Senate runoff briefs: celeb donations for Ossoff, Warnock; TV pre-emptions; Trump supporter Shelley Wynter votes for Dems

Among celebrities who contributed to the Georgia Senate runoff candidates: Rosario Dawson, Josh Brolin and Jane Fonda. AP/AJC
Among celebrities who contributed to the Georgia Senate runoff candidates: Rosario Dawson, Josh Brolin and Jane Fonda. AP/AJC

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TMZ dug through election filings and found many celebrities who donated to Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock for the Senate runoffs. As for their Republican opponents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue? Not so much.

Here is a sampling of some of the contributors to Ossoff:

Kate Capshaw-Spielberg: $5,600

Jack Black: $4,070.50 (He has shot “Jumanji” films here)

Danny DeVito: $2,800

Rita Wilson: $1,250

Sally Field: $1,220

Susan Sarandon: $750

Christie Brinkley: $800

Rosario Dawson: $673.34 (She is a judge on TBS’s new competition program “The Go-Big Show” shot in Macon)

Billy Eichner: $651.25

Kumail Nanjiani: $554.95

John Goodman: $500

Alyssa Milano: $500 (She shot Netflix’s “Insatiable” in Atlanta and was a major voice boycotting the state after the legislature in 2019 passed the heartbeat bill she found objectionable and was ultimately stopped by a federal judge.)

Here are names TMZ found for Rafael Warnock:

Mark Ruffalo: $4,244 (He has shot multiple “Avengers” films here)

Jane Fonda: $2,666.67 (She used to live her and was married to Ted Turner)

Josh Brolin: $2,500 (now a resident of the state)

Holly Robinson: Peete $1,300

Rita Wilson: $1,250

Kathy Bates: $1,000

Susan Sarandon: $1,000

Busy Phillips:$1,000

Tracee Ellis Ross: $666.67 (She was an active supporter of Stacey Abrams in her run for governor in 2018)

Laura Linney: $600

Mandy Moore: $216.66

The only name TMZ found of any note for Loeffler was Jaclyn Smith of “Charlie’s Angels” fame. She contributed $250. The media outlet didn’t find any notable contributions from actors for Perdue.

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Fox5 is pre-empting "Gordon Ramsay's American Road Trip" for local news coverage of the Senate runoff election results on January 5, 2021.
Fox5 is pre-empting "Gordon Ramsay's American Road Trip" for local news coverage of the Senate runoff election results on January 5, 2021.

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Credit: National Geographic/Justin Mandel

Local broadcast networks are planning to pre-empt some or all of their regular programming tonight to provide news coverage of the Senate runoff race tonight.

Fox 5 (WAGA-TV) will drop a Gordon Ramsay two-hour special featuring him driving around America in favor of local news coverage from 8-10 p.m. before segueing to its 10 p.m. newscast.

ABC affiliate WSB-TV will replace an airing of ”The Lion King” with Channel 2 Action News from 8-11 p.m.

CBS46 (WGCL-TV) will air repeats of ‘NCIS” and “FBI” at 8 and 9 p.m. respectively but will pre-empt “FBI: Most Wanted” at 10 p.m. for its newscast.

11Alive (WXIA_TV) is planning to air the second season debut of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” at 8 p.m. and the return of its popular show “This Is Us” at 9 p.m. but will pre-empt “Nurses” at 10 p.m. in favor of news coverage.

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Malanikai Massey and Shelley Wynter are part of WSB's 'Word on the Street," which will  have a 90-day test run starting January 4, 2021. WSB Radio
Malanikai Massey and Shelley Wynter are part of WSB's 'Word on the Street," which will have a 90-day test run starting January 4, 2021. WSB Radio

Credit: WSB Radio

Credit: WSB Radio

Shelley Wynter, the evening WSB radio host known for his fervent support of Donald Trump, announced on Monday that he had voted for Democrats Rafael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

Wynter, on from 10 p.m. to midnight, surprised his more liberal radio colleagues with this decision.

He said this is not a major political conversion on his part but a far more nuanced calculus.

He remains a strong fan of Trump and many of his policies cutting taxes and illegal immigration. He also loved Trump’s Platinum Plan for African-American businesses. He voted for Perdue and Loeffler in November with hopes that a Republican-led Senate would not pursue another impeachment against Trump.

But he has accepted that Trump is not going to be president in two weeks. And he was disappointed that neither Perdue nor Loeffler has spent much time talking policy. He was also unhappy that neither would come on his program to talk about Trump’s Platinum Plan.

Wynter has attended service at Warnock’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. He recalls praying at the church at the end of 2016 that he could get back on the radio. Soon after, Talk 106.7 obliged and gave him a morning show, and he has since joined WSB.

“I had memories of seeing Rev. Warnock preaching and helping take me out of dark places,” Wynter said on air Monday.

He also asked Ossoff to join him on the show and Ossoff told Wynter that he was open-minded about the Platinum Plan, saying he liked good ideas, no matter the source.

Wynter’s wife and his mom also asked him to support the Democrats.

And one more factor played into his thought process: the excessive fearmongering. He doesn’t believe Ossoff and Warnock joining the Senate will be end times for America as we know it as some of the Republican political ads predict.

When he got into the voting booth, he said he made a last-second decision to support Ossoff and Warnock.

“Some may be upset,” Wynter said, “Understand what I did was for me, for my mom and my wife. This country is strong. Two senators will not destroy America... I did not leave the Democratic plantation to end up on the Republican plantation. I’m a free man in America.”

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