Kevin Hart Blown Away by Sold-Out Shows in Australia Amid Oscars Controversy

Kevin Hart has thanked his fans for their support after his sold-out gig in Australia.

The “Ride Along” star took to Instagram on Saturday, December 08 to share a video of the cheering crowd at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

“Two sold-out shows in Sydney, Australia and I gotta tell you, I’m f**king blown away,” the 39-year-old actor yelled in the clip, thanking the audience for their “support.”

“All I can say is WOOOOOOOOW…. Thank you so much Sydney Australia…. Making the world laugh is forever a priority. Blessed to be able to bring laughter on a international level & do what I love!!!! #irresponsibletour #comedicrockstarshit #LiveLoveLaugh,” he captioned the post.

His gigs come after he stepped down as host for next year’s Oscars ceremony, following backlash for past anti-gay tweets.

There was an outcry from the gay and lesbian community when it was announced he had landed the prestigious gig, after a series of derogatory tweets posted by Hart between 2009 and 2011 were reshared on social media.

The comic took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the backlash, urging his critics to “stop looking for reasons to be negative”. He also revealed that the Academy had asked him to apologise for the tweets, but he had refused.

Hart later shared the news that he had pulled out of presenting the Oscars, and offered up an apology to those he had offended.

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s,” he tweeted at the time. “This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize (sic) to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

A source told Entertainment Tonight that Hart feels “disappointed” and “hurt” that he won’t be hosting the Oscars, but he will move forward from this and ultimately be “good.”

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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Lauren Jauregui Credits Hayley Kiyoko for Influence in Her Coming Out

Hayley Kiyoko was influential in helping pal Lauren Jauregui come out.

The former Fifth Harmony star revealed she was bisexual in November 2016 in an open letter which saw the singer slamming newly elected U.S. President Donald Trump‘s supporters for voting him into power.

On Thursday night (December 06), Lauren presented “Curious” singer Hayley with the Rising Star Award at the 2018 Billboard Women in Music event, and she told ET she was overjoyed to be able to do so.

“I love her so much,” she beamed. “I’m so grateful to be honouring her. I think she is one of the most influential people in my life, as well in coming out. I’m so honoured to be able to give her her award. Her queer award for 2018! I’m so proud of her.”

And the 22-year-old further gushed about how special it is to be a woman in music in the modern era.

“It’s such an incredible time to be a woman in music. I think there are a lot of barriers that are being broken and a lot of ceilings that are being smashed by some incredible women that I have the honour of honouring tonight,” she said.



ET also caught up with Hayley, who earlier this week surprised fans when Taylor Swift joined her onstage for a duet of track "Delicate" at a LGBTQ fundraiser.

"It's emotional. I don't feel like I belong but I am rising and it's really wonderful to share the room with such incredibly talented, beautiful, wonderful women in music," the 27-year-old expressed.

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Kourtney Kardashian Poses With The Grinch On Day Out In Universal Studios With Scott & The Kids

Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick had an epic family outing at Universal Studios Hollywood! Check out their sweet pics of their big day right here!

Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian reunited once again to take their kids Reign and Penelope, along with North West and Saint, on a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood. While Kourtney shared a pic of herself having a chat with The Grinch (she mentioned in her caption that he asked “why did you steal Christmas?”), Scott took Penelope and North on the Minion ride. Check out the pics below!

This family outing comes just a day after Sofia Richie and Scott were seen out and about with his daughter Penelope shopping on Dec. 8. Although rumors have swirled that she’s angry at Kourtney over pics she posted with Scott (more on that later), she put on a brave face while spending time with him and his kids. However, there seemed to be no sign of drama as they left the Gucci store together.

We reported earlier how Sofia was bothered by the pic of Kourtney and Scott “co-parenting” together while she lounged on a bed. “Sofia thinks that Kourtney is jealous of her relationship with Scott and will do anything to come between them,” a source close to Sofia told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “Sofia was enjoying a wonderful night celebrating Hanukkah with Scott and a few friends at the same time Kourtney posted the picture of her laying in bed next to him. Sofia knows that Kourtney was aware she and Scott were together, and believes she posted that during the same time just to be spiteful.”

We’ll keep you posted with all of the latest news about Kourtney and Scott. In the meantime, check out all of their pics together from before and after they broke up in our gallery above.

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Al Roker Discusses His Family Traditions For The Holiday Season

Every year Al Roker and his son head out to cut down their own perfect family Christmas tree.

Al Roker is undeniably a busy man, starring every morning on NBC’s Today and often making a second appearance for the nightly news. Recently he covered the 86th lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree in New York City, alongside co-anchors Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Craig Melvin. As America’s favorite weatherman, he informs the nation about what’s going on “in their neck of the woods” on a daily basis. Despite his busy schedule this time of year, his family is his first priority. Roker recently discussed his own family traditions during the holiday season, according to Today.

When it comes to Christmas, Roker likes everything to be just right. Rather than using an artificial tree or picking one up locally, he enjoys doing the task himself. Every year the news anchor and his son, 16-year-old Nick Roker, take a day to Pinto Ranch Tree Farm in Chatham, New York, to select the perfect Christmas tree for their family home. Once they’ve found the winner, they work together to cut the tree down by hand. Although a slightly messy job, Roker wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I look forward to picking and cutting our #christmastree with Nick every year. The secret is bringing your own saw with a new blade,” Roker posted to Twitter. He included a few photos from the outing, showing the beautiful pine he hand-selected.

This is a tradition that Roker and his son have enjoyed for years, often documenting their experience on social media. After loading up their tree and heading home, they decorated it with Roker’s daughter, 20-year-old Leila, and his wife, Deborah. With holiday tunes playing in the background, he shared a video of himself atop a ladder putting on the finishing touch: an angel tree topper.

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Roker isn’t the only Today Show host getting into the holiday spirit. Fifty-four-year-old Hoda Kotb’s Christmas will be extra special this year because of her daughter, Haley Joy, whom she adopted in 2017. Now 1-year-old, Haley is old enough to take her own part in the celebration. Following the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting, Kotb posted a video of her own tree lighting at home with Haley and her partner Joel. The toddler is shown excitedly helping Kotb count down before lighting up the Christmas tree in their New York apartment.

“The lighting of the family Christmas Tree! Sorry I’m so loud with the countdown!” Kotb wrote on Instagram.

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‘KUWTK’: Khloe Struggles With Major Mom Guilt After Leaving True For The 1st Time

The reality of motherhood hits Khloe Kardashian hard on the Dec. 9 finale of ‘KUWTK,’ but luckily, her own mom comes through with the perfect cure!

Khloe Kardashian gets back to work for the first time since giving birth to her daughter, True Thompson, during the Dec. 9 finale of Keeping Up With the Kardashians…and it’s much harder than she expected. The reality star is thrown right back into work with a mini press tour for her Good American athleisure line, which takes her from New York to Seattle. “Good American is definitely one of my other babies, but it’s crazy because all I can do is think about True and wanting to be with her,” Khloe admits. “What am I missing?! And just…everything.”

Even though True is with her dad, Tristan Thompson, during Khoe’s work trip, she admittedly still has a “ton of anxiety” spending a night away from her daughter for the first time. “I feel bad that Khloe is a little bit stressed out right now,” Kris Jenner explains. “She’s figuring out motherhood. It’s hard leaving your first baby. So it’s going to take a little creativity to take her mind off of what she’s left behind at home and on her Good American launch.” Kris has always been very creative, and comes up with the perfect plan to keep Khloe distracted.

The momager sends a special visitor to Khloe’s hotel room in Seattle — Pierre the Mime! Khloe pranked Kris by hiring Pierre to annoy her months before, and she absolutely lights up when he shows up to surprise her. “The fact that instantly when I see Pierre I have a surge of energy…” Khloe gushes. “I really really love this stupid mime! Hanging out with Pierre is honestly just hysterical and I can’t stop laughing. I’m having the best time. This is just the medicine I needed.”

In the end, Khloe admits Pierre kept her attention off being “super anxious” about leaving her daughter. “I just got to laugh and have a really good time,” she says. “It’s just been a really great experience.” Aww!

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Meryl Streep Set to Become First Time Grandmother

Meryl Streep is reportedly set to become a grandmother for the first time.

The triple Oscar winner’s daughter, “The Good Wife” actress Mamie Gummer, is pregnant, reports Us Weekly.

Mamie, who starred opposite Meryl in 2015 musical flick “Ricki and the Flash“, has been engaged to screenwriter Mehar Sethi since August.

It will mark the 35-year-old’s second marriage; she was previously wed to “In the Heart of the Sea” actor Benjamin Walker from 2011 to 2013. Benjamin has since gone on to marry 26-year-old British actress Kaya Scodelario, and they welcomed their first child in November 2016.

Meryl, 69, and husband of 40 years Don Gummer also share children Henry, 39, Grace, 32, and 27-year-old Louisa.

Talking about her upbringing, Mamie previously shed light on what it was like growing up with such a famous mum.

“Her priority was being our mother, not being a celebrity, and it certainly wasn’t like we had Warren Beatty to the house every Thursday!” she laughed to the Daily Mail. “I think one of the smartest things my parents did for us was to move to the country when we were small, so we weren’t completely consumed by New York or Los Angeles.”

“We did live in LA for a while, but my parents didn’t like it – the film industry’s influence can be overpowering, and mum wanted us to know that being famous isn’t the most important thing in life. We had a very normal family life.”

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Nick Cannon Advocates for Kevin Hart With Female Comics’ Past Homophobic Tweets

Nick Cannon has reshared homophobic tweets from Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler in an effort to defend Kevin Hart after his Oscars hosting controversy.

The “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” star landed the prestigious job on Wednesday, December 05, but faced backlash over his past use of homophobic language in tweets dating back to 2010. Hart stepped down as host just one day later.

Now, Cannon has waded into the furore, and dug up old posts on Twitter from Schumer, Silverman and Handler which contain homophobic insults.

In the post from 2010, the “This Means War” star wrote, “This is what a f** bird likes like (sic) when he flexes,” alongside a photo that is no longer available.

“Interesting,” the 38-year-old posted on Friday, December 07, alongside an old tweet of Handler’s. “I wonder if there was any backlash here…”

Cannon then shared a 2012 tweet from Schumer, in which the comedian wrote, “Enjoy skyfall f**. I’m bout to get knee deep in Helen Hunt #thesessions.”

The former “America’s Got Talent” host added, “I’m just saying… should we keep going???”, before resharing a tweet from Silverman in 2010.

“I dont mean this in a hateful way but the new bachelorette’s a f*****,” the funnywoman wrote.

“And I f**king love Wreck it Ralph!!!” Cannon wrote alongside the tweet, referring to the Disney movie Silverman voices a character in.

While Schumer and Handler have yet to comment on Cannon’s posts, Silverman did share an article from People on Twitter about the homophobic tweets.

Before he stepped down as Oscars host, Hart shared a video on Instagram explaining his refusal to apologise for his past offensive tweets, and added that he had already said he was sorry for using homophobic language, and was not prepared to do it again.

Cannon commented on the comedian’s video, and wrote, “We with you regardless!!! You know how we feel about people trying to control us anyway!!”

Hart did eventually go on to apologise, and pulled out of hosting duties as he did not “want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists.”

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Hailee Steinfeld & John Cena Attend Hollywood Premiere of ‘Bumblee’

Hailee Steinfeld hits the black carpet at the premiere of her new movie Bumblebee held at TCL Chinese Theatre on Sunday (December 9) in Hollywood.

The 21-year-old actress was joined by her co-stars John Cena, Megyn Price, John Ortiz, Gracie Dzienny, Jorge Lendeborg Jr, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, and producer Michael Bay.

Also in attendance were transformer voice actors Angela Bassett, Justin Theroux, Dylan O’Brien, and Peter Cullen.

Bumblebee hits theaters on December 21st, just in time before Christmas!

FYI: Angela is wearing an Alberta Ferretti dress, an Emm Kuo clutch, and Hearts on Fire jewelry. Hailee is wearing a Balmain dress and Alexander Vauthier shoes.

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Angelina Jolie All Smiles While Holiday Shopping With Her Kids Shiloh, Knox & Vivienne — See Pics

Angelina Jolie got into the spirit of the holidays while taking Shiloh, Knox & Vivienne out Christmas shopping! Check out their family outing here!

Int’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means we’ll so many celebs and their families out holiday shopping! Angelina Jolie was recently spotted at the Grove in Los Angeles on Dec. 9 doing some purchases for the season of giving and she was not alone! The Maleficent star was also joined by a few of her children — Shiloh and her twins Knox and Vivienne. See more of the pics of their family outing below!

It was less than two weeks ago, on Nov. 9, that it was revealed that Brad and Angelina had reached a custody agreement. Samantha Bley DeJean, of Angelina’s legal team, told ET, “A custody arrangement was agreed two weeks ago, and has been signed by both parties and the judge. The agreement, which is based on the recommendations of the child custody evaluator, eliminates the need for a trial. The filing and details of the agreement are confidential to protect the best interests of the children.” However, we also learned that Brad “gets less than 50% custody of the couple’s six children,” but that he’ll “see an increase in his custodial time with the kids,” according to The Blast.

We reported earlier that just because Brad and Angelina have reached a custody agreement doesn’t mean their divorce will be over anytime soon. “Brad and Angelina’s custody agreement won’t necessarily speed up or delay the divorce,” David T. Pisarra, California Family Law Attorney, explained EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife. “Although this part of it is done, now they have to deal with division of assets and spousal support.”

We’ll keep you posted with all of the latest news about Angelina. In the meantime, check out all of her and Brad’s pics with their kids since their split in our gallery above.

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Jennifer Lopez Stuns In Short Black Dress With Sexy Thigh-High Boots For ‘Second Act’ Promo Event

Jennifer Lopez was the epitome of fashion wearing a short black dress & glamorous thigh-high boots for a ‘Second Act’ event in LA! See her classy look here!

Jennifer Lopez always slays with her outfits and her most recent one is no exception! Attending a promo event for her upcoming movie Second Act, JLo arrived looking like a class act. Donning a short black dress, Jennifer completed the look with some amazing thigh-high boots. Posing in front of hussied up Christmas tree, JLo gave us all some serious holiday outfit inspo! Check out a full length pic of her amazing ensemble below!

Before these photos were taken, JLo was seen getting in the spirit of the holidays with her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez. In fact, the two of them teamed up with their kids — Jennifer’s twice Max and Emme, and one of ARod’s daughters — to decorate their Christmas tree. While Jennifer stunned in tight spandex, Alex got up on a small ladder to put up some higher to reach decorations. Needless to say, they’re the perfect modern family.

We reported earlier how JLo can expect a romantic gift from ARod for Christmas… but perhaps not an engagement ring. “It has to be something creative,” the former New York Yankee tells PEOPLE. “I can’t just go out and buy something expensive.” He continues, “For Jennifer, something that’s handwritten, maybe a photo. I don’t want to give any secrets away for this holiday, but it’s something that is heartfelt, something that resembles a memory that we’ve had together that involves our children, that involves our home because, ultimately, that’s what it’s all about.”

We’ll keep you posted with all of the latest news about Jen. In the meantime, check out her sexiest photos in our gallery above.

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