Welcome to the Morning Brief. These are some of the top celebrity and pop culture news stories making news this a.m.
Just two days after announcing on his Instagram that he would be hosting the 2019 Academy Awards, Kevin Hart has stepped down from the role because of public backlash to homophobic comments he made in the past. Hart made the most recent announcement on Twitter late Thursday, while also apologizing to the LGBTQ community:
Merry Christmas! Tyler Perry has announced on Instagram that he has paid off layaway accounts at two Walmart stores in the Atlanta region totaling $432,635. A spokeswoman for Walmart confirmed Mr. Perry’s donation and said it covered 1,487 customers. Well done, sir.
Say hello to Julie Chen‘s replacement! Dancing with the Stars‘ Carrie Ann Inaba has officially been named as full-time co-host on CBS’ The Talk. Inaba will remain a judge on DWTS as well.
The Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton feud sure does seem fake. Jezebel breaks it all down.
Miz Cracker from RuPaul’s Drag Race is frying up latkes this holiday season! She joined Bon Appétit food director Carla Lalli Music in the test kitchen to cook one of Hanukkah’s most symbolic foods — potato pancakes.