Debra Danielsen: Viewers Won’t Accept Mackenzie McKee!

Teen Mom OG fans know that Mackenzie McKee is joining the show and replacing Farrah Abraham, after Farrah got “hate crimed” (fired).

Mackenzie’s no stranger to the Teen Mom franchise, but does she have what it takes to fill the void left when Farrah was cast out?

Farrah’s own mother weighs in.

Remember Teen Mom 3? The world wasn’t ready for Teen Mom 3. Or, at least, that’s what audiences apparently decided.

But Mackenzie Douthit McKee made enough of a splash that, after Farrah Abraham was fired for being a nightmare of a human being (though she was also unfortunately shamed for her sex work), people kept bringing up Mackenzie as a possible replacement.

We know that those are some big, obnoxious shoes to fill.

(Mackenzie is also reportedly being considered for Teen Mom 2 after Jenelle Eason’s future on the show was cast in doubt — either way, Mackenzie would replace a widely hated star)

Now it’s been reported that Mackenzie is joining the Teen Mom OG cast, specifically.

There’s no way to know for sure how fans will react to seeing a different person on the show or the new “vibe” that each episode will bring.

But people have already formed some strong opinions.

In an interview with RadarOnline, Farrah Abraham’s mom Debra Danielsen says that she has misgivings about the idea of Mackenzie filling the void that Farrah left behind.

For starters, she’s just not sure about Mackenzie’s appeal.

“I don’t know how relatable a female bodybuilder is.”

Maybe, though other reality shows have featured female bodybuilders who turned out to be very popular with viewers (just look at 90 Day Fiance‘s Paola Mayfield).

Mackenzie is also married to the father of her children and has an enthusiastic fanbase.

“It’s a bizarre choice knowing our demographic.”

It sounds like maybe Debra herself doesn’t know what to think of a female bodybuilder and might be projecting that onto others.

“I feel like it’s a little disjointed.”

Aside from her doubts as to whether Middle America or key age demographics or whatever will run screaming for the hills at the sight of Mackenzie McKee’s Herculean physique, Debra seems to wish Mackenzie well.

And she feels that Mackenzie’s one big selling point is … her own mother.

“She has a relatable story with her mom being ill.”

Mackenzie’s mother’s cancer battle is serious. She has been diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer.

(Mackenzie’s mom has apparently been struggling to pay her hospital bills, so a lot of fans welcome the idea of Mackenzie raking in a Teen Mom sized paycheck)

“If Mackenzie took over there would be a new dimension. I hope she does well.”

Debra can’t really pretend to be neutral in all of this — she’s talking about her own daughter’s replacement.

Plus, Debra has some sentimental attachments to Teen Mom of her own.

“I love the cast and crew because we’ve been together for 10 years.”

She spoke of how she misses being part of the show.

“It’s personally very hard for me not to be there. It’s very difficult.”

That’s show business, folks.

Debra Danielsen may be right about people having trouble reconciling a devoted mother with a female bodybuilder. Some folks live in an isolated bubble.

But some question whether that will be any harder for fans to deal with than a sex worker.

In any case, she’s definitely right that the show will be different with Mackenzie than it was with Farrah.

And by “different,” we mean “better.”

The Teen Mom franchise has been criticized for portraying the moms in a negative light. Mackenzie, who largely has her act together, could really change that and provide a nice contrast.

We’ll all find out together.


Grammy Viewers Ask, Attack: Where the Heck Was Lorde Last Night?!?

Lorde was very clearly snubbed at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

Not in terms of nominations; the singer was actually up for Album of the Year, arguably the highest honor of the entire ceremony.

But that’s the entire problem.

Confused? Allow us to explain…

Lorde was the only female to be nominated for Album of the Year at this year’s ceremony, as she was joined in the category by Childish Gambino, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars.

Impressive feat, right? Absolutely.

However, it was somewhat marred by the strange fact that Lorde was the only member of this illustrious group NOT to be asked to perform at the Grammys.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Lorde was approached by producers to take part in a Tom Petty tribute performance at one point during the event…

… but she declined out of protest.

It’s hard to blame her, isn’t it?

What possible reason would the Grammy Awards have for asking only men to take the stage?

Aside from the obvious reason of sexism, that is?

This oversight was made even more obvious (and unfortunate) by the ongoing #MeToo movement and the ongoing focus on how men are treated differently than women in the entertainment industry.

Late last week, a few days prior to the Grammys, Lorde’s mother sent out a cryptic message that clearly related to this snub.

Highlighting a portion of a New York Times article about gender equality in the music industry, she wrote “This says it all.”

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CBS viewers subsequently tweeted their outrage on Sunday as they watched other artists and host James Corden soak up airtime in place of Lorde.

Following the show, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow even responded to a question from the press about Lorde’s absence from the roster of performances.

This was not an oversight that went unnoticed.

“We can’t have a performance from every nominee,” he said without addressing any singer by name or indicating whether Lorde was invited to perform.

He added:

“We have to create [a show] that has balance… and what you saw was our best judgment on how to do that.”

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As you can see above, however, this answer didn’t sit well with viewers.

Especially in light of Sting, who isn’t exactly relevant these days in the music game, being featured in two separate segments for some reason.

They found time for that, but not any time to recognize Lorde?!?

Not cool, Grammys. Not cool at all.

At least we’ll always have Lorde’s memorable VMAs performance to replay over and over.

But still: this was very lame.


Megyn Kelly Basically Encourages Viewers to Shame Fat People

Megyn Kelly would very much like a mulligan.

The NBC anchor claims she really did not mean to sound this week as if she was PRO-fat shaming.

What led some viewers to think Kelly actually held this seemingly ridiculous stance? Well…

During an interview Thursday with fit mom Maria Kang – a mother who is very into fitness and who is best known for her “No Excuses” campaign – Kelly made an eyebrow-raising remark.

And that’s a kind way of putting it.

“You should parlay the shaming thing into a professional business. Because some of us want to be shamed,” said the controversial host to Kang, who was promoting her workout philosophy.

Continued Kelly, sharing some personal history:

“When I was in law school, I was gaining weight, I said to my stepfather, ‘If you see me going into that kitchen one more time, you say, ‘Where you going, fat a–?’

“And it works!”

It’s easy to see how Kelly could have just been trying to make a joke here.

But it’s also easy to see how it could have been interpreted as the encouragement of fat-shaming – since she’s literally explaining that making her feel bad about her body was an effective strategy employed by her family member.

On Friday, facing a great deal of backlash, Kelly clarified her position.

On air, the failing reporter said “would never encourage [body shaming] toward any person,” despite how she may have come across the day before.

“I said something yesterday on the show that clearly struck a nerve, and I think it’s a conversation we need to have openly,” Kelly continued.

“We were discussing body shaming others, something I absolutely do not support. In fact, quite the opposite.”

Kelly then got very candid with viewers.

She explained that her “entire family is or has been overweight or obese.”

She also shared that her sister weighed more than 300 pounds at one point, prior to undergoing gastric bypass surgery, and that when she Kelly was six years old, she came home “in tears” after a neighbor called her mom “fat.”

There’s a history here, she elaborated.

She was simply trying to relay some of it on Thursday in her chat with Kang.

“By the time I got to middle school, the hormones and the weight kicked in. I was chubby by any standard and soon I found myself on the wrong side of some vicious bullies,” Kelly said.

She added:

“Ones who called me fat, and made fun of my backside, who subjected me to humiliating pranks. Those comments can cut deep, trust me, I know.

“Soon there were diet pills and obsessive exercise and I had reduced my calorie intake to 500 calories a day.

“My heart was racing all day, my hair and skin were dry but I was thin. And so unhappy.

“I was scared of gaining weight because of the insane standard this country holds its women to and because I was and remain afraid of dying in my 40s, which happened to my father.”

Kelly has grown and evolved.

She says she tries to eat healthy and is no longer ashamed of her figure.

However, “I still cringe when I hear a person attacked for his or her weight.”

The journalist says she can relate and that’s all she ever meant to imply with her initial comment.

In conclusion:

“Please know, I would never encourage that toward any person. I’ve been thinking a lot about why I once encouraged it toward myself. What I know for sure is that weight is an issue for millions of people, thin and heavy alike.

“And neither deserves to be judged or shamed for how they choose to handle that struggle.”


Toni Cornell Honors Father, Brings GMA Viewers to Tears

Good Morning America featured a very special performance on Friday.

About three months after Chris Cornell killed himself, the late singer's 12-year old daughter appeared on the ABC program and teamed with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder for a moving rendition of the classic ballad "Hallelujah."

The track was also performed as a tribute to Chester Bennington, a good friend of Cornell's who tragically also killed himself via hanging out this summer.

Linkin Park was scheduled to perform on the show, but OneRepublic filled in after the band canceled their tour and concert dates in the wake its frontman's death.

"This is just an honor to be here," Tedder told GMA's Lara Spencer, noting how he had met Bennington a few times and was good friends with Cornell.

"I was lucky enough to write and produce with [Cornell], and get to know him and his family over the years. He was even in one of our videos."

Cornell's little girl also spoke ahead of her and OneRepublic's song dedication, telling GMA:

"It's an honor to perform this for my dad and for Chester and to sing for them."

"Hallelujah" was the single that Bennington performed at Cornell's funeral in May, just a few weeks before Bennington was found dead of his own suicide at the age of 41.

He committed the sad act on what would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

Members of the sizable GMA crowd started to shed tears this morning as Toni belted out the lyrics of this sad track in a somber tone, one very similar to her father’s.

A month after Cornell’s death, Toni and her 17-year sister, Lillian Jean, penned letters to the late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman in observance of Father’s Day.

“Let me start by saying how much I love you and how much you mean to me,” Toni wrote alongside a photo collage of herself with Cornell through the years, adding:

“You are my idol, someone I’ve always looked up to. You were always there for me. You pushed me forward every day, and you still do.”

Sad stuff all around.

Watch Toni's emotional performance below:

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Michael Phelps Races a Shark, Viewers Lose Badly

Having devoured all human competition for years, Michael Phelps dove into the water on Sunday night against his most formidable opponent of all-time:

A great white shark.

The most decorated athlete in Olympic history helped kick off Shark Week on the Discovery Channel with a primetime special titled “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White."

It was a winning concept.

Who would NOT tune in to see a man with 23 gold medals swim 100 meters against the most dangerous animal in the ocean?

"I’ve raced the fastest swimmers on the planet, except for one," said Phelps in promos leading up up to the race.

The event took place in Cape Town, South Africa… and Phelps was an underdog from the outset.

Consider: When he broke the world record in the 100 Meter Butterfly back in 2009, he averaged 4.5 miles per hour during his swim.

Equipped with a monofin in the shape of a shark’s tail fin, he said he had been ramped up to 8.5 miles per hour during training.

But a great white shark can swim 25 miles per hour in short distances, especially when it is on the hunt for food, making this sharp-toothed predator even more of a favorite than Russia was against the United States hockey team in 1980.

Yet… we all know how that game turned out, don't we?

Could Phelps pull off a similar upset?!?

No. He lost by two seconds.

He wasn't exactly racing alongside an actual shark, either, which left many viewers feeling like the real loser.

Watch the following video to see what we mean and then decide: Did this race live up to the Shark Week hype?

Or it totally bite?

Michael phelps races a shark viewers lose badly

Keeping Up With the Kardashians: What’s Driving Viewers Away?

When it debuted in 2007, Keeping Up With the Kardashians quickly became something of a surprise sensation.

What was supposed to be low-budget throw-away reality series about a sex tape star and her family of aspiring D-listers soon turned the Kard clan into one of the most famous families on the planet.

A decade later, however, Kardashian fatigue appears to have set in in a major way.

Rumors about KUWTK getting canceled after been circulating pretty much since the show’s inception.

But for the most part, it’s been a lot of wishful thinking from those who are tired of audiences and TV execs validating Kim and company’s raging narcissism.

These days, however, the numbers support the theory, and the possibility of KUWTK getting canned is now very real.

The Kardashians’ ratings have been on the decline since 2014, and this season has marked their show’s most precipitous drop to date. 

Ironically, this was supposed to be rebuilding year for the long-running series, as the Kardashians’ real-life drama made tabloid headlines in the weeks before the season premiere.

Whether it was Kim being robbed at gunpoint, or Kanye West checking into a mental hospital for a weeks-long psychiatric evaluation, a steady stream of personal crises sparked a new wave of interest in the Kardashians around the start of this year.

And that may be the problem.

In addition to the fact that all of these stories have been extensively documented by the tabloid media before they’re ever portrayed on Keeping Up, as the family becomes more famous, they seem less likely to give fans an honest glimpse into their lives.

In the early days of the show, the sisters didn’t have much going on in the way of real drama, so they made mountains out of molehills, portraying petty squabbles as potentially relationship-ending feuds.

Now that they’re actual celebrities, the Kardashians want the one thing that effective reality stars can never have: their privacy.

Major events are downplayed, so as to allow the family to maintain strict control of their reputations.

It’s one of the many problems that arises when a reality show’s stars are also its executive producers.

On top of that, the Kards just assume you’ve been following them on social media and keeping up with their social media exploits.

There’s no room for the casual viewer anymore, as plot points like Khloe’s relationship with Tristan Thompson spring up out of nowhere with zero explanation.

At this point, the family certainly doesn’t need the income from KUWTK any longer, but getting canceled would create a major dent in their brand.

Sources say Kris would consider cancelation to be a colossal embarrassment, and the momager reportedly feels the timing couldn’t be worse, as we’re just weeks away from Kylie Jenner’s spinoff, Life of Kylie.

Perhaps the younger generation will still be able to capture an audience the way Kim and company used to.

Or perhaps after years of alienating the masses, the Kardashians are actually on their way out.

Watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians online to get caught up for what may be the show’s final season.