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Lunch: Tom Brokaw Holds Court; Jane Friedman Works The Room



‘Tis the season to be lunching, and the usual A-list suspects were out in force today with plenty of glad-handing and air kissing all around. Maybe it’s because this is (mercifully) the last full week of work for the year or perhaps it’s just because everyone is tired of all the doom and gloom. (There’s plenty of time for that in January, anyway.) We were happy to talk about something other than layoffs for the afternoon and set off to ask about people’s holiday plans. I wanted to ask former Harper Collins president Jane Friedman what she wanted from Santa, but she was too busy working the room like nobody’s business. Proprietor Michael McCarty, who has plenty to be grateful for, says the whole clan is going to Los Angeles for the holidays. His parents are coming in from Kittery, Maine and his wife Kim’s parents are coming from London. “It’s great because we all get along.” I caught up with Tom Brokaw while we waited to get our coats on the way out, and asked him what he was wishing for this holiday. “Survival,” he said with a bemused smile. A sentiment no doubt echoed by one and all. Here’s hoping…

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Tom Brokaw and Meredith Brokaw with Toni Goodale and her hubby

2. Jack Rovner (he’s Bon Jovi‘s manager in case you were wondering) with another hip-looking fellow…

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and gossip guru Richard Johnson. The prince of Page Six promised he’d talk with us for an upcoming ‘So What Do You Do?’ We’re calling you January 2…

4. Barbara Walters, looking resplendent in red (loved that Chanel tote!) with Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s lady love Diana Taylor. Barbara stopped to chat with me at the bar and I was pleased to hear my recent interview with her longtime executive producer Bill Geddie had made the rounds at the office. I told Barbara that I loved that Bill described their relationship with the ladies of The View as one where he was the ‘mommy’ and Barbara acted more as the ‘daddy’ disciplinarian. “We’re like an old married couple,” she laughed.

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Paris To The View? Don’t Rule It Out, Says Barbara Walters

paris_phone_061107.jpgBarbara Walters is still milking her impromptu jailhouse phone call from Paris Hilton, and it seems Walters is at least considering Hilton for a guest spot on The View when the heiress gets out of prison.

Walters and longtime executive producer Bill Geddie talked about such a scenario on Babs’ Sirius radio show, while simultaneously patting themselves on the back for upholding diversity quotas (one apparent hurdle for a prison-to-View move for Paris: she’s not black):

CALLER: I think what’s lacking from The View are two things: an African-American voice and a young, hip, party girl. I wonder if you would you ever consider bringing Paris on as a co-host?

BW: Wouldn’t that be fun. By the way, we’ve had an African-American on almost every single day, and we do think it’s important to have an African-American on when we choose the new people we’re adding, but there hasn’t been a day practically this whole year that we haven’t had an African-American on. If Paris wanted to come on and be a member of our panel …

BILL GEDDIE: Let me answer that: no.

BW: Let me answer that: yes.


BW: Yes.

BG: Whatever, it’s not going to happen.

BW: Bill and I used to say when we do specials if we both agree that’s great, if he feels very strongly about something, then we go with him. If I feel very strongly about something, then we go with me.

BG: But the end of the story is that if she feels strongly and I feel strongly, we go with her [Barbara].

BW: [Laughing] And that’s the way it should be.

More grist from the show, including Paris’ jailhouse reading materials (the Wall Street Journal — seriously), the View hiring update and more:

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