Golden-voiced Ted Williamswas on the Today show this morning, explaining more of his backstory and being warned about instant fame, courtesy of an overly earnest Matt Lauer. “[Meredith and I] both worry a little that a lot is happening very quickly, and some people might find that hard to deal with,” Lauer told Williams. Yep, let’s really slow down the not-being-homeless process. Williams says his “new sense of spirituality” will keep him sober and thoughtful through the strange fame rollercoaster. READ FULL STORY »
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My first reaction to seeing a man jump the fence at The Early Show Plaza this morning and yell “C.I. Joe, Coney Island in the house!” with his arm around a very surprised Harry Smith was jealousy. You know I love Harry Smith. My second thought was wondering if Today has better security for what I assume is its larger outdoor audience. I never thought how vulnerable those morning show hosts are before. My final thought: If I was a producer of a morning show, I would do a week-long Halloween stunt in which each day, someone, at some point, would jump out to surprise the anchors. The anchors would know it was coming, but not who, when, or where. Viral video!
I love how CBS has put the video of today’s interruption up on its site and YouTube, just begging someone else to try to make it over that fence. (Don’t worry, Harry. No way I can clear it. And honestly, with your focus shifting to “hard news” as primary substitute anchor for The Evening News with Katie Couric, Face the Nation, and Sunday Morning when The Early Show gets its overhaul come Jan. 3 — which I assume means no more dancing at the summer concert series — I don’t feel much like jumping.)
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The easy headline is, “Oprah Denies Being Gay,” but that’s not what was so mesmerizing about Barbara Walters’ video tease of tomorrow night’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. It was Winfrey’s sincere, heartfelt description of her relationship with close friend Gayle King. “She is … the mother I never had. She is … the sister everybody would want,” said Winfrey. “She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person. I don’t know a better person.” READ FULL STORY »
Did we need to see Dina Lohan interviewed again on Today this morning? No. (Should the show stop calling her? Probably.) But after watching Matt Lauer’s latest sitdown with her, we’re allowing ourselves renewed hope that Lindsay Lohan is finally getting the help she needs. Dina began by praising the Betty Ford Center, where Lindsay is undergoing court-appointed rehab until Jan. 3. She says Lindsay is “happy,” “relaxed,” and “just a different person” there. Asked if she thinks this rehab stay will produce different results for Lindsay, Dina gave the only reasonable answer: “We take it one day at a time. Addiction is difficult. I don’t know. I don’t have a crystal ball. I pray hard.” READ FULL STORY »
In advance of tonight’s one-hour primetime special on NBC, Matt Lauer teased more of his pre-taped interview with George W. Bush this morning on Today. Sitting in the church where he married his wife, Bush told Lauer that his faith helped him decide to quit drinking cold turkey after his 40th birthday. “I was a drinker. Now I wasn’t a knee-walkin’ drunk,” Bush says. Oh, how we’ve missed his turn of phrase. He was a habitual drinker who’s certain would never have become president had he not stopped, because alcohol made his quick tongue “not only quick, but caused me to be stupid.” Lauer says he’ll give an example of that in the full interview, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
Bush also discussed his controversial decision to commute the sentence of Scooter Libby, saving Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff from prison. In Bush’s memoir, on shelves Tuesday, he says Cheney was angry he didn’t give Libby a full pardon, and told him, “I can’t believe you’re gonna leave a soldier on the battlefield.” Did Bush and Cheney’s relationship ever recover? “I’m pleased to report, it has…. We are friends today,” Bush says. “I was a little concerned at one time,” he added with a laugh. READ FULL STORY »
Amy Sedaris made an abrupt appearance on The Today Show this morning, only to watch Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford explode in a fit of giggles. “You’re ridiculous!” Hoda said, between laughs. Keep it together, Hodes! I do like the part where Hoda and Kathie Lee do synchronized wine-sips, though: READ FULL STORY »
Joy Behar told Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle to “go to hell, bitch.” Today, she won’t accept that bitch’s flowers!Yesterday,
Let’s just pause for a moment and bask in the wonder of my new favorite View character, Glum Bouquet-Presenter! This item is really all about him.
Anyway, Joy pulled a note out of her shirt, announced she was having “a brassiere moment,” and read the note Angle had included with the autumnal bouquet: “Raised $150,000 today. Thanks for your help.” OH HELL NO. Joy, a self-proclaimed “street fighter,” became incensed. “I’d like to point out that those flowers were picked by illegal immigrants. And they’re not voting for you, bitch,” she fired back. “She could have spent that $500 on sensitivity training, or donated to an AIDS victim house, or maybe school lunches for poor children. Don’t send me flowers, Sharron. Put your money where your mouth is.”
Barbara Walters said Angle’s camp assured The View that because Joy was “so offensive to so many people, they will raise money for whoever” Joy disapproves of. That makes sense. Finally! It’s so nice to see everyone acting like adults!
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What you see here is the “Before” moment. Bill O’Reilly appeared on The View today to argue against Park51, the Muslim community center slated to be built two blocks from the World Trade Center. First he spoke to Joy Behar like a child: “Hold it, hold it. Listen to me because you’ll learn.” She responded in the only practical way: bunny ears. O’Reilly kept at it, insisting that 70 percent of Americans don’t want this mosque. “Where’s that poll?” Joy wondered. The eruption occurred after O’Reilly blamed Muslims for the WTC attacks: “Muslims didn’t kill us on 9/11? That’s what you’re saying?” O’Reilly wanted to make sure. And Whoopi and Joy stormed off the set! “I don’t want to sit here anymore,” Joy said, to clarify.
Barbara Walters took the reins.”You have just seen what should not happen. We should be able to have discussions without washing our hands and screaming and walking offstage. I love my colleagues, but that should not have happened.” Video after the break. READ FULL STORY »
Last fall, while promoting his then upcoming guest arc on Californication, Rick Springfield told EW he was shopping around his autobiography and promised us he’d be “brutally honest about anything other than the things that will put me in prison.” When he followed it up with an anecdote about traveling to Vietnam with a band in 1969, almost blowing them up with a hand grenade, and living “off the good grace of the hookers there,” we expected a fun ride. But after watching his appearance on Good Morning America to promote his memoir, Late, Late at Night (out today), we know it’s also a somber one. Watch the interview below. Springfield opened up about the depression he first suffered when he was 17, when he tried to commit suicide. Luckily, the rope he used for a noose snapped.
In light of the recent rash of teen suicides, Springfield echoed his message in the book on GMA: ”Give it a year, because your life will change. Nothing remains the same. READ FULL STORY »
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