I should probably be upfront and just make it clear from the get-go that I am not a Sarah Palin fan. But I watched her hosting gig on “The Today Show” anyway this morning, and found it to be about a 6 out of 10 on the pain scale. Still droppin’ her Gs? Check! Still crowing about the “lamestream media” (on a “lamestream media” show an hour before co-hosting that same “lamestream media” show)? Check! But it was not all bad. I found it refreshing that, during a discussion about Jessica Simpson’s pregnancy weight gain, Palin was the only person on the panel — which included “Today”‘s resident medical expert and that misogynist blowhard Donny Deutsch — that said how much weight a pregnant woman gains is none of our gosh darn business.
Still, the most cringe-worthy, and therefore most entertaining moment for me was when Palin started talkin’ family values with newly pregnant Tori Spelling. (Spelling, for the record, has an infant and two other children; she joked that her latest pregnancy is proof that you can conceive while breastfeeding.) Palin literally kind of fawned over her, praising her for “living life vibrantly” — whatever that means — and serving as a “good inspiration for others.” Anyway, it was an odd pairing. Watch a clip above!
I think we would all agree that Salma Hayek is one of the most beautiful women alive. But according to her interview in the latest issue of Lucky, she wasn’t always a swan. I know, how is that even possible? She claims that when she was a young, struggling actress in LA she battled with bad acne and extra weight. “You want to talk about bad skin? I had acne. And this acne was so bad, it sent me into a severe, severe depression. Like I couldn’t leave the house. I’d wake up in the morning and lie there and touch my face before I got up, just to prepare myself to look in the mirror! … The next stage with that sort of depression is food: too little, or too much … I was fat and broken out, I couldn’t leave the house and I couldn’t pay the rent!” I’m sure she speaks the truth, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her. I want to see the pictures. Click through to see which celebrities swear they were ugly ducklings once upon a time. [Lucky]
Lionel Richie, father of Nicole and singer of soulful ballads, looked positively jubilant onstage at the MGM Grand for the “Lionel Richie and Friends” concert. Apparently he’s got some delightful friends. I have to say, ever since I saw this, I can’t help but giggle whenever I see Lionel’s face, with or without major ’80s hair.