This week has brought triumph and tears to some of your favorite celebrities. We’ve gathered some of the top entertainment news stories from September 18 – 24, 2021, to keep you updated on all the celebrity happenings.
Entertainment News: Romance and Breakups
Flip or Flop star Christina Haack announced her engagement to boyfriend Joshua Hall this week. She took to Instagram to share the news with the world. Haack’s divorce from Ant Anstead was finalized in June this year.
It’s almost over for Elon Musk and Grimes. The couple who share son, X Æ A-Xii, called it semi-quits after three years together. Elon is quoted say8ing, “We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms.” Grimes and their baby will remain living with Elon for the foreseeable future.
Princess Beatrice of York welcomed her first child on September 18. She and her husband Edoardo Mapeli Mozzi shared their big news online. You can read the full announcement here. Mozzie shares a son, Christopher Woolf with his ex-girlfriend, Dara Huang.
“The Real” co-host, Jeannie Mai Jenkins is pregnant! The talk show host announced on Monday. This is her first with her husband, Jeezy. The “Boyz in the Hood” star has three children from previous relationships.
Model Ashley Graham is expecting twins boys. The 33-year-old and husband, Justin Ervin already share a son, Isaac Menelik. They announced their pregnancy back in July and recently found out they would soon be welcoming two new bundles of blue to the family.
Gayle King welcomed her first grandchild. Her daughter, Kirby Bumpus gave birth to her son, Luca last week. King told the world all about her life as a new grandma on CBS This Morning. People Magazine has all the details.
Entertainment News: Illness and Injury
The View came to a bit of a halt on Friday when co-hosts Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin were pulled from the set after testing positive for Covid right before they were to interview Vice President Kamala Harris. Joy Behr commented both are breakthrough cases and informed the audience both stars were vaccinated.
Kym Whitley lawyered up this week. The actress suffered bumps, bruises, and broken bones after falling hard at pant store “Green Thumb Nursery,” in L.A. The lawsuit alleges the accident stems from the shop’s broken, defective, and poorly maintained asphalt. TMZ has all the details.
Supermodel Linda Evangelista opened up about the painful reason she backed away from the spotlight. She claims she was “horribly disfigured” after a cool sculpting procedure that has left her “permanently deformed.” The runway sensation is suing the company, Zeltiq Aesthetics, which performed the life-altering procedure five years ago.
Harry Potter fans unite! Draco Malfoy needs you! Tom Felton collapsed during a celebrity golf tournament on September 23. There was no magic wand to help this muggle. He was carted off the green and taken for medical attention. USA Today covered the story.
MMA fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller could be facing years behind bars. He was not only charged with felony domestic violence but also resisting arrest early this week. This stems from an altercation at his residence on September 10. ESPN has all the details.
Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo star Mama June was back in the news once again. Her on-again, off-again (currently ex) boyfriend, Geno, checked into rehab in South Carolina. But, that’s not all. There was a warrant issued for his arrest in Alabama. TMZ has the whole story.
Netflix announced a revival of their smash pandemic hit “Tiger King.” Season 2 is on order and work will begin shortly. According to EW, “Tiger King 2” will follow Joe Exotic during his prison stint and bring back fan-favorite ‘That Bitch’ Carole Baskins. Also on the books to return are Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin.
The Crown is getting a new face in the coming season. Khalid Abdalla is joining the cast as Princess Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Fayed. Also coming on board is Salim Daw who is set to play his father, Mohamed Al-Fayed. Variety has all the details.
The View fans will be happy to learn Whoopi Goldberg isn’t giving up her seat any time soon. The Oscar-winning actress and co-host signed a multi-year deal, taking her reign straight through to Season 28.
Amazon Prime Video subscribers will soon see Eddie Murphy’s face all over their TV. Amazon Studios has inked a three-picture deal with the comedian. The deal has him starring in all three flicks as well as helping develop original projects. Variety as all the details.
Entertainment News: In Memoriam
Famed comedian, Anthony “AJ” Johnson passed away after collapsing in a store earlier this month. The 55-year-old actor was best known for his roles in fan-favorite films “House Party” and “Friday” and shows such as “Moesha” and “Martin.”
Actor Willie Garson succumbed to his battle with cancer. His family confirmed the “Sex and the City” alum’s passing on September 20. Garson became a wild fan favorite playing Carrie Bradshaw’s best guy friend, Stanford Blatch in the SATC franchise. He then went on to gain even more fame playing Mozzie in the hit series “White Collar.”
Groundbreaking Indie filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles passed this week at the age of 89. The “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song” director was the grandfather to the entire indie cinema film genre. His classic creation turns 50 this year and is set to play on the silver screen at the New York Times Film Festival. Melvin is the father of famed actor Mario Van Peebles.
Designer Tom Ford lost his husband this week. Fashion journalist, Richard Buckley died on Sunday night at their home. The couple was together for 35 years and finally wed in 2014 when same-sex marriage became legal. They share their son, Jack, who was born in 2012.
Basil Hoffman passed away on September 17 at 83 years old. Hoffman became a legend in the entertainment world with a career that began in the ’60s and is still going today with over 100 roles under his belt. His filmography will continue well into next year.
The Hawaii Five-O family is in mourning this week. Al Harrington died this week at 87 years old due to complications from a stroke. He rose to fame in his role as Detective Ben Kokua on both the original series as well as the current reboot. Other roles include spots on Forrest Gump, The Jeffersons, and Jake and the Fat Man.
Emmy-Winning director Jay Sandrich of such shows as Soap, Mary Tyler Moore, and The Cosby Show died on September 22 at the age of 89. Sandrich’s career began in the early 1950s and went through to the easy 2000s. He revived his career in 2021 to direct Forever Golden! A Celebration of the Golden Girls. He is credited for directing the show’s pilot in 1985.
Famed director Roger Michell also passed away on September 22. Michell is best known for his work on Notting Hill, My Cousins Rachel, and Changing Lanes. His career spanned four decades. His latest project, Elizabeth, is in post-production.
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