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Who is the voice of Gossip Girl?

Episode format The narrator is Gossip Girl, voiced by actress Kristen Bell. She begins the recap with the sentence, "Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite," and ends the recap with whispered voices saying "Where has she been?" and "Serena." wikipedia.orgGossip Girl

In this iteration of Gossip Girl, which takes place squarely in the present day—there are enough references to the pandemic and quarantine and Zoom school to make your head spin—it only takes 20 minutes to find out who’s behind the bitchy private school blog. Instead of a single student, this Gossip Girl is multiple people: a group of beleaguered teachers who are fed up with the spoiled rich kids making them feel bad all the time.

It is an absolutely inane twist, one that might even raise some ethical questions. You know how, when you were a kid, you were shocked to learn that your teacher didn’t live underneath her desk but actually had a personal life after school? In the world of Gossip Girl, that childhood belief is actually reality. The teachers literally spend their spare time spreading rumors about the popular kids to make them feel bad about themselves after one of them disses a teacher’s outfit one too many times.

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This pack of Gossip Girls is led by Tavi Gevinson’s way-too-young teacher, Kate Keller, whose first interaction with her students involves getting a latte spilled all over her shirt and then receiving mockery for shopping at Zara. Truly, how dare! The only solution is to start an Instagram with some of her co-workers, tagging the rich kids in posts about their supposed sex lives and whatnot.

Listen: The original Gossip Girl was not really about who Gossip Girl actually was, but about the drama that’s happening underneath her narration and blogger-y voice. (Kristen Bell returns as that voice, by the way, which is even weirder now that it technically belongs to multiple olds instead of one dude, the OG GG, Penn Badgley’s Dan Humphrey.) There’s tons of drama here, with teen girls getting eaten out at parties, half sisters plotting to reunite against their dads’ wishes, vaguely hot dudes sharing emotional secrets with genuinely hot girls, as if that’s a thing a hot dude would ever do IRL.

But to give away such a big secret in Episode 1? And to make said big secret so boring, if not problematically silly? I don’t know about you, but I’m over it before there was much of an “it” to get over. XOXO, Allegra.

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Everything to Know About the 'Gossip Girl' Reboot | On Air WIth Ryan Seacrest

On Air With Ryan Seacrest 10 July, 2021 - 05:07pm

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HBO Max 10 July, 2021 - 05:07pm

Gossip Girl's reboot premieres with a shocking twist by revealing the identity of the blogger

Daily Mail 10 July, 2021 - 05:07pm

By Ashley Hume For Dailymail.Com

The Gossip Girl reboot premiered on Thursday with a shocking reveal. 

For its entire six season run, the original CW show's central mystery revolved around who was behind a blog that dished out the scandalous secrets of the privileged teenagers attending an exclusive private school in Manhattan. 

However, viewers of the HBO Max reboot learned the identity of Gossip Girl in the first episode.

Major twist: The Gossip Girl reboot premiered on July 8 with a shocking reveal as viewers of the HBO Max reboot learned the identity of Gossip Girl in the first episode

The show's eponymous blogger was revealed to be a group of the high school's teachers, led by Kate Keller (Tavi Gevinson).

Early in the premiere, Kate accidentally bumps into the school's Queen B Julien (Jordan Alexander) and is ridiculed by Julien and her clique. Kate then storms into the teacher's lounge to vent about the entitled behavior of the spoiled students at Constance Billiard to her fellow teachers.

Upon hearing about Gossip Girl's notorious blog from another teacher, Kate and several teachers begin scouring through the site that had exposed the juicy goings-on at the ritzy school and intimidated its past attendees.

Shocking: The show's eponymous blogger was revealed to be a group of the high school's teachers, led by Kate Keller (Tavi Gevinson)

Kate and some of the other teachers are inspired to revive Gossip Girl in order to hold sway over their rude and recalcitrant students and their indulgent parents.

After their initial attempts to recreate Gossip Girl as a Twitter account fail to take off, Kate and the teachers launch an Instagram page. 

Kate and her colleagues begin spying on the students and posting photos of their sordid exploits. After the Gossip Girl account zeros in on the drama between Julien and her half-sister, Zola ( Whitney Peak), who is new to the school, the page's popularity explodes. 

Damage control: Kate and some of the other teachers are inspired to revive Gossip Girl in order to hold sway over their rude and recalcitrant students

Scandalous: Kate and her colleagues begin spying on the students and posting photos of their exploits

The creator of the original series, Joshua Safran, who is serving as the showrunner for the reboot, discussed the decision-making behind the surprising twist during an interview with Variety

He explained, 'I have friends who work in the private schools of the Upper East Side and Upper West Side. And I went to one, obviously. I often thought since the first Gossip Girl ended that there was maybe a show in teachers at these rarefied schools, but I never landed on anything. 

'And then I was talking to my friends a couple of years ago, just about the small changes that they had noticed in the students’ parents in the years they were teaching there.

Taking back power: After their initial attempts to re-create Gossip Girl as a Twitter account fail to take off, Kate and the teachers launch an Instagram page that explodes in popularity; here Tavis is pictured on set

Safran went on to say, 'I can’t remember whether I first knew that there would be teachers and a teacher would be Gossip Girl, or whether I knew first that I would know who Gossip Girl was and it would be a teacher. 

'The two were so neck-and-neck for me. I was also very interested in looking at roads we hadn’t explored the first time around, and teachers — that was a whole area. Especially private school teachers who are younger than public school teachers, who make less money than public school teachers, who come out of college and are not so removed from the age of the students that they’re teaching. All of that combined just felt like really fertile territory.'  

He also addressed the potential ramifications that becoming Gossip Girl might have on the teachers. 'It’s a be-careful-what-you-wish-for story,' Safran said. 'It’s a cautionary tale. We will be tracking not just what Gossip Girl does to the kids, but what being Gossip Girl does to them. 

'And it is incredibly messy and morally compromised, obviously.'

Fallout: Safran also explained that becoming Gossip Girl would take a toll on the teachers

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Ranking The Fashion From The First Episode Of The "Gossip Girl" Reboot, From "Tragic" To "Iconic"

BuzzFeed 09 July, 2021 - 10:52am

Listen, I know teaching these rich little monsters can be stressful, so you would want to be comfortable, but this look is not it. Why would you even step foot in Constance wearing this?! You're just asking to be made fun of, sorry.

Okay, so the jacket and scarf are obvious nods to the original Gossip Girl, which I love. But, again, why would you wear something like this to a school where the kids can tear you down in five seconds?? Step it up, Kelly!

This truly hurts my soul to say, as Monet's fashion was so on point until this outfit, but this jacket was not working for me. I think if she lost the shoulder pads, it would be super cute.

I can totally see Kendall Jenner or Gigi Hadid wearing something like this, and I love it! It's a super-simple outfit, but Julien just shines while wearing it.

Things have certainly changed since we were back at Constance. I mean, she's wearing biker shorts at school! However, I do love the knee-high baggy boots. They really tie the look together!

I LIVE for coordinated outfits and, thankfully, this is not the last time we see this trend with this trio. The cream and black colors really complement each other nicely. Plus, I love how you can see each girl's personality through their individual outfits.

As someone who had to wear uniforms for a few years, I appreciate Zoya's attempt to make this a cute look with the added headscarf and Adidas x Ivy Park sneakers.

We're back with more coordinated looks!! This time, the trio is rocking a cream/blue color look, and I couldn't love it more. While I do love their individual fits, Monet is obviously stealing the show with that fitted blazer. However, I have to deduct some style for Julien's fanny pack. I'm sorry, fanny packs will never be cool, no matter who designs it.

Luna and Monet were truly killing the fashion game in this episode. I wish I could explain how much I love Monet's black and white top; that sheer cutout is so classy and daring. And while Luna's dress is super cute, I'm not a super-big fan of high-low cuts on dresses, but she still makes it work!

I LOVE this dress on Zoya, as she looks like a model out on the town. While you can tell she's not completely comfortable in this dress, she still looks amazing, and that's what counts!

Listen guys, I'll probably be screaming about these two for weeks to come because LOOK. AT. THEM! From Monet's simple yet elegant tweed skirt suit, to Luna showing off her incredible legs in that simple black mini skirt, I think I can confidently say they are the best dressed people on this show.

While this dress is absolutely gorgeous and complemented Zoya's skin tone beautifully, I'm just upset we didn't get a super-clear look at it. Beautiful clothes deserve to be admired, dammit!

THIS IS HOW YOU DO FASHION, HUNNY. I gasped when I saw Julien in this gown, and that was before she literally lit the stage on fire! The two patterns work seamlessly together, and she just looks like the true queen she is.

Gossip Girl reboot's identity twist in first episode explained by show creator

Digital Spy 09 July, 2021 - 10:36am

We certainly did not expect the big reveal to come so early.

The Gossip Girl reboot kicked off on HBO Max yesterday (July 8), with the first episode already revealing who is taunting the New York elites from behind the alias's Instagram account.

The original show took six seasons to get to the same reveal that it was Dan (Penn Badgley) behind the blog, in a finale that left many fans of the show deeply dissatisfied.

But showrunner Joshua Safran isn't beating around the bush with his reboot, saying in a recent interview that finding out the identity behind Gossip Girl was never the point for him in this new show.

"I felt like it had been done already, and the reason to do a show again is to find something new to look at," he told TV Line.

"The first time around, when we didn’t know that Dan was Gossip Girl, he would do terrible things like send in a post while sitting next to his sister while she was having waffles, knowing that she would be destroyed once she looked at her phone and that he would be the one who destroyed her.

"That was a full avenue that we never drove down, so it felt like this was the time to look at that — all the things we never got to see Dan do when he was Gossip Girl," added Safran, who also served as an executive producer on the first five seasons of the original CW show.

Their new take for exploring Gossip Girl in 2021 is having a group of teachers at Constance Billard be the ones behind the tattler Instagram account.

While Kristen Bell is still behind the voice of Gossip Girl, it's now Kate Keller (Tavi Gevinson) who is the brains behind the operation, with the reboot giving us unprecedented insight into the behind-the-scenes of how these pot stirrers acquire and vet each post.

Explaining the themes of the reboot, Safran said: "What we're exploring is that no one can successfully play God. The question is: How long do you think you can? And what does that actually do to you?

"The closer Kate gets to Zoya (Whitney Peak) and some of the other kids, the harder her job will become. There are a number of difficult decisions that she is going to have to make."

Monse Takes Inspiration From Our Favorite Fictional Upper East Siders for Fall 2021

Fashionista 09 July, 2021 - 09:24am

We didn't have to wait long to see full runway collections inspired by the new iteration of "Gossip Girl." 

On Wednesday, Fernando García and Laura Kim staged a runway show at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in New York City to unveil Monse's Fall 2021 collection. The lookbook had been photographed and sent to buyers earlier this year, but it was never released to the public or press; it did, however, make its way into the hands of "Gossip Girl" costume designer Eric Daman, who then put Jordan Alexander's Julien Calloway in an oversized distressed sweater dress from the line, as one of the many new riffs on the Constance Billard uniform seen in the HBO Max continuation. 

The placement was appropriate because, as Monse CEO Renee Prince Phillip told Fashionista in an interview, the designers were inspired by paparazzi images — of Alexander, especially — from the set of "Gossip Girl" 2.0 for the label's Fall 2021 outing. The brand event sent samples to the costume department; after securing a placement, HBO Max suggested they team up to publicly debut the collection on the eve of the show's premiere, with Daman styling the show.

See Monse's Fall 2021 collection in the gallery, below.

WWD Report Card: No One Did It Like ‘Gossip Girl’

WWD 09 July, 2021 - 06:00am

“Gossip Girl” is back, in a modern, hip-to-the-times way (aka, we probably won’t be seeing as many headbands). Here, the fashion that defined the original.

Serena van der Woodsen  Everett Collection

This is such a 2010s moment, from the platform high heel, the furry layered vest, the chunky jewelry to the oversize handbag. We highly doubt the reboot will revisit this charming look from the past, but if they do, we’d welcome it.

Blair Waldorf  Everett Collection

The bubble floral short dress was one of the go-to ladylike moments of Blair, a very uptown fun ensemble. The side braid and hair accessory are feel-good blasts from the past.

Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf  Everett Collection

The poster boy of Brooks Brothers American preppy, all the way down to the boat shoes. The orange top coat brings it into “Gossip Girl” territory. When it comes to Blair, Upper East Side prep is even more extreme. She takes the uniform and adds the orange leggings, yellow belt and coat and, of course, the headband.

Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen  Everett Collection

Emily, move aside: the original wild fashionistas in Paris show how it’s done. From the baby blue beret paired with cotton candy cocktail dress to the straw fedora meets men’s blazer meets Chanel minidress, these are girls having fun with fashion. And let’s not forget Blair in a platform sandal and Serena in a lace-up brogue.

Blair Waldorf  Everett Collection

Apple green pleated cropped top coat paired with pussy bow minidress and colored stockings? Absolutely. Looking for a perfect “Gossip Girl” outfit? This is Blair at her best.

Serena van der Woodsen  Everett Collection

“Gossip Girl” was known for infusing new fashion elements into the traditional Upper East Side uniform, and this orange moto jacket over the tartan schoolgirl skirt is no exception. The knee-high boot and zebra print bag moves the scholar look into overdrive.

Serena van der Woodsen  Everett Collection

Having a celebrity wearing a runway look is nothing new, but back in the Aughts having a TV character wearing a halter tiered Ralph Lauren runway dress was major, becoming one of those turning points that made “Gossip Girl” the ultimate guilty pleasure show for fashion.

Serena van der Woodsen  Everett Collection

When the film industry depicts runway shows, there’s usually some wild caricature of high fashion — and unfortunately this is no exception. This ’80s-inspired corset dress with exaggerated volume skirt is fashion roadkill. And let’s not talk about the electrifying hairstyle. It might have worked for the show, but it didn’t score any fashion points.

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