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B. Smith’s step-daughter claps back at ‘fraudulent friend’ Whoopi Goldberg for criticizing her dad after he moved in his girlfriend

'I'm not going to give in to it. I am going to fight': Restaurateur B. Smith opens up about her Alzheimer's battle just months after she spent 17 HOURS lost and wandering Manhattan
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Everyone seems to have an opinion about Dan Gasby going public about his relationship with his live-in girlfriend Alex Lerner as his beloved wife and lifestyle icon B. Smith grapples with Alzheimer’s.

Social media has been filled with blistering commentary about Gasby ever since he granted the Washington Post an interview and he discussed his relationship as well as shared video of Smith.

And now celebrities are weighing in.

The View’s Whoopi Goldberg slammed Gasby for allowing The Washington Post to take video of Smith in her current condition. “I didn’t want to see B look like that,” said Goldberg. “I didn’t need to see that.”

“I find it very disrespectful that he is with his wife and disrespecting her by being with his girlfriend in their home,” Sunny Hostin said on air.

Gasby claims his wife told him to move on in an interview with PEOPLE. “B. told me to live, to go on, as I’ve told her,” he said., who opened up about his relationship with his live-in girlfriend in PEOPLE.

Surely she doesn’t remember saying that, right?

And now Gasby’s daughter, Dana, who is a fulltime caretaker for her stepmother, is defending her father in an interview with People.

“These fraudulent friends know nothing. I have not seen them here,” says Dana Gasby, who reportedly moved back home three years ago to care for Smith. “They don’t call my family. I see them talking on TV and how do you know what your supposed ‘friend’ would want?”

Dana also says she fully supports the relationship between her father and Alex. When asked about Goldberg’s criticism of the video showing Smith she didn’t mince words: is it “because you’re getting older and not happy with your health or whatever and you decide it’s not ok?”

Adds Dana, “Guess what—this is what aging is.”

The three of them live together in the couple’s home in the Hamptons home when Lerner is visiting from Manhattan.

“B. asked me to go on with my life,” Gasby told PEOPLE. “Anyone who says B. didn’t do that doesn’t know B. We wanted each other to be happy.”

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Model and Alzheimer's sufferer B.Smith spotted by fan and reunited with her family after going missing from the Hamptons just months after revealing sad diagnosis

  • Barbara 'B' Smith, 65, is opening up about her battle with Alzheimer's in an interview with Today
  • She said her first thought when diagnosed was, 'I’m not going to give in to it. I am going to fight' 
  • It was her first major interview since she went missing in Southampton, New York last November
  • She took a jitney from New York city to Sag Harbor, but got off in about 10 miles from her final destination
  • She was found at a Manhattan diner early Wednesday and reunited with her family 

Former trailblazing model and restaurateur Barbara Smith is opening up about her battle with Alzheimer's in a new interview.

Speaking with Al Roker, Smith said of the moment she was diagnosed; 'I had tears in my eyes. But at the same time I also said, "I’m not going to give to it. I am going to fight."'

Her husband meanwhile said the news was difficult for him as well, especially seeing his wife suffer.

Said Dan Gasby; 'If anybody didn’t deserve this it was this woman because she is the sweetest human being, bar none. And then, after you curse God, you apologize.'

Now the two have been faced with bigger challenges, especially after an incident in which Smith disappeared for 17 hours last November, and was ultimately found at a Manhattan diner. 

'I thought I lost her,' said Gasby. 

'I thought I lost her. It was like living in a nightmare, but you’re awake.'

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Barbara 'B' Smith, 65, is opening up about her battle with Alzheimer's in an interview with Today

Barbara 'B' Smith, 65, is opening up about her battle with Alzheimer's in an interview with Today

Resting comfortably: B. Smith's stepdaughter, Dana, posted photos of the celebrity restaurateur cuddling on the couch with her puppy, Sasha, after she was found in a Manhattan diner last November

Resting comfortably: B. Smith's stepdaughter, Dana, posted photos of the celebrity restaurateur cuddling on the couch with her puppy, Sasha, after she was found in a Manhattan diner last November

Dana Gasby, who is the general manager at B. Smith's Restaurant in Manhattan, thanked her stepmom's supporters for their prayers and called the harrowing ordeal 'a learning experience'
Smith and pit bull puppy Sasha seen at her stepdaughter's home

Dana Gasby, who is the general manager at B. Smith's Restaurant in Manhattan, thanked her stepmom's supporters for their prayers and called the harrowing ordeal 'a learning experience' 

Walkabout: Smith's husband, Dan Gasby, revealed on Facebook that his wife walked from Midtown Manhattan to Harlem, then to Battery Park. She took the ferry to Staten Island where she rode a bus and then boarded the ferry again to return to the city. Finally, Smith walked to La Parisienne diner on Seventh Avenue

Walkabout: Smith's husband, Dan Gasby, revealed on Facebook that his wife walked from Midtown Manhattan to Harlem, then to Battery Park. She took the ferry to Staten Island where she rode a bus and then boarded the ferry again to return to the city. Finally, Smith walked to La Parisienne diner on Seventh Avenue

The two appeared on Today to get more people, especially minorities, to help with research and to sign up for clinical trials. 

Smith has even taped a PSA for the Brain Health Registry urging people to enroll in trials and take cognitive tests.

This after the incident last November in which she went missing on Long Island and wandered around Manhattan for hours, even taking a ferry to Staten Island, before she was found in a midtown diner.

Smith's husband and business partner, Dan Gasby, posted a message on his Facebook page seeking to clarify the circumstances surrounding his wife's disappearance shortly after the incident..

'Just for the record here's what B experienced so there are no rumors: B walked from midtown to Harlem to battery park took the ferry rode a bus in Staten Island then the ferry again walked to la parisienne on 7th w58 across from our old address where a friend happened to see her!' 

Barbara 'B' Smith, 65, had last been seen in Southampton, Long Island, at around 8pm Tuesday, according to Dan Gasby.

Gasby told MyFox NY that his wife took a jitney from New York City to Sag Harbor, where the couple own a home and restaurant, but got off in Southampton about 10 miles from her final destination. 

The news station 7Online reported that the multitalented entrepreneur, cookbook author and TV host got back on the Ambassador Jitney and returned to Manhattan, where she eventually ended up at the La Parisienne diner on 7th Avenue after walking halfway across Manhattan and taking a ferry to Staten Island and back.

The owner of the cafe, who is a friend of Smith's, recognized the TV presenter and contacted police, according to the New York Daily News. 

According to published reports, Gasby's grown daughter, Dana, helped bring B. Smith home by tracking down the driver of the jitney on Long Island. 

Ms Gasby, who is the general manager at B. Smith's Restaurant in Manhattan, shared pictures on her Facebook depicting her stepmother cuddling on the couch with a black pit bull puppy named Sasha soon after her harrowing ordeal.

Safe: Former model, restaurateur and TV host B. Smith, 65, went missing on Long Island, but was found safe in Manhattan last November

Safe: Former model, restaurateur and TV host B. Smith, 65, went missing on Long Island, but was found safe in Manhattan last November

mith, who is battling Alzheimer's, was on her way to her home in Sag Harbor, Long island, but got off 10 miles away in Southampton Tuesday
Smith pictured in April 1983 cover of Ebony magazine

At risk: Smith, who is battling Alzheimer's, was on her way to her home in Sag Harbor, Long island, but got off 10 miles away in Southampton

Brave: The famed entrepreneur and entertainer opened up about her battle with severe dementia in June 

Brave: The famed entrepreneur and entertainer opened up about her battle with severe dementia in June 

Smith somehow ended up at the La Parisienne diner on 7th Avenue, where the owner recognized her and called police 

Smith somehow ended up at the La Parisienne diner on 7th Avenue, where the owner recognized her and called police 

'Got B to my place! She's doing great! Sansa made sure to give her a lot of kisses! Today was a learning experience! Thanks to everyone for reaching out and for the prayers!' Dana Gasby wrote.  

A native of Pennsylvania, B. Smith began her career as a fashion model, becoming the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Mademoiselle magazine in 1976.

A decade later, Smith opened the first of her three restaurants located in New York, Washington DC and the village of Sag Harbor on Long Island. She has been a James Beard Award nominee and won the 2012 Silver Spoon award.

In 2001, Smith launched her first home decor collection for Bed Bath and Beyond, offering bedding, bath ensembles, rugs and paper products.

Power couple: Smith and her husband of Dan Gasby, pictured outside the White House, are business partners  

Power couple: Smith and her husband of Dan Gasby, pictured outside the White House, are business partners  

Friends in high places: Smith, who has been an early support of Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign, is pictured here with the first family 

Friends in high places: Smith, who has been an early support of Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign, is pictured here with the first family 

B Smith, Indira Roth, and Mayor Michael Bloombrg attend the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show - Grand Prix Sunday on September 1, 2013 in Bridgehampton
B. mith attends the "Love, Loss & What I Wore" new cast member celebration at B Smith's Restaurant on July 7, 2011 in New York City

Prosperous: Smith, pictured left with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg during the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show last year, owns a house and a restaurant on Long Island 

Domestic diva: Smith owns three successful restaurants and has her own line of home accessories 

Domestic diva: Smith owns three successful restaurants and has her own line of home accessories 


B Smith and husband reflect on her Alzheimer's diagnosis
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Over the years, Smith has emerged as somewhat of a ‘Renaissance woman’: a spokesperson for national retailers, an author of three cookbooks, and even a stage actress, appearing in 2011 in the Off-Broadway play Love, Losss and What I Wore, co-written by Nora Ephron.

Her half-hour talk show B. Smith With Style currently airs on BET and Bounce TV networks, and she also hosts a show on SiriusXM radio.

Smith and her husband of 22 years, Dan Gasby, own a pair of apartments on Central Park South. The two are also business partners.

In June, Smith sat down for an interview with CBS News to talk about her battle with Alzheimer's - a severe form of dementia marked by the loss of memory and other abilities, which gets worse over time.

Thespian: Smith, pictured here with The Wire star Idris Elba, starred in an Off-Broadway play in 2011

Thespian: Smith, pictured here with The Wire star Idris Elba, starred in an Off-Broadway play in 2011

'Even with Alzheimer’s, I think that things are gonna work out,' Smith said at the time. 'I’m gonna do my best to make it work out for me, and for as many people that I can possibly help, too.'

Smith was diagnosed with the illness in October 2013 after more than four years of suffering from dementia symptoms.   

 

Safe: Former model, restaurateur and TV host B. Smith, 65, went missing Tuesday on Long Island, but was found safe in Manhattan Wednesday

  • Barbara 'B' Smith, 65, was last seen in Southampton, Long Island, at around 8pm Tuesday
  • She took a jitney from New York city to Sag Harbor, but got off in about 10 miles from her final destination
  • She was found at a Manhattan cafe early Wednesday
  • B. Smith opened up about her battle with Alzheimer's disease in June 

A former trailblazing model and renowned New York restaurateur was found in Manhattan Wednesday after she went missing in Long island last night.

Barbara 'B' Smith, 65, was last seen in Southampton at around 8pm, according to her husband, Dan Gasby.

Gasby told MyFox NY that his wife took an jitney from New York city to Sag Harbor, where the couple own a home and restaurant, but got off in Southampton about 10 miles from her final destination.

Safe: Former model, restaurateur and TV host B. Smith, 65, went missing Tuesday on Long Island, but was found safe in Manhattan Wednesday

Safe: Former model, restaurateur and TV host B. Smith, 65, went missing Tuesday on Long Island, but was found safe in Manhattan Wednesday

mith, who is battling Alzheimer's, was on her way to her home in Sag Harbor, Long island, but got off 10 miles away in Southampton Tuesday
Smith pictured in April 1983 cover of Ebony magazine

At risk: Smith, who is battling Alzheimer's, was on her way to her home in Sag Harbor, Long island, but got off 10 miles away in Southampton Tuesday

Brave: The famed entrepreneur and entertainer opened up about her battle with severe dementia in June 

Brave: The famed entrepreneur and entertainer opened up about her battle with severe dementia in June 

Smith somehow ended up at the La Parisienne diner on 7th Avenue, where the owner recognized her and called police 

Smith somehow ended up at the La Parisienne diner on 7th Avenue, where the owner recognized her and called police 

The multitalented entrepreneur, cookbook author and TV host was last seen wearing a blue sweater, a pink shirt, jeans and black sneakers. she had no ID card or cellphone on her. 

The news station 7Online reported Wednesday that Smith got back on the Ambassador Jitney and returned to Manhattan, where she went to the La Parisienne diner on 7th Avenue.

The owner of the cafe recognized the TV presenter and contacted police, according to the New York Daily News.

A native of Pennsylvania, B. Smith began her career as a fashion model, becoming the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Mademoiselle magazine in 1976.

A decade later, Smith opened the first of her three restaurants located in New York, Washington DC and the village of Sag Harbor in Long Island. She has been a James Beard Award nominee and won the 2012 Silver Spoon award.

In 2001, Smith launched her first home decor collection for Bed Bath and Beyond, offering bedding, bath ensembles, rugs and paper products.

Power couple: Smith and her husband of Dan Gasby, pictured outside the White House, are business partners  

Power couple: Smith and her husband of Dan Gasby, pictured outside the White House, are business partners  

Friends in high places: Smith, who has been an early support of Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign, is pictured here with the first family 

Friends in high places: Smith, who has been an early support of Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign, is pictured here with the first family 

B Smith, Indira Roth, and Mayor Michael Bloombrg attend the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show - Grand Prix Sunday on September 1, 2013 in Bridgehampton
B. mith attends the "Love, Loss & What I Wore" new cast member celebration at B Smith's Restaurant on July 7, 2011 in New York City

Prosperous: Smith, pictured left with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg during the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show last year, owns a house and a restaurant on Long Island 

Domestic diva: Smith owns three successful restaurants and has her own line of home accessories 

Domestic diva: Smith owns three successful restaurants and has her own line of home accessories 

Over the years, Smith has emerged as somewhat of a ‘Renaissance woman’: a spokesperson for national retailers, an author of three cookbooks, and even a stage actress, appearing in 2011 in the Off-Broadway play Love, Losss and What I Wore, co-written by Nora Ephron.

Her half-hour talk show B. Smith With Style currently airs on BET and Bounce TV networks, and she also hosts a show on SiriusXM radio.

Smith and her husband of 22 years, Dan Gasby, own two apartments on Central Park South. the two are also business partners. 

In June, Smith sat down for an interview with CBS News to talk about her battle with Alzheimer's - a severe form of dementia marked by the loss of memory and other abilities, which gets worse over time.

Thespian: Smith, pictured here with The Wire star Idris Elba, starred in an Off-broadway show in 2011

Thespian: Smith, pictured here with The Wire star Idris Elba, starred in an Off-broadway show in 2011

'Even with Alzheimer’s, I think that things are gonna work out,' Smith said at the time. 'I’m gonna do my best to make it work out for me, and for as many people that I can possibly help, too.'

Smith was diagnosed with the illness in October 2013 after more than four years of sufferings from dementia symptoms.  

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Famed restaurateur and former model B. Smith, who has Alzheimer's and was reported missing on Long Island today, has been found, reports say. 

CBS News tweeted it confirmed that Barbara Smith, known professionally as B. Smith, was found in a diner in Manhattan.
The New York ABC affiliate also confirmed it.
It's a hopeful end to an alarming story that broke Wednesday.
Fox News and CBS News reported that Smith was last seen in Southampton, Long Island, at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, after arriving from New York City on a jitney.
When Smith didn't turn up at her home, her husband and business partner, Dan Gasby, reported her missing. She was said to be wearing a blue sweater, pink shirt, jeans and black sneakers.
The Sag Harbor Express newspaper reported that a local man ran into Gasby about 10 p.m. on Tuesday in Sag Harbor, and he said he was looking for Smith.
Police in Sag Harbor, where she lives, confirmed that there was an open, active missing-person investigation seeking Smith, and asked for the public's help in finding her, but has not responded to the reports that she was found. Smith's office did not immediately return calls.
ABC reported that Smith's daughter was told by the jitney driver that she got off at the Sag Harbor stop, but then, according to unnamed friends, she got back onto the jitney and returned to the city. Someone recognized her at a diner and called it in.
Smith, 65, revealed earlier this year that she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's after years of symptoms such as memory loss and confusion.
She said at the time she was trying to remain positive.

B. Smith at BET Honors 2012 in Washington, DC.

B. Smith at BET Honors 2012 in Washington, DC.(Photo: Photo by Frank Micelotta/ INVISION/AP)
"I think the future's going to be fine," she said. "I'm going to do my best to make it work out for me and for as many people that I can possibly help, too."
Smith, one of the first African-American models to appear on the cover of Mademoiselle, later became an acclaimed restaurateur, designer and decorator.
In 1986, she opened her first restaurant in New York City, and two more followed. Her Washington eatery closed last year after 20 years in business. She went on to become a pioneer in the lifestyle area, an expert in food and home entertaining.
In April, after she and Gasby closed their restaurants; they sold their Central Park West apartment for nearly $6 million and moved to Sag Harbor.
At the time, Gasby joked to the New York Post that they needed a warmer climate, saying, "There's nothing noble about being old in the cold."
The apartment, decorated by the couple, seemed to be worth every penny, according to a USA TODAY feature at Christmas in 2005.
The 2,500-square-foot spread on the 35th floor of a Modernist building "boasts views that are both, as they like to say, town (Seventh Avenue south to Times Square and beyond) and country (to the north, all of Central Park).
"Two honey-hued chairs in their bedroom provide a King Kong perspective on the New Year's Eve ball dropping. In the airy living room, the wheat sectional and espresso club chairs supply scenes of the epicenter of Manhattan Christmas, with ice skaters circling Wollman Rink and horse-drawn carriages along snow-patched paths."

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Comment by AfricanGoddess on November 27, 2014 at 12:46am

Happy to hear she is safe!

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on November 26, 2014 at 10:40pm

Ms Smith is  trailblazer I've patronize her New York Restaurant she made you feel welcome.

As a model she was down to earth .

I pray for her Alzheimer is a disease that rob you of your life's experiences.

Comment by Big Woman on November 26, 2014 at 9:48pm
So sad, she appears to be a wonderful talented and successful lady. She was on Dr. Oz
a few months back with her husband talking about her struggles with Alzheimer's. It was very evident something was wrong then. They also stated that Blacks have a higher risk in contracting it. This can happen to any of us. God bless her and her family.
Comment by Big Woman on November 26, 2014 at 9:47pm
So sad, she appears to be a wonderful talented and successful lady. She was on Dr. Oz
a few months back with her husband talking about her struggles with Alzheimer's. It was very evident something was wrong then. They also stated that Blacks have a higher risk in contracting it. This can happen to any of us. God bless her and her family.

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