Serious surgery

Kevin Hart fractured spine in three places in car accident: New details on his injuries, recovery

Five days ago, comedian Kevin Hart was badly injured in a car accident near his Calabasas, California, home. Now new details have emerged about the nature of his injuries and his recovery.

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TMZ previously reported that Kevin underwent major back surgery on Sept. 1. Now the outlet has revealed that during the operation, surgeons repaired three spinal fractures.

Sources told TMZ that doctors fused two breaks in the thoracic region (the mid to upper back) and one in the lumbar region (lower back). Sources added that Kevin is in a lot of pain and is being heavily medicated to help him cope.

TMZ further reports that though doctors believe Kevin will recover, it will take a lot of work to get there. On Sept. 4, the site reported that the movie star — who's expected to be released from the hospital later in the week — will soon begin grueling physical therapy.

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It's unclear how his injuries will affect his work schedule. Close friend Dwayne Johnson has already stepped up to sub for Kevin as the first guest on Kelly Clarkson's new talk show, which debuts on Sept. 9. Kevin's next film, "Jumanji: The Next Level," comes out in December. Plus he's slated to star in and produce several other projects.

Kevin and two friends — one was reportedly airlifted to a Los Angeles hospital; the other walked away with minor injuries — were riding in his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda when it went off the road and crashed through a fence on Mulholland Highway near Malibu and Calabasas in the early-morning hours of Sept. 1. A motorist who pulled over and called 911 reported that the car was totaled and the top of the vehicle was crushed, at one point pinning at least one occupant inside.


According to TMZ, Kevin's security removed him from the scene of the accident before paramedics arrived. A second 911 call was made form Kevin's nearby home, recordings reveal, indicating that his bodyguard took him there before seeking medical treatment.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident. A witness reported hearing the sound of tires screeching before a loud boom.

Distraught co-stars

Naya Rivera's co-stars ask for prayers after 'Glee' star goes missing on lake

On July 8, California's Ventura County Sheriff's Department revealed that "Glee" actress Naya Rivera had gone missing that afternoon after renting a pontoon boat with her 4-year-old son — who was found asleep on the watercraft and is safe. That night, they confirmed they'd had to suspend their search for the actress on Lake Piru in the Los Padres National Forest until the morning.

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After the troubling news broke, many of Naya's former co-stars and friends took to social media to ask for prayers and share their heartbreak. Early on July 9, TMZ reported that authorities believe Naya, 33 — whose son with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, Josey, told police his mom jumped in the water and didn't come back up — is dead.

Heather Morris, who played the wife of Naya's character Santana Lopez on "Glee," took to her Instagram Story to write, "We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us. We need your love and light." 

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"Glee" co-star Harry Shum Jr. wrote the word "Praying" on Twitter while "Glee" guest star Demi Lovato — who briefly played a love interest for Naya's character on the hit FOX show — posted a pic of a lit candle on her Instagram Stories along with the message, "Please pray for @nayarivera to be found safe and sound." 

Actor Iqbal Theba — who played Principal Figgins on "Glee" — shared a news story about Naya possibly drowning and weighed in, "Oh God… mercy… please…"

Actress Jackée Harry also took to social media to ask for prayers. "Prayers up for the lovely Naya Rivera," she wrote, explaining, "We starred alongside one another in her first very television series, The Royal Family, and I've watched her career blossom ever since. Please God, don't cut this life short."

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Naya's former fiancé, music star Big Sean – they ended their engagement in 2014, and Naya went on to marry and divorce actor Ryan Dorsey — liked several tweets from fans who were concerned about the actress and praying for her to be found alive.

Meanwhile former "The Real Housewives of New York City" star  Bethenny Frankel, who didn't know Naya, publicly shared that she was distraught upon reading the news. "The story about @NayaRivera is the most horrifying thing I have read about in a while. My heart goes out to her family. What a terrible trauma…." Bethenny tweeted.

'Planned' response

Planned Parenthood responds to Kanye West's claims

Planned Parenthood is hammering Kanye West over his new claim that the organization is doing "the devil's work."

In fact, the organization says the rapper's claims are not only ludicrous but massively incorrect and dangerous.

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In his wide-ranging interview with Forbes about his political aspirations this week, Kanye was asked about Planned Parenthood. 

"Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the devil's work," he said.

"I am pro-life because I'm following the word of the Bible," he added.

Not long after the interview debited, Planned Parenthood's Director of Black Leadership and Engagement, Nia Martin-Robinson, issued a response.

"Black women are free to make our own decisions about our bodies and pregnancies, and want and deserve to have access to the best medical care available," she told TMZ. "Any insinuation that abortion is Black genocide is offensive and infantilizing. The real threat to Black communities' safety, health, and lives stems from lack of access to quality, affordable health care, police violence and the criminalization of reproductive health care by anti-abortion opposition."

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Kanye's beliefs are in stark contrast to those of his wife, Kim Kardashian West, who, along with her sisters, has publicly supported Planned Parenthood in the past.

In 2017, Kim visited a Planned Parenthood facility and lauded it.

"The perception of Planned Parenthood is that it is an abortion clinic; that is nothing what it is like," she said on "Keeping Up With The Kardashians."

She also posted a photo with several Planned Parenthood staffers.

"My sisters and I visited Planned Parenthood recently and learned that the House of Representatives forced through a bill that strips health care coverage from millions of people and raises health care costs, including Planned Parenthood patients," she captioned the group photo. "They are such an amazing place that provides so much to so many!"

In a hashtag, she added, "I stand with PP."

Conservative dating

Why Jodie Comer's name is trending on Twitter…

Jodie Comer's love life is under attack online.

The "Killing Eve" star's name started trending on Twitter after some fans inferred that she's dating a Donald Trump supporter — after the actress has come out publicly for many causes that Trump has disavowed.


On Wednesday morning, the hashtag #JodieComerIsOverParty began trending on Twitter and "cancel culture" reared its head.

"It's kinda disgusting that Jodie Comer gets to play this powerful queer woman with a love interest who's a [woman of color] and then goes home to her republican boyfriend who supports a homophobic racist pedophile like that's really f —–!" one fan wrote on Twitter, according to Page Six

Recently, the Emmy-winning actress was linked to man named James Burke. Internet sleuths think this is the same James Burke who is an avid Trump supporter and has tweeted some controversial statements in the past.

"Maybe she's hoping to educate him and change his mind …," one person tweeted.

Others were equally vocal about their disappointment, often citing Jodie's support of Black Lives Matter and gay and trans rights.


Jodie, who is very private about her personal life, has not confirmed or denied that she is dating the same James Burke that has Twitter upset. However, earlier this year, she told British Vogue that she's "very much" in love with a man whom she didn't identify. The romance, she said in April, was "fairly new."

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Still, despite the Twitter outrage, many fans defended Jodie and argued that she should be able to date whomever she wants, regardless of political leanings. 

"Honest to god, Twitter get a grip. Yesterday she was being adored, today Jodie Comer is 'cancelled' for dating a bloke called James Burke. No evidence that he's the same James Burke, Trump supporter, but let's not let that bother us?" one person wrote.

Another added, "That doesn't mean she supports Republicans, she loves him for her own reasons. I'm sure the only reason she loves him isn't cause he supports republicans. My grandparents are conservative but I still love them, but I disagree with their views…"

character issues

David Schwimmer on playing 'pompous, ignorant' American in new series

David Schwimmer's character in his latest comedy series, "Intelligence," is incredibly unlikeable, and that was the fun of it.


In "Intelligence," David plays American NSA agent Jerry Bernstein, who is sent to the U.K. to work in the cyber crime-fighting organization Government Communications Headquarters. Unlike Ross Geller, David's famous character on "Friends," Jerry doesn't have many redeeming qualities.

"That was what was so exciting to me about it — the challenge of how do you take a guy like Jerry, this alfa male, conservative, racist, homophobic, sexist, pompous, ignorant, ultra-patriotic guy who's come over here to try to grab power … [and] thinks he's being promoted but in fact is being demoted … how do you take this guy and make him, not only likable, but how do you make him funny?" David told E! News.

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The show's creator, Nick Mohammed, described David's character as "a somewhat brash, egotistical maverick, pompous American NSA agent."

In the show, the character and his team of "social misfits" change that way the division is run.

"I think we succeeded because we all worked really hard to make sure that any jokes that Jerry made, you realize that the laugh was always on him, because people could see so clearly how ignorant he is and you never really felt like anyone was ever seriously injured by a remark he would make or behavior he would do," David said. "It's really cathartic to play a guy like this because so many of these guys are in power right now in both our countries. And I would say it's a really timely character to be playing."

The show premieres on Peacock on July 15.

Online claim

Kylie Jenner claps back at racially-tinged Instagram claim

Kylie Jenner is denying an online claim that she intentionally refused to tag a Black-owned fashion brand on her Instagram.

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Earlier this week, the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star posted a photo of herself in Loud Brand Studios' Vashtie dress while on vacation in Utah. A fan noticed that Kylie didn't tag the brand, which is owned by Jedidiah Duyile, a London-born designer of Nigerian and Ghanaian descent. 

The Instagram follower quickly took Kyile to task, believing the decision was intentional.

"Kylie Jenner is refusing to tag the designer of the dress she just posted, which is a black owned brand, and now limiting her comments. [clown face emoji] @LoudBrndStudios is the designer!" the person wrote.

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The Kylie Cosmetics founder quickly shot back, "ok this is just a reach. why would i ever REFUSE to tag a brand and block comments. this is completely false. i think this brand is amazing and i wanted to show support and will continue to do so. everyone go check out @LoudBrndStudios."

The reality TV star also called out the brand on her Instagram Story.

The shoutouts certainly worked, as the dress, which sells for $145, quickly sold out within minutes of Kylie's Instagram posts. After which, the brand tweeted its thanks to Kylie.

"Hi guys!!!! We are so overwhelmed with the outpouring of love wow !!!" the tweet read. "We are so grateful for Jill [Jacobs, the star's stylist] and Kylie because this has really changed things for us so excited to be featured on her platform how amazing !!! Thank you so much Jill and Kylie."

Page Six noted that Kylie "rarely tags brands on Instagram unless it's her own company or a designer she's modeling for an editorial spread."

The Loud Brand founder opened up to Bloomberg News about their newfound notoriety.

"It's great when you already believe in what you do, but it's really nice for the world to see it," Jedidiah said. "That outpouring of support and massive sense of community, it's so amazing."

Hot new gig

'365 Days' star Michele Morrone lands Guess modeling deal

Fans of the controversial Netflix hit "365 Days" will soon be seeing a lot more of its breakout star, Michele Morrone.

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TMZ reports that the chiseled and tattooed Italian actor-musician who played Massimo just made a deal with designer Paul Marciano to star in fine menswear holiday campaigns for Marciano and Guess by Marciano.

The new gig is delivering a windfall to the 29-year-old star of the erotic drama that hit the streaming service in June following a February theatrical release in Poland and Britain: Sources told TMZ that Marciano and Guess agreed to a six-figure deal — more than the average male model makes — all due to Michele's newfound popularity sparked by "365 Days."

That deal includes photo shoots as well as public appearances, social media promotion and potentially a runway show appearance.   

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It's quite a contrast to Michele's life pre-Netflix: As TMZ explains, Michele — whose Instagram feed is already full of smoldering photos — "told Paul that before his big movie break, he was making $600 a month as a gardener and was prepared to go back to the low-paying job if needed."

TMZ further reports that Paul flew to Switzerland to negotiate the deal with Michele and was encouraged by his wife, who became a big fan after seeing "365 Days."

The campaign will shoot next week, TMZ added, at "a lavish villa" in Lake Como, Italy — that's where George Clooney and attorney wife Amal have a summer home — and will also feature two female models.

Relationship situation

Kaitlynn Carter can't label her sexuality 'yet'

Kaitlynn Carter has been in high-profile relationships with men and women, but she doesn't quite know how she identifies in terms of her sexual preferences.


"I don't feel like I specifically connect with anyone, like, I don't know. I don't feel like anything is quite the right fit for me — at least not yet," she said on the "Scissoring Isn't a Thing" podcast on Tuesday. "I think this is also all a little new to me, and so I just try to be real. … I want to learn myself a little better before I make a decision like that."

The "Hills: New Beginnings" star was in a five-year romance with Brody Jenner before they split in 2019. She then moved on with Miley Cyrus for two months — during which the romance filled up the pages of gossip magazines


Just before pictures surfaced of Kaitlynn and Miley kissing, the reality TV star was forced to come out to her family.

"Obviously it would have been nice to have the luxury of privacy and time to have that conversation with my family, but having said that, I didn't have any shame in telling my parents at the time," Kaitlynn, 31, said on the podcast, according to Page Six. "I was excited about where I was in the relationship and … I had just been through a very challenging period of time in my life and it finally felt like it was getting better. I was just feeling so happy that I honestly, at the time, didn't appreciate the magnitude of what was going on. I was just so absorbed in it."

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Her mom thinks her attraction to women is temporary, Kaitlynn said.

"My mom, she thinks that it was a phase or is a phase. She's like, 'Well, yeah, but you'll eventually end up with a man,'" Kaitlynn said. "This is something we actually just talked about on 'The Hills' the other day because it really irritates me when she says that. … I feel like part of the reason I was always dating and was with men the whole beginning of my life was because that's what I thought I was supposed to do. I never really thought outside the box."

"And so when my mom says that to me, I'm like, 'You're part of the problem.' I was like, 'I love you. I know you're not trying to be rude,' because my parents are amazing. They've always accepted anyone I've ever chosen to be with, and they're so supportive. They just want me to be happy. But I can sense it with my mom that that's how she thinks," she continued.

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Kaitlynn recently opened up about her fling with Miley, telling Nick Viall on his "The Viall Files" podcast that she never wants to have a public relationship again. 

"What I've really realized is now with dating, I'm super private about it," she said. "Since last fall, once that whole situation [with Miley] came to a wrap, I was like, 'That's the last time I'm doing a public thing.'"

Clap back queen

Chrissy Teigen claps back at troll who speculates she 'has cancer'

Chrissy Teigen wasn't having it after a troll questioned her appearance, implying that she might have cancer.

On Monday night, the "Lip Sync Battle" star posted a quick video from her family vacation to tell her 30.5 million Instagram followers that she was embracing the island life. 

"For you kind folks asking me to drop the skincare regimen, I will admit I am def proud of my skin lately and feeling myself!" she wrote in the caption. 

One person, though, was not feeling it. 

"Ok… this isn't her or some app that changed her face. I had to look back and forth like 4 times…," the person wrote, adding, "either she dropped 50 lbs overnight or has cancer… this isn't right."


Enter an annoyed Chrissy, who had a short conversation with the online hater.

"What would you prefer?" Chrissy asked.

The person replied, "Apologies for the lack of tact fullness…should have thought ahead. But, why did I have to go back and forth 3-4 x to make sure it was you? Is it an app?…you're unrecognizable."

Chrissy, who loves a good clapback, responded, "Why are you carrying on with this?? Why do you think I owe you anything especially after what you've said? You know you don't actually know me in real life, right? Thank God."

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The online tiff came just a few days after Chrissy had a brief online exchange with Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro.

On July 5, the "Justice With Judge Jeanine" star posted an innocuous photo to Twitter that showed her at an outdoor restaurant wearing a mask. However, Chrissy couldn't help but notice the small photo on (presumably) Jeanine's phone that sat directly in front of her on the table: it was a topless photo of Chrissy with a massive sunburn, a snap she had posted over the holiday weekend

"Jeanine why are my boobs up on your phone," Chrissy commented on the snap.

Jeanine has not responded.


Yolanda Hadid denies secretly housing Epstein associate

Former "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Yolanda Hadid is hitting back at speculation that she let Ghislaine Maxwell hide out at her family's Pennsylvania farmhouse last year.

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Ghislaine — a longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein — has been accused of grooming minor girls for sex with the late financier at one of his many homes. In July 2019, he was arrested on sex trafficking charges and later hanged himself in jail. After his death, Ghislaine went into hiding. 


Yolanda became linked to the story after Dutch journalist Henk Van Ess claimed that the former reality TV star housed Ghislaine for a while. According to the New York Post, he claimed in since-deleted tweets that Ghislaine was tracked through her computer's IP address.

The journalist alleged that Ghislaine visited a doughnut shop in the vicinity of the Hadid family farmhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and contended that Ghislaine is "friendly with the Hadid family." He said Ghislaine "probably" stayed in the farmhouse. He also implied that Ghislaine may have hidden in Beverly Hills, where Yolanda also has a home.

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Yolanda, however, has refuted the claims.

"I do not know or have ever associated with Ghislane- the first time I have heard about her or any of this was watching the documentary, like the rest of the world, on Netflix — which became an in depth dinner conversation with my family in which we all discussed how it's possible that this woman was not already in jail ..?! I have been strictly quarantined with my family, as my daughter is pregnant and is at high risk for catching the virus," Yolanda tweeted, referring to daughter Gigi Hadid's pregnancy. She added that she learned via the press that Ghislane was "arrested in New Hampshire, which is multiple states away from where I live."

Yolanda also accused the journalist of failing to contact her for comment.

"So, I'm not sure how I have been brought into this narrative of yours, but I take these false claims very seriously," Yolanda wrote. "Please stop involving me. What that lady did is disturbing and she deserves to be in jail for a long time."

Ghislaine was arrested last week on sex abuse charges.