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LINKS Scheana vs Editor, Kelly Dodd’s Covid comments, Kathryn Dennis controversy…

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPIt’s Scheana vs Editor in an unexpected Vanderpump Rules dustup, as one of the show’s editors recently revealed that she goes out of her way to make Scheana look bad whenever possible for the final cut. Editor Bri Dellinger said on a since-deleted episode of Twisted Plot Podcast that “If If Scheana knew what was good for her, she’d befriend me because my favorite game is finding all of the embarrassing things that Scheana does and putting them all in”

REALITY TEAI’ve lost track of how many reality stars have said flippant things about the number of people who’ll die as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but Real Housewives of Orange County star Kelly Dodd is the latest. Whether out of genuine disgust or ass-covering, several former RHOC stars quickly took Kelly to task

CELEBITCHYIn adjacent reality-stars-acting-terribly news, Southern Charm‘s Kathryn Dennis issued a faux-pology after making several racist comments about a Charleston radio host who called out a friend of Kathryn’s for being — wait for it — racist

DLISTEDRobert Pattinson’s GQ cover feature is pretty bananas for a number of different reasons, but the main one seems to be that Pattinson is barely capable of taking care of himself and at one point has a hilariously inept time trying to cook pasta in the microwave. (Also, it seems Tenet doesn’t actually involve time travel, which makes me a) want to see it more and b) even sadder that there’s no way it’s showing in a real, live movie theater)

LAINEY GOSSIPCanada’s Drag Race, set to debut later this summer, finally offered a big preview, and if you’re a fan of the original you should be happy: “There’s a lot to get excited about. Stacey McKenzie talks about the diversity of drag and of contestants. I’m hoping that we’ll get to see more cultures and artistry on screen. Bowyer-Chapman even hints at a potential Drag King, maybe even in this season! Brooke Lynn also talks about how being a contestant on the show has made her more empathetic to some of the challenges the girls are going through. That’s a unique perspective that I don’t think any other Drag Race franchise has”

GO FUG YOURSELFQuarantined gardeners, assemble: “What are you growing? What are you trying not to kill at the moment? Do you have a Weird Thing happening to one of your plants?”

JEZEBELShould we bring back pieing politians we disagree with, or is this far too quaint an idea for 2020 and beyond? Side question: If we do bring it back, can we please go beyond just whipped cream in a pie tin? I feel like a good, heavy fruit pie to the face would be far more satisfying to both use for the pie-er and witness for the blogger watching from the comfort of home

THE BLEMISHIn further celebrity racism news, Bryan Adams has some thoughts about coronavirus — so, basically this story is a merger of what Kathryn Dennis and Kelly Dodd needed two different people to do

THE BLASTFuture is giving Tekashi 6ix9ine advice “about dealing with baby mamas,” per Tekashi’s request

VOX“Fauci’s Senate testimony debunked a number of Trump’s favorite coronavirus lies: Fauci didn’t even say Trump’s name. He didn’t have to”

LHHH Princess Love files for divorce from Ray J, then trolls him on social media

Love & Hip Hop Hollywood‘s most high-profile couple is finally on the outs — but why is Princess Love divorcing Ray J? Just months after their marriage nearly came to and end when Ray stranded his pregnant wife and their daughter in Las Vegas, Princess has had enough, filing for a formal separation in Los Angeles County Court. Read on for the latest on what’s sure to be a messy split…

LINKS Jay Cutler is lazy, Ariel Winter’s finger, Meghan and Harry and Tyler Perry…

CELEBITCHYEvidently Kristin Cavallari is divorcing Jay Cutler in large part because Jay Cutler is lazy: instead of taking “this big job at Fox Sports,” he decided he would rather “hang out with their three kids and menagerie of animals” on the couple’s farm. I was going to just say “Bears fans everywhere: ‘No shit, Kristin,'” but honestly, who wouldn’t prefer having a carefree good time with your kids all day to having to be on TV a thousand miles away from them?

THE BLEMISHIt seems that Ariel Winter accidentally cut off the top of her thumb while slicing a tomato to make some unspecified Greek food. Ariel’s boyfriend brought the severed portion of the thumb to the hospital, but, for further unspecified reasons, doctors…weren’t able to reattach it? So Ariel Winter just has one and a half thumbs now?

THE BLASTMeghan Markle and Prince Harry are chilling for the time being at a $18 million LA-area mansion owned by Tyler Perry. To me, the most impressive fact from this story is that the mansion sits on 22 acres. I would have guessed a plot that big didn’t still exist in Los Angeles, which I assume explains why it has multiple guard gates

JEZEBELFor the quarantine-depressed: “Dear F*ck Up: How Do I Figure Out What I Want in Life When Every Day Feels the Same?”

DLISTEDHilarie Burton’s forthcoming memoir includes a brief section describing what it was like for Hilarie to have her breasts groped by Ben Affleck during a 2003 MTV interview

REALITY TEANew RHOBH star Sutton Stracke says the reason you don’t like what you’ve seen of her on the show so far is she’s nervous and “rel[ying] on a lot of old, debutante skills to kind of get [her] through”

GO FUG YOURSELFRemember back in 2013, when the Met Gala theme was punk? I sure didn’t — and judging by most of the pics in this throwback slide show, the people who actually attended didn’t know it, either

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUP“Chris Harrison Says Clare Crawley’s Season of The Bachelorette May Be Filmed in Another State: Refuses to Do a ‘Weird’ Quarantine Version of the Show”

LAINEY GOSSIP“With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hitting Disney+, and since it’s May the 4th week, it is time now to revisit The Rise of Skywalker, a movie that is not even five months old and already aging poorly”

VOX“Ask a Book Critic: I want a captivating novel that won’t make me think too much”

John Combe, the infamous ‘Sky’s The Limit’ Home Town participant, passed away at age 70

One of the most colorful and memorable people to ever cross paths with Erin and Ben Napier has sadly passed away. The Home Town John Combe episode doubles as an unexpected goodbye to the 70-year-old John, who moved to Laurel after spending a decade in Belize and a lifetime globetrotting before that. Read on for Erin’s moving tribute to John, along with a few photos and details about his brief time in Mississippi.

What is Kanye West’s real net worth, and will he use it to build those Star Wars houses?

After years of demanding respect from the editors of Forbes, Yeezy has finally made the magazine’s infamous billionaires list. But what is Kanye West’s real net worth — and how much is he inflating it? As it turns out, even the estimate of a billion-dollar fortune might be a little high for Kanye, whose money is almost entirely tied to one specific enterprise.

EXCLUSIVE My 600 Lb Life’s Sarah Neeley pregnant and engaged: ‘Life is truly amazing’

Here’s some good news to get you cheering on a pandemic Monday: not only is My 600 Lb Life star Sarah Neeley pregnant, she’s engaged to the love of her life! Though she’d shared news of her engagement, Sarah hadn’t yet publicly acknowledged her pregnancy — but confirmed both pieces of news in an exclusive chat with Starcasm. Keep reading for the details, plus the first photos of Sarah and her husband-to-be!

LINKS Kristin and Jay divorce update, Kara Keough’s dad, Met Gala bathroom glory…

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPAfter a few false starts, Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler’s separation has resumed apace. According to the latest Kristin and Jay divorce update, the former Bears quarterback and walking meme of indifference has dropped his objections to Kristin finding a place of her own so she can move away from him, and the two have also worked out a temporary custody agreement regarding their three kids

REALITY TEALast month, former RHOC star Jeana Keough lost a grandson just hours after daughter Kara gave birth; now, Kara has revealed that her father and Jeana’s ex-husband Matt Keough died over the weekend

JEZEBELThe Met Gala is on hiatus for this year at least (it would have taken place tonight), but this thoroughly good piece on the fashion show’s legendary bathroom / nightclub jamboree will help you make it through. A sample: “The Met Bathroom is a vital archive. It is also a space where the absurdist nature of modern celebrity is confronted with the base functions of the human body. Consider this archival footage of Katy Perry changing her outfit while Jennifer Lopez heads towards a private stall, where she was likely about to pee or shit”

VOXJerry Seinfeld used to have a joke about how if in 50,000 years we were all still doing pretty much the same stuff, we should just hand civilization over to someone else — like the insects, or something. I’m leaning toward just handing it over to the murder hornets right now, and only partially because they look and act like how the army of the dead should have on the last season of Game of Thrones

LAINEY GOSSIPWas the Parks and Rec reunion perfect, though?

CELEBITCHYAna de Armas celebrated her birthday on Instagram instead of with another pap stroll, thanks to her sugar daddy Ben Affleck “flipping out” on a photographer last week. Kind of a strange move when you’ve been lockdown-mugging for the cameras as much as these two, and Ben looks appropriately sullen in Ana’s gallery

GO FUG YOURSELFI am loving GFY’s decades-long gallery / retrospectives of assorted fashion magazine covers. The big takeaway from this 51-year look at Harper’s Bazaar? “They start off wonderfully distinct from each other, and then the last chunk of this slideshow is just LOADS of identical-looking people in a row”

THE BLEMISHTrolls World Tour did so well with its direct-to-streaming release that movie theater owners appear to be just a little bit worried about the future of their buildings and industry. Worth noting: Movie theaters take more of the price of a ticket than streaming services, so there’s more money left over for the studios who made the movies in the first place. Hard to imagine indoor theaters going the way of drive-ins, but then it was hard to imagine a global pandemic and continually bungled response until a couple-three months ago

DLISTED“In a spectacle that literally nobody asked for, people like Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne and Michael Buble, shat all over Bill [Withers]’ legacy with their warbling, auto-tuned renditions, albeit all for a good cause. And, like any respectable group of narcissists, insisted on filming the whole thing. Your move, Gal Gadot”

THE BLASTRIP to Amber Heard’s mother, Paige, who passed away apparently unexpectedly this weekend. Amber, whose texts with her mother are a central part of her ongoing legal battle against ex-husband Johnny Depp, wrote a loving tribute to her mom on Instagram, without revealing Paige’s cause of death

EXCLUSIVE Alicia Kirgan update: New My 600 Lb Life lawsuit claims producers faked mental health exam before surgery

We’ve got something of an unexpected Alicia Kirgan update, on the day of the My 600 Lb Life star’s long-awaited Where Are They Now? episode. Starcasm has obtained exclusive details of Alicia’s fraud lawsuit against My 600 Lb Life production company Megalomedia; Alicia is now the 10th former cast member to sue the show’s producers.