LOS ANGELES — Patton Oswalt is defending his engagement from online critics who say the comedian is getting married too soon after his wife’s death last year.
Oswalt shared a link Saturday to a post defending him by Erica Roman, a blogger who lost her husband around the same time that Oswalt’s wife, Michele McNamara, died in her sleep in April 2016.
Oswalt writes that he felt “rage” over the criticism. He says he initially decided to ignore critics he calls “grub worms,” but Roman articulated his feelings better than he could have.
Roman wrote in her post that anyone criticizing Oswalt isn’t entitled to an opinion because they haven’t gone through his experience.
Oswalt announced his engagement to actress Meredith Salenger last week.
Kutcher fires sarcastic tweet at tabloid
Ashton Kutcher had a quick explanation after a tabloid questioned why he was seen out and about with a mystery woman recently: She was his cousin.
Kutcher on Sunday responded to a Star magazine article headlined, “Hey Ashton! Who’s the girl?” The article included pictures of Kutcher and a woman entering a private jet and noted it wasn’t his wife, Mila Kunis.
Kutcher posted a picture of the article on Twitter and added: “You should have heard how upset Mila was that I spent the day with our cousin.” He also apologized to his aunt, saying, “These magazines lack integrity.”
‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ returning Oct. 1
NEW YORK — You can curb your skepticism. HBO has locked down Oct. 1 to start a new season of the Larry David comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
HBO said Monday that the 10 episodes will bring back regulars Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman and JB Smoove, among others.
This long-awaited ninth season was announced in June 2016 for some time in 2017. The eighth season had aired in 2011, and, until a year ago, David remained tight-lipped about whether there would ever be more.
Premiering in 2000, the series was created by and stars David in a fictionalized version of himself as he stumbles through socially awkward situations.
Among David’s projects since curbing this series: a hit Broadway play, “Fish in the Dark,” and repeated appearances on “Saturday Night Live” impersonating Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Ex-WH spokesman Fleischer joins Fox News
NEW YORK — Fox News Channel has signed former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer to a contributor role.
The network announced Monday that Fleischer will provide “strategic communications and political analysis” for both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.
Fleischer served as White House press secretary to former President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003. He was senior communications adviser and spokesman for Bush’s presidential campaign beginning in 1999.
Currently he is the president of Ari Fleischer Communications and Ari Fleischer Sports Communications, offering advice and communications training to sports organizations, athletes and corporations.