Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott: Headed For Divorce Amidst Breakdown Drama?!

It’s been a rough week for troubled actress and heiress Tori Spelling.

It all started when Spelling suffered a breakdown at her home in Encino over the weekend.

At first, it was reported that Spelling was hospitalized in connection with the breakdown, but now, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

While police were called to the scene and neighbors reported that “several units” arrived at the home Spelling shares with husband Dean McDermott, it now appears that she’s remained at home in the days since the incident.

There’s been a good deal of speculation about the cause of Spelling’s breakdown, but thus far, the mother of five has remained tight-lipped on the matter.

But it seems hasn’t been quite as concerned with Tori’s privacy.

Several insiders have spoken to media outlets, and accounts concur that Tori was driven to the point of mental collapse primarily by stress related to her dire financial situation and her crumbling marriage.

“Tori and Dean have been sleeping in separate bedrooms for the past six weeks,” a family insider claimed.

“Things have been very bad at home between them.”

It seems Dean’s desire to put some distance between himself and Tori is so profound that he’s willing to forego the luxury of a bed:

“Tori has been sleeping in the master bedroom, while Dean sleeps on the floor in one of their son’s rooms,” says the insider.

“He just doesn’t even want to be near Tori!”

To hear the source tell it, the main issue driving the couple apart is money.

The couple’s worsening financial situation has been well-documented over the course of the past year.

Spelling has been sued by creditors, and McDermott’s unpaid child support to the mother of his first son nearly landed the actor behind bars.

Or perhaps we should say “former actor.”

Yes, it seems Dean’s recent lack of work is one of the main reasons the couple is so destitute.

In fact, Tori believes the blame for her current woes rests primarily with Dean.

“Tori has had enough of Dean’s moaning about not being a working actor,” says the source.

“Yes, Dean is involved in taking care of their kids, but he needs to step up and be the provider.”

Hm … so now that’s two wives in a row who believe Dean is a deadbeat.

At a certain point, you sort of stop wondering if he’s beeing demonized unfairly.


Teen Mom 2: Canceled Amidst Jenelle Evans Scandal?

It’s one thing when an employee messes up so badly that they get fired.

It’s quite another when an employee messes up so badly that she brings down the entire operation.

That’s the so-awful-it’s-impressive feat that Jenelle Evans and her troglodyte husband David Eason may have just pulled off, thanks to back-to-back scandals that now threaten the future of one of TV’s most popular reality shows.

In case you’ve managed to steer clear of this widening morass of stupidity, here’s a brief recap of what went down:

It all started when Jenelle posed with a gun, and David posted a photo of it on Instagram just hours after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that claimed 17 lives.

Shortly thereafter, David proved that his bone-headedness knows not bounds by making homophobic comments in a debate with fans about gun control.

What does sexuality have to do with gun control?

You’d have to ask David, whose rifle collection is clearly providing some sort of much-needed Freudian compensation.

Anyway, it’s a bad situation for a franchise that’s already enduring tough times, and not surprisingly, the powers that be took decisive action.

David has been fired from Teen Mom 2, but there are concerns that even that won’t be enough to placate viewers and advertisers, some of whom have already pulled their support of the show.

To make matters worse, the recently-fired Farrah Abraham is threatening to sue her former employers for $ 5 million for wrongful termination.

Yes, Teen Mom OG is a separate series, but Viacom, MTV, and executive producer Morgan J. Freeman are involved in both shows, and are all mentioned in Farrah’s lawsuit.

Now, longtime series stars like Tyler Baltierra are voicing their concerns about the franchise’s future.

“With Farrah getting fired and trying to sue, David being fired, he doesn’t want anyone to pull the plug on the franchise,” says a source close to Tyler.

The insider notes that production has not yet been halted, but that’s cold comfort for the young reality stars:

“They’re still going to film, but there’s no guarantee if that footage will see the light of day if something should happen,” says the source.

Just when you thought Farrah and Jenelle couldn’t be any more hated by their co-stars…

Watch Teen Mom 2 online to get caught up for what may well be the show’s final season.


Stassi Schroeder-Ariana Madix Feud Heats Up Amidst Bigotry Accusations

On last night’s Vanderpump Rules, sh-t got real.

And we don’t mean “drunk people yelled at each other about pasta” real – we’re talking “actual social issues of consequence were discussed on a Bravo reality show” real.

It all started when Stassi Schroeder asked the show’s newest cast member, Billie Lee, to appear on her podcast.

Prior to the interview, Billie – who is transgender – was cautioned by Ariana Madix that Stassi is sometimes insufficiently woke.

The accusation stems from remarks Stassi made on her podcast last year.

It seems Schroeder is one of the very few people who was upset when Moonlight beat out La La Land for Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Yes, ironically, Stassi was in the minority – and it seems she didn’t relish the feeling.

“Everyone giving their impassioned speeches about race and all that stuff — I’m like, why is it always just about African Americans?” Stassi asked, causing her audience to cringe themselves into oblivion.

“Why aren’t the Asians being like, ‘We’re not represented’? Why aren’t Native Americans and Latinos being like, ‘We’re not represented’? Why is it that it’s always just that?”

To be fair, Schroeder apologized for her comments and says she now understands the extent of how ignorant they were.

Obviously, a public “whoopsie” doesn’t erase all wrongdoing, and Stassi’s record in the months since is far from spotless.

But she’s trying – and she seemed genuinely upset about being derided as a bigot behind her back.

“She did an episode on her podcast, and she was like, ‘Well, I don’t know why those people always make award shows into a thing about politics and race,” Ariana told Billie prior to her interview with Stassi.

“I hope you school Stassi’s ass on her f-cking privilege because this bitch actually takes pride in being ignorant.”

“F-ck this,” Stassi said in response to Ariana’s warning.

“You know what? Saying that I’m racist — it’s a whole other level of vindictiveness. I didn’t articulate it properly, and I would actually just like you to go listen to it so you can make your own opinion.”

She added:

“To sh-t on my podcast, to sh-t on my values, to sh-t on all of that makes me really upset.”

Now, we’re in complicated territory here.

What Stassi said was beyond foolish, but was Ariana really concerned that Billie Lee would be triggered by another round of ignorant comments, or was she simply using a past slip-up to slander her rival?

Because if so, she’s being petty and exploitative, and she’s the one who owes her fans and friends an apology.

On one matter, Stassi is inarguably correct – an allegation of bigotry is a serious thing, and such charges should only be leveled out of genuine concern about someone’s beliefs, not to settle a personal score.

See? We told you this situation is way more thought-provoking than what you’re used to seeing on Bravo.

Watch Vanderpump Rules online to get caught up in time for next week’s episode, in which the cast will presumably debate the virtues of nuclear disarmament.


Grandma the Clown Quits Big Apple Circus Amidst Sex Scandal

The #MeToo movement has come to the big top.

In a disturbing story broken by The New York Times, the man behind one of The Big Apple Circus’ most beloved performers has resigned due to an allegation of sexual misconduct.

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And Barry Lubin has admitted via statement that this allegation is accurate.

The 65-year old quit his post on Friday as a clown who dresses up in pearls and a wig after a 16-year-old aerialist alleged he pressured her into posing for pornographic photos in 2004.

Through his lawyer, Lubin acknowledged the veracity of the claim and simply said in response:

“What I did was wrong, and I take full responsibility for my actions.”

The most famous circus in the nation just completed its annual three-month run at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

It will soon open in Alpharetta, Georgia… but it will do so without Lubin and without the character he portrayed for several years.

According to circus chairman Neil Kahanovitz, a woman named Zoey Dunne leveled her accusation against Lubin in 2012.

However, there was little those associated with the circus could do about it back then because Lubin had actually left the circus.

(Kahanovitz was NOT serving as chairman at the time and says no executive working for the circus when Dunne initially filed her charge is working there now.)

Three months ago, however, Dunne learned that Lubin had returned as Grandma and once again made her complaint known.

She is now 29 years old, married, and pursuing a doctorate in school psychology in Seattle.

“I saw this ad that said ‘Grandma is back!,’” Dunne told The Times on Monday, explaining how she learned of Lubin’s reprisal and adding:

“I almost threw up on the  bus.”


On Friday, Dunne reached out to Kahanovitz and he immediately took action.

Dunne tells the newspaper that she met Lubin when she was touring New England with Circus Smirkus, a youth troupe that Mr. Lubin helped coach as recently as last summer.

Lubin told her at the time that he also wanted her to be a model for his personal photography business.

She agreed and showed up at Lincoln Center, prior to being escorted by Lubin to his trailer.

Lubin proceeded to have Dunne lie down and pose in a bathing suit.

He then asked her to picture Ashton Kutcher, expecting this to lead to a state of arousal for Dunne.

“I felt overwhelmingly sad, not excited,” she tells The Times.

From there, Lubin directed her to change into a thong, spread her legs and hold a paintbrush up to her genital area. He asked her to hike her underpants up to the side.

Dunne complied.

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Lubin paid her $ 100 in cash and warned her not to tell the circus, claiming folks there would be angry that he was doing outside work in their trailer.

This same process then happened a second time, at Lubin’s insistence.

After working as an aerialist for the circus, Dunne quit the industry and drifted for several years.

“I just felt really confused and lost and ashamed,” she says.

During this time, Grandma the Clown became a very popular figure, spraying himself with a hose during shows and eating popcorn out of the hands of audience members.

In his statement, Lubin apologized directly to Dunne, using her maiden name, Phillips.

“I know that what happened has had a lasting impact on her life, for which I am sorry,” he said, concluding:

“I not only failed Ms. Phillips, but I also failed in my responsibility as a man, an adult, a father, and as a representative of the Big Apple Circus.”


Mario Batali: Fired From ABC’s The Chew Amidst Growing Sex Scandal

The narrative arc of Mario Batali’s fall from grace is one that’s become tragically familiar in recent months.

On Monday, Batali stepped away from his various business ventures following allegations of sexual assault and harassment from several female staffers.

The celebrity chef issued a boilerplate apology in which he accepted blame for his actions, while simultaneously defending himself against the more egregious charges.

As time went on, the accusations against Batali continued to increase in both number and severity.

As more women came forward, the evidence against the 57-year-old food icon mounted, culminating in claims from a former employee who says he looked on in horror as Batali kissed and groped an unconscious woman.

The incident was allegedly captured in footage taken by a security camera.

Yesterday, Batali’s most high-profile employer, the Disney-owned ABC network, announced that it would the chef and restaurateur had been fired from his role as one of the hosts of the daytime, food-focused talk series The Chew.

“Upon completing its review into the allegations made against Mario Batali, ABC has terminated its relationship with him and he will no longer appear on The Chew,” said an ABC spokesperson.

“While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with our show, ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment and his past behavior violates our standards of conduct.”

To many, the news of Batali’s misconduct is sadly unsurprising.

However, to those familiar only with the more family-friendly side of the Croc-clad chef, as presented on television and in social media, the allegations against Batali surely come as a shock.

Within the NYC restaurant scene, Batali had a reputation for crude comments and predatory behavior.

In a scathing New Yorker piece published earlier this week, author Helen Rosner recounts several tales of boorish behavior from Batali that failed to raise eyebrows in the pre-Weinstein era.

“You will eat your pasta or I will rub the shrimp across your breasts,” Batali casually told a friend’s wife at one meal.

At the same meal, the chef reportedly remarked to a waitress, “It’s not fair I have this view all to myself when you bend over. For dessert, would you take off your blouse for the others?”

It remains to be seen if Batali will face any criminal charges.

But whatever his future holds, it appears that the celebrated chef’s kitchen career is now decisively over.

And the world of fine dining is all the safer for it. 


Amanda Bynes: “Struggling” Amidst Mental Illness Relapse, Source Claims

For Amanda Bynes, the road to recovery has been a long and difficult one with many potholes and detours along the way.

Bynes’ struggle with mental illness played out in the public eye, and when she began to show signs of recovery earlier this year, fans rejoiced at the thought of having “the old Amanda” back.

Now, it seems their celebrations may have been premature.

Sources close to Bynes tell In Touch Weekly that the actress has suffered a “major relapse” and that she’s “struggling to regain control of her life. “

The news comes on the heels of a promising upswing, during which Bynes seemed to be getting the help she needed to repair her career and public image.

The positive changes in her Bynes’ behavior began earlier this year.

In April, Bynes returned to Twitter following an extended absence from the social media site.

Shortly thereafter, she gave her first interview in four years, during which she stated that she’s “doing great,” keeping busy, and looking forward to returning to acting.

“I’ve been going to school lately, fashion school, FIDM [the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising], and I love it. I’ve learned how to sew, I make patterns, and I want to start a clothing line in the future,” Bynes said.

“Other than that,” she continued, “I hike, I go spinning, take spinning classes, and I feed the homeless, and that’s been really interesting and fun.”

Sources verified that Bynes was once again pursuing an education after taking an extended hiatus:

“She began taking classes in the fall, even though she was kicked out before for showing up high as a kite,” said one fellow student.

“She seemed upbeat and talked about returning to TV.”

Unfortunately, the return to television never took place, and insiders say it’s Bynes’ inability to find work that touched off her latest meltdown.

The 31-year-old’s comeback came around the fifth anniversary of DUI arrest that seemed to trigger an extended downward spiral for Bynes.

In the months that followed, her drug use increased, and her behavior became more erratic, a pattern that culminated in Bynes being placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold and hospitalized for several months.

Here’s hoping Amanda can somehow regain that momentum and get back on the road to recovery.


Danny Masterson: Fired by Netflix Amidst Rape Allegations

Netflix has severed all ties with Danny Masterson.

Amidst allegations, by three women, that the actor committed rape, the streaming company has finally decided to let Masterson go.

His character will be written off The Ranch.

“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch,” a Netflix spokesperson said on Tuesday morning, adding:

“Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.”

The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office have been conducting an investigation into the aforementioned allegations of rape for just under a year now.

There’s been growing pressure on Netflix to make this move ever since news broke of the scandal. 

Why did it finally do so now?

According to The Huffington Post, a Netflix executive mentioned to the mother of a girl on his daughter’s soccer team on Sunday that he did NOT believe Masterson’s accusers.

As it turned out… this mother actually was one of Masterson’s accusers.

Fast forward 48 hours – after Netflix confirmed its director of global kids content had made this “careless” and “uninformed” remark – and Netflix made the decision to part ways with the actor.

Masterson, meanwhile, maintains his innocence.

In a statement released through his lawyer, the star says the following:

I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of The Ranch.

From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one.

In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused.

I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all.

People Magazine first published a story about the allegations surrounding Masterson in March.

According to this disturbing report, all three of Masterson’s alleged victims were members of the Church of Scientology.

They claim the sexual assaults took place in the early 2000s, yet they were pressured by church leaders to remain silent.

However, Leah Remini told The Underground Bunker that her documentary about Scientology prompted one of the women to come forward with her story.

This woman, along with a second accuser, claim Masterson had sex with them while they were either asleep or passed out.

One of the women who has charged Masterson with rape was his girlfriend at the time, prompting Masterson’s attorney to say the following in March:

“The alleged incident occurred in the middle of their 6 year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend.

“When Danny ended the relationship she continued to pursue him …

“In fact, we are informed by the Church that the only demand [redacted] made of the Church after Danny broke up with her was asking for their help to intervene so the breakup would not be permanent.”

For the record, Masterson will be featured in new episodes of The Ranch when they hit Netflix on December 15.

He will appear in a few installments that have already been filmed for the next season, as well, because they were shot prior to his firing.

Authorities will continue to look into the serious allegations made against him dauring this time.


Sheila Downs and Nate Duhon: Married at First Sight Couple Split Amidst Cheating Accusations

It’s all over for Sheila Downs and Nate Duhon.

The Married at First Sight couple has confirmed via social media that they are getting a divorce.

But they aren’t doing so in amicable fashion.

Having gotten married (at first sight, no less) on Season 5 of this controversial reality show, clear trouble for Downs and Duhon was afoot a few weeks ago when the former Tweeted:

“Just got a call from the woman who’s been sleeping with my husband…the same woman who he called on the honeymoon.”

She later Tweeted a follower:

“He admitted it.”

YIKES, huh?

We’d file for divorce under that circumstance if we were Sheila, too.

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However, Duhon disputes this account.

On Sunday, he denied that his wandering penis played any role in the break-up, while also denying said penis wandered into any other woman’s vagina.

“Prior to any statements made about me, we were no longer living together and I already filed for divorce,” he wrote, adding:

“This was known to both parties, my lawyer, and the lawyer for the show.

“The reason that led me to file for divorce from Ms. Downs was thoroughly understood by all parties as well.”

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Simply put, he claims:

Infidelity was not a reason, nor did I ever admit such a thing. Thank you to those of you who have shown support throughout this tough time.

On the fifth season finale of this Lifetime series, Duhon expressed his doubts about the romance, while the newlyweds got into an explosive fight.

As you can see, not much has changed between them over time.

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Following Duhon’s denial, Downs tried to get the last word late on Sunday.

“I see that instead of finally operating in integrity, [Nate] chose to continue to lie,” she wrote on Instagram.

But this wasn’t all.

Buckle in for a lengthy post in her own defense…

My husband & I had problems. Yes. He was dishonest and there were women throughout our ENTIRE marriage.

Admittedly, I didn’t know how to handle that; and as you saw on the show, I handled it poorly at times.

I’m not proud of that, but I am extremely proud of the woman who acknowledges that and has made a conscious effort to change the things I didn’t like. When I got married, I meant FOREVER.

I unfortunately was the only one. If you watch the show back, my meltdown on the balcony was because Nathan said that he wanted a divorce.

That was the first of probably 40+ times.

And then came the women and the nights he would ignore my calls, block my number, engage in illicit activities, or not come home at all. On the cruise, we were intimate.

We admittedly had problems, but I was fighting for my marriage only to have a woman who had reached out to me before call me AGAIN with receipts..

Now had my husband already begun living a single life?? Absolutely!

On Twitter, meanwhile, Downs had even more to say about the situation:

It’s really pathetic how far Nate is going to try to save face.

I’m many things, but I am NOT a liar.

I stayed in my marriage BC of my COVENANT WITH GOD. Nate cried & told me he wasn’t ready & I deserved better almost a year ago.

I should’ve let him go then..& for real the worst thing you can say is that we had 4 counselors??

That is correct we went to 1 ONCE who just wasn’t a fit, 1 was a hardcore fan of the show (kinda a problem), one was nice as can be but a space cadet, & then we found the one!


We aren’t taking sides here.

And cheating is always wrong.

But we are curious how God feels about His covenant with you when it gets finalized on a reality TV show after you literally just met the man you’re marrying.

We. Are. Just. Sayin.


Jeffrey Tambor Quits Transparent Amidst Sexual Harassment Scandal

Jeffrey Tambor has dropped out of Transparent.

The Emmy Award-winning actor, who has been accused of sexual harassment by two women who worked on the Amazon series, released a statement along with his resignation that was anything, but…well…

… resigned.

Quite the opposite, in fact, as Tambor did not admit to any wrongdoing, while lashing out at the toxic environment that he says has engulfed the critically-acclaimed program.

Transparent recently wrapped up its fourth season.

“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor said in his statement.

He added:

“What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.

“I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue.

“Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”

Among other allegations, Tambor has been accused by a transgender co-star of making lewd, sexually suggestive remarks.

This same co-star says the actor even pressed up against her in a sexual, suggestive manner.

A former assistant has also made troubling claims against the veteran star.

In a previous statement, Tambor said the following:

“I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact.

“But I have never been a predator — ever.”

In the wake of these disturbing allegations, Amazon announced it was investigating the matter.

Meanwhile, numerous individuals and groups – including Transparent writer-producer Our Lady J and GLAAD – have called for the show to continue without Tambor.

Neither creator Jill Solloway nor Amazon has commented since Tambor announced he is leaving the show.

The veteran actor has won a pair of Emmys for his portrayal of Maura, while he also brought two other iconic television characters to life:

1. Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show.

2. George Bluth on Arrested Development.

Transparent now becomes the second award-winning series to face an uncertain future in the wake of its lead star being accused of sexual harassment or misconduct.

After Kevin Spacey faced on specific claim of attempted sexual assault, along with multiple allegations of creating uncomfortable working conditions on House of Cards, Netflix let the actor go.

It’s unclear just how or when the show will continue.

And the same can be said of Transparent.


Mark Halperin Placed on Leave by MSNBC Amidst Sexual Misconduct Claims

Mark Halperin, a veteran political journalist who has been accused by five women of sexual harassment, has been placed on leave by MSNBC.

The network made the announcement about 12 hours after these damaging allegations were made against Halperin, saying via statement:

“Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood.”

On Wednesday night, shortly after news of these charges went viral, Halperin confirmed in his own statement that he had not always acted appropriately with women in the past.

“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” he said in a statement to CNN, adding:

“I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain.

“For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize.

“Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation.”

The allegations against Halperin stem from his tenure as political director at ABC News.

While the reporter was vague about what he was owning up to, his accusers claims his propositioned them for sex… touched their breasts… and/or pressed his genitals up against them while clothed.

Halperin is maybe best known for co-authoring the bestselling book “Game Change,” which was made into an HBO movie starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin.

He has also anchored a program on Bloomberg TV and was prominently featured in Showtime’s “The Circus,” a series that chronicled the 2016 campaign cycle and the early days of the Donald Trump presidency.

Said ABC News in response to this story:

“Mark left ABC News over a decade ago, and no complaints were filed during his tenure.

These allegations come on the heels of more disturbing information also coming to light regarding Bill O’Reilly and the massive amount of money he paid to alleged sexual harassment victims in exchange for their silence.

According to a new New York Times article, O’Reilly shelled out $ 32 million in a settlement to one accuser alone.

Then, of course, there’s the case of Harvey Weinstein.

The long-time movie producer has now been accused by 54 women of having harassed or assaulted them.

The Times has reported on eight settlements he reached with his accusers, while various actresses and women who have worked in Hollywood have been coming forward with harrowing tales of interactions with Weinstein.

As a contributor to MSNBC, meanwhile, Halperin made regular appearances on Morning Joe and other news programs.

We doubt we see him back on that network again.