‘THE ELLEN SHOW’ TO END AFTER 19 SEASONS – (05/13/2021)
Ellen DeGeneres is walking away from her talk show at the end of the upcoming 19th season.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, she informed her staff on May 11th and will discuss the decision with Oprah Winfrey on the May 13th episode of The Ellen Show.
The host told the outlet, “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged — and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”
The move comes after a season that was plagued with drama. During the summer of 2020, the comedian faced allegations of bullying and creating a toxic workplace, which contrasted with DeGeneres’s friendly onscreen persona. However, she claims that’s not why she’s leaving.
The host said, “It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very. But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season.”
Sources tell Page Six that her time slot may be filled by Kelly Clarkson, whose talk show currently airs after The Ellen Show’s 3p.m. spot.
SOPHIE TURNER LASHES OUT AT PAPARAZZI FOR PHOTOGRAPHING HER DAUGHTER – (05/13/2021)
Sophie Turner lashed out at paparazzi in her Instagram Story after they snapped photos of her 10-month-old daughter, Willa.
According to E!, the Game of Thrones alum said in the now-deleted post that she thinks it is “creepy” that grown men would try to take photos of a baby without the parents’ permission.
She added, “I’m sickened, I’m disgusted and I’m respectfully asking everyone to stop following us around and stop trying to take pictures of our daughter and especially printing them.”
Turner and her husband, Joe Jonas, welcomed baby Willa in July 2020 and have not publicly shared any photos of their firstborn.
COLTON UNDERWOOD CAME OUT BECAUSE HE WAS BLACKMAILED – (05/13/2021)
Colton Underwood revealed to Variety that he came out of the closet because he was blackmailed.
The former Bachelor star told the outlet that after going to a gay spa in Los Angeles “just to look,” he received an anonymous email threatening to leak nude photos from the visit. After that, he says he came out to his publicist and shared the email with him.
Ultimately, the 29-year-old former NFL player came out publicly during a Good Morning America interview with Robin Roberts on April 14th.
However, he told Variety that he’s known he was different since he was six-years-old and added, “I was ‘the Virgin Bachelor,’ but I did experiment with men prior to being on The Bachelorette.”
PAPARAZZI REPORT INTRUDER AT BEN AFFLECK’S HOUSE – (05/13/2021)
Paparazzi stationed outside of Ben Affleck’s Los Angeles home spotted an intruder climbing the gate surrounding the actor’s property on Tuesday (May 12th).
The photographers contacted the police but, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, the suspect was gone by the time they arrived and no one was taken into custody
A spokesperson for the department said that the intruder was seen wearing a jacket that said “Security” in gold lettering. He was spotted leaving the LA mansion on a bicycle.
KATY PERRY CONFIRMS NEW VEGAS RESIDENCY – (05/13/2021)
Though it’s been teased and rumored for a while, it’s now official, Katy Perry is set for a new residency in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale beginning May 24
Her new show, called Play, opens December 29 at Resort World Casino. The new venue touts having the largest and tallest performance stage in the city. Ticket pricing is not listed at this point.
DEMI LOVATO TO LAUNCH HER FIRST PODCAST NEXT WEEK – (05/13/2021)
Next week, Demi Lovato will launch her first ever podcast, calling it, 4D with Demi Lovato. Topics will include mental health, activism, LGBTQ rights, body positivity, art, and the environment.
Jane Fonda and Jameela Jamil are set to be featured guests on the show, which begins May 19.
Earlier this week she announced another new show based on UFO encounters that will air on Peacock. She’s currently developing an array of projects for NBC Universal, including a comedy that she will star in.
TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS:
- Stevie Wonder (R&B singer/songwriter) (71)
- Harvey Keitel (actor, Taxi Driver, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) (82)
- Robert Pattinson (actor, Twilight movies, Little Ashes, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) (35)
- Dennis Rodman (former NBA player) (60)
- Stephen Colbert (host, The Colbert Report) (57)
- Darius Rucker (singer, Hootie & the Blowfish) (55)
- Lena Dunham (actress/writer/director, Girls) (35)