Ellen DeGeneres aired a message today to anyone who takes issue with her sexuality: "haters are motivators." After JC Penney signed on the talk-show host as its new spokeswoman, the "conservative, pro-family" group One Million Moms called for a boycott. Ellen told her audience, "This organization doesn't think that I should be the spokesperson because I'm gay. For those of you who are just tuning in for the first time, it's true. I'm gay. I hope you were sitting down." The group had released a statement accusing JC Penney of "jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon" by hiring Ellen. But as Ellen pointed out, "Being gay or pro-gay isn't a bandwagon. You don't get a free ride anywhere. There's no music. Occasionally we'll sing 'We Are Family,' but that's about it." Watch Ellen look over the support she's received from her fans and explain her traditional values now in this moving, and of course humorous, clip.
Last night The Bachelor's final nine became six, as three contestants' search for love ended in a tearful limo ride home. While the departure of two of the booted ladies surprised us, there was one woman we weren't shocked to see go. Quiet Jamie, a self-described prude, finally made her move on Ben, and to say it was awkward would be an understatement. Jamie's attempts at upping the sex factor and "teaching" Ben how to kiss was too much, too late, and has to take the prize for most cringe-inducing moment in The Bachelor's history (which is saying something after 16 seasons). Watch the painful scene now!
Kristen Bell has been killing it on the talk-show circuit recently. Following her adorable sloth story on Ellen, last night on Conan, the actress outlined her philosophy on a man's butt, or like she likes to call it, his cupcakes. In fact, according to Kristen, men and their butts fall into various categories. If you don't have cupcakes, you might have "flap-jack buns." Conan then made up his own classification for himself. Watch the two discuss this special part of the male anatomy — as Kristen explains, "behind is where you want to be."
Sex sells — especially for Super Bowl ads — and year after year, major companies try to get away with the raciest, steamiest ads possible, often at the expense of women. Cars, food, technology — it doesn't matter what the product is; these ads throw in a hot, skin-baring woman for distraction and buzz. Ahead of the big game tomorrow, let's look back at some of the most scandalous ads in the last few years. And maybe one day we'll see more Super Bowl ads that show women some respect.
Skechers: "Kim Kardashian For Shape-Ups"
Kim teases her trainer by telling him he's "the best she's ever had, but it's not working out," and she prefers her Shape-Up Skechers over him. This 2011 ad is confusing and mismarketed, because it's eye candy for men, yet targeting women. Plus, no woman in her right mind would pass up that smokin' trainer for a pair of sneakers.
Last night on Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope introduced us to a new holiday we want to start celebrating immediately: "Galentine's Day." Each Feb. 13, Leslie hosts a brunch for her girlfriends, giving them thoughtful gifts like a facial gift certificate or a needlepoint pillow with their face on it and the lead news headline from the day they were born. See why Galentine's Day, a day about celebrating lady friends, should be a national holiday in a clip from last night's episode.
On Conan last night, John Krasinski told an embarrassing (and hilarious) story of when he and wife Emily Blunt first met President Obama at the Kennedy Center Honors in December. He poked fun at Emily's super-giggly reaction to Obama's kind words, and then admitted his own reaction wasn't exactly cool and collected. Watch the cute clip now!
Presidential couples — they're just like us! In this sneak peek clip from tomorrow's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, First Lady Michelle Obama tells Ellen that her husband Barack doesn't pick up his socks, something we can probably all relate to! She adds that he thinks he's cleaner than he actually is, and tells some pretty funny anecdotes about the president's messy behavior. Watch the clip now!
Regardless of what goes down in the Fantasy Suite, we never see too much nudity on The Bachelor. But last night, with tons of women left in the running, one contestant decided the regular bikini wardrobe offered too much coverage. Model Courtney, who wondered aloud whether Ben had ever gone skinny-dipping with a model (did I mention she's a model?), surprised bachelor Ben at his hotel room. They proceeded to strip down and jump in the ocean in Puerto Rico. Courtney was proud of her conquest, but Ben had second thoughts, saying: "Courtney and I shared a very intimate moment and right now I feel kind of crappy about what happened." Watch the insanity now, and if you tuned in, share your thoughts in the comments.
Perfume commercials are always trying to be provocative and sexy to attract consumers, but the new ads for Paco Rabane Black XS seem to be reaching out in a very different way: specifically, to glam rock fans in the early punk era. What else could possibly explain this frenetic new ad, which has everything a young David Bowie could want: Iggy Pop sensuously wrapping himself in an American flag, models licking a Damien Hirst-y jewel-encrusted skull, a couple writhing in money like a pair of proto-punk Scrooge McDucks, etc. It's as if someone turned Velvet Goldmine into a perfume.
As big fans of Mr. Stardust and his spiders from Mars, the campy elements of the ad are pretty appealing to us. But given the otherwise small overlap between perfumistas and '70s-rock aficionados, this spot seems pretty niche indeed. Still, it's always nice to see Iggy, and maybe now, with a perfume campaign under his belt, he can finally fulfill his beauty destiny by starting a hair care line.