This episode has everything: phony phone calls, fake followers, Kiki’s Sharon Osbourne impression. Listen as hosts Hoja, Kiki, and Mohanad unpack the questionable rise and quick downfall of OZY Media. They talk about Ben Smith’s damning New York Times article, the infamous Goldman Sachs call, and OZY CEO Carlos Watson’s redemption tour. Will OZY earn a spot in the ‘Fake it till you Make it’ Hall of Shame alongside Theranos and Fyre Festival? Listen to find out.
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I’m Claire Bidwell Smith, author, therapist, and grief expert. On New Day, we share easy actions you can try to keep moving forward. From waking up with more energy, to redefining balance, and making time for hobbies again, my incredible guests and I (with topics you help us identify) don’t shy away from helping you answer the big question we’re all asking: How can I lead a more fulfilling life?
Gaslight. Gatekeep. Girlboss. This week, Hoja, Kiki, and Mohanad break down the queen of MLMs: LuLaRoe. They talk about the company’s Mormon roots, their predatory recruitment process, and figure out just how much breast milk you’d need to sell to afford the company’s steep startup costs. Then, an interview with Lauren Covey Carson, a former LuLaRoe consultant who was featured in the LuLaRich documentary. Plus, Mohanad apologizes to Mario Lopez and Hoja reads some 1-star reviews for LuLaRich.
This week, Kiki, Hoja, and Mohanad unpack CBS’s reality TV nightmare, The Activist. They dissect it all: from the competition aspect, to the celebrity judges, and the Internet outrage. Listen to them analyze apologies from Global Citizen, Priyanka Chopra, and Julianne Hough… and quietly side-eye Usher’s absolute silence. Plus, an interview with 22-year-old climate activist Clover Hogan, who went through the bizarre audition process for the show.
n this episode, Kiki, Mohanad, and Hoja take a deep dive into fitness expert Jillian Michaels’ fatphobic past – from growing up as an overweight child, to becoming a trainer on The Biggest Loser, to her recent comments about Lizzo. They look at the legacy of the show, recap some of Hollywood’s worst fatphobic TV shows and movies (yes – that includes Shallow Hal), and analyze Jillian’s not-so-apologetic apology. Plus, Kiki talks about her experience at The Biggest Loser Hotel, and Hoja reveals which reality competition show she was once on.
Kevin Spacey. SoHo Karen. President Obama. What do these people all have in common? They’re terrible apologizers! On this episode of I’m Sorry, hosts Hoja, Mohanad, and Kiki reveal their picks for the worst apologies of all time. Who will take the crown? Will it be Shia LaBeouf’s plagiarized apology for plagiarism? Model Carissa Pinkston’s lie about being transgender in an apology for transphobic remarks? Or Mario Batali’s sexual assault apology slash cinnamon roll recipe? Listen to find out!
How did ‘Jeopardy!’ go from America’s favorite game show to America’s favorite shit show? This week on I’m Sorry, hosts Hoja, Mohanad, and Kiki discuss the man behind the mess: Mike Richards. Who is he? Where did he come from? And why didn’t SONY listen to his podcast before hiring him? They unpack the swift rise and fall of Richards, and take their pick for who should host in his wake. Plus, the introduction to our new segment, Sorry Not Sorry, in which our hosts spill who they need to apologize to this week – or better yet – who needs to apologize to them.
Christine Diane Teigen. Mother, model, mayor of Twitter. In the inaugural episode of I’m Sorry, hosts Hoja Lopez, Mohanad Elshieky, and Kiki Monique explore the humble origins of the clapback queen herself: from growing up in small-town Washington, to getting discovered at a California surf shop, and eventually becoming the founding member of “Cancel Club.” In part 1 of our 2-part Chrissy Teigen deep dive, we answer: how did the empire fall… and can it be rebuilt?
Comedian Jen Curran thought she was having a normal pregnancy, but then the complications started. Her doctors told her to lose weight, but they were wrong. Weeks after giving birth, she received a diagnosis that turned her dream of motherhood upside down. This week’s practice is about letting go of disappointments and getting mad (and then moving forward).
Billie Lourd has been grieving the loss of her mother, Carrie Fisher, and grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, since 2016. She shares what it was like growing up in the public eye in a family dealing with addiction and mental illness. This week’s practice is about all the things you inherit from your family (good and bad) and the patterns you want to break.
Marc Brackett isn’t the first person to feel like an emotional wreck after a disagreement with their partner, family, or friends – and neither are you. Emotional intelligence starts with becoming aware of your own feelings then understanding your reactions to them. This episode’s practice is about self-compassion and how to go easy on yourself when you’re feeling big feelings.
Alua Arthur is a death doula, but her work has taught her how to live. She talks about walking away from unfulfilling work, pursuing joy and how to have hope when you’re facing the end of life. This week’s practice is about asking yourself: What must I do to be at peace with myself so that I may live presently and die gracefully?
Ricki Lake opens up about shaving her head, losing a beloved husband to suicide, meeting the new love of her life and learning to love herself in her 50s. This episode’s weekly practice is all about love, from romance to friendship. How can you open the door to deeper connection in your own life?
Cheryl Strayed gets real about being a broke bestselling author, comparing herself to other moms, practicing self-compassion – and then struggling all over again when the pandemic threw her off her game. Claire offers a weekly practice for how to have more authentic interactions with the people in your life.
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