Matt Lauer Will Not Receive A Payout From NBC Due To Being Fired For Sexual Misconduct
Numerous reports claimed disgraced former ‘Today Show’ host Matt Lauer would grab a huge payout from NBC. Not so fast says NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack, who fired Lauer on November 28th. Lauer had a contract with the network that would have lasted well beyond 2019, worth over 30 millions dollars. Lauer’s lawyers were angling for a huge payout equaling at least the same amount of the contract. However a senior executive for NBC told CNN today that since Lauer was fired for sexual misconduct, that’s not the case anymore.
The NBC executive said that because of the behavior by Lauer violates his agreed terms of his contract, he’s not entitled to any buy out money. He will be paid up until his last day of employment which was Tuesday November 28th. The NBC executive said that there is no doubt that Lauer’s lawyers will try to get him a huge settlement amount. However NBC will not agree to that because of the egregious behavior by the former host that led to his demise at the network. The firing was due to at least one female colleague coming forward with claims that Lauer engaged in sexual harassment on a regular basis.
Since the first woman came forward a week ago, several others have made claims against Lauer. Other current NBC employees have said that Lauer’s lewd behavior toward female employees at NBC was a known fact for several years. The father of three young children broke his silence a day after being fired. He said” There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt I am truly sorry.” He said he realized the pain he caused at his former workplace and at home.
Selena Gomez Speaks Publicly About Her Break Up With The Weeknd & New Bieber Romance
Actress and singer Selena Gomez is speaking publicly for the first time about her amicable breakup with singer The Weeknd. The Texas native just snagged the prestigious tile of ‘Billboards Woman of the Year for 2017.’ She gave a lengthy interview to the magazine in honor of her Billboard award. She will be the featured cover story for the December 9th edition. She spoke candidly about her recent break up with her former boyfriend Canadian singer The Weekend, and reuniting with her former on again off again boyfriend, another Canadian, Justin Bieber,23.
Gomez said, “Something that I’m really proud of is that there is such a true friendship. She was speaking about her relationship with The Weeknd,27. The former couple ended their 10 month relationship in October. Gomez said, “I truly never experienced anything like that in my life. We ended it as best friends, and it was genuinely about encouraging and caring for each other, and that was pretty remarkable to me.” She frankly discussed the reemergence of Bieber in her life again after a very rocky relationship with him.
She said,” I’m 25, I’m not 18, or 19 or 20 she said of her decision to start dating the singer again. She went on, “I cherish people who have really impacted my life, and Justin has. So maybe before it could have been forcing something that isn’t right, but that doesn’t mean caring for someone ever goes away.”She also discussed her past friendships with some of her famous friends like, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus. She said of those friends,”we have all gone through sessions in life, it’s nice to see where everyone is now.” She said “ I think a true representation of love is beyond yourself. The littlest things have impact.”
Matt Lauer Fired From ‘Today Show’ & ‘NBC’ After Sexual Harassment Claims By Several Women
After being employed at ‘NBC’ for twenty years, Matt Lauer was terminated from the network. Lauer joins a growing list of men who have had women lodge sexual harassment claims against them. The longtime host of ‘The Today Show’ was terminated from his post as his co workers fought back tears to make the announcement. Savannah Guthrie said Lauer was ‘her friend and partner for many years’, and she is trying to process this news. The co-anchor of the show, said the news was brand new, and ‘for the moment all we can say is that we are heartbroken.’
Gurthrie also said that she feels for the co-worker who had the courage to come forward and tell her story. Several women have said that Lauer made lewd and unwanted sexual comments and sent inappropriate texts. NBC fired Lauer a mere 36 hours after a female subordinate came forward with her attorney to make her allegation in person at the Midtown Manhattan offices of ‘NBC’. According to sources, Lauer was told he was fired only a few hours before it was announced on the ‘Today Show’.
The show is NBC’s most profitable show, earning the network more than 500 million dollars per year. After Lauer’s firing was announced at least two more women have come forward directly to ‘NBC’. One woman who talked to the ‘New York Times’ said that in 2002 Lauer summoned her to his office and demanded sex from her. She claims they had sex, and she didn’t report the incident at the time because she was scared she would lose her job and she was ashamed. Lauer has been married to Dutch model Annette Rouge since 1998. She has filed for divorce twice in the last 19 years, and sources have reported that the couple lead separate lives. They have three children together and live in Long Island,NY.
Jennifer Hudson Loses Primary Custody Of Her 8 Year Old Son
Oscar winner and ‘Voice’ coach Jennifer Hudson was dealt a huge blow in her custody battle. Hudson and retired professional wrestler David Otunga split after 10 years together in early November. The couple have an eight year old son, David Otunga, Jr. Otunga,36, was granted full primary custody of the child in a Los Angeles court today. Hudson, 36. heard the news in London where she is currently filming ‘The Voice UK’. She will be heading back to the US shortly to resume filming ‘The Voice’, she is wrapping up her first year as a coach on the show.
Sources connected to the show said that Hudson will not be asked to do a second season of the show, ‘due to her diva antics.’ Otunga is a sometime actor, retried professional wrestler and attorney and now a commentator for ‘World Wrestling Entertainment, (WWE)’ Otunga in court documents stated that he has been the primary caregiver of his son, since the child was born. He stated that due to Hudson’s demanding career, she travels all over the world constantly. Shortly before the custody hearing Hudson dropped a protective order against Otunga.
She had made claims earlier that she feared for her life and the life of her son. She stated that Otunga had ‘uncontrolled fits of rage, and was someone that could not be trusted with her son.’ Otunga and his legal team vehemently denied any claims of abuse, and accused Hudson of fabricating events in order to gain leverage in the custody battle. The custody agreement grants full residential custody to Otunga, which states that the child will live with Otunga, and Hudson will see her son during scheduled visits. Otunga claims that he was the one that ended the relationship due to Hudson’s infidelity. Hudson said the relationship ended due to abuse and ‘for no other reason.’
Jennifer Lopez Age 48 Is The New Face Of ‘GUESS Jeans’
Jennifer Lopez,48, is proving that she is like fine wine, she gets better with age. The actress and singer has just been named the new face of ‘GUESS Jeans’, with a sizzling new photo shoot. The new campaign will launch in April of 2018, but some photos have been released ahead of the official launch date. Lopez says when she got the call from ‘GUESS she was nothing but excited. She said, “When I got the call from Paul Marciano asking me to become the new GUESS Girl, I was thrilled and excited to be part of such an iconic brand that I have loved since I was a teenager.”
Jennifer went on “When I look back at early GUESS campaigns through the years, you see all these beautiful models and iconic images that Paul created. It is a tremendous compliment to be selected for GUESS Spring 2018 campaign.” Her over 44 million Twitter followers were extremely happy after Lopez tweeted one of the pictures from the ‘GUESS’ campaign. Some compared her to classic beauties like Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. Paul that Lopez makes a reference to is Paul Marciano, is a fashion designer and co-founder of GUESS Jeans.
Marciano released a statement,”Jennifer Lopez is a “GUESS Girl’s dream. She is an accomplished artist, she is iconic and sensual. Jennifer’s impact and influence continues to grow, and this campaign celebrates the notion that women get more beautiful and talented as they gain life experiences. Her beauty and class shine through this campaign and I was so excited that Jennifer accepted to be our new ‘GUESS Girl’ and at the same time Femme Fatale of Mariano.” Lopez just returned to the US from a live sold out performance in Dubai UAE. She pulled out all the stops as she performed some of her biggest hits, including ‘Jenny From The Block’ I Aint Your Mama’ and ‘Get Real’.
Actress Naya Rivera Arrested In West Virginia For Domestic Battery Against Her Husband
Naya Rivera,30, was arrested on Saturday for hitting her husband actor Ryan Dorsey. The couple were walking their two year old son Josey down the street near their home. It is sometime during that walk that Rivera hit Dorsey in the head. There was video of the incident captured on a phone, and the evidence was presented to police as they arrived on the scene. Rivera was immediately arrested and booked for domestic battery. Dorsey also claimed that his wife hit his bottom lip. The child was reportedly unharmed and is currently with his father.
Rivera appeared before a judge at around midnight wearing dark gray clothing, she was also handcuffed. Bail was set at $1000, after it was paid, Rivera’s father in law picked up at the court house. Rivera’s career started in 1991 when she was only 4 years old. Her first part was on the TV show ‘Royal Family’ playing Hilary Winston. She appeared on the hit show ‘Glee’ staring in 2009 until 2015 playing Santana Lopez. Rivera and Dorsey dated off and on for four years, and married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in 2014.
They filed for divorce two years later in 2016, but shortly afterwords, Rivera pulled the plug on the divorce, saying they were trying to ‘figure things out.’ While she and Dorsey were separated she dated actor David Spade, and appeared in a film that he wrote in 2017 called ‘Mad Families’ with Charlie Sheen. Shortly after she dated Spade and the film wrapped up she returned to Dorsey. She said that she was a ‘real homebody, she liked to cook and do things with her family, “I like to stay in.” She said she was devoting all of her free time to her family.
Actor Rance Howard Father of Actor Director Ron Howard Has Died At 89
Actor Rance Howard died on Saturday at the age of 89. His famous sons, Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard announced their father’s death. An official statement from Ron was released on Twitter,”Clint and I have been blessed to be the sons of Rance Howard. Today he passed at 89, he stood especially tall for his ability to balance grace with great personal integrity. A depression era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family. We love and miss you dad!”
Rance Howard was born, Harold Rance Beckenholdt in Duncan, Oklahoma. He legally changed his name to Rance Howard when he became an actor at the age of 20. His first role was in the film ‘Mister Rodgers’ with Henry Fonda in 1955. He went on to have strong character roles in dozens of other films, including ‘Cool Hand Luke’,’Psycho’,’A League of Their Own.’ and many other films. Ron Howard also cast him in several of his films. Some of those films were, Apollo 13, Beautiful Mind, and Cinderella Man. He married actress Jean Speegle in 1949 and remained married to her for 51 years, until her death in 2000.
She was the mother of both Clint and Ron Howard. Rance is also the grandfather of actresses Bryce Dallas and Paige Howard. Rance married writer Judy Jacobson in 2002 until her death in January of 2017. His granddaughter Bryce praised him earlier this year at her ‘Broken Promises’ movie career. She said he had an outstanding movie career for 65 years, which was very unique because he never broke out of the ‘character actor mold.’ She said he’s a fine example of ‘stick to it no matter what’ and see how it all comes out in the end. Ron has credited his father with keeping him ‘grounded and sane’ as a child actor.
Actor Billy Baldwin Claims Donald Trump Once Hit On His Wife Singer Chynna Phillips
Actor Billy Baldwin, brother of actors Stephen and Alec Baldwin went on a Twitter exchange with Donald Trump Jr. on Friday. He claimed that Trump Jr’s father President Donald Trump once hit on his singer wife Chynna Phillips at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The back and forth started after the president’s son tweeted about Senator Al Franken’s latest sexual assault allegations continue. There have been two more accusers in the last day that claim the former cast member of ‘Saturday Night Live’ has touched them inappropriately.
Baldwin wrote to Trump Jr. “Your dad is a 5th degree black belt when it comes sexual impropriety allegations. In fact I once had a party at the Plaza Hotel. Your father showed up uninvited and hit on my wife. He offered to take her on his helicopter to Atlantic City. She showed his fat a** the door.”
Trump owned the Plaza Hotel at the time the party was held there. A witness who was at the party told the ‘New York Daily News’ that “yes Trump barged into the party. “Let’s get into my helicopter and blows this place.” The witness told the paper that Trump was loud and belligerent and tried to coerce Chynna into the helicopter.
The source continued when Trump realized although Hollywood celebrities threw the party, he didn’t like the fact that there were no strippers and it wasn’t loud and out of control. “He left the room with his tail between his legs, he couldn’t have been there for more than 10 minutes.” Baldwin has made no secret that he is no fan of the president. His older brother Alec Baldwin has been doing a Trump parody on SNL for almost a year to huge accolades. He won an Emmy this year for ‘Most Important Performance’ for his portrayal of Trump on ‘SNL’.
‘The View’s’ Meghan McCain Gets Married In Secret Western Style Wedding In Arizona
The View’s newest co-host conservative personality Meghan McCain got married to her long time boyfriend, Ben Donenech,35, yesterday. The new husband of Arizona Senator John McCain’s daughter is a conservative blogger and writer and founder of the conservative publication ‘The Federalist’. The wedding which had a western style theme, took place on the McCain family ranch in Sedona, Arizona.
McCain,33, wore an off white lace wedding gown topped off with a fur stole. The couple only became engaged in July 2017, shortly after McCain was hired as a new co-host on the long running ABC talk show ‘The View’.
Her mother Cindy McCain proudly looked on, as her husband Senator McCain walked their daughter down the aisle. The senior McCain had a cast on his leg and walked with a cane, he had a torn Achilles tendon. The wedding took place a mere four months after it was revealed that the Senator was battling a very aggressive form of glioblastoma brain cancer. Meghan said publicly that it was important for her that her hero, her father walk her down the aisle. She felt if the wedding was delayed, that may have not been possible.
Many guests included people that worked on the Senator’s two failed presidential campaigns. After the brief ceremony the couple surrounded by close friends and family members danced to western music. McCain other than his job of walking his daughter down the aisle spent most of the evening seated at the family table. The wedding planner Jim Bullock said the Western styled theme wedding hosted a cigar bar, and gambling casino with roulette wheels, poker and slot machines. The menu included all wild game items, Bullock said that the menu was in conjunction with a Western style wedding. McCain had been absent from ‘The View’ the last three days, is set to return to her job on Monday.
Actress Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Are Engaged & Will Wed This Summer
It’s official now,American actress of ‘Suits’ Meghan Markle is engaged to Prince Harry of England. The couple according to a report will announce their engagement over the holidays. The pair according to well placed sources are saying that the pair will be married in England this summer. Markle has finished filming her final episode of ‘Suits’ on November 17th in Toronto. She has officially moved out of her Toronto apartment. The thirty three year old prince has designed an engagement ring using stones from a broach that belonged to his late mother Princess Diana.
The two have not made an official Buckingham Palace announcement but sources close to the couple say they are engaged and a summer wedding date has been cemented. Markle is tending to business in California but is expected to move in with Harry full time in December. The two will live in Harry’s digs at Nottingham Cottage, that Markle has already been decorating. The couple will live a mere blocks from Prince William and his wife Kate and their two children. The source says that Harry has been turning to his brother and sister-in-law to help Markle adjust to royal life.
Markle will be the first American to be part of the Royal British monarchy. Markle is said to be okay about giving up her acting career for Harry. It has been made clear to her early on that if she and Harry marry she would not able to continue her career as an actress. Markle and Harry met through mutual friends and have been a couple for about 18 months. Markle will take on selected charitable functions after she marries Harry. Markle’s mother Doria Ragland is African-American and is a therapist Her father, Thomas Markle is Caucasian and is an Emmy award winning lighting director, both parents live in Los Angeles.