If you thought things seemed a little, well, cold between Matt Lauer and Ann Curry on her final Today show appearance, there’s good reason for that, a source tells Us Weekly: “Matt Lauer is 100% behind Ann leaving,” the insider claims. There’s not much in the way of explanation given beyond that, though the source noted that during Curry’s last few days, the pair “were really icy to each other, and she refused to speak to him all week.” Read more …
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Not for nothing, but I think Ann Curry is getting the ass end of the donkey here. Sure, her celebrity interview style was a bit uncomfortable to watch, but she’s also an incredibly accomplished journalist with a lifetime’s worth of amazing international news coverage under her belt. This woman is one of our shining stars, if you ask me. But she was put in a job where she was basically set up to fail. And I mean, what has Matt Lauer done for me lately? Ann, I love you, and I’m proud of you, and you didn’t need to be stuck on that stupid couch to do good work. Here’s hoping this frees her up to do more great, hard-hitting reporting from here and abroad.
This morning, we met Mugly the Chinese Crested, the pooch who won the World’s Ugliest Dog contest for the second time in his ugly life. And somehow, some way, Kathie Lee Gifford managed to make a conversation about Mugly into a conversation about Kathie Lee, specifically how one day she expects “things” to grow out of her face. Yum.
Two things make Kathie Lee Gifford very upset: cannibalism and everyone dropping their bras and pants. I was not aware that bra-dropping is sweeping the nation, even during the heatwave, but I’ll grant KLG that Alec Baldwin dropping his drawers on “Letterman” last night was weird. Really weird. Yeah, it changed the subject from Smacking The Paparazzi-gate. But come on. It was hairy old man legs TMI.
The Most Insane Moment On This Morning’s “Today Show”: Kathie Lee Teaches Kristen Stewart How To Smile
Once upon a time, the highest paid actor or actress in Hollywood was someone who had a bit more gravitas than “Twilight.” But Kristen Stewart has topped Forbes magazine’s list of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, cashing in with $34.5 million in the past year.
This doesn’t sit well with Kathie Lee Gifford, who just doesn’t understand why the Kristen won’t smile. Join the club, KLG. And she even goes so far as to offer smiling lessons, although I think we can agree Tyra does it better. Now, what’s this about K-Stew’s “back end”?
At 79 years old, Joan Rivers has finally decided to embrace her natural beauty. This video is most definitely NSFW, due to a reference to Betty White’s poop. Keepin’ it classy, Joan.
So, yeah. Rob Van Winkle, better known as Vanilla Ice, was a Father’s Day gift expert on “The Today Show.” How did I not know about his show “The Vanilla Ice Project” on the DIY Network? Adding to my Hulu queue right now. Yes, he did say, “Word to your father.” And may I remind you that this man once had sex with Madonna? Now he wears a blue tooth (well, it’s technically a spy cam) and says things like, “Simple as a pimple.” That is all.
- Kathie Lee Gifford accidentally asked Martin Short about his wife, who has been dead since 2010, on-air. Awkward! He didn’t correct her, but sweetly said he’s “madly in love” with his late wife. After the show, Kathie Lee tweeted an apology to Short and commended him on his “enormous grace and kindness.” I agree — he handled this gaffe with class. [People]
- Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi is being investigated for prostitution in her native country. Reports claim Ziyi slept with the Chinese Minister of Commerce for $950,000 back in 2007 and that he paid for sex with her 10 more times. A businessman named Xu Ming is allegedly acting as her pimp and introducing her to rich men. A spokesperson for the actress denies everything. [Dlisted]
- Lovely: a video of a toddler singing an anti-gay song at a church in Indiana is making the rounds on the Internet. [Celebrity Cafe]
- James Franco penned a Huffington Post blog post about “Girls,” in case you give a shit what he has to say about the show. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
This morning Joel McHale visited with Kathie Lee and Hoda in order to promote a brand new episode of “Community” (on tonight at 8 p.m. EST!). He managed to force Hoda to drink a special Guinness and orange juice cocktail. Delicioso!