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Country music star Morgan Wallen arrested on felony charges, smiles in mug shot

Country music star Morgan Wallen was arrested in Nashville, Tennessee after allegedly throwing a chair off a rooftop bar on Sunday night, Fox News Digital can confirm.

Court documents show Wallen, 30, has been charged with three counts of reckless endangerment and one count of disorderly conduct. The incident happened just days after Wallen began his One Night At A Time 2024 tour with a pair of shows in Indianapolis.

“At 10:53 p.m. Sunday evening Morgan Wallen was arrested in downtown Nashville for reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. He is cooperating fully with authorities,” Wallen’s attorney Worrick Robinson told Fox News Digital.

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The singer was booked for the arrest at 12:36 am, then was released at 3:29am. His bond was listed at $15,250.

Wallen’s mugshot for the arrest was shared by the Metro Nashville Police Department on X, formerly Twitter. In the photo, the singer can be seen giving a wide smile.

Along with the mugshot, they shared, “Country artist Morgan Wallen, 30, was booked early today on 3 cts of felony reckless endangerment and 1 ct of misdemeanor disorderly conduct for throwing a chair from the rooftop of Chief’s Bar Sun night. The chair landed on Broadway, close to 2 MNPD officers. His bond: $15,250.”

An arrest report said some Nashville police officers were standing in front of Chief’s Bar on Broadway on Sunday night when a chair fell from above, landing just feet away from them, according to WTVF. The Eric Church-backed bar just opened its doors for the first time on Friday, April 5.

Staff at the venue then told police that Wallen had tossed the chair from the sixth floor, WTVF reported, citing the police document.

The arrest report also stated that police viewed video showing Wallen “lunging and throwing an object over the roof,” according to WTVF.

Court documents show Wallen’s first court appearance has been set for the morning of May 3. Later that night, he has a scheduled concert at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. 

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Banking CEO warns to brace for impact as wallets take a hit, going from bad to worse

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon on Monday warned that excessive government spending in the U.S. may continue to fuel both high inflation and interest rates.

In his annual letter to shareholders, the chief executive of America’s largest bank offered his assessment on the state of the U.S. economy, the odds of a soft landing and the outlook for artifical intelligence. 

“It is important to note that the economy is being fueled by large amounts of government deficit spending and past stimulus,” Dimon wrote. “There is also a growing need for increased spending as we continue transitioning to a greener economy, restructuring global supply chains, boosting military expenditure and battling rising health care costs.” 

“This may lead to stickier inflation and higher rates than markets expect,” he added.

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Dimon’s comments come as Federal Reserve policymakers weigh when to start cutting interest rates amid concerns that progress on inflation has stalled. While inflation has fallen considerably from a peak of 9.1%, progress has largely flatlined since the summer. 

Investors have steadily dialed back their expectations as central bank officials signal they are in no rush to cut, and that incoming economic data will guide their decision. 

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Hiking interest rates creates higher rates on consumer and business loans, which then slows the economy by forcing employers to cut back on spending. Higher rates have helped push the average rate on a 30-year mortgage above 8% for the first time in decades. Borrowing costs for everything from home equity lines of credit, auto loans and credit cards have also spiked. 

Yet the rapid rise in rates has not stopped consumers from spending or businesses from hiring, buoying hopes on Wall Street that the U.S. economy can avert a recession. Additionally, the S&P 500, the broadest measure of the U.S. stock market, is hovering at an all-time high. 

Dimon, however, sounded a more skeptical note about the odds of a soft landing.

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“These markets seem to be pricing in at a 70% to 80% chance of a soft landing – modest growth along with declining inflation and interest rates,” he wrote. “I believe the odds are a lot lower than that.”

Although the economy has proven to be resilient, Dimon expressed concern that the government is helping to keep it afloat with large amounts of spending.

The deficits today, he said, “are even larger and occurring in boom times – not as the result of a recession – and they have been supported by quantitative easing, which was never done before the great financial crisis.”

Dimon also touched on the potential impact that AI has to transform the economy, and the world. 

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“We are completely convinced the consequences will be extraordinary and possibly as transformational as some of the major technological inventions of the past several hundred years: Think the printing press, the steam engine, electricity, computing and the Internet, among others,” he wrote.

Caitlin Clark’s final 3-word farewell to Iowa as collegiate career comes to end

Iowa Hawkeyes star Caitlin Clark fired off a final farewell to the women’s basketball program and the school she helped elevate over the last four years.

Following an 87-75 loss to the Gamecocks in the national championship on Sunday, Clark posted a photo of her black Iowa jersey and her yellow sneakers with a simple three-word message.

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“I’ll miss ya,” she wrote.

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Clark gave it her best shot, but the Gamecocks were just too much. She scored 30 points on 10 of 28 from the floor, including five made 3-pointers. She got Iowa off to a hot start with a seven-point lead in the first quarter, but South Carolina clawed back in the second.

The Gamecocks continued to pile on throughout the second half and played tough defense on Clark and the rest of her Iowa teammates. At the end of the night, Clark and the Hawkeyes watched the confetti fall on South Carolina as they celebrated their second title in three years.

In eight days, Clark will lead the next generation of WNBA superstars. She’s likely to be the No. 1 overall pick when the draft begins.

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“The emotions will probably hit me over the next couple days,” she said. “I don’t have much time to sit around and sulk and be upset. I don’t think that’s what I’m about either. Yeah, I’m sad we lost this game, but I’m also so proud of myself, I’m so proud of my teammates, I’m so proud of this program. There’s a lot to be proud of.”

Clark was credited over the last two seasons with helping to lift women’s basketball to new heights.

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley took time out of the team’s celebration to praise Clark.

“I want to personally thank Caitlin Clark for lifting up our sport,” Staley said. “She carried a heavy load for our sport, and it is not going to stop here on a collegiate tour. When she’s the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft, she’s going to lift that league up as well.”

“So, Caitlin Clark, if you’re out there, you are one of the GOATs (greatest of all time) of our game, and we appreciate you.”

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Clark ends her career as the all-time leader in NCAA scoring.

Fox News’ Scott Thompson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Previous all-time scorer claims she still holds NCAA record, despite Caitlin Clark beating it

As Caitlin Clark plays the final game of her illustrious career for the Iowa Hawkeyes, Lynette Woodard, the previous all-time scoring leader in major women’s college basketball, believes her record still stands. 

Woodard was present at the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association convention in Cleveland for the women’s Final Four, where she wanted to “get the elephant out of the room” while speaking.

“I am the hidden figure, but no longer now,” the Hall of Famer said. “My record was hidden from everyone for 43 years. … I don’t think my record has been broken because you can’t duplicate what you’re not duplicating. So, unless you come with a men’s basketball and a 2-point shot, you know … but just for you, so you can understand, so you can help me spread that word.”

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Woodard tallied 3,649 points in four seasons with the Kansas Jayhawks from 1977 to 1981, and her argument that her total should still stand comes from the fact that there was no three-point line as well as other regulations. 

Woodard mentioned the men’s basketball, which is what was used in the women’s game then, unlike today, because it was a different size. 

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But Clark has obviously used the three-pointer to her advantage over her college career, draining 543 of them heading into the national championship game against South Carolina on Sunday. She has 3,921 points and counting.

When Clark passed Woodard, the Hawkeyes invited her to a game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, where she gave Clark her flowers.

“I don’t think Lynette Woodard would have had this moment without Caitlin Clark, so I’ve got to give it right back to her,” Woodard said then.

Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder made sure to recognize Woodard in February when Clark broke her record. Bluder advocated for the NCAA to acknowledge Woodard’s points total, which was a part of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, making them not a part of the organization when Clark broke the record.

Clark’s points total will continue to build in her final game against the Gamecocks; the WNBA’s projected No. 1 pick later this year averages 28.4 points per game in her career, including 31.7 in her senior season this year.

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She also has 1,139 career assists, averaging 8.3 over her career, including 9.0 this season.

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Sheriff doesn’t mince words, calls out Dems’ ‘lie’ to voters as playing role in surge of violence

Riverside County, California, Sheriff Chad Bianco is helping lead an effort to reverse a 2012 ballot measure he says is directly contributing to the homelessness and crime crisis in the Golden State and is calling on Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to get on board.

“California, we’re in a very trying time right now when it comes to public safety and for the most part, from a law enforcement perspective, we can say that, we can attribute the majority of our issues that we are having, or at least, there’s some type of a correlation to them, to the passage of Prop 47 in 2012,” Bianco told Fox News Digital.

Prop 47, passed in 2012, reclassified a number of felonies, including retail and property theft, as misdemeanors. Under Prop 47, petty theft of goods valued under $950 is classified as a misdemeanor, even for multiple offenses. It also took a broad swath of narcotics possession offenses that were previously felonies and converted them to misdemeanors.

Bianco told Fox News Digital that voters were “lied to” about that measure, which he says has contributed to a deterioration in public safety.

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Quite frankly, we were lied to and misled by our state, in that the name and the description on the ballot was not something that we were getting,” Bianco explained. “We voted for a proposition that was named the Safe Schools and the Safe Streets Initiative and it contained absolutely nothing to do with safe streets or safe schools, and it was everything that is bad about public safety right now, directly contributing to the increase in homelessness, mental health and drug addiction. Directly resulted in what we see now in our serial theft cases, in our retail theft cases and issues in crime of residential burglaries and those types of things.”

The ballot measure Bianco is hoping will be on the ballot this November, which he calls the Homelessness, Drug Addiction and Theft Reduction Act, will undo the lowering of narcotics possession penalties from felonies to misdemeanors, will allow judges to recommend rehab for drug and substance abuse, and will allow prosecutors to add the value amount of multiple thefts together in order to meet the $950 threshold set by Prop 47 thus cracking down on serial thefts.

If you need help to get fixed, then we should be able to help you. If you just flat out refuse, and you’re going to continue to use drugs and cause us all to be victimized by your drug addiction and your theft and everything else, then you’re going to suffer the consequences of jail time,” Bianco said. 

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It’s just plain and simple. But the reality is, without consequences, there is no reason for anyone to change behavior, and we need to get past this feel good way of what our legislators are doing now in this, this notion that it’s somebody else’s fault and you’re not responsible for your own actions. We need to move past that, and we need to get back to a time of common sense that would tell us if we can put you in rehab and help you, then great. We’ve helped you. We’ve helped society. But otherwise, then you’re going to have to do jail time, so we stop you from victimizing the rest of us.”

Newsom has signaled he opposes the changes to Prop 47, which Bianco says is an example of a failure of leadership.

“The governor is going to have no choice but to get on board because this is 100% complete common sense,” Bianco said. “We have a complete failed political agenda in this state. It’s been a social experiment that has been led by the governor, from his time as mayor of San Francisco, into lieutenant governor and now governor, which has been made worse by our attorney general, who has absolutely no desire to fix any of these issues with crime and protect Californians.

Right now, they are against it because, in elementary terms, I guess they’re going to have to admit that Prop 47 was a disaster that they have tried to defend for years since its passing and the reality of a leader, a true leader, is someone that can say, ‘Look, we had good intentions of something, but, we had some unintended consequences that now we have to fix.’ That would have been a leadership way for our government to come out of this ahead. But instead, for the past 10 years, they have completely defended Prop 47. They have lied to the public.

While unveiling his budget plan earlier this year, Newsom took issue with the accusation he is unwilling to alter Prop 47 and made the case that the issue does not need to be sent back to the voters in November. Newsom also pointed to his plan to address the crime issue and suggested amending Prop 47 is not necessary.

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“So it’s not that,” the governor said, referring to a presentation slide showing that the $950 retail theft threshold is the 10th lowest in the nation. “Everyone I know is rushing to reform Prop 47 to raise the threshold, OK, that’s not the fundamental issue, the issue is the other issues that are not 47 related, the things we advanced yesterday and are working with the legislature on and that is the nature of retail theft has changed, it’s not just the onesie twosies, yes that’s an issue I don’t deny that that’s why we’ve put hundreds of millions of dollars up, but it’s also become deeply organized and that’s what we need to go after and that’s a whole different thing.”

Newsom continued, “I said this years go when someone said you gotta reform 47. I said I’m open to argument, interested in evidence. I’m not an idealogue on this. Remember, I’m the only guy that can say that, I’m the only one that has reformed Prop 47. I did a ballot initiative as it relates to the gun threshold and made that threshold a felony under $1,000 for possession of an illegal gun, so I’ve reformed it, only one with credibility on this, on that basis at least, and believe that we need to more and put hundreds of millions up, a lot of these same people criticizing us voted against those new dollars.”

Newsom said critics are using Prop 47 as an “excuse” and are “unaware” of some of the facts.

“I think it’s important to level with people,” Newsom added. “Again, not to say everything about 47 is hunky-dory and perfect. We want to fix some of the ambiguities, but we can do it without reforming or going back to the voters themselves. That’s what we proposed yesterday.”

Bianco rejected the notion that the issues with Prop 47 can be solved with new legislation or tweaks by officials in Sacramento and said politicians who support Prop 47 know it is unpopular in an election year and are simply placating voters by suggesting they have a plan to address the issue.

“They are coming up in this legislative session with bills that that appear on the surface to make the necessary changes that we’re trying to do with the proposition that we have for the ballot,” Bianco said. 

“Here is the problem. What they are telling us in the bills that they have introduced are hollow. The bills are, even if they pass them, they are not able to be enforced because Proposition 47 was a ballot initiative and laws created by voters. The only way we can fix that is by putting it back to the voters and have the voters fix it. We need to have this proposition passed so we can make the changes to Prop 47 that really are required for a better California.”

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Not all Democrats in California agree with Newsom, including San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who has offered her support of altering Prop 47 and believes it would make a positive difference.

“The Homelessness, Drug Addiction, and Theft Reduction Act will make targeted but impactful changes to our laws around fentanyl and help us tackle the chronic retail theft that hurts our retailers, our workers, and our cities,” Breed said. “I fully support this measure and know it will make a meaningful difference for cities across California.” 

Polling in the last few years has shown that the majority of Californians support changes to Prop 47 and Bianco told Fox News Digital that’s the way the majority of voters he talks to feel.

“The voters have had enough,” Bianco said. “The voters are tired of what we’re seeing on TV with these smash and grabs. They’re tired of having their property stolen. They’re tired of seeing major retail businesses close in California and move their businesses out of state. We are experiencing a crisis here and our government leaders are doing nothing to combat it.”

Organizers are currently gathering signatures for the proposition to meet the 546,000 signatures needed by the deadline later this month. Bianco says the campaign has “well over” enough signatures, but the final number won’t be known until the signatures are verified.

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Bianco says he is optimistic the measure will be on the ballot, but if it isn’t, the sheriff told Fox News Digital the crime situation will only get worse in the Golden State.

We will be doing nothing but going downhill further,” Bianco said. “Crime will just remain rampant. Drugs will remain rampant. The disaster that we have with fentanyl and fentanyl dealers will continue to grow. More and more people will die of fentanyl overdoses and poisonings, and the smash and grab theft, this emboldened movement of criminals, will just be, it’s just going to get worse and worse.

Viral video ignites online debate over the limits of customer service tolerance

Rude customers are a rite of passage for most customer service employees, but one small business owner turned the tables on an unruly patron after a disrespectful encounter went viral on social media. 

Cassie Tingley owns Love and Flour, a cake shop located in Fountain, Colorado. Tingley became a self-taught baker eight years ago and prides herself on her innovative use of ingredients to create unique designs for her customers. 

In March, Tingley found herself thrust into the national spotlight after a video that she posted to TikTok went viral. In the clip, Tingley can be heard speaking with a potential customer, but the conversation quickly turns sour after the buyer begins to make unreasonable demands for her cake order. 

“I need a cake for 120 [people] for tomorrow,” the woman, who remains unidentified, can be heard saying. “I need to have this done, it needs to be taken care of.” 

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The video, which Tingley began recording after the conversation turned hostile and has been viewed over 15 million times on the platform, continues as Tingley calmly tells the caller that she is unable to deliver a custom cake within the 12-hour timeframe. 

“It’s not going to happen with me, but there are other bakers around the city that can help you, maybe,” Tingley says to the woman. 

Tingley explained to Fox News Digital that it would take multiple days for her team to deliver a cake with the customer’s specifications and she requires advanced bookings for custom orders, making the request infeasible. For instance, the woman was requesting fresh red roses for the cake, which would require Tingley to outsource to a local florist – something that could not be achieved by the next morning. 

The conversation quickly goes south after the potential customer resorts to name-calling. 

“I mean, b**** Walmart could pull this off,” the woman can be heard saying over the phone. 

The woman then doubles down on her comment as Tingley confirms the foul language. 

“You know what, the only b**** is you,” Tingley says to the woman as she proceeds to stand up for herself and her employees, mentioning how the woman is calling late at night and has unrealistic demands for a cake that she would need by the next day. 

The conversation promptly ends, but not before the caller can get a final word in, lambasting Tingley for her tone. 

The uptick in rude customers has required Tingley to change her methods as a small business owner. After countless run-ins with disrespectful patrons, Tingley has turned to recording incidents as a way to protect herself and her staff. 

“I’ve had to jump in and start changing my game plan because I absolutely cannot be a doormat for people and I won’t be,” Tingley told Fox News Digital. “I can’t allow cancel culture to try to take me down. I will film everything and post things that I feel are crossing the line in order to not only protect myself, but my staff, because I don’t like them being talked to in this way either.”

I can’t allow cancel culture to try to take me down.

— Cassie Tingley

One week later, Tingley posted a follow-up video of the woman calling to apologize for her behavior. 

“Well, I know you’re not going to take that video down, so I apologize if I came off as entitled or rude, like people stated I did,” the woman can be heard saying in the clip. 

Tingley attempts to resolve the issue, explaining that she was unable to deliver the product within the amount of time given. The conversation ultimately leads to an abrupt ending after the caller hangs up on Tingley. 

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The original video has drawn emotional reactions from viewers on the platform, as people take to the comments to share their horror stories as customer service workers. 

“We gotta normalize businesses sticking up for themselves,” one user commented. “Some customers are just unhinged.” 

“That scratched an itch for me, I have always wanted to talk to rude customers that way,” another comment read.

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Tingley was touched by the positive reactions from viewers and her business has seen an uptick in visitors seeking to place orders to stand in solidarity with the shop. 

“When I saw the overwhelming amount of support and what other people [are going] through, or how they’re spoken to and how long they’ve worked in the industry – whether it was in call centers, hospital staff, bartenders, waitresses, anyone,” Tingley told Fox News Digital. “It felt like thousands of comments.”

Tingley stresses that managers should focus on protecting their employees, but ultimately the responsibility falls on the customer to simply be kind. 

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“Treat people with kindness unless they direct you or treat you otherwise, you never know what somebody is going through, as cliche as that sounds,” Tingley said. “I feel kindness is the best and easiest option – it’s free and it’s easy to do.”

College prof sparks backlash over JK Rowling comments during ‘Harry Potter’ class

A Baylor University professor held a “hard and necessary” conversation with his students about “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and her alleged “hatred of trans people,” according to an X post from last Tuesday.

Dr. Greg Garrett, who teaches a number of literature and culture-oriented courses at the university, wrote in the post that the discussion happened during his “Harry Potter” class.

“We decided novelist Rowling, who wrote with compassion about diversity, equity, and inclusion, is worth our attention. Twitter Rowling? Shame on her,” he continued in part.

The discussion followed Rowling pubically challenging Scotland’s hate speech law that went into effect on April 1, though she has repeatedly been outspoken on women’s rights and transgender issues in the past.

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The bill targets those who commit acts that “stir up hatred” against protected groups, including transgender individuals. As a resident of Scotland, Rowling’s rhetoric entered the spotlight as a possible example of an offense, but Scottish police declined to prosecute her.

Rowling, in the midst of the controversy, stood firm and dared the police to arrest her for speaking out and issued a dire warning about the state of free speech in Scotland.

The comments on Garrett’s tweet were riddled with responses from those in Rowling’s corner, including one comment from Martina Navratilova, a Czech-American former tennis player who has outspokenly advocated to protect single-sex spaces and women’s sports.

“Shame on JK Rowling for protecting women’s sex based spaces and keeping them female only? Then shame on a whole lot of us… but thank you so much for caring…” she wrote.

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Deeper into the comments, others questioned the course’s rigor.

One wrote, “‘Today in my Harry Potter class at Baylor’ Thanks for letting us know that what follows is an unserious opinion.”

Another asked, “Was there a further discussion about whether Harry Potter met a threshold of rigor appropriate for college students?” and a third followed with, “Why a Harry Potter class in a university English course, is my question. Not enough plays by Shakespeare or August Wilson?”

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Garrett replied to one with a comment about academic freedom, calling the course one of the most “transformational” classes he teaches.

One outraged Baylor alum commented saying, “Get this professor away from my university,” before quoting Genesis 1:27. “So he created them; MALE and FEMALE he created them’ If we have professors who are unable to submit to a biological reality confirmed in the Bible our university is lost. What a shame,” he continued.

Garrett replied with, “I’ve given 34 years of my life to ‘your’ university, loved my students, and loved Jesus. You clearly have strong opinions, and I always allow my students to share theirs. That’s what education means.”

Others collectively questioned why such rhetoric was being taught on a Christian university’s campus, while others simply defended Rowling by saying they believed she doesn’t “hate” anyone.

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Fox News Digital reached out to Baylor University for comment but has yet to receive a response. 

Drama that unraveled behind the scenes of beloved 1960s TV show

After charming audiences as America’s favorite witch, Elizabeth Montgomery was ready for a fresh start.

Despite “Bewitched” being renewed for Seasons 9 and 10, its star wanted out. And there was more to it than ratings taking a dip.

Peter Ackerman was only 10 years old at the time, but he would later learn of the drama unfolding behind the scenes. His father, Harry Ackerman, was the executive producer of numerous hit shows, including “Bewitched.” The younger Ackerman has recently written a memoir about his Hollywood upbringing, “Mom, Dad, Me, and Classic TV – Growing Up with Classic Television’s Harry Ackerman and Elinor Donahue.”

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“The ratings I believe were going down,” Ackerman told Fox News Digital. “I remember someone at the time commenting how silly it was getting – it was something I overheard the adults say. So there was talk, ‘Was there going to be another season?’ Elizabeth was spinning down a little bit. And then for one particular episode, it wasn’t her husband Bill Asher directing. It was a different fellow.”

Ackerman noted that without Asher directing, it made a big difference on set. And he was there to witness it.

“I think she was wearing jeans at the time,” Ackerman claimed. “She was pretty much bent over. So her rear end was sticking out a little bit. The director said, ‘Oh Liz honey, I could look at that all day.’ Everybody kind of laughed at it. I was, what you say today, weirded out. My mother was an actress. And this was my Aunt Liz. How could anyone make that kind of comment? I thought, ‘Surely, no one would ever make a comment like that to my mother on set.’”

“It really bothered me,” Ackerman admitted. “I don’t know how much later it was, but I overheard my dad talking to my mom after he had taken a phone call from Liz. It was a Saturday morning. He was pretty adamant about how that conversation went. My mom went to him after he hung up the phone and said, ‘What was that about?’”

“[Montgomery] had said to my dad, as he related to my mom, that the studio wanted to continue with the series,” he continued. “The network wanted to continue with the series. However, she would only do it if my dad would agree to basically fire her soon-to-be ex-husband. They had broken up at that point and hired this other fella who was directing that episode to be the new director. My dad said, ‘Liz, Bill Asher is my partner. I’m not going to do that to him.’ And she said, ‘Well then, ‘Bewitched’ is done.’ That’s what my dad told my mom.”

Montgomery’s marriage to Asher was unraveling. By then, Montgomery was ready to move on as an actress. “Bewitched” came to an end in 1972 and the couple divorced a year later.

Author Herbie J. Pilato, author of “Twitch Upon a Star” and executive producer of “Elizabeth Montgomery: A Bewitched Life,” previously alleged to Closer magazine that Asher “had an affair that broke Elizabeth’s heart.”

Asher had married Montgomery while directing the 1963 film “Johnny Cool,” where she played a gangster’s moll, The Guardian reported. At the time, both of them were recently divorced from actors. According to the outlet, Asher had a great influence over “Bewitched” and even got Montgomery to showcase her trademark nose twitch that her character used to cast a spell.

“There was a kind of devastation,” Ackerman added. “You didn’t want it to end.”

Ackerman has fond memories of “Aunt Liz,” who became family.

“She may have been the first actress who I met and got to know who was very much like her character,” he chuckled. “She had this pixie attitude. Her eyes glimmered and sparkled. Perhaps those were boyhood memories… But she really was Samantha. When I see Samantha on screen today, I’m seeing Elizabeth, Aunt Liz.”

“She was a practical joker,” he shared. “She loved playing practical jokes. I remember she played a character named Serena in the series where she wore a black wig. As a child, I didn’t know that was Aunt Liz. She came up to me, got down to my eye level and said, ‘Who are you? Who else is on this show?’ I introduce myself and tell her how nice Elizabeth is. She goes along with it and says, ‘That’s good to hear.’ It took me years before I learned that it was really Aunt Liz! She was just so playful and kind with me.”

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Following “Bewitched,” Montgomery was ready to shed her squeaky clean image. She went on to focus on dramatic TV films. She also worked with her fourth and final husband, actor Robert Foxworth.

The star passed away in 1995 at age 62 from colon cancer.

Ackerman still vividly recalls the last time he saw “Aunt Liz.”

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“By this time my dad was working on the Paramount lot,” he explained. “I stopped by and ran into Liz filming a TV movie. I guess by then, all was forgiven between my dad and Aunt Liz. I remember she said, ‘I’m so glad your father didn’t bring you yesterday – I was doing a nude scene!’ And then she suddenly covered herself with her hands as if she was without clothing.”

“She then put her hands on her hips and said, ‘I hear from your dad that you’ve been taking tap lessons. Let’s see what you got!’ So I showed her my moves. I remember she laughed, hugged me and said, ‘It’s so good to see you.’ And that was the last time I saw her, with that smile on her face.”

“When I see her on TV today, I still see Aunt Liz,” said Ackerman. “She truly was lovely. She made people feel good. She was magic. My father knew it – we all knew it.”

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Eye safety expert debunks false assumptions about your vision during solar eclipse

As one of the biggest marvels of science, the solar eclipse carries an air of mystery — which can lead to some mistaken assumptions.

Ahead of the April 8 eclipse, Prevent Blindness, a Chicago health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight, is encouraging eye safety by dispelling some common misconceptions surrounding the eclipse.

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Jeff Todd, president and CEO of the organization, shared with Fox News Digital some of the biggest myths — and the truths around them. 

Myth 1: It’s OK to look at the sun for just a minute or two

One common misconception is the belief that it’s safe to look at the sun if it’s only for a minute or two, Todd said.  

“Eclipse viewers should never look directly at the sun, as it can cause permanent eye damage,” he warned. 

“Exposing your eyes to the sun without proper eye protection during a solar eclipse can cause ‘eclipse blindness’ or retinal burns, also known as solar retinopathy.”

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Todd acknowledged, however, that there is a very brief period during a total solar eclipse when it can be safe to remove your glasses.  

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“The only time it is safe to do so without proper protection or equipment occurs when the moon is completely covering the sun — and even then, viewers should do so cautiously,” he told Fox News Digital. 

It is also important to know that not all eclipses are the same, Todd noted.

“It is never safe to look at a partial solar eclipse — at any time during the event — without proper eye protection.”

Myth 2: It’s safe to look at the eclipse through your smartphone 

Watching a solar eclipse on your smartphone camera can put you at risk of accidentally looking at the sun when trying to line up your camera and stage a perfect shot, Todd warned — and it’s also possible that this could damage your smartphone camera.   

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“Thinking that it’s safe to use your camera’s viewfinder is another common misconception,” he said. 

“Looking at a solar eclipse through the optical viewfinder of a camera can damage your eyes in the same way that looking at the sun directly without proper protection can.”

There are ways to safely photograph an eclipse, however.

“If you’re planning on trying to capture your own solar eclipse photos or videos, take the time to review the guidelines in advance to ensure that you are properly prepared,” he advised.

Myth 3: Eclipses emit harmful rays that can cause blindness

Although it is never OK to look directly at the sun, the idea that eclipses emit harmful rays that can cause blindness is a misconception, according to Todd.

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“If you’re using proper eye protection and practicing caution, you can safely experience the solar eclipse,” he said.  

“Always consult an eye care professional for additional guidance if you have questions or concerns about eye safety.”

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Todd encouraged those who will be viewing the total solar eclipse on Monday to make safety a top priority.  

Additional information and resources from safety experts online can be found at PreventBlindness.org.

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