It looks like this Elmo puppeteer sex scandal will be over sooner then we thought, which almost makes up for the fact we had to type the phrase “Elmo puppeteer sex scandal” in the first place. Almost…but not quite. It’s only been a day since news broke that Elmo’s puppeteer Kevin Clash would be taking a leave of absence from Sesame Street following allegations he had had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy, but apparently his accuser has already recanted his story. “[H]e wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship,” the law firm Andreozzi & Associates told the New York Times while allegedly representing the accuser, concluding, “He will have no further comment on the matter.” The only question now is, does anyone have one of those brain eraser thingies from Men In Black so we can all forget this ever, everyhappened? Because yuck. Good lord, yuck.
Clash had maintained from the beginning that, while he had contact with the accuser since he was 16, their sexual relationship did not start until the boy was of age. “I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further,” he said through his spokeswoman today. The Sesame Workshop also issued a statement this afternoon, declaring “We are pleased that this matter has been brought to a close, and we are happy that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate episode.” Great, so the rest of us only have to get through one more night of nightmarish Elmo-related double entendre and we’ll be all set! All set to never, ever, ever have to talk about this again!
After lady drooling over our girl crush Hope Solo during this summer’s Olympics, we assumed the next time we’d hear from the soccer star would be when she decided to present at the ESPYS or, well, during at the 2016 Olympics. (We’re not the biggest sports fans, as it were.) It’s depressing and surprising then to hear about the gold metal goalie’s domestic incident with boyfriend Jerramy Stevens. According to TMZ, former Seattle Seahawks player Stevens was arrested for 4th degree assault Monday following a fight with Solo. If that wasn’t depressing enough, the site also claims that “cops found Solo with a small amount of blood on her elbow” and “she wasn’t very cooperative with police.” Ugh, Hope Solo should be peering at us from the side of the Wheaties box, not making the front page of TMZ! This is unacceptable, Jerramy Stevens. Unacceptable.
Now that we think about it, we never thought we’d hear about Hope’s altercation with DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy either. Remember? The Olympian wrote in her memoir about how her dance partner slapped across the face? Yup, also horrible. Jerramy Stevens was released from custody later in Monday after it was determined that there was not enough evidence to charge him. Oh, that we could return to this summer, when Hope Solo was only in the news for being awesome at soccer and crazy hot. Those were epic times.
Oh Joaquin Phoenix, you sound just like us during a fight. “You know what? You’re right. I suck. I suck so much, nothing I do or say matters and now you have to feel bad for me.” Yeah, we are the worst to fight with, which is why we’re doubly glad it’s Joaquin and not us that had to make a statement regarding the hilariously negative comments he mad about the Oscars last month. “I’m just saying that I think it’s bulls—. I think it’s total, utter bulls—, and I don’t want to be a part of it,” The Master star scoffed in Interview. His publicist must have had a stroke after the interview was published, because now Joaquin is attempted to walk back his statements via the Sydney Morning Herald. ”But I know that first of all, I wouldn’t have the career that I have if it weren’t for the Oscars. I haven’t been in a lot of movies that have made a lot of money,” he admitted. “And getting nominated for a movie has probably helped my career tremendously.” So would the Oscars please start replying to his texts already?
Joaquin also sighs, “I guess I sound like a dick,” which is just delightful. “But in some ways it’s the antithesis of what you want to be as an actor,” he says of awards season. “You’re always trying to free yourself of the artifice, which is really difficult. Especially when you suck, like me.” Oh jeez, Joaquin. Save the self-deprecation for your mama. You are no Jennifer Lawrence and you never will be!
Our heads are still swimming from the news that America’s First Couple Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have split, but when rumors that he had a fling with Victoria’s Secret Angel Barbara Palvin started to surface, it was enough to break our ever-Beliebing heart. The pair hung out last week when Biebs was performing at the VS’s annual fashion show in NYC. Like any 18-year-old rock star, he posed it up with the models, including the 19-year-old Palvin. She tweeted pictures of them together, and they reportedly went to see Lion King on Broadway the next night.
This apparently rubbed Selena the wrong way, who re-tweeted a photo of Justin with Barbara on the day their split was announced, simply captioning it “…” So much Twitter drama, you guys! The post has since been deleted, but fans are furious and accusing Barbara of luring the Biebs away. “Hey everyone. please calm down. he is all yours!! please :)” Palvin wrote on twitter when faced with all of the Belieber hate. “Last time I’m saying it. please calm down.there is nothing going on w him.i met him and did a pic w him. wouldn’t u do the same?:) #friendship.” We’re just hoping all of this breakup madness is just another stolen laptop-style hoax. Check out 15 photos of Bieber’s alleged “other woman” in the gallery below!
Another day, another magazine cover featuring a virtually naked Rihanna. “GQ’s man of the year?! When will your fave? #histoRih #GQ,” RiRi tweeted while leaking her December GQ cover earlier today. Now, we’re not saying Rihanna would never slip into a pantsuit on the cover of Women’s Wear Daily or anything. It would just have to be a pantsuit featuring assless chaps and a flap to show off her Isis tattoo. As we may have mentioned one or twenty thousand times, however, if we had Rihanna’s body, we’d get Marie Claire on the phone so fast and demand a naked cover. Or Forbes maybe. Even Cat Fancy, if they’d have us, which they would because we would look so crazy good. That hair alone!
As you might recall, RiRi has stripped down for GQ thrice before (as well as for every other magazine ever), but this new cover is on par with the painted-on Daisy Dukes red-headed Rihanna sported on Rolling Stone last year. No, seriously. The Daisy Dukes were actually painted on. If we remember correctly, they were also melting. Remember? If you don’t, check out our gallery of Rihanna’s 20 Sexiest Magazine Covers Of All Time. Obviously none will be this amazing, but still. Still.
Were we completely shocked by Friday’s stories of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez breaking up? No. Were we feeling melancholy about the whole thing? A little. So, are rumors of their quick reunion lifting our spirits on this Monday morning? Of course! Nothing is coming from a super-reliable source, mind you, but we will grasp at the rumors that following a breakup that supposedly happened over a week ago, these two pop cuties may be working things out. Here’s everything we’ve heard so far:
Justin’s in NYC for a show tonight, and Selena was in the suburbs to promote her Kmart line over the weekend, so according to the Daily Mail, the two have “tentative plans” to meet up tonight.
On Saturday night, Justin made the link to that other destroyed pop supercouple, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, that all of us were afraid to mention. He sang “Cry Me a River,” JT’s breakup ode to Brit, in concert in Boston. His heartfelt delivery makes it seem like he’s not exactly happy with whatever is going on in his love life.
Can we please actually be having a nightmare and once we wake up and hit the alarm discover this story never existed? Because even if it proves to be false, we feel permanently traumatized. Kevin Clash, the man behind Elmo, is currently taking a leave of absence from Sesame Street to “protect his reputation” after being accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy years ago. According to TMZ, Clash admits to having a relationship with the man, now 23, but insists that it began after the accuser was of age.
“It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not,” he told the site.
The Sesame Workshop says that lawyers conducted an investigation and believe Clash’s side of the story. But the accuser say the show is trying to silence him to protect the Elmo brand. Read more…
We are both shocked and not shocked about the bombshell: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are no longer the cutest couple on the planet, sources told E! News. They apparently broke up a week ago, but they took a page from political publicists and dumped this news on a Friday night. While on the one hand, we’re sad these two kids couldn’t work things out, on the other, can anyone be surprised that two such young kids weren’t ready to settle down forever? They’re at the peaks of their careers and looks. Besides that, E!’s source echoes the rumors we’ve been hearing about these two for months: “Because of their crazy schedules, it was getting harder and harder to maintain a relationship,” this mysterious insider said.
The pair had been together, publicly at least, since February 2011 — that’s an eternity in young celebrity time. Especially given the pressures of Bieber’s fans, both the ones on Twitter and the crazies like Mariah Yeater, who claimed Biebs was her baby daddy last year. But mostly, they had a lot of too-cute-for-words moments in front of the cameras. In memoriam of their relationship, here are 20 photos of Justin and Selena.
It’s on all of us to pitch in and aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy, but it touches a cold, hard part of our soul to see famous people step up and do what’s right following a tragedy. They just have so much more money than us! In addition to Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Sting and Billy Joel reminding America to have a heart via song at last week’s Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together telethon, plenty of celebs did their part this week. For example…
We probably should have know when we saw him blowing those air kisses on the Catching Fire set that Sam Claflin was our kind of celebrity. The Hunger Games star’s adorably cheesy Twitter account only confirmed our suspicions. Everything he writes is exactly what we’d write if we’d suddenly found ourselves in a multimillion dollar franchise! To wit, Sam’s renamed Follow Friday…Follow Finnick Friday. Of course, that’s only one of the eye-rollers that we spotted on his Twitter. Our top 10 favorite are…