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NBC's Saturday Night Live on Tuesday announced its three newest cast members.

Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd will join the cast of the long-running sketch comedy show when it debuts its 43rd season Saturday.

Gardner is a writer and actress who worked on the animated Crackle comedy SuperMansion, according to The Hollywood Reporter , and will appear in the upcoming film Life of the Party with Melissa McCarthy.

Redd appeared in 2016's Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping with SNL alum Andy Samberg and had a role in the new Netflix series Disjointed, E! News reported.

Null has done shows at the iO Theater in Chicago.

Saturday Night Live previously announced the show's first three guest hosts and musical performers for the upcoming season. Actor Ryan Gosling will host the season debut, with Jay-Z performing.

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'Fixer Upper' starring Chip, Joanna Gaines to end after Season 5
Popular home renovation show Fixer Upper will come to a close after Season 5.

HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines announced the news in a blog post on their website Tuesday, explaining they will end the show to focus on their family and other business ventures.

"It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be our last," the couple wrote. "While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with."

"Our family is healthy and our marriage has honestly never been stronger," the pair said. "This is just us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment. Our plan is to take this time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired and give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses."

"Though our Fixer Upper chapter is coming to a close, we aren't done with Waco, [Texas]. We aren't done renovating homes," the stars added. "Who knows what the future holds, but we're excited for whatever is around the bend and in the meantime, we will definitely be staying in touch."

Chip recounted the early days of Fixer Upper in an Instagram video. He said "one thing led to another" after he and Joanna were contacted by a production company five years ago to do a show in their hometown of Waco.

"What a ride...BUT #season5IScoming #onelasthoorah," the television personality wrote.

Fixer Upper Season 5 begins in November. News of the show's end comes on the heels of Chip and Joanna laughing off divorce rumors.

"It's funny," Chip said on the Sept. 14 episode of Today. "When I think about these circumstances, I think they're hilarious. I'm like, I can't believe that these things are happening to us."


Sofia Vergara named Forbes highest paid TV actress for sixth year in a row
For the sixth year in a row, Sofia Vergara has taken the number one spot atop Forbes annual highest paid TV actresses list ahead of Kaley Cuoco.

The list, released Tuesday, stated that Vergara makes $41.5 million before taxes and fees.

The 45-year-old's income comes from her role as Gloria on Modern Family and from her various licensing and endorsement deals with brands such as Head & Shoulders, Pepsi, CoverGirl, Avon, Rooms To Go and SharkNinja.

"Our endorsement department is a well-oiled machine," Vergara's manager and business partner Luis Balaguer said while speaking with Forbes. "Even now, our attention is on the people watching Modern Family and how to appeal to them outside of the show, too."

Cuoco who earns $1 million per episode on The Big Bang Theory, comes in at second place for the second year in a row with $26 million. The actress was previously tied with Vergara for first place in 2015.

Tied for third place is Mindy Kaling and Ellen Pompeo with $13 million while Mariska Hargitay reaches fifth place with $12.5 million.

Rounding out the rest of the Top 10 list is Vergara's Modern Family co-star Julie Bowen with $12 million, Kerry Washington with $11 million, Priyanka Chopra with $10 million, Robin Wright with $9 million and Pauley Perrette with $8.5 million.

In August, Forbes named Emma Stone the highest paid film actress with $26 million.


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"I just didn't feel confident in myself, I didn't feel pretty enough. I thought I'd be a supporting character my whole life and I was struggling with the idea of being the star."
--Brie Larson, on how she almost didn't pursue leading roles, to Porter



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Which former Led Zeppelin member has announced a North American tour, releases new single?


Debbie Gibson second celeb sent home from 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 25
Debbie Gibson and Alan Bersten were cut from Season 25 of Dancing with the Stars in Los Angeles Tuesday night.

"This show -- in this short amount of time -- and this guy right here, I feel like I got my life back," Gibson said, referring to Bersten. "I am so thrilled."

Gibson has battled Lyme disease for the past several years.

Entrepreneur and television personality Barbara Corcoran and her professional partner Keo Motsepe were sent packing the night before.

Still in the running for the coveted mirror-ball trophy are Derek Fisher and Sharna Burgess; Drew Scott and Emma Slater; Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson; Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold; Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas; Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd; Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev; Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko; Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke; Vanessa Lachey and Maks Chmerkovskiy; and Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy.


Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie engaged
Five years after taking their Game of Thrones romance off-screen, unnamed sources confirmed Tuesday that actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are engaged.

A source familiar with the news confirmed it to People Magazine.

"They are 100 percent engaged, but they were trying to keep it quiet," one source told Page Six.

Harington and Leslie were first linked in 2012, and made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2016 Olivier Awards. The couple moved in together in January, and in July, the actor who plays Jon Snow, gushed about the relationship.

"Thrones has been with me throughout all of my 20s. It's been a journey, a strange journey," Harington, who plays Jon Snow, confessed. "It's remarkable having come into a show not having done any previous work in TV or film, and it becoming this crazy, big cultural phenomenon."

"I met my girlfriend on the show and that has been the greatest gift of all," he said.

Leslie portrayed Jon Snow's love interest, the wildling Ygritte, in Seasons 2, 3 and 4 of Game of Thrones.

Season 7 of Game of Thrones concluded in August and Season 8 is scheduled to begin production in October.

Harington will next appear in a historical drama on BBC titled Gunpowder and Leslie is a series regular on CBS' The Good Wife spinoff, The Good Fight.


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Which former Led Zeppelin member has announced a North American tour, releases new single?

Robert Plant is ready to hit the road again as part of a new North American tour in support of his upcoming album, Carry Fire.

The Led Zeppelin singer kicks off the tour starting Feb. 9 in Raleigh, N.C. at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium before wrapping it up March 2 in Los Angeles at the Orpheum Theatre, Rolling Stone reported.

More concert dates are set to be announced later this year.

Carry Fire, the rockers 11th solo album, is set to hit stores on Oct. 13. The release will include the single "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" featuring Chrissie Hynde. Plant released the track Tuesday and previewed the song on Twitter.

"Here's a bit of 'Bluebirds Over the Mountain' w/@ChrissieHynde. Get it now when you pre-order the album," Plant tweeted alongside a snippet of the song.

"It's about intention," Plant said of Carry Fire in a statement. "I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the trawl and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new. Consequently the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation."

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