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1:30 PM ET, June 3, 2021

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 Top News: 
Oli Coleman / Page Six:
Chris Harrison won't return to ‘Bachelor in Paradise,’ David Spade set to fill in  —  Chris Harrison won't be returning to front ABC's “Bachelor in Paradise,” Page Six has learned.  And the producers are taking something of a radical new approach the show's hosting duties.
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Gabrielle Chung / People.com:
David Spade to Guest Host Bachelor in Paradise amid Chris Harrison's Break from the Franchise: Source  —  Chris Harrison previously said that he would be stepping away from the Bachelor franchise after defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's past racist actions
Elizabeth Wagmeister / Variety:
Chris Harrison Not Returning to ‘Bachelor in Paradise,’ to Be Replaced by Celebrity Guest Hosts … The role will be filed by celebrity comedians — including David Spade — who will serve as guest hosts, according to those with knowledge of the plans.  As of Wednesday, offers to celebrity talent …
Rachel Paula Abrahamson / TODAY.com:
Meghan Trainor opens up for the first time about her son's scary birth  —  Meghan Trainor, who welcomed her son, Riley, in February, with husband Daryl Sabara, is opening up for the first time about her little boy's scary birth.  —  “It was one of those horror stories where he didn't cry,” Trainor told TODAY Parents.
Discussion: Page Six, E! Online and Just Jared
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Ashley Mitchell / Celebrity Insider:
Meghan Trainor Opens Up About Her Baby Boy's ‘Terrifying’ Health Scare Right After Birth!  —  The singer is happy to be back home with her baby boy, Riley, after the newborn experienced some serious health problems.  Meghan Trainor had a ‘terrifying’ birth and now, she is opening up about it!
Discussion: FemaleFirst
Cydney Contreras / E! Online:
Khloe Kardashian Is “Standing By” Tristan Thompson as She Sends Cease and Desist to Paternity Accuser  —  Khloe Kardashian has sent a cease and desist letter to a woman claiming Tristan Thompson fathered her child, as the reality star and basketball player are “still together,” according to a source.
Discussion: RADAR, Just Jared and TMZ.com
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Leah Bitsky / Page Six:
Ally Brooke: competing on ‘DWTS’ was an ‘emotional punching bag’  —  Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke said that beating out James Van Der Beek on “Dancing With the Stars” felt like an “emotional punching bag.”  —  “I just remember after the show I wanted to quit.  I want to give this to James.
Discussion: E! Online, YouTube and People.com
People.com:
Sophia Hutchins Denies Claim She's ‘Romantically’ Involved with Caitlyn Jenner: ‘No Hanky Panky’  —  “I feel so blessed and humbled to be a part of such an amazing family and that she treats me like a daughter,” Sophia Hutchins, who is Caitlyn Jenner's manager and longtime friend, tells PEOPLE
Ryan Gajewski / E! Online:
Vanessa Bryant Calls Out Nike After Gianna Tribute Shoe Surfaces Online Without Her Permission  —  Vanessa Bryant questioned why a Nike shoe she helped designed as a tribute to her daughter Gianna and husband Kobe Bryant had appeared online without her approval.
Jason Sheeler / People.com:
Ricky Martin Doesn't Want to Hide Who He Is Anymore: ‘I Am a Man with No Secrets’  —  The cover star of PEOPLE's second annual Pride issue, the King of Latin Pop — back with a new album — says he's “more comfortable in his own skin than ever before”  —  Ricky Martin is busy.
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Jason Sheeler / People.com:
Ricky Martin on His ‘Romantic’ Husband and Having More Kids: ‘The Embryos Are Frozen!’
Discussion: Just Jared and PeopleTV
Sarah Hearon / Us Weekly:
Christine Quinn Shows Off Insane Postpartum Body, Says She Isn't Putting ‘Pressure’ on Herself … Christine Quinn's postpartum body is catching the attention of social media users, but the Selling Sunset star would be rocking a crop top no matter what she looked like, she tells Us Weekly exclusively.
Discussion: Life & Style
Simu Liu:
Season 5 of Kim's Convenience comes out on Netflix today, and I'm feeling a host of emotions right now.  It is, of course, our last season, thanks to a decision by our producers not to continue the show after the departure of two showrunners.  There's been a lot of talk and speculation about what happened …
Discussion: POPSUGAR, Deadline and The Wrap
Johnni Macke / Us Weekly:
Kourtney Kardashian Buys Palm Springs Home Ahead of Memorial Day, Celebrates With BF Travis Barker and Kids … Permanent vacation!  Kourtney Kardashian purchased a new home in the Palm Springs, California, area last week, a source exclusively tells Us Weekly.  —  Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker's Relationship Timeline
Jennifer Maas / The Wrap:
‘Bridgerton’ Season 2: Phoebe Dynevor on How Different Daphne's Story Will Be Without Simon  —  As “Bridgerton” fans are well aware by now, Phoebe Dynevor's Daphne Bridgerton will no longer be the leading lady in Season 2 of the Netflix romance and her leading man, Regé-Jean Page's Simon Basset, won't be present at all.
Jessica Lester / The Sun:
Inside Katie Price's surprise birthday party for son Harvey at residential school with incredible train-themed cake  —  HARVEY Price celebrated turning 19 last week with a surprise party at his residential school which included a train-themed cake.  —  Mum Katie, 42, was “so excited” …
Discussion: Daily Star
Jess Cohen / E! Online:
Paul Rudd Sparks Social Media Frenzy After Wearing Pink Suit to Avengers Campus Event  —  Paul Rudd fans couldn't help but gush over the actor after he donned a pink suit to the opening of the Avengers Campus.  Scroll to see a photo of his outfit along with the best social media reactions.
Discussion: Just Jared
The Sun:
MAKING A SPLASH Kylie Jenner posts adorable new photo of daughter Stormi, 3, after star reunites with baby daddy Travis Scott  —  KYLIE Jenner posted adorable new photo of daughter Stormi on Instagram after the star reunited with her baby daddy Travis Scott over the holiday weekend.
Discussion: Mirror.co.uk, Page Six and FemaleFirst
Zoe Williams / The Guardian:
Christina Hendricks: ‘We were critically acclaimed - and everyone wanted to ask me about my bra’  —  The star of Good Girls discusses Mad Men, sexual harassment and squaring her glamorous reputation with her ‘weird, goofy’ personality  —  hristina Hendricks appears on our video call with the most dramatic backdrop.
Discussion: People.com, Just Jared and E! Online
Gianluca Russo / Teen Vogue:
Olivia Ponton Identifies as Bisexual  —  While many have speculated, Olivia is ready to talk about her sexuality on her own terms.  —  Olivia Ponton can finally breathe.  —  “I want to announce that I'm bisexual, and I'm now proud to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community.”
Discussion: Just Jared
Julie Jordan / People.com:
Jessica Chastain Transforms Into Tammy Faye Bakker in New Biopic: I Was ‘Blown Away By Her Story’  —  The Oscar-nominated actress will portray the fallen televangelist in the upcoming biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye  —  Jessica Chastain wanted to learn everything she could about Tammy Faye Bakker.
Discussion: Dlisted, The WOW Report and E! Online
Marc Malkin / Variety:
‘Danger Force’ Casts First Openly Trans Teen in a Nickelodeon Live-Action Show (EXCLUSIVE) … He received 200 applications for 15 spots in a virtual master class he teaches.  —  And now, for the first time, Cohen reveals that one participant, 13-year-old trans actor Sasha Cohen (no relation) …
Discussion: Just Jared
Corinne Heller / E! Online:
Buckingham Palace Responds to Claims of Prejudiced Hiring Practices  —  Buckingham Palace has responded to unearthed allegations of banning members of ethnic minorities and foreigners from certain positions in the royal household.  —  Buckingham Palace is defending itself amid unearthed claims …
Discussion: RADAR, ABC, Bustle, Us Weekly and Just Jared
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Nicole Massabrook / Us Weekly:
How the Queen Will Celebrate Her Platinum Jubilee in 2022
Discussion: Perez Hilton
 
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Alyssa Morin / E! Online:
Lisa Kudrow Details the Friends Reunion Moment You Missed Between Matt LeBlanc and Courtney Cox
Discussion: Us Weekly and Just Jared
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Max Minghella, Flea, Samara Weaving & More Round Out Cast For Damien Chazelle's ‘Babylon’
Discussion: Just Jared and The Wrap
Bernadette Giacomazzo / The Sun:
What are Billie Eilish's “Lost Cause” lyrics about?
Discussion: POPSUGAR
Chelsea Hirsch / Page Six:
How Crystal Kung Minkoff ‘leveled up’ her look for ‘RHOBH’
Discussion: E! Online
Fiona Nimoni / The Sun:
Rag'n'Bone Man splits from girlfriend after almost a year of dating
Discussion: FemaleFirst and Mirror.co.uk
 Earlier Picks: 
Jack Hardwick / Daily Star:
Simon Cowell whisks Lauren and Eric to Soho Farmhouse for family bank holiday staycation
Discussion: Mirror.co.uk and HELLO!
TMZ.com:
Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox Make Out After Cops Pull Them Over
Discussion: Cosmopolitan, Elle and Page Six
Jodi Guglielmi / People.com:
RHONY: Eboni K. Williams Says Ramona Singer Has ‘White Fragility’ During Heated Group Exchange
Discussion: Page Six and BET
Ellie Henman / The Sun:
LIAM Gallagher's daughter Molly Moorish is dating Liverpool footballer Nathaniel Phillips.
Discussion: FemaleFirst and Mirror.co.uk
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Jonathan Majors In Talks To Square Off Against Michael B. Jordan In Boxing Ring For ‘Creed III’
Discussion: The Wrap and Just Jared
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Paramount CFO Naveen Chopra says the company expects to take about a $1B charge in Q1 due to ongoing programming shifts and previously announced layoffs

Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Reliance and Disney merge their media businesses in India, creating the country's largest media conglomerate; Reliance values it at $8.5B and will invest $1.4B

Yiwen Lu / New York Times:
Raw Story, AlterNet, and, in a separate case, The Intercept sue OpenAI in a NY federal court for copyright infringement; The Intercept is also suing Microsoft

 
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