Tiger Woods' team responds to Erica Herman amid $30M lawsuit, more news ICYMI

Ex factor

“Jilted ex-girlfriend.” That’s how Tiger Woods’ team is describing Erica Herman amid her claims that he owes her $30 million for kicking her out of the home they shared — which he owns — while they were an item. Erica, who dated the golfer for five years, said Tiger promised to support her and let her live in his Florida house for at least five more years in return for unspecified “services.” His team, though, says no verbal agreement ever existed regarding the home, which is partially owned by a trust. “During their relationship, Mr. Woods invited Ms. Herman to live with him as his guest in the Residence,” his team said in court documents, which were obtained by TMZ. “Mr. Woods never negotiated an oral tenancy agreement with Ms. Herman. Nor was there ever a written tenancy agreement between Mr. Woods or the Trust, on the one hand, and Ms. Herman, on the other hand. Mr. Woods never transferred to Ms. Herman any ownership interest in or rights of possession to the Residence.” Erica has claimed that not only was she booted from the house in unceremonious fashion, she is asking a judge to release her from the NDA she signed at the beginning of the relationship.

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On the go!

T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach are going on the run! A source tells Page Six that the former “GMA3” co-anchors will be among the 25,000 runners taking part in New York City’s half marathon on March 19. However, the couple will not be flagged on a list of celebrity runners as they have been in the past. Instead, they’ll be running under the radar. The marathon comes after the lovebirds vacationed in Mexico and Los Angeles. T.J. and Amy are still going strong amid a tumultuous few months. On Nov. 30, 2022, DailyMail.com published a bombshell story alleging that the duo — who were both married to other people at the time — had evolved their friendship into a romantic relationship many months earlier. In the wake of the scandal, ABC pulled both Amy and T.J. off the air on Dec. 5 while the network’s president figured out next steps, and nearly two months later on Jan. 27, 2023, both were let go. “After several productive conversations … about different options, we all agreed it’s best for everyone that they move on from ABC News,” an ABC News spokesperson said. Both T.J. and Amy have split from their respective spouses. 

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Name game

Meet Brie and Nikki Garcia… formerly known as the Bella twins. On March 14, the women announced their retirement from the WWE. In doing so, they also revealed they are going back to their real names. “Today we are officially from here on out, the Garcia Twins, Brie and Nikki Garcia,” Nikki said during the sister’s Sirius XM show, which will officially be called The Nikki & Brie Show going forward. Nikki noted that is “a new chapter” in their lives. Brie added, “I just want to thank Brie Bella, the character, the name, all of it that I have been the last … 16, 17 years. I am so excited to close that chapter on Brie Bella, put that book to the side, and open up a new one and see what Brie Garcia’s going to do next.” Nikki also thanked her alter ego. “And I am so beyond grateful for Nikki Bella,” she added. “Nikki Bella, she powered me, she inspired me, she truly made me become fearless. And the road that she has paved, what she’s done for women and the youth — and will continue to do as Nikki Garcia.” It’s very unlikely the women will ever switch back to the Bella monickers that made them famous, as WWE owns the rights to the name. 

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Ratings revival

The return of the Oscars! For the past three years, the Academy Awards have drawn paltry numbers. But, Oscars viewership reached a three-year high in 2023, as an average of 18.7 million viewers tuned in to watch Ke Huy Quan, Michelle Yeoh, Brendan Fraser and Jamie Lee Curtis hoist awards. Variety said the telecast outperformed the 2023 Grammys on CBS by 50%.

Career impact

Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner’s acting days could be over following his horrific New Year’s Day snow plow accident. “Although he does still love acting, Hollywood is just not a priority to him anymore,” a source told Daily Mail on March 16. “Jeremy believes that he survived the accident so that he can use his platform to really create change in the world. He is very proud of the work that he has done, but this entire situation has really shown him that there is so much more that he could be doing to help others.” The “Avengers” star has been leaning on family since the incident. The source added, “Jeremy knows he is so lucky to be alive. Each day is a little better than before and he is definitely making progress, but the progress is slow.”

Silence broken

Ariana Madix is speaking out for the first time since her now-ex, Tom Sandoval, cheated on her with “Vanderpump Rules” costar Raquel Leviss. “Hi. where to begin? i want to express my most sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love and support i have received from friends, family, and people i’ve never even met in the last two weeks,” she wrote on her Instagram Story on March 15. “When i have felt like i couldn’t even stand, you all have given me the strength to continue and seen me through my darkest hours. to say i have been devastated and broken is an understatement.”  The reality TV star added, “however, i know that i am not in this alone. so many of my closest friends are also grieving this loss right now and reeling from this betrayal on so many levels. i am so f******lucky to have the best support system in the world and i hope i can repay every single person for the love you have shown me.” She concluded with a warning, “what doesn’t kill me better run. love, ariana”

Out at Oscars

Hours before the 95th Annual Academy Awards ceremony began on March 12, eight-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close — who was scheduled to present the best picture prize with Harrison Ford, Deadline reported — pulled out of the telecast after testing positive for COVID. Her rep confirmed the news, telling The Associated Press that Glenn was isolating and resting.

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