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Retta Gives an Inside Look at the ‘Ugliest House in America’ (Exclusive)

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Retta is helping turn ugly homes into beautiful ones! ET’s Lauren Zima spoke to the Parks and Recreation actress on set of her HGTV series, Ugliest House in America, where she’s helping one lucky homeowner turn their “ugly” home around with a $150,000 renovation.

“We ask people to send us their ugly homes. So they do videos and they show what makes their homes ugly. And there is somewhat of a committee that decides, ‘You know what? That is ugly. And we are going to put it on the show,” the hilarious host of the show explained. “And then I get to visit all the homes, I get the tours, and then one house is selected as the ugliest. And then, they get a renovation by Allison Victoria.”

While it might seem harsh to call someone’s home ugly, Retta said she does not feel bad about giving these dwellings that label, after all, it’s the homeowners that are submitting photos of their self-proclaimed ugly homes for renovation.

“I do not feel bad, because they send their pictures in! They send it in. They contact us and say, We, indeed, do have ugly homes,” she maintained. “Because when they originally asked me to do the show, I was like, ‘Well, I don’t want to be mean…,’ and they were like, ‘No, they think their homes are ugly and they’re vying for an opportunity to change it!'”

As far as what she’s learned about real estate and home buying, Retta said that buyers better be prepared to shell out some serious cash, and some serious work, if they want to turn their “ugly” home into their “dream” home.

“I’ve learned that if you’re going into buying a property knowing that you need to do the work, you should probably have someone tell you how much work is going to go into it,” the comedian explained. “Some of these places you have to just tear the whole thing down. There’s just too much work to be done to get it aesthetically pleasing, to get it functional. Because a lot of times, you’ve got to move the piping. Who’s got money for that?”

ET also spoke to the show’s designer, Allison Victoria, who shared more about just how much that $150,000 renovation budget can get you.

“So total budget’s $150,000. But there’s a lot of things you have to factor in with that design budget. So, when it comes down to it, I might only be left with about $80,000 to do what I want with the finishes,” Victoria explained, noting that she has to pay those working on the house with those funds too.

She continued, “And this is interior and exterior. So you’re not just doing the inside of the house.”

Re-imagining the inside and outside of the house means tackling paint, landscaping and more, resulting in a total transformation, or as HGTV loves to call it, the ultimate before and after.

“That’s the potential I have to look for in the ugliest house when it’s submitted is, how big of a before and after am I getting out of this?” Victoria shared. “How much of a difference am I going to make? And it has to be a big one.”

See it all go down when the second season of Ugliest House in America premieres July 24 on HGTV.

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Britney Spears Asks Fans for Privacy After Police Called to Her House

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Britney Spears is reacting to fans calling authorities to perform a wellness check at her home this week, noting that it’s an invasion of her privacy and a line she’s imploring her fans to not cross again.

The 41-year-old singer on Thursday took to Twitter and made her plea directly to fans after cops paid her home a visit shortly after she deleted her Instagram account. TMZ reported that, for unknown reasons, fans grew concerned about yet another deactivation of her social media account, prompting them to call the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

But Britney was none too pleased.

“As everyone knows the police were called to my home based on some rank phone calls,” she said in a statement shared on Twitter. “I love and adore my fans but this time things went a little too far and my privacy was invaded.”

She added that deputies never entered her home and quickly realized there was no issue and left immediately. The checkup left her feeling “gaslit” and “bullied,” she said.

“This felt like I was being gaslit and bullied once the incident made it to the news and being portrayed once again in a poor and unfair light by the media,” she continued. “During this time in my life, I truly hope the public and my fans who I care so much about can respect my privacy moving forward. All the love, B.”

It’s the second time in as many months that either Britney or her husband, Sam Asghari, has asked for privacy. Sam made a similar plea back in December after fans expressed concerns over Britney’s social media activity and her absence from public events.

“Social media can be traumatizing. Sometimes it’s good to take a break,” Sam wrote in a series of posts shared to his Instagram Stories. “She has her voice and is a free woman.”

He added, “I have respect for her privacy and I protect it at all times… Out of respect for her privacy, I don’t post her 247. I ask for permission if I ever do.”

That particular post came on the heels of speculation that the pop icon isn’t actually in control of her social media. Britney later returned to Instagram and explained how she accidentally deactivated it.

 



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People Are Sharing Their Buy Now, Pay Later Regrets, And It’s Sadly Relatable

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Finally, some people said that using BNPL backfired on them after unexpected events shook up their budgets.

“I made several purchases using BNPL. It worked out for the best… at first. But then things started getting lean and money became tight due to being off work following an on-the-job injury, and then it turned sour on me. I was without an income for a while until my worker’s comp benefits started. I struggled; I focused on my basic expenses and paid the rent and utilities, bought food and gas. My accounts have since been sent to collections and I regularly get texts, phone calls and emails about it…and there is nothing I can do about it, short of filing bankruptcy.

BNPL is NOT like a credit card. You can’t make monthly payments or arrange to skip a payment or use payment protection or whatever. These companies will hound you until the end of time for their money.

It’s just not worth it. It’s really not.”

—Shannon, 43

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Jessica Biel celebrates husband Justin Timberlake’s 42nd birthday with sunny photos

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Justin Timberlake is officially 42!

The pop star’s wife, Jessica Biel, celebrated her husband’s birthday with a sweet post on Instagram.

“Happy birthday to the person who challenges and inspires me every day. The person who keeps me laughing and creating and risking it all,” she wrote on Jan. 31. “The person who makes the ordinary extraordinary. You know who you are. I love you.”

In the photos, the couple appears to be on a boat somewhere sunny and warm to celebrate the big day.

Timberlake and Biel started dating in 2007 and eventually tied the knot at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy, in 2012.

They renewed their vows in Italy last year in honor of their 10th anniversary.

When Biel visited TODAY in November 2022 she explained it’d been an “intimate” ceremony with only a “couple of our friends.”

“We literally barely put this thing together. We almost canceled it,” she told TODAY’s Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager. “We thought, ‘Oh, is this silly? Are we going to feel goofy doing this?’ And, actually, it was so moving.”

She added that as parents of two young sons — Silas, 7, and Phineas, 2 — they try to make time for just themselves.

“Justin always says, he goes, ‘We cannot stop dating. We have to keep dating.’ That’s always what he says, and he’s right,” she said. “You got to go on date nights. You have to take that time for yourself. It’s so hard,” she said.

“I’m trying to take my own advice. I’m not good at it. I’m still working on finding that balance in my life.”

In a post for their 10th anniversary on Oct. 19, Timberlake celebrated his marriage to Biel with a sweet note.

“10 years ain’t enough!” he captioned the slideshow. “You make me a better husband and father every day! I love you so much you beautiful human! Run it back!”



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