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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Eniko Parrish, actor Kevin Hart, comedian Ellen DeGeneres, and actress Portia de Rossi attend the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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#1 Kevin Hart Comedy News + Comedy Tickets on Instagram: “#KevinHart says people want his ‘career to end’ during stop by #Ellen to publicly address this year’s Oscar’s controversy. ⁣Thoughts? [?…”

#KevinHart says people want his 'career to end' during stop by #Ellen to publicly address this year's Oscar's controversy. ⁣Thoughts? [? @theellenshow]⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Full report at YouTube.Com/ComedyHype

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Ellen DeGeneres defends Kevin Hart, tries to win him back Oscars hosting gig

DeGeneres said that she believes Hart is ultimately contrite, and that as a member of the LGBTQ community, she understands that he was coming from an uneducated place.
Jan. 4, 2019 / 7:26 AM EST
By Erik Ortiz

Ellen DeGeneres revealed to Kevin Hart that she not only wants him to ignore the "haters" and host next month's Oscars, but went as far as contacting the motion picture academy herself to help him win back the job.

Hart stepped down from the gig in December in the wake of backlash for homophobic tweets he wrote nearly a decade ago that resurfaced online.

In an interview with Hart set to air on her daytime talk show Friday, DeGeneres said she told the Academy, "I have no idea if he wants to come back and host, but what are your thoughts? And they were like, 'Oh my God, we want him to host. We feel like that maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong or maybe we said the wrong thing but we want him to host. Whatever we can do we would be thrilled.'"

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which runs the Academy Awards, did not immediately respond to NBC News for comment about who would host.

But Hart told DeGeneres he would reevaluate whether he would take the job again and that she "put a lot of things on my mind."

While the "Night School" star noted he was sorry for his past tweets, he also explained why he had to defend himself last month — alluding to an Instagram post in which he told people to "stop looking for reasons to be negative." The post stoked further outrage.

But Hart told DeGeneres that he didn't think the resurfacing of the older tweets was an accident.

In his past tweets, Hart wrote that he wouldn't want his son playing with his daughter's dollhouse — "I'm going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice 'stop that's gay'" — and in another said someone resembled a "gay bill board for AIDS."

DeGeneres said that she believes Hart is ultimately contrite, and that as a member of the LGBTQ community, she understands that he was coming from an uneducated place.

The preview of the interview, however, has been criticized by some social media users who think DeGeneres is giving Hart a pass and took offense that she referred to those who spoke out against him as "haters."

The award show will be held on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET and airs on ABC.

 

 

 

Ellen still wants Kevin Hart to host the Oscars

Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting last month after tweets from 2009-2011 resurfaced with derogatory language referring to gay people and disparaging comments about sexuality.
Hart said at the time that he was giving up the job because he was sorry for the hurt he caused and did not want to be a distraction, and in another statement said he did not want to contribute to "feeding the internet trolls" who dug up the tweets.
DeGeneres released clips from an upcoming episode of her show ahead of schedule on Twitter Thursday night that shows her discussing the controversy with Hart and encouraging him to reclaim the hosting gig.
In the clips, Hart said he recognized that his comments on Twitter were dangerous and said he had apologized and grown in the 10 years since he made them.
"I believe in forgiveness. I believe in second chances. And I believe in @KevinHart4real," DeGeneres tweeted Thursday.
DeGeneres said on the show that she believes that it is important for Hart to host, so much so that she says she personally called the Academy to get him back on.
"What we're going to get to see onstage with you hosting the Oscars is sophistication, class, hilarity, and you growing as a person," DeGeneres said.
Hart said his hesitation to host, which he said was a dream for him, comes from fear of the people who went through his nearly 40,000 tweets to find incriminating ones.
"That's a malicious attack on my character," Hart said. "That's an attack to end me."
But DeGeneres pushed the opportunity to host as a chance to model growth and stand up to against "trolls."
"As a gay person," DeGeneres said, "I am sensitive to all of that and I talked to you about all of this and you've already expressed that it's not being educated on the subject, not realizing how dangerous those words are, not realizing how many kids are killed for being gay, or beaten up every day. You have grown, you have apologized, you are apologizing again right now. You've done it. Don't let those people win. Host the Oscars."
The clips posted to DeGeneres' verified Twitter account did not include Hart's final decision.

#2 Justin Fields

BREAKING: Former Georgia QB Justin Fields will be transferring to Ohio State. #uga #georgia #georgiabulldogs #ohiostate #ohiostatefootball #ohiostatebuckeyes #football #cfb #justinfields

20 Likes, 2 Comments - Sport Specifics (@sportspecifics) on Instagram: "BREAKING: Former Georgia QB Justin Fields will be transferring to Ohio State. #uga #georgia..."

 

Reports: Former five-star quarterback Justin Fields transferring to Ohio State

Former five-star quarterback Justin Fields is transferring to Ohio State. Letterman Row first reported the news, and 247Sports' Ohio State site Bucknuts confirmed it.

The move had been rumored since it became public that Fields would be transferring from Georgia following his freshman season. Fields will be enrolling at Ohio State for the spring semester, which will allow him to participate with the team in their offseason program and during spring practice this year. Oklahoma, Florida State and UCLA were reportedly also being considered by the former five-star prospect.

What may have given Ohio State the edge was Fields' relationship with current Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Both players train with Quincy Avery, a QB coach based out of Atlanta.

Fields was the No. 2 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings, finishing behind current Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence. He did not win the starting job in Athens, however, as Jake Fromm held on to the position all season long. Fields did see some time, however, appearing in 12 games. He threw 39 passes, completing 69.2 percent of them for 328 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He also displayed his abilities as a rusher, carrying the ball 42 times for 266 yards and four touchdowns. With Fromm returning for another season, Fields would have had a difficult time supplanting him from his starting role, and rather than wait another year, he decided to look for greener pastures elsewhere.

Of course, nothing will be guaranteed to him at Ohio State, either. Haskins has yet to publicly announce his plans for 2019, though most expect he'll enter the NFL Draft. That would leave Tate Martell as the likely favorite to land the starting role for Ohio State in 2019, especially since Fields will likely have to sit out the 2019 season due to transfer rules. Odds are Fields will appeal that ruling, but there's no way to know if he'll win the case. Ohio State also has Matthew Baldwin, who was a four-star QB in its 2018 class who redshirted this season.

 

 

Report: Justin Fields will transfer to Ohio State

Georgia quarterback Justin Fields is expected to make his transfer to Ohio State official as early as today, according to a published report.

According to Letterman Row, Fields is expected on the Columbus, Ohio, campus Friday to move in ahead of the resumption of classes. The move would clear the way for him to participate in the offseason program and spring practice.

Fields, who informed Georgia coaches following the SEC Championship Game he would explore a transfer, has been in communication with Ohio State throughout the exploratory transfer process.

Ohio State had long been rumored to be the front-runner to land Fields. His decision could be tied to Buckeyes starter’s Dwayne Haskins impending decision to head to the NFL. (Fields and Haskins train with Atlanta-based quarterbacks coach Quincy Avery.)

Ohio State’s self-annointed-quarterback-in-waiting Tate Martell has been a vocal objector to Fields joining the Buckeyes.

Fields, a celebrated 5-star prospect from Kennesaw, played in 13 of 15 games for the Bulldogs this season. He did not appear in the Sugar Bowl.

Fields was 27-of-39 passing for 328 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in his 13 appearances, and he also rushed 42 times for 266 yards and four touchdowns.

The Bulldogs are still expected to have some depth behind starter Jake Fromm.

Georgia added two quarterbacks during the early signing period: former walk-on Stetson Bennett was one; former Ohio State rercuit Dwan Mathis was the other. Mathis flipped his commitment after the Bulldogs staff reached out three days before the early signing day. John Rhys Plumlee, a 4-star recruit, is expected to enroll this summer.

#3 Ruby Rose

The jeans memes about ruby are so fucking funny kakaksksksk ?? #iloverubyrose #rubyroseisbae #rubyrose #batwoman #rubyrosefans @rubyrose

5,760 Likes, 36 Comments - ?ʀᴜʙʏ ʀᴏsᴇ ғᴀɴ? (@__rubyrosee__) on Instagram: "The jeans memes about ruby are so fucking funny kakaksksksk ?? #iloverubyrose #rubyroseisbae..."

 

 

'Batwoman' series ordered at The CW featuring Ruby Rose as first openly gay lead superhero

After making her debut on this year’s massive DC Comics crossover event on The CW, Ruby Rose will officially break new ground in the genre as the first openly lesbian superhero to lead her own TV show.

The CW has officially greenlit a pilot order for “Batwoman” starring Rose as the titular hero, otherwise known as Kate Kane. The series will be led by showrunner and writer Caroline Dries of “The Vampire Diaries” fame and will be executive produced by the network’s DC Comics guru Greg Berlanti, according to The Hollywood Reporter. David Nutter, known for his Emmy-winning work on “Game of Thrones” will direct the pilot.

As previously reported, Rose was cast as Batwoman in August, much to the dismay of some on social media. She would appear in The CW’s annual crossover event for superhero shows “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl.” The guest role worked for fans and the network moved forward with a standalone series, which will join the trio as well as “Legends of Tomorrow” and “Black Lightning” in the network’s pantheon of DC Comics-based superhero shows.

The network released an official synopsis for the upcoming pilot.

Ruby Rose made her debut in 'Elseworlds' as Batwoman.

Ruby Rose made her debut in 'Elseworlds' as Batwoman. (The CW)

“Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane [Rose] soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city's criminal resurgence. But don't call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham's symbol of hope."

It was established in the crossover event in December that this universe’s version of Gotham City fell to chaos after Kane’s cousin, Bruce Wayne, left on a mysterious journey. The shared-universe features many LGBTQ characters, but Rose is the first openly gay hero to lead a show all her own.

“The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored. I’m also an emotional wreck.. because this is a childhood dream. This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different,” Rose said at the time of her casting. “Thank you everyone. Thank you god.”

You can see Batwoman's debut in the video below:

The CW’s Batwoman project, starring Ruby Rose, has been given a pilot pickup order and Game of Thrones director David Nutter will helm the pilot.

As reported by EW, this pilot pickup order follows the DC crossover event that introduced Ruby Rose’s Batwoman and took place in three parts across The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl.

Rose’s version of Kate Kane is an openly gay superhero ready to rock and roll…but with her own personal battles to fight before she can truly focus on being a hero to anyone else.

She made her biggest splash during the Arrow episode of the crossover event (night two if fans are keeping track), as she picked up Bruce Wayne’s slack in pretty much every way in GothamEW also has the official description of the series, which is as follows;

“Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane (star Ruby Rose) soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”

This pilot is The CW’s first official order of the season — but look for more superheroes from Berlanti coming down the pike as TV’s busiest geek continues pushing for more genre content. The CW will be re-airing the crossover event beginning on Jan. 7.

#4 Britney Spears

#BritneySpears announced an indefinite work hiatus in order to care of her father, as he has overcame a recent life-threatening illness. In a statement, Spears shared: "I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family."

689 Likes, 107 Comments - Pop Crave (@popcravenews) on Instagram: "#BritneySpears announced an indefinite work hiatus in order to care of her father, as he has..."

 

Britney Spears postpones Las Vegas show after father 'nearly died'

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Britney Spears announced Friday she's indefinitely postponing her new Las Vegas residency show, "Domination," because her father, Jamie Spears, has been so ill with a ruptured colon he almost died.

In a series of tweets, she said she was heartbroken about what's happened.

"I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say," her first tweet opened. "I will not be performing my new show Domination. I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart."

"However, it’s important to always put your family first… and that’s the decision I had to make. A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him."
She didn't say in her tweets what has ailed her father but asked for understanding.

She also posted about her father on her Instagram page.

Spears' father is Jamie Spears, who has been in charge of his 37-year-old daughter's estate and finances for nearly a decade as her conservator. Spears has two sons, Sean, 13, and Jayden, 12.

Spears' representative, Jeff Raymond, said Jamie Spears became  ill two months ago and was rushed to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.

"His colon spontaneously ruptured and he was immediately admitted into surgery," Raymond said in a statement to USA TODAY. "(He) spent the next 28 days in the hospital under the care of the amazing doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital, who the Spears family credits with saving his life.

"After a long, complicated post-operative period, he is recuperating at home and gaining strength, and is expected to make a full recovery."

The Grammy-winning Spears announced her new Vegas residency in October, and had planned to perform 32 shows at the Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February.

Her new residency poster was projected onto the side of the Park MGM, paired with some of her greatest hits, including "Toxic," "...Baby One More Time," "Slave 4 U" and "Circus."

Her success as an artist and performer mirrors her success at stabilizing her personal life and mental health, after suffering a public breakdown in 2008 that put her on an involuntary psychiatric hold at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Before that, there were public breakups, one quickie marriage later annulled, a second marriage that later led to a toxic divorce, two kids, a custody battle, one shambolic reality TV show, and a split from a longtime manager. At one chaotic point in her life, she was photographed shaving her own head at a Los Angeles hair salon.

But over the last decade under her father's supervision, along with lawyer Andrew Wallet, Spears has stabilized, and her career has boomed.

Since 2008, she's released multiple albums, done two world tours, been a mentor on "The X Factor" for a reported $15 million payout, joined the new era of Las Vegas residencies, and renewed her contract with RCA Records.

Plus, her empire, including perfume and a lingerie line in her name, continues to grow.

And she's still one of those polite celebrities, careful to say thank you to fans.

"I appreciate your prayers and support for my family during this time. Thank you, and love you all… always," she signed off in her final tweet.

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Britney Spears; Jamie Spears
Britney Spears; Jamie Spears
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January 04, 2019 12:40 PM
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Britney Spears is halting all her work as she supports her father Jamie Spears after he suffered a “life-threatening” colon rupture from which he is expected to recover, the superstar announced on Friday.

“I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say,” began Britney, 37, in an emotional tweet, including a photo of a young Britney with both her parents, Jamie, 66, and Lynne, 63. “I will not be performing my new show Domination. I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart.”

“However, it’s important to always put your family first… and that’s the decision I had to make,” Britney elaborated in a follow-up tweet. “A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him.”

Describing the hiatus as a “difficult decision” and saying she hopes “you all can understand,” Britney tweeted that “more information on ticket refunds is available” on her official website, britneyspears.com. Additionally, “Refunds are available at original point of purchase,” according to the statement. “For more information please contact Ticketmaster customer service at 800-745-3000.”

The Grammy winner added in her statement, “Thank you to all my fans for your continued love and support during this time. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and I look forward to the time when I can be back on stage performing for all of you.”

Two months ago, Jamie “became seriously ill and was rushed to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas,” reads the statement. “His colon spontaneously ruptured and he was immediately admitted into surgery.”

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Britney Spears and father Jamie
Britney Spears and father Jamie
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Jamie “spent the next 28 days in the hospital under the care of the amazing doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital, [which] the Spears family credits with saving his life,” the statement continues. “After a long, complicated post-operative period, he is recuperating at home and gaining strength, and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Jamie also has children Bryan Spears, 41, and Jamie Lynn Spears, 27, with Britney’s mom, Lynne. The couple divorced in 2002 after nearly three decades of marriage but reconciled in 2010, PEOPLE confirmed at the time.

In 2008, a Los Angeles court named Jamie permanent conservator of his daughter’s affairs. He was also named permanent co-conservator of her estate, along with an attorney, Andrew Wallet.

Slumber Party” singer — who is dating trainer and model Sam Asghari, 25 — had been gearing up for a return to the Las Vegas strip with Domination after taking wildly successful Vegas show Britney: Piece of Me on tour over the summer. Britney’s first residency had grossed over $100 million in ticket sales as of January 2017, and had been seen by over 700,000 fans.

<div class="inner-container"> <img src="https://peopledotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/britney-spears-sam-asghari.jpg" alt="Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari" title="Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari"> </div>

Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari
Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari
Britney Spears/Instagram

Nine months after her last Piece of Me residency show at the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Britney in October announced Domination during an over-the-top spectacle outside the Park MGM, the same venue where Lady GagaCherBruno Mars and Aerosmith will be performing their respective shows.

<div class="inner-container"> <img src="https://peopledotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/december-2015-britney-shared-sweet-photo-herself-her.jpg" alt="Spears with her sons Jayden and Sean" title="Spears with her sons Jayden and Sean"> </div>

Spears with her sons Jayden and Sean
Spears with her sons Jayden and Sean
Britney Spears/Instagram

“My kids come first in my life, bottom line,” Britney told PEOPLE exclusively in a 2015 cover story, opening up about her children Sean Preston, 13, and Jayden James, 12 — whom she shares with ex-husband Kevin Federline, 40.

In the same story, her mom Lynne told PEOPLE: “I am so proud of my daughter and all her accomplishments, but I am especially proud of the mom she is and the woman she has become.”

#5 Hailie Jade • Eminem • Instagram

Hailie is 23 years old now ? ?: @hailiescott1 #eminem #hailiejadescott #hailie #daughter #mockingbird #marshallmathers #eminemsdaughter #grownup #woman #fashion #influencer

76 Likes, 2 Comments - MEAWW (@meawwofficial) on Instagram: "Hailie is 23 years old now ? ?: @hailiescott1 #eminem #hailiejadescott #hailie #daughter..."

 

 

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