Ellen DeGeneres Might Have Just Given Her Most Generous Gift Ever

Move over, Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways, because Ellen DeGeneres may have just given out her most generous gift to date. The host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show made headlines on Monday when she gave away $1 million to high school athletes who had been directly affected by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Everything about this moment, which was captured in all its gloriousness on Monday’s episode, will leave you crying happy tears and Googling where you can send a donation check; DeGeneres’ generosity is that infectious.

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Here’s the 411 about DeGeneres’ major giveaway, as E! News reports it. During Monday’s episode, the student-athletes of Rockport-Fulton High School volleyball team in Rockport, Texas videochatted with DeGeneres during the show. Before they spoke with DeGeneres directly, a pre-taped clip was shown wherein some of the young women on the team got to speak about life before Harvey and what it meant to play in their high school gym, Gold Gym.

“Before [Hurricane] Harvey, I looked forward to my senior year and being able to have those moments that every senior gets and I kind of didn’t get those moments. But I think, overall, I got more out of it than I probably ever would have,” team member Allison Sanders explained in the clip. Her teammates echoed those sentiments, by and large.

One of Sanders’ teammates, Carys Hawkins, couldn’t fight the tears when she explained during her interview how the devastation of Hurricane Harvey affected her and her teammates. “The moment I realized how bad it was was when […] we got pictures of our gym and it was just everywhere. It was like a second home for us, and to see it destroyed was so devastating,” Hawkins explained.

Ellen DeGeneres Hurricane Harvey HS Gift YouTube

Ellen DeGeneres Hurricane Harvey HS Gift YouTube

Visibly moved by the pre-taped interviews, DeGeneres surprised the team and other Rockport-Fulton students who had gathered in the local middle school’s gymnasium. While the Rockport-Fulton students thought they were filming a video for the show, DeGeneres cut in to chat with them (once the surprise and excitement had worn off a bit, that is). Grab a tissue, because the way in which DeGeneres introduces her generous gift is really something else.

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“I know that your gym was more than just a gym to all of you,” she explained. “It was important to your entire community.” Then, DeGeneres went on to say that with the help of the Lowe’s Gives program, $1 million (which DeGeneres acknowledged might be the biggest donation ever made on the show) was going to go towards rebuilding the Gold Gym. Of course, the tears began to flow along with the excited cheers from everyone in that Rockport gym and, if you’re anything like me, you might have shed a couple of tears watching this all unfold, too.

DeGeneres’ amazing donation is unprecedented but it admittedly scans with the kind of charitable giving that she does regularly on her show. While she is known for the flashier giveaways associated with the aforementioned Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways, it is not uncommon to see her teaming up with various corporations and charities to give large sums of money to working mothers trying to pay their bills, army families a little reunion surprise and beyond. DeGeneres’ heart is truly one of the biggest and she spreading the love that makes it that big each and every day.

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All this generosity is truly next-level. If there’s one person worth emulating when it comes to showing compassion and kindness and endeavoring to give love whenever possible, it’s surely DeGeneres and the example she sets.


Kim Cattrall’s Boyfriend From Sex and the City Just Betrayed Her

Well, the feud between former Sex and the City costars Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker was recently reignited with some seriously terse words from Cattrall on Instagram, and it has now gotten even shadier. That’s because Jason Lewis, the actor who played the boyfriend of Samantha Jones, Cattrall’s SATC character, actually took a side in this feud while being interviewed on KTLA 5 earlier this week. And honey, you’re not gonna like which side Lewis took.

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Now, Lewis could have just pleaded the fifth and kept his mouth shut. He didn’t have to engage in the debate, and he certainly didn’t have to betray his former TV girlfriend, did he? But no, Lewis decided to wade into this celebrity feud by choosing Team SJP, and it’s just so, so rude, y’all.

While Lewis seemed reluctant to give any explicit reasons for his support of Parker, he managed to say a lot both explicitly and implicitly when explaining to the KTLA anchors why he has always liked Parker. “I just have to say that Sarah was always just so lovely and constantly professional,” he remarked. “I think people should remember their graciousness and the things that have been given to them.”

SATC Feud Jason Lewis Comments

SATC Feud Jason Lewis Comments

Uh, is that a dig at Cattrall? I can’t deal, but Lewis certainly could, because he continued to show his true colors by cheering for Team SJP.

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“I might just have to say yeah. What a gracious lady, she was always so good to me,” Lewis said, clearly getting a bit more hesitant to elaborate at this point in the interview. But the damage has already been done.

Everyone is likely tired of this feud (we’re all adults here, can we just bury the hatchet?), so it’s a bit irksome to see that Lewis – in the vein of Parker and Cattrall, who have recently sparred in the media – is playing into this whole taking sides business as well. While it’s understandable the Cattrall might be speaking out so vehemently because she is going through an incredibly tough time, both Parker and Lewis have had opportunities to squash any shady questions and have chosen not to.

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Come on, guys. Let’s just build a bridge and get over it already. It’s time.

Christmas-Inspired Baby Girl Names That Are Full of Holiday Magic

Christmas is good for a lot of things: bringing people together from across distances, generosity, twinkling lights, cookies-per-day consumption rates… and it also happens to be great for baby names.

Whether you’re expecting a baby girl around Christmas or just love the holidays and want to name your child accordingly, we have ideas for you. There are spiritual name ideas and seasonal ones, direct ties to the holiday as well as ones that won’t immediately identify your child as a wannabe elf.

Ready to get merry, bright and inspired? Check out these names.

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Unique Christmas girl names

These festive names capture the spirit of the season.

  • Holly: English name from the holly plant
  • Noelle: French name meaning “the Christmas festival”
  • December: Why not name your child after the Christmas month?
  • Natala: Italian name meaning “born at Christmas”
  • Natalii: French name meaning “born at Christmas”
  • Noeleen: French name meaning “Christmas”
  • Noble: For the popular noble fir Christmas tree
  • Tashia: This is the Russian form of the name Natalie, which means, “born at Christmas”
  • Candy: This name is as sweet as candy canes. It’s actually a Hebrew name meaning “dazzling white”
  • Eve: Hebrew name meaning “living and enlivening”
  • Starr:  English name meaning – you guessed it – “star”

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Spiritual girl names

If you are of Christian faith, you may want to name your baby girl a spiritual or biblical name inspired by Christmas.

  • Mary: Mary was the biblical mother of Christ
  • Angele: Greek name meaning “angel or messenger”
  • Abigail: Biblical origin – in the Old Testament, King David’s third wife
  • Hannah: Biblical mother of the prophet Samuel
  • Eden: The biblical Garden of Eden
  • Naomi: Hebrew name meaning “beautiful” or “agreeable”
  • Leah: First wife of Jacob in the Old Testament
  • Sarah: Name meaning “pure” or “happy”
  • Christiane: Greek name meaning “Christian”
  • Emmanuelle: Hebrew name meaning “faith”
  • Faith:  A Christian virtue name
  • Helen:  Latin name meaning “the bright one”
  • Caspar: The name of one of the three wise men
  • Egypt: Where Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled before staying in Nazareth

Check out our list of spiritual girl names for more great ideas.

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A version of this article was originally published in November 2015.

MUA Sparks Outrage After Crime Against Makeup Display Goes Viral

For some of us, entering a Sephora with money to burn and time to kill is an experience only rivaled by memories of recess. But it turns out that freewheeling through a makeup playground has its limits, as one MUA called out on Facebook.

Makeup artist Brittney Nelson snapped a photo of a ravaged Make Up For Ever display at a Sephora in Augusta, Georgia. The scene is triggering: more than $1,000-worth of shimmery, top-shelf pigments ravaged to smithereens.

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“$1300 of Make Up Forever eye shadow destroyed at Sephora tonight due to a small child,” Nelson’s post began. “I’m sure he/she thought they were like finger paints and had no idea how naughty they were being. Tons of destroyed product and pissed Sephora cast members are not a happy place to be. Mammas, please shop for your makeup without your tiny humans. It’s not fun for you…or them…or the expensive product.”

MUA viral response

MUA viral response

Her post went viral. While Nelson’s plea may have been well-intentioned, the suggestion for parents to leave the kids at home understandably rubbed many commenters the wrong way. Her post launched a broader discussion about mom-shaming and the assumption that all children behave similarly, not to mention the misinformed idea that all mothers have access to child care and can leave their kids at home with the nanny while they run errands.

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In an interview with Business Insider, Nelson admitted she didn’t actually see the crime against tester pigments take place. She assumed the culprit was a small child left to their own devices. “We walked in right as a lady and her kid were hustling out of there,” Nelson told Insider. “The glittery footprints helped us decipher it was a tiny human.”

Here’s hoping the destruction of makeup displays and mom-shaming are both shelved in 2018.

This May Be the Real Reason GoT’s Final Season Is Only Six Episodes

HBO is pulling out all the stops for Game of Thrones‘ final season, which is expected to begin shooting at the end of this year.

While Season 8 will only be comprised of six episodes, they will each be about the length of a feature film, and they will have the budget to match. Variety is reporting each episode will have a budget of $15 million, the highest in the show’s history.

To put that into perspective, Elle reports Season 2 was rumored to have cost $6 million an episode. Season 6 was at $10 million an episode and Season 7 was around $14 million an episode.

The upped budget makes sense not only for the fact that the episodes will be so much longer, but also because the special effects will no doubt need to be epic.

At $15 million we better see the return of Ghost, that’s all I’m sayin’.

There are also reports the show plans to film multiple endings in order to throw off hackers, which plagued Season 7. Can you imagine if the Season 8 finale was hacked and leaked online? That would be the biggest tragedy in television history. Of course HBO is keen on preventing this any way possible and, while multiple endings does seem like a good scheme, it also means more money.

HBO president of programming Casey Bloys commented to Deadline about the plans to shoot multiple endings, “You have to do that on a long show… Because when you’re shooting something, people know. So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no definitive answer until the end.”

Critically acclaimed shows like The Sopranos and Breaking Bad also used the strategy of multiple ending to throw snoops off the trail.

Not gonna lie, as a die-hard fan of the series, I almost wish the budget for the episodes would have been a bit higher. I know, greedy. But consider the fact that most sci-fi movies have budgets of about $100 million for just one film and suddenly $15 million seems like a tight sum when you factor in the dragons and White Walkers we need to see in every other upcoming scene.

Are you surprised by the $15 million budget per episode for Game of Thrones Season 8?

Andy Cohen Thinks President Trump Is Acting Like a Real Housewife

If you thought Real Housewives was just a reality show and not really reality, well, Donald Trump is probably making you realize right about now that there are actually people in this world who are rich, entitled, ready to jump at drama and just downright mean.

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Just in case you didn’t make the connection before between the president and your trashy television obsession, Andy Cohen is here to help you fill in the blanks.

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andy cohen donald trump facelift response

In case you missed it, Trump had this to say about journalist Mika Brzezinski this week on Twitter.

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donald trump facelift tweet 1

donald trump facelift tweet 2

donald trump facelift tweet 2

It all started when Brzezinski, co-host of the show Morning Joe, accused the White House of using a National Enquirer hit piece to attempt to coerce the hosts of the show into covering Trump more favorably.

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Instead of responding with dignity like a respectable human being, the president decided to go low and comment on Brzezinski’s looks. Because, as we’ve learned with this president, he loves a good shock tactic to deflect from the real issue at hand: His office tried to coerce the free press to influence its coverage. This from the man who calls the New York Times “fake news” every chance he gets. Seems just a little hypocritical, no? And by a little, I mean a lot. Like, the epitome of hypocritical.

This isn’t the first time Cohen has drawn parallels between Trump and the Housewives. In fact, it’s one of his favorite topics as of late. He even offered Kellyanne Conway a spot on the show if she got tired of doling out her “alternative facts” crap to the masses. I think she’d be a perfect addition.

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As for Trump, it would be really nice if he focused on something other than a woman’s looks. If he put this much energy into actually trying to do some good, like, I dunno, improving American lives, he would probably make a real difference. Wouldn’t that be nice.

McDonald’s Will Make a Major Change to Its Burgers in 2018

McDonald’s is synonymous with quick and cheap meals (and hangover breakfasts, let’s be real), but high-quality, fresh ingredients? Not so much. But the fast-food giant is hoping to flip-flop its reputation with the rollout of a new menu item that’s a serious departure from anything it’s done before –we’re talking fresh beef patties.

I think we’re all pretty used to the uniform gray, chewy, bizarrely synthetic yet meaty patties served at McDonald’s, and it would be hard to claim that they’re great. Fresh beef patties, like those used at Wendy’s, could change all that while also helping McDonald’s compete with fast-casual burger chains like Five Guys and Shake Shack.

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The downside (and reason McD’s hasn’t brought in fresh beef until now) is that it will, of course, take longer to cook a fresh beef Quarter Pounder. And that could seriously cramp the drive-thru’s ability to crank out quarter-pounders during its busiest times. Sure, it’ll only take about a minute longer to cook fresh beef patties than the usual frozen pucks that pass for burgers, but when there are 10 people waiting in line, those minutes add up.

But still, you’d probably be waiting less than five minutes total to get your meal, which is faster than any sit-down restaurant I know of. And in the test markets of Dallas and Oklahoma, the new fresh beef patties McDonald’s is testing have met with success.

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McD’s plans to introduce fresh beef Quarter Pounders to even more locations in Texas this year, and they’ll be available at most of its stores in 2018 (in addition to to regular pre-cooked Big Macs you’re used to).

I for one would be a lot more likely to stop in at McDonald’s if I knew it was using fresher ingredients – only time will tell if this helps McDonald’s keep up with its fresh meat-hawking competitors.