• Kelly Rutherford is perhaps best known for playing Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, but her personal life has more twists and turns than any plot line on her former show.

    Since divorcing German businessman Daniel Giersch, Rutherford has been locked in a custody battle for her two children, 5-year-old Hermes and 3-year-old Helena.

    Last year, a judge ruled that the children should live with their father. Giersch, due to some visa issues that remain unclear, cannot re-enter the U.S., and lives in France. As a result, the children—American citizens—now live abroad.

    “I’m basically fighting to get them home,” Kelly told Ali. “fighting for their rights as U.S. citizens, fighting as a mother.”

    Daniel Giersch, through his attorney, Fahi Takesh Hallin released the following statement: “Despite Kelly Rutherford continuing to speak about the parties’ children in the press, Daniel Giersch continues not to comment about the parties’ children, in order to protect the children’s privacy.”

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  • Any struggling actor will tell you that it’s hard to book jobs, so Vito Vincent is grateful to have scored parts on 30 Rock, the Colbert Report, and most recently, on Broadway. Well, his dads are grateful. Vito Vincent is more focused on the treats he gets when he does well.

    The orange tabby stopped by the studio with his owners, Michael LeCrichia and Vincent Cammarata, to pull back the curtain on the world of feline performers for Ali.

    So what do casting directors look for?

    “Calm demeanor is very important,” said Michael, adding that a cat can make “typically 500 dollars for an all day shoot.” The price can vary for print and stage. Vito Vincent was also asked to slim down to increase his chances of getting parts. Michael acts as his trainer, making sure he gets enough exercise to keep his trim frame.

    But when a feline starts to get successful, that’s when things can start to get catty.

    Recently, Vito Vincent took a critically acclaimed turn on the Broadway stage in “Breakfast at T

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  • In September of 2010, Carmen Gentile was a journalist embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, reporting from Kunar Province. As he pointed his video camera at two young local men on the side of the road, a guy popped out of a stone hut 50 yards away and pointed an RPG at him. And fired.

    Carmen got hit in the right side of the face, and a company lieutenant got hit in the arm by the rocket’s ricochet. Miraculously, both were still alive. As medics loaded Carmen into a helicopter, one assured him that he still had his baby blues. “I thought that was really nice of him, for a rough and tumble guy.”

    Now, nearly three years later, he’s back on the job, “because I think it’s important that people understand these stories and see what men and women everywhere are going through. I knew it was dangerous, but I think it’s worth it.”

    He says that what got him through the ordeal wasn’t just guts or a sense of purpose, but his sense of humor. "It's the lighter side of getting shot in the face

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  • In this episode: Giuliana Rancic stops by to chat with Ali about life with her husband, Bill Rancic, and their 8-month old baby boy, Duke. Giuliana, who struggled with infertility, is now fully enjoying parenthood. However, she acknowledges that her husband is more of a natural.

    “Bill is such an incredible father, and just seeing him day in, day out with Duke, I could even say that he might be a better parent than I am,” she says. “Now will Bill always be better? Not necessarily.”

    Ali asked about the comment Giuliana made earlier this year that she puts her marriage first and her child second. “Children thrive in a household where the parents’ relationship is strong. The child feels safe. And the child feeling safe allows them to be creative and be courageous and confident.”

    So how do they keep their relationship strong with busy careers and an 8-month-old? “We check in,” says Giuliana, explaining that they make time during the day to let each other know what’s going right and what

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  • Before MTV’s Jersey Shore, Vinny Guadagnino was an anonymous college kid considering a law career. Now, six seasons later, he’s practically a household name, and he’s got his own spinoff show. But, he tells Ali, he didn’t always enjoy the ride.

    “I hated filming it,” he says. “You film 24 hours, there’s cameras in the ceiling watching you sleep. You don’t have a camera, you don’t have a TV, you don’t have a cellphone. You can’t read, you can’t write.”

    That doesn’t mean Vinny’s not grateful. “The opportunity that it brings is amazing and I got real friends from it.”

    His new MTV show, The Show with Vinny, is one such opportunity. He interviews celebrities at the home he shares with his mother and sisters.

    “I make sure that they eat, Vinny interviews them, and we have a nice time,” says mom Paola.

    So why, with all his success, does Vinny still live with his mom?

    “We grew up in a really small apartment,” Vinny remembers. “Then I wanted her in my sisters to move into a big house. So I

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