money matters

Kim Kardashian West made how much in 5 minutes from her new perfumes?

Kim Kardashian West can literally smell the money.

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The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star launched three new fragrances on July 17, and she pocketed a cool $5 million in 5 minutes, TMZ reported.

The perfumes — Kimoji Cherry, Kimoji Peach and Kimoji Vibes — sold for $45 each, and Kim didn't spend a cent on advertising, only using her massive social media platforms to market the product.

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Kim also did a little guerrilla marketing before the launch, sending the products to many of her family and celebrity friends. Many of them promoted the product on their own social media.

"I just got a special delivery," Drew Barrymore said while holding up the Kimoji Peach bottle, "the new Kimoji perfume and I gotta say, it's really cool."

The fragrance is a bit of sequel to her Crystal Gardenia, Crystal Gardenia Oud and Crystal Gardenia Citrus fragrances that she launched last November. That time, she made $10 million in one day before the products sold out. However, this time, Kim and her team were more prepared and had a bigger inventory than last time. Still, the new line is expected to sell out very quickly.

This is hardly uncharted waters for Kim. In June 2017 she launched her own beauty line featuring a cream contouring and highlighting kit. That earned her an estimated $14.4 million, and it sold out in less than three hours.

Final Brag

Rush Limbaugh dubbed 'greatest radio host of all time' on death certificate

Even in death, it seems, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh is capable of boasting.

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Rush, a polarizing media figure with an affection for superlative-laced self-promotion, died last month at age 70 of complications related to lung cancer.

And as TMZ reported on Sunday, March 7, the final, official word on his life states that he was the "G.O.A.T." of radio.

The webloid published a PDF of the death certificate for Rush Hudson Limbaugh III, which shows his "occupation/industry" has been listed as "GREATEST RADIO HOST OF ALL TIME" by the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office in Florida.

That title is probably thanks to Rush's wife, Kathryn Limbaugh, who's listed as the informant on the document, which was issued a few days after his death on Feb. 17.

Kathryn also served as the informant to Rush's fans on the day he died, taking over the mic on "The Rush Limbaugh Show," which premiered in 1988 and became the highest-rated talk radio show in the United States over the course of three decades on the air.

"For over 32 years, Rush has cherished you, his loyal audience, and always looked forward to every single show," she said in the announcement, according to Fox News. "It is with profound sadness I must share with you directly that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer."

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She went on to dub her husband the "G.O.A.T.," as she would apparently also do on his death certificate.

"As so many of you know, losing a loved one is terribly difficult. Even more so when that loved one is larger than life," she said, adding, "Rush will forever be the greatest of all time."

Despite being criticized for comments deemed racist, misogynistic, homophobic and bombastic, Rush is often credited as an architect of the Republican party's modern far-right wing. Following his cancer diagnosis, Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2020.

'Cry Me a River'

Bethenny Frankel slams Duchess Meghan ahead of Oprah Winfrey interview

In the days leading up to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's televised sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey on CBS on Sunday, March 7, supporters and detractors alike have been weighing in on (and arguing about) everything from the couple's controversial decision to step back from their royal posts to their participation in the interview itself.

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As is often the case with the Sussexes, much of that attention has been directed at Meghan, particularly after The Times of London reported the former "Suits" star was accused of bullying staff in 2018. Meghan has denied these claims, with her lawyers slamming them as "a calculated smear campaign."

On Twitter over the weekend, Bethenny Frankel joined the conversation, casting a suspicious eye in the direction of the duchess, while asserting that she gives the Duke of Sussex "a break," even though he stands to benefit just as Meghan does from the media deals and PR the couple have generated since relocating to California.

Bethenny's Twitter rant began with her comparing Harry and Meghan's interview to Monica Lewinsky's sit-down with Barbara Walters in the late '90s. "Not since @MonicaLewinsky interview, have people been obsessed with a young female interview like this #MARRY interview. Remember the famous lip gloss?" Bethenny tweeted.

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The post's focus on Meghan confused at least one Twitter user, who asked, "Did I miss the new hashtag for Meghan & Harry, cause that's the only interview I'M waiting to see."

Bethenny responded by acknowledging she "made up" the "marry" hashtag. Rather than explain why she failed to mention Harry, who also spoke with Oprah for the special, Bethenny plugged her "Just Be With Bethenny" podcast.

The tweets generated a back-and-forth among Bethenny's followers.

"I'll pass on that [interview] thanks, my empathy is now with the staff who were bullied [by Meghan]," one user griped.

Another chimed in with screenshots of negative headlines about Meghan. "Yeah cause the staff were so respectful of her," the person added. That's when Bethenny jumped back into the discussion.

"Cry me a river…," she tweeted, clearly not won over by teaser clips from the interview that have shown Meghan saying she and Harry are speaking out now because they no longer feel silenced, as they once did.

"… The plight of being a game show host, fairly unknown actress," Bethenny continued, "to suffering in a palace, w tiaras & 7 figure weddings for TWO WHOLE YEARS to being a household name w @Oprah on speed dial, fetching 7 m for interviews, hundreds of millions in media deals. #MARRY."

When someone else suggested that because of what Harry's mom, Princess Diana "endured," the world should "at least cut Harry a break here."

Bethenny replied, "I [100%] give Harry a break. This isn't the way to generate less press & cannot be filed under the guise of wanting privacy to prevent a repeat of previous events," before posting about her podcast once more. "… If you hate me for saying it here, don't listen to my podcast," she warned.

Finally, the former "Real Housewives" star explained why she takes issue with Meghan's post-royal life tell-all.

"I chose reality tv, to work towards making $, to be scrutinized & criticized," Bethenny tweeted. "I took the trappings & the beatings along with it. It's a rose w petals & thorns. People beg to enter the often toxic institution I signed up for. That WAS the life I chose."

She added: "You can't play stupid & smart."

Touching tribute

Beyonce pays tribute to teen fan who died of brain cancer

Beyonce is honoring a fan who passed away following a two-year battle with brain cancer. 

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Like many, the singer was following the story of 13-year-old Lyric Chanel. When the teen tragically passed on March 5, the Queen B posted a tribute video to Lyric that mashed up "Brown Skin Girl," "Halo" and "Love On Top." In the lyrics, she changed the word "baby" to "Lyric." Beyonce's songs played over videos of Lyric.

Back in September, Beyonce also showed her love for the teen, sending flowers to her home. 

Lyric's journey was followed by a slew of celebrities, including Cardi B. Lyric's Instagram followers were made aware that things took a turn for the worse last week. 

"I begin see Lyric energy began to decrease this week. Each day became harder to get her to eat and drink. Today I notice she would have periods where she was not breathing as if she was holding her breathe," Lyric's mom wrote on Instagram. "From the scans ventricles are swollen and fluid has built up again. (Shunt malfunction) due to this tumor the spinal fluid becomes what they call thick protein that is clogging the tube. So back to the operating room we go. Keep in mind this surgery is not going into the brain, but to drain this fluid and see why this shunt is not working properly. Their guess it's the tumor."

Then, on March, 3, Lyric's mother posted a heartbreaking message that read, "Just got news from Dr that Lyric is Dying and only have days to live…. These are the hardest words to have to hear."

R.I.P.

Comedy coming

Eddie Murphy plans to return to stand-up after pandemic

Eddie Murphy will be coming to a stage near you… in due time.

In a chat with Kevin Hart on the "Comedy Gold Minds" podcast, Eddie said he planned to return to stand-up in 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic changed everything. 

"My plan was to do 'Dolemite,' 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Coming 2 America,' and then do stand-up. And then the pandemic hit," Eddie said. 

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Before COVID-19, the plan was working too. In October 2019, "Dolemite Is My Name" was released. Two months later, he returned to "SNL" and hosted for the first time in 35 years. Then, on March 4, the "Coming to America" sequel was released on Amazon Prime.

"The whole time last year I would have been out working on my act, trying to get my [stuff] right, and then the whole thing shut down," he said in reference to the global health crisis and the stay-at-home recommendations.

Still, he added, "When the pandemic is over and it's safe for everybody to go out and do it, then the plan is to do it."

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Eddie, who turns 60 next month, began his career as a stand-up comedian. His "Raw" comedy special in 1987 was given a theatrical release and took in more than $50 million at the box office. To this day it's the highest grossing stand-up comedy concert film of all time.

Back in 2019, Eddie had mentioned while chatting with Jerry Seinfeld on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" that he planned to get back into stand-up comedy.

"I'm going to do it again. Everything just has to be right," he said at the time. "You have to get up there and start working out."

Feeling "greet"

The Kardashians are getting into the greeting card business

You're about to get carded by the Kardashians.

The ubiquitous family is expanding their empire and getting into the greeting card business, TMZ reported. 

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According to the webloid, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner filed trademark documents to get the rights to "Kardashian Kards." In the documents, the women said they plan to hawk greeting cards, calendars, decals, photo albums and postcards.

This is also a possibility that the women could sell scrapbooks, stationery, paper, notebooks, stickers, erasers, bookmarks and gift wrap under the "Kardashian Kards" name.

The family certainly knows a thing or two about capitalizing on their name to sell products, as evidenced by Kylie Cosmetics and KKW Beauty. They obviously see this as their next greet great money-making endeavor.

online fight

Scott Baio trends after Twitter fight with Patton Oswalt

Scott Baio and Patton Oswalt found themselves trending on Twitter after a really absurd social media fight. 

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The whole feud began on March 4 when Patton poked fun at a Qanon conspiracy theory that said Donald Trump would be appointed President of the United States that day. Of course, that didn't happen. To capitalize on the foolish theory, Patton tweeted, "Guys, I'm at the DuPont Circle Pinkberry for the #TrumpInauguration. I'm here with four Proud Boys, their moms and Scott Baio. Did we get the address wrong? Help me out, this Minuteman costume is super-itchy."

Scott, a huge Trump supporter, saw the tweet the following day and wasn't going to stand for it. 

"Poor Oswalt needs 2 prescriptions. One for his [Trump Derangement Syndrome] and one for his STD itch," the "Happy Days" actor wrote.

The comedian saw Scott's tweet and retorted back, taking a shot at 1976's "Bugsy Malone," a film Scott starred in. 

"Oh YIKES. I didn't even '@' this guy. Poor sap searches his name on Twitter," Patton wrote. "No one dunk on him, this is really depressing. BUGSY MALONE's still a great movie, right?"

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As one point, Scott also called Patton "fat," "ugly," and a "coward."

Twitter… what a place.

family dynamic

Jon Gosselin's kids didn't reach out while he was 'deathly ill' with COVID-19

Jon Gosselin says his children didn't check in on him while he was hospitalized with COVID-19.

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On March 5, the former "Jon & Kate Plus 8" star appeared on "The Dr. Oz Show." During the chat, Jon and Oz spoke about the pandemic and Jon's recovery. At one point, Oz asked, "Did you ever hear from any of the kids that are with Kate or are in college after it was made public that you had COVID, not just had COVID but were deathly ill, could've died?"

"No, I didn't hear from them," Jon replied. "I think Hannah might have told Leah… No, I haven't heard anything from them."

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Jon and Kate Gosselin share eight children: twin daughters, Cara and Madelyn, 20, and 16-year-old sextuplets, Alexis, Aaden, Joel, Leah, Hannah and Collin.

Hannah and Collin live with Jon, but the others are with Kate. Asked why the children didn't reach out, Jon said, "There's just a disconnect."

"Whether it's parent alienation, I can't really reach out to them and there's legalities," he continued. "I can't go to where they move, it would be trespassing."

The former reality TV star then reached out to his six estranged children. 

"I guess my plight to them or what I really want to say is I love you, my door is always open," he said. "You're welcome anytime, there's no regrets or hard feelings or any of those negative things. You can always come see me or come see Hannah and Collin."

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Jon's plea comes after a brutal case of COVID-19, during which his fever reached 104.8 degrees. He was close to being put on a ventilator.

"I was in a wheelchair. I had to wait in the ER," he told Oz in January. "It was packed, like the hospital was full, and then they put me on a gurney and put me in the hallway in the waiting room, so I could get a temporary room."

"Then, once they evaluated me and once they drew my blood and did all my bloodwork, all of a sudden I'm getting antibiotics, steroids and a plasma antibody transfusion for Covid," he continued. "It happened really fast."

Court matter

Lisa Marie Presley begs judge to grant her 'single' status

Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from her ex, Michael Lockwood, back in 2016, but she's still married. She's now asking the court to give her single status.

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According to TMZ, Elvis' daughter says Michael, her fourth husband, refuses to sign off on the dissolvent of marriage, so she's filed legal documents to request bifurcation, meaning she wants a judge to declare her single while the rest of the divorce issues are worked out. 

Lisa Marie, 53, argues that the marriage is done and steadfastly says there's no chance of a reconciliation. In her request, she says she simply wants to "move forward" with her life. 

The drawn-out divorce has been rather nasty. Back in 2018, Michael and his legal team accused Lisa of hiding her assets and her worth. At the time, a judge ordered Lisa to pay her estranged husband $100,000 for his attorney's fees. Lisa, however, argued at the time that she's broke. The same year, Lisa scored a win against her ex when a judge pointed to an "ironclad" post-nuptial agreement they signed in 2007 which stated that she didn't have to pay Michael spousal support.

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At the time of the ruling, Michael testified that he didn't even read the postnuptial agreement before signing it. However, the court felt that his argument didn't hold up because he was getting advice from a lawyer, meaning he understood what was happening.

Media issues

Kim Kardashian says media almost 'broke' her during first pregnancy

After finally viewing the "Framing Britney Spears" documentary, Kim Kardashian says she can relate to the media's treatment of the pop star. In fact, Kim says the whole thing reminds her of being pregnant with her daughter North West back in 2013.

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"The way the media played a big role in her life … can be very traumatizing and it can really break even the strongest person," Kim wrote on her Instagram Story on March 5. "No matter how public someone's life may seem, no one deserves to be treated with such cruelty or judgment for entertainment."

"When I was pregnant with North I was suffering from preeclampsia, which made me swell uncontrollably," she continued. "I gained 60 pounds and delivered almost 6 weeks early and I cried every single day over what was happening to my body, mainly from the pressures of being constantly compared to what society considered a healthy pregnant person should look like — as well as being compared to Shamu the Whale by the media."

Along with her detailed messages, Kim, 40, shared pictures of several mean-spirited magazine covers from that time, many of which came after she attended the 2013 Met Gala with now-estranged husband Kanye West

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Looking back at the tabloid covers, Kim believes that, like Britney, she was unfairly scrutinized. "I was shamed on a weekly basis with cover stories that made my insecurities so painful I couldn't leave the house for months after," she said. "It really broke me."

The mother of four said she decided to turn that negativity into "motivation" but added that "to think this didn't take a toll on me mentally would be a lie."

"I'm sharing this just to say I really hope everyone involved in the business of shaming and bullying someone to the point of breaking them down might reconsider and instead try to show some understanding and compassion," she continued. "You just never fully know what someone is going through behind the scenes and I've learned through my own experiences that it's always better to lead with kindness."