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Celebrities You May Not Know Have Chronic Illnesses

August 2nd, 2014 8:00pm EDT
Celebrities You May Not Know Have Chronic Illnesses
More than 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. Medication can be effective, but millions of people with the disease continue having seizures for the rest of their lives.

Several celebrities have been diagnosed with Epilepsy, including some that may surprise you.

Prince told PBS's Tavis Smiley in a 2009 interview: "I used to have seizures when I was young. My mother and father didn't know what to do or how to handle it but they did the best they could with what little they had."

The singer added: "My mother told me one day I walked in to her a...
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10 Celebrities Who've Been Caught In Racist Scandals

June 4th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
10 Celebrities Who've Been Caught In Racist Scandals
Justin Bieber recently made headlines after a video surfaced of the star making a racist joke when he was 15 years old. The pop star apologized profusely, telling fans: "I'm very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again."

Unfortunately, the story doesn't end there. Additional footage from the video was leaked showing Bieber joking about joining the Ku Klux Klan...
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Paula Deen Looks To Clear Her Name After N-word Controversy

March 2nd, 2014 9:00am EST
Paula Deen People
Nearly nine months after her multimillion - dollar food empire was shattered by an explosive controversy, celebrity chef Paula Deen, 67, opens up in an exclusive interview in this week’s issue of PEOPLE about the toll it took, her lowest point, and how she’s changed.

The outpouring of affection Deen experienced at a Feb. 22 barbecue event hosted by her son Bobby at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami Beach – her most high-profile public appearance since the 2013 scandal that rocked her food empire, which raked in $18 million in 2012 – “feels good,” Deen tells PEOPLE. “If it wasn’...
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Paula Deen Turned Down 'Dancing With The Stars'

August 7th, 2013 9:58pm EDT
Paula Deen
Paula Deen has turned down the opportunity to appear on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars, according to a report from UsWeekly.com.

The TV chef has come under fire recently for admitting that she used the N-word during a taped court deposition, causing the Food Network to fire her and several companies who she had endorsement deals with to drop her.

"The dance floor is not the appropriate forum for her," a source close to Deen told Us Weekly.

But host Tom Bergeron and dance pro Cheryl Burke think it would be a great opportunity for her to turn things around.

"We've seen care...
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New York Man Arrested For Trying To Extort $250K From Paula Deen

July 6th, 2013 2:01pm EDT
Paula Deen
A New York man was arrested Friday morning for allegedly trying to extort $250,000 from troubled former Food Network star Paula Deen.

The FBI arrested Thomas George Paculis, of Newfield NY, for trying to blackmail Deen by claiming he had "damning" information about her in relation to the recent lawsuit brought against her by a former employee.

Paculis, a former resdent of Deen's hometown of Savannah, Georgia, sent an email to her lawyer, Greg Hodges, five days after news broke that she admitted to using the n-word in the past during a court deposition. Paculis then revealed that he had wr...
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Paula Deen 'Beyond Devastated' After Fallout From Admitting To Use Of N-word

June 30th, 2013 9:00am EDT
Paula Deen People magazine
After her shocking admission to using a racial slur – and fumbled attempts to apologize – celebrity chef Paula Deen is dropped by the Food Network and struggles to hold her reputation – and empire – together. What will she do next? Will she survive this scandal? Is apologizing enough? This week’s issue of PEOPLE investigates.

Last Sunday Paula Deen was able to carve out a brief moment of joy, celebrating the christening of her stepdaughter’s baby girl near the Savannah home she shares with husband Michael Groover. “The subject of the sermon was stand strong. She felt like it was a message,...
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Paula Deen Breaks Down On 'Today Show' - 'Someone Evil Wanted What I Worked For'

June 26th, 2013 6:54pm EDT
Paula Deen
As promised, former Food Network personality Paula Deen appeared on "The Today Show" Wednesday morning to discuss her current situation and defend herself against those who have been referring to her as a racist.

"Are you a racist?" host Matt Lauer bluntly asked during the interview.

"No. No I'm not..." Deen answered. "As A child I was raised in a home that... my father tolerated bad grades, he would tolerate maybe me breaking a curfew; but he told me -- he said, 'girl, if I ever find out that you have behaved in a way where you think you're better than others or have been unkind, your bu...
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The Morning Roundup: Paris Jackson's Guardianship, Miley Threatens Billy Ray, Paula Deen On 'Today'

June 26th, 2013 10:25am EDT
Paris Jackson
A judged ruled Tuesday that late pop star Michael Jackson's mother Katherine and his nephew T.J. will retain their current guardianship of his children Paris, Prince and Blanket. Troubled teen Paris attempted to commit suicide earlier this month, prompting an investigation into the childrens' well-being. The results of the investigation and the judge's ruling came on the fourth anniversary of Jackson's death. Paris and Prince's biological mother, Debbie Rowe, has said she supports the ruling, but she will file for custody if there are any further issues. (story)

Paula Deen appeared on "The...
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The Morning Roundup: George Lucas Weds, Fat Joe Sentenced, Paula Deen Support, Jodie Sweetin Leaves 3rd Husband

June 25th, 2013 10:50am EDT
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas married his longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson over the weekend in Marin County, Calif. The couple have been together since 2006. Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments and Chairman of the Board at DreamWorks animation, is a contributor to CBS News. The couple were engaged in January, and according to the Huffington Post, Lucas's son Jett was his best man while daughters Katie and Amanda were bridesmaids. Several big Hollywood names attended, like pals Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. Singer Van Morrison reportedly flew in to provide the entert...
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Paula Deen Confirms 'Today Show' Appearance On Wednesday As Fans Flock To Her Defense Over Firing

June 24th, 2013 9:03pm EDT
Paula Deen
Paula Deen's fans have come to the former Food Network star's defense over her recent admission in a court deposition that she's used the "n-word" in the past and her subsequent firing by TV's top cooking channel.

Fans began Facebook pages calling for boycotts of the network, commented on Twitter and used the official Food Network Facebook page to air their grievances (specifically in the comments section of a post about a zucchini casserole, according to Today.com).

"Show me an adult person who has not said the N word in his life, black or white," one person wrote. "You without sin cast ...
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The Morning Roundup: Monsters vs Zombies, Paula Deen Fired, George Lucas Weds

June 24th, 2013 10:00am EDT
Monsters University
Pixar's animated sequesl "Monsters University" held off stiff competition from Brad Pitt thriller "World War Z" at the box office over the weekend, pulling in $82 million for its opening weekend, while Pitt's zombie flick made $66 million. Despite tough competition, the Disney-owned animation studio is 13 for 13 on opening day, landing the top spot for all of its previous theatrical releases. Previous number-one "Man of Steel" pulled in another $41.2 million for third place, upping its total to $210 million in a little over a week. Comedy "This is the End" finished fourth, with $13 million;...
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Paula Deen Fired By The Food Network

June 23rd, 2013 1:30pm EDT
Paula Deen
Food Network star Paula Deen has been dropped by network executives over her recent admission of using the "n-word" in the past during a court deposition for a case filed against her.

Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers are being sued by a former manager of their Savannah, Georgia, restaurant Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House for racial discrimination and sexual harassment. During a deposition last Friday, Deen was asked if she had used the "n-word" in the past, to which she replied honestly, "Yes, of course."

After a pair of apology videos posted to Youtube on Friday, the first of whi...
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Paula Deen Blows Off 'Today Show' Appearance In Wake Of 'N-Word' Controversy, Releases 'Apology' Video

June 21st, 2013 8:08pm EDT
Paula Deen
Food Newtork personality Paula Deen was scheduled to appear on NBC morning show "Today" on Friday, but she was a no-show.

Host Matt Lauer said via Twitter that neither Deen nor her reps called to inform producers that she wouldn't appear.

“Paula Deen was scheduled to do an interview with us this morning, live in our studio, but we just found out, she’s a no-show," Lauer tweeted Friday. "She has not called us at all this morning.”

The Georgia native came under fire this week for admitting that she's used the "n-word" in the past during a deposition she gave as part of a lawsuit filed agai...
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Paula Deen Defends Use Of 'N-Word': Those Were Different Times

June 20th, 2013 5:03pm EDT
Paula Deen
TV cook Paula Deen caused controversy when she admitted to using the "N-word" before in a three-hour court deposition on Friday.

Deen and her brother/business partner Bubba Hiers are being sued for $1.2 million by Lisa Jackson, a former manager at their Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.

Jackson maintains that the Food Network star and her brother made racial slurs and derogatory remarks about Afrian Americans and that Hiers sexually harassed her and "frequently" viewed adult websites in the office they shared.

"Yes, of course," Deen said when asked i...
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Celebrity Paychecks: How Much Do Your Favorite Stars Earn?

March 9th, 2013 2:00pm EST
Sofia Vergara
Did you ever want to know how much money celebrities really make?

Justin Bieber banked an estimated $55 million last year, translating to just over $6,000 an hour. He is the highest paid star on Parade magazine’s “What People Earn” list, which will be available in this Sunday’s newspapers.

“Les Miserables” star and Oscar winner Anne Hathaway made $10 million, and “NCIS” star Mark Harmon brought home an estimated $38 million - $2.5 million more than Brad Pitt. Who knew!

Sexy Latina “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara made $21 million. The $175,000 she earns an episode definitely contribute...
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Paula Deen Talks Slimming Down And Getting Healthier

January 27th, 2013 9:00am EST
Paula Deen People magazine January 25
Star chef Paula Deen, her husband Michael, and her sons Jamie and Bobby share their tips in this week's issue of PEOPLE for getting slimmer and healthier. When Paula Deen finally stopped living in denial about having type 2 diabetes at the end of 2011, she cut down on carbs, cut back on portions, doubled up on greens and dropped 40 lbs. Her family followed suit. First, son Jamie, a dad of two, lost 45 lbs. by "eating like a 6-year-old," he tells PEOPLE. "Six-year-olds eat the right portion sizes!" Next, Paula's 300-lb. husband, Michael Groover, faced a choice: schedule knee replacement surg...
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10 Celebrities Looking Great After Their Dramatic Weight Loss

September 20th, 2012 4:15pm EDT
Carnie Wilson
Just like regular folk, some celebrities have problems with their weight. They try everything to lose it - diet, exercise, and sometimes even surgery.

Singer Carnie Wilson had a gastric band fitted in January after gaining back the majority of the weight shed after a gastric bypass in 1999. She has since lost more than 30 pounds but admits going under the knife wasn't an easy solution.

She told the Today Show, "I was at the point where I did need intervention...I needed to take action. I needed to help myself again. What I feel now - I feel the sensation of being full quickly, which I was...
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Paula Deen Talks About Her Incredible Weight Loss & Doughnut Cheeseburgers

July 1st, 2012 8:59am EDT
Paula Deen
After years of living in denial about her diabetes diagnosis, Food Network star Paula Deen revamped her lifestyle and her pants size. In this week's issue of PEOPLE, the queen of southern cooking reveals how she lost more than 30 lbs., shares her healthy get-slim recipes, and her son Jamie's own 40 lb. weight-loss story. "It's not easy to lose weight," Deen admits to PEOPLE.

For the love of butter, is this the same Food Network chef who famously sandwiched a burger topped with a fried egg and bacon in between two doughnuts? Since she publicly announced in January that she has type 2 dia...
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Many Stars Tracing Their Family Trees On New Season Of 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

January 7th, 2012 12:00pm EST
Rob Lowe
Viewers can take an up-close and personal look inside the family history of some of today's most beloved and iconic celebrities when NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" returns for its third season on Friday, February 3 (8-9 p.m. ET).

The celebrities who star in the new season will be Martin Sheen, Marisa Tomei, Blair Underwood, Reba McEntire, Rob Lowe, Helen Hunt, Rita Wilson, Edie Falco, Rashida Jones, Jerome Bettis, Jason Sudeikis and Paula Deen.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" is an adaptation of the award-winning hit British television documentary series that leads celebrities on a journe...
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Anthony Bourdain Trash Talks Celebrity Chefs

August 17th, 2011 11:56am EDT
Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain recently sat down with TV Guide Magazine, and the "No Reservations" star didn't pull any punches when it came to talking about fellow food personalities.

On Paula Deen: "The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she's proud of the fact that her food is f--king bad for you [...] plus, her food sucks."

On Guy Fieri: "I look at Guy Fieri and I just think, 'Jesus, I'm glad that's not me.'"

On Rachael Ray: "Does she even cook anymore? I don't know why she bothers. To her credit, she never sa...
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