New couple alert

Rachel Bilson refuses to deny she is dating Nick Viall

Something is going on between Rachel Bilson and Nick Viall, and they aren't denying it!

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On Sept. 28, the actress and pal Jaime King hit the red carpet at the Freeze HD Gala, during which Jaime dished on what her pal is looking for in a man.

"I'm way protective of her. I want someone that loves her, adores her [and] cherishes her," the model-turned-actress told Us Weekly. "Someone that is funny, brilliant and smart. Someone who is enthusiastic, an extrovert but also a domestic because she likes to stay at home, someone that really understands what she loves and supports her with the kind of loyalty that she supports others."

The interviewer then asked Rachel about her rumored romance with the former "The Bachelor" star. Instead of denying anything was going on, she opted to plead the fifth. "I don't want to talk about it," she playfully responded, with her friend chiming in, "That's private; we'll keep that private, for now."

The two first sparked romance rumors in July when the former "The O.C." star appeared on Nick's "The Viall Files" podcast. Since then, the two have been flirty on social media.

While Nick was at a different event on Saturday night, he was one of the first to comment on Rachel's Instagram post from the red carpet: "We are both at fundraisers tonight … cute," he wrote.

When interviewed by the magazine at his event, he also played coy.

"I'm not really defining my relationships right now but she's definitely a friend and she's great and I always enjoy spending time with Rachel," he said at the 10th Annual Thirst Gala. He then added that he's looking for someone "with a great heart" and who would put up with him.

"In all seriousness, I think I'm eager to meet someone but not in a rush to do it just because," he continued. "You don't have to rush to figure out the rest of your life."

Prison bound

Famed hip-hop producer sentenced for running prostitution business

Hip-hop producer Mally Mall — who's famously worked with Snoop Dogg, Nick Cannon and Chris Brown — was sentenced to 33 months in prison for running a prostitution business in Las Vegas.

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The FBI first investigated Mally Mall (real name: Jamal Rashid) in 2014 when they found that he "persuaded, induced, enticed and caused" hundreds of women to engage in prostitution across state lines, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported

Authorities said that over the course of 12 years, Mally Mall earned millions of dollars through illegal escort businesses. The women were thought of as "independent contractors" and paid his business half of what they earned. Some of the women, dubbed "priority girls," gave Mally Mall nearly all of the proceeds.

The Review-Journal says "priority girls" would net only $100 of the thousands they earned per day. In exchange, Mally Mall gave them housing and the use of a car. But federal agents claim he was incredibly controlling, forbidding the women to date and requiring them to text him when they left the house. He also put trackers on their cars and cameras in their condos to ensure that his demands were met. The women also needed to get his permission before seeing a gynecologist.

"They couldn't speak to anyone who is Black because a Black person could be a pimp," U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro said. "This was almost a form of imprisonment or enslavement."

The women, court documents allege, were encouraged to get tattoos of Mally Mall to show their loyalty. Authorities said some of the women were led to believe that he would give them their big break in the entertainment business.

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Mally Mall, who also starred on VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood," pleaded guilty to one count of use of an interstate facility in aid of unlawful activity back in 2019. He faced a sentence of one to 33 months. On May 13 — after prosecutors alleged Mally Mall contacted a victim as recently as this week — the judge gave him the maximum sentence. After Mally Mall serves his prison sentence, he'll face three years of supervision.

"I hope this really takes. I hope you get this message. You've just been really lucky," the judge told the hip-hop mogul at his sentencing. "You will spend the rest of your life in prison if you do this again."

He has until Aug. 13 to surrender.

Domestic update

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro avoids charges in domestic violence case

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro won't be charged in his latest domestic violence case, but he still could see jail time.

TMZ reported on May 13 that the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office won't charge him with a misdemeanor, but a hearing will be held next month to determine if he violated his probation, which he got following a 2019 domestic incident with his ex-girlfriend, Jenn Harley. The website says jail time is "a real possibility."

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On April 22, Ronnie was arrested following an alleged domestic incident in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Saffire Matos. Shortly after, Saffire, who reportedly called 911 during the incident, said some of the reports about the arrest were "misleading." Ronnie later thanked his "real friends" who hadn't "betrayed" him. He's since made his Instagram account private.

On May 3, it was reported that Ronnie would skirt felony charges in the new case.

"We are very happy that after further investigation both the LA County District Attorney's office and the LA City Attorney's office determined that criminal charges were not warranted against Ronnie related to the incident that occurred in April," the reality TV star's attorney said. "We will review the alleged violation of probation claim and deal with it accordingly. As for Ronnie personally, he is currently seeking medical treatment for psychological issues that he has ignored for a long time. His only present goal is to address these issues professionally and make himself and better person and the best father he can be to his loving daughter."

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Last year, Ronnie struck a plea deal in the 2019 case, and he was given three years of probation that require him to keep his nose clean. During that 2019 incident, the reality TV star reportedly chased Jen, his ex, with a knife during a moment of rage and allegedly threatened to kill her. At some point, police said he took their then-1-year-old daughter, Ariana, away from Jen and locked himself in a house they'd rented. Police eventually broke down the door, tased Ronnie and handcuffed him.

Tab talk

Lisa Vanderpump sends $132 dinner bill to Kyle Richards' table

Food fight!

For those keeping "tabs," former friends Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards are still bitter enemies, and their feud seemingly knows no bounds. 

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TMZ reported that Lisa recently sent a dinner bill to Kyle's table, as they both happened to be eating at the same restaurant earlier this week.

The report alleges that Lisa and her husband, Ken Todd, were having dinner at Shu Restaurant in Los Angeles as Kyle was also having dinner a few tables away. At no point did Lisa approach Kyle, who was eating with a "Real Housewives" executive producer. Kyle also didn't approach Lisa's table. The producer, however, said hello to Lisa, as they also produce "Vanderpump Rules" and "Overserved."

Once Lisa and Ken finished their meal, TMZ says she "instructed the server" to send their $132 bill to Kyle's table so that the producer could handle it. The gesture was apparently meant to be playful, but Kyle and the producer didn't exactly find humor in it and refused to pay. Meanwhile, Lisa and Ken had left.

The "Vanderpump Rules" queen, however, was prepared for this, as she left a cash tip for the server and an imprint of her credit card in the event that Kyle's table refused to foot the bill.

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Even meals aren't safe with these women.

Question regret

The one question Oprah still regrets asking…

If only Oprah Winfrey could turn back time…

In her distinguished career, Oprah has spoken to nearly every celebrity you can think of. Throughout all of those interviews, though, it's a chat with Sally Field that still makes her cringe.

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When Oprah chatted with Rob Lowe on his "Literally" podcast, the actor expressed his annoyance about how late night shows have changed. He longed for a return to the days when guests would sit down and tell stories. He specifically brought up the late Burt Reynolds.

"Oh, Burt Reynolds! Oh, gosh! I have a Burt Reynolds story," Oprah jumped in.

She then began speaking about one of the "flubs in the world," which occurred during a chat with Sally, who dated Burt for five years.

"My big mistake: I asked her, 'Does Burt sleep with his toupee on?'" Oprah recalled. "I even say now, I cringe to even think that I asked that question. But I asked it because the producers are like, 'You have to ask, you have to ask, you have to ask. That's what everybody wants to know.'"

"And so I asked it, and she went cold on me," Oprah said. "She shut down, and I could not get in again."

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Having worked with Sally on "Brothers & Sisters," Rob understood.

"She's one of the most amazing actors I've ever known," he said, "but when Sally goes cold, it's like Khrushchev in the Cold War. She will bury you."

Oprah agreed. "It was like, 'Whoa, Sally went cold on me on live TV.' I deserved it, I deserved it, I deserved it, 'cause that is such an inappropriate question."

Engaged

Kat Dennings and Andrew W.K. are engaged

Just two weeks after Kat Dennings went Instagram official with rocker Andrew W.K., the two have gotten engaged. 

Kat and Andrew simultaneously announced the news on Instagram on May 13 with close up images of her stunning diamond ring. 

"Don't mind if I do," the "Two Broke Girls" star captioned a series of images. Andrew commented on the post with a multitude of heart emojis. On his own Instagram, he captioned the images with a ring emoji. Similarly, Kat commented on the post with several heart emojis.

It's not known how long the two have been dating, but she first posted an image of the "Party Hard" singer to Instagram on April 29. On May 1, they made their Instagram debut as a couple

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Since then, both Andrew and the "WandaVision" actress have shared numerous photos of the other on social media. 

This will be Andrew's second marriage, as he was previously married to Cherie Lily. This will be Kat's first marriage. 

' cheap knockoff'

How Pamela Anderson really feels about 'Pam and Tommy' Hulu show

Pamela Anderson thinks the new mini-series about her '90s romance with Tommy Lee is a "joke."

A source told The Sun that the former Playboy model isn't remotely interested in the show.

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"Pamela has no intention of watching this God awful show, absolutely not. Never," the source said. "She's never heard of the actors playing her or Tommy, and doesn't care to know them. She and her family think the show is a cheap knockoff. The whole thing is a joke to them."

Earlier this week, Lily James, who portrays Pam, and Sebastian Stan, who plays Tommy, released images from the set of the eight-show Hulu series. 

"Pamela finds it amusing that this girl is getting so much attention for playing her," the source said. "Lily isn't a match for Pamela, doesn't even come close, nor does Sebastian Stan do justice to Tommy."

Seth Rogen also stars in the series as Rand Gauthier, the man who stole and sold Tommy and Pam's infamous sex tape. That part of the series is the most hurtful for the former "Baywatch" star.

"That whole thing was extremely traumatic for Pamela, it was one of the most difficult experiences of her life," the source said. "To have it dredged up for a TV show is pathetic. She won't want to be reminded about it."

Pam and Tommy, who married in 1995 and divorced in 1998, refused to be involved in the series after being asked by producers.

"Pamela has no problem being reminded about her relationship with Tommy – after all he's the father of her beloved boys," the friend continued, referring to Brandon, 24, and Dylan, 23. "Conversation about Tommy doesn't faze her, or even register, it's all in the past, water under the bridge."

"From her relationship with Tommy, came her joy — her boys. Pamela loves them deeply, and that's what matters to her," the pal added. "As far as she's concerned this cheap, tacky show will be a work of fiction. It will come and go and few will care."

public apology

Chrissy Teigen publicly apologizes to Courtney Stodden for past tweets

Chrissy Teigen is admitting that she was wrong for her abusive tweets about Courtney Stodden in the past, and she's apologizing for it. 

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"Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bulls*** in front of the entire world. I'm mortified and sad at who I used to be I was an insecure, attention seeking troll," she tweeted on May 12. "I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel."

Earlier in the week, Courtney, who identifies as non-binary, recalled how the model would send mean-spirited and vile direct messages to them in 2011 and 2012.

"I have worked so hard to give you guys joy and be beloved and the feeling of letting you down is nearly unbearable, truly. These were not my only mistakes and surely won't be my last as hard as I try but god I will try!!" Chrissy tweeted. "I have tried to connect with Courtney privately but since I publicly fueled all this, I want to also publicly apologize. I'm so sorry, Courtney. I hope you can heal now knowing how deeply sorry I am."

Chrissy then told her fans, "And I am so sorry I let you guys down. I will forever work on being better than I was 10 years ago, 1 year ago, 6 months ago."

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Courtney, for that matter, saw the mea culpa and accepted it, but also felt there might be an ulterior motive. 

"I accept her apology and forgive her. But the truth remains the same, I have never heard from her or her camp in private. In fact, she blocked me on Twitter," Courtney told TMZ. "All of me wants to believe this is a sincere apology, but it feels like a public attempt to save her partnerships with Target and other brands who are realizing her 'wokeness' is a broken record."

Coming out story

Colton Underwood says he was 'blackmailed' into coming out

Colton Underwood was mostly celebrated when he publicly came out as gay last month on national television. It turns out that he didn't exactly come out on his own terms. 

The former "Bachelor" star said he was "blackmailed."

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In a chat with Variety, Colton indicated that he knew he was attracted to men in his early teen years, but hid it. Last year, he told his publicist the truth about his sexuality. No one else apparently knew… Well, almost no one else.

"I'll just say it," he told Variety. "I, at one point, during my rock bottom and spiral, was getting blackmailed. Nobody knows I was blackmailed."

The reality TV star explains that he was at a Los Angeles spa that was known to cater to gay clientele. His visit, he said, was "just to look" around and he added he "should have never been there."

After that visit, Colton says he got an anonymous email, and the sender claimed to have nude photos of him at the venue. The person threatened to "out" him. As fear set in, Colton forwarded the email to his publicist.

"I knew that out of anybody in my world, my publicist wasn't going to ruin me,"  he said. 

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Not long before, the 29-year-old former NFL player said he was in a dark place, largely because of his life as a closeted gay man. He took pills. A lot of them.

"I tried to end my life, and it didn't work," he says. "That was the saddest and most confused and most hurt" he'd ever been.

During the two-hour interview, Colton said he had a secret Grindr profile and experimented with men prior to joining Bachelor Nation, which was something he hid. Colton's sexual experiences, of course, went on to become a huge topic on the show after he revealed that he was a virgin.

"I was 'the Virgin Bachelor,' but I did experiment with men prior to being on 'The Bachelorette,'" he said. "When I say 'hookups,' not sex. I want to make that very clear that I did not have sex with a man, prior to that." 

He was always worried that one of the men he hooked up with would come forward.

"I remember feeling so guilty, like 'What the hell am I doing?'" he said of his gay hookups. "It was my first time letting myself even go there, so much so that I was like, I need 'The Bachelorette' in my life, so I could be straight."

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Colton's next act: a Netflix reality show about his coming out to his family and friends. 

"My dad is proud to say that he is a conservative Republican, and he is also proud to say, I have a gay son," Colton says. "I think it's important for America to hear that and see that. Right now, the media makes it seem like there is no middle ground."

Engaged

Fan favorite Bachelor Nation couple is engaged

One of Bachelor Nation's favorite couples is making it official: Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick are engaged. 

Kaitlyn announced the news on Instagram on May 11, posting a series of images of her huge diamond ring.

"Don't pinch me," she captioned the images.

Jason also posted several images, one of which shows him popping the question while his new fiancée recorded her "Off the Vine" podcast.

"Choosing your forever is the most important decision in the world, @kaitlynbristowe you made that decision so easy!" he wrote alongside the images. "Love you to death and forever."

Jason and Kaitlyn both shared a video of the moment on their Instagram Stories — the footage shows Kaitlyn excitedly asking, "Are you kidding me with that thing!" as her beau puts the ring on her finger.

The former "Dancing With the Stars" winner told "Entertainment Tonight" of the moment, "It was everything I could have asked for. The words that came out of his mouth were insanely beautiful. We've never locked eyes like that in our lives. We were holding hands, so intense, and I was listening to his every word, but still blacked out."

Kaitlyn, who starred on season 11 of "The Bachelorette," was shocked by the proposal. 

"Jason's like, 'Kaitlyn, we're not doing a podcast.' And I'm like, 'You forgot to hit record, didn't you!'" she told "ET." "He was like, 'No, this is something else,' and he got up and I saw him bring out a ring box from the drawer."

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The duo were first linked in January 2019 after he appeared on her podcast. The romance came after she and Shawn Booth split and called off their engagement in November 2018.

Jason appeared on Becca Kufrin's season of "The Bachelorette."