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Poor Barbara Walters. I’m imagining what it must be like after a long, successful career, to have to humble herself to the likes of the cast of “Jersey Shore“for the “10 Most Fascinating People of 2010″ special last week. She called it a “first” for her, but we all know that is a diplomatic way of saying, “I’ve hit journalistic rock bottom.” I wonder how she felt about Snooki comparing her to Elvis and saying she was “hot” in person. Or about having to ask, “What is SMUSH?” As a side note, I was floored to learn that J-Woww owned a graphic design company before she was on the show. Is that secret code for a porn site? Anyhow, we’re sorry for you, Barbara. We’ll just pretend like it never happened. Keep reading »
“TISSUE PLEASE!” That’s Oprah — a rare one to raise her voice — at some lackey off-camera when she starts to cry during an interview with Barbara Walters. Babs had just asked Oprah about her super-duper-close friendship with Gayle King, which sent the tears a-flowin’. Said the big O:
“She’s the mother I never had. She is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person.”
Rumor has it Barbara Walters is in talks to start a spin-off of “The View” aimed towards men, starring a cast of both men and women. It hopes to air during the time slot soon-to-be vacated by Oprah. The D-list talent rounded up so far includes Bryant Gumbel as moderator; comedian Alec Mapa, who played Suzuki St. Pierre on “Ugly Betty”; BET news anchor Jacque Reid; and former Fox News host E.D. Hill. According to The New York Daily News, “[the show] will attempt to inject a male perspective into the topics of the day.” Um, that’s called nearly all of nighttime news/chat TV already. Allow me to introduce to you Larry King, David Letterman, Brian Williams, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jay Leno, Sean Hannity, Alan Colmes, Conan O’Brien, Shephard Smith … Keep reading »
“I don’t know who Snooki is.”
Wait, I voted for this man?
When President Barack Obama visited “The View” this morning, people living in red states and blue states alike crowded around the TV for the big event. In between cute anecdotes about Sasha and Malia and softball questions about Lindsay Lohan’s jail sentence, he fielded questions about Afghanistan, unemployment, racism, and the economy. And yes, the show’s token conservative, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, behaved herself. Keep reading »
Barbara Walters made an appearance on “The View” today, since she is fully recovered from open heart surgery two months ago. And the cat is also out of the bag that Babs is shopping her memoir, Audition, to HBO for a possible biopic. Interestingly, another one of the most powerful women on television might be getting the made-for-TV treatment, too. A producer has optioned Kitty Kelley’s Oprah: A Biography for a made-for-TV movie as well.
After the jump, what we know about these biopics and who we think should play these powerhouse ladies. Keep reading »