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Oprah’s OWN Ratings Aren’t So Hot

It’s only been two months, so we’re not sure how much to read into this, but Oprah’s network OWN isn’t doing very well in the ratings. In fact, it’s getting its butt kicked. OWN is averaging about 135,000 viewers at any given time, far lower than the network that preceded it: Discovery Health. Oprah’s ratings are a full 10 percent lower then her predecessor’s, according to a big Sunday story in the New York Times.

Of the seven shows that had their premieres in January, the stand-out was “Ask Oprah’s All-Stars,” a four-part panel discussion featuring Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Phil McGraw and Suze Orman. The flop was “Your OWN Show,” a “Survivor”-style competition to groom a new talk show host for OWN.

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Watch Out Elisabeth: Rosie’s Back

sirius.pngSirius XM Radio announced yesterday that former talk show host and explosive “View” co-host Rosie O’Donnell will be hosting her own daily morning show on satellite radio come this fall.

The show, called “Rosie Radio,” will be a two-hour weekday talk show featuring Rosie’s unique take on the world — “an eclectic mix of humor, pop culture and serious conversation,” the satellite radio network said.

“Rosie Radio” will also have “an ensemble feel” thanks to a variety of guests who will be sitting in to talk with Rosie, including celebrities and average Joes. We doubt that Rosie’s former “View” co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck or Barbara Walters will be among the guests who join in the fun, although that would make for great ratings.

Full release after the jump

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Rosie Show Isn’t So Rosy

rosie2.jpgHard to figure out which is more embarrassing…Rosie O’Donnell and this sickly attempt at a talk show, as the Hollywood Reporter maintains, or Alec Baldwin attempting to turn into Jack Paar. See the clip.

Whoopi To View

whoopi_072707.jpgMark it down: Whoopi Goldberg will be named the new co-host of The View, FishbowlNY has learned. Sources close to the decision say the announcement could come in a matter of days. The move has been rumored since Rosie‘s departure in May, while boldfaced names from Paris to Perez have been tossed around as possible replacements. Barbara Walters told FishbowlNY recently at Michael’s that a decision would be forthcoming: “We have to decide by the end of the month [July] because we’re off in August, so, soon.”

An ABC spokesperson tells FishbowlNY, “We adore Whoopi and enjoy having her as a guest host on the show, but no decisions have been made.”

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  • Perez Hilton To View?

    Perez Hilton to get Rosie‘s View slot? That’s the rumor that has been presented to us by multiple sources. Here’s one reason for the persistent rumormongering — posted by the Queen of All Media himself yesterday:

    Only one day to go!!!!

    Perez is going to be a guest on The View tomorrow!!!
    Perez is going to be a guest on The View tomorrow!!!
    Perez is going to be a guest on The View tomorrow!!!

    P.S. Our big announcement is also coming tomorrow.

    The secret will be out Friday at noon.

    Hmm, noon — isn’t that the time The View ends?

    If Perez-to-View is true, here’s why it makes perfect, story-arc sense: Perez is a blogger-turned celebrity. Rosie is a celebrity-turned-blogger. Both are opinionated. Both are outspoken. Both are gay.

    Stay tuned …

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  • Rosie O’Donnell Enlists Daughter in War Against Sanity

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    And people wonder why kids of celebrities are messed up.

    Rosie O’Donnell might want to re-read Mommie Dearest.

    Nazarena Velez–Dancing With the Stars in Argentina /Station Fined for Sexy Strip

    Down in Argentina, Nazarena Velez put on a show on Dancing with the Stars (Bailando por un sueno) that makes Janet Jackson look like the singing nun. Not only was the presenting station fined by the Argentinian version of the FCC, so were all the gossip shows that ran excerpts.

    Ben Silverman might want to sign Velez instead of Rosie O’Donnell.

    Rosie Vlogs About View Exit

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    Love her or loathe her, has there ever been a celebrity more new media savvy than Rosie O’Donnell? After an intellectual showdown with Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the View left Barbara Walters to calm the insatiable studio audience down (“There is peace in the kingdom“) Rosie put her beat poetry blog-leanings to video, Web-cam style, to explain why she won’t be coming back to the View:

    “I was really just like the foster kid for a year. I came and we considered adoption, but I really didn’t fit into the family, and then it was time for the foster kid to go back home.”

    The result: an intimate talk (and bandana and beer) implausibly hard to ignore.

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  • Barbara On Rosie-Elisabeth War: ‘There Is Peace In The Kingdom’

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    Barbara Walters gives a bizarre, seemingly unnecessary video statement to ABCNews.com regarding yesterday’s heated debate between Rosie and Elisabeth Hasselbeck over the war in Iraq.

    Wanna see something even more unnecessary? ABCNews.com’s follow-up report on the feud entitled “‘View’ War of Words Prompts Question: What Can Americans Say About the War?” — perhaps the “war” wasn’t manufactured for ratings, as Barbara insists, but the network’s marketing of it certainly has been.

    Lunch at Michael’s: Kate White & Her Lethal Blondes

    lunch_at_michaels_logo.jpgAfter the last few relatively uneventful Wednesdays, we were thrilled to see the dining buzzing with excitement when we arrived this afternoon. Our favorite Cosmo gal Kate White was celebrating the publication of her latest book, Lethally Blonde, with a ladies lunch at Table One comprised of an intriguing mix of flaxen-haired gals. The festivities spilled out into the main dining room causing quite the hubbub until Steve Millington corralled the crowd and the gals settled down to tuck into their salads. White’s power peroxide set: Kim Cattrall (who was overheard telling a reporter she “hasn’t heard anything new” about a possible Sex And The City movie), Hilary (Mrs. Bryant) Gumbel, Cecile Richards (president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of the late Texas governor, Ann), Linda Fairstein, Sarah Greenberg of Lionsgate Films and Joan Carl, president of D. Porthault (which would explain the lovely little packages at each place setting).

    The View‘s Elizabeth Hasselbeck, who looked glowing in her 15th week of pregnancy (“It’s the self-tanner”) told lunchtime chronicler Diane Clehane that she was there because she was “in awe” of Ms. White, adding, “Cosmo and The View have a lot in common. They both cover all the things women really care about. Both have also been subject to others trying to duplicate their successful formulas but they’re both true originals!” Fresh off yet another dust-up on this morning’s show with Rosie O’Donnell, Hasselbeck professed to know nothing about plans to replace her departing co-host. “I never know anything.” But, she admitted, “I’m sure there’s some master plan.” When asked to characterize her contentious relationship with O’Donnell, Hasselbeck gamely replied: “We’re friends. We’re in different places philosophically. When you feel deeply about issues, things get heated. Some times I wish I didn’t care as much as I do.”

    Also in attendance: Lesley Stahl (who slipped in after things had settled down) and the one true head-scratcher of the group: Carolyn Kepcher, who, you might recall, served as Donald Trump‘s hatchet woman on The Apprentice until he banished her from the boardroom. We’re guessing Ms. Kepcher enjoyed the news that the once popular reality show was left off NBC’s new fall schedule.

    Here’s the rundown on the rest of today’s crowd:

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