'Scared To Death'

Garth Brooks was 'scared to death' of returning to music after hiatus

He's the best-selling solo artist in U.S. history, but Garth Brooks still had reservations about returning to music after taking 14 years off to focus on his family.

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The country music superstar, named among this year's class of Kennedy Center honorees, opened up to Gayle King about his decades-spanning career, the fame he says he "probably didn't handle" well and his time away from the spotlight on the June 4 edition of "CBS This Morning."

"A nation watches you grow up, right?" said Garth, 58. "So you're gonna make decisions that you go, 'Man, I wish I could take that one back.' But the truth is now … If changing anything then meant any part of now would change, no, thank you."

For Garth, "then" was an early entry into Nashville, where he was — and still is — met with critical acclaim and massive sales. His eponymous first album, released in 1989, hit No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Things intensified from there, and by 1999, he'd sold over 100 million albums, according to CBS.

That same year, his mother died of cancer. At the same time, he was dealing with a failed marriage to his college sweetheart, Sandy Mahl, with whom he shares three daughters. In October 2000, he announced he was walking away from the music industry to focus on raising his girls.

"Once children come into the mix, children take the lead. That's it. They didn't want to come in this place. It wasn't their choice, we brought them in. So even though Sandy and I were not going to be able to complete our marriage, we still had our children to raise," Garth told Gayle.

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"The country music audience has given you everything," he added. "Now you just simply ask them, 'I'm gonna go home and raise my babies.' The big surprise was never, ever thinking, you're gonna get to be let back in. Because when you don't know why they show up, you don't know if they'll show up again."

They did, of course, and in droves, when Garth released his comeback album, 2014's "Man Against Machine."

Still, he told Gayle, he was "scared to death" about returning to music after so much time had passed.

He marveled that country fans "were so sweet" when he launched his comeback.

"Garth, they let you back in," Gayle said.

The singer agreed.

"Oh my God, did they ever," he remarked. "Country is the best place to be. Because, one, you have the most loyal audience there could possibly be, and they will wait for you … And there began my life."

Today, Garth's life also involves being part of one of country's biggest power couples, with his wife Trisha Yearwood. His three daughters have all graduated from high school. And as Garth told Gayle, he still has plenty to do.

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"You wake up in the morning, you're breathing, then God's got a plan for you," he explained. "What are you gonna do with it? Are you gonna be a warrior? Are you gonna be a retired guy? So that's your question every morning."

The Kennedy Center Honors airs June 6 on CBS.

Money matters

Pamela Anderson's ex-husband of 12 days leaving her $10M in his will

Pamela Anderson's blink-and-you-missed-it "ex-husband" is planning to line her pockets after he passes.

"Batman" movie producer Jon Peters and Pam had a wedding ceremony in 2020, but they never filed any legal paperwork. Twelve days later, the duo called off the marriage but maintained they'd remain friends. 

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Jon is now putting his money where his mouth is, claiming he's leaving Pamela $10 million in his will.

"I will always love Pamela, always in my heart," he told Variety. "As a matter of fact, I left her $10 million in my will. And she doesn't even know that. Nobody knows that. I'm just saying it for the first time with you. I probably shouldn't be saying it. So that's for her, whether she needs it or not."

Jon is reportedly worth $200 million. 

"He's great and has been a huge influence on my life," Pamela said of the "A Star is Born" producer. "I love him to death."

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News of the will details come just days before the "Baywatch" actress is set to release her memoir, "Love, Pamela." In a recent chat with Howard Stern, Pam revealed she gained 25 pounds while penning the book.

"It was crazy, but I had a physical reaction to telling my story," Pam said. "It was almost like I was hanging on to something — It was a protective … my puffy suit of armor. I don't know what it was — I was thinking it was some kind of protection." 

She's since lost the weight, but writing the book "took its toll" emotionally.

Beach pass

Hilary Duff makes surprising 'Laguna Beach' confession

Hilary Duff never got caught up in the drama of "Laguna Beach." In fact, despite singing the MTV show's theme song, she never really watched it.

"I was not a huge [fan]," she said on the "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" aftershow on Thursday, Jan. 26. "I just … I didn't watch."

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The "Lizzie McGuire" alum explained that her schedule didn't jibe with the airing of the show, which ran from 2004-2006.

"In a moment in time when you could not record TV shows, I was on tour," she said. "So, I missed a huge chunk of, like, big things that people talk about that I didn't get to experience."

Still, she loves that her song "Come Clean" will always be linked to the popular aughts reality show.

"My song was, like, the theme song, and I loved that," she said. "I did love that because, I mean, I [basically] lived at MTV for a while."

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Not only did Hilary lend her voice to "Laguna Beach," she also sang the theme song for MTV's "My Super Sweet 16," which ran for 10 seasons from 2005 to 2017. 

However, the "How I Met Your Father" star didn't exactly fatten her pockets from "Come Clean" and "Sweet Sixteen."

"I definitely didn't get super rich by them using it as the theme, and I am not going to pretend to know what went on in the background for them to use it," Hilary said of MTV securing the rights to the track. "But they used it."

She added, "They love me over there. I don't know how much money I made from it. I don't think a lot. But maybe Disney [the owner of Hollywood Records] did."

Scary accident

Jay Leno breaks collarbone, ribs, kneecaps in motorcycle crash

Just months after suffering third-degree burns on his face, chest and hands, Jay Leno has suffered another health setback.

The comedian told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he crashed on his motorcycle on Jan. 17, which resulted in several broken bones.

"I've got a broken collarbone. I've got two broken ribs. I've got two cracked kneecaps," Jay said.

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In the newest incident, the former "Tonight Show" host was testing a 1940 Indian motorcycle and noticed the scent of leaking gas.

"So I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it," Jay said. "So, you know, I didn't see it until it was too late. It just clothesline me and, boom, knocked me off the bike. The bike kept going, and you know how that works out."

Jay, 72, admitted he kept the accident quiet because of all the publicity his November 2022 incident got. 

"You know, after getting burned up, you get that one for free," he said. "After that, you're Harrison Ford, crashing airplanes. You just want to keep your head down (laughs)."

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Just two months ago, Jay was working on his 1907 White Steam Car with pal Dave Killackey  when it caught fire.

"The fuel line was clogged so I was underneath it. It sounded clogged and I said, 'Blow some air through the line,' and so [Dave] did …  And suddenly, boom, I got a face full of gas. And then the pilot light jumped and my face caught on fire," Jay told Today.

Jay ended up undergoing skin grafts and was treated in a hyperbaric chamber.

A noted car guru, it's estimated that Jay owns about 180 cars and 160 motorcycles. His car collection is reportedly valued at around $52 million. His love of cars is often showcased on the CNBC series "Jay Leno's Garage."

Police visit

Police called to Britney Spears' home after social media move

Law enforcement were called to Britney Spears' home after fans bombarded the Sheriff's office with pleas for a welfare check. The calls came after the pop star abruptly deleted her Instagram account.

Fans felt the social media move was a call for help. 

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TMZ reports that deputies paid a visit to Britney's Thousand Oaks, Calif., home and determined everything was fine and she was not in danger. Whether authorities spoke directly to Britney or someone else isn't known. 

The "Toxic" singer has lived in the home for years. 

The welfare check comes just weeks after Britney was videoed acting bizarre in a restaurant. Some reports claim her husband, Sam Asghari, left the restaurant due to her manic behavior, but he told TMZ otherwise (he blamed the abrupt exit on overzealous fans). 

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Interestingly, prior to Britney's Instagram deletion she changed her social media name to "River Red." "Don't underestimate the power of purity," she wrote alongside a video of her dancing. 

Britney, of course, has deleted her Instagram several time in the past. Why fans felt the move indicated danger this time is unknown. 

No harm, no foul

Pamela Anderson defends Tim Allen after alleging he flashed her on 'Home Improvement' set

Pamela Anderson holds no ill will toward Tim Allen after accusing him of flashing her while on the set of "Home Improvement" on her very first day.

"Tim is a comedian, it's his job to cross the line. I'm sure he had no bad intentions," the "Baywatch" star wrote in a text message to Variety, per her cover story published Thursday. She added, "Times have changed, though. I doubt anyone would try that post #MeToo. It's a new world."

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In her upcoming memoir, "Love, Pamela," the actress wrote, "On the first day of filming, I walked out of my dressing room, and Tim was in the hallway in his robe. He opened his robe and flashed me quickly — completely naked underneath."

Tim allegedly told Pam that he had seen her naked in the pages of Playboy, so it was "only fair"  she saw him in his birthday suit.

"[He said,] 'Now we're even.' I laughed uncomfortably," she said.

Tim, for the record, denied the incident ever happened. 

"No, it never happened," the "Last Man Standing" alum told Variety. "I would never do such a thing."

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After Pamela's claim, a video surfaced of Tim flashing co-star Patricia Richardson on the set. However, Patricia, who played Tim's wife on the sitcom, said he was dressed underneath a kilt. 

"I was just shocked that he lifted the kilt, not by a man in boxer shorts," she told TMZ.

Comments fallout

Kanye West could be denied access to Australia for antisemitic comments

Kanye West might have some trouble meeting his new Australian "in-laws" due to his history of antisemitic comments.

Australia's Minister for Education Jason Clare said the government down under is being pressured to deny the rapper entry. 

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"People like that who've applied for visas to get into Australia in the past have been rejected," the official — who called the comments "awful" — told CNN affiliate Nine News. "I expect that if he does apply he would have to go through the same process and answer the same questions that they did."

According to TMZ, Kanye and his new "wife" Bianca Censori, who's Australian, are supposed to head to Melbourne next week to meet her family.

In the past, Australia has refused to give visas to people for failing the "good character" test, and many of those same people have far-right views, as Ye does.

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Last fall, the rapper shocked the world when he tweeted, "I'm a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I'm going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE." He then defended himself by adding, "The funny thing is I actually can't be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also. You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda." Twitter responded by suspending Ye's account for violating its policies. 

He then said he was "happy" to have "crossed the line." In a chat with Piers Morgan, Ye admitted that his words were racist but wasn't sorry. Kanye then befriended white nationalist Nick Fuentes and appeared on Alex Jones' "Infowars." While on the show he praised the Nazis and said, "I like Hitler."

'Uncalled for' intro

Luke Bryan goes on rant about fellow country singer Dustin Lynch, STD tests

Luke Bryan is being skewered on social media after the "uncalled for" way he introduced fellow country singer Dustin Lynch at a music festival in Mexico.

During his Crash My Playa 2023 festival, the "American Idol" judge attempted to joke while hyping up his pal, who was set to play a set. However, fans felt something was lost in communication after Luke's unfriendly and bizarre introduction of Dustin, which referenced STD tests, drugs and drinking. 

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"No one has drank more liquor, no one has vomited more, no one has taken more drugs, no one has taken more IVs, no one has passed more STD tests than this next gentleman," Luke said. 

While Dustin tuned his guitar, Luke asked the "Ridin' Roads" singer if he had "a clean bill" of health and wanted to make sure he "does not have diseases."

Dustin didn't respond to Luke's line up questioning and began his set when the rant was over. He made no reference to it during the set. 

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Soon after, though, social media began ripping the "Roller Coaster" singer, saying the introduction was "uncalled for."

"I love luke but he sounded like an idiot making that introduction good grief," one person wrote on TikTok, according to Page Six. Another added, "I am beyond disappointed in what Luke said about Dustin that was not cool at all."

One person urged others to share Luke's comments in an attempt to shame him. 

Some on social media pointed out that the two men are close friends, so Luke was just razzing his pal. 

Dustin, for what it's worth, didn't seem too fazed, as he shared a video from the weekend to Twitter.

"Well, that was a time," he captioned the snippet from the festival.

Photo finish

Lisa Marie Presley's daughter Riley Keough shares photo from their last moments together

Riley Keough's final moments with her late mother, Lisa Marie Presley, were picture perfect. 

The "Mad Max: Fury Road" star took to Instagram on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to honor her mother and share a photo from the last time she saw her mother. 

"I feel blessed to have a photo of the last time I saw my beautiful mama," she captioned the post, adding she was "grateful" that pal Georgie Flores took the snap. 

The photo shows the mother and daughter dining at a restaurant, but the location wasn't shared, nor was the date.

Georgie, the woman who took the photo, replied, "I love you both with my entire heart."

Lisa Marie, the only child of Elvis Presley, died on January 12, following a cardiac episode. Lisa's mother, Priscilla Presley, announced the sad news. 

"It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us," Priscilla said of her 54-year-old daughter. "She was the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known."

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Lisa was laid to rest at Graceland on Sunday, Jan. 22. During the memorial service, Riley, 33, revealed in an open letter that she and husband Ben Smith-Petersen had secretly welcomed a daughter

"Thank you for showing me love is the only thing that matters in this life," Riley's husband said while reading the letter. "I hope I can love my daughter the way you loved me, the way you loved my brother and my sisters."

"Thank you for giving me strength, my heart, my empathy, my courage, my sense of humor, my manners, my temper, my wildness, my tenacity," the speech continued. "I'm a product of your heart, my sisters are a product of your heart, my brother is a product of your heart."

Dating app issue

Catfishing drama got Sam Smith kicked off dating apps

Sam Smith's love life is not being app-assisted. 

The "Stay With Me" crooner, who uses they/them pronouns, was given the boot from multiple dating apps after the companies didn't believe the singer's accounts were authentic. 

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"I never did Grindr," the Grammy winner told "ET Canada." "I did Tinder once; I think I got chucked off of Tinder. I got chucked off of Hinge because they thought that I wasn't me."

To be fair, the apps had reason to be suspicious, as Sam admits to not "verifying" the profiles. 

"I should have done that," they said.

Sam did note that if they are allowed to join the dating app world again, their bio picture would likely be of their dog Velma.

"She taught me how to love," they said of the four-legged friend. "I really feel like I don't think I loved anyone other than my family and friends and stuff. … She's really taught me that. I miss her loads, by the way; I haven't seen her in ages."

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The "Unholy" singer — who says they've "always been able to date" — is tightlipped about their current romantic life, but recent report have linked Sam to designer Christian Cowan.

"I've only had three boyfriends. All of them, equally, were just incredible teachers," Sam told British GQ last year, but added that they don't necessarily need another teacher.  "I direct them to me myself. Because I know who I am. And it's beautiful. Every single relationship is different. Every two people are different. And I think it's just learning your own language together."