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Pregnant ‘Fixer Upper’ star Joanna Gaines set to show off baby bump in new photo shoot

Home makeover guru Joanna Gaines,star of HGTV’s popular home improvement series “Fixer Upper,” took to Instagram to tease an upcoming photo shoot and let her fans know that she’s about to unveil her baby bump to the world.

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“Photoshoot today and there’s no hiding this baby bump anymore,” she captioned an Instagram selfie in which her pregnant belly is just slightly out of frame.

Gaines, 39, also encouraged fans to check out her Instagram stories to get some behind-the-scenes sneak peaks of the shoot.

Last September, the couple announced that they will be ending “Fixer Upper” for good in a post on their official blog.

“It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season five of ‘Fixer Upper’ will be our last,” they wrote at the time. “While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with. Our family has grown up alongside yours, and we have felt you rooting us on from the other side of the screen. How bittersweet to say goodbye to the very thing that introduced us all in the first place.”

>> Related: Chip and Joanna Gaines pay off ‘Fixer Upper’ family mortgage

In the following months, the couple denied security issues and pregnancy rumors as the reason for the end of the series but in January, Chip Gaines announced his wife is expecting the couple’s fifth child.

“Gaines party of 7 … (If you’re still confused.. WE ARE PREGNANT) @joannagaines,” he wrote on Jan. 2, alongside the sweet photo of the couple in coordinating grey sweatshirts and matching bumps.

Earlier this month, fans of the duo’s hit HGTV series watched them team up with former football player Tim Tebow to give a dream home to a family in need. Melissa and Jody Copp have two sons, Calan, 9, and Lawson, 5, who are both in wheelchairs, so the family needed a ADA-approved home. The Make-a-Wish foundation and Tebow’s own foundation teamed up to put the family in contact with the Gaineses, who delivered one heck of a dream home.

Chip Gaines took to Instagram on Tuesday and revealed that he and Joanne decided to take things a step further by offering to help pay off the family’s mortgage.

>> Related: Chip, Joanna Gaines announce last season of 'Fixer Upper'

“To me, this picture is worth a thousand words—a thousand encouragements—a thousand happy moments. BUT, there’s more work to do. Let’s rally together to pay off the Copp family’s mortgage—Text Magnolia to 51555 to donate or click the link in our profile for more information,” he wrote to fans on Jan. 30.

Nicole Eggert reveals alleged abuse by Scott Baio almost drove her to suicide

“Baywatch” alum Nicole Eggert reveals she contemplated suicide at the age of 15 over Scott Baio’s alleged abuse.

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Eggert recently accused her “Charles in Charge” castmate Scott Baio, 57, of sexually abusing her as a minor, and she says she nearly committed suicide as a result.

Eggert, 46, told police that while on the set of the popular sitcom, Baio — then 25 — reportedly abused her over a two year period beginning when she was 14. She said  her struggle to cope with the trauma led her to a bridge over the Los Angeles River.

“For so long I hid it because I thought because I didn’t fight back, and because he wasn’t holding me down, that it made it OK – that I was to blame as well,” she told Entertainment Tonight.

“In those days, I had moments of being so hurt and so upset, and even thoughts of ending my life.”

She recalled staring down at the river as she wept, before ultimately deciding it wasn’t worth it.

“I’m sobbing and I looked at it,” she said, “And I said to myself, ‘It’s not a legit bridge. You’re not going to die. You’re going to break a lot of bones and you’re not even going to kill yourself. Get home.'”

>> Related: Scott Baio explains why he’s on verge of giving up acting and Hollywood all together

The actress made the allegations against Baio official when she filed a police report on Tuesday.

She initially tweeted the shocking claims, telling the public to “Ask @scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor” and calling him a “creep.”

Eggert later appeared on the “Today Show” and shared her story of Baio’s alleged predatory behavior. “He immediately took to me and befriended me and earned my trust. He expressed his love for me and talked about marriage in the future,” she told the host, Megyn Kelly. “And then, before my 15th birthday, we were at his house, in his car, in his garage, and he reached over, and he penetrated me with his finger. And that is when the sexual touching and abuse started.”

>> Related: Renee Baio told off a Sandy Hook mom, and all hell broke loose

A few days later, Baio appeared on “Good Morning America,” and acknowledged the pair did have sex, but that it was consensual. He also says it was after the show stopped shooting, and Eggert was of age. He claims he remained friends with Eggert “after [their] only sexual encounter, which she aggressively sought.” He took to Facebook Live to earnestly deny the accusations.

Actor Brad Pitt involved in three-car accident near his Los Angeles home

Hollywood icon Brad Pitt emerged unscathed from a three-car pileup.

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The 54-year-old reportedly crashed his grey Tesla into a Nissan, which then slammed into a third vehicle. According to the Daily Mail, the Feb. 5 accident — nearby his Los Angeles home — was minor, and Pitt did not appear to suffer any injuries. He was photographed wearing a casual black sweats and a pageboy cap, while exchanging information and shaking hands with the other smiling drivers. According to an Us Weekly source, Pitt’s home is “just down the street” from the residence of his ex-wife Angelina Jolie and their six kids — Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 9.

>> Related: Angelina Jolie talks Brad Pitt, says last film together may have mirrored relationship

The former super couple filed for divorce in 2016, and Jolie moved their kids into an LA home while Pitt worked on quitting drinking, which reportedly contributed to their breakup. During the very public separation, the “Fight Club” actor was being investigated over claims of alleged child abuse stemming from an incident on a plane involving him, Jolie and the children. He was later cleared of any wrongdoing, and their contentious separation has since become more amicable.

According to Page Six, the pair — once known as “Brangelina” — recently filed an extension in LA courts to allow for more time to resolve their custody issues. While their antagonistic custody battle seems to have cooled off, it’s unlikely that the pair will be reuniting anytime soon. Jolie revealed that their relationship issues had long since been apparent, even before they began filming their final movie as a couple — which had many parallels for their real-life issues.

“We had met working together, and we worked together well. I wanted us to do some serious work together, I thought it would be a good way for us to communicate,” Jolie said about the actors’ 2015 drama “By The Sea,”

>> Related: Angelina Jolie opens up about recent diagnosis following divorce from Brad Pitt

“In some ways it was, and in some ways we learned some things. But there was a heaviness probably during that situation that carried on, and it wasn’t because of the film.”

The experience of working through fictional relationship struggles while dealing with their own ultimately wasn’t enough to save their marriage. Ironically, the pair met on the set of the hit 2005 spy-vs-spy thriller “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”

“I’m glad we did that film, because we did explore something together. Whatever it was, maybe it didn’t solve certain things, but we did communicate something that needed to be communicated to each other,” Jolie said.

It seems Pitt, who has largely remained out of the limelight since the separation, is stepping back into the dating pool, and he reportedly uses his birth name when he does meet people, in coffee shops at least.

He was recently spotted introducing himself to a lady in a coffee shop during a flirtatious exchange as “William” before eventually hoping back on his motorcycle, according to gossip website Page Six.

>> Related: Report: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt pause divorce proceedings

After this fender bender, he might get more use out of that bike.

Death of Temptations singer Dennis Edwards under investigation

Authorities are investigating allegations that Grammy Award-winning Motown singer Dennis Edwards, who spent years as a lead singer with The Temptations, was abused before his death last week.

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Family members said Edwards died Feb. 1 in Chicago, one day before his 75th birthday. His wife, Brenda Edwards, told the Chicago Tribune that her husband died from complications of meningitis.

However, Becky Schlickerman, a spokeswoman for the Cook County, Illinois, Medical Examiner’s Office, said Monday that an autopsy failed to determine the cause and manner of Dennis Edwards’ death, The Detroit News reported.

“It’s an open and ongoing investigation at this time,” Chicago police spokeswoman Laura Amezaga told the News on Tuesday.

>> Related: Former lead singer of legendary Temptations, Dennis Edwards, dead at 74

Three weeks before Dennis Edwards’ death, an investigator with the Healthcare Consortium of Illinois filed a request for an emergency protection order on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s behalf, the Tribune reported. The agency investigates cases of elder abuse for the state, according to the News.

In the court records, the investigator said that Brenda Edwards tried to suffocate her husband by holding his head down on a pillow and that she took his hearing aids away from him. Dennis Edwards was described as “bedbound and immobile,” the Tribune reported.

Brenda Edwards denied the allegations Monday night in a statement.

“I loved Dennis and we were married for 18 years,” she said. “I would have never done anything to harm him. These allegations are false and defamatory and will be proven as such. Until this is all over, I have no further comment.”

Authorities continue to investigate the case.

Dennis Edwards was survived by five daughters, a son and several grandchildren, according to the Tribune.

Nicole Eggert files sexual abuse charges against Scott Baio, dating back decades

Nicole Eggert has taken her accusations of sexual assault against Scott Baio to the next level.

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The 46-year-old actress made the allegations official when she filed a police report on Tuesday accusing Baio, 57, of sexually abusing her when she was a minor, reports TMZ.

Eggert was accompanied by her attorney Lisa Bloom who tweeted, “We will fully cooperate with the LAPD investigation. Many have reached out to Nicole and me to say that they witnessed inappropriate behavior from Scott Baio when Nicole was underage.”

“Nicole spent two hours today with special units of the LAPD giving her statement and filing the police report,” her rep David Weintraub confirmed to Page Six in a statement. “She plans on cooperating with the police department as they investigate all of her allegations against Scott Baio.”

The actress first came forward with the accusations against her “Charles in Charge” co-star on Jan. 28.

“Ask @scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Creep,” she tweeted, before clarifying a few details about the alleged encounter.

She later wrote, according to the New York Daily News, “It started when I was 14. Wasn’t a one-time deal.”

>> Related: Actor Scott Baio fires back at allegations that he molested a minor on the set of “Charles in Charge”

Egger later appeared on the “TODAY” show and shared her story of Baio’s alleged predatory behavior. “He immediately took to me and befriended me and earned my trust. He expressed his love for me and talked about marriage in the future,” she told the host, Megyn Kelly. “And then, before my 15th birthday, we were at his house, in his car, in his garage, and he reached over, and he penetrated me with his finger. And that is when the sexual touching and abuse started.”

A few days later, Baio appeared on “Good Morning America,” and acknowledged that the pair did have sex, but that it was consensual. He also says it was after the show stopped shooting, and Eggert was of age. He claims he remained friends with Eggert “after [their] only sexual encounter, which she aggressively sought.”

“She wanted me to be her first, so that she would be good for her boyfriend,” he added.

Baio also said he’s not worried about Eggert potentially reporting him to authorities.

“Why would I have a concern over something I didn’t do?” he said.

Baio also took to Facebook Live to deny the accusations.

>> Related: Scott Baio is blaming the backlash over his anti-drug remarks and Erin Moran’s death on his support of Trump

“I’m being accused of inappropriately touching her, Nicole Eggert, when she was a minor. And having sex with her when she was a minor. That’s what I’m being accused of,” he says, vehemently denying the allegations.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle invite Sarah Ferguson to wedding, angering royals

Prince Harry has reportedly enraged his father Prince Charles and his grandfather Prince Phillip by insisting that his estranged aunt, the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, be invited to his upcoming wedding to American actress Meghan Markle.

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“It has been made very clear by Buckingham Palace that they don’t want the Duchess of York to attend,” a source told the Daily Mail.

Phillip has made no secret of his distaste for his former daughter-in-law, who was married to his son Prince Andrew until their highly-publicized divorce 1996, but that reportedly didn’t stop Harry putting his foot down.

“Harry has nailed his colors to the mast on this,” a royal aide said, according to the Daily Mail. “He wants his aunt there — and she will be.”

The 58-year-old was not invited to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011 and spoke about the pain that caused her.

“I was not invited,” Ferguson in 2011 interview with Oprah Winfrey. “I chose to go and be in Thailand in a place called Camelia … the jungle embraced me.” She also mentioned that not receiving an invite was hard, saying, “I wanted to be there with my girls … to be getting them dressed and to go as a family.”

Harry reportedly wants to avoid causing his aunt any more grief.

“Invitations for Harry and Meghan’s wedding are expected to go out the first week of March. Despite reports to the contrary, Sarah Ferguson will be receiving one and attending,” a source told Us Weekly. “Harry has always intended to invite Sarah to the wedding. He is very close to Eugenie and Beatrice, and their mother is just as much family as their father. Harry and Meghan have total control over who goes to the wedding and there was never an issue at the Palace about Sarah being invited. No push back from anyone.”

It looks like Ferguson will be going to two royal weddings this year.

The Duchess of York’s daughter, Princess Eugenie, recently got engaged to her partner Jack Brooksbank.

The proud mom took to social media on the day of the announcement to share several photos of the couple together using hashtags “#engagement” and “#eugieandjack.”

In the first image, she shared a photo of the newly engaged couple with words overlaid on the image reading, “A total embrace of goodness and joy. We love Jack and I am so excited to have a son, a brother and a best friend. Eugenie is one of the finest people I know and so together it will be pure harmony.”

She added, “Total joy!! #engagement @TheDukeOfYork” in the tweet.

‘Home Improvement,’ ‘Justified’ actor, musician Mickey Jones dead at 76

Actor and musician Mickey Jones — known for dozens of character roles in TV and film, and a musical career that yielded numerous Gold records — has died at 76 after “a long illness.”

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Jones’ agent Cherry Hepburn confirmed Jones’ death in a statement to Deadline but did not offer specifics on how he died or services.

 

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Jean Starr and their two children, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Jones’ film credits include “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Sling Blade,” “Tin Cup,” “Total Recall” and many moreTV credits include “Justified,” “M*A*S*H,” “Home Improvement,” “Baywatch,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Workaholics.”

Jones was a musician long before he ever saw time on a screen according to the New York Daily News. A drummer, Mickey Jones played on tracks like “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers, “If I Had a Hammer” by Trini Lopez, and “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition.

His career of over 20 years started before he was even out of high school and led to over a dozen certified Gold records.

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He’d go on to play drums for Bob Dylan, joining the singer-songwriter on his infamous 1966 tour through Europe that saw Dylan called “Judas” for playing with electric instruments in Manchester. Some fans saw the decision as an abandonment of the sound that propelled him to fame.

Jordan Peele ‘seriously’ considering sequel to hit movie ‘Get Out’

Director Jordan Peele’s unexpected horror film “Get Out” was a sleeper hit last year.

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The movie, about a biracial couple heading to meet the woman’s white parents, was critically acclaimed and turned into a smash hit, netting over $255 million worldwide on a shoestring budget of only $4.5 million. The film has garnered a slew of accolades, including four Academy Award nominations — Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Best Original Screenplay and Best Director for Peele.

Following the film’s huge success, Peele has officially retired his acting cap — he was co-creator of the sketch comedy show “Key and Peele” and appeared in a number of TV and film roles — and has several other ideas in the works that will put him behind the scenes. One of them just may be a sequel to his breakout movie.

“I will definitely, seriously consider it,” Peele recently told THR. “I love that universe and feel like there’s more story to tell. I don’t know what it is now, but there are some loose ends.”

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The movie (SPOILER ALERT) was about a black character named Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, successfully getting away from his murderous white girlfriend Rose Armitage, played by Allison Williams, and her killer family members and eventually being saved by his TSA agent buddy Rod, leaves room for a sequel.  

In addition to his big professional success in 2017, Peele had personal success, as well.

The director and his comedian wife Chelsea Peretti, the star of Fox’s cop sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” became the parents of a baby boy, named Beaumont Gino, last July. 

>> Related: Meryl Streep, Jordan Peele, Guillermo del Toro and more react to 2018 Oscar nominations

Peele, 38, and Peretti, 39, after four yeears of dating, got hitched in a secret ceremony in 2016 that was witnessed only by their dog. 

Leslie Jones tweets unfavorable service review of Atlanta Fish Market

Leslie Jones, who is in Atlanta working on the TV show “Kevin Probably Saves the World,” was displeased with the service she received at dinner Tuesday.

The actress and comedian, known for “Saturday Night Live” and “Ghostbusters,” previously blasted the Ritz-Carlton via social media and is now letting the Atlanta Fish Market have it. 

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“I wanted a nice meal and wow Atlanta Fish Market gave me the worse service I’ve EVER gotten,” Jones tweeted Tuesday. “Then instead of the manager coming to make it better, he came and gave me the worse attitude EVER! I can’t believe this!”

“Ms. Jones, we’re very sorry to hear that you had a negative experience at the Atlanta Fish Market,” the restaurant tweeted in a reply. “We’d appreciate the opportunity to learn what happened & hopefully make things right. Our guests’ experience is our top priority, & we appreciate you bringing this to our attention. ” 

Jones was not swayed by the restaurant’s response.

“Ask your snobby manager who thought it was just black people trying to get out of paying instead of it being the bad service and terrible food,” Jones wrote. “He actually said ‘No you just didn’t like what you ordered.’ Um yea cause it’s nasty son! I just wanted to eat in Atlanta! Y’all ruin that.”

It’s not clear if the restaurant resolved the issue with Jones beyond addressing her tweet.

Christie Brinkley reveals Donald Trump tried to pick her up while married to Ivana

Longtime top model Christie Brinkley is making an eye-popping claim about President Donald Trump.

Page Six reports that Brinkley, in an interview with Porter magazine, spilled the beans about an alleged encounter with “The Donald” that involved the real estate mogul calling the model to offer her a ride on his private plane — while he was married to Ivana Trump!

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“My phone rings and this guy goes, ‘Hey, Christie, it’s The Donald.’ I say, ‘Hi, Billy,’ because I was dating Billy [Joel] at the time,” the 64-year-old claims.

“But the voice goes, ‘No, no. It’s The Donald! … I hear you’re leaving for Aspen tomorrow. I am too. I’d like to give you a ride on my private jet.’”

Brinkley then said she rejected the offer because Trump was a married man.

“So I reply, ‘Thank you, but I have already arranged my flights.’ I knew he was married, and there he was asking me to go on his plane. He was kind of flirty about it,” she said, adding that she believed he was just “out chasing skirts.”

But the chase didn’t end there, she claimed.

“I’m done being discreet,” Brinkley continued. “I’ve had dinner with him. I’ve always found him smarmy, as in, ‘Watch out, part the waves, the rich people are coming, everything is gold, solid 24-carat gold, the best, the greatest, nobody else has more gold on anything in their house than me. Did you bring a brush? Let’s gold-leaf it!’”

Brinkley’s claims come just a few weeks after the president’s rumored 2006 affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels made the headlines.

According to CNNFox News reporter Diana Falzone wrote a story about the alleged relationship between Daniels and Trump in October 2016, a month before voters went to the polls for the election.

People with knowledge of the story told CNN that Falzone had seen communications about a settlement between Trump and Daniels and had a statement from Daniels’ manager that the adult-film star did engage in a sexual relationship with Trump.

However, the network chose not to publish the story, with one person telling CNN that Falzone “had the story and Fox killed it.”

>> Related: Stormy Daniels appears on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' dodges questions about alleged Trump affair

CNN’s report came shortly after The Wall Street Journal published a report that Trump’s personal lawyer, who was at the time a lawyer for the Trump Organization, paid Daniels $130,000 as part of a non-disclosure agreement one month before the 2016 election.

Daniels had reportedly revealed to sources interviewed by The Wall Street Journal that she had a consensual relationship with Trump in 2006. Trump married his current wife, Melania Trump, in 2005.

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