OPRAH WINFREY’S MOTHER DIES AT AGE 83: Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, has died at age 83. Winfrey’s spokeswoman confirmed the news Monday, saying she died at home in Milwaukee on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd. Private funeral services were held. Lee is also survived by daughter Patricia Amanda and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey, and daughter, Patricia.
OUTGOING MPAA HEAD ADMITS HARVEY WEINSTEIN WAS SUPER ANNOYING: Long before 80+ sexual misconduct allegations blew up his career, Harvey Weinstein was not popular at the Motion Picture Association of America. He repeatedly lashed out at the MPAA’s ratings decisions, and now, after years of butting heads with him, outgoing head Joan Graves tells The New York Times: “Harvey Weinstein was a great frustration. The last run-in I had with him was on a movie about a transgender character. He floated out to the news media that we gave it an R because of the transgender story line. That was not at all the case. It was an R for ubiquitous language—the f-word throughout.”
THE WORD ‘PREGNANT’ MUST NEVER BE UTTERED IN FRONT OF QUEEN ELIZABETH: The royal family is totally normal, nothing to see here! Per the latest weird royal scoop (via Us Weekly), Queen Elizabeth simply won’t let the word “pregnant” be uttered in her presence, deeming the term insufferably “vulgar.” Instead, she expects Meghan Markle and others discussing her “condition” to use the phrase “in a family way.” She instituted this policy during Kate Middleton’s first pregnancy.
EMILY RATAJKOWSKI DEFENDS BRALESS PROTEST: Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski were among the protestors speaking out against accused sexual assaulter Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. She expected blowback over her participation, but was surprised by the form it came in. “I knew being there would be important and I knew some people would find it controversial but I never expected anyone to talk about why I wasn’t wearing a bra under my tank top,” Ratajkowski told Stellar magazine.
TOM PAYNE UPDATES RELATIONSHIP STATUS: After Sunday’s The Walking Dead, Tom Payne let a juicy tidbit about his love life drop while discussing the moment showrunner Angela Kang told him about the death of his character. “I got the call like, an episode before and I was texting my girlfriend, now fiancée,” he began before host Chris Hardwick interrupted with a big “congratulations.” Details are scant, but he and Swedish singer and model Jennifer Akerman are officially headed down the aisle.