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Drew Brees Gets ‘Absolutely Thrashed’ On Kelly Slater’s Epic Surf Wave Machine

Drew Brees took more hits on Kelly Slater’s surf wave machine than he does on an NFL Sunday … saying learning to ride the waves from the surfing legend caused him to get “absolutely thrashed.” It all went down recently when the Saints quarterback…

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Kelly Ripa Shares Daughter Lola’s GORGEOUS Prom Photo!

Kelly Ripa is intensely gorgeous and Mark Consuelos is almost comically handsome, so it is no surprise that their daughter is stunningly beautiful.

Lola Grace Consuelos turns 17 at the end of next week. This week, she attended prom.

Proud mother Kelly couldn’t help but share a photo of this sweet milestone. Take a look!

Lola is notoriously picky about which photos including her she’s okay with her parents sharing on social media.

It makes sense — not only are parents super embarrassing by their nature, but her parents are very, very famous.

Honestly, anyone at any age has every right to be picky about their photos, but this is especially true for a teenage girl.

Which is why it is so sweet that Lola must have given her mom the okay to share her prom pic.

It’s a genuinely great photo.

Kelly Ripa captioned the photo of her 16-year-old daughter with her dapper date:

“Prom night 2018.”

She followed those words with five star emojis.

Lola is sporting a lavender Alice + Olivia evening gown, available from Neiman Marcus.

This particular dress has delicate straps, a side slit, and also a degree of ruching.

(Ruching is when you give fabric a tastefully wrinkled look by gathering or pleating fabric)

You know, if there’s ever a school dance to which you might wear pastels, it’s prom. it’s in the spring.

Lola looks great and so does her date.

Kelly and Mark met in 1995 when they played love interests Hayley and Mateo on the soap opera, All My Children.

The following year, they eloped. This past May 1 was the couple’s 22nd wedding anniversary.

In June of 1997, the couple welcomed their oldest child, Michael Joseph Consuelos.

(He is now old enough to drink, so, congrats on feeling super old if you remember when Kelly and Mark started dating; I sure do)

Lola Grace Consuelos came into the world on June 16, 2001. As we mentioned,s he will be 17 next Saturday.

Kelly is respectful of her daughter’s boundaries and gets her approval before she shares family photos that feature her, which is definitely the right thing to do.

On February 24, 2003, Kelly and Mark welcomed their youngest, Joaquin Antonio Consuelos.

Kelly has been described as one of the most powerful people in media, and that is not inaccurate.

She left the world of soap operas shortly after Lola was born and it was not long before she became one of the most recognizable daytime talkshow hosts.

In the mean time, her husband Mark has continued acting but been less visible than his virtually omnipresent wife.

Recently, he has been starring on the hit CW series Riverdale, where he plays Veronica Lodge’s father, Hiram P. Lodge.

Entertainingly, Lola has lamented that he’s a more permissive father on the show than he is in real life.

Kelly shares that Lola envies that Veronica, a fictional high school student, drinks mimosas with breakfast, while Mark and Kelly would allow nothing of the sort for their actual children.

Folks, the CW always features rampant underage drinking. But don’t worry; there’s always a three-to-five episode story arc in which someone tries a fictional drug, becomes addicted, overdoses, and then recovers.

That’s on just about every one of their shows. Gossip Girl or The Secret Circle or Arrow.

Some parents are afraid to let their children grow up, and they become uncomfortable at major life milestones.

Good for Kelly for being so excited and happy at her daughter’s prom. It’s a big deal.

And Lola looks so amazing. We’re thrilled that she gave her mom the go-ahead to share the pic.

It’s worth noting that a lot of the family’s graduation milestones, such as Joaquin’s just last year, happen to Fall on Lola’s birthday.

June birthdays are like that sometimes. 

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Megyn Kelly vs. Hoda Kotb Feud Heats Up at NBC!

When Megyn Kelly made the move from Fox News to NBC last year, everyone involved seemed well aware that they were in for an awkward transition.

But in all likelihood, no one had any idea of just how messy things would get.

Kelly has struggled to find an audience at her new network, and it seems it’s not just viewers that she’s struggling to connect with.

From the start of her time at NBC, reports of Kelly’s “diva-like” behavior have been circulating non-stop.

Insiders say she’s been alienating her co-workers since day one, and talk of firing Kelly is not uncommon in the NBC boardroom.

Yes, it seems Kelly hasn’t won anyone over in her first year at NBC, but there’s one co-worker who really isn’t buying what Megyn is selling.

In the wake of the Matt Lauer sex scandal, Hoda Kotb has emerged as the closest thing the Today franchise has to a rising star.

She’s taken Lauer’s place as one of the anchor’s of the programming block’s most popular segment and won over innumerable viewers.

And yet she’s still being paid less than a third of Kelly’s yearly salary.

Sources at the network tell In Touch Weekly that Hoda has made no secret of her disdain for Kelly, and the mutual enmity was on full display at the recent NBC Upfronts.

“Hoda and Savannah were standing close to each other and laughed as they exited the stage while Megyn fell back behind them,” said one onlooker at the press event.

“Hoda’s star has risen while Megyn’s has fallen,” the insider adds.

“She’s ready to exercise her newfound power by telling [Megyn] to get with the program. The feud has turned nasty.”

Yes, it seems Kotb’s issues with Kelly’s salary and personality are dwarfed by her concerns about the effect the former Fox News firebrand is having on the Today show brand.

“She’s the ultimate team player,” the source says of Kotb, adding that she’s widely regarded as “one of the kindest, most welcoming, and nonjudgmental people in show business.”

The insider concedes that Kotb is bothered by the fact that she makes a mere $ 7 million to Megyn’s $ 23 million, but her main issue is the fact that Kelly’s ratings have plummeted 11 percent in her first year as part of Today.

“She’s taken the high road publicly,” the insider says of Hoda.

But Kotb’s been at NBC long enough to know that what’s bad for one segment of Today is bad for the entire franchise.

So when asked by her bosses for an honest assessment of Megyn’s performance, Hoda offered exactly that:

“Megyn’s just not cutting it,” the source says bluntly.

“The top brass at NBC wanted to know where they went wrong with Megyn, and they’ve asked certain staffers what they should do,” the insider adds.

“Hoda was honest. She said it’s a likability problem. Megyn’s not relatable.” 

Despite what’s being described as a steadily escalating feud, both sides are reportedly keeping things civil in the workplace.

“Hoda and Megyn remain cordial to each other on camera, but they barely speak to each other once they’ve stopped rolling,” said the source.

“And Savannah is squarely on Team Hoda. It’s not looking like the tension will let up anytime soon between these three.”

Sounds like this situation will get uglier before it gets better.

Hey, if ratings continue to be an issue, maybe center a reality show spinoff on the backstage drama at Today?

We know we’d be tuning in!

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R. Kelly: Sued for Alleged Sexual Battery, False Imprisonment

The allegations about R. Kelly’s sex cult house of horrors are enough to keep you up at night. And they just keep coming.

While the Time’s Up movement pushes to #MuteRKelly, yet another woman who says that she was one of his victims is speaking out.

In fact, she’s taking him to court.

In court documents filed in a New York lawsuit and obtained by E!, Faith Rodgers accuses Kelly of a number of things.

She says that he would lock her in secluded areas for extended periods of time as punishment.

She accuses him of “willfully, deliberately, and maliciously” infecting her with herpes.

R. Kelly is accused of recording her without her consent during sexual contact.

He is accused of both forceful and non-consensual sexual contact with Faith.

She also says that he inflicted mental, sexual, and verbal abuse upon her during their relationship, which spanned for nearly a year.

Faith’s attorney, Lydia C. Hills, explains why they filed this lawsuit in New York.

“The criminal investigation is still ongoing in the state of Texas.”

It comes down, in part, to jurisdiction.

“We have decided to file the civil suit in New York, as this is the location where the initial sexual contact and several other incidents took place.”

Faith herself shares her horrifying allegations about that initial contact, below.

“My goal is simply to obtain justice for my client, and hopefully, prevent this from happening to anyone else.”

They are seeking damages in a jury trial.

In an interview with CBS This Morning, Faith describes an upsetting-to-read encounter with R. Kelly that took place in New York.

“He turns on all the lights and he’s like, ‘Take off your clothes’ and he says it with authority in his voice.”

That is unsurprising from a man who is accustomed to having women obey his every command.

“I didn’t take off my clothes because why would I? I just wasn’t ready for sex.”

Unfortunately, he then forced non-consensual sex upon her, Faith alleges.

“He has this type of like intimidation right off the bat, so I was just waiting for it to be over.”

On top of that, she says that he did not warn her that he had herpes.

R. Kelly is accused of keeping women as “pets,” and we are all too familiar with accusations of him isolating them and depriving them of food.

Faith says that she got out before she was fully part of his traveling group of kept women.

She does, however, describe why she accuses him of false imprisonment.

She says that Kelly allegedly locked her in a car for eight hours.

Faith’s next words may send a chill down your spine as you take in the scope of R. Kelly’s alleged victims.

Faith believes that the abuse was all to prepare her to become another one of his “pets.”

“He goes on to tell me that he raises five women — some of them have been with him for 15 years and he basically was trying to make it seem like it was a family thing.”

Creepy. And those words are very familiar.

“Raising” is a word fans have heard before, in references to women whom R. Kelly allegedly “trained” since they were minors.

Including an alleged 14-year-old sex slave.

It sounds like some women have lost their entire lives to Kelly. Faith, at least, got away from what her life might have been with Kelly.

R. Kelly has always strongly denied the allegations against him.

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Taylor Swift Was FEELING Kelly Clarkson’s Billboard Music Awards Show

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards were full of beautiful political statements and powerful performances.

But there were other, subtler moments that you may have missed if you glanced away. 

One of them featured Taylor Swift rocking out to her own music … as Kelly Clarkson performed it.

Kelly Clarkson has one hell of a voice, and she performed a medley of some of 2017's biggest hits.

One of those hits, as you can see and hear in the video that we've included, is Taylor's epic revenge song: "Look What You Made Me Do."

Taylor released the song as the single that led up to Reputation dropping.

The song itself parodies how she has been portrayed while also promising revenge against a number of her enemies.

Notably, she had been feuding with Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and with Katy Perry.

When Kelly began singing Taylor's lyrics, Taylor couldn't help but sing along.

Taylor was situated in the audience between teen heartthrob Shawn Mendes and 21-year-old heartthrob Camla Cabello.

(Which pretty much makes Taylor the envy of the entire world, doesn't it?)

In the video, we see Taylor mouth the lyrics while also posing — she can't help but know that the camera will be on her while Kelly is singing her words.

She quickly loses her composure and bursts into laughter, however.

She was clearly enjoying her time at the awards show. And why shouldn't she? She had the best-selling album of all of 2017.

Taylor swift at the bmas

Taylor was clearly living her best life.

She was practically joined at the hip with the beautiful Camila Cabello, with whom she has also recently performed during her massive concert tour for Reputation.

Now, being good buddies is all well and good, and we're glad that Taylor was able to enjoy the music.

But she may have enjoyed some of the music a little too much.

See, when teen singing sensation Shawn Mendes took to the stage to perform "In My Blood," Taylor and Camila could not contain their enthusiasm.

A number of people — and their cameras — notice the two were standing to sway and dance to Shawn's music.

Most notably … Darren Criss.

Darren criss vs taylor swift

Criss recorded the humorous moment on his phone, saying "excuse me, miss" in a polite and certainly too-quiet-to-be-heard tone while showing that Taylor and Camila were obstructing his view.

He wanted to enjoy Shawn's performance.

Probably because he has two ears and a heart.

Some fans asked why he didn't also stand, but that would have been passing along the buck and essentially forcing the entire audience to stand.

That's no fun.

But Taylor and Camila enjoyed their friend's singing. That's what matters.

Shawn mendes at the bmas

Some artists get very touchy about covers by other artists.

Clearly, Taylor enjoyed Kelly Clarkson's inclusion of her lyrics.

No medley of 2017 hits would feel right without Taylor's music, and what better choice than her epic single that promised revenge on her enemies.

They say that success is the best revenge, so she's already making good on that promise.

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Kelly Clarkson Makes Emotional Plea for Gun Control

Kelly Clarkson seemed like an unusual choice at first to host the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

She's a singer, after all, not a comedian or even an especially notable performer.

Only a few minutes into her monologue, however, it quickly became clear on Sunday night that Clarkson was the right woman for the job.

Not because Clarkson told jokes and not even because she sang an impressive medley of hits, even though she later did exactly this.

But because the original American Idol is a Texas native and was therefore the ideal celebrity to stand up and talk about last week's tragic school shooting in Santa Fe.

"I’m a Texas girl and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year.

"Once again, y’all, we’re grieving more kids that have died for absolutely no reason at all,” Clarkson said as the MGM Grand venue was lit black at the start of this awards ceremony.

On Friday, 10 people were shot and killed at a high school in Texas, while 13 others were wounded.

“Tonight they wanted me to say that obviously, we want to pray for all the victims and families," Clarkson continued.

"They also wanted me to do a moment of silence and I’m so sick of moments of silence. It’s not working, obviously.”

Instead, therefore, Clarkson chose to be loud when it comes to this topic, not quiet.

"Why don’t we stop moments of silence and do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change? Change what’s happening, because it’s horrible.

"Mommas and daddies should be able to send their kids to school, to church, to movie theaters, to clubs. You should be able to live your life without that fear."

Clarkson is a mother of four young kids, two to whom she gave birth and two she took under her care upon marrying Brandon Blackstock.

She went on:

"We are failing our children, we’re failing our communities. We’re failing their families. I have four children.

"I can’t imagine getting that phone call or knock on the door. So instead of a moment of silence, I want to respect them and honor them with tonight y’all in your community, where you live, your friends, everybody.

"Let’s have a moment of action, let’s have a moment of change."

Clarkson's speech will no doube engender controversy.

Plenty of viewers out there were probably standing and applauding, while others were probably wishing a music awards ceremony would stick to handing out music awards.

Prior to moving on and joking about how she isn't qualified to host anything, Clarkson concluded:

"I hate talking about it but you have to talk about it or no change is going to happen."

Amen, right?

Watch the opening remarks below:

Kelly clarkson makes emotional plea for gun control to open bill
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