Dina's Dirt for May 27, 2022

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Ellen DeGeneres wrapped up 19 seasons of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for the last time. The final episode kicked off with the opening from her very first show in September 2003 before going through the openings from all 19 seasons. Ellen said, “Twenty-five years ago, they canceled my sitcom because they didn’t want a lesbian to be in primetime once a week. I said, ‘OK, then I’ll be on daytime every day. How about that?’” The guests on her final episode were Jennifer Aniston, who was Ellen’s guest on her first episode as well, along with Billie Eilish and Pink, who gifted Ellen with a sourdough starter, birdwatching binoculars, knitting needles, and jumbo yarn for her newfound free time. Ellen closed out the show by telling the audience, “If I’ve done anything in the past 19 years, I hope I’ve inspired you to be yourself.”

Ray Liotta from “Goodfellas” died in his sleep at the age of 67 in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting the film “Dangerous Waters.” Ray also co-starred in “Field of Dreams” as Shoeless Joe Jackson and in the movie “Blow” as the father of Johnny Depp’s character. He also appeared on the soap opera “Another World,” and won a Primetime Emmy in 2005 for his guest appearance on “ER.”

Also passing away, Depeche Mode founding member and keyboardist Andy Fletcher has died at the age of 60.

Kanye West can’t seem to keep a lawyer. Samantha Spector – the fourth one he’s hired to represent him in his divorce from Kim Kardashian – has filed documents to terminate their professional relationship citing an irreconcilable breakdown in the attorney-client relationship. Now Ye’s case will be handled by an out of the state attorney from Pennsylvania who isn’t even a divorce attorney.

“Aquaman” star Jason Momoa shared a pic on an Instagram of him getting an MRI. He was laying outside of the machine about to go in, shirtless. He wrote, “You got to break some eggs to make an omelette. Aloha J. Thankful for my ohana and friends.” A source shared with People that Jason is okay and that the MRI was just a “a precaution.”

Dina’s Dirt at 7:40

As testimony in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard wrapped up, Johnny’s team went after Amber hard one last time. But Amber held her own as best she could. Johnny’s lawyer accused her of snickering in the courtroom, and Amber said, "I'm not sitting in this courtroom snickering. This is horrible and this is painful and this is humiliating for any human being." Closing arguments will happen today, and the judge will let the jury deliberate as long as they want to “within reason." If they can’t reach a verdict today, deliberations will resume Tuesday.

As mixed reviews for Baz Luhrman’s “Elvis” biopic started to trickle in on Tuesday, the film apparently received a much more glowing reception at the Cannes Film Festival. According to Variety, the biopic prompted a 12-minute standing ovation, as stars Austin Butler and Tom Hanks stood there with awkward smiles. As long as that was, it’s not the longest - Guillermo del Toro's film “Pan's Labyrinth” premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival to a 22-minute standing ovation.

After Josh Duggar has served his 12-and-a-half-year prison sentence, he’ll be subject to 20 years of supervised release with a lot of conditions. One of those is that he’s not allowed to have unsupervised contact with minors, would include his seven children, who currently range in age from seven months to 12 years old.

Justin Timberlake is the latest artist to sell their catalog. He has sold his catalog to Hipgnosis Song Management in a deal that, according to the Wall Street Journal, is worth “just above $100 million.” The deal gives Hipgnosis 100% all of Justin’s “copyright, ownership and financial interests of the writer and publisher’s share of public performance income, and the catalog of musical compositions.” All future music Justin makes will still be his.

Dina’s Dirt at 8:40

Former “Bachelorette” star Shawn Booth, who was once engaged to Kaitlyn Bristowe, found a snake in his house last week. He threw a blanket over it and tried to put pressure on its head with a basket to knock it consciousness, but when he went to get a shovel to take it out, the snake disappeared.
He hasn’t been able to sleep since it happened and is hoping his dog will let him know if the snake pops up again. In the meantime, he’s got pest control sealing up all ways into house.

Baby news!

“Twilight” actor Michael Sheen (Aro) is a dad again at 53. He announced the birth of his third child (his second with actress girlfriend Anna Lundberg, 26). He tweeted, “And just like that… there was another monkey jumping on the bed.”

Singer Christina Perri, 35, announced that she is expecting her second child with husband Paul Costabile. The news comes more than a year after Christina revealed her baby had been stillborn. Speaking about the baby she lost in 2020, who she named Rosie, Christina wrote on Instagram, “Rosie sent Carmella a little sister and we’re very excited,” adding, “We’re very excited. we’ve been having all the feelings, but mostly trying everyday to choose joy🌸.”

Anthony Anderson will not return to NBC’s “Law And Order” for Season 22. Anthony signed a one-year contract and played Detective Kevin Bernard during Season 21 of the show. Sources say he had always planned to move on after one season. Sam Waterson also signed a one-year contract, but it's unclear if he’ll return.

Vin Diesel said that he wanted Rita Moreno to be a part of the “Fast & Furious” family. Now it’s official – Vin announced on Instagram that Rita will be in “Fast X.” She’ll play his grandmother. He said getting her to appear in the film “made his soul smile.” Rita, an EGOT winner, has performed in many shows, movies, and musicals. She is best known for her role in the original “West Side Story” and the 2021 remake. Is this the time when we finally get a F&F musical?