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Real Housewives of Potomac's Monique Samuels Gives Birth to a Baby Boy. Congratulations are in order for Monique Samuels and her family! The Real Housewives of Potomac star and her husband Chris Samuels welcomed a son named Chase Omari Samuels on Monday afternoon. Monique told People, "He's 8 lbs., 15 oz., 21 inches long, and absolutely perfect." Chase is now the youngest of three and is welcomed by big siblings Christopher Samuels, 5, and Milani Samuels, 3. On Monday morning, the reality star posted some updates on her Instagram story about Chase's upcoming arrival. In one video, Monique posted from the hospital bed with the words "We're ready!!" as the caption. In yet another video, she wrote, "Almost time to push!!" She of course still looked glam and calm while updating her followers about Chase's birth. After he was born, she shared a video of herself holding her newborn. "I have another little man," she told the camera. Chase's eyes were closed and his mouth was wide open. Nap time! The Housewives star announced in June that she and Chris were expanding their family and expecting their third kid together. She posted an Instagram boomerang that showed off her baby bump at the end and captioned it, "I'm way too happy to be bothered... I'm full of life... LITERALLY." In one episode of The Real Housewives of Potomac, Monique revealed that she had previously suffered a miscarriage. She said, "As soon as I took the pregnancy test, Chris is just grinning from ear to ear, and it never once dawned on me that we would lose it. Until you've experienced loss it's hard to even put it into words." Monique posted plenty of photos of her growing baby bump throughout her pregnancy and looking as fashionable as ever. In one picture of her eating a popsicle, she wrote, "I'm talkin bout pregnant in the front and the back. Popsicles are helping me survive these random moments of overheating. 8 weeks to go!" Last week, she shared a video of her kids talking about how eager they were to meet their new sibling. "Are y'all both excited for the baby to come?" she asked Christopher and Milani. They both clapped and screamed, "Yeah!!!" Christopher then asked, "Mommy, how are you gonna get the baby out?" After telling her youngins that she's going to "push it out, the same way I pushed you two out," she told Christopher he probably "doesn't want all those details right now" after he asked how that was possible. Monique also shared a sweet video of Christopher meeting Milani for the first time and pointing out her eyes, nose and mouth. Congratulations to the Samuels family! (Eonline)

Kendra Wilkinson Is ''Falling in Love'' 7 Months After Filing for Divorce. Kendra Wilkinson is seeing someone new, and it looks like this one's a keeper. On Monday night, the former reality star revealed to her thousands of Instagram followers that she is once again dating, following her split from husband Hank Baskett over seven months ago. "Been dating myself lately. Getting to know myself and even falling in love," she gushed. More importantly, going through a divorce and becoming a single mom has taught Kendra that "Love and happiness is real without waiting on someone or something to do it for you." Amen! She added that getting to this point of self-confidence and love took a "lot of patience, empathy, and discipline." Although, she admitted she has had minor slip-ups lately. The 33-year-old joked, "well, except with the d--k head I flipped off on the road the other day." And Kendra made sure to let Twitter know about the developments in her dating life too. "Life is too beautiful and precious to wait for someone or something to "make" you smile," she tweeted alongside a sun-filled selfie. Aside from dating herself, Kendra has been busy spending quality time with kids Hank Baskett IV, 8, and Alijah Baskett, 4. Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, the former Playboy bunny cheered on her athletic son at his hockey tournament. "He's really working hard and amazing team player," the proud mom boasted. "All around amazing good hearted lil man." (Eonline)

Robert De Niro Breaks His Silence on Grace Hightower Split. Robert De Niro is speaking out following his split from wife Grace Hightower. Multiple outlets reported last week that the Oscar winner and his wife had called it quits after more than 20 years of marriage. Now, De Niro is breaking his silence on the split reports. "Grace and I have two beautiful children together. We are entering a period of transition in our relationship which is a difficult but constructive process," De Niro tells E! News in a statement. "I honor Grace as a wonderful mother and ask for privacy and respect from all as we proceed to develop our roles as partners in parenting." De Niro and Hightower tied the knot in 1997 and welcomed their son, Elliot, a year later. In 1999, De Niro and Hightower called it quits, but later reconciled and renewed their vows in 2004. The couple welcomed their second child together, Helen, via a surrogate in 2011. De Niro also has children from previous relationships. Page Six reported last week that the couple was no longer living together, adding that the actor had been attending social events solo recently. "De Niro and Grace are breaking up," a source told the outlet. "He's been at a few things since the very end of the summer without her -- and rumor has it they are done." (Eonline)

Catherine Zeta-Jones 'devastated' by accusations against Michael Douglas. Ten months after Michael Douglas preemptively denied a sexual misconduct claim against him, Catherine Zeta-Jones says her family was devastated by the accusation. "My children and I were profoundly devastated by those allegations. And I was torn about where my absolute morals lie," she said in a new Times of London interview published Sunday. In January, Douglas, 74, was accused of masturbating in front of a female employee and then blacklisting her from Hollywood 32 years ago. He released a statement denying the accusation before The Hollywood Reporter had even published it. "This woman came out of nowhere and accused my husband," Zeta-Jones, 49, said. "I had a very big conversation with him, with the kids in the room, and said, 'Do you understand if more comes out ... '" She added, "It was a really hard position for me and, in the height of it all, it was nasty." But Zeta-Jones stood by Douglas' side as he kept assuring her that the story was false. "There was nothing to back it up at all. For any accusation that comes out that isn't backed up, that knocks the movement back 20 years," Zeta-Jones said. The actress said of their 18-year marriage, "God knows we've had ups and downs in our marriage, but I don't throw the towel in very quickly on anything." (PageSix)

Bryce Dallas Howard can't buy a break in Hollywood ... not when it comes to one super picky director in town -- namely her Oscar-winning father, Ron Howard. Not that she NEEDS any help from dear ol' dad -- after all Bryce starred in "Jurassic World," one of the biggest movies of all time. Still, when we saw her Monday at LAX, we wondered why she hasn't done any films with Ron. We all know nepotism is rampant in showbiz, but Bryce kinda shocked us with her answer. In fact, she says she's lobbied papa Howard plenty of times for roles in his movies but gets the same answer every time. Here's the thing ... Bryce has already established her talent on her own, so it'd be hard for anyone to accuse Ron of playing favorites at this point. What we're saying is, c'mon, Ron! Or, as Bryce put it, "Just give me a shot, dude!" (TMZ)

Wiz Khalifa gives surprise performance at party for Chuck Liddell. Wiz Khalifa gave a surprise performance at LA hot spot Nightingale at a party for MMA fighter Chuck "Iceman" Liddell. Spies said that the rapper "had the whole room standing and singing along to his hit tracks." Guests at the SBE club included Mickey Rourke, Brody Jenner and comic Russell Peters. A source added, "Chuck was welcomed by applause and balloons that read 'ICEMAN' as he celebrated at a VIP table." Earlier that night, Liddell lost a comeback fight to Tito Ortiz. (PageSix)

Nikki Bella is NOT reuniting or reconciling when it comes to John Cena ... and there's a perfectly logical reason she posted a romantic pic of them, making fans think they're tapping in on their relationship. Sources close to Nikki tell TMZ ... the WWE superstars are still very much single, despite Nikki posting a shot of her and John cuddling in a hot tub at sunset. We're told Nikki was simply reminiscing over the past year and thinking back on what she was thankful for -- she posted several pics of other people in her life -- and John was a part of that. Even though they called off their relationship and stopped talking to each other. Haters will say she was trolling ... but we're told it was just some Thanksgiving reflection. And yeah, sounds like the sun really has set on their romance. At least they'll always have #TBT if you're jonesin' to see 'em together again. (TMZ)

Ross Mathews splits with partner of 10 years. After nearly 10 years together, Ross Mathews and Salvador Camarena are splitting up. "Salvador and I have decided that the time has come to part ways," the 39-year-old "RuPaul's Drag Race" judge wrote on Instagram Sunday. "This split is amicable and filled with kindness, compassion and a genuine love for one another." Camarena, who works as a stylist, posted a similar message to Instagram, adding, "As we go forward, each of us feels as if he has a cheerleader in our corner a family member for life. We are happy. Thank you all for your well wishes and love. #consciousuncoupling" The pair began dating in 2008, according to People, and in 2013 they were featured in an episode of HGTV's "House Hunters." Mathews has been open about family matters in the past, and told HuffPost in 2017, "I feel like I've been married and raising my career. I'm ready pretty soon to think about having some babies." (PageSix)

Kim Kardashian never touched ecstasy during the filming of her sex tape with Ray J ... so insist sources directly connected to the 'Love & Hip Hop' star. Kim claimed she took ecstasy twice -- once when she married her first husband back in 2000 and again when she filmed the tape in 2003 -- and she says both experiences were bad for her. Our Ray J sources say Kim took no hard drugs nor did she drink alcohol during the filming of the sex tape. They do say, however, she smoked pot around the time the tape was made ... and it was from a pipe shaped like a penis. As for Kim saying her lip quivering was evidence she was on ecstasy, the Ray J sources fire back ... "her lip was quivering because she was getting ******." Sources close to Kim tell us she stands by the claim she made on the show -- she did in fact take the drug before the tape was shot -- and she has nothing to gain from lying about it at this point in her life. We're told Kim is thankful to have learned early on from the experiences with drugs and attributes those lessons to her decision to not get heavily involved in drugs or alcohol through adulthood. Our Ray J sources add he's offended that Kim would suggest she did the sex tape because she was in a significantly altered state. They say she was down with it from the beginning and all the way through. (TMZ)

Blac Chyna's suspicions about YBN Almighty Jay cheating on her are inaccurate ... at least when it comes to his ex-GF, turned baby mama. As you probably know ... BC dumped her 19-year-old piece earlier this summer, because she was fed up with YBN sliding into different chicks' DMs and possibly having a side piece. His announcement over the weekend that he now has a new baby boy -- SirLucius Edward Scott-Bradley -- might seem to confirm her fears, but we're told the baby making went down before Chyna was in the picture. Sources connected to YBN and the baby's mama, Dailyn Scott, tell us they met when she was working as a stylist for one of his music videos. We're told he knocked her up around December ... almost 2 months before he officially started dating BC, who was aware YBN was going to be a daddy soon. SirLucius was born on September 4 at Cedars-Sinai in L.A. -- so the December conception tracks. Almighty Jay was touring in Europe when the kid was born, but we're told he's been around ever since ... supporting the kid financially and seeing him as much as possible. (TMZ)

Stan Lee's Cause of Death Revealed. Three weeks since Stan Lee's passing, the cause of the comic book legend's death has been revealed. The Marvel creator passed away on Nov. 12 at 95 years old. His death certificate, published by TMZ, list his immediate cause of death as cardiac arrest with respiratory failure and congestive heart failure as underlying causes; the latter of which he had for years. Aspiration pneumonia is also listed as a "significant condition contributing to death." According to the document, he died around 9 a.m. on Nov. 12 and was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Per the certificate, Lee was cremated and his remains placed in a family residence, most likely that of his daughter Joan Celia "J.C." Lee. He was also described as widowed and a writer in the publishing business for 80 years. His wife of 70 years, Joan B. Lee died in July 2017. Upon news of his death earlier this month, POW! Entertainment reflected on the "father of pop culture." "His passing today marks a devastating and painful moment in time, but the legacy of Stan Lee, through his creative genius and his universes of characters, will continue to reach the world of true believers for generations to come," Shane Duffy, CEO of the media production company Lee co-founded in 2001, said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the fans of not only his work, but of him, as a friend who made the world a better place. He was a true iconic pioneer with no comparable second. It has been an honor to work beside him." (Eonline)

Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of "SpongeBob SquarePants," died Monday after battling ALS. Stephen first revealed his ALS diagnosis in 2017. He's survived by his wife, Karen, and his son, Clay. Nickelodeon called him "a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family." Steve created 'SpongeBob' in the late '90s, but he took a circuitous route to his TV and movie success. Hillenburg started out teaching marine biology in Orange County ... but eventually combined that knowledge of ocean creatures with his artistic talent. He broke into TV as a director and writer on the Nickelodeon show, "Rocko's Modern Life" -- and then eventually started creating his 'SpongeBob' ... which debuted in 1999. In addition to the TV series, Steve wrote both of the hit 'SpongeBob' feature films. Variety first reported Hillenburg's death. He was 57. RIP. (TMZ)

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