3:11pm PDT, Aug 5, 2022
Willow Smith weighs in on her father’s infamous 2022 Oscars slap
Willow Smith is speaking out about the ongoing fallout from her dad, Will Smith’s decision to slap Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars after the comic made a crack about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. In a new interview with Billboard published Friday, Aug. 5, Willow says the seemingly endless media response to the incident didn’t “rock me as much as my own internal demons.” She also suggests that being famous can mean being held to a different standard of expectations — one that can’t always be met by people who are ultimately, well, people. “I see my whole family as being human, and I love and accept them for all their humanness,” Willow says. “Because of the position that we’re in, our humanness sometimes isn’t accepted, and we’re expected to act in a way that isn’t conducive to a healthy human life and isn’t conducive to being honest.” When Chris made a joke about Jada’s hair, or lack thereof, at the Oscars, he reportedly had no idea she’d shaved her head because she suffers from alopecia-related hair loss. He hasn’t addressed the slap much beyond occasionally referencing it in standup routines. Will, meanwhile, issued another public apology on YouTube last week in which he said his “central trauma” is about “disappointing people … so it hurts psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me.” He added, “The work I’m trying to do is I am deeply remorseful, and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself.” Will then apologized directly to Chris, telling the comic, “My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
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Meghan McCain reveals she quit ‘The View’ over Joy Behar remark as Joy predicts ‘smoother’ sailing with new co-hosts
As ABC announced Alyssa Farah Griffin and Ana Navarro will join “The View” as Meghan McCain’s permanent replacements on Thursday, Aug. 4, Meghan revealed the real reason she finally left the show last year. In an appearance on Thursday’s “Commentary Magazine” podcast, Meghan confessed that after four tumultuous seasons of sparring with her liberal-minded co-hosts, it was one remark from Joy Behar that sent her over the edge. According to Meghan, that moment came the day returned from maternity leave. “I finally came back on the show,” Meghan recalled, “… and Joy Behar said on air, ‘Nobody missed you, we didn’t miss you, you shouldn’t have come back.’ And I just — I started hysterically crying.” She said she threw up, then called her brother, who helped her see it was time to quit. “I didn’t feel supported when I had my baby, and I didn’t feel supported coming back, and that was ultimately it,” she explained. “That was why I left.” Her decision was just fine with Joy, apparently, as are Meghan’s replacements — particularly, Alyssa, who’s slated for more airtime than Ana when their tenures begin next season. “Alyssa’s got a whole different personality. So I think it will be smoother, frankly,” Joy told Entertainment Tonight this week. “I mean, I like both of them but I think this girl is going to do very well.” Asked what advice she gave the new co-hosts, Joy said she told them the same thing she always tells newbies. “I was a broken record for a long time because I say this show is a volleyball game, it’s not a golf game,” Joy shared. “So if you know to hit the ball and then wait for it to come back at you and all that, you’ll be fine.”
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Jack Osbourne, fiancee had daughter’s umbilical cord ‘preserved’ and painted gold
Jack Osbourne and his fiancée, Aree Gearhart, had their newborn daughter Maple’s umbilical cord transformed into a piece of art they can “keep forever,” Aree revealed this week. On Thursday, Aug. 4, Aree shared on her Instagram Stories that she hired the Mommy Made Encapsulation to help her turn her placenta — the organ that connects to the umbilical cord during pregnancy — into edible capsules. Calling the decision to “encapsulate” her placenta “one of the best choices i’ve made for my postpartum health,” the interior designer posted about the various benefits she’s seen as a result. “Taking my placenta has helped me lose pregnancy weight, helped w [sic] postpartum depression, boosted my milk supply significantly, and reduced postpartum bleeding,” Aree wrote. She went on to say the woman she worked with at Mommy Made Encapsulation “preserved Maple’s umbilical cord, shaping it into a heart and painting it gold so we could keep it forever,” according to a screenshot captured by Page Six. Jack and Aree welcomed Maple on July 9.
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Salma Hayek thought twice about working with pal Angelina Jolie on her next directorial feature
Salma Hayek says she thought twice before committing to star in “Without Blood,” Angelina Jolie’s next project as a director. Now, Salma brands her “Eternals” costar and friend “probably the best director” she’s ever worked with, and as she recently reminded People, she’s “worked with some pretty good ones,” like Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott, Chloe Zhao and Steven Soderbergh, to name just a few. “There’s always hesitation: Am I putting my friendship in jeopardy right now?” Salma recently told People. “And wow, I have a whole other level of respect [for Angelina].” As for why saying yes to “Without Blood” took some extra consideration? “There’s always hesitation: Am I putting my friendship in jeopardy right now? And wow, I have a whole other level of respect [for her],” Salma explained. “Without Blood” is “an unforgettable fable set in the aftermath of an unidentified conflict” that “explores universal truths about war, trauma, memory, and healing,” according to a press release. “I’ve always loved her as a director,” Salma says, “but I think this might be her best, or one of the best.” The drama has no release date yet, per People.
Candace Cameron Bure shows off ‘really funny’ JoJo Siwa gift she received after feud
Candace Cameron Bure’s unexpected feud with JoJo Siwa may be over, but a viral TikTok lasts forever — at least, in the eyes of one determined PR company. On Thursday, Aug. 4, Candace hopped on her Instagram Stories to show followers the JoJo-inspired gift she’d received in the mail from Diamond Art Club, a craft brand that makes hybrid cross-stitch/paint-by-numbers kits for kids. “I just found this really funny,” “Full House” star, 46, said in the post (via E! News). “There’s a PR company that sent me a gift.” She then revealed said gift to the camera: a Diamond Art Club set featuring JoJo’s smiling face, complete with a giant bow in her hair. Trying not to laugh, Cameron mused, “Coincidence? Just weird timing? I don’t know … But, it looks really cute and when one of my goddaughters comes over, we are going to do this.” We’ll go ahead and wager the gift was not, in fact, a coincidence. In late July, JoJo, 19, branded Cameron “the rudest celebrity” she’d ever met for allegedly snubbing her when the then-11-year-old dancer bumped into the actress and asked for a photo. “It was at this afterparty that she didn’t wanna take a picture with me. But then I turned around, and when I looked back, she was taking pictures with other kids,” JoJo recalled in a TikTok. Candance later shared on Instagram that she’d reached out to JoJo to apologize after spotting the TikTok. “All good, all good on the JoJo front,” Candace declared in a post. “Even a 10-second trending TikTok video can do damage because our words matter and our actions matter,” she continued. “Be mindful of what we do post, even if it’s meant to be innocent and fun at the time.”
Selena Gomez celebrates the big 3-0 with a new guy in Italy
Selena Gomez continued her 30th birthday celebrations in Italy this week with some help from Italian movie producer, Andrea Iervolino, who appears not to have left the birthday girl’s side in recent days. Photos shot off the coast of Positano on Thursday, Aug. 4, showed the two frolicking in the water and sunbathing on a yacht together, with Selena taking breaks to try out rides on a jet ski and an electric bodyboard, according to wire service Backgrid. After spending the day in the sun, the duo celebrated Selena’s birthday with friends over dinner at the Amalfi Coast’s Torre Normanna restaurant, where the “Only Murders in the Building” star blew out candles on two cakes. Page Six even spotted Andrea, 34, sneaking in a few sweet kisses on the pop star’s head. Selena turned 30 on July 22.
‘iCarly’ alum Jennette McCurdy says she was ‘exploited’ as a child star
These days, former child star Jennette McCurdy tries to go with the proverbial flow as much as possible — something she couldn’t do growing up under the watchful eye of her now late mother. “I think things should feel natural,” the “iCarly” alum tells the New York Times. “So much of my life was about forcing or pushing things. So when something feels like it’s working, I’ll let that be, and anything else can fall by the wayside.” In her new memoir, due out next week, Jennette, 30, writes candidly about how that “forcing and pushing” destroyed everything from her relationship with her mother, Debra, to her own sense of self, which suffered from Debra’s invasive approach to parenting and stage mom-ing — and from what Jennette says she was subjected to as a child actor for Nickelodeon. “My whole childhood and adolescence were very exploited,” she tells the Times. It still gives my nervous system a reaction to say it. There were cases where people had the best intentions and maybe didn’t know what they were doing. And also cases where they did — they knew exactly what they were doing.” Citing instances in which she says her mom allowed her to be served alcohol as a child by an authority figure and photographed in a bikini in a teen, Jennette says her mom never stepped in to defend her daughter, something the star’s brother, Marcus, confirmed to the Times. Jennette’s mom died of cancer in 2013; her controversially titled book, “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” is out Tuesday.