Showing posts with label ABC NEWS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ABC NEWS. Show all posts

Monday, September 24, 2018


Video Of Alleged Gay Basher

WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Police are looking for the man responsible for a brutal hate-driven attack in Brooklyn.

The attack happened just before 1 a.m. Sunday on Metropolitan Avenue as the victims were leaving a gay bar in Williamsburg.

Investigators say the man approached two male victims, who were intoxicated, made anti-gay comments and then attacked.

The suspect punched the 34-year-old victim in the face and threw the 29-year-old victim against a tree. Both victims from Hawthorne, New Jersey, were knocked unconscious.

The suspect then ran off in an unknown direction.

One victim sustained a fractured shoulder, the other a broken finger.

A bystander took a picture of the man police think is responsible for the attack.

"We need for people to take action, not just to find and arrest this one person, we need people to take action to go out and vote and make sure that we don't have people and leaders in this country that actively dog whistle against my very existence," said Aidan Pongrice, a neighbor.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


The Last Defense

“DARLIE ROUTIER: The Woman” – The trial of Darlie Routier heats up. Facing one of Texas’ top defense lawyers, the prosecution argues that Darlie's actions and demeanor are not that of a grieving mother but of a person capable of murdering her own children. The defense strikes back by questioning the state’s theory of motive and the characterization of Darlie. However, when the prosecution presents a video of Darlie having a party at her children's gravesite in the now infamous “silly string video,” it seems her fate is sealed. Author Barbara Davis, who was at the original trial, gives a firsthand account on “The Last Defense,” TUESDAY, JUNE 26 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

“DARLIE ROUTIER: The Woman” was directed by Jeremiah Crowell.

“The Last Defense” is executive produced by Viola Davis, Julius Tennon and Andrew Wang for JuVee Productions; Christine Connor and Lee Beckett for XCON Productions; Vanessa Potkin, Aida Leisenring and Morgan Hertzan for Lincoln Square Productions. The series will air on The ABC Television Network.

“The Last Defense” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with 5.1- channel surround sound.

Monday, April 30, 2018



Ashley Judd On ABC News

ABC News’ “World News Tonight” featured an exclusive interview with actress Ashley Judd.

ABC NEWS STORY BY: ENJOLI FRANCIS -- Actress Ashley Judd and her lawyers have filed a lawsuit today against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, claiming that he damaged her career by blocking her from getting major movie roles in retaliation for turning down his advances.

"I lost career opportunity. I lost money. I lost status and prestige and power in my career as a direct result of having been sexually harassed and rebuffing the sexual harassment," Judd told ABC News today. "My career opportunities, after having been defamed by Harvey Weinstein, were significantly diminished. ... My career was damaged because I rebuffed Mr. Weinstein's sexual advances. I know it for a fact."

In October, Judd sat down with ABC News' Diane Sawyer in her first television interview about her Weinstein allegations.

Nearly seven months since then, Judd said her experiences have been really positive.

Judd, who said she had not heard from Weinstein, said she would donate any monetary damages from the lawsuit to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund.

Ashley Judd on post-Weinstein Hollywood: 'I’m more connected to this community again'

How Ashley Judd fought off Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment

In December, "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson spoke to the New Zealand publication Stuff and said that Weinstein made him blacklist certain female stars, including Judd.

Judd said today that learning of that had made her feel "very sad." She told ABC News that she was up for a role in the film and then "radio silence."

"It's very upsetting, you know," she said. "It was a special time to be invited into their offices. ... Then all of a sudden, mysteriously, we never heard back."

Weinstein has denied all allegations of sexual assault and has not commented on Judd's lawsuit. Last year, Weinstein's spokesperson said that while Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of Jackson's film, they had no input on the casting whatsoever.

A spokesperson for the movie executive told The New Yorker in a prior statement: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."

"Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual," according to the full statement from Weinstein's spokesperson. "Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance."

Courtesy Of ABC News / Disney

Monday, April 09, 2018


Joy Behar

Hot Topics: Joy Behar exposes fake tweet

Behar addresses a fake tweet circulating on social media that appears to be from her, but is not: "The tweet is as fake as my hair color, okay!"

Hot Topics: What's next in Syria?

"If push comes to shove and this keeps happening, yes, we should get involved," Meghan McCain says. "It's easy for us as Americans to say 'it's happening over there'... There are historical comparisons that can be made to what happened in WWII. I think if we sit here and do nothing, at a certain point it will make its way... here."

Courtesy Of: ABC Disney

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Denise Huskins And Aaron Quinn

ABC News Amy Robach sits down for the first interview with Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn, who describe the anguish they felt after authorities at the time dismissed Denise’s kidnapping as a hoax, causing the case to be known as the “Gone Girl” kidnapping after the fictional book and film. Denise recounts her nightmare, revealing new details about her harrowing hours in captivity and opens up about confronting her kidnapper, Matt Muller, in court. The couple discusses the damage the ordeal has had on their careers and personal lives and what the future holds now that the truth has been revealed. The interview comes just days after Denise and Aaron reached a tentative settlement of $2.5 million with the city of Vallejo in their civil lawsuit for defamation and infliction of emotional distress. “20/20” airs on Friday, March 23 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC.

In the early hours of March 23, 2015 Aaron and Denise were the victims of a home invasion and were bound and drugged. While Aaron was left home with ransom instructions, Denise was tossed in a trunk, kidnapped and, while in captivity, says she was raped twice. While Denise was living a nightmare she thought she wouldn’t survive, Aaron says police didn’t believe his story and accused him of killing his girlfriend. But 48 hours later, Denise was shockingly set free miles away in her hometown of Huntington Beach, California. It was then the police publicly turned on the couple, calling the ordeal a hoax. It was only months later when another home invasion occurred that police tracked down disbarred attorney and Harvard Law graduate Matt Muller and linked him back to Denise’s kidnapping. Muller pleaded ‘no contest’ to robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and more and was sentenced to ten years. He pleaded guilty to kidnapping Denise and was sentenced to forty years in prison. The Vallejo Police Department told ABC News it could not comment, as the settlement agreement with the couple has not yet been signed. The department admits no wrongdoing in the settlement.

“20/20” is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. David Sloan is senior executive producer.

Photo Courtesy Of: ABC NEWS / Disney

Friday, March 16, 2018



Hot Topics: Larry Kudlow named Trump's next chief economic adviser.

Joy Behar says: "He just picks people from TV! Everyone at this table is qualified at the Trump administration!"

"It comes from the top," Sunny Hostin says. "[Trump] didn't have experience for this particular position, and so he doesn't think anyone has to have experience or training or education for the role they're playing."

“I can say thank you for that,” Whoopi Goldberg says of Kudlow's economic experience. “Now we can at least argue about economics with someone who can actually explain what they're doing, or you can question them and they won't look at you like they don’t know.”

Hot Topics: Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to be fired?


Hot Topics: What's behind craze over the royal wedding?

"Well, that's never going to happen to you because they don't marry folks like you," Goldberg remembers people telling her as a child. She shares why she's "really happy" about the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: "The little kid in me says, 'You know what, even you could be a princess!'"

Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


The Michelle Rodriguez Nightline Interview

ABC NEWS -- Last night “The Fast and the Furious” star Michelle Rodriguez brought ABC’s “Nightline” along a trip for a trip to the ancient ruins of Mexico where she took part in a five-day intensive spiritual boot camp. She also opened up about working on her “ancient primal anger” which stemmed from her being a woman and growing up "in the ghetto."

Off the movie screen and away from the paparazzi, there are a few things you might not know about actress Michelle Rodriguez.

For example, Rodriguez, known for her roles in "The Fast and the Furious" movie franchise, never finished high school, but is quite a bookworm.

"I have books everywhere, all kinds of books, from all kinds of subjects on anthropology, you know, mysticism, occultism, you know, science, politics, you name it. Psychology, big on that," she told ABC News' "Nightline" at her Los Angeles home. "That's how I learn, because I never had a formal education. So, you know, I know how to extract the things that will be valid if I'm ever trying to talk about this in the future."

Rodriguez is also self-taught and in the midst of a spiritual journey that has spanned decades, taking her to Mongolia, Gabon and Peru, among other countries.

"A lot of my friends in the party scene or social scene are thinking I'm crazy," she said. "Everybody's poking me. They're like, 'Michelle, when are you coming back?' My agent, you know, my friends are like, 'Michelle, you know, you haven't partied for two years. We're worried about you. You're just locked up in your house.'"

"I'm trying to figure out who I am and why I'm here," she said.

Her journey most recently took her to Mexico.

"I can't run away from who I am. I can't wear masks anymore. This side of me that you're probably about to see will be new, for a lot of people. Because, just, nobody's ever been interested. So I've never shown it to anybody," she said, laughing.

"Nightline" recently traveled with Rodriguez to the ancient ruins of Mexico where she took part in a five-day intensive spiritual boot camp, working one-on-one with renowned spiritual teacher Sergio Magana, whose book "The Toltec Secret" has caught on around the world.

Magana, an expert on the indigenous Toltec tradition who claims to have taught more than 100,000 students, specializes in lucid dreaming.

"[Lucid dreaming] is when you're conscious of sleeping in your dream and you are awake. You're in control," Rodriguez said.

With lucid dreaming, the belief is that if you are aware that you are dreaming, you can influence your dream. That will plant an idea or even redirect your subconsciousness and bring about real change to your waking life.

Rodriguez said her goals for the boot camp were to find techniques to tap into the subconscious and to be able to identify patterns that were disruptive in her life.

"I think whenever you learn something new, you've got to really push it. 'Cause otherwise it's just a phase, a fad. I don't want it to be a fad. I want it to be something that I can incorporate into my every day," she said.

During the boot-camp experience, Rodriguez said she tried hard not to get lost in drawing connections to her previous research and explained why this journey was so important to her.

"I want to be able to see the beauty in everything. I can't do that by partying around the world and living extreme and having sex with hot people, or, like, you know, hanging out with powerful people," she said. "I'm putting all of my value outside of myself by doing that and I want my value to be inside."

Some of the work with Magana delved into her personal demons, she said.

"I had some ancient primal anger. I've been working on that anger for years," she said. "I was able to leave a lot of [that] there. I felt it like coming out of my chest, my brain, everything. ... I feel a lot lighter."

When asked what made her most angry, Rodriguez said it stemmed from her being a woman and growing up "in the ghetto."

"I had to pretend to be a guy just to have freedom to do what I want without having to marry someone, you know, or be somebody's girlfriend," she said. "I was like, 'That’s pathetic, dude, you know, that I have to pick up a gun or hang out, you know, with all these violent people in order to be free.' And, that's kind of what I felt most of my life. And, I realized it was obviously all in my mind."

A month after the boot camp, Rodriguez, who returned home to Los Angeles, said she was happy with the work she'd accomplished.

"It was amazing. I got to learn all these great tools that I get to use for the rest of my life. I was blown away just by the history of the place," she said of her trip to Mexico. "As far as letting anger in, there's a door there now and that door cannot be opened very easily -- as easily as it was opened before."

Magana said he too saw improvements, and their work and friendship continues.

"She told me that she feels a lot lighter, that she's more clear about the path to take, that she has decided to go back to work after the [sabbatical] and that she's deciding to also do her own projects," Magana told "Nightline." "It's a huge change."

Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney

Saturday, January 06, 2018


Heres How ABC News Covered Gene Wilder's Death

ABC NEWS -- In an exclusive essay for ABC News, Karen Wilder opens up about her 35-year marriage to the late actor and activist Gene Wilder. The “Young Frankenstein” star died last year at the age of 83, after battling Alzheimer's disease in the final years of his life. Wilder discusses some of the trials and tribulations caregivers or spouses can experience when caring for someone living with the debilitating disease.

Gene Wilder's widow on what it's like to care for someone with Alzheimer's

I never pictured myself marrying a movie star. I also never saw myself spending years of my life taking care of one. But I’ve done both. Love was the reason for the first. Alzheimer’s disease, the second.

I met Gene Wilder in 1989. He was preparing to shoot a movie called “See No Evil, Hear No Evil,” in which the character he played was deaf. Though I grew up in very small town in Idaho, where it was a big deal if you had indoor plumbing, I had been working in New York City for over twenty years by that point as a speech pathologist with the hearing impaired. As he always did when he took on a role, Gene wanted to understand his character. He showed up at my office one day in search of my professional advice.

We formed a powerful bond. At the time, Gene was married to Gilda Radner, who was in the final stages of ovarian cancer. After Gilda’s death, Gene sought me out again. We married a year later and, for more than twenty years, we were one of the happiest couples I knew. We traveled to France and played tennis together (three sets in a single afternoon). When I signed up for tap dancing lessons, Gene joined me. We set up side-by-side easels in the garden painting watercolors. At night, we danced together on a floor we’d built, under the stars -- The Waltz, Salsa, Cha Cha and Tango.

The first signs of trouble were small. Always the kindest, most tender man (if a fly landed on him, he waited for the fly to leave), suddenly I saw Gene lashing out at our grandson. His perception of objects and their distance from him became so faulty that on a bike ride together, he thought we were going to crash into some trees many feet away from us. Once, at a party with friends, when the subject of “Young Frankenstein” came up, he couldn’t think of the name of the movie and had to act it out instead.

When we finally got him tested and the diagnosis came back, it was Alzheimer’s. Unlike other diagnoses, even some cancers, this one offers not even a shred of hope for survival. The synapses of his brain were getting tangled and the result would be a steady and terrible progression of losses -- memory of course, but also motor control, to the point where eventually his body would simply forget how to swallow or breathe.

My husband took the news with grief, of course, but also astonishing grace. I watched his disintegration each moment of each day for six years. One day, I saw him struggle with the ties on his drawstring pants. That night, I took the drawstrings out. Then his wrist was bleeding from the failed effort of trying to take off his watch. I put his watch away.

I was determined to keep Gene with me –- in California and, finally, at the home we’d made together in Connecticut. We still managed to have some good times and to laugh, even at the ravages of the disease that was killing him.

One day, when he fell on the patio and couldn’t get up, I maneuvered him over to the edge of our pool and floated him to the other side, where there were steps and a railing to assist him. Another time, after struggling for twenty minutes trying to pull himself up, he looked out as if he was addressing the audience at the Belasco Theater, a place he knew well, and said in his best Gene Wilder voice, "Just a minute folks. I’ll be right back."

But there’s another particularly cruel aspect to the disease of Alzheimer’s, because in addition to destroying – piece by piece – the one who’s stricken with it, it ravages the life of the person caring for its victims. In our case, I was that person.

I am grateful that I knew to reach out for help from the Alzheimer’s Association. When I did, I learned some alarming statistics from them. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. That means, if a mature couple invites two couples over for dinner, one of the couples could face Alzheimer’s.

Then came the biggest shocker: 40 percent of Alzheimer's caregivers die before the patient according to a study done by Stanford Medicine -- not from disease, but from the sheer physical, spiritual and emotional toll of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

Gene died fifteen months ago. I was in the bed next to him when he took his last breaths. By that point, it had been days since he’d spoken. But on that last night, he looked me straight in the eye and said, three times over, "I trust you."

 Pure Imagination Project

So, I have a responsibility, I think. Neither my love, nor science, could save my husband’s life. But it’s my most profound hope that through research and awareness, others may be spared the experience that killed Gene -- and could have killed me, too. of Earlier this month, The Gates Foundation announced the largest gift ever presented to the cause of Alzheimer’s research: a commitment of $100 million aimed at eradicating the disease within our lifetime. I am profoundly grateful that this crisis, viewed for too long as insoluble, is receiving funding for the dedicated scientific community, with the goal of early diagnosis and ultimately a cure. It was in this vein that I allowed the use of my husband’s character of Willy Wonka to be used in the “Pure Imagination Project,” a new video campaign to bring greater awareness about Alzheimer’s and encourage each of us to do our part.

But let’s not forget that other killer -- the silent one that takes its victim even before the disintegration of brain cells does its own dirty work. I am speaking of the crisis that can kill the once-healthy loved spouses, siblings, friends and adult children of Alzheimer’s patients, who devote almost every waking hour of their lives (and also the nights) to caring for a person they love, but who may no longer recognize them.

I am grateful that Gene never forgot who I was. But many caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients are less fortunate.

Every year, Alzheimer’s disease costs our nation an estimated $259 billion, according to the Alzheimer's Association. At this hopeful moment, when there is more momentum than ever towards finding a cure and treatments, let’s also remember the desperate need of caregivers.

It is a strange, sad irony that so often, in the territory of a disease that robs an individual of memory, caregivers are often the forgotten. Without them, those with Alzheimer’s could not get through the day, or die -- as my husband did -- with dignity, surrounded by love.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Elizabeth Vargas

James Goldston and Elizabeth Vargas have confirmed that Elizabeth will be leaving ABC News at the end of 20/20’s 40th season. Below are the notes sent to staff.


I am writing to share some news about Elizabeth Vargas, who's been an integral part of ABC News for two decades and anchor at 20/20 for 14 years.

She has decided to leave ABC News at the end of the newsmagazine's 40th season in May to pursue new ventures.

One of the best broadcasters in our business, Elizabeth holds an historic place at ABC. She is only the second woman ever to serve as co-anchor of 20/20. She moved into that role - a daunting assignment to follow in the footsteps of our legendary Barbara Walters - with true determination to tell the stories from around the globe that explore important issues in depth and tap into significant moments in our culture.

She brought awareness to the crisis in Iraq covering Christian refugees escaping ISIS, reported on orphans in Cambodia who were given up for adoption without their parents’ knowledge, on gendercide in India, and was at the forefront of the Amanda Knox case from its earliest days.

Most recently Elizabeth spent three years documenting an inspirational family adjusting to life with a son’s rare facial condition. Her beautiful hour, “Wonder Boy,” delivered 20/20's highest ratings this season.

We've counted on her countless times for breaking news. Just in the last few years, she's anchored live specials on the 2017 inauguration and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, reports on the passing of George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Prince and Muhammad Ali, as well as, network coverage of the deadly Orlando nightclub massacre, the ambush on police officers in Dallas and the Paris terrorist attacks in 2015. She has been in the anchor chair for ABC for some of the biggest breaking news events in the past two decades, including the attacks on 9/11 and the death of President Ronald Reagan.

From co-anchor of World News Tonight to news anchor for GMA, Elizabeth has served in many key roles here and won nearly every award in broadcasting along the way.

But we were most proud of her courage and grace in telling her own story about her struggle with anxiety and alcoholism. Her best-selling memoir has helped so many people by raising awareness about the importance of finding treatment for millions who are still struggling. She continues to be an inspiration for us all.

As we get closer to Elizabeth's final date on the air, we will celebrate her many outstanding accomplishments with a proper send-off. In the meantime, she and her team are hard at work on several specials and investigations for the new year.

We are incredibly lucky to have had Elizabeth at ABC for so long, and we wish her the best on the next chapter in her professional life.

Please join me in thanking Elizabeth for all that she has contributed to ABC News.


To my 20/20 family,

I want you to hear some news about me, from me. I will be leaving ABC News, and 20/20 at the end of this historic 40th season. It has been a profound privilege to be the anchor of 20/20 for 14 years, and a true honor to work with each and every one of you. I am incredibly lucky to work alongside the very best in the business: the producers, editors, writers on this show, and the enormous team working every week to get our show on the air. I am so very proud of the stories we have told together.

I am sorry only to have to share this news with you as we celebrate the holidays. I had hoped to make this announcement after the first of the year.

This is not goodbye – I will be here through May, and cannot wait to do more work with all you in the months ahead. 

Have a happy holiday with your families, and I will see you next year.

With gratitude,

Monday, December 18, 2017


Tavis Smiley On GMA

ABC NEWS -- Tavis Smiley fires back at sexual harassment allegations: 'PBS made a huge mistake'.

Talk-show host Tavis Smiley defended himself again against sexual harassment allegations today on "Good Morning America," saying, "PBS made a huge mistake here."

PBS suspended the distribution of his eponymous talk show earlier this month after an investigation, noting "multiple, credible allegations," the network confirmed to ABC News in a statement.

During a live sit-down interview, Smiley, 53, reiterated that "I've never groped, I've never coerced" women into sexual relations on his staff "in 30 years over six different networks."

He added, "I celebrate and applaud these women who had the courage to come out," but he's concerned that because of the recent climate, "people end up being guilty simply by accusations."

A PBS spokesperson added, "PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today's decision."

Smiley previously denied the allegations and criticized the investigation in a video posted to Facebook.

"If having a consensual relationship with a colleague years ago is the stuff that leads to this kind of public humiliation and personal destruction, heaven help us," he said. "This has gone too far. And I, for one, intend to fight back."

"To be clear, I have never groped, coerced, or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering 6 networks over 30 years. Never. Ever. Never," he said.

 "The PBS investigators refused to review any of my personal documentation, refused to provide me the names of any accusers, refused to speak to my current staff, and refused to provide me any semblance of due process to defend myself against allegations from unknown sources," Smiley added. "Their mind was made up."

But in a separate statement, PBS defended their investigation.

A sponsor for his talk show, Walmart, paused their relationship with him in light of the investigation.

"We take these issues very seriously and are troubled by the recent allegations," the company said in a statement obtained by ABC News. "As a result, we are suspending our relationship with Mr. Smiley, pending the outcome of the PBS investigation."

Walmart was also backing Smiley's upcoming tour, titled "Death of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience," based on his 2014 book of the same name. The show, centered on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., was expected to reach 40 cities nationwide until it was cancelled by its production company, according to a statement obtained by ABC News.

A statement from Mills Entertainment read, "In light of the recent allegations concerning Tavis Smiley, Mills Entertainment will not be moving forward with the 'Death of a King' project at this time. We believe deeply in the message of this production and the importance of commemorating Dr. King in this crucial moment; however, we take seriously the allegations and will be suspending our relationship with Tavis Smiley and T.S. Productions."

"The Tavis Smiley Show" has aired on PBS for 14 seasons.

Video Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney


Wednesday, November 29, 2017



Dolly Parton

As another historic year comes to a close the ABC Television Network presents an epic two-night event filled with nostalgia, laughter, celebration and remembrance beginning with “The Year in Memoriam 2017” Monday, December 18th (10:00-11:00pm ET) followed by “The Year: 2017” on Tuesday, December 19th (9:00-11:00pm ET).

Robin Roberts

Jimmy Kimmel
Hosted by “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts and conceived by ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, “The Year in Memoriam 2017” celebrates the legendary stars and icons the world lost this year and the legacies they left behind. Roberts and Kimmel join forces for a unique tribute and learn more about these beloved stars through stories shared by those closest to them, including Valerie Harper, Ed Asner, Bernadette Peters and Dick Van Dyke remembering co-star Mary Tyler Moore; Tracy Morgan, Bob Newhart, John Stamos and Bob Saget remembering fellow comedian Don Rickles; Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker honoring the legendary Glen Campbell; Hunter Hayes and Alice Cooper celebrating music stars Tom Petty and Chuck Berry as well as Dane Cook, Jeff Ross and Sean Hayes memorializing the multi-talented Jerry Lewis.

“The In Memoriam segments are always the most moving parts of a major awards show. Robin and I thought it would be fitting to pay longer-form and more personal tribute to these American icons with great stories from their friends, colleagues and peers,” Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

2017 was filled with extraordinary moments, profound movements, surprising trends and plenty of politics. After covering the biggest news stories of the year, Robin Roberts and an all-star team of ABC News anchors and correspondents take a look back at the historic and most memorable moments in the two-hour special “The Year: 2017.” Robin, along with George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Michael Strahan, Lara Spencer, Amy Robach, Martha Raddatz, Juju Chang, Dan Harris, Byron Pitts, Paula Faris, Jonathan Karl and Tom Llamas give viewers a wide-ranging review of the year in politics, top trends, pop culture and more.

Bernadette Peters

Alice Cooper
From President Trump’s first year in office to the #MeToo movement triggered by widespread sex abuse allegations in Hollywood to breakout stars and the viral videos that captured our attention, “The Year: 2017” is jam-packed with unforgettable highs and lows and features new interviews with some of the year’s most popular personalities and buzz-worthy breakout stars, including comedian Tiffany Haddish, Jeopardy contestant winner Austin Rogers, YouTube sensation Logan Paul and tennis star Sloane Stephens. Additionally, a panel of insightful and entertaining contributors join Robin and team as they examine the high and lows of 2017 including “The View” co-host Meghan McCain, ABC’s “Shark Tank” guest “shark” Rohan Oza, comedian Michelle Buteau, ESPN host Katie Nolan, Entertainment Tonight host Kevin Frazier, CEO of TheBlaze Glenn Beck and ABC Contributor Alex Rodriguez.

“What I appreciate about the special is that you get an entire year of news and pop culture in just two hours. The show is appropriately serious when it needs to be and it's also filled with many fun, lighter moments," Robin Roberts, co-anchor, “Good Morning America.”

Jimmy Kimmel, Robin Roberts, and John R. Green are the Executive Producers of “The Year In Memoriam 2017” with Co-Executive Producer Seth Weidner and Senior Producers Michaela Dowd and Evelyn Seijido. It is a co-production of Lincoln Square Productions, Rock'n Robin Productions and Smoking Baby Productions.

John R. Green and John Palacio are the Executive Producers of “The Year: 2017.”

Friday, November 17, 2017



Chevy Chase And Beverly D'Angelo

The Special Will Feature A Christmas Story Actor Peter Billingsley

“Lights, Camera, Christmas: Inside Holiday Movie Classics” Airs on “20/20” Wednesday, November 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC

The inspiration for Home Alone came from John Hughes preparing for a vacation and thinking about all the things he didn’t want to forget – including his kid, and Jack Nicholson was almost chosen for the role of the father in A Christmas Story. These are only a few of the lesser known facts about holiday favorites that marked the Christmas season for years. To kick-off the holiday season, “20/20” presents a Christmas special featuring actor Peter Billingsley, best known as the character Ralphie in the seasonal hit movie A Christmas Story.

This special takes viewers behind the scenes of holiday favorites, brings together the stars, and dissects the most memorable moments from the films. The special will feature interviews with Tim Allen and Eric Lloyd from The Santa Clause; Beverly D’Angelo and Chevy Chase from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; Mel Gibson from Daddy’s Home 2; and Brian Grazer, the producer of the live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas. ABC News’ Chris Connelly will also discuss the impact that these beloved films had on modern pop culture. “Lights, Camera, Christmas: Inside Holiday Movie Classics” airs on a special edition of “20/20” Wednesday, November 22 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC.

The special will include insider details on classic holiday films including a casting decision, Jim Carrey’s torture surviving technique training during How the Grinch Stole Christmas; and a visit to a Vancouver psychiatric hospital, the stand-in for Gimbal’s toy department in Elf. The hour will consider the question of whether favorites such as Trading Places and Die Hard qualify as Christmas movies; and talk to a spokesperson from Rotten Tomatoes to discuss what it takes to qualify as a Christmas classic. The history of small-screen favorites such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” will be featured, as well as, interviews with the voice-over artists behind these favorite animated characters, and the owner of the fully restored Santa and Rudolph puppets.

Photo Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney

Wednesday, November 01, 2017



Donna Karan Is Sorry

Fashion designer Donna Karan said the comments she made in the immediate aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal that suggested women were "asking for it" by how they dressed were a "huge mistake."

"I want to say how sorry I am," Karan said in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts. "What I said is so wrong and not who I am."

When asked what she meant by her comments at the time, Karan said simply that she "made a huge, huge mistake."

This month, dozens of women have spoken out against Weinstein, 65, accusing the Hollywood producer of sexual misconduct, and in some cases even assault and rape.

Weinstein's spokesman has previously said in a statement "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied" by the former head of the Weinstein Company.

At an event shortly after the news first broke, Karan responded to the headlines by telling a reporter, on camera, that women may be asking for "trouble" by how they dressed.

"How do we display ourselves, how do we present ourselves as women, what are we asking? Are we asking for it, you know, by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?" she said.

She continued: "It's not Harvey Weinstein. You look at everything all over the world today, you know, and how women are dressing and, you know, what they're asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble."

Her comments soon drew a firestorm of backlash online.

Actress Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of rape, slammed the fashion designer as "deplorable" in a tweet, saying that "aiding and abetting is a moral crime."

Karan told Roberts that she supports and cares about other women, and considers herself a champion of women's rights.

"I love women. I absolutely adore women," Karan added. "I care about them. I'm a mother, I'm a grandmother. You know, and I've never done this before, and I will never, ever do it again."

When asked if she thought women bear any responsibility for the allegations that they have made, Karan responded with "it is against women's rights."

"As a woman, for women, I want to bring out who that woman is. I mean, that's my passion. I still do this for over 40 years, as we know. I want women to feel like women, and have that right."

Karan said she was "exhausted" when she made her Weinstein comments that soon became embroiled in controversy.

"I had just ... come from a 14-hour plane trip," she said. "I walked into a situation that I wasn't prepared for in any circumstances whatsoever."

Karan added that she did not know the full extent of the accusations against the Hollywood producer when she initially commented on the news.

"I had been away for a month and a half," she said. "I heard a whisper, but there were whispers all over. ... It wasn't till a day and a half after that I truly heard about it. That's my honest truth. I didn't know."

In the aftermath of Karan's comments on Weinstein, some have responded on social media saying that they will no longer wear her fashion designs. Actress Mia Farrow said in a tweet that was liked more than 10,000 times, "No more Donna Karan for me."

In addition, the stock price of G-III, which owns Donna Karan's fashion company, dropped shortly after her remarks, according to The Associated Press.

Karan said that she is not apologizing simply to save her brand.

"It's not about my brand," she said. "I started Urban Zen because I did not want to just be a designer. It was about dressing and addressing the issues at hand, in healthcare, in education, in culture.
"I want to bring us all together as a team to face the world that we're faced with today," she added.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017



Ashley Judd

ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer will have the first television interview with actress and activist Ashley Judd since she went public with her allegations about movie executive Harvey Weinstein.

‪The interview will air on Thursday, October 26 across ABC News including on “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Nightline,” ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio.

Monday, July 10, 2017


Blac Chyna On ABC News

ABC News sat down exclusively with Blac Chyna who spoke out for the first time since her ex Rob Kardashian publicly harassed and cyberbullied her on social media. Chyna told ABC News she was "devastated" to see the explicit photos leaked by her ex.

The interview aired this morning on "Good Morning America."

Monday, April 17, 2017



The first teaser for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" dropped and the thing that stuck out for fans was Luke Skywalker's quote at the end that the "Jedi must end."

In the first clip from the movie, which hits theaters in December, Daisy Ridley's Rey has tracked down Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, and the thought at the end of 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is that he would train this young character in the ways of the force.

ABC News correspondent Paula Faris interviewed the cast of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” while at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, says 'it's possible' Luke goes to the dark side in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'.

The clip looks to open that way, with Rey handling a lightsaber and listening to Luke's guidance, but there's that shocking quote at the end from Luke, one of the most iconic Jedi in history.

ABC News spoke to Hamill at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, and confirmed it is his voice at the end of the almost 2-minute clip.

"There's a difference between teaser and a trailer," he said. "A teaser is supposed to show you dynamic images that heighten your awareness and make you want to see the trailer, but avoid all story points if at all possible. [But] I think that's the only story point that’s in the teaser, which is Luke saying it's time for the Jedi to end."

The 65-year-old "Star Wars" legend added he was just as surprised as anyone that Luke, who has always clung to the Jedi ways and the Light Side, would say something like this.

"It was as shocking to me to read what Rian [Johnson, the director] had written as I'm sure it will be for the audience," he said.

As for if Luke would ever turn to the Dark Side, he said, "It's possible, anything's possible."

ABC News Digital will be on the ground in Orlando, bringing you all the big "Star Wars" developments, so check back for more.

ABC News and Lucasfilm are both part of parent company Disney.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017




Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s LET IT FALL: LOS ANGELES 1982-1992 will be released in theaters April 21. The feature documentary takes a unique and in-depth look at the years and events leading up to the city-wide violence that began April 29, 1992, when the verdict was announced in the Rodney King case.

Produced in partnership with ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions, a broadcast length version of the documentary will air on Friday, April 28 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network, pegged to the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles uprising.

LET IT FALL delves beyond the conflicts between law enforcement and the black community to look at tensions across the city as a whole; it traces the roots of the civil unrest to a decade before the uprising. The documentary features exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and people directly involved in the events from diverse neighborhoods across the city, including black, white, Hispanic, Korean, and Japanese Americans. 

Ridley won an Oscar® for writing “12 Years a Slave” and is the creator, director, and executive producer of ABC’s Emmy-winning series “American Crime,” which is currently airing Season Three. His limited series “Guerilla,” with Idris Elba, Freida Pinto, and Babou Ceesay co-produced by Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature for Showtime and Sky Atlantic will premiere April 16 on Showtime.

A team of veteran ABC News journalists join Ridley in the production of LET IT FALL, led by producer Jeanmarie Condon, who has been honored for her work on documentaries and in-depth coverage of current events with multiple DuPont, Peabody, Murrow, and Emmy Awards. This is the first theatrical production for Condon, as well as ABC News.

LET IT FALL is written and directed by John Ridley. Produced by Jeanmarie Condon and Ridley. Co-producer is Melia Patria and producer is Fatima Curry. Editing is by Colin Rich and cinematography by Sam Painter and Ben McCoy. Original score by Mark Isham.


ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in compelling ways to tell fact-based stories, including ABC’s “What Would You Do?,” ABC’s “Madoff,” the OSCAR Red Carpet Opening Ceremony,” Investigation Discovery’s “Barbara Walters Presents,” as well as documentary programming for a wide array of partners, including PBS, Discovery Communications and A & E Networks. Lincoln Square Productions is wholly-owned by the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The headquarters are located in New York City’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. Morgan Hertzan is senior vice president of Lincoln Square Productions.

RT: 145 min / Not Yet Rated

Tuesday, January 03, 2017


‘Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers – American Sons, American Murderers’ Features New Interview with Lyle Menendez from Prison on What He Thinks Now

It was the original trial of the century that captivated the nation. On Thursday, January 5, ABC will air an unprecedented two-hour documentary special on the Beverly Hills crime that shook a generation. A Hollywood movie executive and his wife, a one-time beauty queen, were brutally slain in the den of their Spanish-style mansion. Even though the murders were initially and inaccurately blamed on a mafia hit, it turned out the all-American Menendez family was far from perfect. After suspicious, costly spending following the double homicide and a confession to a psychologist, Lyle and Erik Menendez, the heirs of the wealthy couple, were arrested and charged with the grisly murder of their parents. After more than 27 years, Lyle speaks from prison on what he thinks now in this television event.

The special uncovers the hidden clues of the Menendez family’s descent into hell including never-before-seen home movies and photos from the family vault and the testimony from members of the Menendez inner circle. The brothers’ best friends and neighbors, the lead detectives, lawyers and jurors on the case, and the family members profile the intimate details of the Menendez family, including Erik’s secret life. What drove these sons of privilege to give up their Ivy League educations and promising futures to kill their parents in cold blood? Was it greed and fear of being financially cut off from their lavish lifestyle or was the violence an act of revenge - payback for the years of unspeakable abuse at the hands of their parents?

“Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers – American Sons, American Murderers” airs Thursday, January 5 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC.

The special is produced by ABC News. David Sloan is senior executive producer.

Friday, December 30, 2016



Just one day after the death of actress Carrie Fisher, the world learned of the passing of her mother and Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds. “20/20” gives a wide-ranging look at not only their careers and legacies but also their loving, yet complex relationship. The one-hour special, anchored by Elizabeth Vargas, includes the highs and lows of Reynold’s memorable career, a spotlight on the next generation and Fisher’s life in Hollywood as well as heartfelt tributes from family and friends. “Debbie and Carrie: Heartbreak in Hollywood” airs tonight Friday, December 30 (10:00-11:00pm ET) on ABC.

“20/20” is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. David Sloan is senior executive producer.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Freedom: My Book of Firsts

ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer has the first television interview with Jaycee Dugard five years after their first sit down following her miraculous rescue from captivity. Dugard will discuss adjusting to a new life and reintegrating into society, which she reveals in her new memoir “Freedom: My Book of Firsts.” The Diane Sawyer special edition of “20/20” will air Friday, July 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC.

Sawyer interviewed Dugard in 2011 when she talked about her horrendous experience in captivity for the first time on the eve of the release of her first memoir “A Stolen Life.” Dugard was kidnapped when she was 11 years old, held in captivity by Phillip and Nancy Garrido for 18 years and gave birth to two daughters.

“Freedom: My Book of Firsts” will be released on Tuesday, July 12 by Simon and Schuster.

Newsmakers continue to turn first to Sawyer to share their stories including the groundbreaking and award-winning exclusive interview with Caitlyn Jenner in April 2015. In 2016, she interviewed New York Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte about reforming Rikers Island jail; Kate del Castillo, the Mexican actress at the center of the Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzm├ín controversy; and Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold.

Sawyer’s special will appear across ABC News, including “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Nightline,” ABC News Radio, ABC NewsOne and ABC News’ digital properties on desktop, mobile and OTT.

David Sloan is senior executive producer of “20/20.”