Sat Sep 23 13:50:22 EDT 2017
Is Donald Trump gunning for top billing in a Real Housewives of D.C. reboot? Andy Cohen seems to think so.
The 49-year-old Watch What Happens Live host (and Real Housewives executive producer) has drawn more than a few parallels between the behavior of the sitting president and the behavior of various cast members on Bravo’s popular Real Housewives franchises — and he’s quick to point them out on Twitter.
Here’s a rundown of all the times Trump, 71, pulled from Cohen’s “Housewives Playbook.”
1. Rescind Invitations Liberally
Disinvite someone who has wronged you from a party is classic Real Housewives behavior.
Why, look no further than the past two seasons of The Real Housewives of New York City. Last season, Bethenny Frankel told Luann de Lesseps she wouldn’t be coming on the cast girl’s trip to Mexico, which had to be cancelled after Frankel fell ill. When the cast finally went the following season, it was Ramona Singer on Frankel’s bad side then (Don’t worry, she was eventually allowed to come).
So how did Trump pick up this play? When he disinvited the Golden State Warriors to the White House over critical comments made by player Stephen Curry.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” Trump tweeted of the 2017 NBA finals champs. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
2. Hold a grudge.
As Trump continues to bring up Hillary Clinton (again and again) months into his administration, Cohen pointed to another commonly-used housewife tactic: Routinely bringing up the past to distract from whatever’s going on in the present.
Trump himself did it by bringing up media coverage of Clinton. Cohen said the housewives did it by discussing Brook Ayers’s false cancer claims on The Real Housewives of Orange Country.
3. The poor cell reception excuse.
After the president blamed poor cell phone reception for his delayed call to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto following the country’s devastating earthquake, Bravo host Andy Cohen jumped on social media to draw his latest comparison between the commander in chief and a Real Housewife.
“HOUSEWIVES PLAYBOOK: blame cell reception,” Cohen tweeted on Sept. 14, kicking off a long thread of jokes about the president’s claim.
That’s a move Singer has made before on RHONY for one, though in her defense it was “emails” that were mysteriously all “going to trash.”
4. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
In July, Cohen mocked Trump for his repetitive “drain the swamp” talk after the president tweeted: “Drain the Swamp should be changed to Drain the Sewer – it’s actually much worse than anyone ever thought, and it begins with the Fake News!”
Cohen teased, “HOUSEWIVES PLAYBOOK: keep repeating the same lines over and over and over ’til someone listens (See: Aviva, bookgate; Kim D, strippergate).”
5. “Making stuff up to stay on the show.”
In March, Cohen likened Trump to a “first season Real Housewife” after the president spent a portion of his morning fighting back via Twitter against allegations that his administration has ties to Russia.
“What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians? Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the FBI in to look?” Trump wrote in one of a handful of tweets.
Cohen replied: “Sweetie you are a first season Real Housewife making stuff up to stay on the show.”
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There are countless examples of this behavior on the show.
Former RHONY Aviva Drescher, for one, spent a whole season spreading a rumor that fellow castmate Carole Radziwill‘s memoir was ghostwritten – a rumor that the journalist vehemently denied (it would come to be called “bookgate” and it led to Drescher being let go from the show).
Phaedra Parks had been accused of making up a rumor that Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd Tucker had planned on drugging Porsha Williams and their mutual friend Shamea Morton in order to take advantage of them sexually. Parks admitted to telling Williams the rumor, and like Drescher was let go from the show.
On The Real Housewives of New Jersey, fake rumors tour apart the friendship of sister-in-laws Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga for years when the the latter was accused of once being a stripper. Both have made up now.
In Orange County, RHOC O.G. Vicki Gunvalson admitted to “fabricating” a cancer lie with boyfriend Brooks Ayers at the time to get her cast mates to sympathize with him. He later told PEOPLE in a statement that Gunvalson had no part in his decision to falsify documents.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘Are Wonderful Together’ Says Royal Fan: ‘She’s Like Him, Very Kind and Genuine’Sat Sep 23 13:49:16 EDT 2017
On Saturday, Prince Harry kicked off his annual Invictus Games in Toronto, and after meeting him, one fan couldn’t help but gush over how he and his girlfriend, Meghan Markle, seemed like the perfect couple.
After meeting Harry, 33, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, royal fan Camilla Vasquez, who’s already met Markle, said, “they are wonderful together.”
“I met her when she was filming Suits near my school. She’s like him — very kind and genuine,” Vasquez, 20, added. “They are both caring and care humanitarian issues and social issues. Harry proved that by being here today.”
“I told him I was really happy to meet him and he said he was glad I’d come out,” she added. “It was so exciting. It was a once in a lifetime moment. He apologized for not signing autographs. has as a very firm handshake!”
Markle, 36, is expected to attend the games in her adopted hometown of Toronto, according to insiders, but she is likely to do so in an unofficial capacity — cheering from the stands, for example, as she did at one of Harry’s polo matches this spring.
The games will mark the second public event they’ve attended together. In May, Markle watched proudly from the sidelines as Harry participated in a charity polo match. They were even snapped sharing a sweet kiss and embrace after he left the field.
Harry started his Paralympic-style Invictus Games for wounded service members around the world in London in 2014. The second games took place in Orlando in 2016. Next year’s games will be held in Sydney.
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Earlier on Saturday, Harry, 33, showed off his friendly touch with kids — and kissed a little three year old boy — when he visited Canada’s largest addiction and mental health hospital.
As he made his way out of the the facility, Harry headed straight over to a group of children who’d been helped over the barriers by Harry’s security staff.
He first spoke with Harper and Griffin Hamilton, 7 and 5, asking about the sunflowers they were clutching and whether they were on vacation from school. “Griffin wanted to ask him where his crown was,” says their mother Christine Hamilton, 40. “He was so lovely and really humble and genuine. You can see his love for children comes out very well.”
“Who does little child belong to?” he called out about Miles Aris, 3, who was among the group. When his grandmother Paulett Knaus stepped forward he said, “What are you doing on that side?” she tells PEOPLE.
“Then he gave him a kiss. It was very exciting,” Knaus added.
Inside, he was told about the pioneering work in research and technology being carried out including a potential preventative cure to stop soldiers suffering from PTSD.
Harry served in the British army for 10 years from 2005 to 20015, rising to the rank of Captain and taking two tours of Afghanistan.
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The centre — known as CAMH — is a world leader in treating psychological conditions and the royal is hoping to take lessons learnt there back to the U.K.
After being told one of the approaches is prevention, Harry told doctors: “It seems we suffer from a culture where a pill will fix everything.
“There has to be a better way than just giving out anti-depressants,” he said. “There were 65 million given out in one year in the U.K. alone. That’s why I look to you guys in this room.
“Everyone is uniquely wired is what I keep saying,” he added. “There is no one silver bullet, no one cure for everyone.”
At a round table discussion about youth mental health, after being praised for his work in raising the issue of mental health and helping to reduce the stigma, Harry said, “It’s a massive team effort and everyone is doing their bit just trying to normalize it so people can seek help without judgement.
“If everyone can do that, it’s better for everyone.”
The Invictus Games begin in Toronto Saturday and will continue until Sept. 30.
Sat Sep 23 13:08:48 EDT 2017
Ayesha Curry isn’t too upset that Donald Trump has disinvited the Golden State Warriors to the White House over comments made by her husband Stephen Curry.
The 28-year-old chef and cookbook author responded to the president with an eyeroll emoji on Twitter after he tweeted Saturday morning that Stephen and the 2017 NBA finals champs are not welcome for a visit.
“Donate to earthquake relief here,” Ayesha wrote, focusing her priorities instead on raising money for UNICEF in response to the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that ripped through Mexico City earlier this week and the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that hit southern Mexico Saturday.
She followed that response up with another charity: the Hispanic Federation, a Latino nonprofit membership organization founded in 1990 that seeks to support Hispanic families and strengthen Latino institutions by improving education, health, immigration, and more.
Stephen had spoken out on Friday about the possibility of visiting the White House after the Warriors win, saying that if the team were invited and were to vote on whether to go, he would say no.
“You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things — from Colin Kaepernick to what happened with Michael Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change,” Curry told reporters. “We’re all trying to do what we can using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that. That’s kind of where I stand on that. I don’t think us going to the White House will miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”
The athlete has been open about his feelings for Trump. In February, Stephen backhandedly referred to Trump as an “ass.” Many of his teammates, such as Kevin Durant, and head coach Steve Kerr are also vocal critics of Trump’s.
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Though it remains unclear whether the White House had actually extended an invitation to the Warriors in the first place (players and coaches have spoken about the possibility of attending in the past, but always in the framing of “if we’re invited”), Trump still tweeted Saturday morning that the invite was off the table.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” the 71-year-old former Celebrity Apprentice host said, shortly after the television program Fox & Friends covered Curry’s comments. “Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
Ayesha wasn’t the only one responding to the president’s tweet Saturday. Celebrities and athletes also clapped back at Trump — many of them mocking him for taking away a potential invitation after Stephen had already essentially R.S.V.P.’ed no.
“You’re not breaking up with me, I’m breaking up with you!” Daily Show host Trevor Noah wrote.
“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going!” LeBron James wrote. “So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”
John Legend agreed. “Perhaps it’s not a great honor while your stench is there,” he wrote.
ESPN host Jemele Hill also tweeted support for Stephen, writing, “welcome to the club bro.” Earlier this month, she was criticized for calling Trump a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists” — comments Trump demanded ESPN apologize for, calling them an “untruth.”
Journalist Jamal Smith made similar comments as Ayesha’s too, this time about the island of Puerto Rico which is still without power following the Hurricane Maria.
“An entire island full of Americans in Puerto Rico are without power right now, and @POTUS is cursing out NFL players at his campaign rally,” he wrote.
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Meanwhile celebrities still continue to support Kaepernick, who started an uproar when he started taking a knee during every game last season in to call attention to the headline-making racial tension plaguing the country.
“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” he continued. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Speaking at a rally in Alabama, Trump said any NFL player who protests the national anthem in an effort to address racism and police violence in America as a “son of a bitch’ who should be fired.
Celebrities were none too happy about that.
“We’re not on the plantation anymore Chump. There will be no ‘buck breaking’ out here. Fingers on the hand form a fist. #TakeAKnee ’til free,” Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams said.
“Knee so hard on Sunday the earth shakes,” said Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright.
The most pointed response came from Kaepernick’s mom Teresa. “Guess that makes me a proud bitch!” she said on Twitter.