Kelly Clarkson Helps a Couple Get Engaged, but Her Reaction After Is the Best

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Kelly Clarkson is the latest celebrity to help a fan pull off a surprise engagement. During her concert at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, the singer played matchmaker as a man named Alex Malerba asked his longtime boyfriend to marry him. «Asking the love of my life to marry me in front of the one and only @kellyclarkson was an amazing moment!!!! HE SAID YES,» he captioned the post. In true Kelly form, she couldn’t contain herself as she excitedly gave the newly engaged couple warm hugs. Of course, the best part was when the two men revealed they had been dating for four years to which she hilariously exclaimed, «About damn time! I’m like, sh*t or get off the pot!»

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How is Megyn Kelly Doing Outside of the Fox News Bubble?

After two weeks of breathless headlines and social media outrage (both authentic and faux), last night’s Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones finally arrived and … eh? I didn’t actually watch it live, because I didn’t want my cable service to believe I was supporting the decision to interview Alex Jones, but I jumped online during the interview and followed along on Twitter as it aired and … it was mostly crickets. There were very few tweets, and nothing of note.

I did later watch portions of it on YouTube, and while Kelly did a decent job of denunciating Alex Jones, the interview itself felt kind of empty, broken up with clips and background information on Jones’ history of nutcasery. There’s only about 5 minutes of interview footage in the 17 minute segment, and it’s notable mostly only for the fact that Jones appears to be sweating the entire time. Was it worth it, Kelly? Huh? Huh?

Point being: While there was a fear that Megyn Kelly was somehow introducing Alex Jones to mainstream America, the millions of people NBC (and the rest of the media) must have been expecting to tune in didn’t materialize. It was seen by only 3.5 million overnight viewers, less than a rerun of America’s Home Videos in the 18-49 demo. Worse still, NBC didn’t even add the interview to YouTube until 11 a.m. EST today, long after anyone had decided to care about the interview, so it received very little social-media lift.

In other words, the interview created very little noise, and for Megyn Kelly, ratings for the episode were not much more than what she received nightly on Fox News. Seems like Megyn Kelly stood out on Fox News, where she was one of few women, and the only primetime presence who was not completely friendly with Donald Trump. She was a lightning rod on Fox News. Polarizing. Divisive, because she dared to occasionally go against the company line. But in the rest of the news ecosystem, Megyn Kelly isn’t special. Not in an environment where she has to compete outside of the Fox News bubble with the likes of Katy Tur or Rachel Maddow or Jake Tapper or Joy Reid or Maggie Haberman. Now she has to re-earn her credibility with more mainstream audiences, and with her interviews with Alex Jones and Vladimir Putin, she’s not doing herself any favors.

Indeed, after weak ratings last night, NBC has to be sh*tting itself about the prospect of making Megyn Kelly the future of NBC News. Remember, they booted Tamron Hall and Al Roker for her? How are you feeling about that decision now, NBC?


Kelly Ripa’s Family Graduation Photo Is Cute, but It’s Her Caption That Will Make You LOL

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos had a lot to celebrate on Friday; the couple’s younger son, Joaquin, graduated and is officially off to high school! The special day also marked their daughter Lola’s 16th birthday, which the Live! With Kelly and Ryan host mentioned in a family Instagram posted that day. «Congratulations to Joaquin Antonio Consuelos!!! You’ve made us very proud! 🎓 (yet another graduation on Lola’s birthday. She is furious!!!),» Kelly captioned her snap, which shows Joaquin in cap and gown as his family surrounds him. While Lola may not be smiling as big as her parents or older brother Michael, we’re sure she’s still thrilled for her little sibling. Now on to the Sweet 16 party! See more of Kelly and Mark’s best family photos.

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It Looks Like Alex Jones and Megyn Kelly Are Set To Destroy Each Other’s Careers

Not long ago, we brought up that Rebel Wilson was suing a media outlet for defamation and I’ll admit, my initial thought was, «You’re suing because someone is publishing your correct age and background? Good luck with that!» Well, she won her suit! Good for her. — (Lainey)

Three weeks into her stint as a journalist for NBC, Megyn Kelly has created considerable controversy with her decision to interview Sandy Hook truther Alex Jones, who is calling the piece — which airs on Sunday night — a hit piece, a smear job. Jones apparently taped the pre-interview, and says he has proof, I guess, that Kelly was being dishonest with him. He also says that he has the full interview, which will put into context the edited hit piece. I don’t know what’s going on, but seeing these two try to destroy each other? I’m here for it. (THR)

Commissioner Gordon Mayor Garcetti and LAPD Chief Beck are lighting the Bat-signal tonight in LA to honor the late Adam West. — (LATimes)

Demi Moore, who still looks ridiculously amazing even without a front tooth, says she lost a tooth due to stress. Like, it just fell right the fuck out! I’m seriously seriously hoping she’s talking about a veneer or a cap and not an actual tooth, because dear god, I don’t need more things to stress about. — (Celebitchy)

A blimp crashed and caught fire near the US Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. The pilot is ok, thankfully! I grew up seeing the Goodyear blimp (which this was not part of the Goodyear fleet of airships) fly overhead almost daily and then later worked up the street from the blimp hangar. I haven’t seen a blimp/airship that looks like this one in, oh, I don’t know, 30+ years? If ever, really. That one kind of looked like a giant balloon. — (JSOnline)

The jury in the Cosby case is deadlocked. That’s depressing. What’s more depressing (or infuriating — yeah, infuriating is a better word) is Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy from The Cosby Show) walking all arm-in-arm with the rapey jagoff. — (Dlisted)

Ladies, is your vagina still leaking that pesky menstrual blood and disturbing your «quiet night studying», «The Big Game», «weekend brunch», «day drinking», «boardwalk on your longboard» (yeah, I don’t know…), or your «book club»? Well! Worry no more! Remember the unbelievable idiot behind the Mensez «Feminine Lipstick» that glues your snootch together so you don’t bleed out or something like that? Well, that unbelievable idiot is unbelievably back with a NEW product that still has no idea how women’s bodies work. h/t AsscrackBandit roctavia— (Patheos)

Lorde may or may not be an onion ring expert! I don’t actually know and truthfully, you guys? I don’t actually care. I just wanted to use this time to remind everyone that Lorde’s new album is FINALLY coming out tomorrow! I have been waiting, like, 2 years for this. It feels like Christmas Eve. — (LG)

TK eloquently wrote about the Public Theater earlier this week. And now here’s a fantastic interview with the artistic director, Oskar Eustis, at the Public. He roasts both the NYT and Fox over the Caesar play. — (NYTimes)

Book of the Month Subscription Box featured The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo this month and it looked really interesting. Now Go Fug Yourself is offering you the chance to win a copy! — (GFY)

This? Just because:

The Mama loves Judy Blume, but did not love her most recent book, In the Unlikely Event. Told mostly in a series of vignettes, the story is good, but dispassionate in places. It just doesn’t have the magic of earlier books. Did we know that Judy Blume is still writing books? (Cannonball Read 9)

And finally, these lovely and thoughtful women did *not* make me tear up. I don’t care what anyone else says!


A Ranting Alex Jones Is Asking that His Megyn Kelly Interview Not Air on Father’s Day

This is my new favorite thing today!

Sarah went to Gwynnie’s Wellness (with a capital «W») retreat, «In Goop Health» (no, seriously, that’s what it’s called) and in addition to a bag of $ 85 rocks, she got to experience Goop. — (Lainey)

I NEED ALL OF THESE! — (Nerdist)

Megyn Kelly’s new NBC newsmagazine is not making friends with either side of the political spectrum. The left is furious that Kelly and NBC would give a platform to Sandy Hook truther Alex Jones (and at least one advertiser, JP Morgan, has pulled their ads for the episode), while Alex Jones is also pissed, calling Kelly «cold and robotic» and claiming that the interview is a «hit piece trying to destroy independent media» that make fathers look bad, which is why he doesn’t want it to air on Father’s Day. (Also, because Alex Jones is terrible father). (Uproxx)

If you missed the Tony Awards last night, you might have missed the orchestra trying to play Bette Midler off. Hahahahaha. You don’t tell Bette when she’s finished speaking. Bette finishes when she’s damn good and ready. — (Dlisted)

Also at the Tonys was Mary Beth Peil, who most people would recognize from Dawson’s Creek, but whom I recognize as Peter’s mother from The Good Wife. She looks fantastic and is my new inspiration for aging beautifully. — (GFY)

I feel like I’ve said this so many times, but here it is again: REPRESENTATION MATTERS! And you can see it here in this small sampling of adorable childpeople who saw Wonder Woman. — (The MarySue)

Barron and Melania have moved into the White House and awwwww, doesn’t the First Family look so joyously happy to be together again? That hand-holding doesn’t look awkward at all. — (Jezebel)

Amanda Bynes is back and sober and ready to work, and I just love her so much, I hope she’s happy and feeling good! I also hope she does another movie with Charming Potato because I would buy it and watch it over and over even though my husband would say, «Are you seriously watching this stupid movie again? Is this supposed to be funny? I don’t get it.» HYPOTHETICALLY. — (Celebitchy)

Jessica Chastain got married over the weekend and she looked just lovely! But really? What the shit was Anne Hathaway wearing? — (LG)

Have you watched Curtis Hanson’s film L.A. Confidential? Bea Pants is here to tell you that compared to James Ellroy’s book L.A. Confidential, Hanson’s movie is the happy parts of a Pixar movie. Elroy’s Los Angeles is "dark, mean and merciless." Though not for the faint hearted, L.A. Confidential is a smartly written book. (Cannonball Read 9)

A quick shout-out to a longtime reader of ours, Laura, who offers up reviews at her blog, Movie Mommy. (Movie Mommy)

I said The Defenders picture was my new favorite thing today, but actually, THIS is my new favorite thing today!


Basic Journalism: Let’s Talk About Megyn Kelly

This week, Megyn Kelly, formerly of Fox News, made her debut on NBC by sitting down for a one-on-one interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. After several years at Fox, where she rose up the ranks to become the network’s most prized public face and semblance of journalistic integrity during the Trump-Clinton campaign, she took a pay cut and moved to pastures of more legitimate stature. The deal gives Kelly, as noted by the Hollywood Reporter, «her own daytime weekday news vehicle, a Sunday night news magazine and a key role in breaking news coverage.» In order to accommodate their new star, the Today show cancelled the 9am hour helmed by Tamron Hall and Al Roker, the former of whom then quit the network. To crown their new investment, one that could be considered a risk in these post-truth times, Kelly was given the kind of assignment usually reserved for Barbara Walters or Christiane Amanpour. The results were not impressive.

Kelly’s interview skills left much to be desired, as Putin easily out-maneuvered her attempts to catch him in a lie. Mostly, the interview is pretty dull, and certainly not a moment for NBC to add to the vaults. After all that hype and glut of glowing media coverage, most people were left wondering what all the fuss was about. Ratings weren’t great either, something that must have been new to Kelly, who consistently drew some of the highest viewership numbers on Fox News. Now, NBC must strive to make their investment worthwhile, but they do so under an inescapable shadow of hypocrisy. How do you turn the problem into the solution?

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Megyn Kelly entered the spotlight during the 2016 Presidential race after Trump focused on her following a tougher than expected line of questioning during a Republican party candidate debate moderated by Kelly. After a period of praise from the general media, along with «liberal» favourites like Bill Maher, Trump began his tirades against Kelly, including the now-infamous «blood was coming out of her wherever» line. This was blatant misogyny, of course, and dishearteningly common from a man whose primary language is offence. Kelly had every right to be defended by her colleagues — and it was a topic of contention at Fox News that Bill O’Reilly never did so — but following that, and the myriad women who fell victim to Trump’s sexism, including Hillary Clinton herself, one couldn’t help but notice the way in which Kelly leveraged that moment to impeccable public grace.

Kelly had always been the trade media’s Fox News anchor of choice — photogenic, charming, a much easier sell than the disgruntled bulldogs who headlined the network — but now, she had feminine clout. Variety crowned her one of the top women in their «2016 Power of Women New York» issue, giving her a front cover alongside Misty Copeland and Lupita Nyong’o.

After working as an associate at a number of Chicago law firms, Kelly moved to DC and worked as a reporter for the local ABC affiliate. She moved to Fox News in 2004, where she started out hosting legal segments on Brit Hume’s show and filling in for Greta Van Susteren (who herself recently moved to NBC). In 2010, she began hosting her own show, America Live, where she increased ratings by around 20%, and in 2012 she led the network’s election night coverage, including one admittedly hilarious moment where she belittled Karl Rove for refusing to accept the Obama victory. By 2013, Kelly had moved to the nightly bracket at the network with The Kelly File, where she often overtook both Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity in terms of ratings. It was on this show that Kelly made her most infamous, pre-Trump comments.

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In an argument over the race of Santa Claus, both in fiction like picture books and in-person seasonal appearances, Kelly put her foot down, saying, «Jesus was a white man, too. It’s like we have, he’s a historical figure that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want kids to know that. How do you revise it in the middle of the legacy in the story and change Santa from white to black?» Obviously, everyone from Jon Stewart to Rachel Maddow had a field day with this moment of commentary from the woman who insists she’s the «straight news anchor» at Fox. Eventually, she back-pedaled somewhat and said her comments were tongue-in-cheek, and that Jesus’s race was «far from settled» (Middle Eastern Jew? I’d say that element of truth is pretty decided).

That’s probably the peek behind the veil of respectability casual viewers are most familiar with, but it was hardly the only instance. Let’s not forget Kelly’s ongoing obsession with the New Black Panther Party, which included positing that their presence at polling stations was to intimidate white voters; Or how about her defence of a policemen wrestling Black teens to the ground in an obvious incident of brutality because the victim «was no saint either«; Perhaps you forgot about her Reddit-style declaration that a commencement speech given by Michelle Obama was exacerbating a «culture of victimization«, or what she so creatively called a «Cupcake Nation».

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This is the «straight news anchor» who had anti-LGBTQ hate group leader Tony Perkins on her Fox News show no fewer than 34 times; the one who invited Ann Coulter on at least 13 times; the woman replacing two Black hosts on NBC who, on a topic of the Black community’s fears of the police, invited on Mark fucking Fuhrmann; The glorious beacon of NBC’s new Trump-era journalism who repeatedly mocked transgender people, including young children and claimed acceptance of them offered «no consideration given to what this would put the other children through»; This is the supposedly opinion-free news-woman who called Muslim civil liberty organization CAIR «an un-indicted co-conspirator in a terrorist trial»; Who mocked campaigns to tackle sexual assault on college campuses by saying, they would «almost entirely eliminate the rights of men».

This is the woman who said that Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server issue was as much «a character issue» for voters as Donald Trump’s assault accusations. This is NBC’s news hero.

Make no mistake, Megyn Kelly has been part of the problem with politics and journalism for a long time now. For 13 years, Kelly proudly took part in the propaganda wing of the Fox News channel. The evidence is staggering yet, infuriatingly, she is seldom billed as such. There aren’t many people on that channel who we can deem worthy enough to be called proper journalists. Shepard Smith is probably the closest we have to that, yet he was given a fraction of the publicity and fawning headlines Kelly was (Smith recently came out as gay, which may have something to do with it). It was easy to take Kelly, who in most ways resembled every other woman at the network, and modify that image for the wider crowd. As Sonia Saraiya of Variety noted, «Her image projects an elegant refinement, a sense of class and poise, of traditional values. These are qualities Fox News hilariously lacks, when it comes to both the sometimes-seedy reputations of its anchors and the network’s splashy and outdated graphics and production.» Of course, Kelly was never above working with that seediness. Like almost every woman on the network, she still donned the low-cut dresses and played along with the «jokes» of the male hosts, which often reveled in rape-culture (no surprise given the man in charge). She even did a sexy GQ photo-shoot, something entirely within her right to do so, but like Ivanka Trump, it is striking how quickly she threw off that persona in favour of a more palatable brand that would appeal to women.

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That package worked well at Fox News, but so did everything they sold there. After all, the people who watch Fox News, the brainwashed children of Roger Ailes who sleep with ceaseless fear, keep the channel on 24/7 in preparation for whatever vague rebellion they have been told is coming will finally arrive. Outside of that bubble, audiences are more cynical, and that crucial young demographic NBC believe Kelly will bring to the network don’t view her façade without years of knowledge behind it. Anyone can Google Kelly and see her history of fostering hatred under the guise of news. She may have helped to legitimize Fox News on some level, but, so far, that carefully tuned force is on shaky ground at NBC News. When you have aided in the normalizing of hate, how do you U-turn to easy-going frivolities and authentic integrity?

Next for NBC’s Megyn Kelly, the «straight news anchor», is an interview with Alex Jones.


How Prince Rainier Convinced Grace Kelly to Give Up Her Movie Career to Become a Princess

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Fairy tales might not be real, but Grace Kelly came as close as a person can to truly living one. The Rear Window actress, who grew up in an affluent Philadelphia family, ended up leaving behind her booming Hollywood film career to marry a real-life royal, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, after a whirlwind year of courtship. So, how did Grace meet Prince Rainier, exactly? Well, there likely never would have been a connection between the two without the Cannes Film Festival.

Ahead of the glamorous annual movie event in 1955, biographers have claimed that Prince Rainier was looking for an American wife specifically. Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis allegedly suggested he marry Marilyn Monroe, who was apparently keen on the match herself, but the prince rejected the idea since he didn’t find her public image dignified enough for his family (though it has never been confirmed). Grace happened to be attending Cannes that year to promote To Catch a Thief, and her refinement and poise clearly caught Prince Rainier’s eye. Grace was persuaded by the director of Paris Match magazine, Pierre Galante, to participate in a staged photo op with the prince, since it would give both parties a great deal of press and provide the royal an opportunity to meet her in person.

Photographer Edward Quinn recounted the story of shooting the pair on the day they first met before his death in 1997. «When Prince Rainier arrived, Grace Kelly gave that kind of very discreet American bow, bending her knee, and they shook hands,» he said. «When Grace left, [she] said to everybody, ‘He is a very charming man,’ and that was the end of it for the time being.» Despite the semi-awkwardness of their first «date,» the prince’s priest, Father Tucker, took it upon himself to work as matchmaker. He sent Grace a letter thanking her «for showing the prince what an American Catholic girl can be and for the deep impression this has left on him.» The ensuing courtship happened lightning fast.

On the morning of January 6, 1956, Monaco’s Minister of State announced the couple’s engagement from Grimaldi Palace. On the same day, Grace and her future husband participated in a press conference held in her family’s Philadelphia home (pictured above), that was attended by over 50 eager journalists. The event was reportedly a madhouse, with some photographers standing on the Kelly family’s piano to get a good angle of Grace and the Prince. The rabid media attention wasn’t all positive, either. Some viewed Grace’s choice to marry a European monarch rather than an American as a betrayal, of sorts. Daily News columnist Phil Santora complained that Grace had «been enshrined as a sort of all-American girl who would someday marry the all-American boy and raise a crop of quarterbacks for Yale or Notre Dame,» and that the prince was «not good enough» for her. Their bond remained strong throughout it all, and the two tied the knot in a lavish ceremony that was dubbed by press at the time as «the Wedding of the Century.»

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Their marriage took place one week after she finished filming High Society in 1956, which would be her last movie role. Her studio, MGM, was loathe to let her go, but they made the most of it by turning the wedding into a full-fledged production. Every aspect of the day was filmed, and they even flew in their top costume designer, Helen Rose, to help create Grace’s elaborate, iconic ivory dress. Grace read her vows in French as a nod to her new home, and the couple left the church in the back of a custom-made cream and black Rolls Royce before heading off on their honeymoon in the Mediterranean.

Since being an actress was considered unseemly for a member of the royal family, Grace retired and dove into her new role as Princess of Monaco. She and the prince welcomed three children, Caroline, Albert II, and Stéphanie, and shared plenty of sweet moments together over the course of their 26-year marriage before her tragic death in a car accident in 1982. Prince Albert II carries on his family’s legacy as the current leader of Monaco, alongside wife Princess Charlene and their 2-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.

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Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III’s Sweetest Moments With Their Children

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III have a love story for the books. The two first met at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival, where the actress was promoting To Catch a Thief, and tied the knot in an elaborate ceremony in Monaco nearly a year later. Aside from sharing numerous sweet moments together during their 26-year marriage, they were also loving parents to their three children, Caroline, Albert II, and Stéphanie. See some of their best family appearances together below.

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Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III’s High Society Romance, in Pictures

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III’s love story is a real-life fairy tale. The actress first met the royal at the Cannes Film Festival in April 1955, and a year later they tied the knot in an elaborate ceremony that was dubbed by press at the time as «the Wedding of the Century.» Grace soon retired from acting and assumed her new role as Princess of Monaco. The couple had three children together, Caroline, Albert II, and Stéphanie, and shared numerous sweet moments during their 26-year marriage before Grace’s death in 1982. See some of their best appearances below.

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Kelly Olynyk Had Some Issues Trying to Guard LeBron

Remember when LeBron James savagely spun a basketball right in Serge Ibaka’s face before drilling a three? Of course you do, but here it is again just for fun:

Easily the most disrespectful moment of the entire playoffs… at least until tonight when folk hero Kelly Olynyk tried to defend LeBron. As you can see below, Jaylen Brown should try a little harder to not die on those picks, because poor Kelly can’t handle the GOAT:

Oh, and neither can Isaiah Thomas:

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