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CBS’ Julie Chen Leaves ‘The Talk’ In Taped Message

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NEW YORK (AP) — Julie Chen has left the cast of the CBS daytime show “The Talk” a week after her husband, CBS Corp. boss Leslie Moonves, was ousted from the company due to sexual misconduct charges.

Chen announced her decision via a taped message on the show Tuesday, saying she needed to spend more time at home with her husband and their son. She appeared from the set of “Big Brother,” the prime-time CBS show where she is the host.

Chen made no mention of the case involving Moonves. She appeared to fight back tears when she thanked crew members.

One of her co-hosts, Sara Gilbert, said “we love you, Julie,” after the taped message was over and just before the show concluded.

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How to talk to a real live person at AT&T, Comcast Xfinity and more

If you’ve tried to reach your cable TV provider lately, you well know that none of them seem to be putting a lot of emphasis on customer service these days. Instead of a real person, it’s much more common that you’ll engage with an automated voice that only is useful for guiding you to a pre-selected menu of common issues.

The problem with that is that you may have particular issues with your bill, technical woes or inquiries that might need to be addressed by multiple departments. So, what’s a customer to do?

Here’s how to reach a real live person at AT&T, Comcast Xfinity and other major cable providers.

Here’s how to reach a human at AT&T, Comcast Xfinity and more

AT&T

AT&T’s official customer service number is 800-331-0500 and that’s what I called to talk to a human. AT&T probably has the most robust automated voice system, and it’s hard to get around it, at least initially.

“So I can get you to the right place, can you tell me what prompted your call?” the male robo-voice said. I said that I had a problem with my bill and was asked to confirm my phone number.
That’s when it said, “Hang up and dial 611 or contact your wireless provider.” Instead, I pressed 0-0-0.
When I did that, the voice had one more question for me: “Are you calling about a previous AT&T bill?” I said yes.
That’s when it said the magic words I’d been waiting to hear: “Hang on while we connect you to an AT&T representative. For customer service, your call may be recorded.”
After a short wait, I was connected to a real person.
Wait time: 2:20 minutes

Comcast Xfinity

Comcast’s official customer service number is 800-945-2288, but I called 800-266-2278 to talk to a human. The thing about Comcast is that you have to enter a lot of personal information to get connected.

An automated male voice prompted me to verify my account by stating my partial address, which I did. Then it proceeded to play an advertisement for another service I had no interest in.

After that brief interlude, the voice told me that before it could connect me to an agent I needed to put in the last four digits of my Social Security number — or I could say “No.” I said no.

That’s when I pressed 0-0-0 and was immediately told I would be connected to an agent. Then the wait began. After a few seconds I was offered the opportunity to hang up, not lose my place in the queue and get a call back. I declined. “The hold time is approximately 15 to 20 minutes,” it said. OUCH.

Finally, after more than 30 minutes, I was connected to a real person.

Wait time: 32:39 minutes

Cox Communications

Cox’s official customer service number is 855-680-3750 and that’s what I dialed to talk to a human. When you listen to the prompts, you’ll learn you need to press 2 for billing or customer service.

You’ll also be prompted to put in your ZIP code and press 1 if you have an account. That’s when they tell you to “please wait.”

Like some other companies, Cox has a message waiting system that will send a text to your phone to connect you, if you choose to. I didn’t.

In just over 2 minutes I was talking to a real live person.

Wait time: 2:03 minutes

Spectrum/Charter Communications

Spectrum/Charter Communication’s official customer service number is 833-642-9259 and that’s what I dialed to talk to a human. When you listen to the prompts, you’ll learn you need to enter your phone number, then ZIP code.

An automated female voice asked me to “Please tell me what you’re calling about.” I had to press either 1 for technical support, 2 for billing or 3 for service changes. Instead, I hit 0 and she said, “Alright, let me transfer you to someone who can help.”

After a couple minutes, I was connected to a real human.

Wait time: 2 minutes
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Can we talk about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s holiday with George and Amal Clooney?

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Meghan Markle has had a trying time in the run and up and since becoming a Duchess, with the Markle side of her family causing her more drama than most royals will endure in a lifetime.

From her father Thomas Markle’s repeated involvement with the press to multiple estranged relatives from Tyler Dooley to Samantha Grant cashing in on her title, and using it to pursue careers in reality TV, Meghan has had a rough time of it, and it’s safe to say that the Duchess of Sussex deserves a holiday.

Luckily, it looks like that time is here, with Meghan reportedly jetting off to her old home of Toronto on a solo trip, but that’s not her first holiday this year.

Yes, while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s honeymoon destination still remains secret, it has been revealed that the couple have gone on a star studded holiday this year – spending some time at George and Amal Clooney’s luxurious Italian villa.

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That’s right, according to Italian magazine Chi, the newlyweds had a mini holiday in Italy this year, reportedly staying at the couple’s Lake Como villa for three nights – and the couple’s twins were even there too.

Now that is one holiday that is definitely giving us FOMO.

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Alexa, be my friend: Children talk to technology, but how does it respond?

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Slick Woods won’t talk about fashion with her mother

OHMYGOSSIP — Slick Woods talks about everything “except modelling” with her mother.
The 21-year-old model had a troubled childhood, with her mum Leah going to prison for manslaughter when she was four, but they have stayed very close and Slick insists her parent was great when she was young and she’s very “proud” of what her daughter has achieved now.
In an interview with Britain’s Elle magazine, she said: “We talk about everything – except modelling. She asks me how my day is. We don’t need to talk about magazines.
“Being a gang member, everybody expected her not to be the best mum. But my mum was very hands-on with me as a child.
“My mummy read to me in the womb. And she’s proud because she knows that everybody expected me to be exactly what she was.
“She went to prison when she was 19. I became a model at 19. And I can take care of my mother when she gets out.”
Slick was homeless when she rose to fame two years ago after featuring in a campaign for Kanye West’s Yeezy brand and since then, she has become the face and inspiration of Rihanna’s Fenty beauty range and the model believes the ‘Diamonds’ hitmaker chose her because of her unique sense of identity.
In an interview with Teen Vogue magazine, she said: “If Rihanna says it’s cool, everyone thinks it’s cool…She knows that I know who I am at the end of the day. I know my identity, what I offer, and what I bring to the table.”
Slick is currently pregnant with her first child, and says her pregnancy has made her view her body in a totally different way.
She said: “I now see my body as something that nourishes my child.
“I used to treat it as an accessory. I have a newfound appreciation for who I am as a woman, my body, and what I can do. I’m happy I’m experiencing it so young.”

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Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby: Crucial Bedroom Conversations To Have With Your Partner

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There is this sentiment that talking about sex can ‘ruin the mood,’ but sex therapist Gloria Brame, Ph.D. believes the opposite.

“You can’t have a great sex life unless you have great communication about sex with your partner,” Brame explained. “The more you can talk about what you want, ask for what you like, and listen to and act on your partner’s needs, the better your sex life will be.”

Here are 5 important conversations you should be having with your sexual partner, according to the experts.

1. How Does Your Partner Know You’re In The Mood? It’s important to be able to interpret when you’re partner is trying to initiate sex—otherwise you miss an opportunity. “Many people think that this should be obvious and doesn’t really need to be discussed,” says Madeleine Castellanos, M.D., sex therapist and author of Wanting to Want: What Kills Your Sex Life and How to Keep It Alive. “But this is one question that most couples learn the most about each other when they first come in to see me for counseling. Think about it: If you aren’t picking up on the signals your partner is sending you, misinterpreting the signals, or maybe even ignoring them, you are missing out on a chance to form a connection with your partner.”

2. Discuss Turn Ons/Turn Offs Maybe it’s morning breath. Maybe it’s not so hot to get down and dirty when you haven’t showered. Whatever the reason may be, you and your partner need to understand what turns the other off, so that you don’t kill the mood with your behavior. Alternatively, turn ons, like lingerie, a good meal or stimulating conversations, are also important to note. Brame explains, “The best way to ensure your partner keeps you turned on is to know and indulge each other’s biggest turn-ons. If there are specific acts, positions or words that instantly turn you off, telling your partner will help him avoid upsetting you in bed,” Brame says.

3. Open Up About Your Fantasies. When it comes to sex, being shy is not an option. Telling your partner your deepest desires can open up a world of sex you all never knew was possible. “Vulnerability breeds trust,” says Kat Van Kirk, certified sex therapist and author of The Married Sex Solution: A Realistic Guide to Saving Your Sex Life, “The more you can establish that in your sex life, the better and more fun it will be. Oftentimes, it’s just the thought that can help you create arousal,” she says.

4. Talk About Changes In Your Sex Life. Sex changes just like everything else in this world–and there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Telling your partner about your personal mental, social, or physiological changes when it comes to sex is crucial. “Sharing what you’ve noticed can be ways that sex has become more positive for you or more challenging for you,” says Castellanos. “By sharing this information, both of you can celebrate how things are better and collaborate to find solutions for the challenges that your sexual relationship may face.”

5. The Honeymoon Won’t Last Forever. It’s hard to keep the spark in long-term relationships, but it’s not impossible. Acknowledging the changes without judging them is the key. “All long term relationships have ebbs and flows regarding sex,” says Van Kirk. She suggests a “quickie, make out session, or simply giving foot rubs during a Netflix marathon,” can make or break the relationship. 

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Jamie Foxx and Vince Vaughn Talk Life Lessons on New Digital Series

Actor, comedian, and musician Jamie Foxx is at it again but this time he’s getting personal. Foxx sits down with some of his longtime celeb friends to candidly discuss life’s lessons in his new digital series Off Script, created by Grey Goose. In the forthcoming episode released today, Foxx chats with actor Vince Vaughn about what it was like breaking into Hollywood.

“But didn’t you feel that way? Every time you did something didn’t you think, this is it?” asked Vaughn. “I actually auditioned for a television show and got it. Somehow there was some situation with my manager and the lead dude, it was a little kerfuffle… I told everybody I was gonna be in a pilot in my hometown and then I got cut out the pilot,” explained Foxx.

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The duo continues to share exchanges surrounding their lives engaging in some of the wild stories that they’ve had in the past. Vaughn talks about settling down and knowing when it’s right and even more interestingly, why he chooses not to be on social media. “I don’t do social media, because I don’t like it. Like, what am I going to say, ‘oh, look what I’m having for lunch.‘ #Iwishyouwerehere. Like who gives a damn, right? I think it’s crazy.” Foxx adds, “some people are great at it and I don’t take anything from it,” but he doesn’t fancy it much either.

There’s a different dynamic from the new age artist to the older school of thought which is completely interesting. In Foxx and Vaughn’s era, social media was irrelevant to their career success whereas today, it’s how many artists get on. There is something to be said about being able to keep your private life private and still garner extreme success in a world that thrives off of celebs personal affairs.

Episode 4 of Off Script with Vince Vaughn was led by previous episodes that featured Gabrielle Union, Melissa McCarthy, and Chadwick Boseman. Upcoming episodes will include Sarah Silverman, Jeremy Renner, Benicio Del Toro, Denzel Washington, and Dwayne Johnson.

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‘What Remains of Edith Finch’ Duo Talk Beating Zelda to a BAFTA & Tease New Game

2017 was a hell of a year for video games. In 12 short months, gamers not only saw Nintendo return to greatness with the double whammy of Breath of The Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, but they were also treated to refreshingly innovative new gaming experiences like Nier: Automata.

Yet, despite many of the biggest publishers bringing their A-game, 2017 was also the year that indie gaming really pushed the boundaries of interactive entertainment. With breakout hits like PUBG turning the industry on its head, Hellblade using interactive entertainment to explore psychosis, and the long-awaited Cuphead finally seeing the light of day, it was a great 12 months for the little guys in gaming too.

Yet, while the likes of Cuphead really captured the imagination of the mainstream, it was the haunting slow burner What Remains Of Edith Finch that really raised the bar for storytelling in gaming.

It has impressed and moved thousands of players, feeling the closest gaming’s come to capturing the essence of a good novel. Despite What Remains Of Edith Finch being a brilliant experience, no one expected it to beat the likes of Zelda for best game at this year’s BAFTAS. Somehow though, against all odds – that’s exactly what it did.

Grabbing the game’s starstruck creators on the red carpet, we found out how this understated masterpiece came about – and even got a hint at what’s coming next from the BAFTA-winning team. With the game starting life as a scuba diving simulator and inspired by the likes of Neil Gaiman and Stanley Kubrick, this ambitious story effortlessly melds together a collection of short stories, each with their own distinct art style and unique mechanics.

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