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Elmo is on a mission to meet Adele.

With the “Sesame Street” favorite and the British singer both currently in Australia, the furry red monster used an appearance on TV show “The Project” Wednesday to send out an adorable appeal.

“Elmo loves you with all of Elmo’s heart,” he said, revealing how he was desperate to sing “Rolling In The Deep” alongside Adele. “Wherever you are, Elmo will fly there.”

The lovable furry star then bust out his own version of the song. And he later followed up his appeal via Twitter.

Adele is yet to respond, but we can already guess Elmo’s reaction if she does:

Walking away from America's Next Top Model "wasn't that hard," Tyra Banks says.

In fact, the show's original host first tried to quit the series in 2007, though she ultimately stayed for 22 cycles. At the time, Banks felt "stressed with starting new businesses." So, she told her lawyer she wanted "to bring someone else in" as her replacement, vowing to continue working behind the scenes as an executive producer. "I won't say the name of that person, but I actually brought a different person to the network, met with them, and said, 'This is the person I want to take the reins of this show,'" Banks, 43, said. "This was cycle 8."

Banks, who launched the series in 2003, was asked to reconsider. "My lawyer held an intervention of sorts, and said, 'What are you doing? You created this show. It's starting to get traction around the entire world. I beg of you not to do this.' But, I was so tired. I was like, 'Fine, fine. I'll just continue,'" she says. "I called [my potential replacement] and said, 'We're not going to have you do this for now.' It's something that's been on the tip of my fingers for so long, so it wasn't necessarily difficult [to let go]. It was actually exciting. I wanted the show to continue."

America's Next Top Model was rebooted in 2016, with Rita Ora stepping in as host. The entire judging panel also got a makeover, with Paper's Drew Elliott, model Ashley Graham and stylist Law Roach joining the mix. "I wanted to keep it new. With me creating and owning a significant portion of the show," Banks says, "it's in my best interests to keep it going and to keep it fresh."

Doing so also allowed Banks to focus on her family and her other businesses.

Banks says she "used to have a problem of being too much of a micro-manager," but she has since learned "to delegate" to people on her production team. "You create and you move on."

And that's why Banks only made two appearances in cycle 23: first in the premiere episode, second in the finale. And in future cycles, Banks may have even fewer cameos. "Speaking to social media, I'm not blind, so I do see a lot of people are stating that [they miss me]," she says. "There was one fan who gave me this whole long diatribe, this long post about how I'd turned my back on them. [There was] a lot of negativity being spewed my way for not doing the show."

The backlash hurt Banks' feelings, as she's still involved with the show behind-the-scenes. "Believe me, I'm a human being, so it does sting a little bit that they feel like I've deserted them or that I've walked away from something I created," she says. "It does sting, but it's a change of heart, I guess." As for whether she'd ever host the show again, she says, "I don't really think so. I'm hoping that we can continue to be successful where we are. It's about watching the ratings, trying to increase them, and getting them to a place where the show can live without me..."

Most of all, Banks is happy to see America's Next Top Model has stayed true to her vision. "In putting these girls on the show and saying, 'You are beautiful,' I wasn't necessarily telling them they were beautiful; I was using them as a vessel to tell millions of girls around the world who looked like them that they were beautiful," she says. "This has always been a passion of mine."

 

Following last week’s news that Nike will launch a plus size activewear range for women, comes another boundary-pushing announcement from the brand.

Inspired by Saudi Arabian runner Sarah Attar who competed in the 2012 London Olympics wearing a hijab, the sportswear giant revealed details of their Pro Hijab.

The pull-on design is made from stretchy fabric and is designed top be both lightweight, breathable and won’t move when the wearer is active.

Available in three color options: black, grey and obsidian, it will hit stores in 2018.

The high-performance hijab was tested by pro-athletes from across the Middle east including Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari and Egyptian running coach Manal Rostom.

Lari, a hopeful for the Winter Olympics, took to Instagram to share the exciting news.

“Can’t believe this is finally here!! I’m super super excited to announce the Nike Pro hijab!! So proud to be part of this incredible journey,” Lari wrote.

Earlier this year, Nike made a number of Hijabi women the stars of an ad for Nike Middle East.

“The Nike Pro Hijab may have been more than a year in the making, but its impetus can be traced much further back, to an ongoing cultural shift that has seen more women than ever embracing sport,” said Nike in a statement.

 

“Missing Richard Simmons” is the latest craze captivating podcast listeners. In it, a one-time friend of Simmons, Dan Taberski, investigates the fitness guru’s life in recent years. Simmons hasn’t been seen in public since 2014.

Simmons’ rep has rejected the claims in the podcast, but that hasn’t stopped fans from listening.

“Missing Richard Simmons” has reached No. 1 on the iTunes podcast charts, and many fans are calling it the new “Serial,” referencing the addictive “The American Life” podcast of 2014.

New episodes of the podcast are released on Wednesdays, and if you haven’t tuned in yet, there’s plenty you’ve missed. This week, Taberski tries to track down two people he claims are still in contact with Simmons.

If you’re curious about what all the hype is about, here are some of the most-shocking revelations from “Missing Richard Simmons” … so far.

Simmons may not have shut everyone out 

During the most recent episode of “Missing Richard Simmons,” Taberski travels to Mississippi to speak with someone named Elijah who he says may still be communicating with Simmons. Elijah avoided speaking with Taberski and his team.

The podcast also speculates Simmons still communicates with his brother, Leonard, who lives in New Orleans. Taberski tracks down Lenny Simmons, who shuts the door in his face and refuses to speak to him in person.

His brother seems confused by Richard’s isolation

In a preview for next week’s episode, Taberski tracks Lenny Simmons down on the phone, and Lenny is heard explaining, “He’s not angry with anybody. I don’t understand it. I wish I did.”

According to Taberski, Simmons manager says he’s not sick

There has been speculation that a grave illness has sent Simmons into isolation. Taberski insists it’s not the case.

Taberski says in the latest episode, “I’ve known Richard’s manager for a few years now, and I asked him off the record really early on in this process if there was something serious going on, like illness, so that I would know just to leave it be, but he still said no, he’s fine, and he still maintains [that].”

Richard cried during workout classes, attendees said

Taberski called the classes, which he attended for a time, “an emotional ritual, almost, for everyone involved.”

He said the fitness star would break down in tears mid-class.

“It has happened in every class I’ve ever been to,” Taberski says.

His friend, who attended a class once, described the moment when Simmons began crying.

“…It was out of control crying,” she said. “At the time I am thinking it was scary.”

Simmons supposedly called fans at home

The podcast takes time to interview a fan who says she met Simmons in 1994 and gave him a note with her telephone number.

“You have to understand: I am in Nebraska,” a woman named Kathy says on the podcast. “I was a 450-lb hairdresser. All of a sudden, Richard Simmons jumps in my life — who is full of color — and I feel, suddenly, hope.”

Kathy claims the two spoke at least once a week and sometimes Simmons would confide in her about matters in his life. The podcast hints Kathy was one of many fans Simmons spoke to on the phone.

“He would wake up at 4 in the morning and reach out to 30, 40, 50 people with phone calls and emails,” Taberski told Yahoo News. “It was sustained relationships that lasted years, sometimes decades.”

Richard hadn’t been to someone’s house in 7 years

In its first episode, the podcast replays an interview Simmons did before he disappeared from the limelight in which he says, “I live a very recluse life. This is about the most hanging out I’ve done – four people in a room. I teach my class, I kiss everybody, I take hundreds of photos and I go home. I socialize with no one.”

The star says during the years-old chat he hadn’t been to someone’s home in seven years and only had people at his home for business meetings.

Simmons ‘ghosted’ 94-year-old ‘second-mother’

A woman named Jerry speaks to Taberski during the podcast and she is described as being like a second mother to Simmons. He can be heard on the podcast speaking at her small 90th birthday party, which only included close family and friends, and though they spoke very often before he vanished from the public eye, she hasn’t heard from him since.

On the podcast, a concerned Jerry begs Taberski for updates on her pal.

“What do you know? Anything? I miss him very much,” Jerry says.

Simmons' home has no buzzer

Taberski attempts to find Simmons at home and speak to him, but he can’t figure out how to let anyone inside know he is standing outside of the home.

“There’s no buzzer, there’s no doorbell, there’s no knocker… There’s no way of reaching people inside besides screaming,” he describes.

Simmons’ housekeeper eventually steps out to take out the trash, briefly recognizes Taberski dismisses him, avoiding his questions about the famous fitness guru.

At least 1 person still thinks Simmons is being controlled by his housekeeper

Mauro Oliveira, Simmons’ former masseuse, says on the podcast he attempted to interact with the star and Simmons’ longtime housekeeper stopped him.

Oliveira describes what he says happened when he was in Simmons’ mansion one day.

“She starts screaming like a witch, ‘No, get out, get out…’ Richard looked at me and said ‘You gotta go.’”

Oliveira claims he asked Simmons directly if the housekeeper was “controlling your life now?” to which he claims Simmons said, “Yes.” 

George Michael died as a result of heart and liver disease, a coroner has confirmed.

The pop star was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire.

The singer died aged 53 on Christmas Day at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

Because there was a "natural cause of death", the coroner said there was no need for an inquest.

Thames Valley Police originally said his death was unexplained but not suspicious and an initial post-mortem examination was "inconclusive".

 

On Tuesday, the coroner said in a statement: "Inquiries into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post-mortem report received.

"As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further enquiries.

"No further updates will be provided and the family requests the media and public respect their privacy."

Hollywood heavyweights Meryl Streep, 67, and Tom Hanks, 60, are to team up on screen for the first time under the direction of Steven Spielberg.

In The Post the pair will defend the media and showcase the heroic side of journalism, playing Washington Post staff members who had a role in the unveiling of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, according to Deadline.

Meryl will play the Post's publisher Katherine 'Kay' Graham, who along with Benjamin Bradlee, played by Oscar winner Hanks, fought the federal government over their right to publish the leaked documents.

The papers were released by Daniel Ellsberg, who gave Bradlee portions of the document to publish.

When Assistant U.S. Attorney General William Rehnquist asked the Post to cease publication, Bradlee refused, leading Rehnquist to seek an injunction in U.S. district court.

The Post and the New York Times - who had originally broken the news of the classified document - appealed to the Supreme Court together on First Amendment grounds.

The spec script, written by Liz Hannah, was bought last fall by Pascal Pictures, and deals are currently being negotiated.

When the news was announced on Monday, Hannah took to Twitter to voice her excitement.

Retweeting a Washington Post tweet that revealed Hanks and Streep's involvement with her upcoming film, she added: 'This is, without exaggeration, a dream come true.' 

Meanwhile, Streep is filming for the 2018 musical, Mary Poppins Returns, and Hanks can next be seen in The Circle, starring alongside Emma Watson, Bill Paxton, and Karen Gillan.

The sci-fi thriller hits theaters April 28.

She captivates audiences with her powerful voice by simply standing onstage and belting out her famous ballads. 

But Adele's appearance in Brisbane on Sunday was slightly less graceful than usual, as she was forced to fend off a swarm of mosquitos during her gig.

The singer, 28, left the audience in stitches with her shrieks as she was approached by a number of insects onstage - before shouting out in a panic: 'They're all trying to kill me!'

Looking glamorous in a floor-length sparkling gown, things soon went awry for the Rumour Has It singer when a group of mosquitos began to flit around her onstage.

Suddenly jolting, the audience broke into laughter as the singer screeched out: 'F***ing hell! They're here all the time!' 

Batting a few off, she then returned to her hosting duties by asking the crowd a question - before the bugs swarmed in once again, causing her to scream even louder.

Clearly in a panic, the redhead was seen dashing all around the stage as she shrieked: 'They're back on me, they're back on me!', before adding in her usual witty style: 'Sorry I'm not Australian, I don't like bugs!' 

Making the saga even funnier, Adele then expressed a feeling of guilt when she realised she had injured the bug with her walloping. 

Looking down at the crushed insect onstage, she said sadly: 'Oh no I've hurt him!' before laughing with the crowd: 'Oh god, how embarrassing!'  

Adele is currently completing the third leg of her world tour Down Under - moving from Brisbane on to Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Auckland over the next month, before completing her last four concerts in London in July. 

The singer was seen landing in Australia with her son Angelo, 4, and partner Simon Konecki in tow - who she finally confirmed she had married earlier this week.

The Tottenham native had first implied she had married the charity founder, who she met in 2011, by calling him her 'husband' during one of her acceptance speeches at the Grammys. 

However the songstress finally confirmed the news once and for all at her Brisbane concert on Saturday night, as she explained what she wanted to achieve with her hit Someone Like You.

She said: 'How it was I felt at the beginning of the relationship that inspired that record, because as bad as a break up can be, as bitter and horrible and messy as it can be, that feeling when you first fall for someone is the best feeling on earth, and I am addicted to that feeling. 

'Obviously I can’t go through with those feelings because I’m married now. I’ve found my next person.

'But that feeling, when you first meet someone and everything about you just feels alive for the first time. I wanted to go back to that.'

Barbara Streisand is holding President Donald Trump responsible for her recent weight gain.

The 74-year-old entertainment industry icon took to Twitter to blame the POTUS for disrupting her morning diet routine.

She wrote: 'Donald Trump is making me gain weight. I start the day with liquids, but after the morning news, I eat pancakes smothered in maple syrup!'

The Way We Were star - who actually looked great when she was spotted out to dinner with Alec Baldwin on Thursday - continued: 'Trump just accused Obama for tapping his phones. Seriously crazy times. Time for more pancakes.'

A study by the Obesity Society states that 'chronic stress is associated with higher levels of obesity,' so though the Funny Girl actress was likely joking in her politically-geared commentary, she may be on to something. 

Streisand's comments follow President Trump's claims that President Obama wiretapped phones at Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign, which the White House has asked Congress to investigate on Sunday. 

The Broadway legend has been open and direct about her dislike of the 45th President of the United States.

On the eve of his inauguration, the actress penned an essay for The Huffington Post titled Clueless, Reckless, Graceless, Mindless And Heartless: Our President Elect, in which she wrote that Trump makes her 'deeply concerned' for the nation and the world. 

More recently, Barbara wrote The First 40 Days for the publication, in which she compares the beginning of Trump's term to that of Obama's. 

She also called into MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews while having her teeth cleaned and said she agreed with Meryl Streep's anti-Trump Golden Globes speech, saying: 'You can't trust anything he says.' 

 

The normally very upbeat Fantasia Barrino was forced to cancel a performance in Memphis after suffering second-degree burns from an unspecified accident on Sunday. The news came from the 32-year-old’s singer’s husband, Kendall Taylor, in an Instagram post.

“Speaking on behalf of my wife: ‘She walks as a powerful force in the earth. Impacting everything she touches and encounters. I love her determination and sheer will power to not accept defeat on any level. She complains little, but so sacrifices much! But there are times when our Father intentionally slows us down to reflect and hear from Him,” he wrote.

“My Wife experienced an accident today causing 2nd degree burns on her arm. She’s steady asking the Doc ‘Can I perform tonight?’” he wrote. Barrino is on tour with Charlie Wilson and Johnny Gill. “But we must be wise and realize this isn’t a race, but rather a marathon. So Memphis, our team is already working to create a means that she can redeem this time with you. She had something truly special planned for tonight. So please, keep my Queen lifted in prayer, asking our God to heal her rapidly with no last negative affects. Rock Soul won’t be denied, this is simply a delay that will prove to be necessary for what’s to come. We love you all and thank you for your understanding and support! #WeaponsMayForm#NoneShallPropser”

Taylor was actually hospitalized himself just the day before for an unspecified illness himself. “So you keep attacking huh? We are both Gods Kids that stay prayed up. When we walk up out of this Hospital we are ready to fight again babe best believe it .. King & Queen Taylor,” Barrino wrote. “Straight off the stage into being a good Wife weapons may form but not prosper I speak LIFE, HEALING and LOVE from 5am in the morning up holding him down in Prayer.”

It’s clear the couple feels besieged, but the two are leaning on their faith and their fans for support.

Jason Mohammed struck his second successive half-century but soft dismissals coupled with a few drop catches proved too costly for the West Indies as they lost the second One-Day International against England by four wickets, yesterday, to concede an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Opting to bat first at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua, West Indies struggled from the outset and Mohammed, with exactly 50, opener Kraigg Brathwaite with a pedantic 42 and Jonathan Carter, 39, were the only real bright spots in their total of 225 off 47.5 overs.

England wobbled in their chase before Joe Root struck an unbeaten 90 and Chris Woakes hit 68 not out to steer England to 226 for six off 48.2 overs. 

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