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You may not see kids among "America's Got Talent" contestants in next year's season. The show's judge as well as executive producer Simon Cowell reportedly is considering to ban kids from the NBC show. 

 

Naughty Gossip reveals that Simon is worried that "America's Got Talent" is turning into a kiddie's talent show, and the fact that this year's winner is 12-year-old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne is not helping either. "This year the two finalists were children. Last year's winner [Grace VanderWaal] was a kid too. The fear is that next year no one older than 15 will even bother auditioning," the source says. 

 

"The most talented adult in America doesn't stand a chance against a child with a homemade puppet. Now Simon is stepping in to fix the problem," the source continues. "It doesn't take anything away from the folks that have already won, but next season is going to be very different with new rules." 

 

It remains to be seen how exactly the new season will be different. Previously, Simon said that what he loved about "America's Got Talent" is that there were no age limit. "There are no rules. I applaud the fact that you have paid your dues. You have such a great heart, such a great talent, this has been amazing yet again," said the British producer while gushing over season 12 contestant, a subway singer Mike Yung. 

 

Season 12 of the show announced Darci as the winner . 10-singer-old singer Angelica Hale came out as the runner-up while Ukrainian dance troupe Light Balance took the third place. "I felt so loved during my 'AGT' journey by all the contestants, and all the staff, my friends and family, and everyone…and it just all came out!" Darci said after bringing home $1 million dollar. "They made me feel so good that they made me come on the stage. I was overcome with joy, and I was kind of shocked and delirious at that time, so I can't remember anything." 

 

Shortly after an excerpt of Kim Cattrall's sit-down with Piers Morgan was revealed, more details of the interview arrived on the web. She fired back at her "Sex and the City" co-stars after she was painted as a villain following the cancellation of the third movie. 

 

The Samantha Jones depicter gave her side of the story after she was rumored to make outrageous demands when asked to return for the "Sex and the City 3". She called her relationship with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon "toxic." 

 

"I've moved on, this is what my sixties are about, they're about me making decisions for me not my career, for me. And that feels frickin fantastic," Cattrall said as quoted by The Daily Mail. "But everything comes to an end and in closing one door another door opens and that door has been waiting for a long time." 

 

"Another thing that's really disappointing is that nobody ever picks up the phone and tries to contact you and say, 'how you doing?' That would have been the way to handle it," she opened up. "And usually what happens in a healthy relationship is that someone, or a transaction for a job in my business, is that someone says, 'are you available?' and you say 'yes' and here's the job and you say 'yes but thank you very much but I'm sort of over here right now but thank you very much' and that person turns to you and they say 'that's great, good luck to you, I wish you the best.' That's not what happened here, this is, it feels like a toxic relationship." 

 

"They all have children and I am ten years older and since specifically the series ended I have been spending most of my time outside of New York so I don't see them," the 61-year-old actress continued. "The common ground that we had was the series and the series is over." 

 

During the interview, she specifically called out Parker. "I really think she could have been nicer," she said. "I don't know what her issue is, I never have." She added, "I never asked for any money, I never asked for any projects, to be thought of as some kind of diva is absolutely ridiculous." 

 

She said that they should just make the movie without her. "I played it past the finish line and then some and I loved it and another actress should play it," she explained. "Or bring in another character. It can be another character." She added, "This is what I really believe that this franchise needs another point of view and this could be it." 

 

Tom Petty died on Monday, October 2, hours after it was reported that he was taken off life support at the hospital. The sad news was confirmed by Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, on behalf of the family. He was 66. 

 

"On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends," Tony said in a statement. 

 

Tom's friend and The Traveling Wilburys bandmate Bob Dylan was mourning Tom's death. "It's shocking, crushing news," he told Rolling Stone in a statement. "I thought the world of Tom. He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him." 

 

Tom was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home on Sunday, TMZ reported earlier today. He was rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, but by the time he got there he had no brain activity. He was put on life support. 

 

On Monday morning, a decision was made to pull life support. The site reported that the rock star was not expected to live through the day, but he was still clinging to life. 

 

Tom, who was also a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, and his early band Mudcrutch, became famous in 1978 with the success of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Breakdown". 

 

The band just wrapped a summer tour last Monday with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The tour, which he said last year would likely be his "last big one," was launched in support of the group's debut LP's 40th anniversary. 

 

More than 50 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert.

A gunman, named as 64-year-old Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards an open-air music festival attended by 22,000.

Police say he killed himself as officers stormed the room where 10 guns were found.

The attack is the worst mass shooting in recent US history.

US President Donald Trump tweeted his "warmest condolences and sympathies" to the victims and their families, and called the shooting "terrible".

Sheriff Joe Lombardo described the shooting as a "lone wolf" attack and there was no information about Paddock's motives.

"We have no idea what his belief system was," he said.

So-called Islamic State later claimed to be behind the attack, saying that Paddock had converted to Islam some months ago.

But the group provided no evidence for this and has made unsubstantiated claims in the past.

 

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for sexting with a minor.

 

In May, Weiner, 53, pleaded guilty to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor in federal court in Manhattan. The charges stem from communications that the former congressman had with a 15-year-old girl on social media sites between January and March 2016. Weiner is the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's former adviser.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 21 to 27 months in jail, arguing Weiner's pattern of behavior "suggests a dangerous level of denial and lack of self-control warranting a meaningful incarceratory sentence." Defense attorneys asked that Weiner receive probation.

The 15-year-old girl initially contacted Weiner through a direct message on Twitter in January 2016. Weiner and the girl continued to communicate on social media sites, including Facebook Messenger, Skype, Kik, Confide and Snapchat. The last three messaging applications delete images and messages after users view them.

Weiner asked the teen to "engage in sexually explicit conduct via Skype and Snapchat, where her body was on display, and where she was asked to sexually perform for him," prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum. Weiner was fully aware of the girl's age when they were communicating, prosecutors said.

Weiner's attorneys said his crimes were a "product of sickness" and maintained he wasn't a sexual predator.

"He responded as a weak man, at the bottom of a self-destructive spiral, and with an addict's self-serving delusion that the communications were all just Internet fantasy," the defense wrote.

"I knew this was as morally wrong, as it was unlawful," Weiner said in his guilty plea in court. "This fall, I came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness. I had hit bottom."

 

A woman has married herself after failing to find the man of her dreams before turning 40.

Yasmin Eleby, from Houston, Texas, tied the knot in a purple gown earlier this month, surrounded by her closest friends and family.

As one cannot legally marry one's self in America, the ceremony was spiritual rather than legal, conducted by three ministers, one of whom is Ms Eleby's sister.

 

 

According to Black Art in America, the bridal party included ten bridesmaids as well as the bride's mother, who walked her down the aisle. 

In an emotional Facebook post afterwards, Ms Eleby said that she 'couldn't imagine the ceremony being any more poignant and meaningful.'

She added: 'I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support that was shown to me during my celebration of love and life.' 

In turn, her friends have been nothing but supportive. 

One replied: 'Congrats on loving yourself enough to wait. It took some of us to get to 40 to recognize we didn't need a man to be complete regardless of what was instilled in us.' 

 

 

And another called it 'a well-deserved celebration of life.'

Ms Eleby first announced that she would be marrying herself in May 2013. 

She wrote on Facebook: 'Did you guys really think I would get married without letting anybody know????? I want all y’all to dance at my wedding so I wouldn’t do it without you! So be ready by 2015!!!!!! [sic]'

Ms Eleby loves to travel and her plans to visit Cambodia, Laos, and Dubai this year will serve as an extended honeymoon.

 

 

But while Ms Eleby's actions are unusual, she is not the first person to marry herself.

In July last year, a former radio host from Australia, Sammy Power, celebrated her 50th birthday by tying the knot with a life-sized cardboard cutout of herself.

She said that the ceremony commemorated a year of important life changes; quitting smoking and drinking and losing 25kgs.

"Star Wars" fans may have pored over the details of Carrie Fisher's affair with Harrison Ford in her last book, but he didn't.

Turns out Ford hasn't read it.

In an interview with GQ, the actor responded to questions regarding Fisher's 2016 memoir, "The Princess Diarist."

Fisher, who died in December shortly after the book's release, revealed in it that she carried on a relationship with Harrison on the set of the now iconic 1977 film.

Fisher was 19 when she landed the breakthrough role of Princess Leia. At the time, Ford, then 33, was married to Mary Marquardt, with whom he had two children.

Asked by GQ how he felt when Fisher's book came out, Ford said, "It was strange. For me."

As to whether he had any advance warning about Fisher's revelations, Ford was more circumspect.

"Um, to a degree," he said. "Yes."

The actor didn't want to get into specifics, he said.

"You know, with Carrie's untimely passing, I don't really feel that it's a subject that I want to discuss," Ford told the publication.

Before her death, Fisher talked to People magazine about her relationship with Ford.

"It was so intense," she said. "It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend."

 

Selena Gomez revealed on Thursday that she received a kidney transplant from her BFF.

The singer posted a photo on Instragram that shows her and fellow actress Francia Raisa holding hands across their hospital beds.

"I'm very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn't promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of," Gomez wrote in the caption." "So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering."

Gomez revealed her Lupus diagnosis in 2015 and last year took some time off as she struggled with the disease as well as anxiety and depression.

Related: Selena Gomez taking time off for health reasons

The superstar said the transplant was "what I needed to do for my overall health."

She said she looked forward to sharing more with her fans later about her transplant journey, but in the meantime she wanted to thank her health team and Raisa.

"She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me," Gomez said. "I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis."

Raisa is an actress best known for her role as Adrian Lee on the TV series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."

On Thursday, Gomez fans swarmed Raisa's latest Instragram photo to thank her for the kidney donation.

"You're amazing," one person commented. "You're one hell of a friend."

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, last year more than 33,000 transplants were performed in the United States (33,610). More than 13,000 of them were kidney transplants, 5,629 from living donors.

 

The LA Lakers are to retire both of five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant's number eight and 24 jerseys.

 

Bryant, 39, retired in April 2016 after a 20-year career with the Lakers, scoring 60 points in his final game.

 

He finished as the Lakers' all-time point scorer and third on the NBA's all-time list with 33,643 points.

 

"I always dreamed of my jersey hanging in the Lakers rafters, but I certainly never imagined two of them," said Bryant, who made his debut in 1996.

 

The jerseys will be retired at a half-time ceremony on 18 December when the Lakers host the Golden State Warriors.

 

Bryant is the 10th player to receive the honour, after Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, James Worthy, Jerry West and Jamaal Wilkes.

 

"Kobe's jerseys are taking their rightful home next to the greatest Lakers of all time," said Lakers chief executive Jeanie Buss.

 

Kobe Bryant stats

Five-time NBA champion

Third on the NBA's all-time scoring list

18-time an All-Star, 11 times first-team All-NBA

Tops Lakers' all-time points, three-pointers, steals and games played

Bobbi Kristina's estate has now joined forces with Bobby Brown to stop TV One from doing a biopic on Bobbi Kristina's life ... TMZ has learned.

 

Bobby has already filed suit, claiming the portrayal as a bad dad is defamatory.

 

Bobbi Kristina's estate has now joined the lawsuit, claiming the biopic violates Bobbi Kristina's right to privacy, which they claim survived her death.

 

Bobby Brown has already claimed in his lawsuit the movie falsely shows him as a violent person toward Whitney Houston. The show suggests Bobbi Kristina witnessed the alleged abuse. He also claims the scenes show him as an unloving father.

 

The estate and Bobby want more than $2 million in damages and they want the judge to block the airing of the show.

 

The show is set to air on TV One next month.

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