Blog Posts by Ali Wentworth

  • What Would Brian Boitano Do?

    Brian Boitano won the Olympic figure skating gold in 1988, and now he's preparing to represent his country in an entirely new role at 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi: as a member of the U.S. delegation.

    "It's such an incredible delegation to be on," he says. "The message that President Obama is sending us over to deliver of diversity and tolerance is such an incredible message."

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    It was that display of tolerance that inspired him to make a big statement of his own. He publicly came out as gay shortly after being appointed to the delegation, something he never planned on doing. "I'm a really private guy. ... I reserved that side of my life for family and friends," Brian says. "I was never in or out. I just was."

    He's looking forward to watching the American figure skating team in Sochi, where he suggests we keep our eye on one specific athlete with a big potential for gold. "The girl who has the best chance is Ashley Wagner," he says.

    The

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  • Rev Run: The Out-of-Control Night That Changed My Life

    He's a hip-hop legend, a practicing minister, and a soon-to-be grandfather, but Rev Run says things just wouldn't have fallen into place if it hadn't been for one eye-opening night in his past.

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    Rev recalled one night of excess in his youth when his newfound fame went to his head. Run was in a presidential suite, calling in for food, drugs, and women to be brought to his door. "I was sitting in the Jacuzzi eating the pancakes, syrup was falling in the tub, as the weed ashes were falling in the tub... as Rolling Stone was knocking at the front door," he recalls. "And that's why this collar's wrapped around my neck — because I was excessive."

    Rev soon realized that he was falling into the temptations of fame and losing control. "It was all going to go down at once," he says. "I thought I had everything, but everything actually had me."

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    Now, he's excited about his most recent project, "Rev Run's

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  • Katie Lee: Food Myth or Fact

    Have you ever wondered if sea salt is better than table salt? Or if gum really takes seven years to digest? Katie Lee, celebrity chef and host of Food Network’s new series “The Kitchen” is here to clear up some common culinary controversies.

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    Fact: Alcohol stays in a dish after baking. If you’re cooking it on the stovetop, you can definitely cook it all off, but if you’re baking it in the oven, you can’t,” Katie explains. “So you can get a little bit tipsy from the bourbon apple pie.”

    Myth: Sea salt is better than table salt. “It has the same amount of sodium,” Katie says. “But some people think the sea salt is better for you because it’s not processed.”

    Myth: You must throw away meringue if you get egg yolk in it. “This used to be a fact, but now it’s a myth,” Katie explains. While the fat in an egg yolk would traditionally ruin a meringue being prepared by hand, Katie says “electric mixers now are so strong, that they can

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  • Sam Witwer on the Dangers of Acting

    On "Being Human," Sam Witwer plays Aidan Waite, a 260-year-old vampire who attempts to live as close to a moral life as possible despite his innate desire for fresh blood. You can probably guess that playing a vampire in a science-fiction series has its share of occupational hazards, and Sam remembers one fiery accident.

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    When he was shooting a fire scene on "Being Human," the flames got so close that they singed off part of his eyelashes and most of his hair. "They had to trim my hair to get rid of all the dead hair." Apparently, injuries are not a rare occurrence for the actor, who says he gets hurt "all the time" while on the job.

    Prior to "Being Human," Sam played one part in particular that helped him branch out. The actor says it was his role as the disturbed character Neil Perry on "Dexter" that allowed him to move beyond his acting image. "It was a different type of character. Before then, I'd only been hired for thugs," he

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  • How Ciara Deals With Haters

    R&B singer Ciara recently announced her pregnancy after a whirlwind 2013 that included a new album and an engagement to rapper beau Future (complete with a 15-carat diamond ring). With so many positive things going on in her life, the singer has no time for those who post nasty things about her online.

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    She recently wrote an open letter about the state of social media, specifically to bloggers and commenters who spread hate. Why did she do it? "People have been getting out of control," she says. "It's taking away the excitement and the cool factor of creativity" in online posts. Ciara says that she "always tries to turn negativity into positivity." "If you're taking your time to write about me, there has to be something special," she says. "I'm living my dream. I'm doing what I want to do every day, and actually, I'm getting paid while you're writing about me!"

    Ciara says she's in a "really comfortable creative place" at this point in her life.

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  • How to Get the Best Online Deals

    Online shopping is supposed to make things easier, but that's not enough — we want everything to be cheaper, too! Katie Finnegan and Erica Bell are the founders of the shopping resource Hukkster, and they're helping online shoppers make the most of the Internet to score great deals.

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    On Hukkster.com, shoppers can install a special toolbar that allows them to pin certain items they want to buy. "We'll track the product for you and notify you when the price drops," Erica explains. Forget time spent comparison shopping; Hukkster will do the work for you.

    Want to get stuff for free? Services such as PinchMe will send you free products in exchange for reviews. "You just have to give a little feedback on what you thought about it," Katie says.

    Katie and Erica are fans of subscription services like Birchbox, which sends subscribers a box of sample-sized new beauty products every month for $10 a month. "It's a great opportunity to try things," Katie

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  • Take Your Vitamins With a Shot Glass

    The holidays are over, but don't put away those shot glasses just yet. Lauren Slayton, nutritionist and author of "The Little Book of Thin," says, "Shots are the new vitamins," and taking the right ones can give your health a serious boost.

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    The first shot she recommends is sea buckthorn liquid, which comes from a berry that tastes similar to a sour candy. "If you have sad winter skin and hair, this is your answer," Lauren says of the supplement, which strengthens nails, skin, and hair.

    In need of an immunity boost? If you feel a cold coming on, Lauren recommends a shot of astragalus. "It's a root that's been used in Chinese medicine for centuries," she explains. Simply mix a dropperful of the astragalus liquid in water and drink, to enhance the immune system.

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    Those who have used aloe vera on a sunburn might be surprised to learn that consuming juice from the plant can also serve a helpful purpose. "It's really for GI

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  • Audrina Patridge: What I Wouldn't Do on 'The Hills'

    How much "reality" actually occurs on a reality television show? Not much, according to Audrina Patridge, who starred in MTV's popular series "The Hills," which followed the personal and professional lives of young people in Los Angeles.

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    "You just kind of have to roll with it and hype it up," Audrina says of the fabricated drama that producers encouraged on the show. "Kristin and I had to constantly get into fights over Justin, and I was actually dating someone else in my real life. That got hard because I was living two different lives."

    Audrina says there was one story line in which she refused to participate. "At one point they wanted Brody and I to date," she says of co-star Brody Jenner, who also dated Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari on the show. "I know a lot about Brody, and I don't know if that would ever work."

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    The reality TV star says she's a different person today than the Audrina we saw

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  • How to Cook the Perfect Steak

    As the founder and CEO of Uncle Jack's Steakhouse in New York City, Willie Degel knows a thing or two about cooking a great steak. The "Restaurant Stakeout" host stopped by Daily Shot to share his wisdom on the subject of cooking the perfect piece of meat.

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    Willie says there are two major mistakes the home cook makes when preparing steak. "They don't season it properly, and they overflip it. They'll flip it four or five times during the process at home," he explains. Flipping just once will preserve the flavor and keep the meat from drying out. As for proper seasoning, only three ingredients are needed: a great olive oil or butter, kosher salt, and pepper.

    Not sure what to look for when choosing meat? "If you really want a great steak, you want more fat and marbling, and you want a little fat around the perimeter." The fat will caramelize and add moisture to the meat, helping to develop a nice, crispy crust.

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  • Surprising Kitchen Cures for Acne, Love Handles & More

    Want to get rid of your muffin top? It may be as easy as looking in your pantry. Peggy Kotsopoulos, a nutritionist and the author of "Kitchen Cures," says certain foods can help alleviate common health complaints.

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    If you're looking for shinier hair, Peggy says to turn to foods high in fats and protein, like wild salmon. "An oily fish helps to hydrate (from the) inside out," She says. But if you need a quick fix, try rinsing your hair with vinegar. "It cuts through the debris and all the buildup in your hair ... so your hair will be so shiny after," she explains.

    In need of a libido boost? One surprising kitchen cure is garlic. "It dilutes your blood vessels, so blood can actually flow faster to your genitals," she says. Pumpkin seeds, which are high in zinc, are another libido booster. "Zinc is an important mineral to help boost testosterone production," Peggy explains. Testosterone production is important for men as well as women, she said.

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