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Celebrity Big Brother Recap: Did Shannon Elizabeth Get Blindsided?

There was a lot at stake for the houseguests on the latest episode of Celebrity Big Brother. 

When the episode got underway, Omarosa and Keshia were on the block and wondering which one of them would be exiting the house. 

While it seemed like one of those two houseguests were leaving, Ross, Brandi, Ariadna, and Marissa floated the idea of evicting Shannon via the back door. 

This was fueled by paranoia because everyone was growing concerned that Shannon was getting closer and closer to working with James. 

Not helping matters was Omarosa, who was vocal to Ross about not being mad that he threw her up on the block. 

Omarosa knows how to manipulate situations, and that’s why she’s such a big threat. She and Shannon are about as scary as each other. 

The odd thing about all of it was that Marissa was getting excited about the prospect of even taking Shannon out. They knew each other before the game, but they don’t seem actually to like each other. 

“I really Rthought that we would make it to the end together,” Marissa said of Shannon. “I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I want to backdoor Shannon.”

The veto competition played out live, and Marissa slid into victory. Just when we thought that Shannon might be getting put on the block, everything changed. 

Keshia was missing her child and decided the game was too much for her to deal with. She made an emotional plea to Marissa to keep the nominations the same. 

Somehow, news of Shannon being backdoored was doing the rounds, and everyone thought it was going to come to fruition. 

Eviction 2 Votes:

  • Shannon Elizabeth votes to evict: Keshia
  • Ariadna Guiterrez votes to evict: Keshia
  • Brandi Glanville votes to evict: Keshia
  • James Maslow: votes to evict: Keshia
  • Mark McGrath votes to evict: Keshia
  • Marissa Jaret Winokur votes to evict: Keshia
  • Metta World Peace votes to evict: Keshia

Keshia is the second evicted houseguest! 

Omarosa can breathe a sigh of relief, but will she be able to get the houseguests on her side to try and get Shannon out?

We have no idea, but something tells us the producers will be glad Omarosa is still inside the house.  She is TV gold. 

We still have another two weeks left with the houseguests, so the evictions will likely be ramped up to leave us with our final three. 

Shannon should watch her back because Omarosa is going to be gunning for her in retaliation for everything that transpired between them. 

What did you think of the episode?

Sound off below. 

Celebrity Big Brother continues Wednesday night on CBS. 

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Queen Elizabeth II to Retire From Throne … When?!

While often seen as traditional, Queen Elizabeth II has always proven that even she can break from tradition when she chooses.

Is she planning to do so again in the most unexpected of ways – by retiring from the throne she has held for nearly 65 years?

Yes, according to a new report, the oldest-living, longest-serving monarch in history is on the verge of stepping down voluntarily.

“She has a sense of duty and planned to see it through to the end,” a senior courtier reportedly says, “but she has broken all the records.”

“She has nothing left to prove.”

Her husband, Prince Philip, has already retired at 96, and her son Prince Charles, 69, has been ready to ascend to the throne for decades.

Robert Jobson, author of The Future Royal Family, says that these facts are weighing on her decision to finally pass the torch:

“I am told that when she reaches 95, she will step aside and use the Regency Act, which allows Prince Charles to take over in all but name.”

Royal commentator Phil Dampier added along similar lines: “She wants the changeover to be seamless and feels this is the best way.”

“No one deserves a rest more than the queen.”

Elizabeth, 91, has not reached this conclusion lightly. She first came to the throne at 25, when she was a young, married mom of two.

Her uncle, Edward VIII, shockingly gave up the throne to to marry an American divorcee Wallis Simpson, transferring the British rule.

Elizabeth’s father, King George, then found himself in the unlikely position of monarch before it was passed down to her – also unexpectedly.

Says Jobson: “[Elizabeth] never intended to abdicate because her uncle’s abdication nearly brought the monarchy to an end in 1936.”

Because of that, Dampier adds, “her life’s work has been the survival of the monarchy and the success of the Commonwealth.”

Through it all, she has persevered, though “the queen has had some ups and downs,” Dampier notes. “I’m sure she has some regrets.”

But now she feels things are in a good place.

Charles is remarried to Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince William is married to Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry is set to wed Meghan Markle.

Given these stabilizing factors and individuals, “those who love her feel she deserves to enjoy some years of retirement,” says the courtier.

Dampier adds of her life’s work: “She will be most proud that the monarchy has not only survived but is more popular than ever.”

While she’s still extraordinarily busy meeting diplomats from around the world, “doctors have advised her not to travel abroad any more.”

“No one dictates to the queen,” says the courtier, “but Prince Charles, Prince William, and senior aides have been nudging her majesty.”

The queen has been quietly easing up on her official appearances, “slowly handing over jobs to Prince Charles,” the courtier says.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have also taken trips on her behalf – it’s been rumored that William and Kate will be King and Queen.

Despite the popularity of William and Kate, however, there is no evidence that Charles won’t take over for his mother at long, long last.

“I have no doubt Charles will want the job and won’t hand it over to William,” says Dampier of the heir apparent.

“He has waited for it all his life and I also don’t think William wants to be king until absolutely necessary.”

Case in point? William and Kate are dedicated first and foremost to raising thei children, Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2.

Their third is on the way in April.

“I will fight for them to have a normal life,” William says of his kids. “I want to bring my children up in a happy, stable, and secure world.”

Whoever takes over when Queen Elizabeth retires, “no one can say she hasn’t done all that she could,” says the courtier. 

Agreed. We just hope for the sake of her continued good health that she hasn’t yet laid eyes on the gallery below.

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Elizabeth Gilbert Mourns Death of Partner Rayya Elias

Elizabeth Gilbert – the author best known for the book Eat, Pray, Love – has shared a moving message on Instagram in memory of her partner, Rayya Ellis.

The 57-year old tragically passed away this week.

Along with the following photo of Ellis playing guitar, Gilbert wrote the following.

(We’ll just quote her word for word, in its entirety, out of respect.)

She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby.

I loved you so much, Rayya. Thank you for letting me walk with you right to the edge of the river.

It has been the greatest honor of my life. I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring. May you rest in excitement.

I will always love you.

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Gilbert went public with her relationship with Elias in September of 2016 … after Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer, the latter of which is an incurable disease.

The happy and sad news came a few months after Gilbert split from her husband, Jose Nunes, whom she famously wrote about in her bestselling book, Eat Pray Love.

It was the story of a woman at a crossroads in her life, who went off in search of answers.

Each chapter was divided into sections; about food, about religion and, at last, about romance.

The memoir was turned into a hit movie that starred Julia Roberts as Gilbert.

On New Year’s Day, Gilbert posted a pictre of the couple embracing in front of a fireplace.

“Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be. #2018,” she wrote as a caption.

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In June, meanwhile, Gilbert and Elias shared a “ceremony of love,” which Gilbert explained wasn’t legally binding, but which she described as “just a private celebration of what we have long known to be true: We belong to each other.”

She added this past summer:

More difficult days are to come. It doesn’t get easier from here. Her illness is grave. But our love is strong. We will walk together as far as we can go together.

After that, it all gets turned over to God. Create beauty with every day you are given.

May Elias rest in peace.

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