Showbiz Sandbox 369: When the Punishment Doesn’t Fit the Comedy

June 5, 2017


Kathy Griffin and HBO’s Bill Maher learned first-hand last week just how easy it is to cross the line wherein one’s jokes and antics go from being humorous to offensive. But after apologies are issued and near-term financial repercussions are suffered, should the careers of boundary pushing comedians really come to an end because of one regrettable mistake?

Meanwhile with Apple introducing a ton of new hardware at its Worldwide Developer Conference, the company is actually reaping more rewards from its content business. In fact, last quarter Apple earned more from selling content than most media conglomerates earned during the same period.

We’ll also tell you why the beloved radio DJ who helped discover acts such as the Sex Pistols and the Ramones is leaving his weekly show after 40 years. (Hint: It wasn’t his decision.)

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including journalist Megyn Kelly’s anticipated return to television, a non-English single tops the Billboard charts and big name musical acts hold a benefit pop concert to raise money for victims of a terrorist attack in Manchester.


comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of June 4, 2017

Wonder Woman in 3D Crushed the Box Office with Approximately 43% of Estimated $223 Million Worldwide in 3D Ticket Sales

Bill Maher Apologizes for Using N-Word on HBO’s ‘Real Time’

CNN Cuts Ties With Kathy Griffin on ‘New Year’s Eve’ Show After Trump Photo Stunt

Kathy Griffin Says She’s Gotten Death Threats, Contacted by Secret Service Over Trump Stunt

Secret Service Investigating Kathy Griffin for Trump Scandal

The Trial of Adolf Hitler by David King

Watching Porn by Lynsey G

Ultimate Glory by David Gessner

BookCon 2017: Consumers Flock to Javits to Meet Authors—and Publishers

Inside the Planning of Ariana Grande’s ‘Inspiring’ Manchester Benefit Concert

NBCUniversal Loses Legal Battle Over Meaning of “War”

NBCU Seeks Massive Ad-Rate Hikes for Megyn Kelly’s Morning Show

Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Patton’ Movie Scrapped by Fox’s Nat Geo Network

Hackers Leak Eight Episodes of Unaired ABC Show ‘Steve Harvey’s Funderdome’

T.J. Miller Breaks Silence on Leaving ‘Silicon Valley’

NBC Shuffles Fall Schedule, Moving ‘This Is Us’ Back to Tuesday Nights

Hollywood Auctions Number 89

Scott Pelley Said to Be Leaving Post as ‘CBS Evening News’ Anchor

America’s No. 1 Song Isn’t in English. That Doesn’t Happen Often.

Tidal Loses Its Third CEO in Two Years as Jeff Toig Exits

Apple Poised to Take on Streaming Biz as Services Segment Flourishes

Rodney Bingenheimer Says Farewell to ‘Rodney on the ROQ’ After 40 Years

Peter Sallis: Wallace and Gromit actor dies aged 96


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