she broke out into a rap, leaving her cast both shocked and impressed. 

    At the season 2 reunion, she prepared a rap about her experience on her debut season and how she felt about her castmates that ruffled some feathers. Samuels says that production wouldn’t allow her to do the same during the season 3 reunion so she took to her social media to share instead.

    Season 5 will be Samuels’s fourth year on the show. Viewers have watched her transform from a dedicated wife and mother who managed her household, to a businesswoman in demand. She remains a big fixture in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia charity and social circle, running her husband’s foundation and sitting on a variety of boards. She also produces her own podcast and website, Not For Lazy Moms, where she dishes out advice on motherhood and manages a community message board.

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    Consumer Reporter Jeff Rossen Joins Hearst Television

     Jeff Rossen, a TV journalist who became a fixture on NBC’s “Today” with reports about consumer tips and avoiding scams, is taking up a new role at Hearst Television.

    Rossen will become the company’s chief national consumer correspondent, a new role, and will continue to deliver his “Rossen Reports” that help people analyze how to save money and lead better lives. He will be based at the company’s New York headquarters, and will create reports for broadcast, digital and mobile venues.

    “Jeff has brought relatability and trustworthiness to his impressive array of assignments, establishing a brand as America’s premier consumer reporter,” said Barbara Maushard, senior vice president, news, at Hearst Television, in a prepared statement.  “Jeff and ‘Rossen Reports’ are a perfect fit for our efforts to bring to local viewers throughout the country stories that are impactful and relevant to their lives; ‘Rossen Reports’ is an ideal complement to our growing investigative reporting initiatives, as underscored by our recent launch of a Washington-based investigative unit.” Hearst launched a Washington, DC-based national investigative unit, headed by former CBS News correspondent Mark Albert, in 2018, and hired Soledad O’Brien to host its weekly public affairs program “Matter of Fact” in 2016.

    Rossen’s investigations encompass everything from how to travel more economically to how to navigate medical bills. His reporting once prompted an insurance company to approve the use of a drug to treat a man suffering from a terminal disease. He is the author of 2017’s “Rossen to the Rescue: Secrets to Avoiding Scams, Everyday Dangers, and Major Catastrophes.”

     He is a graduate of Syracuse University and worked at that city’s ABC affiliate, WSYR, before moving to Detroit’s Fox affiliate, WJBK-TV and New York’s WABC. He joined NBC News in 2008, and left after his most recent contract expired in 2019.

     

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    Exclusive: Audrey Tries to Get on Santa's Nice List in This Descendants Christmas Music Video

    Descendants stars Sarah Jeffrey and Jadah Marie are spreading Christmas cheer with their brand new music video for “Audrey’s Christmas Rewind.” In this exclusive clip, the Queen of Mean (Jeffrey) becomes the Queen of Christmas as she gets into the holiday spirit and tries to get on Santa’s Nice List. As she dances around in a colorful advent calendar, she sings about how she wishes she could reverse all the wicked things she did in Descendants 3 (i.e., putting spells on the VKs, ruining Jane’s birthday, and trying to become queen of Auradon). The full music video will premiere during the Disney Channel Music Event, Holidays Unwrapped, on Sunday, Dec. 8 on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW, but in the meantime you can watch the colorful sneak peek above.

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