Here are this week’s pop culture winners and losers

Published December 22 2017


Catt Sadler
The E! News host has spoken out against gender pay inequality, and has decided to leave Daily Pop and E! News after learning her male co-host, who was hired at the same time, made nearly double her salary.  After negotiations with the network were denied, Sadler wrote about her decision to leave on her blog, writing that she was inspired by the #metoo movement and wanted to set a good example for her two children. "Countless brave women have come forward this year to speak their truth. Females refuse to remain silent on issues that matter most because without our voices, how will we invoke lasting change? How can we make it better for the next generation of girls if we do not stand for what is fair and just today?"
Gal Gadot
The Wonder Woman star is being honored with the #SeeHer Award at the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards. The award, given by the Association of National Advertisers and The CW,  honors women who "push boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape."

"We're honored to recognize Gal this year with the second annual #SeeHer Award," ANA  CEO Bob Liodice said in a statement. "Not only was she able to challenge stereotypes in film and find success by starring in one of the biggest blockbusters this year, she also used that success to shine a light on her own industry and push the boundaries on gender equality in real life."
John Legend
The Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner will star as Jesus Christ in NBC's live production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Fingers crossed he wins an Emmy, if anyone deserves the EGOT, it's Legend. "I'm thrilled to join the cast of this production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!," Legend said in a statement. "It's such a powerful, meaningful musical and I'm humbled to be part of this performance. We've already formed an incredible team, and, as we finish casting, I'm certain we will put together some of the greatest talents around to do this work justice." The musical will air Easter Sunday, April 1.
Rob Lowe
The Parks and Rec actor served up a home-cooked meal to the firefighters working to keep the Thomas Fire from spreading. "Dinner for new friends at our house," he captioned an Instagram photo.


Matt Damon
Oh Matt, Matt, Matt. The actor stumbled into hot water this week after giving his take on the epidemic of sexual assault in Hollywood. After saying that there is a "spectrum" of sexual violence, Twitter criticized Damon for mansplaining and minimizing certain types of assault. "There are different stages of cancer. Some more treatable than others. But it's still cancer," Alyssa Milano tweeted. Damon's ex and Good Will Hunting co-star Minnie Driver also weighed in, saying "you can't  tell women about their abuse." Damon also said there should be more coverage of all the men who haven't been accused of sexual assault. "How about we NOT celebrate men who are simply decent human beings. Stay on track, Matt. It's not about you," tweeted Debra Messing.
T.J. Miller and Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Adult film actor Dana Dearmond has accused actor T.J. Miller and Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts of sexual harassment in a series of tweets. "I wonder if Jordan Vogt-Roberts was a creep to anyone else. After wrapping mash up he invited me for drinks. I thought he was polite when he walked me to my car. He leaned in for a kiss. I said "no thank you" he replied "don't make this weird" and kissed me anyway," she tweeted. Miller, best known for Silicon Valley, was also accused of sexually assaulting a punching a woman he went to college with this week. In a joint statement with his wife, Kate Gorney,  Miller said the woman "was asked to leave our university comedy group because of worrisome and disturbing behavior," and that she "attempted to break us up back then by plotting for over a year before making contradictory claims and accusations. "

Mamma Mia!
Yes, I've been brokenhearted. The highly anticipated sequel to the 2008 smash hit musical released its first trailer. The clip shows Sophie, still played by Amanda Seyfried, telling her mom's friends Rosie and Tanya that she's pregnant and she doesn't know how she can do it alone. Then there is another clip: "Your mother was the bravest person we ever knew." The rest of the trailer only shows Donna, played by Meryl Streep, in flashbacks. And fans rightfully freaked out. They just up and killed Meryl? "Not to be dramatic but if donna sheridan is dead then so am i," wrote one Twitter user. "If donna is dead in mamma mia 2 then 2018 is cancelled," wrote another.

In other news…

Baby news: Mindy Kaling, 38, welcomed her first child, a girl named Katherine Swati Kaling, on Friday. The middle name is in honor of Kaling's mother, who died in 2012 from pancreatic cancer.
Baby news: The long rumored pregnancy has finally been confirmed. Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson announced the news on Instagram with a photo of her bump.
Baby news: Eva Longoria is expecting her first child, a boy, with husband Jose Bastón.
Arrested: Track Palin, Sarah Palin's son, was arrested on charges of assault and burglary Saturday after an altercation with his father, Todd Palin. Track, 28, was granted house arrest Wednesday.
Arrested: Glee Star Mark Salling plead guilty to possession of child pornography Monday. He will be sentenced in March.