sexuality reveal

Jameela Jamil comes out as 'queer' on Twitter

Jameela Jamil has come out as queer.

The "Good Place" star took to Twitter on Wednesday to officially reveal her sexuality. The personal reveal comes after HBO Max announced that she would be involved in a "9-episode unscripted voguing competition series." The casting prompted many in the LBGTQ community to voice their displeasure, claiming that the show should be filled with members of its community.

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"Twitter is brutal. This is why I never officially came out as queer," she began her lengthy and emotional post. "I added a rainbow to my name when I felt ready a few years ago, as it's not easy within the south Asian community to be accepted, and I always answered honestly if ever straight-up asked about it on Twitter. But I kept it low because I was scared of the pain of being accused of performative bandwagon jumping, over something that caused me a lot of confusion, fear and turmoil when I was a kid."

She continued, "I didn't come from a family with *anyone* openly out. It's also scary as an actor to openly admit your sexuality, especially when you're a brown female in your thirties. This is absolutely not how I wanted it to come out. I'm jumping off this hell app for a while because I don't want to read mean comments dismissing this. You can keep your thoughts."

In its announcement, HBO said that Jamella was the MC of the show, but she has said that that's inaccurate, claiming the role is actually going to "Pose" star Dashaun Wesle.

"I know that being queer doesn't qualify me as ballroom," she wrote. "But I have privilege and power and a large following to bring to this show, (as does the absolutely iconic Megan Tee Stallion,) and it's [sic] beautiful contestants and ballroom hosts. Sometimes it takes those with more power to help a show get off the ground so we can elevate marginalized stars that deserve the limelight and give them a chance."

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"I'm not the MC. I'm not the main host," she continued. "I'm just a lead judge due to my 11 years of hosting experience, being fully impartial, a newcomer to ballroom (like much of the audience will be) and therefore a window in for people who are just discovering it now, and being a long time ally of the lgbtq community."

Clothing choice

Kanye West dons 'White Lives Matter' shirt with woman who once dubbed Kim Kardashian a 'prostitute'

Kanye West is again making a shocking statement, and he's linking arms with a woman who recently demonized his ex-wife.

On Monday, Oct. 3, the rapper donned a shirt bearing the words "White Lives Matter" across the back. Not only was Kanye wearing the shirt, but so did right-wing commentator Candace Owens.

Candace even shared a Twitter image showing her and Ye linking arms in the attire. Candace provided no caption, instead letting the picture speak for itself. 

The pairing, while not hugely surprising, comes just weeks after Candace went on a tangent about Kim and her mother, Kris Jenner. 

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"Kim Kardashian is a billionaire today, and she is, by the way, still selling sex," Candace said on her Daily Wire show on Sept. 15. "I now hold the opinion that Kim Kardashian is a prostitute. And I'm not going to edit this opinion: Kim Kardashian is a prostitute; her mother is a pimp — worse than a prostitute."

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Kanye, for that matter, has sided with conservative politics for several years, which wasn't always the case. In 2005, he famously declared, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." However, 10 years later, Ye aligned himself with Donald Trump and was often seen sporting a Make America Great Again hat, a show of support for the former POTUS.

After wearing the "White Lives Matter" slogan, conservatives predictably applauded the clothing. Liberals predictably slammed the duo for the clothing choices.

Feast of friends

Howard Stern goes out to dinner for first time since pandemic

Following two years of being a staunch homebody, Howard Stern is back in public — and maskless!

Page Six reported that the famous radio shock jock went out to dinner in public over the weekend for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

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In a photo from the evening, Howard was joined him his wife and a bevy of A-list pals, including Jennifer Aniston, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Hamm, Justin Theroux and Jason Bateman. 

A source at Brooklyn, New York, restaurant Laser Wolf told Page Six, "Howard was there without even a mask. They all sat at a large table, Howard was seated next to Jimmy and also at one point seemed to be in deep conversation with Jon Hamm. Stern told restaurant staff this was his first night out since the start of the pandemic."

Howard, a noted germaphobe, has been open about his COVUD-inspired reclusively. In March 2020, he recorded his SiriusXM radio show from his house, which he once described as a "bunker" for "apocalypse broadcasts." He also made friends take COVID tests before visiting him or coming into his sprawling house.

"For me, [COVID] is still going on and I haven't left my house. I can't figure out how to integrate myself," he said in November 2021. "I've been locked up so long and I haven't gotten COVID. I'm afraid I'll be the one a****** who gets COVID and I'll die. Even though people don't seem to be dying that much [anymore]."

Scientology situation

U.S. Supreme Court makes decision in Danny Masterson, Scientology lawsuit

The United States Supreme Court shut down Church of Scientology's request to keep a Danny Masterson lawsuit out of the public eye.

Back in 2019, four women and one of their husbands filed a civil lawsuit against the controversial church, claiming they were being harassed, stalked and surveilled after accusing the "That '70s Show" star  — a prominent Scientologist — of sexual assault.

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Scientology argued that the lawsuit should be handled by church's private arbitration, citing the fact that the accusers — all former members — signed contracts barring them from suing the church. The Church won its initial plea, but the California appeals court overturned the ruling earlier this year.

"We hold that once petitioners had terminated their affiliation with the Church, they were not bound to its dispute resolution procedures to resolve the claims at issue here, which are based on alleged tortious conduct occurring after their separation from the Church and do not implicate resolution of ecclesiastical issues," wrote California's Second Appellate Court.

On Monday, Oct. 3, the SCOTUS said it would not take up the case and let the appellate court's decision stand, Deadline reported. 

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Still, the lawsuit will likely stay on hold for some time, as the actor will first stand trial next week in Los Angeles Superior Court over criminal rape charges involving three of the four women suing him.

On June 17, 2020 the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged Danny with raping three women in separate incidents in 2001 and 2003 at his Hollywood Hills home. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the DA's office declined to file sexual assault charges against the former "The Ranch" star in two other investigations due to insufficient evidence in one case and because the statute of limitations had passed for the other. Los Angeles police began investigating the actor, who maintains his innocence, in 2017.

If convicted on all charges, the actor faces 45 years to life behind bars.

Health concern

Legendary Vegas magician Teller undergoes open-heart surgery

Teller, one half of the legendary magical duo Penn & Teller, underwent open-heart surgery recently, his team confirmed. 

It's unknown what forced Teller, 74, to undergo triple-bypass surgery. However, the duo has since postponed a series of shows while Teller recovers.

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"Teller underwent bypass surgery on [Oct. 29} here in Las Vegas and is resting and recovering well," the duo's manger told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Under doctor's orders, he will be off stage over the next several weeks with an eye towards returning to performances in late November or early December."

Although Penn & Teller travel the country to perform, Las Vegas is their home, as they've had a residency act there for over 20 years. 

Teller, the silent half of the FX's "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" stars, has dealt with health issues in the past, as he underwent three back surgeries over 18 months in 2018 and 2019. At the time, it was reported that Teller's spine injury was a result of his physically-taxing tricks.

Penn & Teller have performed more than 12,000 shows since first partnering in 1975.

Box office flop

Billy Eichner seems to blame homophobia for 'Bros' box office flop

Billy Eichner seems to be blaming straight people for the dismal box office receipts of his new gay rom-com.

The comedian had high hopes for "Bros," which he co-wrote and executive produced. After the first weekend of the highly-publicized film being in theaters, reports indicated that the movie only hauled in $4.8 million in the United States and Canada. It was expected to far exceed that number. 

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On Sunday, Oct. 2, Billy took to Twitter to explain the lower-than-expected turnout, and he all but blamed homophobia. 

"Even with glowing reviews, great Rotten Tomatoes scores, an A CinemaScore etc, straight people, especially in certain parts of the country, just didn't show up for Bros. And that's disappointing but it is what it is," Billy wrote. "That's just the world we live in, unfortunately."

In the pre-release marketing effort, Billy leaned heavily into the fact that the film was the first of its kind, as it featured an entirely LGBTQIA+ cast.

"Everyone who ISN'T a homophobic weirdo should go see BROS tonight! You will have a blast!," the "Billy on the Street" star continued on Twitter.  "And it *is* special and uniquely powerful to see this particular story on a big screen, esp for queer folks who don't get this opportunity often. I love this movie so much. GO BROS!!!"

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Billy claimed that the audiences who did see the film are loving it. 

"Last night I snuck in and sat in the back of a sold out theater playing 'Bros' in LA," he wrote. "The audience howled with laughter start to finish, burst into applause at the end and some were wiping away tears as they walked out. It was truly magical. Really. I am VERY proud of this movie."

Home damage

'Queen of Versailles' Florida mega-mansion sustains massive damage from Hurricane Ian

The Orlando mega-mansion at the center of the "The Queen of Versailles" documentary has been absolutely ravaged by Hurricane Ian, and its owner estimates damages could exceed $10 million.

"Versailles is a DISASTER! Water flooded the house and we can't even wrap our heads around the damage. Luckily we're ok," Jackie Siegel, known as the "The Queen of Versailles," tweeted on Friday, Sept. 30. 

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Jackie shared images and videos of the damage with TMZ, and they show several inches of standing water filling most of the ground floor. In addition, portions of the ceiling caved in and have significant water damage. Just before Hurricane Ian, workers finished laying 24-carat gold molding in the living room and pieces of it are on the floor. The outdoor patio was also under several inches of water. 

"There's a flood coming into Versailles," she said in a video. "My back patio is a giant lake and all this water is coming into Versailles… This whole place is soaked."

TMZ said Jackie has begun the process of pumping water outside of the home, which is costing $100,000.

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Modeled after the Palace of Versailles in France, the Siegel family home is rather infamous, largely due to the aforementioned 2012 documentary, which showcased the construction of the 90,000-square-foot mansion. Once dubbed the largest single-family house in America, the home has been under construction since 2004, but due to a series of setbacks over the last 18 years the family has yet to spend a night there. 

Prior to Ian, Jackie and her husband, Westgate Resorts founder David Siegel, hoped to finish construction by 2023. Because of damages from the hurricane, that date has been pushed back. While the home's been under construction, the Siegel's have been living in a home about a mile away from Versailles.

Marriage woes?

Carrie Underwood's upcoming tour plans are fueling marriage trouble: Report

Carrie Underwood's marriage is hanging by a thread and her upcoming tour is at the center of the discord, claims a new report.

A source tells RadarOnline that Carrie's husband, Mike Fisher, is growing tired of being a stay-at-home dad and wants to pursue a career as a professional hockey coach. The country music singer, though, is not a fan of Mike, a former NHL player, traveling so much again. Instead, she wants him to travel with her and their children — Isaiah, 7, and Jacob, 3 — on her upcoming 43-date concert tour, her longest concert trek ever.

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"Carrie says she can't function without her family with her on tour, and she doesn't want to slough the kids off on a babysitter," the source said. "But for Mike, when he goes along on Carrie's tours, it's a lot of chasing their kids around!"

Mike, Radar alleges, is beginning to see his 12-year marriage as one-sided. 

"Mike gets a lot of offers to go into coaching. But when he brings it up to Carrie, she says absolutely not," the friend said. "She reminds him when he was playing traveling all over North America, they barely saw each other."

After a 20-year NHL career, Mike retired in 2018. Still, he wants to be around the game, which has left their marriage at a crossroads, claims the report.

"He has dreams too," the source reportedly close to the couple said. "You just feel if the two of them can't reach a happy medium in their personal and professional lives, their marriage is doomed!"

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This is hardly the first time the couple has been hit with marriage-trouble rumors. This time, though, fans are pointing to Mike's absence from Carrie's Instagram. Although Mike did appear in a Sept. 15 post, the video was actually a throwback from three years earlier. Prior to that, Mike was seen in a June photo on Carrie's Instagram — that was also a throwback. Further, Mike was not with Carrie at a taping of CMT Giants earlier this month, but they did recently have a date night. He also attended the Grammy Awards with her in April.

"She puts on a happy show for the cameras, but there's a lot going on behind the scenes," a source told OK Magazine in June. "If you ask people who know them, they'll say [their marriage] is far from picture perfect. The truth is they've had issues for years."

Forever remembered

Sarah Jessica Parker pens touching tribute to stepdad after sudden passing

Sarah Jessica Parker is paying tribute and bidding farewell to her late stepfather, Paul Giffin Forste.

On Friday, the "Sex and the City" alum shared a black-and-white photo of Paul, who passed away this week.

"Godspeed. RIP," she captioned the image. "Strong like a bull. Til the end. At home and among all those who loved you dearly, you will be missed always."

She added, "We will take good care of Mommy, who you worshipped for 54 years. X, SJ."

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SJP caused some confusion when she pulled out of the New York City Ballet's 10th Annual Fall Fashion Gala on Sept. 28, in which she was being honored. Shortly after, a source told Page Six that the 11th hour decision to withdraw was due to a "sudden devastating family situation." 

Then, on Sept. 29, SJP announced she pulled out to be by the side of her stepfather during his final breaths. 

"Our family is sad to announce that after an unexpected and rapid illness, Paul Giffin Forste passed away yesterday at age 76," the "Sex and the City" star's family said in a Sept. 29 statement. "In his last moments he was surrounded with the love and gratitude of his adored wife Barbara of 54 years, and children, including Sarah Jessica Parker." The statement continued, "Paul will be remembered with the spirit of loving kindness which was his faith, his special delight in his 13 grandchildren, and his sustained belief in making the world a more charitable, tolerant, and beautiful place for all."

Who's in charge?

10-year-old email about control of Anne Heche's estate at center of feud between her son, ex

Anne Heche's death is continuing to cause quite the family feud. 

Following her death, Anne's 20-year-old son, Homer Laffoon, filed a petition to be named executor of her estate, and he asked that he and his half-brother, Atlas Tupper, be their mother's sole heirs. 

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Shortly after, Anne's ex-boyfriend, fellow "Men In Trees" actor James Tupper, submitted an email that the actress supposedly sent him in 2011, an email wherein Anne asked him to run her estate. 

"FYI in case I die tomorrow and anyone asks. My wishes are that all of my assets go to the control of Mr. James Tupper to be used to raise my children and then given to the children," she supposedly wrote. 

Homer is now fighting against that email, saying it wasn't a legal document and should be illegitimate, Page Six reports. In fact, he says Anne commonly sent messages like this. 

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In his court filing, Homer acknowledges that the email is real, but said it "fails to satisfy the legal requirements for a valid formal witnessed will" because it "was not signed by [Heche] and does not have two witnesses who signed the document during [her] lifetime."

He added, "Mr. Tupper repeatedly refers to the email … as a 'will.' However — as a matter of law — the email does not qualify as either a holographic will or formal witnessed will."

Anne and James dated for 10 years and share 13-year-old Atlas, but the duo had not been together in the four years leading up to her death.

"This document, which fails to qualify as a will on the same basis as the email … makes no reference whatsoever to Mr. Tupper, which is not surprising given their acrimonious breakup in 2018," Homer argues.

Homer said Anne even sent a similar email to a bookkeeper after contacting COVID-19 in 2020.

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In his argument to be executor, James said Homer is unemployed and too young to be given the responsibility of managing his mother's funds. He also said Homer and Anne were estranged, and insisted that the 20-year-old has had no contact with his half-brother since Anne's death. James further alleged that Homer changed the locks on the home Anne and Atlas shared, preventing the teen from gaining access to his belongings inside. 

Homer's augments are "unfounded personal attacks" and "frivolous legal claims," James said.