The daily gossip: Kanye West posts disturbing claymation video of him burying Pete Davidson, Lady Gaga will be at the Oscars after all, and more
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Kanye West posts disturbing claymation video of him burying Pete Davidson
Kim Kardashian expressed hope last week that a court terminating her marital status would lead estranged husband Kanye West to "move forward." Well, she's now legally single, and he's posted his wildest attack on her boyfriend Pete Davidson yet. Late on Wednesday, the rapper shared a deranged claymation video for his song "Eazy," which depicts him kidnapping Davidson, burying him, and holding his severed head. This is, by the way, for the song in which West raps that he's going to "beat Pete Davidson's a--." The claymation video ends with the message, "Everyone lived happily ever after. Except you know who. JK he's fine." Even fans of West on his official subreddit seemed disturbed, with one writing that "right now his actions and his work just feel unhinged." An unnamed friend of Davidson, meanwhile, told Page Six, "This is, for real, really scary."
Lady Gaga to present at the Oscars after brutal snub
Presenting at the Oscars after getting brutally snubbed must feel a bit like going to the inauguration after losing the election. But Lady Gaga will do just that, as one of the presenters for the 2022 Oscars. The Academy revealed the first batch of presenting stars, which include Gaga as well as Chris Rock, Kevin Costner, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Perez, and Yuh-Jung Youn. Gaga, of course, was widely expected to get a Best Actress nomination for House of Gucci and possibly even win the award, only to get totally left out in a pretty embarrassing defeat after she talked up for months how hard she worked on the film. In fact, House of Gucci got just a single nomination for makeup and hairstyling — which is one of the eight awards that won't be presented live this year. Can she resist the opportunity to declare on stage, "Nicole Kidman, I'll let you finish, but I had one of the best performances of all time"?
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has a new Amazon show in the works
A follow-up to Fleabag from Phoebe Waller-Bridge is finally headed to Amazon. Prime Video has given the green light to a new series from Waller-Bridge, Deadline and Variety report. It's her first project in the works after signing a three-year overall deal with Amazon back in 2019 following the massive success of Fleabag, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Fleabag, though, ended after two seasons. Virtually no details about Waller-Bridge's new show have been confirmed — we don't even know if it's a drama or a comedy — but that's just how good Fleabag was: the mere notion that she has more TV in the works is enough to get us excited. She was previously set to star in a Mr. & Mrs. Smith reboot with Donald Glover, but she ended up exiting the project, leading to plenty of disappointed glances at the camera everywhere. The new show is reportedly set to head into production by the end of this year.
Harvey Weinstein was reportedly caught with contraband Milk Duds
Two years after being convicted of rape, Harvey Weinstein has finally apologized … for possessing contraband Milk Duds. According to Variety, the disgraced producer and convicted rapist was reprimanded by jail guards after a search in November found that he somehow had Milk Duds on him. Weinstein apparently claimed he brought them with him when he was extradited from New York to Los Angeles, but Variety reports that jail officials concluded they were probably passed to him during his attorney's visit since he was searched when he arrived at the facility. Weinstein apologized in a statement to Variety, saying, "This was an innocent misunderstanding. It will not happen again. I have been a model inmate, following the rules and regulations and I am sincerely sorry." His lead attorneys also issued an apology of their own. "We have been informed about this," they said, "and are very sorry it happened."
'Wheel of Fortune' contestant slams 'trolls' after going viral for bombing on puzzle
One Wheel of Fortune contestant has a few letters he'd like to buy for some of the people making fun of him, starting with F and U. Earlier this week, a clip went viral showing contestants on the game show somehow completely unable to fill in a nearly filled out puzzle, which clearly said "another feather in your cap." One of the contestants, Christopher Coleman, spoke about #CapGate to TMZ, saying he hadn't heard the idiom in years. Plus, he said people watching from home don't realize the "pressure" contestants face while on the show. "There are people who are saying that we were not intelligent or trying to belittle our college degrees ... what I would say to the trolls is, you go up there. Half of you don't have public speaking skills. You go on Wheel of Fortune!" He asked everyone to "go easy on me and my fellow contestants," saying he was being "publicly humiliated." Host Pat Sajak also spoke out on this extremely serious scandal, saying Wednesday, "Have a little heart."