The daily gossip: Matthew Morrison reveals the message that supposedly got him fired, Louis C.K. is releasing a new movie this summer, and more

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1. Matthew Morrison reveals message that supposedly got him fired from 'So You Think You Can Dance'

So you think you can get out of this one? Glee star Matthew Morrison has responded to his firing as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, which People reported was because he allegedly "had an inappropriate relationship with a female contestant" and sent her "flirty" messages. On Instagram, the actor slammed these "blatantly untrue statements," and "in the interest of transparency," he read what he said is the "one message" he sent her: "Hey! It's Matthew. If you don't mind, would love to get your number and talk you through some things." According to TMZ, Morrison was unaware of a rule preventing him from contacting contestants, and the dancer reported the message to producers as "being potentially problematic." After reading it, Morrison put down his phone in frustration and said "gossip is toxic and it is destroying our society." So, not a Daily Gossip subscriber, we take it.


2. A new Louis C.K. movie is coming out this summer

Grammy-winner Louis C.K. is coming for an Oscar next. The disgraced comedian, who admitted to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct almost five years ago, revealed Friday he has directed a new movie called Fourth of July. It's about a "recovering alcoholic and jazz pianist," and C.K. co-wrote the film with Joe List. List stars alongside Sarah Tollemache, Paula Plum, Robert Walsh, Robert Kelly, and C.K. himself. This will be C.K.'s first movie since his 2017 sexual misconduct scandal. When the allegations broke, he was just about to release another movie he directed called I Love You, Daddy, which had its release scrapped and has still never come out. But fresh off of controversially winning a comedy album Grammy, C.K. says Fourth of July will be released in theaters this summer — opening up the possibility he'll end up back at the Oscars sooner than Will Smith.

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3. Mandy Moore is pregnant with her 2nd child

Mandy is ready for more kids. Just over a week after the series finale of This Is Us, Mandy Moore announced Friday she's expecting her second child, a boy, with husband Taylor Goldsmith. "One incredibly seminal chapter of my life just ended and the next one, as a mother of two, is about to start," she said. Moore and Goldsmith, who have been married since 2018, previously welcomed a son, Gus, in 2021. She just came out with a new album last month and has a bunch of concert dates set for the summer, though she noted Friday that now, the "tour is gonna be slightly different than I expected." But she added she "can't wait and Gus is gonna be the BEST big brother." After Moore's performance on This Is Us this season, if the Television Academy is looking for a baby shower gift, might we suggest ... an Emmy?


4. 'Morbius' comes back to theaters after everyone made fun of it

See what irony gets you? Sony's widely derided superhero movie Morbius is coming back to theaters, and it may be all because of a wave of people sarcastically praising it. Starring Jared Leto, the Spider-Man spin-off received almost universally negative reviews and performed poorly at the box office earlier this year. It was so bad, in fact, that jokingly praising it on Twitter — declaring this the "summer of Morbius," quoting fake lines from the film, and using the word "morb" a lot — became a meme. But now, reports Morbius is actually returning to more than 1,000 theaters this weekend, possibly in response to all this. Sony does realize everyone was kidding, right? Hey, all social media buzz is good buzz, apparently. Morbius 2 hasn't been announced, but if it happens, it could be the first sequel in Hollywood history willed into existence via pure irony.

5. 'Stranger Things' creators admit they forgot Will's birthday

Will Byers just can't catch a break. An episode of the new season of Stranger Things took the kids to a roller skating rink, but Noah Schnapp's character Will didn't seem too happy throughout. Fans soon discovered one reason that might be: a shot of camcorder footage revealed this scene is set on March 22, which a prior season established is Will's birthday — yet absolutely nobody in the show acknowledges this. It turns out, this wasn't an Easter Egg meant to establish Will's friends are all horrible. "Clearly like the characters in the show, we also forgot about Will's birthday," co-creator Matt Duffer admitted to Variety. "So the debate now is whether we adjust Will's birthday or we just let it be really sad." Maybe the writers can make it up to Will with a gift for season five: a less nightmarish haircut.


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