Tom Brady, Patriots booed off home field by angry fans

This is rare.

The New England Patriots were booed off their home field Sunday as they headed off for halftime down 20-7 to the Kansas City Chiefs.

It was a rare sight, given the Patriots’ dominance over the past two decades with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady leading the team to six Super Bowl titles since 2001.

But the 10-2 Pats have struggled in recent weeks as their schedule has become more challenging. Brady hasn’t looked like himself, and the offense is spiraling.

Brady was 10 of 19 for 101 yards with a touchdown and interception at the half. He also led a 55-yard drive that ended in a blocked field goal, likely piling on to fans’ frustrations.

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And Here Are the Nominees For the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards!

The nominees for the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards were announced on Dec. 8, and the competition is looking pretty stiff! While Netflix’s The Irishman earned the most nominations in the film categories with 14 nods, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood snagged 12. Little Women and Marriage Story trailed closely behind with eight nominations. On the television front, When They See Us is up for eight honors, while This Is Us and Schitt’s Creek are each vying for seven awards. Check out all the nominations ahead and see who wins at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Jan. 12!

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Anthony Joshua wants spring mega-fight against Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham in March after defeating Andy Ruiz Jr – The Sun

ANTHONY JOSHUA is eyeing a spring mega-fight at Spurs’ new stadium.

Britain’s heavyweight hero won his world titles back from Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night — six months after losing them in New York.

The re-crowned WBA, IBF and WBO king admits he is homesick and wants to sell out the 60,000-seat Premier League ground in March.

Joshua, 30, would prefer old enemy Dillian Whyte but mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev is the most likely opponent.

AJ said: “It would be mega. Looking at how many people came out here shows there’s still a big interest in the heavyweight division, especially now we are taking the belts back.

“To defend them back on home soil would be big news.

“It would be better against another Brit but, if not, I will follow my mandatory and crack on that way.


'CAN'T LOSE' ON HOME SOIL

“London’s calling, I think. We’ve been away for the whole year but it’s nice to have a breather.

“It’s nice to have a bit of controversy, a bit of doubt.

“It just shows that British supporters do play a big part in my career. Any time I’m on home soil I can’t lose.

“The work begins again because around March I’ll be defending those titles again. I’m already focusing on my next fight.”

TIME TO EARN SPURS

Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed a dream return to Wembley, the setting for AJ’s iconic 2017 win over Wladimir Klitschko, clashed with too many diary dates.

Instead, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho — who has attended some of the Watford star’s fights and was invited to Saudi – could be welcoming him.

Hearn said: “Tottenham Hotspur is a nice new stadium for a fight and we have to look at it.

“The phone has gone crazy with people saying, ‘Bring him here, bring him here’.

“People have seen what we have just done in Saudi Arabia and there are a lot of options internationally but AJ wants to box back in the UK.

"We have spoken to Spurs about doing it and they were very keen to host the Ruiz fight but the dates did not work out. They are very keen again.”


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Brian Blessed dropped F-bomb in church after tripping during charity service – The Sun

BRIAN Blessed dropped a booming F-bomb in church as he tripped during a charity service.

The iconic actor fell as he finished his reading and bellowed "f***" as he tumbled.


The swear word echoed around the 300-year-old church – much to the amusement of the packed audience.

A source told The Sun: “He finished his reading, but then stacked it and hit his head as he walked back to his seat.

“Lots of people rushed to see if he was OK – but he laughed about it.”

They continued: “He swore really loudly – it reverberated around the church.”

The star was doing the reading at a fundraising Carol Service for charity African Promise last week in the St Giles-in-the-Fields Church in London’s West End.

The organisation works with primary schools in rural Kenya to improve education, and Blessed has been a long-time supporter of their work.

As well as national treasure Blessed, actress Felicity Kendall, Poldark star Luke Norris and voice of Channel 4's First Dates Brian Protheroe also did a reading.

Gospel choir Enchorus – who have sung on The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice – performed a series of songs at the event.

A spokesperson for Blessed told The Sun: “He just grazed his knee. He was fine and didn’t have to go to hospital. “


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Jacqueline Jossa wins I’m A Celeb 2019 beating Andy Whyment to be crowned Queen of the Jungle – The Sun

JACQUELINE Jossa has won I'm A Celeb beating Andy Whyment into second place after a gruelling three weeks in the jungle.

The actress broke down in tears as she stormed to victory, before sharing a passionate kiss and cuddle with husband Dan Osborne.


There were tears galore as Andy and Jacqueline told Ant and Dec how much the show meant to them after learning they were in the final two.

Jac grew emotional as she told how she no longer wanted to be seen as a doormat after reports of cheating plaguing her husband Dan.

She said: "It was a turning point in my life. I went in as one person and came out as another. I've grown in confidence.

"It’s so easy to care what other people think of you like trolls and stuff. But in here you have to be you, there’s no other option."

She continued: "I can’t work out what’s happening. I’ve been known as Lauren from EastEnders or a doormat."

Roman Kemp finished third and called his experience "the best thing of my life" after greeting the hosts with a hug.

And he was stunned to learn he'd won more stars in challenges than any contestant in the last five years.

It was a love-in between finalists Jacqueline, Roman and Andy as they reminisced on their time and each took on one last Bushtucker Trial.

The trio were stunned to make it to the bitter end, with Jacqueline declaring: “I’m the last girl standing. I can’t believe it. Oh my goodness this is ridiculous, Jungle Jac is in the final.”

Roman said: “My legs feel like jelly I can’t believe that I can say I’m in the final. I would never have thought I’d get this far.”

While a tearful Andy told the Bush Telegraph: “I can’t believe it and I’m getting emotional I’m so chuffed. It’s just nice to know that people are voting for me, the person I am, it means a lot.”

They might have made it all the way, but they each had to face their fears one final time to win the traditional end of series feast.

Jac was first up with the Stake Out in a bid to win the trio delicious starters.

She had to lay down and remain in a giant star on the floor with her arms and legs tied down for 10 minutes as critters were poured over her.

Despite fears, cockroaches were going to crawl in her "nunny", she smashed it, winning starters for camp, a drink and a special treat.

Next up was Andy with the Bushtucker Bonanza eating challenge.

The actor did his best not to throw up as he munched a stomach-churning selection including a whole scorpion and a pig's testicle.

While he compared a crocodile anus to a Chinese pancake, making Ant and Dec chuckle.

Andy won all five stars to secure three main courses, Bacardi and diet coke and chocolate biscuits.

Finally Roman was tasked with the Panic Pit – an underground chamber in which he had to remain strapped on his back for 10 minutes.

For every two minutes he endured Roman won a star, but like Jac he was joined by loads of snakes.




He bravely completed the 10 minutes to win a full set of desserts for camp, a drink and special treat.

“That was absolutely terrifying,” he told the hosts after the challenge.

Ahead of tonight's final bookmakers revealed that betting figures plummeted to an all time low after 2018's record haul.

Punters dropped a huge £11m in bets last year, according to reports bookmakers.tv, whereas only £3m was placed on Bushtucker Trials and the Queen or King of the jungle this time around.

Bookies favourite Andy attracted bets of £500,000 to win the show, but that paled in comparison to the £6million put on last year's King Harry Redknapp.

A bookmakers.tv spokesman said: “Throughout the show, the public has simply failed to connect with this year’s participants, which has resulted that bookies have taken the least ever money on the hit show since it’s very beginning.”

Meanwhile last night Garraway narrowly missed out on a spot in the final.

However, the 52-year-old took the result in her stride telling Ant and Dec that Roman, Andy and Jacqueline deserved to be in the series showpiece.


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Why Taylor Swift Said Demi Moore's Memoir Was One of Her Favorite Books of 2019

From one highest-paid superstar to another, Taylor Swift has Demi Moore’s back.

In PEOPLE’s latest cover story, the singer — who is one of four entertainers honored as People of the Year — reveals one of her favorite books of 2019 was the actress’s memoir, Inside Out.

“I couldn’t put it down. You read it in two days!” says Swift. “I was thinking about how when she was the highest-paid actress, she was just punished ruthlessly for it. That’s so wrong, and she was treated so badly in that moment.”

In Moore’s New York Times best-selling memoir, the 57-year-old star got candid about the ups and downs in her life as she balanced her career and raised three daughters while navigating three marriages (including to ex-husbands Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher.”

“I feel like finally she’s getting the last laugh because [now] people are like ‘Yeah! That’s great that you were the highest-paid actress,'” says Swift. “She owns a lot in the book, and it’s really well-written.”

Moore’s memoir begins by recounting her childhood moving around the country before her family settled down in southern California, and her traumatizing rape at age 15.

“It’s exciting, and yet I feel very vulnerable,” Moore previously said of her book’s release. “There is no cover of a character. It’s not somebody else’s interpretation of me.”

As for herself, Swift has similarly embraced her own voice — and power — more than ever as she approaches her 30th birthday on Dec. 13.

The star was named by Forbes as the highest-paid celebrity in 2019 and reportedly raked in $185 million due in large part to her massive Reputation Stadium Tour.

After wrapping the tour, Swift — who is gearing up for her new tour, Lover Fest — says she felt empowered to write music in a way she was never able to before.

“There was so much theatricality in the darkness of reputation. It was secretly a love story, but it was also filled with angst, rebellion and this vengeful taking back of your life,” she says. “Lover ended up being the album [where I was no longer] answering to something. In the past, I’ve definitely used my criticism as a jumping-off point for creativity. With reputation, I’d said everything I needed to say. I’d been tried in every possible way people could throw things at me, and I felt like now I just get to create.”

For more on 2019’s People of the Year, click here and pick up this week’s issue, on stands Friday, Dec. 6.

This article originally appeared on People. For more stories like this, visit people.com.

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FBI says it presumes base shooting was act of terrorism

FBI says the Pensacola base shooting is ‘presumed’ to be a TERROR attack as Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms two Saudi nationals filmed the attack that left three dead at the hands of radicalized gunman

  • Special Agent in Charge Rachel Rojas revealed Sunday that investigators have not yet been able to determine shooter Mohammed Alshamrani’s motive
  • The Naval base shooting left three dead and eight injured on Friday
  • Alshamrani, 21, also died following a gun fire battle with police 
  • Investigators believe the Saudi gunman visited New York City, including the Rockefeller Center, just days before the shooting
  • Authorities also believe the gunman made social media posts in which he talked about U.S. support for Israel and charged that Americans are anti-Muslim
  • Days before the shooting, Alshamrani hosted a dinner party for himself and three other Saudi trainees where they all watched videos of mass shootings
  • Investigators noted that one of the three students recorded video outside the classroom building while the shooting was taking place
  • Ten Saudi students were being held on the base Saturday as part of the investigation, the official said, however no arrests have yet been made 

The FBI has revealed that the deadly mass shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola will be investigated as a potential act of terrorism as authorities explore whether the gunman’s sickening actions were spurred by a radical ideology.

Special Agent in Charge Rachel Rojas revealed Sunday that investigators have not yet been able to determine the motive behind Mohammed Alshamrani’s ambush in Florida on Friday, which left three dead.    

Alshamrani, 21, also died at the scene and eight others were wounded but all are expected to recover.

Investigators say the gunman visited New York City – including the Rockefeller Center – with three other Saudi trainees just days before the shooting and are working to determine the purpose of the trip.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed Sunday that ‘one or two’ of the Saudi trainees were filming the shooting as Alshamrani carried it out, though for now it remains unclear why. 

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21, killed three and wounded 12 others in the attack before he was shot dead by police. This picture was released by the FBI on Saturday evening

Special Agent in Charge Rachel Rojas revealed Sunday that investigators have not yet been able to determine shooter Mohammed Alshamrani’s motive for Friday’s ambush in Florida 

Defense Secretary Mark Esper (pictured right with President Trump) confirmed Sunday that ‘one or two’ of the Saudi trainees were filming the shooting as Alshamrani carried it out, though for now it remains unclear why

Authorities also believe the shooter authored a series of social media posts in which he talked about U.S. support for Israel and scolded Americans for being anti-Muslim.

‘I can tell you that we are looking very hard at uncovering his motive and I would ask for patience so we can get this right,’ Rojas said in a press conference.

ALSHAMRANI’S DISTURBING TWITTER ACCOUNT AND HIS PRE-SHOOTING ‘MANIFESTO’ 

The now-deactivated Twitter account purportedly belonging to Alshamrani included:

– A variety of anti-Israel postings and a quote from deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden

– A lengthy manifesto posted at 4:39am  Friday, less than two hours the shooting. The manifesto read in part:

 I’m against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil.

‘I’m not against you for just being American, I don’t hate you because [of] your freedoms, I hate you because every day you [are] supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims, but also humanity….

‘As we speak, members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and Counterterrorism Division are working tirelessly to discern any possible ideology that may have been a factor in this attack.’ 

The FBI and others are trying to establish whether the attack was an act of terrorism and whether Alshamrani acted alone. 

Alshamrani was a flight student at Pensacola, where members of foreign militaries are routinely trained by the U.S.

Using a Glock 9mm handgun he’d purchased by exploiting a legal loophole, Alshamrani opened fire in a classroom at the Florida base on Friday morning, killing Airman Mohammed Sameh Hathaim, 19, Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21.

Eight others, including two deputies, were wounded in a gunfight with Alshamrani, who was later shot dead by police. 

Days before the gunfire erupted, Alshamrani hosted a dinner party for himself and three other Saudi trainees where they all watched videos of mass shootings together. 

Mark Esper said that at least one of the three students recorded video outside the classroom building while the shooting was taking place, while the others watched on nearby from a car.

FBI agents are also trying to determine the purpose of the group’s visit to New York, along with the gunman, and are attempting to locate and question anyone who they may have met with in during their time in the city.  


US Naval Academy graduate, Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, (left) and military student Mohammed Haitham, 19, (right) have been identified as two of the victims of Friday’s shooting

Naval apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, was named as the third victim

The FBI Evidence Response Team is pictured continuing their methodical search for clues at the base on Saturday.  FBI terrorism investigators have been also been investigating, according to reports

Naval Air Station Pensacola  will remain closed until further notice, officials said Saturday. The building where the shooting took place is pictured

In the hours leading up to the attack, the shooter appeared to have posted criticism of U.S. wars in the Middle East to social media, saying he hated Americans for ‘committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity’ and for the country’s support of Israel.  

He also posted a quote from assassinated al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, according to SITE Intelligence Group. The shooter’s Twitter account was taken down subsequent to the attack. 

The U.S. has sought the assistance of Saudi officials as they try to piece together information about the gunman and whether his heinous actions were spurred by  an ‘ideology’. 

Ten Saudi students were being held on the base Saturday as part of the investigation, the official said, however no arrests have yet been made.

Alshamrani was a second lieutenant attending the aviation school at Navy Station Pensacola. The Pentagon say his training with the US military began in August 2016, and was due to finish in August 2020. 

One of Alshamrani’s uncles told CNN on Saturday that he was shocked by the attack, as his nephew was ‘likable and mannered towards his family and the community’.  

‘He had his religion, his prayer, his honesty and commitments’, the uncle stated.  

Meanwhile, it’s been revealed that Alshamrani used a handgun in the shooting, which he purchased from a dealer in Pensacola. 

Non-citizens are prohibited from purchasing guns in the United States, unless they are equipped with a hunting license. 

According to NBC, Alshamrani was equipped with such a license. 

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani was a Saudi aviator training at the U.S. naval station

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suggested Saudi Arabia should offer compensation to the victims

The gun has been described as a Glock 45 9-millimeter handgun with an extended magazine. 

Alshamrani allegedly had four to six other magazines in his possession at the time of his shooting. 

Elsewhere, the FBI is examining social media posts and investigating whether Alshamrani acted alone or was connected to any broader group. 

On Friday evening, the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist media, claimed they had tracked a Twitter account belonging to Alshamrani which featured a disturbing manifesto written just hours before the shooting.   

Investigators are working to determine if it was in fact written by the shooter 

President Donald Trump declined to say whether the shooting was terrorism-related but said Saturday that he would review policies governing foreign military training in the U.S.

The U.S. has long had a robust training program for Saudis, providing assistance in the U.S. and in the kingdom. More than 850 Saudis are in the United States for various training activities. They are among more than 5,000 foreign students from 153 countries in the U.S. going through military training.

‘This has been done for many decades,’ Trump said. ‘I guess we’re going to have to look into the whole procedure. We’ll start that immediately.’

SAUDI ARABIA’S TERROR LINK 

15 of the 19 men associated with the al-Qaeda 9/11 attacks were Saudi citizens. A number of them received their aviation training at bases in the US. 

al-Qaeda’s leader, Osama bin Laden, hailed from a prominent Saudi family.  

The US investigated some Saudi diplomats and others with Saudi government ties who knew hijackers after they arrived in the US, according to documents that have been declassified.

The Saudi government has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attacks. 

The 9/11 Commission report found ‘no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded’ the attacks that al-Qaeda masterminded, but the commission also noted ‘the likelihood’ that Saudi government-sponsored charities did.  

In 2017, families of 800 victims and 1,500 first responders file a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia accusing the country’s officials of aiding hijackers in 9/11 attacks. The lawsuit is ongoing.

Saudi Arabia is the richest and geographically largest Middle Eastern country – and a key US ally.

According to the State Department, Saudi Arabia is the second leading source of imported oil for the United States, providing just under one million barrels per day of oil to the US market    

 Saudi money is also widely invested in the US, with billions of private cash invested on Wall Street and beyond.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a member of the ruling al-Saud family, has stakes in a huge range of big  businesses including Citigroup, 21st Century Fox, and the Plaza Hotel in New York.  

Many the country’s citizens also come to study at US colleges, with Saudis the fourth-largest source of foreign students, trailing only China, India and South Korea, according to The New York Times.  

The US has long had a robust training program for Saudis, with 852 Saudi nationals currently in the country  training under the Pentagon’s security cooperation agreement.    

Saudi Arabia was not one of the seven countries included in President Trump’s 2017  ‘travel ban’   

The shooting marks a setback in Saudi Arabia’s efforts to shrug off its longstanding reputation for promoting religious extremism after the September 11, 2001 attacks in which 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis.

The hashtag ‘Saudis stand with America’ gained traction on social media after King Salman telephoned President Donald Trump to denounce the shooting as ‘heinous’ and pledge cooperation with American officials to investigate the incident.

The king added in the phone call on Friday that the shooter, who was gunned down by police, ‘does not represent the Saudi people’.

The family of the shooter echoed the same sentiment, with pro-government Okaz newspaper quoted one of his uncles, Saad al-Shamrani, as saying that his actions do not reflect the ‘humanity and loyalty of his family’ to the kingdom’s leadership.

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Lewis Dunk ‘goes full Phil Jones’ as he heads the ball onto his arm in area – but VAR doesn’t give penalty – The Sun

BRIGHTON defender Lewis Dunk was accused of going "full Phil Jones" during his side's Premier League clash against Wolves.

With 60 minutes on the clock the centre-half decided to try and clear the ball with his head – while he was laying in his penalty area.


It led to the ball bouncing up and striking him on the arm – but after the referee consulted VAR Wolves' penalty appeals were in vain.

But footie fans watching the game were quick to notice that Dunk's unorthodox defending reminded them of a a similar incident that went viral.

Back in 2015 Manchester United were playing Arsenal when Phil Jones fell to the turf and practically face-planted the ball into the rival attacker's leg and back to his keeper.

He jumped back to his feet and seemed proud to have spectacularly averted the danger.

TRIBUTE TO JONES

Now Dunk has been compared to the United defender.

Chris Harding wrote on Twitter: "Dunk going full Phil Jones there."

Jack McCutcheon posted: "Lewis Dunk out here moving like Phil Jones."

Watford fan Danny Porter added: "Lewis Dunk went full Phil Jones. Never go full Phil Jones."

And Matthew Leggett tweeted out: "Lewis Dunk has been studying at the Phil Jones school of defending."

Many shared hilarious memes showing that infamous Jones moment.

But when the Brighton man looks back at the incident, at least he can say it didn't lead to a goal conceded.

The two teams drew 2-2 in an entertaining affair at the Amex.

 

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EastEnders Maisie Smith flaunts stunning new look as she drops Tiffany alter-ego

EastEnders ' Maisie Smith sent her fans wild as she showed off her bare-faced beauty in her latest snap.

The EastEnders cast member, who plays Tiffany Butcher, looked gorgeous as she stripped off her make-up for a stripped-selfie in a Coca Cola t-shirt.

Maisie, 18, sent her fans wild as she looked dramatically different to Tiffany, who is known for her heavy make-up and elaborate outfits.

She captioned the snap: "Gotta luv a portrait mode."

  • EastEnders spoilers: Louise baby health scare and Whitney drama next week

  • EastEnders fans predict Karen Taylor to have 'steamy romp' with Billy Mitchell

It didn't take long for her followers to share their compliments at Maisie's looks, as Tilly Keeper, who plays Louise Mitchell, wrote: "You beautiful lil thing."

Another added: "A beautiful sensational Queen as always."

A third chipped in: "You're just another level."

  • EastEnders fans spot major blunder in Louise Mitchell's baby delivery scene

  • EastEnders fans shellshocked as Sharon Mitchell finally confirms baby's real father

A fourth wrote: "You're looking beautiful."

Meanwhile, Tiffany is set for a seriously dramatic storyline soon as she realises that her step-sister Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) is in a lot of danger.

Whitney's ex Callum Highway (Tony Clay) and Gray Atkins (Toby Alexander Smith) become concerned over Leo King's strange behaviour around Whitney.

  • EastEnders' fans spot clue Jean Slater has uncovered Daniel's 'fake death' plot

  • EastEnders' Louisa Lytton promises drama with Stacey after Martin and Ruby affair

They air their worries to Tiffany, who realises something is not right and calls her mum Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer).

Bianca finally admits that Leo is the son of Tony King, who abused Whitney as a child before being sent to prison.

Leo is out for revenge on Whitney for sending his dad to prison, where he later killed himself.

Will it be too late for Tiffany to save her sister?

EastEnders continues tomorrow at 8pm on BBC.

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Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Dies at 85

Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for 49 years at “Sesame Street,” died in Connecticut after living with dystonia. He was 85.

Sesame Workshop announced his death on their site, calling him an “artistic genius” whose “legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending.”

“His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger-than-life yellow bird who brought joy to generations of children and countless fans of all ages around the world,” the announcement continued, “and his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while.”

Spinney was with “Sesame Street” from the beginning in 1969, and continued working as Big Bird and Oscar through 2018, though he stopped performing inside the Big Bird costume in 2015 when it became too physically demanding. He first met Jim Henson in 1962 at a puppeteering festival, but the idea of working for him did not come about until they reconnected at another festival in 1969. As Big Bird and Oscar, he conducted several orchestras, including the Boston Pops, across the United States, China, and Australia.

His work on “Sesame Street” earned Spinney five Daytime Emmy awards, beginning in 1974 with individual achievement in children’s programming for “Sesame Street.” His most recent win was in 2007 for performer in a children’s series for Oscar the Grouch. He was also nominated for a Grammy award for the album “Merry Christmas from Sesame Street” in 1976. In 2006, Spinney was awared the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Before joining “Sesame Street,” Spinney worked at “Bozo’s Big Top” in Boston following his service in the Air Force, which he joined at 19. He portrayed several characters including Kookie the Boxing Kangaroo and Mr. Lion, though he eventually left the show, winding up in Salt Lake City, performing at the fateful festival where he met Henson.

Spinney appeared in “The Muppet Movie,” “The Great Muppet Caper,” “Big Bird in China,” and “Follow that Bird.” He also appeared in 2009’s “Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian” as Oscar the Grouch. Documentarians Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker created a film about Spinney, “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story,” in 2014.

“He managed to learn to speak directly to the hearts of probably anything from 2-year-olds to 5-, 6-, 7-year-olds — and to grown-ups, as a matter of fact,” “Sesame Street” performer Bob McGrath said in the doc. “It was most apparent to us the first time we got out and really performed for kids. Anytime you mentioned Big Bird, the place erupted. It was like a mini Woodstock.”

“Sesame Street” co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney said of her longtime colleague and friend, “Caroll Spinney’s contributions to ‘Sesame Street’ are countless. He not only gave us Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, he gave so much of himself as well. We at Sesame Workshop mourn his passing and feel an immense gratitude for all he has given to ‘Sesame Street’ and to children around the world.”

Spinney is survived by his second wife, Debra, along with children and grandchildren from his first marriage.

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