Is anybody else experiencing some complicated feelings for Derick Dillard right now?
On one hand, he's been sharing all sorts of information about the Duggar family lately, which has been really interesting to hear.
He's speaking out against Jim Bob allegedly keeping all of his children' earnings for himself and against TLC for exploiting the kids, especially after the news about Josh molesting those girls came out, and that's nice to see.
But on the other hand ... he's still Derick Dillard.
He's said some pretty awful things, but for the sake of this new story, let's focus on the things he's said about Jazz Jennings.
Jazz, if you're not familiar, has her own show on TLC all about her experiences as a transgender girl -- it started when she was starting high school, though she's 19 years old now.
And Derick, well, he's always had sort of a thing about Jazz.
It all started in 2017 when, seemingly out of nowhere, he tweeted "What an oxymoron ... a 'reality' show which follows a non-reality."
"'Transgender' is a myth," he wrote. "Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God."
He later followed that up with tweets that read "I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child."
"It's sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what's on tv these days."
Note that he always refers to Jazz as "he," because "transgender is a myth."
Despite that, he insisted that he "never bullied anyone, just said I didn't agree with what is being propagated on my TV."
He said that "Jazz is being taken advantage of, as part of a larger agenda."
His comments got his family fired from Counting On, although he's always insisted that it was his choice to leave the show.
But even after that, he kept on making awful comments about Jazz.
He's repeatedly referred to her parents' support of her as "child abuse," and he always refers to her as "him."
It's reprehensible, really.
Derick has managed to go a while now, thankfully, without attacking this poor girl, and instead he's been focusing his attention on taking down Jim Bob and TLC.
But you know he couldn't keep quiet for too long!
Just a couple of days ago, Derick did an interview with a YouTuber called Without a Crystal Ball, and he talked a lot about misconceptions the public had about his family and the Duggars.
And yesterday, he reached back out with one more quote.
"Another specific misconception is my comments about TLC and Jazz," he said.
"The media likes to spin stuff however they want, but my issues were more with TLC and the parents than with Jazz."
"Jazz was a child at the time," he explained, "and I have issues with people profitting on areas that are still very much being debated, that children are still being encouraged to make that kind of permanent as Jazz was for the profitability of a network that has a history of making money without much regard for the welfare of children."
"I'm not the only one who has issues with this, and there are people in the very liberal camps that would agree with that logic."
"Actuarial scientists rely on some pretty heavy research to determine the effect of developing minds on decision making as it determines what appropriate insurance premiums to set in order to compensate for the risks of young drivers," he continued.
"Contrast that with a network that carelessly preys on a young teenager trying to figure out life."
He rambled on with "If Jazz regrets any decisions later in life, TLC won't care because they got the juicy story when it happened."
"Alternatively, Jazz might be fine with this kind of permanent decision, but we won't know until this children are developed enough to make this kind of decision."
He said that "If a fully developed adult wants to make that kind of decision, so be it. It's a free country, but don't prey on the children."
Derick said that he believes TLC chose to do the show about Jazz because if anyone said anything critical about it, they could just write it off as someone "bullying a child rather than advocating for the welfare of children."
OK, so those are a whole lot of words to express one pretty simple thing, which is that Derick says he was just trying to advocate for Jazz and speak out against what he perceived as TLC's exploitation of her.
And that would be one thing ... but he definitely did bully her.
He repeatedly referred to her with male pronouns, which is so disrespectful and harmful, and he directly said that it's a "myth" that transgender people exist.
Without a Crystal Ball did say that she tried to reach out to Derick again to ask him specifically about that part, but he didn't respond by the time she was ready to share the video.
It's interesting -- throughout the video, Derick is careful not to use any pronouns at all, he just repeatedly refers to Jazz by her name.
In a way, it's nice that he's not misgendering her anymore, but it also indicates that he still believes transgender people aren't real, he just knows now that it will get him a whole mess of backlash to say it.
How are you feeling about Derick these days?
You can listen to his statement in full in the video below:
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John Callahan, a verteran actor best known for his role as Edmund Grey on the popular soap opera All My Children, has died.
He was 66 years old.
The awful news was confirmed by the Daytime Emmys, which sent out a Tweet on Saturday that reads as follows:
We’re devastated to share that John Callahan passed away earlier today. Sending our deepest condolences to Eva La Rue and all his loved ones.
According to TV Line, Callahan passed away at his home in Palm Desert, California from a massive stroke.
La Rue is both Callahan’s ex-wife and a fellow All My Children alum.
In tribute to her ex, the actress shared numerous throwback pictures of the pair and their daughter Kaya, 18, on Twitter. The actress also posted a lengthy Instagram message to Callahan.
“May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend,” she wrote, adding:
“Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya.”
Mixing sentiment with emotion and humor, La Rue continued:
“Kaya and I are beyond broken-hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess.
'You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins!
"The Yankees has just lost their biggest fan."
Callahan acted as All My Children's enigmatic and dashing Edmund Grey for 13 years.
However, Callahan’s soap opera credits also include Santa Barbara (where he played Craig Hunt), Days of Our Lives, General Hospital (as Leo the shady masseur)... along with the the web series The Bay.
Added La Rue in her tribute:
"That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! ‘Johnny Numbers’, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to ‘Yesterday’).”
Among those who also mourned Callahan online?
Kelly Ripa, who starred on All My Children from 1990 to 2002.
"Because there are no words, all i can muster is Rest In Peace #johncallahan My heart breaks for you @evalarue and @kaya_callahan," she Tweeted.
And also Sarah Michelle Gellar, who appeared on All My Children from 1993 to 1995.
"He stepped into a lot of moments in my life because I didn’t have a father to be there," wrote the actress about the late Callahan, concluding:
"Hohns greatest joy in his life, was when he had a daughter of his own @kaya_callahan. John left us this morning.
"I promise you GP just as you were there for me, I will always be there for smoosh (Kaya) and @evalarue as well.”
Callahan and LaRue were married from 1996 to 2004. He was previously married to Linda Freeman from 1984 to 1992.
May he rest in peace.
Derick Dillard hasn't been friendly with Jim Bob Duggar for a while now.
Sure, Jim Bob let him marry his daughter, Jill, but if you keep up with the Duggars, you know that things have definitely changed a lot in the past few years.
The news came out that Josh Duggar had molested five young girls when he was a teenager, and that four of his victims were his own sisters.
Derick and Jill stopped appearing on the family's show -- he said they decided to quit, everyone else said he got fired for gross transphobic remarks, but that's neither here nor there.
The point is that a huge rift was created in the relationship between the Dillards and the Duggars.
And it seems like Derick is about to destroy that relationship forever ...
1. Such a Mess
3. Just Awful
4. Oh Good
6. A Familiar Face
Peter Weber made a living as a pilot, prior to striking it rich as a reality star on The Bachelor.
And this profession is proving to be more and more apt as times goes by ...
... because Weber is simply flying through his Season 24 suitors!
Last summer, of course, Weber had massive amounts of windmill sex with Hannah Brown on The Bachelorette.
Then he got down on one knee and proposed to Hannah Ann Sluss on 2020's dramatic finale of The Bachelor.
But then, as predicted, he split from Sluss after a few weeks because his heart wasn't into their engagement ...
... because it obviously still belonged to this season's second-place finisher, the virginal Madison Prewett.
So, what did Weber do from there?
After Chris Harrison played matchmaker, Peter asked Madison (above) out on ABC's After the Final Rose special.
The two of them became a much-buzzed-about celebrity couple - for a total of two g-d damn days before splitting.
Weber and Prewett, to their credit, both handled the breakup maturely and very amicably on social media. BUT ...
A few days ago, not even three weeks after all this played out, Weber was spotted out and about with Kelley Flanagan (above).
Yes, another girl from the show.
She didn't even make it to hometown dates, but a few weeks prior to this, rumors had sprung up that Weber actually had gotten Flanagan pregnant. Untrue, but man, this dude gets around.
While Peter and Kelly (above) aren't having any children (that we know of), they are having fun together.
By all accounts, they've started dating, or at least "hanging out" a.k.a. drinking and banging each other.
Not surprisingly, Hannah Ann Sluss is just as blindsided - and baffled - by this turn of events as you are.
Sluss (above) told Nick Viall on Instagram Live after photos surfaced this week of Weber and Flanagan in Chicago:
"I was completely blindsided by a lot, if it has been going on all along that would be very sneaky."
"Maybe it will work out for them and he will be decisive about her."
1. Yeah, right; 2. How long until Nick tries to bang Hannah?
Anyway, says an onlooker about Weber: "Peter was vibing and it seemed like, at one point, Kelley had his leg in her lap."
Peter Weber: Vibing through Bachelor Nation like a madman.
Sluss, to her credit, has taken the high road, yet is no shrinking violent when it comes to telling Peter exactly what she thinks.
After previously saying that Peter is a phony who just tells women what they want to hear, Hannah Ann told Viall:
"Honestly, when I saw [Peter and Kelly together], I wasn't really surprised, because that's been the pattern."
"Everything going in all directions."
After all, as we discussed above, dude's gone from Hannah Brown, to Hannah Ann... to Madison... and now to Kelley.
Sluss also liked multiple tweets this week shading her ex, one of which called hilariously labeled him a "f--k-boi."
In his defense, we guess, Weber has never been shy or guarded about who he is. Even his mother knows this.
My son f--ks, Madison.
Yet, as Bachelor Nation will also recall, Hannah Ann committed to him in ways he said were reciprocal, but were not.
She confronted Peter over his inability to commit to just one woman:
"Peter, we've been through a lot together, and I should have really picked up on the first red flag to give to me, when you wanted to reach out to Hannah Brown to find closure with her..."
"So looking back on it, our engagement involved three women, me, you still being in love with Madison and proposing to me, and your need for closure with Hannah Brown."
"That is three women involved in our engagement."
Hannah Ann was justifiably sad about him taking her first engagement, but at the same time, she dodged a bullet.
The popular star has already deleted all photos with Peter from her Instagram and she says she's already dating.
Or at least, she will be.
"I'm getting to know lots of different people, but I will say there is one person in particular that I'm excited to go on a date with after [the coronavirus pandemic] is over with," she told Viall, concluding:
"Really excited about it."