Questions about the stunning death of former E! reality star Lyric McHenry continue to circulate.
Very early on the morning of August 14, the close friend of EJ Johnson and the woman who appeared on multiple episodes of EJNYC was found dead on a sidewalk in New York City.
She was wearing only a pajama top and underwear and, most disturbing of all, a ziplock bag with cocaine inside was also discovered on her person.
Also, according to initial reports, McHenry was 20 weeks pregnant at the time of her death.
Just awful, right?
However, it was assumed upon reading these reports, at least by us at The Hollywood Gossip, that medical tests had been run that proven McHenry was expecting a child.
Now, though, it seems as if this may not have been the case.
A family spokesperson named Edna Sims Porter tells Us Weekly that McHenry's loved ones were unaware of any pregnancy, stating for the record:
"Lyric did not share that with the family, so we’ll all have to wait for the autopsy report."
This quote comes on the heels of a close friend saying something similar, expressing shock that McHenry was allegedly pregnant.
Porter, meanwhile, goes on to imply (or outright say, really) that no exam was performed that proved Lyric was going to be a mother.
"I’ve seen the police report and I talked to the police about that and they said to me, ‘That was from someone that we interviewed,'" Porter explains of how this strong rumor got started.
"That’s one of the things we’re going to find out the details about.
"We’re all baffled because you don’t even see a baby bump. Twenty weeks, that’s five months, right? It seems like she would be showing."
McHenry was a Stanford graduate who volunteered years ago for Barack Obama.
She also worked as a television producer.
Due to the state of her body when she was found by the police, along with the bag of cocaine of course, it has been presumed that she died of a drug overdose.
Still, we are awaiting the results of an autopsy and those close to Lyric remain puzzled by how she went from happily celebrating her birthday with friends on Monday evening...
... to ending up as she did just a few hours later in the Bronx.
Per The New York Daily News, the reality star was “found sprawled out on the sidewalk above the Major Deegan Expressway at Undercliff Ave. and Boscobel Place in Highbridge at about 5 a.m."
McHenry made multiple cameos on EJNYC, a spinoff of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, back in 2016.
Shortly after the terrible news of her passing went viral, her family released a statement that reads as follows:
In contrast, what is factual and known is that Lyric who just turned 26 last week on August 6, was a brilliant, creative and lovely young woman who shared a deep passion for writing, film and a long-standing commitment to social justice.
She was a Christian who grew up in Los Angeles and attended the Center for Early Education and graduated from the Marlborough School in Los Angeles.
Lyric graduated from Stanford University in 2014 where she studied in Paris, France for a year and spoke fluent French...
McHenry poses here with Michelle Obama. The late 26-year old was known for her political activism.
Lyric’s warmth, compassion and energy will be missed by many and the family would appreciate that all speculation surrounding the circumstances of death cease until the real facts are determined during the current investigation by the NYPD and the City of New York...
The Funeral Service will be held in her hometown Los Angeles at a date to be determined.
McHenry is survived by her father, producer and Director Doug McHenry, her mother Jennifer, a stylist, and her sister, Maya McHenry, who also appeared on episodes of EJNYC.
May she rest in peace.
Three weeks after PEOPLE broke the news that Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are engaged, the couple confirmed their relationship status Saturday by each posting the same romantic engagement photo to Instagram.
“Future Mrs. Jonas. My heart. My love,” Jonas, 25, captioned the shot — which showed the couple embracing as she placed her hand (and massive engagement ring) on his chest.
“Taken.. With all my heart and soul,” Chopra, 36, wrote in the same shot on her page.
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The confirmation comes as their families unite for the first time to celebrate the soon-to-be husband and wife’s engagement in Chopra’s home country of India.
Chopra shared a gallery of photos from the bash, including a group picture of the new couple, her mother Madhu, her brother Siddharth, and Jonas’ parents Denise and Kevin, Sr. all smiling together in front of a custom “NP” logo (for Nick and Priyanka, natch).
Other pictures included Chopra and Jonas posing for another engagement shot, as well as snaps taken while the two participated in a prayer ceremony.
“The only way to do this… with Family and God,” she wrote. “Thank you all for your wishes and blessings ”
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“I couldn’t be happier for my brother. Welcome to the family @priyankachopra We love you ,” Joe wrote of the same photo.
Jonas was spotted arriving at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai on Thursday evening with his mother and father in tow. Not pictured at the airport were brothers Kevin, Joe and Frankie Jonas.
As they made their exit, the Jonas patriarch had a big Tiffany & Co. bag in his hand. Of course, Tiffany’s is the jewelers that closed down its London store for Nick to buy an engagement ring for Chopra.
A source previously confirmed to PEOPLE that Kevin popped the question in July while celebrating the Quantico actress’ 36th birthday in London. “They are so happy,” the insider said of the pair, who began dating in May.
“His friends and family have never seen him like this, and they’re all really excited for him. He’s definitely very serious about her,” a separate source added.
On Tuesday, Chopra showed off the diamond for the first time in two photos with her friend (and fellow Bollywood actress) Raveena Tandon.
Tandon, 43, shared the snapshots on her social media account, both taken while Chopra hung her left arm around her friend’s shoulders.
The ring appeared to be a customized Tiffany & Co. cushion cut diamond with tapered baguettes.
“Peecee and I getting our pouts in order ! ,” Tandon wrote in the caption.
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Although Jonas and Chopra only dated for two months prior to their engagement, their friendship dates back longer than that.
“We were both wearing Ralph Lauren! And we decided to go together because it was fun,” Chopra explained on Jimmy Kimmel Live last year when asked why they had decided to walk the red carpet together. “Yeah we were on the same table. We know each other so we were like, ‘Hey you know what, let’s go together.’ And I was like, ‘Okay. Let’s go together!’ It just ended up working out.”
While the pair got engaged after just a few weeks together, the 24-year-old pop star has revealed she never planned on getting married until she met Davidson.
“I’m not like a very traditional person so the fact that I’m getting married is something I never even saw coming. I never saw that coming, I never wanted that,” Grande said on the Zach Sang Show.
“I was like, ‘F— that, there’s no point,’ like what’s the point? Then I kind of understood it once I found the right person,” she added.
After getting together with Davidson, 24, everything happened rather quickly.
Davidson revealed he wanted Grande to be his wife after their first encounter in May. “The day I met her, I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll marry you tomorrow,” the Saturday Night Live star told GQ in a recent interview.
“She was calling my bluff. I sent her a picture . I was like, ‘Do you like any of these?’ She was like, ‘Those are my favorite ones,’ and I was like, ‘Sick,'” Davidson told the publication.
So, just weeks later, Davidson popped the question to the “No Tears Left to Cry” singer with a $93,000 pear-shaped diamond. However, it wasn’t exactly in a conventional way.
“He didn’t get on a knee, thank God,” Grande recalled on the Zach Sang Show. “No, that would’ve been so googly.”
Now that they’re engaged, the couple isn’t exactly rushing to the altar, according to the Sweetener hitmaker, who teased the date of her wedding.
“Soon enough,” Grande revealed during her interview with Ebro Darden for Apple’s Beats 1.
WATCH: Ariana Grande Knew Years Ago She’d ‘100 Percent’ Marry Pete Davidson: ‘I Had the Biggest Crush’
Grande said that she would “probably” take Davidson’s last name, but it may only be temporary.
“I feel like I’d like to just eventually be Ariana. It’s got a ring to it. I have to keep Grande because my grandpa was so proud of our name,” she said of the beloved family member, who died from cancer in July 2014.
One thing she does know for sure: becoming a mom.
“Eventually, I want down the line, probably, like, three kids,” Grande also shared.
Two Minnesota delivery men had no idea that a usual day at work would end with them saving a man’s life.
After transporting beer to a local tavern in St. Paul on Wednesday, Jason Gabel and Kwame Anderson noticed a man clinging onto an overpass fence, according to Fox 9.
When Gabel and Anderson realized the man wanted to jump, they called 911.
“It was heartbreaking to see someone that way,” Gabel told the station.
Instead of waiting for police, Anderson tried to talk the man off the ledge.
“I thought about Denzel Washington when he’s acting as a cop in movies, and I thought about when he’s a negotiator,” Anderson said referencing Washington’s film Inside Man, in which Washington, 63, talks a bank robber into freeing hostages.
“I said, ‘Well, I gotta keep this guy entertained somehow because if I wait for police, this thing may be over,” Anderson told the news station.
Once police arrived and attempted to intervene, Gabel pleaded with them to let Anderson see it through.
“I could feel tension in air; he was intimidated by white cops. I said my helper is an extremely intelligent guy, I said I think we can talk this guy off the ledge,” Gabel explained to Fox 9.
That is when Anderson asked the man if he wanted to have a beer with him, quickly grabbing a 12-pack of Coors Light from his delivery truck, which in the end lured the man off the fence.
“I was extremely relieved. I didn’t plan on saving anybody or doing anything drastic, but I knew when I saw him standing here I wasn’t going to leave until he came off,” Anderson said.
The man was taken to hospital for evaluation.
Gabel, who has almost two decades with the delivery company Breakthru Beverage, told WCNC that someone was looking out for the man that day as they were not on their usual route.
“I don’t know why I did this. I take a left and I go toward the bridge but usually we always go straight,” Gabel told the station. “We have a route that we do every Wednesday and that wasn’t the way I would normally go. It wasn’t part of the plan, but it was God’s plan.”
Sergeant Mike Ernster with St. Paul Police has since applauded Gabel and Anderson for their heroic act.
“Beer has been bringing people together for a long, long time,” the officer told Pioneer Press. “Today, it brought people together in a life-saving way.”
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Aretha Franklin was surrounded by loved ones at the time of her death but her famed voice had fallen silent.
One of those to pay their respects to the Queen of Soul before her passing was Stevie Wonder, who revealed he and Franklin had made plans to make new music just months ago.
“We talked about doing some music, as recent as two months ago, we talked about it,” Wonder, 68, said in an interview Friday on CBS This Morning.
“And so…,” the singer trailed off as he choked back tears. “I thought I cried my last tear, I said I’d get it together… I flew out from L.A. to Detroit and went to see her and spoke to her.”
“She wasn’t able to speak back, but her family felt that she could hear me. I told her to say hello to my sister that I lost this year as well,” he said, referring to the death of his sister, Renee Hardaway, in May.
Wonder continued recalling Franklin’s career and her impact on his own.
“She did incredible music, incredible singer. She touched every genre. Every singer was influenced in some way by the way she sang. They will forever be influenced by her because of her voice, her emotion, her sincerity is unforgettable,” he said.
“I remember hearing her singing at the Reverend Franklin’s church when I was little — maybe I was 4 or 5 years old — because my mother would always listen to the church services on Sunday,” Wonder continued. “And so the voices I remember most in my life would be Dr. King, her voice, and her father, Reverend Franklin.”
“She was just consistently a great human being and she always — even with whatever turmoil that may have been happening in her life — she did not put that on anybody else. She believed most of all that she was doing God’s work,” he said.
“She brought joy to a lot of lives and her voice and the essence of her will stay with all of us,” he added.
Franklin died Thursday morning of advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, her publicist confirmed to PEOPLE. She was 76.
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” the family said in a statement.
“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
RELATED VIDEO: Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Has Died of Pancreatic Cancer at Age 76
Her publicist told PEOPLE Friday the legend’s funeral will take place on Friday, Aug. 31 at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.
While the ceremony — slated to begin at 10 a.m. — will be strictly limited to friends and family of the late singer, fans will still have a chance to honor her a few days earlier.
On Aug. 28 and 29, public viewings will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. On both days, fans will be able to pay their respects from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Following the funeral service, Franklin will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery.
“Aretha Franklin will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan, along with her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and nephew, Thomas Garrett,” her rep told PEOPLE.
UFC star Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone just fought one of his toughest battles, and it wasn’t in the ring.
On Friday, the 35-year-old revealed he nearly lost his life while cave diving in Cozumel, Mexico.
“Today I can honestly say I’m Happy to be alive. We had catastrophic worst case scenario on our dive,” Cerrone captioned an Instagram photo, which shows images of an under water cave.
“Total silt out, lost the cave line and lost my buddy couldn’t see my own hands was the most scariest moment to this day in my life.”
“I remember kissing Danger and Lindsay and saying ‘I’ll see y’all soon, don’t worry daddy’s coming home!!!!” Cerrone wrote in reference to his fiancé and their 2-month-old son.
“Told the grim reaper ‘Not today Mother F——‘ I’m figuring this the f— and coming home !!” Cerrone added.
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Cerrone’s fans expressed their concern for the star following his potentially fatal incident, writing comments like “Glad your ok @cowboycerrone we could’ve lost a real one .”
Another fan said, “Cowboy… you gotta chill brother. Calculated risks. You already have done a ton of crazy death defying s— in your life lol. You have a family now.”
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Cave diving is considered a very technical and risky form of recreational diving. In many cases, scuba divers have to carry a spare oxygen tank and switch out tanks mid-dive.
Cerrone was diving a cave system known as the Cenote “El Aerolito” which stretches almost 12 miles inland. The water is a blend of salt and fresh and aside from the dangerous caves that can collapse and are also easy to get lost in, there is also an abundance of crocodiles.
Cerrone holds a UFC fight record of 33-11 and his love for mixed-martial arts began at a young age.
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“In high school because I had an attitude and a cowboy hat,” Cerrone said, according to UFC’s website, which can also explain the nickname.
“After that I messed around with some amateur kickboxing and did pretty well. Then I went pro in RING OF FIRE show and moved on to MMA.”
“It has just been a progression.”
Cerrone is set to go up against Mike Perry on Nov. 10.
Deven Davis, the estranged wife of Korn lead singer Jonathan Davis, was found dead on Friday.
She was 39 years old.
The details surrounding Deven's passing, along with her marriage to Jonathan, are both confusing and tragic.
The artist actually filed for, and was granted, a restraining order against Deven just hours before she died.
It prohibited Deven from having any contact with the family dog and also from seeing the two kids she shared with Jonathan.
However, for those wondering whether Deven took her own life or if her passing was in any way related to this legal ruling, the answer is no: TMZ sources say she had not been served prior to her death.
In his court documents, Jonathan alleged that Deven suffered from a serious drug problem and that she had unsuccessfully be battling it for more than two decades.
The Korn frontman says this heavy drug use caused Deven to neglate her kids.
He wrote in his court declaration that she has been dependent on both prescription and illegal narcotics over the years.
He also said had been to rehab six times and "is constantly under the influence of the nitrous oxide, cocaine and Norco."
It gets even more grisly, however.
The singer went into extreme detail when it came to these allegations against his wife.
Jonathan went on to claim that Deven had a drug dealer boyfriend ... who was recently passed out on her living room couch when he brought the children to her house.
The artist also says he found a heroin pipe and cocaine floating in the toilet bowl and found Deven passed out on the floor upstairs.
Finally, Jonathan claims when Deven went on a major drug binge that she would "routinely bring home unsavory characters, including strangers...
"Some of these people are random fans of my music who she allows to come into the house, go into the master bedroom closet and try on my clothes."
According to the documents, Deven had been in a sober home but went missing last Friday and hadn't been seen for a week
The couple split in 2016, but were still legally married.
No cause of death has been announced as of this writing.
UPDATE: "The Davis family is brokenhearted over the devastating loss of Deven Davis," a representative for Jonathan said in a statement to Blabbermouth, adding:
"We ask that you respect their privacy — and the privacy of those close to the family — and allow them the space to mourn in private.
"We thank you for your love, understanding and prayers of support during this difficult time."
Over the course of nearly thirty years, The Simpsons has produced some of the best that television has to offer. I’m sure that many of us love the same episodes, but there are honestly so many great episodes—especially in the first 13 seasons—odds are, we’ve all got completely different top fives.
Today’s Open Post is a call for you to sound off on your favorite episode or episodes of the show, and as always, I’ll kick off the conversation with my personal Top 5. This was no easy list to assemble and I could likely have made this a Top 25 without picking a single dud. You can find my choices below, and then it’ll be time for you to sound off!
5. Marge vs The Monorail (S4, E12)
Long before NBC dicked him over, Conan O’Brien was a writer for The Simpsons and of the three episodes for which he received sole writing credit, this one is head and shoulders above the others. The town is given a three million dollar settlement from Mr. Burns for illegally dumping toxic waste and, in typical Springfield fashion, immediately squanders it by paying huckster Lyle Lanley (Phil Hartman) to construct a monorail around the town.
While the episode is a spot-on parody of the classic musical The Music Man, it’s also one of the most brilliantly constructed. O’Brien’s comedic stylings and writing chops were on full display as he crafted a multi-layered episode with one of the show’s best cameos from Leonard Nimoy. It’s also—like all of the best episodes—endlessly quotable, with such gems as “I call the big one Bitey,” “I’ve sold monorails to Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook, and by gum, it put them on the map!,” and this legendary exchange…
Mayor Quimby: And let me say, may the Force be with you!
Leonard Nimoy: Do you even know who I am?
Mayor Quimby: I believe I do. Weren’t you one of the Little Rascals?
And let’s not forget the Monorail song…
4. A Star is Burns (S6, E18)
The crossover episode is one of the most cheap and shameless ways for two shows to increase their viewership, so how would The Simpsons handle one? Why by making it cheap and shameless across the board, of course! In this season six gem, The Critic‘s Jay Sherman (Jon Lovitz) comes to Springfield for a film festival, one that Mr. Burns is bound and determined to win.
Full of digs at the notion of independent cinema, film criticism, and crossovers in general, this has some of the best lines in any episode from Burns’ declaration to get him Steven Spielberg’s “Non-union Mexican equivalent,” to Krusty’s “Oops, I said the quiet part loud and the loud part quiet.” But, of course, there’s one reason this episode endures and it’s this scene right here…
Still ninety of the funniest seconds ever put on film, that scene alone earns this episode a spot on this list. Thankfully it’s a damn solid episode in the other 20 minutes and 30 seconds.
3. You Only Move Twice (S8, E2)
Albert Brooks has had several roles on The Simpsons over the years, but none of them can rival his nuclear tycoon cum Bond villain Hank Scorpio who hires Homer in season eight’s “You Only Move Twice.” The Simpson family uproots to the town of Cypress Creek so Homer can take a job working for Scorpio’s company Globex. Oblivious to his boss’ villainous intents, Homer finally finds happiness in his work while the rest of the family flounders in this seemingly idyllic town.
This brings one of the show’s most prevalent themes to the forefront: Homer sacrificing his personal happiness for his family’s, and takes it to hilarious extremes. It’s also got dozens of quotable moments, my favorite of which is this exchange between Scorpio and Homer…
Scorpio: By the way, Homer. What’s your least favorite country, Italy or France?
Scorpio: (Laughs) Nobody ever says Italy.
There’s also Homer’s declaration to Marge that she just doesn’t understand football when she tells him he should be happy to be the owner of the Denver Broncos. And of course, there’s the extended conversation about hammocks…
2. Bart’s Friend Falls in Love (S3, E23)
Yes, “Homer at the Bat” is the better season three episode, but this was the episode that cemented The Simpsons as my favorite show and it’s all thanks to Homer and his subliminal vocabulary building. Yes, the episode has some other great moments like Bart’s short-lived playdate with Martin and Mrs. Krabapple’s line before showing the Troy McClure narrated sex tape: “Ezekiel and Ishmael, in accordance with your parents’ wishes you may step out into the hall and pray for our souls.”
I think this was the moment when Homer became the star of the show, though, as he stole a Bart episode right out from under him. The writers of the series realized that Homer had a lot more potential for comedy than Bart, and most of it was untapped at the time. Focusing on the scamp was a time worn tradition, but the doltish patriarch wasn’t, and once the writers figured this out, the show went through the roof.
There’s not a dull line in all of Homer’s dialogue from telling Lisa that subliminal learning is “a load of rich, creamery butter,” to him telling Marge that “here in the boudoir, the gourmand metamorphosizes into the voluptuary.” It’s a goldmine of quotable lines guaranteed to net you a lifetime of laughs and loneliness. In fact, to this day, whenever I get ripped off, I can still be heard to say “Disingenuous mountebanks with their subliminal chicanery! A pox on them!”
1. The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show (S8, E14)
Is it a cheat to have two season eight episodes on this list? Well, I don’t care because I could’ve done an entire top ten on that season alone. Frank Grimes, Shari Bobbins, Rex Banner, “Can I Borrow a Feeling,” Chief Wiggum’s Guatemalan Insanity Pepper, Ned Flander’s house getting destroyed, Larry Burns, the return of Unkie Herb… it’s the best season of the show by a country mile.
One episode, however, stands above them all, and that would be what Comic Book Guy dubbed the “worst episode ever,” “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show.” The show is a scathing commentary on corporate interference and the desire to “give the people what they want.” The episode has no shortage of great quotes which can be used to criticize shows or movies when it’s become patently obvious that they’ve sold out from “I feel we should rastafy him by ten percent or so” and “Hey kids, always recycle… to the extreme!” to “That’s why you’re still kids, ’cause you’re stupid!” and of course the immortal, “When are they gonna get to the fireworks factory?”
There’s not a single dud in the entire episode, which is true of many episodes, but it’s never been quite as pointed as it is here. At a time when most shows are falling victim to all of the pitfalls mentioned in the episode, The Simpsons turned everything on its head by leaning in to these criticisms and throwing it back in the face of anyone who thought the show had outlived its relevance. It’s sad that they haven’t topped this episode in the 21 seasons that have followed, but name me any other show in history that had its best episode in season 8?
So now you’ve got mine, let’s hear yours! Sound off in the comments section below with your favorite episode or episodes of The Simpsons!
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Smith, who portrayed Philip on the first two seasons of the acclaimed series, shared some of the helpful hints he gave to his successor in an interview on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday.
After joking that his number one pearl of wisdom had been to tell the Game of Thrones actor “don’t do it,” Smith went on to share that in all seriousness “I told him a good book to read by Philip Eade called Young Prince Philip.“
“But you know how it’s like, you can’t really offer up too much,” he added, before sharing one last piece of friendly advice.
“I just said, ‘God, make sure they pay you enough — and make sure it’s even,” he said, referencing the controversy that arose after it was revealed that Smith was paid more than Claire Foy, the Netflix hit’s leading lady.
Earlier this year, producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries revealed at a panel at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem that Smith, 35, received a bigger paycheck due to his higher profile coming off Doctor Who.
However, Mackie added that “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen.”
The U.K. production company behind the Netflix drama also issued an apology for putting the stars in the middle of a pay equity debate.
In response to the news, Smith shared that he completely supported Foy, 34.
“Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all,” Smith told The Hollywood Reporter. “Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries.”
RELATED VIDEO: Claire Foy Responds to The Crown Pay Controversy
Earlier this month, Foy went on to shut down reports that she had received $275,000 in back-pay for her role as Queen Elizabeth II.
“That was what was reported, that I was back-paid,” the Golden Globe-winning actress told Dubai-based news channel Al Arabiya. “I’ve never mentioned anything about it and neither have the producers. The fact that that is ‘fact’ is not quite correct.”
“It happened at the same time as it was coming out with a lot of other people that there was a lot of pay inequality across the board – in the music industry, in journalism, in every industry,” Foy said. “It’s across the board that it became part of a bigger conversation, which is an odd place to find yourself in.”
During the next season of the Netflix season, Broadchurch actress Olivia Colman will be stepping into the role of Queen Elizabeth alongside Menzies.
Last week, Kourtney was partying with Scott Disick just a short while after her epic breakup with Younes Bendjima.
Now, a report says that this is just the tip of the iceberg -- that Kourtney has been seeing Scott in secret, and may even be pregnant with baby #4.
It sounds too wild to believe, but ... could it be true?
An OK! Australia article has an exciting claim about Kourtney Kardashian -- and the news is twofold!
"Kourt’s Pregnant," the tabloid claims, followed by a quote: "‘Scott’s The Dad!'"
That would be very exciting! Even though, admittedly, this has happened three times in the past already.
Even more, the magazine says: "Kourt Dumps Younes For Scott: ‘We’re Getting Married!'"
So they're reporting that not only is Kourtney "ready to accept" Scott back into her life, but she left Younes for him? Wow!
Kourtney and Scott, the tabloid claims, are reclaiming what they once had.
The report says that Kourtney wants her ex and baby daddy "back into her life romantically."
You would think that Kourtney would be doing this cautiously and tentatively, right?
But the article says :"and she’s not doing it half-heartedly."
Eyes closed, head first, can't lose, huh?
OK! Australia points out that Scott had suggested that he and Kourtney might get back together when they're "like 40."
They also point out that Kourtney is 39, and will be 40 next April.
"The time is nigh for that long-awaited wedding," the tabloid says, adding: "We can’t wait to see these guys finally say ‘I do!'"
That wedding day, should it come to pass, will have been a long time coming.
According to the magazine's source, it is "just a matter of time" before Scott "dumps" his current super-hot 19-year-old girlfriend, Sofia Richie.
Weird to read that he wouldn't break up with Sofia before impregnating his ex, right?
But the tabloid reports that Kourtney has a "bub on the way -- and the baby daddy is none other than her ex."
Well, that's not totally unbelievable, since they have three children already.
"They’ve been meeting up on the down low for a while now," the magazine claims. "Everyone’s buzzing that she’s carrying Scott’s baby."
The tabloid reports that Kourt has been spotted with a baby bump lately, noting that "It was strange to see because she’s usually so perfectly svelte."
The first of multiple issues with this report is that, um, this photo right here of Kourtney?
She shared it just a few days ago. While it's totally possible that she took it ages ago, and though there's even precedent for keeping a secret like that, we kind of doubt it.
Those are not the abs of a pregnant Kourtney.
We also think that, considering that Kylie's 21st birthday blow-out was full of guests and cameras and one woman even passed out and had to leave on a stretcher, someone would have commented if Kourt looked pregnant.
But there's another problem that has, basically, nothing to do with Kourtney.
Sofia Richie, folks, is a real person with real feelings. Arguably more feelings than most of us, because she's 19 and teenage hormones can really blow a lot of emotions out of proportion.
Sofia is about to turn 20. Like, next week. It would be incredibly s--ty of Scott to dump her for his ex right before her birthday. Or at all, if it's just to go running back to his ex.
(We've already envisioned how their breakup should go down, and it should involve Sofia dumping him)
A lot of people want to see Scott and Kourtney reunite, because they liked them so much as a couple. But wanting something to be true does not make it true.
And this story has zero evidence to back it up. We're going to have to side with GossipCop on this one.
Here is a serious question: when is Sophie Turner going to be the hottest working actress in Hollywood? I honestly and truly believe it is only a matter of time before she is everyone’s favorite actor. She’ll be in all the movies as all the leading ladies, she will be everywhere, and we’ll love every minute of it.
I know she’s stuck in Game of Thrones land right now and that probably takes up all of her time. She’s done a little movie here and there between all the fighting and dragons. But once that show is over, she’s going to be free to do more stuff and that’s when I think Sophie Turner will take over the world. I really don’t think we’re going to able to stop it. Not that I believe any of us should try and stop Sophie Turner from spreading her wings and flying. I’m just saying that we couldn’t stop it if we wanted too. Sophie Turner is going to be a goddess, you mark my words.
Until then, let’s just enjoy Sophie Turner in a crop top having a drink. I’m telling you, it’s going to happen. Prepare yourself now because sexy goddess Sophie Turner is coming.
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Is Ben Affleck newly single?
The actor, who has been dating Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus for over a year, was spotted leaving Nobu restaurant in Malibu, California, with friends, including Playboy model Shauna Sexton on Thursday evening. TMZ was the first outlet to identify her.
Affleck, who celebrated his 46th birthday on Wednesday, was dressed in a green T-shirt, navy jacket and jeans while the 22-year-old Virginia native, who was named Miss May 2018, wore a nude colored bodycon dress.Shauna SextonNGRE / BACKGRID
Missing from both birthday festivities was Shookus, who the father of three was last spotted with in late July.
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Affleck’s latest outing also comes after a friend close to the actor told PEOPLE that he has been in a happy, health-focused place as of late.
“Ben is doing well,” the Affleck pal said. “He is in a good place mentally and has worked really hard to get here. He continues to focus on himself and the health of his relationships.”
The friend added, “He attends meetings, many meetings, and he also does meditation and yoga. While he still has his moments — and let’s be honest everyone struggles — he continues to work hard on himself.”
Meanwhile, PEOPLE previously reported, Buffalo native Shookus has been staying at Affleck’s $19 million mansion on and off, as well as her own place in L.A. for the summer.
I still remember the first time I saw AnnaLynne McCord’s face. It was in a promo for Nip/Tuck. At that time I thought she was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen, apart from Elvis, but that one wasn’t sexual. If we are being truthful, who doesn’t find that big ol’ hunk of manmeat attractive? If I am being truthful, I still am not sure if Nip Tuck is the name of a character on the show. I never watched. I have no plans on watching it. And I am happy believing that it is, so why upset the status quo?
Now, I did say that I thought AnnaLynne was the most beautiful creature that I had ever seen. Now she is among the most beautiful creatures that I have ever seen, This does not reflect poorly on her, it is the simple matter of their being much more competition than there was back then. AnnaLynne has aged remarkably over the last decade, and she will continue to hold a special place in pants for the rest of my days. I respect her so much that I was willing to spell her name correctly, instead of breaking it up into two names as it rightfully should.
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Emergency responders in New Haven, Conn. are dealing with over 80 overdose cases from a synthetic marijuana that authorities said was passed out in a local park.
They found dozens of people who had overdosed on the synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, on Wednesday morning on the New Haven Green, near the Yale University campus. 25 of the overdose cases came in that morning during a three-hour time span, officials told ABC News.
Over the next two days, that number swelled to over 80. Officials expect that more will come in as people who saved the K2 for later use take the drug.
“It’s very reminiscent of a mass casualty incident,” New Haven Office of Emergency Management Director Rick Fontana told the New Haven Register.
Most victims were sent to the hospital, while some declined to undergo additional care. One victim did not respond to Naloxone, the drug used to treat overdoses, when they were injected at the scene and is “very sick,” Fontana said in a press release. Otherwise, the other patients are not in life-threatening condition.
Some of the patients had fentanyl, the highly addictive opioid, in their system. Several had been treated at the hospital two or more times after they went back to the park and took the K2 again.
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New Haven Police have arrested three people in connection with the case, and the investigation is currently ongoing, New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell said in a press conference.
One of the three suspects allegedly did not charge people for the K2 and was “just handing it out,” Campbell said, possibly to start a clientele. Other victims reported paying for the drugs.
Campbell alleged that two of the suspects are known for selling K2 and have been arrested in the past. Their charges, if convicted, are not known at this time.
PEOPLE has contacted the New Haven Police Department for comment.
The overdoses came as a dire new report from the Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday showed that drug overdoses killed around 72,000 people in the U.S. in 2017, a record-breaking rise of about 10 percent.
The rise in deaths is thought to be from the increased use of opioids, and that the drugs themselves are more deadly, reports the New York Times. Overdose deaths are now higher than the highest yearly death totals from H.I.V., car crashes or guns.
Halsey’s bikini is causing me to be much more disoriented than it probably should. I just do not get it. Bathing suits go in water, and metal rusts in water. What is the lifespan for this bikini, three wears? I hope it comes with an accessory of a tetanus shot, because she will certainly be needing one.
Metal is also really heavy. Why would anyone want to add it to their swimwear? I once tried swimming with my socks on—they damn near cause me to drown. That extra weight is no joke. I was almost happy to drown as well due to the disgusting feeling of having wet socks on my body. I felt like a cat was suckling on my feet.
I suppose this is just the price one pays for trying to look chic. Risking catching a nipple or pubes in the zipper probably sounds like child’s play at this point. And who isn’t looking for an excuse to call EMS over an embarrassing mishap? I know I loved needing their help to get unstuck from between the toilet and the bathtub. So many laughs were had. Not by me, but they were still had.
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I have never seen Selena Gomez’s naked breast, she has done a fine job of keeping those bazongas under wraps, but that has not prevented me from fantasizing about them. What I imagine when I do, is that they maintain their shape even when they are sans bra. Almost like they have implants, even though we all know that they don’t. That would really be an ideal pair; defying gravity while maintaining consistency.
My only desire in life is to put off an accidental overdose for long enough to see her girls exposed to the world, and I want it to be done consensually. I do not want sleazy paparazzi pics taken without her knowledge while she is changing in a cabana. I would get no sense of fulfillment out of that. What I want are tasteful, professional pics displaying her talent in all its glory.
If I wanted to see sloppy nudes in bad lighting I would open up the secure folder on my phone and take a stroll down memory lane. Believe it or not, there has been more than one girl whose standards were low enough that they were willing to look to me for approval.
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