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Megyn Kelly’s getting ready for new morning show, hopes for a Trump-free zone

Megyn Kelly says she left Fox News Channel to bring more joy to her life. NBC hopes that starting Monday, she can spread some to the network and its viewers.

The former Fox News Channel star and Donald Trump foil debuts her talk show at 9 a.m. EDT, nestled into the four-hour “Today” show block and competing in most of the country with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s “Live!”

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Kelly hosted a Sunday-night newsmagazine this summer to middling ratings, and it returns next spring. It’s the daily talk show, in the lucrative morning market, that will ultimately determine the wisdom of NBC News’ decision to hire her. She promises that “Megyn Kelly Today,” shown live with a studio audience, will be an information-packed hour with a sense of fun.

“It will be very similar to the ‘Today’ show, but we’re going to have a lot more elbow room,” she said in an interview.

Ellen DeGeneres initiated Kelly into daytime TV this week by having her awkwardly toss pizza dough, stuff herself into a fat suit and dance with the audience; Kelly smiled and played along. It was a long way from her Fox life of pressing the future president at debates, enduring his Twitter taunts and being the ringleader for an hour of politics each weeknight.

>> Related: Taron Hall developing new daytime show after leaving ‘Today’

The Trump trauma wasn’t why she left Fox, Kelly said. She compared it to her decision to abandon law to become a journalist and ending her first marriage: they weren’t bad experiences, but she knew there was something better.

The truth, Kelly said, is that she’s not a political junkie and cable television news is all about politics.

“I don’t want to talk about Trump all day,” she said. “In fact, the bar is very high for Trump coverage (on ‘Megyn Kelly Live’). If you want Trump, you can watch virtually every channel in the country and get Trump non-stop. I think people are looking for a break from that. Not just Trump, it’s inside the Beltway. I don’t want to talk about Mitch McConnell either, or Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi.”

Live! With Kelly and Ryan” is a celebrity- and entertainment-oriented talk show. Kelly said her program will be uplifting and more substantive: recent trial runs had segments on reacting to the Equifax breach and protecting yourself from attack. Mental health, bullying, coping with divorce and tips for job interviews are the type of topics she’ll cover.

Not news, but not fluff, either.

Trying to imitate the formula of “Live!” would be a huge mistake given its success over decades, said Bill Carroll, a consultant and expert on the daytime TV market.

>> Related: ‘Clerks’ actress’s cause of death revealed four months after her passing

Name recognition, a consistent time slot across the country that makes the show easier to promote, and affiliation with the well-established “Today’ brand give Kelly some advantages, he said.

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Aaron Carter checks into rehab after turbulent few months

Aaron Carter told his fans Friday night on Twitter that he would be “disappearing for a while.”

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The singer and former teen heartthrob Carter tweeted the news shortly after checking into rehab.

Carter’s publicist confirmed the news in a statement to People.

“Aaron has decided to enter a facility to improve his health and work on his overall wellness,” Carter’s representative Steve Honig said

“He is going to do this privately and focus all his attention on being the best person and performer possible. He is grateful for the support and love from his fans and looks forward to coming back stronger than ever before.”

“I would like to tell all of you that I will be disappearing for a while to work on myself,” Carter wrote in a note he shared on Twitter.

>> Related: Aaron Carter reveals he and brother Nick Carter still aren’t speaking after family fued goes public

Carter has been in the news fairly regularly recently. In August, he came out as bisexual, and earlier this month, the police were ere called to his house several times.

Ryan Seacrest blaming Mariah Carey for bombing New Year’s Eve performance

Almost ten months after Mariah Carey’s infamous New Year’s Eve debacle, Ryan Seacrest is coming to the crew’s defense after the singer placed the blame for the mishap on Dick Clark Productions.

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“What was going through my head [in that moment] was and is: That crew, that team, that staff is the best in the business,” Seacrest recalled during in interview on “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen. “They put on the biggest live music events and they know what they’re doing, and I know how good they are at their jobs. So my reaction was, she was working with the best — I find it hard to believe they made big mistakes that night.”

The TV personality did admit that he, like Carey, was also having trouble hearing what was going on due to all of the noise around him from the night’s excitement.

“When it was happening, it was hard for me to see and hear because we’re in Times Square and there’s a lot going on,” he said. “I had to be told that something was going on and then try and find a monitor to react to, so I wasn’t quite sure what was happening, actually.”

>> Related: Two pop queens collide at dinner party, the internet completely loses it

During the disastrous performance, Carey was clearly having trouble hearing her backup vocals, so she removed her earpiece and simply walked around the stage not singing before leaving the stage. In the days that followed, she blamed Dick Clark Productions for the incident, claiming they “set [her] up to fail.”

J-Lo, other stars add pleas for relief to Puerto Rico

Jennifer Lopez said Thursday night that she still hasn’t heard from her family in Puerto Rico – two days after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island and left millions without power, People reported. Maria’s 155-mph winds ripped trees from the ground, tore roofs from buildings, and caused massive flooding.

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Lopez, 48, is one of several celebrities with ties to Puerto Rico. She was born in the Bronx, New York to Puerto Rican parents. She is making pleas for donations to help residents recover from the hurricane.

Ricky Martin, Daddy Yankee, Marc Anthony and Rosie Perez are also making appeals, People reported, using their star power to help raise awareness and money for Puerto Rico.

“What’s on my mind is what’s going on in Puerto Rico. The devastation is beyond belief,” Lopez said in an Instagram post. “Me and my cousin still haven’t been able to hear from our families over there.

“What’s foremost on my mind and many others is trying to figure out the best way to help,” she said. “Today, Puerto Rico needs our help. I urge you to support and donate to the efforts of the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Areizaga. Together we can help rebuild our island, and the Caribbean.”

Martin, who was born in San Juan, posted a similar plea for help on Instagram, People reported. Puerto Rico’s capital city was hit hard by the hurricane.

“Puerto Rico needs you at the moment. Just go to youcaring.com/rickymartin and help us,” Martin said in an emotional video. “Donate whatever you can, just one dollar would make a difference. If everyone would give me a dollar, my goodness. Puerto Rico is in a precarious position at the moment. We can’t do it alone. We need you.”

As of early Saturday, Martin’s site alone had raised more than $228,000.

Daddy Yankee, 40, asked his fans to bring donations to his concert in New York City on Thursday and shared a video of volunteers loading up trucks, People reported. He’s asking the same for those attending his Chicago concert on Friday.

Anthony, 49, posted a similar video to Lopez and Martin’s, while Perez 53 — who also has family in Puerto Rico she is still attempting to contact — tweeted out links to aid groups FRMA and Politica.

Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford among ‘90s supermodels reunited at Versace show

In celebration of her late older brother, fashion designer Donatella Versace reunited some of the most iconic supermodels from the 1990s at her runway show Friday at Milan Fashion Week.

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Harper’s Bazaar reported that Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Carla Bruni, and Helena Christensen walked the runway holding hands behind Versace during the finale of the show.

The occasion marked 20 years since the death of Gianni Versace, the founder of the Italian fashion house.

Gianni Versace was murdered by a serial killer in July 1997.

The New York Times reported that the models -- who were some of the late designer’s favorites -- wore gold chain-mail gowns in a nod to a 1994 ad campaign.

“For me, this is a celebration of my brother, an opportunity to do something lively and fun, that creates joy,” Versace told NYT of the finale of her show. “We need it these days.”

See images of Versace, Campbell, Schiffer, Crawford, Christensen and Bruni at Milan Fashion Week below.

Kylie Jenner is pregnant, according to reports

Kylie Jenner, the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner family, is reportedly pregnant, according to TMZ.

The website, which first reported the news, cited “multiple sources close” to the reality TV star.

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Jenner, 20, and her boyfriend of five months, rapper Travis Scott, 25, have been telling their friends the news, according to TMZ’s Friday story. TMZ said it could not verify it, but Scott may have told friends they are expecting a girl.

BuzzFeed News, citing “a source with knowledge of the situation,” also reported that Jenner is pregnant.

“They started telling friends a few weeks ago,” a source told People. “The family has known for quite some time. She is REALLY excited and so is Travis!”

TMZ reported that Jenner has been posting older photos on her Instagram as of late, and in a recent Snapchat, she posed for a photo in a baggy T-shirt. Recent photos Jenner posts are from the chest-up.

The latest Instagram photo she posted Thursday was at least from November of last year, according  to BuzzFeed News.

Jenner is due in February, a source told People. 

Representatives for Scott and Jenner have not responded to reports.

Round 3: Jimmy Kimmel continues criticism of GOP’s health-care bill

For the third straight night, Jimmy Kimmel used his opening monologue to criticize the Graham-Cassidy health-care bill in the Senate. 

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Thursday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the talk show host did not back down, responding to Republicans who keep bringing him up as the GOP tries to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Kimmel began with President Donald Trump getting involved on Twitter on Wednesday night. Kimmel said the president probably didn’t know that the bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) does not protect people with pre-existing conditions. But Trump would “sign copies of the Koran at the Barnes and Noble in Fallujah if it meant he could get rid of Obamacare,” he said.

Cassidy had appeared on Kimmel’s show shortly after the host revealed that his infant son had undergone open heart surgery, the Huffington Post reported. Kimmel said Wednesday that on that emotional night, “I learned there are kids with no insurance in the same situation.”

Cassidy had pledged that no family would be denied medical care because they couldn’t afford it. “This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied to my face,” Kimmel said Tuesday night.

Cassidy responded by saying he was “sorry” Kimmel didn’t understand the legislation, and Kimmel answered several hours later. Cassidy had referenced Kimmel on CNN, asking if principles he believed were necessary to pass a repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

"I ask, does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test?" Cassidy said. 

Thursday on “Fox & Friends,” Cassidy repeated his claim that Kimmel does not understand the bill, the Huffington Post reported.

“Yeah, so Jimmy doesn’t understand,” Cassidy said. “And not because he’s a talk show host, [but] because we’ve never spoken. He’s only heard from those on the left who are doing their best to preserve Obamacare. He’s not heard from me.”

Kimmel fired back Thursday night. 

“A lot of people have been saying that I’m not qualified to talk about this, and that is true,” he said during Thursday’s monologue. “But I think those people forget, Bill Cassidy named this test after me.”

Kimmel added he’d been told he should give Cassidy the benefit of the doubt.

“I do give him the benefit of the doubt,” Kimmel said. “I doubt all the benefits he claims are part of this new health-care bill.”

Jerry Lewis leaves 6 kids from first marriage off will, report says

A new report claims that late comedian Jerry Lewis left his six children from his first marriage out of his will.

According to celebrity gossip site The Blast, Lewis’ will says, “I have intentionally excluded Gary Lewis, Ronald Lewis, Anthony Joseph Lewis, Christopher Joseph Lewis, Scott Anthony Lewis, and Joseph Cristopher Lewis and their descendants as beneficiaries of my estate, it being my intention that they shall receive no benefits her under.”

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The will notes that Joseph Lewis has died, according to the Thursday report from The Blast. He had a fatal drug overdose in 2009.

People reported that it obtained a copy of the will and testament from The Blast. The will was executed in 2012.

Related: Comedy genius Jerry Lewis has died at 91

The children excluded are from Lewis’ first marriage to singer Patti Palmer, to whom he was married from 1944-1980.

According to People, Lewis’ widow, SanDee Pitnick, will be first in line to inherit the comedian’s estate. His 25-year-old adopted daughter, Danielle, will be second in line if something happens to Pitnick.

Lewis died at age 91 of heart failure Aug. 20.

Ric Flair says alcohol problem led to hospitalization, medically-induced coma

Two-time WWE hall of famer Ric Flair says alcohol is to blame for heart issues that ultimately led to a medically-induced coma.

Flair tells People that decades of “social” drinking nearly caused him to lose his life.

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Flair’s fiancee, Wendy Barlow, said she took the wrestler known as “Nature Boy” to the hospital Aug. 11 with “severe abdominal pain,” according to a report from TMZ Sports

Reports said he was hospitalized for heart-related issues, but it was more severe than that.

People reported that Flair’s family members were told that the wrestler said he had a 20 percent odds of survival. When he underwent surgery, part of Flair’s bowel was removed and a pacemaker was inserted. 

“I crashed in an airplane and broke my back, I’ve been hit by lightning,” Flair said. “But this is totally different. Anything I’ve been through before is nothing like this.”

“It scared the (expletive) out of me.”

Flair says he will never drink again. According to People, he needs a nurse to steady his hands when drinking water form a glass.

Although he’s at a convalescent center in Atlanta recovering, Flair said, “I’m not out of the woods yet.”

Years of pain from Flair’s career led to him treating his injuries with alcohol. 

“I’ve never taken a pain pill in my life,” he said. “I’d just take a shower, flip my hair back and go to the best bar in town.”

Flair said he never drank while wrestling, but would frequent bars once he was done with work.

“I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was,” he said.

Rapper ‘Offset' of Migos raising $500,000 for cancer in honor of grandmother

One of the most popular rappers in the world right now is using his fame as a platform to give back in a big way to a cause close to his family’s heart.

Kiari Cephus, also known as “Offset” of the Atlanta-based rap trio Migos, announced Tuesday an alliance with the American Cancer Society.

Offset hopes to raise $500,000 for the organization.

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THE ANNOUNCEMENT

Offset and the American Cancer Society announced their alliance at a private event in Cobb County Tuesday.

The event lasted from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., but was much more than an average news conference. After formally announcing the campaign as he stood behind a gold, glitter-encrusted display of the goal amount of $500,000, the award-winning rapper introduced his mother, took photos with guests, and then spent the next hours making memories with cancer patients and survivors.

Offset bowled several games at the entertainment center, sliding from lane to lane as he made his way through the teams.

Guests included adults and children currently battling cancer, as well as cancer survivors and people who have been directly affected by the disease, as recently as having lost a loved one hours prior.

“He just lost someone today,” Offset said, shocked, after the event, having learned one of the young men he had challenged to a game had a death in his family just before the event.

Offset did not know that when he challenged the boy, saying he had to get a strike on the next bowl, which he did, to everyone’s excitement.

They cheered, high-fived, and took videos together, which is why Offset was likely stunned to hear of the boy's loss.

But that was the point of the party: to celebrate life and help save lives. The event did just that.

[PHOTOS: Rapper 'Offset' of Migos Announces Fundraising Campaign For American Cancer Society]

Celebrity guests included Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, Atlanta Hawks’ first-round draft pick forward John Collins and guard Tyler Dorsey, members of Quality Control Music record label to which Migos is signed and others.

THE INSPIRATION

Offset’s mother, Latabia Woodward, has been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society for more than 11 years.

She said she is thrilled to see her son staying involved as well as encouraging people to support the cause.

“I’m very proud of him,” she said. “Losing a loved one to cancer is devastating, and we need to continue to help educate our communities about early detection and screening guidelines. I am incredibly proud of Offset’s desire to help save the lives of others, genuine heart, and talent as an artist.”

His desire to help comes from one of his biggest influences.

“Offset lost his grandmother to cancer, and he felt like this was the perfect way to honor her and give to the cause,” Evelyn Barella, National Media Relations Manager for the American Cancer Society, told WSB-TV at the event.

It was clear upon walking into the event that the inspiration was a huge reason behind the movement.

“My grandma motivated me to do my best and go for it, one of my biggest coaches: Sallie Ann Smith,” read a collage with family photos signed by Offset at the entrance to the bowling area.

Smith, who was a significant role model in his life, died of bladder cancer in 2012.

After her cancer diagnosis, his family learned first-hand about the impact the American Cancer Society programs and services make on families.

THE CAMPAIGN

Offset is teaming up with the American Cancer Society and assembling his fellow artists, corporate sponsors, athlete friends and passionate fans to raise $500,000 for the organization.

To donate, text "Offset" to 41444 or visit his fundraising campaign page on the American Cancer Society website.

You could also enter to win a trip to Los Angeles to go shopping with the stylish rapper.

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