Speaking out

Brie Bella on sister's ex John Cena: 'He'll always be family'

Brie Bella has broken her silence in regards to Nikki Bella and John Cena's breakup, and she's supportive of both them, even calling the wrestler-turned-actor "family."

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Nikki's twin sister let her comments be known on her Instagram story on April 19. In her post, she shared a media report that claimed she was "furious" with John over how he treated Nikki. That report said, "on one level, Brie wants to kill him, sure."

Brie circled that quote, writing "False!!" above it.

She then said, "I'd never say this and I'll always love @johncena like a brother. "He'll always be family. My heart is hurting for he and my sister."


On April 15, John and Nikki announced that they'd split up after six years together. The break up came less than a month before they were set to marry.

"After much contemplation and six years of being together Nikki Bella and John Cena announced today their decision to separate as a couple," a rep for the couple said in a statement. "While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives."

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There are conflicting reports about who actually ended things, but multiple outlets said the couple fought over children.

"John never really wanted to get married in the first place but one of the biggest points of contention or disagreements they had through their relationship was that Nikki wanted to have kids and start a family and John didn't. They were not on the same page in that respect," a source told E! News. "Things have been brewing for a while between them. As John got more and more popular things changed and he got the Hollywood bug. He got more opportunities and he just isn't the same person now that he promised Nikki he'd be for her."

Sports key

Nick Jonas floats funny sports conspiracy theory

If you're a professional athlete, maybe happiness begins with a Jonas Brothers concert.

On Oct. 28, just one day after the Los Angeles Dodgers won their first World Series title in 32 years, Nick Jonas floated a funny conspiracy theory that links that title and other recent championships to recent Jonas Brothers concerts.

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Nick is calling is the "Jonas Blessing," which he says is the opposite of the years-long "Drake curse," which saw many of his favorite teams lose. 

"The Dodgers won the World Series last night, and yet, no one is talking about the very, very obvious theme here," Nick said in a Twitter video. "To fully understand this conspiracy, we have to back things up to September 22, 2019."

On that particular date, the JoBros played a show in Kansas City, Missouri, which was attended by Patrick Mahomes. A few months later, Patrick and the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl, and the quarterback was named MVP.

Nick then spoke of a Dec. 10, 2019, show in Arizona, which was attended by Dodgers superstar Cody Bellinger. The singer included a picture from Oct. 27 that shows Cody holding up the World Series trophy.

"Last, but not least, certainly not least, Lewis Hamilton attended the Jonas Brothers concert in Paris on February 22," Nick said. "Just last week, he won his 92nd Grand Prix — the most of all time." 


Nick theorized that the first step toward winning championships is attending live JoBros shows, calling it the "key to success."

"And just remember, it's not about how hard you practice, how naturally gifted you are," he said, "it's about the 'Year 3000,' 'When You Look Me in the Eyes,' 'S.O.S.,' and of course, 'Sucker.'"


Brad Pitt and girlfriend split: Report

Brad Pitt is single again.

The Oscar-winning actor and German model Nicole Poturalski have split, Page Six reported on Oct. 28.

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A source told the site that the breakup isn't exactly new, indicating it happened "a while back."

"It was never all that serious as it was cracked up to be," the source said, adding that the romance was "totally over."

Brad and Nicole were first linked in August when they were seen boarding a private jet in Paris and taking off for the South of France. There was some scandalous discussion about the romance at the time because Nicole is married. However, reports said that Nicole and her husband have an "open marriage."

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Whereas Nicole is believed to be in Germany, Brad is now back in Los Angeles, and he recently voiced an advertisement for presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Earlier this month, Nicole, who has been described as a doppelgänger of Brad's ex Angelina Jolie, felt the burden of dating such a high-profile personality, noting that she was suddenly the target of trolls on social media.

"Hey guys, I have been wondering since forever why people leave hateful comments?" she asked on her Instagram Story. "Why? What is the benefit? Just in [general] I want to understand the train of thoughts. Because I don't get it. It's just so rude and sad for those commenting."

"And just don't follow people you don't want to see or don't like their content. Easy. So just be nice and kind. Try," she continued. 

Nicole's words came just weeks after an Instagram user trolled "why do you hate Brad and Angelina?" At the time, Nicole simply responded, "not hating anyone."

Rosy past

ABC exec confirms Chrishell Stause was nearly 'The Bachelorette'

Things are looking good for Chrishell Stause on "Dancing With The Stars," but they were nearly looking rosy a decade ago.

The "Selling Sunset" star was very close to being cast as "The Bachelorette" in 2008, both she and ABC confirmed. 

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Earlier this week, ABC executive Robert Mills spoke about "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" franchises while on Nick Viall's Viall Files podcast.

"She would never remember this. I've actually had lunch with Chrishell, this was 10 or 11 years ago, to talk about being the Bachelorette," he told Nick.


At the time, "The Bachelor" was being produced consistently, but its counterpart was not.

"There was like four Bachelors for every one Bachelorette," Robert said. "At that point we didn't know who it was going to be, so we were looking for people and our casting director said, 'We should meet with this girl Chrishell Stause, she's amazing.'"

After their meeting, Robert was convinced that Chrishell, who was then starring on "All My Children," was the next woman to head the show.

Around that time, Brad Womack's season aired and he let go of two women at the end, including fan favorite DeAnna' [Pappas]. Producers felt that they needed to let DeAnna lead the show, which meant Chrishell was out.


Chrishell, for her part, said she vividly remembers flirting ABC's lovestruck franchise.

"I was in line to be the next Bachelorette. And [Rob] kind of said it, oh she probably doesn't remember. And the funny thing is that I definitely remember," she said on her Instagram Story. "Because on my side, the way I was approached about, was that All My Children, which I was on at the time, was going to do a cross story line and so at the time I was a model on the show. Infusion, this makeup company, so they were going to do a win a date with our model type of story line… which they were going to cross promote on ABC daytime and primetime… so that was the way it was brought to me."

She added, "So anyway I definitely remember that. So funny, it's all intertwined. what could have been. Brad Womack hadn't not picked someone, anyways, so funny!"


'Smallville' actress recalls Allison Mack encouraging her to join NXIVM

Former "Smallville" actress Alaina Huffman thoroughly remembers her co-star Allison Mack touting NXIVM, the controversial self-help group that many believe was actually a sex cult in upstate New York.


In fact, Alaina said Allison invited her to join the group several times.

"As a young woman, 27, 28, on 'Smallville,' Ally was a couple of years younger than me and here she was flourishing, very well put together, a really peppy and independent woman," Alaina told Page Six. "She invited me a few times to some of these events and for whatever reason, I never made it maybe because I was married and had kids and I might have had something else that grounded more than I needed that kind of grounding but I can understand the appeal."

Allison, who won two Teen Choice Awards for her role as Clark Kent's sidekick Chloe Sullivan on "Smallville, made no secret of her NXIVM beliefs, and she even spoke openly on the set about her plans to move to Albany, New York, where the group was headquartered, Alaina recalls.

Allison was high in the NXIVM food chain. Within NXIVM was a secretive group called DOS, which stood for "dominus obsequious sororium," which is Latin for "master over the slave women. Allison quickly became a "key recruiter" for DOS, multiple reports and documentaries show. 


Women who were part of DOS were allegedly forced to become "slaves" to the their masters. These "slaves" were required to provide "collateral," often in the form of nude photographs, to prove their loyalty to their "master." They were also reportedly required to seduce NXIVM founder Keith Raniere, who's initials were also branded on the women (many claim Allison's initials can also be found in the brand.)

Alaina, who starred in "Supernatural," said Allison wasn't the only actress to try and recruit her to NXIVM. Former member Bonnie Piesse, who had a role in "Star Wars," also implored her to join.

"We went out for dinner and she was like, 'Oh, you've got to come to this group,'" Alaina recalled. "I said, 'Oh yeah, I know it from Ally.'"

Bonnie later left the group and joined other former members on a crusade to take NXIVM down. She and her husband, filmmaker Mark Vicente, are prominently featured on HBO's "The Vow," which centers on the group, which had deep ties in the entertainment industry.

Public interest in NXIVM has been peaked recently due to "The Vow" and Starz's "Seduced," which is produced by India Oxenberg, who was a part of DOS. India is the daughter of "Dynasty" star Catherine Oxenberg. 

On Oct. 28, the Oxenbergs celebrated as Keith, NXIVM's founder, was sentenced to 120 years in prison for sex trafficking and other crimes, all of which stem from his leadership of NXIVM.

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Last year, Allison pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges, including extortion and forced labor, for her role in NXIVM. She is awaiting her sentencing.

card shark

Rob Kardashian unexpectedly snags rare Tom Brady card worth $250k

Rob Kardashian scored a massive win this week after purchasing a case of football cards that contained an incredibly rare Tom Brady card that's valued at upwards of $250,000.


The Tom Brady MVP Nebula parallel card is the only one like it in the world. It's one of one. And no, Rob, who's a huge sports card collector, didn't know that his purchase contained that valuable card until after the packages were opened.

According to TMZ, Rob purchased a case of 2020 Panini Mosaic Choice (hobby) cards from The Bullpen in Los Angeles. A case, which typically costs around $10,000, comes with 20 boxes.

While Rob phoned in the order, he allowed the guys at the store to open the packages of cards on his behalf. The guys even live-streamed it on Instagram, and they were beside themselves with glee when the Tom Brady card showed up.

"That's one of the biggest cards I've pulled in my life," one man screamed.


The card, according to experts, is worth anywhere from $50,000 to $250,000, depending on the quality. Since the card was pulled directly from the packages and immediately placed into a protective case, it's expected to be valued on the high end of that spectrum.

Rob's haul also included other highly collectable cards worth several thousand dollars each. 

"Rob crushed it," one expert told TMZ. 

It's unclear if Rob plans to sell the cards or keep them as a part of his collection.

weight gain

Pamela Anderson 'feeling puffy' after quarantine weight gain

Pamela Anderson said she's been struggling with "the epidemic of loneliness" after fleeing the United States for her native Canada in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The former "Baywatch" star also lamented her current apathy toward working out, despite having a gym at her family ranch.

"I have a gym that I look at every so often. I feel a little puffy but winter is coming so I won't feel cold," she said on "Loose Women."

Pam, though, thinks her body looks better when it's curvy.

"I try to keep on a bit of weight – I think it's better on me," she once claimed.

Still, while in Canada, Pam is also carrying the weight of being a mother to two adults sons, one of whom she hasn't seen in seven months. 

"I miss my sons terribly and there are times I want to get into my car and just drive to them, there are frantic moments where I just want to see them," she said of Brandon, 24, and Dylan, 22. "There is an epidemic of loneliness, a lack of intimacy with technology, we have to embrace what's happening now instead of the past, human contact is very important and we need to keep in touch."

She added, "They're in L.A. and I'm here. If you come to Canada you have to quarantine for a couple of weeks. I went to L.A. I have seen Brandon but I haven't seen Dylan for seven months. We FaceTime but it's not great. I need more. I want to hug them."


While the pandemic was certainly one of Pam's biggest reasons for hightailing it to Canada earlier this year, the upcoming election also played into her mind.

"I don't think I want to be in L.A .during the election… oh yes, mail-in ballot… oh boy, the government is ridiculous," she said. "I don't know what to say but you have to vote or you can't complain about it."


'Dynasty' star Catherine Oxenberg responds to Keith Raniere's sentencing

Former "Dynasty" star Catherine Oxenberg is applauding United States attorneys and a federal judge after slapping NXIVM founder Keith Raniere with a 120-year sentence for sex crimes.


"U saved my daughter India and countless others, I am forever grateful. TY for putting this predator behind bars," Catherine tweeted to the US Attorney's Office in New York on Oct. 27.

For years, the soap star has been on a crusade against Keith and NXIVM, as her daughter, India, was in the group. Catherine pleaded with media to shine a light on the group that claimed to be a self-help organization. She argued that it was actually a sex cult that starved women and was being led by Keith. 

Many of the women, including Catherine's daughter, were branded with Keith's initials.

India, who currently stars in a docu-series about the organization called "Seduced," read an impact statement before the court, claiming Keith starved her to look "like a 12-year-old girl." She said he also rubbed his fingers across the brand like cattle.

"MY precious daughter… so courageous. MY heart breaks," Catherine tweeted shortly after India spoke to the court.

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Before the judge's sentence, Keith reportedly professed his innocence and claimed the victims were lying in their statements. He added that he was "deeply remorseful."

"Only a  monster would discredit his victims.. remorseful for what? himself? Typical sociopath," Catherine tweeted.

While appearing on HBO's "The Vow" and Starz's "Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult," Catherine said she always felt a sense of guilt because she's the one who introduced India to NXIVM (back when she thought it was a self-help group). Many other celebrities were also a part of the group, including "Smallville" star Allison Mack, who last year pleaded guilty to racketeering for her key role in NXIVM. 

After the sentencing, many of NXIVM's former members celebrated Keith's fate.

"I'm in a total state of shock right now," whistleblower and voice actress Sarah Edmondson said on Whitney Cummings' Instagram Live. "120 years. How many lives is that? I don't even know what that means."

Sarah, who was the former head of NXIVM's Vancouver office, added, "We did it."

Filmmaker Mark Vicente, who was among the top brass of the group before turning whistleblower, tweeted, "120 years!"

Getting real

Kathy Hilton joins 'RHOBH' as a 'friend'

Welcome to the show, Kathy Hilton.

After months of rumors, it's being reported that Kathy Hilton is officially joining "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," but she won't be holding a diamond. Instead, Paris and Nicky Hilton's mom will be cast as "a friend of the show," TMZ said.


According to the report, Kathy and Bravo finalized the deal last week, paving the way for her to make regular appearances, but not be saddled with the responsibilities of a full-time cast member, such as attending the reunion shows.

Kathy, the sister of current reality star Kyle Richards and former star Kim Richards, has appeared briefly on "RHOBH" several times before.

Speculation about Kathy's potential involvement in the show is nothing new. In fact, last year rumors circulated that she could become a full-time member of the show.

"I would be happy if my sister joined," Kyle said on "Watch What Happens Live" as rumors surfaced. "I've had one sister on, why not have another sister on."

Kyle added that Kathy is "one of the funniest people there is."

"She's a practical joker and she's very, very funny," Kyle said, "so I think she'd be an amazing Housewife actually."


Kathy's news sparks a busy week for the 90210 franchise. On Oct. 26, it was announced that Crystal Kung Minkoff, the founder of Real Coco and wife of filmmaker Rob Minkoff, was joining the cast of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." The mother of two will be the first Asian-American Housewife on "RHOBH." In fact, Kathy even commented on an Instagram photo that Crystal posted.

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"All dressed up with somewhere to go," the new full time "Housewife" captioned a photo from her home.

Kathy replied, "Oh yes you do!!! Looking like a boss Mama."

Election diss

Kanye reacts to Aniston's plea to not vote for him

Kanye West seems to be brushing off a jab that Jennifer Aniston threw his way last week while voting in the 2020 election.

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On Oct. 23, the "Friends" star said she voted for Joe Biden.

"This whole thing isn't about one candidate or one single issue," she said. "It's about the future of this country and of the world. Vote for equal human rights, for love, and for decency."

In her parting shot, she added, "PS – It's not funny to vote for Kanye. I don't know how else to say it. Please be responsible."

Kanye clearly caught wind of the shade. In a since-deleted Instagram post, the rapper shared a screenshot of an article titled, "Jennifer Aniston Endorses Joe Biden, Tells Fans 'It's Not Funny to Vote for Kanye.'" E! News said Kanye wrote alongside the screenshot, "Wow 😳 that Rogan interview got em shook Let's gooooooooo."

The "Rogan interview" that Kanye is likely referring to is his recent chat on Joe Rogan's podcast. In that chat, he urged people to write his name in, as he's only on the ballot in a few states, making it essentially impossible to win 270 electoral votes.

"There couldn't be a better time to put a visionary in the captain's chair. I'm not here to down [Donald] Trump or down [Joe] Biden, I'm just here to express why God has called me to take this position," he said. "I'm a great leader because I listen and I'm empathetic. I do believe in world peace."


Since his decision to run for President, there's been much talk that the bid is nothing more than a ploy to get President Trump reelected, as most political experts believe Kanye's candidacy would siphon votes away from Joe Biden. When Forbes asked him about the theory that he's in the race to be a spoiler on behalf of Trump, Kanye said, "I'm not going to argue with you."