Garth Brooks Withdraws From CMA Entertainer of the Year

“Big Brother” returns… Celebrity divorces… Netflix announcement… Taylor accused of ripping off logo… and Garth Brooks withdraws from CMA Entertainer of the Year

For “Big Brother” fans, I’ve got big news for you. The show returns this Wednesday, Aug. 5, with a two-hour live event. And for the first time — except for the online-only season they did to promote CBS All Access four years ago — you get to watch the houseguests move in. Usually, the contestants had already been living there for a week before the live feeds started. So after the big premiere Wednesday, we’re getting the usual three weekly episodes. So if you don’t live-stream the houseguests 24/7, you can watch the chopped up juicy parts on Sunday and Wednesday nights, with the live evictions on Thursdays. And yes, Julie Chen Moonves is back, but there will be no studio audience there to greet whoever gets evicted each week. Because of COVID-19, all the houseguests are still in quarantine right now. They have to test negative before they’re allowed to enter the Big Brother house and they’ll be tested weekly once they’re in. And the last healthy man or woman standing will win the grand prize of $500K.

After 24 years of marriage, Nicole Young filed for divorce from Dr. Dre. There was no mention of a prenup in her filing, and Nicole is asking for spousal support and a division of property. That led us to believe there was no prenup, which means she could be entitled to half of Dre’s $400M fortune. But Dr. Dre has responded with his own filing this week, and he claims there IS a prenup. He also said he’s fine paying spousal support, but he plans on sticking to the terms of that prenup when it comes to dividing up their property. And we found out yesterday that Tracy Morgan and his wife Megan Wollover are divorcing after almost 5 years of marriage. They share a 7-year-old daughter. Megan was by Tracy’s side while he recovered from that horrific wreck that killed his friend and almost killed him, too. In the settlement with Walmart, Tracy got a check for $90M. No word on if Tracy and Megan have a prenup…

“Go home, Roger!” Pretty soon, you can hear that to your heart’s content because Netflix announced yesterday that “Sister, Sister” is one of several classic shows featuring Black casts they’ll be adding to their library over the next few months. To make the big announcement, some of those cast members did a promo video and reminisced about some of their favorite memories, which we can all relive again or experience for the first time, thanks to Netflix! “Moesha” kicks things off this Saturday, Aug. 1. Seasons 1-3 of “The Game” will start streaming on Aug. 15. On Sept. 1, get ready for the return of “Sister Sister,” followed by “Girlfriends” on Sept. 11. In October, “The Parkers” pops up on the 1st, followed by both “Half & Half” and “One on One” on Oct. 15.

Last week, Taylor Swift dropped her surprise quarantine album “folklore” and its first single and video, “cardigan.” Because she’s a master at marketing, Taylor is selling cardigans just like the one she wears in the music video in her online store. Those will set you back $50. But Taylor’s team is now redesigning the patch stitched onto the cardigan after the owner of the Black-owned online store called The Folklore accused Taylor of ripping off her logo. Amira Rasool took her complaint to social media “to bring light to the trend of large companies/celebrities copying the work of small minority-owned business owners.” Taylor’s team responded, and whether this was a coincidence or theft, they’re going to rectify the situation by removing the word “the” from the labels. That means anybody who pre-ordered Taylor’s cardigan has to wait a minute while they get those new patches sewn on.

Garth Brooks holds the record of winning the most CMA Awards for Entertainer of the Year. He got his first in 1991, then another in ’92. He won back to back in ’97 and ’98, but after a dry streak, he won again in ’16, ’17, and ’19. That’s 7 Entertainer of the Year trophies. Nobody had a big problem with that….until last year. It was the height of the #MeToo movement, and with all that was happening, Brad Paisley — who’d cohosted the show with Carrie Underwood for 11 years — stepped aside, and she hosted alongside Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. The whole night celebrated women. They had that huge choir of country legends and current superstars open the show, and for the first time in three years, Carrie was the first woman nominated in the Entertainer of the Year category. Of course, EVERYBODY assumed she would win it, but nope. It was Garth. And he got PUMMELED for it. In a press conference yesterday, Garth said that it made winning not as fun, but out of the thousand of tweets slamming, one stuck out — “Why doesn’t he step down and have entertainer of the year be for the next generation.” Garth said, “I 100 percent agreed. So with all the love in the world and all the gratefulness because the last thing I want to do is seem ungrateful to the CMAs and everyone who’s voted for us, we’re officially pulling ourselves out of entertainer of the year.” But Garth made it very clear that he’s NOT withdrawing his name for any other CMA Awards consideration! In fact, he said he’d love to win Best Video for “Dive Bar,” his collaboration with Blake Shelton.

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