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Why I ‘Wouldn’t’ Want to Join ‘Dancing With the Stars’

If you were ever hoping to see Shaquille O’Neal grace the Dancing With the Stars ballroom, don’t hold your breath! The NBA legend has no intention of ever competing on the long-running ABC series.

“I can’t do it, yeah. I wouldn’t do it now,” the 48-year-old told Us Weekly exclusively on Thursday, October 8, while promoting American Express’ Business Class LIVE: Summit for Success. “I like being the innovator. If it was season 1, I would do it. But I can’t do it in season 2 [or after].”

DWTS has seen many athletes compete on the show over the course of its 29-season run, including season 3 champion Emmitt Smith and season 4 winner Apolo Anton Ohno. This year, former NBA player Charles Oakley competed alongside pro dancer Emma Slater.

Shaquille O’Neal attends the Sports Illustrated Annual Sportsperson of the Year Awards at Ziegfeld Ballroom on December 9, 2019 in New York City. Gregory Pace/Shutterstock

Oakley, 56, and Slater, 31, were the first pair to be eliminated this season. Nonetheless, O’Neal had nothing but praise for Oakley’s efforts.

“I thought his feet work was pretty nice,” he said. “He looked really good at something that they’d been wanting me to do for a while, but I don’t have enough discipline and courage to do it.”

The former Los Angeles Lakers star added, “[Charles] looks really good. Now, he was always a guy that stayed in shape and it was really good and his outfit and his hips are still working really good.”

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Shaquille O’Neal is interviewed by Us Weekly.

Last month, O’Neal threw his support behind Oakley and Slater by asking his Instagram followers to vote for the pair. “You kno who to vote for @therealoak34 had some great feetwork,” he wrote via Instagram on September 22, to which Slater responded via Twitter, “I’m about to faint over here @SHAQ just posted for @CharlesOakley34 on #DWTS Wow! Thank you Shaq!”

Though O’Neal has declared that he will never join DWTS, he has shown off his dance skills in the past. The New Jersey native posted a video of himself to Instagram in 2016 dancing to Kanye West’s “Fade” while in his undergarments.

Instead of DWTS, O’Neal’s mind has been focused on American Express’ Business Class LIVE: Summit for Success, which he’s set to participate in on October 20. In this virtual event, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn about business and hear the retired athlete speak about his own growth in that field.

“Myself and American Express, we want to continue to support small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of the country,” O’Neal told Us. “A lot of African American people own small businesses, and because of what’s going on [with COVID-19], a lot of people are losing everything. So, we just wanna show our support.”

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi

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Tim Tebow and His Wife Demi-Leigh Join Bill Barr and Ivanka Trump to Battle Scourge of Human Trafficking

Former football star Tim Tebow and his wife Demi-Leigh joined Attorney General Bill Barr and Ivanka Trump on Monday at a forum to denounce human trafficking in Atlanta.

Tebow and his wife announced he will work with the Trump administration in battling the scourge of human trafficking.

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Former football star Tim Tebow wants the world to remember those it too often forgets — children who are trafficked in the dark corners of society far from the limelight in which he has walked.

On Monday, Tebow stood shoulder to shoulder with Attorney General William Barr and White House adviser Ivanka Trump at a Georgia forum to denounce human trafficking and announce a new federal effort to combat it.

“There are 40 million people around that world who need us. They need us to say, ‘No longer is it about the credit; it’s about the mission,’” he said, according to WSLS-TV.

“No longer is it about, ‘Well, we’re not going to work from Florida to Georgia or from right to left,” the former Florida Gator said. “We’re going to all rally together to be able to push back this darkness and push back this evil.”

Tebow was joined by his wife, Demi-Leigh, in Atlanta. He said the issue of human trafficking became more than a concept when his father took the risk of rescuing four girls while overseas on a mission trip.

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Chrishell Stause Reveals Why She Was Hesitant to Join ‘DWTS’

Ready to roll? Chrishell Stause wasn’t one hundred percent sure she should compete on season 29 of Dancing With the Stars.

The Selling Sunset star, 39, explained that before she signed on for the dancing competition, she took time to reflect on whether it was the correct path for her.

“There was definitely that moment where something so unexpected — where you have that moment of pause,” Stause told Us Weekly and other reporters on Wednesday, September 9. “But if I’ve learned anything this year in losing my mom, is that life [is] short. We don’t know how long we’re here for and you have to make the most of it.”

Chrishell Stause at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in L.A. on October 5, 2019. Broadimage/Shutterstock

The Days of Our Lives actress attributes her mother’s passing, which happened shortly after her father died, to her reasoning for eventually saying “yes” to the show.

“She would have been the first person to tell me to get out there and give it your best shot,” she explained. “It made me know this was the right thing to do.”

When it comes to what the actress hopes to gain from being on the ABC series, Stause is again looking to her own life experiences and hardships.

“I would hope that the story — where I come from and that kind of thing can be used as a source of inspiration if they’re in a bad situation,” the Kentucky native, who split from husband Justin Hartley in November, revealed. “I want to use the platform to show that. Hopefully, it can be a source of inspiration. If she made it there, maybe I can, too.”

Stause thinks Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir is “the one to beat” this season since he’s “so graceful [and] he knows how to connect with music.”

The real estate agent, however, has a headbanger ready to kick off her time on the dance floor. Stause revealed that she’s dancing to Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” on night one.

“I think it’s such a great anthem song,” she said. “I love everything she stands for.”

After being named as part of this season’s lineup, the All My Children alum opened up about why she chose to put herself out there once again, following her divorce drama, which played out on Selling Sunset this summer.

“Listen, I’ve already fallen flat on my face in front of America already, so I really got that out of the way,” Stause told Entertainment Tonight earlier this month. “I don’t have anything else to lose, so it’s only going up from here!”

Dancing With the Stars premieres on ABC Monday, September 14, at 8 p.m. ET.

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Zack Britton returns in style, other Yankees may soon join him

Zack Britton made his return from a strained hamstring on Tuesday and pitched a perfect eighth in the Yankees’ 5-3 win over the Rays at the Stadium.

“It’s been 10-12 days since I’d been in a game,’’ said Britton, who had last pitched Aug. 19. “It was good to get out there in a close game and preserve that for [Aroldis Chapman] and get the win. It was a good first time out.”

The Yankees also got more catching depth with Kyle Higashioka back from an oblique injury. He went 0-for-3.

Though there still is no timetable for when Aaron Judge (calf) or Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) might be back, Gleyber Torres could be just days away.

It won’t be a moment too soon for a Yankees team that is relying on Tyler Wade — and potentially Thairo Estrada — to fill in at shortstop in Torres’ absence.

Aaron Boone said Torres could be heading to the team’s alternate site in Scranton in the next few days to play some simulated games and get at-bats.

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“Shortly after he’ll be in play for us,’’ Boone said prior to Tuesday’s game. “I think it’s around the corner.”

Getting Torres back in the lineup would no doubt help, but he was having a rough season even before the injury, struggling both at the plate and in his transition back to shortstop.

Without him, though, the Yankees turned to Jordy Mercer on Monday before the team designated the veteran infielder for assignment Tuesday.

Right-hander Miguel Yajure, who made his MLB debut on Monday and tossed three scoreless innings, was optioned to the alternate site. The moves were necessitated because of the return of Britton and Higashioka.

The moves leave the Yankees with three catchers, as Erik Kratz remained on the roster.

Kratz caught Deivi Garcia’s first MLB start on Sunday and guided the right-hander through six impressive innings. The two had been batterymates in the minors with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and with the 21-year-old in line to make another start in Friday’s doubleheader in Baltimore, having Kratz behind the plate again figures to help.

It also bears watching how it impacts Gary Sanchez, who has been mired in a brutal slump and was hitless on Tuesday. He served as the DH after taking a foul ball off his right hand while behind the plate in Monday’s loss.

“With [Higashioka] back and the luxury of having three catchers on the roster, we can be aggressive,’’ Boone said. “While we have guys down [on the IL], we can use the DH spot to get Gary off his feet a couple times a week.”

Asked how long they might keep three catchers, Boone said: “I don’t know. If this year has taught us anything, it’s things change every day.”

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Colorado and Nevada join Western States Pact as states work on unified coronavirus strategy

“There’s no silver bullet that will solve this pandemic until there is a cure, so we must have a multifaceted and bold approach in order to slow the spread of the virus, to keep our people safe and help our economy rebound,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, said in a statement on Monday.

Nevada Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak echoed that message, saying he “believe(s) the sharing of critical information and best practices on how to mitigate the spread, protect the health and safety of our residents and reopen responsibly will be invaluable as we chart our paths forward.”

The inclusion of Colorado and Nevada in the Western States Pact bolsters the collaborative approach to reopening embraced by Democratic governors across the country.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee — all Democrats as well — stressed earlier this month that their pact would operate in “in a safe, strategic, responsible way.”

Newsom thanked Colorado and Nevada in a statement Monday for joining their approach.

“COVID-19 doesn’t follow state or national boundaries, and it will take every level of government, working together to get the upper hand on this virus,” he said.

Still, the regional alignments come as some states start phased reopenings of their economies even as public health experts have repeatedly stressed the dangers of relaxing social distancing measures too early.

President Donald Trump unveiled new guidelines for governors this month meant to help states loosen their social distancing restrictions and restart their economies.

The milestones suggested by the White House to reopen include a sustained decrease in cases over a 14-day period, a return to pre-crisis conditions in hospitals and capabilities “to quickly set up safe and efficient screening and testing sites” as well as “quickly and independently supply sufficient Personal Protective Equipment” in hospitals, according to the document, which was obtained by CNN.

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Kate McKinnon to Star in ‘Tiger King’ Spinoff: Who Else Should Join?

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Homeless Californians join in a lawsuit to mandate Los Angeles provide shelter for thousands

The complaint filed Tuesday by the LA Alliance for Human Rights accuses the city of neglecting its responsibilities and investing resources in approaches that are too slow to address the homelessness problem in Los Angeles. The suit hopes to mandate that the city and county provide services for the homeless population including training, healthcare and shelter in a faster time frame.

“We really are looking to catalyze change on a systemic level,” said Elizabeth Mitchell, an attorney who filed the suit on behalf of the LA Alliance for Human Rights. “We are not looking to get rich. We are not looking for money. We really are looking for change.”

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office said it is reviewing the lawsuit and does not have a comment at this time.

And about 75% of those people are unsheltered, according to the complaint. In comparison, New York City — which has a right to shelter — has an unsheltered rate of 5%, Mitchell said.

“Officials in both the County and City have gone to great lengths in the last couple years to address this crisis, and their efforts are impressive and commendable; yet much more needs to be done,” the suit says.

Elizabeth Mitchell, an attorney for the Los Angeles Alliance for Human Rights, announces the filing of a federal lawsuit at the Midnight Mission in Los Angeles Tuesday.

The problem, Mitchell said, is that Los Angeles City and County are investing in expensive programs like permanent housing, but with three people dying of the homelessness crisis per day the problem is outpacing their solutions.

To reach an additional 22,000 beds in a matter of months, the suit suggests that the city and county work together to explore options like shared housing, tiny houses, 3D printed homes and “other financially feasible options that enable rapid sheltering along with wrap-around services to empower those experiencing homelessness to reintegrate with their communities,” Mitchell said in a press release.

The suit began as a grassroots effort. Downtown residents formed the LA Alliance for Human Rights last summer in response to the suffering around them and in hopes of finding new ways to “break through the barriers,” the release said.

Instead of fighting through bureaucracies, the movement turned to the courts — a system that could move more quickly and provide outside accountability, Mitchell said.

Speed is important in an issue that has economic, environmental and criminal impacts on the area, but Mitchell said everyone involved is concerned about the issue from a humanitarian perspective.

“Whether a person is on the streets of their own accord or because they lost their jobs, people can still say this shouldn’t be the case and we shouldn’t be leaving our people in the streets,” Mitchell said.

CNN’s Stella Chan contributed to this report.

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Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum Join ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 15

A rotating lineup. Sofia Vergara and Heidi Klum have been tapped to replace Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough as America’s Got Talent judges for season 15 following a slew of controversy.

The Modern Family star, 47, and the Project Runway alum, 46, will star alongside returning judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel as well as host Terry Crews. Klum previously judged America’s Got Talent from 2013 to 2018 before exiting the series. She came back to judge America’s Got Talent: The Champions in 2019.

“I’m so happy to join my new family on AGT,” Vergara told Us Weekly in a statement on Thursday, February 27. “This is a new and exciting next chapter for me and I’m extremely proud to be the first Latin judge on the show. I can’t wait to watch all the talent and have fun with all you guys!”

Sofia Vergara Heidi Klum Join AGT Judges After Gabrielle Union Drama
Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum and Gabrielle Union. Shutterstock (3)

Klum, for her part, told Us that she is “so excited to be back at AGT with Simon, Howie and Terry,” adding: “The fact that Sofia Vergara is joining us is the icing on an already delicious cake.”

The casting news follows months of drama surrounding the removal of Union, 47, and Hough, 31, after season 14, which was confirmed by the network in November 2019. The Bring It On star was reportedly fired after she urged producers to report an insensitive joke made by guest star Jay Leno to human resources. However, the incident allegedly was not passed along to the department.

Staff members at the NBC reality show also allegedly told Union her hairstyles were “too black” for the show’s audience.

“So many tears, so much gratitude. THANK YOU,” the actress tweeted to her supporters in November 2019. “Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone… you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever.”

The network previously denied the allegedly “toxic culture” on the set. “America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity,” NBC and Fremantle told Us in a statement in November 2019. “NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.”

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Jed Wyatt Should Join ‘Bachelor’ Musical Spinoff

Jed Wyatt had a rough run on The Bachelorette, but the latest Bachelor spinoff, Listen to Your Heart, could be the perfect fit — at least that’s what host Chris Harrison thinks.

“I think he needs a chance to maybe redeem himself, musically and emotionally. I think he bombed on both,” Harrison, 48, told Us Weekly exclusively at the Television Critics’ Association’s winter press tour. “It was a tragic ending to his story on so many levels.”

The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart will feature both familiar and new contestants, all whose lives and work revolve around music. “It’s an attempt to capture what we all know, that love and emotion and music are inexplicably intertwined,” ABC entertainment president Karey Burke said during TCA.

Chris Harrison- Jed Wyatt Should Join 'Bachelor' Musical Spinoff
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The series will feature 20 singles who will try to find love through music by performing hit songs both alone and as pairs. They will try to “form attractions through the melodies, find and reveal their feelings and ultimately, fall in love,” according to the press release. “The couples whose performances reveal their love and devotion to one another will continue to be given a chance to further their relationships until only one couple is left standing.”

Wyatt, 24, won season 15 of The Bachelorette, getting engaged to Hannah Brown on the finale. However, they ended their relationship shortly after filming stopped when Brown, 25, found out Wyatt had a girlfriend at home and had gone on the show to further his country music career. The Nashville native also constantly brought up his music during the show — and played guitar all the time.

Despite all the recent attention he’s been getting, Wyatt’s not the only musician in Bachelor Nation. Harrison has some other ideas for people who could star on the spinoff.

“Maybe James Taylor from back in the day? Kaitlyn Bristowe loves to sing but I think she’s already in love,” the former Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? host added. “I think you may see some people and then maybe some of these people end up in the franchise elsewhere. Who knows?”

The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart will premiere on ABC Monday, April 13, at 8 p.m. ET.

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