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Dave Chappelle gets hit with banana peel during show; man arrested

Comedian Dave Chappelle knows what’s funny, and it’s definitely not getting hit by a banana peel while on stage.

That is exactly what happened to the “Chappelle’s Show” star Monday night while he was doing stand-up at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, N.M.

Audience member Christian Englander, who "appeared to be highly intoxicated," threw the peel at 41-year-old Chappelle, hitting the “Half Baked” creator on his leg during his set, according to a statement by the Santa Fe Police Department.

Englander, who police say admitted to throwing the banana peel, was arrested on suspicion of battery and disorderly conduct.

Englander, 30, had eaten the banana while waiting in line for the show and held on to the peel, according to the police report.

Englander’s friend was sketching pictures during the show, and when Chappelle asked him his name after complimenting the work, the man responded, “Johnny Appleseed.” It said Englander told police Chappelle made racist jokes about the name...

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Gina Rodriguez gushes about her 'gorgeous' man Henri Esteve

Gina Rodriguez loves her man and seems to want the world to know it.

The newly crowned Golden Globe winner gushed about the "Revenge" actor to E! News' Marc Malkin.

"He's gorgeous! And he's talented! And he's a really, really good guy!" the 30-year-old "Jane the Virgin" star said.

The Puerto Rican actress met Esteve at a wrap party, and they've been dating for about a year, E! and Us Weekly reported. 

"I just know that I have a very strong [and] supportive boyfriend," she said. "He's an amazing artist himself who respects the craft… He supports me and I think that's all that matters. We're very honest and there's a lot of communication. He knows that my priority is 'Jane' and him and family."

Rodriguez and her "super-tough Cuban boyfriend from Miami" realized they were working on the same lot, which made the relationship "convenient," and that's exactly what she wanted, she told Us Weekly.

"I was like, 'Where do you shoot? Okay, we're dating!'" she said.

"The Bold and the Beautiful"...

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Jennifer Lopez remembers Selena on 20-year anniversary of death

Jennifer Lopez is still inspired by Selena Quntanilla Perez two decades after her death.

The "American Idol" judge, who notably played the late Tejano singer in the 1997 biopic "Selena," reflected on the "tragedy" of the young star's passing and "why she left such an imprint" during a Q&A with Billboard. She also retweeted several commemorations of the Latin pop star on the 20-year anniversary of her death on Tuesday.

On March 31, 1995, the 23-year-old Mexican-American singer was shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar after a falling-out over business. Saldivar, the former president of her fan club, is serving a life sentence.

JLo, 45, said that the "Dreaming of You" singer and her performances actually had a hand in allowing her to pursue her successful music career. 

"I sang in musicals before, but as part of a cast, never as a solo artist upfront or a recording ­artist," Lopez told the mag. "It made me realize, 'Don't neglect parts of yourself and let people put you in a box because...

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Helen Mirren, not her accent, takes a hit of helium with Fallon

Helen Mirren and her posh accent hold up -- even on helium.

The "Woman in Gold" star appeared on Monday's "Tonight Show," and despite Fallon's praise of her "elegant" and "classy" demeanor, the English dame showed him that she can also be crass.

It all started when Fallon asked if her accent would sound the same after sucking a bit of helium. Yes, like, from a balloon. He seems to have a thing for playing with iconic voices. Just ask Morgan Freeman.

"I haven't done this since I was about 11," the Oscar-winning "Queen" star laughed.

Then Fallon peppered the 69-year-old with various questions, all of which she answered in a lovely, affected chipmunk voice as is wont to happen after a bit of helium inhalation.

But a word of caution: The National Inhalant Prevention Coalition says, "Inhaling helium sounds like fun until someone dies."

Warnings aside, Mirren egged him on, which made the bit all the better, and told him to give her an award so that she could deliver an acceptance speech in...

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Carrie Underwood shares a primo picture of her baby son on social media
Zayn who? One Direction moves on after scrubbing Malik from intro video

Hey, Zayn Malik, don't let the door hit you on the way out: One Direction has reportedly already scrubbed the group's former fifth man from the video intro that kicks off its "On the Road Again" concerts.

Malik's mug was absent from the video at the now-quartet's Saturday show in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to Britain's Independent. He took himself off tour on March 19 and officially quit the group last Wednesday. The Johannesburg gig was the band's first since that permanent parting of the ways.

Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson performed Malik's solos on Saturday, the Independent said. The boy band had already done four-man shows in Jakarta, Indonesia, and in Manila.

Liam Payne appeared to tweak a line in the tune "Night Changes" to acknowledge his mate's departure, Gossip Cop reported. "Having no regrets is all that she really wants" became, "Having no regrets is all that he knew he wants."

Johannesburg fans could also still buy concert merchandise bearing all five faces,...

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