On David Letterman‘s show, airing tonight on CBS, Joan Rivers was in the middle of explaining why she walked out on her interview with CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield over the weekend, when Letterman walked out on her. Rivers said Whitfield was being “nasty and opinionated” in her line of questioning. Dave was all ears, until he wasn’t…
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It was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.
Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”
Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.
Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.
We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju Chang, Dan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth Vargas, Amy Robach, David Muir, Norah O’Donnell, Jon Karl, Gio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory Johnson, Rick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas Roberts, Alicia Menendez, Hoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.
Barbara Walters got emotional, as she wished Behar well:
“Anytime things can got too sentimental, you could always rely on Joy to punch a hole in the conversation and bring us back to reality,” she quipped. “Whatever you choose to do, it will be smart and provocative. I love you Joy.”
Behar, in her final words, decided to speak up on behalf of the ABC News anchor, and mention her former “ABC Evening News” colleague.
“Barbara, what can I say Barbara, thank you for asking me to join the table all these years ago,” Behar said. “If you will allow me to say so, there is something I have been wanting to say on your behalf for 16 years. F*ck Harry Reasoner.”
For the backstory, you can read in depth about the Walters/Reasoner tension here.
Today New York Women in Communications held their annual Matrix Awards, and Vicki Salemi, editor of MediaJobsDaily and host of MediabistroTV series “Score that Job” was there. Salemi caught up with “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski as well as comedienne Joan Rivers among other attendees, who shared their best advice for those trying to make it in the media business.
Katie Couric emceed last night’s Friars Club toast (not roast) to Larry King. Donald Trump, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Regis Philbin and Wanda Sykes were all in attendance, as were a couple of Couric’s “Today” show pals. See the photo Couric Tweeted here. And see who CNN’s Wolf Blitzer ran into. Trump presented King with his Friars award at the end of the evening, and, according to the Daily News, King promised, “You have not seen the end of me. I shall return.”
(Photo: Tony Maciulis)
In your Sarah Palin update for the day: TMZ.com reports Joan Rivers has been bumped from tomorrow’s Fox & Friends for criticizing the Fox News analyst. Over the weekend, Rivers said Palin was, “stupid and a threat.”
Update: The Wrap reports that the “F&F” booker was supposed to re-book Rivers for another show, not cancel the appearance altogether.
Rivers was scheduled to appear with daughter Melissa tomorrow on the show to promote her new show, “Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” Rivers’ rep tells a producer called to say they gave her the chop because of Joan’s comments.
Some temporary primetime changes are coming to CNN ahead of the premiere of “Piers Morgan Tonight” later this month.
For the next two weeks, Parker-Spitzer is going to get a second run at 11pmET and Anderson Cooper is going to be hosting at 9pmET until Morgan debuts Jan. 17. Cooper’s 9pm show has a talk format — bridging the Larry King-Piers Morgan gap, we suppose.
Tonight his guests include iconic women of comedy – Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Joy Behar and Phyllis Diller. As we’ve been reporting, Cooper will be hosting his own talk show, syndicated on local stations across the country, beginning this fall. AC360 airs as normal at 10pm.
Hoda Kotb Book Party: Matt Lauer, Suze Orman, the Giffords & Jeff Zucker on his future: ‘Relax and wait for the next endeavor.’
The longtime NBC News correspondent and co-host of the 4th hour of “Today” has written Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee, out today.
Spotted at the soiree: “Today” anchor Matt Lauer, who joked with us: “This is your place, right?” and MSNBC’s “Way to Early” host Willie Geist who joked about Deutsch’s pad: “This place is taking longer to remodel than Yankee stadium.”
Kotb says she was “blown away by Donny’s generosity” and thanked Kathie Lee Gifford for “lending her name for the book.” The 12-year NBC vet took everybody’s advice when “they said, ‘you better hurry up and write that book before your show gets canceled.’”
“I’m extremely happy about my book,” Kotb told TVNewser, “I’m thrilled about everybody who came out on a Monday night in New York City.” Including Frank Gifford who missed the Vikings-Jets Monday Night Football game to attend.
Even Kotb’s mom made it to the party. “My mom got pictures with everybody. She got pictures with Joan Rivers; she got one with Kathie Lee and Frank, and Al Roker. I have my mom here, my high school friends, my college friends. I feel so blessed.” (Video: after the jump)
NBC CEO Jeff Zucker, who is leaving NBCU once the Comcast deal closes, also came out to support Kotb. About his future, Zucker told us he’s going to “relax and wait for the next endeavor.” When asked if he’s writing a book, he told TVNewser, “you never know.”
“The View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Barabara Walters celebrate Behar’s new HLN show at the Plaza Hotel last night.
The famed Oak Room at New York’s Plaza Hotel was the setting for a party last night to celebrate the launch of HLN’s “The Joy Behar Show“, premiering Tuesday at 9pmET. The party, thrown by Behar’s “The View” co-host Barbara Walters, was packed with boldface names from news and entertainment and from all the networks.
In introducing Behar, Walters joked about her new show, “We originally thought it was going to go to Starr Jones. Then we were sure it was going to be Rosie [O'Donnell]. But finally, finally it is Joy.”
Behar thanked Walters and her “new boss” at HLN, CNN Worldwide EVP, Ken Jautz. “He found me. I was a poor little girl on a network show, trying to get a word in edgewise.”
Behar tells us she is a little nervous, but more excited about the new show. Her first guest, was Johnny Carson‘s last guest: Bette Midler.
Behar’s soon to be HLN colleagues were all there: Nancy Grace, Jane Velez-Mitchell and A.J. Hammer. CNN anchors Larry King, Anderson Cooper, T.J. Holmes, and Ali Velshi. CNN correspondents Alina Cho, Jason Carroll, Suzanne Malveaux (up from D.C. for U.N. week), and Jeanne Moos.
Behar’s “The View” co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg were on hand. From CNN and CBS News Erica Hill, and her Saturday “Early Show” co-anchor Chris Wragge and his WCBS co-anchor, and former MSNBC anchor, Kristine Johnson
We’d just arrived when guest Suze Orman began telling us her concern that there’s something fishy about losing her once-commanding lead our GMA co-anchor off. “It’s physically impossible to gain that much,” said Orman of the lead now held by Ashleigh Banfield.
• More pictures after the jump and Monday on TVNewser, an interview with Behar and Jautz…
CBS’s Katie Couric and NBC’s Hoda Kotb were both in the house — or, more specifically, at Joan Rivers‘ penthouse — for a party this week to kick off the comedienne’s new TV Land Prime series, “How’d You Get So Rich?”. New York magazine asked Couric and Kotb that very question…and more:
• How’d you get so rich? Couric: “Working hard and not giving up.”
Kotb: “I’m not rich. Have you seen my bank account? Please. Kathy Lee [Gifford], she’s rich.”
• What is rich in New York? Couric: “That’s a really hard question. It’s funny, I was always taught that you really don’t discuss money, so I don’t really know an answer to that question.”
Kotb: “I guess you have to make over a million bucks. Maybe have a house and another house. I don’t! I rent. I still rent an apartment. That’s how I roll.”
• When did you know you’d made it? Couric: “I think when I became the deputy Pentagon correspondent. Tim Russert called me when I was in local news and asked me to come down to his office. That was a really big step for me.”
Kotb: “I thought I made it when I made 60 grand in New Orleans. I was like, ‘I can’t believe this is me!’ I mean, I was making $17,000 my first job…And then I went from 45…to 60 — it was like the Second Coming. I was done. Game over, I won.”