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Thu Feb 21 16:02:40 EST 2019

Fox News host Tucker Carlson went viral on Twitter this week thanks to a segment cut from his show in which he cursed at a guest as their interview descended into argument — and on Wednesday night, Carlson explained what happened.

Video of one of half of the Feb. 11 interview was initially leaked to the news organization NowThis which shared it on social media this week. As of Thursday afternoon, the clip has been seen more than eight and a half million times.

The interview, with Dutch historian and author Rutger Bregman, was conducted remotely and not in the studio. Bregman shared video of his portion of the interview with NowThis. It recorded footage of Bregman in his remote location as well as Carlson speaking with him.

Near the end of the interview, after Bregman argued that Carlson was essentially ignoring the topic of higher taxes on the rich at the behest of the Murdoch family, which owns Fox News, Carlson grew defensive — and then profane.

Things took a turn when Bregman said, “What the Murdochs basically want you to do is to scapegoat immigrants instead of talking about tax avoidance.”

“Almost all of the pundits of this channel for years have been against higher taxes, right?” Bregman said, arguing, “I think the issue really is one of corruption and of people being bribed and of not talking about the real issues.”

“I’m taking orders from the Murdochs, is that what you’re saying?” Carlson replied, later retorting that he was now discussing the very issues Bregman said he was paid not to bring up.

Bregman countered that Carlson was only jumping on the bandwagon of progressive politicians such as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but it wasn’t “very convincing.”

Then Carlson cut back in, according to the video of their exchange: “I wanna say to you why don’t you go f— yourself, you tiny brained — and I hope this gets picked up — because you’re a moron.”

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“I tried to give you a hearing,” Carlson told Bregman, “but you were too f—ing annoying.”

On his show Wednesday night Carlson said that he had originally invited Bregman on to discuss recent comments Bregman made about the rich not being taxed and being hypocritical about climate change while at the World Economic Forum.
However, Carlson said, their exchange sourced when “Bregman launched into an attack on Fox News.”

However, Carlson said, the exchange sourced when “Bregman launched into an attack on Fox News.”

“He claimed that my corporate masters tell me what to say on this show and that was too much,” Carlson said. “Whatever my faults or those of this channel, nobody in management has ever told us what positions to take on the air — never, not one time. We have total freedom here.”

Carlson continued: “So I did what I try hard never to do on this show and I was rude. I called a moron and then I modified that word with a vulgar Anglo-Saxon term that is also intelligible in Dutch. In my defense, I would say that that was entirely accurate — but you’re not allowed to use that word on television, so once I’d said it out loud there was no airing the segment.”

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In a statement shared with PEOPLE, a top producer on Carlson’s show said the decision was made not to air Bregman’s interview because of its lack of substance.

“Tucker is someone who appreciates many points of view,” said Justin Wells, senior executive producer of Tucker Carlson Tonight. “Sadly, the guest turned an opportunity to have a substantive, informative discussion into an obviously calculated personal insult campaign. We were disappointed in the segment and respect our audience’s time too much to consider airing it.”

Bregman, whom PEOPLE could not immediately reach for comment Thursday, said on Twitter that he had released the interview footage to NowThis.

“I chose to release it, because I think we should keep talking about the corrupting influence of money in politics,” he wrote. “It also shows how angry elites can get if you do that.”

Bregman wrote that while “I stand behind what I said … there’s one thing I should have done better.”

“When Carlson asked me how he’s being influenced by Big Business and tax-avoiding billionaires, I should have quoted Noam Chomsky,” Bregman wrote. “Years ago, when he was asked a similar question, Chomsky replied: ‘I’m sure you believe everything you’re saying. But what I’m saying is that if you believe something different, you wouldn’t be sitting where you’re sitting.’ “

Thu Feb 21 16:00:06 EST 2019

Jussie Smollett is accused of paying $3,500 to stage a “bogus” hate crime attack, as the Empire star was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in falsifying police report.

Tom Ahern, deputy director of news affairs and communications for the Chicago police, wrote on Twitter after Smollett’s Wednesday arrest that Smollett faces a “Class 4 Felony charge (punishable for up to 3yrs in prison).”

Ahead of Smollett’s first court appearance, PEOPLE spoke with Arthur Lurigio, associate dean and professor of psychology and criminal justice at Loyola University Chicago, to learn more about what could happen to Smollett if he is found guilty of the crime.

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Lurigio tells PEOPLE that if Smollett is guilty on the felony charge against him, he could conceivably get three years in prison — but Lurigio says the judge will have a lot of discretion and that probation is “likely.”

“For the nature of the crime of the defendant and the defendant’s prior history, I would say likely probation,” he says.

Lurigio adds that a Class 4 felony in Illinois is “the lowest level of a felony charge.” He adds, “A crime at that level will likely get a couple of years probation and a fine, and a fine can be hefty. The fine can be six figures.”

He says “probations have several conditions,” including that he would not be allowed to leave Cook County “or travel out of state without special permission from judge.”

Lurigio says that it’s possible the case could be pleaded down to a misdemeanor, in which case his probation would only be one year and would be less severe as well as a fine that isn’t as steep.

A defendant’s criminal history can be relevant as well, Lurigio says.

After a 2007 DUI arrest in California, Smollett pleaded no contest to misdemeanor giving false information, driving under the influence and driving without a valid license, the Associated Press reports. He was sentenced to two years probation.

But Lurigio says Smollett’s “criminal history is a minor one and not likely to make more serious the sentence that the judge would impose.”

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The initial report about the alleged attack on Smollett raised alarm: The openly gay black actor claimed to police that he’d been physically attacked on the street in his downtown Chicago neighborhood around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29 by two black-clad, masked men who hurled racist and homophobic slurs, doused him with an “unknown chemical substance” and left him with a rope around his neck.

Since then, three weeks have passed since the Chicago police and detectives began their investigation.

“Smollett may get a fine to pay for the expenditures that were wasted in an investigation of a crime that never occurred. He will likely get probation plus a fine,” Lurigio said. “The police superintendent, rightly so, expressed outrage. They had 20 detectives investigating this case. It was very costly.”

The arrest news comes after Smollett and his legal team said they are gearing up to launch an “aggressive defense.”

“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked,” Smollett’s attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said in a statement given to PEOPLE on Wednesday.

“Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

Thu Feb 21 15:50:37 EST 2019

Dwyane Wade is taking a page out of Andy Cohen‘s fatherhood book.

The NBA star shared a sweet Instagram snapshot Wednesday showing himself flying on a plane with daughter Kaavia James, 3 months — and copping the Watch What Happens Live host’s style.

In the snap, the Miami Heat shooting guard is smiling as baby Kaavia sits pretty on his chest in a BABYBJORN carrier. Mom Gabrielle Union can be seen in the background, flashing a peace sign.

“Wherever we’re going. Just know I got you!!! @kaaviajames @bravoandy swag,” Wade captioned the post.

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Digging the #DadGear !!!

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The image is a near recreation of a photo Cohen, 50, shared to Instagram on Feb. 8 with his then-4-day-old son Benjamin Allen on a plane and tucked into a BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Mini.

“Digging the #DadGear !!!” he wrote.

Cohen found the funny in Wade’s post, commenting, “You and I are basically the same person!!!! All the best to your family! Can yours teach mine (basketball)?”

The 37-year-old athlete readily agreed, responding, “We can exchanged (sic) talents any day haha.”

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Little Kaavia is already a social-media star at just 3 months old, thanks to an Instagram account run by Mom and Dad that boasts nearly half a million followers.

The account frequently shares adorable photos of the baby, who is affectionately referred to as a “#ShadyBaby” thanks to her hilarious facial expressions.

“She looks just like Dad, but I’d like to think the attitude is from me,” Union recently told PEOPLE. “She will stare into your soul and tell you about yourself through her eyes.”

The couple, who married in 2014, welcomed their daughter on Nov. 7 via surrogate.

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Allstars of my ❤ @dwyanewade @kaaviajames

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Union has long been open about her difficult road to motherhood, writing in her memoir last year that she has had eight or nine miscarriages.

“If you’ve been rocking with me, in my misery and my pain and my failures, I want you to enjoy my joys,” she told PEOPLE earlier this month. “If you can’t just sit back and enjoy the miracles without offering every piece of advice Nana ever gave you, it’s okay to unfollow. It’s okay to just enjoy the ride.”

Wade played Sunday in the NBA All-Star Game, which the L.A.’s Finest actress celebrated with a sweet Instagram post dubbing him and their daughter the “allstars of my (heart).”