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Sat Dec 15 02:45:48 EST 2018
Stoney Westmoreland, known for his role as Henry “Ham” Mack on Andi Mack, was arrested on Friday in Salt Lake City, Utah — the same city he films the Disney Channel sitcom in.
Shortly after the news broke, the actor was fired from the show, PEOPLE confirms.
Westmoreland, 48, allegedly contacted the person that he believed was only 13-years-old through an app, KSL reported.
According to an affidavit filed in 3rd District Court and obtained by KSL, the app was specifically “used for dating and meeting people for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.”
While chatting with the teen, Utah police allege that Westmoreland sent pornographic photos to the minor, as well as asked the young teen to engage in sexual acts with him and send nude photos.
Westmoreland was in a ride-sharing service on his way to allegedly meet the minor, who investigators say he planned to bring to his hotel room, when the Salt Lake City Police Department and FBI Child Exploitation Task Force arrested him, according to the affidavit.
The actor was charged with four counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor and one count of enticing a minor by Internet or text, both of which are third-degree felonies.
Representatives for Westmoreland did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Later on Friday evening, the Disney Channel confirmed to PEOPLE that after learning of Westmoreland’s arrest, his role on the show had been terminated.
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“Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series ‘Andi Mack,’ was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” a spokesperson from Disney Channel said.
“Given the nature of the charges and our responsibility for the welfare of employed minors, we have released him from his recurring role and he will not be returning to work on the series which wraps production on its third season next week,” they added.
In addition to his role as the grandfather on Andi Mack, Westmoreland has appeared on Scandal, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, NCIS, and Gilmore Girls.
Sat Dec 15 01:21:23 EST 2018
Oprah Winfrey is addressing the viral video that shows her hilariously reacting to an extremely bland chicken recipe on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006.
In the clip, dug up by Buzzfeed writer Spencer Althouse, Winfrey, 64, can be seen tasting a recipe for baked chicken and spinach stuffing that won a million dollars.
“Do you like it? I hope so,” Pillsbury bake-off winner Anna Ginsberg says to Winfrey as she takes her first bite. Instead of immediately answering, Winfrey smiles awkwardly at the audience.
“Just say yes,” Ginsberg says nervously. After chewing for a bit longer, Winfrey finally responds.
“I do like it,” Winfrey replies apprehensively. “I like it very much.”
However, there was just a little something wrong with the recipe. “Did we add salt and pepper? I think we need salt and pepper,” Oprah asks.
“No, there’s no salt and pepper in it, but you can add it yourself,” Ginsberg says back as the audience erupts in laughter.
“I often think about the time Oprah did a cooking segment with a woman whose chicken recipe won $1 million, and Oprah’s jaw dropped when she tasted it and realized the lady didn’t even add seasoning,” Althouse captioned the tweet.
Within minutes, the moment went viral with many fans pondering the same question.
The tweet, of course, caught the eye of Winfrey herself, who then offered up an explanation.
“Okay, Spencer, I don’t know whatever made you pull that tape out of a vault, but, made me laugh,” Winfrey said in a video shared on social media Thursday.
“This is what I was thinking. I always wanted anybody who came on the show, no matter what they did, to have a good experience. And I also wanted to stay in my own truth while allowing them to have that good experience.”
“I was having a moment of trying to decide ‘Do I want her to have a great time?… What is my moment of truth?'” Winfrey continued.
“Because the truth for me is that I’m used to having salt and pepper on my chicken. That’s the truth. That’s what I was thinking. This chicken needs some salt and pepper.”
Winfrey’s hilarious confession comes after her best friend Gayle King spilled a sweet secret about their friendship.
On Thursday, Gayle, 63, appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, where she revealed that she and Winfrey don’t exchange Christmas presents.
“She has a rule, we don’t exchange gifts because both of us feel we don’t really need anything,” King said. “We just like hanging out together.”
King will be spending a lot of time with Winfrey this January.