The daily gossip: March 2, 2020

Jeva Lange

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Fifth time's a charm? Longtime Bachelor Nation standby Clare Crawley, 38, will be the Bachelorette for the show's 16th season, after having sought love on Bachelor shows four times previously. Clare finished as runner-up on Juan Pablo's season in 2014, and appeared on the first and second seasons of Bachelor in Paradise as well as in the Bachelor Winter Games in 2018. Bachelor Nation gossip blogger Reality Steve claims that several potential suitors have already been cut from the forthcoming season for being too young for Clare, who is the oldest Bachelorette yet and will represent a refreshing break from the show's typical crop of 20-something leads. "She's very positive about what the season will hold," Good Morning America reports. So are we! [Good Morning America, Vulture]

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Bet you didn't have "Bernie Sanders inadvertently breaks up Public Enemy" on your 2020 Bingo card. On Sunday, Chuck D and the remaining members of the iconic hip-hop group announced that "Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav," the group's cofounder and hype man. The dismissal came after Flavor Flav sent a cease-and-desist to Sanders over Chuck D's plans to perform at the senator's campaign rally in Los Angeles on Sunday; in an open letter, Flavor's lawyer claimed the presidential hopeful was "promoting a 'false narrative' that the group has endorsed his campaign." Chuck D later clarified the grounds of the breakup, tweeting "it's not about BERNIE with Flav," and adding that his "last straw" was actually "long ago." [Rolling Stone, Billboard]

3.

After 25 seasons, Judge Judy's court is set to adjourn, host Judy Sheindlin announced during a Monday appearance on Ellen. Variety, noting Judge Judy averages about 10 million viewers a day, called the move "perhaps the most seismic shift to happen in the syndication business since Oprah Winfrey announced her departure." But Sheindlin explained she's not yet stepping aside entirely, as she's set to launch a new show called Judy Justice. Although Sheindlin didn't provide any information about where Judy Justice will air or even what it actually is, we can only assume it's not just a renamed Judge Judy but some sort of superhero show starring Sheindlin in the lead role, as the Judge Judy Cinematic Universe continuously expands. [Variety]

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You can practically hear the outfit squeaking from here. For husband Kanye West's surprise Sunday Service in Paris this weekend, Kim Kardashian West vacuumed herself into a caramel-colored latex getup, complete with a rubber turtleneck, gloves, and even ponytail tie. The ensemble came straight from Balmain's fall 2020 runway, with Kardashian West raving in an Instagram Story, "I just got to Paris and look who's in my room … Olivier [Rousteing], you are too good to me." At the service, West used his sermon to caution against "[putting] our faith and trust in material things" like "our favorite outfit," all while looking considerably more equipped to breathe in his "beige cotton drill uniform," according to Vogue. [Vogue, Page Six]

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Netflix is bringing a "who's who of contemporary comedy" to Tinseltown, the Los Angeles Times writes. On Monday, the streamer announced the inaugural Netflix Is a Joke Fest, with more than 100 performances from funny people like "Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, Amy Schumer, Ali Wong, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin" (plus many more, with "additional names to come"). Running from April 27 to May 3, Netflix anticipates 80,000 attendees, with tickets ranging from $15 to $500. "It's our honor to transform L.A. for one week into the funniest place on earth," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. [Los Angeles Times, Netflix Is a Joke Fest]

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