Trans Swimmer Smashes Another Record For Ramapo College Sparking Controversy Trans Swimmer Smashes Another Record For Ramapo College Sparking Controversy
Trans Swimmer Smashes Another Record For Ramapo College Sparking Controversy Meghan Cortez-Fields has clocked yet another record for the Ramapo College women's swim team. But not without controversy. The senior athlete switched from the men's team to the women's team after transitioning from male to female. Back in November, she set her first record for the women's team, drawing controversy. Last Friday, Cortez-Fields finished 7th overall (2:10.76) at the NJAC Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Maryland in College Park and advanced to the finals, finishing in fifth place at 2:08:20. That's a new record. And Riley Gaines, a former Universi…
Meet Figure Skater Gracie Gold, Olympic Medalist, In North Jersey Meet Figure Skater Gracie Gold, Olympic Medalist, In North Jersey
Meet Figure Skater Gracie Gold, Olympic Medalist, In North Jersey Gracie Gold, who won a bronze medal in figure skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics, is ready to tell her story in Bergen County. Gold is signing copies of her new book "Outofshapeworthlessloser," at Bookends in Ridgewood on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. The book chronicles Gold's rise to being America's Sweetheart after her medal winning performance in Sochi, where she was profiled in magazines and baked cookies with Taylor Swift, according to a synopsis. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gracie Gold (@graciegold95) But while Gold was e…
Super Bowl Champ Rocks 100-Carat Diamond Necklace Designed By NJ Phenom Jeweler On Kimmel Super Bowl Champ Rocks 100-Carat Diamond Necklace Designed By NJ Phenom Jeweler On Kimmel
Super Bowl Champ Rocks 100-Carat Diamond Necklace Designed By NJ Phenom Jeweler On Kimmel Well, it's certainly a conversation piece. Mecole Hardman, the Kansas City Chiefs player who made the Super Bowl LVIII-winning catch, sported his 100-carat diamond necklace made by a New Jersey jeweler popular among professional athletes in the post-game interview on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Mecole Hardman and Al Bekdas. Al Bekdas Hardman's necklace by Al Bekdas. Al Bekdas The flashy chain made by New Milford native Al Bekdas of Labelle Jewelry in Totowa — known by his clients simply as "Al the Jeweler" — features three jets, the main one of which opens up to reveal an action figur…
Watch Hometown Player's Buzzer-Beater Shot That Scored Monmouth U's Comeback Win Watch Hometown Player's Buzzer-Beater Shot That Scored Monmouth U's Comeback Win
Watch Hometown Player's Buzzer-Beater Shot That Scored Monmouth U's Comeback Win A hometown basketball player is getting national attention for his "miracle" half-court buzzer-beater to lead Monmouth University to an improbable victory. West Long Branch native Xander Rice scored 37 points in Monmouth's 88-87 home win over Campbell University on Thursday, Feb. 15. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!XANDER RICE BANKS ONE IN TO WIN IT AT THE BUZZER!!!@MonmouthBBall || #FlyHawks pic.twitter.com/ZSSDiFqvUu — Monmouth Hawks (@MonmouthHawks) February 16, 2024 The Patrick School alum was 13 for 23 from the field and eight for 12 on three-pointers, but no shot was more clutch than t…
Pickleball Pandemonium: Largest Facility In NJ Opening In Passaic County Pickleball Pandemonium: Largest Facility In NJ Opening In Passaic County
Pickleball Pandemonium: Largest Facility In NJ Opening In Passaic County The fast growing sport that has gripped the country is coming to Passaic County next year. Sportime Pickleball announced it has signed a lease to open Sportime Pickleball Wayne at Willowbrook Plaza in the spring of 2025. Sportime said this will be the largest facility in the state. The 50,000 square foot space will include 20 indoor courts, a stadium court, a concession stand and spaces for events, including national tournaments.  Sportime said it is looking to open more locations in the Garden State.
Watch Livvy Dunne's High-Scoring Floor Routine In LSU Tigers' Weekend Win Watch Livvy Dunne's High-Scoring Floor Routine In LSU Tigers' Weekend Win
Watch Livvy Dunne's High-Scoring Floor Routine In LSU Tigers' Weekend Win The LSU Tigers continue to reign supreme in the world of college gymnastics, with an assist from Livvy Dunne, a Bergen County native. LSU — ranked No. 3 in the country — defeated #19 Georgia by a score of 197.625 to 196.300 on Friday, Feb. 9 at Stegman Coliseum in Athens, GA. Dunne, a Hillsdale native, shined in her floor routine, getting a score of 9.8. Watch as Olivia Dunne started the night off strong for the LSU Tigers scoring a 9.80 in the leadoff spot as the No. 3 LSU took down No. 19 Georgia on the road. ESPN Last fall, the gymnast, who grew up in Hillsdale was on the cover…
WWE Star's Wedding Weekend Celebrated At NJ Castle WWE Star's Wedding Weekend Celebrated At NJ Castle
WWE Star's Wedding Weekend Celebrated At NJ Castle That's Mrs. Daria Berenato, to you. The WWE star from Burlington County, who goes by Sonya Deville in the ring, married  fitness model fiancée Toni Cassano over the weekend at a popular Morris County venue, PEOPLE reports. The wedding at the Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains on Saturday, Feb. 10 was officiated by Maria Menuonos and featured a who's who of WWE stars. Berenato attended Seneca High School in Tabernacle and is a former WWE Women's Tag Team Champion. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Darian Marie Horn (@darianmarie_…
Nick Bosa's GF Is Model From Philadelphia Who Spent Time At The Jersey Shore Nick Bosa's GF Is Model From Philadelphia Who Spent Time At The Jersey Shore
Nick Bosa's GF Is Model From Philadelphia Who Spent Time At The Jersey Shore If you're watching Super Bowl LVIII for the Usher halftime show, the commercial's, and Taylor Swift, here's someone else to keep an eye out for. Meet Lauren Maenner, a model with Philadelphia roots who grew up vacationing at the Jersey Shore. Her boyfriend? 49ers defensive end, 26-year-old Nick Bosa (not Taylor Swift's boyfriend's teammate).  It's not immediately clear when the athlete and the model started dating, but Maenner, also 26, hinted at it when the 49ers played the Eagles last December. "Haha this is awkward," the longtime Eagles fan captioned the photo, in which she's…
Sports-Loving Jersey Shore Crab Makes Super Bowl LVIII Prediction Sports-Loving Jersey Shore Crab Makes Super Bowl LVIII Prediction
Sports-Loving Jersey Shore Crab Makes Super Bowl Lviii Prediction Maybe he appreciates the Kansas City Chiefs' young and talented defense, maybe he's a Swiftie, or maybe he just likes red more than gold. Whatever the reason is, the sports-loving spider crab at SEA LIFE Aquarium New Jersey has made his prediction for Super Bowl LVIII. The crab from the Shark River in Monmouth County has picked the Chiefs to beat the San Francisco 49ers, according to the East Rutherford aquarium. Even though the Niners were listed as two-point favorites on DraftKings on Thursday, Feb. 8, the prognosticating crustacean went against the oddsmakers. "Without any hesitation, h…
NJ Aquarium's Sports-Loving Crab To Be Named After Super Bowl-Winning QB NJ Aquarium's Sports-Loving Crab To Be Named After Super Bowl-Winning QB
NJ Aquarium's Sports-Loving Crab To Be Named After Super Bowl-Winning QB The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers have a little something extra at stake in Super Bowl LVIII: The naming rights to a Jersey Shore crab. SEA LIFE Aquarium New Jersey, located at the American Dream Mall, said it will name a nine-spine spider crab after whichever quarterback wins Super Bowl LVIII. The male crab will share the name of either Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes or Niners gunslinger Brock Purdy. The two-year-old crab was found in the Shark River in Monmouth County, according to SEA LIFE. When he's not picking NFL winners, guests can see the unnamed crab buried…
Netflix To Follow Red Sox For Docuseries Airing In 2025 Netflix To Follow Red Sox For Docuseries Airing In 2025
Netflix To Follow Red Sox For Docuseries Airing In 2025 Netflix is shipping up to Boston. The popular streaming service has announced two projects with the Boston Red Sox, one of Major League Baseball's most storied franchises. Netflix will follow the Red Sox throughout the entire season, providing viewers a window into the ups and downs in one of the most rabid sports environments, Netflix said in a news release.  The docuseries is set to debut in 2025. The second project, which is coming to Netflix later this year, is an untitled documentary looking back at the historic 2004 Red Sox season, which culminated with one of the greatest…
Meet 'Coach Prime' Deion Sanders In North Jersey Meet 'Coach Prime' Deion Sanders In North Jersey
Meet 'Coach Prime' Deion Sanders In North Jersey It's going to be Prime Time in Bergen County next month. Deion Sanders, the two-sport superstar who now captivates college football as coach of the Colorado Buffaloes, will be signing copies of his new book "Elevate and Dominate: 21 Ways to Win On and Off the Field," at Bookends in Ridgewood on Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. In the book, "Coach Prime" offers personal stories and winning strategies to help people lead better lives, according to a synopsis. View this post on Instagram A post shared by @COACHPRIME (@deionsanders) A member of the…
'Score' Free Lift Tickets At This NJ Ski Resort On Abraham Lincoln's Birthday 'Score' Free Lift Tickets At This NJ Ski Resort On Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
'Score' Free Lift Tickets At This NJ Ski Resort On Abraham Lincoln's Birthday If you want to hit the slopes for free, you're going to have to hit the books. In honor of Abraham Lincoln's birthday on Monday, Feb. 12, Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, Sussex County is giving away free lift tickets. That is, if you can recite the Gettysburg Address from memory. "'Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new mountain, conceived in snow, and dedicated to the proposition that all riders are created equal to shred this sweet snow and raise their stoke.' — Abraham Lincoln, probably." "In the spirit of Honest Abe, no cheating (this means n…
2026 World Cup Final Heading To MetLife Stadium In New Jersey 2026 World Cup Final Heading To MetLife Stadium In New Jersey
2026 World Cup Final Heading To MetLife Stadium In New Jersey The world's biggest sporting event is coming to the East Rutherford. According to multiple reports, the 2026 men's World Cup final is set to be staged at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, after FIFA spurned bids from those representing Dallas' AT&T Stadium and Stan Kroenke's palace in LA.  The majority of the action will still take place in Texas, with action shared across venues in Mexico and Canada. But the Garden State drew the big straw, bringing the big event back to the area after Giants Stadium played host during the 1994 event. "While this stadium has been more used to hosti…
New Jersey GF OF Baltimore Raven's Tight End Looks Ahead New Jersey GF OF Baltimore Raven's Tight End Looks Ahead
New Jersey GF OF Baltimore Raven's Tight End Looks Ahead The fun has only just begun for Elena Yates and Mark Andrews. The social media ambassador whose LinkedIn shows she hails from Moorestown, NJ has her first season of being an NFL girlfriend in the books, as the Baltimore Raven's lost their spot in Super Bowl LVIII to the KC Chiefs 17-10 last weekend. Still, the 21-year-old College of Charleston senior there are more good times ahead. "Loved watching you do what you do best," she captioned an Instagram album this week. "Can’t wait to be back & better than ever!! Until next season." View this post on Instagram …
NJ Soccer Player Is Part Of Historic Cinderella Run In England's FA Cup NJ Soccer Player Is Part Of Historic Cinderella Run In England's FA Cup
NJ Soccer Player Is Part Of Historic Cinderella Run In England's FA Cup A soccer player from Monmouth County took a chance on a professional career in the United Kingdom and it's paying off, as his team has gone on one of the most stunning runs in the sport's oldest competition. Conor Kelly is a Rumson native and midfielder for Maidstone United FC, which competes in the National League South, in the sixth division of England's soccer system. Maidstone United is in the middle of one of the greatest Cinderella runs in the history of the FA Cup. The tournament puts Premier League global powerhouses like Liverpool FC and Manchester City in the same competition agai…
NJ Devils Players, Flyers Goalie Charged With Sex Assault: Legal Reps NJ Devils Players, Flyers Goalie Charged With Sex Assault: Legal Reps
NJ Devils Players, Flyers Goalie Charged With Sex Assault: Legal Reps The two New Jersey Devils players and the Philadelphia Flyers goalie who took leaves of absences last week have all been charged with sexual assault in London, Ontario, Daily Voice has learned Devils forward Michael McLeod, defenseman Cal Foote, and Flyers goalie Carter Hart — all members of the 2018 Canadian World Junior team — requested leaves the same day that The Globe and Mail released a report saying police in Canada called for the surrender of five players from the 2018 Canadian World Junior team in connection with a sex assault investigation. All three were on the team. Seth W…
Watch For Trenton Native, Penn State Alum At Super Bowl LVIII In First Season With NFL Watch For Trenton Native, Penn State Alum At Super Bowl LVIII In First Season With NFL
Watch For Trenton Native, Penn State Alum At Super Bowl Lviii In First Season With NFL A Trenton native is gearing up for the biggest game of his life when he takes the field for the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII. Ji'Ayir Brown is a starting safety for the Niners and will be ending his rookie season with a trip to the Super Bowl. He had ten tackles in San Francisco's comeback 34-31 win over the Detroit Lions in the NFC Championship on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Brown became a starter on the elite 49ers defense after fellow safety Talanoa Hufanga tore his right ACL in the third quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023.  Brown stepped right …
NJ Natives, Former Rutgers Players Will Face Each Other At Super Bowl LVIII NJ Natives, Former Rutgers Players Will Face Each Other At Super Bowl LVIII
NJ Natives, Former Rutgers Players Will Face Each Other At Super Bowl Lviii Three former Rutgers University football players will face off in Super Bowl LVIII, including one New Jersey native trying to win his third Lombardi Trophy and two Scarlet Knights looking to earn their second championship. Kansas City Chiefs starting running back Isiah Pacheco, of Vineland, helped lead the defending champions in the AFC title game at Baltimore on Sunday, Jan. 28. He rushed for 68 yards, caught four balls for 14 yards, and scored a second-quarter touchdown to put the Chiefs ahead of the Ravens for good in their 17-10 win. In a postgame interview with FOX Sports, Pacheco said…
Royal Rumble: NJ's Liv Morgan Makes Splash In Big Return To WWE Royal Rumble: NJ's Liv Morgan Makes Splash In Big Return To WWE
Royal Rumble: NJ's Liv Morgan Makes Splash In Big Return To WWE When it comes to the Women's Royal Rumble, Liv Morgan, a Bergen County native, is always the bridesmaid, never the bride. For the second year in a row, Morgan a.k.a. Gianna Daddio, who was raised in Elmwood Park, was the runner-up in the 2024 WWE Women's Royal Rumble on Saturday, Jan. 27, outlasting 28 other women before being eliminated by Bayley.  This was Morgan's first appearance since she injured her shoulder last July. LIV MORGAN IS BACK!@YaOnlyLivvOnce returns in the Women's #RoyalRumble Match as the surprise number 30 entrant! pic.twitter.com/WU563qBU0C — WWE (@WWE) January…
Taylor Swift Lands In Baltimore After Latest Flight Out Of Morristown Airport Taylor Swift Lands In Baltimore After Latest Flight Out Of Morristown Airport
Taylor Swift Lands In Baltimore After Latest Flight Out Of Morristown Airport Taylor Swift is in the building. M&T Bank Stadium, that is. The 34-year-old pop star's Dassault Falcon 7X touched down at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, less than 40 minutes after taking off from Morristown Airport, in NJ on Sunday afternoon Jan. 28, according to her jet-tracking Reddit account run by programmer Jack Sweeney. As expected, Swift is in Charm City to support beau Travis Kelce, the tight end on the Kansas City Chiefs (13-6), playing the Ravens (14-4) this afternoon in the AFC Championship game. Page Six shared photos o…
Meet 'The Man': 6X WWE Champ Becky Lynch Signing Books In New Jersey Meet 'The Man': 6X WWE Champ Becky Lynch Signing Books In New Jersey
Meet 'The Man': 6X WWE Champ Becky Lynch Signing Books In New Jersey Buckle up, Bergen County. The Man is coming to town. Becky Lynch, the 6-time WWE Women's Champion, is signing copies of her new book "The Man: Not Your Average Average Girl" at Bookends in Ridgewood on Wednesday, March 27 at 6 p.m.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Rebecca Quin (@beckylynchwwe) In "The Man" Lynch, a.k.a. Rebecca Quin, discusses discovering her love of wrestling while growing up in Dublin in a devout Irish Catholic household, which led to her being discovered by WWE and becoming a champion, according to a syno…
Boxer Who Gave Mike Tyson First Professional Loss Inducted Into Atlantic City's Hall Of Fame Boxer Who Gave Mike Tyson First Professional Loss Inducted Into Atlantic City's Hall Of Fame
Boxer Who Gave Mike Tyson First Professional Loss Inducted Into Atlantic City's Hall Of Fame The boxer who gave Mike Tyson his first professional loss is among the 21 people who will become the newest members of the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame. The hall of fame announced its class of 2024 on Thursday, Jan. 25. The organization is preparing for its eighth annual awards and induction weekend. James "Buster" Douglas is the most notable name on this year's list. He became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world when he knocked out Tyson in a massive tenth-round upset in Tokyo on Sunday, Feb. 11, 1990. Douglas lost the title belt after losing to Evander Holyfield in …
NJ Devils Players' Leaves Of Absence Tied To 2018 Sex Assault Investigation? NJ Devils Players' Leaves Of Absence Tied To 2018 Sex Assault Investigation?
NJ Devils Players' Leaves Of Absence Tied To 2018 Sex Assault Investigation? Two New Jersey Devils players and one member of the Philadelphia Flyers  have been granted leaves of absence the same day that The Globe and Mail released a report saying police in Canada called for the surrender of five players from the 2018 Canadian World Junior team in connection with a sex assault investigation. Devils forward Michael McLeod, defenseman Cal Foote, and Flyers goalie Carter Hart — all members of the 2018 Canadian World Junior team — have been granted a leave of absence.  The Devils said only that McLeod and Foote were requested and granted an indefinit…
'Always The Underdog:' Toms River Fighter Frankie Edgar Will Be Inducted Into UFC Hall Of Fame 'Always The Underdog:' Toms River Fighter Frankie Edgar Will Be Inducted Into UFC Hall Of Fame
'Always The Underdog:' Toms River Fighter Frankie Edgar Will Be Inducted Into UFC Hall Of Fame A Toms River mixed martial artist known for taking down more physically imposing fighters has reached the summit of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Frankie "The Answer" Edgar was named as the first UFC Hall of Fame inductee for 2024. The UFC announced his acceptance into MMA's most exclusive club during UFC 297 in Toronto on Saturday, Jan. 20. The UFC released a video tribute to Edgar's career when making the announcement. "Undersized, always the underdog, everyone could see themselves in Frankie," UFC commentator Din Thomas said in the video. "Frankie was really the first fighter to p…
NJ Olympic Gold Medalist Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone Coming To Bergen County NJ Olympic Gold Medalist Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone Coming To Bergen County
NJ Olympic Gold Medalist Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone Coming To Bergen County Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, a Middlesex County track star who won two gold medals at the 2020 Summer Olympics, is returning home to tell her story. McLaughlin-Levrone, who grew up in Dunellen and attended Union Catholic High School, is signing copies of her new book "Far Beyond Gold: Running from Fear to Faith," at Books and Greetings on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Books and Greetings in Northvale at 6 p.m. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone (@sydneymclaughlin16) In the book, McLaughlin-Levrone talks about how she…
Still Here: Tommy DeVito Stops By NJ Deli Still Here: Tommy DeVito Stops By NJ Deli
Still Here: Tommy DeVito Stops By NJ Deli With no playoff games to prepare for, New York Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito is making the rounds of North Jersey. DeVito, a Don Bosco graduate, who lives with his parents in Cedar Grove, appeared at Natoli's Italian Deli in Secaucus, the restaurant shared on Facebook on Friday, Jan. 19.  The Big Blue signal caller also recently got his haircut at YK Salon in Cedar Grove, the salon revealed on Instagram. View this post on Instagram A post shared by YK Salon Cedar Grove ✨ (@yksaloncg) Despite his losing starting quarterback gig to…
NJ Athletes Lead USA Women's Field Hockey Back To Olympics NJ Athletes Lead USA Women's Field Hockey Back To Olympics
NJ Athletes Lead USA Women's Field Hockey Back To Olympics Team USA will make its return to the Olympics in women's field hockey and a duo from New Jersey helped the 16-player squad earn a summer trip to France. The U.S. beat Japan 2-1 in the semifinals of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Olympic Qualifiers in Ranchi, India, on Thursday, Jan. 18. Ashley Hoffman and Abby Tamer scored about three minutes apart in the fourth quarter to earn the comeback victory for the United Eagles. 𝗪𝗘 𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝗛𝗘𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗗 𝗧𝗢 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗜𝗦 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 𝗢𝗟𝗬𝗠𝗣𝗜𝗖 𝗚𝗔𝗠𝗘𝗦! 🇺🇸 #Paris2024 | #Olympics Posted by USA Field Hockey on Thursday, January 18, 2024 This will be t…
NJ's Aaron Rodgers Declines To Apologize To Jimmy Kimmel Over Epstein Claims NJ's Aaron Rodgers Declines To Apologize To Jimmy Kimmel Over Epstein Claims
NJ's Aaron Rodgers Declines To Apologize To Jimmy Kimmel Over Epstein Claims Aaron Rodgers does not believe Jimmy Kimmel is a pedophile. That was about the nicest thing the Essex County resident had to say about the late night talk show host. Rodgers appeared on his weekly spot on ESPN's "The Pat McAfee Show," on Tuesday, Jan. 9, where he attempted to clarify his previous comments where he implied Kimmel was a patron of Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier and a convicted sex offender. The New York Jets quarterback, who purchased a mansion in Cedar Grove following his trade to Gang Green, said by saying Kimmel didn't want Epstein's client list to be released, he w…
Jimmy Kimmel Unloads On NJ's Aaron Rodgers Over False Epstein Claims Jimmy Kimmel Unloads On NJ's Aaron Rodgers Over False Epstein Claims
Jimmy Kimmel Unloads On NJ's Aaron Rodgers Over False Epstein Claims Jimmy Kimmel has hit back at New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers after Rodgers implied the late-night talk show host was a patron of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. During his opening monologue on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday, Jan. 8, Kimmel called for Rodgers, a New Jersey resident who bought an Essex County mansion in Cedar Grove after his trade to Gang Green, to apologize for saying on ESPN's "The Pat McAfee Show" last week that Kimmel would be on a list of clients who flew on the disgraced financier's private jet. Aaron Rodgers warns ESPN's audience about "the alphabet g…
NJ's Aaron Rodgers 'Made Dumb, Factually Inaccurate Joke About Jimmy Kimmel': ESPN NJ's Aaron Rodgers 'Made Dumb, Factually Inaccurate Joke About Jimmy Kimmel': ESPN
NJ's Aaron Rodgers 'Made Dumb, Factually Inaccurate Joke About Jimmy Kimmel': ESPN Aaron Rodgers will continue to appear on ESPN's "The Pat McAfee Show" after setting off a firestorm when he implied late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel was a patron of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Following Rodgers' comments on Tuesday, Jan. 2, Kimmel took to Twitter and threatened a lawsuit against the quarterback, who bought a mansion in Cedar Grove after he was traded to the Jets, and McAfee apologized for the exchange the next day.  Mike Foss, an ESPN senior vice president who oversees “The Pat McAfee Show,” issued a statement to several media outlets on Friday, …