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Jana Duggar & Caleb Williams: Courtship Confirmed?!

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 11:53 AM PST

For several weeks now, we've been hearing rumors that Jana Duggar is being courted by Caleb Williams, a longtime friend of her family's.

False reports of Jana entering a relationship seem to surface about once a month, but this time, there's real reason to believe that the claims may be legit.

Jana Duggar on TLC

Not only has Caleb been spending time with Jana, he's also been putting in one-on-one time with her father, Jim Bob.

Since all courtship candidates need Jim Bob's approval, many are taking this as a sign that Caleb and Jana are, in fact, in the early stages of a relationship.

An even better indication is the fact that Caleb and Jana are downplaying their involvement with one another, while never explicitly denying that they're courting.

Unfortunately for the young lovebirds, it's hard for to keep anything a secret in 2017, especially when your followers are as obsessive as Duggar fans tend to be.

To be fair, Caleb is doing a pretty good job of keeping things on the down-low.

(As an unmarried Duggar woman, Jana's not allowed to use social media, so she has nothing to worry about.)

Caleb's Oranges

But Duggar die-hards are a detail-oriented bunch with a knack for picking up on the smallest of clues.

Take the above photo of a bag of oranges, for example.

Caleb posted it earlier this week, with a caption explaining that he'd simply decided to post "a few candid food photos."

Seems innocent enough ... but his followers quickly put this thing under the microscope, and it seems they're very pleased with what they've found.

"That looks like the Duggars' house," one fan commented.

Others echoed the sentiment, because apparently there's more than one person out there who's capable of recognizing the Duggars' countertops.

Caleb Williams Pic

Caleb hasn't confirmed that his followers are correct in their assumptions that he's been hanging out at the Duggar compound.

But this may be one of those instances in which silence speaks volumes.

Williams has also avoided answering fans' questions about whether or not he spent Thanksgiving with the Duggars.

He was notably not in the family's holiday photo, but again, it's a little weird that he's not talking.

If Caleb was at the compound on Turkey Day but was left out of the photo, then this is pretty much an open-and-case.

The Duggars wouldn't invite a young, single dude to Thanksgiving dinner unless he was courting one of their daughters.

Duggar Thanksgiving Photo 2017

And they wouldn't leave a guest out of their big group photo unless they were trying to keep his presence a secret.

Clearly, neither Caleb or Jana will be confirming anything anytime soon.

Fortunately, legions of borderline-stalker Duggar fans are on the case.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV's most controversial family.

Jim Nabors Dies; Former Sitcom Star Was 87

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 11:32 AM PST

Jim Nabors, best known for having starred as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and then on his own spinoff, died at his home in Hawaii on Thursday morning.

He was 87 years old.

Jim Nabors

Hawaii News Now has confirmed this sad piece of news.

Nabors was born in Alabama and actually recorded over two dozen albums, having established a loyal music following as a result of his deep, operative voice.

It often took people by surprise, considering the Southern accent he used on television, along with what became his quasi catchphrase of Gawwwleee.

For a number of years, Nabors also sang "Back Home Again in Indiana" for the opening ceremonies for the Indianapolis 500.

In the early 1960s, the artist was a regular performer at The Horn - a cabaret theater on Wilshire Boulevard - when he was spotted by Andy Griffith.

The actor believed Nabors would be ideal to portray a new character on his CBS sitcom; a dim-witted mechanic named Gomer Pyle.

Gomer worked at Wally's filling station in Mayberry and was a cousin of George Lindsey's Goober.

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Nabors was signed for just one Season 3 episode, which aired in December of 1962.

But the character and the actor proved to be so popular that Nabors ended up appearing in a total of 23 installments.

His aforementioned signature saying sprang from a discussion in which Gomer extolled the sophistication of Don Knotts' Barney Fife:

"Gawwwleee! He's even been out with some nurses," he said.

On the Season 4 finale, the character enlisted in the Marines, paving the way for Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., which premiere in September of 1964 and ran for a total of five seasons before concluding in 1969.

The actor would end up reprising the role nearly 20 years later, in the 1986 TV-movie Return to Mayberry.

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Nabors retired from acting near the peak of his popularity.

"It got down to what you think you want to be: an actor or an entertainer. I want to entertain," Nabors said in 1969, when he decided to hang up Pyle's fatigues and host a variety show.

He added:

"I don't think I'm much of an actor. The only part I ever played was Gomer. I'm the most surprised person around that I'm successful anyway."

Nabors last sang at the Indy500 in 2015.

May he rest in peace.

Maci Bookout SLAMMED by Fans: You're Just as Bad as Ryan Edwards!

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 11:47 AM PST

So Maci Bookout is definitely one of the best, if not THE best, mom in the Teen Mom franchise, right?

She's always been a loving, caring mother to Bentley, and she really stepped up when his father, Ryan Edwards, wasn't so involved.

And now that she's got two more children with her husband, Taylor McKinney, the love just keeps growing.

Unlike some of the other moms, she's never really had any scandals, aside from some viewers wondering if she may have a problem with alcohol.

So it was a little surprising to see her be so reckless on Monday night's season premiere.

In case you missed it, there was one scene in which she was driving with her kids in the car. Bentley was trying to ask her something about Maverick, and she told him that she couldn't look back there because she was driving.

Which would imply that she couldn't look because she was looking at the road, right?

Except she wasn't looking at the road, she was looking at her phone.

And literally no one is having it.

1. Oh, Maci, No

Maci on teen mom og
Maci is good. We like Maci. Everyone likes Maci. She does a good job. But even good people do bad things ...

2. Shame, Shame

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And Maci texting while driving around with her precious children in the car? It was very bad. And Twitter was quick to tell her all about it.

3. Why Though?

Why though
Here's a shot of Maci looking at her phone as she tells Bentley that she can't look at him because she's driving. And yes, it IS horrifying to look at this footage and then think about that time she wrecked her jeep.

4. So Cute, Right?

So cute right
Except this is not cute at all. Not even one little bit.

5. NBD

Yeah, no big deal. This is fine. This is all fine.

6. Sorry, Teen Moms ...

Sorry teen moms
Answer: yes.
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Amy Roloff Hangs with Boyfriend, Sticks It to Haters

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 11:05 AM PST

Amy Roloff is too nice to tell her critics to suck it.

The Little People, Big World star isn't about to recommend her haters take a long walk off a pier.

But it does appear as if the reality star is a fan of a certain saying about pictures.

Chris and Amy

Something about what they say? About how they cover approximately 1,000 words?T

That's the way we've chosen to interpret Amy's latest Instagram montage, at least, considering how frequently it features Chris Marek.

Marek, of course, has been dating Amy for over a year now.

He seems pretty quiet and chill and nice and harmless, yet Amy has continued to get grief for her relationship with Chris for some reason.

Just a few weeks ago, for example, Roloff was forced to come out and tell followers not to judge Marek based on a few TLC appearances.

But now perhaps she's done sending direct messages, choosing instead to show people just how happy Marek makes her.

The couple clearly spent a lot of time together over Thanksgiving, from eating a beautiful feast to picking out a Christmas tree.

Along with the photo above and the handful below, Amy wrote the following caption on Instagram:

"It's been awhile since I've had such a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! All my kids were here, Chris, friends grandkids...

"From a bountiful dinner to everyone helping me cut down my tree. I have much to be thankful for. Sorry for all the pics- I just couldn't pick one there were so many.

"I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving too. I'm ready to welcome in Christmas!"

A Keeper

We really hope Amy doesn't receive any backlash for these snapshots.

It certainly appears as if the Roloffs have accepted Marek as one of their own, so we don't know why Little People, Big World viewers wouldn't do the same.

They may not have a choice in the matter soon, as rumors continue to circulate that Marek may propose to Roloff.

If he hasn't already, that is!

Amy and Family

Prior to sharing this trio of precious pictures, Amy posted an image of her and her loved ones on Thanksgiving day itself.

Yes, it featured Marek, right smack dab in the middle of the festivities.

"A Happy Thanksgiving day to be thankful and everyday," the star wrote as a caption, adding:

"Love gathering with these peeps immensely! Zach & Tori joined us later for dessert & Matt was w/ his girlfriends family. "

I hope it was a very lovely thankful day for you all as well."

A Roloff Feast

For those wondering, TLC has not announced a return date for Little People, Big World.

Amy previously hinted, though, that the series would premiere new episodes some time this spring, likely around March.

You can expect to see more about Chris and Amy's relationship at this time, while cameras also take fans behind the scenes of Jeremy and Audrey's journey to parenthood.

You can also expect to read weekly recaps and reviews on The Hollywood Gossip.

We're loyal fans of the reality show.

And, as long as he makes Amy happy, we're loyal fans of Chris as well.

Jay-Z: This is the REAL Reason I Cheated on Beyonce!

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 11:05 AM PST

We all know that Jay-Z cheated. Recently, he's openly admitted that his marriage to Beyonce was built on lies. Their relationship is much healthier, now, but it's still going to take more time to heal.

In a new interview, Jay-Z has spoken about what exactly drove him to infidelity.

And his take is ... much more honest and self-aware than anything that we're used to hearing from celebrities who've strayed..

Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z Watch Miguel Cotto Box Canelo Alvarez

In an interview with the New York Times, Jay-Z spoke of his infidelity. Not in lyrics, but in words.

He spoke about psychotherapy and about what he came to understand, reflecting upon his childhood in poverty:

"You have to survive. So you go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode, what happens?"

A lot does, and it can vary from person to person. But Jay-Z speaks about how this impacted his life.

"You shut down all emotions. So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can't connect."

PTSD can absolutely cause empathy issues (too little empathy, too strong, 

"In my case, like it's, it's deep."

Some people are impacted in different ways by trauma. Also, childhood trauma happens when your mind is still developing. Sometimes, you learn how to be a person in the wrong ways, if that makes sense.

But Jay-Z has come to understand how that led to him stepping out on Beyonce.

"And then all the things happen from there: infidelity."

He's clearly not making excuses. He's talking about how his own personal emotional detachment, which was probably life-saving as a child, led him to make bad decisions as an adult.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Match!

Last June, less than a week before the Summer Solstice marked the official end of spring, Jay-Z and Beyonce welcomed their twins into the world.

Sir and Rumi ended up with a somewhat extended stay at the hospital before they were finally released.

But though we've only gotten the occasional glimpse at Beyonce and Jay-Z's twins, they seem to be doing much better now.

It wasn't until Jay-Z's 4:44 album came out, in which the rapper admitted to cheating on Beyonce and also referred to his epic feud with Kanye West, that the world really understood how great a triumph the birth of Sir and Rumi was.

Because a careful interpretation of Jay-Z's lyrics revealed that Beyonce had suffered miscarriages, which Jay-Z believed were brought on by anxiety and other intense emotions due to his cheating.

(We know that real life doesn't work like soap operas, where a little worry or tripping on the stairs automatically leads to a miscarriage ... but distress really can endanger a pregnancy. Especially if someone is already struggling to carry a pregnancy to term)

Jay-Z revealed that his work on 4:44 was therapeutic for his marriage, and helped him to process what he had done to Beyonce, their marriage, and to himself.

Jay-Z and Mom

Of course, it's not like 4:44 was one epic cheat-a-thon.

(Though Jay-Z did at times almost seem to be humble-bragging, we don't believe that this was his intention)

There were other topics.

One was, of course, Jay-Z's diss track against Kanye West, whose erratic behavior and terrible impulse control was apparently enough.

Kanye crossed some lines, and friends became enemies.

(Taylor Swift even referred to Kanye and Kim losing friends in her song, "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things," which is a strong contender for the best song on Reputation)

On a much, much more positive note, Jay-Z's mom Gloria Carter came out as a lesbian on one of the tracks of his album.

Jay-Z has known since he was a teenager, but it was not public knowledge.

That she herself got to come out on her son's album is just so beautiful -- and a refreshing break from, well, some of the less positive subjects covered on 4:44.

Beyonce and Jay-Z: Paris Saint-Germain Soccer Match

We would say that there were other factors behind Jay-Z's cheating.

The cultural acceptance of powerful men leading double-lives, for example. Conflicting work schedules with Beyonce may have played a part.

But Jay-Z knows that none of these are excuses.

Folks, if you want to sleep around, either marry someone who doesn't mind or shares your proclivities (you could swap stories of your adventures!), or don't get married.

Jay-Z is prioritizing his family now, however. His wife and his three children will certainly appreciate that.

Teresa and Joe Giudice: Getting DIVORCED Over Cheating Allegations?!

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 10:36 AM PST

Currently, Joe Giudice is serving a four-year prison sentence for bankruptcy fraud.

Back in 2015, his wife, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice, served 11 months behind bars on similar charges.

But while absence often makes the heart grow fonder, it seems back-to-back prison sentences are wreaking havoc on the Giudices and their relationship.

Of course, it certainly doesn't help that Joe and Teresa have both been accused of cheating while the other was locked up.

Now it seems this country song of a marriage may finally be coming to an end thanks to some surprising accusations from Teresa's biggest rival:

1. Happier Times

Teresa and joe giudice on instagram
While it often seems that the Giudices' marriage has been one long rough patch, those who know the couple best say there was a time when they packed on the PDA nonstop.

2. Going Down Together

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The Giudices were both convicted of bankruptcy fraud in 2015. The judge in their case allowed Joe and Teresa to serve their sentences back-to-back for the sake of their children.

3. Teresa Went First

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Teresa served 11 months of a 15-month sentence, earning an early release just before Christmas of 2015.

4. And Joe Allegedly Took Advantage

Joe giudice cheating
Though Teresa was locked up for less than a year, Joe reportedly carried on several affairs while she was serving her sentence.

5. Weathering the Storm

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Teresa reportedly refused to believe the allegations against Joe, but now, the Giudices are facing further trouble.

6. Teresa's Turn?

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Now that Joe is locked up, rumors of Teresa being unfaithful are circulating non-stop. And they're coming from a very high-profile accuser...
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Matt Lauer: A Timeline of Terrible Behavior

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 09:52 AM PST

Matt Lauer is officially unemployed.

The Today Show co-host was fired by NBC amidst accusations of major sexual misconduct, including one report that claims he committed assault.

This is the most troubling of all allegations, of course.

However, as you're about to learn below, Lauer has been dogged for years by claims he has a bad attitude and other claims that he cheated on his wife...

1. His First Marriage/Divorce

His first marriage slash divorce
The reporter was married to TV producer Nancy Alspaugh in 1981, but the pair divorced in 1988. After rumors of infidelity against Lauer arose years later, during his second marriage, Alspaugh told The National Enquirer she "was not shocked" to hear them.

2. His Second Engagement

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The former anchor was briefly engaged to television newscaster Kristen Gesswein, prior to their split in 1996.

3. His Second Marriage

His second marriage
In 1998, Lauer married his second wife, former model Annette Roque. They are still together and share three children.

4. All Has Not Been Perfect

All has not been perfect
Lauer and Roque's relationship has faced scrutiny in the public eye many times before. The ex-model briefly filed for divorce in 2006, the first time reports surfaced that Lauer had been unfaithful.

5. Says a Source to People Magazine:

Matt lauer wife
"He regularly cheated on his wife.Everyone knew. His wife lives in the Hamptons and he lives in the city, but we never heard he made unwanted moves."

6. Specific Allegations:

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Shortly after Lauer and Roque got engaged, a man named Zoltan Molnar told the National Enquirer that Lauer had been in a relationship with his wife, adding: "He's not the goody-goody nice guy he looks like on TV!"
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Angela Lansbury: My Words Were Taken Out of Context!

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 09:27 AM PST

In a recent interview, Angela Lanbsury left fans stunned with victim-blaming comments, suggesting that women bore some part of the blame for sexual harassment and that harassment was the result of women's beauty "backfiring." Yikes.

92-year-old Lansbury isn't on Twitter, but she did hear about the backlash. And she's even issued what could almost be an apology ... sort-of.

It's a tale as old as time: her comments were "taken out of context." Here we go ...

Angela Lansbury Picture

Before we get to her new statement, let's refresh our memories on what she already said.

"There are two sides to this coin."

She's talking about the revelations where women bravely come forward about the men in their midsts who are actually sex monsters.

"We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive."

That's true.

"And unfortunately it has backfired on us -- and this is where we are today."

We don't think that it's necessarily related. Sexual misconduct isn't new -- women feeling comfortable enough to come forward in groups and tell the world about these men is new. Very new.

"We must sometimes take blame, women. I really do think that."

We're not sure how a woman could deserve any possible blame for her own sexual harassment or assault.

Owning nice things doesn't make you to blame for having those things stolen. And sexual assault is a hell of a lot more serious than having to buy a new TV.

Her comments were worrisome.

Compared to Geraldo Rivera's tone-deaf defense of Matt Lauer, though, we have to remember that there are worse opinions to have.

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But, as we told you, Angela seemed to walk back some of her comments during that same interview:

"Although it's awful to say we can't make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped."

Absolutely true. But seems to very nearly contradict her earlier comments.

"Should women be prepared for this? No! They shouldn't have to be! There's no excuse for that."

She's right about that.

And she finished her comments with a dose of optimism.

"And I think it will stop now -- it will have to. I think a lot of men must be very worried at this point."

We hope that it will stop, but we wonder how many of these sex monsters actually realize that they're part of the problem.

Angela Lansbury

In a statement obtained by Entertainment Tonight, Angela Lansbury clarified her controversial comments.

"There is no excuse whatsoever for men to harass women in an abusive sexual manner."

That is an important clarification.

"And, I am devastated that anyone should deem me capable of thinking otherwise."

We hope that she can see how her own statement led people to be concerned about her beliefs.

"Those who have known the quality of my work and the many public statements I have made over the course of my life, must know, that I am a strong supporter of Women's Rights."

That's certainly true.

"Lastly, I would like to add that I am troubled by how quickly and brutishly some have taken my comments out of context and attempted to blame my generation, my age, or my mindset, without having read the entirety of what I said."

Ageism could lead people to dismiss her comments without taking offense or listening. But we'd point out that some people never lose their mental faculties as they age.

Angela Lansbury Photo

Here's the thing:

Some people literally only read headlines. it can be because they're at work or busy or maybe they think that the headline tells the whole story.

You need to read all of the comments. We were sure to include the context.

But when you're a public figure and you make statements about women deserving blame, no matter what you say afterwards, it's going to rub people the wrong way.

We're glad that Angela Lansbury issued this clarification but ... people were responding to her words.