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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the powerhouse Supreme Court justice and champion for women's rights, has died at the age of 87.

"Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer," Court Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

Her death while still serving on the Court, a scenario long-dreaded by liberals, creates a rare election-year opportunity for President Donald Trump to nominate a conservative replacement, triggering a pitched political battle.

Ginsburg had become the standard bearer for the court's liberal wing, writing landmark opinions that advanced gender equality and rights for disabled Americans and immigrants in her more than quarter century on the bench.

She was equally known for impassioned dissents on major social issues -- from affirmative action to equal pay -- which earned her a sort of rock-star status among progressives and inspired lawmakers on how to legislate social change.

Ginsburg was the second woman to sit on the high court, joining Sandra Day O'Connor in 1993, and went on to become its longest-serving woman in history. She was the first female Jewish justice.

She survived four battles with cancer over her Supreme Court career, never having to recuse herself from casework because of illness.

In December 2018, she was absent from oral arguments for the first time in 26 years after undergoing lung cancer surgery, but she participated in the cases remotely. During the coronavirus pandemic, she joined oral arguments by phone from a Maryland hospital where she was being treated for a gallbladder infection.

Ginsberg's life was the subject of a 2018 Oscar-nominated documentary -- RBG -- and a Hollywood biopic -- On the Basis of Sex -- starring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer.

By Devin Dwyer
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Bravo Media(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans who can't get enough of Bravo's hit shows will now see even more of the network's stars with the new late night series, Bravo's Chat Room. 

Executive produced by Andy Cohen of Watch What Happens Live, the six-episode Chat Room will feature a panelist of Porsha Williams (Real Housewives of Atlanta), Gizelle Bryant (Real Housewives of Potomac) and Kate Chastain (Below Deck) discussing all things pop culture, including buzzed-about moments on Bravo shows.

The TV personalities will also share stories and insight into their own lives. Chat Room will be hosted by Hannah Berner of Summer House.  

"I am thrilled for these Bravo ladies who already have such big personalities on our network to come together (virtually) for the ultimate group chat," Cohen says. "Their quick wit and powerful observations will provide a much-needed voice in today’s pop-culture landscape delivered in a way that only Bravo can."

Chat Room will film remotely, with each panelist dialing in from their own respective locations. 

The show will premiere on September 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET and continue through October 12. 

Details about the new show come in the wake of NeNe Leakes announcing her departure from Real Housewives of Atlanta. 

By Cillea Houghton
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Chesnot/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Starting Sunday, downloads of the massively popular video app TikTok and the messaging app WeChat will be banned in the United States, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Friday morning.

The department said in a statement that the move was necessary to "safeguard the national security of the United States."

President Donald Trump issued twin executive orders in August, saying the apps would shut down by September 20 if they were not sold to U.S. owners. The administration claimed the Chinese Communist Party was using data collected through these apps to "threaten the national security, foreign policy and the economy of the U.S."

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in an interview on Fox Business News Friday morning that these new rules announced this morning were in connection with the executive orders issued in August and are "separate" from the ongoing negotiations between TikTok and tentative U.S. buyers, including Oracle and Walmart.

Ross said that "for all practical purposes" WeChat will be shut down in the U.S. as of midnight Monday with the new Commerce Department ruling.

"TikTok is more complicated," Ross added, saying that essentially a deadline for a deal with a U.S. buyer has been extended until November 12. In the meantime, updates will be barred in the app.

TikTok has an estimated 65 million to 80 million users in the U.S. WeChat, meanwhile, has some 19 million users in the U.S. -- a majority of them people of Chinese descent who use the app to connect with love ones or conduct business in China.

A TikTok spokesperson told ABC News in a statement that they disagree and are disappointed with the Commerce Department's decision. The company vowed to continue its challenge against the "unjust executive order."

Spokespeople for Tencent, WeChat's parent company, did not immediately respond to request for comment. ABC News has also reached out to Google and Apple for comment.

By William Mansell & Catherine Thorbecke
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ABC/Frank Ockenfels(LOS ANGELES) -- Cheer coach Monica Aldama is speaking out following Jerry Harris' arrest. 

Harris was arrested on Thursday for one count of producing child pornography. USA Today reported earlier this week that 21-year-old Harris was under investigation by the FBI for allegedly soliciting sex and requesting sexually explicit photos from twin brothers who were 13-years-old at the time.

Harris was part of the co-ed Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team in Corsicana, Texas that Aldama is head coach of. The team was the focus of the six-episode docuseries Cheer that debuted on Netflix in January. 

Late Thursday night, Aldama shared a statement on Instagram

"My heart is shattered into a million pieces. I am devastated by this shocking, unexpected news," she writes in the post that has the comment section blocked. 

"Our children must be protected from abuse and exploitation and I'm praying hard for the victims and everyone affected," Aldama continues. "Please respect our privacy as our family mourns during this heartbreaking time."

By Cillea Houghton
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Jefferson Siegel-Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Harvey Weinstein has been stripped of a British honor.

Queen Elizabeth II has announced that the disgraced film producer's title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire has been revoked, an honor bestowed on him in 2004 for his impact on the British film industry.

"The Queen has directed that the appointment of Harvey Weinstein to be an Honorary Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, dated 29 January 2004, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order," reports London newspaper The Gazette

Established in 1917 by King George V, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire recognizes individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the arts and sciences, among other subjects. 

In February, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison after he was convicted of a criminal sex act in the first degree and rape in the third degree in a New York City courthouse. 

Weinstein also faces multiple charges of sexual assault in Los Angeles. 

By Cillea Houghton
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Walt Disney Television/Yolanda Perez(LOS ANGELES) -- Like daughter like father.  Dax Shepard gave himself a major makeover on Thursday by taking electric clippers to his hair to give himself an undercut for a very special reason.

"Armor" the Armchair Expert podcaster wrote in the caption, revealing what inspired the new look. "Thank you @sarabareilles for giving my daughters an anthem."  The song not only served as a new source of inspiration for his little girls, it also led to one of them to experiment with her look.

"She requested a specific haircut a few days ago, and now I want to match her," Shepard added.

The two minute video shows the 45-year-old actor fastening his hair to the side so he can buzz away at the strands near his right ear.  As he works on his transformation, Sara Bareilles' "Armor" thrums in the background.

The Parenthood actor later unveiled his brand new 'do in a separate post and was sure to throw on a super-proud expression, possibly hinting at the look his little one flashed when she saw the final product.

Neither Shepard nor wife Kirsten Bell revealed which daughter requested the undercut.  They share seven-year-old Lincoln and five-year-old Delta.

Bell, when reposting her husband's sweet video to Instagram, gushed, "I love this man so much. He wanted to twin with our daughter."

Of course, Bareilles chimed in and offered her enthusiastic agreement.  "Yassssss," the hitmaker celebrated. " What a good daddy move. #handmemyhaircut."

The Waitress star left Shepard her seal of approval, commenting on his respective video, "This is the best best best. Thank you for being a kick a** dad for strong young women!#handmemyhaircut."

By Megan Stone
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ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(LOS ANGELES) -- The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday night on ABC -- the first major awards show during the pandemic -- and even though it's being held virtually it's not exactly making things easier for Executive Producers Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart. In fact, they say the biggest hurdle they face will be having so many live feeds coming in Sunday night.

"... we're going to have 130 cameras all over the world," Hudlin explains.

"It's sort of like trying to watch a hundred and thirty sports matches at the same time," Stewart adds. 

Additionally, one of the tricky things they have to navigate is tone, given that so many people are facing tough challenges -- whether it be the pandemic, the wild fires, or the fight for justice. 

"The challenge and the opportunity to talk about those things, not in a preachy way, but honestly and hopefully not only just entertaining, but enlightening and inspiring, I think that's what people want,"  Hudlin says.

Despite the challenges, there is one person they believe has no qualms about Sunday and that's the host of the Emmys, Jimmy Kimmel.

"The good thing about that is that we've got Jimmy Kimmel, who loves live TV and loves chaos. See, I think I think he's actually hoping things do go wrong, to tell you the truth," Stewart jokes. 

All things aside, the duo believe that the Emmys could be fun for those participating, and watching, from home.

"I think it’s going to be great for the nominees and also great for the viewers, because every week or however you binge your shows, these folks come into our houses. And now we get to go to their house. We get to see what they're doing," Hudlin says. 

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. on ABC.

By Danielle Long and Jason Nathanson
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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are expecting a baby boy, Teigen announced Thursday.

In an Instagram Live video, the model was discussing her pregnancy when she seemed to slip up and refer to the unborn baby as "he."

Upon realizing her mistake, she covered her mouth and said with a laugh, "I'm stupid."

"hahahahaha might as well tell you," she captioned the clip.

Teigen, 34, and Legend, 41, announced last month that they were expecting their third child. Recently, however, the cookbook author has had to be on "complete and total" bed rest due to issues with her placenta, she said.

Teigen said in an Instagram Live video Thursday that she'd had similar experiences during her pregnancies with her daughter Luna, 4, and son Miles, 2. Both of her children were induced before their due dates, she added.

"My placenta's really, really weak and it's causing me to really bleed a lot," she revealed. "[But the baby] is growing beautifully. Everything's good."

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Charles Sykes/Bravo(ATLANTA) -- It's the end of an era -- for now. NeNe Leakes has revealed that she will not return the The Real Housewives of Atlanta for Season 13. 

Leakes, 52, who was apart of the original cast when the show began in 2008, shared her decision in a YouTube video on Thursday titled, "Listen Closely, I got something to tell you."

"Thank you to all of you guys that have been showing me a lot of love and support as of late..." the reality star began. "I have been on an extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation. There has been a lot of emotion flying on both sides. It has been hard, and I have made the very hard and difficult decision to not be a part of Real Housewives of Atlanta season 13."

"It wasn't an easy decision for me," Leakes continued. "It was hard. I started on The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2008. We took off like a rocket... You could have never told me that I would start on this little show and it still be going strong 13, 14 years later. And it is. I'm just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for Black ensemble reality shows to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much, reality TV."

She ended the video promising viewers, "I will see you again. Real soon."

Whether or not that means she will hold a peach again remains to be seen but Bravo seems open to the idea. 

In a statement to People, a rep for the network wished Leakes well and added, "She's been instrumental since the start and will truly be missed, and maybe one day she'll hold the peach again."

By Danielle Long
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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- There's a new Hulk joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe and her name is Jennifer Walters, AKA She-Hulk.  Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany will help usher in the MCU's next phase, starring in the Disney series about the titular green heroine.

Deadline reports that Marvel Studios has also tapped Marry Me's Kat Coiro to serve as the series' director and Rick and Morty's Jessica Gao to pen the script.

Fans reacted enthusiastically to the news that that the Emmy Award winning actress is the newest member of the extended MCU family.  Some even joked that if other actors don't watch out, Maslany will "be playing all the characters" given how she seamlessly juggles numerous roles on Orphan Black.

She-Hulk, created in 1980 by Stan Lee and John Buscema, is one of Marvel Comic's most beloved female superheroes.  

The Disney series will be the character's live-action debut and there's already rumors that Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner/Hulk will have a cameo of sorts given that the two characters are related.

In the comics, Jennifer Walters and Bruce Banners are cousins and, after the hotshot lawyer is involved in a deadly accident -- she requires a life-saving blood transfusion from her cousin to survive.  However, she accidentally inherits his Hulk powers in the process.

She-Hulk, while big and green, retains Jennifer's personality and intelligence when transformed.  But, just like her cousin, she is prone to outbursts of anger and becomes stronger when she rampages.

Ruffalo delighted in the news, tweeting on Thursday, "Welcome to the family, cuz!"

She-Hulk, the Disney series, joins a slate of MCU-centric shows arriving on the streamer.  Loki, The Falcon and Winter Soldier and WandaVision are all set to premiere on the service next year.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

By Megan Stone
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Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner(LOS ANGELES) -- Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston finally reunited Thursday for the Dane Cook Presents Feelin' A-Live: Fast Times at Ridgemont High charity table read that left fans howling.

Several A-listers reenacted the 1982 classic film, but all eyes were on Pitt and Aniston -- who famously broke up in 2005 and haven't appeared on screen together since -- to see what roles they'd play.

The two were cast as Brad Hamilton and Linda Barrett, respectively, who share a hilarious but extremely NSFW scene together in the film.  Linda is the object of Brad's affections and he expresses his desires like any teenage boy, by acting out a sexual fantasy about her in the -- unfortunately unlocked -- bathroom.

That moment was made all the more hilarious thanks to Morgan Freeman, who was tasked to narrate the movie and -- ultimately -- that spicy yet cringeworthy scene where Brad envisions a bikini-clad Linda walking up to him before the real Linda bursts through the door and catches him with his pants down -- literally.  

Besides Freeman's signature monotone delivery, Aniston and Pitt proved that they still have their intense comedic chemistry and fully threw themselves into their roles.

With the three feeding off each other, everyone who volunteered to take part in the read fought to keep their laughter to a minimum.  Jimmy Kimmel, however -- who played a variety of characters -- couldn't help but burst into a giggle fit.

Shia LeBeouf, who played the main character Spicoli, also earned comedic nods for hamming up his role and even dressing for the part -- complete with a cigarette and going shirtless for his introduction.

The Fast Times at Ridgemont High table read served as a charity stream to benefit the COVID-19 relief funds CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) and REFORM alliance.

By Megan Stone
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ABC/Jeff Lipsky(LOS ANGELES) -- The Emmys air Sunday night on ABC, with Jimmy Kimmel serving as host for what will be first major awards show during the pandemic -- a position he never could've imagined when he agreed to the gig.

"They asked me to host the Emmys well before the pandemic occurred, and it seemed like it would be fun at the time, and now it seems like it's going to be less fun," he admits.

"Hopefully it will be entertaining for the people at home, adds the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host, who points out, "you have nothing to do" anyway.

Kimmel, who'll get his third shot at hosting the show, says putting together the Emmys broadcast is already "a massive undertaking," but not nearly as hard as this year's telecast.

"Just think about having a zoom with your family and how complicated that is.  Even just getting grandma to look at the camera, get her whole face on camera.  Multiply that by like a million, and that's what we're dealing with here."

To insure things go as smoothly as possible, "we are sending out...a box and it has a camera in it and it will connect you right to the Emmys," says Kimmel, who sees a potential downside to the plan.

"I guess the hope is that after the Emmys, people will send this stuff back. I don't know. I don't think I would if I won," he jokes. "If I didn't win, I would keep it. That would be my award for the night."

Kimmel calls Los Angeles' Staples Center, where he'll be hosting from "a perfect place to do it."

"There won't many people as there usually are," but "we'll have the whole crew celebrities on hand to infect me," he says.

By George Costantino
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Courtesy of Netflix(CHICAGO) -- Cheer star Jerry Harris was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of producing child pornography, the United States District Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Illinois announced.

Harris, 21, has been accused of contacting two underage boys on social media and repeatedly asking them to produce and send sexually explicit videos and photographs of themselves, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

The complaint also states that one of the victims, who said that he was first contacted by Harris in December 2018, informed Harris during a conversation on social media that he was 13 years old.

An attorney for Harris did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment. His attorneys also declined to speak to reporters while leaving court on Thursday.

Harris is scheduled to appear in court for a detention hearing on Monday. If convicted, the TV personality could face 15 to 30 years in prison.

USA Today reported Monday that the FBI had executed a search warrant at Harris' home in Naperville, Illinois, amid allegations that he'd solicited sex and sexually explicit photographs from minors. At the time, a representative for the FBI would only confirm that the organization was conducting "court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area," and offered no additional comment.

A spokesperson for Harris denied the allegations in a statement provided to ABC News.

"We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager," the spokesperson said. "We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed."

The alleged victims and their mother filed a lawsuit on Monday in Texas against Harris, Varsity Brands, the U.S. All Star Federation and the Cheer Athletics gym where Harris cheered.

By Lesley Messer , Matthew Stone & Monica Escobedo
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Snapchat(LOS ANGELES) -- Jaden Smith is taking on a leadership role amongst his generation when it comes to combating social injustice.

Smith will host a new eight-episode series called The Solution Committee through Snapchat's Snap Original series platform.

The millennial-friendly show features discussions with several of today's young voices about how to create solutions to the world's most prevalent issues including racism, education, climate change, voting and climate racism. 

Smith takes on a news anchor-like role on "the show where we bring people together to talk about complex issues," he describes, leading discussions that explore the dynamics between young people and the political process.   

In the trailer that boasts neon colors, cartoons, and all-around vintage vibes, Smith is joined by such figures as Emmy winning screenwriter and actress Lena Waithe who says "it can be very daunting for people, especially young people, when they want to change the world. How does one do that?" she poses.    

Other guests include Smith's sister Willow Smith, Hailey Bieber, Janelle Monae, Common and more as the show aims to transform viewers' mentality from "feeling hopeless to hopeful." 

The series will premiere on September 21, one day before National Voter Registration Day, with each episode providing viewers with access to voter registration information.

The Solution Committee will air Monday, Wednesday and Friday on Snapchat's Discovery page. 

By Cillea Houghton
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Eddy Chen/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andre Braugher is seeing his portrayal of police officers in a new light. 

For the past seven years, Braugher is known to TV viewers as beloved Captain Holt on the critically acclaimed NBC comedyBefore that, he spent seven seasons as Detective Frank Pembleton on the '90s cop show, Homicide: Life on the Street. 

Speaking to Variety, Braugher says that cop shows hold a certain responsibility when it comes to accurately portraying the police system in America, and has noticed a specific trend in how police officers are portrayed on screen. 

“I look up after all these decades of playing these characters, and I say to myself, it’s been so pervasive that I’ve been inside this storytelling, and I, too, have fallen prey to the mythology that’s been built up. It’s almost like the air you breathe or the water that you swim in. It’s hard to see," he explains. 

"But because there are so many cop shows on television, that’s where the public gets its information about the state of policing. Cops breaking the law to quote, ‘defend the law,’ is a real terrible slippery slope," he continues.

"It has given license to the breaking of law everywhere, justified it and excused it. That’s something that we’re going to have to collectively address -- all cop shows. The myth that the outcomes of the criminal justice system are not dependent upon your race has to be confronted.” 

As Brooklyn approaches its eighth season, the actor hopes that the show will "commit itself" to telling the stories of the relationship between race and policing in an honest way.

The new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is expected to premiere in 2021.   

By Cillea Houghton
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