1. CHRISSY TEIGEN WENT TO DINNER, AND IS NOW A BAD MOM I GUESS
Model, author, and Tweet-machine Chrissy Teigen went out to dinner with husband John Legend on Saturday night, and that really set some people off. Why did eating outside of her home with her husband upset so many people, you ask? Because Teigen gave birth to her daughter, Luna Simone, 9 days before. Teigen took to her Twitter the next day and posted some of the negative comments she received with the caption, “I went to dinner. People are pissed. Good morning!”
To this, we gotta say:
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2. AMY SCHUMER STILL FEELS THE WEIGHT OF TRAINWRECK SHOOTING
Amy Schumer is gracing us with her presence on the cover of the May Vanity Fair issue, and while our girl hashes out lots of good one liners (e.g., “The other day I was so overwhelmed I left work an hour early and I just went and watched Labyrinth on my sister’s couch”) per usual, and talks about eating meatball subs with her high school friends (same), she also spoke honestly about her reaction to the mass shooting at her film, Trainwreck, last summer in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two were killed, 9 were injured, and the gunman took his own life.
“It really … I don’t know. It’s like when the Dark Knight shooting happened, and in Paris. The idea of people trying to go out and have a good time—you know, like looking forward to it?—I don’t know why that makes me the saddest.”
VF reports that Schumer began to cry as she continued to recount the evening. “So my publicist told me. And then I put on the news. I was by myself in a hotel, and I was just like, I wish I never wrote that movie.”
While she has since accepted that she wasn't at fault, the tragic event has inspired her to get involved; along with cousin Senator Chuck Schumer, she's also founded a campaign called Aiming for Change, which seeks to support Senator Schumer's proposed legislation to tighten up background-check laws. Good on ya, Ames.
3. JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS CONFIRMS THAT SNL WAS A SEXIST PLACE TO BE
Our beloved comedy queen JLD appeared on Marc Maron's WTF podcast for its 700th episode this week, and got real about her three seasons on Saturday Night Live.
Dreyfus was scouted and plucked from Northwestern University in her junior year, and was on the iconic sketch show from 1982-1985, during the reign of Eddie Murphy and Tim Kazurinski. She was 21 and was thrilled to be moving to New York-- “I had stars in my eyes; I thought it would be an ensemble we would all be working together and find funny things to do.”
Upon arriving, Dreyfus sensed a disconnect, as she was an actress, not a stand up, and did not arrive with characters and impressions to perform. The environment itself proved to be uncomfortable and dark.
“(It was a) highly misogynistic workplace and everybody is completely fucked up on drugs, out of their mind, okay? So, it’s all of that. That’s what was going on.”
In Dreyfus third year, she met new writer Larry David, and their bond over unhappiness made them fast friends. David remembered Dreyfus when writing Seinfeld, and asked her to play her career-changing role of Elaine Benes.
Dreyfus recently returned to SNL as a host for the third time, so it seems that the past is behind her and the halls of SNL are not as dark and sexist as they once were. She even got to collaborate in the ultimate NYC sketch, with Larry David as Bernie Sanders and Dreyfus as Elaine! You can watch the sketch below.
4. KELLY RIPA RETURNS TO LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL
“Guys, guys, guys - our long, national nightmare is over,” Kelly Ripa declared as she returned to her morning talk show, Live with Kelly and Michael, on Tuesday morning. Ripa has been absent since her co-host, Michael Strahan, announced his departure for Good Morning America. Ripa was allegedly blindsided by the announcement, and to make matters worse, it has been reported that when she had previously expressed concern two years ago (when Strahan began guest-hosting on GMA), she was ignored by ABC.
Ripa's return was highly anticipated, as she had been absent on Friday and Monday due to a previously scheduled vacation, and took the rest of the week off following the announcement. Her speech following the return was exactly what we expected it to be-- funny, warm, with promise of further communication and a strengthening of professional relationships. “Thank you for welcoming me back to the show-- the love, the show of support during this time has really been overwhelming,” she said. “I needed a couple days to gather my thoughts- after 26 years with this company, I earned the right.”
Ripa does not apologize for being upset, because she knows she had a right to be-- but what she does is try and find an amicable middle ground and the hope for better future of the show. We think *~great success*~ (Borat? Anyone? No?)!
“What has transpired over the last few days has been extraordinary. In the sense that it started a much greater conversation about communication and consideration, and most importantly, respect in the workplace. And, since we are being honest, this isn’t just a workplace, this is a second home.”