Robert De Niro is Suing His Ex-Employee For Binge-Watching 'Friends' On The Job

I'm watching you.

Is there anything more intimidating than Robert De Niro’s “I’m watching you” in Meet The Parents? Yes – Robert De Niro suing you for embezzling money and binge watching Friends on the job.

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According to Variety, De Niro’s company Canal Productions has filed a $6M USD lawsuit against former employee Chase Robinson, accusing her of embezzling money and spending an “astronomical amount of time” watching Netflix. 

Variety reports that Robinson wasn’t just binge watching any old Netflix show, either. She allegedly watched 55 episodes of Friends in just four days. 

Now that is commitment to your favourite show.

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It gets worse for Robinson. Canal Productions has also alleged that during one of the four days Robinson spent in a black hole of Netflix and chill, she “ordered lunch from Caviar San Francisco and had dinner at Paola’s Restaurant, charging both meals on the company card.” 

Over two years, Robinson allegedly made over $12K USD in unauthorised charges at Paola’s, spent almost $9K USD at Dean and Deluca and Whole Foods, and $32K USD on Ubers and Taxis. 

Is it just me, or does this sound like an absolutely delightful day?

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Robinson continued her streaming love affair during another four-day period in March, when she allegedly watched “20 episodes of Arrested Development” and “10 episodes of Schitt’s Creek.

“Watching shows on Netflix was not in any way part of or related to the duties and responsibilities of Robinson’s employment, and on information and belief, was done for her personal entertainment, amusement and pleasure at times when she was being paid to work,” the lawsuit claims. 

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In one final flourish of giving zero f*cks, Robinson reportedly called the allegations “ridiculous” and drafted a recommendation letter for herself, which De Niro refused to sign. 

If the allegations are true, it’s clear that Robinson’s work ethic is terrible. Her taste in TV shows on the other hand? Impeccable.

Jennifer Aniston And Reese Witherspoon's New TV Series Is Going To Make Us Happy Cry

Breakfast television ladies are killing it.

What do you get when you combine Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and breakfast television? Potentially lots of happy crying and women absolutely killing it. 

Today, the trailer for Aniston and Witherspoon’s new Apple TV+ series Morning Wars hit the Internet and after just 2 minutes and 50 seconds, I’m sold.

According to Apple, the show was executive produced by the two female powerhouses and “explores the high-stakes world of morning news and the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning.”

The show is told through the lens of “two complicated women working to navigate the minefield of high-powered jobs while facing crises in both their personal and professional lives.”

Aniston and Witherspoon star alongside Steve Carell, who appears to be at the centre of a #MeToo-esque scandal in the show, requiring the two women to join forces and hopefully build each other up, rather than tear each other down. 

Cue the happy crying.

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Morning Wars looks as though it mirrors the real life breakfast television scandal of Matt Lauer, who was fired from NBC’s Today in 2017 after an unidentified female employee accused him of sexual harassment. A year later, he was permanently replaced by Hoda Kotb, making her and Savannah Guthrie the first all-female anchor duo in Today’s history. 

Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb.
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I’m not the only one excited for Morning Wars. Twitter has been blowing up with equally-as-stoked fans who are keen to see Aniston and Witherspoon kick butt on screen:

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This is Aniston’s first TV role since 2010’s Cougar Town, and Witherspoon’s continued foray into television following on from the massive success of Big Little Lies.

Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.
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Whether it ends up being a hit, or a miss, what a pleasure it is to see two powerful women executive directing a huge TV show like Morning Wars  together.

YES LADIES. Morning Wars is coming soon to Apple TV+

Bless The Internet For Celebrating This Confident Woman's Viral Selfie Game

Louder for the people in the back.

Let’s be honest – watching someone take a selfie in public is usually cringeworthy at the best of times. But not for this New York woman whose viral selfie game has become the Internet’s new source of confidence. 

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Jess George was recently filmed snapping a series of selfies while riding the subway and the footage has since gone viral. In the video, George is clearly feeling herself and nailing those angles despite the people sitting on the train around her. 

The viral selfie video, which was posted to Twitter by @benyahr, now has over 30K retweets, 220K likes and has attracted a lot of love. While some trolls took the opportunity to tease her for being “narcissistic,” most were busy celebrating her undeniable confidence. 

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One user wrote, “To have the confidence to do this in front of others is powerful,” while another tweeted, “honestly she is my new queen, I worship her and ONLY her!!”

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In an interview with Huffington Post, George said, “I saw an empty subway car and was alone, so the self-timer had to come out! At the next stop, people got on the train but I decided to continue. It was very spontaneous.”

The empowered selfie queen has since taken to Twitter to respond to the support, writing, “I am overwhelmed by the kind words expressed by everyone and I just want to say THANK YOU to all!!”

“Let’s spread this positivity and continue to uplift one another,” she tweeted before thanking Twitter user @benyahr for capturing the original viral selfie video. 

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Speaking to Huffington Post, Yahr said he “thought it was pretty incredible that someone would be so shameless and also awesome that she was feelin’ herself so hard.”

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Despite a handful of negative comments on the viral selfie video, it’s so refreshing to see a woman’s self-confidence celebrated and appreciated rather than criticised and picked apart like we so often see on social media. 

Perhaps it’s a good opportunity to do as Jess George suggests and continue to spread positivity instead of hate.

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