2020 Year In Review – November & December

November

  • Lori Loughlin reported to prison for her two-month sentence at the same facility in northern California that Felicity Huffman served her time in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal. A few weeks later, Loughlin’s husband Mossimo Giannulli reported to a different prison for his five month sentence.
  • Hollywood mourned the loss of legendary actor Sean Connery, who passed away peacefully at 90 surrounded by family.
  • Johnny Depp lost his libel case against “The Sun” involving ex-wife Amber Heard’s domestic abuse allegations, the judge finding “The Sun’s” report that Depp was violent towards Heard “substantially true.” Depp was then booted from the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise by Warner Bros, who announced the actor’s role would be recast for the 2022 third movie.
  • Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix got political when confirming the birth of their first child together, speaking out about the migrant children crisis in the United States.
  • Julianne Hough filed for divorce from Brooks Laich after three years of marriage.
  • Celebrities like Chelsea Handler, Spike Lee, Bella Hadid and more hit the polls on election dayMeghan Markle became the first modern Royal to vote in a United States presidential election after voting early by mail. Kanye West voted for the first time in his life, for himself, but decided to concede and let fans know he’d try again in 2024 – and it turns out he had actually gotten 60-thousand votes!
  • There were some big celebrity splits. Christina Anstead filed for divorce from Ant Anstead, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne filed for divorce from power lawyer Tom Girardi after 21 years of marriage, and Lamar Odom and his fiacée Sabrina Parr called off their engagement.
  • Longtime and beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek passed away at 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by family.
  • Larsa Pippen broke her silence on her fallout with Kim Kardashian and her sisters – and she blamed it on Kanye West, who Larsa said “brainwashed” the family into thinking she was a bad seed.
  • Emma Roberts became the first pregnant cover star of “Cosmopolitan,” showing off her baby bump for the December 2020 issue.
  • Conan announced he was ending his self-titled late-night talk show after 28 years, moving to HBO Max to start a new variety series.
  • WarnerMedia concluded its “Justice League” investigation following Ray Fisher’s allegations about Joss Whedon’s on-set behavior, revealing that “remedial action” was taken.
  • Kim Kardashian arranged a star-studded call with Dr. Anthony Fauci to get information about coronavirus, including A-listers like Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, 2 Chainz, and more.
  • The 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards were held, with over one billion votes cast. Tyler Perry received the People’s Champion Award, Jennifer Lopez took home the Icon Award, “Bad Boys For Live” won Movie of The Year, and “Grey’s Anatomy” won Show of The Year.
  • BBC launched an investigation into Princess Diana’s jaw-dropping “Panorama” interview, after allegations she was “misled” into giving the interview.
  • Jeffrey Toobin was officially fired from “The New Yorker” after exposing himself during a Zoom call.
  • Donnie Wahlberg hopped on the “2020 Tip Challenge” by leaving a $2,020 tip at a Massachusetts restaurant.
  • Harry Styles made history as the first male to appear solo on the cover of “Vogue.”
  • Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis called it quits after a seven-year engagement and two children.
  • George Clooney was dubbed “GQ’s” Icon of the Year for 2020.
  • Michael B. Jordan was named “People’s” Sexiest Man Alive for 2020.
  • Jon Stewart hosted the annual Stand Up For Heroes event, this time virtually, with appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Prince Harry, Tiffany Haddish, Ray Romano, Brad Paisley, and more.
  • Meghan Markle revealed in court docs that she did in fact contribute to the controversial “Finding Freedom” biography about her and Prince Harry, explaining that she was afraid of her estranged father Thomas Markle being able to “further represent” her.
  • Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev won season 29 of “Dancing With The Stars.”
  • Celebrities did some good deeds. Tyler Perry donated five-thousand Thanksgiving meals to families in need, and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donated $500K to a Canadian homeless charity.
  • Barack Obama’s memoir “A Promised Land” sold a record 1-point-seven-million copies in its first week, among the highest ever for a nonfiction book.
  • George Clooney revealed that he’s been cutting his own hair for years using the infomercial product The Flowbee.

December

  • Forbes unveiled its “30 Under 30” list for 2021, featuring Internet stars like David Dobrik, Charli D’Amelio, Addison Rae, and other stars like Doja Cat, Ben Simmons, Ramy Youssef and Roddy Rich.
  • Stars did more good deeds. Michael Jordan donated $2-million to food banks in the Carolinas and Chicago, Tyler Perry donated $100K to Kenneth Walker’s defense fund, Kim Kardashian played Santa by giving a thousand fans $500, and Beyonce donated $500K to people impacted by the eviction crisis.
  • Ellen Page asked to be called Elliot from now on as the Oscar-nominated “Juno” star came out as transgender and gender non-binary.
  • Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court justices heard Bill Cosby’s appeal, expressing skepticism over the fairness of the trial.
  • Warner Bros announced a monumental decision to release its entire 2021 slate on HBO Max, including blockbusters like “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Dune,” and “The Matrix 4,” which will premiere on both streaming and in theaters.
  • Ryan Reynolds and Taylor Swift teamed up for a special Match.com ad that included a “sneak peek” of Swift’s newly recorded music.
  • “People” magazine unveiled their 2020 “People of the Year,” including George Clooney, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Selena Gomez and Regina King.
  • Shortly after their divorce filing, Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi were sued for embezzlement and fraud and accused of a “sham” divorce.
  • Tiffany Haddish turned down a GRAMMYs hosting gig, since they wanted her to host the three-hour event for free, and the Recording Academy ended up apologizing for the lousy offer.
  • David Lander lost his fight with multiple sclerosis (MS) at 73.
  • Olivia Jade Giannulli broke her silence about her parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli’s roles in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal, sitting down for Jada Pinkett-Smith’s “Red Table Talk.” The Twitterverse wasn’t impressed.
  • Taylor Swift was among “Entertainment Weekly’s” Entertainers of the Year, addressing rumors she’s engaged to boyfriend Joe Alwyn.
  • George Clooney was honored by celeb pals like Bradley Cooper and David Letterman at the Museum of Modern Art’s 2020 Film Benefit.
  • Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn celebrated 37 unmarried years together.
  • Google’s “Year In Search” showcased the ups, downs and losses of 2020. Tom Hanks was the most-Googled actor, “Parasite” was the most-searched movie, “Tiger King” the most-Googled show, and Shakira was the most-searched music artist.
  • LeAnn Rimes won season two of FOX’s hit celebrity singing competition “The Masked Singer,” and Jenny McCarthy won the “Golden Ear” competition for the most correct guesses throughout the season.
  • Tommy “Tiny” Lister was pronounced dead at 62 after being found unconscious in his California apartment.
  • Kelly Clarkson brought her estranged husband Brandon Blackstock back to court, claiming he defrauded her out of millions while acting as her personal manager.
  • “TIME” magazine named Joe Biden and Kamala Harris 2020’s Person of the Year.
  • Shia LaBeouf was sued for sexual abuse and more by FKA Twigs, and the actor responded to the claims by saying he has “no excuses” for his “alcoholism or aggression” and that he’s “ashamed” of his “history of hurting the people closest” to him. He also sought long-term inpatient treatment for his issues.
  • Tayshia Adams accepted Zac Clark’s proposal on the season 16 finale of “The Bachelorette.”
  • Gabrielle Union was the first guest on Taraji P. Henson’s Facebook Watch series “Peace of Mind,” opening up about her transgender daughter Zaya and PTSD.
  • Tom Cruise made headlines after audio leaked from one of his two on-set meltdowns over staff apparently breaking COVID-19 protocol, leading five staffers to quit. Leah Remini called his recorded rant a “publicity stunt.”
  • Tyler Perry and his baby mama Gelila Bekele called it quits, and Perry made it clear he was single and ready to mingle with a thirst trap on Instagram.
  • Barack Obama picked his favorite songs of 2020, including songs by Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy, Megan Thee Stallion and Mac Miller.
  • Celebrities cheered on John Mulaney after reports that he checked into rehab for his cocaine and alcohol addictions.
  • The new “Masked Singer” spinoff, “The Masked Dancer,” premiered on FOX, with host Craig Robinson and judges Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green and Ashley Tisdale. Disco Ball was the first to be unmasked, revealed to be rapper and “Law & Order: SVU” star Ice-T.
  • Chrissy Teigen revealed she was four weeks sober.
  • Tom Selleck joined in on the 2020 Tip Challenge by leaving a $2,020 tip at an NYC restaurant.
  • Hilaria Baldwin admitted to playing up her Spanish heritage after the Twitterverse exploded over a tweet about her “impersonating a Spanish person.” Hilaria revealed that her name is Hillary and that she was born in Boston.
  • Lori Loughlin was released from prison, with 150 hours of community service to do and a $150-thousand fine to pay.
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