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‘One Big Happy’ cast credits executive producer Ellen DeGeneres for ‘warm up’

| Monday, May 12, 2014
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NEW YORK -- When Ellen DeGeneres decided to executive produce a new comedy for NBC, she clearly didn't take the job lightly. In fact, the cast said Monday at NBC's presentation to advertisers that she warmed up the audience before the taping of the pilot.

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Here’s Johnny! Clothes make the man and vice versa

| Sunday, February 16, 2014
NBCJohnny Weir at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
SOCHI, Russia — He promised himself something the first time he ever laced up a pair of skates. It's the same thing Johnny Weir returns to in those quiet moments most evenings, just before the TV camera's "on-air" light flashes red. "I'm wearing makeup, a double necklace and a cream sweater," he said. "I don't feel an obligation to tone myself down.

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Olympic viewing: Off-ice issues, terror threats, LGBT rights jump to forefront

| Thursday, February 6, 2014
Pavel Golovkin, APThe Olympic Cauldron, left, is lit during a test between the Bolshoy Ice Dome, top, and the Iceberg Skating Palace, foreground, early Thursday morning, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia, prior to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
A day before athletes begin filing in to Sochi's Fisht Stadium for Friday's opening ceremony, NBC is already being tested on how it will cover the two biggest non-sports issues of the Winter Olympics.

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NBC stops production on gay dad sitcom ‘Sean Saves the World’

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Sami Isler and Sean Hayes in NBC's "Sean Saves the World."
LOS ANGELES -- NBC has stopped production on "Sean Saves the World," effectively canceling the freshman sitcom starring out actor Sean Hayes as a divorced gay father juggling a career, a 14-year-old daughter and an overbearing mother.

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Weir caught in a crossfire of ‘hate and scrutiny’ for not boycotting Olympics

| Friday, January 17, 2014
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LYNDHURST, N.J. – Champion figure skater Johnny Weir said Thursday he has been caught up "in a crossfire" for not supporting a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Olympic games in the wake of Russia's anti-gay laws.

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Activist group protests outside ‘Today’ show over NBC Olympic coverage

| Thursday, January 16, 2014
Queer Nation activists demonstrate outside NBC studios in New York on Thursday during a live broadcast of the Today show.
NEW YORK -- A dozen members of the gay rights activist group Queer Nation demonstrated outside the broadcast of NBC’s Today Show on Thursday, demanding that NBC report on the Russian government’s ongoing attacks on LGBT people and its and other human rights violations.

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Johnny Weir apologizes after calling gay activists ‘idiots’ for anti-Russian protests

| Tuesday, December 3, 2013
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NEW YORK — Former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir apologized Tuesday after lashing out at gay rights activists during a speech at Barnard College, calling them “idiots” for their anti-Russian protests, which he labeled “useless.”

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Three-time U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir retires, joins NBC for Sochi

| Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Elaine Thompson, APIn this Jan. 24, 2010 file photo, Johnny Weir performs during an exhibition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash.
NEW YORK -- Known as much for his outrageous costumes and comments as his intriguing skating, Johnny Weir is leaving the ice for the broadcast booth.

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NBC tells LGBT employees it will keep them safe during Sochi Olympics

| Friday, August 9, 2013
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NEW YORK -- NBC is assuring its gay and lesbian employees who may cover the Winter Olympics in Sochi that it will do everything possible to keep them safe following Russia's passage of anti-gay law.

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‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant disowned by family because he is gay

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Jonathan Allen, a 20-year-old aspiring singer from Lawrenceburg, Tenn., appearing Tuesday night on NBC's "America's Got Talent," captured the hearts of judges and viewers after learning that, at age 18, he was disowned by his family because he is gay.

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