Staying put

Julie Chen won't leave 'Big Brother' in wake of husband's sexual misconduct scandal

Julie Chen made headlines on Sept. 18 when she announced that she was leaving "The Talk," which she's co-hosted for nearly a decade, in the wake of the sexual misconduct scandal that forced husband Les Moonves to step down from his role as chairman and CEO of CBS.

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Julie has also long hosted "Big Brother" for the same network — but as far as that gig is concerned, she's not going anywhere, says TMZ, which reports that she wants to stay at "BB" and that CBS won't ask her to leave because "the network does not want to punish Julie for her husband Les Moonves' alleged misdeeds," CBS insiders confirm.

According to TMZ, Julie, 48, is going to finish out the current 20th season of "BB" and will return for a 21st season next year if the show is renewed, which seems likely considering that ratings are good.

However, a source close to the program tells Us Weekly that though some production staff want Julie to stay on if the series is picked up, "the network has also been quietly putting out feelers" for a new host, Us writes, in case Julie does not come back.

Names that have been floated, Us reports, include "Big Brother" Season 2 winner Dr. Will Kirby, "Celebrity Big Brother" runner-up Ross Mathews and "Big Brother Canada" host Arisa Cox, though a second source close to the program tells Us that CBS would likely seek a more well-known name or possibly even rebrand the whole series.

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Julie's decision to leave "The Talk" was her idea and did not happen because of any pressure from CBS, reports TMZ. In explaining why she was exiting, Julie said in a taped statement — as co-hosts Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Eve and guest co-host Carrie Ann Inaba looked on — "Right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and young son." Julie and Les, 68, share son Charlie, who turns 9 later this month.

In the wake of sexual harassment and assault allegations made against her husband, Julie initially took a break from "The Talk," which debuted its new season earlier in September. She's since made it clear she supports Les — who's vehemently denied the claims made against him — and will continue to stand by him as CBS continues its internal investigation.

TMZ reports that "it makes sense" that Julie chose "BB" over "The Talk" because the reality competition show's shooting schedule is much less demanding than the daytime talk show's schedule, which gives her back the time she says she wants. TMZ also points out that since "The Talk" discusses topical subjects — like sexual harassment in Hollywood — things could venture into uncomfortable territory that Julie doesn't want to have to wade into.


In August and early September, The New Yorker published stories by journalist Ronan Farrow in which a total of 12 women detailed alleged bad behavior they say Les committed over the decades.

"The appalling accusations in this article are untrue," the longtime TV exec said in a statement following the publication of the second story on Sept. 9. "What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations."

Break-in attempt

Masked man attempts break-in at Sandra Lee's home

A masked man was caught on video trying to break into Sandra Lee's home twice last month, according to new reporting. 

People magazine said a doorbell camera shows a masked man attempting to get inside the Food Network star's front door twice within a 20-minute period early on Feb. 11. The attempted break-in came just days after Sandra revealed that she had a Bob Mackie coat that was once worn by Cher on the "Sonny and Cher Show."

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It doesn't appear that the would-be thief gained entry, and it didn't appear that anything was taken from the home.

Sandra, who wasn't home at the time, didn't recognize the man in the doorbell camera video. She has since increased security and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is said to be investigating the incident.

Last year, Sandra split with embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and moved out of the home they shared. On social media on December, she said she "decided to get back to me."

Sandra, who dated the governor for 14 years, has not commented publicly on the recent sexual harassment claims levied his way, nor has she spoken about the nursing home scandal in which he's accused of underreporting COVID-related deaths.

Surgery possibility

Viral Olympian McKayla Maroney my need surgery for kidney stones

Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney is feeling better after her recent hospitalization for kidney stones, but she's not out of the woods yet. The 25-year-old still might need surgery. 


The viral star updated her health condition on one of her two Instagram pages, saying the medical episode was a "wildcard" she didn't foresee.

"February ended with quite a bang for me! I was rushed to the ER in excruciating pain, and there I found out I have a few large kidney stones!! Yikes," she said on social media alongside a video of a tranquil waterfall. "I'm still waiting to meet with a specialist, because I might need some surgery — I'm not sure yet!"

She continued, "Thankfully I have stopped throwing up, and I'm experiencing no pain today! Just drinking tons of water!"

In the early morning hours of Feb. 25, the infamous athlete posted a photo of the Benjamin & Carmela Du Emergency Pavilion in Orange County, California. She later posted images from a hospital bed on her Instagram Story and spoke about the pain she was experiencing in her back and stomach.

In her new post, McKayla said life was moving quickly before the kidney stones, but she's now happy with a slower pace.

"I love when life pulls a wild card, and I'm forced to adjust. It puts all the little stresses I previously had into perspective," she penned. "My goal this month is to go with flow. I'm excited to try out a new more relaxed mindset!"

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McKayla was a member of the 2012 gold medal-winning United States Olympics team that was dubbed the "Fierce Five." She also won an individual silver medal on the vault. At the ceremony during which she received her silver medal, McKayla seemed less than thrilled with the results — she memorably appeared unimpressed while pictured on the podium, creating one of the most viral moments of the year. She later recreated her "not impressed" look with then-President Barack Obama during a visit to the White House.


Since retiring from competitive gymnastics, McKayla has acted on several TV shows, including "Hart of Dixie" and "Bones." She's also played herself on several other programs.

hair care

The one thing Ashley Judd wants after 'harrowing' rainforest incident

Following her traumatic experience in the Congo rainforest, Ashley Judd has just one simple request: she wants to wash her hair. 

Nearly three weeks ago, the actress revealed that she shattered her leg and nearly lost it after she tripped over a fallen tree while in the Congo, where she was tracking bonobos, an endangered species of great apes. On Feb. 16, she posted several photos of herself being carried out of the jungle via a hammock and driven out on a scooter. It took more than two days for her to receive professional medical help.

She has since undergone an eight-hour surgery to repair nerve damage in her leg, which was broken in four places.

As she heals, Ashley's famous sister said the "Double Jeopardy" actress just wants a rinse.

"I was looking up how to wash hair for someone who's lying down in bed because she texted me, 'Can you wash my hair?" Wynonna Judd told Page Six. "Therein lies the job of a big sister right there. She said, 'I have a request. Can you wash my hair?' I said, 'sure,' so I'm looking up ways to wash someone's hair lying down."

The famous country singer said Ashley is "still processing" the accident. 

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Last week, Ashley posted a video of herself walking again with the assistance of a walker. She also profusely thanked the medical teams who helped her.

"Let us always remember those without insurance," she wrote on Instagram. "Let us remember those who do not have choices. Let us remember those who are lonely and afraid."

Medical emergency

Dr. Oz reportedly saves man's life at airport using CPR, defibrillator

Dr. Mehmet Oz is being hailed as a hero after saving a man's life at a New Jersey airport.

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TMZ reports that a man collapsed face down at baggage claim in the Newark Airport on March 1. Dr. Oz just happened to be in the baggage claim area and sprung into action. 

Oz, the report says, rolled the man, cleared his airway and began giving CPR. He eventually started using a defibrillator. TMZ said the man "flatlined," but Oz shocked him back to life using the defibrillator. A Port Authority police officer helped Oz during the rescue.

A photo from the emergency shows a crowd looking on after medical personnel arrived.

It's believed that the man suffered a heart attack and is recovering in a New Jersey hospital. He is reportedly doing "okay" and Oz has been in touch with the man's wife, who was traveling with him.

Oz has not publicly commented on the incident.

Australian annoyance

Rose Byrne will 'snap' if she gets asked this question again…

Rose Byrne has been asked a lot of things by reporters and fans over the years, but one question continues to come up — usually from fans — and it drives her crazy. 


While on the "Ladies First" podcast, the "Neighbors" actress said she's sick of being asked about the Australian outback and its animals. 

"People are just fascinated with the Australian outback and the wildlife and the dangerous animals and so on and so forth," she said, adding that she doesn't know much about the country's famous wildness because she's a "city girl."

"It's as foreign to me as it is to them, because I grew up in the city," an animated Rose said. "I'm a city mouse. I love living in cities."

"I'm going to snap," she joked. "If you ask me about a kangaroo…"

Although the Emmy-nominated actress was born in Sydney, she's spent the better part of two decades in New York City. She and her husband of nine years, Bobby Cannavale, recently traveled back to her native country while he filmed his Hulu limited series "Nine Perfect Strangers," which is is produced by Nicole Kidman. 

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The couple has since returned to the United States. Last month, Rose was seen filming her Apple TV+ dramedy "Physical" in Los Angeles.

Divorce filing

'Fantastic Four' actor files for divorce after decision to 'leave' family

"Fantastic Four" actor Ioan Gruffudd has filed for divorce from his wife of 13 years, "The Mentalist" star Alice Evans.

The filing was merely a formality at this point, as the actor had already made the decision to "leave" his family earlier this year.

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The Blast reported on March 2 that Ioan filed the docs in Los Angeles, but it's unclear if Alice is asking for child support or spousal support or whether the estranged couple had a prenuptial agreement.

On Jan. 25, Alice announced the split on Twitter in fairly dramatic fashion. "Sad news. My believed husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week," the actress wrote, according to screen grabs published by Page Six. "Me and our young daughters girls are very confused and sad. We haven't been given a reason except that he 'no longer loves me.'"

The tweet was quickly deleted. However, Alice claimed afterward that she didn't take down the tweet and alleged that Ioan, who many know from his bit role in "Titanic," deleted it. 

"I didn't delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving. He did. From my account," she said on Jan. 26. "And hell yes when I am being gaslit and mentally tortured then hell yes I will wash my linen in public."

Ioan and Alice, who met on the set of "102 Dalmatians" in 2000, share daughters Ella and Elsie 7.

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In her tweets, Alice implied that she was blindsided by Ioan's decision in late January. Friends and family, though, didn't seem shocked

Ioan's father, Peter Griffiths, told the Daily Mail he was "aware" of issues between the former long-term couple, so the split wasn't a "complete surprise."

"I have spoken to Ioan and we are of course incredibly sad but I do not want to go into too much detail," he said. "We are very sad, particularly for our two granddaughters. It is just very sad, but these things do happen and marriages do end."

Additionally, a source close to Alice noted that tension had been building. 

"Obviously there is a lot of trouble there and obviously he's keeping a lid on it. She's probably very upset to go so far publicly with it. There is a feeling that there's probably another person involved," the friend said. "Alice is quite a smart cookie, so her going public might be her way of trying to smoke somebody out, if you get my drift, and create a bit of scandal to expose any infidelity."

Another friend was "not at all surprised" by the marriage is imploding, the Mail said.

love lines

MLB star addresses romance with Vanessa Hudgens: 'I love her'

Cole Tucker continues to gush over his No. 1 fan: girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens.

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The actress and the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder have been linked since November 2020, and they went Instagram official on Valentine's Day. During a spring training media session, Cole was asked about his burgeoning romance. 

"I got a girlfriend and she's cool," he said. "She's awesome — I love her."

Still, Cole didn't want his love life to overshadow what he does on the baseball field. 

"I don't want it to be, 'Oh, Cole's dating Vanessa…,' I don't want it to be treated any differently than Mitch [Keller] having his wife down or Ke'Bryan [Hayes] having his girlfriend come down. She's great," he said. "She'll be around. You will see her but you saw the headline, it is what it is."

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Vanessa was first seen cuddling with the baseball stud during a date in Los Angeles. Paparazzi photos showed Vanessa, 32, and Cole, 24, holding hands and embracing following a romantic dinner. Soon, they were consistently commenting on each other's social media and "liking" each other's pictures.

On Feb. 14, the "High School Musical" actress confirmed the relationship, sharing an Instagram photo of the duo kissing. 

"It's you, it's me, it's us," she captioned the image. 

Cole posted a different image with Vanessa that same day. 

Vanessa replied, "Melted."

say what?

Amelia Gray Hamlin's views on older men resurface amid Disick romance

Just after Amelia Gray Hamlin referred to Scott Disick as her "dream man" on Instagram, her comments from four years ago about dating older men resurfaced. Let's just say she's had a change of heart. 

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In a 2016 clip from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin's older daughter, Delilah Belle Hamlin, who was 18 at the time, bemoaned that her parents don't understand technology or apps.

Said Amelia, "Or maybe it's because you're 18 talking about getting 35-year-old men. … It's just a thought."

Delilah denies trying to date a 35-year-old man, claiming that's "way too old."

The comments would have easily gone unnoticed had it not been for Amelia's romance with 37-year-old Scott Disick. Amelia, for the record, is 19 years old — meaning there's an 18-year age gap between her and Scott.

Amelia has been rather defensive of her relationship ever since rumors of the romance began in October 2020. A few months later, she clapped back at "extra weird and judgmental people."

"People can embrace themselves however they feel fit for them at that moment in time," she wrote on her Instagram Story. "People grow. People learn to love themselves more and more."


The couple went "Instagram official" on Valentine's Day, and Amelia recently spent time with Scott's three children during a vacation in Miami. On Feb. 28, she posted a photo with Scott and called him, "My Dream Man."

Making moves

Jason Kennedy, longtime fan favorite at E!, out after 16 years

Jason Kennedy's days at E! are over. 

The television personality announced that he has parted ways with the network — where he's worked for nearly 16 years.

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On March 1, Jason posted a collage of images from his time at E! to Instagram. 

"I don't think it's possible to sum up 16 amazing years. I've had the time of my life at E!. Most recently, I loved being the host of 'In the Room,' but COVID restrictions made it impossible to capture interviews with celebrities in a more personal setting, so I've decided to explore new opportunities," he captioned the post. "I'm leaving with a grateful and full heart thinking about my experience, and the lifelong friendships I've made along the way. I have a slate of exciting projects that I've been working really hard on and I can't wait to share more with you soon. Thank you for all your support over the years, love you guys!"

Jason and E! launched "In The Room" last summer to tremendous fanfare, but ratings somewhat lagged and the entire staff of the show was let go. During his time at E!, Jason was a weekend anchor and a reporter. He then worked alongside Giuliana Rancic as the co-host of E! News, the flagship show that was canceled over the summer. He also often worked alongside Giuliana at several award shows. 

Following his social media announcement, several of Jason's E! co-workers showered him with support in the comments section.