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Kesha, Pink & Fergie Appearing Thanksgiving Night on "Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular"


Michael Becker/FOXKesha, Pink and Fergie are among the stars appearing Thanksgiving night on Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular. The special is designed to raise money for and awareness of pet shelters, shelter dogs, and pet adoptions in general.

The involvement of these three stars isn't surprising, since Pink has been outspoken on the topic of animal rights, Kesha is an ambassador for the Humane Society, and Fergie is a big dog lover, even featuring her pooch on her family's holiday cards.  Gavin DeGraw is also on the bill for the event.

During the show, you'll see inspiring and hilarious stories of heroic dogs, profiles of those who dedicate their lives to rescuing animals in need, viral dog videos and more.  You'll find out how you can adopt a rescue dog of your own, or donate to various shelters and rescue groups.  There will also be awards presented for Cutest Puppy, Best Celebrity Dog/Lookalike, Smartest Dog and other crazy canine categories.  In addition, the "Shelter Hero of the Year" award, honoring someone who's dedicated their life to helping shelter dogs, will be presented.

Jane Lynch and Hilary Swank co-host Cause for Paws Thursday night on Fox starting at 8 p.m. ET. Scarlett Johansson, Betty White, Kelly and Sharon Osbourne, Glee's Amber Riley, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Julianne Hough, Kristen Chenoweth, Kathy Griffin, Max Greenfield and others will appear as well.

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For Fergie, Thanksgiving's a Toss-up Between Food & Football


Image Croup LA/ABCFor most people, Thanksgiving is all about the food.  But Fergie's one of those women who says that on Turkey Day, she enjoys both pigging out...and watching guys toss the pigskin around.

Fergie's a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins, and her husband Josh Duhamel is a Minnesota Vikings fan.  And even though this year, neither of their teams are actually playing, they'll still be watching.

"I mean, how are you gonna make me pick?" laughs Fergie when asked to choose between eating and watching the game on Thanksgiving.  "I mean, they go hand in hand. Thanksgiving and football? You kidding me? You eat and you sit there, and you let the food just sit there and process while you're laying there on the couch and watching the football game and being a lazy log!"

Of course, since the two love different teams, Fergie says she and Josh have come to an "agreement."  "So, if we just say that our next favorite team is the other's team -- like, my second favorite has to be the Vikings -- that's okay," she explains. "And you know what?  It truly is, after the Dolphins, because if the Vikings lose, my husband's not gonna be in a good mood! So I definitely take that to heart."

However, the team loyalty of their young son Axl Jack is still to be determined, according to Fergie.

"That's gonna be a toughie, when he gets old enough to know about which team," she says of whether Axl will be a Dolphins or Vikings supporter. "I think it depends on football Sunday who gets to him first to get dressed!" 

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Nick Jonas' Thanksgiving Day Plans: Parade, Time with Girlfriend & Food


Charles Sykes/BravoFresh from the finale of ABC's Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday night, Nick Jonas will appear on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday morning on NBC.  He'll be on the Royal Caribbean float performing his hit single "Jealous," after which, he says, it'll be time to get together with loved ones.

"[I'm] gonna go up to Rhode Island actually and spend some time with my girlfriend and her friends and family, and my parents are out, and my little brother...they're here as well, so it'll be a nice day," Nick tells ABC News Radio.  Nick's girlfriend, former Miss Universe and Miss USA Olivia Culpo, was Miss Rhode Island in 2012 -- it was the first pageant she ever entered.

As for Thanksgiving dinner, Nick says despite his current incredibly ripped and buff bod, thanks to his role as a mixed martial artist on the TV show Kingdom, he'll allow himself to pig out.  "I'm definitely gonna enjoy myself," he laughs. "I probably start the hardcore training again in about a month ago. Right now, I can enjoy a little bit too much food."

Nick's new single, "Jealous," partially inspired by Olivia, has become his first top-10 solo hit, and his self-titled solo album debuted in the top 10 as well.  Asked what he's most thankful for this year, Nick tells ABC News Radio it's all about this latest stage of his music career.

"I think I'm most thankful for the opportunities I've been given and the chance to kinda restart and take on a totally new stage in my life and career," he says.

Nick will also perform "Jealous" on NBC's The Voice Monday night.

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Taylor Swift Joins Robin Roberts Thanksgiving Night for ABC's "Thank You America!" Special


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAs if she hasn't already been on seemingly every TV channel there is, Taylor Swift will be on your TV twice Thanksgiving Day.

The singer will appear on ABC Thanksgiving night as part of the special Thank You America!, hosted by Robin Roberts.  The show airing at 8 p.m, ET,  celebrates unsung heroes and rewards them with surprises that will change their lives.  Among those spotlighted: a sanitation worker who founded a food pantry and a couple who have foster-parented more than 90 children throughout the years.  There's also a special tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

During the show, Taylor sits down with Roberts to talk about all that she's thankful for this holiday season -- we're guessing the success of her album 1989 is pretty high on that list.

In the morning of Thanksgiving Day, Taylor will be seen performing on The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS, which airs at live at 9 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. CT and 7 a.m. MT and delayed at 9 a.m. PT.

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Mary Lambert's Thanksgiving "Secret": She's Never Made a Turkey Before


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteMary Lambert originally thought she wouldn't be able to spend Thanksgiving with her girlfriend, The Voice alum Michelle Chamuel, but then their plans changed.  Now, Mary says she just has to figure out how not to "destroy" the first turkey she's ever made in her life.

"I wasn't originally [going to be home for Thanksgiving], and my girlfriend actually was going to be doing press in Canada, and both of our things sort of got cancelled," Mary tells ABC News Radio. "So it was kind of a shock, 'cause they got cancelled the same morning. So I called her and I was like, 'I know you're going to be gone but I'm going to be home for Thanksgiving.' And she's like, 'Shut up! I just found out my stuff got cancelled too.' So we get to be home for Thanksgiving, which is like, oh my God...so happy!"

Mary says she and Michelle will be together, but won't be visiting their families.  "It would be nice to see everybody, but traveling on top of traveling for both of us is just so exhausting that it's so nice to just be home with the cat," she laughs. "And I'm going to make a turkey for the first time ever, as an adult."

Along with the turkey, Mary plans to create a side dish that's a family tradition.

"My mom makes really amazing scalloped potatoes so I'm going to try to use the scalloped potato family recipe," she says. "And not totally destroy this turkey!"  

After Thanksgiving, Mary, who presented at Sunday night's AMAs and performed during the pre-show,will be doing a few Christmas shows in support of her hit single "Secrets."  Next summer, she'll hit the road with The Script.

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Pharrell Williams to Receive Hollywood Star on December 4


Art Streiber/NBCHere's something Pharrell Williams can be thankful for, post-Thanksgiving: he'll receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 4.

Pharrell will receive the 2,537th star on the famous walk during a ceremony that begins at 11:30 a.m. PT.  The star will be unveiled in front of the W Hotel Hollywood, and in addition to Pharrell, Ellen DeGeneres will be on hand for the proceedings. You'll be able watch the ceremony at WalkofFame.com.

In a statement, Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, says of The Voice coach:  "His music is known the world over, and we are confident that fans will be ‘happy’ to see his star shine on our Walk of Fame."

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John Mayer to Fill In as Host of CBS' "The Late Late Show" in February


Eric McCandless/CBSA couple of years ago, there was talk that John Mayer was going to get his own musical variety show on CBS.  Well, that never materialized, but the singer is getting a chance to guest-host a previously existing CBS show.

Craig Ferguson is stepping down as the host of The Late Late Show on December 19, and the new host, British personality James Corden, doesn't take over until March 9.  To fill the gaps, CBS is lining up a variety of fill-in hosts, and John is one of them. In fact, he's the only musician tapped to do it, but it's not clear if he'll be performing as well.

John says on Twitter that he'll be hosting the show for three nights, during the week leading up to the Grammys in February.  He adds, "Three days might not seem like a long time, but it's exactly as long as it takes to mail a letter to CBS saying 'please make this stop.'"

John is joining other guest hosts like Drew Carey -- who'll kick things off January 5, and will also do the final fill-in week on March 2 -- plus Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, comedian Jim Gaffigan and former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes.

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Taylor Swift Makes Way for One Direction at #1; Christmas Albums Complete Top 10


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteOne Direction's new album, FOUR, has debuted at #1 on the album chart, which means that Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriend has now replaced her in the top spot.

Taylor's album 1989, which has spent three weeks at #1, now slips to #2 as her ex Harry Styles and the rest of 1D take over the top slot with FOUR.  Ironically, Harry allegedly inspired some of the songs on 1989. With first-week sales of 387,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, FOUR notches the second-largest sales debut of the year, after -- you guessed it -- Taylor's album.  It's also the largest sales week for a group in 2014.

Despite the good news, sales of FOUR were slightly down from projected totals of 420,000 copies.  The band's most recent disc, 2013's Midnight Memories, opened with 546,000 copies.

Meanwhile, 1989 has now sold 2.21 million copies.  There are five weeks left in the sales year, so if 1989 at its current pace, it may overtake what is currently the best-selling album of 2014: the Frozen soundtrack, which has moved 3.27 million copies.

Speaking of Frozen, Christmas albums have overtaken the rest of the top ten, as That's Christmas to Me, the latest from a cappella group Pentatonix, jumps to #3, while  Frozen star Idina Menzel's album, Holiday Wishes, jumps to #10 on a 39% sales increase.  Michael Buble's 2011 album, Christmas, is also back in the top 10, currently at #9.  It's returned to the top 10 every year since it first came out.

Elsewhere on the chart, Nickelback's new album, No Fixed Address, has debuted at #4.  It's the Canadian rock band's sixth top-10 album.

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Rihanna Teases New Music from Forthcoming New Album


Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna has finally given us a taste of what to expect for her eighth album, tentatively titled R8. The singer has shared a brief snippet of an untitled song via Instagram.

"Phuckin roun in da studio," wrote Ri Ri in the accompanying caption. Although the 15-second video is black, with no images at all, her vocals come off crystal clear.  "Ain't none of this sh** promised, ain’t none of this promised," she sings over blaring sirens. "Ain't none of this sh** certain, ain't none of this certain."

The singer also had a message for any false reports circulating about her highly-anticipated project. "ANY news about #R8 will be delivered directly from me!!!!" she tweeted.

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Sia the Big Winner at the "Australian Grammys"; Iggy & 5SOS Also Take Home Trophies


RCA RecordsSia's had a great year, scoring a #1 album and a hit with "Chandelier."  Now, she's been richly rewarded by her home country of Australia.

The singer/songwriter scored four trophies at the ARIA Awards, Australia's version of the Grammys, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  She won for Album of the Year and Best Pop Release, for 1,000 Forms of Fear, while the "Chandelier" video was named Best Video.  Sia was also named Best Female.  Katy Perry, in the country on her Prismatic World Tour, accepted on her behalf.

Iggy Azalea was named Best Breakthrough Act at the ceremony, beating out 5 Seconds of Summer, among others.  Rising band Sheppard, whose song "Geronimo" is just starting to creep onto the charts here in the U.S., was named Best Group, also beating out 5 Seconds of Summer.  5SOS didn't go home empty-handed, however: in the publicly-voted Song of the Year category, they won for "She Looks So Perfect."

Vance Joy, nominated for two awards, did go home empty-handed, while in the publicly-voted categories Best Australian Live Act and Best International Act, the winners were Keith Urban and One Direction, respectively.  1D and 5SOS both performed on the show.

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John Legend Admits It Wasn't Love at First Sight for Him & Supermodel Wife


Image Courtesy Brian Bowen Smith As much as you might like to think John Legend fell head-over-heels the first time he met his supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen, it's simply not true.  Even though she went on to inspire his #1 hit "All of Me," John tells Los Angeles Confidential magazine it wasn't love at first sight.

"Not right away," he tells the magazine. "I’m more cautious than that. I wasn’t like, ‘This is the woman I’m going to marry’ from day one. For me I’m the kind of person who needs to grow into that feeling."

He adds, "It was probably a couple of years in, when I could already see us being together forever." 

Speaking about writing "All of Me" about Chrissy, though, John explains, "The more you know someone, the more you’re inspired by your relationship. Also, I grew up just learning what it means to be in love with somebody… because I had never really been in love before. I guess you have to grow enough to be able to write that song with sincerity and authenticity."

While "All of Me" is a great song in and of itself, John says he thinks the fact that he performed the tune on the Grammys telecast is the thing that really turned it into a monster single.

"The Grammys really vaulted that song from a song that was kind of chugging along on the radio but not breaking through in the way we believed it should and could -- the Grammys took it from No. 49 on iTunes to No. 3 in one night," he tells the magazine. "That was the single most important element that made ‘All of Me’ a huge hit. I’m grateful to them for that and everything that came before that.”

You can read more of John's cover story in the December/January issue of Los Angeles Confidential.

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Rita Ora Says "Fifty Shades of Grey" Cameo Has Launched Her Acting Career


Image Group LA/ABCRita Ora has a small part in one of 2015's most anticipated movies: Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the best-selling series of erotic novels by E.L. James.  But Rita says that small part has now helped her launch her movie career.

Speaking to OK! magazine, Rita says of the controversial film, "Everyone is going to have their own opinions. But for me, this was such a great cameo to be involved in, and even though I'm only in it for a little bit, it's opened the door to a lot of movie things that I haven't actually announced yet."

The "Black Widow" singer adds, "Fifty Shades is going to make a lot of waves, I'll tell you that much. It's going to be awesome."  She notes that she now has the acting "bug for real," saying, "Fifty Shades was a moment of cameo and a really good wake-up call. It was nice to be a part of it and it opened a lot of doors."

In the movie, Rita plays Mia, the adopted sister of the main character, Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan.  The movie's out February 13.

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One Direction Scores Fourth Straight #1 Album with "FOUR"


SYCO/Columbia RecordsOne Direction's new album, FOUR, is now their fourth straight #1 album.

The new disc has entered the Billboard chart at the top, with first-week sales of more than 387,000 copies, according to the band's record label.  This makes them the first group ever to have its first four albums debut at #1.

The album's #1 debut was predicted several days ago.  As the news spread, Liam Payne told ABC News Radio Sunday that the prospect of that achievement was "amazing."  "I mean, I don't even know what to say, really. It's quite crazy, like, we spent so much time writing this album this year and then for it to be received so well, it's a lot more personal to us." 

1D promoted FOUR hard, making multiple TV appearances, from ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, to the American Music Awards, to the Ellen DeGeneres Show.  Liam Payne even popped up on ABC's Dancing with the Stars to give pep talk to contestant Sadie Robertson.  Next up for the group is a Saturday Night Live appearance, airing December 20.

1D's On the Road Again tour will kick off July 9, 2015. Tickets are already on sale.

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Meghan Trainor Teases Fake "Thanksgiving Carols" Album on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"


Brooke Nipar/Epic RecordsOn Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night, the late night host lamented the lack of seasonal songs for Thanksgiving, and presented a solution with a fake commercial for Meghan Trainor's Thanksgiving Carols album.

The "All About That Bass" singer -- who earlier Tuesday night performed on the finale of Dancing with the Stars -- appeared in the spot, in which she sang songs Kimmel claimed, "will soon be considered Thanksgiving holiday classics."

Meghan previewed such ditties as "Uncle Dan Hates Obama (And Won't Shut Up About Benghazi)" and "I'm Not Bringing Leftovers on the Plane, Mom." 

According to the phony spot, the fake album is available at Walgreens.


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"The Voice" Recap: Ryan Sill Saved Again


Trae Patton/NBCFor the second week in a row, Ryan Sill has been saved by the viewers during a Voice results show.

The Team Gwen Stefani member again benefited from the "instant save" Tuesday night after he, his teammate Anita Antoinette, and Team Blake Shelton's Reagan James were in danger of elimination.

Each artist performed for the viewers, who then cast their "instant save" votes on Twitter and The Voice app. Ryan sang Howie Day's "Collide," Anita covered the Jason Mraz hit "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)," and Reagan delivered a rendition of Nelly Furtado's "I'm Like a Bird."

Earlier in the night, recent Voice adviser Taylor Swift performed her latest hit, "Blank Space." Afterward, she thanked her fans for the success of 1989, and remarked that she has a "permanent smile" on her face after taking a risk with her top-selling pop album.

The one-hour results show also featured performances by Adam Levine and his artists, who sang Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young," and Pharrell Williams and his protégés, who belted out Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."

Toward the end of his team's performance, Pharrell revised the lyrics and sang, "And I think to myself, we need justice to unfurl," a likely reference to the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, this week after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

The top eight will take the stage next Monday night on NBC.

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Lorde Recalls Milkshakes with Taylor Swift, Plugs "Hunger Games" Soundtrack on "Tonight Show"


Douglas Gorenstein/NBCLorde says she met Taylor Swift for the first time when the two got together in New York City and bonded over milkshakes at the fast food outlet Shake Shack.

During an appearance on The Tonight Show Tuesday to plug The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack,which she curated, the 18-year-old New Zealand native said Taylor reached out to her first by sending her flowers.  "She sent me some flowers, which was so nice," Lorde told Fallon. "She sent them to my house and said like, 'congratulations on everything." And I was like, 'God.'"

The singer said they eventually "met up" in New York at Shake Shack.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack features performances by a number of artists, including Ariana Grande, Charli XCX and Lorde herself.

The singer told Fallon she didn't know anything about putting a movie soundtrack together, but somehow managed to get it finished in record time, despite being in the middle of a concert tour.

"I think it took like two-and-a-half months, which was like kind of abnormally short," she recalls. "And I was on the road on the tour bus and I would literally run offstage...and get into my bed on the tour bus and just start work for the day on it."

Lorde told Fallon she "called, texted and emailed" artists to get them on board.

Later, Lorde performed "Yellow Flicker Beat," her song from the soundtrack.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 original motion picture soundtrack is available now.

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What Thanksgiving Dish is Jason Derulo Dreaming Of? Hint: It's Not Turkey & Stuffing


Credit: Ben WattsAfter a year of non-stop travel and touring, Jason Derulo can't wait to get home and sit down to his Thanksgiving dinner.  Except the dish he's most looking forward to eating isn't your typical Thanksgiving dish: it doesn't involve turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce.

"I'm going home for Thanksgiving -- [I'm] probably gonna put on a couple of pounds over the holiday. I'm excited," Jason tells ABC News Radio "My mom makes the best lasagna ever, so she knows she has to make that!"

Unfortunately, Jason says that his mom doesn't particularly like to make his favorite dish, so he has to nag her about it.

"You know, it takes her a couple hours to do it so she's always like, 'Uhhh, I don't wanna do it!'" laughs Jason. "I'm like, "Ma! It's Thanksgiving. We don't have a choice on that day!' [So] I'm really excited to eat all the food."

If you're wondering why Jason doesn't simply make his own darn lasagne instead of expecting his mom to do it for him, well, it's because he actually can't cook.  But that's something he's planning to change in 2015, as he attempts to strike more of a work-life balance.

Explaining what he's most looking forward to in the coming year, Jason tells ABC News Radio, "Getting to, like, learn different things, like being able to cook a meal. Like I don't know how to cook except, like, an omelet! This year, I'm definitely gonna take some time to myself."  

After Thanksgiving, Jason will be heading back out on the road for a series of Christmas concerts, but then he'll make it back home in time to celebrate with his family.

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Rihanna Taps Brad Pitt for Her Inaugural Diamond Ball


ABC/Richard HarbaughEarlier this month, Rihanna announced plans to hold her first Diamond Ball benefiting the Clara Lionel Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded by the singer. Now, she's revealed that Brad Pitt and Jimmy Kimmel will attend the event, taking place December 11 in Los Angeles.

"It is such an honor to have Jimmy Kimmel host this event. There is no one more hilarious to make the first annual Diamond Ball an incredible night. I'm blessed by his support," Rihanna said in a statement. ''Brad Pitt is not only a phenomenal talent, but I admire him and am inspired by his philanthropic work."

As previously reported, the upcoming ceremony will be held at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills with a guest list maxing out at 600. The singer has planned a festive event, during which she will perform backed by a live orchestra. In addition, guests will enjoy dinner and a live auction.

The organization, which honors her grandparents Clara and Lionel Brathwaite, aims to fund efforts that promote health, education, arts and culture globally.

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Adam Levine Says Chris Hemsworth Deserves "People's" Sexiest Man Alive Title


Courtesy People MagazineAfter a year of flaunting the fact that he landed the title of People's Sexiest Man Alive, Adam Levine was forced to relinquish it earlier this month for this year's hottie: Chris Hemsworth, star of The Avengers and the Thor movies.  But the Maroon 5 frontman says there's no hard feelings between himself and the Australian actor.

Speaking to Access Hollywood Live, Adam says of Hemsworth, "Listen he's a super, super good looking [guy]. He's a handsome dude. He's Thor, for Christ's sake! I mean, the dude deserves it. Gosh!"

Asked if he believes Hemsworth is sexier than Adam, fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton told the TV show, "I don’t even know who the other dude is. I have absolutely zero clue who the new guy is… But I guarantee you he's more manly and better looking and probably a better human being all together."

Adam of course, had to fire back at Blake, mocking him for never appearing on the cover of People's annual Sexiest Men issue.

"You guys, see, Blake made the inside of the magazine," he explained. "Blake made the guys-who-weren't-quite-sexy-enough-to-be-on-the-cover list."

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Ariana Grande Not Upset About Bette Midler's Comments About Her


Republic RecordsAriana Grande doesn't have a "Problem" with what Bette Midler said about her in a recent interview.

As previously reported, Bette told the British newspaper The Telegraph, "It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous," and added, "I mean, it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it."  She added that all young female stars of today should "trust their talent," adding, "You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don’t."

While TMZ reports that people close to Ariana say that the singer is hurt, indignant and "shocked" at Bette's comments -- both because she's a huge fan of Midler's and because she feels that the award-winning entertainer used her own sexuality early in her career -- it turns out that she's not really that upset.

On Twitter, she posted a photo of Bette from the '70s wearing a very low-cut blouse, and a paragraph that read "Bette was always a feminist who stood for women being able to do whatever the F they wanted without judgement! not sure where that Bette went but i want that sexy mermaid back!!! always a fan no matter what my love."  She captioned it "All love here."  She added, referring to one of Bette Midler's movies, "and I will still quote first wives club every single day of my life lmao."

Bette, for her part, responded to Ari's tweets by tweeting, "About my screed on @ArianaGrande, all I can say is, "Spoken like a reformed old whore! She does have a beautiful voice, on a couch or off."

 

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