"Shark Tank" star Kevin O'Leary isn't dishing out exciting news. The man dubbed Mr. Wonderful believes the United States is headed toward a "rebalance" due to what he says was a disproportionate investment in larger companies opposed to small businesses.
"This gets worse before it gets better. And what's it doing to small business? Killing them right now," he told Fox Business's Larry Kudlow. The Christmas season will be hit hard, Kevin suggested. "What I anticipate is going to happen here, while we still have full employment which is remarkable, and you don't put any capital into the small business sector, which is 60% of the jobs in America, you're going to start to see some real chaos come September, October, November," he said. "This is an issue for Congress, Larry. It's very simple."
Despite the U.S. economy remaining rather resilient amid high inflation, Kevin O'Leary thinks mistakes were made, claiming the government "gave all their money to S&P 500 in two acts, the Chips and Science Act and the other, Inflation Reduction Act."
"Not a dime for small business," he added. "A trillion for the big boys, nothing for the small guys. And the small guys, they run America, so it has to be rebalanced somewhere."
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Country singer Morgan Wade — who Rolling Stone said had the "best country album of the year" in 2021 — has decided to undergo a preventative double mastectomy after recently learning she's at an increased risk for breast cancer. The singer made the decision because cancer and the RAD51D gene — a mutation in one of the breast cancer genes — runs in her family. "I was given this knowledge and this information, so I'm not going to just sit there. I would rather have that peace of mind," she told People magazine. Morgan didn't confirm when she plans to have the surgery, but she hinted that it would be toward the end of the year.
Courtney Stodden — who came out as nonbinary in 2021 and uses she/they pronouns — is "finally free." The infamous teen bride opened up about her mindset after turning 29 on Aug. 29. "Feeling free. 28, I needed you. You pushed me to become a stronger woman. Ringing in 29 with fierce independence in my own place, on my own — for the first time in my life," she penned. "I have so much gratitude in my soul and immense excitement for what's to come. I'm going to wrap up the decade of my twenties with boss moves only and additions that make ME happy."
Courtney became part of the pop culture zeitgeist after marrying "The Green Mile" actor Doug Hutchison in Las Vegas at just 16 years old when Doug was 51. The divorced in 2018 and she's since claimed she was "groomed."
In a bombshell interview, Hugh Hefner's widow, Crystal Hefner, opened up about her late husband's death, his in-house rules and his penchant for using Viagra. In her upcoming book, she paints Hef as a "misogynist, a narcissist and a co-dependent, controlling presence in her life," DailyMail.com reported.
Crystal also said Hef gave her a 6 p.m. curfew so that she could share dinner with him, which was always chicken soup with cream cheese and crackers. The 37-year-old also alleged that Hef — who was 60 years her senior — took so much Viagra that he was deaf by the time he passed away in 2017. "Hef always said he'd rather be deaf and still able to have sex. Weird," Crystal said.
There were other rules, including one that dictated the color of nail polish she wore: pink, pale and sheer, never matte. Then after dark, she explained, it was expected that she would participate in the group intimate encounters Hef loved. "It was embarrassing. I don't know the most people there'd been in our bedroom at one time but — a lot. Pretty bad," she said. "[The other women and I] were like, 'Oh, now it's your turn.' Nobody really wanted to be there but I think in Hef's mind, he still thought he was in his 40s, and those nights, the people, the mansion, solidified that idea. He felt, 'I've still got it.'"
A royal rejection! Dolly Parton revealed that she passed on the chance to have tea with Princess Kate in London, but she hopes the invitation will come again. "This time, Lordy, I even got invited to have tea with Kate but I couldn't even go," she said during a recent appearance on the British radio station BBC Radio 2. "I thought it was very sweet and nice of her to invite me and one of these days I'm going to get to do that — that would be great."
Why did Dolly pass on the invite? "She wasn't going to promote my rock album, so I had to say no," the iconic singer joked. (In reality, she said she just had no time.)
Jessie James Decker already has plans for what she'll do after welcoming her fourth child: She's getting a breast reduction. During a late-August Q&A with fans on Instagram, the country music singer was asked if she's "nervous" about breastfeeding considering she has breast implants. "No, I've had implants and nursed just fine," she replied.
However, the real concern for Jessie is the inevitable increase in the size of her breasts, which she believes will "quadruple." She noted, "I will say the issue is if I had known we were going to have another [child], I wouldn't have gone so big," she said of her implants in an Instagram Story post. "Cus when I'm pregnant, they get massive. Like quadruple in size." She continued, "Def will need a reduction in the future and will downsize. It was fun while it lasted. But phew dey bigz already and I'm over it. Give me some shmediumz."
Jessie admitted that the pregnancy was a surprise that came about after her husband, former NFL player Eric Decker, refused to get a vasectomy.
Remembering his late wife
"The Dukes of Hazzard" star John Schneider is opening up about his late wife, Alicia Allain Schneider, who died six month ago from breast cancer. "I miss every damn thing [about her], every day," he told People magazine. "I have to get to the point where I look around and see where she is, not where she's not. And I'm trying to do that, but that's hard." He continued, "Somehow I love her more every minute, but with that, somehow I miss her more every minute."
The actor and country music singer, who also appeared on Tyler Perry's "The Haves and Have Nots," said he's sharing his story in hopes of helping others who are grieving the loss of a loved one. He also wants to remind people to tell those they care about how they feel before it's too late. "I could not have told Alicia Allain Schneider I love her any more than I did," he said.
Bizarre death hoax?
Josh Seiter, who appeared on "The Bachelorette" in 2015, is alive — this despite a very detailed Instagram post announcing his death just one day earlier.
On Aug. 29, Josh said in a video that he was "alive and well," effectively shutting down the death report. "Somebody was playing a cruel joke and mocking my mental illness and the struggles I've gone through with depression and suicide attempts," he said. "And I'm sorry for all the pain they caused when they made that post. I just got back into my account."
The reality TV star said his social media was hacked when someone claimed he was dead. The bizarre story began after a statement was posted seemingly from Josh's family announcing he was gone. "It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share the tragic news of Joshua's unexpected passing," the since-deleted and denounced statement read. "As all who knew him can attest, Joshua was an incredibly bright light in an increasingly dim world. His fearless voice and indomitable spirit helped thousands of people in their darkest moments feel just a little less alone." Some continue to feel the story is fishy and wonder if it was a stunt, which Josh has denied.