Celebrity News for April 20, 2016

Michael Strahan Is Leaving ‘Live With Kelly And Michael’ For ‘GMA’

It’s a sad day for “Live with Kelly and Michael” fans.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, fan-favorite Michael Strahan will be exiting the ABC talk show to pursue a full-time gig with “Good Morning America.” “I look forward to continuing to work with the incredible team at ‘GMA.’ It is an exciting opportunity to be able to bring unique stories and voices to the audience,” Strahan said in a statement, according to THR. The 44-year-old reminisced about his time on “Live” and made sure to thank his co-host, Kelly Ripa.

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‘GMA’ absolutely “had to have” Michael Strahan and paid him a fortune to move him off ‘Live’ because that’s the way the BIG boss at Disney wanted it. Sources connected to Strahan’s blockbuster deal — going full-time at ‘GMA’ — tell us Disney CEO Bob Iger himself made the call to grab Kelly Ripa’s co-host because he’s an “everyday man” who connects with the audience.

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Anderson Cooper up for Michael Strahan’s ‘Live’ seat

After ABC News President James Goldston announced in a memo Tuesday that former New York Giants star Michael Strahan would exit “Live With Kelly and Michael” to move full-time to “Good Morning America,” speculation immediately began over who will take his role. Sources told Page Six on Tuesday that Ripa’s close pal Anderson Cooper is now the front-runner to replace Strahan, who came on as co-host with Kelly Ripa in 2012 after Regis Philbin retired in 2011.

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AC/DC singer Brian Johnson: I’m not retiring

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson insists he’s not retiring despite not being able to finish his band’s “Rock or Bust” tour due to hearing loss. “I don’t believe . . . press releases sufficiently set out what I wanted to say to our fans,” he said in a statement.

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Brooke Mueller is accusing Charlie Sheen of selling off his “Two and a Half Men” cash cow just so he can get his child support payments to her reduced. As we’ve reported, Charlie’s been crying poverty to the court … saying he can no longer afford the $55k per month, but Brooke’s not buying it for a second.

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Brody Jenner on Kardashians: ‘They’re not my f–king family!’

Everybody seems to want a piece of the Kardashians — except Brody Jenner. Our spy overheard a conversation at Coachella in which a pal praised one-time reality star Jenner for the success of his “family,” meaning the Kardashian clan.

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The real reason Kourtney never married Scott

Scott Disick still thinks he has a shot with ex Kourtney Kardashian. The couple split last summer after photos emerged of Disick getting cozy with another woman in Monte Carlo, but the reality TV bad boy hasn’t appeared to change his partying lifestyle in recent months. “Scott says he still wants to get back together with her, but hasn’t done anything to prove it,” an insider tells Page Six.

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“Vanderpump Rules” star Scheana Shay’s weed puffing parties are out of control, just like her black cat … according to one pissed off neighbor. Scheana lives in a fancy L.A. high rise apartment, and a guy who shares a wall with her says his unit’s been inundated by marijuana clouds drifting from her crib. He ain’t happy about the contact high.

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Waka Flocka Flame has not been scared straight after his medical emergency … not by a long shot, because he’s determined to make the most of 4/20. As we reported, EMTs rushed to Waka’s concert venue Sunday night after he consumed way too many edibles and smoked way too much weed.

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Mariah Carey threw a party where all the guests dressed as her

Mariah Carey threw an intimate party at an Italian villa where the theme was Mariah Carey. The “Heartbreaker” songstress, 46, took a break from the European leg of her “Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour” with a self-indulgent costume party along Lake Como, Italy this weekend where 40 of her closest pals all dressed up like the singer.

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Courtney Love kicked out of Coachella bash

Hole rocker Courtney Love may have had too much fun at Coachella last weekend, getting ejected from notorious after-party Neon Carnival on Saturday night. “She went to Neon Carnival and got kicked out for being too drunk in the VIP area,” we’re told. Another source at the party, which is held on an airport tarmac — and was attended by celebs including Leo DiCaprio, Rihannaand Kesha

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‘STAR WARS’ WHO IS REY’S MOM? Big Money Hint Uncovered

The biggest mystery in the ‘Star Wars’ galaxy — the identity of Rey’s parents — was partially and accidentally leaked by Lucasfilm lawyers … at least that’s how super fans will see it. Lucasfilm just filed docs, obtained by TMZ, to own all merchandising rights for a character named Jyn Erso — specifically for toys, clothing, footwear, books, school supplies, and stationery.

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William and Harry visit the ‘Star Wars’ set

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Joss Whedon felt like a ‘miserable failure’ after ‘Avengers 2’

Joss Whedon had such a hard time after “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” even Mark Ruffalo was worried about him. “I should just say … I’m very proud of [‘Ultron’],” the “Avengers” director clarified at a Tribeca Film Festival Q&A on Monday. “There were things that did not meet my expectations of myself … I was also exhausted and we went right away and did publicity and I sort of created the narrative wherein, I had not quite accomplished it and people just ran with that.

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‘Justice League’ Adds Willem Dafoe to Cast (Exclusive)

Couple Sues HGTV’s ‘Love It Or List It’ For Tearing Up Their Home

Homeowners who appear on the popular HGTV series “Love It Or List It” are usually offered one of two options: stay in a home newly renovated by Toronto-based interior designer Hilary Farr, or put their place on the market with Toronto-based realtor David Visentin. A couple in Raleigh, North Carolina, are going for a third option: Sue the production company that makes “Love It Or List It,” as well as the contractor who did the home renovation, according to the Raleigh News-Observer.

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