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Reggie Watts, James Corden's Bandleader, Breaks Down on TV Amid George Floyd Protests

James Corden‘s bandleader Reggie Watts broke down in tears while talking about the state of the country after George Floyd‘s death.

James opened his show speaking about his privilege as a white person.”As you’ll all know, on Monday of last week a black man named George Floyd was murdered by the excessive force of the police. If it was a one-off event, it would be an appalling, horrific tragedy that should shake all of us to our core. Yet this was the latest in a string of killings of unarmed black citizens by white people. Breonna Taylor was shot by police in her own home. Ahmaud Arbery was going for a jog when he was shot and killed by two men. And sadly, there are so many more victims that I could mention.”

He continued, “Surely, this is a time for me to listen, not talk. And then I realize that that’s part of the problem. People like me have to speak up. To be clear, I’m not talking about late-night hosts, or people who are fortunate like I am to have to have a platform. I’m talking about white people. White people cannot just say anymore, ‘Yeah, I’m not racist.’ And think that that’s enough, because it’s not.”

James then welcomed in Reggie, who said, “Ah, crazy, I don’t know, feeling so much simultaneously, it’s crazy. I was fortunate to grow up in a place where I was pretty protected by my parents when it came to forms of racism that happened in my neighborhood. My mom was a fierce fighter and would get out of the house and get in people’s faces about, you know, people calling me the N-word or whatever growing up and being different and stuff. So I feel really grateful that my parents and my father fought so hard to make my life feel normal and to have me grow up feeling like I’m a human being rather than I’m a demographic.”

He continued, “And just going back in my history, my father growing up in the Midwest and being in Vietnam and not being able to get a job when he got out of the Army because he was black,” Watts continued. “And the economy wasn’t doing that well and he had to reenlist, got sent back to Vietnam. And then when my parents got married their marriage wasn’t recognized in the U.S. because of laws prohibiting interracial marriage.”

“I have this history in the black community in the Midwest that I don’t access a lot because there’s a lot of pain and emotion there,” Reggie continued as he became emotional. “So it’s hard and so much is happening. And I want to use my platform for good. I go in and out, you know? It’s tough.”

You can find out more about the Black Lives Matter movement with regards to Hollywood right here.

Milo Ventimiglia, Elizabeth Banks & Laura Dern Step Out for Audi's pre-Emmy Celebration!

Milo Ventimiglia keeps it cool and casual as he poses for a photograph at Audi celebrates the 2019 Emmy Awards held at Sunset Tower on Thursday (September 19) in Los Angeles.

The 42-year-old This Is Us star was joined at the event by Elizabeth Banks, Laura Dern, Lakeith Stanfield, Rumer Willis, Aldis Hodge, Riverdale actor Hart Denton, Frank Grillo, Lamorne Morris and The Good Place‘s William Jackson Harper.

Also in attendance at the event were Superstore stars Lauren Ash and Nichole Bloom, So You Think You Can Dance stars Cat Deeley, Grand Hotel‘s Anne Winters, Kendrick Sampson, Selenis Leyva, Alexandra Richards, Shaun Ross, Reggie Watts, Drew Scott and his wife Linda Phan, Blair Redford, media personality Carly Steel.

READ MORE: Milo Ventimiglia is set to play the iconic daredevil Evel Knievel in a limited series for the USA Network.

The 2019 Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, September 22 at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Fox will air the show live.

FYI: Elizabeth Banks wearing Allen Schwartz with KBH Jewels.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Isla Fisher & More Take Part in First Public U.S. Performance of 'Letters Live'!

Jake Gyllenhaal hits the stage to perform during the first public U.S. performance of Letters Live held on Monday (February 26) at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

The 37-year-old actor was joined at the event by Isla Fisher, Annabelle Wallis, James Corden, Mark Hamill, Aisha Tyler, Shirley Manson, Danny Huston, Lucy Yeomans, Anjelica Huston, Catherine Keener, Stephen Fry, Reggie Watts and Jarvis Cocker.

Letters Live, hosted by NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER, celebrates the enduring power of literary correspondence by pairing together distinguished actors and persons of note to perform prescient and thematic letters from oftentimes the most unlikely of original correspondents.

The net profit from ticket sales (following the show’s production costs) were donated to partner charities 826LA, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students with creative and expository writing skills, and Women for Women International, a charity which supports women survivors of war living in some of the world’s most dangerous places to rebuild their lives and inspire hope for the future.

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Sarah Silverman Gets Support from Boyfriend Michael Sheen at 'I Love You America' Premiere!

Sarah Silverman flashes a big smile as she poses alongside her boyfriend Michael Sheen while attending the premiere of her new series I Love You America held Cheateau Marmont on Wednesday (October 11) in Los Angeles.

The 46-year-old actress and Michael, 48, were also joined by Reggie Watts and producer Gavin Purcell at the event.

Sarah sings about America in the premiere song from the Hulu original series, which debuts tonight (October 12) – New episodes Thursday nights only on Hulu!

“More than anything, the show is silly, aggressively dumb”my favorite type of humor”and occasionally earnest,” Sarah told Newsweek. “It’s social politics, with anything smart to say wrapped in a big, doughy, dumb sandwich. It’s eclectic, but to me, very cohesive. I was trying to second-guess what reviews might be, which I don’t usually do. There are people who will say, “It doesn’t know what it is.” But I know exactly what it is. It may feel like controlled chaos, but good or bad is subjective. I can tell you that it’s well thought-out. It’s exactly the kind of show I wanted to make, but I’m not everybody.”


I Love You, America: The Song (Official)
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James Corden Gets Silly on Critics' Choice Awards 2016 Carpet With Reggie Watts

James Corden suits up as he arrives on the blue carpet at the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on Sunday (January 17) in Santa Monica, Calif.

The 37-year-old Late Late host was joined by musician Reggie Watts, who leads the house band on the show.

They got silly on the carpet and showed off some pretty funny poses for the cameras!

James is set to present an award during the telecast.

Make sure to tune in for the Critics’ Choice Awards, hosted by Silicon Valley‘s T.J. Miller, RIGHT NOW on A&E, Lifetime, and LMN.

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Orlando Bloom, Selena Gomez, & More Support Malala Yousafzai in Her Fight for Education Equality

Selena Gomez, Orlando Bloom, and more are featured in this eye opening video for the We Are Silent campaign to support Malala Yousafzai in her fight to bring education to all women around the world.

Jennifer Hudson, Seth Rogen, J. Cole, Hannah Simone, Clive Owen, Edward Norton, Shay Mitchell, Joe Jonas, Martin Sheen, Reggie Watts, Big Sean, and Evanna Lynch all lend their voices to the campaign, which will promote going silent on April 17 for 24 hours for the millions of girls around the world facing poverty, exploitation and the denial of their right to education.

Find out more information, and read about Malala‘s story over at Free the Children.

Orlando Bloom at We Day: I'll Never Take Life for Granted!

Orlando Bloom poses backstage with Big Sean while attending the We Day California event held at the Oracle Arena on Wednesday afternoon (March 26) in Oakland, Calif.

The 37-year-old actor talked about the time in 1998 when he fell three stories after trying to climb to the roof of a building. He was paralyzed for four days and doctors thought he might never walk again.

“Laying in that hospital bed, I thought about the course of my life,” Orly said. “How reckless I’d been. How I hadn’t valued my life. I knew that wasn’t my destiny. I fixed my mind right there and then that I would leave [the] hospital on my own and strive to never take life for granted again. Never.”

Also pictured inside at the event: Seth Rogen, Hannah Simone, Evanna Lynch, Reggie Watts, Martin Sheen, and Rico and Raini Rodriguez.


Orlando Bloom’s Speech at We Day California

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