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Vanessa Bayer: This Is What Haim Should Do On Tour with Taylor Swift

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Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images Vanessa Bayer, "Saturday Night Live" at Boa Steakhouse, West Hollywood, in 2014.

Meet Janessa Slater, the woman who almost made Drake cry

When Vanessa Bayer isn’t cracking people up with her impressions of Miley Cyrus and Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live, she can be found moonlighting as media coach Janessa Slater on Sound Advice. On the Above Average web series that Bayer created with her brother, Jonah, PR expert Janessa Slater sits down with artists like Drake, offering helpful advice about things like how to set up a good JDate profile and whether he should change his name. The interviews, which have included artists like TV on the Radio, Demi Lovato, The Wanted and Tegan and Sara, are uncomfortable and hilarious.

With a new season of Sound Advice kicking off on March 12th on Above Average, TIME talked to Bayer about the series:

TIME: Are the artists in on the joke?

Vanessa Bayer: Yes. We try and have them watch episodes before they do it. We always improvise a lot, so we don’t always show them the questions in advance. Sometimes we will write responses for them, if they want to use them, but they don’t have to. Sometimes we don’t show them anything unless they want to see it, but because we improvise so much it’s not always useful for them. It just depends what the bands want. A lot of what ends up in the final cut is the improvised stuff, because that tends to be funnier.

Some of the bands are really good actors, then, because sometimes they stare at you like you’re completely insane.

I know! Sometimes that’s very off-putting for me because I know that they’re acting, but still. One thing that I think is great about this series is that it shows how great these bands are. They’re so funny, they’re such good actors, they have these skills beyond what you see when they’re performing music. Obviously music is a really good skill, but they are also able to do all this comedy stuff. It’s interesting for my brother and I and our director, Pete Schultz, who writes some of the questions, too, we put these questions together and then we see the band and we get nervous to say these things to them. One episode was with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, who are in this band The Both — we were so excited to meet them, because we are all such huge fans. The first question was about them being on Social Security and I was so nervous to say it! Of course, they were such good sports about it. My brother said he almost ran out of the room because he was so nervous about it, but I’m the one who actually had to say it!

Your interviews can get uncomfortable in a way that reminds me of Larry David. Is that intentional?

That’s sorta the vibe we’re going for. One thing I have to say about the bands is that they will all respond differently. Some will just stare at me, but others will get really involved. Like Sara Bareilles was really aggressive with me, which was so funny. Some bands will joke back and will improvise with me. Even when they know what the questions are, even if we give them a suggestion of a response, they decide what they think of me. A lot of bands have multiple people and none of them will like me, except for one. Or it’s just a difference in how they are playing it where one will be more accepting and the other won’t be. It’s interesting because it shows the different personalities of the band members, even when they are acting. The TV on the Radio one was so fun to do because they were up for anything and they responded so well when I told them which different member of 90210 they were like and I told one of them that he was Jim Walsh, which is the dad.

Rumors are circulating that Fun. are breaking up. What would Janessa would tell them?

I love those guys. We did our first Sound Advice with them. I think that little French weirdo Jack will be fine, because he’s got that high school side project. That little singer will be great because he’s got pretty good hair and stuff. And Andrew, he’s my guy, he’s the one that will become the millionaire.

Haim is going on tour with Taylor Swift. How would Janessa advise them?

Maybe Haim can try parting their hair on the side to look a little less hipster, because Taylor Swift isn’t really like that. Four girls is a lot, so maybe they should add a fifth girl — like Janessa — to the crew, because while Haim sings and plays instruments and people love Taylor, who’s the person who is really going to bring the crowd out? They should add Janessa because she has a lot to offer as far as beats, lyrics, style and accessories.

Do you think Miley Cyrus will ever come to Sound Advice?

That’s my dream. We’ve reached out to her and she’s been really nice about it, but I think she’s one of the busiest human beings in the world. Another dream guest is Heart, because I love them so much and I sing Heart in karaoke all the time and I really want to show that to them. That’s not the only reason why I want them, though. I just love them.

What do you get out of a web series that you don’t get on SNL?

On SNL you get to do a bunch of different characters, which is really great, but on this web series I get to do one character, and that’s really fun. As the series progresses we get to find out more about Janessa and her ex husband Darren. I do some writing on SNL, too, but on the web series we write it all. It’s been fun digging into this very big mess of a woman.

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Chris Pratt Wanted Parks and Recreation to End Like Six Feet Under

By showing how every character died

If you haven’t seen the series finale of Parks and Recreation, we won’t spoil it here, but Chris Pratt can tell you how it didn’t end. In honor of the final episode, Late Night host Seth Meyers brought the entire cast of the beloved NBC comedy on his show, where the Guardians of the Galaxy star revealed his unsuccessful pitch for the finale: explain how every character drops dead, just like the series finale of Six Feet Under.

“When you saw April [Aubrey Plaza] it would be that she died of a broken heart,” he explains. As for his character? “And then you would see that Andy died because he was left in a hot car with the windows rolled up.”

MORE: The Parks and Recreation Finale Was About Making the World Better, One Small Gesture at a Time

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Twitter Gave Parks and Recreation a Very Sweet Send-Off

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Colleen Hayes—NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope and Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson.

Here are the best tweets bidding farewell to Leslie and the gang

Parks and Recreation drew to a close with perfect endings for most of its characters Tuesday, and as happy as fans were for Leslie, Ron and the rest of the team, they were sad to see the series leave their screens.

Members of the cast and crew took to Twitter to say goodbye to Pawnee.

Even a few political types got in on the action.

Meanwhile, fans remembered their favorite quotes from the show with the hashtag #FavParksQuotes.

But most of all, there were a lot of tears.

A lot.

Read next: This Is What the Stars of Parks and Recreation Are Doing Next

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Parks and Recreation Watch: Find Your Team and Get to Work

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This finale, like the whole series, was about making the world better one small gesture at a time.

Spoilers for the series finale of Parks and Recreation follow:

“When we worked here together, we fought, scratched and clawed to make people’s lives a tiny bit better. That’s what public service is about: small, incremental change every day. Teddy Roosevelt once said, ‘Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is a chance to work hard at work worth doing.’ And I would add that what makes work worth doing is getting to do it with people that you love.”

The most prominent feature of Parks and Recreation’s finale was the flash-forwards, extending the characters’ lives as far ahead as 2048. But there was another recurring visual, smaller but at least as important. Before each character’s flash-forward begins, Leslie Knope touches them–a hug, a hand clasp, a warm pat on the shoulder.

Parks began as a much sharper-edged, satirical comedy, closer to the spinoff of The Office it was kinda-sorta conceived as. It ended as something much warmer, more expansive and optimistic–and, toward the end, became a kind of loopy near-future science fiction. But it was always, above all, about that hand.

Leslie Knope–not unlike her icon and returning Parks guest Joe Biden–was a toucher. Both in work and friendship, she believed in reaching out, prodding, getting in people’s space. In the show’s beginning, that seemed to mark her as delusional: a small-town civil servant who believed that by being proactive and positive she could actually change the world.

But as the series went on, it showed that Leslie was crazy enough to be right. She could be a quixotic politician and an exhausting friend–approaching both roles with bursting binders of research–and she didn’t win every battle she picked. But she also showed, one Harvest Festival and Pawnee Common at a time, that if you reached out to people and assumed the best of them, you really could leave them better than you found them.

“One Last Ride,” the series finale (co-written by Amy Poehler and co-creator Michael Schur), was about the sum total of all the gestures and connections Leslie made over the course of the series, and how they rippled out into the future. If, as I wrote last week, Parks’ final season was really a single finale told over thirteen episodes, then “Ride” was its coda, the final few minutes of Six Feet Under expanded into an hour.

There were tradeoffs to treating the final season as an extended finale. It allowed the last episodes to give extended sendoffs to our favorite characters and the expansive world of Pawnee without feeling rushed. But it also meant that, once the Pawnee National Park arc was resolved, there was no significant central conflict driving the story. (Not coincidentally, I think, the episode that ended that arc, “Leslie and Ron,” was the best of the season and one of the best Parks has ever done.) In its place came a lot of ever-afters and mostly happy endings; to use a comparison nerd Ben would appreciate, it was like The Return of the King, with a whole lot of postscript and goodbyes after the fall of Sauron.

Even by the standards of sitcom endings, this one was more sweet than bittersweet–at times, it hit the Sweetums a bit hard–with the characters not just finding happiness in the future but succeeding wildly in ways that were appropriate to them. Like Dorothy’s companions in The Wizard of Oz, they get the gifts that suit them: fame for Tom, coolness (despite parenthood) for April and Andy, contentment (and 51% of the Lagavulin Distillery) for Ron, and so on. The one Parkster who dies, Garry, does so on his 100th birthday, after living an essentially perfect life.

(Sidebar: are we all assuming that, by the time Ben and Leslie visit Gerry’s graveside in 2048, she’s now President? Or is he, since the Secret Service agent seems to be addressing both of them? Nice touch–assuming it was intended this way–to toss in the reveal offhandedly, in such a way that you could conclude either Ben or Leslie could be POTUS. One assumes, like Bill and Hillary, they’ll each take a shot at it in some order.)

It’s interesting, though, that while Parks gives its characters happy endings, they don’t inhabit a perfect world. Like the 2017 of the rest of the final season, “One Last Ride” is set in a kind of comedy dystopia: there are eight corporations left, the country has run out of beef, and schools don’t teach math.

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That’s typical of Parks: it’s combines a sense of satire about the larger world with unashamed positivity about the smaller individuals in it. What makes the endings happy here is the characters’ mutual support for one another. Ben steps aside for Leslie to run for governor, as she had earlier backed his run for Congress. Tom comes up with the idea for his self-help empire by seeing each of his coworkers as a different personality model for success. April helps Donna help her husband finance his school’s fancy math-learnin’.

Maybe the sweetest, and cry-makingest, of all these is Ron coming to Leslie as she did to him years ago, asking for direction in his life, and her helping him find it, in the least objectionable sector of the federal government, the National Parks System. (Ron, after all, once said crying is acceptable two places: funerals and the Grand Canyon. With this scene, I would add a third.)

It’s friendship, of course, but there’s another concept that the finale hits repeatedly: the team. When April is wavering over having kids, Leslie says that it would be a way for the couple to expand their great team. And it’s how Gov. Leslie Knope describes public service to the students at Indiana University: “Now, go find your team and get to work.”

It’s an interesting choice of terms. On the one hand, who doesn’t love teams? On the other hand, the whole concept of team spirit–in politics, on the Internet, in the culture at large–can be divisive: blind loyalty, us vs. them, Team This and Team That.

The final gift that Leslie Knope gives us here is to reimagine that team mentality in a healthy way. In her eyes, it’s not about defensively finding a gang of people to circle the wagons with out of suspicion of the rest of the world. It’s about finding your matches, your soulmates, your Galentines. It’s not about an idea of loyalty that means you deny flaws in yourself and your friends; its about making a pact to make each other better, even if it sometimes means getting in each other’s business. It’s about–to use another term that’s become politicized–community.

And speaking of teams: I haven’t gone through the transcripts of every episode, but I’m pretty sure this finale was the first time we learned, via Leslie being approached by the DNC, that Leslie Knope is a Democrat. (In a 2012 Huffington Post interview, Schur said that “we have never said the words ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’ on the show and we never will.”)

It’s not as if Leslie’s general philosophy has ever been hidden, anyway. But the spirit of Parks, captured in its beautiful final minutes, has been to express a political idea in personal, nonpolemical terms. Like Leslie, the show believes that people have an obligation to help other people; unlike Ron, it believes that government is one, imperfect means of doing that.

It believes, to return to that image that the finale returned to over and over again, in extending a hand. But not to push, or to drag someone else along. It believes in seeing the best in other people, helping them become their best selves, so that they in turn will be able to do that for someone else. (Just as April, in the foundation job she got indirectly through Leslie, was eventually able to help Donna.)

That’s what the future is, for Leslie Knope and for this finale: a chain through which one person touches another who touches another who touches another. You may, as the Parks gang discovered over and over with the citizens of Pawnee, never get thanked. But it makes the world a tiny bit better, and it makes you a tiny bit better.

In the end, what Parks and Recreation thinks about friendship is what it thinks about public service. It’s not a handout. It’s a hand up.

Now for a final hail of bullets:

* Another nice thing about the final days of Parks and Recreation is how, though Leslie and Ben had triplets, it avoided falling into the sitcom trap of focusing on how Kids Change Everything. All that said, I was happy that we got to meet Burt Snakehole Ludgate Karate Dracula Macklin Demon Jack-o-Lantern Dwyer, and glad that April and Andy wrestled with the decision to become parents in the most April and Andy way: “Yes, I would love all the awesome stuff my body would go through…”

* Don’t ask me why, but Craig and Typhoon’s flash-forward to their vacation on a transparent airplane reminded me of Six Feet Under‘s Rico collapsing on the futuristic cruise ship in his own flash forward. It’s amazing the things your brain stores in a life of TV-watching.

* “Gameplay magazine called it ‘punishingly intricate’!”

* I’m still trying to work out the timeline on that possible Ben-Leslie Presidential succession timeline. Maybe she ran in 2036 and 2040 (her “new unknown challenge” after leaving as governor in 2035), and he ran in 2044? Am I overthinking this? I’m overthinking this.

* I know that the episode could only flash so far forward but I do hope that Gerry’s passing meant that Brandi Maxxxx got her shot at the mayor’s office at long last.

* I have so much respect for Ronald Ulysses Swanson that I will even forgive him his casual swipe at my Michigan Wolverines. But just barely.

* OK, allow me one tiny quibble: I had always thought that, given how important the Pit was to the first season and to getting so many of these characters together, that the finale might have built toward some kind of closing storyline involving Pawnee Common. Fixing the slide, I guess, sort of paralleled that first project, but did anyone else miss it?

* Speaking of which: if I were a better organized person, I’d have been keeping a list this last season of which Pawnee personages and landmarks the show managed shout-outs to. Is there anything you noticed the final season leaving out?

* “Don’t get emotional, Von, you’re embarrassing yourself.” You and me both, Von. You and me both.

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Giuliana Rancic Issues On-Air Apology for Comments on Zendaya’s Hair

"I've learned it is not my intent that matters. It's the result"

Giuliana Rancic made a larger apology effort Tuesday on E! News regarding her comments during Monday’s Fashion Police, when she suggested Zendaya Coleman’s hair at the Oscars smelled like “patchouli” or “weed.”

Zendaya blasted Rancic in a lengthy message posted to Twitter immediately following Rancic’s initial comments, calling the host’s words “outrageously offensive” for playing into stereotypes of African-American hair. In response, Rancic took to Twitter to clarify that her comments “Had NOTHING to do with race and NEVER would!!!” but was further criticized for brushing off her responsibility.

“I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, but I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters. It’s the result. And the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya, and that is not okay,” Rancic said Tuesday. “Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya and anyone else out there that I have hurt, that I am so, so sincerely sorry.”

She continued: “This incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of cliches and stereotypes, how much damage they can do … and that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further.”

Kelly Osbourne, who also appears on Fashion Police, also weighed in on the controversy on Twitter on Tuesday, saying she was questioning remaining on the show.

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Amy Poehler Says ‘Bring Tissues’ for Parks and Recreation Series Finale

Co-creator says finale will 'make you cry'

It’s weird—Robert’s Rules of Order makes no mention of how you are supposed to prepare for the end of Parks and Recreation. Should you stock up on Kleenex? Treat yo self to a spa day? Hail Zorp before he melts off your face with his volcano mouth? Scarf down all the bacon and eggs you have before the looming forever famine? All good ideas. But what would also be wise to check in with the people responsible for the final hour of NBC’s beloved small-town comedy about Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a hyper-perky woman with big dreams for her community, country, friends, coworkers and even a few random passers-by. So instead of just re-reading the official description of the episode (“The Parks gang completes one last task together, before saying goodbye to Pawnee”), let’s see what Poehler, her castmates, and series co-creator Michael Schur can tease about “One Last Ride,” which airs tonight at 10 p.m.

It does not play it safe. “We’re taking a big swing,” says Schur. “If you make contact, you hit a homerun. And if you don’t? ‘Wow, what a strikeout!’ A crowd can still roar at a strikeout if the guy took a huge swing, a Dave Winfield swing from the old days. And hopefully we’ll make contact.”

It goes big. “Brace yourself for an epic finale,” says Aziz Ansari (Tom). “You wouldn’t think that a show like this would have a quote-unquote epic finale but that’s what it is. It’s an epic episode of Parks. It’s the most epic episode of Parks.”

It will help you imagine life for Leslie and her friends beyond the end credits. “To me, the finales that have made me the happiest—and we watched a bunch of them in the writers’ room this year— were the ones where I felt like I could imagine what happened to everybody after the credits rolled,” says Schur. “So as part of the ethos of the show, Leslie has a big talking head-type speech in the finale that summarizes the themes of the show. And obviously one of the themes of the show from the beginning— and she’s said it in multiple episodes—is no one achieves anything alone. She’s a big believer in teamwork and communities and ties that bind. So the idea was: Let’s show how these people affect each other and how they stay in each other’s lives, and hint at the sense that there was something special about this group of people being in the same room at the same time for however many years. The finale is really about getting a sense of what their lives are going to be in the future and how they stay in each other’s lives in the future.”

It aims to put satisfaction and satiation on the menu. “The finale is a full meal,” says Scott. “There’s no chintzing on it. You’re going to get the time you want with all the characters, you’re going to get all the answers you need, it’s super funny. It’s going to make you cry. And it’s going to make you happy. It’s all the things that you want from the show. It’s, dare I say a perfect piece of writing.”

It is designed to delight all levels of fans—and, according to Poehler, maybe even a non-fan. “I think it’s really just… funny. I’m excited about how funny it is. And how sweet it is. If I could watch two viewers watch the show, it would be someone who has never watched it before and somebody who’s the biggest fan. And I’d like to think that both people would be satisfied. Because I think it’s just, ‘Oh, those are funny, stupid people doing funny, stupid things,’ and then also like, ‘Oh my god, thank god we have an idea of what’s going to happen to Leslie.’”

It provides proper closure, for which the cast and producers are grateful. “It’s emotional like our show has always been,” says Chris Pratt (Andy). “There’s always been a beating heart in Pawnee. It has a lot of respect for itself but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It respects the characters. It gives the audience what they want and sends the characters off in a way that they all deserve. I think. Maybe we don’t all deserve it (laughs), but nonetheless we get a good ending. It’s great to know when you’re ending the show. Any of our season finales could have been our series finale [because of the low ratings] and that would have sucked. So it’s nice to know that this time this is goodbye. Not only for the TV show-watching experience but also for the process of saying goodbye.”

It touches, radiates hope, and offers metaphorical cheeseburgers. “I found it infinitely moving,” says Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson). “It’s just a nice played-out pastiche of our eight characters’ lives that leaves me feeling very hopeful. There’s no pat ending but instead it has the sloppiness of real life— it has victories and losses, but above all, it has pluck. And so when we fall down, we get up and laugh at our scraped knee and continue getting kissed and eating cheeseburgers.”

And now, a final(e) piece of advice from Poehler: “Bring tissues. Doesn’t everybody want to cry a little bit at the end of a finale? Expect a really funny, familiar, bittersweet, adventurous hour. It is an hour so before you watch the show, so take a shower, sit in a room full of pillows, surround yourself with cellphones, and put tinfoil on your windows and don’t leave your house until you figured it all out. Because I should mention the episode is just a giant logic puzzle and whoever answers it right gets a million dollars from The Voice.”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Kelly Osbourne ‘Questioning’ Fashion Police Role

Just a day after E! News host Giuliana Rancic controversially joked about dreadlocks

Kelly Osbourne has taken a stand in the controversy surrounding the Fashion Police comments made about Zendaya Coleman.

Just a day after E! News host Giuliana Rancic joked about the 18-year-old’s dreadlocks at the Oscars, Osbourne took to Twitter to fend off critics – and threatened to quit the show.

“The situation is being rectified like adults by both parties. I hope you can leave it to them and do the same,” the British TV personality Tweeted on Tuesday. Osbourne continued to fuel the fire by reminding fans that she is a friend of the K.C. Undercoveractress – and questioning staying on the show unless the situation is resolved.

The storm began when her cohost Rancic made a comment during Monday’s episode that Zendaya’s hair must have smelled of “patchouli” or “weed.”

Without outright identifying Rancic, Zendaya then took to Instagram to shame the talk show host for her “outrageously offensive” comments. “There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful,” she wrote.

Rancic, 40, quickly apologized for her statements via Twitter, explaining that she meant her comment to refer to “a bohemian chic look.”

Reps for E! and Osbourne did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Chris Hemsworth Will Host SNL on March 7

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Zac Brown Band will join as the musical guest

The Sexiest Man Alive—er, Chris Hemsworth—is set to host the March 7 episode of Saturday Night Live. The Georgia-based Zac Brown Band will be the night’s musical guests.

Hemsworth, who will be starring as Thor in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, said two years ago that he’d “like to be funny enough to host SNL.” “I love that stuff, yeah,” he said in the interview. “You love that stuff,” Kristen Stewart, who was also being interviewed, responded. “And you are so good at it. You should totally do it.”

So apparently it just takes some time, Kristen Stewart’s encouragement, and a superhero gig to host SNL.

This will mark both Hemsworth and Zac Brown Band’s SNL debut.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Bill O’Reilly and the Truthiness Defense

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Paul Drinwater—NBC/Getty Images Talk show host Bill O'Reilly on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Nov. 18, 2013.

For the Fox host, his most important difference with Brian Williams may be what his audience expects of him.

From the sound of things, Bill O’Reilly’s enforcers are going to have a busy time. When David Corn first made the case, in Mother Jones, that O’Reilly had inflated his war-correspondent record–implying that he’d seen combat “in the Falklands” when he covered it for CBS from Buenos Aires–O’Reilly said that Corn deserved to end up “in the kill zone.” When a New York Times reporter did a follow-up on the story, he told her that if he didn’t like what she reported, “I am coming after you with everything I have. You can take that as a threat.”

What that threat constitutes from O’Reilly is unclear, though in the past his producer has tracked down and camera-ambushed a string of journalists who’d dared criticize Bill-O. And Fox News in general has a not-so-secret reputation of strong-arming reporters who cover the media, as the late David Carr chronicled in 2008, when Fox and Friends aired altered photographs of two New York Times staffers in payback for unflattering coverage.

Maybe the threats will scare journalists off O’Reilly’s trail; or maybe making them so brazenly will rally more reporters to the story. Either way, if O’Reilly is not likely to suffer Brian Williams’ fate, it has less to do with the difference in their stories and more to do with the fact that O’Reilly is not Brian Williams: he’s an entirely different kind of journalist. His audience has a different relationship with him, based not on veracity but loyalty, not information but identification.

Like Williams, O’Reilly told stories about his reporting exploits that seemed to imply they were more dangerous than they were. There were differences in the particulars and the aftermath, though. Williams apologized for saying he was traveling in a helicopter that was hit by an RPG in Iraq when it was not. O’Reilly doubled down on his statements. In his telling, it became a matter of whether you think having reported “in the Falklands” is naturally assumed as meaning “in Buenos Aires at the time of the Falkland Islands war” and whether a violent protest equals a “combat situation.”

And that kind of argument–a debate over interpretation, spin, the motives of his critics–is the friendliest of grounds for O’Reilly to argue in front of his audience. Hell, it’s precisely what you watch O’Reilly for: not for news headlines but for a worldview, not for what happened but what it means–and what it means that your ideological adversaries see it as something else.

It’s no accident that O’Reilly was a chief inspiration for Stephen Colbert’s character on The Colbert Report, for whom he invented the concept of “truthiness”: that what your gut tells you is more important than what the literal facts say, that how the news feels is more important than what the news is.

Once you’re inside that No-Spin Zone, all arguments become political arguments. And any argument can be considered, and attacked, with the tactics of political ones: ad hominems, consider-the-source rebuttals, somebody-else-did-something-bad-once-too rebuttals, appeals to loyalty and the sense of persecution.

Like so: the original claim against O’Reilly came from Mother Jones. Mother Jones is a liberal magazine; therefore its argument is invalid and we don’t even need to consider it further. If anyone follows up on the report–CNN, the New York Times–they’re also liberal, because all the media outside Fox is liberal, therefore we can disregard them too. If anyone else joins in, they are by definition also liberal because they’re attacking Bill-O, QED.

The fact that charges exist becomes the best defense against the charges. Not only that, they only reinforce that O’Reilly is right: he has the right enemies, he must be on the right side. The liberal media claims Bill lied about being in a war zone? Well, what is a “war zone” anyway? Look at the footage he showed of demonstrators in the streets! That’s combat enough for me! Case closed.

It’s almost magic.

This is a perfect example, really, of the difference between a news host whose reputation is based on objectivity and one whose reputation is based on subjectivity. You can argue what Williams or O’Reilly deserves, but in the end NBC and Fox alike operate first out of practicality and self-preservation. And where it was devastating for Williams to have his veracity challenged in public, for O’Reilly to have this battle is branding.

That’s not to say O’Reilly can’t be harmed by future developments. You don’t make threats if you’re not concerned about something.

But as it stands, Bill O’Reilly’s audience is his best line of defense. When people watch you because they want to believe, they’ll do most of the work for you.

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This Is What the Stars of Parks and Recreation Are Doing Next

Where to catch Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza after the show wraps

Soon we’ll say farewell to the motley crew that began their careers at the Parks and Recreation Department in Pawnee, Indiana — but the cast of Parks and Recreation are moving on to bigger and better things.

In seven seasons, the show has made stars of Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari and Nick Offerman and boosted the profiles of Amy Poehler and Adam Scott. Here’s what the all-star cast will be up to next.

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    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 15: Amy Poehler at the "Parks & Recreation" Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 15, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
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    Amy Poehler may be leaving Pawnee, but she won’t be leaving screens anytime soon. She’ll voice Joy in Pixar’s next movie, Inside Out, before teaming up again with fellow Golden Globes host Tina Fey for a film called Sisters. The film follows two estranged adult sisters who throw a party at their parents’ house and will hit theaters in December. She’ll also join Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Banks in Netflix’s revival of Wet Hot American Summer.

    Poehler’s been busy behind the scenes, too, with her production company Paper Kite Productions. She’s a producer for Broad City on Comedy Central and Hulu’s upcoming comedy Difficult People. She’s also developing a church comedy for NBC, the former home of Parks and Recreation.


  • Chris Pratt

    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 16: Actor Chris Pratt of "Parks and Recreation" poses for a portrait during the NBCUniversal TCA Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 16, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) NUP_166973_2968.JPG
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    Thanks to Parks and Recreation, Chris Pratt went from a doofus who fell down a hole to a bona fide movie star. Pratt will star in four — yep, four — major movie franchises in the next few years. He will return as Emmet in a sequel to The Lego Movie as well as Star Lord in what’s sure to be many Guardians of the Galaxy followups and Avengers crossovers. He’s also starring in revivals of both the Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones franchises.

    As if playing the leading man in the highest-grossing franchises in Hollywood weren’t enough, Pratt is also in talks for roles in the western The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington, and a space drama called Passengers opposite Jennifer Lawrence.

  • Aubrey Plaza

    STUDIO CITY, CA - OCTOBER 16: Aubrey Plaza attends the NBC 'Parks And Recreation' 100th Episode Celebration held at CBS Studios - Radford on October 16, 2013 in Studio City, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
    JB Lacroix—WireImage

    Aubrey Plaza’s surly but lovable April Ludgate earned her the attention of Hollywood studios. She’s already juggled Parks and Recreation with movies like Safety Not Guaranteed, The To Do List and Life After Beth. Next, she’s set to star with Judy Greer in a film called Fresno about two co-dependent sisters. But her most anticipated upcoming feature is a comedy called Dirty Grandpa with Zac Efron and Robert De Niro, in which she’ll play De Niro’s love interest. Yep, you read that correctly.

  • Nick Offerman

    PARKS AND RECREATION -- Season: 6 -- Pictured: Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson -- (Photo by: /NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
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    Nick Offerman is moving from one small Midwestern town to another. The mustachioed comedian will star in season two of the FX dramedy Fargo, which takes place in 1979 Minnesota, later this year.

    He also has several movies coming out soon: A Walk in the Woods with Robert Redford, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl with Connie Britton and Knight of Cups with Natalie Portman.

  • Aziz Ansari

    STUDIO CITY, CA - OCTOBER 16: Aziz Ansari attends the "Parks And Recreation" 100th episode celebration held at CBS Studios - Radford on October 16, 2013 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
    Michael Tran—FilmMagic

    Just as Parks and Recreation wraps, Aziz Ansari has a new Netflix comedy special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden, premiering on March 6. The standup comic has also signed a deal to write a book on modern romance.

    On television, Ansari has a recurring role on Bob’s Burgers as the voice of Darryl.

  • Adam Scott

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 15: Adam Scott at the "Parks & Recreation" Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 15, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
    Vera Anderson—WireImage

    Adam Scott is taking on a wide range of roles in the next year: Right now, fans can catch him in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, but he also starred in the indie rom-com Sleeping With Other People, which premiered at Sundance in February and will be released later this year. Additionally, the actor will take a serious turn in the upcoming Black Mass, which is based on the true story of Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. The cast makes it sound like surefire awards bait: other featured performers in the film include Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Depp, Sienna Miller and Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson.

  • Rashida Jones

    STUDIO CITY, CA - OCTOBER 16: Rashida Jones attends the "Parks And Recreation" 100th episode celebration held at CBS Studios - Radford on October 16, 2013 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
    Michael Tran—FilmMagic

    Rashida Jones officially exited Parks and Recreation last season, but she’s kept busy since. Her production company produced the NBC romantic comedy A to Z (which has since been canceled) and is working on another NBC comedy loosely based on Peter Pan called Wendy and Peter.

    She’s also been active as a performer, starring in the Steve Carell-created TBS series Angie Tribeca and will be a voice in the animated film B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations alongside Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy, Bill Murray and Octavia Spencer.

  • Rob Lowe

    Actor Rob Lowe visits the Tribeca Film Festival 2012 portrait studio on April 25, 2012 in New York City.
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    Expect to see Rob Lowe on your TV screen again soon: Fox has ordered a pilot for a comedy about lawyers starring Lowe called The Grinder. He’s also set to star in a 10-part NBC series called Apocalypse Slaugh with Jenna Fischer and Megan Mullally.

    On the silver screen, he will appear in the summer film Monster Trucks with Danny Glover.

  • Retta

    Retta attends "Parks And Recreation" EMMY Screening at Leonard Goldenson Theatre on May 23, 2011 in Hollywood.
    Craig Barritt—WireImage

    Retta, who has guest starred on The Kroll Show, Drunk History and Key and Peele in the last year, is rumored to be starring in a movie called Tax Season in 2015. It’s safe to assume that she will continue with her other calling: live-tweeting shows like Scandal.

  • Jim O’Heir

    Actor Jim O'Heir attends the "Parks And Recreation" Emmy screening at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on May 19, 2010 in Hollywood.
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    Jim O’Heir has roles in seven movies lined up, according to IMDb, including a movie about two high schoolers who end up in the wrong car for a field trip called Bad Night starring Happy Endings’ Casey Wilson and 30 Rock‘s Jack McBrayer.

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