Mayim Bialik has stirred up some MAJOR controversy via an op-ed she wrote this weekend for The New York Times.
The inspiration behind it? Numerous allegations of rape and sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein.
Bialik's apparent stance on this topic? It's largely the fault of victims in these situations because they care too much about how they look.
In a piece titled “Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein's World," The Big Bang Theory star wrote that she has "experienced the upside of not being a "perfect ten" and then went on to explain why.
"As a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer, I have almost no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms," Bialik said, adding:
"Those of us in Hollywood who don't represent an impossible standard of beauty have the 'luxury' of being overlooked and, in many cases, ignored by men in power unless we can make them money."
Over the past several days, a multitude of actresses have come forward and said Weinstein either made an inappropriate pass at them…
Or, in the worst cases, the movie producer actually raped them.
"Women should be able to wear whatever they want," Bialik continued.
"They should be able to flirt however they want with whomever they want. Why are we the ones who have to police our behavior?
In a perfect world, women should be free to act however they want. But our world isn't perfect.
Nothing - absolutely nothing - excuses men for assaulting or abusing women. But we can't be naïve about the culture we live in."
This is the main part of her post about which so many people have taken issue.
She's basically saying this is the way in which the world works - men are simply going to prey on attractive females - and it's up to the women to accept it and adjust accordingly.
"I plan to continue to work hard to encourage young women to cultivate the parts of themselves that may not garner them money and fame," the actress wrote.
"If you are beautiful and sexy, terrific. But having others celebrate your physical beauty is not the way to lead a meaningful life.
"And if - like me - you're not a perfect 10, know that there are people out there who will find you stunning, irresistible and worthy of attention, respect and love.
"The best part is you don't have to go to a hotel room or a casting couch to find them."
This is all really horrible and ridiculous.
If Bialik's only point is that superficial beauty shouldn't be the most important thing in life... well, she'd be right and there would be little to quibble with.
Instead, however, she's somehow making a connection between women wanting to look good and MEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTING THEM.
Qualify her point however she wants to try, this is 100% victim blaming.
And we obviously aren't alone in thinking as much.
"@missmayim229 I have to say I was dressed non provocatively as a 12 year old when men on the street masturbated at me," actress Patricia Arquette tweeted on Saturday in response.
"It's not clothing."
"It is also not outrageous for anyone to expected to be treated in a professional manner by anyone in a professional relationship," Arquette added.
Said another well-informed and well-spoken Twitter user, quoting Bialik and then using her words against her:
"I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly."
This is disgusting. @missmayim is placing blame on victims and forgetting that rape and assault are about power, not about desire.
Bialik has not yet responded to the backlash.
It's quite possible that there's no more tragic story in the history of professional football than that of Aaron Hernandez.
Back in 2015, Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Odin Lloyd.
In April, the world was shocked by the news that Hernandez had taken his own life inside his cell at the Souza-Barankowski Correctional Facility in Lancaster, Massachusetts.
Today, Hernandez's autopsy results have been made public, and they confirm what many who followed his case closely have long suspected.
Doctors have revealed to The New York Times that the 27-year-old was suffering from CTE, a brain injury that's shockingly common to football players.
According to the Times a team of neurologists stated that their examination revealed “the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron’s age.”
Sadly, the news does not come as much of a surprise.
CTE has had devastating effects on innumerable football players, both professional and otherwise.
The condition has been linked to the suicides of Junior Seau and Tyler Sash, the decline of late New York Giants legend Frank Gifford, and countless other NFL stars.
It seems impossible that we'll ever understand the full impact of the disease on America's best-loved sport.
But today, we know a little bit more about the devastating impact it's had on Aaron Hernandez, Odin Lloyd, and their loved ones.
Now, Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, is suing the NFL and the New England Patriots as a result of the diagnosis.
Lawyers for Jenkins claim "Aaron had stage 3 CTE usually seen in players with a median age of death of 67 years."
The suit filed this afternoon claims that the Patriots "were fully aware of the damage that could be inflicted from repetitive impact injuries and failed to disclose, treat or protect him from the dangers of such damage."
Attorneys say that Jenkins, who has a 4-year-old daughter with Hernandez, is seeking "redress for the loss of parental consortium she has experienced based on the negligent conduct of Defendants that deprived her of the companionship and society of her father, Aaron Hernandez."
The suit concludes by stating bluntly:
"On April 19, 2017, Aaron succumbed to the symptoms of CTE and committed suicide."
We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
The Audrina Patridge-Corey Bohan divorce has quickly taken a turn for the very ugly.
Earlier today, we reported that the former Hills stars were splitting after nearly a year of marriage and nearly nine years of being together overall.
We weren't sure why.
We thought maybe becoming parents to a little girl naked Kirra last June had placed a strain on their marriage.
It turns out, however, that the reason is far more troubling and insidious.
On Monday, September 18, Patridge was granted a restraining order against Bohan for what a source describes to People Magazine as ongoing instances of “emotional abuse.”
More specifically and most troubling, there was an incident in mid-April, legal documents claim, during which Audrina says Corey shoved her while she was holding Kirra in her arms.
The couple was arguing about Bohan’s alleged infidelity when he proceeded to empty out her purse and punch himself in the head, threatening to do even more damage if she left him.
This was the second time in a few weeks, Patridge claims, that Bohan had talked of suicide.
She also references an incident on September 6, saying Bohan started calling her names and harassing her after she returned home.
"Grow some balls and pull the trigger and file for divorce,” Bohan supposedly yelled at her at the time, prompting Patridge to call the police and file a report.
Just over a week later, child protective services came to the residence to meet with her.
This past weekend, Bohan showed up for a panel discussion Patridge was taking part in… followed her on stage ... and demanded to know their daughter’s whereabouts.
"I was shaking at this point," Audrina says in her legal documents.
She asked for a restraining order the next day.
HOWEVER, Bohan allegedly showed up on September 19 and refused to leave Audrina's home.
He installed five video cameras around the premises to keep tabs on her and called her a "f-cking cunt."
"I am fearful of [Corey’s] temper because he cannot control his swearing and personal attacks on me, even when in the presence of our young daughter," writes Audrina.
The restraining order requires Bohan to remain at least 100 feet away from his estranged wife, his daughter and even his dog.
As for the divorce, Patridge is demanding primary physical and legal custody of 15-month-old Kirra.
She is asking a judge to shut Bohan down if he asks for spousal support.
And, finally, she wants an order specifically prohibiting Bohan from taking Kirra to his native land of Australia.
Talk about a terrible ending to what had appeared to have been a stable love story.
Patridge and Bohan had been together since 2008, remaining close even throughout filming of The Hills, an unusual development for couples that appear on reality television.
Alas, the relationship has ended on the most sour of notes.
For the sake of their young daughter, let's hope Audrina and Corey find a way to work this out as amicably as possible.
Cheaters never win and winners never cheat.
But cheaters do make good celebrity gossip fodder, which is the reason we've covered so many of them in depth on our website.
Below, we rundown a number of known bad boyfriends and husbands (from golfers to Presidents; actors to reporters) and we send one simple message to them all, courtesy of their significant others:
1. Kevin Hart
2. Scott Disick
3. Tiger Woods
4. Jesse James
5. Dean McDermott
6. Ryan Phillippe
HGTV is the small screen destination for shows about flipping, flopping and many different kinds of home renovations.
But it's also been the destination for quite a few scandals over the years.
From huge brawls to questions over the treatment of gay individuals, we run down controversial incidents that have plagued HGTV executives and stars below...
1. A Stunning Separation
2. A Feud with Fixer Upper?
3. More LGBT Trouble
4. House Hunters is STAGED!
5. A Property Brothers BRAWL!
6. Flip or Flop Stars Flop
In a court of law, you are innocent until proven guilty.
But the Internet isn't a court of law.
And Joss Whedon is feeling the brunt of some damning accusations from his ex-wife right about now.
The beloved writer, producer and directed was raked over the bitter coals by ex-wife Kai Cole on Monday, who was married to Whedon for 16 years.
The couple separated in 2012 and their divorce was finalized in 2016.
In a guest post for The Wrap, Cole said Whedon cheated on her multiple times throughout the course of their marriage, beginning with an affair back when he first created Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
She alleged that Whedon even came clean about his infidelity once the relationship was over.
Obviously angry and upset over Whedon's actions, Cole also focused on the reputation of Whedon as a pro-woman, strongly feminist member of Hollywood.
She says it's all a lie.
She says it's all a front.
Cole said she wrote her blog entry “to let women know that he is not who he pretends to be.”
In the piece, she claimed the following:
He never conceded the hypocrisy of being out in the world preaching feminist ideals, while at the same time, taking away my right to make choices for my life and my body based on the truth.
He deceived me for 15 years, so he could have everything he wanted.
I believed, everyone believed, that he was one of the good guys, committed to fighting for women’s rights, committed to our marriage, and to the women he worked with.
But I now see how he used his relationship with me as a shield, both during and after our marriage, so no one would question his relationships with other women or scrutinize his writing as anything other than feminist.
In response to these allegations, Whedonesque said today it is shutting down.
The popular Whedon fan website announced it is “closing down” and will become a read-only site “at some stage” in the future.
The online destination was a discussion board hub for all things related to The Avengers director and Firefly showrunner.
As much as anyone in his position over the years, Whedon has inspired a passionate and loyal fan community, especially among comic book fans and fans of supernatural storytelling.
He issued a statement saying Cole's article “includes inaccuracies and misrepresentations,” but also that he would not comment “out of concern for his children and out of respect for his ex-wife.”
The owners of Whedonesque were asked by readers if the website was ending due to “the issue” or for another reason.
And while no precise reason was given for the decision, one owner, Caroline van Oosten de Boer, came out and said:
“I have been toying with closing down the site for various reasons for the last five years or so.”
She added via Twitter:
'Trust the art, not the artist,' is a thing I stopped saying when I copped on it was probably an artist who coined the phrase.
Whedon should be heard from in a professional capacity often toward the end of the year.
He took over directing Justice League from Zack Snyder. It comes out on November 17.
It took Jeffrey Lord outing himself as a possible Nazi sympathizer for him to finally be fired by CNN.
The contributor, who was hired by the cable network to defend Donald Trump at all times and through all tribulations, was let go by the company on Thursday after he Tweeted the Nazi salute "Sieg Heil!"
Despite protestations that he did so in order to make fun of fascism, Lord is now out of a job.
“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said simply. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”
The back-and-forth that landed Lord in hot water took place between him and Angelo Carusone, the president of Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog organization.
It has been supporting an advertising boycott of Sean Hannity's program on Fox News, which prompted Lord to pen a column in the American Spectator Thursday scolding the group as “anti-free speech bigots who, in typical fascist style, make it their mission to shut down speech they don’t like.”
He had previously this week compared MMFA to the propaganda machines in Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy.
After Carusone replied to Lord and mentioned that name was misspelled in the headline of Lord’s piece... Lord responded, “Sieg Heil!”
Seems like a bit of an overreaction, no?
In a multitude of follow-up message, Lord argued that invoking the Nazi salute was a way of “mocking” Carusone and the organization.
Shockingly, this contention did not sway his bosses at CNN.
Following the controversial “Sieg Heil!” tweet, Carusone issued a statement on Twitter asking for Lord to be fired.
It read as follows:
To many CNN viewers and media critics, the only surprising development here is that it took so long for CNN to give Lord his walking papers.
The pro-Trump pundit has said many things over the past several months that many people thought would get him fired.
On Super Tuesday in 2016, he described the Ku Klux Klan as “the military arm, the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, according to historians.”
In reference to Democratic congressman Bakari Sellers, an African-American, he once asked:
"When is Bakari going to get around to apologizing for slavery? I’m still waiting on that."
With a serious face, he said at one point:
"Think of President Trump as the Martin Luther King of health care."
More recently, Lord brushed off Trump's encouragement of police brutality by saying that was simply a "New Yorker" having a "sense of humor" and he had gone on record by defending the President against talk of collusion with a foreign adversary.
"I don’t care what he says to the Russians," Lord says of Trump.
The only positive to the existence of Jeffrey Lord is that he got into an on-air tiff with Anderson Cooper a few months ago, which led to Cooper saying to the biased non-journalist:
“If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it.”
We're almost glad CNN hired Jeffrey Lord just for that one exchange.
But he's a horrible human being.
UPDATE: Said Lord to Entertainment Weekly after he was let go:
“Caving to bullies, caving to people who use fascist and Nazi-style tactics to try and remove people from the air is unacceptable.
"I mocked this guy. Mocking Nazis is okay. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing. A writer has only a handful of tools in his writer’s box, and mockery is one of them.
"To suggest that this is anything other than that, to my way of thinking, is caving in. And I’m not going to cave...
"I have absolutely zero regrets for mocking people who use Nazi tactics and fascists tactics to silence people in the media. None.”
Three new people have come out and accused Usher of having sexual contact with them while he was infected with Herpes.
These three people allege that the singer never informed them of his condition.
And one of them is a man.
Late last month, court documents surfaced that detailed how an unnamed sexual partner sued Usher back in 2012 after the pair engaged in "rigorous unprotected sex," without the artist informing this woman of his Herpes diagnosis.
After she developed her own symptoms and doctors diagnosed the victim with the same sexually transmitted disease. Usher finally admitted that he had acquired Herpes a few years prior.
(It is possible for one to carry Herpes and pass it along, even after one's own symptoms are cured; it's an infection that never truly goes away once you have it.)
Usher eventually settled this lawsuit for $1.1 million.
After news of this lawsuit hit the Internet, another woman sued Usher for $10 million.
She says she also slept with the star after he contracted Herpes, yet was never told by the singer that he had this disease.
She only learned of it after reading about the first lawsuit.
Now, the scandal has exploded even further.
According to TMZ, two women and one man are set to file new legal documents that claim Usher exposed them to his STD.
Lisa Bloom, the same lawyer who represented Blac Chyna amidst her revenge porn case against Rob Kardashian, says she'll file a lawsuit on Monday in California.
She will then hold a new conference in New York City to correspond with the filing.
One of the accusers will appear at the news conference.
The two others will remain anonymous, appear in the lawsuits as Jane Doe and John Doe.
The attorney says all three individuals allege to have had sexual contact with Usher after 2012, adding that he failed to warn them he allegedly had Herpes.
Naturally, rumors of Usher's sexuality has been circulating online ever since users discovered that a man was joining other women in this sort of lawsuit.
Usher is yet to respond to any of these accusations.
He was once married to Tameka Foster, who has denied ever being diagnosed with Herpes and who says she is perfectly healthy; and is now married to Grace Miguel.
Sources have said Miguel is sticking by her husband throughout this scandal.
She has no plans to leave him.
You'd be shocked at how controversial articles of clothing can be.
Just consider the following examples...
1. Teens Do It Better
2. Eat Less Shirt
3. Yoga Pants and/or Leggings
4. American Apparel Vagina Shirt
5. Vintage Kent State Shirt
6. Zara Nazi Shirt
R. Kelly would like to address talk that he's keeping women hostage in two major American cities as part of an attempt to run some sort of evil cult.
Early Monday morning, a disturbing Buzzfeed report claimed the controversial artist was holding six victims against their will in properties he owns in Chicago and Atlanta.
The explosive article was based on testimony from three of these women's parents, along with three of R. Kelly's ex-associates.
In various quotes, the sources allege that R. Kelly “controls every aspect of [the women's] lives" and that he has sole discretion over "what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records.”
The piece further asserts that Kelly “abuses them physically and verbally."
Kelly has reportedly been holding at least one of the women hostage since 2015.
Last year, multiple outlets reported that Kelly was dating a 19-year old, with many of these same outlets now wondering whether she's a member of this disgusting harem.
In response to this Buzzfeed article - which says that the young ladies were brought to Kelly by their parents in an attempt to further their music careers, only for the star to “brainwash” them into subservience - a lawyer for Kelly has issued a statement.
It reads as follows:
Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him.
Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.
Police had previously looked into these allegations, coming across one woman living in a home owned by Kelly at one point who said she was "fine and did not want to be bothered."
The charges seem so extreme and even outlandish that they'd typically be dismissed out of hand...
... but Kelly has been accused of sexual misconduct on many occasions over the years.
Most infamously, he was somehow found not guilty after videos surfaced of him urinating in bed on an underage girl.
“I really want to know what is the clinical term for whatever Psychological condition R Kelly has,” Charlamagne Tha God Tweeted on Monday in response to this report.
Many other Twitters users appear to believe at least some aspect of this rumor due to Kelly's incredibly shady past.
"We can only wonder why folks would persist in defaming a great artist who loves his fans, works 24/7, and takes care of all of the people in his life," the singer's attorney had said previously, adding yesterday:
"He works hard to become the best person and artist he can be.
"It is interesting that stories and tales debunked many years ago turn up when his goal is to stop the violence; put down the guns; and embrace peace and love.
"I suppose that is the price of fame. Like all of us, Mr. Kelly deserves a personal life. Please respect that."
As some folks noted, this original story didn't technically deny the talk that Kelly has a bunch of women under his control.
We have an update on the grisly Wife Swap-related murder that took place last week.
As previously reported, Jacob Stockdale is believed to have killed his mother and his brother last week in Ohio, prior to turning a gun on himself and attempting suicide.
However, the 25-year old has reportedly survived the blast and is in critical condition.
Stockdale and his family members took part in a 2008 episode of this controversial ABC reality show, which has since been canceled.
Jacob stood out at the time due to his fiddle playing, along with the quirks he and his siblings displayed during their time on the series.
According to Laurie Tonkovic - the woman who swapped places nine years ago with Jacob’s now-deceased mom, Kathryn - she allowed Jacob and his three brothers to enjoy a lot of freedom while they lived under her roof.
A lot more than they were used to when living with their parents, that is.
Tonkovic tells TMZ that Jacob freaked out as a result.
He was petrified that his religious mom and dad would be angry and that he would “burn in Hell” due to lessened restrictions on his daily activities.
“I was gonna let them have fun… television, video games. You know, [let them] experience life a little bit," Tonkovic says in an interview with TMZ.
But Jacob "went outside crying" after Laurie explained this temporary situation to him, fearful of the repercussions because of what his parents had drilled into him over the years.
"He lived in a very controlled environment… his mom and dad told him what to do," Tonkovic says, adding:
"He wasn’t really allowed to do anything. He got up and worked and worked and worked."
Jacob and his brothers were home-schooled and "not allowed to go out among the society," she tells the website.
A police spokesperson says that Jacob shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt just as deputies arrived on the scene last week.
His mother and brother, James, were found dead at the scene and Jacob was taken to a local hospital; he’s expected to survive.
It's unknown at this time where Jacob's father, Tim, and two other brothers were at the time of the killings.
But Tim issued a statement shortly after this horrible news went public on Friday.
"Kathy [pictured, above] has been my beloved wife of 32 years and a wonderful mother to our four sons," he told local media outlets, adding:
"She loved nothing more than being a mother and grandmother.
"She had a strong love of learning and was passionate about her Christian faith, natural health, and organic farming."
On Wife Swap, cameras followed two women from different backgrounds as they traded homes and families for two weeks.
The Stockdales made their living traveling throughout the Midwest and performing as a family bluegrass band.
They actually performed as recently as last Tuesday and had other concert dates sprinkled throughout the summer.
This is an older photo, but it's a look at Jacob, James and Tim performing on stage:
"This is a tragedy for the family. It is a tragedy for the community," Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.
We certainly agree.
May Kathryn and James rest in peace.
Tragic news out of Ohio today, as TMZ is reporting that 25-year-old Jacob Stockdale has murdered his mother and brother at the family's home in Stark County.
Stockdale then turned the gun on himself, but reportedly survived the blast.
The renowned fiddler, who appeared in a memorable episode of the ABC reality series Wife Swap, is currently in critical condition.
A police spokesperson says Jacob shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt just as deputies arrived on the scene.
There is no official word on what led to the murders.
Jacob's 54-year-old mother, Katherine, and his 21-year-old brother James were pronounced dead on the scene.
Jacob was trasported to a nearby hospital via helicopter and is expected to survive.
The Stockdales made their living traveling throughout the Midwest, performing as a family bluegrass band.
When they were at home, however, they pursued a lifestyle of rural isolation and self-sufficiency, homeschooling their children on a secluded farm where television, Internet, and other modern conveniences were banned for religious reasons.
Jacob Stockdale was found at the door of the home, where he had apparently been on the lookout for police.
Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier declined to comment on where the other bodies were found.
Stockdale also did not comment on whether or not the remaining members of the Stockdale family - a father and two sons - were at home at the time of the murders.
The father, Tim Stockdale, issued a statement about his late wife moments ago:
"Kathy has been my beloved wife of 32 years and a wonderful mother to our four sons," he told local media outlets.
"She loved nothing more than being a mother and grandmother. She had a strong love of learning and was passionate about her Christian faith, natural health, and organic farming.”
Since 2004, the Stockdales had been traveling and performing as a band that, according to their website, "prides itself on sharing bluegrass north of the Mason-Dixon line."
They performed as recently as Tuesday, and had concerts scheduled throughout the summer.
Friends of the family say Jacob never gave any indication of having any hostility toward his parents or a tendency toward violence.
We will have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
What started as a seemingly humorous situation on Bachelor in Paradise has devolved into something far more serious.
On Sunday night, word spread around the Internet that producers had halted production on Season 4 of this ABC series, with a network spokesperson referencing "allegations of misconduct" between cast members.
Not much was known at the time of this original report.
But an insider then told TMZ that the cast members in question were Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson, probably the two most notorious former Bachelor and Bachelorette stars to sign on for this spinoff.
Olympios was eliminated by Nick Viall after taking off her top on many occasions and making endless sexual advances in an attempt to win Viall over.
Jackson, meanwhile, was just sent packing by Rachel Lindsay a couple weeks ago after she learned he still had a girlfriend.
According to this insider, producers told Olympios and Jackson to hook up because they believe it would be good for ratings.
Okay, sure, the reality show villains allegedly said, proceeding to go off and get very drunk together.
Soon enough, Olympios and Jackson were reportedly making out (hard!) prior to making their way over to a pool.
At this point, clothes came off and a source close to DeMario says there was "rubbing, touching and fingering," most of which was initiated by Corinne.
She even thrust her crotch in Jackson's face, at which point he started to lick.
Again, this is all according to a third party, anonymous source who spoke to TMZ.
At some point, the physical action came to a halt, largely because Jackson was unable to perform sexually due to the amount of alcohol he had consumed.
And this is where the controversy kicked in.
A producer who had been assigned to remain by Corinne's side reported what she saw to executives.
She said it appeared as if Olympios was too drunk to control herself and questioned whether some kind of sexual assault took place in the pool.
In response, the network shut down production and sent the entire cast home.
Everyone except for Corinne and DeMario were spotted late last week at the Houston airport.
An investigation is underway to determine just what transpired and who is responsible, although various outlets insist that Olympios is NOT directing blame at DeMario.
He was also wasted during the hook-up.
The stars have supposedly been in touch since this incident went down and are on solid terms.
But Corinne has lawyered up, believes producers should have stepped in when it was clear she did not give consent and is considering a lawsuit of some kind.
As for the future of Bachelor in Paradise?
Noted franchise expert and Bachelorette spoilers guru Reality Steve says with 100% certainty that this season will not air.
(It had been scheduled to premiere on August 8.)
Speaking to People Magazine on the condition of anonymity, one Season 4 cast member said the following on Monday afternoon:
“We were told to stay in a certain part of the [resort] while they figured out what the hell had happened.
"We knew something bad had happened; there was a dark energy that came around the house.
"You have to understand that we weren’t even there a week. The game hadn’t even really begun yet.”
This same contestant went on to explain how no one really knew what was happening for two days after the drunken hook-up took place:
“They stopped taping anything, and we were just kind of there, waiting in limbo.
"We couldn’t talk to each other about what we knew. On Thursday, one of the camera guys told me that they were probably going to shut down production. I didn’t realize that it was that serious until then.
"I was like, ‘wait, they’re thinking of canceling the show?’ It hadn’t even crossed my mind that they’d do that."
The contestants are paid a stipend to appear on Bachelor in Paradise; it's contingent on how many episodes they last, meaning this abrupt cancelation will cost each person a decent chunk of change.
That's unimportant in the big picture if any kind of assault or non-consensual act did take place, but it's just another tidbit to consider.
"We’re pissed that this whole thing happened,” says the contestant. “They could have stopped this before it got this far.”
And that's at the heart of the issue here.
What did producers see? What did they do? What did they not do? What responsibility do they have to make their presence felt during filming?
At least one witness tells Entertainment Tonight that Corinne and DeMario didn't do anything that doesn't happen all the time on this series.
They didn't do anything that isn't basically encouraged on the series.
"In the moment, they were both drinking," this source says. "He's a much bigger guy, but they were drinking all day. ... They were all drunk.
"It's the nature of the show."
Nick Gordon, the ex-boyfriend of Whitney Houston's late daughter, is once again in major trouble with the law.
According to multiple outlets, Gordon was arrested on Saturday afternoon in Sanford, Florida and charged with beating up his girlfriend.
TMZ reports the incident in question sent Gordon's unnamed lover to the hospital and that it took place on Friday night.
Law enforcement officials say the girlfriend filed a report at the police station hours after being released from the care of doctors, alleging that she'd been battered and not permitted to leave her residence.
When officers arrived at Gordon's home, they found Nick at the pool area.
Prison records from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office illustrate that Gordon was booked for felony domestic violence and false imprisonment of an adult.
Gordon has a checkered history.
He was taken in by Houston when he was young after his parents fell out of the picture.
Although the singer never formally adopted Gordon, she raised the young man as her own child.
He grew especially close to Whitney and Bobby Brown's only biological child as a result and started to date Bobbi Kristina when both were teenagers.
At one point, it was believed they were married.
In January of 2015, Bobbi fell into a coma from which she never awoke, finally passing away in July of that year.
The cause of death was originally sealed due to a criminal investigation, but later revealed to be the result of pneumonia caused by water immersion and drug intoxication.
Many pointed a singer in Gordon's direction at the time, with insiders saying he often supplied Bobbi with drugs and was reportedly even present at the time of her death.
In a subsequent wrongful death lawsuit, a conservator for Brown’s estate accused Gordon of physically and emotionally abusing Bobbi prior to allegedly dragging her to the bathtub, where she was later found face-down and unconscious.
In September, Gordon was found legally responsible for Bobbi's death and ordered to pay $36 million as a result of this ruling.
This $36 million judgment included $15 million for present value of life... $13.8 million for pain and suffering ... and $1.37 million for assault and battery.
The lawsuit had alleged Brown "died due to a violent altercation" with Gordon, "after which he placed her in a bathtub, unconscious, after he injected her with a toxic mixture."
Said an attorney for Brown's estate soon after Gordon failed to show up in front of a judge and was found to, basically, have killed Bobbi Kristina:
“In court today, we finally finished a long journey for justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown."
Added Bobbi's aunt at the time:
"It’s been a long time. They should have been gotten him. He should have been arrested. He's ignorant; he's arrogant. He thinks he's above the law.
And now Gordon may very well learn this lesson once again.
UPDATE: We've learned the girlfriend's name is Laura and TMZ has posted photos of her badly bruised arm, allegedly a result of Gordon's actions.
Gordon, who has always maintained his innocence when it comes to Bobbi's passing, is yet to comment on his latest legal troubles.
We'll update this story with more news as it breaks.
Several weeks ago, ABC cast Rachel Lindsay as The Bachelorette, making her the first-ever African-American star of this beloved franchise.
But while the network was praised for taking this progressive step, it now faces a new, race-related controversy just two weeks into Season 13.
And it all centers on a suitor named Lee Garrett.
On Wednesday evening, a multitude of disturbing tweets allegedly sent from Garrett’s account were leaked on social media.
These messages would be considered ignorant at generous best, and extremely racist at more honest worst. To wit:
“What’s the difference between the NAACP and the KKK? Wait for it…One has the sense of shame to cover their racist a– faces.”
“America is becoming an urban Vietnam,” reads another Tweet, from June 2016. “Practice your second amendment. It’s there for a reason.”
Is it inherently racist to encourage gun ownership or gun use? Of course not.
But Garrett also linked to an article last year that labeled the Black Lives Matter movement as a terrorist organization.
Aside from making controversial remarks on race, Garrett also makes it very clear on many occasions that he doesn't believe in the concept of feminism.
"When is the last time YOU saw a pretty feminist? There’s a reason for this,” he Tweeted just over a year ago.
ABC has yet to comment on these offensive Tweets, which certainly appear to have been sent by Garrett.
But we cannot verify with absolute certainty whether or not this is the case.
Garrett is a 30-year-old singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee.
His Twitter account is set to private, but he describes himself as “pleasantly offensive" in his bio.
How far does Garrett go this season? You can visit our section of The Bachelorette spoilers to find out, but there's where things get tricky for ABC.
This season has already taped. All episodes are "in the can" to use television jargon.
Producers can't just go ahead and fire Garrett, no matter what sort of backlash ensues from this discovery.
And make no mistake: there WILL be backlash.
Just consider the Tweets above and below, one of which reads "Hillary is the millennial’s version of O.J.”
Yes, he's comparing a Presidential candidate to a very likely murderer.
No one associated with The Bachelorette has spoken out yet on Garrett's various viewpoints.
But a journalist also landed in hot water last week after writing an article that praised Lindsay as The Bachelorette, yet also pointed to research that said black women rarely date outside their race.
No one ever said making history would be easy we guess, huh?
It will be interesting to watch The Bachelorette online or on television each week going forward in order to analyze how Garrett interacts with Rachel.
What do you think of these Tweets?
Just someone expressing some opinions and no big deal?
Or someone expressing some hateful opinions and a very big deal that makes you wonder how the messages were not discovered during basic background checks?
As you've no doubt heard by now, Tiger Woods was arrested on DUI charges over the holiday weekend.
The incident seems to be the culmination of a long and ugly downward spiral for the former golf god, beginning when he was caught cheating on Elin Nordegren with numerous women back in 2010.
Woods hasn't won a major tournament since 2008, and he's been plagued by injuries and rumors of erratic behavior in the years since.
When he posed for that mug shot, Tiger likely believed that he'd reached rock bottom.
Little did he know, it was still possible for him to sink lower.
If you've been following the many trials and tribulations of Mr. Woods, then you'll remember that Woods broke up with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn back in 2015 after two years of dating.
More than just a romance between two dominant athletes, the Vonn relationship represented a chance for Woods to start rebuilding his shattered reputation.
Amazingly, it seems that Woods never cheated on Vonn, but the 32-year-old still seems quite pleased that she and Tiger went their separate ways:
Vonn posted the above photo yesterday just hours after news of Woods' arrest went public.
"Thankful for great friends and fun adventures but keeping my eyes on the horizon," she captioned the photo, adding:
"The future is bright."
Naturally, the pic/caption combo led many fans to the conclusion that this was Vonn's way of throwing shade at her ex.
If that's the case, it's some supremely subtle shade, but it's very possible that this is Lindsey's way of talking trash.
By the time this photo was posted, she would have already caught wind of Tiger's arrest.
(The incident was the talk of social media beginning early Monday morning.)
And she likely would've known how such a post would be interpreted, but she went with it anyway.
So at the very least, Vonn decided she's cool with fans looking at her 'Gram and believing she's flipping the figurative bird to Tiger in the form of an envy-inducing belfie on the Mediterranean.
We would never encourage drunk driving, but if we get a Lindsey bikini pic every time he messes up, we might need him to stumble a couple more times before he gets back up.
J/k, Tiger! We're rooting for ya, buddy!
This morning in Philadelphia, jury selection began in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial.
While more than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, the comedy legend will only face charges in connection with the alleged sexual assault of Andrea Constand.
All of the other accusations fall outside of the statute of limitations, and so, while he may still be liable in civil cases, Cosby will never face criminal charges for any of them.
Constand claims that she was drugged and raped by Cosby in 2004 following an event at Temple University.
While the trial isn't scheduled to begin until June 5, jury selection got underway today, and Cosby was on hand to watch his lawyers try and find 12 people who might be sympathetic to his case.
That certainly won't be an easy feat, and it looks like Cosby might be pulling out all the stops in order to prove that he's worthy of pity.
The video below shows Cosby arriving at the courthouse, and many have noted that he appears to be suffering from impaired vision.
Of course, many have also noted that the 79-year-old easily maneuvered his way around a garbage can that was obstructing his path.
The theory circulating on social media at the moment is that Cosby is merely pretending to be blind, so that jurors will be less hesitant to send him to prison.
That seems unlikely, but it's not surprising that Cosby is doing everything in his power to garner sympathy.
The former sitcom star faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Back in October, footage of Billy Bush talking to Donald Trump about the latter's proclivity for touching and kissing women he barely knows went viral.
In response, Bush was fired by NBC.
And Trump was hired as President of the United States.
The infamous video was filmed in 2005 while Bush was working for Access Hollywood and Trump was being interviewed about his guest-starring role on Days of Our Lives.
Speaking of actress Arianne Zucker, who was meeting the duo on set, Trump said at the time:
"I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her.
"You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful - I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it.
"You can do anything."
In case you somehow forgot about the video, which included Trump saying how he likes to grab women by the pussy, click PLAY below:
Bush egged Trump on during this wildly inappropriate rant, agreeing back then that Zucker was "hot as sh-t" and laughing about how Trump can do "whatever [he] want[s]" to members of the opposite sex.
Within days after this clip hit the Internet, Bush was fired from The Today Show.
And while Trump mostly brushed off the exchange as "locker room banter," Bush did issue an apologetic statement that read as follows:
"Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago - I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along.
"I’m very sorry."
That was the last we heard from him on the topic. Until now.
“I wish I had changed the topic," Bush tells The Hollywood Reporter, adding:
"I wish I had said: ‘Does anyone want water?’ or ‘It looks like it’s gonna rain.’ He liked TV and competition. I could’ve said, ‘Can you believe the ratings on whatever?’
"I didn’t have the strength of character to do it."
In his first extended interview since the scandal that has placed his career on hold, Bush didn't make any excuses.
But he did try to offer an explanation.
"I could not put two thoughts together. Things were happening way too fast.”
What about Trump's description of the back-and-forth? Does Bush agree this is simply how guys talk when by themselves?
“I’m in a lot of locker rooms, I am an athlete, and no, that is not the type of conversation that goes on or that I’ve participated in,” he told THR.
Bush also says he didn't really take Trump seriously at the time.
Many, many women have since come forward and accused Trump of sexual misconduct.
But Bush dismissed those comments in 2005 as mere words, as something Trump said to get a laugh or to garner approval.
“Almost like Andrew Dice Clay, the stand-up comedian: Does he really do the things that he’s saying or is that his act?” Bush said to THR.
“And in Donald’s case, I equated it that way. When he said what he said, I’d like to think if I had thought for a minute that there was a grown man detailing his sexual assault strategy to me, I’d have called the FBI."
Bush says he has not spoken to Trump since the tape went public.
Describing the last seven months as a “roller coaster,” Bush says he’s committed to be being a “better, fuller man.”
He won’t say much about a new series he has in the works, but he does say that he's doing everything in his power to learn from this incident.
"I am not grateful for the moment," he says. "But I'm grateful for what I've gotten out of it. I'm grateful that it hit me all the way to my core."
As for Trump?
He's the most powerful man on the planet and most American citizens long for the days when his main controversies centered around the mere utterance of a few words.
It's been one week since former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his cell at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts.
While certain key questions about Hernandez's suicide have been answered by the ensuing investigation, many more have arisen.
Most of those questions concern Hernandez's mindset in the moments before he decided to hang himself hang himself with a bed sheet.
Curiously, the suicide happened just days after Hernandez was acquitted on double murder charges.
He was already serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole at the time of the verdict, but there was hope amongst Hernandez's attorneys that the acquittal would improve his chances of being found not guilty on appeal.
Much of the speculation about Hernandez's final days has centered around his alleged prison love affair with Kyle Kennedy, a fellow inmate at Souza-Baranowski.
Sources say Hernandez was devastated when his request to share a cell with Kennedy was denied, and in his already-fragile emotional state, the news was more than he could take.
Now, a new factor in the 27-year-old's tragic decision may have emerged thanks to a Newsweek report that claims Hernandez was high on synthetic marijuana at the time of his death.
According to the report, medical investigators found evidence of the drug known as K2 in Hernandez's system during a kidney fluid screen.
It may seem unlikely that marijuana would cause someone to take their own life, but in many cases, synthetic substitutes are marijuana in name only.
It's also been speculated that Hernandez may have experienced highly unusual reactions to THC and other drugs due to the presence of CTE or other brain injuries incurred on the playing field.
At one point, his attorneys planned to argue in court that past violent incidents had been prompted by Hernandez's marijuana use.
Officials suspect that a liquid version of K2 was smuggled into the prison by an associate of Hernandez's.
An investigation has been launched into how the contraband wound up in his cell.
Prison authorities say the drug is notoriously difficult to intercept, as such a small amount is needed to get high that it can be sent undetected through the mail.
Officials may never found out how the drug ended up in Hernandez's possession or whether it played a role in his decision to commit suicide, but the fact that he was under the influence is just one more strange detail in an increasingly macabre case.
Last week, the world was shocked to learn that former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell after having apparently taken his own life.
As details of the 27-year-old's final moments emerged, it became clear that the tragic incident might forever be surrounded in mystery.
Authorities confirmed that Hernandez scrawled a Bible passage on his forehead in red ink and used the same ink to create the appearance of wounds on his hands and feet in apparent reference to the crucifixion of Christ.
The Bible in his cell lay open to the chapter and verse written on his forehead, and tucked inside the pages were three separate suicide notes:
One was addressed to Hernandez's former fiancee, another to his 4-year-old daughter, and a third to a fellow inmate.
It's been widely reported that the inmate was Hernandez's gay lover.
Details about the convict were slow to emerge, but today, Radar Online is identifying him as Kyle Kennedy, a 22-year-old Massachusetts man serving a sentence on armed robbery charges.
The contents of the letters remain unknown, but those familiar with the situation say there's little doubt that Hernandez and Kennedy were involved in a romantic relationship.
Insiders add that prior to his death, Hernandez transferred ownership of a $50,000 watch to Kennedy as a gift for when he's released from prison.
Kennedy has reportedly been on suicide watch ever since the night when Hernandez's body was found.
Kennedy has been in prison since January of 2015, when he was arrested after robbing a gas station cashier with a knife.
The revelation that Hernandez may have been bisexual sheds new light on the details of his murder conviction.
Throughout the trial, a Hernandez associate named Ernest Wallace claimed that Hernandez's victim, Odin Lloyd, repeatedly taunted the athlete with gay slurs and threatened to out him.
Wallace says he believes it was Hernandez's fear of being exposed as bisexual that motivated him to take Lloyd's life.
We may never find out for certain what motivated Hernandez to murder Lloyd and then take his own life.
All we know now is that this unimaginably tragic situation somehow continues to get sadder by the day.
As you've likely heard by now, former NFL star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell this morning.
The one-time New England Patriots tight end was 27.
He was found guilty of murdering Odin Lloyd in 2015, but the suicide came on the heels of Hernandez being acquitted of an alleged double murder.
While Hernandez was still serving a life sentence for murder, the recent not guilty verdict significantly improved the chances that a pending appeals trial for the Lloyd case would work out in his favor.
The odd timing of the suicide has led to theories that Hernandez was murdered, a theory espoused by several people in his inner circle.
It may be quite some time before anything resembling a definitive answer takes shape, but in the meantime, new and disturbing details about the case continue to emerge.
WBZ Boston reported moments ago that Hernandez was found dead in his cell with "John 3:16" scrawled on his forehead.
John 3:16 is an apparent reference to the oft-quoted Bible verse. The verse, possibly the most famous in the Bible, reads:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
WBZ is also reporting that authorities are investigating the possibility that Hernandez was high on synthetic marijuana at the time of his suicide.
In another grim detail, Fox 25 in Boston is reporting that authorities who discovered Hernandez's body found large amounts of blood smeared on the walls of his cell.
Prior to his arrest, Hernandez was considered one of the top tight ends in the NFL, and a huge part of the Patriots' offensive success.
In 2011 and 2012, he and Rob Gronkowski made history as the only pair of tight ends to catch five touchdowns each in back-to-back seasons.
Before the start of the 2013 season, having just signed a huge contract extension, Hernandez was arrested by police on suspicion of Lloyd's murder.
He would never again be a free man.
A former semi-pro football player himself, Odin Lloyd was a friend who had previously dated the sister of Aaron's fiancee.
The nature of their falling out is unclear, but Lloyd was shot several times by a weapon seen in Hernandez's possession.
Hernandez, who pleaded not guilty, had an appeal pending at the time of his passing, so technically died an innocent man in the eyes of the law.
The Bristol, Conn., native is survived by fiancee Shayanna Jenkins and their four-year-old daughter, Avielle Janelle Jenkins-Hernandez.
It's been almost two years since news of the Josh Duggar sex scandals first began to go public, and the 28-year-old reality star-turned-used car salesman is still feeling the fallout.
Shortly after the world learned that Josh used the Ashley Madison dating website to find willing cheating partners, strange details about his two paid accounts with the company began to emerge.
Not surprisingly, Josh used an alias and a number of fake photos in his catfishing efforts, and now it seems the guy whose pics were stolen for Josh's failed attempts at infidelity is following through on plans to sue.
In Touch is reporting today that Josh was served with a subpoena at work on March 13, and unless he and accuser Matt McCarthy are able to reach a settlement out of court, Duggar may soon be forced to explain himself in front of a judge.
McCarthy, who works as a DJ and photographer in LA, says he can prove that his unwitting involvement in the Duggar scandals has negatively affected his career.
He claims that Josh stealing his photo caused his likeness to be permanently associated with one of the ugliest celebrity scandals in recent memory.
As a result, McCarthy says, potential clients in image-obsessed LA shied away from hiring him for fear of sending the wrong message.
It's a dubious argument, but if McCarthy can prove his business ventures have suffered as a result of his unwanted association with the Duggars, Josh may have to pay up big time.
Of course, he many never have to plead his case to a judge, as Josh and his family may decide to simply pay him off in order to avoid further negative publicity.
There was a time when that outcome would have been all but guaranteed, but the Duggars have survived so many controversies over the past two years they're probably feeling bulletproof these days.
A copy of the subpoena shows that Josh was served at his workplace in Siloam Springs, Arkansas on March 13.
The document does not indicate when he'll be required to appear in court.
A spokesperson for Josh's family recently revealed that his wife, Anna Duggar, is pregnant with the couple's fifth child.
We'll have further details on this developing story as more information becomes available.
Actor Danny Masterson is best known for his role as Hyde on the early 2000s sitcom That '70s Show.
In the years since the show ended its eight season run on Fox, however, Masterson's career has faltered, and these days, he's known in Hollywood circles primarily for his fanatical devotion to the Church of Scientology.
Now, several media outlets are reporting that Masterson is being investigated for rape by the LAPD.
“The Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Division, Sexual Assault Section, is conducting an investigation involving the actor Danny Masterson," the department said in a statement released moments ago.
“Three women have come forward and disclosed that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson during the early 2000s.”
The Church of Scientology has declined to comment, but a rep for Masterson has dismissed one of the charges in a statement issued to the press today:
"The alleged incident occurred in the middle of their 6 year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend," says the rep.
Of course, the fact that they were dating is immaterial, especially in the context of a relationship in which both parties are active Scientologists.
For starters, rape can and often does take place within the confines of a romantic relationship.
Additionally, former Scientologists have testified that while they were members of the cult, they were forbidden to report crimes by other Scientologists.
Materson's team goes on to blame the accusations on actress Leah Remini, who was herself a Scientologist until 2013, and who has devoted her life to exposing the organization's allegedly criminal practices in the years since.
“We are aware of [redacted]’s 16-year-old allegations," reads the statement from Masterson's reps.
"It was only after [redacted] was in contact with Leah Remini that she made allegations of sexual assault by Mr. Masterson.
"The alleged incident occurred in the middle of their 6-year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend.”
The statement goes on to claim that the accuser asked Scientologist officials to help her win Masterson back after their relationship ended:
“When Danny ended the relationship she continued to pursue him, even making threats to beat up his current wife Bijou Phillips unless she left him," Masterson's reps claim.
"In fact, we are informed by the Church that the only demand [redacted] made of the Church after Danny broke up with her was asking for their help to intervene so the breakup would not be permanent,”
Masterson has yet to comment on the charges personally.
We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
Katherine Jackson is facing yet another hardship in her life.
In new court documents, the mother of Michael Jackson alleges that she has been the victim of years of mental abuse at the hands of her nephew and driver.
His name is Trent Lamar Jackson.
A relative through marriage, Trent is accused of having accessed Jackson's bank accounts without her permission.
Other charges leveled against him in this damning legal filing include the assertion that Trent used Katherine's credit cards (without authorization) for personal use.
And also that he subjected her to years of mental abuse that has left Jackson “in a constant state of fear and confusion.”
Very serious stuff.
Jackson, who has obtained a restraining order against Trent, describes her nephew as “an abusive con-man” who has manipulated her in order to “assume control of her finances.”
The Jackson family matriarch, who has been at the center of quite a few controversies in her life, says she attempted to fire Trent on February 3, in the presence of a police officer no less, ordering him to move out of her guest house.
But he has simply refused to leave.
He took off just as deputies and her attorney arrived on the scene.
Katherine is currently in London visiting her daughter, Janet Jackson, who had a baby at the start of the year, and these legal papers say she is “afraid to go home with Trent there."
The documents detail how Jackson “fears he could physically harm her for terminating him.”
A judge has ordered her nephew to move out of her residence and return all keys, passwords and combinations to the property.
Trent has also been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Katherine Jackson.
The described abuse claims that "Trent has manipulated Mrs. Jackson so much, and preyed on her known kindness, that whenever the police arrive or efforts to press elder abuse charges have been undertaken, she ultimately recants or changes her mind."
The legal team on behalf of Jackson goes on to say that she "will have moments of strength, and tell her kids that Trent is abusing her, and by the time they get Adult Protections Services to the house, he has convinced her by crying or begging not to report him, and the cycle starts all over."
Trent has now responded to any of these allegations.
A hearing has been scheduled for March 1st.
According to at least one supposedly reliable source, Ivanka Trump is unlike her father in a rather important and mature way:
She can admit when she's wrong.
And this source tells Us Weekly that the First Daughter is well aware she messed up on Saturday by posting a certain image to her Instagram account.
The 35-year old came under fire over the weekend after sharing a photo of herself in a silver Carolina Herrera gown on her various social media account.
The picture was snapped while Trump was attending the annual Alfalfa Club dinner.
And while this could have typically been shrugged off as just another example of Trump flaunting her wealth, good looks and status online for all to see... well...
... Saturday was not exactly a typical day across the nation Ivanka's dad now rules.
In response to President Trump's Executive Order that banned refugee access to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries, thousands of protestors took to airports around the country.
There were gatherings held in support of immigrants in Chicago, Nashville, Los Angeles and New York, to name just a few cities.
So many critics considered it rather tone-deaf of Ivanka to not only NOT mention these protests online, but to post a photo that depicted her luxurious lifestyle for all to see.
And Trump reportedly understands this viewpoint.
A source familiar with the situation told Vanity Fair today that Trump "feels terrible about the post, and does not want something like this to happen again."
She has not deleted the post, but this sort of recognition is a good start.
A second insider, meanwhile, told the news outlet that although the post showed her "naiveté in not understanding her surroundings or circumstances," Ivanka "can adjust her behavior accordingly, and she's open to that."
And then there's a third source, who actually says Trump had no idea any sort of protests were even going on throughout the country.
How is this possible?
Because, according to this report, Ivanka and her husband were in the middle of observing Shabbat.
Both halve of couple are Orthodox Jews, meaning they don't use technology or do any work between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday.
Could they truly have not known about Trump's Muslim ban and the subsequent outrage? And then Ivanka Tweeted the controversial photo above after sundown on Saturday, but before checking the news?
It's possible, we suppose.
But we still can't blame those who fired back with insults, quips and comments such as the one below:
Kushner is, somehow, a close advisor to President Trump.
Ivanka, conversely, does not official role in her father's administration, but she stuck closely by his side throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and has moved her family to DC since he won the election.
She has not made a public comment about the Women's March held on January 21 or about the protests in response to her father's Executive Order last Friday.
A source close to the Ivanka told Us Weekly last week that her dad "looks to Ivanka for advice and consultation on almost everything." Which is a scary prospect, if you think about.
Then again... Donald talking to Steve Bannon about almost everything is A LOT scarier.
According to a new report, Tarek El Moussa has something in common with Ben Affleck.
No, the Flip or Fop co-host has not been selected to portray Batman; nor is he good friends with Matt Damon.
But Tarek has been accused of sleeping with the nanny of his children, an allegation that has surfaced just days after we learned Tarek is now separated from wife Christina.
The HGTV stars confirmed their split last week after a scary incident between the couple in May finally went public.
Following an argument with Christina, Tarek grabbed a gun and stormed off into the woods near his Orange Country home, prompting a 911 call from a frantic Christina, who feared Tarek was suicidal.
Authorities arrived on the scene and confiscated a number of weapons inside the couple's residence, with Tarek assuring everyone that he simply needed to blow off some steam.
But the viral nature of this story forced Christina and Tarek to admit that they've been separated for several months.
Via statement, the Flip or Floppers said:
Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage.
We had an unfortunate misunderstanding about six months ago and the police were called to our house in an abundance of caution. There was no violence and no charges were filed.
During the [separation] process, we are committed to our kids and being the best parents we can be.
Since this admission, it has also come out that the stars have been dating other people.
And not just random people, either.
Christina is allegedly getting it on with Gary Anderson, the family contractor who actually witnessed Tarek's aforementioned breakdown.
Moreover, TMZ now claims that Tarek had a romance with 23-year-old Alyssa Logan, the nanny who was taking care of Tarek and Christina's two kids, while also performing assistant chores for the family.
HOWEVER, unlike Affleck, Jude Law or Gavin Rossdale - all stars who have reportedly screwed their nannies - Tarek is not accused of cheating on Christina with Logan.
The relationship apparently started after he and Christina broke up.
Tarek even let Logan go as a nanny once he started to develop feelings for her, making their dalliance a tad less shady.
Still, though, that has to be sort of weird for everyone involved, right?
According to TMZ, Tarek and Alyssa dated for about a month in October and that was it.
“We have both dated other people following the separation, but neither of us is ready to announce anything in terms of another relationship," the couple said in another joint statement after news of their separation made headlines.
HGTV has confirmed that Flip or Flop will continue airing new episodes and may even get a new season, if ratings remain strong.
Tarek and Christina seem committed to the series as business partners, even if they are no longer life partners.
Heck, perhaps they're even faking this drama in order to remain relevant, although we somehow doubt it. They just don't seem like the type.
Do you hope Tarek and Christina get back together?
Will you keep watching Flip or Flop?
Or is the show now ruined for you because its main stars have stopped having sex with each other?
Susan Olsen looked like this as a child:
She was as cute as cute can be, rising to fame as Cindy Brady, the youngest daughter on iconic series The Brady Bunch.
But that was then.
This is now.
And there's nothing cute or precious or appealing about the reason why Olsen is made major headlines today.
The former actress was fired from her job as a Los Angeles radio show co-host after she went on a lengthy, dirty, homophobic rant via Facebook.
The 55-year-old spoke with openly gay actor Leon Acord-Whiting as she helmed the segment "Two Chicks Talkin' Politics" on Wednesday - and, following the show, Acord-Whiting took to social media accuse Olsen of spreading "outrageous misinformation."
This is what he wrote on his Facebook page:
"It is wildly irresponsible for LA Talk Radio to allow a Trump fanatic to co-host one of their programs, where she can spew her idiotic lies unchecked.
"(Being a liberal and a patriot are mutually exclusive? Hillary is causing the protests & hate crimes? The Koran is a political tract?)."
These were topics discussed on air.
"As much as I love [cohost] Sheena Metal, I think LA Talk Radio needs to give 'Cindy Brady' her walking papers," Acord-Whiting added.
"I will not listen to or appear on any shows there from this point forward until she's gone. This isn't just disagreeing on, say, tax plans or foreign policy.
"Susan Olsen spreads outrageous misinformation & it is dangerous and unprofessional."
Olsen did not take kindly to this attack.
"This is the little piece of human waste," she replied on her own Facebook page. "He blocked himself from me before I could even get one hit in. If you can find him, please send him my love."
Olsen also blasted Acord-Whiting, in horrifying manner, via a private message.
Which the actor went ahead and shared with the world, writing as a caption:
And by now, your homophobic private message to me is being shared all over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. So I don't have to say another word. The world is seeing your true colors.
As you can see, Olsen wrote the following to her new enemy:
Hey there little p--sy, let me get my big boy pants on and Reallly take you on!!! What a snake in the grass you are you lying piece of s--t too cowardly to confront me in real life so you do it on Facebook.
You are the biggest f----t ass in the world the biggest p--sy! My D--k is bigger than yours Which ain't sayin much! What a true piece of s--t you are! Lying f----t! I hope you meet your karma SLOWLY AND PAINFULLY.
That was the response of LA Talk Radio, which fired Olsen after this rant went viral and then wrote via state that it "takes pride in its close and collaborative relationship with the LGBT community."
We "will continue to provide a home for those who have hopeful and positive messages of togetherness and tolerance to share with our listeners.
"We will not tolerate hateful speech by anyone associated with our radio station and have severed our ties with a host that veered off the direction in which we are going."
We will never be able to watch Brady Bunch reruns the same way again.
We're just glad Florence Henderson died before she had to learn what her former TV daughter thinks and it williny to say.
Well, this is kind of disappointing.
You know Chip and Joanna Gaines, from Fixer Upper on HGTV?
They have a whole lot of fans, just so many people who love them and adore them and think that they're just the best, cutest couple to ever appear on reality television.
Or they did have a whole lot of fans, before this little story came out last week.
A few days ago, Buzzfeed published a story all about the church that the Gaines family attends, specifically about the Church's pastor, Jimmy Seibert.
According to the report, Seibert is "against same-sex marriage," and he "promotes converting LGBT people into being straight."
The idea that a pastor in Texas would be against gay marriage is, sadly, not all that shocking, but some of the things that Seibert has said definitely are.
He's been quoted as stating that "Statistics say that 90% of people who are in a full-blown homosexual lifestyle were abused in some way. Physically sexually, mentally."
He's also called "same-sex attraction" an "addiction," that young people see "sexuality up front in pornography" and get caught up in it.
As for the terrible, terrifying idea of conversion therapy, Seibert has claimed "I have seen hundreds of people personally change their direction of same-sex attraction from a homosexual lifestyle to a heterosexual lifestyle."
"It doesn't mean that they don't struggle with feelings, it doesn't mean that they aren't hurting, it doesn't mean it's not challenging."
"But they have chosen to change," he said. "And there has always been grace there for those who choose that."
So the idea, and the scandal, is that since Chip and Joanna attend Seibert's church, they must share his views.
HGTV has made a statement about the controversy that read "We don't discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows."
"HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series."
But still, Chip and Joanna haven't made a statement themselves, and, it's worth noting, they've never made any sort of homophobic remarks publicly.
However, Chip's Twitter account sure has been interesting these past few days ...
On December 1st, right after the original article was published, he tweeted "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE."
Later that day, he wrote "U know.. even as all hell 'appears' to be breaking loose. All I have to do is look at my 4 precious babies sleeping, or kiss Jo good morning and at least at that moment, at my house, all is right with the world."
A couple of days after that, he asked his fans to "please! respect" the authors of the article, "regardless of our decision to make a statement about all this craziness, or not."
And then, this morning, he tweeted "In times of trouble.. you'll find the gaines family at church."
So that seems pretty pointed, right?
He could have fired off a quick tweet denying that they share the same beliefs as their pastor, he could have even not tweeted anything.
But instead, he stated that, in the middle of all this mess, the family would be at church. With the pastor.
We hope we're wrong about this, but it's really not looking too great, huh?
Melania Trump is threatening to sue the man who has caused America to wonder whether or not her son is autistic.
In a seven-minute video shared on YouTube last week, James Hunter compiled a number of clips of Barron Trump throughout his father's campaign to be President.
Footage of the 10-year old from the Republican National Convention and also from his father’s victory speech on the night of November 8 are especially prominent, with Hunter a making connection between young Barron’s behavior and specific signs of autism.
At one point, for example, the video depicts the child clapping... yet not actually having both hands connect.
There’s also footage of Barron Trump moving around in a chair and blinking often a bit during his dad's Election Day acceptance speech.
There are many instances of the child yawning and grimacing.
The video grew in popularity after Rosie O'Donnell linked to it and asked on Twitter:
"Barron Trump Autistic? if so – what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic."
The comedian, who is a blood rival of Donald Trump, has since explained that she harbors no ill will toward anyone in Donald's family.
According to a legal letter from attorney Charles Harder, which was obtained by TMZ and excerpted across the Internet, “a video was posted at YouTube recently speculating that Barron might be autistic. He is not.
The lawyer goes on to state:
"The video includes the hashtag ‘StopTheBullying’ but yet the video itself is bullying by making false statements and speculation about a 10-year old boy for the purpose of harassing him and his parents...
"The online bullying of children, including Barron Trump, should end now."
On that point, Democrats and Republicans can both agree.
Melania Trump and her legal team are asking Hunter to remove the video from YouTube as soon as possible.
Hunter, meanwhile, tells Gossip Cop that “never meant to hurt” the Trump family and that he “just wanted to bring light to the autism epidemic.”
He adds via statement:
"I’m honestly kinda scared right now. The only reason I made the video is because I saw how much social media was bullying Barron Trump, and I wanted it to stop.
"I’d be really sad if I’ve made the situation worse, but I never could’ve imagined that the video would get so much press."
Do you believe him?
Or do you think Hunter knew what he was doing all along?
It's fair to say that even the harshest critic of Donald Trump would say that his 10-year old son is off limits when it comes to criticism and harassment.
Hunter concludes by saying he is “on the spectrum” of autism and just wanted to bring “light” to the “epidemic.”
"I have a lot of respect for Melania Trump. I believe she’s a very smart and I’ll think she’ll be a great First Lady.
"I never ever meant to hurt her family or her son. If this is actually true, and if I actually see a real statement of her asking me to remove it, I will.
"I NEVER meant to hurt their family. I just with them the best."
Megyn Kelly is not about to let former Fox CEO, Roger Ailes get away with the way he treated her during the time they worked with each other.
45-year-old, Kelly, started working for the network in 2004 and has revealed to Dr. Phil that her issues with Ailes kicked off just 12 months after she started.
“My problems with Roger began when I was at the company for 12 months — I was a first-year reporter,” says Kelly.
Kelly revealed she was called up to New York for a meeting and that's when things got horrible.
“But the problem with that meeting and with several that happened over the next six months was not only was there legitimate professional advice, but there were grossly inappropriate comments,” says Kelly, who also revealed Ailes kept making comments about her body.
kelly was quick to point out that things were only going to get more worse for her.
"It grew more severe over time,” she adds.
“He said he knew I must have some ‘very sexy bras’ and he’d like to see me in them.” “I’m not looking to be salacious, and trust me, this isn’t pleasant for me to discuss,” she says.
If this all turns out to be true, it shows just how despicable Roger Ailes is.
“But I want people to understand this was real, he did do this, and I was far from the only one.”
The whole ordeal must have been horrific for Megyn, but Ailes' attorney, Susan Estrich previously revealed that her client denied all of the allegations.
“Mr. Ailes denies her allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct of any kind.”
Megyn was not the only one to reveal she was targeted by Roger Ailes.
Fox News host, Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit earlier this year, claiming sexual harassment and retaliation.
In the wake of those claims being revealed, Ailes resigned from his position with the network.
Megyn Kelly's memoir, Settle For More will be released tomorrow.
What do you think about all this?
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