We guess we just never imagined an Olympian would go into sex work. Doesn’t every athlete get sponsored by Wheaties for the rest of their natural lives? We guess not, seeing as how ESPN reported today that three-time Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton has admitted on Twitter that she’s also been working as an escort. Even more intriguingly, Hamilton claims she was “drawn to escorting in large part because it provided many coping mechanisms for me when I was going through a very challenging time with my marriage and my life.” Wow, the things we don’t know about stuff. Of course, we can’t pretend we don’t know a lot about celebs and sex work. Don’t worry, Suzy. You have plenty of interesting company when it comes to celeb escort scandals…
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While everyone tries desperately to get the thoughts of what went down this morning in Connecticut out of their heads, we’re here to help with a little amusing anecdote, courtesy of Jon Stewart and Hugh Grant. At an event in New Jersey last week, Stephen Colbert interviewed Stewart onstage and asked him who is least favorite Daily Show guest of all time was. The answer is the professionally charming Brit, who was last on the show in December 2009, to promote Did You Hear About the Morgans? According to the host, he was very vocal about the fact that he didn’t want to be there. “He’s giving everyone sh– the whole time, and he’s a big pain in the ass,” Stewart recalled, and when Grant complained about which clip from the movie they’d chosen to run, Stewart came back with the snappy: “Well, then make a better f—ing movie.” Needless to say, Grant will not be returning to the show. (Not that he’d want to after reading this, too!)
This is interesting on two counts: 1) It’s amusing that any actor would be openly abrasive like this to people who are in the business of making fun of public figures — if you’re unhappy, you should always let your agent/manager/publicist/assistant do the bitching for you, so your rep remains unscathed. 2) If you watch the video above you really can’t tell that these two guys were anything but the best of friends as they chatted about soccer, New Mexico and the difference between Brits and Americans. (Except for the part where Stewart admits to not having seen the movie because it’s the last show before their winter vacation and he was slacking.) Read more…
Most of us would have been cast out of society if we’d been caught in a compromising position at an adult movie theater, but not Fred Willard! Despite being fired from PBS, Willard seems to be taking his (seriously gross) scandal in stride, even joking about it on Fallon last night. “The movie you went to see..was it The Firm? Was it Free Willy? Was it Anaconda?” Jimmy Fallon cracked. “No, sadly it was Get Shorty,” Willard joked back. Dang, son! That takes some serious stones. Of course, if Fred rides this out like we think he will, he certainly won’t be the first celeb to survive a scandal. Celebs like…
Surprise! You’re an extremely charming and apologetic dad! We have been so distracted by Jessica Simpson‘s gigantic baby bump and Beyonce‘s impeding Babyonce, we didn’t even realize Hugh Grant was having a baby! Though, from the sounds of it…we wonder if the About a Boy actor was almost as surprised as we are.
“I can confirm that Hugh Grant is the delighted father of a baby girl,” Grant’s rep told Us Weekly today. “He and the mother had a fleeting affair and while this was not planned, Hugh could not be happier or more supportive.Â He and the mother have discussed everything and are on very friendly terms.” While there’s no word yet on the name of Grant’s new bundle, who was born earlier this month, or the mother of said bundle, the actor was allegedly linked to Chinese actress Tinglan Hong earlier this year. So, on to the real question: can a baby be considered dashing? If so, can Hugh Grant’s baby be anything but?
We’ve heard plenty of rumors about folks like Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven and John Stamos being offered Charlie Sheen‘s place in Two And A Half Men, but Deadline just revealed that Warner Bros. has been chasing far bigger game than that. According to the site, Hugh Grant pulled out of negotiations last night after nearly accepting $1 million per episode to join the show’s cast (though there is some hope he may reconsider). It’s a pretty smooth move—Hugh’s presence on a sitcom would be a lot more novel and intriguing than the established TV actors previously listed, he didn’t party with Sheen back in the day like Stamos and Lowe did, and the payday would definitely be bigger for the actor than what he’s getting for stuff like Did You Hear About The Morgans?
The buzz around Grant underscores a previously ignored issue: that the show is popular internationally, and foreign distributors might give up on the show if the producers don’t score a big star with global appeal. With all of Hugh’s recent movies making more money abroad than in the US, he’d be a dream fit—so expect Warner Bros. to try and smooth over Hugh’s current “creative differences.” With network upfronts only a week away, it’s not like they have time to chase down other celebrities of his stature.
Is Elizabeth Hurley a better actress than we give her credit for? We only ask because the above photo was taken six weeks ago, and she and her husband Arun Nayar look pretty happy to be together, but according to Hurley, they have been separated for months amidst rumors that Hurley cheated.
The pair has been married for three years. While they have been seen together in public recently, Hurley announced their breakup on Twitter on Sunday, saying “Not a great day. For the record, my husband Arun and I separated a few months ago. Our close family & friends were aware of this.” She has recently been spotted with Australian cricket player Shane Warne and it’s been reported that they spent the night together at a London hotel last week, so the news is most definitely an attempt at damage control. This makes us sad, not because of the divorce but because we figured that if Hurley’s marriage ever ended, she’s obviously get back together with Hugh Grant who she’s still best pals and vacation buddies with. Hurley has an eight-year-old son named Damian from a previous relationship.
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It takes a really special type of girlfriend to see past her boyfriend’s cheating (with a hooker!) and then remain friends, nay, BEST friends, forever. But that’s exactly what Elizabeth Hurley and Hugh Grant are, according to a new interview with Zest magazine.
Hurley says that she has several besties including her husband Arun Nayar, but qualifies them all. “My overall best friend is Hugh. My ‘current affairs’ best friend is Arun, because we speak to each other all day, every day. My sister Katie is my loyal best friend. But there is a part of my life neither Arun nor Katie understand; a career part and a different emotional level where Hugh is still my number one. We’ve been best friends for 24 years and that’s not nothing.”
She also says that Grant “virtually has a bedroom at our house” and that they are neighbors as well. She also says “He’s an excellent godfather to [Hurley's 8-year-old] Damian. He’s a part of our family - we all go on holiday together and Arun and Hugh get on incredibly well. We’re all grown up, and if I wanted to be with Hugh, we would be together.” So watch out, Arun, if Liz’s eye starts to wander, you know where she’s heading. These two are still some of our favorite 90′s stars (and look at how hot they were back in the day - they’re hot now too, but back then they were one good looking pair) and we’re happy that they’re best pals. Maybe this is how Jude Law and Sienna Miller will end up, since we have no faith in their romance.
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Oh, come on! Another awards show for movie stars after the Oscars? You gotta be kidding! Well, not quite. Despite the attendance of stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Clive Owen, Hugh Grant and Michelle Rodriguez—who had her trademark leather jacket on over her gown, you go Michelle—Abu Dhabi’s Laureus Awards celebrated the accomplishments of our world’s greatest athletes, including Tony Hawk, Monica Seles and Julius Irving. Who knew Kevin Spacey and Kyle MacLachlan had such love for the game? Or, for that matter, the United Arab Emirates?
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Hugh Grant always manages to be just as charming off-screen as he is in all his romantic comedies, and because of that we have a bit of a thing for him. We always thought it was just his wit and puppy-dog eyes that we were drawn to, but after reading PopEater’s interview with him it turns out to be more than that. We love his self-conscious, slightly downtrodden attitude too. Maybe that’s just because it reminds us of most guys we’ve dated.
First, when he was asked whether he realizes how handsome he is, Grant responded, “Not even remotely. I see a sad, angry, hungover middle-aged man dreading the day. There is a mirror in the hotel where I’m staying to the side of the basin and this morning I was shaving and I looked over at the mirror but my face stayed pointing down. I thought ‘That’s a new one. That’s bad.’”
Aw, Hugh. we all start sagging at some point. He also said that his worst fear is getting “too squidgy,” and that his acting abilities are limited, explaining, “I can only do a certain tone really and not many people write in that tone and when they do it tends to be romantic comedies.” He also thinks his fellow Englishmen haven’t taken to him and he’ll never be knighted by the queen and says ” No, I’m pretty hated in my own country, sadly. I love it, it hates me.”
Who knew that he was so critical of himself? Rest assured, this country loves you, Hugh. We might not be able to knight you, but you could probably become governor of California. [Photo: GettyImages]