Biz Questions

'Housewives' star knew Jen Shah's business was 'unsavory'

Heather Gay always knew something wasn't right about Jen Shah's business dealings.

While appearing on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," Heather dished on the arrest of her "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" costar. Heather, who maintains a close relationship with Jen, told Andy that she's hasn't directly asked her friend if she did the things she's accused of doing, nor does she need to. Heather made up her mind a while ago.

"I knew her business was unsavory when I was her friend, so why would I change now that it's public?," Heather said, adding that her friendship with Jen is unchanged in the midst of the legal issues. "I have one job and it's to be Jen's friend."

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In March, Jen was charged with committing wire fraud and money laundering as prosecutors alleged that she scammed hundreds of people, mostly the elderly, out of millions of dollars as part of a telemarketing scheme. She's pleaded not guilty.

While Heather felt that Jen was up to something shady business-wise, she maintains, "I didn't know it was illegal."

In continuing, Heather said she's been confused for years about the source of Jen's income, as she's never been able to get a straight answer from her. 

"Jen was on my podcast and I asked her for, like, an hour, questions about her business, because I love business and I know how hard it is to make money in business," Heather said. "It doesn't just flow. I never understood it, and I just assumed it was something that was right along the line of nothing I'd want to be involved in. I didn't know it was illegal."

"I didn't think you'd go to prison for it," she continued. "I would've said, 'Babe, don't do this. Your life is worth more than that.'"

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The most recent episode of "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" focused on Jen's arrest.

Mistakes made

Andy Cohen calls this the 'biggest blunder' in 'Watch What Happens Live' history

During the 13-year span of "Watch What Happens Live," the show has welcomed an untold number of guests, but there's one person that never sat down in "The Clubhouse": Meghan Markle.

The fact that the Duchess never got an invite to the show is "the biggest blunder" in the history of "WWHL," Andy Cohen admitted on his SiriusXM show "Andy Cohen Live." These days the Bravo scion would be "begging" her to make an appearance.

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Andy reflected on Meghan's absent-invite after appearing on her "Archetypes" podcast on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The episode began somewhat awkwardly after Andy told Prince Harry's wife that it nice to "meet" you. Meghan quickly told Andy that they've actually met several times before. 

"It's good to see you. I've met you before, [but] you'll never remember it," she told him.

Meghan and Andy first met at a joint USA-Bravo event when she was acting on "Suits." Their second meeting came in 2015 when she joined co-star Gabriel Macht on "WWHL," as he was a guest on the show, not her.

"I was so eager to be on your show, because I was such a 'Housewives' fan at the time, and I just couldn't get booked Andy!" she said told the Bravo host.

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Reflecting on the podcast conversation, the "Housewives" producer said Meghan was "gleeful" in reminding him they've met.

"I understand why she would want to throw that in my face, basically," he said. "I understand, you know, you never forget how you were treated. You're still the same person – she's still Meghan Markle."

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Andy went on to tell his listeners he didn't realize that Meghan would leave the uncomfortable exchange in the podcast, but he's glad she did "because it's compelling and awkward."

"I just have to say, I get why she left that in. I thought that was so interesting," he said on Wednesday, Nov. 30. "First of all, you never know who you meet in a day, but listen, I didn't become a duchess obviously, but I became an old queen talk show host."

He continued, "And when I was a young queen I remember meeting people who were whatever, so I just think it's interesting. It's really interesting."

Father-son dynamic

Brendan Fraser dishes on his 'happy' autistic son: 'He doesn't know what cynicism is'

Brendan Fraser is opening up about his 20-year-old autistic son, claiming he "understands" what it's like to live with someone obese.

"I have three kids of my own, my oldest son Griffin has special needs – he's autistic," the actor told Interview Magazine. "He just turned 20, he's a big kid, he's six foot five, he's got big hands and feet, a big body. I understand intimately what it is to be close to a person who lives with obesity."

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In his newest film, "The Whale," Brendan plays an overweight father. In his real life, Brendan shares three children with his ex-wife, Afton Smith, who he divorced in 2007.

Griffin, he said, is the "happiest person."

"And because of the beauty of his spectrum – call it a disorder if you will, I disagree with you – he knows nothing of irony," "The Mummy" star said. "He doesn't know what cynicism is. You can't insult him. He can't insult you. He's the happiest person and is, in my life and many others', also the manifestation of love."

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Brendan was able to tap into Charlie, his character in "The Whale," by looking at his own family. 

"Being with my kids and their mom and our family has given me such love that if ever I needed to hold something of value up to try and translate that to what was important to Charlie, I didn't have to look far," he said. 

As Charlie, Brendan donned prosthetics and 300-pound suit. The "Encino Man" star said it's the "hardest" role he's ever had. 

Sad news

Rising country singer dies just hours after marrying wife

Jake Flint, an up-and-coming country singer, died mere hours after marrying his wife, Brenda, in Oklahoma.

The cause of death isn't known, but Jake's publicist, Clif Doyal, said the singer-songwriter passed away in his sleep in the early morning hours following his wedding night. 

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Brenda, an unexpected widow, mourned the death of her husband on Facebook, writing, "We should be going through wedding photos but instead I have to pick out clothes to bury my husband in."

She added, "People aren't meant to feel this much pain. My heart is gone and I just really need him to come back. I can't take much more. I need him here."

Jake and Brenda exchanged vows on Saturday, Nov. 26, at a remote homestead between Claremore and Owasso in The Sooner State, The Oklahoman reported. 

"It was rainy, but he'd rented a 40-by-60 circus tent. … They put up a bunch of carpets over the mud and then got two pieces of three-and-a-quarter-inch plywood and set it on the ground — and that was my stage," said Mike Hosty, a one-man band who performed at the nuptials. "Jake goes, 'Is that gonna be all right for you?' And I go, 'Jake, that's perfect.' A piece of plywood or a flatbed trailer is where I shine."

The following morning, Mike woke up to the news of Jake's death.

"I really just like remembering that happy moment of seeing them being married … but I really feel for Brenda," he said. 

Jake, 37, began playing guitar as a kid and went on to release four albums in six years.  He charted three singles on the Texas Regional Radio Report with 2017's "Cowtown," 2018's "Long Road Back Home" and 2020's "What's Your Name" and was named Breakout Artist of the Year at the We Are Tulsa Music Awards in 2019, The Oklahoman said.

He was a staple in the country music scene in Oklahoma, Texas and the surrounding states. 

 "Jake Flint was an Ambassador of the Oklahoma Red Dirt music scene. He was a prolific songwriter, recording artist, and in-demand live performer throughout the Midwest and Southwestern U.S. As a testament to his kindness and humanity, he was also a tireless supporter of his fellow artists, always willing to lend a hand to help anyone who needed it," his publicist said in a statement. "With his infectious smile and disarming sense of humor, he was loved by many, and I believe that, along with his music, will be his lasting legacy."

Officially done

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West finally settle divorce: All the details on custody, child support, property splits and more

Nearly two years after Kim Kardashian pulled the plug on her seven-year marriage to Kanye West, she and the rapper have finally settled their divorce. 

The settlement comes just weeks before the case was set to go to trial, and there was some doubt as to whether Ye would even participate in the legal process. 

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According to TMZ, Kim and Kanye will get joint custody with "equal access" to their four children, but the Skims founder will still have the kids the majority of the time, as she does now. Further, Kanye's share of monthly child support was set at $200,000, which he will have to wire to Kim.

Both parents waived spousal support and their division of assets is being guided by their prenup.

Continuing with the 50/50 theme of the settlement, Ye will be responsible for half of their kids' security expenses and half of their educational expenses.

In the event that the parents have a disagreement pertaining to a child, the settlement states that Kim and Kanye will participate in mediation. If one of them fails to participate, the other gets to make the decision in a dispute by default, TMZ reported. 

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In a bit of a twist, Kanye is giving Kim the home he owns that borders her current residence in Los Angeles County's Hidden Hills enclave. Kanye bought the home in December 2021 for $4.5 million to be near the kids. As the five-bedroom property reportedly needs a lot of work done, Kim will likely level it and add acreage to her current estate. Ye never lived in the home.

In regard to real estate, Kim will keep the $60 million estate where she and the kids live, and she'll retain property she owns in Idaho. Kanye, TMZ reported, will keep his $60 million home on the beach in Malibu, two ranches in Wyoming, 300 acres in Calabasas, California, a home in Belgium and his childhood home in Chicago, which he bought.

Getting to this point has been far from easy, particularly because Ye often refused to participate.  

"Kim's patience was tested, but she handled things calmly and ultimately Kanye came around," a source said. 

DM situation

Brielle Biermann reveals that 'very well-known' married men DM her

Brielle Biermann isn't naming names, but she claims that several famous married men have tried contacting her on Instagram. Two of the men are even part of the Bravo family.

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"There are some very interesting direct messages, actually, from a lot of different people," she said on the Monday, Nov. 28, episode of the "Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef" podcast. "There are a few who are like, married, or have a girlfriend or something. I'm not going to respond… I don't reply. The fact that they're sending an emoji [or] saying, 'Hi,' it bothers me."

Despite her annoyance, the "Don't Be Tardy" alum won't expose the identities of these scoundrels. 

"There's like two people from Bravo… There's like some very well-known people who are married. I want to tell someone so bad, but I just can't. I don't trust anybody with that type of information," she said. 

Brielle, 25, quickly clarified that she's told her mom, Kim Zolciak-Biermann, about the DMs.

"There's one person, in particular, that will not just leave me alone. Like I don't want to ruin a marriage or relationship, but I'm not responding," she maintained. 

The reality TV star noted that the relentless wannabe suitor isn't from Bravo, nor is it Alex Rodriguez.

"Like, if you don't respond, that's almost stalking — if you just keep getting DMs," she said. "People are weird. I don't get it. Like, what do they think? That they're never going to get caught?"

To make things even more awkward, the men's girlfriends often follow her.

"I'll go to [the guy's] page, and I'll see, like, make sure their girlfriend is — is she gone? Like, how long ago were these pictures?" she said. "And I'll go to her page, and it says, 'Follow back.' And I'm like, here we go — it's probably how they found me."

Health situation

'Complications' from 'mundane surgery' left Iggy Azalea unable to walk

Iggy Azalea has been forced to bow out of an upcoming movie after post-surgery complications left her unable to walk for three weeks. 

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The rapper gave a shocking health update on Twitter on Monday, Nov. 28, claiming she blacked out for three days in the hospital due to pain. In the lengthy message, the "Black Widow" singer wrote that she was set to have "rather mundane surgery" on her back to fix lingering issues. She then planned to head to Australia to film a movie.

"It didn't end up being very mundane because I had complications with my recovery & ended up in bed hooked up to a million machines and in so much pain there are about 3 days I actually just can't remember at all," she said. "I didn't walk except to use the bathroom ( a whole other ordeal lol) for 3 weeks & you'd be shocked to know how weak you can get when you don't actually move. It happens really fast."

Iggy is now slowly beginning her recovery. 

"A week ago I was cleared to get up and start moving again," she said. "I've been seeing someone daily at the house and we do lil workouts (they are so sad y'all lol) I've been getting back strong."

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The Grammy nominee, 32, has set a goal to be completely recovered by Christmas. 

"It's been very mentally challenging to suddenly not be able to do anything for yourself and have no answers about when you will recover. That was the hardest part but all the Drs have been so happy with how quickly I'm getting better now that I'm back moving & walking," she penned.

In lamenting that she won't be in the film, the Aussie said she's "thankful to be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now."

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The health situation has changed her mentality and focus.

"I think I'm gonna seriously get into my fitness after this," she vowed. "I value my body in a whole new way after this experience."

She added, "Stay healthy everyone and pay attention to what your body is telling you!"

In ending her message, she promised to update fans on her progress in the weeks ahead. 

Missing the Mark(et)

Hawaiians livid after Jason Momoa's new series shuts down farmers market

Jason Momoa is getting blasted by locals on Hawaii's big island after it was announced that a local farmers market will be shut down for a few weekends due to his Apple TV+ production called "Chief of War."

To make matters worse, it seems that vendors of the local market will not get reimbursed for revenue lost during the filming. 

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The Kaimu Farmer's Market is only open on Saturdays, but TMZ said vendors were informed that the area will be occupied by film crews on consecutive Saturdays in December. 

The manager of the market claims that the production crew and property managers have kept vendors in the dark.

"We have not been in conversation with them at all as they are leasing the property from the property managers just as we lease the property for the Saturday market. We were told about 6 weeks ago that the property manager was not allowing us to hold the market on the 3rd of December and about 3 weeks ago informed us that we would not be using the property for the 3rd or the 10th. We were not given a choice," the manager said. "It hits us farmer's the worst because we now have no venue to sell eggs, for instance. The chickens keep laying whether we have a market or not."

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The filming is angering locals who say much of their income comes from the market. Plus, December is a boon for vendors, as it's close to the holidays. 

Since the announcement, the market's Facebook page is getting filled with comments critical of the series and Jason, who is being dubbed "out of touch." One person wrote, "Thanks Jason for taking away our lively hood [sic] during the busiest time of the year."

Going dark

Jennifer Lopez scrubs Instagram, fans think 'major announcement' is coming

Jennifer Lopez is having a black out. The "Jenny From The Block" singer scrubbed her Instagram on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and left nothing but a black circle as her profile picture.

Her Twitter and TikTok accounts also feature a black circle as her profile picture. 

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Although she gave no explanation for the move, it's likely that J.Lo is preparing to make a major announcement, as many celebrities delete their social media pasts to reveal something grandiose, such as a tour, movie, music video or new product. Everything on her website was removed, as well.

Amidst at this, fans got in on the fun, as "J Lo is Coming" was trending on Twitter. Many Twitter users referred to a "major announcement" being in the works.

J. Lo is an avid social media user. The superstar even thrilled her followers on social media recently in posting a video with new husband, Ben Affleck

A narrator in the video said, "Guys I did it. I found the person that makes me the happiest I have ever been."

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Ben and Jen tied the knot at a Las Vegas wedding chapel in July 2022. They later had a more formal ceremony at his Georgia estate.

"Obviously we weren't trying to go out in public. But I never shied away from the fact that for me, I always felt like there was a real love there, a true love there," Jennifer told Vogue in a November 2022 cover story. "People in my life know that he was a very, very special person in my life. When we reconnected, those feelings for me were still very real."

Closet cost

Christina Ricci sold personal handbag collection to pay for divorce

Christina Ricci paid for her divorce with her closet. 

The "Yellowjackets" star opened up about her split from James Heerdegen in 2020 and detailed how she put her fashion sense to "good use."

"There are certain things that I have collected, certain bags. I had quite a Chanel-handbag collection for a while, but I sold a lot of things," Christina, 42, told the Sunday Times Style magazine.

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When asked why she sold her bags, she said, "Well, certain traumas in life go along with financial traumas, extended court situations, custody situations, fighting restraining orders. Having said that, I'm absolutely doing fine, there's no issue. But I learnt to use these investment pieces in different ways. I also had a Chanel Fine Jewelry collection that I put to good use."

The actress and James, who share an 8-year-old son, were married for seven years before a nasty split. She has since remarried, tying the knot with hairstylist Mark Hampton. The two share 11-month-old daughter, Cleo. 

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During the Sunday Times chat, the "Adams Family" alum admitted that a "chaotic" childhood has led her to make poor choices in her personal life. 

"I think with those things . . . Well, I can't speak for everyone, but it took me a long time to admit to myself what was going on, what it should be called," Christina said, noting she hasn't seen her father in more than 20 years. "Denial is very strong. Of course you don't want to accept that the worst possible thing is happening and that you put yourself in that situation. So it took me a really long time to realize that."