Alec Baldwin sings ‘Hallelujah’ as Donald Trump in ‘SNL’ cold open

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Saturday Night Live opened it’s season 42 finale with Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump performing the classic Leonard Cohen song, “Hallelujah.”

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Throughout the performance, Baldwin was slowly joined by members of Trump’s family and cabinet. The skit featured Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway, Beck Bennett as Mike Pence, Aidy Bryant as Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Cicily Strong as Melania Trump, Steve Bannon as the Grim Reaper and Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump in a surprise cameo appearance.

“I’m not giving up because I didn’t do anything wrong, but I can’t speak for these people,” said Baldwin’s Trump, pointing to the cast on stage following the song.

The performance was in reference to SNL‘s first post-election episode in November of last year. The episode featured Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton playing the song in a much more serious fashion, paying tribute to Cohen, who had passed away that week. The performance also served as a farewell to McKinnon’s Clinton character on the show.

Baldwin’s performance has led to speculation that the skit may have marked the retirement of his Trump character as well. With Alec Baldwin’s busy schedule and talk of Trump’s impeachment buzzing around, it seems to be a real possibility. “Look, I’d love to keep doing this per my availability,” said Baldwin to The Hollywood Reporter, “but I have other things I’m going to do, so I guess we’ll figure it out.”

Following Baldwin’s cold open, Dwayne Johnson, who hosted the show, half-jokingly confirmed that he would be running for president in 2020, alluding to the idea that Baldwin would be his running mate. After Baldwin graciously accepted the offer, Johnson revealed that he was actually referring to Tom Hanks, who then joined them on stage. After some witty banter and series of jokes, Johnson and Hanks finally joined hands in celebration as a “Johnson Hanks 2020” banner descended from the ceiling.

The season finale also included a silent tribute to Brad Grey, the former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, who lost his battle with cancer on May 14.

SNL also paid it’s respects to Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, who passed away on May 18. The episode ran Soundgarden’s performance on the show in a 1996 episode. Jim Carrey, who hosted the episode, tweeted this:

The episode was SNL‘s highest rated finale since 2011, according to Variety.

Sasheer Zamata becomes third cast member to leave ‘SNL’ this season

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After news broke that both Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer would be leaving SNL, Sasheer Zamata also quietly left the show after the season 42 finale on May 20.

Zamata became a full-time cast member in 2014 when producers were pressured to add a black female to their roster. She quickly became a popular member of the cast known for her impersonations of Rihanna, Michelle Obama and Diana Ross.

Unlike Moynihan and Bayer, Zamata has not made a public statement on her departure from the show. She did, however, share a photo from her final episode on Instagram.

Wow. What a fantastic end to a fantastic season, thanks SNL ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Zamata previously told EW, “I feel like I’ve definitely become a better writer since working on the show.”

The actress released her first stand-up special, Pizza Mind, in March.

‘Trial & Error’ renewed for a second season by NBC

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After leaving fans hanging for quite some time, NBC has finally renewed sitcom Trial & Error for a second season set to air this fall. The show will return in mid-season for a 10 episode run.

The series premiered in May of 2016 to an audience of 5.9 million, however viewership declined to only 4 million by the end of the first season. Despite mediocre ratings, Variety has reported that the show is a favorite of NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, which may have played a part in the show’s renewal.

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The series is a spoof on crime documentaries that follows the young New York lawyer Josh Segal, played by Nicholas D’Agosto, who embarks on his first big case to defend an eccentric poetry professor who has been accused of murdering his wife.

Trial & Error also stars Jayma Mays, Steven Boyer, Krysta Rodriguez, Sherri Shepherd and John Lithgow. The entire cast with the exception of Lithgow is expected to return in season 2, according to Deadline.

The show is written by and executive produced by Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller, along with producers Jeffrey Blitz, Warner Bros. Television, Barge Productions and Good Session Productions.

‘SNL’ loses Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer

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The season 42 finale of Saturday Night Live airing May 20 will be the last episode for two long time cast members. Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer will both be leaving the show after this season.

After nine seasons with SNL, Moynihan told E! News that he is “so scared” to leave. “It was the best. That’s all I wanted to do.”

He was known on the show for his impersonations of Chris Christie and Guy Fieri as well as recurring characters like “Drunk Uncle.”

Moynihan’s departure from the show seemed almost inevitable after CBS picked up Me, Myself & I for the fall 2017 season, a comedy series in which he is set to star. The show will follow the life of an inventor named Alex over the course of 50 years. Moynihan will play 40-year-old Alex in present day.

Me, Myself & I will also star Jack Dylan Grazer, John Larroquette, Brian Unger, Jaleel White, Kelen Coleman, Skylar Gray, Christopher Paul Richards, Mandell Maughan, Sharon Lawrence and Reylynn Caster.

Vanessa Bayer, the longest serving current female on SNL, will also be leaving the show, ending her seven season long run with the series. According to The New York Daily News, her contract with the show has expired.

Bayer impersonated Miley Cyrus on the show as well as the Weekend Update correspondent, Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy.

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She is also known for her SNL roles as Rachel on Friends and Nikki in the movie Trainwreck.

Kenan Thompson remains the most tenured SNL cast member and will be completing his 14th season.

The final episode of the season will be hosted by Dwayne Johnson alongside special musical guest, Katy Perry.

Pippa Middleton marries James Matthews in elegant wedding

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Pippa Middleton, 33, the younger sister of Catherine (Kate), Duchess of Cambridge, stole her sister’s spotlight on May 20 when she married her fiancé, millionaire financier James Matthews, 41, in an elegant, almost royal wedding at an ancient village church near Bucklebury.

Pippa arrived to the wedding with her father in a vintage 1951 Jaguar Mk V convertible shortly before heavy rainfall that lasted for the duration of the 45 minute ceremony.

Strict security was in place and the villagers were told not to speak with the press on the day of the wedding, according to the BBC.

The wedding was attended by royalty including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince Harry. Also present was her brother, James Middleton, and her parents, Michael and Carole.

Pippa chose not to pick Kate as a bridesmaid in fear that she may upstage her on her big day, according to Daily Mail. The Duchess instead acted as an assistant by helping her sister with her wedding dress, a beautiful custom lace dress by British designer Giles Deacon. Deacon stated that he was “thrilled to work with Pippa on her wedding dress.”

Kate wore a light pink dress with a matching hat fashioned by designer Alexander McQueen.

The royal children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, played roles in the wedding as page boy and bridesmaid respectively. The adorable children grabbed media attention worldwide as they sported their gold and white outfits. Kate worried that her children would not behave during the ceremony, but to her pleasant surprise, they minded their manners and carried out their duties perfectly.

Eyes are now on Prince Harry for the next royal wedding, who is soon expected to propose to his American actress girlfriend, Meghan Markle.

After Gisele’s interview, Tom Brady’s agent says QB did not have concussion

Gisele Bündchen, Tom Brady
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There are more people coming out now and saying that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not have a concussion last season after his wife, Gisele Bündchen, said in an interview that he did.

The NFL and football fans everywhere were caught off guard earlier this week when Bündchen spoke on CBS This Morning and said that her husband, who is one of the game’s most famous stars, had a history of concussions and suffered one in 2016.

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The league, which has come under fire many times in the past over this very subject, was quick to respond to Bündchen’s revelation with a statement that read in part, “We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots’ home and away 2016 season games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office. There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms.”

And now, Brady’s own agent is saying that his client did not suffer a concussion last season.

“Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion last year,” Don Yee told ESPN on Friday. “Many of the protocols and safeguards still are evolving, and it’s obviously a good thing the organization and everyone close to him is vigilant and always looking out for his health.”

So if he never had a concussion then why would Gisele say that?

Well it’s important to remember that while she is not a doctor, we don’t know what kind of conversations the couple has had behind closed doors. Perhaps maybe Brady said something or did something that made her panic and think he did. We just don’t know because the Pats signal caller hasn’t made any public comments thus far about whether he did or not and he probably won’t, which means we may never know. But one thing that’s almost certain is that the league and fans alike will probably keep a more watchful eye on him now every time he takes a hit this season.

Ruby Rose drags Katy Perry over new song via social media

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Ruby Rose threw a ton of shade at Katy Perry via social media to let the pop star know exactly how she feels about her new song “Swish Swish.”

Rose took to Twitter on Friday morning and went in hard on Perry.

“’Purposeful poop’ to ‘bomb a petit’ to a sloppy mess of writing over the top of Funkagenda..stop trying to make ‘Wit..I mean ‘fetch’ happen,” she wrote without spelling out the entire word “Witness” which is the name of Perry’s new album.

“Swish Swish” features Nicki Minaj and when one of the rapper’s fans wrote back, “Ok but dont bring nicki into this.” Rose said that Minaj’s part was the only part of the song that sounded good and called the rest a “mess.”

Ouch!

If you’re wondering where all this “bad blood” is coming from well that’ exactly it. Judging by the lyrics, many think that “Swish Swish” is Perry’s response to Swift’s hit “Bad Blood.” Rose is a super close with Swift and a faithful member of her squad, so we can’t be too surprised that she would blast Katy’s song.

But the Australian actress didn’t stop there and took a few more shots at the “Chained to a Rhythm” singer, even questioning her political activism.

Rose then said that she is simply doing what she always does and ended things with one final dig at Perry’s music.

Judge rules on who official heirs of Prince’s estate will be

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A judge in Minnesota has ruled on who the official heirs of Prince’s massive estate will be.

More than a year after the musician’s death, ABC News noted that District Court Judge Kevin Eide ruled on Thursday, May 18, that the Purple Rain star’s estate, valued to be hundreds of millions of dollars, will go to his six siblings.

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“The heirs of the estate are determined to be Omarr Baker, Alfred Jackson, Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John R. Nelson and Tyka Nelson,” Judge Eide wrote in the filing made public on Friday.

Appeals from others claiming heirship were rejected and they have since filed appeals. The assets of Prince’s estate will be distributed via a court order and will not affect the pending appeals.

Prince died at his Paisley Park home on April 21, 2016, leaving those in the music industry as well as his many fans shocked and saddened. The medical examiner later concluded that he died of an accidental opioid overdose.

At the time of the singer’s death he did not have a will.

Former ‘Bachelor’ Ben Higgins having a hard time post-split with Lauren Bushnell

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Following his split from Lauren Bushnell, former Bachelor Ben Higgins has broken his silence about their breakup and said he’s having a difficult time with it.

Higgins spoke about it on his podcast with fellow Bachelor star Ashley Iaconetti saying, “It’s hard to say goodbye to somebody that you spent so much time with and it’s hard to say goodbye to somebody that you really did believe was the one for you.”

While he added that the heartbreak he’s experiencing is “still fresh,” he did admit that their breakup was inevitable and something they bith saw coming.

“I think, mutually, Lauren and I saw that life was getting more difficult,” the 29-year-old said. “I would say the joy that we felt toward our relationship at the beginning was — for some reason — slipping away and we were both working very hard to bring that joy back. And it just never seemed to get there. So, it was a long time coming, but it wasn’t necessarily like we dragged it out.”

As we reported, Higgins and Bushnell announced their breakup in a joint statement on Monday, May 15, which read: “It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways. We feel fortunate for the time we had together and will remain friends with much love and respect for one another. We wish nothing but the best for each other and ask for your support and understanding at this time.”

Steve Harvey being sued by ex-wife for alleged torture, child endangerment

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A bombshell lawsuit filed against Steve Harvey has accused the comedian of torture, child endangerment, kidnapping and “soul murdering” among other things.

The suit was filed by a woman named Essie Berry, who told TMZ that she is not an attorney but rather a “civil rights activist” for Harvey’s ex-wife, Mary L. Vaughn.

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Court documents obtained by ET allege that while the Harvey and Vaughn were married between 1996 to 2005, Harvey subjected her to “prolonged torture with the infliction of severe mental pain and suffering.”

Those docs go on to claim that the talk show host “brainwashed” Vaughn and caused her “severe emotional distress” which led to “attempted suicide and self-medicating.”

She is suing him for alleged child endangerment, torture, kidnapping, breach of contract, conspiracy against rights, intentional infliction of emotional distress and “soul murdering.” Vaughn is seeking $60 million in damages.

Harvey has said that the accusations against him are not true and his lawyer, Brandon Williams, released the following statement.

“Mr. Harvey vehemently denies any allegations set forth in the lawsuit. The Complaint is meritless, frivolous and the allegations are completely false. We will vigorously defend/counterclaim against the Complaint.”

It hasn’t been a good two weeks for Harvey. Last Thursday, a harsh email of rules sent to The Steve Harvey Show staffers earlier this year began circulating on the internet. Harvey later admitted that he wrote the letter, but said he would not apologize for it making him the butt of many jokes via social media.