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Bruce Jenner Interview Boosts ABC Ratings as Millions Watch

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Ethan Miller—Getty Images Bruce Jenner attends the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational gala at the ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter on April 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.

A total of 6.9 million viewers tuned in

Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with Bruce Jenner delivered huge ratings for ABC on Friday night.

A total of 16.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the former Olympian confirm that he identifies as a woman. Perhaps even more impressive, Bruce Jenner—The Interview scored a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49. That’s a Fox’s Empire-sized number, and about four times as large as 20/20’s typical performance.

The two-hour much-anticipated special easily dominated the night. In fact, this was the biggest Friday night episode of 20/20 in more than 15 years, and the highest-rated non-sports telecast on Friday night since 2003. According to Nielsen Social, the interview inspired 972,000 tweets, ranking it as the most social Friday telecast of all time (excluding sports events).

During the special, Jenner declared: “My brain is much more female than male. For all [intents and] purposes, I am a woman.”

The 20/20 performance could bode well for E’s planned reality show, an eight-part series that follows Jenner’s life as a transgender woman, which the cable network plans to premiere July 26.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Evan Peters Checks Into American Horror Story: Hotel

He's joining a cast that includes Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson and more

American Horror Story maestro Ryan Murphy has announced another guest for next season’s Hotel: series alum Evan Peters. The actor has appeared in all four iterations of AHS so far and has become a fan favorite. Murphy tweeted Peters’ addition.

Peters joins a cast that includes Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Chloe Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Kathy Bates and Cheyenne Jackson. Production on AHS: Hotel begins this summer in L.A. and the series will debut this fall on FX.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Laverne Cox Says Transgender People Need More Than Just Media Visibility

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Larry Busacca—Getty Images for Time and People Actress Laverne Cox attends TIME and People's annual cocktail party on White House Correspondents' Weekend at St Regis Hotel in Washington on Apr. 24, 2015

It's time to focus on "how we treat transgender folks"

Laverne Cox, transgender activist and star of Orange Is the New Black, stopped by the TIME/People party in Washington, D.C. Friday night. Standing on the patio in a gold sequin dress, she talked about Florida’s bathroom bill and the next steps in the trans movement, and also gave a hint about the next season of Orange Is the New Black.

Who are you most excited to see at the White House Correspondents Dinner this weekend?

I haven’t really thought about it, honestly. I feel like this neophyte in D.C. for this weekend, and I’m just coming to explore and be curious and open.

There’s a bill being put forward in Florida to make it illegal for trans people to use the bathrooms that don’t belong to their biological sex. What do you think of this and other bathroom bills around the country?

These bathroom bills are unfortunate in that they are sort of scare tactics. If you look historically at cities like New York City that have passed public accommodations protections for trans people, nothing crazy has happened when trans people go to the bathroom. We just want to go to the bathroom. It’s a way to sort of scapegoat us… We are the ones that are really unsafe. The first eight weeks of 2015, seven trans people were murdered, almost one a week. So we’re the ones whose lives are in danger. So to portray us as potential predators is unfortunate.

2014 was a watershed year for the trans movement. What do you see as the next steps?

I would say that 2014 was a watershed moment for visibility, but the record unemployment rates, homicide rates, and discrimination that we experience, that has not changed. So we need more of what’s happening in the media in terms of visibility to affect policies and how we treat transgender folks.

Can you give me any sneak previews of the upcoming season of Orange Is the New Black?

Jenji [Kohan, the show’s creator] was really interested in faith in the third season, what do you believe in?

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See Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad

The photo celebrates The Joker's 75th anniversary

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new Mr. J.

David Ayer, director of the upcoming Suicide Squad film, has teased what Jared Leto as the iconic DC villain The Joker would look like. But now, he’s given us our first official look at Jared Leto as the latest take on one of Batman’s greatest foes, and it may not be what fans would expect.

The picture of Leto, which Ayer released late Friday to celebrate The Joker’s 75th anniversary, shows off a quite unique Joker compared to his previous live-action pictures. Gone is the suit-clad Jack Nicholson version or the shaggy, disheveled look of Heath Ledger’s take. Instead, this Joker—or at least the version Ayer is revealing—looks to be the most maniacal yet, with tattoos, chrome (or just horribly kept) teeth and a slicked back, shockingly bright green tuft of hair. The character’s iconic use of purple is still there, but only in the form of a single glove.

Whether this is how the Joker will look throughout the film or simply for a portion of it, this picture sure takes a stand and proves that Ayer is looking to do something quite different than The Joker’s previous appearances on the big screen. We’ll likely find out more in the months to come before Suicide Squad’s release on Aug. 5, 2016.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Read GLAAD’s Moving Statement Supporting Bruce Jenner as He Comes Out as Transgender

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Ethan Miller—Getty Images Bruce Jenner attends the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational gala at the ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter on April 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.

"Today, millions of people learned that someone they know is transgender"

As Bruce Jenner‘s much-anticipated interview with Diane Sawyer premiered Friday, GLAAD released a statement supporting the former Olympian.

“Today, millions of people learned that someone they know is transgender,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “By sharing this story, Bruce Jenner has shined a light on what it means to be transgender and live authentically in the face of unimaginable public scrutiny. Though Jenner’s journey is one that is deeply personal, it is also one that will impact and inspire countless people around the world.”

After months of remaining silent about his life-changing decision, the famed decathlete spoke publicly for the first time about transitioning from male to female in the interview on ABC’s 20/20.

“I would say I’ve always been very confused with my gender identity since I was this big,” said an emotional Jenner, 65.

“I tried to explain it, because I’ve had all my kids sitting in that chair … and I’ve tried to explain it this way. God’s looking down, making little Bruce … he says, ‘Okay, what are gonna do with this one. Make him a smart kid, very determined … and then when he’s just finishing he says, ‘Let’s wait a second.’

With his decision to go public Jenner hopes to make a permanent change in the transgender community,

“Every transgender person’s journey is unique, and by choosing to share this story, Bruce Jenner adds another layer to America’s understanding of what it means to be transgender,” said Nick Adams, GLAAD’s Director of Programs, Transgender Media.

“We hope that after hearing Jenner’s story, people will want to learn more about the issues and challenges facing their transgender friends, co-workers, and family members. Stories like these will help create a world in which everyone can express their gender identity without fear of discrimination and violence.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Kanye West Helped Kim Kardashian Accept Bruce Jenner’s Transition

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JB Lacroix—GC Images/Getty Images Kim Kardashian and Bruce Jenner are seen filming their reality show on October 20, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Kanye told Kim about the importance of being true to yourself

Bruce Jenner came out as transgender during an interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday night. “The female part of me is who I am. I identify as female, and that’s very hard for Bruce Jenner to say, because I don’t want to disappoint people,” Jenner said in the widely discussed interview.

One of those people Jenner worried about disappointing was his stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian. As it turned out, however, it was Kardashian’s husband, Kanye West, who helped Kardashian come to terms with Jenner’s revelation.

“Kim told me a story. She goes, ‘You know what really turned me around on thinking about this?’ I said, ‘What?’ She goes, ‘Kanye.’ I went, ‘Oh, okay,’” Jenner said. “He says to Kim, ‘Look, I can be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, and I am. I can have the most beautiful little daughter in the world, and I have that. But I’m nothing if I can’t be me. If I can’t be true to myself, they don’t mean anything.’”

Added Jenner: “Since then, Kimberly has been, by far, the most accepting, and the easiest to talk to about it.”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Bruce Jenner Interview: What Kris Jenner Knew

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Jason Merritt—Getty Images Kris Jenner attendsthe Diamond Ball presented by Rihanna and the Clara Lionel Foundation at the Vineyard in Beverly Hills on Dec. 11, 2014

Bruce Jenner said his ex-wife Kris Jenner had a difficult time coming to terms with his gender transition.

In his interview with 20/20′s Diane Sawyer on Friday evening, the reality personality said making his big reveal to his partner of 23 years “rocked her.”

“It shook her,” he told Sawyer. “If she had been really good with it and understanding, we’d probably be still together.”

But the father of six added that he has no complaints about his wife in the wake of him coming forward about his change, adding that she is a “good person.”

“I loved Kris. I had a wonderful life with her. I learned a lot from her,” he said.

Although the famous Keeping Up with the Kardashians mom, 59, was shaken by his news, she saw the signs leading up to his reveal, Jenner, 65, explained.

He said he had already been taking female hormones for five years during their marriage, which made his chest grow: “You can’t hide those things,” he said.

He also remembered during the interview that Kris would ask him, “You like to wear women’s clothes?” He described memories in which she would request that he change when he was dressed in feminine outfits.

“I downplayed it,” he continued. “I feel in a lot of ways when you love someone you don’t want to hurt them.”

Jenner even addressed the pair’s sex life, admitting that he thought it was “pretty good.”

He explained, “Maybe later on I heard [that] we didn’t, I don’t know, but I thought it was pretty good.”

The couple never went to therapy, which he admits didn’t help them work through the complicated period during their relationship.

“Take two aspirin get plenty of sleep and you’ll be just fine?” he said. “It doesn’t work like that.”

Jenner now looks back and remembers that he spent more than 20 great years together with Kris raising “phenomenal” children.

“We had so many memories,” he said.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Bruce Jenner’s New Reality Show Will Be About His Life as a Transgender Woman

The E! documentary series will begin airing July 26

Bruce Jenner came out as transgender in an interview Friday, saying that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.” On the heels of that announcement, E!—the home of the long-running reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians and its many spin-offs, on which Jenner frequently appears—announced that it will broadcast a new documentary series following Jenner’s transition and life as a woman.

A news release promises that the show will “present an unfiltered look as Bruce boldly steps into uncharted territory”:

The series will tell Bruce’s intimate story and will join him as he seeks out his ‘new normal.’ Living for the first time as the person he feels he was born to be, the docuseries will also explore what Bruce’s transition means for the people in his life and how those relationships are affected, while offering a better understanding of many of life’s challenges.

The as-yet-untitled series, which will consist of eight one-hour episodes, will begin airing July 26 at 9 p.m. on E!.

The news release also reinforced the sentiment Jenner expressed in the ABC interview—that he is “choosing not to live publicly in the media as a woman.” Instead, he will continue to be referred to as Bruce Jenner and with male pronouns.

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