All good, right? Not so fast. On Tuesday, the 81-year-old comedienne spoke briefly on the street with a video reporter and added a throwaway one-liner that has her in hot water this July 4 holiday weekend. She called Michelle Obama a “tranny” after suggesting the sitting President is gay:
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Set your DVRs, folks.
On tonight’s episode of Fashion Police (9 p.m. ET/PT), Joan Rivers does something many other have done before, but in her own, inimitable style. The hardest working female octogenarian in show business recently crashed the Universal Studios Hollywood tram tour, grabbing the mic and guiding a lucky bunch of tourists through her version of the lot.
As is FishbowlNY tradition, no spoilers here – not even minor ones. What we can tell you is that at one point, Rivers squeezes in a great Taylor Swift reference. At another point in the tour, she runs into an instantly recognizable media colleague. There are also some entirely made up production tidbits about the highlighted TV shows and films.
Debuting tonight at 5 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Channel 99, Jerry Lewis‘ Town Hall chat with Maria Menounos is bound to be as memorable as that episode of Law & Order: SVU where he played the uncle of Richard Belzer‘s character.
At one point, Lewis brings up some old, unfinished Joan Rivers business:
“I always feel bad when somebody passes away,” Jerry told Maria. “Except if it was Joan Rivers.”
“Noooo, you don’t mean that!” countered Maria, to which Jerry gave a long, solemn nod. “You do??” He does.
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Two Dozen Women of TV News, Barbara Walters’ Legacy, Join Her on Her Final View (TVNewser)
Thursday afternoon, the legacy of Barbara Walters came to life in the finale of her final The View, taped at ABC’s Westside studios and set to air Friday. Mediaite All 11 current and former co-hosts of The View turned up to send off Walters. In an emotional segment, the hosts shared their fondest memories of the program’s founding member and some of the advice that they said guides them in their present careers. THR / The Live Feed Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton were among the surprise guests who showed up to say goodbye. After more than 50 years in TV news, Walters is officially retiring, leaving her co-hosting gig on The View, but she’ll continue to serve as the show’s executive producer and contribute to ABC News on an as-needed basis. The Associated Press Walters brought the hour to a close with a heartfelt statement looking back with amazement on her career, then signing off with a pledge to “take a deep breath and enjoy my View.” But a more telling moment took place during a break, as the throng of women she had paved the way for posed with her for a group portrait. TheWrap The cadre of A-List media stars who gathered for the photo included Winfrey, Katie Couric, Joan Lunden, Robin Roberts, Connie Chung, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Paula Zahn, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Elizabeth Vargas, Lara Spencer, Tamron Hall, Diane Sawyer, Cynthia McFadden, Natalie Morales, JuJu Chang, Amy Robach, Deborah Norville and Hoda Kotb, as well as Walters’ co-hosts, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Rosie O’Donnell, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling, Star Jones, Jenny McCarthy and Meredith Vieira.
It must have been the summer-like temperatures (well, it was above freezing) that brought out plenty of media mavens (Frank Bennack, David Carey, Jack Kliger, Nancy Berger Cardone) and a heaping helping of talking heads (Matt Lauer, Joan Rivers, Star Jones, Dan Abrams, Bill McCuddy) at Michael’s today. January is always an interesting month at 55th and Fifth. It’s the roller-coaster ride that starts off slow with the deadly quiet of the post-holiday doldrums and peaks during the pre-award show maelstrom (Yes, the Golden Globes were last weekend, but that’s just an excuse for celebrities to get together and drink champagne, resulting in the inevitable ’What the hell were they thinking moment?’” This year, that came courtesy of the clearly astonished winner Jacqueline Bisset). Everyone, it seemed, has hit their stride and with Fashion Week and the Olympics just weeks away, the cognoscenti are getting in their power lunches before departing for the gigs that keep the lights on around town.
I was joined today by Marie Claire‘s editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider, fresh off a trip to Beverly Hills. There, she traded compliments with Golden Globe winner Robin Wright (“She was so unguarded and looked so happy with her award and new fiance Ben Foster“) and chatted with her December cover gal Julia Roberts and her husband, Danny Moder, at the magazine’s post-awards-show bash. The party was cohosted by The Weinstein Company and Netflix and attended by tons of A-listers, including Taylor Swift, Bono and Diddy (or is it Sean Combs? — we’ve given up trying to keep up with what we’re supposed to call him). “It was a amazing,” she tells me. “You had to be inside the Beverly Hilton by 4 o’clock because at 5 o’clock it goes into lockdown. I watched the awards at a viewing party at the old Trader Vic’s.” On Friday, she’s jetting off to Washington, D.C., to attend the swearing in of Cathy Russell, President Barack Obama‘s pick for the new global ambassador of women’s issues at the State Department. Lest you think Anne’s life is one glam sojourn after the next, today she tells me her commute felt like a hellish version of “trains, planes and automobiles” as she slogged her way in from Brooklyn, thanks to a gushing water-main break.
Is it too early to consider Lorne Michaels for Time‘s 2014 “Person of the Year”? At the very least, he would seem to have New York’s “Person of the Winter” pretty much locked up.
Michaels is largely responsible for the ascension of Seth Meyers, on the cover of Time currently. And of course, he helped Jimmy Fallon wrangle The Tonight Show back to New York City for what will, if not ratings-wise, at least vibe-wise be a complete re-invigoration of the Burbank, CA talk staple.
It’s difficult to believe, as Henry Bushkin told us for Mediabistro’s latest “So What Do You Do?“, that he had a hard time initially interesting New York publishers in his tell-all memoir Johnny Carson. But in the end, a book first envisioned as a self-published enterprise has arrived at a time that feels just right, framed by Janet Maislin‘s rave review in the New York Times.
In one unpublished portion of our Mediabistro conversation, Bushkin addressed Carson’s celebrated falling out with Joan Rivers. He reconfirmed his view that it all came down to some very duplicitous actions by Rivers’ late husband Edgar:
“This guy was as shady as you can possibly imagine, right? When I say “Inspector Clouseau”, that’s who he was. But he was the devious Inspector Clouseau. He clearly said that he called me several times, OK? He never called me once. And I’m certain he told his wife, ‘I tried to tell these guys, but Bushkin wouldn’t return my call.’”
The video below, posted to YouTube today by WGA West, is compelling for a whole bunch of reasons. Starting with the fact that it offers the rare opportunity to glimpse the usually invisible writers’ contingent responsible for a program like E!’s Fashion Police.
The group has been on strike since April 17, protesting the lack of health insurance, a pension plan and equitable pay. This is a very slick bit of video activism by the Writers Guild, putting an eloquent face on an age-old creative industry struggle.
Some of the jokes flying Monday night at the New York Friars Club roast of Don Rickles included Joan Rivers‘ observation that the elderly crowd in attendance amounted to “Kervorkian’s bucket list.” Ha ha.
But our prize for the most enterprising media spin on this event belongs to Diana Falzone. For a foxnews.com op ed about “insult comedy,” she spoke to someone well familiar with the hazards of today’s nanosecond peanut gallery:
“It’s a very strange time period now with insult comedy,” [Gilbert] Gottfried told FOX411. “Even Rickles has gotten in trouble and gotten on the Internet because now it’s ‘No he shouldn’t [say] that…’ Now everyone’s on the Internet. I feel like the Internet is the new lynch mob.”
Even back in 2009, when columnist and Gay Vegas book author Steve Friess wrote an item about Kenny Kerr, memories were already fading of the legendary Strip performer’s female impersonator legacy. Kerr died over the weekend at age 60.
From Friess’ December 2009 Las Vegas Weekly article:
Not even my own partner, who has been in Vegas for almost a decade, was certain what Kenny does. “He was a drag queen, right?” Miles asked.
Uh, yeah. But not in the low-rent, cheesy form that most people think of when bandying about that phrase. Kenny Kerr is — not was, is — the best performing drag queen ever to grace a stage in Las Vegas or anywhere else. Unfortunately, he’s also one of the worst businessmen. Which he cops to.
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