Split

Dr. Dre and wife divorcing after 24 years of marriage

Dr. Dre and his wife of 24 years are moving on to "the next episode" in their lives.

On Monday, Nicole Young, who married the hip-hop mogul in 1996, filed divorce paperwork, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, TMZ reported.

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Because the couple's two children — Truice and Truly — are adults, they will not have to battle for custody or child support (Dre has six children in total). 

The divorce, however, could be costly for Dre — Forbes estimates he's worth $800 million. TMZ reports the former duo didn't have a prenuptial agreement.

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Nicole, a lawyer, is reportedly seeking spousal support.

Dre and Nicole were both previously married.

The split news comes just a few days after Dre worked with Kanye West and Snoop Dogg in the studio.

Tearful Goodbye

Inside Ellen DeGeneres' emotional TV farewell

The final episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airs on NBC on May 26, capping off a 19-year run on daytime television for the host, now 64. And as TV insiders recently told Page Six, it's been an "emotional" time for Ellen, who filmed the last installment late last month.

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"Ellen's been crying a lot," a source told the outlet in a report published May 14. "The whole few weeks leading up to the finale were very emotional."

Ellen reportedly skipped the fanfare of a red carpet or a celeb-stuffed audience for the episode, which features Jennifer Aniston and Pink — guests who also appeared on the show's premiere back in 2003.

"She wanted to go out quietly. It was friends and family of the cast and crew in the audience," said another TV insider.

Both Ellen's wife, Portia de Rossi, and her brother, Vance DeGeneres, made a point of supporting the star on-set as she filmed the final shows.

"Ellen, 100 percent, did it on her own terms," a third insider told Page Six. "She went out the way she wanted to. There wasn't a dry eye in the house on the last day."

Ellen announced her departure plans 10 months after she and a number of top producers on the show were hit with wide-ranging allegations they'd fostered a toxic workplace. After Buzzfeed News published claims of routine intimidation from higher-ups, sexual harassment, racism and more negativity happening behind the scenes in 2020, Warner Bros. launched an internal investigation and found enough evidence to fire producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman.

When Ellen returned to kick off Season 18, she addressed the scandal in the first episode, telling viewers: "I learned that things happen here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously. And I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected."

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Ratings dropped during substantially during that 2020-2021 season, according to the New York Post, and Ellen would later admit to Savannah Guthrie on "Today" that she considered ending the show immediately because the allegations were "devastating."

Instead, she soldiered on.

"When Ellen started the show, she was told by the studio 'you can't say 'we' when you talk about your girlfriend,' that's what she was dealing with at the beginning," another source said, referring to Ellen's controversial decision to come out as gay.

"No one ever thought that the show would be aired, even to sell it in the beginning was so difficult," the person continued. "She always wanted to go to 19 seasons, she had people who relied on her for their livelihoods."

Over her nearly two decades on the air, Ellen donated "almost half a billion dollars to viewers and people in need," the Post noted.

After shooting the final episode, Ellen reportedly celebrated the milestone at a party in Hollywood with the crew and friends.

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"When you look back at all the things she's done for people over the 19 years, it's powerful," one insider added. "The most important thing for Ellen during the final few weeks and for everyone on the team was to show the family that that show is — and so the emotion came from the feeling of togetherness they had."

In addition to Jen Aniston and Pink, the final episode of "Ellen" features Justin Timberlake, Diddy, Kerry Washington, Billie Eilish and more.

In a post about the finale on Instagram last week, Ellen shared her gratitude with fans, writing, "Thank you to everyone who is celebrating my final season with me. ❤️."

Awful upbringing

'Friends' and 'Seinfeld' actress reveals she was trafficked as a teen

Angela Featherstone — who had memorable roles on "Friends" and "Seinfeld" — is opening up about her painful upbringing, during which she was "trafficked" and "raped all the time."

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In a chat with Yahoo Life, the actress — who played Chloe, the "hot girl from the Xerox place" on "Friends" — said, "I would characterize the first 16 years of my life to be abusive physically, emotionally, psychologically and, in the end, sexually abusive. At the very least, there was criminal neglect on a consistent basis, and lots of abandonment."

Angela recalled being put into the foster care system in Canada when she was 16 years old. She ran away several times because she didn't feel safe, she said. Sadly, things only got wore when she started living on the streets.

"I was being trafficked, I was just being raped all the time. I wasn't getting any money and I wasn't standing on any street corner. It was different than what I had imagined in my head of what it was," she said. "I had not sensed that it could be so subtle, as it could happen to you and you don't even realize it's happening to you."

She was even arrested for prostitution when she was 17. 

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After a judge emancipated her, Angela borrowed some money and left Nova Scotia for Toronto, where she became an in-demand model. Eventually, she moved to New York City to pursue her modeling career.

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Still — despite booking roles in films like "Con Air" and "The Wedding Singer" — Angela struggled and ended up back on the streets.

"I was at the peak of my career as an actress, and a couple of really difficult instances happened at work, and I did not have the infrastructure to handle them. When they happened, I just collapsed and sought the comfort in homelessness," she said. "I became homeless. I literally threw all my money away on anybody who would take it. I just wanted to start from ground zero again."

Angela, who played Jerry's love interest and maid on "Seinfeld," now focuses mostly on her Fostering Care nonprofit, which helps older children who are aging out of foster care.

"I just see this image of foster care being like those holding pens for the cattle before they get slaughtered: The slaughtering is basically turning 18 in the state of California," she said. "The foster-care-to-pedophile pipeline is alive and well."

Formula debate

Bette Midler ripped after 'nasty' take on baby formula shortage

Bette Midler set off a firestorm on Twitter after offering a "very bad take" on America's baby formula shortage.

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Bette's backlash began on Thursday, May 12, after NBC reporter Stephanie Ruhle posted a message about the ongoing formula problem. 

"The baby formula shortage reveals an amazing secret oligopoly: – 3 American companies control over 90% of the mkt – hugely restrictive regulations (thanks to big $ lobbying) prohibit foreign formulas."

She added, "Name another industry/sector/product like this."

The "From A Distance" singer saw the message and figured she'd chime in with her two cents. 

"TRY BREASTFEEEDING!  It's free and available on demand," Bette replied. 

The tweet, which trended on Friday, was criticized almost immediately, as many women said they tried breastfeeding but were unable for a multitude of legitimate reasons. 

"Bette, respectfully, this is a very bad take. I had twins. I didn't produce enough milk for both. Without formula, I would have had to have chosen which one got to eat. To say nothing of kids that get separated from the birth mothers very young," one woman replied. 

"I love you Bette, but this is not okay," another said. "I fought to breastfeed my son, he kept losing weight, despite my best efforts, including lactation experts.  It was emotional and  I felt like a failure and at 3 months switched to formula, because of the stress it put on me and my son."

Twitter users called Bette's comments "nasty," "stupid" and "uninformed." A few people even wondered if Bette's account had been hacked.

In the wake of the backlash, which came from all sides, the singer attempted to somewhat clarify her comments. 

"People are piling on because of former tweet.  No shame if you can't breastfeed, but if you can & are somehow convinced that your own milk isn't as good as a 'scientifically researched product,' that's something else again," Bette tweeted. "The monopoly news is news to me, tho, no lie." She added the hashtag "wet nurses."

Love long gone

Minnie Driver reflects on 'tabloid-y,' 'weird' split from Matt Damon

Back in the late '90s, Minnie Driver and Matt Damon were the "it" couple, but the romance eventually faded. Now, the actress is reflecting on the "tabloid-y" relationship with her "Good Will Hunting" co-star.

"I wouldn't change any of it," she told ITV's "This Morning." "It's magic."

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Minnie remembers that time in 1997 and 1998 "so fondly," despite their split was "so dramatically reported on."

The Oscar-nominated star has been opening up about the life while promoting her new book, "Managing Expectations: A Memoir in Essays." Of course, her two-year relationship with Matt is discussed in the pages.

"Matt Damon was just this lovely, talented, great person who was also very young and got famous very fast," she said on "The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky." "And people don't always behave well in situations when you're under pressure."

"It was a very sweet romance that we had," she continued. "And I really do look back on it with such fondness no matter how it ended up. It was just sort of dramatic and tabloid-y and was really unbelievable."

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In other interviews, Minnie recalled how "weird" it was seeing their split on magazine covers. It was equally weird seeing Matt and a new love interest on those same covers. 

"At the time, it was weird, walking down the aisle in the supermarket with magazine covers in stereo of him making out with his new girlfriend after we'd broken up," she said. "We really did fancy each other, we really were good friends at that point."

airborne

Ludacris just bought himself a next level college graduation gift

Ludacris is flying high after getting a college degree.

The "Fast and Furious" actor revealed that he bought himself a private jet to celebrate his scholastic accomplishment.

"Bought Myself A Little Graduation Gift," he captioned a video of the plane, adding the hashtags "family upgrade" and "motivation." 

While wearing a Georgia State University shirt, Luda also gave his Instagram followers a peek into the jet's cabin. He then proceeded to sing the theme song from "The Jeffersons," which says, "We're movin' on up… to a deluxe apartment in the sky."

In subsequent posts, the rapper posted more images of the jet, but he included his car — a modest Acura sedan — in the snaps. 

"The Secret To Flying High, Is To Always Stay Grounded," he wrote alongside the photo. 

Luda, who was given an honorary bachelor's degree in Music Management, noted that "dreams" can become "reality."

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The "Act a Fool" rapper attended Georgia State in the '90s before signing a record deal, Variety said. 

"My time on campus sharpened my skills," he reportedly told more than 800 master's degree recipients. "It gave me confidence that my path was preordained. That I was exactly where I was supposed to be. Doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing."

"Though I left school I was never gone because this institution had become a part of me," he continued. "It was a part of my fabric and DNA. My heart never strayed far from its steps and my commitment to someday return, and finish, was ever-present."

Knife strife

Kendall Jenner reacts to online ridicule over her lack of kitchen skills

Kendall Jenner just isn't cut out for cooking. 

The model became the butt of the joke on Twitter after a scene from the newest episode of "The Kardashians" showed her cutting a cucumber in a very bizarre (and borderline unsafe!) way… almost as if she had never done it before. 

The crime-against-veggie began after Kendall decided she wanted to snack on a few cucumber slices. "I'm just gonna chop up some cucumber. It's pretty easy," Kendall told her mom, who warned the 26-year-old beauty against cutting herself. 

Just prior to showing off her slicing skills, Kendall admitted to being a novice — which she would soon perfectly prove. 

"I'm kinda scared. … I definitely am not a good cutter, don't zoom in on me," she said. "I'm not professional whatsoever." 

Kendall then proceeded to almost crisscross her arms while cutting. It didn't take long for Kris to worry, as she called in a chef to finish the job safely. 

Fans were baffled at Kendall's lack of simple cutlery skills and took to social media to cut down the reality star.

"Kendall Jenner trying to cut a f****** cucumber is the most tragic thing I've ever witnessed," one person said. Kendall saw the message on Thursday and responded, "Tragic!"

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Other viewers had similar takes. 

"Obsessed with Kendall Jenner trying to prove she's not an out of touch spoiled rich girl by insisting on making her own snack and almost dislocating her shoulder trying to slice a cucumber," one person tweeted. Another said it was "painful" watching the knife strife.

"If this is real, I'm concerned," added another.

Thankfully, much like a cucumber, Kendall has thick skin.

Crypto scapegoat

Matt Damon trolled over cryptocurrency collapse

Matt Damon has become an online punching bag in the wake of cryptocurrency's nosedive. 

Back in October 2021, Matt was featured in a commercial for crypto.com that hyped cryptocurrency. In it, he uttered the now-famous line, "Fortune Favors the Brave."

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At the time of the commercial's first airing, the crypto market was doing rather well, but that is no longer the case. TMZ points out that Bitcoin — the leader in cryptocurrency — has lost 50% of its value over the last six months, and other coins have lost 90% of their value. 

Amid the collapse, Twitter users are torching Matt and other spokesmen for seemingly endorsing crypto, but the critics are also not taking any responsibly for making the decision to invest in the market — sometimes it's easier to find a scapegoat. 

"Matt Damon was in Oceans 11, 12, 13. You crypto guys just fell victim to his latest heist," one person wrote. Another tweeted, "I'm pretty sure Matt Damon and Larry David weren't paid in crypto when they sold this crypto scam to gullible people. Just beyond gross."

One user made reference to one of the Oscar winner's past films, writing, "Just buying one more zoo and then I'll stop taking my financial advice from Matt Damon."

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While the pile-on occurred, Jimmy Kimmel came to his frenemy's aid.

"Matt Damon did that commercial for FREE in exchange for a huge donation to http://water.org and now everyone hates him," Jimmy wrote. 

Water.org is a nonprofit that focuses on bringing safe water and sanitation to communities that lack access to the resource.

Dance party

How Alfonso Ribeiro really feels when asked to recreate the 'Carlton Dance'

There's not a day that goes by where Alfonso Ribeiro isn't asked to do the "Carlton Dance," which was made famous on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." His answer is always the same: No.

The "America's Funniest Home Videos" host told Jimmy Kimmel that strangers ask him to recreate the iconic dance daily.

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"I'm a black guy — I'm just not dancing for you. It's not gonna happen," he said, referencing his famous moves to Tom Jones' song "It's Not Usual." 

He added, "What makes you think that you just gonna ask a random person to dance for you, and they're gonna be like 'Oh my God, I've been waiting for you to ask! Hold on a second, let me get into character.' It's not — I don't get it. It's not gonna happen."

Although Alfonso once tried to copyright the moves (he was denied), the dance might mean more to fans than it does to him.

"I don't have a love for it like they do," he said.

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The iconic dance moves actually came about by happenstance. During a "Fresh Prince" reunion for HBO Max in 2020, Alfonso recalled the first time he did the famed dance. 

"The first time, all it said in the script was 'Carlton dances,' and I needed to figure out how this character would dance," he said. "What would be the actual move that hit it perfect?"

During that same special, Will Smith said he could never nail down the moves until the end of the series. 

"That final moment, doing it together — that was like Will finally making the full acceptance of Carlton," the Oscar-winning actor said. "We are in sync and as one."

Nope, nope, nope

Sarah Silverman's 'disgusting' hygiene practice shocked 'The View' panel

For Sarah Silverman, sharing is caring … even if it involves a toothbrush.

While on "The View" on Wednesday, May 11, the comedian revealed that she and boyfriend Rory Albanese have been sharing a toothbrush for nearly two years. 

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"I have never shared a toothbrush with another person in my life and for some reason with Rory we've never not shared a toothbrush," she revealed.

The women of "The View" were clearly disgusted by the hygiene choice. 

"Everyone's saying that's so gross. Let me asked you something… Why is that so gross," she wondered before making a somewhat graphic comment that was bleeped out. 

After the comment, Sara Haines laughed hysterically and joked, "Tonight we will have one toothbrush."

Joy Behar added, "But you're going in there with the gums and everything. It's disgusting."

The conversation quickly went off the rails, prompting Whoopi Goldberg to go to a commercial break. However, before the break, she said, "Look, do what you wanna do in your house!"

Sarah proclaimed, "My body, my choice!"