Clearing house? Ed McMahon fighting to keep Beverly Hills home

Hi-ohhh no!

ed.jpgFormer “Tonight Show” sidekick Ed McMahon is fighting foreclosure on his multimillion-dollar house in Beverly Hills, according to Yahoo News.

Sadly, this doesn’t appear to be a prank that retroactively will be featured on “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes.”

McMahon, whose family lived in Bronxville about 40 years ago, was $644,000 behind on payments on $4.8 million in mortgage loans earlier this year. And attempts to sell the house over the last two years have failed, perhaps in part because McMahon lives near Britney Spears, whose paparazzi could scare off prospective buyers.

It’s the latest setback for the 85-year-old legend, who has been struggling to work since breaking his neck 18 months ago. Hi-owww.

(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

With former rival Howard Stern, Rosie O’Donnell talks career, love life and 9/11

Shock-jock Howard Stern, in part known for participating in celebrity feuds with personalities ranging from Elaine Boosler to Kathie Lee Gifford, continued his recent fence-mending trend this morning.

howard.jpgFollowing a volatile two-decade feud with Bedford resident Chevy Chase, the two buried the hatchet on-air last year. And this morning, Stern fans — possibly for the first time on the radio — heard the deejay who launched his pro career in Briarcliff Manor chatting it up with South Nyack resident Rosie O’Donnell.

Back in its hey-day, the throwdown got downright nasty, at times making O’Donnell’s feud with Westchester real estate maven Donald Trump look like rock-paper-scissors by comparison. On Stern’s show in 1998, the staff once estimated the size of O’Donnell’s noggin, filled what was deemed a comparable container with jellybeans and challenged visiting celebrities and listeners to guess the number. And O’Donnell always had some choice words about Stern whenever his more militant fans prank-called her self-titled talk show.

rosie.jpgIn recent years, however, Stern’s rants about Rosie subsided, particularly after he admitted on the air a year or two ago that they had a nice chat when bumping into each other at a restaurant.

Today, O’Donnell called from her home — presumably in South Nyack — to chat it up with Howard and the gang. The gripping interview, which lasted almost an hour, covered her career, her love life and her controversial theory about 9/11.

On quitting her own talk show: “I left because I could no longer enjoy it the way one should enjoy their work, and I was sort of paying someone else to raise my kids and (hated) not having time to live my life.”

On ‘The View’: O’Donnell said she respects her successor, Whoopi Goldberg, because of her ability to be real; remains friendly with Sarah Lawrence College grad Barbara Walters; but was never completely embraced by Joy Behar (for whom O’Donnell opened early in her career as a stand-up comedian). The liberal O’Donnell said she has only exchanged a few baby-related e-mails with conservative “View” cohost Elisabeth Hasselbeck since O’Donnell left the show. Then O’Donnell admitted that Hasselbeck was the most attractive woman on the show.

On her celebrity crushes: O’Donnell, a lesbian, said she really did have a crush on Tom Cruise and revealed that Matthew McConaughey also turned her on while slow-talking his way through a description on how to make beer-can chicken. She said her current celebrity crushes include Angelina Jolie, Angela Bassett, Penélope Cruz, Salma Hayek and Diane Lane. Not on that list, however, is Stern’s fiancée, Beth Ostrosky, whom O’Donnell complimented and described as a “too perfect … Barbie doll.”

On her love life: She said she was sexually abused as a child, lost her virginity when she was 21 to a man, and could count her number of sexual conquests on “two hands.” She added that rumors of a wild life as a single woman had been greatly exaggerated, adding, “I’m not even nude in the shower.”

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Rosie O’Donnell’s new career: Kindergarten arts and crafts instructor

It was an interesting morning for Rosie O’Donnell on GMA. First, in an interview with Diane Sawyer, she says she’d like to take Britney Spears’s place as the celebrity posterchild for mental illness. 112655_2844_pre.jpg

“I sort of feel Britney has become the poster child (for mental illness). The kid is very young. She never had a childhood. She never rode a Big Wheel. Rather than put her face on mental illness, or Brooke Shields, who had postpartum depression, use me.”

The South Nyacker also confirmed that she’s given up beer. But not because she had any problems with alcohol abuse. Just because she wanted to lose a few pounds. “I’m not by any means sober,” she said. “Beer to me, I love it and I drink it like it’s water.”

Then, later in the morning, she showed off what she’s been up to (other than blogging, vlogging, and going on tour with Cyndi Lauper). You guessed it: writing a book. But it was no ordinary book. It’s an arts-and-crafts project book called “Crafty U,” in which she gives examples of how you too can entertain your child with a ball of yarn, some glue, and a balloon. At least, that’s how she says she’s able to occupy her kids minds since she forbids them from watching TV.


In the best moment of the appearance, after doing an on-stage demo of how to make a bowl out glue-hardened string, she said the creation could double as a hat. Especially for Robin Roberts, O’Donnell added, who has a beautiful bald head. At which point Roberts promptly, bravely whipped off her wig and tossed the string hat atop her noggin.


Now, not to complain or anything, but if Rosie really wanted to take Britney’s place, shouldn’t she have been the one shedding her hair?

Video of Roberts losing her wig

“Rosie shares her views of politics, wealth, fame” [GMA]

(Photos: ABC/Ida Mae Astute)

Podcast: March 18

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Born in South Africa, musician Dave Matthews spent the bulk of his childhood growing up in Yorktown, but he’s now lending his voice to TV commercials for the tourism board of the next state he called home. Which state is that?

A) South Carolina
B) Vermont
C) Virginia

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TMZ: Britney Spears, Mel Gibson meet at L.A. lounge

mel.jpgbritney.jpgWhen you’re a Hollywood outcast for bad behavior, does it help or hurt when you meet up with your peers?

Britney Spears, who’s lost custody of her kids and has been seeking treatment, might have found therapeutic value in reportedly met up Saturday night at Los Angeles’ Romanov Restaurant and Lounge with Mel Gibson, who spewed an antisemitic rant during a DWI arrest in 2006.

TMZ reported yesterday that Gibson, who was raised in Verplanck, and his family have “privately befriended Britney Spears to help her through her troubles.”

(Photo of Spears: Mark J. Terrill/AP; photo of Gibson: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department/AP)

Justin Chambers: Britney Spears’s looney bin soul mate?

justin-chambers.jpgUCLA Medical Center has suddenly emerged as a magnet for emotionally harried superstars. Of course, we all know about how Britney is being treated there, but now another celebrity has checked himself in. Justin Chambers, who plays Dr. Alex Karev on “Greys Anatomy” and used to live in Rockland, went in on Monday of this week and got out Wednesday.

The reason? According to his representative, Chambers was “exhausted and suffers from a sleeping disorder. He went in voluntarily to get some help.”

No word on whether he and Brit had a chance to share a nice bowl of hospital Jell-O or not.

[via TMZ]


Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie hot for Halloween (as opposed to any other time)

brangelina.jpgFor those among the celebrity-obsessed seeking to be a star for a day, the hot costumes this Halloween are of power couple Brad Pitt and former Sneden’s Landing resident Angelina Jolie.

US Weekly cites a Captain Morgan/Kelton Research survey of 600 Americans, who rate Brangelina as this year’s most popular celebrity inspiration for holiday get-ups. Presumably, couples who dress up this way will spend the night arguing with each other over who’s more good-looking. Blech.

Other couples popular in the poll were Britney Spears and Kevin Federline; Chappaqua residents Bill and Hillary Clinton; recent Pelham dweller Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes; David Beckham and Posh Spice; and George W. and Laura Bush.

Among the late-night TV show hosts, New Rochelle native Jay Leno beat out North Salem resident David Letterman, among others — just like in the ratings. I’d prefer Letterman as a costume or as a talk show host, myself.

(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Baby Suburbarazzos!

They can’t vote, they can’t drink (legally), and they can’t even stay up past 11 p.m. Yet they can still operate a digital SLR. And luckily, that’s all it takes for 15-year-old Blaine Hewison and 14-year-old Austin Visschedyk to become bonafide members of the paparazzi club.

This NY Times story about the two budding shutterbugs is guaranteed to make you cringe and laugh at the same time. From the Kim Kardashian candid that Austin took and purchased, to the shot Blaine took of Britney Spears (middle finger extended) that earned him $500 at a local art show, it’s almost too good to be true — the kind of piece my college newspaper used to run as a goof on April Fool’s Day.

Still, as far as I can tell, it all checks out. My favorite part is about how the two have a kind of rivalry going, so much so that they even disbanded their original partnership website,, and now Austin has his own,

suburbarazzi-t.jpgOK, Westchester teens, we’re waiting. Who’s going to be the first high-schooler in this county to step up and start submitting some cell -phone masterpieces to Suburbarazzi? Here, I’ll even sweeten the pot. First person who manages to get a current, original pic of any of the celebs in our sidebar can earn themselves a snazzy new Suburbarazzi T-shirt, like the one pictured to the right. Submit your photos here via email.

“Just One More Before Bedtime!” [NY Times]

Let the Hayden Panettiere backlash begin

panettiere-emmys.jpgYou might think that this week’s Britney Spears custody battle would be a gift to the blogarazzi, something for us to chatter about for weeks on end. And you’d be right. Sort of. But the thing is, it’s a lot less fun talking about about a celebrity meltdown when every single other media outlet is doing the same thing (that much we learned from O’Donnell-palooza 2007).

But there is one thing more frustrating: young celebrities who don’t drink, never have run-ins with the law, and who are cleaner than clean in every other respect (the polar opposite of DMX).

I’m talking about Palisades native Hayden Panettiere, who — aside from the occasional trumped-up tattoo stunt or photog freak-out — is basically a saint. Which really gets kind of annoying after a while.

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People Mag/Page Six confirm Trump’s TV Dream Team: Britney, Paris, Lindsay

Yes, The Donald really is trying to recruit the three biggest Hollywood train wrecks to star in his new celebrity edition of “The Apprentice.” Would you expect any less from the man? Here’s what he had to say on the three [via People]:

Spears: “We’re negotiating with Britney right now. … Can you imagine her doing it? We’re not sure what will happen. She’s a [bleep]ing mess. And that little reality show she had [UPN’s Britney and Kevin: Chaotic,] did nothing. But she likes the idea of being on television, and I think she’d be great.”

Hilton: “[She] wants to be on, and we’re thinking about it, but I don’t know if we’re going to do it.”

Lohan: “Another [bleep]ing mess. We haven’t asked her yet, but I’m going to call her this week. It would a positive thing for her to do.”

(Photo courtesy of Associated Press/NBC)

TMZ posts photos of Donald Trump doing nothing particularly interesting at L.A. club

AP/Dennis Cook

Sometimes you just have to admit defeat on a slow news day, TMZ.

Merely pointing out that Donald Trump appeared at a club and running two photos of The Donald that are less interesting than the most recent season of “The Apprentice” is hardly gossip.

Making the matter worse? Hyping the item with the headline “Trump Parties Like Britney!” — with Ms. Spears nowhere to be found in said photos. Just because Area is one of Spears’ Los Angeles clubs of choice doth not a partied-out starlet make.

Even worse than that? Your ploys worked and I read your story.

EXCLUSIVE: Transcript of Isaac Mizrahi’s interview with Suburbarazzi

Isaac Mizrahi was in Eastchester on Saturday, in case you hadn’t heard.

And as I predicted, my final question of the interview was the one I was most afraid to ask: “If you happen to like the outfit of anyone who comes up to you on line today, will they get the (Scarlett) Johansson Treatment?

Mizrahi was taken aback for a moment, then played it off like a pro.

<blockquote><div>Oh! Well, that was about the bra. That was a big misunderstanding. It was like, “Oh, what’s your bra?� And three minutes later, it was like the end of the world. (Johansson)’s adorable.</div></blockquote>

Well there you have it. If you missed any of the interview, click the link below to view the entire transcript.

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