Grammy Awards Time Machine: Revisit the 2018 Nominees’ First Performances Ever



Time to turn back the clocks!

Ahead of the 2018 Grammyson Sunday, the star-studded nominees are preparing for what’s sure to be a memorable night filled with performances by contenders like Lady Gaga and Childish Gambino, standout fashion and, of course, plenty of hit music. 

While the annual ceremony may be a brand new world for first-time nominees like Khalid and Lil Uzi Vert, for Grammy veterans like 21-time winner Jay-Z and 14-time nominee Kelly Clarkson, the show is like an old friend—especially when it comes to taking the Grammy stage. 

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For many of this year’s contenders, this is hardly the first time they’ve appeared in front of the Grammy crowd. From Pinkand Bruno Mars to Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga, most of the list of honorees graced the notable stage years ago—some with a special guest. While the fashions may have faded and haircuts changed, we bet you haven’t forgotten their past routines.

Ahead of the show on Sunday, take a walk down memory lane and revisit those special first ever Grammy performances with E!’s gallery here. 

Tune in to E!’s Grammys Countdown show starting at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT Sunday, Jan. 28, following our two-hour Live From the Red Carpet: 2018 Grammy Awards special at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT. After the Grammys telecast, watch the E! After Party at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. For complete Grammy Awards coverage, watch E! News Monday, Jan. 29, at 7 and 11 p.m.

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How the Horrifying Gymnastics Abuse Scandal Finally Unraveled

Nightmare. Heartbreaking. Horror show. Monster.

There really aren’t any words that are too strong to describe what has unfolded with regard to Larry Nassar and the seemingly endless parade of young women he’s accused of abusing while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. More than 100 women have submitted victim impact statements against the disgraced osteopath, who has pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual abuse and, in a separate case, was sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges.

All of which begs the question: How did this happen? How did the so-called adults in charge not know that countless minors were being molested? How did Nassar’s prominence and interaction with young athletes only increase as the years went by?

Sadly, as tends to be the case with problems that storied institutions don’t want to admit are happening in their midst, it took a number of famous names coming forward to crank up the national spotlight on Nassar, who was a team doctor for USA Gymnastics until 2015 and employed by Michigan State until 2016, and a culture that allowed for decades of systemic abuse.

Nassar was going down, though, before Olympic gold medalists McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber spoke up. It was a combination of court documents and good old-fashioned investigative journalism that really blew the lid off of what had been going on in the shadows while the ever-poised American gymnasts smiled brightly for the cameras.

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“He denies all the allegations. He’s never heard these allegations before. No one from law enforcement, any other regulatory body, USA Gymnastics, any individuals, parents—no one has ever suggested Dr. Nassar has done anything in any context with either this gymnast or any other that he’s aware of. This is the first time anyone’s ever made such an allegation related to USA Gymnastics.”

So Nassar’s attorney at the time, Matthew Borgula, told reporter Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star in September 2016. The paper’s investigation into USA Gymnastics (which is based in Indianapolis) proved essential in explaining just how irreparably broken the system was at USAG and how widespread the damage wrought by Nassar. 

Nassar, who had been with USAG since the 1980s, announced via Facebook in July 2014 that he was retiring as National Team Medical Coordinator, but would stay on as team doctor through the 2016 Summer Olympics. On June 20, 2015, he reiterated that 2016 “will be my last summer before I step down and no longer travel to competition.” Instead, however, on Sept. 29, 2015, he announced, “After 29 years on the USA Gymnastics Women’s Artistic National Team staff, it has come time for me to retire.”

USAG would later say that it was they who cut ties with Nassar during the summer of 2015.

On Aug. 4, 2016, the Indy Star published a story saying USAG had a file stuffed with sexual abuse complaints against more than 50 coaches, most of which had not been reported to authorities.

On Aug. 29, Rachael Denhollander—who emailed the Star on Aug. 4 to tell her story after seeing its initial article—reported Nassar to Michigan State University Police, saying she had been sexually abused by him in 2000, when she was 15.

On Aug. 15, 2016, a lawyer representing Jamie Dantzscher, who won bronze with the US Women’s team at the 2000 Summer Olympics, contacted the Star to say his client was planning to sue USA Gymnastics for negligence. Days later a lawyer representing rhythmic gymnast national champion Jessica Howard told the paper his client had been abused by Nassar when she was 15.

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On Aug. 30, Michigan State stripped Nassar of clinical and patient duties. On Sept. 8, Nassar and USAG were sued in California by a former Olympic gymnast who alleged the doctor had molested her between 1994 and 2000. 

In an email to Tim Evans at the time before they were scheduled to meet in person, Nassar wrote, “I am very sorry for what has occurred with this misunderstanding of my medical care. It saddens me greatly to think that these gymnasts feel I offended them when I was trying to help them.” When they did meet, Evans recalled in a new first-person account of their Sept. 12, 2016, interview, Nassar still presented himself as the proud doctor, confident in his ability to heal. “Almost arrogant,” Evans wrote. They spent about 30 minutes together, with Nassar growing increasingly flustered, but Burgola pulled the plug on the interview after Evans got a text—at that moment—confirming the lawsuit had been filed five days beforehand and Nassar and his lawyer read over a copy, apparently seeing it for the first time.

That afternoon published its story detailing the aforementioned abuse Nassar had been accused of at Michigan State and in the Olympian’s lawsuit, and the story appeared in print on Sept. 13.

But still, Evans wrote, even after the Indy Star‘s exposé, Nassar had his supporters, people who were convinced the accusations entirely false and an innocent man’s life was being ruined. 

Burgola and Nassar later parted ways after police, serving a warrant at Nassar’s home, found 37,000 images of child pornography, the reporter added.

On Sept. 20, 2016, MSU announced Nassar had been officially fired. The Michigan State Attorney General’s Office said they were reviewing the complaint against Nassar filed at the college.

Strangely, on Nov. 8, 2016, Nassar came in third, with 21 percent of the vote, for a seat on the Holt School Board in Michigan. He had withdrawn from the race, but too late to get his name off the ballot.

The married father of three was charged on Nov. 21, 2016, in state court with three counts of first-degree sexual conduct with a person under 13. He was able to go free on a $1 million bond, but he was arrested again on Dec. 16 on federal charges of receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography between 2003 and 2016.


After the Indy Star‘s initial report on Nassar, 60 women had reported claims of sexual abuse against him and three lawsuits were filed, including one in October 2016 that also included women’s gymnastics fixtures Marta and Bela Karolyi as defendants, alleging Nassar abused a member of the U.S. women’s national team at their Houston ranch.

On Jan. 10, 2017, 18 women joined forces (and 12 more signed on later) to file a fourth civil lawsuit against Nassar; USA Gymnastics; Lansing, Mich. gymnastics club Gedderts’ Twistars; and Michigan State University, saying the institutions were negligent in failing to warn people that the doctor was under investigation, thereby exposing more girls to possible harm.

USAG said in response to the lawsuit that they had been instructed by the FBI in 2015 not to discuss it, but they did promptly relieve Nassar of his position. The organization told the Indy Star that they found the allegations against Nassar “very disturbing.”

The athletes’ attorney, Stephen Drew, said that the point of the suit wasn’t to collect monetary damages but to implement “institutional change and non-monetary concessions so that acts of sexual abuse like this will never, ever happen again to young athletes and students. Protecting them is more important than enhancing the reputation of the athletic system that invites their participation.”

Almost exactly a year ago, Nassar’s wife filed for divorce, asking for full custody of their children.

But still, this remained a sports story, a regional story. It was only in February 2017, when former national team members Dantzscher, Howard and Jeannette Antolin and shared their stories about Nassar with 60 Minutes, that the country had pretty, innocent faces to go with the image of the monster. And though the legal wheels continued to grind Nassar to a pulp in court, it wasn’t until October, when McKayla Maroney—emboldened by the wave of sexual misconduct allegations that effectively banished Harvey Weinsteinfrom Hollywood within days—came forward to say that she, too, had been one of the doctor’s victims, starting when she was 13. 

Aly Raisman at first tweeted her support, and then in November she said Nassar had also abused her. Gabby Douglas spoke up next, and then this month Simone Biles and Jordyn Wieber came forward as well.

Within two weeks in November, Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County, where Michigan State is, and then to three more counts of the same for crimes committed in nearby Eaton County.

Though USA Gymnastics officials denied knowing what Nassar was doing and denied covering anything up, an independent audit was commissioned in the fall 2016 to identify the glaring flaws in the system that allowed this to go on. Then-USAG president Steven Perry resigned in March. The findings revealed in June—that USAG required a “complete cultural change” and to delay would be “impermissible”—prompted a unanimous board vote to implement the changes immediately. 

But certain seemingly obvious fixes didn’t occur overnight.

As the accusations of USAG complicity have only continued to pile up, and in the wake of stomach-churning testimony from a seemingly unending stream of victims, the fallout continues: USAG formally cut ties with the Karolyi Ranch Training Center a week ago, months after pressure mounted to do so. Three members of the USAG board just resigned. The U.S. Olympic Committee is also shuffling its leadership in light of the growing stain on the organization. 

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As it stands, the Indy Star reports that at least 368 women over the past 20 years have alleged abuse, not all by Nassar, but while they were involved with USA Gymnastics, the governing body for the US Olympic Team—and therefore an unavoidable stop on the road to Olympic glory.

“I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting,” Maroney wrote in October.

The Indy Star broke on August 4, 2016 after survivors courageously came forward sharing stories of sexual abuse and alleging organizational  mishandling,” Raisman tweeted Monday. “The next day, the USOC said they wouldn’t investigate (and even praised USAG’s work in the area of sexual abuse). For the past week, survivors came forward to courageously face a perpetrator of evil and share their painful stories. Many of them, myself included, claim the USOC is also at fault. Was the USOC  there to ‘focus on supporting the brave survivors’? No. Did they issue a statement then? Crickets….”

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In suffering what they did and then going on to compete at the highest level and emerge as champions, the determination and resilience of Maroney, Wieber, Raisman, Douglas and Biles cannot be overstated. As Biles said in her own statement, “know that this horrific experience does not define me…I won’t let one man, and the others that enabled him, to steal my love and joy.”

But there’s only so much room on that podium. It’s horrifying to think about the lives that were forever altered, the women who may always wonder what could’ve been, if they hadn’t encountered Dr. Larry Nassar along the way.

Rachael Denhollander, whose email to the Indy Star in 2016 helped set this seachange in motion, told reporters in November after Nassar pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct that she was “very satisfied.

“The attorney general did a phenomenal job making sure that every victim, even the ones who didn’t have crimes charged, felt that justice was done.”

As happened in Hollywood, it took a certain few at the right time to send a rallying cry of “no more” charging through the industry—and now it’s up to the more famous names, the ones who have a platform, to look out for the others who for so long have been swept under the rug.

Nassar could be sentenced for the seven counts of abuse as early as Wednesday. With 60 years on the child pornography charges to serve first, he’s never getting out of prison. But the more than 100 brave women who finally had the opportunity in 2018 to make sure that their voices were heard, loud and clear, will at least now have the opportunity to see a judge throw away the key.

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Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot Snubbed for An Oscar?! OMG Moments From 2018 Oscar Nominations!

It wouldn’t be awards season without a few snubs!

Tuesday was an exciting morning for many actors and actresses. The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced, and while many great names and films were recognized, a few were left off the list. Many fans were shocked to see that Gal Gadot and her film Wonder Woman were nowhere to be found. 

The film may have been a box office success, but unfortunately that didn’t translate to an Oscar nod. Other snubs include Armie Hammer for Call Me By Your Name. Although his co-star Timothée Chalamet was nominated in the Best Actor category. Which film is leading the pack with the most nominations? 

Get in on all the Oscars buzz by watching the video above! 

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James Franco Is ”Somewhat Relieved” About Oscars Snub Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

James Franco‘s performance in The Disaster Artist was not recognized by The Academy’s 2018 Oscars nominations, a snub that has apparently left the actor with mixed emotions. 

“James is disappointed in not getting an Oscar nomination,” a source tells E! News, “but also very understanding and somewhat relieved. He doesn’t want it to look like the snub is correlated with the allegations against him.”

Weeks ago, five women accused the 39-year-old actor of sexual misconduct in a Los Angeles Times exposé. Two of Franco’s accusers have also appeared on Good Morning America to share their accounts. The claims, which allege a range of inappropriate and exploitative behavior against his former students, have been denied by Franco. 

The insider adds, “James is trying to get through this rocky patch and hopes everything will blow over appropriately. He is really leaning on his family right now and trying to stay under the radar as much as possible.”

Franco did show up to last Sunday’s 2018 SAG Awards in support of his nomination in the Best Actor category, which he lost to Gary Oldman. He’s won awards for The Disaster Artist at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards and Golden Globes, where Franco’s Time’s Up pin drew criticism from people online. 

In the wake of the accusations, a source previously described Franco as “not doing well” and said his inner circle was “really worried about him.” Meanwhile, a separate longtime friend of Franco’s told E! News exclusively, “He is really hurt because he didn’t know that we would be in a place where giving someone a voice would be giving someone a license to speak without any accountability.”

Franco had this to say regarding the allegations leveled against him during an interview with Late Night‘s Seth Meyers: “Like I said, there are stories that need to get out. There are people that need to be heard. I have my own side of this story, but I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say just because I believe in that much.” 

“If I have to take a knock because I’m not going to try and actively refute things, then I will, because I believe in it that much,” Franco continued. 

E! News has reached out to Franco’s rep for comment. 

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Teen Mom’s Javi Marroquin Reacts to Kailyn Lowry’s Plastic Surgery Decision

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Kailyn Lowry is saying no to plastic surgery.

Earlier today, the Teen Mom 2 star took to social media and confirmed she was scheduled to go under the knife. With further thought, however, the mother of three decided to change her plans.

“I won’t lie to y’all, I came to Miami for lipo & a boob job. But hours before my surgery, I decided I don’t want to go through with it,” Kailyn shared with her Twitter followers. “When I get home, I’ll use the money I was gonna spend on surgery for a nutritionist & get back into working out.”

She added, “Damned if I do and damned if I don’t.”

Soon after sharing the news, Kailyn received encouragement from fans and followers including co-star Chelsea Houska. In fact, her ex-husband Javi Marroquin was very supportive of the decision as well.

“I’m super proud of her for making that decision!” he shared with E! News exclusively. “I used to tell her all the time to do it naturally. Good for her. The reward will be greater in the end.”

Kailyn and Javi share one son together. They have documented the ups and downs of their relationship on TV including a stint on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars before ultimately deciding to focus on co-parenting.

While Kailyn opted out of getting plastic surgery, the MTV reality star and Hustle and Heart author has been open about going under the knife to get work done.

In January 2016, Kailyn and castmate Briana DeJesus traveled to Miami for an operation performed by Dr. Michael Salzhauer—a.k.a. Dr. Miami.

Javi would also defend his then-wife’s decision in a message on Twitter. “Whatever is going to make her happy, then I ride with her,” he wrote. “Feel better babe.”

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Vanderpump Rules Stars Lala Kent and James Kennedy’s Feud Gets Explosive on Twitter

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Looks like the pasta really is to blame for the undoing of Lala Kent and James Kennedy‘s friendship. 

During last night’s episode of Vanderpump Rules, the reality TV stars nearly came to blows over a comment James made regarding Lala’s relationship with newly divorced movie producer Randall Emmett. It all started when Lala admitted to eating James’ girlfriend Raquel Leviss‘ pasta without her permission, which set the British DJ off… to put it nicely. 

James said Lala has “always been a bitch” toward Raquel, adding that she only has sex with the “fat man because he pays for your rent” and will soon “get bored with you.” 

As fans know, all bets are off when Lala’s relationship is questioned. 

Lala fired back, telling James, “Learn your f–king place, motherf–ker, or else you’re gonna learn real goddamn quick when you look next to you and I’m not there anymore, and you’re gonna be real f–king upset. So know how the f–k to talk to somebody when they’re your friend.”

The fight spilled into the street, with James telling Lala his anger wasn’t really about the pasta as much as it was about Lala not “showing respect” to his girlfriend. 

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But despite the dust having settled, Lala took to Twitter with a message for her former confidant. 

“Tonight’s episode is nothing short of cringeworthy,” she wrote. “James had always been a dear friend of mine. I make sure I baby him, I make sure he always knows I’m proud of him and I’ve been nothing but kind to his girlfriend. I don’t need to say this, because it’s been seen from the beginning. I am constantly forgiving him for whatever venomous words he decides to throw at me.”

Kent continued, “I remember the day that he attacked the person I love the most. The person that is my human. My everything. The one I would die for, and live to protect. I let it slide for some reason… maybe out of shock.”

“After rewatching it, reliving it, and then dealing with his constant attacks on a regular basis, I’m sadly mourning the loss of our friendship,” the Bravolebrity concluded. 

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James has since responded, calling Lala a hypocrite for befriending co-stars like Katie Maloney and Kristen Doute who previously cast doubt on the man she’s dating. 

He tweeted, “Woke up today totally blindsided by Lala telling me she is distancing herself from me and isn’t celebrating my bday with me. I find it very hypocritical of her to constantly pretend like she’s best friends with Katie and Kristen, who have done nothing but talk sh–t about her and her man for 2 years, but god forbid I let my temper get the best of me and she decides she needs to publicly bash me. Lala will always be a special person to me and maybe we can talk just the 2 of us instead of blasting me on twitter.”

More recently, James returned to Twitter with a clarification on Vanderpump Rules‘ Pasta-gate: “When I say ‘it’s not about the pasta’ it was about actually pasta and the fact Lala stuffed her face with all my girls food without remorse is the reason I got [pissed] in the first place.”

Vanderpump Rules airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Bravo. 

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Kaya Scodelario Opens Up About Suffering ”Horrific Sexual Assault at Age 12

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Kaya Scodelario is a sexual assault survivor, but she’s not letting that label define her. 

In October 2017, the British actress—known for her roles in The Maze Runner series and Pirates of the Caribbean—further amplified the #MeToo movement by sharing her own account of being assaulted at only 12-years-old. 

She accused “family members in Brazil” of protecting the individual, and claimed on Twitter that they’ve “sold lies to papers to try to silence me.” 

Now months later, Kaya opened up to Metro U.K. about the downsides she didn’t expect to face by coming forward publicly. “The response was wonderful, it was a relief but I am still dealing with it, and I am now dealing with a new side of it, which is this,’ she shared.

“I will be asked about it forever now,” Kaya continued. “I hope it doesn’t define me but it will always be under my name and I accept that—but I am proud I was brave enough to do it and I am grateful for the support I had from friends.”

Scodelario said she was motivated to come forward because of her 1-year-old son, who she shares with husband Benjamin Walker. “I do this for my son,” she tweeted at the time. “So that he will see one day that we all have a voice. And that this behavior can not be tolerated any longer.”

Additionally, Kaya told Metro her experience may help others in a similar position to not feel ashamed. 

She explained. “And I remember thinking that if I was 12-years-old and I had this horrific thing happen to me but I saw a woman I admired speaking up about it, it would have made me feel less guilty, and it would have inspired me to think, ‘This won’t hold me back, this is something that has happened but I am not a victim.'”

“So I thought if I can do that for one person then I owe it to my 12-year-old self,” Kaya concluded. 

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Daphne Oz Gets Real About Her Body 7 Weeks After Giving Birth

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Daphne Oz is getting real about her body after baby.

While some would argue that Hollywood stars always snap back into shape quickly after giving birth, the former co-host of The Chew wants to put a more realistic narration out there.

In a new Instagram post, Daphne posed for a selfie in her bathroom while wearing underwear. What came next was a message about loving your body.

“Seven weeks post-partum, still looking three months pregnant,” she shared with her followers. “There is no bounce-back, it’s all onwards and upwards. Every day has moments of total splendor and also a decent number of WTFs. I especially want the new mamas out there to hear that, because we see so much of how glossy motherhood can be and not enough of how real 3D life is always complicated (and better for it).”

Daphne continued, “You’re experience will be just right for you. Prepare to be amazed by some things and horrified by others. Motherhood is as complex and wonderful as the woman.”

The honest post received support from moms including Jenna Bush Hager and Jessie James Decker who “liked” the post. Others felt compelled to share how the post related to them.

“Oh I still get questions if I’m pregnant or not. My daughter is 2 and half,” Tamera Mowry-Housley shared in the comments section. Jessica Alba added, “I feel ya girl.”

Back in December, The Happy Cook author welcomed her third child with husband John Jovanovic.

“And just like that, it’s like she was always here,” Daphne shared on Instagram when revealing the happy news. “DOMENICA CELINE JOVANOVIC. 12/4/17. So many hearts overflowing!!”

For those who admire Daphne’s perspective, the TV personality recently announced that her website is launching April 1 where she will discuss more stories of motherhood.

“I can’t wait to share!” she teased on social media. “Third time around, I have some tried and true strategies.”

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This Is Us Details Jack’s Last Day and How the Fire Started

We all knew this was coming but boy, were we not prepared for the emotions we were going to be grappling with during that fire. 

This Is Us spent tonight’s episode exploring Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) last day before the fire started that apparently ended his life, and we’re starting to understand more and more why his death was so deeply affecting for each of his kids. 

All Jack wanted to do was enjoy the 1998 Super Bowl with his family and their new entertainment system that he built, but all the kids had different ideas. Kate (Hannah Zeile) was struggling with her self image as she had to submit another audition piece to get into college, and didn’t want Jack to film her or to keep telling her how beautiful he thought she was.

She finally came around to realizing she needed him to keep seeing her that way, but she did skip the game to go watch at a friend’s house. 

Randall (Niles Fitch) wanted to skip the game to hang out with his new girlfriend, and take her on their first date to see Titanic (for her seventh time). It went well and they shared their first kiss, and Randall got the chance to tell his dad that when he got home. 

Kevin (Logan Shroyer), however, had a fight with both of his parents over college, especially after finding out that Sophie got into NYU. With his own dreams dashed, he lashed out, insulting Jack’s hard work on the entertainment center and yelling about how he was supposed to be in the Super Bowl, not watching it. Then he went to Sophie’s, but eventually called home to tell his mom he was sorry. But of course, he’d wait to talk to Jack in the morning. 

Before going to bed, Jack dried some things with a dish towel, gazed at the wall where the kids’ heights were recorded, and turned off the crockpot. But then we got a flashback to Jack and a pregnant Rebecca (Mandy Moore ) receiving the crockpot from a neighbor, who told them that the switch was a little wonky. So then we watched the crockpot light go on and off, before it finally caught fire, which set the dish towel (a gift from Jack to Rebecca, wrapped around a bracelet) on fire, which eventually got to the wall with the heights, and it was actually the most emotional fire we have ever seen as it was peppered with happy family flashbacks. 

Thanks to last week’s episode, we know that the smoke detector is out of batteries, so now all we can do is wait two weeks to find out how many tears we’ve even got in our bodies and if we’re actually ready to have “all our questions answered.” We kinda feel like we’re not! 

This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC, but the next episode airs after the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 4.

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Teenage Bradley Cooper Once Wrote an Article About Hooking Up With His Female BFF

Before he was a superstar actor, Bradley Cooper was…an aspiring Carrie Bradshaw?

On Tuesday, Tommy Rowan, a news writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, shared a delightful throwback gem on Twitter that illuminated a time before the Coop was a household name and he was merely a horny 18-year-old with a penchant for writing and a desire to get some action from his best gal pal back in May 1993.

In the tweet that both unearthed the 25-year-old article written by then-newspaper intern Cooper and also asked the age-old question once posed during that fateful car ride when Harry met Sally, Rowan shared the thought-provoking piece scribed by the now-actor for the Philadelphia Daily News, entitled, “When Best Friends Cross the Line.”

Along with the copy of the essay, Rowan wrote, “Intern Bradley Cooper, age 18, wrote in his first @PhillyDailyNews story: ‘Can best friends who are of the opposite sex hook up with each other without destroying their friendship? In my case, yes . . . so far.’ Bold.”

Bold is exactly what the Silver Linings Playbook actor’s personal essay was.

After his risque lede, America’s almost Ann Landers continued, “I know once you take that step over the platonic line everything is supposed to change. Suddenly you start to hate that guy she always told you was hot. But that’s not really true in my case. “

And then things got personal for the four-time Oscar nominee—real personal.

“Both my best friend, Deborah Landes and I still talk about other people, although the conversation does get a little more tense,” confessed the fledgling writer.

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Unlike most people, the soon-to-be star explained, “The reason that we are able to cross that line and obtain that great friendship is that we really don’t know how to be anything other than best friends. I realize this when people ask me if we are going out. It sounds to weird to even imagine; however, to an outsider, it probably looks as if we are boyfriend and girlfriend.”

We wonder if it looked to Deborah like they were boyfriend and girlfriend too?

From there, Cooper tells a tale filled with twists and turns in which he and his best-good-friend’s casual relationship appear to be written in the stars—just so long as there’s no commitment involved.

“There has always been an underlying attraction between the two of us; however, it was never confronted until this year,” wrote the high school senior.

“Before, we could never fathom the idea of being more than just friends, especially because she was involved in a relationship with a friend of mine. After they broke up, things began to change.”

And boy, did they…

Cooper explains that the two then went from “just BFFs” to the thing that matters most in high school: prom dates. 

“We never even thought twice about going to the prom with anyone else.”

Towards the end of the piece, the teen got wistful, realizing this no-strings-attached love story would soon have to change yet again.

The bittersweet teen wrote, “Because we are both seniors, I realize that we might as well just enjoy the time we have left before we go to college. Because once college hits our relationship will definitely return to ‘best friendship.””

Bye-bye, Deb! Hello ladies of Villanova University!

He concluded, “It is somewhat easy to say everything is cool now, because we are still in school. The real test will probably come when I have to hear about how much fun she’s having at the Shore this summer.”

That does sound hard, Brad. We hope you made it through okay.

A million questions may be racing through your brain: Did Bradley and Deborah remain friends? Does Deborah trade beauty secrets with Irina? Do they Bradley and Deborah still text today? Or did their friendship boat sink while Deb was summering at the Shore? Much like Stonehenge, we may never find out the answers to these great mysteries.

But the real question posed here is: Did we all just find out that Bradley Cooper came up with the term “friends with benefits”?

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