DirtCast

DirtCast

By Jezebel

A weekly pop-culture breakdown show based on Jezebel's daily column Dirt Bag. Each week Madeleine Davies and Megan Reynolds dig deep on the shallow industry of celebrity gossip, giving you an inside look at how famous people, publicists, tabloids, and even things like Scientology come together to create the celebrity news you love to hate.

Episodes

This Is the End

Dirtbag is going on an extended hiatus, to return eventually with something new and fresh and fun, so for the last episode, Madeleine and Megan talk about Elizabeth Holmes, 90 Day Fiance, and some other stories we wanted but were never able to cover. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/03/19·47m 44s

Cardi B Does What They Say She Can’t

You know what we’ve somehow never done a podcast about? The meteoric rise of everyone’s favorite rapper/Instagrammer/joy bomb, Cardi B! Joining us to discuss her career and power are Jezebel Culture Editor Clover Hope and Deadspin Managing Editor Samer Kalaf, who Cardi once flirted with on camera.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/03/19·58m 32s

The Agony and Ecstasy of Reality TV Dating

WE’RE JOINED BY SPECIAL GUEST AND CO-HOST JOANNA ROTHKOPF!!!!!!!!!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/03/19·50m 53s

Peach Pit After Dirt

Before Riverdale, Gossip Girl, and The O.C., there was Beverly Hills, 90210, an Aaron Spelling nighttime soap about sexy teens (played by very old adults) living in America’s wealthiest zip code. This week, Madeleine and Megan take a break from their shifts at the Peach Pit to look back at the series, the cast drama, the reboots, and where everyone is now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/03/19·52m 34s

Hester Prynne of Calabasas: the Story of Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson

This week, Kardashian scholar Mariah Smith joins us all the way from foggy Londontown to discuss the alleged affair between Cavs bench warmer Tristan Thompson, the father of Khloe Kardashian’s daughter, and Jordyn Woods, Kylie Jenner’s best friend and unofficial co-parent to her daughter, Stormi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/02/19·48m 58s

Golden Boys

Awards season is nearly, finally over and to discuss the highs (?) and lows (??) of the movies, people, and things nominated for the Academy Awards, Maddie and Megan are joined once more by Rich Juzwiak, senior writer and staff curmudgeon, to discuss what we will even happen on Sunday and WHY.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/02/19·59m 35s

We’re Here For Your Honor

While Maddie is on a small, restorative vacation Megan is joined by Jezebel senior writer Rich Juzwiak and pop culture reporter Hazel Cills to talk about the most surreal show on television: The Masked Singer.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/02/19·52m 46s

The Making of the Portrait of a Serial Killer in the Dark: A True Crime Podcast

Molly Lambert, host of the podcast Night Call, joins Maddie and Megan to discuss the true crime boom, exploitation, and whether or not Ted Bundy is hot or not (spoiler: he’s not, he’s a monster.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/02/19·51m 16s

No Day But Today

Writer, director, and diehard Renthead Bex Schwartz joins Maddie and Megan to talk about a musical whose legacy endures.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/01/19·1h 4m

DirtCast Goes Live!

DirtCast's Madeline and Megan take the stage for their first live recording at The Bell House for the Brooklyn Podcast Fest, joined by RuPaul Drag Race's very own Aja!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/01/19·53m 17s

The Best of DirtCast 2018

We just wanted to take another look at our best episodes of 2018. In this special end of year episode, Maddie and Megan chat about some of their favorite moments, from the release of A Star Is Born to the time Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a feckless cunt, and look back fondly at their favorite guests, from Vulture's E. Alex Jung to Kid Nation's Mike Klinge and Michael Thot. It was a big year for Asian American cinema, for Ryan Murphy, for Bradley Cooper, for Sex and the City, and for DirtCast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/12/18·51m 17s

Harry Potter and the Dirtiest Dirt

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, a release that turned it from a book into a phenomenon. Maddie and Megan are joined by Josh Nalven and Aaron Horton, hosts of the podcast “New Wizards,” to discuss all things Potter, including favorite books, most hated characters, little known cast controversies, and just how rich we’ve all made J.K. Rowling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/12/18·1h 1m

Cocaine and Attention: The Joys of Vanderpump Rules

In preparation for season 7 of Vanderpump Rules, Maddie and Megan are joined by reality TV scholars Ryan Houlihan and Alex Bedder to discuss the show loved by Rihanna and Roxane Gay alike. What is it about this reality show that feels so much more real? How did the Toms end up with their own restaurant? And is pasta a codeword for cocaine??To buy tickets to the January 13 DirtCast live show, go to the thebellhouseny.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/11/18·1h 5m

Food Shows For Which We Are Thankful

On this special Thanksgiving-themed episode of DirtCast, Maddie and Megan gorge themselves on the delicious world of food reality TV, from the gentle politeness of The Great British Bake Off to the ruthless competitiveness of Top Chef. They also give thanks for the celebrity news that got us all through 2018—for Ariana and Pete, we’re so thankful. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/11/18·52m 14s

Sexiest Podcast Alive, with Matt and Viviana from THNK1994

This year, People magazine finally gave the masses what they wanted: Idris Elba as “Sexiest Man Alive.” The annual celebration of attractiveness has often failed to reward attractiveness, especially considering 2017’s winner, not to mention 2013’s, 2009’s… Just what is People playing at? To help tackle this (and provide more celebrity tidbits than you can poke Chris Pine’s dick at), Maddie is joined by the effervescent Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins, founders of New York’s Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/11/18·1h 3m

Jack Antonoff, Male Producer

Maddie and Megan are joined by Jezebel writer Hazel Cills to talk about the looming presence of the male music producer—the amount of credit they seem to get, or in one particular case, seek. The hosts dive into Hazel's article, “Jack Antonoff and the Unrelenting Shadow of the Male Producer,” and discuss what it is about this "male feminist" that is so cloying. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/11/18·50m 44s

Nobody Likes Spirit Gum: A Halloween Special

On this Halloween special, Megan and the ghost of a Victorian man named Maddie talk horror movie special effects with Mike Mekash, a prosthetics and makeup artist from American Horror Story. From Day of the Dead to Twisty the Clown, gruesome special effects have infiltrated mainstream pop culture, becoming even more realistic along the way. We find out more about the process behind creating these terrifying looks, uncovering an unexpected truth about Ben Affleck’s back tattoo along the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/10/18·52m 18s

A Pup Is Born

In honor of Charlie, Bradley Cooper's scene-stealing Labradoodle in A Star is Born, DirtCast goes for a walkies through canine cinematic history. From Rin Tin Tin to Toto to Lassie to Beethoven, who were the good boys behind these Hollywood greats? To find out more, we chat with Brian Hargrove, husband of David Hyde Pierce/Niles from Frasier, and co-author of Moose/Eddie’s autobiography, My Life as a Dog. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/10/18·55m 59s

Pop Culture Potpourri

On this week's episode of DirtCast, Maddie and Megan play a game of Pop Culture Roulette, drawing at random from a bucket of TV-, celebrity-, and lion-related topics in order to determine which to tackle next. Got ideas for next time? Email us at dirtcast@jezebel.com. Also: a very sombre installment of the Dirtiest Dirt, in which a bet is won—but love is lost. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/10/18·47m 30s

I Just Wanted to Take Another Look at A Star Is Born

In this spoiler-filled episode of DirtCast, we just wanted to take another look at A Star Is Born, the emotional 2018 remake of the 1976 remake of the 1954 remake of the 1937 film (itself inspired by a 1932 film). Why can't we stop thinking and talking about this movie, and what debt do we begrudgingly owe Bradley Cooper? We're joined by Lindsey Weber of the podcast "Who? Weekly" to discuss this birth of a star. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/10/18·55m 55s

Back to Bonanza: A ‘Kid Nation’ Special

It’s been 11 years since the premiere of controversial reality show Kid Nation, in which 40 children lived in a New Mexico “ghost town” in a society built and run by kids. But what was it really like participating in this wacky social experiment? How much were the kids directed, manipulated... and exploited? We talk to former citizens and leaders of Kid Nation, Mike Klinge and Michael Thot, about their experience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/10/18·1h 2m

It’s Ryan Murphy’s World and We’re All Just Living in It

Ryan Murphy just picked up two Emmys for American Crime Story, launched a new season of American Horror Story, and signed a multi-year, multi-hundred million dollar deal with Netflix. How is he this good? Is he this good, or does his impressive stable of actors deserve all the credit? We're joined by Jaye Hunt and Robert Ackerman of the podcast One More Thing to discuss the Ryan Murphy canon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/09/18·1h 1m

The Girlfriend Is Always to Blame

The hosts are joined by Jezebel culture writer Hazel Cills to talk about the death of rapper Mac Miller and the blame being placed at ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande’s feet. It’s far from the first time a woman has been attacked over the death of a “troubled” male artist: from Asia Argento to Courtney Love to Michelle Williams, why is it always the woman’s fault? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/09/18·51m 52s

Catching up With Jersey Shore Creator SallyAnn Salsano (RECAST)

This week, we got Sallyann Salsano, creator of Jersey Shore and the upcoming Hunter Mountain and Jersey Shore: Vacation to talk about the making of a successful reality show empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/09/18·46m 6s

Watch What Happens When You Work in Reality TV (RECAST)

Bobby and Madeleine are joined in the studio by Watch What Happens Live's Mariah Smith for a lengthy discussion about all things Bravo. From our favorite Real Housewives taglines to the enthralling antiheroes of Vanderpump Rules to the (often scary) Bravo fandom, no subject was too lowbrow to go unexplored. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/09/18·1h 13m

To All The Crazy Rich Asians I Loved Before

Vulture’s E. Alex Jung joins us to talk about Crazy Rich Asians, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and what (if anything) this resurgence in Asian American stories means for representation, the cultcha, or progress in general!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/08/18·48m 35s

The True Story of Real World: Seattle's 'Slap Heard 'Round the World' with Irene McGee (RECAST)

To her chagrin, Irene McGee is best known for getting slapped in the face 20 years ago on The Real World: Seattle. This week on DirtCast, Irene joins us to discuss the aftershocks of being on one of the most iconic reality TV shows of our time and how she eventually accepted and found humor in her less-than-ideal path to notoriety.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/08/18·1h 8m

Toilet Babies, Dr. Pimple Popper, and Other Dystopian Horrors of Medical Reality TV

In the early 2000s, reality TV experienced a boom in shows focused of surgery, both plastic and beyond. What lead to this spike in popularity? The success of ER? The death rattle of a Clinton economy?  Or maybe our cultural fascinations with gore and, conversely, physical perfection? With the help of reality TV expert Rich Juzwiak, we try to figure out the answer, while also discussing (and not showing!!!) the latest in the genre, like Botched and the strangely charming Dr. Pimple Popper. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/08/18·48m 30s

100% My Type on Paper

The U.K.’s Love Island is many things: A reality TV series that’s captivated the hearts of several nations, a horrifying (yet occasionally sweet?) display of heterosexuality at its most revolting, and the undoing of any stereotypes you might have about British superiority and fanciness. Joining us to discuss our new favorite show is Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair writer and one of the wittiest voices on the internet (and off). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/08/18·50m 5s

This Is Alexis Neiers Calling

In 2010, Alexis Haines (formerly Alexis Neiers) made reality TV history when she, facing prison time for her involvement in the infamous bling ring, screamed and sobbed on a reporter’s voicemail, saying the now iconic line, “Nancy Jo? This is Alexis Neiers calling.” Since her time on Pretty Wild, Alexis has opened up about the serious drug addiction that controlled her life for her tween and teen years and now seven years sober, she is a certified addiction counselor and doula. She joins us on this week’s episode to discuss the opioid crisis, her path to sobriety, and the challenges of staying clean while also being followed by TMZ. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/08/18·48m 53s

The Romcom Renaissance?

The romcom is the zombie of genres. Since its perceived heyday, spanning the late 80s to the early 2000s, it has been declared “dead”—and then “revived”—many many times. And now it is alive again! Maybe! With the success of Netflix’s Set It Up, this renaissance feels a little more promising. 2017 also saw the less conventional but highly promising (not to mention successful) The Big Sick. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/07/18·52m 35s

Rushed Celebrity Engagements: Just Think About It

If there’s one thing celebrities love to do, it’s get married to other celebrities whom they hardly know. But as they also love to tell interviewers, “When you know, you know.” Except, of course, they usually don’t. On this week’s episode, we discuss the alarmingly swift engagements of fiances Ariana and Pete, Justin and Hailey, and the overlooked David and Katharine (who really ought to be receiving a larger share of our incredulity), followed by a look back at Hollywood’s wildest whirlwind engagements. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/07/18·48m 23s

Hollywood Girls Gone Wild with popculturediedin2009 (RECAST)

popculturediedin2009 is one of the best celebrity gossip bloggers on the internet, which is interesting because A.) he's only 19 years old and B.) he's covering celebrity gossip from a full decade ago. This week, the prodigy behind the popular tumblr, Twitter and Instagram account joins us in the studio to talk about Lindsay Lohan, his early love of Anna Nicole Smith, and the familiar comfort of early aughts tabloids. It's widely agreed that pre-2010 is the last time celebrity gossip was good, so why not stay there? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/07/18·49m 14s

DirtCast Presents: The Gateway

The Gateway is a six-part series about Teal Swan, a new brand of spiritual guru, who draws in followers with her hypnotic self-help YouTube videos aimed at people who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. Some followers move to Teal’s healing center, a spiritual startup where they produce content and manage social media accounts. Teal insists her therapy saves lives, but her critics say Teal’s death-focused dogma is dangerous. Gizmodo reporter Jennings Brown traveled to rural Utah and to the forests of Costa Rica, with extensive access to Teal and her inner circle, to understand Teal’s teachings and investigate the deaths of some of her followers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/07/18·1h

Nifty! Grifty! United States!

With everyone (including Shonda Rhimes) obsessed with the outing of Soho Grifter Anna Delvey, we take a look back at the recent history of grifters and scammers, from Hipster Grifter to Antoni Porowski from Queer Eye. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/06/18·51m 23s

The C-word

We talk to Jo Livingstone, culture staff writer at The New Republic, about the word “cunt,” its history, recent use in pop culture, and the comparison people drew between Roseanne Barr’s show being cancelled after she fired off a racist tweet, versus Samantha Bee's “cuntroversy.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/06/18·58m 24s

Watch What Happened: Bravo Shows of Yore

We take a leisurely stroll through Bravo’s wild thicket of non-Housewives reality programming, from NYC Prep to Southern Charm. Joining us is Jezebel’s Ellie Shechet and one very special and knowledgeable guest: Angela Pham of Gallery Girls!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/06/18·1h 3m

Carrie Bradshaw Knows Good Sex*

Twenty years ago, Sarah Jessica Parker was splashed with dirty rainwater in the wake of a passing New York City bus and the world has never been the same. To discuss the influence of Sex and the City on culture, television, women’s lives, and cupcakes, we are joined by Jezebel’s very own Joanna Rothkopf and Bobby Finger for a supersized tribute to a show that creates all sorts of feelings in people, from good to bad to in between!!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/06/18·35m 42s

(Song of) Summer Summer Time

Memorial Day happened, which means summer is officially HERE. To kick off the most glorious season of all, Jezebel pop culture reporter Hazel Cills and culture editor Clover Hope join us to discuss what could possibly be the song of the summer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/05/18·43m 28s

It’s a Royal Wedding Extravaganza!!!

The Royal Wedding is over, and now, a woman who starred on Suits is the Duchess of Sussex. We’re joined by Jezebel’s royal correspondent Kelly Faircloth, who has spent the past week immersing herself in wedding madness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/05/18·41m 12s

Smoking in the Bathroom at the Met

The Met Gala may have come and gone, but the memory of gowns, glamour, celebrities and Rihanna lives on forever. Jezebel’s deputy editor and resident fashion EXPERT Julianne Escobedo Shepherd joins us to dissect why we love to hate to love fashion’s biggest night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/05/18·43m 39s

Let Me Be Your Rock of Love, Part I (RECAST)

On the next two episodes, we sit down with the father and mother of celeb-reality television, real life couple Mark Cronin and Lisa Lopez, whose shows The Surreal Life, Flavor of Love, Rock of Love, and all their spin-offs dominated VH1 from 2003-2009. Now working on their latest creation, Bravo’s Below Deck, the pair indulge us in looking back and dishing dirt on casting and corralling volatile people, being friends with New York, and all the tawdry delights that they’ve given us throughout the years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/05/18·1h 1m

The Casting Couch (RECAST)

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has brought new focus to an old concept that never fully went away: the casting couch, the sexist and harmful trope of female actors having sex with producers for movie roles. Joining us in the studio is Jezebel staff writer and resident historian Kelly Faircloth to talk about the history of the casting couch--and the association of actresses and sex work--that dates as far back as the restoration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/05/18·59m 40s

The Kids Are Not Alright

We sit down with Jezebel pop culture reporter Hazel Cills to unpack the grossest dirt of all: the nasty mess of influencer drama. We take a walk down memory lane with Jeffree Star, excavate the Bhad Bhabie/WoahhVicky/Lil Tay fracas, and reminisce about that time Logan Paul offended literally the entire world with one vlog...and both Pauls offend us with their presence.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/04/18·46m 11s

What If You Fart in A Quiet Place?

With Jordan Peele’s Oscar win for “Get Out” and John Krasinski’s directorial breakout “A Quiet Place,” horror films have become in demand for A list talent. What does that mean for the genre? What does it mean for the press cycle? What makes a good horror film good and a bad horror film bad, and are bad scary movies actually the BEST scary movies? Joining us for the discussion is writer, editor, and lifelong horror fan, Corban Goble  (Pitchfork, the Players Tribute, Inverse). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/04/18·46m 15s

Who Still Cares About Glee? Sadly, We Do!

Jaye Hunt and Robert Ackerman of the podcast "One More Thing" join us to discuss their theory that Glee star Lea Michele possibly, maybe, can't read. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/04/18·47m 58s

Are You Ready to See Your Fixer Upper?

Madeleine and Megan have a nice chat with Jezebel staff writer Kelly Faircloth to talk about the end of Fixer Upper, the guiltiest of guilty pleasures, and the reasons why HGTV is so damn compelling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/04/18·42m 3s

"I'm Gonna Have to Leave the Room:" Revisiting the Best of 'Trading Spaces'

Madeleine and Megan are joined by friend of the podcast Kate Dries to look back at our favorite home improvement show of the aughts, TLC’s Trading Spaces, which is being rebooted for 2018. Joining them in conversation is our pal Ryan Creed, who just so happened to appear on the show at the end of its run. Listen along as he takes us behind the scenes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/03/18·48m 15s

You're Born Naked and the Rest Is Drag with BenDeLaCreme

Days after the shocking end to a lackluster season of the best show on television, Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Stars, we sit down with Miss Congeniality herself, BenDeLaCreme, to talk about the self-elimination, reality television, and the high art of lip syncing for your life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/03/18·43m 47s

Drama Klub: Korean Soap Operas and the Americans Who Love Them

Last week’s episode was all about British teen dramas and this week, we’re keeping in theme--only this time we’re traveling to Korea (through our televisions at least) where KDrama reigns supreme and male celebrities have to step away at their peak for mandatory military service. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/03/18·44m 39s

Skins Alive: The Agony and Ecstasy of the British Teen Show

If it’s wrong for an adult to love British teen shows like Skins and My Mad Fat Diary, then we don’t want to be right! Joining us this week on DirtCast is new Jezebel staff writer Ashley Reese to talk about her passion (which we share) for the raw and extremely out there British teen shows of the late aughts and slightly after. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/03/18·45m 44s

And the Oscar Goes to...Mother!

As awards season finally winds its way to a close, we sit down with some old friends--Joanna Rothkopf and Bobby Finger for a very special Oscar’s episode. We discuss Tim-o-tee Chalamet, the indignity of mother!’s erasure, and whether or not they’ll fuck it up like they did last year with the best picture winners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/02/18·45m 16s

Cabs are Here! (RECAST)

This week, we got Sallyann Salsano, creator of Jersey Shore and the upcoming Hunter Mountain and Jersey Shore: Vacation to talk about the making of a successful reality show empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/02/18·45m 46s

Whither the Pop Star Purity Ring?

Cupid’s arrow strikes only the lucky few, but for a handful of mid-2000s pop stars, if it did, they couldn’t actually seal the deal. Why? God, of course. We sit down with Jezebel’s own Hazel Cills for a discussion about the great moral sex panic of the early 2000s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/02/18·44m 33s

Megan Went to the GOOP Summit and All She Got Was Brainwashed

After a long and restful hiatus, we’re back and ready to punch 2018 square in the face!!! We will be talking about all the juicy pop culture crap that we missed while we were off, including all the awards shows you missed or maybe didn’t want to watch, the GOOP summit, Kylie Jenner’s baby and the dirtiest dirt of all: Robert Wagner has FINALLY been named a “person of interest” in the 1981 death of Natalie Wood. Alex Bedder and Rachel Lubitz join us to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/02/18·47m 31s

Nip/Tuck: A Century of Actors Fucking with Their Faces (RECAST)

Splinter’s Dodai Stewart joins Madeleine and Megan to talk about two of their favorite subjects, celebrities and plastic surgery! From the early facelift that left silent movie actress Mary Pickford unable to smile to the not-so-secret nose jobs of the Mickey Mouse Club, we’re exploring the trends in and ramifications of the elective cosmetic surgeries and dermatological procedures of the rich and the famous. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/12/17·1h 15m

What Is a “Rape Choreographer” and Why Do Movie Sets Need Them? (RECAST)

With rape scenes more prevalent in TV and movies than ever before, it’s become all the more important for directors to insure a safe set in which all performers (whether they’re portraying the victim or the rapist) feel safe and supported. LA Weekly film critic April Wolfe joins us on this week’s episode to discuss the dangerous history of rape in film and how sets are evolving to correct the violations committed by actors and directors of the past. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/12/17·56m 47s

What Celebrity Wine to Bring to Your Holiday Dinner

Celebrities are good at many things (sponcon, achieving the effortless beach waves etc.), but is making decent, drinkable wine one of them? Joined by our friends Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen of the Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum, we debate whether Dave Matthews’ Dreaming Tree is good for a BBQ, if Madeleine Davies is a secret wine expert, and the THNK 1994 Museum’s latest exhibit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/12/17·1h 7m

It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Mariah Carey’s Christmas

Is Mariah Carey the queen of Christmas? Or is she--as she says (now)--unworthy of such a lofty, made-up title? This week, we’re joined by Jezebel Senior Writer and Mariah Carey superfan Rich Juzwiak to discuss Mimi’s love of the holiest of days. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/12/17·1h 6m

The Stassi Schroeder Apology Tour

This week, we sat down with Jezebel staff writer Ellie Shechet to dig through the mountains of fresh, loamy celebrity gossip--Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged! Lena Dunham is apologizing for something, as is Stassi Schroeder of Vanderpump Rules!--for an extended, apologetic game-filled edition of the Dirtiest Dirt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/11/17·1h 5m

Let Me Be Your Rock of Love, Part II

Continuing our conversation with reality TV greats Mark Cronin and Lisa Lopez (of The Surreal Life, Flavor of Love, and Rock of Love), we delve into the darker side of reality television, discussing the 2009 murder of Jasmine Fiore by Megan Wants a Millionaire contestant Ryan Alexander Jenkins, the following fallout with VH1, and how they’ve evolved their casting process. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/11/17·46m 53s

Let Me Be Your Rock of Love, Part I

On the next two episodes, we sit down with the father and mother of celeb-reality television, real life couple Mark Cronin and Lisa Lopez, whose shows The Surreal Life, Flavor of Love, Rock of Love, and all their spin-offs dominated VH1 from 2003-2009. Now working on their latest creation, Bravo’s Below Deck, the pair indulge us in looking back and dishing dirt on casting and corralling volatile people, being friends with New York, and all the tawdry delights that they’ve given us throughout the years.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/11/17·1h

How Can We Help Sexual Harassment Victims in Hollywood?

A chat with Caroline Heldman from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media about how best to handle and report sexual assault and harassment on film sets and what resources should be made available for women. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/11/17·1h 2m

Just Xenu It: a Special (Suppressive) Scientology Episode (RECAST)

This is a recast of the episode where Bobby and Madeleine take an in-depth look at the criminal accusations surrounding actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson and the cover-ups that happen within the favorite religion of the rich and the famous. Episode features interviews with Tony Ortega, journalist and renowned critic of Scientology, and former Scientologist Chris Shelton.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/11/17·1h 9m

A Hollywood Forever Halloween

This spooooky pre Halloween week, we’re joined by Karina Longworth, host and creator of the excellent podcast You Must Remember This, to talk about three celebrity (or celebrity adjacent) deaths of the 20th century, starting with suspect carbon monoxide poisoning of Thelma Todd in the ‘30s and ending with the horrific murder of actress/model Dorothy Stratten in 1980. During our discussion, we also delve into the macabre cultural fascination with famous, young dead women and why everything used to be blamed on the mob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/10/17·1h 7m

The Casting Couch

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has brought new focus to an old concept that never fully went away: the casting couch, the sexist and harmful trope of female actors having sex with producers for movie roles. Joining us in the studio is Jezebel staff writer and resident historian Kelly Faircloth to talk about the history of the casting couch--and the association of actresses and sex work--that dates as far back as the restoration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/10/17·59m 29s

How to Unmake a Pop Star

We sit down with Jezebel’s own Clover Hope to talk about Iggy Azalea and how the music industry banded around one blonde girl from Australia to make--and then unmake--a star. And, special guest from Jezebel's sister podcast Big Time Dicks, Joanna Rothkopf joins for a special Big Time Dicks: Hollywood edition of the Dirtiest Dirt, featuring Harvey Weinstein and the multiple allegations against him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/10/17·1h 5m

I'm with the Band with Pamela Des Barres

Pamela Des Barres is known to many as the world's most famous groupie, having slept with Mick Jagger, babysat for Frank Zappa, and more. She is also a highly talented memoirist, musician and rock historian whose debut memoir, _I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie_, turns 30 this year. This week on DirtCast, Pamela joins us from Los Angeles to tell some of her best stories, touch on controversial topics like the "baby groupies" and explain what it takes to put your life on paper. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/10/17·58m 20s

Are You There God, It’s Me, Hollywood

On this week’s episode, we talk to E! News anchor and veteran entertainment reporter Ken Baker about his new book The Ken Commandments: My Search for God in Hollywood, in which he embarks on a spiritual journey in what some consider the most godless place on earth, Los Angeles, CA.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/09/17·1h 6m

The Wokest Emmys Yet Is Barely Awake

We break down the Emmys with Vulture staff writer E. Alex Jung and talk about the start of award season, Sean Spicer's cameo, diversity in the tv industry, and, of course, Scientology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/09/17·1h 10m

Maybe She’s Born With It, Maybe It’s Her Brand Story

Talking about the successes --and failures-- when celebrities stop being celebrities and start making contour kits, lip kits, and baby products to sell to the masses. On this week’s episode of DirtCast, we’re joined by Jezebel senior writer Clover Hope to discuss Fenty Beauty by Rihanna and other celebrity beauty lines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/09/17·1h 12m

The People’s Princess

It’s been an improbable 20 year since the untimely and tragic passing of Princess Diana, a woman who changed the face of modern celebrity’s relationship with the paparazzi forever. In honor of her life, we’re talking with Jezebel’s very own royals expert, staff writer Kelly Faircloth about Diana’s legacy and the cult of celebrity that surrounded her in the hectic year leading up to her death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/09/17·58m 41s

Nip/Tuck: A Century of Actors Fucking with Their Faces

Splinter’s Dodai Stewart joins Madeleine and Megan to talk about two of their favorite subjects, celebrities and plastic surgery! From the early facelift that left silent movie actress Mary Pickford unable to smile to the not-so-secret nose jobs of the Mickey Mouse Club, we’re exploring the trends in and ramifications of the elective cosmetic surgeries and dermatological procedures of the rich and the famous. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/08/17·1h 15m

Celebrity Death Match

This week, we’re talking about our favorite (or at least the most memorable) celebrity feuds--from Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick to Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to Ryan Adams and The Strokes--with help from our friend Allie Jones, Senior Writer at  New York Magazine’s The Cut. Also discussed: Joss Whedon’s alleged misdoings and why you should never trust an overly outspoken male feminist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/08/17·1h 5m

It Wasn't, Like, The Crime of the Century

On the occasion of Taylor Swift winning her court case and taking a stand against sexual assault, this week’s DirtCast is about celebrities on trial. Joining us in the studio to talk about everything from the Bling Ring to Winona Ryder’s shoplifting escapades is Jezebel’s very own Bobby Finger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/08/17·1h 8m

Please Don’t Let It Be About Tom

"How could you do this to me. Question mark." Inspired by the recent separation of Real Housewives of New York's Luann De Lesseps and her new husband Tom D'Agostino, this week's DirtCast is a discussion of divorce and reality TV, an increasingly frequent consequence as more and more people put their lives in front of the camera. Joining us in studio is Here for Drama's Alex Bedder and Jezebel's own Ellie Shechet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/08/17·1h 7m

Has R. Kelly Given America Stockholm Syndrome?

Since marrying Aaliyah when she was 15 years old, R. Kelly has been dogged with accusations and rumors about sexual coercion and misconduct toward much younger women, many of them under the legal age of consent. In spite of this, Kelly still boasts a legion of loyal fans and journalists--in music and beyond--have largely ignored his supposed crimes. This week on DirtCast, Special Projects Desk reporter Anna Merlan joins us to discuss our culture’s blind spot regarding allegations against famous men and what it takes to get journalists to report on them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/08/17·1h 1m

What Is a “Rape Choreographer” and Why Do Movie Sets Need Them?

With rape scenes more prevalent in TV and movies than ever before, it’s become all the more important for directors to insure a safe set in which all performers (whether they’re portraying the victim or the rapist) feel safe and supported. LA Weekly film critic April Wolfe joins us on this week’s episode to discuss the dangerous history of rape in film and how sets are evolving to correct the violations committed by actors and directors of the past. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/07/17·56m 16s

Blac Chyna, Rob K., & the NDA

Jezebel legend/Viceland Executive Editor Tracie Egan Morrissey joins us to discuss revenge porn, Blac Chyna, and the screwed up dynamics of the Family Kardashian. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/07/17·1h 2m

The True Story of Real World: Seattle's 'Slap Heard 'Round the World' with Irene McGee

To her chagrin, Irene McGee is best known for getting slapped in the face 20 years ago on The Real World: Seattle. This week on DirtCast, Irene joins us to discuss the aftershocks of being on one of the most iconic reality TV shows of our time and how she eventually accepted and found humor in her less-than-ideal path to notoriety.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/07/17·1h 8m

Gwyneth Paltrow: Oscar Winner, Snake-Oil Salesman (Recast)

This is a recast of DirtCast's 13th episode where Madeleine Davies and Bobby Finger are joined by Jezebel staff writer Stassa Edwards to discuss her lengthy research into the long-running and largely unscientific obsession Gwyneth Paltrow and her lifestyle brand, Goop, have with the nebulous concept of “wellness.” Edwards talks about Paltrow’s favorite “experts” (you know, the ones who tell you to walk barefoot and that airplanes give you cancer), the romanticization of Eastern medicine, and why you should probably never stick a jade egg up your vagina. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/07/17·1h 1m

Hollywood Girls Gone Wild with popculturediedin2009

popculturediedin2009 is one of the best celebrity gossip bloggers on the internet, which is interesting because A.) he's only 19 years old and B.) he's covering celebrity gossip from a full decade ago. This week, the prodigy behind the popular tumblr, Twitter and Instagram account joins us in the studio to talk about Lindsay Lohan, his early love of Anna Nicole Smith, and the familiar comfort of early aughts tabloids. It's widely agreed that pre-2010 is the last time celebrity gossip was good, so why not stay there? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/06/17·58m 16s

Bachelor in Paradise Lost

Comedian and TV personality Michelle Collins joins us in the studio to talk about the recent scandal out of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise, our most famous high school alumni, and what it’s like to see Leonardo DiCaprio while high on ecstasy at Coachella. Also in the episode, Madeleine and guest co-host Kate Dries talk about their weekend trip to a monster truck rally and what day Beyoncé REALLY gave birth to her twins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/06/17·1h 3m

Why Did Celebrities Turn Their Backs (and Wrists) on Kabbalah?

In the early 2000s, celebrities ranging from Madonna to Lindsay Lohan could be seen wearing a simple red string around their wrists, a sign that they were studying the ancient Jewish mysticism known as Kabbalah through the (then) trendy Kabbalah Centre. On this week’s DirtCast, culture writer Emaile Marthe joins us to discuss why, a decade later, Kabbalah has been all but abandoned by its celebrity followers and how the Centre lost its foothold as the epicenter of Hollywood spirituality.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/06/17·48m 11s

Damn Good TEA: A Look Back at Twin Peak’s Behind-the-Scenes Drama

Jezebel’s Culture Editor and Twin Peaks superfan Julianne Escobedo Shepherd joins as we go back to the early 1990s to explore the on-set romance between Kyle MacLachlan and Lara Flynn Boyle that (allegedly) changed the plot of Twin Peaks...probably for the worst.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/06/17·56m 32s

Your Favorite Celebrity Couple Is Probably Faking It

This week on the podcast, Madeleine is joined by Kevin Dickson and Jack Ketsoyan, co-authors of Blind Item, a new novel composed of veiled-but-true celebrity anecdotes from Dickson’s years editing tabloids and Ketsoyan’s time as a Hollywood publicist.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/05/17·45m 56s

Yama KIMYE Yay Bo

Kate Knibbs of the Ringer joins us to discuss why the ratings for Keeping Up with the Kardashians are in steep decline despite this being the series’ most dramatic season yet. Later in the episode, we take a trip to the THNK 1994 Museum to see our old friends Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins for an audio tour of their new (and delightful) exhibit, Yama Kippi Yay Bo: A Celebration of Kim Cattrall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/05/17·1h 5m

Would You Date a Fan?

This week on DirtCast, we’re delving into the swooning, heart-breaking world of teen fan magazines with experts in the field Anne Raso, who worked at Tiger Beat in the early ‘80s interviewing everyone from Duran Duran to New Edition, and forever-teen Dodai Stewart, Editor-in-Chief of Fusion, former Deputy Editor of Jezebel, and one time J-14 writer.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/05/17·1h 7m

Gwyneth Paltrow: Oscar Winner, Snake-Oil Salesman

This week, Bobby and Madeleine are joined by Jezebel staff writer Stassa Edwards to discuss her lengthy research into the long-running and largely unscientific obsession Gwyneth Paltrow and her lifestyle brand, Goop, have with the nebulous concept of “wellness.” Edwards talks about Paltrow’s favorite “experts” (you know, the ones who tell you to walk barefoot and that airplanes give you cancer), the romanticization of Eastern medicine, and why you should probably never stick a jade egg up your vagina. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/05/17·1h 1m

Tabloids! Tabloids! Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come for You?

Gossip Cop co-founder Michael Lewittes joins Bobby and Madeleine to discuss his years of experience debunking tabloid rumors, how to fact check celebrity gossip, and what it was like to produce Britney Spears’ infamous 2006 Dateline interview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/04/17·1h 12m

I’m in Vin Diesel’s Car, Broom Broom

This week in the studio, Madeleine and Bobby have Dayna Evans, Paul Walker super fan and Senior Writer at New York Magazine’s The Cut, to talk about The Fast and the Furious, a franchise that none of us should like, but all of us do. Who’d win in a fight between Vin Diesel, The Rock, and Jason Statham? Which men of Fast and the Furious would make the best slash fan fic? All this plus the reemergence of Harry Styles, Great British Bake Off drama, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/04/17·1h 12m

Busy Philipps Will NOT Be Killed Tonight

This week, Bobby and Madeleine discuss Busy Phillips' masterful Instagram stories (and her close call with death), the break up of Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers, whether or not the Spice Girls still like each other, and why anyone cares if Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are dating. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/04/17·58m 5s

Watch What Happens When You Work in Reality TV

Bobby and Madeleine are joined in the studio by Watch What Happens Live's Mariah Smith for a lengthy discussion about all things Bravo. From our favorite Real Housewives taglines to the enthralling antiheroes of Vanderpump Rules to the (often scary) Bravo fandom, no subject was too lowbrow to go unexplored. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/04/17·1h 12m

Break a Leg, Nancy Kerrigan!

Thanks to a poorly worded tweet from Kristi Yamaguchi (that happens to be this week’s Dirtiest Dirt), we’re taking a journey back to 1994, Co-founders of the THNK 1994 Museum, Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen, join us in the studio to talk about the saga of Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, whose side they're on, and whether Margot Robbie was the right choice to play the ice skater who famously had “No Comment.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/03/17·1h 12m

This Is US (Weekly)

Bobby and Madeleine talk with former US Weekly Deputy Managing Editor Amy Vinciguerra about the magazine's recent acquisition by the conservative-leaning American Media and what it was like to work there in its glory days. Also on this ep: Tyra Banks gives Rita Ora the boot and heartfelt discussion on Miss Tina Lawson's perfect Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/03/17·1h 5m

Can I Steal You for a Minute?

To celebrate the end of The Bachelor’s 21ST SEASON, Madeleine and Bobby sit down with Bachelor expert and Jezebel Deputy Editor Kate Dries to discuss the various ways producers manipulate contestants in order to create what’s become the most successful reality TV franchise of all time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/03/17·1h 5m

Just Xenu It: a Special (Suppressive) Scientology Episode

Bobby and Madeleine take an in-depth look at the criminal accusations surrounding actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson and the cover-ups that happen within the favorite religion of the rich and the famous. Episode features interviews with Tony Ortega, journalist and renowned critic of Scientology, and former Scientologist Chris Shelton.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/03/17·1h 5m

Is the "Oscar Curse" Fake News?

Sunday’s Academy Awards were a wild ride, but Bobby and Madeleine were able to recover and discuss the night’s biggest moments (and biggest feud) before chatting with Jezebel's Rich Juzwiak about the so-called "Oscar curse." Is it real? Is it a myth? Did Marisa Tomei actually win Best Supporting Actress? (Yes. The answer is yes.)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/03/17·1h 1m

Stars! They're Just Like Stars!

In preparation for Hollywood’s biggest night, Bobby and Madeleine chat with astrologer Rebecca Gordon about the star charts of the most notable nominees, and whether or not they should expect to take home an award this Sunday. Should Mahershala Ali expect a win? What about Natalie Portman? You’ll have to listen to find out.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/02/17·1h 2m

Tom! Hiddleston! Is! Sad!

Bobby and Madeleine speak with special guest (and Jezebel Senior Writer) the Honorable Judge Kara Brown about C-list celebrities selling their souls--and Flat Tummy Tea--on Instagram. Also discussed: the tragedy of Tom Hiddleston, scary entertainment lawyers, and the vanilla sex of Fifty Shades Darker.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/02/17·1h 4m

Bloated Careers & Bloated Faces

On our very first episode of DirtCast, hosts Bobby and Madeleine discuss Johnny Depp's wine budget, puzzle over the continued success of of Mel Gibson, and debate whether or not Titanic's Jack and Rose would've been a successful longterm couple. We also speak to former PR agent/current gossip blogger Rob Shuter on the symbiotic relationship between celebrities and the tabloids that cover them.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/02/17·53m 30s

Welcome to DirtCast!

Jezebel's Bobby Finger and Madeleine Davies introduce their new podcast DirtCast, in which each week they'll dissect the latest celebrity gossip with an analytical (but STILL FUN) eye. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/01/17·1m 48s
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