Lea Michele has been slowly opening in the media about how she is coping after Cory Monteith’s sudden death in July from a drug overdose. The “Glee” costars had also been a couple and Michele stood by Monteith during his struggles with addiction. Yesterday she appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ show and praised her friend Kate Hudson for opening up her home after Monteith’s death, so Lea could hide out from paparazzi. She also repeatedly called the “Glee” cast her “family” and said they are all getting through this together. “I really feel like I’m trying to figure out all of this. It’s only been a few months,” she said. “My mom has experienced a lot of loss in her life and she told me, at one point, she said there’s an empowerment that comes with grief. At some point, you find it. It’s very hard, but you will find it. At some point, you can choose to fall from this or you can choose to rise.” It’s a very sad talk — but at the same time makes me respect Lea Michele so much more for her strength and grace. [YouTube]
The woman who played C.J Cregg on “The West Wing” and Margaret Scully, Provost Scully’s long-suffering wife, on “Masters Of Sex” deserves all good things for her birthday. Good things, of course, are champagne and birthday cake delivered by shirtless hunks. And Allison Janney, ever the lady, politely asks all of them their names and giggles adorably. Now that’s how you throw a birthday party, Ellen DeGeneres! [YouTube.com/TheEllenShow]
What is Photoshop for other than to create nonsense? At least this nonsense is for a good cause. To mark Thursday’s Great American Smoke Out, a national day to quit smoking, Ellen DeGeneres took some “Mad Men” clips, removed all references to smoking and replaced them with party blowers. Don Draper would have been a hell of a lot less mercurial with party blowers! Slightly more annoying, though. [Ellen TV]
And yet another celeb proves you can dress up as someone of another race without resorting to racist blackface! Ellen DeGeneres sauntered out for today’s Halloween episode of her show looking remarkably busty as she channeled Nicki Minaj’s recent appearance for her Halloween costume. Them’s some convincing underboob! Well done. [Buzzfeed]
Last week, we introduced you to the adorable Heaven, the then two-year-old who slayed the choreography to Beyonce’s “Countdown” alongside her mom Tianne in a video posted to YouTube. Yesterday, Heaven and Tianne appeared on “Ellen” and showed off their sweet moves. Is it just me, or has Heaven gotten even better? Well, she is three now. “I am a dancer!” she says. Yes you are, girl!
Ellen DeGeneres, the ruler of daytime talk shows, has allegedly come out against Kris Jenner and her desperate attempts to continue her Kardashian brand via a talk show, which many people aren’t entirely crazy about. The National Enquirer has made a claim that Ellen is outraged over Kris’s explosion onto the scene, and the fact that her first airings did extremely well might be to blame for the minor dose of jealousy. But what apparently has Ellen even more bothered is the fact that Kris doesn’t take the role of talk show host seriously, that she doesn’t truly care about her guests but only the ratings she’ll garner. Read more at Celeb Dirty Laundry…
Hot damn, Ellen and Portia are a beautiful couple, aren’t they? My favorite thing about them is that every time they’re together, they both just light up–they wear their adoration for each other on their sleeve and I really admire that. OK, enough fangirl-ing about their relationship, let’s talk about their outfits! For the “Arrested Development” premiere red carpet (side note: OH MY GOD I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING), Ellen chose a sleek gray suit while Portia vamped it up in a tight black dress and a funky pompadour. They both look stylish, happy, and confident, which is the very essence of “Well Played.” [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
Gwyneth Paltrow generally leaves a bad taste in my mouth — a taste eerily reminiscent of wilted kale — but I am capable of appreciating aspects of her personality that are actually kind of endearing. Like the solid effort she put into the embarrassing task of imitating famous rappers like Jay-Z, Kanye West and Macklemore, on “Ellen” yesterday. Her Beyonce isn’t bad either. But that Chris Martin impression needs work.
‘Tis the season for celebrity political endorsements, and just yesterday comes another one — this time from Kelly Clarkson. Kelly says that while she considers herself a Republican, she can’t abide by Mitt Romney’s anti-gay marriage stance, and has decided to support Obama. Additionally, she said, “I’ve been reading online about the debates and I’m probably going to vote for Obama again … I can’t support Romney’s policies as I have a lot of gay friends and I don’t think it’s fair they can’t get married.”
Additionally, she voiced concern over women’s rights issues. “I’m not a hardcore feminist but we can’t be going back to the ’50s,” she said.
Last year, Clarkson voiced her support for Ron Paul, but then retracted it after it was found that Paul was linked to several racist and homophobic pamphlets. “I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. Obviously that was not my intent. I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women’s rights, men’s rights, white/black/purple/orange rights,” she said.
To learn about celebrity political endorsements, check out our handy chart above!