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LeVar Burton decides he didn't want the Jeopardy! gig anyway
LeVar Burton learned a lesson in losing out on the Jeopardy! hosting role. "When you set your sights on something, they say be careful of what you wish for, because what I found out is that it wasn't the thing that I wanted after all," he told Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. "What I wanted was to compete. I mean, I wanted the job, right? But then when I didn't get it, it was like, 'Well, okay, well what's next?'" Burton explained that he "couldn't have dreamt" of the "opportunities that have come my way as a result of not getting that gig." The former Reading Rainbow host continues to inspire.
You will almost certainly not live long enough to learn what's in Prince Philip's will
Those of us alive today will very likely never learn who Prince Philip bequeathed his collection of UFO books to, since London's High Court has ruled that his will must remain a secret for at least the next 90 years. The decision reflects a royal family convention that goes back to Prince Francis of Teck, who died at the age of 40 in 1910 and was rumored to have left precious emeralds to his mistress, the Countess of Kilmorey — an embarrassment the Firm potentially avoided by sealing his will. Andrew McFarlane, the president of the High Court's Family Division who ruled in favor of the family's request, explained that "there is a need to enhance the protection afforded to truly private aspects of the lives of this limited group of individuals in order to maintain the dignity of the Sovereign and close members of Her family." Prince Philip died in April at the age of 99.
Bradley Cooper parents without a nanny *gasp*
Bradley Cooper is a doting dad, according to his ex, Irina Shayk. The model told Highsnobiety the pair share parenting responsibilities for their 4-year-old daughter, Lea. "He's a full-on, hands-on dad — no nanny," she said. A rarity in Hollywood! "Lea went on holiday with him for almost two weeks — I didn't call them once." She went on to describe their parenting style as "strict." "When she finishes eating, she gets up from the table, takes her plate, says 'thank you.' Without 'please' or 'thank you' she's not getting anything," Shayk said. But there are downsides to having famous parents — little Lea gets scared when the paparazzi are near. As Shayk explained, the paps are just trying to make a living, so she doesn't have to be afraid.
Emma Raducanu is a tennis champion, but also very much a teenager
Emma Raducanu says she's just like any other teenager — well, you know, besides being the reigning U.S. Open champion. Though the 18-year-old is $2.5 million richer from the prize money, Raducanu said she hadn't "gone shopping" yet and that she's not thought much about her finances: "I will just leave that to my parents," she told BBC Breakfast. "They can take that for me." Raducanu added that despite being an inspiration to millions, she's got her share of bad habits: "I'm not the most organized, so I need to work on that," she confessed, "and I need to work on tidying up, unpacking, because I seem to leave out the suitcase even three weeks after my trip." As for how she celebrated her return to her native Britain, there were no celebratory eight-course meals at Le Gavroche; she instead devoured her mother's homemade dumplings and rewatched her victory in the final.
Chess champion sues Netflix over 'sexist and belittling' line about her in The Queen's Gambit
A single line of dialogue from The Queen's Gambit has earned Netflix a $5 million defamation lawsuit after Georgian chess champion Nona Gaprindashvili took issue with a "grossly sexist and belittling" reference to her on the Emmy-nominated show. In the last episode of the miniseries, chess prodigy Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) participates in a tournament, during which an announcer states, "The only unusual thing about her, really, is her sex … There's Nona Gaprindashvili, but she's the female world champion and has never faced men." But the lawsuit says that Gaprindashvili, the first female grandmaster, had actually faced over 50 male chess players by the time this episode took place in 1968, and it described the line as a "devastating falsehood, undermining and degrading her accomplishments before an audience of many millions." A Netflix spox said "we believe this claim has no merit and will vigorously defend the case."