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Editors’ Notes: “I've always loved these books, but they're not very respected,” says Chelsea Devantez, host of Celebrity Book Club, a weekly podcast in which she and her friends uncover the true stories behind famous women's notorious and gossipy tell-alls. “So it's always been like this little secret I've kept to myself.” Devantez's guilty pleasure has earned her the honor of the inaugural Spotlight—Apple Podcasts’ new series showcasing the most exciting new voices in the medium.

Initially, the writer, comedian, and and filmmaker—whose credits include writing for Comedy Central’s late-night satire The Opposition With Jordan Klepper and the ABC sitcom Bless This Mess—couldn’t possibly imagine the idea of turning her passion into a full-fledged podcast. The idea was born in February 2020 when she went on a girls' trip and began using her Instagram Stories to recap Jessica Simpson’s memoir Open Book from a hot tub. “I had so many messages come in being like, ‘Oh my god, I would have assumed that book was so dumb,’” Devantez says. “So I was like, 'Well, if you like this one, you should hear about my other favorite memoirs.’”

It was important for her to keep that same vibe for the show, which features friends of hers, some of whom work in the entertainment industry, recapping and dissecting a new autobiography every week. Though these celebrities may have been famous for decades, Devantez emphasizes how little we actually know about their lives; Demi Moore's 2019 memoir Inside Out proved something of a revelation for Devantez. “I thought, ‘Oh, Demi has these hot, disciplined thin-girl vibes, I can't connect to that,’” she says. “And then in the book, you realize she's developed that tough persona because of all of this vicious trauma in her life. Some of the trauma she went through matches things in my life exactly. She became a tough cool girl, and I became a chaotic mess who has a matching sweatshirt set with her dog, but we both had the same core pain.”

Devantez believes that the memoirs they discuss are not only wildly entertaining and salacious, but there’s something to learn from them, too. “I think these genuinely are my self-help books,” Devantez admits. “They've taught me a lot about life by going even deeper into them on the podcast. I think we're all afraid to share things that we're embarrassed or feel bad about, but when these women do it in these books, it makes you feel less alone.” She adds: “If you’re a powerful woman in life you have been put through the ringer, so these books have some crazy tales in them. And there’s so much power in a woman telling her own story.”

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Editors’ Notes: “I've always loved these books, but they're not very respected,” says Chelsea Devantez, host of Celebrity Book Club, a weekly podcast in which she and her friends uncover the true stories behind famous women's notorious and gossipy tell-alls. “So it's always been like this little secret I've kept to myself.” Devantez's guilty pleasure has earned her the honor of the inaugural Spotlight—Apple Podcasts’ new series showcasing the most exciting new voices in the medium.

Initially, the writer, comedian, and and filmmaker—whose credits include writing for Comedy Central’s late-night satire The Opposition With Jordan Klepper and the ABC sitcom Bless This Mess—couldn’t possibly imagine the idea of turning her passion into a full-fledged podcast. The idea was born in February 2020 when she went on a girls' trip and began using her Instagram Stories to recap Jessica Simpson’s memoir Open Book from a hot tub. “I had so many messages come in being like, ‘Oh my god, I would have assumed that book was so dumb,’” Devantez says. “So I was like, 'Well, if you like this one, you should hear about my other favorite memoirs.’”

It was important for her to keep that same vibe for the show, which features friends of hers, some of whom work in the entertainment industry, recapping and dissecting a new autobiography every week. Though these celebrities may have been famous for decades, Devantez emphasizes how little we actually know about their lives; Demi Moore's 2019 memoir Inside Out proved something of a revelation for Devantez. “I thought, ‘Oh, Demi has these hot, disciplined thin-girl vibes, I can't connect to that,’” she says. “And then in the book, you realize she's developed that tough persona because of all of this vicious trauma in her life. Some of the trauma she went through matches things in my life exactly. She became a tough cool girl, and I became a chaotic mess who has a matching sweatshirt set with her dog, but we both had the same core pain.”

Devantez believes that the memoirs they discuss are not only wildly entertaining and salacious, but there’s something to learn from them, too. “I think these genuinely are my self-help books,” Devantez admits. “They've taught me a lot about life by going even deeper into them on the podcast. I think we're all afraid to share things that we're embarrassed or feel bad about, but when these women do it in these books, it makes you feel less alone.” She adds: “If you’re a powerful woman in life you have been put through the ringer, so these books have some crazy tales in them. And there’s so much power in a woman telling her own story.”

    Sheila E.'s The Beat of My Own Drum (with Caissie St. Onge)

    Sheila E.'s The Beat of My Own Drum (with Caissie St. Onge)

    This week, Chelsea and Caissie St. Onge (Busy Philipps is Doing Her Best, Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Best Week Ever) tackle the glamorous life of Sheila E., from backing bands to born again and all the lessons in between. Visit Chelsea's Instagram for pictures and stories from the memoirs featured on the show.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Drew Barrymore's Little Girl Lost (with Emily V. Gordon)

    Drew Barrymore's Little Girl Lost (with Emily V. Gordon)

    This week, Chelsea and Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick, Little America, Staying In with Emily and Kumail) dissect the pain of growing up too fast and the power of reclaiming your story with Drew Barrymore's first memoir, Little Girl Lost. Visit Chelsea's Instagram for pictures and stories from the memoirs featured on the show.

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Delta Burke's Delta Style: Eve Wasn't a Size 6 and Neither Am I (with Akilah Green)

    Delta Burke's Delta Style: Eve Wasn't a Size 6 and Neither Am I (with Akilah Green)

    Chelsea and writer Akilah Green (A Black Lady Sketch Show, Black Monday, Perfect Harmony) chart actress Delta Burke's journey from pageant stage to the set of Designing Women, revealing the road to self-acceptance is sometimes paved with tiaras, tabloid gossip, and peplum shirts. Visit Chelsea's Instagram for pictures and stories from the memoirs featured on the show.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Jennifer Lopez's True Love (with Niccole Thurman)

    Jennifer Lopez's True Love (with Niccole Thurman)

    Chelsea and Niccole Thurman (Indebted, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Shrill) get real about change, heartache, and healing with Jennifer Lopez's memoir, True Love. Visit Chelsea's Instagram for pictures and stories from the memoirs featured on the show. 

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Tina Turner's My Love Story (with Taylor Howard)

    Tina Turner's My Love Story (with Taylor Howard)

    This week, Chelsea and Taylor Howard discuss Tina Turner's memoir, titled My Love Story, which draws from seven decades of love and loss in the iconic singer's life. Visit Chelsea's Instagram for pictures and stories from the memoirs featured on the show. 
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Gabourey Sidibe's This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare (with Aeysha Carr)

    Gabourey Sidibe's This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare (with Aeysha Carr)

    This week, Chelsea and Aeysha Carr (Woke, Rel, Brooklyn 99) discuss the many gems in Gabourey Sidibe's hilarious and touching memoir — including the power of declaring yourself a winner. Plus, a surprise visit from Gabourey herself! Visit Chelsea's Instagram for pictures and stories from the memoirs featured on the show. 

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    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
458 Ratings

458 Ratings

Liz081111 ,

Are we friends?

I have never listened to a podcast where I feel like I was chatting with some besties! So much fun to listen 😊

j-ha2 ,

This is the book club you want to join

Chelsea has a talent for reading between the lines and pulling out the details that make each woman seem real and honest. I love Chelsea’s point of view and her empowering perspective. She is respectful and willing to be vulnerable while having a good time. I look forward to every new episode. Memoirs are among my favorite genre and have read most of the featured books recently or in the past, but I don’t think it is a requirement to enjoy the podcast.

BBgirls219 ,

Love it!

Even if you haven’t read the book discussed on the episode, you can still thoroughly enjoy it! In fact, I like to listen first to see which books to get and which to skip! The host has great banter with her guests; it’s one of those podcasts I find myself chatting along with in my head! Hey Chelsea, if you’re ever looking for a listener to guest host, I’m available! 😄

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