Concert cancellation fiasco
On April 23, Morgan Wallen canceled an Oxford, Mississippi, concert just minutes before he was scheduled to take the stage. A message flashed across a screen informing the nearly 60,000 fans that he had lost his voice. On Instagram, he said he was on "doctor-ordered vocal rest." The 11th-hour cancellation — which occurred after the opening acts already played — caused one person to file a lawsuit for the supposed financial pain caused. Brandi Burcham claimed promoters are only offering to reimburse the cost of tickets even though she also spent money on expenses related to the show including "transportation, lodging, food, merchandise sales, transaction fees" and more. Another woman said Morgan owed her $3,982 for her troubles. She expected him to pay her via CashApp (she claims she's owed $629 for a shopping spree at a place called Rebel Rags). Then, to add to the confusion, a TikTok video went viral of a security guard from the venue saying the vocal-rest reasoning was "bull crap." The unidentified guard alleged that Morgan was "too drunk," "couldn't walk" and was taken away from the venue by ambulance. The man's employer and Morgan's record label refuted the security guard's allegations.
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Southwest Airlines is firing back at Savannah Chrisley's claims that she was mistreated by an airline employee. On April 20, the "Growing Up Chrisley" star alleged that an airline attendant "threw me off the flight" after she refused to check her carry-on bag after being instructed to do so. She went on to say the attendant even disregarded the plane's pilot, who allegedly said he'd find room for the bag. "Now, I'm not gonna lie, when this Southwest attendant told the pilot to calm down I told him that there was no need for him to be an a****** today and then he threw me off the flight," she said. "I told him that I hope he finds a better purpose for his life. Maybe I shouldn't have said it, but the devil came over me and Jesus did not come out."
But on April 23, Southwest alleged that Savannah wasn't being truthful. "Our initial reports indicate a different story than the one from the Customer's account, as she arrived at the gate late in the boarding process and repeatedly insulted our Employee after being asked to gate-check her bag," a rep told People magazine. "As a result, the Customer was denied boarding on her original flight, and we booked her on a later flight the same day."
Split and pregnancy announcement
Could this one get messy? On April 21, country music singer Jimmie Allen announced that he and his wife, Alexis Gale, were expecting their third child together — and that they were splitting. The former couple — who married in a secret wedding in 2020 — are already parents to toddlers Naomi and Zara. "After much thought and reflection in recent months, Lex & I have made the decision to separate," Jimmie wrote on Instagram. "As we navigate this life change, we can also share that we will be welcoming another child together later this year."
While things initially seemed amicable, Alexis hinted that that's not exactly the case. On April 24, she posted a cryptic message on Instagram, writing, "The silence is loud enough for me." The next day, she unfollowed Jimmie on social media.
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Going, going, gone
The news IS the news. On April 24, the cable news world made headlines of its own with the ousting of two huge broadcasters — Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon. Fox News first stunned the world when it announced it had parted ways with Tucker, who helmed the network's most watched show. A few hours later, it emerged that CNN had fired Don. "I was informed this morning by my agent that I have been terminated by CNN. I am stunned," he tweeted. Following the new of their exits, several celebrities and bold-faced names reacted. Meghan McCain tweeted, "It's a bad day to be a misogynist on cable man…" Jimmy Kimmel said, "Don Lemon and Tucker Carlson — for those of you who don't follow cable news, this is like if Ronald McDonald and the Burger King got fired on the same day." Singer Maren Morris, who Tucker branded a "lunatic country music person," wrote, "Happy Monday, MotherTucker."
Sofia Richie has been reliving her wedding all week long. The model married Elliot Grainge at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, on April 22 and began sharing images of the gorgeous wedding to her social media pages in the days that followed. "Marry your best friend!!!" she captioned a series of images posted on April 24. The model wore three custom Chanel dresses during her nuptial weekend — at the rehearsal dinner, for her walk down the aisle with dad Lionel Richie and at her reception — as she and Elliot, a music executive who's the son of Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge, celebrated with guests including the bride's sister, Nicole Richie, and the former reality TV star's husband, rocker Joel Madden; Cameron Diaz and husband Benji Madden; Paris Hilton and husband Carter Reum and more. On Instagram, the model now goes by Sofia Richie Grainge.
They're chanting his name in heaven. Famed controversy-loving talk show host Jerry Springer died at his home in the Chicago area on April 27. He was 79. The former politician — who served as Cincinnati's mayor in the '70s and led the pop culture phenomenon "The Jerry Springer Show" for 27 years — passed away after a "brief illness," a family spokesperson said. It was later confirmed that he had pancreatic cancer.
'White Lotus' wedding
On April 26, Lukas Gage and Chris Appleton took to Instagram to confirm rumors they'd recently tied the knot in Las Vegas. "We did it," the male model and hairstylist-to-the-stars captioned a slideshow of photos and videos from their low-key nuptials, which his longtime pal and client Kim Kardashian officiated. (Shania Twain performed her hit single "You're Still the One" after the two men said "I do.") The "White Lotus" actor, meanwhile, quoted Nicki Minaj's track "Only" while captioning his own slideshow of wedding day photos and videos, writing, "Ring finger where the rock is." Chris and Lukas just went public with their romance in February. Less than two months later, People magazine reported that they'd quietly gotten engaged.
"Harry Potter" franchise star Daniel Radcliffe and his partner of more than a decade, actress Erin Darke, recently welcomed their first child together, his publicist confirmed to the BBC on April 25 after DailyMail.com published photographs of them on a walk with their newborn (see photos here). The birth news came a month after Erin was seen in New York City looking heavily pregnant.
It's over. After eight years on late night television, James Corden has bid farewell to "The Late Late Show." That means the end of Carpool Karaoke, Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts, Drop The Mic and other viral segments that made the Brit a star in the United States. "It's been a crazy eight years," James told Adele during his final Carpool Karaoke. His final show, which aired on April 27, featured Harry Styles and Will Ferrell as guests. "Can confirm: TEARS ARE BEING SHED," the show tweeted as it was wrapping up. Another message joked, "Stealing so many mugs [right now]." James was a relative unknown in America when he began hosting the show but he leaves as a household name.