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The Insane Empire Finale as Told by 9 GIFs (and 3 Tweets)

Empire

The Insane Empire Finale as Told by 9 GIFs (and 3 Tweets)

Originally posted 03/19/2015 12:00AM

Was there ever any doubt that the Empire finale would be absolutely bonkers?

In just two hours, Empire crammed in approximately six seasons' worth of material – and we wouldn't have it any other way.

The finale was a bit of a convoluted ... not mess, per se, but certainly something that requires a brief recap. Here's what happened in the season 1 finale of Empire, as told in 9 GIFs (and 3 Tweets!).

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Natalia Kills Speaks Out After X Factor Firing: 'There Are Many Sides to This Story'

The X Factor

Natalia Kills Speaks Out After X Factor Firing: 'There Are Many Sides to This Story'

Originally posted 03/18/2015 08:20PM

While her tirade against contestant Joe Irvine – and the firing that followed – seemed fairly straightforward, former X Factor New Zealand judge Natalia Kills insists that there is more to the situation than meets the eye – but it's not a "conspiracy."

"I feel like everyone needs to put the idea of it being a manufactured conspiracy theory behind them," Kills, 28, told MTV Australia. "There's really nothing to it."

Judging by the some of the comments PEOPLE received on this story, the singer may have been referring to the theory that this has all been some calculated publicity campaign to boost Kills's profile, along with that of her husband Willy Moon.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Takes on #GimmeFive Fitness Challenge with a Little Help from Jimmy Kimmel (VIDEO)

Originally posted 03/18/2015 07:55PM

Julia Louis-Dreyfus put a drunken spin on the #GimmeFive fitness challenge by involving a late-night talk show host and a bottle of Irish whiskey.

During a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday, the Veep star, 54, joined the list of big names who have participated in First Lady Michelle Obama's #GimmeFive exercise campaign.

In the clip posted to her Facebook page, the actress and host Jimmy Kimmel toast St. Patrick's Day by clinking shot glasses after she recites from a book of Irish toasts: "May your trousers ride high and your bonnet fit tight!"

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Are Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec and DWTS Pro Kym Johnson an Item?

Dancing With the Stars

Are Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec and DWTS Pro Kym Johnson an Item?

Originally posted 03/18/2015 07:45PM

It looks like Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec and his Dancing With The Stars pro partner Kym Johnson may have taken their chemistry off the dance floor.

At a March 16 afterparty for the season premiere at Hyde Kitchen + Cocktails in L.A., the DWTS duo were spotted "canoodling," according to an onlooker.

"They came in holding hands and were caressing each other's backs," says the source

The pair, who arrived together, "were having a good time and enjoying each others company," a second source tells PEOPLE.

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The Empire Soundtrack Beat Out Madonna for the Top Spot on the Charts: Here Are 5 Reasons Why (LISTEN)

Empire

The Empire Soundtrack Beat Out Madonna for the Top Spot on the Charts: Here Are 5 Reasons Why (LISTEN)

Originally posted 03/18/2015 07:20PM

For the first time since 1998, Madonna released an album that didn't debut at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Her usurper? The Empire soundtrack. (Fun fact: The Titanic soundtrack is what ousted her in 1998. Even the Queen of Pop can't beat a cultural juggernaut.)

Featuring Courtney Love, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Juicy J, Rita Ora and more, only Taylor Swift could have beat Fox's record-breaking series on the charts.

Here are five totally subjective reasons why Empire's soundtrack smoked the competition – and some of the songs didn't even make the final cut!

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Watch a 6-Minute Sneak Peek of the Empire Finale (VIDEOS)

Empire

Watch a 6-Minute Sneak Peek of the Empire Finale (VIDEOS)

Originally posted 03/18/2015 05:30PM

If waiting until Wednesday night to watch the Empire finale seems like an impossible task, PEOPLE has just what the doctor ordered.

Watch the six sneak peek clips below and call us in the morning – if you've caught your breath by then.

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Little Women: L.A. Star Terra Jolé Welcomes First Child with Joe Gnoffo

Little Women: L.A. Star Terra Jolé Welcomes First Child with Joe Gnoffo

Originally posted 03/18/2015 03:00PM

Terra Jolé has welcomed her first child, a baby girl, with boyfriend Joe Gnoffo.

"Joe and I are overjoyed by our new family addition," the Little Women: L.A. star tells PEOPLE exclusively. "Looking forward to our future together as a happy little family.

Penelope Charlevoix Gnoffo was born Monday morning, weighing in at a healthy 6 lbs., 2 oz.

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Justin Bieber and Madonna Get Flirty During a Game of 'Never Have I Ever' on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (VIDEO)

Originally posted 03/18/2015 02:25PM

Ellen DeGeneres must have felt like a bit of a third wheel when things got spicy between Madonna and Justin Bieber on Wednesday.

As the trio prepared to play Never Have I Ever on DeGeneres's talk show, Madonna didn't shy away from getting risqué, asking about the game paddles: "Can we spank each other with these?"

In the next few minutes, both singers admitted they'd fooled around in a bathroom during a party, gotten frisky while someone else was in the room and forgotten the name of a hookup. (Also for the record: Bieber has dated siblings but insists he hasn't had phone sex.)

DeGeneres – who only copped to a little bathroom action – joked, "You two are perfect for each other!"

Madonna cozily leaned in for a cuddle with Bieber and said, "I feel like I'm getting to know my new boyfriend."

The flirtation continued the theme of Madonna's taste for younger men, which DeGeneres brought up just before the game began.


"Yesterday, Madonna said the youngest man she'd ever dated was 22, and you just turned 21," she told Bieber. "I'm just sayin' … "

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VIDEO: What Made Jennifer Garner Break Down on Today?

Today

Jennifer Garner Is Overcome with Emotion When Thinking About Family on Today (VIDEO)

Originally posted 03/18/2015 02:05PM

Jennifer Garner couldn't hold back her tears when she stopped by the Today show on Wednesday.

While promoting her new film, Danny Collins, the actress welled up when Savannah Guthrie mentioned the Southern Living photo shoot she did with her sisters and mother.

"It makes me cry to see their faces so I won't look [at the screen]," she said, adding that "there's just nothing like sharing the spotlight or anything else with your sisters and your mom. It's always fun for me to get my sisters dolled up, and my mom."

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Justin Bieber Talks Roast: 'I'm Not Searching for People's Approval' (VIDEO)

Originally posted 03/18/2015 01:30PM

Plenty of people have been speaking about their participation in Comedy Central's Roast of Justin Bieber, but the singer himself has stayed pretty mum. That changed on Wednesday's Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Bieber sat down to discuss Saturday night's taping ("What a birthday present, right?") and his closing remarks with host Ellen DeGeneres, who applauded Bieber's speech (which Roast emcee Kevin Hart previewed for Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night).

"I was just talking about it being a new chapter for me and basically saying I'm sorry for the stuff I've done," said Bieber, 21.

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