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MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist, author and former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has married a Seattle science teacher. Dan Jewett made the announcement in a letter to the website of the nonprofit organization the Giving Pledge on Saturday.

Jewett said he never imagined he would be in a position to talk about giving away significant wealth during his lifetime in order to make a difference in other people's lives.

He expressed gratitude "for the exceptional privilege it will be to partner in giving away assets with the potential to do so much good when shared."

Jewett has been a teacher for decades and most recently taught chemistry at the private Lakeside School, where Scott's children attended.

San Jewett and MacKenzie Scott. The Giving Pledge

"And now, in a stroke of happy coincidence, I am married to one of the most generous and kind people I know - and joining her in a commitment to pass on an enormous financial wealth to serve others," Jewett wrote.

After donating $1.68 billion to 116 nonprofits, universities, community development groups and legal organizations last July, Scott asked a team of advisers to help her "accelerate" her 2020 giving with immediate help to those financially gutted by the pandemic.

Scott went on to donate a total of $5.7 billion in 2020 by asking community leaders to help identify 512 organizations for seven- and eight-figure gifts, including food banks, human-service organizations, and racial-justice charities.

She was listed as No. 2 among the 50 Americans who gave the most to charity last year, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual rankings.

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Bezos topped the list by donating $10 billion to launch the Bezos Earth Fund.

Scott announced a flurry of charitable gifts in December in a post on Medium, writing that she was inspired by grassroots efforts to help people in need, such as community fridges and "impromptu person-to-person Venmo gifts." Scott said she started out by looking at 6,490 organizations, and then whittled down her list to 384 organizations that have a "high potential for impact." 

Many of those organizations, such as food banks, address basic needs, while others focus on what Scott called "long-term systemic inequities that have been deepened by the crisis." Among the beneficiaries:

  • More than 40 Feeding America food banks, ranging from the Central California Food Bank to the Vermont Foodbank
  • More than 40 Goodwill affiliates, such Goodwill Hawaii and Goodwill of the Heartland
  • 30 member programs of Meals on Wheels, such as Meals on Wheels South Florida and Meals on Wheels Atlanta
  • Educational institutions including City University of New York's Lehman College and Morgan State University in Baltimore

"We shared each of our gift decisions with program leaders for the first time over the phone, and welcomed them to spend the funding on whatever they believe best serves their efforts," she wrote. "The responses from people who took the calls often included personal stories and tears."

Aimee Picchi contributed to this report.

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Producer Scott Rudin Will Step Back From Broadway Duties After Allegations Of Abusive Behavior

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Scott Rudin, one of the biggest producers on Broadway, is stepping back from his duties amid accusations that he was abusive to colleagues.

Rudin was supposed to be the lead producer of the upcoming revival of “The Music Man,” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, but now he is reportedly removing himself from “active participation” in his current shows after recent reports of verbal abuse and a toxic culture in his office.

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The 62-year-old has been behind recent hits like “Hello, Dolly!” starring Bette Midler, “The Iceman Cometh” with Denzel Washington” and “The Ferryman,” which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2019.

Rudin released the following statement Saturday:

“After a period of reflection, I’ve made the decision to step back from active participation on our Broadway productions, effective immediately. My roles will be filled by others from the Broadway community and in a number of cases, from the roster of participants already in place on those shows. Much has been written about my history of troubling interactions with colleagues, and I am profoundly sorry for the pain my behavior caused to individuals, directly and indirectly.  I am now taking steps that I should have taken years ago to address this behavior. My passionate hope and expectation is that Broadway will reopen successfully very soon, and that the many talented artists associated with it will once again begin to thrive and share their artistry with the world. I do not want any controversy associated with me to interrupt Broadway’s well deserved return, or specifically, the return of the 1500 people working on these shows.”

The move comes more than a week after The Hollywood Reporter’s cover story on Rudin contained accounts of the producing heavyweight throwing glass bowls, staples and baked potatoes at former employees and smashing a computer monitor on an assistant’s hand. In his statement Saturday he did not deny the allegations.

NEW YORK, NY: Producer Scott Rudin and the cast of Hello, Dolly! accept the award for Best Revival of a Musical onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

The revelations in The Hollywood Reporter also prompted the performers’ unions SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity and the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 to come together condemn illegal harassment and harassment that creates a toxic work environment for entertainment employees.

Theater worker Brian Cook told CBS2’s Cory James he has worked on Rudin’s productions but never experienced his alleged rage.

“Everyone who knows his name knows the story of Scott Rudin,” Cook said.

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He says he has friends who witnessed the toxic culture.

“Every meeting was a screaming match on the phone, having to mute him just to let him drone on, to let his terror run its course and then the meeting continued,” he said.

The report also prompted Tony Award winner Karen Olivo to pull out of returning to “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” which is not a Rudin production, once it reopens, saying “building a better industry is more important than putting money in my pockets.”

“The silence about Scott Rudin? Unacceptable. Unacceptable,” they said in a video posted to Instagram. “People are more important than your pocketbook … I want a theater industry that matches my integrity.”

There are also plans for a protest March on Broadway on Wednesday, with stops at both Rudin’s office as well as the Winter Garden Theatre, where “The Music Man” is set to run once it opens. There’s also a campaign to persuade Actors’ Equity Association to add Rudin to a Do Not Work list.

In addition to “The Music Man,” Rudin’s current slate of Broadway shows includes “The Book of Mormon,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and a revival of “West Side Story.” It was unclear if Rudin would also step back from producing films, which includes the upcoming “The Humans” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”

CBS2 reached out to the Broadway League for comment, but the organization declined at this time.

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