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Jersey Shore Recap: Paying with Jewish Barbie

For most of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Season 2, fans have been watching Ronnie get pounded on by girlfriend Jen Harley.

The two have a very unhealthy relationship.

On Thursday night, however, we were left to wonder whether this muscle-bound reality star stepped out on his violent baby mama and pounded another woman.

Ronnie is Shirtless

With his penis. In her vagina.

Did he really cheat on Harley?!?

The situation to do so presented itself because Angelina brought along her friend Lindsay (aka "Jewish Barbie") for a night out with the cast in Jersey.

While Pauly D and Vinny most certainly seemed interested in this special guest, Jewish Barbie set her sights on Ronnie from the start. That much was clear.

She Twerked for him. She joked about who's bed she'd be sleeping in that night. She got Ronnie's mojo going, big time.

Jewish Barbie

During these interactions, though, Ronnie was also texting/fighting with Harley.

They starting having issues when she sent him photos of his ex (possibly Sammi Giancola?) to show him how happy women were without him.

Ouch, right?!?

Harley also allegedly told Ronnie she was going to find another guy to raise their daughter -- all over text message!

Ignoring Snooki's advice to "pass [Jewish Barbie] off" to Pauly or Vinny, Ronnie decided to tell Lindsay that the group had a hot tub at their place.

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Once they arrived there, the girls and guys mostly separated.

Upstairs, the girls played a game of "F-ck, Marry, Kill," where Lindsay revealed she was interested in banging Ronnie. D'uh.

Meanwhile, the men were downstairs busting Ronnie's chops about the entire ordeal.

They were totally joking around, but when they realized Ronnie was actually considering hooking up with Jewish Barbie," they tried to talk him out of it.

"Women in hot tubs are Ronnie's Kryptonite, okay?" The Situation told the camera. "When Jewish Barbie comes out in her bathing suit, he will be left powerless."

Yup. That's exactly what transpired.

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As the episode came to a close and the credits rolled, Ronnie and Lindsay went to his room and he told her she could sleep in his bed.

“There goes my life,” he joked before the the episode faded to black.

Elsewhere this week... Snooki thought she was pregnant!

She got this idea in her head because she actually vomited after many days in a row of drinking.

It's true: Snooki vomited!

"Nicole never throws up," JWOWW said in shock, leading her and her friend to assume Nicole was expecting.

So they ran out to get a pregnancy test.

am i preggers?

"Me and Jionni are trying to have a baby, so maybe I'm pregnant!" Snooki said to the camera. "If it says no, I'm gonna be really upset. I really want a baby."

(Editor's Note: Maybe you shouldn't have been drinking SO hard if you were trying. Just saying/judging.)

In the end, the test came back negative, and Snooki was bummed.

"Why did I throw up like that?" she wondered, apparently forgetting that she had been gulping down vodka seltzers for four days straight.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines: We’re Returning to Television!

Chip and Joanna Gaines are about to take a new step in their professional lives.

And it's a significant one.

Joanna and Chip Gaines on TV

The former HGTV stars announced on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Friday that they will soon make their long-awaited return to television.

In what context? In what way?

The beloved couple remained mostly mum on the subject while chatting with the comedian last night.

“We signed a non-disclosure and it said quote unquote you can tell your mother but that’s it,” Chip joked on air, adding:

“So mom, I just wanted to make a quick announcement, we are coming back to television.

"You are going to get to see the kids grow up, you are going to see us, well maybe a six-month delay like the rest of the world, but we are excited to be back.”

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Just over a year ago, Chip and Joanna announced that would be leaving Fixer Upper after five seasons.

Since then, the home renovation experts have been rather busy in their own home, having welcomed their fifth child in late June.

However, Magnolia spokesman John Marsicano talked to People Magazine and offered a lot more detail on what the future holds for his co-workers:

“We’re excited to share that we are currently in the early stages of talking with Discovery about a lifestyle-focused media network for Magnolia.

"The details surrounding this opportunity remain a work in progress, but together, our hope is to build a different kind of platform for unique, inspiring and family-friendly content.”

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Speaking to Fallon, Chip did add the following:

"I think we’re really going to carve it out in a way that really makes sense to us and our families.

"It’ll be filmed a lot in Waco, Texas, so we don’t have to travel a whole lot. All things being equal, we could not be more excited."

Chip and Joanna hosted the top-rated show on HGTV prior to leaving the small screen.

Fans fell in love with how they remade various homes, but also with how they joked around and interacted with each other.

Fixer Uppers in Texas

The upcoming new network will be the latest addition to Chip and Joanna’s gigantic list of successful businesses.

This includes their lifestyle magazine The Magnolia Journal, the new Magnolia Table restaurant and the couple's product line at Target.

Despite bidding farewell to Fixer Upper in April, Chip and Joanna have remained very active in the business world.

“The show was amazing and we are so thankful for it, but it’s also a whirlwind where, if you are not careful, it will flat run you over,” Chip told People in October.

Looking ahead, Discovery spokesperson David Leavy says the following:

"The Gaineses are exceptional people, true authentic storytellers and creative visionaries who will nourish millions of people with quality, family-friendly programming accessible on a 24/7 network and across all screens.

"Stay tuned…working out the final details…more to come soon!”

South Park’s ‘Time to Get Cereal’ Finally Corrects the Show’s Longest-Running Mistake

One of the things that people have been saying about South Park for decades is that they were fans of the show “until.” What followed was usually a specific episode that made fun of them or something they like. For a lot of people it was probably Douche and Turd, which made fun of voting and portrayed Republicans and Democrats as basically the same (they are). For others, it was probably one of the many, many episodes satirizing various religions. If I was one of those people, the episode that would have made me stop watching was ManBearPig.

The premise of the season ten episode was that global warming (represented by the eponymous ManBearPig) was a hoax and Al Gore was just exploiting people’s fear of something he made up for personal gain. Even in 2006 this was a bad take, and it was only a few weeks after Smug Alert!, an episode that admitted driving hybrids and electric cars is good even if the people who own them are smug assholes about it.

What really stuck with me, though, was that Parker and Stone never came out and said “oops, our bad, climate change is real and if we don’t do something we’re all going to die.” Sure, it’s not their responsibility, but when you get something that wrong, you’ve got to eat a little crow. South Park actually doubled down on the idea by having ManBearPig live with all the other fictional characters in the Imaginationland episodes. When Penn and Teller did a global warming denial episode of Bullshit in 2003, they later publicly admitted they were wrong and apologized. Parker and Stone never really did this.

That is, until this week. Time to Get Cereal features a plot about ManBearPig attacking citizens of South Park, and the boys have to find Al Gore to find out how to stop it. In probably the best line of the episode, and maybe the season, Gore tells them “You stop it all those years ago when I freaking warned you and you still had time!”

As the episode goes on, it lobs bombs at climate change deniers, like a scene with a guy explaining to his wife how ManBearPig isn’t real until ManBearPig bursts into the restaurant they’re eating in and starts killing people, at which point he admits ManBearPig is real and immediately starts saying there’s nothing they can do about it. It would be a lot funnier if Parker and Stone hadn’t been climate change deniers themselves until just now. I just had a conversation on Twitter last week about how disappointing it was that they’d never taken their stance back publicly. But better late than never.

The episode isn’t just Parker and Stone apologizing for being wrong about climate change (although there’s a lot of that), it’s also a really good episode in general with some of the shows best side characters. After ManBearPig kills one of the elementary school kids, Officer Yates investigates with his usual attention to detail: he calls it a school shooting and pins it on the softest target he can find, in this case Cartman and Kenny. He proceeds to ignore any other explanation because he just wants to arrest someone, hand the case over to the DA and go back to playing Red Dead Redemption 2. There’s also an appearance from Satan, who does a lot of the expository lifting. The bit of Satan showing up with a terrifying, booming voice and then calmly laying expository pipe to move the story forward will probably never get old.

Unlike the earlier episodes of this season, every gag and storyline works and it’s because Parker and Stone actually have something to say. A lot of episodes have sort of meandered forward and made half-made points about various issues. Giving the show a central thesis of “Hey, we fucked up and we’re sorry” made all the difference from earlier episodes like The Problem With a Poo. Time to Get Cereal is easily the strongest episode of the season, and it’s a good thing, because it appears to be the start of a three-part episode, which have historically been some of South Park’s best stories. I’ve always liked South Park and I even enjoyed the serialized seasons, but I haven’t been excited to see an episode end on a cliffhanger since season 17’s Black Friday trilogy, which punctuates what a home run this episode really was.

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‘Breaking Bad’ Sequel Will Be a Movie, Set to Follow Jesse Pinkman After the Series Finale

Now that Breaking Bad has gotten the masterful prequel it deserves thanks to Better Call Saul, the only place left to go is forward in time with a sequel, which is exactly what we’re getting. It was announced yesterday that creator Vince Gilligan would be returning to write and executive produce a Breaking Bad film, but no other details were available.

Now SlashFilm has gotten the exclusive scoop on the upcoming film and they have confirmed that it will follow Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman and his life after Walter White more or less sacrificed himself to save him. The original announcement was dissected by fans and SlashFilm cracked the code, confirming that it will be a television movie, not another series…

It was also suggested that this will be a television movie, as it is being make through Gilligan’s deal with Sony TV, who produced the original show (which aired on AMC). There was even the briefest of brief loglines: the movie would “[track] the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”

And yes, Breaking Bad fans, you put two and two together correctly: we have confirmed that the kidnapped man is Jesse Pinkman and the movie will follow his escape from Albuquerque following the bloody events of the series finale.

Production is expected to begin in New Mexico relatively soon. It’s is unknown at this time if Gilligan will also direct the film in addition to writing and producing, but we can expect more announcements and confirmation soon.

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The Good Wife’s Jess Weixler Announces She’s Expecting a Baby with Husband Hamish Brocklebank

There’s a baby on the way for Jess Weixler and her husband Hamish Brocklebank!

On Monday, the 37-year-old actress announced she’s expecting her first child in a very relatable — and funny — way.

“Just had some pizza ❤🌱(6 months),” Weixler captioned an Instagram post, joking that her baby bump is really just a food baby.

In the shot, The Good Wife star, dressed in all black, can be seen cradling her pregnant belly in a field full of apple trees.

A rep for Weixler did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Weixler and Brocklebank, a British businessman, got married in 2015 during a stunning ceremony on the beach.

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For the nuptials, Weixler wore an off-white, Grecian-style tulle gown and wore her hair in waves.

Rather than going the traditional route, Brocklebank wore a coral colored suit with a white shirt and a black tie.

Both opted to go barefoot for the sandy festivities.

“A lot of love on that beach,” Weixler captioned a photo from their wedding day.

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In addition to expanding her family, Weixler is starring in the upcoming movie It: Chapter Two.

In the film, which takes place 27 years after the original, Pennywise comes back to haunt the members of the Losers’ Club, who are all grown up.

RELATED: Who’s Due Next? Carrie, Kate and 50 More Celebs Who Are Expecting

Weixler is set to play Audra, the wife of “Stuttering Bill” Denbrough, played by James McAvoy, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Weixler will also be joined on screen by her best friend Jessica Chastain, who’s playing Beverly Marsh, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier and Bill Skarsgard as It.

The movie will hit theatres on Sept. 9, 2019.

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DWTS’ John Schneider Gets Emotional Over His Strained Relationship with His Children

John Schneider is hoping he can mend his strained relationship with his three children.

In an exclusive clip of Monday’s Dancing with the Stars, the Dukes of Hazzard alum, who played Bo Duke on the comedy series from 1979-85, gets emotional while explaining how country music and DWTS has affected his life.

“What country music means to me is it’s three chords and the truth and it shines a light on things that happen in everyday life that are wonderful, not so wonderful, and that are heart-wrenching,” Schneider, 58, says.

“I’ve been going through a divorce now for four years and it’s awful. The worst part about it is that it’s wedged itself in between my three adult children and myself. Nothing I can do except hope one day one of my kids will call me up or show up. I look in the crowd every Monday thinking maybe tonight, maybe tonight.”

“If it weren’t for this music and now Dancing with the Stars, I don’t think I can survive it,” he admits. “It gives me great joy at a time where I desperately needed it.”

Earlier on in the season, Schneider briefly spoke towards his relationship with his children. whom he is not on speaking terms with.

“I’m hoping that I will do my family proud, I’ll do my love over there proud,” said Schneider told host Erin Andrews, referencing his girlfriend, Alicia, and added, “and maybe my children will speak to me again.”

After 21 years of marriage, Schneider’s estranged wife Elvira “Elly” Schneider filed for divorce in Los Angeles County on Nov. 14, 2014. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, according to court documents.

In September 2016, Schneider — he shares adult children Leah, Chasen, and Karis with Elvira — was ordered to pay his ex $18,911 every month, TMZ reported.

But in June, Schneider was sentenced to three days behind bars in the Los Angeles County Jail in June for failure to pay more than $150,000 in owed alimony payments to Elvira. The actor was released on the same day as his initial booking because of California’s overcrowded prison system, but his legal woes were not done with that.

Schneider was also ordered to serve an additional 120 hours behind bars for contempt, but that sentence was suspended by the court on the condition that he fulfills a four-part list of conditions, including filing back taxes to help clear title to their property in Apple Valley so that it could be transferred to her, paying his ex half of his owed earnings from Maven Entertainment, and offering certain financial disclosures before the end of the year.

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

Boy Meets World’s Danielle Fishel Marries Jensen Karp: ‘The Best Day of My Life’

Danielle Fishel is married!

The Boy Meet’s World alum has tied the knot with Drop the Mic executive producer Jensen Karp, she confirmed on social media over the weekend.

“Mr. & Mrs. Karp. Established 11/04/2018,” Fishel, 37, wrote on Instagram alongside a wedding photo that showed off the delicate, lace short-sleeves of her wedding gown.

Sharing another photo from the nuptials — taken by B.O.B. Photography — Karp, 38, wrote, “Today I married my soulmate. We were surrounded by family and friends and it was the best day of my life.”

He added, “I also ate 3 donuts after dinner. Unrelated. @daniellefishel, I love you so much and thank you for giving me this smile.”

Guests included Fishel’s Boy Meets World costars Ben Savage and Will Friedle, along with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Karp’s groomsman John Mayer, who serenaded the newlyweds with his cover of Beyoncé‘s “XO” for their first dance.

“Jensen brought many new and wonderful friends into my life and the friendship of @johnmayer is at the top of the list. His immense talent is only overshadowed by his humor, his heart, his sincerity, his loyalty, his candor, and his generous spirit,” Fishel captioned a video from the wedding.

“We are beyond grateful and thrilled that he was not only a groomsman but agreed to sing our first dance song. I’m obsessed with his cover of this song (XO by @beyoncé) and he played it for us live at the Forum last year simply because I told him how much I loved it. Thank you, John, for all of it.”


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Jensen brought many new and wonderful friends into my life and the friendship of @johnmayer is at the top of the list. His immense talent is only overshadowed by his humor, his heart, his sincerity, his loyalty, his candor, and his generous spirit. We are beyond grateful and thrilled that he was not only a groomsman but agreed to sing our first dance song. I’m obsessed with his cover of this song (XO by @beyoncé) and he played it for us live at the Forum last year simply because I told him how much I loved it. Thank you, John, for all of it. Video by: @atomictangerinefilmco Coordinator: @union3events @lisagaskarth Photographer: @jillianbob Make-up: @julie4makeup Hair: @_hairbylaurie P.S. you guys are stuck with me posting pictures from this amazing day for a few days so #dealwithit. 😜😘

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Fishel, best known for playing Topanga Lawrence on Boy Meets World and the spin-off Girl Meets World, announced her engagement to Karp in March 2018.

WATCH: Boy Meets World Alum Danielle Fishel Is Engaged: ‘No One Is More Excited Than I Am’

“I woke up today thinking it would be a normal day and it was anything but normal. I put on my Genghis Cohen t-shirt and went to see @jensenclan88 at work where I proceeded to screw up a very romantic marriage proposal by being too efficient (this is very on brand for me). The future Mr. and Mrs. Karp are now engaged and no one is more excited than I am,” Fishel wrote.

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“We got engaged today. I don’t have anything witty or funny to say to accompany this picture. She is just the greatest person in the world and to imagine someone I went to high school with was always my person, is remarkable. You never know,” Karp captioned the same photo.

This is the second marriage for Fishel, who divorced ex-husband Tim Belusko in March 2016 after two years of marriage.

Teen Mom OG Star Bristol Palin Reveals She’s Had a Stalker for 10 Years

There’s a scary reason behind Bristol Palin’s new-home jitters.

In a sneak peek of Monday’s episode of Teen Mom OG, Bristol shows off her new house in Austin to her sister Piper over FaceTime before revealing that her ex-husband Dakota Meyer’s Kentucky house was recently broken into.

“So last night was my first night in the house, and I got a text message pretty late from Dakota saying that his house had got broken into,” Bristol, 28, explains. “His Kentucky house. I swear to God, it was the stalker.”

When Piper, 17, asks her if she’s positive it was her stalker, Bristol responds “for sure,” because Meyer has it on camera.

“I get maybe four hours of sleep as it is because I’ve had this constant threat for 10 years,” Bristol continues.

“The guy’s on the freakin’ loose,” Piper responds. “That is so scary.”

Bristol also reflects on moving out with her three kids: Tripp, 9, Sailor, 2, and Atlee, 1. “It’s scary starting over, but it’s exciting at the same time,” she says.

Bristol had previously lived with Meyer in Austin. During the Oct. 22 episode of Teen Mom, she detailed how how he had moved her things out of their shared bedroom while she was in California after their breakup.

The pair called off their first wedding in May 2015 but later reunited and got married in June 2016. Meyer filed for divorce in February, and they finalized it earlier this summer. While Bristol shares her two daughters with Meyer, she shares son Tripp with her ex-fiancé Levi Johnston

Teen Mom OG airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on MTV.

Kim Kardashian Says Tristan Thompson Will ‘Never Change’ as He Cheats on Khloé on KUWTK

Sunday night’s episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians took fans inside Tristan Thompson‘s cheating scandal — and revealed how Khloé Kardashian and her famous family reacted in real time.

When photos and videos surfaced of Thompson, 27, getting close to another woman just two days before Khloé, 34, welcomed their baby girl on April 12, the mom-to-be was nesting in Cleveland. As the news broke, cameras captured Kim, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie all reacting separately back in Los Angeles, furiously texting one another about it.

“There’s video of Tristan making out with a girl last night,” said Kim, 38. “Khloé’s going to die. She’s literally going to go into labor over this.”

“I can’t even imagine being in Khloé’s shoes, just how reckless it all seems —this is really shocking and obviously heartbreaking,” added Kourtney, 39. “The whole thing makes me disgusted.”

“She kicked him out. He left the house,” revealed Kendall, 23. “We’re trying to get her to come home.”

It turns out that Kylie, 21, was the one to break the news to her sister.

“No one had the courage to tell Khloé because we knew she was days away from giving birth,” Kylie said. “We didn’t want to stress her out, but we knew that it was the right thing to do. So I’m the one that told Khloé. I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, but I felt like she should hear from one of us versus on the internet.”

Finally, Khloé called Kim crying, admitting that she wanted to fly back to Los Angeles but wasn’t sure if she could travel so late in her pregnancy.

“You just have to worry about yourself right now and be calm,” Kim said.

“I can’t be calm,” Khloé said. “Not right now.”

RELATED: Khloé Kardashian Says Reliving Tristan Thompson’s Cheating Scandal Is ‘Incredibly Difficult’

Kim admitted to feeling “helpless” over the situation as Khloé tried to figure out what she wanted to do.

“She’s confused, she doesn’t know what to do and we don’t really know what to do, but we want to be there for her,” Kim said. “Honestly, I’m in shock. We love Tristan. This is honestly nothing that we suspected. We thought she finally found her Prince Charming, happy ending. And then f—. It’s just, why her? It just really, really sucks.”

And Kim had been hearing about even more rumors of Thompson’s infidelity.

“Honestly, so many more stories are coming out,” she said. “So many friends are calling me with so many more things. I told her, ‘What are you going to get out of him? Think about it. You’re going to be worried and nervous and have an insecure life, because if he’s not faithful now, he’ll never change.’ ”

“When one thing comes out you’re kind of like, well, okay, maybe the video’s old or maybe it’s a misunderstanding. Because a picture doesn’t always tell the full story,” Kim added. “But then two more stories come out. This is just crazy. Now you know it’s true.”

But before Khloé could decide the future of her relationship with Thompson, she went into labor. As her mom and sisters made arrangements to get to Cleveland as soon as possible, Khloé asked that they remain civil when coming face-to-face with Thompson, at least in the delivery room.

“It’s like, everyone wants me to make a decision right this second and I just want to go and give birth and focus on that and try to enjoy this and try to enjoy it with him, as crazy as that sounds,” Khloé said. “I want to enjoy this with him. I don’t want any negativity in the delivery room. I don’t want anybody to talk about it, make me feel uncomfortable or make him feel uncomfortable. Let’s just act normal. Give me a minute.”

Kim agreed to remain cordial — but not without cracking a few jokes about how she would greet him.

“I’m going to look at him and just be like …,” she said, miming cutting her throat.

“I know how important it is for Khloé to have Tristan there, and I actually really respect that,” Kourtney said. “But it’s definitely going to be awkward. It’s going to be hard to even look at him or even be in the same room with him. It’s like, you are f—ing with all of us when you disrespect one of us.”

RELATED VIDEO: Khloé Kardashian Posts Cryptic Message About Being ‘Brutally Broken’

As PEOPLE previously reported, Khloé ultimately decided to stand by Thompson, and they spent the summer as a family, rebuilding their relationship in Los Angeles. In recent weeks, however, the couple hit another rough patch.

According to a source, the new mom has been having a “really tough” time and “still has a lot of hurt and anger.”

“Khloé wants so badly for True to have a happy family,” said the source. “She wants to do what’s best for her daughter, and to her that means being with Tristan.”

But Khloé’s mom and sisters “aren’t happy” about her move back to Cleveland and “think she deserves better,” the source said. “They definitely don’t trust him.”

Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on E!

NeNe Leakes Reveals Husband Gregg Leakes Has Stage 3 Colon Cancer: ‘We Just Weren’t Prepared’

Gregg Leakes is battling stage 3 colon cancer, his wife, NeNe Leakes, revealed on Sunday’s Real Housewives of Atlanta season 11 premiere.

The 63-year-old businessman went public with his health battle back in June, though kept what type of cancer he has under wraps until now.

NeNe, 50, explained on the Bravo show that Gregg first experienced symptoms related to the disease in May. “It was Cinco de Mayo,” she said on Sunday’s episode. “Gregg was in excruciating pain. Like, I’ve never seen him say, ‘I’m hurting so bad, the pain is so bad in my stomach.’ And finally he said to me, ‘Take me to the hospital.’ ”

It was there that Gregg was diagnosed. He said he had to undergo emergency surgery to have part of his colon removed. “We just weren’t prepared to hear that,” NeNe recalled.

Said Gregg: “I guess the scariest part about all of this is when we got to the hospital and the doctor saying that we need to do surgery on you tonight or you ain’t going to make it.”

Though it was the lowest point for Gregg, he said he was mentally ready to say goodbye. “I went over and prayed to God and I told Him, ‘If it’s time, let’s go,’ ” Gregg said. “‘I don’t fear death, I don’t want to go. If my work here is finished here, take care of them, let’s go.’ “

Sitting with family and close friends in a prayer circle, Gregg also said he had penned NeNe a letter just in case he didn’t survive. “I wrote a note to my doctor and I told him to give it to you if I didn’t come out,” Gregg says, breaking down in tears. “Writing that note was the hardest thing I ever did in my life.”

Luckily, Gregg survived that surgery. And the outcome inspired him for the road ahead. “You never know what’s in you until you at that door,” Gregg said. “I never thought I had it in me to fight cancer. Now, I want to beat cancer’s ass.”

“You have been my light,” Gregg told NeNe. “I couldn’t do this without you. I couldn’t. I wouldn’t even try. So I want to thank you, baby.”

“They cut my colon out, my heart got bigger,” he added. “I don’t need it. It’s gone. It was infected.”

NeNe and Gregg have been married since 1997 and share two sons: Bryson and Brentt. In 2010, the couple separated, then divorced the following year — only to remarry in June 2013 at a ceremony that was filmed for her spinoff, I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding.

Back in September, NeNe revealed that Gregg was doing “really, really good” after a five-hour procedure she said they hoped was his “last surgery towards a full recovery.”

On Sunday’s premiere, she opened up about the emotional challenges of watching Gregg go through this. “It’s a very hard role to take care of someone,” she said. “I feel like if I crumble, then Gregg and Brentt is going to be over. I just feel like I have to be the strong voice.”

As brave as NeNe’s been, she said she’s had her weak periods. “I’ve put on a brave face but I have my moments in my bedroom, usually alone,” she admitted. “I’ve had many moments in my car. If my car could talk it’d be like, ‘This bitch cries too much.’ ”

Throughout it all, she’s turned to prayer. “In order to get through something like this, you have to pray for strength… We’re basically going to pray for healing, comfort and understanding,” she said.

“There’s a chance the cancer could come back, but thank God that he caught it when he did catch it,” NeNe continued. “He could not be here.”

The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

Kim Kardashian Calls Ray J a ‘Pathological Liar’ After Report About Their Sexual Experiences

Kim Kardashian West is speaking out.

Hours after British outlet The Sun reported that her ex-boyfriend Ray J allegedly made bold claims about their sexual history during a night out in London earlier this week, the reality star hopped online to weigh in on the situation.

In response to a fan who wrote that the singer’s admissions seemingly proved “he is suffering from low self-esteem,” Kardashian wrote that she thought it was a sign of something else entirely.

“Or shows he’s a pathological liar,” she wrote of her ex, with whom she was in a 2003 sex tape, adding three crying with laughter emojis.

Proving that she wasn’t bothered by the report, she wrote: “You actually believe this story? It’s too funny to me!”

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During the night out, Ray J claimed Kardashian West was picky when it came to being intimate, The Sun reported.

“Kim and I had fun times — marathon sessions. But she didn’t like getting sweaty and would stop to do her make-up if she did,” he remarked, according to the outlet. “She liked to look dope during sex, the right lighting, setting the mood. She was wild — there was a red Louis Vuitton trunk of sex toys.”

A rep for Ray J did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

RELATED VIDEO: Kim Is Pamela Anderson & Kourtney Is Ariana: See the Rest of the KarJenners’ Halloween Costumes

During a recent interview, Kardashian West revealed that her husband Kanye West had actually been warned not to date her because of the sex tape.

“We’ve been through a lot together. You know, I’ve known him for 15 years now. Became friends with him maybe in like 2006, 2007. Met him in like . I’ve known him forever. He’s put himself up against the world for me when everyone told him, ‘You cannot date a girl with a sex tape. You cannot date a reality show girl. This is going to ruin your career.’ Everyone told him that,” she told Van Jones during an interview on Be Woke Vote.

Luckily, the rapper didn’t listen.

“To me, he was like, ‘Oh, you’re not going to tell me what to do. I’ll let you know that it’s going to be okay.’ And he always was that strength for me. So I’ll always love and appreciate him for always standing up for me,” the 38-year-old mother of three added.

Ray J married Princess Love in August 2016.

Khloé Kardashian Says Reliving Tristan Thompson’s Cheating Scandal Is ‘Incredibly Difficult’

This week’s episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians will be incredibly emotional for Khloé Kardashian.

Addressing her fans hours before E! airs the episode — which will document the moment she first found out about boyfriend Tristan Thompson’s cheating scandal — the reality star wrote on social media about how “uncomfortable” it is for her to relive the memories.

“Tonight’s episode is an uncomfortable and super emotional one for me, but when we signed up for this show over a decade ago, we signed up for a reality show, which meant showing you guys inside our lives, the good, the bad and the ugly,” wrote Kardashian, 34, on Instagram alongside a clip from the show.

“To relive these moments all over again is incredibly difficult emotionally but I also hope that with every trail , tribulation and curve ball life throws at us, that we ALL get to learn from our journeys,” she continued.

In a sweet note, she added that their daughter True, who was born just days after video showing Thompson, 27, getting close to another woman first surfaced, has been “the ultimate gift.”

“Amidst the tough times, I have been blessed with the ultimate gift, my angel who has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined,” she wrote. “Remember that you are never alone in your pain, and that everything is temporary. Pain, joy, elation, panic, anxiety, it is all temporary. Be grateful for the experiences that continue to build character, and make you who you are.”

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Tonight’s episode is an uncomfortable and super emotional one for me, but when we signed up for this show over a decade ago, we signed up for a reality show, which meant showing you guys inside our lives, the good, the bad and the ugly. To relive these moments all over again is incredibly difficult emotionally but I also hope that with every trail, tribulation and curve ball life throws at us, that we ALL get to learn from our journeys. Amidst the tough times, I have been blessed with the ultimate gift, my angel who has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. Remember that you are never alone in your pain, and that everything is temporary. Pain, joy, elation, panic, anxiety, it is all temporary. Be grateful for the experiences that continue to build character, and make you who you are.

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Kardashian also revealed she may not be discussing the episode online after it airs, like she frequently does.

In response to a supportive fan on Twitter, who wrote that they would understand if Kardashian laid low tonight, the Good American co-founder wrote, “I will see how much I can handle.”

“This goes for tonight AND next week,” she added, hinting that next week’s episode will also tackle an incredibly emotional subject for her.

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RELATED: Khloé Kardashian ‘Still Has a Lot of Hurt and Anger’ with Tristan Thompson After Scandal: Source

In a sneak peek at Sunday’s episode, it was revealed that Kylie Jenner was tasked with breaking the emotional news to her sister.

“No one had the courage to tell Khloé, because we knew she was days away from giving birth,” Jenner, 21, says in a first-look posted by E! News. “We didn’t want to stress her out, but we knew that it was the right thing to do. So, I’m the one that told Khloé.”

“I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, but I felt like she should hear from one of us versus on the internet,” she adds.

RELATED VIDEO: Khloé Kardashian Posts Cryptic Message About Being ‘Brutally Broken’

Although Kardashian and Thompson are still together and looked picture-perfect while celebrating Halloween with their daughter, the reality star is still healing after his cheating scandal, according to a source.

The insider recently told PEOPLE the new mom has been having a “really tough” time and “still has a lot of hurt and anger.”

Last month, a source told PEOPLE that Kardashian, 34, delayed her trip back to Cleveland, Ohio, with Thompson, 27, to spend time in Los Angeles with her family. Just one day before Halloween, she was photographed supporting the athlete at his home game at the Quicken Loans Arena.

“Khloé wants so badly for True to have a happy family,” said the source. “She wants to do what’s best for her daughter, and to her that means being with Tristan.”

The entire Kardashian-Jenner clan has remained tight-lipped about the move, including matriarch Kris Jenner, who demurred late last month when Ellen DeGeneres asked her if Kardashian was moving to the Midwest.

Kardashian’s mom and sisters “aren’t happy” about her move back to Cleveland and “think she deserves better,” said the source. “They definitely don’t trust him.”

Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on E!

Piggyback Ride! Priyanka Chopra Bonds with Future Sister-in-Law Sophie Turner on Bachelorette Trip

Soon-to-be sister-in-laws Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner bonded during Chopra’s bachelorette celebration in Amsterdam — as Chopra gave Turner a piggyback ride in high heels!

On her Instagram story, the former Quantico actress, who is engaged to Nick Jonas, carried the Game of Thrones star, who said yes when Joe Jonas popped the question in October 2017, on her back.

“In heels!” Chopra, 36, groaned as she wore a mustard-yellow dress with a matching overcoat while a beaming Turner, 22, clung to her. “This is what you have to do for sister-in-laws these days.”

She added “#TheJSisters” and “#HighHeelFails,” plus a GIF that flashed the word “sisterhood.”

RELATED: Priyanka Chopra Reveals How Working With UNICEF for 12 Years Changed Her: ‘You Feel So Small’

Earlier on Sunday, Chopra showed off her whole “squad” in a sunny Instagram by the river, which she captioned “Setting sail….” Chopra looked fashionable in a furry cream sweater dress, long coat and snake-skin boots, while Turner opted for a white sweater, blue coat and jeans. Halle Berry commented with five red hearts.

Chopra also shared an Instagram Story picture in which she cuddled up under her coat with furry red slippers and comfy grey pants as she sat on a doorstep. She slapped on “#morningafter,” “#BacheloretteVibes” and a GIF that read “2 glam for am.”

Meanwhile, Turner posted a picture of Chopra posing in a tiara and a “Bride to Be” sash. In sleek shades, Chopra paired a high-waisted patterned skirt and an orange, red and black sweater with boots.

RELATED VIDEO: Priyanka Chopra Is a Vision in White as She Hits Bridal Shower in Wedding Dress-Like Gown

On Saturday, Chopra kicked off the bachelorette bash with a joyful photo in the sweater dress that included “#BacheloretteVibes.” She also gave a peek into the fun on her Instagram Story with snapshots of pink flowers, champagne and balloons and those red slippers.

“Be good,” the Jonas brothers’ mother Denise commented on the first photo with a red heart emoji.

Chopra and Nick may tie the knot before Turner and her fiancé, despite the fact that Chopra got engaged in July 2018 and Turner announced her engagement in October 2017.

“Even though Joe’s been engaged longer, it wouldn’t be surprising if Nick got married first,” a source told PEOPLE in October. “They’re not really competitive in terms of who’s going to get hitched first.”

RELATED: Priyanka Chopra on What Makes Her Relationship with Nick Jonas Work — ‘Respect’

“Everything’s going really, really well with Priyanka,” the source continued. “Nick will do what he wants to do.”

“First I’m blessed with an incredible future brother-in-law, and now such beautiful, inside and out, future sister-in-law,” Turner wrote on Instagram after Nick and Chopra’s engagement news. “I’m so excited to welcome you into the family @priyankachopra . I love you both @nickjonas.”

In October, Chopra had her wedding shower at Tiffany’s & Co. store in Manhattan.

SNL Jokingly Calls Alec Baldwin a ‘Disgraced Former Actor’ During Sketch Skewering Republicans

Without directly mentioning Alec Baldwin‘s recent arrestSaturday Night Live briefly alluded to the incident this weekend.

The show’s cold open — which centered around a faux Fox News segment hosted by Laura Ingraham (Kate McKinnon) — pokes fun at the way some Republicans have reacted to the thousands of Central American migrants marching towards the U.S. border, in search of a safer and more prosperous life.

At one point, echoing an unverified claim of President Donald Trump’s that there were there were “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners” among the caravan, SNL‘s Judge Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) took the remarks one step further.

“It’s got Guatemalans, Mexicans, ISIS, the Menendez brothers, the 1990s Detroit Pistons” and “hella Aladdins,” she said.

After exhausting the subject, the Fox News host offered viewers a look at what would be next on the program after a short commercial break.

“When we come back, an update from disgraced former actor Alec Baldwin, seen here molesting a young Boy Scout,” she remarked as an image of a younger Baldwin performing in a “Canteen Boy” SNL sketch with Adam Sandler flashed on the screen.

RELATED: Man Who Alec Baldwin Allegedly Punched Speaks Out After Actor’s Arrest: Report

A New York City Police Department spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE on Friday that Baldwin was charged with assault and harassment.

The 30 Rock actor was arrested around 1:30 p.m. after he allegedly punched a man on East 10th Street between University Place and Broadway, police said. He was charged at the 6th Precinct before departing Friday afternoon, dressed in a collared grey shirt and dark slacks. Baldwin was later photographed arriving at his Manhattan apartment.

Baldwin’s alleged victim was struck on the left side of the face and taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, the spokesperson said. No additional details of the incident were available.

Baldwin will appear in court at a later date, according to the NYPD.

RELATED VIDEO: Alec Baldwin Leaves Police Precinct After Arrest

The actor, 60, has denied that he “punched anyone over a parking spot.”

“Normally, I would not comment on something as egregiously misstated as today’s story. However, the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false,” Baldwin tweeted Friday evening. “I wanted to go on the record stating as much. I realize that it has become a sport to tag people was many negative charges and defaming allegations as possible for the purposes of clickbait entertainment.”

In a follow-up message, Baldwin wrote, “Fortunately, no matter how reverberating the echos , it doesn’t make the statements true.”

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Baldwin, who frequently portrays the president on SNL, has yet to publicly comment further on the incident, but on Saturday, the actor shared a photograph from a memorial service in the Hamptons, honoring Sarah Alicia de Havenon Fowler, a woman who died of brain cancer. In the format of a poem, Baldwin wrote that she “always had a smile on her face, a kind word to offer, a rare spirit, that she has left behind.”

Posts from the actor’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, also made no mention of her husband’s arrest.

On Saturday, the mother of four shared numerous photos on her Instagram Story as she spent time with their children. 

In one image, her children gathered around a space-themed toy, while in another, two ducks swam in a body of water.

“So peaceful,” she wrote alongside the image.

John David Duggar and Abbie Burnett Are Married! See Their Wedding Photo

The Duggar family just added a new member!

John David Duggar, 28, married Abbie Burnett, 26, on Saturday in Arkansas.

“We are so excited to be married! It was a beautiful moment and we so appreciate our friends and family for sharing this day with us,” the couple says in a statement. “Most of all we are thankful to Christ for bringing us together. This is going to be an amazing journey!”

For her walk down the aisle, the bride wore a design from Renee Miller with Renee’s Bridal.

In their wedding portrait, Duggar wraps his arm around Burnett as the new husband and wife beam with joy on their big day, which Us Weekly was first to report on Saturday.

The couple began courting in June and announced the happy news in a TLC video.

“We’ve known of each other for several years, but we didn’t meet ’til … ” Duggar said as Burnett, who works as a nurse, chimed in, “John flew in for a church event here in Oklahoma where I’m from. We really got connected then.”

RELATED: Do You Know Your Duggars? A Comprehensive Guide to the Giant Family

“Yeah, a couple months ago,” the Counting On star said. “We fell in love very quickly. And it’s been a wonderful journey thus far and taking the next step to move onto a courtship.”

Just a month later, the pair got engaged after John David got down on one knee in an airplane hangar in front of a sign that read “Abbie, Will You Marry Me?”

“Wow! We are engaged! This feels even more real than before! It was a special moment to share together,” Duggar and Burnett said in a joint statement on the family website.

“The proposal and the ‘YES’ really solidified that we want to spend the rest of our lives together. One of the most amazing things about following Christ is being able to trust Him to direct your path and lead your life,” they continued. “We are so thankful that He led us to one another. Now we need to start thinking about a wedding!”

Sammi ‘Sweetheart’ Giancola Reunites with Jersey Shore Cast for Deena Cortese’s Baby Shower

Sammi Sweetheart” Giancola was back together with her Jersey Shore castmates on Saturday for one special reason.

The 31-year-old reality star reunited with Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Angelina Pivarnick and Jenni “JWoww” Farley for Deena Cortese’s baby shower.

It was the first time all were together since Cortese’s wedding to Christopher Buckner in October 2017. Giancola famously opted out of the MTV reboot to focus on her businesses and relationship — and avoid “potentially toxic situations,” seemingly referring to her ex and former costar Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, 32. (Their tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship lasted eight years, three of which were captured on the original run of Jersey Shore from 2009-12).

Though she skipped out on Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, there appeared to be no hard feelings between Giancola and her female costars, and the group was all smiles on Saturday in a sea of photos shared on social media.

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RELATED: Deena Cortese ‘Was a Nervous Wreck’ Thinking She’d Lose Her Baby During Pregnancy Scare

Cortese, 31 — who is expecting her first child, a boy — wore a white lace dress with a blue “mommy-to-be” sash that perfectly highlighted her baby bump. Polizzi, 30, and Pivarnick, 32, both wore dresses while Farley, 32, and Giancola both wore pants and cold-shoulder tops. 

Polizzi and Farley each brought their daughters Giovanna and Meilani, both 4, and the duo posed together for a picture in front of the dessert table.

Celebrating new life 💙💙💙 with my girls,” Farley captioned one shot, with Polizzi adding, “DEENER’S baby shower for CJ! Can’t wait to meet another addition to our family. Love these ladies so much!!!!!! #Family #MySisters.”

“#AllTogetherFinally,” Pivarnick added in her caption. “#Sisters #LoveThem.”

The ladies also shared images and videos on Instagram Stories, some of which included Cortese opening baby gifts.

RELATED VIDEO: The Jersey Shore Family Vacation Cast on Sammi Potentially Returning to the Show

Much of the first season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation focused on Giancola’s absence, with quite a few jokes being made at her expense — mostly stemming from the fact that Pauly “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio brought in a custom, life-size doll wearing an “I’m in a really good place” shirt and designed to look and talk just like her (“Rahhhhhnnnn! Staaaaahhhhp!“).

During the premiere, Ortiz-Magro also admitted to cheating on Giancola after they moved in together following Jersey Shore.

Big Little Lies Star Laura Dern Makes Passionate Plea to Protect Environment and Immigrants

 

Actress Laura Dern says she feels “desperate” to try and better the world these days.

The Big Little Lies star, who is one of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World, works with several organizations that are trying to protect the environment and the rights of immigrants. “For me, there’s so much egregious undoing of hard-fought environmental laws that have been put into place to give us clear air, clean water and a clean environment,” she says of her determination to help. “These should be basic rights and they’re being stripped away.”

Dern, 51, supports the National Resources Defense Council in its efforts to create “active change you can see,” she says. “Like you can see that thousands of children were so severely ill from lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan and the NRDC specifically fought to get the water pipes replaced.”

 

The organization has also worked with the EPA “to ban dangerous pesticides on our fruits and vegetables and seven different cancer-causing chemicals that were listed as artificial flavoring in food and drinks and won,” adds Dern, noting that the NRDC has 70 lawsuits in place with the current administration. “That’s why I try to put my energy in really supporting them because instead of feeling like you are making a difference in a day, you’re making a difference through law.”

For full coverage of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World, pick up this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday.

Dern is also a strong supporter of groups like Kids in Need of Defense and Justice in Motion, which protects migrant rights across borders to help separated families find each other. “I know for myself with family members and friends who are fierce in their liberal politics and point of views as well as conservatives, all of them talked about their heartbreak when they saw these babies and young children standing in court without legal representatives with their families that were being detained separately and losing each other,” Dern says. “Not only being pulled away from each other but not being able to be reunited. That should not be a political issue.”

Reuniting these families and protecting their rights as immigrants “is God’s work,” the actress adds. “These families that are in terror deserve to find each other.”

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As for how people can help, Dern believes it all starts on Nov. 6. “Our greatest voice is our vote in this country and it is making a difference,” she says. “And our other greatest opportunity is to become aware of the fight we care most deeply about. If you want to engage to protect our environment and the people in it, call your representative. Calling is the best way to get them to hear you and your voice actually matters. Have deep conversations with your friends and family because the planet and human beings should not be a part of an issue.”

Bethenny Frankel Slams Trolls Who Criticized Her & the Kardashians for Dressing as Victoria’s Secret Angels

Bethenny Frankel and the KarJenner sisters coincidentally wore the same themed outfit for Halloween this year.

After showing off her Victoria’s Secret Angel ensemble  on Instagram, the Real Housewives of New York City star, 47, clapped back at critics on social media who called their outfits “trashy” and not “age appropriate.”

“Little old for trashy costumes,” one fan wrote.

“You have a great figure but maybe something a bit more age appropriate?” another fan wrote in the comments section of one of Frankel’s Halloween photos.

One follower even brought up Frankel’s late boyfriend Dennis Shields, who was found dead in August at the age of 51 following a suspected overdose. “Considering your recent loss I am questioning why you would think this costume is in good taste?” the fan wrote.

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The SkinnyGirl mogul quickly shut down the online trolls with a comment of her own — and defended the KarJenner siblings at the same time as Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian, as well as Kendall and Kylie Jenner, also dressed as Angels.

“For those haters, I suppose that monetizing reality tv is not the only good idea that the Kardashians and I have shared simultaneously. For those who bash theirs or my body, go hate somewhere else. We are mothers and daughters and I chose those very polarizing ruffle boy shorts thus opting to not show my vagina this Halloween,” Frankel wrote.

The mother of one added, “I’m in my late 40s. That is my God given body with no receipts attached (a breast lift 12 years ago notwithstanding) to it. Perhaps next year I will go pantyless & await more constructive comments. To the rest of you, I had my best Halloween ever, trick or treating with my peanut then dancing my ladies.”

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For the holiday, Frankel attended her RHONY costars Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan’s Halloween party, along with costars Dorinda Medley and Tinsley Mortimer.

Frankel may have been inspired by the lingerie brand’s annual fashion show, but the Kardashian-Jenner family took it one step further by wearing actual pieces on previous VS runways.

As seen in videos shared on Instagram, Kourtney, 39, Khloé, 34, Kendall, 22, and Kylie, 21, walked up and down a faux-catwalk wearing their Victoria’s Secret lingerie and white angel wings straight from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show archives.

RELATED: Kim Is Pamela Anderson & Kourtney Is Ariana: See the Rest of the KarJenners’ Halloween Costumes

“We called Victoria’s Secret, and those are the original wings and outfits of the girls on the runway from the previous year. They have been so great to us and sent us the real runway looks,” Kim told Refinery29. “It was such a special night, and it was so fun to do it all together.”

In addition, new mom Khloé tweeted: “Kimberly thank you so much for thinking of the VS angels costume and for getting @VictoriasSecret to loan us everything! I was uncomfortable thinking of doing this bc I just had a baby but thank you to ALL of my sisters for being the best support & now we have the best memories!”

Deena Cortese ‘Was a Nervous Wreck’ Thinking She’d Lose Her Baby During Pregnancy Scare

Deena Cortese opened up about a scary moment during her pregnancy on Thursday’s episode of Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

Sitting down with her costars and best friends Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, the mom-to-be got emotional as she revealed her doctor had put her on bed rest after she suddenly started bleeding.

“Last week, I had a scare,” said Cortese, 31, as she started to cry. “I get emotional because it’s scary. I just started bleeding, but I’m fine.”

“Honestly, the scariest moment in my life,” she admitted. “I was a nervous wreck, but was so calm, thank God.”

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RELATED: Bump Love! See Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi Rub Deena Cortese’s Baby Belly

Luckily, Cortese and the baby were both okay, but she opted out of joining the rest of the roomies at their next share house.

“The baby’s fine,” Cortese said. “The doctor wanted to put me on bed rest until my follow-up appointment ’cause I’m still spotting. I just think it might be better for me not to live in the house, but I’d love to come and visit you guys and maybe me and Chris will come down for a weekend or something.”

Her friends were disappointed she wouldn’t be there, but understood her situation. “I know she’s petrified of losing the baby,” said Farley, 32. “I don’t want her this emotional. It’s sad to see.”

Cortese and husband Christopher Buckner announced in July that they’re expecting their first child, a baby boy they plan to name Christopher John, in December, sharing a photo set of the couple (and their dog!) showing off their baby’s ultrasound, holding blue balloons and more.

RELATED VIDEO: Baby Boy on the Way for Jersey Shore‘s Deena Cortese

“Chris and I decided to wait until we were ready to spill the beans! Now that we are safely into our second trimester … us and our little monkey are ready to tell the world our little family is growing !” she wrote alongside the sweet gallery.

Hours after revealing her exciting news, Cortese posted a video and photo series from the spouses’ sex reveal, where they first learned she was expecting a boy.

The pregnant star has since shared a few photos of her growing baby bump on social media, revealing some of her cravings: cinnamon-raisin bagels, candy and ice cream!

Jersey Shore Family Vacation airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

Jersey Shore Recap: Snooki Gets WASTED!

The cast of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation was tasked with its most important mission of all-time this week:

Finding a new home to crash in for awhile.

As you’ll find out below, the residence needed to include at least one prominent feature — and as you’ll also find out below, Snooki can really drink!

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First, however, she and JWOWW paid a visit to an extremely pregnant Deena Cortese.

She explained to her friends how she recently had a scare and was subsequently ordered to be on bed rest until her next checkup.

Describing the “scariest moment” of her life, Deena said she began bleeding randomly about halfway through her pregnancy.

She assured her fellow MTV stars that she was fine now, but she would be unable to join them on the aforementioned house search.

“I totally get it because I was pregnant once,” a sad Snooki told the camera, possibly forgetting that she actually has two kids.

From there, it was Deena and JWOWW’s turn to fill Snooki in on everything that went down in Atlantic City a few days before, including Ronnie Ortiz-Magro’s insane blowup with Jen Harley over … well… nothing at all, really.

There was also the matter of the Staten Island love triangle that formed among Vinny Guadagnino, Angelina Pivarnick and Angelina’s fiance, Chris.

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Speaking of that latter storyline:

In a later scene, Angelina was telling Chris about her forthcoming stay in the new Shore House when Vinny popped up in conversation.

Chris was pretty chill about him at first, but then… not so much.

“When you were out having your guys’ day, did you guys talk about anything serious?” Angelina asked.

“Vinny was saying something like, ‘You seem like a normal guy, so what are you gonna marry Angelina for?'” Chris responded.

“Why’s he asking you that?” Angelina asked prior to answering her own question. “Because he secretly loves me. And you know what? I don’t blame him for loving me because he should love me.”

“How do we keep coming back to the same topic?” Chris shot back. “Maybe you’re in love with him.”

“Chris, shut up,” Angelina said. “Ew! Gross! Hell no. You’re an ass.”

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But enough about them.

We now turn to the home Snooki found on Craigslist, a lovely looking abode that was only missing one key element: a beach!

Ronnie met up with his pal there and the two proceeded to get totally sloshed.

After Snooki failed to get new intel out of Ronnie about Jen, she headed to a club and danced up a storm.

She also convinced Angelina to go straight from the airport to this establishment, leading to her hilariously showing up with, like, 9 suitcases.

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“Dren has arrived at dinner,” Vinny says during a meal that featured Snooki choosing to drink instead of eat seafood.

“I haven’t seen Dren make an appearance at dinner in a long time. Now the vacation has begun,” he added of his pal’s drunken personality.

“I’m drunk bitch. What do you want from me?” Snooki replied.

Nothing else. We want nothing else from you at all, Snook.

To watch Jersey Shore online and to see drunken antics from Snooki that you haven’t seen in ages, click on the video below.

Stealing Candy from a Baby! Jimmy Kimmel Gets Parents to Pull Halloween Candy Prank on Their Kids

Trick-or-treat! These kids didn’t get something good to eat!

For the eighth year in a row, Jimmy Kimmel has convinced parents to trick their children into thinking they ate all of their Halloween candy.

On the Nov. 1 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the 50-year-old television host presented his audience with a compilation of parents filming their kids’ reactions to the hilariously cruel prank which he has dubbed “I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy.”

“Now it’s time to find out just how easy it is to take candy from babies,” Kimmel began.

In the first clip, one small boy grimaces like Marvel’s Hulk after being told his mom and dad ate all of his treats.

The boy later tells his mom “You’re going to get sick.” He then says his parents are going to “poop all over the floor.”

In the next video, one boy is in such disbelief about his parents taking his candy that he repeatedly says “but it was in there,” in reference to his trick-or-treat bucket.

He later became too frustrated to speak and just screamed to the top of his lungs.

One little girl took the mature route and told her mom, “I’m so disappointed at you.”

Next up, was another boy who runs into his kitchen to find all three of his buckets completely empty. When his younger sister comes in and asks ‘What happened?’ he just breaks down in tears.

Some kids even resorted to violence after hearing what their parents had done.

One little boy, who was dressed as a firefighter, began hitting his dad on the forehead after his candy went missing.

A different boy also began hitting his father after being asked if he wanted broccoli instead.

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Interestingly, not every kid was upset. In fact, some didn’t even mind that their parents took their treats.

“I’m not mad at all. I would never be mad at you because you’re my mom,” one little boy said and his mom responded with “You’re too sweet. It’s gross.”

One little girl said, “I forgive you mommy. I love you.”

Nico Tortorella Advocates to End Intersex Surgery: ‘Change Your Hearts Not Our Parts’

Nico Tortorella is advocating to end to surgical intervention when a child is born intersex.

Over the weekend, the Younger star attended a protest in New York and shared several photos and videos from the rainy day to his Instagram account. In the post, Tortorella, 30, urged his followers, especially those in the LGBTQ community, to advocate for intersex rights.

“we are responsible for queer people everywhere,” he began the lengthy post. “it’s time for all LGBTQ+ folk to stand up for intersex rights. our bodies our choice.”

“unfortunately still to this day all over the globe surgeries are being performed on intersex babies at birth and shortly after without the child’s consent to fit the recent historical binary construct,” he added. “CHANGE YOUR HEARTS NOT OUR PARTS.”

Intersex is a term used for a person who is born with “a reproduction or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male,” according to Intersex Society of North America.

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While there are doctors who prefer to surgically intervene and assign intersex babies to one particular sex, many advocates, including Tortorella, do not support that decision and believe they should be treated with the same respect as everyone else.

“People with intersex traits have always existed, but there is more awareness now about the diversity of human bodies,” Tortorella added. “People with intersex bodies, like anyone who may be seen as different, sometimes face discrimination, including in healthcare settings as early as infancy.”

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Tortorella, who is sexually fluid, recently tied the knot with his longtime partner Bethany Meyers, who does not use gender-specific pronouns, on March 9.

Tortorella and Meyers, who have been together on and off for 12 years, didn’t live under the same roof in the months immediately following their wedding, but they have since moved in together.

“We have an apartment in the city and a house upstate, so we still spend a lot of time apart from each other,” he says. “And I think that’s really healthy for our relationship and any relationship, to keep that sense of individuality, even in a union.”

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But Tortorella admits that their relationship has caused some tension with their loved ones.

“With both of our families it’s always been a work in progress,” he says. “I think it’s one thing to come out as queer, and then it’s another thing to come out as polyamorous. Neither one of them has had that much visibility, especially polyamory.”

“We have a lot of friends that are poly, I know a lot of older people that are poly — it’s been around forever,” he adds. “Like, since the Bible. But it’s just not something that’s really talked about and I think it’s really important for us to be visible and represent our community in a way that has never been done before.”

That being said, Tortorella says he and Meyers are learning together.

“We’re still figuring it out,” he says. “In terms of our own gender politics and queer theory, the way our own relationship works, I think what always comes first is that this is a work in progress. We’re still transitioning — I think we all are, in one way or another.”

This Guy Cut His Arm Off to Get Acting Gigs and It Worked

Todd Latourette, best known as “war veteran” in season 4, episode 5 of Better Call Saul, went so method that he cut off his right arm with a Skil saw and cauterized the stump 17 years ago during a psychotic episode so he could get bit parts as “war veteran” in TV shows. Surprisingly, his plan was crazy enough that it worked.

Unfortunately Latourette is back on his meds and wants to come clean because he can’t take the guilt anymore.

“I was dishonorable. I’m killing my career by doing this, if anyone thinks this was for personal edification, that’s not the case,” says Latourette. “I’m ousting myself from the New Mexico Film Industry. And gladly so, just to say what I’ve said.”

He’s not looking for forgiveness but hopes his story can help those struggling with mental illness. And possibly a few struggling actors with easy access to Skil saws.

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Survivor Recap: Power Corrupts, and Jacket Power Corrupts Absolutely

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and a member of the jury on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. He has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

“You can have all the numbers on your hands and do all the counting you want, but you cannot calculate relationships, emotions. You cannot calculate deception. The game happens in every conversation that’s had. You can’t calculate those things.” — Ashley Nolan, Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers

When the final story of David vs. Goliath is written, how much will come down to a jacket?

This episode of Survivor, Angelina revealed that she voted for Lyrsa last week not to send her home — but as a ploy to trick Natalie into handing over her coat. That plan, of course, was a hilarious, spectacular failure. And it also left the rest of Angelina’s tribe feeling suspicious.

“If Angelina’ll do that for a jacket, then imagine what she’ll do for a million dollars,” ponders Nick.

Lyrsa feels especially aggrieved. People hate it when you write their name down at tribal council, no matter how good your intentions. Your name coming up on parchment is like the Grim Reaper laying his icy finger across your spine. It’s an experience you don’t forget.

As I wrote last week, a jacket really does have strategic value. But the optics around Angelina’s vote are terrible. “I’m willing to risk sacrificing your dreams for a piece of fabric” is not the best way to build a long-term alliance.

Angelina’s vote for Lyrsa was a common act of hubris from those in the dominant position. When tribes split, the people in the minority group hustle to save their butts. They work harder around camp. They promise strategic fealty. They’ll do anything and say anything.

As a result, people in the majority start to believe their own hype. It’s like the Stanford Prison Experiment. People who perceive that they have power will invariably abuse it.

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Last episode, when Alec was reassuring Kara about working with the Davids, he said, “I don’t look at them as strategically real players. I look at them as an extra vote.” To Alec, the Davids aren’t even real. If that’s not a testament to the depersonalizing effects of power, I don’t know what is.

Angelina’s jacket shenanigans were in the same vein. How disposable must Lyrsa have felt in that moment?

That’s why, season after season, we see big tribes get picked apart. They don’t take their competition seriously.

Nevertheless, this week at least, Angelina stays safe.

When Purple inevitably loses the immunity challenge, Nick wants to vote her out. He worries that she’s too strategic, too untrustworthy. “It’s a free shot to take out a big threat,” says Nick.

But Mike is concerned about what the other Goliaths will think if he sides twice with the Davids. He noted their shocked reactions when the tribe showed up to Reward, with another Goliath gone. “By voting her out, am I also screwing every Goliath left in the game?”

As Mike notes, this vote also has repercussions for the entire season. The Davids and Goliaths are split now at 7-7. This one vote, from this decimated tribe, will determine who has the numbers at the merge.

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“It’s not just somebody going home,” says Mike. “Whatever happens today is going to impact everybody’s game for the rest of the game.”

Voting out Angelina is so transparently the right choice for the group as a whole. She’s definitely a more devious player than Lyrsa. She’s obviously a skilled talker, which makes her a threat at every vote — and again at the finals. Meanwhile, Lyrsa can’t even be bothered to pretend to ally with Angelina, when Angelina comes to her.

But what’s good for the tribe is not always good for the individual. Mike wins the Fishy for putting his own game needs ahead of Nick’s. He gets his way, and is able to show the Goliaths that he hasn’t completely betrayed them.

(It also seems like Nick is honoring a promise, that if they voted out Natalie, the next vote would be Lyrsa. But how much do promises matter on Survivor?)

While the Fishy goes to Mike, ultimately this is a combined win for the Rockstar alliance. Mike gets his way in this decision, but the crucial thing is that Nick and Mike solve the problem as a negotiation between just them. There’s no better way to establish long-term loyalty than working together and voting together.

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And is it really so bad for the Davids to enter the merge down numbers?

When was the last time a majority pre-merge alliance actually stuck together and picked off the smaller group? Season 22? Stealth R Us in season 26? I’m sure this is a topic that can be debated, given how hard it is to define “pre-merge alliance” and “sticking together.” Still, the idea that having the numbers at the merge means instant success is almost quaint.

It may actually be better for the Davids to keep their underdog spot. It will keep Alec and Angelina feeling superior. And that means they’ll be surprised when those Davids turn out to be strategically real players after all. 

Survivor airs Wednesdays (8 p.m. ET) on CBS.

Southern Charm Season 6: Everything We Know

Southern Charm is coming back for Season 6!

Some things, as we know, will be different next season.

Which cast members are returning? 

And, for that matter, when is the show scheduled to return?

What do we already know about the contents of the new season?

Take a look at what we know:

1. Southern Charm will return for Season 6

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First, who is coming back -- and who is not?

2. Kathryn Dennis

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You KNOW that she's coming back to the show, folks

3. Shep Rose

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He and the powerful, indescribable Owen Wilson energies that he emanates are back.

4. Cameran Eubanks

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Cameran Eubanks is returning to remind you that yes, that is really how she spells her name

5. Craig Conover

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Craig Conover and his age-inappropriate frat guy vibes are back

6. Chelsea Meissner

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Chelsea Meissner is coming back for Season 6!
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Rich Kids of Beverly Hills Star Roxy Sowlaty Is Engaged to Nicolas Bijan — See Her Enormous Ring!

Rich Kids of Beverly Hills Star Roxy Sowlaty is officially off the market!

On Tuesday, the 30-year-old’s now-fiancé Nicolas Bijan surprised Sowlaty, who was on a girl’s trip in Paris, by secretly flying out to the City of Love and popping the question to her with a jaw-dropping ring on the famous Love Lock bridge.

After the proposal, Bijan, who runs House of Bijan — a men’s clothing store in Beverly Hills, shared a video of himself surprising Sowlaty on Instagram.

“I’m coming to surprise you,” Bijan said. “You have no idea. Love you.”

Moments before meeting Sowlaty on the bridge, Bijan gave his followers an up-close look at the massive rock which E! News reports is an incredible 8-carats. He then hops out of a car to find Sowalty, who says “What are you doing here?”

Without saying a word, Bijan drops down on one knee and Sowalty immediately nods before the two kiss and hug.

Sowalty later posted a video on her Instagram Stories detailing the proposal. “I just got engaged in Paris I thought I was going to get mugged and instead this gorgeous man surprised me on a bridge in my stupid red beret,” Sowalty says flashing her ring.

For the big day, Sowalty wore an animal print jacket paired with black pants and of course a red beret.

The interior designer then shared a series of black and white photos from the proposal on her feed writing, “@nicolasbijan I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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She captioned a different shot, “Still can’t believe this happened!!!!!!! And can’t stop crying!! You are my everything @nicolasbijan❣❣❣❣❣🇫🇷.”

Sowalty’s good friend and star of E!’s Second Wives Club Shiva Safai, who is engaged to Mohamed Hadid, shared a photo of herself with the happy couple captioned, “Finished the trip with our girl @roxysowlaty getting engaged!!!! Best trip ever ♥🇫🇷🥂.”

According to E! News, Sowalty and Bijan began dating in 2015.

Southern Charm’s Cameran Eubanks’ Daughter Dresses Up as Costar Patricia Altschul for Halloween

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, especially for Halloween!

Ahead of her daughter Palmer’s first-ever Halloween, Cameran Eubanks dressed up her 11-month-old as Southern Charm costar Patricia Altschul. Complete with the Charleston socialite’s signature pet-printed caftan, little Palmer wore a brunette wig. She was also accompanied by family dog Elvis, who portrayed Altschul’s beloved butler, Michael. (All that was missing was Altschul’s pug, Chauncey!)

“I give you Patricia and Michael the Butler,” the mother of one captioned the image of her daughter and dog.

“Best. Costume. Ever,” Altschul’s apparel line, Patricia’s Couture, responded.

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The Real World alum and husband Jason Wimberly welcomed their first child in November 2017.

Months before Palmer’s arrival, Altschul, 77, hosted a ’60s-themed baby shower for Eubanks, 34, at her home as seen in season 5 of the popular Bravo series.

And since her birth, little Palmer has been spoiled by Altschul.

“She’s received nicer gifts from Patricia than she has from her own mother. She gave her a little baby Chanel bag. I don’t even own a Chanel bag, so it’s not really Palmer’s, it’s mine,” Eubanks told The Daily Dish in May. “I’m gonna hide it from her, I think, until she’s later in life because no kid, I mean, you’re creating a monster by giving a kid a Chanel bag.”

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Altschul’s son and fellow Southern Charm star Whitney Sudler-Smith has also been involved since Palmer’s birth.

“Believe it or not, Whitney has definitely been the most involved with Palmer. He comes and sees her. He’s always — a lot of people would be surprised by this — but he sends me articles on parenting,” Eubanks also told The Daily Dish. “There’s a whole ‘nother side of him that I don’t think people really see. He’s very, very caring, believe it or not.”

Kim Kardashian Says Kanye West Was Warned Not to Date Her Because of Her Sex Tape

Kim Kardashian West may not always agree with Kanye West, but she will never fail to support her husband.

“We’ve been through a lot together. You know, I’ve known him for 15 years now. Became friends with him maybe in like 2006, 2007. Met him in like . I’ve known him forever. He’s put himself up against the world for me when everyone told him, ‘You cannot date a girl with a sex tape. You cannot date a reality show girl. This is going to ruin your career.’ Everyone told him that,’ ” Kardashian West told Van Jones during a sitdown interview on Be Woke Vote.

Luckily, the rapper didn’t listen.

“To me, he was like, ‘Oh, you’re not going to tell me what to do. I’ll let you know that it’s going to be okay.’ And he always was that strength for me. So I’ll always love and appreciate him for always standing up for me,” said Kardashian West, 38.

“Even in like fashion. ‘You’ll never be on the cover of a magazine.’ And you know, amazing things have happened in that world or anyone that’s ever doubted us or me, he’s always been there to hold my hand and lift me up higher and give me the confidence. And so I’ll always do the same for him,”  the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star continued.

Although the couple has been married for four years and shares three children together — daughters North, 5, and Chicago, 9 months, and son Saint, 2 — they don’t see eye-to-eye on politics. While Kardashian West voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, West, 41, has been an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, frequently wearing a Make America Great Again hat.

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When Jones pressed Kardashian West on West’s comments about abolishing the 13th amendment, the mother of three clarified that her husband isn’t always the best communicator.

“It takes him about four years to write a song to explain — to communicate what he wants to say. So when he tweets something in two seconds, what’s going on in his mind and what he thinks and what he’s trying to say, he might not be the best communicator, but he has the best heart and I know what he means. I believe in him and I believe that his message of what the hat represent to him is maybe different than what it represents to other people,” Kardashian West explained. “He’s very mindful about that. He doesn’t maybe express that. But what it mans to him is something totally different and I trust in him that he will explain that in his own way.”

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Still, Kardashian West voices her opinions and suggestions to her husband in private.

“Afterwards, I might let him know that I can help him communicate that a little bit better and you know, we should work on that. He’s always like, ‘Yeah, but I already tweeted it.’ I’m like, ‘Well, what you tweeted isn’t what you just said to me over the phone.’ But sometimes people don’t have the long time to really hear him out and see what he has to say and the snippets,” she said.

While West’s political opinions may be controversial to some, Kardashian West commended her husband for defending his beliefs.

“You know, the good thing is, he’s so strong that he knows what he means,” she said. “The people around him knows what he means and the people around him let him know that what he said might not be what he means and tries to help him work on it. But I know his heart, so we’re working on expressing that.”

She added that West “will always do what he believes, whether it’s the popular thing or not. And he has said so many times, even on SNL, but I don’t know if it was on because it was at the end, ‘I do not agree with all of the policies. I don’t even know all the policies, I’m not political. I’m just saying this is what this represents to me and I will wear it because that’s what I feel.’ ”

“He wants to fight for free thought,” she said.

Ariana Grande Performs for First Time Since Mac Miller’s Death and Calling Off Her Engagement

Ariana Grande has made her triumphant return to the stage.

On Monday night, NBC aired A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway. As part of the pre-taped special, Grande, 25, performed a very impressive rendition of “The Wizard and I” in front of many of the musical’s biggest fans.

The performance marked Grande’s first time back on the stage since her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller died of an apparent overdose in September and she and ex-fianceé Pete Davidson called off their engagement in mid-October.

Wearing a strapless green top, black pants, and her trademark black thigh-high boots, Grande seemed happy and relieved to be back on stage, as she belted the tune while audience members sang along. She also showed off her Elphaba-inspired green sparkly nail polish, lipstick, and eyeshadow.

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At the event, which also marked Grande’s first public appearance post-split, the pop star was without her 3-carat, $93,000 engagement ring and covered up her “Pete” finger tattoo.

Grande’s involvement with the anniversary special was not always certain.

A day after her confirmed split from Davidson, 24, the “Successful” singer showed that she was focusing on her work in the wake of their breakup, sharing a photo of her Wicked rehearsal script.

“Honored to be included in the celebration of 15 years of my favorite musical of all time,” Grande captioned the photo, adding, “wouldn’t miss it for the whole universe” alongside a green heart emoji. But hours before the final taping took place, Grande skipped the final dress rehearsal.

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She later shared a post to Instagram where she explained that returning to work hasn’t been easy. Still, she was determined not to let anything get in the way of her attending the show’s final taping.

“Can’t believe I almost let my anxiety ruin this for me today!” Grande captioned the since-deleted photo. “Not today Satan! Not tomorrow or the next day either not no more u can suck my big green d— finna sing my heart out and be a big walking vessel of love bye.”

And just last week, Grande opened up to her fans on Twitter and explained that music has helped her cope with the difficult time in her life.

“It fixes everythin ,” she tweeted after a fan commended her passion for music.

“it ain’t work when u love it r u kiddin !” she also wrote on Twitter after a fan praised her hard work. “i’m the luckiest girl in the world to be able to do this s— n express myself n heal this way …. my lifeline tbh thank U for listening n allowing this to be my life”

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In late September, it was confirmed that Grande would be living out one of her dreams by joining original Wicked stars Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel as well as the musical’s current Broadway company and the Pentatonix for NBC’s celebration of the show’s 15th anniversary, A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway. 

“One of my dream roles is to play Elphaba,” Grande once gushed in an episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series, in which she sang “What Is This Feeling” with Seth McFarlane. “I would do it tomorrow. I’d cancel my whole s—. That’s my dream.”

Grande is an alum of both Broadway and NBC televised live musicals, having starred in Jason Robert Brown’s 13 on stage back in 2008 and Hairspray Live! in 2016.