RuPaul — or someone very close to the icon — chose the beginning of the recent holiday weekend to do an unexpected social media purge. As of this writing, RuPaul is no longer active on Twitter at all, and no longer has any Instagram posts. So why did RuPaul delete Instagram — and were some racially insensitive posts from a few years back part of the reason?
REALITY TEA – RHONY star Dorinda Medley is going off on co-star Ramona Singer for attending the same Hamptons party as Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, who later tested positive for COVID-19. According to Dorinda, everyone who was at the party needs to be tested — and that includes Ramona, and though Dorinda can definitely be a bully she actually has a point here?
CELEBITCHY – Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime co-conspirator Ghislane Maxwell, still alive in federal prison and charged with underage sex trafficking, hasn’t started talking yet. But she’s believed to be maybe on the cusp of naming names in order to protect herself; one person close to Maxwell believes the 58-year-old “won’t be able to handle jail — and she’ll immediately start talking to try to get out of it”
VOX – In case you’ve been wondering what all the newfound critical hubbub over the newly released Disney+ filmed version of Hamilton is all about, here’s a helpful explainer: “Why Hamilton is as frustrating as it is brilliant — and impossible to pin down: Hamilton is an impossibly slippery text. The arguments over the show are part of what make it great”
PAJIBA – #RIP to Broadway actor Nick Cordero, who died on Sunday after a harrowing months-long battle with COVID-19. Cordero’s wife Amanda Kloots announced his passing on Instagram. The couple have one child together: a son named Elvis who turned one year old last month
THE BLAST – Likewise, Rest in Peace to Charlie Daniels, who suffered a stroke today and died in a Tennessee hospital. It was Daniels’ second stroke in ten years; the “Devil Went Down To Georgia” singer was 83 years old
THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUP – “ana Duggar may be 30 and still single, but the Counting On star says she’s “not that worried” about it (unlike her family and the show’s producers, who constantly badger poor Jana about her unmarried status)”
DLISTED – According to Brian Austin Green, Courtney Stodden torpedoed any chance she might have had at a second date with him when she shared the video of the two of them in the hot tub
GO FUG YOURSELF – Ben Affleck has Ana de Armas in absolute stitches in this latest set of pap stroll pics, but there is just no way he’s that funny. Maybe Ana is actually wincing and holding her thigh because a bird flew into her. It seems more likely
JEZEBEL – “Leonardo DiCaprio’s Headband Era: The Aesthetics of the Off-Duty Heartthrob”
LAINEY GOSSIP – Finally, here’s the first full-length trailer for the second wonky time travel movie coming out this summer. An American Pickle is about as far as you can get from Tenet both thematically and aesthetically, and it looks…really good? I say this as someone who cannot stand Seth Rogen: I will watch this movie
Five years after he first hinted at a political run, it seems Kanye West might finally be going through with this thing. Last night, the 43-year-old announced his intention to run for President of the United States — this year, with just months to go before the election. So is Kanye for real? How seriously should anyone take this man? And could his Star Wars housing plan for the homeless earn him more support than your average political observer might expect?
My 600 Lb Life may be between seasons, but that doesn’t mean there’s no news on any of the show’s cast members. And have we got a Sarah Neeley Where Are They Now update for you! Earlier this year, Starcasm broke the story of Sarah’s secret engagement and surprise pregnancy; we can now confirm that Sarah’s tied the knot to the man she calls “the love of my life.” Plus, Sarah’s also shared an ultrasound pic, along with photos from the wedding ceremony! Read on for the details!
One of My 600 Lb Life‘s most controversial cast members is celebrating some good news — and fighting off plenty of detractors who claim she’s lying. News of Schenee Murry pregnant has Schenee’s many doubters crying foul, particularly after the latest weight loss / baby bump photos Schenee shared. Read on for all the gossip, including Schenee’s latest pics, her alleged due date, and one fellow My 600 Lb Life star’s words of support.
THE BLAST – It’ll likely be awhile before Basketball Wives — or any big name reality show for that matter — starts filming again, so it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that there’s now an Evelyn Lozada OnlyFans. Evelyn just opened up her account on the formerly adult star-heavy platform; she’s charging $25 a month for foot fetish content (for now)
REALITY TEA – It seems Mark from Love Is Blind, whose big crime on the show was being younger than the woman he loved, has gone and upped his disgrace game. Mark reportedly cheated on his post-show girlfriend LC (who was on Love Is Blind for a minute) at some point during the coronavirus pandemic, which is unhealthy for all sorts of different reasons. Oh, and he may have also cheated on Jessica while Love Is Blind was filming?
JEZEBEL – Now here’s a death cult conspiracy theory to perk your ears up: “Is Donald Trump Trying to Catch the Coronavirus to Get Out of Doing His Job?” (The obvious answer is “No, letting himself be surrounded by people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 is just representative of his decision-making process and presidency in general,” but it’s still an intriguing thought!)
GO FUG YOURSELF – Somehow there was a movie premiere in Hollywood this week? The movie is called aTypical Wednesday, it got screened on a rooftop with the audience sitting in fancy deck chairs spaced well apart from each other, and a bunch of big names posed with and without their masks — so, successful pandemic premiere?
LAINEY GOSSIP – Jenny Slate announced she’ll no longer voice a biracial character on Big Mouth (Netflix), which then prompted Kristen Bell to say she’s not going to voice a biracial character on Central Park (Apple+)
PAJIBA – The premise of Netflix’s new movie 365 Days sounds like a drunken idea from the first Love Is Blind pitch, and apparently the movie itself, while full of nudity and simulated sex and other such things designed to generate attention, is pretty lukewarm trash
THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUP – I said “big-name reality show” in the paragraph on the Evelyn Lozada OnlyFans above because it seems The Hills: New Beginnings “is set to resume filming on Season 2 this summer.” The show had only begun filming its second season when everything came to a halt this past March; currently, the production team is looking to restart things “at the end of July or in early August
VOX – The ongoing pandemic has given rise to the virtual wedding — particularly in Washington DC, where couples can officiate their own ceremonies. Seems like it would be especially tough to have a virtual wedding feel intimate, but these couples are making it work
CELEBITCHY – If you remember the name of former YouTube celebrity Myka Stauffer, it’s almost certainly because a few weeks ago she revealed that she and her husband had “rehomed” their adopted son Huxley. Myka has finally offered a lengthy statement on the matter, one that basically boils down to her regret that she wasn’t “able to tell more of my story from the beginning” and other language that blames her four-year-old for what happened
DLISTED – Disney is going to “reimagin[e]” its famed Splash Mountain ride after enough people realized it’s based on the semi-obscure, definitely racist 1946 movie Song of the South for the company to do something about that. The new ride –it’ll still be the same ride, just different-looking — will be based on The Princess and the Frog
There appears to be a ton of behind-the-scenes drama regarding the new Real Housewives of Atlanta season, which is scheduled to begin filming in less than a month. According to multiple sources, a fairly big cast shakeup could be in the works, with at least one major name not returning. But Is NeNe coming back, or are rumors of her firing just that?
CELEBITCHY – After years of hearing gossip about former That 70s Show star Danny Masterson being an alleged rapist and sexual predator, you could be forgiven for thinking news of Danny Masterson arrested on rape charges would never come. But yesterday, Masterson was indeed arrested on three separate counts of rape stemming from incidents at his home from 2001 to 2003
THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUP – Peter Hunziker is now a former star of Below Deck Mediterranean — the ex-Bravolebrity got the ax yesterday, after sharing a racist meme on his IG stories just last week (!). You’d think racist celebrities would at least keep quieter than usual right now, but apparently Hunziker wanted to double down instead…
REALITY TEA – …and, since his firing, he’s claimed to be the *opposite* of a racist, offering as proof the claim that he’s “VERY sexually active with all races.” So was Thomas Jefferson
JEZEBEL – Returning to political gossip for a moment: Mary Trump, the 55-year-old niece of the current president of the United States, is publishing a family tell-all next month. Entitled Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, the memoir will reportedly offer yet more proof that Donald Trump is a terrible person
PAJIBA – In further terrible person news, it seems that comedian Chris D’Elia may have been a sexual predator for years: “A number of young women have used [Twitter] to come forward with allegations that the stand-up comedian attempted to groom them for sexual favors when many of them were underage”
DLISTED – “I definitely would not have bet my last $20 on the chance that I would be talking about Kristen Stewart getting cast as Princess Diana in a biopic about Diana’s last days as Prince Charles’ wife. But this is where the universe has led us”
THE BLAST – Kyle Richards should maybe be paying closer attention
VOX – Former National Security Adviser John Bolton has a bunch of tea on America’s current president that he chose to keep to himself during the impeachment proceedings (remember those?) so he could release them in book form and make himself a nice little profit
LAINEY GOSSIP – The Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg time loop romance Palm Springs, which drops on Hulu next month, now has a trailer. It looks pretty amusing and I’ll watch Cristin Milioti in anything, but I have to say that this looks a lot like Russian Doll
GO FUG YOURSELF – “Happy Anniversary of the Time Gwendoline Christie Wore This Great Flamingo Dress: It’s an adorable dress AND it would be fantastic bedspread for the guest room in your summer home in Boca Raton. Ladies! Invest in a formal gown that can do both!”