Disney Star Raven-Symoné Announces Surprise Wedding

L-R Raven-Symoné and Miranda Maday announce their marriage (via Instagram)

Raven-Symoné, who first found fame as a child star on The Cosby Show in the late 1980s, announced on her social media Thursday that she married her girlfriend, Miranda Maday, in a private backyard ceremony.

“I got married to a woman who understands me from trigger to joy, from breakfast to midnight snack, from stage to home,” wrote the 34-year-old actress. “I love you Mrs. Pearman-Maday!”

The former child star’s full name is Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman.

She closed the announcement adding, “Let’s tear this world a new asshole!!! I’s married NOW.”

Shortly before sharing the big news, the former co-host of The View teased her 2.1 million Instagram followers with the message, “So something happened this week, that has changed my life FOR THE BETTER!”

 

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Maday followed Symoné’s big announcement with a post of her own captioned, “8PM ~ my wife for life.” She included a gif of the couple embracing during the ceremony.

 

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“Thank you to all those who helped and for those who understand why it was small during this time,” wrote Symoné in a follow-up post with what appears to be a reference to the ongoing COVID-19 health threat.

 

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Following her childhood roles on The Cosby Show (1989-1992) and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper (1993-1997), Symoné successfully segued into her teens starring in the hit Disney Channel series, That’s So Raven for four seasons (2003-2007).

She received strong reviews for her star turn as ‘Deloris van Cartier’ in the Broadway musical Sister Act marking her debut on the Great White Way. She also appeared in several feature films over the years including two Dr. Doolittle movies with Eddie Murphy for which she garnered an NAACP Image Award nomination.

The multi-hyphenate performer has also scored success in the music industry releasing several solo albums.

In May 2015, she was announced as a replacement co-host for the long-running gabfest, The View. But in October 2016, she said she would soon be leaving the ABC talk show and teased a return to television acting.

Raven’s Home, a spin-off of her earlier series, debuted in July 2017 on the Disney Channel and has aired three seasons. The show has already been picked up for a fourth season.

Symoné told the world in 2012 she considered her sexual orientation private, writing, “I’m not one for a public display of my life.”

But then, in August 2013, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down parts of the heinous Defense of Marriage Act which denied federal recognition of same-sex marriage, the actress tweeted, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you!”

And now, she has. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Billy Porter Singing With These Children Is My Favorite Thing Today

Billy Porter on The View (screen capture)

On Monday’s episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg introduced the very well-spoken 14-year-old Harrison Fribush to help celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

It seems the seventh-grader came across the viral video of Baltimore’s Cardinal Shehan School Community choir singing with Andra Day and Common on The View two years ago and was inspired.

He approached his choir director at Krieger Schechter Day School (also in Baltimore) about uniting the two very different choirs through the power of music.

The all-Black and all-Jewish middle school choirs met up and worked on a joint version of “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman.

Goldberg found out about the teamwork and invited them on The View to sing a medley of “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand” and “Imagine.”

I love Whoopi’s smile as young Harrison Fribush shares his story

The cherry on the top was a surprise performance by out Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Billy Porter joining the talented tykes for “Imagine.”

You may have heard Mr. Porter sings a bit…

The results were uplifting, powerful, magical, and a reminder that yes, children are the future.

“Teach them well and let them lead the way…”

Posting the clip to Instagram, Porter wrote, “Did you all see @theviewabc yesterday? I was honored to join the Cardinal Shehan School Community and Krieger Schechter Day School choirs in a special surprise performance of ‘Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)’ and ‘Imagine,’ honoring #MLKDay.”

“These children are a beautiful example of our power to change hearts and minds through the arts,” added Porter.

Take a second to feel good for a few minutes and hit the play button.

(h/t TheOUTfront)

Abby Huntsman Is Leaving ‘The View’

Abby Huntsman (image via Instagram)

From People:

PEOPLE can exclusively announce that the Fox & Friends Weekend alumna is leaving the ABC talk show to help run her father Jon Huntsman Jr.’s campaign for governor of Utah.

Huntsman, 33, joined the show at the start of season 22 in September 2018; the show is currently in its 23rd season. Huntsman will announce her last day on-air Monday.

“Family has always been my number one priority, and is where I need to be focused at this time,” Huntsman said in a statement. “We are incredibly close and are there to support and help each other when it matters. It’s not often there is a political campaign that involves someone you love and believe in, but this is one of them.”

‘The View’ Host Says Jesus Would Attend A Pride Parade, Homophobes Burst Into Flames

Sunny Hostin of ‘The View’

During Monday’s episode of The View, the gabfest was discussing the beginning of Pride Month when a recent tweet by Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, came up.

Bishop Tobin had taken it upon himself to remind Catholics not to attend Pride events this month because “they promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals.”

Tobin added that Pride events “are especially harmful for children.”

The irony here is that this is the same bishop who acknowledged in 2018 that he “became aware of incidents of sexual abuse” in his diocese in the mid-1990s, but said reporting the allegations were not part of his “responsibilities,” and so, he remained silent.

And complicit…



Back to The View, one of the show’s co-hosts, Sunny Hostin, shared that she is a practicing Catholic and she wouldbe attending a Pride event with her children because that’s “what Jesus would do.”

“I tweeted out that my Catholic children will be attending Pride events as this Catholic will,” she shared with her co-hosts. “And you know, my faith always taught me, ‘What would Jesus do?’ And I know Jesus would be attending that Pride parade, with pride.”

And the crowd goes wild!


But wait – there’s more!

“And I also know that God is love, Jesus is love, love is love,” she added. “For a Catholic bishop to come out and say something like that given the history of pedophilia in the Catholic church, given what the Catholic church has hidden about the abuse of children, some would say that being at a Pride parade would be much safer for a child than it has been to be in a Catholic church for many years.”


Boom!

Cue Whoopi Goldberg dinging her bell six times.

Now, we love Ms. Hostin for the awesome support – and the epic breakdown of obvious hypocrisy by the church – but, the story doesn’t end there.

Homophobic inhabitants of the Twitterverse started losing their minds attacking Hostin, and it got ugly quick.

News Round-Up: April 9, 2019

• InstaHunk Thara (above) is getting pumped up for the summer circuit (and I don't mean weight training).

Some news items you might have missed:

• InstaHunk Thara (above) is getting pumped up for the summer circuit (and I don’t mean weight training).

• Quartz reports “former agency officials,” said White House adviser Stephen Miller would leak the monthly number of immigrants apprehended at the border to the Washington Examiner, who would then publish a story about the high numbers.

He would then print out the story and give it to Donald Trump. After seeing the story, Trump would then “pick up the phone and blast (Homeland Secretary) Nielsen.

• FX has announced that the second season of Pose will premiere June 9 at 9pm. The network also confirmed that the second season will time jump to 1990 with vogueing about to the day Madonna released her music video for “Vogue,” causing the ball culture to “reevaluate their goals.”

• Rosie O’Donnell says she greatly regrets giving Ladies Who Punch author Ramin Setoodeh 20 minutes of her time. In those minutes, she revealed she was sexually abused by her father, that she had “a little bit of a crush” on former colleague Elisabeth Hasselbeck and described working with Whoopi Goldberg as “The worst experience I’ve ever had on live television.”

• A tire company in Colorado is paying a transgender man $60,000 and writing a letter of apology after it settled a sex discrimination lawsuit.

• Don’t miss the season finale of Schitt’s Creek on Wednesday at 10 p.m. on POP.

[Spoiler alert] Last week’s episode gave us quite the moment:

New Book Quotes Rosie O’Donnell: Whoopi Made ‘The View’ A Painful Experience

Media outlets have received advance copies of Ramin Setoodeh’s new behind-the-scenes book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View,” and the quotes from the book are already raising eyebrows.
Rosie O’Donnell & Whoopi Goldberg

Media outlets have received advance copies of Ramin Setoodeh’s new behind-the-scenes book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View,” and the quotes from the book are already raising eyebrows.

Yesterday, outlets reported on frictions chronicled in the book between past co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

Openly lesbian O’Donnell apparently admits to a non-sexual “crush” on the very conservative Hasselbeck in the tell-all, which led EH to tell the world she immediately began to pray for the comic.

O’Donnell took to Twitter to clarify the comment and take a slap at Setoodeh with a #raminSUX hashtag:

Today, PEOPLE quotes O’Donnell as saying that, despite the fact that she “revered” Whoopi Goldberg before working with her on the show, Goldberg was “mean” to her.

And not just run-of-the-mill “mean.”

“Whoopi Goldberg was as mean as anyone has ever been on television to me, personally – while I was sitting there,” O’Donnell reportedly told Setoodeh. “Worse than Fox News. The worst experience I’ve ever had on live television was interacting with her.”

Clashes between the two funny ladies reportedly happened throughout both of O’Donnell’s separate seasons on the gabfest.

In 2009, when Goldberg apparently asserted that director Roman Polanski hasn’t committed “rape rape,” although he’d pled guilty to the charge in 1979, O’Donnell pushed back.

That resulted in an “angry letter” from Goldberg to O’Donnell. O’Donnell reportedly wrote back writing, “I’m sorry if that hurt your feelings. I have different feelings about it than you.”

She told Setoodeh she closed with, “And I stand up for what I believe, but I’ll never bet against you, Whoopi Goldberg.”

When O’Donnell returned to the talk show in 2014, she apparently clashed several times again with Whoopi with suggestions like beginning meetings earlier and covering the Bill Cosby sex scandal allegations. Goldberg reportedly shut down all of O’Donnell’s ideas.

That said, O’Donnell does still see Goldberg as a force to be reckoned with.

“She’s a minority, feminist, smart, funny, groundbreaking legend who is black in America,” said O’Donnell in praise of the Oscar winner in the book. “I’m never going to not have respect for Whoopi Goldberg.”

“But that was a painful experience, personally and professionally,” O’Donnell concluded.

Expect more gossipy bits in the upcoming Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View”. Release date April 2.

‘Queer Eye’ Guys Share The Impact The Show Has Had On Conservative America

The cast of Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’

The men of Netflix’s Queer Eye joined the ladies of The View to chat on the impact the Emmy Award-winning show has had on the country, especially in rural America where the show has been filming some episodes.

Design guy Bobby Berk shared about a message he received privately on social media from a preacher who feels differently about gays having watched Berk share his story of growing up in the church and feeling unwanted there.

“My whole life I was taught in church that homosexuality is a sin, that they’re pedophiles, that they’re heathens, that they’re definitely going to hell and that they choose to be that way and in turn my church I have preached the exact same way.

And hearing you talk about how every single day of your life you cried and you begged and you pleaded and you prayed for God not to make you gay but you still are showed me that it isn’t a choice and that you were born that way and I’ll never preach that way in my church again.’”

“To hear that now little kids in that church aren’t going to grow up and be taught to hate who they are, that’s worth everything.”

Joy Behar brought up the MAGA hat that culture guy, Karamo Brown, received from a Trump supporter.

“I threw the hat away,” admitted Karamo. “But ironically, that guy and I, we are best friends.”

“For five gay guys to go into rural America and feel as if we’re making a change, it feels really good,” he continued. “We can’t expect people to grow until we show them who we are.”

Newly-engaged Karamo also admits to be something of a ‘Bride-zilla” having just rented a ferris wheel for the upcoming nuptials.

Tan France, who now lives in Salt Lake City with his husband, shared that he knew most of America had never seen ‘this’ – a gay Muslim – but the reaction he’s received has been “the most beautifully warm welcome” he ever could have imagined.

An interesting exchange happened when Behar asked food expert Antoni Porowski his thoughts on the same-sex kiss that ended a number from Broadway’s The Prom on last week on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Porowski offered a tentative, “I think it’s a reminder that the rest of the country is not New York and we need to remember that.”

But grooming guy Jonathan Van Ness seems to be a bit fatigued with waiting for folks to feel the gay love.

“Why?” inquired Van Ness. “I’m so done making the people feel comfortable.”

“I’ve had to endure a lot of heterosexual kissing in my lifetime,” Van Ness added.

Watch the segment below.

Neil Patrick Harris Shares Which Celeb ‘Promised’ To Have Sex With Him Years Ago

Neil Patrick Harris (screen capture via The View)

Guess which celebrity promised Neil Patrick Harris they would have sex with him?

Neil Patrick Harris stopped by The View earlier this week to chat on his kids’ upcoming birthdays, National Coming Out Day, and more.

The segment began with Harris sharing pics of his kids and hubby David celebrating Halloween for years with a family-theme when it comes to costume play.

The chat turned to his twins, Harper and Gideon, becoming more and more individual in what they want when it comes to their upcoming 8th birthdays like separate parties.

Smiling at the end of the table, host Whoopi Goldberg said, “I remember you at that age.”

At this point, Harris reminded folks that he made his feature film debut at the age of 15 with Goldberg in a film titled, Clara’s Heart.

According to Harris, Goldberg promised him during the shooting of the movie that she would have sex with him when he reached 25-years-old.

Awkward pause…

“I might’ve!” said Goldberg with a laugh.

“He had many questions as a kid,” explained the Oscar winner. “So I told him, ‘Wait 10 years – I’ll take you through it.’”

“See, in those days, you could actually have some fun like that,” said Goldberg in reference to the Time’s Up movement. “You can’t do that now.”

Taking the edge off of what could have been an awkward moment, Harris quipped,”Hey, I was not offended – I’m looking forward to it.”

The moment comes at the 2:40 mark below.

When the subject moved to National Coming Out Day, Harris emphasized, “It’s such an individual thing.”

“I guess I applaud the fact that there’s a day people can use as a conversation starter, if they’re not sure how to broach the conversation,” the 45-year-old actor continued. “But, I wouldn’t want to put any undue pressure on someone for needing to choose a specific day to come out.”

A jack of all trades, Harris also proudly shared that the second installment in his Magic Misfits children’s book series is currently number one on the New York Times Best-Sellers List.

Whoopi Rips Smug Jeanine Pirro: “What I Suffer From Is The Inability To Figure Out How To Fix” Trump

So, I had more people reach out and ask if I’d seen this wild and wooly clash between Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro (who’s so far up Donald Trump’s backside to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions she can’t breathe) and The View‘s Whoopi Goldberg.

And its everything people told me it would be.

Via USA Today:

“You suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome,” Pirro said, pointing at Goldberg. The term, which stemmed from “Bush Derangement Syndrome,” has been used by Trump supporters to suggest that those who do not support the president are unable to think clearly and logically about the state of the country.

“Let me tell you what I have,” Goldberg began. “I’m tired of people starting a conversation with ‘Mexicans are liars and rapists.’ I’m 62 years old. There have been a lot of people in office that I didn’t agree with. But I have never, ever seen anything like this. I have never seen anybody whip up such hate. I have never seen anybody be so dismissive.”

She continued: “Clearly, you don’t watch the show, so you don’t know that I don’t suffer from that. What I suffer from is the inability to figure out how to fix this.”

Goldberg then attempted to switch topics to the “deep state.” Instead, a shouting match erupted as both women debated what is most horrible about the country today: Pirro claimed those entering the country illegally were killing U.S. citizens; Goldberg countered that the president’s rhetoric was inciting violence toward minorities.

“Say goodbye. Bye. I’m done,” Goldberg said, ripping up her cue cards.

Whoopi don’t suffer fools lightly, kids.

Watch below.