We can handle the virus and other commentary

From the right: We Can Handle the Virus

“The COVID-19 lockdown has served its purpose” and must end, declares The Washington Post’s Marc Thiessen. “The objective” was never to stop every infection, “which is impossible; it was to buy time to learn about the virus and prevent our health-care system from being overwhelmed.” We’ve done that — at a cost. Of the 38 million lockdown layoffs, 42 percent “may be permanent.” One expert predicts the toll on non-COVID patients will be higher than COVID deaths because they’ve “been forced to put off care” for “cancer and cardiac disease,” and one study sees “an additional 40,000 deaths due to suicides and drug overdoses among the jobless.” It’s “senseless” to wait for a vaccine; we must “stop asking millions of Americans to sacrifice their livelihoods” when we “have the capacity to handle” any spike in cases when lockdowns end.

From the left: I Was Wrong — We Must Reopen

USA Today’s Michael J. Stern’s “status as a die-hard Democrat” put him in the “stay at home until it’s safe” side of the coronavirus debate. No longer: “New circumstances have convinced me that cities should reopen sooner rather than later.” Not only does the science show “the chance of an effective vaccine is far from guaranteed,” but we now know that “staying home won’t deliver us to the safety zone.” A “life of home confinement” is “not economically feasible” and “not a world in which most of us would want to live.” People will have “hard choices to make” about “working from home, going to restaurants and visiting friends” — but balancing “risk and reward” should now be a choice individuals make themselves.

Campaign watch: Joe’s Auspicious Absence

Democrats worry that Joe Biden’s absence from the campaign trail amid the pandemic makes him look “weak and marginal at a time of national crisis.” They shouldn’t, argues The Week’s Damon Linker: Unlike most politicians, “Biden benefits by staying in the background.” By laying low and “avoiding embarrassing gaffes,” he plays to his key strength, the “warm glow” of “affirmative feeling” voters have for him, and “comes closer to resembling” a popular “generic Democrat.” His campaign will eventually “need to decide precisely how, and how much, to use the candidate on the stump,” but now Biden’s “best way to win the game is barely to play at all.”

Liberal: The Better Way To Shame

Angry mobs are punishing social-distancing violators, most notably Dominic Cummings, top adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “The mobs,” sighs The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood, “are doing God’s work, but badly.” It suggests “our shaming skills need sharpening. If you are conducting your shaming in the frozen-food aisle, you’re already too late.” Better to mobilize “silent disgust,” associated with the primal sense of “honor” many older societies understood — as in the “moral revolution” in 18th-century England that saw gentlemen reject dueling as not only “wrong but also dishonorable. Feeling silent disgust” is “a much more visceral reaction than merely to recognize that something is wrong, and to say so loudly.” Once we get to the point where a would-be father-in-law would be ashamed to announce his daughter’s marriage to a distancing violator, “silent disgust” will have done its work, rendering “outrage mobs” superfluous.

Culture critic: Pandemic Self-Righteousness

The “universal” coronavirus crisis “should be a unifying moment,” with everyone “feeling the same fear, anxiety and uncertainty” — and yet, laments National Review’s Jim Geraghty, some are taking the opportunity to “judge others and whip up and direct public scorn.” From Staten Island shoppers who decided to “swarm and berate a woman for not wearing a mask” to Gothamites heeding Mayor de Blasio’s calls to rat out their neighbors, some Americans insist they’re “the good people — practicing the right steps to protect themselves and their loved ones” — while anyone “doing something different is one of the bad people.” It seems “if we cannot feel good, then we can at least feel superior.” Such “smug virtue-shaming” isn’t persuasive, especially when we’ve never had “a greater need for empathy.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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The real reason Kate Gosselin blames Jon for her TV cancellation

Kate Gosselin made her living as a reality TV star. She and her now-ex-husband, Jon Gosselin, starred in TLC’s Jon & Kate Plus 8, which documented their lives raising their eight children — a pair of twins and sextuplets. The Gosselins announced their split in 2009, and their show ended soon after…sort of. Jon got the boot and the show returned as Kate Plus 8 in 2010. However, the rebranded series was canceled the following year. 

TLC issued a statement at the time, noting that the entire series (including the episodes with Jon) reached an “exceptional milestone” of 150 episodes” but it was time to say tata for now. “TLC hopes to check in with Kate and the family periodically with specials in the future,” the network said (via Entertainment Weekly). The cancelation wasn’t exactly a surprise. Yes, the series finale in 2011 brought in an impressive 10 million viewers, but prior to the big goodbye, ratings had been in a slump. 

TLC revived Kate Plus 8 in December 2014, but in December 2015, Radar Online dubbed the show a “ratings flop.” According to IMDb, the series ended abruptly in 2017, after a three-episode season. Kate managed to ink yet another spin-off, Kate Plus Date, in 2019, but her ability to film with the kids may be in jeopardy, and she’s reportedly blaming Jon for that. We’ve got all the dirt on this ongoing battle.

Kate Gosselin thinks her ex wants to ruin her career

In March 2020, The Sun got a hold of some court papers from one of Kate and Jon Gosselin’s many legal battles. The mother of eight reportedly blamed Jon for poisoning her relationship with TLC. Her legal team claimed Jon “continued to sell private information and documents” and asserted that the “resulting publications shed [a] negative light on [Kate] and directly on the TLC network, which consequently leaves the network unwilling to continue its relationship with [Kate].” 

Renewed animosity between the exes reportedly started to heat up after Kate and the kids filmed a “College Bound” special about the eldest Gosselins, Mady and Cara. The minor children participated too, and Jon claimed he was not notified. According to The Sun, “Kate is allowed to film with the minor children in her custody if she and/or the TLC provides him with a ‘filming schedule including the date, time and location of filming.'” Kate was reportedly found “in contempt of court and [ordered to] pay $1,500 in attorney’s fees to Jon.” 

Kate alleged her ex-husband was intentionally “tarnishing” her reputation in an effort to “thwart [her] ability to film and earn any income.” She noted that he has also accused her of abusing and alienating their kids. As their custody battles continue, it’s important to note that Kate has not been charged with hurting the children. 

Some say there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but it appears that this never-ending drama could sink Kate Gosselin’s reality TV career.

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Joe Thomas Is the Surprise Breakout Star of 'The Titan Games'

Here’s a reminder: Football players are more than just guys that can take a tackle or throw a football. On the recent premiere night of the second season of NBC’s The Titan Games, former Cleveland Browns lineman Joe Thomas proved he’s also especially nimble.

Thomas, who retired from the game in 2018 (and underwent a 50-pound weight loss transformation) appeared as one of the six celebrity “Titans” on the latest season of the competition series, produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

In case you missed the first season, the series itself puts competitors to the ultimate test in a series of epic challenges that ends in an obstacle course, a la American Ninja Warrior, that tests varying levels of strength, speed, and readiness. For entrants (ie. “normal” people) to win, they must defeat six “Titans” (ie. celebrities or athletes).

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In his first match-up against firefighter/CrossFit pro Matt Chan, the Thomas easily beat his competitor while lugging a 200-pound log on a steep incline. But it was his second match-up of the night that showed just how agile the former NFL player truly is. Competing against Steven Shelby, a deputy sheriff from Columbus, Ohio, the former OT climbed several hurdles, crawled through tiny metal cages, and dragged a 300-pound ball and chain to the finish line like it was a breeze.

Viewers will have the chance to watch the former Cleveland Browns star as he advances to the next round, where he’ll compete alongside his fellow “Titans,” including former New York Giants’ wide receiver Victor Cruz and MMA fighter Tyron Woodley.

Want to catch up on the action? The first episode of the second season of Titan Games is up in full on YouTube now.

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'The Office:' Why Jenna Fischer's Co-Star Described Her As 'Not the Jennifer Aniston'

The iconic NBC sitcom The Office remains legendary in the world of comedy. Launching the careers of several cast members including Steve Carell (Michael Scott), John Krasinski (Jim Halpert) and Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly Halpert), the series maintains it mass following thanks to streaming services.

One of the main storylines on the show highlighted the evolving relationship of Jim and Pam. Rather than going the glam route, Fischer purposely took on a more subdued look for the role of the Dunder Mifflin receptionist when she tried out for the part.

Jenna Fischer made Pam a woman of few words

According to Screenrant, Fischer used her previous experience as a receptionist and administrative assistant in her audition for The Office casting directors. Limiting her conversation during her performance to the point of giving just one-word answers, the actress’s strategy won over producers.

“My take on the character of Pam was that she didn’t have any media training, so she wouldn’t know how to give a good interview,” Fischer told Andy Greene, author of The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s. “The first question that they asked was ‘Do you like working as a receptionist?’ I took a long pause and said, ‘No.’ … I didn’t speak any more than that. … The silence went on for what seemed like an eternity. And then, they started laughing. I committed to the same tactic.”

Showrunner Greg Daniels was floored by Fischer’s authentic performance. “After her first audition I was like, ‘How did you do that? Are you a real receptionist?’”

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‘The Office’ star goes against the glam as Pam

Taking a definitive wholesome approach to portraying the Dunder Mifflin receptionist, Fischer took the advice of casting director Allison Jones on forgoing the glam.

“When I got my first call to audition I spoke with her and she said her notes were to really downplay my looks, like don’t at all try to be pretty, no makeup,” Fischer said of Jones’ directions. “I said, ‘Really?’ That’s because usually casting directors say, ‘Okay, be really hot. Be hotter and sexier than you need to be.’ But she said, ‘Be as plain as possible and dare to bore me.”’

Jones knew Fischer would nail the part in actions and appearance. “Jenna always seemed like the right type for it,” Jones told Greene. “She’s also hometown pretty… Jenna has that sort of girl-next-door thing, and also not that exciting… She’s not threatening in any way.”

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Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski become the perfect match

While Krasinski had that ‘boy-next-door’ look, some of his co-stars felt he radiated a certain level of celebrity which was the perfect contrast to Fischer.

“John always had this sort of star quality to him,” Kate Flannery, who played Meredith Palmer on the show, told Greene. “Jenna is a slightly unexpected heroine. She’s not the Jennifer Aniston. Her beauty is more subtle. There was such a sense of balance there.”

What resulted was one of the most iconic relationships in television history. “I could get emotional just watching John and Jenna just filming a scene,” co-star Creed Bratton shared. “It felt romantic. I could be across the room, glance up, and see the look. It was all in the eyes. They had a real special rapport.”

The Jim-and-Pam love story lives on in the hearts of diehard fans of The Office!

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Who is Christian Cooper, the birdwatcher accused of threatening Amy Cooper?

Viral video shows Christian Cooper — the black man accused of “threatening” a white dog-walker for simply asking her to leash her pup in Central Park — geeking out over his obsession for birds, especially rare ones.

In the 17-second clip, which garnered more than 7 million views on Twitter as of Wednesday morning, Cooper talks about the “unicorn effect” of the birding hobby.

“You hear about birds, you see them … you say, ‘Oh, wow, that’s an amazing bird, I’d love to see that some day,’” Cooper says in the undated footage. “And then one day, you’re walking though the woods or through a swamp or whatever and suddenly flap, flap, flap, flap, flap.”

Cooper began filming his encounter with the woman, Amy Cooper, on Monday morning after informing her that it was against the law to leave her cocker spaniel unleashed in the Central Park Ramble.

The confrontation culminated with Amy telling the Harvard University grad that she was going to call the cops “to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.”

Christian is a member of the board of directors for the New York City chapter of the Audubon Society and frequently bird watches in Central Park.

No charges were filed against him or Amy, who was canned from her job at investment firm Franklin Templeton as news of the stunning incident went viral. She has since apologized for the incident, saying she’s not racist.

The New York City Commission on Human Rights is now investigating and the Central Park Civic Association has called for her to be banned from the park.

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Who has owned The Queen Victoria pub in EastEnders? From Sharon and Phil Mitchell to Den and Angie Watts

EASTENDERS’ Queen Victoria is one of the most iconic pubs in TV history and has had a string of landlords and landladies over the years.

With current owners Mick and Linda Carter preparing to sell the Vic to Phil Mitchell, who were the previous queens and kings?

Den and Angie Watts

When EastEnders first catapulted on to our screens back in 1985, the owners of the Queen Vic were none other than Den and Angie Watts. 

But a pub probably wasn’t the best home for fiery alcoholic Angie and things went downhill from there pretty quickly.

Tension between Dirty Den and Angie came to a nasty head when Den famously and savagely handed Angie divorce papers over Christmas dinner in the pub.

Frank Butcher and Pat Harris

Following the reign of Den and Angie, Frank Butcher and his girlfriend Pat Harris became the new managers of the pub in 1988.

But their reign over the Queen Vic lasted only two years before their happiness was compromised by crippling debts. 

Frank then disappeared in 1994, leaving Pat to pick up the pieces.

Eddie Royle

Former police officer Eddie Royle became the next owner of the pub in 1990, renting a room to barmaid Sharon Watts. 

But Eddie's copper past meant he had a hard time winning over the trust of the locals.

The landlord met an unfortunate end when he was stabbed to death by nasty Nick Cotton while walking his pet poodle Roly.

Sharon Watts and the Mitchell brothers

Sharon bought the Vic in 1991 and moved in with her husband Grant and brother-in-law Phil following Eddie’s death.

But she was quick to put a spanner in the works by having an affair with Phil right under Grant’s nose.

After Sharon’s marriage with Grant crumbled, Peggy Mitchell took over the reigns of the pub. 

Dan Sullivan

Phil sold his share of the pub to dodgy dealer Dan Sullivan in 1999 for a measly fiver – just to spite his mum Peggy – after failing to get his booze problem under control, making Dan the co-owner with Peggy.

But Dan turned out to be an evil character when he romanced Carol Jackson while having an affair with her daughter Bianca. 

Phil eventually bought back his share of the pub from Dan after challenging his nemesis to a card game.

Steve Owen 

Steve Owen then muscled in on the pub’s ownership just to spite Phil.

Everyone was stunned when Steve was revealed as Sharon’s business partner when she bought the pub back off debt-ridden Peggy in 2001. 

But Steve was eventually forced to sell his stake back to the Mitchells when his wife Mel was abducted by Dan Sullivan as revenge for Phil tricking him out of being joint landlord in the card game.

Chrissie Watts

In 2004, Den Watts blackmailed his way back into the pub.

But a few months after he moved in with his wife Chrissie, she hit Den over the head with an iron doorstep before secretly burying him. 

When Den’s body was dug up, Chrissie made plans for a quick escape and sold the pub to Ian Beale. 

Ian Beale 

Unfortunately for Ian, his ownership of the pub was ripped away from him when Chrissie admitted to faking Den’s signature on the documents after bumping Den off. 

Peggy Mitchell

With Ian out of the picture, Sharon inherited the pub from Den and signed it over to Peggy who became the landlady yet again.

Archie Mitchell

On Christmas Eve in 2009, Peggy’s estranged husband Archie Mitchell and his new fiancee Janine Butcher took over the pub. 

But on Christmas Day, Archie was murdered by Stacey Fowler – then Branning – after raping her.

Roxy Mitchell

Archie’s death left the pub in the hands of his daughter Roxy.

But after a few months of struggling with the reigns, Roxy admitted she wasn’t up to the job and handed the pub back to Peggy. 

Alfie Moon

After Phil set fire to the pub in 2010 in a drug-fuelled rage, Peggy left the Square with her tail between her legs and signed ownership over to Phil. 

Phil then got his act together and renovated the pub before renting it to Alfie Moon and his wife Kat.

Alife and Kat enjoyed several years as the landlords of the pub. 

But Phil decided to sell the pub to get one over on Alfie when he treated his cousin Roxy badly in the wake of his split from Kat.

The Carters

Mick Carter bought the pub off Phil on Christmas Day in 2013. 

But with Linda battling a drinking problem that was threatening to rip the Carters apart, in March 2020 Mick decided the best thing for her recovery would be to move on to pastures new. 

EastEnders fans know that Phil has his eye on the pub as a fresh start for him and Sharon, but that he's yet to seal the deal.

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Some Marvel Fans Think the 'Ant-Man' Movies Are Entertaining But Not 'Memorable'

When Marvel Cinematic Universe fans compile lists of their favorite movies, it seems the more dramatic movies usually rise to the top. Not that films like more comedic Thor: Ragnarok ever fall far from the Top Three list. For the Ant-Man movies, it seems they almost need separating.

New consensus recently says these films were entertaining, yet not quite as memorable as the other Avengers movies. Maybe that gives comedy in the MCU a bad name rather than successfully consolidating into the overarching plot.

Yes, it is kind of challenging to have wacky comedy with Paul Rudd sandwiched between a deathly serious story about the snap. Nevertheless, the Ant-Man movies may need a new analysis of their purpose.

Were the ‘Ant-Man’ movies just a comedic detour?

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When someone on Reddit started a thread saying the Ant-Man films could be better, there was a mix of response from those in favor and opposed. For the most part, users noted these films were entertaining, if certainly not to the level of being classics.

Others thought they were better than given credit for, particularly because they were a complete turn away from the more serious-minded plots. Marvel really did take risks throwing in the Ant-Man movie during The Avengers arc starting in 2012.

Looking back, 2015’s Ant-Man stood alone when it first showed up at the end of Phase Two that summer. All prior MCU films had mostly taken a darker turn, particularly with the very dramatic Age of Ultron just two months before.

This was just the beginning of the drama, of course, making Ant-Man feel like an oddball anomaly. At the time, it might have even confused a few fans seeing Paul Rudd in the MCU after seeing him in raunchy romantic comedies for years prior.

If not for ‘Ant-Man’, ‘Ragnarok’ might not have happened

One could look at the first Ant-Man movie as a test to see whether comedy could really fit into the MCU. Had the film flopped, it might not have made it possible to let Chris Hemsworth bring the laughs in Ragnarok two years later. Another argument exists it would have never led to the Marvel-related Deadpool movie either over at 20th Century Fox in 2016.

Ant-Man more or less revolutionized how comedy could work as a bit of a breather from all the drama. Audiences never seemed to mind having that comedic break in-between developing tensions among The Avengers.

More than a few fans deem the Ant-Man movies the only time viewers can see a superhero in a more “normal” setting, with Scott Lang’s house arrest scene a good example.

But was ‘Ant-Man’ really the first comedy in the MCU?

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Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014 might be deemed the first comedy in the MCU franchise, if not really the same comedy level seen in Ant-Man. Latter films were far more down-to-earth (literally), making them more pleasurable diversions than real galactic adventures.

Regardless, Scott Lang eventually found himself in the middle of more intense situations later, particularly when being stuck in the quantum realm due to the snap. There was definite strategy, though, to place the two Ant-Man movies after or in-between the most intense movies.

Placing Ant-Man and the Wasp in-between Infinity War and Captain Marvel/Endgame was ingenious when looked at from a marketing standpoint. As someone on Reddit noted: “They’re definitely a little different than a lot of the other MCU movies, but I think they’re supposed to be. What they bring to the series I really love.”

If these movies are ultimately remembered as just comedic diversions, the entirety of Phase Two and Three arguably would never have worked without them. Even within the throes of death and resurrection, audiences do need a little laugh break, with Paul Rudd seemingly the perfect actor to bring it.

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Amid the pandemic, America has massively shored up its biodefenses

America hasn’t seen the last of killer coronaviruses. China’s “bat woman,” a Wuhan Institute of Virology scientist who handles bat viruses, is warning that the current pandemic is “just the tip of the iceberg.” Friendly advice from a researcher? Maybe, but America’s enemies are watching.

They’ve seen the devastating impact of the coronavirus here and “just how disruptive” a bioterrorism attack could be, warns Thomas Mahnken, a defense expert at Johns Hopkins. Who needs intercontinental missiles when a highly contagious, untreatable virus can paralyze the American superpower?

The untold story is that the United States is significantly more prepared than it was a mere three months ago for a germ attack. In that short time, even while marshaling resources to equip hospitals and treat patients, the Trump administration has set in motion major improvements in biodefense readiness, undoing two decades of neglect.

The same improvements will enable the United States to defend against a second wave of the coronavirus or another naturally ­invading virus — without another shutdown.

After all, the shutdown wasn’t caused by the coronavirus. It was a frantic response to America’s unpreparedness. The nation’s Strategic National Stockpile of medical equipment was nearly empty. Our medical supply chain put us at the mercy of China for masks, antibiotics and other supplies. Hospitals lacked enough beds and ventilators to care for the infected. The shutdown bought time.

Here’s where we stand:

Medical Supply Chain: When the pandemic began, China was the No. 1 supplier of imported surgical masks, protective goggles and generic antibiotics like tetracycline and the No. 2 source of imported mechanical ventilators, hand sanitizer and other essential supplies. In early February, China played hardball, seizing all production, even by American companies there like 3M and General Motors. In April, China held up the products again with export regulations.

The lesson: No matter where a virus originates, the tools to fight it must be made in America.

On May 19, the White House ­announced a contract with Virginia-based Phlow Corp. to make the raw pharmaceutical materials needed to produce drugs for COVID-19 patients, including antibiotics, sedatives for ventilator ­patients and pain meds.

Three months ago, ventilators symbolized America’s lack of preparedness. Now, the nation is awash in ventilators and supplying Mexico and other countries.

US Strategic National Stockpile: For more than a decade, through SARS, MERS, the avian flu and the swine flu, 10 federal reports warned about the stockpile’s inadequacy. But federal health administrators failed to even request the necessary funding. They ignored domestic preparedness, while boasting about conducting health programs in 49 other countries.

The result? When the pandemic hit, the stockpile was almost out of masks and had only a quarter of the supplies needed to treat coronavirus patients. Many supplies were expired.

Last week, President Trump announced a partnership with domestic manufacturers to keep the stockpile continuously supplied, with a target of 300 million masks by fall.

Hospital Capacity: Before the pandemic, the shortage of hospital beds was “the weakest link” in the nation’s readiness, said former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director of public-health preparedness Ali S. Khan. The nation couldn’t even handle a bad flu season, much less a biological attack. Yet nothing was done.

When the pandemic hit, the US Army Corps of Engineers and many states erected surge capacity that will outlive the current crisis. Massachusetts hospitals announced last week they will keep their surge units. New York state officials say they can get their field hospitals running in 10 to 14 days if needed.

Are there still biodefense gaps? Yes. America urgently needs more lab capacity to anonymously scan routine results for signs of an invading virus. That will be costly.

Yet former CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden is urging American taxpayers to fund “thousands of life-threatening gaps in disease preparedness worldwide” and “commit to global solidarity.”

No, thanks. That’s the thinking that made America vulnerable.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York, chairwoman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and author of the forthcoming book “The Next Pandemic.”

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'90 Day Fiance': The Heartwarming Reason Rose Vega Reached Out to Babygirl Lisa Hamme

The cast of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days doesn’t really interact much with one another during their season. Most of them are in different countries around the world so they don’t exactly run into one another. That’s why the “Tell-All” is always so interesting. During the “Tell-All” reunion special, the cast gets to all sit down and tell one another what they thought about the way they each acted throughout the season. And they always bring the drama.

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Rose Vega and Big Ed Brown’s relationship

Rose Vega and Big Ed Brown were one of the most talked-about couples of the season. The problems between them started when Brown lied to Vega about his height.

“So, I wasn’t completely honest with Rose about [my height] and a couple of other things,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s never a good idea to lie. You have to be honest and I’m learning that even if you have strong feelings for someone, it’s better to get it out in the open. If not, it’s gonna come back and bite you.”

Then, Brown asked Vega to get an STD test, told her to shave her legs, and bought her mouthwash because he said her breath stank.

The final straw was when Brown revealed that he was planning on getting a vasectomy even though Vega told him that she wanted more children.

“I should have been more truthful,” Brown told Vega. “I apologize. I should’ve said I don’t want more kids, but I wanted to get to know you. I wanted [you] to get to know me to make sure we are compatible.”

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Even though Brown apologized, Vega was done with him.

“I know who [you are]. I think,” she said to him. “First [you] lied to me about [your] height. Right? Then, you want to give me an STD test right? And about mouthwash, why you tell me? You know I [am] sick, I have [an] ulcer.”

“I’m disappointed because you always embarrassed me,” she continued. “I think [you] don’t love me. I’m done.”

Vega also went live on Instagram and accused Brown of never actually caring about her.

“How dare you,” she said. “[Ed] doesn’t really care [about] me. He just wants to be famous, that’s why he’s doing that … He did not even give me a penny,” she said.

Rose thanks Lisa Hamme

According to leaked footage from the “Tell-All” event, Babygirl Lisa Hamme and Brown get into it quite a few times during the reunion.

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At one point, Hamme called him out for dating younger women.

“This f*cking pervert that’s got charges of sexual harassment,” she said of Brown. “Look at the charges he’s got. This f*cking pervert has been grooming women, the women are coming out of the woodwork.

Hamme recently appeared on The Domenick Nati Show and said that Vega has since thanked her for calling Brown out.

“Honestly, I have many thank you letters from the Philippines, friends of Rose because her English is very hard, she thanked me personally for standing up for her,” she said.

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The Situation Is Using His Prison Workouts to Stay Ripped in Quarantine

During his time on reality television, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was known for his simple routine of GTL (that’s “gym, tan, laundry”).

But recently, he’s mixed up that routine a bit, which has led to a greater overall sense of health, he says.

Men’s Health recently visited the television personality to discuss his diet and the workout he’s maintained since leaving prison.

“My diet mainly consists of high protein and low carbs,” Sorrentino says. While his diets consists of fruits, vegetables, and leaner cuts of meat, he also has prepared meals from Eat Clean Bro in case he needs to eat on-the-go. He also says he loves to have a salad with every meal. He’ll add various vegetables, cheese, and prosciutto.

Sorrentino says he hasn’t changed his diet much since social distancing. “The first couple of weeks of quarantine, I cheated on my diet a little too much,” he says. “But after about a week or two, I tightened it up, working out six days a week. That’s pretty much how I stay busy.”

Plus, he’s sober now.

“Maybe ten years ago, I was definitely not healthy, and I was not sober,” he says. “I’m now going on five years clean in December, and I’m constantly clean eating. I drink water, I have one cheat day, and I’m constantly finding ways to find the best version of myself.”

His diet includes some protein shakes and intermittent fasting for sixteen hours five days a week, but Sorrentino also knows the importance of having a cheat day.

“God made that seventh day a cheat day,” he jokes. On his cheat day, he’ll have anything from fast food to his favorite Italian pasta dish. But his all-out cheat feast shuts down by 8:00 p.m. in order to prepare for the next week.


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After the fridge tour, Sorrentino takes the camera to the gym, where he shows you the simple, yet effective routine he picked up over the past few years. “In prison, we didn’t have any machines,” he says. “We had good old-fashioned dumbbells and barbells—that’s all you need to get big. That’s all you need to get shredded. That’s all you need to be your best self.”

Sorrentino also loves his workout time, as he feels it’s his own therapy session, and he can focus on being better than the person he was the day before. “I never compare myself to anybody else but who I was yesterday,” he says. “And we gettin’ it today.”

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