CHRISSY TEIGEN, KENAN THOMPSON, MORE SIGN ON FOR NBC COMEDY: NBC is teaming up with the Just for Laughs comedy festival for a comedy competition series dubbed Bring the Funny, which will feature stand-up and a star-studded panel of judges. Comedian Amanda Seales will host, and the judges include Chrissy Teigen, SNL’s Kenan Thompson and Jeff Foxworthy. Contestants are vying for a $250,000 prize package. The show is casting now.
PETE DAVIDSON AND KATE BECKINSALE SPOTTED HOLDING HANDS: Rumored new lovebirds Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale were spotted holding hands again after his stand-up show at Largo at the Coronet in West Hollywood. They were first spotted together in January, when they reportedly got acquainted at Netflix’s Golden Globes afterparty.
ROGER MATHEWS FIRES BACK AT JENNI ‘JWOWW’ FARLEY'S ABUSE CLAIMS: Roger Mathews is denying estranged wife Jenni "JWoww" Farley’s claims of physical and emotional abuse, endangering their two kids and colluding with her exes to harm her. "I am extremely saddened. Saddened, as I lay here next to both of our children that we could not have found a better way to handle our differences. You and your post have made me a monster," Mathews wrote in a statement posted to his website. He also apologized for pushing her, but claimed that she edited the video she posted last week showing the push that removed evidence of her own bad behavior. "I want to say right here, and right now that did not give me the right to push you, and for that I am sorry, and I apologized at the time too," he added later on in the statement. "I am not this monster you paint me to be. I repeat you have never once ever conveyed to anyone I was ever physical in any way to you. I’m confident you could find a few people now that will claim you did, but it would be because you asked them to lie for you."
TORI SPELLING CONFIRMS 90210 RETURN: 90210 alum Tori Spelling confirmed that the hit 90’s show is returning. She told Access that the reboot "is the OG crew back together and we’re playing heightened versions of ourselves. The fans will be pleasantly surprised, though, because we will intercut that with scenes from the show. So it’ll be a whole ensemble cast playing a heightened version of themselves. Almost everybody."
J.D. MADISON’S ASSAULT ACCUSER CHARGED WITH FILING FALSE REPORT: Five months after Southern Charm star John David "J.D." Madison was accused of sexual assault by Susan Johnson, she has been charged with filing a false police report. Her bond was set for $10,000 before she was released from jail, E! reports. Her lawyer says the arrest is bogus. "Susan is going to fight this unfair, unfounded charge. She was severely intoxicated on the night in question and so naturally there are some inconsistencies in her recollection. Such inconsistencies do not make her a liar, and they certainly do not make her a criminal," her attorney Trey Harrell said in a statement to People. "Susan does not remember sending any of the messages—or making any of the phone calls—that police are using as ‘evidence' to dispute her recollection of what happened."
GISELE BUNDCHEN IS OPENING UP ABOUT LEONARDO DICAPRIO: Gisele Bundchen, 38, is opening up about her split from Leonardo DiCaprio, 44. She tells Porter that she finally broke it off when she realized she needed a major change of pace:"No longer numbing myself with smoking, drinking and too much work, I was becoming more and more aware of things that I’d chosen not to look at. Was I alone in wanting to do some serious soul-searching while he stayed the same? In the end, unfortunately, the answer was yes." They dated from 2000-2005; she’s now married to New Englands Patriot quarterback Tom Brady.