love lines

Cory Booker has 'hope' that he'll marry Rosario Dawson

Cory Booker and Rosario Dawson have been dating for nearly a year and he has marriage on the mind.

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While chatting with Wendy Williams on Monday, the presidential hopeful was grilled about his relationship. Wendy asked him point blank: "Will you marry her?"

"Look, I have hope, I have hope!" he said, describing the actress as a "righteous activist."

The New Jersey Senator and the "Sin City" star haven't hidden their relationship, as they've appeared at multiple events together over the past year, — and they've gushed about each other in previous interviews. In talking to Wendy, he recalled asking Rosario for her phone number while attending a party that comedian Sarah Silverman threw.

"So I have a lot of confidence in a lot of areas, but I tell you, I did not feel confident when I asked for her phone number," he admitted. "I walked up to her, it was the end of the party, we had already talked a bit and people were drifting out, but she and I were lingering. I walked up to her and I said, 'Well, how would I contact you if I wanted to get int touch with you?' and she goes, 'Oh, you're asking for my phone number.'"

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The two had previously met at a fundraiser for Ben Jealous, the former head of the NAACP, but they didn't exchange numbers. When they saw each other again, he knew he had to make a move.

"This was a shy moment for me," he said of that moment at Sarah's party, "but [Rosario] was merciful in getting her phone number."

In April, after he confirmed the romance, Cory told "Good Day New York" that he and Rosario aren't looking at their relationship "through a political lens."

"We're just two people in love trying to build a great relationship every single day," he said. "Because I'll tell you what — in my best case scenario, I get elected to president, I serve two terms. That's just 10 years . . . nine years of my life. What I'm trying to create with Rosario is something that'll last forever."

'Jeopardy!' Backlash?

Why Katie Couric's Trump comments could affect her future on 'Jeopardy!'

Producers at "Jeopardy!" are reportedly worried Katie Couric's recent remarks about Donald Trump and his supporters will turn off the show's largely conservative audience.

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The former "Today" host — who's set to take over as a guest presenter on the trivia show in the wake of Alex Trebek's death — joined Bill Maher for a discussion about Donald Trump's legacy on the Jan. 15 edition of "Real Time."

During her appearance, Couric expressed frustration with congressional Republicans whom she said seem to be "believing the garbage that they are being fed 24/7 on the internet, by their constituents, and they bought into this big lie."

Couric added, "And the question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

She also expressed support for the outgoing president's second impeachment as well as his ban from Twitter, both of which came as Trump's comments at a MAGA rally were tied to the violent insurrection his supporters staged at the U.S. Capitol.

Speaking to Page Six in a report published late on Friday, Jan. 22, a "TV insider" said the veteran journalist's comments "immediately worried" "Jeopardy!" producers.

That's apparently because the show's demographic is older — the median age of its viewers is 64.2 — and "very conservative," according to the source.

"And the show has always steered clear of politics," the insider continued, noting that producers are concerned about the timing of her comments, which could spark "a backlash against her" from its key viewers.

"'Jeopardy!' viewers are quite a traditional bunch, and there's fears she might be too polarizing after this," the source said. "At the very least, she already appears to have ruled herself out of becoming the permanent host of the show."

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Couric's comments have already come under fire from conservative pundits including Fox News contributor Joe Concha.

A second insider suggested similar concerns likely influenced the apology Ken Jennings gave in December for anti-Trump tweets he posted years earlier. That mea culpa came less than a month before he guest hosted the show.

"Katie will be under huge pressure to apologize also," the source predicted.

Alex Trebek, who died in November following a battle with pancreatic cancer, pre-taped a handful of "Jeopardy!" episodes shortly before his death. The final one aired on Jan. 8.

Couric will be the first woman to ever host the show. Actress Mayim Bialik and NFL star Aaron Rodgers are also on tap to serve as upcoming guest hosts.

Music and memories

Adele celebrates the 10-year anniversary of "21"

It's been 10 years since Adele dropped "21," and she's now reflecting back on the life-changing album. 

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"21" was released on Jan. 24, 2011, as a followup to her 2008 album "19." The album was a smash success, winning Adele Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, as well as Guinness World Records in 2012 for digital sales in the U.K. and US, as well as consecutive and cumulative weeks in the No. 1 spot on U.K. charts by a solo female artist. Among the timeless singles from the album, which went many, many times platinum, were "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone like You." 

To celebrate the momentous occasion, Adele shared a photo of the album cover on Instagram. "Well I never! Happy 10 years old friend! It's crazy how little I remember of what it was like and how I felt a decade ago," she wrote in the caption. "But Thank You from the bottom of my heart for letting us into your lives and letting me be a soundtrack to some of it x."

Adele, who hasn't dropped new music since 2015's "25" — the followup to "21" — has left fans clamoring for more. Rumors are flying she could release new music sooner rather than later — perhaps as soon as February.

The singer's pal Alan Carr spoke to Grazia earlier this month about her new music. "I've actually heard some tracks on it. Oh my God, it's amazing – so amazing," he gushed. "I said to her, I said that voice is like an old friend, because there are some people in the charts who sound a bit like Adele and then when you hear Adele's voice, you go, 'Oh no, there's only one.'"

Hot mama

Pregnant Emily Ratajkowski responds to lip injection rumors

Emily Ratajkowski is opening up about her pregnancy body — and slamming rumors about it. 

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The model, who is expecting her first child with husband Sebastian Bear-McClard, took to her Instagram Story on Friday, Jan. 22, to discuss her pregnancy. 

Emily started by responding to followers who have told her to stop getting lip injections. "I've never had lip injections (no judging folks who do—y'all look great!) but you can't even get injections when you're pregnant! A woman's blood volume increases 50% which is why ladies can get a little puffy in the face and lips during pregnancy."

The 29-year-old beauty, who is more than eight months along in her pregnancy, also engaged with commenters who feel that she has been pregnant "forever."

"LOL yes pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks which can definitely feel like a long time, but I announced halfway into my pregnancy and it's only been 3 months since then!" she wrote. She also disagreed with the perceived length of her pregnancy, noting it has gone by very quickly for her. 

Spending the tail end of her pregnancy on a palm-tree lined beach and even on a boat, Emily has had the opportunity to focus on how grateful she is for her changing body. 

"I've found I have a whole new appreciation for what my body can do and what is beautiful," she wrote. "I'm gonna celebrate it on here when I feel like it."

Since first announcing her pregnancy, the actress has been reflective of this season in her life. In an October 2020 essay for Vogue, she touched upon the loneliness of pregnancy. 

"Pregnancy is innately lonely; it's something a woman does by herself, inside her body, no matter what her circumstances may be. Despite having a loving partner and many female friends ready to share the gritty details of their pregnancies, I am ultimately alone with my body in this experience," she wrote. "There is no one to feel it with me—the sharp muscular aches in my lower abdomen that come out of nowhere while I'm watching a movie or the painful heaviness of my breasts that now greets me first thing every morning. My husband has no physical symptoms in 'our' pregnancy, another reminder of how different a woman and man's experience of life can be."

Parenting

Eva Mendes' daughter complains that she's on the phone too much

Eva Mendes doesn't have a problem with her daughter calling her out on her own bad behavior.

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On Jan. 23, the mother of two took to Instagram to share an image of a Tweet from LatinxParenting. 

"Let your kids call you out. It's not disrespect. It's healthy. Kids can be so fiercely aligned with their value that they will take nothing less than the respect they deserve. They will take no BS. Not even from you," the post read. "Congratulations, you are raising an empowered child."

Eva, who shares daughters Esmerelda, 6, and Amada, 4, with partner Ryan Gosling, thanked the parenting channel for the "important reminder."

The "Hitch" actress went on to explain why she has been absent from the social media platform for nearly a month.

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"I haven't posted lately because my little one told me I was on the phone too much. I could tell she was taking it personally. And she's a kid, of course she'd take it personally. They take things personally unless we go out of our way to make it clear to them it's not personal," she explained. "So we had good talk, I apologized and I promised her I'd be mindful. I realized that just because I'm always home with them doesn't mean I'm always present."

LatinxParenting called the share a "huge honor" and requested Eva get in touch in regards to a book they're working on about mothering. 

"[Eva] fueled a movement of Latinx parents rethinking the way we parent and [I just want her to know] how incredibly grateful I am for that. And that she contextualized it with her experience is so beautiful and insightful," the page's author wrote on Eva's post. "It's a big deal for so many reasons."

Larry King Backlash

Piers Morgan slammed for 'tasteless' Larry King tribute

Shortly after Larry King's death was announced on Saturday, Jan. 23, Piers Morgan came under fire on social media for his Twitter tribute to the veteran journalist.

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Initially, Morgan simply shared a photo of King and the words, "RIP Larry King, 87. A television legend." But he followed up that post with a tweet that was slammed as "crass," "tasteless" and "disrespectful."

The tweet referenced bad blood between the two that began after Morgan was given King's slot on CNN in 2011, turning "Larry King Live," which King hosted from 1985 until 2010, into "Piers Morgan Live." It also included a dig at King's multiple marriages.

"Larry King was a hero of mine until we fell out after I replaced him at CNN & he said my show was 'like watching your mother-in-law go over a cliff in your new Bentley,'" Morgan's second tweet began. "(He married 8 times so a mother-in-law expert) But he was a brilliant broadcaster & masterful TV interviewer."

Twitter was so collectively irked by the post, Morgan's name briefly started trending on the platform, as users criticized him for turning the TV icon's death into an opportunity for self-promotion and insults.

"Not surprised he fell out with you, look at you trying to grab 5 minutes of fame through past association," one user wrote in the comments.

"Who does that on the day someone died???" asked another.

Many of Morgan's media peers were offended, as well.

BET host Marc Lamont told Morgan his tweet was "tasteless," and asked, "Why take personal shots at a time like this? Just say something kind. Or don't say anything. There's alway[s] that."

Writer Dave Grzybowski commented, "What a dumb a– disrespectful tweet."

Others dragged Morgan for being self-serving and inappropriate. Some of the "Good Morning Britain" co-host's fans, however, defended him.

"This is honest and you still found a way to keep it respectful. I appreciate it. Hate phony stuff," one person wrote in the comments.

Morgan agreed with the compliment.

"Me too," he wrote. "Larry hated me replacing him at CNN and never made any secret of it, which I found very sad because he was one of my heroes – but I still think he was a superb broadcaster & one of the all-time TV greats."

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"Larry King Live" was CNN's "most watched program and longest-running program," according to data collected by Wikipedia.

"Piers Morgan Live," meanwhile, was canceled due to steadily declining ratings in 2014, just three years after it premiered.

King — who won two Peabody Awards, one Emmy and nearly a dozen Cable ACE Awards over the course of his career of nearly 50 years — died after being hospitalized in Los Angeles for complications due to Covid-19.

He had battled multiple health issues in recent years, including heart attacks, a stroke, diabetes and lung cancer. King was 87.

No thank you

Spinderella trashes Salt-N-Pepa biopic

Spinderella, Salt-N-Pepa's former DJ, is blasting an upcoming biopic about the trendsetting group.

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"Sorry but I gotta speak on this Lifetime special.., Too often, Black women who have made meaningful contributions in their industry are left out of historical narratives. Back when Salt n' Pepa was building our legacy, which is rooted in empowering women, I could not have dreamed that this same group would one day disempower me," Spin, 49, tweeted on Jan. 22. "Words cannot fully express my disappointment when I learned a decision was made to move forward with a Lifetime biopic that wrongfully excluded me from every aspect of development and production…all the while using my image throughout, given that I played an integral role in the group's story and success."

Spinderella's fallout with the group has been ugly.

In May 2019, she revealed that she'd been kicked out of the group via email. A few months later, she sued the group for fraud, alleging that she was financially stiffed for 20 years.

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Spin claimed she started being financially phased out in 1999 when the legendary group released its "Best Of" album. She said she was promised a third of the royalties from the album but never got them — despite getting a phone call indicating she was getting $125,000. She also alleged that she was excluded from Salt-N-Pepa's VH1 TV show that was based on the group's history. She claimed she was promised one third of the group's fee for the show but got way less than that.

TMZ also reports Spin was shocked to find out that the twosome had been paid more than $600,000 in royalties over the past decade. Spin says she hadn't received any royalty payments.

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In her Jan. 22 social media tirade, she said, "There's nothing more unacceptable than a woman being silenced by another woman. It is for this reason, I will not be supporting [the Lifetime movie.] I do, however, want to offer a huge congratulations to the talented actresses that represented us, including Monique Paul, who I wish would've been given an opportunity to share my true perspective with." 

"In reflection, I'm grateful I've managed to uphold a 30-year career of truly empowering women with my gift, against all odds," she continued. "This will continue in my work and in my service. The great news is I'm in the final stages of writing my memoir, a personal journey navigating through life, relationships, and the industry that raised me. 30+ years is a lot of content and I'm ready to share."

kiss issue

Co-star once offended Allison Janney by doing this…

Allison Janney is revealing that a germaphobic costar once asked her to put on antibiotic ointment before an on-screen kissing scene.

And this incident, for the record, occurred before the coronavirus pandemic.

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"Even before COVID, I had a scene partner who I had to kiss with," she told Jimmy Kimmel. "And he was such a germaphobe, he would put Neosporin on his lips and ask me to put it on mine, too, before he would kiss me."

At the time, Allison said she was perplexed by the request and wasn't even sure that would stop the spread of germs.

"I took it very personally," she said. "I thought, 'What does he think I put in my mouth?' I don't know. It kind of unnerved me, but people are germaphobes."

Jimmy, clearly baffled, pressed Allison to name the person, joking that it was famed germaphobe Howie Mandel.

"You might think so, but no, it was not Howie Mandel," she said. "I will not say who it was."

Allison noted that the current production of "Mom," has precautions for things like kissing scenes.

"I get tested almost seven to eight times a week depending upon whether or not I'm going to be doing kissing scenes," she said.

face it

Shannon Beador says 'I don't recognized myself' after bad face fillers

Shannon Beador is answering the question that so many people had after the recent "Real Housewives of Orange County" reunion: What happened to her face?

It turns out, she got some bad face fillers.

"I wanted to look good for the reunion, so I went elsewhere to try a couple of natural and non-invasive treatments that have been very effective in tightening people's skin, but it didn't work at all on my skin," the reality TV star said on Instagram while touching her face.  "So, as the reunion was around the corner, it was suggested that I try a natural filler in my face and in my cheeks that stimulates the growth of collagen. And I was running out of time, so I said, 'Okay, go ahead and do it.'" 

Shannon admits that she didn't properly research the treatments like she normally does, and she's clearly displeased with the results.

"I'm having a really difficult time looking myself in the mirror," she said, noting that her boyfriend and kids have been supportive of her. "I don't recognize myself."

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Shannon eventually went to a trusted clinic near her home to fix the botched filler work.

In an Instagram Stories video, Certified Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Rosenfeld said, "I'm injecting a product that dissolves filler and Shannon is being a great sport because this doesn't actually feel that great."

Shannon replied, "I'm good — anything to get rid of it."

Mullet man

Kaley Cuoco is 'appalled and disturbed' by husband's new haircut

Kaley Cuoco didn't sign up for her husband's new hairstyle. 

Late Thursday night, the "Big Bang Theory" actress posted a selfie in which her husband, Karl Cook, kisses her on the cheek… while sporting a mullet. 

"I don't remember saying 'in sickness and health oh and mullets,'" she captioned the Jan. 21 Instagram photo that shows her feigning a scared look.

Earlier in the day, the actress posted several videos of Karl's new 'do.

"I want the world to know I had nothing to do with this disgusting mullet," she said on her Instagram Story. "I am appalled and disturbed, and there aren't a lot of words."

Karl, waving his hair back and forth, said, "It was Kaley's idea. She loves my hair. It wouldn't have happened if she wasn't ok with it. You all know that."

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Afterward, she posted a video of her husband in equestrian attire while still sporting the mullet.

"Don't be jealous, ladies. Please try and contain yourselves," she joked. "He's taken. Sorry."

Karl, however, was living it up with his mullet, even getting a "blowout" from a leaf blower. 

"This is the only proper way to blow out a mullet, don't you think?" he said while getting blasted with air from the leaf blower. "I feel alive."