Brian Austin Green shared an update on his longtime friend and former "Beverly Hills, 90210" co-star Shannen Doherty this week after he was revealed as the singer under the Crash Test Dummy costume on "The Masked Singer Australia" on Sept. 11. Shannen, 52, announced in 2020 that her breast cancer had returned as stage 4 after a period of remission. In June 2023, she shared in an emotional Instagram post that the disease had spread to her brain. It's now reportedly terminal, but that hasn't stopped her from fighting, as friends like Brian have made clear over the past few years.
"She's an incredibly tough person," he told the Herald Sun on Sept. 12 when asked about Shannen. "If there's anyone who could put up a real fight to cancer, she's one of them. It's not an easy situation, obviously, but I love her to death." Shannen was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.
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Aerosmith is putting the brakes on their farewell tour as Steven Tyler recovers from vocal cord-related bleeding, the singer announced on Sept. 11.
"I'm heartbroken to say I have received strict doctor's orders not to sing for the next 30 days," the singer, 75, shared on Instagram. "I sustained vocal cord damage during Saturday's show that led to subsequent bleeding. We'll need to postpone a few dates so that we can come back and give you the performance you deserve." Steven and fellow rockers Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford announced they were hitting the road one last time in May 2023 "after 50 years, 10 world tours, and playing for over 100 million fans." The tour now runs through Feb. 29, 2024, ending in Cleveland.
Bruce Springsteen, 73, has also postponed a number of dates on his fall schedule due to health concerns. The Boss announced on Sept. 6 that he was suffering from symptoms of peptic ulcer disease and would be taking some time off to recuperate. DailyMail.com later reported that Bruce's family and inner circle had been concerned about his health and urged him to recover fully before returning to the stage.
Pete Davidson is back on stage after his latest rehab stint in June — and he's got plenty of material about his past drug use.
"I am fresh out of rehab, everyone. I got that post-rehab glow. Seventh time's the charm!" joked the "Saturday Night Live" alum during a standup performance in Atlantic City on Sept. 10, according to People magazine.
Later in the set, Pete admitted that he took the dissociative anesthetic drug ketamine — which is often referred to as "Special K" — every day for four years straight, including when he attended Aretha Franklin's funeral in 2018. Though Pete joked that using the drug "was magical" — "one time I got the Wiggles to mesh with 'Schindler's List,'" he said — he also spoke more seriously about getting clean and sober.
With his 30th birthday just around the corner on Nov. 16, the actor and comic said he's determined you "can't do drugs in your 30s" because "it's not cute anymore." From 30 on, he added, "you're just a drug addict."
Sorry not sorry
After she was accused of "cyberbullying" Nicole Kidman with a jab at the star's appearance on Instagram, Amy Schumer apologized — by trolling Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. The snark began on Sept. 11 when Amy spotted a photo of Nicole watching the U.S. Open from her seat in the stands. The Australian star looked admittedly rigid in the candid shot, prompting Amy to quip, "This how human sit." The joke didn't land well with fans, though, and Amy soon deleted the post amid claims of mean-spirited and unnecessary bullying. She then returned to the platform with an apology. Sort of.
"I want to apologize to all the people I hurt posting a photo of Nicole Kidman and alluding to her being an alien," Amy wrote in a post she later deleted, according to Entertainment Weekly. She went on to riff on news Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis wrote letters to a judge in support of their former co-star Danny Masterson ahead of his recent sentencing on two rape convictions. "I will be asking the cast of 'That '70s Show' to write letters advocating for my forgiveness. #takingtimetoheal," Amy teased.
Ashton and Mila have said on social media that while they "support victims," Danny's family asked them to write character letters about the actor "to represent the person that we knew for 25 years so that the judge could take that into full consideration relative to the sentencing." Danny was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Sept. 7.
Crossing the picket lines
Drew Barrymore is facing backlash for moving ahead with a new season of her eponymous talk show — which employs union writers — amid Hollywood's writers and actors strikes. "I own this choice," Drew said in her show's defense on Instagram on Sept. 11, as members of her show's writing team were photographed picketing outside CBS in New York City and other talk shows continue to air re-runs. "We are in compliance with not discussing or promoting film and television that is struck of any kind," she continued, indicating "The Drew Barrymore Show" won't cover projects that have been "struck" or nixed by striking union writers and actors.
The Writers Guild of America (WGA), however, said in a statement "any writing" on the production is in direct "violation of WGA strike rules," posting on X, formerly Twitter, that it's a "WGA covered, struck show that is planning to return without its writers." Actors are questioning Drew's decision, too. "Who is she going to interview? No actors can promote anything," wrote "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" actor and SAG-AFTRA union member Benjamin Siemon in the comments section on the WGA post.
Over on Instagram, meanwhile, Drew said, in part, that her show "is built for sensitive times," having lunched during the pandemic. "I want to be there to provide what writers do so well, which is a way to bring us together or help us make sense of the human experience. I hope for a resolve for everyone as soon as possible," she continued. "We have navigated difficult times since we first came on air. And so I take a step forward to start season 4 once again with an astute humility."
Hollywood's writers went on strike against the major studios in May 2023, followed in July by actors and performers. Both unions are calling for compensation that better reflects changes since the advent of streaming, among other demands.
Scooter's 'new life'
For weeks, rumors have swirled around the state of Scooter Braun's talent empire, with multiple outlets reporting Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande and more of his biggest pop star clients were cutting ties. In a cryptic post on Instagram on Sept. 12, Scooter seemed to allude to the changes with a quote he shared from author Brianna Wiest.
Branding the quote "perfect words," Scooter's post read: "Your new life is going to cost you your old one. It's going to cost you your comfort zone and your sense of direction. It's going to cost you relationships and friends. It's going to cost you being liked and understood. It doesn't matter." The quote continued: "The people who are meant for you are going to meet you on the other side. You're going to build a new comfort zone around the things that actually move you forward. Instead of being liked, you're going to be loved. Instead of being understood, you're going to be seen. All you're going to lose is what was built for a person you no longer are."
In August 2023, Billboard reported Ariana had split from Scooter after working with his SB Projects management firm for a decade. That same month, People reported that the manager had become estranged from Justin, while Variety reported that Demi had ended her business relationship with Scooter. Variety also quoted an insider who said Scooter's business is being restructured as he "steps into his larger role as HYBE America CEO."