Roy Horn of famed Siegfried & Roy duo passes from Covid-19

Roy Horn, one half of the famous Siegfried & Roy magic duo, passed away in Las Vegas on Friday from complications related to Covid-19, his rep confirmed. 

He was 75 years old.

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"Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend," Siegfried Fischbacher said in a statement. "From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried." 

"Roy was a fighter his whole life including during these final days," he continued. "I give my heartfelt appreciation to the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Mountain View Hospital who worked heroically against this insidious virus that ultimately took Roy's life." 

On April 28, Roy's rep announced that the magic icon had tested positive for the coronavirus. At the time he was said to be "responding well to treatment."


For decades, "Siegfried & Roy" had a huge presence on the Las Vegas Strip — the magicians found a permanent home in 1990 when the Mirage opened. The act quickly became one of the hottest tickets in the city, but the show came to a sudden and shocking end in October 2003 when Roy was mauled by the big-cat Mantecore during a live show. Audience members were left stunned when the animal dragged Roy off stage in its mouth.

Roy suffered life-threatening injuries, and his ability to move, walk and speak was severely affected for the rest of his life.

In 2009, Siegfried and Roy returned to the stage one last time during a charity event for the Cleveland Clinic's Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

In early April, Siegfried & Roy released a hopeful message about the coronavirus pandemic.

"Everyone in the United States and around the World impacted by this health crisis remain in our prayers. We know the real magic in all of us caring, cheering, loving, and thanking one another will return everyone to good health and happiness," they said. "We can't wait until it is possible for all of us to hug each other safely again. Love to all, Siegfried & Roy."

Twin Deliveries!

Nikki Bella welcomed her son one day before twin sister Brie Bella gave birth

Talk about twinning! Following Sunday's news Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan welcomed a baby boy on Saturday, Brie's twin sister Nikki Bella announced she and her fiance, Artem Chigvintsev, became parents to a son of their own just one day prior.

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"7/31/2020 … Our baby boy is here and we couldn't be HAPPIER and more in LOVE!" Nikki, 36, wrote on Instagram Sunday, posting a shot of her own hand entwined with those of Artem, 38, and their little one. The picture mirrored the one Brie had shared less than two hours earlier.

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"Everyone is safe and healthy," Nikki added.

The "Total Bellas" stars revealed in January that they were due within two weeks of one another.

"Knowing us our babies will come the same day too lol!!!" Brie joked to Nikki on Instagram after their pregnancy announcements.

Brie, who also shares a 3-year-old daughter, Birdie, with her husband Daniel, acknowledged to People earlier this year that some fans would probably assume their joint stork news was "planned." She said it was not and that the subs were "shocked" to find out they'd be welcoming kids at almost the same time.

The sisters have spent much of the past nine months sharing twin-updates on social media with their fans. Nikki, who is a first-time mom, has especially seemed to relish the experience of being pregnant at the same time as her sister.

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While Brie and Daniel chose not to learn their baby's gender ahead of time, Nikki and Artem found out they were having a boy in June.

Congrats all around!

Visit Nix

Teresa Giudice's daughters cancel plans to visit Joe in Italy

With the coronavirus pandemic still raging across the U.S., it's unlikely Joe Giudice will see his four daughters anytime soon.

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According to Hollywood Life, Gia Giudice, 19, Gabriella Giudice, 16, Milania Giudice, 15 and Audriana Giudice, 11, were supposed to travel to Italy next week to see their dad, who's been living there while appealing a 2018 deportation order.

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Thanks to a maze of pandemic-related travel restrictions on Americans and their mom, Teresa Giudice's concern for their health, however, the girls' trip appears to have been canceled.

"Teresa's daughters are really disappointed they can't go to Italy to see Joe in August," a source close to the family tells the outlet. The insider adds that, "Teresa's biggest concern is obviously COVID and the kids."

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Last week, the European Union extended its ban on the entry of travelers from the United States. And while some loopholes allow family members to visit relatives, the girls don't appear to qualify, based on current restrictions.

Prior to Joe's relocation, he served 41 months in prison on fraud charges. Although he'd spent his life since age 1 in the U.S., he was born in Italy and never technically acquired American citizenship. The felonies on his record made him subject to deportation — and he has so far lost three appeals in his fight to return home.

The "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars are still reportedly optimistic they'll be able to reunite with Joe in October, though.

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That's when he's slated to participate in a celebrity boxing match against Ojani Noa (Jennifer Lopez's ex-husband) in the Bahamas. Teresa, who joined her kids on a trip to see Joe in November, is expected to go, as well.

A Bahamas trip seems slightly more feasible than Italy, but it's not without complications. After previously barring Americans from entering the country, the Bahamas recently announced it will allow travelers from the U.S. to visit as long as they apply for a health visa, test negative for COVID-19 within 10 days of their trip and quarantine for two weeks upon arrival, according to USA Today.

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"It's all still up in the air and that's really upsetting for the girls," says HL's source. "They haven't seen their dad in months and this is really, really hard for them."

In the meantime, they're making the best of a rough summer, courtesy of some family time on the New Jersey coast.

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On Friday, Teresa shared a photo of herself flanked by all four daughters at the Jersey shore.

"My hearts," she captioned the pic. "Love you girls," Joe wrote in the comments.

Baby No. 2!

Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan welcome their second child

The Bella family keeps on growing!

"Total Bellas" star Brie Bella, 36, and her husband, Daniel Bryan, 39, announced on Instagram Sunday that their second child was born over the weekend.


"It's a BOY!!! 💙 8-1-2020," the former WWE wrestler posted, sharing a photo of the little one as she held him in her arms. In the sweet photo, she also holds hands with Daniel as their baby clutches on to his mama's fingers.

"We are overwhelmed with joy and everyone is healthy!!!" she added.

Less than two hours after Brie's announcement, her twin sister and "Total Bellas" costar, Nikki Bella, revealed she had some baby news, too. Turns out Nikki and her fiance, "Dancing With the Stars" pro Artem Chigvintsev, welcomed their first child together on Friday.

Brie and Daniel's new baby boy joins 3-year-old big sister, Birdie Joe.

Speaking to Nikki on the twins' podcast last year, Brie revealed she'd struggled with postpartum depression after giving birth to Birdie. "I didn't want to lose the old Brie and I really didn't want to lose my identity," she said at the time.

Eventually, the depression passed and she and Daniel decided they wanted to have another child.

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As Brie would later recount to People, she and Daniel tried to conceive for the better part of a year with no luck. Brie said she'd she'd started to believe a sibling for Birdie was simply not in the cards — then, in 2019, she found out she was pregnant.

In a joint announcement in January, Brie and Nikki revealed that both twins were expecting — and due within two weeks of one another.

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"This life just wants you and I to be twinning at everything we do," Nikki joked to Brie on Instagram after their baby news reveal.

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Brie and Daniel tied the knot back in 2014, while Nikki and Artem have been engaged since November.

All Apologies

Terry Crews apologizes to Gabrielle Union again for lack of 'AGT' support

Terry Crews wonders if three will be the magic number of apologies needed to win Gabrielle Union's forgiveness.


On Saturday, Crews responded to the latest comments Union made about his failure to support her when she came forward with "America's Got Talent" discrimination claims prior to her firing from the show.

"This will be my 3rd public apology to Gabrielle Union," he tweeted. "If a 4th is needed, I will continue to apologize and push for reconciliation between the world, and more importantly, the culture I grew up in. I'm sorry, @itsgabrielleu #reconciliation."

Crews' apology comes after Union criticized him on last week's edition of Jemele Hill's podcast, saying that he has not been an "ally" in the fight for equality within their industry — a fight Union took on when she spoke out about the racism and misogyny she experienced on the set of "AGT."

Rather than back her claims about the work environment at the NBC series, Crews went so far as to essentially deny them, saying the toxicity Union described on set was "never" his experience. Rather, he called "AGT" the "most diverse place I have ever been in my 20 years of entertainment."

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Union, who has previously slammed Crews for his response to her allegations, implied again on Hill's podcast that Crews was protecting his career rather than considering the larger issues at hand.

"People hit me all day long and are like, what's happening? And the only thing I know for sure is that Terry Crews gets three checks from NBC. So, I don't know if being worried about job stability — which listen, we all know that if you speak up about racism and white supremacy, you absolutely can be shown the door," Union told Hill, according to ET.

Based on his recent actions, do you really think Terry Crews was an ally, was helpful, was a sounding board?" she asked.

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"I think Terry Crews is showing us who he is and what he does during times of adversity and it's not solidarity."

Union also sounded frustrated that Crews wouldn't support her after she stood by him when alleged he was sexually assaulted in 2017.

Seemingly referencing a tweet he posted in January that read, "Just 'cuz you gave me eggs — don't mean I owe you bacon," she told Hill, "Not to say if I offer you solidarity I expect you to be the getaway driver during a bank robbery — that's what he made it sound like in one of those series of tweets."

Though Crews initially defended himself on social media, he has since acknowledged he could have handled the situation better and apologized directly to Union.

In June, he told ET it was hard for him to see that she and he could have had different experiences on the same show.

"I had to understand that I'm looking at this thing from a lens of male privilege, where men and women are treated differently on sets," he said at the time.


Crews' recent mea culpas don't seem to have changed Union's mind about him, though.

"If you saw something, say something," the actress told Hill last week.

"If you didn't have my experience … you also have an option to say, 'I believe Gab, I just had a different experience.' End of story. You don't have to do a press tour where your sole objective is to discredit and malign me. You know, I've been in Hollywood a very long time. There's very little that surprises me, but that was very disappointing for sure."


Katherine Schwarzenegger is "ready to pop," says husband Chris Pratt

Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt and Chris Pratt are enjoying their final days of freedom before welcoming their first child together. 

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In anticipation of the baby's upcoming due date, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" star shared a photo of himself and his wife hiking on Saturday, Aug. 1. 

"Ready to pop," he wrote on an Instagram story photo of the couple, who were both wearing workout gear. "Still don't stop."

The 41-year-old, who is already a dad to Jack, 7, who he shares with ex-wife Anna Faris, added, "Kinda grateful it didn't go down on the trail tho to be real."

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The couple, who married in June 2019, have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic during their pregnancy, but the 30-year-old daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, has found a silver lining around the situation.

"It's been amazing having him home and also very understanding about my need to sanitize everything, having everyone wear masks all the time," the author said in June, adding that Pratt is a "very wonderful husband."

Schwarzenegger also praised her spouse in a Father's Day post in June, which was also Pratt's birthday.

"Happy birthday and Father's Day to my wonderful, loving, exceptional husband. What an amazing year you've had and I know this year will be filled with more fun, adventure and love," she wrote on Instagram. "I thank God every day for you. blessed to live life with you, watch you grow, and one of the greatest gifts has been watching you be the most loving and fun father."

Daytime drama

Could James Corden replace Ellen DeGeneres?

A new report suggests that Ellen DeGeneres and her eponymous talk show could be replaced with James Corden. 

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Following numerous reports of racism, bullying and sexual harassment being a part of the culture on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the Sun is reporting that Corden could serve as her successor. 

Corden, who currently hosts "The Late Late Show with James Corden," has reportedly long been seen as a potential replacement on "Ellen," the show DeGeneres has hosted since 2003.

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According to the Sun's source, "Replacing Ellen was always going to be a tough challenge, but [Corden] is a natural fit and easy transition," the sources notes. "James would freshen up daytime and with a free hand would be allowed to build a new afternoon era." However, the 41-year-old, who was a relative unknown before his show took off five years ago, is contracted for his own show through 2022. 

Stories about the toxic environment on DeGeneres' set began on March 20, when comedian Kevin T. Porter launched a Twitter thread asking people to share their negative experiences with her. Porter called DeGeneres "one of the meanest people alive."

Despite the numerous negative accounts — and celebrities like Brad Garrett and Lea Thompson supporting these claims — DeGeneres will continue to fight for her shows. An internal email, obtained by the New York Post, revealed that the 62-year-old wife of Portia de Rossi would be going back to work this month. She will return on Aug. 24 for "Ellen's Game of Games" and then for the talk show on Sept. 9. 

album praise

Adele dons Beyonce's 'Black is King' bodysuit: Pic

Adele wears her love of Beyonce well.

On Saturday, the singer applauded Beyonce's newest project, "Black is King," on Instagram, even wearing a very similar-looking bodysuit to the one Bey wears in the visual album.

"Thank you Queen for always making us all feel so loved through your art," Adele captioned the snap in which she poses in front of a TV showing "Black is King." Adele also added two heart emojis.

Adele has long been an unapologetic Beyonce fan. In 2017 after winning album of the year at the Grammys, Adele gushed about Bey on stage.

"You are our light, and the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my Black friends feel, is empowering. And, you make them stand up for themselves and I love you," Adele said.

Adele later told reporters that Beyonce is "my icon of my whole life."

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In posting the photo on Saturday, Adele also showed off her weight loss, which is rumored to be at around 100 pounds over four years. 

"After Adele started working out, she never looked back. She was instantly a changed person with a different mindset," a source close to the singer tells People last year. "At first, she was very hesitant about keeping a workout routine. It was like she was questioning if she was gonna enjoy it enough to stick with it. But she has been incredibly dedicated. She continues to work out with a trainer. And she looks fantastic."

Contract talks

Retirement or new contract? All the buzz about Howard Stern's future

The ball is in Howard Stern's court.

At the end of the year, the shock jock's five-year contact with Sirius XM is up. There's speculation that he could retire; there's also speculation that he could sign a new massive contract, perhaps the biggest of his career.

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"Howard has been on vintage form during the pandemic, with news-making interviews with stars such as Tom Brady, Katy Perry and Governor Andrew Cuomo. He's still at the top of his game," a Sirius source told Page Six. "Every time Howard's contract is up, there's rumors about him retiring or moving to a rival like Spotify, and most often this is a way to get him an even bigger deal." 

Howard's former sidekick Steve Grillo, however, is striking a different tone, claiming the end is near for the radio host.

"I've heard…Howard's pretty much done," Steve said recently on his AftershockXL show.

Following the comments, the Sirius source said Steve isn't in the know and is simply using Howard's name for publicity.

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The notion of Howard reupping his contract with Sirius seems to be gaining momentum. During an earnings call this week, SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer said the satellite radio giant was engaged in contract talks with "The King of All Media."

"Howard is very happy with what he's doing. It matters when Howard is happy. His show is better, and he's more relaxed. I've been clear: I want Howard Stern to work at SiriusXM for as long as Howard Stern wants to work," the CEO said. "I know what Howard wants. And we're trying to figure out a way to make all those things work together. I don't want to be overly optimistic here, but I want Howard here… We'll keep working and we'll get there, I hope. At the end of the day, it will come down to what Howard wants to do."

The ball is in Howard Stern's court.


Sean Penn, 59, quietly marries girlfriend, 28: Report

Sean Penn has reportedly tied the knot with Leila George.

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The couple's friend Irena Medavoy broke the news on Instagram.

"We are so happy for @leilageorge #seanpenn getting married. We love you," Irena, the wife of "Black Swan" producer Mike Medavoy, wrote. "Thank you for being like family a son to mike we are over the moon to find your soul mate true partner @coreresponse true love that also changes the world for better You are meant to be together God Bless you both and the family you have joined. Introducing the Penn's #marriage"

Irena also posted photos of Sean, 59, and Leila, 28, on her Instagram Story. One of the images appears to be of an oval sapphire ring.

"Married," she wrote alongside another image. "Congratulations to these epic magical people."

Sean and Leila, who stars on TNT's "Animal Kingdom," began dating in 2016, but their romance has largely gone under the radar.