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Simmons apologizes for video

Milioti

Russell Simmons is apologizing for a parody video of Harriet Tubman in a sex tape that appeared on his All Def Digital YouTube channel.

The clip features an actress portraying Tubman having sex with her white slave master as someone films it so the abolitionist can bribe her boss.

The 55-year-old Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records, writes Thursday that he “can now understand why so many people are upset.”

‘Duck’ sets record

A&E says nearly 12 million birds of a feather caught Wednesday’s fourth-season premiere of its hit unscripted series “Duck Dynasty.”

The network said the episode took its place as the No. 1 nonfiction series telecast in cable history in total viewers as well as all key demographic groups.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Julie Newmar is 80. TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford is 60. Director James Cameron is 59. Actress Laura Innes is 56. Actress Angela Bassett is 55. Singer Madonna is 55. Actor Timothy Hutton is 53. Actor Steve Carell is 51. Singer Emily Robison is 41. Singer Vanessa Carlton is 33. Actress Cristin Milioti is 28.

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