Posted by Ilana Angel
I wrote an honest, funny, yet somewhat snarky blog, about Ryan Seacrest yesterday, and boy did I get some feedback. Some people wrote to defend Mr. Seacrest, but overall, people agreed with my take.
I asked the question: What is the appeal of Ryan Seacrest? No one could tell me. In fact, nobody even tried to answer the question. It would appear that there is no explanation, as to why this man is so successful.
One person accused me of being harsh, a hater, a homophobe, and just plain mean. Luckily, I live in America, and am allowed to not only have an opinion, but also voice it.
Ryan, perhaps I owe you, and your fan (s), an explanation. My decision to blog about you at all, came from the “joke” you made about Brian Dunkleman on Tuesday night. Was that really necessary Ryan?
American Idol was a huge success from the moment it aired. The hit it became that first year, can be attributed to Brian as much as it is to you. Regardless of why he was dumped, that joke made you look like an ass Ryan.
I happen to think you suck on television. It’s just my opinion. That said, you are brilliant at other things. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, is not only fascinating to watch, but will change America in a profound way.
I am also hooked on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. That I have any interest at all, in watching a group of girls, who are famous for having a beautiful sister, is a tribute to you and your producing mind.
I also believe you are brilliant on the radio. I listen to American Top 40, listen to you when I drive my kid to school, and think Ryan’s Roses is perfection. I get you on the radio Sweetie, it’s you on television that I struggle with.
You’re mean on American Idol Ryan. You weren’t in the beginning, but you are now. Not only are you mean, but you are not funny, rude, obnoxious, and full of yourself. Again, just my opinion.
As for the whole sexuality thing, it’s none of my business, and I apologize if it offended anyone. You are free to do whatever you want, and love whomever you want. Just like all of America, Ricky Martin included.
Let’s have lunch Ryan. We can talk about your career, American Idol, your dating life, your mom, your clothes, your hair, your teeth, the Kardashian clan, and school lunches. I dare you.
I’m curious to hear your take on the Dunkleman joke, and how you feel about bloggers, who have never met you, sharing their opinions, which are based on television and gossip, not first hand knowledge of you.
It will be fun. I’m harmless. You can bring your “people”. Maybe I’m wrong about you. But if I am, you are the only person on the planet who can change my mind. Care to give it a try?
You have been blogging gold for the past couple of days Ryan. I’m here, as blogger, who has been critical of you, to invite you to talk. Let’s clear up all the gossip, and have a chat. Don’t be scared, just keep the faith.
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April 14, 2010 | 4:01 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
I don’t know Ryan Seacrest. Have never met him, or even seen him around town. My knowledge of him, and perception of who he is, is based on what I see on the television, or hear on the radio. Can anyone explain what the appeal is here? This man may have been charming in the beginning of his American Idol days, but there is no charm now.
I think he is unappealing. His over processed hair, over whitened teeth, and over the top denial of his sexual orientation, is all unattractive. He seems to think he is funny. Not only is he not funny, but he is mean, and offensive. He loves his own voice, and laughs at his own jokes. The problem is, because he is not funny, he appears to laugh for no reason.
Ryan is paid an obscene amount of money to host American Idol. It’s fascinating because he is the main reason that this show is hard to watch. He thinks he is a judge, and that his opinion has value. It does not. I’m barely able to muster up the strength to care about what Ellen says, let alone Ryan, who is not there to have an opinion.
With Simon leaving the show, it is going to be hard to stay tuned. If they think Ryan is the reason we watch, then whoever cut that deal needs to go. We watch the show in spite of Ryan Seacrest, not because of him. The magic that was American Idol is gone, and no matter how much they pay Ryan, or get new judges, they will never get it back.
American Idol should call it a day, and simply fade away. The show will not be worth watching without Simon. They are overstaying their welcome, and it’s time to go. In the interest of everyone, I think pulling the plug and ending it quickly, will be better than losing Simon, and having a slow and painful death that is dragged out.
You’ll be fine Ryan. You have about 16 other jobs that will keep you busy. You can spend your time tanning, getting your teeth whitened, and decorating the closet that you live in. Stay behind the camera, where you belong my darling. I wish you the best of luck with your jobs, and hope you find love with someone other than yourself. Seacrest OUT!
April 14, 2010 | 11:12 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
I am blessed. I get to be the mother to my fantastic child. He is a very special boy. He is smart, funny, kind, gentle, caring, compassionate, and one of the few people who can make me laugh out loud until my stomach hurts. This young man has changed my life, and he will change the world one day.
I am blessed. I have a mother who inspires me, a brother who lifts me up, and sisters who shape my heart. It’s a crazy family to be sure, but I love them. I miss my father every day, and feel fortunate to have so many great memories of him in my mind. I love them all.
I am blessed. I have friends who mean everything to me. I think when your family lives far away, you embrace friendships in a different way. My friends are like family. After 18 years in Los Angeles, I have surrounded myself with people that I love and trust.
This morning my life got complicated. I am forced to look at things differently, and make some decisions that are difficult. It’s not the end of the world, and no one is going to die, but it’s unnerving when choices need to be made, that you are not prepared to make.
If only there was a way to know if the choices I make, are right. I wish I could know what the repercussions of my decisions are. I want a guarantee! I want someone to tell me it’s going to be okay. I’m tough, but some days it’s takes all my strength to keep the faith.
At the end of the day, it will all be fine. I believe things will work out as they are supposed to, and that my choices will ultimately be proven to be the right ones. Time will tell. I will find the strength. I will remain hopeful. I will think positive. I will keep the faith.
April 13, 2010 | 6:19 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
A former model is suing Steven Seagal for sexual harassment. To be more specific, she is accusing him of hiring her to be his “sex toy”. I don’t know if it’s true, and frankly, I don’t really care. There are a few things to say though, so if I may…..
If you are going to respond to an ad on Craig’s List for an “assistant”, you need to be prepared to perhaps meet a weirdo. Just saying. Granted, the alleged victim is only 23, and even though Craig’s List is what all the kids are using these days, it’s still not the safest place to look for a job. A sofa, or Lakers tickets? For sure! But a job? Too scary for me.
I want to know why she sat on this for two months, and why she went to a lawyer, not the police. I am one who tends to side with women in sexual assault cases, unless it is proven that they lied. That said, this sounds a little fishy to me. If she were in fear for her life, as she would like us to believe, why wouldn’t she call the police, the second she got away?
According to the lawsuit, the alleged victim reports that Mr. Seagal turned to her and said ‘I’m a family man, and I live with my wife, but she wouldn’t care if you were my lover.’ Red flag little girl. Get off the plane, turn around and go home. Perhaps she was overcome by the smell of money, that she lost her good sense for a minute?
The lawsuit says that the young woman decided to ” take a wait and see attitude.” Which loosely translates to, if I stay with this old fart for a little longer, maybe I can sue him and get enough money to not have to worry about working at all, then get a gig with Playboy as the girl who was attacked by the Above The Law guy.
This poor girl was so scared that she “left behind everything that she owned, including her car keys, her laptop, her clothes and hundreds of dollars worth of makeup.” Yet she was not so scared that she felt the need to call the police?
We all know that Seagal is creepy. Look at him. I believe a woman when she says she was attacked. All I’m saying is that this one does not add up. I’m sure it will all come out eventually, with the help of TMZ. Until then, to the young woman, and to Mr. Seagal, keep the faith.
April 13, 2010 | 9:46 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
It’s Tuesday morning, which means that I am going to give my weekly Dancing With the Starts Recap. Just when you think there will be nothing interesting to talk about, here comes the train wreck and there is so much to say I can hardly stand it.
Whoever is dressing Brooke Burke, you are putting her in the wrong dresses. Each week she looks lopsided, with her right boob clearly larger than the left. It is very distracting and I can’t believe she does not notice, and ask that it be corrected. Fix your boobs Brooke, not cute.
Erin Andrews is insanely unappealing, and the lack of chemistry between her and Max is staggering. They were in People magazine this week, they are making the rounds on talk shows, where they say how great working together is. Whatever. She is annoying, he does not like her, and I’m not buying it.
Evan Lysacek: He’s going to the finals. He is a great dancer, and while he loses a bit of his spark when he speaks, he is cute and deserves to be there in the end. I can’t help but wonder, why is nobody in his life insisting he cut his hair, and get rid of his ridiculous hair cut.
Niecy Nash: She is cute. Not a great dancer, never going to be a great dancer, never going to make it to the finals, but who cares. She is not offensive. She is middle of the road, and entertaining. Whenever she goes, it will be her time. She is okay, and that’s enough.
Aiden Turner: This man could possibly be the most boring man on the planet. He is handsome, for sure, but has no personality, and is painful to watch. He needs to go home. I get that ABC wants to have one of their soap stars each season, but come on. Give us one that has a drop of charisma next time.
Nicole Scherzinger: This week they stapled a bed sheet onto Nicole and she looked fabulous. Apart from that being offensive, and just not fair, this chick is not going anywhere. She’s in the finals, and we all know it. Her fake interest in what the judges are saying is perfection.
Jake Pavelka: When he speaks, it’s as if he’s still on The Bachelor. He talks about elimination as if he were waiting for a rose. He is white toast. That said, when you’re presented with so many weird things, sometimes a piece of white toast is perfect. I like him, he is a great dancer, and he should stay.
Chad Ochocinco: The sexual energy between Chad and Cheryl Burke is insane. They look like sex. He is adorable and beautiful, and I like watching them. Cheryl has this vibe with all her partners, but is the first time it’s been fun to watch. They are a hoot, and I hope they stay.
Pamela Anderson: It’s a shame Pam does not get that people are watching her. She is her own little world, and not giving herself to the audience. She is so funny and cute, but we are just not seeing that. She needs to play to the audience more, because she is turning people off with her stand off vibe. Show America it’s okay to like you Pam.
Kate Gosselin: SHUT UP AND GO HOME! SHUT UP AND GO HOME! SHUT UP AND GO HOME! SHUT UP AND GO HOME! SHUT UP AND GO HOME! SHUT UP AND GO HOME! SHUT UP AND GO HOME! SHUT UP AND GO HOME! SHUT UP AND GO HOME! SHUT UP AND GO HOME! SERIOUSLY!!!
I love this show, but seriously, Kate Gosselin needs to go home. Every week that she is on the show, America is going to be less supportive of her getting her kids. She is painfully unappealing, and needs to realize that the longer she stays, the worse it will be for her later. Go home Kate.
To put it all into perspective: if I were given the opportunity to have dinner with George Clooney, or have Kate off this show, it would be a really hard decision for me. I love you George, but she is making my eyes bleed, and I really need her to go home, so I am keeping the faith.
April 12, 2010 | 2:26 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
If I had a dollar for every time my friends and me talked about going on a date with no expectations, I would be a millionaire. Women like to give that advice to each other. The problem is, and I am speaking for only myself, it is impossible to date without expectations.
I am romantic. Every great love affair starts with a date, and every great date, ends with the hope of a great kiss. I am searching for someone. I am not looking for something, but someone. I used to think the goal was to get married. It’s not. The goal is to share my life with a wonderful man.
My problem with dating is not that I don’t trust men. It’s more about not trusting myself. I am responsible for my choices, and I have made some in the past few years, that were not good. Tennyson wrote: ‘Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all. Really? I’m not sure I agree.
It’s possible that those who believe this saying to be true, have never really been in love. It could also depend on how you lost the love. If someone leaves you, and crushes your heart, then it’s not worth it. If someone dies, and is taken from you to soon, then it was totally worth it.
The biggest problem with dating is lack of honesty. We spend so much time assuming to know what the other person is thinking or feeling, that if we just had the courage to ask them, and they had the courage to reply honestly, there would be much happier couples.
While I certainly have hopes and dreams about my dating life, and the man I will meet, I have only one expectation. I have the same expectation not only with my romantic relationships, but with every single relationship in my life. Be honest. I will be honest with you, and I expect you to be honest with me.
I am honest in my writing, and in my business. I am honest with my friends and my family. I teach my son to be honest, as it will be the key to his success, and being respected. Being honest is easy. If you tell the truth, you never need to worry about what you said coming back to haunt you, because your story will always be the same.
It’s hard to be honest when dating. There are so many dating experts that will tell you what to do, but ultimately, no matter whose advice you take, what books you read, or whether you follow your heart, at the end of the day, dating sucks ass, and there is nothing you can do to change that.
Let’s talk about last night. I had another date with “Ari”, and let me just say, I really like him. He feels very comfortable to me. He is not like anyone I’ve ever dated before, and so maybe is that is what is so appealing. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but I like him.
He is smart, which is very attractive. I like how he thinks. He is funny and a bit of a smartass. He challenges me, and makes me a little nervous, which is somehow appealing. I make fun of his accent, he makes fun of my Hebrew, and we share an ease that comes from time, even though we just met.
I have not been interested in anyone for a long while, so I am second guessing myself. It’s a horrible feeling. I am strong and independent, yet he makes me feel all girly. It’s lovely when a man can make you flutter, and at the same time, it is beyond annoying to a control freak like me.
Do I call, or do I email? Do I go on other dates, or do I wait and see if there is something here? Do I take down my profile from online, or leave it there and advertise myself? Do I sleep with him, or wait until we are in an exclusive relationship? There are a million questions, and no right answer.
It’s insane that women put them selves through all this. We had a great date, yet I’m wondering what he thinks about me, when clearly he digs me. What is hilarious about the whole thing, is that while I am thinking about all of this nonsense, he is thinking about what he will have for lunch.
Ari, if you’re reading, and I know you are, hello. Thank you for a lovely evening. I think you are wonderful. Honestly. I write a blog about being single, and who I date, so here we are. Thanks for giving me permission to share our dates with the masses. You’re a trooper.
I’m a horrible dater Sweetie. I never now if what I am doing is right or wrong. I have no idea if you will read this and think I am adorable, or crazy. It really could go either way. All I can do is put it all out there, and assure you that I am indeed, both adorable, and crazy.
I am going to a dinner party in honor of my birthday on Friday night. I would love for you to come with me, and meet some of my friends. It will be a fun evening, and I imagine it will be just a little bit better if you’re there with me. While you think that over, I’ll just wait here, and keep the faith.
April 10, 2010 | 11:32 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
Yesterday I got off the 101 freeway at Coldwater Canyon. I was on the exit, waiting to turn north onto Coldwater. There were two cars in front of me, and a homeless man at the light asking for help. I got a dollar out of my purse, opened the window, and waited for him to come.
He stopped at the car in front of me, which was a black Mercedes Benz. It was a beautiful car, and new, based on the fact that the dealer plates were still in place. There was a man driving the car, he was smoking, and had his driver side window open.
The homeless man approached the Mercedes to ask for help. As he got close to the car, the man driving did the unimaginable. He yelled at the guy to F-off, and screamed at him to not touch his car. He was yelling so loudly, that he scared the homeless gentleman, who told him he was sorry.
The light turned green and the Benz driving idiot took off, with his parting word to the homeless man of “asshole”, lingering in the air. It was shocking, and heartbreaking. If the light had not turned green, I would have gotten out of my car, and said a few choice words myself.
I grabbed my purse, pulled 5 bucks out of my wallet, and inched forward to the man. People are now honking for me to go, because they are going to miss the green light. Who cares? I called out to the man as he had walked back to the corner, humiliated.
He came over, I gave him the money, told him I was sorry for the idiot that took off, and wished him well. He looked at the money, and very softly, asked me if I wanted some change. Can you imagine? The man is concerned I gave him too much money, and asked if I wanted some back.
I told him I wanted him to keep it all, and was sorry I could not help more. He looked me in the eye, thanked me, and said that God would bless me. The light is now red, so I’ve got a minute to chat. I told him that God blesses me every day, and asked what his name was.
“Rick” told me he appreciated the money, and was going to use it to feed his dog, which was on another corner with his wife. I told him I was happy to help, wished him well, and said I would keep him in my prayers. As I pulled away, I saw that the car behind me, gave him money.
There but for the grace of God go I. We do not know what the circumstances were which made this man homeless. We do not know how long he has been living this way, or what he has done to remedy his current situation. All we know for sure, is that he is a human being.
There is no need to be unkind. You don’t have to ever give homeless people money. You don’t have to be charitable at all. What is required however, is to not strip away someone’s dignity, because you think you are somehow better than they are.
I am sick and tired of people being mean. I have lived my life with times of great prosperity, and also lived paycheck to paycheck. I know how hard it is to struggle to get by, and I am quite certain that going on the street to beg strangers for help, is harder than walking into the bank to cash a paycheck.
It takes no effort to be kind and decent. A single word can make or ruin a day. How amazing is it, that we have the power to lift each other up, or knock each other down, with one word. To abuse that power is senseless. Again, There but for the grace of God go I.
If you take 10 people, homeless, middle class, and super rich, put them all in the same clothes, and line them up, we are all the same. Will people ever stop to remember, that in the end, we are all human beings, and must at the very least, try to respect each other? Who cares? I do, so I am going to keep the faith.
April 9, 2010 | 11:52 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
It is becoming increasingly difficult to watch the Real Housewives of New York City. They are imploding, and while I love a reality television train wreck, this is more like a slow, painful death. It is uncomfortable to watch, and leaves you embarrassed for them, and for yourself that you watch.
What is fascinating about these ladies, is that they seem to forget that we can see what they are doing. It is not a live show ladies, and is going to be edited. Bravo’s job is to give us great television, not paint them in the glow of sunshine. They truly appear to be oblivious to the cameras, or the manipulation that is reality tv.
Bethany and Ramona are going for a walk. Bethany wants to talk to Ramona about her fight with Jill. It’s all a bit anticlimactic really. We all know Bethany got married a couple of weeks ago, and we know Jill was not invited, so there’s no real drama here.
What is interesting however, is that Bethany is complaining to Ramona that Jill is talking to anyone in New York that will listen, about their falling out, but she won’t shut up about it herself. This entire fight started when Bethany suggested to Jill that she get a hobby. Might I suggest that they all get a hobby. Maybe think about what you are going to do when your show is canned.
Ramona decides to dump all over Bethany. We all know Ramona is crazy, her eyes are buggy, and she appears to be bi-polar. Even knowing all of that, her attack of Bethany is still shocking. Ramona tells Bethany that she is a press monger, she thinks Bethany planted all the stories about Jill herself, and is self serving.
Ramona informs Bethany she has no friends, is not normal, and will mess up her relationship with her boyfriend Jason. I seriously believe Ramona is in need of medical attention. She is a meddling, mean spirited, unkind, and selfish woman. I would be scared to be friends with someone like Ramona.
With each scene, I am on another side. I hear Bethany talk about Jill, and I’m totally on her team. Then Jill comes on, and I think Bethany is the one to blame for all the strife. This show has gone from being a guilty pleasure, to work. At the end of the show you are exhausted, and that is not good television.
Bethany and Ramon have finished with their fight and are now meeting Alex and Simon in Brooklyn. Just when you think things are calming down, you see that Ramona has actually gone into Brooklyn. The world as we know it has come to an end. That Alex and Simon are the go to people for normalcy, is a sign of the apocalypse.
Kelly is proof that aliens live among us. This chick is a certified whackadoodle. Seriously. She is walking around the streets of New York, in her signature inappropriate for her age outfit, wanting to talk to random strangers about fashions trends.
She then explains to us that the hat she is wearing, which is a knitted ski cap, is trend driven. Really? A ski cap is trendy? Is it also a trend to wear a short black mini skirt, orange Jersey Shore fake tanned legs, AND a ski cap? You are cutting edge Kelly. By cutting edge, of course I mean that you have no idea what you are talking about.
She is literally begging people to talk to her. She is a celebrity whore, and I think she walks around New York City trying to spot people she knows, so we can all see how fancy she is. Did Bravo put an ad on Craig’s List to find these women? Kelly is a beautiful girl. Truly. She is far more attractive however, when she does not speak.
LuAnn. LuAnn. LuAnn. She has a “great idea” for a fundraiser. Are you ready? A COCKTAIL PARTY! She is a genius, and this is cutting edge. Can you imagine? A cocktail party, in New York City, to raise money. I weep at the brilliance of this girl. She is having a sleep over at Jill’s house. Times must be tough for the Countess, that a hotel is not an option for her anymore.
Jill and LuAnn are toxic. They feed off of each other, and are going to alienate themselves from everyone, including the viewers, as they build a world of evil. Watching these two geese go around cackling to each other, makes me want to wear a team Bethany T-shirt.
Ramona decides to broker a reconciliation between Bethany and Jill, and does it without either one of them knowing. Alex talks to Jill, and tells her she needs to reach out to Bethany. It begs the question: Is everyone scrambling to be one big happy family because they know they may not have a show if they all implode? Or, is there a genuine desire to mend fences? I got $20 that says there are no fences in site.
I can’t even bring myself to go over the meeting between Bethany and Jill. It was frantic, and painful to watch. I wanted to somehow grab Bethany through the television, and save her. You could watch the wheels in Jill’s mind spinning, and can actually see the moment where she remembered the cameras were on, and her performance, including fake tears, began.
In the end, it’s a series of unfortunate circumstance and miscommunications, that are the root of Jill and Bethany not being friends. They are both to blame, and it’s a shame. I think the people who are most responsible however, are their “friends”, LuAnn and Ramona. They are jealous, back stabbing, immature, and horrific women.
If I needed to pick a side, I’m going with team Bethany. There is blame on all, but if a winner must be declared, and the winner is determined by the person with the best of intentions and a genuine heart, then the winner must be Bethany. This seriously needs to be the last year for the women of New York City. It’s over.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey start back up in a few weeks, and they are filming the new ladies of Beverly Hills now. Will Andy Cohen listen to my plea, and put the ladies of New York out their misery by cancelling them? I’m keeping the faith.