LINKS Kobe Bryant’s legacy, Thomas Markle facepalm, Coronavirus explainer…

JEZEBELRight now, the shocking and tragic manner of Kobe Bryant’s death outweighs the complicated nature of Kobe Bryant’s legacy — a fact reinforced by the Washington Post‘s suspension of a respected reporter who pointed out that Kobe’s 2003 rape case was not as open-and-shut as folks might like to believe

THE BLASTIn other Kobe news, fans appear to be by and large upset by the National Transportation Safety Board’s decision to release a few new photos and some video footage of the helicopter crash site. Releases like this are standard for the NTSB, a public agency known for taking painstaking care and a very long time with its investigations

CELEBITCHYThomas Markle is threatening to give a new terrible interview every 30 days until Meghan picks up the phone, which is a pretty shit strategy considering every time Thomas opens his mouth he gives his daughter less reason to ever speak to him again

VOXHere’s the deal with coronavirus, which is for now at least no more and actually far less deadly than seasonal flu

LAINEY GOSSIPI think there’s been a trailer for The Gentlemen before every YouTube video I’ve watched in at least a month, so it’s nice to hear that the movie is in fact “a classic Guy Ritchie crime caper.” At the same time, it’s rather less nice to hear that TG is also “hideously racist and retrograde”

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPMy favorite lede of at least this week: “If your Nana is single and ready to mingle (and a card-carrying member of AARP!) the producers of The Bachelor are looking to cast her in a seniors version of a Bachelor-style show!”

REALITY TEAMeghan Edmonds will not stop spilling her own delicious tea about her soon-to-be-ex-husband’s pettiness and I have to agree with Reality Tea here, if she’d been this interesting when she was on RHOC the show would have benefited enormously

DLISTEDCats won an award from PETA for not using any actual cats in the filming of the movie. Maybe they should have — if there’s one thing people like to watch footage of, it’s cats doing cat stuff

GO FUG YOURSELFJay-Z and Beyonce threw a Grammys pre-party and it somehow seemed to be pretty chill (when the coverage involves the word “frolicked,” you know it’s a relaxed atmosphere)

THE BLEMISHApparently Cameron Diaz has retired from acting? And she somehow managed to do it quietly, despite having millions of social media followers and not that long ago being about as big of an A-list movie star as one can be. This kind of open stealth is Murrayesque; respect, Cameron, and happy retirement

UNEXPECTED Max Schenzel’s probation officer recaps his antics over the past 6 months in court memo

Unexpected dad Max Schenzel is still on probation from his theft conviction after stealing credit cards and casino vouchers from his friend’s sleeping 77-year-old grandmother. In a new court filing, Max’s probation officer lets the judge know all about Max’s antics over the past 6 months, including numerous probation violations as well as his December arrest for domestic assault after an altercation with Chloe. Find out what the judge recommended!

90 DAY FIANCE Tiffany & Ronald break up; she says he’s ‘a toxic person’ while he says ‘I was a pet to her’

90 Day Fiance: The Other Way star Tiffany Franco announces that she and her South African husband Ronald Smith are calling it quits. The initial announcement was respectful, but the estranged couple would eventually get caught up in an Instagram story back-and-forth that was anything but. Keep reading for a full recap (so far)!

Matt Baier evicted twice, sued by multiple cash advance businesses while in Las Vegas

We were the first to report that Matt Baier, the former fiance of Teen Mom OG star Amber Portwood, is about to be a single deadbeat dad yet again after his wife (and mother of his one-year-old son) Jennifer filed for divorce in December. Matt’s newest break up caps off what looks to have a been a couple of rough years in Sin City, which included multiple evictions and being sued by multiple cash advance businesses that say he owes them money.

90 DAY FIANCE Angela & Michael HUGE spoiler

We have some HUUGE news about 90 Day Fiance couple Angela Deem and Michael Ilesanmi! For those of you enthralled by the storybook on-screen international romance between America’s favorite tax-paying memaw and her Nigerian BJ doer, I will warn you that this is a HUGE spoiler. But, if spoilers are your sin, then keep reading and we will help you accommodate to it!

My 600 Lb Life production company Megalomedia responds to Bonner family lawsuit: Allegations ‘false,’ ‘without merit’

Almost a week after it was filed, My 600 Lb Life production company Megalomedia has responded to the Bonner family lawsuit alleging that the company’s “gross negligence” led to LB Bonner’s suicide. Read on for the exclusive details, including the name of the Texas legal heavyweight who’ll be representing the company in court.

LINKS RIP Kobe, Grammys 2020, RHOC cast shakeup…

CELEBITCHYRIP Kobe: The Los Angeles Lakers and NBA legend died yesterday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles. None of the nine people on board the helicopter survived the crash; among the eight other victims was Kobe’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna

GO FUG YOURSELFThen, in one of the more surreal pop culture juxtapositions we’re likely to see in 2020, the Lakers’ home arena — better known as the Staples Center — hosted the 2020 Grammys. Plenty of celebrities were still visibly in shock and reeling from the news of Bryant’s death; that said, Billy Porter’s hat went a long way toward making pretty much everyone feel better

THE BLEMISHThe Grammys were also the venue for Demi Lovato’s first public performance in almost two years. She sang “Anyone,” a song she wrote literally the same week as her 2018 overdose, and was so overwhelmed that she had to stop partway through and begin again

DLISTEDTaylor Swift, on the other hand, did not perform at the Grammys, because of some behind-the-scenes drama that kind of got overshadowed

LAINEY GOSSIPOne person who did perform was Lil Nas X — he had the most-tweeted-about moment of the whole show by rolling up with BTS to perform “Seoul Town Road,” their remix of Nas’ “Old Town Road”

THE BLASTAlmost a year after his tragic death, Nipsey Hussle won two Grammy awards: One for Best Rap Performance and the other for Best Rap / Sung Performance. The Grammy categories will never, ever make sense, but congrats to Nipsey’s collaborators as well as his family

JEZEBEL“The Recording Academy, the organization responsible for the Grammys, says it’ll take steps to ensure diversity and inclusion, following a complaint filed by former Grammy chief Deborah Dugan accusing the Academy of being a “boys’ club” full of white men who contribute to a corrupt and rigged Grammys voting process.”

REALITY TEAFinally, in news not related to Kobe or the Grammys, Vicki Gunvalson has officially announced her departure from The Real Housewives of Orange County, along with long-time co-star Tamra Judge

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPSister Wives Season 14 Episode 4 Recap: Hopeless House-Hocking & a Holiday Ambush”

VOXIn case you forgot, there’s still a presidential impeachment trial going on. The range of possibilities of what could happen this week is vast; on the one side is “The whole thing could be over” and on the other is “The shit could really start hitting the fan”

90 DAY FIANCE Blake & Jasmin wedding photo, details on his ex-wife & a restraining order?!

90 Day Fiance masked rapper Blake Abelard and his former Finnish fiancée Jasmin Lahtinen have been quite open on social media about the fact that they are still together — which, as fans of the show are well aware, means that they did eventually get married. We haven’t really covered Blake and Jasmin much on the site this season, so I thought I might do a bit of a catch-up post, which includes a wedding photo and more proof. Plus, we’ve got information about Blake’s ex-wife as well as a restraining order application filed against him in 2015?!