The daily gossip: Paul Bettany might have spoiled the big WandaVision cameo, Chris Harrison refuses to resign from The Bachelor, and more
Paul Bettany might have spoiled the big WandaVision cameo, Chris Harrison refuses to resign from The Bachelor, and more
WandaVision's Paul Bettany confirms he was trolling Marvel fans about highly-anticipated cameo
Who's been trolling Marvel fans? It's been Paul Bettany all along. In multiple interviews, the WandaVision actor, who plays Vision, promoted the series by teasing that he got to work with "an actor that I really admire." Fans spent weeks trying to figure out who he meant, with one popular guess being X-Men star Patrick Stewart. But the penultimate WandaVision episode last week revealed a second Vision, also played by Bettany, leading fans to ask if they just got pranked because the actor Paul Bettany was talking about working with was actually, well, Paul Bettany. On Good Morning America on Thursday, Bettany confessed that's what happened: Marvel fans are "gonna be so disappointed," he joked. Then again … could it be that it's actually this interview that's a fake-out?
Chris Harrison refuses to step down from The Bachelor
Despite growing calls for Chris Harrison to resign, the longtime Bachelor host insisted to Good Morning America on Thursday that he isn't going anywhere. Harrison found himself in hot water last month after he defended current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell for attending an inappropriate Southern plantation-themed party in 2018, amid ongoing complaints about the Bachelor franchise's handling of race-related issues. Though Harrison stepped away from the show after the scandal, he told GMA "this interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done." Harrison added that "I am an imperfect man, I made a mistake, and I own that," though CNN points out that Harrison did not elaborate on "why he defended Kirkconnell in the first place."
Of course Kim Kardashian's new lizard wears custom Skims
There's a new member in the Kardashian family — but no, it isn't a human baby of origins unknown. On Wednesday, Kim Kardashian introduced the world to Speed, a bearded dragon that was apparently left at her house (???) by her friend, Allison Statter, and subsequently adopted by her 7-year-old daughter, North. "I really wasn't planning on liking Speed the way I do but she grew on me!" Kardashian explained, although her affection might have something to do with using poor Speed to hawk the Cozy Collection of her clothing line, Skims, since the lizard apparently wears "custom" chenille hoodies and robes to match North's. Speed joins a menagerie that also includes 14 "gorgeous Friesian horses," three dogs, and a dead hamster.
Meghan Markle slams royal family for 'perpetuating falsehoods' in Oprah interview
In the latest clip from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's highly-anticipated Oprah Winfrey interview, the Duchess of Sussex called out Buckingham Palace for allegedly playing an "active role" in spreading lies about the couple. "I don't know how they could expect that, after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there's an active role that the firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us," Meghan said. "And if that comes at the risk of losing things, there's a lot that's been lost already." CNN notes that "the firm" is a term used to describe the British royal family. Asked by the network about the newly-released clip, Buckingham Palace said it had "no comment."
St. Vincent says visiting her father in prison inspired her new album, Daddy's Home
St. Vincent's forthcoming album, Daddy's Home, is about just that: her father's release from prison, after he was sentenced in 2010 to 12 years in a medium-security facility for his role in a $43 million stock-manipulation scheme. Speaking to The Guardian and Rolling Stone, the performer — whose real name is Annie Clark — described herself and her music as being "in the grimy, sleazy, trying-to-figure-out-where-we-go-from-here period," following the initial "pain and ambivalence" of her father's arrest, which she processed on her 2011 breakout album Strange Mercy. In the interviews, Clark recalled visiting her father in prison, including more than one occasion where she had to buy XXL sweatpants because the prison deemed her clothes too tight-fitting. The Guardian called Daddy's Home, which is due out May 14, "disgustingly great." Listen to the lead single here.