Blog Posts by Ali Wentworth

  • Why Women Love 'Deadliest Catch'

    "Deadliest Catch" follows captains and their crews who risk their lives in fishing vessels in the Bering Sea. One of those captains is Keith Colburn, the head of crab-fishing boat "The Wizard," and even he was surprised when he realized how popular the reality show is with one particular audience.

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    "There's a huge female following," Keith says of the show. The captain recalled a promotion at a supermarket in Texas where he asked a group of excited female fans why they watch. They said, "Seven guys on a boat! All guys and it's real dangerous, duh."

    The danger might be thrilling to watch on television, but it's completely serious for the captain, who protects his crew in life-threatening situations nearly every year at sea. The scariest situation he's ever been in? Almost losing his entire crew in Season 5. "I took a gigantic wave that almost took out six guys in one fell swoop," Keith says. "That was one of the worst."

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  • Why You Should Always Tip the Waitstaff

    Comedian Carol Leifer is a four-time Emmy nominee for her writing on "Seinfeld," "Modern Family," and "Saturday Night Live," and now she's sharing her wisdom from a 37-year career in her new book, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying."

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    Her best advice? She quotes the oft-cited "’Find a job that you love, and you'll never work a day in your life.’ And then I think stick-to-it-iveness and tenacity. … I talk about doing the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, but that happened after auditioning 22 times."

    The comedian has one other important piece of advice for anyone trying to make it in show biz: Always tip the waitstaff. "I've been around long enough that I've actually run into women who've made it as performers and commented that they waited on me and I was a nice tipper," Carol says, remembering a run-in with Kate Flannery from "The Office," who waited on Carol years before Flannery’s TV debut.

    Carol also

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  • Shawn Ashmore Divulges Kevin Bacon's Pranks on Set

    On Fox's "The Following," Shawn Ashmore plays trusty FBI agent Mike Weston, but even though he's a popular main character, it doesn't mean his job is safe. "What I think is so great about the show is that we do lose main characters," Shawn says. "It raises the stakes."

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    During the first season of the show, the creators offered a disclaimer to the staff. "They sat us all down and said, 'Listen, some people in this room will not make it through the first season. It's not because we don't like you, it's not because we don’t like your performance or the character, but that's the kind of show that we're making.'" Shawn says that when he receives a script, he automatically flips to the end to make sure he's not killed off. "I don't know how I survive!"

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    Now that his character has made it through Season 2, Shawn's had time to grow closer with his fellow cast mates, and with such a heavy plot,

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  • Why You're Not Getting Results at the Gym

    If you're working out regularly and not seeing results, it might be time to take a good look at your gym habits. Bahar Takhtehchian is the editor-at-large of Shape magazine, and she shared six mistakes keeping you from getting the results you want.1. Bad posture. "A lot of times you'll be at the gym and you'll see people hunched over," Bahar says. "That's a bad thing because when your body's hunched over, that's causing your muscles to exert more effort to stabilize." Incorrect form also causes your body to use up more oxygen.

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    2. Working out on an empty stomach. "Up until an hour beforehand, you want to take in 200 to 250 calories, because if you don't have energy, you're not going to be able to actually go through your workout," Bahar says.

    3. Chronic stress. Extreme stress causes your body to release the hormone cortisol. "Studies have shown that when you release cortisol, you're not able to recover as well after you work out," Bahar

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  • Anna Chlumsky: My Baby Is Gaga-Approved

    The last time Anna Chlumsky joined Ali on "Daily Shot," the expectant mom was looking forward to the birth of her daughter, Penelope. Just six months after the little bundle of joy's arrival, Anna's daughter was already having Hollywood moments.

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    Anna brought her family to London for a "Veep" shoot and happened to be staying in the same hotel as Lady Gaga. Anna's nanny was in the lobby with the baby when the eccentric pop star descended the stairway in a signature wild outfit. She looked into the stroller and simply said, "Gorgeous."

    "She's Gaga-approved!" Anna says.

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    The actress is looking forward to the new season of "Veep," which brings her character, Amy Brookheimer, the vice president's chief of staff, onto the campaign trail. "It's just basically opening the doors to our mayhem," Anna teases.

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  • Dawn Cutillo: Are Your Hormones Making You Crazy?

    As you get older, you might notice that you're losing sleep, your hair is thinning, and your waist is getting thicker. What's going on? Dawn Cutillo is a holistic health practitioner and the author of "The Hormone 'Shift'," and she stopped by "Daily Shot" with some answers.

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    How do you know if you're premenopausal? "Basically, you feel like you have PMS every day," Dawn says. "You start to gain weight, you have problems with your mood, you can't sleep as well … and then you get the hot flashes." That shows you may be starting to enter "the change."

    Hot flashes result from dips in estrogen levels, and they're a sign that "the ovaries are starting to shut down," Dawn explains. But what triggers these unpleasant episodes is actually falling blood sugar — something to keep in mind when you're about to have caffeine or a sugary snack.

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    Still, Dawn says there is one way to ease the effects of shifting

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  • The Surprisingly High Chance Your Date is Lying About THIS

    From lightning strikes to love at first sight, you've probably wondered, "What are the chances?" Founder and president of "The Book of Odds," Amram Shapiro stopped by "Daily Shot" to reveal the most shocking statistics about life, love, and death.

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    What are the chances that you'll be struck by lightning? About one in a million. But if you're one of the unlucky few to get hit by a bolt, it may not be over. "The odds of surviving a lightning strike are 90 percent," Amram says. "To put that into context, those are about the same odds that a household has a family Bible."

    What are the odds you'll meet your match on a blind date? If a friend offers to set you up, don't let your hopes get too high. "Blind dates are right up there with dental procedures," Amram says. "They're not very successful. Only one in 34.5 blind dates produce a long-term relationship."

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    And if you decide to turn to online dating,

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  • Bam Margera: Why He Had to Apologize to Virgin Airlines

    As a star of shows like "Jackass," "Viva La Bam," and "Bam's World Domination," Bam Margera has performed his fair share of exciting, dangerous, and straight-up dumb stunts for TV. He stopped by "Daily Shot" to talk about some of his best moments.

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    What's the scariest thing he's ever done? "Doing the loop on a skateboard," he says, referring to a 20-foot loop he skated in 2005. Apparently, his fear only motivates him to do the stunt bigger and better. "Now me and Danny Way are going for a 40-foot one in the Caribbean on June 1st," Bam says.

    The stupidest thing he's ever done? "It wasn't actually on film, but I fell asleep on Virgin Airlines in the bathroom, drunk," Bam says of one fateful flight. "They had to jimmy the door open just to find me passed out half naked. I had to write Richard Branson an apology letter."

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    Bam's back at it again with "Bam's Bad Ass Game Show," which features competitors vying against each other in

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  • Marlo Thomas: 'I Didn't Listen to My Husband for 10 Years'

    Actress, producer, and activist Marlo Thomas has won four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy over her storied career. She's also been happily married to talk show host Phil Donahue for nearly 35 years.

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    What's the secret to the couple's long and happy marriage? "Aside from loving each other and having a good chemistry is listening to each other," Marlo says. "I really don't think I listened to Phil for several years. … I was too busy advising him." One day, 10 years into their marriage, Phil said, "Could you just nod? I don't really want any advice, I just want to talk about it." Marlo says the lesson about the importance of listening has since helped her with all of her relationships.

    The "Free to Be… You & Me" creator's most recent project is her new book, "It Ain't Over … Till It's Over: Reinventing Your Life — and Realizing Your Dreams — Anytime, at Any Age," which features 60 examples of women throughout the

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  • Josh and Fergie "Don't Want to Raise a Kid That's Entitled"

    The last time Josh Duhamel stopped by "Daily Shot,” he said he and pregnant wife Fergie "just wanted to raise a normal kid." Now that baby Axl is here, has the couple stayed true to their parenting promise?

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    "For the first two years, my sole job as a parent is just to keep him alive," Josh says, but beyond that, the hunky dad wants to make sure Axl appreciates hard work. He and Fergie hope to "teach the kid how to understand that not everything is just handed to you," Josh says. "We don't want to raise a kid that's entitled, or a brat."

    How? Josh's family leads by example. The actor follows in his mom's footsteps by encouraging others to get involved. "My mother volunteers for everything, it doesn't matter what," he says. Now, Josh is working with the Advil Relief in Action campaign to encourage others to make a pledge to volunteer in their communities. "It's really important that people give back in some way," he says. "This is an opportunity to do

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