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Real estate mogul Donald Trump has stepped up his war of words with Rosie O'Donnell after she made unflattering statements about him on US chat show The View on Wednesday morning. Co-host O'Donnell called Trump a "snake-oil salesman" following his announcement that he would not fire troubled Miss USA Tara Conner. She then went on to talk about alleged extra-marital affairs and discussed Trump's finances, claiming that he went bankrupt - a charge he denies. Trump fired back, telling American publication People that O'Donnell is "a woman out of control" and insisting he would be suing her over her statement questioning his financial well-being. And he appeared on Good Day LA yesterday to fire yet more barbs at O'Donnell. He said, "I think she's very attracted to Miss USA so she probably wanted to put the crown on her head herself... She is a very, very unattractive woman who really is a bully... Rosie is a loser, and ultimately (The View) will fail because of Rosie. Barbara Walters made a mistake and let me tell you something, Barbara's a good friend of mine. She cannot stand Rosie O'Donnell." »
Real estate mogul Donald Trump is threatening to sue Rosie O'Donnell after she made unflattering statements about him on The View yesterday morning. Co-host O'Donnell called Trump a "snake-oil salesman" following his announcement that he would not fire troubled Miss USA Tara Conner. She then went on to talk about alleged extra-marital affairs and discussed Trump's finances, claiming that he went bankrupt - a charge he denies. Trump fires back, telling American publication People that O'Donnell is "a woman out of control" and insisting he would be suing her over her statement questioning his financial well-being. He says, "You can't make false statements. Rosie will rue the words she said. I'll most likely sue her for making those false statements - and it'll be fun. Rosie's a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie." O'Donnell seemed to realize she was in for a fight after she criticized Trump on the show. She said, "Here comes the lawsuit. Get ready. This is going to be good." Yesterday afternoon The View executive producers Bill Geddie and Barbara Walters issued a statement in support of O'Donnell - and Trump. The statement reads: "Both Rosie and Donald are high-spirited, opinionated people. Donald has been a friend of The View for many years and Rosie, of course, is our enormously popular moderator. We cherish them both and hope the new year brings calm and peace." »
Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell has come under fire for offending the Chinese community on her US talk show. The actress-turned-TV host has been criticized by ethnic groups for using the phrase "ching chong" to represent the Chinese language on The View earlier this month. But 44-year-old O'Donnell says she was unaware the remark was racist and offensive to Chinese people. She says, "To say 'ching chong' to someone is very offensive, and some Asian people have told me it's as bad as the n-word. Which I was like, 'Really? I didn't know that.' I'm sorry for those people who felt hurt or were teased on the playground. But I'm also gonna give you a fair warning that there's a good chance I'll do something like that again, probably in the next week, not on purpose. Only 'cause it's how my brain works." However, Unity:Journalists of Color, which represents ethnic groups in the media, says O'Donnell's remarks "really didn't sound like an apology," and are calling for The View producers to publicly condemn the host's comments. »
Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell has slammed rumors she wants to leave talk show The View, after revealing she wants to work on plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuck. The A League Of Their Own actress joined co-presenters Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the all-female chat show three months ago, where the women discuss the day's most exciting events. And while the star would like to branch out into other projects, she has no immediate plans to leave the popular program. O'Donnell says, "Don't anybody worry where Rosie's going. She's right here." »
Rosie O'Donnell has signed with Endeavor. The co-host of ABC's The View also recently logged a guest stint on FX's Nip/Tuck, and she executive produced by the HBO children's program Kids Are Punny. O'Donnell earned six Daytime Emmys for talk show host during her long run as host of the syndicated daytime talk show strip The Rosie O'Donnell Show. O'Donnell had been with ICM. »
Oscar winner George Clooney is happy to take the blame for pal Danny DeVito's intoxicated appearance on talk show The View - but he found his antics hilarious. DeVito appeared drunk on the show last Wednesday after partying with Clooney and the pair's publicist Stan Rosenfeld the night before. Clooney tells USA Today, "Danny is a grown man. I know not to drink too much of it, because it is really strong. Danny kept going after I was done. He clearly got more hammered than I did." The two actors agreed to mention each other on TV talk shows the next day and Clooney was thrilled to see his pal looking the worse for wear on The View. He says, "I came home from doing Live With Regis & Kelly and turned on The View to see Danny say something. The minute he walked out, I thought, 'Boy, this is going to be fun!'" DeVito went on a rant against President George W. Bush calling him "a numbnuts" and described his sexual antics with wife Rhea Perlman when they stayed at The White House. Clooney adds, "I don't think anyone took great offence at it. He is one of the funny drunks in the world as opposed to the angry, mean ones. It actually, truly made me laugh until I cried when I watched him. So I'll take the heat." »
Barbara Walters insists Danny DeVito is welcome back on her show The View, even though he appeared to be drunk during an interview on Wednesday. The star was promoting his new movie Deck The Halls on the show, and admitted he was still tipsy after a night of partying with pal George Clooney. Walters seemed far from impressed by the actor's behavior, but has quickly forgiven him after he apologized personally to her. Speaking on the show yesterday morning, Walters said, "We love him, we'll have him on again." Walters found a message from DeVito in her office after the show. She says, "I called him back on his cell phone and he had already left on a plane, but he said he was not going to say anything until he had talked to me." The 62-year-old star appeared on the live show slurring his words and ranting against President George W. Bush. He ended his appearance by sitting on co-host Rosie O'Donnell's lap. O'Donnell laughed off DeVito's disheveled appearance this morning, adding, "Danny DeVito is not an alcoholic. He's just a guy who had too many drinks with his friends. He had a wonderful night out, and he was a little drunk." »
Danny DeVito appeared on TV show The View yesterday morning still tipsy after a night of heavy partying with pal George Clooney. The star was promoting his new movie Deck The Halls on the show, and admitted he hadn't been to bed the night before. DeVito then cursed his seventh limoncello (a lemon liqueur) from the previous evening and launched into a boozy rant against President George W. Bush, much of which was bleeped out by network censors. The former Taxi star also revealed he and his wife Rhea Perlman made sure to "utilize every surface available" in the famous Lincoln Bedroom when they stayed at The White House as overnight guests of former President Bill Clinton. The show's co-hosts Rosie O'Donnell and Joy Behar seemed to be amused by DeVito's antics, while Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a staunch Republican, tried gamely to switch the conversation to non-political topics, but failed as DeVito continued on his political tirade. The show's creator, veteran newswoman Barbara Walters, appeared visibly uncomfortable as the interview progressed. DeVito's representative, Stan Rosenfield, tells entertainment website Tmz.com his client has requested Walters' phone number and that he would say "what needed to be said privately" to her. »
DeVito was on the morning gabfest to chat about his current movie, Deck the Halls, about a battle with another character played by Matthew Broderick to see how many lights and other holiday decorations could be put on their houses.
But it was his comments about the White House -- and its occupant -- that got him in trouble with ABC's Broadcast Standards & Practices. View, which airs on a seven-second delay, bleeped him twice while he was talking about Bush.
"Danny has been out partying all night, with, tell them, I'm so jealous," Behar said.
"George ... George," DeVito said.
"Clooney," Behar said.
"I knew that the last seven limoncellos, it was going to get me," DeVito said. »
Actress and talk show host Rosie O'Donnell has confirmed she will star in a Nip/Tuck spin-off show. The A League Of Their Own star made a guest appearance on the show as a lottery winner who sleeps with her plastic surgeon. And the character proved to be such a hit with fans, producers approached her about starring in her own show. In the "Ask Ro" section of her internet blog, she is asked the question, "Is it true ur in talks for a spinoff series starring as Dawn Budge?" O'Donnell posted the message, "Talks r over. I said yes." The new series will reportedly be shot in New York City, so O'Donnell can also continue her hosting duties on US chat show The View. »
Nip/Tuck star Julian McMahon shocked The View co-host Rosie O'Donnell this morning by appearing on the US chat show with the zebra skin rug the two shot a love scene on and preceded to recreate the scene. O'Donnell made a guest appearance on Nip/Tuck when it was screened last Tuesday, and appeared as a lottery winner who paid McMahon's character to have sex with her for $100,000. McMahon unfurled the rug and jumped on top of O'Donnell after she sprawled out on the carpet, to the delight of the studio audience. Co-host Joy Behar also had a turn on the rug with McMahon after musing that she was missing out on all the fun. O'Donnell's character Dawn Budge was such a hit on the show producers are considering giving her her own spin-off show. She will appear again on the plastic surgery drama for another guest appearance in Tuesday's episode. »
Dennis Haysbert was furious when he found out that his character on 24, President David Palmer, was being assassinated and told producers he would refuse to tape the scene. The star argued over the storyline for months because he felt killing the president would send out a dangerous message to viewers. Haysbert appeared on US chat show The View yesterday where he explained how he left the show saying, "They did it as a stunt to get ratings and it worked. It started at the end of season four when I did the last six episodes. Then I thought I was done. I was right in the middle of the fourth episode I was doing when they called me up at lunch time to talk to me and said, 'Dennis, on the first show of next season, we're going to shoot you.' I said, 'Good luck with that. What's it going to be a CNN (news) report? Because I won't shoot it.' So we went back and forth and back and forth and the season ended and all during the summer the fellows kept calling and then they sent their mercenary, one of my best friends on the show, the show runner Howard Gordon, whom I love, and I have to tell you before I go any further that I love the guys on 24, both in front of the camera and behind it. We have a legacy of killing our leaders in this country and I said, 'Guys, don't do it.' Howard basically said, 'Dennis, look I understand how you feel. I believe you, I believe in what you're saying, but we need it to start the show, because without it, we don't have a season.'" Haysbert eventually gave in and went on to star in the TV series The Unit about a top secret United States Special Operations Force. »
Alias star Victor Garber took an Internet guide to officiating at weddings after his pal and co-star Jennifer Garner asked him to marry her to Ben Affleck. Garber played Garner's father on the hit TV series and the two formed such a close bond that Garber was the only other person present when the couple exchanged vows in the Caribbean. He appeared on talk show The View on Wednesday, where he discussed the special day saying, "I officiated because it was a private thing and because they asked me as a friend. There is a website you can go to get ordained for one occasion, for one ceremony. Anybody can do it. If I can do it, anybody can do it, believe me! We went to a private place. I don't like to talk about it publicly, because it was so personal, but I'm happy to talk about it only because it was such a joyous, extraordinary thing. I was so honored and they are so happy, their baby is so beautiful and I just love them so much." »
Former ICM agent Babette Perry has joined IMG in the newly created position of vp broadcasting/West Coast. She is bringing several of her entertainment broadcasting-based clients to the sports, entertainment and media company which is expanding its client roster into other areas. Among Perry's clients are Tom Bergeron, host of ABC's Dancing With the Stars and America's Funniest Home Videos; Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of ABC's The View; Phil Keoghan, host of CBS' The Amazing Race; Cristina Perez, host of Twentieth Television's syndicated Cristina's Court; Roger Lodge, host of NBC Universal's Blind Date; AJ Hammer, who hosts Showbiz Tonight on Headline News; Curtis Stone from TLC's Take Home Chef; Marysol Castro from ABC's Good Morning America; and Teresa Rodriguez from Univision. »
Former ICM agent Babette Perry has joined IMG in the newly created position of vp broadcasting/West Coast. She is bringing several of her entertainment broadcasting-based clients to the sports, entertainment and media company as part of a strategy to expand its client roster into other areas. Among Perry's clients are Tom Bergeron, host of ABC's Dancing With the Stars and America's Funniest Home Videos; Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of ABC's The View; Phil Keoghan, host of CBS' The Amazing Race; Cristina Perez, host of Twentieth Television's syndicated Cristina's Court; Roger Lodge, host of Blind Date; AJ Hammer, who hosts Showbiz Tonight on Headline News; Curtis Stone from TLC's Take Home Chef; Marysol Castro from ABC's Good Morning America; and Teresa Rodriguez from Univision. »
Pop star Jessica Simpson has fired her longtime publicist Rob Shuter after last week's debacle surrounding her supposed relationship with John Mayer. Both People and Us Weekly magazines ran cover stories suggesting the pair were dating and People even quoted Simpson as saying, "I'm in love!" According to news website Tmz.com, reports began surfacing this week that Mayer was furious with the coverage and felt used by the Simpson camp to help boost album sales. Simpson appeared on US talk show The View Tuesday, where she desperately tried to do some damage control stating, "I am actually not dating John Mayer." Sources tell Tmz the Simpson camp had been unhappy with Shuter for some time and that the Mayer fiasco "was the last straw" in a series of events leading up to the firing. Mayer posted a message on his official website last Thursday, soon after the story broke saying simply, "Really enjoying this song" above a picture for Public Enemy's hit "Don't Believe The Hype." »
NEW YORK - New Today co-host Meredith Vieira is thinking more about the daunting challenge of getting up at 3 a.m. every day than she is about filling for formidable pumps of her predecessor on NBC's top-rated morning show. Vieira and Today's Matt Lauer ran through a mock first half hour of a broadcast Thursday before they did a teleconference with NBC affiliates around noon and then had an informal Q&A session with reporters. NBC Universal chairman and CEO Bob Wright also stopped by for a few minutes to chat with Vieira, whose tenure on the show begins Wednesday. Vieira, who moves to NBC after nine years on ABC's The View, said she isn't thinking about the implications of replacing Katie Couric, the hugely popular anchor who left Today earlier this year to become anchor of CBS Evening News. But Vieira -- who was known on 'The View' for quick-thinking responses and also a willingness to talk about almost anything -- said she's planning to tone it down a bit for her new gig. »
John Mayer reportedly ended his brief relationship with Jessica Simpson after members of her entourage leaked intimate details of their relationship to the media. The budding relationship came to light last week and Simpson even appeared on the cover of American publication People with the headline "I'm In Love." Mayer posted a cryptic message on his official website Thursday, when rumors went into overdrive about the pair saying, "Don't believe the hype" and both parties are now back-peddling. Simpson appeared on US talk show The View Tuesday to promote her new album, ironically titled A Public Affair. When she was asked by co-host Rosie O'Donnell if she was seeing Mayer she said, "I'm actually not dating John Mayer. He's my friend." The reclusive musician was reportedly shocked when private details of his relationship with Simpson were printed in the press and has since cut off any contact. A pal of Mayer tells American publication Us Weekly the relationship was "a '2', (but) her camp spun into an '11'." The friend says the musician has lost respect for Simpson and "now he will stay away from her. He thinks it's desperate. An attempt for her to stay in the spotlight." A source close to Simpson confirms the relationship has cooled saying, "She met a guy who was scared away by all the attention." Mayer's pal adds, "It's very clear to John who was pushing this story. And it's also very clear to him that Jessica is under a lot of pressure to sell an album." »
Jessica Simpson has slammed tabloid reports she is dating singer John Mayer and insists the two are just friends. The 25-year-old star appeared on US talk show The View yesterday, where she discussed the rumors surrounding her personal life. Simpson appeared on the first day of the 10th season of the show as a favor to new co-host Rosie O'Donnell, who supported her when she was first starting out. O'Donnell asked, "Is everything going good for you, you're in a good place, you're happy...'" Simpson replied, "I'm in a really good place..." O'Donnell then tried to get to the bottom of tabloid reports that she is dating Mayer, prodding her with, "You don't want to say, but maybe?" Simpson sighed and shook her head saying, "I love it that she just goes right there....I'm actually not dating John Mayer." O'Donnell feigned shock saying, "You mean People magazine was wrong?" The American publication featured Simpson on the cover last week with the headline, 'I'm in love,' referring to Simpson's reported new relationship with Mayer. She added, "And they put this quote saying that I'm in love! You know, he's my friend, I've known him for a couple years." »
Veteran newswoman Barbara Walters has urged new co-host Rosie O'Donnell to stop blogging about The View. O'Donnell is joining the show on Tuesday and regularly writes about what is happening in her life on her website. The League Of Their Own star complained about a promotional skit from the new season of the show writing in an all lowercase style saying, "I saw the new view promos. "Found myself/in the position/i loathe the most/powerless." Walters discussed her feelings about O'Donnell's web posts with Newsweek magazine saying, "I didn't like the blog. I'm counting on Rosie's intelligence and sensitivity and humor. "This is, after all, an entertainment show. It is based on people who like each other and are having a good time, not on people who are arguing and unhappy." Soon after Walters spoke to the magazine, she received flowers and a card from her new co-host reading, "Barbara, I only want the promos and the show to be great. And I love you. Love, Ro." »
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