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CapitalNewYork has learned that our fourth hour favorite Hoda Kotb has renewed her contract with Today sticking by Kathie Lee Giffords’ side, wine glass in hand. She’ll also be contributing to other NBC News programs, including Dateline, her old program.
ABC approached Kotb, looking for a new host to take a seat at the table on The View. Jenny McCarthy recently joined that show, but Barbara Walters will be vacating her position come May, when she retires. According to CapitalNY, the offer was “compelling,” but clearly not compelling enough.
While the first three hours of Today has suffered in the ratings, falling in the wake of Ann Curry’s dismissal and GMA’s come up, the fourth hour of the show continues to do well. Kotb has been with NBC since 1997 and was even a candidate to fill Ann Curry’s spot before it went to Savannah Guthrie. On the occasions when Kotb has filled in at the anchor desk, she has gotten rave reviews. So perhaps part of the new contract includes a promise to move from the fourth hour to an earlier time slot?
Either way, congrats Hoda!
Somebody is ready to remove her foot from her mouth.
We told you on Wednesday about Sharon Osbourne and the ladies of The Talk appearing on the The Arsenio Hall Show earlier in the week, and how she made the poor choice to say that the ladies of The View, sans Barbara Walters, “could go f**k themselves.” It all occurred after the cast was asked the difference between both shows:
“Cut to the chase! Stop being polite! Cut to the f**king chase! The situation is, Barbara, idolize her [bows down], divine she is, superhuman she is. The rest can go f**k themselves!”
But back on her own talk show, The Talk, Osbourne realized she made quite the tactless error and decided to apologize. She says it was a joke gone really bad.
Here’s what she said according to E!:
Osbourne: “I have to own this. I’m fully responsible for myself. Some of the time. Unfortunately, I was inappropriate, and I was trying to be funny at someone else’s expense, and it was the ladies of The Talk. We were asked a question about The Talk.”
Sara Gilbert: “The View, you mean.”
Osbourne: “See? I’m not well! I’m not responsible. I’m really just a loose cannon. Anyway, I want to apologize to Jenny [McCarthy], Sherri [Shepherd] and Whoopi [Goldberg], who are all accomplished, self-made women who have amazing careers. They have achieved so much. I mean, Whoopi is an Oscar winner. Who am I to say anything about Whoopi, any of the ladies? I respect Jenny as a mother, as a woman, as an artist. Sherri, too. And really, I can’t even get the name of my own show right. So please understand, it was my irreverent behavior, and no disrespect meant. And I’m not a person who is mean, I’m really not. And I apologize.”
Guess Barbara Walters must have rang her phone and reminded her that what she what said was on national television. But hey, everybody gets a bit messy from time to time, but the good thing is that she apologized, which she needed to do.
What do you think of Osbourne’s apology?
I didn’t know that there was some unspoken beef between the ladies of The Talk and the ladies of The View. Did you? The latter is the blueprint in which The Talk was based upon, and has been on since ’97 with new faces joining the panel over the years. The only sign of issues between the two shows has been Sharon Osbourne saying a few years ago that Elisabeth Hasselbeck was a “little blonde idiot” and that the cast of The View was “miserable and dry.” But Osbourne has decided to talk ish once again. While appearing on Arsenio with her The Talk co-stars, Osbourne kept it a little too real (after possibly having some moonshine in that red cup) when asked what the difference is between her show and that of her competitors:
Arsenio Hall: “What’s the difference between The Talk and The View?”
Julie Chen: “We do not discuss politics. We do not debate. I always say, The View has changed over the years as the players have changed…”
Sharon Osbourne: “Cut to the chase! Stop being polite! Cut to the f**king chase! The situation is, Barbara, idolize her [bows down], divine she is, superhuman she is. The rest can go f**k themselves!”
Yikes! Seeing how the women of The View have recently been answering questions and rumors about their show and behind-the-scenes drama with other A-listers, I can see Walters taking a minute to try and get jazzy with Sharon. And you know Whoopi will do her best to politely read Sharon for filth. But the best thing they could do is ignore all this. Let any response come in the ratings, if you know what I mean. But what do you think of Sharon Osbourne’s thoughts on the ladies of The View?
Recently, former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson recounted monumental life events through a series of memoirs and essays. In his “Undisputed Truth” memoir, Tyson does not hold even the tiniest piece of information back as he unveils the truth about his tumultuous relationship with ex-wife Robin Givens. When it comes to these two getting together, The Daily Mail reports that Tyson claims Givens and her mother were on the hunt for a “big black celebrity.” Perhaps to them, Tyson was putty in their hands because although prior to Givens Tyson dated some of the world’s most beautiful women such as Naomi Campbell, he states he had a precarious self-esteem. He wrote:
“My social skills consisted of putting a guy in a coma. So maybe Robin was just what the doctor ordered.”
Growing up in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York Tyson was unparalleled to Givens, who was eloquent and educated. Givens entered Sarah Lawrence College at the age of 15 and after graduation attended Harvard Medical School for two years until she decided to pursue acting full time. Tyson notes Givens was media hungry, saying she attended their first date with her mother and publicist. Eleven months after their initial date they were married. Tyson was 22 and Givens, 24. They were hitched quickly due to Givens claiming she was pregnant. Unfortunately, their baby was never born.
Tyson reminisces on Givens appearance at that time as he notes she was supposed to be three months pregnant when they married. Their wedding date was February 7, 1988; by June of that year, she never gained any pregnancy weight. “‘Now it was June and she hadn’t gained a pound, so the next thing I knew she was in bed and claimed she had miscarried our baby.”
Months afterward, the year 1988 not only shared the events of their marriage and supposed miscarriage but it became the year of their infamous Barbara Walters interview. Although it was an interview to highlight Tyson’s boxing career, Givens pulled Walters aside and told her: “that she still didn’t have the truth.” At this point Givens shared on national television just what type of husband Tyson allegedly was. She told Walters: “He’s got a side to him that’s scary; Michael is intimidating, to say the least. I think there’s a time when he cannot control his temper. And that’s frightening to me. To my mother. To anyone around.”
Givens’ comment made Walters push the envelope by asking if Tyson ever hit her. Givens responded: “He shakes, he pushes, he swings. Just recently I have become afraid. I mean very, very much afraid.” Soon after the interview, Givens filed for divorce. Their divorce was finalized on Valentine’s Day on 1989. They never signed a prenuptial agreement and Givens received a settlement of $10 million. After their failed marriage, Givens became one of the most hated women in America. There’s no doubt that this memoir might drudge up some of those feelings yet again.
Check out the infamous clip from Tyson and Givens’ interview with Barbara Walters. Do you believe Tyson’s claim that Givens was money hungry in Undisputed Truth ?
I think we can all agree that when it comes to Diddy, not only is he about his bread, but he’s also definitely about the ladies. But in the last few years, it seems that Sean Combs has decided to slow himself down. The mogul and father of five (six if you include him being the informal stepfather of Kim Porter’s son, Quincy) has been in a relationship with Cassie for the last couple of years. While they haven’t been as open about their relationship as he has been in the past (remember when Diddy and Kim Porter were on the cover of Essence?), they definitely have the lovey-dovey social media message thing on lock. She’s sent him more than a few Instagram posts professing her love, but is Diddy ready to take the next big step with her (or any other woman)? He told the ladies of The View (Barbara Walters specifically) that he’s not…
“It definitely would be a dream come true for me to just one day just be ready for that.
The thing is, I’m not really looking because I know the responsibility that comes with that and I think that a lot of people, they jump into that and they’re not honest with themselves. I’m brutally honest with myself. If I’m ready for that responsibility, I think in due time…I don’t want to get married and not make that woman be the best. I’m a big baby in a grown man’s body. I’ve been close to it and when I’m ready I’ll make the announcement, but when I do it, I’m doing it forever. Know that.
One think I want to add to that is, I think a lot of people put too much on marriage and not enough on happiness. I’m happy, anybody that is in my life is happy…at least some of the days [laughs]. I just want to be happy and I think it’s important for you to protect your happiness and to love yourself, because then you can love other people the right way.”
He definitely makes some deep statements, especially the part about loving yourself first. But I do hope that Cassie is aware that she shouldn’t be expecting too much too soon from her man. He’s not sure if he’s ready for all the responsibilities that come with the title of husband (sounds similar to what Oprah said about marriage), and we can respect that. At least he’s honest. Check out his answer to the question by watching the clip of that episode over at the show’s website. The conversation about marriage occurs at the 19:00 mark.
Barbara Walters announced this morning that Jenny McCarthy will be joining The View in September, filling one of the three vacancies left by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, and Barbara Walters. McCarthy’s name had been floated around for a little while, and she has been a guest host eight times and made 17 other appearances.
“I look forward to helping make hot topics a little bit hotter, and showing my mom that my interrupting skills have finally paid off,” said McCarthy.
“Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for ‘The View,’” said Walters.
McCarthy has appeared in Playboy magazine and, more recently, in this over-the-top Carl’s Jr. ad in which she basically French kisses a salad. She also hosted her own talk show on VH1, which ended in May.
The Daily Beast has a problem with the McCarthy choice because of her controversial belief that parents should be weary about vaccinating their children and the links she has drawn between the chemicals and vaccinations and autism. (Her son is autistic, though the article says some believe he may have another condition entirely.) They fear that she will use the show as a platform for her beliefs. The Centers for Disease Control has conducted studies showing that no link exists.
“Because she is able to cite figures and is a repeated guest on talk shows, she gives the appearance of being an authority on the subject. As Paul A. Offit, MD, writes in Autism’s False Prophets: ’McCarthy trumped science with personal anecdote. (‘My science is Evan, and he’s at home. That’s my science.’),’” The Daily Beast writes.
What do you think of the Jenny McCarthy choice?
We just knew that Elisabeth wasn’t going to be hanging around for long. According to TMZ, Hasselbeck, the only conservative on the panel is leaving the hit ABC show, “The View” along Joy Behar.
And it doesn’t seem like it’s rumor at all. Fox News recently released a statement saying Hasselbeck will replace Gretchen Carlson on “Fox & Friends.” Elisabeth said in her own statement through the network that she’s been a fan of “Fox & Friends” for a long time and is excited to be joining the team in September.
According to ABC, her last day will be Wednesday– as in tomorrow.
Barbara Walters, who announced earlier that she plans to retire next year, sent Elisabeth off with her well wishes. “We have had 10 wonderful years with her and she will now be swimming in new waters. We will miss her and wish her everything good.”
Honestly, this sounds like a good move for Hasselbeck. While I know they were trying to add a balance to the left-leaning liberals on the panel, there were several times when she seemed uncomfortably out of place. I’m sure she’ll fare well over at Fox.
What do you think about Elisabeth’s departure? Do you think “Fox & Friends” will be a better fit for her?
Sherri Shepherd appeared on The Wendy Williams Show on Monday and addressed the changes in the hosting line up on her program The View.
“The two black women are left,” said Shepherd. “Usually they kill us off in the beginning.”
The hosts of The View are Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, and Barbara Walters. Both Behar and Walters have announced their plans to leave the show. But Hasselbeck’s future with the program has been up in the air for a while now, though she has insisted that she’s sticking around. Shepherd’s comments indicate that she and Whoopi would be the only two longtime hosts on the show when the dust settles. She quickly tried to correct that.
“So if the two black women are left, then you’ve just confirmed that Hasselbeck is out,” said Williams.
“No, I didn’t confirm anything!” Shepherd responded, adding that they’re “all going to be there next season.”
Just last week, at the Samsung Hope for Children Gala, Shepherd stuck with the storyline during an interview with The Huffington Post in which she only mentioned that Walters and Behar would be leaving the show. But it kind of feels like she let the cat out of the bag.
The View manages to attract high-level guests including President Obama and the First Lady. So a hosting gig is a prominent one. We’ll still have to wait for confirmation on who’ll be sitting at the table next season.
Mariah is a lot of things. And whether you love her or hate her, you have to admit that the woman makes for good tv. Her flair for the dramatic ensure that we never know what Mariah will say or do once the cameras start rolling. She’s usually pretty good for a “moment” as she calls them. And when your career has spanned over two decades, there are plenty of moments to be had. Check out some of the more outrageous, more memorable ones on the following pages.
Barbara Walters (or Baba Wawa as she was once known) is announcing her retirement on today’s episode of The View, putting an end to a 50-year career that saw her become the first woman to sit at the anchor chair back in 1974. After serving as co-host of the Today show, Walters moved to ABC, and has been there for the last 37 years. Over the her career, she’s won 12 Emmys, interviewed international leaders including President Obama and Fidel Castro, and is now the executive producer of The View, which is the role she will continue with once she steps off camera in 2014. She will continue to serve as co-executive producer of the show.
Rumors about her retirement surfaced in March, with Walters coming out to specifically say she didn’t have an announcement at that time. Walters is clear that her retirement has nothing to do with the health issues she dealt with earlier this year — a bout of the chicken pox and a fall as the result of fainting. Still, she says this is something that’s been on her mind for years. She is 83 years old, so we don’t want Barbara working until she just falls out on-air.
Of her retirement, Walters says she looks forward to spending a little more time than she’s used to in one place when she travels. “I want to go someplace and actually see it. I’ve been to China three times. I hope the Great Wall is still there. I went when Nixon went, but wound up running after him with a tape recorder,” she told the Times.
Over the next year, we can expect a number of retrospectives and tributes to the iconic host. Her show has undergone a number of changes in the past few months, with Joy Behar announcing that she’s leaving her chair at The View desk and speculation that Elisabeth Hasselbeck will follow. Whoopi said she “doesn’t give a f**k” who replaces them as long as she gets paid, but maybe she has other feelings about Barbara.
Update: Walters made her announcement via montage video, looking back on her long career. After a few tears and a sanding ovation, she announced that she will step down during the summer of 2014.
“This is my decision… and this is what I want to do,” she said. “There will be special occasions and I’ll come back.” She says she looks forward to the next year, “my last season.”
Sherri Shepherd added the a bit about Walters “foresight” in bringing two African-American women — herself and Whoopi Goldberg — to host daytime television.
A slew of ABC execs appeared in the audience for the big announcement.