‘Empire’ Season 6 Will Be The Last Season Of The Show
A few weeks ago it was announced that Jussie Smollett’s ‘Empire’ character Jamal, would not be returning to the show. Fox announced the show would be canceled after next season, as Smollett’s legal problems are far from over. Sources connected to the show are saying that Smollett’s legal problems have permanently tarnished the show. Smollett was written out of the last two episodes of season 5, and axed from season 6, the show has not be able to recover.
Behind the scenes Fox has told the cast and crew if the ratings don’t recover at all, the show may get canceled before the end of next season. In a statement from Fox late Monday, “We are turning the final season into a television event. We are trying to go out guns blazing. You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve.” Some cast and crew members openly support Smollett, even writing a letter to Fox stating they wanted him back on the show. However behind the scenes the source revealed, many crew members and some cast, believe that Smollet made up the attack and should never be allowed to return to the show.
Smollett claimed in January that while out for a walk in sub freezing temperatures, he went to get something to eat and was attacked by ‘two white men’. Fox was arrested for filing a false police report. The charges against him were eventually dropped, however the district attorney, said that Smollett was not innocent and they believed that he hired two brothers to stage the attack. Two brothers that worked on ‘Empire’ in stunt scenes. The brothers were also ordered to send a letter to Fox threatening Smollett’s life. The brothers are currently suing Smollett, for violation of privacy and defamation of character. The city of Chicago also filed a suit against Smollett, to recover some of the money the ‘bogus investigation cost the city.
‘Rocketman’ Hopes To Capture The Same Glory That ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Did
The producers of the new film about Elton John, ‘Rocketman’ are hoping the film is a stand out success. The film makers feel their biopic about Elton John covers a much longer span than ‘Rhapsody’ did. Paramount the studio behind the film, shelled out 41 million dollars for their masterpiece. Actor Taron Egerton is cast as Elton John, and does his own singing in the film. Unlike the star of Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rami Malek, who played Freddy Mercury and lip synced his way to an Oscar.
Elton John has served as a creative consultant on the film, and dropped in to the set to watch filming often. Egerton said John watching the filming was ‘extremely nerve racking. I’ve always been such a big fan of his, and I just wanted to get his story right.” The film is set to hit theaters on May 31st is not without it’s controversy. Gay activists have voiced concerns with the casing of Egerton a straight man playing the openly gay singer. Egerton says, “that’s very unfair. Actors that are accomplished can play any role, and play a role against type, in my mind it’s reversed discrimination.”
The film also has several candid scenes dealing with gay sex. The film makers had to cut several scenes to even procure the ‘R’ rating, it was teetering on an X rating through most of the filming. Egerton also said, ‘he didn’t want to live in a world where gay actors nnly play gay people, that would be very sad.”The actor said he knew from the time he was a young child that he wanted to be an actor. He said he doesn’t like to physio analyze it all, but he hopes John is prod of them film, everyone worked very hard on it. I think that people will really appreciate the film and Elton’s story.”
Michael Jackson’s Oldest Child Prince Graduates From College
Saturday was a very happy day for the Jackson clan, Prince Jackson got his college degree. Jackson,22, graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Many members of the Jackson family were on hand to celebrate with Prince. Including T.J. Jackson, Tito’s son, who was chosen as the legal guardian of the late singer’s children. Next month with be the 10th anniversary of Jackson’s death of a drug overdose. Prince received his Bachelors degree in ‘Business Administration’. He said “I graduated now time to get a job.”
T.J. Jackson said, “It’s been a long hard journey, but I’m so proud of you. Keep learning, keep growing, keep giving back. I love you.” In attendance was Aunt Latoya Jackson, Tito Jackson, along with Marlon and Randy Jackson. Prince’s girlfriend Molly, and his siblings Paris and Blanket were also there. Last year Prince talked about how he would like to carry on his father’s charity work. He said, “It’s so important to remember all the good things he did for people around the world.”
The estate that his father left him, is estimated to be worth close to a billion dollars. He shares the estate with his two siblings and his ailing grandmother Katherine Jackson. Prince said in a recent interview, that he is not musical at all, and “I can’t even dance, it’s really sad, but I’m terrible.” He said out of Jackson’s children, his sister Paris is ‘a very good singer.’ About his charity work Prince said, “I think it’s just the way my dad raised me and my siblings.. I guess it’s like an inbred thing. It’s bred into us to really give back to the community. My dad always taught me to lead by example. So I hope that I can set a good example, that you can have fun by helping other people. You can make a change by helping.”
After much speculation, Steve Harvey’s day time talk show, ‘Steve’ will say goodbye in June. The cancellation rumors started last September when NBC inked a deal with Kelly Clarkson. The ‘American Idol’ winner, will launch her hour long talk variety show in the fall. It will take over Harvey’s time slot, that he held for the past 7 seasons. The ‘Kelly Clarkson Show’ ‘promises to be different when compared to other day time talk variety shows. The final episode of ‘Steve’ taped on Thursday. Original episodes will air through the month of June, reruns will stay on the air until September.
Harvey started his daytime talk show career in 2012, first with ‘The Steve Harvey Show.’ It was supposed to tackle hard hitting subjects, like Oprah and Phil Donahue, with a dose of Harvey’s sense of humor. It started out with stellar ratings, bug after a few seasons, the ratings started dropping off. It has been in 5 place, behind ‘Dr. Phil, ‘Ellen.’ Live with Kelly and Ryan’, and ‘Maury.’ After the first 5 years of his show, he negotiated a new contract with ‘IMG Original Content’ to produce a revamped version of his old show titled, ‘Steve.’
The show relocated to Los Angeles in 2017 from New York. The deal had Harvey having much more creative control over the show. He also racked in a much larger salary than the other version of his show. NBC Universal who produced the Harvey’s original show, were furious with the move, because it cut them out of profits from the show. The new contract started a feud between Harvey and NBC Universal’. A source said, that the friction between Harvey and NBC never went away, and got worse with time. A source confirmed, Steve had no regrets about moving from NBC Universal to IMB, he made a lot more money, and was much happier there.
Prince Harry Says He Misses His Mother Diana More Than Ever After Birth Of First Child
Prince Harry says he wishes his mother Princess Diana were alive to see his first child. The Prince and his wife former ‘Suits’ actress Meghan Markle welcomed their first child, a boy on Monday. The baby was born in a London hospital under the strictest of security. Prince Harry traveled alone to the Netherlands on Thursday for a trip that was arranged prior to the birth of his son, Archie. Harry’s mother Prince Diana died in a Paris tunnel in August of 1997, after being chased by paparazzi.
Dennis van der Stroon a veteran and friend of the Prince was present in the Netherlands as Harry was there to kick off the countdown of the 2020 ‘Invictus Games. Stroon said he chatted with Harry about the loss of his mother and the toll that it still takes on him. Stroon said, “Harry talked about how having a small child was his new focus. I told him how a few months ago I was struggling with my mental health but my wife’s pregnancy gave me new focus. Above all Harry said he was just amazed at all the small miracles in the world, and how his little tiny baby has made so many people happy.”
Stroon said, ‘Harry is especially struggling with not having his mother in his life right now. He’s experiencing all the joy that a first time parent has, and he is very sad, that Princess Diana is not here to see his son or know his wife.’ Stroon also lost his own mother prematurely, and they both could commiserate about that. Harry said, “Missing a mother is like missing some kind of security. How you need your mother as a son and it just falls away if your mother is gone.”
Jenelle Evans Fired From MTV’s ‘Teen Mom 2 After Husband Kills Family Dog
Jenelle Evans may just be paying for the sins of her husband David Eason. Evans a North Carolina native has been fired from the show Teen Mom 2. Eason had already been fired from the show, for making several racists and homophobic rants on camera. The producers were only filming with Jenelle, her mother Barbara and children since last year. Eason brutally beat and then murdered the family French Bulldog, Nugget. Evans revealed on social media that she was no longer living with her husband. The other cast members from Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2, sent a letter to the MTV producers asking for Eason to be fired.
Jenelle, has three children Everly with Eason, Jace with a former boyfriend, who Barbara Evans has custody of him. A son Kaiser Griffth, with her former boyfriend, Nathan Griffith. After the shooting incident with the family dog, Griffith notified the police, and said that he didn’t feel that his son is safe in the same house as Eason. The department of children’s services have opened a case against Jenelle and David. Nugget’s death is still being investigated by the Sheriff’s department and by animal control.
MTV has said in a statement, that they have stopped filming with Jenelle, and have no plans to feature her in any upcoming season of the top rated reality TV show. Rumors are circulating that Jenelle and David have signed on to do an episode of ‘Celebrity Marriage Bootcamp’, because they are strapped for cash. Fans of the show, have accused Evans of trying to cash in on Nugget’s death by posting on social media and exploiting his death. Evans married Eason in 2017, and has been under constant scrutiny ever since. Evans has been blaming the media and the fans for putting out details about the death of the dog.
Marie Osmond Announced As New Co-Host Of ‘The Talk’
Marie Osmond part of the famed ‘Osmond musical family has been named new co-host of ‘The Talk.’ Osmond joined the other hosts on Tuesday after it was announced that Osmond will be joining the show, after co-creator of the show, Sara Gilbert leaves the show after this season. Gilbert announced last month that she would leave the show to spend more time with her children and focus on other projects. One of those projects is her TV show, ‘The Conners’ on ‘ABC’. Osmond has been a guest co-host on the show for the last 9 years.
On Tuesday, she said ‘she was honored and grateful to be joining the other beautiful ladies of ‘The Talk,’ and she can’t wait to start season 10. The other mother of 8 and grandmother of 4 has been in the entertainment business with her family and brother Donny, since she was 4. She’s currently doing a show in Las Vegas with Donny. Marie will join, Eve, Sharon Osbourne, Carrie Ann Inaba and Sheryl Underwood in September for season 10. Angelica McDaniel,Vice President of day time talk, said, “If you have seen Marie Osmond guest host on ‘The Talk’ over the past 9 seasons you know she’s the perfect addition to the show.”
Osmond edged out other women that were vying for the permanent gig. Carnie Wilson, has been a fill in host for several seasons and has expressed an interest in replacing Gilbert. Jodi Sweetin of ‘Full House and Fuller House, also was in consideration for the coveted position. She told the producers, ‘since Fuller House was wrapping up this spring, she definitely had the time to commit to the show. Osmond will also be ending her Las Vegas residency this summer, ‘The Talk’ gig couldn’t come at a better time for her. Although Gilbert is leaving, she will still have creative control of the show, and she was involved in the decision regarding her replacement.
Amy Schumer Welcomes ‘Royal Baby Boy Of Her Own’ With Husband Chris Fischer
Actress and funny lady Amy Schumer gave birth to her first child, a boy late Sunday. Only hours before Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan Markle had their first child, also a boy early Monday morning. Schumer posted on social media, “10:55 pm last night our royal baby was born.” Schumer announced in October that she and her husband of 8 months were expecting their first child. Fischer an award winning cook book author and chef, said the birth of his son, “was amazing and tiring.”
About an hour before the baby arrived, Schumer was posting on social media pictures of her last year at the Met gala. She joked, “listen on the way to the Met a little thing happened at the hospital.” This pregnancy has not been easy for the 37 year old first time mom. She said she has battled extreme nausea, swollen feet. She said during a stand up routine in November, “I don’t like it, I’ve had a very tough pregnancy so far.” A month later, Schumer found herself hospitalized with a condition that plagued Kate Middleton, ‘hyperemesis gravidarum. The condition caused severe dehydration and can cause weight loss.
At the time of her hospitalization, she assured her fans that she was ok, but that she would have to cancel future comedy shows. She said at the time, “the last few days have been tough. I’m grateful as hell and know it’s temporary but tough just the same.” She posted pictures of herself in the hospital hooked up to an IV, “saying am I glowing?” She said she tried to keep a sense of humor about everything, ‘because without that you’re really in trouble.” In December Schumer posted a picture of herself throwing up blood, at the side of a road, saying, “this is Christmas.” By February, the actress was confined to bed rest due to increasing complications.
Legendary singer Diana Ross is claiming that a TSA agent assaulted her over the weekend. The singer was in New Orleans to perform at the ‘The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.’ The former ‘Supreme’ wanted to make things clear about what she says happened to her. She said the issues she had were not with Delta or the City of New Orleans, but specifically with a TSA agent. She said, “Ok so on one hand I’m treated like royalty in New Orleans and at the airport I was treated like *hit.” The singer there was no question, “I felt violated.”
Ross said, “The TSA went over the top, and made me feel like I wanted to cry. It’s not what was done but how, I’m feeling very violated. I still feel her hands between my legs front and back. The agent told me it was her job. Wow!! Really mixed emotions, I always like to see the good things, but not seeing anything good right now.” Hours later Ross was on stage in New Orleans, and Ross said, ‘it took a minute but performing always makes her feel better.”
A TSA rep said, “TSA is committed to ensuring all travelers are treated with respect and courtesy. TSA is aware of concerns raised by Diana Ross about her experience during screening at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport this morning.” They went on to say they take all concerns and complaints very seriously no matter who is making the claims. However upon review of the video tape at the screening area, they have determined the agent in question followed all protocol.” ;The TSA rep said that the matter is going to be investigated further, because Ms. Ross said that she felt violated and is discussing legal remedies with her team.’
Vinny G & Pauly D Visit ‘Jersey Shore’ Cast-Mate Mike Sorrentino In Prison
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino is getting a lot of support and love from his close friends and ‘Jersey Shore’ cast-mates. Vinny Guadagnino, and Pauly ‘DJ Pauly’ DelVecchio visited their friend Mike at a federal prison. Sorrentino is serving time for federal tax evasion and fraud. Sorrentino posted pictures of himself and his reality star friends on social media. It’s not clear who is doing the posting, inmates do not have access to the internet. A source said Mike’s new wife Lauren is maintaining his social media accounts while he is behind bars.
Sorrentino said, “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” Mike’s wife Lauren Sorrentino was also seen at the prison with the duo. She said, “the comeback is always greater than the setback.” Vinny and Pauly are currently starring in another MTV show, ‘Double Shot At Love’, said they will support ‘Mike, he’s a friend, and brother, and no matter what, he has our support.’ Sorrentino is currently serving an 8
month sentence. His wife said ,”He’s in very good spirits considering, he has the best positive attitude. He was sober before he started serving, he knows he will come out a better man.”
Mike and his brother were indicted on several counts of fraud in 2014. Mike is currently serving his term at ‘Otisville Correctional Facility’ in upstate New York. He started serving his term in January, he married his college sweetheart, Lauren in November of 2018. He is scheduled to be released from prison in September. Lauren said they talk to each other every day, and see each other for visits once a week. Vinny and Pauly revealed they talk to Mike weekly, and are able ‘to talk to him on an app.
Lauren said they both try to keep very busy, ‘while he’s away.’ She said Mike has been working out twice a day, and she is focusing ‘projects.’