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Gypsy Rose Blanchard, convicted of helping kill her abusive mother, released from prison after 7 years

A Missouri Corrections official confirmed that Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who plead guilty to helping her boyfriend kill her abusive mother, was released from prison on parole on Thursday. Missouri Department of Corrections spokesperson Karen Pojmann said of the conditions of Blanchard’s release that “her original 10-year sentence started in June 2015, so, barring parole violations and other extenuating circumstances, it’s expected that she’ll be on parole supervision and reporting to a parole officer until June 2025.”

Blanchard was the victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy at the hands of her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a rare syndrome in which a caregiver fakes, exaggerates or induces illness in a child to gain attention. Dee Dee was found to have convinced those around her, including doctors, that her daughter was afflicted with leukemia and muscular dystrophy among other ailments.

In 2016, Blanchard pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after confessing that she convinced her boyfriend to stab her mother to death as she slept. In the days after Dee Dee’s killing, details started to emerge that revealed the unusual situation, with Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott saying at a June 2015 press conference that “things are not always as they appear.” In a plea deal, prosecutors sentenced Gypsy Rose to 10 years in prison, after attorneys uncovered the abuse she had experienced at the hands of her mother. Blanchard, who admitted to being in the house at the time of the murder, said that she knew her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, was going to stab Dee Dee and she did nothing to stop it. Godejohn was convicted of murder and sentenced in 2019 to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Court filings show he admitted to stabbing Dee Dee and said he only killed her because Gypsy asked him to.

The case of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee gained national attention, after the release of the HBO Max documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest,” as well as the 2019 Hulu miniseries “The Act, starring Patricia Arquette as Dee Dee Blanchard.  In an interview with People magazine shortly before her release, the now 32-year-old Blanchard said she regretted her role in the killing “every single day … She was a sick woman and unfortunately I wasn’t educated enough to see that. She deserved to be where I am, sitting in prison doing time for criminal behavior.”

Blanchard will release the upcoming book “Released: Conversations on the Eve of Freedom” on January 9, 2024, which tells her story through her own perspective, with the help of writers Melissa Moore and Michele Matrisciani.  In addition, a six-hour Lifetime special “The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard” is set to premiere on January 5, 2024, featuring interviews with Blanchard from prison.

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Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley attempts to clarify Civil War comments after backlash

On Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley attempted to clarify the remarks she made in which she failed to mention slavery as the cause of the Civil War.

The former governor of South Carolina and ex-United Nations ambassador came under fire Wednesday night after a video of her exchange with a voter in New Hampshire during the town hall in Berlin, N.H. circulated on social media. When pressed by the voter over the cause of the Civil War, Haley said, “Well, don’t come with an easy question, right? I mean, I think the cause of the Civil War was basically how government was going to run, the freedoms and what people could and couldn’t do .. We need to have capitalism, we need to have economic freedom.”  After the voter responded it was “astonishing” that she did not mention slavery while discussing the Civil War, Haley asked: “What do you want me to say about slavery?” the voter responded:“You answered my question. Thank you.” 

However, during a New Hampshire radio interview, Haley attempted to clarify her comment, saying: “We know that. That’s the easy part of it. What I was saying was what does it mean to us today? What it means to us today is about freedom. That’s what that was all about.” She later accused the voter who asked her about the cause of the Civil War of being a “Democrat plant.”

Republicans and Democrats both slammed Haley’s initial comments — Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), a supporter of Trump, wrote on X that the answer was “slavery, period.”  Meanwhile, the campaign of fellow candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis posted the video of Haley online with the word, “Yikes.”   And President Biden reposted a video of the exchange, writing simple, “It was about slavery.”

Haley and DeSantis are neck-and-neck for second place behind Donald Trump in national polling. As of Thursday, Trump leads the national polls with 63.1 percent of the support, followed by Haley with 10.8 percent and DeSantis close behind with 10.6 percent.

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Morgan Wallen teases new collab with Post Malone and ERNEST

Morgan Wallen recently teased a brand new collaboration, ‘I Had Some Help’, which is seemingly co-written with help from Post Malone, Ernest and frequent collaborator, Charlie Handsome.

The collaboration shouldn’t come as a complete surprise to fans, as Wallen was photographed in the studio during CMAs week that Ernest posted of himself, along with with Posty and Wallen. In addition, Wallen appeared with Hardy and Posty on Hardy’s latest mixtape, a loose tribute to 90’s country kingpin Joe Diffie.

The now-deleted, one minute long snippet finds Morgan leaning into the pop genre he’s previously showcased.  The song doesn’t feature Post Malone’s vocals, however, Morgan tagged Posty, Ernest and Charlie Handsome in the post.

Despite the clip for “I Had Some Help” quickly disappearing from Wallen’s Instagram, a fan captured it and posted it on YouTube. You can check out the snippet: here.

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Producers announce star-studded collaborations for ‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’

Star-studded collaborations for this year’s ‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’ have been announced. The live broadcast, hosted by Elle King and Entertainment Tonight‘s Rachel Smith, will air live on Sunday, December 31st on CBS, and stream on Paramount+ live and on-demand. TV and radio host Cody Alan and CBS anchor Lonnie Quinn will be corresponding from New York City’s Times Square, along with Dustin Lynch, who will also perform live from there.

Among the collaborations announced were: Lainey Wilson with Grace Bowers and Jackson Dean; as well as Brothers Osborne with Trombone Shorty; and Blake Shelton with Trace Adkins.

The full lineup of artists set to perform includes Trace Adkins, Grace Bowers, Kane Brown, Jackson Dean, Old Dominion, Hardy, Elle King, Cody Johnson, Parker McCollum, Megan Moroney, Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Trombone Shorty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson and Bailey Zimmerman. Viewers can also anticipate a special guest appearance from Tennessee Titan and five-time all-pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and actor/comedian Rob Schneider.

The five-hour broadcast, live from Music City, will see Nashville counting down with the East Coast at midnight; and then again will join the countdown in the country’s central time zone, taking place with the Nashville’s renowned Music Note Drop at the Bicentennial Mall stage. The famed red Music Note will be dropped on a 138-foot tower at midnight to ring in the new year.

2023 ‘Nashville’s Big Bash’ collaborations announced

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‘Parasite’ actor Lee Sun-kyun dead at 48 by apparent suicide

Lee Sun-kyun, star of the Academy-Award winning film ‘Parasite,’ has died at the age of 48. South Korean police confirmed the news on Wednesday, December 27, revealing that Lee was found dead in a parked car located in Seoul, after a search was underway when he was reported missing. Per law enforcement, Lee was found with a charcoal briquette in his passenger seat. Several South Korean media outlets have reported that Lee’s death is being treated as a suicide. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency also reported on Wednesday that authorities have launched an investigation regarding his death.

Lee was under investigation by police for allegations that he had used illegal drugs while at the home of a hostess working at a South Korean bar, according to a Wednesday report from Yonhap. Lee was first questioned by police in October regarding the drugs, and apologized at the time for “causing immense disappointment … I am sorry for my family, who are enduring extreme pain at this moment.” While Lee has since maintained his innocence, and he tested negative in two drug tests following the initial incident. According to Yonhap, he was most recently questioned on Saturday, December 23.

Lee starred as Park Dong-ik (Nathan) in the 2019 movie Parasite. The film took home four Academy Awards at the 2020 Oscars, becoming the first non-English-language film to win best picture.

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Cardi B, LL Cool J added as performers on ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest’

ABC announced additional performers for the upcoming Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2024, taking place on Dec. 31st. Among the latest additions to the lineup are Cardi B, who is set to take the stage for a special performance from Miami; and LL Cool J, who will rock the stage from Times Square.

Longtime host Ryan Seacrest is returning to New York City’s Times Square with co-host, singer Rita Ora. The show will also be broadcast from Hollywood, California, with TV personality Jeannie Mai hosting, as well as presenter Dayanara Torres returning to co-host from Puerto Rico.

The New York festivities include previously announced performances by Megan Thee Stallion, Jelly Roll, Sabrina Carpenter and Tyla.  Doechii, Ellie Goulding, Green Day, Janelle Monáe, Loud Luxury x Two Friends with Bebe Rexha, Ludacris, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Paul Russell, Reneé Rapp with Coco Jones and Thirty Seconds to Mars will all be performing. Additionally, K-pop group NewJeans will be performing live from South Korea, and singer Post Malone will take the stage in Las Vegas at the Fontainebleau Hotel. Meanwhile, while Ivy Queen will be performing from Puerto Rico.

‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2024’ airs Sunday, December 31st live on ABC beginning at 8 pm EST.

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Special counsel Smith says Donald Trump should be barred from blaming others for Jan. 6 riot

Special counsel Jack Smith wrote in a court filing on Wednesday that Donald Trump shouldn’t be allowed to make “irrelevant” claims targeting President Joe Biden or say others are to blame for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot during his federal election interference trial.

The filing states: “Through public statements, filings and argument in hearings before the court, the defense has attempted to inject into this case partisan political attacks and irrelevant and prejudicial issues that have no place in a jury trial. Although the court can recognize these efforts for what they are and disregard them, the jury — if subjected to them — may not. The court should not permit the defendant to turn the courtroom into a forum in which he propagates irrelevant disinformation, and should reject his attempt to inject politics into this proceeding.”

Smith’s team argues in the filing that Trump should be barred from using “terminology such as the ‘Injustice Department,’ ‘Biden Indictment’ or similar phrases” in front of the jury. The special counsel argues that Trump has suggested “he intends to impeach the integrity of the investigation by raising wholly false claims such as the government’s nonexistent ‘coordination with the Biden administration’ and other empty allegations recycled from the selective and vindictive prosecution motion that he based on anonymous sources in newspaper articles.”

In August, Trump pleaded not guilty to the special counsel’s criminal charges attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The former president has denied all wrongdoing and denounced the charges as “a persecution of a political opponent.” Trump also responded to the filing in a statement Wednesday, claiming the prosecution is ignoring Judge Chutkan’s instructions to stay the election subversion case:  “[I]t is so sad that the Supreme Court just unanimously rejected his desperate attempt to rush this Witch Hunt, that he is ignoring the law and clear instructions from District Court Judge Chutkan, who unequivocally stated that this ‘case’ is stayed and there should be no litigation.” 

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Michigan Supreme Court rejects case to remove Donald Trump from 2024 ballot

On Wednesday, the Michigan Supreme Court rejected an effort to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s primary ballot in 2024.  The order says the court declines to hear a case arguing that Trump should be left off of the state’s ballot because it is “not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by this court.” The court’s order blocks efforts to remove Trump from the 2024 ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

The order comes after the Michigan Court of Appeals this month similarly rejected challenges to Trump’s spot on the state’s primary ballot. In a 3-0 opinion that cited Michigan law, the appellate court said: “Who to place on the primary ballot is determined by the political parties and the individual candidates.” Courts in Arizona and Minnesota have also ruled against similar efforts to get Trump kicked off the ballot.

The Michigan Supreme Court’s order is in stark contrast with the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision last week barring Trump’s candidacy in the state’s primary next year on constitutional grounds. Trump himself applauded the Michigan Supreme Court’s order in a post on his ‘Truth Social’ platform Wednesday morning, saying that the court has “strongly and rightfully denied the Desperate Democrat attempt to take the leading Candidate in the 2024 Presidential Election, me, off the ballot in the Great State of Michigan. This pathetic gambit to rig the Election has failed all across the Country, including in States that have historically leaned heavily toward the Democrats. Colorado is the only State to have fallen prey to the scheme.”

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Dolly Parton fulfills cancer patient’s ‘bucket list’ item

Dolly Parton fulfilled a cancer patient’s ‘bucket list’ wish earlier this month, after the country music icon called longtime fan LeGrand Gold of Utah to serenade him during his years-long cancer battle.

Gold had shard with KSL-TV, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based affiliate, that his cancer is spreading, and after a recent doctor’s visit, he was told “the chemo is not working anymore, the radiation is not working anymore. They just sent me home and said ‘be with your family.’”  Gold said that “meeting Dolly Parton” was part of an 11-item bucket list he had written on a napkin of things he wanted to accomplish in his lifetime, but assumed it would be impossible to meet Parton – that is, before he received a call from Parton herself on Friday, December 22. Parton told Gold she was “happy to know I have a fan that devoted,” and thanked him for his support over the years, saying “I will always love you,” and singing her 1970s classic (with a lyric swap to include his name).

Gold’s wife, Alice shared with PEOPLE that after the call from Parton, “we’ve been flying above the silver lining for days. Out of the 11 items [on the list], we thought Dolly would be the impossible, but true to Dolly form, she once again reminds the world that dreams really do come true.” Gold shared a video of the moment on YouTube titled “Christmas Wishes Always Come True’ (you can take a look – here).

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Lainey Wilson surprises young fan with visit on Christmas Day

Lainey Wilson made a young fan’s Christmas special, by surprising her with a visit on the holiday itself!  As shared on TikTok, Wilson visited her young fan, Sophia and her mother Chelsea in Alabama – and although her family was aware of Wilson’s visit, Sophia appears shocked to see Wilson at her house.

Wilson first became aware of Sophia after her mother posted a video of Sophia getting tickets to see Wilson in concert, and Sophia crying from excitement upon receiving then gift. Wilson discovered the video, and planned to meat Sophia backstage at the concert. She said at the time, “I’ve watched it a million times. You’re about to make me cry….Girl, come on. I’m going to be seeing you in Huntsville, and we’re gonna make it a night. You’re gonna come backstage. I love you, and I can’t wait to meet you girl. We’re gonna make a thing of it. Wear your bell bottoms, wear your hat, I’ll see you there.”

In the new TikTok, the country singer showed up bearing gifts, and the video shows Sophia overwhelmed with emotion, crying happy tears. Wilson hugged Sophia before the young girl revealed that she bought Wilson a gift also. Wilson is heard saying “This has just made my Christmas, girl. This had just made my Christmas. I’m so glad I got to come see you. You’re so sweet. I’m telling you I watched that video a million times. I’m not even playing. I watched it over and over again. It’s made me laugh and cry and everything.”

Lainey Wilson Surprises Young Fan Who Was Brought To Tears After Receiving Concert Tickets For Christmas

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