Prince Harry featured in Prince Philip's memorial service coverage despite not attending
Despite his controversial decision not to attend Prince Philip's memorial service at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry was included in the royal family's final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II's late husband. As part of the BBC's coverage of the service on Tuesday, March 29, the network featured pre-shot video clips of Harry and other members of the royal family paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh. "What you see is what you got," Harry said of his grandfather in the segment, according to the Daily Mail. "He was unapologetically him at all times, no matter where he was, no matter who he was speaking to and no matter what he was doing." The clips were taken from "A 'Unique Portrait' of Prince Philip and his life," a documentary film that aired in September 2021. Harry and his wife, Duchess Meghan, have faced backlash over Harry's refusal to attend the Service of Thanksgiving after failing to reach a compromise regarding police protection for his family during visits to the U.K. (He had offered to pay for the protection, but was denied.) The memorial marked Queen Elizabeth's first major public appearance since she tested positive for COVID-19 recently. She was escorted inside the abbey by her son, Andrew. Prince William and Duchess Kate also attended, with their kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in tow.
John Travolta and his 11-year-old son have an adorable new family member, thanks to Betty White
Betty White's love for animals is still making a difference. When Jamie Lee Curtis saluted the "Golden Girls" alum during the In Memoriam segment of the 2022 Oscars, she brought a (seriously adorable) rescue pup named Mac and Cheese onstage with her. Jamie Lee explained that Mac and Cheese needed a forever home — and by the next morning, she had one, thanks to John Travolta and his 11-year-old son. "Ben adopted this dog from last nights Oscar tribute to Betty White," the "Pulp Fiction" alum wrote on Instagram on March 28. "Thank you @curtisleejamie & @pawworks," he added, shouting out the local nonprofit animal adoption center Mac and Cheese came from before her Oscars debut. As Jamie Lee told Oscar viewers the night before, citing Betty's decades of animal rights activism work, "… the greatest gift you could give Betty White is to open your heart and your home and adopt a rescue dog just like Mac & Cheese from Paw Works." Jamie Lee also shared a photo of the pup with her new fam, as did Paw Works, which captioned the shot, "On a night of winners and losers, we think Mac N Cheese is the biggest winner of all! We know @bettymwhite was shining down last night." Betty died on New Year's Eve just weeks before what would have been her 100th birthday.
Will Smith admits Oscars slap was 'out of line' amid new claims about what incited him
Will Smith issued a formal apology to Chris Rock on Instagram on Monday, March 28, nearly 24 hours after he stormed onstage and slapped the comic for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, at the 2022 Oscars. Will apologized to the Academy and other nominees while accepting his Oscar for "King Richard," but said nothing about Chris at the time. On Instagram the next night, he wrote, "Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally." Jada has spoken publicly in the past about her battle with alopecia, which causes hair loss, and recently said the autoimmune disorder influenced her to shave her head. The joke that angered Will involved a "G.I. Jane" reference, presumably because of Jada's current look. "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris," Will continued. "I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness." He then apologized to the Academy, producers, attendees and viewers. "I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us," he wrote in closing. "I am a work in progress," he added. The Academy announced on Monday that it's conducting a "formal review" of the incident and will decide if further action is needed. Meanwhile, insiders are telling People a number of factors incited Will to fly off the handle. One source points to a 2016 joke Chris made about Jada boycotting the Oscars. Another says Chris "has also been making fun of Jada for years," though a rep for Chris denied that claim. According to the People source, "Will has privately told Chris before to stop making fun of her, and that's why this night escalated."
Olivia Munn shares candid postpartum update: 'I'm happy … and struggling'
New mom Olivia Munn admitted she's both "so so happy" but also "struggling" in a candid Instagram Story in the wee hours of Tuesday, March 29. Olivia, who welcomed son Malcolm in late November with John Mulaney, shared a sleep sweatshirt selfie at 1:34 a.m. (per People). "Everyone's asleep except me. Been wearing the same sweatshirt for three days (I think, maybe more?) I'm pretty sure that's spit up on my shirt," she said. "I'm so so happy and at the same time I'm struggling (weird to feel both simultaneously yet so grateful to have all the happiness to keep me afloat)." Turns out, that shirt stain was just what she figured, Olivia told followers later. "Hi to the other moms up right now," she wrote in another post. "And also eating late night cookies?" Yep, probably…
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Jason Momoa addresses Lisa Bonet reconciliation rumors
There's no truth to those rumors Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet have reconciled. Jason, 42, addressed the chatter in an interview with "Access Hollywood" on the 2022 Oscars red carpet over the weekend. "We're not back together. "We're family. We have two beautiful children together." He added that they'll "be family forever," echoing sentiments he and Lisa, 54, expressed when they announced their separation in January. "We have all felt the squeeze and changes of these transformational times… A revolution is unfolding and our family is of no exception… feeling and growing from the seismic shifts occurring," they said in a joint statement at the time. "And so we share our Family news that we are parting ways in marriage." The also said they weren't sharing the update "because we think it's newsworthy, but so that as we go about our lives we may do so with dignity and honesty." Jason and Lisa share daughter, Lola, 14, and son, Nakoa-Wolf, 13. The "Aquaman" star still remains close with Lisa's daughter, Zoe Kravitz, whose dad is Lenny Kravitz.
Foo Fighters cancel all tour dates following drummer Taylor Hawkins' death
The Foo Fighters won't be finishing their 2022 tour, and it's unclear when they'll be ready to return to the stage. "It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the staggering loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins," the Dave Grohl-led group announced in a statement on Instagram this week. "We're sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won't be seeing one another as planned. Instead, let's take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we've made together. With Love, Foo Fighters." The Foos were slated to perform in Bogota, Colombia, just hours before Taylor's death was announced last week. Their next show would have been April 3 at the Grammy Awards, followed by dates across North America through the summer. Taylor's death stunned the global music community, and tributes from Mick Jagger, Joan Jett, Miley Cyrus, Ringo Starr, Jimmy Page and many more have continued to flood social media since his March 25 death, no cause for which has been officially announced. Taylor was 50.
Katy Perry splits her 'skin-tight jeans' on-camera
Katy Perry might wanna reconsider certain stage moves if she ever wears her red, leather pants again. During the "Hollywood Week" episode of "American Idol" on Monday, March 28, Katy was belting out a few bars of "Teenage Dream" — with some help from Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and the audience — when she aimed her rear toward the ground in a squat and … rrrrrip. Yep, her pants tore directly down the middle in the back. "They busted," Luke not so helpfully told his fellow judge. Lionel joked, "The concert is officially over!" but Katy took the whole thing in stride. "Can I get some tape?" she asked a crew member. Within moments, Katy was leaning on the judges' table as a few crew members affixed yellow gaffer's tape to the ripped seam. Katy giggled and carried on with the show, brushing the whole off like a champ. She later shared the ABC clip of her pants-split moment on Instagram, joking in the caption, "ima get ur heart racing in my skin-tight jeans on #americanidol tonight 👀 tune in now for a RIPPING good time 🤪."
Travis Scott accused of violating Astroworld gag order with event safety initiative
Earlier this month, Travis Scott launched Project HEAL, a $5 million initiative that includes funding for work to address event and festival safety issues in the wake of the Astroworld disaster. Now, the rapper's being accused of violating a gag order in lawsuits filed against him and others by some of the Astroworld victims' families. According to Billboard, authorities are still investigating Travis, Live Nation and festival producers to determine whether they had adequate safety measures set up for the November festival, where 10 people died and hundreds were injured during a crowd surge while Travis performed. Lawyers for the plaintiffs reportedly argued at a March 28 hearing that Travis was using Project HEAL to "influence possible jurors and rebuild his reputation" should the case go to trial. Travis' lawyer denied that was the case and pointed to the multi-tier aspect of Project HEAL, which also includes funding and programs related to eradicating college debt and supporting mental health needs for underserved young people. "My team and I created Project HEAL to take much needed action towards supporting real solutions that make all events the safest spaces they can possibly be. I will always honor the victims of the Astroworld tragedy who remain in my heart forever," Travis wrote on Instagram following the initiative's launch. The rapper's lawyer also argued that his client's comments on Project HEAL should be protected by his right to free speech. The judge handling the case previously said she'd allow attorneys to share "factual issues that happen in court" with press, but warned them not to "make their cases in the court of public opinion and possibly influence the jury pool," according to the report.