Married

Stassi Schroeder secretly married Beau Clark last month

Stassi Schroeder secretly said "I do" last month.

The former "Vanderpump Rules" star revealed on Oct. 7 that she and Beau Clark quietly tied the knot in a small backyard ceremony, although they still plan to have a larger ceremony next fall.

"Today would've been our wedding day. We went and did it anyway. ❤️" she captioned a video from their nuptials. "Married sept 2020. Hopefully Italian dream wedding oct 2021."

She told Beau, "I am so proud to be your wife."

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Stassi, 32, didn't indicate who attended the private nuptials or how many people were there. 

The couple had previously spoken about postponing their wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic. "So planning a wedding that may be nonexistent is fun. Def recommend," she sarcastically tweeted in March.

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A lot has happened in Stassi's life since that sarcastic tweet. In June, Stassi was one of four "Vanderpump Rules" cast members notoriously fired for past racist actions, of which she's apologized for. Around the same time, she announced that she and Beau were expecting a child, a girl. The child is due in January. 

"I want to be a better person. I'm pregnant and I want my daughter to be proud of me, and I want to be part of the solution," she said during a recent appearance on the Tamron Hall show while discussing the controversial comments that got her fired from the reality TV show. "I've been a part of the problem for years now. And I recognize that and that's why I say, I don't feel like I'm a victim of cancel culture. People want me to be mad at it and I'm not. I needed it. I needed that."

Staying away

Decision made on future of 'The Wendy Williams Show'

Wendy Williams' departure from her eponymous talk show will continue on.

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On Jan, 27, producers of "The Wendy Williams Show" announced that Wendy will maintain her absence through at least early March. As has been the case all season, a rotation of guest hosts will fill in for her, including Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Michael Rapaport, Bevy Smith, Terrence J and Sherri Shepherd.

Despite Wendy's MIA status, producers are not willing to put her on ice for the entirety of the season. "Don't overreach," a rep for the show told Page Six when asked if Wendy would sit out the season.

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Wendy hasn't been on the air in months. According to reports, she was voluntarily admitted to a New York City hospital in September 2021 for a psychiatric evaluation. Around the same time, her team announced that the premiere date for her 13th season would be pushed back two weeks. Since then, a platoon of guests hosts have taken the reigns of the show. Wendy has yet to return for her 13th season.

In December, she was seen leaving a "wellness center" in Miami wearing a red Versace robe and walking barefoot. When a photographer asked how she was doing, the daytime host replied in third person. 

"Wendy is doing fabulous," she said before promising "lots more Wendy stuff."

There is growing chatter that "The Wendy Williams Show" could be on the chopping block as its namesake host continues to stay away. 

Scary incident

Car crashes into Taylor Swift's NYC home

A man was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation after crashing his car into Taylor Swift's New York City home. 

TMZ said the man drove the wrong way down the road that Taylor's building is on. He then reversed and hit the building with his car. He also struck a fire hydrant.

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After the Thursday morning crash, the man got out of his car and began trying to rip the intercom system of the apartment building off the wall, which pictures show he succeeded in doing.

Police arrived after 911 was called and the man was taken into custody. Cops reportedly believe the man was drunk and he facing potential charges for DWI and criminal mischief.

It's not known if Taylor was in her apartment at the time of the Jan. 27 incident. 

The man seemed to know that the "Red" singer lived in the building, as he supposedly told law enforcement he wasn't going to leave the area until he met Taylor, which he didn't do.

Plane crash

John David Duggar reportedly crashed airplane one month before brother's trial

The Duggar family continues to deal with more turbulence.

According to a new report from People magazine, John David Duggar, 32, was piloting an airplane that crashed in Tennessee last October. The incident largely went under the radar, as the "19 Kids and Counting" family was prepping for Josh Duggar's child sexual abuse trial

A 911 dispatcher told People that the reality TV star suffered "double engine failure" and was forced to land in a field. The Humphreys County Sheriff's Department confirmed that the accident took place the evening of Oct. 29, 2021, in Waverly, Tenn. and involved "a family from Arkansas." 

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The National Transportation Safety Board's report said that in addition to John, two others were aboard the Piper PA-30 at the time of the incident. The report noted the damage to the airplane was "substantial." 

No one was injured in the crash, nor is it known who else was in the airplane at the time.

John got his flight instructor certification in May 2021, and his commercial pilot license in November 2021. His wife, Abbie, is also a pilot. 

Reports indicate the plane was registered to Medic Choppers and belongs to the non-profit Medic Corps, where John is the Director of Business. 

Medic Corps' website said John began serving in emergency service as a Fireman and Emergency Medical Responder with the Fire Department, and he is also the CEO of Natural State Environmental Services.

The October 2021 crash came about a month before John's brother Josh's trial began in Arkansas. Josh pleaded not guilty to possessing and receiving child sexual abuse material. However, on Dec. 9, a jury convicted him and he faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. 

Josh has appealed the verdict.

B-Day tribute

Wolfgang Van Halen honors late father on what would have been 67th birthday

Wolfgang Van Halen is remembering his late father, Eddie Van Halen, on an important date.

On Jan. 26, the 30-year-old shared a throwback image with Eddie to mark what would have been his dad's 67th birthday.

"Happy Birthday, Pop. I love and miss you more than you could ever know," Wolf captioned the snap that shows him and his father sitting on a staircase together.

According to a date on the photo, the image was taken in 1995 when Wolf was 4 years old. 

The Van Halen guitarist died in October 2020 after a lengthy fight with cancer. Wolf tearfully announced the death on social media. 

"I can't believe I'm having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,'' he wrote at the time. "He was the best father I could ever ask for. I love you so much, Pop."

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Just two months after the death, Wolf spoke to Howard Stern about his grief.

"I'm awful. It's terrible. Every day, man. Some days are better than others. The pain is still there always, but you just kind of figure out how to carry it a little better as time goes on. But it's always gonna hurt," he said. 

"We had such a close connection and now, for the rest of my life, there's no way I'll never be able to think about him no matter what I do — which is good but also hurts a lot," he said.

Casting call

Cynthia Nixon meddled in 'And Just Like That…' casting because of lack of diversity in original series

Cynthia Nixon is one of the three pillars of the "Sex and the City" reboot, "And Just Like That…," but she didn't exactly jump at the chance to bring back her Miranda Hobbes character to the screen… At least not initially.

While on "The Drew Barrymore Show" on Jan. 26, the actress was asked, "Is it true that it was almost a difficult choice for you, something you battled with — grappled with — to do 'And Just Like That…'?"

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Cynthia, 55, confirmed the suspicion, saying she needed the reboot to be more progressive.

"Well, yes, if you revisit something that was such a big part of your life and so iconic. I mean, it's a big step but also it seemed to me we are very different people now, we are very different ages now," she said. "We were in our early 30s when we started. We are 55, 56 now. And the world is very different. I wanted to be sure — and I think we all wanted to be sure — that when we went back we could save a lot of what was great about the original and fix what was maybe not so great."

What was, in her words, "not so great"?

"Like the fact that it was such an overwhelmingly white show," she said. "That we would really open up the door and invite these new characters in and really do right by them so we could get great actors and actresses to play them."

The reboot certainly features much more diversity than its predecessor. New characters include Sara Ramirez's Che Diaz, Cynthia's non-binary love interest.

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Cynthia told Drew she "hand-picked" Sara for the part.

"I suggested them because I've been aware of them for so long and such a fan," Cynthia said. "I worked with Mike Nichols a bunch of times, especially when I was young, and he cast Sara in 'Spamalot,' for which they won a Tony. So I was always watching their career and stuff."

Photoshopping accusations

Kim Kardashian is again accused of Photoshopping bikini pic

Kim Kardashian deleted a social media picture this week after fans accused her of Photoshopping her leg to make it appear slimmer.

On Jan. 25, the reality TV star promoted a swimsuit from her new Skims collection in a slideshow of photos on Instagram. But one snap appeared to have been poorly edited: It showed Kim's leg somewhat warped, which led to the accusations. 

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"Kim what happened to your leg?" one fan asked, according to Page Six, while another tweeted, "Kim, Kim, Kim… Your right leg is, uh…"

Kim quickly took down the photo, but she left up the other snaps associated with the post.

The mother of four has long faced accusations that she Photoshops her photos — she was even recently ridiculed for apparently editing niece True Thompson's face onto niece Stormi Webster's body following a trip to Disneyland. A majority of the time, though, Kim is accused of slightly changing her own appearance online with a digital nip-and-tuck.

The Photoshopping accusations come as a new study claims that "slim-thick" imagery online causes more body dissatisfaction amongst young women. The study conducted by Toronto's York University even mentions Kim and sister Kylie Jenner by name, alleging they, among others, are contributing to the uneasiness regarding women's body confidence.

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Researchers describe the "slim-thick" physique as "a curvier or more full-body type, characterized by a small waist and flat stomach but large butt, breasts and thighs." The study insisted that a "slim-thick" physique is difficult to obtain naturally and claimed that alterations are often done to achieve this body image.

Body acceptance influencer Mik Zazon told the New York Post that the Kardashians, and others, are guilty of "manipulating authenticity," especially via social media.

Citing Kim's psoriasis outbreak from 2019, Mik said, "They're sharing photos that seem to be candid and effortless to show that they are human too, yet putting extreme filters on photos and videos to uphold their image. It's so easy to see something and believe that because [Kim's] showing her psoriasis, she can't be editing other parts of her body."

The "slim-thick" body ideal actually caused "more weight and appearance dissatisfaction" than the thinner imagery, the study found, adding, "The slim-thick ideal was most harmful to women's appearance, weight and overall body satisfaction. [It] may still represent an ideal of beauty that women find threatening and personally unattainable."

Car crash

'Succession' star Nicholas Braun involved in fiery car accident

Nicholas Braun was involved in a fiery car accident in Los Angeles this week, but he's unharmed.

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The "Succession" star took to Instagram to document the chaos, which apparently occurred while the actor's car was parked on the side of the street. While Nicholas's car was certainly damaged in the rear, the other car burst into flames. 

"This guy hit my parked car today, I watched it happen. It was crazy," he said on his Instagram Story on Jan. 25. He also included video of a man trying to put the flames out with a fire extinguisher.

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"It caught fire pretty quickly. This guy came outta nowhere with the extinguisher," Nicholas, who portrays Cousin Greg on the HBO series, continued.

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Although Nicholas didn't detail the crash, it appears that the other car hit his from behind. "My car is fine. Just gotta pop out these dents and it's good to go," he captioned a photo of the damage to his SUV.

Caught on camera

Michael Rapaport films thief brazenly stealing from drug store in broad daylight

Michael Rapaport's name was trending on Twitter after he captured video of a man brazenly shoplifting at a New York City Rite Aid and walking right past a security officer who also witnessed the thievery.

"What did I just witness?" the controversial comedian captioned the profanity-laced 45-second video. (Watch it here.) "Dude went straight shopping."

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The video shows a man walking right past a security guard and out the door after apparently filling up two bags with stolen goods. The guard doesn't try to stop the thief, who also doesn't seem to have a care in the world. 

"I can't believe I'm seeing this [expletive]. … This [expletive] guy just filled his two bags up with everything in Rite Aid, right here on 80th and First Avenue is walking down the street," Michael says in the video.

"Looking me in my face like, 'What's good?' My man just went Christmas shopping in January. He had the condoms, the shampoo," he continued.

Michael, who tagged new New York City Mayor Eric Adams in his Instagram post, later added, "I was just informed this Rite Aid is closing 2/15 because of this, leaving the workers JOBLESS."

Mayor Adams — a retired police officer who's been on the job for about three weeks — promised while campaigning that he would crack down on crime in The Big Apple.

A rep for Rite Aid told TMZ, "The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority, and we are grateful that no one was harmed in this situation. We are in the process of conducting a full investigation and will work with local law enforcement to identify and pursue this offender."

The statement continued, "Like all retailers, we've seen a much higher level of brazen shoplifting and organized retail crime over the last year, and we are taking an active role in helping law enforcement pursue these offenders as well as working with other retailers and local leaders to push for stronger legislation to deter these types of crimes."

Dipping into the details

Adele postponed Las Vegas residency over swimming pool set: Report

Ever since Adele abruptly canceled her Las Vegas residency show on the eve of its premiere, a sea of reasons have been reported as to what was really behind the 11th-hour axing. 

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The Sun claims one of the singer's biggest sticking points centered over a swimming pool set during "Easy On Me." 

"When she saw the finished design, she refused to take part," a source told the British outlet. "Adele described the pool as a 'baggy old pond' and refused, point blank, to stand in the middle of it. The intention was to fill it with water on the set as she was lifted up on a crane-type mechanism, creating the illusion she was floating on water."

Adele's months-long residency at Caesars Palace was scheduled to start on Jan. 21, but she pulled the plug on it one day before the curtain was set to rise. At the time, she blamed it on COVID breakouts and delivery delays. Shortly after, multiple reports claimed there was more to it. Over the weekend, Page Six reported that Adele was having arguments with her set designer, Esmeralda Devlin.

"In spite of the set costing millions to put together, Adele was unhappy with the result, and she made her feelings very clear to Es," an insider said. "She [Adele] was already nervous and the falling out sent her spiraling into a panic because she was desperate that everything should be perfect."

The Daily Mail alleged that the Caesars team wanted the singer to perform "Skyfall" with a 60-person choir and claimed that Adele's "stage fright" got the better of her. Adele supposedly wanted things to be more "low-key" and "all about the voice." Naysayers are scoffing at that notion, arguing that she could just sit on a stool and sing if that were the case. 

One industry source even cast doubt that Adele would make up the canceled dates. 

"Nobody cancels the day before. You have more than 24 hours' notice of COVID problems. I hear that Adele never wanted to do the Vegas shows in the first place," the Daily Mail's source said. "I very much doubt that they will be rescheduled; I don't think she's up to performing at this level for this amount of dates… She is a recording artist and not a performer and she should never have agreed to these shows in the first place." 

Adele has acknowledged many times that she suffers from stage fright. "She hates being on the stage. For her to commit to going on stage every weekend for three months is madness," the source said. "The point was always going to come when she would decide she wasn't going to do it."