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Trump calls Roseanne Barr after series premiere gets high ratings 

Roseanne Barr’s series reboot was so impressive, she got a call from President Donald Trump.

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The return of “Roseanne” on ABC Tuesday night pulled in 18.2 million viewers and a 5.1 rating among adults aged 18-49, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Wednesday, Barr received a telephone call from Trump, CNN reported. While the White House did not provide any details about the call, Trump mentioned it during a speech Thursday night in Cleveland, CNN reported.

“Look at Roseanne, I called her yesterday. Look at her ratings. Look at her ratings,” Trump said. “I got a call from Mark Burnett, he did ‘The Apprentice.’ He’s a great guy. He said, ‘Donald, I called just to say hello and to tell you did you see Roseanne’s ratings?’ I said, ‘How big where they?’ They were unbelievable. Over 18 million people. And it was about us.”

Barr, a vocal Trump supporter in real life and on the sitcom’s reboot, said she was excited to take the call from the White House.

“It was pretty exciting, I’ll tell you that much,” Barr told “Good Morning America” during a telephone call, People reported. “They said, ‘Hold please for the President of the United States of America’ and that was about the most exciting thing ever, and it was very sweet of him to congratulate us.

"We just kind of had a private conversation," Barr said. “But you know, we talked about a lot of things. He's just happy for me. I've known him for many years and he's done a lot of nice things for me over the years. So, it was just a friendly conversation about work, and you know, television and ratings.”

"Roseanne" originally ran on ABC from 1988 to 1997, CNN reported. It portrays the fictional blue-collar Conner family, who live in Illinois.

Meanwhile, CNN reported that ABC was ready to order a second season of the show.

The announcement of Season 2 is "imminent," a source told CNN.

Earlier, Deadline reported that the cast deals for the new season are already in place.

Caroline Sunshine, ex-Disney Channel star, joins Trump White House as press assistant

A former Disney Channel actress is shaking things up with the latest addition to her résumé.

>> Trump replacing VA Sec. David Shulkin with his personal physician Ronny L. Jackson

According to CNN, 22-year-old Caroline Sunshine, who starred in the Disney Channel show "Shake It Up" from 2010 to 2013, was recently hired as a White House press assistant. 

>> Who is White House physician Ronny L. Jackson?

A White House spokeswoman issued the following statement Wednesday to CNN:

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"Caroline Sunshine was a White House intern. In college, she was involved with the American Enterprise Institute and an active member of her school's Model United Nations team. Prior to her internship at the White House, Caroline interned for the Office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the College Republican National Committee and the California Republican Party."

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Heineken pulls ‘Sometimes lighter is better’ ad after racism claims

Heineken officials have removed an ad with the tagline “Sometimes lighter is better” after the 30-second spot was criticized as being racist, CNN reported.

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The ad features a fair-skinned bartender sliding a bottle of Heineken Light to a woman. The bottle slides past three black people before arriving in front of the lighter-skinned woman as the tagline appears at the end of the commercial.

Critics on social media did not treat the ad lightly. Hip-hop singer Chance the Rapper called it "terribly racist" on Twitter on Sunday evening.

“I think some companies are purposely putting out noticeably racist ads so they can get more views,” he tweeted.

On Twitter, Helen Ehrenofer called for the firing of the person who allowed the ad to air.

"What idiots do they have approving this ad? Fire that person," she tweeted.

Heineken pulled the ad from television and the internet late Monday, CNN reported.

“While we feel the ad is referencing our Heineken Light beer, and that light beer is better than other high-calorie options -- we missed the mark, are taking the feedback to heart and will use this to influence future campaigns," Heineken USA spokesman Bjorn Trowery said.

Stormy Daniels interview gives '60 Minutes' highest ratings in 10 years 

The overnights are in and Anderson Cooper’s interview with adult film star Stormy Daniels boosted “60 Minutes” to its highest-rated episode since 2008, CNN reported.

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The Nielsen ratings showed that the episode for the CBS newsmagazine drew more than twice as many viewers. Final ratings, expected later Monday, project the episode to be the highest-rated “60 Minutes” episode since Barack and Michelle Obama were interviewed after the 2008 election, CNN reported.

>> Stormy Daniels: Complete interview transcript

The show was aided by the NCAA basketball tournament, which preceded the show. Kansas defeated Duke in overtime, providing a strong lead-in for “60 Minutes.”

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, gave her account of her alleged affair with Donald Trump in 2006. Daniels also revealed in the interview that she was threatened by an unknown person in 2011, a few weeks after she consented to an interview with a tabloid magazine about Trump, CNN reported.

>> Stormy Daniels on ‘60 Minutes’: 5 revelations from the interview

"I think it was important for people to actually see her and hear her," Cooper said on CNN's "New Day" program Monday. "Viewers can make up their own mind whether they believe she's credible.”

Stormy Daniels on '60 Minutes': 5 revelations from the interview

Adult film star Stormy Daniels spoke to Anderson Cooper about her alleged 2006 affair with Donald Trump in a highly anticipated interview that aired Sunday on "60 Minutes."

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Here are five things we learned:

>> Stormy Daniels: Complete interview transcript

1. Daniels said she had sex with Trump one time in 2006. She said the encounter with the then-"Apprentice" host occurred in his hotel suite after she met him at a Lake Tahoe celebrity golf tournament.

"He goes, ‘Got an idea, honey bunch. Would you ever consider going on and being a contestant?'" Daniels said. "And I laughed and said, 'NBC's never gonna let, you know, an adult film star be on.' ... 'No, no,' he goes, 'That's why I want you. You're gonna shock a lot of people. You're smart and they won't know what to expect.'"

Later, she said she went to the restroom and found him "on the edge of the bed when I walked out, perched."

"I realized exactly what I'd gotten myself into," Daniels said. "And I was like, 'Ugh, here we go.' And I just felt like maybe – it was sort of – I had it coming for making a bad decision for going to someone's room alone, and I just heard the voice in my head, 'Well, you put yourself in a bad situation and bad things happen, so you deserve this.'"

Daniels said that although she was not attracted to Trump, she consented to the sex. They kept in touch about the possibility of appearing on "Celebrity Apprentice" but did not have sex again, she said.

"I thought of it as a business deal," she said.

>> Stormy Daniels on '60 Minutes': Cast of characters

2. She does not consider herself a "victim." "This is not a #MeToo," she said. "I was not a victim. I've never said I was a victim. I think trying to use me to further someone else's agenda does horrible damage to people who are true victims."

>> Former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal files lawsuit to speak about alleged Trump affair

3. Daniels said a man threatened her in 2011 after she made a deal to sell her story to an In Touch sister publication. "I was in a parking lot, going to a fitness class with my infant daughter – taking, you know, the seats facing backwards in the backseat, diaper bag, you know, getting all the stuff out – and a guy walked up on me and said to me, 'Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.' And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, 'That's a beautiful little girl. It'd be a shame if something happened to her mom.' And then he was gone," Daniels said.

She said didn't call the police because she was scared and would "instantly" recognize the man if she ever saw him again.

Brent H. Blakely, an attorney for Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, shot back against Daniels' claim Sunday night in a letter to Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, according to a tweet by Maggie Haberman of The New York Times.

"In truth, Mr. Cohen had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any such person or incident, and does not even believe that any such person exists, or that such incident ever occurred," the letter said.

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>> Porn star Stormy Daniels sues Trump over hush agreement, says it’s void, reports say

4. Daniels said she signed previous statements denying the affair because she "felt intimidated and honestly bullied." 

"And I didn't know what to do, and so I signed it even though I had repeatedly expressed that I wouldn't break the agreement," she said. "But I was not comfortable lying."

When asked whether the previous denials hurt Daniels' credibility, Avenatti responded: "I think there's no question that it calls into question her credibility. I also think that there's no question that when the American people take all of the facts and evidence into consideration, that they are going to conclude that this woman is telling the truth."

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5. Daniels stayed mum on whether she has messages, photos or other evidence of the alleged affair. "I can't answer that right now," she said, adding, "My attorney has recommended that I don't discuss those things."

The comment aired days after her attorney tweeted a photo of a mysterious DVD.

"If 'a picture is worth a thousand words,' how many words is this worth????? #60minutes #pleasedenyit #basta," Avenatti wrote Thursday

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In the "60 Minutes" interview, Cooper asked Avenatti whether he was bluffing.

"You should ask some of the other people in my career when they've bet on me bluffing," Avenatti said.

Stormy Daniels on '60 Minutes': Cast of characters

With Stormy Daniels’ interview set for Sunday night on “60 Minutes,” here is a scorecard of possible names that might be mentioned during the adult film star’s chat with Anderson Cooper.

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Stephanie Clifford: That is Daniels’ legal name. She will be the main player in the interview with Cooper on the CBS newsmagazine. Saturday, Clifford told The Washington Post that her work in adult films has helped her prepare for the limelight.

“Being in the adult industry, I’ve developed a thick skin and maybe a little bit of a dark sense of humor,” she told the Post. “But nothing could truly prepare someone for this.”

Clifford went to court to break her silence about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump more than 10 years ago, and said that Trump’s lawyer paid her $130,000 to stay silent before the 2016 election, CNN reported. 

Donald Trump: The president will not be appearing on “60 Minutes,” but he is the other main subject in this drama. Trump’s representatives have dismissed the claim of Daniels -- and of former Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal, who also said she had an affair with the president -- saying that the affairs never happened and that Trump had no knowledge of payments, the Post reported.

Michael Avenatti: Daniels’ attorney has accused Trump’s lawyers of “engaging in thuggish behavior,” CNN reported. At issue is a nondisclosure agreement.

“The fact that a sitting president is pursuing over $20M in bogus 'damages' against a private citizen, who is only trying to tell the public what really happened, is remarkable.” Avenatti tweeted on March 16. “Likely unprecedented in our history. We are NOT going away and we will NOT be intimidated.”

Avenatti also tweeted a photo of what looks like a CD or DVD, claiming it contained evidence that proves Daniels’ alleged affair with Trump.

Michael Cohen: The president’s longtime attorney has admitted to making a payment to Daniels in 2016, CNN reported. Cohen has accused Daniels of violating a nondisclosure agreement by discussing the alleged affair.

Anderson Cooper: The longtime news host conducted the interview with Daniels earlier this month. He also interviewed McDougal on his “Anderson Cooper 360” show on CNN.

“60 Minutes” airs at 7 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on CBS stations and on CBSN, the network’s digital streaming news service.

WATCH: Kindergartner's hilarious 'weather report' takes internet by storm

At 6 years old, Carden Corts of Tennessee is already on his way to a career in meteorology.

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With a little help from his father, who’s in video production, the kindergartner at Waverly Belmont Elementary School in Nashville is going viral on YouTube for his “weather report," the Tennessean reports.

The hilarious clip, recorded for a school project, has been viewed more than 1.6 million times since it was posted Wednesday.

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"Today's weather report is brought to you by the letter C and also Pokémon cards," he quips before using his "weather simulator" (courtesy of a green screen and leaf blower, according to the Tennessean) to give his larger-than-life forecast.

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Make sure to watch until the end. #SpringBreak

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Actor Fred Savage denies assaulting former crew member of 'The Grinder'

Actor Fred Savage is being sued for assault and battery by a former crew member of the Fox show “The Grinder,” The Los Angeles Times reported.

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Youngjoo Hwang filed the suit Wednesday, and 20th Century Fox is also a defendant. She alleges that Savage used aggressive behavior and intimidation tactics toward female employees, the Times reported.

Hwang, who worked in the costume department for the 2015 series, alleged that Savage was hostile toward her during her time on the job, adding that the former star of “The Wonder Years” struck her on the arm three times, the Times reported.

Savage denied the accusations in a statement he released Wednesday. 

“After concluding a thorough investigation, Fox determined that there was absolutely no evidence to support these accusations,” Savage said. “None of her claims could be substantiated because they did not happen.”

“Ms. Hwang alleges that not only did she report Mr. Savage’s conduct to her superiors on the set of ‘The Grinder,’ but other female crew members similarly lodged complaints and reported Mr. Savage’s conduct,” said Hwang’s attorney, Anahita Sedaghatfar.

“Fox takes all allegations of improper conduct very seriously,” the network said in a statement. “We conducted a thorough investigation into these allegations and found no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Savage. We will vigorously defend against these unfounded claims.”

Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt:  5 things to know

It’s hard to call Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt an overnight sensation. After all, she’s been following basketball at Loyola University-Chicago for more than a half century and said she saw the Ramblers win the NCAA title in 1963. But thanks to television, the internet and social media, the 98-year-old nun has become a media darling.

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With victories against Miami and Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament, the Ramblers are hoping for more spiritual guidance when they face the winner of the Cincinnati-Nevada game in next week’s Sweet 16.

Here are some things you might not have known about Loyola-Chicago’s inspirational leader.

Praying for victory: As the basketball team’s chaplain since 1994, Sister Jean begins every prayer the same way: “Good and gracious God.” But if you’re thinking she does not invoke the deity for a little help to win, think again. “I ask God to be especially good to Loyola so that, at the end of the game, the scoreboard indicates a big ‘W’ for us,” she told The New York Times. She ends every prayer with an emphatic “Go Ramblers.” Judging from some of the shots Loyola-Chicago has been burying during this tournament -- Clayton Custer’s game-winner against Tennessee comes to mind -- these prayers have been answered so far.

She’s a Hall of Famer: Loyola-Chicago inducted Sister Jean into the athletic department’s Hall of Fame in 2017, making her the 173rd member to be enshrined. Born in San Francisco in 1919, Sister Jean played basketball in high school.

Good scouting: Every season, Sister Jean researches the boxscores of upcoming opponents, using her sharp eye for detail to point out flaws in the Ramblers’ next foe. Coach Porter Moser found a manila folder on his desk on his first day as coach, according to NCAA.com. Sister Jean had compiled a scouting report on the Ramblers to help the new coach.

“She lights up every room she goes into.” Moser told the Times. “She’s always smiling. She has an energy about herself. I connect with that.”

She has her own bobblehead: Loyola-Chicago held a bobblehead promotion night for Sister Jean in 2011.

Super sneakers: Sister Jean has a pair of maroon-and-gold Nike sneakers that she wears during each game. Two names are stitched on the sneaker’s heels: “Sister” on the left heel, and “Jean” on the right.

It’s been quite a ride for Loyola-Chicago, which has knocked off two highly touted program. Now, the Ramblers will have to go against Sister Jean in the Sweet 16: She picked the Ramblers to lose in that round.

WATCH: Bill Hader's Stefon returns to 'SNL,' and fans just can't get enough

He's baaack!

"Saturday Night Live" alum Bill Hader returned to the comedy show as host this week – and, much to fans' delight, revived his beloved character, New York City correspondent Stefon.

>> Click here to watch the full sketch (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised)

Hader brought his character-breaking comedy to "Weekend Update," recommending some unusual St. Patrick's Day hot spots.

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"New York's hottest club is Gooosh," Hader's Stefon said. "Inspired by true events, this former CVS, which became a Chase Bank then became a CVS again, has a troubling yet familiar feel, like when Larry King would play himself in a movie."

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Another suggestion? "If you're Irish, or just white and violent, I have the St. Paddy's place for you. New York's hottest Irish club is 'Off to Church, Mother,'" he said, adding, "This place has everything: Peeps, TED Talks, Roman J. Israel, Esq., and be sure to hit the dance floor and do a jig with Ireland' s hottest Farrah-cauns — leprechauns that look like Farrah Fawcett."

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John Mulaney, Stefon's co-creator, also joined Hader as Stefon's lawyer, Shy.

During the segment, fans flocked to Twitter to sing Stefon's praises. Scroll down to see what they were saying.

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