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So far, four women have accused TV chef Mario Batali of groping them over the years. He admits that “much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up” with ways he’s acted. Batali is “stepping away” from the day-to-day operations of his businesses, has been benched by his show, The Chew, and Food Network has put plans to relaunch Molto Mario on hold. Source: Eater
Disney star Bella Thorne says she was molested when she was younger. On Friday, someone posted on Twitter, “What did Disney do to this girl?! I think she was molested.” Bella replied, “Yeah I was. So it wasn’t Disney.” She later added, “The world can be a sick place sometimes.” Bella hasn’t discussed the molestation further on Twitter, except to acknowledge a few messages of support.
Some of the world’s biggest celebs are showing support for Keaton Jones, the Tennessee boy whose Twitter plea to stop bullying has gone viral. The 11-year-old recorded a tearful video saying, “What’s the point of [bullying]? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not okay. [They] make fun of my nose, they call me ugly, they say I have no friends.” Dozens of famous people then stood up and wrote to the young boy.
• Avengers star Chris Evans invited Keaton to next year’s world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War. He tweeted, “Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in L.A. next year?”
• Fellow Avengers star Mark Ruffalo tweeted, “Keaton, will you’ve my guest at the premiere of #InfinityWar too? I think you are about one of the coolest kids I have ever seen! Can’t wait to meet you in person, pal. Forget those ignorant kids. One day, very soon, they are going to feel pretty stupid for this.”
• Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown wrote, “Keaton, this is so accurate. Why do people do this? I think your sooo cool Keaton! I wanna be your friend (but srsly) ur freakin awesome.”
• Wrestler Chris Jericho wrote, “You got a friend in me buddy. I might have to make a trip to Knoxville and talk to those assclowns.”
However, Keaton’s video isn’t without controversy. Soon after going viral, Kimberly Jones deleted her Facebook account that reportedly contained racist comments and photos with confederate flags. The GoFundMe campaign titled Stand up for Keaton has been suspended following the allegations. Nearly $60,000 was raised. The Jones family say they didn’t start the fund. (Vibe)
Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel is suing her ex-husband, Jason Hoppy, for custody of their seven-year-old daughter, Bryn. The two agreed to co-parent the child after a bitter custody battle in 2014, but now that he’s been accused of stalking and harassing her she’s reopening their case. They’re due in court next month. Source: Page Six
The Golden Globe nominations are in, with Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, This Is Us and black-ish up for best series awards. This will mark the first year both Veep and Transparent have gotten no Golden Globe nominations since they premiered. The actors in Game of Thrones were snubbed as was everyone in Will and Grace, aside from Will. The Golden Globes are scheduled for January 7th with host Seth Meyers as host. Source: Golden Globes CLICK HERE TO SEE THE NOMINEES.
SPOILER ALERT. A zombie bit Carl Grimes in the season finale of The Walking Dead. The father of actor Chandler Riggs was NOT happy about it and William Riggs ripped the show in a now-deleted Facebook post. Chandler’s character didn’t die, but apparently he will when the show returns in February on AMC. Source: Variety
Production has been halted on Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta after one of the staffers was allegedly run over in a parking lot at a high-end shopping center in the Buckhead section. No arrests to report just yet. Source: TMZ
Shark Tank investor Robert Herjavec and his wife, Dancing With The Stars pro Kym Johnson are adding a little one to their family. Kym shared a sonogram showing a thumbs up along with the caption “It’s a thumbs up” an emoji of a pregnant woman. The couple met when they were paired up on Dancing With the Stars in 2015. This will be the first child for Kym and the fourth for Robert, who shares three kids with an ex-wife.
Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian are going to have another daughter in their lives this spring. The couple is already parents to two-year-old Jasmine Lia.
Jane Fonda used her birthday for good as her organization, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, hosted a star-studded Eight Decades of Jane fundraiser to celebrate her 80th birthday. The swanky event raised $1.3-million for GCAPP.
Mandy Moore, Kaley Cuoco, and Elizabeth Olsen have partnered with Alex and Ani to create bracelets that raises money for EBMRF, or the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation. The organization works to learn more about EB, a rare genetic skin disorder, the slightest touch can cause tearing, blistering and bleeding. Moore, Cuoco, and Olsen all designed their own bracelet, with 100% of the sales going toward the fight to end EB.
New on video today: the true story of the 1967 race riots in DETROIT, Reese Witherspoon opens her home to teenage college students in the comedy HOME AGAIN, the sequel to the action adventure KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, with Colin Firth and Channing Tatum, plus TV hits like seasons of GAME OF THRONES and FULLER HOUSE, now on DVD. CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF THE NEW DVDs OUT TODAY.
•former The Price Is Right host Bob Barker: 93
•The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik was TV’s Blossom: 42
•60s, 70s and 80s singer Dionne Warwick: 77
•Jennifer Connelly was in A Beautiful Mind: 47
•80s Prince drummer and collaborator Shelia E. (Sheila Cecelia Escovedo): 60
•Madchen Amick played Shelley Johnson on Twin Peaks: 47
•Sarah Douglas was Kryptonian supervillain Ursa in Superman and Superman II in the 80s: 65
•Girl’s Trip’s Regina Hall starred in the Scary Movie films: 47
•actor, writer and director Wings Hauser: 70
•Daniel Magder was on Disney Channel’s Life with Derek: 26
•Sheree Wilson was April Stevens Ewing on Dallas and she was also on Walker, Texas Ranger: 59
•Allman Brothers co-founder Dickey Betts (Forrest Richard Betts): 74
•60s singer and teen movie star Connie Francis: 79
•former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick: 64
•90s exercise guru Susan Powter: 60
•Days of Our Lives and recording star Gloria Loring is Robin Thicke’s mom: 71
•Cy Curnin is the lead singer of The Fixx: 60