Melissa Rivers Says Kathy Griffin ‘Sh-t All Over’ Joan Rivers’ Legacy

Melissa Rivers has been making the publicity rounds this week, promoting her new book, "The Book of Joan," and in an interview with the "Today" show's Hoda Kotb at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Rivers spoke about Kathy Griffin's departure from "Fashion Police."

"My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kind of shit all over my mother's legacy in her statement on leaving," Rivers said. "And I know that that was not an intentional reading of it, but that's how I felt ...That was my takeaway, by [her] calling the comedy and the style of it old-fashioned. It's like, I understand what you're doing, you're trying to save yourself, but don't crap all over my mother to do it."

Griffin had joined the show after Joan Rivers died, but left in March after just seven episodes. At the time, she tweeted, "I have discovered my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show and now it’s time to move on." Rivers serves as one of the show's executive producers.

The comedian's exit followed that of Kelly Osbourne, who left "Fashion Police" after co-host Giuliana Rancic was slammed for her offensive comments about Zendaya's dreadlocks during an Oscars-related telecast.

During her interview with Kotb, Rivers said she took Griffin's comments very personally. "But as a professional, that was her choice, that's what she did. No harm, no foul, moving on." When asked about what Rancic said in regards to Zendaya's hair, Rivers responded, "If something like that had happened and my mother had been alive, her reaction immediately would have been, 'Oh, please, all this over a wig?' Literally, it was a wig! Let's just all relax."

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Bruce Jenner Says Kris’ Support Is ‘Overwhelming’ In New ‘About Bruce’ Clip

In a new clip from "About Bruce," a two-part special of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," scheduled to begin airing on Sunday, Kris and Bruce Jenner discuss their long, happy marriage.

Featuring vintage footage from their wedding, Kendall and Kylie's childhood and old family vacations, the teaser shows Kris talking to the camera confessional-style. "We had so much in common that it was kind of a match made in heaven," she said. "We went to races. We played golf. We went snow skiing. I mean, there wasn't anything we didn't do, and we could not keep our hands off each other."

"I love those times," Bruce said. "You know, Kris is a really good woman and I love her to death. And the love and acceptance I have gotten from Kris is absolutely overwhelming."

Bruce came out as transgender last month in a two-hour interview with Diane Sawyer. "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman," he told her. Later this summer, E! will air an eight-part docuseries about his transition.

But "About Bruce" will be told through the lens of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." Per E!, the special will "reveal intimate conversations that Bruce had with his famous family, in which they discussed his transition." In addition to Bruce and Kris, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Scott Disick will appear. Other promos have shown montages of the family's history, Kris and Kim discussing Bruce's transition and Kendall's reaction to the news.

"About Bruce" airs May 17 and 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET on E!

Note: Though Jenner has come out as “for all intents and purposes a woman,” he has not yet indicated that he would like to be known by a new name or female pronouns, so this story uses male pronouns.

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Miley Cyrus Joins Laura Jane Grace For Moving Version Of ‘True Trans Soul Rebel’

Last week, Miley Cyrus announced the Happy Hippie Foundation, which benefits homeless and LGBTQ kids, and as part of its launch, she released a Backyard Sessions video featuring Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace. She joined Grace (and Joan Jett) for a acoustic performance of the Replacements' "Androgynous" and Against Me!'s "True Trans Soul Rebel."

It's the best-known track off Against Me!'s fantastic 2014 album "Transgender Dysphoria Blues," a collection of songs mostly written after Grace came out as transgender in 2012.

With lyrics like "Does God bless your transsexual heart, true trans soul rebel?," it's a moving track without the bells and whistles. Paired with Cyrus' voice and and a no frills backyard production, it sends a powerful message to Cyrus' fans about her dedication to supporting LGBTQ teens.

And here's Cyrus, Grace and Jett's performance of "Androgynous."

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Tyler, The Creator Launches Anti-Homophobia Merch, Reappropriating A Neo-Nazi Logo

Tyler, The Creator has been accused of homophobia for years, but recently revealed a new line of anti-homophobia merchandise that reappropriates an old neo-Nazi logo known for its slogan, "White Pride Worldwide." His shirts features a rainbow version of the logo with the words "Golf Pride Worldwide," referencing the rapper's fashion collective Golf Wang.


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In a post on Golf Wang, he explained his fascination with neo-Nazis and the inspiration for the shirts. "Now it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that these guys aren’t fans of Blacks, Gays, Asians or anything else that doesn’t fit in 'white' box," he wrote. "Now having the thought process that I have, I asked myself some questions: What if a black guy wore this logo on a shirt? Would he be promoting self hate? Would he be taking the power out of a shape? What if a gay guy wore this on a shirt? Would he promoting Homophobia? Then BAM! I Had it. Throw a little rainbow in the logo."

Tyler, The Creator was criticized for using the word "faggot" over 200 different times in his 2011 album "Goblin," and has defended his use of the word in the past. "It's just another word that has no meaning," he told Arsenio Hall in 2013. He addresses those sentiments while explaining the new shirts and ended his post like this:

...Ever since my career started, I've been labeled as a homophobe, simply because of my use of the word faggot. Again, trying to take the power out of something, I WAS NEVER REFERRING TO SOMEONES SEXUAL PREFERENCE WHEN USING THAT WORD. I mean, i’m legit one of the least homophobic guys to walk this earth but, most people just read the surface. But maybe someone will see this photo and say “Hey, he’s just mocking gays” or “ this has a negative undertone to it, he is still pushing this homophobic whatever the fuck it is”. What ever it is, I just wanted to give you guys some background info on the design before you purchase the shirt. You should know what you are wearing. be safe, love. RACISM FUCKING SUCKS.

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‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians: About Bruce’ Preview Shows An Emotional Kris Jenner

One week after Bruce Jenner told Diane Sawyer and the world that he is transgender, E! announced that it will air a two-part special, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians: About Bruce." The program will be different than Jenner's eight-episode E! docuseries airing later this summer.

Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Scott Disick will be featured, in addition to Jenner himself. According to E!, "About Bruce" will focus on the following:

The two-part special will reveal intimate conversations that Bruce had with his famous family, in which they discussed his transition. The specials will also explore each family member's struggle to process his or her own feelings as they all work through hearing from Bruce directly about finally living life as the person he has always known himself to be.

E! also released the first short clip from the special, which shows Kris crying to Kim about the news.

Part One will air on Sunday, May 17 at 9 p.m. and Part Two will air on Monday, May 18 at 9 p.m.

Note: Though Jenner has come out as “for all intents and purposes a woman,” he has not yet indicated that he would like to be known by a new name or female pronouns, so this story uses male pronouns.

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Watch Kim Kardashian’s ‘Today’ Show Interview About Bruce Jenner’s Transition

In an interview with the "Today" show's Matt Lauer, Kim Kardashian spoke at length about Bruce Jenner coming out as transgender, saying she and the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner family support him and his transition in every way.

"He has the biggest heart and I'm really happy for him that he's living his life the way he wants to live it and that he has found inner peace and just pure happiness," she told Lauer in Monday's interview. "That's what life is about. I don't know what life would be like if you always felt you weren't yourself. I know it's not something you or I could fully understand. But I don't even think we have to."

She refuted claims that some family members were opposed to his transition. "We all really support him. Is it a hard adjustment? Yes," she said. The whole family has spent time educating themselves with GLAAD and other organizations about transgender issues, Kardashian said: "What do we call him? Do we say him or her? How do we respectful?"

Kardashian addressed the imminent threat to Jenner's privacy by the paparazzi. "He has waited almost 65 years to make this decision, whether he's kept it to himself or not, he's lived with it," she said. "I think when you are finally ready to be your true self then you're prepared for anything."

Note: Considering that Jenner has identified as, “for all intents and purposes, a woman,” but has not yet indicated that he would like to be known by a new name or female pronouns, this story uses male pronouns.

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What Matthew Morrison Is Doing Now That ‘Glee’ Is Over

"Glee" ended its six season run on Friday with a flash forward into the future. But Matthew Morrison's already been deep in his new role as J.M. Barrie in the Broadway musical "Finding Neverland." In an interview with "Good Morning America," Morrison talked about what it's been like to go back to musical theater. Check it out below. (Spoiler: he break dances.)


Florence + The Machine Release Another New Song, ‘St. Jude’

Florence + The Machine shared the music video for "St. Jude," the second track released from the band's new album, "How Big How Blue How Beautiful." In the video, directed by Vincent Haycock and choreographed by Ryan Heffington, Florence Welch wanders around soaking wet, very much embodying the patron saint of lost causes she sings about. "It’s obviously about relationships, but it’s also about Florence traveling through our version of the Divine Comedy," Haycock said in a statement.

It seems to be a continuation of "What Kind of Man," which she debuted last month, and its music video, which showed Welch in a tumultuous romance. "St. Jude" is a slow burner, with no obvious climax. It constrains Welch's power and is an excellent preview of what's to come from the album, due out June 2.


All The Ways The ‘Empire’ Finale Set Up Season 2

"Empire" ended its tremendous first season on Wednesday night with a two-hour finale, featuring guest performances from Snoop Dogg, Rita Ora, Jennifer Hudson and Patti LaBelle. It was over-the-top, gaudy and quite literally, jaw-dropping, portraying murder, betrayal and one very dangerous pillow. Critics were skeptical if the show's non-stop momentum could maintain itself through the very end and set up a believable second season. Well, it did. Here's what went down on the "Empire" Season 1 finale. (Spoilers ahead, of course.)

Cookie goes to a cabin and sleeps with Malcolm.

Hell yeah, this was overdue. He also reveals that Camilla never took the money Lucious offered her to leave Hakeem.

Hakeem dissed Lucious on stage... so Lucious punched him.
After an entire season of favoritism, Hakeem is no longer Lucious' golden boy. He says he's going to leave Empire and take his rising stock with him. He gets kocked out.

Lucious kicks Cookie out of Empire after sleeping with Malcolm.

Malcolm asks Cookie to move with him to Washington, D.C. She declines, because she's Queen Cookie and still has work to do. Goodbye, Malcolm.

Andre found God.

Andre tells Lucious to find a new CFO because he found God while working with his music therapist Michelle (Jennifer Hudson). "There's no higher purpose than making music," Lucious says. "That's the voice of God." Later, when Lucious goes to church with Andre he tells Michelle he wants to make a gospel record with him. "My father is the devil," Andre tells her. "And you just spread your legs for him."

Lucious totally manipulates Jamal.

Lucious tells Jamal that he's the future of Empire. "I just need to know you've got that monster in you that does what he has to do." Lucious needs Jamal's help in writing a song for the tribute concert, and what follows is a touching scene, interspersed with flashbacks of Lucious murdering a man years ago. It's the most time we've ever seen these characters spend together, but there's no way this can end well for Jamal.

Jamal confronts Billy Beretti.
Jamal gets word that Hakeem may sign with Beretti, and with orders from his father, he threatens Beretti and dips him over the balcony. He gets Beretti to sign over all the masterings to Lucious' music. (See? Not a good look for Jamal.)

Lucious catches Hakeem and Anika in bed.
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Lucious was misdiagnosed.

Surprise! Lucious has Myasthenia gravis, not ALS. He kicks his doctor out of the house, realizes he's not going to die just yet and makes this horrifying laughing face. We're all in trouble.

Jamal is king.

After understanding his illness, Lucious presents his family with gifts. He gives Hakeem wings, a symbol of freedom. "It was wrong for me to try to control you," he says. To Andre, he gives the Lion of Judah. "I was just trying to break your faith like it had been done to me, and that was wrong." He says he'll give Andre $100 million to start the Lyon Foundation. Jamal gets Empire.

Cookie almost kills Lucious.

Hopped up on pain meds, Lucious admits to Cookie he killed Bunkie, and Cookie tries to smothers him with a pillow. She's later caught on camera and Lucious uses the security footage to kick her out of Empire ... again.

Cookie and Anika get into it.

"Who's Boo Boo Kitty now, bitch?!"

But have to work together if they want to execute a hostile takeover.

Hakeem, Andre, Cookie and Anika try to get Empire back by launching a hostile takeover. They make a deal with gazillionaire Tony Trichter and agree to sign his grandson, a garbage rapper. Cookie's side eye says it all.

Rhonda kills Vernon.
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In a completely bonkers scene, Andre and Vernon beat each other up in Andre's living room. Rhonda walks in, hits Vernon over the head and seems to save Andre. Vernon lies in a pool of blood, and Rhonda says they shouldn't call the cops because she's pregnant. Needless to say, Vernon doesn't show up to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

The FBI arrests Lucious for Bunkie's murder.

Cookie refused to testify against Lucious, but he's still arrested just before his comeback concert. "Do our song," Lucious tells Jamal. We find out Vernon was the FBI's star witness, but since he's, uh, dead, things could get complicated when it comes to the second season's inevitable investigation.

Everything You Need To Know About ‘Empire’ Before The Season Finale

Empire's ratings have steadily increased since its premiere in January, making it the most popular drama in five years. Pretty much everyone is tuning in to watch the best new show of 2015, but if you're one of the few who's trying to catch up, here's what you need to know before Wednesday's Season 1 finale. (Spoilers ahead, of course.)

Lucious Lyon makes no sense but is fun as hell to watch.
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Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is the patriarch behind Empire Entertainment, pitting his three sons against each other and his ex-wife Cookie against his (now) ex-girlfriend Anika, while battling ALS. He's got a long, storied career as a singer and a rapper, but by the end of the pilot he's also got another title: murderer. Within the show's first hour, he shoots longtime family friend Bunkie for trying to blackmail him.

But that's old news. Lucious is trying to take Empire through a profitable IPO, and he basically has cartoon dollar signs for eyes. Family is everything, he says over and over, but is offended by his gay son Jamal's (Jussie Smollett) lifestyle, refuses to acknowledge his eldest son Andre's (Trai Byers) bipolar disorder and admits to fathering a child out of wedlock while married to Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). We can't trust him, can't understand his motives as a character and can't stop watching him be an ass.

The music is corny, campy and catchy.
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Each episode features a few songs, like the earworm "Drip Drop" or the heartfelt "You're So Beautiful," and with music supervision from hitmaker Timbaland and his protégé Jim Beanz, the tracks range from actually pretty good to god-awful. Most rest somewhere in between. Season 1's soundtrack debuted last week, and features 18 songs from the show's cast, Jennifer Hudson, Estelle, Mary J. Blige, Courtney Love, Rita Ora and Juicy J.

The show's portrayal of mental illness is problematic.
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The most recent episodes have showed Andre's bipolar disorder and the erratic behavior that develops after he stops taking medication. His family enlists help from a "music therapist" (Jennifer Hudson), Lucious wants nothing to do with him and he's shown as going from manic to depressive within the span of hours, which, as Salon points out, is an unrealistic portrayal of bipolar disorder. The show uses his impulsive behavior -- symptoms of his disease -- as plot drivers, without taking time to really break down the nuances of mental illness.

But it takes a close, hard look at homophobia.
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A big part of Jamal's story has to do with his sexuality. In the early episodes, Cookie wants him to come out publicly and use it to his advantage, but through flashbacks and confrontations, we learn Lucious is viciously homophobic. After Jamal changes the lyrics of "You're So Beautiful" to "When a man loves a man" at Empire's White Party, Lucious cuts him off financially. The rest of the characters' acceptance of Jamal and dismissal of Lucious' beliefs serve to highlight how out-of-touch and bigoted the patriarch is.

There's a Rihanna-esque character named Tiana.
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Everyone loves Tiana. Serayah plays Empire's rising pop star and, at one point, Hakeem's girlfriend. Eventually we find out she has a secret supermodel side-piece, but wants to keep her relationship with Hakeem since it will serve them both well in the public eye. Rihanna has no comment on the resemblance.

You missed an adorable little girl named Lola.
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Early on in the season, a former backup singer Olivia (Raven-Symone -- yes, that Raven-Symone) showed up to reveal she was once married to Jamal before he was out of the closet. They had a daughter, Lola, together. Then she peaced out. Lola stuck around and lived in the Lyon mansion, where she was often the soft relief from the show's over-the-top insanity. Jamal and Hakeem sang her lullabies and told her she was a strong lion (like Lyon!). But in Episode 10, Lucious admitted Lola was his daughter during a hostile confrontation in which Olivia's abusive ex-boyfriend held Cookie at gunpoint. At the end of the episode, Olivia and Lola left Lyon territory, taking what was left of the show's innocence with them.

Also, Naomi Campbell.
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The iconic supermodel guest-starred in an arc as Hakeem's older lover, Camilla. Lucious hated her and thought she was trying to control Hakeem's image, style and music. (Silly Lucious, that's your deal!) Their relationship was always rooted in Hakeem's mommy issues, having been so young when Cookie went to jail. In Episode 10, Lucious paid Camilla to move back to the U.K. away from Hakeem and Empire. She'll be back. They always are.

Also, Courtney Love.
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Love played a drug-addled former superstar, Elle Dallas, who Cookie was tasked with managing. She sang. She fell over. It was excellent.

Cookie is the most entertaining character on TV right now.
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You've heard about this wild, loving, complex character named Cookie, played by Taraji P. Hensen, but you have no idea what you're getting by diving into Cookie's world. Seventeen years in jail have made her hard and calculating, fiercely loyal to her family. She's got a favorite child -- Jamal, duh -- but makes amends with her baby boy Hakeem and has a special place in her heart for Andre, who Lucious views as talentless and damaged. She drinks lean, handles the toughest artists and isn't afraid of "Ghetto Ass Studios." Bow down, dear audience.

The two-hour "Empire" Season 1 finale airs Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox.