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Just a couple of days ago, we reported that Rosie O’Donnell may rejoin the cast of “The View.” The news came as a surprise to some and to the irritation of Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck was on vacation from her show “Fox and Friends” when she heard rumors of Rosie’s return but that didn’t stop her from sharing her disgust over the decision. She called into the show to leave a comment.
“Here comes to the “The View” the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network and really in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for he time that she was there, coming back with a bunch of control ready to regain a seat at “The View” table.”
That’s a lot of saliva leaving Rosie’s mouth isn’t it?
Even Joy Behar took issue with Elisabeth’s comments, calling her remarks “hate filled.” She said that Rosie is basically a good person who’s taken in “a million” children and even has a son who’s enlisted in the military. She suggested that it was dangerous for Elisabeth to suggest that Rosie spits in the face of the military. She concluded by saying that everything on Fox is pretty much fiction anyway.
We’re wondering if all this behind the scenes chatter, specifically the chatter from Hasselbeck, is what got under Whoppi Goldberg’s skin, because today on “The View” before she even started the show, she made a public service announcement.
With realness that only Whoppi can deliver, she basically told people, without naming names, to stop using the age old strategy of pitting women against one another. (Even if the people pitting women against each other are other women.) See what she had to say.
“Before we get started I just have something on my mind. You know there’s a lot of speculation about a lot of stuff going on here. Yes, I’m here. We don’t know who’s coming in. But I will tell you this, the respect that I have for the people that work here will not change. I will do my best to respect the audience to make sure that we bring you “The View” that Barbara Walters wanted you to have, which is women talking about issues. We are not little kids. We are grown ass women.
I’m tired of people talking about, ‘oh you know, if this one comes in, if this one comes in…’ I don’t argue with people. We have spirited discussions. I don’t fight with people it’s not my way. Quit trying to make me into something I’m not. I’m not a little girl with cat claws. I’m not a cat. I’m a girl with a fist, okay? And so I’m just telling y’all “The View,” it’s going to evolve like it always has. So quit trying to make something happen and let whatever’s going to happen happen. And we hope you will join us when we come back.”
Whew! You can watch Whoopi in action in the video below.
This morning marked the first live show since rumors started to swirl that Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy were leaving “The View.” So naturally, they had to address the word on the street. Jenny tried to open things up with a bit of levity, joking that the two were not leaving the show and in true old school “Singled Out” Jenny fashion, she said psyche and revealed that they were indeed true. Both she and Sherri would not be renewing their contracts. Jenny kept it together but it was a different story with Sherri. She didn’t melt into a puddle or anything but it was clear she was overcome with emotion, especially when she started talking about her fellow costars.
Here’s what she said:
“It is true that I’m leaving “The View” after the season. A lot of those people close to me and some of the producers here, they’ve known since the spring that I did not intend to return to the show once my contract ended in August. And I didn’t discuss anything publicly, anything in my personal life, because I didn’t want to do anything to distract from Barbara Walters and our celebration of her retirement in May. My time at “The View” is complete.”
And then she paid a beautiful tribute to Joy, Elisabeth, and Whoopi.
“I’m gonna forever be grateful to Barbara Walters and [executive producer] Bill Geddie for taking a chance on an actress and a comedienne and making me learn things and making me step out of my comfort zone, for giving me a chance. When everybody said I shouldn’t be at this table, they gave me a chance,” she said. “I wanna say I’ve made friendships and sisterhood for life at this table. Elisabeth Hasselbeck is my sister for life. Joy Behar is my sister for life.” Turning to Jenny McCarthy, who is also leavingThe View, Shepherd said, “You are my sister.
You my friend have been a mentor to me. I love you so much, Whoopi Goldberg, because Whoopi Goldberg has had my back,” she added. “Even when I didn’t appreciate it, she’s always had my back.”
And then she spoke about all the opportunities the show has provided for her and encouraged others to do something that scares them.
“I’ve been blessed to interview President Barack Obama. Bill Clinton is a big fan of mine. He loved that I played a hooker in One for the Money. I get the chance to call Oprah Winfrey a friend, and that is a long way from being a legal secretary who wanted to tell jokes for a living. So, I have exciting news I will be announcing in the future because I love the show I plan on coming back to promote them here. I say that because Barbara Walters taught us all about the art of promoting,” she added. “I do say to everybody, take a chance, step out, do something that makes you scared, because this scared me to do The View. I love the cast and crew who took me in and made me feel like, this is my family. I love you.”
You can watch a chopped and screwed version of the speech below.
“The View” has been a long-running daytime staple on television for 17 years but after creator and founder Barbara Walters officially stepped down in May, the show shocked fans last Friday by announcing that co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy would no longer be on the series either. Here’s a list of potential celebrities and personalities that could take a seat at the table.
When Barbara Walters first came up with the concept for the show, she envisioned an all-female panel. While “The View” has maintained that vision, celebrity men have appeared on the show as guest co-hosts. Ross Mathews worked his way up from an intern on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to a television personality all of his own and has become a regular on the panel of Chelsea Handler’s show “Chelsea Lately.” Mathews has sat at the table before with the ladies of “The View” and would make history by becoming the first male to join the show as a regular.
If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it. – Zora Neale Hurston
I never fully grasped the concept of that particular Zora Neale Hurston quote (as in, I got it but didn’t feel the full weight of it) until I started articulating my own wants and desires. Prior to that epiphany, folks would impose all sorts of things on me: opinions, ideas, categories, accusations and even themselves. I wouldn’t say anything in defense of myself because of the following: fear, appearing less dignified, not wanting to worry about it (but secretly consumed with it), not wanting to look crazy and not wanting to be wrong. And as such, it was so easy for those, who sought to malign me, to actually do so.
But a funny thing started to happen the moment I stood up for myself; things around me started to change. Does that mean I always got my way? Sometimes, but no, not necessarily. Some people are just as committed in their efforts to deny me as I am to stake my own claim here in this world. And some folks will try it. However, a firm “no” or an assertive “yes, I do mean what I say” will get most folks to move their drama along. And occasionally, when I stopped to explain myself, some would respect me more – even if it was reluctantly. Using my voice meant that I did not have to cower under guilt and shame anymore. Instead, I was able to transfer much of the undue burden back onto the shoulders of those who made false accusations and demands.
It is the story of veteran ABC News anchor Carole Simpson, who has me reflecting more on this. Last Friday, a number of her former colleagues gathered to wish Barbara Walters a happy retirement. Everybody came out, including Star Jones and Oprah Winfrey, who both have had some questionable relationships with the lipsy news woman. Everyone came except Simpson, who apparently wasn’t invited. Or as she explained it in a post on her Facebook page:
I wonder why I wasn’t included among the two dozen network newswomen and anchors who feted Barbara Walters at a private party and then on “The View?” We both worked at NBC and ABC at the same times. She is my idol and I believe she knows that. At first I was very sad and now I am very mad. I guess ABC News, after my 24 years there, still considers me persona non grata. The black woman anchor, who had to speak her mind for herself and others, is erased from ABC history. I will say a solo goodbye to Barbara and ABC news can just…
ABC said in a follow-up statement that it had no direct influence on the Barbara Walters send-off. But it is awfully strange that the woman, who was not only the first woman to broadcast radio news in Chicago, but the first black woman to anchor a major television network evening newscast, AND also was the first woman and person of color (period) to moderate a presidential debate, was not invited to the party. A party, which was a who’s who of women in television news. Even more peculiar, her career in actual journalism might have been more pioneering than the person being honored. So if anyone should have been the one getting the pomp and circumstance in that situation, it should have been Simpson.
Of course, Simpson’s departure from television news wasn’t without its own controversy. In a self-published memoir, and as told in this archived article for The Daily Beast, Simpson talked about a career that spanned 25 years, which in addition to some professional milestones, was also marred by racism and sexism. After being named the first black woman to work the Washington bureau of ABC News in 1974, Simpson shared with The Daily Beast that producers and colleagues often used what she alleges was coded-racial language like “lazy” to insult her performance on the job and deny her the anchor chair. However, after threatening to quit the network and go public with her charges, the bosses had a change of heart.
Simpson said that a similar incident would repeat itself when a drunken producer at one of the Republican conventions rudely told her, “You think because you’re black and you’re a woman you can get anything you want. And you sl*t, you don’t deserve it.” Additionally, the sexual harassment she said that she dealt with was pretty sick, particularly the incidents where male colleagues touched her inappropriately and made comments about her butt.
Simpson would be suspended from the anchor desk after erroneous comments she made in 2001 about a colleague receiving an anthrax letter. In 2003, ABC decided to not renew her seat as weekend anchor, and instead, offered her a contract as a roving news ambassador and anchor of the annual Black History Month segments. Simpson officially left the news organization in 2005 and now teaches at Emerson College in Boston. At the time of her departure from the news program, not a single professional overture about her contributions to the network as well as history were made on air or within the media. The “first” of many things couldn’t even get a video montage of her professional accomplishments. It was like one day she was on the news, and the next night – after a short goodbye speech – she was gone.
There is a downside to being heard, and that often looks like alienation. Having people respect you and your autonomy sometimes means being ostracized socially. It will likely mean that people deem you fussy and difficult and not a team player. It will also likely mean that at times, you won’t be invited to the cool kid’s table; and that often in fights where there are tons of silent allies, you will be blazing trials all by yourself. It also means that nobody is likely going to care when you leave. Hell, they might not even throw you a party, like they would your more accommodating colleagues.
But all the angst and annoyance from those wishing to keep you from being heard pales in comparison to the feeling of perpetual invisibility; the act of being silenced, ignored and having your accomplishments erased – just like what happened to Simpson. Well, almost happened to Simpson.
I’m glad she is sharing her frustrations of being left out of Barbara Walter’s sendoff. Mainly because we almost forgot her. And maybe one day in the future, one of us will eventually get down to giving her the proper respect she deserves. Perhaps then, media folks, particularly black media folks, will remember all the crap she took on the road to being “the first.”
I know I will. I just wish she would have said some of those things during her tenure on television. You know, be more vocal about her pain and torment. Perhaps she could have felt more supported. Perhaps we could have helped her push to maintain her job, or at least helped her to get a damn montage of her accomplishments and a plaque when she left the network.
Every day there’s some new news in the Donald Sterling scandal. Now comes dueling interviews. Sterling sat down recently with CNN’s Anderson Cooper while his wife, Shelly, was interviewed by ABC’s Barbara Walters.
The Los Angeles Clippers owner said he was sorry and asked for forgiveness for his words but added he feels he was “baited” to make racist comments.
“When I listen to that tape, I don’t even know how I can say words like that… I don’t know why the girl had me say those things,” he told CNN’s Cooper in an exclusive interview set to air on tonight. When Cooper asked: “You’re saying you were set up?” Sterling responded, “Well yes, I was baited. I mean, that’s not the way I talk. I don’t talk about people for one thing, ever. I talk about ideas and other things. I don’t talk about people.”
The 80-year-old married lawyer and billionaire real estate investor insisted he is not a racist. Sterling was banned for life and fined $2.5 million by the NBA.
“I’m not a racist,” Sterling told Cooper. “I made a terrible, terrible mistake. And I’m here with you today to apologize and to ask for forgiveness for all the people that I’ve hurt…I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” he said. “Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It’s a terrible mistake, and I’ll never do it again.”
There turned out to be another tape in which Sterling tried to add a reason for the racist comments. In the new recording posted on RadarOnline, he spoke of his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, saying that she’s black and he’s “jealous that she’s with other black guys.”
He then took a shot at Magic Johnson, who he said he spoke with. “Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don’t think so. But I’ll say it, he’s great. But I don’t think he’s a good example for the children of Los Angeles,” said Sterling.
While Sterling is still waiting to see if he will be forced to sell the Clippers, an attorney for Donald Sterling’s estranged wife told CNN that she intends to keep her 50 percent stake in the team. And she plans to fight any attempt by the NBA to take away her share.
“I will fight that decision,” she told Walters. “To be honest with you, I’m wondering if a wife of one of the owners, and there’s 30 owners, did something like that, said those racial slurs, would they oust the husband? Or would they leave the husband in?”
There has to be a majority vote by the league to force the sale of the team.
“Under the NBA Constitution, if a controlling owner’s interest is terminated by a 3/4 vote, all other team owners’ interests are automatically terminated as well,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said. “It doesn’t matter whether the owners are related as is the case here. These are the rules to which all NBA owners agreed to as a condition of owning their team.”
Sherry Sterling’s lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell, disagrees with the NBA’s interpretation of its own regulations.
“We do not agree with the league’s self-serving interpretation of its constitution, its application to Shelly Sterling or its validity under these unique circumstances,” O’Donnell said in a statement released in response the NBA. “We live in a nation of laws. California law and the United States Constitution trump any such interpretation.”
Shelly also told Walters, “I signed the petition for a divorce.” Interestingly, she also told Walters she thinks her estranged husband is suffering from “the onset of dementia.”
Could this be a way to explain his remarks and actions as an argument against the team´s sale? We shall see. The ball’s still in play.
This week is Nurses Week and to honor some of the hardest working men and women in medicine, we take a look at celebrities who started their careers in nursing and other medical professions before becoming famous.
For five seasons she was one of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and we watched her go from a single mother of two to become a football wife with four more children. Kim Zolciak credits Nene Leakes and RHOA for changing her life because she met her future husband Kroy Biermann through the show. But before she moved down to Atlanta to begin life anew, Zolciak was actually a nurse. She studied and received her degree from the University of Connecticut.
In an interview with Barbara Walters, V. Stiviano, the woman who can be heard on the infamous Donald Sterling recording defending her choice to associate with black people, reveals details of her relationship with the LA Clippers owner. Honestly, the interview left us with more questions than answers and Stiviano often comes off just as delusional and detached as Sterling.
Stiviano labels herself as everything from a philanthropist to a personal assistant to Sterling’s best friend and “silly rabbit”. She goes on to say that Sterling has paid her both on and off the books and that one of the biggest misconceptions people make about her is that she is a mistress and a whore. Oh and the visor? It’s because she’s hurting and it hurts to see someone she loves (Sterling) in so much pain.
She also comes to Sterling’s defense saying his alleged racism is due to the “generation” he was raised in and that his actions prove he isn’t a racist. Maybe she’s referring to his refusal to rent apartments to minorities.
We still don’t find out who leaked the tapes and why their conversations were being recorded. View the exclusive interview below:
Around this time last year, “The View” creator and co-host Barbara Walters announced that she will be retiring this year. As the big day, which has been announced as May 16, continues to draw near, many rumors have began to circulate regarding Walters’ final episode.
According to reports, new and old “The View” co-hosts will appear on her last episode to participate in Walters’ final send off. Joy Behar, Meredith Vieira and Rosie O’Donnell have all reportedly been invited. However, according to rumors, former co-host Star Jones was not invited because she has been banned from the show due to her inability to get along with Walters in the past.
ABC representatives have since addressed the rumors and while they haven’t confirmed whether or not Jones will return to see Walters off, they do insist that rumors about Star being banned from the show are false.
“This rumor is not true,” the representative told RumorFix.
As you may recall, Jones returned to the show during a February 2012 episode and was able to clear up any bad blood that still lingered between herself and Walters. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see whether or not she participates in the rumored sendoff for Walters.
David Letterman has been a fixture on late-night television since 1982, but last Friday he announced that he will be hanging up his talk show hat after more than 30 years of interviewing celebrities and giving us his top ten lists. Even though Letterman will retire in 2015, there is already speculation about who will replace him on the Late Show. Here are ten candidates we’re rooting for.
Stephen Colbert starred in the cult Comedy Central show “Strangers with Candy” as the hilarious closeted gay high school teacher before moving on to become a correspondent at the “Daily Show.” In 2005 he was given his own spin-off show and took his mock staunch conservative stance to new heights on the “Colbert Report.” Colbert’s contract with Comedy Central is up in December so that plus his extensive knowledge in pop culture and politics makes him a great candidate to take over for Letterman.
Fantasia Co-Hosts The View, Talks Suicide Rumors And Is Asked About Messing With A Married Man In The Past
If you missed it, Fantasia was on The View yesterday speaking on her successful Broadway show After Midnight, and serving as a co-host alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters. And while Fanny was there in good spirits (and looking really good too), the ladies definitely threw some curve balls her way about the rumors she was suicidal. And oh yeah, there was that awkward moment where Sherri brought up Being Mary Jane and MJ’s relationship with a cheating man and then asked for Fanny’s opinion about it since she “can speak on that.” Here are the tidbits about those suicide rumors, and she said you should know about messing with a man with “baggage”:
I’m not depressed, I’m blessed. And I think that when you carry that, there’s people who will try their best to try and nick and pick and find things that used to could break Fantasia, but that Fantasia, is gone. I’m not depressed, I’m blessed.
Dealing With A Dirty Dog Dude
Well yes…cause I can speak on that. I have two things to say about that. I think that if you’re going to go into a new situation, there’s no need to take the old baggage with you regardless of what they had going on. But if that is the situation, run, run, fast as you can, can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man!
Check out the full chat with the ladies of The View, and check out Fantasia’s responses to their questions about her mental state and married men: