The first time that Bill Cosby was accused of sexual misconduct, the news barely made a ripple. At the time, nobody wanted to accept that America’s most famous dad was a sexual predator capable of such horrific behavior, but times have changed. After becoming a near-constant in our homes with
The Bill Cosby Show (1969-1971), The Cosby Show (1984-1992), and Cosby (1996-2000), the man known for his wholesome family values and colorful sweaters was found guilty on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault, making him the first celebrity to fall in court since the MeToo movement took off. What started as a social media hashtag turned into a genuine movement, and as more and more victims came forward, ripples turned into waves and left men such as Cosby with nowhere to hide.
The disgraced comic will be remembered as a sex offender rather than an award winning entertainer, with his contribution to American pop culture forever tarnished. Cosby’s guilty verdict only raises more questions about the man’s past, which may have included some clues about his true nature. This is the untold truth of Bill Cosby.
He served in the military
The son of a maid and a Navy sailor, Bill Cosby was born in Philadelphia in 1937. After dropping out of high school at age 19, Cosby followed in his father’s footsteps and signed up for a life on the seas, though he never went too far. He was part of the medical unit at the Marine base at Quantico, Va. and also served at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, where he cared for Korean War casualties. He earned his GED through the Navy and planned to become a gym teacher after he was discharged so he could help kids who struggled academically, just like he did.
“I saw this as an opportunity to save, not the world, but save those boys and I pinpointed the seventh and eighth grade boys who might be thinking the way I thought about life,” Cosby told M Live in 2013. “I was going to bring it to their attention the same way they were doing in the Navy. No, I wasn’t going to their house and ripping up their bed and throwing the mattress out. But in school, as a physical education teacher, I knew the combination of sports, academics and behavior and thinking and getting one’s self-esteem up through threats, not of violence, just anger, that I would get them and make them realize what they were messing up.”
He became a star athlete
Cosby became a decorated member of the Navy track team during his service. He toured the country to compete in events, though it wasn’t always the happiest of times for him — when the team visited cafes on the road, he was sometimes forced to eat in the kitchen because of the color of his skin. After Cosby left the Navy in 1960, Temple University in Philadelphia offered him a place, so long as he could pass his SATs.
“I went into that room and I was the dying man,” he told M Live . “I knew I was dying. My whole life was going to go. This SAT exam is to prove how much I know and I really don’t know anything. A dying man sees what? His whole life pass before him … After a while, I just gave up. I said while I’m taking the exam, ‘I don’t know anything so guessing is better than sitting there.'” The future star had heard a rumor that every third answer was C, and that apparently was enough to get him admitted on “remedial everything.”
Cosby excelled athletically. According to Fox Sports , he became a football hall of famer at Temple University, where he played fullback. He was also a member of the track team, competing in the high jump, shot put, low hurdles, javelin, and discus.
In 2014, when sexual misconduct allegations against Cosby gained traction, Temple announced that it was standing by its famous alumni, but the university changed course and stripped Cosby’s honorary degree after his guilty verdict in 2018.
Did he ask a security guard to ‘tuck him in’ at night?
While his plan to become the world’s most motivational gym teacher never came to fruition, Cosby would instead go on to pedal his stay-in-school message through his work in the entertainment industry. He set out to make it in the world of stand-up comedy and was soon noticed by TV producers, impressing execs with his show at the
Hungry I in San Francisco. Over the years, Cosby carved out a reputation as one of TV’s good guys, but those who worked in and around the stand-up scene remembered a man very different than the one preaching family values in his sitcoms.
Comic and former UFC commentator Joe Rogan has never been shy about speaking his mind when it comes to his peers in the stand-up game (in 2005 he got himself
banned from The Comedy Store in Los Angeles after getting onstage during Carlos Mencia’s set to accuse him of stealing jokes,) and he has one story about Cosby that will send a shudder down your spine.
In 2015, Rogan said he did a show at a New York casino where Cosby had once stayed, and the staff told him all about Cosby’s alleged bedtime request. “He asked the security guard to tuck him in at night, and everybody was really weirded out by it,” Rogan said (via the Las Vegas Review-Journal). “Obviously this is second hand, or third hand, but it’s pretty obvious there is something seriously wrong with that dude.”
He allegedly ratted out his own daughter
Bill Cosby is known to have been unfaithful to his wife of more than 50 years, Camille Cosby , on several occasions — his legal team was forced to admit as much in front of the court, claiming that Bill’s alleged sexual offences against Andrea Constand and the rest of his accusers were consensual affairs. What isn’t common knowledge is the lengths that the superstar allegedly went to in order to keep his reputation in tact — including perhaps throwing his own daughter under the bus.
Writing for Page Six , journalist Richard Johnson revealed that a colleague who once worked for the National Enquirer had some solid dirt on the comic back in 1989. Apparently, Bill and late Rat Pack star Sammy Davis Jr. had been caught “swinging with some showgirls in Las Vegas” that summer and the supermarket tabloid was preparing to run the story. Panicked at the thought of his name getting dragged through the mud, Bill allegedly offered up an exclusive about his daughter Erinn’s drinking and drug problems in exchange for killing the story about his behavior. “My editor told me that daddy Cosby was the source,” the reporter (who asked to remain unnamed) told Johnson. “He ratted out his flesh and blood.”
His son was gunned down
One of Cosby’s five children was murdered in January 1997. According to a report in The New York Times, son Ennis was visiting friends in Los Angeles when his car (a dark green Mercedes-Benz sports convertible) got a flat in the wrong part of town. The 27-year-old Columbia University graduate was found “sprawled on the ground in a pool of blood on the passenger side of the car, the door there ajar.” He had been shot in the head.
The Los Angeles Police Department opened a murder investigation, but it was reportedly going nowhere until a tip received by the
National Enquirer (one of several tabloids that offered cash rewards for information) eventually led authorities to the North Hollywood home of Mikhail Markhasev (pictured left). A jury found that the 18-year-old Russian immigrant happened across Ennis changing his car tire and killed him during a robbery gone wrong. Markhasev protested his innocence for many years, but eventually came clean in a letter to Radar .
“Ennis’ only fault was in being in the path of a wicked idiot like myself,” Markhasev wrote from his California prison cell. “The senseless tragedy of his untimely death and the sacred sorrow experienced by his family is something that I hope you will never have to experience, and yet it happens daily in the world.”
Sadly, this wouldn’t be the last time the Cosby family would experience the sorrow of losing a child. Their daughter, Ensa, died at age 44 after a battle with renal disease.
Does he have an illegitimate daughter?
After Ennis was killed in cold blood, the conspiracy theorists got to work. That same year, rumors that Cosby had fathered an illegitimate child began to circulate, and some claimed The Cosby Show star had his own son killed to stop him from blabbing about his half-sister to the press. The man who committed the murder denied these claims, but Cosby himself would have some denying to do when a woman named Autumn Jackson came forward claiming to be the entertainer’s lovechild.
According to CNN, Cosby admitted to an affair with Jackson’s mother, Shawn Thompson Upshaw, but he said he was 100 percent certain he was not the girl’s father. He asked Jackson to take a DNA test, but she refused. Cosby claimed Jackson was trying to blackmail him for millions of dollars to keep the fake story out of the press, and he had the tapes to prove it.
“OK, what I can do is, I can cut it down the middle … take off another five, and bring that to 25 [million],” Jackson could reportedly be heard telling Cosby’s attorney in a secret recording. It was enough to convince a jury of her guilt and (still maintaining that Cosby was her biological father) she was sentenced to 26 months in prison for extortion.
That time he shamed the black working class
Cosby may have spent a good chunk of his life advocating for change in black communities, but his approach to the problems facing African Americans hasn’t always gone down well with the people he was supposedly trying to help.
In 2004, he took to the stage at an NAACP event and delivered what would become known as the “pound cake speech,” shocking many of his fans by suggesting that black communities weren’t working hard enough and needed to stop blaming white people for their problems.
“Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals,” Cosby said (via The Root ). “These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake. Then we all run out and are outraged, ‘The cops shouldn’t have shot him!’ What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?”
His words cost him a lot of support among African Americans at a time when people were fighting for greater police accountability.
He was first accused of sexual misconduct in 2005
The woman Bill Cosby was eventually found guilty of assaulting in his 2018 retrial is former Temple University basketball employee Andrea Constand, who first came forward about the incident back in 2005. She told authorities she met Cosby at a game in 2002. Then, in 2004, he reportedly invited her to his home to discuss her career. He allegedly offered her what he said were some herbal pills to “take the edge off” after a long day. Constand claimed that after taking the pills she lost control of her body but remained conscious enough to remember Cosby’s assault.
According to the Independent, Constand went to her mother first. After confronting Cosby, the pair contacted police but were left crestfallen when then Pennsylvania District Attorney Bruce Castor announced he would not bring any criminal charges against the entertainer because of “insufficient evidence,” despite the fact that Cosby had reportedly admitted to buying the sedative Quaalude to give to women he wanted to have sex with in the 1970s.
“When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?” Cosby was asked, according to Time . Even though his answer was, “Yes,” his attorney argued that everybody was taking the “love drug” at the time and that Cosby never gave it without consent. Cosby wound up paying Constand $3.38 million to confidentially settle the matter after she filed a civil suit against him.
A viral video led to his downfall
While other women came forward alleging sexual abuse at the hands of Cosby in the years after Constand accused him, none were taken seriously until 2014, when a video of a comedian calling the veteran a rapist during a show went viral.
“Bill Cosby has the f***ing smuggest old black man public persona that I hate,” Hannibal Buress said during a gig at The Trocadero, a venue in Cosby’s home city of Philadelphia, no less. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the ’80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”
Buress went on to joke that he just wanted to ruin reruns of The Cosby Show for the audience, but he also made sure the audience knew that he was 100 percent serious about his allegations. “I’ve done this bit on stage and people … think I’m making it up,” Buress said. “…That s**t is upsetting. If you didn’t know about it, trust me. When you leave here, Google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ That shit has more results than ‘Hannibal Buress.'”
People did just that, and before long, the media had latched on to the renewed interest in Cosby’s shady past. The actor soon found himself under investigation as a result.
He’s been accused by at least 60 women
In December 2015, new district attorney Kevin Steele set the tone of his tenure when he announced that Cosby has been arrested and charged with felony indecent assault.
According to the Independent, Cosby actually attempted to sue Constand for speaking to the police after he’d paid her off, but later dropped the case.
The first trial didn’t go as planned as far as Cosby’s opponents were concerned — jurors remained deadlocked after five days of deliberation and a mistrial was declared. The entertainer wasn’t as lucky the second time around. Cosby was found guilty at his 2018 retrial and faces up to 30 years behind bars — and that’s before all of the potential civil suits from the 60 women who have come forward with harrowing accounts of abuse even begin.
One of Cosby’s many alleged victims was Barbara Bowman, who was a 17-year-old model and an aspiring actress when her agent introduced her to Cosby in 1985. “He convinced me that he was going to take care of me like a father, that he loved me like a daughter,” she said (via USA Today). “To wake up half-dressed and raped by the man that said he was going to love me like a father? That’s pretty sick.”
Did he try to ‘Cosby’ Chelsea Handler?
Stand-up comic Chelsea Handler claims to have had a close call with Cosby around the same time that he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand. When fellow comedian Nick Offerman interviewed her for Esquire magazine in 2015, Handler said that she once received an ominous invite from the disgraced comedian.
“He tried to Cosby me,” Handler said. “I was in Atlantic City playing, doing stand-up, and he was doing stand-up in Atlantic City in the same hotel, and at like three o’clock in the afternoon, someone from the hotel came down and said, ‘Oh, you know, Mr. Cosby would really like to meet you up in his hotel suite.'”
Alarm bells started ringing right away for Handler, but she still wanted to meet the man, so she went to his room with three of her male colleagues as company. “I said, ‘That’s really weird. I don’t want to go alone.’ I go, ‘I don’t know him.’ So the three guys I was with — thank God these guys were with me, one was filming and one was like a producer; we were filming something — I brought them up with me to his room and thank God I did, because now I know what would’ve happened if I went up there alone.”
Handler has been an avid supporter of the
MeToo movement since it took root, and she was quick to comment after Cosby’s guilty verdict. “I wonder how long it’s going to take Trump to announce he’s going to pardon Bill Cosby,” she tweeted.
The verdict brings some closure to sufferers
How and where Cosby will serve his time is yet to be decided at the time of this writing, but those that fought for his conviction are taking comfort in the fact that he may spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Former bartender Janice Baker-Kinney was one of five accusers allowed to testify at the retrial; she alleged that the comedian drugged and raped her in 1982 when she was at a house party in Reno, Nev. “I am overwhelmed with joy, relief and gratitude,” she said in a
statement after the guilty verdict. “This may be the end for Mr. Cosby, but this victory is just the beginning for many of us, to fight for justice, to do the right thing and support every person who has ever been shamed and humiliated and blamed.”
Celebrities have also joined the post-verdict chorus of praise. Actress Rose McGowan, who became one of the early catalysts for the MeToo movement after she openly accused movie executive Harvey Weinstein of rape, expressed gratitude about Cosby’s status as a convicted man. “I’m sorry if you loved a lie,” she tweeted. “His victims can now exhale. Thank you judge and jury. Thank you society for waking up.”
Fellow actress Amber Tamblyn chimed in with a similarly themed tweet , telling Cosby that his date with justice was long overdue: “Time’s up, Bill. Time’s BEEN up for you, for years. And now justice. Justice for women I know who you’ve hurt and those I’ve never met. Good riddance.”
In a movie with comedy heavy-hitters such as Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott , there probably should not have been room for a standout performance. Apparently, nobody explained that to Bobb’e J. Thompson, the kid who played Ronnie in 2008’s Role Models, because that young man stole the show so hard that even Roger Ebert noted in his review of the film that “Thompson will have his own show on Comedy Central before he’s 25.”
As of this writing, Thompson hasn’t reached that age — He celebrated his 22nd birthday in 2018 — or that particular accomplishment, but that’s not to say that he won’t. Since Role Models, he’s gone on to star alongside Will Ferrell in Land of the Lost , play Tracy Morgan’s son on 30 Rock , and land recurring roles on two Tyler Perry TV series. And acting isn’t even his primary career goal.
Since 2014, Thompson has focused his creative energy on rapping, but he still takes the occasional TV gig. Though this multi-talented star may not be a household name, we guarantee most people would know you’re not talking about McLovin when you say “the kid from Role Models .” Let’s take a look at whatever happened to him.
Trading the film set for the recording studio
Long before he was the kid from Role Models, one of Bobb’e J. Thompson’s first forays into show business was an appearance on
Showtime at the Apollo when he was just 5 years old. Thompson crushed his version of Bow Wow’s “That’s My Name,” then went on to steady work on TV series such as The Tracy Morgan Show, That’s So Raven, and
He finally circled back to his true passion,
music, around 2013, when he released “Fade 2 Rap ,” his debut album under the rapper handle King Bobb’e J . From there it was a mixtape in 2014, and more recently, as of this writing, lots of freestyle recordings on his Soundcloud page.
Though he hasn’t reached the kind of mainstream recognition in the rap game as he has in the film and TV world, Thompson says that music is his first love. When asked by
Bossip in 2014 if acting is his biggest passion, Thompson said, “Absolutely not. I still to this day have a divine love for music.” He also promised, “I got a lot of music in the can that I’m gonna hit the people over the head with here soon, but everything is about timing. At this time, acting is where it’s at for me and when it’s time for me to release the music, ya’ll hear it, ya’ll know.”
In addition to film and television, Thompson also had a few big gigs in commercial acting. According to The Skanner , it was hot off of his parts in Role Models, Land of the Lost , and Imagine That when Thompson landed a major Nike basketball campaign in 2009. In it, he voices the puppet Lil Dez (above), the hyperactive thorn in the sides of puppet Kobe and puppet LeBron.
One year later, Thompson took his talents to the gaming world, where he landed the role of Marcus Rivers in an ad campaign that attempted to market Playstations’ PSP handheld device to adolescent gamers. Again, the role seemed tailor-made for the kinetic comic abilities of Thompson, who embodies the campaign’s tagline, “Step your game up,” in a way that perhaps no other pitchman could.
In fact, prior to transforming into Marcus Rivers, Thompson seemed to harness his fictional spirit during a 2009 interview with at The Guy’s Choice Awards when he threw out his personal gamertag, iPurpleRangerX, and claimed he would “whoop” anyone who challenged him in a laundry list of titles. His preferred battleground at the time was XBox Live, but we have a feeling that changed significantly with the receipt of a big fat check from Sony.
His first lead role fizzled
As successful as Thompson was early on in his acting career, he didn’t land a starring role until 2014 in School Dance . He gives all the credit for his leading man status in the raunchy coming-of-age comedy to Nick Cannon, whom he frequently cites as a friend and mentor in the entertainment business.
Speaking with KTLA , Thompson shed light on what it was like to be directed by Cannon, who made his directorial debut with School Dance. “Nick Cannon is an awesome director,” Thompson said. “He knows the business … He studies hard and he’s more of a perfectionist. He don’t like mediocre … He’s gonna make sure it’s the best of the best that he can give.”
Unfortunately, three out of the just four critics who bothered to review the film for Rotten Tomatoes gave it a “rotten” rating, with Brian Orndorff at Blu-Ray.com going so far as to describe it as “awful,” calling Cannon “a network talent show host and Disney personality who’s desperately trying to shed his squeaky clean image.” Oof.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Thompson has yet to book another starring to date.
Bobb’e Says got silenced pretty quickly
During promotion for Role Models , Thompson told KTLA about his next project, a live-action “clip show on Cartoon Network” called Bobb’e Says. “It’s kinda like America’s Funniest Home Videos, but … more for kids” was how Thompson described it. The show was part of Cartoon Network’s CN Real block of programming, which was a shift away from its traditional animated fare. Unfortunately, that change wasn’t particularly well-received by the networks general audience.
The ratings for Bobb’e Says weren’t the best, and neither were the critical reviews. Common Sense Media said the show “will rub parents the wrong way in light of issues like peer pressure and bullying.” Though Thompson teased a second season with the possibility of some “Bobb’e Bloopers” to KTLA , the series was cancelled before round two saw the light of day.
Turning tragedy into activism
In 2010, Thompson became the youth ambassador for The Black AIDS Institute, a think tank dedicated to stopping “the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in unapologetically Black efforts to confront HIV.”
As part of his efforts with the organization, a then-14-year-old Thompson recorded the above PSA in which he reveals the sobering statistic that in 2006, “the majority of youth aged 13 – 24 with AIDS who died were black.”
Thompson also has a personal connection to the AIDS epidemic, as he outlined to No More Down Low in 2010. “I recently just lost my aunt to HIV/AIDS,” he said at the time. “So that’s what made it very important to me. It made me really, really take action, because it affected me and my loved ones, so I’m not only here doing this just for me, I’m doing it for family.”
‘I could have lost my life’
Thompson doesn’t make the news , or even the celebrity tabloids, very often. In fact, he told Bossip that he actively avoids “giving people much to say about [him] that is negative” by trying to only “focus on the positive.” That’s probably why the only tabloid mention we even came across about him was a story from TMZ reported that Thompson and a friend were in a seriously scary car accident in February 2017.
“I could have lost my life,” Thompson said in a video statement to the tab. He was describing how he and Lincoln Heights actor Zachary Williams had to jump out of Williams’ mom’s minivan as it suddenly fell into a 20-foot sinkhole. They even sprang into action to help another motorist whose car had also plunged into the supersized pothole.
“Now that I know that, like, literally the ground will just open up whenever it feel like it … I don’t want to go to sleep,” Thompson joked. “Like I don’t want me and my bed to fall in the middle of the ground.”
We’d be lying if we said we weren’t interested in the audio from the moment that car went into the sinkhole. Obviously, we’re thankful that nobody was injured in the terrifying incident, but we just know a little bit of Thompson’s inner-Ronnie had to have come out on that one.
Big things come in small packages
Though he’s already accomplished much, Thompson shows no signs of slowing. In 2014, interviewer Kam Williams’ asked, “When you look in the mirror, what do you see?” Thompson replied, “I see an ambitious young man who will one day have it all.”
And if “have it all” seemed a bit ambiguous, Thompson clarified by saying, “I think when it’s all said and done, I need 5 Grammys, 6 Oscars, a few Emmys and a couple of NAACP Awards. The whole 9 yards. My dream is to be one of the winningest entertainers ever. I just want my work to be recognized as well as the effort I put in.”
Thompson even compared himself to an artist of similar stature, Will Smith , telling BlackFilm that Smith’s character, Mike Lowrey, in Bad Boys is his “dream role.” At 4’11,” Thompson may not fit the typical mold for such a role, but that never stopped Tom Cruise from becoming one of the most bankable action stars in the world, and it certainly didn’t hold back Kevin Hart , who rose above his peers with bold self-deprecation. So keep dreaming, kid, because we can’t wait to see what you do next!
The courtroom can be a volatile place sometimes. Lives are often at stake, justice and closure are sought and sometimes denied, and greatest fears are confronted. Sometimes all it takes is the wrong combination of people, a particularly unpopular verdict, a particularly delicate nerve being struck, or an encounter with evil incarnate before all manner of decorum is thrown into the hallway and chaos erupts. Whether you’re a notorious cult leader, a grieving parent, a hapless public defender, or a seasoned adjudicator with a particularly bad case of the Mondays, no one’s immune to the seething pandemonium of the courtroom, constantly on the verge of boiling over and blowing the doors open for the circus to march on through. The craziest outbursts are just a misplaced glance or unwelcome comment away, and these are just a few of them.
Judge lays the smackdown on a public defender
The impartiality of the judge’s realm is clearly not always easy to uphold. Judges are people, too, and people are fallible beings. Sometimes their sympathy or disgust is all too apparent, sometimes they get cranky, sometimes they lose their cool. And on some rare occasions, they act like they’ve just grabbed the mic at friggin’ WrestleMania.
During a 2014 hearing, Florida judge John C. Murphy got into a bit of a tiff with assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock over Weinstock’s refusal to waive his client’s right to a fast trial. There was talk of an “emergency created by the state” from Weinstock, and Murphy’s patience started to wear thin. Things escalated, and the exchange culminated with the judge saying “If you wanna fight, let’s just go out back and I’ll beat your a**.”
The men walked out into a hallway off-camera to wave their gavels at each other some more, and could be heard taunting and shouting and grappling. The judge emerged from the hallway, but Weinstock, having obviously smelled what Murphy was cooking, did not. The crowd in the courtroom was weirdly clued in on this absurd Jerry Springer-esque macho spectacle and applauded the judge’s return to his podium like a medieval king retaining his throne. According to Florida Today, Murphy took a leave of absence after the scuffle and underwent anger management counseling, and public defenders around the state probably started to sleep a little more soundly at night.
Public defender sucker-punched by his own client
You really have to doff your cap to public defenders. Aside from the usual suspects, like underpaid social workers and nurses and hapless substitute teachers being thrown in front of particularly bloodthirsty high school classes, there can’t be many professions out there more thankless. And it’s not just Better Call Saul that suggests this.
It was 2008 , and prisoner Peter Hafer — who was facing burglary charges in a K-Mart robbery a few months prior — was not happy with public defender Doug Crickmer’s service. Poor, oblivious Crickmer was in the process of reminding the court that it was not his choice to make when he was socked by Hafer out of nowhere, who continued to lay into him on the ground before being restrained.
Crickmer’s response was remarkably level-headed and he didn’t press charges, but the assault did land Hafer six months in jail for contempt of court. And just in case this wasn’t proof enough that Hafer might not be such a swell guy, he pleaded guilty to possession of stolen firearms in 2010 and was a suspect in a related murder case as recently as 2017. Public defenders, beware.
Miama circuit judge is getting too old for this sh*t
Judges come in all different shapes, sizes, and temperaments. Even if they don’t always land their own daytime TV spot a la the Judys and Rinders of this world, there are plenty who have personality and charm to spare and this Miami-Dade circuit judge is definitely one of them. Who wouldn’t watch this guy dole out cheeky televised justice on a lazy Sunday afternoon?
In 2013, Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat (okay, not the catchiest show title, but stick with it) was faced with Penelope Soto, an 18-year-old Miami woman charged with possession of Xanax. Dismissive and giggling throughout, Soto’s bail was set at $5,000. But before leaving she says “adios,” which is just a little too cavalier for this adjudicator. He ups the bail to $10,000. She then flips him the bird, says “f*ck you,” and he calls her back to throw 30 days in county jail on top of everything else for contempt of court.
According to NBC Miami , a tearful Soto appeared in front Rodriguez-Chomat again a few days later to apologize, and to admit that she had taken Xanax on the day of her arrest. The judge accepted her apology and dropped both the jail sentence and the $10,000 bond, hoping the incident would serve as a wake-up call of sorts. That old “respect your elders” adage has rarely been more appropriate. Especially when those elders are wearing judge’s robes and you’re wearing orange.
Hiter’s loyal, demented president of the People’s Court
Shrieking, murderous megalomaniacs were in no short supply in Nazi Germany, and its courtrooms were no exception. Judge Roland Freisler was a notorious monster, serving as president of the People’s Court in Germany from 1942 and becoming famous for his aggressive delivery and psychologically torturous trials that usually resulted in death sentences or life in prison. Probably the most notable were the “show trials” of 1944, for the group of men who plotted to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Intended to shame and degrade the perpetrators and frighten everyone else, this footage of Freisler berating one such conspirator, Ulrich-Wilhelm Graf von Schwerin von Schwanenfeld (usually shortened to Schwerin), is both chilling and incredibly absurd. Freisler’s theatrics almost come across as too demented to exist outside Hollywood, but perhaps even more powerful and surreal is Schwerin’s quiet dignity in the face of Freisler’s hysterics. As seen in a Discovery documentary , despite facing almost certain death, he betrays no signs of regret or weakness and seems to stands firm in the absolute righteousness of what he had attempted to carry out. He was later sentenced to death by hanging.
Freisler was killed in a bombing raid in 1945, on the day that Fabian Von Schlabrendorff — another member of the same assassination plot — was due to stand trial and face execution. Freisler, who had demanded to know if Schwerin was “cracking under his own villainy” before, ended up being crushed by a beam while still clutching Schlabrendorff’s file. A fitting end, no?
Father of abuse victims takes matters into his own hands
For those of us fortunate enough to have never had to share a courtroom with someone who’s done heinous things to us or our loved ones, it’s probably hard to even fathom the razor’s edge anxiety in the air and the precarious threat of volatile, unplanned outbursts hovering over everything. Emotions run understandably high, and people snap.
Randall Margraves, the father of three daughters who were abused by former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, listened to two of his daughters give emotionally charged statements in early 2018 while Nassar sat there and shook his head. When given an opportunity to speak, Margraves asked the judge to allow him “five minutes in a locked room” with Nassar. The judge refused, of course. He asked for “one minute.” Still, no dice. The distraught father then lunged at Nassar before being tackled and detained by security.
As reported by CNN, a handcuffed Margraves was brought back before the judge during a lunch break to apologize and profess his embarrassment and regret. Empathy and reason won the day as Judge Janice Cunningham decided to release him without punishment, but made sure to remind him that vigilante justice-seeking is not appropriate in the courtroom. Nassar, a former Olympics doctor for the U.S. gymnastic team who abused more than 150 young women over two decades, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina made no secret of her disdain for the man upon passing the sentence, saying “I’ve just signed your death warrant.”
A crazed Charles Manson lunges at judge with a pencil
Charles Manson’s death in November 2017 has prompted a fresh perusal of the notorious cult leader’s particularly thick catalog of crazy. A significant cultural episode at the time, the Tate-LaBianca murder trial in 1970 stands out among other touchstones in Manson’s heinous history for a lot of reasons. Over the course of the trial — touched on in the The New York Times’ obituary — Manson punched his own lawyer, his chanting followers would wait outside the courtroom to show their reverential support, and Manson and his co-defendants carved an X (eventually modified into a swastika) into their foreheads. It quickly became a gross spectacle of the absurd, and perhaps the battiest instance was Manson accusing the judge of trying to kill him and the violent outburst that followed.
According to a 1970 New York Times article , the judge threatened to have Manson removed, then Manson threatened to have the judge removed before charging at him with a pencil in hand. He’s tackled by two security guard and dragged to the floor, screaming that someone ought to cut the judge’s head off.
The aftermath here has been well documented. Manson was found guilty of nine murders in total and sentenced to life in prison, he was incarcerated in various institutions over the years and was denied parole a number of times, most recently in 2012. No video footage of the outburst exists, but it still remains firmly embedded in Manson’s storied and horrid legacy.
Father leaps at the Ohio serial killer who murdered his daughter
Another distraught father faced with the living, breathing source of unimaginable pain. It was 2016 in Ohio, and father Van Terry had taken to the podium during a murder trial to speak about the loss of his daughter Shirellda. As reported by CBS News, she had been murdered by serial killer Michael Madison, who was seated behind Terry while he spoke. Terry paused in the middle of his statement to look back at Madison for a moment, and something snapped; the grieving parent made a sudden, almighty leap over the table in an effort to reach Madison and attack him amid cries of protest and scrambling bodies trying to maintain order. Madison avoided injury, and Terry was pulled away.
Speaking to a Fox 8 broadcaster after the incident, Terry explained that the killer was smirking when he turned to look at him during his statement, which was just too much to handle on top of everything else the man had done. Found guilty of the torture and murder of three women, Madison was given the death penalty for his crimes.
Jackson County Judge tells convicted killer he hopes she dies in prison
Clearly, courtroom judges are less likely to keep their feelings to themselves than you might expect, and this Jackson County judge certainly made no secret of his utter contempt for convicted killer Camia Gamet.
Thirty-one-year-old Gamet was sentenced to life in prison for killing her boyfriend in 2012, and Judge John McBain refused to tolerate her dismissive attitude in court. He didn’t hold back while passing his sentence, losing his temper and throwing all niceties out the window, telling her “I hope you die in prison” among other scathing indictments.
This judge is no stranger to losing his cool in the courtroom either. During a hearing on a personal protection order violation in 2016, as reported by
Michigan Live, he assisted in tackling an uncooperative and aggressive man to the ground, to preserve the dignity and decorum of the court, according to him. And when he alleged he was a potential victim of stalking and harassment himself in 2017, he didn’t mince words when it came to the perpetrator: “If you want me, then come at me.” With a name like Judge John McBain, what do you really expect other than harsh, stone-cold justice?
Detroit woman’s chilling admission to the murder of two of her daughters
While emotions do tend to run high in the courtroom, the clinical and painstakingly thorough nature of the process of determining guilt isn’t really conducive to unexpected and chilling confessions of guilt on the part of the accused. But it does happen.
Mitchelle Blair was charged with the horrific torture and murder of two of her children in 2015. Their bodies were found in a deep freezer in her home following an eviction, and her dramatic, raving admission that it was she who killed them had her ushered out of the courtroom. She screamed “Everybody wants to know, yes, I did kill her!” referring to her daughter, after her surviving son testified via tape to having witnessed the murder of his brother. Blair claimed to have done what she did because the children had been abusing her surviving son, according to NBC News, and said she felt no remorse whatsoever for her actions. She was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Former Bosnian-Croat war criminal drinks poison in the middle of UN tribunal
When a convicted war criminal drinks a vial of poison in court upon having his 20-year jail term upheld, the logical assumption is that he’d rather die immediately than face any jail time, and it’s probably a pretty loud admission of guilt. But while Slobodan Praljak was guilty as sin by any reasonable metric, his suicide seems to have been a gesture of twisted pride.
As reported by The Guardian , Praljak was a key figure in the Bosnian war in the early 1990s, and was convicted for crimes against humanity in 2013 for his actions in the city of Mostar. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but he appealed, and his sentence had just been upheld at a 2017 U.N. tribunal when he took drastic, baffling action. He stood, loudly declared he was innocent and rejected the verdict, then tipped back a small vial of liquid he’d managed to smuggle in with him somehow. Quiet befuddlement followed, until Slobodan announced he’d swallowed poison. The judge suspended the proceedings immediately, and an ambulance was called but Praljak died later that day.
If this final act contributed anything to Praljak’s legacy of atrocity, it’s mostly just capped it with an element of messy confusion. Praljak would have been eligible for release in 2019 , having been imprisoned since 2004 and thus having already served the majority his sentence, so his perverse declaration can’t really be seen as anything other than a gruesome symbolic gesture.
When you’re a musician, inspiration can strike at any moment. You can be brushing your teeth, sitting on the john, eating a burrito, or doing all those things at once somehow, when suddenly, BAM! Inspiration jumps out and punches you in the face, forcing you to cut your awesome display of multitasking short to go sit at the keyboard and squeeze out a song. It can come from a half-forgotten dream, an incident on the bus the day before, or even the fact that you’re a thieving thief of the type that thieves.
Depending upon whom you ask, this isn’t even necessarily bad — it’s been said that virtually all
musicians indulge in a little light plagiarism from time to time, as the world’s supply of truly original melodies and lyrics are swiftly dwindling. But these are particularly egregious cases, with strangely different outcomes; some of the original artists were awarded songwriting credit, some settled out of court, and yet others sarcastically remarked “nice tune you’ve got there” while flipping the bird, unable to do much else.
The story of how worldwide dance smash “The Power” came to be is as convoluted as it gets, but here are the main beats. In 1989, a pair of German dance music producers known as Snap! put out a “Mega Mix” (a common practice at the time) consisting of the rhythm track from “King of the Beats” by Mantronix, a vocal hook from “Love’s Gonna Get You” by Jocelyn Brown, and two elements (a killer saxophone riff and the entire acapella vocal track) from the single “Let the Words Flow” by Queens rapper Chill Rob G. When Rob and his producer expressed irritation over this, Snap! pulled the vocal and recruited soundalike rapper Durron Butler (Turbo B) to record new verses, and this new version became an international smash hit.
Figuring that turnabout was fair play, Rob proceeded to swipe the entire instrumental track and release his own version of the song on tiny label Wild Pitch. Unfortunately, Snap! had signed a U.S. distribution deal with Arista, so their Frankenstein monster of a track effectively buried Rob’s version. So, just how hard did Rob get screwed? Setting aside the fact that you’ve never heard of him before now, consider that he reaped none of that sweet “The Power” cash, and also this: that instantly recognizable “it’s gettin’ kinda hectic” sample? That’s Rob’s voice, from his original song. Remember also that the Snap! version contains the line, “copywritten lyrics so they can’t be stolen,” which must trigger tiny nuclear explosions inside Rob’s head every time he hears it.
Although “Creep” was Radiohead’s breakout hit, the band has never been particularly fond of the song, even refusing to play it live for years on end . Perhaps it’s because it doesn’t fit very well thematically with the rest of the band’s catalog, or because it’s been covered an insane number of times in agonizingly earnest fashion by the likes of Moby and Korn. Lead singer Thom Yorke has famously referred to the song by the alternate title “Crap,” but perhaps that’s just the shame talking because the song’s composition is a blatant ripoff of an old song by the Hollies, “The Air That I Breathe.”
According to NME , it took Hollies songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood a while to catch on — but once they did, they were quick to haul the band into court for copyright infringement. It presumably wasn’t a lengthy hearing because the two songs’ chord progressions are obviously identical. Hammond and Hazelwood were awarded a cut of the Radiohead song’s royalties, and future pressings of Pablo Honey — the album on which “Creep” appears — credit them as co-songwriters. It was a cut-and-dried case until just recently, when British crooner Sam Smith decided to muddy the waters by ripping off “Creep” for his song “Midnight Train,” presumably in an attempt to get the Hollies’ and Radiohead’s lawyers to fight to the death.
Johnny Cash is a legend, and it’s impossible to overstate his contributions to country music. He famously played one of his signature tunes, “Folsom Prison Blues,” for an audience of inmates at the actual Folsom Prison, because he was just that badass. As immortalized in the biopic Walk the Line, “Folsom Prison Blues” is the tune that saw Cash turning away from traditional, gospel-tinged country, taking the genre into totally new territory with bleak lyrics about the hopelessness of prison life — but the flick conveniently left out the part where he ripped off the bulk of the song from an earlier recording.
That recording was Gordon Jenkins’ “Crescent City Blues,” which was released in 1953. The Los Angeles Times reported that Cash once explained to an interviewer that he wrote the song at a time when he “had no idea I would be a professional recording artist,” and that he “wasn’t trying to rip anybody off.” But even though the compositions are quite different, many of the lyrics — including the opening lines of each verse, among others — are identical. Cash went on to say that he eventually worked it out with Jenkins, and “everything was right” — but the reported $100,000 settlement Cash forked over probably helped a lot.
Guns N’ Roses
Former Australian Crawl lead singer James Reyne really doesn’t want to make a big deal about this, but fans have long been of the opinion that the Aussie band’s 1981 track “Unpublished Critics” was—how to put this most delicately—pilfered, plundered and thieved by Guns N’ Roses for their signature tune, “Sweet Child O Mine.” Reyne has claimed to have not been aware of the controversy until recently — “it just didn’t cross my radar because I was listening to other things,” he reportedly said — and Australian Crawl has never so much as threatened any legal action, which is odd. When you compare the tracks side by side, it sure seems like the similarities would be enough to make any lawyer worth their salt drown in a puddle of anticipatory drool.
As reported by VH-1 News, Reyne told an Australian blog that these similarities include “the same chugging chord progression, a similarly sweeping lead break, the verse melody, and the elongated one-syllable vocal in the chorus,” which is exactly right, but he later expressed a disinclination to take on the Guns’ presumed army of lawyers, and that was that. At least there’s now a partial answer to the repeated query of “where do we go now?” which closes the Guns N’ Roses tune, and that answer is “not to court, thankfully.”
Everyone’s heard Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” and everyone’s heard Hall and Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” but unless you’re a musician, it may have escaped you that the two songs’ rhythm sections are … quite similar. Upon the King of Pop’s death and subsequent ascension to Pop Heaven, a gaggle of celebrities told their MJ stories to Rolling Stone, and among the more interesting recollections was one from Daryl Hall, describing an interaction that took place during the recording of the star-studded benefit track “We Are the World.”
“He sort of clung to Diana Ross pretty much,” Hall recalled, “but at one point I was off to the side and he came over to me and said, ‘I hope you don’t mind, but I stole “Billie Jean” from you.'” Hall has told this story
more than once , and in every version he defers to King, sometimes adding the detail that he played it off by saying he didn’t see the similarity. Like many artists, Hall seems to subscribe to the idea that a certain amount of theft is normal — but at the very least, he’s got to be quietly smug about the fact that a little bass groove he came up with while screwing around in the studio formed the basis for not one, but two monster smash hit songs.
Ray Parker Jr.
If the name Ray Parker Jr. doesn’t immediately ring a bell, then we just have one question for you: Who ya gonna call? That’s right, you’re gonna call the Ghostbusters because Parker told you to in his signature hit from the original 1984 film. But it almost wasn’t to be; according to Rolling Stone, the movie’s producers had originally wanted Huey Lewis and the News to provide the soundtrack’s lead single, but Huey and the boys were already at work on the soundtrack to Back to the Future and had to decline. Fortunately, Parker was on hand to fill the big Huey Lewis-shaped hole in the soundtrack by writing a perfectly catchy tune ripped off nearly wholesale from “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis.
It took Lewis about 10 seconds to file a lawsuit upon hearing Parker’s song, but it took fully 10 years for the case to be resolved. The parties settled out of court in 1995, with a non-disclosure agreement preventing either of them from talking about the case, which Lewis totally ignored. In an episode of Behind the Music , he blabbed, “The offensive part was not so much that Ray Parker Jr. had ripped this song off, it was kind of symbolic of an industry that wants something — they wanted our wave, and they wanted to buy it. … I suppose it was for sale, because, basically, they bought it.” Parker sued, and Lewis probably thought it was totally worth it.
In May 2013, pop songstress Katy Perry tweeted a supportive message to fellow singer Sara Bareilles: “I heart you,” it read (nice!) above a post of Bareilles new video “Brave” (super-nice for a megastar like Perry to give free publicity to a regular star of the non-mega variety). A few months passed, and in August of that year, Perry released the lead single from her new album Prism. You may have heard it — “Roar” ended up being the sixth-highest-selling single of 2013, and it sounds a whole hell of a lot like “Brave” (not so nice).
The Guardian reported that it took fans no time at all to begin mashing up the two songs, which was presumably about as easy as mashing up some mashed potatoes with more mashed potatoes. To add more thievery to the existing thievery, DJ Dillion Francis took to Twitter to complain loudly about the fact that one of the two videos for “Roar” — in which Perry texts the song’s lyrics throughout the day from a sped-up, first person point of view — took its concept from an earlier clip for one of his songs, ” Messages.” Perry never addressed either complaint, but Bareilles was insanely diplomatic when discussing the controversy with CBS News, saying, “I can’t say that I think that they don’t sound similar. … I’ve known Katy a really long time and we’re friends. And at the end of the day, it was really only good for my song.”
Even artists of the highest stature aren’t immune to the thievery bug, and few statures are higher than “ex-Beatle.” A prolific songwriter who was famously allowed only two songs per Beatles album, Harrison poured his backlog into the massive, three-album release All Things Must Pass after the band’s breakup. In November 1970, his single “My Sweet Lord” became the first solo release from a former Beatle to top the Billboard charts, which — in light of that stupid two-song rule — must have been pretty gratifying for Harrison. That is, until people began pointing out how very, obviously similar the song’s vocal line was to the Chiffons’ hit 1963 single “He’s So Fine.”
According to Ultimate Classic Rock, that tune’s publisher successfully sued Harrison in 1971. Harrison admitted that he was familiar with the song, but stated that any plagiarism was unintentional and was done “subconsciously” — and the judge agreed that this was probably true, while still stating flatly that “it is clear that ‘My Sweet Lord’ is the very same song as ‘He’s So Fine’ with different words.” Despite the clear-cut nature of the case, haggling over damages dragged on for an incredibly stupid 27 years, until 1998 — meaning Harrison’s heartfelt plea for a closer relationship with God instead had the effect of earning him a much, much closer relationship with his lawyers.
Coldplay’s breakthrough 2008 single “Viva La Vida” had only been out for a few months when sharp-eared fans began posting videos to YouTube, noting similarities between its melody and that of “If I Could Fly,” a 2004 instrumental by guitar god Joe Satriani. Satriani, who apparently surfs the hell out of YouTube between bouts of massive shredding, quickly took notice and filed suit.
Coldplay employed the “Gee whiz, beats me” defense, as
reported by MTV News. “If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music,” said the band’s official statement to the press, “they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him.”
Strange, then, that the case was promptly settled out of court with an undisclosed, sealed “stipulation,” which means that money changed hands between the two parties to settle the matter, and it probably wasn’t Satriani doing the paying, according to The Guardian . We’ll probably never know the details unless Satriani pulls a Huey Lewis and blabs about it to somebody, but it appears he might not have gotten that much. In a strange footnote, Yusuf Islam — formerly known as Cat Stevens — had made some noise prior to Satriani’s suit about similarities between “Viva La Vida” and his song “Foreigner Suite.” When asked by Rolling Stone if he was considering a lawsuit of his own, he deadpanned, “It depends on how well Satriani does.” Said lawsuit never materialized, so … apparently not that well.
There was a shameful time in our nation’s history when Rod Stewart strutting around in spandex to a disco beat, asking us all if we thought he was sexy, was considered to be an acceptable form of entertainment. Longtime fans of the musician’s more rocking work with the band Faces and as a solo artist collectively projectile-vomited as “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” roared to #1 in late 1979 — a development which was quickly noted by Brazilian singer Jorge Ben Jor, whose answer to the question was “No, but I think I have a pretty solid lawsuit.”
Indeed, the chorus — which, drummer Carmine Appice told Songfacts, is the only part of the song Stewart actually wrote, with his band handling the rest — contains the exact same melody as Jor’s Spanish-language tune “Taj Mahal,” and it wasn’t long until the lesser-known artist got all sue-y about it. Stewart quickly settled, agreeing to give proceeds from the song to children’s charity UNICEF, and claimed the George Harrison defense in his autobiography , saying, “Clearly the melody had lodged itself in my memory and then resurfaced. Unconscious plagiarism, plain and simple. I handed over the royalties … wondering whether ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?’ was partly cursed.” At least all that sexiness helped to feed needy children , which is a sentence you will almost certainly never read again.
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It sometimes feels like musicians can get away with anything. Justin Bieber can get arrested and still keep cranking out mediocre music. Ozzy Osbourne can bite the head off a bat and still land a mediocre reality show. Johnny Cash can publicly confess to shooting a man in Reno, just to watch him die , and still get to cut a record in Folsom Prison. Man, what would a musician have to do to get in some real trouble?
Depending on the musician in question, maybe not so much. While some can get away with near-murder, other crooners find themselves looking down the barrel of a ruined career just for having the wrong backup dancers. If you’re struggling with a hyper-successful music career and need to take the pressure off, take note. Any one of these could have you on food stamps faster than you can say “career suicide.” nt That Destroyed These Musicians’ Careers
If the name doesn’t ring any bells, Warren Jeffs has been the head of the Fundamentalist Latter-day Saints for the past decade and a half. The FLDS is a branch of Mormonism that broke off from the main group in 1890 when the main LDS group banned polygamy. The 10,000 or so practitioners live in Arizona, Utah, Texas, and Canada, and Jeffs is their prophet.
But the strangeness of this church-cult goes a lot deeper than that. Jeffs himself is a lawbreaking creep who thankfully is now sitting in jail. Here’s some of the crazy stuff he’s gotten up to.
He has some weird desires
The grossest (and most illegal) thing about Warren was his relationships with young girls. But he managed to take that and make it even more disgusting. If you’re going to marry lots of young, sheltered virgins, you might find they aren’t so well-versed on what happens in the bedroom. CNN says Jeffs had an answer for this: he would teach them. If your skin isn’t crawling already, how about some more ickiness: he audiotaped these disturbing “sessions.”
In a way, that last bit became a good thing because the tapes ended up being used as a key piece of evidence during the trial that proved he had abused underage girls. His name for these teaching events? “Heavenly sessions.” Gross. In them he talks about how they have to be with him physically since God said so. God was probably pretty pissed about that comment.
Even being sent to jail didn’t stop his weird desires. He couldn’t be with his wives physically anymore, but he could call them. And when he did he wanted to hear what he was missing. Another CNN article said he would make them do it as a group every night so he could listen. They would have to shower together and then pleasure each other. We’re talking about 80 women here. (Pro tip: by enjoying it, Jeffs was breaking his own rule that sex was for procreation only and one is not supposed to like the act.)
He’s trying to create a master race using ‘seed bearers’
Originally the FLDS view on marriage was almost normal, at least as normal as polygamous marriages can possibly be: one husband, lots of wives, and dozens of their children running around. But in more recent years Jeffs changed the rules. He decided he wanted to create a “master race” ( according to Rolling Stone) and that not all men were worthy enough to be the ones impregnating their wives.
It’s almost like a gender-swapped The Handmaid’s Tale.
CNN says this select group of men will sleep with all the women in the group, and hope that they can make “better” children. Obviously, the wives have no say in this at all because “who needs consent?” seems to be the FLDS’s motto. But the husband still has responsibilities. For example, he has to be in the room when this is happening. Not only that, he is supposed to be holding his wife’s hands during the ordeal. Someone read Margaret Atwood’s classic as a goal instead of a warning.
Amazingly, these cuckolded husbands might still consider themselves lucky. They at least got to stay in the FLDS. The Guardian reports that many young men from the church (as young as 13 years old in some cases) are chased out of the group. Often they are just unceremoniously dumped on the side of the road. The reason is down to numbers: if there are too many men, they won’t all get as many wives as they want, so the boys are forced to leave and somehow make it on their own.
His schools teach fiction as fact
Whether they are taught at home or in one of the FLDS schools, kids don’t learn much that’s actually true. Of course, religious studies are a huge part of their curriculum, but they do learn some “science” and “history” as well. And just so they never stop thinking about the important stuff, an ABC News report, Secrets of Mormon Cult: Breaking Polygamy, found that Warren Jeffs’ photo is on the front of every student’s notebook.
Ex-members said they were never taught about AIDS or Santa Claus. They barely touched on the Civil War. The only thing they’re taught about the Moon is that we never landed on it because God steered Neil Armstrong away from it. And they learn that Warren Jeffs is the true president of the United States. (But that’s impossible because he hasn’t started his reality TV show yet.)
When not learning crazy things, life got even more cultish. They would spend huge parts of the day writing out the many proverbs Jeffs had come up with. Stuff like “It is here and now that we earn our salvation” and “Consider well what you love and want in life.” Okay, those don’t sound that nuts but even a broken clock is right twice a day. At the very least, they aren’t exactly original. Then there are the creepier ones like “When you disobey there must and always will be a punishment.” Talk about motivational learning.
He rules with an iron fist
The FLDS has been around for a while, but Warren Jeffs has only been in charge since 2002. Before that his father Rulon was the head honcho until he died. Then it became the Warren Jeffs show. NPR says he and his followers believe he is a prophet and his word is law since God supposedly speaks through him.
Jeffs abuses this power in a lot of ways, and not all of them involve underage girls, amazingly. For example, he gets to decide which of his male followers will go to heaven. That means you better listen to everything he says so you don’t fall out of favor. And because men need at least three wives to get past the pearly gates and Jeffs is the one who assigns them wives, it’s vital for them to be in his good graces. But what about the women’s salvation? Since husbands have complete power over their wives, they’re the ones who decide who gets saved for eternity. Imagine the pressure of having to keep your husband happy all the time and competing with other wives for his favor, all so you can be sure you’ll get into heaven.
If you do fall foul of Jeffs, you can literally lose everything. If he decides to punish a man, he can “reassign” his home, his wives, and even his children to other men. Of course, the women and children have no say in the matter.
He was one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted
When you’re a criminal, there’s only one thing to aim for: becoming one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted. It’s a prestigious list of terrible people, and if you’re going to do horrible things you may as well go big or go home. Jeffs managed to get himself on the list in 2006 when he went on the run with his favorite wife. He wasn’t too good at hiding and was caught later that year.
According to The Guardian, the charge that landed him on the list was setting up a marriage between a 28-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl. This charge would have gotten him just two years in prison, but they managed to get him on much more disgusting stuff a few years later.
The FBI was serious about catching their man, offering up to $100,000 for any information leading to his capture. You also learn some fun facts about the pedo, like that he used to be a schoolteacher and do accounting. Also his middle name is Steed, which is way too cool a name for someone so grody.
He’s serving life in prison
The way Jeffs was caught was pretty amazing.
According to Rolling Stone, it was during a routine traffic stop and he was found with 16 cellphones, three different wigs, and a tidy $56,000 in cash. It was just outside Las Vegas, so maybe he’d had a good night at the poker table.
After Jeffs was caught, he was put on trial for and convicted of marrying an underage girl to another adult man. The conviction was (somehow) overturned in 2010. Thankfully, in 2011 he was arrested again. The New York Times says this time he was on trial for his two “spiritual marriages” to a 15-year-old and a 12-year-old, and for doing things with them that are usually found in plotlines of Law & Order: SVU. He even had a special bed in the temple where he consummated marriages like this. Then Jeffs went and got the 15-year-old pregnant. And if 12 seems especially disturbing, how about this: the girl’s father officiated the wedding, which tells you how serious the problems are in this whole cult.
During his second trial, Jeffs warned everyone involved that God would seriously mess them up if they didn’t let him go. Fortunately, they didn’t let him go, nothing bad seemed to happen, and he was convicted and sentenced to serve life in prison plus 20 years, according to The Daily Beast .
His followers have to pray for him to escape
Despite getting to listen to an orgy every night, Jeffs isn’t thrilled about being in jail. After all, we all know what happens to child abusers in there. So he wants out, and rather than digging a tunnel for the next 20 years a la The Shawshank Redemption , he’s counting on the man in charge, God.
According to one ex-member, Joe Broadbent , followers have to stop whatever they are doing every hour on the hour and pray for Jeffs to break out of jail. It’s not clear if they pray for him to get really good plastic surgery after that or maybe a plane ticket to a country with no U.S. extradition treaty. Being on the lam didn’t really work out for him last time. Jeffs also insists they fast for days at a time, in order to boost the power of their prayers. And the fact that he hasn’t broken out yet? All their fault. He tells them if they were faithful enough that he would be out of there no problem. CNN says practitioners are prepared to help him escape themselves if God orders them to, but apparently that message got lost during delivery.
But according to Rolling Stone, Jeffs isn’t putting it all on his followers. He prayed so much in jail that he got open sores on his knees. To make him stop so his knees could heal, the guards had to chain him to the wall of his cell.
He lost a $16 million lawsuit against a child bride
In 2017, Jeffs lost a lawsuit that had been going through the courts for a decade. NBC News reportedhe was ordered to pay $16 million to Elissa Wall, though it sounds like hardly enough after what he put her through.
According to Deseret News , when Wall was 14 years old, Jeffs ordered her to marry her 19-year-old first cousin. It didn’t matter that she was underage, or that they were related, or that she didn’t even like or trust him — Jeffs said God had decided this marriage was taking place. Period. She was only given a week’s warning, but Wall still tried to get out of it. She knew that going against what Jeffs said could mean she would go to hell, but nonetheless she begged not to have to go through with the marriage. She was warned that refusing could not only put her own salvation at risk, but that of her family. So she gave in.
The marriage went about as badly as you’d expect. Wall would sleep in her car just to avoid her husband. In the end, Jeffs finally released her from the marriage, but she wasn’t off the hook yet. When she was 18, the leader told her that the only way to have her sins forgiven was to go through the ceremony of blood atonement. That meant walking into a temple, slitting her own throat, and bleeding to death. That $16 million seems pretty low now, doesn’t it?
Jeffs married 70 women and had dozens of children
When Jeffs’ father died, he left behind a bunch of wives, so, according to The Daily Beast, Jeffs did the only logical thing: he married most of them. Then there were the wives he already had. All in all, the estimated total is about 70 to 80 women who gave him dozens of children. And some of those children, like others in the compound, may have serious problems.
Deseret News says the issue is that because so many of the members of this insular community are related, children are starting to be born with severe birth defects. And it’s only expected to get worse. As one member said, “Around here you’re pretty much related to everybody.” But no matter how healthy you were, Jeffs was a horrible father. One of his daughters told Today that she had been molested by him more times that she could count as a young girl.
On a less disturbing note, where does one house a family of over 100 people? In a giant mansion, obviously. AOL talked to one of Jeffs’ ex-wives who wants to buy the $1.2 million, 41-bedroom house and turn it into a tourist attraction, complete with gift shop. So if you’ve ever wanted to visit Arizona for the crazy heat and so you can tour the home of one of the creepiest abusive polygamists ever, now is your chance. Get a keychain at the gift shop!
His cult is now split and going through a ‘civil war’
Just because Jeffs is behind bars doesn’t mean he wants to give up control of his cult. But his power has weakened, and according to Rolling Stone, many people have decided he shouldn’t be in charge anymore. But even though hundreds of people have been able to move on mentally, they haven’t actually moved on physically, because, well, no one likes packing, right? That has resulted in those loyal to Jeffs retaliating against their neighbors.
Some of it sounds kind of funny, like the parents who send their children to pee on the lawns of people they don’t agree with. Unwanted piss fountains aside, there are also much more serious accusations. Ex-members say they’ve had dead animals left on their porches. The window of an office was shot out. Many claim they have been driven off the road on purpose, and one person had their truck blown up.
It might be that Jeffs is the one making sure his ex-followers get the message. A private investigator who worked on the case against him says even though his power is ebbing, he’s trying to hold on and if that means acts of violence, so be it. According to the investigator, Jeffs is like a cornered animal in that the more power he loses the more desperate he becomes. Hopefully more and more people will abandon him, and he’ll be sitting in jail for the rest of his life.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery once said that perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. It’s an engineering philosophy that keeps bicycle horns off helicopters and
The Homer out of our car dealerships.
But what’s good for engineering isn’t necessarily conducive to successfully creating something as subjective as film. There’s a lot that can keep a director’s vision from making it to the big screen. Sometimes it’s studio interference or budgetary restrictions. Sometimes it turns out the director is farther down the eccentric side of the spectrum than the social contract can justify. For receipts on that last one, please see just about everything Orson Welles touched after Citizen Kane.
Luckily for the curious and fans of cinematic completionism, we live in a glorious age. An age when infinite variations of our favorite films can be accessed at the click of a mouse. And honestly, some of them are pretty killer.
Daredevil Director’s Cut
It was August 2013 when Ben Affleck was officially revealed as the new Batman , and the nerds of the world cried out as one. Their beef? Affleck had already had his shot at a beloved superhero franchise, and the results were … less than stellar .
Yes, 2003’s Daredevil came at a time before the worst thing you could say about a Marvel movie was that it was too watchable. It was a mishmash of cartoonishly over-the-top characters and a story without a human element. Oh, and Evanescence. So much Evanescence .
And then along came the director’s cut. It heaps on a pile of new footage. It develops the characters. It fulfills some sort of ancient prophecy by making a film better by adding more Coolio .
Aside from upping the relative grit factor, the unrated cut improves on the original by including a storyline about Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan trying to defend an innocent client in court. Utilizing an everyman character, especially one as charming as Favreau, makes the
movie (conservatively) 80 times better.
T2: Director’s Cut
Who knows why Hollywood took so long to trust James Cameron. Nowadays, he could pitch the heartwarming story of a gentleman pug fighting the kitty cat aristocracy, shoot the whole thing with hand puppets, and still make more money than the island nation of Vanuatu.
Still, there was a time when Cameron wasn’t a sure thing. The first Terminator picture made back five times its budget, but The Abyss underperformed . Combine that with a budget of over $100 million , and you can understand why the studio got skittish when Cameron’s first cut of Terminator 2 came in at over two and a half hours long.
Cameron was (rightly) pretty in love with the scenes he’d shot. He tried a lot of approaches to shorten the film without losing any scenes, at one point even experimenting with cutting one frame per second and hoping audiences wouldn’t notice. In the end, he trimmed half an hour of pretty remarkable stuff. There are sequences that turn the T-1000 into a surprisingly relatable movie monster and one fantastic scene where Sarah Connor performs brain surgery on Schwarzenegger that only gets more impressive when you find out how they did it. Seriously, check out the director’s cut. It’ll knock your socks off. Which is fine, because Arnold needs your clothes (and the keys to your motorcycle) anyway.
Television cut of Superman
The Infinity War memes. The billions in merchandising. The endless pedantic internet debates over whether DC or Marvel has the better cinematic universe. We have 1978’s Superman to thank for all of it.
The granddaddy of modern superhero movies,
Superman was an absolute cinematic milestone. Its special effects were revolutionary, its actors were iconic , and adjust its $55 million budget for inflation , it would be about $210 million today. The picture was epic in scope, especially considering that the comic book genre was relatively untested at the time.
The finished product is an undisputed classic (even with the flying around the world backward scene). But what a lot of fans might not know is just how much of the movie they haven’t actually seen. Back in 1982, ABC aired a three-hour cut of the blockbuster featuring a ton of new footage. It expands on Clark Kent’s upbringing and even shows off a bunch of unused shots of the seriously-you-guys-still-so-cool Krypton sets.
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
You’ve got to hand it to the producers of Superman –
they didn’t just want to make an unprecedented comic book movie. They wanted to make two. When production started on Superman, the plan was to shoot two movies at once: the original and Superman II. More than halfway through shooting the sequel, however, the studio put the film on hiatus, hoping to wrangle the increasingly eye-popping budget and hedge their bets.
Another factor in the decision to halt production? Director Richard Donner’s heated relationship with his producers, who he referred to with a less than polite nickname, according to Empire. They pulled him from the picture and hired Richard Lester to finish work on
The resulting picture was asymmetrical and wonky. Lester’s more comedic sensibilities shone through, detracting from the movie’s dramatic sequences, and fans were left wondering what Donner’s work would have looked like if he’d had the chance to finish.
In 2006, they got their answer: Richard Donner released a DVD cut of his original vision. It used nearly 30-year-old footage that had never seen the outside of the can, plus they used era-specific special effects to recreate action sequences that hadn’t been completed at the time. It’s a killer reexamination of ’80s filmmaking and a way cool look at what could have been.
Highlander 2: Renegade Version
Highlander was about as ’80s as a movie could get without printing its posters in the blood of Ronald Reagan. It had sword fights and an untenable romantic subplot and a soundtrack by Queen and that very specifically cultivated facial stubble that toed the line between style and homelessness. If that was your jam, chances are you were champing at the bit for a sequel.
And then you learned to be careful what you wished for. If Highlander was the cinematic representation of the ’80s, Highlander II: The Quickening was the storytelling equivalent of the hole in the ozone layer. The bad guys are aliens. The story from the first film might as well not have happened. A lot of this could have to do with the fact that production of the film was taken over by the company insuring it . A lot could also be put down to how much more delicious people found cocaine back then.
In 1995, director Richard Mulcahy released the not-at-all broishly named Renegade Cut , editing out some of the lamer aspects of the theatrical release and making
Highlander II (stay with us here) watchable. It’s a lot to try to believe, but give it a shot if you’re jonesing for more of that decapitation-driven storytelling. If you get nothing else out of it, the clip of Sean Connery saying “Just look at my splendid waistcoat!” makes for a solid new ringtone.
Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut
Published from 1986 to 1987, the Watchmen graphic novel was considered by many to be unfilmable . Depending whom you ask about the 2009 adaptation, they may have been right.
Watchmen is one of those properties with such an avid fan base that it would be almost impossible to keep them all happy, but props to Zack Snyder for trying. His movie stays largely faithful to the comics, fitting about as much of a 400-plus page comic as you can into a nearly three-hour film.
But still, the fans cried foul. “More,” they shouted into a thousand comment sections. “Hold your horses,” said Snyder.
And then he put out Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut , a staggering 215-minute compilation of the director’s cut and an animated version of Tales of the Black Freighter, the comic’s famous play-within-a-play sequence. Only then, after countless hours of work and the addition of roughly 30 percent more movie, did Watchmen fans … still have a lot of problems with it . Still, it’s an amazing effort and a great way to spend an afternoon.
Demolition Man: The Pizza Cut
Was it Christopher Marlowe or Sting who first uttered the words “I’m a three-line whip, I’m the sort of thing they ban, I’m a walking disaster, I’m a demolition man”? Either way. Poetry.
Demolition Man is an absurd, beautiful movie that you would be right to go to your grave defending. It’s that perfect combination of surrealist satire and over-the-top action that keeps you off balance the whole time you’re watching it. It’s gold. It’s weird. It’s so weird that it can’t be improved upon.
Except maybe by adding more weird. Fans will remember that a chunk of the bizarre universe’s backstory is devoted to ” The Franchise Wars,” an unseen conflict between fast food chains that only Taco Bell survived. It’s such a good movie.
But when the movie released in Europe, an important point came up: Nobody on the other side of the pond knew what Taco Bell was. The solution? The European cut of the film digitally replaced all mentions of Taco Bell with Pizza Hut. And when the fast food chain was mentioned in dialogue, they redubbed the lines in a sloppy, slapdash fashion. It’s bonkers to watch and it adds +10 to the bananas factor of a movie that’s already stranger than those three seashells.
Waterworld Director’s Cut
Alright, Einstein, you try making Waterworld good. Even harder, try making it good by adding more Waterworld.
Impossible, you say? Yeah, that’s understandable.
Waterworld is pretty objectively unwatchable in its out-of-the-package, vanilla format. Kevin Costner’s dead-eyed performance is a bland totem for the film in general, which is only ever fun when Dennis Hopper shows up to get all outrageous.
And then along comes the extended cut and it rocks your world.
Be as skeptical as you want, but an additional 40 minutes and change of footage makes for a significantly more fun experience. Plot threads are expanded on and fleshed out. Characters have time to become characters. Relationships feel less arbitrary.
Originally broadcast as a two-night ABC television special, the extended version of the movie was released
on DVD in 2008 , and it’s worth checking out if you’ve been holding out hope for a more palatable way to dry land for the last 23 years. It’s not an easy thing to imagine, but it’s true: There’s a good version of
Waterworld. Life’s just crazy like that sometimes.
Nightbreed Director’s Cut
The ’90s weren’t kind to the horror genre, and Clive Barker’s Nightbreed is a testament to that fact. It was
advertised poorly and hamstringed by studio mismanagement. What should have been marketed as a creature feature from the mind behind Hellraiser was instead sold to audiences as a run of the mill generic slasher flick, and the studio demanded that nearly an hour of the original cut be removed. And that’s how you get a bad movie, kids.
Luckily for fans of cult practical effects magic, there’s
the Cabal Cut, an extended edition with scenes compiled not only from the director’s cut, but also footage that was previously only seen in festival showings. The fact that some of the shots are still near-VHS quality adds a just-for-connoisseurs aesthetic to a cult classic. It’s the sort of movie that used to be passed around on a dinged-up video cassette to be watched with friends in blacklight-covered basements, and now you can see it without sitting in your buddy Kevin’s petrified Cheeto dust. It’s a great time to be alive.
R-Rated Supersized Anchorman 2
Anyone who’s watched a gag reel from one of the
Anchorman movies knows the scripts were sort of an afterthought. There was abounding goofiness on set, with the overarching philosophy leaning toward “have fun and we’ll figure it out later.”
Giving that sort of free reign to comedic icons like Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate and David Koechner meant a lot of brilliant stuff wound up on the cutting room floor, but a waste-not want-not attitude and a few dozen extra hours of editing brought us the
Supersized R-Rated Anchorman 2 . Featuring a difficult to verify 763 new jokes , this alternate cut is essentially a whole new movie. Some scenes have been altered, some replaced, and it features enough entirely new footage to keep you laughing 60 percent of the time, every time. Of special significance: Check out Champ’s explanation for why he got fired. It’s a symphony.
Blade Runner is the Mt. Everest of movies with more than one cut. Its scope is unimaginable, its reputation doubly so, and if you approach it from the wrong direction you’ll pass out.
Ridley Scott’s cyberpunk masterpiece has a long and storied history of being recut and re-released, with each revisiting adding more to the overall experience. The theatrical cut is pretty universally unbeloved, and for good reason. The studio added a voiceover by Harrison Ford to explain the plot, a move so ridiculous even Ford himself hated it . And that was the tip of the iceberg. It wasn’t the Blade Runner we’ve all come to love. It’s
Blade Runner with a happy ending. What kind of a world is that?
Ten years later, the director’s cut became a cult classic, and 2007’s Final Cut is considered a masterpiece. But wait, there’s more.
According to the 2007 documentary Dangerous Days: Making of Blade Runner, Ridley Scott presented a cut of the film to studio executives that was almost four hours long. Tragically, it’s been lost to history here on Earth, but who knows? Maybe there’s a better life waiting for us offworld.
In the wide world of celebrity, professional athletes are a unique breed. They’ve cultivated their fame based on their skill at sport, not based on their ability to move you with music or engage you with an acting performance. They’re really not trying to make you like them the way other celebrities are, even though they can easily attain the same levels of fame and success. This is even more true for the best of the best. Maybe it’s because they’re so into competition and are working to achieve their goals — not usually working to entertain you as an audience, but winning for themselves and their team — that some of them have less refined people skills.
Sure, some athletes are born to be on camera and have a great energy and personality like Charles Barkley or
Shaquille O’Neal . Others are a bit more difficult, and really don’t take a shine to being put on the spot, especially with an interviewer asking them questions they’re not interested in answering. And that leads to some extremely awkward interviews that don’t always go as planned. Which is to say sometimes the interview is over because the athlete has had enough and just walks away. Sometimes it ends even worse.
Tyson Fury wants to forget his past
British boxer Tyson Fury is known chiefly for two things. The first is his remarkable record of 25 wins and zero losses, with 18 wins by knockout. The second is his penchant for saying some of the worst possible things a person can say. He once stated he’d hang his own sister if he found out she was promiscuous because he apparently lives in some kind of 1800s dystopian society. The Guardian had a rundown of some of his more infamous quotes and beliefs, like when he accused two other boxers of being gay lovers. Another time he stated that a woman’s best place was either in the kitchen or on her back . He also equated abortion with homosexuality and pedophilia, the similarity being that they’re all leading us to Armageddon. Suffice it say, Fury has some terrible opinions.
In 2016, Fury was stripped of titles and suspended from professional boxing after testing positive for cocaine. He told Rolling Stone that not only did he do cocaine, he did a lot , something he attributed to his depression.
Fast-forward to 2018 and Fury is all set to make a boxing comeback. During a press junket, a reporter asked Fury about his past, specifically the controversial things he’s said and his drug use. Fury was having none of it and, after repeating “no comment” several times and saying he only wanted to discuss boxing and not politics, he weirdly said “Terminated!” and walked away.
Brandon Marshall isn’t talking about race
Back in 2015, Tom Brady was handed a four-game suspension for what became known as “Deflategate,” a controversy surrounding the New England Patriots and Tom Brady using underinflated balls to help them win games. That suspension was initially overturned and New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall was not amused. He stated on Inside the NFL that “there are a lot of players out there that believe that white players — specifically, at the quarterback position — are treated differently.”
In 2016, Brady’s suspension was eventually upheld, and in 2017 during an interview with WIEE’s Kirk and Callahan, Marshall was asked about black and white
athletes being held to different standards. Marshall shut down the line of questioning right off the bat, stating he wasn’t interested in getting into the race card and that he feels black men, not just black athletes, are treated differently in America.
As Business Insider noted, Marshall initially praised Brady and the Patriots’ culture after the suspension was upheld, but made it clear he didn’t want to rehash the topic. After offering a chance to switch gears and ask him something new, the interview stayed on race relations and Marshall simply dropped his mic and headphones and left.
Mitch Austin’s panic attack
Not every interview has to be shut down thanks to a difficult athlete feeling spoiled or a line of questioning that becomes untenable. Sometimes it’s just that the interview subject legitimately needs to not be in front of a camera anymore, which is what happened with Australian soccer player Mitch Austin in 2017.
Austin was on a morning news show to talk about playing in the forthcoming soccer season. The interviewer asks him a seemingly easy question about challenges from the previous season and it’s clear right off the bat that Austin is a bit out of sorts. His body language and demeanor are very nervous. After offering up a partial answer he apologizes and just walks off set on live TV without another word.
The interviewer was clearly thrown for a loop, but she valiantly covers and then tosses it back to the show’s anchors in time for the camera to catch Austin walking in front of them as well. As it turned out, Austin had suffered a panic attack and just needed a moment to be off camera to calm himself down and relax. Luckily he was fine and feeling better in short order, but it definitely made for a bit of dramatic and baffling television.
Russell Westbrook made a reporter answer his own question
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbook is almost legendary at this point for his absolute disdain for the press and answering questions on camera. The man just does not like being interviewed at all, and especially hates questions he thinks are stupid. For example, Westbrook was once asked if his team lost the game he’d just played or if the other team had won it. Westbrook responded with utter incredulity over the stupidity of the question and ended that interview.
By now, reporters who cover Westbrook should be more than familiar with him and how to approach him with questions, but it seems like they still fall into the trap of saying the wrong thing occasionally. That’s what happened a reporter came at Westbrook with a question about how he planned to prepare for a game against the best team in the league.
Rather than answer, Westbrook just asked the reporter what his answer was going to be. When he finally got the reporter to say “You play every game the same way,” he walked out of the room. Interviews are easy when you don’t even need to be part of them. Maybe he should just hand out business cards with his answers written on them.
Cam Newton walks out after listening to the other team trash him
After the Carolina Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos at the 2016 Super Bowl, likely the last thing any member of the Panthers wanted to do was give press interviews, but they literally have to do it, so Cam Newton did it. Sort of.
Dressed in a hoodie and looking fed up with the world, Newton sat on a dais in front of dozens of reporters and shook his head, staring into space and offering simple, short answers to questions. And then he abruptly stood up and walked off without a word of explanation.
While it seemed like this was just sour grapes on Newton’s part, it’s worth noting that there was more afoot. At the exact same moment Newton was in front of the press, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris was giving an interview that you can actually overhear in the background of Newton’s. Harris was explaining to the press how the Broncos broke down Newton, according to Sporting News. Even in the best of moods, you’d be hard pressed not to be annoyed listening to someone a few feet away talk about how they outplayed you.
Newton is no stranger to walking away from the press or to saying outright foolish things to them, as Sports Illustrated points out, and could obviously only take so much. Despite his coach trying to signal him to maybe take off his hood and engage more, he left.
Ryan Leaf loses his cool
Ryan Leaf has been called the biggest draft bust in NFL history by several observers. The one-time San Diego Chargers quarterback was drafted second overall in 1998 and then proceeded to have one of the worst careers in football. Complex called him the worst quarterback in NFL history, and the stats bore it out. In his third game of the season he completed only a single pass for 4 yards.
Off the field, Leaf wasn’t much better. After reportedly yelling at a cameraman who worked for the Chargers organization, a journalist in the locker room decided to bring it up the next day. Rather than speak about why it happened, Leaf exploded . You can hear Leaf on tape curse the reporter out and tell him to knock it off before some guys rush in to break the situation up.
Things never really improved for Leaf after this time. As ESPN reported, by 2009, Leaf was being indicted on
drug and burglary charges . He was in and out of prison and rehab since that time, though he’s currently working as a recovering ambassador for a group of sober living houses called Transcend , so hopefully he’s turned a corner.
Jim Rome calls Jim Everett ‘Chris’ one too many times
Jim Rome is a sports talk show host who, back in 1994, hosted a talk show called Talk2. Jim Everett was the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. And Chris Evert was once the top-ranked female tennis player in the world. All three of these names are important to understand just why Jim Everett nearly came to blows with Jim Rome on his own show.
Rome had been, by his own admission, referring to Everett as “Chris” for a while. It was a juvenile joke — Rome was calling him a girl. And even a juvenile joke can get under your skin if someone keeps doing it over and over like Rome had been doing. Especially since he did it to Everett’s face, more than once.
In their confrontation, Everett basically dared Rome to call him Chris again, and Rome pointed out he’d already done it twice to his face and would absolutely do it again. Everett had enough and when Rome popped it out one more time, Everett tossed the table between them and went for Rome. Rome fell back off the stage and, while they didn’t come to blows, you better believe it put an end to the interview. The irony of Chris Evert being an incredible athlete was apparently lost on everyone.
Ronda Rousey hangs up on a personal question
In the world of MMA, a handful of names will come up time and time again as some of the biggest in the game. These are the names that have so transcended the sport, even people who don’t watch know who they are.
Ronda Rousey is absolutely one of those names. Women’s fighting is still growing in popularity, but Rousey has definitely contributed a lot to its appeal by mixing an incredible skill with a likable persona and just giving the audience that overall great package that makes someone a superstar in their field. That said, she’s not one to put up with people’s crap.
During a conference call back in 2015 when Rousey was on the phone with her soon-to-be opponent Holly Holm, a reporter brought up Rousey’s relationship with UFC Heavyweight Travis Browne. Though the two married in 2017, back in 2015 Browne was in a bit of hot water as his then-wife had accused him of domestic abuse.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald , Rousey had
made it clear she would not answer questions about Browne. So when the question came up and dead air was the only response from Rousey, it wasn’t necessarily a surprise. The phone cut out, and Rousey was gone. The official word was “technical difficulties.” She never returned to the call.
Bobby Bonilla tells interviewer to shove it as far as he can stick it
Many interviews that end badly end on one of those “what the heck just happened?” notes where the reporter seems confused and the athlete walks away. That’s not what happened at the end of this Bobby Bonilla interview when he absolutely laced into reporter Art McFarland.
During a locker room interview after a game, Bonilla, who already had a history of threatening reporters according to the New York Times , ditches any semblance of civility and threatens to literally fight McFarland right then and there. You can hear McFarland criticizing Bonilla’s foul language, which just seems to anger Bonilla more. When it seems for a moment like he might just walk away, he comes back and gets right into McFarland’s face asking if he has a problem with his vocabulary. McFarland stands his ground and says he’ll only have a problem if Bonilla touches him, which most humans recognize as “fightin’ words.”
The heated exchange reaches an awkwardly hilarious crescendo when Bonilla tells McFarland to stick his microphone someplace it absolutely won’t fit and another person in the locker room steps in to keep the men apart. It’s safe to say McFarland probably didn’t get any more exclusive quotes after that one.
Jim McMahon interrupted an interview to blow snot on a reporter
Back in the 1980s, Jim McMahon played quarterback for the Bears, the Eagles, the Vikings, the Packers, the Chargers, the Browns, and the Cardinals. He won two Super Bowls , once at starting QB with the Bears and once as backup to Brett Favre with the Packers. But despite his record, McMahon was not necessarily a well-liked player. He had major fallouts with some of his coaches and has accused Mike Ditka of knowing players were smoking pot, according to CBS Sports.
McMahon’s last season in the NFL was playing for the San Diego Chargers, and its when one of his most infamous interviews took place. Reporter TJ Simers was in the locker room and asked McMahon about the Chargers’ failing two-minute offense. In lieu of a proper response, McMahon raised a finger to his nose , pressed down one nostril, and fired snot all over Simers. That’s a clear and concise interview ender if ever there was one.
McMahon refused to answer questions later on about why he’d chosen to snot-rocket Simers, but Simers shed some light on the matter later in an interview with The Big Lead. He stated that he had once parked a golf cart behind the locker room doors so McMahon couldn’t escape and that he would regularly antagonize him. Well, sometimes you get more than you expect in an interview.
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On Nov. 29, 2017, Americans woke up to the shocking news that Matt Lauer, a staple of the Today show for more than 20 years, had suddenly been fired by NBC News after the organization received a ” detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace .” The story has since unfolded in real time, leaving millions stunned and many more to wonder what exactly went down.
Here’s what we know so far. e Appalling Truth Behind Matt Lauer ‘s Firing
NBC News moved swiftly
News of Lauer’s firing broke via a memo written by NBC News Chairman Andy Lack, which was read at the top of the show by Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie. In the
statement, Lack said the organization “received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” on Nov. 27, 2017. “It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”
CNN’s Brian Stelter said Lauer “was informed of the network’s decision late Tuesday night, before he went to bed.”
It may not have been an isolated incident
Lack noted in his memo that while it was “the first complaint about [Lauer’s] behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News,” the network was “also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
“Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender,” the statement said. “We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. But we will face it together as a news organization–and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.”
The staff at NBC found out about it in real time
NBC staffers, even those who had anchored Today alongside Lauer for years, found out about his firing mere hours before they went on the air without him.
“We just learned this moments ago, just this morning,” a tearful Guthrie revealed after reading Lack’s memo (via Twitter ). “As I’m sure you can imagine, we are devastated and we are still processing all of this. I will tell you right now: we don’t know more than what I just shared with you, but we will be covering this story as reporters, as journalists. I’m sure we’ll be learning more details in the hours and days to come, and we promise we will share that with you.”
“I’m still trying to process the news,” Al Roker confessed live on the air while trying to read the day’s weather report (via The New York Times. )
Colleagues were heartbroken by the news
The revelation that Lauer had allegedly committed sexually inappropriate behavior understandably left his former co-horts with mixed emotions.
“We are heartbroken. I’m heartbroken for Matt–he is my dear, dear friend and my partner, and he has been loved by many, many people here,” Guthrie said after announcing his termination (via Twitter.) “And I’m heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story, and any other women who have their own stories to tell.”
Hoda Kotb–who filled in for Lauer at the last minute–also chimed in, saying, “It’s hard to reconcile with what we are hearing with the man who we know, who walks in this building every single day. We were both woken up with the news, kind of pre-dawn, and we’re trying to process it and trying to make sense of it–and it’ll take some time for that.”
He was allegedly being investigated
According to CNN, Lauer’s quick firing was likely catalyzed not only by the allegation from the unknown staffer but from rumblings that Lauer was being investigated by The New York Times and Variety. “Lack and other NBC News executives have known for weeks that damaging stories could be coming out soon,” CNN’s Stelter reported, mentioning tweets from Variety’s New York bureau chief, Ramin Setoodeh, that revealed the magazine had been investigating Lauer for months and had identified multiple alleged victims.
The news comes at a major turning point for Hollywood
Lauer is just the latest prominent celebrity to see his career crumble following accusations of sexual misconduct. Indeed, things have kicked into high gear ever since The New York Times reported in October 2017 that Hollywood studio mogul Harvey Weinstein had allegedly sexually harassed multiple women over decades, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and others.
Since then, a mountain of allegations have emerged about other famous Hollywood faces, including Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey and comedian Louis C.K. For many of the accused, the allegations have brought their careers to a screeching halt. In fact, about a week prior to Lauer’s firing, CBS News fired journalist Charlie Rose after eight women alleged he “had made crude sexual advances” towards them, according to The New York Times.
Lauer has yet to comment on the allegations or his firing, but don’t expect him to be reporting the news again anytime soon.
Even the president has chimed in
One person who has chimed in on the Lauer scandal: none other than avid tweeter and President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, who took it upon himself to once again accuse NBC of “fake news.”
“Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,'” tweeted Trump, who has himself been accused of sexually harassing multiple women. “But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!”
Trump then took it upon himself to go after his other perceived enemies in the press in a separate tweet : “So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the ‘unsolved mystery’ that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!”
Rumors of his cheating were rampant for years
Lauer has been married to wife Annette Roque for almost 20 years. However, sources told People his infidelity was an open secret in the industry.
“He regularly cheated on his wife,” one source said. “Everyone knew. His wife lives in the Hamptons and he lives in the city, but we never heard he made unwanted moves.” A
Today show staffer concurred, “Everyone on staff knew he cheated regularly on his wife. That wasn’t a secret, but sexual [misconduct] is a shock.”
A former producer told Variety , “There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held. He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married. So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.”
He allegedly targeted women during the Olympics
A source told Page Six that Lauer sexually harassed an NBC intern during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, allegedly sending inappropriate messages of a sexual nature, including a particularly incriminating photo. “There’s at least one picture [sent to her by Lauer] which was a major part of the evidence, which is why the firing came so quickly…my understanding was it was so damning that it was unquestionable whether or not he should be fired,” the source claimed.
Variety reported that this was a pattern for Lauer, who allegedly would invite young female staffers to his hotel rooms late at night during Olympic coverage over the years. The magazine also reported that Lauer’s wife may have joined him at the London Olympics because she didn’t trust him to travel without her.
Did he abuse his power on the set of Today?
Lauer’s alleged misconduct reportedly wasn’t limited to Olympic cities. According to a two-month investigation by Variety, he allegedly exposed himself to a female staffer in his office and chided her when she wouldn’t perform a sex act; he was accused of sending a vulgar gift to another staffer with a note describing how he wanted her to use it; and he played “F**k, Marry, Kill” with his colleagues and underlings. Sources accused him of engaging in sexual banter in the office regularly, making employees uncomfortable.
His office was designed for maximum privacy
Variety reported that Lauer was “paranoid” about tabloid reporters tracking his whereabouts and alleged affairs, so he apparently took matters into his own hands: His office within 30 Rockefeller Center was “in a secluded space,” and he had a button under his desk that he could use to lock his office door without having to get up out of his seat. Two women who Lauer allegedly sexually harassed claimed Lauer used these features to ensure that no one could walk in on him if he was up to no good.
Did everyone at NBC fear him?
Lauer had so much clout at NBC that both women and men allegedly feared him.
“Everybody at NBC knew about Matt Lauer’s sexually inappropriate behavior—and knew not to talk about it,” a former Today staffer told Page Six. “Women did complain about his behavior, and there were a lot of closed-door meetings before it was all brushed under the carpet.”
A current staffer alleged, “Matt’s sexual conquests were general office fodder. There was constant innuendo in the office about which woman had just had sex with Matt and which one would be next.” Another female staffer added, “They feared Matt. The last few years, as well as the many years before, Matt controlled all of the women on the show and had all the men bowing and scraping to him.”
Though NBC insiders told Page Six that past complaints were ignored, network leaders have gone on the record to deny those claims. “We can say unequivocally, that, prior to [Nov. 27, 2017,] current NBC News management was never made aware of any complaints about Matt Lauer’s conduct,” a
The Today musical may have dropped hints
In December 2014, a Today show musical ran on the show . Five minutes into the nearly 15-minute segment, an intern spills coffee on Lauer, who then removes and irons his pants. When female staffers walk in, a boxer shorts-clad Lauer tells them to “drink it in, ladies,” while the staffers reply, “Again Matt? That’s the third time this week!”
Of course, that might have just been an innocent joke at the time, but it now feels like no laughing matter.
He may not have treated his co-anchors respectfully
In 2012, Andy Cohen asked Lauer’s former
Today co-host Katie Couric what his most annoying habit was during their 15 years working together, and she quipped , “He pinches me on the a** a lot.”
In October 2006, when Lauer thought cameras weren’t rolling, he told co-anchor Meredith Vieira–who was bending over at the time–”Pretty sweater. Keep bending over like that. It’s a nice view.” That rather awkward soundbite was obtained by TMZ on Nov. 29, 2017.
Did he threaten to ruin women’s careers?
A source told Page Six that Lauer threatened to ruin women’s careers if they spoke out against his alleged sexual misconduct.
“For Matt, some women on the show were just a one-time thing, and he never spoke to them again. Other women he had affairs with. And others he just picked up and disposed of when he felt like it,” the insider told Page Six. “The most horrible thing was that he made it clear that if they ever spoke out or crossed him, they would be fired from the show, negative stories leaked about them, and their careers would be destroyed.”
Ann Curry spoke out
Ann Curry was a co-anchor of Today from 2011 to 2012, but bid a tearful farewell to the show, reportedly due to tensions with Lauer. When Lauer’s allegations made headlines, she did not speak specifically about his firing, but she did tell People: “I’m still processing it.”
Curry also talked about the bigger picture. “The women’s movement got us into the workplace, but it didn’t make us safe once we got there,” she said. “And the battle lines are now clear. We need to move this revolution forward and make our workplaces safe. Corporate America is quite clearly failing to do so, and unless it does something to change that, we need to keep doing more ourselves.”
Despite her own rumored issues with Lauer, Curry has maintained a classy composure. An insider told Us Weekly, “She has been very diplomatic when responding to people and isn’t relishing in it as people might think she should be. She has been getting so many phone calls that people can’t even get through.”
Some say his colleagues feigned surprise at his conduct
Some industry insiders claim Lauer’s conduct wasn’t news to anyone who worked with him.
“Our sources say [Lauer’s behavior] wasn’t even considered a secret,” Variety reporter Ramin Setoodeh told CNN. “It was known by many employees at the Today show, including some employees that have gone on television and said publicly, ‘We had no idea.'”
A source told Page Six , “All the women on-air knew… Al Roker knew… It is insulting to see the pretend shock on the faces of the people at Today after Lauer was fired. This is just theatrics.”
“I don’t know what everyone is so surprised by,” a high-level industry insider told Vanity Fair. “This has been going on for months and months and everybody knew it and it was just going to be which girl came forward, and who reported it first.”
He didn’t fight his firing
An insider told Page Six that part of why Lauer took his firing so well is because he knew he couldn’t refute the allegations. “The girl had a high-power attorney and so everyone knew if NBC didn’t make a decision and push it out quick, they would have arranged for a sit-down interview with a competitor [and the messages could be made public],” a source said. “Matt took the news well once he realized he was in a corner. He was very apologetic.”
More allegations have surfaced
A former NBC employee, who began working at the network in the late 1990s, told The New York Times that Lauer sexually assaulted her in 2001. The alleged victim claimed Lauer often made inappropriate sexual comments to her, which escalated when he asked her to his office one day. Lauer allegedly told the woman to unbutton her shirt, then proceeded to pull her pants down. The woman claimed she blacked out and that when she woke up, Lauer told his assistant to take her to a nurse. The alleged victim said she didn’t report the incident at the time for fear of losing her job, but that she left NBC on her own a year later.
The New York Times also reported claimed that NBC had received “at least two new complaints” about Lauer since his firing, including the one mentioned above.
He had to be edited out of the Christmas tree lighting
If the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting special that aired on NBC on Nov. 29, 2017, seemed a bit awkward, there’s a reason for that. A source told Page Six that NBC had to edit Lauer out of pre-taped segments of the annual holiday program less than 24 hours before the tree lighting ceremony began.
He spoke out
On Nov. 30, 2017, Lauer released a statement responding to the sexual misconduct allegations that led to his firing.
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” he said (via Variety). “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.”
He continued, “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”
His ex-wife is standing by him
Lauer’s ex-wife, television producer Nancy Alspaugh, to whom he was married from 1981 to 1988, isn’t turning her back on him despite the allegations.
“I was shocked because he’s been such a stalwart at that network and in that job,” Alspaugh told Entertainment Tonight . “He’s been the best person that’s ever held that job and I couldn’t imagine that anything that he would have done—that would have been so out of character for him—that would have caused that reaction… I never saw him as a power monger or somebody who would abuse his position in any way.”
Alspaugh said she reached out to Lauer but had not heard back. She also claimed that she contacted him previously when a reporter supposedly contacted her to let her know that a bombshell story about her ex was in the works. “When I called him, he thanked me…and he said of course none of it was true,” she said.
“As time goes on here, people should be aware there’s a family involved here,” Alspaugh said. “There are three children… I think it’s important to be aware that this can destroy a family. Reporting on accusations before they know whether they’re real or not.”
He wants a sweet severance
Lauer, who made $20 million a year hosting
Today, still had a year and a half left on his contract when his was fired. His attorneys are reportedly looking to cash in on that time. Lauer is said to be eyeing a $30 million “golden parachute,” but due to morality clauses in his contract, that may not end well for him.
A source told Page Six , “There is no way Matt is getting paid. There has been an irrevocable breach of Matt’s contract, there is a moral clause that says if he brings the company into disrepute—which he clearly has—NBC can terminate his employment immediately without pay and they do not have to pay out his contract.”
Megyn Kelly may be gunning for his job
Now that Lauer is out, sources told Page Six that Megyn Kelly wants his job.
She’s been quick to call him out for his behavior. Kelly told a crowd at the Business Insider Ignition Conference on Nov. 29, 2017 (via Page Six), “Let me tell you, if a woman came to me at NBC News and said this has happened to me… A.) I would advise her on what to do and B.) I would work it behind the scenes, even if I had to go into the boss’ office and say, ‘Here’s a name, go investigate, you have to do some sort of looking. I’m not going to tell you who reported it. I don’t have to.'”
Kelly added, “I think powerful women need to be there for less powerful women so they can grow into powerful women, so they’re not scared out of the workforce or effectively shoved out.”
Craig Melvin may replace him, but it’s anybody’s game
No one is sure who’s in line to replace Lauer, and some sources claim that’s exactly what Lauer wanted during his tenure at NBC. A source told Entertainment Tonight that there have been whispers that MSNBC Live anchor and Saturday Today host Craig Melvin may be in the running, noting that it would be a “clean slate” for the network.
Insiders told Page Six that they aren’t exactly sure what the backup plan is, because Lauer deliberately left NBC without a Plan B for his exit, driving away talent like David Gregory, Josh Elliott, and Willie Geist who may have been in the running.
“Matt killed off, in their infancy, every man who could succeed him at the time that he was ready to hang it up — so there’s nobody to take his place,” a source told Page Six . “And now NBC is paying the price.” An insider
also told the site , “The bigger picture is, how do you have a $500 million franchise with no heir? There were always women lined up to replace women, but all the men disappear? You have no possible successor? Comcast allowed Matt to destroy anyone who came close to success there. [There is] not one male successor.”
He wasn’t the only staffer accused of harassment
Lauer may not have been alone in his bad behavior. Insiders told Variety that Lauer’s favorite talent booker at Today , Matt Zimmerman, was accused of sexual misconduct, with sources alleging that he pushed senior male employees out of the show’s ranks and replaced them with younger women. He is also accused of pursuing relationships with multiple female staffers and of sending inappropriate late night texts. Zimmerman was fired from his position this week.
NBC is having an internal review of how it handled the allegations
After Lauer’s firing, Variety reported that NBC and NBC News are launching internal investigations into their handling of sexual harassment claims.
“A team of the most experienced NBCUniversal Legal and Human Resources leaders have begun a thorough and timely review of what happened and what we can do to build a culture of greater transparency, openness and respect for each other,” Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, said in a memo to staffers (obtained by
Variety). “At the conclusion of the review we will share what we’ve learned, no matter how painful, and act on it … we saw that when an employee comes forward to report misconduct, the system works. The complaint is quickly assessed and meaningful action is taken. But we also learned that we must do a much better job of making people feel empowered to take that crucial first step of reporting bad behavior.”
Ratings are up
Despite the drama behind the scenes at
Today, ratings are better post-Lauer firing than they’ve been in a while. Variety reported that in light of the chaos surrounding Lauer’s exit, Today was the No. 1 morning news show for the first time in three months, beating rival
Good Morning America.
He disappeared from social media
Variety reported that almost immediately after Lauer’s firing, NBC wiped their one-time poster boy off almost all of their online media, including NBCNews.com, Today.com, and all of the network’s social media channels. What’s more, Lauer’s own social media presence has also disappeared: Fox News pointed out that Lauer’s own Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts had all been quietly deactivated after his termination from Today .
His colleagues roasted him about his conduct
Though many of Lauer’s colleagues denied any knowledge of his alleged sexual misconduct, many of them had a good chuckle about it at a private roast of the anchor in 2008. Fox News reported that
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough talked about the roast on air in December 2017, telling the audience, “The whole theme [of the roast] was that he does the show and then he has sex with people, with employees. So was this whispered behind closed doors? No. It was shouted from the mountaintops and everybody laughed about it.”
The Village Voice reported at the time that many of the jokes at the roast revolved around Lauer’s Lothario reputation, while a media executive in the audience at the event told Fox News, “This was a comedic roast, but there was clearly a vein of truth running through all those jokes. You had Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira and Jeff Zucker all standing up there joking about his sex in the office, his kinkiness. They all knew.”
Some of his colleagues refuse to believe the allegations
Not all of the women with whom Lauer has worked believe this misconduct accusations levied against him. An anonymous, female former Today show colleague told People, “He is weak and broken and ashamed by his own admission … He is human, and he is flawed. But is he going to use his power to be a predator on women? Until I see solid evidence of that, I just can’t believe it.” The colleague added, “The reason people are so upset and people are crying on our staff, which is like 80 percent women, is because he was really loved and treated people really well, and it’s shocking to think that there could be this side.”
Another colleague told People, “This is the head of the show, and he was doing good deeds behind the doors. People would say, ‘Go to Matt.’ He would pay off people’s bills. His driver passed, and he paid for all his funeral bills so the family wouldn’t have to.” The source added that when a crew member’s wife had a tumor, “They were trying to get a laptop for her so she could do something during chemo. Matt bought the laptop and told them to keep all the money they raised for medical bills.” The source praised Lauer’s work ethic, gushing, “He never stopped prepping and following up and working hard as hard as he climbed. He treated the security guard the same as he would treat a CEO.”
He may have left NBC soon on his own accord
A source told People that Lauer was contemplating retiring from Today long before he was fired. “I think he’ll retire. He should anyway. He had made his money and said all he wanted to do is be with the kids and golf. He wanted to run away and live with the money he had made and be with his family. This is definitely not the way he wanted to go out, but I don’t think he feels the need to be on air like some people, doing specials. I think he’ll have a quiet life and go golfing a ton.”
His marriage is pretty much over
Page Six reported just after Lauer’s scandal broke that he and wife Annette Roque had been living apart for years — and that Roque only withdrew her 2006 divorce petition because Lauer offered her $5 million to stay in the marriage and preserve his squeaky-clean public profile. “Matt needed to stay in the marriage to keep his reputation as America’s nicest dad,” a source said. “He is in fact a great, and very doting dad to his kids, but he is also a terrible husband.”
What’s more, Roque’s father told The Daily Mail, “I have no words for her husband. What he has done is bad. Everybody feels betrayed … She is not going to stay with him and work it out. They are not together trying to work it out.”
After a more than 20-year hiatus, Roseanne returned to our television screens in March 2018. While we were ecstatic to see the entire Conner family back together again — including matriarch Roseanne ( Roseanne Barr), father Dan (John Goodman), and Aunt Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) — many viewers were more fixated on the love story of Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and David (Johnny Galecki ).
After the Season 9 finale aired in 1997, viewers were stunned when Roseanne revealed that Darlene and David’s Season 8 wedding was just a figment of her imagination, and that Darlene was actually married to David’s brother, Mark, while her sister Becky was dating David. But when the
reboot debuted, viewers breathed a sigh of relief when the show’s creator’s ditched the relationship switcheroos and reunited Darlene with her true love.
As gleefully delighted as we were to learn that Darlene and David’s marriage was still chugging along, the revival dropped a bombshell that things were far from picture-perfect for the couple. So what’s really going on between Darlene and David in the new season of Roseanne ? Let’s discuss.
Their romantic backstory
When viewers first met David Healy, he was actually introduced as Kevin , but that’s a story for another day. He was the brother of Mark — Becky’s gritty and rough-around-the-edges boyfriend. David was portrayed as the antithesis of his brother — he was sweet, caring, and had the patience of a saint. Darlene definitely wore the pants in their relationship, thanks to the headstrong and domineering personality she likely acquired from Roseanne. But despite being completely different from one another, Darlene and David’s differences showed that opposites really can attract.
After a few ups and downs in their relationship, including some tough breakups, the couple reconnected and Darlene became pregnant with their daughter, Harris. They decided to solidify their relationship by getting married in a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony that took place in Season 8. The day went off without a hitch — oh, except for Dan keeling over from an apparent heart attack.
Now that we know that their marriage really
did happen and it wasn’t just a chapter in Roseanne’s memoir, how did Darlene go from a blushing bride to a…
Single, unemployed mom
Episode 1 of the Roseanne revival attempts to tie up the loose ends from Season 9 and reintroduce the cast to diehard fans and new viewers. It doesn’t take long to realize that the couple — with two beautiful heads of perfectly untamed hair, might we add — is officially on the outs.
Darlene and her two kids move back into her parents’ home under the guise that she’s there to lend a helping hand, but Roseanne discovers the truth after checking the mail. “Your severance check got forwarded here. You lost your job, right?” Roseanne asks. Darlene is forced to admit she’s unemployed and also divulges some insight about her relationship status. “I got two kids, I’ve got no partner, so I just came home,” she says.
What we love about Roseanne is that it discusses real-life problems that many people can relate to. But Darlene and David’s broken marriage is something we’re having a hard time with and, sadly, there’s a strong possibility a reconciliation won’t be happening in Season 10. We’ll get to that in a bit.
They’ve been separated for years
Darlene is going through some major turmoil as the cracks in her marriage begin to show, and it doesn’t help that David is still reeling from the death of his brother Mark – played by actor Glenn Quinn who died from a possible drug overdose in 2002. This sounds like a ton of emotional baggage for a couple who was once insanely in love with each other, right?
Well, as it turns out, Darlene and David’s marriage is even more jacked up than we could’ve ever imagined. During a March 2018 interview with The Hollywood Reporter , the program’s showrunner, Bruce Helford, said, “Darlene and David have been separated for six years or so.” Um, excuse us. Did you say six years?!
Not only that, but David has been gone with the wind and relatively MIA from Darlene and their kids’ lives. It really pains us to call him a deadbeat, but…
Is David an absentee father?
Darlene gives birth to their daughter, Harris, in Season 9, and during the time the Conners were away from the camera lens, the couple had another child, Mark, who was named after David’s late brother. Naturally, this leads to questions about David’s relationship with his children.
Showrunner Bruce Helford told The Hollywood Reporter, “[David] has only seen the kids a few times when they were living in Chicago… David comes back into that mix and raises a lot of emotional issues for all of them.”
So what the heck has David been up to? Viewers will be left in the dark until the April 17, 2018 episode. “David unexpectedly shows up for Harris’ birthday after being absent for years, forcing Darlene to re-examine their relationship and the rest of the family,” an ABC show synopsis reads (via UPI ).
Those who hope his appearance will lead to a reconciliation shouldn’t hold their breaths. Galecki had prior commitments on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, so he was only able to film one episode for the Roseanne reboot. And considering what we know about the state of David and Darlene’s marriage, it’s going to take more than one 30-minute episode for them to repair their union.
Season 12 of The Big Bang Theory may be its last, and since Roseanne was renewed for its own Season 11, this potentially frees up Galecki to reprise his role and right his wrongs, which is something he’d be up for, he told Deadline.
They have a ‘gender creative’ child
One surprising twist in the iconic series is David and Darlene’s child, Mark (Ames McNamara ), who identifies as “gender creative.”
“Here’s the thing, you are weird. I’m weird, this whole family’s really weird,” Darlene tells Mark. “So you just got to hang in there until people figure out that weird is cool.”
Mark’s character isn’t without controversy, though. The child has received mixed reactions from the rest of the Conner household and with some viewers who’ve bashed the character’s feminine attire and jewelry. “Mark’s just a normal kid,” McNamara told Good Morning America . “He likes to do art, he likes playing basketball and wearing girls’ clothes is just a small part of Mark.”
As one of many shows that addressed LGBT issues during its heyday, is it really a surprise that one of Roseanne’s cast member’s identifies as non-binary? Not at all. However, Darlene has already displayed how much she loves and accepts Mark, but we’re excited to see if David’s one-episode appearance will also explore his thoughts about Mark’s gender identity.
He’s moved on, and her name is Blue
In Season 10 Episode 5, David finally makes his grand debut after being separated from his wife and kids for six years. After climbing up the Conner’s two-story house and slipping through Darlene’s window, he tells his estranged wife that he’s finally moving back to their hometown of Lanford, Ill.
Darlene’s excitement about David getting an apartment of his own to be closer to their children, Harris and Mark, turns into shock when he reveals that he’s also having a fling with a woman named Blue. Yeah, how dare he.
“I’ve learned so much from her. I realized I was in denial,” he says (via USA Today). “I thought Harris and Mark were better off without me, and then I realized how unfair it is to you, not to give you a divorce, so you could have some closure.”
’80s classic rock band Cinderella said it best: “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone,” because as soon as David reveals that he’s moved on, it charges up Darlene’s emotions. She pounces on her childhood sweetheart and surprises him with a tender smooch.
They end up spending the night together in her old bedroom after deciding to give their marriage another shot. When David asks her, “What am I gonna tell Blue?” Darlene responds, “Tell her she has a stupid name.” Yas, queen.
The grief was too much
It’s odd seeing David as the bad guy, especially since we’ve always known him as Darlene’s rock — a sweet and loving person despite his turbulent upbringing. But time hasn’t been kind to David, and one traumatic event apparently pushed him over the edge, according to Vulture .
After popping back into their lives just in time for their daughter Harris’ birthday, David tries to explain his absence to Darlene. He rattles off a bunch of excuses, such as his gig building houses for poor people in “third-world countries” that kept him away from his family. He then briefly touches on the subject of his deceased brother. Although he doesn’t reveal how Mark passed away, he mentions that the grief was so overwhelming, it caused him to bail on his family obligations.
At this point, David isn’t looking like a good match for Darlene at all, but at least he’s open to being present in his kids’ lives, no?
She’d rather co-parent
After re-consummating their marriage in Season 10 Episode 5, David is all gung-ho about showing up to his daughter’s birthday party. Darlene suggests she speak to her parents first and clear the air about their reconciliation. David agrees and leaves, but he promises to return later that night for the birthday festivities.
After chatting with her sister, Becky, and her mom, Roseanne — who surprisingly has kept in contact with David and even knows about Blue — Darlene decides to pump the brakes on the reconciliation, reported Vulture.
When David returns to the house, complete with a gift in hand for Harris, Darlene gives him the bad news. “We’re delusional if we think we can make each other happy,” she tells him. “We’re gonna fight, you’re gonna run, and we’re gonna break the kids’ hearts.”
David pleads with her to give things another chance. “You’re the first person I loved, and I still love you” he says.
“I love you, too. And if was just us, I swear I would keep doing this over and over again, even if it never worked. But it’s not just us,” Darlene replies.
And just like that, David and his scruffy beard are gone again. Will he keep his plans to move back to Lanford? Will Darlene change her mind? Future episodes will hopefully bring us some more clarity about these two and their strained relationship.
Rumors were floating around for months that Khloé Kardashian was expecting a baby with Cleveland Cavaliers pro baller Tristan Thompson. The two finally put the speculation to rest in December 2017, when they posed for a black and white photo that displayed Kardashian’s baby bump in all its glory.
The Instagram caption read: “I know we’ve been keeping this quiet but we wanted to enjoy this between our family and close friends as long as we could privately,” said the Keeping up with the Kardashians star. “Thank you all for understanding. I am so thankful, excited, nervous, eager, overjoyed and scared all in one!”
Kardashian’s fans were ecstatic for her, knowing how much she desperately wanted to become a mother. That dream came true in April 2018, when Kardashian welcomed baby girl True Thompson. Unfortunately, the magical moment was tainted by a firestorm of fresh relationship controversy involving her baby’s daddy.
We wish this family nothing but the best, but we’re still a bit concerned for the bundle of joy. Here’s why we’re worried about Khloé Kardashian’s baby.
Pregnancy health scare
Every pregnancy is different, and each journey to motherhood can face its own set of complications. It was reportedly smooth sailing for the first few months of Kardashian’s pregnancy, and she was also one of the lucky moms-to-be who wasn’t plagued by morning sickness, according to a source for Us Weekly. However, as the weeks passed by, the Good Denim frontwoman dealt with a scary health issue on an episode of
KUWTK (via Us Weekly).
In the episode, Kardashian is lying on a couch, unable to move and in intense pain. “Literally, I like can’t walk,” she tells her sisters. Sister Kourtney Kardashian suggests they contact Khloe’s doctor for advice, and the footage hints at complications.
Khloé apparently bounced back, and instead of taking things easy to prevent future problems, she raised eyebrows during the final weeks of her pregnancy by hopping on a plane to jet set across the globe (more on that in a minute.)
Is she next in line to get dumped?
Relationships don’t always work out, and perhaps it’s best for partners to go their separate ways instead of staying in a bad situation. This is allegedly what happened in Tristan Thompson’s previous relationship with model Jordan Craig , who is the mother of his son, Prince Oliver. He reportedly left her high and dry to hook up with Khloé Kardashian … if you believe the tabloid fodder , of course.
Craig gave birth to Prince in December 2016, but according to E! News, the rumor mill is pointing homewrecker fingers at Kardashian, who supposedly started dating Thompson when Craig was still pregnant. Newsweek speculated that Thompson abandoned Craig and his unborn son to hobnob with the reality star.
Whatever the case may be, Craig’s Instagram shows that she’s committed to raising their child well, and she has never spoken out about the demise of her relationship nor pointed fingers at Kardashian.
Though it’s clear both Craig and Thompson have moved on, that doesn’t negate the fact that Kardashian’s fans wonder if history will repeat itself. Could Kardashian become the the next baby mama Thompson leaves in the dust? It’s not looking good — keep reading.
Did he miss the birth of his first child?
TMZ revealed that Thompson’s name was left off of his son’s birth certificate. According to
TMZ, in the state of California (where Craig gave birth), “the father has to be present at the hospital in order to be named on the initial birth certificate. However, it’s possible to add the name later.” This led many to speculate that the baller wasn’t present for the birth of his first child.
While everyone was up in arms about the possibility of Thompson being MIA on such an important day, X17 Online snapped photos of him and Kardashian exiting a private jet just days before the baby was born. The website claimed Kardashian had chartered the jet from Cleveland to Los Angeles “so [Thompson] could witness the birth of his first child,” although there were no paparazzi photos captured of Thompson at the hospital.
It’s possible that Thompson was on hand for his son’s birth but did not sign the birth certificate for other reasons. However, all the speculation isn’t boding well for Kardashian’s beau. Let’s recap: There are rumors that he abandoned his ex-girlfriend while she was pregnant, and that rumor was followed by questions about whether or not he was present for his son’s birth. We can only hope that raising a child with Kardashian will put discussions about his aptitude for parenting to rest.
Did she put her baby at risk?
The internet threw itself into a tizzy when Khloé Kardashian joined her sisters, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, on an overseas trip to Tokyo, Japan. She was eight months pregnant at the time of their excursion, which totally looked like a leisurely vacation rather than a business trip. It didn’t appear to be a trip she
had to take, but Khloé went, nonetheless.
As photos from their vacation flooded their social media accounts, the Kardashians’ followers couldn’t believe their eyes. Some wondered why the mother-to-be would even risk traveling so far away while in her third trimester.
In response to the backlash, Khloé crafted a
tweet that read: “I’m allowed to travel according to my dr. Of course, before our flight, I took all precautions and got my body checked from my dr and I’m completely healthy. I wouldn’t put my baby at risk in any way.”
We want to believe she took the necessary steps to ensure her trip was safe for her and her unborn child. However, considering her
own show touted some sort of scary pregnancy complication, many folks weren’t convinced that traveling overseas so late in the game was the right decision.
Things are moving really fast. Too fast?
Many of Khloé Kardashian’s failed relationships have played out in the public eye, including her December 2016 divorce from basketball star Lamar Odom. We’re all rooting for Kardashian to finally find her happily ever after with Tristan Thompson, yet we can’t ignore how quickly their relationship developed.
According to a timeline posted by Us Weekly, the couple’s romance began in August 2016, and they made their first public appearance at rapper Flo Rida’s birthday party in September of that year. Judging by that timeline, Kardashian was pregnant months before their one-year anniversary.
We’re not suggesting you need to know someone for X amount of time before you decide to have a baby together. Thompson and Kardashian have likely spent plenty of time bonding. A source close to the star told
People, “She loves spending every day with Tristan.” She also moved into his home in Cleveland so they could spend even more time together, according to her blog . The couple had plans to rent a second home together in Los Angeles, as well.
That said, this relationship appears to have unfold at lightning speed, and we hope they can keep up with the acceleration that comes from raising a child. In August 2017, Kardashian acknowledged as much, telling the Daily Mail , “We’re still in a new relationship and I love us having time together. Once you have kids you can’t get back your non-kid years.”
First comes love, then comes the baby carriage. Marriage can wait.
Even though Khloé Kardashian’s sister, Kim Kardashian, tied the knot with rapper Kanye West not long after the 2013 birth of their daughter, North, fans shouldn’t expect the same for Khloé and Tristan Thompson.
In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres , Khloé said, “I’m not in a rush for [marriage] … As you know, I’ve rushed quite a few things before, so right now I’m so loving the place I am in my life and I’m just very happy with how things are going.”
We applaud her for taking her time to allow this relationship to develop, but some see her views on marriage as an oxymoron. She isn’t looking to rush into things, but many see parenthood as an even bigger responsibility than becoming husband and wife. Not only that, while she admits to loving the pace of her relationship with Thompson, it contradicts rumors that she’s ready to settle down. So what’s the truth? We may never know.
Do they have ‘explosive’ fights?
In April 2017, Hollywood Life detailed “explosive fights” that have allegedly threatened to tear Thompson and Kardashian apart. A source told the site, “Their relationship is super passionate, so yeah, when they fight, they really fight.” The insider also noted that they usually “make-up again pretty quickly.”
The source claimed uncertainty about the future is usually the catalyst for the couple’s rows. “It drives Khloé crazy that Tristan won’t commit, that’s a real bug bear for her,” the insider said.
As Thompson focuses on his NBA career, Kardashian has reportedly tried to remain supportive, but if these two want different things in the long-term, this could be a tough relationship to maintain. Whether these two live happily ever after or eventually part ways and co-parent, it’s going to be very important that their child grows up in a stable environment with parents who can work out their differences in a healthy manner.
Lastly, this isn’t the first time reports about the couple’s differing views on commitment have made headlines. Where’s there’s smoke, there’s usually fire…
He has a nasty reputation
Kardashian and Thompson gave the appearance of being head-over-heels in love with one another, but the rumor mill long believed there was trouble in paradise.
According to a source for InTouch (via
YourTango), “Khloé is unhappy about the fact that Tristan is still friendly with [his ex,] Jordan Craig.” And Craig isn’t the only woman who’s allegedly catching Thompson’s eye. The insider also claimed Thompson “acts like a single man” and “flirts like crazy.” The source claimed Kardashian “cries all night, doesn’t leave the house and now she’s vowing to raise the baby alone.”
Tabloid reports about their rocky relationship differ from the way Kardashian and Thompson have publicly gushed about their love. “I’m in the best relationship I’ve ever been in and it doesn’t take a ring for me to feel that way,” she told You (via E! News). Thompson has been less vocal, but he did post a sweet birthday tribute to Kardashian in June 2017. His Instagram caption read: “Let’s continue to build more memories and cherish them with each other. God bless you, I love you.”
Only time will tell if this romance survives after baby makes three, particularly considering the shocking turn of events that erupted in April 2018, just days before Kardashian gave birth…
A cheating scandal just days before giving birth
As Khloé Kardashian enjoyed the last few days of her pregnancy and prepared for the birth of her first child, news spread that Tristan Thompson had been caught cheating on her at a Manhattan, N.Y. hotspot called PH-D. The incident reportedly went down on April 7, 2018, ahead of his team’s matchup against the New York Knicks, the Daily Mail reported.
The salacious photos and videos allegedly shows Thompson and an unidentified woman engaging in a steamy make-out session. The man’s face is obscured by a hooded sweatshirt, so we can’t tell for sure if its him, but it sure looks like him.
With Kardashian reportedly holed up in their Cleveland home in anticipation of the birth of their baby, we hate to think he was misbehaving behind her back. Whether he’s guilty or innocent, Kardashian’s fans have already reached a verdict, leaving countless snake, poop, and middle finger emojis in the comments section of his Instagram account.
Is she ready to duke it out?
Once Thompson’s skeletons came tumbling out of his closet and his history of alleged cheating was exposed, Radar Online reported it was likely he had been hooking up with other women behind Kardashian’s back for “nearly their entire relationship.” Since Kardashian was pregnant at the time the videos and photos of his philandering ways were uncovered, it only made the situation a million times worse.
“She is crying non-stop … he just broke her heart,” an insider told Radar . The unnamed source also claimed Kardashian was so “devastated” about the allegations that she was ready to get “full legal and primary custody of her daughter… Also, she’s made up her mind to leave Cleveland following the birth, which her family and mom Kris is thankful for.”
Even though we would never condone cheating, perhaps Kardashian is letting raw emotion get the best of her. The source stated the reality star “wants nothing to do with him for the rest of her life and, as of right now, she does not want her baby to even know him at all.”
Thompson may be in the dog house, but if he wants to play an active role in his child’s life, is it a wise idea to banish him? We’re hoping things don’t get too messy for the baby’s sake.
Did he lie about their relationship?
After announcing her pregnancy in a December 2017 Instagram post, Kardashian posed for various maternity photo shoots and went on a brief media tour to discuss her love for Thompson and their unborn baby.
“He’s so great just during pregnancy and he makes me more excited too,” she told The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
But while Kardashian was elated, Thompson’s attention may have been elsewhere. TMZ dropped a bombshell in April 2018 when it released dated footage from October of that previous year that showed the basketball player getting hot and heavy with two women at a hookah lounge outside of Washington D.C. In the surveillance video, Thompson is seen kissing one of the women and rubbing his face in another woman’s bosom. Yeah, gross. And according to reports, Kardashian would have been three months pregnant at the time the footage was captured.
One of the women in the video footage told the TMZ “she had no idea he was serious with Khloé Kardashian … much less that she was having his baby.” Say what?
We can understand if the woman was unaware about Kardashian’s unborn baby, especially since the reality star’s pregnancy announcement came two months after Thompson’s Washington D.C. romp, but c’mon, everyone on the planet knew she and Thompson were an item. That begs the question: Did he downplay his relationship status so he could get a little bit of action on the side? We’re not psychic, but all signs point to yes.
Did his alleged cheating push her into early labor?
After facing the disappointing news that her baby daddy was allegedly having a whole lot of fun with other women, TMZ reported that Kardashian began “having early contractions” on April 11, 2018 — her due date was reportedly in late April. Although the Good Denim maven was in her third trimester of pregnancy at the time the news was released, the website pointed out that “it may not be a coincidence [the contractions] happened just hours after videos surfaced of Tristan hooking up with other women.”
The very next day, TMZ reported that Kardashian’s little girl made her debut around 4 a.m. April 12, 2018. Mom Kris Jenner, sisters Kourtney and Kim Kardashian, and bestie Malika Haqq were all in Ohio to support Khloé, the tab reported. Guess who else was supposedly there?
That’s right, Thompson.
Time will tell how this dynamic evolves, but we wish the little one and all those who love her the very best.
Custody could get complicated
Kardashian announced the birth of her baby girl on April 16, 2018 via an Instagram post that read, “Our little girl, True Thompson, has completely stolen our hearts and we are overwhelmed with LOVE. Such a blessing to welcome this angel into the family! Mommy and Daddy loooooove you True!”
Naturally, some of her social media followers couldn’t wait to get a glimpse of the newborn, who Kardashian’s sister, Kim, described as “gorgeous” in a tweet . Others were more concerned about a potential custody tug of war and what that could mean for the allegedly embattled couple.
Hollywood Life did some digging into custody laws in the state of Ohio, which is where Kardashian relocated to live with Thompson and where she gave birth. According to a statement provided by a Cleveland-based attorney, “If a child is born to unmarried parents, then under Ohio law, the mother has sole custody. It is then up to the father to file with the court to establish paternity, custody/shared-parenting, and/or visitation rights.”
Ruh-roh. Things aren’t looking good for Thompson at all.
All of this may sound like a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo to most, but since an innocent baby is involved, we hope a lengthy court battle isn’t on the horizon. We’ll cross our fingers that these two can put their emotions aside and keep True’s best interests in mind.
Baby True is ready for her close-up
Just days after joining the world, baby True also joined Instagram. Bible it!
The Instagram account (which probably has more followers than you, BTW) didn’t have any pictures posted at the time of this writing, but considering how this family operates, it shouldn’t be long before a flood of adorable baby selfies inundate the profile.
This isn’t the first time a celebrity has created a personal account for their baby, but we’re really confuddled by the timing. With various cheating rumors floating around, talk about a custody battle, and the apparent turmoil that’s shrouding Kardashian and Thompson’s relationship, one might think launching an Instagram profile for their new baby would be the last thing on their to-do list.
Then again, this is the Kardashians we’re talking about. Being in the spotlight is basically a requirement for all members of their family, so we can’t say we’re completely shocked that True is already staking her claim online. That said, a newborn’s social media debut definitely could have waited until the dust settled.
Her baby may never meet Caitlyn
Khloé Kardashian’s drama with Tristan Thompson isn’t the only source of internal tension in this new mama’s life. There are also important questions about her relationship with Caitlyn Jenner.
Here’s some background: When Khloé’s father, Robert Kardashian Sr. , passed away in 2013, her mother’s new husband, Bruce Jenner, became a parental figure to the reality star. However, their bond has been strained ever since Jenner announced she would be living life as Caitlyn Jenner, a transgender woman.
During her pregnancy, Khloé told the UK morning show Lorraine (via Us Weekly) that having a baby would not affect “anything with Caitlyn.” Her statement seems to suggest that Khloé doesn’t anticipate patching things up with Caitlyn, who lobbed some major allegations against members of the family in her 2017 memoir, The Secrets of My Life (via Cosmopolitan ).
While speaking to a crowd in November 2017 (via Us Weekly ), Caitlyn described just how bad things had become among the divided family members. “To be honest, I don’t talk to them anymore … They don’t want me in their lives, they bashed me pretty badly. It’s devastating when your kids do that. It really hurt. I don’t know what the future holds. We will see.”
For the baby’s sake, we’ll cross our fingers that Caitlyn and Khloé can make amends.
How she can turn things around
If motherhood becomes too stressful, Khloé Kardashian has a lot of people she can call on for advice, including her sisters and her mom. Even her brother, Rob Kardashian, could probably step in and offer some pointers. Her big family has plenty of parenthood experience, so we’re sure they’ll be willing to step in and help Khloé with late-night feedings, diaper changes, and babysitting duties.
Even Khloé’s ex-husband seems to think she’ll be a wonderful mom. “I know if she can take care of a grown man for four years — the way she took care of me — yeah, I know she can take care of a baby,” Lamar Odom told Access Hollywood.
So despite our worries, we still have high hopes that things will turn out just fine for Khloé and her wonderful baby girl .