In this episode:
- A-listers are treating podcasts as confessionals. We’ll dive into why celebs are using them to spill the tea.
- Editor-in-chief of Avenue magazine, Ben Widdicombe, chats about celebrity gossip reporting’s heyday, which he chronicles in his new book, “Gatecrasher”.
- And celebrity psychic Chris Medina gives more details about his reading of former “Vanderpump Rules” star Stassi Schroeder – and even reads Maggie and Ian.
Here’s a closer look at some of today’s stories:
‘Gatecrasher’ of the celeb world
As a gossip reporter, Ben Widdicombe has covered the rich and famous for nearly 20 years in New York City. Now the editor-in-chief of Avenue magazine, he chronicles his years ‘gatecrashing’ in his new book called, “Gatecrasher: How I Helped the Rich Become Famous and Ruin the World“.
Can you tell us a little more about the full title of the book?
“It’s sort of copping to the fact that as a specifically a gossip reporter, it wasn’t like all this stuff was happening at arm’s length. And we, as gossip reporters, I feel are kind of complicit in stoking the spectacle. So while it’s a lot of fun and there’s a lot of gloriously bad behavior described in the book, I sort of feel like I wasn’t exactly begging them to stop because I was a gossip reporter. And you wanted this outrageous behavior because that was the kind of stuff that they’ll call.”
Do you have any regret for making any one star in particular famous or giving them airtime time?
“No, not at all. I mean, because mostly the people we cover are amongst us. Right? I mean, they’re desperate for fame. Entertaining us is their job.
The only people I have any sympathy for whatsoever were the Olsen twins, because I think those two young people never made the choice to get into show business. Their parents put them on television when they were literal babies in “Full House,” and they said that they never had a choice. And then they had that long series of movies, you might remember, where they solve crimes and whatnot when they were like [ages] 8, 10 and 12. And so it’s true that they could have jumped off, I guess. But, in the aughts, which is where a lot of the action in “Gatecrasher” takes place, they were so famous and so hounded. And those are the only two people that I ever thought, ‘These are people in a situation not of their own making.’
But Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan? All of those people are desperate for attention. So, no, I don’t have any qualms at all about covering them.”
Last year, celebrity psychic Chris Medina read Stassi Schroeder for an episode of her “Straight Up with Stassi” podcast. He talked to Maggie and Ian recently about the experience, and shed some more light on the drama that is unfolding for the ex-“Vanderpump Rules” star.
Are we going to see a comeback from Stassi? What are you predicting for her?
“You can you can’t keep a bad bitch down for too long. That’s what I’m going to say. And I really feel like what Stassi and what people don’t realize or remember from that episode was that I wanted to go further into detail when it came to her personal life and things that were going on. But at the same time, Stassi, we all know her. She plays very close to the chest when it comes to her on a personal level. She has no problem slapping somebody across the face and getting her point across that way. But when it comes to her on a personal level, she’s going to keep a lot of that in. So I didn’t really get the opportunity to dive in as much as I wanted to. But this is somebody right now that’s getting smacked in the face with evolution and transformation.”