Dina's Dirt For June 5, 2020

Friday, June 5th

Matt Lauer has decided that he needs to tell their own story. As we told you, he recently wrote a piece for "Mediaite" where he went point-by-point, showing examples of how Ronan Farrow's fact-checking was lacking.
Now, US Magazine says Matt wants to do a big television interview where he can share even more. A source says that friends of Lauer are encouraging him to "record the interview himself so he has edit control.” Another source states that he wants to do this interview sooner rather than later.

TI, Tiffany Haddish, and Tyrese Gibson were just a few of the famous people on hand to celebrate the life and legacy of George Floyd. The 46-year-old victim of police brutality was memorialized in Minneapolis yesterday in the first of several services.
Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy at a sanctuary on the campus of North Central University. Page Six reports that it was also attended by Kevin Hart, Ludacris, Master P, and filmmaker Will Packer. Gospel great Bishop Hezekiah Walker closed out the service with a song.
Meanwhile, there will be a public viewing and a private service tomorrow in Raeford, North Carolina where Floyd was born, and in Houston – where he grew up – on Monday. He’ll be laid to rest in Houston.

Lady Gaga has always been known for her somewhat out there style, and she hopes her looks inspire others to embrace their uniqueness, instead of hoping for perfection.
“Even though I might wear skimpy outfits sometimes and I'm sitting here with no pants on with my big shoes, my definition of beauty has always been very against the grain," she shared with Australia's “The Sunday Project.” "I just dressed like how I felt like dressing today, how I wanted to do my hair, how I wanted my make-up to look."
She added that her message is not that you have to “be perfect in any type of physical way in order to be a beautiful person,” noting, “I didn't get here because I'm pretty. I'm not a supermodel. I make music and it's my brain and my heart that got me here and a lot of hard work.”

“Easy A” actress Amanda Bynes took to Instagram on Saturday, writing, "Update: Getting my Bachelor's degree from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising). Taking online classes, trying to get a 4.0 GPA... Looking forward to starting my online store in the future #goals." Amanda added, "Spent the last two months in treatment. Worked on coping skills to help with my social anxiety that caused me to drop out of school months ago. Back on track and doing well! I'm now living in transitional living and doing therapy during the week." Read more with AceShowbiz.com. Maybe with classes completely online right now, Amanda will have the chance to thrive.


Forbes may have revoked her billionaire title mere days ago, but now it's naming Kylie Jenner as the highest paid celebrity. After earning $590 million last year alone, Jenner has landed at No. 1 on “Forbes' 2020 Celeb 100” list. Most of this money came from Coty buying a 51% share of Kylie Cosmetics last January.

Forbes wrote, "'While she had exaggerated over the years about the size of her business, the money she pulled in from the deal was real - enough to rank as one of the biggest celebrity cashouts of all time."

Kanye West, Jenner's brother-in-law, landed in the No. 2 spot.

Forbes’ Highest Paid Celebrities Of 2020
#1 Kylie Jenner – $590 million
#2 Kanye West – $170 million
#3 Roger Federer – $106.3 million
#4 Cristiano Ronaldo – $105 million
#5 Lionel Messi – $104 million
#6 Tyler Perry – $97 million
#7 Neymar – $95.5 million
#8 Howard Stern – $90 million
#9 LeBron James – $88.2 million
#10 Dwayne Johnson – $87.5 million
#11 Rush Limbaugh – $85 million
#12 Ellen DeGeneres – $84 million
#13 Bill Simmons – $82.5 million
#14 Elton John – $81 million
#15 James Patterson – $80 million-
#16 Stephen Curry – $74.4 million
#17 Ariana Grande – $72 million
#18 Ryan Reynolds – $71.5 million
#19 Gordon Ramsay – $70 million
#20 Jonas Brothers – $68.5 million

In a message meant for Immaculate Heart High School's graduating class, Meghan Markle, who is an alum of that school, spoke out about the George Floyd protests. She apologized to the students for having to live in a world where "this is still present."
Markle gave them an encouraging nudge to "lead with love" and stressed the importance of voting in elections. "Always remember to put others' needs above your own fears," she said.
Markle also started off the video by saying she was nervous as to what to say, and that she wouldn't say the right thing, and then it would "get picked apart."
You can check out the whole video on NBC News

“Glee” star Amber Riley has weighed in on the controversy surrounding Lea Michele. As we told you, Michele took to Twitter to show her support of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement last week. That opened the floodgates for her former castmates to reveal just how they feel about their time with her on “Glee.”
Amber first admitted that “Glee” wasn’t the most comfortable environment. But she wouldn’t call Lea a racist. “That was the assumption because of what’s going on right now in the world and it happened toward a Black person,” she noted on Real Quick, an IG Live show.
In addition, Lea is pregnant. So the actress also known as Mercedes Jones thinks everyone should chill. And since this is her “first and last” time addressing this issue, she wishes the mom-to-be well.

Justin Bieber tells Billboard magazine that he has learned how to live comfortably with Lyme disease. "I think just making sure that I am just doing the right treatments for it, doing the right IVs and all that sort of stuff. Taking the necessary precautions, necessary to not get any worse, I guess. Listen to Hailey when she says she feels that I'm run down, and it's good to have her as checks and balances. She can let me know when I'm like, 'All right, you're looking depleted right now.'"


YouTube star Jake Paul is getting more than just internet backlash for his videos from the protests in Scottsdale, Arizona. He's getting criminal charges. TMZ reports that the Scottsdale Police Department just announced that the YouTube star has been charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly resulting from "hundreds of tips and videos identifying Jake Paul as a participant in the riot." The cops say "Paul was present after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly and the rioters were ordered to leave the area by the police. Paul also unlawfully entered and remained inside of the mall when it was closed." Paul has previously denied that he was a part of the looting but it would be tough to deny that he wasn't in the thick of the mall's chaos since he posted videos of himself there.

According to TMZ, Kanye West is donating $2 million to support the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.
According to his rep, the cash will not only go to the legal fees for George and Ahmaud’s families, but also to the Black-owned businesses in crisis in Chicago. As if that weren’t enough, ‘Ye is also establishing a 529 education plan to fully cover college tuition for Gianna Floyd, George’s six-year-old daughter.
And Entertainment Online reports that Angelina Jolie has donated $200 thousand to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to support their work to fight for racial justice and equal rights for everyone.

Gabrielle Union is filing a legal complaint with NBC over her “America’s Got Talent” firing. She claims she was terminated because she refused to stay silent about the show’s toxic culture of racism, sexism, and misogyny.
According to TMZ, the paperwork Union filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the network is a “snake-pit of racial offenses” – including racist jokes, performances, sexual orientation discrimination, and excessive focus on female judges’ appearances. She specifically called out Universal Television, Fremantle Productions, Simon Cowell, and his production company.
She also took issue with NBCUniversal for a silent and unapologetic response to Jimmy Fallon’s “Saturday Night Live” blackface controversy. She also didn’t appreciate the “AGT contestant who performed with “blackface hands” – courtesy of gloves that changed the appearance of his hands from white to black – and claims Simon signed off on it happening. In addition, she questions the network's decision to hire Julianne Hough, who had been criticized in the past for wearing the offensive makeup on Halloween.
Meanwhile, NBC’s rep released a statement on the matter. “The allegation that anyone involved in this process threatened Ms. Union is categorically untrue. We took Ms. Union‘s concerns seriously, and engaged an outside investigator who found an overarching culture of diversity on the show,” the rep noted. “”NBCUniversal remains committed to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds are treated with respect.”

Quarantine weight gain is real for many of us, celebrities too. Us Magazine has a rundown of some of them:
Kourtney Kardashian was accused by Instagram users of being pregnant after she posted bikini pictures of herself last month. Kardashian responded, saying she was "proud" of her figure and admitting that she has eaten "four cakes in two weeks." An actually pregnant Katy Perry joked that she may be gaining the COVID 30 since she is eating for two. Molly Sim posted an Instagram video of herself eating several pastries, after saying that her husband told her that he thinks he lost weight during quarantine. Nene Leakes captioned a photo on Instagram that she is "officially thick!" after stepping on the scale. Chrissy Teigen shared that she has "hit the double digit mark on quarantine weight." Marlo Hampton used a couple of expletives in her Instagram story towards coronavirus, after revealing her weight of 199.8 pounds. Porsha Williams asked "whose stomach is dis" with a photo of her stomach on Instagram, saying that people are going to "have to roll me out of here."