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.”
Andy Cohen Asks About Chad Michael Murray
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.
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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.
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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.
Kelly Ripa returned to ‘Live With Kelly and Michael’ after a press firestorm surrounding Strahan’s abrupt departure to ‘Good Morning America.’ Though it might seem impossible to make light of a difficult situation, Ripa stayed true to her classy form with some funny jokes and genuine honesty. She said she deserved to take two days off after over two decades with ABC, and she’s been assured that her show is in fact a priority. She also said there were snipers with tranquilizer darts ready in case she went off script. Strahan seemed to take it in stride, once again assuring Ripa that she is the Queen and he’s honored to have worked beside her. Their love-fest was short-lived; however, because it’s recently been revealed that Strahan will leave earlier than expected.
In everyday life, when one is upset with the executives in charge, he or she might call in sick in silent defiance and fly under the radar. Ripa is not given that same luxury, because the world is watching. I’ve previously noted that she has been given sexist treatment from the media and I still must tip my hat to her maturity. As for Strahan, I don’t blame him for taking a higher-paying job, but I think it’s the wrong move. To quote Andy Cohen, when your name is in the title of a show, how could you forgo that in favor of an ensemble? It must also be noted that Ripa can find solace in the fact that ABC will be punished for their poor, disrespectful move, because it has impacted Strahan’s squeaky clean image, which will make it more difficult to win viewers at his new post. So good job, guys.