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The Nepo Baby Wars (feat. Emily Alford)

[Link to episode] While the nepo baby panic rages on with no end in sight, everyone tip-toes around that rather obvious pile of class anxieties 🤔 So join us and special guest Emily Alford this week in search of an answer to the ancient question: What’s up with rich and famous people?! Featuring cameous from our favorite friends and enemies, like Allison Williams, Lena Dunham,…

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Jen Shah’s Worst Crime Was Making Andy Cohen Richer

[Link to episode] Jen Shah has faced many accusations for many crimes. But what of the cast members and producers in her orbit, who’ve hung around her like carrion vultures desperate for every last scrap of rotted flesh? This week, we look into all the ways people like Heather Gay, Meredith Marks, and Andy Cohen have desperately clung to her rapidly ascending…

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Avatar: The Way of Making the Worst Movie Ever Made

[Link to part one] / [Link to part two] James Cameron’s Avatar series promises to haunt us for another decade, after disappearing into the jungles of Pandora since 2009. In our first series of the year, we look at the making of James Cameron’s $2 billion sex dream phantasmagoria nightmare horror fest featuring suburban heterosexual Americans cosplaying as blue people! Links: About:…

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Harry Styles Wore The Try Guys’ Balenciaga NFT To Lea Michele’s ‘Mr. Beast’ Broadway Performance

[Link to episode] 2022 was a monumentally horrible, terrible, no good, evil, despicable, heinous, apocalyptic year in pop culture history. Everything happening everywhere all at once all the time! Links: About: Hosted by journalists Joan Summers and Matthew Lawson, Eating For Free is a weekly podcast that explores gossip and power in the pop culture landscape: Where it comes from, who wields…

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Candace Cameron Bure’s War On Gay Christmas

[Link to part one] / [Link to part two] Once upon a time, a Hallmark CEO scandalously quit his job after pulling a wedding ad for a gay couple. Now he’s back (alongside Candace Cameron Bure) with a mission to save America…one Lori Loughlin Christian Christmas movie at a time! Over the next two weeks, we’ll dive deep into Great American Family,…

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The Balenciaga Files

[Link to part one] / [Link to part two] In the final installment of our series on Balenciaga, we look past the right wing fundamentalist conspiracy theories and instead explore the haunting images of photographer Gabriele Galimberti. Through our investigation into his work and legacy, we ask: Where will all the good art go when Christian nationalists tighten their grip on the…

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Brad Pitt and Emrata’s Troubling ‘Relationship’ Had More Twists Than Gone Girl

[Link to episode] Content warning for this episode: we talk about domestic violence, abuse, and harm to children. We will give verbal warnings in the episode before those segments.  Brad Pitt and Emily Ratajkowski have been in the headlines recently for their brief romantic outings, however the narrative Page Six and other tabloids report may not be the whole story. Violence and abuse…

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Rick Caruso Loves the Police Like Rich Celebrities Also Love the Police

[Link to episode] Which celebrities ate Rick Caruso’s assh*le during an extremely spooky L.A. mayoral race? We dive deep into Hollywood’s election meddling in the city of angels… and everywhere else! Most notably: Pennsylvania’s hotly debated Senate race between global eating disorder merchant Dr. Oz and local “guys being dudes” hero John Fetterman! As always, there’s a darker story hidden beneath the…

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Escaping Mr. Beast’s Willy Wonka Torture Dungeon

[Link to the show] Mr. Beast is a person who quickly transformed the Youtube industry with extreme acts of philanthropy and millions of dollars wasted on frivolous acts of torture on random people. Specifically those most desperate for money! But is he the generous Willy Wonka figure he’s made himself out to be, or is there more to the story? Mr. Beast…

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Lea Michele and Beanie Feldstein’s Crisis Control Center for Dramatic Tricks (feat. Olivia Craighead)

Links: A Gawker story dropped, and we have the writer who dropped it, Olivia Craighead! [Gawker]Even more Gawker [Gawker]And then there’s this Instagram: [Instagram]The Daily Beast story [Daily Beast]“Glee” Star Samantha Ware Responded To Lea Michele Being Cast To Replace Beanie Feldstein In “Funny Girl” And Said Broadway “Upholds Whiteness” [Buzzfeed News]Critics reviews of Funny Girl [Gawker]

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We Sealed Armie Hammer Inside His Haunted Cayman Islands Timeshare

Links: Andy Cohen Clarifies His Comments on RHOSLC Star Jen Shah’s Guilty Plea [E!]2 Men Injured After Catching Fire Following Explosion at Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Hamptons Store [People]Armie Hammer Is Working as a Timeshare Salesman in the Caymans, After All (Variety)James Franco to Star in Bille August’s Post-WWII Drama ‘Me, You’Wendy Williams liked ‘nothing’ about end of her show: ‘I’m ready to…

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Bette Midler Saw My Giant Transgender Knockers and Gagged a Little

Links: Macy Gray and Bette Midler face backlash for comments criticized as transphobic, CNNBette Midler Tweet, TwitterThe Far Right and Far Left Agree on One Thing: Women Don’t Count, The New York TimesMichael Powell Screenshots via Tom Scocca, TwitterMichael Hobbes on Michael Powell, TwitterChristopher Rufo Tweet Screenshot via @BusinessmanLego, TwitterThe Wendy Williams Show’s Official YouTube, Website and Instagram Removed After Series Finale,…

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Nailing Chris Pratt to His Easter Crucifix For Pride Month

Links: Britney Spears’ ex Jason Alexander to remain in jail after wedding break-in [Page Six]Britney Spears claps back at mom Lynne’s wish for her to ‘be happy’ [Page Six]Machine Gun Kelly Says He Had a Suicide Attempt While on Phone with Megan Fox: ‘I Just Snapped’ [People] Harry and Meghan hire leftie director to helm Netflix reality show [Page Six]Meghan Markle-Created Animated Series…

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Britney Spears Said Fuck the Police and Her Cop Family

Links: ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ Officially Ending After 13 Years In Syndication [Deadline]Wendy Williams Placed Under Financial Guardianship, TV Host Claims Misconduct by Wells Fargo [THR]Britney’s Wedding Thread [Twitter]Here’s Everything We Know About Britney Spears’ Fairy Tale–Inspired Wedding To Sam Asghari, Including All The Celebs Who Attended [Buzzfeed News]Inside Britney Spears and Sam Asghari’s Wedding at Home in Los Angeles [Vogue]BRITNEY &…

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Did Lizzo DESTROY Liam Payne In Logan Paul’s One Direction Death Match?

Links: Johnny Depp Thanks ‘Unwavering Supporters’ After Amber Heard Verdict: ‘We Did the Right Thing Together’ [People]Angelina Jolie: ‘I just want my family to heal’ [Guardian]’The most problematic member of One Direction’: Liam Payne SLAMMED by fans for labelling Zayn Malik a ‘d*ck’, mocking Yolanda Hadid ‘altercation’ and claiming to have outsold former bandmates on Logan Paul’s podcast [Daily Mail] / Twitter…

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The only podcast and blog transmitting live from the absolute edge of the internet!

Hosted by journalists Joan Summers and Matthew Lawson, Eating For Free is a weekly podcast that explores gossip and power in the pop culture landscape: Where it comes from, who wields it, and who suffers at the hands of it. Find out the stories behind the stories, as together they look beyond the headlines of troublesome YouTubers or scandal-ridden A-Listers, and delve deep into the inner workings of Hollywood’s favorite pastime. The truth, they’ve found, is definitely stranger than any gossip.


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