Credit: TLC(NEW YORK) — When Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband Derick Dillard announced their baby Israel David earlier this month, they explained that Jill had to give birth at the hospital instead of at home as previously planned.

Now, the couple is opening up about why — Jill had to have a C-section.

“She had labored for so long. There’s no shame in that, there’s no shame in not progressing, there’s no shame in getting a C-section,” Derick told People magazine.

The People magazine cover says she labored for 70 hours and the C-section took place after doctors advised the couple to move along with the surgery. Israel David, their first child, weighed in at 9 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 23 inches long at the time of his birth April 6.

“We told the doctor, ‘Stitch me up really well,'” she said. “The doctor told me he has no doubt I’ll be able to have a vaginal delivery the next time.”

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Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC(NEW YORK) — Last year, Kelsey Grammer said that he forgave the man who murdered his sister 40 years ago.

He’s also forgiven himself.

“I know a lot of people who’ve lost their siblings and blame themselves,” he said in a new interview with Vanity Fair. “It’s hard to explain. It’s not rational. But it happens anyway.”

In 1975, the actor’s younger sister Karen, then 18 and living in Colorado, was abducted and killed by Freddie Glenn, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Grammer, 60, told a Colorado parole board last July his inability to “protect” his younger sister “very nearly destroyed” him. He also added that while he understood that Glenn felt remorse for the crimes, he did not think that he should be released from prison.

“I believe the gift of life and freedom he took from my sister precludes him from ever being allowed to enjoy that gift for himself,” he explained to Vanity Fair. “He took her future from her with no regard for her whatsoever. He assumed he had a right to do so. He assumed she was his property, and that the precious gift God gave her was his to take.”

The Frasier actor, now heading to Broadway for Finding Neverland, said that while his sister’s death is still painful, he has begun to heal. However, he added, that the tragedies he endured have helped him appreciate what he has.

“That every one of us is going to experience some terrible loss. I just got a big dose. For every story you hear that’s tragic, there’s another that’s equally tragic or more so. I think you come to look at it as part of life.”

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The Walt Disney Company/Marvel Comics(NEW YORK) — Avengers: Age of Ultron is the summer’s most anticipated summer blockbuster, according to thousands of moviegoers responding to Fandango’s Most Anticipated Summer Movie Survey.

The action flick, opening nationwide May 1, is currently outselling the first Avengers movie, as well as all other Marvel films, at the same point in the sales cycle on Fandango.

Minions came in as the most anticipated family film, with Disney’s Inside Out and Tomorrowland coming in at second and third.

Pitch Perfect 2 was ranked as the most anticipated summer comedy.

The complete results of Fandango’s Summer Movie Survey are as follows:

Most Anticipated Summer Blockbuster:

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron, 54%
2. Jurassic World, 14%
3. Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, 10%
4. Terminator: Genisys, 6%
5. Mad Max: Fury Road, 5%

Most Anticipated Family Film for the Summer:

1. Minions, 33%
2. Inside Out, 23%
3. Tomorrowland, 22%
4. Pan, 8%
5. Max, 7%

Most Anticipated Summer Comedy:

1. Pitch Perfect 2, 34%
2. Ted 2, 22%
3. Entourage, 16%
4. Magic Mike XXL, 11%
5. Spy, 7%

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Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — HBO sent takedown notices to Periscope after the cable network learned that some users of the live-streaming app were using it to broadcast the season premiere of Game of Thrones to their Twitter followers on Sunday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

An HBO spokeswoman said in a statement, “We are aware of Periscope and have sent takedown notices.” She added, “In general, we feel developers should have tools, which proactively prevent mass copyright infringement from occurring on their apps and not be solely reliant upon notifications.”

Periscope, which is owned by Twitter, states in its terms of service, “We respect the intellectual property rights of others and expect Periscope users to do the same. We will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable law and are properly provided to us.”

Periscope can remove any illegal content and shut down a person’s account if they are caught violating the terms of service.

Game of Thrones
holds the title of the most pirated show in 2014, and 2015 isn’t looking much better for the HBO series. Four episodes of the fifth season made their way online over the weekend and were downloaded more than a million times.

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ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) — In a time when Deadline pens an article that argues perhaps TV is now too diverse, Shonda Rhimes is also sounding off about diversity on the small screen.

“Literally everybody’s starring in a pilot. I think that’s wonderful. Part of me thinks, ‘Well that’s wildly racist of all the networks to suddenly decide that the best way to get a show on the air is to just throw a black woman on it.’ Yet part of me feels like, ‘For God’s sake, it’s about time! If they’re going to be stupid, let’s use their stupidity,'” she says in the May issue of Essence magazine.

On the cover, Rhimes is joined by Debbie Allen, Selma director Ava DuVernay, Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and Issa Rae.

Rhimes continues that she doesn’t think more diversity on TV is a “trend.”

“It’s an economic fact,” she clarifies in the issue, which hits newsstands on Friday. “There are more people of color in this country than there ever have been before. We’re going to reach a tipping point, and I think it’s 2018, in which the number of young people in this country becomes more than the number of young people not of color in this country.”

Rhimes continues, “You can’t ignore what’s happening economically, when you put a show like Empire on television and it’s doing bigger numbers than a show like The Big Bang Theory. It’s just clear that there is an economic force and the corporations can’t deny that. When the shows start doing bigger numbers than what they think are going to be their big ten shows, it becomes really hard to suggest that it’s a trend.”

Rhimes currently owns Thursday nights on ABC with her shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Previously, How to Get Away with Murder — which she produces — also aired on Thursdays before ending its first-season run earlier this year. It’s been picked up for a second season.

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Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) — Billy Crystal stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night to plug his new comedy series, The Comedians, and also performed a funny, touching musical number in honor of Letterman, who’s retiring as host of the CBS late-night program next month after a 22-year run.

The 67-year-old comedian, who has made many appearances on Late Show and Letterman’s old NBC show, Late Night, over the past three decades, noted that Letterman is his “best friend on television,” adding, “and what I can’t put into words, I’d like to put into a song.”

Crystal, backed by a chorus, proceeded to launch into a musical number to the tune of “Sunrise, Sunset” from the musical Fiddler on the Roof.

In the song, Crystal chronicles some memorable moments from the 68-year-old host’s late-night run, including his “Stupid Pet Tricks” segment; being passed over as host of The Tonight Show in favor of Jay Leno; and medical setbacks like a shingles attack and heart bypass surgery.

In one of the choruses, Crystal notes, “Three decades as the king of late night, soon you’ll be wandering around a mall.”

The Comedians airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. Eastern on FX.

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Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) — Billy Crystal stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night to plug his new comedy series, The Comedians, and also performed a funny, touching musical number in honor of Letterman, who’s retiring as host of the CBS late-night program next month after a 22-year run.

The 67-year-old comedian, who has made many appearances on Late Show and Letterman’s old NBC show, Late Night, over the past three decades, noted that Letterman is his “best friend on television,” adding, “and what I can’t put into words, I’d like to put into a song.”

Crystal, backed by a chorus, proceeded to launch into a musical number to the tune of “Sunrise, Sunset” from the musical Fiddler on the Roof.

In the song, Crystal chronicles some memorable moments from the 68-year-old host’s late-night run, including his “Stupid Pet Tricks” segment; being passed over as host of The Tonight Show in favor of Jay Leno; and medical setbacks like a shingles attack and heart bypass surgery.

In one of the choruses, Crystal notes, “Three decades as the king of late night, soon you’ll be wandering around a mall.”

The Comedians airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. Eastern on FX.

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Michael Lavine/FOX(NEW YORK) — Jussie Smollett has everyone’s attention thanks to his role as the talented Jamal Lyon on Fox’s mega-hit drama, Empire. Not only has Smollett impressed as an actor, but he’s also proven he’s a No. 1 singer, as the soundtrack for the show debuted in the top spot.

Smollett told ABC Radio at the Summer Sizzle BVI 2015 launch party in New York City that now he’s got something else in the works.

“I’m working on personal music; just writing and recording here and there,” he revealed, “but the priority still is the soundtrack for season one.”

“I’m starting to write [music] for season two and stuff like that. It’s a collaborative thing but I’m starting to write my own stuff and then, you know, if it seeps into Empire then great,” Smollett said.

Smollett added that he’s been in touch with Jim Beanz, the musical director for Empire, for early conversations about music for the upcoming season.

For now, however, Smollett is enjoying a bit of downtime, as the musical TV show just wrapped up its first season earlier this year. Smollett said he doesn’t miss his TV family just yet.

“No, because we are still around each other,” he said. Smollett added that he talks to the entire cast “all the time,” and considers Taraji P. Henson a “good friend” along with Gabourey Sidibe, who he said “is one of my best friends now.”

“I’m excited right now and I’m happy right now because I’ll get some time to spend with my family,” he added. “I love my Empire family so much, [but] I really, really miss my family when I’m away.”

And speaking of his family, Smollett said his younger sister, Jurnee, who has starred in many TV shows, including True Blood, couldn’t be more proud of his success. In fact, there’s no sibling rivalry. “There is none at all,” he emphasized. “Never has been and never will be. That’s my baby. That’s my heart.”

Smollett has some good news for Empire fans waiting for season two. “The writers go back into the writers’ room [this] week. We’re getting it in,” he revealed.

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Michael Lavine/FOX(NEW YORK) — Jussie Smollett has everyone’s attention thanks to his role as the talented Jamal Lyon on Fox’s mega-hit drama, Empire. Not only has Smollett impressed as an actor, but he’s also proven he’s a No. 1 singer, as the soundtrack for the show debuted in the top spot.

Smollett told ABC Radio at the Summer Sizzle BVI 2015 launch party in New York City that now he’s got something else in the works.

“I’m working on personal music; just writing and recording here and there,” he revealed, “but the priority still is the soundtrack for season one.”

“I’m starting to write [music] for season two and stuff like that. It’s a collaborative thing but I’m starting to write my own stuff and then, you know, if it seeps into Empire then great,” Smollett said.

Smollett added that he’s been in touch with Jim Beanz, the musical director for Empire, for early conversations about music for the upcoming season.

For now, however, Smollett is enjoying a bit of downtime, as the musical TV show just wrapped up its first season earlier this year. Smollett said he doesn’t miss his TV family just yet.

“No, because we are still around each other,” he said. Smollett added that he talks to the entire cast “all the time,” and considers Taraji P. Henson a “good friend” along with Gabourey Sidibe, who he said “is one of my best friends now.”

“I’m excited right now and I’m happy right now because I’ll get some time to spend with my family,” he added. “I love my Empire family so much, [but] I really, really miss my family when I’m away.”

And speaking of his family, Smollett said his younger sister, Jurnee, who has starred in many TV shows, including True Blood, couldn’t be more proud of his success. In fact, there’s no sibling rivalry. “There is none at all,” he emphasized. “Never has been and never will be. That’s my baby. That’s my heart.”

Smollett has some good news for Empire fans waiting for season two. “The writers go back into the writers’ room [this] week. We’re getting it in,” he revealed.

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Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Billy Joel is going to be a father again.

The singer is expecting a baby with his girlfriend, Alexis Roderick.

“Billy Joel and his girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, are expecting their first child this summer,” his representative said in a statement to ABC News. “The couple…opted to keep any further details of her pregnancy under wraps until their new addition makes an official debut.”

Joel, 65, has a daughter, singer/songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, from his previous marriage to model Christie Brinkley.

According to his rep, the “Piano Man” singer has been dating Roderick since 2009.

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