weighing in

French Montana backtracks after appearing to support R. Kelly

A few hours after making waves when he appeared to support R. Kelly, French Montana is now changing tune.

While leaving the Rams football game on Saturday night, French said he's hardly surprised by the R. Kelly allegations, indicating that the embattled R&B singer was leaving clues in his music for years. He also indicated that R. Kelly should be able to appreciate his legacy, regardless of the serious allegations against him.

"Whatever happened, happened," French said Saturday night.

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On Sunday, though, the rapper did a 180, tweeting, "Let me be clear. My heart is with the victims. I never thought the people I looked up to as a kid, who sang and danced and gave me hope to become a superstar would become drug addicts, child molestors [sic] and rapists. I am hoping we as a culture create better leaders. We need them."

The tweet came after a TMZ interview in which French noted that R. Kelly openly sang about his sexual prowess when he belted out the words, "My mind's tellin' me no, but my body, my body's tellin' me yes."

He even went on to say that R. Kelly, who's being painted as a sexual predator, has the right to enjoy his legacy.

"They don't let nobody have their legendary moments," French said. "They did Michael Jackson like that. They did R. Kelly like that."

Michael Jackson, of course, fought off child molestation accusations until his death in 2009.

"All the greats went down like that," French said. "Let somebody enjoy their legacy. Whatever happened, happened, man."

Law enforcement may not see it that way, as the fallout from Lifetime's "Surviving R. Kelly" has caught the attention of authorities in Georgia.


Last week, The Blast reported that the R&B star is now the subject of a criminal investigation.

The Blast claimed that an investigation is being conducted into his alleged sexual misconduct with young girls, something that was explored in the scathing six-part documentary. The Lifetime show also looked into claims that the music star has held women as sex slaves.


The Fulton County District Attorney has been actively investigating R. Kelly and a Johns Creek, Georgia, mansion where he previously lived, according to multiple media outlets.

One woman has given an account of her experience in the singer's house. Another woman — an alleged sex slave — has reportedly been contacted by prosecutors and ordered to come in for questioning.

R. Kelly could be charged with false imprisonment if prosecutors believe he's held women against their will.

Spaced out

William Shatner is headed to space next month aboard Bezos rocket

William Shatner is about to boldly go where only a handful of men have gone before. 

The "Star Trek" alum will reportedly head to space next month aboard the New Shepard capsule rocket, which is owned by Jeff Bezos. 

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TMZ reported on Sept. 24 that the 90-year-old will take part in a 15-minute civilian flight in October, and the whole thing will be filmed for a documentary. 

Once the beloved actor goes airborne it will make him the oldest person to ever be launched into space.

The report says Capt. Kirk and his team were in talks with the Discovery Channel about a documentary, but that never came to fruition. However, a similar deal is in the works with someone else. 

It's not known who will be on the flight with the acting icon. It's also not totally known how much he paid for the space trip, although most suspect the flight is being comped because it will generate a huge amount of press and visibility. 

Bezos, of course, was one of the first civilians to go into space, having done so aboard the Blue Origin with his brother and a few others in July. 

Health scare

'Harry Potter' star Tom Felton collapses at golf tournament

Tom Felton fell ill and collapsed while playing golf during a tournament on Thursday, but he was able to leave the golf course with assistance from others. 


The "Harry Potter" star was playing golf at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, on Sept. 23, when he "suffered an apparent medical emergency and passed out," TMZ reported. 

Tournament officials and medical staff immediately ran to his aid. Tom was eventually loaded onto a cart and taken for further evaluation. Photos showed him smiling and conscious before getting into the cart. 

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It's unclear what triggered the medical incident. Tom's current condition is also unknown.

An avid golfer, the former child star — who famously portrayed Harry Potter's nemesis Draco Malfoy — is reportedly competing in a celebrity-style Ryder Cup Tournament. He's competed in several tournaments over the years. 

Stroke setbacks

Kim Zolciak-Biermann reflective on 6-year anniversary of stroke

Kim Zolciak-Biermann still feels the effects of her stroke. 

On Sept. 22, the "Don't Be Tardy" star took to Instagram to reflect on her heath incident, which happened six years ago while she was appearing on "Dancing With the Stars."

"6 yrs ago today I had a stroke. I'll never forget how I felt. I think about it almost daily still to this day. I take blood thinner daily & probably always will," she wrote. "I have no physical limitations but at times I can't find the 'right' word, or I completely lose my train of thought."

With the benefit of hindsight, Kim said there were signs that a stroke was imminent, but she didn't think too much about them in real time.

"Looking back it was so obvious something was wrong. I woke up 9/21/2015 (I just landed in LA the night before) & my head was pounding. Like a terrible terrible migraine. I suffered from migraines regularly so I just assumed that's what it was BUT it was the WORST HEADACHE I have ever had," she said. "I popped Excedrin migraine like usual & hopped in the car to head to DWTS studio for rehearsal."

While en route to the studio, the driver got lost.

"I was so car sick (typical for me) by the time I arrived to the studio I was feeling like crap! Horrible migraine & car sick as hell. I did my first dance & remember looking at my hairdresser @nikipressley & saying, 'Niki I'm so car sick' she replied, 'Kim it's been 2 hrs since you got out of the car,'" Kim recalls. "It was wayyyy more than car sickness now looking back …. It was almost like I was on a boat everything was rocking back & forth."

Kim took more medicine a few hours later and performed on "Dancing With the Stars."

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Once the show finished, she and her daughter Brielle headed back to Atlanta on a red-eye flight. Things took a turn for the worse when they made it home: Kim's hands went numb as she bent down to hug her son, who was in the driveway waiting for her.

"My fingers went numb (I thought to myself, OMG Kim get over to the car and hold on to something.) I felt like I was going to collapse & there was no way I was going to do that in front of my kids," she said.

Kim remembers holding onto her car and wanting to tell Brielle's then-boyfriend Slade Osborne she needed helped. "But when I went to speak I couldn't," she said.

Slade realized something wasn't right and immediately called Kim's husband, Kroy Biermann, who at the time was playing for the Atlanta Falcons and was at practice.

"I remember Kroy's exact words, 'GET KIM TO THE HOSPITAL AS FAST AS YOU CAN, EVERY MINUTE COUNTS' & it does," Kim said. 

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At the hospital, Kim found out that her stroke was caused by a blood clot, and that she had a hole in her heart, which has since been repaired.

Kim ended her message by thanking everyone involved in her recovery. 

"So thankful for my kids, my hubby @kroybiermann and [her 'Dancing With the Stars' partner] @tonydovolani you guys rock!!" she wrote. 

Big bro, little bro

Mike Sorrentino calls cops on his own brother

Brotherly love no longer exists between Mike Sorrentino and Maximo Sorrentino, especially after the "Jersey Shore" star called the cops on his own brother this week.

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The bothers have apparently not seen eye-to-eye in a long time.

The Situation's rep told TMZ that Maximo showed up at Mike's New Jersey home on Sept. 21 while toting several gift bags, most of which were intended for Mike's newborn son, Romeo. Mike apparently watched as Maximo rang the doorbell multiple times and looked through the windows while hoping to be let in. He apparently lingered around before leaving the presents hanging from a doorknob.

Mike, however, called the cops the moment he saw Maximo, and Max was then met by officers as he was leaving.

Maximo was not arrested, as Mike asked cops to let Max go free.

According to the rep, Mike and Maximo have had issues for a while, and the reality TV star even called the cops on his brother in July with a harassment claim because he felt that Max was behaving erratically. Mike doesn't want his son exposed to that kind of behavior, and he doesn't like Max showing up unannounced either.  

In chatting with TMZ, Max expressed his frustration with Mike, indicating that he would never call the police if the roles were reversed. 

For the record, Max denied that any tension exists between him and Mike.

Host problems

Debra Messing up in arms over Kim Kardashian's 'SNL' hosting gig

Debra Messing looks to be suffering from a case of "SNL" sour grapes, because she does not look at Kim Kardashian as the hostess with the mostest.

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On Sept. 22, "Saturday Night Live" announced that the reality TV star is locked in to host a show during its 47th season. Debra did not receive the news well.

"Why Kim Kardashian? I mean, I know she is a cultural icon, but SNL has hosts, generally, who are performers who are there to promote a film, TV show, or album launch," she tweeted after the announcement, adding, "Am I missing something?"

While a slew of Debra's fans agreed with her, many of the "Will & Grace" star's Twitter followers actually told the actress that Kim was a solid choice based on her status in pop culture. 

"Truth be told @DebraMessing, @KimKardashian just wrapped up what is likely the most successful & longest-running reality television show in history & is launching a new series on @hulu," one person replied. "That and her 'side gigs' @skims & @kkwbeauty made her a billionaire. She is @nbcsnl worthy."

Another added, "Yes Debra, you are missing something… You may not like her, but as you say, KK is a cultural icon. SNL has had athletes, politicians, community leaders, models, businessmen and media personalities as hosts. I am not a fan of her, but she may be great."

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Of course, this isn't the first time Debra has sounded off on a "SNL" host. In May, she criticized the sketch show for booking Elon Musk. 

"It's always been a dream of mine to host @nbcsnl," she tweeted. "Ain't gonna lie— seeing Elon Musk given that privilege- not the funniest of people- really hurts my heart."

Grace has left the building…

Who knew?

Did Tom Girardi just implicate Erika Jayne in legal situation?

Erika Jayne has repeatedly claimed that she didn't know about her estranged husband's legal woes and his alleged embezzlement, but her ex believes otherwise. 


On Sept. 22, Tom Girardi was leaving lunch in Los Angeles when a paparazzi cameraman asked him the burning question: Did Erika know anything? 

"I think she does," Tom stated as two friends tried to squash the impromptu and quick interview, which was posted by Page Six.

Tom appears to ask his buddies afterward, "Who was that?" A friend says, "Some reporter."

Late last year, Tom, once a prominent lawyer, was accused of embezzling money from his law firm, and he was later sued by his business partners, resulting in a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. The partners claim Tom used money he owed them for "personal gain" and to fund the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star's lifestyle. Because of this, Erika's finances are being questioned as she allegedly refused to hand over her own bank records. There have also been accusations that the couple's divorce was a sham intended to keep money from those seeking to collect on debts owed by Tom.


Tom's words about his ex are fairly in line with Bethenny Frankel's comments from last week when she claimed that the ex-lawyer's legal situation and massive outstanding debts were a "well-known secret."

On her podcast "Just B With Bethenny Frankel," the former New York housewife recalled meeting Erika a few year ago at a conference Bethenny attended with her late ex, attorney Dennis Shields. Dennis supposedly told Bethenny that Tom was "using people's money to support [Erika's] lifestyle."

"I said, 'Why would he do that?'" she remembered. "He goes, 'He can't say no to her.'"

Last weekend, a fan also asked former "Housewives" star Camille Grammar on Twitter if she had heard "rumors" about Erika and Tom. "Yes. One of the housewives mentioned it at Andy's baby shower," Camille replied.

marriage secrets

The sexy way Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos handle marriage tension

When things get tense in Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' household, the clothes apparently come off. 

The couple, who've been married for 25 years, were discussing the HBO miniseries "Scenes From A Marriage" while Mark substituted for Ryan Seacrest on "Live" on Sept. 20.

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"I was like, none of this would ever be happening in the Mark Consuelos household, because he would have nipped all of this in the bud immediately," Kelly said, referring to the show, which chronicles the demise of a relationship. "He would have been like, 'Oh, you're upset? I know how to take care of that. Oh, you don't feel good about something? I'll take care of that.'"

While comparing their real-life marriage to the charaters' relationship on the HBO show, Kelly saw little resemblance, noting, "Because everything for Mark is settled with, everything is settled with…"  

"Love," Mark quickly chimed in. Kelly agreed, "Love and sexy time."

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Mark and Kelly later discussed one particular scene in which the "Riverdale" star assumed the on-screen couple would have sex. 

"Yeah, but you think that about everything," Kelly replied. "There are scenes in 'The Godfather,' and he's like, 'I thought for a minute they were going to [do it].'"

Mark's response: "Listen, that's how I deal with stress."

Sobriety rocks

Patricia Heaton details the exact moment she decided to get sober

Patricia Heaton has long been honest about her struggles with alcohol, and she's now opening up about basically being "humiliated" into sobriety three years ago.

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While speaking to Elizabeth Vargas on her "Heart of the Matter" podcast, the "Everybody Loves Raymond" alum recalled attending a dinner party at her son's home in Nashville when her rock-bottom moment occurred after she drank wine before, during and after the party.

"And I was just filling my glass with red wine throughout the five or six hours that we were together. I don't know how many glasses it was, and I felt completely sober and fine," she said. "I was making a joke to the table, and I started saying, 'You know, in our family it's a tradition…' And I could not pronounce the word 'tradition.' I tried three times, and I couldn't say the word."

To this day, she doesn't know how she was pronouncing the word, but she knows it was wrong.

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While this happened, one of her sons said, "Oh, great, Mom. You can't even talk."

"I was so humiliated in front of my sons and their friends," the actress remembers. "And God knows that that's all it takes for me to have that kind of sense of their mom's looking drunk in front of them. But, also, I thought, 'I feel fine. What is happening in my brain? What is the alcohol doing to my brain where the synapses are misfiring to the point where I can't say this word?'"

In that very moment she told herself that she was done drinking. 

Patricia has maintained her sobriety for three years.

"I feel now that I can do anything if I can get rid of alcohol," she said. "Alcohol's the hardest thing in my life."

Hair ablaze

Nicole Richie's hair catches fire from birthday cake candles: Video

Nicole Richie had a fiery 40th birthday.

On Sept. 21, the former "Simple Life" star celebrated her birthday, but things went awry after a few strands of her hair caught on fire as she attempted to blow out the candles on her birthday cake, a cake that showed her a child. 

"Well… so far 40 is [fire emoji]," she captioned a video of the incident. 

In the smoldering video, Nicole doesn't seem to initially notice her fair aflame, as she smiles briefly. It also appears that she didn't notice the extent of the fire until the end of the video, in which she screams as flames quickly get larger.

Friends tried to pat the fire down as the video ended. 

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It's believed that the House of Harlow founder was largely unharmed during the incident, particularly given her husband's Instagram comment.

"That's hot," Joel Madden said, stealing a phrase from Nicole's pal Paris Hilton. 

Benji Madden, meanwhile, commented, "Stay lit."

Many of Nicole's A-list pals also chimed in and couldn't hide their horror. 

"My heart just dropped!!!!" Kelly Rowland said. Ellen Pompeo wished Nicole happy birthday and added, "I hope you're okay!" Amy Schumer exclaimed, "Oh my gawwwd," which was echoed by a chorus of other fans and celebrities. 

Prior to the torching, Joel paid tribute to his wife, as she shared a series of loved up images. 

"Happy Birthday Nicole," he wrote. "You've made love feel timeless I've forgotten how old we are."