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Bruce Vilanch Says Franco “Didn’t Get There” with Oscars, Franco Fires Back

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Up to this point, James Franco has been all but destroyed for his Oscar hosting duties last month.  And now, one of the main writers for the show, Bruce Vilanch, has spoken out about the job…

Vilanch spoke to New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, and said that while Franco had months to prepare, most of his prep work came through phone meetings instead of in person:

“He has so many balls in the air, he didn’t get to town till Thursday before the show on Sunday…I don’t think he realized how big a deal it is to do it until he was actually confronted with it. I think he thought he would kind of … I don’t know what he thought.”

When Vilanch first heard of Franco getting the job, he, like many people, thought maybe it was a joke:

“I thought maybe it was a performance-art prank, and then I realized he sincerely wanted to do it…The only people who know how to host those shows are people who get up onstage every night and say, ‘Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. A funny thing happened… ‘ Or people like Bette [Midler] who get up and sing all night and tell stories.”

And after these comments (and many more in the interview), Franco, himself, took to Twitter to return a dig at Vilanch, tweeting a graffiti-covered picture of himself with Vilanch backstage at the Oscars.  Scribbled writing from Vilanch’s mouth read “James f**ked up the Oscars. Trust me, I know comedy…I mean, come on, I write for Bette Midler!”

Franco has since deleted the tweet and photo, but Vulture was lucky enough to grab it before he took it down (see below).

Despite everything, Vilanch does say that while everyone thought it, Franco was NOT high during the show:

“No, he wasn’t high…I was with him, and he wasn’t high. And I asked him, ‘Are you high, and can I have some?’ And he said no to both.”

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AWKWARD: Ross Didn’t Like His Pet Monkey On ‘Friends’?!?

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Remember back in the 90’s on Friends when Ross got a pet monkey while living in New York City and no one batted an eye? Those were truly simpler times. Here in the jaded 2019, we just discovered that David Schwimmer didn’t like working with that monkey and now I don’t know what to believe anymore.

Last night, Matt LeBlanc stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote his latest sitcom, Man With A Plan, but it was his chat about a particular Friends star that has the internet buzzing. When Jimmy Kimmel coyly asked if Matt keeps in touch with Marcel the monkey (who is actually named Katie in real life), Matt shared a nugget of information that I wasn’t prepared to ingest. David Schwimmer did not like working with the monkey!

“I liked the monkey! I like animals, and the monkey was really cool. Schwimmer… Not so much. He’s the one that had to work with it the most, so he was like, ‘Again with the monkey?’ But I got along great with it.”

Ouch. Right in the nostalgia. Apparently Katie the monkey wasn’t always the most cooperative co-star as Matt recounted the time she forced taping to come to a complete halt when she climbed above the lighting grid to hang out on the ceiling. It took about thirty minutes and a few mealworms to finally get the monkey back down to the set! Talk about a diva.

Check out the fun interview below! Click ahead to 3:05 mark to hear all about the monkey business.

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VIDEO: The 38 Seconds Of Video Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Olivia Jade Is Regretting Right Now.

In a video from last year, Loughlin’s daughter says she will balance trips to Fiji and NYC into her school calendar, “doesn’t know how much of school (she is) going to attend” but she wants the experience of game days, partying, and “doesn’t really care about school, as you know.”

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As mom Lori Loughlin faces allegations she paid 500,000 to help get her daughter Olivia Jade into college as a member of the crew team – even sending photographs of her daughter on a rowing machine to create the impression she was an athlete – a video made by her daughter in August is making the rounds again for the embarrassing references she makes to not even caring about getting an education in the first place.

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In the video, an entitled Olivia Jade, a YouTuber followed by 2 million people on the video platform, says she will balance trips to Fiji and NYC into her school calendar, “doesn’t know how much of school (she is) going to attend” but she wants the experience of game days, partying, and “doesn’t really care about school, as you know.”

Why she hasn’t taken this video down yet completely escapes me.

Naturally, social media has unleashed upon her, although it is unclear whether Olivia Jade even know her entrance into college was a result of bribes, (if the allegations are proven correct.)

In either case, the social media celebrity had to apologize days after this video first came out, and is more than likely wishing she had taken it down entirely now…

 

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WATCH: This Champagne Tower Video Does Not End Well

This guy will have a story to tell for the rest of his life.

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