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Champion Ken Jennings will be first interim 'Jeopardy!' host

Interim Jeopardy host named

"Jeopardy!" record-holder Ken Jennings will be the first in a series of interim hosts replacing Alex Trebek when the show resumes production next Monday.

Producers announced Monday that Jennings, who won 74 games in a row and claimed the show's “Greatest of All Time” title in a competition last year, will host episodes that air in January.

A long-term host to replace Trebek, who died of cancer on Nov. 8, will be named later.

“By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers,” the show's executive producer, Mike Richards, said.

The show is in its 37th year of syndication, and Trebek was its only host. It is still airing shows that Trebek filmed before his death.

Art Fleming hosted earlier editions of the game show, including the original “Jeopardy!” that debuted in 1964 on NBC and aired for a decade.

Richards said “Jeopardy!” will air repeat episodes for the holiday weeks beginning Dec. 21 and 28, meaning Trebek's final week of shows will air starting Monday, Jan. 4.

Jennings' episodes begin on Jan. 11.



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Reggaeton star Bad Bunny tests positive for coronavirus

Bad Bunny has COVID

Reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his representative said Monday.

The announcement came a day after the musician won favourite male Latin artist and favourite Latin album for "YHLQMDLG” at the American Music Awards.

Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Martínez Ocasio, was scheduled to sing his hit, “Dákiti,” with Jhay Cortez at the event but cancelled without explanation, leaving many fans disappointed. The singer, however, presented the award for favourite Latin female artist remotely.

Publicist Sujeylee Solá told The Associated Press that Bad Bunny wasn't showing any major symptoms as of Monday. She did not provide further details, saying only that the musician was not granting any interviews.



Weeknd's bizarre look

The Weeknd's bandaged appearance at Sunday's American Music Awards caused a stir among fans on Twitter.

The Starboy hitmaker - who won the Soul/R&B prizes for Favourite Male Artist, Favourite Song for Heartless and Favourite Album for After Hours - sported a red suit and his head, jaw, and nose completely bandaged during the awards ceremony.

It's a look he's been developing since hit video for chart-topping hit Blinding Lights, but that didn't stop bemused fans commenting on his unusual appearance on social media.

"Damn, when the weeknd said "I can't feel my face when i'm with you' he wasn't joking," one user wrote, referring to the singer's hit song Can't Feel My Face, while another quipped: "when the weeknd took the "I can't feel my face" part to the next lvl."

Others were confused and concerned for the star's wellbeing, asking: "so were all of those bandages on the weeknd's face for his performance or????"

"did the weeknd get in a fight or completely reconstruct his face? i cant tell," posted another, while a further fan asked: "Guys what happened to The Weeknd's face I'm so confused is he OK?"

Despite the confusion, the bloody make-up is to raise awareness about drunk driving, and has been played out in the star's recent music videos, including recent hit In Your Eyes.

In an interview with Esquire, The Weeknd explained his Blinding Lights video is about, "how you want to see someone at night, and you're intoxicated, and you're driving to this person and you're just blinded by streetlights, but nothing could stop you from trying to go see that person, because you're so lonely.

"I don't want to ever promote drunk driving, but that's what the dark undertone is."



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Weinstein watched 24/7

Harvey Weinstein is reportedly being filmed "non-stop" while in prison in a bid to prevent injury or death behind bars.

According to TMZ, the disgraced producer - who is currently serving his sentence in New York's Wende Correctional Facility after being convicted of rape - is "having cameras record his every move."

A source told the outlet that "a correctional officer is assigned to follow Weinstein anytime he's on the move from within the state prison he's currently serving his sentence at," while "whichever guard is assigned to shadow him for the day has a camera on him at eye-level."

Apparently, the filming is part of security measures to keep Weinstein safe while he's in jail, following the death of financier Jeffrey Epstein behind bars in August, 2019.

While Epstein was meant to have been monitored closely by guards on duty, he was found dead in his cell with injuries to his neck. The jury is still out on whether or not he'd committed suicide or been murdered.

Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison term for forcibly performing oral sex on Miriam Haleyi and raping hairstylist Jessica Mann.

He still faces a string of other lawsuits from alleged victims, as well as additional criminal counts, including rape, in Los Angeles.

Weinstein, who is also appealing his Big Apple conviction, maintains all sexual encounters were consensual.



Trebek's remains cremated

Beloved game show host Alex Trebek has been cremated, following his passing earlier this month.

According to the longtime Jeopardy! host's death certificate, the star's wife, Jean Currivan Trebek, plans to keep her late husband's ashes at home in Los Angeles, reported The Blast.

Trebek, who revealed his stage IV pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March, 2019, died Nov. 8, aged 80.

In addition to his wife, Trebek is survived by his children Matthew and Emily.



Harry crowned sexiest royal

Prince Harry may have relinquished his role as a senior British royal, but he's picked up a new one - World's Sexiest Royal.

Despite being relieved of his royal duties as he and wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex relocated to California with young son Archie, the pair remain popular with People magazine readers.

A poll indicates the Duke of Sussex beat out big brother William, as well as several other royal heartthrobs, including Prince Carl Phillip of Sweden, Prince Felix of Luxembourg and Prince Mateen of Brunei, for the title.

The win comes a year after Harry was also deemed People's Sexiest Dad Alive.



Halle Berry ... oh my

Halle Berry had her first orgasm at the tender age of 11.

The 54-year-old actress opened up about her sexual past during a candid Q&A with her stylist friend Lindsay Flores, which she shared to her Instagram page.

"I remember my first orgasm," she said. "I did it to myself."

When asked how old she was, Halle replied, "11". She added that she was "figuring out my sexuality - like most girls," before good-naturedly blasting Flores for not remembering her own first climax.

"I feel bad for you now," she laughed.

Halle's admission comes two months after she confirmed her relationship with musician boyfriend Van Hunt.



Disco makes a comeback

Nile Rodgers credits the COVID-19 pandemic for the return of disco music.

Stars including Dua Lipa, Kylie Minogue, and Jessie Ware have revisited the sounds of the '70s on their latest albums and, speaking to The Sun newspaper, Chic star Nile claimed the timing couldn't be more appropriate.

Reflecting on how the disco genre brings people together, he said: "Maybe it's because of the same reason why disco was important when it first surfaced.

"We were in such a tumultuous period and it was the one form of music which brought everyone together. It's real escapist music."

Now, the star is adding his own unique sound to the mix and he's penned the theme to next year's (21) Coming 2 America sequel, starring Eddie Murphy, having previously penned the theme for the original Coming to America soundtrack.

The resurgence in disco has even sparked a new version of Chic's 1977 song Everybody Dance, featuring Nile, Cedric Gervais and Franklin, which is available to stream and download now.



Momoa surprises sick fan

Jason Momoa has raised the spirits of a young cancer-stricken Aquaman fan in Massachusetts with a sweet surprise video call.

The action star became a real life superhero by giving seven-year-old Danny Sheehan a ring over FaceTime on Wednesday as the superfan battles rare forms of brain and spinal fluid cancer.

"So I just wanted to say thank you to the community, friends and family on Instagram for reaching out and showing me this beautiful boy Danny who is going through chemo and has cancer," Jason captioned a post with the clip. "I saw his video online that made me want to get in touch and FaceTime him and spend some time talking to him."

Danny could not contain his excitement in the footage, gushing, "Hi Aquaman! I'm so excited," before being gifted with an Aquaman toy.

Jason also urged fans to donate to Danny's GoFundMe fundraising account before imploring Aquaman franchise bosses at Warner Brothers to gift the little boy an official trident.

"Hey @wbpictures let's get Danny a Aquaman Trident!," he shared.

Jason's post has helped Danny's family raise around $120,000 for his medical expenses, which exceeds their initial $75,000 goal.



Taylor Swift wins top prize, the Weeknd dominates at AMAs

Taylor Swift wins top prize

Taylor Swift won her third consecutive artist of the year prize at the American Music Awards, but she missed the show for a good reason: She said she's busy re-recording her songs' masters after her catalogue was sold.

In a video that aired during Sunday's awards show, the pop star said “the reason I’m not there tonight is I’m actually re-recording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it. So it’s been amazing. And I can’t wait for you to hear it."

Last year music manager Scooter Braun — who manages Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande — announced that his Ithaca Holdings company had acquired Big Machine Label Group, the home to Swift’s first six albums. This month Braun said he has sold the master rights to Swift’s first six albums to an investment company; Swift acknowledged the sale on social media and said she would not work with the new buyers because Braun was still involved.

Instead, she began re-recording her albums.

Swift beat out Bieber, Post Malone and Roddy Ricch to win the top award. She also won favourite music video and favourite pop/rock female artist.

The Weeknd lost artist of the year, but he still kicked off his all-star week as a big winner: Days before he’s expected to land multiple Grammy nominations, the pop star dominated the 2020 American Music Awards with multiple wins.

The 30-year-old won favourite soul/R&B male artist, favourite soul/R&B album for “After Hours" and favourite soul/R&B song for “Heartless” on Sunday, two days before the 2021 Grammy nominations are announced.

“The last time I received this award it was given to me by the late, great Prince," he said after winning favourite soul/R&B album. “And, you know, he’s the reason I get to constantly challenge the genre of R&B and yeah, I’d like to dedicate this to him,” he said.

The Weeknd didn’t break character throughout the three-hour show with his gauze-wrapped face, which matched the vibe of his recent album and music videos where he appears blooded and bruised. He accepted his awards and performed with his face wrapped in gauze.

Kenny G joined the Weeknd for his performance, playing the sax in downtown Los Angeles as the Weeknd walked across a bridge singing “In Your Eyes.” He finished the performance singing “Save Your Tears.”

The Weeknd was one of several artists who appeared live at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the fan-voted awards show. Others recently taped their performances because of the coronavirus pandemic, though host Taraji P. Henson — who appeared live from the venue — said the few audience members sitting in the mezzanine practiced social distancing, wore masks and were tested for the virus.

Henson joked that A-list celebrities were in the audience, including Beyoncé, though cardboard cut-out of the singer, Jay-Z and other stars appeared in seats.

But a good number of chart-toppers were in the building. Breakthrough singer-rapper Doja Cat performed and won multiple honours, including new artist of the year and favourite soul/R&B female artist. Grammy-winning country duo Dan + Shay beautifully performed “I Should Probably Go to Bed” and won collaboration of the year and best country song for “10,000 Hours," both shared with Bieber. And Megan Thee Stallion — won favourite rap/hip-hop songs for “WAP" with Cardi B — performed “Body" from her recently released debut album “Good News."

Bieber and Shawn Mendes kicked off the AMAs with a pre-taped performance of their new duet “Monster," marking the first time they performed the song together. It began with a stripped-down Bieber singing his recent hit “Lonely," with songwriter-producer Benny Blanco on piano, and “Holy," where background dancers wearing masks joined him.

Mendes, strumming his guitar, then appeared for “Monster," which featured the twentysomethings singing lyrics about about fame and growing up as celebrities who attracted massive public attention. Mendes later sang his song “Wonder" during the show, which aired on ABC.

Katy Perry, in her first performance since giving birth to her first child, gave a strong performance of the emotional and hopeful song “Only Love,” which featured a surprise guest appearance from Darius Rucker, who sang and played guitar. With flaming red lights glaring behind her, Billie Eilish sang her new song “Therefore I Am,” as her brother-songwriter-producer Finneas backed her on guitar. Jennifer Lopez and Maluma teamed up to perform their new songs “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely” from the film “Marry Me,” which both of them star in, while Dua Lipa — who won favourite pop/rock song — levitated in the air during her performance of “Levitating.”

24kGoldn and Iann Dior — who currently have the country's No. 1 song with the smash hit “Mood," also performed. The multi-genre track is the rare song that has reached No. 1 on both the rap and rock charts.

Other performers included BTS, Bad Bunny, Lewis Capaldi, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Baby, Bell Biv DeVoe and Nelly, who performed hits from his diamond-certified debut album “Country Grammar," which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

This year the AMAs, which typically awards one Latin honour, launched more categories in the genre. Becky G — who burst on the music scene in 2014 with the pop hit “Shower" but has recently had success singing in Spanish and launching hits on the Latin charts — won favourite Latin female artist.

She used her speech to honour immigrant families.

“I proudly wave both flags, Mexican and American. And like many, many children and grandchildren of immigrants, no matter where they’re from, we have learned from the ones before us what sacrifice and hard work looks like," she said. “And I dedicate this award to all of our immigrant workers in this pandemic; the students and immigrant families. It’s because of my family, my abuelitos, that I stand here today."

Nominees for the AMAs were based on streaming, album and digital sales, radio airplay and social activity, and reflect the time period of Sept. 27, 2019, through Sept. 24, 2020.



R. Kelly mentally 'suffering'

Incarcerated singer R. Kelly is "suffering" mentally amid the constant prison lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The disgraced R&B veteran is awaiting trial on federal sex counts in Illinois, where he is behind bars, and in a separate case in New York, where a Brooklyn judge has just ruled his sex trafficking and racketeering case will begin in early April.

However, with Kelly repeatedly being denied bail, and having to spend much of his time locked up in isolation, his mental health has taken a big hit, according to his attorney Michael I. Leonard.

"In terms of his mental well-being, I think he's suffering under these COVID conditions because they had an enormous outbreak (in prison) previously," Leonard told Billboard.com. "It's not a good environment to be in."

But Kelly is hopeful he will be able to clear his name once he gets his day in court: "It's been long and onerous, but on the other hand I think he is eager to get to trial," Leonard added.

District Judge Ann Donnelly set the trial date in a hearing on Thursday, when she ruled jurors will be selected over the course of 10 days in mid-March.

She previously granted prosecutors' request to keep the jury members anonymous and have them partially sequestered during the trial, throughout which they will be escorted in and out of court by U.S. Marshals to protect them from any potential outside influence, particularly after three of the singer's associates were arrested for alleged witness tampering in August.

Leonard claims the additional precautions are "bizarre" and "inappropriate" for a case like Kelly's, while arguing the extra protective measures prevent the singer and his legal team from properly preparing their defence.

The I Believe I Can Fly star has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He is accused of grooming underage girls attending his concerts for sexual abuse.

He has repeatedly failed in his attempts to be released on bail, and was denied a hearing regarding a new request in October, two months after suffering a jail cell beating by another prisoner.



Sheeran donates to hospital

Ed Sheeran has reportedly pledged more than $13,000 to the hospital which cared for his beloved late grandmother.

The singer, 29, gave officials at Aldeburgh Hospital League of Friends the money to put towards buying outdoor musical instruments to use in a sensory garden, reported The Sun newspaper.

According to the publication, the donation came from Ed's charity The Framlingham Foundation Trust, with an annual report filed by the charity revealing: "A donation to Aldeburgh Hospital League of Friends 'Sensory Garden Project' was given to assist with the purchase of outdoor musical instruments for the rehabilitation and recuperation of patients.

"Such patients include day center clients, dementia patients and those with special needs and sensory disabilities in the community."

The Framlingham Foundation Trust was set up by Ed with $664,452 to help groups and causes in Suffolk, England.

The Shape of You hitmaker spoke candidly about his late grandmother in an essay for the book Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You, writing: "I was lucky enough not to be on tour during my grandmother's final months, and because I lived locally I was able to visit her every few days.

"Me and my family became very close to the nurses who worked there and my mom is still in touch with them now. I see them from time to time when I'm in the area and it's like meeting old friends."

Despite being worth an estimated $213 million , Ed said he is grateful for Britain's National Health Service (NHS) and has made use of it several times in the past few years.

"The NHS is unique. It can be taken for granted, or just accepted as the norm, but it's not the norm," he added. "Without sounding cheesy, it's the backbone of our country and idolised by me and millions more."



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