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Kenan Thompson ditches wedding ring at Hard Rock Hotel opening after breakup

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May 13, 2022 | 11:48am

Kenan Thompson has ditched his wedding ring after his breakup with wife Christina Evangeline.

The “Saturday Night Live” star served as the emcee for the Hard Rock Hotel’s star-studded grand opening in Times Square Thursday night and appeared unfazed by the tumult in his personal life, eyewitnesses tell Page Six exclusively.

“He looked like he was having so much fun,” one spy says. “He emceed the start of the show before John Legend performed and brought his drink on stage and kept saying how he was just ‘chillin’.”

We’re told Legend, 43, hit the stage about 40 minutes after he was scheduled to begin, so Thompson, 44, “talked about nothing like he was stalling” in a hilarious way before introducing key speakers of the night.

Kenan Thompson and Patrick Ductant at the Hard Rock Hotel opening party in New York.
Kenan Thompson took off his wedding ring at the Hard Rock Hotel opening Thursday amid his separation from wife Christina Evangeline.
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Thompson kept his sunglasses on well through the event and into the afterparty, where he was seen chatting with Mayor Eric Adams, Cara Delevingne, Vanessa Hudgens, Legend and more stars.

Almost always with a drink in hand, the “All That” alum was overheard telling a fellow attendee how he was doing “good.”

Kenan Thompson talking to Eric Adams at the Hard Rock Hotel in New York.
Thompson spent the night chatting away with stars such as Mayor Eric Adams (seen here).
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Page Six confirmed in early April that Thompson and Evangeline, 33, were splitting after 11 years of marriage. They share two daughters, Georgia, 7, and Gianna, 3, and are focused on co-parenting.

The “Kenan & Kel” alum and the interior designer married in November 2011 in the Arctic Room of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

Kenan Thompson and Christina Evangeline at the 2017 Emmys.
Thompson and Evangeline separated in April.
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Thompson is the longest-running cast member on “SNL,” currently appearing in his 19th season. His most famous sketches include “What’s Up With That?,” “Black Jeopardy!” and “Family Feud,” in which he impersonates host Steve Harvey.

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Empire State Building To Hold Lighting Ceremony In Honor Of Notorious B.I.G.’s 50th Birthday

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This Friday evening at 4 p.m., the Empire State Building (ESB) will host a lighting ceremony to honor the 50th birthday of the Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie), in partnership with Bad Boy / Atlantic / Rhino Records and the Christopher Wallace Estate. 

The Empire State Building Observatory Experience will feature a life-size photorealistic avatar of Biggie for guest viewing and photographs on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also, on Friday and Saturday, fans can purchase exclusive Biggie x ESB hats, t-shirts, and sweatshirts, sold only at the Observatory. Biggie’s 11x platinum album Life After Death will be available to purchase on cassette, along with the preorder for the 8-LP Deluxe. 

Fifteen minutes after sunset on Saturday, May 21 – what would have been Biggie’s 50th birthday – the Empire State Building will light up in dynamic red and white with a rotating crown and the number “50” in the mast.  

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Angel Olsen Perseveres ‘Through the Fires’ in New Song

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Angel Olsen has released a new song, “Through the Fires,” from her upcoming album, Big Time, which arrives on June 3 via Jagjaguwar. It’s the third single from the album following the title track and “All the Good Times.

Olsen called the heartfelt song about persevering and finding resilience a “centerpiece statement” for Big Time. “It’s a song I wrote to remind myself that this life is temporary, the past is not something to dwell on, that it’s important to keep moving, keep searching for the people that are also searching, and to notice the moments that are lighter and bigger than whatever trouble I’ve encountered,” she said in a statement.

Olsen’s “Through the Fires” contemplative lyrics convey the importance of acknowledging one’s past in order to move forward. “To remember the ghost/Who exists in the past,” she sings. “But be freed from the longing/For one moment to last.”

Along with the sone, Olsen also released a lyric video, shot by Angela Ricciardi.

Olsen previously shared that she wrote Big Time as she navigated queer love and grief: Olsen came out to her parents and, shortly after, lost both of them within weeks of each other. Co-produced by Jonathan Wilson, it follows Whole New Mess and All Mirrors.

A film titled after the album is set to premiere on June 2, presented by Amazon Music. That evening at 9:30 p.m. ET, Amazon Music channel on Twitch will feature a watch party and Q&A with Olsen and director Kimberly Stuckwisch, followed by a concert airing from the premiere party. This summer, Olsen hits the road on the Wild Hearts tour with Sharon Van Etten and Julien Baker, beginning in Vienna, Virginia, on July 21.

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Post Malone and Roddy Ricch Party at the Edge of the Abyss in ‘Cooped Up’ Video

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Post Malone and Roddy Ricch link up in the new music video for their recent single together, “Cooped Up.” 

Directed by Andre Bato, the clip opens with Post Malone performing the song as he strolls around an apartment space that boasts an extremely chic vibe, but looks like its sitting in the midst of a giant abyss. There are some quick flashes of figures that appear to be lying in wait in the distance, though Roddy Ricch is the first to arrive on the scene. Rather than some unexpected horror from the dark depths appearing next though, the video ends with a horde of red-clad partiers entering the apartment for a final blowout. 

“Cooped Up” was released last week, marking the first offering since Post Malone officially announced his new album, Twelve Carat Toothache, set to arrive June 3. The only other album cut Posty has released so far is the Weeknd-featuring single, “One Right Now,” which arrived last year. But over the weekend, Post Malone used his Saturday Night Live debut to perform another new song, “Love/Hate Letter to Alcohol,” which features the indie group Fleet Foxes.

Twelve Carat Toothache will be Post Malone’s fourth studio album and first in three years, following 2019’s Hollywood’s Bleeding. In an interview with Billboard earlier this year, the musician said the record would “speak more to how I’m feeling at the moment: the ups and downs and the disarray and the bipolar aspect of being an artist in the mainstream.”

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