For over a decade, Lance Armstrong vehemently denied to using performance enhancing drugs during his cycling career. Now he has finally come forward to the truth in an interview with Oprah Winfrey set to air on her OWN network. There had been much speculation about what their interview would entail, ABC News and USA Today are confirming, citing some unnamed sources, that Armstrong let the cat out of the bag on Monday for the taped interview.
An anonymous person familiar with the situation didn't discuss specifics of what Armstrong said, but reported to CNN that he was emotional at times throughout the conversation. Armstrong sent a text to the Associated Press early Saturday morning saying: "I told her (Winfrey) to go wherever she wants and I'll answer the questions directly, honestly, candidly. That's all I can say." And we're sure she did.
The taping session began around 2 p.m. in Austin, Texas, after they finished Oprah tweeted, "Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 1/2 hours . He came READY!" She is scheduled to appear on 'CBS This Morning' on Tuesday to discuss the interview, which as she has said will be edited down to 90 minutes.
The disgraced cyclist gathered with about 100 Livestrong Foundation staffers at their Austin headquarters for a meeting where he issued a "sincere and heartfelt apology." "It generated lots of tears," spokeswoman Katherine McLane said, adding that he "took responsibility" for the trouble he has caused the foundation. He was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in October 2012. A government source tells ABC News that Armstrong is now talking with authorities about paying back some of the US Postal Service money from sponsoring his team. He is also talking to authorities about confessing and naming names, giving up others involved in illegal doping. Well, I guess now is as good a time as ever to start snitching.
The "no-holds-barred" interview will air Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on OWN. This is going to cut into 'Scandal' . so I''ll catch the first hour of it.
Will you be watching Lance squirm and cry?
Rage Against The Machine and Silversun Pickups Not Happy About The Romney Campaign Using Their Music
Photo: Coffee Party News
Mittens Romney and his new running mate Paul Ryan have been in the headlines all week, and somehow I think they might welcome these. Anything to distract us from those tax returns, right fellas! In a story published by The New York Times, it was revealed that Ryan is a big fan of the band Rage Against The Machine (collective eyeroll commences NOW). He also likes the band Filter, which I imagine he head-bangs to while doing his P90X workout.
RATM's guitarist Tom Morello was none too pleased to hear about this and wrote a scathing op-ed for Rolling Stone saying that Ryan was "the embodiment of the machine out music rages against." He went on to say,
"I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “F*** the Police”? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!…..
Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions."
The Silversun Pickups raged against the Romney/Ryan ticket too, sending a cease-and-desist letter to the campaign asking them to stop using their song "Panic Switch" at events. "We don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't like the Romney campaign," frontman Brian Aubert wrote. "We're nice, approachable people. We won't bite. Unless you're Mitt Romney! The lyrics to the song ironically describe Romney's whole campaIGN, Aubert pointed out.
"When you see yourself in a crowded room/Do your fingers itch, are you pistol-whipped?/Will you step in line or release the glitch?/Can you fall asleep with a panic switch?
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul sent the Huffington Post the following statement:
"The song was inadvertently played during event set-up before Gov. Romney arrived at the location. As anyone who attends Gov. Romney’s events knows, this is not a song we would have played intentionally. That said, it was covered under the campaign’s regular blanket license, but we will not play it again."
Inadvertently played? Do they just hook up an iPod to a radio and hit shuffle? Ugh, these people. This isn't the first time that musicians have asked or demanded that candidates stop using their music. Tom Petty asked Michele Bachmann to stop using his hit "American Girl" when she was still bothering us earlier this year, and the Foo Fighters wanted John McCain to stop using "My Hero" during his 2008 run.
It's not always Republicans that get targeted, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave asked then candidate Obama to not use their song "Hold On, I'm Comin" during campaign rallies in 2008. I can't fault Paul Ryan for having surprisingly good taste in music, but he might be keeping his playlist to himself from now on.
In a surprising turn of events, American Idol contestant Jermaine Jones will be dumped from the competition because he concealed "multiple crimes." Reportedly, Jones was charged with two crimes in 2011, one involving violence. In both arrests, Jones gave a fake name to police.
Because he didn't reveal his criminal past and outstanding warrants to Idol producers, Jermaine will be disqualified from the show on Wednesday night's broadcast. Jermaine was bought back by the judges when the final Top 13 were being formed. He was in the Bottom 3 last week, but Jeremy Rosado was sent home by the judges. No word yet on whether Jeremy or any other singer will be bought back to the show.
TMZ is reporting
"...Jones made up a story about his father to gain sympathy and votes from the public. Sources say that he went to producers after last week's show and told them that after abandoning him and his mother 10 years ago, his father Kevin Jones, had re-appeared in his life. He explained to producers that he was extremely upset because his father had popped up out of the blue now that he was famous and referred to him as "lousy."
Apparently everything he stated was one big lie. Jones' father caught up with TMZ and told them that his son's sob story was false and that he's had an ongoing relationship with him for quite some time. Kevin stated that he was even in the audience last week to support Jermaine."
Pants. On. Fire.
As if we all weren't a bit irritated by Beyonce and that baby of "hers", now this.
Seems several parents and family members of newborns at Lenox Hill Hospital were allegedly (?) treated horribly because they had the nerve to want to visit their babies and their mothers at the same time Beyonce and Jay-Z were scheduling and/or welcoming their daughter
by surrogate, Blue Ivy into the world. Naturally, the fine folks at Lenox Hill Hospital are denying all of this (as are Beyonce and Jay-Z--of course they are!), but $1.3 million might be a fine incentive for a self-imposed gag-order by the hospital, don't you agree?
Neil Coulon, 38, of Brooklyn said the stress of his wife delivering two premature girls was tripled by Beyoncé’s bodyguards treating Lenox Hill Hospital like an exclusive nightclub.
Coulon griped that he’s been repeatedly barred from the sixth-floor neonatal intensive care unit, once for 20 minutes, by the superstar couple’s private security.
He said bodyguards wearing headsets even cleared the sixth floor waiting room, booting his relatives out.
“Three times they stopped me from entering or exiting the NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit) and it happened once on Friday — just because they wanted to use the hallway,” said Coulon, a contractor from Bedford-Stuyvesant.
“They should have been more strategic about it,” he said. “These are children with problems in intensive care and you're just going to take over the hospital like you own it? All I want is an apology.”
Lenox Hill staffers, speaking anonymously, told the Daily News that Beyoncé and Jay-Z paid $1.3 million to seal off and redecorate a wing at the upper East Side hospital, in a super-strict effort to protect their privacy.
Beyoncé gave birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, Saturday night on the sixth floor, near the NICU, a hospital staffer told The News.
“Some people were upset,” the staffer said. “I heard a gentleman say he couldn’t go upstairs to see his baby (Saturday)."
Un-effing-believeable, elitist entitlement and inconsiderate behavior beyond belief. Just wait for Beyonce looking perfectly fit and thin at the Grammy Awards next month; giggling and appearing oh, so humble by blabbing that "nursing" and "good genes" have allowed her to keep that figure. Uh-huh.
The Carters are pissing off a lot of folks right now. If you don't believe me, go over to Twitter.
Written by: Diva Julia
Raise your hand if you have gay friends who CANNOT GET MARRIED due to dumbass laws preventing them from a real, loving matrimonial ceremony that actually means something. Unlike someone else we've had crammed down our throats. (No sex-tape pun intended...well, maybe a little.) Why else is Kim famous?? Oh, yeah, the peeing situation...
ANYfame-ho, I'm so OVER this lame-ass excuse for a 72-day marriage, and hearing about Kim filing for divorce yesterday. I'm not gonna say anything different than anyone else is blabbing about, but I do want to say, "Yeah! What they said!", because this whole mess was a farce. The Kardashians--particularly Kim and Momager Kris Jenner can attempt to convince the public all they want that this was true love and a wedding that happened too quickly. Hey. PANTS ON FIRE.
Let's take a look at what is a very interesting list of how this "wedding" was a complete farce:
1. Big Day Pay Day
For most, throwing a wedding means spending big bucks. For Kardashian and her man, it meant making them. The reality stars were paid $1.5 million by People magazine for their wedding photos (as well as $300,000 for their engagement announcement), $100,000 from OK! for bridal shower coverage, and between $30,000 and $100,000 from Us Weekly for photos of their post-nuptial trip to Italy. Not to mention the E! stipend they both would have received as part of their show contracts with the network. Nothing says everlasting love like dollar signs.
2. Wedding Sponsorship-Palooza
The payouts didn’t stop there. The couple turned what most view to be a sacred day into a marketing media blitz, which also doesn’t point to sincerity. Instead of picking special or favorite and personal things for their big day, the pair brokered deals to get most of their wedding décor, eats and dresses for free or at a deep discount. Kardashian’s 20.5-carat Lorraine Schwartz ring should have cost $3 million, but the reality princess received it at a fraction of the price. It’s no coincidence that Kardashian only sported Schwartz jewelry to walk down the aisle (among the items: a $2.5 million 65-carat headpiece, 28-carat earrings and a 15-carat wedding band). The pair also got a deal on their Lehr & Black engraved invites, Kardashian’s hair, makeup and grooming and the cake (which was made by the same L.A.-based company that created her sister Khloe’s).
3. Made-for-TV Weddings Have Been Publicity Ploys in the Past
It’s no secret that getting married in front of the camera’s doesn’t yield many long-term results. Everyone from former MTV’s The Hills stars Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag (who briefly separated in 2010), Brady Bunch alum Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry, every Bachelor and Bachelorette to get engaged in the history of the ABC shows (minus Trista and Ryan Sutter), Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro whose show ‘Til Death Do Us Part didn’t end up ringing true and Jon & Kate Plus 8 stars Jon and Kate Gosselin, who split after renewing their vows in front of TLC cameras, has seen their unions crumble after airing their weddings. But, despite that fact, Kardashian and Humphries chose to publicly say “I do” Aug. 20 in an E! special.
4. Wedding Regrets
Kardashian’s post-wedding appearance with Humphries on Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show also yielded some seemingly similar not-so-happily-ever-after forecasting. When asked by the host what she would have done differently in regards to her wedding, the star responded, “Elope! I was so crazy for an entire month. I literally, I went crazy. It was so stressful.” A new storyline to explore after the reconciliation, perhaps?
5. Kim Appears Alone on the Cover of People Magazine
People magazine licensed the official wedding photos and interview with Kardashian and her husband for $1.5 million, so when the highly anticipated photos were released, many people expected to see the happy couple on the cover. However, only the blushing bride graces the cover of the big wedding issue, implying that the wedding and marriage were more about the Kardashian brand than the uniting of a couple in love. "It's all about the bride. We wanted her. It's her day, we wanted her on the cover," explained People's assistant editor Jen Garcia, who defended the magazine’s decision.
6. Kim & Kourtney Take New York Centers on Marital Strife Between Couple
Shortly after their honeymoon, Kardashian and Humphries flew to New York to film the second season of Kim & Kourtney Take New York. The season will most likely heavily feature the couple’s new life together as man and wife. And a source close to Humphries tells THR that the season with end with the couple “taking a break” from their relationship.
7. Pre-Split Public Partying
In a very coincidental turn, Humphries, who has never made headlines for being a party-boy before, was publicly spotted out on the town in NYC in the weeks leading up to the split announcement. Us Weekly’s cover story proclaimed “Enough!” saying the reality star was sick of funding her husband’s partying habits during the NBA lockout. Star magazine also cited eyewitness accounts of the basketballer “acting like he didn’t have a wife at home.”
8. Outlets Got Delayed Response
On Monday, when news began circulating that Kardashian was planning on filing for divorce, it was E! that got it confirmed first. Even after their site announced the news, other networks were waiting around for confirmation from her reps for quite some time. Of course E! pays the Kardashians, and Ryan Seacrest produces the show, so it would make sense. But is all that surprise by even the cable network possibly one big ruse to make that reunion plotline down the road more believable?
9. "Convenient" Timing of Announcement of Divorce
The news that Kardashian was filing for divorce hit the news on Monday morning. Most weekly magazines close out their issues Monday evening. This timing may not be a coincidence. The matriach of the Kardashian clan, Kris Jenner, made sure that the news hit before the weeklies closed, according to THR sources.
10. Kris Humphries Expresses Shocks Over Divorce News
What would make this sudden divorce announcement even more dramatic? And drive the previously unknown Humphries' fame even more? If Humphries didn’t know that he was getting hit with a divorce. The NBA player ran straight to TMZ and E! to express his shock at the news. "I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for divorce," he said in a statement. "I'm committed to this marriage and everything this covenant represents. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to make it work." Isn't that what a heartbroken man does? Run to the nearest media outlet? Again, every reality producer in town must be thinking right now how to write that "Kris Wins Kim Back" extended plotline…
How many of you were given--or even loaned extravagant Lorraine Schwartz diamond rings, earrings, a headpiece, a Vera Wang dress, an entire WING and the bar at the Montecito Four Seasons Hotel (which ruined another bride's wedding, due to the Kardashian's demands and chaos) for the before-the ceremony parties and lodging, as well as an over-the-top wedding at a tremendous mansion in Montecito (aka the Rivera of America, just a hop-skip from Santa Barbara). I've stayed at this posh resort and as far as I'm concerned, the Kardashians have sullied its beauty and elegance.
Again. I'm just clearly redundant. Every media outlet, blog, talk show and water-cooler chatter at the office has, undoubtedly had the exact same conversation regarding this idiocy.
Oh, and I hold Ryan Seacrest and E! to blame for this farce, as well.
And a big thanks to HoneyJade for the heads up on the first photo. It ROCKS...xoxo, Boo. ~DivaJulia
Written by: Diva Julia