LeVar Burton Felt “Wrecked” After Not Getting Jeopardy Gig

Turns out Jeopardy! wasn’t all fun and games for LeVar Burton.

Following the death of long-time host Alex Trebek in 2020, the Reading Rainbow star was in the running to be chosen as Jeopardy!’s replacement host. The role ultimately went to former executive producer Mike Richards—who was fired after allegations of sexist commentsand then to Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings.

Now, the author is opening up about not being chosen for the position, revealing that he was “not just disappointed, but wrecked.” 

“Experiencing a very public defeat, humiliation, if you will, was sobering,” Burton told Newsy’s In the Loop in an interview. “I didn’t expect that I would not be their choice for host.”

Part of the hurt had to do with the fact Jeopardy! was Burton’s “favorite game show” that he had watched since he was a kid. “I honestly thought that I was well-suited for it,” he says. “As it turns out, it really wasn’t a competition, after all, the fix was in.”

Jeopardy! did not respond to E! News’ request for comment.

The America’s Got Talent Cast Shares Their Kids’ Unique Talents

Talent certainly runs in the America’s Got Talent family.

Ahead of the season 17 premiere on May 31, the cast of the hit NBC competition series told E! News’ Daily Pop what special skills their kids would showcase if they were competing on the show.

An accomplished model, host and businesswoman herself, judge Heidi Klum shared that her youngest daughter, Lou Sulola Samuel, 12, takes after her father, Grammy Award—winning artist Seal.

“She loves to sing. She plays the piano. She plays the ukulele,” she told Daily Pop‘s Francesca Amiker on the AGT red carpet. “So maybe she got that from her dad. Maybe she got his singing genes.”

In addition to singing, judge Simon Cowell revealed that his son, Eric Cowell, 8, possess a unique musical gift. “[Eric] actually can play the piano by ear,” he said. “I’ve noticed that he can pick up a song and he can literally play it on piano.”

Judge Sofía Vergara‘s 30-year-old son, Manolo Gonzalez Vergara, is a great cook, but she joked, “I don’t know if that works for AGT, though.”

Jill & Joe Biden Use “Fexting” to Avoid Arguing Around Secret Service

While President Biden is busy… well, being president, Dr. Biden has a jam-packed agenda of her own as FLOTUS and an educator at Northern Virginia Community College—a job she has held since 2009, per NPR.

“She’s been traveling all over the country,” he explained to Vogue. “And doing major events for me…and for the country. And so I’ll find that I’m working on a hell of an important speech and I’m distracted. And then I may not be working on one and I want to go and hang out with her, and she’s working on an important speech! Or grading papers.”

At the time, Dr. Biden agreed that they have to make an extra effort with their demanding lives, adding, “Well, it’s true because we’re both so busy. And so we have to, I think, try a little harder to make time for one another.”

She went on to add that having dinner is a key opportunity to have a moment together.

“Sometimes we eat on the balcony; last night we ate in the yellow Oval, upstairs,” she noted. “It’s just part of the day that we set apart, and we still light the candles, still have the conversations, still put the phones away.”

And with phones strictly away, at least we know that means there’s no fexting over dinner!

Harper’s Bazaar’s June/July 2022 Freedom Issue hits newsstands on June 7.

 

These $20 Swim Trunks Have 49,500+ 5-Star Amazon Reviews

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Are you ready for beach days, pool parties, and vacations? Or could you use a new pair of swim trunks? For $20, why not add a fresh pair to your wardrobe? Summer will be here before you know it and Father’s Day is soon too. These swim trunks would be a fashionable, useful, and affordable gift for your dad.

The Kanu Surf Men’s Barracuda Swim Trunks are a reliable option. There are a ton of choices with designs that include solid colors, floral prints, camo prints, and stripes. And there are size selections for just about everyone, with fits ranging from small to 5X. So, what’s the catch? A $20 price point, an inclusive size range, and a plethora of style options— that just sounds too good to be true. Well, actually, it does get even better than that.

It really is such a high-quality product. Just ask the 49,500+ Amazon shoppers who have left glowing 5-star reviews, gushing over the sizing, fit, colors, and durability of the swim trunks. Obviously, you can’t actually get in touch with all of those satisfied customers, but if you keep on reading, you’ll see what some of them have been raving about. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, a significant other, your brother, or your dad, these are a fashionable option at an unbeatable price point. 

These Photos of Cole Sprouse’s Bushy Beard Will Have You Shocked

Long (facial) hair, don’t care.

Cole Sprouse sent shock waves across social media when he debuted a dramatic new look on Instagram.

“Please swipe bb girl,” the 29-year-old captioned a series of selfies on May 30 showing him sporting a long bushy beard and mustache.

He also appeared to be wearing a period costume featuring an oversized button-up shirt and high-waisted trousers.

“omg” commented his Riverdale co-star Vanessa Morgan, while photographer Damon Barker joked, “I can smell you from here.”

Another follower quipped that the actor seemed to be serving up a pandemic-inspired vibes, writing, “Jesus I didn’t realize we’d been in lockdown this long.”

No word on whether Cole’s scraggly makeover is for a new film or TV project, however he did recently say he was ready to move on from Riverdale and “wrap it up with a bow.”

“I’m not a creative force behind [the show],” he told GQ magazine in March. “I actually have no creative control. We show up, receive the scripts often the day of, and we’re asked to shoot.”

Why You Shouldn’t Expect a Flight Attendant Season 3

The Flight Attendant might be preparing for landing. 

Season two came to a close on May 26, and Kaley Cuoco says it may have been the series finale. In a recent interview, Cuoco, who stars as the titular character and serves as an executive producer, revealed that she isn’t planning on doing a third season. 

“I’m like, ‘Well, we did two. We should probably be done,'” she told People.

And while she said “there’s definitely interest in doing a third season” for others, that’s not the case for her “at this moment.”

But not all hope is lost. While Cuoco noted that she “could possibly get back in it,” she will “need a minute.” 

“I just kind of feel like we just ended,” she explained. “Some of my favorite shows on TV take some time to come back, and then I get very excited about a new season. I want to make sure that the fans are excited and that we’re not pushing it too hard.”

Body, Phone, & Sunglass Chains: Rock the Trend for as Low as $5

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Leave it to celebrities to find chic, inventive new ways to add a touch of glam to their outfits. Stars like Hailey Bieber, Dakota Johnson, and Kendall Jenner are rocking the newest in accessory trends, and we’re obsessed. From body jewelry to sunglass chains to phone chains, this trend allows you to accessorize and add more personality to your outfits in your own way. 

Summer is the perfect time to experiment and play with new, fun styles. We especially love gold jewelry or accessories that come in bright colors for warmer weather. Body jewelry and sunglass chains are the perfect accessories to wear all summer long, especially with your bikini to your next beach or pool day. 

Scroll below to decorate yourself and your phone with these 20 trending styles from Amazon, Revolve, and Edikted with prices starting at just $5. 

Dwayne Johnson Responds to Fan Who Took Cutout of Him to Prom

Now this date really rocks.

High school student Mel brought Dwayne Johnson to her prom—well, sort of. The 18-year-old had a cardboard cutout of the actor join her at the big dance. They got all dressed up—wearing coordinating pink outfits—and posed for prom pics with her friends.

“Thank you @therock for taking me to prom,” Mel wrote on Instagram May 22. “I had so much fun. Best date a person could ask for.” 

And it looks like the Young Rock star appreciated the invite. “It was absolutely my honor @smilesweetsraccoon and you were the best prom date EVER!!” the real Dwayne wrote on Instagram May 30, re-sharing the pics. “Great to meet your family and friends too! Ps, I’m super happy you posted! Have the best summer! DJ.” 

His message was awesome but not unexpected, since Dwayne has a history of going out of his way for fans.

Tory Burch Summer Sale: Get Bags, Sandals, Swim & More Up to 60% Off

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Memorial Day weekend may be over, but that doesn’t mean the incredible sales have come to an end. In fact, we’ve got a sale you’ll definitely want to take advantage of, especially if you’re looking to upgrade your wardrobe for summer. 

Tory Burch recently added hundreds of new items to their sale section, and the deals are so good, you can find items over 60% off. Whether you’re shopping for chic new bags, shoes or accessories, you’re guaranteed to find something you love. You can even find deals on swimwear starting at $39

Traveling this summer? Tory Burch has several classy and cute crossbody bags that will keep your hands free to explore. We’re obsessed with the Miller Phone Crossbody, which is basically a bag version of their iconic logo sandals. It’s also on sale for just $129, which is nearly $100 off the original price.

If you love Tory Burch, we highly recommend shopping ASAP as items tend to sell out super quick. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite deals and sale styles at Tory Burch today. Check those out below. 

How Jamie Campbell Bower Prepared for Stranger Things Role

Warning: Spoilers ahead! 

Jamie Campbell Bower is giving very “politician”-like answers after his debut in Stranger Things season four.

The actor made his first appearance in Volume I, in which he plays an orderly who befriends Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) while she’s in the Hawkins Laboratory. But in episode seven, it’s revealed that he’s actually Henry Creel, a.k.a. the mysterious One, whose powers inspired Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) to launch the program that created Eleven. 

What’s more, Creel became the terrifying monster Vecna when Eleven banished him. Since their fateful encounter, he’s been killing Hawkins’ teens and gaining strength in the Upside Down.

So yeah, the pressure was on as soon as Bower auditioned for the role.

He told Entertainment Weekly that he was so keen on getting the character down, he ended up creating a book about Henry’s origin story, which he later showed to creators Matt and Ross Duffer during the audition. “They were like, ‘Have you read the script? This is literally perfect,'” he remembered. “So they scuttled off into the backroom of the house that they write in and came back with all these amazing 3D renders and telling me more about the story of Vecna and of Henry and of One.”