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Chris Rock Declines hosting 2024 Golden Globes after Oscars Clap

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The 2024 Golden Globes may be facing a hosting crisis, as A-listers Chris Rock, Ali Wong, and the “Smartless” podcast trio of Will Arnett, Sean Hayes, and Jason Bateman have all reportedly declined the offer to helm the Hollywood ceremony. Rock’s decision, following the infamous Oscars slap incident where Will Smith took to the stage in response to a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia, comes as no surprise.

Wong, a comedian and actress known for her outspoken humor, was also approached but ultimately declined the gig. Similarly, the “Smartless” co-hosts, known for their chemistry and comedic timing, have also passed on the opportunity.

The Golden Globes, historically a star-studded event, has faced declining viewership and controversy in recent years, including accusations of ethical lapses and a lack of diversity within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the organization behind the awards. This has led to many actors and studios boycotting the ceremony in recent years.

While Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, who have successfully co-hosted the Globes four times in the past, remain a possibility, a source close to the duo told CNN, “They would never do it (again). They’re done.”

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The reasons for the A-list rejections are varied, according to industry insiders. Some cite the thankless nature of the job, with its long hours, demanding expectations, and potential for negative publicity. Others point to the “politics” involved and the pressure to please both the HFPA and the Hollywood audience.

Regardless of the specific reasons, the lack of interest from major stars raises questions about the future of the Golden Globes. Can the ceremony, once a prestigious and highly anticipated event, regain its footing without the participation of Hollywood’s top talent? Only time will tell.

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Actress Obey Etok Chima loses father on eve of husband’s funeral

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Nollywood actress Obey Etok Chima has sadly experienced the loss of her father, occurring just hours before the scheduled burial of her husband.

Taking to her social media platforms, the actress shared the heartbreaking news of her father’s passing.

On Facebook, Obey revealed that her father departed in the early hours of Thursday morning, lamenting the timing as it coincided with the eve of her husband’s funeral.

Expressing her grief, she wrote, “What a tragedy, 2024. I just lost my dad early hours of yesterday 11th April. Just a day to bury my husband. It is well.”

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Via her Instagram account, Obey further reflected on the sorrowful happenings, describing the loss of her father as “another blow” amidst the already sorrowful occasion of her husband’s burial.

“Another blow on me. I just lost my dad and I am burying my husband today. It is well oo,” she penned.

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VeryDarkMan denies rumorus of leaked sex tape

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Some time ago, rumours were circulating that VeryDarkMan was involved in a scandalous video of a homosexual nature, partly instigated by Bobrisky, with whom VeryDarkMan had previous conflicts.

VeryDarkMan took to Instagram to address the issue directly, sending a message to curious Nigerians.

“All the people when say them get video of me and man,till now none of them drop video 2 if anybody get video E for don leak by now.internet is a yeye place……one thing about me I will show you evidences Good evidences……them get video na hin them no leak am since • all those things was to make vdm not talk about evuuul again..there is a reason i confessed all my sins before starting this whole online fyghtyn against evulll in the society.”

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Junior Pope: Ini Edo mourns, calls for reforms in Nollywood

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Nollywood actress Ini Edo has responded to the tragic death of her colleague, Junior Pope Odonwodo, famously known as Junior Pope, who lost his life in a river while filming a movie.

Expressing her anger, Ini criticized the inadequate structure of the industry, which she believes was responsible for to such tragedies.

She mourned the loss of the actor and emphasized that his death should serve as a wake-up call for the implementation of proper regulations and structures to ensure safety during productions.

Ini trolled her colleague, Adanma Luke, who produced movie, urging those who are not qualified for such roles to refrain from undertaking them due to the negligence that can result.

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The actress, who is also a mother, described Junior Pope’s death as a sacrifice that should prompt significant changes within the industry.

She stressed the need for a comprehensive overhaul of the system, with the implementation of practical rules and regulations to address emergencies and safeguard everyone involved.

Reflecting on the untimely loss of Junior Pope, she lamented the departure of the “good ones” and expressed deep sorrow over his death.

“Jnr Pope did not have to sacrifice his life for nollywood to realize the need for a long and much needed regulatory structure that would safeguard an entire production . Yes .. every one is a producer now and all are guilty of negligence of some sort.. and this has to stop. This is one sacrifice too many and must count for something … The system has to undergo a total overhaul with practical rules and regulations that caters to everyone in cases of emergencies…. I will never understand why the good ones go so soon‍♀️

Rest on brother … This one cuts really deep.”

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