‘American Idol’ Renewed, But Will Ryan Seacrest Be Back As Host?

After hosting American Idol for 19 seasons, could Ryan Seacrest’s tenure be coming to an end? One tabloid is claiming low rating could lead producers to fire the TV personality. Gossip Cop investigates. American Idol Singing The Blues? The National Enquirer reported back in April that “American Idol could be on the chopping block!” The […]

‘American Idol’ Renewed, But Will Ryan Seacrest Be Back As Host?

After hosting American Idol for 19 seasons, could Ryan Seacrest’s tenure be coming to an end? One tabloid is claiming low rating could lead producers to fire the TV personality. Gossip Cop investigates.

American Idol Singing The Blues?

The National Enquirer reported back in April that “American Idol could be on the chopping block!” The show lost two million viewers in seven weeks, leading the outlet to speculate that the show “cannot survive on its current budget.” This is where Ryan Seacrest comes in. According to an insider, “ABC has two options. Cancel the show or cut costs, which would mean hiring cheaper judges and a cheaper host to Ryan Seacrest. Both options are being explored.”

Renewed Again

While it is true American Idol viewership is down and it has lower ratings than its rival The Voice, ABC just renewed the singing competition for its 20th season. This means that the show’s budget will likely stay the same, if not grow, since Seacrest, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, and in-house mentor Bobby Bones will all be returning. The show was canceled on FOX, its original network, in 2015 before returning to TV on ABC a few years later. 

Gossip Cop can say this story is false. Using Seacrest’s image and name to promote a story that has nothing to do with him is low but not a surprising tactic for a tabloid. Whether or not the show will be renewed for a 21st season is yet to be seen, but the show gets to go on for another year. 

Low Ratings Does Not Mean Cancellation

Gossip Cop has noticed tabloids like to say a show is being canceled whenever its ratings go down. This happened last week when the National Enquirer reported Wolf Blitzer was set to lose his show after his ratings fell. Not only was the claim false but The Situation Room host has managed to keep his ratings one of the highest in late night. In December, the Enquirer (notice a trend?) alleged that Conan O’Brien’s upcoming exit from his TBS show was not his choice, despite the host actively saying so and talking about his upcoming collaboration with HBO. It’s worth noting that you can’t be forced out of a company if the company you are moving to is the same company. This past March, the tabloid claimed that Jimmy Fallon was binge eating to deal with The Tonight Show’s low ratings. Gossip Cop busted those articles, meaning the Enquirer has no idea what’s going on in the TV world.

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Kaitlin Bennett Husband: Meet The Man Who Is Married To ‘Gun Girl’

Kaitlin Bennett is married? Find out who the Kent State Gun Girl's husband is and why people are skeptical of their relationship.

Kaitlin Bennett Husband: Meet The Man Who Is Married To ‘Gun Girl’

Poor Kaitlin Bennett can’t catch a break. First came the rumor that she had the equivalent of a potty-training accident at a college party. Now she’s facing accusations that her marriage is a farce. That’s right—now that the Kent State “Gun Girl” has graduated, she’s an AR-toting wife. But who would sign up to marry this controversial political lightning rod? Get the details on Kaitlin Bennett’s husband, Justin Moldow—including a juicy conspiracy theory that people are spreading about him.

Kaitlin Bennett Is Best Known For Being “Gun Girl”

Kaitlin Bennet is known as the “Gun Girl.” An avowed conservative and pro-Trumper, she made headlines in 2018 for exercising her right to open carry. She chose her graduation day at Kent State as the setting for her publicity stunt:

Bennett, who founded the Kent State chapter of “Liberty Hangout” (a Libertarian student group), was proud of the response it drew.

“I’m glad that my photos are making headlines, because my intent was to start a discussion about gun rights on college campuses,” Bennett told USA TODAY in 2018. “At Kent State, in particular, guests may protect themselves with firearms, but students cannot, and I find that insulting.”

Some people might appreciate Bennett’s devotion to her weapons, but others are less amused. Protestors have shooed Bennett from campus speaking engagements on multiple occasions. And despite having almost 360,000 followers on Twitter, she seems to attract more critics than defenders in her replies.

Bennett suffered a giant humiliation in 2019 when a Barstool Sports blog post alleged that she once pooped her pants at a college party. The rumor quickly went viral, and Bennett haters have seized every opportunity to mention it in her presence.

But Bennett continues to plow ahead as the face of Libertarian conservatism. She currently runs Liberty Hangout on YouTube, where she trolls Democrats and raves about Trump. The channel currently has more than 600,000 subscribers.

Who Is Kaitlin Bennett’s Husband?

Kaitlin Bennett is married to her Liberty Hangout partner Justin Moldow.

According to their website, Moldow has a BS in marketing from Manhattan College. He was president of the school’s Entrepreneurship Club and founded a student group called Young Americans for Liberty.

Moldow was raised Catholic, and his religious faith is evident in articles like “How God Used Kobe Bryant to Bring the World Closer to Christ.”

When Did Justin Moldow And Kaitlin Bennett Get Married?

In February 2019, Bennett announced that she was engaged to Moldow. Some of the responses she received were less than congratulatory. The snarky remarks prompted her to tweet, “It must suck to see the people you hate be happier than you. Can’t relate.”

The couple married in April 2020, but one year later they did it again under more relaxed Covid-19 protocols.

“A year ago our wedding ceremony in Florida was canceled by the government,” Bennett tweeted. “We had a 10 person ceremony with immediate family to at least get married in the Church, but had to postpone our celebration by a whole year. This week our day FINALLY came and it was perfect!”

“Last night we were finally able to celebrate our holy matrimony with friends and family,” Moldow added in his own tweet. “This was not a day we were ever going to let be robbed from us, & it was well worth the wait!”

The Internet Has Speculated About Justin Moldow’s Sexuality

Shortly after Bennett and Moldow exchanged vows, internet critics speculated that the relationship was already on shaky ground.

First came an accusation that Moldow was hitting on another woman via DM. It was published via Twitter and then deleted, but the image still exists via search engines.

Then came an unverified claim that Moldow had once been to conversion therapy to treat homosexuality.

Unfortunately, Moldow hasn’t been secure enough to brush off accusations that he’s gay. He took the time to address it in an April 2020 tweet:

Despite his best efforts, the gossip mill hasn’t stopped churning. In April 2020, tea-spilling vlogger Sloan provided an armchair psychologist’s perspective of Moldow.

“I’m not trying to out anyone… I am just calling out what I see…” said the host. “Are you sure you’re against us or are you just deflecting yourself? I can definitely see him as one of those insecure closeted gay people who are using their religion or political beliefs to justify how they act…”

Watch the entire breakdown behind the theory below:

We wouldn’t presume to know the truth about Moldow’s sexual orientation. But we aren’t surprised by the rumor, either. As long as Bennett remains a shameless political firebrand, salacious stories about her personal life (true or false) will continue to come out.

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