JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teen who raised tens of thousands of dollars for college after his parents ostracized him for being gay now wants to pay it forward.
Basketball players sue ‘Fortnite’ game makers over dance
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Two former University of Maryland men's basketball players are suing the makers of "Fortnite," claiming the video game's creators misappropriated a dance they popularized...
Kevin Hart says he’s considering Oscar hosting gig again
NEW YORK (AP) — Prodded by Ellen DeGeneres, comic Kevin Hart says he'll reconsider his decision to step down as host of the Academy Awards.
Hart had backed away two days after being named host last month when some homophobic tweets he had made a decade ago resurfaced. But DeGeneres urged him to host the show during an interview that aired Friday on her talk show.
The motion picture Academy has not named a replacement host for its Feb. 24 awards show.
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Yes, we're in a bit of a bind, though nothing like the good folks at the Academy Awards.
You see, we never even got to the point where Kevin Hart accepted the honor, then had to withdraw because people capable of working the screengrab function pointed out that he's posted some terrible things about gay people.
Kansas City-born viral video star finds success on ‘Ellen’
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Even after landing a gig on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," after more than 430 million views of his videos, after lighting the Mayor's Christmas Tree at Crown Center, after catching Oprah's eye on Instagram, after filming a movie with Seth Rogen, Kalen Allen would still prefer you not call him "famous."
Iowa Powerball winner gives $500K to veterans group
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman who shared a nearly $700 million Powerball lottery jackpot has donated $500,000 to a veterans group.
Lerynne (lah-RINN) West announced on the Ellen DeGeneres Show broadcast Wednesday that she gave the money to the Travis Mills Foundation. The Maine-based organization offers programs for disabled veterans.
Melania Trump hosts students for movie at the White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump invited sixth graders to the White House on Tuesday to watch a movie about kindness as part of her anti-bullying campaign — even as her office pushed back against one of the first lady's own critics on Twitter.
Osaka: Serena says ‘proud’ of her on US Open trophy stand
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka told television host Ellen DeGeneres that Serena Williams said she was "proud" of her during the trophy ceremony while boos filled the stadium.
Osaka appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday. She says Williams also whispered to her "the crowd wasn't booing at me. So I was really happy that she said that."
NEW YORK (AP) — Country music icon Willie Nelson has extended an offer to meet President Donald Trump at one of the detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border to better understand what's happening, the latest attempt by a celebrity hoping to end the administration's policy of separating families at border crossings.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawyer who gained national attention when she was rewarded with $20,000 on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" for helping juvenile offenders has been charged with smuggling drugs and a cellphone to an inmate.
The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports that Dana Tapper of Richmond was indicted by a grand jury last month.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were thousands of screaming fans, songs and jokes — just like old times as 'N Sync reunited to get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kim Kardashian West is speaking out publicly about her sister Khloe's relationship with NBA player Tristan Thompson.
Khloe gave birth to a baby girl named True earlier this month, days after a video surfaced of Thompson where it appeared he was cheating on her. On Monday's "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Kardashian West said: "I don't even know how to describe it besides it's so (expletive) up."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres says she's "furious" that so many black men have been shot by police and "nothing seems to change."
Speaking with CNN's Van Jones on her show on Friday, DeGeneres said she's "ashamed."
Jones said "it's not just the police." He said that when he was at Yale University, students did drugs and were sent to rehab while black kids in a nearby project were sent to jail for doing the same thing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Macaulay Culkin avoids watching his "Home Alone" movie.
Appearing Monday in a taped segment on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the 37-year-old actor jokes fans often ask him to recreate his face from the 1990 film and he won't oblige.
Culkin says he tries not to leave his house around Christmas because the movie plays throughout the holiday. He calls it "background radiation at Christmastime."
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Kim Kardashian West knew "nothing" during her appearance on 'Family Feud'.
The 37-year-old reality star - who appeared on the game show alongside her husband Kanye, and three of his family members - didn't prove to be of much use to her own team, according to host Steve Harvey.
Jason Aldean says the survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting tragedy gave him "strength".
The 'Dirt Road Anthem' was on stage at the festival in October when a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.
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Heidi Klum is "very single and very ready to mingle".
The 44-year-old supermodel split from her boyfriend Vito Schnabel last September after three years together, and despite originally claiming she is on a break from dating, Heidi now revealed she is looking for love again.
Oprah Winfrey has shared her thoughts on President Donald Trump calling her “very insecure.”
“I don’t like giving negativity power, so I just thought, ‘What?’” Winfrey said in an interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
Oprah responds to Trump ‘hate tweet’ on ‘Ellen’: ‘I don’t like giving negativity power’
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey couldn't escape questions about President Trump during her appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Thursday.
Diane Keaton thinks Chris Martin is "gorgeous" - but didn't know who he was when they met.
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Soup to nuts
As comedian Ellen DeGeneres explained Thursday afternoon on her television show: “Everybody is talking about bitcoin, nobody understands it.”
Amy Schumer surprised fans when she announced Thursday that she got married to her boyfriend, chef Chris Fischer. The comedienne took to Instagram to post a variety of wedding photos with the caption, "Yup." A representative for Schumer, 36, had no additional comment.
Harry Connick Jr.’s daytime show to end after 2 seasons
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harry Connick Jr.'s daytime show is coming to an end later this year.
NBCUniversal Domestic Television said Friday that Connick's talk-variety show, titled "Harry," will wrap after two seasons.
The company lauded the jazz musician and former "American Idol" judge as a "phenomenal talent."
Jerry Seinfeld didn't rule out reviving the comedian's eponymous sitcom when asked during an interview by fellow comic-turned-television star Ellen DeGeneres.
Nebraska police officer receives $75,000 for college costs on ‘Ellen’
A Lincoln police officer and her daughter appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Monday and received a big surprise — $75,000 for college education costs.
Officer Chassidy Jackson-Goodwin said it was a thrill.
"It's just a blessing,'' she said. "An unexpected, unbelievable blessing."
Ten days of a Beaver Dam teacher’s life flew by in what felt like an instant, but Gerryanne Schwanke knows that fast-moving week and a half was the adventure of a lifetime.
Michelle Obama tells Ellen to ‘forget what they’re saying in Washington’
Former first lady Michelle Obama offered a passionate appeal for empathy during her first televised interview since leaving the White House a year ago.
Former first lady Michelle Obama relived an awkward Inauguration Day gift exchange during her first television interview since leaving the White House.
Michelle Obama to Ellen DeGeneres: ‘We have to be an open-hearted nation’
Former first lady Michelle Obama said Americans should "lead with hope" after daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said she was "frightened" by the direction President Trump had taken the country.
Ellen DeGeneres presented a gorilla conservation center
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Portia de Rossi is giving wife Ellen DeGeneres her own namesake gorilla conservation center for her 60th birthday.
De Rossi announced the gift during an episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airing Thursday. Her donation to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund will create a permanent home in Rwanda for the organization that has been protecting endangered mountain gorillas for 50 years.
Mrs. Obama says ‘lovely frame’ in box during awkward handoff
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama says there was "a lovely frame" in the Tiffany-blue box Melania Trump delivered on inauguration day.
But the formal exchange on the day President Donald Trump took the oath of office was a little awkward, Mrs. Obama told Ellen DeGeneres in remarks broadcast Thursday. Mrs. Obama recalled that after Mrs. Trump gave her the gift on the White House front steps, "No one would come and take the box" so that it would not appear in photos.
Prairie View Elementary School celebrated Jammys for the Grammys on Friday as the student body of the school dressed down to celebrate a teacher who will be dressing up for the Grammys on Sunday.
Ted Danson's wife surprised him by pinching his seat on a plane in disguise.
13 dead in Southern California as rain triggers mudslides
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — At least 13 people were killed and dozens of homes were swept away or heavily damaged Tuesday as downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in Southern California last month.
Athletes heeded call for help when disasters struck in 2017
J.J. Watt had a modest goal when he launched a fundraiser to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
The Texans' three-time Defensive Player of the Year said he hoped to raise $200,000 in a video he posted on Twitter after a preseason game on Aug. 26. It took less than two hours to reach that number .
Ellen DeGeneres gets her game on in new prime-time show
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres, known for keeping her comedy on the nice side, lets her inner meanie out for "Ellen's Game of Games."
NBC's new prime-time game show, which begins its regular run at 8 p.m. EST Tuesday after a December sneak peek, subjects its contestants to measured torments that delight host and executive producer DeGeneres.
Football, funny ladies and ‘Wonderful Life’ are TV draws
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A current TV funny lady, a vintage one and a time-honored Christmas movie won over viewers in the run-up to the holiday.
A preview of Ellen DeGeneres' new NBC prime-time game show, "Ellen's Game of Games," and CBS' pair of "I Love Lucy" episodes starring Lucille Ball landed in the top 20 last week, Nielsen said Wednesday.
A Christmas Eve broadcast of "It's a Wonderful Life" on NBC was the week's top-rated holiday movie.
Ellen DeGeneres is well known for her endless energy dancing up and down the aisles of her TV show studios, headlining numerous Hollywood award shows, and her frequent charity work and performances. In her spare time, DeGeneres is also the No. 1 celebrity home flipper, leaving her competitors such as Jennifer Aniston, Meg Ryan and Diane Keaton in the leftover construction dust.
Ellen DeGeneres surprises Minnesota single mom who donated a kidney to save her son
Born with congenital kidney failure, Zachary Elsenpeter faced a lifetime of medical complications.
Rob Lowe cooks for California firefighters
US Sen. Elizabeth Warren gets 2nd turn as comic book hero
BOSTON (AP) — All comic book heroes need a sequel — even U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
The Massachusetts Democrat was the focus last year of a 22-page comic titled "Female Force: Elizabeth Warren," which told the story of Warren's rise from Oklahoma schoolgirl to U.S. senator and champion of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.
The Latest: Celebrities among thousands fleeing wildfire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):
President Donald Trump has received a lunchtime briefing on the government's response to wildfires in California.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters says Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue also briefed Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on a wildfire prevention roundtable he participated in Monday.
Trump has declared a state of emergency in the state and ordered federal agencies to help with the efforts.
Mark Hamill remembers his late “Star Wars” co-star Carrie Fisher as not only his screen sibling but as almost a real-life sister.
Chelsea Handler makes feminist fashion statement on ‘Ellen’ wearing Minnesota T-shirt
In a rare departure from her typical loud-mouth antics, it was comedian Chelsea Handler's Minnesota-created shirt that did the talking when she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week.
Success so far: Apex business that sends elves to greet kids at home proves popular
The elves have been busy - the ones up in the North Pole of course, along with the ones that are down here in the Triangle, meeting and greeting with kids through The Elves, the creation of an Apex father of eight.
You might remember that I wrote about The Elves a couple of weeks ago.