Wednesday Update: IRS Sues ‘Rush Hour’ Star For $9.6 Million In Back Taxes, Jim Bob Duggar Calls Son Josh’s Child Porn Trial ‘Fake News,’ Clooney Swipes At Alec Baldwin For Set Shooting

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We’re tracking the conservative culture clash with woke Hollywood hypocrites to keep you up to date on who’s winning and who we hate. 

 Here’s what happened today:

Passing Gas

“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah contended that Biden’s presidency’s level of success is contingent on gas prices.  “It seems like everything these days is more expensive,” Noah said on Monday. “But there’s one price that people notice more than anything — and that’s the price of gas.”

He claimed that the fault lies with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries for spiking prices to make up for losses during the pandemic shutdown, but argued that there wasn’t much Biden could do about it. 

“What’s tough for Biden is that it doesn’t matter what else he does. If the price of gas stays high, that’s that,” Noah continued. “He could sign all the infrastructure bills he wants, he could get everyone to agree on abortion, but all people care about is, how much is the black goo from the ground?” 

“Higher than before? Then get the f**k out of here,” he concluded. “So it’s not exaggerating to say that his whole presidency, his entire presidency, could depend on whether gas prices stay up or go down.”

Sued

“Rush Hour” star Chris Tucker is being sued by the IRS for $9.6 million in back taxes that the government wants to seize his bank accounts and assets to recover. 

The lawsuit alleges that his total debt was $11 million at one point in time and he has federal tax liens dating back to the early aughts.  

He allegedly owes $4,489,647.01 for 2002, $2,124,082.86 for 2006, $2,341,269.29 for 2008, $468,598 for 2010, and $253,000 stemming from 2019 earnings. They also said many of his tax returns were filed years after they were due and some of them were underpaid. He didn’t file his 2002 return until 2009, and shorted his 2008 taxes by $1.6 million. 

Tucker has offered to work out several payment plans over the years, including one for $25k a month in 2010, but the department rejected all of them because he refused to liquidate assets.  

Infuriating

George Clooney weighed in on the ‘Rust’ set shooting that tragically claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins at the hand of the film’s lead and producer, Alec Baldwin.

He blamed assistant director David Halls for failing to check the gun after he was handed it by rookie armourer Hannah Guttierez-Reed. “I don’t know the guy at all, but I’ve been on sets for 40 years and the person that hands you the gun, the person that is responsible for the gun is either the prop person or the armorer. Period,” he remarked.

“Every single time I’m handed a gun on set, I look at it, I open it, I show it to the person I’m pointing it to, we show it to the crew, every single take you hand it back to the armorer when you’re done, and you do it again,” he explained. “Part of it is because of what happened to Brandon. Everyone does it. Everyone knows.”

Brandon Lee was killed with a live round while filming 1994’s “The Crow.” “Maybe Alec did that, I hope he did, but the problem is, dummies are tricky,” Clooney detailed. “Because they look like real bullets. They’ve got a tiny hole at the back where someone has taken the gunpowder out.”

He blamed the producers, including Baldwin for hiring an inexperienced crew to keep costs down. “And why for the life of me this low-budget film, with producers who haven’t produced anything, wouldn’t have hired, for the armorer, someone with experience…” He concluded. “It’s infuriating.” 

Baldwin’s brother Daniel, said Alec, who is being sued by crew members for negligence, is being made into a scapegoat for his politics.

“Alec is being attacked because of… his political views,” Daniel said. “A number of protocols that have been made known to the public and known in this case exonerate Alec of any responsibility at all.”

“You know Alec’s got the name though doesn’t he, so let’s go ahead and take Alec for his political views and the many, many wonderful things he’s done for different charities and people and his wife and let’s see if we can’t sensationalize this and go after Alec,” he continued. 

He said his brother is “opinionated and he’s strong-headed and he has really staunch views on certain things and those people who don’t like him will take advantage of him.”

Fake News

Jim Bob Duggar of TLC hit “19 And Counting,” said he won’t let “fake news” define his family as eldest son Josh Duggar, 33, awaits trial for possession for child pornography after recently having a seventh child.  

“I will not allow the liberal left, social media, or fake news to define me and my family,” Jim Bob, who is running for Arkansas State Senate, wrote on his campaign website. “Like so many other families, we too have faced crises, difficulties, and heartbreak.” 

‘”Cancel culture” and the radical left want to keep us from being involved in politics,” the Republican candidate continued. “They say because our family has faced problems we should shrink away — this is why they are often so relentlessly unkind, but we cannot sit on the sidelines during a time when one of America’s most important battles is taking place!” 

Duggars family was forced to shrink away from the spotlight when their TLC show and spinoff “Counting On” was cancelled after allegations Josh had sexually abused his sisters were revealed in 2015.

“I have been tried and tested in the public spotlight and never changed,” the former Arkansas House member concluded. Josh’s trial is set to begin on Nov. 30.

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