We don’t mean to make any sort of accusations here, but if we didn’t know better, we’d think Live! With Kelly and Michael was purposely giving Ryan Lochte difficult strip trivia questions this morning to make him take his shirt off! And that would be…wrong? Yeah, okay, that would be morally wrong! The Olympic swimmer stopped by Live! to hype his new workout DVD, both with his words and with the body he was quickly made to unveil in front of the studio audience…and the rest of the world. Okay, upon repeated viewings we guess the strip trivia questions weren’t entirely impossible. Ryan did guess that the Titanic was the first ship to have a heated pool. On the other hand…how many other famous ships are there? Want us to wait while you come up with a list of boat names? See, that’s exactly the kind of question they might have asked Ryan Lochte!
Then Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa sent Ryan plummeting into the dunk tank, which we’re totally okay with. The dunk tank is the great equalizer; there can be no bias in dunking. We also love how Kelly couldn’t help but emphatically point out how dripping wet Ryan was. His eyes are up there, Kelly! Though to paraphrase Legally Blonde, the nipples are the eyes of the torso…
According to TV Guide‘s latest survey of salaries for TV actors, hosts and judges, the average pay rate has gone down in recent years. The reason, they say, is that a lot of movie stars are getting into TV, and competition is pushing down prices. So, you know, the typical star of a new TV show might only earn $30,000 an episode (tiny tears). Still, there are some mighty impressive paychecks being earned by the big names. Ashton Kutcher, for example, is raking in $700,000 an episode for his second season on Two and a Half Men, and his co-star Jon Cryer earns a not-too-shabby $600,000 per. They’re followed close behind by NCIS star Mark Harmon at $500,000 an ep (yes, that show is still on the air and very popular; ask your grandma). Mariah Carey’s $17 million gig on American Idol makes her reality-TV’s top earner.
But those folks have nothing on the syndicated TV stars. Judge Judy gets a reported $45 million a year, while Joe Brown and Kelly Ripa earn $20 million. David Letterman earns $28 million, and Jay Leno is a bargain at $25 mil. This makes sense of course, since all of the above work throughout the year, as opposed to your typical TV series. But if you’re planning your career, kids, the moral here is that there’s no money in sitcoms — go straight for the robe and gavel!
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We have so much material for you that your Halloween costumes should be sorted out for the next couple of years. There are so many options to check out. You could take inspiration from our very own FABlifersÂ or you could take a look at our gallery of celebrity Halloween twitpics. Perhaps the early bird stars who played dress-up over the weekend will float your boat? Don’t see anything you like? Then skedaddle over toÂ Best Week Everâ€™s rundown of the onlyÂ 13 celeb Halloween costumes that matter, orÂ VH1 Blogâ€™sÂ ultimate gallery of VH1 starsâ€™ costumes. Our halos are polished to a high shine.
And we’re not done yet. Since yesterday was the last day for trick-or-treating and Halloween costumes, celebrities really outdid themselves. The final few we loved were folks like Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford who cracked us up by getting their ’80s on as members of Mötley Crüe. Eden Wood from Toddlers and Tiaras was big this year with Chrissy Teigen and Fergie dressing up as her. Kelly Ripa outdid herself on Live! With Regis and Kelly along with Nick Lachey. Their first outfit sequence had Kelly dressed up as Eden as well, and Nick as Charlie Sheen. Their second has Kelly as Kim Kardashian and Nick (on stilts) as Kris Humphries on their wedding day. Ouch! The sexiest prize goes to Miranda Kerr who was the hottest ringmaster ever, and we’d like to give a round of applause to the mommies-to-be as well. Beyoncé was the cutest bumblebee in town, while Jennifer Garner was a witch.
Check out the gallery for the final top 10 celebrity Halloween costumes. We hope you had a FAB weekend.
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Yesterday, the studio audience at The Late Show With David Letterman got quite a treat. A bevy of stars rolled in to get their time on camera with Dave, including Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Radcliffe and Kelly Ripa. Jennifer — freshly brunette for her role as The Hunger Games’ Katniss — looked absolutely glorious in a curve-skimming blue dress with a skinny orange belt by Altuzarra. The 20 year old actress is also poised for the release of X-Men: First Class which is going to hit theaters on June 3.
Kelly might be two decades older than Jen L, but her body doesn’t show it. She showed it off in a very sexy back baring black dress. And then there was Daniel, who we adore, period. He was there to perform Brotherhood of Man from his Broadway show, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. How could you not love the guy? Apparently, the trio caused quite a fan frenzy outside the studio, which we would have been more than happy to be a part of!
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Let’s first put this event into context. It wasn’t a party held in Sherwood Forest, clearly. The 11th Annual Robin Hood Foundation gala took place yesterday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. The foundation benefits people dealing with poverty and lately, National Reservists and veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. This year $400,000 will also assist veterans to fly to L.A and record a song Will.I.Am. And to stir things up, Lady Gaga performed at the benefit as well!
As for the celebrity guests, lets focus on two incredibly famous ones — Sarah Jesscia Parker and Gisele Bundchen. We don’t mean to rag on them because they were helping with a great cause, but what were you thinking ladies! We don’t have much issue with what SJP was wearing because everything that was blah about the outfit was eclipsed by that hair! Who did that to you, Parker? It looks like a cobra rearing its head! You should have used your Carrie cred and told (threatened, even) your hairstylist to put that teaser comb down. As for Gisele, we get she’s a supermodel and God blessed her with genetics far beyond our comprehension, but what is that outfit? We get you’re sex on a stick, Gisele. We don’t need to see your sternum, inside-boob and inner thighs to know that. Dominatrix-meets-sexy librarian may be a little too much for a benefit.
Luckily, others stars fared better. Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos get our vote for best dressed couple. Mariska Hargitay looked pretty fine too and a preggers Thalia is just adorable! Take a look at our gallery for the rest of the celebrity guests.
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Not bad, Madame Tussauds! The last couple of celebrity waxworks they produced were pretty heinous (remember Tussaud’s Bieber replica?), but this one’s not bad at all. Kelly Ripa unveiled her Tussauds likeness in New York yesterday, and it’s a pretty good imitation. Like the real Ripa, her statue looks…ripped! They’ve even got the hair down, which is the area they normally muck up in. The only aspect Tussauds didn’t factor in was the tan. The statue is unfashionably pale (for Hollywood, unless you’re Anne Hathaway) while Ripa herself has a healthy glow (we don’t know if it’s store or tanning booth bought, though). Her husband, Mark Consuelos, was there for the occasion and looked like he didn’t mind having two wives at all. Congrats, Kelly!
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Regis Philbin has announced that he’s retiring this year from Live! With Regis And Kelly. While seated next to his co-host Kelly Ripa, per usual, Regis told audience members today “I’ve got one of those announcements to make today…I don’t want to alarm anybody but I have to tell you this because it’s going to happen…but this will be my last year onÃ‚Â this show.” (You can watch the video of his announcement on TMZ.) The 79-year-old joked “There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people.” The date of his final show is unknown, but he said it would likely happen in late summer or fall.
We started watching Reeg, a mainstay of morning television since the ’70s, back in middle school when he hosted Live! With Regis And Kathie Lee, so it’s a little sad to see him go (Live! has been airing nationally since 1988). The only person we think is a suitable replacement for Philbin is Anderson Cooper, whose guest hosting duties on Live! are some of the funniest things we’ve ever seen.
We’ll miss Regis, especially for the joy he brings us on clips of The Soup, and we wish him a happy retirement!
Regis Philbin did his best creepy old man impression today while interviewing Kristen Stewart (photos) on Live with Regis & Kelly. He just couldn’t stop oogling at the actress and bringing up stripping. Sure, she plays a stripper in Welcome to the Rileys, but come on Reg! You’ve been around long enough not to be phased by six-inch heels and some fishnets. Kristen, naturally, takes it in stride and even jokes around with America’s favorite grandpa.
While a red-leather warm-up suit is still arguably a suit (and certainly sharper than director Kevin Smith‘s flapping denim shorts), Tracy Morgan‘s red leather ensemble certainly stuck out at the premiere of Cop Out in NYC last night, his new buddy cop movie with Bruce Willis (who prefers to save his clowning for Letterman appearances and chose a more traditional business suit for the event). Considering how much the poster for Cop Out suggests the tagline his 30 Rock character’s classic Black Cop/White Cop (“One does the duty; the other gets the booty!”), maybe he pulled a “What Would Tracy Jordan Do?” when rummaging through his wardrobe. You know he’d approve of that monogrammed medallion.
Also attending the premiere were Seann William Scott, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jane Krakowski, Adam Brody and Kelly Ripa. See what they wore in the gallery below (seriously, Kevin Smith…lose the shorts).
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Look, we love Kelly Ripa. She seems like she would be fun to hang out with and she seems pretty real as far as celebs go. But…Kelly, Kelly, Kelly. Someone should have stopped you from going overboard with the fake tanner yesterday.
Ripa was on hand for the Text-a-Thon For A Cause charity event in Times Square on Wednesday, and we couldn’t help but notice the Oompah Loompah quality to her skin, especially in contrast to her white-blonde highlights. It’s just a shade too orange, even by LiLo standards. Promise us, Kel – no more letting Regis apply the tanner. [Photo: GettyImages]