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Fresh off covering Miss America in Atlantic City, I swung by the “Chasing News” studio in Trenton to join a panel on the notion that politics is permeating almost every type of content we consume, including both sports and entertainment.

Of course, my views here are just those – my views, and no one else’s. A big thanks to Chasing News for having me.

Lisa Lampanelli stopped by the studio on Friday to talk about “Stuffed,” her off-Broadway show that kicks off October 5 at Westside Theatre. Tickets are on-sale now here.

The insult comic also talked about her alma mater (hint: it’s also mine – Go Orange!), her time on “Celebrity Apprentice” with Donald Trump and much more.

DNCE is one of the more unlikely pop music success stories of the past 12 months. The band is comprised of a Jonas Brother, the brothers’ former backing drummer, a member of Semi-Precious Weapons and a woman who moved to the US from her native South Korea speaking no English and traveling with only her guitar.

A few chance meetings led to a sold-out tour, a four song EP, a top 10 hit and now a gig opening for Selena Gomez.

The story of Joe Jonas, his friend Jack Lawless, Cole Whittle and JinJoo Lee is about as unpredictable as it might seem. So of course it comes as no surprise that while breakout singles usually push up LP releases, the band has actually delayed its debut album due to the prolonged success of “Cake By The Ocean.”

“It’s only a good problem,” Jonas remarked after noting the original release target was spring (now he is thinking fall). “Now ‘Toothbrush’ is starting to take off, our second single, and we’re getting a lot of love from that.”
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The adoration is for more than simply another catchy song; the second from the band’s EP “SWAAY.” DNCE release the music video for the track with plus-sized model Ashley Graham cast as the main love interest. Graham is having a fantastic 2016; she already graced the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover.

“Ashley Graham is the hottest thing in the universe,” Whittle said, while also noting that he hoped to have Jonas’ role in the video. “We all have giant crushes on her. When we were talking about the video, that’s what you dream of when you’re 16, when you finally get to make a music video one day (and) you pick the hottest person in the world that you just kind of want to roll around in bed with all day.”

“I think we had an idea that people were going to talk about it because she’s really killing it right now. But our real thinking process was, ‘She’s amazing and beautiful,’” replied the lead singer when I asked if the band was prepared for a conversation about breaking down stereotypes to center around its music video. “Look, yeah, if we somehow change a standard with her for music videos, yunno knock on wood I think that’d be great. She’s a gorgeous woman and that’s what matters.”

DNCE’s four-track EP also includes “Pay My Rent” and “Jinx.” Jonas and company are trying out new songs, such as “Body Moves” and “Naked,” while on tour with his former fellow Disney star Gomez. The band’s trek on the “Revival Tour” continues throughout North America and will extend in to her Australian dates, wrapping on August 11.

And if DNCE’s history is any indication of its future, then the only thing that can be predicted is unpredictability.

PageSix.com Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell called in to the show on Monday. He had news on Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey and Aaron Carter – who apparently won’t be voting in the upcoming election because of Internet trolls.
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I met Paul O’Neill in May of 2009 at the now-closed Crowne Plaza in Secaucus. He was one of a number of former Yankees participating in an autograph signing held by memorabilia company MAB Celebrity.

If you have never been, basically you show up and purchase a ticket which allows you to obtain an autograph on an item of your choosing (you can provide said item or buy one there) from an athlete.
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Of course, being 30, I remember the ‘96 team and made some of my first trips to both Manhattan and Yankee Stadium during the championship run from 1998 to 2000. Growing up in Niagara Falls, I would also frequently drive up to Toronto so I could watch the Yankees play the Blue Jays in the then-SkyDome.

Anyone who followed those teams loved Paul O’Neill. He was as George Steinbrenner so notoriously dubbed him, “The Warrior.” He always left it all on the field and certainly racked up his fair share of clutch hits and memorable moments in route to helping the Bombers secure four World Series championships.

On the field, he was as intense as they come (just ask the water coolers in the dugouts that felt his wrath following a strike out or missed opportunity). But off the field, O’Neill is now known as a pretty fun-loving guy, mostly due to the personality he showcases as a color commentator in-game on the YES Network.

So when I met him, I asked him why Michael Kay and the other guys in the booth rib on him so much for always talking about collecting free swag, like clothes and equipment. He got a kick out of that and we had a good laugh before he signed my 8×10.
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If I ran in to O’Neill tomorrow, I’d ask him something similar: perhaps jokingly inquiring how he puts up with Kay and David Cone for a full season of broadcasts. Maybe I would want to discuss what the team’s chances of a playoff run are this year. I might even see if he has any favorite spots in my neighborhood, the Upper West Side.

You know what I wouldn’t ask him? His views on politics. Want to know why? I don’t care, and quite frankly it’s none of my business.

As a fan that buys tickets and merchandise and invests time in to following the team, the only thing O’Neill “owed” me and anyone else in Yankees Universe was effort and integrity. I wasn’t supporting him because I thought he was going to lower taxes and feed the homeless, I cheered for him because I wanted the Yankees to win. That’s something we received from “The Warrior” ten-fold. He helped bring us four rings and never compromised the Yankee tradition us fans adore.

But the overriding issue here is the lack of perspective we have in regards to the opinions we value. The guy we’re talking about is a retired baseball player. He is not an elected official, nor does he work in the public sector. He’s an American citizen who talks about sports on TV. I love Paul O’Neill, but like the Starbucks red cups had zero effect on my celebration of Christmas, number 21’s pick for President will have no impact on my own political views.


If O’Neill ever cheated or abused drugs or committed an act of domestic violence, then I’d certainly revisit his canonization in the Bronx. I’d lead the way on the “Appall O’Neill” headlines. But until then, I’m not holding O’Neill’s political preferences against him the same way I’m not judging Mayor de Blasio based on his baseball allegiances or for that matter, judging “The Boss” over who he liked to hang around with in his day.

Because you know Trump and Steinbrenner were good friends, right?

I spent another Monday on HLN’s “The Daily Share” talking about #MondayMotivation, #AskTrump, the Dallas Cowboys and Sunday night’s Emmys. Fun times as always; big thanks to HLN for having me!

An early call time in Times Square is a little easier to wake up for when you’re interviewing Miss America and contestants vying for the 2016 crown. “Ralphie Tonight” spoke with Kira Kazantsev and a few women that hope to follow in her footsteps after they appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
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The 2016 Miss America Competition airs on Sunday September 13 at 9/8c on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

“Extra” New York City correspondent AJ Calloway swung by “Ralphie Tonight” to chat about his recent exclusive interview with Donald Trump outside of Trump Towers and his sit down with Zac Efron, who received a surprise from his publicist, via The Rock, during the interview.

Watch “Extra” weeknights at 7 p.m. on WNBC and catch AJ interviewing the stars at H&M Times Square.

77WABC and “The Gunz Show” host Gunz checked in for this week’s “Weekend Scoop,” recapping the previous night’s GOP Presidential Debate and talking about a couple bands he’s feeling at the moment.

Catch Gunz on our sister station, 77WABC, and on his music radio show airing at idobi.com.

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“Extra” New York City correspondent AJ Calloway swung by “Ralphie Tonight” to talk about a few big stories of the week – including AJ’s interview just the day before with actor Ryan Reynolds. Calloway also talked about the recent breakup of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick along with the latest regarding the Miss USA competition and Donald Trump.
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