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Whoopi Goldberg, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are among celebrity pot lovers and are very open about it. Nevertheless, there are many more celebrity women who have at least tried marijuana that some folks probably didn’t know about.
“The View” has been going through what we’ll call growing pains for quite some time now, but according to former host Jenny McCarthy, the show will be cancelled within a year—unless ABC changes their approach.
The 42-year-old, who was let go from the show after just one season, compared the network and its inability to stick with one formula for the show to serial daters on Tinder.
“It’s like a serial dater. Stick with one boyfriend and don’t go on Tinder. Give that relationship all you’ve got and ride through the bumps and waves,” McCarthy told the New York Daily News.
As you’ve probably noticed, in just a few short years, the show underwent some pretty drastic changes—including several hosts.
“I only say that (will happen) if they don’t stick to that idea — which is to allow something to simmer rather than transitioning so many different things, like, change a chair, change a table, change the background, change the people.”
She went on to imply that producers are impatient and that they do away with strategies and personalities before they’re given a chance to flourish.
“If it doesn’t boil quick, you’re out,” she explained. “I feel like they’re not allowing anything to grow. They want instant gratification. So they’re very scattered, and until they kind of commit to an idea, I think they’re going to have problems.”
When asked if she thinks the show will ultimately go under without executive producer and former co-host Barbara Walters, McCarthy had this to say:
“I think to some extent, yes, but I think the longer they give it time, a new generation (of viewers) become first-time mommies and they get used to having those faces and growing up with them through those first baby years. That, too, will take time. But for right now, it’s still left missing the captain.”
What are your thoughts on her comments?
Before all the TV shows, movies, commercials, and endorsement deals came through, some Hollywood celebs had to wake up in the morning and get their customer service on like the rest of us. With jobs ranging from a Burger King cashier to a singing waitress on a cruise ship, these stars have paid their dues. Check out 15 celebs who went from being sales associates and food service workers to becoming Hollywood stars.
Though quite a few cast members on Fox’s hit show “Empire” sing often–(even though some of them shouldn’t)– Vernon, played by Malik Yoba, has never blessed the mic.
Instead, he and Andre play in the shadows plotting on ways to take over the company.
But yesterday, on “The View” Yoba showed us a different side of himself. The musical one. Singing with nothing but an acoustic guitar, the veteran actor blessed the audience with some smoove vocals. And it was surprisingly good.
He sounds quite a bit like Will Downing actually. That’s how good his voice sounds. Whoopi was feeling it so intensely, she had to lay out a bit.
But don’t take my word for it, listen to the man for yourself in the video clip below.
In casting news, it looks like Whoopi Goldberg may be heading to primetime TV. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Goldberg has been cast to star in ABC comedy pilot “Delores & Jermaine.”
The actress will be starring in the pilot alongside comedian Jermaine Fowler. The series is based on Fowler’s life as “a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive.” The 59-year-old will be playing Jermaine’s estranged grandmother Delores, “a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop,” whom he moves in with after he’s kicked out of his house. The two apparently come together at the ideal time, as Delores is in need of some youth and enthusiasm in her life and Jermaine is in dire need of the “old-school parenting” that Delores can provide.
This grandmother-grandson reunion is also perfect for Delores because it forces her to stop being the “shut-in” she became after leaving the “police force for a safer job.” Filming for the pilot is not expected to have an effect on Whoopi’s job over at “The View,” as it has been reported that producers will work around her schedule. And should the pilot go to series, the comedian will juggle both the sitcom and “The View.”
Though network television has been doing well as far as adding more diverse television shows to line-ups, they can certainly do better. Hopefully, this pilot gets picked up because it sounds like it has the potential to be pretty funny. *fingers crossed*
Does think sound like something you’d be interested in watching?
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Whoopi Goldberg celebrates her 59th birthday today and in honor of one of the hardest working comedian/actress in the entertainment industry, we take a look at some of her iconic and groundbreaking movies.
In 1976, 20,000 high school students in South Africa took to the streets as part of the Soweto uprising to protest the introduction of Afrikaans as the main language in the local schools. The 1992 film “Sarafina!” centers around the riots and the main character inspires her peers to rise up in protest after her favorite teacher Mary Masombuka became imprisoned. Although the film tanked in the U.S., it was a huge hit in South Africa and other African countries. In 2006, the film was re-released in South Africa to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Soweto uprising.
Ever since “The View” returned with a whole new cast of characters (and Whoopi), there seems to be a lot less chatter about it. Aside from stories here and there about behind-the-scenes squabbles between Whoopi and Rosie O’Donnell, there isn’t as much hype around the show. It’s slowly starting to show in the ratings.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, despite the new additions in Rosie Perez, Republican analyst Nicolle Wallace, and the return of O’Donnell, in key demos, ratings are decreasing for the fourth straight season and at this point, they’re 30 percent down from where they were five years ago. While “The View” used to run circles around CBS show “The Talk,” they’re currently evenly matched in key female demos. All in all, with a new cast and look, “The View” isn’t the big hit folks were hoping it would come back to be.
And it says a lot when former hosts aren’t even trying to support. Star Jones told New York Daily News’ Confidential that she doesn’t have the time or energy to tune in.
“I saw the first day because I wanted to be supportive, but I have a job and I can’t be watching daytime TV.”
So is she watching? “Honestly not at all.”
But she says she has nothing but love for the hosts.
“Whoopi (Goldberg) is one of my best friends. Rosie (O’Donnell) and I love each other to death, of course. But real women don’t sit around and discuss daytime gossip so honestly, they don’t.”
Have you been checking out the new “View”? Why or why not?
A trailer has finally been released for Chris Rock’s new film Top Five, which tells the story of wildly successful comedian and movie star Andre Allen (Chris Rock), whose run-in with journalist Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) causes him to reexamine his life and career. Gabrielle Union plays rocks superficial reality TV star fiancée, Erica Long, who’s never around without a gang of reality TV cameramen.
The all-star cast also includes Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah. According to Deadline, the film triggered a pretty competitive bidding war last month at the Toronto Film Festival. Paramount Pictures eventually won for a whopping $12.5 million.
Top Five was both written and directed by Chris. Interestingly, Jay Z and Kanye West are credited as co-producers for the project. Judging by the trailer, it’s going to be pretty funny. The comedy is slated to hit theaters in December.
Watch the trailer below. Is this something you’d be interested in checking out?
If I walked into a room full of all the women who had ever sat on the panel at “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg would be the absolute last person I would try. She is just not here for your shenanigans. None of them. It doesn’t matter who you are. And unfortunately, Rosie O’Donnell had to learn that the hard way.
Last Thursday, Whoopi and Rosie got into a bit of a tiff. Luckily, it was during a commercial break, so there’s no video footage but here’s what happened.
During the “Hot Topics” segment, the women were talking about spanking children. Backstage, before the segment, both women had a chat and Rosie told Whoopi how passionate she was about the issue. But once they got into it, producers told Whoopi, through the monitor that she wears in her ear, that it was running too long and they needed to go to commercial.
Reportedly, Rosie refuses to wear a monitor so she doesn’t know when commercial breaks are coming up. And she interpreted Whoopi’s cutting her off as a sign of disrespect. Whoopi told her that if she wore an ear monitor she would know what was going on.
According to a source, someone who was likely in the audience, during the commercial break, Rosie grabbed the handheld microphone, used for audience engagement and turned to Whoopi saying that “hurt my feelings,” that she was “very upset by it” and “didn’t appreciate” Whoopi’s actions.
Without a microphone, Whoopi responded professionally. “This isn’t’ the time for this, Rosie.”
But Rosie couldn’t let it go. Instead, she continued to complain, into the microphone, in front of the audience about the perceived snub.
“Well I just don’t appreciate you saying that you were going to do something and not doing it. It makes me upset and I just don’t want to have to go through this.”
Again, Whoopi said “This is not the time Rosie.”
Rosie kept going.
You can only push Whoopi so far. Finally, she shot back. “F**k it, I told you to leave it alone and you just don’t want to listen. If you want to go there Rosie, I will dammit. I’m really sick of your sh*t!”
The studio audience went silent.
And Rosie backed down.
Rosie Perez ended the awkwardness by making a joke: “Oh sh*t, Twitter is going to be off the hook now.”
The audience started laughing.
The source said producers went over to both women with notes about the next segment and when the cameras started rolling again, it was as though nothing had happened.
Other sources claim that tensions between Rosie and Whoopi have been high since the beginning because Rosie wants her position as moderator back and is having a hard time being “second in command” to Whoopi.
Sources also claim that Whoopi has begged ABC to end her contract and pay her the remaining $10 million on her deal and let her go home.
It’ll be interesting to see how long Whoopi stays on with this show and whether or not Rosie will learn to play her position.
Remember when Sherri Shepherd said “The View” could benefit from having a Latina host? Well, it seems like someone took heed to her opinion.
ABC announced yesterday, that Rosie Perez would be joining the panel alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell.
As many of you well know Perez is an actress, choreographer– who notably worked with the “Fly Girls” on “In Living Color”– and activist. In 2010, President Obama appointed her to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
Rounding out the group of ladies is Republican media operative Nicolle Wallace, who served as a communications chief for President George W. Bush’s reelection campaign. She was also an adviser to John McCain during his 2008 bid for the presidency.
Whoopi Goldberg is the only remaining cast member from last season after Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy decided not to renew their contracts. Even producer Bill Geddie, the solemn looking man they showed off screen sometimes, left after he learned he would now be reporting to a new boss off screen.
The show’s new season will begin on September 15.
What do you think about this choice? How do you think Rosie Perez will do on the show?