The beginning of the end! After six years at Netflix, Stranger Things is getting ready to wrap up its journey with a fifth and final season.
Ahead of the show’s highly-anticipated season 4 premiere, creators Matt and Ross Duffer announced that they were going to end the series after one more chapter in Hawkins, Indiana.
“Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for Stranger Things,” they detailed in an open letter in February 2022. “At the time, we predicted the story would last four to five seasons. It proved too large to tell in four but — as you’ll see for yourselves — we are now hurtling toward our finale. Season 4 will be the penultimate season; season 5 will be the last.”
The writing team hinted that they were planning to expand the Stranger Things universe with more projects. “There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things: new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes,” the message concluded. “But first, we hope that you stay with us as we finish this tale of a powerful girl named Eleven and her brave friends, of a broken police chief and a ferocious mom, of a small town called Hawkins and an alternate dimension known only as the Upside Down.”
Later that year, the Duffer Brothers opened up about their vision for the final episodes and addressed the season 4 episode split.
“The original plan was to release it all at once again. But as we began turning over episodes, everyone began to feel the season was too big to be released in one batch — at nearly 13 hours, it is really more two seasons than one,” they told Variety in May 2022 after Volume 1 dropped the first seven episodes. “Episode 7 is as big as any season finale we’ve ever had, so it made sense to everyone involved to split the season there. Episode 7 really serves as the end of the second act — and we feel that our final act had enough meat on the bone to make up Volume 2.”
As fans prepared for Volume 2 of season 4, Ross and Matt revealed that they were hoping the final season wouldn’t have such a long wait. “We always knew that Season 4 was going to be the penultimate season, and that its ending would dive directly into Season 5. During the six-month pandemic hiatus, we outlined Season 5 and pitched it to Netflix,” they shared at the time. “Don’t hold us to it, but the gap should be quite a bit shorter this time, due to the fact that we already have an initial outline, and we can’t imagine there will be another six-month forced hiatus.”
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Trevor Noah Confirms He’s Leaving ‘The Daily Show’ After 7 Years: ‘It’s Time’
Trevor Noah seems to be getting a whole new start! The Daily Show host, 38, confirmed Thursday, September 29, that he is turning in his mic and moving on from the popular Comedy Central series. Trevor made the announcement that he is leaving in a heartfelt statement at the conclusion of the show. “It has been seven years since we started The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” he said, in part. “And one of the overriding feelings I’ve found myself experiencing throughout the night and even today waking up, was a feeling of gratitude.” Trevor continued, thanking his audience for the experience.
“There’s so many people who make this thing come together,” he added. “And I want to say thank you to the audience for an amazing seven years. It’s been wild.” Trevor admitted to the audience during the Thursday taping of the show in New York City that he would be leaving, according to two sources who disclosed the news earlier in the day for Variety. It’s not yet clear when he will step away, or who will be his replacement. HollywoodLife reached out to Trevor’s rep for comment, but didn’t hear back by the time of this publication. “My time is up,” he said at one point, to audible gasps from the audience. “We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together. But after seven years, I feel like it’s time.”
The previously nearly-unknown comedian said running the show had been unexpected for him. “I never dreamed that I would be here,” he said during the roughly 5 minute farewell monologue. “I sort of felt like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I came in for the tour of what the previous show was, and then the next thing I know I was handed the keys.”
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— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) September 30, 2022
“We are grateful to Trevor for our amazing partnership over the past seven years,” a statement from Comedy Central read, per Variety. “With no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next steps As we look ahead, we’re excited for the next chapter in the 25+ year history of The Daily Show as it continues to redefine culture through sharp and hilarious social commentary, helping audiences make sense of the world around them.” Since he took over hosting duties in 2015, Trevor has followed in the footsteps of other sharp-tongued comedic geniuses, including Jon Stewart, who hosted from 1999-2015, and Craig Kilborn, who hosted from 1996-1998.
The announcement comes just a day after Trevor was spotted on a date night with Dua Lipa. The comedian and singer, 27, dined at Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily’s in New York City before engaging in a sexy kiss outside on Wednesday, Sept. 28. “They sat close together throughout the meal,” per an eyewitness via the Daily Mail, who also added that the pair “left together and walked, stopping for long embraces and on the second kiss with hugs.”
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Southern Charm’s Leva: Finale Drama ‘Drastically Changed’ Cast Friendships
Getting real! Leva Bonaparte isn’t on the best terms with all of her Southern Charm costars following the explosive season 8 finale.
“[That evening] drastically changed our friendship,” Leva, 43, exclusively told Us Weekly about her blowout fight with Craig Conover, which aired on Thursday, September 29. “It drastically changed my friendship with Craig and with many of the cast members, immediately.”
During the Thursday finale of the Bravo series, Leva hit her breaking point with Craig — and several other castmates — while attending the Sewing Down South holiday party.
The Republic co-owner showed her frustration toward Craig, 33, after she learned that he banished his ex-girlfriend Naomie Olindo to a non-cast table for his event. “I literally cannot [do this] anymore,” Leva told Naomie, 30, at the dinner.
“I don’t even know why I’m friends with some people,” she added, seemingly referring to Craig and his crew. “So f—king toxic.” Leva previously voiced her issues with the Delaware native after he called Naomie his “crazy ex-girlfriend” at their Friendsgiving.
“Throughout the season, [you could see] that Craig has sort of been speaking in a really, like, aggressive manner, like, [there’s] just a lot of emotion. He’s sort of unable to navigate it himself,” she explained to Us this month. “I’m obviously innately protective of Naomie. She’s like a little sister [to me] and he’s like a little brother, you know?”
Leva noted that Craig has “big feelings,” but she confessed that he needs to have better “boundaries” when he speaks to others, especially her and Naomie.
“I also don’t like getting yelled at and I don’t think Naomie likes that either,” the Southern Charm: Leva Land star continued. “I don’t let my husband speak to me that way, [and I’m] as sure as hell I’m not gonna let Craig talk to me that way.”
Things escalated during the finale when Craig overheard Leva chatting with some of his Sewing Down South coworkers, many of whom she’s known for years. The Pillow Talk author crossed a boundary in Leva’s eyes when he yelled at her and eventually tried to kick her out of the event.
“I was really just going over there to have my own conversation and be like, ‘You know, I love you guys dearly. I don’t know what’s happening tonight … what’s [going on] between me and Craig is not — don’t take that personally,’” she recalled to Us about the incident. “I don’t know how that spiraled into something else, but it did.”
When the two did go head-to-head, Leva explained that Craig’s response was “not OK” with her. Amid the fight, the restauranteur recalled seeing some of her costars adding fuel to the fire, which is why she unfollowed many castmates on social media in December 2021.
“I’ve lost respect for some of the people who piled on, particularly the women. I’m not one to yell at women, like, I just don’t do it. So the ones that supported him and, like, clapped and stuff, I unfollowed those girls,” Leva told Us. “And then Austen [Kroll] did not clap, but I was just disappointed because I feel like Austen could have wrangled him in and he didn’t. He was quiet.”
The Bourbon N’ Bubbles co-owner revealed that not all of her friendships were affected by the party drama, pointing to Naomie, Olivia Flowers, Taylor Ann Green and Shep Rose as being among her allies. “I think they all have my back,” she said.
When it comes to Craig, specifically, the India native told Us that the finale “really changed the nature of the friendship.” Leva teased that fans will have to watch the season 8 reunion next month to see just how broken the dynamic between her and Craig has become.
She added that while she “rooted for Craig when he didn’t root for himself” and she does “really love that kid,” she felt disrespected at the holiday bash. Leva concluded that the “reunion’s very, very raw” and has “a lot of crying.”
Southern Charm’s two-part season 8 reunion airs on Bravo Thursday, October 6, at 9 p.m. ET and Thursday, October 13, at 9 p.m. ET.
With reporting by Christina Garibaldi
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