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Chris Rock to host BET Awards

Censors, beware — Chris Rock is about to host another live awards show.

The comedian will preside over the 2014 BET Awards, held June 29 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. It will be the first time he has hosted the ceremony honoring African Americans and other minorities in entertainment and sports. Rock previously hosted the Academy Awards in 2005 and served as emcee of the MTV Video Music Awards in 1999 and 2003.

“I watch the BET Awards every year. It’s one of my favorite award shows combining people from movies, sports, TV, and music,” Rock said in a statement. “Where else can you get Rick Ross and Michelle Obama in the same room?!” READ FULL STORY

Ben Stiller's All-Star Comedy Roundtable: Jim Carrey on the day the laughter died -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In June at the Nantucket Film Festival, Ben Stiller brought together three of his funniest famous friends to talk seriously about comedy. Chris Rock and Jim Carrey joined Stiller on a panel moderated by Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader for the 4th Annual All-Star Comedy Roundtable. Stiller and Rock worked together on the Madagascar animated films, among other projects, Carrey starred in Stiller’s Cable Guy, and Hader, who popped up in Tropic Thunder, first met the Meet the Parents star when he was still a teenager in Oklahoma. “You’ve come a long way since Oklahoma,” Stiller said to Hader last fall, just as he and Hader were about to visit SNL‘s “Weekend Update” desk, dressed as Zoolander and Stefon.

But even the greatest comics fall flat on their faces now and again, as Carrey reveals in this exclusive clip. Way back when, before Ace Ventura, before In Living Color, he thought he had landed his first Tonight Show gig. It wasn’t to be. Watch below:

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Robin Roberts leaves 'GMA' one day early; Oprah tops list of celebrity subs

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts was supposed to begin a medical leave of absence after Friday’s show. But in a surprise move, the ailing newswoman announced on air this morning that today would, in fact, be her last day on GMA “for a while.”

“Some things happened at home,” Roberts said, explaining that her 88-year-old mother is also in poor health. Roberts and her sister, Sally-Ann, are both heading to Mississippi to care for her and be with other family members affected by Hurricane Isaac. Once home, Roberts will also begin preparing for a bone marrow transplant to treat her myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS.

Though her farewell was emotional, Roberts presented a brave face: “‘Life provides losses and heartbreak for all of us. But the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning,'” she said, reciting an inspirational quote. “I am determined not to miss that meaning.” READ FULL STORY

FX books late-night show from Chris Rock

FX is getting into the late-night business with Chris Rock. The network just announced that it bought six installments of a new half-hour series from Rock that will star standup comedian W. Kamau Bell (pictured).

Set to bow this summer, the show will “dissect politics, pop culture, race, religion, the media and sex in a weekly half hour.”

“Kamau is a tremendous young comedian who has a very smart and sharp take on life,” said Exec VP of¬†Original Programming Nick¬†Grad in a statement. “Working with Chris will only bring out the best of his talents.”

Bell is considered a socio-political comic and is a founding member of the comedy group Laughter Against the Machine. His recent stand-up album, Face Full of Flour, was named one of the top 10 best comedy albums by iTunes and Punchline Magazine.

FX now has eight original comedy series bowing this year: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Archer, Louie, Wilfred, Unsupervised and Strangely Uplifting from Russell Brand.

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