BUZZMAKERS: Kristin's Health Scare, Travolta Flubs

by 7:00 AM PST, March 08, 2014
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What had ETonline readers buzzing this week?

1. Kristin Chenoweth Reveals She Suffers from Asthma

Kristin Chenoweth is going public about her battle with asthma in an interview on The Doctors.

The Tony Award-winning actress and Glee star, 45, told the show's panel that she's suffered with the respiratory disorder for more than a decade after first noticing symptoms while living in New York City.

"Ten years ago -- around the time after 9/11 -- I began to suffer with not being able to get my breath and chronic chest colds that turned into walking pneumonia," said Chenoweth.

But in an interview with The Associated Press, the actress says she wasn't correctly diagnosed for a few years and she initially thought she was suffering from bronchitis or other respiratory issues. "It was only after going to L.A. to do Bewitched and The West Wing that I really got sick. But I wasn't diagnosed with asthma," Chenoweth recalls. "It wasn't until I was doing the television series Pushing Daisies, that my doctor in Oklahoma diagnosed me."

Chenoweth -- who is going public to raise awareness of the illness and recently did a public service announcement to educate asthma sufferers -- says she now has to carry an inhaler at all times in case she needs it and that the diagnosis changed her life and affected her confidence as a performer. She recalled one scary encounter while appearing on Broadway in the 2010 revival of the musical Promises, Promises.

"I was onstage, literally in the second act in a pretty dramatic scene, I can literally feel it coming on, and I remember thinking, 'How am I going to deal with it? How am I going to get my breath? How am I going to get offstage? How am I going to get to my inhaler?' Luckily, I found a spot where it would make sense for me to exit and my dresser was there with an inhaler."

2. John Travolta Breaks Silence on Idina Menzel Flub

John Travolta has released a statement regarding his mispronunciation of Idina Menzel's name at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday.

"I've been beating myself up all day," Travolta, 60, said. "Then I thought...what would Idina Menzel say, She'd say, Let it go, let it go! Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!"

The Grease star's flub launched a parody Twitter account (@AdeleDazim) that gained over 4,000 followers in 24 hours.

3. Lea Michele is all for Her Own Glee Spin-Off

Though Glee is ending after season six, looks like Lea Michele isn't quite ready to let go of her character Rachel Berry!

In a new interview with Seventeen magazine, the talented 27-year-old makes it clear that she's more than game for a spin-off focusing on Rachel's life in New York City. "Let's do it. I think it could be Rachel living in New York and working on Broadway!" she says.

Michele, who recently made headlines thanks to some very racy pictures she took with famed photographer Terry Richardson, also not surprisingly shares with the magazine that she's comfortable shedding her clothes.

"I'm very comfortable with my own body. I come from Broadway -- everybody's naked on Broadway," she explains. "I like to think of myself as more granola. I'm not going to run around naked or anything like that unless I'm at my own home. Today, I walked into my backyard and was standing out there naked for a while. Don't tell: My neighbors will freak out!"

As for the unavoidable questions about her Glee co-star and real-life boyfriend, the late Cory Monteith, she shares that she only has happy memories despite his tragic passing -- specifically of Monteith always making her "feel so beautiful."

"I only have happy memories of Cory. He was not his addiction -- unfortunately, it won. But that wasn't who he was," she says. "Cory made me feel like a queen every day. From the minute he said, 'I'm your boyfriend,' I loved every day, and I thank him for being the best boyfriend and making me feel so beautiful."

4. Scarlett Johansson is Pregnant

Scarlett Johansson is expecting her first child with fiance Romain Dauriac, a source close to the actress confirms to Entertainment Tonight.

Johansson, 29, has been dating Dauriac, a 31-year-old French journalist, since November 2012, and they've been engaged since September 2013.

In a recent interview with Parade magazine, Johansson said she was in no rush to tie the knot.

"I don't feel like I need to rush that part of my life. I can let that happen organically," the Her actress said. "Right now, it feels like a time to enjoy and be relaxed and that's what works for us."

She did, however, dish to Harper's Bazaar last October that she eventually wants to have kids.

"Eventually I want to have a family, and that would be my focus, but right now I'm having fun with it. There have been times in my career where I've struggled to find ... I was stuck for a while," she told the magazine. "It was more difficult, maybe, to find the right thing to do. Now I'm enjoying a really productive, creative period."

Johansson was married to actor Ryan Reynolds from 2008-2011. He later wed Gossip Girl Blake Lively in 2012.

5. Katy Perry & Miley Cyrus' Catfight

After Katy Perry had less than kind words for Miley Cyrus regarding their now infamous kiss at her Bangerz concert in Los Angeles in February, Miley is hitting back where it hurts -- taking a dig at Katy and her reportedly now ex-boyfriend John Mayer.

It all started with Katy's appearance on Australian talk show Sunrise Tuesday, when she was asked to comment on her and Miley's much-publicized kiss.

"I just walked up to her to give her like a friendly girly kiss, you know, as girls do, and then she like tried to move her head and go deeper and I pulled away," she said. "God knows where that tongue has been. We don't know! That tongue is so infamous!"