Stephen Colbert's 'The Late Show' pulled until next week as host recovers from surgery

Colbert's appendix bursts

First this fall, another round with COVID-19 shuttered Stephen Colbert's “The Late Show.” Now the show is again sidelined as the host recovers from a burst appendix.

The comedian revealed on social media Monday that he's recovering after surgery, wiping out planned shows for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. “Going forward, all emails to my appendix will be handled by my pancreas,” he joked.

Colbert had a busy three shows planned, including guests Jennifer Garner, Baz Luhrmann, Patrick Stewart and Kelsey Grammer, the return of former bandleader Jon Batiste and Barbra Streisand was to take “The Colbert Questionert.”

In mid-October, Colbert contracted COVID-19 and had to cancel a week's worth of shows, although he hosted one from his home, like he did during the pandemic.


Paris Hilton feels 'complete' after welcoming second child

Paris Hilton feels 'complete'

Paris Hilton feels "complete" after welcoming a baby girl.

The 42-year-old star and her husband Carter Reum are both "over the moon" after they recently welcomed their second child, a baby girl named London, via a surrogate.

Paris - who also has a ten-month-old son called Phoenix - told the 'TODAY' show: "She is just a little angel and my life just feels so complete with my little baby boy and my baby girl. We're just over the moon."

The blonde beauty recently announced the arrival of their daughter via a social media post.

Alongside a photo of some baby clothes, Paris wrote on Instagram: "Thankful for my baby girl [tears, heart and baby emojis] (sic)"

Paris also revealed the inspiration behind her baby's name.

She said on the 'I am Paris' podcast: "I've always wanted to name my daughter London. I had actually picked that name for a long time now, probably over 10 years. I always wanted London. I love that name for my daughter."

In October, Paris revealed that she would love to have a baby girl.

The TV star told E! News at the time: "I can't wait to have my own little princess one day and that's something that we talk about and think about all the time."

Paris loves the challenge of motherhood. The reality star also revealed that she's "never felt so happy".

Paris shared: "It's been such a special time.

"My little baby boy is my world and he's made my life feel so complete. My husband is just the sweetest, kindest, most loyal and loving partner - just my everything.

"It's been amazing being a mom, being a wife and this new phase of my life. I just never felt so happy."

Tiffany Haddish seeks 'help' after DUI arrest

Tiffany Haddish seeks 'help'

Tiffany Haddish plans to "get help" after she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).

The 43-year-old star was found asleep in her car over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and the actress has now pledged that it will "never happen again".

Tiffany - who claimed that her Tesla parked itself after she dozed off behind the wheel - told 'Entertainment Tonight': "I'm going to get some help so I can learn balance and boundaries."

Despite this, Tiffany praised the Beverly Hills Police Department for their handling of the situation.

The actress also insisted that she remains in good spirits, in spite of her arrest.

In 2022, meanwhile, Tiffany was arrested in Atlanta for DUI.

The movie star was also charged with improper stopping on a roadway, and she subsequently joked about the situation during an appearance on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'.

The award-winning star - who enjoyed her big breakthrough in the 2017 comedy movie 'Girls Trip' - said: "I've been praying to God to send me a new man, a good man. God went ahead and sent me four in a uniform.

"I wasn't expecting it. I was not expecting that at all. Now, I've got a really great lawyer, and we're going to work it out. I've got to get my asking of things to God a little better."

Police told PEOPLE at the time: "Subsequent investigation led to Ms. Tiffany Haddish being arrested for Driving Under the Influence. She was transported to the Fayette County Jail without incident."

The actress was eventually released after posting a $1,666 bond.


Former WWE star Tammy 'Sunny' Sytch sentenced for deadly car crash

WWE legend jailed 17 years

Tammy Sytch has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison in connection with a deadly car accident in 2022.

The former WWE star has been handed a ten-and-a-half-year sentence for driving with a suspended license and a further seven years for DUI manslaughter.

Sytch, 50, who rose to stardom in the 90s and was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011 will also serve eight years of probation following her release from prison.

Sytch previously pleaded no contest to the counts levelled against her and she actually addressed the victim's family during her latest court appearance.

According to TMZ, she said in the courtroom: "I know my words are not enough but please know that I think about you every day."

Sytch, who went by the name of Sunny during her wrestling days, also broke down in tears during her court appearance.

Sytch faced a maximum of 26 years in prison. The former wrestling star was arrested in May 2022, after a 75-year-old man was killed in a collision in Florida.

Officials assigned to the case alleged that Sytch had a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

She initially received bond in the case. But just days later, she was sent to prison after prosecutors determined that she was too much of a risk to the community.

A judge said at the time: "The defendant is a threat to the community and I do not feel that a monitor would protect the community."

In July 2020, Sytch was arrested on charges of eluding a police officer, violating a domestic violence restraining order and operating a vehicle during a second license suspension.

She was released from prison 11 months later.

Sytch subsequently told WrestleZone.com: "I am happy to be finished with my sentence and I am anxious to start the next chapter of my life."

Paramount Plus Canada developing comedies about prime minister, widowed limo driver

Canadian comedies in pipe

Paramount Plus Canada says it's developing two more homegrown comedies, one centred on a widowed limo driver trying to raise his kids, the other on an A-list actor who gets the chance to become prime minister. 

The streamer announced in June it would begin developing Canadian projects, and is now adding two more to its slate from production company Boat Rocker.

"Bensen," from creator Clara Altimas, follows a limo driver who tries to keep his "fun dad" status following the death of his wife. 

Altimas was previously a writer on CBC's "Kim's Convenience" and its spinoff "Strays."

Paramount Plus is also developing "Elected," a comedy series from Michael McGowan, whose feature film credits include writing and directing "All My Puny Sorrows" and "Score: A Hockey Musical."

Paramount Plus Canada also says its first original documentary, "500 Days in the Wild," will premiere at the Whistler International Film Festival on Friday before a limited theatrical run next year, after which it will land on the platform. 

Shakira hands over more than £5.5 in new tax fraud case

Shakira pays out millions

Shakira has paid a court more than £5.5 million in another tax fraud case.

The Colombian singer reached an agreement last week over allegations she evaded tax totalling £12.7 million in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and she has now agreed to pay out another £5.7 million covering the £5.3 million prosecutors alleged she evaded in 2018, as well as interest.

Shakira will continue to be investigated over the suspected 2018 breaches but Spanish newspaper El Periodico reports if that leads to a new trial, the money she has handed over now will likely lead to a more lenient eventual sentence.

Officials confirmed in July that the 'Hips Don't Lie' singer was under suspicion of suspected 2018 tax breaches.

A spokesman for Catalonia's High Court of Justice said at the time: "Court of Instruction Number 2 in Esplugues de Llobregat has opened a procedure following a complaint presented by prosecutors against the singer Shakira for two suspected tax crimes related to income tax and wealth tax for the Spanish tax year of 2018."

After settling the case last week, hours before she was due to go to trial, Shakira maintained her innocence but explained she'd agreed to the deal because she was tired of the legal battle getting in the way of her time with her sons, Milan, 10, and eight-year-old Sasha.

She said in a statement: “Throughout my career, I have always strived to do what’s right and set a positive example for others.

"That often means taking the extra step in business and personal financial decisions to procure the absolute best counsel, including seeking the advice of the world’s preeminent tax authorities PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited and Ernst + Young Global Limited who have been my advisors during this whole process.

"Unfortunately, and despite these efforts, tax authorities in Spain pursued a case against me as they have against many professional athletes and other high-profile individuals, draining those people’s energy, time, and tranquility for years at a time.

"While I was determined to defend my innocence in a trial that my lawyers were confident would have ruled in my favour, I have made the decision to finally resolve this matter with the best interest of my kids at heart who do not want to see their mom sacrifice her personal well-being in this fight."

The 46-year-old star - whose 12-year relationship with Gerard Pique ended last year - plans to view the settlement as a "win" because she can put the case behind her now and focus on the future.

She added: " I need to move past the stress and emotional toll of the last several years and focus on the things I love - my kids and all the opportunities to come in my career, including my upcoming world tour and my new album, both of which I am extremely excited about.

"I admire tremendously those who have fought these injustices to the end, but for me, today, winning is getting my time back for my kids and my career.”

Mr. Big Stuff singer Jean Knight dies aged 80

Jean Knight dead at 80

R'n'B star Jean Knight has passed away aged 80.

The Grammy-nominated star - behind 70s funk hits 'Mr. Big Stuff' and 'Think It Over' - died of natural causes on Wednesday, her friend Bernie Cyrus confirmed.

The former Louisiana Music Commission director told Rolling Stone “She was the first person we appointed on the board when we took it over and we had a long relationship with her and she was just fabulous.

“She was always willing to get involved with good causes and help out.”

Bernie continued: “’Mr. Big Stuff’ — it was just so universal. People remember it. And look, so many people covered it. But nobody did it like Jean."

The timeless classic was used across films and covered many times, including in the 2005 movie 'Kinky Boots' performed by soul singer Lyn Collins, and the 1994 Disney sports comedy-drama 'D2: The Mighty Ducks' sung by Martha Wash.

It spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Soul Singles chart and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, behind 'How Can You Mend a Broken Heart' by The Bee Gees.

The New Orleans native's career kick-started with her debut demo of Jackie Wilson’s 'Stop Doggin’ Me Around'.

She was instantly signed to Jet Star and Tribe.

Jean continued working as a baker to fund her music career and was still making dough when she and producer Wardell Quezergue recorded her first big hit, 'Mr. Big Stuff', in Jackson, Mississippi.

The guaranteed hit would go on to be released on the famous Stax Records, went double-platinum, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Female R'n'B Vocal Performance.

Jean left Stax and wouldn't have another hit until the next decade with 'You Got the Papers (But I Got the Man)', which was released on Atlantic Records.

In 2007, the 'Do Me' singer was inducted into the Louisiana Music Commission Hall of Fame.

Dua Lipa in talks for 2024 stadium tour

Dua Lipa plans stadium tour

Dua Lipa is reportedly in talks for a 2024 stadium tour.

The 'Levitating' hitmaker – who is also rumoured to be in talks to headline next year’s Glastonbury Festival - could be set to graduate from arenas to stadiums next summer following the success of her 2022 'Future Nostalgia' jaunt.

A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column: “Dua is going to be everywhere in 2024 – ­currently her team are looking at ­pencilling in her first ever stadium shows next ­summer.

“Her 2022 Future Nostalgia tour had 12 arena shows in the UK so a couple of massive ­stadium gigs is definitely possible. Her star has only grown since then.

“Right now, no dates are confirmed and locked in but it’s on the cards.”

The 28-year-old Grammy-winning pop star inspired a whole new generation with her seminal 2020 disco-pop LP 'Future Nostalgia', and as her third album campaign gets underway, her team says they are aiming to "change pop culture" again.

Warner's Alex Burford recently told Music Week: “A successful Dua campaign is one that lasts a couple of years or more. We want more diamond records. We want streams of two billion plus. We want her to be the most streamed artist in the world.”

He added: “We went into the campaign thinking, ‘Judge us in two years’ and we want to have huge culturally important moments in that time, in the same way Future Nostalgia defined a particular time and became a really important album. The goal is not to have success in any one week, the goal is to change pop culture."

So far, Dua has released the lead single 'Houdini' from the LP, which sees the star go from disco-pop to electronic psychedelic pop.

She recruited Kevin Parker of the Psychedelic outfit Tame Impala to co-produce the upcoming record alongside rave and electronic pioneer Danny L. Harle.

Meanwhile, Dua was thrilled to have bought back her publishing rights to her back catalogue, while encouraging young artists to get lawyered up.

Speaking to Audacy, she said: “I think it’s just something I’ve always wanted — to be in control of my own music."

She added: “To be able to have all the rights back to my songs feels really good. It’s my life’s work, so it’s good to be the person to say what happens with it.”

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke names dream cast for reboot

Twilight reboot in works

'Twilight' director Catherine Hardwicke would choose Jacob Elordi and Jenna Ortega to play the lead roles in a reboot.

The original movie - based on the book by Stephenie Meyer - was released in 2008 and starred Robert Pattinson as vampire Edward Cullen who strikes up a romance with teenager Bella Swan, played by Kristen Stewart, and Catherine says she would choose Jacob and Jenna for the roles if she had to name the dream cast for a remake.

During an appearance on the 'Happy Sad Confused' podcast, host Josh Horowitz asked: "Is Jacob Elordi Edward Cullen today? Is Jenna Ortega ... [Bella]" and Catherine replied: "Oh, that would be perfect."

She added of 'Priscilla' star Jacob: "I mean, he’s amazing. He probably would be Edward today."

Catherine went on to say: "It would’ve changed anyone’s life if they got that part, ... I do think there’s a lot of really cool young actors today. Of course, you just mentioned Jenna Ortega, she’s amazing."

The original film spawned four sequels - 'New Moon' Eclipse' and 'Breaking Dawn Part 1' and 'Part 2' - and it was recently reported a 'Twilight' TV series is in the works at Lionsgate TV.

When asked about the new TV project, Catherine insisted she doesn't know much about it. She said: "[I haven't] actually found out exactly ... I don’t know yet [what it will look like]. Maybe they don’t even know."

She went on to reveal she was involved in a 'Twilight' reunion last year when she attended Pattinson's 37th birthday party along with Stewart.

The moviemaker explained: "Strangely enough, I ended up … I went to Rob's birthday party recently. I kinda crashed with my friend Toni Collette, who had just done a movie with him. We had a fun thing, and then Kristen crashed it too. That was just a few months ago, and it was just like, ‘Oh my God!’ We all hugged each other — like, this is so crazy and cool."

Tiffany Haddish jokes about being arrested for DUI: 'I wanted a man in uniform - prayers answered!'

Haddish asleep at the wheel

Tiffany Haddish has joked that being arrested was the "answer to her prayers" for a man.

The 43-year-old comedienne was arrested early on Friday morning in Beverly Hills, California, hours after performing at a comedy show on Thanksgiving for allegedly falling asleep at the wheel whilst DUI and made light of the situation upon her return to the stage on the evening.

Speaking live on stage at the Laugh Factory in Long Beach, California in an audio clip obtained by TMZ, she said: "I prayed to God for a man with a job, preferably in uniform. And God answered my prayers!"

The 'Girls Trip' star - who was booked by cops in January 2022 in Georgia after cops received a call that a driver was dozing off on the road - was said to have been handcuffed by officers at the scene after they found her vehicle in the middle of the road.

A watch commander for the Beverly Hills Police Department told Page Six: “We responded to a call of a vehicle on the roadway at 5.45 this morning.”

He also noted officers were told the driver was “asleep behind the wheel.”

Page Six added sources said Tiffany’s car was “stopped in lanes of traffic” and not pulled over to the side, meaning any vehicles that were driving in the area at that time would have had to go around her car.

It is unclear who placed the call to police and whether it was one of the other drivers on the road.

The watch commander stressed there were “no traffic collisions.”

Tiffany’s condition at the time of her arrest is unclear, but a BHPD spokesperson said: “The investigation led us to arrest her for a DUI.”

The watch commander added: “She’s being booked at our Beverly Hills police jail.”

Police said Tiffany was due to be released on Friday afternoon.

According to a video obtained by TMZ, Tiffany appeared cooperative when police put her in handcuffs and walked her to the back of their vehicle.

She was seen wearing a floral red and white blouse, black leggings and black sneakers.

Megan Thee Stallion swears off sex: ‘I'm not a freak anymore!’

Megan swears off sex

Megan Thee Stallion says she is done with sex.

The 28-year-old rapper appears to still be reeling over her break-up with her ex Pardison ‘Pardi’ Fontaine, 33, who she accused of cheating on her in her recent-released single ‘Cobra’.

She’s now said in an Instagram Live about how she has walked away from bedroom antics: “It’s like nobody be listening to my music. They be like, (gasp) ‘Megan Thee Stallion … I cannot believe she likes to have sex! I cannot believe Megan Thee Stallion (sleeps with people).”

Megan added about “turning over a new leaf” when it comes to her sex life: “I’m stingy with the cootie cat. I’m not a freak anymore. I’m done.

“I’m done with the streets. So toxic in the streets. I’m tired with the streets.”

In her ‘Cobra’ single she hinted she had walked in on Pardi in bed with someone else.

He has since released a “diss track” titled ‘THEE PERSON’ in response to her song.

Pardi’s lyrics include: “I would like to apologise for uh, no longer keeping up with your lies, or supporting your habits to tell half-truths.

“God I treated you like a queen, whole time I’m a clown in your circus, I tried to pull you up out of the mud here you are tryna drown me on purpose.

“This ain’t for Megan Thee Stallion, it’s for Megan Thee person.”

He also raps on the song: “Your soul is disgusting, you got everything but you still ain’t happy.”

Pardi also sings he hopes ‘Savage’ singer Megan “gets the help” she needs.

Megan confirmed she was dating Pardi during an Instagram Live in February 2021 and told fans at the time: “That’s my boo, and I really like him. I never said hot girls can’t have boyfriends… y’all not about to play with my man. He don’t even be doing nothing to nobody. Yeah, he my boyfriend.”

The couple made their first public appearance together at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards in May that year and for their second anniversary in October 2022 Pardi reportedly surprised his girlfriend by giving her thousands of balloons and red roses.

‘Rodman’ rapper Pardi also supported Megan as she went to court with Tory Lanez, 31, who shot her in the foot in July 2020.

He said on Instagram in December 2020: “To any woman especially ones of colour that has suffered an injustice, I feel for you.”

Since the pair split, Megan has been seen cosying up to Belgian footballer Romelu Lukaku, 30, while at a wedding in Italy in May 2023, while Pardi is dating 25-year-old singer Jada Kingdom.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs hit with third sexual assault lawsuit

Diddy hit with third suit

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has reportedly been hit with a third sexual assault lawsuit.

The 54-year-old rapper – who recently settled out of court with his singer ex-girlfriend Cassie, 37, after she filed a suit accusing him of rape and abuse – is now said to be facing fresh accusations from a woman known only as Jane Doe that he and singer-songwriter Aaron Hall, 59, took turns sexually assaulting her and her friend in either 1990 or 1991.

TMZ has reported she claims in legal documents she met Sean and Aaron at a record label event and brought her and her friend drinks whilst flirting with them.

But a representative for Sean told the Daily Mirror in a statement: “These are fabricated claims falsely alleging misconduct from over 30 years ago and filed at the last minute.

“This is nothing but a money grab. Because of Mr Combs’ fame and success, he is an easy target for anonymous accusers who lie without conscience or consequence for financial benefit… the public should be skeptical and not rush to accept these bogus allegations.”

Jane Doe is said to claim Sean and Aaron took her and her friend to Aaron’s apartment where they were given alcohol and she was then reportedly coerced into having sex with Sean.

She claims Sean then left the room and Aaron came in and raped her – while her friend was also reportedly raped by the pair.

Along with Cassie’s now-settled suit against Sean, a second one was filed against him by Joi Dickerson-Neal.

She alleged she was “drugged, sexually assaulted and abused” by the rapper and added he reportedly created and distributed “revenge porn” of her.

A representative for Sean told TMZ about her suit: “This last-minute lawsuit is an example of how a well-intentioned law can be turned on its head.

“Ms Dickerson's 32-year-old story is made up and not credible. Mr Combs never assaulted her and she implicates companies that did not exist. This is purely a money grab and nothing more.”

The second suit was filed under the Adult Survivors Act, which allowed victims of sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits past the typical statute of limitations, and the deadline to file was Nov. 23.

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