Prince Harry’s office has confirmed that Suits star American Meghan Markle is his girlfriend, issuing a strongly worded statement accusing the media of harassing her. For Buckingham Palace to do this is unprecedented…In the highly unusual statement, Harry says he is worried about her safety and “is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.” The relationship between Harry and Markle had been the subject of media rumours and gossip over the past few weeks. The palace said Tuesday that the past week has seen “a line crossed” in coverage of the relationship with both racist and sexist comments made toward her.
Jim Parsons’ Big Bang Theory character, Dr. Sheldon Cooper has just landed a spin-off. The show will focus on the science geek as a kid growing up in Texas, will be co-written by Big Bang co-creator Chuck Lorre. The Big Bang Theory completes its 10th season on TV. The show has not yet been renewed but members of the cast, including Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch are negotiating new contracts, according to the report. FYI, Cuoco, Galecki and Parsons are currently paid approximately $1 million per episode.
Stranger Things 2 is about to start production…is adding three new characters, Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen has been cast as Roman. Netflix, she’s “an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child. Although she does not live in Hawkins, she is mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab…”Sean Astin (The Goonies, Lord of the Rings trilogy) will play Bob Newby, “a kindhearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack.” Paul Reiser (Aliens, Whiplash) has been cast as Dr. Owens, “a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a ‘clean-up’ assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year.”
If your DWTS watching got hijacked by football and you haven’t seen or heard yet – spoiler alert – Former “Taxi” co-star Marilu Henner was voted off, despite being paired with six-time pro champ Derek Hough. Next week, the five remaining couples go into the semi-finals.
Congrats to Russell Brand and his fiancee – they are parents! Brand said “I read a different book every week and I read one on preparation for fatherhood to mentally prepare me for it,” he explained. “I don’t know that it has prepared me for it. I’ve painted the room, I’ve done the things that you’re supposed to do, I’ve accepted the idea that that person will be more important than me.” He also revealed he was uncertain whether he will impose a gender on the child and will just let them decide what to be.