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How Paul Walker’s Father Is Still Struggling One Year After Actor’s Death

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — It’s been almost a year since Paul Walker tragically died in a car accident.

On Monday, Entertainment Tonight sat down with the late actor’s father, Paul Walker III, who shared sweet memories of his famous son.

“Well, I’m not looking forward to Thanksgiving,” Walker said. “He died two days after that and I guess it’ll probably be that way until I’m with him. It’s a sad time. We’re a very close, loving family and Paul is a piece that’s missing now.”

The 40-year-old Fast & Furious star died last Nov. 30 near an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide, after the Porsche he was riding in crashed and killed both him and his friend Roger Rodas.

“I miss him even more now…it’s not getting any better for me,” Walker added.

When asked about Paul’s 16-year-old daughter Meadow, Walker said, “We don’t talk enough. The family’s in shock, we are afraid to talk to each other…the only thing I think is it hurts too much, especially the holidays are coming.”

Walker also talked about how great of a father the actor was and showed some great family videos of when Paul was just a little boy. He also revealed the moment he found out his son was gone.

“I was on my motorcycle. I kept getting calls,” he said. “My brother says, ‘Paul has been killed.’ …There was this young guy next to me and I just turned to him and said, ‘My son was just killed.’ He looked at me and just reached up and gave me a big hug.”

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“Hot in Cleveland” Ending After Six Seasons

Jesse Grant/Getty Images for TV Land(NEW YORK) — TV Land is putting Hot in Cleveland on ice.

The cable network announced Monday that the sitcom will end with its sixth season, which premiered earlier this month.

Hot in Cleveland, which launched in 2010 and aired its 100th episode in September, stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick as three friends from Los Angeles who unexpectedly landed in Cleveland and rent a home in the Ohio city from a sassy caretaker, played by Betty White.

A statement from TV Land President Larry W. Jones reads in part, “It’s been an honor to work with Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and the incomparable Betty White as well as our executive producers Suzanne Martin, Todd Milliner, Sean Hayes and the rest of our exceptional writers, production team and crew.”

The statement continues, “The passion and talent they brought to the set each and every week over the past 5 years has put TV Land on the map as a network dedicated to quality original programming.”

TV Land is also the network home of the Hot in Cleveland spin-off The Soul Man, starring Cedric the Entertainer.

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Matthew McConaughey Awarded Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Matthew McConaughey was honored Monday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Oscar winner received the 2,534th star.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, McConaughey said he never thought he’d be an actor. “Shoot, I only saw two or three films before I was 18 years old. And I got my first job in Austin, Texas, on a film called Dazed and Confused,” he explained. “Yeah, I got my first job there. Little did I know it’d turn out to be a career.”

“This industry has given me a lot. It’s given me a chance to live out some dreams I didn’t even know I had,” McConaughey added.

The 45-year-old actor was joined by his Interstellar co-stars Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, as well his wife Camila Alves and their three children.

McConaughey told those in attendance that he wants Hollywood to continue making great films.

“Let’s keep telling great stories. Let’s keep entertaining, you know. Let’s keep putting stuff up there that matters. Let’s keep putting stuff up there that is original. Let’s keep putting stuff up there that’s just plain fun,” he said.

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“Hunger Games” Stars Hit the White Carpet at LA Premiere

Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 was held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live Monday night. Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, and the other stars walked the white carpet for fans’ first look at the third film in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling book series.

In stark contrast to her character Katniss Everdeen’s dark locks and black body armor, Lawrence’s hair was much lighter as she wore a scoop-neck ivory-colored Dior Couture dress, complete with shimmering silver details and gold sandals. The movie’s two leading men, Hutcherson and Hemsworth, however, went dark, wearing black suits.

Hutcherson, who plays Peeta Mellark in the series, said of Mockingjay, “It’s so different from the first two Hunger Games. It becomes about the consequences of war, and it’s a much bigger scope. You see it’s not just about the games, it’s about society and how they all are trying to make a change in the world. So it becomes a much bigger film I think.”

One notable absence from the premiere was Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who died of a drug overdose in February. The actor passed away before some of his scenes in both Part 1 and 2 were finished, and while it was thought computer generated technology would be used to replace Hoffman, director Francis Lawrence reportedly balked out of respect for the actor.

Instead, the filmmakers shuffled some of the lines his character, Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, was to deliver.

Producer Nina Jacobson explained to ABC News Radio, “We had two scenes that he hadn’t shot, and in both of them there were scenes where we gave the dialog and the content of that scenes to either Effi or Hamitch.” Those characters are played by Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson, respectively.

She explained, “The scene where they show Katniss and Cinna’s notebooks, he should be in the scene, he’s not. And we had Effi there, and you know, she’s certainly capable of delivering that scene. And there’s another scene at the end of the second movie where we had to give his dialog to Woody and our other actors. We have wonderful actors and characters who could step into those parts and they did.”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1
opens nationwide Friday.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” Debuts via Digital Download

Buena Vista Pictures(NEW YORK) — The highest-grossing domestic film of the year, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, is now available for digital download ahead of its release on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 9. The sci-fi action film went from being what many considered a long-shot at the box office to the second-biggest movie of 2014, with a global take north of 770 million bucks.

One person who was confident of the movie’s fate in theaters was Sean Gunn, the actor brother of Guardians director/writer James Gunn. Sean Gunn played Kraglin, one of the group of space pirates known as Ravagers — who abduct and sort-of adopt then-youngster Peter Quill, the earthling who grows up to become Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord. Gunn also played Rocket on set.

Gunn tells ABC News Radio, “Honestly, I can’t lie — I don’t want to, you know, sound crazy…but when people said, ‘Did you have any idea of the kind of success?’…I had some idea. I didn’t know it was gonna be quite as big as it was, but I had a pretty good feeling it was going to be really big…Just because I knew it was good.”

While the Rocket was later replaced by a computer-generated raccoon character voiced by Bradley Cooper, Gunn was a key on-set reference for the other characters to interact with, and he also helped shape the character through ad-libbing and movement.

Gunn tells ABC News Radio he was surprised when his brother told him he’d landed both gigs. “He kind of called me and all at once said, ‘Okay, you’re in to play Kraglin, and also we would like you to come and be Rocket on set, but it means you’d need to be here for the full five months in England…”

“So it was crazy, I just packed up my whole life and went to England,” Gunn adds.

Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Zoe Saldana, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, and the voice of Vin Diesel as Rocket’s buddy, the imposing alien tree-man Groot. A sequel is set for May 5, 2017.

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“Game of Thrones” Character Reveals Season Five Plot Twist

Macall B. Polay/courtesy of HBO (NEW YORK) — If you haven’t seen season four of Game of Thrones, stop reading.

This past season of Game Of Thrones ended with the unexpected death of Lannister family patriarch Tywin — who some would say was the most powerful man in Westeros.

The fact that he died wasn’t just surprising, the manner in which he died, while in the bathroom, was a bit shocking, too.

Charles Dance plays Tywin Lannister, and he says he found the death quite satisfying. “Indeed. What an ignominious end. Yes…quiet five minutes and you’re in the privacy of one’s lavatory, yes, and the door is kicked open and, y’know, shot with crossbow. Yes, yes, great death scene.”

But just because Tywin dies at the end of season four, Dance says that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of his character. “Tywin’s a very important character in the series and they’re not just going to dig a hole and bury him,” Dance reveals, adding, “He has a bit of a sendoff. More than that I cannot say.”

The HBO series is currently filming its fifth season.

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“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Comedian Tommy Chong Eliminated

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — Comedian Tommy Chong and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd were voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday night after weeks of defying the odds and just one week shy of the finals of the dance competition.

Chong, 76, is the oldest competitor to have made it this far in the 19 seasons of the show, despite performances that scored at or near the bottom of the leaderboard each week.

When co-host Erin Andrews asked Chong what his time on the show meant to him, he replied: “Everything,” adding that it just “showed that…old stoners can perform when they need to.”

Next week’s two-night final will feature actress Janel Parrish, YouTube star Bethany Mota, Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson and actor Alfonso Ribeiro competing for the mirrorball trophy.

Each couple had to perform two routines Monday. The first dance was set to a song, and the second featured a different dance style set to an “unplugged” — or musically stripped-down — version of the song from the first routine.

Sadie Robertson: Robertson’s first dance of the night, a quickstep, won praise from the judges. Head judge Len Goodman said he was disappointed because he didn’t see anything to not like in the entire routine. Julianne Hough called Robertson a “breath of fresh air,” telling her the performance was brilliant. Bruno Tonioli said Robertson’s performance was “really wonderful” and he commended her pro partner, Mark Ballas, on the choreography. Carrie Ann Inaba said the performance was detail-oriented. Robertson earned a 10 and three 9s for a total of 37 out of a possible 40 points.

Robertson’s second routine of the night, an Argentine tango, also earned the judges’ approval. Goodman said the routine was “terrific,” although he said he wished the prop guitar had been featured less in the routine. Hough and Inaba both said they loved the use of the guitar and Robertson’s performance. Tonioli said Robertson’s performance was “emotionally involved, sensual but always correct.” The judges said Robertson deserved to be in the finals, and gave her three 9s and a 10 for a total of 37 points.

Alfonso Ribeiro: The actor suffered a back injury during rehearsal last week and wasn’t sure he’d be able to perform, but he did and the judges approved. “Pain is temporary; glory is forever. Work for it to get into that final,” Goodman said. Hough said Ribeiro showed he was a fighter, and Inaba advised the actor to “go safe but go hard” for his second routine. Tonioli said he didn’t see any sign of injury in Ribeiro’s performance. The actor earned four 9s for a total of 36 points.

The actor’s unplugged contemporary routine wowed the judges. Goodman praised its passion, Tonioli saw “sizzling chemistry” between Ribeiro and pro partner Witney Carson and Inaba said it was amazing. “It was so unexpected. You showed us a whole new side of Alfonso tonight. I’m so excited!” she said. Ribeiro earned 39 points.

Tommy Chong: His jazz routine won the comedian a standing ovation from the ballroom audience and kudos from the judges. Goodman, a former award-winning dancer, told the 76-year-old that he admired what he’d achieved throughout the entire competition. “Tommy, I tell you, you’re six years older than I am and I’ll be honest, I couldn’t have done what you’ve done…Well done,” Goodman said. Tonioli told Chong, who has struggled in the competition, that he was lucky to have Peta Murgatroyd as his pro partner. “You have Peta, the human defibrillator. She can bring the dead back to life,” he said, adding that he enjoyed the performance. Inaba agreed, calling Murgatroyd the MVP of the season. Hough called Chong the “wild card” of the show, adding that the performance was “wild” but that she loved it. Chong earned four 7s for a total of 28 points.

Chong’s second routine, an unplugged rumba that was inspired by The Nutcracker, moved Hough and Inaba to tears. Hough called the routine “magical,” and Inaba said the routine showed the master and his muse. “There was something so tender, every touch, every embrace,” she said. Goodman said Chong may not always have been the judges’ favorite, “but what’s better, you’re America’s favorite.” Chong earned two 8s and two 9s for a total of 34 points.

Bethany Mota: The YouTube star drew mixed reviews for her samba. Tonioli liked that the routine took the samba out of its traditional milieu, but Inaba said she felt “a little underwhelmed” because she has come to expect more from Mota. Goodman likened the routine to cotton candy — light and fluffy, but a bit sticky here and there. However, he said the routine was fun and he liked the feel of it. Hough, the sister of Mota’s pro partner, Derek Hough, liked the routine, telling her brother that his pre-dance doubts based on a creative block during rehearsals were unfounded. “You’ve got nothing to worry about so get out of your head, Derek,” she said. Mota earned four 9s for a total of 36 points.

The judges loved Mota’s unplugged contemporary routine that featured the continuous use of a large prop picture frame held between her and her pro partner. “I didn’t want to blink,” Inaba said, calling the routine “breathtaking.” Describing it as a “Picasso of a dance,” Goodman said he loved it. Hough called the routine “picture perfect,” while Tonioli said the performance “should be on permanent display in an art gallery. It’s a modern masterpiece.” Mota earned 40 points.

Janel Parrish: The actress’ fiery paso doble with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy drew rave reviews from the judges. “I wanted more! That was over way to soon…Fabulous,” Inaba said. Goodman called it a “great performance and a fabulous routine.” Hough said Parrish was “in it to win it,” while Tonioli added that Parrish was “like an untamed force or nature.” Parrish earned four 10s, for a perfect score of 40.

The actress’ unplugged Argentine tango drew mixed reviews from judges. Inaba said the lifts were “a bit ungraceful,” and Goodman agreed that the first lift could have been sharper. Tonioli loved the lifts, saying they were in keeping with the tone of the routine. “Fantastic job,” he said. Hough said Parrish had a God-given gift for dance. The actress earned 38 points.

Monday’s scores (First routine, second routine, grand total):
Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 40; 38. Total: 78
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: 36; 40. Total: 76
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: 36; 39. Total: 75
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: 37; 37. Total: 74
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: 28; 34. Total: 62 (Chong was voted off Monday)

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Comedian Tommy Chong Eliminated

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — Comedian Tommy Chong and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd were voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday night after weeks of defying the odds and just one week shy of the finals of the dance competition.

Chong, 76, is the oldest competitor to have made it this far in the 19 seasons of the show, despite performances that scored at or near the bottom of the leaderboard each week.

When co-host Erin Andrews asked Chong what his time on the show meant to him, he replied: “Everything,” adding that it just “showed that…old stoners can perform when they need to.”

Next week’s two-night final will feature actress Janel Parrish, YouTube star Bethany Mota, Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson and actor Alfonso Ribeiro competing for the mirrorball trophy.

Each couple had to perform two routines Monday. The first dance was set to a song, and the second featured a different dance style set to an “unplugged” — or musically stripped-down — version of the song from the first routine.

Sadie Robertson: Robertson’s first dance of the night, a quickstep, won praise from the judges. Head judge Len Goodman said he was disappointed because he didn’t see anything to not like in the entire routine. Julianne Hough called Robertson a “breath of fresh air,” telling her the performance was brilliant. Bruno Tonioli said Robertson’s performance was “really wonderful” and he commended her pro partner, Mark Ballas, on the choreography. Carrie Ann Inaba said the performance was detail-oriented. Robertson earned a 10 and three 9s for a total of 37 out of a possible 40 points.

Robertson’s second routine of the night, an Argentine tango, also earned the judges’ approval. Goodman said the routine was “terrific,” although he said he wished the prop guitar had been featured less in the routine. Hough and Inaba both said they loved the use of the guitar and Robertson’s performance. Tonioli said Robertson’s performance was “emotionally involved, sensual but always correct.” The judges said Robertson deserved to be in the finals, and gave her three 9s and a 10 for a total of 37 points.

Alfonso Ribeiro: The actor suffered a back injury during rehearsal last week and wasn’t sure he’d be able to perform, but he did and the judges approved. “Pain is temporary; glory is forever. Work for it to get into that final,” Goodman said. Hough said Ribeiro showed he was a fighter, and Inaba advised the actor to “go safe but go hard” for his second routine. Tonioli said he didn’t see any sign of injury in Ribeiro’s performance. The actor earned four 9s for a total of 36 points.

The actor’s unplugged contemporary routine wowed the judges. Goodman praised its passion, Tonioli saw “sizzling chemistry” between Ribeiro and pro partner Witney Carson and Inaba said it was amazing. “It was so unexpected. You showed us a whole new side of Alfonso tonight. I’m so excited!” she said. Ribeiro earned 39 points.

Tommy Chong: His jazz routine won the comedian a standing ovation from the ballroom audience and kudos from the judges. Goodman, a former award-winning dancer, told the 76-year-old that he admired what he’d achieved throughout the entire competition. “Tommy, I tell you, you’re six years older than I am and I’ll be honest, I couldn’t have done what you’ve done…Well done,” Goodman said. Tonioli told Chong, who has struggled in the competition, that he was lucky to have Peta Murgatroyd as his pro partner. “You have Peta, the human defibrillator. She can bring the dead back to life,” he said, adding that he enjoyed the performance. Inaba agreed, calling Murgatroyd the MVP of the season. Hough called Chong the “wild card” of the show, adding that the performance was “wild” but that she loved it. Chong earned four 7s for a total of 28 points.

Chong’s second routine, an unplugged rumba that was inspired by The Nutcracker, moved Hough and Inaba to tears. Hough called the routine “magical,” and Inaba said the routine showed the master and his muse. “There was something so tender, every touch, every embrace,” she said. Goodman said Chong may not always have been the judges’ favorite, “but what’s better, you’re America’s favorite.” Chong earned two 8s and two 9s for a total of 34 points.

Bethany Mota: The YouTube star drew mixed reviews for her samba. Tonioli liked that the routine took the samba out of its traditional milieu, but Inaba said she felt “a little underwhelmed” because she has come to expect more from Mota. Goodman likened the routine to cotton candy — light and fluffy, but a bit sticky here and there. However, he said the routine was fun and he liked the feel of it. Hough, the sister of Mota’s pro partner, Derek Hough, liked the routine, telling her brother that his pre-dance doubts based on a creative block during rehearsals were unfounded. “You’ve got nothing to worry about so get out of your head, Derek,” she said. Mota earned four 9s for a total of 36 points.

The judges loved Mota’s unplugged contemporary routine that featured the continuous use of a large prop picture frame held between her and her pro partner. “I didn’t want to blink,” Inaba said, calling the routine “breathtaking.” Describing it as a “Picasso of a dance,” Goodman said he loved it. Hough called the routine “picture perfect,” while Tonioli said the performance “should be on permanent display in an art gallery. It’s a modern masterpiece.” Mota earned 40 points.

Janel Parrish: The actress’ fiery paso doble with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy drew rave reviews from the judges. “I wanted more! That was over way to soon…Fabulous,” Inaba said. Goodman called it a “great performance and a fabulous routine.” Hough said Parrish was “in it to win it,” while Tonioli added that Parrish was “like an untamed force or nature.” Parrish earned four 10s, for a perfect score of 40.

The actress’ unplugged Argentine tango drew mixed reviews from judges. Inaba said the lifts were “a bit ungraceful,” and Goodman agreed that the first lift could have been sharper. Tonioli loved the lifts, saying they were in keeping with the tone of the routine. “Fantastic job,” he said. Hough said Parrish had a God-given gift for dance. The actress earned 38 points.

Monday’s scores (First routine, second routine, grand total):
Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 40; 38. Total: 78
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: 36; 40. Total: 76
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: 36; 39. Total: 75
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: 37; 37. Total: 74
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: 28; 34. Total: 62 (Chong was voted off Monday)

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“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Comedian Tommy Chong Eliminated

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — Comedian Tommy Chong and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd were voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday night after weeks of defying the odds and just one week shy of the finals of the dance competition.

Chong, 76, is the oldest competitor to have made it this far in the 19 seasons of the show, despite performances that scored at or near the bottom of the leaderboard each week.

When co-host Erin Andrews asked Chong what his time on the show meant to him, he replied: “Everything,” adding that it just “showed that…old stoners can perform when they need to.”

Next week’s two-night final will feature actress Janel Parrish, YouTube star Bethany Mota, Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson and actor Alfonso Ribeiro competing for the mirrorball trophy.

Each couple had to perform two routines Monday. The first dance was set to a song, and the second featured a different dance style set to an “unplugged” — or musically stripped-down — version of the song from the first routine.

Sadie Robertson: Robertson’s first dance of the night, a quickstep, won praise from the judges. Head judge Len Goodman said he was disappointed because he didn’t see anything to not like in the entire routine. Julianne Hough called Robertson a “breath of fresh air,” telling her the performance was brilliant. Bruno Tonioli said Robertson’s performance was “really wonderful” and he commended her pro partner, Mark Ballas, on the choreography. Carrie Ann Inaba said the performance was detail-oriented. Robertson earned a 10 and three 9s for a total of 37 out of a possible 40 points.

Robertson’s second routine of the night, an Argentine tango, also earned the judges’ approval. Goodman said the routine was “terrific,” although he said he wished the prop guitar had been featured less in the routine. Hough and Inaba both said they loved the use of the guitar and Robertson’s performance. Tonioli said Robertson’s performance was “emotionally involved, sensual but always correct.” The judges said Robertson deserved to be in the finals, and gave her three 9s and a 10 for a total of 37 points.

Alfonso Ribeiro: The actor suffered a back injury during rehearsal last week and wasn’t sure he’d be able to perform, but he did and the judges approved. “Pain is temporary; glory is forever. Work for it to get into that final,” Goodman said. Hough said Ribeiro showed he was a fighter, and Inaba advised the actor to “go safe but go hard” for his second routine. Tonioli said he didn’t see any sign of injury in Ribeiro’s performance. The actor earned four 9s for a total of 36 points.

The actor’s unplugged contemporary routine wowed the judges. Goodman praised its passion, Tonioli saw “sizzling chemistry” between Ribeiro and pro partner Witney Carson and Inaba said it was amazing. “It was so unexpected. You showed us a whole new side of Alfonso tonight. I’m so excited!” she said. Ribeiro earned 39 points.

Tommy Chong: His jazz routine won the comedian a standing ovation from the ballroom audience and kudos from the judges. Goodman, a former award-winning dancer, told the 76-year-old that he admired what he’d achieved throughout the entire competition. “Tommy, I tell you, you’re six years older than I am and I’ll be honest, I couldn’t have done what you’ve done…Well done,” Goodman said. Tonioli told Chong, who has struggled in the competition, that he was lucky to have Peta Murgatroyd as his pro partner. “You have Peta, the human defibrillator. She can bring the dead back to life,” he said, adding that he enjoyed the performance. Inaba agreed, calling Murgatroyd the MVP of the season. Hough called Chong the “wild card” of the show, adding that the performance was “wild” but that she loved it. Chong earned four 7s for a total of 28 points.

Chong’s second routine, an unplugged rumba that was inspired by The Nutcracker, moved Hough and Inaba to tears. Hough called the routine “magical,” and Inaba said the routine showed the master and his muse. “There was something so tender, every touch, every embrace,” she said. Goodman said Chong may not always have been the judges’ favorite, “but what’s better, you’re America’s favorite.” Chong earned two 8s and two 9s for a total of 34 points.

Bethany Mota: The YouTube star drew mixed reviews for her samba. Tonioli liked that the routine took the samba out of its traditional milieu, but Inaba said she felt “a little underwhelmed” because she has come to expect more from Mota. Goodman likened the routine to cotton candy — light and fluffy, but a bit sticky here and there. However, he said the routine was fun and he liked the feel of it. Hough, the sister of Mota’s pro partner, Derek Hough, liked the routine, telling her brother that his pre-dance doubts based on a creative block during rehearsals were unfounded. “You’ve got nothing to worry about so get out of your head, Derek,” she said. Mota earned four 9s for a total of 36 points.

The judges loved Mota’s unplugged contemporary routine that featured the continuous use of a large prop picture frame held between her and her pro partner. “I didn’t want to blink,” Inaba said, calling the routine “breathtaking.” Describing it as a “Picasso of a dance,” Goodman said he loved it. Hough called the routine “picture perfect,” while Tonioli said the performance “should be on permanent display in an art gallery. It’s a modern masterpiece.” Mota earned 40 points.

Janel Parrish: The actress’ fiery paso doble with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy drew rave reviews from the judges. “I wanted more! That was over way to soon…Fabulous,” Inaba said. Goodman called it a “great performance and a fabulous routine.” Hough said Parrish was “in it to win it,” while Tonioli added that Parrish was “like an untamed force or nature.” Parrish earned four 10s, for a perfect score of 40.

The actress’ unplugged Argentine tango drew mixed reviews from judges. Inaba said the lifts were “a bit ungraceful,” and Goodman agreed that the first lift could have been sharper. Tonioli loved the lifts, saying they were in keeping with the tone of the routine. “Fantastic job,” he said. Hough said Parrish had a God-given gift for dance. The actress earned 38 points.

Monday’s scores (First routine, second routine, grand total):
Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 40; 38. Total: 78
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: 36; 40. Total: 76
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: 36; 39. Total: 75
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: 37; 37. Total: 74
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: 28; 34. Total: 62 (Chong was voted off Monday)

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Mama June Admits ‘I’m Not a Perfect Parent,’ Discusses Her Relationship With Child Molester

TLC(NEW YORK) — TLC cancelled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo last month on the heels of a report that the show’s matriarch, “Mama June” Shannon, was dating Mark McDaniel, a man who was previously convicted of molesting her oldest daughter, Anna.

While Shannon has long maintained that she hasn’t been involved with McDaniel since he went to jail for his crime, she did say during an appearance on Dr. Phil Monday that they have seen each other twice recently. On one of those occasions, she and McDaniel didn’t speak. The second time, her 14-year-old daughter, whom she calls Pumpkin, requested the visit, Shannon said, because he helped raise her and she had questions for him.

“I’m not a perfect parent. I made a mistake,” she said. But, “I want you to know that I’m not in a relationship with Mark McDaniel. I’m not in a relationship at all.”

That includes with “Sugar Bear” Mike Thompson, Shannon’s longtime partner and the father to her youngest daughter, Alana. The two split this past September. She and Sugar Bear both told Dr. Phil that it was his wandering eye that caused the split.

“I couldn’t leave the women on Facebook and texting alone,” he admitted, before telling Dr. Phil that he’s living in his family’s house again, though he’s not romantically involved with Shannon. “I’m helping take care of things.”

However, their family life is still far from perfect. Shannon, 35, said she knows how betrayed Anna feels by her visit with McDaniel, and added that she didn’t know Anna’s “side of the story” until two and a half years ago.

“I told Anna how sorry I am. We talk almost every day,” she said, though she added that Anna “lied about certain things too.” “I do in a way feel like I failed to protect Anna but I didn’t know and she admitted that too. I was at work when this happened.”

However, Shannon isn’t convinced that her controversy is the sole reason for the show’s cancellation, nor is she completely sad to have her time on reality TV come to an end.

“Honestly, after two and a half years, I could tell the girls were starting to get wore [sic] down,” she said. “You could tell that they were starting to not want to do it anymore.”

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