“Austin Powers” Star Verne Troyer Dead at 49

Verne Troyer, a popular actor best known for playing Mini-Mi in the “Austin Powers” movies, has died at the age of 49.

The actor, who was considered one of the shortest men in the world, passed away Saturday (Apr. 21), according to a statement from his family obtained by TMZ. According ot the site, Troyer had been on life support since being rushed to the hospital about two weeks ago after police received a report that he was upset, drunk and suicidal, and was treated for alcohol poisoning.

His cause of death hasn’t officially been released, but it was likely due to alcohol poisoning, as Verne has struggled with alcoholism for years and had been to rehab several times.

Troyer was born with a genetic disorder called achondroplasia dwarfism. Despite being different, Troyer said he was never treated differently by his family growing up on a farm in Michigan. He said in an interview that his parents “never treated me any different than my other average-sized siblings. I used to have to carry wood, feed the cows and pigs and farm animals.”

He began his career in Hollywood in 1994 in the film “Baby’s Day Out” as a stunt double for Baby Bink. Troyer then landed a few bit roles in movies like “Men in Black” and “Fear the Loathing in Las Vegas” before scoring the biggest role of his career—Dr. Evil’s hilarious sidekick Mini-Me in 1999’s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and its 2002 follow-up “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”

Troyer continued to land small roles in other comedies and movies, like his brief appearance in as Griphook the goblin in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” He’s also done a few reality shows over the years, appearing in shows like “Celebrity Juice,” “The Surreal Life,” “Celebrity Big Brother,” and “Celebrity Wife Swap.”

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Beyoncé’s Second Coachella Performance Will Feature a Few Surprises, But Will NOT Be Streamed Online via YouTube

We have some sad news for the BeyHive. Beyoncé’s second Coachella performance (aka #BeychellaPart2) will NOT be streamed online for free via YouTube.

Every year, Coachella headliners perform over the span of two weekends, and while the first weekend was live streamed online via YouTube, the second weekend won’t be.

A source spilled a little tea to Gossip On This, telling us about some possible changes to her set (including costume changes). The source also confirmed that Destiny’s Child will also perform this weekend, just like last weekend.

“This Saturday, Beyoncé is performing the same set, including Destiny’s Child, but will feature new outfits,” our source said. “She was rehearsing new songs (trap sound with Indian influence allegedly) which were considered for the first show but were scrapped so maybe she’ll bring them out this weekend to switch it up… But it’s not getting streamed.”

One of Beyoncé’s dancers also spoke to Variety and said that there will be a few surprises in store for weekend two. “Yeah, we’re switching up a couple things, so there could still be a wow factor,” Jo’Artis Mijo Ratti said.

Beyoncé’s first HBCU-inspired Coachella set broke the internet and also broke YouTube’s live stream record, with nearly 500,000 fans watching at its peak. Queen Bey also made history as the first black woman to headline the festival. “Ain’t that ’bout a bitch?” she said during her set.

This year was Coachella’s biggest yet, with more than 43.1 million live stream views in 232 countries the first weekend alone, making it the most-viewed live music festival ever on YouTube. That number represents a 75% increase over last year when Lady Gaga stepped in to replace Beyoncé after she announced her pregnancy.

While this weekend’s performance won’t be streamed on YouTube, the BeyHive is keeping hope alive that maybe we can watch it via TIDAL.

**FINGERS CROSSED** TIDAL COMES THROUGH FOR US!!!

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Khloe Kardashian Gives Birth to Baby Girl, and Tristan Thompson’s Cheating Ass Was in the Delivery Room

It’s a girl! Days after Tristan Thompson was caught cheating with another woman, Khloe Kardashian has given birth to the couple’s daughter.

According to confirmed reports, Khloe gave birth to her first child, a baby girl, Thursday morning (Apr. 12). And TMZ is reporting that, yes, Tristan was in the room when Khloe gave birth.

Khloe delivered a baby girl early Thursday morning — around 4 AM EDT — at a hospital outside Cleveland … according to our Kardashian sources. We’re told the little girl does not have a name yet. Kourtney, Kim, Kris and Khloe’s BFF Malika were by her side during the birth. Tristan Thompson was also there.

The news comes not too long after photos and video footage leaked showing Tristan Thompson cheating on Khloe Kardashian with another woman. The footage was reportedly recorded back in October when Khloe was only three months pregnant.

A source tells People that Tristan has been cheating on Khloe for a while, and the scandalous reports have “been a long time coming.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers player was spotted canoodling with an unidentified woman last Saturday (Apr. 7) at a club in New York City in video footage and photos obtained by the Daily Mail. TMZ and The Shade Room also published a video of Thompson and a woman allegedly entering his hotel around 5 a.m. All of this is in ADDITION to the footage from October 2017.

“Tristan has been consistently cheating on Khloe,” an insider told People. “He’s a serial cheater. And there will be more women to come out of the woodwork.” The source added, “First Lamar cheated on her and now Tristan. She’s been through so much.”

Khloe and Tristan’s daughter is the third “Kardashian-Jenner” baby girl to be born this year. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian welcomed their third child via surrogate, daughter Chicago, on January 15th, while Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott’s first child, daughter Stormi, made her arrival on February 1st.

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Black Mother Slams Elementary School for Acknowledging White Privilege, Receives Support from Rush Limbaugh & Conservative Pundits

A Raleigh, North Carolina mother is gaining local and national attention after criticizing her son’s elementary school for sending home a handout that explains white privilege to parents. The mother’s outrage has conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh rallying behind her.

Amber Pabon—of black and Hispanic ancestry—was shocked and upset when her 8-year-old son came home with a two-sided handout titled “Step 3: Begin to Understand the Concept of White Privilege” that was provided by his school, Hunter Magnet Elementary.

“He’s only eight years old. What does he need to know about racism or white privilege?” Pabon told a local news station.

“He’s more worried about making friends and just getting along with each other. He’s going to school just to learn. He’s not going to learn about race; he’s not going to school to learn about religion.”

The handout listed the percentage of white people in leadership roles in government, military, media, and even the classroom. It also listed other examples of white privilege in society and offered basic information about the topic.

It’s part of an 11-step program about race led by Hunter Elementary’s PTA Advocacy team to “generate awareness and empathy to create a safe and equitable Hunter Comunity.” Handouts are sent out weekly, emailed to parents, and also posted on the PTA’s Facebook page.

Hunter Elementary’s student demographics are 40% white, 36% black, 10% Asian, and 9% Hispanic.

The initiative began during Black History Month, but Pabon says she only received the “Step 3” document. The handouts are only intended for parents and are not part of the classroom curriculum. The school’s PTA says the initiative has received only positive feedback from parents—that is, until Pabon’s public complaint.

Pabon feels her son is too young understand the concept of white privilege and has opted out of the 11-step program.

“He’s not looking at the color of your skin, he’s not looking at your hair, eye color, what you’re wearing. He wants to play with you because that’s what children do.”

When Pabon first took her concerns to media outlets, I’m sure she didn’t expect support from the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Fox News—you know, people who flat-out deny white privilege even exists. But that’s exactly what happened.

Limbaugh and other conservative pundits argue Hunter Elementary School (and other schools) have a liberal agenda and are trying to politically indoctrinate children.

“The leftists in the school are trying to slough this stuff off,” Limbaugh said on his radio show last week.

“But now 8-year-olds, second graders in North Carolina [are being exposed to this]. And I’m sure this is not the only place this is happening. And this is Raleigh, North Carolina, not long ago considered a Red State.”

Conservative radio host Todd Starnes wrote on his website:

“The white privilege propaganda being distributed at Hunter Magnet Elementary School is disgusting. To shame children and their parents based on the color of their skin is simply unthinkable in this day and age.”

Pabon was even featured in a segment on Fox & Friends. “Mother Outraged Over White Privilege Paper” read the show’s chyron.

If Rush Limbaugh and Fox News are agreeing with you on anything relating to race issues, you might want to rethink your position. Again, Amber Pabon is black and Hispanic!

Hunter Magnet Elementary school’s PTA says it intends to continue the 11-step initiative on race. Future handouts will focus on the criminal justice, racism, and ways to fight against it.

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WATCH: Pregnant Cardi B Performs “Money Bag” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Cardi B isn’t letting a little thing like being five months pregnant stop her from performing to promote her new album.

Fresh off her “Saturday Night Live” appearance this weekend, in which she finally confirmed her pregnancy, Cardi B took over co-hosting duties Monday night (Apr. 9) on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” serving as the first co-host to EVER host a Tonight Show episode in the show’s 64-year history.

After hosting alongside Jimmy Fallon throughout the entire show (she told jokes during the monologue, played a game of “Box of Lies,” helped interview guest John Mulaney, and much more), the mom-to-be, backed by The Roots, took to the stage to close out the show for her first televised performance of her new Invasion of Privacy track “Money Bag”—pregnant and all!

Watch a pregnant as hell Cardi perform “Money Bag” below, and keep scrolling to check out some highlights from the show.

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RHONY Star Luann De Lesseps Says Russell Simmons “Grabbed [Her] Ass in an Elevator”

Another woman has accused Russell Simmons of sexually harassing her, raising his current tally to at least 13 different women.

“Real Housewives of New York” star Luann de Lesseps claimed in an interview that the music mogul grabbed her butt in an elevator.

“He grabbed my ass in an elevator, he was just a pig,” the 52-year-old told The Daily Beast. “I haven’t told anybody about that before. I was grossed out. I was like ‘How dare you?’ He invaded me, he took advantage of me, being who he is, thinking he is all ‘it,’ all everything. He thought he could just do that. I looked at him and said, ‘Don’t ever do that again.’”

De Lesseps said the incident happened at the Soho House Miami three years ago and she never reported it and Simmons never apologized. Her allegation comes amid multiple sexual misconduct accusations from several women, however, Simmons denies any wrongdoing and has maintained his innocence, saying that the allegations have left him “devastated.”

“They have shocked me to my core as I have never been abusive or violent in any way in my relations with women. I am blessed to have shared extraordinary relationships, whether through work or love, with many great women, and I have enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power,” Simmons said in a statement. “I am devastated by any reason I may have given to anyone to say or think of me in the ways that are currently being described.”

Simmons’ camp has yet to respond to the latest allegation.

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Kenya Moore Confirms She’s Pregnant With Her First Child on “RHOA” Reunion, Says She’s NOT Using a Surrogate

Two major pregnancy reveals in two days! Just one day after Cardi B finally unveiled her baby bump on SNL, Kenya Moore announced she is also expecting her first child.

Within three minutes of part one of the Real Housewives of Atlanta season 10 reunion, Kenya, 47, made the happy announcement for the first time, shocking host Andy Cohen and her RHOA co-stars.

“We will definitely be welcoming a boy or girl in late this year. Oh my God, I said that! I don’t want to talk about the details because I’m still very nervous about everything so I want to get past a safe place.”

“I want a healthy baby,” Kenya told Cohen, not wanting to reveal whether she’s having a boy or a girl. She also assured her co-stars that she wouldn’t joke about having a baby.

Kenya later thanked the ladies for their support on Twitter and also responded to speculation that she’s hired a surrogate since she never explicitly stated that she was pregnant.

Rumors of Kenya’s pregnancy have been rampant in recent months, especially following Love B. Scott’s exclusive report shortly after the reunion’s taping.

Kenya announced her pregnancy 10 months after secretly marrying restaurateur Marc Daly in Saint Lucia. Fans know her longtime desire in starting a family and the couple was spotted at a renowned IVF clinic in Barbados last year.

The baby news may have also saved Kenya her RHOA peach. Due to Kenya’s refusal to cooperate with producers and Daly’s reluctance to appear on the show (until the finale), it was heavily speculated producers would give her the pink slip at the conclusion of season 10.

However, sources now say Kenya’s pregnancy and overall reunion show performance may be enough to keep her (and Daly) around… for now.

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WATCH: Cardi B Confirms Pregnancy, Shows Off Baby Bump During “SNL” Performance

Cardi B’s big not-so-secret has FINALLY been revealed. The rapstress confirmed her pregnancy and showed off her baby bump during her big appearance on SNL last night!

Fresh off the release of her debut album Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B made her Saturday Night Live debut this weekend by performing all of her singles from the project.

After an introduction from “Black Panther” star and SNL host Chadwick Boseman, the femcee—wearing a big poofy dress that covered her belly—kicked things off with a short rendition of her first hit “Bodak Yellow” (including a little bit of the Spanish version) before quickly transitioning into her now-platinum second single “Bartier Cardi.”

Cardi’s second set was her third single “Be Careful.” At the beginning of the performance, the camera was zoomed in on Cardi, then as the camera panned out to show her full body, you could hear the crowd cheering as you could obviously see her growing baby bump in her tight white dress.

A TMZ report revealed Cardi’s pregnancy last month, and the former Love & Hip Hop star has remained mum on the subject for a minute, but it looks like the cat is finally out of the bag now.

Backstage, following her SNL performances and pregnancy/baby bump reveal, Cardi B said in a video posted on social media, “I’m finally free!”

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Cardi’s fiancé and baby daddy Offset responded on Twitter, saying that he was looking forward to their next chapter.

As for Cardi, she wrote that Baby Bardi was going to propel her success even further.

Congrats to Cardi B and Offset!

From the looks of it, Cardi is about five or six months pregnant, so Baby Bardi will probably arrive sometime near the end of the summer, either in July or August, right before she’s due to hit the road with Bruno Mars for the fourth and final leg of his “24K Magic” World Tour.

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Sheree Whitfield Reportedly FIRED From “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Again!); Kenya Moore Safe (For Now)

Wow, this is a shocker! Bravo shook the peach tree and the unlucky Atlanta housewife to lose her peach may not be who you think it is.

Love B Scott is exclusively reporting that Sheree Whitfield has been FIRED from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Though it has been heavily speculated for months the Kenya Moore would be the booted housewife, sources tell the gossip site Sheree was the first lady not asked to return for season 11.

Porsha Williams doesn’t seem too sad to see her only friend go. She cryptically wrote “karma” on Twitter, but the added peach emoji was all the shade we needed to catch the hint.

Sheree’s second departure is a little surprising, but I guess her odd romance with inmate Tyrone Gilliams just wasn’t enough to make a cold glass of sweet peach tea.

Sources say Porsha, NeNe Leakes, Kandi Burruss, and Cynthia Bailey are all safe (for now) and expected to return next season. Housewife “friend” Eva Marcille may even be back.

Kenya was apparently saved because of her pregnancy announcement and reunion show antics. Producers were also pleased that her husband Marc Daly finally agreed to appear on the show.

Along with Sheree, fellow RHOA OG Kim Zolciak is also not expected film for season 11. Good riddance! Kim only appeared as a “friend” but her season 10 return was plagued by accusations she’s racist—which, to be quite honest, were kinda hard to debate.

Love B Scott also included a production note stating housewives are simultaneously notified of their pickup options approximately two weeks after the reunion show taping.

Note: All pickup letters are sent out simultaneously approximately two weeks after the taping of the reunion show(s) concludes. Each housewife is then notified whether their contract will be renewed. Bravo housewife contracts have pre-negotiated renewal clauses/options determining how many additional seasons their option is for and any respective salary increases. New contract negotiations do not occur each year.

Part One of the Season 10 Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion airs Sunday, April 8 on Bravo.

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LISTEN: Cardi B Drops New Single “Drip” Featuring Migos

With just two days left until her debut album Invasion of Privacy drops, Cardi B is keeping the promo train going with the release of yet another new song.

This time, she’s teaming up with her fiancé Offset and his cousins Quavo and Takeoff, collectively known as Migos, for a new track called “Drip,” which hit the internet late Tuesday night (Apr. 3).

Cardi previously collaborated with Migos on their hit single “Motor Sport,” which also featured Nicki Minaj.

Just last Friday, Cardi released her album’s third single “Be Careful,” and just this past Monday night, she debuted the video for her second single “Bartier Cardi” (feat. 21 Savage) during an episode of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. And guess what? She’s not even close to being finished with her album promo.

The day after her album is released, she is set to perform on the April 7th episode of “Saturday Night Live.” And next Monday (Apr. 9), she’ll make history as the first person EVER to co-host “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon. On top of that, Cardi is also set to join Bruno Mars on the fourth and final North American leg of his 24K Magic tour this fall.

Invasion of Privacy is due out this Friday (Apr. 6).

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