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A weekly pop-culture breakdown show based on Jezebel's daily column Dirt Bag. Each week Madeleine Davies and Megan Reynolds dig deep on the shallow industry of celebrity gossip, giving you an inside look at how famous people, publicists, tabloids, and even things like Scientology come together to create the celebrity news you love to hate.

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A weekly pop-culture breakdown show based on Jezebel's daily column Dirt Bag. Each week Madeleine Davies and Megan Reynolds dig deep on the shallow industry of celebrity gossip, giving you an inside look at how famous people, publicists, tabloids, and even things like Scientology come together to create the celebrity news you love to hate.

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218 Ratings
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Parting is such sweet sorrow.

By bestreviewwriterofalltime - Apr 01 2019
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First the toast, now dirtcast, what’s next??? But know that I’ve enjoyed it all. Proud of the effort you put it in to make it and thank you for the going away episode and not ghosting is.

Like but too political—go back to old jez roots

By Ellessa13 - Mar 27 2019
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Jezebel the blog stopped being fun when it stopped being a feminist pop culture and media blog and started posting topics that I would have written for my thesis at sarah Lawrence. For example, Hazel Cills on jack antonoff: the comments on her article were about how subjective and unnecessary the post was and yet, she keeps posting these highly generalized and politicized reviews on music. So then she was in this podcast to discuss alleged misogyny of antonoff. Why not spend that energy introducing me to female musicians that aren’t cardib (who does nothing for women and nodal yellow was literally a remake of another song)? Anyway I miss gawker old jez and I miss pot psychology—live an older millennial (your original target audience—when I talk to younger people early 20s, they have no idea what jez is—and now the only thing to see is the same clickbait that’s everywhere else.

iTunes Ratings

218 Ratings
Average Ratings
172
17
13
5
11

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

By bestreviewwriterofalltime - Apr 01 2019
Read more
First the toast, now dirtcast, what’s next??? But know that I’ve enjoyed it all. Proud of the effort you put it in to make it and thank you for the going away episode and not ghosting is.

Like but too political—go back to old jez roots

By Ellessa13 - Mar 27 2019
Read more
Jezebel the blog stopped being fun when it stopped being a feminist pop culture and media blog and started posting topics that I would have written for my thesis at sarah Lawrence. For example, Hazel Cills on jack antonoff: the comments on her article were about how subjective and unnecessary the post was and yet, she keeps posting these highly generalized and politicized reviews on music. So then she was in this podcast to discuss alleged misogyny of antonoff. Why not spend that energy introducing me to female musicians that aren’t cardib (who does nothing for women and nodal yellow was literally a remake of another song)? Anyway I miss gawker old jez and I miss pot psychology—live an older millennial (your original target audience—when I talk to younger people early 20s, they have no idea what jez is—and now the only thing to see is the same clickbait that’s everywhere else.
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DirtCast

Latest release on Mar 27, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: The Kids Are Not Alright

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We sit down with Jezebel pop culture reporter Hazel Cills to unpack the grossest dirt of all: the nasty mess of influencer drama. We take a walk down memory lane with Jeffree Star, excavate the Bhad Bhabie/WoahhVicky/Lil Tay fracas, and reminisce about that time Logan Paul offended literally the entire world with one vlog...and both Pauls offend us with their presence. 

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Apr 25 2018

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Rank #2: Just Xenu It: a Special (Suppressive) Scientology Episode

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Bobby and Madeleine take an in-depth look at the criminal accusations surrounding actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson and the cover-ups that happen within the favorite religion of the rich and the famous. Episode features interviews with Tony Ortega, journalist and renowned critic of Scientology, and former Scientologist Chris Shelton. 

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Mar 08 2017

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Rank #3: Cocaine and Attention: The Joys of Vanderpump Rules

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In preparation for season 7 of Vanderpump Rules, Maddie and Megan are joined by reality TV scholars Ryan Houlihan and Alex Bedder to discuss the show loved by Rihanna and Roxane Gay alike. What is it about this reality show that feels so much more real? How did the Toms end up with their own restaurant? And is pasta a codeword for cocaine??To buy tickets to the January 13 DirtCast live show, go to the thebellhouseny.com

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Nov 28 2018

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Rank #4: The Best of DirtCast 2018

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We just wanted to take another look at our best episodes of 2018. In this special end of year episode, Maddie and Megan chat about some of their favorite moments, from the release of A Star Is Born to the time Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a feckless cunt, and look back fondly at their favorite guests, from Vulture's E. Alex Jung to Kid Nation's Mike Klinge and Michael Thot. It was a big year for Asian American cinema, for Ryan Murphy, for Bradley Cooper, for Sex and the City, and for DirtCast.

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Dec 12 2018

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Rank #5: Back to Bonanza: A ‘Kid Nation’ Special

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It’s been 11 years since the premiere of controversial reality show Kid Nation, in which 40 children lived in a New Mexico “ghost town” in a society built and run by kids. But what was it really like participating in this wacky social experiment? How much were the kids directed, manipulated... and exploited? We talk to former citizens and leaders of Kid Nation, Mike Klinge and Michael Thot, about their experience.

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Oct 03 2018

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Rank #6: Golden Boys

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Awards season is nearly, finally over and to discuss the highs (?) and lows (??) of the movies, people, and things nominated for the Academy Awards, Maddie and Megan are joined once more by Rich Juzwiak, senior writer and staff curmudgeon, to discuss what we will even happen on Sunday and WHY.  

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Feb 20 2019

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Rank #7: Tom! Hiddleston! Is! Sad!

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Bobby and Madeleine speak with special guest (and Jezebel Senior Writer) the Honorable Judge Kara Brown about C-list celebrities selling their souls--and Flat Tummy Tea--on Instagram. Also discussed: the tragedy of Tom Hiddleston, scary entertainment lawyers, and the vanilla sex of Fifty Shades Darker. 

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Feb 15 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #8: Let Me Be Your Rock of Love, Part I

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On the next two episodes, we sit down with the father and mother of celeb-reality television, real life couple Mark Cronin and Lisa Lopez, whose shows The Surreal Life, Flavor of Love, Rock of Love, and all their spin-offs dominated VH1 from 2003-2009. Now working on their latest creation, Bravo’s Below Deck, the pair indulge us in looking back and dishing dirt on casting and corralling volatile people, being friends with New York, and all the tawdry delights that they’ve given us throughout the years. 

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Nov 15 2017

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Rank #9: Your Favorite Celebrity Couple Is Probably Faking It

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This week on the podcast, Madeleine is joined by Kevin Dickson and Jack Ketsoyan, co-authors of Blind Item, a new novel composed of veiled-but-true celebrity anecdotes from Dickson’s years editing tabloids and Ketsoyan’s time as a Hollywood publicist. 

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May 31 2017

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Rank #10: Who Still Cares About Glee? Sadly, We Do!

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Jaye Hunt and Robert Ackerman of the podcast "One More Thing" join us to discuss their theory that Glee star Lea Michele possibly, maybe, can't read.

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Apr 11 2018

47mins

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Rank #11: I Just Wanted to Take Another Look at A Star Is Born

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In this spoiler-filled episode of DirtCast, we just wanted to take another look at A Star Is Born, the emotional 2018 remake of the 1976 remake of the 1954 remake of the 1937 film (itself inspired by a 1932 film). Why can't we stop thinking and talking about this movie, and what debt do we begrudgingly owe Bradley Cooper? We're joined by Lindsey Weber of the podcast "Who? Weekly" to discuss this birth of a star.

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Oct 10 2018

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Rank #12: Harry Potter and the Dirtiest Dirt

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, a release that turned it from a book into a phenomenon. Maddie and Megan are joined by Josh Nalven and Aaron Horton, hosts of the podcast “New Wizards,” to discuss all things Potter, including favorite books, most hated characters, little known cast controversies, and just how rich we’ve all made J.K. Rowling.

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Dec 05 2018

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Rank #13: Rushed Celebrity Engagements: Just Think About It

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If there’s one thing celebrities love to do, it’s get married to other celebrities whom they hardly know. But as they also love to tell interviewers, “When you know, you know.” Except, of course, they usually don’t. On this week’s episode, we discuss the alarmingly swift engagements of fiances Ariana and Pete, Justin and Hailey, and the overlooked David and Katharine (who really ought to be receiving a larger share of our incredulity), followed by a look back at Hollywood’s wildest whirlwind engagements.

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Jul 18 2018

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Rank #14: Nip/Tuck: A Century of Actors Fucking with Their Faces (RECAST)

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Splinter’s Dodai Stewart joins Madeleine and Megan to talk about two of their favorite subjects, celebrities and plastic surgery! From the early facelift that left silent movie actress Mary Pickford unable to smile to the not-so-secret nose jobs of the Mickey Mouse Club, we’re exploring the trends in and ramifications of the elective cosmetic surgeries and dermatological procedures of the rich and the famous.

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Dec 27 2017

1hr 15mins

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Rank #15: Are You Ready to See Your Fixer Upper?

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Madeleine and Megan have a nice chat with Jezebel staff writer Kelly Faircloth to talk about the end of Fixer Upper, the guiltiest of guilty pleasures, and the reasons why HGTV is so damn compelling.

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Apr 04 2018

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Rank #16: Nip/Tuck: A Century of Actors Fucking with Their Faces

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Splinter’s Dodai Stewart joins Madeleine and Megan to talk about two of their favorite subjects, celebrities and plastic surgery! From the early facelift that left silent movie actress Mary Pickford unable to smile to the not-so-secret nose jobs of the Mickey Mouse Club, we’re exploring the trends in and ramifications of the elective cosmetic surgeries and dermatological procedures of the rich and the famous.

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Aug 30 2017

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Rank #17: The Girlfriend Is Always to Blame

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The hosts are joined by Jezebel culture writer Hazel Cills to talk about the death of rapper Mac Miller and the blame being placed at ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande’s feet. It’s far from the first time a woman has been attacked over the death of a “troubled” male artist: from Asia Argento to Courtney Love to Michelle Williams, why is it always the woman’s fault?

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Sep 19 2018

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Rank #18: How to Unmake a Pop Star

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We sit down with Jezebel’s own Clover Hope to talk about Iggy Azalea and how the music industry banded around one blonde girl from Australia to make--and then unmake--a star. And, special guest from Jezebel's sister podcast Big Time Dicks, Joanna Rothkopf joins for a special Big Time Dicks: Hollywood edition of the Dirtiest Dirt, featuring Harvey Weinstein and the multiple allegations against him.

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Oct 11 2017

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Rank #19: A Hollywood Forever Halloween

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This spooooky pre Halloween week, we’re joined by Karina Longworth, host and creator of the excellent podcast You Must Remember This, to talk about three celebrity (or celebrity adjacent) deaths of the 20th century, starting with suspect carbon monoxide poisoning of Thelma Todd in the ‘30s and ending with the horrific murder of actress/model Dorothy Stratten in 1980. During our discussion, we also delve into the macabre cultural fascination with famous, young dead women and why everything used to be blamed on the mob.

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Oct 25 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #20: It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Mariah Carey’s Christmas

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Is Mariah Carey the queen of Christmas? Or is she--as she says (now)--unworthy of such a lofty, made-up title? This week, we’re joined by Jezebel Senior Writer and Mariah Carey superfan Rich Juzwiak to discuss Mimi’s love of the holiest of days.

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Dec 06 2017

1hr 6mins

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