Leighton Meester Doesn’t Miss Gossip Girl. Here’s Why.

We fell head over heels, madly, totally and deeply in love with Leighton Meester on Gossip Girl.

Blair Waldorf is one of the best characters in TV history and we will physically fight anyone who says differently.

But Leighton Meester says in a new interview that she actually didn’t love her time on this CW hit…

… and she explains in detail her reasons why.

“I would get there at 5 a.m. and leave at 8 p.m.,” the actress tells the latest issue of PorterEdit magazine. “A lot of days I didn’t see the sun.”

Don’t get the star wrong; she knows how lucky she was to work with Chace Crawford, Penn Badgley, Blake Lively, Taylor Momsen and Ed Westwick and to be on a series that lasted for many years.

(“It’s the best-case scenario that a show could ever go for six years,” she says. “It doesn’t happen often.”)

Still, though.

There were nearly just as many downs as there were ups during Meester’s stint on the iconic drama.

“I was young when I started Gossip Girl,” she expounds, detailing how having such a giant hit at this age is both a blessing and a curse:

“A lot more people were suddenly around and I was being looked at.

“If you don’t have the right perspective, you could definitely be confused by people being that nice to you or judging you for behavior that’s typical of a 20-, 21-year-old, making mistakes but having to make them very publicly,.

“I’m not haunted by that time, but it’s been interesting and helpful for me to look at it and examine it as an adult and go, ‘I don’t know if it was the healthiest environment.'”

Gossil Girl ran from 2007 through 2012.

The last couple seasons were trash, but those first few found the perfect mixture of comedy, drama, irony and tone.

You should really go watch Gossip Girl online and catch up if you’ve somehow never viewed the program.

“Everyone has their own journey, especially in their early twenties when they’re just figuring out who they are,” continues Meester in this interview.

“Because of the success of [Gossip Girl], I was put in a place where that journey was sped up. I had to figure it out quickly and with not a completely developed mind to discern between what’s real and what’s not, who I can trust and who I can’t.

“I got really lucky and was able to very early on find and stay friends with people who are true.”

Gossip Girl was a “special time.” Meester does not want to give the impression otherwise.

But does she miss it? That’s a very different question.

“I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s sort of a time capsule…

“I say this with nothing but love – it is like saying, ‘High school was an amazing time for you. Do you wish you could go back?’ And the truth is, it was so special and such a unique, amazing experience, but no, I wouldn’t wanna go back to it.

“I was a kid!”

And now that she’s grown up, Meester will be portraying a single mother on the new ABC sitcom this fall, Single Parents.

She’s come a long, long way.


Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Spark Engagement Rumors. Here’s Why.

For Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott, first came love… and then came a baby in a baby carriage.

The couple skipped right past the second part of this classic rhyme, but a new report indicates that they may go back and rectify this omission.

Indeed, there may soon be a marriage!

With Kylie and Travis seemingly doing better than ever, E! News says the famous couple was spotted shopping for over an hour at Polacheck’s Jewelers in Calabasas, California following the former’s 21st birthday celebration over the weekend.

Might Scott have been treating his baby mama to a new necklace, pair of earrings or possibly even a broach?


But might the stars also have been looking for an engagement ring?!?

A witness tells E! News that Jenner “was glowing and looked beautiful” during the pair’s visit to this establishment and that the duo made no effort to hide from the other shoppers in the store.

The source adds that Scott and his prettier half purchased “a couple items” before leaving. 

There’s been chatter for several weeks that Scott and Jenner may get engaged.

It would be the next logical step, right?

The rapper and the Instagram model have been together for well over a year and are parents to a daughter nameed Stormi Webster.

However, Kourtney Kardashian has three kids with Scott Disick and those two have never exchanged vows.

Khloe Kardashian has a child with that awful basketball player, Tristan Thompson, and she remains legally single as well.

The Kardashians and Jenners are not known for settling down permanently with the men that sire their kids.

There was plenty of talk about Scott proposing to Kylie right around the time she turned 21, which happened on August 10 of this year.

So far, though… nothing. Silence. The same relationship status as always.

“Kylie and Travis have definitely discussed getting married and she has expressed what type of ring she would want Travis to buy her. It would definitely be over the top,” another source tells E! News, adding:

“They are not engaged right now but have talked about it, and it’s only a matter of time.”

Is it, though?

As we documented above, it’s not as if Kylie’s sisters have set a great marital example for her.

It’s also not as if Kylie is lacking for expensive gifts from her man.

To celebrate Jenner’s milestone birthday over the weekend, Scott showered her with flowers and a special present: a classic Rolls Royce. It cost well into the six figures, sources have said.

“Happy bday wifey I love u mommy u my heart rib toes and all,” Travis wrote in a birthday message to Kylie last Friday, concluding:

“May GOD continue to bless u and ur spirit. This mark in ur life is the start to more greatness.”

How sweet, right?

Still, all this said, we’re gonna go ahead and take a guess and say the following:

Kylie and Travis will never get married.


Caitlyn Jenner: I Once Considered Suicide. This is Why.

Caitlyn Jenner has not been in the news very much of late.

But in a new and very revealing interview, the former reality star explains that she once considered never being in the news ever again.

That is, she once considered taking her own life.

Speaking to Channel 4 News this week, the ex-Keeping Up with the Kardashians star opened up like never before about something as personal as it gets.

“One time in my life, I actually thought about it [suicide],” she confessed.

The 68-year-old said she wanted to discuss her struggle in the hopes of raising awareness about the high suicide rates among transgender people.

And then went on to detail exactly when and why this awful thought crossed her mind.

“I’ll never forget it. It was about six months before I came out, and I had a picture.”

A picture? Huh?

The picture was snapped by TMZ and it depicted Jenner walking out of a building in Beverly Hills.

Having just had her tracheal shaved, there was a small bandage on her throat.

Jenner explained how that evening, she received a call from the publication claiming that they had the picture and basically stating/asking:

“So, this is the beginning of transition…?”

Addressing the website’s owner, Harvey Levin, Jenner replied in anger at the time, pleading with the celebrity gossip guru:

“Don’t even talk about this. It’s none of your business and please, when you do stuff like that, it affects people’s lives.”

The photo did end up getting published and going viral.

Aware that would be the case, Caitlyn says she lay in bed and contemplated the worst.

“That night, I knew that that picture was coming out,” she says in this new interview, adding:

“I remember I couldn’t sleep. And I’m walking up and down the halls in my house, all by myself. And I’m thinking to myself, ‘You know what? I’ve got a gun in the other room. I could go in, use it, no more pain, move on.”

How awful.

We simply cannot imagine.

“It seemed like the easy way out,” she says now, upon reflection.

These days, Jenner seemed to be in a great place.

She’s remaining a bit out of the spotlight and may even marry rumored girlfriend Sophia Hutchins.

Has she thought about suicide since this date?


“The next day I get up and I went for a walk and I’m walking through this field all by my little lonesome out in the woods,” she tells Channel 4 about her mindset back then and how it changed.

“And I’m walking through this field and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Wasn’t that like the stupidest thing you could possible do? And that is silence your voice. Why don’t you look at this thing a little bit differently? What don’t you open up your voice? Why don’t you tell your story?

“That was kind of my low-point in life. And from then on, I never thought about it again.”

Speaking to this British outlet, Jenner went on to say that 48 percent of trans people in the United Kingtom have attempted suicide, which is just amazing and depressing to think about.

We admire Jenner for doing whatever she can to be an inspirational voice to those in this situation.


Joel Taylor Death Prompts FBI Investigation. Here is Why.

We have a pretty major and surprising update on the sudden death of Joel Taylor.

As previously reported, the former Storm Chaser star was found dead on Tuesday, passing away at the very young age of 38.

Multiple friends and ex-co-workers took to social media to confirm the sad news and also to pay tribute to Taylor, who graduated from the University of Oklahoma and who was rose to fame on the aforementioned Discovery Channel reality show.

He was admired by nearly everyone in the field of meteorology.

At the time of these reports and Twitter posts, however, the circumstances around Taylor’s death was unknown.

And the same could be said for his cause of death.

Now, however, TMZ and People Magazine have provided many more details on just what transpired Tuesday morning.

For starters, Taylor died on board the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship Harmony of the Seas.

It left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico after his corpse was discovered by a fellow passenger.

“The U.S. Coast Guard in San Juan, Puerto Rico was notified today in the afternoon by the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas cruise ship that they had a death on board,” Ricardo Castrodad, public affairs officer for the Coast Guard’s San Juan sector, told People.

Taylor’s family has reportedly identified his body.

At the time of Taylor’s passing, the ship was hosting Atlantis Events’ all-gay Caribbean Cruise; Olivia Newton-John was the headlining act.

According to TMZ sources, drugs were prevalent on board the cruise liner.

It seems as though Taylor was partaking, per a law enforcement official who said the following to the celebrity gossip site:

“It appears the death could be an overdose and Joel Taylor was consuming controlled substances.”

A passenger who spent time with Taylor adds that he had consumed so much GHB on the dance floor early Tuesday morning that he was rendered unconscious and carried back to his cabin by two people.

A few hours later, his body was discovered and the authorities were called in.

TMZ goes on to write that the abundance of GHB, cocaine and ecstasy on the boat has triggered an FBI investigation.

Numerous individuals were apparently arrested for possession before the cruise left Fort Lauderdale and this agency will be looking into how the drugs ended up on board the ship.

And not merely on board, either, but on board in significant quantities.

timmer tribute

Taylor’s close friend and former colleague Reed Timmer was among the first to publicly mourn his passing on social media.

“RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor. I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend,” Timmer Tweeted along with image of the pals when they were chasing storms together since 2008.

He added:

“We chased so many intense storms, and I wish we could have just one more storm chase. I’ll miss you forever, Joel. We lost a legend.”

Added the Discovery Channel in a statement:

“We are so saddened to hear about Joel’s passing. We will always remember him fondly as an incredible meteorologist and driver of ‘The Dominator.’

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

We echo this sentiment. May Joel rest in peace.


American Idol Will Be a Total Failure. This is Why.

American Idol is officially returning to TV this spring, as Ryan Seacrest and company will air new episodes on ABC.

We're as shocked as you are.

And also very pessimistic about this endeavor.

Why do we think this version of American Idol will fail miserably? Scroll down to find out…

1. Not Even Kelly Clarkson Wants To Be Part of It

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Wouldn’t it have been great to bring one of the most successful contestants back as a judge? It would have been a great way to market the series, but Kelly decided to defect over to NBC’s The Voice instead.

2. The Katy Perry Effect

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It was reported last May that Katy Perry secured a massive $ 25 million paycheck for her role as a judge for ABC’s inaugural season of the show.

The big salary was apparently an offer she could not refuse, and producers only offered as much because they lost Kelly Clarkson, and they needed to have a big name attached before Fox’s upfronts.

3. Can Katy Even Judge Music?

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Katy Perry has built a career on belting out songs written by others that make very little sense. On the marketing side of things, she went for a bizarre live streaming event to promote her latest cure for insomnia that was titled “Witness.”

It found her crying, and doing a whole lot of sleeping as fans watched live thanks to Youtube.

She also appeared as a guest judge many years ago on The X-Factor UK, and well, let’s just say her critiquing skills were not up to scratch.

4. "The Farewell Season"

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American Idol came to an end in April 2016 with a season that was widely marketed as “The Farewell Season.” It’s hardly a farewell if the show will be returning to the air less than two years after its series finale.

When a show as big as American Idol gets the reboot treatment, it should be off the air for long enough that people actually miss it.

5. The Voice For The Win

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The Voice emerged from the shadows back in 2011, and ultimately wound up as the more popular attraction. The chair turning may not be as fresh as it once was, but the overall show is better produced than American Idol ever was.

6. The Ratings

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The show was already way past its prime when it concluded in 2016. It received a minor boost in the ratings vs. its 2015 edition because the marketing team at Fox made everyone aware it was the end of the series. There’s no getting away from the fact that show was losing viewers steadily the year

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