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These days it seems like everyone from Donald Trump to Jon Stewart has an opinion about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's romance. But Vh1 host Carrie Keagan might be the first to admit that she thinks the couple's conveniently timed reunion is one giant publicity stunt.
iVillage caught up with the outspoken TV star, who hosts the celebrity talk show Big Morning Buzz Live, and asked her to dish about the Twilight costars' relationship status. "I will put my foot down and say that, yes, I think that this is all for the film," she said.
Keagan, 32, also revealed her dream celebrity guest, offered some dating advice for Katy Perry and explained why she wants Amanda Bynes to be a correspondent for her show. (And yes, she's completely serious!)
You've interviewed tons of stars on your show. Who's your dream guest?
George Clooney needs to make an appearance on my show. That is going to happen. We are trying, but it hasn’t been successful yet. So I hope -- fingers crossed.
Have any of your guests really surprised you?
I’m a huge fan of the Mob Wives and before I had them on the show, I didn’t know any of them. They’re so dramatic and so emotional and so full of passion and vim and vigor. But once I got to know them, I realized that as much as they are passionate and dramatic, they have the biggest hearts of anyone I have ever met.
Who's your celebrity crush?
My very first celebrity crush of all time, like since birth, was on my show today. His name is John Taylor, he's a bass player from Duran Duran.
Was he as dreamy as you thought he'd be?
Yes he is! He just wrote a book, and he came on to talk about it. I was very excited because there is a section in the book where he talks about me. And by me, I mean every girl that had a pinup of him in their bedroom.
I heard that Vh1 offered Amanda Bynes a gig as a correspondent on your show. Is that for real?
Yes! She has no rep, so it was hard for us to get in touch with her. But we definitely wanted to offer her a position on the show, and the position is still available if she wants to take it. I think she’d be fantastic on the show. She has a wealth of knowledge -- she grew up in the entertainment business, it’s what we talk about every day. I think she would bring a perspective to that kind of news.
Do you think she'd be reliable?
Well, we’d probably have to send her a car.
You have been open about your history with bullying. What would you say to kids who are going through that now?
What I would love to say is that it ends, it gets better. But I know that when I was in that position, it didn’t really matter what anyone was saying to me because the pain was worse than what anybody could tell me would go away. Every day I had to deal with it, and it was awful. But being able to live through it, and just getting by, makes you a stronger person.
What do you think those bullies would think of you now?
Well it’s funny, I don’t really talk to any of those people. But there was one situation -- because I’m on TV all the time -- someone reached out to me on social media and was like, "Oh, I saw you on the show, and I’m so happy for you." This was one of the people that treated me the worst, and it took me about a week to decide whether I wanted to respond to the message or not. It was such a serious internal battle for me because I thought, "Well, I’m an adult now. None of this stuff should matter." But it really affected me, and I cried about it actually when I got the message. Finally, I decided that I could ignore it and feel okay about that. I didn’t have to respond. So, I have no interest in sticking my tongue and saying, "Look at me now." But I know that it does happen every once in a while that they see me on TV.
You've done some acting in the past. Do you think you'll do more?
One of my dreams is to be in a horror movie. So if anybody is listening: Please, I want to. The more blood, the better! I mean my name is Carrie, and that's one of the best horror movies ever made. I need to live up to it.
So let's talk celebrity scandals. What do you think about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart getting back together? Is it all a big PR stunt?
Yes! But it’s funny because I know some people that are involved with Twilight and every time I sort of stick my nose out and say, "This whole thing is all just baloney. It’s all just conspiracy for the movie," they always come back and tell me that it’s not. But I will put my foot down and say that, yes, I think that this is all for the film. I’m sort of the worst when it comes to that stuff, because I think everything is just for the cameras. I think everything is a conspiracy theory, and then I get shocked more so when I find out that it was real.
Okay, so what about the stunt that Justin Bieber pulled recently?
That ticked me off so much! I fell for it at first. I was like, "Oh my god, this is great. We get to see Bieber naked! I can’t believe that this is all happening, and how horrible is it that he lost his computer." I felt really bad...But I don’t like practical jokes, and I don’t like people being punk'd, and that’s what he did to all of America.
Okay, what about Katy Perry and John Mayer's on-again romance?
She will never learn. She’s always going to love the rock stars. She’s a girl after my own heart, and I can’t blame her. But at some point she'll get hurt bad enough that she’s going to learn that she’s gotta go out with an accountant or something.
Ali Gray is iVillage's Senior Associate Entertainment Editor. Follow her on Twitter: @thealigray