MEGHAN MARKLE’S BABY BUMP TAKES CENTER STAGE: As Meghan Markle stepped out for her first public event his year, her baby bump took center stage. The 37-year-old royal visited Smart Works, one of the four new patronages that she will support throughout her public life. Smart Works helps longterm unemployed women regain skills and confidence. Meghan, who is expecting her first child with Prince Harry this spring, donned a maternity dress for the day, a first for the Duchess. The Eliza Dress by Hatch is a short-sleeved black midi, featuring a ribbed crew neckline. She appeared happy and comfortable, and paired the dress with an Oscar de la Renta coat and heels.
LOUIS C.K.’s ALBANY SHOW SELLS OUT IN 45 MINUTES: Controversy is not stopping fans from showing up in droves to see Louis C.K. Just weeks after getting slammed for mocking Parkland survivors and a resurfaced video in which he repeatedly used the n-word, C.K. sold out a last-minute show in Albany within 45 minutes of it being announced. The show will take place at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Crossgates Mall.
BETHENNY FRANKEL IS HAVING MEMORY, VISION PROBLEMS: Bethenny Frankel seems to dealing with the aftermath of her near-fatal allergic reaction to fish weeks after consuming it. The 48-year-old Tweeted about the issue, asking followers for advice: “Well tweeps, you’re usually smarter than anyone and I keep researching and cannot find out. Can anaphylactic shock affect memory or vision afterwards? I had 20/20 vision and it does not appear to be the case no. I am getting it all checked out this week but you have all the answers.” Several followers replied, saying they’d had similar fallout after a severe allergic reaction.
JULIE CHEN IS BACK: Julie Chen is letting fans know that she is thrilled to back to the Big Brother stage. “So excited to be back on this stage,” the host captioned the shot. “Who else is ready for the second season of #BBCeleb?! Double Tap if you’re counting down to the premiere on Monday January 21!” CBS confirmed her return in November after her husband Leslie Moonves was ousted in a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations.
JERRY STILLER RECOVERING AFTER ‘EPISODE’: The 91-year-old Seinfeld star and father of Zoolander’s Ben Stiller is recovering after a medical “episode,” according to reports. Jerry Stiller was hospitalized Wednesday night, but as of Thursday morning, appeared to be stable. Stiller’s wife Anne Meara died in 2015.
NEV SCHULMAN LEAVES MID-APPEARANCE TO WELCOME BABY: Catfish creator Nev Schulman was yanked offstage at Apple’s Soho location, where he was discussing dating in the digital era, to help his wife Laura Perlongo welcome their baby boy, Page Six reports. While the talk had just kicked off 15 minutes ago, his audience cheered him on as he rushed off to NYU’s hospital. The pair welcomed a healthy baby boy within an hour of the event; he joins Cleo James, 2.