Ginger Zee hit back at an internet troll who criticized her for being too skinny.
The critic drew attention to the “Good Morning America” meteorologist’s weight after she posted a video to Twitter Tuesday of herself in a striped dress to celebrate returning to the studio after working remotely.
“I wish Hollywood would stop putting pressure on women to be this skinny,” the Twitter user wrote.
Zee, 40, defended herself, stating she’s “weighed the same” for almost 20 years.
“Hmmm I rarely get called skinny (athletic more often) -have a BMI of around 21 — I would think this is about right for me :),” she responded. “I’ve weighed the same (barring pregnancy) for almost two decades. Definitely not Hollywood.”
Zee, who shares two sons with husband Ben Aaron, has been candid about her past struggles with anorexia, revealing that she began starving herself at age 10 following her parents’ divorce.
“We were moving, I had to make new friends … and I needed to control something, so I was like, ‘I know what I’ll do — I’ll just not eat,’” Zee shared during her tenure on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2016. “[Ages] 10 to 14 was a bulk of my anorexia. I don’t think I even knew how bad it was at that time.”
Zee credited her family, especially her stepfather, with helping her recover.
“My stepfather is a saint. He came into our lives and he taught me about nutrition and self-love, and once I started to learn about taking calories in and working calories off, then I got obsessed with working out,” she said. “Everybody goes through those stages. He helped me get out of that moment in my life.”
Bravo and Hannah Berner are officially cutting all ties.
After Berner announced she was departing “Summer House,” multiple insiders confirmed to Page Six that she’s out at the network’s “Chat Room.”
One source told us she wasn’t fired — it just didn’t make sense for her to co-host “Chat Room” because she’s no longer appearing on “Summer House,” and thus can’t weigh in on Bravo shows.
A separate source close to Berner told us the departure was a mutual decision as she’s looking to step away from the Bravoverse and lean into her comedy career and plan her wedding.
We’re told “Chat Room” is returning for 10 episodes with Gizelle Bryant and Porsha Williams as co-hosts.
Reps for Bravo and Berner didn’t return Page Six’s request for comment.
After Page Six published its story, Berner took to her Instagram Story to explain that it “didn’t make sense” to return to “Chat Room” because she wouldn’t be on “Summer House” and that chapter of her life is “coming to a close.”
Williams hinted in an Instagram video shared on Tuesday that Berner wouldn’t be participating in the show when she failed to mention her name while promoting its return.
“Don’t forget, ‘Chat Room’ is coming back,” said Williams, 40. “Me and Gizelle on Bravo August 16, five nights a week.”
Berner, 29, announced in May she was leaving the Hamptons-based show behind after three seasons in favor of a life of comedy.
“Making people laugh is what brings me joy,” she wrote on social media, announcing that she would be spending the summer touring and doing standup around the country, which includes “telling fart jokes at comedy clubs and theaters near you.”
“Summer House,” which follows a group of professionals sharing a home in the luxe Hamptons, premiered in 2017 and is airing its fifth season.
Prior to her career-altering decision, Berner announced in March that she had gotten engaged to her boyfriend of eight months, comedian Des Bishop.
“We’re very excited,” Berner said at the time. “It all happened so fast, but when you know, you know.”
Tamra Judge is on the mend.
After having her breast implants removed for the second time, the former star of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” 53, told fans that she is finally feeling more like herself.
“Implants & capsules removed. Feeling tired & a little sore as expected,” Judge captioned a selfie on Instagram Tuesday in a bra that showed off her post-op drains.
“I’m pretty sure Not working-out will be the hardest part for me,” she added. “I know it sounds crazy but I woke up today with rosy cheeks , No sinus congestion and happy thoughts. I’m hoping I will continue to see health improvements as the weeks go on .”
The mom of four noted that her surgeon, Dr. Milind K. Ambe, said her progress “looks great” despite some swelling. She then vowed to share more details about her journey in September.
Judge received support from Bravolebrities including “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey and “Family Karma” castmates Monica Vaswani and Bali Chainani.
Singer Carnie Wilson also commented on her post, writing, “Had mine removed too ….capsules too. It’s such a great feeling when they are OUT. Wishing you a speedy recovery sweetie!! You got this!”
The reality star first announced that she was having her breast implants removed earlier this month because she believed they were causing her thyroid issues, swollen joints and fatigue as well as inflammation in her bladder, sinus and gut. (The FDA says implants can be linked to certain health issues.)
Judge previously confessed to People that she had her breasts worked on five times, beginning in her early 20s.
What’s better than a birthday bunny?
Dolly Parton recreated her iconic October 1978 Playboy cover to celebrate her husband Carl Thomas Dean’s 79th birthday.
“Hey. Today’s July 20. It’s my husband Carl’s birthday, and you’re probably wondering why I’m dressed like this. Well, it’s for my husband’s birthday,” the “Jolene” singer, 75, said in a video posted to Twitter Tuesday.
Parton slipped into a tight black bustier and bunny ears for the occasion. She also threw on a sparkly pink bow tie with matching cuffs, mirroring her exact look from the famous shoot.
“Remember sometime back I said I was going to pose on Playboy magazine when I’m 75? Well, I’m 75, and they don’t have a magazine anymore, but my husband always loved the original cover with Playboy, so I was trying to think of something to do to make him happy,” she said. “He still thinks I’m a hot chick after 57 years, and I’m not going to try and talk him out of that.”
Parton then surprised Dean with a framed photo of the “old new Dolly” beside her original Playboy cover while singing to him in the sexy outfit.
“In the first one … I was kind of a little butterball in that one. Well, I’m string cheese now, but he’ll probably think I’m cream cheese, I hope,” she said with a wink.
The country superstar ended her video by saying that she thinks Playboy should pay her for her new photo shoot and asking fans if they agreed.
Parton became the first country singer to pose on the cover of Playboy — under the condition that she did not have to get naked for the shoot.
“I have been asked, back in the day, but that was so totally not me. I would never do that,” she told Chicago’s US99 radio station in 2011. “But that was a good article they ran in there, and it was just a fun thing to do.”
She added, “That was just another way I was trying to market myself, at that time, to kinda get in the mainstream.”
Parton and Dean have been married since May 1966.
Chrissy Teigen has decided to stay out of everyone’s lives.
TMZ paparazzi caught up with the “Cravings” cookbook author, who told them she’s avoiding trouble by minding her own business.
“I have decided I’m not getting involved in anyone’s s–t ever again,” she told the camera operators.
When asked how long she could be a member of the “cancel club,” Teigen laughed and said, “I don’t know, it could be forever. I have no idea. I don’t know.”
Seemingly trying to move on from the scandal, which first began when Courtney Stodden accused her of cyberbullying, Teigen explained she is focusing on her life at home.
“All I can do is live my life and take care of my kids and family,” she said. “Everyone else can make their choice.”
The former Sports Illustrated model revealed other “members” of the cancel club have reached out to her, and “they’ve been amazing.”
Last week, 35-year-old Teigen addressed her membership in the “cancel club” after returning to social media having pretended “nothing happened in this online world.”
“[I] feel like utter s–t in real life. Going outside sucks and doesn’t feel right, being at home alone with my mind makes my depressed head race,” she wrote. “But I do know that however I’m handling this now isn’t the right answer. I feel lost and need to find my place again, I need to snap out of this, I desperately wanna communicate with you guys instead of pretending everything is okay.”
Despite saying going outside “sucks,” she and husband John Legend had no problem jetting off to Italy for a luxe vacation with their kids — daughter Luna, 5, and son Miles, 3 — and showed off the trip on Instagram.
The medical talk show “The Doctors” has been hit with more racism allegations.
On Monday, ex-host Dr. Ian Smith, who is black, filed an unlawful termination complaint against distributor ViacomCBS, production company Stage 29 Productions, Dr. Phil’s son Jay McGraw, who heads the firm, and the show’s executive producer Patty Ciano.
Dr. Smith, who also alleges Ciano sexually harassed him, was hired to co-host the show in 2013 for its sixth season. But the suit claims he wasn’t invited back for the seventh season after he “voiced complaints regarding discrimination which he experienced and observed.”
In the suit, he complained, among other things, that “African-American hosts were on fewer shows than white hosts. African-American hosts were paid less than white hosts. African-American hosts were not in as many integration segments as white hosts. There were not enough African-American producers.”
Ciano approached Dr. Smith in 2020 about becoming the solo host of the show following the killing of George Floyd and civil unrest around the country. “[Dr. Smith] specifically said that there had been racial issues during his first tenure and unfair treatment of African-American hosts. He said that he would return only if that conduct was not going to be repeated,” the suit states.
“[Ciano] assured him that things had changed for the better, the show would be committed to fair treatment and there would not be any discriminatory behavior,” according to the suit.
Dr. Smith returned, but Ciano continued to ignore his concerns about diversity according to the suit. At one point he suggested “several black producers” who could be added to the show, but, according to the suit, Ciano responded by saying: “I don’t think that’s important right now. We have you as the host. That’s what matters. Besides, I really don’t have the budget to hire any more producers.”
He alleges Ciano hired more white producers two weeks after telling him there was no room in the budget.
The suit also claims that Ciano sexually harassed him and would comment about his physique, “suggesting that he should wear tighter shirts to show off his ‘guns’ more.”
Dr. Smith claims he filed an anonymous complaint, but that “CBS informed [him] that it conducted a full investigation and found no wrongdoing.”
Dr. Smith claims in the suit that he complained to Ciano directly about “racist discriminatory statements” he heard other producers make about him over Zoom and that she dismissed them as “producers being tired after a long week and just venting about their bosses.”
Dr. Smith was terminated and replaced by Dr. Drew Ordon, who is white.
Earlier this year, former co-host Dr. Rachael Ross made similar allegations about Ciano and “The Doctors” to Page Six. She described the workplace as “toxic” and told us Ciano constantly harassed her about her hair. She complained to HR and warned: “If you guys aren’t careful, you’re going to get touted as a really bad place for minorities to work, and they told me they would look into my claims,” she said. Ross told us she was “basically forced out” and her contract wasn’t renewed.
Ciano denied her claims at the time and said, “I am devastated by these unfounded and shocking allegations. I stand by my character and know the truth, that I have been a champion for diverse talent and inclusive stories throughout my entire career. While it is impossible to prove that I did not do something, I can absolutely say these hurtful lies are not true,” she said.
A spokesperson further added: “These baseless allegations are inaccurate and untrue… A lie unchallenged becomes the truth and we absolutely refute these lies.”
They did not get back to us about Dr. Smith’s lawsuit.
Britney Spears’ mother, Lynne, forced the singer to annul her 55-hour marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander, claims divorce attorney Mark Goldberg.
The now-retired lawyer who advised Alexander says that neither the “Toxic” singer nor Alexander wanted the nuptials annulled, but were forced to do so by Lynne Spears and Britney’s management team.
“It was the mother interfering in and inserting herself into her daughter’s life,” Goldberg told the Daily Mail. “She came to Las Vegas, threw Jason out, and got him a plane ticket home.”
Goldberg says that when the young couple called Lynne Spears the morning after the nuptials, “all hell broke loose.”
In January 2004, Spears married Alexander at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. The vows were annulled a scant 55 hours later by a petition that stated the performer “lacked understanding of her actions.” The pair, both now 39, had grown up together in the small town of Kentwood, Louisiana.
Goldberg says Alexander contacted him after the annulment, looking for legal help.
“Jason was looking for advice,” Goldberg remembered. “He was very emotional and upset. Britney had called him to come to Las Vegas. She was there with friends, as I recall, and she paid for his airfare to come.
“As I remember it, it was Britney’s idea to get married. He said they hadn’t been drinking or doing drugs — or at least they weren’t drunk.”
Goldberg says he repeatedly asked Alexander if either of them was incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs, but “he was clear, they weren’t … they just really loved each other.”
“Jason was confused because he loved Britney and he didn’t want to hurt her, but he was very afraid of her mother and management,” he continued. “This wasn’t a stranger she’d just picked up. They had known each other for years. He thought if he played the game and did what they asked, she’d come around, and he and Britney would be together.”
Goldberg noted: “I really believe this particular event had a detrimental impact on Britney Spears’ life — the way she’s been controlled and the toll that has taken.”
Alexander’s version of what happened is remarkably similar to Goldberg’s account.
He recently appeared on the “Toxic: The Britney Spears Story” podcast, where he opened up about the quickie marriage and asserted that he was deceived into signing the annulment.
“They told me if I would sign the contracts — the annulment — they would let me and Britney continue our relationship, and if we felt the same way in six months, they would give us a proper marriage,” Alexander recalled. “So I had no reason to believe otherwise. I thought that’s what the truth was. They were allowing Britney and I to still have phone communication.”
“So we were talking every day and I still believed the story I was told,” he continued. “That they were going to let us continue to talk and then we would have this marriage, right, in the future if we felt the same way.”
But Alexander says that exactly one month after signing the annulment, Spears’ phone mysteriously stopped working.
“Literally the day after, like, the 30 days was up, I remember trying to call the number I had for Britney and it was like, ‘Beep, beep, beep,’” he said. “I’m like, ‘F–k, they got me! Motherf–kers!’ So that was it.”
Seven months later, Spears married dancer Kevin Federline. The couple had two sons, Sean, 15, and Jayden, 14, before Spears filed for divorce in 2006.
The “Crossroads” actress has been in a protracted legal battle with her father over his conservatorship, which she claims has been “abusive.” Britney has retained a new attorney, Matthew Rosengart, to help end the conservatorship.
Lynne Spears’ attorney did not reply for comment.