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The Art Collection of John Oliver Heading Out on Five-City Tour

The tour starts at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn., where the pieces of art will remain from Sept. 7 through Sept. 28

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John Oliver has accumulated a growing art collection and the “Last Week Tonight” host is ready to share it with the public. Oliver announced that three paintings added this year will be heading out on tour. 

The HBO host detailed that the three pieces that will be touring the country are the painting of Wendy Williams, which portrays her about to eat a lamb chop. 

Meanwhile, the other two joining the Williams piece are a still-life of ties painted by Judy Kudlow and the infamous artwork of the collection that depicts what Oliver calls “rat erotica,” a painting done by Pennsylvania artist Brian Swords

“I’m happy to say that this illustrious exhibit is about to go on tour,” Oliver said. “You might remember that, in an effort to help museums that were struggling due to the pandemic, we asked museums across the United States if they would be interested in hosting these masterpieces we accumulated in the course of what was a very weird year. For some reason, many agreed. So over the next few months, our collection will be visiting exactly five museums.”

Oliver states that these three paintings are going to five different museums across the U.S. beginning in September. Furthermore, for serving as a home to the odd artistry, each museum will receive $10,000 from HBO and another $10,000 will be distributed to a food bank in their city.

The tour starts at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn., where the pieces of art will remain from Sept. 7 through Sept. 28. These are the other locations that the paintings will call home on this five-city tour:

Chicago: Museum of Broadcast Communications on Oct. 5 through 26

Baltimore: American Visionary Art Museum, Nov. 1 through 22

Detroit: William V. Banks Broadcast Museum & Media Center, Nov. 30 through Dec. 21

San Francisco: Cartoon Art Museum, Jan. 4 through Jan. 25, 2022

For ticket information, check out LWTGallery.com.

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NBC News Correspondent Harry Smith to Depart for Faculty Role at Central College

“I’ve had just this unbelievable array of phenomenal experiences since coming to NBC, and so I’m really full of nothing but gratitude.”

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After 12 years, NBC News correspondent Harry Smith will depart the network.

Smith reported for NBC Nightly News, Today, and other properties for NBC during his tenure with the network.

After departing the network, Smith will join the faculty at Central College in Pella, Iowa, his alma mater.

“We are absolutely ecstatic to announce (Harry Smith) ‘73 will be returning to Central College as an executive in residence Fall 2024! We can’t wait for our students to learn and benefit from his heart for others and extensive experience at (NBC News),” the college wrote on social media.

As he departed the network, he was celebrated by Today, with a montage of some of his best work with the outlet.

“I have nothing but gratitude,” Harry said. “Every time I would always come on this show, I was always welcomed so generously. I’ve had just this unbelievable array of phenomenal experiences since coming to NBC, and so I’m really full of nothing but gratitude. Every time I’ve come on, everyone would drop their phones, pay attention to the story and then respond.”

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Joe Scarborough: I Was a Conservative When Women at Fox News ‘Were Still Playing With Their Barbies’

“I’ve got a 95% (American Conservative Union) rating. I’m more conservative than any of them.”

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MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough spent time in Congress as a Republican. Despite his current position on a liberal cable news network, he argues he’s still a conservative and has been one since before his detractors on Fox News knew what the word means.

On Thursday morning, Scarborough called the Fox News hosts criticizing him for his role in the removal of former RNC chair Ronna McDaniel from NBC News “little idiots,” adding that he’s not a “left-winger.”

 “First of all, I’ve got a 95% (American Conservative Union) rating. I’m more conservative than any of them. I was part of Congress, and a big part of the reason if anybody was around, they’ll tell you that we balanced the budget for four years in a row for the first time, and the only time in 100 years,” the former Republican Congressman said.

He continued by adding that Liz Cheney, who also has a similar rating from the conservative think-tank was chastised for her failure to support former President Donald Trump.

While speaking with George Conway, Scarborough took a shot at the females from Fox News — without naming names — who have been critical of him in recent days.

“George, you and I were conservatives — and are conservatives — but we were conservatives when some of these women on Fox News who call us liberals were still playing with their Barbies,” Scarborough said confidently.

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NBC News Chair Cesar Conde: I Made Decision to Sever Ties With Ronna McDaniel

“I want to personally apologize to our team members who felt we let them down. While this was a collective recommendation by some members of our leadership team, I approved it and take full responsibility for it.”

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On Tuesday, NBC News ended its relationship with former RNC chair Ronna McDaniel after just five days due to intense internal backlash over the hire. The network’s News chairman, Cesar Conde, is taking responsibility.

In a memo sent to employees Tuesday, Conde says he approved McDaniel’s hiring, and ultimately made the decision to remove her from the outlet’s list of contributors.

“After listening to the legitimate concerns of many of you, I have decided that Ronna McDaniel will not be an NBC News contributor. No organization, particularly a newsroom, can succeed unless it is cohesive and aligned. Over the last few days, it has become clear that this appointment undermines that goal,” Conde wrote. “I want to personally apologize to our team members who felt we let them down. While this was a collective recommendation by some members of our leadership team, I approved it and take full responsibility for it.”

McDaniel — who has also been dropped by the CAA talent agency — has reportedly been seeking legal representation to explore potential breach of contract litigation with the network.

NBC News announced the hiring of the former Republican leader on Friday, which led to scrutiny from staffers angered by McDaniel’s previous comments about the press and her role in attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

However, in her first paid appearance for the network, she told Meet the Press‘ Kristen Welker that Donald Trump did not win the election in 2020, and that the process was not rigged against him. It was the first time she publicly admitted those sentiments. She inferred that she felt a duty to back the former President’s claims as RNC chair, and will have more freedom as a political analyst at NBC News.

“Now, I get to be a little bit more myself,” she told Welker, before being lambasted by former moderator Chuck Todd for her lack of credibility.

After the appearance, several MSNBC hosts — including Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Nicolle Wallace, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell — shared their extreme displeasure with the hiring, which ultimately led Cesar Conde to reverse course.

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