The Countess on Will and Kate's NYC Itinerary
Plus: the 'People's Couch' stars weigh in on 'Eaten Alive' and more viral news from the week.
What's going viral? Who's been the top trending topic on Twitter? And what are the news stories that had us obsessed all week? There's plenty of can't-miss stuff out there beyond our Bravoverse. And every Friday, we're rounding up all the must-see stories, Tweets, Instagrams, YouTubes, Vines, and more in one handy place. Enjoy!
Will and Kate Take NYC—and Meet American Royalty!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew across the pond for a whirlwind tour of New York City—and had the nation obsessed. Their biggest moment, however, came when they met up with America's own King and Queen, Beyonce and Jay-Z.
The foursome took in a Nets game in Brooklyn on Monday and met up court side after the first quarter to chit-chat. What was on their minds? "Jay-Z wished Will and Kate 'Merry Christmas' when he was talking to them," one eyewitness told People. Meeting Beyonce and Jay aside, our favorite moment happened when the Princess threw some Royal Shade during a gift-wrapping event Thursday.
Naturally, we wondered what Bravo royalty thought of the spectacle and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps weighed in: "Kate and William have some gloomy days in England so I wish the sun would have been shining for them during their visit to NYC. They are young, stylish, vibrant, accessible and seem very down to earth and grounded so it’s no wonder that people admire them and look up to them. Being in New York, they should have a caught a Broadway show especially the British themed hit A Gentlemen’s Guide To Love & Murder and I’m sure Kate would have loved the Carole King musical Beautiful. (I sure did!) New York is so magical during this season. It would have been great for them to take in the Christmas windows and see the fabulous tree at Rockefeller Center and maybe if they were daring take a spin on the ice skating rink. And of course, the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City with the Rockettes would have been fun! Next time, I hope they come in the spring or summer so they can enjoy more outside activities especially walking the beautiful High Line Park."
This Anaconda Don't Want None...
The #Fail of the week goes to Paul Rosolie, the naturalist and author who attempted to get eaten by an anaconda in Discovery's special Eaten Alive. Only he didn't go through with it: the end of the two-hour show captured Rosolie asking for the snake to be pulled off of him. The whole event—which sparked outrage on Twitter—is perfect fodder for the People's Couch stars. So what did they think?
Teddi: "I've heard of animals eating their young but Really! Guess the idiot wiggled out of that stunt but think it was pretty slithery stupidity."
Emerson Collins: "Eaten Alive was a complete television failure. It's long been the history of marketing to misdirect and mislead an audience as to what they will be seeing. However, what ends up being shown has to be better or more engaging than the misdirect. Eaten Alive absolutely sold the "for the first time a man will be eaten alive on television" narrative as the central fact of the show and then did not deliver. Once the trust of the viewing audience is lost, it is nearly impossible to get back. Also, we wanted to see some guy get eaten by a snake!!"
Rachel Friend: "This anaconda don't want none unless you grow some balls, son."
Sue Mavro: "I thought it was pretty neat and cowardly of him not to go through with it."
Lamont Zeno: "Watching Eaten Alive made me come up with my new Wrestling name ANACONDA, cause that anaconda made him Tap out."
Princella Zeno: "Paul Rosolie and his WHOLE crew is dumb as hell. This show is the biggest BAMBOOZLE since The Blair Witch Project. I already hate walking on grass, but being surrounded by trees, bugs, animals and snakes in the Amazon, I'll pass."
Rashawn Zeno: "I'll be at the Four Seasons with my momma call her when y'all ready to be picked up."
Joe Resnick: "Did anyone consider what the snake wanted to eat? Maybe he just wanted a McRib."
Sarah Resnick: "Who drugged up this man and hypnotized him to think it was a good idea to suit up and be eaten by an anaconda!"
Ayn Phillips: "It's kinda like when people pass by a wreck on the highway, we’re all guilty of 'rubber necking,' and I’m sure I would try to see also. But what if there were people on the pavement who had been thrown out and were dying or seriously hurt. You know, there’s a macabre part of me that wants to see it; but I don't know if I could until this possibility was right in front of me."
Ariana Grande Gets Trampled at Victoria's Secret Show
Poor Ariana Grande: the breakout pop star hasn't been having an easy year. Her latest snafu happened this week during her appearance at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, when one model accidentally smacked her in the face with her wings. Plenty of photographers captured the moment, which went viral, and they gifted us with this hilarious photo (above) and some ridiculous memes (below).
Leo Does Art Basel (and Twenty Models!)
The New York Housewives doing it up in Art Basel caught our attention this week, but rumors of Leonardo DiCaprio leaving a Miami party with twenty women in tow became a national trending topic. "He left with 20 girls. Leo and 20 girls. He is my hero," one spy told the Daily News. "He was overflowing with models everywhere." Your move, Jax Taylor.
Elton John Takes a Tumble
He may want to stick to a piano bench. Sir Elton John attended a charity tennis match in London Sunday and probably left with a bruised ego: he was spotted plopping down in a folding chair, which collapsed, sending the 67-yeaer-old singing legend tumbling to the ground. Of course, the gossip hounds at TMZ caught video footage and the Twitterverse lit up with frame-by-frame pics of him eating it.
Snooki's Shilling on Etsy
Look out, Martha Stewart—there's a new craft queen in town. The Jersey Shore star launched an Etsy shop this month. What's she selling? Custom-designed wine glasses emblazoned with such sayings as "You're the Snooki to my J-Woww" and "Wine O'Clock." But before you start pointing fingers, she's having the last laugh: every item is already sold out.
Is Angelina a "Spoiled Brat" from "Crazyland?"
The ongoing leak of Sony's confidential documents and communications by a group purportedly calling themselves Guardians of Peace continued this week. Emails between Hollywood producer Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures co-chairperson Amy Pascal were the latest communications to be exposed. And they're pretty damning: among the embarassing revelations included a rant from Rudin about actress Angelina Jolie, whom he calls a "minimally talented spoiled brat." There are also cringe-worthy back-and-forths about Leo DiCaprio, President Obama and others, all of which has been chronicled by the New York Post. Pascal and Rudin have since apologized—and Pascal was seen speaking with Jolie at an L.A. event on Thursday. Awkies doesn't even begin to describe the photo.