When Hoda Kotb and her NYC financier boyfriend, Joel Schiffman, first got together, she was so secretive, she wouldn’t even tell anyone his name. But now, the co-host of Today’s fourth hour is so happy the breast cancer survivor is opening up. “Joel showed me that anything is possible,” Kotb tells Closer Weekly’s latest issue. “Like, at 50 years old, you can have butterflies.”
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And then there were two: The Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe got emotional on Monday night’s episode, and with reason — she has to pick her husband (well, not necessarily). After sending home software salesman Ben Higgins — who is rumored to be the next Bachelor — the Canadian dance instructor narrowed it down to Nashville-based personal trainer Shawn Booth and notorious show crasher Nick Viall, the Wisconsin charmer from Andi Dorffman’s season.
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Meanwhile, the “other” Bachelorette, Britt Nilsson, has split from season 11 contestant Brady Toops, reports Us Weekly. A source tells the mag they were never serious, even though he left the ABC show to be with her.
Michael Douglas took a moment to reflect on the memory of his mom, Diana, who died last week at 92 after a bout with cancer. “My mother had an incredible sense of dignity and was a class act,” Douglas told The Associated Press Monday night at a special screening for his latest film, Ant-Man. Douglas went on to allude to his shortcomings. “I’ve let her down a couple of times in my life, but she certainly was a strong influence,” he said. The actress divorced Kirk Douglas, 98, in 1951.
You’ve been warned: Don’t do a Google Images search on “ring avulsion.” On The Tonight Show Monday, Jimmy Fallon told the audience about the rare but grave injury he suffered after he tripped over a braided rug at home and almost ripped off his left digit last month before holiday break. The comedian reported that he underwent six hours of microsurgery (a specialist had to take a vein from his foot or Fallon risked amputation) and then was in ICU for 10 days.
Jesse Eisenberg isn’t making any new friends. The actor, who plays Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman v Superman, managed to get in a few digs about the media during an interview Monday at the premiere of End of the Tour, in which he plays journalist David Lipsky: “I have never been on the other side, on your side of journalism. I have normally been the victim,” he said. “[Lipsky] taught me how to interview and what his process is like, and now I understand the pariahs that you guys are.” There’s more. About Comic-Con last week, Eisenberg said: “It is like being screamed at by thousands of people. I don’t know what the experience is throughout history, probably some kind of genocide.”