DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t miss David LettermanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Late Show tonight. The North Salem funnyman interviews Donald Trump (in a show that was taped earlier in the week). During the discussion, Trump says Barbara Walters used to be a good friend of his, but no longer because, he says, she lied about conversations the two had about OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Donnell.
<blockquote><div>She was trying to protect Rosie. She just said things that weren’t so and therefore I sort of wrote her off my list. She’s off the list.</div></blockquote>
He says, however, he does sympathize with Walters, whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s being bullied by the Nyack comic.
<blockquote><div>Rosie is sort of taking over the show from Barbara. It was sad to watch what was happening. But Rosie, they say, almost beat her up in the green room, and Barbara went out and did things she shouldn’t do. I felt badly for Barbara. In a way, I feel that Barbara was just trying to keep the whole thing together. I don’t totally blame her.</div></blockquote>
And for folks who think some of the nasty names Trump spewed at OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Donnell over the past few months may have gone too far, the Apprentice star doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t entirely disagree.
<blockquote><div>I called her names that I certainly shouldn’t have called her.</div></blockquote>
Trump goes on, with some prompting from Letterman, to admit “It has been fun, actually.”
Letterman tells the billionaire that he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the stomach for feuds like that. TrumpÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s response? Ã¢â‚¬Å“It doesn’t take much of a stomach. She’s got the stomach for it,Ã¢â‚¬? Trump says, referring of course to Rosie.
The audience reacts with groans.
By the way, it will be a busy week for Trump. On Sunday, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll make an appearance at Wrestlemania 23 in whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s being billed as Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Battle of the Billionaires.Ã¢â‚¬? No, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not wrestling. Instead, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have a proxy wrestler going against a proxy wrestler for the other Ã¢â‚¬Å“billionaire,Ã¢â‚¬? WWE owner, Vince McMahon. The losing billionaire will have to have his head shaved publicly. Something tells me Trump wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t lose.
Why are the two business titans feuding to begin with? Besides, presumably, for the press, McMahon says Trump stole the phrase Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re firedÃ¢â‚¬? from him. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also called Trump an elitist.
To be fair, Trump says heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s participating because McMahon agreed to donate portions of the proceeds to charityÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and Trump will donate as well (just, probably, not his hair).
(AP Photos/Kevork Djansezian, Bebeto Matthews)