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Hoda Kotb officially named ‘Today’ co-anchor

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 7:45 AM

What You Need To Know About Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb has been filling in on the anchor chair since NBC News fired “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer.

Now, the chair is officially hers.

NBC News Chairman Andy Lack made the announcement moments before the morning news show began.

Kotb, 53, will be the co-anchor with Savannah Guthrie and will continue her co-hosting duties during the fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford, “Today” reported.

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Kotb joined the NBC news team in 1998 as a correspondent for “Dateline” and had filled in on the desk prior to Lauer’s ouster on Nov. 28. He was fired after allegations of sexual misconduct made by female co-workers.

Guthrie and Kotb are the first pair of women to co-anchor the “Today” show, but it isn’t anything new. Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts co-hosted “Good Morning America” from 2006-2009.

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Seal calls out Oprah for being ‘part of the problem’ with Harvey Weinstein

Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 5:19 PM

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While many people praised Oprah Winfrey following her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes Sunday, singer Seal said that Winfrey was “part of the problem” in Hollywood with a scathing post on social media.

Fox News reported that the singer took to Instagram on Wednesday to slam Winfrey by sharing a pair of images of Winfrey and disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein together. The text over the image read, “When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you are the solution.”

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Seal added in the caption, “Oh I forgot, that’s right…..you’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young starry-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad.”

Seal’s criticism was met with praise, but others seemed to consider the singer a hypocrite, including model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen.

“Hmm. Let’s just say we’ve all heard things about each other, haven’t we?” she commented, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Another person took to Twitter and shared photos of Seal with Kevin Spacey, who has also faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, and Seal’s ex-wife and mother of his children, model Heidi Klum, posing with Weinstein.

Seal isn’t the only public figure who doesn’t think Winfrey would make a great president. Actress and comedian Roseanne Barr told reporters she thought she would make a better president than Winfrey during a press tour for the upcoming reboot of her sitcom, “Roseanne.”

“I do love Oprah. Of course, I love Oprah like everybody else. But you know what? I think it was time for us as a country to shake things up and, you know, try something different,” Barr said. “Actually, I think I’d be a better president than Oprah and Susan Sarandon, probably even President Trump. And I did run in 2012.”

In her speech, Winfrey called out perpetrators of sexual misconduct and harassment in Hollywood saying, “Their time is up!”

Singer Seal (L) has criticized Oprah for being "part of the problem" in Hollywood in an Instagram post that shows her with movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein faces accusations of rape and sexual misconduct.

Soon after the awards show, many fans and celebrities, including Meryl Streep, called for Winfrey to try for the Oval Office in 2020.

“She launched a rocket tonight. I want her to run for president. I don’t think she had any intention (of declaring), but now she doesn’t have a choice,” Streep told The Washington Post on Sunday night.

Winfrey’s best friend and morning TV anchor, Gayle King, said the speech was not meant to be political, and that she isn’t considering running, People reported.

“She did not want it to be a political speech,” King said. “She wanted it to be a uniting speech.”

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey's widow files wrongful death lawsuit against New York hospital

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

Eagles Co-Founder Glenn Frey’s Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The widow of late Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey is suing the New York City hospital that treated her husband before his death in 2016.

According to Reuters, Cindy Frey filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Mount Sinai Hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence while treating the musician, who had ulcerative colitis, in late 2015.

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The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that "Frey was rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled" because Itzkowitz and the hospital did not properly diagnose, treat or disclose the risks of treatment to him, Reuters reported.

Frey died Jan. 18, 2016, after suffering "complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia," the band said in a statement at the time. He was 67.

Eagles manager Irving Azoff previously told The Wrap that rheumatoid arthritis medications were partly to blame for Frey's death.

“The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds,” Azoff said

Cindy Frey is seeking "unspecified damages," Reuters reported.

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Jane Fonda recovering after cancer removed from lip

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

What You Need To Know About Jane Fonda

While promoting her show “Grace and Frankie” with co-star Lily Tomlin, actress and activist Jane Fonda revealed she underwent surgery to have cancer removed.

Fonda was doing an interview for Build, a live interview series, Monday and mentioned the surgery as why she had a bandage on her lower lip.

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“I just want to explain the bandage. I just had a cancer taken from my lip,” she said. “I thought it was going to heal in time before I came (for the interview). It’s fine. I just wanted to explain it. I don’t normally go around like this.”

“The world is falling apart. What’s a lip?” Fonda joked when praised by the interviewer for still showing up to face the press.

Fonda and Tomlin went on to discuss their Netflix show, how they do and don’t resemble their characters, the importance of social activism and other topics during the lively interview, which can be watched in full on the Build Series website.

On Tuesday, Fonda quickly made mention of the procedure during a “Today” show appearance with Tomlin.

“I had a little cancer,” she said, waving her hand.

While posing for pictures during press rounds, Fonda covered her mouth, saying on Instagram, “I’ve found a clever way to disguise my lip bandages from removal of cancer.”

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West welcome third child via surrogate

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Welcome Third Child, ‘Healthy, Beautiful Baby Girl’

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West are parents of three. The TV personality and rapper welcomed a baby girl Monday via surrogate. The couple, married in 2014, are already parents to daughter North, 4, and son Saint, 2.

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Kardashian West confirmed the news on her official website.

“Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl. We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”

The baby was born Jan. 15 at 12:47 a.m. PT and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, Kardashian West said.

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Reports emerged in July that the celebrity pair hired a surrogate to carry their third child. By September, Kardashian West confirmed the news and later revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that they were having a baby girl.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West welcomed their third child via surrogate Jan. 15.(Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar)
The newest addition joins an ever-growing Kardashian-Jenner family. Kardashian’s sister, Khloe Kardashian, confirmed she is six months pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Reports say Kardashian West’s youngest half sister, Kylie Jenner, is also pregnant with her first child with her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott.