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'The Mandalorian' star Gina Carano is fired from the series over social media posts
Gina Carano during a San Diego Comic Con panel
Gina Carano during a San Diego Comic Con panel Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

After the star of "The Mandalorian" and former mixed martial arts fighter received backlash online Wednesday for sharing a series of incendiary social media posts and memes mentioning Jeffrey Epstein and comparing conservatives in the U.S. to Holocaust victims, Lucasfilm confirmed that Gina Carano is no longer a part of the popular Disney+ show.

The news comes on the heels of the hashtag #FireGinaCarano trending on Twitter Wednesday as fans screen-grabbed the star's deleted posts, including an anti-Semitic Instagram story that she shared from another user that equivocated the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust to a disagreement over beliefs: "How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?"

Carano was a frequent guest star on "The Mandalorian" since the first season, often helping the title character on his mission to keep Grogu, aka Baby Yoda, safe from Imperial forces hunting the tiny alien creature.

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MythBusters' host Grant Imahara dies at 49 of a brain aneurysm
Grant Imahara
Grant Imahara Credit: Genevieve (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Grant Imahara, the former co-host of Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" and Netflix's "White Rabbit Project", has died suddenly at the age of 49 of a brain aneurysm.

Born in Los Angeles, Imahara joined Lucasfilm’s THX and later moved to its VFX unit ILM. During his tenure, he worked on films in such blockbuster movies as Jurassic Park, The Matrix, The Terminator, xXx, Galaxy Quest, Van Helsing and Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

Adam Savage, co-host of MythBusters, tweeted: "I’m at a loss. No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend."