Happy Monday, PopStars! Start your week off right with three hand-picked entertainment stories.
Today, we’re talking about Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series, the reason why CBS paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 million to do nothing, and Miley Cyrus opens up about her adorably unconventional relationship with Liam Hemsworth.
Have you heard of Marie Kondo? The Japanese organization expert made a huge splash a few years ago with her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Her KonMari method is based on minimalism and idea that everything you own should “spark joy.” If not, it goes in the bin!
On January 1st, you’ll be able to watch her new show on Netflix, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. She tackles major organizing challenges for families who are undergoing challenges like downsizing or losing a spouse.
Kondo chirps and bounces through the show like a cartoon character, but the trailer also hints at Queer Eye-level feels as the families undergo an emotional journey. Will you tune in or skip this one?
The investigation into disgraced CBS chief Les Moonves’ alleged pattern of harassment, assault, and bullying unearthed an unexpected nugget of gossip. Last year, Eliza Dushku appeared as a guest star on Bull, and the producers loved her performance so much they promised her a full-time role on the show.
There was just one problem: star Michael Weatherly.
You probably know Weatherly from his role on NCIS. After leaving the crime procedural, he inked a deal with CBS to develop his own show, Bull. And it seems that Weatherly might have an issue with workplace boundaries and professionalism.
The 50-year-old actor allegedly made crude comments about Dushku’s looks, suggested a threesome with another cast member, and made a rape joke that caused her to be very uncomfortable.
After she issued a complaint about Weatherly’s behavior, suddenly the promised role on the series disappeared. Dushku never returned to the show, but we now know that CBS paid her $9.5 million in a settlement over the incident.
To be clear, the money was not necessarily to keep quiet, but to compensate her for being unfairly terminated from the show. The sum was equal to what she would have been paid for 4 seasons as a series regular on the show.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth recently lost their California home in the wildfire, and that experience changed the way she thinks about their relationship. On Howard Stern’s radio show last week, she clarified that Liam isn’t her boyfriend or fiance. He’s her survival partner.
“…He thinks it’s not romantic, but I’ve learned that is why you pair up with someone, for survival,” she told Stern.
As the couple evacuated from the fire, Hemsworth went to heroic lengths to make sure their animals made it to safety. Miley says she “never loved him more” than when he rescued their pet pigs, which is both sweet and a very Miley thing to say.
In a world that feels more and more like The Hunger Games every day, having a “survival partner” sounds like a really smart move. And hey, at least in real life Liam gets the girl!
Miley was on SNL this weekend to promote her new single with Mark Ronson, “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.” What did you think of her performance?