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Meredith Vieira Covers More Magazine: Opens Up About Why She Finally Agreed to Host Her Own Talk Show, How She Escaped an Abusive Relationship, and Why She’s Not Afraid of Oversharing

From 60 Minutes to The View to Today, Meredith Vieira’s television career has been legendary, and she’s not stopping anytime soon. Now, as the host of her own talk show, The Meredith Vieira Show, she’s reinventing herself and letting it all hang out. In the December/January issue of More magazine, on newsstands Nov. 25, Vieira reflects on her career and opens up about taking risks, trusting her gut, and overcoming setbacks both personally (from escaping domestic violence to her brother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s) and professionally.

Via More:

On taking risks and doing The Meredith Vieira Show her own way:
“This is kind of the last thing I haven’t done. Getting too complacent can be dangerous. I always say to my kids, ‘You’ve got to take a chance’—even though I’m usually the last to do it.”

On the challenges of running her own talk show:
“It’s not like when I was with the other ladies of The View or the Today show team. You can’t let your energy drop. So even if you’re not feeling it, you gotta bring it.”

On knowing when to say no:
“For me, it has been about trusting my gut. We second-guess ourselves so much. We constantly see the brass ring, and it’s so enticing, but it’s dangerous. That constant grasping can lead to doing things that might go against your values.”

On staying in a physically abusive relationship in her early twenties:
“Back then, you didn’t hear about domestic violence. I didn’t think about shelters or a hotline. I loved this guy. So for the longest time I said, ‘Well, that happened, but it’s never gonna happen again.’”

Vieira finally broke away by accepting a new job in another city: “I saw my opportunity and took it.” But she never told her family about the abuse, even afterward, because “It would have broken my mother’s heart.”

On her surprising habit of oversharing on The View:
“I’ve always been a pretty open book, for better or worse. I would say the craziest things, and people would look at me like, ‘Oh my God, what are you talking about? I’d be screaming out, ‘I don’t wear underwear!’ It was like something was the matter with me. But I liked it. It was really, really fun.”

On not wearing underwear:
“I always thought, Why bother? If it’s pantyhose, it’s built in. And in the summer I wear leotards.”

On connecting with fans at Today:
“I love the plaza! Matt would say, ‘You need to go into a vat of Purell,’ because I’d hug everyone. That’s just who I am.”

On her relationship with Today co-anchor Matt Lauer:
“We were like an older sister and younger brother. It was like, ‘F you, a-hole’ or ‘You’re a loser.’ It was teasing.”

Al Roker on Vieira’s work ethic:
“With Meredith, what you see is what you get. She makes things look easy, and we all know that’s the mark of somebody who works hard.”

Naomi Watts Covers More Magazine October Issue: Opens Up About Her Fears, Being a Bit Reckless & How Motherhood Has Changed Her

Two-time Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts is known for taking big career risks and accepting challenging roles—from her intensely emotional character in 21 Grams to Diana, the Princess of Wales, in Diana. Now she’s making a foray into comedy with two new films, St. Vincent and Birdman, both out this month. In the October issue of More magazine, on newsstands Sept. 23, Watts opens up about the rewards of being reckless— onscreen and in real life.

Check out the highlights below:

On working with comic genius Bill Murray for her upcoming film St. Vincent, where she plays a pregnant Russian stripper: “I’d bust into Bill’s trailer and say [she adopts a thick Russian accent], ‘I need a drink! Gif me a drink!’ I had to stick with that character because otherwise my fear of being not worthy would take over.”

On playing Diana, Princess of Wales: “We all know I’m not five ten or have any resembling features of hers except blue eyes, and I don’t speak like her. It was going to be hard. People knew her too well or felt like they owned her. I was up against that.”

Falling hard for Liev Schreiber and how their parenting styles complement each other: “We both wanted the same thing. A family. Liev has a lot more courage than me. He’s always saying, ‘Let the kids do it. Take the training wheels off!’ My bit of fear balances him, and he balances my fear.”

On how motherhood has changed her: “I’ve skydived. I went swimming with sharks that weren’t in cages. I went on safari, where you’re sitting with lions just five feet from you. And I was photographed [by Condé Nast Traveler] for King Kong standing on a gargoyle near the top of the Chrysler Building in New York City. I had a harness and a rope, but if you fall, you’re hanging [61 floors up]! But now that I have kids, I don’t want to do so many daredevily things anymore.”

What Naomi would do more of if she could start over: “Have a bigger family. I should have had more kids, started younger.”

On moving to Hollywood at 25 and being a bit reckless: “It was a gigantic risk, but thankfully, I was young and naïve enough to just do it. As you get older, you overthink and can talk yourself out of anything. It’s good to be a bit reckless and experimental.”

On being labeled a risk taker: “People think of me as this risk taker, but I don’t always feel like a person who’s full of courage. Maybe in the workplace I have more courage than other areas of my life.”

Chelsea Handler Blasts Angelina Jolie In More Magazine Interview

Chelsea Handler is once again doing BFF Jennifer Aniston’s dirty work. Come on, you know damn well that Jennifer is effing devastated that Brad has popped the question to his beloved Ang. Heck, Ang’s ring is much bigger than Jen’s was! You can’t tell me that Chelsea and Jennifer didn’t have this conversation already. I can imagine the Belvedere infused trash-talk sessions. I’m sure they’ve re-enacted Ang’s side leg pose. Ang’s pout lip face? You KNOW they’ve stuck out their lip in mockery too!

In the May 2012 issue of More magazine, Handler flops open her mouth and once again publicly trashes Ang. When asked to describe the opposite of a girl’s girl, Handler was not hesitant to answer. “Probably Angelina Jolie . . . She [Jolie] doesn’t strike me as someone I would have a close friendship with,” she quips.

She added, “You just know as a woman, when you see another woman, if that’s a woman you can trust.”

Sure she’s called Ang a “homewrecker” before, but she’s not going to take it back. Ever.

As for what she will take back? Her boyfriend hotelier Andre Balazs whom she split from last year. She explains, “My boyfriend, André . . . We just got back together literally yesterday. We had dated for nine months, a long-distance relationship with all the stresses and traveling and running around. It wasn’t a real life; we weren’t living together. So, André came to me yesterday and said, ‘I think we have to try to make this work again.’ And I agreed because we’re still madly in love, and he has done a lot of the things I’ve asked him to, and I’ve done a lot of the stuff he’s asked me to . . . It’s just a matter of . . . understanding each other better — getting to know what the other person’s needs are and not basing all your behavior on your own desire.”

As for whether she would get married, Handler said, “I’ve never been proposed to, and I don’t know that that’s in my future . . . I don’t know that I’m marriage material. I don’t know if I would ever want to be someone’s wife. It makes breaking up much more complicated.”

I used to LOVE Chelsea and I USED to feel sorry for Jen. Together, they just make each other look even more pathetic. Blech.