Meghan McCain Unintentionally Cracks Up Whoopi Goldberg With Reality Show Woe

Meghan McCain made Whoopi Goldberg laugh up a storm on Wednesday’s episode of “The View” without realizing what was causing the giggles.

It all started while McCain was discussing the newest cast member on her favorite reality show, “Real Housewives of New York,” and the possibility that Deidre Ball, wife of former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, might join the cast.

McCain wasn’t happy with that news because she is happy with the show as it stands.

“It is a perfect cast. I don’t want any new people joining. I’m totally fine, and I don’t think we should be rewarding bad behavior,” she said.

McCain also wasn’t pleased that Scaramucci might have joined the Trump administration just to further his TV ambitions.

“Anthony Scaramucci joined our government to only be on TV,” McCain said. “If this is someone using the White House to be on reality television, I don’t support it. I don’t like it.”

That last comment amused her co-hosts to no end, especially Goldberg, who couldn’t stop chuckling.

McCain didn’t get the joke.

“Did I say something funny?” she asked.

Goldberg responded, “People using reality TV to get on the White House,” which further amused co-host Sunny Hostin.

McCain was still lost but barreled on with her reality show hot take.

“I love reality TV,” McCain said. “I’m a ‘Housewife’ fanatic. I would like to keep the separation of reality TV and government.”

At that point, Goldberg said, “Too late.”

Co-host Joy Behar then stepped in to explain things clearly to McCain: “This whole administration is one big reality show.”.

“That’s what made me laugh,” Goldberg said. “We’re talking about the biggest bonehead on reality TV — we’re in it.”

At Tel Aviv’s LGBTQ Pride, Neil Patrick Harris Says He’s No Gay Icon

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — This year’s official international ambassador to Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Parade says he has no interest in being a gay icon.

TV star Neil Patrick Harris arrived in Israel Wednesday along with his husband, the chef and actor David Burtka, to headline Tel Aviv’s annual celebration of its famous gay-friendly scene.

But Harris, who has two children via surrogacy and is involved in various gay-affiliated advocacy groups, says he hardly considers himself a symbol of the community.

“I’m just a guy who is married to another guy and we have kids and we live our lives I would say as ‘normally’ as one would. But I think normal is a very subjective term, especially in the gay community,” he told The Associated Press. “I legitimately have no interest in being a representative or an ambassador for anything except my kids.”

Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Parade is the biggest event of its kind in the region, typically drawing some 250,000 people from Israel and around the world annually to the colorful beachside march and party.

Israel has emerged as one of the world’s most gay-friendly travel destinations in recent years, with Tel Aviv in particular noted for its gay-friendly lifestyle, in sharp contrast to the rest of the Middle East where gay culture is often not tolerated or persecuted.

In Israel, homosexuals serve openly in the military and in parliament and many popular artists and entertainers are gay. Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed his ally Amir Ohana as justice minister, making him the country’s first openly gay Cabinet minister.

While support for gay rights is increasingly widespread among the country’s secular majority, Israel’s LGBTQ community hasn’t attained full equality. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties, which wield significant influence in Netanyahu’s right-wing government, have long resisted legislation granting gay couples equal marriage and parental rights.

Among Palestinians, homosexuals tend to be secretive about their social lives and some have crossed into Israel to live safely. However, some critics have also accused Israel of “pinkwashing,” or using its tolerance for gay culture to deflect criticism of harsh policies toward the Palestinians.

Harris, in his first visit to the region, refused to wade into those murky waters, saying he knew very little of the local scene. In fact, he said the parade would be the first one in which he’s ever taken part. He said he has only watched one before in Berlin, where he was impressed with how it “was so joyous and jubilant and filled with so many people expressing themselves and it was just infectious love.”

Harris, who rose to fame as a child actor playing the title character in the medical drama Doogie Howser M.D., came out publicly in 2006 while starring as the notorious womanizer Barney Stinson in the popular comedy TV show “How I Met Your Mother.”

He also famously played a fictionalized version of himself in the Harold & Kumar movies, in which he perpetuates his oversexed, drug-addicted alter ego, with the character even insinuating that “Neil Patrick Harris” was just pretending to be gay so he could trick women into having sex with him.

“I was the antithesis of who you would have expected,” he said. “It was just the disaster rock-and-roll version of NPH,” he said, referring to himself by his initials.

From the balcony of a luxury hotel in Jaffa overlooking the route of the planned parade route, Harris said he appreciates the great gains that gays have made.

He noted that his visit coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, widely regarding as the opening salvo in the fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.

“It’s nice to appreciate where we’ve come from,” he said. “I’m very grateful that I live in a time and in a world where the needle has moved a lot because of others and I’m happy to promote the positivity of it all.”

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Colbert Reveals The Alarming Habit He Shares With Both Trump And Biden

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden were both in Iowa at the same time on Tuesday, and “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert has some theories on why.

“Either because it’s the first primary state or because Kevin Costner needed more old guys to walk out of the cornfield,” he cracked. 

Biden, who is running for the 2020 Democratic nomination, has repeatedly attacked Trump, who in turn has slammed the former vice president as “weak mentally.”

But Colbert said the two have one key thing in common… a trait he admitted that he shares as well: 

Former NXIVM Member Says Allison Mack Told Her To ‘Go Be A Good Slave’

Former “Smallville” cast member Allison Mack used her fame to lure women into the NXIVM sex cult for the group’s leader Keith Raniere, a former member testified in court on Monday.

The witness, a 31-year-old woman identified only as “Nicole,” said she met Mack in 2014 when she was struggling to make a living as an actress in Los Angeles, according to CNN.

Nicole’s boyfriend at the time suggested she take a program of courses offered by NXIVM in upstate New York that combined acting and psychology to reduce the fears she felt when auditioning, she told the court.

Nicole was uncomfortable with the way members idolized Raniere, she said, but she stuck with the program and even began teaching classes to make money.

In February 2016, Nicole said, Mack invited her to join “the Vow,” an all-women’s mentoring group within NXIVM where the members rigorously pushed each other in the name of self-improvement.

“She told me about this women’s organization,” Nicole testified. “That it was gonna make me feel better. It would be exactly what would help me get out of where I was mentally right then.”

Nicole said Mack told her that in order to learn about the group, she’d need “collateral” ― the group’s term for damaging information that could be used against Nicole if she ever left.

Nicole said Mack convinced her to write a letter falsely accusing her father of sexually abusing her.

She was also made to sign a variety of documents, including non-compete contracts, papers releasing NXIVM from liability for “physical and psychological injuries” and “disfigurement,” and an agreement allowing Raniere to take credit for anything she published, according to the New York Post.

After Nicole signed all the papers, she said, Mack told her “the Vow” would be a lifetime commitment and she’d have to be branded.

She said Mack told her they were now in a master-slave relationship, and that Nicole was forbidden to sleep with her then-boyfriend and was to remain celibate for three months.

“[Mack] said that she couldn’t let me out no matter how hard I cried because it would show me that if I cried hard enough, I could get out of anything,” she testified.

During her testimony on Friday, Nicole said Mack brought her to Albany to be near Raniere and to tell him she would do anything he asked, according to The New York Times. Nicole said Mack then told her, “Now go be a good slave.”

The next day, she said, Raniere blindfolded her and took her to a house where she was ordered to disrobe.

Nicole testified that Raniere tied her wrists and ankles to a table and started asking questions about her sexual past. She said that a third person, who she later learned was female, began performing oral sex on her.

“I was so confused,” Nicole told the court. “It’s terrifying.”

Raniere, 58, is currently on trial for racketeering and sex trafficking, as well as conspiracy, identity theft, extortion, forced labor, money laundering and wire fraud.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, but Mack, 36, pleaded guilty in April to two federal counts of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy.

“Smallville” actor Allison Mack pleaded guilty in April to charges of racketeering and racketeering conspira



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“Smallville” actor Allison Mack pleaded guilty in April to charges of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy.

Jada Pinkett Smith Recalls ‘Betrayals Of The Heart’ In Marriage To Will Smith

While there haven’t been any infidelities, Jada Pinkett Smith says she can recall equally hurtful betrayals in her two-decade-long marriage to Will Smith.

In the latest episode of “Red Table Talk,” Pinkett Smith discussed infidelity with famed couples therapist Esther Perel, including how marriages can survive and be redefined in the wake of an affair.

“What are the alternatives to divorce?” Pinkett Smith asked Perel. “Everybody thinks as soon as you find out there’s been an affair you have to get a divorce.”

“I’m not of that persuasion because I think there are many relational betrayals, ― contempt, neglect and violence and indifference ― and nobody tells people, ‘Leave, leave, get the hell out,’” Perel said.

Pinkett Smith agreed, admitting she could “relate” in her own marriage to Smith.

“I’m asked a lot about, ‘Is there infidelity in your relationship with Will?’” she said. “And it’s like, ‘No, but there’ve been other betrayals of the heart that have been far bigger than I could even think in regards to an infidelity situation.’”

“When you talk about contempt, or resentment or neglect ― that can just tear your world apart,” Pinkett Smith said.

It’s true. Contempt in a marriage is so bad, renowned marriage researcher John Gottman has identified it as the single best predictor of divorce. (Contemptuous behavior includes eye-rolling, sarcasm and name-calling, among other things.)

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith at the premiere of "Aladdin."

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Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith at the premiere of “Aladdin.”

The actress said what made the biggest difference was her refusal to let her own needs take a backseat to Smith’s.

That involved letting go of some traditional ideas about married life and “redefining the marriage as a life partnership,” she said. Now, each partner’s autonomy is valued, she added.

“[I was told] you have to be a perfect wife, you have to be that source that supports his dream, no matter what it is,” she said. “Whatever he wants to build, you’re there to support that. Our whole life looked like his dream.”

“And the title you got for that? His muse?” Perel asked.

“Yeah, basically, I’m his energy source,” Pinkett Smith said. “That’s great, but I have to create part of this life that is designed and looks like me.”

As the actress’s frank conversation with Perel proves, the Smiths clearly aren’t afraid to retool their marriage or let it evolve on its own terms. In an earlier episode of “Red Table Talk,” Pinkett Smith said she and Smith have outgrown the term “married” and prefer to view their union as a “life partnership.” They also don’t freak out if they’re not spending their wedding anniversary together.

The couple were married on Dec. 31, 1997, but sometimes aren’t even in the same place for their anniversary, she said in an episode: Smith likes to be on an adventure for New Year’s Eve, while Pinkett Smith prefers to be inside, she explained on the show, as her daughter, Willow, and mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, laughed.

“He now has the freedom to go and have an awesome adventure of some kind,” Pinkett Smith said.

Smith, too, has talked about this new, more open chapter in their relationship.

“We refer to ourselves as ‘life partners,’ where you get into that space where you realize you are literally with somebody for the rest of your life,” the “Aladdin” actor said on Tidal’s “Rap Radar” podcast in July 2018.

“There’s no deal breakers,” the actor added. “There’s nothing she could do ― ever ― nothing would break our relationship. She has my support until death and it feels so good to get to that space.”

Watch the rest of Pinkett Smith’s revealing “Red Table Talk” with Perel here.

Billy Porter Rocks Uterus-Patterned Gown At The 2019 Tony Awards

Billy Porter delivered a powerful message at the 2019 Tony Awards Sunday, rocking a custom-made gown crafted from the stage curtain of “Kinky Boots” that included a subtle yet striking nod to women’s rights.

Porter, who rocked instantly iconic looks at the Golden Globes, the Oscars and the Met Gala earlier this year, said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the train of the gown features a pattern in the shape of uterus. 

“I thought it was awesome because women’s rights are under attack right now. I’m an advocate for all who are disenfranchised,” he said. “None of us are free until we’re all free!”

Billy Porter arrives at the 2019 Tony Awards in a Celestino Couture gown made from the stage curtain of the musical "Kinky Bo



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Billy Porter arrives at the 2019 Tony Awards in a Celestino Couture gown made from the stage curtain of the musical “Kinky Boots.” 

Currently seen on FX’s “Pose,” the actor and singer won a Tony for his portrayal of drag queen Lola of “Kinky Boots” in 2013. That musical, which featured music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, closed April 7 after 2,507 performances.  

When the production closed, stylist Sam Ratelle was approached by Scenery Bags to see if Porter would be interested in having the stage curtain made into a purse.

Ratelle opted instead to have Celestino Couture start sketching options for Porter’s Tony Awards gown, the actor recalled in a New York Times interview published Sunday.

Porter said the train of the gown features a pattern in the shape of uterus, meant in support of women's rights.  



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Porter said the train of the gown features a pattern in the shape of uterus, meant in support of women’s rights.  

“I want to flip the question of what it means to be a man,” Porter said of the ensemble. “This question of masculinity, this sort of microscope of heteronormative masculinity that we are very often held up to, especially as leading men, needs to be shattered. You know, it’s toxic and I’m over it and I’ve lived it and I’m not doing it anymore.” 

Smash Mouth Disapproves Of Straight Pride Parades In Now-Viral Tweet

If you think “straight pride parades” should really be a thing, the members of Smash Mouth are looking at you with their fingers and their thumbs in the shape of an “L” on their foreheads.

At least that’s the impression from a tweet posted Tuesday by the band that gave the world the 1999 hit “All Star.”

The tweet didn’t mince words, though it also didn’t explain what inspired it. It may have been a response to news that organizers in Boston are planning to hold a “straight pride parade” in August, as Pride.com noted.

“Straight Pride Parade?????” read the tweet from the band’s official account. “FUCK OFF!!!!!!!!” (That’s five question marks and eight exclamation points, for those keeping score.)

A spokesperson at the Boston mayor’s press office said the group planning to host the “straight pride” parade has been in contact with city officials, but has not yet received the permits it would need for the event.

Meanwhile, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh released a statement supporting the city’s LGBTQ community and its upcoming pride events.

“Every year Boston hosts our annual Pride Week, where our city comes together to celebrate the diversity, strength and acceptance of our LGBTQ community,” Walsh said. “This is a special week that represents Boston’s values of love and inclusion, which are unwavering. I encourage everyone to join us in celebration this Saturday for the Pride Parade and in the fight for progress and equality for all.”

Whatever the genesis of Smash Mouth’s tweet, it didn’t matter to the many Twitter users who approved of the message and added their own comments.

Some felt compelled to paraphrase the lyrics to “All Star” to fit the tweet:

Although the majority of respondents were happy to ride the Smash Mouth meme train, at least one person wanted to address the big issue: Why have a “straight pride parade” at all?

Talking smack on the internet seems to make up a big part of Smash Mouth’s 21st-century career.

Last week, the band called out Drake’s recent behavior at NBA games and told him to “sit the FCK down” when the ball is in play.

Earlier this month, Smash Mouth also went after baseball superstar Bryce Harper for signing with the Philadelphia Phillies instead of their beloved San Francisco Giants. 

‘The Bachelorette’ Sparks Luke-On-Luke Crime

You’re invited on a group date with the hosts of “Here To Make Friends.” Claire Fallon and Emma Gray bring you the best and worst from this week of “The Bachelorette,” including the episode’s greatest euphemism and who actually came out on top in the Battle of the Lukes. Plus, there may be two picks for this week’s front-runners, but there’s no doubt who they think won America’s heart — and a chance at being the next Bachelor.

This week, the boys say the quiet part out loud. In a milestone admission, Jed admits that he wasn’t originally Here For The Right Reasons (read: he joined the show to promote his music career). And one of the bachelors points out that the masculine undertones of their Newport digs are about as subtle as a lion statue.

Ellen Page And Wife Emma Portner Go Artfully Topless To Celebrate Pride Month

Actress Ellen Page and wife Emma Portner celebrated Pride Month on Sunday by posting a very sweet, very tastefully done shirtless pic on Instagram.

“HAPPY PRIDE!!! Sending love,” Page, 32, wrote in the caption along with heart and rainbow emojis.

We think it’s a little reminiscent of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s iconic Rolling Stone cover, no?

Page and Portner, a choreographer from Ottawa, Canada, announced they had quietly wed in January 2018.

A month later, the “Juno” actress opened up to The New York Times about the couple’s very modern meet-cute story: Apparently, Page was so struck by an Instagram video of Portner dancing that she felt compelled to reach out to her. (Solid proof that sliding into the DMs does work.)

“I thought, damn, this girl is so talented and so cool,” Page told the paper in February 2018. “I knew right away we were both creative spirits.”

In an interview with Net-A-Porter earlier this year, Page said she “loves being married.”

“I’ll be walking my dog, and I start talking to people, and I end up telling them about my wife and making them look at our Instagram. I’m that person,” she joked.

Emma Portner (left) and Ellen Page attend the premiere of "Flatliners" at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in September 2017.

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Emma Portner (left) and Ellen Page attend the premiere of “Flatliners” at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in September 2017.

Elsewhere in the Net-A-Porter interview, the actress recalled earlier days in her career when she was explicitly told that people “cannot know you’re gay.” Rumors about her sexuality swirled just as she began to get serious with a woman she’d been dating at age 20. Page said the focus on her sexuality in the media was “very detrimental to my mental health.”

Six years later, she came out during a speech to LGBTQ youth counselors at a Human Rights Campaign conference.

“I remember being in my early 20s and really believing it was impossible for me to come out,” she told Net-A-Porter. “But, over time, with more representation, hearts and minds have been changed. It doesn’t happen quickly enough and it hasn’t happened enough, particularly for the most marginalized in the community. But things have got better.”

Outside of acting, Page has produced two seasons of “Gaycation,” a Vice show exploring LGBTQ cultures around the world.

As she told the magazine, “I felt, and I feel, a sense of responsibility. I want to be able to help in any way I can, and I want to make queer content.”

Meryl Streep’s Fake Teeth Are The Real Star Of ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2

When Meryl Streep is chewing the scenery on the upcoming second season of “Big Little Lies,” she’ll be doing so with a pair of fake teeth.

The Oscar winner reportedly insisted that she sport a pair of prosthetic chompers on the hit HBO drama to drive home a family resemblance with her on-screen son Perry, played by Alexander Skarsgård, according to Page Six

Executive producer Gregg Fienberg told the outlet about Streep’s “brilliant idea” at the second season premiere’s after-party on Wednesday night in New York City, where the actress’ dental situation was a topic of discussion.

“Yes they were 100% fashioned and inspired by Alex’s teeth,” Fienberg said. “She is his mother after all. It was Meryl’s brilliant idea.”

Skarsgård is, of course, famous for his high-wattage smile, and Streep is no stranger to prosthetics, famously transforming into former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 2011′s “Iron Lady.”

HuffPost has reached out to HBO for comment on Streep’s prosthetics. 

The teeth in question were reportedly crafted by the British dental laboratory Fangs FX, which specializes in character teeth and prosthetic facial effects for  the big screen, at the direction Streep’s go-to hair and makeup artist, Oscar-winner J. Roy Helland.

Streep boarded the Emmy-winning series as Mary Louise Wright for the series’ second season. Wright is the mother-in-law to Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and is seeking answers about her son’s death.

Skarsgård’s character famously met his maker in the closing moments of the first season’s finale, but he’ll apparently play a bigger role than expected in this next chapter.

Meryl Streep joins the cast of "Big Little Lies" in Season 2. 

Meryl Streep joins the cast of “Big Little Lies” in Season 2. 

“He was the most incredible acting partner, and then he came back for Season 2,” Kidman said of Skarsgård at a recent event promoting the series.

But apparently the actress spilled a bit too much about the Swedish star’s role in the new season as her cast mate Reese Witherspoon reportedly “motioned for her costar to stop talking,” according to People.

“He has a little bit of a part in the sense of … the basis of … OK, I’ll be quiet,” Kidman continued. “He didn’t abandon us. We’ll put it that way.”

So there’s a chance Streep, Skarsgård and their teeth ― fake or otherwise ― might share the screen together.