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DLISTEDLast year, Pauley Perrette announced her departure from NCIS without really giving a reason. This week, following her final episode, Perrette implied it was due to multiple physical assaults and a “rich, powerful publicity machine” keeping her silent

REALITY TEARHOP star Monique Samuels swears she doesn’t have a drinking problem and says “it was funny” that she fell asleep at the wheel after lunchtime drinks because “it was a girls trip”

JEZEBELSpike Lee’s new film BlacKkKlansman got either a six- or a ten-minute standing ovation after its world premiere at Cannes. It’s based on a book written by Colorado Springs’ first black cop, set in the 70s, and features John David Washington and Adam Driver “collaborating to infiltrate a Klan chapter headed by David Duke.” Can’t imagine why it resonated so strongly

VOXWait a minute — now we’re making China great again?

CELEBITCHYQueen Elizabeth still prefers Kate to Meghan Markle and still DGAF who knows about it. Her handwritten consent for Meghan and Harry’s marriage does have some pretty nice formal scrollwork, though, so there’s that

THE BLEMISHJohn Cena went on Today to say he still loves his ex-fiancée Nikki Bella and still wants to have kids with her, so it looks like the two of them maybe possibly aren’t completely done as a couple

VERY SMART BROTHAS“If You’re Still Mad That People Didn’t Want You in High School, I Get It, but Please (for Your Own Sake) Get Over It”

LAINEY GOSSIPKirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons had a baby boy last week and this week they announced that they’ve named their son Ennis Howard Plemons. Well-chosen! Congrats!

(Photo credits: Why Pauley Perrette left NCIS via Splash News)

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