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Bill Maher says canceled comedian should be allowed to return to mainstream

Bill Maher called on stand-up comic Louis C.K. to be allowed to return to mainstream entertainment after his sexual misconduct scandal during the height of the #MeToo movement.

“Isn’t it time everyone just went: ‘OK, It wasn’t a cool thing to do, but it’s been long enough and welcome back.’ Enough!” Maher said on a new episode of his podcast, “Club Random.”

“I mean for Christ’s sake, it’s not the end of the world,” Maher told comedian Bill Burr in a conversation on cancel culture. 

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“People have done so much worse things and gotten less,” Maher told Burr. “There’s no rhyme or reason to the #MeToo-type punishments.”

Louis C.K. admitted to sexual misconduct allegations in 2017 after five women claimed that he masturbated in front of them without their consent.

Despite his fall from grace at the time and Maher’s complaints, C.K. returned to the spotlight to win a Grammy award in 2022 for his “Sincerely Louis C.K.” album, and has since returned to the stand-up circuit.

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“They took $50 million, I think they punished him,” Burr said of C.K. 

Burr also argued that cancel culture was no longer a relevant cultural force

“It started off with something everyone could agree on, and then quickly it just spun out of [control],” Burr said of the beginnings of cancel culture. 

“I remember whenever cancel culture got to the point of where it was, ‘I don’t like some of the topics in your stand-up act,’ right? That’s when it got weird,” he said. 

But Burr declared that cancel culture was “over” and that “no one cares anymore.”  

“That’s so not true,” Maher said. “Either one of us could get canceled in the next two minutes.” 

Maher has spoken out against cancel culture multiple times in his career. 

In 2023, Maher said he has lost many “super woke” fans who disagree with his political views. While a progressive, Maher often mocks what he views as the excesses of the left. 

“Don’t let the door hit you in the a–,” the comedian said. “You were no fun to begin with. You have a terrible sense of humor.” 

Fox News’ Tracy Wright and Larry Fink contributed to this report. 

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At least 14 killed, 74 injured after massive billboard collapses during violent storm

A large billboard collapsed onto a group of pedestrians in India late Monday evening, killing at least 14 people and injuring 74 others, officials said.

According to city officials, a 100-foot-tall billboard fell onto a gas station in the suburb of Ghatkopar in the western city of Mumbai on Monday evening. At least 47 people were rescued late into the night.

The collapse took place during a thunderstorm which included heavy rain and high winds.

City officials blamed the turbulent weather for the deadly collapse: “Yesterday (13 May) evening, in the Chheda Nagar area of Ghatkopar, a tragic incident occurred due to speedy winds, resulting in the collapse of a hoarding.”

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A rescue operation continued into Tuesday morning for those people who may still be trapped.

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“Medical treatment is currently being provided to 44 injured individuals, with 31 already discharged after receiving treatment. Unfortunately, 14 people succumbed to death in this mishap,” officials said.

Police are investigating the collapse and say the billboard may have been illegally installed, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. 

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India often experiences heavy rain and severe floods, especially during its monsoon season that typically stretches from June to September.

This season brings most of India’s annual rainfall. The rain is crucial for agriculture but often causes extensive damage.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Governor reveals secret to scoring best state ranking two years in a row

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox says his state’s “unique” qualities helped it come in at the top spot on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best States” survey for the second year in a row.

Utah repeated as the No. 1 state in America in U.S. News & World Report’s Best States rankings for 2024, thanks in part to its consistency.

“The American Dream is alive and well,” Cox said in response to the report at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, where he also spotlighted his “Disagree Better” initiative encouraging bipartisanship among the nation’s governors.

“One of the things that makes Utah special is that we lead the nation in upward mobility and social capital, connectedness, that we lead the nation every year in service and charitable giving, and that we don’t rely on government to solve all of our problems,” Cox told Fox News Digital. “I think that the conservative policies that we’ve championed have made us not just the best economy in the country, but also, you know, we’re No. 2 in education.” 

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The U.S. News project analyzed more than 70 metrics across eight categories, including fiscal stability, health care, infrastructure and crime and corrections. Utah performed the best in education (No. 2), economy (No. 3) and infrastructure (No. 3). The Beehive State also moved up year over year in several categories, including crime and corrections (+6) and opportunity (+2). 

Natural environment was the only category where Utah – known for its geographical diversity, national parks and skiing and snowboarding resorts – finished in the bottom half of the list, at No. 46. The report said the category reflected metrics like pollution threats and air and water quality.

In January 2023, Cox signed the Utah Fits All Scholarship, a multi-use scholarship program for K-12 students in which participants can receive an education spending account of up to $8,000 to pay for education-related items, including textbooks, tutors and private school tuition.

“We’ve been able to get more funding for education, but also, we passed school choice to empower parents,” Cox said. “We’ve given our teachers the largest raises in our state’s history and given families more choices to be able to use taxpayer dollars to send their kids wherever they want to go. And so, again, not having it be a zero-sum game, finding solutions that benefit everyone and smaller government… I think those are the things that keep Utah No. 1.”

Utah has come out on top in other recent stats. Provo, Utah, claimed the top spot among 20 cities where young adults make up the largest percentage of homeowners, according to research from MoneyGeek. In the city, home to Brigham Young University, people under 25 make up roughly 39% of homeowners. And young adults own more homes than those ages 25-44, 44-65 or over 65, according to the report.

“We’re the youngest state in the nation,” Cox said. “We believe in families, and we think having kids is a great thing and really important. But also, we’re working hard. The price of housing has been going up, and we want kids to be able to own homes. And I’m grateful we have places like Provo that are leading there.” 

But, he said, they “still have work to do,” noting the state passed “the most aggressive starter home package in the country.” 

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“We need to build 35,000 starter homes over the course of the next five years to keep the American Dream alive,” Cox said. “And so we’re dedicated to that. I believe it’s immoral to not have homeownership and the American Dream, the ability to buy a home and start a family as part of, again, the fabric of our society.”

Californians, in particular, have been migrating to Utah in recent years — nearly 19,000 in 2022, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

“I think there’s lots of reasons,” Cox said of Californians coming to Utah. “Again, I think we have a very strong economy. For sure. I think we’re much less regulated. I do think that these are the laboratories of democracy. California’s chosen a very different path, you know, a very progressive path. And, and I think it shows it’s not working as more and more people are leaving California. And I think what we’re doing in Utah is working, and that’s attracting people from California and elsewhere.”

Cox said Utah’s issues now were “growth related” from people flooding into the state.

“People always ask me, how are you going to stop that from happening? Well, I can’t. I want us to be the No. 1 state,” he said.

Fox News’ Sean Hannity confronted California Gov. Gavin Newsom last June about his state’s population exodus. California lost 117,552 people between Jan. 1, 2021 and Jan. 1, 2022, according to the state’s Department of Finance, dropping its population down to where it was in 2016.

Newsom highlighted his state’s economic outlook and pointed to red states that lost residents.

“Look at the facts,” Newsom said. “We’re the fourth-largest economy in the world. This belies all of that rhetoric, everything you just said. You didn’t talk about all those red states that have opposite policies that you embrace. Something is clearly not working right in those states… Mississippi, Louisiana, West Virginia that all had higher population loss.”

California’s population increased by 67,000 people last year to 39,128,162, according to recent data released by the California Department of Finance (DOF), marking the first year since 2020 that the state has seen a net increase.

To keep up with the influx of people and retain a high quality of life, Cox said Utah has to invest in infrastructure.

“I hope that other states will copy what we’re doing so that their residents don’t feel like they need to leave, that they’ll want to stay because they’re doing, they’re deregulating and adopting these conservative values that have made Utah such an attractive place,” he said.

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Fox News’ Alicia Warren contributed to this report.

Kansas City Chiefs star scorches ‘delusional’ Biden in commencement speech

Super Bowl champion kicker Harrison Butker took aim at President Biden in his commencement address at Benedictine College in Kansas on Saturday.

The Kansas City Chiefs players specifically pointed to Biden’s “delusional” stance on abortion as a member of the Catholic faith.

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“He has been so vocal in his support for the murder of innocent babies that I’m sure to many people it appears that you can be both Catholic and pro-choice,” he said, via OutKick.

“He is not alone. From the man behind the COVID lockdowns, to the people pushing dangerous gender ideologies onto the youth of America, they all have a glaring thing in common — they are Catholic. This is an important reminder that being Catholic alone doesn’t cut it.”

Butker implored the graduates to understand and “stop pretending that the church of nice is a winning proposal” and to “never mistake charity for cowardice.”

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“The world around us says that we should keep our beliefs to ourselves whenever they go against the tyranny of diversity, equity and inclusion,” Butker added. “We fear speaking truth, because now, unfortunately, truth is in the minority.”

Butker also hit out at Biden over “poor leadership” that had “negatively affected” their lives.

“While COVID might have played a large role throughout your formative years, it is not unique,” he added. “The bad policies and poor leadership have negatively impacted major life issues. Things like abortion, IVF, surrogacy, euthanasia, as well as a growing support for the degenerate cultural values and media all stem from pervasiveness of disorder.”

The veteran kicker has not been one to shy away from his opinion on abortion.

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He said in March in an interview with ETWN News that unborn babies “are the greatest victims of our society.”

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Killer whales attack and sink boat in trend terrifying sailors throughout region

An unknown number of orcas rammed a sailing yacht in Moroccan waters in the Strait of Gibraltar on Sunday morning, causing it to later sink, the latest attack in a trend that has been terrifying sailors in the region for the past four years. 

The latest incident took place at around 9 a.m. when crew members aboard the 50-foot-long Alboran Cognac called rescue services for help, saying that their ship had been damaged by the apex predators about 14 miles from Cape Spartel, local outlet El Pais reports, citing Spain’s maritime rescue service. Cape Spartel is located at the southern entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar.

A helicopter was mobilized and the oil tanker MT Lascaux which was sailing nearby was also asked to provide assistance.

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The tanker eventually rescued the two people onboard and transported them to Gibraltar. The yacht was left adrift and eventually sank.

The incident is the latest example of recurring orca rammings around the Gibraltar Strait that separates Europe from Africa and off the Atlantic coast of Portugal and northwestern Spain.

Experts believe them to involve a subpopulation of about 15 individuals given the designation “Gladis.”

According to the research group An Atlantic Orca Task Force (GTOA), which tracks populations of the Iberian orca subspecies, there have been nearly 700 interactions since orca attacks on ships in the region were first reported in May 2020.

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It is unclear why the orcas are targeting boats but some experts believe they may be acts of revenge.

Marine biologist Alfredo Lopez Fernandez told Live Science previously that the lead whale, a female orca scientists have called White Gladis, suffered a “critical moment of agony,” likely a collision with a boat or entanglement with a fishing line, that turned her more aggressive. 

Other theories include it being a playful manifestation of the mammals’ curiosity, a social fad or the intentional targeting of what they perceive as competitors for their favorite prey, the local bluefin tuna.

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All but a handful resulted in only minor injuries or damage. However, the attacks have grown more frequent and a few have led to boats sinking.

For instance, in August last year, Phep Philouceros, 77, was sailing off the coast of Cape Vincent in Portugal, when his boat was attacked by orcas. The sailor, who has 55 years of experience, said the orcas continued for 30 minutes — even following the boat as it was towed to shore. He caught part of the attack on video. 

Fox News’ Peter Aitken and Reuters contributed to this report. 

College baseball team pulls off absurdly dramatic ninth-inning comeback victory

A college baseball game featured an absurdly dramatic ninth-inning comeback on Monday.

In the opening round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championship tournament, Indiana Southeast trailed 11-2 going into the final frame. With a lead that big, it’s more than likely any team would’ve been OK surrendering a few runs before eventually closing the door. 

It’s also likely that the trailing team would have focused its attention on the next game in hopes of avoiding being eliminated.

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But the Grenadiers dug deep and put together an improbable comeback.

Indiana Southeast scored one run each in the seventh and eighth innings and were immediately put on their heels after the first two batters recorded outs. All the Warriors had to do was get one more batter out and they would be in a good position to possibly get to the next round.

Base knocks and fielding errors helped Indiana Southeast get back into the game and before Indiana Tech knew it, they were tied 11-11.

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With two runners on, Trevor Goodwin stepped up to the plate and hit a three-run home run to give the Grenadiers the unreal victory.

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It’s not the first time Indiana Southeast put together an incredible comeback in the opening round. The school noted that they came back from a six-run deficit to beat Warner in 2021.

The Grenadiers played Missouri Baptist later in the day after defeating Indiana Tech and won that game as well, 4-0. Missouri Baptist was the top seed.

Indiana Southeast will play Taylor on Tuesday afternoon to advance to the bracket’s championship game.

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Indiana Tech is set to play MidAmerica Nazarene University.

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The president is reportedly not convinced by polls showing him trailing Trump

President Biden is not convinced by recent polls that show he is facing a difficult election fight against former President Trump in November, and neither are many in his orbit.

Some Democrats think Biden’s in “denial” about his difficult posture and not taking his position seriously enough, according to Axios.

“The polling data has been wrong all along. How many — you guys do a poll at CNN,” Biden told CNN last week. “How many folks you have to call to get one response?”

At a campaign reception event in California on May 10, Biden similarly claimed that the media was covering up polling that showed he was beating Trump. 

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“While the press doesn’t write about it, the momentum is clearly in our favor, with the polls moving towards us and away from Trump,” Biden said. 

Biden’s claims about his dominance in the polls against Trump come despite a batch of recent surveys that increasingly show the incumbent president may be facing an uphill battle in November. 

Trump leads Biden in a head-to-head matchup in nearly every battleground state, including Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Michigan, according to polling from The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and Siena College. Biden narrowly led Wisconsin in the survey.

But Biden has continued to tell supporters that he is beating Trump in the polls. 

“We run strongest among likely voters in the polling data,” Biden reportedly told donors in Washington, according to Axios. “And while the national polls basically have us (among) registered voters up by four, (among) likely voters we’re up by more.” 

“In the last 23 national polls, I’ve been ahead in 10 of them, Trump has been ahead in eight, and we’ve been tied in five,” Biden said in Florida, per the report. 

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The inclusion of independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in the polls appears to help Trump. In Arizona, the former president takes 42% of the vote to Biden’s 33% and Kennedy’s 10%, and in Nevada, 41% support Trump, 27% Biden and 12% Kennedy.

Biden’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital

Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie contributed to this report. 

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GREGG JARRETT: Alvin Bragg made a crucial mistake with the Trump trial’s star witness

Michael Cohen raised his right hand on Monday in the Manhattan trial of Donald Trump and swore to tell the truth.  It was a meaningless gesture.  

Cohen has done it before and then proceeded to lie under oath. He went to prison for it after lying to courts, lying to banks, lying to Congress, and lying to the IRS. Yet, once again, Cohen insists that now he’s telling the truth. He wants jurors to believe him. This time.  

Cohen presents a contradiction about truth and falsity. In philosophy and logic it’s known as the “liar’s paradox,” and it bedevils juries whenever habitual liars take the witness stand and promise to tell the truth.  

The paradox is this: if a liar indeed lied, then his admission of his lies is truthful. Unless, of course, he is lying about the lie and everything else.  You can never really know. The search for truth becomes impossible.  In a court of law where the central witness is a chronic fabulist, the “liar’s paradox” equals reasonable doubt. 

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It was on full display Monday when Trump’s one-time self-proclaimed “fixer” failed to connect the accused to any cognizable crime.  But Cohen readily confessed that he often lied and bullied people. He also deceived his own client, Trump, by secretly recording him shortly before the 2016 election.  

Without permission, Cohen then shared it with the publisher of the National Enquirer.  It was a sleazy maneuver that would merit disbarment for breaching the attorney-client privilege.  No matter.  Cohen was long ago disbarred over his criminal convictions.  

When the recording was played in court it seemed to help, not hurt, the defense.  Cohen refers cryptically to payments made to kill a story, which is not a crime. Trump appears somewhat in the dark and is heard asking, “What financing?” Cohen assured him that he was taking care of everything.  His boss didn’t need to know the details. “I’ve got it…I’m on it,” said Cohen.     

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg knows that he is teetering dangerously close to suborning perjury. But he is wholly committed to convicting Donald Trump for crimes not committed or fully revealed.

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It is bewildering why the prosecution ventured there, except to smear Trump with the illusion of some amorphous wrongdoing.  It was utterly irrelevant since the matter dealt with former Playboy model Karen McDougal who was never called as a prosecution witness and is unconnected to the charges. Trump refused to pay her money over a purported affair that he denies.  

Cohen then moved on to his tangle with ex-porn star Stormy Daniels, who was intensifying her apparent extortion scheme as voters were soon heading to the polls.  Cohen admitted that it was his idea to pay $130,000 for her silence accompanied by a lawful non-disclosure agreement.  As Trump’s lawyer, Cohen handled the negotiated contract which was later booked as “legal expenses” because that is what they were.  

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In fact, Cohen confirmed the accuracy of the bookkeeping when he explained that the money he received was compensation for his work on the legal settlement with Daniels, reimbursed payments to him, plus a retainer for his legal services as Trump’s newly named personal attorney.  

So, where exactly is the original fraud that forms the basis for the 34 misdemeanor charges alleged by the prosecution? Nowhere.  

Cohen later testified that Trump was concerned about how Daniel’s story might impact his 2016 electoral chances. Not surprisingly, that nugget is contradicted by other witnesses who informed the jury that the candidate’s main concern was his wife and family.  

Either way, it doesn’t matter.  Bragg’s argument is legally flawed because Trump used his own money, not campaign funds.  The law imposes limits on the latter, but not on the former.  

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That is one of the principal reasons why the Federal Election Commission (FEC) determined there was no campaign finance violation. The Department of Justice agreed.  No civil fine was levied or criminal charge rendered.  Those two entities have exclusive authority over federal elections.  Not a local prosecutor such as Alvin Bragg.  

But that did not stop the Manhattan DA from usurping federal jurisdiction by bringing a campaign case that he has no power to enforce and for violations that don’t exist.

Under normal circumstances, the DOJ would have intervened to stop it. Instead, Attorney General Merrick Garland tossed a going away party for his deputy, Matthew Colangelo, who abandoned his prestigious job at the Department to become Bragg’s lead prosecutor.  

Undeterred by the limits of the law, these ethically bankrupt prosecutors have cobbled together a lawless case by asserting that Trump falsified his own private business records with the felonious intent to conceal another crime that they still refused to identify.  Presumably, it’s campaign finance.  But it’s actually not.  

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Former FEC Chairman Bradley Smith put it this way in his column for The Wall Street Journal: “The ‘crime’ that Mr. Bragg claims is being covered up isn’t a crime at all.”  

Even if the DA’s warped legal theory proceeds, he must still prove that Trump himself understood campaign finance laws and deliberately intended to violate them.  There’s no evidence of that.  Even experienced candidates struggle to comprehend the mind-numbing web of campaign regulations.  That’s why they depend on lawyers.  

Bragg wants to put Trump in prison for relying on the advice of his legal counsel. There’s a legal term for that. Nutty.  

On cross-examination, Cohen will surely be confronted with his myriad of lies, which I’ve recounted in earlier columns. One in particular is worth remembering.  In February of 2018, he told the New York Times, “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure.”  

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Shortly thereafter, Cohen changed his tune. It’s changing still. When he retakes the witness stand on Tuesday he’ll regurgitate more lies and misinformation.  None of it is worth a damn because Cohen represents the quintessential “liar’s paradox.”  He’s told so many fibs that even his recantations are self-contradictory.    

In the trial at hand, Cohen has a personal interest in lying —hatred and greed.  When he isn’t trolling for dollars on TikTok by trashing Trump, he’s hawking a proposed reality show that he calls, “The Fixer.” Cohen needs to fix himself.  

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg knows that he is teetering dangerously close to suborning perjury. But he is wholly committed to convicting Donald Trump for crimes not committed or fully revealed. By calling Cohen as his star witness, the DA has forsaken his duty to seek the truth. He is aiding and abetting a convicted perjurer by enabling more lies.  

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This is the worst kind of government corruption. Unscrupulous, dishonest, and amoral.  It is antithetical to justice and an embarrassment to our once respected legal system.  

It’s not a paradox. It’s a tragedy.  

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The shrimp isn’t endless as Red Lobster drops a bombshell on diners

Seafood restaurant chain Red Lobster is closing dozens of locations nationwide as the company struggles to stay above water.

An announcement released earlier this week indicated the company would be “auctioning off 50+ locations across the country.”

Restaurant liquidation company TageX Brands announced it would be overseeing the sale of equipment at the various closing locations, calling the situation its “largest restaurant equipment auction ever.” Only 48 locations were specifically listed in its catalog.

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Five locations are set to be closed in California alone, with another five in Florida. Colorado and Maryland will both lose four.

The locations are being sold off wholesale by TageX, with the company announcing that “these auctions are WINNER TAKES ALL – meaning, each winner will receive the ENTIRE contents of the Red Lobster location they bid on.”

Earlier this year, it was reported that Red Lobster was considering filing for bankruptcy to relieve financial pressures that have weighed on the company.

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According to a report by Bloomberg citing people familiar with the discussions, Red Lobster is weighing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing to renegotiate burdensome leases and address other long-term contracts as well as rising labor costs.

The outlet reported that the seafood restaurant chain is being advised by law firm King & Spalding on the subject, and that discussions about restructuring are ongoing, and no final decisions have been made about a bankruptcy filing.

By filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company could continue to operate while it works with creditors and investors to put in place a debt reduction plan that would allow it to head into the future on a better financial footing.

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Red Lobster brought in Jonathan Tibus as its new CEO in March. Tibus is considered an expert in developing and implementing restructuring plans at underperforming restaurants, retail and hospitality companies and has led numerous restructuring efforts.

Fox News Digital’s Eric Revell contributed this report.