Rosie: ‘My career as a pundit is over b4 it began’

Turns out the rumors about O’Donnell going to MSNBC were true — and, sadly, Rosie managed to implode the whole deal by opening her mouth about it at a book signing in Miami. Here’s her post to r blog from yesterday:


the show that never was

one hour
following keith olbermann

we were close to a deal
almost done
i let it slip in miami
causing panic on the studio end

what can u do

2day there is no deal
my career as a pundit is over
b4 it began

just as well
i figure
everything happens for a reason
bashert – as we say

and on we go


Judge Judy Sheindlin celebrates son’s election victory

judge-judy.jpgEven Election Day brings the stars to the Lower Hudson Valley.

Judge Judy Sheindlin may be a tough cookie on her syndicated courtroom show, but she was a softie last night in Brewster, where she celebrated her son’s uncontested election victory for Putnam County District Attorney. Adam Levy ran on the Republican, Independence and Conservative lines and collected more than 13,000 votes, according to unofficial results tabulated last night.

This evening, WCBS broadcast Judge Judy Productions’ footage of last night’s victory party, which included the following quote from Sheindlin:


He’s worked really hard the last 10 months. My heart is swelling with pride.


OK, enough heart. Back to snapping ungrateful whippersnappers into shape, Your Honor.

(Photo via Gannett Photo Network)

EXCLUSIVE: Five Stupid Questions with Howard Stern’s sound FX guru, Fred Norris

fred.jpgFred Norris was still in college when Howard Stern made his professional debut as a deejay in Briarcliff Manor, but Norris would meet the King Of All Media at Stern’s next stop — at WCCC in Hartford, Conn. Despite Stern’s insistence that the man known as “Earth Dog” on the WCCC airwaves actually hails from Mars, their working relationship and pleasantly awkward friendship has spanned almost three decades.

Astute Stern fans know Norris is more than just a sound effects guru who knows when to play Ed McMahon’s “Hiyo!” and the unmistakable “Uh… WOW!” with perfect comedic timing. He’s also a comedy writer, trivia expert and the guitarist for King Norris, a rock trio that tours the country with original songs.

After postponing a gig at Mickey Spillane’s in Eastchester three months due to a Sept. 8 “family emergency” that reportedly turned out fine, King Norris will return to that bar for a 10:30 p.m. gig on Saturday, Dec. 8.

King Norris’ drummer, Frank Fallon, passed along Suburbarazzi’s Five Stupid Questions to the band’s namesake and today replied with Fred’s e-mailed responses. After the break, learn all about Fred’s favorite musician to appear on the Stern show, must-have sound effects and high praise for “Sour Shoes,” a frequent caller from the Lower Hudson Valley.

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Making amends for needless Hayden Panettiere-dolphin mockery

panettiere-in-white.jpgAfter getting slammed for joking about the video of Hayden Panettiere crying over slaughtered dolphins, I realize now I might have been a little insensitive. Most of the comments needed to be taken down due to excessive use of expletives (our rules about that here on LoHud are pretty strict), but Captain Paul Watson, president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society pretty well sums up the sentiment: “The writer of this piece is obviously an apathetic piece of fecal material who thinks it’s funny to cry over death and cruelty. I bet this parasitic Nimrod thinks holocaust documentaries are hilarious.”

Now, I’m not one to normally respond to these kinds of attacks — much less playing the holocaust documentary card! — but, well, after watching the dolphin massacre one more time, I want to emphasize that I am fully against killing any and all amphibious aquatic mammals weighing over 10 lbs. Dolphin blood = bad.

But enough talk. Time to put up or shut up. To that end, I’ve already signed PETA’s petition of solidarity for Panettiere. It’s not enough that the group awarded the Palisades native and “Heroes” star its “Compassion in Action” award for her efforts to stop the dolphin killings in Japan. You need to do your part, too. Sign the petition. Stop the killing!


I know, I know, all you righteous Dolphin do-gooders are probably thinking, “We don’t want your kind of support, holocaust-documentary denier.” To which I can only respond: I’m doing all this even after watching (or rather, in spite of) the dreadful, mind-numbing Season 2 of “Heroes.”

If that doesn’t show true compassion for Panettiere and her cause, clearly nothing will.

(Panettiere: AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Rosie O’Donnell to MSNBC?

rosie-msnbc.jpgOn the heels of the report that the Nyack resident is going to be going head-to-head against Larry King, now TV Squad is reporting that the rumors are true: MSNBC is in talks to have Ro join the network. Currently that 9 to 10 p.m. time slot is occupied by the filler show Live with Dan Abrams. This AP story (on MSNBC, ironically) also confirms the report, but an exec from NBC said, “We’re far from a done deal.” Still, with each passing day, an O’Donnell-King faceoff seems more and more likely.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Talk show travails, ‘SNL’ regales and Halloween tales


This week’s quiz: Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre is moving to L.A., but where are his houses in the Lower Hudson Valley?

A. Harrison and Mahopac
B. Hartsdale and Mamaroneck
C. Haverstraw and Mount Kisco

The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.

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‘Martha Stewart Roast’ postponed to November 28


Woe to the civic activists who dare challenge Katonah kingpin Martha Stewart. As those in the domestic diva’s town have discovered, fighting her steamroller plans isn’t always so easy.

First the Katonah Village Improvement Society (KVIS),tried to ambush her plans to trademark the name “Katonah” for a new line of home products. Her response: Show up to the town meeting bearing cookies. Despite protest songs on YouTube, a court case, and the lampooning Marthometer newsletter, Stewart has continued leveraging the town name for her new line of development houses from KB Home and her Katonah Collection furniture line at Macy’s.

Most recently, anti-Martha activist Bill Tisherman tried to turn up the heat by organizing a “Martha Stewart Roast” in Times Square. Alas, the event is now on hold. Planned for Nov. 13 at the Sage Theater, the event has been postponed indefinitely. The reason? Tisherman would only give us a simple “no comment.” Maybe before taking such a drastic measure, they they’re just holding out for a more equitable court settlement. Brownies, for instance.

UPDATE: Tisherman wrote in to clarify that (a) he is no longer with KVIS; (b) despite some setbacks, their efforts have still born fruit; and (c ) the Roast has been rescheduled for Nov. 28 (tickets at

“I left the group in late March of last year,” he explains, “specifically so that my use of satire and comedy to poke Martha were independent of their very careful diplomatic efforts — which, incidentally, paid off when a settlement was announced last week. Martha caved, giving up three of her four TM applications, and norrowing the last one to only furniture, pillow, mirros and chair pads. Citizens of Katonah are not doubt sitting more comfortably on that news.”

“Plans on hold for ‘Martha Stewart Roast’ in NYC” [LoHud]

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ron Howard and Tom Hanks reunite for ‘Code’ sequel, more mullet madness

ron-howard.jpgIn the mad rush to finish up scripts before the WGA strike began on Oct. 31, one of the few projects to finish just under the wire appears to be “Angels & Demons,” directed by Greenwich resident (and former Armonker) Ron Howard. The prequel to “The Da Vinci Code” is set to begin filming in February 2008, and according to Variety, Howard, producers Brian Grazer and John Calley, and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman were furiously finalizing the shooting script last week.

As with “Code,” the flick is based on a Dan Brown novel and will star Tom Hanks and his shoulder-length mullet as symbologist Robert Langdon. Which of course begs the question: If the script hadn’t been finished on time, would we have been treated to an even more glorious Hanks mane? Could a six-month strike have begotten “Castaway”-esque, waist-long locks?

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Rosie O’Donnell’s newest nemesis: Larry King


It was never a question of if Rosie O’Donnell would be back on TV, but when. And according to one blog, Lying on the Beach, she’s already begun to leak details of her new program at the Miami Book Fair International, where she is currently promoting her new memoir, “Celebrity Detox.”

In the midst of ranting about being canned from “The View,” the South Nyacker mentioned how she just signed a deal to host her own TV talk show. She specifically said she’d be going up against “the guy with the suspenders and the long face.” Which, presumably, was a reference to Larry King (or perhaps Ed Grimley).

According to the blog’s authors, Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman, her publicists wouldn’t allow her to say any more than that. No word on what network will run the show (Greenberg and Whitman believe it’s CNBC), though I’d personally love to see Rosie teamed up with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. Why exactly Rosie chose to single out King as a competitor is not quite clear to me (there are plenty of other shows on during the 9pm time slot, including possibly “The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition”), but I can only assume it has something to do with King regularly inviting The Donald on to rail about Rosie.

On the podcast, the Beach bloggers also go on to say that the official announcement of Rosie’s show will come sometime next week. And of course, expect Trump to be on Access Hollywood or Extra two to three hours thereafter.

“Rosie to host her own TV talk show” [Lying on the Beach]

(O’Donnell: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong; King: AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

Hayden Panettiere weeps over dolphin slaughter

nup_103648_0067.JPGWe already knew that Palisades native was a hero to the whales, thanks to this PSA on YouTube. But now she’s taking her superhero antics to a whole new level. To help stop the annual dolphin killings in Japan, Panettiere paddled out with a team of surfer buddies to try and stop the evil Japanese fisherman.

The video of the whole affair surfaced via Britain’s Sky News, which filmed the activist group, Sea Shepherd, last Tuesday in the town of Taji (off the southwest corner of Japan). You can find the full video here. Skip to the last three minutes if you want to skip the graphic shots of dolphin blood and just see Panettiere crying — footage that, I must say, is much funnier if viewed without any context whatsoever.

UPDATE: Panettiere responding to the story on TMZ: “Wherever the problem goes, I hopefully will follow.”

Here are some photos of Panettiere and the Sea Shepherd Conservations Society as they attempt to break up the annual Japanese dolphin hunt.



(Heroes Photo: NBC; Dolphin rescuers: AP Photo/Sea Shepherd Conservation Society/Icon Images, Peter Carrette)

Writers’ strike likely means reruns for Letterman, Leno

leno.jpgletterman.jpgFans of late-night TV will be among the first to realize the impact of the writers’ strike, as talk shows — including those of New Rochelle native Jay Leno and North Salem resident David Letterman — are “expected to go into immediate reruns” as early as tonight, according to Reuters.

Both acknowledged the prospect of a lack of a contract last week.

Leno said that if one of the timely jokes viewers see involves the “Where’s the beef?” lady, it might be a rerun.

And astute Suburbarazzi readers already know that one of Letterman’s Top 10 lists last week included “No number 3 – writers making picket signs for upcoming strike.”

(Leno: AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater; Letterman: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

With Joe Torre heading to L.A., will he sell his LoHud houses?

joe.jpgAs weird as it is that Joe Torre is now the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, I have to wonder if the Harrison and Mahopac resident will sell those houses to buy another in California.

I know nothing either way, but if he sells both places, I bet A-Rod buys them, immediately puts them back on the market and asks for $350 million.

(Associated Press file photo by Frank Franklin II)