‘Razzi Rundown: Where alliteration lives, puns are fun and timeliness is optional

Disclaimer: I’m an avid reader of BestWeekEver.tv, one of my favorite non-LoHud blogs out there these days. So if this quick-hitter format and source material looks familiar, it is, and I’m coming clean with that up-front. Plagiarism kills, kids!

jayz.jpgRINGDOM COME: New Scarsdale resident Jay-Z is finally wearing a wedding ring these days. You might have “the hottest chick in the game wearin’ (your) chain,” Shawn, but Beyoncé seems pretty intent on your wearing jewels of Hova matrimony. (Source: MollyGood via BestWeekEver.tv)

MUNCH SINGS!: My friend and comedienne extraordinaire Abbi Crutchfield caught comedian Richard Belzer’s recent act at Comix, where he was lauded by Robert Klein of Briarcliff Manor from the crowd and backed by Bedford’s Paul Shaffer and the Belzonics on stage. No word on if Ice-T offered similar musical collaboration, which surely would have been accompanied by the echoey “Law & Order” gavel. (Source: The Apiary)

PANETTIERE IS FRENCH FOR ‘PARKING ANYWHERE’: “Heroes” star and Palisades native Hayden Penettiere appears to have been busted for a parking violation. It’s unknown if similar fines are pending for a subpar second season. (Source: I’m Not Obsessed via BestWeekEver.tv)

BA-ED NEWS, GOO-ED NEWS: Ed McMahon, whose family once lived in Bronxville, is being sued for money he allegedly owes his daughter’s divorce attorney. At least his new gig helping out Jimmy Kimmel will help Ed pay off his McMahon-sion. Hiyo! (Source: E!)

VIEIRON MAIDEN: With Irvington resident Meredith Vieira on lead vocals, former Yorktown resident Al Roker on drums and former Chappaqua-Ardsley-Hartsdale resident Matt Lauer on “guitar,” the Today Show’s attempt to play Rock Band is almost as bizarre as the Willard Scott ditty that follows it. (Source: BestWeekEver.tv.)


The Host with the Roast: Lauer to get taunted mercilessly by Couric, Vieira

Meredith and Katie, it’s so on. The two have signed on to skewer Westchester native Matt Lauer at the annual Friars Club Roast in NYC on October 24, according to People Mag. matt-lauer-roast.jpgWhile I’m not exactly sure what kind of roastmaster Al Roker will be, I’m already envisioning Katie taking Matt to task for his “glib” understanding of psychiatry and, for that matter, Scientology.

Couric: No, Matt. Here’s the problem.  You don’t know the history of psychiatry.  I do.

Vieira: And if you understand the history of it, it masks the problem.  That’s what it does.  That’s all it does.  You’re not getting to the reason why.

Couric: Matt.  Matt, Matt, you don’t even — you’re glib.

Vieira:  Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt …

Ah, good times. Takes me back.

Anyway, Lauer’s plan for the evening, according to what he said to the AP:

“I fully plan to, like, bring an iPod in my sport jacket and run the headsets up to where they can’t see it into my ears so I won’t even hear half of it.”

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

People of the Year — 19. Meredith Vieira

itw_people16.jpgA year after departing The View for Today, the Irvington resident has proved she made a smart move. Among her exclusive “gets� in 2007: J.K. Rowling and Valerie Plame. And she would have had Paris Hilton’s first post-jail interview, if not for Larry King (the rat!). Of course, Vieira had her share of on-air gaffes this year, too. In February she shared one of her dreams, in which she’s naked in a bunker with Diane Sawyer. And in April, she cracked two teeth after an ice skating face-plant.

Prediction for 2008: While her salary of $10 mil a year ain’t bad, Matt Lauer still gets 30 percent more. Time for Vieira to start earning Katie Couric-caliber cash.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Adapted from “People of the Year,� InTown Westchester, December 2007

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Forbes’ rich list has lots of LoHud love, Richard Moll gets ‘Fantastic’ in Yorktown

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This week’s quiz: Of these “Today” show personalities, who did NOT make Forbes’ most recent list of Top TV Earners?

A. Matt Lauer (formerly of Ardsley, Chappaqua and Hartsdale)
B. Al Roker (formerly of Yorktown)
C. Meredith Vieira (currently of Irvington)

The answer is at the end of the clip and after the break.


Shockingly, the answer’s Al Roker. The guy’s been on “Seinfeld” for cryin’ out loud! Give him a raise.

Meredith Vieira back on ‘The View’


Irvington’s Meredith Vieira was back on ‘The View’ today, which I suppose should have been a momentous homecoming. But — well, like most things on the show lately, it wasn’t worth the effort to wade through the ABC site for the clips. Still, if you’re interested in watching, go here.

One tidbit I did like: Meredith greeting the gang with “So how are you crazy bitches?!â€?

(Photo: ABC/Steve Fenn)

From Lauer to Leno to Letterman, LoHud celebs dominate Forbes list of TV’s Top Earners

letterman.jpgNorth Salem resident David Letterman earned $40 million from June 2006 to June 2007 through television, ranking him fourth on Forbes magazine’s new list of TV’s Top Earners and tops among celebrities who have lived or attended college in the Lower Hudson Valley.

His newest BFF, Oprah Winfrey, tops the list. And it isn’t even close. She made $260 million in that one-year span, about $200 million more than the runner-up, Jerry Seinfeld ($60 million) and even more over “American Idol” staple Simon Cowell ($45 million).

Suddenly Alex Rodriguez’s contract doesn’t seem so out of the ordinary.

Other LoHudders on the list: Westchester real estate maven and golf course owner Donald Trump (No. 5, $32 million); New Rochelle native Jay Leno (No. 6, $32 million); former Putnam County resident (Judge) Judy Sheindlin (No. 7, $30 million); former Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale resident Matt Lauer (No. 17, $13 million); Sarah Lawrence College graduate Barbara Walters (No. 18, $12 million); and Irvington resident Meredith Vieira (No. 20, $10 million).

(AP Photo/John Paul Filo, CBS)

Does Meredith Vieira want to quit ‘Today’?

nup_102702_0633.jpgGranted, Bonnie Fuller’s rag, Star, isn’t exactly the most reliable source. Still, the magazine’s story this week about how Vieira, an Irvington resident, wants to jump ship is simply too juicy to ignore.

The mag quoted from several unidentified sources and friends in the story (which, annoyingly, isn’t online). Among the best quotes: “Meredith told me she’s already planning her exit strategy so she can leave ‘Today’ with her dignity intact. … For her, it’s been a noble experiment that hasn’t worked as well as she had hoped.”

It’s not totally unbelievable that Vieira would want to spend more time at home, especially given that she has three teenage children. On the flipside, leaving NBC would mean breaching her four-year, $10-million contract. Not to mention, her old cushy gig at ‘The View’ has already been taken by Whoopi.

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Meredith Vieira nabs an interview with J.K. Rowling

Carmen Troesser/The Journal News; Rowling: AP/Vadim Ghirda

First she gets Paris Hilton and now this. Meredith is en fuego!

J.K. Rowling has agreed to do her first interview about the final Harry Potter volume, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” on Today at the end of July. Vieira, who lives in Irvington, will fly over to Edinburgh, Scotland, to talk with Rowling, who is notoriously reclusive and hard to get on camera. As with the William-Harry extravaganza Matt Lauer treated us to this month, NBC will be getting as much mileage out of the interview as possible. Excerpts will air on Thursday, July 26, and Friday, July 27, and then the full thing will get its own one-hour special of “Dateline.”

“NBC’s Meredith Vieira To Interview J.K. Rowling” [Starpulse]

CORRECTION: Turns out that Meredith Vieira didn’t land the Paris Hilton interview after all. The NY Post reports that NBC’s top brass nixed the deal, and then Larry King and CNN swooped in book Hilton. Still, if given the choice between Hilton and Rowling, I’d still pick Rowling any day of the week.

NBC pays $1 million for Paris Hilton’s first post-jail interview

AP/L.A. County Sheriff

And the lucky LoHudder getting the interview gig? None other than Irvington resident Meredith Vieira.

Another surprise: NBC getting the gig instead of ABC, despite the fact that Barbara Walters had become so close to the Hiltons. As the NY Post reported, “ABC was the front-runner until NBC Universal boss Jeff Zucker personally called Hilton’s father Rick and made the pitch, the sources said.” Meredith apparently was chosen by Paris because of quote-unquote “disparaging” remarks that Westchester native Matt Lauer made about her.


CORRECTION: Turns out that Meredith Vieira didn’t land the Paris Hilton interview after all. The NY Post reports that NBC’s top brass nixed the deal, and then Larry King swooped in book Hilton. Amazingly, CNN isn’t paying a dime.

The Scoop: Behind the scenes at star-studded charity golf tourney

Photo by Seth Harrison/The Journal News

If you want the formal account of yesterday’s Autism Speaks celebrity-laden tournament at Mamaroneck’s Winged Foot Golf Club, check out this story in today’s Journal News.

In it, you’ll find quotes by former NBC Chairman Bob Wright, who cofounded the charity; “Dateline NBC” co-anchor and Dobbs Ferry homeowner Stone Phillips; “Fox5 News at 10” meterorologist and New Rochelle resident Nick Gregory; National Football League Hall-of-Famer Harry Carson; fellow former New York Giant and one-time star of “The Bachelor” Jesse Palmer; and “Late Show with David Letterman” announcer Alan Kalter.

Now for some behind-the-scenes gossip that didn’t appear in print due to the constraints of space, time and relevance:

• Some of the other celebrities to appear at the event, in alphabetical order: actor Gregg Bello; CBS sportscaster Don Criqui; Kansas drummer Phil Ehart; CourtTV commentator Jack Ford; “Squawk Box” cohost Joe Kernen; actor Richard Kind; former NFL cornerback Jeremy Lincoln; “Today in New York” sports anchor Otis Livingston; music producer Brendan O’Brien; and musician Tyrone Vaughan, who is the nephew of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.

• Among those scheduled to appear at the event, but didn’t show, were season-five “American Idol� champ Taylor Hicks, “Today� show cohost Matt Lauer and comedian George Lopez.

• True to his persona on “The Bachelor,” Palmer charmed members of the public and media, enthusiastically posing for photos and answering questions.

• Carson said he was happy to help out the charity, despite repeatedly stating that his golf game “sucks.” Asked what his score was minutes after completing the 18-hole course, Carson said, “I have no idea.”

• Celebrity golf handicaps (or at least those they want us to believe): Kalter, 14; Palmer, 15; Lincoln, 16; Wright, 18; Gregory, 26.

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Meredith Vieira to win the “Roseanne Roseannadanna Award” … seriously

nup_102702_0633.jpgThe Irvington resident is being honored with her husband, Richard Cohen, by Gilda’s Club Westchester, an organization devoted to people whose lives have been touched in some form or another by cancer. And yes, at Wednesday’s 8th Annual Comedy Gala, they’re actually awarding Vieira and Cohen with something called the “Roseanne Roseannadanna Writing and Journalism Award.”

If you’ve never heard of it, don’t feel bad. It’s the first year they’re giving the award out, special events coordinator Christine Consiglio explained to us. Consiglio explained that the idea is to honor a local family that is living with cancer. Cohen, a Columbia journalism professor, has suffered from MS since he was 25 and was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999. He recently published a book about the double-medical whammy called “Blindsided.”

If all the talk of cancer and illness and Roseanne Roseannadanna sounds like a total bummer, fear not: Comedian Robert Schimmel will also be performing. Tickets are $300 per person. Call Consiglio at (914) 644-8844 by tomorrow in order to get a seat

More details:

The Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase
35 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

Wednesday, May 9
6:30 PM auction, dinner, cocktails
8:00 PM program

(NBC News Photo: Virginia Sherwood)