Saturday, April 30, 2016

Meternity State of Mind

Every week there is a meme on Facebook that says that while you were talking about weeks biggest story, they (the government) was busy doing this. And it is always catastrophic and horrible. While reading some news online, it made me wonder what horrible thing the government is hiding while the debate about Meternity is going on. It has to be a doozy. While with many points being made about this 'concept' are very accurate, there is one thing happening that is just as wrong.

For those that don't know about Meternity, it's a fiction book that was published earlier this week. Meghann Foye noticed that the ladies she worked with seemed a lot happier when they had kids/got to go on maternity leave. She and a friend hatched a plan for her to fake a pregnancy so that she got the same thing. Which as it turns out ended up being the basis for the novel. She also wrote an article for the New York Post, which is where she stepped in doo doo. In the article she essentially accuses parents of using their children as an excuse to leave early and having three months off to 'self reflect'. This set off a firestorm of controversy, and frankly some good publicity for the book. And make no mistake this is what was intended.

One of the unintended consequences of the firestorm however is that there are a ton of negative reviews of the book on Amazon. Seriously 81 people as of this writing had given the book a 1 star review. Here's the kicker though, some of those people admit to not even buying the book! They are basing the review solely on the fact that the premise of the novel makes them mad. Sure it is their right, however it is damaging the system for all of us. When I look at a book, I make the decision to buy or not to buy it based on my interests. Take Pounded in the butt by my Own Butt (yes it's a real book), the premise sounds kind of intriguing and out there. The premise is quite simple the main character clones his own butt and then has sex with it. There is only one 2 star rating that I saw and that was just because the reader thought it was priced too high for a few pages. If you want to blast Foye for her views, go to the comment section of any blog, go to her website, but don't trash a book that you haven't read.

Foye's views are out there. If someone wants to take time off to figure themselves out, they are more than welcome to. But don't do it under the guise of fairness in the workplace because that's not what it is. However for those that don't agree with her, don't discredit your credibility by reviewing a book that you haven't read and then tell everyone else you haven't read it. Nobody deserves to have their career destroyed because of their views.

Freedom of Speech is not freedom from consequences. But reviewing, rating a book that you didn't read is unfair. Make your voice heard in other ways, by not buying the book. By boycotting the publisher. Personally I tweeted her telling her I don't agree with Meternity as a practice but thought the concept for a fiction book was interesting.

Now though it's time to find out what this controversy is distracting us from.

What's your take on Meternity?

Friday, April 29, 2016

Kelly and Michael's Feud Explodes

This week has been very odd. On Tuesday I write about Kelly Ripa declaring on air that Disney lied to us last week. That story exploded and became the top story of the week, until yesterday when news of Prince having AIDS became more common knowledge and people sought out that post. Once again I will be writing about Kelly Ripa and her ongoing feud with outgoing co-host Michael Strahan.

It became evident this morning that the next few weeks are going to be highly entertaining. When they came out this morning, Kelly started the conversation by talking about divorced parents keeping the kids at one house and alternating who stays there. That's when Kelly made her boldest insult against Michael yet: "There’s a great article in the paper and I want to get your take on it because I don’t have a take on it. But I want yours. So you’ve gotten divorced..." Michael was clearly annoyed by this, but the audience wasn't. Even if it wasn't intentional on Disney's handling of the situation has made it more entertaining than anything that's been on TV in a long time. And Kelly is fueling the fire as much as possible, even for a better contract next year or letting everyone know she isn't sticking around this trainwreck. 

With Kelly needling him constantly, Michael's friends are encouraging him to start striking back. So far he's been a team player and followed the company line, even praising Kelly. Our friends over at Blind Gossip has a source that said, "He knows where all the bodies are buried and his friends have heard all the stories. If she’s going to be a b*tch, they don’t think he should just sit there and take it like a wimp." Let's hope that Michael takes his friends advice and starts spilling the tea. Can you imagine the fireworks that will come of that? It could help Live! win May sweeps with more viewers than they have had in years. 

Are you Team Kelly or Team Michael?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Business Of Beyonce

When you've been in the gossip business for as long as I have, there's nothing that can shock you. My Facebook feed went crazy on Saturday when Beyonce dropped her newest visual album, and I was like eh it's just another day that ends in Y. The interesting thing though is that Bey went in on Jay-Z and ( maybe) revealed that he had been cheating on her. SCANDAL! Unless of course you've been following the gossip. The crazy thing is that people are talking about what it means to be married and how Beyonce is reclaiming her place at the top.

When Beyonce debuted "Formation" at the Super Bowl, everyone lost their minds. Some White people started saying that the sing was racist and anti-cop, while Black People rejoiced that the A-lister was speaking out about police brutality. In truth both were right, because art is subjective and different people will take it different ways. Bey is a genius when it comes to knowing that and let the conversation flow, even when cops began to threaten not to work her concerts. All this did was heighten awareness of the song and helped her sell more singles.

Heightened awareness is going to help her sell more copies of the new album Lemonade, as well. This time though, instead of sending a strong political message, she went personal. Before I go on, I have not heard the album or watched the HBO special, and there are a few political songs on it but many more personal songs. In the song "Sorry" Beyonce tells her husband that he better go back to his side piece and leave her alone. One line in that song has created a firestorm; "Becky with the good hair." It's become a cottage industry with memes, T-shirts, anything you can imagine popping up. What's more is that Bey has not left the headlines since the special and album dropped. That has to be good for sales.

But what about her marriage? If anyone thinks that Jay-Z didn't know what his wife was up to, then I have a visual album of my own to sell you. Bey and Jay are a team, whether you think their marriage is just for show or not. He knew exactly what she was going to put on the album and what the lyrics would be implying/revealing. He also knows that it's good for business and GREAT for Beyonce's image. Lemonade is helping America rediscover the artistry of Beyonce, unlike Tidal's other exclusive streaming album, Rihanna's Anti.

Beyonce knows what is god business and giving us her most revealing album ever is the way that Beyonce Inc will continue to flourish for the foreseeable future.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Prince Had AIDS

Just as I hit publish on the other Prince post, my inbox was flooded with numerous reports finally confirming that Prince was positive. In fact The National Enquirer will be blasting it on it's cover this week. Since his tragic death last Thursday, people have been speculating what happened to him and now at least we have part of the picture. 

Last week a blind item from Media Takeout was breaking the internet. In it they revealed a beloved African American celeb was diagnosed with AIDS. The overwhelming guess was Prince and Blind Gossip confirmed it today. Here is what they said: "Prince had AIDS. He had suffered with the illness for many years. Those close to him knew both of his illness and his desire to keep it a secret." Seeing as Prince was a very private person, it is not unbelievable that he would want to keep his illness from the public. Sure a Charlie Sheen confession interview would have been nice, but Prince avoided controversy the way that I avoid the Kardashians. Sure it pops up every now and again but it never lasts for very long. 

Most of the media is avoiding using AIDS to describe what happened with Prince. In fact People will only identify it as a serious illness. "PRINCE MAY HAVE STRUGGLED WITH A ‘SERIOUS ILLNESS’ BEFORE SUDDEN DEATH, SOURCE SAYS: ‘PEOPLE CLOSE TO HIM WERE VERY CONCERNED’" This is 2016 people, there needs to be a conversation about what AIDS is and how destructive it can be. If for no other reason than there are people who have the disease that need to know that there are medications that can help keep them alive. 

Other media outlets like The National Enquirer are calling it like it is. Now I know there will be questions about the reliability of The Enquirer, once you are nominated for a Pulitzer then I don't think there should be any question. Also they have broken more big news stories than ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News, and CBS combined. They claim that he was diagnosed with AIDS 6 months ago, "was diagnosed with AIDS just six months before his death — but refused medical treatment, believing he could be cured by prayer!" There does seem to be some conflict about when he was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease. Media Takeout says he had known for years and The Enquirer says for only a few months. A friend of mine pointed out that he could have had HIV and not AIDS. A more interesting fact is that he thought religion would cure him. 

Religion is a funny thing to talk or write about. Especially when one is not familiar with a specific religion. So here I will only talk about what has been reported and offer very minimal commentary on the actual religion itself. The Media Takeout blind that started the conversation by saying that Prince "believed that he was cured, and he had some crazy [religious] people who told him that God cured him. So he stopped taking his medication and the sickness came back. Now doctors say he’s dying, and there is nothing anyone can do about it." Taking medication for any illness is important. While I can appreciate one having belief in a deity, it is never a good idea to not listen to the doctor and stop taking medication. 

The Prince Lie

There was an internal debate that I had today: Another Kelly Ripa/Michael Strahan post or one about Prince. While the former would have helped me with the research for my book, the latter seemed to be much more intriguing. Since The Purple One died last week, there has been a slew of rumors flying around. Some of them have been about affairs he had, but mostly the articles centered around how and why he died. This won't solve that mystery but it does reveal that a lie was told about the emergency stop his flight made and subsequent visit to the hospital.

So for those that don't know, April 15th aka Tax Day, Prince was on his way home from a concert. His private plane made an emergency landing and Prince was rushed to the hospital with a mystery medical condition. Sounds juicy, right? Well not so much because right after they claimed it was the flu. And we all went on our merry way and thought nothing of it. Until Prince's people decided to let us know that he didn't stay at the hospital because there were no private rooms available. Who does he think he is? Beyonce giving birth?

Speaking of lies, it's starting to come out now that was one. A source told our friends over at Blind Gossip that the legend's publicist forgot that one of the commandments is thou shall not lie. "It’s not a big city hospital, and things were quiet that night they brought him in. There definitely WAS a private room available that night and he was told that. Even thought the doctors recommended that he stay so that he could be monitored, he said, 'I don’t want to stay.'" Hmm why wouldn't a superstar want to stay at the hospital? 

Right after that reports of Prince overdosing began coming out. Though no one will say what the actual drug was. Some say it was percocet, others say it could have been vicodin. Then there is the Media Takeout report that says that HIV is what took him from us. According to another post on BG, the family is already deciding how to handle the cause of death and what to reveal. Expect more lies to cover up whatever really happened. There is a fortune to protect. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Michael Strahan Leaving Live! Early

One of my professors told me that she rather enjoyed my writing, and analysis because I was usually right on target. Earlier today MMC and I were having a discussion on a Facebook post and I told her that I didn't think Michael Strahan would be sitting by Kelly Ripa's side until September. I am no Dionne Warwick, it just made the most sense to me. Then literally as I was waiting to take a final, Deadline pops up with the news that Michael will be taking an early bow from Live! With Kelly and Michael.

So earlier today, there was a post about how Kelly Ripa just out and out called Disney Lying Liars. Which many are now saying that she is too. There is much speculation that Kelly told the higher ups at Disney/WABC/ABC that there was no way in Hades that she was sitting by that man for the rest of the summer, as he prepares to move on over to Good Morning America. It looks like the execs agreed with her because after the show was taped, an announcement was made that Michael's last day would be May 13th. Some sources are saying that the producers don't want to have to replace both hosts close together.

Apparently Kelly's current contract expires in 2017 and there have been rumblings that she is out of there. It would be hard to pass up another $20 million a year contract, but perhaps if she feels she can get a better deal somewhere else, then she will. Most of us are looking at that and wishing that we could get just 1% of that, hell I would settle for my rent being paid for you in a NYC apartment. I digress. Michael is leaving, Kelly is getting a new co-host sooner rather than later. 

Kelly Ripa Reveals Disney Lies....On Air!

No, the Kardashians weren't transported off of Earth, that's just a silly little fanfiction I'm writing.(this was for another headline I had up, then changed it.) How great would it be if they were though? Then gossip sites wouldn't need to do articles about them in the hopes of gaining a few extra pageviews. Enough about them though, this is about Kelly Ripa returning to Live! after taking a few days off to show how much power she has, er I mean celebrate her 20th anniversary.

Before I starting writing this today, I was debating between doing an article on Prince or on this. Seeing as I've already been covering this story and am working on a book about it, it made more sense to follow through with the Kelly story. So she returned to work today after taking some time off to process Michael Strahan leaving her to work on Good Morning America. Kelly and Michael walked out hand in hand (sending a message) and once the applause died down this is what she said: "Guys, our long national nightmare is over.  I first want to honestly sincerely thank you for welcoming me back to the show. The show of support to this bizarre time has really been overwhelming.  I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts; after 26 years with this company, I earned the right. And let's be honest, I know half of you called in sick to be here, so we get each other." This is interesting for a few reasons but first let's just acknowledge that she is acknowledging her time on All My Children. Makes my heart sing. Most of you will tell me that she always respects her daytime start and you're not wrong, but it's still terrific that she does. So what do I find interesting about the quote?

Kelly Ripa called Disney out on their lies! They released a statement saying that her short hiatus was part of a pre-planned vacation. However her statement flies in the face of that and shows the cold hard facts. She could have said anything from 'Hey I'm back' to 'I had fun in the Poconos.' Instead she addressed the issue head on and admitted that she needed time to process that she was once again losing a co-host without any sort of warning. There might be push back from the Mouse House for that but Kelly has a reputation to protect and the public is mostly on her side, so ABC and Disney better have a good reason to punish her, if they do. 

She was also offered a reassurance that her job isn't going anywhere, any time soon. Kelly revealed on air that this drama has "started a much greater conversation about communication, and consideration, and most importantly respect in the workplace ... apologies have been made, and the best thing to come out of all of this, you guys, is that our parent company has assured me that Live! is a priority ... (and) there is a commitment to the show," Of course given that Disney is known to lie about things, one should not hold their breath. Just ask fans of One Life to Live and AMC. 

Disney could be using Kelly to assuage fans fears that Live! is going to be cancelled. However it does seem unlikely. The morning chatfest is an important franchise for ABC, Disney, and WABC. As the #2 daytime talk show, it is a natural stop for promoting movies and TV shows. Not to mention that the show brings in a cool $100 million per year. Another hour of GMA could potentially bring in the same results but look at everything that the network has tried in the daytime and failed since the soaps were cancelled. Imagine what would happen if they lied to Kelly and do try to cancel Live!,,,, The results will not be pretty. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Cruz and Kasich Team Up To Stop Trump

I was working on my new book, when I decided that writing 100 words was enough to justify some procrastination. So I went over to Facebook and saw that Ted Cruz and John Kasich are teaming up to try and curb the delegate count for Donald Trump. These team up is causing waves all over the Republican Party today.

Right now Trump has 845 of the 1237 delegates that are needed. Cruz has 559 and Kasich has 148. With 733 more delegates still in play, it seemed very likely that Trump would snag the nomination, which nobody in the party wanted. In their eyes this is a worst case scenario, rumors have abounded that the Republican establishment are throwing their weight behind Cruz in an effort to not have to support Trump.

With today's announcement, it has become clear that they will do anything possible to make sure the nomination does not go to the Real Estate mogul. Their plan is for each candidate to focus on where they are the strongest. Cruz will focus his energy on winning in Indiana and Kasich will be focusing on New Mexico and Oregon. Cruz's campaign manager Jeff Roe says "To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico." What he should be saying is that they don't want Trump to get the nomination and right now they are doing everything in their power to ensure there is a brokered convention. 

None of this is sitting well with the front runner however. He is livid over this, but as always his arrogance is intact. On his Facebook page he blasts the alliance and says that he is more committed to winning than ever. Here is his full statement:

It is sad that two grown politicians have to collude against one person who has only been a politician for ten months in order to try and stop that person from getting the Republican nomination.

Senator Cruz has done very poorly and after his New York performance, which was a total disaster, he is in free fall and as everyone has seen, he does not react well under pressure. Also, approximately 80% of the Republican Party is against him. Governor Kasich, who has only won 1 state out of 41, in other words, he is 1 for 41 and he is not even doing as well as other candidates who could have stubbornly stayed in the race like him but chose not to do so. Marco Rubio, as an example, has more delegates than Kasich and yet suspended his campaign one month ago. Others, likewise, have done much better than Kasich, who would get slaughtered by Hillary Clinton once the negative ads against him begin. 85% of Republican voters are against Kasich.

Collusion is often illegal in many other industries and yet these two Washington insiders have had to revert to collusion in order to stay alive. They are mathematically dead and this act only shows, as puppets of donors and special interests, how truly weak they and their campaigns are. I have brought millions of voters into the Republican primary system and have received many millions of votes more than Cruz or Kasich. Additionally, I am far ahead of both candidates with delegates and would be receiving in excess of 60% of the vote except for the fact that there were so many candidates running against me.

Because of me, everyone now sees that the Republican primary system is totally rigged.

When two candidates who have no path to victory get together to stop a candidate who is expanding the party by millions of voters, (all of whom will drop out if I am not in the race) it is yet another example of everything that is wrong in Washington and our political system. This horrible act of desperation, from two campaigns who have totally failed, makes me even more determined, for the good of the Republican Party and our country, to prevail!

What scares me the most is that for the last few days, I have found myself agreeing with The Donald. However the fact of the matter is that he needs to win more than he loses here on out and with the Cruz and Kasich focusing on a few states, essentially no longer seeking enough delegates to win the path to victory for Trump is no longer as clear cut as it once was.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prince Has Died

Just before I was heading into class for my final, I was reading comments on another blog and they said that Prince died. When I got to class, I asked my best friend if that was true. He responded in the negative, and I took my final. Nearly 45 minutes into the test, my instructor made the news official that the legendary Prince had died at the tender age of 57.

The first reports that came out was that there was a death at his home, Paisley Park. Rumors immediately began to swirl that it was the Purple One himself. Shortly after the next of kin was notified, Prince's publicist released this statement:

"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57, There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."
Recently Prince had been ill with what was being reported as the flu. Many gossip sites, Media Take Out, alleged that there was something more going on. In fact, in a thinly worded blind item MTO suggested that the Pop Legend might have contracted HIV, but stopped taking the meds for religious reasons. On April 15th, his plane had an emergency landing and he was rushed to the hospital. After a few hours, the plane resumed it's flight. He rested for a few days and was said to be in good spirits. That is until earlier this week, when he began to feel ill again. None of this indicates that MTO was correct or that the blind was related to Prince but on BlindGossip it seems to be down and there is a note in huge, red lettering that they are updating it.

MTO says there is suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. They leave it with this quote from an alleged close friend of Prince's ""Prince is a lot sicker than he's leading on."

RIP Prince. 

Breaking: Chyna Found Dead in her Home

It took me a minute to realize that this wasn't a Facebook hoax. Every day I see another item that claims a celeb has died and it turns out to be completely false or the celeb has been dead for years already. However in this case, Chyna really was found dead in her home.

According to multiple reports a friend of Joanie Laurer (Chyna's real name) went to her house after not seeing or hearing from her in a few days. It was then that she was discovered dead. Right now police don't believe that foul play is involved, but they are investigating a possible overdose. While this might seem cynical, Chyna did battle addiction for years and prescription pills were found in the home.

Chyna was best known for being the first female superstar of the WWE. Many people called her the 9th Wonder of the World. After her wrestling career came to an end, Chyna went on to become a reality TV star and then she did a few porn movies. Recently she had went to Japan to teach English,

Her friends are already coming out and sending their condoloences:

James Storm Tweeted: "Thoughts and prayers go out to Chyna's family. She was always cool with me. #Rip9thWonder,"

Stephanie McMahon said: "She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna."

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Disney Feud: Kelly Ripa Vs Michael Strahan

What a difference 24 hours makes. On Monday the internet was melting down over the firing of Stana Katic from Castle, and now all anyone is talking about is Michael Strahan's new job over at Good Morning America. This has led to a massive Civil War inside of Disney and it could lead to more trouble over the next few months, if the feud between Kelly Ripa and Strahan isn't cooled off soon.

I didn't write about this yesterday because I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. There was more to the story and I kept waiting for it to reveal itself. Finally this morning, I got most of the pieces and decided to start putting together the story. It's going to be in a semi-timeline fashion.

Yesterday morning after they taped the show, Strahan sat down with Rip and Live Executive Producer Michael Gelman to let them know that he was leaving to join GMA full time. Of course it
was right around this time that Disney let the bomb out to the press. This did not sit well with either of them, especially Ripa. She is said to be furious over being kept in the dark, especially since she is the one who allegedly worked over time to get Strahan the co-host position in the first place.

After the meeting, Michael reached out to Kelly to apologize for how things went down and to explain that Disney CEO Bob Iger made him keep it a secret. However there was no response from his co-host. There is a rumor floating right now that she may be taking meetings with other networks interested in keeping her in the loop about things like this. As of right now those are unsubstantiated however.

At some point between yesterday afternoon and this morning, Kelly informed the production office that she would not show up for the taping today. This left Michael to go out and address the story with guest co-host Ana Gasteyer. TMZ is reporting that Ripa may not be back on the show for the foreseeable future. It seems to be in bad taste to make Kelly work with someone who she feels
betrayed her so badly in the first place.

Off timeline: It is being reported that Michael asked Bob Iger if there was a replacement plan in place and he was assured there was. Right now Anderson Cooper seems to be the odds on favorite to be seated next to Kelly next season.

One of the things I was waiting for yesterday was a blind item explaining the behind the scenes mechanics, Blind Gossip as always came through for me. They said in part: "Why did they pick him? Two reasons: He’s a proven commodity. He provides PC balance. That second reason is MUCH more important for his new show than his old show. You’ll see." Which has led me to theorize that Robin Roberts is on her way out. Right now, I'm placing my bet on her leaving on her own accord, after her health issues and what not but they could be firing her. I'm researching that for another post. 

Where do you stand in the Kelly Ripa/Michael Strahan feud?

Monday, April 18, 2016

RIP Doris Roberts

And the Grim Reaper strikes again. Last week, David Gest was taken from us and this week we have lost a comedic legend. Doris Roberts best known as Elka's friend, who slept with her husband on Hot In Cleveland passed away at the tender age of 90.

Of course I kid, Doris was of course best known as the mother in law from Hell on Everybody Loves Raymond. She won 5 Emmy awards, 4 of which for Raymond.

Doris was last seen out and about last week going to the movies in Hollywood. Multiple reports say that she passed away yesterday.

RIP sweet Doris. 

Stana Katic Fired From Castle

With long running shows, it's not uncommon for them to start losing creative steam. Many shows either make the decision to end or shake up the cast. In the case of Castle, they are going with the latter option. They aren't using the words fired or anything, instead most media is saying that Stana Katic is simply not returning to the show. However the implied meaning is that the producers let her go.

Castle has yet to be renewed for a 9th season, but Deadline says it's all but inevitable. Right now word is that ABC Studios and ABC are hoping for an abbreviated final season. Right now they are trying to sign Nathan Fillion on for  13 episodes. They decided a long time ago that Stana Katic would not be continuing. It was not her choice, the producers never approached her about continuing with the series. To her credit, Katic is staying classy about the whole thing, releasing this statement: “Rather then (SIC) distract from what was an amazing experience, I would just like to say that I’m very grateful to ABC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a much beloved show. Thank you to the fans.” It is wonderful that instead of trashing her bosses and the people who have essentially severed ties with her, she is thanking her fans. Maybe the producers have something up their sleeves to settle angry fans. 

One thought that popped into my mind was that this was all a PR stunt. Both the producers and Katic could be pulling the wool over our eyes. If next season is the last, why not bring back both stars? Yes the show is called Castle, which necessitates Fillion signing on. Over the years, Beckett and by extension Katic, have become just as central to the show. There could be a Scandal-esque twist where in public they are saying that Katic won't be returning but will eventually pop up as a surprise. 

The more likely scenario is that either Beckett or Castle go into witness protection (see TVLine's May Sweep Scorecard), leaving the other to twist in the wind. In either case, my best guess is that the show is going for a major reboot and that this may not be the final season in the way that we are thinking about it. In fact since ABC had a major regime change, I can see them trying to save their golden goose by tampering with the formula a little and seeing what sticks. Maybe Fillion won't sign on for a season 10 but they could morph the series. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Happy Birthday MMC!!!!

Everyone please wish  Gossiper MMC a very Happy Birthday!!! She is celebrating her 21st birthday again!! Who knew we were the same age? Happy Birthday, MMC!!  May it be filled with love, laughter and all the Van Hansis you can handle!!!

One day we will have our dance :-)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

What Secrets is Zac Efron Keeping?

In the wonderful world of celebrity, everyone is hiding something. Janet Jackson has a secret daughter, John Travolta likes it when men rub and tug him. Tom Cruise is allegedly being blackmailed by the leaders of Scientology. Now comes word that Zac Efron has a boatload of secrets and someone in his life wants to reveal them in a tell all.

Gay rumors have swirled around him since he was in High School Musical. Personally I get the gay vibe off of him but then I think everyone is gay. As his star has exploded, and his personal troubles brought forward by the scandal hungry press, I thought everything was out there. Apparently Zac is good at keeping secrets, at least some, because a mystery person in his life is shopping a tell all around. The thing is, Zac is doing everything in his power to make sure that it never sees the light of day. Which leads me to think that there must be something really good in that book. Maybe something that could destroy his career.

This person, allegedly a man, may just need a few extra dollars. Or maybe he is a scorned lover who is out for revenge. We may never know but Lord knows that I really hope that we do! Can you imagine the dirt that could be uncovered, especially if it's better than what we already know!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Breaking: David Gest Found Dead

A few weeks ago, my best friend called me the "Grim Reaper" because every time I went on my phone, I told him about another celeb that had passed away. That same feeling tumbled over me when I pulled up Google News to see if there was anything interesting to write about. There at the top of the page was news that David Gest had been found dead in his London Hotel room. 

Gest had been in London to start a new tour called David Gest Isn't Dead But Alive with Soul. This was apparently a joke because he left the Celebrity Big Brother house after just less than two weeks. Apparently he had some sort of medical condition that needed to be treated. This led his castmates to speculate that he was dying or had died. 

In the States, Gest of course is best known as Liza Minnelli's ex-husband. The two were technically married for 5 years. They married in 2001 and the divorce was finalized in 2007, however they separated in late 2002/early 2003. It was one of the messiest breakups in recent memory, with Gest claiming Liza physically beat him. He tried to sue her but it was dismissed. 

A post mortem will be done, but London police don't believe that there is any foul play involved in his death. The police and an ambulance were called to the Four Seasons Canary Wharf today at 10:17 am today. No word on who discovered Gest, that will be revealed in time. 

The next of kin and other family members are being informed as of this writing. 

More to come as this story develops.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Vampire Diaries To End

There are a lot of people who will be mad at me for posting this. It is my job however to report the good news with the bad. To that end, t is starting to look very likely that The CW's flagship show, The Vampire Diaries will be saying goodbye next season. After an early renewal this year, Ian Somerhalder says next season will be the last.

Many fans are wondering why the producers would end the series next year. The answer is simple, there is no more story left for them to tell. After reading the recap for the last episode that aired on Friday, the same fans seem to be complaining that the quality has slipped. Ian Somerhalder told the crowds at Walker Stalker Con “We have decided to do one last season to really do the story justice,” It makes sense that they want one last season to tie up all the loose ends. But will the fans show up?

In the last few years, shows like Arrow and The Flash, have taken the ratings crown from TVD. In fact the ratings sagged so low, that it was regulated to Friday nights with spinoff, The Originals. While the network has yet to comment on this matter, the fact that it is coming from the star of the show speaks volumes about the validity of it. 

What do you think about TVD ending?

Janet Jackson to Allegedly Raise Own Granddaughter... As Her Own!

Even in my soap opera filled mind, that headline makes no sense. Sure Desperate Housewives tried to make that storyline work, but even they knew how crazy it was. Yet multiple sources are saying that Janet Jackson may be trying to pull this off in real life. In fact they are claiming that's why she issued the carefully worded "planning our family" excuse for 'postponing' her tour. Yes folks Janet Jackson is said to be raising her granddaughter from her secret daughter. (oy vey!)

It is rumored that Janet had a baby almost 30 years ago, which was right at the height of her fame. Instead of sharing her daughter with the world, Janet had her siblings raise her as their own. Enty Lawyer says "The child, hidden away among all the other family members was allowed to live her life away from the spotlight." Many might be mad at Janet for doing this but I think she made a wise choice. That child was spared having her every move documented by the tabloids. And it helped Janet keep her status as a sex symbol as well. Win win for everyone involved! 

Which leads us to now. In 2016, Janet is a legend but she isn't selling out tours and hasn't had a number 1 single in quite some time. So it seems only reasonable that she wants to be a mom. Of course she can't trot out a 30 year old daughter, that would be unseemly. Instead that daughter will help her with the next part of her plan. Enty reveals "The child grew up and now, is pregnant." And Janet has every intention of raising the new baby as her own. She is going to extreme lengths to make sure that happens. 

 Like Paying off the baby daddy. Yep the deep pockets of Ms. Jackson are a little more shallow because she wanted that baby. And she wanted the father of that child to go away and leave her to raise the baby in peace. More from Enty: "The father of the soon to be baby has received a very very large check to relinquish his parental rights and signed a lengthy non disclosure agreement. Nothing will ever be heard from him again. Ever." How much would it cost to make you walk away from your child? Would it be enough to know that the child would be raised by one of the wealthiest women in the world? For Janet this secret is nothing new, it's just another way to reinvent her public image and to possibly reignite her stagnant career. 

It'll be interesting to see what happens when Janet introduces the world to her "baby" in a few months and how she presents the child. Most people think that she will tell the public that she had the baby. Maybe just maybe she'll admit that she adopted it.  

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Curious Case of The Trailer Park Boys

First and foremost, I am not a fan of The Trailer Park Boys. Until I was scrolling through the Facebook trending feed, I didn't know that this show was a thing. In fact I wasn't going to write about it until I saw that people were disputing the reason why one of the stars left. Lucy DeCoutere says that she left because a costar allegedly beat his significant other, fans are saying bull and alleging that she quit at least 2 weeks ago.

Here is what we (I) know as fact at this point: Netflix bought and rebooted the series in 2014. Mike Smith was arrested in Los Angeles last Friday on charges of domestic abuse. However his lady friend Georgia Ling released a statement saying that she never felt threatened and that other people called the police. Here is part of Ling's statement: "The police were called by others not present in the room who mistakenly perceived the argument to be something other than what it was. When the officers arrived I tried to assure them there was no real issue, but they proceeded to arrest Mike," As a survivor of domestic abuse, I wonder if she is being truthful about what happened but because we weren't in the room with them, we have to take what she says as the truth. 

As the producers of Trailer Park Boys have. On their Facebook page they have statements from both Ling and Smith, and added a few sentences of their own: "The other members of the Trailer Park Boys and all staff stand behind Mike and look forward to the matter being resolved favourably." It makes sense that they are treating this as an 'innocent until proven guilty' situation, especially with Ling saying that nothing bad happened. Only the two of them were in the room, so they are the only ones who know what happened. 

Except costar Lucy DeCoutere has decided to get involved and let people know that she thinks her costar is guilty. In a series of tweets on Saturday, she let it all out. ""If I find out that somebody is abusive, I cut them out of my life. It's very easy, I have resigned from Trailer Park Boys." In no way do I blame her for taking a stand, no one is allowed to listen to Chris Brown around me. After he beat Rihanna, I was done with him. So in a way I get what she is doing, but on the other hand I don't. Does she think that he is capable of this or was she looking for an excuse to leave the series and is now blaming a situation that happened to bubble up (no pun intended). 

That is what fans are thinking happened. In fact quite a few of them are commenting and re-posting comments like this: "1. She had already submitted her resignation from the show two weeks before this incident, 2. All witnesses involved in the incident (including the victim) have already stated that there was no physical assault involved, just a lot of yelling by both parties involved. 3. This is how she treats a co-worker of 15 years? Without even hearing out the details? Just an excuse to leave a job before she would be terminated, then pin it on someone or something else. Zero credibility."  I have to agree with posters who say that she is not credible since CTV News reported that producers of the show have said she turned in her resignation weeks before Smith was arrested 

Why do you think DeCoutere quit?

Monday, April 4, 2016

Kesha Won't Drop Rape Charge Against Dr. Luke

This ongoing drama between Kesha, Dr. Luke, and Sony has taken another turn. Most recently it was rumored that Sony was trying to cut ties with super-producer Dr. Luke in an effort to stop the PR nightmare that they are mired in. Now comes word that Sony is willing to cut Kesha loose but she has to be thrown into a public relations nightmare of her own: They want her to lie.

Allegedly Sony has told Kesha's people that they are willing to let the singer out of her contract. This should be a yay moment for her and the people who support her, but don't put on the party hats just yet. The media conglomerate wants Kesha to publicly state that Dr. Luke never raped her, they want her to go against what she has said thus far. According to reports, Kesha won't even entertain thoughts of retracting her statement and intends to see this things through. This is an important step for rape survivors everywhere, Kesha is literally putting her career on the line and refusing to say something that isn't true. I applaud her for sticking to her guns and not letting them bully her.

There has been a ton of celebrity support for her. Adele and Kelly Clarkson have been among the chief supporters/ And while Adele may not be under contract with them, she still holds a lot of sway within the industry. Hopefully her support will help Kesha when all of this is over.

Should Kesha retract her rape allegations to keep her career?

And for the hell of it, here is Kesha's video for "Die Young"

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Justin Bieber Needs Attention Again

Late last year, our favorite Canadian douchebag decided he would show his Canadian bacon in order to sell some CD's. The trick brought Justin Bieber some attention and helped sell a few more albums but nowhere near what he used to. Apparently he is keeping up with the Kardashians in terms of showing off his body for attention.

This time when The Biebs took his shorts off, he was on a camping trip. He's the only "straight" guy that gets naked this much with his buddies. I mean he is naked with men more than I am, and I'm a professional gay. Like the last times he dropped trou, there was water involved. The first time he showed his ass, he was on a yacht looking at the sea. Then of course the infamous vacation pictures, when he was jumping into a swimming pool. This time he was going into a lake.

Each of these times, there was someone else taking the picture. Was it his mentor and alleged lover Usher? Or was it one of his bodyguards, who he tried to recreate the iconic Whitney Houston with? Maybe he wants to do Playgirl and needs to prove to them that he's a big boy and can pose in front of the camera naked for an extended period of time.

If you want to see his naked rear again, Click Here

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Faux Ted Cruz Sex Scandal

If Donald Trump has done one good thing for this country, it is that he has united both political parties against him. Sure he has supporters but not a lot, and he has damaged his brand beyond recognition. Anyways I am sure he was hoping that this little sex scandal that Ted Cruz seems to be involved in will change things. The only problem is that this is nothing but shenanigans. 

For the record, I am not part of the Cruz Crew. When Katrina Pierson, who is Trump's spokesperson, is said to be a mistress, something isn't right. Could it have happened, of course. The reason I don't believe that it did is because Cruz has had a sudden surge in popularity as of late. He is now threatening the front runner status of Trump. The Billionaire businessman couldn't have that. So he figured he would create this phony scandal to distract from the real issues at play. 

Speaking of real issues. This scandal gives Trump a chance to focus on something other than giving non-answers to interviewers. Instead of focusing on issues like foreign policy or terrorism. Now Trump can attack the character of his opponent. Without people asking why he couldn't answer a question about his policies. The media will be chasing these women (Cruz allegedly has 5 mistresses, who knew that even one wanted to sleep with him?). Instead of helping inform us about what these men bring to the table. And helping us make an informed choice about those who are running for President. 

Trump also needs to shore up enough delegates to win the Republican nomination. Right now that isn't appearing likely, due to Cruz's surging popularity, and the two splintering the votes. That has led to a groundswell of rumors that the Republican establishment wants a brokered convention.  A brokered convention is when none of the candidates have enough delegates to win the nomination. The delegates then go and vote for another person, usually not one that was part of the first contest. In this case, the likely person would be Mitt Romney. Trump doesn't want this to happen, so he needs to get Cruz out of the race and for everyone else to fall in line behind him. 

It seems to me that Trump has gone from little boy taking his ball away to mean high school girl. You know the type that spreads vicious rumors about her rivals. I'm sure Trumpets (Thank you Patty!) will blast me for accusing their great pumpkin of doing this, but I have no doubt he is behind it. Maybe Ted Cruz has cheated on his wife, I don't know. In this case I don't see anything that supports that hypothesis. What I do see is a desperate man who wants to rule a country but has no clear path to victory. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Batman Nor Superman Biggest Draw For Batman Vs Superman

When you're a Hollywood actor, not only do you need to have a big ego but you also need a thick skin. Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill better have four thick skins (2 apiece) because the news coming from Fandango has to sting... A lot. According to the movie ticket site, Neither one of them, or their respective characters are what will draw the crowds to the movie this weekend.

Both Batman and Superman are iconic characters, who have driven multiple franchises throughout the years. Yet in this movie both are being trumped (no pun intended) by another superhero. One that the public has been dying to see for a long, long time. That would be Wonder Woman as played by Gal Gadot. According to Fandango, 88% of the people who said they were watching the movie this weekend were going because of Wonder Woman. For me it looks like a good action movie, where I can shut my writer brain off for 2 hours. And yes I also want to see Wonder Woman beat these bratty boys up.

Also bruising their egos has to be the #2 reason why people want to see the movie. 60% of the people surveyed want to see the movie to see what Jesse Eisenberg does with the iconic role of Lex Luther. That's right, two supporting characters are outranking the main attraction. Let me rephrase that, they are outranking the two that were supposed to be the main stars. Ouch.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Four Actors Fired At Days, Fans Not Happy

It's another day, another regime change at Days of Our Lives. And as has become par for the course for the 50 year sudser, a so called "blood bath" is happening with the cast. At least four people have been fired, and there could be more on the way as Dena Higley and new co-headwriter Ryan Quan start to break down their stories. So far Brandon Beemer, Martha Madison, Sal Towers, and Marie Wilson are hitting the revolving door.

As our friends at Daytime Confidential have reported, this leaves matriarch Deidre Hall without any onscreen children. Brandon Beemer played Shawn (her son-in-law) and Martha played Belle (her daughter). They appeared in one of the shows critically lauded, and fan beloved stories. Divorced parents trying to make everything work, while also maintaining a certain spark together. Marie Wilson was stuck in a go nowhere story that very few, if anyone, liked. While Sal Towers, well she was great on All My Children but apparently she forgot how to act (according to one blunt fan in the comments on DC).

Speaking of fans, they are not responding well to this news. Many are ok with Summer (Marie Wilson) being let go because well frankly it wasn't a good story. And many are sad that the show's only black female contract player is out, but they see it more as a wasted opportunity than anything else. However they are furious over Brandon and Martha being let go. These are legacy characters that were playing well with the demographic that the show is trying to reach. Both actors have been lauded with making the story they were given work, and fans had hope for a reconciliation before too long.

What do you think of the bloodbath at Days?