‘Madea’ Prequel from Tyler Perry… American Idol “come back”… Prayers still with DMX… Regé-Jean Page rumours… and Khloé Kardashian speaks out about that unedited bikini pic

“Forbes” placed Tyler Perry on their list of billionaires for the first time this week. The role that made his famous, and very rich, is an elderly woman named Madea, who first appeared in a play in ‘99. The Madea character has been in 12 movies and 4 TV shows. But back in 2019, Tyler said he was done putting on that wig and those big fake boobies. BUT! Just because TYLER is done, Medea is NOT. Madea will live on in a PREQUEL series Tyler is developing for Showtime. It’s called “Mabel.” A description of the show reads, “Long before she was the force of nature known as Madea, she was a smart, fierce, irresistible, dangerous, crazy 20-something black woman named Mabel Simmons. When she moved to Atlanta in 1972 she set the city, and the world, on fire.” No casting, plot, or release date is known yet.

“American Idol” debuted on FOX back in 2002, airing for 15 seasons until they wrapped things up in 2016. But after taking a couple years off, ABC brought the show back in 2018, and they are now in the middle of Season 19. After all these years, they have to do SOMETHING to shake things up and keep us interested, right? So the rumor is on all the Idol gossip sites that they are about to hit fans of the show with the biggest twist in “American Idol” history. Sources say they believe that before the Top 10 are announced for Season 19, producers are bringing back ten contestants from Season 18 to compete for a spot. This would be in addition to the two wild card contestants the judges choose to bring back for a second chance. It looks like this may happen on Monday, April 19. That episode of the show is called “The Comeback,” so come on……By the way, if you are curious, the 3-hour season finale is Sunday, May 23.

DMX was admitted to a hospital in New York on Friday after suffering from a heart attack. TMZ reported that he was deprived of oxygen for nearly 30 minutes and has been in a coma and on life support ever since. Doctors reportedly put DMX through a number of tests yesterday, trying to determine how much brain function is there. They will then meet with the family to discuss further decisions that need to be made.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Regé-Jean Page will not return for Season 2 of “Bridgerton.” He said that was always the plan. But a source says Regé-Jean was offered the chance to return as a guest star in three to five episodes, earning $50k per episode. Regé-Jean reportedly turned down the offer because he’s focusing on his movie career. In addition to being cast in a new movie called “The Gray Man” alongside Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean has also been cast in the new “Dungeons & Dragons” movie with Chris Pine and Hugh Grant. There’s also a rumor he’s being considered as the next James Bond!

Earlier this week, a photo of Khloe Kardashian in a bikini was leaked on social media. The Kardashian team has been trying to get the pic scrubbed from the internet by sending out cease and desist letters to anyone who posted it. She looks great in the picture, but she’s makeup free and the picture is completely unedited which is never the case with a Kardashian / Jenner picture. Last night, Khloe spoke out about the picture by posting several unedited pictures and videos. She wrote a really long message that said in part “The photo that was posted this week is beautiful. But as someone who has struggled with body image her whole life, when someone takes a photo of you that isn’t flattering in bad lighting or doesn’t capture your body the way it is after working so hard to get it to this point – and then shares it to the world – you should have every right to ask for it not to be shared – regardless of who you are.” She said the “constant ridicule and judgment my entire life to be perfect and to meet other’s standards of how I should look has been too much to bear.” She wrote the cruel thing people say about her a lot, like she’s “the fat / ugly sister,” “she had surgery to lose weight,” or “her dad must not be her real dad because she looks so different.” “…if you hear anything enough then you will start to believe it. This is how I have been conditioned to feel, that I am not beautiful enough just being me.” She wrote that she will “unapologetically” continue to use filters and editing to “present myself to the world the way I want to be seen,” just as she wears makeup and gets her nails done. “My body, my image and how I choose to look and what I want to share is my choice. It’s not for anyone to decide or judge what is acceptable or not anymore.”

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