There seems to be some regret going around when it comes to host Megyn Kelly’s first outings on “Today.”
Actress and activist Debra Messing of “Will & Grace” told a follower on Instagram that she wasn’t informed she’d be on Kelly’s first show, saying, ““Honestly I didn’t know it was MK until that morning. The itinerary just said Today show appearance. Regret going on. Dismayed by her comments.”
The former Fox News personality also got an amusing takedown by John Oliver, who ran pithy clips of her aggressive commentary on that network — zinger the likes of, “For all you kids watching at home, Santa is white; Jesus was a white man too — after she claimed to be aspiring to be a “unifying force” in a promo spot for “Today.”
On Wednesday’s show, Jane Fonda snapped at the host after a question about plastic surgery.
When Kelly said to the gorgeous 79-year-old, “I read you felt you’re not proud to admit you had work done, why not?” Fonda paused for a second, glared, and said, “We really want to talk about that now?” before finishing: “Thanks. Good attitude. Good posture. Take care of myself.”
Fonda, really on the show to talk about her new film with Robert Redford, said, “Let me tell you why I love this movie that we did, ‘Our Souls at Night’ rather than plastic surgery.”
Redford looked at Fonda, laughed, and said, “Back to that, huh!”
William R. Hearst III of the famed publishing dynasty is introducing a new quarterly print and online publication, called Journal of Alta California, designed to “bring together the best thinkers on California and current issues,” in a literary fashion similar to that of the New Yorker, but from a Western point of view; the first issue, coming Oct. 3, has Frank Gehry on the cover.
MasterClass (www.masterclass.com) a San Francisco company offering online courses by famous instructors, has added filmmaker Martin Scorsese to its list of lecturers; students may pre-enroll for the course, which costs $90 and starts in 2018, now. Pre-enrollment also has started for classes with the aforementioned Frank Gehry (design and architecture), Diane von Furstenberg (building a fashion brand), Garry Kasparov (chess), and Herbie Hancock (jazz).
KEEPING UP WITH BABIES
New reports indicating that Khloe Kardashian is expecting her first child with NBA player Tristan Thompson have come just days after news that her sister Kylie Jenner is expecting. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian-West is expecting a third child with husband Kanye West via surrogate.
Actress Hilary Duff is 30. .. Basketball player Anderson Varejao is 35. … Singer St. Vincent is 35. … Rapper Young Jeezy is 40. … Actress Naomi Watts is 49. … Actress Mira Sorvino is 50. … Actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo is 53. … Actress Brigitte Bardot is 83.
— Staff, wire reports