Corona-Feud?

Elisabeth Hasselback accuses Meghan McCain of misrepresenting her comments on prayer, COVID-19

Elisabeth Hasselbeck is defending herself after Meghan McCain accused her of spouting "dangerous" rhetoric about the coronavirus pandemic during Hasselbeck's March 11 appearance on "The View."

McCain's scathing critique of her former co-host came when she video called into the Wednesday, April 22, edition of "Watch What Happens Live." On the show, Andy Cohen asked McCain about Hasselbeck's seemingly prayer-centric response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has now killed more than 53,000 people in the U.S., according to an April 25, report from the New York Times' database.

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McCain condemned Hasselbeck and implied she was "putting out misinformation" by saying, "I think we should pray" to stop the spread of COVID-19.

But Hasselbeck apparently wasn't about to let McCain have the last word.

In a long message directed at the TV personality on Instagram late on Friday, April 24, Hasselbeck asserted in a video that she doesn't "like to be misrepresented," then quizzed her young son on the importance of prayer in frightening situations.

She also had him confirm, in audio range of the camera, that their family has been dutifully washing their hands, using hand santizier and taking social distancing seriously "because mommy has auto-immune" issues including celiac disease and asthma.

In the accompanying caption, she wrote, "… we are all just trying to do our best, we should not be judging one another we should be in this together."

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She also slammed McCain's interpretation of what she actually said that day on "The View," writing: "… Get your quotes right. I never said I had the power to pray covid away. The day at the view I came to visit y'all because our hometown had been slammed with a tornado and lives were lost and a school needed help and I was trying to get word out. Nyc was not even in social distancing yet. It was March 11th- it was before anyone was even quarantining."

Hasselbeck also wrote that her appearance came at a time when "your major was still encouraging visitors to Chinatown."

(Hasselbeck's Chinatown comment may have been sparked by the heated exchange she had with all of the "View" hosts after she praised President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly called the coronavirus the "Chinese virus," for his controversial handling of the pandemic.)

She added, "my quote was that I am going to pray and Purell," then doubled down on her prayer comments, saying, "PRAYER will ALWAYS be my FIRST RESPONSE AND MY BEST DEFENSE 🙏🏻💕," before suggesting the two "get back on the same side and be #inthistogether."

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Golly. Getting kids to bed and apparently @meghanmccain is tossing out some anger my way . Meghan- i am going to call you and handle this in the best socially distanced direct manner possible – but hey girl – We are all just doing our best, and I don't know why you are taking an opportunity to be so aggressive toward me during such a stressful time. #1- I have always liked you and been a vocal defender of your family. I sure did not see this one coming. #2- we are all just trying to do our best, we should not be judging one another we should be in this together #3- get your quotes right. I never said I had the power to pray covid away. The day at the view I came to visit y'all because our hometown had been slammed with a tornado and lives were lost and a school needed help and I was trying to get word out. Nyc was not even in social distancing yet. It was March 11th- it was before anyone was even quarantining – It was the last day the show was in studio, and your major was still encouraging visitors to Chinatown and still working out in gyms! #4 my quote was that I am going to pray and purell. #5 PRAYER will ALWAYS be my FIRST RESPONSE AND MY BEST DEFENSE 🙏🏻💕 We have had a family member hospitalized and I have asthma. This is all hard and stressful enough- turn off the meanness as The world needs more togetherness and kindness. I'm praying today that you can lay off throwing the social darts at me. I am not sure why you decided to do this. I'm a momma on my knees in prayer like many others – let's get back in the same side and be #inthistogether 🙏🏻💕

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Hasselbeck's exact comments when she appeared on "The View," were: "There can be a fine line between what is taking precaution and what is panic."

She continued: "Yes, we're going to take precautions, we're going to Purell, pray that God's got us in our tomorrows, right? We pray that this coronavirus is extinguished, that it's stopped in its tracks. I think we should prepare. I think we should pray… I'm not going to let coronavirus rule me!"

While speaking to Cohen, who's tested positive for COVID-19, McCain elaborated on her issues with Hasselbeck's statements.

"I took this virus seriously from the very beginning and I thought a lot of this rhetoric was really dangerous and I think it's really, really unfortunate and dangerous that she said that," McCain explained.

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"And I don't need to co-host with her again — and it's unfortunate, because I've been a huge fan for a long time and anyone who's screwing around with this virus and putting out certain misinformation, I don't really have a lot of time for right now," she added.

Book deal

Tiger Woods' mistress reportedly shopping tell-all book, will delve deeper into relationship

Tiger Woods' infamous mistress isn't done talking.

Rachel Uchitel is reportedly shopping a tell-all book that will focus on her entanglements with the golfer and "Bones" actor David Boreanaz, as well as her life leading up to those.

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"Everyone thinks they know her story, but they really don't," a source told Page Six.

Much of Rachel's story — particularly her affair with the world's former No. 1 golfer — has been well-documented over the years, but the book will be more encompassing of her life and will detail her father's death from a drug overdose and her fiancé perishing in the 9/11 attacks. After The New York Post published a photo of her crying after the Twin Towers fell, she was known as "New York's Tragic Face" — this, of course, was all prior to her being linked to Tiger. 

Over the years, Rachel has also been open about her own addiction issues.

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After more than a decade of silence, Rachel made her first public comments about the affair in January 2021 for HBO's "Tiger" documentary. 

"I have stayed quiet about this story, but at this point, I have nothing left to lose. My name hasn't lost the stigma at all," she said in the two-part documentary.

The golf legend famously crashed his car in 2009 after his then-wife, Elin Nordegren, found out that he'd been having a long-running affair with Rachel, a former nightclub hostess in New York City and Las Vegas.

Rachel is working with agent David Vigliano to shop the book. 

Food issue

Acclaimed chef details what it's really like cooking for 'complicated' Victoria Beckham

Why'd you have to go and make things so complicated?

A very famous, highly-celebrated chef is opening up about his experience cooking for Victoria Beckham, claiming she didn't exactly want to spice up her dietary life. 

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Dani Garcia, a three Michelin star chef, recalled Victoria accompanying her husband, David Beckham, to the June 2019 wedding of Sergio Ramos and Pilar Rubio in Spain. Dani was hired to cook for the wedding.

"It was very strange. Victoria Beckham changed the whole menu," the chef said while on Spanish TV's popular "El Hormiguero" show. "It was very sad because when you make such an effort, not just me and my team but the bride and groom and everyone else to create a unique menu."

The former Spice Girl wasn't enthralled by the menu, it seems. 

"Hers was totally different and just based around vegetables. And then there were some odd things that I've never seen in my life," Dani said. "She had coconut water, all the time, a bowl of mints and then on the other side hydroalcoholic gel which is very famous now but back then wasn't because the Covid pandemic hadn't started."

He concluded, "It was complicated giving Victoria her menu that night."

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Not long after the comments, a source close to the fashion icon came to her defense. 

"This makes a great story but isn't fair or accurate – the most Victoria would have done when asked about dietary requirements is ask for some plain fish and vegetables," the source said. 

Victoria's stringent diet is well known and hardly disputed. She once said her favorite meal is whole grain toast with salt.

David spoke about his wife's relationship with food just months ago on the River Che Table 4 podcast. 

"I get quite emotional about food and wine, when I'm eating something great I want everyone to try it," he said. "Unfortunately I'm married to someone that has eaten the same thing for the last 25 years. Since I met her she only eats grilled fish, steamed vegetables, she will very rarely deviate from that."

Money matters

Decision made on Chadwick Boseman's $2.3 million estate

Chadwick Boseman's estate will be evenly split between his widow and his parents, according to a new report. 

The "Black Panther" star left behind $2.3 million when he passed unexpectedly in 2020. Black Enterprise says Taylor Simone Ledward, 31, and her in-laws, Leroy and Carolyn, will each get $1.15 million from the estate.

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Taylor, who has been with Chadwick since 2016, has been in charge of settling the estate, and she reportedly wanted it split evenly. 

Chadwick, who passed at the age of 43 after a private battle with progressing colon cancer, did not have a will. Prior to paying various funeral and legal fees, the estate was estimated to be worth nearly $3.9 million.

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Chadwick and Taylor, 31, secretly married about a year prior to his death. The widow accepted her late husband's Golden Globe award in 2021. 

"He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices," she said. "He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you, 'You can,' that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history."

Kid comment

Chris Pratt finally reacts to backlash over infamous 'healthy' kid comment

Chris Pratt admits he "cried" after the Internet turned on him over comments made last year about his "healthy" daughter. 

Last November, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" star took to Instagram to gush about his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger. In chatting with Men's Health, he recalled, "I said something [on Instagram], like, 'Find someone who looks at you the way my wife looks at me.' And then I gave her some s*** in the thing and said, 'But I love you. I'm so thankful for my wife — she gave me a beautiful, healthy daughter.'"

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Social media users unleashed, as many felt that Chris ignored the fact that he has a son, Jack, with ex-wife Anna Faris (Jack was born premature). Many of those people assumed the actor's message was also a dig at Anna. 

Of the criticism, Chris said, "That is [messed] up. My son's gonna read that one day. He's 9. And it's etched in digital stone. It really f***** bothered me, dude. I cried about it."

Chris now shares daughters Layla, 1, and Eloise, 1 month, with Katherine.

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The "Jurassic World" star said he was able to move past the controversy because Twitter backlash is not "real." But, he says, Jack "doesn't know that yet."

After Jack was born in 2012, the little one spent seven weeks in the NICU. 

In a May 2021 interview with People magazine, Anna, who split with Chris in 2017, said, "The first years were filled with doctor's appointments, five surgeries, physical therapy, a lot of laughter. Jack was and is the most adorable cutest thing I could ever have imagined."

Healthy reveal

Zachary Levi reveals he was sent to psych ward after mental breakdown

After struggling with mental health and having suicidal thoughts, Zachary Levi revealed he once had a "complete mental breakdown" that sent him to a psychiatric ward five years ago.  

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The actor candidly spoke about his three-week stay at the ward, telling Elizabeth Vargas on her "Heart of the Matter" podcast, "I've struggled with this stuff most of my life. I didn't realize that I was struggling with these things until I was 37, about five years ago, and I had a complete mental breakdown."

The "Shazam!" star, 41, said he had an imperfect upbringing, claiming there was vitriol" and "lots of yelling" in his household. He turned to "sex or drugs or booze" to distract himself. 

"The irony is that booze can give you this temporary relief, but then the next day amplifies that anxiety tenfold," he said in the interview obtained by the Hollywood Reporter. "So, then you're running back to get more, and it just becomes this vicious cycle."

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Over time, his anxiety got worse, have he even have panic attacks over something as simple as where to eat.

"I'm sitting in my truck, and vividly, I remember I was holding onto the wheel, and I was just shaking back and forth, that like almost trying to shake myself out of what was going on, and I'm just weeping. I'm just crying. I'm like, 'God, help me,'" he recalled.

After having suicidal thoughts, he went to the emergency room, which led to the psych ward.

"The lies are whispering into my ear, and the failure that I felt that I was enough to be like, 'Zach, it doesn't feel like you're going to make it out of this,'" he said.

The psychiatric ward saved his life. 

"I think one of the most important things, at least for me, is taking my thoughts captive," he said. "Our minds are so powerful, but they are so easily, so easily hijacked if we don't really go, 'Oh, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. I'm doing it again. I'm starting to speak ill of myself again. I'm starting to be harsh or critical of myself. I'm starting to judge where I'm at in my life.'"

Big donation

David Spade donates $5k to viral Burger King worker

David Spade was feeling charbroiled after watching the viral video of a Burger King employee get nothing more than a goodie bag of candy as recognition for 27 years of work without ever missing a day.

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Throughout the week, a video made the rounds that showed a man named Kevin Ford receiving a less-than-satisfactory gift to commemorate his dedication and loyalty to his employer. The bag included a movie ticket, pens, a lanyard and some candy.  

As the video went viral, Kevin's daughter started a GoFundMe and spoke of her father's work ethic and life story. Fans quickly contributed small amounts to the fund, which added up quickly. After David saw the video, he donated $5,000 to the fund, easily the page's largest contribution.

The "Tommy Boy" star also had a conversation with Kevin on Instagram. "Keep up the good work. 27 years," David wrote. Kevin was stunned and thanked the actor profusely, even joking that he might take a day off now. David replied, "Wait til year 30."

The GoFundMe has now eclipsed $50,000, largely through $10 and $20 donations. Many people have left supportive messages to Kevin, claiming Burger King did him wrong. However, in a chat with TMZ, Kevin — who works at the Burger King inside the Las Vegas airport — doesn't technically work for the fast food giant, but rather HMS Host, the company from which Burger King hires. 

"All the love that people are giving me is just so, so overwhelming. I just want to thank everyone so, so much," he told TMZ in an emotional video. "I'm grateful for anything. I don't want to say I want this or that. All I want is to go to work and have fun and make everyone's life better like they're doing to me."

With he money raised from GoFundMe, Kevin plans to visit his daughters and grandkids in Texas and maybe buy a Ford hybrid.

Case cracked

Al Pacino addresses 'Shrek' phone case that went viral

Finally Al Pacino is chatting about the case… his phone case.

"My daughter gave me that," he said on "Today" this week. "My youngest daughter put that on my phone."

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The "Heat" star went viral back in April after a group photo including Al was posted to Instagram. Fans, though, couldn't take their eyes off of Al's cell phone case, which was covered with pictures of "Shrek."

As social media was having a field day with the revelation, DreamWorks Animation got in on the fun, tweeting, "Real recognize real." DreamWorks also included a picture of Shrek holding a phone case adorned with Al faces. 

"You can't make this up, Al Pacino is literally the perfect man to exist and he likes Shrek," one person commented on Twitter after seeing the phone case. Another fan wrote, "THIS IS THE SINGLE GREATEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ME."

One intrepid Twitter user reached out to Al's 21-year-old daughter Olivia to find out if "Shrek" was the face on the case. 

"There's a bunch of people (including me) going crazy on twitter because they saw a picture of al in which it seems he has a shrek phone case," the user said. "Is that possible? because that would be iconic lmao anyway have a nice day."

Olivia confirmed that it was, indeed, a "Shrek" phone case.

Funny enough, Twitter noticed the case before Al did!

"I didn't even look at it until social media told me what was on my phone," "The Godfather" actor said on "Today." "And I took a look and said, 'Oh, that's 'Shrek.'"

Asked if he will keep using the case, the acting icon didn't miss a beat, saying, "Of course, it was a gift!"

Costume planning

Heidi Klum has already started preparing her Halloween costume

They call her the "Queen of Halloween" for a reason.

On Thursday, June 22, Heidi Klum revealed that she's not only planned out her Halloween costume four months in advance, she's already preparing it. 

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The supermodel posted a time-lapse video showing her donning a bikini top in a chair, all while her body was being scanned. 

"…..and so it begins," she wrote on Instagram alongside a slew of Halloween emojis. She also added the hashtag, "Heidi Halloween 2022."

The "America's Got Talent" judge's Halloween costumes and parties are quite legendary, as they've been held in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City in the past. She's always very tightlipped about her elaborate costumes until they are revealed on Halloween.

Due to COVID, Heidi's last two parties have been canceled, but she's clearly planning to bring her spooky celebrations back this October. 

Over the past decade, Heidi has morphed into an alien with an exposed brain, Princess Fiona from "Shreck," the werewolf from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video, an elderly woman and a "visible woman."

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Halloween is something she thinks about all year.

"I start thinking about it on November 1. I usually have two or three ideas that I'm playing with and then I decide on one thing," Klum told MailOnline in 2019. "So the next morning, I start thinking, 'Maybe next year, I'm going to do that one that I didn't do this year.' And then, obviously, throughout the year new ideas pop up because maybe I've seen a new or old movie, or was inspired by my travels."

Search party

Kourtney Kardashian reveals her kid's 'scary' Google search

Google knows all.

It seems that one of Kourtney Kardashian's children headed to the Internet in search of a fright this week. On Tuesday, June 21, the reality TV star took to social media to reveal the search history on her computer. It seems that one of her children was interested in the "worlds [sic] scariest picture."

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"Things being searched on my computer," she wrote alongside the snap, which was posted to her Instagram Story. She then insisted that she knew who the laptop perpetrator was. "I know exactly which kid it is," she said. 

Still, Kourtney, who shares her three children with ex Scott Disick, made no mention of whether she suspects Mason, 12, Penelope, 9, and Reign, 7, of the query. 

The results of the search, according to a Page Six screenshot, showed, among other things, several scary movie characters.

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If all goes according to her plan, Kourtney will have another child to monitor in the future, as she and new husband Travis Barker are trying to add to their brood. "Travis and I want to have a baby," she said on "The Kardashians" current season.

In speaking of her fertility struggles in a chat with Entertainment Tonight, she added, "I mean, it's a beautiful thing that we'd love to have happen, but, you know, the journey is a bit hard for any woman who went on it."