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'Seinfeld': Why Jason Alexander 'Had a Wary Eye' on Julia Louis-Dreyfus When the Show Started

Seinfeld is still considered one of NBC’s most successful sitcoms. Making household names of Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine), Jason Alexander (George), and Michael Richards (Kramer), the show is still beloved by fans despite going off the air over 20 years ago.

Alexander revealed that he was concerned of being edged out of the series when Louis-Dreyfus was cast.

The ‘Seinfeld’ cast needed a female

In the book Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV by former NBC President of Entertainment Warren Littlefield, the network exec shared that only the three male cast members were signed on when Seinfeld began taking shape. Testing showed they needed a female to balance things out.

“Women especially hated the show,” Glenn Padnick, President of Castle Rock Television, said. “The typical response is to add a person from the group who likes the show least.”

After word got out that Seinfeld was casting, actors including Megan Mullally and Rosie O’Donnell read for the role. Yet Louis-Dreyfus nailed the character of Elaine Benis on her first try.

“I knew when I met Julia that she was the girl,” Seinfeld revealed. “I don’t think I could possibly have realized how perfect the chemistry would be.”

‘Seinfeld’ emulated Larry David’s life

While the series highlighted the life of Seinfeld (hence the name), much of the show was based on the background of co-creator Larry David. The character of Elaine represented someone from David’s inner circle.

“Larry had had a relationship with woman named Monica Yates,” Padnick explained. “After they stopped dating, they remained friends, and Larry used that relationship as the model for what Jerry and Elaine’s relationship would be.”

When Alexander caught wind of a female being added to the cast, he had some questions.

“Jerry told me, ‘There’s going to be a girl on the show, but she’s not my girlfriend,’” Alexander recalled, asking Seinfeld, “‘All right. Who is she?’”

Seinfeld replied, “‘She’s like my best friend.’”

Alexander was a bit perplexed. “‘I said, I thought George was your best friend,’” he responded.

Jason Alexander had a talk with Larry David

The Seinfeld actor was initially concerned that the dynamic of one woman being in a group of friends with three men wouldn’t go over well. He found himself circumspect of Louis-Dreyfus’ role.

“I actually had a wary eye on Julia,” Alexander admitted. “I knew you didn’t do a show with three guys and one girl. You did a show with two guys and one girl.”

When Richards and Alexander were left out of an early episode, the Pretty Woman star voiced his frustration to David.

“In those first four shows, they made one that George and Kramer weren’t in,” Alexander recalled. “That’s when I famously went to Larry and said, ‘If you do that again, you’ll have to do it permanently.’”

Clearly, Alexander didn’t have to worry. Seinfeld became one of television’s most legendary sitcoms that turned the cast of four into superstars.

“The show was theater,” Alexander remarked. “It spoiled me. … It was a dream job.”

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The truth about Hilary Duff’s husband, Matthew Koma

The year was 2019, and everyone was falling in love with Hilary Duff’s wedding dress, designed by Jenny Packham (via Harper’s Bazaar). But behind the shoulder pads and cape was a man Duff first met in 2015 — his name is Matthew Koma, and he is a record producer who helped the star work on her album Breath In. Breath Out. According to Vogue, the actress said about first crossing paths with her future husband, “There wasn’t an instant spark, because I think when you’re walking into a professional meeting, you know nothing about the other person. I didn’t know if he was dating someone…” But soon the two developed a fun “banter” that evolved into a friendship.

The couple would begin dating, and then, welcomed a daughter together in 2018. Banks just turned two, a milestone Duff marked on Instagram with a super sweet video chronicle of the little girl’s first few years. She also shared this heart melting caption: “My love, my sweet sweet angel girl. Thank you!!! Two amazing years with your smile and your bright eyes(swoon).” She added, “I love you so so so many times and again. Thanks for choosing us!” For his part, Koma said about his daughter’s birthday, “Happy 2nd birthday to you my sweet, sweet baby Banks. It’s the greatest privilege of my life to be your dad and I’m endlessly proud / in awe of the little human you are, and the big human you’re becoming.”

Matthew Koma proposed to Hilary Duff in the sweetest way

As many people know, Duff was married previously to Mike Comrie, and the two share a son, Luca (via Distractify). The timeline of their relationship moved pretty quickly — in 2010 they wed, in 2012 they welcomed their first and only child together, and by 2014 the couple had separated. In 2016, Duff was officially divorced from Comrie. Flash forward a few years, and Koma was proposing to the Lizze McGuire star in a park near their home. 

As Duff recounted toVogue, “All of a sudden he says, ‘I’ve been working on something for you, and you’re going to love it. I really want our kids to know our story and now we can keep adding to this book.'” She goes on to describe the sketchbook he gave her: “It’s our whole entire story mapped out for us to refer back to as we get older and for our kids to know, which is amazing. I get to the very last page, and there’s a little piece that I have to lift up and my ring was inside. It was so sweet. It was really special and really simple, which is very much how we are and how we operate. Then it started raining, and it was perfect.”

Matthew Koma and Hilary Duff are adding to their family

Both of Duff’s kids took part in her pre-Christmas 2019 wedding. And now, less than a year later, and just a few days shy of Banks’ second birthday, Duff has announced on Instagram, “We are growing!!! Mostly me …” Along with the exciting news, the singer shared a cute video of Koma rubbing her tiny bump. Koma shared the same video with his own version of the announcement: “lol quarantine was fun. Baby #3 – 2021.”

Adorably, Koma often shares photos of his family on Instagram. It’s clear he loves being a dad to Banks, who incidentally, is a total Duff look alike. Meanwhile, the 33-year-old musician (he performs with a band called Winnetka Bowling League) is also obviously head over heels in love with his wife — he even has her name tattooed on his rear end. There’s no doubt Koma is excited about the family’s new addition. A recent Instagram image of he and Banks playing around in the pool was accompanied by his sweet caption, which says it all: “Being a dad rules.”

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UFC Fight Night – Anderson Silva vs Uriah Hall: UK start time, TV channel, live stream free and fight card

MMA legend Anderson Silva is back in action one last time as he takes on Uriah Hall.

The 45-year-old Brazilian has confirmed that he will retire after this bout against the Jamaican-American.

Silva was beaten in his previous fight by Jared Cannonier in May last year via first round TKO.

Meanwhile Uriah Hall beat Antonio Carlos Junior on the undercard of Donald Cerrone vs Justin Gaethje last September.

What time does Anderson Silva vs Uriah Hall start?

  • UFC Fight Night takes place late on Saturday, October 31.
  • The prelims at the UFC Apex in Nevada are set to start at 8pm UK time with the main card around 11pm.
  • Anderson Silva is expected to take to the ring at around 1am on Sunday UK time for his fight with Uriah Hall.

What TV channel is Silva vs Hall on and can I live stream it?

  • UFC Fight Night is live on BT Sport 1.
  • Coverage commences with the prelims at 9pm, followed by the main card from 11pm.
  • To stream the event live, head to the BT Sport website or app.

How do I watch Anderson Silva vs Uriah Hall for free?

  • Viewers with an EE phone contract can get a three-month free trial of BT Sport.
  • Simply text SPORT to 150.

Fight card

Main card

Andre Fili vs. Bryce Mitchell

Kevin Holland vs. Makhmud Muradov

Maurice Greene vs. Greg Hardy

Bobby Green vs. Thiago Moises


Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Alexander Hernandez

Adrian Yanez vs. Victor Rodriguez

Sean Strickland vs. Jack Marshman

Cole Williams vs. Jason Witt

Dustin Jacoby vs. Justin Ledet

Cortney Casey vs. Priscila Cachoeira

Miles Johns vs. Kevin Natividad

Latest odds

Anderson Silva 7/4

Uriah Hall 4/9

*Odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Monday, October 26

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Inside Strictly couple Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec’s stylish home with incredible bathroom

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Strictly is back on our screens and with it, a whole host of talented dancers and their celebrity partners.

And included in this are dancer pro couple Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec, who share a life away from the cameras which looks just as glamorous as their one on-screen.

Taking to their respective social media accounts, Janette and Aljaz, who married in 2017, have shared a peek at their gorgeous home.

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Back in October, Janette posted a gorgeous snap of herself and Aljaz in stylish outfits, dancing for Strictly’s Musicals Special.

She penned: “So much fun to get dressed up and dance at home! Hope that you all enjoyed it!”

And in the snap we see a glamorous space featuring wooden floors and a charming unit on which sits various ornaments and indoor plants.

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Moving through to the kitchen, the couple share a very sleek space with modern, glossy white cabinets spanning the walls.

Various state-of-the-art kitchen appliances can be seen sitting in view too, and Janette beamed at the camera as she promoted a cookbook while standing at the island.

In the bedroom, the couple’s bed looks as cosy as ever and the perfect place to stock up on sleep after long days rehearsing for Strictly.

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Another perfect feature for relaxation inside the couple’s home is their sunken bath tub which sits in a very modern room.

The bathroom also features candles, to make a bubble bath that extra bit more zen, as well as quirky white wallpaper.

The dancing stars have kitted out their home with adorable little items, personal to them, including Minnie and Mickey Mouse mugs.

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There’s also a photo of Audrey Hepburn sitting on the table and an inspirational slogan print which reads: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them,” by Walt Disney.

Sweet pair Janette and Aljaz didn’t meet on Strictly but in a dance studio in London, Janette once revealed during an interview with the BBC.

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The pair announced their engagement in 2015, with Aljaz proposing in the studio they first met in five years previously.

The couple tied the knot in July 2017, and Janette wore a stunning white strapless wedding dress.

Invited along were celebrity guests, including Louise Redknapp, and Strictly stars Karen Clifton, Natalie Lowe and Katya Jones.

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Beauty and Fashion

ColourPop Is Launching a Baby Yoda Palette, Inspired by the Cutest Child in the Galaxy

Excited, we are, because a new product will be landing at ColourPop very soon — just in time for The Mandalorian‘s season two premiere on Disney+. ColourPop is launching a limited-edition eyeshadow palette inspired by fans’ favorite, Baby Yoda, and you don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to get your hands on it.

The Child x ColourPop pressed powder palette ($15) features an array of nine shadow shades, ranging from sparkling metallics to matte earth tones. With names like “Precious Cargo” and “Right Hand Mando” this product is full of special nods to the Star Wars universe that fans will love. If you’re feeling the force pull you toward a Mandalorian-inspired makeup look, check out the palette at on Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. PST and at Ulta locations starting on Dec. 6.

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Crystal Kung Minkoff is joining ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’

Crystal Kung Minkoff is getting a diamond.

The wife of director Rob Minkoff is joining the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” for Season 11, People reported on Monday. Bravo shared the news on its website as well.

Crystal, 35, is the founder of Real Coco — a coconut-based food company. She and her husband tied the knot in 2007 and share two children, Max, 8, and Zoe, 5.

It seems she’s recently joined on to film the Bravo series, as she posted a photo on Sunday, teasing, “All dressed up with somewhere to go. 🌟”

Kathy Hilton — who may be joining the cast in a friend capacity — chimed in, “Oh yes you do!!! Looking like a boss Mama.😘.”

Crystal will be the first Asian-American to join the franchise.

Her arrival comes on the heels of Teddi Mellencamp and Denise Richards’ exits.

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Diplo Defends Letting 19-Year-Old TikTok Star Live in His House

Diplo and Quenlin Blackwell are speaking out regarding criticism of their friendship and living arrangements. When the 19-year-old TikTok star revealed in a recent video that she’s living at the 41-year-old DJ’s home, fans quickly responded, concerned by the situation. 

Blackwell tweeted a response to the critics, writing, “I’m an adult. I’m not being groomed. Platonic relationships exist. I’ve been living here for over a year… I’d rather break both of my legs and be forced to walk than pursue Diplo romantically and he’d rather choke.” 

She added that she and the musician, whose real name is Thomas Wesley Pentz, aren’t often in the house together. 

“He’s barely in LA bc he’s so busy. Diplo has given me the opportunity and the security to create,” she explained. “Diplo and his team are my mentors in LA and they are my safety net. Diplo and his team have saved me numerous times from the weirdos in LA. My parents trust him. I trust him. Y’all are making me feel icky. Diplo is my LA dad.. nothing more.”

Diplo also took to Twitter explaining the situation further, writing, “OK so I rent one of my properties to @quenblackwell. And yes I use the studio that is in that building. Her social media is sarcastic and chaotic and I can see you can get a twisted idea but there is nothing but a friendship between us.”

When one commenter replied, “What do you have in common with a 19-year-old that would warrant a friendship, quick,” Diplo responded, “We made music together.”

OK so I rent one of my properties to @quenblackwell. And yes I use the studio that is in that building. Her social media is sarcastic and chaotic and I can see you can get a twisted idea but there is nothing but a friendship between us.

We made music together

The negative press surrounding the news caused Blackwell to create a funny TikTok series titled, “Living with Diplo.” In the clips, she shares fun details of life with the DJ, including the profile pic he gave her avatar on their Peloton bike and the texts they exchanged when their home was allegedly being robbed. 

Blackwell also posted a video set to the soundtrack of Cardi B’s song, “Press,” as she danced in front of the negative headlines regarding her housing situation. 

Blackwell also regularly poses with her boyfriend, Parker, even recently tweeting about having children with him. 

i just asked parker if we could have a child and he said yes if he can fit a crib in his room and then wouldn’t stop smiling….SIR I WAS JOKING

“I just asked parker if we could have a child and he said yes if he can fit a crib in his room and then wouldn’t stop smiling….SIR I WAS JOKING,” she wrote, sharing the screen grabs of their FaceTime. 

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This is why Kane Brown quit The X Factor

Singer Kane Brown is a bonafide star who has taken the country music industry by storm ever since he burst onto the scene in the 2010s. During a 2015 interview with the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Brown seemingly dubbed himself the “Justin Bieber in country music,” which might have been a nod to the fact that his popularity surged when he began posting covers of songs on social media.

That being said, before he was crooning on YouTube, Brown turned to reality TV to try and get his name in lights. While the singer didn’t make it big on The X Factor after auditioning for the series in 2013, per Taste of Country, his reality TV stint did end up jumpstarting his career. And, as a bonus, former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland seemingly took a liking to Brown during his audition. According to Brown, when he walked in for his audition, “Kelly just started smiling at [him] …” He added, When I started singing to her, she put her leg up on the desk. … I walked down, and I held her hand, and after that, I don’t even remember singing, honestly.”

Despite the fact that he clearly won the attention of at least one of the judges, Brown ultimately bowed out before finishing the show. Here’s the real reason Kane Brown quit The X Factor.

Kane Brown wasn't interested in being part of a boy band

According to Taste of Country, Kane Brown “didn’t end up making a big splash on The X-Factor” for one surprising reason. Apparently, “the show’s producers wanted to include him in the lineup of a boy band.” However, Brown was savvy enough to realize that a boy band didn’t suit his vision. If he was going to make it big, he wanted to do it on his own terms. At that point, he left The X Factor to pursue a solo career.

The boy band in question was called Restless Road and finished in fourth on Season 3 of The X Factor. The original all-male group consisted of Andrew Scholz, Colton Pack and Zach Beeken, each of whom had auditioned as a solo artist. While they’d impressed the judges in their respective auditions, Scholz, Pack and Beeken didn’t end up making the top 40, which is when they got the offer to form a band as opposed to going home.

In February 2020, Restless Road reconnected with Brown, who signed the band to his label, per Country Now

Kane Brown's success has far eclipsed his early 'X Factor' days

Following his time on The X Factor, Kane Brown got to work making YouTube covers of popular country songs. According to Chattanooga Times Free Press, back in 2015, Nashville artists weren’t quite sure what to think of a previously “no-name country artist” who’d amassed hundreds of thousands of social media fans in mere weeks. Even Brown’s friends and neighbors seemed to be a bit baffled by his rapid ascent, per the Chattanooga Times Free Press. A local concert promoter and club owner admitted that he’d “never seen anything like what is happening to Kane,” adding, “He went viral so fast.”

It just goes to show that Brown didn’t have to put all of his trust and faith into The X Factor to become successful. In October 2020, the country artist was nominated for Collaborative Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards for his “Cool Again” music video alongside Nelly. In addition to being a nominee, Brown also co-hosted the event with Modern Family alum Sarah Hyland and country singer Ashley McBryde.

With several hit singles already under his belt, it looks like Brown’s career is only headed up from here.

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Beauty and Fashion

Shop the Awesome Viral Kitchen Gadgets You Saw on TikTok

We see it, we like it, we want it, we got it — that’s us whenever we log into TikTok and scroll through videos of genius kitchen gadgets and tools we never knew we needed. 

Among the many, many TikTok trends we love, our newest favorite is “Things in My Kitchen That Just Make Sense” and other similarly titled videos. Often posted in installments, these clips showcase various kitchen tools, like a salad dressing mixer or a sleek milk frother, with a voiceover explaining why we can’t live without them. Some of the products we’ve seen seem truly handy, and other stuff will look really cool on the kitchen counter (like the GE Profile Nugget Ice Maker pictured above).

Since most of us are spending more time at home and less time getting dressed up to go out, it just makes sense to invest in housewares like kitchen items as well as bedroom decor, office essentials and outdoor furniture. 

Buying stuff because we saw it on the internet? Consider us influenced — and shop our top TikTok-approved kitchen tools below.

For many people, nugget ice cubes (like the kind Sonic uses) provide an inexplicable sense of joy. Now you can make your own with this countertop ice maker appliance from GE Profile, which produces up to 24 pounds of those glorious cubes per day without requiring a water hookup. This model has been making the rounds on TikTok, and we spotted it in an Amazon haul from @brianneboston.

Part kitchen gadget, part science experiment! Make your own pint of homemade ice cream in about 20 minutes with a combination of rock salt, ice, ice cream mix and hand-powered energy — the ice cream forms by rolling the ball steadily rather than using electricity. The Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball a fun way to create DIY desserts, and we discovered it via @rachelhutchens1.

Derek Hough has been busy both at work — he’s the newest judge on Dancing With the Stars — and in the kitchen, posting a clever TikTok about this stainless steel chopper as a riff on the Auntie Hammy “Pew Pew Pew” trend.

When you make your own salad dressing from scratch, it can be a lot healthier (e.g., lower in sugar and sodium) because you control the ingredients. Plus, it’ll taste fresher. Get the job done with the latest version of the Chef’n Emulstir Salad Dressing Mixer, which we found thanks to TikTok user @danimariethatsme.

There are so many cool features on this 14-ounce portable blender, which allows you to make and drink smoothies on the go. It charges with a USB cord, is the perfect size to throw in your gym bag and comes with a silicone ice cube tray. See it in action on @toponlinefinds’ TikTok page.

You could slice your bagels the old-fashioned way with a knife, or you could have fun with it and use this satisfying kitchen gadget. TikTok user @teresalauracaruso demonstrates it in white, but we love this aqua shade, too. Other reasons to purchase? It’s dishwasher-safe and also works its magic on muffins, rolls and buns.

We fell in love with Smeg’s retro toaster during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and now we need the brand’s milk frother after seeing this TikTok from @veggiekins. Apparently, it looks and froths like a dream.

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Wendy Williams Says She's 'Not Perfect' Amid On-Air Behavior Concerns

Wendy Williams is speaking out after concerns over her on-air behavior arose. During Monday’s episode The Wendy Williams Show, the 56-year-old host addressed the previous episode in which she appeared to have trouble getting through her “Hot Topics” segment.

“Even after all of these years, it’s still work and effort put in for the hour that I am out here with you,” she said. “I guess every day is not perfect, but I am not a perfectionist. I am not perfect, but I do appreciate you putting in effort to watch us.”

“I love entertaining you and it’s not easy. It is not easy,” Williams added. “You’re a tough crowd.”

During Friday’s episode of the show, Williams called Adele “Hodele,” took long pauses before speaking, and trailed off during sentences. After the episode aired, Williams’ former DJ, DJ Boof, spoke out on social media.

“Y’all have no idea what’s really going on and everyone there is afraid to speak up because they don’t wanna lose their jobs.. this is going to play out bad,” he commented on a post. “I feel sorry for the workers and victims.”

Following his comment, a rep for DJ Boof told ET, “DJ Boof and his lawyers respectfully decline to comment.”


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