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Entertainment Brief 9/19/22

From book deals to partnership breakdowns, this is your entertainment brief from last week’s biggest entertainment news.

Kanye West Ends Clothing Deal with GAP

         After a two-year partnership, rapper Kanye West terminated his partnership with Gap on Thursday, Sept. 16, after accusing them of failing to uphold the business agreement.

         In a letter to the clothing company, West’s lawyer claimed the store was to sell 40 percent of the YEEZY Gap collaboration items in brick-and-mortar stores for the second half of 2021.

         Additionally, the letter claims the company was to open five stand-alone retail stores by July 31, 2023. West’s attorney claims no store has been built.

         It also seems West is departing the company for creative reasons as he claims he was being shut out of the creative process and not able to set prices.

         “Everyone knows I’m the leader, I’m the king,” West said. “A king can’t live in someone else’s castle. A king has to make his own castle.” 

         This decision to sever ties with the clothing company comes after West posted a since-deleted Instagram video, offering Gap an ultimatum. In the video, he claimed the company was stealing his designs and cutting him out of the creative process.

         “You have to really give me the position to be Ye and let me do what I’m thinking,” West said. “[Otherwise] I have to do the thinking somewhere else.”

         According to Bloomberg, West is “done” with corporate America and plans to branch out solo, making YEEZY an independent company, free from collaborative and corporate ties.

         “I made the companies money, the companies made me money,” West said. “Now, it’s time for Ye to make the new industry. No more companies standing in between me and the audience.”

Anne Heche to Release Posthumous Memoir

         Actress Anne Heche is set to release a posthumous memoir five months after her death.

         Set for release on January 24, 2023, the 140-page memoir is entitled Call Me Anne. The book will document her rise to fame, her relationship with mentor Harrison Ford, her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, as well as her relationship with God.

         Entertainment Tonight calls the forthcoming memoir a “part self-acceptance workbook,”  interlaced with “personal stories, poems, and exercises that got Anne through tough times.”

         The Associated Press reports Heche signed a deal with Start, an independent book publisher in New Jersey, in May. She turned in a manuscript shortly before her death.

         This new book follows her first memoir, written in 2001, entitled Call Me Crazy. This first book received renewed interest following the actress’s death.

         On Aug. 5, the actress crashed into a Los Angeles home while driving at high speeds. This accident ignited a large fire which scorched the actress’s car. Firefighters didn’t see Heche in the car until 24 minutes after they arrived and would take another 20 minutes to extract her from the vehicle.

         The actress was rushed to the hospital where she remained in a coma for six days. She was peacefully taken off life support and died on Aug. 11.

New Dancing with the Stars Season Premieres Tonight

         Season 31 of Dancing with the Stars premieres on Sept. 19 on Disney+.

Tyra Banks will return as host and Alfonso Ribeiro will be a co-host. Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough will return as judges.

Season 30’s Mirrorball Champion Daniella Karagach will also be returning. She will be dancing with Joseph Baena, son of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This season will be filled with many other stars, such as singer Jordin Sparks, Tik Tok star Charli D’Amelio and Wayne Brady, from Whose Line is it Anyway? fame.

The full list of teams can be found here.

This is not the first time co-host Ribeiro has been involved with Dancing with the Stars. Ribeiro, along with Witney Carson, were crowned Mirrorball champions in season 19.

Ribeiro also co-hosted Dancing with the Stars previously, although it was only for one episode. He was brought in when then-host Tom Bergeron missed a show to be with his ailing father.

Ribeiro also replaced Bergeron when the latter stepped away from hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos. Ribeiro jokes he “follows in [Bergeron’s] footsteps.”

Princes Harry and William Hold Vigil for Queen Elizabeth

         All Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchildren united on Saturday, paying tribute to their late grandmother.

         Sept. 17th marked another day of mourning for the British people, as thousands came to pay their respects to the deceased monarch. According to NPR, the citizens endured Britain’s coldest night in months while waiting up to 16 hours.

         The citizen’s patience did not go unnoticed. King Charles and Prince William made an unannounced visit to greet the people waiting to pay respects to the Queen, shaking hands and thanking the mourners.

         Later in the day, all the Queen’s grandchildren paid their respects, standing by her coffin in silence. Princes William and Harry were there, representing their father, King Charles. They were joined by Princess Anne’s children, Zara Tindall and Peter Philips; Prince Andrew’s children, Princess Beatrice and Prince Eugene; as well as Prince Edward’s children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

         Notably, Prince Harry was dressed in his military uniform, as requested by his father. The prince wore civilian clothes earlier in the week as he and his wife, Meghan Markle, are no longer working members of the royal family.          

The Queen’s funeral was held this morning at 11am BST, which was 4am CST.

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