It’s hard to believe the ladies of RHOBH think the show can survive sans Lisa Vanderpump, especially given that 80% of the season was about Lisa Vanderpump — even AFTER she quit the reality series. Fans of LVP have been quick to point out the leading ladies are hypocrities for attacking the WEHO Queen, a tactic used to deflect attention from their own personal lives — specifically the multi-million dollar lawsuits they’re facing. Those lawsuits are against the husbands of Erika Jayne, Kyle Richards, and Dorit Kemsley.
On last night’s reunion, Andy Cohen served the tea, and rightfully brought those lawsuits to light. The ladies conveniently all agred they should be kept private, with Kyle Richards leading the charge. Kyle insisted that the husbands are not fair game for the show, which is an interesting assertion given that Kyle uses the show to promote her husband’s business. In fact, she threw a party for his company ON THE SHOW. Furthermore, Kyle has consistenly brought up the actions of LVP’s husband, Ken Todd.
The lawsuits are fair game. If you sign up for a reality show, then that show should reflect the reality of your life. At the very least, you could use it to deny the accusations against you, instead of completely ignoring a monstrous life event. And besides, even if LVP leaked that story — who actually cares?
As someone fascinated by the early exit of actors from successful series, I’ve long been curious about Christopher Abbott’s abrupt departure from HBO’s Girls in season 3. Though he returned for a cameo in the final season, the speculation has always pointed to a stark creative difference with Lena Dunham. On ‘Watch What Happens Live,’ Andy Cohen got to the bottom of it, and Dunham confirmed their cantankerous relationship, saying Abbott once said he felt “stuck on a sitcom.”
I like Sophia Bush. I think she’s a strong career woman who’s unafraid to speak her mind, and my heart breaks for her and her costars, who have been bravely forthcoming about their experience in the Me Too movement. The actress sat down with Andy Cohen for his Sirius XM radio show, and the ‘Watch What Happens Live’ host predictably asked her about her short-lived marriage to her ‘One Tree Hill’ costar Chad Michael Murray. Bush is understandably sick of the question, but her answer was . . . odd.
After watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, I actually feel bad for Kim Zolciak-Biermann, who just can’t seem to defend herself out of the box she built. In fact, while breaking down in tears during a conversation with Andy Cohen, she even goes so far as to suggest that before social media, “Racism wasn’t all that real.” I can only assume she means that social media tends to unreasonably amplify issues, such as a misunderstanding. Instead of teaching moments, there’s bandwagon bullies, and no one learns anything from bullies. Unfortunately for Kim, she did not express her point with this degree of clarity, and the media pounced.
The issue in question between Kim Zolciak-Biermann and NeNe Leakes began when Kim’s daughter went to Leakes’ home, and she posted a video of a roach she spotted . In response, Leakes said, “It sounds very racial when you are speaking to an African-American person and talk about roaches, because people feel like you associated that with the ghetto or trash. Black people do not receive that very well.” Though Kim is certainly responsible for her words and actions toward others (which are often negative), the essence of RHOA is mean-spirited attacks on other women, and the poor behavior running through the show is too much to handle. In fact, at one point Leakes told Biermann to correct her double chin next time she goes to the plastic surgeon. And that’s just a modicum of the melee. I need not mention Porsha’s cartoonish crown, and the extent to which the show has corrupted her. Kim should have owned this as pure ignorance and apologized. But she can’t seem to apologize, and the endless attacks didn’t help.
In fairness, the Housewives have always been known for negativity among women, but it has reached an unbearable boiling point as far as I’m concerned, and I’d actually swap out the entire cast were I producing the show.
There’s a reason Andy Cohen’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ on Bravo is a success, and it’s because the shrunken studio space demands big questions, and Cohen delivers. During Maggie Gyllenhaal’s appearance on the show, Cohen asked whether Maggie has Taylor Swift’s scarf at her house, which was relayed in her hit song, “All Too Well.” The song was rumored to be about Maggie’s brother, Jake Gyllenhaal, who allegedly was too in love with Taylor to return the accessory. Watch her funny reply below.
I’ve seen Kathy Griffin’s stand up. It’s largely focused on her pop-culture perspective and various run-ins with A-listers that take themselves too seriously. Her brand has always been about taking the piss out of Hollywood’s elite and saying everything we wish we could. But the world is changing, and her shtick has been heavily watered down by the influx of pop-culture commentators, including various podcasts, and even Andy Cohen, for example, who released an entire book that covered much of Griffin’s ground. I’m guessing she knows this, and her outrageous attempt to stay relevant backfired. Griffin was photographed holding a bloody, severed head of Donald Trump. In response, Trump’s son said, “Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS?” Donald Trump Jr. is correct. While you won’t hear me say we should respect our President under all circumstances, I also take representations of violence seriously, especially when it involves our Commander In Chief. If Griffin wants back in the spotlight, I’d encourage her to polish her act and evolve past its current state. This isn’t that.
Who would have thought that Kelly Ripa’s on-air sidekick might actually be an unknown star in the making? Rumors have long circulated that the producers of ‘Live With Kelly’ hoped to avoid the pitfalls of a polished, greedy co-host for the coveted gig, and instead wanted someone loyal and grateful. Who better to meet those standards than a Perkasie high school teacher of television production? The social-media-contest winner is reportedly in the running, and he will be invited back to test for the full-time job. After watching him in action, I get it. He’s humble, good looking, and a representation of the most important job we’ve got. Plus, it proves that the producers did some actual work to find him and that we don’t need to recycle the same, tired people in this fishbowl we call Hollywood. There’s also something about Ripa that thrives beside an unknown, rather than a long-time friend. It’s almost too familiar with someone like Andy Cohen or Anderson Cooper who, though qualified, are not the best choice. Watch a clip below, and decide for yourself.
Melissa Etheridge visited Andy Cohen and revealed some striking details about former friend Brad Pitt, with whom she had a personal relationship. Etheridge sang at Pitt’s wedding to Jennifer Aniston and was also friends with Lauren Dern when Jolie began dating Billy Bob Thornton. At the time, Thornton was engaged to Dern and he left her for Jolie. According to Dern, she “left [their] home to work on a movie, and while [she] was away, [her] boyfriend got married, and [she] never heard from him again.” Dern likened it to a “sudden death.” Etheridge revealed that she had to help Dern break into her home to retrieve her possessions as things turned very nasty. She now hopes Pitt will resume their relationship, and she also said that he has not spoken to many of his close friends in nearly 10 years. Listen to the interview below. It’s startling.
Just how did your favorite celebrities celebrate the 4th of July? In case you missed your own festive fireworks, feel free to live vicariously through the Hollywood elite, who basked in pools, visited beautiful beaches, or simply posted a selfie donning some traditional red, white, and blue. Enjoy some images below.
Andy Cohen has cornered the market on fun interviews, and he officially wins the award for best talk show host after having asked both Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez for their individual takes on what’s become a hilarious feud. For those that are not aware, Carey made headlines when asked about Lopez, who she passively aggressively dismissed by saying she “did not know her.” Though Carey brushed off the reaction while talking to Cohen, the real truth is there is in fact a feud and it’s based on a complicated history between the dueling divas. Having said that, her response is very funny and worth a watch.