Shakira Expecting First Child With Boyfriend Gerard Piqué

Yes, Shakira is pregnant. The singer, 35, confirmed the news in a post on her website Wednesday, explaining that she needs to cancel a work commitment as a result.

“As some of you may know, [boyfriend] Gerard [Piqué] and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby! At this time we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives and postpone all the promotional activities planned over the next few days,” she writes.

“This means I will not be able to be a part of the iHeart Radio Music Festival … I’d like to thank Clear Channel and my fans for their constant love and understanding. Big kiss!” Awww, we are sure Shakira’s fans would understand that. But that doesn’t mean we’re not gonna miss her during her brief absence.

Shakira and Piqué, 25, central defender for FC Barcelona,confirmed their relationship in March 2011. This will be the first child for both. On Tuesday, NBC announced that she will temporarily replace Christina Aguilera as a judge on season four of The Voice.

Well, with all the baby news flooding in, we just gotta ask — do you think the baby will be as pretty as Shakira, or as handsome as Gerard Piqué? Ha! Either way, we are sure the child will be absolutely gorgeous and talented. Moniker suggestions, anyone?

Source: People

Image: The Telegraph

Amy Poehler and Will Arnett Calling It Quits After 9 Years

Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are calling it quits. The comedic stars, who wed in August 2003, are ending their marriage, a rep for both actors confirms to PEOPLE.

The pair have seen happier times. In 2005, the Parks and Recreation star, 40, told PEOPLE, “He makes me feel very safe. You can have a lot of adventures if you have someone by your side.”

Arnett, 42, who currently stars on NBC’s Up All Night, said that he “immediately had a talent crush” on Poehler. ”The first time I saw her onstage, I said, ‘I’m gonna marry that girl,’ ” he told PEOPLE in 2009. How about that? Do you still truly believe in love at first sight?

The couple are parents to two sons –Archie, 3½, and Abel, 2. This marriage was the first for Poehler. Arnett was previously married to Penelope Ann Miller. Awww, isn’t it awful that a lot of celebrities have been breaking up and separating this year?

Are you sad to see Amy Poehler and Will Arnett part ways after 9 years of comedic bliss together? Do you think there will ever be a star couple that can weather it out until eternity? Feel free to air out your thoughts and opinions to the world via the comment box below!

Source: People

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NBC Fires Back At Sharon Osbourne Over Discrimination Claims

NBC is lashing back at Sharon Osbourne … claiming she was DEAD WRONG when she insisted the network fired her son from a reality show because he was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Sharon had told the media she was quitting her gig on “America’s Got Talent” because NBC had “discriminated” against Jack Osbourne by dropping him from an upcoming reality show called, “Stars Earn Stripes” … in which celebrities compete in various military-style physical challenges. And to make matters worse, Sharon had claimed Jack was notified by e-mail … just two days before production was set to begin.

But NBC claims Sharon is blowing the whole thing out of of proportion — but admits the network decided to NOT ask Jack to participate as a contestant after going through vigorous medical screening.

NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt explains, “We hold medical information in strict confidence and therefore cannot comment specifically about Jack, but as a company that cares deeply about the health and safety of everyone on our shows — especially one like ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ that requires dangerous water stunts, strenuous physical activity, and uses live ammunition — we required all potential participants to undergo medical vetting to ensure that they could safely participate.”

Do you think Sharon Osbourne just got it all wrong? Was NBC right to NOT ask Jack to participate in the reality show?

Source: TMZ

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‘Jeffersons’ Star Sherman Hemsley Dies At 74

Sherman Hemsley, the hot-tempered, upwardly mobile, janitor-turned-dry-cleaner-owner George Jefferson in TV’s iconicThe Jeffersons, has died at 74. Hemsley died at his home in El Paso, Texas, police say. A cause of death was not immediately known.

The actor, who first played the role in All in the Family – going head to bigoted head with Carroll O’Connor’s Archie Bunker – went on to embody a softer character, Deacon Ernest Frye on TV’s Amen. Born in South Philadelphia, Hemsley dropped out of high school to join the Air Force. He returned to Philadelphia and worked for the U.S. Postal Service, while taking acting classes at night. After performing with local groups in Philadelphia, Hemsley moved to New York to make his Broadway debut as Gitlow in Purlie.

While touring with the production, television writer and producer Lear contacted Hemsley to play the role of Jefferson on his new sitcom, All in the Family. Hemsley hesitated to accept but Lear held the role open for him and two years later, Hemsley joined the cast. Less than two years after Hemsley made his television debut, he and All in the Family costar Isabel Sanford were given their own spin-off in The Jeffersons. The series earned Hemsley Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in 1984 and 1985 respectively.

In 1986, Hemsley was cast as Deacon Ernest Frye in the NBC series, Amen. The role would last five seasons, ending in 1991. Although he retired from television acting, Hemsley joined Sanford through the late ’90s and early 2000′s to reprise their roles as George and Louise “Weezy” Jefferson on guest spots. Hemsley had no wife or children.

What do you think is Hemsley’s cause of death? What would you miss most about Sherman Hemsley as an actor?

Source: People

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Tim Poe Of ‘America’s Got Talent’ — War Hero Or Fraud?

NBC’s summer talent show “America’s Got Talent” looked like it had found a new star this week in country singer Tim Poe, who came to the stage with a heart-tugging story: He’s an Afghanistan war veteran who was injured by a rocket-propelled grenade, suffering brain damage and developing a stutter that he can only suppress while singing. But reports are now surfacing that Poe may have fabricated the whole story.

Reality TV blog first reported that the military records didn’t match Poe’s story. Poe served with the Minnesota National Guard for nine years (not 14, as he said) as a supply specialist, and they can’t find any evidence of the injury he describes. The Associated Press followed up and found the same thing.

Minnesota National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Kevin Olson told the AP, “We did not find something to substantiate what he said.” Olson also noted that Poe did not receive the Purple Heart, an honor given to servicemen injured in enemy combat, as he would have if his story were true. And now Poe’s ex-wife is piling on, telling the New York Post she has never heard him stutter.

Poe won over the “Talent” judges and viewers on Monday night with his amazing tale, telling viewers in a taped interview that he suffered a broken back and brain damage while heroically trying to save his fellow troops. He then earned a standing ovation with his heartfelt rendition of Garth Brooks’ “If Tomorrow Never Comes.”

NBC had no comment on the story, but if proven true, these accusations could turn a feel-good story into a serious scandal for the network. At the very least, it sounds as if someone at NBC didn’t do their homework before broadcasting Poe’s story into millions of homes. If the story is proven false, should he be removed from the contest?

Source: Yahoo News

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