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Wyatt Pike is speaking out about his sudden departure from American Idol. 

On Wednesday, the 20-year-old singer broke his silence and shared the reasoning behind the big decision. 

Alongside a selfie, Pike wrote, "I had to leave the @AmericanIdol competition for personal reasons but am so thankful I get to play music for the rest of my life."

He added a message to the remaining contestants by writing, "miss you all, good luck" and thanked everyone for their support before teasing, "do stick around for more musical things soon!"

Ryan Seacrest first announced the news at the top of Monday's American Idol episode, when the Top 16 dwindled down to the Top 12. 

"Before we get to the results, I have to tell you that finalist Wyatt Pike will not be competing in the competition," the longtime host said. "He had to drop out, but we wish him the very best." 

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Last month, drama swirled around Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, as reports that they'd broken up spread worldwide.  In response, the couple insisted they were still together but "working through some things." 

Well, apparently, that work didn't work, because now the couple have confirmed that it's officially over.

In a statement to People magazine, J-Lo and A-Rod say, "We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so. We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects."

"We wish the best for each other and one another's children," the statement continues. "Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have is to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support."

Following reports of the breakup, Alex flew to see Jennifer in the Dominican Republic, where she was filming her latest movie. A source told People at the time that the two were "doing everything they can to prioritize their relationship."

Jennifer and Alex got engaged in March of 2019 after two years of dating, but had to postpone their wedding twice due to the pandemic.  They both often shared photos on social media of their blended family: J-Lo and her twins Max and Emme with ex-husband Marc Anthony, and Alex and his daughters, Ella and Natasha, with ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis.

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Fast & Furious 9 will introduce John Cena to the franchise as the forsaken younger brother of Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto, a move Diesel believes came in a message from his late friend and co-star Paul Walker.

"I remember once we started getting closer to production, [F9 director Justin Lin] and I would talk about how harrowing it would be to actually cast a new Toretto, the brother of Toretto," Diesel said in a recent press conference, according to Comicbook.

"There’s so many different directions you could go. And I remember John Cena coming into this Dom Shrine that I had where I would kind of go to meditate and train and start getting into that Dom state of mind," he continued. "And I remember John coming in and... call this crazy, but I remember feeling as though Pablo, Paul Walker, had sent him in.  I remember talking to Justin that night and saying, ‘My gut and my heart feels like this was meant to be.’"

Cena joins Diesel and returning cast members Michelle RodriguezTyrese GibsonChris “Ludacris” BridgesNathalie Emmanuel and  Jordana Brewster, along with Sung KangHelen MirrenKurt Russell and Charlize Theron.

F9 opens June 25.

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Sharon Osbourne is ready to open up about her exit from The Talk in her first tell-all interview set for later this week.

The British media personality, who was an original cast members of the long-running daytime talk show, will explain during a panel discussion why she walked away from her hosting gig.

According to Deadline, Osbourne will explain her side of the controversy on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher this Friday. This will be her first in-depth television interview following the events that caused The Talk to go on an extended hiatus.  It's set to air at the top of the show.

Ian Bremmer and Rosa Brooks will also guest.

As previously reported, Osbourne, 68, ignited a controversy March 10 during an intense debate with fellow host Sheryl Underwood about racism versus freedom of speech, which didn't sit well with fans of the show.

Osbourne had defended embattled broadcaster Piers Morgan, who railed against Meghan Markle's explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey by calling it "contemptible" and a "diatribe of bilge."

During her heated exchange with Underwood while defending Morgan, Osbourne had said, "Educate me! Tell me what [Piers] said that was racist!"

The British media personality later claimed she was "blindsided" by the segment and deemed it a set up.

In the wake of the on-air argument, which saw Osbourne resign from her position, The Talk went on an extended hiatus that lasted through Monday.

During the talk show's first episode following the controversy, Underwood and host Elaine Welteroth discussed racism and, when touching upon Osbourne's comments, stated, she "was not listening and went off the rails into disrespect."

Osbourne reportedly did not tune in to watch her former co-hosts discuss the incident.

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Buzzy Cohen, who won more than $164,603 over nine games in his 2016 Jeopardy! debut, will guest host this season's Tournament of Champions, the long-running game show confirmed Wednesday on its official Twitter page. 

Cohen went on to win the 2017 Tournament of Champions and returned in 2019 as a team captain for the show’s All-Star Games. 

The Tournament of Champions is comprised of participants who won the most games between the last Tournament of Champions and the end of 2020, as well as the most recent Teachers Tournament and College Championship winners.

 Jeopardy's 2021 Tournament of Champions airs May 17-28.

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As excited as you are to see the new Avatar stuff James Cameron is working on, he’s just as excited to show you. He tells ABC Audio he’s anxious to reveal the material, though we probably won’t see any footage until next year. However, he did share a little info about the focus of the sequels.

"I think the films have something to say and they have something to say about the ocean communities, as well," the Canadian film director said. 

"I mean Sigourney [Weaver] and I are sworn to secrecy on a blood oath here, but we can say that will we'll look through the lens of an alternate world at our own world and hopefully remind people of how majestic and beautiful our own world is, especially the oceans," he added. 

While Cameron remained tight-lipped about the details of the sequels, he did share that a trailer would likely be available sometime next summer.

"I mean, you can imagine that sort of six months-ish before the film, the film is released maybe even a little earlier in ’22," he guessed, adding that the film is due out in December 2022.  

"I would say maybe first or second quarter of 22, something like that we will show you some stuff," he promised. "I'm anxious to reveal what we're doing, but you know, I want to, I want to lead with the best material and tease people into the theaters." 

James Cameron’s NatGeo docu-series Secrets of the Whales premieres April 22 on Disney+.

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In keeping with the COVID-19 safe ceremony, this year's Oscars telecast will reportedly feature pre-recorded outdoor performances for the Best Original Song category. 

Variety reports this year's nominated songs will be performed on the rooftop of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the opening of which was bumped from April 30 to September 30.

This year's nominees include: "Fight for You" from Judas and the Black Messiah; "Hear My Voice" from The Trial of the Chicago 7; "Húsavík" from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga; "Io Si" - "Seen" from The Life Ahead; and One Night in Miami's "Speak Now."

The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles, the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and international locations via satellite, and will be broadcast live on ABC starting at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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BBC diversity chief Miranda Wayland is under fire after she claimed Idris Elba's Luther character "doesn’t feel authentic" because of his lack of Black culture.

According to The Times, Wayland shared her thoughts on the series during an entertainment industry conference, where she discussed BBC’s diversity and inclusion strategy.

"When it first came out everybody loved the fact that Idris Elba was in there -- a really strong, Black character lead," Wayland began. "We all fell in love with him. Who didn’t, right?," she said. "But after you got into about the second series, you got kind of like, OK, he doesn’t have any Black friends, he doesn’t eat any Caribbean food, this doesn’t feel authentic." 

According to Wayland, the crime drama was superficially diverse, lacking real culture on screen.

"It’s great having those big landmark shows with those key characters, but it’s about making sure everything around them, their environment, their culture, the set is absolutely reflective," Wayland explained. "It will be very much about how can we make sure that this program is authentic in terms of the storytelling."

 In response to Wayland's comments, the BBC released a statement, obtained by Metro.

"Luther is a multi-award-winning crime drama series and the iconic role of DCI John Luther has become one of TV’s most powerful detective characters of which we are tremendously proud," the statement read. "The BBC is committed to its continued investment in diversity and recent BBC One dramas I May Destroy You and Small Axe are testament to that."

 However, fans still had plenty to say. "So Luther wasn’t diverse because he wasn’t a stereotype?," asked one fan. "The police turn on Luther every chance they get," tweeted another. "How is that NOT an authentic black character?"

Elba has yet to publicly respond to Wayland's comments.

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On the same day he came out as gay on Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, comes news that Colton Underwood has been working on a Netflix reality series about his new life.

According to Variety, the show is currently in production and will follow Underwood's new life as an out gay man. Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who came out in 2015, will act as a sort of "guide" for Underwood as he navigates his life, both public and private, after speaking his truth. 

To Robin Roberts in the pre-recorded interview with GMA Wednesday morning, Underwood admitted he'd struggled with "suicidal thoughts" before he decided to take control of his life and come out. 

The 29-year-old former NFL tight end, who also appeared on season four of Bachelor in Paradise, credits the "love and support" of his friends and family with giving him the courage to make his public admission.  He also advised anyone struggling with their sexuality to "Keep fighting for you. Keep choosing you every morning."

Underwood added, "And when the time's ready or when the time's right and you're ready, do it on your own time."

There's no word on when the Netflix project will launch.

Meanwhile, a Bachelor clip has resurfaced since Colton's announcement, in which guest Billy Eichner gave him dating advice -- and made a prescient comment.

"I'm gay, I know that's a shock, Colton," Eichner quips adding, "and that, I think, you should look into."

Eichner adds, "Maybe you're the first gay Bachelor and we don't even know!" prompting a nervous laugh from Underwood.

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Common is staying booked and busy thanks to Netflix: The Oscar winner has been added to the second season of Mindy Kaling's Netflix series Never Have I Ever.

Inspired by Kaling's own life, the coming-of-age comedy centers on Devi, a first-generation Indian American teenage girl, who sometimes has trouble keeping her cool.

Common, who joins as a recurring guest star, will play Dr. Chris Jackson, a "suave and debonair" dermatologist who works in Devi's mother's building and attends to celebrity clientele.

Season 2 of Never Have I Ever hits Netflix in July. Meanwhile, Common's significant other, Tiffany Haddish, is also making some major moves.

Deadline has learned that her dramedy with Billy Crystal, Here Today, has been picked up by Sony Pictures for a May 7 theater release.

Directed by Crystal, the film follows him as veteran comedy writer Charlie Burnz, a man who forms an unlikely friendship with New York singer Emma Payge, played by Haddish.

Here Today also stars Penn Badgley, Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti, Louisa Krause, Anna Deavere Smith, and Nyambi Nyambi.

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Some people like to doze off to their favorite films, while others nod off only if the movie's boring. However, a new offering from Netflix is deliberately designed to put you to sleep.

Headspace Guide to Sleep is the latest collaboration from Vox Media Studios and guided meditation company Headspace. Netflix has just dropped the trailer for the upcoming series.

The series seeks to both debunk bunk-time myths and improve your ability to fall asleep, all while being guided by a friendly British narrator named Eve.

Each of the program's seven episodes will feature facts about sleep science, and thankfully, each installment ends with a "guided wind-down" to help you meet the Sandman.

If you're really having a hard time catching some Zs, though, you'll have to wait a bit for a good night's sleep: The series won't debut until next Wednesday, April 28.

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For seven seasons, Nico Tortorella has starred on the series Younger as Brooklyn tattoo artist Josh, one third of the show's core love triangle, along with Sutton Foster’s Liza and Peter Hermann’s Charles.

While the #TeamJosh contingent is still going strong heading into the show’s final season -- which debuts this Thursday -- Tortorella’s favorite part of Josh's journey has nothing to do with romance. In fact, it has to do with a whole different kind of love.

"I mean, probably becoming a parent, becoming a dad," Tortorella says. "Josh spent so much time focusing on his relationships with women on the show, right? His romantic relationship. And finally, when he became a dad, he stepped into himself and he started taking care of himself because he had to."

"You have to show up for yourself and take care of your child," they add. "And that is when Josh really became Josh in my eyes."

Playing the character has also fueled Tortorella’s own passion for tattoos: They say they're in the process of getting their tattoo license and may even have a guest residency at New York City's Soho Ink coming soon.

"He definitely helped drive that love for the art, for sure,” Tortorella says of Josh. "...It was like, 'I can continue to get more tattoos now that I play a tattoo artist on television,' you know, 'without my agents and managers being like, "OK, that's enough."’ But, yeah, tattoos are a huge part of my life and they always have been."

The first four episodes of Younger season seven debut Thursday on Paramount+.

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The second trailer for the pandemic-delayed F9 -- yes, the ninth film in the Fast & Furious saga -- is here. 

The second F&F film from action-master director Justin Lin has its share of trademark, absurdly over-the-top action, but Universal Studios reminds fans that the series has always been about family. To that end, we see Vin Diesel's Dom Toretto living the peaceful life off the grid with Michelle Rodriguez' Letty and their son, Brian, named after the late Paul Walker's character, who makes an appearance in the trailer, too.

However, if the series has taught us anything, it's that while you can outrun everything from cops to a submarine, you can't outrun your past. In this case, John Cena as Dom's forsaken "little" brother, a master assassin and high-performance driver (naturally), is there to shatter the calm. 

"I spent my whole life in your shadow," he tells Dom. "And now you get to spend the rest of yours living in mine."

Pressed into action once again, the family -- including Tyrese GibsonChris “Ludacris” BridgesNathalie EmmanuelJordana Brewster and Sung Kang, the latter returning to the franchise as Han -- have to make things right. 

The trailer shows Lin's signature flair for action setpieces, including magnets sucking cars all over the road, to the toppling of a massive armored truck, to a jet-powered flying car, which naturally has Tyrese's Roman in the driver's seat, screaming through an old-timey deep-sea-diving helmet.

Returning players Helen Mirren and Kurt Russell are back as well, as is Charlize Theron's villainess Cipher.

F9 opens June 25.

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New York Times best-selling author Jillian Lauren teamed up with Emmy-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger and producer Po Kutchins for the shocking new Starz true-crime series Confronting a Serial Killer.

Centered on the most prolific serial killer in American history, Samuel Little, the five-episode series follows Lauren's unrelenting pursuit to not only get Little to reveal his many crimes, but also his victims. Lauren tells ABC Audio Little was able to avoid justice for so many decades because his victims, who were marginalized women, were seen as "less than human" by the justice system.

"They weren't humans to start with," she explains. "It's not just in death -- their education system, the healthcare system, the way that we serve marginalized communities."

It's this specific examination of the flawed justice system that attracted producer Kutchins to the series. She says she felt an "enormous responsibility" to tell the victims' stories.

"To give them this platform... to make sure that it's told in a way that both shines light on what happened [and] allows that victim to be a whole person again," Kutchins says. "Because [Little] erased that person... And they want the rest of the world to remember them not as a victim -- but as that full whole human being."

Berlinger agrees, applauding Lauren's ability to get Little -- who recently died in prison at the age of 80 -- to divulge his crimes, which ultimately led to solving cold-case murders.

"I just was compelled by how Jillian was able to get this guy -- who denied his crimes for decades -- to feel comfortable to start revealing secrets," Berlinger says. "The story itself is just such a window into problems that need fixing."

Confronting a Serial Killer premieres Sunday, April 18 on at 9 p.m. ET. on Starz.

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Singer Ciara and her husband, NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, will make their pitch to persuade more Americans to get vaccinated and put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic as co-hosts of NBC's Roll Up Your Sleeves TV special.

The couple, along with former President Barack Obama, will welcome a star-studded cast, including Eva Longoria, Billy Crystal, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Lopez, Faith Hill, Ken Jeong, Matthew McConaughey and Demi Lovato in an effort to "educate viewers, raise awareness and dispel concerns surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines," according to the network.

The special will also feature appearances from President Joe Biden, former NBA stars Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal and Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The CDC reports more than 75,322,283 million Americans -- 22.7% of the U.S. population -- have been fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.

Roll Up Your Sleeves airs Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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