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Music News – Thursday, September 14

The NY Post says an Austin, Texas man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for stalking and sending threatening letters to Taylor Swift and her former record label. Eric Swarbrick sent 40 letters to the CEO of the Big Machine Label Group asking him to make an introduction. Eric drove to Nashville to personally deliver some of the letters.

Pentatonix, the band known for their Christmas music and cover songs on YouTube, went a little darker than usual for their latest cover — a take on the Tears for Fears classic, “Mad World.”
The a capella masters stripped the tune down and gave the video a serious treatment, performing separately against a stark black background. It’s quite a change of pace!

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The Daily Dish – Wednesday, September 16

Kim Kardashian, Mark Ruffalo, Leonardo DiCaprio and other A-listers plan to “freeze” Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours to protest the spread of hate speech and misinformation on the platforms.
The protest, which will go down all day today, is part of the Stop Hate for Profit campaign being organized by the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League, among other groups.
Kim announced the initiative by tweeting, “I love that I can connect directly with you through Instagram and Facebook, but I can’t sit by and stay silent while these platforms continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation – created by groups to sow division and split America apart – only to take steps after people are killed.”
The campaign is calling for the removal of Facebook groups that promote violence and posts that promote misinformation.

Tyra Banks wasn’t a hit with diehard fans when she debuted as host of Dancing With the Stars on Monday.
Tyra replaced longtime host Tom Bergeron as well as newcomer Erin Andrews. But many viewers thought Tyra wasn’t an improvement.
One person wrote, “The problem w/ Tyra Banks as host is that you’ve replaced the heart of the show. Nothing against her, but it just sounds so off when you hear her voice instead of Tom Bergeron’s. On a year where people WANT comfort of the familiar… it’s just a really poor decision.”
Another hater tweeted, “2 minutes in and I’m already over #TyraBanks as host.”
And a third said, “Unfortunately, I didn’t think she did a very good job. In my opinion, she did a lot of posing, talked way too fast at times, interrupted the judges several times, accused the judges of ‘throwing shade’ (really?)”

Chadwick Boseman was laid to rest in Belton, South Carolina about a week after he died of colon cancer, according to the death certificate.
Belton is about 11 miles from his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina.  A day after he was buried at the Welfare Baptist Church Cemetery, a public memorial was reportedly held in Anderson.
However, according to USA Today the star may not be buried there. The newspaper says “the church cemetery showed no signs of Boseman’s burial, and the pastor and the local mortuary handling details of the Black Panther star’s death say he is not buried there.”
The Black Panther star passed away at his L.A. home on August 28th following a four-year battle with the disease.
Earlier this month, co-stars Lupita Nyong’oMichael B. Jordan and Winston Duke joined the star’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, at an outdoor memorial in Malibu, California.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, September 16

  • National Guacamole Day
  • National Play-Doh Day
  • National Stepfamily Day

If you’re one of the few that enjoys a bit of Black Friday deal Thanksgiving day shopping, Newsweek says Simon Malls plans to close all of their properties on Thanksgiving because of the coronavirus. They released a statement saying, “In these challenging times. We made the decision that we will not open on Thanksgiving Day, instead allowing our associates to spend the holiday with their loved ones.” The closest Simon properties to our area include University Park Mall in Mishawaka, and Lighthouse Place in Michigan City.

If you’re going on a first date, job interview, or anywhere you want to make a good impression, you may want to stay away from this one color … mustard yellow. According to a new poll, wearing the color yellow can instantly make you less attractive to people. 39% of men and 31% of women said yellow was among the least attractive colors. (Best Life)

If there’s one thing that 2020 has taught us, it’s to expect the unexpected. No one could have expected a marriage between Pepsi and Red Lobster to create a new cocktail — a Mountain Dew margarita called the DEW-Garita. The cocktail is said to be made with a secret recipe and will be available at all Red Lobster restaurants by the end of the year. (People)

You don’t typically think of Pepsi as something to drink when you want to fall asleep, but the company is about to add a new water beverage to their drink lineup — and it’s specifically designed to be sipped before you go to sleep. Driftwell, which launches in December, contains L-theanine and magnesium, which are ingredients said to help you relax and de-stress before falling asleep. The drink, which only comes in one flavor right now — blackberry lavender — is sold in 7.5-ounce mini cans which, according to a PepsiCo spokesperson, is the perfect size for “hydrating before bedtime without requiring another trip to the bathroom.” (CNBC)
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Music News – Wednesday, September 16

Madonna will do something unique among rock and pop artists — she plans to direct a biographical movie about herself!
After teasing the project across social media, the best-selling female recording star of all-time will collaborate with screenwriter Diablo Cody on her journey from a struggling New York performer to global superstardom.
While we’ve seen Elton John and the surviving members of Queen have considerable input on movies telling their stories, this is the first time a recording legend has led the creative team and will have the last word on the film.
Variety reports that the movie will be distributed by Universal with longtime studio executive Amy Pascal producing, along with Madonna’s business partner Guy Oseary.
Calling the project “an absolute labor of love for me,” Pascal says, “I have known Madonna since we made A League of Their Own together, and I can’t imagine anything more thrilling than collaborating with her and Diablo on bringing her true-life story to the big screen.”
It’s too early for information regarding casting, a release date or even what the movie will be called.

Britney Spears and her dad Jamie have a new battle in her conservatorship — this one over bringing back the person that used to help manage her estate.
TMZ reports that Britney filed new documents with the court saying that Andrew Wallet, who served as co-conservator of Britney’s estate from 2008 to 2019 with Jamie, is “uniquely unsuited” to manage her estate now. In the filing Britney says she’s done performing for a while and needs to make “difficult budgetary choices going forward.” And bringing Wallet back on board, who was paid nearly a half-million dollars a year for the last five years he worked for her, is just too expensive.
Jamie says that Britney’s objections are full of factual misstatements and he’s asked the court to hold a hearing to go over all the facts.
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The Daily Dish – Tuesday, September 15

Big changes are in store for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.This year, according to CBS News, “the parade won’t go down the normal 2.5 mile route from the Upper West Side. Instead, performances will be contained in a small area in Herald Square for TV cameras only – there will be no live spectators.”

Apparently Ellen DeGeneres is too toxic for the upcoming Friends reunion.
Earlier this year the comedian was rumored to be doing the big event on HBO Max, but now star Lisa Kudrow is backpedaling on the possibility.
On SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live, he asked Kudrow: “Is there a host for that? Is Ellen…hosting the reunion?” She said, “Um…I don’t know. I don’t know that that’s been decided.”
Recently Ellen has come under fire for allegedly creating a toxic work environment on the set of her talk show and for being a meanie. She’s set to address the allegations when her show returns on September 21st.

Ryan O’Neal and daughter Tatum have reunited.
In a photo posted by Sean McEnroe, Tatum’s 32-year-old son with tennis legend John McEnroe, the father and daughter are seen together for the first time in 17 years.
Sean captioned the photo, “This is one of the most memorable photos of my life. The last time we were all together was at the 30-year Paper Moon Anniversary in 2003. I could cry tears of gratitude that everyone in this photo is still alive and that we were all able to come together again after so many years of hardship. The entire West Coast is burning, but if the O’Neals can reconcile, truly anything is possible. #Reconciliation #Forgiveness #Wholeness #Love #FAMILY ”
He also shared a photo of the family from the Paper Moon reunion in 2003.
Ryan and Tatum, who starred together in Paper Moon, have always had a rocky relationship. In 2009, Ryan told Vanity Fair that he mistakenly hit on Tatum at Farrah Fawcett’s funeral when he didn’t recognize her.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, September 15

  • National Tackle Kids Cancer Day
  • National Online Learning Day
  • National IT Professionals Day
  • National Linguine Day
  • National Double Cheeseburger Day
  • National Cheese Toast Day

Do you like cheeseburgers? Do you like making easy money? A gambling website has a unique and delicious opportunity for one very lucky burger lover. BonusFinder.com, which is based in Amsterdam, wants to find the best cheeseburger in America — and is offering someone $500 to help them find it. In addition to $500, the winning applicant will be provided additional funds for travel and for the burgers, of course. Applications are being accepted now and a winner will be chosen on October 9th.

Cover hogs can make for some sleepless nights and even problems in your relationship. Well, there’s a simple solution to those blanket battles – separate bedding. In Europe, especially Scandinavian countries, using separate bedding is very common. Basically it’s just separate comforters for each person – and a shared fitted sheet. “When I make the suggestion — maybe use separate covers so they don’t fight over the covers — they kind of look at you quizzically, like it’s such an obvious thing to suggest, but it didn’t occur to them,” sleep specialist Dr. Rafael Pelayo tells Good Housekeeping. “It’s not a routine recommendation, but if somebody is telling me that they’re having concerns about one person moving too much or they’re uncomfortable in their bed because they’re fighting over covers, I suggest, why can’t you get two blankets? It seems to make sense.”

The Salvation Army is getting an early start on its annual holiday fundraiser and volunteers with bells and red kettles will be out as early as today.
The launch of the charity drive traditionally begins closer to Thanksgiving, but because of economic struggles due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Salvation Army decided place their iconic red kettles outside of stores today. But despite the much earlier start, the Salvation Army still expects a 50 percent drop in fundraising this year due to retail store closings, a coin shortage, and people carrying less cash.
The Salvation Army says it raised $126 million with its holiday drive last year. (PR  Newswire)
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Music News – Tuesday, September 15

Katy Perry and her new daughter, Daisy Dove Bloom, love a present sent to them by Taylor Swift.
Perry posted a photo of the baby blanket sent by Swift before Daisy was born last month and captioned it, “Miss Daisy Dove adores her hand embroidered blankie from miss Taylor Swift.” The blanket has “Baby Bloom” and a rose embroidered in the bottom right corner, with 2020 in the opposite corner and some yellow stars.
Perry added, “Hope it’s one she drags around for years till it becomes an unrecognizable shred that she keeps in her pocket as a teenager.”

The producers of the next *X-Men* movie are rumored to have their eye on Lady Gaga to play Emma Frost, a.k.a. The White Queen.
We Got This Covered reports that Marvel’s trying to “tempt her back in front of the camera” for the role, which was last played on screen by January Jones in X-Men: First Class. Gaga hasn’t acted in a film since her Oscar-nominated performance in A Star Is Born. And apparently the producers are looking to cast more than just one music superstar… Marvel wants to cast Nick Jonas in a future superhero movie. The website says the X-Men reboot may also star Harry Styles as Pyro. No word on what role Nick may have.
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The Daily Dish – Monday, September 14

Chris Evans may have exposed himself on social media.
The Captain America star shared a pre-recorded video of his family playing a game of “Heads Up” on his Instagram Story. But fans got a big surprise at the end when an image of his photo roll appeared and included a photo of a man’s genitals. It is unclear if the photo is actually from Chris’ phone or happens to be him.
Chris quickly deleted the video but fast-acting fans grabbed screenshots.

Martha Stewart has launched a CBD line that includes “hemp-derived, cannabidiol-rich” gummies, soft gel, oil drops and “gourmet flavors” such as Meyer lemon, blood orange and kumquat and huckleberry. Her pal Snoop Dogg hooked her up with her partner in the line, Canopy Growth. In a video, Martha says, “I’ll leave the THC offerings to Snoop.” (TMZ)

Wonder Woman 1984 has been delayed again. The sequel, which has been postponed several times, will move from October 2nd to December 25th.

Steve Martin has a hilarious solution to not being recognized when he goes out in public in a mask.
The comedian shared a photo of himself wearing a sign over his head that read, “Steve Martin,” with an arrow pointing down. He explained, “I always wear a mask when I go outside. But something about it was leaving me anxious and unsettled. I thought about the problem, addressed it, and here is the solution.”
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, September 14

National Boss Employee Exchange Day: The day where employees do the work of the boss. Wait a minute, that already happens. Certainly there isn’t a boss coming down here to try to do a morning show…

It was a busy weekend on social media and entertainment as Mashable claims Avengers star Chris Evans accidentally posted a picture of his little Captain America on Instagram on Saturday. The picture was in a montage with others from his iPhone.

The latest trend to hit social media is sole tattoos … as in, sole-of-the-foot tattoos. These tattoos are basic block text on the bottom of the foot that read “MADE IN …” and whatever your home country is. If it sounds a little bizarre, you likely never owned a Barbie. Back in the early days, the iconic doll featured a stamp that read JAPAN on the bottom of her foot, and apparently that’s what sparked the tattoo trend. Cara Delevingne has been leading the way with sole tats on both feet. One foot reads BACON and the other says “MADE IN ENGLAND.” (Evoke)

Are someone’s food preferences a dating deal breaker? A new survey found that 22% of women wouldn’t be in a relationship with someone who didn’t share their taste in food. 14% of all respondents said they would end a relationship if they weren’t compatible, food-wise. And 11% said a person’s food order on the first date would determine if there would be a second date. More than 50% said someone liking the same foods and flavors as them made them more attractive and 17% are so passionate about food that they would refuse to date someone with different tastes … even if they were a millionaire. And 30% said food was more important to them than sex. (SWNS)

The Recording Industry Association of America says vinyl record sales have outpaced CD sales so far in 2020. Over $232 million worth of albums have been sold compared to only $129 million worth of CDs.
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Music News – Monday, September 14

Kelly Clarkson hasn’t talked a lot about her divorce from Brandon Blackstock — because she’s been saving up all the best stuff for her next album.
Kel dropped by the Today show on Friday for a chat, and implied that she’ll be spilling some tea on her new songs. She said, “This will probably be the most personal one that I’ve ever released. The whole record is basically every emotion you experience from the beginning of a relationship to the end of what it is now, and it’s been very therapeutic for me.”
As far as the sound? Kelly says, “It’s a little bit of all chapters of my career. If Meaning of LifeStronger and Breakaway had a baby…”

Hollywood insiders thought Harry Styles was set to ditch music for acting after all the raves he got for Dunkirk, but he stayed away from the film biz…until now.
Harry just signed on for the male lead in Don’t Worry Darling, which will be directed by Olivia Wilde. He’ll replace Shia LaBeouf in the drama about a housewife who uncovers a disturbing truth about her seemingly perfect life. (Hollywood Reporter)
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The Daily Dish – Friday, September 11

Saturday Night Live will do its first live show since March on October 3rd. The season premiere will see the show return to its New York studio after they did several virtual episodes in the spring.

Jay Leno will return to TV to host a reboot of the game show You Bet Your Life that will air on Fox Television stations beginning in the fall of 2021. (Fox News)

Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox will reprise their roles in a new Scream movie, which is set to open January 14th, 2022.

In his first interview since being accused of faking a hate crime, Jussie Smollett maintains his innocence.
The former Empire star tells CNN, “What happened in these last two years, it has humbled me in a way that nobody could possibly understand. Out of all these jokers in this entire situation, I am the only human being who has not changed his story one time.”
Asked what the biggest lie he’s heard about himself since the alleged incident, Jussie says, “Well, I mean that I did a hoax, obviously.”
Smollett also insists that there are witnesses who confirm his original story that “white men” attacked him in January 2019.
Brothers Abel and Ola Osundario, who are Black, have told police that Jussie had paid them $3,500 to assault him in an effort to get publicity.

Fans of Wheel of Fortune will notice some changes to the show when it returns for its 38th season on Monday, and they’re all being done to address coronavirus safety protocols.
Sony Pictures Television says that in addition to testing contestants, talent and crew, the set will be redesigned to promote social distancing. Contestants will stand behind a new platform which will keep them six feet away from each other. Also, each contestant will use a “spinning cap” that will allow them to spin the wheel without having to actually touch it with their bare hand. (USA Today)
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – September 11

  • Patriot Day and National Day of Remembrance: In memory of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
  • National Make Your Bed Day: Make your bed – it sets the tone for your whole day.

We’ve all racked up a lot of streaming hours over the last several months, but the generation that streamed the most over the summer were Millennials. According to new research, the average person has watched 20 movies in the past two months — and 52% of respondents said they streamed more than they would in a normal summer. But the research found that 25- to 34-year-olds increased their streaming the most this summer — with the average respondent watching an additional four hours a day on top of what they were watching at the start of the pandemic in March. (SWNS)

If you’re feeling extra irritable today, it may be because you didn’t get enough sleep. A new study found that getting a lousy night of sleep can make you more prone to anger the next day. We could call it “SLANGRY!”
Speaking of sleep …
According to data from the CDC, more than a third of adults in the United States regularly get less than the recommended minimum seven hours of sleep a night — despite the fact that lack of sleep has been linked to health issues like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and depression. Research from the United Health Foundation (UHF) has found that Michigan clocks in at number six on the list with only 39% of adults sleeping less than seven hours a night. The top sleep-deprived state? Hawaii, with nearly 43% of the population getting less than 7 hours of sleep.

We all knew this was coming. Face Shields and masks have now become luxury fashion. On October 30th, Louis Vuitton will launch the LV Shield, a face shield featuring a Louis Vuitton monogrammed strap and golden studs engraved with the LV logo. A price hasn’t been set yet, but if it’s like other Louis Vuitton accessories, it won’t be cheap. (Vogue)
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Music News – Friday, September 11

Lady Gaga has talked a lot about how important family is in her life,  and she’s opened up about just how pivotal her grandmother was — especially in the wake of her sexual assault when she was younger.
Gaga tells Oprah Winfrey‘s O Magazine that her maternal grandmother really helped her through the trauma she suffered as a 19-year-old aspiring singer. She says, “After I was raped, I cried on her couch for days. Eventually she turned on MTV and told me to look up. A female artist was performing. My grandmother said, ‘I’ll let you cry the rest of the day, but then tomorrow you’re going to go back out and make a real change in this world. No more tears tomorrow.'”

Harry Styles tells the Daily Times that some good will come out of the pandemic. “I think a lot of powerful music is going to come from it. Ultimately you have people who have a need to express themselves through music and writing and film and so many different ways, who are now having a lot of extra time with no distractions. … It gives you an ability to have almost like a bird’s-eye view of the world and your life.”
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The Daily Dish – Thursday, September 10

Rick Moranis has returned to acting in a strange place. The Ghostbusters star left Hollywood in the early ’90s, but he’s back in a commercial with Ryan Reynolds for the Deadpool star’s Mint Mobile company. (Yahoo!)

The Walking Dead will end after the upcoming 11th season. Variety says it “will air over two years and consist of 24 episodes in total beginning in late 2021.” AMC has also ordered a spinoff series that will follow Daryl and Carol, played by Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin have welcomed their fifth child together, a baby boy. On Wednesday, she announced the birth on social media, writing, “We had a baby last night. He is perfect and we couldn’t be happier. Stay tuned for a name.”

Borat 2, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, has been shot and already screened for a “select few industry types,” Collider reports.

Kevin Hart has signed on to host the return of the Jerry Lewis Telethon next month.
The long-running Labor Day Weekend telethon to fight muscular dystrophy, which was hosted by the late comedy legend until 2010, is coming back as a two-hour event on October 24th. The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced that the event, which will now be called the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon, will include celebrity appearances by Eva LongoriaMichael B. JordanJack BlackUsain Bolt, and Josh Gad.
Money raised by the event will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Kevin Hart’s charity Help From the Hart. Streaming information for the program will be announced at a later date. (NY Times)

Actor Anthony Rapp has sued Kevin Spacey for allegedly assaulting him when he was 14 years old in the 1980s.
Rapp was the first person to come forward with allegations against Spacey in 2017.
Another man also sued Spacey on Wednesday. The plaintiff, identified only as C.D., claims he had sex with Spacey when he too was only 14.
The suit claims that both men have suffered psychological damage.

Denise Richards is exiting The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after two seasons.
Richards joined the reality show’s ninth season in 2019 and quickly became a fan favorite. Last season, however, the actress battled with many of the other cast members — including guest star Brandi Glanville, who claimed she had a one night stand with the married actress. Richards denied the accusation and a season-long feud was born.
The news comes as fan petition to have that Kris Jenner join The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
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Music News – Thursday, September 10

Demi Lovato‘s speaking up for those like her who may need help dealing with mental health issues — she’s now a spokesperson for a new online therapy service, Talkspace.
As an outspoken celebrity who’s struggled with drug addiction and depression, she shared the news on Good Morning America today (Wednesday). Talkspace is a platform that connects users with licensed therapists from the comfort of their homes. Demi tells fans, “You are absolutely not alone right now.” (People)

Fans who’ve been bummed out on a lack of live Shawn Mendes performances will get a little treat next week when he takes the stage at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival Tribute Awards.
He’ll perform at the gala event, and will officially endow the new Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award, a $10,000 prize given to a film that tackles issues of social change.
The show will air September 15th at 8 pm ET on Canada’s CTV — it’ll also stream internationally on Variety‘s website.

Justin Timberlake‘s suiting up for a crack at Major League Baseball — by investing big bucks in an effort to bring a team to his hometown of Nashville.
He’s joined a group with country stars Luke Combs and Eric Church that’s pushing to launch an expansion team that would be called the Nashville Stars. He says “I believe in Music City Baseball’s vision of linking baseball and music in a unique way to unite and entertain people and I am excited to help generate awareness throughout the community as we share our vision for bringing MLB to Music City.”
The plan faces a number of hurdles, including Major League Baseball’s dwindling attendance, and financial issues in the city of Nashville, which would have to partly finance a new stadium. However, there’s much hope in the future for the Stars seeing as J.T. has experience in sports management — he already owns part of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. (Tennessean)
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The Daily Dish – Wednesday, September 9

E! News says ”Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is going to end in 2021. The family posted: “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and several spin-off shows, we’ve decided as a family to end this very special journey. We are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years—through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way.”
The Peacock streaming service has picked up two seasons of the dramatic series reboot of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show, titled Bel-Air, is based on Morgan Cooper’s viral video that reimagined the NBC comedy series as a drama. (Variety)

Ellen DeGeneres will return to the airwaves on September 21st when she’ll address all the controversy swirling around her talk show.
In a statement, the comedian says, “I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it.”
The announcement came on the same day another accusation was leveled against Ellen. According to a new report the star has been “tormenting” her household staffers. Before that, she’s been accused of being mean to guests and creating a toxic work environment.
According to the press release upcoming episodes will include such A-list guests as Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin, Chrissy Teigen, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and Adam Sandler.

Lupita Nyong’o has broken her silence on the death of her Black Panther co-star Chadwick Boseman.
The actress wrote a touching tribute after attending his memorial over the weekend.
Lupita shared a photo of herself with Chadwick and wrote, “I write these words from a place of hopelessness, to honor a man who had great hope. I am struggling to think and speak about my friend, Chadwick Boseman, in the past tense. It doesn’t make sense. The news of his passing is a punch to my gut every morning. I am aware that we are all mortal, but you come across some people in life that possess an immortal energy, that seem like they have existed before, that are exactly where they are supposed to always be – here! … that seem ageless…. Chadwick was one of those people.”
The Black Panther star died on August 28th at age 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
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