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Astronomers believe they have discovered the first planet outside of the Milky Way, Dave Chappelle says he’ll meet with transgender critics, but ‘not bending to anybody’s demands,’ and more top news stories.

First planet outside the Milky Way discovered

Astronomers believe they may have discovered the first planet outside of the milky way galaxy, the daily mail reported.

Using NASA’s Chandra x-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency XMM-Newton telescope, the experts located what they believe is a planet in the spiral galaxy Messier 51 (M51), also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, the Daily Mail reported.

There have been over 4,000 exoplanets discovered within the Milky Way thus far, with the majority being less than 3,000 light-years from Earth.

According to a statement by NASA, if the new discovery is confirmed to be a planet existing outside the Milky Way, it would be thousands of times farther away, roughly 28 million light-years from Earth.

However, more data is needed and it could take decades to confirm the existence of the planet, as it will take roughly 70 years for to make another transit.

Dave Chappelle says he’ll meet with transgender critics, but he’s ‘not bending to anybody’s demands’

Comedian Dave Chappelle posted on Instagram that he was willing to meet with members of the transgender community, following a protest last week outside Netflix headquarters in Los Angeles, and criticism of his comedy show, the BBC reported.

Although willing to meet, Chappelle said: “You will not summon me, I am not bending to anybody’s demands,” the Daily Wire reported.

Chappelle denied any conflict with the LGBT community, saying “this has nothing to do with them” and insisted it was a free speech issue.

“It’s about corporate interests and what I can say and what I cannot say,” Chappelle declared.

The furor comes over his Netflix special The Closer, in which Chappelle has been criticized for jokes aimed at transgender people. At a sold-out show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville over the weekend, Chappelle asked the audience: “Am I canceled or not?” The response was a roaring ovation.

Chappelle has shouted out Netflix for standing firm and not taking down his special from the network, TMZ reported. Chapelle has also stated that his new documentary was originally accepted by numerous film festivals, but has since been disinvited and blacklisted by Hollywood, the Daily Wire reported.

Brendan Fraser cast as a villain in Batgirl movie

Brendan Fraser has been cast to play the villain in the forthcoming Batgirl movie. Fraser will play firefly, a Pyro-themed billing, according to sources who revealed the casting to the Hollywood Reporter. Fraser was the star of The Mummy films of the 1990s, as well as a leading role in the TV series Doom Patrol.

Kat Von D closing world-renowned tattoo parlor

Kat Von D, the tattoo artist/reality star/musician, announced she is closing her famous tattoo parlor, which had been featured in the TLC reality series L.A. Ink. The tattoo artist announced on Instagram that she and her family are moving to rural America, where they have “recently purchased a beautiful home on a bit of land in rural Indiana, and the more time we spend out there we realize we feel more at home there than we do here in LA.”

“This means that, sadly, I will be closing my beloved tattoo shop @highvoltagetat here in West Hollywood on Dec 1. I didn’t think it would make sense to keep it open if I wasn’t present, and aside from coming back to work on music with my band, we don’t plan on returning to LA very often,” Von D added.