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Matt Lauer congratulating Hoda Kotb on her promotion into his former anchor job

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 8:19 PM

What You Need to Know: Matt Lauer

Former NBC “Today” anchor Matt Lauer offered his congratulations to Hoda Kotb after the network announced Kotb had accepted an offer to replace Lauer as Savannah Guthrie’s co-anchor.

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The news of Kotb’s promotion made headlines Tuesday and between segments with Guthrie and her fourth hour show with Kathie Lee Gifford, Kotb talked about Lauer’s kind words to E! News.

“He was sweet this morning. Certain texts popped up, and there was one from Matt: ‘Congratulations!'” she said Lauer texted. “And he said some nice words.”

Kotb continued, “It meant the world to me to hear from him. It was really nice.”

Lauer has remained out of the spotlight since he was fired from NBC News and “Today” in November. Kotb filled in next to Guthrie the morning his  termination was announced and remained a temporary co-host until NBC made her a full-time offer just before the holidays.

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“We’re grateful to NBC for not having some old fashioned notion about what should be,” Guthrie told People magazine. “I think they looked at it and said, ‘Why would you change this? This is working, it feels good.’”

“When you click with someone, man, woman, it doesn’t matter. If it works, it works,” Kotb said of her relationship with her new co-host. “We’re sort of like sisters, and everybody wants a sister.”

Lauer was fired from NBC in November after a female colleague came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against him stemming from the Sochi winter Olympics.

The former “Today” anchor is reportedly focused on his family in the months since the allegations and has not publicly congratulated Kotb. Her fellow co-workers including Al Roker, Guthrie, Carson Daly and Kathie Lee Gifford all took to Twitter to sing Kotb’s praises. Former “Today” anchor Tamron Hall also tweeted her congratulations.

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Rapper XXXTentacion shot, killed in South Florida

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:14 PM

XXXTentacion – Fast Facts

Rapper XXXTentacion was shot and later died in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Monday.

TMZ first reported the 20-year-old, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was unresponsive and, according to a witness, did not appear to have a pulse. The celebrity gossip site reported that died shortly after, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. He was pronounced dead at 5:40 p.m.

 

According to People, the shooting was reported at 3:57 p.m.

“There was a shooting in Deerfield. Our officers are on the scene and we’re gathering information,” Broward County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jonathan Fishman told Miami New Times earlier Monday afternoon. “We can't confirm anything else right now but will release more information soon.”

TMZ reported that the Broward County Fire Department said Onfroy was rushed to a hospital. A graphic, censored video on the gossip site shows the scene of the shooting.

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Dispatch audio obtained by TMZ indicates the shooting was reported as a drive by. Onfroy was at a motorcycle dealership when the shooting occurred.

Onfroy recently appeared on XXL Mag’s Freshman Class issue. Winning the fan vote to appear on the cover, he posed with amaiyah, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock, MadeinTYO, Playboi Carti, Aminé, Kap G, KYLE and Ugly God. His second album “?” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Outside of music, Onfroy is awaiting trial, accused of domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend. According to an October 2016 arrest report, Onfroy was charged with battery and aggravated assault of a pregnant victim and false imprisonment. He pleaded no contest to charges of armed home invasion robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm and was released from jail on bail March 26, 2017. He was ordered to serve six years of probation. He was accused by prosecutors of witness tampering and was jailed again in December 2017 before being released on house arrest. 

In March of this year, Onfroy was released from house arrest so he could go on tour.

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5 times celebrities feuded with Trump

Published: Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 7:45 AM

What You Need To Know About Robert De Niro

Actor Robert De Niro, a vocal Trump opponent, dropped two of F-bombs on live television at the Tony Awards in June.

His profanity-laced tirade about President Donald Trump was received by a standing ovation from the audience at the Tony Awards.

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“I’m gonna say one thing: f—- Trump!” he said, waving his two fists in the air. “It’s no longer down with Trump, it’s f—- Trump!”

De Niro has criticized Trump multiple times, including during opening nights at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in April. De Niro isn’t the first celebrity to insult a president. Here are five other times celebrities feuded with Trump:

1. Bette Midler

Bette Midler has also been vocal about her dislike of Trump in the past. The two celebrities have traded insults on Twitter.

2. Meryl Streep

The actress called out Trump during a speech at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, highlighting the time he made fun of a disabled reporter. Trump responded on Twitter.

3. Martha Stewart

In an open letter, Trump called Stewart “terrible” and said “she “lacked the mood, temperament, and just about everything else a show needs for success.” She had her own spinoff show of The Apprentice, which Trump said was less successful than his own. She called his comments “mean-spirited.”

4. Beyonce

After Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z performed at a Hillary Clinton political rally, Trump critiqued their singing. “The language is so bad. As they were singing? Singing, right? Talking? Was it talking or singing? I don’t know. But the language – by both – but the language was so bad, that many of the people left. By the time Hillary got up, there was nobody there,” Trump said.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Beyonce and rapper Jay Z perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

5. Rihanna

In 2011, Rihanna cancelled a performance at Trump charity event due to illness. When she was seen the day after the charity event at the NBA All-Star game, Trump said her cancellation was insulting. “But for Rihanna to go to the All-Star Game and perform after she told us she was sick, that is just a lack of respect,” he said.

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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain cremated in France, remains returning to US

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 5:41 PM

Remembering Anthony Bourdain

Award-winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been cremated in France and his remains are returning to the United States on Friday, according to news reports.

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Bourdain, the host of CNN’s popular, Emmy-winning “Parts Unknown” for 11 seasons, was found dead in in Kaysersberg, France, a week ago. The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide after he was found unresponsive in his luxury hotel room by close friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert.

Bourdain, 61, was in France filming another episode for his show.

He was cremated in a private service in France, according to People magazine and other outlets who cited anonymous sources. Since his divorce from Octavia Busia in 2016 was not finalized, she is legally his next of kin. The couple had a daughter, who is now 11.

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain attends The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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Funeral arrangements for Bourdain have not been made public yet.

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Beyonce, Jay-Z ‘On The Run 2’ tour date announced, quickly removed

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 1:38 PM

Jay-Z and Beyonce Through The Years

Beyonce and Jay-Z appeared to have a sequel to their successful 2014 “On the Run” tour Monday, but not before the date was removed.

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Variety reported that a date for the “On the Run 2” tour was announced on Beyonce’s Facebook and Ticketmaster pages for one date on July 30. The posts with the date for the performance, which was to be held at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, were quickly pulled. The date also appeared on Jay-Z’s Facebook page.

Complex reported that there were three listings for the date on Beyonce’s fan page.

The BeyHive quickly became excited, with some speculating that the long-rumored collaboration album between the singer and rapper was coming. 

On Friday, Us Weekly reported that the two could be announcing a joint album and world tour, citing a Feb. 28 report from Italian newspaper Il Giorno

In November, Jay-Z confirmed in a New York Times interview that he and Beyonce were working on a joint album, but Beyonce eventually released her solo album “Lemonade.”

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