In 1988, there was a show about a teacher named Miss Bliss that transformed into the show “Saved By The Bell.” The executives must have thought the students were way more awesome than the teacher. If there’s anything “Saved By The Bell” is famous for, it’s the fact that Mario Lopez had that curly 80s mullet and was still considered a heartthrob. Also, look what happened to Screech. Fans of Jimmy Fallon got a taste of nostalgia when most of the main cast reunited for a sketch on his show! Missing was Lisa Turtle and Screech. Imagine what it’s like to be Screech right now. You can’t because it’s too much to bear. Let’s see what everyone’s been up to.
Mario Lopez who played AC Slater has been hosting a bunch of stuff, writing memoirs, and being a fitness guru. “He doesn’t age!” they all say. On the show, he was the quarterback of the football team as well as a wrestler and basketball player. The Slater role was originally written to be Caucasian and the show explained that his father changed their last name from Sanchez to Slater for military academy.
There was an US Weekly article that said Tiffani Thiessen “awkwardly reunites with Dennis Haskins.” How awkward was it? Dennis Haskin played Mr. Belding and was on in small roles. You may have seen him in “How I Met Your Mother” and “Mad Men.” They said she made a half-hearted smile when Haskins went to shake her hand on the “Today” show. This is what Taylor Swift would call “bad blood.”
Lisa Turtle was Screech’s crush on the show. She was also played by Lark Voorhies. She had a 2012 meltdown, according to Gawker. Voorhies’ mother claimed her daughter was bipolar. “She would frequently stop mid-sentence and stare off, mumbling to herself to others who weren’t there,” said the mother. Voorhies was last seen in a 2012 movie called “Little Creeps.” Her publicist said she could not be a part of the Jimmy Fallon skit because of her intense work schedule. Is she making “Little Creeps 2?”
It ain’t so bad when you can marry up in the world! That’s what Elizabeth Berkley did when she married Ralph Lauren’s nephew Greg Lauren. Think of all the clothes she could get discounted! She used to play AC Slater’s girl Jessie Spano. Berkley went on “Bethenny” to talk about her dislike of the costumes for Spano. “I didn’t like it because I felt as a young woman, just because you are a feminist, why can’t you also dress in things that make you feel girly,” said Berkley.
Tiffani Thiessen was AC Slater’s girlfriend Kelly Kapowski. She was on “White Collar.” The “Jimmy Fallon” sketch gave her the least screen time. Check your local listings for the Cooking Channel if you want to see her. A show called “Dinner At Tiffani’s” will premiere on February 25. She’ll have guests like Jason Priestley and Seth Green! Her secret for hosting a dinner party is to make your guests feel at home with alcohol.
How did he keep that big phone tucked into his back pocket in the sketch? Zack Morris, played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar, was a prankster and ladies man. In 2011, Gosselaar starred in “Franklin & Bash,” a show about unconventional lawyers who are longtime friends. He is currently on “CSI.” Speaking about Screech’s tell-all book, he said, “Everything that I’ve heard about his book is negative and I don’t remember those things. My experience on the show was very positive.”
We were all rooting for you, Screech. Dustin Diamond allegedly picked up more than 2,000 women at Disneyland. On December 25, 2014, he was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and carrying a concealed weapon at the Grand Avenue Saloon. His book called “Behind the Bell” contained dirty secrets of his co-stars who then criticized his statements. His attorney Thomas Alberti said, “He has a very active calendar of appearances, comedy gigs and the like.” But being on Fallon’s show is a great gig!
Ed Alonzo played a diner owner who was in 20 episodes of “Saved by the Bell.” You may also have seen him in “Full House” and “America’s Next Top Model.” He apparently worked with Britney Spears for her 2009 “The Circus Starring Britney Spears” show. All eyes on him in the center of the ring just like a circus! His Twitter revealed that he taped an episode of the CW show “Masters of Illusion.” There’s a blurry pic of him holding a poor duck!
Tori Scott played by Leanna Creel was the new girl who rode a motorcycle and always wore a leather jacket. She only appeared in half of her season. Creel was actually in “The Cell,” that movie where Jennifer Lopez dresses up like the Virgin Mary and sees that horse get sliced up into pieces. Creel received her Master’s degree in film and TV from UCLA. She married Rinat Greenburg in 2008.
Leah Remini played a girl named Stacey Carosi who was the daughter of a club owner. She, of course, develops romantic feelings for Zack and they hide their relationship from her dad. Remini said, “My agents actually told me if I took the job, they would no longer represent me. I took the show because I loved the show.” Remini left the Church of Scientology and is allegedly planning to sue the church. A former Scientology spokesman named Mark Rinder said he spoke with Remini about lawsuits based on refunds.
Screech actually got a girlfriend! Her name was Violet Anne Bickerstaff. She wore pigtails and big glasses. This girl was played by Tori Spelling. She had a show called “True Tori” that displayed her husband’s cheating and her breakdowns. Mila Kunis told Conan that the reality show made her uncomfortable. “It was horrible. She had children on the show and poor thing, I just wanted to be like, ‘You need help,'” said Kunis.
Eric Dane was McSteamy coming out of steam-filled bathrooms half-naked on “Grey’s Anatomy.” But did you know he was also a boyfriend of Stacey Carosi on “Saved by the Bell?” During the Malibu Sands Beach Club episodes, he was their opponent in an annual volleyball competition. A nude threesome tape of Eric Dane and his wife Rebecca Gayheart was leaked in 2009. It starred former teen beauty queen Kari Anne Peniche.
Scooby-dooby Doo! Casey Kasem, the voice actor for that famous mystery-solving shaggy guy named Shaggy, was on two episodes of “Saved by the Bell.” He was the host of a dance contest at the max and was a character on the episode where Zack dreams of his band. Kasem voiced Shaggy for 28 years. Asked if he ever noticed the subtext of marijuana behind Shaggy, Kasem said, “There wasn’t anything like that at all.”
Denise Richards played a girl in the final episode filmed at the Malibu Sands Beach Club. She tries to go after Slater and pretends to drown so he’ll rescue her. This sounds like that Beyonce movie “Obsessed.” Richards married Charlie Sheen in 2001 and filed for divorce in 2005. Richards appeared in “Twisted” a mystery-thriller teen drama. ABC Family announced that it would not be renewed for a second season.
Jimmy Fallon played the new student at Bayside High in the sketch inspired by the show. He even mentioned Nicole Kidman and how he would maybe one day date her. Kidman never showed up! You can’t name-drop Kidman and not have her show up when you know that’s what the people want. The best parts were probably the big phones, pregnant Kelly Kapowski, and Jimmy calling out Elizabeth for stripping in her movie.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.