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Matt James Breaks Silence on Bachelor Nation’s “Heartbreaking” Reality


The Bachelor contestant, who is still in the running to win over Matt’s heart, raised eyebrows after photos from her college days resurfaced on Reddit. In the images, which E! News hasn’t verified, Rachael was seen attending a fraternity formal in 2018, which the Reddit user described as an “Antebellum plantation themed ball.”

She would later apologize in a statement posted on social media. “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them,” Rachael wrote on Feb. 11. “My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

Ultimately, members of Bachelor Nation have spoken out and sparked a conversation about race and diversity in the franchise. In fact, Bachelor contestants from Matt’s own season came together to release a statement. 



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Daniel Silva Breaks His Silence After Corey La Barrie Died in Crash


Daniel Silva is taking responsibility for his role in the fatal car crash that killed Corey La Barrie

The tattoo artist sought forgiveness from the late YouTube star’s loved ones and fans in a YouTube video shared Feb. 16, which marked his first public comments since the May 2020 incident. Silva read a letter sent on behalf of La Barrie’s family to the judge presiding over the case, in which they requested the dismissal of the second-degree murder charge in favor of manslaughter. 

In July 2020, Silva reached a plea deal with prosecutors and plead no contest to one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter. One month later, he was sentenced to 364 days in county jail, five years of probation and 250 hours of community service. 

Now, as the first anniversary of La Barrie’s death approaches, Silva said he’s still grappling with his decision to get behind the wheel that night. 

“It’s almost impossible to find the right words for something like this,” the Ink Master star shared, “and at the moment I’m still processing all of these emotions that I’m going through, and just being forced to confront the fact that this accident resulted in the death of one of my best friends.”



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Nigella Lawson Breaks the Internet With Microwave Pronunciation


TV chef and author Nigella Lawson has pleaded with the internet to draw a line under the debate over how she pronounces the word microwave.

On Monday evening, in the fifth episode of her new hit TV show Eat, Cook, Repeat, the chef was running through the cooking process for brown butter colcannon.

Before adding milk to boiled potatoes, in her inimitable, captivating way, Lawson uttered the following words:

“…milk, full fat, which I’ve warmed in the mee-kro-whaav-é.”

Cue internet meltdown: “Is that how it’s supposed to be pronounced?” “Have I been wrong, all this time?” “Is that how Nigella actually pronounces microwave?” “What. Is. Going. On?”

And because it’s Nigella, there was some stanning — viral pledges to henceforth only refer to the microwave as the mee-kro-whaav-é. Because, in truth, it definitely sounds better. Especially when delivered with the Lawson quarter smirk.

But, Lawson has had enough of the debate.

Did she mean it?

Does she not how it’s pronounced?!

Not surprisingly, yes!

And yes!

“I do say it like that, but not because I think that’s how it’s actually pronounced,” Lawson said last night, before adding this morning: “Can this be the end of it now?”





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Alex Trebek’s Wife Jean Breaks Her Silence on His Death


Jean Trebek is feeling the love from the worldwide Jeopardy! family. 

The wife of the late Alex Trebek thanked fans for their outpouring of support after the legendary Jeopardy! host died on Sunday at age 80. She wrote a moving message on Instagram on Wednesday, Nov. 11, to recognize all the love she’s received. 

Jean said, “My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity. Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much.” 

She also shared a sweet photo from their wedding day in 1990, with Alex slipping the ring on Jean’s finger. They went on to have two kids together, Matthew and Emily.

Alex had been battling pancreatic cancer for about a year before he passed away “peacefully,” surrounded by his family and friends, the game show’s Twitter page announced. 

Nicky Trebek—Alex’s adoptive daughter with his first wife Elaine—shared a photo of prayer candles on Tuesday to recognize her dad’s passing.





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Chelsea Houska Breaks Her Silence on Teen Mom 2 Exit


Chelsea Houska‘s time on Teen Mom 2 has come to an end. 

Close to two weeks after E! News confirmed Chelsea’s exit from the MTV reality series, the 29-year-old mom of four addressed the matter in a heartfelt statement reflecting on her 10-season journey

“MTV’s Teen Mom 2 has been a big part of my life for almost 11 years. After much thought and discussion with my family and friends, Cole [DeBoer] and I have decided that this season will be our last,” Chelsea captioned a family snapshot featuring Cole, daughter Aubree, 10, son Watson, 3, and daughter Layne, 2. 

Chelsea expressed her gratitude to MTV and the Teen Mom crew, who she said “are like family to us,” and dispelled speculation that her departure was caused by tension between her and the network. 

“We’re parting on the best of terms and will stay in touch long after this,” she remarked in the statement. “We’re proud to have been able to share our story and are so grateful to the fans who have followed our journey from the beginning.”





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GM ordered to repay $28 million in tax breaks for closing auto plant


On Monday, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority said GM must pay back roughly half of those tax benefits, as well as provide an additional $12 million in community support in the Mahoning Valley, the economically depressed region where the plant was located. The funds are targeted for education and job training at Youngstown State University and other colleges, community programs and infrastructure projects. […]

Although the clawback falls short of the total $60.3 million that GM received, the state’s action is significant, said Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, a nonprofit agency that tracks corporate subsidies and violations.

“The $28 million still stands as the biggest clawback we can point to” nationwide, he said. Yet he believes that the state should have pursued a total refund. “It’s kind of a two-thirds of a loaf for taxpayers.” […]

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2012—Welcome to the culture war against teachers, coming to a theater near you:

The campaign against teachers is special, and worth paying attention to. It’s not like workers in general get much respect in our culture, at least not beyond vague lip service that only ever applies to the individual, powerless worker not asking for anything. And janitors, hotel housekeepers, cashiers, and a host of others could fill books with the daily substance of working in low-status professions, I’m sure. But right now, teachers are the subject of a campaign heavily funded and driven from the top down to take a profession that has long been respected by the public at large and make the people in the profession villains and pariahs, en route to undercutting the prestige, the decision-making ability, the working conditions, and, of course, the wages and benefits of the profession as a whole. What we’re watching right now is a specific front in the war on workers, and one with immense reach through our culture—and coming soon to a movie theater near you if it’s not already there, in the form of the poorly reviewed parent trigger drama Won’t Back Down.

(That it’s a war not just on teachers but also on the workers of the future and on the government just sweetens the pot for many of the people waging the war.)

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin is back, just in time to wrap up that… thing… that was on TV last night. Parscale’s still in the news, this time over the Trump campaign’s finances.. Speaking of which, Trump’s broke campaign is now using government funding for ads.

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‘Filthy Rich’ star Steve Harris breaks down new Fox series


Veteran actor Steve Harris, who played lawyer Eugene Young in “The Practice,” returns to the legal game in “Filthy Rich,” the new Fox drama airing Mondays at 9 p.m.

The pulpy Southern Gothic drama follows the wealthy Monreaux family, who own a Christian TV empire called Sunshine Network. There’s patriarch/CEO Eugene (Gerald McRaney), his TV host wife Margaret (Kim Cattrall, “Sex and the City,”) and their two adult kids Rose (Aubrey Dollar, “Battle Creek”) and Eric (Corey Cott, “The Good Fight”). When Eugene dies in a plane crash, it comes to light that he has three additional adult children from working-class backgrounds.

Harris’ character, Franklin Lee, is the family’s lawyer who reveals this startling information to everyone.

“I enjoy playing good characters, regardless of what their job description is,” Harris, 54, tells The Post. “The irony in this particular instance is that I’m more of a fixer than a lawyer. You don’t see me in the courtroom, but my hands are on everything.

“[The series] gave me an opportunity to do something I usually don’t do, [which is] to be in a show that has a soap quality to it,” he says. “It’s kind of humorous to deal with all the things that goes on with that family. We’re not making fun of faith [and] that was a big deal to me. The family has so many secrets, and I get to be that guy who knows all of them.

“I knew that would give me a lot of flavor,” he says. “This is a show that you can watch and say, ‘My life still isn’t as bad as these guys.’ ”

Gerald McRaney, Aubrey Dollar and Kim Cattrall.
Gerald McRaney, Aubrey Dollar and Kim Cattrall.Alan Markfield / FOX

Aside from David E. Kelly’s Emmy-winning “The Practice,” which aired from 1997-2004 on ABC, Harris has been a familiar face on a slew of popular shows including FX’s “Justified,” TNT’s “Legends” and NBC’s “Friday Night Lights.”

“Kim [Cattrall and I have] been in the business for a long time together, but I had never worked with her before,” he says. “Even though we’ve both been to certain events like the Emmys, we’d never met. We had fun, laughing on set.”

As “Filthy Rich” progresses, Eugene’s illegitimate children arrive at the Monreaux mansion to accept their inheritance: there’s Antonio (Benjamin Levy Aguilar, “Chicago P.D.”), a boxer from Queens; Jason (Mark L. Young, “Veronica Mars”) a Colorado pot farmer; and Ginger (Melia Kreiling, “Salvation”), a Las Vegas webcam model.

Margaret wants the trio to walk away with $1 million and sign NDAs but, as Ginger points out in the first episode, that isn’t as generous as it sounds, since Eugene’s empire is valued at $2.2. billion. A battle of wills ensues, with both millions and the company’s future at stake.

“Filthy Rich” is set in New Orleans and was shot on-location (and not in Vancouver, as in the case of so many other shows).

“This is what’s fascinating about New Orleans: you have the idea of Bourbon Street, the elevated cemeteries, the history of voodoo and that sort of sensibility,” says Harris. “But the reality is, when you think of New Orleans, it’s below water level, so there’s a resilience to these people, and a pride. And this is coming from a guy from Chicago! New Yorkers have a thing about New York, and people from New Orleans have a thing about their city. They have a fervor to them; a commitment and a drive.”



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Kanye West Breaks Down In Tears While Talking About Abortion At First Campaign Rally


Kanye West held his first-ever presidential rally at the Exquis Event Center in North Charleston on Sunday.

And like many expected, Ye gave a passionate speech. At one point, the rapper teared up when talking about his wife, Kim Kardashian.

He recalled a significant moment in his life when he and the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star learned they were expecting their first child together, North West. However, the 43-year-old star admitted that they both contemplated abortion.

“In the bible it says thou shalt not kill,” he began to describe. “I remember when my girlfriend [at the time] called me screaming and crying… . And I just thought to myself, ‘Please don’t tell me I gave Kim Kardashian AIDS.'”

“Then, she said, ‘I’m pregnant’ and I said, ‘Yes.’ …. she said ‘No.’ She was crying… [and] said she had to go to the doctor,” he continued.



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Cory Wharton Breaks Silence After MTV Cuts Ties With Taylor Selfridge


Not happy. Cory Wharton, who has been part of the MTV family since 2014’s The Real World: Ex-Plosion, has spoken out following the firing of Taylor Selfridge after racially charged tweets resurfaced.

“One of my favorite athletes of all-time is Kobe Bryant and one of his favorite philosophies is ‘Control what you can control.’ What I can’t control, though, is the decisions that MTV as a company has made,” Wharton, 29, said in a statement obtained by Us Weekly on Wednesday, June 10. “To those of you that were ready to watch the special, I want to say thank you for your support. I have such an amazing community that supports me, my family and my daughters.”

The Challenge star continued: “I have not parted ways with MTV. That needs to be understood. I’ve learned that burning bridges is never the solution. Even though I have no ill-will against MTV, I am disappointed and saddened by their decision. As all of you know, narrative is a very powerful tool. I feel like the narrative that you want about me should be accurate. It should be true, and it should be from me. This is why I am putting all of my time, energy and effort into my YouTube channel, “The Wharton Family.” That’s where you’ll get an inside look at my family as we build our life together.”

Wharton noted that next week, on Wednesday, June 17, the birthing video will be uploaded onto the family’s YouTube page. “It won’t be the special, but it will introduce you guys to Mila,” he added.

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Cory Wharton and Taylor Selfridge. Courtesy Taylor Selfridge/Instagram

On Tuesday, June 9, the network announced that they were severing ties with Selfridge, 26, while also deciding not to air Teen Mom OG at Home: Cory & Taylor’s Baby Special, which was set to run that night.

“MTV pulled Teen Mom OG at Home: Cory & Taylor’s Baby Special from its Tuesday schedule and is ending our relationship with Taylor Selfridge in light of her past racist statements on social media,” a spokesperson for the network said in a statement to Us. “MTV strongly condemns systemic racism and stands with those raising their voices against injustice.”

Selfridge, who appeared on Are You the One? and Ex on the Beach before dating Wharton, shared her side of the story via Instagram, claiming that she “made the decision last week to not film the next season of Teen Mom OG with Cory for the benefit of myself and my daughter. ”

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Cory Wharton, Taylor Selfridge and baby Mila. Courtesy Cory Wharton & Taylor Selfridge

The reality star noted that “the reality tv lifestyle” is not what she wants at this time of her life.

“With current events being what they are and reality tv being selective in who they apply rules to or what is considered acceptable behavior, I do not have any further respect,” she wrote. “Once again, I apologize to anyone I have hurt or offended in the past. I have addressed my mistakes many times on the network and I would like to move on and continue to be the best version of myself. My past does not define who I am today and I hope you guys can see the change. Please respect my decision to provide a normal, healthy life for my family.”

Wharton and ex-girlfriend Cheyenne Floyd joined the cast of Teen Mom OG in 2018, which followed their journey with 3-year-old daughter Ryder. Selfridge began appearing on the show when she started dating Wharton in 2019. The pair welcomed a daughter, Mila, in April and filmed the birth amid the COVID-19 pandemic for the special.

“I am kind of camera shy. I don’t really enjoy cameras in my face, but I don’t think that I would have been on camera delivering if there was production there,” Selfridge said on the “Watch With Us” podcast ahead of the special’s original premiere date. “I would have said no to that. I wouldn’t want production in there at all. Cory was basically filming, so it wasn’t a big deal to me.”

Selfridge’s firing comes one day after MTV cut ties with The Challenge‘s Dee Nguyen, following offensive comments made about the Black Lives Matter movement. Wharton is part of the current season of The Challenge, airing now.

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Chicago P.D.’s Marina Squerciati Breaks Down Burgess’ Loss


Warning: This story contains spoilers from the Wednesday, February 5, episode of Chicago P.D.

Heartbreak all around. During the latest episode of Chicago P.D., Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) was sidelined to work at the 9-1-1 call center due to her pregnancy. However, after receiving a call from a crying girl opened up a bigger case, she couldn’t just sit by and wait.

Instead, she followed the case as much as possible. When she finally spoke to the young girl again, who was now hiding inside a motel room, she tried to wait for backup. When the young woman began to scream, she knew she couldn’t wait and entered the room anyway. While Burgess did save her, she was also attacked by a man who kidnapped and trafficked women. At the end of the episode, while laying in a hospital bed, the doctors revealed to Burgess she had lost the baby.

“She can’t catch a break. I kind of always felt that it was coming. I didn’t know it would come so soon,” Squarciati, 35, told Us Weekly exclusively about the heartbreaking miscarriage. “I guess it was very important that we really work hard on this episode and make it realistic, fragile and fraught and so that nothing was easy. I mean we’re losing a baby.”

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Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess on Chicago P.D. Elizabeth Sisson/NBC

The actress, 35, admitted that the battle inside Burgess is an extremely difficult one because of the situation.

“It’s not all good and it’s not all bad so how do you get through that? I feel like if it was black or white, she’d be able to come out of it easier and I think this will stay with her longer,” she continued. “When she feels bad about what she did, it’s almost like she’s regretting the life of the woman she saved. When she feels good about what she did, then she’s not regretting the life of the child she didn’t. So there’s just no easy way through it.”

Burgess will, of course, take some time off following the miscarriage and “no one can get through” to her — not even Ruzek (Patrick Flueger).

“I realize as Marina, that Ruzek is sort of reaching out and reaching out and reaching out and kind of gets blown off. But as Burgess, it’s almost like she doesn’t have space to take care of anyone else’s emotions right now,” Squerciati explained. “She doesn’t have room for that. And I think we’ll get to a place where she’s able to reach out to Ruzek but not yet.”

When the pair first became pregnant, the Gossip Girl alum revealed to Us that while she does see them ending up together in the end, it’s not the right time. However, with everything they are now going through, this may bring them together in the long run.

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Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess and Patrick John Flueger as Officer Adam Ruzek on Chicago P.D. Matt Dinerstein/NBC

“I do think that. It looks like — I’m not really sure, but it does look like, once my emotions crest, that maybe Ruzek will be able to deal with his emotions,” the New York native told Us. “He’s sort of more focused on me and less focused on him. Once I’m through the grieving process, he kind of needs to go through that, as well.”

Once she does get back to work, however, things aren’t going to be easy and could include her “putting herself into more dangerous situations” as a distraction.

“She’s dead inside. She’s throwing herself into work, not allowing herself to lean into Ruzek and it just, how does Burgess get trouble? She loves too much, she hurts too much and so she wants to shut that part down,” Squerciati said. “That little girls’ voice was what threw her and put her in this dangerous situation and not everyone would do that.”

Chicago P.D. airs on NBC Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.

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