Today in celebrity gossip: America's shame a.k.a. Bob Costas's Olympics pinkeye may have an inglorious explanation, Andrew Garfield clarifies the Batkid situation, and Martha Stewart has been saying amazing things on Reddit.
The 2014 Winter Olympics are a distant memory by now, so distant that many of us wonder if we'd perhaps dreamt it entirely? Surely there hadn't been an Olympics in a tiny Russian ski village, right? And isn't that whole general hemisphere in chaos right now? Yet certain hazy images linger our in our collective consciousness: A four-ringed Olympics logo; curling, so much curling, and the two pinkish nightmare orbs that Bob Costas once called his eyes. These things happened. Yes, if you recall, Bob Costas brought his A-game to the Sochi Olympics, but unfortunately it was mostly an A-game for eye infections. After sporting one noticeably pink eye in the opening days, Costas's second eye succumbed to the curse and he disappeared for nearly a week to treat this viral conjunctivitis (which is a scientific term for "Russian gypsy hex"). Now Page Six has learned that Costas's eyes were most likely be-pinkened by none other than a botched Botox procedure! Though NBC "strongly denies" this is the case, Page Six stands by its source: "Bob’s eye infection was due to botched Botox. This isn’t the first time he’s had it." I'm guessing "it" refers to Botox and not double pinkeye, although who can say at this point? The most amusing part of NBC's denial is that if Botox was not involved, then we must return our imaginations to the realm of Bob Costas getting an STD and/or fecal matter rubbed in his eye. But if this report is true, then dang. Who would have imagined that injecting literal poison into one's face could go wrong somehow? [Page Six]
MAJOR UPDATE in the Andrew Garfield vs. Batkid saga. While Page Six originally reported that Garfield had dashed the dreams of young cancer survivor Miles Scott by behaving like a prima donna and causing the Oscar producers to cancel their shared segment altogether, they've now added Garfield's lawyers' voices to the mix: Apparently that segment had been cut for tonal issues--not because of Garfield's attitude--and after that Garfield declined to appear without Batkid so he skipped the Oscars and then personally accompanied Batkid and his family to Disneyland the next day. A statement from the producers themselves seems to corroborate the lawyers' claims. So there you have it. Villain to hero in 24 hours. Apologies for ever doubting you, Andrew Garfield! On behalf of all those who spread this scurrilous rumor, please allow me to take you to Disneyland tomorrow. [Variety, Page Six]
It's not clear why it took so long for this to happen, but let's not look a gift horse in the mouth. (What is a gift horse and why would I ever get anywhere near its mouth?) Martha Stewart has taken to Reddit for her very own "Ask Me Almost Anything! It’s a Good Thing" forum! It should go without saying that almost everything she's answered so far has been perfect. On truffle oil: "I think truffle oil is one of the few ingredients that doesn't belong in anyone's kitchen. It is ruinous of most recipes." On her favorite Martha Stewart parody: "Ana Gasteyer on SNL did a good job." On friendship: "I wish I were closer friends with Snoop Dogg." Her favorite movie of 2013: "The Wolf of Wall Street." And, let's not beat around the bush here, Martha Stewart's best sex tip: "Always take a bath before and after." This statement remains as true as it ever did: If you can't take the heat, get out of Martha Stewart's bathtub. [Us Weekly]
Have you ever played Celebrity Musical Chairs? It's a lot like regular musical chairs but the players are celebrities and the chairs are actually mansions. For some reason, Justin Bieber's Calabasas mansion (home of the felonious eggings and hard-partying roommates and police raids and Segway excursions) has just been bought by alleged celebrity Khloe Kardashian! This only a month after Kardashian unloaded her home on The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco. While it's easy to believe that the tiny, insular circle of celebrity friendships led to Kardashian picking up Bieber's tear-down, a better reason is that Kardashian's sister Kourtney is also a homeowner in the neighborhood, having acquired former NFL player Keyshawn Johnson's mansion. Please update your Six Degrees of Celebrity Realty flowcharts accordingly! Also, one more thing about the Kardashians: There's a tiny, non-scandal erupting lately surrounding the real whereabouts and facade of Kris Jenner's home as featured in her E! reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. As it turns out, they've been using a rented house for exterior shots, ostensibly for security purposes? Well, Radar would like to show you what the real Kardashian house looks like, and there seems to be a bit of a difference, opulence-wise. Just keeping you informed! [Us Weekly]
It's probably best if we let Katy Perry think she's close friends with Miley Cyrus. You know, the kinds of friends who can say straight-up mean things about each other in the press and have it seem like they're just teasing when clearly they aren't. Recently Perry was asked what it was like to kiss Miley Cyrus at the Los Angeles leg of her Bangerz tour, and Perry backtracked on the incident in a way that prompted Miley Cyrus to tweet a fairly brutal response. (Hint: It involves John Mayer!) Check out Perry's initial hemming and hawing and then Miley's "joke" below:
Girl if ur worried abt where tongues have been good thing ur ex boo is ur EX BOO cause we ALL know where THAT �� been pic.twitter.com/IO6KwRzw2y— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 6, 2014
Haha ouch. Yep, just great friends! No shade there. Definitely no inappropriately personal accusations. Just friendship. [Us Weekly]
It's the weekend! Let's celebrate with a couple of fun video clips starring your favorite celebs. First up is a behind the scenes feature about the making of Jimmy Kimmel Live's post-Oscars cavalcade of celebrity re-enacting viral videos. Honestly, the main thing you need to watch begins at 0:51 when Meryl Streep describes Chris & Liam Hemsworth as "both hot as f--king hell."
And finally, if the sight of Lindsay Lohan and Jimmy Fallon splashing glasses of water in each others' faces doesn't delight you, then what gives, man? Everything okay?
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