The Reliable Source Live

May 21, 2014

Washington Post columnists Helena Andrews and Emily Heil were online to discuss your favorite gossip, celebrity sightings and their recent columns.

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Welcome to your weekly Reliable Source chat sesh. There have been a ton of celebrity sightings this week from Star Trek's (and now Twitter's) George Takei to Patrick Stewart (X-Men and also Star Trek) and Sarah Jessica Parker. Also Terry McAuliffe is wooing Bo Derek--sort of. And Joe Biden got asked to prom! Let's dive in!

How will the show's creators work that into the script? Do you think there will be an Edward Snowden storyline?

A friend who's far clever-er than I suggested this plotline, which I like: turns out, the NSA has been listening to Frank Underwood's calls all along, and Season 3 ends with him being sent to Gitmo! 

Season four: prison break a la the Shawshank Redemption? 

never liked her, as one of her underlings said "Jill is Jill" but that was one classy speech at Wake Forest on Monday. any change Jill Abramson might comeback to DC?

Jill Abramson hasn't tipped her hand about what her next act will be, though she'll no doubt have plenty of opportunities. I'd love to hear her talk or to read a book about her story -- it fits in so many ways with the national conversation going on right now about being "bossy" (or pushy), leaning in, pay equality, gender in the workplace, etc.

I have to say that, as a 30-year woman veteran of workplaces that included horrible male bosses, the theory that Jill Abramson should not have been fired because she was a FEMALE bad boss leaves me cold. Why can't we just expect all bosses, male or female, to treat their peers and subordinates with respect?

Thankfully we've got great bosses here at the Post. But I totally agree that a bad boss is a bad boss no matter how you slice it. The Jill Abramson firing theories are going to continue to multiple as she stays mum on the subject. 

Do you think the VP will accept the offer to go to the prom?

Vice President Biden very graciously declined the invitation and sent a patriotic red, white and blue corsage with his regrets, sighting a scheduling issue. But the Veep did invite Talia Maselli, the Connecticut teen who asked him to her prom, to the West Wing this summer and she seems super pumped about the prospect of a Washington trip (even more so then she was about attending prom). 

Three good ones already--Jill Abramson's, Sandra Bullock's and Charlie Day's. The politicians who like to bloviate could learn something from these folks.

Aren't commencement speeches fun? I also really like the one Jose Andres gave at GW this past weekend. His celeb-studded video was hilarious, and his message was sweet and humble. 

Who the heck is Charlie Day, where was his commencement speech, and what did he say that was significant?

He's an actor most famous for "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," and he gave the commencement address at Merrimack College. Slate called the speech "the only one you need to hear," which might be a little hyperbolic, but it is funny and frank.

I don't mean to be insulting but shouldn't Bo Derek be playing Grandma's by now instead of a senator's daughter ?

She is 57, which is certainly old enough to be a grandmom, although given how ancient many senators are, she's certainly young enough to play the daughter of one. 

But I'll be curious -- if her TV show is made -- how (or if!)  they adapt the character in the books the series is based on: homicide cop Fiona Fitzgerald is supposed to be in her mid-thirties, which might be a stretch even for the fab-for-her age Ms. Derek.  

I guess it's been a while since I visited this chat. I know that Amy left, but what happened to Roxanne? It's like I came home and someone rearranged the furniture. I look forward to your chats!

Amy is on maternity leave from the paper and Roxanne now covers the one percent for the style section in long form stories. Emily Heil and Helena Andrews are the new Reliable Source columnists. 

And welcome back! Hope you like how we've moved the furniture around -- sit down, have a beer! 

Rox is still in the panelist pool for NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me," most recently appearing on Carl Kassel's final appearance on the show. She also wrote a lovely tribute to Carl that ran recently in the Post.

Yes to all that -- more of an update for you Rox fans out there (count me in, by the way). 

We're gonna hang the "gone fishin'" sign on this chat. Enjoy the long weekend (the column is going to be dark on Monday and Tuesday while Helena and I enjoy some umbrella drinks).  

So we'll be rested and ready for all the gossip and chatting next week -- lease join us right back here! 

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Helena Andrews
Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews.
Emily Heil
Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen. Follow her on Twitter @emilyaheil,
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