Category: News

LINKS RHOBH new cast, Dorinda Medley returning?, Trump Covid questions…

JEZEBELOne especially “ingenious” idea as regards the RHOBH new cast? “Blow it up and start over,” which OK is maybe not super ingenious but should probably be a mandatory action for every reality show with a season number in the double digits

REALITY TEAIn related and backpedaling news, Andy Cohen apparently thinks Dorinda Medley was an “iconic” cast member who was simply “in a bad place” this past year and will hopefully “rejoin the show at some point”

CELEBITCHYThe headline almost says it all: “Should Bob Woodward have revealed his damaging info about Trump months ago?” Let’s answer that question with another question: if Woodward had come forward last spring, would fewer than 192,000 Americans be dead of coronavirus?

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUP“Collin Gosselin Accuses His Dad Jon Gosselin of Physically Abusing Him, Prompting Investigation; Jon’s Ex-Wife Kate Gosselin Speaks Out”

VOXA headline to precipitate panic: “A third of Americans might refuse a Covid-19 vaccine. How screwed are we?” Followed by the ever-important subhead: “There’s still time to get this right”

DLISTEDYou will no doubt be shocked to learn that Lori Loughlin is having a hard time grasping with the concept of spending the holidays in prison

LAINEY GOSSIPComing in hot from the frozen north: Canada’s Drag Race just crowned its First Ever Drag Superstar, and here she is in one of her first interviews since winning the big prize

GO FUG YOURSELFSelena Gomez looks kind of like Christina Ricci in The Addams Family, and kind of like Selma Hayek playing Frida Kahlo — no shade in either instance; those were both iconic roles — but yes, she does indeed also look “lovely on the cover of Allure

THE BLASTSavannah Chrisley would very much like you to underestimate her

LINKS Jerry Falwell’s pool boy, Denise Richards cancer cure, Teddi Mellencamp calls out…

CELEBITCHYThere’s an impossible amount of religious, social, and political intrigue to unpack in the still-unfolding story of Jerry Falwell’s pool boy, Jerry Falwell, and Becki Falwell. But let’s all remember that, since the three are consenting adults, the real scandal isn’t that Jerry liked watching the pool boy have sex with his wife; instead, it’s the Falwells’ massive hypocrisy now crashing down all around them like a set piece in a Christopher Nolan movie

JEZEBELRemember the time Denise Richards brought up being chased by a “mysterious car” that Richards said had something to do with “Big Pharma”‘s intimidation of her husband, who’s apparently conducting groundbreaking research into cancer cures? How come that only ever came up one time?

REALITY TEASpeaking of Denise Richards and the ongoing RHOBH implosion of her storyline: “Teddi Mellencamp Says Brandi Glanville Texts ‘Point Out A Pattern When It Comes To Denise Richards’; Kyle Richards Slams Denise For Being ‘Censored Version Of Denise’ That She Wants People To See” (aren’t censored versions of oneself the whole point of reality TV?)

THE BLASTAccording to Tamra Judge — who maybe has no idea what she’s talking about, and maybe has ulterior motives for spreading gossip, she’s a Real Housewife after all! — NeNe Leakes’ contract renewal talks broke down and NeNe won’t be coming back for RHOA Season 13 when the show resumes filming late this year or early next

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUP“Season 12 Premiere of Alaskan Bush People Shows Bear Brown Disappearing Days Before His Wedding to Raiven Adams”

LAINEY GOSSIP“The first trailer for Netflix’s upcoming movie Enola Holmes has dropped, and while Henry Cavill is trending because people are thirsty, I am here for Millie Bobby Brown as a spunky teenaged detective. Based on Nancy Springer’s YA mystery series, Enola Holmes is about Sherlock Holmes’s younger sister, who must find their missing mother. Pop culture used to be lousy with spunky teenaged detectives (the Hardy boys, Nancy Drew, the Boxcar children, the Goonies), but it seems like the spunky teenaged detective has faded from view a bit—even Nancy Drew got remade as a Riverdale-esque mopey drama. Just give me precocious children solving mysteries while their parents ignore them!”

DLISTEDHalle Barry is so fed up with her five-year-old-and-still-ongoing divorce from husband Olivier Martinez that she’s actually filed to represent herself instead of retaining an attorney for the remainder of the proceedings

GO FUG YOURSELF“The VMAs debuted with a performance that instantly made them famous: Madonna singing “Like a Virgin” in the iconic wedding gown and thigh-highs, tousled hair extra-tossed. No one had ever seen anything quite like the writhing and the underpants, or so it’s told”

VOXThis should be helpful in sorting out future controversies: “Republican National Convention speakers, explained for people who don’t watch Fox News”

LINKS Bella Thorne’s OnlyFans, Dorinda leaves RHONY, Don Jr. cocaine gossip…

DLISTEDWithin 24 hours of announcing it, Bella Thorne’s OnlyFans account did two things never done in the page’s brief and increasingly popular history: the first was crash the site; the second was make Bella a cool million dollars. (Evidently that’s after the site itself takes its 20% cut.) Fun fact that I did not know and now can’t stop wondering about the implications of: Bella is the third member of her family on OnlyFans

REALITY TEAAfter five years, six seasons, and one too many recent low blows, Dorinda Medley is no longer a member of the Real Housewives of New York cast. Dorinda announced her departure amicably, saying — among other things — “But all things must come to an end. This was a great outlet for me to heal when my late husband Richard passed away”

CELEBITCHYThe oldest child of America’s current president gave a prime-time speech at the first night of the 2020 Republican National Convention and appeared to be so obviously high on cocaine that even mainstream news outlets featured coverage on whether the man was maybe high on cocaine

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPDuggar family members Joy and Austin Forsyth announced this week that they welcomed their second child last week. The couple has yet to reveal the child’s name, but did say that their baby girl “arrived August 21 at 2:12 PM weighing 8lbs 5oz and is 19.5 [inches] long”

VOXErstwhile conservative Christian Jerry Falwell Jr. disclosed that he’d been in an extended three-way with his wife and the couple’s pool boy, and Falwell is now all the way out the door at Liberty University, where he had (more or less) been president…but the story is actually so much deeper and more corrupt than just a sex scandal

JEZEBEL“The Making of Ellen DeGeneres, the Nicest Person on Television”

THE BLAST“Megan Thee Stallion Shuts Down Waka Flocka’s ‘Ignorant’ Comments On Tory Lanez Shooting”

LAINEY GOSSIPThe first trailer for Ammonite, the haunting and romantic new movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet, is here — and it has people starved for physical contact feeling some kind of way

GO FUG YOURSELF“The Teen Choice Awards, as a thing, turns 21 this year and is finally old enough to crack a beer and look back at itself. I just hope it doesn’t drink every time there are bad pants, because in that case its night will end badly”

LINKS Wendy Osefo and Karen Huger, Trump’s sister dishes, Meghan Markle GOTV…

REALITY TEAIt seems there’s still no love lost between Real Housewives of Potomac stars Wendy Osefo and Karen Huger, with Wendy now saying of Karen, “Let her continue to say she doesn’t know me, that’s fine. Because if she knew me, she would know not to mess with me. So, you’re right, you don’t know me. Let’s keep it like that”

VOXDonald Trump’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry went in on her brother in a series of conversations secretly taped by Maryanne’s niece Mary Trump. On the one hand, Maryanne’s comments don’t really say anything we didn’t already know; on the other: hot gossip

JEZEBELIn considerably colder White House news, Melania Trump ripped out the Kennedys’ Rose Garden and replaced it with a bunch of box hedges and a limestone walkway: “I can see where the colorful flowers and vibrant trees that once defined the landscape would have no place on the Trump grounds, a place where joy and optimism must be crushed and replaced by brutal austerity”

CELEBITCHYBecause “the Royal family can’t get involved in politics,” British tabloids and a certain older generation are losing their collective minds over Duchess Meghan’s participation in a “When We All Vote Couch Party,” during which she encouraged people to vote

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPBravo has pulled a handful of episodes of Southern Charm for being racist, so here’s a look at which episodes they yanked & why they were taken down. There’s also a strong argument to be made that you could simply pull Southern Charm itself for the same reason, but I suppose that’s an argument for another day

DLISTEDRose McGowan is gunning for Alyssa Milano on Twitter, accusing her former Charmed co-star of phony activism and making the Charmed set a toxic environment; Alyssa, unsurprisingly, had a few words for Rose in return

THE BLAST“Megan Thee Stallion CRUSHES Instagram Showing Off Her Bangin’ Body Fishing In A Thong!!”

LAINEY GOSSIPEvidently the CBS show All Rise was bound to wind up with a writer’s room mutiny against the showrunner, which is exactly what’s happened over the last few months thanks to a racial imbalance baked right into the show’s premise

GO FUG YOURSELFOK, but, to be fair, didn’t pretty much everyone smoke cigarettes and eat ice cream sundaes at the same time in 1958, and not just Sophia Loren? There could be a whole Mad Men prequel based on just this and nothing more

LINKS Todd Chrisley’s face, Edmonds’ custody battle, Lisa Rinna crotch shot…

DLISTEDTodd Chrisley’s face, now 51 years old, would like you to believe that it is actually closer to seventeen, and that it got there without the help of either plastic surgery or Instagram filters

REALITY TEAJim and Meghan Edmonds’ custody dispute is messy as hell, so I’m just going to quote the headline on this one: “Jim Edmonds Reportedly Wants Full Custody Of His Kids Since Meghan Edmonds Relies Too Much On The Nanny & Is Often Out Of Town; Meghan Says Jim Set Up Their Nanny With Several Married Men”

THE BLASTLisa Rinna’s latest dancing video is to — what else? — “WAP,” and it features the RHOBH star offering plenty of crotch shots to the camera. Curiously, most of the hate Lisa’s getting seems to be about someone her age acting sexually & not over whether her dance moves are any good

CELEBITCHYConstantine Maroulis, who was on American Idol back when the show was a hit and not just an institution, is out here capitalizing on the fact that it turns out he’s hooked up with most of the cast of The Real Housewives of New York

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPJoe and Kendra Duggar are expecting their third child less than a year after Kendra gave birth to their second — and less than a month after that birth was shown on an episode of Counting On

VOX“Kamala Harris officially accepts the Democratic vice presidential nomination and makes history: She’s the first Black woman and first South Asian American woman to be a VP nominee on a major-party ticket”

GO FUG YOURSELFElizabeth Debicki has been cast as Princess Diana for the fifth & sixth seasons of The Crown, which are also the show’s final two seasons & which won’t even begin filming until next summer

JEZEBEL“Mariah Carey announced a new album Tuesday night titled Rarities, which is nice for people who get excited about Mariah Carey compilation albums. She formally announced the news on Good Morning America, streaming in live from somewhere that is probably her house. But it wasn’t news about her album I was paying attention to, really; it was her glamorous and informative Zoom getup”

LAINEY GOSSIPIt’s a bad look for Netflix to cancel Hasan Minhaj’s show Patriot Act smack in the middle of an election year (and after six seasons, to boot); it’s also apparently a bad look for Netflix to have talk shows at all, since they’ve continued their streak of canceling 100% of them

LINKS WAP goes #1, Anne Heche on Ellen, Aunt Becky keeps falling…

DLISTEDIt’s a foregone conclusion that Cardi D and Megan Thee Stallion have the song of the summer and the soundtrack to the latest political frenzy with WAP. The story isn’t even that WAP goes #1; it’s how stunningly and completely the song took over the pop culture landscape: in just eight days, WAP set a record for debut week US streams (with 93 million) and had the most collective radio and streaming listens of any song since Adelle dropped “Hello” back in 2015

CELEBITCHYEllen DeGeneres’ former partner Anne Heche addressed the allegations of Ellen’s toxic work environment in an interview ostensibly for the new movie she’s in alongside Tom Jane (who is also, after years of alleged side-play, Anne’s husband now). Anne’s answer didn’t make a whole lot of sense, but every site is running with “I’d listen to the people who have [spoken to Ellen lately]” because it’s about the only sentence anyone can parse

JEZEBELSo it looks like Lori Loughlin may have been lying when she said her daughters had no knowledge that their mother was bribing their way into college

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUP“Lala Kent & Savannah Chrisley Accuse Project Runway Designer Michael Costello of Refusing to Work with Them Because They Aren’t “Famous Enough”; Michael Fires Back”

REALITY TEA“Tonight was the episode every Below Deck Med fan has been waiting all season to see. We knew going into the premiere that Hannah Ferrier didn’t make it through the charter season. That she left sometime in the middle of filming. Did she quit? Was she fired? All fans knew was that the chief stew was now glowing and pregnant. And that she’d given up her career in yachting (and on Bravo) to give a life on land a try with her boyfriend and daughter-to-be”

THE BLASTBarack Obama dropped his summer 2020 playlist on social media today. Surprisingly (for a guy who follows Sara Jay), WAP did not make Obama’s top tracks

LAINEY GOSSIPLeonardo DiCaprio looked so carefree frolicking on a Malibu beach this week that it’s almost the second coming of the Leo Strutting meme. And honestly — at least *someone* looks happy

GO FUG YOURSELFIn other news of heartthrobs past and present, today is Robert Redford’s 83rd birthday. Celebrate with this 40-image gallery of Redford looking positively Redfordian over the last few decades (come for the hay bale pic, stay for the Great Gatsby throwbacks)

VOXEven the cartoonish Postmaster General is acknowledging America’s current president went too far with his plan to cripple the USPS ahead of the largest mail-in election in the country’s history

LINKS Monique Samuels storms out, Taylor Swift goes postal, No summer vacation…

REALITY TEA“Sundays have become the best night of the week thanks to Real Housewives of Potomac. The ladies are really on their game this season. On tonight’s episode, Ashley Darby hosts a sip and see event for the ladies to meet her baby Dean. In real life, this sounds like a sweet event where everyone would be soft-spoken and considerate of an infant. But, on this show, it’s not gonna go that way” (because Monique Samuels storms out)

DLISTEDScore another one for Taylor Swift against the Kardashians: While Kanye is trying to convince us that Jared Kushner isn’t playing him with reverse psychology 101, Taylor is joining the loud and growing chorus of voices demanding accountability from America’s current president over his attempts at sabotaging the USPS

JEZEBELAnd speaking of the postal service, Nancy Pelosi has decided that the House of Representatives, at least, will be coming back from its (brief, perplexing, infuriating) summer vacation in order to hold hearings about what’s going on with the USPS

CELEBITCHYMeghan and Harry bought a nine-bedroom, sixteen-bathroom, 19,000-square-foot Santa Barbara home at a “deep discount” from a Russian businessman who’d apparently been trying to unload the place for around a decade

THE BLASTMore Kardashian news: “Kim Kardashian has just joined the fight to help free Master P’s brother — rapper C-Murder — after he was convicted of nightclub killing and ultimately being sentenced to life behind bars”

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPCongratulations to Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner from American Idol Season 16, who just announced that they’re expecting their first child together, a little under a year after tying the knot

VOX“In HBO’s Lovecraft Country, cosmic horrors pale next to the reality of racism: The new horror series takes a bevy of fun pop culture tropes on a ride through Jim Crow America”

GO FUG YOURSELFSteve-O had himself duct taped to a billboard outside a CVS in order to promote whatever he’s got going on right now that isn’t the new Jackass movie

LAINEY GOSSIPFinally, enjoy the trailer for Netflix’s movie The Devil All the Time, a Midwestern Gothic film starring Robert Pattinson as a “shady old timey preacher with frilled tuxedo shirts” out next month

LINKS R. Kelly witness intimidation, WAP outrage, Nick Cannon lawsuit…

DLISTEDThe ongoing R. Kelly sexual assault trial now has a new wrinkle — or, more specifically, at least three of them, since that’s how many of his associates were arrested on R. Kelly witness intimidation charges after allegedly trying to threaten and / or bribe some of the women set to testify against him

JEZEBELA whole bunch of people appear to be mad at the song “WAP,” and at Cardi B, and Megan Thee Stallion for writing it; it may come as no surprise to you to learn that most of these people appear to be men

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPAfter getting fired by ViacomCBS for anti-Semitic remarks earlier this year, Nick Cannon is responding by apparently suing the Wild ‘N Out broadcaster for $1.5 billion, which Cannon claims is the value of the Wild ‘N Out brand

THE BLASTNew Vanderpump Rules star Danica Dow is reportedly on the way out of the show’s cast because of her ex Brett Willis’ “violent abuse allegations,” which have “a majority of the cast members” worried for their own safety

CELEBITCHYMeghan and Harry bought themselves a fancy house in Santa Barbara for eight figures, but the British tabloids are spoiling it like Meghan at Princess Eugenie’s wedding by claiming that Prince Charles had to step in and help the couple out with the financing

VOXIf you’re feeling especially vulnerable right now, try this article out: “The surprising benefits of contemplating your death: Now is the perfect time to face your fear of mortality. Here’s how”

REALITY TEABelow Deck Mediterranean star Malia White responded to former cast member Pete Hunziker’s claims she rides the cocaine rodeo by denying everything and asking Pete to “#stayclassy” in her Instagran stories

GO FUG YOURSELF“In Honor of Viola Davis’s Birthday: My Ten Favorite Looks of Hers” (It’s actually thirteen different looks, but isn’t that just three more reasons for happiness?)

LAINEY GOSSIPAnd speaking of pondering your own crashing mortality: “She Dies Tomorrow is definitely not going to be for everyone. In a normal year, this is the kind of film that divides people (“Nothing happens!” someone will definitely say), and in 2020 it might just be too much, given the reflection of the real pandemic we’re in. Understandable. But if you want to experience a quarantine fever dream, then She Dies Tomorrow is the film for you”