Kate Ward
Kate Ward is the current Executive Editor for, a former editor and writer for Entertainment Weekly and, and a forever fan of pop culture. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Ward — whose work has also appeared in Glamour magazine — loves talking about nutgrafs and hates exclamation points, despite using them on a regular basis. Specializing in reality TV, ’90s nostalgia, and bad movies, Ward is likely the oldest person to attend "American Idols LIVE!" every year with her mom.
  • Why You'll Heart Kevin Hart on 'Saturday Night Live'
    By: Kate Ward Mar 02, 2013
    Despite the fact that Season 38 of Saturday Night Live has featured three out of the four 2013 Oscar winners (Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, and Christoph Waltz), we could just walk away from the season talking about a Teen Choice Award nominee: Kevin Hart. That's because the Think Like a Man star might just be what Saturday Night Live needs to turn around Season 38's disappointing back end. Though the sketch comedy series has locked in bonafide stars like Lawrence, Waltz, and Justin Bieber since January, there have been few laughs to match their big wattage. But Hart — who's not only impressed on the big screen, but in small screen projects like Modern Family as well — has built a reputation as a quiet force in the industry. (Just see his 2011 stand-up comedy film Laugh at My Pain, which managed a Top 10 box office debut.) RELATED: Kevin Hart in New 'SNL' Promo And that's exactly what SNL needs — not a big, splashy star who's currently gracing magazine covers. (But if that's what you want, don't worry — Justin Timberlake will be hosting March 9.) It needs a host who's (gasp!) actually funny.  Luckily, Hart should do the trick. Will you watch Saturday night's episode, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as musical guest? Talk about the episode here, and be sure to return Sunday morning for a full recap of the episode! RELATED: Justin Timberlake Suiting Up for 'SNL' [Image Credit: NBC] From Our Partners:Justin Bieber Celebrates 19th Birthday, Loses His Pants (Vh1)60 Celebrity Bikini Bodies: Guess Who! (Celebuzz)
  • Pope Benedict Quits the Vatican: 10 Stars Who Quit Hollywood
    By: Kate Ward Feb 28, 2013
    It's the end of an era only eight years long. On Thursday — capping off a popedom filled with controversy and car blessings — Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican. RELATED: Why Did Pope Benedict Really Resign? Benedict — who left for Castel Gandolfo, where he'll stay for several months to finally give the top of his head some much-needed air — announced his resignation in early February, citing his advancing age and health. It was a shocking announcement to admirers of Benedict — only five popes have stepped away from religious fame and followings. But perhaps more shocking are those who stepped away from Hollywood fame and fortune. Gene Hackman, Greta Garbo, Amanda Bynes — many stars at the top of their game have decided their dreams extend far beyond the Boulevard of Broken Dreams. So who, like Benedict, quit life at the top? Click below for our gallery of stars who quit Hollywood! GALLERY: 10 Stars Who Quit Hollywood [Image Credit: FameFlynet] From Our Partners:25 Most Scandalous Celeb Twitpics (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Blake Lewis Scores Record Deal: 5 Other 'Idol' Alums Who Rebounded
    By: Kate Ward Feb 27, 2013
    Before this week, the five most embarrassing words you could ever utter were: I have Blake Lewis' album. Scratch that — the five most embarrassing words you could ever utter were: I love Blake Lewis' album.  Still, I found myself defending the American Idol Season 6 alum's debut effort, A.D.D. (Audio Daydream), on a daily basis back in 2007. "Break Anotha," "Gots to Get Her," and "Know My Name" — tracks off of the album were catchy gems, embarrassing spelling be damned. To fans of Lewis — who has never been given the credit he's deserved for revolutionizing Idol by transforming into an artistry-based competition —  there was little reason why the beat-boxing musician couldn't top the charts alongside the buzziest acts besides a very uncool association with the worst season worst of Idol of all time. (Sorry, Season 9 — you're still the winning loser.) But Lewis is now getting the opportunity to have the last laugh. The Idol alum has not only scored a contract with Republic Records five years after getting dropped by Arista Records, but he's landed the soundtrack to Microsoft Internet Explorer's "Explore Touch" ad campaign. (Also known as the same company that forced Alex Clare's "Too Close" into your head for months straight.) RELATED: 'American Idol': Season 12's Big Problem The musician, however, isn't the only Idol alum to experience a career rebound years after their appearance on our television screens. Here are some other singers from the reality series who found surprising success after they missed out on a confetti shower. Kimberly CaldwellSeason: 2 (2003)Post-Idol Struggles: Caldwell parlayed her Idol experience into various hosting gigs for FOX Sports and MTV's P. Diddy's Starmaker. In fact, the singer seemed to abandon singing altogether, instead making bit appearances on TV programs.When It Turned Around: In 20011, eight years after she was eliminated on Idol, Caldwell released a record uner Vanguard/Capitol Records. Unfortunately, even after being given a chance to rebound, Caldwell failed to impress, selling just 3,000 records, and returned to television to host Oxygen's Best Ink.   Jennifer HudsonSeason: 3 (2004)Post-Idol Struggles: The poster woman for post-elimination success failed to make a splash with her first first singles, "Over It" and "Stand Up"... When It Turned Around: ...which is exactly why Idol fans were shocked to hear the singer scored the role as Effie in the big-screen Dreamgirls adaptation. One Oscar and a successful acting career later, and we're starting to think that Elton John is freakishly prescient. Constantine MaroulisSeason: 4 (2005)Post-Idol Struggles: The sixth place finisher became more well-known post-Idol for his performances of the National Anthem at sports games than his self-titled album released in 2007. When It Turned Around: But, O say, we didn't see his massive Broadway success coming. After a turn in the short-lived Wedding Singer Broadway show, Maroulis appeared off-Broadway before scoring a role in Rock of Ages in 2008. And the Rock of Ages stint came complete with something even better than a confetti shower: a Tony nomination. RELATED: 'American Idol': Have We Found Season 12's Winner?  Kevin CovaisSeason: 5 (2006)Post-Idol Struggles: Really, did you expect Chicken Little do to anything after placed 11th in the reality competition series?When It Turned Around: Though he never scored a record contract, Covais', ahem, interesting looks caught Hollywood's attention two years later in 2008. The Idol alum scored roles in Drake Bell's College, Lindsay Lohan's Labor Pains, and, most recently, Identity Thief. And Chicken Little, against all odds, continues to act to this day. Katharine McPheeSeason: 5 (2006)Post-Idol Struggles: The singer, who some found to be as unlikeable as she was talented, found only modest success as a singer. Singles off of her first album, Katharine McPhee, didn't quite hit as hard as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and other Idol performances. One year later, she was dropped by RCA Records and in 2010, released Unbroken, which sold just 15,000 copies.When It Turned Around: Turns out audiences liked McPhee... just not as a singer. After acting alongside Anna Faris and Emma Stone in The House Bunny, McPhee scored the starring role on every musical theater's favorite hot mess, Smash. Though ratings for the series are still leaving something to be desired, McPhee has managed to at least make herself more likeable than Ellis. Chris SlighSeason: 6 (2007)Post-Idol Struggles: Season 6's David Hasselhoff-loving funny man had everything going against him. Sligh finished in the unenviable 10th place, poised for little more than a footnote in American Idol's history of memorable auditions. After his season wrapped, Sligh recorded a solo album, but failed to gain attention outside of the Christian charts.When It Turned Around: The contestant, whose sense of humor clearly proved he had a talent for words, scored a No. 1 hit on the country charts with 2009's "Here Comes Goodbye," written for Rascal Flatts. Surely, that was enough to help him fulfill his goal to make Hasselhoff cry.  [Image Credit: Brian Dowling/PictureGroup/AP Images, Will Hart/NBC, Joseph Marzullo/WENN] From Our Partners:25 Most Scandalous Celeb Twitpics (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Oscars 2013: Why Did the Telecast Run So Long?
    By: Kate Ward Feb 25, 2013
    Sunday night's 85th Academy Awards clocked in at three hours and 35 minutes. While this was hardly the longest single Oscars ceremony — that distinction still belongs to 2002's epic four-hour and 20-minute telecast, which saw epic Gladiator awarded with Best Picture — the show's lag was undeniable to anyone hoping for a sprightly Monday morning at work. After all, Sunday's telecast long surpassed last year's tight three-hour and nine-minute runtime and 2011's three-hour and 16-minute showing, officially putting an end to any recent efforts to keep awards shows within a three-hour schedule.  RELATED: Oscars 2013: 'Life of Pi' and 'Argo' By the Numbers Still, it's not immediately clear what was responsible for Oscar's long runtime. While host Seth MacFarlane's monologue passed the 15-minute mark, speeches were short and sweet. And there was nary a Lifetime achievement award to occupy the bulk of the ceremony.  So who was the drawing out the 2013 Oscars ceremony? Turns out the biggest culprit of the night wasn't the Family Guy creator (who appeared to occupy our screens more than Quvenzhané Wallis occupied our hearts). Instead, the night's presenters accounted for a total of 59 minutes and 10 seconds of the Oscar ceremony, taking up 34 percent of the telecast. (Speeches, on the other hand, took up just 23 percent of the evening, while MacFarlane sat at 22 percent.) RELATED: Oscars 2013: Best and Worst Moments That's right — we could have enjoyed a much-shorter telecast had the Oscars cut off the banter that curiously remained in the script after Sunday's show began to run over. In fact, two of the longest presenters of the evening, Jack Nicholson and Michelle Obama — who took three minutes and 49 seconds to present Argo with Best Picture — even closed out the awards. But the Oscar for longest presenters of the evening belongs to the reunited Chicago cast, who, between two categories, spoke at the podium for five minutes and 12 seconds. (The shortest presenters? Melissa McCarthy and Paul Rudd, whose banter was so painful, it felt like it lasted far longer than just 40 seconds.) How did the rest of the evening's timing shake out? See some more vital stats below! MacFarlane's Total Time on Stage: 38 minutes, 21 seconds MacFarlane's Monologue Runtime: 17 minutes, 14 seconds MarFarlane's Non-Monologue Banter Runtime: 11 minutes, 7 seconds Total Runtime — Speeches: 40 minutes Longest Speech: 4 minutes, 14 seconds (Ben Affleck for Argo, Best Picture) Shortest Speech: 48 seconds (Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina, Costume Design) Average Length of Speech: 1 minute, 40 seconds Average Length of Presenter at Podium: 1 minute, 41 seconds Total Runtime — Montages: 15 minutes, 8 seconds RELATED: Oscars 2013: Should Seth MacFarlane Host Again? Total Runtime — Musical Performances at 2012 Oscars: 3 minutes, 42 seconds (Esperanza Spalding's "In Memoriam" tribute) Total Runtime — Musical Performances at 2013 Oscars: 21 minutes, 5 seconds Longest Performance: 3 minutes, 54 seconds (Adele, "Skyfall") Shortest Performance: 1 minute, 40 seconds (Norah Jones, "Everybody Needs a Best Friend") In Memoriam Runtime: 3 minutes, 21 seconds Barbra Streisand Performance Runtime: 3 minutes, 23 seconds Time Oscars Could Have Saved If They Had Combined Both: 3 minutes, 22 seconds Total Runtime — Bond Tribute: 6 minutes, 7 seconds Total Runtime — Musicals Tribute: 12 minutes, 7 seconds Length of 2013 Oscars without Musical Performances: 3 hours, 13 minutes Length of 2013 Oscars without Montages, Musical Performances, and MacFarlane's Stage Banter: 2 hours, 37 minutes Cuts That Would Have Allowed Oscars 2013 to End on Time: 3 minutes from monologue, 30 seconds from each speech and presenter, and 6 seconds from Seth's non-monologue banter [Image Credit: Matt Sayles/AP Images] Oscars 2013 Special Coverage Oscars 2013 Best Dressed: PICS! • Anne Hathaway: Oscar’s Worst Dressed?• Seth MacFarlane’s Opening: How’d He Do?• Adele’s Performance Gets Mixed Reviews• 15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes• What Happened to Renee Zellweger's Face?• Oscars 2013: The Full Winners List• Why Kristen Stewart Was on Crutches From Our Partners: 40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Oscars 2013: What Did Jessica Chastain and More Wear on the Red Carpet? — PICS
    By: Kate Ward Feb 24, 2013
     You might pretend you're more interested in finding out who wins gold at the 2013 Oscars, but, let's face it, you really want to know who wore what on the red carpet. Well, you're in luck! will be here for you, delivering the hottest pics directly from the red carpet at L.A.'s Dolby Theatre.  Want to know what nominees-slash-style mavens Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and more wore at the 85th Annual Academy Awards? Click below to find out! GALLERY: Oscars 2013: Red Carpet Looks From Jessica Chastain and More! RELATED: 15 Most Iconic Red Carpet Dresses [Image Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage] From Our Partners:25 Most Scandalous Celeb Twitpics (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz) Oscars 2013 Special Coverage Oscars 2013 Best Dressed: PICS! • Anne Hathaway: Oscar’s Worst Dressed?• Seth MacFarlane’s Opening: How’d He Do?• Adele’s Performance Gets Mixed Reviews• 15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes• What Happened to Renee Zellweger's Face?• Oscars 2013: The Full Winners List• The Winner, According to You
  • Megan Fox to Play April in 'Ninja Turtles': Is This Our Feminist Hero?
    By: Kate Ward Feb 22, 2013
    Once, as a kindergartener, I managed to convince a group of boys playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the playground that I should be April. It was such a joyous life achievement, that it's about the only thing I can remember from when I was five years old besides the terror of my mom cranking Amy Grant's "Baby, Baby" to drown out the sirens of a tornado warning. How could I not have been excited? April O'Neil, TMNT's yellow-shrouded reporter (who just so happened to occupy my future profession), was a strong heroine on the boys' club that was the Saturday morning cartoon. She proved to our young male cohorts that not only could a girl play with the boys, she could also kick ass while doing so. For many women who grew up in the 1990s, April was our first feminist hero. She was strong, vocal, and boasted a conviction as bold as her color choices.  Fast-forward two decades later: Megan Fox has become famous for being strong, vocal, and as bold as her half-naked photo shoots. So why am I so nervous that she's been chosen to play TMNT's feminist figure in Michael Bay's live-action reboot?  RELATED: Michael Bay to Ninja Turtles Fans: Chill Out! Because the actress is one of the most complicated feminists in Hollywood history. Regardless of how you feel about Fox, there's no denying the actress has had a fascinating career. Splashing onto the scene with a pair of low-cut jeans in Transformers, Fox was unapologetic about her role as Hollywood's drool-worthy sexpot. Gracing the cover of men's and women's magazines alike, she boasted the type of confidence that feminists applaud. And, fleetingly, a taste to match — her involvement in Diablo Cody's underappreciated gem, Jennifer's Body, primed Fox for a spot as more than a footnote in female studies. Still, Fox's admirable outspoken nature ended up halting admiration for the actress. In a 2008 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fox said, "[Women dislike me] for the same reason they didn't like me in high school. I came across as confident and they assume that means that I think I'm hot s**t. And that makes them feel bad about themselves and so they hate me." Then, in 2009, Fox told The New York Times, "Girls think I'm a slut, and I've been in the same relationship wince I was 18. The problem is, if they think you're attractive, you're either stupid or a whore or a dumb whore. The instict among girls is to attack the jugular." Fox's fixation on jealousy and generalizing the female population all but guaranteed her a spot on women's s**t list, but not for the reasons she deduced. Instead, Fox disappointed fans by alienating them — it became difficult to applaud Fox for her tenacity when she was trashing the entire female race instead of the small segment of people who decided a bangin' figure was enough reason to hate her.  RELATED: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': How Kid Cudi Is Involved But, like every good feminist figure, she continued to play with the boys. Starring in two Transformers films (before falling out with Bay after comparing his work ethic to that of a Nazi), the Josh Brolin-led Jonah Hex, and Judd Apatow's This Is 40, Fox managed to stand out amongst men, even if most of her projects failed to attract more than a few at the box office. And, now, she's shifted the conversation off of her looks in order to reverse the image-focused reputation she projected when she first appeared on the scene — now, her interviews focus more on her appreciation for archaeology and leprechauns than her disappreciation for women. (Strange, yes, but still a refreshing change of pace.)  Still, she can't completely bury her women-bashing past: In 2012, Fox was quoted in France's Jalouse magazine (translation: Jealous), saying, "I live well with my image. I cannot complain. I would not trade my place with an unattractive girl." Following the publication of the interview, Fox told fans on Facebook that her words were misinterpreted and that she "never made vapid self-serving comments and in contradiction [is] uncontrollably self-deprecating." RELATED: Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green Welcome Newborn Son If her short-lived presence on Twitter is any indication, she, in fact, is quite self-deprecating. And her newly embraced bizarre-but-cool personality primes her to perfect the role of April. We've become far more likely to embrace Fox in the part since the beginning of 2013 than when she was bashing women back in '09. Still, it's impossible to forget Fox's past — especially when she's digging it up by working with Michael "explosion and boobs" Bay. We'd have more faith in Fox's ability to play the confident April if Bay's film history didn't suggest he'll be more focused on April's skin-tight clothing than her status as a feminist heroine. (Was it too much to hope that Mae Whitman, who voices the role on the TV series, would have made the big-screen jump?) Still, for the first time since 2009's Jennifer's Body, Fox has the chance to send feminist blogs atwitter — for the right reasons. She has the opportunity to help us forget her previous comments by channeling her own strong personality into playing April. (Hell, who's to say April wasn't the 26-year-old's first feminist icon as well?) But, for the love of Saturday morning cartoons, we can't cope with April as the sexpot Fox has played in the likes of This is 40, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, and Transformers —  especially if she's accompanied with interviews about the size of April's chest instead of her brain.  So, please, Fox, tread carefully when playing our childhood hero, and truly become the feminist you've always been primed to be. When Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits movie screens, we want to be proud that our kindergarteners are running on the playground, pretending to be Megan Fox.  [Image Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose Welcome Sebastian Taylor Thomaz, Not Jonathan
    By: Kate Ward Feb 21, 2013
    When Amber Rose appeared on the Grammys red carpet sporting a baby bump that would make even Katie Holmes do a double-take, it seemed the model was just days away from a trip to the hospital. So it's no surprise that less than two weeks later, Rose and fiancé Wiz Khalifa, né Cameron Thomaz, announced they had welcomed a baby boy. Sebastian Taylor Thomaz —who is not to be confused with our '90s boyfriend Jonathan — was born Thursday, Khalifa announced via Twitter. "Happy Birthday Sebastian 'The Bash' Taylor Thomaz!!!" he wrote. "Everyone welcome this perfect young man into the world."   So, while we wait to learn from the couple what kind of Home Improvements they intend to make with the introduction of their son (and, no, those improvements will not be a household ban on weed — Khalifa will continue to smoke marijuana, according to his interview with E! News), let's take the time to marvel at Rose's insanely large (and fashionable) baby bump. But is it crazier than the bellies of the rest of expecting Hollywood? Scroll through our gallery to find out! GALLERY: 8 Crazy Celebrity Baby Bumps [Image Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images] From Our Partners:25 Forgotten Celebrity Crushes of the ‘90s (Vh1)30 Stars Who Have Gone Topless (Celebuzz)
  • Comedy Doesn't Want to Believe Oscar Pistorius Is Innocent
    By: Kate Ward Feb 20, 2013
    For once, the Oscar that's in the news this February is not a little gold man. Instead, Olympics inspiration Oscar Pistorius has found himself topping headlines after he allegedly murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Feb. 14. Surpisingly, though Pistorius remains the top story less than a week after Steenkamp's death, we're not seeing the same media circus that surrounded and condemned other high-profile athletes in the middle of murder investigations. (See: O.J. Simpson and 2013 Super Bowl champ Ray Lewis.) Perhaps recent details that seem to support Pistorius' mistaken intruder story are keeping many from sentencing him before his court date is even over. Perhaps we've simply matured as a medium. Or perhaps media is still reeling from the alleged crime, feeling it's simply too soon to treat the case with anything but a delicate hand.  RELATED: Oscar Pistorius: From Hero to Villain in 6 Months Comedians, however, haven't received that memo. On Feb. 14 — just hours after Pistorius was arrested, and long before he was to get his fair day in court — the jokes began pouring in on Twitter. Michael Ian Black was the first to post this week's commonly heard joke, "From what I'm hearing about this Oscar Pistroius case, he doesn't have a leg to stand on." (Joan Rivers repeated the same rib two days later.) John Cleese received criticism from fans who felt his Feb. 14 tweet, "Oscar's defence will be that he was absolutely legless at the time," was in poor taste. And even the popular e-card service, someecards, celebrated the tragedy with its tweet, "Oscar Pistorius has really raised the bar on avoiding making Valentine's Day plans." Even as more details of the crime began to emerge, humorists slapped a guilty verdict on the Olympian. Just see The Onion's Feb. 18 story, "Oscar Pistorius Swears Bloody Cricket Bat From Different Murder." And Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle's tweet, which has a laugh at merely imagining Pistorius' innocence: "Having a wee laugh there imagining Oscar Pistorius being found innocent then outraging the world by marrying his gun." And even after evidence in support of Pistorius hit the news Wednesday, Arsenio Hall clearly made up his mind about the athlete with his tweet: "Oscar Pistorius doesn't deserve bail. We knkow he can ... and will ... RUN! #flightrisk".  RELATED: Oscar Pistorius Charged With Murdering Girlfriend Now, this is hardly the first time we've seen comedians make light of a tragic situation. Part of a comedian's job is to help us see the light during dark times. Sometimes it works (see: Jon Stewart's consistently delicate treatment of 9/11) and sometimes it doesn't (see: Gilbert Gottfried's employment-altering Japanese tsunami tweets). But what's remarkable about the Pistorius-centric tweets is how quickly they were posted when the public knew so few details. The athlete was barely in handcuffs before comedians with thousands of followers assumed his guilt in a series of tweets that poured in faster than Pistorious could run 400 meters.  Which, in turn, could make their thousands of followers assume Pistorius' guilt. Though comedians certainly aren't celebrated newspeople or reliable authorities, it's impossible to claim that they don't influence public opinion. As soon as those first few tweets found their way onto Twitter on Feb. 14, it suddenly became much more difficult for Pistroius — a man who very well could have confused his girlfriend for an intruder — to be found anything but guilty in the court of public opinion (which, as we know, can often influence the court of law).  RELATED: Reeva Steenkamp's Reality Show Will Still Air, But No One's Shocked Indeed, it seems certainly true that the genre is hoping for Pistorius to be found guilty of premeditated murder — it's much easier to poke fun at a murderer without legs than a man who tragically mistook the woman he loved for a nefarious thief. (And, as laypeople, it's much easier for us to cope with murder than with heart-breaking tragedy.) But the pressure to keep up with current events with shareable responses often leaves comedians in the same uninformed territory as speed-obsessed, but error-ridden, newspeople: without the facts.  So, despite what your favorite comedian tweeted about the case, let's not assume Pistorius is guilty until he's proven so. You know that phrase, "It's funny because it's true"? Well, it's only funny if it is indeed true. [Image Credit: Themba Hadebe/AP Photo] From Our Partners:Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward, Sweaty (Vh1)Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz)
  • Mindy McCready, Country Singer, Dies at 37
    By: Kate Ward Feb 17, 2013
    Yet another Celebrity Rehab alum has succumbed to her demons. Mindy McCready, the young promising country singer who scored with hits like "Guys Do It All the Time" and "Ten Thousand Angels," was found dead at 37 years old in her Arkansas home. According to a press release from the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office, the singer passed away following an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. "It is with the deepest sadness we say goodbye to an extraordinary and gifted talent, a daughter, a mother and friend, Miss Mindy McCready," read the official statement from McCready's rep. "Our attention at this time is devoted to the needs and care of Mindy's family. As Mindy spent much of her life in the public eye, we respectfully request your consideration and sensitivity to enable friends and family this time of 'quiet.'" The statement went on to say that a memorial planned by her family and friends would be held in Nashville "in the coming days." The news of her death comes just one month after McCready's 34-year-old producer boyfriend, David Wilson, died of a gunshot wound. Currently, Wilson's death is being investigated, but McCready has denied any involvement in his death. "Oh my God, no," she told NBC's Andrea Canning on Today in January. "He was my life. We were each others' life." Since Wilson's death, McCready has been vocal about her struggles coping with his passing and her custody battle involving her two sons, 6-year-old Zander and 9-month old Zayne, who were taken from McCready last month. The singer told ABC News late January that she had never survived anything as "painful" as Wilson's death. "He didn't just touch my heart, he touched my soul," she said about Wilson, who fathered Zayne. "He was my soulmate." RELATED: 'Celebrity Rehab' Deaths: Did the Stars Get the Treatment they Needed? It marks a tragic end for someone with such promising beginnings. McCready moved to Nashville at just 18 years old and topped the charts with her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels. Her second album, If I Don't Stay The Night, produced singles like "You'll Never Know" and "What If I Do." But McCready's success was short-lived. Following her brief engagement with Dean Cain (the actor directed the singer in music videos for "You'll Never Know" and "The Other Side of This Kiss"), McCready released 1999's I'm Not So Tough, which failed to live up to her previous albums. Her next album, Mindy McCready, proved to be the nail in her musical coffin, and she was dropped by Capitol Records following the release's poor sales figures.  Turns out the name of her 1999 album was fitting. McCready proved she wasn't tough enough to handle her musical struggles with a series of personal setbacks. McCready was taken into custody after attempting to purchase OxyContin by using a fake prescription in 2004. The next year, the singer attempted suicide after her boyfried, Billy McKnight, was arrested for abusing McCready. McCready attempted suicide once again later that year while pregnant with McKnight's son, Zander. RELATED: Mindy McCready's Musical Legacy — VIDEOS McCready would try once again to commit suicide in 2008 — the same year she was sentenced to 60 days in jail for violating her probation — and became the center of a public scandal after her alleged decade-long affair with baseball player Roger Clemens was revealed by the New York Daily News. (According to the publication, the couple began their tryst when McCready was just 15 years old.)  Her personal struggles led McCready to check into televised rehab on Season 3 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Unfortunately, the series — and a brief comeback with her final album, I'm Still Here — failed to rehabilitate McCready, who was hospitalized in 2010 following a supposed overdose.  McCready is the latest Celebrity Rehab alum to pass following their stint on the show. Previous Celebrity Rehab cast members Jeff Conaway, Rodney King, Mike Starr, and Joey Kovar all have died since 2011. [Image Credit: Mark Humphrey/AP Images] 
  • Christoph Waltz on 'SNL': Will He Score Hosting Gold?
    By: Kate Ward Feb 16, 2013
    Despite the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger was regularly parodied on Saturday Night Live (by impressionist Darrell Hammond and Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon's Schwarzenegger-inspired Hans & Franz), the actor has never hosted the sketch comedy series. It's a surprising fact considering Schwarzenegger's penchant for comedy and his cinema dominance in the 1990s. (The actor did, however, once appear in a cold open for the series in a Hans & Franz skit.) RELATED: Christoph Waltz Goes 'Between Two Ferns' But what's even more surprising is how much more excited we are to watch Austria's more distinguished export, Christoph Waltz, host Saturday Night Live. The Oscar-winning Django Unchained actor not only provided some much-needed comic relief to Quentin Tarantino's slave-centric drama, but also managed to deliver laughs while playing nefarious Nazi Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds. So, surely, if he was able to bring humor to material so dark, he can somehow manage to make "The Californians" funny too, right? That's the hope, at least. And based on his promos with Fred Armisen released Thursday, there are more good things ahead for Waltz besides a possible Oscar.  RELATED: Christoph Waltz Will Terrify, Amuse as 'SNL' Host But will you be watching Waltz and musical guest the Alabama Shakes on Saturday Night Live? Tune in Saturday to see if he pumps (clap) us up, and then return Sunday for our full recap! Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard From Our Partners: Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward (Vh1)  Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint (Celebuzz) [Image Credit: NBC]