Rachael Ray has declared a mini war on gossip. During today's show, she choked up when talking about how baseless tabloid gossip really hurts her feelings. Ray decided to challenge four of her chattiest viewers, Talia, Stephanie, Beth and Sarah, to a gossip diet in which they agreed not to talk smack for an entire week. If they cheated on their "diet," the women would have to start the week over again. The clip above is of their non-gossiping video diaries, and as you'll see, none of the women is particularly thrilled with her rumor free existence. "The general consensus is that I am no longer fun to be around," one of them laments. While we are not fans of unwarranted maliciousness, I must say that I live by Clairee's famous maxim from Steel Magnolias: If you don't have anything nice to say, come sit by me.
@LadyNo Fondles Sweaters: I agree. There is a difference between trash talking and gossip. If I tell a co-worker that I heard someone else got a new job somewhere, I don't think that's bad. But if I tell a co-worker that Jim got a new job and no one knows how because he's a giant dumbass who can't find his way out of the bathroom without a map . . . well, that's less healthy.
Saying you saw Maggie Gyllenhaal and Saarsgard playing ping pong isn't a big deal. Snapping cell phone photos and selling them to US Weekly is probably not healthy.
See? There are limits.