Aaron Rodgers gushes about Shailene Woodley despite split reports
Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley may have called off their engagement, but their friendship appears to be in good shape. On Feb. 23, the Green Bay Packers quarterback hopped on Instagram and shared a gallery of photos that kicked off with a Rumi quote reading, "Gratitude is wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk." The next slide in the batch showed the NFL player cozying up on a couch with the "Big Little Lies" actress, who got top billing in Aaron's caption, as well, raising questions about their reported split. "Here's some… #MondayNightGratitude for some of the incredibly special people in my life, with some pictures from the last beautiful year," he wrote. "@shailenewoodley, thanks for letting me chase after you the first couple months after we met, and finally letting me catch up to you and be a part of your life. Thanks for always having my back, for the incredible kindness you show me and everyone you meet, and for showing me what unconditional love looks like," he continued, adding, "I love you and am grateful for you." He went on to express gratitude "to the men I got to share the QB room with everyday," and thanked pals in what he called "the Friday crew" for their "friendship" and "support," before telling his "teammates, past and current, you are the icing on the beautiful cake we call our job; football." Aaron, 38, reportedly called it quits with Shailene, 30, after the two determined "it just wasn't working" because of their "busy careers and obstacles they just couldn't surmount," according to a People source. But Aaron also followed up his shout-out to Shailene with more praise for her on "The Pat McAfee Show" the next day. While discussing the effect having positive social relationships has on his playing, he was asked if dating the actress "changed" him. "Oh yeah, without a doubt," he said, according to Page Six. "I've learned so much from her. She's just an incredible woman — talented, smart, kind. I said it last night, she taught me what unconditional love looks like."
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Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott honor Travis with new son's name
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott's newborn son, Wolf, is actually named in his father's honor. A birth certificate obtained by TMZ lists the full name of the couple's second child as Wolf Jacques Webster; Travis' given name is Jacques Webster. While the couple have yet to share a full photo of little Wolf, Kylie posted a picture of his tiny hand in the days after his birth on Feb. 2. According to the makeup guru's mom, Kris Jenner, Wolf looks just like his 4-year-old sister, Stormi Webster. "When he came out, it was like, 'There's Stormi being born all over again!'" Kris recently said on "Ellen." As for Kylie and Travis' adjustment to life with two kids, a source told E! News earlier this month, "They had their routine down with Stormi, so they are now having to get back into the swing of things like having to be up at all hours of the night and accommodating two kids at the same time." Stormi's reportedly embracing her new big sister role, as well — according to one People insider, she's "fascinated by her little brother."
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Sherri Shepherd thanks Wendy Williams for support amid news 'Sherri' will replace 'The Wendy Williams Show'
It's official. Sherri Shepherd is launching her own talk show, "Sherri," in the time slot that's been occupied by "The Wendy Williams Show" on FOX for 13 seasons, as Wendy continues to focus on her health struggles. "The View" alum announced the news on Twitter on Feb. 22, sharing a link to Deadline's report on the change, which follows Sherri's stint as a guest host filling in for Wendy. She also tweeted she was "so appreciative" that Wendy "issued a statement supporting" "Sherri." Speaking to Deadline, the co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury, the production company behind both shows, praised "the unique comedic twist Sherri puts on our daily live 'Hot Topics' segment, her creativity and interactions with our guests,." They also acknowledged their team's "great love and affinity for Wendy, who grew into a true icon" while hosting the talk show. Wendy has been on a medical leave while managing complications related to Graves disease and more. "Since Wendy is still not available to host the show as she continues on her road to recovery, we believe it is best for our fans, stations and advertising partners to start making this transition now," the execs said. "We hope to be able to work with Wendy again in the future, and continue to wish her a speedy and full recovery." In addition to continuing "Hot Topics," "Sherri" has reportedly hired production personnel from Wendy's show, including executive producer and showrunner David Perler. Deadline also published a statement of support from Wendy via her rep, Howard Bragman, in which he said, "it's been a challenging time for Wendy as she deals with her health issues" and expressed her gratitude for Debmar, Wendy's staff and her supporters. "She, more than anyone, understands the reality of syndicated television — you can't go to the marketplace and sell a show that's the 'Maybe Wendy Show,'" the statement said. "She understands why this decision was made from a business point of view, and she has been assured by Debmar-Mercury that should her health get to a point where she can host again and should her desire be that she hosts again that she would be back on TV at that time." "Sherri" premieres in September.
Britney Spears lands $15M tell-all book deal
In the wake of multiple unauthorized documentaries about her life, career, family and 13-year long conservatorship, Britney Spears is set to tell her own story with a memoir due out on Simon & Schuster. Page Six reports Brit recently inked a $15 million dollar book deal with the publishing house, which won a "bidding war" staged by "multiple publishers," according to the outlet. "The deal is one of the biggest of all time, behind the Obamas," one industry insider told Page Six, referencing Barack and Michelle Obama's rumored $60 million publishing payday in 2017. As of Feb. 22, neither Britney nor Simon & Schuster had commented on the report, but other outlets have since confirmed the news. The singer, 40, did, however, share a photo of a typewriter in January shortly before her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, 30, released her own tell-all, "Things I Should've Said." "Shall I start from THE BEGINNING???" Britney asked in the caption. In another post aimed directly at Jamie Lynn, Britney marveled at her sister's "nerve … to sell a book" and continue "making money off" the star, just two months after the termination of a conservatorship Britney has said allowed her family to exploit her. The singer is still fighting her father, Jamie Spears, in court over his alleged financial misconduct while he served as her conservator for more than a decade. She's also fighting his request that her estate cover his legal bills.
'Sixteen Candles' star Molly Ringwald's mom just forgot her birthday IRL
Woops. Molly Ringwald — who rose to fame as the star of '80s flicks like "Sixteen Candles," where she played a teen whose whole family forgets her 16th birthday — had a "life imitates art" moment on her real-life birthday this year. After ringing in her 54th trip around the sun on Feb. 18, the actress shared a hilarious text exchange she'd had with her mother on her big day. "Actual conversation with my mom today," she captioned the post. Dated Feb. 18, it showed Molly quoting her "Sixteen Candles" character as she asks her mom, "That's it? You don't have anything else to say to me today?" Apparently, her mom didn't catch the reference … at first. "I didn't realize it was the 18th today. Happy birthday! Haven't got your present in the mail. Will do very soon," the "Brat Pack" alum's mom replies. When Molly jokes, "Life imitates art," Molly's mother agrees, but gives herself a little more credit than the mom in the movie. "How true. It took me a few more years to forget," she texts back.
Chris Noth returns to social media for the first time since sexual assault allegations
Chris Noth is back on Instagram for the first time since December, when multiple women accused him of having sexual assaulted them in separate incidents. Chris, who has "categorically" denied the claims shared a photo last week of his 14-year-old son shooting hoops that he captioned, "SWISH. It's a thrill to watch his love for basketball blossom." Two days later, he wished his younger son, Keats, a happy birthday, telling him, "you have brought light and blue skies into our lives." His posts were met with a number of supportive comments from fans, some of whom wrote messages like "The sun will always shine. We are with you," "hold on! everything will be fine," and "i believe you." His last post prior to that was on Dec. 11, a few days before The Hollywood Reporter published interviews with two women who said the former "Sex And the City" star sexually assaulted them in 2004 and 2015. Chris later said in a statement the allegations were "categorically false" and that the encounters were both consensual. After THR's report, actress Zoe Lister-Jones said Chris was "sexually inappropriate" when she worked at his nightclub in New York City. Slamming him as a "predator," she also said he was drunk during the scene they shot together for "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" in 2005. Chris said he had "no knowledge of who" the actress. A singer-songwriter later came forward with allegations of her own, saying Chris "sexually abused" her in 2002. In the wake of his accusers' claims, Chris was edited out of the "And Just Like That …" finale, fired from "The Equalizer" and dropped by his talent agent.
Tom Holland says one of the three 'Spider-Men' in 'No Way Home' wears a fake booty under his costume
In "Spider-Man: No Way Home," one of the three Spideys — Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield — has an secret, added boost in his backside, under his costume. "I'll give you a spoiler, and I'm not going to tell you who, but one of us has a fake a** in their suit," Tom told Seth Meyers on "Late Night" on Feb. 21. "You can figure out that for yourselves," he joked to the audience (per Entertainment Weekly). "I remember being on set like, 'Wow! Oh, hang on a minute, nah, that's not real,'" he added with a chuckle. Fake booties aside, Tom said working with Tobey and Andrew, who reprised their previous "Spider-Man" roles for the film, was "incredible," because of the extra guidance they were able to share with him. "You know, playing Spider-Man, while being a wonderful experience and like, completely life-changing, it also can be quite alienating," the actor said. "When you're 19 and someone gives you this opportunity and your life changes, it's quite hard to figure out how to navigate. So to almost have like two older brothers that had been through it before me, to be able to share that experience with them, was amazing."
Dave Grohl reveals hearing loss fueled by decades onstage
At 53, Dave Grohl, says he's suffered so much hearing loss as a musician with Foo Fighters and Nirvana that he's "been reading lips for 20 years." In an interview with Howard Stern this week, the rocker reflects on how decades of performing without ear plugs or other protective gear have made it virtually impossible for him to hear people in social settings, though he says he can still make out gradations of sound in the studio. "I haven't had [my ears] tested in a long time, [but] I know what [doctors would] say: 'You have hearing damage, tinnitus — in your left ear more so than your right ear,'" he explains. He also says he doesn't use in-ear monitors onstage because he wants "to be able to hear the audience" as well as his bandmates. The COVID-19 pandemic, meanwhile, has only exacerbated his trouble understanding people above the din of, say, a busy restaurant. "If you were sitting next to me right here at dinner, I wouldn't understand a f****** word you were saying to me the whole … time," he adds. "The worst thing about the pandemic is like people wearing masks, so when someone comes up to me and [speaks] I'm like, 'I'm a rock musician. I'm f****** deaf. I can't hear what you're saying.'"