Despite the wild popularity of crepe towers, banana split sundae croissants, and Russian honey cakes, the humble bagel was the breakfast option that kept making headlines throughout 2018. Some celebrities attracted the attention of gossip sites with their unusual bagel-ordering habits, while other famous people told surprising stories on late night shows that involved the old roll-with-a-hole. Here’s a look back at the year in celebrity bagel drama.
Kendall’s New Year’s bagel revelation
As the clock ticked down to midnight on New Year’s Eve 2017, model/reality TV star Kendall Jenner was embroiled in a bagel-related controversy. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star had shared a photo of herself wearing a tight, midsection-hugging party dress, prompting some Instagram users to question whether she was trying to tell the world that she was pregnant (this is often how members of the Kardashian clan announce these big life changes). During the last moments of 2017, Jenner shared a message to her fans, setting the record straight: “i just like bagels ok!!!” This oddball intersection of celebrity drama and bagel fixation would set the tone for the year to come.
The time Jim from ‘The Office’ got bagel bombed
America’s TV boyfriend, John Krasinski, had an incredible year, becoming both the new Jack Ryan in a televised Tom Clancy series, and the writer/director/star of one of 2018’s biggest hits, A Quiet Place. But things weren’t always so rosy for the Hollywood hero. Many years ago, when he was a lowly intern at 30 Rock in New York City, the Boston native was the victim of some carbohydrate-related bullying from a complete stranger. “I was wearing a Nomar Garciaparra jersey,” Krasinski told Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show in April. “I was walking along about to get lunch and just something hit me in the back of the head. It was a full, cream cheese bagel.” The actor concluded that the bagel bomb was hurled from a “taxi going like 20 miles an hour.” Clearly, this incident still haunts Krasinski till this day.
Bieb’s sad Brooklyn bagel run
In August, Sleazcore couple du jour Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin surprised guests at Frankel’s, a neo-delicatessen in Brooklyn, by gracing the bagel shop with their mopey presence. After placing their order, the couple proceeded to shuffle around the store, their arms draped around each other in a loose embrace. Guests were clearly weirded out by their demeanor, and Instagram users also questioned why they looked so sad and/or zonked out during this bagel run, prompting one commenter to remark, “They look miserable.” But, strange though it may seem, this might just be what true love looks like between an international pop mega-star and a runway model in 2018: Justin and Hailey got married just a few months after these photos were taken.
The bagel order heard round the world
On Sunday, September 9, Sex and the City actress-turned-politician Cynthia Nixon placed an order at famed Manhattan market Zabar’s that would send shockwaves throughout the bagel-loving community. In an interaction that was surreptitiously caught on camera by Gothamist, Nixon ordered a cinnamon-raisin bagel stuffed with cream cheese, capers, tomatoes, onions, and lox. This combination, which she referred to as “a full load,” only has one element that throws people off: the sweet bread hugging all of those traditionally savory ingredients. And yet, the New York Post found this melange of textures and flavors to be outrageous enough to earn the title of “strangest bagel of all time,” while a Food & Wine staffer called it ”basically criminal.”
Nixon tried to change the conversation by owning up to the order on Twitter and urging her fans to donate to her campaign for Governor of New York, but this move didn’t stop the Twitter snarking about Nixon’s breakfast of choice. Later that week, she lost the primary race to Andrew Cuomo.
The bagel surprise of the year
Although Ice-T has spent much of the last two decades filming a New York-based cop procedural, last month, the rapper-turned-actor revealed that he somehow had never tried one of the quintessential NYC foods — the bagel — until he filmed a recent scene on Law and Order: SVU. This detail was revealed on Twitter, when the celebrity responded to a fan’s inquiry about his favorite bagel variety by tweeting, “Lol. I’ve never eaten a Bagel in my life...” A few hours later, after many Twitter users had expressed their shock and disbelief at this revelation, Ice-T told fans, “White people.. Don’t lose your Fn minds because I’ve never eaten a Bagle [sic].. Take it easy.... lol.” During a Tonight Show appearance a few weeks later, Ice-T explained why he’d never tried a bagel before this year: “I’m from South Central. Can you imagine Snoop singing, ‘Rolling down the street smokin’ indo eating some lox and bagels?’”
And in other bagel news...
Twitter users found the original sketch of the bagel emoji to be hilarious, but the revised edition — which featured cream cheese and a craggily surface — was a much bigger hit. Former New York Times critic Mimi Sheraton incurred the wrath of Montreal bagel lovers by tweeting that eating their local speciality was “like chewing broken glass.” And speaking of Montreal, that city’s Plateau-Mont-Royal borough imposed a ban on wood-fired ovens, but thankfully, ancient bagel shops like St-Viateur (pictured above, with Adam Sandler and his family) and Fairmount Bagel are exempt from this piece of legislation — long may they reign.