Entertainment news roundup: Singer Rihanna is expecting her first child with rapper A$AP Rocky; Whoopi Goldberg Suspended From ‘The View’ Over Holocaust Remarks & More

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Singer Rihanna is expecting her first child with rapper A$AP Rocky

Pop singer Rihanna announced she is expecting her first child with rapper A$AP Rocky through photos released Monday of the couple smiling, holding hands and revealing a visible baby bump. Photographer Miles Diggs posted an image on his Instagram account with the caption “SHE IS!”

Whoopi Goldberg Suspended From ‘The View’ Over Holocaust Remarks

Whoopi Goldberg was suspended from ABC’s ‘The View’ talk show on Tuesday for claiming a day earlier that the Holocaust was ‘not about race,’ the network’s news division president says , addressing a rage over the comments. Goldberg, 66, apologized for her remarks later Monday during an appearance on “The Late Show,” and again on the next show of “The View” Tuesday morning.

Nirvana urges ‘hit three’ for ‘Nevermind’ baby trial

Nirvana has urged a US judge to permanently dismiss the man’s lawsuit claiming his depiction as a four-month-old naked baby on his 1991 album ‘Nevermind’ was child pornography. In a filing in federal court in Los Angeles, the group said Spencer Elden waited too long to claim he sexually exploited him, condemning the third and final version of his complaint.

Chicago blues drummer Sam Lay dies at 86

Chicago blues drummer and singer Sam Lay, who performed and recorded with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Bob Dylan, died Saturday at age 86. Records on its website Monday.

Bond’s Lynch and ‘West Side Story’ DeBose among BAFTA Rising Star nominees

James Bond star Lashana Lynch and ‘West Side Story’ Golden Globe winner Ariana DeBose are among the nominees for the EE Rising Star Award at this year’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards. At 18, American actress Millicent Simmonds, who is deaf, is the youngest of the nominees. She is best known for starring in the horror movies “A Quiet Place”.

Exclusive: HBO Max will launch in 15 European countries on March 8

WarnerMedia’s HBO Max streaming service will launch in 15 European countries, including Poland, Portugal and Romania, on March 8, making it available in 61 territories across Europe and the Americas. The service, owned by AT&T Inc, entered Europe in October launching in the Nordics and Spain, with a slew of promotional offers to attract Netflix Inc and Walt Disney Co.’s Disney+ customers.

Adele will perform at the BRIT Awards next week

British music superstar Adele has confirmed she will perform at next week’s BRIT Awards, two weeks after tearfully telling fans she was postponing her Las Vegas shows due to Covid-19-related delays. The ‘Hello’ and ‘Someone Like You’ headliner will take the stage in her hometown of London on February 8 for the annual British Pop Music Honors, where she is nominated for four awards.

Science podcaster calls Spotify’s support of Joe Rogan a ‘slap in the face’

The executive producer and host of Gimlet Media’s Science Vs podcast says she will dedicate her fact-checking show exclusively to contradicting misinformation on other podcasts put out by parent company Spotify. Wendy Zukerman’s announcement builds on protests by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and others against Spotify’s Joe Rogan Experience podcast. They say Spotify is not doing enough to prevent the spread of misinformation about COVID-19.

Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, 30, found dead after falling from building

Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, who worked as an entertainment correspondent for the TV show “Extra,” was found dead after falling from a building in Midtown Manhattan, police said Monday. Kryst fell from the Orion Condominium around 7 a.m. ET Sunday, the New York Police Department said. A police spokesman told Reuters on Monday the death was being investigated as a suicide.

Lionel Richie cancels European tours due to COVID

American singer Lionel Richie said on Tuesday he was canceling his upcoming summer concerts in Europe due to the continued spread of COVID-19. “As Covid and its variants continue to impact the world, I have decided to put my European tour on hold this summer. The most important thing to me is the health of my fans, my band and my team. “, the “Hello” and “Dancing on the ceiling”, said the hitmaker on his Twitter page.

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