Billion dollar biz

Is Kim Kardashian's cosmetics line really worth $1 billion?

Kim Kardashian West's beauty line, KKW, has partnered with a huge cosmetics conglomerate, but the real news is how much the brand is supposedly worth.

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TMZ reports Coty Inc. made a $200 million investment for a 20 percent stake in KKW, meaning Coty values the brand at a cool $1 billion.

Under the agreement, the cosmetics conglomerate will act as a licensee for skin, hair, personal and nail products for the KKW brand.

"This relationship will allow me to focus on the creative elements that I'm so passionate about while benefiting from the incredible resources of Coty, and launching my products around the world," Kim told TMZ.

The deal has apparently been in the works for months. 

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Kim and the Kardashian-Jenner family are very familiar with Coty. In November 2019, Kylie Jenner sold Coty a 51 percent stake in her hugely successful Kylie Cosmetics brand for $600 million.

As the majority owner, Kim will still call the shots in regards to KKW under the terms of her new deal.

The Coty transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021.

The Kardashian-Jenner family has been moving full speed ahead in the beauty world. Kylie Cosmetics includes not only Kylie's makeup line, but it also houses Khloe Kardashian's Koko Kollection. Kendall Jenner is also preparing to launch a makeup collection called Kendall By Kylie Cosmetics. Likewise, in mid-June, Kim's husband, Kanye West, filed trademarks to get in on the beauty and fragrance businesses, too.

Book details

Sunny Hostin thinks she's treated differently at ABC because of race

Sunny Hostin is not treated the same way as the other hosts of "The View," she says in her upcoming book, and she thinks it has to do with her race.

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While promoting her new memoir, "I Am These Truths," Sunny spoke to Ronan Farrow and implied that she feels a bit like the odd woman out on "The View" panel. In giving examples, she said that unlike the other women, she was never given a formal introduction as a panelist.

"I was sort of guest hosting, guest hosting, and then just… was there," she said.

She also said she gets ready away from the other women. 

"I was given a dressing room on a different floor; and I noticed that other co-hosts that came on after I came on were given dressing rooms on the main floor with everyone else," she said. 

Sunny, who in addition to her "The View" duties also serves as Senior Legal Correspondent and Analyst for ABC News, was asked if these perceived slights were due to her race.

"I think I was treated differently than a white woman would have been treated," she told Ronan. "It's those little indignities that make you feel and question whether or not you are being treated differently; whether or not the expectations for you are just different."

"And you wonder: am I being crazy? Am I being sensitive? Am I playing the race card? And I decided that it felt wrong to not tell the truth… to paint this rosy picture," she continued, referring to her book. 

These affronts, she said, are what Black men and women "deal with every single day in different scales."

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Sunny is fiercely proud of her book. ABC, however, is more nervous, and wanted Sunny to censor her book.

"They were concerned about how it made the network look," she said. 

Initially, Sunny did as ABC wanted, but ultimately decided she wanted an uncensored version of her story to be told. 

"I called the publisher and I said I have something else to say, and that was probably the hardest part of the book because my employer didn't know that I was doing that," she said. "But I did it, and it felt good to do it because I think the foreword is hopeful but it's truthful."

Plastic surgery

'Housewives' star gets nose job: 'I'm not trying to hide anything'

"Real Housewives of New York City" star Leah McSweeney has revealed that she recently got a nose job.

The reality TV star said fans were asking about bruises on her face, so she came clean, posting a video to her Instagram Story while showing off the short-term after effects and a bandaged nose. 


"People are [messaging] me like crazy inquiring why I have black eyes, asking me if I got a nose job, asking me if I got beat up. I am not trying to hide anything from anybody," she said. "I got a rhinoplasty and a septoplasty and I could not be happier."

Leah said this was far from a spur of the moment thing, saying she's wanted a nose job for "so freaking long."

"Now I can also breathe, which is great. And I love my doctor. He's a great guy. He's an amazing doctor," she said, adding that she never wanted to secretly hide her plastic surgery with makeup. People who do that, she said, are "weird."

"I'm just never going to be one of those [women] that pretends like it's not work, it's contour makeup," she said.


Leah has long had an open relationship with her fans, having previously admitted to receiving Botox and getting her lips done.

The 38-year-old is currently in contract negotiations with Bravo about returning to the reality show.

Case of the munchies

Cardi B sparks pregnancy rumors after bizarre late night craving

Fans are wondering if Cardi B is eating for two due to an odd (and gross) late night diet choice.

On Sept. 20, the "WAP" rapper snapped a photo of her late night snack, along with the caption "Goodnight." The snack? Two chocolate chip cookies covered in ketchup.

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Fans were baffled at the craving. Even Lizzo was dumbfounded.

"Wait…. I was w ya on plantain w ketchup… but this?," she commented on Cardi's post. Another friend said, "Cardiiiiii nooooooo."

Naturally, others felt that the only logical explanation for the befuddling bite was pregnancy. 

"Are you pregnant?" one person asked. Another flatly said, "She's pregnant" due to the munchie. "U must be pregnant again," yet another said, echoing countless similar unfounded claims.

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Cardi already has one child, 2-year-old daughter Kulture, whom she shares with Migos rapper offset.

The chances of Cardi being pregnancy seem slim. Just last week she filed for divorce from Offset, her husband of three years. She has indicated that she wants the divorce to be amicable, and she amended the filing to indicate that. 

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A few days after her formal divorce filing, she opened up about the split, saying the marriage ended because of frequent arguing.

"I'm okay. I wanted to let y'all know I have not shed one tear," she said on Instagram Live.

There were rumors that Offset cheated on her, as well, but Cardi denied that speculation.

"I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man… sometimes you're just tired of the arguments and the build-up," she said. "You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave."

Weight loser

Wendy Williams shows off 25 lb. weight loss in return to studio

Quarantine does a body good…or at least that's what happened in Wendy Williams' case.

On Sept. 21, for the first time since March, the host returned to the studio of her eponymous daytime talk show and showed off a thinner body. She hopes that a potential suitor likes what he sees.

"I am using the show to fish. I mean, I'm doing this show for you, for me and everybody around here, but in the back of my mind I'm always wondering, I hope he's watching. I hope he'll call," she said. "I mean, I've lost 25 pounds!" 

Wendy, 56, said her weight loss wasn't planned, but she's not upset about it. 

"Look, and I didn't do it on purpose it's just that food became disgusting to me," she said.  "I was cooking at first and it was all good, I was shoveling stuff in my mouth."

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Wendy's food intake in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic was well-documented, as she often ate while filming her show from her home. "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" even dedicated a segment of its HBO show to Wendy's meals, which sometimes included odd combinations such as Doritos and caviar.

Wendy said she eventually got to the point where she was "done with food."

"Then I got my colonoscopy. TMI? Okay, look, TMI, maybe," she continued. "But take care of your health. I got my colonoscopy over quarantine and she asked me to get on a scale before they put me under … and she told me the weight and I was like, 'I haven't weighed this little since high school.'"

Wendy, who's divorce from Kevin Hunter became finalized in January, added, "I feel really good, but I'm just alone in my romance."


Ex 'Housewife' claims she was fired for BLM support

Claudia Jordan has filed a lawsuit against an alcohol company she formerly endorsed, claiming she was fired in 2018 because she supported the Black Lives Matter movement.


TMZ, which obtained the lawsuit, reports that the former "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star partnered with Biagio Cru and Estate Wines back in 2016 to promote Just Peachy in return for a small ownership stake and small percentage of the company's earnings.

The company, Claudia says, became an immediate success following her involvement, and she claims her name became synonymous with the brand. However, she says Biagio first tried to fire her in 2018 after she posted on social media about condemning police brutality against Black men and women. The company, she says, even commented that her views were "too slanted."


In the breach of contract lawsuit, she alleges that Biagio cut her off and stopped sending her financial statements. The brand, she argues, continues to use her likeness for Just Peachy although they never entered into an ownership deal.

Biagio acknowledges that they parted ways with the former reality TV star but denies that the parting of ways had anything to do with her stance on social justice issues. They argue that they terminated the partnership for "legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons; namely, dissatisfaction with Ms. Jordan's ability to boost sales in relevant markets."

Biagio added that they will "vigorously defend against the false claims asserted by Ms. Jordan and will pursue any and all appropriate legal actions associated with false and defamatory statements published by Ms. Jordan."

Claudia, TMZ notes, is asking for "hundreds of thousands or more in damages."

Dr. Dre's estranged wife accused of embezzlement

Attorneys for a company founded by Dr. Dre are accusing the rapper's estranged wife of criminal embezzlement, claiming she's draining that very company's business account to line her own pockets. The company, Record One, now wants her to pay the money back. Otherwise, they plan to take legal action.

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Back in 2015, Dre and Larry Chatman started Record One, a company operated by an LLC. Nicole Young, Dre's ex, was reportedly a trustee and signatory on the LLC's checking account. 

In the letter sent to Nicole, which was obtained by TMZ, attorneys for the LLC allege that Nicole wrote a $363,571.85 check to herself last month that "decimated" the company's bank account. The check was attached to the letter. 

The letter accuses Nicole of "blatant and unjustifiable criminal embezzlement of corporate funds," as well as a breach of her fiduciary duties, TMZ reports.

Record One is giving Nicole until Sept. 29 to return the money. If she doesn't, attorneys say she can expect a formal lawsuit. 


Nicole's layer denied any wrongdoing on the part of his client. 

"This is just a low-grade PR stunt by [Dr. Dre] and his team to try to change the fact that he was caught red-handed and sued for trying to cheat Nicole out of community property to which she is entitled," attorney Bryan Freedman said. "There is no question that Nicole had both the contractual and the legal right to have taken this action and Andre's team is well aware of this fact. Any suggestion she did something untoward is preposterous and pathetic."


The split between Dre, real name Andre Young, and Nicole has gotten incredibly contentious. 

In late June, Nicole filed for divorce from Dre, ending their 26-year relationship. Soon after, she alleged that she was forced to sign a prenuptial agreement (she also claimed Dre ripped up the paperwork a few years later, which he's denied).

Last week, she alleged that she co-owns some of Dre's most valuable assets — including the Dr. Dre name — and accused the hip hop mogul of hiding assets so that she can't get to them.

In her lawsuit, Nicole claims she "caught [Dre] secretly transferring valuable trademarks he owned with his wife … to a newly created asset holding company that he created and controlled after he expelled his wife from their home, and before he threatened to file divorce."

The trademarks, she believes, are community property.

Looming split

Kim Kardashian mulling divorce over Kanye West's abortion stance: Report

In July, Kanye West delivered emotional, bombastic and polarizing remarks at a campaign rally after announcing his decision to run for president. Among his headline-making comments was the revelation that he and wife Kim Kardashian West almost aborted their eldest child, daughter North, 7.

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Kanye — whom Kim strongly hinted was in the midst of a bipolar episode at the time — told the crowd that he changed his mind after God intervened and told him not to terminate the pregnancy. The rapper-designer told the audience, "So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought [our daughter] North into the world, even when I didn't want to. She stood up, and she protected that child." 

But according to a new report, Kim may yet divorce Kanye — and part of the reason is his stance on abortion, which changed after he embraced Christianity and was born again last year.

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Page Six spoke to a source who revealed that Kanye's bipolar disorder — he's previously spoken about not taking his prescribed medication — as well as his anti-abortion stance (Kim is pro-choice) have negatively affected their marriage.

"Kim has the whole divorce planned out," the source told Page Six, "but she's waiting for him to get through his latest episode."


That latest episode is believed to be behind some recent troubling tweets including one Kanye posted on Sept. 18 directed to his daughter in which he writes about being murdered. "NORTHY I AM GOING TO WAR AND PUTTING MY LIFE ON THE LINE AND IF I AM MURDERED DON'T EVER LET WHITE MEDIA TELL YOU I WASNT A GOOD MAN," he wrote on Twitter, adding, "WHEN PEOPLE THREATEN TO TAKE YOU OUT OF MY LIFE JUST KNOW I LOVE YOU."

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That came after he was briefly banned from the social media platform after posting a video of himself urinating on a Grammy Award that had been placed in a toilet. He captioned it, "Trust me… I WON'T STOP." The post came after he'd spent time tweeting about the unfairness of the music industry, specifically Universal Records.

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Kanye claimed he should be able to own the master copies of his songs and argued that Black entertainers and athletes aren't getting their fair share of profits. Kanye added that people don't speak up for fear of repercussion, something he's not afraid of. He claimed the reason that Universal won't sell him his master records is because the label knows he can afford them. He also uploaded copies of his 10 Universal Records contracts and implored "every lawyer in the world" to look at them. 

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In mid-August, a source told Us Weekly that Kim and Kanye were "in a better place" following a family vacation to the Dominican Republic earlier in the month — a trip that was described as a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. But clearly more has changed over the last month.

ICE arrest

'90 Day Fiancé' star arrested by ICE

"90 Day Fiancé" star Larissa Lima was arrested by ICE on Saturday, but she has since been released from custody.

TMZ confirmed on Sept. 19 that the reality TV star was taken into custody in Las Vegas, but it's not exactly clear why she was hauled in. The arrest came moments before she and her boyfriend, Eric Nichols, were set to move to Colorado Springs, Colorado. 


"Larissa's legal team is working meticulously on her release and clearing up this misunderstanding," her rep told TMZ.

Carmen Nys, who also appears on the reality TV show, wrote about the arrest on her Instagram Story, saying she and Eric watched agents take Larissa away.

"[Larissa] just got arrested by ICE when she was about to leave their house and move to Colorado," Carmen wrote. "We have no clue why."

Carmen added, "I want to let her family, fans and friends to know that we are going there right now and as soon as I have more info I will keep you guys posted."

After several hours of detainment, Larissa was released. She quickly posted a video to Instagram stating that ICE agents were nice and she's "good to go."

One day before the arrest, Larissa posted a photo with Eric next to a moving truck, implying that their move to Colorado was imminent.

"Time to say goodbye Vegas," she wrote. 

Larissa, a native of Brazil, has a spotty past that reportedly includes multiple arrests. On "Happily Ever After," Larissa spoke of her fear of being deported. 

Gender reveal

Lala Kent and Randall Emmett use skydiver to reveal gender of child

It's a bird, it's a plane… it's a girl!

On Sept. 19, Lala Kent and Randall Emmett discovered that they are having a little princess at their gender reveal party, a reveal that came via the sky.

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"We are having a baby GIRL!" the "Vanderpump Rules" star captioned a video that shows friends and family watching as a skydiver floats down with a pink parachute and pink streamers.

She later wrote on her Instagram Story, "I'm in love with you already and I can't wait to be your mama."


Earlier in the week, Randall and Lala spoke about how excited they were to find out the gender.

"5 days and counting to our gender reveal," the film producer wrote on Instagram alongside a video of himself and Lala speaking about their baby.

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The little girl will be the first child for the couple. Lala and Randall, who delayed their wedding plans amid the pandemic, announced on their podcast earlier this month that they are expecting.

"Today is my 30th birthday and I can't think of any other way to celebrate than with you guys coming through your headphones and speakers," Lala said at the time. "And for my 30th birthday, I had the best gift given to me, my body also helped out too… I am pregnant."