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Spike Lee Calls Woody Allen His 'Friend,' Defends Him Against Cancel Culture

Spike Lee is speaking out against “cancel” culture and how it has affected his friend Woody Allen.

Woody was accused of molestation by his daughter Dylan Farrow and many celebs that he worked with over the years have said they regret making movies with him.

“I’d just like to say Woody Allen is a great, great filmmaker and this cancel thing is not just Woody,” Spike said on WOR’s “In the Morning” show (via TheWrap). “When we look back on it we are going to see that — short of killing somebody — I don’t know you just erase someone like they never existed.”

Woody is a friend of mine, a fellow Knick fan, and I know he’s going through it right now,” he added.

Spike was on the radio show to promote his new Netflix movie Da 5 Bloods, which is out now.

A couple weeks ago, Woody spoke out and slammed the actors who have denounced him.

Alec Baldwin Responds to Criticism for Promoting Woody Allen Interview on Blackout Tuesday

Alec Baldwin is defending his decision to post on Blackout Tuesday.

The 62-year-old actor took to his Instagram on Tuesday (June 2) to promote his new interview with Woody Allen, on his podcast “Here’s the Thing.”

“Woody Allen’s new book, Apropos of Nothing, starts with a portrait of his father, a tough-guy World War One Navy veteran and onetime gunman in a firing squad,” Alec wrote on Instagram. “It’s the first of a series of surprising, fascinating stories from a life that went from working-class Jewish Brooklyn in the 1940s to movie sets in Rome and Paris. The book also addresses the accusation of an incident of sexual abuse leveled by Dylan Farrow. Allen and Alec cover it all — plus how he’s doing in the age of coronavirus — in this candid and wide-ranging interview.”

Social media users then took to the comments to slam Alec for interviewing Woody because of the sexual assault allegations made against him. They also slammed Alec for posting on a Blackout Tuesday, which is a movement encouraging social media users to stop posting so they can educate themselves on Black Lives Matter.

Alec then fired back, writing, ““In the course of this podcast, we have often booked guests that have either requested or required a specific posting date in order to promote a project. We make every effort to honor those requests. Allen is no exception. As for the perceived lack of sensitivity re BlackOutTuesday, I had no idea about this … national day of whatever.”

“The professional lives of some people cannot be put on hold at the whims of political correctness,” Alec continued. “I believe Allen is innocent and that is my right. Posting a black screen today or any other day, though a decent sentiment, is not an effective political stance. Voting, and working to enroll others to vote, is more … practical.”

Woody Allen Slams the Actors Who Have Denounced Him

Woody Allen is speaking out to slam actors who have denounced him amid allegations from his daughter Dylan Farrow that he abused her as a child.

In a new interview with The Guardian, the filmmaker says that he never thought people would take Dylan‘s accusations seriously.

“I thought people would see it as laughable rubbish right away and from day one I never really took it seriously,” he said. “I mean, it’s like being confronted with a story that I murdered six people with a machine gun.”

Timothee Chalamet, Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, Colin Firth, and Rachel Brosnahan are among the actors who have all vowed to never work with Allen again.

“It’s silly. The actors have no idea of the facts and they latch on to some self-serving, public, safe position. Who in the world is not against child molestation?” he said in response to celebs speaking out against him. “That’s how actors and actresses are, and [denouncing me] became the fashionable thing to do, like everybody suddenly eating kale.”

Dylan spoke out about actors still willing to work with Allen a couple years ago.

Woody Allen Reveals He Ignores Most of The Comments About Him Because of Dylan Farrow's Accusations

Woody Allen is opening up about the accusations that Dylan Farrow has been making against him for years, and why his decision is to keep on going despite them.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, the 83-year-old filmmaker says that “even if Dylan was to come out and say she made the whole thing up and was sorry, some people would still believe the story.”

Woody adds that for the most part, he ignores it.

“I work. I carry on. I surround myself with people I’ve known for a long time, people who know the truth,” he shared.

Woody also talked about the handful of celebrities who have distanced themselves from him because of the accusations that he sexually assaulted Dylan.

“I don’t feel vindicated because that is to imply I was concerned and — I don’t wish to seem callous — but I am not. Of course, I am aware I am the subject of gossip and scandal, but I cannot let it bother me,” he added. “I live my life. I work. I play jazz. I watch sports. I see my friends. I don’t look up and I don’t read anything.”

This one star, and a close friend of Woody‘s, recently opened up about not believing Dylan‘s story. See what they shared here…

Larry David Says It's Hard to Believe Woody Allen 'Did Anything Wrong' After Reading His Book

Larry David doesn’t think Woody Allen is guilty of anything.

After the 84-year-old director’s memoir, Apropos of Nothing, was announced and then shelved amid criticism by its initial publisher before eventual publication, the 72-year-old Curb Your Enthusiasm actor, who starred in Woody‘s Whatever Works in 2009, spoke out in defense of Woody upon reading the book.

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“Yeah, it’s pretty great, it’s a fantastic book, so funny. You feel like you’re in the room with him and yeah, it’s just a great book and it’s hard to walk away after reading that book thinking that this guy did anything wrong,” Larry said in a recent New York Times profile.

Woody has maintained his innocence amid allegations of molestation by daughter Dylan Farrow over the years. She and her brother Ronan spoke out about the book’s publication. Here’s what they said…

Dylan Farrow Reacts to Woody Allen's Memoir Being Canceled

Dylan Farrow has reacted to the news that Hachette Book Group has cancelled Woody Allen‘s memoir.

The 34-year-old estranged daughter of the filmmaker and brother, Dylan, voiced their criticism of the publishing group earlier this week when they announced their plans to publish Woody‘s book in April.

Their criticism was supported by many walkouts from the staff of Little, Brown and Company.

“To each and every individual who, at great professional risk to themselves, stood in solidarity with my brother, myself, and all victims of sexual abuse yesterday: words will never describe the debt of gratitude I owe to you,” Dylan wrote in a note on social media.

Dylan‘s brother Ronan also called out the company, who published his own book, “Catch & Kill” last year.

Woody Allen's Memoir Dropped by Publisher After Staff Walk-Out

Woody Allen‘s memoir will no longer be published by Hatchette.

The publishing company revealed that the 84-year-old director’s A Propos of Nothing will no longer be published, according to a statement via THR on Friday (March 6).

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“Hachette Book Group has decided that it will not publish Woody Allen’s memoir A Propos of Nothing, originally scheduled for sale in April 2020, and will return all rights to the author,” they said.

“The decision to cancel Mr. Allen’s book was a difficult one. At HBG we take our relationships with authors very seriously, and do not cancel books lightly. We have published and will continue to publish many challenging books. As publishers, we make sure every day in our work that different voices and conflicting points of views can be heard. Also, as a company, we are committed to offering a stimulating, supportive and open work environment for all our staff. Over the past few days, HBG leadership had extensive conversations with our staff and others. After listening, we came to the conclusion that moving forward with publication would not be feasible for HBG.”

The news comes after staff walked out at the publishing company in protest.

Ronan and Dylan Farrow also issued statements about Woody‘s memoir. See what they said…