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Comedian brags he posed as senator, pranked Trump into returning call from Air Force One

A comedian known as “Stuttering John” apparently pranked the president into taking a telephone call on Air Force One recently, the Huffington Post reported.

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John Melendez, a longtime personality on Howard Stern’s radio show, apparently posed as Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). Melendez left his cellphone number with the White House switchboard and duped several aides -- including the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner -- the New York Post reported.

“Hi, Bob. How are you? Congratulations on everything, we’re proud of you. Congratulations, you’re doing a great job,” Trump is heard saying in a podcast Melendez recorded Wednesday and then posted online Thursday. 

One hour into the podcast, Melendez is heard speaking to Trump about his immigration policy and his upcoming pick for the vacant post in the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I am shocked ... I mean we did this as a goof, I'm a comedian," Melendez told CNN. “I just could not believe that it took us an hour and a half to get Jared Kushner and Donald Trump on the phone from Air Force One.

"All they had to ask me is what party affiliation is Sen. Menendez, or what state is he a senator of, and I would not have known. But they didn't ask me any of this.”

“Believe me, if it was that easy to dupe him, there’s every chance in the world (Russian President Vladimir) Putin duped him,” Melendez told the Huffington Post, which reported that it could not independently confirm that Trump was the person speaking on the podcast.

Politico, citing a source in the White House, said the administration “has been scrambling” to “figure out how this happened.”

Melendez said he gave his cellphone number to the White House switchboard but it has a Southern California prefix. An operator told the comedian the number did not match White House records for Menendez, the Post reported. Melendez said he was on vacation and was using a different phone, the newspaper reported.

“You went through a tough, tough situation — and I don’t think a very fair situation — but congratulations,” Trump is heard on the podcast.

"The President wants to be accessible to members and likes engaging them and wants them to have the opportunity to connect. The downside of that is sometimes the channels are open too widely and mistakes like this happen," a White House official said, CNN reported.

Menendez was indicted on bribery and corruption charges in 2015. He issued a statement saying he would appreciate a real conversation with the President.

“As someone who has spent my entire career trying to convince Republicans to join me in reforming our nation’s broken immigration system, I welcome any opportunity to have a real conversation with the President on how to uphold the American values that guided our family-based immigration policy for the past century,” Menendez said in the statement. “Tearing children apart from their mothers is not part of our proud history. Thus far, this White House has only sabotaged every good-faith effort to find bipartisan common ground on immigration.” 

Derek Jeter selling New York 'castle' for $14.75 million

Derek Jeter is going yard once again. If a man’s home is his castle, the former New York Yankees shortstop has quite a place. And he wants to sell it to you.

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Jeter, now an owner for the Florida Marlins, is selling his 12,590-square-foot mansion -- which looks like a castle -- for $14.75 million, according to its listing on Trulia.

The house, located in Greenwood Lake, New York, is a sprawling four-acre estate that has six bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, four indoor kitchens, an outdoor kitchen, a pool overlooking a lake, a lagoon and a replica of the Statue of Liberty, the Times-Herald of Middletown, New York, reported. There is more than 700 feet of shoreline.Jeter bought the property, called the Tiedemann Castle, in 2003, reported. 

The home is located within a mile of the New Jersey border, about 50 miles northwest of New York CIty, and has been on the market since June 18, reported.

Jeter played major-league baseball for 19 seasons and played in seven World Series with the Yankees, winning five of them. He pulled down more than $266 million in salary, not including endorsements.

The home was originally built in 1903 and bought by the Tiedemann family in 1952, the Times-Herald reported. Jeter’s maternal grandfather, William “Sonny” Connors, grew up at the home after John and Julia Tiedemann adopted him in the 1950s, the newspaper reported.

Jeter also owns residences in Florida -- a mansion in Tampa and a 19th-story apartment in Miami.

Backstreet Boys, Jimmy Fallon play ‘I Want it That Way’ with classroom instruments

The Backstreet Boys teamed up with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots on Thursday’s episode of the Tonight Show, to perform their 1999 single, “I Want it That Way,” using classroom instruments. 

The mega-group is filmed in a crammed dressing room, all wearing white. They use shakers, wood blocks, triangles, maracas and a ukulele.

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See the full instrument list below:

Brian Littrell - Vocals, Apple Shaker, Wood Block 

Nick Carter - Vocals, Tambourine 

Kevin Richardson - Vocals, Güiro 

AJ McLean - Vocals, Maraca 

Howie Dorough - Vocals, Coconuts 

Jimmy Fallon - Vocals, Bass Drum, Casio Keyboard, Apple Shaker 

Questlove - Hand clappers 

Kamal Gray - Xylophone 

James Poyser - Melodica 

Captain Kirk - Ukulele 

Tuba Gooding Jr. - Kazoo, Apple Shaker 

Mark Kelley - Kazoo 

Stro - Bongos 

Black Thought - Triangle

Hope Solo says soccer in America is now 'a rich white-kid sport'

U.S. women’s soccer star Hope Solo said at a sports conference Tuesday that playing has become so expensive for youths that “soccer in America right now is a rich white-kid sport," The Sporting News reported.

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Solo, a goalkeeper who is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion, was speaking at the Hashtag Sports conference in New York. She said that one reason the U.S. men’s national team failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup was that the sport has become too expensive for Hispanics, blacks and rural players, TSN reported. That prevents the U.S. Soccer Federation from drawing from a more talented pool of youth soccer players, she said.

“We have alienated the Hispanic communities. We have alienated our black communities. We have alienated the underrepresented communities, even rural communities, so soccer in America right now is a rich white-kid sport," Solo said at the conference. "Then we have to ask ourselves: Well, no wonder why we are not qualifying for the World Cup when we have alienated a huge population of really talented youth soccer players. And that’s the state of the game right now.”

Ed Sheeran sued for $100 million, accused of copying hit Marvin Gaye song

Singer Ed Sheeran is facing more legal trouble for allegedly copying a Marvin Gaye song.

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Structured Asset Sales, a company that purchased one-third of the copyright to Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” is seeking $100 million in damages for copyright infringement, according to TMZ

The company is alleging that Sheeran used multiple elements of the 1970s tune for his top-charting single “Thinking Out Loud.” The court documents allege that Sheeran’s song has the same melody, rhythm, harmonies, drums, looping and tempo as Gaye’s track. 

>> Related: Ed Sheeran sued for $20M over hit song 'Photograph'

This isn’t the first time Sheeran has been accused of stealing from the late R&B crooner. In 2016, he was reportedly sued by the family of Ed Townsend, the co-writer of “Let’s Get It On,” for the same thing. 

Wynonna Judd's daughter, Grace Pauline Kelley, sentenced to 8 years in prison

The daughter of country music legend Wynonna Judd has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

People reported that Grace Pauline Kelley, 22, has been at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning, Tennessee, since April.

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The Tennessean reported that Kelley was sentenced Feb. 8 after violating her parole when she left her court-mandated drug recovery program. The program and parole stemmed from meth charges from last year.

In May 2017, Kelley pleaded guilty to the manufacturing, delivery, sale and possession of methamphetamine in Williamson County Court, The Tennessean reported

Kelley was given a suspended sentence of 11 months and 29 days in jail as part of a plea deal, according to Entertainment Tonight. The time was to be served on probation after she spent 30 days in jail and 180 days at an in-house rehab center for the drug recovery program, which she left.

Kelley’s release date is Aug.10, 2025, but she is eligible for parole Feb. 4, 2019.

Kelley is Judd’s daughter from the musician’s first marriage to Arch Kelley, who has had run-ins with the law himself with multiple drug arrests.

Brigitte Nielsen shares first photo with daughter Frida

Nearly a week after announcing the birth of her first daughter, actress Brigitte Nielsen has shared a photo of her with the world.

The 54-year-old welcomed her daughter, Frida, with her husband Mattia Dessì June 22. She announced her fifth pregnancy less than a month before.

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“Our precious little Frida, our true love,” Nielsen captioned an Instagram post of her cradling her daughter in a Los Angeles hospital.

Frida’s face is not seen, but she is resting on Nielsen’s chest in a white knitted cap.

“We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives,” Nielsen and Dessì said in a statement after Frida’s birth. “It’s been a long road, and so worth it. We’ve never been more in love.”

Nielsen and Dessì, an Italian TV producer, have been married since 2006. Nielsen has four sons from previous relationships.

Donald Glover narrates new Time’s Up campaign on sexual harassment

The Time’s Up movement is dedicated to helping women combat sexual assault, and the organization has enlisted the help of Donald Glover for its latest campaign. 

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Earlier this week, the group release a public service announcement about sexual harassment in the workplace. Directed by Rashida Jones and narrated by Donald Glover, the nearly three-minute-long clip answered four frequently asked questions about the topic. The questions were about touching people at work, making comments about a coworker's appearance, dating at work, and witnessing other people's bad behavior.

“You aren’t making the inappropriate comments or doing the groping, but you’ve seen it, and you’ve heard rumors. Can’t you just laugh along or simply just roll your eyes and ignore it? Does it have to be your problem? Yeah, it's your problem,” Glover said in the video. “It’s like a Ouija board. If you’re not pushing or pulling, then the people who are pushing and pulling get to make the rules.”

>> Related: MeToo: A timeline of 2018's sexual harassment scandals

Jones told BuzzFeed that we’ve seen “extreme versions come to light,” but less incidents about what people “suffer day to day with these nuances and microaggressions.”

For the PSA, she tapped Blue Seat Studios, a media company that went viral for its 2015 “Tea Consent” video that cleverly explained sexual consent, and aimed to keep the animation and script simple. 

The actress said she wanted to create something “not ultra didactic” and not “necessarily” just for women. She wanted it to be “something that could travel on the internet, something that's filled with facts, and hopefully a little bit entertaining that could help educate people a tiny bit.”

>> Related: What is #TIMESUP? New movement tackles sexual harassment with legal support

And she used the “Atlanta” star, who brought a “cool, laid-back energy,” to help her get the job done. Jones said he wanted to help the organization and that he was “very gracious” when she asked him to narrate. 

“I really respect his ability to be a part of and criticize culture at the same time — I think it's a really hard balance to strike,” Jones said. “His music is great, his TV show is so innovative — he's got that balance that very few artists do, where he's able to be true to himself and be honest and make it feel fresh. But also to say something and have people listen.”

>> Related: Time’s up movement takes aim at R. Kelly over sexual assault allegations

Take a look at what the creators produced below. 

Joe Jackson, patriarch of Jackson family, dead at 89

Joe Jackson, the father of the late pop singer Michael Jackson and the patriarch of the Jackson family, has died, according to a report from TMZ

According to one of his sons, Jermaine Jackson, he had been in failing healthTMZ reported that, according to unnamed family sources, he died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in Los Angeles. 

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Variety reported that Michael Jackson’s estate confirmed the news.

“We are deeply saddened by Mr. Jackson’s passing and extend our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Katherine Jackson and the family,” estate co-executors John Branca and John McClain said in a statement. “We had developed a warm relationship with Joe in recent years and will miss him tremendously.”

Prince Jackson, one of Michael Jackson’s sons and a grandson of Joe Jackson, posted about the loss on Instagram.

“This man is and always will be an example of sheer willpower and dedication,” the caption read. “He didn’t choose the path that was the easiest but he choose the path that was best for his family. You taught me to take pride in the Jackson name and what it really means, you taught me dedication in the face of adversity and most of all you showed me strength and fearlessness. There is and never will be someone like you. Fly free and until we meet again The Hawk.”

Other family members, including daughter LaToya, granddaughter Paris and grandsons Taj and Randy Jackson Jr., posted about the news on Twitter.

Born in Fountain Hill, Arkansas, in 1928, Joseph Walter Jackson was the oldest of five children. His parents split when he was 12 and he moved with his father to Oakland, California. His mother moved to Indiana.

Jackson he moved to Indiana at age 18 and worked to become a boxer. He married Katherine Scruse in 1949, having annulled a prior marriage to be with her. They had 10 children together.

Noticing the musical talent of many of his children, he became a talent manager for them. By 1966, The Jackson 5 formed, and the group enjoyed success. 

Throughout the marriage, according to Katherine Jackson’s 1990 autobiography, her husband committed adultery. She filed for divorce in 1973, but it was later rescinded. In 1974, Joh'Vonnie Jackson was born out of a decadeslong affair Joe Jackson had with Cheryl Terrell. Katherine Jackson would file for divorce a second time, but she never legally went through with the split.

Michael Jackson became the most notable breakout star of the family, firing his father as his manager in 1979. His brothers later fired their patriarch as their manager in 1983. 

Tabloid reports would emerge of Joe Jackson’s abusive nature with his family. By 1993, Michael Jackson appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” saying he was physically and mentally abused by his father during his childhood. The claim is disputed among the Jackson siblings.

When Michael Jackson died in 2009, he left nothing in his estate to his father.

In his later years, Joe Jackson was hospitalized for various health issues.

'Flip or Flop' star Christina El Moussa gets own HGTV show

Christina El Moussa is currently seen on TV with her ex-husband, Tarek, on HGTV’s “Flip or Flop,” but she will soon have her own show.

Filming for “Christina on the Coast” is underway, and El Moussa told People magazine that she’s excited to do something on her own.

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“It’s going to be fun and lighthearted. I feel like it’s a win-win,” El Moussa said.

People reported that El Moussa sold her Yorba Linda, California, mansion after living there for five years and is moving to Newport Beach with her 7-year-old daughter, Taylor, and her 2-year-old son, Brayden. The first episode will show El Moussa designing her own home. The next seven episodes will show her revamping the look of other homes.

“I’ll be able to do what I like more which is the design part,” she told People. “That’s always been what I’m good at, and people are always asking me to come help them do their house. It’s going to be fun to be able to add my taste, and not have a flip budget.”

“Christina on the Coast” will also give a look at El Moussa’s personal life as she balances parenthood, her career and a new relationship.

“Christina’s design style is very popular, so it’s a natural progression for us to expand her visibility with a new series,” HGTV and Food Network president Allison Page said in a statement. “Her fans also are deeply vested in her personal life and eager to see ‘what happens next’ -- so we’re bringing them the opportunity to share in these real-life moments in a way that no one else can.”

“The past few years have brought a lot of change into my life,” El Moussa said in a statement. “I am so excited to see what the next stage has in store for me both professionally and personally, there is so much to look forward to and this is only the beginning.”

The Wrap reported that Tarek El Moussa is also in talks to have a show of his own on the network.

“Christina on the Coast” is set to premiere in early 2019.

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