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December 18, 2013

12
P.M.

The Reliable Source Live

Total Responses: 44

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About the host

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Washington Post columnists Roxanne Roberts was online Wednesday, December 18, at noon ET to discuss your favorite gossip, celebrity sightings and recent columns.

Past Reliable Source chats
Q.

Roxanne Roberts :

Chatters: Welcome to the last chat of 2013 -- and my last chat as a Reliable Sourcette. After eight years, I'm leaving the column -- but not Style, where I'll be writing longer features about Washington and the people who make this city so interesting. I cannot tell you how much fun the chat has been; I'll miss the weekly cat questions and typo shaming -- but especially all of you. Starting on Jan. 6, the new Reliable Source team, Emily Heil and Helena Andrews, will be taking over the column and the Wednesday chat.

With that news, let's dive in on the week's highlights: Michaele Salahi and Neal Schon tie the knot — in a pay-per-view wedding, naturally. The White House holiday parties are more low-key this year than usual. Sorry Oprah — “The Butler” was totally snubbed during the Golden Globes nominations.  To the surprise of many, Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs called it quits. To the surprise of almost no one, Khloe Kardashian officially filed for divorce from Lamar Odom. David Rubenstein bought a copy of the Magna Carta. Rep. Joaquin Castro and Anna Flores had their baby, a daughter named Andrea Elena. Kelly Rutherford talked about her international custody battle at a D.C. event. Chris Brown’s probation has been revoked because of his Washington arrest. Richard Gere was spotted at Rasika. And finally: What’s the real truth behind the Obama-Schmidt selfie?

 

 

Q.

One Magic Christmas

Last week you all forgot one of the best and most overlooked Christmas movie out there. One Magic Christmas, starring Mary Steenburgen, and Harry Dean Stanton. IMDb describes it as... An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It's not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about...I look for it ever year but rarely see it on TV.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Never even heard of it. Keep your eyes out, people.

– December 18, 2013 12:02 PM
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Pittsburgh Dining

I don't think you ever did a Postcard from Pittsburgh, Tom. We are making our second trip to Le Mont tomorrow for my husband's birthday, but I understand there are three other restaurants atop Mt.Washington with amazing views of the city. Do you have opinions about Le Mont, Tin Angel, Isabela's, or Grandview Saloon?
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Multitasking the chats? Reliable Source fans -- any advice on dining in the city of three rivers?

– December 18, 2013 12:04 PM
Q.

Description of the RS chat

The description of the RS chat on live.washingtonpost.com still includes Amy. I think you should update it, and maybe ad Emily, who has been a nice addition (and hopefully permanent?).
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Emily Yahr :

Well thank you! Yes, that will be updated. Sadly, this will be my last Reliable Source chat -- as Rox said above, the new team starts in January. It's been such a blast getting to help write column for the last couple of months, as Roxanne and Amy are obviously wonderful.

– December 18, 2013 12:04 PM
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Hi, Amy & Eliza

Hope all is well with everyone. I'm sure Eliza's first Christmas will be very special. I want to send my good wishes to everyone at Reliable Source. My Christmas wish for Eliza is good health; for Amy it's good nights' sleep! For the Nationals a World Series championship. As a good Pittsburgh girl, I'm torn between the Pens and the Caps for the Stanley Cup. For the Wiz and the Skins. . .sigh!
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

And good wishes to you! Root for the Caps --- Washington needs a winning team!

– December 18, 2013 12:05 PM
Q.

Malia Obama

Judging by the photo in yesterday's column, Malia is growing like a weed! She certainly doesn't look like a little girl anymore.
A.
Emily Yahr :

I covered the "Christmas in Washington" concert on Sunday night and could not believe how grown-up both daughters looked! I've never seen them in person before, but it's crazy how much older they look than in January at the Inauguration. But I guess we don't see too many pictures of them in between.

– December 18, 2013 12:08 PM
Q.

I trust you

I forgot my lunch today. What should I get?
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Roxanne Roberts :

Another question for Tom? Well, I vote for a salad, what with all the Christmas parties and goodies in the next couple weeks. Easier to be good at lunch than a party with cookies calling your name.

– December 18, 2013 12:09 PM
Q.

Pay-per-View Wedding

How many people actually ponied up?
A.
Emily Yahr :

I'm currently trying to track this info down -- something tells me this will not be easy to get. But seriously, it's my mission, and I wish we could also get viewer names and phone numbers so I could ask people why.

– December 18, 2013 12:10 PM
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Heavens to betsy

We're losing Amy AND you?? I have faith in Emily and Helena, but this is a little too much information for me to synthesize. I suppose you wanted to pull off the bandaid fast but yeesh. Give a girl a little notice to grieve!
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Nah, just didn't want the last month to be all about me. I figured slipping the news at the end of the chat was like leaving a party without saying goodbye to the host, but you'll have a couple weeks without the chat to get ready for the new team.

– December 18, 2013 12:12 PM
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Naughty Roxanne

Can tell you dislike long good-byes by letting us know the last chat of the year will be your last. You're a "just rip the band-aid off" type of girl. We'll miss you, guess the new year will bring more changes, hope you enjoy the change in work assignments.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Thanks.

– December 18, 2013 12:13 PM
Q.

Thank you

Wednesday at noon won't be the same. Not necessarily worse, but definitely not the same.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

They say change is good, and I hope you all fall in love with the new Sourcettes. That being said, I'll miss all of you.

– December 18, 2013 12:14 PM
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Late to the party

I missed the last couple of weeks (sorry, out of the country, blah blah blah) but I have to add my favorite Christmas movie: "Just Friends," with Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris. So it's not exactly Christmas-y (though it's set during the season) and some (my sisters) would find it crass, but I howl laughing every single time I watch it. Anna Faris is ahhmazingly funny.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Was this one of those friends-with-benefits movies? A bunch came out at the same time and I never bothered because I assumed they all ended with the couples in love. Romcoms don't work if the movie ends with, "Yeah, I don't mind sleeping with you but you're not girlfriend material."

– December 18, 2013 12:16 PM
Q.

You are leaving???

UNACCEPTABLE! Losing both of you and your depth of knowledge of the ridiculousness of Washington is a tragedy!
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

No yelling! Amy and I will still be writing for Style -- just not every day. Plus, eight years is a really long time in this job-- double the time anyone else has done it. There's something to be said for spending Sundays drinking mimosas with friends instead of at the office.

– December 18, 2013 12:18 PM
Q.

They say change is good

they lie
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Well, that makes me feel SO much better.

– December 18, 2013 12:19 PM
Q.

Salahi's future?

Do Schon and Salahi live in the LA area? What are the chances of her popping up (uninvited, of course) on RH of Beverly Hills? And by uninvited, I mean with full knowledge, consent, and film crew by Bravo.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Mostly they tour: she's been on the road with him for the past two years. San Francisco is his base, so the LA is probably not happening --- although I do wonder if the wedding was just the beggining of their own reality show.

– December 18, 2013 12:21 PM
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SHORT GOOD BYE

Roxanne : We knew this day would come but it just won't be the same without you. I've been chatting with you for at least the last six years and can't imagine breaking in a new team, so I'm hanging up my mouse and won'tl ever post on this chat again. Perhaps there are some who will find a bleassing in that.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Ah, give them a chance. You might like them even better. :)

– December 18, 2013 12:22 PM
Q.

"I hope you all fall in love with the new Sourcette"

As a faithful Celebritology "Lizard," I was heartbroken when Liz Kelly left. But ya know what? We quickly fell in love with Jen Chaney, too! (Gosh, I miss Jen).
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

See?

– December 18, 2013 12:22 PM
Q.

Tareq for Senate!

Couldn't let the ex take all the spotlight. Are you a registered Virginia voter? Are you willing to put him in the Senate?
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Emily Yahr :

Yeah this timing sure is suspicious for this one. But his campaign for governor didn't go so well...

– December 18, 2013 12:23 PM
Q.

Goodbyes

Rox, you're not leaving "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" too, are you?
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Not a chance--I've been with "Wait Wait" 16 years with no end in sight. (I'm on Saturday's show from Memphis, so tune in.) 

– December 18, 2013 12:24 PM
Q.

The chat

Will you guys ever Guest Chat?
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Roxanne Roberts :

That's up to the new team, so we'll see. Give them a chance to settle in first, okay?

– December 18, 2013 12:24 PM
Q.

spending Sundays drinking mimosas with friends instead of at the office.

How about a middle ground - spending Sundays drinking mimosas at the office!
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

That sounds like the worst of both worlds.

– December 18, 2013 12:25 PM
Q.

Menzel-Diggs split

I wasn't too surprised, actually. In interviews with either of them other the past few years, they always seemed to be working on separate coasts. I think that makes it hard to sustain any marriage.
A.
Emily Yahr :

You are far more perceptive than most (including me)..the most common reaction I found was "REALLY??" or "Wait, they were together?" But either way they seemed like one of the more stable celebrity couples out there.

– December 18, 2013 12:25 PM
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Happy Trails, Rox

I'll certainly miss both you and Amy at the Wednesday chats. I'll look forward to reading your longer pieces and make sure that I listen for you on Wait, Wait. All the best, you've built the chat an column into a wonderful place for us, something I'm sure the new sourcettes will appreciate
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

That's very sweet. And a tip of the hat to Emily Yahr, who stepping in for Amy these past couple months and did a great job.

– December 18, 2013 12:26 PM
Q.

fav Christmas activity

What's you favorite part of the holidays? I treasure those quiet moments spent looking at the lit up tree curled up on the couch after a full day of shopping/baking/card writing is over.
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Roxanne Roberts :

It's not Christmas for me without the tree, gingerbread, wrapping gifts and the music. I'm a sap.

– December 18, 2013 12:28 PM
Q.

The Butler

What do you think is behind its lack of recognition? My personal suspicion - people secretly hate Oprah.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

People are envious of Oprah, but it might also have been the screenplay-- I haven't seen the film yet (one of the many things on my catch-up list) -- but I heard the civil rights movement was treated in a slightly romanticized way.

– December 18, 2013 12:29 PM
Q.

B'More Cat Lover and Change Hater

Still, I feel compelled to wish you the best, Roxanne, and welcome Emily and Helena. They have big shoes to fill and I eagerly anticipate getting to know them chat-wise.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Compelled! I love that! See, it IS the season!

– December 18, 2013 12:30 PM
Q.

Pippa's wedding

Are you going to cover it? I mean, you get to cover some pretty ridiculous weddings already.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Nah --only royal weddings get international press. But I guarantee everyone will be looking at HER bridesmaids dresses. I'm betting they'll have flowly skirts so no one will surpass Pippa for Best Bridesmaid's Rear.

– December 18, 2013 12:32 PM
Q.

I think it is pretty awesome

that Obama selected Billie Jean King (an open lesbian) as the head of the delegation to Sochi. Take that, Putin!
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

And the Obama's are not going. A little tense.

– December 18, 2013 12:33 PM
Q.

Hairy Christmas

I couldn't focus on Sasha and Malia Obama because I was too distracted by AJ McLean's beard. It looks like that old timey toy where you can use a magnet to draw a "beard" of metal shavings on a face.
A.
Emily Yahr :

Perfect description...most of the Backstreet Boys have not aged what you would call "well." But their harmonies are still impressive, and their dance moves adorable.

– December 18, 2013 12:34 PM
Q.

"Just Friends" synopsis

I'll try to keep this short: Ryan Reynolds' character had been unrequitedly in love with his female best friend during high school; when he unexpectedly comes home 10+ years later, a successful Hollywood agent with his obnoxious pop star client (Anna Faris) in tow, he tries to hurt former female best friend, but he just comes off as a jerk, and former friend calls him on it, and Anna Faris is HIGH-larious as a "Britney" type marketing-created monstrosity of a human being.
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Emily Yahr :

Is this the one where Ryan Reynolds also wears a fat suit in flashbacks? I think I saw it on a plane without the sound on.

– December 18, 2013 12:34 PM
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Idina-Taye

Huh, no kidding, I read months ago that it was well known that he cheated on her often and that it was just a matter of time before things ended. (I actually thought I read it here but must've been another site.)
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Roxanne Roberts :

Well known? That's the problem with gossip: unless one of the two people in the bed talk about it, it's just rumor -- and nasty ones at that. We've always tried to be very careful when it comes to reporting things like this. But anyway, too bad for them --they were a cute couple. 

– December 18, 2013 12:35 PM
Q.

Just Friends

Is a few years older than the "friends with benefits" movies; and features Ryan Reynolds trying to woo his high school crush during an unplanned trip home, and everything he does goes terribly wrong. Good luck to everyone departing and coming onboard!
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

I'll put it on the list. And thanks.

– December 18, 2013 12:36 PM
Q.

Sayonara, Rox

Well, if that isn't a lump of coal in our stockings. You and Amy both abandoning us as 2013 winds to a close. We will miss you, but wish you all the best in your new (amended) gig. Hope you will enjoy penning the longer features rather than the short blips on RS, and we will look forward to seeing your byline. Oh, Merry Christmas to you!
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Thanks so much.

– December 18, 2013 12:36 PM
Q.

Pippa's wedding

Will Kate be her sister's Matron of Honor? Maybe Kate will upstage Pippa at this wedding -- after all, turn about's fair play, right?
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

It would be weird if Kate wasn't her Matron of Honor. And yes, Kate will upstage Pippa for the rest of their lives. 

– December 18, 2013 12:37 PM
Q.

too. much. change! Ack!

good luck!
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Ack! I know! Scary! But good, I think!

– December 18, 2013 12:38 PM
Q.

Christmas gifts

What did you get the kitties?
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Roxanne Roberts :

I usually break out the cat nip after all the wrapping paper is in a big pile, then watch them bliss out. Except they usually start fighting and smack the heck out of each other. Mean drunks.

– December 18, 2013 12:39 PM
Q.

Reliable Source's greatest hits

Rox, what do you think were Reliable Source's greatest hits under your and Amy's aegis? Busting the Salahis at the State Dinner at the White House? Could you maybe do a top-ten list before you leave this beat?
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Roxanne Roberts :

Friday is our last column of the year, and that's the annual year ender. Greatest Hits? The state dinner crash obviously would be on the list, and the Fenty-Steve Jobs's widow romance was one of our many scoops. But, personally, I'm most proud of bringing a smart, thoughtful eye to the comings and goings of all the great stories of the past eight years -- so you could sound even smarter than you already are.

– December 18, 2013 12:50 PM
Q.

Krazy Kitties

At least they attack each other - I give mine cat nip and they form a collective and come after me!
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

One word: Waders.

– December 18, 2013 12:50 PM
Q.

So now we shall never know

where Jay Carney grew up. :-(
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Ooooh. Maybe the new team will know.

– December 18, 2013 12:51 PM
Q.

It taking a picture steals a piece of your soul

Then celebrities must have very tiny souls.
A.
Emily Yahr :

I find this very sad and poignant, as I do with many celebrity stories.

– December 18, 2013 12:53 PM
Q.

Question

Now that I'm over the shock... what are you going to miss from this beat, and what are you happy to rid yourself of?
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Will Miss: The fun, the humor, the chats, the "can you BELIEVE that?" stories, the variety of people I've met doing the column, working with Amy.

Not Miss: the 24-7 pace producing the print and blog versions of the column. It's a tough job to do well, and required more nights, early mornings and weekends than most beats. I'm looking to a little more sanity and a chance to read more thick novels.

– December 18, 2013 12:56 PM
Q.

Natalie Khawam

So now Tampa "socialite" (and Jill Kelley's twin sister) Natalie Khawam is getting her name out there. Is this the sort of reputation-restoration that Judy Smith would engineer?

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Roxanne Roberts :

Natalie is in the midst of a nasty custody fight. I'm not sure getting her name out there is the best idea right now.

– December 18, 2013 12:57 PM
Q.

The other surprising non-nomination in my mind

I thought the Dallas Buyers Club would be a shoo-in for a best picture nod. And, I was surprised that George Clooney didn't get a nod for gravity. He was great!
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Emily Yahr :

I thought George Clooney was the best part of "Gravity." No offense to Sandra Bullock, who did carry the movie, but he was just delightful as usual.

– December 18, 2013 1:03 PM
Q.

Reliable Source

Do you have a person (besides Amy) who made this beat truly worth it? A person/persons that you just couldn't get enough of? Anyone you will be happy to never think about again?
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Roxanne Roberts :

Not a single person, but the reality of human folly: If you wrote a novel with a congressman named Anthony Weiner who texted shots of privates, a smart editor would tell you be write something more realistic and a little less obvious. That's why I love journalism and all the real-life characters who parade through Washington. You cannot make them up.

But I also appreciate all the times I covered a charity dinner and, in the middle of the speeches about some awful disease or tragedy, was given the opportunity to appreciate how lucky I am to have a house, job and healthy child. It's easy to get caught up in unimportant things, and I was reminded of that many times over the last eight years.

– December 18, 2013 1:06 PM
Q.

Lunch

No, I meant that for the Reliable Source. I trust you. And right you are about the salad! Done! You're such smart cookies. (Mmmm... Cookies...)
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

I know! Christmas cookies are the best.

– December 18, 2013 1:07 PM
Q.

Roxanne Roberts :

Everyone, it's been a honor. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year. Best wishes to all for 2014.

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