The daily gossip: Megan Thee Stallion slams Drake for suggesting she lied about being shot, Hasan Minhaj kind of apologizes for annoying Jeopardy! fans, and more
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Megan Thee Stallion slams Drake for suggesting she lied about being shot
We don't certified love this, boy. Megan Thee Stallion is firing back at Drake after the rapper dropped a song seemingly accusing her of lying about being shot. The song, "Circo Loco," includes the lyrics, "This b---h lie 'bout getting shots, but she still a stallion," apparently referring to Megan Thee Stallion's allegations that Tory Lanez shot her in 2020; Lanez was charged in connection with the shooting. She slammed the lyrics on Twitter, asking since when it's "cool to joke abt women getting shot" and writing, "Stop using my shooting for clout." That's not even the only diss of her on the song, which also includes the lyrics, "Shorty say she graduated, she ain't learn enough, play your album, track one, 'kay, I heard enough,'' seemingly a reference to her graduating from Texas Southern University last year. On another track, Drake labels Serena Williams' husband a "groupie." Sounds like someone should have said "honestly, nevermind" a few more times making this album.
Hasan Minhaj kind of apologizes for annoying 'Jeopardy!' fans
What is … my bad? Hasan Minhaj has offered an (extremely sarcastic) apology for being too "passionate" on Jeopardy! after being labeled the most annoying contestant of all time. The comedian recently appeared on Celebrity Jeopardy! and was ridiculously animated throughout the game to the point of literally jumping up and down after getting answers right, ticking off a lot of fans. So on The Tonight Show, Minhaj responded to the "dedicated nerds" who now "hate my guts," saying that until you're on the Jeopardy! stage, "You don't know what that game does to you in the arena." In a sarcastically somber tone, he pulled out cards on which he had written an apology to the quiz show's "geriatric" audience. "I'm sorry I desecrated an American institution," he said, declaring, "Most importantly, I'm sorry for trying to make Jeopardy! fun." We'll take "apologies that double as disses" for $1,000.
Britney Spears apologizes for yelling at 'Zoey 101' star Alexa Nikolas
Oops, she won't do it again. Britney Spears has offered an apology, which has already been accepted, to Alexa Nikolas for yelling at her on the set of Zoey 101. The actress recently alleged on a podcast that the pop star yelled at her when she was 12 or 13 and starring on the Nickelodeon show with Spears' sister, Jamie Lynn. So in a lengthy statement, Spears apologized "for my ignorance," explaining the incident happened after Jamie Lynn told her she was being bullied on set. But "I obviously had no idea what was really going on," Spears said, and she told Nikolas she's "so sorry for ever hurting your feelings." Nikolas responded that she was moved by the apology. "I'm sitting here crying with my jaw on the floor," she said, calling the apology "one of the kindest things anyone has ever done for me" and saying she forgives Spears. Looks like someone has aced Celebrity Apology 101.
Aaron Paul is changing his name to Aaron Paul
This was the week Aaron Paul finally became Aaron Paul. The Breaking Bad star has filed a petition to legally change his name … to Aaron Paul. Yes, the Jesse Pinkman actor's legal last name is really Sturtevant, even though he has long been going by Paul professionally. While names are being tweaked, Paul's wife, Lauren, is also changing her last name to Paul, and they're filing to change their son's name, though not for Paul related reasons. He was Casper Emerson Paul, but they're changing it to Ryden Caspian Paul. According to TMZ, that's because they "came up with a name they liked better" after their son was born, so yeah, they're pulling a Kylie Jenner. But congrats on Aaron Paul on his new life as Aaron Paul, though we're slightly disappointed he didn't go ahead and make his middle name "science" while he was in there.
HBO surprisingly cancels 'Westworld' after 4 seasons
HBO won't be bringing Westworld back online. The network has shockingly canceled the western sci-fi series starring Evan Rachel Wood after four seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It was a surprising end for a series once positioned as the potential next Game of Thrones-level hit for HBO. But that plan ran into issues when everyone eventually stopped being able to follow what the heck was happening on the show, and ratings declined in the third and fourth seasons. Still, fans thought HBO would at least bring it back for one more season to wrap everything up, as the most recent finale very much did not serve as a satisfying ending. Co-creator Jonathan Nolan even said last month, "We always planned for a fifth and final season. We are still in conversations with the network. We very much hope to make them." But clearly, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav looked at that quote and declared, "It doesn't look like anything to me."