Money problems

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Car crash

'Succession' star Nicholas Braun involved in fiery car accident

Nicholas Braun was involved in a fiery car accident in Los Angeles this week, but he's unharmed.

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The "Succession" star took to Instagram to document the chaos, which apparently occurred while the actor's car was parked on the side of the street. While Nicholas' car was certainly damaged in the rear, the other car burst into flames. 

"This guy hit my parked car today, I watched it happen. It was crazy," he said on his Instagram Stories on Jan. 25. He also included video of a man trying to put the flames out with a fire extinguisher.

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"It caught fire pretty quickly. This guy came outta nowhere with the extinguisher," Nicholas, who famously plays "Cousin Greg" on the HBO series, continued.

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Although Nicholas didn't specify details of the crash, it appears that he other car hit his from behind. After posted a photo of the damage to his SUV, he joked, "My car is fine. Just gotta pop out these dents and it's good to go."

Caught on camera

Michael Rapaport films thief brazenly stealing from drug store in broad daylight

Michael Rapaport's name was trending on Twitter after he captured video of a man brazenly shoplifting at a New York City Rite Aid and walking right past a security officer who also witnessed the thievery.

"What did I just witness?" the controversial comedian captioned the profanity-laced 45-second video. (Watch it here.) "Dude went straight shopping."

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The video shows a man walking right past a security guard and out the door after apparently filling up two bags with stolen goods. The guard doesn't try to stop the thief, who also doesn't seem to have a care in the world. 

"I can't believe I'm seeing this [expletive]. … This [expletive] guy just filled his two bags up with everything in Rite Aid, right here on 80th and First Avenue is walking down the street," Michael says in the video.

"Looking me in my face like, 'What's good?' My man just went Christmas shopping in January. He had the condoms, the shampoo," he continued.

Michael, who tagged new New York City Mayor Eric Adams in his Instagram post, later added, "I was just informed this Rite Aid is closing 2/15 because of this, leaving the workers JOBLESS."

Mayor Adams — a retired police officer who's been on the job for about three weeks — promised while campaigning that he would crack down on crime in The Big Apple.

A rep for Rite Aid told TMZ, "The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority, and we are grateful that no one was harmed in this situation. We are in the process of conducting a full investigation and will work with local law enforcement to identify and pursue this offender."

The statement continued, "Like all retailers, we've seen a much higher level of brazen shoplifting and organized retail crime over the last year, and we are taking an active role in helping law enforcement pursue these offenders as well as working with other retailers and local leaders to push for stronger legislation to deter these types of crimes."

Photoshopping accusations

Kim Kardashian is again accused of Photoshopping bikini pic

Kim Kardashian deleted a social media picture this week after fans accused her of Photoshopping her leg to make it appear more slim.

In a series of Instagram images, the reality TV star was promoting a swimsuit from her new Skims collection. But, one snap appeared tampered with, seeming to show Kim's leg somewhat warped, which led to the accusations. 

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"Kim what happened to your leg?" one fan asked, according to Page Six, while another hinted, "Kim, Kim, Kim… Your right leg is, uh…"

Kim quickly took the photo down, but she left up the other five snaps associated with the post.

The mom-of-four has long faced Photoshopping accusations, as she was even recently ridiculed for appearing to put niece True Thompson's face on niece Stormi Scott's body during a trip to Disneyland. The majority of the time, though, Kim is accused of slightly changing her own appearance online with a digital nip-and-tuck.

The Photoshopping accusation comes as a new study claims that "slim-thick" imagery online causes more body dissatisfaction amongst young women. The study, conducted by Toronto's York University, even mentions Kim and sister Kylie Jenner by name, alleging they, among others, are contributing to uneasiness of women's body confidence.

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Researchers described the "slim-thick" physique as "a curvier or more full-body type, characterized by a small waist and flat stomach but large butt, breasts and thighs." The study insisted that a "slim-thick" physique is difficult to obtain naturally and claims alteration is often done to achieve this body image.

Body acceptance influencer Mik Zazon told The New York Post that the Kardashians, and others, are guilty of "manipulating authenticity," especially via social media.

Citing Kim's psoriasis outbreak from 2019, Mik said, "They're sharing photos that seem to be candid and effortless to show that they are human too, yet putting extreme filters on photos and videos to uphold their image. It's so easy to see something and believe that because [Kim's] showing her psoriasis, she can't be editing other parts of her body."

The "slim-thick" body ideal actually caused "more weight and appearance dissatisfaction" than the thinner imagery, the study found, adding, "The slim-thick ideal was most harmful to women's appearance, weight and overall body satisfaction. [It] may still represent an ideal of beauty that women find threatening and personally unattainable."

Dipping into the details

Adele postponed Las Vegas residency over swimming pool set: Report

Ever since Adele abruptly canceled her Las Vegas residency show on the eve of its premiere, a sea of reasons have been reported as to what was really behind the 11th-hour axing. 

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The Sun claims one of the singer's biggest sticking points centered over a swimming pool set during "Easy On Me." 

"When she saw the finished design, she refused to take part," a source told the British outlet. "Adele described the pool as a 'baggy old pond' and refused, point blank, to stand in the middle of it. The intention was to fill it with water on the set as she was lifted up on a crane-type mechanism, creating the illusion she was floating on water."

Adele's months-long residency at Caesars Palace was scheduled to start on Jan. 21, but she pulled the plug on it one day before the curtain was set to rise. At the time, she blamed it on COVID breakouts and delivery delays. Shortly after, multiple reports claimed there was more to it. Over the weekend, Page Six reported that Adele was having arguments with her set designer, Esmeralda Devlin.

"In spite of the set costing millions to put together, Adele was unhappy with the result, and she made her feelings very clear to Es," an insider said. "She [Adele] was already nervous and the falling out sent her spiraling into a panic because she was desperate that everything should be perfect."

The Daily Mail alleged that the Caesars team wanted the singer to perform "Skyfall" with a 60-person choir and claimed that Adele's "stage fright" got the better of her. Adele supposedly wanted things to be more "low-key" and "all about the voice." Naysayers are scoffing at that notion, arguing that she could just sit on a stool and sing if that were the case. 

One industry source even cast doubt that Adele would make up the canceled dates. 

"Nobody cancels the day before. You have more than 24 hours' notice of COVID problems. I hear that Adele never wanted to do the Vegas shows in the first place," the Daily Mail's source said. "I very much doubt that they will be rescheduled; I don't think she's up to performing at this level for this amount of dates… She is a recording artist and not a performer and she should never have agreed to these shows in the first place." 

Adele has acknowledged many times that she suffers from stage fright. "She hates being on the stage. For her to commit to going on stage every weekend for three months is madness," the source said. "The point was always going to come when she would decide she wasn't going to do it."

Back at it

Ryan Sutter returns to work at firehouse after 'two major surgeries'

Ryan Sutter is happy to be back at work for the first time in six months… even though someone spit on his firetruck just hours into the shift. 

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The former reality TV favorite, a firefighter in Colorado, had been away from the fire station and the job since mid-2021. In between now and then, Ryan — who won the very first season of "The Bachelorette" and is married to its star, Trista Sutter — has undergone knee replacement surgery and ankle replacement surgery.

"I took a walk today. After two major surgeries and nearly six months, yesterday was my first day back in the firehouse. So I walked and I reflected," he said on Instagram on Jan. 24. "It was a good day back on the job."

Reflecting on all the ups and downs of day one of his return to duty, Ryan, 47, wrote, "At one point a wide eyed young boy and his parents stopped by to see the firetruck. At another, a young adult purposefully spit on our engine as he drove by on his scooter. We were stopped at an intersection after returning from a car accident and apparently he doesn't like firefighters?"

The latter might make some people upset, but not Ryan. In fact, he still called it the "best job ever."

"Both instances made me proud of what we do. This job isn't easy – not these days and not in this climate. But it's a tremendous opportunity, an opportunity to be challenged, to be humbled and to be taught that, despite our differences, we are all humans in this life – together in at least that much," he said. "So we get to meet, inspire and render speechless young children (and sometimes their parents too). We also get to respond repeatedly to people who need help – for any reason and at any time – even if they just spit on our fire engine from their scooter. What a job! It's great to be back…"

Following his post, Trista commented, "Love your perspective. Love you."

Ryan's health has been a concern for several years. In late 2020, Trista revealed her husband had been in a five-month health battle with a mystery illness that had left him "paralyzed" with fatigue.

In May 2021, Ryan announced that he'd been diagnosed with Lyme disease triggered by high levels of mold toxins in his body — something he encountered because of his work as a firefighter. 

"It seems to be that what happened is that my immune system was weakened through exposures to toxins and especially to mold," he explained on his wife's "Better Etc." podcast. "There are other people in the fire academy that probably had the same exposures who aren't dealing with these exposures because their genetics are stronger, they're able to get rid of the toxins easier."

Clothing problems

Kanye West dissing Pete Davidson for buying clothes 'from the mall'

Kanye West hasn't been shy regarding his feelings about Pete Davidson of late, and it seems that one of his issues stems from Pete's style.

Pete, the rapper gripes, buys clothes off-the-rack. Heaven forbid!

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"Clothes and style are very important to Kanye and he has been telling friends he thinks Pete wears the worst clothes ever," a source close to the rapper told The Sun. "He has been dissing Pete for dressing in clothes 'from the mall.'"

The rapper feels that Pete's clothing choices are bringing down Ye's estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, whom the "Saturday Night Live" funnyman is dating. Kanye essentially believes he single-handedly turned Kim into a fashion icon.

"He thinks it is affecting all the work he did with Kim," the source said. "Kanye felt like he gave her the world when he redid her closet and thought he was helping. He sees fashion as art and wanted to bring her into that world."

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While Kim clearly moves on from Ye with Pete, the rapper has found his new muse in model Julia Fox. On their second date, he presented her with a hotel suite full of clothes. 

"It was every girl's dream come true. It felt like a real Cinderella moment," she told Interview magazine. 

Pundits have theorized that Kanye and Julia's in-your-face three-week romance could be a publicity stunt — something she's publicly denied. Ironically, Kanye thinks Kim and Pete's romance is the one that's fraudulent.

"Kanye has been telling friends he still feels 'suppressed' by Kim even though they are separated. He feels he has kept a lot of things quiet for her and he likes to speak his mind, so he feels suppressed," The Sun's source said. "For one, he believes her relationship with Pete Davidson is fake. He believes the Kardashians make up story lines for their lives and he's sick of it. He feels she is going for the complete opposite of him to upset him and it p***** him off."

Fired

'Housewives' star Jennie Nguyen fired over resurfaced social media posts

Amid a wave of backlash surrounding past social media messages related to the Black Lives Matter movement, Jennie Nguyen has been fired from "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City."

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Bravo announced the firing on Jan. 25 in a statement reading, "Bravo has ceased filming with Jennie Nguyen and she will no longer be a cast member on 'The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.'"

"We recognize we failed to take appropriate action once her offensive social media posts were brought to our attention," the statement continued. "Moving forward, we will work to improve our processes to ensure we make better informed and more thoughtful casting decisions."

The writing seemed to be on the wall. Just hours before the firing, "Housewives" executive producer Andy Cohen called the reality TV star's comments "upsetting … and disgusting." On his SiriusXM show, "Radio Andy," he also hinted that a shakeup was coming. 

"There are many serious discussions happening right now about everything — about everything," he said on Jan. 24. "And I can't address the situation right now, but it will be addressed very soon."

Back in 2020, Jennie posted multiple memes about BLM — one even joked about running over protesters with her car. (She also reposted a meme that said those sympathetic to the BLM movement were "idiots.")

Page Six reported that nearly all of Jennie's "RHSLC" co-stars — including Heather Gay, Whitney Rose, Meredith Marks and Jen Shah — publicly condemned her posts and unfollowed her on Instagram.

As her resurfaced posts made headlines last week, Jennie deleted her posts and apologized.

"I want to acknowledge and apologize for my deleted Facebook posts from 2020 that resurfaced today," she wrote via Instagram. "At the time, I thought I was speaking out against violence, but I have since learned how offensive and hurtful my words were."

"It's why I deactivated that account more than a year ago and why I continue to try to learn about perspectives different from my own," she continued. "I regret those posts and am sincerely sorry for the pain they caused."

Differing viewpoints

Cheryl Hines responds after husband's vaccine/Nazi comparison

Cheryl Hines isn't exactly standing by her man when it comes to his thoughts on vaccines or the pandemic.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who's been married to the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star since 2014, made headlines over the weekend when he spoke at an anti-vax rally and compared pandemic policies and guidelines to Nazi Germany. 

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After the speech, the Auschwitz Memorial slammed RFK Jr., tweeting, "Exploiting of the tragedy of people who suffered, were humiliated, tortured & murdered by the totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany – including children like Anne Frank – in a debate about vaccines & limitations during global pandemic is a sad symptom of moral & intellectual decay."

A Twitter user then asked Cheryl if she agreed with her husband. 

"My husband's opinions are not a reflection of my own. While we love each other, we differ on many current issues," she responded.

A different Twitter user felt that Cheryl took the easy way out, writing, "How about this? 'No one should compare anything to the horrors of the Holocaust. My husband was wrong to do so.'" The actress replied, "Yes, I agree with you."

A reporter then reposted Cheryl's initial comments. "Here's Cheryl Hines commenting on her husband RFK Jr.'s comparison between antivaxxers and Jews in World War II," he wrote next to her message. Somewhat confusingly, Cheryl replied, "I assure you that's not what I was commenting on." She then insisted her comments had "nothing" to do with WWII and said she was simply answering whether or not she stood with her husband.

Just last month, RFK Jr. toed the hypocrisy line when he recommended that guests be vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 before entering his California home.

In speaking to Politico, RFK Jr. blamed his wife for the request.

"I guess I'm not always the boss at my own house," he told Politico on Dec. 17. 

The party guests were urged to use precautions that Robert has been railing against for almost two years.

While defending himself to Politico, Robert claimed the party was for Cheryl's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" cast mates and other entertainment industry folks. He also insisted that he never saw the Evite invitation until the day of the party. Robert also said no one was verifying vaccination or test status upon entry into the house. 

Splitsville?

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro's fiancée hints at a split in new social media post

There's growing speculation that Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and fiancée Saffire Matos have split up after a new social media image showed her without her engagement ring. 

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In a recent photo posted to her Instagram Story, the cosmetologist held up her golden doodle puppy for a selfie. The fact that she was sans ring raised eyebrows, but her caption seemed more telling. 

"Me and my one and only love," she captioned the photo. The picture is no longer available, but The Sun shared a screengrab on Jan. 24.

Further fueling the breakup rumors, Ronnie and Saffire are both fiercely active on social media, yet he last appeared on her Instagram in October 2021, while she hasn't appeared on his page since early December 2021.

Saffire and the "Jersey Shore" star got engaged last June during a romantic beach picnic in Los Angeles.

The couple's romance hasn't exactly been a fairytale. In April 2021, the reality TV star was arrested after Saffire called 911 during an argument that turned physical. Once officers arrived, they noticed "visible marks on Saffire's body" and determined that Ronnie was the aggressor, a report said. However, she would go on to downplay the issue and the duo clearly worked through their differences (as evidenced by the engagement).

Last fall, Ronnie caught a huge break in court when a judge opted not to toss him in jail. Ironically, the judge put a three-year protective order in place so he couldn't harass or intimidate Saffire.

The arrest could have easily spelled doom for Ronnie, as he is currently on probation for a different domestic violence incident in L.A. involving his ex Jen Harley, with whom he shares a 3-year-old daughter. Ronnie made a plea deal in the 2019 case, which requires him to keep his nose clean through 2023.