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D'oh! 'Simpsons' needle Trump ahead of 100-day milestone

The clip shows an animated Trump in bed at the White House counting up accomplishments as president, like lowering his golf handicap and increasing his Twitter following. The video also imagines the president's daughter, Ivanka, taking Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's seat on the Supreme Court.

The video ends with Marge and Homer Simpson taking in the news on TV at home and Marge complains that she's out of the antidepressant Prozac that was supposed to last her "the whole four years."

"The Simpsons" has gotten some political predictions right in the past. A 2000 episode of the series joked about Lisa Simpson taking over in the Oval Office from Trump.

HSN CEO to step down to take top job at Weight Watchers

The CEO of a heavyweight of home shopping on TV is leaving that job to take the top spot at Weight Watchers International Inc.

The companies said separately Wednesday that Mindy Grossman is leaving HSN Inc. on May 24 and assuming the role of president and CEO of Weight Watchers in July. She had been HSN's CEO since 2008.

Grossman replaces James Chambers at the weight-loss program operator. Chambers stepped down in September amid the company's struggles to build on the momentum it garnered from an alliance with Oprah Winfrey.

Weight Watchers said that until Grossman's arrival, it will continue to be led by the members of its interim office of the CEO made up of Chief Financial Officer Nicholas Hotchkin, and company directors Thilo Semmelbauer and Christopher Sobecki.

Grossman had worked to reinvent HSN, which that now derives half of its revenue from e-commerce, while transforming it into a lifestyle network. The St. Petersburg, Florida-based company still broadcasts live to more than 90 million households in the U.S., but also features more than 50,000 products on its website.

But HSN, like its rival QVC, has been wrestling with sluggish sales for the same reasons as other retailers — Amazon's dominance online, and people's preference for experiences over accumulating stuff.

At New York-based Weight Watchers, Grossman will face another challenge. The company is confronting stiff competition as people seeking to trim pounds turn to popular step-counting fitness gadgets like Fitbit and free weight-loss apps.

Weight Watchers' stock jumped more than 7 percent in after-hours trading Wednesday on news Grossman is joining the company.

Fox anchor says network does little about racial diversity

A Fox News Channel anchor who is black has joined a racial discrimination lawsuit against his company, saying Wednesday that the network marginalized him and has little interest in promoting diversity.

Kelly Wright, who primarily works an overnight shift at Fox, said at an emotional news conference that his efforts at promoting diversity at Fox have largely failed. He said former Fox host Bill O'Reilly rejected a piece Wright had prepared after racial protests in Ferguson, Missouri, because it showed blacks in "too positive" a light.

"This hurts," Wright said.

The lawsuit adds to troubles at Fox that had largely been focused on the treatment of women. Former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes lost his job last summer and O'Reilly was fired last week after harassment charges surfaced. So far, there's little evidence that the problems have affected cable news' top-rated network with its audience. Fox said late Tuesday the latest lawsuit contained "copycat complaints" and denied its allegations, and didn't have any comment after Wright's news conference.

Wright said he was moved to speak after off-air colleagues complained publicly about racial hostility, primarily coming from a recently fired comptroller at the network, Judith Slater. She has denied any wrongdoing through a lawyer. Thirteen people — eight who still work at Fox — joined the lawsuit, which also expanded to include the behavior of others.

"I can no longer sit in silence, collect my paycheck and act like I didn't experience racial bias on my own level as an on-air personality," Wright said. He said he wasn't part of any left-wing effort to hurt Fox and that he admires and likes many of the people there, "but I don't like what they do."

He said he was the only black male anchor at Fox and that his career had stalled with promised opportunities never materializing.

"Somewhere along the line there's an inbred way of thinking that the audience we have attracted perhaps wants to watch only one color on the air," he said. "I think we can definitely do better."

A female anchor who is black, Harris Faulkner, has a prominent role on Fox's daytime show "Outnumbered."

The lawsuit alleges that Fox employees took their complaints about Slater in 2008 to Dianne Brandi, chief counsel at Fox, and were told that nothing would be done about her because Slater "knew too much" about the behavior of Ailes, O'Reilly and others. Fox has specifically denied the allegations against Brandi.

This charge led Douglas Wigdor, the plaintiff's lawyer, to suggest that it was time to clean house among management at Fox. Ailes' former top deputy, Bill Shine, is co-president of the network and Brandi still works there.

Catherine Foti, Slater's lawyer, criticized Wigdor for using inflammatory language dating back to the days of slavery in his complaint. Wigdor had compared Fox's workplace to a plantation.

"These frivolous charges are solely aimed at generating headlines, inflaming racial tensions and poisoning potential jury pools and judges," Foti said.

Wigdor said his law firm has heard from others at Fox even since the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx, and suggested it will expand further. His clients are looking for financial compensation, he said.

"Our hope is that Fox will take a more conciliatory approach," he said, "although I doubt that."

Among the new charges:

—A Bangladeshi man, Musfiq Rahman, said he mistakenly wandered into Ailes' office in 2014, prompting the then-boss to build a wall to prevent other unauthorized entries. Rahman said he was no longer permitted on Ailes' floor without an escort.

—A former financial worker, Mark LeGrier, said Slater retaliated when he complained to Brandi about her by subjecting him to "humiliating and weekly vicious attacks" about his performance. He left after nine months, "on the verge of a nervous breakdown," the lawsuit said.

—After President Donald Trump announced a halt in immigration from seven countries, Slater allegedly asked black employees "who is going to Africa?" because she intended to start looking for replacements. Trump's election prompted her to warn black employees that they would not be able to return to the country if they left, the lawsuit said.

—A financial employee who is black, Griselda Benson, alleged that when she returned from a surgery, Slater said that her "people" were high maintenance with their health and were driving up the company's health insurance premiums.

Sheriff: 'Bachelor' star refused to answer door after crash

Former "Bachelor" Chris Soules called 911 to report his crash that killed a fellow Iowa farmer, seeking medical help for the man before authorities say he left the scene and holed up in his home for hours until his arrest.

Soules told the dispatcher that he "rear-ended a guy on a tractor" with his pickup truck Monday night on a road near the northern Iowa town of Aurora, according to a recording of the call released Wednesday.

Soules, who starred on ABC's "The Bachelor" two years ago, said the man had been thrown into a ditch, wasn't conscious, and didn't appear to be breathing. He told the dispatcher that he didn't know CPR, and he could be heard asking others who were there if they did. The audio then indicates that someone tried to perform CPR on the man, but it's unclear whether it was Soules. Soules said the man had a pulse and had blood coming from his mouth.

The six-minute call ends when Soules asks whether he can call back and hangs up. The tractor driver, a 66-year-old local farmer named Kenneth Mosher, was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

According to Mosher's obituary published Wednesday by the funeral home handling his arrangements, he had a wife, two sons and three grandchildren. He also served in the Army in Vietnam.

"Kenny loved playing golf, farming, and spending his winters in Florida biking and visiting his mother," the obituary read.

Authorities say Soules' pickup was damaged and that he left the scene in another truck before emergency responders arrived.

Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Wolfgram said Wednesday that investigators are trying to identify the person who picked Soules up and that this person could be charged, depending on the circumstances. He said the Iowa State Patrol was trying to determine whether alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.

Soules was arrested about five hours after the crash at his farm in nearby Arlington, which is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of Iowa City. He was booked on a charge of leaving the scene of a deadly crash and released on bond hours later on the condition that he surrender his passport and wear an ankle monitor until his trial. Additional charges are possible.

Wolfgram said that Soules refused to answer his door for officers, telling them to contact his attorney. He said it took several hours for officers to write a search warrant application and get a judge to approve it, allowing them to enter the home to arrest him.

"We're running into some roadblocks when it comes to getting information," Wolfgram said, while acknowledging that Soules was acting within his constitutional rights.

Soules' attorneys haven't replied to messages seeking comment. His publicist released a statement Tuesday saying Soules was devastated to learn Mosher had died and that Soules offered his thoughts and prayers to Mosher's family.

Soules, 35, was a fan favorite when he participated in "The Bachelorette" in 2014, so ABC brought him back as "The Bachelor" the next year. He proposed to a Chicago contestant, Whitney Bischoff, at the end of his season, but their relationship soon fizzled. Soules later appeared on "Dancing With The Stars" and has served as a spokesman for agricultural interests while working in farm real estate.

The audio's release comes weeks after the Iowa House passed a bill that would have classified 911 calls involving injured people as confidential "medical records" that were exempt from the open records law. The measure, which would have blocked the release of Soules' call, died in the state Senate after The Associated Press and other critics argued it would harm the public's right-to-know.

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Fox News faces new lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, harassment

Legal troubles at Fox News grew worse Tuesday with 13 plaintiffs, including reporter and anchor Kelly Wright, joining a lawsuit that alleges racial discrimination and harassment at the company. The plaintiffs are all former or current employees. Their suit accuses the network of “abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination.”

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The lawsuit expands upon a previous complaint filed by Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, two black women who worked in the payroll department. Brown and Wright claim that Fox News comptroller Judith Slater made racist comments that were ignored by the company’s higher-ups.

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Their complaints have since been joined by several other Fox News employees or former employees who insist they experienced the same type of behavior from Slater.

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“When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox,” the plaintiffs’ lawyers, Douglas H. Wigdor and Jeanne M. Christensen, said in a statement.“We sincerely hope the filing of this race class action wakes 21st Century Fox from its slumbers and inspires the company to take a conciliatory and appropriate approach to remedy its wrongs.”

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The class-action lawsuit — which names Slater, Fox News lawyer Dianne Brandi, Fox News and 21st Century Fox as defendants — alleges that Brandi knew about Slater’s actions dating back to 2008 and refused to do anything about it because she “knew too much about senior executives.”

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Slater would allegedly make fun of the way black employees said the words “ask” and “mother” and asked some of them, “Who is going to Africa?” after Donald Trump won the presidential election. She also is accused of making minority workers arm-wrestle white female supervisors for her own “entertainment and amusement.”

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The suit also lists complaints against former host Bill O’Reilly, who was recently fired amid ongoing accusations of sexual harassment and after it became evident that O’Reilly and the network had already paid out $13 million in settlements to five of the accusers.

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Wright alleges that O’Reilly regularly shunned him from his show and once refused to allow him to share a series of positive stories because they “showed Blacks in ‘too positive’ a light.” O’Reilly allegedly suggested that Wright call then-CEO Roger Ailes and co-president Bill Shine to “offer to sing the national anthem at the Fox News Town Halls” instead.

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As Wright put it, he felt that he was “effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a ‘Jim Crow’ — the racist caricature of a Black entertainer.”

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“We sincerely hope the filing of this race class action wakes 21st Century Fox from its slumbers and inspires the Company to take a conciliatory and appropriate approach to remedy its wrongs,” the plaintiffs’ attorneys Wigdor and Christensen said, as the network has not yet responded to the allegations.

NBC reporter, Latina journalism pioneer Cecilia Alvear dies

Cecilia Alvear, who fought for Latino inclusion in newsrooms and reached unprecedented heights for a Hispanic woman in journalism in a decades-long career with NBC news, has died, her partner said Tuesday.

Alvear, who also served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, died at her home in Santa Monica after suffering from breast cancer that recurred in 2012, her longtime partner George Lewis said. Alvear was 77.

A native of Ecuador born in the Galapagos on the island of San Cristobal, Alvear came to the U.S. in 1965 and worked in a congressman's office until getting a job as a TV news production assistant in 1971.

At the time, roles for women in journalism were few and roles for Latinos were even fewer. As she moved through various jobs in local television in Los Angeles, she was often the only member of either group working in news production. But she fought to make sure that the environment would change.

"She was a relentless campaigner for more diversity in newsrooms," Lewis told the Los Angeles Times.

In 1982, NBC News tapped her to run its Mexico City bureau. From there she covered wars and revolutions in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and she produced several interviews with Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

"I met Cecilia in 1982 when she was sent, as an NBC producer at the height of the Cold War, to run the war coverage of NBC in Latin America," Anne-Marie O'Connor an ex-LA Times reporter, told the paper. "At the time it was rare to even meet a female producer, much less an Ecuadorian-born Latina who spoke English with an accent. Cecilia broke the mold."

Alvear never graduated from college, but she completed a prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 1989.

In 1994 while on assignment in Mexico, she learned she had breast cancer for the first time. She was free and clear of the disease until it returned 18 years later.

She remained with NBC until her retirement in 2007.

She is survived by Lewis, four sisters, and two half-brothers.

AP Explains: What will a Hollywood writers' strike mean?

Hollywood is facing a cliffhanger after members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike that could begin as soon as next week.

Negotiations resumed Tuesday as the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers grapple over issues including compensation and health care.

The previous writers' strike lasted 100 days in 2007-08 and was costly to the businesses that serve Hollywood and to consumers expecting to be entertained.

A walkout's impact would come in waves and affect different parts of the industry differently. Here's a look at how it could play out if writers trade their laptops for picket signs.

THE ISSUE

The changing nature of how television is delivered to viewers is a major reason for the impasse.

More than 400 series were available on broadcast, cable and rapidly expanding streaming platforms this season, double that of six years ago. But shows have fewer episodes than the roughly two-dozen per season once common on network TV, and short runs of as few as 8 to 12 episodes mean less money for writers getting paid on a per-episode basis.

Contracts binding writers exclusively to a series have cut into their compensation as well.

According to the WGA, which has about 20,000 members, median earnings for writers dropped between the 2013-14 season and 2015-16, and more and more scribes are finding it difficult to make a living under current deals.

The guild is seeking a wage increase and wants salary minimums to apply equally to streaming, cable and broadcast. Health care, an issue that echoes beyond Hollywood, also is on the table. The two sides are at odds over what concessions the guild would make in return for producers contributing more to the health plan.

TELEVISION

TV viewers won't be laughing much if writers take a hike, with the most immediate impact on late-night talk and comedy shows including "Saturday Night Live."

In the 2007 walkout, shows including NBC's "Tonight" and CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman" went dark for two months. They returned during the strike either without writers or, in Letterman's case, with a separate guild deal through his production company. That won't be an option for CBS' current "Late Show" host, Stephen Colbert, because a CBS entity now produces it.

For prime-time TV, the strike would come as the fall-to-spring broadcast season winds down. But with year-round programming now commonplace, networks and cable channels likely will call on reality shows to help fill the void.

Reruns, sports and news — especially given ratings-grabbing Trump administration coverage — also would be key, said entertainment lawyer Jonathan Handel.

Streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon could be winners because their original series tend to be produced further in advance of release, Handel said.

THE BIG SCREEN

The slower pace of film production, where it takes up to three years or more for the biggest movies to be made, means a strike wouldn't cause as much immediate havoc in the movie business. But it would still greatly alter the well-ordered pipelines of Hollywood productions, big and small.

Most significant would be the impact on large franchises that might not have a script quite ready for shooting. That leaves studios with a choice of whether to press pause on a franchise or push ahead with an unfinished screenplay.

The 2007 strike affected the making of movies like "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," the James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." All of those films received poor reviews, and many of the filmmakers and stars involved later said the movies simply didn't have the screenplay or the writers that they needed.

Some films will be rushing to get scripts ready before any potential strike, but others will inevitably be left in limbo.

Screenwriter and WGA member David Atkins, who teaches film and TV at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, said he's feeling the squeeze already.

He and a writing partner have a script ready to sell but "it's an extremely awkward time" with a possible strike looming, he said. "We've decided not to move forward at this point, to wait and see what happens."

DOLLARS AND CENTS

The 100-day writers' strike that started in late 2007 cost the economy in the Los Angeles area around $2.5 billion, according to estimates at the time. The entertainment industry at that time contributed $58 billion a year for the area's economy.

That has grown to $83 billion as of 2014, according to a report by Los Angeles County's Economic Development Corp.

The producers group on the other side of the bargaining table said the 2007-2008 strike meant $287 million in lost compensation for writers.

CBS said then that TV ad revenue fell 15 percent, hurt by the strike and other factors. But Walt Disney Co., which owns ABC, said international sales of shows offset ad-sales losses.

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AP Film Writer Jake Coyle and AP Technology Writer Tali Arbel in New York contributed to this report.

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Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.

Nielsen's top programs for April 17-23

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 17-23. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. "NCIS," CBS, 13.33 million.

2. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 11.19 million.

3. "Bull," CBS, 10.32 million.

4. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 10.16 million.

5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 9.9 million.

6. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.57 million.

7. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 9.44 million.

8. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 8.85 million.

9. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 8.45 million.

10. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 8.4 million.

11. "Survivor," CBS, 7.92 million.

12. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 7.87 million.

13. "Scorpion," CBS, 6.59 million.

14. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 6.56 million.

15. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 5.96 million.

16. "Kevin Can Wait," CBS, 5.91 million.

17. "Chicago Justice," NBC, 5.63 million.

18. "The Great Indoors," CBS, 5.47 million.

19. "Man With a Plan," CBS, 5.42 million.

20. "The Middle," ABC, 5.26 million.

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ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.

Lawsuit filed against Fox alleges racial discrimination

An expanded lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination "that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment."

The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court, adds eight former and current Fox employees to a case involving three former Fox workers and their accusations against a since-fired Fox financial executive. It also expands the case to include Dianne Brandi, Fox's chief counsel.

Fox News said it vehemently denies the allegations, calling them "copycat complaints." It said Brandi denies the claims against her.

The original lawsuit was filed in late March by two black women who worked in the network's payroll department, and a third colleague later joined it. The expanded lawsuit, incorporating the other employees, seeks unspecified compensatory damages and an elimination of unlawful employment practices at Fox.

The workers allege that their complaints about the actions of Judith Slater, the fired former comptroller, went unanswered for years. They say Brandi told them it was because Slater "knew too much" about former Fox Chairman Roger Ailes and top-rated host Bill O'Reilly, who have been ousted over the past year because of sexual-harassment accusations.

A lawyer for Slater, Catherine Foti, said the actions against Slater are meritless and frivolous. She said "all claims of racial discrimination against Ms. Slater are completely false."

One plaintiff, on-air personality Kelly Wright, who's black, said he'd been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a Jim Crow, an insulting slang term to refer to a black man, according to the lawsuit. Wright said O'Reilly, who's white, refused to show a piece Wright had prepared after racial protests in Ferguson, Missouri, because they showed blacks in too positive a light.

A former employee, Musfiq Rahman, a dark-skinned Bangladeshi, said he was punished after mistakenly walking into Ailes' office by no longer being allowed on Ailes' floor without an escort.

Mark LeGrier, a former financial employee who's black, said he was subjected to retaliation when he complained to Brandi about Slater's behavior.

"When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox," said Douglas Wigdor, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

Meanwhile, Nielsen company ratings showed that Tucker Carlson moved into O'Reilly's old time slot at Fox News on Monday night and took over his status as the most-watched host in cable news — at least for a night.

O'Reilly, who hosted "The O'Reilly Factor," was fired by Fox last week following news about Fox settling sexual-harassment cases involving him for millions of dollars. He has denied the allegations.

Nielsen said Carlson's first night at 8 p.m. attracted 3.17 million viewers, beating the combined audience of MSNBC's Chris Hayes, who reached 1.52 million viewers, and CNN's Anderson Cooper, who reached 1 million.

Carlson did not beat O'Reilly's nearly 4 million average during the first three months of the year. Carlson had averaged 3.3 million in the 9 p.m. time slot following O'Reilly.

Rough week for Fox broadcast in television ratings

It felt like a summer week on the Fox broadcasting network — and that's not a good thing.

Bereft of hits and in the traditional April lull before the last big month of the traditional TV season, Fox averaged a paltry 2.2 million viewers last week. Its most popular show, "Empire," aired a rerun that had barely over 3 million viewers.

Its most popular show last week, an episode of "Masterchef Junior," ranked No. 49 for the week, the Nielsen company said.

As is becoming more frequent, as many people watched Fox News Channel in prime time as its corporate sister on broadcast.

Despite having many of its shows in repeats, CBS won the week in prime time with an average of 6.7 million viewers. NBC had 5.1 million, ABC had 4.1 million, Univision had 1.7 million, Telemundo had 1.6 million, ION television had 1.2 million and the CW had 660,000.

TNT was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 3.08 million viewers with the help of the NBA playoffs. Fox News Channel had 2.24 million, HGTV had 1.402 million, MSNBC had 1.4 million and TBS had 1.32 million.

NBC's "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.84 million viewers. ABC's "World News Tonight" was second with 7.78 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 6.3 million viewers.

For the week of April 17-23, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "NCIS," CBS, 13.33 million; "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 11.19 million; "Bull," CBS, 10.32 million; "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 10.16 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 9.9 million; "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.57 million; "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 9.44 million; "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 8.85 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 8.45 million; "Little Big Shots," NBC, 8.4 million.

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ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.

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