Saturday, June 23, 2018
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With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen coming to Tampa, could these celeb BFFs be next?

Get out your emergency Cuteness Survival Kit and prepare to be charmed.

This week's dual interview with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen — that's right, we talked to both of them — is going to make you want to pour a hot tea, curl up on your couch and wonder, is there a best friend out there for me?

Cohen, Bravo king, and Cooper, CNN king, have been friends since a blind date 20 years ago (the spark wasn't there). They've turned their connection into a stage show, coming to Tampa on Saturday. Read Jay Cridlin's interview on Page 14 to find out why they love to egg each other on and take questions from the crowd.

Hollywood has a reputation for backstabbing and enemy-making, but plenty of celebs have forged quality friendships. We all know about the Matt Damon and Ben Affleck love story, but here are some other famous friends we'd love to see on stage. Or, you know, in the kitchen for a glass or two.

Busy Philipps and Michelle Williams

They met on the set of Dawson's Creek, and although their careers have gone in different directions, they still walk red carpets hand in hand. Williams, generally considered an A-lister, does not do social media things. Philipps is an open book online, more famous for her Instagram stories than any one role. It's always a thrill when the low-key Williams shows up in her best friend's posts.

Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King

Just tell us how to live, okay? Tell us everything.

Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams

These two are known for their work on Game of Thrones (Arya and Sansa Stark), but they're almost better known for their mirror selfies. Everyone calls them Mophie, and Williams has referred to Turner as her big sister. Presh.

Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart

It's never too late to make new friends. In 2008, the rapper appeared on the lifestyle expert's show to make mashed potatoes, and legend goes they've been buds ever since. Is it juiced a bit to promote their VH1 show, Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party? Well, no doubt. But let us have this. We have so little in this world.

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir

Why, oh why, must we wait two years between Olympic Games? These former figure skaters are hilarious when they get together, and probably why they get hired for announcer gigs all the time. Catch them at the Kentucky Derby in wild hats, too.

Kandi Burruss and Tameka "Tiny" Harris

It is a personal dream to end up in a room with these Real Housewives of Atlanta and former members of Xscape. You may recall they were given a late writing credit on Ed Sheeran's Shape of You, after listeners pointed out similarities to No Scrubs, a TLC song Burruss and Harris wrote. You follow? We need to know their true feelings on the redheaded menace, because real friends dish

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On stage this week: Freefall Theatre’s ‘The Musical of Musicals,’ Jay Pharoah

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Irish boxer brings his dream to St. Petersburg

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