Back in 2001, Elisabeth Hasselbeck debuted on the hit reality TV show Survivor where she came in fourth place. A year later, she married NFL Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, and in the fall of 2003 she replaced Lisa Ling as the fourth co-host on The View where she was known to lend a conservative point of view.
Ten years later she made a career move to Fox where she replaced Gretchen Carlson as the morning female co-host of Fox & Friends. Now, a little more than two years later, she has decided she’s putting her career on hold to spend more time with her three children.
As she broke the news to viewers, she said, “I am taking a new position as CBO — chief breakfast officer — at our house with the kids, and that does mean that in about a month, I’ll be leaving my FOX News family. I’m in a season where the kids need the best of me, not the rest of me.”
It’s a big decision, but she’s following her heart regarding what she thinks is best for her family, and I applaud her for that. It’s definitely a sacrifice on her part. In a statement to Fox News she admitted as much saying, “Oftentimes, the most difficult decisions are between two great things.”
As she talked about leaving with viewers and her co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade she fought back tears as she talked about her time with the Fox News Channel being such a positive and thoughtful atmosphere and the “best working environment a woman and mother could ask for.”
Hasselbeck will stay on for another month until the end of the year and will be replaced by a rotating cast of co-hosts until the network finds her replacement. I wish her all the best.
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I’ve been an “NCIS” fan since day one. My family and I joke that the cast are our “friends in our TV.”
It’s hard to say I have a favorite character, but Abby Sciuto played by Pauley Perrette is a quirky, tattooed, Goth Forensic Scientist who is a loving, giving brainiac, scientifically brilliant and yet exudes a childlike innocence that sees the best in everyone. I love the complexity of this character.
True fans of Perrette know that that same kind loving, giving Abby nature that sees the best in others is part the actress’s real life. She devotes time to helping protect the homeless and animals.
So when she tweeted that she was assaulted overnight by a “psychotic homeless man” who said he was going to kill her, I was stunned. She actually tweeted a document describing the whole event.
She described how the man grabbed her, pinned her down and punched her in the face repeatedly saying his name. “William … don’t forget that! I’m going to kill you.”
She said “I was alone, terrified and trapped.” Behind her stood an empty garage. She knew if he got her in there she was as good as dead and she wasn’t strong enough to overpower him. She prayed and finally said, “William is a beautiful name, I have a little nephew named William.”
He started to punch her again and then told her “to get the […] out of here.” The 46-year-old actress escaped and collapsed on the sidewalk in shock. Some guy on his phone walked around her with his dog. At least the dog stopped and licked her face but the man did nothing.
Perrette texted a next-door neighbor, who happens to be a police officer who goes to her church. She drew a sketch of the homeless man who had attacked her and said that he was “headed towards Hollywood Blvd. with murder in his eyes.” Her friend actually located the homeless William and they got him for felony assault.
Turns out the guy’s name wasn’t William after all. It was David. He’s currently being held on $100,000 bond.
As Perrette reflected on her ordeal in the note she posted, she said, “We need full mental health care. We need housing and help for the homeless. We need to support our cops. We need to not walk alone. I need to heal.”
She closed by saying, “I almost died tonight.”
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Halloween 2015 is now a thing of the past, along with all the decorating, candy eating, and the effort of finding or making the perfect costume is behind us for one more year.
But just like the day after Christmas is a great time to find deals, this is the time of year to get ideas for next year as this year’s celebrity costumes come to light.
This year many celebrities dressed as popular super-heroes. For instance, Kourtney Kardashin and her family dressed up as super heroes including the Flash, Spiderman, and Captain America. Beyonce went with an X-men’s theme and dressed as the sexy superhero Storm, but by next year superheroes costumes could be a thing of the past.
One celebrity costume that stood out from the rest in my book is Heidi Klum’s Jessica Rabbit.
If I were handing out awards, she’d get it for daring to sidestep what’s trendy and thinking outside the box. Granted, her Halloween costume as the “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” bombshell included larger-than-life prosthetics worthy of the hit TV reality show Faceoff so it isn’t something the average trick-or-treater is going to pull off, but it was a unique idea and well executed.
Each year, Heidi Klum throws a Halloween party. This year’s bash was held at Lavo in NYC on Halloween night. Like usual, it was a star-studded affair.
This year Jennifer Lopez and her beau Casper Smart dressed as sexy skeletons, Emily Ratajkowski wore a Marge Simpson costume, Ashanti wore blue body paint as a Smurf, and Gigi Hadid chose to be Sandy from Grease.
Over the years Klum has come up with some pretty elaborate costumes. One that sticks in my mind is her 2008 many-armed, blue-skinned Hindu goddess of destruction. That one garnered some discontent from the Hindu community, but aside from that I wondered how she’d maneuver getting into the car to get to the party.
Turns out that this year’s curvaceous Jessica Rabbit hips created a bit of a challenge when it came to getting into and out of the car, but Klum creatively navigated the situation and arrived to rave reviews of her costume.
I’d seen little snippets here and there on the Internet saying that Blake Shelton and Gwen Stafani were a new couple. I dismissed it as unconfirmed rumor until now.
For all I knew, it was someone’s idea to promote The Voice, where the two of them work as coaches and mentors. Plus I thought Gwen was married, but since found out she is newly single after her life blew up earlier this year. In fact, it happened a month after Shelton and his wife, Miranda Lambert called it quits.
As a fan of The Voice, I couldn’t help noticing the flirting going on between the two of them on the show. This was followed by sightings of the two of them together at various Halloween parties in October, and reports said they were even spotted holding hands.
Now Stefani’s rep announced the two of them are officially dating, in a statement to Us Weekly, saying: “Gwen and Blake are longtime friends who have very recently started dating.”
The two of them experienced traumatic breakups that happened very fast. I’m not going to dip my toe back in the rumor pool of who did what to bring those divorces about, but I do wonder about rebound dating.
Some say such relationships are healing, but most are short-lived. This is blamed on lingering emotional instability related to the painful break up. As a result, it’s recommended that serious dating is avoided until the tumultuous emotions have subsided. So hopefully this isn’t serious but just fun dating.
Divorce is hard for just about everyone, and I can’t imagine being under the spotlight like Shelton and his ex, Miranda Lambert at the CMA awards on November 5.
It was just days after the announcement about Shelton and Stefani dating. Stefani wasn’t there, and Shelton and Lambert respected each other, but things seemed strained.
When hosts, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley made a lighthearted joke about the breakup, Blake took it good-heartedly but he’s moving on. It’s always easier when you’re moving on.
I felt for Miranda, but at least she brought home the award for Female Vocalist of the Year telling her fans that she “needed a bright spot this year.”
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I recently watched a video of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell playing the Newlywed Game. If you’ve ever played that game after being together for decades, you know it can be a bit challenging.
The first question they were asked was what did they do on their first date. That first date was over 30 years ago, and yet they both got it right, albet with their own versions. For instance Goldie used the word snuggled while Kurt said they had sex. They laughed and Goldie said he told it the “boy way.”
And when asked what Goldie would want to burn from Kurt’s closet they both said all of it. Suffice it to say, the two of them are on the same page which defies Hollywood laws and logic when it comes to relationships.
While the two of them have been a couple for 33 years and have a family together, they chose never to get married. Today, Russell is 64 and Goldie will be 70 in November. When they were asked what their secret is, Kurt told ET Canada that that question “is unanswerable in all honesty. You just get up and give it a go – if you want to.”
And Goldie agreed with him saying, “I think that’s it, Honey. You have to want it. Both people have to want it.”
That’s another thing I notice about them. They still use terms of endearment, snuggle on the red carpet, hold hands while walking down the street. They show all those little symptoms that say, we’re in love.
Between them, they have 5 kids including actress Kate Hudson, and they admit they love being grandparents. However, in that role they try their best to offer “zero advice.”
Goldie puts it like this. “I did it my way. She’s doing it her way, but she saw a very good example with the both of us.”
Congratulations to them for not only making it 33 years, but doing it in a way that’s grown them together as a couple.
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Seventeen-year-old Bindi Irwin continues to turn in one solid performance after another on this season’s Dancing with Stars. Last Monday, she and her pro partner danced to “Cry Little Sister” from the 1987 horror classic, The Lost Boys.
They performed the Argentine tango wearing vampire-themed costumes and fog rolling along the floor — a perfect choice for the Halloween-night show. Hair and makeup did a fantastic job right down to the fangs, and once again the dance pair received perfect 10s across the board.
The dance was fun and well executed, but this one wasn’t just high energy, it was sexy. Derek Hough, her partner admitted to ET that her risqué moves left him a little uneasy. “I’m like, ‘Whoa! OK, young lady, you’re allowed to do that for about a minute-and-a-half, but when the song finishes, you go back to being my little Bindi.'”
Despite Hough’s reservations about her sexy moves, though, the judges and the majority of those watching from home loved her tango, just like we’ve loved everything she’s been doing.
Early on I said she was a strong candidate to win this year’s mirrorball trophy, and each performance strengthens that original opinion. If it happens, it will be Derek Hough’s sixth win.
From Bindi’s point of view, she’s having a blast. Her enthusiasm just bubbles over. After their performance, she told ET, “It was crazy! It was so much fun though. And I’m so grateful to be here and to be part of this. And watching everyone tonight, everyone brought so much fierceness and they just owned it.”
So this was the second week in a row that Bindi and Derek earned perfect scores across the board. Judge Bruno Tonioli even said, “That was an Argentine Tango master class” and went on to say that it “was spell binding dance magic.” I agree.
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The Big Bang Theory shared an exciting announcement on its Twitter account and Facebook page this past week. The upcoming Nov. 5 episode of the popular sitcom will feature Leonard Nimoy’s real life son, Adam, in an episode titled “The Spock Resonance.”
Wil Wheaton who starred on Star Trek the Next Generation as Wesley Crusher, and who is a recurring guest star on the show, will appear alongside Adam who happens to be an accomplished writer and director in real life.
On the show, he will ask character Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) to be in a documentary about his father, Leonard.
Those of us who are fans can only imagine how excited Sheldon will be to have this opportunity, but in this episode, it turns out his excitement will be tempered with his struggle to control his emotions regarding his recent breakup with Amy.
While Lenoard Nimoy never appeared on the show in person as himself or Spock, the essence of his presence has been experienced in a number of episodes throughout the series run.
For instance, in season 2, episode 2, Sheldon attended a Renaissance faire dressed as Spock down to the pointy Vulcan ears, and in season 5, episode 20 “The Transporter Malfunction,” Sheldon dreamed about a Spock action figure that came to life. Leonard Nimoy actually provided his voice for this episode.
The show has even featured a game called “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock,” plus when Nimoy passed away in Feb. of 2015, the show paid tribute to the actor on-air.
In my mind, The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek have significantly been intertwined. I’m a fan of both, and CBS has definitely whet my appetite for this upcoming episode. I can’t wait.
And don’t forget, Big Bang Theory has moved to a new day and time, so be sure to mark your calendar for Thursday at 8/7c.
For a complete synopsis of the upcoming episode, visit the CBS website.
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Many of us walk, run, or hit the treadmill while listening to music to help pass the time, but I just came across a study out of West London’s Brunnel University that shows that it does even more than that.
Music can help motivate you and actually assist in burning more of that unwanted body fat.
Music and exercise have gone hand in hand since long before we had the ability to record it. According to Dr. Carl Foster, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Exercise and Health program, “You go all the way back to rowers on the Roman Galleys.”
You’ve seen it in the movies; a guy sits beating a big drum and drives the rhythm of the rowing. It helps rowers stay coordinated, but it was also used to help speed the rowers up or to slow them down.
Foster says, “Part of it is that people will naturally follow a tempo. It’s just something about the way our brains work.”
With that picture in mind, it’s easy to see why we can keep up or even pick up the pace when listening to music. According to the study’s findings, it actually increases our endurance by 15 percent.
The study’s author, Costas Karageorghis, says that music tends to block fatigue, and produces feelings of excitement and vigor which in turn helps us keep pace by synchronizing our workout movements. Which goes back to our Roman Galley example.
This particular study was small with just 30 participants who exercised on a treadmill while listening to a selection of motivational rock or pop music including tracks from Queen, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Madonna.
Participants were told to stay in strict time with the beat. Results found that when carefuly selected according to scientific principles, music not only enhances endurance by 15 percent, it also enhances how we “feel” about exercise and can help us stay positive even when we’re working out at a very high intensity.
So if you want to get more out of your exercise routine, put together an upbeat playlist designed to keep your motivation up along with your heartbeat.
What music do you like to listen to while exercising?
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Recently on DWTS, Derek Hough and Bindi Irwin wowed us as they paid tribute to the dance made famous by Patrick Swayze (Johnny) and Jennifer Grey (Baby) in the iconic dance.
In the video package before their performance they showed the two practicing the lift in a pond. On stage, the dance was perfect, even the judges agreed awarding perfect scores all around. But it was the lift that was the nail biter.
Hough even admitted that it wasn’t his thing, but they pulled it off and fans everywhere cheered, But now, Derek Hough has told the story from behind the scenes.
If you thought it was a nail biter watching them perform, wait till you hear what was going on just moments before going out to actually perform!
Hough talked to TV Guide about practicing the lift in the hallway just before going on. It was their first time to practice wearing the costumes.
He said, “We were practicing in the hallway and her dress kept slipping as I lifted her up. […we weren’t really prepared for that. I would get her up, but her skirt would slip down and she’d start sliding.”
That’s definitely not what you want to have on your mind before going out to perform. Hough thought on his feet and hurried to wardrobe and “asked them to thread her skirt to her underwear so she wouldn’t slip.” They got it done, but they were sewing even as the couple headed to the stage.
Time was up and they stepped out on stage without knowing whether or not the stiches would do the trick. He said, “Luckily it all worked out. Once I had her up there, that was it. It was just about staying up there. Once you’re locked in, it’s not hard. It’s more about actually getting her up there and the timing.”
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