Despite all kinds of hype — on this blog and elsewhere — it appears that Rosie O’Donnell’s tell-all memoir, “Celebrity Detox: (The Fame Game),” doesn’t quite have the demand we predicted.
Sure it had all kinds of juicy details about how the South Nyacker used to break her limbs as a child with a baseball bat and wooden coathanger, but still, that wasn’t enough to seduce book shoppers. As our Suburbarazzi poll showed, 75 percent of you have no interest in buying the book — “enough of Rosie already!” Only 11 percent said they intended to buy it, while another six percent went so far as to say they were planning a “Celebrity Detox book-burning party.” Personally, I fell into the camp of “Yes, I’d read it, but I wouldn’t pay my own cash for a copy.” In the end, though, I was content to just read a couple chapters in the Mount Kisco Borders and leave it at that.
Curious how the book’s sales have held up, I called Ingram, the largest wholesaler for independent book stores (and one of the only vendors that makes its sales data available to the public). They report that 33,247 copies of “Celebrity Detox” have sold. Generally, you can multiply that number by six in order to get a rough estimate of overall U.S. sales — so I’m figuring O’Donnell has moved just shy of 200,000 books. Not bad. Still, hardly enough to justify the hefty advance I’m sure Grand Central Publishing forked over.
Hmm, maybe passing on that Oprah interview wasn’t such a wise move after all.
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In Rosie O’Donnell’s increasingly erratic publicity tour for her new book, “Celebrity Detox,” she decided to join Roseanne Barr on stage at a comedy club recently. When she took the stage, the South Nyack resident began with a bombshell: “When I was fired by Barbara Walters …”
No mention of leaving early or departing by mutual consent. The big O went on to rip into her former mentor, even going so far as to say that Walters recommended the use of Astroglide spermicidal jelly.
She later backed off Babwa and even tried to get in a nice word about her former colleague — “But she paved the way for women. She interviewed Presidents … ” — at which point Barr jumped in: “Like Abraham Lincoln!”
“Barbara Walters Fired Me From the View” [Daily News]
(Rosie at the opening reception for her art exhibition “Solace” at The Gallery at New World Stages on Oct. 9: AP Photo/Gary He)
While we haven’t had any more luck scoring a copy of O’Donnell’s memoir, “Celebrity Detox,” than we did with Stephen Baldwin’s “The Unusual Suspect,” our corporate brothers over at USA Today managed to get a copy. And their book review offers more excerpts than any other preview I’ve read to date. The bottom line:
This is a train wreck of a book Ã¢â‚¬â€ part self-help psychobabble, part searing memoir Ã¢â‚¬â€ by a grown woman who lost her mother as a child.
It’s baffling and fascinating and brutally honest, although some stories defy logic.
After giving Oprah a big, fat umnah last week — declining to appear on her show to promote her new memoir, “Celebrity Detox” — South Nyack’s Rosie O’Donnell made an equally surprising move over the weekend: pulling the plug on her planned two-part interview with Diane Sawyer.
Rosie broke the news on her own r blog, where she wrote a lengthy free-verse missive (titled, oddly, “Ms. Winfrey,” not “Ms. Sawyer”):
i do not feel ready
to discuss or defend
the things i shared
on those 209 pages
read it urself
take away what u need
leave the rest
it is what it is
the goal always is peace
sharing – learning – teaching
wax on wax off
i decided no interviews
about celebrity detox
it is too raw
has nothing 2 do with anything
my need 2 find my place
oprah is a force of nature
her invitation made me cry
her kind words about the book
reinforce what we all know
2 b true about her
Her publicist, Cindi Berger, confirmed to the NY Post’s Michael Starr, “She feels people should read the book and take away from it what they will. She does not want to do any interviews.” However, despite her reluctance to talk about “Detox,” she couldn’t me more excited to talk about reprising her role as Dawn Budge on FX’s “Nip/Tuck.” She posted multiple times about the show’s upcoming debut. Truth be told, the prospect of seeing her face sewn shut on the show (as previewed on her Flickr page) kind of has me a little excited too.
MORE: Rosie O’Donnell posts
(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Rosie 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:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ O’Donnell says that Barbara Walters is “tired” and implied that she should retire, or at least “step back.” [NY Post]
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ As a child, O’Donnell says she used to break her own limbs with either a baseball bat or a wooden hanger. [Fox News]
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ During commercial breaks on “The View” audience members would sometimes shout out, “I love you, Rosie” Ã¢â‚¬â€œ “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]