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YouTuber Nikki Phillippi Faces Criticism After Putting Family Dog Down Over Aggressive Behavior

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YouTube personality Nikki Phillippi has come under fire after announcing her family dog was put down. 

The social media star, whose YouTube channel has amassed more than 1 million subscribers, announced the news on Monday, May 4, revealing that they put down the animal named Bowser after it bit their young son, Logan. “McTrowsen, I’m so grateful for our time with you. You were a mini horse, a shark, a bear, a mouse, a dinosaur and Dans best friend all in one,” she began her Instagram post, which featured photos of her, husband Dan and their son with the dog over the years. “You made me laugh… you made me cry… you destroyed our property… and you also kept it safe. lol You kept ME feeling safe… Bowser was the ultimate cuddle bug, but you wouldn’t necessarily know that if you just dropped by our house…he just acted crazy. Well.”

Reflecting on their experience, Nikki wrote, “Bowser had an aggressive side that reared it’s ugly head a few times over the years… and recently he bit Logan….after a lot of counsel, we decided it was time for Bowser to pass peacefully on.” 

She acknowledged how the news would strike many of their followers. “I know a lot of you will be shocked to hear this… my brain is still shocked. McTrowsen has been part of our life and content HIS entire life…and for the last 9 years of our marriage,” she wrote. “We didn’t want to make this decision…as I’m sure you can imagine. I’m not kidding when I say this was one of the saddest days of my life. That being said, I’m so grateful we got to hold him and kiss him in our home while he passed.”

As Nikki concluded, “We will miss you forever Bowser.”

Reaction to the couple’s announcement, however, was far from entirely sympathetic. Instead, many questioned their decision and pointed to alternatives. “Woah… what about adoption? At the LEAST,” one comment read. “Not a judgmental person here but wow, this saddens my heart and truly rubs me the wrong way.”

Another fired back, “I’m sorry you thought killing your dog was the best and only option.”

“Surely, With over 400 k followers could you not have shared the story prior to him being put down?” a follower asked. “And guaranteed a network of people would have rallied together to save him. So very TRAGIC.”

“Your dog didn’t fail you, you failed your dog,” another person chastised. “To end a dog’s life in this manner is deeply disturbing.”

The situation spurred this fan to end her support of the pair. “I can not stand behind this. Explaining the situation or not. I’m just one person but this is where I draw the line. I will no longer be following you,” they wrote, “and I’m sorry you thought this was your only opinion but it was not.”

Dina Manzo, former Real Housewives of New Jersey star, also weighed in with a comment on Dan’s Instagram tribute to the pet. “You guys better NEVER get another animal ever ever again,” she wrote. “So sad you couldn’t use your following to rehome this beautiful dog.”

The pair also posted a YouTube video further explaining the situation while disabling the comment section. During their sit-down video, they noted that Bowser had been attacked as a puppy, which marked a turning point in his personality. Dan said the dog had gone on to seriously injure a couple of other dogs, including their dog Zoe. “For most of his life,” Dan said, “he was an extremely dangerous animal outside the walls of my house.”

Nonetheless, the couple is grappling with the loss of their beloved pet. “This was not a decision that we came to lightly,” Nikki said. “I was like, ‘People aren’t going to get it. People are going to be upset,’ and Dan’s response was, ‘Nobody’s going to be as upset as I am.'”

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Kevin Hart Reveals How His Teenage Daughter Reacted to His Cheating Scandal

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Kevin Hart Admits to Telling Kids About His Cheating Scandal

Kevin Hart is getting honest about the tough conversations he’s had with his teenage daughter following his cheating scandal. 

The 41-year-old Fatherhood star visited Red Table Talk to speak with guest host Will Smith in a Father’s Day edition of the podcast that posted on Sunday, June 20. The project is typically hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris.

During the sit-down, Kevin opened up about dealing with his 2017 cheating controversy and how he explained the situation to daughter Heaven, who is now 16. The father of four, who married Eniko Parrish in August 2016, shares Heaven and 13-year-old son Hendrix with ex-wife Torrei Hart.

“You know, when me and my wife [Eniko] went through what we went through and the whole cheating display, my talk with Heaven—goddamn,” Kevin said. “That was one like no other.” 

He continued, “Getting my daughter back, getting my daughter to understand that I was sorry, that I made a mistake—that was real. To understand, like, I’m still Dad. You’re reading stuff. This is a child, right? Every child has the Internet. There’s nothing that you’re gonna come across that you’re gonna read that isn’t gonna have an impression. A child? Everything has a meaning.”

The comedian added, “My daughter was tough on me! Until this day, my daughter is tough on me. My daughter don’t play no games with her father, man.” 

In September 2017, Kevin posted a public apology on Instagram to then-pregnant wife Eniko for his “bad error in judgment” and added, “Sending so many apologies to my wife & kids. I gotta do better and I will.”

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For her part, the 36-year-old model, who shares 3-year-old son Kenzo and 8-month-old daughter Kaori with the star, revealed last year during the documentary series Kevin Hart: Don’t F–k This Up that she still gets “sensitive every time I talk about” the cheating scandal.

On Red Table Talk, Kevin also recalled the discussion he had with Heaven about the situation surrounding his resurfaced homophobic tweets, which led to him stepping down as host of the 2019 Oscars ceremony.  

“When the whole thing started to happen with the LGBTQ+ community and the misconception of me, and what I was, and what I am, and what I feel, my daughter was so upset because she couldn’t process how people could think this about her father,” the Ride Along performer explained. “And it was so tough because this is when I started to realize how my fame has an impact on my household, right? There’s a certain level of obliviousness.” 

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Kylie Jenner & Khloe Kardashian Reveal Where They Stand With Jordyn Woods Today

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Jordyn Woods was once Kylie Jenner‘s closest confidant, but after a cheating scandal involving Khloe Kardashian‘s beau Tristan Thompson, the model found herself on the outs with the Kardashian-Jenners. So, where does she stand with the famous family today?

Thankfully, this question was answered during part two of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians reunion, which aired tonight, June 20 on E!. As Khloe shared with reunion host Andy Cohen, she doesn’t currently speak to the 23-year-old influencer.

However, the Good American mogul made it clear that she doesn’t wish Jordyn any ill will. In fact, Khloe confirmed that she’s forgiven Jordyn. “I think that’s a huge misconception,” she shared. “That’s also the thing where some narratives aren’t as fun to pass around and spread like wildfire. I’ve actually tweeted, I’ve actually done Insta-stories, I don’t have any grudge against Jordyn. I think people make mistakes. People live and they learn. And I forgive both parties.”

According to Khloe, she couldn’t have forgiven Tristan without forgiving Jordyn too. As E! News readers well know, in February 2019, Khloe and Tristan, who share daughter True Thompson, split after reports claimed that the NBA player had gotten a little too close with Kylie’s BFF.

Jordyn later confirmed the indiscretion on Red Table Talk, where she admitted to sharing a kiss with Tristan. She denied ever sleeping with the professional athlete.

In the years following the drama, Khloe and Tristan have rebuilt their relationship, which includes co-parenting 3-year-old True. And it seems that the Revenge Body host has moved on with her life.

“I forgive Jordyn, or else I would be a prisoner in my life,” she said at the reunion. “I have to forgive these people for me. And it’s up to them to forgive themselves and to be accountable and learn.”

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Yet, despite Jordyn’s previous claim that she’s apologized to Khloe, the KUWTK star maintained she never received a personal apology. Apparently, she never received the promised letter either.

Of course, this drama didn’t just affect Khloe as Jordyn was once Kylie’s closest friend. On the aftermath of it all, Kylie noted, “Jordyn and I did have a talk after that. When we were friends, we never thought that we wouldn’t be friends. It was kind of an overnight thing, and, you know, when she did something to my family, it felt like she did something to me.”

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As to whether Jordyn will ever be welcomed back into the fold, Khloe said that’s a decision for Kylie to make. “I have told Kylie intimately that I would genuinely not care whatsoever if Kylie wants to be her friend again,” she concluded. “My sisters matter way more to me than any grudge or issue that I would have with another individual. And if I can allow Tristan back into my life, I need to allow the same forgiveness and acceptance of other people.”

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Why John Cena’s F9 Casting Was Unlike Any Other Audition Process

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John Cena Recalls Vin Diesel Meetup That Led to “F9” Role

John Cena tells E! News’ Daily Pop why his journey to play the brother of Vin Diesel‘s character in F9 was a unique experience for him. 

The 44-year-old WWE star explains he was initially told that Vin, who portrays Dominic Toretto in the popular Fast & Furious franchise, wanted to speak with him. But John had no idea he was being considered to play Dom’s long-lost brother, Jacob Toretto. 

“I wasn’t just offered the role,” John shares in an exclusive clip from the interview. “It was actually, ‘Hey, Vin Diesel would like to talk to you,’ and I had no idea what it was about. And I met Vin at his training center, which was staggering to say the least, and we just spoke. We spoke as two humans for a little under two hours. And then at the end, he took a small social media video.”

John explains that, rather than Vin telling him what he would need to know before joining such a massive franchise, Vin was assessing his passion for what the projects represent. 

“He was sizing up my character and interviewing the individual as to like, ‘Hey, does he even like this stuff? Would he even be interested in something like this—like, genuinely interested?'” the Bumblebee star continues. “And then thereafter, I was offered a part, and I didn’t know what I was doing, and then when I read the script, I was like, ‘I’m Jacob Toretto? Wow.'”

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For his part, Vin tells Daily Pop that he immediately picked up on John’s “earnest eagerness” to join the franchise. Additionally, Vin explains that when he shared the footage to social media of himself spending time with John, he chose a caption that referenced his late co-star and dear friend, Paul Walker

“I didn’t give it much thought because if you go back to that day—and it’s all on Instagram—you’ll see what I captioned, which was, ‘Thank you, Pablo,'” the Bloodshot performer continued, using his affectionate name for the actor who played Brian O’Conner. “Because I felt like, like always, Pablo came through and helped me with the casting of Jacob, and he became Jacob.”

F9 hits theaters on Friday, June 25, and more coverage of the film will be featured on Daily Pop leading up to the release. 

(E! and Universal Pictures are both part of the NBCUniversal family.) 

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