‘The Talk’ stays off air; Spike Lee presides Cannes jury

‘The Talk’ staying off air after racism talk

NEW YORK: “The Talk” will stay on hiatus for another week after a discussion about racism.

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Co-host Sharon Osbourne reacted angrily during a discussion about her friend Piers Morgan, who said he didn’t believe Meghan Markle considered suicide.

Co-host Sheryl Underwood said to Osbourne, “What would you say to people who may feel that, while you’re standing by your friend, it appears that you gave validation to something that he uttered that is racist, even if you don’t agree?”

Osbourne replied angrily, saying she felt like she was on “the electric chair” for having a friend that people think is racist.

Spike Lee to head Cannes Film Festival jury

NEW YORK: Spike Lee, who was set to lead last year’s jury for the Cannes Film Festival that was ultimately canceled, will preside over this year’s jury instead.

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Lee is the first Black person to head the Cannes jury, which selects one of cinema’s top prizes, the Palme d’Or.

Several of Lee’s films premiered at Cannes, including “Do the Right Thing” in 1989. In 2018, his “BlacKkKlansman” won one of the festival’s top prizes, the Grand Prix.

Organizers said preparations “are in full swing,” more details of which will be announced in coming weeks. Selections will be announced in early June.