Firing reaction

Faith Stowers responds to Bravo's firing of 'Vanderpump Rules' stars Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute and more

On June 9 — in the wake of troubling revelations steeped in racism — Bravo announced that it had fired four stars from one of its most popular shows. "Bravo and Evolution Media confirmed today that Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni will not be returning to Vanderpump Rules," the network said in a statement.

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The move came a week after former season 4 and 6 "Vanderpump Rules" star Faith Stowers — the only black cast member on the show — revealed during an Instagram Live that a few years ago, original cast members Stassi and Kristen had falsely accused her of drugging men and stealing from them and even called the police to report her. Past racist tweets made by newer cast members Max and Brett in 2012 were brought to light earlier this year.

Faith spoke to Page Six to reveal how she feels in the wake of the firings. "I feel so vindicated studios and production are able to see blatant racism and make these positive changes and help move the race forward — help with the fight forward," Faith told the New York Post's gossip column.

"I was in the middle of prayer [for a family member] and I felt a sense of — I know it sounds corny — I felt a sense of glory," she said, explaining what she was doing shortly before she heard the news that the four Bravo celebrities had been let go. "I felt God's presence, and I'm seeing now [that the news has been revealed] maybe that is what that was. He gave me a sign of optimism meant to be hopeful and showing that all of this was worth it."

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Faith explained why she spoke out last week to tell people what had happened with her co-stars. "I was ready to put myself in the line of fire because I don't know what will happen if I don't say anything, but I'm glad I did," she said. "Now I'm seeing Bravo follow suit — the same as MTV and 'The Challenge' — [by] letting go of castmates that have also made racist remarks,"

Faith continued, "Bravo is releasing women that have given them crazy ratings because they want to be on the right side of history and I'm seeing [that] people are finally hearing us." She also told Page Six that she felt hopeful that production companies and networks would now be "ready to hire casting directors and producers of color to make sure these changes are not just a one-time thing."

After news of the women's firing broke, E! News spoke to a source who shared how Stassi and Kristen were reacting. "Not only are Stassi and Kristen distraught, several of the other cast members are as well. They know the show will never be the same," an insider told E!, adding, "Stassi has been an emotional wreck. She's having a very hard time and has no idea what to do. She feels completely lost and is very disgusted by her actions in the past." According to E!'s source, "Stassi and Kristen have spoken about their actions, and have been in touch about what's going on. They both feel awful about what happened."

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A second source further told E! News, "Stassi had, of course, been upset over the weekend but she's weathered social media backlash before and was hoping if she apologized, it would pass." She clearly didn't expect it to escalate. "Stassi and Kristen are completely distraught," the second source added. "They're in shock and crying."

Out and healthy

Steven Tyler doing 'amazingly well' after completing rehab

Steven Tyler is out of rehab after a stay of more than a month.

He's doing "amazingly well," a source told TMZ on Friday, July 1.

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On May 24, Aerosmith announced that its frontman had checked into rehab.

"As many of you know, our beloved brother Steven has worked on his sobriety for many years. After foot surgery to prepare for the stage and the necessity of pain management during the process, he has recently relapsed and voluntarily entered a treatment program to concentrate on his health and recovery," the announcement said. 

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TMZ said the "Dude Looks Like a Lady" singer actually stayed longer than the 30 days he was supposed to complete in order "to make sure he felt good."

Following the stint, Steven, 74, reportedly looks as good as ever, as he's at a healthy weight and his skin looks well hydrated. 

Although his post-rehab life looks bright, Steven and his team are realistic and aware that he is battling a lifelong addiction.

Steven is expected to be ready to go by the time the band takes the stage again in September. 

Supportive friend

Dave Coulier discusses Lori Loughlin's 'strange turn,' jail stint

Suffice to say, Dave Coulier never expected his "Full House" costar Lori Loughlin to end up with a criminal record.

"If you would have said at the beginning of 'Full House,' who's the one person who's going to end up going to jail, Lori was last on the list," he told E! News recently. "Lori is my best girlfriend in life. We make each other laugh really hard, through the tough times and the fun times."

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The comedian knows that "everyone has their opinion" about the "When Calls the Heart" actress, but insisted she's a "wonderful human being" despite her life's "strange turn."

"There's a lot of untold story underneath that I don't think a lot of people know," he said. "We all make mistakes."

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Lori and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, were accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters — Olivia Jade and Isabella — accepted into the University of Southern California after falsely designating them as crew team recruits. The two eventually struck a plea deal and Lori served two months in prison, whereas her husband served five months in prison. 

Lori's "Full House" family has supported her through it all. Prior to Bob Saget's passing, he said he sent her a text that read, "I love you and thinking of you, that's all."

"You know when it gets down to it, there's so much going on and so many people have gone through so much and you know … if you love somebody then you have to make that, decision and [ask yourself] is this something that causes me not to love a person and I love her," the later comedian told Page Six. "She's a sweetheart."

Health concern

Bret Michaels gives health update after hospitalization, abrupt concert cancellation

Bret Michaels is "working on being back" after he was hospitalized and forced to cancel a Nashville concert at the very last second. 

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"I was truly fired up to get on stage in the music city and perform, but due to an unknown complication & following hospitalization, it was not possible," he tweeted on Friday, July 1. "I send my deepest apologies for being unable to rock the stage tonight!! I'm working on being back 100% very soon & hope you rocked hard with my friends Motley [Crüe]/[Def] Leppard/Joan [Jett & The Blackhearts] and Classless Act!!!"

Bret and Poison were set to perform on Thursday night, but the singer quickly fell ill just before set time, TMZ reported. The band members told the crowd that they would not be performing, claiming the "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" singer had a bad reaction to medication and was being taken to the hospital. 

While the vast majority of fans were understanding, others were upset about the 11th hour cancellation.

Bret's medical issues have been well-documented over the years. The rocker, who has type 1 diabetes, had a brain hemorrhage in 2010. In 2011, he had surgery to repair a hole in his heart following a miniature stroke. Then, in 2014, Bret had kidney surgery. 

Digital split

Singer Olivia O'Brien claims Pete Davidson dumped her over text in 2020

Singer/influencer Olivia O'Brien claimed that she briefly dated Pete Davidson but found out it was over via a text message. 

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The "Saturday Night Live" alum apparently moved on to "Bridgerton" actress Phoebe Dynevor.

"He texted me and was like, 'I'm seeing someone else. So, like, I can't,'" she said on Wednesday's episode of the "BFFs" podcast.

The blink-and-you-missed-it tryst between the two occurred in 2020 and barely made a blip in the radar. Olivia seemed surprised to be speaking about Pete, saying the relationship happened "a long time ago" and didn't think "anyone knew about that."

Asked about his appeal, Olivia, 22, said, "He's hot and he's really funny. And he's really sweet. He's a really sweet guy."

Despite the unceremonious text message split, the "Josslyn" singer insisted that Pete is a "nice guy" and gets annoyed when "guys don't get" his appeal. Women, she implied, understand why Pete has long been a hot commodity.

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She might be correct, as many women have said glowing things about the funnyman. Marisa Tomei told Rolling Stone of her "King of Staten Island" co-star, "He's unfiltered, but very sensitive. So he's almost an irresistible combination. And he's good-looking." Kate Beckinsale and Kaley Cuoco have both praised Pete over the years, too.

Although Pete and Phoebe never publicly confirmed their romance, they were photographed several times together, even attending a Wimbledon match last July. They split a month later, and "The King of Staten Island" star began dating Kim Kardashian in fall 2021. After a recent episode of "The Kardashians," a fans tweeted, "Kimberly is in LOVE lmao it's so cute." Khloe Kardashian responded, "Isn't it??? She is in LOOOOOVVVEEEE."

Marvel news

Howard Stern drops Marvel bombshell in hot mic moment

Howard Stern is apparently joining the Marvel Universe, he accidentally revealed on his SiriusXM show.

While not realizing his microphone was still hot during a break in his show, the radio icon let it slip that he's a part of Marvel's "Doctor Doom" project, which has yet to be announced. 

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The bombshell occurred as Howard spoke with his show's producer about booking potential guests for the show. He then said his schedule was booked solid for the summer. 

"Are you working this summer?," co-host Robin Quivers asked Howard, to which he replied, "I told you, I'm going to do Doctor Doom."

While this would be a major role for many people, Howard admitted that he's not exactly enjoying the experience. "Believe me,  I'm f****** miserable about it," he said.

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During the hot mic moment, which was obtained by TMZ, the "King of all Media" told his crew that he reached out to Robert Downey Jr. for some acting tips, and he also asked his producer if he had "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau's number.

Little is known about "Doctor Doom," including whether it will be a film or Disney+ series. There is also mystery surrounding what character Howard will play in the project. 

Release anniversary

On anniversary of prison release, new footage of Bill Cosby's ride home is released

It's been one year since Bill Cosby was sent home from prison, and new video from that day shows the disgraced comedian detailing how he found out about his release. 

During his ride home from SCI Phoenix, Cosby's publicist recorded their conversation. 

"It's starting to hit," Cosby told Andrew V. Wyatt in the newly released one-year-old video. "I was in the bed, in the cot, and they opened the door because it's one o'clock, and about four or five guys yelling, 'Bill, get up! You're going home!' And they put the shoes, my shower shoes on the wrong foot, and I said wait, and they said, 'No, you don't understand, you're free!' And I said, 'What is this, Juneteenth?' But man, when I left, murderers, rapists, bank robbers, wife beaters, all clapping."

On June 30, 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the comedian's felony sexual assault conviction nearly three years into his three-to-10-year prison sentence. In 2018, he was found guilty of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee, at his home in 2004. 

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According to the state's Supreme Court judges last year, Cosby should not have faced a criminal trial because a previous district attorney had years earlier agreed not to charge the man once known as America's Dad after he was deposed in a civil lawsuit that Andrea brought in 2005 in which he gave potentially incriminating testimony. 

The Supreme Court also disagreed with the trial judge's decision to let five other women testify to prove a pattern of abuse. In layman's terms, the high court said Cosby's rights were violated.

During the ride home, Cosby told his rep, "I'm a free man, you know." He later said he needed to "rest" because his heart was "heavy."

Prior to the lengthy video, Andrew had teased its release. He also posted a up-to-date photo of the man once known as Inmate NN7687, which "The Cosby Show" alum reposted. 

"After two years and 10 months fighting for my life and the truth – one year of freedom home with my family sure looks good on me (At least that's what my wife says)," Cosby captioned the  photo. 

The anniversary of the release comes just a week after a jury found Cosby liable in a civil case brought by Judy Huth, a woman who claimed he sexually assaulted her as a 17-year-old in the 1970. She was awarded $500,000 in damages.

The woman alleged that Cosby molested her in a bedroom at the Playboy Mansion.

"I was elated," Judy said of the verdict. "It has been so many years, so many tears."

Cosby's rep said the former actor was happy with the verdict. "What happened today wasn't a victory, because they didn't get the punitive damages," the spokesman said. 

Illness

Danny Bonaduce opens up about mystery illness than left him unable to speak, walk

Unable to walk or form sentences, Danny Bonaduce was a shell of himself after coming down with a mystery illness earlier this year. He's still at 100%.

The former "Partridge Family" star was first alerted to his health situation after his wife, Amy, noticed his strange speech pattern in May. From there, his symptoms only got worse.

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"I couldn't walk at all," he told "Good Morning America" this week. "I couldn't do anything like that. She looked really nervous. And she said, 'You're not saying words, you're not speaking English,' which of course is preposterous to me."

"We call an ambulance and [it] took me to the hospital where I remained for the first five days and remember very little of it," he said.

After his health became more stable, the actor was determined to find out what was wrong with him, but doctors were flummoxed.

"I couldn't walk," he said. "I couldn't keep my balance. I slurred really badly. I was afraid of everything. I was afraid of my stairs for God's sake — I was hoping for a diagnosis but did not get one."

Doctors, however, were able to rule out a stroke. 

"There was nothing that said this was gonna happen," he added. "Take time to consider your health and what you're doing. Pay attention."

Although his health remains a mystery, Danny is well enough to return to his Seattle radio show, which he did on Monday, June 27. 

"My brain is still a little fuzzy but that's never stopped me — or the people who hire me," he joked on Instagram before returning to the airwaves. 

Weight watcher

Luke Combs: 'Having a kid messed with my head'

As his family size increases, Luke Combs is trying to get smaller.

The country superstar is opening up about his weight, indicating he's ready to slim down for the sake of his newborn son, who he and his wife welcomed this month.

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"Having a kid has messed up my head on this thing in the best way," Luke told Zane Lowe on "Apple Music 1" on Tuesday, June 28. "I want to be around … I'm fine right now, my cholesterol and my blood pressure is fine 'cause I'm a younger guy, but by the time I'm 45, it's not going to be because of the shape that I'm in."

The "Beautiful Crazy" singer said his weight has always "bugged" him, but he's paying more attention to it now that he's a father. 

"Especially when you're younger, you're like, man I just got like a horrible genetic dice roll on this thing," he continued, adding that his diet is also to blame. "It's like, not that I don't pig out, 'cause I do pig out. I'm not trying to say it's not my fault because it is in a lot of ways [it is.]"

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Luke likens losing weight to a day on the links.

"I know what to do and how to do it, and I hate to keep going back to golf, but when I go play golf I can hit a good golf shot, I've done it a bunch of times, I can't do it consistently, and my relationship with food has been the same thing," he said. "I know what to do and how to do it and why to do it and when to do it."

The CMA Entertainer of the Year said he's still "comfortable" in his own skin, but he's affected by how people look at him. 

"Sometimes I think, man I don't want people to think of me in this way where it's like, this guy doesn't care about himself," he said. 

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."