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ABC Image Group/LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Leave it to Jameela Jamil to say it's okay to not put any pants on now that the world is staying safely at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The Good Place actress cheekily showed off how quarantine life has affected her wardrobe -- even when it comes to conducting important interviews and meetings.

"If you think I’m dressing from the waist down for zoom meetings then you must be drunk," Jamil cracked on her Instagram Sunday while uploading a video as evidence.

The video starts with the comedian being pressed on what she's up to, to which she calmly explains, "I'm about to talk to Harvard.  Live.  On Livestream."

When her wardrobe is praised, Jameela, who is wearing an "I [love] New York" tee shirt with a red and black blazer, hops up on her seat to show off that's all she's has on -- opting to skip the pants and shoes entirely. 

What's even funnier, besides the fact that the 34-year-old is perfectly made up from the waist up for her very important meeting, the video shows that she also touched up the area that would also be featured in the frame.

However, the space that wouldn't be seen on camera -- such as the front of her laptop -- is a disaster, as is the area off to her left.  

As most of the world is asked to work from home, most meetings and classes have been moved to online platforms like Zoom, which hosts multiple people and allows video and audio chat features. 

Thanks to Jameel, however, it just shows that just because a person may look put together and has a clean house on camera, what lies just out of frame might be a completely different story. 

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Ellen DeGeneres, whose daytime talker The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is returning today. 

DeGeneres shared the news via Twitter on Sunday, saying in a video recorded at her home, “I’ve always wanted to have this show as a distraction, as a break from whatever is going on. So if you’re feeling down, I want to lift you up. If you’re feeling trapped, I want to set you free. If you feel like you’re going in the wrong direction, I want to back the thing up.”

Ellen will be taping the show remotely from her home, following in the footsteps of other show hosts including Trevor Noah from The Daily Show, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel.

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Steve Iervolino/ABC News(ATLANTA) -- Tyler Perry can’t seem to do enough to lift spirits amid growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, and the latest example was on Sunday.

TMZ reports Perry stopped by a Houston’s restaurant in Atlanta and left a $500 tip for each of its 42 out-of-work servers -- a total of $21,000!

Perry is reportedly a fan the restaurant chain and pays frequent visits to that particular location.

Last month, Perry attempted to raise spirits with his "'Whole World In His Hands' Challenge," a musical collaboration with some of his talented friends.  After kicking off the gospel classic, he was joined by Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Johnny Gill and Fantasia, among others, who each took a verse.

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Photo by Jeff Hahne/Getty Images for Oprah(NEW YORK) -- Every night at 7 p.m., the streets of New York City light up with thunderous applause, cheers and other noisemakers like bells and drums.  The daily sound off is a new tradition created by the city's residents to show their heartfelt support of the doctors, nurses and other staff leaving or just starting their 7 p.m. hospital shift.

Comedian Amy Schumer couldn't help but share the heartwarming scene that greeted her friend, a hospital worker named Jen, who arrived to work on Sunday.

"My friend Jen walking in for her shift at the NY hospital she works at tonight sent us this picture," captioned Schumer, who also enclosed her friend's stunned text, "Walking into work- all surrounding fire dept and ems cheering."

The picture shows a crowd of firefighters and EMS employees standing before a lit up firetruck and ambulance as they raise their hands in applause to all employees entering and leaving the hospital. 

The firefighters and paramedics are standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity to honor those also tirelessly working the front line against the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We love you Jen," Encourages the I Feel Pretty actress, "All nurses. Thinking about you all the time."

New York City continues to be the nation's epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, with 64,955 confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase of over 4,000 in 24 hours.

The city has also recorded 2,472 deaths and 14,205 hospitalizations. 

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- If you're clamoring for more of the Netflix hit docuseries, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, -- and let's face it, who isn't -- your prayers may have been answered. 

The streamer is releasing an additional episode next week, according to zoo owner Jeff Lowe from the show. 

"Netflix is adding one more episode. It will be on next week. They’re filming here tomorrow," Lowe said in a video posted on Twitter by Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

It’s unclear whether the new episode will be a follow-up to the show’s seven-episode run or more of a reunion.

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ABC/Karen Neal(KAPOLEI, Hawaii) -- Sunday night's episode of American idol took viewers back to the tropical island of Hawaii to find out who will round out the Top 20. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan finished making their tough decisions before handing over the baton to viewers. 

Picking up right where they left off last week -- with the fate of Dylan James hanging in the balance -- fans were finally given the answer they've been waiting for... he's into the next round. 

Here's who else performed and whether or not their journey on American Idol has survived another round. 

Genevieve Linkowski: This returning lady, who has been open about the struggle of losing her sister, sang "You Say" by Lauren Daigle but unfortunately it wasn't enough to push her through to the Top 20. 

Franklin Boone: The music teacher told the heartwarming story of how he performed "Daughters" by John Mayer the night before he found out he would become a father. This must be his lucky song because it landed him a slot in the Top 20, where Lionel felt he could be an inspiration to his students. 

Julia Gargano: Katy previously called her Top 5 material and her performance in Hawaii proved just why. Gargano sang Pink's "Glitter In The Air" and earned the praises of all the judges but especially Luke Bryan who felt like he could see her performing on the Grammys someday. With a comment like that, it's easy to see why she made it through to the next round. 

Aliana Jester: Singing "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman soundtrack broke out of her shell and, because of that, is into the Top 20.  

Sophia Wackerman: Where to start? Sophia stunned with her cover of Nick Jonas' "Levels" but it wasn't solely because of her vocals. It was the overall performance that made her look like a pro she as she played air guitar with the band, interacted with fans and straight-up had a good time on stage. After Katy, Lionel, and Luke lead her on to believe she's going home, they shock her with the news she gets to stay n the competition a little longer. 

Robert Taylor: There's no denying Robert has the vocal range to be a stay but his tendency to overdo it with hitting too many notes and performing too many runs stuck the unfortunate nail in his coffin when he took on Elton John's "Take Me To The Pilot." So upset by the news he was unable to do an interview but Bobby Bones came to the rescue, on his day off, to come and support the American Idol contestant he has come to know after all these weeks. 

Kimmy Gabriela: Taking on Demi Lovato's "You Don't Do It For Me Anymore" she brought her father to tears and while her performance was amazing, Katy had a bone to pick with her. After explaining that it's not enough to "just be a good singer," and some advice to step up her game, Kimmy made the Top 20.

Next up, wrapped together in a neat little bow were powerhouses, Cyniah Elise who performed "Lady Marmalade," Makayla Phillips with "Sorry Not Sorry" by Demi Lovato, and Lauren Spencer-Smith who sang Aretha Franklin's "Respect". They all impressed with their Hawaii performances earning them each a spot in the Top 20. 

Shannon Gibbins: While she certainly had a good time on stage covering "Send My Love (To Your New Lover) by Adele, Shannon didn't quite make the cut and was sent home. 

Olivia Ximines: Taking on Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" she surely made her family and friends proud. This high schooler gave quite the performance, complete with a costume reveal and all, and got the judges out of their seats. Needless to say, she's moving forward. 

Arthur Gunn: He made the crowd sway as he sang Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Is This Love" and had Katy gushing over how "pure" he is. While he kept it simple and classic, strumming his guitar as he sang, he stayed true to himself which was good enough to make it to the top 20.

Demi Rae: She had the vocals to compete with the powerhouses but faced with the tough decision to narrow down the competition, her performance of "Lonely" by Noah Cyrus, while great, was not great enough, and she was sent packing. 

With one spot left in the Top 20 and two singers left, Katy, Lionel, and Luke switched things up a little bit and had Grace Leer sing Aretha Franklin's "You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman)" and Lauren Mascitti sing Emmy Lou Harris' "Two More Bottles Of Wine" -- and both found out their fates together.

Both country singers are from Nashville and made their home city proud, however, the decision was just too hard for the judges. So, in a shocking twist of events, they decided to hand the decision over to America one week early.

What would come next for American Idol is the live performances, but due to the current global pandemic production has been put on hold. Still, the show will return next week with a special episode titled American Idol: This is Me, which will delve deeper into the lives of the Top 20 contestants, with unseen footage and performance highlights.

ELIMINATED: Genavieve Linkowski, Robert Taylor, Shannon Gibbons, Demi Rae, 3 others who were not named. 

TOP 20:Dylan James, Franklin Boone, Aliana Jester, Sophia Wackerman, Kimmy Gabriela, McKayla Phillips, Lauren Spencer-Smith, Cyniah Elise, Olivia Ximines, Arthur Gunn, Grace Leer, and Lauren Mascitti. 

They join Nick Merico, Dewayne Crocker, Jr., Louis Knight, Francisco Martin, Jovin Webb, Faith Becnel, Just Sam, and Jonny West.

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Jordan Peele's remake of the 1992 horror classic Candyman has joined the long list of films whose releases are being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic shuttering theaters.

Variety reports the release was pushed back from June 12th to September 25th. 

Directed by Nia DaCosta, the film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett from Misfits.

The new film has been described as a "spiritual sequel" to the original, which followed the son of a slave who became an artist. He was later mutilated and killed by a lynch mob hired by his lover's father, prompting his spirit to seek revenge. 

Other major movies that have been postponed or delayed include Disney’s Black Widow and Mulan, Fatherhood starring Kevin Hart, The Lovebirds with Issa Rae, Universal's Fast & Furious 9 and more.

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Showtime(NEW YORK) -- Now in its eighth and final season, Showtime's Homeland is as intense as ever: There's growing tension between Pakistan and the U.S. as Claire Danes' CIA operative Carrie Mathison tries to find the real culprit behind the deaths of two world leaders.

True Blood star Sam Trammell stars on Homeland this season as the hawkish, inexperienced President Benjamin Hayes.  He checked in from home to tell us why we should watch such a stressful show when we're all trying to stay calm while quarantined.

"Maybe that's your exercise!" he laughs. "You know, it's just exercise for your inside metabolism. You know, get your heart racing!"

"It is extraordinarily stressful," he allows, but notes, "The production value this year is off the charts. I mean, it's like you're watching these movies...they really threw everything at it this year...there's so much going on: The stakes are so high and there's so many different players involved in international politics....it's a blast!"

As for Sunday's episode, Trammell tells ABC Audio, "I don't want to give away too much, but it's leading toward a standoff with Pakistan, massive geopolitical ramifications, and two different countries potentially coming up against each other."

Trammell says he's been "honored" to join the acclaimed show for its final season, calling Homeland "the A-Team of TV." But for him, the best part is getting to play the Leader of the Free World.

"Oh, it's such a power trip!" he laughs. "I love it. Everybody should get to do it at some point...people open doors for you. You get this sort of unconscious added respect in the room."

"Sitting in the Oval Office behind the desk is incredible," he adds. "I mean, it was just a set...But you walk in there...and you feel the power of that office."

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- LeVar Burton will stream his LeVar Burton Reads podcast on Twitter, reading adult and children’s stories for families self-quarantining at home.  The first book he'll read is Neil Gaiman's 1989 short story We Can Get Them for You Wholesale, which Burton describes as Gaiman's "best" [work]. 

Burton, who starred in The Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation, will host three weekly livestreams, doing what he loves most: reading. For a week, he contemplated ways to contribute during COVID-19 pandemic, searching for accessible stories to read aloud. 

"I figured that during this difficult time I could contribute by reading aloud to folks who could use some diversion for themselves and their families," Burton tweeted

When he expressed concern about copyright issues, several authors, including Gaiman, granted him permission via Twitter to read their short stories and books.

Children’s fiction will be read on Mondays at 9 am PT/12 pm ET, followed by young adult stories on Wednesdays at 3 pm PT/6 pm ET. Fridays are for adults.

"I would like to believe that this is a short-lived effort,” Burton tells Forbes. "In the sense that there wouldn’t be such a need once life gets back to normal or more resembling normal than it does now."

For more than 20 years, Burton hosted PBS' The Reading Rainbow, encouraging children's literacy. The show won over 200 awards, including Emmys for Outstanding Children's Series. The show was canceled in 2006 but revamped by Burton as an app years later. 

The first live-stream of LeVar Burton Reads begins today at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET. 

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Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Continuing his newfound dominance of social media, and hoping to inspire and entertain his followers during the COVID-19 lockdown, Will Smith has launched Will from Home on Snapchat.

The 12-episode series will feature him, his family, and friends -- famous and not so -- discussing what they're doing while in isolation. 

Snap head of original content Sean Mills tells The Hollywood Reporter of the partnership: "Will was feeling a lot of pent-up creative energy and was excited to do something with it in a new and different way."

The Bad Boys and Aladdin series star and his company, Westbrook Media, felt the lockdown could inspire "new forms of creativity and new ways to tell stories," says Mills.

Will from Home debuted on Snapshat Friday morning.

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- On another installment of his ABC show-from-home Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel -- along with his famous friend Jennifer Aniston -- surprised a young nurse who is quarantined after contracting COVID-19. 

Kimmel got to know Kimball Fairbanks, a cardiovascular nurse from St. George, Utah, and has been following her condition since she's tested positive. While she's furloughed from work and away from her two kids, she explained, she's been taking care of herself and ordering food. 

That's where Aniston came in. She surprised Fairbanks via video, and the pair informed her that they're going to be gifting her with $10,000 worth of food delivery from PostMates. 

"But you have to use it all in one shot," Kimmel quipped. "One huge meal." 

"On top of that, PostMates has generously donated gift cards to all the nurses on your floor," Kimmel added. 

Fairbanks said she should be able to get back to work -- and see her kids -- on April 8. 

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Bill Withers performing in 1972; Michael Putland/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bill Withers, whose soulful hits such as "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine" earned him induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died of heart complications, his family said in a statement reported by Rolling Stone. He was 81.

Born in West Virginia, Withers served in the Navy, then moved to L.A. in 1967.  His debut album, Just As I Am, produced by the legendary Booker T. Jones and featuring guitar by Stephen Stills, included the Grammy-winning hit "Ain't No Sunshine" and the classic "Grandma's Hands."  The album cover showed Withers at his day job at an aircraft company -- a job he initially refused to quit because he felt the music business was too unstable.

Withers' second album, Still Bill, included his enduring signature song, "Lean on Me," as well as the funky "Use Me." He continued releasing albums throughout the seventies, and in the '80s he did a number of collaborations, including the 1981 Grammy-winning hit "Just the Two of Us" with Grover Washington, Jr.

Ongoing issues with his record company led Withers to effectively retire from recording after 1985, though remixes and covers of his songs continued to be released, not in the least Club Nouveau's 1987 number-one version of "Lean on Me," which won Withers his third Grammy, for Best R&B song.

Withers' songs have also been widely sampled: a portion of "Grandma's Hands" was used in the 1996 Grammy-winning #1 hit "No Diggity," by BLACKstreet.  JAY-Z, Kanye West, Tupac and DMX have also sampled Withers' songs.  In 1999, the use of "Lovely Day" in a GAP commercial also renewed interest in Withers' music, as did the inclusion of "Use Me" in filmmaker Oliver Stone's football drama Any Given Sunday that same year.

Among his many accolades, Withers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and in 2015, Stevie Wonder inducted him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  In 2007, "Lean on Me" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  In 2009, Withers' life was the subject of a documentary, Still Bill.

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NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) On Thursday night's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler videoed in to Jimmy's remote show to catch up, and debut his "Quarantine Song."

Wearing sunglasses to hide the fact he was reading the lyrics, Sandler brought some levity to the COVID-19 situation, while praising those who are fighting the disease while the rest of us are at home.

"Doctors and nurses will save us from this mess if we get them the supplies that they need/And I hope they save us soon because I'm really, really sick of my family" Sandler sang. 

Another verse praised doctors and nurses all over the world.

"We've got to build some more ventilators and make some more masks, we've got to do it now so let's all come together,' Sandler sang. "I'm teaching math to my kids and that can't be good for America."

Sandler's song continued, "Stay home as much as you can, be sure to wash your hands, let's make this damn thing go away/We love you doctors and nurses, you're saving lives every day."

He implored, "Find a cure for this s**t 'cause I really, really miss hugging my mailman."

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Netflix/Justina Mintz(NEW YORK) -- Taraji P. Henson has teamed up with funnyman Ed Helms for Netflix's new action-comedy Coffee & Kareem.

In the feature, Henson plays the mother of Kareem, a mischievous twelve-year-old who hires a criminal to scare his mom's new boyfriend, Officer James Coffee, played by Helms. Henson tells ABC Audio that the film is really "based around these two characters and... their odd relationship."

"I happen to be dating Ed Helms and my son doesn't like it at all," the Empire star explains.

"And so, he thinks he's a thug, but he isn't," she continues, referring her character's son played by actor Terrence Little Gardenhigh. "And he tries to wrangle a coup to get rid of the cop."

According to Henson, Kareem's "little caper to get rid of his mother's police boyfriend," goes awry causing plenty of "drama and comedy."

"And it is impactful. It is action packed," Henson says, adding "We do a lot of explosions."

If that wasn't enough, Henson says the film is also "pretty funny."

"It's fast paced... And I can't wait for you guys to see it," she says.  

Coffee & Kareemalso starring Betty Gilpin, RonReaco Lee, Andrew Bachelor and David Alan Grier, is now available on Netflix.

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Netflix(TEXAS) -- Joe Exotic, the central figure in Netflix’s true-crime documentary, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, has a couple of actors in mind who could play him should his story be adapted for the big screen.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, one of the series’ directors, Rebecca Chaiklin, reveals Exotic -- aka Joseph Maldonado-Passage -- who is currently serving 22 years in prison for the attempted murder of animal sanctuary owner Carole Baskin -- has expressed that he would like to see either Brad Pitt or David Spade portray him.

It should be noted that he referred to Spade as “Joe Dirt” -- his character from the 2001 comedy of the same name, to whom Exotic arguably has a resemblance.

No known film adaptations are currently in the works -- despite seemingly everyone in Hollywood is willing to star in it, given their social media posts about the show -- although a drama TV series with Kate McKinnon set to play Baskin has been in development at since November.

In other Joe Exotic news, he was transferred to a Fort Worth, Texas prison medical center as coronavirus fears grow at the jail he was previously kept at, according to People.

Inmate records obtained by the publication reveal that the former Oklahoma zoo owner is currently at Fort Worth FMC, a medical center operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Prior to the relocation, the eccentric animal collector filed off a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Federal Wildlife Service, and two former associates based on claims that he was the victim of malicious prosecution and discrimination and was falsely arrested and imprisoned. 

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