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5:20 PM ET, December 28, 2020

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TMZ.com:
Lori Loughlin Released from Prison After Serving Almost 2 Months  —  Lori Loughlin may have missed spending Christmas with her family but the good news ... she's only 3 days late 'cause she was just released from prison.  —  The “Full House” star will enjoy the rest of whatever 2020 …
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Sarah Hearon / Us Weekly:
Lori Loughlin Completes 2-Month Prison Sentence Early for Role in College Scandal … Coming home.  Lori Loughlin has completed her two-month prison sentence for her role in the nationwide college admissions scandal.  —  College Admissions Scandal: Everything We Know
Discussion: Mirror.co.uk and RADAR
Natalie Stone / People.com:   Lori Loughlin Has Tearful Reunion with Daughters After Prison Release: Source
TMZ.com:
‘Deadliest Catch’ Nick McGlashan Dead At 33  —  ‘DEADLIEST CATCH’ STAR NICK MCGLASHAN DEAD AT 33  —  Nick McGlashan, a 7th generation fisherman who starred in “Deadliest Catch,” has died ... TMZ has learned.  —  The Medical Examiner and family tell TMZ ... Nick passed away Sunday in Nashville.
Francesca Bacardi / Page Six:
‘RHOD’ star D'Andra Simmons hospitalized with COVID-19  —  “Real Housewives of Dallas” star D'Andra Simmons has been hospitalized with COVID-19.  —  Simmons' rep confirmed the diagnosis to Page Six and said the Bravo reality star, 51, was admitted to the COVID ward at UT Southwestern Hospital.
Discussion: E! Online and Us Weekly
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TMZ.com:
‘RHOD’ Star D'Andra Simmons Hospitalized for COVID  —  ‘RHOD’ STAR D'ANDRA SIMMONS HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19 ... 1st ‘Housewife’ Hit So Hard  —  ‘Real Housewives of Dallas’ star D'Andra Simmons is bedridden in a hospital due to COVID-19 — the first cast member from the Bravo shows who's gotten this ill.
Discussion: Just Jared
People.com:
Soleil Moon Frye and Jason Goldberg Separate After 22 Years of Marriage  —  The former Punky Brewster star and her producer husband share four children together  —  Soleil Moon Frye and Jason Goldberg have gone their separate ways.  —  After 22 years of marriage, the Punky Brewster star …
Discussion: Us Weekly, Page Six and Just Jared
Claudia Harmata / People.com:
Brian Austin Green and Sharna Burgess Go on Holiday Trip Together After Dating for ‘a Few Weeks’  —  Brian Austin Green and Sharna Burgess were seen boarding a flight at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday  —  Brian Austin Green may have a new leading lady in his life.
Discussion: Just Jared and Us Weekly
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Just Jared:
Jessie J Hospitalized with Meniere's Disease After Struggling to Hear & Walk  —  Jessie J is opening up about recently being hospitalized.  —  The 32-year-old singer revealed to her fans on her Instagram Story that she was hospitalized on Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24) with Meniere's disease.
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Niomi Harris / Daily Mail:
Jessie J spent Christmas Eve in hospital and was left struggling to sing, hear or walk straight after being struck down with Meniere's disease
Discussion: E! Online and Page Six
Meredith Nardino / Us Weekly:
Gleb Savchenko Earns More Than $400K for ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Estranged Wife Elena Samodanova Says … Battling it out.  Gleb Savchenko's split from estranged wife Elena Samodanova keeps getting messier as they attempt to reach an agreement on child and spousal support.
Discussion: Just Jared
Kirsty McCormack / The Sun:
Liam Payne defends Harry Styles and hits out at people who criticised his pal for wearing a dress in Vogue  —  LIAM Payne has praised his former One Direction band mate Harry Styles for his ‘great’ Vogue shoot.  —  Harry, 26, caused a stir when he made Vogue history by becoming the first male …
Jess Cohen / E! Online:
See Hailey Bieber's Reaction to Justin Bieber's NSFW Comment About Her Jaw  —  Hailey Bieber had a hilarious response to husband Justin Bieber's cheeky comment about her on Instagram.  Scroll on for the intimate social media exchange.  —  Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber's latest social media exchange will make you blush.
Lane Florsheim / Wall Street Journal:
Supermodel Karlie Kloss on How Pregnancy Has Affected Her Routines  —  “I normally love running but I have to say I'm out of breath these days just talking or going up a flight of stairs.”  —  In our series My Monday Morning, self-motivated people tell WSJ. how they start off the week.
Discussion: People.com
Jeff Nelson / People.com:
Ariana Grande and Fiancé Dalton Gomez Got to ‘Know Each Other in Peace’ During Quarantine: Source  —  “This phase of her life has been very quiet and uneventful in a good way,” a source says of Ariana Grande  —  Ariana Grande spent her time out of the spotlight falling in love.
 
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