Joely Fisher Pens Emotional Tribute to Half-Sister Carrie Fisher: ‘My Hero, My Mentor, My Mirror’

Carrie Fisher‘s half-sister, Joely Fisher, has picked up on her sister’s talent for writing and penned a revealing tribute to the deceased 60-year-old Star Wars actress.

Joely, 49, is the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Connie Stevens, and shares details about her childhood and growing up near her half-siblings, Carrie and Todd, in Malibu, California, in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter.

“We spent the better part of our childhoods as neighbors, our two families right next door,” Joely writes. “I adored Mama Debbie — she was such a character. And I got another sister and a brother in the deal, right there on the beach!”

The ‘Til Death actress continued: “During our transcontinental chat before Carrie’s fateful flight from London to L.A., we promised we’d spend Christmas together. It’s a promise we kept, although not in a way either of us had anticipated. Throughout the holiday, I sat by her side in a hospital room filled with a cacophony of sounds made by the machines keeping her barely alive. Debbie, of course, was there as well. She told me that she’d been praying for my time. More time for Carrie, for herself and for Connie. I knew if those prayers weren’t answered, Debbie might very well join her daughter.”

In her tribute, Joely also writes about niece and Scream Queens actress Billie Lourd, who broke her silence on Monday to thank everyone for their prayers.

“She would have wanted us to celebrate her life, her words and for Billie to be whole,” Joely writes. “In time she will be. She is smart and soulful and magic. My sister Tricia Leigh and I vow to be whatever our niece Billie needs us to be.”

“You all lost Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher; I lost my hero, my mentor, my mirror,” she continued, adding, “My brother Todd has lost his sister and his mother, whom he has said will lay to rest together. There is no universe where these ladies are not due their appropriate pedestals, and both will be memorialized in separate ceremonies in coming weeks.”

The mother-of-three admits in her letter to wanting her sister back, but writes, “We will honor these two magical people who have left the tribe in the way they lived, with grandeur and grace. I will soldier on.”

Joely concluded her tribute in the footsteps of her half-sister — hinting at the possibility of picking up Carrie’s writing pen, saying: “You can’t ‘right’ this s—, but you can ‘write’ it. And do I have a hell of a book in me.”



Nick Viall Meets His Bachelor Contestants — Including One Woman He’s Already Slept with

Happy season 21 premiere, Bachelor nation.

As we all know, Nick Viall is the franchise’s “most controversial” pick for Bachelor so far because he was a Bachelorette runner-up twice and spent a summer on Bachelor in Paradise. We heard about this a lot during Monday night’s premiere episode and we are likely going to hear it a lot more throughout the season. Nick is controversial. He talks about sex! He has sex! We get it. Moving on.

Nick’s intro consisted largely of shots of him hanging out in Chicago with his shirt off, even though he almost definitely lives in Los Angeles now. (Shout-out to whichever producer convinced him to film part of this naked in the shower. We are not worthy.)

Nick vowed to prove to America that “if you don’t give up on love, eventually you’ll find it.” Most people’s definition of not giving up on love probably doesn’t mean four seasons on a reality dating show, but Nick is a romantic, okay?

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Anyways, even Nick had to make fun of himself for being back on the show. Cue the “fourth’s time a charm” joke literally 20 times. He also spent some time getting ripped on by former Bachelors Sean Lowe, Chris Soules and Ben Higgins. In case you were wondering, Ben still talks like a preacher.


The women this season seem like a perfect mix of smart, accomplished, beautiful and bats— crazy.

A few standouts from the ladies that scored an extended intro? There’s Rachel, who works as an attorney in Dallas. Rachel has the best arms and she definitely has her s— together. We like Rachel a lot. Then there’s Danielle L., who owns nail salons in Los Angeles. We didn’t learn a whole lot about Danielle, but she’s very pretty and Nick seems into her so there’s that. Then there’s Vanessa, who speaks like every language ever and is a special needs teacher, so she’s basically an angel.

Josephine the nursing student seems slightly off her rocker. She said it takes a “certain kind of guy” to handle her energy, so buckle up. There’s also Raven from Hoxie, Arkansas, Alexis the aspiring dolphin trainer from Secaucus, New Jersey, Taylor the mental health counselor from Seattle and Danielle M., an absolutely adorable neo-natal nurse originally from Nick’s home state of Wisconsin.

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Then there’s Corinne from Miami. Corinne runs her father’s multi-million dollar company and she will tell you that as many times as you will listen. She’ll probably tell you even if you’re not listening. Corinne lives with her family and her nanny, who brings her plates of sliced up cucumbers whenever she wants a snack. In case you haven’t caught on yet, Corinne is going to be the villain this season. Happy to have you, Corinne!

And finally, last but not least, we have Elizabeth, who goes by Liz. Liz is a doula from Las Vegas and the *big twist* is that Liz has actually had a one night stand with Nick. Turns out she was the maid of honor at Jade and Tanner Tolbert‘s wedding in January 2016, which Nick attended, and the two met that night and hit it off. At first, Liz “pleads the fifth” when a producer asks her on-camera to define how she “spent the night” with Nick, but later on she fully comes out with it and admits they had sex. According to Liz, Nick asked for her number but she refused to give it to him so they never spoke again. In other words, their reunion should be fun.


The limo arrivals are always ridiculous. (Seriously, who came up with that awful wiener dog thing? Need to know.)

The first woman out of the very first limo this season was Danielle L., who didn’t attempt any tricks but let her plunging neckline do all the work for her. Solid call. Nick was impressed. See evidence here:

Some of the entrance jokes were inappropriate, some were bad, some were very, very bad and a handful were decent, but hands down the best part about the limo arrivals was the fact that approximately 15 of the 30 women showed up wearing near-identical red gowns. A sea of red. That has to be A) a record and B) some sort of a bad omen.

Also, one-night-stand Liz’s entrance was very strange. She didn’t say anything, so he didn’t say anything, but he gave her a weird, panicked look that screamed We’ve definitely had sex before, right?! Liz, meanwhile, assumed this meant he didn’t recognize her and was weirdly okay with that. (Don’t worry, he definitely remembered her — thank God. He just didn’t know how to bring the whole situation up. Can you blame him, though?)


These girls are extremely thirsty and the cocktail party was as messy as you might expect 30 women scrambling to get a few minutes of one-on-one time with the man of the hour might be.

His first kiss was Corinne, but not exactly by choice. She basically stuck her tongue in his mouth and that was that. That didn’t stop her from bragging about it, though.

He also had an uncomfortable interaction with one-night-stand Liz, pictured above. He was basically like, You refused to give me your number after we hooked up, then never reached out to me, but now nine months later you’re here — on this show. Which, in all honesty, are fair points. Liz said something about how she had a some sort of “stereotype” perception of him, whatever that means, and that’s why she never called him. But then he went on BiP and suddenly she saw him as a changed man. Spoiler alert: Nick wasn’t too impressed with her answer.

Ultimately, he gave the first impression rose to Rachel, which was honestly a great call because she seems wonderful and smart. #TeamRachel over here.


Nick sent home a total of nine women — but he kept one-night-stand Liz around, so we can’t wait to see how that shakes out.

P.S. If you’re ever having a bad day, think of the women that get eliminated on night one of The Bachelor. They do their exit interviews in broad daylight because it’s already morning by then. *shudders*

The Bachelor airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

Carson Kressley Explains Why ‘Cuddly’ Arnold Schwarzenegger Made ‘the Right Call’ with New Celebrity Apprentice’s First Firing

The New Celebrity Apprentice is back with Arnold Schwarzenegger as its host and contestant Carson Kressley competing in the board room. This season, Kressley will be blogging exclusively about each and every week for PEOPLE – check back weekly and follow him on Twitter at @CarsonKressley!

Okay kids, The New Celebrity Apprentice is finally here!

Sheesh — it seems like this show was forever in the making because we finished filming it in March. We are starting fresh with our fearless new leader, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who prefers to be called Governor (Did you see the way he shut down Jon Lovitz like a bad carnival ride in the first boardroom???).

Now a few words about Arnold and why he is such a great choice as the new leader of the show. He is a self-made man who came to his beloved “Colly-fornia” in the 1960s (I wasn’t born yet — yay me!) with just a few dollars in his pocket. He worked hard, became Mr. Olympia and leveraged his winnings into a real estate and construction empire. He told us Apprentices that before he ever swung that Conan sword, wearing those cute little deerskin bikini bottoms I might add, that he had made $1 million.

I might also add that Arnold (I just can’t seem to bring myself to call him Governor) is supposed to be tough and scary, but I found him totes adorbs. Cuddly even. I’m pretty sure he had strong feelings for me as well.

Anyway, I digress, but what I want to say is that the show’s all-new California locations are partly due to Arnold’s love of his state and also a great way to give the show a fresh new start. There will be lots of iconic California locations in the show that I think viewers will really enjoy. Postcards from the former Governor, if you will!

So the first challenge is presented by guest mentor Tyra Banks. We have to create a beauty experience to sell her new line of cosmetics. Then we are divided into teams: boys vs. girls. A tad old fashioned, don’t you think? I was just glad it wasn’t shirts vs. skins!

So, a beauty challenge. Of course the women have an advantage: they know more about makeup than we do! But wait — we have a secret weapon. Oh Boy George, I think you’ve got it!

Here’s a bit of Celebrity Apprentice folklore. Before I did the show, I asked friends who had competed in the past for some kernels of wisdom. Everyone said the same thing: “Do not be the project manager on the first task!” So although everyone thought I should be the team leader, I think I smartly pivoted and noted that Boy George is an end user and really understood makeup’s power of transformation. I really believed this was the best choice — and I didn’t want to get fired right off the bat. Gotta look out for number one! And try and make some coin for my charity.

I didn’t have my Ritalin smoothie this a.m., so indulge me and let me talk about my charity for a bit. Celebrity Apprentice deserves kudos for raising something like $15 million for charity since its inception. My charity, The True Colors Fund, was actually born on Celebrity Apprentice. When my dear friend Cyndi Lauper appeared on the show years ago, she needed a charity. So she started The True Colors Fund. I’ve been on the board since the start. We work to eliminate homelessness among LGBT youth. While they make up a relatively small portion of the population, they are nearly 40 percent of homeless youth.  It’s an astounding statistic that sadly proves that our LGBT youth are still very much at risk.

Now back to the beauty challenge…

Some genius (oh wait – that’s moi) had the great idea to have Tyra do a beauty demo of her product on little old me. Heck, if they could make me pretty, anything is possible! (Side note: now I have been known to dabble in drag, but I always end up looking like a homely version of Juliette Lewis!). Matt Iseman (who happens to have been educated as an MD!) rallied the team and made sure each of the boys knew their beauty product intimately. I created a beautiful room, signature cocktails and even had hot male models giving back and shoulder rubs (they ended up on the cutting room floor — unspeakable!). We honed in on the fact that the product is easy to use and effective with great ingredients. We nailed it. We came, we saw, we contoured!!!

We didn’t get to see the women’s presentation until it aired on TV. I was impressed. Kyle created a beautiful room that was super “on brand.”  The information was clear and the event was high energy and fun.  A tad tent revival in feeling for my taste, but very good nonetheless. Had I seen that before our first board room, I would have been very nervous.

Speaking of the board room, I have to say this is the hardest part of the show. Although we are all successes in our own world (our team has Emmy winners, Olympians and Heisman trophy winners!) I think we were all a little intimidated. The questions are real and tough. Feelings aren’t spared and yes, there is “under the bus-throwing” galore.

Fortunately, we were the winners and could head back to the war room to have some champers! I just wanted to get back there to cuddle with Jerry Bruckheimer III (Jon Lovitz’s adorable pup). Things were about to get real for Porsha, my BFF Snooki and Carrie Keagan.

Tears became contagious and I started to worry that my dear Snooks would be sent home. “No,” I said to myself. “We haven’t even been to a gay bar yet.” But, she was spared and Carrie was sent to the chopper.  But I think that was the right call from Arnold. I have to agree with him that the risk-takers and those who go above and beyond should be spared over those who play it safe.

Great minds think alike…

The New Celebrity Apprentice airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on NBC.

Sister Wives’ Daughter, Mariah, Shocks Parents by Coming Out: ‘I’m Gay’


Sister Wives began the new year with an unexpected twist.

On Sunday night’s episode, Kody and Meri Brown’s 21-year-old daughter, Mariah, broke the news to her parents — including sister wives Janelle, Christine and Robyn — that she identified as a lesbian.

“I’m gay,” she announced to her shocked family.

The college student tweeted out her thanks to everyone who showed her support after Sunday’s episode on TLC, along with a two emojis and a Pride flag.


While Fundamentalist Mormonism, which the Browns closely align their faith to, does not approve of homosexuality, the family told HuffPost Live in a 2013 interview that everyone should be able “structure” their family “in any way they want,” whether they are gay or straight.

Mariah’s news came after the Browns were rocked in October 2015 when Meri made headlines admitting she had been tricked into an online relationship with a woman whom she thought was a man.

Since the scandal, they’ve been working on repairing their family, but it hasn’t been easy. Kody and Meri entered therapy to deal with the emotional fallout of the latter’s catfishing scandal.

Sister Wives airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on TLC.

Rebecca Ferguson Says She’ll Sing at Donald Trump’s Inauguration on One Condition

Rebecca Ferguson took to Twitter on Monday to reveal she had been asked to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

The 30-year-old British singer posted a response on Twitter, saying she would agree perform, but only if she could sing “Strange Fruit,” a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday.

Ferguson said the song “has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial. A song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States.”


The “Nothing’s Real but Love” singer continued, writing that “Strange Fruit” was “a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington. Best Rebecca X.”

The protest song was originally written as a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1937, and paints a picture of the lynchings of African Americans in the early 20th century. Some of the lyrics give a poignant depiction of the lives slaves led: “Southern trees bear strange fruit / Blood on the leaves and blood at the root / Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze.”

The song was later notably sung by Nina Simone, the subject of the 2015 Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?

The Trump camp has not yet responded to Ferguson’s statement.

So far, other performers on the line-up for the inauguration are former America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho, the Radio City Rockettes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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