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Peggy McCay, Beloved Days of Our Lives Star, Dead at 90

Peggy McCay, a veteran actress best known for her long-running role on Days of Our Lives, passed away on Sunday from natural causes.

She was 90 years old.

The very sad news about this soap opera icon was shared on Facebook by her co-star and close friend, Deidre Hall.

Wrote Hall as confirmation:

Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us. She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper!! I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend.

I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care. She fought that hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless. 

And how she loved being “Caroline”!!

Indeed, McCay portrayed the character of Caroline Brady for 35 years.

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McCay originated the role of Vanessa Dale on the CBS soap opera Love of Life in 1951 and appeared on that program for four years.

However, it was her portrayal of family matriarch Brady on Days of Our Lives for which she is best known. By far.

McCay joined the cast in 1983 and was nominated four times for a Daytime Emmy for the role, most recently in 2016.

Her final episode on the series aired on August 24, 2016.

“I just heard the news that #PeggyMccay has passed,” Tweeted Jen Lilley, one of many actresses who paid tribute on social media today.

“She was like a real grandmother to me, a mentor, a great source of encouragement, and she was so hilariously fierce. You are deeply missed Peggy!”

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Co-star Thaao Penghlis described McCay as “always a classy lady” and added as part of his full statement:

Peggy McCay cared about her craft, her fellow actors and the Life of Days. She reigned well in this most pressured profession of Daytime.”

McCay won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama series for The Trials of Rosie O’Neill.

She also earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for a guest role as Mrs. Carruthers on Cagney & Lacey.

The well-respected star’s other TV credits include:

  • Maverick
  • The Andy Griffith Show
  • Perry Mason
  • Gunsmoke
  • L.A. Law
  • Cold Case 
  • Lou Grant

Wrote Sal Stowers on Twitter:

“Peggy McCay was such a beautiful and tender woman. Her Presence was truly special to be around. Very honored to have shared precious time with her.

“Fly with the angels Ms. McCay.”

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We join these individuals and all the others who have expressed their remorse over McCay’s passing.

She was a wonderful actress.

May she rest in peace.

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Jon Gosselin: Hannah Lives with Me, Permanently! She’s Free!

On July 4, Jon Gosselin and his daughter Hannah celebrated Independence Day. It's a wonderful day to be free of tyrants — from King George III to Kate.

For months, 14-year-old Hannah has been spending time with her father — and his girlfriend.

And now, in the video that you'll see below, Jon has confirmed that she is living with him on a "permanent" basis.

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In the sweet home video shared over Instagram live, Jon Gosselin is DJing.

Because it is Instagram live, Jon sees a stream of questions from fans and followers.

In response to one question, he tells them that Hannah — who also appears in parts of the video, singing along with him — is making him a hotdog.

In response to another question, he shares some very, very good news.

"She permanently lives with me," Jon makes clear.

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It's not a perfect video.

The music that he's playing is "Questions" byChris Brown. But Jon is a DJ — sometimes, he has to play music by terrible people. It's literally his job.

If you get a little grossed out and feel like you need to wash your hands if you see somebody eat a hotdog with their bare hands, this is not the video for you.

Jon also responds to Hannah bringing him a plate of hotdogs by saying: "Do you all see that? That’s a daughter for you."

Some found that to be a cringeworthy line that reinforces troubling gender roles, but we don't think that he meant it that way.

He was just saying that his child is great. Which is true!

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The news that Hannah is living with him on a permanent basis is confirmation of what fans have suspected all summer.

Back in May, Jon Gosselin shared a rare photo of Collin, which sparked a slew of questions — especially since he was with Hannah at the time.

In fact, Jon and Hannah had been all over each other's Instagram pages, from getting ice cream to getting coffee to going on a road trip (to see Collin).

Jon was evasive at the time, telling fans and followers that they probably know his situation or could speak to someone familiar with it to find out.

Everyone was sure that he meant that he had custody of Hannah. But this is the first time that they've gotten real confirmation.

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At this rate, Kate Gosselin really need to rename her show.

Kate Plus 6 doesn't really have the same ring to it as Kate Plus 8, but it's much more accurate since she banished Collin to some mysterious institution and since Hannah has now escaped her clutches.

Jon may not be perfect — in fact, he's far from it — but we're sure that he rescue all of his children from their evil mom if he could.

Unfortunately, he doesn't have the financial resources to do so.

And from the looks of the lawsuit that Kate slapped on him earlier this year, she aims to keep it that way.

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Each family is different. There are plenty of families, like with the Gosselins, where the mother is a toxic person.

There are others — many of which we've covered — where that role falls to the father.

There are also a lot of divorces in which both parents are decent people who just don't love each other anymore and know that a divorce is what's best for everyone involved. It happens a lot. There aren't always good guys and bad guys.

In this story, there are. Jon may not be the best guy, but he's trying his best. And Kate … is doing her worst.

Good for Hannah for breaking free and living a new life. We can only imagine how hard it was to leave her siblings behind.

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Duggar Girls: Denied Real Careers, Lives Because of Jim Bob!

In the last decade, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s children have undoubtedly made something of a career out of reality TV stardom.

But at what cost? Their entire identities.

At this point, if you know anything about the famous family, you know that females are treated like property in their patriarchal lifestyle.

Sorry if it sounds rough to say it that bluntly, but it’s accurate. Their father controls everything about their lives until they get married.

At that point, their husbands take over.

Fortunately, at least in certain cases (Jinger Duggar marrying Jeremy Vuolo), their husbands have been a bit less restrictive.

Nevertheless, the Duggar girls have been taught from the get-go that their primary purpose in life is to wed and reproduce.

That’s it. Marry, make baby, repeat.

You can count out any dreams of having a career, in other words – no matter what natural skills, abilities and aspirations you have.

As Jim Bob and Michelle reach a dozen grandkids, it’s hard not to wonder what might have been for the young women they raised.

In a world where he didn’t control them, and they could actually pursue education, vocation and inspiration, so much could be possible.

So much. All of this potential …

Jill Duggar, for example, would almost surely have entered the medical profession, with a specialty in maternity and childbirth.

She is (or was) a certified midwife, having received certification from the North American Registry of Midwives back in 2015.

Whether Jill Duggar is really a midwife paid under the table or faked her certification has been debated, but therein lies the point:

If she had the freedom to explore this in earnest, rather than being shackled to that homophobe Derick Dillard, who knows!?

She could’ve been a nurse, like Abbie Grace Burnett (John David Duggar’s fiancee), or a Certified Nurse Midwife, or both!

Of course, that requires years of training, a Bachelor’s Degree, work experience and fellowships, which she’s not allowed to pursue.

While not as stifled as her older sister, Jinger Duggar’s interest in photography could have turned into a full-fledged career as well.

Remember Jill and Jessa’s engagement photos? Josiah’s graduation? Countless other family moments? Yeah. She took all those. 

With her name and her talent, she could go places.

Jessa Duggar, meanwhile, is a natural fit as a stylist and model – because of her striking natural beauty as well as her interest in it.

As diehard fans who followed the family pre-Josh Duggar sex scandals remember, 19 Kids & Counting focused on the Duggars’ frugality.

Case in point? Rather than going to the salon, they opted to get their hair done and cut at home, with Jessa doing the honors!

Jessa stays on top of her appearance despite the family’s strict rules and restrictions about what’s too “tempting” and the like.

Growing up in an environment that limits access to Internet makeup and hair tutorials did little to quell her interest in those topics.

At the same time, she’s become the standard-bearer for Michelle Duggar’s conservative style – full-length dresses and all.

See where we’re going with this? A fashion line for women interested in looking their best in keeping with similar values.

If there’s anyone who can rock a maternity top or swimsuit that reveals nothing at all yet still looks hot, it’s Mrs. Seewald.

Joy-Anna Duggar would make a fine real estate agent or house flipper, given the skills and history on both sides of her family.

Jim Bob has long made money in real estate, while her husband Austin Forsyth has considerable experience flipping homes.

In fact, during his courtship with fair Joy, Austin was told by his father that he couldn’t propose until he flipped five houses.

That’s just the strangest thing we’ve ever heard.

But the fact that it’s something of a family business, plus Joy’s reputation as a quick learner who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty?

Joy would be a natural, much like the eldest daughter of them all, Cinderella herself, seems to be at any task you can throw at her.

Oh, Jana. Poor, sweet Jana.

The oldest daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle is 28 and still lives at home, a frequent topic of discussion and dismay among fans.

Many card-carrying members of Duggar Nation believe Jana is trapped and forced to be Michelle’s nanny, cook, servant and more.

Jessa has another theory on why Jana is still single: She’s so good at everything, guys don’t know what to do with themselves!

Seriously, she thinks that guys don’t want to date her because they have no skills that she doesn’t, and therefore no self worth.

That’s possibly even weirder than Austin’s pre-engagement house-flipping quota, but there’s little doubt that Jana does do it all.

Whether it’s baking bread, fixing a shower head, playing the piano, working in the garden, or designing home interiors, she’s on it!

So many career choices. So little time to pursue them while being forced to take care of Michelle Duggar’s giant home and brood.

In closing: Free Jana!

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Jim Bob Duggar Accused of Manipulating Daughters’ Love Lives

Even the most ardent defender of Jim Bob Duggar (if such a thing exists) would likely concede that the best word to describe his involvement in his daughters’ love lives is “creepy.”

JB exercises far too much control over his son’s lives, sure (well, except in Josh’s case, but that’s a conversation for another time), when it comes to his daughters, however, “you can’t date a Duggar daughter without dating her dad.”

That’s the frighteningly accurate fashion in which columnist Mary Grace Garis describes the situation in a piece published by In Touch Weekly today.

Whether you’re a fan of the family’s reality show or you tune in each week with a pair of Clockwork Orange eye clamps affixed firmly to your lids out of morbid curiosity, you’re no doubt familiar with the Duggar’s courtship rules.

The parts of the process that get the most attention have to do with the lengths to which Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar will go in order to ensure their children don’t engage in anything that remotely resembling premarital sex.

Unmarried Duggar couples are not allowed kiss, hold hands for more than a few seconds, “front hug,” (lest their clothed genitals should come in close proximity), or even be alone together.

Frightening stuff, to be sure, but the way Jim Bob puts these young people through the emotional wringer is arguably just as damaging.

The Duggars have boasted in the past about how potential suitors have to get through dad before they’re permitted to spend any time with his daughters.

“The girls have always said they would send any guy who was interested in them to Dad,” Michelle has said in the past.

“That’s a good thing – that is such good protection for them.”

And this isn’t just a case of JB sitting the guy down and asking about his intentions.

No, Jim Bob makes men who are interested in one his daughters fill out 50-page questionnaire before he’ll consider the possibility of a courtship. 

The first guy to endure this treatment was Derick Dillard, but he turned out to be an all-time douche, so he didn’t receive much sympathy from Counting On viewers.

Disturbingly, Jim Bob’s behavior has only gotten worse over the years, as evidenced by his contentious relationship with Jeremy Vuolo, husband of Jinger Duggar.

Fans were baffled, as Jeremy seemed to be the least problematic of all the men who had married Jim Bob’s daughters up to that point.

But it all began to make sense when Jinger Duggar rebelled against her father by leaving her home state or Arkansas and — gasp!  — wearing pants!

Jim Bob must have picked up on the fact that Jeremy believed in such far-left ideas as allowing women free will/

And in the end, the situation was a reminder that suppressing the rights of women is the main driver behind so many of Jim Bob’s actions.

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

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Jill Duggar Launches Midwife Company; Critics Say She’s Putting Lives at Risk

Typically, Duggar women aren’t permitted to seek employment outside the home, but an exception has been made in the case of Jill Duggar.

There are two reasons for this:

For one thing, Derick Dillard was recently fired by TLC after launching a transphobic tirade against fellow network star Jazz Jennings.

For reasons that defy explanation, Jill Duggar then quit Counting On, possibly as a show of solidarity with her husband.

Needless to say, there’s not a whole lot of cash pouring into the Dillard household these days, and fans were quick chastise the couple for the fact that they were both out of work, despite having two young sons to raise.

On top of all that, Jill’s decision to enter the workforce has been accepted by her husband and father as a result of the nature of the business venture she recently launched.

Put simply, in the eyes of Jim Bob and Derick, it’s woman’s work.

You see, Jill is a midwife, and as such, she’s decided to launch a her own business – an in-home service with the somewhat confusing name of Labor Sit.

While it’s nice to see Jill breaking with her family’s ridiculously outmoded tradtions and join life in the 21st century, her choice has not been without controversy.

When we said “Jill is a midwife,” perhaps have clarified that Jill considers herself a midwife.

According to her critics, Jill has not been properly trained for the job, and thus, she puts lives at stake everytime she puts on a hairnet and calls for some boiling water, or however midwives get ready to do their thing.

For several years, Jill didn’t practice at all.

This was probably the result of accusations that she faked her certification and was in no way qualified to perform the work for which she was being paid.

Jill’s lack of training is certainly cause for concern, but as is often the case with this sort of thing, the critics are slightly exaggerating.

Jill has received a certification, but it’s just not from an organization that anyone takes seriously.

Generally, midwives are granted a Certified Nurse Midwife certification, which requires a 4-year bachelor’s degree one year of nursing experience, and three years in a nurse-midwifery program.

Obviously, Jill has none of those qualifications, and so she received a Certified Professional Midwife’s license, which as far as we can tell, requires that the recipient be willing to write a check.

Add to that the fact that Jill has already earned a reputation for sketchy business practices during her very brief time in the field, and it’s not hard to see why so many think she quit while she’s only somewhat behind.

Jill’s midwife mentor had her license revoked and was forced to move out of state after she was sued by a mother who says she nearly died due to professional negligence.

Insiders say Jill was present for the botched birth, but thus far, there’s no evidence to that effect.

All of this bad news comes at a time when the Dillards are ramping up their social media presence, presumably in an effort to promote Jill’s new business.

Of course, some fans think the couple has simply been simply missing the spotlight in the months since Derick got canned.

Whatever the case, he and Jill may soon want to lie low again.

We sense another Duggar scandal coming.

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

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Tomi Lahren Sticks a Gun In Her Yoga Pants, Mocks March For Our Lives

Over the weekend, millions gathered in cities all over the country to demand that legislators act quickly to increase gun control regulations.

The move came in response not only to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, but also as a reaction to the ongoing gun violence epidemic that’s claimed thousands of lives and shows no signs of letting up.

These were people who gathered out of compassion, concern for our nations youth, and a sincere desire for change.

So naturally, whiny Millennial snowflake and noted dog kicker Tomi Lahren was quick to sh-t on the event with her trademark blend of bitterness and idiocy:

“Simply being anti-NRA is not a solution. March FOR something, not just against everything,” Lahren tweeted about an event that was literally called March For Our Lives.

“It’s a shame schools don’t teach the U.S. Constitution anymore. Appreciation for our 2A is lost when history is forgotten and ignored in favor of ‘feelings’ 101,” Tawny Larynx added.

She went on to really grasp at straws, remnding protesters that millions of Americans are heavily armed, which were pretty sure was the point of the protest.

“Do you realize millions of your FELLOW AMERICANS are members of the NRA?” Tormund tweeted, demonstrating once and for all that ignorance isn’t always blissful – sometimes it’s characterized by seeting rage.

“Disarming the citizenry is the first step to oppression and tyranny. Kids, I suggest you crack open the history book and learn this pattern,” said Tammy, apparently seeing nothing wrong with issuing a smug lecture to children who fear for their lives.

It’s rants like this that have made the far-right commentator such an easy target for her critics, many of whom delight in calling Timebomb by the wrong name.

But this time, it wasn’t just Tone-Loc’s ill-advised insights that had Twitter in an uproar.

Behold, the open-carry yoga ensemble:

For obvious reasons, the internet has delighted in roasting Toni over her “vagina gun.”

Lawrence posted the above photo on Instagram in order to shill for a company that sells leggings equipped with holsters: 

“Live. Speak. Stand. Run. Carry with Confidence,” Tonsil captioned the pic.

“Ladies, chances are your assailant is gonna be bigger, stronger and faster and that’s why you have @alexoathletica for your gun, your mace, or even your phone. Yeah, you’ve got it covered.”

Yes, this is a real product, and yes, Twutter had an absolute field day with the absurdity of the situation.

“Breaking News: Tomi Lahren rushed to hospital after trying to do Downward Facing Dog with gun in her yoga pants,” wrote one user.

“I admire Tomi’s earnest but ultimately misguided commitment to bringing Freud’s penis envy theorem back into style,” commented another.

“I get it, Tomi. I too, can never fully relax at yoga class unless I have a gun pointed at my crotch,”

You get the idea.

We could literally re-post these all day, but hopefully Tampax has learned her lesson by now.

Shell never get re-hired by Glenn Beck if he has to worry about her bringing her crotch Glock to work.

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Kim Kardashian and Kids March for Their Lives: See the Pics!

We don’t say this very often.

We typically say the exact opposite, of course.

But here goes, folks…

… Kim Kardashian deserves your praise.

The mother of three, who usually makes headlines for talking about her weight or for posing in very little clothing, focused on something other than herself this past weekend.

She and Kanye West attended the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C.

One of hundreds of organized protests around the country in favor of sensible gun control legislation, this March for Our Lives brought hundreds of thousands of people together in support of a worthy cause.

(This is just our opinion, of course. But it’s the right one.)

It’s actually a cause Kim has spoken out about in the past, as she released a statement just days after the horrific school shooting in Florida last month that read as follows:

We owe it to our children and our teachers to keep them safe while at school. Prayers won’t do this: action will.

Congress, please do your job and protect Americans from senseless gun violence.

We have no snarky comment to make about that remark.

We can only nod in agreement.

Back in June of 2016, Kardashian also slammed Congress for failing to act on this issue, while she spent time a month later with victims of gun violence.

This is one subject about which Kim uses her platform for good.

Which brings us back to the March for Our Lives.

This is what Kardashian wrote as a caption to the photo above:

What an amazing day yesterday to take my daughter to Washington DC to see our future leaders speak.

Having my daughter march along-side her grandfather and parents was a day I hope she remembers forever.

I know that the younger generation will vote to change these gun laws that so desperately need to be changed.

Hearing these stories yesterday and meeting so many families affected by gun violence was heart breaking and I hope when it comes time to vote we all step up and vote to protect our children.

And then there was this message, which Kim attached to the snapshot immediately above:

I’m so happy I got to share this moment with these two. I hope North remembers this forever.

We don’t really have anything to even really add here.

We simply salute Kim and Kanye for taking this action with their children.

They weren’t alone in doing so, of course.

Other celebrities who took part in Marches around the country included George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Paul McCartney, Amy Schumer and MANY others.

“Today I met two survivors from the Parkland Florida school shooting, @mia.freeman and @hayleylicata,” Tweeted Charlie Puth, for instance, adding:

“The amount of bravery shown today from these girls and everyone in attendance…I have no words. #marchforourlives.”

And Camila Cabelo:

“#MarchOfOurLives it’s so powerful and emotional….

“looking around at all these kids leading us in a fight against violence, nothing seems more powerful than seeing their innocent faces and their eyes filled with pain, filled with a fear they shouldn’t even be thinking about…

“there’s no words to describe the outrage we feel today at what’s happening in our country, but we have a long way to go…. and the fight continues.”

Amen, we say.

Amen to all of this.

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