Chrystie Crownover Says Bruce Jenner’s Struggle ‘Didn’t Threaten Me’, Divorced Him For Other Reasons

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Chrystie Crownover, Bruce Jenner’s first wife, was the first to know about the decathlete’s struggle with his identity.

During Jenner’s 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer, the 65-year-old former Olympian revealed that Crownover was the first person he ever told about his struggle and his desire to become a woman.

Crownover confirmed this during an interview with Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos and said that she couldn’t “remember the exact words because it was such a shock to me, but he opened up his heart and confessed, and he had to share this deep, dark secret.”

Crownover was Jenner’s college sweetheart and the two got married in 1972. They have two children, Burt and Casey Jenner.

The daughter of a Mormon minister, Crownover admitted that she had a difficult time processing what Jenner said.

“It’s so hard to wrap your head around it, particularly because he was such a manly man,” she said. “He never indicated anything feminine in his demeanor.”

Despite Jenner’s revelation and her own confusion, Crownover shared that “it didn’t threaten me. It didn’t threaten our marriage.” She said that their marriage ended due to other reasons.

“It was an underlying unrest and an underlying dissatisfaction of being married that led to our divorce. His career as a decathlete was over. There were a lot of changes in his life that made him an unhappy guy right then,” she shared.

The two have since moved on from their marriage and Crownover said she watched the monumental ABC 20/20 special with Jenner and his family.

Even though the experience was “surreal,” Crownover said it was still great “because the family was together and that’s what I’m most proud of.”

And despite the “pain” she saw in Jenner’s eyes while they were watching the interview, she believes “it was cathartic to watch it together.”

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Linda Thompson Tried To ‘Fix’ Bruce Jenner, Admits To Being Ignorant About Transgender Issues

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Bruce Jenner’s 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer about his struggle with his gender identity has hopefully opened more than a few eyes and minds.

Now, his ex-wife Linda Thompson has also opened up about her life and marriage with the Olympic athlete.

Thompson wrote a compelling piece about her relationship with Bruce on the Huffington Post and said that she was sharing her experience as a means to “enlighten and inform — to lend a modicum of comfort and support for all those disenfranchised, struggling, discriminated-against, searching souls.”

But she clarified that her experience is “commensurately uniquely my own” and Bruce’s story and struggles are his own.

The former actress wrote about how she first saw Bruce while watching the Montreal Summer Olympics in 1976 with then boyfriend Elvis Presley and they both agreed that he was “handsome.”

Flash forward to three years later when she met Bruce at the Playboy Mansion during a charity event. He was already separated from his first wife at the time and Thompson described him as “sweet, shy and very gentlemanly.” The two were married in 1981 and had two sons together, Brandon and Brody. Thompson recalled that those were the happiest years of her life – until he confessed that he identified as a woman and wanted to move forward with the process of becoming a woman.

Thompson admitted to her own ignorance about being transgender and responded by insisting they go to therapy to see if they could “fix” things. They separated after 6 months of therapy.

Despite being “heartbroken,” the 64-year-old Thompson wrote she was determined to support her ex-husband and her two sons. Despite waiving alimony and child support, she continued to have an “open door” policy to give Bruce a chance to visit his sons whenever he wanted.

The powerful piece underlines Thompson’s devotion to her family and her support for her ex-husband. She said that she has already forgiven Bruce for those years and commends him for finally living his life the way he needs to.

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Kelly Ripa to Receive GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award, Anderson Cooper to Present It

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Kelly Ripa will receive the Excellence in Media Award at the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards in New York City. Her good friend Anderson Cooper will present the award to the Live! With Kelly and Michael star. Ripa learned this exciting news on Monday.

“For over a decade, Kelly Ripa has greeted millions of viewers with messages of acceptance and inclusion,” GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “By sharing inclusive stories with her audience and loudly voicing support for her LGBT friends and fans, Kelly is helping to drive acceptance forward.”

Kelly Ripa will be in good company when receiving this Excellence in Media Award. Past recipients include Diane Sawyer, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Judy Shepard, and Russell Simmons.

The GLAAD Media Awards are scheduled for May 9th at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Ross Mathews will host the event. Distinguished guests will include Laverne Cox, Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, Jonathan Groff, and Homeland’s Rupert Friend.

This isn’t the only honor Kelly Ripa celebrated on Monday. On Sunday she won Best Entertainment Talk Show Host with cohost Michael Strahan at the Daytime Emmys.

Just days ago Kelly Ripa shared some emotional words in honor of the late Dr. Frederic Brandt. The renown cosmetic surgeon took his own life earlier this month.

Hopefully her Emmy Award and Excellence in Media Award from GLAAD will help lighten the heavy heart she has felt since her dear friend’s passing.

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Jayne Meadows, Wife of Steve Allen, Dies at 95

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Jayne Meadows, wife of the late Steve Allen, died on Sunday at her home in Encino, California at the age of 95. An actress and TV personality, Meadows was also known for her role as a panelist on the game show, ‘I’ve Got A Secret.’

Meadows and Steve Allen were known for their comedic banter. She was often referred to as ‘chatty.’

During a joint interview back in 1981, a reporter asked if Jayne Meadows had felt a recent minor earthquake in Los Angeles. She replied that her husband had but she had not.

“She was talking at the time,” Steve Allen deadpanned.

Jayne Meadows had a long-running role on the 1970s drama Medical Center as a nurse, and she played the part of Billy Crystal’s mother in the film City Slickers.

Jayne wasn’t the only actress in her family either. Sister Audrey Meadows played the role of Alice Kramden alongside Jackie Gleason on The Honeymooners.

Jayne Meadows was born in China in 1919 to missionary parents. The family moved back to the United States when she was eight years old, and she was raised in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

The actress is survived by her son, Bill Allen, as well as by three grandchildren.

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Scott Disick Partied in Vegas While Family Watched Bruce Jenner Interview On Friday

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Scott Disick chose to party in Vegas instead of gather with members of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians family in support of Bruce Jenner, when his interview with Diane Sawyer aired on Friday night.

Hollywood Life reports that Disick ‘ditched’ the gang and headed to Las Vegas instead. And while that’s not a big surprise–Scott Disick heading to Vegas–the reason he didn’t watch the interview with the family is surprising, in a very troubling way.

“Scott thinks the whole situation is weird and was talking to friends and cracking jokes about Bruce’s special throughout the night. He had no intention to watch the show with Bruce and the rest of the family and he doesn’t even want to watch the show now,” a source tells Hollywood Life.

Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian have been a couple for nine years and they have three children together. Scott has long been a member of the Jenner-Kardashian family, so it’s really rather shocking that he would refuse to support Bruce Jenner when he needed it the most.

Some wonder now if Scott Disick ditching Bruce Jenner’s interview–and the family members who watched it together–will cause problems between him and Khloe and Kim Kardashian. They were both disgusted when Kim’s ex-husband Kris Humphries made a very unkind remark about Bruce.

Kris Humphries later apologized, but remains on Kim and Khloe Kardashian’s sh*t list for the insensitive comment.

Is Scott Disick the new leader on that list? How do you suppose Bruce Jenner feels about him not showing up to lend his support? Kourtney Kardashian can’t be too pleased either.

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Chrystie Scott, Bruce Jenner’s First Ex-Wife, Lent Support During Diane Sawyer Interview

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Chrystie Scott, Bruce Jenner’s first ex-wife, was present when the Keeping Up With the Kardashians patriarch was interviewed by Diane Sawyer on 20/20 Friday night. Scott joined several other family members who surrounded Bruce as the interview aired. She hoped her presence would lend some support.

Bruce Jenner and Chrystie Scott were married from 1972 to 1981, and have two children–Burt and Cassandra Jenner–together.

Chrystie Scott spoke with Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos on Monday about the interview that aired on Friday night.

“I can’t remember the exact words because it was such a shock to me, but he opened up his heart and confessed, and he had to share this deep, dark secret,” she explained of Bruce Jenner during the early years of their marriage. “He told me he wanted to be a woman, and understandably, I didn’t know what to say.”

“It’s so hard to wrap your head around it, particularly because he was such a manly man,” she continued. “He never indicated anything feminine in his demeanor.”

“It broke my heart. I reached over and tried to give him a little comfort,” Chrystie Scott told GMA. “It broke my heart for him. It was sad.”

Despite the tears Bruce Jenner shed, Scott believes the interview was a positive event in his life.

“I think it was cathartic for him,” she says.

“I’m sure there are plenty of people that don’t have the courage to come out at all, ever, and they live private, dark, tortured lives, and that’s tragic,” Chrystie Scott concluded. “That’s just tragic and the fact that he did share it with me that first year, I feel like that was actually a gift he gave to me to trust me with something so intimate.”

Bruce Jenner is fortunate to have the support of two of his ex-wives. In a conversation on The Today Show Monday, Kathie Lee Gifford said Kris Jenner supports him, too. She explained that Jenner is still processing what these other ex-wives have known for years. She and husband Frank Gifford are good friends with both Bruce and Kris Jenner.

Do you expect Kris Jenner will one day come around the way Chrystie Scott and Linda Thompson have, and show her support for Bruce Jenner as well?

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Mark Wahlberg Gives $100 to Wheelchair-Bound Man in Beverly Hills

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Mark Wahlberg was captured on camera giving a $100 bill to a wheelchair-bound man outside of a restaurant in Beverly Hills. It was Thursday when he and wife Rhea Durman–along with some of their friends–dined for lunch at E. Baldi. When he spotted the man in the wheelchair as they were leaving, he pressed the money into his hand.

People magazine reports that Mark Wahlberg was dressed very casually–wearing jeans and work boots topped with a Travis Matthews t-shirt. The recipient of the money appeared grateful, according to the publication.

Mark Wahlberg is no stranger to philanthropy. The Boston native founded the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in 2001. It’s mission is “to improve the quality of life for inner city youth,” according to the foundation’s website.

The Ted 2 star has long supported the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children in Los Angeles. In 2012, the center honored him for his “deep and impactful” generosity.

Philanthropy didn’t get Mark Wahlberg a pardon from crimes committed in his youth, however. Even though he listed his efforts on his application for that pardon, it didn’t seem to make a difference to those making the final decision.

“I have not engaged in philanthropic efforts in order to make people forget about my past,” Mark Wahlberg said on the application. “To the contrary, I want people to remember my past so that I can serve as an example of how lives can be turned around and how people can be redeemed.”

Mark Wahlberg certainly doesn’t seem like the kind of person to gives to others in order to receive something in return. Despite being denied the pardon in Massachusetts that he applied for, he is still abundantly philanthropic to this day. He likely made the day of the wheelchair-bound man in Beverly Hills when he gave him that money on Thursday. Don’t you wish more celebrities would follow in his footsteps and use some of their wealth for good?

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Alison Sweeney Confirms Sami Brady Will Return to ‘Days of Our Lives’

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Alison Sweeney has confirmed that Sami Brady will return to Days of Our Lives. However lest you jump for joy about Sami Brady once again becoming a permanent fixture in Salem, it sounds like she’s only returning for the show’s 50th anniversary celebration, set to air later in 2015.

When Sweeney left Days of Our Lives in December, she made it clear she was always open to returning. She didn’t elaborate, however, on whether that return would be for good or simply for a quick visit in Salem.

While confirmation about Alison Sweeney returning to Days didn’t come in the form of a statement, it did come in the form of an Instagram photo she shared with her followers.

In that photo, Sweeney–also host of The Biggest Loser–is holding a script. That script is very clearly labeled, “Ali/Sami” at the top.

“Guess what?! I get to be a part of celebrating #days50 !!! So thrilled!!!” Alison Sweeney captioned the post.

A photo posted by Ali Sweeney (@alisweeney) on

What do you expect Sami Brady will do when she returns to Salem and learns that Lucas Horton (just one of her ex-husbands, and her son Will Horton’s father) has taken up with Adrienne Kiriakis (played by Judi Evans) even though Adrienne is still married to Justin?

Alison Sweeney was a mainstay on Days of Our Lives, and most fans will say the show simply isn’t the same without her.

Are you a Days of Our Lives fans? Will you now be counting the days until Alison Sweeney (as Sami Brady) makes her return to the daytime drama?

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Kathie Lee Gifford Defends Kris Jenner During Bruce Jenner Transition

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Kathie Lee Gifford has come to the defense of Keeping Up With the Kardashians matriarch Kris Jenner in light of Bruce Jenner’s recent interview about his transition from a man to a woman, and how Kris has been dissed in the media for not supporting him.

Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford have long been friends with Bruce and Kris Jenner. It was Frank who told Kathie Lee about Bruce’s transition and his interview with Diane Sawyer.

Kathie Lee Gifford had a conversation with Bruce Jenner just a week ahead of last Friday’s interview.

“Nothing I said, or he said to me, will ever be revealed,” she told viewers on the Today Show segment she shares with Hota Kotb. “But, I’m glad that we did have a long talk because I was prepared for everything he was going to say and even more, and I am grateful for that because we all want to know how to go forward. We all want to love him through this.”

Kris Jenner has been under fire since the Bruce Jenner and Diane Sawyer interview on 20/20 Friday night. Bruce’s two former ex-wives issued statements about his transition, while Kris refused to comment.

“The other [wives Chrystie Crownover and Linda Thompson], both fine women, had a long time to get used to this,” Kathie Lee Gifford explained. “This was new to Kris. She’s trying to get her act together. She’s trying to be a good friend to him. Trying to still be a good parent. It’s complicated in ways that we cannot even comprehend. Frank and I send our love and prayers to Bruce and his family. God loves you and so do we.”

Do you think people will go a bit easier on the Keeping Up With the Kardashians matriarch in light of Kathie Lee Gifford’s remark?

Gifford also lauded Bruce Jenner for being brave enough to go forward with his huge life change.

“We also know that there are children who are…that have to learn how to deal with this,” shesaid. “If you could imagine the surprise– mean how do you deal with that? The way you do is ultimately when you put love first and try to put yourself in someone else’s high heels, I suppose, and Louboutins in their case. The story isn’t over obviously. The transition goes on.”

Kudos to Kathie Lee Gifford for supporting both Bruce and Kris Jenner during this time of significant change. Are you surprised–given the strong Christian faith that Kathie Lee Gifford practices–that she so easily accepts what Bruce is going through?

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iPhone, Mac & App Store Give Apple Another Big Quarter

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Apple released its financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28. Thanks to strong performance by its iPhone, Mac and App Store businesses, the company posted 27% revenue growth and 40% EPS growth, setting records for the second quarter.

The company managed to exceed Wall Street expectations.

Quarterly revenue was $58 billion and quarterly net profit was $13.6 billion compared to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion for the same quarter last year.

Gross margin was 40.8% compared to 39.3% last year, and international sales accounted for 69% of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple credits record second-quarter sales of iPhone and Mac as well as an all-time record performance from the App Store with driving the company’s impressive growth.

CEO Tim Cook said, “We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever. We’re seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we’ve experienced in previous cycles, and we’re off to an exciting start to the June quarter with the launch of Apple Watch.”

Note that he didn’t include the iPad in there as sales of those were reportedly worse than expected.

“The tremendous customer demand for our products and services in the March quarter drove revenue growth of 27 percent and EPS growth of 40 percent,” said CFO Luca Maestri. “Cash flow from operations was also outstanding at $19.1 billion.”

For its fiscal 2015 Q3, Apple is projecting revenue between $46 billion and $48 billion and gross margin between 38.5% and 39.5%.

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