Celebrity Sleaze – 09/28/2017

by Gino on September 28, 2017

in Celebrity Sleaze

HUGH HEFNER DIES AT 91 – (09/28/2017)

TMZ has reported that Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine and star of E! reality show The Girls Next Door, died in his home on Wednesday (September 27th) due to natural causes. He was 91. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hefner’s son, Cooper Hefner, released a statement on his father’s passing, saying, “My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom. He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston and all of us at Playboy Enterprises.” He is survived by his son and his wife, Crystal Hefner

“Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones,” a rep for the Playboy Enterprises founder said in a statement.

The Playboy founder was born Hugh Marston Hefner on April 9, 1926, in Chicago. After serving in the army and attending college, Hefner got the idea for Playboy while working in the publishing industry. By putting up his furniture as collateral for a loan and borrowing the rest from family and friends, Hefner published the very first issue of Playboy in December of 1953, which featured a nude Marilyn Monroe. The same year, Hefner launched media and lifestyle company Playboy Enterprises, Inc., on which he served as a board member until the time of his death.

The magazine became known for its articles as well as the beautiful women that graced its pages, with Hefner asking some of the world’s greatest and most progress literary figures to write for him including Hunter S. Thompson, John Updike, Ian Fleming, Joseph Heller, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Margaret Atwood, Jack Kerouac and Kurt Vonnegut.

Following his decade-long marriage to first wife Mildred Williams, with whom he shared daughter Christie and son David and whom he divorced in 1959, Hefner was public about sharing intimacies with numerous women.

In 1971, Hefner purchased the legendary Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles where he relocated to permanently and lived until the time of his passing. The Playboy Mansion sold to Hefner’s neighbor Daren Metropoulos for $200 million in June with the stipulation that Hefner was able to live in the home until his death.

Throughout his the five decades of life in the Playboy Mansion, Hefner was recognized for housing multiple young women in the home at the same time, including Girls Next Door stars Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson. The six-season E! reality series documented the lives of the Playmates and their relationship with Hefner inside the mansion.

After his seven-year relationship with “No. 1 girlfriend” Madison ended, Hefner began dating Crystal Harris, who he married on December 31, 2012. In April, Hefner’s younger brother Keith died at the age of 87 from cancer.

PITBULL SENDS PLANE TO PUERTO RICO TO RESCUE CANCER PATIENTS – (09/28/2017)

Pitbull helped rescue cancer patients in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico this week by sending his private plane to the island. The 36-year-old singer, born Armando Christian Perez, said he was happy to fly several people back to the U.S. so they could receive treatment.

Puerto Rico Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez thanked Pitbull, who is of Cuban heritage, for his help in a tweet Tuesday. “Thank you @pitbull for lending your private plane to move cancer patients from PR to USA to that they can get chemo,” she wrote in Spanish.

Hurricane Maria reached Puerto Rico on September 20th, leaving 24 dead and most of the island without electricity, following the devastation of Hurricane Irma two weeks previous.

FERGIE PLEADS THE FIFTH ON DATING JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – (09/28/2017)

Fergie stopped by Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live this week and played Plead the Fifth, the game in which host Andy Cohen asks three impertinent questions and the guest can decline to answer one.

Cohen got off to a throwback start when he asked Fergie what it was like to kiss Mario Lopez – who she starred with on Kids Incorporated in the ‘80s. Fergie gave Lopez a rating of 10 for his kissing skills. “He was a player. He was a lil player,” she recalled.

Then Andy asked Fergie to name her least favorite Josh Duhamel (her recently estranged husband) project. She said she loves shows like Las Vegas and movies like Win a Date With Tad Hamilton but could do without her ex’s crude group text messages with his buddies which involve “toilet talk.”

Finally, Cohen asked Fergie what it was like to date Justin Timberlake in the early 2000s. She pled the fifth on that question – insisting it “wasn’t that serious.”

MILEY CYRUS PREVIEWS ‘RAINBOWLAND’ FEATURING DOLLY PARTON – (09/28/2017)

Miley Cyrus has revealed a snippet of her next new song, “Rainbowland,” and it features her legendary godmother Dolly Parton. The track is slated to appear on the singer’s upcoming album Younger Now, due out this Friday.

“The Voice” coach has previously shared “Week Without You,” “Younger Now” and the acoustic-driven lead single “Malibu.”

KELLY CLARKSON TO BE HONORED AT VARIETY’S POWER OF WOMEN EVENT – (09/28/2017)

Kelly Clarkson is being honored at Variety’s annual Power of Women luncheon, scheduled for October 13th in Beverly Hills. Kelly will be honored for her work with XQ Super School, a project that has been collecting ideas on how to redesign American high schools for 21st century learning.

She recently performed on EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live, a star-studded special that aired on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC earlier this month.

Other honorees this year include Quantico star Priyanka Chopra, Michelle Pfeiffer, Octavia Spencer and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins. All the honorees will be featured on the cover of the October 10th issue of Variety.

Meanwhile, Clarkson says her latest video for “Love So Soft” is the “coolest” one she’s ever done. In a new behind-the-scenes clip, the singer gives an inside look at the making of the fantastical visual. “The concept for ‘Love So Soft’ is basically all these different forms of love,” she explains. “Y’know, love can be explosive, love can be defiant, love can be bold, love can be sexy and sassy and all these different things. So we have all these different setups of how love can come across.”

One of the setups involves Kelly standing in a field as a flock of yellow birds swarm around her; another shows Kelly in an exploding room. Yet another scenario features a rotating body with the faces of Kelly and her backup singers. All those surreal settings meant a lot of special effects.

“This video in particular, I’ve never done anything like it, as far as all the stuff that’s happening afterwards,” Kelly says, adding, “There’s a lot of green screen.”

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TO PERFORM AT THE SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW: Justin Timberlake has reportedly been asked to perform at the Super Bowl LII halftime show in 2018. While officials have yet to confirm the reports, Timberlake’s return to the Super Bowl would mark 14 years since his infamous 2004 halftime show with Janet Jackson, when he pulled off a piece of her outfit and briefly exposed her breast. Super Bowl LII will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4, 2018.

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