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John Cena and Nikki Bella are back together after less than a month apart, turning their breakup into merely a six-week break, and the world makes a tiny bit more sense again. 

“Calling off the wedding was the right decision at the moment and their relationship only grew from it,” an insider told Us Weekly late Thursday. “It didn’t mean that any love was lost, or that they lost any feelings for one another, but they both have realized that they love each other and want to be with one another.”

The pro-wrestling couple, who split up in mid-April, just weeks before their planned May 5 wedding, had been engaged for about a year.

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Call it “Ye” day.

Kanye West’s new album, “Ye,” appeared on major streaming services Friday morning, hours after the rapper premiered the feverishly anticipated work during a live-streamed listening party that brought dozens of celebrities, industry types and journalists (including The Times’ Gerrick D. Kennedy) to a ranch near Jackson Hole, Wyo.

With only seven tracks in 24 minutes, the record is the surprisingly tidy result of an epic rollout, which had West tweeting about his support of President Trump and appearing on TMZ to declare that slavery was “a choice.”

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Gal Gadot, left, Ellen DeGeneres, Trace Lysette, Camila Cabello, Tiffany Haddish and Aly Raisman in "Girls Like You."
Gal Gadot, left, Ellen DeGeneres, Trace Lysette, Camila Cabello, Tiffany Haddish and Aly Raisman in "Girls Like You." (YouTube)

Maroon 5 pays homage to several “It” girls in its dizzying music video for “Girls Like You,” featuring Cardi B.

The video for the band’s latest love song, which debuted Wednesday, revolves around frontman Adam Levine standing at a microphone while a camera rotates around him, showcasing a head-spinning display of female talent. 

Women’s empowerment, particularly in the #MeToo era, also played well in Drake’s “Nice for What” video, which debuted last month. Here, Levine gets personal too, having his wife, model Behati Prinsloo, and their months-old daughter, Gio Grace, cap off an array of two dozen stars across music, film and television.

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Samantha Bee is under fire for her comments about Ivanka Trump.
Samantha Bee is under fire for her comments about Ivanka Trump. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

“Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee is facing a barrage of criticism after describing Ivanka Trump with a derogatory word on her TBS talk show on Wednesday. She’s now backpedaling on her word choice.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it,” Bee said in a statement to The Times.

In an expletive-laden segment about how a federal government agency “lost” nearly 1,500 migrant children, Bee admonished President Trump’s daughter, who is a White House senior advisor, for posting a picture of herself and her son on Twitter when reports again gained traction over the weekend.

Garret Yrigoyen, contestant on "The Bachelorette"
Garret Yrigoyen, contestant on "The Bachelorette" (Craig Sjodin / ABC)

Early “Bachelorette” front-runner Garrett Yrigoyen wants to apologize and let people know his past Instagram “likes” are not a reflection of him or his morals. 

“I am sorry to those who I offended, and I also take full responsibility for my ‘likes’ on Instagram that were hurtful and offensive,” shared Yrigoyen in a lengthy post on the photo-driven social media platform on Thursday. 

“I have learned an extremely valuable lesson and am taking steps to grow, become more educated and be a better version of myself,” he continued. “I am not perfect, and I will never be anywhere close, but now I will always be more informed and aware of what I am liking and supporting, not just on Instagram, but in life.” 

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Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr (Richard Shotwell / Invision / Associated Press)

Roseanne Barr doesn’t want people to compare her to others who have said “horrible things.” But she might want you to at least compare their apologies if her Twitter timeline is any indication. 

“Please don’t compare me to other people who have said horrible things,” the comedian tweeted Thursday in the wake of the backlash against Samantha Bee. “I only care about apologizing for the hurt I have unwittingly and stupidly caused.”

Earlier in the day, “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee was under fire for calling Ivanka Trump a vulgar word during Wednesday night’s episode when she urged the White House senior advisor to stand up against her father’s immigration policies and the separation of children from their parents. 

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CNN has responded to Morgan Freeman’s request that it retract a story in which the actor was accused of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment. The network denied the request Thursday on the grounds that it failed to show any libelous or false statements from the report. 

The retraction request “is rife with empty speculation, overheated rhetoric, and in some instances plainly false assertions,” wrote David C. Vigilante, CNN’s senior vice president of legal, in a letter addressed to Freeman attorney Robert M. Schwartz that includes a point-by-point discussion of the story’s claims. 

“Rather than identify any specific aspects of the CNN's [sic] report are false or wrong you engage in a lengthy and baseless ad hominem attack on one of the women who reported the story — because she too was the recipient of these kinds of unwanted remarks — and outright mischaracterizations of the report itself,” Vigilante wrote. 

New York-based Margaret Chardiet, who makes music as Pharmakon, is part of the Broad's summer programming.
New York-based Margaret Chardiet, who makes music as Pharmakon, is part of the Broad's summer programming. (Pharmakon)

The Broad museum on Thursday announced the roster for its third annual Summer Happenings music and performance series.

The four events will feature an esoteric range of work, including Japanese noise rock, Samba-inspired skronk-folk, competitive voguing, minimalist composition, urban Chinese punk rock, guitar-based noise, chopped-and-screwed Houston rap, experimental folk and washing-machine-generated beat music.

As with its prior seasons, Summer Happenings aims to connect the public with the Broad’s collection of contemporary art by building cross-disciplinary thematic bridges. For 2018, one installment in the series will celebrate the work of performance artist, sculptor and renegade suit-maker Joseph Beuys.

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Pusha-T, left, and Drake.
Pusha-T, left, and Drake. (Timothy Nicholas / Getty Images, left; Charles Sykes / Associated Press, right)

In the increasingly messy diss fest between rappers Drake and Pusha-T, which has been going back and forth for days, Drizzy finally stepped back Wednesday night to explain a blackface image of himself, smiling broadly and wearing a Jim Crow T-shirt, that Pusha used in a lyric video.

“I know everyone is enjoying the circus, but I want to clarify this image in question,” Drake said in a post on his Instagram stories. 

The circus, which actually goes back years, went up a few notches Friday after Pusha-T released “Daytona,” a new EP-length album that included what Rolling Stone called a “hilariously unfair” comparison of Drake using a ghostwriter to President Trump and Russian hackers. 

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John Goodman in 2013.
John Goodman in 2013. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Actor John Goodman would “rather say nothing than to cause more trouble” in the ongoing “Roseanne” saga.

Goodman, who played Roseanne Barr’s onscreen husband in the now-canceled ABC sitcom, finally addressed the controversy in a video obtained by Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday — only to say that he wouldn’t be saying anything.

The 65-year-old told a cameraman that “everything’s fine” in the wake of the hit show’s cancellation due to his costar’s racist tweets earlier this week. It is unclear when the footage was shot.