I’m (not) just talkin’ about Shaft!
After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: Which Academy Award-winner with connections to the Lower Hudson Valley has a running-back son who lost a job when the NFLÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s European league folded last month?
So if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re Nyack resident Rosie OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Donnell, and you leave “The View,” what must it feel like to know that the daughter of one of your fiercest rivals might take your place on the show?
Yes, Ivanka Trump Ã¢â‚¬â€ daughter of The Donald Ã¢â‚¬â€ has been one of the names dropped for the coveted Rosie seat, according to Hollyscoop.com.
Admittedly, while Ivanka has appeared on “The View” before, the supposed reasoning behind this rumor seems a bit far-fetched. Hollyscoop reports that Sarah Lawrence College alumna Barbara Walters “wants to hire Trump to [tick] off the Hiltons for the treatment she received during the shopping of the Paris post-jail interview.” Indeed, it’s a shame that story didn’t receive more coverage.
Let’s pretend the rumor’s legit. And no matter whose side you’re on, let’s also forget the back story for a split second. I’ve always considered Ivanka Trump to be rather eloquent and surprisingly well-adjusted. She could be a darn good cohost.
I’m still rooting for Mario Cantone, however. That guy cracks me up.
With “The View”s ratings in free-fall since the departure of Rosie O’Donnell — or, if you take the NY Times’ account, holding steady — the pressure is on to find a replacement pronto. People Magazine has an interesting scenario: What if the show hired a man?
Two are actually set to guest host next month, and each might just be a candidate for a full-time hire. Mario Cantone (of “Sex and the City”) and Ross Matthews (aka “Ross the Intern” on “The Tonight Show”) are going to appear on July 12 and July 17, respectively. People quotes one anonymous source at “The View” as saying that “Barbara’s really fond of Mario,” and then adds that “O’Donnell herself is a big fan of Matthews.” Apparently even former View co-hostÃ‚Â Debbie Matenopoulos has weighed in, lobbying for a male hire ever since O’Donnell jumped ship on the show. “They’ve said ‘We can’t put a man here.’ I disagree,” she told People. “Why does it have to be guys against girls? I have a better time and solve more problems sitting with my gay guy friends than my girlfriends!”
Meanwhile, E!’s Marc Malkin says he asked Walters about the possibility of hiring a man at a recent even in Hollywood. Walters’ response? “We tried a man last year with Men’s Day Wednesdays in all of July,” Walters said. “The ratings went down every Wednesday.”