Oscar's issue

Why the Oscars may have a tough time replacing Kevin Hart

On paper, hosting the Academy Awards should be at the top of any entertainer's bucket list. In reality, that's not the case, and the Academy is finding that out the hard way.

The Academy has been scrambling to replace Kevin Hart as the Oscars host, but the search hasn't been fruitful. TMZ reports that it all has to do with money.

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"The infamously small paycheck for hosting the Oscars has been an underlying issue for the Academy for a long time," the website reports. "The Academy doesn't like to shell out for a host because they consider it the opportunity of a lifetime."

For some, that's true. Before Kevin stepped down as host in light several offensive tweets, he was thrilled to serve as host.

How much (or how little) does the gig actually pay? Jimmy Kimmel said he got $15,000 to host in 2017. Considering the scrutiny, pressure and preparation that comes along with the job, that paycheck isn't worth it for many of entertainment's biggest stars.

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Since the show needs to fill Kevin's void in a hurry, TMZ notes that whoever the Academy is approaching to host has some serious leverage at the negotiating table.

'Housewives' star wants criminal case tossed because of 'dry' contacts

"Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" star Jen Shah is accusing authorities of "trickery" in her arrest earlier this year, and she claims that "dry" contact lenses led her to involuntarily waive her Miranda rights. 

Jen is asking a judge to toss her case, in which she's been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money in connection with a telemarketing scheme.

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Page Six obtained court papers wherein the reality TV star argues that her indictment was "bare-bones" and a "flawed theory of criminality." She also says poor eyesight resulted in her accidentally waiving her Miranda rights.

"My contact lenses, which were in my eyes, were dry, and I did not have my reading glasses, so my vision was blurry and I was unable to read the paper in front of me," she said. In the new legal documents, her lawyers claim Jen signed the papers "as a direct result of law enforcement deception and trickery calculated to overpower her will."

Last April, an indictment out of the Southern District of New York claimed that Jen and her assistant, Stuart Smith, ripped off hundreds of victims across the country, mainly elderly people, by encouraging them to invest in online projects and selling them phony business services for years. They are alleged to have complied lists of "leads," who were people previously exploited. They then allegedly shared those victim's names with co-conspirators who could exploit the "leads" again. Jen and Stuart would then supposedly take a cut. 

The Homeland Security Investigations Agency said in a statement that Jen and Stuart "built their opulent lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people."

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 If convicted, Jen and Stuart could face 30 years in prison.

Jen, though, argues there are "multiple flaws in the theory of this case [and] the investigation." In fact, she says she was confused about the arrest and thought authorities were speaking with her about a 2017 case when she was a victim of theft and assault.

"I was at this point very confused and emotionally off-balance from the strange series of events, and thought I might have been the victim of a false identification," she said, further alleging that officers weren't forthright during the arrest and didn't tell her she was being recorded.

"I did not know the purpose of the conversation or what, if anything, I was being charged with until close to the end of the 1 hour, 20-minute interrogation, shortly after Det. Bastos said, 'I want to conclude,'" she claimed in the affidavit.


The officer, the docs claim, implied he wanted to help Jen. However, they say the cop had ulterior motives. "He well knew that he would be taking Ms. Shah to a magistrate judge that day based on her having been indicted in New York," the paperwork says. "To be sure, he desperately did want to talk with her — but he did not just want to do so."

Jen has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond. 

Page Six notes that in the event that the case isn't dismissed, Jen's lawyers are asking a judge to bar the statements she made after waiving her Miranda rights from being used against her at trial.

Game on!

Heidi Klum supports German soccer team in very, very revealing fashion

Germany's chances in the Euro Cup soccer tournament are very much like Heidi Klum's game-day outfit: barely hanging on.

Heidi Klum had a vested interest in sports on Tuesday, but thanks to her incredibly revealing sporty look, the Internet was the real winner.

On June 15, Heidi's beloved German team took on France in the Euro Cup. Before the game began, the "America's Got Talent" judge shared an image of herself wearing nothing more than bikini bottoms and a cutoff German soccer jersey that barely (and we do mean barely) concealed her breasts.

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"Good luck today Germany," the supermodel captioned the risqué image that flaunted her enviable body.


Heidi disabled the ability for her 8.1 million Instagram followers to comment, which only added intrigue to the eye-popping snap.

The 48-year-old, though, covered up a little more while actually watching the game, as she posted several photos and videos to her Instagram Story, all of which show her wearing short shorts and a bikini top under her "half jersey."

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Heidi's husband, Tom Kaulitz of German rock band Tokio Hotel, also donned a Deutschland soccer jersey while rooting alongside his wife.

In the end, Germany didn't score a win, which really hurts its chances in the insanely popular tournament. On the bright side, Heidi seemingly scored a goal… a body goal!

mom life

Kristin Cavallari addresses post-divorce life

More than a year after filing for divorce from former NFL player Jay Cutler, Kristin Cavallari has a clear focus… three of them, actually. 

In a chat with Grazia Gazette: The Hamptons, the reality TV star spoke of how her life has changed since ending her 10-year romance, and how the children she shares with Jay — Camden, 8, Jaxon, 7, and daughter Saylor, 5 — are her sole priority half the time.

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"I only have my kids half the time now. I have them every other week," she said. "I have just decided that the week I have my kids, I'm mom. I'm not doing anything else."

However, when her ex has the children, her life is different. 

"I have a week off where I can go to dinner every night with my friends if I want to. I can work really hard if I need to. I can stay at the office later if I need to," she said, "but when I have my kids, I'm not doing anything else."


Jay filed for divorce in spring 2020, citing irreconcilable differences. Kristin's petition followed. While the duo's split initially seemed amicable, things quickly got nastier, as she reportedly felt that he was "lazy" and "unmotivated" after his NFL career ended. She also cited "inappropriate marital conduct" as another reason for the divorce and later claimed Jay was blocking her from accessing funds to purchase a new home. They've since resolved that issue. 

One thing she doesn't want? Jay's money.

"I've always had this work ethic in me and I've always wanted to make my own money," she said. "It has always been really important to me because I never wanted to rely on anybody. To me, money was freedom. It was independence."

"I probably got that from my parents being divorced," Kristin continued. "My stepmom was 20 years younger than my dad. I didn't like that situation. … I remember my dad saying, 'You know, you don't have to have a job.' And I was like, 'No, I know. But I want one.' I've always wanted to make my own money and be my own person."

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The former "Laguna Beach" star is also happier than ever.

"I'm just feeling very thankful and very happy with where I'm at," she beams. "For so many years, for me, everything was the future: like, 'Okay, I need to be doing X, Y, and Z in 2022. And then I want to do this and then I want that.' I wasn't living in the moment. Now I'm just sort of letting life happen.

"That's not to say that I don't have goals," she continues. "I'm enjoying the whole process: the good, bad, the ugly. It's all part of life, and that's why we're here."

Medical issue

'Bachelor' star hospitalized for unknown reason

"Bachelor in Paradise" star Carly Waddell was taken by ambulance to the hospital this week for an unknown medical emergency, her estranged husband revealed on his Instagram Story.


On June 14, Evan Bass posted a photo of his ex resting in a hospital bed. 

"Carly's first ambulance ride – she's gonna be ok and, my goodness, this brings back some memories," he wrote, referring to the time he was taken to the hospital for drinking too much while on "Bachelor in Paradise."

Evan didn't go into further detail as to what was ailing Carly, but he did give his followers a generic update a few hours later. 

"Thanks for all the prayers and support," he wrote. "After 9 hours we left the hospital but she's still in pretty rough shape and may have to go back. Continued thoughts and prayers are so appreciated. And she knows she's beloved."

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The 38-year-old noted that he was intentionally being vague out of respect for his estranged wife. 

"I know y'all wanna know what's going on but it's her health and story to tell if she wants to share. (I did get her permission to share photo from earlier so you can relax Jan from Wisconsin)," he wrote. "In all the madness, she lost her phone and really needs to rest so it might be a bit."

Evan and Carly met on Season 3 of "Bachelor in Paradise" and got engaged afterward. They share two children, but he has three kids from a previous relationship.

In December 2020, Evan and Carly announced their separation.

Medical issue

Kelly Dodd, husband have contracted Lyme disease

Kelly Dodd and her husband, Fox News reporter Rick Leventhal, have contracted Lyme disease, she revealed.

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County" star shared the news on her Instagram Story while filming Rick taking medication.

"So, we tested positive for Lyme disease," she said. "I've never had contact with a tick in my life."

Rick, however, said he's battled Lyme several times before, and an antibiotic pill has typically cured him.


It's not known when the couple contracted the tick-born disease, but they were recently in Turks & Caicos for a friend's birthday. That trip made some headlines after a fellow vacationer detailed her alleged experience with the reality TV star.

"I'm doing my Christian service…I'm in Turks and Caicos right no [sic] and I look and see Kelly Dodd laying out right next to me. She was actually super sweet and very hammered lol. My fiance took our pic and said 'we loved when you called that girl's husband a [expletive] dweeb and nerd,'" the fan wrote about the encounter.

The woman claimed Kelly basked in the idea of being in the public eye.

"She also said she finds out next week if she gets a contract for the show," the woman claimed. "Side note, she was laying out watching housewives clips lol! We later saw her at the conch shack and she came up and started chit-chatting. I'm pretty sure she was loving being recognized."

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Kelly, though, lashed out at the fan, hitting back at claims she was drunk or loving her celebrity status.

"Hey (the woman) you & your fiance and stepdaughter recognized me & asked for pictures. You were so excited & I was only nice & graciously posed for pics with you all," Kelly wrote in response. "You call yourself a Christian and then come after me on another page with lies & digs? I wasn't drunk & wasn't watching clips of myself. I was scrolling Instagram posts. No good deed goes unpunished."

Secret ink

Britney Spears shows off secret tattoo in hot pink swimsuit

Britney Spears spent the weekend showing off some incognito ink on Instagram.


While it's not known how many tattoos the pop star actually has, she shared one over the weekend that seemingly nobody knew actually existed, as her hair typically covers it up.

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In posting a photo of her back while donning a hot pink one-piece swimsuit, Brit wrote, "Hot pink makes my tan pop!!!!"

Giving her 30 million Instagram followers a peak at a hidden tattoo on the nape of her neck, she added, "Have you seen the tattoo on the back of my neck before???? It's Hebrew, it's a language written backwards !!!! It says Mem Hey Shin and means healing !!!! It's my favorite tattoo but ironically you never see it !!!!!"

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The "Toxic" singer added three winking emojis, as well. 

The photo, posted on June 12, appears to have been taken a few days prior during a video Britney posted in which she danced to Blackstreet's 1996 hit "No Diggity." In that Instagram post, Britney donned a very similar looking pink swimsuit.

Britney's tattoo collection — at least that we know of —  includes a vine on her foot,  a lip print on her right wrist, a fairy on her lower back and crosses beneath her hips.

Back when she was married to Kevin Federline in 2004, they got matching dice tattoos. She has since claimed she never even liked the tattoo and hinted that she was going to have it altered or erased.

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"I don't even like ink …. guess I should remove it ?!?!!!!" she said in a since-deleted Instagram last year. "Albert Einstein once said 'God does not play dice with the universe' …. so maybe I shouldn't have gotten the pink dice 7 on my left arm ?????? !!!!!"

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The real reason we never saw Kendall Jenner's boyfriends on reality show

Now that we've said goodbye to "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" the real reason why we never said hello to any of Kendall Jenner's boyfriends has been revealed. 

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The model had a non-negotiable precedent about when her boyfriends could actually appear on camera. 

"Kendall's always had this rule – she felt like she had to be with someone for at least a year before she let them be a part of the show, because she doesn't always know what people's intentions are," Farnaz Farjam, executive producer of the popular reality TV show, told Bravo's The Daily Dish. "So that's why we kind of kept her personal life out of it, just because she had a rule."

Likewise, Kylie Jenner, nor her relationships, had been as prevalent on the show towards the end. 

"I feel like Kylie became more participatory this last season towards the end, and Kendall has dipped in and out," Farnaz said. "But they were at an age … like, if you think about when you're a young adult coming into adulthood, I think you sometimes care a lot more what the outside world has to say about you."

While Kylie's off-and-on beau, Travis Scott, appeared on the show here and there, her romance with Tyga was well-documented. The same can't be said for Kendall. The 23-year-old has dated her fair share of famous faces over the years, including Harry Styles and NBA players Ben Simmons and Blake Griffin — none of whom were featured on the E! show. 

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Kendall is now dating Phoenix Suns stud Devin Booker. In fact, the duo celebrated their one-year anniversary on June 13 and posted sweet photos together on Instagram.

"This is the happiest Kendall has ever been in a relationship," a source told People magazine in April. "She and Devin started out slowly, but have dated for about a year now."

new mom life (again)

Jessica Biel opens up about having a 'secret COVID baby'

When Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake welcomed their second child, Phineas, last summer, they didn't publicly acknowledge it until January 2021. Interestingly, the couple never actually intended to keep the pregnancy or the birth of their second child a secret. 

"I had, like, a secret COVID baby," Jessica said while chatting with Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast. "It wasn't like it was supposed to be a secret. It was just COVID happened, and then I went to Montana with my family and never left."

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Things were stressful during that particular time, and the "7th Heaven" alum didn't even know if Justin would be allowed in the delivery room due to COVID resections at the hospital. However, things changed at the 11th hour. 

"The hospital restrictions had just changed," Jessica said. "And there was a moment there that there was nobody allowed at all and I was really getting nervous about that situation. But yes, he was allowed. I think if I had to be there alone, that would have been horrible. I would have been really scared."

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Now that she and the pop star are raising two children, the actress is adjusting to her new life. 

"Someone said to me, 'Two is like having a thousand.' And that's exactly what it feels like," Jessica joked. "The balance of everything is very different and super hard. But I agree. I mean, it's amazing. It's so interesting. It's so funny. The conversations I'm having now with my 6-year-old is so cool. Like, he's a real person saying the funniest stuff and he's so sensitive and tender. It's just so interesting to see that part of it happen and the little one is just cute as hell."

Phineas is also starting to develop a personality. Some of that developing personality, she thinks, might also come from seeing his father on stage. 

"We want these little boys to see daddy on stage," she said. "He's not going to do it like this forever. I mean, I'm just speaking for him and I may be way off, but I think there's something about like, 'I went after my dream. I'm working really hard. See this whole thing?'"

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Spice Girl recalls 'lactating quite heavily' through dress during concert

Emma Bunton is recalling a relatable motherhood moment, but one that happened in front of 20,000 people.

In her new book, which was shared with The Sun, Emma detailed being on stage in Los Angeles with the Spice Girls during the group's comeback tour in December 2007 when she started lactating through her designer dress.

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Emma had welcomed her son Beau just four months before the the mortifying incident. 

"I have memories of lactating quite heavily during one of my first performances on that tour, at the STAPLES Center in LA," she wrote. "Our costumes had been designed by Roberto Cavalli, who Victoria knew, and oh my goodness they were beautiful. But stage costumes are different to evening wear. These were heavy, highly structured pieces (they had to withstand quite a lot of activity!) and there were frequent changes." 

"I remember it happened during 'Say You'll Be There' — I was wearing a rose-gold dress with an empire line and a high neck, with gold lamé that was quite close-fitting over my boobs," she remembered. "I had to get through a whole other track, 'Headlines,' just hoping nothing was showing."

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Emma, who was breastfeeding and using formula, rushed backstage as the song ended and as the full arena screamed in excitement.

"As it ended I came running off stage screaming at [boyfriend Jade Jones,] 'Babes, get the pads! Get the pads!,'" she said. "Luckily, as it turns out, gold lamé isn't very porous and most of the milk had just drizzled down my stomach. But anyone looking close enough would definitely have been able to spot wet patches on my boobs during that number."

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Although it was horrifying at the time, Emma laughs about it now. 

"I can look back and smile about it now, but when I look at the pictures I also see a woman who really wasn't ready to be throwing herself into that kind of physically demanding regime," she said. "I simply hadn't understood the huge processes that my body would be going through after birth and, in particular, how breastfeeding would require so much energy.

"They say it burns around 300 calories a day, which I'm sure it does, because it takes a lot of power and strength to keep producing all that nutritious milk," Emma, now a mother of two, continued. "To try to combine that with an energetic stage tour and sleepless nights was, with the benefit of hindsight, not a great idea. There were a lot of tears and a fair amount of self-recrimination."