Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Joan Rivers dies at 81

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I think many of us knew this news was coming, but it’s still very sad nonetheless: Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81.

From People:

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” daughter Melissa said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

“She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.”

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Very sad for the world of comedy, for sure. Regardless of whether you liked Joan Rivers or not, she was a legend (and didn’t give a shit whether you did, anyway). Hopefully she’s resting in peace.

Rosie Perez is headed to ‘The View’

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Well, here’s a casting I didn’t see coming. Rosie Perez, who infamously called Jennifer Lopez a “ghetto biatch” (and starred in many an iconic movie, of course) is headed to The View as one of the new panelists this fall. Nicolle Wallace is going, too, but I have no idea who she is, so I’m ignoring that.

From US Weekly:

“Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace round out the panel officially joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell next season,” ABC confirmed in a statement to Us Weekly on Sept. 3. ABC adds the new season will be “unlike any in recent history” and premieres live on Monday, Sept. 15.

“These are powerful and accomplished women from different walks of life who have had amazing personal and professional experiences. Each brings incredible perspective and information to the table,” executive producer Bill Wolff adds. “This mix of smart, vibrant and energetic women is unlike anything else on daytime television.”

Huh. Well, I doubt anyone will be watching it still because The View is stale as shit, but nice try. Also, Nicolle Wallace is apparently a conservative political commentator, so that should be great… not. I get that the point of bringing conservatives on the panel is to stir up tension and discussion, but they’re always spilling some hateful bullshit and I just don’t have time for it.

I bet Rosie will be hilarious, though.

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Rosario Dawson was a virgin until she was 20

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In today’s “big fuckin’ whoop” news of the day, Rosario Dawson apparently found it important to let Cosmopolitan for Latinas know that she was a late bloomer in the romance department and didn’t actually have sex until she was 20, because I guess that’s a big deal these days when kids are screwing each other before they know what sex actually is.

What were your teenage years like?
I was an awkward teenager. I went stag to my prom. I was dating one guy in elementary school who made me hold hands at recess, and then he broke up with me to go with a girl who would make out. I found out about it at school and for some reason the school bully wanted to beat me up for that.

Really? Because you were, like, the symbol of sexiness when you first hit the movie scene in the ’90s.
I was a virgin until I was 20 years old! My mother was raising five kids on her own, I wasn’t just going to sit back and be a horny teenager and continue some cycle of teenage pregnancy — I wanted more opportunities; I wanted to be the first person in my family to go to college.

I think it’s totally commendable that she wanted to break the chain of teenage pregnancy in her family and accomplish things, for sure. I just feel like we should be encouraging more girls to do that, or educating kids a bit better so that this is the norm, not the exception.

Also, it seems that “awkward teenager” phase didn’t last long. She looks fantastic!

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