Tyler Perry leaves $21,000 tip for COVID-unemployed restaurant workers

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Steve Iervolino/ABC News(ATLANTA) — Tyler Perry can’t seem to do enough to lift spirits amid growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, and the latest example was on Sunday.

TMZ reports Perry stopped by a Houston’s restaurant in Atlanta and left a $500 tip for each of its 42 out-of-work servers — a total of $21,000!

Perry is reportedly a fan the restaurant chain and pays frequent visits to that particular location.

Last month, Perry attempted to raise spirits with his “‘Whole World In His Hands’ Challenge,” a musical collaboration with some of his talented friends.  After kicking off the gospel classic, he was joined by Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Johnny Gill and Fantasia, among others, who each took a verse.

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Tyler Perry leaves $21,000 tip for COVID-unemployed restaurant workers

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Steve Iervolino/ABC News(ATLANTA) — Tyler Perry can’t seem to do enough to lift spirits amid growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, and the latest example was on Sunday.

TMZ reports Perry stopped by a Houston’s restaurant in Atlanta and left a $500 tip for each of its 42 out-of-work servers — a total of $21,000!

Perry is reportedly a fan the restaurant chain and pays frequent visits to that particular location.

Last month, Perry attempted to raise spirits with his “‘Whole World In His Hands’ Challenge,” a musical collaboration with some of his talented friends.  After kicking off the gospel classic, he was joined by Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Johnny Gill and Fantasia, among others, who each took a verse.

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Anne Tyler talks Baltimore, her new book and social distance

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Anne Tyler’s new novel is both familiar and different

Anne Tyler talks Baltimore, her new book and social distance

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Anne Tyler’s new novel is both familiar and different

Amy Schumer shares the heartwarming scene that greeted her friend starting her hospital shift A

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Photo by Jeff Hahne/Getty Images for Oprah(NEW YORK) — Every night at 7 p.m., the streets of New York City light up with thunderous applause, cheers and other noisemakers like bells and drums.  The daily sound off is a new tradition created by the city’s residents to show their heartfelt support of the doctors, nurses and other staff leaving or just starting their 7 p.m. hospital shift.

Comedian Amy Schumer couldn’t help but share the heartwarming scene that greeted her friend, a hospital worker named Jen, who arrived to work on Sunday.

“My friend Jen walking in for her shift at the NY hospital she works at tonight sent us this picture,” captioned Schumer, who also enclosed her friend’s stunned text, “Walking into work- all surrounding fire dept and ems cheering.”

The picture shows a crowd of firefighters and EMS employees standing before a lit up firetruck and ambulance as they raise their hands in applause to all employees entering and leaving the hospital. 

The firefighters and paramedics are standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity to honor those also tirelessly working the front line against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We love you Jen,” Encourages the I Feel Pretty actress, “All nurses. Thinking about you all the time.”

New York City continues to be the nation’s epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, with 64,955 confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase of over 4,000 in 24 hours.

The city has also recorded 2,472 deaths and 14,205 hospitalizations. 

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Amy Schumer shares the heartwarming scene that greeted her friend starting her hospital shift A

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Photo by Jeff Hahne/Getty Images for Oprah(NEW YORK) — Every night at 7 p.m., the streets of New York City light up with thunderous applause, cheers and other noisemakers like bells and drums.  The daily sound off is a new tradition created by the city’s residents to show their heartfelt support of the doctors, nurses and other staff leaving or just starting their 7 p.m. hospital shift.

Comedian Amy Schumer couldn’t help but share the heartwarming scene that greeted her friend, a hospital worker named Jen, who arrived to work on Sunday.

“My friend Jen walking in for her shift at the NY hospital she works at tonight sent us this picture,” captioned Schumer, who also enclosed her friend’s stunned text, “Walking into work- all surrounding fire dept and ems cheering.”

The picture shows a crowd of firefighters and EMS employees standing before a lit up firetruck and ambulance as they raise their hands in applause to all employees entering and leaving the hospital. 

The firefighters and paramedics are standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity to honor those also tirelessly working the front line against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We love you Jen,” Encourages the I Feel Pretty actress, “All nurses. Thinking about you all the time.”

New York City continues to be the nation’s epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, with 64,955 confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase of over 4,000 in 24 hours.

The city has also recorded 2,472 deaths and 14,205 hospitalizations. 

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Netflix readying a new episode of ‘Tiger King’ next week.

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — If you’re clamoring for more of the Netflix hit docuseries, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, — and let’s face it, who isn’t — your prayers may have been answered. 

The streamer is releasing an additional episode next week, according to zoo owner Jeff Lowe from the show. 

“Netflix is adding one more episode. It will be on next week. They’re filming here tomorrow,” Lowe said in a video posted on Twitter by Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

It’s unclear whether the new episode will be a follow-up to the show’s seven-episode run or more of a reunion.

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Netflix readying a new episode of ‘Tiger King’ next week.

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — If you’re clamoring for more of the Netflix hit docuseries, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, — and let’s face it, who isn’t — your prayers may have been answered. 

The streamer is releasing an additional episode next week, according to zoo owner Jeff Lowe from the show. 

“Netflix is adding one more episode. It will be on next week. They’re filming here tomorrow,” Lowe said in a video posted on Twitter by Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

It’s unclear whether the new episode will be a follow-up to the show’s seven-episode run or more of a reunion.

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Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18

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Celebrities celebrating birthdays during the week of April 12-18 include country singer Chris Stapleton, talk show host David Letterman, actress Claire Danes and soul icon Al Green

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18

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Celebrities celebrating birthdays during the week of April 12-18 include country singer Chris Stapleton, talk show host David Letterman, actress Claire Danes and soul icon Al Green

"American Idol" recap: Meet the Top 21!

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ABC/Karen Neal(KAPOLEI, Hawaii) — Sunday night’s episode of American idol took viewers back to the tropical island of Hawaii to find out who will round out the Top 20. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan finished making their tough decisions before handing over the baton to viewers. 

Picking up right where they left off last week — with the fate of Dylan James hanging in the balance — fans were finally given the answer they’ve been waiting for… he’s into the next round. 

Here’s who else performed and whether or not their journey on American Idol has survived another round. 

Genevieve Linkowski: This returning lady, who has been open about the struggle of losing her sister, sang “You Say” by Lauren Daigle but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to push her through to the Top 20. 

Franklin Boone: The music teacher told the heartwarming story of how he performed “Daughters” by John Mayer the night before he found out he would become a father. This must be his lucky song because it landed him a slot in the Top 20, where Lionel felt he could be an inspiration to his students. 

Julia Gargano: Katy previously called her Top 5 material and her performance in Hawaii proved just why. Gargano sang Pink’s “Glitter In The Air” and earned the praises of all the judges but especially Luke Bryan who felt like he could see her performing on the Grammys someday. With a comment like that, it’s easy to see why she made it through to the next round. 

Aliana Jester: Singing “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman soundtrack broke out of her shell and, because of that, is into the Top 20.  

Sophia Wackerman: Where to start? Sophia stunned with her cover of Nick Jonas’ “Levels” but it wasn’t solely because of her vocals. It was the overall performance that made her look like a pro she as she played air guitar with the band, interacted with fans and straight-up had a good time on stage. After Katy, Lionel, and Luke lead her on to believe she’s going home, they shock her with the news she gets to stay n the competition a little longer. 

Robert Taylor: There’s no denying Robert has the vocal range to be a stay but his tendency to overdo it with hitting too many notes and performing too many runs stuck the unfortunate nail in his coffin when he took on Elton John’s “Take Me To The Pilot.” So upset by the news he was unable to do an interview but Bobby Bones came to the rescue, on his day off, to come and support the American Idol contestant he has come to know after all these weeks. 

Kimmy Gabriela: Taking on Demi Lovato’s “You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” she brought her father to tears and while her performance was amazing, Katy had a bone to pick with her. After explaining that it’s not enough to “just be a good singer,” and some advice to step up her game, Kimmy made the Top 20.

Next up, wrapped together in a neat little bow were powerhouses, Cyniah Elise who performed “Lady Marmalade,” Makayla Phillips with “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato, and Lauren Spencer-Smith who sang Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”. They all impressed with their Hawaii performances earning them each a spot in the Top 20. 

Shannon Gibbins: While she certainly had a good time on stage covering “Send My Love (To Your New Lover) by Adele, Shannon didn’t quite make the cut and was sent home. 

Olivia Ximines: Taking on Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” she surely made her family and friends proud. This high schooler gave quite the performance, complete with a costume reveal and all, and got the judges out of their seats. Needless to say, she’s moving forward. 

Arthur Gunn: He made the crowd sway as he sang Bob Marley & The Wailers’ “Is This Love” and had Katy gushing over how “pure” he is. While he kept it simple and classic, strumming his guitar as he sang, he stayed true to himself which was good enough to make it to the top 20.

Demi Rae: She had the vocals to compete with the powerhouses but faced with the tough decision to narrow down the competition, her performance of “Lonely” by Noah Cyrus, while great, was not great enough, and she was sent packing. 

With one spot left in the Top 20 and two singers left, Katy, Lionel, and Luke switched things up a little bit and had Grace Leer sing Aretha Franklin’s “You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman)” and Lauren Mascitti sing Emmy Lou Harris’ “Two More Bottles Of Wine” — and both found out their fates together.

Both country singers are from Nashville and made their home city proud, however, the decision was just too hard for the judges. So, in a shocking twist of events, they decided to hand the decision over to America one week early.

What would come next for American Idol is the live performances, but due to the current global pandemic production has been put on hold. Still, the show will return next week with a special episode titled American Idol: This is Me, which will delve deeper into the lives of the Top 20 contestants, with unseen footage and performance highlights.

ELIMINATED: Genavieve Linkowski, Robert Taylor, Shannon Gibbons, Demi Rae, + 3 others who were not named. 

TOP 20:Dylan James, Franklin Boone, Aliana Jester, Sophia Wackerman, Kimmy Gabriela, McKayla Phillips, Lauren Spencer-Smith, Cyniah Elise, Olivia Ximines, Arthur Gunn, Grace Leer, and Lauren Mascitti. 

They join Nick Merico, Dewayne Crocker, Jr., Louis Knight, Francisco Martin, Jovin Webb, Faith Becnel, Just Sam, and Jonny West.

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"American Idol" recap: Meet the Top 21!

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ABC/Karen Neal(KAPOLEI, Hawaii) — Sunday night’s episode of American idol took viewers back to the tropical island of Hawaii to find out who will round out the Top 20. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan finished making their tough decisions before handing over the baton to viewers. 

Picking up right where they left off last week — with the fate of Dylan James hanging in the balance — fans were finally given the answer they’ve been waiting for… he’s into the next round. 

Here’s who else performed and whether or not their journey on American Idol has survived another round. 

Genevieve Linkowski: This returning lady, who has been open about the struggle of losing her sister, sang “You Say” by Lauren Daigle but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to push her through to the Top 20. 

Franklin Boone: The music teacher told the heartwarming story of how he performed “Daughters” by John Mayer the night before he found out he would become a father. This must be his lucky song because it landed him a slot in the Top 20, where Lionel felt he could be an inspiration to his students. 

Julia Gargano: Katy previously called her Top 5 material and her performance in Hawaii proved just why. Gargano sang Pink’s “Glitter In The Air” and earned the praises of all the judges but especially Luke Bryan who felt like he could see her performing on the Grammys someday. With a comment like that, it’s easy to see why she made it through to the next round. 

Aliana Jester: Singing “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman soundtrack broke out of her shell and, because of that, is into the Top 20.  

Sophia Wackerman: Where to start? Sophia stunned with her cover of Nick Jonas’ “Levels” but it wasn’t solely because of her vocals. It was the overall performance that made her look like a pro she as she played air guitar with the band, interacted with fans and straight-up had a good time on stage. After Katy, Lionel, and Luke lead her on to believe she’s going home, they shock her with the news she gets to stay n the competition a little longer. 

Robert Taylor: There’s no denying Robert has the vocal range to be a stay but his tendency to overdo it with hitting too many notes and performing too many runs stuck the unfortunate nail in his coffin when he took on Elton John’s “Take Me To The Pilot.” So upset by the news he was unable to do an interview but Bobby Bones came to the rescue, on his day off, to come and support the American Idol contestant he has come to know after all these weeks. 

Kimmy Gabriela: Taking on Demi Lovato’s “You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” she brought her father to tears and while her performance was amazing, Katy had a bone to pick with her. After explaining that it’s not enough to “just be a good singer,” and some advice to step up her game, Kimmy made the Top 20.

Next up, wrapped together in a neat little bow were powerhouses, Cyniah Elise who performed “Lady Marmalade,” Makayla Phillips with “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato, and Lauren Spencer-Smith who sang Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”. They all impressed with their Hawaii performances earning them each a spot in the Top 20. 

Shannon Gibbins: While she certainly had a good time on stage covering “Send My Love (To Your New Lover) by Adele, Shannon didn’t quite make the cut and was sent home. 

Olivia Ximines: Taking on Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” she surely made her family and friends proud. This high schooler gave quite the performance, complete with a costume reveal and all, and got the judges out of their seats. Needless to say, she’s moving forward. 

Arthur Gunn: He made the crowd sway as he sang Bob Marley & The Wailers’ “Is This Love” and had Katy gushing over how “pure” he is. While he kept it simple and classic, strumming his guitar as he sang, he stayed true to himself which was good enough to make it to the top 20.

Demi Rae: She had the vocals to compete with the powerhouses but faced with the tough decision to narrow down the competition, her performance of “Lonely” by Noah Cyrus, while great, was not great enough, and she was sent packing. 

With one spot left in the Top 20 and two singers left, Katy, Lionel, and Luke switched things up a little bit and had Grace Leer sing Aretha Franklin’s “You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman)” and Lauren Mascitti sing Emmy Lou Harris’ “Two More Bottles Of Wine” — and both found out their fates together.

Both country singers are from Nashville and made their home city proud, however, the decision was just too hard for the judges. So, in a shocking twist of events, they decided to hand the decision over to America one week early.

What would come next for American Idol is the live performances, but due to the current global pandemic production has been put on hold. Still, the show will return next week with a special episode titled American Idol: This is Me, which will delve deeper into the lives of the Top 20 contestants, with unseen footage and performance highlights.

ELIMINATED: Genavieve Linkowski, Robert Taylor, Shannon Gibbons, Demi Rae, + 3 others who were not named. 

TOP 20:Dylan James, Franklin Boone, Aliana Jester, Sophia Wackerman, Kimmy Gabriela, McKayla Phillips, Lauren Spencer-Smith, Cyniah Elise, Olivia Ximines, Arthur Gunn, Grace Leer, and Lauren Mascitti. 

They join Nick Merico, Dewayne Crocker, Jr., Louis Knight, Francisco Martin, Jovin Webb, Faith Becnel, Just Sam, and Jonny West.

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At home with kids, pets and spouses, country stars play on

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In the middle of a pandemic, country music’s biggest stars still play on

At home with kids, pets and spouses, country stars play on

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In the middle of a pandemic, country music’s biggest stars still play on

Canadian actress and activist Shirley Douglas dies at age 86

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Shirley Douglas, the impassioned Canadian activist and veteran actress who was mother to actor Kiefer Sutherland and daughter of medicare founder Tommy Douglas, has died at age 86

Canadian actress and activist Shirley Douglas dies at age 86

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Shirley Douglas, the impassioned Canadian activist and veteran actress who was mother to actor Kiefer Sutherland and daughter of medicare founder Tommy Douglas, has died at age 86

Marianne Faithfull in hospital with coronavirus and ‘stable’

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The English singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull is being treated for coronavirus in a London hospital

Marianne Faithfull in hospital with coronavirus and ‘stable’

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The English singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull is being treated for coronavirus in a London hospital

Queen delivers message of hope to UK amid virus outbreak

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Britain needed a message of hope

Queen delivers message of hope to UK amid virus outbreak

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Britain needed a message of hope

Queen: History will remember your actions in virus crisis

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In a rare address to the nation, Queen Elizabeth II plans to exhort Britons to rise to the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic

‘The Flash’ actor Logan Williams dies at the age of 16

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Actor Logan Williams, who appeared in CW’s “The Flash” as the young Barry Allen, has died

‘The Flash’ actor Logan Williams dies at the age of 16

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Actor Logan Williams, who appeared in CW’s “The Flash” as the young Barry Allen, has died

San Francisco park’s 150th birthday celebration goes online

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Golden Gate Park turns 150 years old on Saturday, and the huge party to celebrate San Francisco’s beloved treasure will, for the time being, take place online

San Francisco park’s 150th birthday celebration goes online

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Golden Gate Park turns 150 years old on Saturday, and the huge party to celebrate San Francisco’s beloved treasure will, for the time being, take place online

Actress Patricia Bosworth dies from coronavirus

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Bosworth, who once starred alongside Audrey Hepburn, wrote stars’ biographies.

Actress Patricia Bosworth dies from coronavirus

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Bosworth, who once starred alongside Audrey Hepburn, wrote stars’ biographies.

Actress-author Patricia Bosworth dies from coronavirus at 86

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Patricia Bosworth, an actress who once starred alongside Audrey Hepburn and later wrote biographies on several stars including Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, has died due to the coronavirus

Actress-author Patricia Bosworth dies from coronavirus at 86

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Patricia Bosworth, an actress who once starred alongside Audrey Hepburn and later wrote biographies on several stars including Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, has died due to the coronavirus

Spanish singer-songwriter Luis Eduardo Aute dies at age 76

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Spain’s performing arts guild says Spanish singer-songwriter Luis Eduardo Aute has died at age 76