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If some random person told you that Ryan Edwards of Teen Mom OG fame had failed a drug test and was back in rehab, you’d probably believe it, right?
After all, it’s not that hard to believe.
For the past few years, tons of Teen Mom viewers suspected that he had a drug problem, what with the way his eyes often appeared to be on the verge of popping out of his head in several scenes.
If that wasn’t the issue, it was his habit of nodding off — like he notably did in the scene when he drove himself and Mackenzie Standifer to their first wedding.
That footage was filmed in May of last year, and it was alarming, to say the least.
At one point, Mackenzie even had to grab the wheel for him, and we heard her asking him if he’d been taking Xanax “again” as she turned off the cameras in the car.
Shortly after that, Ryan was sent off to rehab, and in the current season of Teen Mom OG, it was revealed that he’d been addicted to heroin.
So for the timeline, he was doing heroin for a while, went to rehab, checked out early, got absolutely wasted at his November wedding, and now here we are.
And that’s why if we heard that he’d relapsed it wouldn’t exactly be the most shocking news in the world.
Earlier this week, a story began making the rounds — a story that claimed he had, in fact, had a bit of a setback with his sobriety.
The story was originally posted in a Teen Mom group on Facebook, where a person with “inside information” alleged that Ryan had failed a court-ordered drug test last Friday.
According to this supposed insider, he had meth and “various types of pills” in his system, and because of this, he lost visitation rights with Bentley.
A hilarious detail: the rumor also claims that he tried to bring in some secret urine to pass the test, but his little plan was ruined when he dropped the container and spilled it all.
The day after that, this person says that he checked himself into rehab, and that Mackenzie is telling everyone that he’s out of town “attending a truck driving school.”
Oh, and speaking of Mackenzie, because of this mess, she allegedly lost custody of her son, and now she’s only allowed to see him once a week at Ryan’s parents’ house (???).
Finally, the post claimed that Ryan “had a $ 1500 a day habit that included not only heroin, but cocaine, meth, xanax, and klonopin.”
That’s a whole, whole lot of information, right?
And Mackenzie is not here for it.
Pretty much immediately after this story began to get some attention, she made a statement to Radar Online — and she denied everything.
“It’s not true at all,” she insisted. “He’s right here next to me.”
She also added that “it’s disgusting to say something that has absolutely no merit,” and that “if Ryan failed a court-ordered drug test he would be in jail.”
Normally we’d have a hard time believing her, because goodness knows she’s struggled with being believable in the past — remember when she tried to say that she didn’t know anything about Ryan’s drug use until their wedding day?
But this time around, we definitely think she’s telling the truth.
If Ryan had failed a court-ordered drug test and if Mackenzie had subsequently lost custody of her child, there’s no way someone in a Facebook group would be the one to break that news.
As popular as Teen Mom gossip has become, there are several sites that keep an eye out for court documents concerning any of these people. Just think of how many court-related stories we’ve heard about Adam Lind.
Besides, the reunion was filmed last weekend in New York, the same day Ryan was supposed to have checked into rehab, and several people in attendance have confirmed that he was there.
Obviously Ryan isn’t doing super well with everything — the scenes from his second wedding proved that.
But making up elaborate stories about fake urine and failed drug tests and all kinds of child custody woes?
Not cool, guys. Not cool at all.
Back in June of 2016, Ryan Edwards checked into rehab shortly after getting married to Mackenzie Standifer.
Ryan had been so high on the day of the wedding that he lost consciousness while driving to the church.
For several months after he left treatment, Ryan's sobriety was regarded as one of the great Teen Mom success stories.
Unfortunately, it now seems that rumors of Ryan falling off the wagon have been confirmed, and the questions about what the future holds for Maci Bookout's ex loom large:
1. A Fall From Grace
2. A Terrifying Ride
3. Troubling Signs
4. The Wedding Do-Over
5. A Wet Wedding
6. A Turn For the Worse
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There were not many surprises at the 90th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night.
As expected, The Shape of Water won Best Picture and Frances McDormand won Best Actress, for example.
But the real action took place ahead of the annual show, as E! decided to let Ryan Seacrest interview celebrities on the red carpet…
… despite some sexual harassment allegations having been leveled against the omnipresent host.
(A former stylist claims Seacrest made inappropriate remarks at her and took inappropriate actions with her, such as pushing her head toward his crotch at one point.)
Seacrest did not land nearly as many pre-Oscars interviews as normal, with many stars shunning him on the red carpet out of respect for the #MeToo movement.
But Taraji P. Henson did choose to speak to Seacrest.
And she also chose to destroy him on live television.
After being asked a question by Seacrest, Henson smirked at the possibly shady man in front of her and replied:
“The universe has a way of taking care of taking care of good people,” she said, as she touched the E! host on the chin. “You know what I mean?”
Seacrest said that he agreed, while social media unanimously agreed that Henson had just completely torched Seacrest on his very own show.
A few users pointed to Henson giving Seacrest a hug after the interview as proof that they are no hard feelings.
And Henson later told People Magazine, amidst chatter that she dissed Seacrest during their chat, specifically with the way she touched his face:
“I did it to keep his chin up. It’s an awkward position to be in. He’s been cleared but anyone can say anything."
Later, Seacrest addressed the situation on Twitter, writing that he had “nothing but love for his friend” and thanking her for “hanging out with us on the E! Red Carpet.”
Are you buying this, though?
Just watch this exchange!
Ryan Seacrest’s Oscars red carpet show was business as usual except for the appearance of Taraji P. Henson. Henson talked to Seacrest about the usual stuff, but at the end said the Universe has a way of taking care of good people … and then she…
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
We’re referring, of course, not to the literal Jennifer Lawrence falls that were once such a common occurrence on red carpets, but rather to the slow decline of what previously seemed to be one of the sturdiest careers in Hollywood.
Although come to think of it, based on her recent descriptions of her own booze intake, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Jen take an actual tumble again soon.
Usually around this time of year, J-Law is wrapping up a promising Oscar campaign.
These days, however, she’s promoting the poorly-received spy snoozer Red Sparrow, and thus far the press tour has been about as abysmal as the film’s reviews.
Lawrence sat down for an interview with Howard Stern today, and in a true sign of how much things have changed since the earlt days of the shock jock’s career, it was Jen who created a minor scandal with her comments.
While she’s not nominated this year, Jen will be in attendance at the Oscars, and Stern asked if she’ll be chatting with E! News, despite recent sexual harassment allegations against Ryan Seacrest.
“I don’t know about the Ryan Seacrest thing,” Lawrence replied.
“I think it is scary, you know. He has not been to trial for anything. I am not a judge. I am not a jury, you know,” she said. “I don’t know… that is where this stuff gets tricky.”
As many have pointed out Harvey Weinstein also hasn’t “been to trial for anything” but Lawrence gleefully called him a “boil on the ass of Hollywood” several times in the past week.
While she’s certainly not wrong in that assessment of Weinstein, the fact that she seems more willing to believe her fellow famous actresses than the mid-level E! employees who accused Seacrest has prompted many to accuse Lawrence of hypocrisy.
This is far from the first time that Lawrence has made comments that don’t quite align with the feminist agenda she usually espouses.
Of course, in today’s climate, it’s more important than ever that stars remain consistent in their messaging.
For the most part Jen has done just that quite admirably, which makes her occasional slip-ups all the more glaring.
Now a new theory has emerged about why Jen hasn’t been as poised as usual during her current promotional tour.
Jen has sat down with Andy Cohen twice this week and during their second interview, she revealed that she got drunk on the set of Watch What Happens Live before proceeding to the New York premiere of Red Sparrow.
“I did get drunk at your thing,” Lawrence admitted on Cohen’s SiriusXM show.
“Can we look at the premiere photos please? I look like I had had electroshock therapy.”
“In my head I’m like, ‘I’m a goth dream,’ and then I looked at the photos and I’m like, ‘I’m a goth dream on crack’,” she added.
“My eyes were like ‘I’m not drunk!’”
Booziness has always been a part of Jen’s public persona, and it’s likely that she was at least partially joking.
Still, if Jen isn’t more careful when discussing sensitive topics in public, she’ll soon have fans imporing her to do her drinking at home.
Back in November, the world learned that Ryan Seacrest had been accused of sexual assault. The details of the allegations were alarming.
Initially, people mostly just heard that the accusation had been made by a former stylist. Now, the world knows her name.
And she’s opening up about her very own #MeToo story.
Suzie Hardy was Ryan Seacrest’s stylist at E! from 2007 to 2013.
She was a single mother with a preschool-aged daughter who found the idea of a decent-paying job a “godsend.” At first.
Hardy alleges that, during her years of employment, Ryan Seacrest subjected her to undesired sexually aggressive behavior.
Among the accusations is that he struck her butt with enough force that it left a mark hours later, that he grabbed her genitals on multiple occasions, and that he pressed himself against her while in his underwear.
E! claims that their investigation found insufficient evidence of all of this. In a social media video, Kim Zolciak joked about sexual harassment and lamented “poor Ryan Seacrest.” He has a lot of fans and sympathizers.
But now, Hardy is telling her story.
Speaking to Variety, Suzie Hardy discusses her allegations against Ryan Seacrest.
“As proud as I am and as strong as a woman as I am, as smart as I am and as much work as I’ve done with therapists, it really affected me.”
She opens up about what she thought of E!‘s investigation deciding that there was insufficient evidence.
“Total exasperation was my definite feeling when I heard about it.”
But it doesn’t sound like she was surprised.
“I felt like by the third interview, it was obvious the investigator was whitewashing it for Seacrest’s side.”
And she claims that the investigator never contacted four witnesses whose names she provided.
E! objects to the characterization of their investigation as being one-sided.
“E!’s investigation was extremely comprehensive and thorough.”
E!‘s statement continues:
“Over the course of a two month process, our outside counsel interviewed more than two dozen people regarding the allegations, including multiple separate meetings with the claimant.”
And they maintain that the investigator is reliable.
“The investigator is an attorney with nearly 20 years experience and is highly regarded professionally.”
Therefore, they say, the investigation went just fine.
“Any claims that question the legitimacy of this investigation are completely baseless.”
Andrew Baum, the attorney representing Ryan Seacrest, says:
“It is upsetting to us that Variety is electing to run a ‘story’ about untrue allegations that were made against my client, after they were told that the accuser threatened to make those false claims against him unless he paid her $ 15 million.”
Claims that accusations come from extortion attempts haven’t been uncommon during the #MeToo movement. Or before.
“At that time, the claimant threatened to issue a demonstrably false press statement unless she was paid. Instead, my client proactively and publicly denied the claims and agreed to fully cooperate with E!’s investigation about the matter.”
Seacrest’s attorney seems to agree with E!‘s findings.
“On January 31st the network notified us that their independent third-party investigation had concluded that there was insufficient evidence to support her claims, effectively, clearing my client’s name.”
Well … insufficient evidence can lead to an acquittal at trial, but it doesn’t sound like a resounding exoneration, either.
“It’s telling that after my client refused to pay her money, and the E! investigation resulted as it did, that she is now coming forward to share her debunked story to the press.”
There are further details to Hardy’s accusations.
In separate accounts, both Hardy and a coworker witness accuse Seacrest of another misdeed while Hardy was at the Roosevelt Hotel to help him prepare for the Academy Awards.
Both describe Seacrest as having been in his underwear with a visible erection. He allegedly grabbed Hardy, threw her onto the bed, and climbed on top of her and rubbed himself upon her.
According the the accusation, he stopped only when Hardy’s coworker yelled at him.
What Hardy describes as the worst incident was whens he was dating a powerful entertainment attorney. When the two had only just begun to date (and they ended up dating for three years), she says that Ryan Seacrest asked inappropriate questions about their sex life as she tied his tie.
She says that when she asked him to stop asking if she had “f–ked” the man yet, Seacrest allegedly grabbed her genitals.
Hardy says that she fled the room in tears, and that a production assistant approached her minutes later with an offer.
Apparently, the PA was willing to walk her to human resources, but also cautioned her that she’d likely be fired if she reported anything.
Hardy, still a mother to a young daughter, declined.
Ultimately, Suzie Hardy says that she was called in by E! to answer questions. They wanted to know if she had a physical relationship with Ryan Seacrest.
She says that she told them no — they weren’t dating or sleeping together. She says that she also told them about her allegations, and that she spent hours there at the time.
This was in 2013. She says that she was told a couple of weeks later that her services would soon no longer be required. She says that she and Seacrest were kept apart until for her remaining few weeks.
Many find this whole story disturbing.
On Teen Mom OG Season 5 Episode 12, a couple prepared to tie the knot, but that wasn’t the only notable event on the MTV hit.
Not by a long shot.
Would Farrah’s latest altercation with producers spell the end of her time on the show on Teen Mom OG Season 5 Episode 12?
Would Tyler man up and get his father into rehab? Would Amber be able to handle the bombshell she had to drop on Leah?
If you watch Teen Mom OG online, you recall that Ryan Edwards and Mackenzie Standifer’s first wedding day was … unusual.
They married in a parking lot with only his parents on hand, with Ryan having driven there high as a kite no less. On camera.
Obviously, they still have plenty of issues and obstacles to overcome, but this time, at least there was no wedding controversy.
Fans may be a little upset, though, by the fact that before the ceremony, Ryan Edwards was seen drinking with his groomsmen.
Harmless? Perhaps, but for a man with obvious addiction issues, it’s sure to raise red flags with some viewers, for good reason.
Asked about his wedding vows, Ryan told his friends, “I don’t care, it’s not like it’s got to be perfect.” They were pretty close.
“I promise to always love you, be your best friend, I promise to be faithful and always be there for you,” he told Mackenzie.
Standifer had a prepared speech. Slightly awkward.
Later, Ryan admitted to his wife that he’s drunk; Edwards and Standifer proceeded to take shots and talk about their financial situation.
Ryan’s father then gave a speech that made him cry.
That was pretty emotional, as was the scene last night were Tyler Baltierra’s long-troubled father, Butch, finally enters rehab.
Butch cried when he learned that his son had come up with the exorbitant amount of money to cover the treatment, in full.
At the rehab center, one of the administrators says to Tyler that it’s probably been a long time since he’s really met his dad.
“I don’t think I’ve ever met him,” he responds.
For his part, Butch confessed that he’s done “a lot” of cocaine and crack in life and was on drugs as recently as “3-4 days ago.”
Terrifying. Speaking of family drama, Farrah Abraham put her differences with her mother aside to celebrate Debra‘s birthday.
At least she tried. Could it possibly last?
Deb pleads for Farrah to attend her wedding, which Sophia finally decides she’s allowed to, so that’s a step in the right direction.
However, after Abraham’s “vaginal rejuvenation” (seriously), Deb was left waiting in the car for a half hour as Farrah got ready.
When she finally got in the car, Farrah proceeded to freak the f–k out on a producer for reasons that weren’t entirely clear.
While Farrah’s insane treatment of producers has been well documented, it’s never not amazing to watch it play out on TV.
“If you can’t get along with anyone or try to or get in my way of how I live my f–king life,” she says, “then do not work with me.”
“F–k you and your excuses.”
Farrah Abraham, ladies and gentlemen. Never a dull moment or an episode that passes without a complete meltdown.