O’Donnell to ‘Detox’ with Diane, not Oprah

celebrity-detox.JPGRosie O’Donnell’s highly anticipated memoir, “Celebrity Detox,” is set to hit the stores on October 2, and already it’s shaping up to be one of the South Nyack resident’s most provoctive moves yet. This week she made news by snubbing Oprah and instead giving Diane Sawyer the first interview about the book (Because, duh, nobody sells books quite like Diane Sawyer! Oh wait.).

Then, all over the web, details about the book began to leak out. Here are just a few of the most telling points:

• O’Donnell says that Barbara Walters is “tired” and implied that she should retire, or at least “step back.” [NY Post]

• As a child, O’Donnell says she used to break her own limbs with either a baseball bat or a wooden hanger. [Fox News]

• During commercial breaks on “The View” audience members would sometimes shout out, “I love you, Rosie” – “and Barbara politely tells them in a schoolteacher tone, ‘It is impolite to say I love you to one person when there are four of us up here.’ ” [People.com]

    Of course, there’s the usual vitriol hurled in the direction of Trump, Bush, et al. Most surprising of all was Winfrey’s assessment of the book, which I found over on ET.com. Among the things Lady O said: “I like the book very much. I thought Rosie in this book was so candid about what it’s like to live a life in front of other people.” Why on earth O’Donnell would turn down the chance to be interviewed by Oprah, you got me.

    The Sawyer interview is scheduled for October 8.

    Ted Mann

    Ted Mann aspires to join Stephen Baldwin’s Breakthrough Ministry, more commonly known as “skateboarding for the savior." Before becoming a Senior Editor at InTown, he worked at The Atlantic Monthly, the Philadelphia City Paper, and the University of Pennsylvania Press. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Press, and The Pennsylvania Gazette.