Lashing out

Wendy Williams has no sympathy for Duchess Meghan

In the new documentary "Harry & Meghan: An African Journey," which aired on Britain's ITV network on Oct. 20 and hits American airwaves on ABC on Oct. 23, Duchess Meghan opened up about the struggles she's experienced since marrying Prince Harry.

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But while the American royal's frankness has been met with widespread support in the States, talk show host Wendy Williams has spoken out to tell her viewers that she's not buying it.

The former Meghan Markle confessed it's been difficult to cope with royal life as a new wife and new mother to 5-month-old son Archie amid constant attacks from the tabloid press. "Look, any woman — especially when they are pregnant — you're really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn — you know? And especially as a woman, it's a lot…" she said before thanking journalist Tom Bradby for asking how she was faring. "Not many people have asked if I'm OK," she said.

Wendy weighed in on her Oct. 22 show. "Meghan, nobody feels sorry for you. You knew what you were signing up for, girl!" she said, as reported by Page Six.

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In the documentary, Meghan admitted that British friends warned her not to marry Harry. "…My British friends said to me, 'I'm sure he's great but you shouldn't do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life.' And I very naively — I'm American, we don't have that there — 'What are you talking about? That doesn't make any sense, I'm not in tabloids.' I didn't get it…"

Wendy wasn't having it. "Yes you did. You knew exactly what you were doing," Wendy — who called the person who warned Meghan to back away from Harry "some hating-a– girlfriend" — continued. "And I applaud her plot-ation on the royal situation. But please, don't try to garner sympathy from us. You knew what you were doing. Or Meghan's lying to try and get sympathy, for us to give her sympathy, if someone in fact told [her] that," she alleged.

According to Wendy, Meghan had to have known she'd be hounded by the media and photographers. "…You're now a royal. They weren't following you when you were on 'Suits.' We didn't even know who you were except when you came for employment here at 'Wendy' and wanted to be one of our runway models."

Back in July, Wendy claimed that at some point when Meghan was still an actress, "She came here to be on one of our models… This was before she met the man — the redhead, Harry — but Meghan knows [the] 'Wendy' show," the host claimed, adding "Meghan wanted to work here."

Wedding bells

Ariana Grande quietly married fiance over the weekend: Report

Ariana Grande quietly tied the knot over the weekend, according to a new report.

The singer and Dalton Gomez exchanged "I dos" at her mansion in Montecito, Calif., in front of about 20 people, according to TMZ.

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The report, published on May 17, says the wedding was rather informal and there was no real "ceremony." 

"The whole thing was very intimate and filled with a lot of love," the report states.

It's not known if the secret and private wedding has been in the works for some time, or if it was more spur-of-the-moment. The home where the wedding took place was formerly owned by Ellen DeGeneres. Ariana purchased it in June for $6.75 million.

Ariana and Dalton, a real estate agent, have been dating for over a year and got engaged around Christmas time. 

Back in April, she posted a series of images with Dalton to Instagram.

"My heart my person!!!," she captioned the images. "Thank u so much for being u."

Wedding wants

Paris Hilton's fiancé doesn't want a TV wedding (but it's happening)

You can't always get what you want. 

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Last week, Paris Hilton announced that she will star in a new docuseries on Peacock about her wedding. Paris' fiance, Carter Reum, however, would rather stay behind the camera.

During a chat with Extra, the heiress was asked if her beau was on board with the idea for the 13-episode show.

"No, I'm still trying to convince him," she said. "He doesn't like the camera. He doesn't do red carpets, doesn't do interviews. He's so focused on his business, and I love that about him. And you don't know if they want him for you or attention and it's not like that with him at all, so it's different from any relationship, and I like that he shies away from that."

Despite Carter's reservations, the show is a go (and will likely focus far more on Paris than him). The "Simple Life" alum says viewers will get a sneak peak into all aspects of the wedding: the planning, the bachelorette party and, of course, the ceremony.

"There's going to be a lot of beautiful moments," Paris said of the show currently titled "Paris In Love." 

Paris' mother, Kathy Hilton, is helping plan the wedding, which is slated for 2021. 

"I'm just over the moon. I feel like I finally found my fairy-tale happy ending with my Prince Charming," Paris said. "He is just so incredible, I can't wait for this next phase of my life."

Backlash

Ricky Schroder apologizes amid backlash for berating Costco employee

Ricky Schroder is being ripped online for posting an Instagram video showing him berating a California Costco employee who refused to let the former child star enter the store without a face mask.

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The employee, named Jason, maintained his cool and explained that that particular Costco in Los Angeles was abiding by the California state-wide mask mandate, which is still currently in place.

"You're going to listen to these people? They've destroyed our economy. They're destroying our state. And you're just going to listen to their rules?," Ricky shouts at the man and explains that he is getting a refund from the store, and he encouraged his followers to do the same.

The employee explains that the state-wide mask mandate is likely to end sometime in June. 

"Boycott Costco till they act like a Free American Company…not [China]," Ricky captioned a video. 

While Ricky was probably expecting to get applauded for his actions, the opposite occurred. 

"Dude I get the frustration but this guy is literally doing his job… if he doesn't then he loses his job and way to feed his family," one person commented on the post. Another added, "Sorry, even being a strong conservative and anti-masker, the Costco dude is right. ONLY if the state and county do not have a mask mandate. He's only trying to do his job."

"I don't think employees should be harassed," a different commenter said. 

A few hours after posting his video, Ricky posted a different video that covered an array of topics making him angry. In it, he addressed the Costco video.

"Jason, nothing personal. I'm not upset with you or anybody in the position like you have, who works for a living," he said. "I understand you were following your laws and rules. I was trying to make a point to the corporate overlords and I'm sorry that I had to use you to do it. And if I hurt your feelings, I apologize. I do think that independence for medical tyranny is more important than hurting people's feelings, so I'm sorry I hurt your feelings."

Scandal fallout

Macy's pulls Chrissy Teigen's cookware amid twitter scandal: Report

Chrissy Teigen's resurfaced tweets trolling Courtney Stodden has again affected her bottom line. 

According to The Sun, Macy's has stopped carrying her Cravings by Chrissy Teigen cookware line. This comes just days after it was reported that Target stopped carrying the line, as well. 

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While Target broke ties with the model before the scandal, the Macy's development appears to be directly related to the online bullying. Shoppers trying to purchase Chrissy's products were told they were "unavailable" on Macy's website this weekend. By May 17, a search for Craving's products on the department store's site said, "We couldn't find a match for your search."

Other stores and online retailers still carry the products. 

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In March, Courtney, who identifies as non-binary and uses the pronouns they/them, recalled how the model would send mean-spirited direct messages to them in 2011 and 2012. On May 12, Chrissy owned up to her past behavior and publicly apologized

"Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bulls*** in front of the entire world. I'm mortified and sad at who I used to be I was an insecure, attention seeking troll," she tweeted. "I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel." 

She also told her fans, "And I am so sorry I let you guys down. I will forever work on being better than I was 10 years ago, 1 year ago, 6 months ago." 

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Courtney accepted the apology but also suspected Chrissy's motivation was linked to her partnership deals. 

costume change

Kim Kardashian buys Janet Jackson's outfit from 'If' for $25k

Kim Kardashian's wardrobe has gotten a little nastier.

On May 16, the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star took to her Instagram Story to wish Janet Jackson a happy 55th birthday. She then revealed that she won the outfit Janet wore in her 1993 music video "If" at an auction. 

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"Happy Birthday Queen!" Kim wrote on Instagram alongside a clip of the singer wearing the iconic outfit. "For @janetjackson's bday bc I'm such a fan I can't believe I won this on @juliens_auctions."

The "Nasty" singer responded to Kim on her own Instagram. "Thank u so much @kimkardashian!," she wrote. "I hope 'IF' gives u as much pleasure as it did me."

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Just a few days prior to the social media message exchange, Juliens Auctions tweeted out an image of the outfit — a  crop top featuring white lacing and black flair pants — and a noted that it had ben purchased for $25,000. Although the auction house didn't reveal the identity of the buyer, Kim decided to out herself over the weekend. 

"Thank you and congratulations to @kimkardashian for her win of @janetjackson's 'If'  music video worn ensemble in our 'Iconic Treasures from the Legendary Career and Life of Janet Jackson' auction at http://juliensauctions.com," the auction house later tweeted after Kim's big reveal. 

Kim, of course, has a history with the Jackson family, as she previously dated Michael's nephew T.J. Jackson. Further, she and her estranged husband, Kanye West, once purchased a velvet jacket worn by Michael Jackson for their daughter North. They also purchased the white fedora the "King of Pop" wore in "Smooth Criminal."

Show business

The two women most likely to replace Ellen DeGeneres' show…

While many stars would probably love to take over Ellen DeGeneres' coveted time slot when she leaves her eponymous talk show, NBC executives are reportedly zeroing in on two names — one of which is currently in the network's stable.

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According to TMZ, Kelly Clarkson is the "likely successor," but nothing is set in stone. 

While NBC loves Kelly, network heads are trying to determine if the ratings dip in the Kelly Clarkson Show are due to the pandemic. The show is expected to be back up and running at full force soon, and they are eagerly awaiting those numbers. 

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The other name being tossed around at NBC is Tiffany Haddish.

The "Girls Trip" actress has guest hosted for Ellen with much success several times, so her name is reportedly near the top of NBC's list. Whether Tiffani would be interested in hosting her own show full time remains to be seen. 

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"No one in her camp is willing to say if she would even entertain the idea of doing a Monday-thru-Friday talk show, which is a real grind," TMZ reported. 

Considering Tiffany's star power and the amount of projects on her plate, NBC would almost certainly have to dole out a boatload of money for her to play ball.

Ellen's show is set to end in 2022 after its 19th season. 

footage issue

Elton John telecast footage being 'held hostage' by actor: Report

On Sunday, Elton John will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the AIDS Walk: Live at Home virtual telecast. But there's one person you won't be hearing from: Elton John.

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According to a bizarre lawsuit and insider comments, the singer and his husband, David Furnish, recorded an acceptance speech for the show several weeks ago, but the footage is being held "hostage" by the man who filmed it: "Jersey Boys" actor Erich Bergen. The actor, who also starred in "Madam Secretary," has reportedly only sent in a version with a watermark on it.

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MZA Events claims in its lawsuit that it hired Erich several weeks ago and paid him $38,000 to produce a video of Elton and David for the telecast. In legal documents obtained by Page Six, MZA claims Erich "provided the video in an unusable [watermarked] format out of spite and for the purpose of antagonizing MZA Events because MZA Events was unwilling to accommodate Mr. Bergen's 'my way or the highway' approach to producing the video."

"Mr. Bergen has acted in bad faith. He has not taken these issues seriously, for example, responding by writing 'LOL!' when MZA Events raised its concerns about the harm that he is causing to its charitable partners," the court records go on to allege. "He otherwise has gone silent, refusing to provide a usable copy of the video or otherwise act appropriately and professionally."

The lawsuit contends that MZA and Erich agreed that the event's company would own the rights to the raw footage. 

"He held this video footage hostage. When you look at the entire program in its entirety, there's Eric Garcetti congratulating Elton and David, Ann Margret and George Takei, it's strange when you don't have Elton and David accepting the award," a source said.

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Eric's rep told Page Six the actor had no contract with MZA and "any suggestion of this is simply a lie."

"None of this is remotely true and frankly, very disturbing. There was no contract between Mr. Bergen and MZA Events. MZA hasn't paid him a dime. We're suspicious of the motives behind the filing of the lawsuit. Mr. Bergen hasn't done anything to derail the event," the rep said.

However, an insider tells Page Six, "Why would he shoot [the video] if he wasn't [paid]? It's all bizarre, but the event is moving forward. All of the charitable organizations are still behind it. We're making the best of the situation."

The Big C?

'Tiger King' star believes he has prostate cancer in prison

Incarcerated "Tiger King" star Joe Exotic believes that he has prostate cancer, and he's urging President Biden to issue a pardon so he can get medical treatment at home. 

Although it seems that Joe hasn't been diagnosed by a doctor, he tells TMZ that his prostate-specific antigen test came back very high and probable for prostate cancer

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"The prison has approved testing to verify what state [the cancer] is in," Joe says. 

The reality TV star is set to undergo further testing, but he argues that the prison facility is limited in its abilities. 

"I have lost a tremendous amount of weight, the mouth sores are out of control, I throw up more than I eat. I don't want anyone's pity, what I need is when [attorney] John Phillips gets the evidence he is working on, I need the world to help him get President Biden, VP Harris and the Attorney General to listen to the evidence," Joe said. 

Joe most recently tried desperately to get Donald Trump to issue a pardon for him, but the former President failed to do so. 

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The zookeeper has been trying to get out of incarceration since day one. Last summer, less than five months into a 22-year federal prison sentence, Joe said he was likely to die in prison.

"I'll be dead in 2-3 months," he wrote in a letter last June. "It's like I have been send to Death Row. They stopped all of my medication except one. This place is hell on earth."

Permission wanted

Lori Loughlin, husband ask judge to approve Mexican vacation

Lori Loughlin and her husband are trying to go south as they move on from their prison stints.

TMZ, citing legal documents, reported on May 14 that Lori and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, filed paperwork asking a judge to approve their planned travel to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.

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The couple said they hope to begin a weeklong family vacation south of the border in June. Seeing that they're both on supervised release, they must get permission from a judge in order to leave the country. In their request, the couple claims that their probation officers are okay with the trip.

Lori and Mossismo both recently served time in prison for their roles in a college admissions scandal — she was released from prison on December 28, 2020, after a two-month sentence; he was released from prison in early April after spending nearly five months behind bars.

The Mexican vacation request comes as the embattled couple is reportedly eyeing a more permanent change of scenery. Last month, a report claimed that Lori and Mossimo were looking to buy a home in Idaho to get away from the hectic Los Angeles lifestyle. The move would also help them "work on their marriage," a source told Us Weekly.

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The transition back into post-prison normalcy has been rough for the "Fuller House" star and her fashion designer husband, as they are said to be struggling with their privacy. Idaho, the insider tells Us, would "be a good call for them."

"Lori loves hiking, skiing and the outdoors. Taking long hikes calms her and she looks forward to her hikes daily," the source said. Likewise, Mossimo "also loves the outdoors and especially the snowboarding and skiing that Idaho has to offer."

"They can start anew and work on their marriage together as the whole college scandal has taken a toll on both of them, as well as their marriage," the source concluded.