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Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook are engaged.
Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook are engaged. (Christopher Polk)

After a night of birthday festivities and a freak chandelier accident, “The Big Bang Theory’s” Kaley Cuoco is engaged to boyfriend Karl Cook. 

The CBS star, 32, and professional equestrian, 26, who’ve dated for about two years, shared the emotional news with videos posted on Instagram late Thursday. In the clip, Cuoco is a bawling mess of emotion with a stunning pear-shaped diamond on her finger.

“We’re engaged,” she cried, hiding her red face. Apparently in all the excitement, Cuoco didn’t actually say yes until after that, when Cook prompted her to do so during the video.

  • Birthdays
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

I've always had really big ideas. I dreamed of writing my own movie and starring in it – all these audacious goals and ideas. Then once I got in touch with my own ideas, I knew there was some light in me trying to come out.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Janelle Monáe in Wondaland

(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Bette Midler has dredged up a decades-old accusation she made against Geraldo Rivera in the wake of the Fox News correspondent’s empathetic remarks about ousted “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer.

Midler, who turns 72 on Friday, began by tweeting “Yup. Me, too” on Thursday, belatedly joining the scores of women who said they experienced some sort of sexual harassment. The outspoken star followed up the tweet by sharing vintage footage of an interview she did with Barbara Walters in which she accused Rivera of sexual misconduct and pointed out that he never apologized.

“Tomorrow is my birthday. I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me,” she wrote. “Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this.”

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  • Music
Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons (Matt Sayles / Invision / Associated Press)

The fallout continues for music mogul Russell Simmons in the wake of multiple women accusing the Def Jam Recordings co-founder of sexual misconduct. 

HBO released a statement Thursday afternoon severing ties with Simmons in light of the recent allegations.

Simmons’ show with the network, however, will go on.

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(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

It’s been a tough year for fans who choose to live vicariously through celebrity relationships.

Fergie and Josh Duhamel hit the skids. Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres called it quits after 14 years of marriage. And bright and shining comedic couple Chris Pratt and Anna Farris went their separate ways in August. 

But one couple, whose love was thought dead and buried in February, is fighting back against the graveyard of broken dreams that is 2017.

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(Heikki Saukkomaa / AFP/Getty Images)

Britain's Prince William carried out a crucial holiday errand for his son during his first official visit to Finland, hand delivering the future king's Christmas list to Santa Claus.

And all Prince George seems to want is a police car, according to the hand-scrawled note the Duke of Cambridge showed a man dressed as St. Nick at Helsinki's famed Manta's Market Christmas fair.

Well, he’s 4, after all. Though he has a kingdom at his disposal, he also has a firm understanding that there are certain tasks only Santa can execute. He also circled the “nice” option” on his letter to Father Christmas and signed his name.

  • Birthdays
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

What I do for a living, I secretly enjoy most doing things where part of the task is to create universes. It's hard. I always think the universe that the actors work in is more than the proscenium, it's one of the most important characters.

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  • Late-night

Kelly Clarkson graced the front seat of James Corden’s ride Wednesday night, as the songstress made her debut on “Carpool Karaoke.” 

Fresh off her Grammy nomination for pop solo performance, Clarkson and Corden started their cruise by belting out her 2004 hit, “Since U Been Gone,” during which it became clear that Clarkson’s voice is so pure that Corden ended up sounding, well, a little pitchy.

The pair quickly cycled through a number of songs, including “Stronger” and “Because of You,” as well as “Love So Soft” and “Whole Lotta Woman” off Clarkson’s latest album. 

Geraldo Rivera
Geraldo Rivera (Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)

Geraldo Rivera, who spoke highly of Matt Lauer on Twitter on Wednesday and commented at length about sexual harassment, has apologized for calling journalism a “flirty” business and saying the current wave of accusations might be “criminalizing courtship & conflating it [with] predation.” 

Lauer’s termination for alleged sexual harassment went public early Wednesday morning via the “Today” show, his haunt for more than 20 years.

“Reaction to my tweets today on #sexharassment makes clear I didn't sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden,” Rivera tweeted in the evening, hours after expounding on the gray areas of sexual behavior.

Russell Simmons released a statement Thursday morning announcing that he would be stepping down from his companies in the wake of a new sexual misconduct accusation.

The announcement came after screenwriter Jenny Lumet detailed an encounter she had with Simmons in 1991, during which, she alleged, the music mogul intimidated her into having sex.

Lumet – daughter of director Sidney Lumet and granddaughter of music legend Lena Horne – is not the first woman to accuse the Def Jam Recordings co-founder of misconduct. In an interview with The Times earlier this month, Keri Claussen Khalighi accused Simmons of assaulting her in 1991, in the presence of director Brett Ratner. Simmons dismissed Khalighi’s allegations, claiming whatever happened between them was consensual.