Masking it

Gym responds to Schwarzenegger's decision to leave over mask policy

Gold's Gym supports Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent decision to leave one of its fitness facilities over its mask policy, calling it an "important personal decision." The gym, however, says it stands by its decision not to require guests to wear face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, although mask-wearing is "strongly" encouraged.

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In a statement to Wonderwall.com, Gold's Gym President & CEO Adam Zeitsiff said, "We love Arnold and completely respect his decision. We know that where to go and what to do as the country reopens is an important personal decision that everyone must make for themselves."

"For the safety of our members and team members who are comfortable returning to the gym, we've implemented a comprehensive, phased reopening plan with extensive sanitation, safety and physical distancing protocols in accordance with federal, state and local regulations. In accordance with Los Angeles County guidelines, at Gold's Gym Venice members are required to wear face masks when entering and exiting the gym," the statement continued. "All team members are required to wear gloves and face masks as part of these protocols, and while we don't require for members to wear face masks during their workout, we absolutely strongly encourage it."

For years, Arnold, 72, has worked out at Gold's Gym in Venice, California, which is arguably the most famous gym in the world, particularly given the number of professional bodybuilders that work out there. 

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On June 16, TMZ reported that the "Terminator" star went to the Venice Gold's for a morning workout on one of the first days that gyms were able to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic

While Arnold was wearing a mask upon entering, he noticed that several gym members were not wearing masks amid their workouts. Front desk staff informed Arnold that people were required to wear masks when they entered and when they were in certain common areas, but the law doesn't require them to wear masks when they're actually working out. 

Following the front desk's explanation, Arnold quickly left. 

The former California governor "will stay clear of Gold's until people start wearing masks on the floor — or when there's a vaccine," TMZ reported.

Lasso love

'Ted Lasso' star's comedian girlfriend revealed

"Ted Lasso" star Brett Goldstein has scored himself a girlfriend. 

According to Page Six, the actor who plays the lovable curmudgeon Roy Kent is dating British comedian Beth Rylance, and has been for a while. Brett confirmed the romance by thanking Beth by name in his Emmy speech on Sept. 19. 

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Beth also spoke of the relationship on Instagram, sharing an image while wearing a Roy Kent jersey. 

"Okay, but why isn't anyone talking about *my* Emmy's look??? #LetsGoGreyhounds," she captioned the image. 

In addition, she posted a video of Brett receiving his Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series.

"I wanna cry so bad, but I don't think I can spare the moisture," she wrote.  

She joked about her beau on Twitter before the ceremony, too.

"Today is the day that my boyfriend goes to the Emmy's [sic] as a Best Supporting Actor nominee and I am at home on my second load of laundry," she wrote. "Just to confirm, my boyfriend is Kenan Thompson off of SNL." Then, after Brett won, she tweeted, "My godmother has just text [sic] me to say congratulations on my boyfriend's Grammy award and this is why I love her."

Brett appeared on his lady love's Instagram in multiple videos and photos during the COVID lockdown. She referred to him as her boyfriend in April 2020, so the duo has been together for at least a year and a half.

marriage secrets

The sexy way Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos handle marriage tension

When things get tense in Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' household, the clothes apparently come off. 

The couple, who's been married for 25 years, was discussing HBO's drama miniseries "Scenes From A Marriage" while Mark substituted for Ryan Seacrest on "Live" on Sept. 20.

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"I was like, none of this would ever be happening in the Mark Consuelos household, because he would have nipped all of this in the bud immediately," Kelly said, referring to the show, which chronicles the demise of a relationship. "He would have been like, 'Oh, you're upset? I know how to take care of that. Oh, you don't feel good about something? I'll take care of that.'"

While compared their real-life marriage to the charater's relationship on the HBO show, Kelly saw little resemblance, noting, "Because everything for Mark is settled with, everything is settled with…"  

"Love," Mark quickly chimed in. Kelly agreed, "Love and sexy time."

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Mark and Kelly later discussed one particular scene in which the "Riverdale" star assumed the on-screen couple would have sex. 

"Yeah, but you think that about everything," Kelly replied. "There are scenes in 'The Godfather,' and he's like, 'I thought for a minute they were going to [do it.]'"
       

Mark's response: "Listen, that's how I deal with stress."

Sponsorship loss

Controversial 'Bachelor' star loses sponsorship over Instagram drama

Brendan Morais is losing followers and sponsors.

The Sun reported that the controversial "Bachelor in Paradise" star has been dropped by NordicTrack due to his appearance on the ABC reality show.

Brendan, a source told The Sun, is "no longer doing business" with the 31-year-old, and "any further business plans have been terminated." The insider added, "His behavior does not align with the brand's values."

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Back in August, the reality TV star posted a video in which he boasted about the one of NordicTrack's studio cycles. He included a "paid partnership" tag.

Brendan, however, told Page Six that the end of the sponsorship isn't really news, claiming it was only supposed to be for a limited time. 

"While neither myself nor my manager have been in contact with NordicTrack regarding this matter, my partnership was never supposed to be long term," he said. "I wish things had happened differently on the beach and I'm regretful about how I handled things with Natasha. With that being said, I completely understand companies need to consider reality TV edits in order to protect their brand, I just know there is more to me than what the audience gets to see for an hour once a week."

Brendan and quickly fell into "villain" territory after it was revealed that he and Pieper James were in relationship before both went on the reality TV show. Still, despite him dating Pieper, Brendan romanced fan favorite Natasha Parker on the show. But, when Pieper entered the show, Brendan quickly steered his attention to her. Fans then accused him of trying to "gaslight" and lie to Natasha when she figured out he was (and had been) in an under-the-radar relationship with Pieper that began before cameras rolled.

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As if that weren't enough, Brendan and Pieper were also later caught on camera discussing their growing Instagram followers, screen time and media coverage about themselves. Bachelor Nation soon felt that duo was competing for sponsorships and Instagram followers, not love, which is the basis of the show. Almost overnight, Brendan lost 100,000 followers. 

After the drama, several of Brendan's followers urged NordicTrack to cut off ties with him. 

dating game

Alicia Silverstone embracing 'adventure' after joining dating app

Three years after her divorce, Alicia Silverstone is going digital in her search for love. 

The actress has joined the dating app Bumble. 

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"I always thought it sounded so fascinating. It sounded like it opened up a lot of possibility for people and created hope," the "Clueless" star told People magazine, acknowledging that she's working in collaboration with the app. "And I've heard tons of beautiful stories from people. I think it's very much the norm now. And it makes sense. It's kind of like going to a bar, but it's more effective. It's an adventure."

For Alicia, meeting people the old fashioned way just doesn't seem to work anymore, so she's found the app to be beneficial.

"I just think it's a great way for people to meet," she said. "You know, I think that it's really nice that we have friends that can connect us. You can be set up by friends, you can be at a party and tell people, 'Hey, do you know anyone?' You can do things like that. I have experience where I'll go to an in-person event and no one's really engaged. They're sort of in their phones, and it's a bit discouraging."

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The mom of one isn't totally ruling out meeting people organically, but by joining the app she's leaving all options on the table. 

"Sometimes you do meet people out in the real world, and I certainly have, and it's been wonderful," she said, "but I think [Bumble] is just a really nice way for people to meet."

Regardless of how she meets someone, she notes that her behavior won't change on dates, which means no drinking. Why? Sometimes wine can lead to "sexy time."

"That's why I don't drink on dates. And if you don't like them suddenly you like them because you're drinking!" she said. "New rules: No alcohol until I already know I like you."

Weight watcher

David Harbour shares diet tip after secretly losing weight

David Harbour has secretly slimmed down.

The "Stranger Things" actor revealed he lost weight for his role in the Netflix show, and he detailed how he went about shedding the pounds. It turns out it wasn't that complicated.

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"It's just not eating," he joked to Page Six. "It's amazing. You try to do all these different things, the protein and the this and that, and then you just stop eating and you lost weight."

He added, "Putting on weight is my favorite thing. I'm really good at it." The flip side, isn't as fun. "It's really s–tty to take it off, though," he added.

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In Season 3 of "Stranger Things," mystery surrounded often David, as fans believed that his Sheriff Jim Hopper character was dead. However, it turns out that he's actually alive in a Russian prison. In order to convince fans that his character was imprisoned, David lost weight. 

"I think you'll see, nutritionally, it's not very good for me, mentally and nutritionally," he told Page Six.

What happens next is unknown, as fans will have to wait for the fourth season of the show, which most suspect will be out in 2022.

"I can't wait, too. I hope they can wait a little longer. I hope we don't exhaust them with how long it's taking, but yeah, I can't wait too," David said. "It's the best season. It's just such an incredible season, the most epic thing we've ever done. It's huge. It spans different continents and also it still has that tremendous heart. It truly is an extraordinary season, and unfortunately with this damn pandemic, we've had to wait and wait."

Love confession

Chelsea Handler 'in love,' reportedly dating fellow comedian

Chelsea Handler has publicly declared that she's "finally in love." 

The announcement comes a few weeks after she was seen cozying up to fellow comedian Jo Koy at a Los Angeles Dodgers game. According to a new report by Page Six, the former "Chelsea Lately" host and Jo, 50, have been quietly dating.

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Chelsea, 46, gave a glimpse into her love life on Instagram on Sept. 20, posting a serene image from Spain. 

"Just sitting here in Mallorca thinking about how grateful I am to have so many people that I love in my life, to live the life I do and to be going on tour doing what I love," she wrote. "And that I'm finally in love, with the best kind of guy there is. There is hope for everyone! That kind of stuff."

On the heels of her post, many of Chelsea's A-list pals applauded her happiness. Kelsea Ballerini, Paris Hilton, Kate Beckinsale and more all commented with glee. 

"Happy you're happy," Katie Couric wrote. 

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Chelsea and Jo have been linked for several weeks, but neither has commented on the budding romance. In fact, just two weeks ago, Joe told TMZ that he and Chelsea are "great friends."

"She's amazing," he said coyly. "I've known Chelsea for a long, long time. I mean, like, a long time, like years ago and we've always been great friends."

Health update

Wendy Williams' brother gives update on her health: 'She's fighting'

Wendy Williams is still hospitalized after reportedly undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, but she's "fighting," according to her brother. 

In a YouTube video, Tommy Williams thanked the talk show host's fans for supporting her as she struggles with her mental health.

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"I do believe and have faith that Wendy is going to make it," he said. "It's not an easy fight. It's one that individuals always win. Sadly, come November, we are on the anniversary of my mother's passing, and it's not easy."

According to reports, Wendy was voluntarily admitted to a New York City hospital on Sept. 14 for a psychiatric evaluation. Around the same time, Wendy's team announced that the premiere date for her 13th season would be pushed back from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. Wendy was "continuing her health evaluations" and had tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19, a statement said. 

Little else is known about her condition, but her brother deemed the hospitalization "necessary." 

"We've been hit just like other families. You know it's not easy [but] you got to dig yourself out, you got to hold on to the memories and we have some good ones," she said. "This isn't easy but it's necessary. She's doing well. Stable. I've spoken with her, and we're hanging in there. She's hanging in there. We're praying. She's fighting."

It's somewhat interesting that Tommy is giving updates on Wendy's condition, as the two haven't always had the best relationship. Last year he even accused his sister of not going to their mother's funeral.

"What makes somebody not go to their mother's funeral? I don't understand not giving a salute to the one person who was always there and showed you support," Tommy said in the video at the time. "I don't get how you can just move on and act like nothing happened."

Wendy responded on her show, "You are my brother. Let's keep it that way. If you wanna talk on the Internet, then you talk about the things that you think you know about yourself. You don't wanna talk about the things I know about you. For sure."

Tommy later said their beef was "beyond" them. 

Britney Spears returns to Instagram a week after disabling her account

Britney Spears is back to being social.

One week after disabling her Instagram account, the pop singer returned to the social media platform on Sept. 20 to post two images from a weekend trip to Palm Springs with her fiance, Sam Asghari. 

"Some shots from my weekend getaway to celebrate my engagement with my … holy s*** … FIANCÉ … I still can't believe it!!!!" she captioned two identical photos, one in color and the other in black and white. 

She added, "I couldn't stay away from the gram too long so I'm back already!!!! Psss I took these in Palm Springs with clip in extensions!!!!"

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Not long after taking an Instagram break, the "Toxic" singer let it be known that her hiatus was only temporary, claiming she wanted to celebrate her new engagement without having to pay attention to social media. "Don't worry folks … just taking a little break from social media to celebrate my engagement," she tweeted on Sept. 14. "I'll be back soon."

At the time of the break, TMZ reported Britney wanted to keep a low profile before her conservatorship hearing at the end of the month. 

If Britney's June hearing is any indication, this one could be wild.

Friends forever

Rachael Kirkconnell helping latest Bachelor Nation 'villain' after Instagram drama

Rachael Kirkconnell is letting her "The Bachelor" season 25 co-star Pieper James lean on her amid the drama surrounding the latter's "Bachelor in Paradise" run.

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Pieper quickly fell into "villain" territory after it was revealed that she and Brendan Morais were in relationship before both went on the reality TV show. They were also later caught on camera discussing their Instagram followers, screen time and media coverage of themselves.

"Rachael has been in Pieper's shoes before," a source told Page Six, although Rachael believes her own scandal was "much worse," as it involved accusations of racism, not social media and fame. "Rachael felt compelled to reach out and let Pieper know that it will all be OK and that the situation with Brendan isn't the end of the world. She feels like the perfect person for Pieper to lean on right now."

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Both Pieper and Brendan were accused of being on the show for the "wrong reasons," a sin among Bachelor Nation. Brendan even lost 100,000 Instagram followers amid the scandal.

"Rachael can't believe Pieper said some of the things she did on camera," Page Six's source said. "But she still feels really bad for her. She got close to Pieper while filming 'The Bachelor' and knows she's a good person. She feels like she got dragged into unnecessary drama. Rachael told Pieper that she's here for her whenever she needs it."

Pieper and Brendan have both since apologized. 

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Rachael certainly knows a thing or two about being cast in a bad light. Not long after Matt James, the first Black lead of "The Bachelor," picked her on the season 25 finale of the ABC show, three-year-old social media images surfaced that showed Rachael at an Antebellum-themed party. She also "liked" other images that contained a Confederate flag and posts about QAnon conspiracy theories. 

Matt and Rachael split after the finale was filmed but before it aired. Longtime "The Bachelor" host Chris Harrison was also shockingly ousted from the franchise after defending Rachael in an interview. However, after the dust settled, Matt and Rachael reconciled, and they often post about each other on social media

"Rachael finally feels comfortable in the public eye. She made it through a really tough time," the aforementioned source said. "She knows there's light at the end of the tunnel for Pieper, too."