Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer of Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch, Retiring after 50 Years

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Ariana Grande found a literal Band-Aid solution to the problem of her "Pete" ring tattoo while performing for an upcoming NBC special. Grande had a plastic bandage wrapped around her left-hand ring finger, concealing the tattoo she'd gotten in honor of her now-ex-fiancé, Pete Davidson. The performance was Grande's first public appearance since news of her split.​

A beloved children's TV star is finally ready for retirement.Caroll Spinney, the voice and personality of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since Sesame Street premiered in 1969, is retiring from the show. "Playing Big Bird is one of the most joyous things of my life," he told The New York Times. Spinney was also the puppeteer of the 8-foot-2 Big Bird until 2015. His last Big Bird and Oscar voices will be heard in conjunction with Sesame Street's 50th birthday next year.​

Jenna Dewan is reportedly "seeing someone new" after splitting from husband Channing Tatum earlier this year. A source says Dewan's new man is not "well known." Meanwhile, Tatum has reportedly been seeing pop star Jessie J for several months but they say they are keeping it casual. Is that even possible in Hollywood?​