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Raven Symone on Her Gay Marriage Tweet, Growing Up A Child Actor & More

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Actress RAVEN SYMONE makes an appearance via video chat on “Just Keke,” the new daily talk show hosted by dynamic actress, singer and activist Keke Palmer on Thursday, July 3rd. Raven chats with Keke about her gay marriage tweet from last summer that instantly made headlines. Plus, Raven and Keke talk about growing up as child actors and Raven reveals how she remains confident in who she is today.

Highlights below:

Raven on Her Headline-Making Gay Marriage Tweet

Keke: Now, you sent out a tweet last August saying, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.” Now it made news because of course everybody had the question of, Is this Raven coming out? Is this her moment? Do you want to talk about that?

Raven: I’ll just say I love my LGBT community and I’m part of them for always.

Keke: Yes! Yes! Now you know I have to say because coming up as a child actor, working in Disney Channel, all that type of stuff, people have an idea of who and what and how you should be. So when you sent that tweet out, were you expecting that kind of feedback? Were you prepared for it?

Raven: Girl, I sent it because people are raising stupid laws. Period….

Raven on Moving On From Her Child Actor Image & Being Confident in Who You Are

Keke: Now when you first got out of “That’s So Raven,” I really wanna ask this question from me too, because, like I said being a child actor people always want to group you up and keep you the same way. Especially with “Akeelah and the Bee,” I feel like “Akeelah and the Bee” is my Urkel ya’ll. I ain’t never gonna live that one down girl. So how was it, when you changed your hair up different than people expected, it’s not “That’s So Raven,” it’s not Raven Baxter, it’s Raven Symone. What was that like? What was the feedback like? How did you learn to silence all of that?

Raven: That’s a tricky question missy. How do I say this correctly without making people angry? You have to be confident in who you are no matter what your team, background noise or front-ground noise makes. You have to stay strong as long as you’re not, ya know, being a drug addict or nothing crazy then you gotta listen. But when you’re just trying to color your hair, stay strong. It’s hard because people want to continue the brand, continue the look that they created to, I’m being honest, they want continue that look that made them money for so long but sometimes it doesn’t always coincide with who you are as a person…

Gotta love Raven!

Tori Spelling Is Totally Not Acting on True Tori

Okay everyone, Tori Spelling wants you to know that she totally has not faked any part of True Tori because it’s completely ridiculous to think otherwise. And she can tell you why it’s impossible too.

Because, as she says, she’s just not that good of an actress.

See? Case closed.

Except, maybe that’s the problem? Because the reason rumors exist may be because, and I’m just throwing this out there: because Tori’s right and she’s just not that good of an actress?

All kidding aside, I’m not sure what the uproar or whatever you’d call it is all about. I mean, reality television is hardly ever reality. And when you’re Tori Spelling, your life is hardly reality as most people know it anyway. So a little non reality mixed with Tori Spelling reality is pretty much going to seem ridiculous no matter what. Which is kinda why she got her own reality show in the first place.

Anyway, Tori made the comments about it all during her appearance on Watch What Happens Live. The host, Andy Cohen, asked if she was surprised by the claims that she was lying and playing things up for the camera she said she was “Completely shocked.”

Jennie Garth took up for her, stating, “How could you even fake that?”

And then came: “I’m frankly not that good of an actress!”

She clarified that she wasn’t good at drama, but in comedy she excelled .

EXACTLY, Tori. That’s all I’m saying.

Also, in case you wanted to know, she did not plan any sort of ratings boosting trickery when she confronted Emily Goodhand (McDermott’s mistress).

Yup. Not buying it. And I still say she’s missing the point that she’s simply not that great of an actor. And in her defense- no one is on reality TV. I think tis’ something to do with the awkwardness of it all. I’d say, anyone that can pull that mess off without looking like a complete troll should win an Oscar.

Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett Divorce Looming?

Oh snap! Could there be problems in the Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett union? Well Radaronline.com is reporting so!

Via our friends at Radaronline.com:

Kendra Wilkinson‘s husband of five years, Hank Baskett, abruptly left their Calabasas, Calif. home on Friday, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

The explosive development comes just one month after Wilkinson gave birth to the couple’s second child, Alijah Mary Baskett.

A reporter for The National ENQUIRER exclusively tells Radar that Baskett was spotted speeding away from the home he shares with Wilkinson in their gated community around 4 p.m. PT in his white Jeep, before landing at a local motel.

“Hank was wearing a royal blue NBA shirt and long khaki shorts. He got out of the Jeep with a woman who appeared to possibly be one of the couples’ baby nurses because she was wearing a medical type uniform,” the eyewitness tells Radar.

“They went into the office of the motel and then pulled the jeep around to the other side where their room was located. Hank appeared disoriented and downtrodden. At one point, he kicked the ground.”

Earlier in the day Baskett, 31, attended a Major League Gaming Competition in Anaheim with his father, Hank Baskett Sr.

“Mornin yall! @MrHankBaskettSr & I are on our way down to the #MLGAnaheim championships. Small road trip with pops=good times,” he tweeted.

Baskett returned to the couple’s home where something possibly ensued, triggering the hostile hotel check in.

Wilkinson, 29, posted an upbeat and positive Twitter message on Thursday — not realizing just a day later the father of her two children would leaving the home.

“Today will be a great day. I know it. #CarpeDiem #smile #happiness #love #positivevibes.”

After checking into the motel, the eyewitness tells Radar exclusively that he briefly came back out before quickly retreating back into the motel.

“An hour later, he emerged from the room but then returned back inside,” the source said.

Baskett and Wilkinson were married on June 27, 2009 and have two children together; Hank Baskett IV, 4, and Alijah Mary, 36-days.

Well I have two things to say about this. Number one, this makes me sad because I have always loved these two together. And secondly, if any celebrity relationship lasts it surprises the heck out of me. With that being said, I hope Kendra and Hank can keep it together.

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg’s Wedding Will Not Be As Lavish as Kimye’s: “We’re not getting married in Istanbul with eight million guests”

Via Extra TV

“Extra” caught up with Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg at the opening of the New York hotspot the Attic, where they dished on their wedding plans!

The couple making clear that their nuptials won’t be as lavish as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s.
Donnie saying, “We’re not getting married in Istanbul with eight million guests,” before Jenny jumped in to say, “I won’t have three dresses.”

Wahlberg added, “No seven dresses, not going to happen… that’s their thing, good for them.”
The couple may in fact have food from Applebee’s. A few weeks ago Jenny joked with the Boston Herald that Kimye’s wedding made her want to get married at the chain restaurant. Applebee’s responded with by tweeting Jenny an invitation to get married at one of their locations.

Jenny told us, “I thought it was very cute that Applebee’s tweeted us, so we went in on it, we actually said maybe we should have them do the appetizers.” Donnie added, “Or the wedding rehearsal dinner, it was really sweet of them.”

The couple admitted they haven’t actually begun planning, and are just enjoying the engagement.
Donnie knows this much… “We’ll have a small wedding in a really beautiful place and we both want do it right this time… we’ve both been married before and we want to make it special.” Jenny adding, “This is the last wedding so…”

I really hope that these two last.

Taye Diggs Opens Up About His Divorce to Idina Menzel

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Taye Diggs digs deep on finding happiness after divorce and playing a grief-stricken cop on his gripping new TNT show, Murder in the First.

Check out the highlights via Redbook magazine:

On being surprised that so many people were heartbroken when the end of his 10-year marriage to Idina Menzel was announced:
“I’d be lying if I said there weren’t times when I thought, Oh, man, people are going to trip out [if we split]. Maybe they thought it was cute that we met in Rent. There weren’t a lot of couples like us in the theater community – and I know there aren’t a lot of performers as talented as she is…and then you have the whole mixed [race] thing. It was easy for people to root for us. Right now, we’re still trying to figure out a lot of stuff because we’re on different coasts and our son is getting older.”

He’s actually a big fan of reality TV:
“I watch some pretty awful reality shows… I cried over an episode of Vanderpump Rules.”

While he plays a cop on his new TNT show, Murder in the First, he actually tackled an intruder at his own home:
“He didn’t quite enter, but he was trying to. My little one [son Walker] was home, so my Papa Bear instinct took over and I gave chase. I was cool in the moment, but afterward I realized what could have happened – that’s when fear set in.”

Kylie and Kendall Jenner Talk Kim and Kanye’s wedding

Kylie and Kendall Jenner are speaking out on the Kimye extravaganza, giving us all the lowdown on the big day…because we all really want to know how it all went down, right?

Via Extra TV:

“Extra’s” AJ Calloway caught up with Kendall and Kylie Jenner as they promoted their new sci-fi novel in New Jersey. The Kardashian sisters just back from Kim and Kanye’s wedding dishing to AJ about the wedding of the century.

Kendall saying they had a blast, “It was so much fun, it was dreamy.” Kylie adding “It was pretty incredible just to be there. It was so filled with love and to see them together was pretty awesome.”

The girls admitting being at Kim’s fairytale wedding makes them think about their own special day, but they will never be able to top Kimye’s nuptials. Kendall, “No you can never outdo Kanye!”
Kylie, “It is kind of annoying seeing them together because they’re so perfect…Something to live up to for sure.”

Kendall and Kylie also saying the may join Kourtney and Khloe as they take on the Hamptons this summer. Kendall, “We might be over there visiting our sisters and stuff.” Kylie, “I’m excited to go to the Hamptons, I’ve never been.”

As for their book some people may recognize some of the characters. Kendall, “We definitely did base like some of…” Kylie finishing her sentence, “Some of the characters on people that we know.”

Yeah, okay. I wonder who THAT could be about.

Brad Pitt’s Attacker Vitalii Sediuk Opens Up, “I don’t think something is wrong with me, I just, I am a different guy who thinks differently”

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Via Extra TV:

“Extra’s” Mario Lopez sat down with Vitalii Sediuk the Ukrainian reporter accused of attacking Brad Pitt at the “Maleficent” premiere.

Mario asking Vitalii who is now infamous for red carpet pranks around the world, including shoving his head up America Ferrera’s dress, kissing Will Smith and grabbing Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper’s crotches, the question everyone wants to know, what’s wrong with you. Vitalii’s response, nothing, “I don’t think something is wrong with me, I just, I am a different guy who thinks differently and has this entertainment spirit that probably people in Hollywood never experienced before…It’s something different, controversial, extraordinary and it’s hard to explain..I’m normal, at least I believe so.”

Vitalii who claims his intention was to hug Brad Pitt with an apology for the actor and the others he affected , “I’ll say, don’t be mad, I apologize for inconveniences that I created to many celebrities dealing with my style of entertainment…I feel sorry that I create inconveniences for Brangelina family because I knew there were no kids around, but they were at the premiere, but I kind of stole the spotlight from such an important moment.”

Vitallii also admitting now there are consequences to his actions after losing his job and getting fined, sentenced to community service, facing 36 months of probation, and being forced to say away from all award shows and red carpet events “I wouldn’t joke with the judge and I took them seriously because one thing you do for entertainment and other thing when you have legal problems and I have to tell you they’re so many consequences I experience now.”

As for what’s up next for Vitallii he said, “No more big stars and events left for me so probably I will retire.”

Retire? Wow, okay. He’s no dummy. Why would he say what he is going to do next? Silly Mario.

Giuliana Rancic Opens Up About Her Surrogate Losing Their Second Baby

Giuliana Rancic has been through a lot of crap in her life. Good grief. I don’t know how in the heck she can handle it all. And just recently she lost her SECOND baby.

She opens up via Extra TV:

Giuliana Rancic joined “Extra’s” Mario Lopez at Universal Studios Hollywood. Giuliana opening up about the news that her surrogate, 9 weeks pregnant with the Rancics’ second baby, has suffered a miscarriage.

Giuliana said the couple who had tried all season for a new baby get the sad news on the season finale to her hit reality show “Giuliana and Bill”, “Thankfully we’ve had some time to process the news…It was hard…I mean when you get that call that you’ve had a miscarriage, I’ve had a miscarriage myself that I talked about a few years ago, before we had Duke, then our surrogate had one and we were just devastated.”

Giuliana telling Mario that the news wasn’t only hard for them, but their surrogate, who also carried their first son.“Our priority at the time, once we were able to take the emotion out of it a little bit, we wanted to make sure our surrogate who carried Duke for us, that knew she it was not her fault, this is something that is so common, it happens all the time, it happened to me, we wanted her to feel ok with it. She’s good with it, she’s also processed it, we’re all moving forward.”

Rancic revealing it was tough to get the news while being filmed for her show, “We wanted to hear the news then get away from the camera to process it ourselves and that why it probably comes off a little ambiguous tomorrow night, but we wanted to clear it up.”

Giuliana saying the couple will try again for another baby, “We had to take a break, it’s just a lot to digest and were just trying to figure it out now that a little time had passed we’re trying to figure out when is a good time to start again…Our surrogate, we would love her to be on board were not gonna pressure her in anyway, but she says she’s on board.”

She continued, Bill and I want another baby more than anything else. It’s god’s plan…Our faith is very important to us and I know everything happens for a reason…I’ve been through a lot, breast cancer, infertility. miscarriage, I’ve been through a lot, but somehow, you know the big man always figures it out…We’re so happy today and we always get though things, we’re gonna keep fighting.”

The Arsenio Hall Show Is Officially Canceled

Television can be unpredictable, and Arsenio Hall knows all too well. After his late night talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show, was renewed back in February, news came today that the show will not be returning for a second season.

CBS Television Distribution took back the decision, canceling the show after only one season. “Unfortunately, The Arsenio Hall Show will not return for a second season; while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue,” CBSTVD said in a statement Friday. “Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We’d also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show.”

Arsenio said in a statement, “When I started this adventure with CTD and Tribune, we all knew it would be a challenge — I’m gratified for the year we’ve had and proud of the show we created. I’d like to thank everyone on my staff for rallying around me and striving to make the best show possible every night.”

This really sucks! Arsenio is a really talented host, and has had a lot of great interviews and performances with celebrities the entire season. Unfortunately though, in a market where everyone is breaking into talk shows, the ratings are split, and it’s rough competition to stay afloat. Sad that Arsenio didn’t make the cut, but I’m sure this won’t be the last we hear of him. Or, at least, I hope not!

Jason Biggs Responds to Twitter Controversy About ‘Bachelorette’ Contestant Eric Hill

We all know that Jason Biggs is a bit of a prankster, cripes I’d even call him a bit of a comedian.

Via Extra TV:

“Orange Is The New Black” star Jason Biggs and his wife Jenny Mollen joined “Extra’s” Mario Lopez at Universal Studios Hollywood. Jason who is known for tweeting humorous commentaries while watching programs like “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” responding to recent headlines about his tweets regarding deceased “The Bachelorette” contestant Eric Hill.
The latest season of “The Bachelorette” kicked off on Monday night. During the broadcast, Biggs took to Twitter to write, “Crazy rule change – instead of voting off the contestants, this season #TheBachelorette gets to kill them off.”

He then added, “Here’s what I can tell you without watching – 8 of the 20 guys are in the closet, all of them work out, and 2 can do simple division. And 19 of them are still alive. #TooSoon.”
Jason making it clear he was joking, “I tweet The Bachelor, Bachelorette, and then it’s just fun to wake up on Tuesday mornings and see what articles are written about what tweet I wrote…Like the people are quote unquote up in arms about or Jason Biggs is under fire, and I’m like how am I under fire.”

Jason and his wife both very active on Twitter and it is all in good fun, “”We are joking, we don’t take anything too seriously, nothing is off limits.”

Tori Spelling Isn’t Feeling As Bad As You May Think

She’s been through a lot over the past year, but Tori Spelling is hanging in there.

Via Extra TV:

Despite the heartbreaking scenes each week on Tori Spelling’s reality show, “True Tori” detailing her troubled marriage with Dean McDermott Tori is back to work and proving her resilience looking happy on the set of her new ABC Family sitcom, “Mystery Girls” co-starring Jennie Garth. “Extra’s” Renee Bargh on set with the two former 90210-ers asking Tori how she is holding up, “You look so great and you look so healthy how are you feeling?” Tori responding, “Oh thank you. I feel good. I feel tired, this is a lot of work it’s a lot of great work.”

Tori and Jenny admitting they didn’t always stay in touch with one another, but are always there for one another and are so happy to be working together again. Jenny, “I have like undying support for her, like I will support her whatever it is and I mean that genuinely.”

Tori saying, “We’ve been through so much together, I mean we’ve know each other since we’re teenagers, I feel like we’ve evolved.”

“Mystery Girls” premieres June 25 on ABC Family!

Bella Thorne Basically Changed Her Boyfriend

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Via Seventeen:

Bella Thorne appears on the cover of Seventeen’s June/July 2014 cover (on stands May 20th). For the actress, the next three months are all about trying new things. After finishing the final season of the Disney Channel’s hit show Shake It Up, this summer Thorne will star in her first major movie, Blended, alongside Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. In addition, she will release her first album, continue working on a fiction series called Autumn Falls, and appear in ad campaigns for Candie’s and Neutrogena (she is the newest and youngest ever Neutrogena girl!).

In her interview with Seventeen, Thorne discusses her ambition, her relationship with boyfriend Tristan Klier, her love for Blended costar Drew Barrymore and more.

On her ambition: “I get my ambition from my father. [Editor’s note: he passed away when Bella was 9.] There was no stopping him; it didn’t matter what anybody said. For me, I feel like it’s a cool way to bring him into my life because he did great things in his life, and I want to emulate that.”

On her relationship with Shake It Up costar, Zendaya: “The truth is we are so different, there is no competition. And when people tried to compare us or turn us against each other, we’d just talk about it, and then everything was cool. We love each other.”

On her relationship with boyfriend, Tristan Klier: “Tristan was not a relationship guy before me. On our first date, he thought I was going to be just like the other girls he had met who would always give it up and kiss him right away…I waited six weeks – I had to make sure he was in it to win it.”

On Blended costar, Drew Barrymore: “Drew [Barrymore] is so positive and beautiful on the inside and out. On the set of Blended, she always had a smile and looked at the positive side of things. I learned from that, and I think other girls should too.”

Photo credit: Ben Watts/Seventeen

Mila Kunis Talks About Pregnancy and Engagement to Ashton Kutcher

Mila Kunis is FINALLY opening up about her pregnancy and engagement to Ashton Kutcher! The actress did an interview with Ellen DeGeneres set to air later today on Ellen’s talk show, discussing her cravings and birth plans, as well as her future with Ashton!

Mila told Ellen that she and Ashton already have a name picked out for the baby, though not revealing the gender or the name (rumor has it that it’s a girl!). She also revealed her “very stereotypical” pregnancy cravings.  “I eat sauerkraut all day long,” Mila admitted. “This is the worst craving to have because sauerkraut smells and so every time you open up a jar, it just reeks in the whole kitchen…It’s not like ice cream where everything smells lovely.” She also has been craving pickles, and Ashton keep a fridge stocked with all these crazy foods just for her!

Something else special that Ashton has been doing for Mila? Learning Russian. “He’s been taking classes for probably like six months now,” Mila said, acknowledging that she’s fluent in the language. . “He does it twice a week. A woman comes to the house to give him lessons…It’s really, really great.”

When the question arose as to what Mila would do when the baby is on the way, the actress said she wants a natural birth. “We watched a couple of documentaries and we looked into the…midwife aspect of it and things, and spoke to my OB/GYN and realized that the hospital that I’m going to be laboring in does a midwife, you know, doula type of thing,” she explained. “So I’m gonna do it as all-natural as I possibly can unless there’s an emergency or something.”

Check out the interview below!

I’ll tell you one thing, that’s going to be a gorgeous baby! I always wanted Mila and Ashton to be together, and now they are, and they seem so happy and in love!

Image via Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Donnie Wahlberg Knew He Wanted to Propose to Jenny McCarthy Two Months Into Dating

Donnie Wahlberg may be an engaged man now, but apparently he knew the whole time that he wanted to be with Jenny McCarthy for life!

Via our friends at Extra:

“Extra” was with Donnie Wahlberg in his hometown of Boston as he cheered on the runners at the 2014 Boston Marathon, including his brother, Jim.

Wahlberg opened up for the first time about his engagement to Jenny McCarthy, saying he knew he wanted to propose shortly after he and “The View” co-host began dating. “Probably planned it about two months into us dating, but things take time and I just waited until the moment was right.”

Wahlberg thought the engagement wasn’t exactly a surprise for Jenny. “I don’t know if it was a surprise… it might’ve been a race because she kept threatening to propose to me. Not to make me do it, she just wanted to get engaged, so did I it first. I’m a little old-fashioned. I wasn’t going to let her get on one knee.”

The two haven’t started the wedding planning just yet. “No details yet. We’ll do it when it’s right, but so far everything is awesome.”

As for being at the marathon, Donnie called it, “overwhelming.” He said it was a “very proud day for Boston and America.”

Donnie’s brother Jim will join the A&E family reality show “The Wahlburgers” next season.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: “I don’t think I am or will ever be the best at what I do.”

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This month, Fox & Friends’ newest anchor chats with Ladies’ Home Journal about what it was like leaving The View, her secret to 2:45 a.m. wake up calls and how she spent her first night with husband and former pro quarterback Tim Hasselbeck. The May 2014 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal hits newsstands April 13th, 2014.

Check out the highlights below.

On joining Fox & Friends after leaving The View:
“It was like going from hanging out with your sisters to playing catch with your brothers. I don’t think I am or will ever be the best at what I do but I try really hard. My parents gave me the freedom to pursue passions and take sensible risks.”

On getting up at 2:45 a.m. for her job:
“I don’t even put one foot out of bed without reaching for my concealer. I have concealer everywhere: in my coat pocket, on my nightstand, in my car. The alarm goes off and I feel for my glasses. I put the concealer on and I’m ready to start my day.”

On her first date with husband Tim Hasselbeck:
“We met when we were students at Boston College. We got locked out of the dorm we both lived in. There was nowhere to go, so we sat up against a bike rack and fell asleep holding hands. That first date lasted 14 hours. It wasn’t magical – we had our backs up against a metal bike rack! – but it felt strangely comfortable.”

On what I learned from being on Survivor in 2011:
“I don’t like to fish. I don’t like being out in the wilderness. I don’t want to be with an animal that doesn’t have a cute name or an owner. I went in thinking I was tough and I found out I wasn’t tough at all. But I learned that facing your weaknesses can make you stronger.”
On her first pair of glasses growing up: “People tried to talk me out of buying them. But when I finally knew I would be able to see better with glasses, I wanted the biggest pair so I wouldn’t miss a thing.”

On the biggest minconception about her:
“That I’m super-organized and type A. I’m a wannabe type A. I don’t even see the messes I make. Right now I probably have an apple rotting at the bottom of my bag.”