Wendell Teodoro/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Kelly Ripa went the sentimental route for her husband's birthday gift.
Wednesday, the Live with Kelly & Michael host and her husband Mark Consuelos, who just turned 44, discussed the gesture -- a plaque on a bench in Central Park.
"It's so nice," gushed Consuelos, who turned 44 on March 31. "That's the best gift I've ever received."
Ripa, 44, told her husband in the morning that she'd give him his gift when she got home. First, he guessed that they were going to a hotel, and then, when she led him outside, he assumed she was giving him a car.
"I'm like, 'Oh no! He thinks it's something amazing!'" she said with a laugh.
As they made their way down Fifth Avenue, Consuelos kept guessing about what his wife had in store. A flash mob ("My worst nightmare!" he said) and a townhouse were two of his theories.
"I'm like, 'Stop saying elaborate things, because now my very sweet gift that's very sweet and from the kids and from the heart is going to seem really small!'" she said.
But when he finally reached the bench, which Ripa had decorated with balloons and a sign, he was touched.
The plaque, he pointed out, reads: "Daddy Cool," Ripa's nickname for him.
"You're the most thoughtful, the best gift giver of all time," he told his wife.
Andrew Eccles/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- During awards season earlier this year, many in Hollywood noticed Giuliana Rancic's thin figure. The Fashion Police co-host said she agrees that she's slim, but added that it's not for the reasons that have been bandied about in the media.
"Some people were saying, 'The cancer is probably back.' And they were accusing me of every eating disorder. I thought to myself, 'God, if someone really thought I had an eating disorder, what a horrible way to approach it,'" she told People magazine.
Rancic, a breast cancer survivor, said her doctor informed her that a cancer-suppressing medication that she's been taking since 2012 has had an effect on her metabolism, making it difficult to gain weight.
"I started noticing that I was eating a lot, but not gaining weight at all. I was concerned," she explained. "I eat more than any of my friends. I eat a very robust, healthy, balanced diet and dessert almost every night. I'm not hiding from anything."
The TV personality said the attention has been hard to hear.
"It's really hurtful," Rancic added. "I'm sorry that some people think I'm disgustingly skinny, as they put it, but there's nothing I can do. I'm lucky that I even have the type of cancer that reacts to the medicine."
Rancic said she would even prefer to put on weight, if she could. "I look in the mirror and it's hard for me," she admitted. "I am really thin. I want to look fit and beautiful and sexy, and I can't."
The mother of one said now she tries to focus on the positives. "I refuse to be broken. I have so many beautiful things in my life," she added.
Rancic is set to release a memoir, Going Off Script, on April 7.
Cynthia Lennon with her son Julian. Ethan Miller/Getty Images(MALLORCA, Spain) — John Lennon's first wife Cynthia Lennon died Wednesday at her home in Spain. She was 75.
The British native "passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain, following a short but brave battle with cancer," a rep told ABC News in a statement. "Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers. Please respect their privacy at this difficult time."
Lennon was the first wife of the Beatles great and the two were married from 1962 to 1968.
As stated in the announcement, Cynthia and John had one child together -- Julian, 51.
Cynthia met the legendary musician while the two were both studying at the Liverpool College of Art in the late 1950's. Lennon eventually married Yoko Ono in 1969 after the couple's split.
Ono wrote on her website Wednesday that she was saddened by Cynthia Lennon's death. Calling her a "great person" and praising her "strong zest for life," she expressed pride that "we two women stood firm in the Beatles family."
After Lennon was murdered in 1980, Cynthia and Ono both spoke to 60 Minutes about the singer.
"He's made his mistakes, on the front pages of newspapers, all over the world," Cynthia Lennon said. "But he bared his soul for everybody else to see."
"The news of Cynthia’s passing is very sad," said John's Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney in a statement. "She was a lovely lady who I’ve known since our early days together in Liverpool. She was a good mother to Julian and will be missed by us all, but I will always have great memories of our times together.""
Cynthia Lennon was married three more times after the 1968 split, most recently being widowed in 2013 when her husband Noel Charles died.
She is survived by her son Julian, who posted an “In Loving Memory” video on YouTube that starts with the lyrics, “You gave your life for me. You gave your life for love.” The video is coupled with intimate pictures of the Lennon family from the 1960’s.
Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Rocker Avril Lavigne has revealed the health crisis she hinted to fans about last year on social media -- it's Lyme disease.
"I had no idea a bug bite could do this," Lavigne told People magazine, adding that she believes she was bit by a tick last spring. "I was bedridden for five months."
The 30-year-old musician told People she began feeling ill last April but doctors told her she was likely dehydrated and exhausted from touring. With her symptoms worsening over a span of months, Lavigne said she knew it was something more.
"I had to fight,” Lavigne told the magazine. "I had doctors tell me I was crazy and they didn’t want to test me. I had to learn about it completely on my own.”
Lavigne’s mom moved into her Ontario home to help her recuperate and Lavigne’s husband, Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger, stepped in to help while on breaks from his tour, according to People.
“She has rarely left her home,” said People staff writer Patrick Gomez. “She says she has been unable to breathe. It is hard to stand and she is barely able to brush her teeth.”
Lavigne kept her diagnosis from the public eye at first, only revealing on Twitter in December that she was “not feeling well.”
“I’m not feeling well,” Lavigne wrote in a Dec. 7 direct message to a fan that went viral. “I’m having some health issues so please keep me in your prayers.”
“I never had depression but being sick and so terrified, that in itself is depressing,” Lavigne told People. “I was scared for my life.”
Lavigne says she completely changed her diet and exercise routine, eliminating sugar, dairy and gluten and trying to walk or swim every day along with meditation and yoga. She estimates she is now about 80 percent recovered.
“I’ve never been more clear about what I want in my life: health, family, love and happiness,” Lavigne said, adding that she is “grateful” for “the worst thing” she’s had to face so far.
Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice said although his wife, Teresa, is serving a 15-month prison sentence at Danbury Federal Prison, she still keeps in touch with their four daughters regularly.
"They email her all the time...every day, so, they email more than me," he told Extra.
The Giudices are parents to Gia, 13, Milania, 9, Gabriella, 8, and Audriana, 3.
Still, Joe admitted that it's hard raising his girls without their mother.
"You have to stay strong, when you have four kids, you have to stay strong," he said. "Her being away definitely makes me appreciate her way more, a lot more, and you know everything she did."
Giudice, who also has an upcoming prison sentence of over three years for fraud after Teresa gets out, added that behind bars, his wife has "a little group she hangs out with and does her thing with every day, and who she goes to the gym with and who she hangs out with, and who does her hair and who does her nails. They have their little thing going every day."
In fact, he said the family -- who goes up to see Teresa every weekend -- once waited an hour for her while she was doing her hair.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On Tuesday night's Late Show, David Letterman welcomed David Duchovny, who spoke about the anticipated return of The X-Files, which is coming back to Fox as a limited run series.
"When they developed Spanx, I knew I had a shot at coming back," quipped the now 54-year-old actor, who first starred as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder back in 1993.
Duchnovny explained that Gillian Anderson will return as his partner, Dana Scully, a medical doctor and FBI Agent with deliberately skeptical eyes who accompanied Mulder on paranormal cases.
Both characters eventually left the bureau behind, but still followed the strange, in the 2008 movie X-Files: I Want to Believe, which under-performed at the box office. The success of the limited-run 24: Live Another Day, however, sparked new life into an X-Files revival.
On Letterman's show, Duchovny assured fans all their favorites would also return. "Mitch Pileggi will come back," the actor said, referring to the man who played the agents' hard-nosed boss, FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner.
"The Cigarette Smoking Man, if this means anything to anyone, will be coming back," said Duchovny of the mysterious, fan favorite baddie played by William B. Davis.
After being off the air "forever," Duchovny allows, "It's a strange phenomenon that people still want to see those characters, but I'm grateful."
The six new X-Files episodes will likely be shot this summer.
ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Filming on the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie has been delayed until mid-April due to star Johnny Depp's recent hand injury.
An ABC Radio source previously confirmed that Depp injured his hand about a month ago in Australia, where he's filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He was expected to undergo surgery in the United States.
The Hollywood Reporter now says that shooting has been halted until around April 15. The delay was initially expected to last two weeks.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, about half of the film's estimated 400 crew members were told last Thursday there would be no more work for at least two weeks.
A spokesman for the film tells The Hollywood Reporter the resumption of filming depends on Depp's recuperation. Approximately 14 weeks of shooting remain on the production.
Depp will reprise his role of Jack Sparrow in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, which is still scheduled to be released by Disney on July 7, 2017.
Fox(NEW YORK) — Zooey Deschanel is the renewed girl on Fox.
The network announced Tuesday it has picked up her comedy, New Girl, for a fifth season. This means the show will reach the 100-episode milestone during the 2015-2016 TV season.
David Madden, president of entertainment for Fox, said in a statement, “Four seasons in, New Girl continues to be one of the smartest and most relatable comedies on television...We absolutely love this show and we’re so excited to bring it back for Season Five.”
Fox's sister cable network, FX, made news on Tuesday as well, announcing that it has renewed The Americans for a fourth season that will premiere in 2016. The drama stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as husband-and-wife Russian spies.
Elsewhere on the renewal front, Showtime will bring back its Don Cheadle-Kristen Bell comedy House of Lies for a fifth season, and Netflix has picked up its recently-debuted thriller Bloodline, starring Kyle Chandler, for a second season. New episodes for both series will premiere in 2016.
Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO (NEW YORK) — Don't call Kit Harington a hunk.
"To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning," the Game of Thrones star tells the New York Post's Page Six of the attention he receives for his looks. "It really is and it’s in the same way as it is for women. When an actor is seen only for her physical beauty, it can be quite offensive."
"I’m in a successful TV show in a kind of leading man way and it can sometimes feel like your art is being put to one side for your sex appeal. And I don’t like that," he continues.
"In this position you get asked a lot, 'Do you like being a heartthrob? Do you like being a hunk?' Well, my answer is, 'That’s not what I got into it for,'" Harington adds.
Still, he does like receiving one compliment -- on his flowing hair. "People become fascinated by very particular things and I find that really interesting, whether it’s a catchphrase or someone’s hair…But I love that I seem to have brilliant hair. I suppose it’s a great thing in life, isn’t it?" he admits, with a laugh. "Especially that [because] I’m terrified of going bald."
As for his personal life, Harington tells the Post, "I’m single and I have been for a while." Still, he is looking for love, adding that he prefers to date "redheads."
"I’m a hopeless romantic, maybe to a fault at times, because it’s gotten me into trouble. But I love romance. I think it’s one of the greatest pleasures in life," he says. "It’s about giving each other something, it’s giving something away and it should be a most unselfish act. It’s saying, ‘I’ve hired a little cottage somewhere. We’re going away! Surprise!'"
"And when I said that I’m a hopeless romantic, I’m trying not only to search for the love of my life, but to learn to be happy with myself and who I am as a person," he adds. "Hopefully that lovely lady will come along one day. And although I love romance, I’m trying to live without it at the moment."
Previously, Harington has been linked to his Game of Thrones co-star, Rose Leslie, and his Pompeii co-star, Emily Browning.
Game of Thrones is set to return for season five April 12 at 9 p.m. Eastern time on HBO.
Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy still seem to be on good terms after splitting last year. In fact, the two are still the co-owners of Hudson Bellamy Wines.
The actress said their failed relationship won't stop them from creating wines together.
"We’re family for the rest of our lives, we have a beautiful baby and we love making wine. We’ll continue doing it," she told Wine Enthusiast magazine.
The two, who ended their engagement last December after a four-year romance, have a three-year-old son, Bingham Hawn Bellamy.
Hudson said she was inspired to create her own wine company thanks to her "stepdad," actor Kurt Russell. He's the longtime partner of her mother, Goldie Hawn.
When asked if there is anything about winemaking that’s like filmmaking, Hudson told the magazine, "I wouldn’t stretch it that far, but I would say that I did have the realization of how creative the process really is."
"But what’s very different from making movies is that everything in wine is connected to nature," Hudson continued. "Your grapes can only be as good as your year. That is one of the things that makes it very special and incredibly unique. You are at the mercy of your crop, and I love that. Though, we are telling a story. Every bottle has a story, and when you sit down and drink it, you feel connected to that story."
Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- General Hospital overtook The Young and the Restless to lead in nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards, announced Tuesday.
The long-running ABC soap received 28 nods, followed by CBS' The Young and the Restless, which led in nods for the two years prior. This year, it received 25 nominations.
CBS topped all networks with a total of 62 nominations, followed by PBS with 50 and ABC with 35.
The 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held April 26 at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California.
A complete list of nominees is available at EmmyOnline.com. Here are the nominees in the major categories:
Outstanding Drama Series The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS Days of Our Lives, NBC General Hospital, ABC The Young and the Restless, CBS
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Peggy Mccay, Days of Our Lives, NBC Alison Sweeney, Days of Our Lives, NBC Gina Tognoni, The Young and the Restless, CBS Maura West, General Hospital, ABC Laura Wright, General Hospital, ABC
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Christian LeBlanc, The Young and the Restless, CBS Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless, CBS Jason Thompson, General Hospital, ABC Anthony Geary, General Hospital, ABC
Outstanding Morning Program Good Morning America, ABC Today, NBC CBS Sunday Morning, CBS CBS This Morning, CBS
Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated Live! with Kelly and Michael, syndicated The Wendy Williams Show, syndicated The Talk, CBS
Outstanding Talk Show/Informative Steve Harvey, syndicated The Dr. Oz Show, syndicated The Chew, ABC The Kitchen, Food Network
Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, Michael Symon, The Chew, ABC Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show, syndicated Steve Harvey, Steve Harvey, syndicated
Outstanding Children's Animated Program All Hail King Julien, Netflix Arthur, PBS The Fairly OddParents, Nickelodeon
Outstanding Game Show Host Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game, syndicated Steve Harvey, Family Feud, syndicated Todd Newton, Family Game Night, Discovery Family Channel Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune, syndicated
ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Ousted Dancing with the Stars contestant Charlotte McKinney has strong words for judge Bruno Tonioli, who told her Monday night that she's "never going to win the Nobel Prize for quantum physics, but you are easy on the eyes."
Fresh from their appearance on Good Morning America Tuesday morning, during which McKinney blasted Tonioli's comment, McKinney, 23, and her pro partner, Keo Motsepe, played a word-association game with ABC News.
"Unfair," said McKinney, when asked about "Tonioli."
Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- Comedy Central said they stand by Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart's successor on The Daily Show, after the South African comedian came under fire for some controversial comments he'd tweeted in the past.
The tweets have caused some to accuse Noah of being anti-Semitic and sexist. One tweet from 2011, for example, reads, "A hot white woman with a** is like a unicorn. Even if you do see one, you’ll probably never get to ride it." Others contain comments about Jews and Israel, which were perceived to be derogatory.
But in a statement provided to ABC Radio Monday, the cable network said, "Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included. To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central."
Noah has also received support from fellow comedians, including Chris Rock. When the news first broke about Noah replacing Stewart, he tweeted: "Thank you President Obama."
On Tuesday, Noah also tweeted to his critics, noting that "a handful of jokes that didn't land" doesn't define his character or him as a comedian.
To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didnt land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian.