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  • MEGHAN & HARRY BID FAREWELL TO ROYAL LIFE & RESPOND TO TRUMP'S TWEET

  • Tue, 31 Mar 2020 01:00:00 EST

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have issued a tart response to President Donald Trump's tweet. On Sunday, Trump responded to news that the pair had hightailed it to L.A. from Canada before Canada and the U.S. sealed the border.

    "I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada," Trump tweeted. "Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!"

    A spokesperson for the pair responded, saying: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. Government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made."

    On social media, followers responded with bemusement. One wrote: "hey guys the bees that live inside our president's head are buzzing extra-loudly this afternoon."

    Another opined: "I am embarrassed to admit that I didn't think that Trump was *this* unhinged. While the country is in the midst an unprecedented crisis, he is tweeting about Royal Family gossip. Someone please put a grownup in charge."

    FAREWELL

    The pair also shared an upbeat post on their @SussexRoyal account before they officially transition out of their royal roles.

    The couple shared a note that reads, "Thank you to this community -- for the support, the inspiration and the shared commitment to the good in the world."

    The post's caption reads, "As we can all feel, the world at this moment seems extraordinarily fragile. Yet we are confident that every human being has the potential and opportunity to make a difference -- as seen now across the globe, in our families, our communities and those on the front line -- together we can lift each other up to realize the fullness of that promise."

    They wrote: "What's most important right now is the health and wellbeing of everyone across the globe and finding solutions for the many issues that have presented themselves as a result of this pandemic. As we all find the part we are to play in this global shift and changing of habits, we are focusing this new chapter to understand how we can best contribute. While you may not see us here, the work continues."

    Their team also clarified that they are officially separated from Buckingham Palace.

    "Effective March 31, 2020, no other Royal communications representatives act on behalf of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, including Palace spokespeople, Household representatives nor Royal sources," reads the memo.

    More specifically, it noted: "Going forward, Buckingham Palace will no longer comment/guide on Sussex related enquiries."

    THOMAS MARKLE

    Never one to stay silent, Meghan's estranged father Thomas Markle says that she should be supporting the royal family instead of heading to L.A. amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    He told The Mirror: "I think Meghan and Harry should go back to the royal family in the U.K. and be supportive of the queen. I think they should be in England at this time and not in LA. They can join the A-list and make lots of money, of course, when the problem with the virus is over. But they will never find the respect they would have as full members of the royal family."



  • BACHELOR NATION 411: HANNAH BROWN & TYLER CAMERON + MICHELLE MONEY'S TRAGEDY

  • Tue, 31 Mar 2020 01:00:00 EST

    What is going on with Hannah Brown and Tyler Cameron? The on-again-off-again pair have been shacked up together in Florida amid the coronavirus pandemic have fans hoping their romance has reignited. Bachelor Nation is even sharing "evidence" that the pair are sleeping together, by sharing footage of Tyler getting fake-mad at Hannah for changing the sheets on his (their?) bed … and then a few days later, sharing footage of Hannah cozied up in the bed shopping online.

    Host Chris Harrison and his girlfriend Lauren Zima are rooting for them, he tells People: "We both love Hannah and Tyler. We think they're both great. If they can come together and support each other at a time when the whole world needs to come together and support each other, we couldn't stan and ship that any harder."

    Harrison then got deep on the vagaries of love, saying: "If any of these people can find love, if any of them find a great stable relationship that makes each other happy, then God bless them. It's tough to find. It's crazy to find. And when you look at the Arie's of the world or Jason Mesnick's of the world, and even Colton, and how they found love in such an unconventional way, and all the twists and turns, there's no one way. There's no magic pill. So however these people find it, good on them and I wish them the best."

    MICHELLE MONEY:

    Bachelor alum Michelle Money, meanwhile, has shared the horrific news that her daughter Brielle had "a terrible skateboarding accident" that left the 15-year-old "in the ICU on life support."

    She said: "She suffered a serious brain trauma and a fractured skull. She is in a medically induced coma to relieve pressure in her brain. She is in amazing hands up at Primary Children's Hospital. Please, I am asking for prayers. … She needs support and healing right now. And if you could send one up for me as well, I would appreciate it. This is the worst experience of my life."

    Michelle continued, stressing the importance of wearing helmets: "EVEN WHEN THEY PUSH BACK. Thank you to the neighbors who happened to be on a walk and found her and called 911. You will never understand. I would not have found her in time. My heart is forever grateful."

    Michelle shares her daughter with ex-husband Ryan Money. She competed for Brad Womack's heart on season 15, and then went on to participate in Bachelor Pad and Bachelor in Paradise.



  • BOB IGER FORGOES DISNEY SALARY

  • Tue, 31 Mar 2020 01:00:00 EST

    The Walt Disney Co. said Monday that executive chairman Robert Iger will forgo his salary amid the coronavirus crisis, which is creating economic havoc around the world. Disney has recently put tentpoles like Mulan and Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, on hold until the pandemic passes.

    CEO Bob Chapek will take a 50% pay cut, according to an internal email obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. Other executives will also see their salaries trimmed. This news comes days after the company opted to keep all North American theme parks closed until further notice.

    "As we navigate through these uncharted waters, we're asking much of you and, as always, you are rising to the challenge and we appreciate your support," Chapek said in his email. "Your dedication and resilience during this difficult time are truly inspiring and it gives me renewed confidence that will we come through this crisis even stronger than before, we have so many tome in our company's history."

    Last year, Iger earned $47.5 million; Chapek's base salary is $2.5 million, with an annual target bonus of $7.5 million and a long-term incentive grant of $15 million. The cut only applies to Chapek's base salary.

    All told, Hollywood is facing a $20 billion loss from coronavirus, observers say.



  • KIM KARDASHIAN HAS SOME REGRETS + LAUNCHES SKIMS BENEFIT

  • Tue, 31 Mar 2020 01:00:00 EST

    Kim Kardashian took a walk down memory lane, and discovered it wasn't always pretty. She shared old school shots that stretched back to her college era.

    She wrote of a shot with pal Allison Statter: "Found this pic of Allison and I from college and it made me LOL I have so many questions. What is this hair style? My turquoise liner?"

    But it also made her mull a return to her blonde locks: "My hair is gonna be so healthy after this quarantined time. Contemplating dying it blonde when we can have human interaction again."

    SKIMS RELAUNCH

    Meanwhile, Kardashian's SKIMS shapewear, with a 1 million-person waitlist, has restocked. The product dropped Monday, six months after the brand bowed and sold out within the first 24 hours.

    Anyone who cashes in before they sell out again, will contribute to the $1 million the mogul promised to donate to families affected by COVID-19 after the sale.

    In a statement, she said: "I am so grateful to all of you who have supported SKIMS since we first started six months ago. It's been a dream of mine for so long, and has only been possible because of your love for what we do. Our six-month anniversary has fallen in the middle of a global crisis so more than ever, it's our responsibility to give back and do what we can to help others."



  • TWITTER REACTS AS PRINCE CHARLES EMERGES FROM CORONAVIRUS ISOLATION AFTER WEEK

  • Tue, 31 Mar 2020 01:00:00 EST

    After seven days of self-isolation, Prince Charles is ready to mingle. The 71-year-old and his wife Camilla have been self-isolating apart as she did not test positive for coronavirus.

    Clarence House confirmed Monday that "having consulted with his doctor, the Prince of Wales is now out of self-isolation," after his diagnosis with coronavirus.

    Twitter was less than impressed. Wrote one critic: "So, Prince Charles is out of self-isolation, seven days after it was reported he had tested positive for coronavirus. This proves the UK is different from te rest of the world, where the WHO experts say it should be 14 days. We are 'special' as a country aren't we."

    Another wrote: "Clarence House announced that Prince Charles was out of self isolation. I'd like to announce there's been 1228 deaths in the UK. Many I suspect didn't get an opportunity to jump the queue. Added to which what about all the untested heroic NHS staff? Three eminent doctors died!"

    Buckingham Palace has not commented on whether Queen Elizabeth, 93, has been tested for coronavirus. She was in contact with both Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who also tested positive for coronavirus, just prior to their positive test results.



  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

  • Tue, 31 Mar 2020 01:00:00 EST

    DEEPAK CHOPRA'S MEDITATION EVEN CRASHES VIMEO: Apparently, the world needs to take a deep breath. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Deepak Chopra launched a meditation livestream event Sunday, and drew so many people, it crashed Vimeo's site. They moved to Facebook Live. Chopra announced the news when he went live, just after 9 a.m. PT. "We had set up a site but the site crashed — the Vimeo site crashed. We were hoping for a million people and indeed we think we had them," Chopra said of the huge number of users, which another source said was in the hundreds of thousands.

    FLORENCE PUGH LEADS COOKING DEMO: Little Women star Florence Pugh is getting in touch with her domestic side. On Sunday, she jokingly shared an in-depth cooking demo on Insta Stories. "I'm going to show you a really important recipe that I think you made need my help doing. It's quite tricky," the 24-year-old began. She began the lesson with an "amazing bit of bread," which she sliced in half, joking that it was the "most strenuous part" of the whole ordeal. She continued: "Next, you're going to pick up your bread, then you're gong to ever so delicately plop both pieces in the toaster and just push really hard. That bit is probably going to be the hardest bit after the chopping." She dubbed her recipe "browned bread," and suggested buttering it, and pairing it with champagne and OJ.

    TIGER KING DIRECTORS RESPOND TO BACKLASH: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness has transfixed the world. The true crime series dropped March 20th and as E! summarizes, it follows Joe Exotic, a gay polygamist, one-time presidential candidate, and owner of hundreds of big cats and other exotic animals, and his battle with Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary. Director Eric Goode is speaking out on the newly minted internet celeb, who is also serving time. "Joe has called me quite a few times over the last few days and weeks. One, he is absolutely ecstatic about the series and the idea of being famous. He's absolutely thrilled. I think he is trying to be an advocate for — no surprise — criminal justice reform," Tiger King co-director Goode told The Los Angeles Times. "He is in a cage and of course he's gonna say that he now recognizes what he did to these animals. With Joe, we have empathy for him, but at the same time, he's someone who really knows what to say at the right moment. I take it with a big grain of salt when he says he is now apologetic for keeping animals." Rebecca Chaiklin, co-director of Tiger King, said, "You can hardly talk to Joe Exotic without him mentioning the amount of press he's getting. He says people are asking to see his Prince Albert and girls are sending him sexy bikini pictures even though he's gay. He's over the moon. Having kept in pretty close touch with him while he's been in a horrible county prison, this has raised his spirits. Joe definitely did some horrible things to his animals. He was very abusive to them and he shot five tigers, no question about it. But what has happened to him has also been hard."

    HILARIA BALDWIN SHARES QUARANTINE TIPS: Got kids + quarantine? Hilaria Baldwin has some advice. She tells Us Weekly of her plan with the four kids she shares with Alec Baldwin: "I figure I need to learn how to teach. … I went online and I got workbooks, so we've been doing school for my practice and to give them some sort of structure to their day. I mix it up between pencil and paper work, then also get apps that are educational. What I'm learning is that the more I vary it, the better it works for them." In addition to school, she says they've been doing trail walks collecting "bones, feathers and rocks."



  • INDUSTRY NEWS

  • Tue, 31 Mar 2020 01:00:00 EST

    ANDY COHEN RETURNS: Coronavirus or not, What What Happens Live with Andy Cohen is returning with new episodes. The late night Bravo mainstay returned Monday night. The network tells Deadline that he's feeling better despite his coronavirus diagnosis, and will remain in quarantine, shooting from his apartment. Celeb guests will appear via video chat, "with special games, at-home show-and-tells and surprises".

    JOHN KRASINKSI LAUNCHES SOME GOOD NEWS: John Krasinski is trying to keep busy and lift spirits amid the coronavirus pandemic. He has launched a new YouTube series, Some Good News, with the first episode featuring his Office co-star Steve Carell. "For years now I have been wondering, ‘Why is there not a news show dedicated entirely to good news?' Desperately seeking my fix I reached out to all of you this week begging for some good news, boy did you deliver," said Krasinski. The debut episode covers work being done by healthcare workers, and other stories of kindness.

    BOOM IN UNSCRIPTED, FEMALE-LED: As the pandemic of COVID-19 rages on, trends shaping global content are becoming increasingly evident. According to Ampere Analysis, unscripted shows and female-led series are performing best. Ampere's research director Guy Bisson tells Variety that their findings show "how streaming strategies (are) evolving in terms of production and development cycles. We can see very clearly that global streaming platforms are increasingly commissioning unscripted content, while linear platforms and channels are reducing the proportion of their (unscripted) commissioning." Ampere found that women now lead the majority of U.S. dramas (56%), compared with male (34%) and co-ed (10%) lead protagonists, Variety reports.

    ARETHA PREMIERE DELAYED: National Geographic's Genius: Aretha, starring Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin, will no longer drop on May 25th. A new premiere has not been revealed, as it remains unclear when production will be able to resume. In a statement, Nat Geo said: "We cannot wait to let Aretha's voice sing, and in the words of the Queen herself, 'Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.' In that spirit, we wish all of our viewers well in these challenging times, particularly those who are working in our communities to keep us all safe."