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The real reason Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell split

Wedding bells are ringing once again for The Bachelor star Ben Higgins! Over the weekend, the former reality lead announced his engagement to Jess Clarke after more than a year of dating. Yet while the two bask in the glow of their love, Bachelor Nation cannot help but recall the first time Higgins got down on one knee. At the end of Season 20, Higgins proposed to contestant Lauren Bushnell. 

The pair returned to television later that year in Freeform’s Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? However, the spinoff lasted only one season, as Higgins and Bushnell realized their fairytale finale didn’t extend to their new reality. They called off their wedding plans and went their separate ways.

In the years since Higgins and Bushnell split — theirs was the Most Googled Celebrity Breakup of 2017, after all — both stars have found love again. Higgins and Clarke have been inseparable since he slid into her DMs, and Bushnell married country singer Chris Lane last October. Bushnell and Lane met while she was still engaged to Higgins, but their friendship quickly blossomed into love years later. Lane proposed to Bushnell at her family’s backyard cookout because he “knew she wouldn’t want some elaborate crazy proposal.”

Now, with months of wedded bliss under their belts, it’s almost as if Higgins was never part of the equation. But what factors actually sparked Higgins and Bushnell’s split?

Ben Higgins' sensitive nature allowed doubts to wreck his relationship

One year after their split — and long before he and Jess Clarke became Instagram official — Ben Higgins spoke with Entertainment Tonight about how his insecurities contributed to his high-profile breakup.

“It’s so easy to be the victim… and so when you start looking inward and saying, ‘OK, what exactly did I do that affected this breakup or this relationship negatively?’ [and] for me, it’s my reactions towards things,” Higgins said of his split from Lauren Bushnell. “I have routines and consistencies in my life that for anybody else to come in and change that, for me, I was holding on to them way too close. So I have to become less reactionary.”

“The other part of this [is] I’m too sensitive,” Higgins added. “I just get so sensitive sometimes and that affects just my normal relationships because I doubt all the time in the back of my head, you know, is this relationship for real? Do they really like me? Do they really care? Or let’s throw another one out there, do they really love me? That’s something I have to give up, because when I start to get in my own head about that, I start to push the person away.”

Higgins’ failed relationship ultimately taught him how to become his best self so he could find long-term love in the future.

Lauren Bushnell admitted Ben Higgins never had her 'whole heart'

When Lauren Bushnell shared an Instagram photo with now-husband Chris Lane in April 2019, the former reality star claimed the country singer had her “whole heart” in the caption. But, as E! News reported, an Instagram user commented, “Haven’t your last 3 boyfriends been your whole heart?” In her reply, Bushnell revealed, “Honestly no. I mean that’s the truth. Lol looking back now that I know what it’s supposed to feel like — they did not I just wanted them to.”

According to an interview for Reality Steve’s podcast, Bushnell also admitted she ignored numerous warning signs along the way. “I remember waking up that morning and I kind of had an idea that I was possibly going to get engaged and I remember having so much anxiety about it, which looking back, I don’t know if that was my gut being like, wait, timing-wise, this is too rushed or what,” Bushnell said of her on-screen engagement. “Now looking back, I wonder if it was my gut being like, this isn’t the right timing. You guys need more time. I don’t know. Who knows?”

While their time together might’ve been an emotional roller coaster, Higgins and Bushnell clearly learned who they are and what they want, and that prepared them for their relationships they cherish now. We wish both couples nothing but the best!

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The real reason the Queen owns all of the dolphins in the U.K.

Queen Elizabeth has captured global attention and managed to keep it during her record-breaking reign. According to HuffPost, in September 2015, she beat her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, by becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history. The world is so fascinated by Queen Elizabeth that Netflix shelled out some serious cash to make the fictionalized series of her life in The Crown

In fact, according to The Guardian, The Crown was the most expensive Netflix show to make, with the streaming mogul committing $130 million for the first two seasons. If Netflix was willing to invest so much money into depicting the life of Queen Elizabeth, it offers solid evidence that cultural fascination with the monarch remains strong. 

There certainly is something remarkable about Queen Elizabeth, as she juggles a charming balance of being down-to-earth and yet anciently regal. Like the average person, she loves dogs — Corgis to be specific — and can often be seen driving herself with a jaunty scarf tied around her head, according to Hollywood Life

Yet none of this would be inherently interesting without the mystique of monarchy behind her. One such example of her regal might is the fact that Queen Elizabeth owns six palatial dwellings, per Town & Country, including Buckingham Palace, which serves as her headquarters; Windsor Castle, her country home; Holyrood Palace in Scotland; Balmoral Castle; Sandringham Estate; and Hillsborough Castle in Ireland. 

While this is impressive, Queen Elizabeth also owns many other things in the United Kingdom. 

Queen Elizabeth's many possessions include 'royal fish'

The Crown Estate is careful to point out that Queen Elizabeth’s many palaces — in addition to so much else — are technically owned by the “Monarch in right of the Crown,” so it’s Elizabeth’s title as Queen that gives her the right to claim ownership.

Queen Elizabeth’s regal claim also gives her access to things beyond just castles, and amazingly, she actually owns all of the dolphins in the United Kingdom. The reason goes back all the way to a statute issued from 1324 from the reign of King Edward II which stipulates: “The king shall have wreck of the sea throughout the realm, whales and sturgeons taken in the sea or elsewhere within the realm, except in certain places privileged by the king.”

The statute includes sturgeons and whales, and clarifies that the porpoise is a “royal fish.” The realm of ownership includes any dolphin that washes ashore and stretches as far out as three miles from the United Kingdom’s shores. 

Queen Elizabeth, 93, also owns all of the swans on the Thames River and she even owns a colony of bats who live in the hall of Balmoral Castle, according to CBC News. Yikes! It’s safe to say she has more fun feeding her corgis than the bats.

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The real reason Eva Amurri got divorced

The Banger Sisters star Eva Amurri is clearly living her best life as a single mom to newborn son Mateo Antoni Martino, but fans still have many unanswered questions about her sudden split from her soccer star ex, Kyle Martino.

As you may know, Amurri, 35, and Martino, 39, called it quits in November 2019, while the actress — Susan Sarandon’s daughter — was still pregnant. They finalized their divorce on Feb. 4, more than a month before their son’s birth on March 13. As Page Six reported, Martino wasn’t even in the room for their baby’s birth, as Amurri said she didn’t feel comfortable with him seeing her in that vulnerable stage now that they are not together. 

The stars — who were married for eight years — announced the news of their breakup on Instagram, alongside a photo of them looking happy with their two eldest kids: son Major James, 3, and daughter Marlowe Mae, 5. “Our family is starting down a new path,” the caption in their identical posts read. “After a lot of thoughtful consideration, and work on our relationship, we have made the difficult decision to lovingly part ways as a couple.”

Eva Amurri and Kyle Martino announce their split

The celebrities insisted at the time of their breakup announcement that there’s no bad blood between them and they’re devoted to peacefully coparenting. “We are committed to, and excited about, raising our three beautiful children as close friends and deep partners, and we have the utmost respect for one another,” they wrote in their Instagram statement. “We feel so grateful for the wonderful gifts we have created and received throughout our decade together.”

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Our family is starting down a new path. After a lot of thoughtful consideration, and work on our relationship, we have made the difficult decision to lovingly part ways as a couple. We are committed to, and excited about, raising our three beautiful children as close friends and deep partners, and we have the utmost respect for one another. We feel so grateful for the wonderful gifts we have created and received throughout our decade together. We have realized over time that the best path to happiness for us as a family is in this different direction, and we look forward to forging ahead in to a new beautiful relationship. We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate this new transition for our family. All the love, Eva & Kyle

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Strangely, just one month before their unexpected separation, the parents-of-three still celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary, and gushed about each other on their Instagrams! There really must be no negative feelings here.

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“Thanks for being able to see the funny side of the craziness of sharing a life with me. Through all the ups and downs you’ve stayed a rock for us all. Thank you for that. 8 years ago I decided to walk across a room, that day saved my life. Happy anniversary babe, I love you,” Martino captioned a shot of them laughing together on their wedding day.

Eva Amurri and Kyle Martino's biggest scandal

Both stars managed to stay away from Hollywood drama throughout their marriage, but a few years ago, they came clean about a nanny scandal that shocked the world.

In 2016, Martino had to fire their children’s nanny after she sent him a naughty text — allegedly meant to go to one of her girlfriends — admitting that she wanted to get cozy with him! According to Amurri, her then-husband confronted the woman after seeing her text and asked about it. The nanny didn’t seem too embarrassed, making him believe it was not a mistake. Then, he fired her.

While Amurri told the story as a kind of funny but annoying anecdote, rumors quickly spread that Martino may have been hiding an affair. Still, the couple insisted it was nothing but a bad experience with an employee. Amurri even shared the dirty details on her blog, Happily Eva After

That same year, Amurri opened up about difficulties in her marriage to Martino. She wrote in her blog that their relationship was a “work in progress” and admitted that “things are not always easy between us, and we’ve had our fair share of relationship ‘downs.'” She didn’t elaborate on their issues. 

Eva Amurri and Kyle Martino are now moving on

Kyle Martino moved out of their family home shortly after his and Eva Amurri’s Instagram breakup announcement. He even documented the move-out day on his social media channels, praising his kids for being understanding and supportive. Neither her nor his famous ex have further explained their split. Still, it seems they’re keeping their promise to remain friendly and united. On Valentine’s Day, the athlete even posted a loving Instagram tribute to Amurri, writing: “I will always carry your heart, carry it in my heart. Love you Mama.”

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While the world is thirsty for gossip about outrageous affairs and shocking marital drama, it seems Amurri and Martino’s split came after years of subtle relationship complications, and in the end, resulted in them drifting apart. Now, as they juggle being single parents amid the coronavirus pandemic, they are socially distancing from one another, all while continuing to take care of their kids.

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The real reason Lana Del Rey and her boyfriend broke up

Lana Del Rey and her police officer boyfriend, Sean “Sticks” Larkin, have decided to go their separate ways, per People. However, despite the split, it seems like the two are on good terms. In an profile published by The New York Times on March 19, 2020, titled “Policeman. Reality Star. Recent Ex-Boyfriend,” Larkin said, “Right now, we’re just friends. We still talk and whatnot, we just have busy schedules right now.” Del Rey has yet to publicly address the breakup, but she has deleted the Instagram photo that commemorated her and Larkin becoming “Instagram official,” according to Page Six

For fans who are interesting in knowing how the couple met in the first place — good luck. Larkin responded to The Times‘ request for details simply by saying that they “crossed paths” while working in New York and “hit it off from day one.” When asked if he knew who Del Rey was when they met, Larkin replied, “Like, of course I knew who she was.”

The Norman F***ing Rockwell singer brought Larkin as her date to the 2020 Grammys Awards where the couple made their first red carpet appearance. When asked about the pressure of cameras at the event, he denied being nervous, pointing out that his day job is a bit more intense than paparazzi. “We drive cars 120 miles per hour, and I don’t want to sound like a tough guy, but I mean, when you’re behind a known shooting suspect and he jumps out the car running, you’ve got to get out chasing.” Basically, the Grammys were a walk in the park.

Lana Del Rey has yet to open up about the breakup

So the Grammys weren’t quite so stressful, as Sean Larkin pointed out, compared to being a police officer,”Taking pictures and answering questions. I’m not trying to sound like a bravado tough guy, just like, you know. It was enjoyable, for sure.”

To be fair, Larkin, who goes by “Sticks,” is actually familiar with the spotlight. He works in the “gang unit of the Tulsa, Okla., police department” for four days of the week and spends the other two in New York City shooting “Live PD,” a reality show about police officers, per The New York Times. However, the exposure Larkin gets from his reality TV show is nothing like the fame he got from dating one of the most celebrated musicians in the world. 

While she has stayed silent about the breakup, Lana Del Rey spoke about her relationship with Larkin in an interview with The Los Angeles Times in October 2019. When asked about her first date with Larkin in Central Park, Del Rey said: “I didn’t know we were being photographed. I would’ve worn something different.” When asked about dating a police officer, Del Rey responded: “Well, the thing is, he’s a good cop. He gets it. He sees both sides of things.” 

Who knows what the future holds for Del Rey and Larkin, but considering that Larkin’s kids were impressed when they found out who “Dad’s new girlfriend was,” it’s safe to assume his kids are disappointed that their dad is no longer with the singer.

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The real reason Tom Brady left The Patriots

It is the end of an era in New England. After two decades with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady announced he would leave the franchise he helped turn into the NFL’s greatest dynasty. “Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments.,” he said in a statement. The news sent shockwaves through the sports world — and for good reason.

After being drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft, Tom Brady was a long shot, hand-chosen by Bill Belichick. According to Business Insider, the Patriots head coach had closely studied Brady and was impressed by the QB’s “mental makeup and leadership skills,” even though no other teams seemed interested in him at all. Flash forward 20 years later: 18-year team captain, 17 playoff appearances, and nine Super Bowl appearances (including six wins and four-time Super Bowl MVP awards). We may never see a run like that again.

But was Brady’s departure from New England years in the making or was it destiny? “It will end badly,” Brady’s father said of his son’s future with the team in 2015 (via ESPN). “It does end badly. And I know that because I know what Tommy wants to do. He wants to play till he’s 70. … It’s a cold business. And for as much as you want it to be familial, it isn’t.” Let’s huddle up and call the real reasons Tom Brady left the Patriots.

Did Bill Belichick want Tom Brady gone sooner?

On Oct. 31, 2017, the Patriots traded Tom Brady’s backup, Jimmy Garoppolo (above right) to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 49ers’ second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft (via ESPN). The problem? Head coach Bill Belichick reportedly didn’t want to pull the trigger on this trade and wanted Garoppolo to be his quarterback of the future.

According to a separate ESPN report, “The Patriots repeatedly offered Garoppolo four-year contract extensions, in the $17 million to $18 million range” and promised to “go higher” once Brady retired. Garoppolo refused since he wanted to be a starter, but Belichick was unable to promise a timetable for that to happen. The report then describes a fateful and contentious meeting before that year’s trade deadline between Belichick and Patriots CEO Robert Kraft that lasted “half the day.” Belichick reportedly walked out “furious and demoralized” after Kraft laid down the law: trade Garoppolo, and then “find the best quarterback in the draft and develop him.” In other words: Brady’s job was safe — at least from Garoppolo.  

After the trade was completed, Brady was reportedly “liberated,” however, an internal power struggle within the organization — with Belichick on one side and Brady and Kraft on the other — was now public. “He won,” a Patriots staffer said of Brady. A meeting between the three men was scheduled to “clear the air,” but according to the report, “it never happened.”

Tom Brady's personal trainer caused a rift

Another rift between Tom Brady and the Patriots organization occurred in 2017 when Bill Belichick banned Brady’s trainer, close friend, and TB12 business partner, Alex Guerrero, from the team’s plane and sideline. Per CBS Sports, Brady credits Guerrero, for his ability to play at a high level past the age of 40.

However, Guerrero’s alternative and holistic training methods and constant presence at the Patriots facility caused friction between the trainer and the team’s official medical and training personnel who preferred a more traditional approach. It finally came to head. According to a report in The Boston Globe (via CBS Sports), Belichick “stripped Guerrero of his special team privileges” and banned him from training players “other than Brady in his exclusive office at Gillette Stadium.”

Belichick saw Guerrero as a distraction, but the decision to outright ban him was difficult due to Brady’s standing and influence within the franchise. “Tom wants him. What am I supposed to do?” Belichick allegedly said. In the end, the decision was made. When asked about it during his weekly radio appearance on Boston’s WEEI, Brady said, “I don’t have any comment on that other than to say Alex, it’s been well-documented, has been a huge part of what I do and I’m so fortunate to have him not only as a friend, but with everything that we’ve been able to do together.”

Gisele Bundchen hinted that Tom Brady's days were numbered

Gisele Bundchen has zero problems speaking her mind about the New England Patriots and her husband Tom Brady. Who can forget her infamous rant after the Patriots’ loss to the New York Giants in 2012? In a game marred by dropped passes from Patriots’ receivers, Gisele let her frustrations known in full view of reporters inside Lucas Oil Stadium while waiting for an elevator. “My husband cannot f*****g throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time,” she said (via Deadspin). “I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”

Seven years later, Gisele and Brady sold their nearly $34 million Boston mansion, leading many to speculate on Brady’s future in New England. During an Instagram Q&A two weeks before the 2020 free agency period, the supermodel was asked by a fan how she enjoyed living in the northeast. “Yes, I love it. I’ve been living there for 12 years. My kids love it. They love the snow,” she responded (via NBC Sports). “As a Brazilian, I have a little harder time with the cold but I really can appreciate the beauty of the seasons there.”

However, when asked where she and Tom would be living, she was maybe too diplomatic. “I would love to know where I’m going to be living this year but I don’t know that yet,” she replied, adding, “But hopefully somewhere nice. And wherever my husband is happy playing, so we will see.”

Was there a communication breakdown between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick?

When Tom Brady signed an extension with the New England Patriots 2019, the writing was clearly on the wall. The terms of the contract, per NFL insider Ian Rappaport, included a provision that didn’t allow the Patriots “to franchise or transition tag” Brady for the 2020 season and “automatically” voided the final two years of the extension — essentially making Brady a free agent in 2020.

Despite being a free agent, Tom Brady going back to the only team he’s ever known would be a no-brainer. Not so fast. According to NBC Sports Boston, Brady and Bill Belichick had an early March 2020 telephone discussion “that wasn’t particularly productive.” A source told the publication that Belichick was strictly business and spoke to Brady like he was “still under contract.” Was that the last straw for Brady?

For Tom E. Curran, an NBC Sports Boston reporter who covers the Patriots, that appears to be the case. “In the end, a tangible effort by the Patriots to keep Tom Brady in New England never happened. No negotiation,” he tweeted. “Just the intimation that it was on Brady to say what he wanted. For Brady, that stance spoke volumes.” The Boston Globe‘s Ben Volin had a more succinct take on the negotiations. “Source: ‘They gave Tom a number. He didn’t want it,'” he tweeted. Yikes.

Aqib Talib offered some insider information

In March 2013, cornerback Aqib Talib signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. However, after a solid season where he notched four interceptions and fourteen passes defended, he wasn’t re-signed the following year. While discussing Tom Brady’s pending free agency, Brady’s former teammate revealed his dealings with Bill Belichick and the Patriots organization and rightfully predicted how Brady’s situation would play out.

“If (Belichick is) treating everybody the same in the meeting room, he’s probably treating everybody the same around free agency time, as well,” Talib said on NFL Network (via Sporting News). “I think Tom is gone. I think it’s a done deal, and Bill is going to be Bill. Them calls are going to be short and to the point.”

“We got a report that said (their call) didn’t go well,” he added. “I had a call that didn’t go well with Bill before, so I can imagine what happened on that call. It’s kind of a chip on both of their shoulders that’s like, ‘I want to do this thing and see if I could do it without him.'”

Statements from Tom Brady's bosses offered nothing but love

After 20 years of leading the New England Patriots to unprecedented glory, Tom Brady didn’t leave as a player, he left as a hero and icon. And who better to reflect on his legacy than statements from the two men who took a chance on him in 2000 — Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. 

“How do I possibly sum up the depth of my gratitude to Tom Brady for what he’s given us these past 20 years, or the sadness I feel knowing it’s ending? I love Tom like a son and I always will,” Kraft said. “There simply will never be another Tom Brady. I now look forward to the day we can bring him back home to New England to celebrate his Patriots career, his endless achievements and his legacy as the greatest of all time. I love him very much.”

“Tom was not just a player who bought into our program. He was one of its original creators. Tom lived and perpetuated our culture. On a daily basis, he was a tone-setter and a bar raiser,” Belichick said. “Tom and I will always have a great relationship built on love, admiration, respect, and appreciation … Nothing about the end of Tom’s Patriots career changes how unfathomably spectacular it was. With his relentless competitiveness and longevity, he earned everyone’s adoration and will be celebrated forever. It has been a privilege to coach Tom Brady for 20 years.”

A new beginning for Tom Brady

As expected, it didn’t take long. Tom Brady has a new team: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Network‘s Ian Rapport was the first to break the news. “Former #Patriots QB Tom Brady has an agreement in principle to join the #Bucs, source said. It is believed to be roughly $30M per year,” he tweeted.

Rapport elaborated on what led to Brady’s decision during an appearance on the NFL Network. He stated that “family and being on the east coast” was more important than offensive “scheme or what he’d be running.” And according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, we might know what the Buccaneers offered Brady in addition to $30 million. “Some of those things that Brady wants: Control over roster, and he wants to be part of making decisions on the play calling,” she said on an episode of Get Up.

It also appears Gisele Bundchen got that warm weather she wanted, too.

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The real reason Eva Mendes doesn’t post about her family on Instagram

As if fans weren’t already totally in love with Eva Mendes, she’s just given them another reason to adore and respect her all the more by opening up about why she keeps her personal life so private. Mendes met Ryan Gosling almost 10 years ago when they were working on the 2012 film The Place Beyond The Pines. They’ve remained together as a couple and had two daughters along the way — and even sparked reports that they may be secretly married.

While this is all amazing, what makes them really stand out as a couple is their dedication to privacy. Gosling and Mendes are virtually never seen together in public. As Elle pointed out, “Not even when Gosling was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for his role in La La Land in 2017 did the couple choose to make a public appearance together.” 

In the world of Instagram Stories and reality TV, it seems like a foreign concept to have privacy be such a vital element for a celebrity couple. Fans have gotten so used to the idea of total exposure online, unfiltered thoughts, and tell-alls, so Mendes’ dedication to keeping things under-wraps is almost shocking and counter-cultural.

While Mendes is committed to privacy, she does, in fact, have and use social media, especially Instagram. When a fan recently asked for a glimpse of her family, Mendes actually jumped into the comments in order to explain her stance on the topic.

Eva Mendes prioritizes privacy

Eva Mendes was active on Instagram recently, posting photos from a clothing launch with New York & Company. While she looked totally adorable, a fan asked for a little more. According to People, someone wrote, “wouldn’t mind an [appearance] by Ryan on this page.” Mendes decided to reply and explain both kindly and clearly that a Ryan Gosling sighting was not going to happen anytime soon.

The actress admitted she sometimes struggles with social media, but wrote, “As far as Ryan, I’ll only post flash backs of things that are already ‘out there’ (like pics from movies we did or stuff like that). My man and my kids are private. That’s important to me so thanks for getting that. Have a beautiful day. Sending so much love!”

For Mendes, having kids wasn’t even a specific dream until she met Gosling. In an April 2019 interview with Women’s Health, she spoke about her personal journey into motherhood and said, “Ryan Gosling happened.” (If that’s not bumper sticker material, I don’t know what is.) Mendes continued, “I mean, falling in love with him. Then it made sense for me to have…not kids, but his kids. It was very specific to him.”

Of course, every person’s journey is unique, and while some feel comfortable sharing photos of their loved ones online, that has not been the case for Mendes. And we totally respect her decision to keep her family life private.

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The Heartwarming Reason Kristen Bell Leaves Award Shows Early

Kristen Bell seems to be all over the place these days, whether it was promoting Frozen 2, talking about the Veronica Mars reboot or wrapping up The Good Place. Her vivid, often self-deprecating sense of humor makes her an ideal talk show guest. She seems to be down for just about anything. 

These days, however, the game is starting to be a bit much. The actress has traditionally stayed busy, but her two young daughters have been missing her. That’s why she’ll be taking a break for a while, in more ways than one. 

Why does Kristen Bell duck out early?

Bell visited Late Night with Seth Meyers to discuss the finale of The Good Place, promising that she wasn’t going to cry, but the audience would. However, it’s concern about her kids that prompts her to bolt from awards shows. Meyers saw her at the Critics Choice Awards and noticed her departing before other attendees did. 

“That’s what I do at all of them,” she said, referring to awards shows. “You have two little kids. I love to be in this room with these fancy, wonderful people, but I’ve either got to be up super early with (the kids), or they wake up all night. So I do what I do on stage, I walk off stage, I walk out to the car and I wave goodbye.”

Promoting and being in The Good Place has its benefits though. Many shows struggle to figure out how to talk to kids about death. And although The Good Place is not geared specifically towards kids, it can be a valuable tool to help them understand what happens when a loved one dies. One of Bell’s kids even wanted to help bury their grandfather. 

Kristen Bell sells baby stuff 

Bell and her husband Dax Shepard are known for silly married life antics, but they also have a refreshingly honest and creative approach towards life’s challenges. Last year they launched Hello Bello, a baby line available at Wal-Mart. 

“As a mom of two, I know how beautifully messy parenthood can be, and that’s why we created Hello Bello—a line of premium, super-effective baby care products to take care of your kids from head to butt to toe,” Bell said.”Our products are fresh and fun. More importantly, we use plant-based ingredients and organic botanicals that are better for our kids and better for our world.”

For instance, the products in the line are made with an environmentally friendly emphasis on renewable ingredients. The diapers use less material than traditional diapers, while still being appropriately absorbent.

Kristen Bell is taking a break for a while

Bell and Shepard’s daughters were born in 2013 and 2014 – so they’re at the age where they’re noticing mommy is gone a lot. Bell is figuring maybe she doesn’t have to be quite so busy as she has been, juggling multiple movies and TV projects.  Last year she told E! Online: 

“I have a bunch of other things and it just takes an enormous amount of hours and an enormous amount of focus, and I would like to have the next couple of months to get my kids back on track for school and really just live in my own body for a minute, just for a couple of months,” Bell said. “I’m not quitting or anything…I like being an actress, I love being Kristen and I’m going to rediscover that this fall.”

Bell’s IMDB bears that promise out, as her 2020 roster consists of three TV shows, and all of them are voice roles only: a reboot of Gossip Girl, a show called Central Park, and a show called Do, Re & Mi. So we may not see Bell for a while, but we’ll be hearing from her. 

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The real reason Judge Judy is ending

After 25 seasons, Judge Judy Sheindlin announced that she will soon end her run as television’s notorious arbiter of justice. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres released on March 2, 2020, Sheindlin revealed that Judge Judy will wrap after the 2020-21 season.”I’ve had a 25-year-long marriage with CBS, and it’s been successful. Next year will be our 25th season, silver anniversary,” the TV icon told the TV show host. “And CBS, I think, sort of felt they wanted to optimally use the repeats of my program, because now they have 25 years of reruns. So what they decided to do was to sell a couple of years worth of reruns.”

Even though Judge Judy will be stepping away from the bench next year, she won’t be absent from the courtroom for long. Sheindlin revealed she’s already hard at work on Judy Justice, a show that is slated to premiere in 2022. “Judge Judy, you’ll be able to see next year—a full year, all new shows,” she told DeGeneres. “The following couple of years, you should be able to catch all the reruns that CBS has sold to the stations that are currently carrying Judge Judy, and Judy Justice will be going elsewhere. Isn’t that fun?” Super fun, Judge Judy! 

Judge Judy is one of the highest-paid people on television

Judy Sheindlin has been part of the CBS family since Judge Judy premiered in 1996. In 2015, she extended her contract with the network through the 2020 season. According to Forbes, by the time the the daytime TV personality hands down her final verdict, she’ll have amassed a $440 million fortune. 

Since 2012, Sheindlin has earned approximately $45 million per season for leading the show that garners 10.3 million viewers each day, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As part of her 2015 contract negotiation, Sheindlin gained ownership of her library in exchange for more episodes. However, Sheindlin subsequently signed a nearly $100 million deal with CBS just two years later, at which point the network acquired the complete Judge Judy library—more than 5,200 hours of programming—freeing CBS to replay the show without limitations on any platform they choose.

Sheindlin, who landed a spot on Forbes Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2019 list, credits her time at American University for helping her develop the skills necessary to secure hefty paydays over the years. “I went to law school when women were about as welcome as a skunk at a lawn party,” she said, noting she was the only woman in her class of 126 students. “It toughens you up.”

Considering the fact that Sheindlin insists she’s “not tired” yet, it’s safe to say that her next act will surely be one to watch.

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The real reason Tony Turbo from Fantasy Factory was always blurred

Rob Dyrdek has made a fortune off of his MTV success. The former professional skateboarder-turned-reality-TV star began his rise to celeb superstardom on his debut show, Rob & Big, which ran for three seasons from 2006 to 2008. From there, he truly gained notoriety as the head honcho on Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, another MTV venture that lasted seven seasons.

So, how did Dyrdek’s second show come to be? “I was working on developing a new show … I went to a giant warehouse and it hit me as a ton of bricks how I was going to do everything,” the skateboarder dished to Paper. “I demanded that we call it the Fantasy Factory because this is some Willy Wonka s**t. Now it makes sense. I am on some Willy Wonka s**t right now.”

Sure enough, Fantasy Factory was anything but dull. As Paper put it, the set was “equipped with a skate park, foam pit and his adorable bulldogs Meaty and Beefy. Dyrdek also ventures out of the office to fight sharks, break land and speed records, and ride the world’s largest skateboard.” Other perks of the show included his rapping secretary-turned-Ridiculousness co-host Chanel West Coast, and Tony “Turbo” — a mysterious maintenance man with a face blurred for the cameras. Turbo became an enigma among fans, and Dyrdek refused to give away his co-star’s identity. But why?

Witness protection? Contract negotiations? A big zit? Here’s the real reason Tony Turbo (aka Blurry) from Fantasy Factory was, well, always blurred.

Rob Dyrdek loves giving everyone a hard time

One of the allures of Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory was watching the eponymous pro boarder razz his employees — something he continues to do with Chanel West Coast on Ridiculousness. When he’s not making fun of his amateur skateboarding secretary, Dyrdek’s other target is Tony Turbo. Viewers get a good look at Chanel West Coast, so why is the maintenance man’s face always blurred? 

As it turns out, the answer is quite simple: Dyrdek just loves messing with him. “He is someone that works for me that just wants to be on TV so bad. He is constantly interjecting his way into scenes,” the MTV star dished to Paper. “It just led all the way to this. It ultimately led to him just being blurred. He likes it. I offered Turbo to be unblurred forever if he would lick Kenny, the test dummy, from his crack to his belly button. But he wouldn’t do it.”

Turbo isn’t the only celeb on the show that the Fantasy Factory boss has blurred in the past. In one particular episode of the MTV series, Dyrdek went completely crazy as the censorship czar. “It’s like this incredible power … I can blur anyone,” he boasts as he waved his hands in front of his dog, then in front of his secretary.

At the end of the day, we’re assuming Turbo doesn’t mind, considering @Turbo_akaBlurry is his Twitter handle.

Rob Dyrdek just wants what's best for Chanel West Coast

Now that he’s a married man and father, Rob Dyrdek seems to have calmed down and relaxed his pranking ways. Once in a while, he’s also revealed a softer side on Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory.

Dyrdek’s chivalrous nature came to light during one episode involving a particular rumor that was spreading in the office. “We are all friends here down at the Fantasy Factory,” he says. “There have been certain times where Blurry has gone out on the limb and made out with some girls. One of them just happened to be our beautiful rapping receptionist … Chanel [West Coast].” After egging both the “Anchors” singer and Tony Turbo, Dyrdek finally gets the confirmation he’s after. Addressing the cameras, Dyrdek quips, “That’ll give you a clear indication of why our good friend Turbo has been blurred. It’s a safety issue for America’s female population.”

While that scene was just another case of Dyrdek’s razzing, he really does care for West Coast. In fact, he’s one of the reasons she’s famous today. Speaking to Medium about how their relationship came to be, Dyrdek revealed, “She had … on Myspace, talked to my cousins and they were like, ‘She’s so dumb, she thinks she’s a rapper.’ And then when I met her, I was like, ‘She doesn’t just think it, she really believes it, and she’s actually good at it.'”

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