THE WORD: In Paltrow-Stewart War, Rachael Ray is Switzerland – Metro US

THE WORD: In Paltrow-Stewart War, Rachael Ray is Switzerland

In the ongoing conflict between home living guru Martha Stewart and self-styled upstart Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachael Ray has decided to be the Switzerland. During a visit to “Watch What Happens Live,” Ray was pressed to take a side in the dispute and chose to remain neutral. “I’m on team food. I think everybody who likes to eat has a different take on it and everybody’s opinion should be respected,” she tells Andy Cohen. “I love Gwyneth Paltrow. I think that she is very devoted to everything she puts her mind to, and I think she is really a brilliant cookbook author. She writes in many different disciplines.” And Stewart? “I have to have nothing but respect for Martha Stewart. She is a forerunner. I wouldn’t have a job without the people who came before me … . Martha Stewart created an avenue for women who work in lifestyle television — period. You have to have respect for all people’s opinions … in my opinion.”

What would the holidays be without a little tinsel? Or a lot, for that matter. While down in Miami for Art Basel, Miley Cyrus decked her halls with a silver tinsel wig, sheer silver tights and glittery mirror ball pasties — oh, and a silver over-the-shoulder thong, which I didn’t know was actually a thing. She performed at the annual event’s opening night party, telling the crowd, “You thought this was a respected place where you could escape me?” ‘Tis the season, y’all.

Good news for Guns N’ Roses fans! The reports of singer Axl Rose’s death have been greatly exaggerated. A fake MSNBC report — much like the recent hoax claiming Macaulay Culkin had perished — went out recently claiming that Rose, 52, had been found dead in his West Hollywood home. But while totally bogus, the hoax did raise at least one question for the man himself:

Personally, I’m still reeling from the fact that Axl Rose is 52 now.

As the allegations against Bill Cosby for years of sexual assault mount — including three women represented by Gloria Allred who presented detailed accounts of his behavior — the comedy legend has kept quiet. Except for this: He took to Twitter to thank Jill Scott and Whoopi Goldberg for publicly defending him.

Of course, it kind of says something that Cosby can thank his supporters individually using Twitter.

If Burt Reynolds can auction off a whole bunch of personal junk, then so can ex-wife Loni Anderson. The former “WKRP in Cincinnati” star is looking to unload nearly 65 items she received from Reynolds over the years, including a nearly-nude portrait of Anderson. “He loved art, so he would go pick out a favorite artist and then he would commission them to do a portrait of me,” Anderson says. “So pretty soon, there are a lot of portraits of me.” So, um, any takers?

OK, just one more “Star Wars” trailer-related video and then I’ll stop. I mean, I realize we still have a full year before the film comes out. But this one is pretty priceless. YouTuber Jonah Feingold reimagines the teaser as done by quirky auteur Wes Anderson (“Rushmore,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”). And the results? C’est magnifique.

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