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Bette's Book Dumped

Bette's Book Dumped
Plans by Bette Midler to write a tell-all book about working on her sitcom Bette have been cancelled. Last month it was reported Bette would receive $1 million from Simon And Schuster publishers, to write Cancelled, memoirs about her time on the now-defunct show. But Bette's representative Cindi Berger now says, "They called it off." The reason behind the decision is reportedly conglomerate politics. Simon and Schuster belong to Viacom, as does the television company CBS which produced the sitcom. A publisher says that Simon & Schuster felt that a negative portrayal of the network would be detrimental to the company.

Bette Midler Pokes Fun At Streisand Feud

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Bette Midler Pokes Fun At Streisand Feud
Bette Midler is poking fun at her alleged feud with Barbra Streisand on her new TV sitcom "Bette" (2000). In the episode, Midler acts struck-dumb with laryngitis when Steven Spielberg calls to offer her a lead part in his latest movie. Unable to take the call due to her sore throat, Midler starts taking notes from the answer phone message, only to hear the dreaded words, "Hang on Bette, Barbra Streisand's on the other line." Making light of the feud tabloids have been stirring up for years, Midler grabs a kitchen knife and fakes stabbing herself in the stomach.

Bette's Upset With Lewd Storylines

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Bette's Upset With Lewd Storylines
Bette Midler has lashed out at the writers of her new sitcom "Bette!" (2000) for being a little too lewd. The singer/actress admits things started off really well until the show's writers started getting a bit too familiar and demanding her character be more controversial. Bette says, "Let's just say there were some pretty tasteless ideas and I squashed them because I simply can't go that low."

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