Giada de Laurentiis stays so slender by never eating the food she cooks

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I watch a lot of Food Network and Cooking Channel programming. It’s not that I’m food-obsessed or cooking-obsessed, it’s just that watching people cook or talk about food is particularly relaxing to me, quite honestly. I have my favorite people, like Ina Garten and Tyler Florence. I’ve gotten used to Ree Drummond and the Farmhouse Rules woman (I like her because she looks like she eats her rich food). But I’ve sort of grown to dislike Giada de Laurentiis. I got increasingly tired of her ability to put cheese in every single dish that she makes. I got tired of her sometimes gross-looking faux-Italian food. And I got tired of miniscule portions, just because they seemed utterly unreasonable (especially when she was feeding groups of men!!). I’ve always wondered how Giada stays so tiny considering she seems to live on cheese, pasta and Nutella. And now Page Six has an interesting story about how little Giada actually eats.

Food Network chef Giada de Laurentiis refuses to eat her own food while filming her show and has a “dump bucket” on hand to spit it all out to stay pin thin, a show source reveals. The petite TV host, “Today” show contributor and cookbook author insists she stays a size 2 by eating everything in moderation.

She recently said how she stays so thin while cooking rich and tasty food “is the No. 1 question [from fans and interviewers], and the answer is, I eat a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything. Everything in moderation.” She said to health.com, “I know that’s really hard for people to understand, but I grew up in an Italian family where we didn’t overdo anything. We ate pasta, yes, but not a lot of it. Pasta doesn’t make you fat. How much pasta you eat makes you fat.”

But a source on her show tells us, “When Giada films her cooking show, she never eats. Never. When she is making drinks and food that she has to drink or eat, they have a dump bucket that is brought out the second they cut.” She spits it out, and then filming resumes, the source said.

“Sometimes when they are shooting her taking bites out of food like cake, they have an assistant take the bite (so you only see teeth and a mouth), and then they cut back to her taking an empty fork out of her mouth to resume filming.” The secret of why she is so skinny: “She does not eat at all while filming.” Other sources said it was commonplace to have a bucket on set for a food show.

Asked about the insider’s claim, Giada’s rep Stephen Huvane said: “That is absurd and completely false. She absolutely eats her own food while filming.” He added, “Giada tapes sometimes three episodes in one day, and they do multiple takes on a close-up of her eating. She doesn’t always eat and swallow every time, since they can do sometimes six to 10 takes with three episodes a day, and that would be like eating six to eight meals a day . . . The bottom line is, she most certainly does eat the food she prepares on the show, but does not always consume the whole dish, as that would be too much for most people to eat in one day.”

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I think having a “dump bucket” or whatever is completely normal for any kind of film or TV show in which actors or chefs need to “eat” on camera. So, it wouldn’t surprise me if most chefs/cooks on The Food Network sometimes spit out their food or whatever. But it also wouldn’t surprise me if Giada rarely – if ever – really ate the food she cooks on set. But maybe that’s just me – the smell of all of that stupid cheese (that she puts in EVERY DISH) would make me nauseous (I’m not a cheese person, obviously).

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Benzino: FIRED From Love & Hip Hop Atlanta For Post-Reunion Death Threats!

Benzino has been fired from VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta after the infamous reunion show brawl, and for his alleged actions in the weeks that followed.

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Apparently, death threats he made following the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta reunion fight triggered Benzino’s firing more than his role in the epic fracas itself.

According to TMZ, Benzino got the chop soon after the taping, too.

Multiple cast and crew members ended up in the hospital as a result of the melee, which you can watch Love & Hip Hop Atlanta online now to experience.

Criminal charges and an arrest warrant were even taken out against Joseline Hernandez, Stevie J’s partner and Benzino’s (former) co-star and rival.

It was Benzino, though, who had a problem letting the thing go.

Stevie J says he waged a campaign of terror, threatening the lives of himself and Joseline, producers and other staffers involved with the VH1 program.

“He said flat out he was going to kill us,” Stevie recalls.

The threats and elevated DefCon 3 tension levels were too much for the network, which cut ties with the cast member rather than risk anything escalating.

Benzino tells a different story than Stevie, shockingly.

“Stevie J is a habitual liar and VH1 has never given me a reason for being fired,” he adds, lamenting that “they wanted to keep the crackhead whore.”

That would be Hernandez. Reports have circulated that Joseline was on crack during the reunion, though Stevie has angrily denied those allegations.

In any case, Benzino did get fired, he concedes.

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Will anyone else be axed from the cast next?

That remains to be seen, but expect this show to be back with a vengeance come 2014. Between that fight and the Mimi sex tape, ratings were sky high.

Higher than Joseline on … never mind.

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“Jason Bateman is sad he wasn’t picked as Sexiest Man Alive” links

Jason Bateman will never recover from his Sexiest Man Alive snub. [I’m Not Obsessed]
Kathy Griffin will probably replace Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. [Dlisted]
Mae Whitman kills it in the first DUFF trailer. [LaineyGossip]
Ashton Kutcher wants to “dig up dirt on shady journalists.[Buzzfeed]
Don Lemon‘s rape prevention advice is rude & gross. [Pajiba]
Andrew Garfield takes Movember seriously. [A Socialite Life]
Jing Tian looks fabulous in Christian Dior. [Go Fug Yourself]
Katy Perry Instagrammed her retro bikini. [Popoholic]
Lisa Rinna joined RHOBH for the challenge. [Reality Tea]
Are Kevin James & his wife expecting another baby? [Wonderwall]
Charlize Theron cracks a smile with little Jackson. [Celebrity Baby Scoop]
Justin Bieber‘s old bedroom is *so* swaggy. [Evil Beet]
Joe & Teresa Guidice want you to pay for their daughter’s video. [CDAN]
Matthew McConaughey will appear in Magic Mike XXL after all? [Starcasm]

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Prince Albert & Princess Charlene kiss for Monaco National Day: cute or gross?

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Here are some (awkward) photos of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene today in Monaco, on the balcony of The Prince’s Palace (I guess?). They were celebrating Monaco National Day, and Albert and Charlene waved to the crowds and kissed in public. And it was kind of gross. Charlene has gotten very big! She’s super-knocked up. Like, I think she’s going to give birth in the next month. Word is that she’s due in December, but she’s expecting twins and don’t twins usually come early? I hope – again – that at least one of the babies is a boy. Even though the Monaco constitution has been changed, if she has two girls, there’s still going to be an expectation for her to provide a male heir.

I do have to give Charlene some credit in these photos – she looks more approving of Albert than we’ve ever seen. Usually she looks like she’s sick of him, but I’m actually getting a “loved up” vibe from her. Perhaps it’s just the hormones. Meanwhile, Albert doesn’t really look like the joyful expectant father. My take: he’s never really cared about fatherhood one way or the other.

I’m also including some photos of Princess Caroline, Sacha Casiraghi and Andrea Casiraghi and Andrea’s wife Tatiana Santo Domingo. Sacha is the blonde toddler in-between Andrea and Caroline. He’s only 19 months old and I think he was surprisingly well-behaved for this outing. Did you know Tatiana is knocked up again? They announced that a few weeks ago. I’m not sure if that’s why Tatiana has to stand so far apart from Andrea. Also: Andrea lost the hot in a big way. Good God.

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People’s Sexiest Man Alive frontrunners: Chris Pratt & Neil Patrick Harris?

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Earlier this week, Kaiser wrote about the possibilities for People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2014. She covered many suspects like Prince Harry, George Clooney, the Cumberbatch, and Hiddles. I suspected that Ben Affleck could take the title (again) because the SMA always has something big to promote. Affleck’s got Batman v. Superman on the way, and Gone Girl was a huge success this year.

Kaiser and I both assumed Chris Pratt would make the list. Lainey thought Pratt would score the title because he’s had a breakout year. He already burrowed into the public consciousness with Parks & Rec before Guardians of the Galaxy made him a phenom. He has Jurassic World on the way. Plus he has a newly ripped bod and can still talk about emotional eating. The ladies love him. Or they did for about a month. I think a lot of you burned out on Pratt fast, but he’s a fantastic, all-around nice guy. And he adores his wife.

Well, it sounds like Pratt stands a solid chance of winning. The New York Daily News spoke to People insiders who say Pratt is one of two top candidates. The other dude? One we haven’t mentioned at all … Neil Patrick Harris. Let’s do this:

People magazine is gearing up for its annual “Sexiest Man Alive” issue — and Confidenti@l has learned that Chris Pratt and Neil Patrick Harris are two of the front-runners for the coveted title.

Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge movie and it is still fresh in People’s minds. The film made Chris Pratt a star and overhauled his image from that cute guy on Parks and Recreation to a buff heartthrob,” one magazine insider tells us. “If he can make blockbuster money, he can sell a ton of magazines is the thinking. What The Hangover did for Bradley Cooper this film did for Chris. It’s his year.”

According to Forbes, Guardians is set to make a worldwide minimum of $730 million, making it one of the highest-grossing films in history. Add that box office power to Pratt’s boy-next-door charm, his marriage to successful actress Anna Faris and his newly minted dad status, and it ups his “it” factor.

“Most importantly, he is a good guy. Everyone likes him,” says our source. “He’s genuinely funny and these are qualities that the magazine’s readers care about. He’s not involved in a scandal, he’s a family man. It goes a long way when considering that (Sexiest Man Alive) cover.”

However, Neil Patrick Harris is also being strongly considered.

“People has never had an openly gay ‘Sexiest Man’ before. It would certainly make news and generate buzz for the magazine,” says our insider. “Plus, Neil is going to be hosting the Oscars. He’s in Gone Girl,’ he was just on Broadway. He’s also happily married with kids. He is having an amazing year.”

We’re told this year Channing Tatum is up for a spot inside the magazine again, and that Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck and Jamie Dornan are all being considered for a spot inside as well — although our source said nothing is confirmed until the glossy goes to print.

“Things can always change, but these are the favorites,” says our source.

People editorial director Jess Cagle tells us: “Chris Pratt and Neil Patrick Harris are both amazing and sexy, and I would be proud to have either of them on the cover of People. But I don’t want to comment on the selection or contenders for Sexiest Man Alive. It’s a sacred thing and you’ll just have to wait till next week to find out who it is.”

[From NYDN]

Neil Patrick Harris would be an outstanding choice. Yes, he must win! I dig Pratt, but NPH would be a groundbreaking selection. He’s also a happily married man and has had a good year. Just think, the dude who played Doogie Howser could be the Sexiest Man Alive. What do you think of these choices? Like Kaiser already said, almost anyone would be a better pick than Adam Levine. Pratt seems like the obvious choice, almost too obvious. Let’s go with NPH, People.

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Taylor Swift: ‘Twitter’s dark underbelly is it gives people a veil of anonymity’

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When I saw this Wonderland magazine cover yesterday, I barely recognized Taylor Swift. You know why? Because it’s been too long since we’ve seen her without bangs!! I’ve actually gotten used to those horrible, too-thick bangs. I guess Wonderland hates bangs though, because they styled Swifty to look… I don’t even know. More like Cara Delevingne than Karlie Kloss. I’m not sure if these are eyebrow merkins or if they just used that brow-mascara stuff on her. But she’s rocking some full-bush brows. It’s an interesting look! When speaking to the magazine, Swifty talked about Twitter trolls, single life, yadda yadda.

On online trolls: ‘Twitter’s dark underbelly is that it gives people a veil of anonymity: they can have a terrible day at work, feel awful about themselves, come home and get drunk and go call someone ugly on Instagram. If people don’t have anyone to talk to about [their problems], they go online and just say wicked, gross, cruel mean-spirited things about people. I wrote ‘Shake It Off’ for my own situation, but also for the situation that everyone finds themselves in now. It’s not a celebrity issue, it’s a people issue.’

Her single life: ‘I’ve been with myself for so long now, I like it. I’m not willing to give up that independence for anyone. Basically, there’s the tiniest, tiniest, tiniest chance you might find someone you can have a real and long-lasting relationship with. In my teenage years, I was enamoured by the idea of romance because I thought it was going to be this ‘happily ever after’ situation.’

Her new album: ‘This was sort of the final phase of the sonic evolution I feel I’ve been on for the last couple of years. I’ve been experimenting with pop sensibilities and then on my last record, I got attached to it. That’s the wonderful thing about trying as many different ways of writing music as possible – discoveries.’

[From Wonderland via The Daily Mail]

I think she’s right about online trolls and how it’s not even a celebrity issue at this point. But I think it’s a woman-issue. I think women are far more likely to get attacked, harassed and threatened online, celebrity or not.

What else is going on in SwiftyWorld? Well, Swifty made Barbara Walters’ annual Most Fascinating People list for 2014. This is actually Taylor’s first time on the list (how is that possible?) and the 2014 list includes Chelsea Handler (?????), Oprah (obvs), Neil Patrick Harris (worthy) and Scarlett Johansson.

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Jessa Duggar’s parents copy her ‘wanton devilry’ kiss photo: gross or funny?

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Here ^^ is a new photo Jessa Duggar/Seewald posted to her Instagram over the weekend. Another “kiss” photo, only this one is much more chaste and holy than that trampy, unclean one from last week, when Jessa tried to put Lucifer’s tongue into her new husband’s mouth. NOPE. Never Again!! From here on out, there will only be chaste eyebrow kisses, thank you very much. Ben Seewald is still very unsettled by everything that happened: the harlot’s tongue, the wedding night, and those heathen rumors that he and Jessa consummated their marriage in the backroom of a church. For the record, no Duggar or Seewald has explicitly denied anything. But Jessa did post this to her Instagram:

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So, Jessa isn’t going to make us pay for laughing at the idea that a harlot Duggar girl would try to French her new husband and make him cry. She’s going to just let God take this one. God will punish us! Yeah… I have a whole list of stuff that I’m going to be punished for, so let’s just add this to the pile. Plus, my new happy place is imagining Ben’s face when Jessa tried to get him to touch her boobs.

Meanwhile, remember the Original Harlot/Unclean Kiss photo last week? Jessa’s parents, Michelle and Jim-Bob Duggar, decided to recreate it. Jessa posted this IG photo with the message: “My parents texted me this picture! This year marks 30 years of marriage, and they’re still in that “honeymoon” stage! It’s great to see older married couples still so madly in love! I love you Mom & Dad! @duggarfam.” Hork.

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Bill Murray on ‘Ghostbusters 3′: ‘They can’t come up with any other ideas’

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This week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly features a whole bunch of movie cast reunions with the Ghostbusters cast front and central. Bill Murray was a good sport to join in because he’s so resistant to appearing in a third movie. I can’t blame him for that. You know Ernie “No Female Ghostbusters” Hudson was thrilled to be invited for this cover. Dan Aykroyd probably hasn’t stopped smiling since he got the call. Sigourney Weaver has done better movies but fondly remembers the first Ghostbusters. Can you believe it’s been 30 years since this movie came out? Crazy.

To mark this anniversary and cover, EW coordinated with Today for a cast interview. Al Roker went fanboy and admited to watching the first movie over 100 times. Sigourney talked about the ad-libbed lines (mostly from Bill) in the movie. Murray revealed that the ghost slime was a “disgusting combination” made of “corn syrup and starch and some sort of an adhesive and a kind of a poison that’s used on chinch bugs.” Gross. You can watch the whole interview here.

EW quotes director Paul Feig, who confirms Ghostbusters 3 will feature a female cast. Feig says this installment will be an origin story and “very scary.” Really? That sounds disastrous.

Related bonus Murray goodness: Bill recently visited David Letterman. Of course Dave asked about Ghostbusters 3. Bill responded, “We made a first one that was really great. We made a second one that was … not quite as good, but it had some good stuff in it. And it’s a wonderful bunch of people. The studio’s always wanted to make another one … because [pauses and looks straight into camera] they can’t come up with any other ideas, really.” That’s exactly why they’re making a third movie.

Here’s a video clip of Murray’s visit with Letterman. At one point, he leaves the Ed Sullivan theater to train for the NYC marathon. It’s an outstanding talk show appearance even by Murray standards.

Remember this Ghostbusters moment? Hot marshmallow lovin.’

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Jamie Dornan says there will be no ‘todger’ in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

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The more I think about it, the more worried I am about Jamie Dornan’s career post-Fifty Shade of Grey. He’s got a great gig on The Fall and I worry that Fifty Shades is going to be financially successfully but a critical disaster, so much so that Jamie will be forever associated with this one crappy role as Christian Grey. I think Jamie is worried about it too, but he’s just trying to be Zen about the whole thing. Maybe it will work out. Fingers crossed. Jamie has a new interview with The Observer about The Fall & Fifty Shadesyou can read the whole interview here. I enjoyed it, but I enjoy him in general. He’s neurotic and charming. He also says that there’s no “todger” in Fifty Shades. Ugh!

Whether he felt objectified during his modeling days: “At times, yeah; on the whole, no. I got lucky with that gig because quite early on I could be picky about what I did, where I did it. And because I was on contracts, I was working maybe 10 days a year and getting paid really well for it.” He says “working”. Actually what he had to do most of the time was “lean against a wall while looking depressed”.

Growing up good-looking: “I didn’t do particularly well with girls at school. I was always very young- looking. And my sister’s friends would always say: ‘You’re so cute.’ I f–king hated that. If you are a skinny, baby-faced teenager, the last thing you want to hear is that you’re cute.”

Why he loves his beard: “I feel uncomfortable without it. I find myself moving differently. I don’t like myself without a beard.”

He loves The Fall: “I’ve always got The Fall,” he says as if to reassure himself. “No matter what happens in my career, I’ve always got The Fall.”

Playing Christian Grey: “I am never going to please all 100 million people who read the book,” he says. “I’ll be lucky if half that number are happy with me playing Christian Grey. I know there are campaigns of hate against me already. Yeah, there is a huge intellectual snobbery about the book. And it comes from all the papers that I like to read. The Guardian is my home page on my laptop, and the other day I logged on innocently and there they were having a massive go at the trailer for Fifty Shades and I was thinking: ‘F–k, this is not good.’ But what can I do? I understand why those kinds of papers would have preconceived ideas about what it is.”

Why he never read the book: “Nope. Because we are the types of people who have the Guardian as our home page. Look, the film is not the book. It’s an adaptation, and Sam Taylor-Johnson is an artist as well as an award-winning film director. Look at her track record. And look at the film studios behind it. Universal. Focus. All I can say is, wait until you see it before passing judgment.”

How graphic is the film? “You want to appeal to as wide an audience as possible without grossing them out. You don’t want to make something gratuitous, and ugly, and graphic… Sam is a very bright woman, so there might be some suggestive elements to it, but I haven’t seen it at this stage, so it is hard for me to say. I’m aware of what we shot, and it wasn’t as if we shot a film without any action.”

His todger? “There were contracts in place that said that viewers wouldn’t be seeing my, um…” Todger? He laughs. “Yeah, my todger.”

He’s a feminist & he doesn’t think the film is about violence against women: “I think it’s very hard to argue that when it is all consensual. Half the book is about making contracts. Permission and agreement that this be done. There’s no rape, no forced sexual situations.”

[From The Guardian]

There’s a ton of stuff about growing up in Northern Ireland and still having “mates” from his youth and what they think of their friend from Belfast being considered some kind of sex god. He seems remarkably well-adjusted, honestly. I already believed that the producers would probably not want Jamie to do any kind of Michael Fassbender-like nudity, but I bet Dakota has to show almost everything. Which pisses me off. If there was ever a film for equal-opportunity nudity, it would be Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Taylor Swift was a platinum-selling pegacorn for Halloween: adorable & dorky?

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Taylor Swift was a “pegacorn” for Halloween. No, it’s not a sex thing (but it sounds like it, right?). Swifty is a Pegasus + unicorn = pegacorn. She wanted to be a unicorn with wings. It’s sort of cute. I’m glad she didn’t go for a Sexy Maid/Nurse/Whatever. I’d much rather see women dressed up as pegacorns rather than sexy whatevers.

Anyway, Taylor had a really amazing week. Her album, 1989, dropped and it became the first and only platinum-album debut of the year. This is actually a two-fer: the last time an artist went platinum in their first week was 2012, when Taylor released Red. Taylor’s label, Republic Records, threw her a “private party” in Soho last Thursday to celebrate. There were gormet white truffle burgers and a cake shaped like a Polaroid camera.

Vulture also had a great analysis on Taylor Swift’s earnings, real estate, album sales and tour grosses – go here to read. By their analysis, Swifty is probably sitting on just shy of $200 million after taxes. My guess? It’s probably a lot more than that. Taylor tops nearly every list of the top-grossing tours, albums, etc. Anyway… it’s good to be Tay-Tay. It’s profitable to be twee.

Last thing – Taylor was on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and she danced and lip-sync’d to Iggy Azalea. It was brilliantly awkward, hilariously dorky and everything in between. This is the kind of thing where I go… “Okay, maybe she might be sort of fun as a friend.”

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