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ESPN Anchor Sage Steele: ‘Mandating Vaccines is Sick!’



ESPN Anchor Sage Steele: ‘Mandating Vaccines is Sick!’

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ESPN anchor Sage Steele lashed out at her employer for forcing her to take a vaccine she did not want.

Steele, co-host of the 12pm SportsCenter on ESPN, expressed her employee grievance during an appearance on the “Uncut with Jay Cutler” podcast.

She said that she received a Covid mRNA vaccine that day but “didn’t want to do it.”

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“I work for a company that mandates it and I had until September 30th to get it done or I’m out,” Steele told Cutler, a former NFL quarterback.

“I respect everyone’s decision, I really do, but to mandate it is sick and it’s scary to me in many ways. I just, I’m not surprised it got to this point, especially with Disney, I mean a global company like that.”

ESPN is jointly owned by The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Communications.

On Tuesday, Steele retweeted a thought-provoking statement by Orlando Magic center Jonathan Isaac:

“Misrepresentation only allows for others to attack straw men, and not reason with the true ideas and heart of their fellow man. It helps no one! True journalism is dying! I believe it is your God given right to decide if taking the vaccine is right for you! Period!”

Isaac, who previously tested positive for Covid, is among a group of NBA players, including Kyrie Irving and Bradley Beal, who refuse to get the vaccine.

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Vanderpump Rules’ Kristen Doute Unfollows Boyfriend Alex Menache and Shares Cryptic Meme, Alex Addresses Relationship Status



Vanderpump Rules Alum Kristen Doute and Boyfriend Alex Unfollowed One Another on Instagram as She Declared She

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Kristen Doute and Alex Menache‘s relationship took a turn for the worse earlier this week.

According to reports, the Vanderpump Rules alum and her boyfriend of a year-and-a-half prompted rumors of a split after they were confirmed to have unfollowed one another on Instagram as Kristen shared a meme about being “good enough” and revealed she was listening to Taylor Swift.

“I think Kristen and [Alex] have broken up they unfollowed each other,” someone wrote in a message to Blocked by Jax on Instagram, along with a screenshot of Alex’s follower list, which did not include Kristen’s account.

Meanwhile, in a screenshot of Kristen’s Instagram Stories was a meme, which read, “I’ve decided that I am good enough.”

Along with the seemingly telling meme, Kristen told her fans and followers, “I’ve been listening to [Taylor Swift]. Can you tell?”

“Ok she’s on a Taylor Swift bender. They broke up,” Blocked by Jax suspected.

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While many assumed Kristen and Alex had surely split, Alex ultimately set the record straight in a comment shared by Blocked by Jax, which also explained why the two of them were no longer following one another.

“Haha no. Kristen threw a fit the other night and hastily blocked me,” Alex revealed. “I didn’t even know it until now and we forgot to follow back. Everything is good, calm down bored ladies.”

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While Kristen, who recently put her Los Angeles home on the market for $1.3 million, has yet to comment on what she “threw a fit” about, she did appear to confirm that all was well with her and Alex hours after their supposed split was reported.

On her Instagram Stories, Kristen first shared a screenshot of Taylor Swift’s 2020 single “This is Me Trying,” which includes lyrics, such as “I got wasted like all my potential,” “And my words shoot to kill when I’m mad,” and “I have a lot of regrets about that.”

She then added a second post, which included a meme that said, “Dear Music, thank you for saving me again.”

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Last July, after Kristen was fired from Pump Rules after being accused of racist behavior, Alex shared a message of support for his girlfriend.

“This woman has been put thru [sic] the ringer these last few weeks and has taken it like a champ,” Alex wrote on Instagram. “Anyone that knows you knows your heart is pure and kind. She has dealt with it with grace and strength, and is putting in the work behind the scenes.”

“I honor you [Kristen] and will always be your #1 big idiot fan!” he added

Vanderpump Rules season nine airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.

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Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan Says Tom Brady Is ‘Inspirational’ & Talks Shooting Commercial With Ice-T



Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan Says Tom Brady Is ‘Inspirational’ & Talks Shooting Commercial With Ice-T

NFL QB Matt Ryan EXCLUSIVELY tells HL why QB Tom Brady is inspirational as he teams up with Ice-T & Stone Cold to help the planet with Tide!

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, 36, just hit a major milestone with 350 passing touchdowns in his impressive career, but he’s sharing why Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady, 44, is the inspirational one. “He’s unbelievably competitive,” Matt told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY while discussing his partnership with Tide on Oct. 5 as the NFL teams up with the detergent brand to #TurnToCold in an effort to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “He’s unbelievably disciplined. That part of it’s inspirational to all of us.”

The father to twins, Marshall and John, 3, thinks Tom’s dedication to the sport at his age is what sets him apart from any other player in the league. “You watch him at 44 playing great football,” Matt added. “And so you like to think that if you are committed in some of the same ways that he is you can do it for a long time and I think that creates inspiration for younger guys.”

Tom is known for his insanely strict diet, and while Matt also takes care of himself, he’s not as intense as his pal! “I haven’t quite gotten that extreme,” Matt said laughing. “I like to think that I take pretty good care of myself and eat pretty healthy, but I will have meat and bread once in awhile. I eat pretty clean, but I don’t think I’ve taken it to that extreme.”

Being a part of this unique and special club, Matt is still in awe of how all the guys in the league support each other. “It’s a unique fraternity of guys that are in that same position and they’re not many,” Matt revealed.

“It’s cool once in awhile, you pick up your phone after a game, you have a text message from Tom or just around the league. It could be anyone.  You have a text message from those guys and it’s cool. I always try and to do the same. Especially when guys accomplish something, you let them know you respect what they’ve done and how they’ve gone about it.”
Before the season got started, Matt wanted to help out the planet while meeting some of his own inspirations, Ice-T, 63, and wrestling star Stone Cold, 56, for a commercial with Tide. Known as “Matty Ice” by many both on and off the field, he felt his nickname helped him fit right in for the partnership with the brand. “It was awesome,” Matt said of filming while urging fans to save the planet by using cold water with the Tide Cold Washing Machine. “One of the highlights of my summer. I grew up watching Stone Cold and listening to Ice T and watching Ice T on Law & Order, so to meet those guys and spend the day with them and shoot the commercial was a ton of fun. I’ve had this Matty Ice nickname since I was 14 and it finally paid off because I got to meet those guys and work with those guys.”

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R. Kelly Victim Faith Rodgers Says It’s ‘Beyond Insulting’ To Label Predator Piper ‘Railroaded’, Responds To Bill Cosby



R. Kelly Victim Faith Rodgers Says It’s ‘Beyond Insulting’ To Label Predator Piper ‘Railroaded’, Responds To Bill Cosby

Pervs of a feather flock together, but Faith isn’t having it!

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The drama isn’t completely over for survivors of R. Kelly’s abuse like Faith Rodgers who’s scoffing at claims the Predator Piper was “railroaded. TMZ reports that on Friday, she spoke publicly for the first time since the trial ended at a press conference hosted by her attorney, Gloria Allred. Rodgers is one of the 45 witnesses who testified against the singer during the six-week trial in New York.

Rogers previously shared details about her abusive relationship with Kelly in the Surviving R. Kelly documentary series and in an interview with CBS. When asked if she wanted an apology from the singer, Rogers told reporters, “the apology is his conviction.”

Now that the Pied Piper was found guilty on all counts in the federal racketeering case, she hopes to see a changed man when he is expected to return to court for sentencing in May. ”

What I would like to see, at least by that time, is a little bit of remorse and accountability,” Rodgers said according to Newsweek.

During Rodgers’ testimony, she said Kelly’s behavior was “childish and distracting. “While prosecutors played videos Kelly filmed of Rodgers as evidence for the jury to review, clips of his music were audible. Kelly proved to his own music, bobbing his head and playing air piano like he was at a house party instead of his own sex trafficking trial.

When he wasn’t pretending piano, Roders said he was pretending to read or take notes despite hist attorneys’ claims that he is illiterate. “For somebody that says they can’t read or write, and you start acting like you can write, or you act like you’re doing some type of work… I knew he was trying to throw me off and make me kind of shake up a little bit,” she said.

The Texas native also addressed comments Bill Cosby’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, made to TMZ about the verdict, claiming that Kelly was “railroaded.”

To me, that is beyond insulting,” Rogers said. “After meeting R. Kelly when I was 19 years old, for that year and a half, he manipulated me for his own enjoyment and sexually abused me and tried to control me. When I made the choice to come forward with my story, he threatened me on multiple occasions, that if I continued to go forward with the telling of my truth, he would publish nude videos and pictures of me.”


These are the same intimidation and blackmail tactics described by multiple victims who testified against Kelly and came forward in interviews. Although Rogers hoped to finally see him go to jail, she said the backlash and harassment only got worse when he was taken into custody in 2019. According to the civil suit Rodgers filed in May of 2018, she already had lasting trauma from Kelly’s alleged verbal, mental, and sexual abuse, including intentional exposure to an incurable STD.

“R. Kelly did receive a fair trial. He was not railroaded,” Rodgers said.

Allred echoed her client’s answer. “Based on the evidence admitted at trial, the jury, after nine hours of deliberation, decided that R. Kelly was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and that he should be convicted,” the attorney said. “R. Kelly was not ‘railroaded.’ He was convicted based on the evidence.”

Rodgers said she’s relieved to finally be heard and believed in court after speaking her truth. “I no longer have to explain myself. Facts are facts.”

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Penelope Cruz Looks Sexier Than Ever In Gorgeous Sequin Mini Dress For ‘Parallel Mothers’ Event – Photos




Penelope Cruz has stepped out in NYC for the premiere of her new movie at the New York Film Festival. See the stunning pics!

Penélope Cruz has stunned in a black mini dress while on the red carpet at the New York Film Festival. The 47-year-old was all smiles on October 8 as her acclaimed new film Parallel Mothers closed out the world-famous festival. Her short black dress was adorned with sequins and featured a mesh overlay on her chest and at the hem. She paired the look with towering black pumps, a silver bracelet and matching silver drop earrings as she stepped out at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

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The A-lister, who is married to fellow actor Javier Bardem, 52, swept her brunette tresses back into an up-do, as she walked alongside the likes of Tilda Swinton, 60, and director Pedro Almodóvar, 72. In the film, she plays Janis, a woman who bonds with the much younger Ana (played by Milena Smit). The two single women find themselves together in the hospital, both about to give birth.

The movie marks the seventh collaboration between Penelope and Pedro, and she opened up on the red carpet about her close working relationship with her fellow Spaniard. “He’s like family to me. We’re really close. We understand each other. We can read each other’s minds. We can never lie to each other. We don’t even try,” she told People. “So, all of that — it just helps and makes it easy to work with each other.”

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She continued, “However, on set we make sure to give each other space, so that we maintain respect for one another… It’s a good balance we have. It’s been like 30 years since I met him, and 25 years working together, and I hope many more. He’s really special.” The duo have previously worked on, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990), Live Flesh (1997), All About My Mother (1999), Volver (2006), Broken Embraces (2009), I’m So Excited! (2013), Pain and Glory (2019), and now, Parallel Mothers.

“I feel he’s one of the only people to give me a lot of opportunity to do things. He imagines me in things he hasn’t seen me do, he pushes me to be dynamic. He’s the reason I decided to become an actress. Every time, he gives me material that is new, that allows me to try something new. It’s always different for me. So many complex roles. This [Parallel Mothers] is the most challenging one, but I say that with a smile on my face,” the actress explained.

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Adele Plays ‘Easy On Me’ Snippet & Reveals If She’s Collaborating With Beyoncé In 1st Instagram Live




Adele also opened up about her upcoming album, hosting ‘SNL’ again and more as she answered fan questions from her home in Los Angeles!

Adele, 33, has finally played the lyrics to the lead single from her next album “Easy On Me” — some of them, at least. The star sounded absolutely amazing as she belted out several lines over a dramatic piano, which she teased during her first-ever Instagram live on Oct. 9. “I know there is hope in these waters, but I can’t bring myself to swim — when I am drowning in the silence, baby, let me in,” she could be heard crooning. Just days ago, she also dropped the first black-and-white teaser of the song, which showed her driving in a convertible vehicle.

On the live, she also answered the question about a long rumored collaboration with Beyoncé, 40. “I’m not making a song with Beyoncé – I don’t know why so many of you are asking that. I love her! Not that I know of but I’d love to,” she said in her very first Instagram Live on Saturday, Oct. 9. Adele has previously gushed about her love for the Houston native, saying one of her favorite songs is “No, No, No,” by Destiny’s Child.

The British-born star stunned as she went makeup free for the lengthy session, answering plenty of fan questions — including additional ones about her highly anticipated follow up to album 25. “It’s dropping soon, don’t you worry,” she said from her Los Angeles home as she sipped on an iced coffee. “You guys keep asking about the album — but you need to be more specific, otherwise I might give too much away,” she later said. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the star teased that her new music would be dropping in Sept. 2020 — nearly a year ago.

While details remain mum, she did confirm that the album will talk about her painful divorce from ex Simon Konecki, whom she shares son Angelo, 9, with. The couple, who married in 2012, confirmed their split in April 2019. “[Angelo] had so many simple questions for me that I can’t answer, because I don’t know the answer…Like, Why can’t we still live together? That’s just not what people do when they get divorced. But why not?” she said to British Vogue.

She once again confirmed via the IG video that “divorce” would be the topic of her next project when a fan asked, teasing she might “play a little snippet” of new music for fans. She even made a sweet, rare reference to Angelo as she said her “baby” is “massive now” and “a big boy.”

On the Instagram Live, Adele also touched on another of other topics — including her epic Saturday Night Live hosting debut last December. The Grammy winner admitted that hosting was “stressful,” but that she would do it again. “[It was] very much [stressful] — but [producers] want you to be panicky. The show changes up until half an hour until it goes live. I loved it. I would definitely host again!” she said to the nearly 100,000 fans tuned in.

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Gal Gadot & Husband Jaron Varsano Spotted In Rare Photos Together Out On A Stroll In West Hollywood — Photos



Gal Gadot & Jaron Varsano

Gal Gadot makes a rare and casual appearance with her husband while out on a walk in Los Angeles and we’re loving the outfit ensemble!

Looking cool and casual on the streets of Los Angeles Tuesday October 5, Gal Gadot stepped out with her husband Jaron Varsano, 46, who we rarely ever see with the Wonder Woman 1984 star. Gal and Jaron were spotted in West Hollywood enjoying the perfect fall weather as the Israeli actress wore a matching olive green linen button-down shirt and shorts, and a chic black crossbody bag and black sandals to match. We may not catch Jaron often but we can see that the handsome man has style! The businessman sported a black shirt and jacket, paired with cuffed denim jeans and black and white trainers. You know what they say, the couple that slays together stays together!

Gal Gadot & husband Jaron Varsano go for a much-needed stroll in West Hollywood away from the kids. (BACKGRID)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe staple and her real estate developer husband, who is also from Israel, have been married for 13 years. The couple share three daughters together: 10-year old Alma, 4-year old Maya and three-month old Daniella, who was born on June 29, 2021. The actress posted a sweet photo of the whole family cradled around the youngest of the bunch on her Instagram saying, “My sweet family [emoji] I couldn’t be more grateful and happy (and tired [emoji]),” she started off. “We are all so excited to welcome Daniella into our family. I’m sending all of you love and health.”

Almost four months after giving birth, it’s no wonder Gal and Jaron may be eager for some much-needed alone time. After all, even Wonder Woman needs a break from a full house! And speaking of a busy schedule, Gal has a new movie set to be released on Netflix in November. Red Notice stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as an Interpol agent looking to nab two rival criminals on a global most wanted list. Who are the criminals you might ask? Gal is one of them, playing the character of Sarah Black, and she stars opposite Ryan Reynolds, who plays Nolan Booth. And if we have to state the obvious, yes, this is most certainly a comedy because what film with Ryan starring in it wouldn’t be? Red Notice drops on Netflix November 12.

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Here’s Who We’re Most Excited To See Perform At ONE Musicfest This Weekend



Here’s Who We’re Most Excited To See Perform At ONE Musicfest This Weekend

It’s here!

Atlanta’s coolest festival is back with another star-studded lineup featuring H.E.R., The Isley Brothers, Lil Wayne, Burna Boy, Ty Dolla $ign, The LOX, Ari Lennox, French Montana, Young Dolph, Kirk Franklin, Amerie, and many more in the heart of downtown at Centennial Park.

This year’s show will be in partnership with Live Nation who couldn’t be happier to team up with the biggest music festival in the greater southeast.

“We are excited to add One Musicfest to our portfolio of festivals and events,” said Live Nation Urban chief executive Shawn Gee in an interview with Billboard.

Investing in black entrepreneurs in the live music space is a core tenant of Live Nation Urban and J Carter and his team have done and amazing job building OMF into one of the biggest celebrations of black culture in the world. We will provide the capital and infrastructure to further fuel his vision and allow him to continue to build this very important and impactful brand!”

A feel-good event with beautiful people, good food and amazing vendors, OMF is the place to be this sun-splashed weekend in the A.

With that said, here’s who we’re most excited to see and where you can find them this weekend:

The Isley brothers, Sunday, October 10 – 6:30 pm-7:45 pm – ONE Musicfest Stage

Lil Wayne, Sunday, October 10 – 8:30 pm-9:45 pm – ONE Musicfest Stage

Big Boi, Sunday, October 10 – 6:15 pm-6:45 pm -Rock The Bells Stage

Jadakiss and the LOX, Sunday, October 10 – 5:15 pm-6:15 pm – Toyota Sound Stage

H.E.R., Saturday, October 9 – 9:15 pm-10:30 pm – ONE Musicfest Stage

Kirk Franklin, Sunday, October 10 – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Toyota Sound Stage

Young Dolph, Saturday, October 9 – 6:00 pm-6:45 pm – Toyota Sound Stage

SWV, Saturday, October 9 – 4:55 pm-5:55 pm – ONE Musicfest Stage

Ari Lennox, Saturday, October 9 – 8:00 pm-9:00 pm – Toyota Sound Stage

Masego, Sunday, October 10 – 2:45 pm-3:30 pm – ONE Musicfest Stage

Amerie, Sunday, October 10 – 2:00 pm-2:35 pm – Toyota Sound Stage

Asiahn, Sunday, October 10 – 1:15 pm-1:40 pm – ONE Musicfest Stage

Tix are still on sale and can be purchased here.

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Kim Kardashian Wears Barbie Pink Bubble Style Coat & Silver Shoes Heading To ‘SNL’ Studio — Photos




Kim Kardashian has stepped out with her estranged husband Kanye West while heading to 30 Rock for her first ‘Saturday Night Live’ hosting gig.

Kim Kardashian, 40, bundled up in a bright pink coat while making her way to 30 Rockefeller Plaza for her first time hosting Saturday Night Live. She was joined by estranged husband Kanye West, who walked behind her in an all black ensemble. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star opted for a floor-length plush coat as she left her hotel, which she paired with sparkling silver booties and a matching silver purse.

Kim steps out with Kanye before hosting SNL. Image: @TheHapaBlonde /

The mom-of-four also wore hot pink gloves, silver drop earrings, and black sunglasses as she swept her brunette tresses back into a bun.  Kim has kept fans updated throughout the week, and documented her  20-hour work day in the lead up to her major gig on the NBC late night show. She shared just a few sneak peeks at 30 Rock with former assistant Stephanie Shepherd, and praised the SNL cast for regularly putting in such long hours.

Kim’s Barbie pink outfit came just two days after she stepped out in an equally bright ensemble. The SKIMS mogul was seen exiting her hotel  in New York City on October 7, rocking a neon pink crushed velvet blazer with matching satin pants and boots. She topped her look off with matching gloves and pointed-toe booties, as she accessorized with chunky silver hoop earrings, black sunglasses, and a sparkly silver purse.

Kim is slated to make history as the first-ever reality star to host SNL and HollywoodLife recently learned that no jokes are off the table! “Kim is very nervous about doing SNL because she wants to really knock it out of the park. She wants to prove to herself and any haters that it was worth it for her to be asked to do the show,” a source told HL.

“One thing she has done and to put the cast at ease is that she has told them that any idea is a good idea, and they can absolutely present her anything and she is willing to make fun of herself and she has mentioned that nothing is off-limits,” the insider dished, adding, “She wants the best idea to win, and she wants to really make it a fun show. If they want to make fun of her family and have some family members on the show, she is all for it.”

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Khloe Kardashian & Kris Jenner Arrive In NYC To Support Kim On ‘SNL’ Debut — Photos



Khloe Kardashian & Kris Jenner Arrive In NYC To Support Kim On ‘SNL’ Debut — Photos

Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner were spotted walking outside in the Big Apple hours before Kim Kardashian takes on her hosting gig on the Oct. 9 episode of ‘Saturday Night Live.’

Khloe Kardashian, 37, and Kris Jenner, 65, recently made their way across the country to support Kim Kardashian, 40, and her highly-anticipated Saturday Night Live appearance. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians stars were photographed walking outside in New York City, where the comedy sketch show is filmed, just hours before Kim will make her hosting debut in the Oct. 9th episode. Khloe wore a fashionable olive green and orange jacket over a black top and jeans during the outing while her look-alike mom wore a black coat and black pants.

Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner in the Big Apple. (SplashNews)

The duo linked arms while they walked by onlookers and both wore face masks to protect themselves and others from the COVID-19 pandemic. Khloe’s long blonde locks were down while Kris showed off her signature short dark locks and they both added sunglasses to their looks.

Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner
Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner went to NYC to support Kim Kardashian’s ‘SNL’ gig. (SplashNews)

Although Kim wasn’t with them during the Big Apple outing, it’s not too surprising considering she’s been in the city all week to prepare for the upcoming show. She is set to be the host of the 47th season‘s second episode while Halsey‘s the musical guest. It’s not clear what her monologue will be about but considering past guests have often poked fun at their own lives in them, many are wondering if the mother-of-four will address her split from Kanye West, 44.

Either way, it’s sure to be a success since so many fans have been waiting for the big day ever since it was announced. Kim took to Instagram yesterday to share two promo videos for the show and they made her followers chuckle. In the clips, which also featured Halsey and SNL cast member Cicely Strong, Kim introduces herself and after Cicely asks her if she’s nervous to do “sketch comedy” she goes on to asks questions like, “Why I don’t have to write sketches, do I?” and “Memorize lines?” After Cicely and Halsey both assure her she doesn’t, she cheekily says it will be “easy.”

Kim’s episode of SNL will air live on NBC on Oct. 9. We’ll be sure to be on the lookout to see if Khloe and/or Kris make an appearance!

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RHOBH’s Lisa Rinna Addresses $1.2 Million Lawsuit, Explains Why She’s Shocked by Photo Agency, Denies Wrongdoing




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Lisa Rinna is in shock over a $1.2 million federal lawsuit filed against her by photography agency Backgrid.

As the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member attempts to convince the court that she is not guilty of copyright infringement, and that Backgrid is “taking advantage” of the Copyright Act, the mother of two is speaking out about her relationship with the paparazzi.

“I’ve always seen it as a very symbiotic relationship,” she told the Los Angeles Times in an interview on October 5. “It was part of the game, if you’re going to be in this business. I’ve been nice, I’ve never fought with them, I’ve never run from them. My kids grew up with them jumping out of the bushes in Malibu. We’ve had a very good relationship with the press and the paparazzi. That’s why this is so shocking to me.”

Backgrid filed their lawsuit against Lisa in June after she allegedly shared eight paparazzi photos of herself and her adult children, daughters Delilah Hamlin, 23, and Amelia Hamlin, 23, on Instagram.

In court documents filed by Lisa and obtained by the outlet, via E! News, Lisa was said to have had the belief that she was allowed to use the images.

“It is only because of Ms. Rinna’s hard work, dedication to her craft, and resultant success that her image confers monetary benefits on the Plaintiff,” the documents stated. “Having taken and used Defendant’s images in this fashion, Defendant is informed and believes and thereupon alleges, that an implied license was created between herself and the Plaintiff (and subject photographers), whereby it was understood that Ms. Rinna would be permitted to use and comment on these photographs of her and her family without facing a claim of ‘infringement.’”

According to the report, many cases like the one Backgrid filed against Lisa never make it to court. Instead, after agencies send a letter requesting a nominal fee from those believed to be in violation of a copyright, they typically make an out-of-court settlement.

As for why Lisa didn’t opt to take that route, she told The Time she would have done so if the amount of money Backgrid requested wasn’t so steep.

“I understand paying a little bit,” she said. “But to pay this much, it’s very hard for me to say that’s OK. There’s something that’s not right about this. Those photos are worth much less — I mean, it’s my kids with masks on.”

Lisa went on to say she was working under a “fair use” right when she shared the images. However, according to Jo Ardalan, who works for the firm representing Backgrid, what Lisa did wasn’t allowed.

“It’s a problem when celebrities post photos on social media when they do not have permission,” she shared. “Once a photograph is posted, People magazine or Us Weekly will be less likely to buy it, because all their fans will have already seen it.”

“Celebrities use their social media accounts to promote themselves as a brand,” she added. “They also frequently get paid for endorsing products on social media. That is a very commercial use.”

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