RIP

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."

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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."

Allegations

Kardashians fire back at Blac Chyna's racism allegations

The Kardashian family is ripping Blac Chyna over her new cries that "racism" was behind the cancelation of the reality TV show she once starred in with her ex, Rob Kardashian.

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Back in 2017, Chyna sued the entire Kardashian family, claiming they torpedoed "Rob & Chyna," which aired for only one season on E!. Initially, she said the family interfered with production, leading the network to put the kibosh on it. The cancelation of the show, which had lackluster ratings compared to other Kardashian spinoffs, greatly impacting Chyna's bottom line, she said at the time.

Now, with systemic change at the forefront of many conversations throughout the country, Chyna's team says racism is the real reason "Rob & Chyna" never got a second season on E!.

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In a statement to Page Six, Chyna and her attorney argue that the three white "executive-level decision-makers at the E! Network and NBCUniversal … completely denied any due process to their black reality TV star regarding the fate of Season 2 of 'Rob & Chyna.'"

Chyna's team argues that had she not been a "'unicorn' black reality TV star" things would have been handled differently. 

Rob and his mother, Kris Jenner, essentially think Chyna's new claims of racism "are suspect, because it's the first time she's mentioned it in the two years since filing suit," TMZ said.

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Following the new claims, the Kardashian-Jenner attorney, Marty Singer, blasted Chyna, implying that she's attempting to capitalize on the unrest in the country, stemming from the death of George Floyd.

"This its a 2-year-old lawsuit in which Chyna has changed her defense more times than we can count," he told Page Six in a statement. "Sadly, unsurprising to anyone, she has stooped to a new low, changing her defense to try to leverage the emotions and pain of the moment, insulting the pain and suffering of real victims of racial injustice and systemic racism.

"We take these allegations very seriously and once again, there is no 'Rob & Chyna' show if there is no Rob & Chyna," the statement said.

On Friday, TMZ added that Rob and Chyna could not have filmed a second season with fresh content because they had split up in the summer of 2017, and also because Chyna had a restraining order against Rob, which kept him away from her.

Protest story

Anna Kendrick on attending 'peaceful' protest that took 'alarming' turn

Seemingly without warning, a protest that Anna Kendrick recently attended in Los Angeles took an "alarming" turn — thankfully she had just left before things got tense.

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While speaking to James Corden, the "Trolls" star looked back favorably at her participation during a Black Lives Matter demonstration. 

"My experience was really positive," she said. "It was really moving and meaningful. And I found it to be totally peaceful. And I had been nervous about going because, you know, there has been violence, but it was so wonderful. And I actually left after a few hours because I am an old lady and can only be on my feet in the sun for so long, obviously."

As she returned home, the actress found out the tide had turned at that particular protest she was at.

"I looked at my phone after about 20 minutes after leaving and I saw that there were rubber bullets being fired. Then, that a cop car was on fire," she said. "And at first, I honestly thought that that's a mistake, like, that can't be true; I was just there. So, it is really a confusing time to have been there and been like—you know when a situation is escalating and things are about to go crazy and the situation feels fraught. And it just wasn't that. So, it was pretty alarming to see what happened so soon after leaving."

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Since the death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody, the actress has posted multiple messages of support for Black Lives Matter. She has also donated to several organizations that aim to stop police brutality.

On Thursday, she shared a photo from a separate protest that she attended.

"This little boy's sign said: 'My mom said I matter,'" she wrote alongside the image. "Saw even more white folks out in support today which was cool to see, but guys, we should not lead the chant unless we understand the concept of the downbeat. Stay safe."

Huge donation

Kanye West sets up college fund for George Floyd's daughter

Kanye West is making sure that George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, will have an education.

The rapper has set up a college savings fund for Gianna to fully cover her tuition, Kanye's rep confirmed to TMZ on Thursday.

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In addition, Kanye is also stepping up to the plate to assist the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, making separate donations to cover their legal costs. Both Ahmaud and Breonna were recently killed — he was shot and killed while jogging in Georgia, having allegedly been chased by three men (one of which was a former cop) who accused him of burglary; Breonna was killed in Kentucky in her own home by police after officers busted in without warning in a "no-knock warrant" case.

Kanye's rep said he's also opening up his wallet to help out several black-owned businesses that were victims of looting in his hometown of Chicago, which occurred during continuing demonstrations and protests against police brutality.

Thus far, Kanye has donated $2 million to multiple causes, TMZ reported, citing his rep. 

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Of course, Chicago is hardly the lone city dealing with unrest. George Floyd's death, which was caught on video, has sparked worldwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

George died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25 after a white police officer pinned him to the ground for several minutes by kneeling on his neck, even though George repeatedly made it clear he couldn't breathe. That officer and three others have now been charged in the death.

Report shot down

Meghan McCain denies she left NYC to get firearms

Meghan McCain and her team are firing back at speculation that she left New York City for Virginia to be closer to guns.

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"The View" co-host recently tweeted that she was heartbroken over the vandalism and looting that has occurred in The Big Apple.

"My neighborhood in Manhattan is eviscerated and looks like a war zone," she tweeted, taking shot at New York City's leadership. "This is not America. Our leaders have abandoned us and continue to let great American cities burn to the ground and be destroyed. I never could have fathomed this."

A comedy writer mocked her, writing, "Meghan, we live in the same building, and I just walked outside. It's fine."

However, a source told Page Six said Meghan isn't even in New York City.

"She's in Virginia at a family home because she wanted to be in a place she could keep guns," the source said.

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Meghan's rep said it's "absolutely untrue" that the conservative host left New York for better access to guns, but sidestepped addressing her location.

Meghan also responded, "I am six months pregnant – a gossip organization is about to run a story of where me and my family are currently." 

She added that she was watching different news outlets cover the demonstrations and looting happening in New York City.

"I support the peaceful protests, their movement but am absolutely heartbroken about the destruction in the city I have loved since I moved to when I was 18," she wrote. "It is important to have your voice heard and I hope everyone stays safe and healthy."

harsh words

Former 'Access' coworker calls out Billy Bush over 'white privilege'

Billy Bush was on the receiving end of a fiery and racially-tinged tweet from one of his former co-workers.

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On Wednesday, longtime "Access Hollywood" host Shaun Robinson responded to an interview Billy did with former NFL player Nate Burleson that centered on systemic racism, the country-wide protests and the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

"Good Morning @thebillybush. I appreciate you being an ally NOW. But, if you want to talk about the pain #WhitePrivilege causes African Americans, you should probably also talk to the black woman who sat next to you on the set of  #AccessHollywood for years," Shaun tweeted. 

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Shaun did not elaborate or give further details, but she appeared to double down on her criticism of Billy on Thursday morning.

"No part-time allies needed," she wrote on Twitter next to a statement that read, "If you don't live it as a principle, don't hashtag it for publicity."

Billy and Shaun had lengthy careers at "Access Hollywood," as their tenure's overlapped from 2001 to 2015. In 2016, Billy left "Access" for a primo gig at NBC's "Today." However, he was fired by NBC within two months after audio of an "Access Hollywood" tape was leaked in which he laughed along to a pre-politics Donald Trump bragging about groping and kissing women, saying he would "grab 'em by the p—."

"It's such an ugly moment," Billy said earlier this year, recalling that infamous interview and the fallout. "Yeah you want to delete it, of course you want to delete it but you can't and it's out there for the world to consume."

"It's humiliating, it's embarrassing," he added. "There's no denying the moment is a terrible moment."

Billy now hosts "Extra."

Brittany's take

Lea Michele's 'Glee' co-star Heather Morris says working with her was 'unpleasant'

Another one of Lea Michele's "Glee" co-stars has spoken out about how the actress, who played Rachel Berry on the hit FOX show, treated her colleagues.

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Old wounds were opened on May 29 after Lea tweeted of the black man killed by white Minneapolis police officers in May, "George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter," to which actress Samantha Marie Ware — who appeared on 11 episodes of "Glee" during season 6 — replied, "LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD 'S— IN MY WIG!' AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD…"

The drama continued to make headlines as other actors and actresses weighed in too, likewise criticizing Lea's treatment of the people with whom she's shared a set. On June 3, Lea issued an apology — and it backfired. Fans and celebrities tore it apart for being insincere as she focused on how her behavior was "perceived" by others.

Later that day, the story was given fresh life after the most senior star on "Glee" yet — Heather Morris, who played cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce — took to social media to add her take on working with Lea.

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"Let me be very clear, Hate is a disease in America that we are trying to cure, so I would never wish for that hate to be spread to anyone else," Heather wrote. "With that said, was [Lea] unpleasant to work with? Very much so; for Lea to treat others with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did, I believe she SHOULD be called out." 

Heather continued, "And yet, it's also on us because to allow it to go on for so long without speaking out is something else we're learning along with the rest of society. But, at the current moment its implied that she is a racist and although I cannot comment on her beliefs, I think we're assuming, and you know what happens when we all assume…"

The next day, Australian actor Dean Geyer — who played Brody Weston, a boyfriend of Lea's character, for 14 episodes during season 4 — was the first co-star to publicly defend the actress. He told Daily Mail Australia, "Lea is still one of my favorite co-stars that I have had the pleasure of working with. She is extremely hard working and super fun to be around." He went on to praise her work ethic, calling it "so strong it forces you to always be on top of your game, and that's something I looked forward to everyday on set. I definitely learned a lot."

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Dean added, "When jumping onto a hugely successful and established show like 'Glee,' I went into it expecting to be known as the 'new guy' for at least a month, but that wasn't the case at all. I almost immediately felt welcomed, and to be totally honest, out of everyone, Lea was the most friendly to me." He continued, "I can only speak for myself and my own experience, but from what I saw during my time on set, there was nothing but professionalism and a genuine sense of community amongst the cast and crew. No one showed any signs of discomfort while Lea was on set. If I'm basing my opinion off my season, there definitely shouldn't be a reason for a backlash."

sexuality reveal

Lili Reinhart comes out as bisexual

Lili Reinhart has publicly opened up about her sexuality.

On her Instagram Story on Wednesday, the "Riverdale" actress came out as bisexual.

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While encouraging her social media followers to attend a LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter protest in West Hollywood, Lili wrote, "Although I've never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman."

Lili, 23, added, "I will be joining this protest today. Come join."

The announcement comes following Lili's split with her "Riverdale" co-star Cole Sprouse after three years of dating. While the split reports surfaced in May, sources said the duo actually broke up before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The former duo had been fending off split rumors for months. 

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While making no mention of the breakup, Lili spoke about focusing on herself in April.

"It's been an incredibly hard month for all of us," she wrote on Instagram. "And although this quarantine is isolating and extremely challenging for those of us who struggle with mental health, I have learned a lot about myself during this time. I have learned to cherish the people in my life who have stood by me through my best and my worst."

She added, "At the end of the day, all we have is each other. And all we can offer one another during this time is love and kindness. Love as hard as you can because the people around you may need it more than you think."

miracle man

Nick Cordero's wife says it's a 'miracle' he's still alive

Nick Cordero's wife has no problem tuning out all of the pessimists — she's not really interested in what they have to say.

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In an emotional Instagram post on Wednesday, Amanda Kloots said she's been told several times to say her final goodbyes to her Tony-nominated husband.

"I've been told a couple times that he won't make it. I've been told to say goodbye. I've been told it would take a miracle. Well, I have faith," she wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Nick and their newborn son, Elvis. "Faith that is small as a mustard seed sometimes, but that is all you need sometimes."

Nick has now been hospitalized for more than two months due to Covid-19 complications. For six weeks of that hospitalization, he remained in a coma — during which he had his right leg amputated. 

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The Broadway star has dealt with a slew of medical issues and setbacks. Amanda, who's been giving constant updates on her husband's condition, said in mid-May that Nick was awake and his mental status was good. A few days later, however, she said his health had gone "downhill." A further update on May 22 said he had improved.

"It's been another roller coaster," Amanda said on Instagram at the time, adding that Nick was "defying the odds."

During Wednesday's update, Amanda said, "He's still here and despite his odds gets slightly, slightly better every day. Where there is faith, there is hope. Where there is hope, there can be a miracle! Like my dad has said since day one, every day he's still with us is a miracle. I believe God is with us, with the doctors and with Nick."

learn and listen

Eve and husband having 'uncomfortable conversations' about race

Eve and her husband, multimillionaire Maximillion Cooper, have been together for 10 years, but they're now having some of their most meaningful and "uncomfortable" discussions.

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The rapper opened up those conversations with Maximillion, who's white, while co-hosting "The Talk."

"I am having some of the most difficult and uncomfortable conversations I think I've ever had — and vice versa — with my husband," Eve said. "But, at the same time, it's a beautiful thing, because … I don't know his life through his eyes. He doesn't know my life through my eyes."

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The couple married in 2014 after four years of dating.

"All he can do is try to understand and try to ask the questions, and he wants to understand, and that's what the nation — that's what the world — has to do," she said. "It's gonna be uncomfortable. Yeah, it's going to be uncomfortable! But we have to be OK with being uncomfortable so that we can get to a solution."

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The race-related conversations come following the death of George Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when a white police officer pinned him to the ground for several minutes by kneeling on his neck as George repeatedly cried out that he couldn't breathe. 

The killing set off worldwide protests and demonstrations against police brutality. 

"There are some people that are having beautiful, peaceful protests, with their fists in the air and their hands in the air and all different colors and genders, all together, on one knee, wanting to get past this," Eve said.

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The rapper is hopeful that the country and the world can learn from this moment and change police practices, which many believe are discriminatory against black men and women.

"We are under rock bottom," Eve said. "The only thing we can do now is to build up. I pray that we can build up from here."