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Logan Paul was definitely the loser of the week in pop culture

Here are this week's pop culture winners and losers and more celebrity news you might have missed.



Maybe you've noticed, but some parts of the state got snow earlier this week as part of this wacky winter storm "bombogenesis" thingie. #SnowInFlorida created a social media bonanza that included tiny little snowmen, frozen fountains on the Florida State University campus, and many videos of the snowfall across north Florida. The snow came to Tallahassee early Tuesday morning. And honestly, we were a little jealous. Click here see lots of pics of what we missed out on.

Hoda Kotb

NBC News opened the new year Tuesday by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the Today show's first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November. Kotb, 53, will continue to co-host the show's fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford. It will be the first all-female team headlining Today in the show's 65-year history. Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts blazed that path for ABC's Good Morning America in the 2000s, but morning shows have traditionally paired a man and a woman as host. Click here to read more. Associated Press

Taco Bell is launching Nacho Fries nationwide on Jan. 25.

Taco Bell Nacho Fries

These are nacho fries. Really. There will soon be another entrant into the oft-debated topic of which fast-food joint has the best fries, but this one will be a little different. It will bypass ketchup for nacho cheese, and can come loaded with beef, sour cream and Pico de Gallo. Taco Bell announced it will debut Nacho Fries nationwide on Jan. 25. Click here to read more.


Logan Paul

YouTube star Logan Paul has stepped away from posting videos following an outcry when he uploaded images of what appeared to be the body of someone who killed themselves in a Japanese forest. Paul took to Twitter on Wednesday to say he was suspending his video blog "for now" and "taking time to reflect." Paul created a furor when he posted a video of him in a forest near Mount Fuji showing what seemed to be a body hanging from a tree. YouTube said the controversial images violated their policies. The video was viewed some 6 million times before being removed from Paul's YouTube channel, a verified account with more than 15 million subscribers. A storm of criticism followed despite two apologies, with commenters saying Paul seemed disrespectful and that his initial apology — saying he wanted to raise awareness about suicide — was inadequate. Associated Press

Game of Thrones fans

It's going to be a bit of a wait for the final season of Game of Thrones. The folks at HBO announced this week that the new season isn't coming until 2019. On the bright side, veterans of the show will be behind the scenes, as David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will direct, and Benioff, Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill will write the six-episode eighth season.

In other news:

Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka got engaged in Aspen, Colorado. (Getty Images 2017)

Engaged: Paris Hilton said "yes" to boyfriend Chris Zylka during a ski trip this past weekend. "I am so excited to be engaged to the love of my life and my best friend. I have never felt so happy, safe and loved. He is perfect for me in every way and showed me that fairytales really do exist!" she tweeted. That's hot.

Married: Ellen Page said "I do" to girlfriend Emma Portner. The Juno star shared the news with an Instagram photo of their wedding rings, captioning it: "Can't believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife."

Baby news: Model and actor Brooklyn Decker and tennis champ husband Andy Roddick have welcomed a baby girl. The two also share a 2-year-old son.

Baby news: Jinger Duggar is expecting her first child with husband Jeremy Vuolo. The Counting On star and former pro soccer player tied the knot back in 2016.

Baby news: Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are expecting their sixth child together.

Awards show news: Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town and Pink will perform at the 60th Grammy Awards.

Roseanne overdosed on opioids and left ‘The Conners’ behind. It’s better this way.

Roseanne overdosed on opioids and left ‘The Conners’ behind. It’s better this way.

BC's The Conners, a retitled reboot of a revival, made its return Tuesday night with the now widely known news that its main character, Roseanne Conner, had recently died in her sleep at the sitcom family's home in Lanford, Illinois, a small town tha...
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Hey, NPR geeks: ‘Science Friday’ is coming to Tampa

Hey, NPR geeks: ‘Science Friday’ is coming to Tampa

Ready for some “brain fun for curious people," live on stage? Science Friday, one of NPR’s most popular radio shows and podcasts, is coming to Tampa Theatre on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. for a live show with host Ira Flatow.Tampa’s NPR affil...
Published: 10/16/18
Lester Holt cancels NBC 'Nightly News’ from Tampa, heads for Panhandle

Lester Holt cancels NBC 'Nightly News’ from Tampa, heads for Panhandle

The realities of breaking news have interrupted Lester Holt’s planned NBC Nightly News broadcast from Tampa that was to be part of the anchor’s Across America tour.Holt will instead report tonight from Panama City in the Florida Panhandle...
Published: 10/10/18
All the celebs arrested, married and sued this week from Plies to Bieber-Baldwin rumors

All the celebs arrested, married and sued this week from Plies to Bieber-Baldwin rumors

Here's a guide to some entertainment news you might've missed this week.ARRESTED: Rapper Plies was arrested at Tampa International Airport on Wednesday after authorities say a gun was found in his carry-on bag. The 42-year-old Wesley Chapel resident ...
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'Sesame Street' scribe reveals LGBTQ inspiration for writing Bert and Ernie

'Sesame Street' scribe reveals LGBTQ inspiration for writing Bert and Ernie

It’s a question that’s been bandied about for decades: Are Sesame Street dynamic duo Bert and Ernie more than just roommates? Or are they instead engaged in a lifelong love affair?A recent interview with Mark Saltzman, a playwright and ...
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