Kelly Ripa says she and Mark Consuelos will take 'a vow of chastity' as 'Live' co-hosts
Kelly Ripa and her soon-to-be "Live" co-host Mark Consuelos know just how to avoid the fate that befell former "GMA3" hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes once ABC learned of the colleagues' secret love affair. "We have taken a vow of chastity," Kelly joked this week on "Watch What Happens Live." While chatting with Andy Cohen about the network's decision to axe Amy and T.J. from the popular morning show, Kelly agreed with Andy's contention that news the two were an item would have made the show even more "compelling." Kelly then joked that she and her husband won't be in danger of losing their jobs once Mark takes over for Ryan Seacrest on the show, "… because I know how ABC does not like that, you know, TV partners b****** on the side, so we promise, no b****** on the side." Mark's set to join his wife full-time on "Live" on April 17, after Ryan's last day on April 14. ABC announced in January that Amy and T.J. would "move on from ABC News" in light of the former co-hosts' scandal around their secret romance. Last month, insiders told Page Six the couple was "aggressively pitching" a new show to the former producers of "Ellen."
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Jeremy Renner details nearly fatal New Year's Day incident for the first time
When Jeremy Renner was crushed by a snowplow on Jan. 1, it felt like "exactly what you would imagine," he told Diane Sawyer in his first interview since the near-death ordeal. "I was awake through every moment," the actor recalls in "Jeremy Renner: The Diane Sawyer Interview – A Story of Terror, Survival and Triumph," which aired this week on ABC News. "It felt like someone took the wind out of you. Too many things are going on in the body to feel pain, it's everything. It's like if your soul could have pain." Jeremy, 52, was trying to protect his nephew from being run over by the machine when he was crushed by it in the snow outside his home. He's since had his ribcage rebuilt with metal, his jaw "held together with rubber bands," metal plates installed in his face and titanium rods inserted into one leg. "I could see my eye with the other eye," after the accident, he recalls. Elsewhere in the interview, Jeremy takes the blame for what happened, saying he was "the dummy standing on the dang track a little bit, seeing if my nephew was there," and likening it to "driving a car with one foot out" of the vehicle. "And it's my mistake — and I paid for it," he says.
He'd go through the whole thing again, too, if it meant protecting his nephew. "I have no regrets. I'd do it again," he says. "That is a man that I'm proud of, because I wouldn't let that happen to my nephew. I shift the narrative of being victimized, or making a mistake, or anything else. I refuse to be f***ing haunted by that memory that way."
Motley Crue responds to Mick Mars' lawsuit claiming band wants to force him out
A lawsuit filed by Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars against the group he co-founded 41 years ago is being characterized as an "unfortunate and off-base" money-grab by the musician's longtime bandmates. Mick — who announced his retirement from touring in 2022 after a long battle with a painful form of arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis — filed suit against the band this week, claiming the other players are trying to force him out, despite his intention to step back from touring only. The band says Mick owes them "millions" in advances and maintains he's effectively quit the band if he can no longer tour, which they insist he cannot due to memory and health problems affecting his ability to perform.
"Sad day for us and we don't deserve this, considering how many years we've been propping him up," Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx tweeted late on Thursday (April 6). "We still wish him the best and hope he find's lawyers and managers who aren't damaging him. We love you Mick." The group's attorney Sasha Frid, however, tells Variety, "the band offered Mick a generous compensation package to honor his career" with them. "Manipulated by his manager and lawyer, Mick refused and chose to file this ugly public lawsuit," he added. In a previous response to the lawsuit, Sasha cited a 2008 document "in which [Mick] and every other band member agreed that 'in no event shall any resigning shareholder be entitled to receive any monies attributable to live performances," arguing that the guitarist gave up any entitlement to Motley Crue's money when he resigned from touring.
Heather Graham says Hollywood's 'still pretty sexist'
Heather Graham is pleased to see Hollywood making some strides in terms of gender equality, but she doesn't think anything's "changed drastically" in the industry. Speaking to People, the "Boogie Nights" and "Austin Powers" star, whose latest project, "On a Wing and a Prayer," hit Amazon Prime this week, reflected on how "sexist" some films were in the 1980s and '90s. "No one really thought about it or commented on it. At that point, people thought they were being really evolved and now we look back and go, 'Whoa, that was so sexist.' I'm glad that we are growing as a culture," said Heather, 53 "More people care, but it's not suddenly equal," she continued. "It's still pretty sexist, to be honest. Every phase of the business, whether it's financing, distribution, the reviewers, all those people are mostly men. To get a female-driven story that is appealing mostly to women through all these levels of male-dominated business, it's not that easy."
She's also found she was negatively affected by starring in movies where the main narrative was about a male character. "I always felt like I was a supporting character in a man's story," she explained. "I wasn't always going, 'What do I want?' I was going, 'How do I people-please someone else?' My journey has been to get more clear on what I want and go after that."
Courtney Love honors 'twin flame' Kurt Cobain 29 years after his death
Courtney Love paid tribute to her late husband, Kurt Cobain, this week, following the 29th anniversary of his death. "I love beautiful hands, it's the first thing I look at in another," she wrote on Instagram on Thursday (April 6), sharing an up-close photo of Kurt's folded hands, which she credited to R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe. "I love that the only photograph of Kurt that @michaelstipe took, despite being a lover of all sorts of beauty …," she continued, mentioning supermodel Helena Christiansen, late actor River Phoenix and others her friend has photographed through the years. "But Micheal [sic] saw these hands. These left handed beautiful hands like a votive/ a mudra, a shot this singular, powerful photograph of my twin flame," she continued. The Hole singer confessed the picture remains "one of the only images (or sounds/ tastes etc) that makes me miss him deeply," then referenced the Buddhism she and Kurt practiced together. "But he chanted with me & often, & truly was moved by our Buddhist practice. Thus, I know he's in an enlightened place, more so, than we here in mappo are," she wrote. "'The arms of a 1000 Buddhas outstretched to greet you' the gosho says. Nam myoho renge kyo dear Kurt D. C. 🙏 i & we love & miss you thespacewitch."
Kurt, who shared daughter Frances Bean Cobain with Courtney, died by suicide on April 5, 1994, at age 27.
Lance Roddick's cause of death disputed by rep
A rep for "The Wire" actor Lance Reddick is disputing the cause of death reported by multiple outlets on Thursday (April 6). Lance, 60, was said to have passed away last month due to ischemic heart disease and atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, according to a coroner statement. But his attorney James Hornstein says an autopsy was never done.
"I have represented Lance Reddick for many years and continue to represent his wife Stephanie," James said in a statement to People. "The coroner statement on the death certificate is not a result of an autopsy. No autopsy was performed on Lance. To my knowledge, no medical examination of Lance during his lifetime ever indicated such conditions." The statement went on to describe Lance as an extremely "fit" and an avid exerciser who "ate as if a dietician was monitoring his every meal." The statement ended by saying, "The information appearing on the death certificate is wholly inconsistent with his lifestyle. On behalf of Stephanie Reddick, the death certificate information is not corroborated and is inconsistent with the facts known to the family." Lance was found dead in his home on March 17. At the time, a rep for the star said he died of "natural causes."