Olivia Munn Finally Dishes on Aaron Rodgers Family Drama

It has been over a year since Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn split. They had been together for three years.

Time has passed. Aaron is dating again. And Olivia is opening up about what she knows about his family situation.

"I've kind of avoided speaking about him for a long time, but …"

As you'll hear in the video below, Olivia Munn appeared on the SiriusXM show, Andy Cohen Live.

"I met one brother, the one who was on The Bachelorette. I was friendly with Jordan."

She sounds nervous to be addressing such a touchy subject.

"I met the parents only a couple of times."

Only a couple of times in three years? That … is more or less what we've expected, given all that we've heard.

"Before he and I started dating he had not spoken to one of the brothers and his parents for eight months."


While some rumors suggested that Aaron broke up with Olivia for his family's sake, she says that, if anything, she encouraged them to be closer.

"My last day on ‘The Newsroom’ I spent my day in the trailer just encouraging him to have an open conversation with his parents."

And she says that it worked.

"And they had a really nice conversation and then they started coming out my first year in Green Bay in 2014."

She talks about how delicate the relationship between fame and the family can be.

"I do believe that family and fame and success can be really complicated if their dreams are connected to your success."

And there's more than a little overlap between Aaron's career and his family.

"They [the Rodgers family] are all into sports and Aaron is one of the best, if not the best, quarterbacks to play the game."

I'm not personally sure how to rank a quarterback or any professional athlete, but I'll take her word for it.

"Their work has a direct connection to what he does."

Aaron's father played football, as Olivia mentions, and now works as a sports chiropractor. 

"There’s a lot of complications."

She doesn't spill every last detail.

"I don’t think either side of the road is clean."

While she's not willing to say that either Aaron or his family are free of wrongdoing, she does ultimately pick a side.

"But I do think it’s not OK if you try to stand on someone’s shoulders then throw dirt in their face, that’s what I think."

It sounds like she's Team Aaron, in the end.

In general, the conversation between Andy and Olivia was about complicated families and what changes when one of them is thrust into the spotlight as a celebrity.

It has been a widespread topic of conversation in recent weeks, given the Royal Wedding and Meghan Markle's horrifying extended family.

(To be clear, MegMar's mother is amazing)

Olivia talks about how there's no real parallel to Aaron's family troubles within her own family, because their worlds don't collide.

She talks about her mother being a tiny Asian woman who exists totally outside of the sphere of Olivia's work.

J.K. Rowling's husband is a doctor.

Chris Evans' father is a dentist.

A lot of celebrities make it work with their families. But some, inevitably, cannot handle being thrust into the spotlight. It can bring out the worst in people.

it is so sweet to hear that Olivia tried to get Aaron and his family to mend fences.

Obviously, some people's issues with their parents transcend family feuds; if someone is toxic or abusive, you have every right to cut them off.

it sounds like, in this case, the bad blood arose from a number of complicated factors.

As Aaron's brother Jordan revealed on The Bachelorette:

"It’s just kind of the way he’s chosen to do life, and I chose to stay close with my family, my parents, and my brother."

That mess sounds too complicated to be fixed by any one person. Olivia included.

Hear her describe all of that and more in this video:

Olivia munn dishes on aaron rodgers family drama

Meghan Markle’s Sister to The Royal Family: Stop Inbreeding!

The Royal Wedding has been over for days now.

However, the loudest critic of The Royal Wedding is yet to move on.

Indeed, we’re very sorry readers, but it’s time to once again talk about Samantha Markle.

The half-sister of Meghan Markle (aka The Duchess of Sussex!), Samantha is 17 years older than her more famous and FAR more classy sibling.

The two share a father, but did not grow up in the same household and barely know each other.

Over the course of the past several weeks, Samantha has been dragging Meghan left and right, slamming her as fake and phony and unappreciative and acting very bitter over her lack of a wedding invitation.

(Hmmm… we really can’t figure out why Meghan didn’t invite her, can you?)

After actually watching her sister get married, though, and after especially listening to Bishop Michael Curry’s impassioned sermon about love, Samantha appeared to have a change of heart.

Kind of.

“I watched the bishop talk about love and unity and forgiveness and I hoped it would strike a chord within Meghan,” she said earlier this week, still clearly blaming Meghan for their riff and adding:

“If that was real and if I were to define a principle to all of this, then it would be that we all just work for a peaceful resolution and reunion as a family.

“I feel a religious and moral obligation to be open to her and not be vindictive or isolating or hurt.”

You can guess how long this “open” attitude lasted probably, can’t you?

First, Samantha took Meghan’s mother to task, bashing Doria Ragland for “cashing in” on her appearance because she talked to Oprah Winfrey and, according to Samantha only, sold photos to the press.

But Samantha, who did warn us about never shutting up, was only getting started with this Tweet.


On Tuesday, Samantha wrote on her private Twitter account that her family is “just as embarrassed by [Meghan]” as ever before, adding that just because Markle is now royalty “she does not suddenly walk on water and she owes it to our father it is not charity it is gratitude.”

This is a reference to how Markle’s dad was not given his own coat of arms.

(Thomas Markle did not attend the wedding due to health problems and also embarrassment over a scandal in which he was caught paying paparazzi to take flattering photos of him.)

“To exclude him off a coat of arms is really stripping him of an honour and it’s a huge insult,” Samantha fumed to The Sun.

“After a heart attack that would be cruel and isolating.”

According to the Daily Mail, meanwhile, Thomas was not given a coat of arms because the process was deemed too “complicated.

It entails finding proof that the family had an ancestor who was a subject of the Crown.

Instead, Meghan will actually be given her own coat of arms… but her American family won’t be able to use it.

(We love Meghan and Harry and William and especially Kate Middleton, but man: This royalty stuff is very weird and sort of messed up, don’t you think?)

Samantha, however, is in no mood to try and actually comprehend her dad’s perceived snub.

She used Twitter to attack the Royal Family’s allegedly superior attitude, noting that they’d had “generations of scandal” themselves.

And then getting especially frisky and personal by writing:

“You’ve got inbreeding, you’ve got substance abuse, you’ve got alcohol abuse, you’ve got infidelity. On what grounds could the royals feel that the Markles are somehow not worthy?”

There’s a lot we could unpack here.

There’s no real arguing that the Royal Family lives by a haughty set of unusual rules that literally don’t really apply to anyone else in the world.

But they are coming around, that’s for sure.

They’ve accepted Meghan into their home, despite a previous divorce and despite the fact that she’s American; this would have been unheard of decades ago.

More importantly, though, is the context of this complaint and these allegations.

They come from someone who is working on a book about her toxic relationship with her estranged half-sister — and it will be titled “The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.”

Samantha Markle really needs to go away.


Caitlyn Jenner: My Own Family Barely Speaks to Me

Though Caitlyn Jenner has come to realize that Trump is “the worst ever” for trans rights, she alienated a number of members of the transgender community with her support for him in 2016.

She also isolated herself from members of her own family. Tell-all books do not make for friendly family dinners.

Now, in a newly published interview, Cait discusses the distances from her children, and her regrets and mistakes as an activist.

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In a lengthy and newly published interview with Broadly, Caitlyn

“I spend a lot of time by myself here in the house.”

We should note that the actual interview took place last autumn. Which was before Cait began to seem inseparable from rumored girlfriend Sophia Hutchins.

“I have a lot of children, but sometimes just because of circumstances, maintaining a close relationship with your kids is very tough.”

She has six children, including Kylie and Kendall. She also played a parental role with the Kardashian children, so one could argue that she has ten children.

“They all have lives. They’ve all moved on.”

Things between Cait and her erstwhile stepchildren have turned downright hostile.

And though she still has a relationship with some, like Kylie and Kendall, they’re adults doing their own things.

Cait waxes philosophical about existence and life itself.

“We’re just human beings; we’re going to be here for a very short time.”

Ultimately, she hopes to have strong relationships with her loved ones that last until the end of her life.

“We come and we go and at the end, when it’s all said and done, hopefully your family is going to be there.”

It only recently came to life that Caitlyn at one time considered suicide.

In this interview, Cait reveals that she had thought about her eventual death, and, long before she ever publicly came out as trans, had considered a stipulation in her will that she be buried in what society considers to be ‘women’s clothes.”

Now, that would no longer be a shock. But Cait does share what she expects — or at least, hopes for — when she, as a Christian, one day dies.

“I hope when I get up there to the pearly gates, God looks down and says, ‘You did a good damn job, you won the Games, raised wonderful children, and you know, you made a difference in the world. Yeah, come on in.’ That’s the way I want to go.”

The subject of Cait’s conflicts within the trans community — her interviewer herself was trans, and knows this struggle from the inside — absolutely comes up.

Cait does acknowledge that she made some mistakes after coming out.

“But I never did it maliciously. I just didn’t know, you know?”

She also admits that, particularly after the initial widespread support that she received after coming out, she was not prepared for the criticisms from trans people.

“And I really didn’t realize how critical the community was going to be.”

It’s appropriate that this interview is coming out now, just days after her major conflict with a trans advocate and model went public in a big way.

After Carmen Carrera spoke out about Cait on TMZ, Caitlyn texted her — which we know because Carmen revealed those texts in a now-deleted Instagram post.

Cait wrote to her, saying:

“Instead of putting negative things out in the press, about me, which hurts what I’m doing, you should be aware of what I’m actually doing. Call me and I’ll give you an update.”

Carmen’s reply was … not friendly.

“Although I’m happy someone has knocked some sense into you, please don’t forget about how I came to you with ideas of moving this movement outwards and you said you’d help but you never did.”

Carmen did make an offer for how they could make nice, but apparently did not receive a reply.

“If you’d like to have dinner to apologize and make it up to me, lets do it. Less talking, more doing.”

It was then Cait’s gal pal, Sophia Hutchins, who told Carmen that she had “burned a bridge” with Cait.

In addition to sharing those texts, Carmen wrote about how she met and offered support to Cait before Caitlyn’s big reveal as a trans woman.

“What I found was this lady’s ego is way too big for no reason and she’s the most selfish person I’ve ever met.”

That goes hand in hand with how many people view Cait. She may be marginalized as a trans woman, but she’s still rich white conservative woman who may have trouble empathizing with people whose lives are so very different from her own.

“She even told me to my face that she ‘wanted to be #1,’ whatever that means. Doing humanitarian work means you have to actually be a human.”


“Honestly, what does she actively do everyday for trans folks? And why does she take credit for what real activists are doing?”

Those are some solid questions. 

Carmen then calls Cait’s qualifications into account.

“Who even is she?.. A retired athletic hero turned background reality star, who is now stealing credit from the already disenfranchised trans community all for her own public benefit?”

That … isn’t the least accurate characterization of Caitlyn that we’ve seen.

“Be who you really are instead of who you think you need to be to gain more popularity. I will not let you take advantage of my people.”

Carmen’s very public post then ends with a jab at Cait and Sophia:

“Also, since you’re too much of a coward to communicate, please do not send your sidekick to handle your dirty work. She’s just as fake as you are. @hutchins_sophia”

We can all observe that Caitlyn has alienated herself from both many trans activists and other members of the LGBT+ community and from many members of her own family.

But it’s worth noting that her biggest fear for decades, that she would be rejected because she is a trans woman, did not come true.

Instead, people are wary of her for her political actions and statements and, in the case of her family, for what they perceive to be betrayals.

You don’t write a tell-all book without facing some personal consequences, folks.


John David Duggar: First In His Family to Quit Reality TV?!

In recent weeks, there’s been much talk of the small-scale rebellion taking place within the Duggar family.

Fans seem to be convinced that it all started when Jinger Duggar began wearing pants in direct defiance of her family’s famously strict dress code.

According to this narrative, other Duggar kids then followed in Jinger’s footsteps, including newly-engaged Josiah Duggar, who – according to a source close to the family – is widely expected to be “the next [Duggar] to bust out.”

But this version of events overlooks the original Duggar rebel, the one who’s been rejecting elements of his father’s lifestyle so quietly and for so long that he his insurgence went mostly unnoticed.

We’re talking, of course, about the Silent Duggar himself, John David Duggar.

Even if you’ve been watching the family’s reality shows from day one, you may not know much about JDD.

And what you do know has probably been filtered through the Duggar PR machine:

John David is Michelle and Jim Bob’s second-oldest son, the twin brother of fan favorite Jana Duggar.

From a professional standpoint, he’s the most active of all the Duggars, working as a pilot, firefighter and sheriff’s deputy in his free time.

And it seems it’s the duties of that last post that have brought John David into conflict with his domineering dad.

As we reported earlier, Jim Bob’s efforts to control the town he lives in by purchasing both large tracts of land and politicians reportedly don’t sit well with John David, who’s sworn to uphold law and order.

Add to that the widespread reports that John David is disgusted by Jim Bob’s greed, and it’s not hard to see why so many are convinced the 28-year-old has already begun distancing himself from his family’s social media empire.

Interestingly, in a recent interview, John David has confirmed that he will appear in the new season of Counting On, which premieres this summer.

But he would not comment on his future on the show beyond that.

Instead, when asked about his future, he mostly focused on faith and family:

“Future plans would be to, I think, one day, you know, the Lord will bring the right one along, and I’ll start a family and hopefully be able to invest in their lives and raise up a generation that will be great people for this society,” John David remarked.

The comment has fueled speculation that John David is courting, which may have influenced his decision to be the first in his family to willingly leave the world of television behind.

Whatever the case, we wouldn’t be surprised if John David is actually the first to “bust out.”

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV’s most controversial family.


Duggar Family at War With Gay Cousin Over New Reality Show

The Duggars, as you’re likely aware, are a deeply conservative lot.

The core group of 21 who make up the Duggar clan that was first immortalized on 19 Kids and Counting have contended with friends and relatives who don’t share their fundamentalist beliefs, and they’ve typically been quick to “deal with” these associates.

Michelle Duggar’s lesbian sister, for example, has been cut off from the rest of the family and has never even met most of her nieces and nephews.

They similarly exiled rebellious cousin Amy Duggar, who’s dared to commit such affronts as kissing her fiancé before marriage and wearing an actual swimsuit to go swimming, rather than a modesty-preserving barrel with suspenders.

Now, the Duggars are facing yet another enemy in their midst.

And this one is hoping to beat Jim Bob and company at their own game.

As we reported earlier, John Andrew Studdard is an openly gay cousin of Jim Bob and Michelle’s children.

Unlike so many of the Duggars’ relatives, he seems to have no fear of his wealthy and powerful aunt and uncle.

Studdard has spoken out against Derick Dillard’s homophobic remarks, and now it appears he’s hoping to enter the Duggars’ arena with a reality show of his own.

And not surprisingly, the Duggars are very much hoping that doesn’t happen.

“The producers were hoping to do a show with his immediate family, but all of his immediate family declined,” a source close to the situation tells Radar Online.

“They think it’s tacky that John Andrew spoke out about Derick’s beliefs and have warned him if he speaks out publicly again he will be cut off financially.”

But those who know Studdard best say that his main goal is not to simply trash his famous relatives:

“He wants to show his life with his friends and the volunteer work he’s passionate about,” the insider said. 

“He wants to build a platform to spread awareness for causes. He wants to build an empire bigger than his distant cousins.”

Surprisingly, it seems Studdard actually feels compassion for his famous cousins – and he wishes they would follow his lead by showing more empathy toward others:

“He doesn’t think they’re bad people,” the insider says.

“He spoke out against Derick because he wanted him to be considerate of others. His comments were very harsh. He doesn’t know him well enough to say he’s a bad person. He was so kind at his wedding to Jill.”

Studdard may have a hard time landing a deal for a show where he presents a counter-argument to his relatives’ worldview, but here’s hoping he finds a way to get his message out there.

It would certainly help to shake things up in Tontitown.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most famous family.


Meghan Markle Makes Stunning Wedding Decision, Snubs Her Own Family

Meghan Markle has shocked the world.

We’re barely even exaggerating here.

Nearly the entire world has moderate to major interest in Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry tomorrow, which means millions and millions of people are likely surprised by what the bride-to-be just decided.

Kensington Palace announced on Friday that Markle has asked Prince Charles to carry out the second most important duty of anyone at her ceremony tomorrow.

(The most important, of course, being Harry’s job of vow recital and bride kissing.)

He’ll be walking her down the aisle.

“Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day,” the Palace statement reads, concluding:

“The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.”

Markle had hoped her father would give her away to Harry, but he recently underwent a heart procedure and cannot make the trip.

Most observers had assumed that Markle would therefore be walked down the aisle by her mother.

We can’t help but therefore wonder whether this last-minute change was truly Markle’s decision… or if it was forced upon her by the Palace, which may not want any members of Markle’s family front and center for this monumental occasion.

(Markle’s mom hasn’t done or said anything controversy. But the former actress has been slammed left and right by her half-brother and half-sister, neither of whom are invited to the wedding.

And both of whom suck a whole lot.)

An insider insists to People Magazine, however, that Markle is behind this surprising decision.

“It was Meghan’s wish and she is grateful for the Prince of Wales to be doing it,” this source claims.

Charles, of course, is the father of Prince William and Prince Harry — but he is not without his own history of scandal.

He infamously cheated on Princess Diana prior to splitting from the beloved Royal many decades ago.

Thomas Markle, meanwhile, lives a rather reclusive life in Mexico.

He isn’t especially close with his daughter, but he doesn’t have a bad relationship with her, either.

Aside from his unfortunate health concerns, Thomas was at the center of controversy last week after admitting that he accepted money from the paparazzi in exchange for staged photos.

He likely didn’t mean any real harm by agreeing to this arrangement, but making oneself into a public spectacle is a giant no-no in the universe of the Royal Family.

Said Markle, through a spokesperson, after her dad officially backed out of the wedding:

“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.

“I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”

A global audience will be tuning in for the event, which has sort of become a nightmare for one of its participants.

“This poor girl. Your wedding, everyone says, ‘It’s your day. It’s your day,’” said Amy Schumer this week on Australia’s Fitzy & Wippa podcast. “She’s like, ‘No it’s not.’

“She has to meet all these foreign dignitaries she’s never met before. There’s so much pressure. Can you imagine having a worse wedding?”

Not really, no.

We hope the ceremony goes as smoothly as possible on Saturday and we hope Markle has the bes time EVER on her honeymoon.

She deserves it.