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POP INTERVIEW: Betty White’s “Off Their Rockers” Sidekick Reatha Grey

Reatha Grey came out of retirement better than ever. Now she’s a regular cast member on the sensational NBC comedic reality show, Off Their Rockers!

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Reatha Grey came out of retirement better than ever. A regular cast member on the sensational NBC comedic reality show, Off Their Rockers, produced by and co-starring the infamous Golden Girl herself, Betty White, Miz Grey is busy. These days, you can catch the former film extras agency head and Three’s Company actress guest starring on How I Met Your Mother, Nickelodeon, HBO’s The Newsroom and Comedy Central…and a stand-up comedy venue near you! Next stop, People Style Watch!

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You’re an example of someone who never gives up. And we have young people, people in their 20’s, giving up on their dreams after a year.
One of my sayings is “it’s never too late, you’re never too old! “Too old” is what you perceive it to be. When I turned 28 ½, I went into a panic about turning 30. It was a year and a half away and yet I obsessed about being old, at 30. A few weeks before my 30th birthday, I was telling a lady how depressed I was because I was turning 30. She smiled and said, “You don’t have to turn 30.” I got excited and said, “Really, I don’t have to turn 30?” She said, “No, you can die!” I hadn’t thought about it that way before. It was at that moment that I realized that everyone doesn’t get to grow old and every day of life is precious. As I grow older, I realize even more how true that is. For a year and a half I was depressed and gave up on my dreams because they hadn’t been realized and I perceived I was going to be too old. Since then I have not stopped dreaming, given up on my dreams or perceived myself as old.

Amazing! Was retirement not challenging enough for your personality?
I’ve never thought of retirement as an option. My grandmother worked literally until the day she died at age 99. Like far to many Americans, I haven’t planned well for retirement so I will, God willing, work well past normal retirement age. I can’t imagine just sitting around, doing nothing, waiting to die. I plan to work, travel, and live life to it’s fullest to the very last breath.

How do you find every day exciting?
The days when I work on Betty White’s Off Their Rockers are especially exciting. I get up, go to some location that may be anywhere in the USA, pull pranks on unsuspecting young people, and they pay me for doing it. I couldn’t ask for a better job.

When I’m not working on the show, I have the life of any other actress. I go to auditions, pray I get work, take acting classes, attend workshops and prepare when I am blessed to get a job.

I love to take great vacations. I love swimming with dolphins and sharks, zip lining is my latest discovery and someday I hope to skydive.

Guests on your show are modern day favorites like Nick Lachey(!), Nicole Richie and Psy of “Gangnam Style” popularity. How does good humor spread to all ages?
It is great meeting some of the pop favorites on the show. How many people can say they learned to dance Gangnam Style from Psy?

Humor crosses all lines, culture, age, even sex. In fact, all cultures seem to find humor in aged sex. That’s one of my things on the show, making sexual advances to young guys or talking about my sexual exploits. People seem to think that older people don’t have sex. I’ll never forget the looks on the faces of the people at a dog park when I started hookin’ up with an old boyfriend right in front of them, or when I’m making out with Lou Beaty Jr., one of the cast members. Would it be funny if we were in our twenties?

I meet people of all ages that love and laugh at our show. One of my favorite stories is the woman who told me that her 6 year old daughter loved the scene where Betty directed Ann Benson and I to make it rain while Michael Yama pole danced. She said “now her daughter wants her to make it rain while she dances.”

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What is the show process, from start to finish? How do you make the silliness relatable?
The creative team comes up with concepts. The pranks are assigned to the various pranksters. Everyone that is portrayed as old on the show is really an older person, yes, even the skateboarder. Some that do the harder pranks, like hanging from cars are stunt people, but they are all seniors. We take the concepts and hit the streets with hidden camera crews. We never know what is going to happen because all of the people that we prank are unsuspecting and unscripted. We set them up, play off how they react to us, and comedy ensues.

The Betty wraps, are the scenes that bridge the pranks. They involve Betty, guest stars and the pranksters in scripted skits. Some people actually think that we live in a house together and hang out with Betty everyday. Betty is way too busy to hang out with us all the time, but the time we do spend together is marvelous.

What is Betty White like off camera? Does she play pranks on you or tease you? Do you ever do anything back to her?
Betty White is not only the star of the show, she is also our boss, as the executive producer. You couldn’t ask for a better boss. She is always kind and encouraging. She doesn’t play pranks, but she always makes us laugh. She has a quick wit and is always in a great mood. I don’t think she ever has a bad day and she even laughs at our jokes.

She hosted “Saturday Night Live” due to popular demand. We need to start your “SNL” campaign! Is it something you would do if they asked you to host?
In the ‘70’s they had a contest to be a guest on “SNL,” I entered, but didn’t win. I would love to be a guest on “SNL” but the hosting job might be a little too much for me, however when Justin Timberlake host for the 6th time, I’d love to make a guest appearance. Justin is my latest celebrity crush.

What other professional goals do you have?
I like doing stand-up comedy, I’m working on some sets now. I would love to do a sitcom, a great ensemble piece like Friends or Seinfeld. I have a couple of scripts that I’m looking at right now, but I could be perfectly happy doing Betty White’s Off Their Rockers forever.

My grandmother’s life mission is to humiliate me on a regular basis. Over the years, she asks me things like what sexual things I would refuse to do with a man if asked, why my clothing choices are not more revealing when I need to “show off my bosom” and if I have “exciting experiences with women.” Once, she tried to start a word of mouth rumor about me dating this really handsome older guy who’s now married but whom I never dated for the sake of it…to make me seem sought after like Scarlett O’Hara. I actually blocked her on my old Facebook account because she was writing rude things she shouldn’t have on my wall. Your show in particular concentrates on outrageous elderly like this! What should I do so she stops embarrassing me? All she talks about – when she isn’t gossiping or trolling the Internet in her 90’s via her iPhone – is wanting to date men my age like pro jocks I have interviewed/met, men she once lusted after and wearing revealing clothes. I mean, she’s really nice, she is my granny and I care about her, but she always makes fun of me as she laughs maliciously. She has to be possessed by Gilbert Gottfried.
My grandson told me just the other day that if I try to friend him on Facebook he wouldn’t accept me. You grandchildren are all alike when it comes to us free-spirited grannies.

All jokes aside though, enjoy your grandmother while you can. We won’t be around forever. We suffered you embarrassing us over the years. Peeing in your pants, acting out in public, not doing what we asked you to, etc. when you were young, now indulge us for a few years. You’re old enough for us to have adult conversations with and yet young enough to know what’s still hip and fun, enquiring grannies want to know! Let her have her fun! Keep her blocked from your social networks, but take her to lunch or an interview with one of those jocks, that will give her something to talk about, other than you, for months. She can thank me later.

I cannot believe you’re still out and about doing stand up comedy. How do you bring out your wickedness onto the stage? Do you ever channel a Sasha Fierce side to you who can say anything…uh, someone like my wicked grandmother?
I think we all have a wild side, some more than others. I don’t need to channel a Sasha Fierce, I need to work more to keep the wild side inside. I’ve always been told that I didn’t have much of a filter, performing has always been an acceptable way of my acting out. I bet your grandmother has a book, or movie or something trying to get out that we all need to hear.

You have great skin for your age. Do you do anything special, or is it about you taking care of yourself?
As my grandfather use to say, “If I had known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.” I thankfully gave up all of my really bad habits in my thirties. I try to take care of myself, eat well, facials and massages.

How do you pick out clothes and makeup for your red carpet appearances? You’re competing with girls like Kristen Stewart! My new goal, and I mean it seriously, is for you to get in “People Style Watch” within a year. It’s never too late to outdo the Young Hollywood crowd. At minimum, you should get in for wearing pretty jewelry!
I love red carpets! When I did my first red carpet I asked an actress friend what should I wear. She said something stylish and age appropriate. When I looked in my closet I realized I didn’t own anything age appropriate. I was just coming out of my mid-life crisis, which was the re-birth of my acting career, and everything I owned looked like an older woman trying to look young, it wasn’t pretty. I went out and started shopping at the stores where my grandmother used to shop. Designers make beautiful clothes for older women that lift and firm the parts that the young girls expose. I’d love to be a spokesmodel for a line of clothes for mature woman, after all we’re the ones with the money.

The same with make-up, as I look at the photos on the red carpet, the more natural look seems to look best. A good line of makeup helps preserve the skin while making you look your best.

Nowadays, you’re doing guest spots on popular shows. “How I Met Your Mother.” “The Newsroom.” Lifetime. For anyone who feels frustrated with not having made it yet in their careers, what can you tell them?
Unless you’re 80 years old and want to be something like a brain surgeon, which takes years of school, start now, no matter what your age. If your dream is something that you trained for but gave up, get back in the game, if you need to go back to school, go. If you think no one will hire you to do that, start your own company. If you have a million dollar idea, this is the right time to put it out there. We live in a wonderful time when literally anything is possible. it’s never too late, you’re never too old.

What’s up for you next on “Off Their Rockers?”
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers is up for Best New Show 2012 and Most Unique Concept for the Reality Wanted Awards – http://www.realitywantedawards.com. We haven’t heard if the show has been picked up for a third season yet, but we all hope so! I can’t wait to get back on the streets pranking those youngsters and hangin’ out with Betty and the gang.

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Get The Look! A Buyer’s Guide To Brian Balthazar’s Philadelphia Home Redesign

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As the world was forced to spend more time at home, Brian Balthazar found himself in a position where he had sold a house before the lockdown and had to find a new one.

“We sold our home with all the furniture in it, so not only did we find ourselves struggling to find a new place, once we found one we didn’t have any furniture to put in it.”

And so, Brian and partner Dennis got resourceful, turning to refurbishing and buying store floor models. They were inspired to make bold, fun choices in color and style when they started shopping around for wallpaper.

Below is the segment as it appeared on the Today Show, and further down, a rundown of where you can find the pieces or ones with a similar look!

THE DINING ROOM

Let’s start with the Dining Room!

Move the slider dividing the image to see all of the before or all of the after!

Brian saysThe dining room was the first space we wanted to do. I haven’t had a true dining room since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted a big table for dinner parties! There were no tables within the price range we wanted, so we found a floor model at one of our favorite go-to stores, Arhaus. We easily saved 75 percent on this table by getting the one that they weren’t going to carry anymore. The chairs are from Wayfair.  On each side of the fireplace (not seen in the photo, but visible in the Today Show video) are two black tall lanterns flanking the fireplace. I got them at Target. I can’t currently find them on their app, but similar versions pop up every year. Get thee to Homegoods! Homegoods and Homesense (same parent company) are my go-to spots for home accessories for virtually every room in the house. You never know what you’re going to find, which is part of the fun.

But let’s focus on the real WOW element to this room – the wallpaper! This pattern is called Bellewood, by RebelWalls.   As you will soon see, I’m sort of obsessed with their patterns. To me, this room is magical with the added whimsy of this forest pattern. (They also have a more muted version with grays and even one with blues.) I also love that by hanging the paper from the chair rail up, you almost get the feeling that you’re standing on a balcony overlooking the forest. I surrounded the whole room with this paper, which I love, but you could easily add the same magical feeling by just doing one feature wall. Their website shows how it can translate to a bedroom or office. You might be intimidated by hanging wallpaper but don’t be! This pattern has so much going on that it really looks perfect when it goes up!

ON TO THE GUEST BEDROOM!

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Brian says: The guest bedroom is on the top floor of the house, so it’s got roof lines on two sides that make it a tricky space to navigate if you’re not careful. The planning of this space alone resulted in a few bonked heads. On the upside, the wall where the bed goes is tall, so it was an obvious place to create some visual pop. Again, the wallpaper takes the spotlight.  Called “Nude Roses,” also by RebelWalls, I love this design. Floral wallpaper was ‘big’ in popularity back in the 1920s when this house was built, but the patterns at that time were smaller, repeated more often, and were often really bold in color. This interpretation is so fun to me! Gone are the small roses in favor of oversized blooms, and the bold colors are more subdued pink and gray hues, with touches of dark green and creamy whites.

While roses can inherently feel feminine, the plaid bedding (30 dollars for a queen set from Target) are a surprising complement that keeps everything from feeling a little stereotypical. The side tables are mismatched – partly because we didn’t want to go too “matchy=matchy” – but also to save some money – the one on the left side (hard to catch here) was from West Elm. Normally $199, we got it for half off as the floor model. The one on the right we found in the trash. It was perfectly fine, clearly someone had just gotten tired of it! Nothing some disinfectant can’t fix. That gave us some extra money to spend – To reduce the softeness we went with industrial lamps and edison bulbs. The lamps  are called “Ginyard,” from Wayfair. The headboard was a floor model we got for a drastically reduced price from Arhaus. The dark gray takes balances out the pink hues well. The pillows are from Target and Homegoods.

For the 360 degree view of this room, watch the Instagram reel below!  You’ll see the dresser, on sale for $599 from Arhaus, a lamp from Homegoods, and mobiles from Amazon which we fashioned into a ‘piece of art’ that keeps you from hitting your head on the angled wall opposite the bed. Watch the video to check it out!

 

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THE GAME ROOM

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Brian says: The idea for the basement game room was to create a space that feels like a lounge you might find if you went out with friends. When you go into this basement it definitely feels like you’ve gone someplace unique! Believe it or not, I found out the Today Show had invited me to to record my house tour just a few days in advance, and so we turned around this spot in just THREE days! There was literally no pool table at the time, (although it had already been scheduled to come on Friday, the wallpaper came on Saturday, (as well as the floor tiles!) and by Sunday we were covered in paint and glue and drinking wine to celebrate it’s completion! I recorded the final video that Monday.

Some people might not think to take a bright basement and make it dark, but that was our first instinct. Clubs are dark and moody, and we wanted this to feel like that. We painted the walls Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore, which is a very dark gray that seems to take on different hues based on where you paint it and the light that shines on it. We painted the ceiling black. This was Thursday night! Then Friday the pool table came. The floor tiles (“Tweed Indeed” in black by Flor) hadn’t arrived until the next day, so when they did arrive I meticulously trimmed four tiles to fit around the pool table legs so it looks like they were there the whole time. I had ordered the pool table online weeks before from PoolTables.com and by sheer coincidence it was scheduled to arrive in time for me to shoot the redesign. This was the second time I have ordered a pool table from them (which was initially scary because you’re not even seeing it beforehand!) but it always arrives in perfect condition to your specific selections. I love that the felt jet black and keeps things dark and moody. In the time that has passed since this photo was taken, I’ve added more of the carpet tiles to make the carpeted floor area darker and bigger.

But once again, the wall mural steals the show in a marvelous way! This mural is called “A Priori” from Rebelwalls, and is inspired by The Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power, a famous fresco by Italian artist Pietro da Cortona. Fitting, because this house is Italian in style on the outside. You can’t see it from this photo but the wallpaper runs up part of the ceiling as well. It truly gives the room a wow factor when you enter it. The lamps are from Homegoods, (we’ve since added some industrial floor lamps for extra mood lighting) and the piano was something we brought with us. The bar tables are from Amazon ($72 each) and the stools we brought with us – they were discards from someone who didn’t like their original bright colors and thought they were dated! We covered them ourselves with gray plaid fabric and they’re better than they were new!

 

So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed the rooms and find something you like!

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The Pentagon Has Released Official UFO Videos Because 2020 Is The Absolute Worst

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Aren’t swarms of locusts supposed to be the next installment of this plague?!

Can we finally declare 2020 as the worst year ever? In January there were fears of a third World War. In February the coronavirus began its rapid spread. In March the world essentially shut down due to social distancing and quarantining. And now in April…with only two days left in the month…we have official government footage of unidentified flying objects. I’m sorry but Milton Bradley’s game of “Life” never prepared me for any of this!

The Pentagon has confirmed the authenticity of three videos that have been circulating the web but didn’t really answer what is visible in them. In the videos, now declassified by the Department of Defense, navy pilots capture “unidentified aerial phenomena” aka unidentified flying objects aka UFOs! Pentagon officials were sure to state that the videos do not show “any sensitive capabilities or systems,” meaning we probably won’t be seeing any little green men any time soon.

The first video dates back to November 2004 and the other two from January 2015. Of the Pentagon’s confirmation of authenticity, Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough said the videos were released “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.”

So great. We now know that these strange videos are real but what exactly are we looking at? Well, the Department of Defense says it has no concrete answer as to what might be floating around the skies and has classified the phenomena as “unidentified.” And…just like that I suddenly feel less defended.

Social media is having a field day with this revelation of course. The #AliensAreReal has been trending high on Twitter since the news broke. One user referenced Independence Day and said the aliens are “getting ready for July 4th.” Of the bad timing, another wrote “Et tu aliens?” And finally one user couldn’t help avoid sarcasm and wrote”Where’s the space force when you need it?”

Well 2020, you have worked your awful black magic once again. What’s next, cat videos get banned from the internet?! You’ve taken everything else from us!

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Priest Accidentally Forgets To Turn Off Filters Before Live Streaming Mass

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The internet is having a field day with the innocent mistake of biblical proportions.

With new social distancing guidelines, many churches have closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And while that doesn’t justify all the wine you’ve been chugging during your self quarantine, it does have many people practicing their faith from their homes. One Italian priest was just trying to recite a little prayer for his followers when he accidentally left a filter feature on during the broadcast! In the clip the priest is digitally adorned with a space helmet, workout gear, a fedora and sunglasses and more.

Social media went nuts for the video, which has now gone viral. One comment reads “He just doubled his holy power.” Another reads “Father, Son and Holy Influencer.” One commenter couldn’t resist a good pun and said the video is having a “Mass effect.”

Enjoy your daily blessing and take a look at the funny video below!

 

Priest in Italy live streams mass, activates filters by mistake from r/funny

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