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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 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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    Lunch at Michael’s: Wesley Clark & A Model Mystery

    lunch_at_michaels_logo.jpgWe missed Jane Fonda by a day. Today’s lunch crowd was lacking the star power we’ve come to expect on our weekly visits so while we were disappointed our usual perch at the bar had been usurped by an unidentified exec, we didn’t miss much from our less than stellar seat a few stools down. We were, though, happy to spot our pal Jack Kliger. Lunchtime chronicler Diane Clehane chatted up the Hachette honcho about the latest celebrity implosion that’s got everyone buzzing — the Rosie O’Donnell trainwreck that left the station at Monday’s Matrix Awards and crashed and burned with today’s surprise announcement that she is leaving The View in mid-June due to a reported contract dispute.

    Kliger was among the stunned crowd of media elite that had to suffer through O’Donnell’s profane performance as emcee of the event that had her soon to be ex-boss Barbara Walters laying her face in her hands from her seat on the dais alongside such luminaries as Hillary Clinton and Arianna Huffington. “It was absolutely disgusting,” he said, adding that the editors from Woman’s Day and other Hachette books at his table were equally sickened by the comedian’s performance. The veteran magazine executive, who knows a thing or two about working with celebrities (remember George?), says it was O’Donnell’s ill-fated stint helming her own magazine was the “turning point” against launching further titles with stars moonlighting as editors. “We’ve learned that you can cover celebrities without giving celebrities their own magazine.” For every Oprah, says Kliger, there are scores of over-inflated egos and Hollywood headcases that are deluded into thinking they can run a magazine. “I was getting at least a proposal week,” he recalls of those days when O’Donnell was still masquerading as “The Queen of Nice.” Everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Jane Pauley(“she was talking to everyone”) was interested in adding the title of editor-in-chief to their resumes — with no personal investment, of course, he recalls. Long before the 2,000 attendees of Matrix witnessed what seemed like O’Donnell’s latest effort at career suicide, Kliger told fellow publishing bigwigs they were crazy to tie their bottom line to the star. “She’s a time bomb.” No kidding.

    The rest of the crowd:

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    Vieira’s View @ Matrix: ‘Your Vagina Can Open Doors’

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    “This is a celebration of women who change the world and no one can understand why Rupert Murdoch is on the dais,” emcee Rosie O’Donnell told the crowd at yesterday’s Matrix Awards. (In fact, he was there to introduce Cindy Adams.) “He’s a man who makes me take Heprin. I mean that in the most, kind loving way,” she continued. The crowd, though slightly uncomfortable, was with her until she said, “Rupert Murdoch can change the facts just like that,” which fell completely flat.

    It was while reminiscing about her visit to the Matrix Awards in 1997, when the “f*cking” microphones didn’t work that O’Donnell dropped her first F-bomb. While some of the crowd laughed, from where we sat it was clear that more than a few folks felt O’Donnell’s blue routine was out of place for an event that had minutes before introduced a squadron of young women in an effort to encourage female role models.

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    Rosie On Trump @ Matrix: ‘My Goal … To Give A Bald Billionaire A Boner’

    boner_1393_fbny.jpgThe ‘Boner‘ we wish Rosie’d been referring to at yesterday’s Matrix Awards

    During a break in the pre-Matrix action yesterday, we poked our heads into the Waldorf Astoria ballroom where recipients of the New York Women in Communications Foundation Scholarship winners were lined up in ready to rehearse their introduction to the A-list crowd. In a clever departure from years past, when the anonymous group would silently enter and exit en masse, the aspiring media mavens each walked up to the microphone this year, introducing themselves and proclaiming themselves to be “the next [insert female media maven here]” When their turn in the spotlight came, the crowd had varying reactions to their proclaimed role models. No less than three of the young women expressed a desire to helm Cosmopolitan (the one who exclaimed she was “the next Kate White” drew the loudest round of applause), the one intrepid soul who dared admit she wanted to be “the next Bonnie Fuller” got a less than enthusiastic reaction while another hopeful who said she fancied herself Atoosa Rubenstein‘s Eve Harrington rendered the crowd all but silent.

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