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Canadian Television Host Chris Hyndman Has Died at 49

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Ryan Emberley—Invision/AP Steven Sabados, and from left, Jason Priestley and Chris Hyndman attend Stand Up To Cancer Canada on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in Toronto

"He was a great guy and will be missed"

Canadian television host Chris Hyndman has died at the age of 49, the Associated Press reports.

Hyndman was a co-host onSteven and Chris, a Canadian lifestyle show. The Canadian Broadcast Corporation, which airs the show, said Hyndman was found on Monday with no vital signs in an alleyway in Toronto. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the CBC informed staff in a memo.

“It is with profound sadness that we share the news Christopher Hyndman died early this morning,” the memo read.

Hyndman’s co-host, Steven Sabados, was also his husband. Steven and Chriswas one of many projects the couple worked on together. Other projects include a home décor line launched in 2007 that features furniture, textiles, decorative accessories and area rugs.

After founding a design company, The Sabados Group, and starring in three HGTV series – Designer Guys, Design Rivals and So Chic with Steven and Chris – the couple launched their daily lifestyle show Steven and Chris.

The pair’s website states that their television shows have aired in more than 80 countries across the globe and their design work was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Other members of the HGTV family took to Twitter to remember Hyndman.

Jonathan Scott, co-host of HGTV’s Property Brothers, Tweeted, “I’m heartbroken to hear that Chris Hyndman has died. Just a joy to b around and such a kind soul. You will be missed. Rest in peace my friend.”

Scott’s brother and co-host, Drew, also shared his thoughts in a Tweet, writing, “It saddens me to hear that Chris Hyndman from @CBC’s @stevenandchris has passed. He was a great guy and will be missed.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME Television

Caitlyn Jenner’s Television Show Loses Half Its Audience

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James White/E! Entertainment Caitlyn Jenner

The most recent episode had only 1.3 million viewers

Is the public fascination with Caitlyn Jenner wearing off?

Ratings for E!’s groundbreaking reality series I Am Cait plummeted for the show’s second episode.

Sunday’s hour had only 1.3 million viewers, a drop of more than 50 percent from the show’s premiere.

I Am Cait premiered somewhat modestly too, especially considering the usual Kardashian clan drawing power on E! and the amount of media buzz surrounding Jenner in recent months. The series debut had 2.7 million viewers, then grew to 3.9 million with DVR playback. While time-shifted viewing is important, a big change in same-night viewership — like what happened on Sunday — still tends to give a strong signal of whether interest in a show is rising or falling.

This post originally appeared on EW.com

TIME animals

Safari Exec: Killing of Cecil the Lion Is ‘Appalling’


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The man who coined "Hunt with a camera, not with a gun" weighs in animals and conservation

Geoffrey Kent’s origin story dovetails perfectly with his career: the co-founder and CEO of luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent was born while his British parents were on safari. Kent spent his childhood in Kenya, founding his safari outfit with his parents in 1962. The company, which has always espoused a no-hunting agenda, pioneered glamping with conveniences like mobile refrigeration, and the job took Kent around the world. His new book, Safari: A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer, will be released next week, with a foreword from Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks and an Abercrombie & Kent client. Here, Kent discusses endangered species, the perils of poaching and the death of Cecil the lion.

TIME: What did you think when you heard about the killing of Cecil the lion?

Kent: I was appalled and actually quite disgusted by the whole thing. It was really a dreadful thing to have happened. I had a deep feeling of revulsion.

What should have been done to prevent this?

Obviously you should have far tighter control. When you have professional safari hunting companies, they should be heavily regulated by the government, and the government’s got to make sure that the professional hunters, the people who take the clients hunting, should also have a long period of training like they used to back in the ‘60s. It took you seven years to be trained as a professional hunter. The code of ethics were very strict, like the code of ethics of a lawyer. Today I don’t believe that that is there anymore, and so I think that you’ve got to bring back professional training of professional hunters where the code of ethics is bred into their DNA from day one and tightly policed by the government. Obviously I’m not a lawyer and I’m not a prosecutor, but whatever happens, it should stop forever any animal being lured out of a national park by meat or whatever to be poached and killed in cold blood. That’s got to stop.

What do you think of the ban on bringing big game trophies on certain major airlines?

I applaud it. I feel that actually this incident of Cecil is becoming a lightning rod of pulling everybody together in this whole subject of shooting wild animals.

How do you think tourists should approach visiting animals in their natural habitats?

In the world today, you have professional hunters and you have tourists, and the two are not even on the same table. We, Abercrombie & Kent, handle tourists and travelers. And that is why I, years back, came up with the slogan “Hunt with a camera, not with a gun,” and invented the first non-hunting safaris using all the tented camps that hunting safaris used. Maybe I’ve been a trailblazer in this. People should only come to look at wild animals and take photographs and not kill them.

What are the animals we should be most concerned about in Africa today?

I’m very concerned about all the animals, but I’m particularly concerned about the black rhinoceros and the white rhinoceros and obviously the elephant. If we go on like we are with the poaching of the rhino, they will be extinct within 10 years, and I don’t think I’m an alarmist by saying this. We have to do everything possible within our powers to stop the poaching of wild animals.

We’re bringing a lot of the black rhino out of South Africa into Botswana, and that’s going on as we speak. Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy has been working hand in hand with the people in Botswana to rehabituate and relocate these black rhino into Botswana. And that’s another way of trying to save the animals. In Botswana, there’s a massive large habitat available to rhinos, where there’s not in South Africa. And so you’re moving them into a habitat that can absorb them. And Botswana has very good policing of looking after animals, especially rhino.

How can we stop poaching?

First of all, we need the governments concerned to really say to themselves, do they actually need hunting to go on? Secondly, one has to really work out how this poaching is taking place: who is behind it? Where is it going? And everybody concerned, the consumer and the government, have to get on the same page. Ivory belongs to elephants. Ivory does not belong to us. We have to get that in the heads of people. The rhinos, too—there is no good quality of rhino horns. The fact that people say it can be used as an aphrodisiac is complete nonsense. As soon as the consumer understands there is no value to animal parts, that’s the first thing. Second thing is, governments have to police their own wildlife.

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TIME movies

Watch the First Trailer for Stonewall

From the director who brought you Independence Day

Forty-six years after the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, action flick director Roland Emmerich offers his own version of the pivotal moment in the gay rights movement in the Sept. 25 movie Stonewall.

It’s an unexpected pairing—the director responsible for over-the-top movies like Independence Day and White House Down—and the most pivotal moment in history of the gay rights movement. Detractors on social media have already questioned whether a film with such heavy material has been handed to the man who coached Will Smith on how to punch an alien in the face.

But apparently it was a passion project for the director who has said in interviews that he was forced to make budget cuts (and even move filming from the historically accurate New York City to Montreal) in order to get the film made. He also had to squeeze the production in before he turned his attention to Independence Day 2.

The movie follows a fictional young man named Danny who is kicked out of his parents’ house because of his sexuality and begins to live on the streets in New York City. Danny befriends a group who spend their nights at the Stonewall Inn, a gay-friendly club run by the mafia. When police repeatedly raid the bar and harass and physically abuse its patrons, tensions rise.

Let’s take it as a good sign that Stonewall is slated for the Toronto Film Festival in September.

TIME Video Games

Check Out the New Halo 5-Themed Xbox One

It's the ultimate Halo 5 bundle, and not cheap.

Though sadly not a rethink (and shrink) of the bulky Xbox One games console, Halo enthusiasts have a new, albeit pricey, piece of memorabilia to consider when Halo 5: Guardians arrives in October.

For $500, you can kit out your entertainment center with Microsoft’s “Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Bundle.” It’s a special version of the Xbox One etched with metallic blue accents and Halo-inspired military symbology, all wrapped around a 1TB hard drive and connected to a similarly skinned Xbox One gamepad.

You can preorder the system now, and it’ll be available on October 20, one week before Halo 5: Guardians ships on October 27.

You’ll also get Halo 5: Guardians (though only as a download), the Warzone REQ Bundle (basically a bunch of unlockable weapons and armors, skins and assassination animations for the new Warzone multiplayer mode), FOTUS-class armor (think spiky duds) with a special multiplayer emblem, a metallic Guardian model, the complete Halo: The Fall of Reach animated series, dossiers for the game’s Blue and Osiris warring factions, a Spartan themed SteelBook and the classified orders given to Spartan Locke, the newly introduced playable character who’s hunting for an AWOL Master Chief at the game’s outset.

For Master Chief buffs, take note that the Limited Edition’s gamepad is styled after Locke’s blueish armor. You’ll have to spend another $70 if you want the separately sold gold-and-green accented Master Chief gamepad.

TIME celebrities

Kelly Osbourne Causes Outrage After Latino Gaffe On The View

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Santiago Felipe—Getty Images Kelly Osbourne attends Logo TV's "Trailblazers" at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on June 25, 2015 in New York City.

"If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?"

Social media exploded in outrage after Fashion Police host Kelly Osbourne tried to defend Latinos from presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday morning’s episode of The View, but ended up offending many of them instead.

“If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?” she responded when asked about what she thought about Trump’s controversial remarks on Mexican immigrants. The candidate previous said that Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs, bringing crime,” and that “they’re rapists.”

The View co-host Rosie Perez jumped in as Osbourne stammered: “There’s more jobs than that in the country for Latinos, and Latinos are not the only people who clean toilets.”

Twitter quickly joined the conversation with a hashtag, #QueridaKellyOsbourne (Dear Kelly Osbourne).

Update: Osbourne responded to the outcry on her Facebook page:


TIME Television

Here’s How 5 Legendary Talk Show Hosts Said Goodbye

How Letterman, Carson and others signed off

When deciding how to say goodbye to fans of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has plenty of role models to look to. Just eight months earlier, his own protégé, Stephen Colbert, wound down his Comedy Central show, bound for the host’s seat on The Late Show, which David Letterman vacated in May. Here’s how five of the most famous television hosts handled their final episodes.

  • Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report

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    The Comedy Central personality cooked up a series finale that stayed true to the show’s bizarre nature. After killing off the character “Grimmy” during a segment of “Cheating Death with Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A.,” he rode off into the night with Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and Alex Trebek. Dozens of Colbert’s most notable guests from the show’s nine-year run joined him onstage for a rendition of “We’ll Meet Again,” including Willie Nelson, Katie Couric, Big Bird, Henry Kissinger, George Lucas, Cyndi Lauper and others.

  • David Letterman, Late Show With David Letterman

    Letterman’s last show kicked off with a tribute from every living U.S. president but Jimmy Carter, repeating an archival recording of Gerald Ford announcing, “Our long national nightmare is over.” He started his monologue with a self-aware joke (“It’s beginning to look like I’m not going to get The Tonight Show“) and welcomed actors and comedians to the stage for one of his signature top 10 lists, in which Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld, Barbara Walters and others read their top 10 “Things I’ve Always Wanted to say to Dave.” The Foo Fighters took to the stage to play a favorite song of Dave’s, “Everlong.”

  • Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show

    The two-part penultimate special before Oprah’s final episode was a big bash with guests from Madonna to Beyoncé, but her final episode was a much simpler, more somber affair. The talk show host said an intimate goodbye to her audience after 25 years on the air, thanking them for staying with her. “Sometimes I was a teacher,” she said, “and more often, you taught me. It is no coincidence that I always wanted to be a teacher. And I ended up in the world’s biggest classroom. And this, my friends, will be our last class from this stage.”

  • Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

    Carson ended his three-decade run in 1992 by having no guests on his final show, addressing an invitation-only audience from a stool on stage. In a move that would later be repeated by Letterman, he took time to speak about his sons, one of whom had died the year before, and made jokes about his own departure. “Look on the bright side; you won’t have to read or see any more coverage about me leaving the show,” he said. “My God, the Soviet Union’s end hasn’t received this kind of publicity.”

  • Jay Leno, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

    Like his predecessor, Carson, Leno did not hesitate to rib his employer during his February 2014 finale: “I don’t need to be fired three times,” he said. “I get the hint.” Billy Crystal, who had been a guest on Leno’s very first episode, led a special performance of “So Long, Farewell” with appearances by Kim Kardashian, Carol Burnett, Oprah Winfrey and others. Leno choked up thanking his producers and crew in his closing remarks, and quoted Johnny Carson’s final words, “I bid you all a heartfelt goodnight.” Garth Brooks played out the show with “Friends in Low Places.”

TIME celebrities

Zayn Malik Is Single Again

Perrie Edwards of Little Mix and Zayn Malik.
Press Association via AP Perrie Edwards of Little Mix and Zayn Malik.

The former One Direction member broke up with his fiancee a couple weeks ago.

Former One Direction member Zayn Malik has broken off his engagement to fiancee, Perrie Edwards, of the band Little Mix.

The breakup between the two 22-year-old pop stars took place two weeks ago. The couple got engaged in August 2013.

“She’s been putting on a brave face, as Little Mix have had promotion to do, but she’s obviously devastated,” a source told People.

Malik left One Direction in March. In July, the singer signed with RCA records.

Read more at People.com.


Candace Cameron Bure Talks Fuller House, The View and DWTS

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JB Lacroix—WireImage/Getty Images Candace Cameron Bure attends the Summer TCA Tour - Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies And Mysteries on July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Sarah Begley is a culture and breaking news reporter for TIME.

The actress has written a new book about her experience on the reality competition show

Candace Cameron Bure has a full plate these days. Between shooting episodes of Fuller House, the Full House reboot for Netflix, and guest-hosting episodes of The View (some have reported she’s in negotiations to join full-time next season), the actress has written a book about her experience on Dancing With the Stars, Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction. Bure took a few minutes to discuss everything from motherhood to her faith to, of course, returning to television as D.J. Tanner.

Why did you decide to write a whole book about your Dancing With the Stars experience?

Bure: Two reasons. After doing that show, I learned so much about myself in such a short amount of time. Each week really was filled with these huge life lessons, which I didn’t think I could learn at the age that I’m at. So that in itself was quite a shock and surprised me. And the other reason was that I had wanted to write a book about conviction, and yet I never felt that I had the right platform to write it. So after DWTS, it was the perfect place to write about courage and conviction, and then share the experience and all the life lessons. I was actually scheduled to write a book on a different topic, and after I had done DWTS, a week later I called my publisher and said, “Hey, can we switch gears? Because I really want to write about this and I think it would be perfect, and it’s so fresh in my mind, let me just do this,” and they were on board.

What was the original topic going to be?


You write about struggling with modesty on Dancing With the Stars. What do you think is the biggest misconception about Christian womanhood in America?

I think that so many people—and it can be both people of faith and secular people—I feel like things are often put to the extreme one way or another, and there’s not a lot of common sense that goes along with it. It’s like you hear from people that aren’t Christians, and when they mock you, they want to say, “Oh, shouldn’t you be in a turtleneck and something covering your ankles?” That’s not silly in certain cultures, but for living in America, obviously that’s something that’s said with such sarcasm, they’re trying to get at you.

And yet within Christians, everyone has a different set of standards, and that’s why it was important for me to say, “Hey, these are what my convictions are, you may not agree with my conviction as a Christian, but at the end of the day, I will stand before God on my own, you’ll stand before God on your own, so if you have a different standard, great, you’re gonna talk to him about it, I’m gonna talk to him about it, I’ll have to deal with my own consequences.” That’s where I stand, but I feel like the biggest misconception about the word “modesty” in general is just that it’s restricted to hemlines and necklines and clothes, when modesty is so much more about our character, and the way we carry ourselves, and the way we speak and act. That was the thing that I wanted to get across the most, because the Bible doesn’t really talk about hemlines.

Are Christians treated differently from secular Americans on reality shows?

I didn’t feel that I was treated differently by the people running the show or the executives. I work in a secular industry, and so I don’t ever expect anything to change for me—nor do most people change anything for me, not that I want that or ask that. But [among viewers], from Christian to Christian, it definitely can be more challenging in that area, because you are held to a certain standard, and the standards vary as to where everyone is in their faith walk. Some people are more liberal or more conservative, so there can be a lot of judgment in that regard, which makes it more challenging to live out your faith in front of everyone.

With that in mind, what do you think of the level of scrutiny around the Duggars’ show 19 Kids and Counting?

That is a very different situation. But I was actually disappointed at how people reacted, both people of faith and not of faith. That was such a sad situation to me, when that was something that happened so long ago, and it was mortifying that it was made public information when that should have never happened. Had that not been someone in the public eye, that never would have been exposed. That aspect, it was horrible, and I’m sure that the family had already gone through the grief at the time. To bring it up so many years later, and then really be scrutinized over it, I just thought was wrong in every way.

How is shooting going for Fuller House?

Fabulous. It has been amazing, it has been one of the best experiences ever, it feels like we never, ever left. Truly, we’re all having the time of our lives. And the show is really good, I know the live audience loved our first taping. So fingers crossed that everyone’s gonna love it. I really feel like we have a good thing on our hands.

Last time you worked with John Stamos and Bob Saget, you were a teenager. How is it different to work with them now as an adult?

Not really different at all. They are the same people, and we are laughing just as hard. I think we kids were more professional than they were back in the day, and I say that lovingly. They were always just joking on set, and we were like, “Hey, we’re working!” The same is true right now. The three of us girls, Jodie [Sweetin], Andrea [Barber] and I, we’re still saying the same thing, “Hey, we’re trying to work!” It feels so good to all be back together, working together — obviously we see each other all the time, we’re great friends, but it is such a pleasure for all of us to get to work again.


So many child stars end up having troubled young adulthoods, and that didn’t happen to you. Why do you think that is?

I always attribute that to my parents and the household that I grew up in, although I know other people that have had great parents but have gone through hard times. I think faith is a big factor, that was just always foundational for us, and carried through and then became more important to me as I became an adult. It’s the two of those things, and maybe my innate personality.

You’ve been guest hosting on The View a bit lately.

It’s been great, I’ve loved every time I’ve guest-hosted on the show and looking forward to more. It’s just a different medium for me to actually be myself and to express some of my opinions and viewpoints. I don’t know that there’s a lot of conservative actors out there willing to be so open about that, so I think it’s a unique opportunity for me.

TIME Ideas hosts the world's leading voices, providing commentary and expertise on the most compelling events in news, society, and culture. We welcome outside contributions. To submit a piece, email ideas@time.com.

TIME Media

Here’s Why Taylor Swift Wrote That Apple Letter

The singer details her motivations in a new interview

Taylor Swift has revealed new details about her motivation behind her famous letter to Apple about streaming music. In the June letter, Swift called out Apple for its plan to not pay the writers, producers or artists behind the songs streamed on Apple Music during its three-month trial period.

“I wrote the letter at around four A.M.,” Swift told Vanity Fair. “Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and I’ll write a song and I can’t sleep until I finish it, and it was like that with the letter.”

Swift said that she was nervous to post the letter online, especially after receiving negative feedback for an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal last summer that similarly advocated for fair compensation in the music industry. But Swift says she only ran the letter by one person before posting it: her mom.

The pop sensation also didn’t show the note to Scott Borchetta, the CEO of Big Machine Records who discovered and signed Swift more than 10 years ago. “She literally texted me and said, ‘Don’t be mad,’ with the link,” Borchetta said at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen. “She was in Europe. I responded and said, ‘You don’t have any idea how good your timing is right now.’” Borchetta had been complaining to Apple execs about the same issue.

The unplanned coordination worked: Apple responded to Swift’s letter within 24 hours, agreeing to pay royalties even in the trial period, though at a reduced rate. Swift compared her smooth interaction with Apple with her combative experience with Spotify, from where she pulled all but one of her songs in November 2014 in protest of what she and others argue are too-small royalties paid to artists.

“I found it really ironic that the multi-billion-dollar company reacted to criticism with humility, and the start-up with no cash flow reacted to criticism like a corporate machine,” Swift told Vanity Fair.

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