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Alex Wong/Getty ImagesIt's been quite a while since The West Wing was on TV, but one of its stars showed up in character at a White House press briefing on Friday.

Allison Janney, who played White House press secretary C.J. Cregg for seven seasons on The West Wing, surprised reporters by popping up in the White House press briefing room.  When asked where the actual press secretary, Josh Earnest, was, Janney joked, "Josh is out today.  I believe it's a root canal."  Reporters laughed, because Janney was referencing a specific episode of The West Wing where her character had a root canal.

"Yeah, he has a root canal, but let's be honest I'm better at this than he is anyway," she cracked.

In all seriousness, Janney was there because her character on her current show, Mom, is a recovering addict.  She paid tribute to the White House Champions of Change, a group involved in substance abuse issues, and she also spoke about the general opiod epidemic in the U.S.  

"This is a disease that can touch anybody and all of us can help reduce drug abuse through evidenced-based treatment, prevention and recovery," she said.

As Cregg, Janney took one question: who is President Bartlet -- the character played by Martin Sheen in The West Wing -- supporting in the Democratic primary?  She snapped, “I think you know the answer to that question.”

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Mark Seliger/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- Amy Schumer's dad can cross one more thing off his bucket list, thanks to his daughter.

"FaceTime with the goddess Goldie Hawn making my dads dream come true," the 34-year-old Inside Amy Schumer star captioned an Instagram video of her and her father, Gordon Schumer, chatting with the actress on Wednesday.

"He keeps saying that we're playing sisters and I'm like no, you're the love of his life," says Schumer, who plays the daughter of Hawn, 70, in an upcoming comedy film.

Amy then convinces her father to tell Hawn she's the "love of his life."

During a segment of ABC's The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015, which aired back in December, Schumer discussed with Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  her father's longtime battle with multiple sclerosis.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Turns out Will Ferrell won't be starring in an upcoming comedy about former President Ronald Reagan.  His rep tells ABC News Ferrell "is not pursuing" the movie role.

It was reported this week that Ferrell had been cast in Reagan. The story was said to begin at the start of Reagan's second term, when he falls into dementia and an intern must convince him he's an actor playing the president in a movie. Ferrell was also said to be producing the project.  Reagan suffered from Alzheimer's disease after his presidency, and died in 2004.

In a statement to ABC News, Ferrell's rep says, "The Reagan script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered. While it is by no means a ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”

Reagan's children Michael Reagan and Patti Davis were chief among those who were quick to condemn the news, the former tweeting, "Alheimers is not a comedy it robs you then it kills you."  Michael's half-sister Davis posted an open letter on her website, writing to Ferrell, in part, "Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous."

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Ronald Reagan's family is upset over a planned comedy that will star Will Ferrell as the former president.

It was reported this week that Ferrell had been cast in Reagan. The story will begin at the start of Reagan's second term, when he falls into dementia and an intern must convince him he's an actor playing the president in a movie. Ferrell will also produce the project.

Reagan suffered from Alzheimer's disease after his presidency, and died in 2004.

Reagan's oldest son, Michael Reagan, reacted to the Ferrell news on Thursday, tweeting, "Alheimers is not a comedy it robs you then it kills you."

Reagan's daughter and Michael's half-sister, author Patti Davis, posted an open letter on her website, writing to Ferrell, "Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous."

She recalled, "I watched as fear invaded my father’s eyes -- this man who was never afraid of anything. I heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, 'I don’t know where I am.' I watched helplessly as he reached for memories, for words, that were suddenly out of reach and moving farther away. For ten long years he drifted -- past the memories that marked his life, past all that was familiar...and mercifully, finally past the fear.

"There was laughter in those years, but there was never humor," she added.


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ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) -- Ariel Winter is officially all grown up. The Modern Family actress has announced where she's going to college.

Winter, 18, who portrays the witty middle sister on ABC's hit comedy, shared a photo on Instagram showing that she's decided to attend the University of California, Los Angeles.

"It's an AMAZING DAY! I'm going to UCLA - thank you to everyone who has been there for me on this journey! #bruinsbaby," she wrote as a caption.

Winter said despite her success as a child actress, attending college has always been a goal of hers.

"School was never really important when I was younger in my family," she told Good Morning America news anchor Amy Robach in an interview last month. "I mean, they never really pushed me to do anything other than entertainment. And while entertainment is great, I think education is incredibly important. It's always been a dream of mine to go to college."

The actress added that she'd "love to be a social justice lawyer."

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