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‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ host Regis Philbin is dead

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Regis Philbin, a TV personality and ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ host is dead. He died at the age of 88 on Saturday.

He was also best known for hosting Live With Regis and Kathie Lee.

His family, in a statement on Saturday, said they were deeply saddened to share that their beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday.

The statement said his family and friends were forever grateful for the time “we got to spend with him — for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.”

He was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a Navy veteran. Philbin entered showbiz in 1955 as a page for The Tonight Show. He worked as an announcer and host before becoming Joey Bishop’s sidekick on ABC’s The Joey Bishop Show in 1967. After hosting a number of local and national daytime shows, Philbin joined Cyndy Garvey on what was then titled The Morning Show in 1983.

In 1985, Kathie Lee Gifford took over co-hosting duties, and the New York-based talk show went into national syndication in 1988 under the title Live With Regis and Kathie Lee. The pair became a daytime staple, hosting together until Gifford’s departure in 2000. Following a search for a replacement, Philbin was paired with Kelly Ripa, and the show was retitled Live With Regis and Kelly until Philbin exited the series in 2011.

Philbin was also the original host of ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, an adaptation of the British game show that debuted here in 1999. The multiple-choice trivia game became a national sensation, airing five nights a week at the height of its popularity. The rating buzz faded, though, and Millionaire‘s primetime version hosted by Philbin was cancelled in 2002. But it did live on in syndication, with Meredith Vieira taking over hosting duties from Philbin.

According to Yahoo News, after leaving Live, Philbin served as a recurring guest host on the daytime cooking show Rachael Ray and hosted Crowd Goes Wild, a daily sports talk show on Fox Sports. He also reunited with Gifford on Today With Kathie Lee and Hoda, occasionally co-hosting alongside Gifford when Hoda Kotb was absent.

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Burna Boy becomes first Nigerian artist with certified silver album in UK

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Nigerian superstar, Damini Ogulu, a.k.a Burna Boy has become the first Nigerian artist with a certified silver album, “African Giant” in the UK.

The renowned singer, who said he was so excited over the achievement, took to his Instagram page @burnaboygram to announce the news to his fans and also expressed love to everyone that supported him.

“AFRICAN GIANT SILVER IN THE UK & OWN IT X2 PLATINUM.

“Shouts to my brudda Stormzy and love to everyone that supports us. Go stream `REAL LIFE’ now,” he wrote.

A silver certification in the UK means an album has sold 60, 000 copies.

This came after news that ‘Own It’ by Stormzy featuring Burna Boy and Ed Sheeran, has a two-time platinum certification for selling 600,000 copies.

On June 4, it was announced that ‘Be Honest’, the 2019 single by British singer, Jorja Smith featuring Grammy nominee, Burna Boy has been certified platinum in France.

Burna Boy had accepted a gold plaque for his 2018 single “On The Low’’. The gold plaque is for selling 100,000 (or more) copies.

A gold plaque can also be handed to an artist, whose single has been streamed 15 million times in the country, thus 15 million streams of a single in France is equivalent to 100,000 pure sales.

Burna Boy is a multi-awarding Nigerian Afro-Pop singer, whose sound inspired by Nigerian legend Fela Kuti.

He got his breakthrough in 2012 with his hit single such as to Party off his debut album ‘L.I.F.E’ released in 2013.

Burna Boy in 2017, signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the U. S. and Warner Music Group internationally.

He released his first major-label backed album ‘Outside’ in 2018.

The artist immense contribution to the entertainment industry coupled with his numerous songs has made him outstanding.

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Cardi B still wearing Offset’s ring after filing for divorce

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American rapper, Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, known professionally as Cardi B, has been pictured rocking her wedding band, more than a week after filing a divorce suit from her hubby Offset.

Cardi, 27, has stated that her divorce wasn’t as a result of cheating or Offset having a baby outside their marriage, but that she got tired of arguing, while also mentioning that people grow apart.

Sharing a picture on her page where she wore a white dress, the ‘WAP’ crooner penned the caption ; All white and pearly.

 

Speaking on the divorce, American show host Wendy Williams stated that she hoped the couple were not pulling a stunt with their separation.

The couple who got married in a secret wedding in 2017, have a daughter together.

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BBNaija 2020: Leave Nengi alone – Neo warns Ozo

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Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemate, Neo on Sunday morning warned Ozo to leave Nengi alone.

His warning came after Nengi and Ozo had an altercation on Saturday night at the party lounge.

Ozo had approached Nengi professing his love but Nengi bluntly told him to keep his stupid love and love himself first.

Ozo then approached Neo who then told him to stop putting pressure on Nengi.

According to him, “Just let her be, she would come around if she wants to.

“Stop killing the vibes, leave Nengi alone.”

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