'Jeopardy!' Backlash?

Why Katie Couric's Trump comments could affect her future on 'Jeopardy!'

Producers at "Jeopardy!" are reportedly worried Katie Couric's recent remarks about Donald Trump and his supporters will turn off the show's largely conservative audience.

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The former "Today" host — who's set to take over as a guest presenter on the trivia show in the wake of Alex Trebek's death — joined Bill Maher for a discussion about Donald Trump's legacy on the Jan. 15 edition of "Real Time."

During her appearance, Couric expressed frustration with congressional Republicans whom she said seem to be "believing the garbage that they are being fed 24/7 on the internet, by their constituents, and they bought into this big lie."

Couric added, "And the question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

She also expressed support for the outgoing president's second impeachment as well as his ban from Twitter, both of which came as Trump's comments at a MAGA rally were tied to the violent insurrection his supporters staged at the U.S. Capitol.

Speaking to Page Six in a report published late on Friday, Jan. 22, a "TV insider" said the veteran journalist's comments "immediately worried" "Jeopardy!" producers.

That's apparently because the show's demographic is older — the median age of its viewers is 64.2 — and "very conservative," according to the source.

"And the show has always steered clear of politics," the insider continued, noting that producers are concerned about the timing of her comments, which could spark "a backlash against her" from its key viewers.

"'Jeopardy!' viewers are quite a traditional bunch, and there's fears she might be too polarizing after this," the source said. "At the very least, she already appears to have ruled herself out of becoming the permanent host of the show."

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Couric's comments have already come under fire from conservative pundits including Fox News contributor Joe Concha.

A second insider suggested similar concerns likely influenced the apology Ken Jennings gave in December for anti-Trump tweets he posted years earlier. That mea culpa came less than a month before he guest hosted the show.

"Katie will be under huge pressure to apologize also," the source predicted.

Alex Trebek, who died in November following a battle with pancreatic cancer, pre-taped a handful of "Jeopardy!" episodes shortly before his death. The final one aired on Jan. 8.

Couric will be the first woman to ever host the show. Actress Mayim Bialik and NFL star Aaron Rodgers are also on tap to serve as upcoming guest hosts.

marriage secrets

Chris Hemsworth's wife reveals secret to their picture-perfect marriage

Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth's marriage is no laughing matter… actually, it is.

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While speaking with Hola! magazine recently, the actress says humor is a central component of their lives.

"We enjoy doing the same stuff and Chris has a great sense of humor and knows how to take the sting out of things," she said. "He always makes me and the kids laugh or when I'm angry, he tells a joke to lighten the mood. Humor counts for a lot. More than anything, I enjoy laughing with him."

The couple and their children —  India, 9 , and twin sons, Tristan and Sasha, 7 — have also settled into a lifestyle that works for them. That lifestyle is surrounded by nature, not skyscrapers.

Cringing at the family's recent move to Sydney for work, Elsa said, "I definitely couldn't live in [a city] again. It's not for me."

The children, she said, struggled with "all the traffic" in Sydney, as they're used to the more laidback Bryon Bay, where they family primarily resides.

"The children were longing to revert back to being barefoot savages," she said. "This is where we belong, where my children have grown up."

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The move to Sydney is only temporary while Elsa and Chris work on separate projects. 

"It's a whole new experience… I can't dress down as much as I do in Byron Bay – we hope to get back there on the weekends," she told The Sydney Morning Herald. "Byron has been beautiful. We made the right decision in 2014 to leave [Los Angeles] and come to Australia – it's been great for the kids to be in nature, enjoy animals and go horse riding." 

Ex fight

Shannon Beador and ex feud over daughter's 'Housewives' presence

Shannon Beador and her ex-husband have reached a boiling point in their battle over their minor daughter's appearances on "The Real Housewives of Orange County."

In short, she wants the girl's lives documented in front of cameras, whereas he doesn't.

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Shannon, who shares three daughters with David Beador (two of whom are under 18,) filed emergency documents in court asking a judge to allow her two 17-year-old daughters to continue filming the reality TV show, The Blast reported. 

In the filing, Shannon says Bravo is ready to begin filming the show but wants access to the teens and her house. 

"The filming of the Show is my primary career and is part of and supportive of my primary income source, for which I use said income to care for my children. If my children do not film on the show, I will be in violation of my contract and will lose my job, and thus my ability to earn income," she said. 

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The longtime "Housewives" star also included a letter from show producers in which they say Shannon would get the axe if cameras can't roll freely inside the home.

"Quite simply, then, without any access to Shannon's children, we are not able to document Shannon's life, and therefore she will not have satisfied the contingencies in her agreement with us and we will not be able to have her on the show going forward," the letter said.

David, though, believes the minor girl's involvement in the show could have ramifications in regard to his new marriage. While he does admit that he allowed the girls to participate in the show in year's past, he claims things are "much different" now. David argues that he wants to "protect and not expose" his "new family" to reality TV.

"My current wife also has two other children of her own that do not need to have their mother exposed to possible disparaging comments made about our family on national television," he says in the legal docs. 

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In the event that Shannon stays on as a "Housewives" cast member, David is insisting that she make no disparaging comments about him or his wife on the show.

"I find it very troubling that these proposed limitations are not acceptable with the (Shannon) and/or her counsel considering the fact that (Shannon) and I both have joint legal custody. It is also concerning to me that these narrowly tailored limitations are not acceptable with the (Shannon) and/her counsel because it gives me the feeling that she does in fact intend on referencing either myself, my new wife, and our new daughter during the filming of this 16th season. This Is absolutely not acceptable to me," he wrote.

Picture perfect?

Britney Spears posts fourth topless picture in a week to Instagram

Britney Spears is again baring it all, but fans are beginning to wonder if something more sinister is at play. 

On July 23, the pop star shocked her 32.7 million Instagram followers when she posted a topless image with only her hands covering her breasts. Four days later, she posted a similar image. On July 29, a third topless image was shared. A similar photo as also shared on Friday night. In all the snapshots, she captioned them with just emojis.

While fans initially praised Britney for her daring posts, many have changed their tune and fear that the snaps could haunt her in regards to her conservatorship case

"Sooooo, no one thinks her account is getting trolled by someone else to manipulate her case…," one fan commented.

A slew of others mentioned being "concerned" about the posts and the singer. Others said this fourth post seemed "suspicious."

"I feel these are private and being posted without her consent," one person said after the July 30 image was shared. 

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Britney has been very active on Instagram this week. Just before her new topless post, she posted a meme that appears to be a direct shot at those involved in her conservatorship case. 

"If standing up for yourself burns a bridge, I have matches. We ride at dawn," the message said. 

The wording appears to refer to everyone involved in her case, but mainly her father and her family, who she's not minced words about of late.

Around the same time as all these posts, Britney had a little fun, sharing fan art of her and Cher eating ice cream in Saint-Tropez in France, a reference to an exchange the women had on social media last week

"Maybe I'll just be nice and plant here and keep my dreams alive by thinking about visiting St. Tropez with @cher and eating ice cream… She was one of my favorite singers as a kid and I loved to dress up as her," Britney wrote on Instagram. The following day, the "Believe" icon saw the message and responded. "When #FreeBritney is FINALLY FREE, I'm Taking her to San Tropez & We'll Eat Ice Cream To Her Hearts Content."

Great news!

Bob Odenkirk gives update on condition after 'small heart attack'

Just days after collapsing on the set of "Better Call Saul" after a "small heart attack," Bob Odenkirk is appreciative and back to his jovial self.

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"Hi.  It's Bob. Thank you. To my family and friends who have surrounded me this week. And for the outpouring of love from everyone who expressed concern and care for me.  It's overwhelming. But I feel the love and it means so much," he tweeted on July 30. "I had a small heart attack. But I'm going to be ok thanks to Rosa Estrada and the doctors who knew how to fix the blockage without surgery. Also, AMC and SONYs support and help throughout this has been next-level. I'm going to take a beat to recover but I'll be back soon."

The tweet came after Bob's pal David Cross conveyed that the two-time Emmy winner was recovering nicely.

"Just got off the phone with Bob and he's doing great! Joking and japing and joshing," David tweeted.

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It's believed that the the actor is still at a New Mexico hospital.

"Both he and his family are overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and concern everyone has shown," David said of his friend. "You will be hearing from him soon. But he's doing really well!!!"

Just two days earlier things seemed to be going in the right direction when David also tweeted simply, "Bob won."

Things were scary earlier this week when the actor was rushed to the hospital after collapsing on the set of the show

For a full 24 hours, little was publicly known about the actor's condition. On July 28, TMZ claimed "it did not look good" in the early goings, even saying it was "touch and go." Eventually, Bob's condition improved. 

Bob's rep also issued a statement once he was said to be out of the woods. 

"Bob and his family would like to express gratitude for the incredible doctors and nurses looking after him, as well as his cast, crew and producers who have stayed by his side," the statement said. "The Odenkirks would also like to thank everyone for the outpouring of well wishes and ask for their privacy at this time as Bob works on his recovery."

Troll takedown

'Bachelorette' rips trolls after sharing lingerie pic

Score one for Katie Thurston. Score none for online trolls.

On July 29, the "Bachelorette" posted a sexy lingerie image to Instagram, captioning it with nothing more than a heart emoji. In the snap, Katie donned a lacy black bra and matching underwear while laying on top of a bed.

The image send hearts racing to the vast majority of her followers, but not everyone seemed pleased (or rather, they did not accept this rose pose). 

"Really, why do you feel like this is appropriate? Save this for your husband not the whole world," one laptop warrior said. Katie noticed the comment and fired back. 

"Are you talking about my torso? Should I also avoid swimming pools and beaches?" she asked, according to Page Six. She added, "I'm not ashamed of my body. I celebrate it."

Another troll brought up Katie's deeply personal reveal on "Bachelorette" this season in which described being sexually assaulted a decade ago. 

"Imagine crying about being sexually assaulted and you post this," someone wrote, followed by laughing emojis.

"Your comment is saying that my body caused the sexual assault instead of the [sic] placing blame on the person who actually committed the act," Katie retorted. "And this is what's wrong with our society. Did my body cause him to forget what consent means?"

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The haters were certainly in the minority, as most fans lauded the reality TV star. The picture was called "jaw dropping," and "fire" by Bachelor Nation diehards. Several people noted that Kate's picture inspired them to workout. One joked, "Slowly puts lid back on the Pringles container."

Perhaps the most accurate comment came via a play on Katie's last name, as one follower called her "KATIE THURSTTRAP."

Transphobic remarks

Kelly Dodd apologizes for transphobic remarks in Cameo video

Stop us if you heard this before: Kelly Dodd is apologizing after some controversial remarks.

The former "Real Housewives of Orange County" star came under fire this week after making some transphobic remarks during a Cameo video.

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"This is Jennifer 'she/her.' I don't get this," Kelly said in the Cameo video. "You're either a boy or a girl, OK? You're born a girl or a boy. I don't get it. You're Jennifer. I'm sorry."

Elsewhere in the video, Kelly, 45, was also demeaning to her own daughter, referring to her as "lazy."

After the video began ruffling the Internet's feathers, Kelly took to Instagram to apologize and defend her stance, saying she's "not transphobic" but rather "unfamiliar with the language."

"Here's the thing, I've been doing Cameos now for two years and I never saw the pronoun thing before. This was the first time I saw a reference of he/him/she/they/them," she said. "I grew up, I grew up in Arizona with people [who] were born a boy and a girl and maybe a hermaphrodite here and there. But that's how I grew up. I grew up that way and so did everybody in my era. That's what I'm used to."

She continued, "When I was reading the Cameo I saw the pronouns and we'd been drinking and I was just reacting in my own raw and unfiltered way. I want to be very, very clear about this. That I accept everyone for who they are. I accept everyone for who they want to be and who they believe themselves to be and I don't hate on anyone. I'm not transphobic. I was just unfamiliar with the language."

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"In the same way people want me to be tolerant of them, I only ask you to be tolerant of me," she said. "I do have very strong opinions and you may not agree with them in the same way that I might not agree with your opinions… If you want me to be tolerant, then you also have to be tolerant of me. That's only fair. I'm learning and I'm growing and maybe you can help me with this." 

Over the past year, Kelly has been ripped multiple times for her thoughts, particularly in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. At one point last year, she called the coronavirus "God's way of thinning out the herd." She also seemed apathetic to lives lost due to COVID a few days later. In the summer, many felt she was mocking the Black Lives Matter protests, as well.

In January 2021, she blamed her social media blunders on "cancel culture."

Lawsuit jokes

Dave Bautista jokes about Scarlett Johansson's Disney lawsuit

Scarlett Johansson's beef with Disney might not have ever happened if executives would have just listened to Dave Bautista, the actor joked.

On July 30, Dave shared a link about ScarJo's lawsuit over the release of her film "Black Widow." He then added, "Told em they should've made a #Drax movie but noooooo!"

Like ScarJo, Dave is a part of the Marvel Universe, as he plays Drax the Destroyer in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" films. He's also been in "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Endgame." While his tweet was certainly meant in jest, he has pleaded for a Drax-based film before.

In a previous chat with MTV UK, he said, "Even if it's not me portraying Drax, I just think it is an interesting story to tell."

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ScarJo's issues with Disney are less about storyline and centered solely on money. On July 29, the actress filed a lawsuit against the Mouse House, alleges it breached her contract by releasing "Black Widow" on its streaming service, Disney+. 

The film was actually simultaneously released in theaters and on the service.

According to her filing, Scarlett agreed that her salary for the film would be primarily based on the film's box office haul, and since it was available for streaming, it kept many people out of the theaters, thus affecting the box office numbers. 

"To maximize these receipts, and thereby protect her financial interests, Ms. Johansson extracted a promise from Marvel that the release of the picture would be a 'theatrical release,'" the suit claimed. "As Ms. Johansson, Disney, Marvel, and most everyone else in Hollywood knows, a 'theatrical release' is a release that is exclusive to movie theatres. Disney was well aware of this promise, but nonetheless directed Marvel to violate its pledge and instead release the picture on the Disney+ streaming service the very same day it was released in movie theatres." 

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Scarlett alleges she tried to renegotiate her deal once Disney made the decision to stream the film but she heard nothing back.

Disney later fired back. "The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic," Disney said in a statement. "Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson's contract and furthermore, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date."

According to box office numbers, "Black Widow" grossed nearly $160 million at the domestic and overseas box offices. The film made $60 million from streaming on its first weekend.

Medical issue

Ali Fedotowsky diagnosed with shingles

Former "Bachelorette" Ali Fedotowsky has made a personal health reveal on Instagram: she's been diagnosed with shingles.

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The reality TV star admitted to hiding her face on social media since the diagnosis.

"I don't really know why I wanted to hide it. I think it's mostly because I didn't want the added stress or pressure of the Internet while I was trying to rest and heal," Ali, 36, wrote. "In fact, stress is likely the reason I got #shingles. I'm sharing now because I hope my story will help others detect it early. I didn't even think it was possible to get it at my age."

Shingles, a painful neurological condition, is fairly uncommon for someone of Ali's age. It's typically associated with seniors.

Ali, who was Season 6's "Bachelorette," said she first felt off when her forehead felt "itchy & tingly." After consulting with her doctor via FaceTime, Ali found out the cause of the discomfort.

"I am soooo grateful that she diagnosed me early and got me on the proper medication," she wrote. "So early that it was a day before I even had a tiny little pimple-like spot on my face which I wouldn't have thought twice about & days before I had multiple spots that ended up causing swelling and blurred vision in my eye." 

She continued, "So needless to say, I'm trying to limit the stress in my life and hoping my vision clears up. Today the swelling is down a lot so I'm grateful for that!"

Conservatorship battle

Britney Spears' doctors want dad removed from conservatorship: Report

Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, is losing supporters at a rapid pace, including the pop star's personal conservator and a team of medical professionals.

On July 29, Jodi Montgomery, Brit's personal conservator, filed legal documents asking the court to remove Jamie as conservator of Britney's business affairs and estate, claiming the singer's doctors are urging for his ousting.

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Jodi, according to TMZ, argued that it would be in Britney's best interest to have Jamie removed. The development could have huge ramifications. "If her medical doctors and therapists think Jamie's presence is tormenting Britney, that is probably enough for the judge to boot him from the conservatorship," the report said.

Like Britney, Jodi believes that Jason Rubin should be put in charge of the estate, as he's a CPA with credentials who is unrelated to the "Toxic" singer. For Britney, it seems that she wants someone impartial to run her estate, at least for the time being, as she's railed against her family for months. She's called for her father to be thrown in jail for "conservatorship abuse" and said her entire family has done "nothing" to support her.

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Since her bombshell testimony last month, Britney has been on the offensive in her bid to end the conservatorship that's run her life for the past 13 years. On July 14, a judge allowed her to hire her own lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, in her quest. Mathew has since officially filed paperwork asking a judge to remove Jamie.

Britney and her new attorney argued that Jamie has essentially terrorized the pop star over the course of the conservatorship. The documents say that father and daughter have a "venomous" relationship that's "traumatizing, insane and depressing."

"It impairs Ms. Spears's mental health, her well-being, and her ability to pursue and continue with her extraordinary career," the docs allege, while also claiming Jamie is ill-equipped to even handle Britney's business affairs.