Controversies rocked Hollywood this week, as Oscar winner Matt Damon apologizes for an F-slur, and rapper DaBaby faces severe fallout for demeaning and false comments about the LGBTQ community. Meanwhile, “The Bachelor” makes progress towards more diversity, and so do the Grammys. COVID-19 cases continue to spike, but “Suicide Squad” is here, in hopes of a big box office turn during the pandemic’s tough time in the movie biz. And news of the “Jeopardy!” host frontrunner creates an absolute social media firestorm.

In the latest episode of Variety’s video series “The Take,” presented by VIZIO, senior correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister and film awards editor Clayton Davis discuss their takes on the week’s biggest headlines.

James Gunn’s hotly-anticipated “The Suicide Squad” opens in theaters and on HBO Max this weekend, and is expected to bring in a respectable box office return. The reviews have been good for the DC film “redo” of the 2016 flick that won an Oscar for makeup and hairstyling. Clayton Davis and senior culture and events editor Marc Malkin were at the premiere, where stars John Cena and Margot Robbie walked the carpet.

It wasn’t a good week for Oscar-winner Matt Damon, as he drew backlash from an interview in which he revealed he stopped using the homophobic F slur, following a treatise from his daughter.

Meanwhile, DaBaby continues to be at the center of controversy, being dropped from numerous festivals, after his damaging commentary towards the LGBTQ community regarding HIV and AIDS. Despite the backlash, Miley Cyrus opened her arms to invite the rapper for a discussion to help educate him, and 11 organizations wrote an open letter encouraging him to use the scandal as a teachable moment.

“He’s been dropped from many festivals, from a brand deal,” Wagmeister says of DaBaby, “My take is that he’s really only apologizing because he’s losing business.”

“The Bachelor” is furthering its diversity and inclusion efforts with the biggest step forward yet, promoting veteran producer Jodi Baskerville to an EP position, becoming the first-ever Black executive producer on the franchise, which has been on since 2002. Baskerville will serve in the elevated role for the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette,” which will star Michelle Young, who identifies as BIPOC. Including Young, the franchise has had four leads of color in more than 40 seasons.

The Recording Academy has announced that the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in 2022 will be produced with an inclusion rider, a contract addendum designed to help ensure equity and inclusion at every level of the production.

Social media erupted with harsh opinions when Variety exclusively reported that “Jeopardy” is in advanced negotiations with Mike Richards to be its new host. The little-known executive producer of the game show, Richards recently served as one of the rotating guest hosts. Many have expressed their opinion that Richards is an underwhelming choice to replace the iconic Alex Trebek, especially after a run of fan-favorite guest hosts, including LeVar Burton.

Following the highly publicized search for a new host and the record-breaking period of James Holzhauer on the show, Davis says, “this possibly could be an opportunity to bring the focus back to the game.”

Hosted by Variety senior correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister and awards editor Clayton Davis, “The Take,” presented by VIZIO, navigates the week’s top stories from entertainment, pop culture and media while providing expert analysis and exclusive insight on what’s buzzy and brewing in Hollywood. Filmed in Variety’s state-of-the-art studios in Los Angeles, new episodes are released Fridays on, YouTube and social media. The short-form series will also be available on VIZIO SmartCast TVs in July and August.

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