Happy birthday, Betty White. The Hot in Cleveland star celebrated turning 89 with a visit to last night’s Late Show with David Letterman. Though she told the host that she doesn’t expect to host Saturday Night Live again, she’s not slowing down in the slightest. When she’s not working, she said, “I like to do most anything, play with animals mostly … and vodka’s kind of a hobby.” Cue the Grey Goose. When you’re the birthday girl, exceptions are made. Ever the consummate professional, White even nailed the spit-take. What a talent! READ FULL STORY
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Robert Downey Jr. stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday to promote his new movie Due Date (correction: to let Letterman, who loved it, promote it), and the conversation naturally turned to Charlie Sheen. Actually, Letterman did a rather abrupt segue after Downey finished explaining how he once felt like “John Savage in The Deer Hunter” at a paintball birthday party for one of his son’s friends. “Do you know Charlie Sheen? You guys are contemporaries, aren’t ya?” Letterman asked, as the audience laughed. “We were in high school together. We didn’t really hang out,” Downey answered. “I mean, it sounds like we could have really partied.”
Letterman wanted to know if Downey felt a responsibility to talk to Sheen, as someone who’s turned his life around. Downey seemed a bit uncomfortable at the suggestion, and tried to address it with humor first: “He’s a grown man … What am I gonna say? … The only advice I would give him is, you know, don’t get arrested.” Letterman wanted a serious answer. He said Downey is the guy who could call up anyone and say you’ve got two ways to go: Continue to do it your way, or, look what I did. Downey again opted for humor first, saying if he believed his own hype and started thinking that people need to listen to him, his wife would be miserable and his director would think he’s crazy. But then, he spoke from the heart: “I think the best thing I can do is just keep the plug in the jug myself and stay out of trouble.” Letterman finally agreed that leading by example was a better course of action and was prepared to change topics. Downey interrupted him: “I mean, it would have been fun to be partying with him in the Plaza, probably … but not fun, not fun,” he joked. Watch the interview below.
Letterman and Downey never disappoint: They spent nearly five minutes talking about the horses Jamie Foxx gave Downey for his 45th birthday (and Letterman’s theory about how horses want to kill their riders). They also discussed how Downey thought his Due Date costar Zach Galifianakis was a homeless person when they ran into each other before production began, as well as how Downey, who’s now filming the Sherlock Holmes sequel and has studied kung fu years, would kill Letterman.
Surely older, clueless men have made bigger public fools of themselves around Taylor Swift, but it was still a little bit awkward-funny when David Letterman waxed on and on about the songstress’ apparently very unique perfume: “Please don’t take this the wrong way,” he said, “but you smell like expensive wood.” He later told her the scent resembled a Christmas tree lot like the one she grew up on:
She took the whole thing in stride and looked pretty and poised as always, though I do wish she’d revealed the name of her perfume. I’m kind-of dying to know what it is now. What do you think, PopWatchers? Any idea what scent Taylor wears? And how is it possible she doesn’t have her own fragrance like every other pop star on the planet?
Bruce Willis stopped by David Letterman last night, wearing the worst hairpiece since the ones he showcased in Jackal. Actually, it was a Lady Gaga-inspired 100 percent ground beef sirloin meat toupee, but it looked more like Willis had stripped off his skull cap and put it back on inside-out. When Willis offered Letterman up a seasoned sample, I winced, flashing back to the gruesome Anthony Hopkins/Ray Liotta scene in Hannibal. Have a taste. READ FULL STORY
For anyone who’s been following the ongoingly frosty and seemingly endless feud between David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey, last night’s Late Show provided new insight into their long-standing Cold War. Chatting with guest Jon Stewart, Letterman revealed that the iciness dates back much further than Letterman’s notorious (and notoriously awkward) joke while hosting the 1995 Academy Award telecast: “Oprah, Uma…Uma, Oprah”. In fact, Letterman told Stewart — and the insomniacs watching at home — that the real cause of the rift was a practical joke Letterman played on Winfrey long before he laid his Oscars egg.
Turns out that Letterman and his then-girlfriend, Regina Lasko, found themselves having lunch in the same restaurant as Oprah and Steadman while on vacation. As a gag, Letterman told the waiter that Winfrey’s table was picking up their check. Apparently, Winfrey didn’t find this as hilarious as Letterman did. READ FULL STORY
Letterman was in on the Joaquin hoax, writer says: Does the infamous interview play differently with the gift of hindsight?
Casey Affleck has admitted buddy Joaquin Phoenix’s erratic behavior — the beard, the retirement from acting, the promised hip-hop career — was a put-on for his now-released mockumentary I’m Still Here. And now an interview with Late Show with David Letterman writer Bill Scheft, published in Indianapolis’ indie paper Nuvo last year, reveals that Dave was in on the joke when he did the notorious crash-and-burn interview with Phoenix last year, during which the actor stuck his gum under the desk, mumbled answers amid awkward silences, and generally lacked any sense of consciousness or humor. “Think Andy Kaufman without shaving,” Scheft said. “That’s what he was doing. And Dave knew about it and Dave loved it because he could play along. He could do whatever he wanted with it. And he did, and it was great television. But I will take credit for the line, ‘I think I owe Farrah Fawcett an apology.’ That line was mine. I gave that to him during the break.”
Watching it back again, you can sorta tell Dave’s got a few too many zinger lines like that at the ready: READ FULL STORY
Ellen DeGeneres surprises audiences on Letterman, Broadway, TV, and the runway: Where should she pop up next?
Okay, Ellen DeGeneres: You’re starting to make me feel pretty useless. After all, you already have plenty on your resume — I’m fairly certain you’re the world’s only stand-up comedian/sitcom star/talk show host/awards show host/reality TV judge/reality TV guest judge. (Phew. So many slashes!) Also, you’re the second non-Oprah person in history to ever grace the cover of O magazine (with Oprah by your side, natch).
But, on top of all that, you’ve made four recent surprise guest appearances, popping up on Letterman, Broadway, television, and the runway. Seriously — is there anything you can’t do, Ellen?
Let’s run this down: Last month, you danced your way through a routine with tWitch during the So You Think You Can Dance finale. And this week, you hosted the Late Show‘s Top 10 on Tuesday; appeared on Broadway in a guest appearance for Promises, Promises the same night; and walked the runway at the Richie Rich fashion show last night for New York Fashion Week.
Where else are you going to pop up next, Ellen? Or are you standing behind me right now?
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Michael Douglas stopped by David Letterman’s show last night, just three weeks after he learned that he had Stage-4 throat cancer. Looking healthy, the star of this month’s Wall Street sequel explained his diagnosis and prospects for recovery — about 80 percent. Letterman apologized for focusing so heavily on his guest’s vibrant appearance, “You look great and you don’t sound like you have throat cancer. Why is that?”
“Because I’m on stage,” replied the Oscar-winner, recognizing who and what he is. READ FULL STORY
On last night’s Late Show, David Letterman really, really didn’t want his favorite fancy businessman friend Brian Williams to appear on The Tonight Show anymore. What is he, his mom? YOUR mom! After the break, watch Dave berate Bri-bri for associating with that squeaky-voiced weirdo. He will just not let up about those steam-powered cars! “HELP ME,” Williams mouthed to the camera. Eh, he loves it. READ FULL STORY
Joan Rivers, the one-time late-night regular who was seemingly banished after she deigned to challenge Johnny Carson with her own show in 1986, made the most of her time with David Letterman last night, taking swipes at Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson, and “what’s his name — the one that’s not funny…Leno.” Rivers, who has appeared as a guest on Letterman, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien in recent years, even brought along some of the ashes of her deceased husband Edgar to celebrate the occasion. READ FULL STORY
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