The daily gossip: Madonna is back home after being hospitalized, 'The Other Two' ends as HR complaints against creators are revealed, and more

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1. Madonna is back home after being hospitalized with an infection

Madonna spent several days in the ICU after developing a "serious bacterial infection" on Saturday, her manager, Guy Oseary, confirmed. "Her health is improving, however she is still under medical care," Oseary said. "A full recovery is expected." According to Page Six, the singer was "found unresponsive" and rushed to a hospital in New York City, and she was "intubated for at least one night before having the tube removed." But CNN reported on Thursday she has been discharged from the hospital and transported to her New York home, with a source telling the outlet, "She's in the clear." The start of Madonna's world tour has been postponed, her manager also said. "We will share more details with you as soon as we have them, including a new start date for the tour and for rescheduled shows," Oseary shared. The tour was scheduled to begin on July 15 in Vancouver.

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2. "The Other Two" ends as HR complaints against creators are revealed

Did a show about the brutal nature of working in Hollywood prove its own point a little too well? Just one day before Max's comedy series "The Other Two" was set to air its season finale, creators Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider confirmed it would be a series finale, as "this was where we wanted to end their stories." At the same time, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Kelly and Schneider faced multiple HR complaints, including "allegations that Kelly verbally abused writers and overworked crew and claims that Schneider enabled his behavior." While an investigation reportedly cleared them of wrongdoing, and this is seemingly not why the show is ending, the allegations seem to have been an open secret. In March, Tina Fey reportedly alluded to them in a speech at the PEN America Literary Awards, joking "The Other Two" producer Lorne Michaels "unleashed an army of monsters into the world," and "the crew of 'The Other Two' knows it." ChaseDreams? More like shattered dreams.

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3. Colleen Ballinger responds to grooming allegations with ukulele song

Colleen Ballinger just dropped the weirdest response to a scandal since Kevin Spacey's "Let Me Be Frank." The YouTuber, known for creating Miranda Sings, has been facing allegations of grooming fans. So in a new video, she responds to these serious claims … via a 10-minute ukulele song. Ballinger acknowledges she used to message fans but insists this wasn't "in a creepy way" but in "more of a loser kind of way." Though she admits she "didn't really understand" boundaries, she maintains she's "not a groomer" — and yes, she's still playing the ukulele while saying this. Ballinger also complains about "toxic gossip," claiming the internet is just out to ruin life and not seek accountability, singing, "Sometimes people can make a mistake and they're still a good person." She notes her team "strongly advised" her not to say this but "never said that I couldn't sing" it, which has some real "there's no rule that says a dog can't play basketball" energy.

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4. Kelsea Ballerini hit in the face by bracelet during concert

What the heck has been happening at concerts lately? Kelsea Ballerini has become the latest musician to be hit by something thrown from the crowd. In this most recent incident, a video shared on Twitter showed Ballerini was hit in the face by an object while performing in Idaho. On her Instagram story, she confirmed that "someone threw a bracelet" at her and it "hit me in the eye," though she assured fans she's "fine" because this "scared" her more than it hurt her. "We all have triggers and layers of fears way deeper than what is shown, and that's why I walked offstage to calm down and make sure myself, band and crew, and the crowd all felt safe to continue," she said. Bebe Rexha was recently hit in the face by a phone while performing, and a fan's mother's ashes were tossed on stage at a Pink show. Maybe concerts — and fans — were a mistake.


5. Kim Cattrall won't appear on 'And Just Like That' beyond her brief cameo

She's leaving it at "And Just Like That." Kim Cattrall has confirmed she has no plans to make a larger return to the "Sex and the City" sequel show "And Just Like That" beyond her cameo as Samantha Jones in the second season. "That's as far as I'm gonna go," she said on the "Today" show. According to Variety, Cattrall will appear for a brief scene in the season finale, which will involve Samantha speaking to Carrie Bradshaw on the phone. It was surprising that Cattrall even agreed to that, though, given her bad blood with Sarah Jessica Parker. Cattrall told "Today" filming the cameo felt like "dipping my toe back in time and having a wonderful afternoon — and then a great martini." So don't expect more of Samantha after this scene, though we hear a certain other franchise is in need of a new main character with the last name Jones. You know where to find her, Lucasfilm.


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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.