FORMER MISS AMERICAS CALL FOR GRETCHEN CARLSON TO STEP DOWN: Gretchen Carlson is hitting back at allegations that she bullied current Miss America Cara Mund, but other former titleholders aren’t hearing it. In a letter last week, Mund alleged that Carlson (a former Miss America herself) and CEO Regina Hopper took over the organization after the previous leaders were ousted for slut-and-fat-shaming contestants, and managed to make a bad situation worse. Mund wrote they "systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis." After Carlson rejected her claims, former Miss America Suzette Charles told NBC’s Megyn Kelly: "She's the chairman and there's a CEO. They're required as businesspeople to raise money for the organization for the scholarship to have money to run the program and she's now putting that responsibility on our current Miss America?" Charles, former Miss America Heather Whitestone McCallum and 11 other former Miss America winners have called for Carlson, Hopper and the current Board of Trustees to resign in a petition.
BEN AFFLECK AND LINDSAY SHOOKUS ARE DONE: Ben Affleck, 46, and Lindsay Shookus, 38, have split after a year together, E! News reports. This news comes on the heels of the Batman star being seen out on the town with a 22-year-old Playboy model. E! claims they’ve been broken up for a few weeks, but that they’re still friends. Affleck shares three children with his ex Jennifer Garner, and was recently seen celebrating his birthday with them.
CHAMPIONS’ JOSIE TOTAH COMES OUT AS TRANSGENDER: Josie Totah is sharing her truth. In an essay for Time, the teen star revealed that she is transgender. "Acting has always been my passion. I'm grateful for roles I've gotten to play on shows like Champions, and I know I'm lucky to be able to do what I love," the 17-year-old, who had worked under the name J.J. Totah, said. "But I also feel like I let myself be shoved into a box: 'J.J. Totah, gay boy.'" She continued, explaining it all "clicked" for her when she was 14. "As I learned more information about hormone replacement therapy, I knew that this was what I had to do. I looked over at my mother in the middle of the show and said, 'This is me. I'm transgender. And I need to go through this.' My mother, who is immensely supportive and gracious, said, 'OK, let's do it.' Three days later I was meeting with my pediatrician, who referred me to a specialist, who put me on a hormone blocker. From that point on, I hit the ground running."
JENNIFER GARNER BRINGS KIDS FOR WALK OF FAME STAR: Jennifer Garner got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the 46-year-old Golden Globe winner brought her three kids along for a rare public appearance.The actress shares Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6, with ex Ben Affleck, who did not attend. Judy Greer, Bryan Cranston and Steve Carell all supported their former co-star as well. She gave her kids a special shout-out during the ceremony, telling them she loved them and that the star was "about hard work and good luck and not a whole lot else."
WHAT’S GOING ON WITH TARA REID? Tara Reid has made a number of unusual appearances while promoting Sharknado 6, even tweeting out that her bad back was to blame for a no-show. The 42-year-old baffled many with her appearance Thursday on Sydney’s Today Extra and then another jumbled interview on Fox 5 New York Friday. She was set to appear for a Build Series talk with co-star Ian Ziering, but then this tweet (since deleted) appeared on her feed: "Due to some back issues I am having, I had to cut my press tour short. I wish I could’ve been there especially for my favorite show, @BUILDseriesNYC. Thank you for ur understanding & I am hoping to recover from this pain soon. Tune in Sunday as @SharknadoSYFY 6 premieres on @syfy." According to The Blast, Reid claimed her Twitter account was hacked. "It made no sense, why would I write that?" she said at the movie’s Sunday night premiere in Los Angeles, The Blast reports.
KIM KARDASHIAN CROWS ABOUT 24-INCH WAIST: In a new shoot for CR Fashion Book, Kim Kardashian West appears in a shoot by photographer Jackie Nickerson wearing milk maid braids and a corseted Vivienne Westwood gown with roomy sleeves, a voluminous skirt and a tiny nipped-in waist. She told the magazine that this was her "easiest" shoot ever because she had a 24-inch waist which means she didn’t have to "suck it in."
DANIELLE STAUB & HUSBAND DROP RESTRAINING ORDERS: The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub and her husband Marty Caffrey have dropped their restraining orders against each other, but they still plan to pursue their divorce after just three months of marriage. Staub, 56, filed for an order of protection Monday, and Caffrey, 66, responded in kind the next day.