Chen's decision is effective immediately, and she is expected to say goodbye to the morning show's viewers via videotaped message Tuesday.
Chen has been a no show on the The Talk since her husband left the network last week. She did, however, return to host Big Brother Thursday evening and signed off by saying, "I'm Julie Chen Moonves." She is expected to continue to host CBS' Big Brother.
She has defended her husband since the accusations from another group of six more women; these new accusations of sexual harassment were made in a follow-up article by Ronan Farrow published in The New Yorker.
The TV personality had called Moonves a "good man, a loving father" and a "kind, decent, and moral human being," adding on her chat show that she "stands by that statement today, tomorrow, forever."
NBCUniversal(LOS ANGELES) -- Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che hosted Monday night's 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and you would have been forgiven if you thought you were watching a three-hour-long episode of SNL.
In need of comedic talent to keep the show lively, Jost and Che brought out a cavalcade of SNL stars past and present to help out, including Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson. To top it off, Saturday Night Live ended up winning the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.
The show began with McKinnon and Thompson raving about the diversity of this year's nominees, with Thompson declaring, "We solved it!" McKinnon responded, "Seriously? Diversity is not a problem in Hollywood anymore?" "Nope, we solved it!" crowed Kenan. The two then launched into a number called "We Solved It," joined by Sterling K. Brown, Titus Burgess, John Legend, Kristen Bell and Ricky Martin.
"We've gotten with the times/There's room for all our voices, but mostly Shonda Rhimes," went the lyrics. "Welcome Asian people, we gave you that one show/Who can forget the amazing Sandra Oh?"
Referring to the rash of #MeToo firings in Hollywood, Bell sang, "We solved it, banished every creep who broke the law/And now they're serving hard time in that Arizona spa." Then, seemingly referencing Louis CK's return to stand-up, Burgess sang "We solved it/Won't cut them any slack/They've been away nine long months/Now let them all come back."
And Brown poked fun at Hollywood's own echo chamber existence by singing, “This room is so diverse/From Democrat to liberal Democrat!”
When Andy Samberg dropped in and asked, "Is there any room in this song for a straight white guy like me?" the answer was no. But eventually, RuPaul showed up with a telephone. Thompson picked up, listened, and then said, "Oh, we did not solve it? Long way to go? Yeah, O.K."
When Che and Jost finally took the stage, their monologue was pretty much what they do every week on Weekend Update. Here are a few of their better lines:
--"This year the audience is allowed to drink in their seats, because the one thing Hollywood needs right now is people losing their inhibitions at a work function."
--"It is an honor to be here, sharing this night with the many, many talented and creative people in Hollywood who haven't been caught yet."
--"The first Emmys were held in 1949...Gas was 17 cents a gallon, a new home cost $7,000 and we all agreed that Nazis were bad."
--"Our network, NBC, has the most nominations of any broadcast network. Which is kind of being like the sexiest person on life support, it's not great."
--Speaking about the cancellations and pickups of shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Last Man Standing: "And Roseanne was canceled by herself, but picked up by white nationalists."
--"Congratulations to Laurie Metcalf...You know how great an actress you have to be to get nominated for Roseannenow? That's like nominating a cop for a BET award -- it doesn't happen."
--"This year, Netflix will spend $8 billion on programming....How is Netflix getting all that money? It's like $9 a month and everyone I know is sharing the same account!"
Later in the show, Michael Che had an amusing segment called the Reparation Emmys, where he went around handing out Emmys -- stolen from Bill Cosby -- to famous black character actors who'd never been recognized, such as Marla Gibbs from The Jeffersons, Jaleel White from Family Matters, Jimmie Walker from Good Times, and Kadeem Hardison from A Different World.
"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" star Rachel Brosnahan; Paul Drinkwater/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The most historical moment at Monday night's 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards wasn't a shocking win or loss, or a newsworthy comment from a famous actor or actress: It was a good old-fashioned surprise proposal.
After Glenn Weiss won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special -- The Oscars ceremony -- he mentioned his recently departed mother and how much she loved Weiss' girlfriend, Jan Svendsen. Then he said, "You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.”
As the audience went nuts, Svendsen shouted "yes" from the audience, and as she walked up to the stage Weiss joked, "I didn't ask yet!" When she made it there, Weiss pulled out a ring "that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago," got down on one knee and said, "Jan, I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger in front of all these people and in front of my mom and your parents watching from above. Will you marry me?” Of course she said yes, and the two kissed onstage in front of everyone. It was an Emmy first.
Speaking of Emmy firsts, the show was full of first-time winners: Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was named Outstanding Comedy Series its first year out, and its co-star Rachel Brosnahan also won her first Emmy, for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.
The Americans' Matthew Rhys picked up the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama award and The Crown's Claire Foy was named Outstanding Actress -- it was both actors' first win. Westworld's Thandie Newton, The Assassination of Gianni Versace's Darren Criss, Barry's Bill Hader and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Supporting Actress winner Alex Borstein were all first-time winners, as was The Fonz himself, Henry Winkler, for his supporting role in Barry, 42 years after he was first nominated for starring as The Fonz in Happy Days.
Accepting his award, a very pleased Winkler said someone once told him, "If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you. And tonight, I got to clear the table!"
When Rhys won, he thanked his co-star and real-life romantic partner Keri Russell, but joked, "She said, 'If you propose to me, I'll punch you clean in the mouth!'"
It would have been another Emmy first had Netflix won the most awards, but the streaming service, which went into the ceremony with the most nominations of any platform, tied with HBO: Each won a total of 23 awards.
HBO's Game of Thrones was the night's biggest winner overall, with nine total trophies, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage. Netflix's most awarded series was The Crown, which scored five wins.
While the nominees for this year's Emmy Awards were the most diverse ever, the winners themselves weren't particularly diverse. Just three stars of color -- Thandie Newton, Regina King and RuPaul -- took the stage as winners during Monday night's ceremony, though many more won last weekend at the Creative Artist Emmys, including John Legend, Tiffany Haddish and Katt Williams.
However, the Emmys for Writing and Directing for a Comedy Series were both won by a woman -- the same woman, actually: Amy Sherman-Palladino, for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, another first.
And while there were a number of #MeToo jokes, surprisingly, the hosts, presenters and winners mostly stayed away from politics, although Rachel Brosnahan urged everyone to register to vote, and there were a few very vague references made to President Donald Trump.
NBCUniversal(LOS ANGELES) -- The 70th annual Emmy Awards, hosted this year by SNL's Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che, air Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC -- and competition in this year of so-called "peak TV" is stiff in the major categories.
For the first time, Netflix is going into the Emmys with more nominations than HBO: 112 to HBO's 108. HBO had had the most nominations of any network for seventeen years straight. There's also a chance for some more history to be made.
Both Tracee Ellis-Ross and Issa Rae are nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for, respectively, black-ish and Insecure. If either one of them wins, it would be the first comedy actress win for a black woman since 1981.
Meanwhile, Sandra Oh is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Killing Eve, and she's the first Asian woman nominated in this category. A win would be equally historic.
As for the guys, last year, Sterling K. Brown made history when he became the first black actor to win Best Actor in a Drama. He could repeat this year, but he's up against Westworld's Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris, Milo Ventimiglia from This Is Us, and Jason Bateman, for his Netflix show Ozark.
In the comedy series category, nobody's had a better year than Atlanta creator and previous Emmy winner Donald Glover, who's also a movie star and a Grammy-winning recording artist. Also in the running: Bill Hader's HBO's series Barry, previous winner Curb Your Enthusiasm, Silicon Valley, and Netflix's GLOW and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Also coming on strong: Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which earned lead Rachel Brosnahan a Best Actress Emmy last year.
Could last year's Outstanding Drama winner The Handmaid's Tale, repeat? Some fans griped that dystopian drama suffered a bit of a sophomore slump. If so, that possibly could pave the way for NBC's powerhouse This Is Us, Netflix's Stranger Things, or HBO's Westworld in the drama category, but The Crown and Game of Thrones are also in that mix.
And then there's FX's recently-ended drama The Americans, which has won acclaim, but no major category Emmys...yet. With four nominations this time around -- including Outstanding Drama and Best Actor and Actress for co-stars and real-life partners Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell -- the show many finally be due.
Here's the list of nominees in the major categories. A full list can be found here:
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Donald Glover - Atlanta Bill Hader - Barry Anthony Anderson - black-ish William H. Macy - Shameless Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm Ted Danson - The Good Place
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Pamela Adlon - Better Things Rachel Brosnahan - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Allison Janney - Mom Issa Rae - Insecure Tracee Ellis Ross - black-ish Lily Tomlin - Grace And Frankie
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Claire Foy - The Crown Tatiana Maslany - Orphan Black Elisabeth Moss - The Handmaid's Tale Sandra Oh - Killing Eve Keri Russell - The Americans Evan Rachel Wood - Westworld
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Jason Bateman - Ozark Sterling K. Brown - This Is Us Ed Harris - Westworld Matthew Rhys - The Americans Milo Ventimiglia - This Is Us Jeffrey Wright - Westworld
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series: Jessica Biel - The Sinner Laura Dern - The Tale Michelle Dockery - Godless Edie Falco - Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders Regina King - Seven Seconds Sarah Paulson - American Horror Story: Cult
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series: Antonio Banderas - Genius: Picasso Darren Criss - The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Benedict Cumberbatch - Patrick Melrose Jeff Daniels - The Looming Tower John Legend - Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert Jesse Plemons - "USS Callister" (Black Mirror) Jeff Daniels - The Looming Tower
Outstanding Comedy Series Atlanta (FX) Barry (HBO) Black-ish (ABC) Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) GLOW (Netflix) The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) Silicon Valley (HBO) The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Outstanding Drama Series The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) Game of Thrones (HBO) This Is Us (NBC) The Crown (Netflix) The Americans (FX) Stranger Things (Netflix) Westworld (HBO)
ET Canada reports that Twitter Canada tracked the mentions of stars and movies during the festival earlier this month, and Gaga came out on top all around. She was the most tweeted-about star at the festival, and her new movie A Star Is Born was the most-mentioned film on Twitter.
In addition, Gaga was the main attraction at the festival's most-tweeted moment: The red carpet for A Star Is Born. The press conference promoting the film, which also featured Gaga, was the festival's second most-tweeted moment.
Gaga's Star Is Born co-star and director Bradley Cooper was the third most-mentioned star of the festival, behind Timothée Chalamet, star of the new film Beautiful Boy.
Other stars who made the list include Robert Pattinson, Steve Carell, Chris Pine, Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts, all of whom were there to promote their new projects.
A Star Is Born arrives in theaters October 5; the soundtrack, featuring Gaga and Cooper, is released the same day. The Oscar buzz for the project is already reaching deafening levels.
ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- After Katt Williams dismissed Tiffany Haddish's comedic skills in a recent interview, Haddish and Kevin Hart are both hitting back at Williams with some classy responses.
In the interview, Williams criticized Haddish's celebrity status, saying she's hasn't yet proven her comedic abilities.
“You can’t tell me your favorite Tiffany Haddish joke. Why? Because she ain’t done a tour yet,” Williams said. “She ain’t done a special, she has not proven the ability to tell jokes back-to-back for an hour to nobody. And they all ready to down Mo’Niqueand up somebody who has shown them Girls Trip. Do you think she wrote Girls Trip, goofball?”
However, Katt is incorrect: Haddish debuted her first stand-up comedy special, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood last year on Showtime. She's also signed a deal with Netflix for a new one-hour special, set to launch in early 2019.
After Williams' comments went viral, Hart took to Instagram Live, captured by Hollywood Unlocked, to defend his Night School co-star.
“I have to embrace my sister when other people are choosing to frown and make an attempt to sh** on my sister’s bright light,” Hart said.
Without mentioning Katt's name, he continued, “At the height of her career when most should applaud when most should celebrate, some choose to down.”
Haddish, who won her first Emmy last weekend -- as did Williams -- decided to take the high road in her response to Williams’ comments.
“It’s official I made it! [Katt Williams] talked about me and didn’t have his facts right!” she tweeted. “I look forward to seeing you on Monday, Katt, when we pick up our Emmys. I just want to shower you with REAL love cause you need it, and I love you.”
Henry Golding, Constance Wu - ABC/Paul Hebert(NEW YORK) -- Henry Golding landed two starring roles for his first two films ever -- in the mega box office hit Crazy Rich Asians and the just-released thriller A Simple Favor -- but don’t think the newfound fame and "heartthrob" status are going to his head. Not if his wife has anything to do with it!
“Oh man she doesn’t stop teasing me about it,” he says of his wife of two years, Liv Lo. “Whenever she sees me on my phone, she’s like, ‘Oh you’re still checking to see if you’re still famous?’”
He adds that she’s been nothing but supportive with his whirlwind schedule these days.
“She doesn’t have a classic 9-to-5 either so she understands the need to have a very sporadic schedule,” he says. “So it’s a learning process for both of us, but I think we’re gonna enjoy the ride, we’re gonna see where this leads.”
While in real life his marriage is #relationshipgoals, his marriage in A Simple Favor is another story. He plays professor Sean Townsend, the husband to Blake Lively’s volatile Emily. When Emily goes missing, Sean strikes up a relationship with her best friend Stephanie, played by Anna Kendrick.
Golding says he enjoyed playing a character so different from good guy Nick Young in Crazy Rich Asians.
“Is he a bad guy? Is he a good guy? You don’t know,” he says of Sean. “So for me that was wonderful to play that, like a mysterious kind of Cary Grant in Suspicion. Not really knowing did he do it, didn’t he do it, what’s he done? So, yeah, it was great.”
FX(NEW YORK) -- Following in the footsteps of the highly-rated, Emmy-winning The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, producer Ryan Murphy's follow-up, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, could also win Emmy gold tonight.
Inspired by actual events, Assassination centers on the murder of the world-famous designer by Andrew Cunanan, a con man and brutal spree killer who murdered four people prior to killing Versace. He became the subject of a nationwide manhunt that landed him on the FBI's Most Wanted List before he fatally shot himself on July 23rd, 1997.
The drama has scored 18 Emmy nominations -- the most of any limited series this year -- including Outstanding Supporting Actor noms for Edgar Ramirez, who plays the doomed lead character, and Ricky Martin, who plays his lover. Penelope Cruz and Judith Light also were recognized in the Outstanding Supporting actress category.
Glee veteran Darren Criss was nominated in the lead actor category for playing Cunanan, and he tells ABC Radio what drew him to the part.
"I'm in the business of...feelings, and psychology," he explains. "So getting to get your hands on somebody who had such a massive array of emotions and, and thought processes that were so close to being the best of us, but were just 'off' enough to be the other side of that? That's fascinating."
He continues, "[Cunanan] was such a chameleonic liar that you just -- we just don't know what's true or what's not. So you have to...stick to the sort of emotional core of...things that happened to him, and...that happened to people around him."
The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- A bizarre confrontation reportedly unfolded last night between Apprentice creator Mark Burnett and actor Tom Arnold. The actor is hosting a new show called Hunt for the Trump Tapes, about his search for never-before-seen footage from President Trump's time on the NBC reality show.
At a pre-Emmys party, Arnold claims, he scuffled with the producer, who also created hits like Shark Tank and Survivor.
"Mark Burnett just went apes*** & choked me at this huge Emmy party then he ran away with his torn Pink shirt & missing gold chain," Arnold tweeted, adding, "I'm waiting for the LAPD."
However, Burnett's wife, actress Roma Downey, tweeted out a picture of a bruise she reportedly suffered as a result of what she called Arnold's "ambush."
She posted, "Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event. Is your TV show worth it. Tom please stop."
Arnold literally called B.S. on her claims, and added, "You lie your crazy husband attacked me you psycho. I’m filing police report & suing you for defamation."
The Hunt for the Trump tapes is scheduled to debut Tuesday on Vice, which has some witnesses wondering if the scuffle was a stunt to promote the show -- especially because both stars reportedly attended the event as planned after the alleged scuffle.
Arnold also claimed, "Kevin Bacon is a reliable brawl witness."
Burnett has maintained that no such controversial tapes of Trump exist, but claims he can't release the unedited footage of the show for legal reasons.
Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans got our first look at Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in the as yet untitled origin film on Sunday, though the name of the character's alter ego is making headlines, too.
The movie's co-writer and director, Todd Phillips shared a picture of Phoenix, sans makeup, on Instagram, along with the caption, "Arthur" -- presumably the villain's name before becoming Batman's archnemesis.
Interestingly, it was famous comic book fan Kevin Smith who noticed something about this version of the Joker's name. He posted to Twitter: "Apparently, in the forthcoming #Joker movie, the Joker’s real name is Arthur Fleck. As in A. Fleck. Now THAT’S funny." Of course, Smith's buddy Ben Affleck was the most recent star to don the Dark Knight's cape and cowl, though rumor is he won't be reprising again for another project called The Batman.
Deadline reports Robert De Niro is reportedly in talks to co-star alongside Phoenix, in Joker, which is slated for a 2019 release.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Matthew Perry revealed this weekend that he's been in the hospital for the past three months recovering from gastrointestinal surgery.
In his first tweet in six months, the former Friends actor wrote, "Three months in a hospital. Check."
A source tells People that Perry is "going home finally."
The news comes a month after his rep released a statement explaining Perry "underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair a gastrointestinal perforation.”
“He is grateful for the concern and asks for continued privacy as he [heals],” the statement read.
A gastrointestinal perforation is when someone develops a hole in their stomach, large intestine, or small intestine. It can be caused by a number of diseases or an outside wound. Recovery usually takes a few months.
Perry has been vocal about his health issues throughout his career, including his addiction to drugs and alcohol.
“I couldn’t stop,” Perry said in an interview with People back in 2013. “Eventually things got so bad that I couldn’t hide it, and then everybody knew.”
Perry added, “Getting sober is a really hard thing to do."
Photo by Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of Woody Allen, is speaking out in defense of the filmmaker in response to sexual assault claims lodged against him by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow and ex-partner Mia Farrow, and that she suffered years of abuse at the hands of her mother.
In an article published in New York Magazine's website, Vulture, Previn -- the adopted daughter of Farrow and Andre Previn -- says she was "never interested in writing a Mommie Dearest, getting even with Mia -- none of that," explaining that "what's happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust.
Previn accuses Mia of "taking advantage of the #MeToo movement and parading Dylan as a victim."
Dylan denies the accusations in a statement to Vulture, calling implications she was manipulated by her mom Mia "offensive."
"This only serves to revictimize me. Thanks to my mother, I grew up in a wonderful home," adds Dylan.
Daphne Merkin, who wrote the Vulture story acknowledges that she's been "friends with Allen for over four decades."
Dylan's brother Ronan, also issued a statement, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, in response to the story, praising Mia as "a devoted mom who went through hell for her family all while creating a loving home for us." He accuses Woody of "planting stories that attack and vilify my mother to deflect from my sister’s credible allegation of abuse."
"As a brother and a son," he continues, "I’m angry that New York Magazine would participate in this kind of a hit job, written by a longtime admirer and friend of Woody Allen’s."
Dylan also tweeted a lengthy statement, lashing out at the magazine.
"The idea of letting a friend of an alleged predator write a one-sided piece attacking the credibility of his victim is disgusting.
A rep for the magazine defended the article in a statement obtained by THR, noting, "Daphne Merkin’s relationship to Woody Allen is disclosed and is a part of the story, as is Soon-Yi’s reason for speaking out now. I would add that Daphne approached Soon-Yi about doing this piece, not vice-versa. We reached out to both Mia and Dylan Farrow for comment; Dylan chose to speak through her representative. The story is transparent about being told from Soon-Yi’s point of view."
Allen has long denied the allegations of sexual abuse, which were first leveled in 1993.
Soon-Yi also alleges in the Vulture story that her mother abused her as a child, claiming, among other things, that Mia became impatient with her while trying to teach her the alphabet to the point of throwing wooden blocks "at me or down on the floor."
Added Previn, "Who can learn under that pressure?"
Previn -- now 47 -- reportedly began dating the 82-year-old Allen when she was around 21. They married in 1997.
20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- The Predator topped the weekend box office, delivering an estimated $24 million in its opening weekend -- marking the lowest debut for a live-action film opening in over 4,000 theaters. Even 2010's Predatorswhich opened in 2,669 theaters, did better, earning $24.76 million.
Overseas, the sci-fi film -- starring Trevante Rhodes, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn and Boyd Holbrook -- grabbed $30.7 million.
The Nun dropped to second place in its second week of release, with an estimated $18.2 million and is on the verge of becoming the fourth film in The Conjuring franchise to top $100 million domestically. Internationally, the sci-fi horror flick added $33.1 million, bringing its worldwide totals to $143.6 million.
The second of this weekend's new releases, A Simple Favor, starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, bowed in third place with an estimated $16 million haul. It was followed in fourth place by another newcomer, Matthew McConaughey's White Boy Rick, delivering an estimated $8.7 million.
Rounding out the top five was Crazy Rich Asians, earning an estimated $8.7 million, bringing its domestic totals to just under $150 million.
The weekend's final major release, Unbroken: Path to Redemption, posted a disappointing ninth place finish, earning an estimated $2.35 million.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:
1. The Predator, $24 million 2. The Nun, $18.2 million 3. A Simple Favor, $16 million 4. White Boy Rick, $8.8 million 5. Crazy Rich Asians, $8.7 million 6. Peppermint, $6 million 7. The Meg, $3.8 million 8. Searching, $3.2 million 9. Unbroken: Path to Redemption, $2.35 million 10. Mission: Impossible -- Fallout, $2.3 million
ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(ATLANTA) -- Hurricane Florence has officially grounded the Falcon.
On Comic Con Africa's official Instagram page, Avengers star Anthony Mackie announced he had to cancel his scheduled appearance at the event in South Africa due to Hurricane Florence's making landfall in the U.S.
"I'm so sorry I couldn't make it," Mackie said in the message to fans attending the three-day comic book and pop culture convention, which started on Friday.
"With all the weather, traveling across the Atlantic — it kind of pushed my plans back a little bit," Mackie continued.
In the caption of the post, event organizers promised to make it up to his fans.
"Fans who purchased autograph sessions and photo ops will be able to attain a refund or swap the ticket for another guest," the caption read.
Anthony is the third major star to withdraw from the festival. Aquaman star Jason Momoa and Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica actor Rick Worthy previously cancelled their appearances as well.
Comic Con Africa takes place today through Sunday at the Kyalami Grand Prix and International Convention Centre. Other stars set to appear include The Big Bang Theory’s Kevin Sussman and American Gods star Demore Barnes.