The daily gossip: Jamie Lee Curtis acknowledges 'nepo baby' claims after surprise SAG win, Better Call Saul star Michael Mando fired from Apple show after 'physical altercation,' and more

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1. Jamie Lee Curtis acknowledges 'nepo baby' claims after surprise SAG win

Everything's coming up Everything Everywhere All at Once — and Jamie Lee Curtis. The Best Picture Oscar race is almost certainly over, with Everything Everywhere set to win after dominating at this weekend's Producers Guild of America Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. But SAG made several of this year's acting races much more competitive, as Brendan Fraser and Michelle Yeoh defeated apparent frontrunners Austin Butler and Cate Blanchett, respectively. Everything Everywhere's Jamie Lee Curtis also earned a surprise supporting actress win over Angela Bassett and Kerry Condon. "Shut up!" a shocked Curtis said before kissing Yeoh on the lips. In her speech, Curtis acknowledged she "totally" gets it when people say she's only there because she's a "nepo baby" but added, "The truth of the matter is, I'm 64 years old, and this is just amazing!" Should she repeat at the Oscars, Curtis plans to pull a Halloween Ends by ceding her speech to a random guy named Corey.

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2. 'Better Call Saul' star Michael Mando fired from Apple show after 'physical altercation'

Better call your publicist. Better Call Saul star Michael Mando has been fired from the new Apple TV+ series Sinking Spring after he was allegedly involved in an "on-set physical altercation with another cast member," Deadline reports. Mando played Nacho on the Breaking Bad prequel, and he was set to star opposite Brian Tyree Henry in Sinking Spring, which is produced by Ridley Scott. The Hollywood Reporter says that "producers attempted to smooth things out" after the on-set incident, but "the decision was made to let Mando go from the series and recast the role." His part as a friend of Henry's character has already been given to another actor, Wagner Moura. Details about what went down and who was involved in the altercation haven't been revealed, though perhaps he just got a little carried away trying to protect Baby Yoda like that other famous Mando.

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3. Woody Harrelson slammed for COVID-19 vaccine joke in 'SNL' monologue

Live from New York, it's a Fox News Facebook page comments section. Woody Harrelson is facing backlash over a COVID-19 vaccine joke he made on Saturday Night Live. The True Detective star ended his monologue by joking that he received a movie script where "the biggest drug cartels in the world get together and buy up all the media and all the politicians and force all the people in the world to stay locked in their homes and people can only come out if they take the cartel's drugs and keep taking them over and over." But he quipped he "threw the script away" because nobody would "believe that crazy idea" (and he already "voluntarily" takes drugs). The joke received a tepid in-studio response, and fans slammed Harrelson's "anti-vax stupidity," though he was praised by notorious anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The actor can expect to receive a visit from Letitia Wright and Evangeline Lilly inviting him to join the anti-vax Avengers.

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4. Chance the Rapper thanks Martin Short for swapping seats with his daughter on a plane: 'SHOUTOUT TO JACK FROST'

Chance the Rapper is beaming after a chance celebrity encounter. On Twitter, the "No Problem" rapper described getting on a plane with his daughter, Kensli, this weekend when he found out their seats weren't next to each other. "I really ain't wanna inconvenience anyone by asking them to swap seats," he wrote, but "before I could say anything this kind older gentleman offered his seat to Kensli so we could sit together." They said thank you to this kind gentleman as he stood up, only to realize it was none other than "THE Martin Short!!" So Chance thanked Short while attaching an image of what is obviously his most important role, Jack Frost in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. "So cool and Kensli freaked out cause she's obsessed with The Santa Clause 3," Chance tweeted. "What an awesome person! SHOUTOUT TO JACK FROST." Sounds like he's a real stand-up guy.


5. Angela Bassett reached out to Ariana DeBose after BAFTAs rap mockery

So we're still doing this thing? Angela Bassett told Variety she reached out to Ariana DeBose after the West Side Story star was widely mocked for a rap she performed at the BAFTAs, which included the meme-worthy line "Angela Bassett did the thing." Bassett said she DM'd DeBose to "make sure she was okay," and "she is A-Okay." Later, the Black Panther star referenced the meme after winning an NAACP Image award, quipping, "I guess Angela Bassett did the thing!" DeBose also joked about it at the SAG Awards, telling fellow presenter Diego Luna to "do the thing," and on BBC Radio 2, she warned she may perform the rap at a concert soon "because you know you want to hear it again." Meanwhile, Jamie Lee Curtis, who was name-dropped in the rap, told Deadline it was "hot" and "spicy" and everyone making fun of it "should shut the f--k up." So in this case, Jamie Lee may not be all of us.

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