Blog Posts by Daily Shot

  • Kids Are Better At This Than Adults Are

    Guest host Melissa Knowles of Trending Now steps in for Ali today to discuss what it really means to be a grownup. Kelly Williams Brown is the author of Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) steps.

    Why 468? “I just put all the steps in there that I thought were good and useful, and 468 it was,” she says.

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    One of the crucial steps to becoming an adult, “knowing how bleach works,” Kelly says. “Don’t pour it directly on things. Just dilute it, and it’s a great way to clean.”

    The hardest step, she says, is accepting that, “despite how your parents feel, despite how your friends feel, what your teachers have told you: you are not a special snowflake.”

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    Something kids dare better at than adults though, Kelly says, is “letting things roll off their backs and not taking it personally.”

    So what’s the easiest step to becoming an adult? Check out this episode of Daily Shot!

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  • Margaret Cho On Eating Disorders

    Margaret Cho is best known as a comedian who makes audiences laugh with her hilarious impressions of her mom, but she stopped by Daily Shot for a rather serious conversation with Ali about mental health and body image.

    Cho famously went into kidney failure after being told to lose weight for her 1994 sitcom, All-American Girl. “The show was developed about me, so I was too fat to be me, which is absurd.”

    When the show was cancelled after six months, Margaret noted, “it was replaced by Drew Carey, because he was so thin.”

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    And while Margaret agrees that images of women in the media can be pervasively unhealthy, she says women can occasionally be their own worst enemies "it's a collective disease that women are giving each other all the time, we're all sort of out there valuing a certain kind of body.”

    But she says that age has changed her perception of what she looks like.

    “There is so much beauty I have now, as opposed to when I was younger.

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  • 4 Trendiest New Dating Sites

    As part of Ali’s continuing efforts to get everyone a date, she asked newly-single Andrea Boelkhe, Survivor alum and host of The Daily Brief on, where all the quality singles are hanging out these days. Ok, just the singles. No one’s vouching for the quality. But there are a lot of popular new apps and sites out that help you narrow your search by what you’re looking for.

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    First up, is an online dating site for people who use LinkedIn. The pro of using it, says Andrea, is “LinkedIn is a very valid site, and usually your resume as accurate because people that are gonna hire you are gonna check that, so you’re getting rid of fake [profiles.]”

    The con? “Are they gold diggers? Are you looking basically like ‘I wanna date a doctor!’”

    The site does guarantee that, “none of your activities will ever be shared back to your LinkedIn account.”

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    Next, Coffee Meets Bagel sends you a potential match

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  • Real Body Style

    “To hide the belly, you’re gonna wanna do a peplum,” Kenyatta Jones says, “it’s gonna cinch in the waste and hide the stomach.”

    High heels. “They make your posture amazing and they make your legs look amazing, even if you have cellulite.”

    Maxi dresses are great for all women, but particularly for curvy women because they’re “long and it makes you look lean.”

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    But they key to any look, she says, is shapewear. “Foundation is the key. I always say foundation before fashion.”

    And for bathing suits, Kenyatta loves the fatkini. “They’re very high-waisted,” she says, giving women more support and coverage so only about an inch of midriff skin is showing. “If you have the confidence to rock it, I’d say get a fatkini.”

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    Kenyatta also talks about why plus-sized fashion is about to take off, and what’s coming up on House of Curves in this episode of Daily Shot!

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  • Is That Candy Giving You Wrinkles?

    If you ate a cookie after lunch today, you probably worried that it would go right to your hips. But a new book says you should focus your worry a little bit higher up—like on your face.

    Brooke Alpert, co-author of The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger, explained one of the lesser-known consequences of eating too much sugar: wrinkles and sagging.

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    Brooke co-wrote the book with a dermatologist Patricia Farris, and explained what happens when there is too much sugar in your bloodstream.

    “It starts attacking your skin,” she said. “All that sugar attaches to those protein molecules, collagen and elastin. And it turns those beautiful, supple skin cells into these firm, rigid things causing sagging, wrinkling, everything we don’t want on our face.”

    Her book is all about busting the cravings we have for sugar by starting with a 3-day detox, and admits that’s not easy for people. “Studies have shown that the withdrawal from

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  • “Russell Brand Called Me ‘Undateable’”

    Greta Gerwig is one of the hottest up-and-coming stars in the entire movie industry. She stars in the hippest movies of the season, “Frances Ha,” which she co-wrote with director Noah Baumbach, whom she’s dating in real life.

    That might be shocking to former co-star Russell Brand—with whom she appeared in the movie Arthur. The British comedian once called Greta “undateable.”

    “I would say something nerdy,” Greta recalls, “and he would look at me and say, ‘Greta Gerwig: UNDATEABLE.’” Brand even joked that he’d start a television show that would follow her around until she said something ‘idiotic,’ then brand her ‘UNDATEABLE.’

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    “I was like, ‘Oh that sounds good, Russell.” Greta’s impression of him is also pretty amazing.

    But it looks like Brand won’t ever get his reality show, because Greta’s getting such rave reviews for her turn in Frances Ha. And with such a bright future, she has set the bar high for herself. “I wanna be like Clint Eastwood, but a lady,” she

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  • "Bachelorette... Underwhelming?"

    As expected, Season 9 of The Bachelorette has been full of drama, man tears, and most notably, amateur poets, guitar players and tap dancers.

    Jaclyn Swartz, outspoken alum of The Bachelor, stopped by Daily Shot to recap last night’s shenanigans, and sound off on, she says, the noticeable lack of fireworks between Des and her suitors this season.

    “I feel a little underwhelmed by the bachelorette,” Jaclyn says, “I’m not saying she’s doing a bad job, I just can’t feel her connecting with any of the guys.”

    She explains that the men– and the show’s producers – try too hard to spice things up. “I feel like it’s this whole horse and pony show with the dudes.”

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    Jaclyn weighed in on Des’s tense two-on-one date with Michael and Ben. “The way Michael conducted himself was poor… that would have been enough for me to say goodbye," she says. "I thought he was fake and trying a little too hard to start drama.”

    To hear more of what Jaclyn says about the drama,

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  • Martial Arts Prodigy’s Self-Defense Advice

    Leo Howard, 15-year-old star of the Disney XD comedy, Kickin’ It, is no stranger to hard work and discipline. He started studying karate at age four, and won three martial arts world championships by the time he was eight.

    But what surprised us at Daily Shot was what a gentleman he was. He called all the women ‘ma’am,’ all the men, ‘sir,’ and took the time to give some karate pointers to Ali’s 10-year-old daughter Elliot.

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    Leo started off our interview by teaching Ali the ‘Tornado Kick,’ a spinning roundhouse kick that she sorta kinda managed to learn. But she wanted to get to the more basic survival moves, like what to do if someone tries to steal her purse.

    He first recommended a solid knee to the groin, but then he got practical. “Me, as a martial artist, like if someone was robbing me? I’d probably run.”

    To hear Leo explain how martial arts help him every day, and to see his expert version of the Tornado Kick, check out this episode of

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  • 5 Dating Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

    How many times have you been on a great date, then thought, “I can’t text this person for 24 hours or I’ll ruin it?” Or what about, “If we sleep together too soon, I’ll never hear from you again?” Andrea Syrtash and Jeff Wilser are the authors of the new book, “It’s Ok to Sleep with Him on the First Date: And Every Other Rule Of Dating Debunked,” and they stopped by to bust five popular dating myths.

    #1. “Don’t sleep with him on the first date.”

    Jeff, who may or may not have a personal interest in this one, said, “In the history of the world, no guy has ever said, ‘This woman is awesome. She’s really smart. She’s attractive. She’s cool. She’s funny. Only one problem. We hooked up on the first date.’”

    Andrea has interviewed many couples who started off this way and lived happily ever after. “If you have chemistry and connection, rules don’t apply.”

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    #2 “Don’t pursue him.”

    Conventional wisdom, according to Jeff, holds

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  • Broadway Stage Secrets

    Tony-winner Nikki James has been playing to sold-out crowds for two years in Book of Mormon, and is about to perform in her own one-woman cabaret show June 23 and 24th at Broadway nightclub 54 Below. She stopped by to chat with Ali about what goes on behind the scenes at a Broadway show.

    First of all, so many celebrities come to see the hit musical that the cast has devised a system to keep from getting starstruck on stage by someone in the audience. “We’ve divided the theater into quadrants, and you’ll say like ‘1-1-1’ which is Section 1, Row 1, Seat 1. So you can prepare your fellow castmates for a famous face.”

    The celeb the cast was most excited to see? Oprah. “We put together this note that we all signed asking her to please please please come backstage,” Nikki said. When Oprah obliged, “she was lovely. She was with Gayle. She was amazing.”

    “Be very honest about this,” Ali asked, “Sunday matinees. You guys are giving it 70 percent.”

    “No way!” Nikki protested. “The worst show

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