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MTV pauses ‘Catfish’ show for sex misconduct investigation
NEW YORK (AP) — The network MTV has temporarily suspended shooting of “Catfish: The TV Show” while it investigates sexual misconduct accusations made by a woman who appeared on it three years ago.
Ayissha Morgan alleges in YouTube videos she was solicited for sex by a “main person” on the show who she identified by a made-up name, “Jack.” She also said she woke up after drinking with a female producer with the woman “on top of me.” At one point, Morgan said she joked with Jack about hiring her as his co-host.
The show’s host and executive producer is Yaniv “Nev” Schulman, who denied the allegations in a statement Thursday.
MTV says in a statement it takes “these allegations very seriously” and will conduct a thorough investigation while the show is on hiatus.
“Catfish” brings couples together who have interacted solely through the internet.
Laurel, Yanny or … covfefe? WH joins in on debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is joining in on the viral debate over whether people hear the names “Laurel” or “Yanny” in a much-shared audio clip.
The White House on Thursday released a video featuring various members of the staff weighing in.
Senior adviser Ivanka Trump says, “So clearly Laurel.” Strategic-communications director Mercedes Schlapp says, “Yanny’s the winner, Laurel’s the loser.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway pokes fun at her endless willingness to spin and bend the truth for the president, saying, “It’s Laurel. But I could deflect and divert to Yanny if you need me to.”
Vice President Mike Pence wants to know: “Who’s Yanny?”
The video ends with President Donald Trump deadpanning, “I hear covfefe” — a reference to a botched tweet he wrote last year that was never explained.
Baker promises ‘ethereal’ taste for royal wedding cake
LONDON (AP) — The wedding cake for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have an “ethereal” taste and an unusual display.
Master baker Claire Ptak said Friday that the three-part layered lemon and elderflower cake would be presented in a non-traditional way. She said she’s not ready to reveal the design ahead of time and that the style was approved by Harry and Markle, who will wed Saturday at Windsor Castle.
Ptak has been working with her team of six bakers for the last five days in the oversize kitchens of Buckingham Palace.
She is not skimping on ingredients: some 200 Amalfi lemons will be used, as will 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial, which is made with elderflower from Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk.