Congratulations: when Lisa Rinna tells you to Google something, you do it! I’m guessing you’re here because of those clear instructions during Part 3 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion when Denise Richards and Heather Locklear’s…something was brought up. What is that something, exactly? Well, I did a pre-Google search for you to get to the bottom of it.
First of all, let’s just give a shoutout to Denise who was texting without a care in the world while the clip of Rinna tearfully apologizing to her in Rome played on the screen, the true indication that she was already checked out of this entire show. Though she really proved it when Andy Cohen asked her, “How do you think Lisa Rinna has changed?” and she responded by saying, “I think I need to eat something before I answer this question.” Hey, low blood sugar is no joke! And even though Rinna called after her, “I’d like to know the answer!” Denise got up from her chair and walked away from the camera set up in her home.
She did return moments later with a stack of papers and her shoes in hand, saying “No, I’m done. I have to go to work tomorrow, I have 48 pages.” But she ultimately sat back down and answered the question saying, “I think Lisa is very different on the show and she’s turned on me.” Well, you haven’t seen anything yet. Because Rinna goes on to declare she, “Would’ve not had Denise come on this show if I were to do it over again,” then bringing up another feud from Denise’s past.
As if mentioning the text messages Brandi Glanville showed the whole group about her alleged friendship with Denise wasn’t enough, Rinna then said, “You know, I go back to when she was friends with Heather Locklear.”
“I actually wasn’t Lisa, and you know that. To bring that up, really? She was friends with my ex-husband, come on. Now you’re grasping at straws,” Denise tells her. And while Rinna doesn’t continue, Cohen, like the rest of us, wants to know, “I don’t understand the Locklear reference.”
“Well, she’s insinuating that I’m such a bad friend,” Rinna begins, though Denise refutes it, and the conversation stalls once more. But, earning that paycheck, Cohen presses, “Can you clue me in about the Heather Locklear thing? I’m sorry to keep bringing it up but I’m kind of interested.”
“Lisa, that is low,” Denise tells her, and Rinna only responds, “Just Google it. Google it.” And so we all have now!
Of course, this might not be a surprise for folks that tuned in to watch Brandi on Watch What Happens Live last week. When Cohen asked her which non-Bravolebrities have reached out to declare they were on #TeamBrandi, Brandi said, “I would say maybe Heather Locklear.”
“Really? The two of you have been chatting on DM?” Cohen asked.
“Heather just reached out to me and said thank you with a bunch of hearts and prayers [emojis],” Brandi relayed. “It just made me feel like I was probably bringing this side of Denise out for everyone to see. I wrote back ‘Of course the truth always comes out,’ and she wrote a bunch of more hearts. Then I say, ‘Hey, you should be on Watch What Happens Live with me.’ And she said, ‘I already had a cease and desist from Denise so I’m not gonna do it.’”
If that is the case, the cease and desist likely happened sometime between 2008-2012 when Denise Richards, fresh off her split from Charlie Sheen, started dating Heather Locklear’s ex-husband Richie Sambora. Except that it might have been JUST when he became her ex. Rumors swirled that Denise was responsible for breaking up their marriage, but in an interview with Redbook magazine, she defended her relationship with Sambora, and pointed to an earlier dissolution of her friendship with Locklear.
“I was no longer friends with Heather months before Richie and I got together,” Richards said. “I don’t want to say what caused the split, but she and I weren’t even speaking then. It wasn’t ever like we’d be shopping and go back to her house and I’d flirt with her husband. Yes, I got together with Heather’s soon-to-be ex-husband, but no, I didn’t have an affair with him. If Heather and I had been friends at that time, I would never have crossed that line. But we weren’t. The friendship was not salvageable, and in the beginning, Richie and I just talked as friends because we were dealing with similar situations. We never planned for anything to happen.”
Though it sounds like she did take the advice of her former friend Rinna and “owned” any doubts she may have had, adding, “Did I question the decision? Yes. Did I know it wouldn’t go over well? Of course. I’m a grown woman and I know what I did and the repercussions of it. I get why the public thinks I’m an awful person who stole someone’s husband. But in my heart, I know I did not break up their marriage. If either Richie or I had felt our marriages were fixable, we wouldn’t have crossed that line.”
It turns out, that’s not the only man they’ve had in common, as Denise and Heather also shared fictional flings with Dr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro) when they were in character on ’90s drama series Melrose Place, where Heather played the infamous Amanda Woodward and Denise played, get this…a character named Brandi Carson. Insert a bunch of heart and prayer emojis here.
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Jimmy Kimmel slammed for ‘white privilege’ over John Oliver joke
Jimmy Kimmel was slammed for his “white privilege” after joking during the Emmy Awards that he planned to report British night show host John Oliver to immigration officials.
Kimmel, who hosted the virtual awards ceremony, was nominated for Outstanding Variety Talk Series against Oliver, who won the category for the fifth consecutive year since 2015.
“Congratulations again to John Oliver, I will be reporting him to ICE,” Kimmel quipped of the “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” host.
But the funnyman’s joke didn’t go over well with some viewers at home who called him out for being “tone-deaf.”
“My biggest fear as a kid was seeing my parents get deported by ICE,” wrote one Twitter user. “This joke was hurtful and tone deaf, @jimmykimmel.”
Another user questioned why no one involved in producing the awards show pushed back on the joke.
“the amount of white privilege it took for jimmy kimmel to get up on stage at a nationally televised event and make a joke about ice and have no one tell him that that isn’t okay, is absolutely astonishing to me,” the user wrote, adding, “what’s so funny about ice?”
Others brought up that the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host also has a history of racial insensitivity, noting he did blackface in the past, playing NBA star Karl Malone and a parody of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Comedy Central’s “The Man Show.”
“So Jimmy Kimmel can do Black-face and still end up on the Emmy’s where he made an ICE deportation joke… and y’all say white privilege isn’t a thing,” one user tweeted.
Oliver became a US citizen last December, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Lucky winners celebrate with virtual portraits
“Schitt’s Creek” actor Eugene Levy (Emmys 2020 winner for Outstanding Actor, Comedy), “Watchmen” star Regina King (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie) and “Euphoria” standout Zendaya (Lead Actress, Drama).
Check out these virtual victors.
The 2020 Emmy Awards were an unprecedented, socially-distanced affair — from Jimmy Kimmel’s hosting duties in a nearly empty Staples Center to the redefined red carpet. But that didn’t stop winners from embracing the glory of their gold statues from their own couches. ABC, which broadcast the ceremony Sunday night, commemorated the best of the best with a series of black-and-white portraits of some of the lucky cast and crew members, including the elated ensemble of “Schitt’s Creek,” four-time winner Regina King (“Watchmen”) and “Euphoria” star Zendaya, who landed a surprising upset over Jennifer Aniston in the Lead Actress, Drama, category.
Below, take a peek at some of the TV Academy’s official portraits of their charmed champs, including those who were part of the “Schitt’s” sweep and the “Succession” success. And if you missed Sunday night’s festivities, don’t fret: You can still check out The Post’s full list of Emmy winners and nominees, including the Creative Arts awards that trickled out over the past week. (And just be glad you missed out on the confusing Postal Service bit and the “Friends” faux-union.)
Ellen DeGeneres returns to TV, addresses toxic workplace allegations
During her talk show’s season premiere on Monday, Ellen DeGeneres directly addresses the allegations of a toxic work environment that plagued her show over the summer.
In a clip of the episode posted on social media, DeGeneres, 62, wastes no time getting to the scandal during her monologue, admitting that she’s a “work in progress” but promising viewers that she is really is “that person that you see on TV.”
“As you may have heard this summer, there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should’ve happened,” she says. “I take that very seriously, and I want to say I’m so sorry to the people who were affected.”
The “Finding Dory” star recognizes how her celebrity has elevated her to a position of “power” and says she should’ve been more aware of what was going on behind the scenes.
“I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes with responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show,” she continues. “This is ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ I am Ellen DeGeneres.”
DeGeneres alludes to the firings of top producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman.
“We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace and what we want for the future,” she shares. “We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.”
She also addresses her “be kind” reputation, advising her viewers not to choose the nickname as a reputation if they can avoid it. While she maintains that she really is “kind,” she also says she feels other emotions, too.
“The truth is I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things,” she says. “Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient, and I am working on all of that.
“I am a work in progress. I am especially working on the impatience thing, and it’s not going well because it’s not happening fast enough, I will tell you that,” she jokes.
DeGeneres says that while she’s a “pretty good actress” — having played a “straight woman in movies” — she jokes she isn’t good enough to “fool” everyone every day for 17 years.
“This is me, and my intention is to always be the best person I can be,” she says. “If I ever let someone down, if I ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that. If that’s ever the case, I let myself down and I hurt myself as well.”
She ends her monologue on an optimistic note, saying she hopes her show can still serve as a one-hour distraction.
“My hope is that we can still be a place of happiness and joy,” she says. “I’m committed to making this the best season that we have ever had.”
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