The Daily Dish For September 28th


Will Smith Opens Up About His Unconventional Marriage To Jada Pinkett Smith

Will Smithis opening up about his life in and out of the spotlight in a new memoir, “Will,” which drops on November 9th. He discussed it for the November issue ofGQ. One of the things he spoke of is his relationship withJada Pinkett Smith

“Jada never believed in conventional marriage,” the Oscar nominee explained. “Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship. So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up. There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? What is the perfect way to interact as a couple? And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection.”

And while Jada’s dalliance with August Alsina was front and center last year after August disclosed it, Will was careful to reiterate that she wasn’t the only one who engaged in “entanglements.” He didn’t go into details, though. What he did was this – “We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way. And marriage for us can’t be a prison.” He added, “I don’t suggest our road for anybody. I don’t suggest this road for anybody. But the experiences that the freedoms that we’ve given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love.”

Source:GQ

R Kelly Found Guilty Of All Charges

A Brooklyn jury deliberated for nine hours before findingR Kellyguilty of all nine counts against him. He faced racketeering and eight violations of the Mann Act. This marks the first time he’s been criminally prosecuted despite years of allegations of misconduct that have trailed him for a quarter of century. Now the 54-year-old is facing 10 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced on May 4thof next year. 

Kelly’s case marks the first time a high-profile man in the #MeToo era has been held accountable for abusing Black women.Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, the acting US attorney in Brooklyn, said that the verdict sent a powerful message to men like Kelly. “No one deserves what they experienced at his hands or the threats and harassment they faced in telling the truth about what happened to them. We hope that today’s verdict brings some measure of comfort and closure,” she noted.

Meanwhile, Kelly’s defense lawyer wasn't pleased at all. “Of course we are disappointed in the verdict,”Deveraux L. Cannicksaid as he walked through the courthouse. “I am even more disappointed in the prosecution for bringing this case,” that was, in his opinion, “replete with inconsistencies.” They are considering an appeal, but those may have to wait because Kelly's also facing a federal trial in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction charges, and additional state sex crime charges in Illinois and Minneapolis.

Source:New York Times

Beck Bennett Leaves & Other Cast Changes On "SNL"

Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Cecily Strong will bereturning to “Saturday Night Live” for its 47thseason, but Beck Bennett and featured player Lauren Holt will not. The news ends months of speculation about who was leaving and who’d be back.

Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman have promoted to the regular cast while Andrew Dismukes and Punkie Johnson will be featured players again. We’ve also got newly minted featured players Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson, and Sarah Sherman have been added to the list.

Rounding out the cast will be Pete Davidson, Colin Jost, Michael Che, Kenan Thompson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, and Melissa Villaseñor. Owen Wilson is set to host Saturday’s season premiere with Kacey Musgraves doing the musical honors.

Source:Variety

TV Quickies

  • “Sex/Life” Renewed For Season 2:“Sex/Life” is going for another round at Netflix. The streamer hasrenewed the drama for a second season.The series is inspired by the book “44 Chapters About 4 Men” byB.B. Easton,revolving around a love triangle between a woman, her husband and her past.
  • “Bachelorette” Clare Crawley & Dale Moss Split “For Good”:Former “Bachelorette”Clare CrawleyandDale Mossare over – again. The couple broke off their engagement after a whirlwind romance on the ABC show’s 16th season, only to give things another try this year… but now, they’ve reportedlysplit “for good” this time.An insider tells “Page Six” things “didn’t end well,” either. But so far, no official word from the two.
  • Bridget Moynahan on “And Just Like That…”:Bridget Moynahanhasconfirmedthat she’ll be on the “Sex and The City” revival for HBO Max. She’ll reprise her role as Mr. Big’s second wife, Natasha, on “And Just Like That…” She famously fell down the stairs when she discovered her husband, played byChris Noth, had taken up withSarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw charater. Of course, she couldn’t give more details on the series that originally aired from 1998 to 2004. We’ll just have to wait until “And Just Like That…” premieres later this year.
  • Cynthia Bailey Leaving “RHOA”: Say it ain’t so!Cynthia Baileyis leaving “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” after 11 seasons. While the former supermodel didn’t give a reason for her departure in herInsta-announcement, she said, “It’s time to move on to my next chapter, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you.”

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