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1:05 PM ET, December 7, 2018

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Kristopher Tapley / Variety:
Kevin Hart Refuses to Apologize, Despite Academy Ultimatum, for Past Anti-Gay Comments  —  Wednesday afternoon, comedian Kevin Hart was announced as the host for the upcoming 91st annual Academy Awards.  By Thursday night, he had stepped down.  —  The turn of events followed outcry …
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Michael Blackmon / BuzzFeed News:
Kevin Hart Is Deleting Old Anti-Gay Tweets After Being Announced As Oscars Host  —  Comedian Kevin Hart is cleansing his social media feed after anti-gay tweets by the performer recently resurfaced following his announcement as the next Oscars host.  —  “Yo if my son comes home & try's 2 play …
Dan LoBrace / Perez Hilton:
Kevin Hart Apologizes For Old Anti-Gay Tweets — As He Announces He Will NO LONGER Host The Oscars!  —  Kevin Hart has finally issued an apology — but it came with his resignation for hosting the 2019 Oscars.  —  On Thursday, the Night School star announced that he would “step down” …
Discussion: CNN, X17 Online and POPSUGAR
Hollywood Reporter:
Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Refusing Academy Demand  —  YOUTUBE  —  The abrupt move comes after a mounting controversy over the star's past anti-gay tweets.  —  Kevin Hart is stepping down as Oscars host just two days after the Academy announced he would take on the high-profile gig.
Carina Chocano / ELLE:
Jennifer Aniston Doesn't Need a Happy Ending  —  To reach Jennifer Aniston, you have to drive up and up and up, then announce yourself at a white gate that opens onto a field of gray pebbles sprouting symmetrical trees.  A procession of stone slabs leads like a bridge to the massive bronze doors on an otherwise solid white facade.
Discussion: Us Weekly and The Blast
Shirley Li / EW.com:
Charlie Cox breaks silence on Daredevil cancellation: 'I'm very saddened'  —  Charlie Cox wasn't ready to say goodbye to Matt Murdock.  —  For more than four years, the actor starred on Daredevil as the Catholic-guilt-ridden vigilante, and he helped pave the way for the launches …
Stephanie Petit / People.com:
Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte Had a Special Mother-Daughter Date at The Nutcracker Ballet  —  Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte took part in a beloved Christmas tradition: attending a performance of The Nutcracker!  —  The royal mother-daughter duo left the boys of the family …
Discussion: Cele|bitchy
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Daily Mail:   The Royal wee!  The day Kate stunned punters at a south London pub by nipping in to take …
Hannah Furness / Telegraph:
BBC to air musical comedy based on the life of Meghan Markle: the ‘Sixth In Line to be King and I’  —  She waved goodbye to the acting world with her final episode of Suits, giving up a showbiz career to marry into the Royal Family.  —  But if the Duchess of Sussex can no longer star in her own show …
TMZ.com:
Cardi B Released without Bail After Showing for Court to Avoid Warrant for Arrest  —  6:40 AM PT — The hearing's over.  Prosecutors wanted Cardi's bail to be set at $2,500, but the judge released her with no bail and said he didn't think the rapper was a flight risk.
Discussion: Bossip
People.com:
Serena Williams Reveals Why She Told Pal and Mom-to-Be Meghan Markle to ‘Stop Being so Nice’  —  To the world, they're a tennis superstar and an actress-turned-royal.  But to each other, Serena Williams and Meghan Markle are just good friends swapping pregnancy tips.
Discussion: POPSUGAR
Kelly McCarthy / ABC News:
‘Aquaman’ star Amber Heard had a special ‘green screen’ bag to hide books in between stunts  —  Amber Heard stars as Mera, queen of the sea, alongside Jason Momoa in “Aquaman” and the actress said that he would prank her during their downtime on the set.  —  Heard confessed on “GMA” that she is a huge bookworm.
BBC:
Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley dies at 63  —  Pete Shelley, lead singer of punk rock band Buzzcocks, has died at 63 of a suspected heart attack.  —  The band are best known for their hit, Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've).  —  Their management told the BBC that Shelley died …
Discussion: The Wrap, Page Six and Stereogum
 
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Rachel Wallace / Us Weekly:
Ben Affleck's Relationship With Ex Shauna Sexton Left Her ‘Really Scarred’
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Nicole Briese / Us Weekly:
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Corinne Heller / E! Online:
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Discussion: Perez Hilton
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Joe Otterson / Variety:
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TMZ.com:
‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg's Ashes Scattered at Sea
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Omid Scobie / Harper's BAZAAR:
Prince William and Duchess Kate Bring Holiday Cheer to British Military Serving in Cyprus
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