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Meredith Vieira admits that NBC did not handle the Today show drama from 2012 which resulted in Ann Curry's firing and Matt Lauer being viewed as the bad guy. The former co-host recently chatted with The Hollywood Reporter where she addressed the shakeup that went down following her exit from the morning news show.

Meredith said, "I really felt for Matt Lauer a lot. And I felt for Ann, too. It turned so nasty, really nasty. Every day you're reading this stuff that is just beyond cruel from angry, angry people who felt that Ann had been slighted and embarrassed and humiliated. And they basically pointed to one person on whom to take out all of their anger. I don't know if I would have survived that." She continued, "I just told him I loved him and I was there for him. But I never sugarcoated what had happened. I thought it had not been handled smartly from the very beginning, because I don't think they ever felt that was the right fit for Ann so they should never have put her in that position to begin with. And the ending was so mishandled. But you know what, s**t happens. People make mistakes. We all do."

  • Savannah Guthrie was hired at Ann's replacement.
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'SHARKNADO 2' BREAKS RECORDS: The Wednesday (July 30th) premiere of Sharknado 2: The Second One broke records for SyFy and Twitter. The movie nabbed 3.9 million viewers which made it the most-watched movie that has ever aired on the network. The sequel also scored 1 billion Twitter impressions -- more than Miley Cyrus' 2013 VMA performance and the Kimye wedding. A third chapter has already been given the green light.

BRAVO TO AIR 'REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MELBOURNE': Bravo's latest version of The Real Housewives franchise will take viewers to Australia. Starting on August 3rd, the network will be airing episodes throughout the summer culminating in a two-part reunion. The cast includes Gina Liano, Andrea Moss, Chyka Keebaugh, Janet Roach, Lydia Schiavello and Jackie Gillies. Bravo's Aussie equivalent, Foxtel, has already announced plans for a second season.

'BLURRED LINES' MODEL WILL CO-STAR WITH ZAC EFRON: Emily Ratajkowski, known for her work in the "Blurred Lines" music video, has landed the lead opposite Zac Efron in the drama We Are Your Friends. The project also marks the directorial debut of Max Joseph -- co-star of MTV's Catfish. According to Deadline, "It's set in the worlds of electronic music and the Hollywood nightlife, where an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James' much younger girlfriend, Sophie."

JON STEWART'S 'ROSEWATER' GETS RELEASE DATE: Open Road Films has set a release date for Jon Stewart's directorial debut, Rosewater. The movie will hit theaters on November 7th opposite Interstellar and Big Hero 6. The Daily Show host took three months off from the show to shoot the film overseas. It stars Gael Garcia Bernal as a BBC journalist who was arrested while covering an election protest in Iran and subsequently imprisoned and tortured over the next 118 days. It's based on the memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy.

KATE BOSWORTH LAUNCHES NEW APP: Kate Bosworth has collaborated with entrepreneur Samantha Russ to create a new app called Style Thief. According to People, "the app uses photo recognition to match pictures customers take with similar attire available online." Kate explained her inspiration to the magazine saying, "the overall urge to create an app which finds fashion from a photograph in an easy, fun and simple way -- and in real time." She added, "I get excited when I search a photo from something as abstract as wallpaper print to find cool prints in apparel."

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Adrienne Bailon has responded to The Kardashian family's shade towards her. Earlier this week, an interview that The Real co-host did with Latina Magazine was published and she talked about ex Rob Kardashian. In the interview, Bailon revealed that being with Rob was hurtful to her career. She also discussed his infidelity, saying "It’s common knowledge that he cheated on me. It always bothered me that people were like, ‘Pero, why couldn’t you forgive him? Why are women always the ones who have to forgive? If you cheated on a man, he would be like, ‘You’re disgusting, and I want nothing to do with you.’ But women, we’re supposed to be like, ‘He messed up. He made a mistake.’"

Kim clapped back on Twitter, writing, "Funny how she says being with a Kardashian hurt her career yet the only reason she has this article is bc she is talking about a Kardashian. So sad when people try to kick my brother when he is down #FamilyForever."

  • Khloe wrote, "FDB" -- which stands for "F*ck Dat B*tch" and told a follower that she thought she was cool with Adrienne. Rob retweeted Khloe's "FDB" tweet.


On Thursday (July 31st), Adrienne responded via Instagram, writing, "Fame and a Career are two different things. I’ve always had a career. I have been working hard since I was 15-years-old. Being someone’s 'girlfriend' was never what I wanted to be famous for. What makes you 'famous' isn’t always what you want to be 'labeled' as, or known for. If anyone should understand that … It should be you."

  • She continued, "I also stated in the article that none of this would have stopped me from being in love and being in that relationship. I just would have gone about it differently. You can love someone just as much in private. We all learn from our first loves."
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JADA PINKETT SMITH ADDRESSES OPEN MARRIAGE RUMORS AGAIN: Jada Pinkett Smith poses on the cover of Net-A-Porter's The Edit where she discusses the long-standing tabloid rumor that she and Will Smith have an open marriage. The Gotham star explains, "Will, to me, encompasses everything. It's almost as if calling him 'my husband' is too small of a word for what he means in my life...I think I had a very stuck idea of what a husband looks like, what a wife should be. Once I broke all of that, a whole new world opened for me and man, oh, man, I got to see him in all his glory. And so that's what it's evolved into. And I'm just ecstatic about it." She goes on to reveal how they deal with the stories saying, "The coping technique is knowing what the truth is. When you know that what's going on in your house is so the opposite of what's being said, and you also know that when there's mystery, people fill in the gaps, that's okay. And then you look back at it and look at how creative people can be, and it's kind of entertaining. We can laugh because it's so ridiculous. But I get it. I don't take it personally."

MARTHA STEWART POSED FOR TERRY RICHARDSON: Martha Stewart is the latest celebrity to sit for a photo shoot with controversial photographer, Terry Richardson. The shoot was for Porter magazine. According to the magazine, "It is the first time these two controversy-hounds have met but it is, like so much in Stewart's life, no accident. After debating over a long list of photographers, America's house-mother superior insisted that Richardson shoot her. 'Oh, he is cute,' she will say later, when he comes to say goodbye." Richardson is known for his salacious photo shoots and has been plagued by rumors that he puts many of his models into uncomfortable sexual positions while photographing them.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STALKING ROBIN ROBERTS: A 43-year-old man named Troy Warren was arrested earlier this week for stalking Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts. According to security at the show, Troy visited the show's studio eight times last month and ever threatened to punch her in the face. He claims that Robin owes him money. Warren has been charged with misdemeanor and harassment.

JUSTIN THEROUX SURPRISES JENNIFER ANISTON: Justin Theroux is keeping the romance alive in his relationship with Jennifer Aniston. According to Us Weekly, The Leftovers star took some time earlier this week to turn up at a photo shoot where his bride-to-be was working with her business partner Chris McMillan. A source told the magazine, "Justin actually showed up as a surprise to Jen. He turned up a couple of hours into the shoot. She was nearing the end of the shoot when he snuck in to say 'Hi.' She clearly wasn't expecting to see Justin because she squealed when he showed up. They hugged and he gave her a kiss and then he watched the end of the job."

KELLY OSBOURNE BEING SUED BY FORMER LANDLORD: Kelly Osbourne is being counter-sued by the landlord who withheld her security deposit on the condo she rented from him but moved out of last year. The Fashion Police co-host initially filed a lawsuit requesting her $18,700 deposit be returned but now the owner is seeking at least $50,000 to repair the damages she allegedly inflicted on the property. According to his claim, the place was left with holes in the walls, destroyed hardwood floors, dog poop and piss everywhere, and extensive damage to her own as well as other units as a result of a bathtub she left running.

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Miranda Kerr has not spoken publicly about the fight that went down between her ex, Orlando Bloom, and Justin Bieber earlier this week but sources say it isn't sitting well with the model. According to E! News, the 31-year-old was on vacation when she caught wind of the scuffle.

The insider revealed, "Miranda is in Spain and Europe now and is vacationing with the family and relaxing. Miranda wants all of this behind her and she just wants to move on from this and go about her life. She is very embarrassed about everything that has gone on."

  • As previously reported, Miranda has totally denied she ever hooked up with Justin but their alleged flirtation at the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show supposedly did irreparable damage to her marriage to Orlando.
  • Since the fight, Justin has brought his beef to social media. He briefly posted but deleted a photo of Miranda after the fight and then later uploaded a photo to Instagram of Orlando appearing to be crying.
  • The conflict has a lot of Hollywood taking sides with many celebrities including Drake Bell, Alyssa Milano, and James Franco throwing their behind the Lord of the Rings star.
  • UK's Mirror claims that fellow club-goers were excited to see them get into it and Leonardo DiCaprio was allegedly rooting on his friend, Orlando, who was sitting at his table.
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Scientology and Leah Remini allegedly ruined Maksim Chmerkovskiy's friendship with Kirstie Alley. The Dancing With the Stars pro dropped by Watch What Happens Live earlier this week where he was asked if he is still close with his former dance partner.

Maksim responded, "She stopped getting along with me. We had a great relationship...But I got a message now that I am associating with other people that she can't be associated with, I am no longer to be spoken with, and sorry, but it is what it is." He went on to say, "I think the world of her. I'm not judging people by their religion. I'm Jewish. I don't really believe in science fiction, but whatever. It's sad that we've gone through so much together, and I feel like I've helped her. And this is where we're at now. But I still think the world of her, and I wish her all the best."

  • Many news outlets are speculating that his rumored girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, and her BFF/former scientologist, Remini, are the people that Kirstie "can't be associated with."
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt express their love the old-fashioned way. The actress revealed to Australia's TV Week magazine that she and her beau sent each other love letters while they were away from each shooting different war movies.

The Unbroken director said, "He was supportive from a distance and it was quite romantic in a way. We decided to be of that time when we could imagine he was in the European theater and I was in the Pacific theater and we wrote hand-written letters to each other that were very connecting for us, thinking of the people that were separated for months if not years at a time back then."

  • Pitt was in London shooting his movie, Fury, which co-stars Shia LaBeouf.
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The romance between Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden is reportedly going so well that they have already discussed the possibility of marriage. Sources tell People that the pair are head over heels for each other and are allegedly looking at a future together.

The insider said, "It's early, but they have talked about marriage." Another source added, "Benji spends so much time at Cameron's that it seems he now kind of lives there. They look very happy together...Cameron hasn't looked this happy for years."

  • Cameron took Benji on a trip to Florida to meet her family earlier this month.



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