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Kevin Hart has been forced to defend himself yet again after he sent prayers to Jussie Smollet, the Empire actor who experienced a recent horrific racist and homophobic attack.

The 35-year-old singer and actor was hospitalised after a savage attack in which a noose was put around his neck and bleach was poured on him, with the assailants shouting 'This is MAGA country' in a racially-motivated attack.

The homophobic and racist hate crime sparked anger all over America, with celebrities tweeting their support for the actor. Kevin Hart sent the actor prayers through his social media accounts, with the 39-year-old tweeting;

"Sending prayers your way Jussie Smollett ….This is unbelievably sad. Why are we going backwards….this is disgusting. We as people have to do better. WTF is going on the world?"

"Why are we falling in love with hate? God damn it people….Choose love…I repeat…Choose love. I will forever choose love and I will continue to teach my kids how to do the same. Stand strong brother," he concluded.

The tweet sparked yet more backlash online, following the controversy which lead to him stepping down from hosting the 2019 Oscars. A series of homophobic tweets were uncovered from the past, featuring jokes about beating up a gay son.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One social media user responded: "Do you see why the “jokes” weren’t funny now?”, while another replied with one of Kevin’s polarising past tweets reading:

‘”Yo if my son comes home and tries to play with my daughters doll house I’m going to break it over his head and say 'stop that’s gay.'”

Podcaster and writer Ira Madison quote-tweeted Kevin’s tweet about Jussie and wrote: "Your funniest joke congrats." This was the final straw for Hart, who responded with a tweet of his own.

"I stand with a man in his time of hurt and need by giving him heart felt support and u take the time to harp on my ten year past that I have apologised about and moved on from by being a better person. Do you want change? If so I am an example of what u want people to do…CHANGE!" he wrote.

Ira replied, saying; 

"I 'harp' because my community of black queer people face violence 365 days in America and when we tried to tell you that we weren’t trolling you but wanted to educate how your jokes lead to actions like what happened to Jussie, you went on Ellen to talk about your wheelchair movie."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fans of Kevin Hart chose to defend him, saying that he has shown remorse for his past actions and praising him for his support of Jussie.

Hart refused to host the Oscars after the controversy, and Ellen DeGeneres gave him a platform to speak about his past homophobic actions.

The Chicago Police Department have just released CCTV images of two persons of interest in the Smollett case. Nine days ago, he was sent a letter in the post to Fox Studios which read: ‘You will die black f*ggot".

He has received negative attention from racist and homophobic people in America as a result of his role in Empire, where he portrays a rising gay, black singer in the music industry.

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Ellen DeGeneres has generated controversy by throwing her support behind comedian Kevin Hart, who was forced to step down as the host of the 2019 Academy Awards following accusations of homophobia.

Hart appeared on The Ellen Show for a full hour to promote his new film, The Upside, and to defend his decision to step down as the Oscars host following the re-surfacing of years-old tweets and quotes. 

Ellen interviewed the comedian and according to Variety, said the producers of the Academy Awards "admitted to possibly mishandling Hart's departure” and would be “emphatic” to see him return.

The popular chat show host, and former host of the awards ceremony herself declared; “We want him to host. Whatever we can do, we want him to host.”

He spoke about the issue uninterrupted for nearly six minutes, a rarity on US television, and told Ellen that the Oscars was; "…one of the highest of highs, simply because there hasn't been a lot of African Americans that have been able to do it."

Saying it was "unreal" to be asked to host the coveted awards ceremony on ABC this February, he described the onslaught of social media backlash which followed his appointment and later led to his stepping down;

"To get the moment, celebrate the moment—'Oh, my God! I can't believe it's happen!'—and then the next morning after a day full of congratulations and celebrations, I'm hit with an onslaught on social media of my past coming back up again."

"Literally, the next morning! Not even a full 24 hours to glow in the glory of 'Kevin Hart Is Hosting This Year's Oscars,'" the comic described.

"When it happened, my first thought is, 'I'm going to ignore it. I'm going to ignore it because it's 10 years old. This is stuff I've addressed. I've talked about this. This isn't new. I've addressed it! I've apologised for it. I'm not going to pay it any mind.'"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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His controversial tweets were between 2009 and 2011, and the now deleted post reads; “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay’.”

The interview is broadcasting on today's episode of Ellen, with the host saying she believes in "second chances", and believes he deserves to host.

“It’s all they ever wanted him to do, and he’s doing it in spades. So now he should be able to come back on his own terms."

She has incredible influence in the public eye and within the awards circuit herself, so who knows what could happen? 

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So back in February of 2018, which seems like decades ago at this stage, Heidi Klum declared that she'd be down to f*ck with none other than DRAKE himself.

Imagine that combo? We'd be here for it. Unfortunately, Drake texted her "a week too late", and she ended up ghosting him.

She has now apologised for her Casper move, and it's such a gas. She's the gift that keeps on giving.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Back when Klum was single, she went on The Ellen Show and played a game of 'Who'd You Rather' with Queen Ellen DeGeneres herself.

It was revealed that the Canadian rap god reached out to the 45-year-old model, but she didn't reply. 'But why??' I hear you ask.

Well, she'd met her now-fiancé; Tom Kaulitz. Case closed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I SAID YES 

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She spoke to Ellen yesterday about her now-infamous ghosting of Drake, saying;

“I said I’m sorry, because I know I made a huge wave after I was here, and he just made that face,” Klum imitated the emoji which the 32-year-old rapper replied with.

Ellen, being the sh*t-stirring wizard that she is, responded, “That’s all he responded? Oh, he’s mad.”

Poor Drakey. You snooze, you lose, henny.

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We all know (and not-so-secretly) love Kris Jenner.

The devil works hard, but this woman works harder and makes ALL OF HER KIDS multi-millionaires, as well as getting nine grandkids in 10 years.

As it turns out, it has been revealed that Kris Jenner gets a whopping 10% of EVERYTHING her kids make, which amounts to a ridiculous amount altogether.

The woman is a cultural icon, who has not only birthed five children, but gave them the Midas touch and also gave birth to MEMES galore.

Kim Kardashian alone is worth $350 million and make-up mogul Kylie Jenner is worth $900 million, which means that Kris owns at least $125 million. We’re shook.

Remember that quote from Kim’s former sex tape scandal? “As a mother I wanted to kill her. But as a manager….*wink*” I MEAN, COME ON.

It takes skill to turn every controversy and scandal into exploitation, and then rake in the cash as a result. Give her credit where it’s due.

According to ForbesMother Jenner got “paid an estimated $17 million by her daughter in the past year” due to the giant which is Kylie Cosmetics.

Kylie named one of her eyeshadow shades 10% as a nod to the slice which Kris gains from her daughter’s business, which is pure gas.

We’ve been Keeping Up With The Kardashians since 2007, and E! network agreed to an $80 million deal in 2015 and another deal in 2017 for America’s first reality TV family.

The hilarious momager went on The Ellen Show, and claims that;

“Everybody gets paid pretty much equally, ’cause we all film a lot and we all work hard, and we’ve created this show and this brand for the last decade…Everybody’s happy.”

Kris takes home a cool $15 million from the show, so we think she’s doing pretty damn well.

Slay, bish, you’re a gifted woman.

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Kim Kardashian alone is worth $350 million and make-up mogul Kylie Jenner is worth $900 million, which means that Kris owns at least $125 million. We’re shook. If you have ever wondered about the net worth of celebrities there is tonnes of information here that will surprise you. Who’d have thought that Gigi Hadid was worth that much?

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Richard Madden has had quite a year, and it's only getting bigger following his stint as David Budd in the worldwide TV thriller The Bodyguard.

News has just emerged that the 32-year-old Scottish actor has received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Drama.

He visited Ellen DeGeneres on her veteran show to discuss the breakout BBC hit, which is now on US Netflix and has been streamed constantly, as predicted.

Ellen is never one to hide away the shirtless photos of her male guests, and she continued her tradition of embarrassing her talk show visitors by addressing Madden's naked scenes in the show.

She asked the actor how his parents feel about his nudity as the bodyguard of the Home Secretary of Britain, and he replied that his parents are less than impressed with seeing his rear end on screen:

"I've made a few mistakes I've made in my time, one of which is neglecting to tell my mother that there's going to be a sex scene in my show," he told Ellen.

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This would be fairly embarrassing TBH, most parents don't want to witness their loved ones wearing nothing on TV…and Richard's rents are no different:

"I get a hysterical phone call of "you must tell me and your father, I was watching it at the time with a cup of tea, I nearly spilled it!"", he laughed.

We're gonna throw in another Richard Madden gif for good measure:

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You're welcome.

His mum certainly sounds exactly like any Irish mother, cup of tea and slightly judgemental tone paired with the casual Catholic shame… classic.

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The reigning queen of daytime talk TV, Ellen DeGeneres, has spoken about the future of her hugely popular show while out promoting her upcoming Netflix stand-up special, Relatable.

In an interview with The New York Times, the comedy star speaks about her desire to return to acting one day, and maybe even play an 'unappealing' role for once. SOB.

The infamous host evidently wants to explore more of her own personality, as opposed to continuing with her sixteen-year long programme, The Ellen Show.

One of the reasons why Ellen may need a bit of a breather from her show is most likely because of her ultra-nice reputation, which might refrain her from showing other parts of her emotional range;

“The talk show is me, but I’m also playing a character of a talk-show host. There’s a tiny, tiny bit of difference," she says.

She comments on how she can't do anything even slightly rude, no matter the circumstances, as everyone expects her to show her sunny side constantly, or else to break into dance…

She can't even beep a pedestrian who walks out in front of her car, even if it's just the Biebs prancing around in the snow:

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Her show rarely has anything negative or serious, unless she's mentioning tragedies or natural disasters taking place in America or around the world for humanitarian efforts.

In fact, she almost didn't extend her contract until 2020- imagine, a world without her show? We just can't.

She discusses the different stances which her brother and wife Portia De Rossi take on the future of her talk show.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Vance believes that his sister needs to remain the beacon of light and hope until at least the current US President resigns (they need her, so badly), whereas Portia thinks her wife should explore other creative outlets;

“I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and standup that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity. There are other things she could tackle.”

There must be a ridiculous amount of pressure on Ellen's shoulders, the world would potentially shut down if she even uttered a curse word.

We hope she doesn't leave our screens too soon, but Ellen would undoubtedly go on to even greater projects- she's clearly got talent in any role she takes on.

Her anticipated stand-up show Relatable which streams on Netflix on December 18.

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We all know and adore Chrissy Teigan; gorgeous model, hilarious social media darling, wife of John Legend and just all-round sound lady.

Teigan visited Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show for a chat to discuss her new cookbook, Cravings 2, and the clapback queen discussed the topic of retouching in the modelling industry.

While some take issue with their hips, thighs or facial area, Teigan confessed that she has a major problem with showing her feet. Random…

Chrissy claims that her feet are so ugly that she has written in her legal contract that they must be retouched or hidden in every photoshoot. This is the gospel truth, we swear.

After casually mentioning her hatred of bare feet, she was quick to cover up her toes while sitting in Ellen's infamous chair.

Chrissy laughed and said jokingly, "I have Asian jungle feet, like we're meant to climb trees." (Her mother is from Thailand, her dad is of Norwegian descent)

Of course Ellen tried to get a good look at those notorious toes, but Chrissy slid off the couch and literally sat on her feet so nobody could have a viewing of them. Damn, we're intrigued now. 

When asked how she could pull off this contract clause in various shoots, such as swimsuit campaigns, the media personality explained:

"I used to have it in my Sports Illustrated contract: no feet," she said. "I would bury them in the sand."

Now, we have obviously had to google 'Chrissy Teigan feet', because we had to see this. Her feet were, dare we say it, GLOWING. 

Teigan admitted that she has to wear open-toed shoes to red carpet events and other major media ceremonies, but we have no clue why she's insecure about her feet. They're prettier than our future. 

Keep slayin' Chrissy, your down-to-earth vibe is keeping us alive.

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Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are breaking the Internet today with their versions of each other's best film roles. 

The pair of iconic actors will be featuring together in upcoming film The Post, and were on the show to detail their upcoming roles. 

However, in typical Ellen fashion, the talk show host offered them the opportunity to put their own spin on each other's stand-out roles.

Meryl named Tom's lead role in Forrest Gump as her favourite performance of his, and gave a pretty epic rendition of his famous line: 'Life is like a box of chocolates.' 

Tom then gave Meryl's role as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada a shot, and his version was uncanny, albeit emphasised. 

Donning a wig, he then delivered her icon lines from The Iron Lady.

Check it out for yourself below:

 

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Last week, 12-year-old, Allie Sherlock, went viral when a video of busking on Dublin's Grafton Street received over 1.2 million views on Facebook.

The Cork native stunned audiences across the world with her version of Ed Sheeran's Supermarket Flowers, and it seems her stellar performance even caught the eye of US talk-show host, Ellen DeGeneres.

According to reports, producers of The Ellen Show approached Allie with an offer to appear on the show.

However, the 12-year-old turned down the opportunity, saying that singing is just a hobby.

She told the Evening Echo, "I don't want it to be a professional career but I'd like to do it, just as a hobby. I'd like to do childcare because my auntie owns a creche,"

"I want to keep practising all the time and singing and so it's like a hobby really. Maybe I'll do weddings. I'd like to see what happens in the future before deciding anything."

Her father, Mark also went on to say that Allie is still young, and see music as a fun pastime.

"There's been a few people on to us about different things. She had the Ellen Show in America contact her but she's only 12 and she just enjoys a bit of busking.

"My main thing is that Allie continues to be Allie because she's a child. She enjoys her singing and as soon as it isn't fun anymore, that would be the end of it."

"Her plan is to do childcare, she would love that. Music is second. She might go to college and maybe head into town busking and earn herself a few quid."

Now, that's fair enough, but if The Ellen Show ever came knocking on our door, we'd be on the first flight to LA, no questions asked.  

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When we say 'Niall Horan underwear selfie', it's safe to say a million girls' hearts (ahem) will flutter.

However, the underwear selfie that Niall did post is nothing but a bit of fun.

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The singer appeared on The Ellen Show yesterday to debut This Town in America and Ellen gave him a pair of her famous boxers.

Niall popped them on straight away and shared a photo on Snapchat, much to the delight of his fans:

Ah Niall, you cutie.

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At one point or another everyone has dreamed of what it must be like to live like the rich and famous.

But while most people focus on how their newfound wealth could transform their lives, many forget that with celebrity status comes the freedom to get away with doing things the average Joe Soap cannot.

In this latest clip from The Ellen Show, Ellen DeGeneres and Britney Spears run amok in a mall because, well, they can.

Highlights include running up downward facing escalators, receiving 100 percent discounts on suits, letting everyone know how famous they are, taking handfuls of sprinkles for a walk and forcing a random person to take money from a fountain on their behalf.

Check it out below:

 

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Ellen's hidden camera pranks are legendary at this stage, but we reckon this is the best one we've seen in a long time.

The chat show host teamed up with Adele this week to totally take the mickey out of US juice and smoothie chain Jamba Juice. With Ellen in her ear telling ehr exactly what to say, we have NO idea how she managed to keep a straight face for this.

"We have something similar in Britain; we call it Swishy Chug," Adele exclaims at one point, going on to explain how in England their juices are made from "beets and potatoes."

She then snips off around  €30 worth of wheatgrass and shoves it in her mouth, before trying to convince the staff to add a shot of whiskey to her juice while her assistant brushes her hair.

Amazing. If your Thursday's looking dull, this will cheer you up in a snap.

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