- A new survey by the Blackhawk Network reveals that only 10% of employees want to attend an office holiday party this year. 70% of people are cutting back on holiday spending due to inflation
- Closer Weekly Magazine says Kirstie Alley's official cause of death was colon cancer.
- E! News says actress Nia Long has broken up with suspended Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka. The couple had been together for 13 years before he had an affair with a Celtics staffer and got suspended.
- Legal Newsline says Martha Valentine and Ruby Cornejo, of California, have filed a class-action lawsuit against Crocs. They claim the rubbery clogs shrink after being exposed to heat and water. The women are suing for fraud, negligent misrepresentation and monetary damages. Crocs advertises themselves as "water shoes" and "water sandals" that are "water friendly."
- Mashed magazine says Lucky Charms is going to debut a new S'mores cereal in 2023. The cereal will have white marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate bits and colorful dehydrated marshmallows.
- ABC says a Mariah Carey comic book has been released just in time for the holidays. The 22 page book chronicles her rise to fame as the Queen of Christmas.
December Is The Worst Month To Have A Birthday: A new study by Not On The High Street reveals that people with a December birthday miss out on 160 presents over the course of their life because of how close they were born to Christmas. People born in December receive an average of four birthday presents while those born in other months receive an average of six. Other findings:
67% of people say December is the worst month to have a birthday
75% of people say they receive joint birthday and Christmas presents
55% of people are disappointed by the amount of birthday gifts they receive in December
24% of people get annoyed when they receive a Christmas themed birthday gift
39% of people with a December birthday say they receive birthday gifts in holiday wrapping paper
KSHE says Nicky Youre is going to perform on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve special on ABC.
Jax tells Variety magazine that her career changed for the better when she decided to be herself. "I was taking myself super seriously, being told that I had to act more mysterious. . . . One day I decided,[nope], no one cares about my music. What is the harm in being ridiculously and unapologetically myself? That's when things turned around for me, when I decided to show people who I truly was."
Post Malone tells GQ magazine that he loves cold weather. “ There’s something about cold air: whenever you breathe it, it hits you a little bit different. It feels a little bit better. It’s refreshing and it makes me just want to run around.”
Kim Petras tells The Guardian magazine that she doesn't care what other people think about her. "I realized everyone else’s opinions on who I should or shouldn’t be – can or cannot be – that was the most difficult part to handle. So I’ve decided to leave all that worrying to others. I want to make music and be a great artist. How people handle the trans thing? Well, that’s entirely up to them.”
Sam Smith tells GQ magazine that his past relationships have shaped who he is. "I’ve only had three boyfriends. All of them, equally, were just incredible teachers. And I think that now, it’s definitely changed how I am in relationships, because I don’t need another person to direct me to me. I direct them to me myself. Because I know who I am. And it’s beautiful."
The Weeknd tells TheStar.com that he wants people to forget their problems when they come to see him in concert. "When I’m performing, I am intent to bring people into a story and a world to be lost in for those few hours. It’s not about understanding me as much is it is about feeling a state of being that isn’t your usual.”
Rihanna tells Mother.ly that she loves to sing to her new baby. “I love singing to him. I sing baby songs and my songs. I'm not sure if he likes my singing or not. Sometimes he smiles, sometimes he puts on the most sour face I've ever seen! So the jury's still out."
Entertainment Weekly says Ryan Reynolds and wife Blake Lively recently posed for a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Ryan captioned the picture with: “We met Jessica Claus and her husband on the Polar Express. She was everything I’d always dreamed since I was a kid. She smelled like cinnamon buns and sangria.''
Blake got mad at him for cropping out her Christmas-themed sneakers. Ryan apologized and reposted the picture. “I cropped my wife’s shoes out in the photo I posted. It’s inexcusable and I’m sorry to anyone I’ve hurt with this callous lack of fortitude. Heading to the hospital to have my brain weighed.”
The Daily Star says Prince Harry's closest friends allegedly think Meghan Markle is high maintenance. A source tells the newspaper, Supporters have noted the bizarre combination of self-promotion and self-pity that characterizes Meghan, and can see why it has infuriated William. 'Meghan can be a 500% nightmare,' some close friends of Harry are among the first to admit. 'The never-ending PR. She's just so . . . American!' All the mutual friends I have encountered find themselves seeing both points of view - William's defensiveness of the monarchy as he sees it, and Harry's defensiveness of his wife. Love versus duty. This is what makes it so painful."
Will Smith tells the All the Smoke Podcast that he used to call Michael Jordan for free Nikes so he could wear them on his 90s TV show ''Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.'' “I was living the culture. I was literally calling Jordan like, ‘Mike, please, please don’t give them to nobody. Let me be the first person, I gotta be the first person to wear it’. And he was like ‘Man, I don’t run that,’” S
USA Today says a Golden Girls inspired restaurant is opening today in New York City. It will feature menu items named for the show's characters. The restaurant is decorated like the set of the show. It costs $40 for reservations. Food is extra
Former Dancing with the Stars mainstay Cheryl Burke says she is ready to date again. Entertainment Tonight quotes her as saying, “I am ready to date. Let’s just cut the B.S., I need to get out there, because I haven’t been on one date since I’ve been separated, divorced, whatever. I think it’s at least time to sext somebody.''
Yahoo News says a petition has been started to have Chicago's School of the Art Institute strip Kanye West of his honorary doctorate because of his anti-semitic comments. The petition reads, “Regardless of his contributions prior to receipt of this award, it is harmful to allow Ye, as he is presently known, to continue to use the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to help legitimize hatred and violence.”
WBZ says Kirstie Alley's fans are flocking to Boston's Cheers bar to honor her. She starred on the NBC sitcom "Cheers" in the early 90s. People are taking selfies in front of Kirstie's portrait. One fan, named Jimmie Martin, came to the bar from Louisiana. He says, "Started watching the show probably around the age of 10. Started watching it with my Dad a lot. To me, she was a good actress with good comedic timing. Saw her downstairs. I took a picture there."
Director Jerry Bruckheimer tells E! News that Disney is developing two Pirates of the Caribbean movies at once. He says one will star Margot Robbe. He did not say if the other will star Johnny Depp. "We were developing two Pirates. Margot Robbie's will get made but not before the another one gets made. We're developing two stories."
Yahoo News says Marie Osmond eats a teaspoon of mustard a day to stay healthy. She says, "How to stay healthy on the road. My doctor said in case there's like parasites or anything around, this is how to stay healthy and I'm not joking. One tablespoon of mustard a day keeps you healthy."
Holiday Distraction Survey
A new survey by the Robert Half staffing agency reveals that 17% of people say holiday shopping is the top reason they are distracted at work in December. Other findings:
- 7% of people say their holiday office party is the reason they are distracted from work in December
- 76% of people say burnout is the reason they are distracted from work in December
Who Gives the Best Gifts? ... According to a new survey by MSN
Other relatives: 9%
My husband and I have barely spoken to one another since last weekend. We went to his company Christmas party. His boss is the most politically incorrect person in the world. He had a mistletoe hanging over the entrance to the party. At one point during the night, my husband was standing under the mistletoe when a drunk co-worker walked over and kissed him. My mouth hit the floor. My husband and I argued at the party. He said he did nothing wrong because his co-worker initiated the kiss. He also said standing under the mistletoe gives him a free pass even though he was unaware he was standing under it. I told him he should have pushed his co-worker away rather than engage in the kiss for several more seconds. Where do you stand on my husband's defense of his kiss? Do you agree with him or not? Am I going to hard on him?