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tonight -- the biggest shockers, scandal and splits of 2019. >> i am going through a situation in my family. >> nasty divorce battles. royal rifts. >> not many people have asked if i'm okay. and the college admissions scam scandal far from over. >> i don't want to do anything that might rear its ugly head and my children have to pay the price for that. plus, kevin hart's emotional comeback after the car crash that nearly killed him. >> at the end of the day it can all be over. then britney's roller coaster year, only we're with her man sam. >> do you see marriage in the future? >> i mean, absolutely. and speaking of marriage -- >> we're just constantly checking in with each other. >> inside hollywood's surprise i dos.
>> i feel like it's everything i dreamed of. hello and welcome. i think it's safe to say 2019 is a year felicity huffman and lori loughlin will never forget. >> that is safe to say for sure. their roles in the college bribery scandal tops our look at the biggest shockers, scandal and splits of the year. >> i've always thought i don't want to do anything that one day might rear its ugly head and my children have to pay the price for that. >> the "fuller house" actress and her fashion designer husband mossimo giannuli are accused of paying a $500,000 bribe to get their daughters into usc. lori's next hearing in the college scandal is in boston in 25 days and although she's not required to attend, we hear she might. earlier this month loughlin filed court papers accusing prosecutors of concealing evidence that could help their case, evidence they say prove that is they thought their payments to usc would be used for legitimate university-approved purposes and was not a bribe. >> lori is sending the message
that she wants to take this to trial probably. she definitely wants to see everything the government has in her file that helps her prove her case. >> lori and mossimo rejected a deal early on and plead not guilty. if convicted, they could face 45 years in prison. as for the other celebrity caught up in the scandal "desperate housewife" felicity huffman she settled into a post prison life. the actress served only 11 days of her two-week sentence. why? well felicity's team played it smart, accepting an early plea deal apologizing in court and taking advantage of prison policy. >> when you are scheduled to be released on the weekends or a holiday, you can actually be released on the last workday. >> felicity must complete 250 hours of community service, but a lot of legal experts think lori could have learned from felicity. >> in the legal world what lori's been doing these last couple of months is a major head scratcher. many of us cannot understand why she did not take the deal to begin with.
of course lori and felicity weren't the only stars under fire in 2019. >> i've been truful and consistent on every single level since day one. >> "empire" star jussie smollett continues to to deny claims that he staged his own homophobic and racist attack. >> i'm gonna stand strong with y'all. >> jussie was charged and turned himself in to police and then in march a stunning reversal, prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges. >> this is a person now who has been let off scot-free. >> in august a special prosecutor was announced to look into the handling of the case and it's possible he could reinstate the charges. it's also unclear at this point whether or not smollett will appear next year in the series finale of "empire." one certainty -- 201was a tough year for r. kelly. >> y'all are killing me with this. gave you my -- >> robert.
>> the 52-year-old singer has entered not guilty pleas to more than a dozen sex crime charges filed against him in various states. but it was the singer's unhinged interview with gayle king that was one of the most memorable moments of the year. >> this is not about music. i'm trying to have a relationship with my kids and i can't do it. you just don't want to believe the truth. you don't want to believe it. >> oprah called me and said are you okay? are you afraid? i was never afraid. i knew he was upset with me and didn't like some of the questions. >> disgraced matt lauer's divorce became final and a new accuser came forward this year as well. and then we also have cuba gooding jr. in handcuffs. >> cuba, what do you have to say to your fans? >> that was the oscar-winning actor being led by police in june. according to the court documents filed earlier this month, 22 women have now accused cuba gooding jr. of sexual misconduct. the actor vehemently denied the charges. his next hearing is january 22nd.
let's continue with a story that broke our hearts this year. alex trebek stunned everyone when he announced that he has stage 4 cancer. but the beloved "jeopardy" host has also inspired us with his courageous fight. >> i plan to beat the low survival rate. >> it was back in march when alex revealed he was going through chemotherapy. >> keep the faith and we'll win. >> alex trebek! >> the 79-year-old continued to host "jeopardy" and by august he appeared to be in remission. >> i'm on the mend and that's all i can hope for right now. >> but just a month later alex had a devastating setback. the pancreatic cancer had returned. >> i lost about 12 pounds in a week. >> i'm not afraid of dying. >> despite his ongoing battles, the trademark trebek humor is firmly intact. >> it does bother me that i might pass on before i get to have a grandchild. hint hint.
>> another celebrity facing his own recovery battle has been kevin hart. >> no matter how much you think you're in control, you're not in control. at the end of the day it can all be over. >> kevin posted this emotional video showing the 40-year-old just days after his horrific crash in his hospital bed and using a walker. >> when god talks, you gotta listen. >> early in the morning on september 1st kevin, in the back seat of his plymouth barracuda, crashed through this fence and down a 30-foot embankment. his wife eniko called 911. >> he's not coherent at all. he can't move. >> kevin's spine was fractured in three places. his recovery included weight training and exercises in his pool. >> completely recovered or still healing? >> no. it's a process. it's gonna take some time. be patient. >> but miraculously just two months after the accident kevin was out and about. >> i'm blessed to be alive. >> if anybody can come back bigger and better than ever, it's kevin hart. now to baby archie's first christmas. we know he won't be spending it with his great grandmother, the
queen. it's just one of the many dramas plaguing harry and meghan and all their royal rifts. >> the fab four were no more in 2019. other royal scandals -- there was kate's awkward brush off of williams pda and some fans think william had a sour face and kate looked pained at baby archie's christening. meghan came under fire from haters saying she didn't know how to hold her own baby. and then, of course, you have brothers harry and william at odds. >> as brothers you have good days. you have bad days. >> harry went public with his rift with william on that documentary about his and meghan's trip to south africa. >> we're brothers. we'll always be brothers. we're certainly on different paths at the moment. >> the royal bad blood is said to have started when harry and meghan were dating and william advised his brother to take it slow. and besides the brotherly tension, harry and meghan are suing some british tabloids. the duchess revealed some pals even tried to steer her away from becoming a royal. >> my british friends said to me "i'm sure he's great, but you
shouldn't do it because the british tabloids will destroy your life." all right. from a royal rift to this year's nastiest splits. >> i am going through a situation in my family. >> wendy williams was in tears talking about her break-up with kevin hunter. the couple split up in april after 21 years of marriage amid allegations of emotional abuse and fathering a child with another woman. despite all that wendy seemed to be working through it all. i was with her in october as she received a star on the hollywood walk of fame. >> triumph over adversity. stick to it wendy. you'll show them. you'll show them. now it's my pleasure to show you. >> another ugly break-up that played out in public, khloe kardashian and tristan thompson. they split in february after the basketball player was caught kissing kylie's best friend jordyn woods. >> it just sucks it has to be so public. >> what did you think when you saw that?
>> everybody has their truth and their story. i'm no home wrecker. >> in june jordyn told "e.t." her side of the story. she admitted, well, yeah. she and khloe's baby daddy did have a moment together at a party. >> he did kiss me, but no tongue kiss. no making out. >> did you sleep with tristan? >> never. >> tristan's been trying to win khloe back with some bling, but for now the two are just happy co-parents of 20-month-old true. >> think they'll get back together? >> i can't call it. i'll leave that one alone. but it wasn't all relationship headlines for this family. kylie jenny became the world's youngest self-made billionaire while kim surprised us all by revealing she wants to be a lawyer. >> well on her way. >> glad for her. meanwhile, there were plenty of highs and lows in the life of britney spears. >> i'm skinny as a needle. >> from startling paparazzi accusations -- >> is the news really real? >> -- to time in a mental health facility. we look back at brit's roller coaster year.
welcome back to our special look at the biggest shockers, scandals and splits of 2019. it was a crazy volatile emotional year for britney spears. her father got sick. she canceled her vegas residency and sought treatment once again. but by her side through it all was her boyfriend sam asghari who talked only to "e.t." >> you guys have been together almost three years now. is she the one? do you see marriage in the
future? >> i mean absolutely. this is something that every couple should do. that's the whole point of a relationship. we're a family. >> have your families met? >> yes, they have absolutely. >> and how's your relationship with the kids? >> it's absolutely amazing. went to disneyland. everything's great. >> sam was brit's rock all throughout her roller coaster 2019. spears' second residency -- cancelled. a visible free britney movement. a new conservator. custody drama. and a source told "e.t." that the pop star struggled with insomnia after completing treatment at a mental health facility in april. and then there was this odd twist this summer. >> no one ever really asks are the paparazzi pictures fake or do the paparazzi do stuff to the pictures and is the news really real? >> britney accused the paparazzi of altering her photos. >> i'm skinny as a needle. this is the day after me on my boat ride. do i look any different than yesterday?
>> earlier this month britney proudly showed off her christmas tree and a source told "e.t." she was in a very stable place. so could we see the pop star return to sin city for another residency? our source says that's, quote, a topic everybody is shying away from to take off any pressures. >> we just wish the best for britney in 2020. well, while we wait to see if sam and britney will ever get hitched, there were some big surprise i dos in 2019. >> i'm going to try my dress on >> hillary gave us a look behind the veil at her wedding weekend. >> sometimes those things slip out. >> and then there's sophie and joe who got hitched by an elvis impersonator in vegas. >> i told the brothers they got a very important job. they gotta catch him if he passes out. >> then the celebs that called it quits. >> i know. solo. not exactly how i expected it. >> miley and liam, what went wrong? and a "this is us" star's sudden split. >> come on, give me a break, right. >> closed captioning provided by --
now more of the biggest break-ups in 2019. >> you left your wife? >> yeah, well, i love my wife. did you say left or love? >> "this is us" star justin hartley dropped a bombshell last month filing for divorce from wife of two years chrishell. we're told she was totally blind-sided by the split. >> and "e.t." confirmed last week that it's over for channing tatum and british pop star jessie j. the pair was together for just over a year. we're told there was no drama in the split and they're still good friends. and after four years of dating bradley cooper and super model irina shayk broke up this spring. a lot of people blamed lady gaga and all that "a star is born" passion. ♪ shallow >> gaga who split from her fiance christian carino just days before that smoldering oscar performance in february shut down the rumors. >> people saw love and that was what we wanted you to see. >> and miley cyrus and liam
hemsworth broke up this summer after just seven months of marriage. a source tells us miley, quote, came to the realization she was unhappy. and after six super private years of dating, jamie foxx and katie holmes called it quits in august. it was just a few months after their first red carpet pic at the met gala. there were rumors that jamie cheated. but leave it to adele to find the bright side after splitting with her husband of three years simon konecki. she got a post break-up revenge body losing about 20 pounds. from celebrity splits to secret i dos. first up -- hilary duff's surprise wedding this weekend. >> i feel extra emotional right now. >> the actress and star of "younger" married singer matthew koma saturday night. check out this sweet pic of the newlyweds posing next to a vintage suv. hillary wore this custom gown by british designer jenny packam and it included a sweet nod to her kids. >> there's initials for our kids.
there's lucas and banks. >> earlier this year, 36-year-old country star miranda lambert kept her marriage to 28-year-old brendan mcloughlin under wraps until she shared these wedding pics in february, but our "e.t." source says they tied the knot in january. that's about two months after they met. miranda calls brendan her house husband and loves to post videos of him. >> he's a good looking man and he's tending to the yard work. dang, girl. >> he does it all -- laundry, dishes, it's great. i lucked out. >> and back in august dwayne the rock johnson announced his hawaiian wedding to his long-time girlfriend with these sweet pics on instagram. the rock and lauren hashian had been dating for 12 years. >> we're just constantly checking in with each other, constantly checking in, facetiming. >> from hawaii to vegas where joe jonas and sophie turner had their surprise ceremony. they tied the knot in my with the help of this elvis impersonator. >> was this pre planned? when did you know? >> i knew about five minutes before the wedding ceremony. >> with this ring -- >> with this ring --
>> i thee wed. >> i thee wed. >> i think the key is just to love and be loved. i had a chance to witness the deep love that duane dog chapman had for his late wife beth. she lost her battle with cancer back in june. the emotions still raw for duane when i caught up with him at their home in colorado. >> you know, you walk in this house in a sense she is right with us right now, isn't she? >> yeah, i hope so. >> yeah, and what's in that pink box? >> well i've never done ashes in my life and that's what she wanted and there's chips in there, bro, and i'm like what are these, teeth? oh, my god. >> after losing his wife dog suffered from broken heart syndrome. he's doing better now and "e.t." has learned he will spend the holidays at home in colorado with his children. he also wrapped shooting a movie "hunting god." he plays himself and it will be released next year. and before their split was announced last week, another reality star sat down with
"e.t." for an emotional interview. "real housewife" theresa giudice had just returned from visiting her husband joe overseas. he's awaiting a deportation hearing in the u.s. following his release from prison after 41 months. >> how was the reunion with joe in italy? >> happy tears. it was -- i was so overwhelmed seeing how happy my daughters were. >> he has leaned up. >> he's definitely not juicy anymore. >> how long was he in i.c.e.? >> seven months. i mean there were people in there cutting themselves, cutting their wrists, cutting their throats. it was bad in there. >> and speaking of prison transformations -- check out the sitch. >> so the new mike? >> yes. we free. >> how many pounds lighter? >> lost 36 pounds. >> you are so much thinner than the last time i saw you. >> i worked out two to three times a day as well as intermittent fasting.
>> the reality star and his wife lauren sat down exclusively with "e.t." after he served eight months in prison. >> your first meal out of prison? >> i wanted to have a naked pizza party. >> did that happen? >> that did happen? >> yes, that did happen. it was the first night. >> it happened. we had some unbelievable sex and >> then right to work. >> the sitch is working on a book and we're betting on a future as a motivational speaker. >> i used to tell myself you've been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved. you have a job or a responsibility to become better or bitter -- and i chose better. >> i feel like he's changed for the better. >> everybody deserves a second chance. >> i agree with you. well from reality stars to daytime ones in tonight's "e.t." birthdays. >> which day time soap star has a line of clothing and jewelry available on home shopping network -- is it susan lucci, kelly monaco or hunter tylo? >> the answer when we come back. is the thing about being a musician we had kind of have to be a prepare. yes, yeah.
that's a wrap on our look back at the biggest scandal of 2019. but we're going to leave you with some drama that is sure to spill zbo into 2020. >> it's the story that keeps on giving. taylor swift versus justin bieber's manager scooter braun. take care. ♪ are you ready for it >> the feud started this summer after scooter bought the rights to taylor's big machine catalog of hits. it all hit a fevered pitch at the amas when taylor sang "the man" and wore a shirt with the names of her six albums that scooter now controls. then earlier this month she slammed him again. >> scooter never contacted me or my team to discuss it prior to the sale. i'm fairly certain he knew how i would feel about it though. >> last month scooter pleaded with swift to take their bad blood off line claiming swifties were threatening his family. >> when it gets to a place where there's death threats, things
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