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Kid Rock Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Audrey Berry. Wedding bells will be ringing for Kid Rock and Audrey Berry! The 46-year-old singer got engaged earlier this year, but Berry was spotted earlier this month sporting a big diamond on her ring finger, The Detroit Free Press reports. In photos obtained by TMZ, Berry was shown with an engagement ring during Rock's Chillin' the Most cruise earlier this month. Rock and Berry met in Detroit and have been together for years, the Free Press reports. In a 2011 interview with Piers Morgan, Rock said dating someone who is not famous "can really be a tough thing to deal with." "I'm thinking of somebody else, trying not to be so selfish." Rock and Berry began dating a few years after the end of Rock and Pamela Anderson's marriage. Anderson and Rock (ne Robert Ritchie) divorced in 2007 after just a few months of marriage. (People)

Ben Affleck Is Not Dating Just Yet Following Divorce From Jennifer Garner. Not so fast, everyone... Despite the latest reports claiming that Ben Affleck is already hitting the dating scene just one week after he and Jennifer Garner filed for divorce, a source tells E! News that simply isn't the case. "Ben is not dating anyone seriously," our inside explained. "He and Jen are working on their relationship and have no ruled out dating in the future." So what is in store for the two friendly exes? Well, aside from continuing to co-parent as they have been over the course of the last two years (they first announced their split back in 2015), it looks like Affleck will be moving out of the family home. "As divorced couples do, Ben will likely move out. The idea is to keep the kids together and close." Late last week, the actors filed for divorce nearly two years after their separation after 10 years of marriage. In court documents, the pair want joint legal and physical custody of their children. The petition and response were also filed together, which means it was coordinated. When the news of their separation was first announced, the couple put on a united front in a joint statement. "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time," the Hollywood stars shared. "This will be our only comment on this private family matter. Thank you for understanding." (Eonline)

Jenna Bush Hager Says Her 'Feminist' Father Inspired Her to Raise Strong Daughters. When it comes to raising her daughters Poppy, 20 months, and Mila, 4, Jenna Bush Hager says she learned from the best: Her dad, former president George W. Bush and mom Laura Bush. "I think the thing that my parents did so well and might surprise people, although I don't know why, is that they really wanted us to be curious, independent thinkers," the Today correspondent tells PEOPLE. "They wanted to raise us to have our own views and to be able to articulate them." She says that as kids, she and her twin sister Barbara Pierce Bush "always felt sorry for the boys in [their] class because our dad led us to believe that we were the smartest, most capable kids out there," she says. "People laugh at this, but I think my dad was a feminist. He showed us that we could be whatever we wanted to be. I want my girls to feel that way. I want them to feel strong and capable and feel like they can conquer the world." Though bringing her daughters up in New York City might seem worlds away from the small town of Midland, Texas, where she grew up, she says that her goal as a mother doesn't differ. "The most important thing is to raise loving humans," she says. "Her teacher said that Mila's really empathetic and that when somebody in her class feels sad, she feels sad, and when somebody's happy, she feels happy," Bush Hager says. "Like I'm going to do right now, I broke into tears because, to me, that's what's most important is to raise really kind girls -- and I'm so happy my girls are kind." For more from Jenna Bush Hager and more celebrity families, pick up PEOPLE's World's Most Beautiful issue, on newsstands Friday. (People)

Arrow's Stephen Amell Says He Hated Coachella But Has Learned to Love It for Wife Cassandra Jean. Sounds like someone's changing his tune! Arrow star Stephen Amell shared a super sweet (and super long) Instagram post all about how much he once hated the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (without ever actually having gone). But, the Canadian said that because his wife, actress Cassandra Jean, loves it, he finally learned to put his preconceived notions aside and have some fun under the desert sun for his first-ever Coachella. "Ever since we met in late 2011, my wife has raved -- no pun intended -- about Coachella. I decided -- in a semi joking way -- that I was going to hate it for no reason whatsoever," wrote Amell in his lengthy post. "I'd poke fun at her when the set list was released and she'd get excited. Then I'd ask her not to contact me at all during the weekend, again, jokingly. And I delighted in the fact I knocked her up and she had to miss the festival for the first time in almost a decade." He continued, "But then, in May of 2014, we fell in love with the desert...next thing you know we have a place there to relax during the Arrow season and host our friends and family." We all know that haters gonna hate, but it sounds like while the 35-year-old was busying hating on the music fest, his wife was busy having a blast -- without him. And he didn't like it. The actor went on: "Then last year during Coachella, something felt different. She was at our house, with our friends, doing something she loves...without me. That's not how a marriage / friendship / partnership should work." He continued, "If your wife (or whatever) loves something, you should love it too. So I did something every spouse should learn to do: I admitted I was wrong and apologized in a very concise sentence with zero uses of the word 'but', then asked to go. And we went." Even though it was Amell's first time at the flower-crown fest, he says his first Coachella was all about his wife. "We did everything she wanted to do and I got to share an experience that brought us closer together because doing something your partner loves always helps you understand them better. What a weekend. Until next year." Maybe they can make it a family affair next time? The two, who were married in 2012, have a 3-year-old daughter named Mavi Alexandra Jean Amell. We bet Mavi would love it! (Eonline)

Harry Styles Has a Message for Ex-Girlfriend Taylor Swift. Once upon a time, Harry Styles and Taylor Swift seemed like a fairy tale couple. The musicians dated from October 2012 to January 2013, and until recently, neither has said much about their time together. Gracing the cover of Rolling Stone's May 4 issue, Styles looks back at his relationship with the pop princess and reveals why dating in the public eye is tricky. For example, Styles can easily look up photos from his second date with Swift in New York City's Central Park -- something most people can't do. "When I see photos from that day, I think: Relationships are hard, at any age. And adding in that you don't really understand exactly how it works when you're 18, trying to navigate all that stuff didn't make it easier," the "Sign of the Times" singer recalls. "I mean, you're a little bit awkward to begin with. You're on a date with someone you really like." It should be that simple, right? It was a learning experience for sure." "But at the heart of it," Styles says, "I just wanted it to be a normal date." After Swift released her first pop album, 1989, in October 2014, many people assumed she'd written "Out of the Woods" and "Style" about Styles. The singer doesn't take the bait from Rolling Stone, but adds that he doesn't fault Swift for using her experiences as musical material. "I mean, I don't know if they're about me or not... but the issue is, she's so good, they're bloody everywhere," he says, adding, "I write from my experiences; everyone does that. I'm lucky if everything [we went through together] helped create those songs. That's what hits your heart." "That's the stuff that's hardest to say, and it's the stuff I talk least about," Styles tells Rolling Stone. "That's the part that's about the two people. I'm never going to tell anybody everything." Did Styles ever tell Swift he admired the songs? "Yes and no. She doesn't need me to tell her they're great," he admits. "They're great songs...It's the most amazing unspoken dialogue ever." Styles is nervous to talk about Swift. "I gotta pee first. This might be a long one," he tells jokes with writer Cameron Crowe. "Actually, you can say, 'He went for a pee and never came back.'" Is there anything he wants to tell Swift today? "Maybe this is where you write down that I left!" Jokes aside, Styles doesn't harbor any ill will towards Swift. "Certain things don't work out. There's a lot of things that can be right, and it's still wrong. In writing songs about stuff like that, I like tipping a hat to the time together. You're celebrating the fact it was powerful and made you feel something, rather than 'this didn't work out, and that's bad.' And if you run into that person, maybe it's awkward, maybe you have to get drunk...but you shared something," he says. "Meeting someone new, sharing those experiences, it's the best s--t ever. So thank you." Styles used one of his past relationships as fodder for his album. Like Swift, he's not naming names. "She's a huge part of the album," he says. "Sometimes you want to tip the hat, and sometimes you just want to give them the whole cap...and hope they know it's just for them." (Eonline)

Richard Simmons Hospitalized for "Severe Indigestion." Richard Simmons is on the mend. The 68-year-old fitness guru "was hospitalized on Monday at an undisclosed location in California," his rep, Michael Catalano, tells ABC News. "After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment." Simmons is "already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery," Catalano adds. The vibrant star, who has not made any major public appearances since 2014, signed a new business deal in early April for "merchandising, endorsements and licensing opportunities." His latest venture comes after a podcast, titled Missing Richard Simmons, became a viral sensation. Last month, the L.A.P.D. visited Simmons' home to conduct a welfare check. They later said he was "perfectly fine," adding, "Right now he is doing what he wants to do, and it is his business." Days before the L.A.P.D.'s visit, Simmons' rep explained his disappearance from the public eye. "People claim that it happened overnight. It really didn't. We were turning down stuff for years and just kind of quieting down, and when he decides that he wants to come back, that's when he'll come back, and when that will be, I have no idea or if he will at all," Catalano said. "There really isn't anything to report." He added that Simmons just wanted to "live a more private life." (Eonline)

Carmelo Anthony was messing around with a woman who now claims she's pregnant with his baby -- and as you can imagine, his wife, La La, is pissed ... TMZ Sports has learned. Multiple sources tell us ... the other woman often works at a gentlemen's club in NYC, and we're told she's claiming to be 6 and a half months pregnant with Melo's child. We're also told she has made it clear to Melo she expects him to kick in for medical expenses and other baby related costs. Sources close to both Melo and La La are telling us the marriage has been rocky for a while -- and while the pregnancy wasn't the tipping point, it certainly didn't help. So far, neither side has filed divorce papers but we're told there's virtually zero chance of a reconciliation. (TMZ)

Ira Glass files for divorce from wife of 16 years. This American wife is no more. "This American Life" radio host Ira Glass filed for divorce Monday from his writer spouse of 16 years, Anaheed Alani. The pair actually "separated a few years ago,'' Glass revealed in an emotional aside during a broadcast last month. The split is expected to be amicable, as Glass opted for an "uncontested" proceeding in the Manhattan Supreme Court filing. Glass and Alani do not have children. (PageSix)

'Dirty Dancing 2' star was body-shamed by producer, she says. At age 17, Romola Garai was given the opportunity to star in the 2004 sequel of the classic 1987 film "Dirty Dancing." However, the British actress doesn't have fond memories of her time on set. The now 34-year-old told The Guardian how a female producer pointed at her thighs while she stood in her underwear and declared "This isn't good enough." Garai even described how she was "weighed in and out every day with a dietician flown to Puerto Rico" to ensure she stayed "underweight" for the leading role in "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights." "It screwed me up for years," explained Garai to the UK-based publication. "Not only did it completely changed how I felt about my body, but I felt like I'd failed because I hadn't fought back. I felt complicit, because I didn't say no. I signed off on Photoshopped images and felt terrible for perpetrating this... lie." "Someone said the only thing that was convincing in the whole film was the look of pure misery in my eyes," she added. Garai described the experience as her "feminist epiphany." While Garai did pursue modeling as a teenager, she insisted that no one ever told her to lose weight until she took on the role of Katey Miller opposite Mexican star Diego Luna as Javier Suarez. "It's different with film, because it's not about the weight, it's about control," she said. "It's an industry with a clear agenda of ensuring women's relationships with their reflection on screen make them feel inadequate. I never went back to Hollywood again." Garai did eventually pursue acting again after she studied at university. She described still being told to change by producers, except this time it has nothing to do with the scale. "I've had sporadic acne in my life and have extraordinary conversations with them about how I can't have spots on screen, telling me about the drugs I should take," she added. "There's this idea that in order to propagate visions women aspire to, you have to make other women feel bad." Garai also mentioned how she was told to behave towards her male co-stars. "OK, I've had a female director say to me that the male actor is really challenged by aggressive women, so I have to be delicate with the way I speak to him," she said. "I said: 'I can't tell you how hard that will be for me. I am not that kind of person.' There are hundreds of misogynistic directors, but an equal number who are not. It's a mistake to make it a gender split. That's not helped the cause." (PageSix)

Oprah found herself in the danger zone when glass shattered in a scrum around her, and you have to see how quickly her security jumped to get her the hell out ... STAT! O was leaving CBS in NYC and seemed like she was getting ready to greet fans ... when suddenly a fight broke out less than 7 feet away from her. Her security checked out the commotion, but it really hit the fan when they hear glass break. The panic was obvious on Oprah's face, and suddenly she was gone ... just like POTUS in a crisis. The fight, btw, was between 2 guys in the crowd waiting for Oprah's exit. (TMZ)

Katt Williams is dodging jail time for the alleged robbery of paparazzo in Bev Hills by copping a plea. The oft-arrested comedian plead no contest Monday to felony 2nd degree robbery in the case involving his buddy Suge Knight. The duo were accused of confronting a female photog back in 2014. She was recording them, when they got pissed and allegedly jacked her gear. Much of the incident was captured on camera. Katt was immediately sentenced to 3 years' probation, and 54 weeks of anger management classes. Suge's case is still pending. Plus, he's got bigger fish to fry right now, legally speaking. (TMZ)

Drake is the latest celeb whose home was burglarized, but the criminal's booty totaled around $10 in water and soda. Law enforcement sources tell us ... a member of Drake's crew walked into the house at 10:30 PM on April 3 and found a 24-year-old woman in one of the bedrooms, wearing one of Drake's hoodies. The cops were called, and the woman told them she had permission to enter, which she did not. She then confessed to pilfering Pepsi, Sprite and Fiji water. Drake wasn't home at the time. It's unclear how the woman got inside the house or how long she was in the house. There were no signs of forced entry. The lady was arrested and charged with felony burglary. It doesn't matter whether $100,000 in jewels were stolen or just a couple of sodas -- if she enters illegally and takes stuff -- it's a felony. (TMZ)

Real Housewives of New York Star Luann D'Agostino's Daughter Victoria, 22, Arrested for DWI. Luann D'Agostino's daughter Victoria de Lesseps is facing legal troubles. PEOPLE confirms the Real Housewives of New York City reality star's 22-year-old child was arrested on Apr. 7 for driving while under the influence in Sag Harbor, New York. "I look forward to defending her vigorously in court," de Lesseps' attorney, Edward Burke Jr., told Page Six. D'Agostino had no comment about the incident. De Lesseps was driving a 2003 Land Rover after midnight when police said she was driving without headlights, according to The East Hampton Star. Her breath test reportedly registered an .15., and the legal limit is .08 percent. She was released the next morning without bail. De Lesseps is scheduled for court on May 5. (People)

The guy who subs in for Zac Efron's ass has some serious issues with his ex, who says he's harassing and threatening her ... according to legal docs. Jordan Scott has been Efron's stunt double in "Dirty Grandpa," "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" and "Neighbors 2" -- but his baby mama says he's been total a**hole to her. She filed for a restraining order, saying he's strangled her and broken cell phones so she couldn't call for help. She also claims he's harassed her and her new boyfriend. According to the docs ... Scott agreed to stay away from her, and only gets supervised visits with their kids. He's also agreed to submit to a substance abuse evaluation, but is not admitting any of the allegations are true. We reached out to Scott ... he had no comment. (TMZ)

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Chrissy Metz Is One of People's Most Beautiful: What She's Telling Her Teenage Self. Chrissy Metz has been named one of People magazine's "Most Beautiful." However, if you would have asked her 20 years ago if she'd ever receive such a title, she probably wouldn't have believed you...which is why she felt inspired to write her teenage self an empowering letter about the importance of just being herself -- a message we could all use these days. "Hey, Girl, Hey," she begins the note, which was published in People's Most Beautiful issue. "You are just as important and beautiful as Amy, the most gorgeous cheerleader in your entire school, even if your hair isn't the perfect natural shade of honey blonde or because your clothes aren't from Guess or that your curves look VERY different from hers." She continued, "Contrary to the bill of goods you've been sold, life is not a competition. Stop comparing yourself to anyone or anything. We are all on our own journey and YOU are the driver. There will be bumps in the road, detours to be taken and pit stops will have to be made, but you've got to fill 'er up and keep going. You will lose your map, but never your intuition." And her advice only gets better. "Allow every smile, frown and town you drive through to open your mind, but never close your heart," she added. "One day you will appreciate the upgrade of that cruise control but never take your eye off that winding road you have paved by being courageously you!" OK, let us grab a tissue real quick... Meanwhile, the actress is featured in the publication alongside two very important people, her This Is Us co-stars Mandy Moore and Susan Kelechi Watson. Other stars featured in the issue include: Viola Davis, Oprah Winfrey, Emma Watson and more. Check out the full list on People.com. (Eonline)

Prince William and Lady Gaga FaceTime to Join Forces for Mental Health Awareness. Mother Monster has joined the team. As Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry continue to shape their joint Heads Together mental health awareness campaign, they've enlisted the help of someone across the pond -- Lady Gaga. The pop star, who has been an advocate of the mental health discussion in the United States, appears in a new video released Tuesday where she is face to face with the royal -- well, digitally. During their video chat, Prince William asked Gaga how she felt about speaking publicly about her own mental health challenges. "It made me very nervous at first," the pop star told the prince. "For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is something that is very hard to describe. There's a lot of shame attached to mental illness. You feel like something's wrong with you." "In my life, I go, 'Oh my goodness, look at all these beautiful, wonderful things that I have. I should be so happy,' but you can't help it it if, in the morning when you wake up, you are so tired, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can barely think," she described. Despite the difficulty, speaking publicly made all the difference. "It was like saying, 'this is a part of me and that's ok.'" Now, with the help of her international fame, she's able to catapult their crucial message to millions. "Even though it was hard, it was the best thing that could come out of my mental illness was to share it with other people and let our generation as well as other generations know that if you are feeling not well in your mind, you are not alone," she told Prince William. "We have to make the strongest most relentless attempt we can to normalize mental health issues, so people feel they can come forward." In late December, the Grammy winner opened up for the first time about years of wrestling with posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, in an open letter shared online. "It is a daily effort for me, even during this album cycle, to regulate my nervous system so that I don't panic over circumstances that to many would seem like normal life situations," she wrote. "Examples are leaving the house or being touched by strangers who simply want to share their enthusiasm for my music." It was that letter that caught Prince William's attention and made him want to enlist the star's help in their royal quest to remove the stigmas surrounding mental healthcare. The video is a part of their newly launched #oktosay film series and the father of two also invited Gaga to meet with him in October in London for further conversation on the cause. As the star perfectly summed it up, "I feel like we are not hiding anymore. We're starting to talk." (Eonline)

Kendall Jenner Gives Major Elizabeth Taylor Vibes on 150th Anniversary Cover of Harper's Bazaar. Elizabeth, is that you? Just kidding -- it's Kendall Jenner, who landed the coveted 150th anniversary cover of Harper's Bazaar for May. With her wavy, brunette, shoulder-length locks, bold brows and red lip, the 21-year-old looks stunningly reminiscent of a young Elizabeth Taylor. The likeness seems only fitting considering the anniversary of the issue and, in a subtle way, is a nod to both the magazine's past and present. Much like the screen siren, Jenner has graced the cover before -- her debut came in 2015. Meanwhile, Taylor collected a few of her own Bazaar front pages before her death in 2011 and her legacy lives on in the form of recreations, like Katy Perry's colorful cover in September 2015, when she posed like Andy Warhol's famous painting of the icon. At 21 years old, Jenner has already carved out quite the impressive career of her own on catwalks and magazine covers all over the world. However, having already spent a decade on reality television, the famous Kardashian sibling was the target of critics who doubted the authenticity of her success outside of her family's domain. "I think people were afraid to say it to my face," Kendall said, "but they were probably talking behind my back: 'She thinks she's too cool. She's stuck-up... too into herself.'" Of course, it wasn't the first or last time her or her high-profile family would be a target. After a stranger banged on her car window after waiting for her on her driveway and Kim Kardashian's robbery in Paris, the family buckled down on security and today, Jenner is followed everywhere by a bodyguard. "I don't feel normal," she told the magazine, "and I like to feel as normal as I possibly can." Her public life has left her riddled with anxiety that reveals itself in the middle of the night. "I wake up in the middle of the night freaking out," she said. "Full panic attacks. They wake me up from my sleep, and I need to stand up and I pace and I'm freaking out and crying." The model has also spent the last two years adapting to life with Caitlyn Jenner, who revealed she is transgender in 2015. For her second youngest daughter, it was a bit of a "mourning" process. "When she told us, and told us that it was going to be a real thing, it was an emotional couple of months," Jenner recalled. "And if I would talk about it, I would cry, just because you're mourning someone... losing someone. The person is still there, of course, but physically you're losing someone. It was my dad who I grew up with my whole life and who raised me. It's an adjustment, for sure." However, the star soon recognized something important. "You start to realize that this person is still alive. This person is still here. They are still a blessing. They are still awesome. I realized that I should just be thankful that I still have my dad," she said. "It starts to just become normal." While it may be difficult to manage in such a large spotlight, Jenner is also dabbling in another normal part of a 20something's life -- dating. Though she's been spotted getting "cozy" with rapper A$AP Rocky as of late, she denies being anywhere close to marriage or anything remotely serious brewing in her love life. Even if she was, we'd be the last to know. "If I'm not fully, fully in it with someone, why would I make it public to everyone else? If I don't even know what it is, why would I let the world know?" she said. For right now, she's playing coy. "I'm doing my thing," she told the magazine with a smile. "I'm having fun. I'm being young." The May issue is available on newsstands April 25. (Eonline)

GLAAD set to honor Debra Messing. Debra Messing will be honored May 6 at the GLAAD Media Awards as a champion against discrimination. The media LGBTQ advocacy organization announced Monday it will give the "Will & Grace" actress the Excellence in Media award at its 28th annual ceremony, to be hosted by Ross Mathews. Previous winners include Robert De Niro, Russell Simmons, Glenn Close and Diane Sawyer. Messing, a longtime ally to the LGBTQ community, won an Emmy in 2003 for her "Will & Grace" character Grace Adler. The NBC show was instrumental in changing hearts and minds of countless Americans as among the first on prime-time network television to feature out gay lead characters. It ran for eight seasons and will soon return to NBC. (PageSix)

Patricia Arquette to give keynote address at Illinois State. Actress Patricia Arquette is a keynote speaker during a week of science and technology events at Illinois State University. University officials say the events at the campus in Normal this week will include a professional development dinner and a conference on women in leadership. Arquette's talk is scheduled for Thursday evening. It's free and open to the public. She's expected to talk about a public health organization she founded in 2010 after a deadly earthquake in Haiti. Arquette won an Academy Award in 2014 for her supporting role in the movie "Boyhood" and a 2005 Emmy Award for her leading role in the television show "Medium." Roughly 20,000 students attend Illinois State in graduate and undergraduate programs. (Eonline)

Kendall Jenner will help project photos on Empire State Building. Kendall Jenner -- who's on the May cover of Harper's Bazaar -- will help Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey "hit the switch" on Wednesday night to project iconic images from the magazine onto the Empire State Building. Bazaar and Tiffany & Co. curated the photos to celebrate the mag's 150th anniversary. We hear a viewing party at the Rainbow Room will include guests such as Demi Moore and designers Alber Elbaz, Ralph Lauren, Brandon Maxwell, Carolina Herrera and Gabriela Hearst. (PageSix)

Bruce Springsteen's daughter impresses in riding competition. She's the Boss of the horse. Jessica Rae Springsteen, Bruce's daughter, looked absolutely smashing over the past weekend during a competition in the badlands of South Florida. The 25-year-old Jessica Rae struck impressive poses while on and off of her mounts. The leaderboard, however, wasn't quite as pretty. Springsteen and Cynar finished 52nd out of 56 competitors Saturday at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Miami Beach. The Class 13 event was taken by USA-born and world No. 2-ranked rider Kent Farrington. Also down the leaderboard, at 40th place, was another familiar name to New Yorkers -- Georgina Bloomberg, the 34-year-old daughter of former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, riding her horse Lilli. Jennifer Gates, the 20-yeaer-old daughter of Bill and Melinda Gates, and her ride Bardolino finished in 47th place on Saturday. Springsteen, whose mom is Bruce's wife, Patti Scialfa, had more glory the day before, when she and horse Davendy S finished in third place in the Class 9 event on Friday. Gates and Bardolino finished 34th while Bloomberg and Manodie came in at 48th in that event. (PageSix)

Knicks legend's home about to hit the market for almost $20M. New York Knicks legend Allan Houston's lavish Westchester estate -- which features a custom-designed cherry-wood basketball court -- is about to hit the market for sale for just under $20 million. The nearly 20,000-square-foot French revival home has 26 rooms, seven bedrooms and 10 marble bathrooms, all on 10 acres on Converse Lake. It also boasts a music room with a domed, gilded ceiling, a movie theater, a huge great room and an "architecturally significant trophy room," according to the listing. Houston, currently the assistant general manager for the New York Knicks, won gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and appears to have packed the trophy case with memorabilia. There's also a fitness center, marble-clad steam room (with "H" monogrammed in tiles), a heated outdoor pool and a golf putting green. It is located in Conyers Farm, a private gated community bordering Greenwich, Conn., and Armonk, NY, developed by billionaire Peter Brant. Other residents include Netscape founder Jim Clark, Richard Baker of Hudson's Bay Co. and Thomas Peterffy of Interactive Brokers Group. The Greenwich Polo Club is also located on Conyers Farm. Houston's estate had been on the market a few years ago, then was removed from sale, but is now being relisted. Sources say Houston, who played for the Knicks for nine years and has seven children with wife Tamara, is looking for a place in Manhattan. We're told that even though the home is 50 minutes from NYC, Houston wants to be closer to the team and spend less time traveling and more time with his kids. Listing brokers Dolly Lenz Real Estate couldn't be reached. (PageSix)

Perfume bottle in Karlie Kloss ad confused for sex toy. Karlie Kloss' latest campaign for Carolina Herrera's new fragrance has been creating the wrong kind of buzz. An Instagram post from House of Herrera showing a sultry Kloss squirting the bottle, shaped like a black lacquered stiletto, sparked numerous posts that it looks more like a sex toy. Comments included, "Legit thought this was a dildo," "That is a vibrator not perfume" and "Like who approved this design?" The post has since been removed by staff at the buttoned-up fashion house. (PageSix)

Rudy Giuliani says basketball fans shouldn't turn their backs on Carmelo Anthony in the wake of adultery allegations ... because HALF of all athletes cheat. The ex-NYC mayor was out in L.A. when we asked how he felt about the standoff between Melo and the NY Knicks ... with Phil Jackson saying he wants Anthony off the team next year. "He's a Knick," Rudy told us ... "Once a Knick, always a Knick." But when we asked how fans should feel about Melo's alleged off-the-court activity, Rudy defended him, saying, "I don't think you judge sports characters based on things like that ... otherwise you'd probably lose half of them." (TMZ)

White House Correspondents' Dinner host underwhelms. President Trump won't be missing much at the White House Correspondents' Association gala he's skipping on April 29. Hasan Minhaj, who was named last week as the entertainment at the event, underwhelmed the crowd at the Comedy Cellar on MacDougal Street as a special surprise the other night. "He came up to the stage with 10 pages of jokes to try out on us," one patron told me. "But his jokes fell flat. The audience laughed maybe three times." Minhaj, a senior correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah," had some one-liners about Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Bill O'Reilly, but focused on Trump. "One was about the crucial strategic decisions Trump has to make, like picking between a sand wedge and gap wedge when golfing," my source said. Minhaj admitted the material needed work. "Comedy clubs usually save the best for last, but he bombed, with the previous handful of comedians outshining him tenfold." No president has skipped the annual "nerd prom" since Ronald Reagan was a no-show in 1981. But Reagan had a good excuse: He was recovering from being shot in an assassination attempt. (PageSix)

El Chapo's got one question for NY prison officials -- can't a Mexican drug lord stay in shape while watching some quality TV? So far, he says the answer is no. Chapo's attorneys filed new docs, obtained by TMZ, with fresh complaints about his life inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center. The lawyers say they successfully fought to get Chapo access to a TV inside the recreation room ... apparently, he's a freak for the stationary bicycle. According to the docs, Chapo's problem is the TV was installed behind the bike -- so when he's burning calories he can only hear the programming. Which is another issue, Chapo says he no control when it comes to channel surfing. He says the only thing that's ever on is a nature show about a rhino, and another movie that's played over and over and over. The attorneys say poor Chapo could choose to stand and watch TV during his hour of rec time, but then he wouldn't be able to exercise. They're demanding Amnesty International be allowed access to inspect his living conditions. (TMZ)

Music

Carrie Underwood Surprises Mike Fisher by Singing the National Anthem Before His Hockey Playoff Game. No matter the score after Monday night's game, Mike Fisher is the real winner Monday night. Before the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators squared off for Game 3 in their playoff series, a special guest decided to surprise hockey fans. Singing Monday night's National Anthem is none other than Mike's wife. "Please rise and welcome seven-time Grammy winner and longtime Nashville Predators fan Carrie Underwood," the announcer said to the delight of the sold-out crowd inside the Bridgestone Arena. Yes her rendition was fantastic. And of course her voice sounded terrific. But can we talk? How great must it have been for Mike to have his wife sing the National Anthem perfectly moments before his game began? Wearing a personal #12 Fisher jersey, the American Idol winner showed her support for the home team in her outfit that also included nail polish to match the Predators' colors. And after performing the song, she took it one step further by participating in the team's signature towel wave. Throughout the playoff season, Carrie has been showing her support for the Predators on and off the stage. During previous games, the "Before He Cheats" singer expressed her team loyalty on social media. "So proud of our boys tonight!" she shared after Saturday's big win. "What a game! @PredsNHL #Preds #StandWithUs #NSHvsCHI #Dominate @mikefisher1212." And when they won again in game one last Thursday, you know Carrie couldn't stay quiet online. "My @PredsNHL played like champs tonight!" she wrote. "#BlueAndGold #Pekka And boy, was that @mikefisher1212 hot! Great game, guys! #StandWithUs." (Eonline)

Moana's Auli'i Cravalho Just Blessed DWTS With Her Beautiful Voice. Disney night on Dancing with the Stars is always something to look forward to, but Monday night the dance floor welcomed a very special guest. Moana herself, also known as Auli'i Cravalho, showed up to perform the movie's Oscar-nominated "How Far I'll Go" for Simone Biles' Moana-themed routine, and not only was the dance incredible, but Cravalho's performance was flawless as usual. The 16 year-old star also performed the song, which was written by Hamilton genius Lin-Manuel Miranda, at the Oscars earlier this year and managed to remain flawless despite being hit in the head with a flag mid-performance, because she's just the best. Simone received two nines and two tens for her performance (though we would have given her all tens), and the judges didn't score Cravalho, but she probably would have gotten a few tens as well. Cravalho wasn't even the only incredible guest Monday tonight. ZZ Ward performed a new song from the Cars 3 soundtrack for David Ross' routine, and Donny Osmond showed up to reprise his role as Shang from Mulan. He sang "I'll Make a Man Out of You" for Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy's paso doble, and between that and all the Moana, we've never felt so inspired. We may go climb a mountain, or commandeer a ship, or befriend a dragon. Who knows? Pretty sure we could do anything at this point. That is just how inspired we are. Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

'The Voice' Recap: Live Performances From Team Alicia and Team Blake Rock the Stage. The Live Playoffs kicked off on The Voice Monday night, with live performances that viewers could vote on in real time. Coaches Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani all got to bring back a comeback artist during this round. Artists from Team Alicia and Team Blake performed Monday night, with Shelton bringing back Felicia Temple and Keys bringing back Jack Cassidy. Casi Joy from Team Blake was up first. She chose to sing "Parachute" by Chris Stapleton because it's her fiance's favorite song and because it embodies the kind of music she wants to make. Shelton encouraged her to work on her enunciation. She gave an energetic country performance, working the stage effortlessly. Levine described her as fiery and engaging. Shelton praised her yodel and her ability to put her own spin on the song, adding that it's hard for him to imagine her not moving forward. Shelton's comeback artist Temple sang next. She fittingly chose to sing "Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked, an ambitious song that reflects her journey on the show so far. It was a fittingly theatrical performance, but Temple brought a lot of emotion to it, too, and she backed it all with precise, bold vocals. She built to the final, big note, earning the powerful moment. Keys, Temple's former coach, said she loved the message of the performance and also thought she made singing a Broadway hit seem more effortless than it is. "You just killed it," Shelton said. Aaliyah Rose, who Shelton stole from Team Gwen last round, sang "Brass In Pocket" by The Pretenders. Shelton commended her confidence in rehearsal. The 14-year-old singer proved to be a seasoned performer, putting a lot of power behind her vocals. "That's your best performance yet," Shelton said. Team Blake's TSoul was up next, singing "Knock On Wood" by Eddie Floyd. He said it's the perfect song for this moment. TSoul's throwback style sounded great on the song, and Shelton compared him to Bruno Mars. TSoul exhibited strong artistry. "The energy that you brought to that stage just now, if people out there didn't like that, there's something wrong with them," Shelton said. Team Blake's 15-year-old Aliyah Moulden chose to sing "Mercy" by Duffy, which was a great choice for her voice. Moulden's full voice is striking, and this song really let her shine. Shelton said she has real star potential. "That's the best I've seen you sing so far on this show," he said. Lauren Duski closed out the Team Blake performances with "Someone Else's Star." It was right at the breaking point of her voice, but she kept the vocals strong throughout. It just wasn't the most memorable performance of the night. Levine said she was one of his favorites this season, praising her poise. Shelton said she was going to get a tidal wave of support from country fans. Chris Blue got the Team Alicia performances started with Rihanna's "Love On The Brain," continuing the night's trend of modern songs with throwback sounds. Blue sang the song in its original key, blowing Keys' mind in rehearsal. It was one of the strongest performances of the night, with Blue showcasing unbelievable range. Stefani called him mesmerizing. "It's so natural and incredible," she said. Anatalia Villaranda was up next, singing "Stand By Me," and Keys helped her create an arrangement that would allow her to put her own twist on it. Villaranda put on a fun show, making the classic feel fresh and connecting with the audience. She made Keys proud. Cassidy, Keys' comeback artist, followed with "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" by Elton John. Keys told him he needs to step up his game for this performance if he wants to stick around on the show. Cassidy finally performed at his fullest potential, but he still struggled to stand out up against the rest of Team Alicia. Vanessa Ferguson chose to sing "Lean On," reiterating that she can sing just about anything and make it her own. Keys worked with her to make a great arrangement of the radio hit. It was the most innovative performance of the night, and Ferguson proved that she's a one-of-a-kind artist. Even Levine gave her a standing ovation, saying that she has the full package. Blending the various genres she drifts toward, Ashley Levin chose to sing "I Can't Stand The Rain." She gave a solid country-soul performance, having fun with it and nailing the lower parts of the song. Keys pointed out that it's not an easy song to sing but that Levin delivered. Closing out the performances for the night, Stephanie Rice sang "Every Breath You Take" by The Police, playing keyboard. Rice put the arrangement together herself, showing off her impressive artistry. It was a great way to end the night, with Rice turning in an emotional and beautiful performance. "You are a pure, beautiful artist," Keys said, adding that she is authentic. Next, Carson Daly brought out Team Blake to announce the results of the real-time voting. Duski and Moulden were voted through to the top 12. Shelton chose TSoul to join them. Rose, Joy and Temple went home. Daly then announced voting results for Team Alicia. America voted to save Blue and Ferguson. Keys chose Rice to join them in the top 12. Levin, Cassidy and Villaranda went home. Team Gwen and Team Adam took the stage Tuesday for more live performances. Get ready for more real-time voting. Who got your vote? (Billboard.com)

Movies

Jim Carrey's Latest Selfie Will Make You Do a Double Take. Jim Carrey is letting it all grow out. Thanks to a newly shared selfie, the comedian revealed a relaxed new look to fans in honor of Easter and Passover. While the actor snapped a photo of himself holding an adorable bunny rabbit, it was his long locks and gray beard that got the Internet talking. "I HAD TO LOOK AT THIS PICTURE FOR FIVE MINUTES BEFORE MY BRAIN UNDERSTOOD THAT THIS WAS JIM CARREY," one stunned fan tweeted, caps lock and all. "This mans beard is so glorious it makes me feel warm and fuzzy," another follower wrote. The 55-year-old's new 'do also inspired comparison's to Tom Hanks' character in Castaway. In response to all the ribbing, some loyal fans stood up for him and thanked him for bringing sunshine to their day. "That beard and bunny combo is my motivation for life," someone wrote. "I will be that cool one day." Meanwhile, Carrey issued a sweet message of his own to his 15 million followers. "Happy Easter or Passover or whatever reason you can find to feel warm and fuzzy," he penned. The star has been keeping a low profile in recent years, with two films since 2015. While this is not the first time the actor has rocked facial hair, in an upcoming project called The Bad Batch, slated for release in June, the star dons a full gray beard as a grungy nomad in a Texas wasteland. As film reviewer Eric Kohn described, "Jim Carrey is virtually unrecognizable" in the film. Hey -- they don't call it acting for nothing! (Eonline)

Charlize Theron "Humbled" by The Fate of the Furious' Record Breaking Opening Weekend. Charlize Theron better keep up her driving skills. We'd be shocked if the Oscar winner doesn't return for the ninth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. Even so, Theron played coy when I asked her if she'd be back. "I don't know, I don't know," she said at the premiere of Girlboss (she's executive producer of the new Netflix series based on the life of Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso). "If they don't, I'm going to tell them you said I can." Theron is a newcomer to The Fast and the Furious, making her debut in the latest flick The Fate of the Furious. The Universal Pictures movie broke global box office records this weekend, bringing in a whopping $529 million. "I am so humbled to just have the smallest little part in all of this," Theron said. "I thank you everybody at Universal and The Fast and Furious family." Theron has become quite the action star. In addition to Fast 8's success, she is expected to return for the next Mad Max in her now iconic shaved head role of Furiosa. And then we can't wait to see this summer's Atomic Blonde, her upcoming action thriller in which she stars as a badass M16 spy on the hunt for double agents. (Eonline)

Kevin Bacon may not like father's portrayal in new doc. Kevin Bacon will probably not like the way his father is depicted in "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City," a documentary about urban preservationist Jane Jacobs, opening Friday. "Ed Bacon was the Robert Moses of Philly. He was one of Jane Jacobs' targets as a misguided city planning czar," director Matt Tyrnauer told me. Many of the ideas in Jacobs' classic book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" came in reaction to Bacon's plans to remake Philadelphia, where Kevin was one of six children growing up. Jacobs wrote about the elder Bacon as a reporter for Architectural Forum. "She told him he was wrong -- to his face and in print," said Tyrnauer. "There is a part of the book where Bacon is showing off his beautiful new streets of Philadelphia, and she points out that the old areas he considered slums were more vibrant and lively than what he created," Tyrnauer said. "He was not happy." Another Hollywood star, Edward Norton, is also name-checked because his grandfather James Rouse was a pioneer in planned communities and an early adopter of Jacobs' ideas who is shown in the film alongside Jacobs, studying city plans. "Two of our most enduring male movie stars were descended from two of the titans of urban planning in the 20th century," Tyrnauer said. "Once again, 'six degrees of Kevin Bacon' holds true!" Marisa Tomei is Jacobs' voice in the film when passages from her writings are read. Vincent D'Onofrio is the voice of Moses. Tyrnauer said, "We needed someone who could play a heavy." (PageSix)

The Rock and Vin Diesel have buried the hatchet and both will star in the next installment of the insanely popular 'Fast and the Furious' franchise ... sources involved in the production tell TMZ. Our sources say Vin and Dwayne have met privately several times since animosity between them exploded on the set of "The Fate of the Furious." We're told they are "good" and both are "1000% in" for the next flick. The sources are opening up about the feud ... one explaining it was all over "real estate." In movie language, real estate is all about how much an actor shines -- who gets the best action scenes, who gets the hottest girl, who shows off their body more, and who gets the most face time. It became a big issue for Dwayne and Vin, but ultimately, Dwayne acknowledged it was Vin's movie -- he's listed #1 on the call sheet. The one thing the feud was not about ... money. They both make a fortune off the franchise. But all systems go for the next installment. (TMZ)

James Gunn Announces Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in Passionate Message to the Fans. Gurdiansverse, your Monday blues have just been cured...Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has just been announced! That's right, in the midst of the press tour for GotG Vol. 2, the Marvel films' writer and director James Gunn has just confirmed the trilogy. He took to Facebook to reveal the news and explain what made him decide to do a third installment. "There is a history in Hollywood of haphazard endings to trilogies, and I didn't want to become a part of that dishonorable tradition of pretending the third one doesn't exist," he wrote. "I couldn't do it for the money, and I couldn't do it because it was what other people wanted me to do. I needed to do it because it was what I needed to do. I have never made choices in my career based on anything other than passion and love for the stories and characters, and I didn't want to start now." He continued, "So, after many months of ruminations and discussions, I know the answer. I could save this answer for the first, random interviewer to ask me during the press junket but instead I thought I'd share it with the most important people in the Guardiansverse - you, the fans, who have been so incredibly supportive and enthusiastic over the past five years, it has moved me to tears on a regular basis." And finally, Gunn gave the answer we've all been hoping for: "So, yes, I'm returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3." He even dished some details about what might come in the following flick. "My love for Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Star-Lord, Yondu, Mantis, Drax, and Nebula-and some of the other forthcoming heroes-goes deeper than you guys can possibly imagine, and I feel they have more adventures to go on and things to learn about themselves and the wonderful and sometimes terrifying universe we all inhabit," he wrote. "And, like in both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, we will work on creating the story that goes beyond what you expect." He continued, "Much of what's happened in the MCU for the past ten or so years has been leading, in a big way, to the Avengers' Infinity War. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will happen after all that. It will conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond." He also thanked Marvel for not only hiring him, but working with him on what will be three movies. "I wake up every day pinching myself that [Marvel would] allow this punk rock kid from Missouri to help create this wonderful universe, and to not only allow but encourage creative freedom while doing so," he gushed. "I can't fricking wait to get started." In conclusion, he promises all the Guardianverse and Marvel fanatics, "I'll do it all with integrity and love and respect for the characters. Make mine Marvel. We are Groot. Excelsior!" We can't wait! (Eonline)

TV

This Intro to The Magicians Finale Explains So Many Things. Suddenly, so many things make sense. The Magicians' magical world of Fillory has never been all that logical. Some animals are sexy and some can talk, and there's an army called the Foo Fighters, and for some reason, its rulers can only be kids from Earth. And it's all watched over by a god named Ember who seems to be really, really bad at being a god, or doing anything useful that doesn't involve pooping in the magic supply. Or at least that's what we thought, until we saw the opening of this week's season two finale. In the three minute intro, Ember (Dominic Burgess) explains just how much of a hand he had in everything that has happened ever since the beginning of Fillory. Apparently he's just been entertaining himself this whole time by screwing everything up. According to this intro, he's responsible for pretty much everything. He was involved in Alice's (Olivia Taylor Dudley) transformation into a niffin, and Penny (Arjun Gupta) losing control of his hands (and his magic), and he helped Fen (Brittany Curran) get pregnant, and helped lead Margot (Summer Bishil) to make the deal with the fairies to give up Fen's baby. He also killed the forest, and caused all the magic brownouts, and turned people into rats, and now he's pretty much planning to destroy Fillory, just for funsies! That also explains the blank pages in everyone's books that the Order is so worried about, along with everything we really needed to know going into this finale. Still, somehow, the explanation does not make us feel better. Also, does anyone else feel like Ember really brushed over the babies with no mouths? That's horrifying. The Magicians finale airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Syfy. (Eonline)

Carmen Sandiego Is Officially Happening With Gina Rodriguez at Netflix. Get excited, gumshoes! Just days after it was reported that Netflix was preparing to revive the iconic globe-trotting thief Carmen Sandiego, the streaming giant has formally announced plans to reboot the character with a new animated series, entitled -- you guessed it -- Carmen Sandiego. And as expected, Gina Rodriguez will be the voice the titular sharp-dressed villain. But she's not the only star power involved in the new project. Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard -- AKA Eleven's BFF Mike Wheeler -- will also lend his voice for the role of Player, Carmen's chief accomplice and friend. In the new series, of which 20 22-minute episodes have been ordered for a 2019 premiere date, Carmen Sandiego is back and ready for a new crop of international capers packed with thrilling adventure and intrigue. This fresh take presents an intimate look into Carmen's past where viewers will not only follow her escapades but also learn who in the world is Carmen Sandiego and why she became a super thief. The red fedora-wearing thief first became popular thanks to a children's computer game franchise in the '80s, before spawning two live-action PBS game shows, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? and Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?, and an animated series on Fox, Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, which ran from 1994-1999. In that iteration, Carmen was voiced by the legendary Rita Moreno. Rodriguez expressed her excitement over the project on Twitter, announcing, "I already have the fedora and coat." And now we're sort of bummed that this thing is only animated! Are you looking forward to a new Carmen Sandiego? Carmen Sandiego will debut on Netflix in 2019. (Eonline)

Law & Order: SVU First Look: Benson Heads to "The Newsroom" for a Ripped-From-the-Headlines Case. Law & Order: SVU is sending Benson to "The Newsroom" for a ripped-from-the-headlines case that has some striking similarities to a certain cable news network scandal. E! News has your first look at the episode with exclusive images. In "The Newsroom," Lt. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) appears on her friend's cable news show to discuss a headline-making rape case and the facts behind it. The live on-air conversation triggers Heidi Sorenson (guest star Bonnie Somerville) to accuse someone of assaulting her. That someone? Her boss, played by Christopher McDonald. Heidi's reveal leads Benson and Barba (Raúl Esparza) to ask witnesses to put their jobs on the line for her case. Mark Moses of Mad Men plays Heidi's co-anchor. And it's a The O.C. reunion for Somerville with Peter Gallagher also guest starring as Chief Dodds. Peyton List, J.C. MacKenzie and Beth Chamberlin also guest star. This is the first SVU appearance for McDonald and Somerville. McDonald previously appeared in two episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (as two different people) and one episode of Law & Order. Moses previously appeared in "Inconceivable," a 2008 episode of SVU. Frequency's List has appeared in two other episodes of SVU -- 2003's "Soulless" and 2001's "Pixies," all as different people. It's the Law & Order way. Law & Order: SVU's "The Newsroom" airs Wednesday, April 26 at 9 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Announces Return to 'Dancing With the Stars' After Injury. Maksim Chmerkovskiy is returning to the ballroom! The professional dancer announced on Monday, April 17, that he will make his long-awaited return to Dancing With the Stars next week. Chmerkovskiy, 37, suffered a calf injury in late March while rehearsing for the second week of the ABC dance competition's 24th season. Since then, he has been forced to watch from the sidelines as his celebrity partner, Glee alum Heather Morris, dances with troupe member Alan Bersten. However, on Monday night's episode, the Ukrainian hunk revealed that he will return to the show for the week 6 episode on Monday, April 24. "Alan's officially fired!" he joked, after Morris, 30, and Bersten's Frozen-themed jazz routine. "I'm taking over as of tonight." Chmerkovskiy has been sharing updates on his health on social media since undergoing surgery last month for his torn calf muscle. On April 1, he shared a video of himself walking down a hallway in the hospital. "Therapy day 3 post calf muscle tear, progress check," he captioned the Instagram post, adding the hashtags #MyDocIsBetterThanYours and #ModernDayMiracles. The DWTS season 18 champ is still hopeful about winning the coveted Mirrorball trophy. "I still feel like we have a chance," he said on Good Morning America on March 31. "[Morris deserves] it, and I want to give you 150 percent effort and be as physically active as I was at my best when nothing hurt. I want to come back and win." Dancing With the Stars airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET. (UsWeekly)

She's Baaaack! Alison Sweeney Is Returning to Days of Our Lives. Salem's resident bad girl is back. Longtime Days of Our Lives actress Alison Sweeney is returning as Sami Brady for two months of production on the soap opera, EW has confirmed. "From my end, it takes a little bit of logistics with projects I'm working on," she told Soap Opera Digest, which was first to report the news. "And unfortunately, this year's been hard for me because of my knee injury, so I had to push some stuff back. So, I figured out a schedule, blocked out some time that I had available, and we figured it out!" First appearing in the role in 1993, Sweeney was a regular on the soap for 21 years, stepping away in 2014. The Daytime Emmy Award-winner made a short return in 2015 for the show's 50th anniversary. Sweeney has more recently appeared in Hallmark's Murder, She Baked TV movies and served an 8-year stint as the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser. Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC. (People)

Spanx founder in talks to guest star on 'Shark Tank'. Insiders tell us Spanx billionaire Sara Blakely is in talks to jump into the pool of "guest sharks" on "Shark Tank." Guest sharks on the ABC hit, which features a panel of investor judges entertaining pitches from entrepreneurs, have included Ashton Kutcher and Troy Carter. Regulars are Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary. Blakely -- the world's youngest self-made female billionaire -- sold fax machines door-to-door before hatching the idea for Spanx, when she cut the feet off a pair of pantyhose. A "Shark Tank" rep said Blakely is not confirmed for the show. Spanx didn't get back to us. (PageSix)

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