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The Soapbox: Can We Just Agree That Prank Calls Are The Worst?

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There are many conversations to be had about the tragic death of Jacintha Saldanha, the King Edward VII nurse who took her own life last week, after she learned the “Queen” and “Prince Charles” that she patched through to Kate Middleton’s private ward were actually Australian radio DJs with the show 2DayFM. The pair, named Michael Christian and Mel Greig, gave an interview on the Australian show, “Today Tonight,” on which they explained that they never expected to make it all the way to Kate’s private nurse, who then told these DJs confidential medical information about the duchess’s condition. (She had been hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute form of morning sickness.) By their own description, the call was intended to be ridiculous: they spoke in posh British accents and barked like there were corgis in the background.  ”The call itself was not malicious,” Christian said. “From start to finish, there was no harm intended.”

“The accents were terrible,” Greig explained. “You know it was designed to be stupid. We were never meant to get that far from the little corgis barking in the background – we obviously wanted it to be a joke.” Added Christian, “I suppose, you know, the joke was always on us, not anyone else. It wasn’t about trying to fool someone. I mean we just assumed that with the voices that we put on, you know, we were going to get told off and that was the gag – on us.”

The pre-recorded segment was first vetted by producers and lawyers before it aired. Although the royal family had not complained about the breach of security, Saldanha apparently could not live with herself. She allegedly took her own life in a London park on Friday morning. She is survived by her husband and two teenaged children; by all accounts, she was an excellent nurse.

We could talk about suicide prevention, warning signs for mental anguish, medical privacy, intrusion into celebs’ personal lives. I’m sure plenty of other conversations are being had on other blogs. But what I want to talk is the cruelty of radio show prank calls. Keep reading »

Australian Radio Station Donates Half Million Dollars To Family Of Jacintha Saldanha, Nurse Who Committed Suicide

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  • The Australian radio station that aired a prank call to Kate Middleton’s London hospital could face criminal charges. It’s unclear whether the DJs on 2DayFM, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, made the decision to air the call, or the executives above them. This morning, the station announced it would donate $525K to the family of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse at the hospital who answered the DJs’ call and patched them through to Kate’s nurse. Saldanha later committed suicide. [USA Today, CNN]
  • Oh, shut up Tracy Anderson! The celebrity fitness guru says Middleton needs her workout DVDs to stave off that pregnancy weight. [BlissTree]
  • Anne Hathaway has joined the not-wearing-panties-and-flashing-the-paparazzi club! [US Weekly]

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Australian DJs Who Prank Called Kate Middleton’s Hospital Apologize

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  • The Australian DJs whose prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital, which lead nurse Jacintha Saldanha to commit suicide, have finally spoken out about the tragedy in an interview. Michael Christian and Mel Greig said they are “gutted, shattered and heartbroken” over the death. You can read the full transcript at the link. [News.com.auUS Weekly]
  • Well, that was quick: Demi Moore and Vito Schnabel are dunzo. [New York Post]
  • Law enforcement have more details on the Thanksgiving Day brawl at Halle Berry’s house: Gabriel Aubry  first pushed and took a swing at Berry’s fiancé Olivier Martinez, which then caused him to punch Aubry three times in the face. [Tabloid Prodigy]

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Mommie Dearest: Let’s Give Pregnant Kate Middleton Some Space

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If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, then allow me to be the first to share the breaking news: Princess Kate is pregnant! Now feel free to join in with the rest of the world as it goes absolutely completely bonkers in reaction.

I understand that a new baby, especially one of royal lineage, is a huge deal. And sure, I’m also super curious whether the wee-one-to-be is going to have a head full of shiny, chestnut locks like his or her mother. But honestly? The most I can muster up for Kate right now, beyond my heartfelt congratulations, is my deepest sympathies. Keep reading »

Jacintha Saldanha, Receptionist/Nurse Who Put Prank Callers Through To Kate Middleton’s Nurse, Found Dead

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Jacintha Saldanha, the receptionist and nurse who put prank callers from an Australian radio station through to Kate Middleton’s personal nurse while the duchess was hospitalized earlier this week, has been found dead in a London park from a suspected suicide.

The prank callers were reportedly told confidential information about Kate’s pregnancy. Middleton is reportedly less than 12 weeks and was hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness. Keep reading »

5 Possible Explanations For Why Prince Harry Doesn’t Have A Royal Love Child

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Sure, I’m excited that Kate Middleton is pregnant with The Most Important Baby Ever. (More than “excited” — I screamed out loud, actually.) But as usual, I’m more interested in what’s been going on in Prince Harry’s royal drawers, not Prince William’s. 

C’mon. You would kinda expect to see “PRINCE HARRY LOVE CHILD!!!” spread across the cover of The National Enquirer after that whole gettin’-naked-in Vegas-thing happened. I can’t be the only one to wonder why we’ve never heard about some rich leggy blonde chickswelling with princely sperm. Here are some theories …

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True Story: My Wife Has Hyperemesis Gravidarum, The Same Acute Morning Sickness As Kate Middleton

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Given the Gawker mandate to be glib and ruthless, whether or not they know what they’re talking about, I won’t pretend to be shocked by a dashed-off remark in Monday’s post on Kate Middleton’s pregnancy:

The Palace also reported that Kate was admitted to the hospital today with “hyperemesis gravidarum,” which is what they call regular old morning sickness when you are a princess.

Nor, for more or less the same reasons, was it surprising to watch the ladies of “The View” dismiss the duchess’s condition with a flurry of bubbly interruptions, ignoring a nurse’s earnest response to Barbara Walters’ half-hearted question about whether HG is serious: “It can be,” the nurse said sheepishly. (In an open letter to the duchess, HG sufferer Betsy Shaw gives Kate “permission to slap” Walters.)

I have no idea whether Kate has HG or not. But the fact remains that it can be a brutal, crippling condition that goes largely ignored and untreated, partly due to its overlap with ordinary pregnancy sickness and partly to our attitude toward suffering and the suffering of pregnant women in particular. As Atul Gawande noted in an indispensable 1999 New Yorker piece on nausea and vomiting, “A surprising number of doctors still believe in the discredited Freudian theory that hyperemesis is due to an unconscious rejection of pregnancy.” Little seems to have changed since the last century — or the one before, for that matter. Keep reading »

Kate Middleton Was Hospitalized With “Acute” Morning Sickness

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  • Kate Middleton is less than 12 weeks into her pregnancy and already suffering from “hyperemesis gravidarum,” an acute type of morning sickness characterized by constant, severe nausea and vomiting. Poor thing! [People, US Weekly]
  • In other royal belly news, Kate’s fetus is tweeting from the womb. [Socialite Life]
  • A former pilot who worked for John Travolta has filed a lawsuit against the actor after claiming he’s been harassed by Travolta’s lawyers for blabbing about their sex life. Doug Gotterba said the two had a “steamy affair” during the 1980s and denies that he ever signed a confidentiality agreement preventing him from speaking to the press. [Queerty, TMZ]

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Kate Middleton Is Pregnant, Buckingham Palace Has Confirmed!

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Hooray! Kate Middleton is pregnant! Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince William and Duchess Catherine are expecting, after months of tongue-wagging every time she wore a baggy dress, wouldn’t eat peanuts, or sipped a glass of water. The confirmation came after Kate Middleton was admitted to a London hospital this morning for severe morning sickness. Aw, even princesses get the pukes when they’re knocked up. The palace confirmed Kate will stay in the hospital for several days. The new baby will be the first grandkid for both the royal family and the Middletons and will be third in line for the throne, regardless of his or her gender, after Prince Charles and Prince William. Congrats, Will and Kate. (Um, what do British people say in moments of celebration?) Cheers! Pip Pip! Tally ho! [The Today Show] [Image: Getty] Keep reading »

Kate Middleton’s Former Roommate Says Princess Is Pregnant

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  • Kate Middleton’s former roommate and friend — or, rather, soon-to-be-ex-friend — Jessica Hay has told New Idea magazine that Kate is pregnant (again!) and will announce it publicly in December. “They’re planning to make an announcement in December. William and Kate are focused on starting a family,” the royal wedding guest told the magazine. “It seems very traditional, but of course they’ll be happy with boys or two girls, they don’t want more. They’ve discussed it endlessly and don’t want to be older parents.”  [New York Post]
  • Also, Kate supposedly returned a gift of Kardashian Kollection clothes. How do you say “Hellllllll no!” in British? [Digital Spy]

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