Maybe LORI LOUGHLIN and her husband should have pleaded guilty with FELICITY HUFFMAN on Monday . . . because yesterday they got hit with a brand new charge. In addition to the fraud charges, Lori, her husband and 14 other parents are now facing a charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The money laundering charge comes from the fact that the money these parents paid to get their kids into college was funneled through a fake charity. It carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison – just like the fraud charge. Prosecutors have been saying they want everyone involved in this chaos to get at least SOME jail time. TMZ says they’ll recommend roughly 4 to 6 years . . . while they’ll only ask for two to two-and-a-half years for Felicity and the others who pleaded guilty on Monday. An expert said he thinks Lori will get 3 to 5, while Felicity is looking at less than a year.
SARA GILBERT made a BIG announcement on yesterday’s episode of “The Talk”. She’s leaving the show. She said her life was “out of balance” while trying to handle both “The Talk” and “The Conners” . . . and she didn’t have enough time for her family. So, something had to change. bSara created “The Talk”, and she’s been there since the beginning, nine years ago. The only other original co-host still on the show is SHARON OSBOURNE. The audience sounded HORRIFIED when Sara revealed the news, and everyone on the show was LOSING IT. But Sara said she’s remaining on the show through the end of this season, and she’ll return as a guest-host.
There’s a new “Grease” movie in the works. It’s a PREQUEL called “Summer Loving” and it’s about how Sandy and Danny met at the beach and enjoyed a little teen romance before their surprise reunion at Rydell High.
Yesterday, a fan named Lindsay shared video of herself receiving a package from Taylor Swift. Lindsay is in the hospital recovering from a car accident, where she broke her back AND her neck. She’d been posting about her recovery online. Taylor saw her posts, and sent some flowers and a handwritten note . . . which said, “Hi buddy. I’m so sorry to hear about the accident. My heart aches knowing that such a wonderful person is having to go through this. “I hope these flowers brighten your day. You’re gonna rock that neck brace and soon we’ll all be bopping at shows together again. Give hugs to your family for me. I’m so happy you’re okay. Love, Taylor.”
After getting followed by five cars full of paparazzi, SCARLETT JOHANSSON called for a law recognizing these vultures as, “criminal stalkers,” and said it’s only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt or killed like Princess Diana.
A “Jeopardy!” contestant set a record for the single-day win total yesterday, with $110,914. And he intentionally ended on that amount to symbolize his daughter’s birthday: November 9th, of 2014.
DAVID HASSELHOFF says he’s recording some “heavy metal songs” for an upcoming album.
GARTH BROOKS was asked what he hopes his legacy will be, and he wants to be known as someone who always appreciated and respected his fans. “I hope that the people who traveled all those miles, sat in the freezing cold at Notre Dame, I hope the people that put in all the years know how grateful I was that they did it.” He brought up his mom giving up her singing career to raise a family and said he was proud to fulfill her journey. “[So] the opportunity that you put in front of me and my family. I hope that people know how grateful we are to get to do the coolest gig on the planet . . . next to being my daughters’ dad and being Mr. Yearwood, this is the coolest gig on the planet.”
MAGIC JOHNSON has stepped down as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations.
The Disney+ streaming service is getting a “Monsters, Inc.” spin-off series called “Monsters at Work”, and it’s reuniting some of the original cast, including JOHN GOODMAN and BILLY CRYSTAL.
“The Voice” is adding a brand new concept on Monday’s episode: Live Cross Battles.
JASON ALDEAN posted a great photo yesterday that was taken in Vegas over the weekend. He’s at a crowded bar standing next to Luke Bryan, Russell Dickerson, and Thomas Rhett, who’s wearing a shabby, ripped T-shirt. But even better is the look on Luke’s face. I’m thinking he was over-served.
BRITTANY ALDEAN posted her own photo from what looks like the same bar in Vegas. She’s hanging with Preston Brust’s wife Kristen White, Russell Dickerson’s wife, Kailey Dickerson . . . and Thomas Rhett’s wife, Lauren Akins.
BRETT ELDREDGE is headlining this year’s 4th of July celebration in Nashville. CMT is going to air a 90-minute live special of performances and other activities from the celebration.
Maren Morris is 29.
Haley Joel Osment is 31.
Mandy Moore is 35.
Laura Bell Bundy is 38
John Madden is 83.