Channing Tatum Has Pulled His Movie About A Sexually Abused Boy From The Weinstein Company

Channing Tatum announced he will no longer develop his film, about a sexually abused 17-year-old boy, with The Weinstein Company. The company was producing Tatum’s directorial debut alongside Reid Carolin, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.

Tatum’s announcement comes one day after The Weinstein Company’s board of directors terminated the employment of Harvey Weinstein, who resigned in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault lodged against him by more than 40 women.

“The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us,” Tatum and Carolin wrote in a joint statement, which was posted to Tatum’s Instagram. “They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in. Our lone project in development with TWC — Matthew Quick’s brilliant book, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock — is a story about a boy whose life was torn asunder by sexual abuse. While we will no longer develop it or anything else that is property of TWC, we are reminded of its powerful message of healing in the wake of tragedy. This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to. The truth is out — let’s finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all.”

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock was being adapted from the fiction novel written by Quick about the 17-year-old boy of the title who plans to shoot his former best friend, Asher, then kill himself, on his birthday. The conclusion of the book reveals that Asher sexually abused Leonard a couple of years prior.

Jarett Wieselman is a senior entertainment editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles. Wieselman writes about and reports on the television industry.

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It's Just Getting Worse For “Megyn Kelly Today”

The trouble for Megyn Kelly Today and NBC News is getting worse.

From the start, Megyn Kelly Today‘s Nielsen ratings have been down compared to the third hour of Today, which was cohosted by Al Roker and Tamron Hall last fall. Despite a huge marketing push for Megyn Kelly Today, the show was down 12% in total viewers in Week 1 (2.9 million for Roker and Hall versus 2.5 million for Kelly), 24% in Week 2 (2.9 million versus 2.2 million), and 23% in Week 3 (2.9 million versus 2.3 million). Worse are Kelly’s ratings in the key demographic for news, adults 25 to 54: Week 1, down 25%; Week 2, down 38%; Week 3, down 33%. (Oct. 9 was Columbus Day, during which daytime shows traditionally get a bump, and Kelly drew a .8 in the 25-to-54 demo that day, tying her highest rating since the show’s premiere. For the rest of the week, she drew .5s and .6s.)

The ultimate aim of Megyn Kelly Today was to challenge Live With Kelly and Ryan, which is syndicated by ABC, but the contest is not even close. In Megyn Kelly Today‘s first week, Live beat it by 14% among viewers and 17% in the 25-to-54 demographic. In the second week, the gap widened, with Live besting Megyn Kelly Today by 34% among viewers and 60% in the demo. (Syndicated shows have a one-week lag in delivering ratings, so Week 3 comparisons are not yet available.)

Beating Live was the dream. Now that NBC News is in a waking nightmare surely the goal must be to not destroy Today’s popular wine-soaked fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. (NBCUniversal is an investor in BuzzFeed.) And while it’s not total carnage in the ratings yet, the weaker lead-in from Megyn Kelly Today is certainly affecting Kathie Lee and Hoda: It’s down both in total viewers and among 25- to 54-year-olds compared to the same weeks last year. In last year’s demo ratings, Today‘s third hour (with Roker and Hall) drew a .8 in the first two weeks of the season and a .9 in the third week, handing a strong lead-in to Kathie Lee and Hoda. Megyn Kelly Today has drawn a .6, .5, and .6 during the same weeks, which leaves Today at 10 a.m. struggling to hold on: The results are double-digit declines when compared to the start of the 2016 season.

Any further erosion for Kathie Lee and Hoda will surely cause Megyn Kelly Today‘s crisis moment, whether that means a cohost for Kelly, flipping the order of the shows, or some other attempt to fix this $18 million mess.

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An Executive Producer On “The Mist” Says Bob Weinstein Sexually Harassed Her

Amanda Segel, an executive producer on the Spike series The Mist, told Variety that Bob Weinstein sexually harassed her during the time she worked on the show, which was produced by The Weinstein Company.

Segel told Variety that during a dinner with Weinstein at Dan Tana’s in LA in summer 2016, Weinstein asked her “highly intimate questions and made romantic overtures.” According to Segel, he asked how old she was “because he told her he didn’t want to date anyone younger than his daughter.” Segel also said Weinstein told her “he was staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel because his daughter was staying at his home in Los Angeles.”

At the end of the night, Segel said he invited her to his hotel room and she declined. After that, Segel told Variety she declined additional invitations from Weinstein for about three months until her lawyer told The Weinstein Company executives she’d leave The Mist if Weinstein’s overtures didn’t cease. “‘No’ should be enough,” Segel told Variety. “After ‘no,’ anybody who has asked you out should just move on. Bob kept referring to me that he wanted to have a friendship. He didn’t want a friendship. He wanted more than that. My hope is that ‘no’ is enough from now on.”

Weinstein’s representative denied Segel’s claims to Variety, releasing the following statement: “Bob Weinstein had dinner with Ms. Segel in LA in June 2016. He denies any claims that he behaved inappropriately at or after the dinner. It is most unfortunate that any such claim has been made.” A representative for The Weinstein Company denied to Variety that Segel’s lawyer contacted the company.

This allegation comes less than two weeks after a pair of explosive articles in the New York Times and The New Yorker reported that Weinstein’s brother and Weinstein Company cofounder, Harvey, has been harassing and assaulting women for decades. As a result of more than 43 women coming forward to share their stories, Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company and he may face criminal charges.

While many have accused Bob Weinstein of covering up his brother’s crimes, he has denied that he knew about Harvey’s actions, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “No F-in’ way was I aware that that was the type of predator that he was. And the way he convinced people to do things? I thought they were all consensual situations. I’ll tell you what I did know. Harvey was a bully, Harvey was arrogant, he treated people like shit all the time. That I knew. And I had to clean up for so many of his employee messes. People that came in crying to my office: ‘Your brother said this, that and the other.’; And I’d feel sick about it.”

BuzzFeed News has reached out to a representative for The Weinstein Company for further information.

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