Kathy Griffin stepped knee deep in controversy earlier this week when she took to social media and shared a photo in which she proudly holds the bloody, severed head of Donald Trump — a photo that cost her a longtime gig co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve celebrations and led to a lot of backlash on social media. In a tweet from lawyer Lisa Bloom, she announces that she’s now representing Griffin and will be holding a press conference this morning. You can read more here.
Despite her recent announcement that she plans to stop touring, Aretha Franklin remains busy inside the recording studio, revealing her upcoming album — set to be released later this year — will feature collaborations with a number of A-list artists. Among the artists set to appear on her new album — which has yet to nail down a title — are Steve Wonder, Elton John, Lionel Richie and violinist Yitzak Perlman. Read more here.
Here’s a course I wish we had in University! Harvard University’s humanities department is getting a Game of Thrones-themed course. According to Time, “The Real Game of Thrones: From Modern Myths to Medieval Models” class will examine George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, as well as the HBO TV adaptation, highlighting the way each “echoes and adapts, as well as distorts the history and culture of the ‘medieval world’ of Eurasia from c. 400 to 1500 CE.”
After a week of rumours, will.i.am has confirmed that yes, Fergie has officially left the Black Eyed Peas. But it doesn’t look like the band is planning to find a replacement for the singer. You can find the details here.