Alpine ski racer Bode Miller’s emotional Olympic moment is getting as much attention as his accomplishment — a bronze medal in the men’s super-G, People reports.
After finishing the race Sunday and learning of the result — a tie for third with Jan Hudec of Canada — Miller, 36, was interviewed by Christin Cooper for Sochi Games broadcaster NBC and brought to tears by her questions about his brother, Chelone Miller, who died of an apparent seizure last April at age 29.
Cooper, an Olympic skier who won a silver medal in the 1984 Games for giant slalom, is being criticized online for her repeated questions about his emotional state, which was clearly fragile at the time of the interview.
“Bode, you’re showing so much emotion down here, what’s going through your mind?” Cooper asked, according to The New York Times, to which Miller responded, “A long struggle coming in here. And, uh, just a tough year.”
“I know you wanted to be here with Chelly experiencing these games,” Cooper continued. “How much does it mean to you to come up with a great performance for him? And was it for him?”
Miller said he wasn’t sure that the medal was for his brother, but rather to “make myself proud.”
Miller began to cry at this point, to which Cooper responded, “What’s going on there?” The question only encouraged his emotion, and Miller broke down and walked away from the interview.
Critics, like The Times, say Cooper’s interview, which reportedly lasted 75 seconds, was “overkill.” Some are also wondering why NBC didn’t edit or cut the moment for the prime-time broadcast because the interview had been taped earlier in the day. Miller, however, has since defended Cooper in several Twitter posts:
“I appreciate everyone sticking up for me. Please be gentle w christin cooper, it was crazy emotional and not all her fault. #heatofthemoment” and “My emotions were very raw, she asked the questions that every interviewer would have, pushing is part of it, she wasnt trying to cause pain.”
Miller then retweeted a post that suggested the producers were at fault, and Cooper was being told what to ask.
NBC Sports released a statement to several news outlets, saying, “Our intent was to convey the emotion that Bode Miller was feeling after winning his bronze medal. We understand how some viewers thought the line of questioning went too far, but it was our judgment that his answers were a necessary part of the story. We’re gratified that Bode has been publicly supportive of Christin Cooper and the overall interview.”
In an interview with Matt Lauer Monday on “Today,” Miller reiterated his support of Cooper.
“I’ve known Christin a long time. She’s a sweetheart of a person. I know she didn’t mean to push,” he said. “I don’t blame her at all.”
“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, and Jess Cagle, editor of People and editorial director of Entertainment Weekly, return to host the Oscars “Red Carpet Live” show along with actor, model and television host Tyson Beckford. The Oscars “Red Carpet Live” airs on March 2 at 7 p.m. on ABC, the network announced Monday. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air immediately following “Red Carpet Live.”
Simon Cowell was right about his son, Eric: he is a very handsome little boy, E! News reports.
The music mogul introduced his adorable son with girlfriend Lauren Silverman in a series of photographs on his Twitter account on Sunday.
“Mum, Dad and Eric. Now two days old,” the “X Factor” judge captioned one heartwarming black-and-white snapshot of the new family of three at a New York City hospital.
The 54-year-old Brit is cradling the tiny newborn, who appears to be a little bit fussy when the photo was snapped. The 36-year-old is leaning against her beau and is gazing lovingly at her baby boy.
“… now you can see how very handsome little Eric is,” Cowell wrote along with a peaceful close-up of Eric resting.
E! News broke the story that Cowell and Silverman welcomed their first child together on Valentine’s Day. The proud papa took to Twitter to reveal his son’s name and give an update about his girlfriend.
“Very happy to say Eric was born at 17.45pm. Healthy and handsome,” he tweeted, and added, “Lauren in great shape. Thanks for all of your kind messages.”
The couple named their first child together after his father, Eric Selig Phillip Cowell, who died in 1999.
Cowell’s rep added that the newborn weighed 6 pounds and 7 ounces.
It’s a girl!
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt welcomed their first child, a daughter, on Sunday, People reports.
The actor, 34, made the happy announcement himself via Twitter.
“Wanted to let the news out directly. Emily and I are so incredibly happy to welcome our daughter Hazel into the world today! Happy bday!” the former “The Office” star writes.
The couple, who were married in 2010, announced the pregnancy in September.
In December, Blunt, 30, was honored at a baby shower celebrating the impending arrival.
Melissa Harris-Perry had someone new to love on Valentine’s Day: her baby girl, People reports.
The MSNBC journalist, 40, and her husband, James Perry, welcomed their first child together, a daughter, through adoption on Friday, the couple announced via Twitter.
“Best Valentine Ever! [James] and I welcomed our daughter yesterday!” the Melissa Harris-Perry host, who is also mom to 12-year-old daughter Parker, writes.
The new dad posted a picture of the couple cradling their bundled baby. “Here’s the wonderful Valentine’s day gift that [Melissa] and I received yesterday! A beautiful baby girl,” he tweeted.
The couple were married in October 2010.
Ellen Page may have been keeping her sexuality private prior to her coming out on Friday, but actress Jane Lynch believes now is not the time to dwell on the past.
In her speech at Friday’s Time to THRIVE conference benefiting LGBT youth, Page said she was “tired of lying by omission.”
Joining the long list of celebrities who are applauding Page’s decision to speak out, the “Glee” star told People on Saturday that she can easily relate to the pressure the young actress has faced.
“When I was younger, I lied by omission. She should give herself a break and not call it ‘lying,’ ” Lynch, who is also openly gay, said during the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards in Hollywood.
“But I know what it is to feel like you can’t be open and honest about your orientation. Good for her!”
Following Page’s announcement, celebrities took to Twitter to praise the Oscar-nominated actress for her powerful speech.
“Thank you @HRC and everyone for all the love and support. X,” Page tweeted on Friday.
An exhibit in Pittsburgh is celebrating the history of female comic artists, some of whom began laying the groundwork 100 years ago for the success of women in the industry today, The Associated Press reports.
The exhibit at the ToonSeum includes originals by Nell Brinkley, who created masterful drawings of curly-haired working girls starting about 1907.
ToonSeum director Joe Wos notes that even successful female artists faced difficulty at first. Their characters and stories were mostly related to fashion and women’s experiences, while male comic artists could write about anything.
The barriers began to break down in the 1940s and then again in the ’70s as an underground movement led to female artists freely creating stories about sexuality and discrimination.
The exhibit, “Wonder Women, On Page and Off,” runs until March 30.