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Hank and Kendra: How Did We Get Here?

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Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett made reality television history when he was alleged to have had an affair with a transgender woman named Ava Sabrina London. The real mystery is why a man would cheat on a girl who was hot enough to live in the Playboy Mansion! Kendra actually didn’t even have this much drama when she was one of Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends. At least Hef had his multiple lovers out in the open and kept no secrets. It’s all a hot mess and it’s time to take a hard look at the events that led up to this point.

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Kendra Wilkinson is a reality star who was born in San Diego and worked as a glamour model and an administrative assistant after she finished high school. She met Hugh Hefner as a painted girl in 2004, wearing nothing but painted accessories. That’s when the Playboy mogul, who was 78 at the time, grew fond of the 19-year-old Wilkinson. She moved into the Playboy Mansion with her Welsh Corgi and her Jack Russell Terrier.

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According to Today, Kendra got a call from a guy named Mark after Hugh saw her photos. “He only likes girls in college, so tell him you go to college,” Mark told her. What about girls from community college? It’s also strange that Hugh would only want girls from college since most college-educated women probably don’t want to end up living in the Playboy Mansion after four years of getting a degree. She became one of Hef’s three girlfriends soon after the call.

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Hank Baskett was born in 1982 in Clovis, New Mexico. He played football, baskeball, and ran track while attending Clovis High School. At the University of New Mexico, he was the football team’s leading receiver in 2005 and earned All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior. He graduated with a degree in General Management. A site for UNM cited him as New Mexico’s top pass catcher.

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Baskett signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie undrafted free agent in 2006 and had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Indianapolis Colts after that. He had a second stint with the Vikings in 2010 for eight games and then they did not extend a tender to him. In 2011, it looked like he found work as Kendra’s assistant after she fired her original assistant to cut expenses.

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Kendra Wilkinson found herself living in the famous Playboy Mansion and then becoming a part of a famous reality television show called “The Girls Next Door.” The show was about Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends and events like the Playboy Jazz Festival and Playmate test shoots. Not only did Kendra end up leaving Hef to be with Hank, the two other girls did too and the sixth season of the show focused on Hefner’s new girlfriends that he replaced them with.

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Kendra told PR.com that she met Hank Baskett at the 2008 Playboy Golf Scramble. She revealed that her relationship with Hefner was over and she became friends with Hank before dating him. She was approached to do a show about her living on her own which turned into “Kendra” which features her engagement to Hank and the experience of her motherhood. If only she had known what would happen…

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They got married in 2009 at the Playboy Mansion with her wearing a $20,000 duchesse-silk gown. That thing had 1,200 crystals on it! Her bridesmaids were her former costars Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt. Hugh Hefner was in attendance as well and joked that he was glad he wasn’t the one getting married. Foreshadowing or nah? When Kendra found out he cheated on her, she flushed those wedding rings down the toilet.

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In 2009, Hank was still playing football with the Indianapolis Colts and Kendra had their first child, Hank Baskett IV. He weighed 9 lbs and was born in Indianapolis. She told Us Weekly that they weren’t exactly trying to have kids but they didn’t use a condom one night and boom. “I went from a size small sports bra to a size large sports bra. These things just won’t stop growing!” said Kendra.

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After she had the baby, Kendra felt like she had to be different and be more conservative. She had postpartum depression and said, “It got pretty bad, but not to the point where I would harm my family. I was a great mom and did what I needed to, but I was definitely very depressed. Motherhood is a big change in life and it happened overnight.” She also felt isolated after moving to Indianapolis for Hank’s career.

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Kendra decided to enter the literature world and wrote a book called “Sliding Into Home.” Shocking stories included her teenage drug overdose and her orgies with Hugh Hefner. She said that when she was thirteen, some boy pulled out what looked like an old condom and she climbed on top of him. For free weed and coke, she simply smiled at guys near her school to hand it to her. Commenting on the orgy with Hugh, she wrote: “It was like a job. Clock in, clock out.”

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In the same year she published her book, a sex tape of Kendra with her boyfriend from 2003 was unleashed. A man named Justin Frye used to live with Kendra in San Diego. The sex tape was made after she turned 18 and Kendra didn’t think anything of it when she moved into the Playboy Mansion. Frye allegedly sold it to Vivid Entertainment for $100,000 and he secured a deal to gain more revenue from it.

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Kendra was paid nearly half a million for her sex tape in 2010. That still wasn’t enough, it seems. So started a new reality show on WE TV called “Kendra On Top.” This show was meant to showcase her business ventures and day-to-day life. Notable events included her appearance on “Celebrity Wife Swap,” her car accident in 2013 which led to a hemorrhagic stroke, and her pregnancy with her second child.

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In July 2014, it was alleged that Hank had an affair with a transgender woman named Ava Sabrina London, who was born a man and had 18 plastic surgeries. Hank paid Ava about $500 for the sex session at her place. On “Kendra On Top,” Kendra confronted Hank and he denied it. Ava wrote a letter to Kendra that said, “Hank should be the person held accountable for his betraying decisions and the clear disregard of your wedding vows.”

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source: blogs.telegraph.co.uk

Hank Baskett was forced to take a lie detector test for the show “Marriage Boot Camp.” The show started as a way to chronicle the lives of five couples as they try to save their marriages. He failed and the test revealed that he lied about hooking up with the transgendered Ava Sabrina London. Kendra still does not want to leave him. In Touch reported that they are turning to religion. Let’s hope Jesus can turn this bus around.

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Hank and Kendra were still filming “Marriage Boot Camp” when they had a vow renewal ceremony. This was all just an exercise to help improve their relationship. That must be awkward for everyone involved. Meanwhile, Kendra was also a contestant on the UK show “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!” Hasn’t the poor woman been through enough? Let’s hope they get it together and come out on top!

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Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”

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While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China. 

A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV. 

Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’” 

If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease. 

At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.

At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.

They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:

  • Wash their hands frequently
  • Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
  • Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
  • Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
  • Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C

The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.

As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.

If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China. 

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Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?

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Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.

As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.

Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.

So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?

According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”

Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)

However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.

Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.

So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.

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Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single

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Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.

That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.

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Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.

The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.

Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.

Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.

Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.

Better Apart:

The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.

Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.

Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.

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