Rosie O’Donnell won’t be “Detox”-ing with Diane Sawyer (or Oprah) after all

tjndc5-5f2qol0l38859cmebjm_layout1.jpgAfter 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
self revelation
sharing – learning – teaching
wax on wax off

for now
i decided no interviews
about celebrity detox
it is too raw

my no
has nothing 2 do with anything
but me
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)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Letterman’s the ‘get,’ Moll’s on the ‘Net, and Amurri’s tête-à-tête

Yesterday, I chatted on RNN about Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming interview of North Salem resident David Letterman; “Night Court” star Richard Moll’s Yorktown Heights shoot for an Internet mockumentary; and Eva Amurri’s rejection of the risque role that her mother, Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon, made famous.


After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: Chappaqua resident Bill Clinton and his nephew ran into the family of Al Gore’s oldest daughter at what unusual Manhattan location a couple of weeks ago?

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David Letterman books his first appearance on ‘Oprah’

oprahumadave.jpgAll that’s missing is Uma Thurman.

The Associated Press reported yesterday that North Salem resident David Letterman will make his first-ever appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show next month.

Letterman’s Sept. 10 interview at Madison Square Garden will be broadcast live in some markets and delayed in others, according to her production company.

For those unaware, the two talk show hosts had feuded for about a decade, with Letterman cracking jokes at her expense and Winfrey refusing to return to his set. In 2003, she told Time magazine she was “completely uncomfortable” with those jokes. Perhaps the most famous of the barbs was the most benign: When Letterman hosted the 1995 Academy Awards, he introduced two uniquely named celebs to each other: “Oprah, Uma. Uma, Oprah.”

As you can see in the photo, the Uma-Oprah-Dave reunion in a way already happened. When Winfrey returned to Letterman’s show on Dec. 1, 2005 to officially end the feud, she presented him with a framed photo of her and Thurman.

But my favorite hatchet-burial moment between the talk show hosts has to be this commercial, which ran during this year’s Super Bowl.

(AP Photo/Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS)

Denzel returns to directing

AP/Louis Lanzano

Five points to anyone who can remember Washington’s directorial debut. (The answer is after the break.)

The pride of Mount Vernon is going to be taking the director’s seat again, this time to helm the Oprah Winfrey-produced flick, “The Great Debaters,” about a professor who, in 1935, led the first African American debate team at Wiley College Texas. The team went on to compete against Harvard in the national debating championship. As in his last directorial endeveaor (got it yet?), Washington will take on one of the leading roles alongside Forest Whitaker. According to IMDB, the movie is expected to come out in 2008.

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Ralph Lauren wins Fashion Award, Oprah’s love


The Council of Fashion Designers of America handed out their annual awards last weekend, in a ceremony dubbed the “Oscars of the fashion world.” Bedford’s Ralph Lauren won the first-ever American Fashion Legend Award, which sounds awfully impressive.Even more impressive: Oprah Winfrey presented it to him.

Even more impressive, she said this: “He represents an icon in the definition of the word, having symbolized what is possible, what is meaningful – sometimes fashion can be kind of frivolous…When you hear `It’s so Ralph Lauren,’ it’s very understood. The name evokes an image … a lifestyle we all wish we could live…He’s admired, imitated but never equaled.”

Not bad, for a kid from The Bronx, born with the name Ralph Lifshitz.

(AP Photo/Stuart Ramson) 

Breaking! Oprah chooses ‘The Road’ for her next book club pick

Written by the masterful (and reclusive) Cormac McCarthy, “The Road” tells the story of a father and young son wandering through a post-apocalyptic American landscape trying to reach the sea, after the boy’s mother kills herself (yet, somehow, it’s not a comedy). McCarthy, 73, the author of nine previous novels, is known for his dark and often brutal prose, so his sit-down with Oprah should be interesting.


(AP Photos/Alfred A. Knopf, Derek Shapton)

It’s Ro’s Birthday! Happy SuburbaRosie Day!

rosieday.jpgForty-five years ago, on this—the 21st day of March—a tiny star ignited in the magical kingdom of Queens. And this star was called, according to, Roseann Teresa O’Donnell. Roseann drifted and flickered and faded poignantly, as sad celestial vagrants do until, 44 years later, a dazzling galaxy named Suburbarazzi emerged from the blogosphere and landed with a bang in LoHudLand. The result was spectacular.

Rosie, over the past year we’ve been through a lot together. Without your fiery feuds with The Donald, and Oprah, and Star, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and, well, everyone else, we’d have about as many hits as Juggling Acts. I guess, what we’re really trying to say is: Dearest Rosie, without you there would be no us. So, in honor of the miraculous day of your birth, we hereby declare this National SuburbaRosie Day. Please, take the day off. Blog. Write cryptic poetry. Hang upside down. We will commemorate the day with multiple posts in your honor and, of course, a 50 Koosh salute.

Woosh…Woosh…Woosh …Woosh…Woosh… Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…
Woosh…Woosh…Woosh …Woosh…Woosh… Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…
Woosh…Woosh…Woosh …Woosh…Woosh… Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…
Woosh…Woosh…Woosh …Woosh…Woosh… Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…
Woosh…Woosh…Woosh …Woosh…Woosh… Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…Woosh…

Thank you, Rosie. Thank you. And Happy 45th.

Blaming Katie Couric on Judge Judy: Have you no shame?

tjndc5-5dssyv8wno11ecp0gfgg_layout.jpgSometimes the business of TV is complicated—Nielsen ratings, sweeps, Q scores, demographics, advertising revenue—it’s a stew of equations, speculation, and people with MBAs who are supposed to know what they’re talking about. But even for us remedial dolts, this equation was supposed to be easy enough to understand:

Judge Judy + Katie Couric = ka-ching ka-ching

And yet, somehow, something went horribly wrong. In the NY Times this morning, Jacques Steinberg, the busiest man on the TV beat, breaks it down for us: At the same time the network was agreeing to pay Couric $15 million a year to take over the Evening News, they were doling out “several million dollars more� to Judge Judy, coaxing her syndicated show from New York’s NBC affiliate to CBS’s.

The dirty little secret of network news, you see, is even though the faces behind the desk tend to get the blame and/or glory, as any network exec will tell you, it’s all about the lead-in. Oprah of course is the queen and she keeps those eyeballs glued to the stations she airs on (mainly ABC affiliates). But Judge Judy, one of the highest paid women in entertainment, earns her salary for similar reasons. The only problem is, in this case, things didn’t work out that way. Steinberg explains:

<blockquote><div>“’Judge Judy,’ featuring Judy Sheindlin, has kept up her end of the bargain, raising WCBS’s ratings between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. by more than 10 percent.
But ratings for the half hour of local news that precedes Ms. Couric’s program in New York remain virtually identical to last year at this time. And not only has Ms. Couric received none of the intended bounce, her viewership is actually down slightly in New York, compared to a year ago, when Bob Schieffer was occupying the same desk.” </div></blockquote>
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

David Letterman failed to end the Rosie-Trump feud

It seems like everybody is trying to get Rosie and Donald to make
up…or at least pose together for exploitative promotional purposes.
First, The NY Post reported Seeds of Peace, the group that promotes
coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians, was allegedly taking a
break from the whole crazy Middle East thing (for a few moments
anyway) to try to mend Rosie and Donald’s troubled relationship and
get them to appear together at their annual fundraiser (because
nothing would send the message—give peace a chance—quite like the
image of a reality show star and a caustic daytime talk show host
standing next to each other on a podium for 5 minutes).

Now, it’s being reported (yes by the New York Post again) that David
Letterman tried (and failed) to get the two warring stars to appear
with him in a Super Bowl ad for his show. According to the paper,
Trump turned down the idea. Letterman instead chose Oprah Winfrey to
help him out.


Okay, okay…final offer! Rosie and Donald, if you shake hands and
smile, Suburbarazzi will end its longstanding feud with Remote Access,
a cyber battle that has torn the Lohud blogging community apart. Think
it over. Get back to us

Rosie baits Oprah the old fashioned way: nasty blog haikus

It’s been, what, a whole week since Rosie O started another celebrity feud? Now she’s ratcheting up the stakes, taking on the one person you don’t want to pick a fight with: Oprah. (Trust me, just ask Dave Letterman.)

On her r blog, Rosie lashed out at Oprah for her interview last week with kidnap victim Shawn Hornbeck and his family. As with many of her previous spats, she phrased her criticism in the form of a nonsensical, stream-of-consciousness semi-haikus (it doesn’t all follow the 5-7-5 format, but sort of aspires to). Here’s one snippet:


after 4 years captive
a new haircut couldn’t hide
his tormented eyes
</div></blockquote>She concludes by saying that at least the other kidnapped boy, Ben Ownby, did not appear on the Oprah show and thus was not exploited by the Harpo machine: “a moment of sanity.”

Could this set up an eventual James Frey-ish smackdown for the portly Lower Nyack resident? Will this be the final straw for Barbara Walters, sick of O’Donnell’s nonstop stream of celebrity feuds? Or will it be Rosie’s insolence on The View, openly defying Mama Walters on the show and suggesting that Bush should be impeached, and then opening up the whole Clinton impeachment can of worms? All I know for sure is that if she’s this controversial on daytime TV, her “Nip/Tuck” spinoff show is sure to be off the hook.

Rosie’s Anti-Oprah Ramblings [r blog]

(Rosie: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer; Oprah: AP Photo/Paul Hawthorne)

Getting schooled

Yonkers product Mary J. Blige — who celebrates her 37th birthday Thursday — and former Bedford resident Mariah Carey were among the celebrities on hand in South Africa last Tuesday for the opening of Oprah Winfrey’s $40 million leadership academy for girls, according to The Chicago Tribune. Also on hand: Tina Turner, Spike Lee, Sidney Poitier and Chris “I only make ‘Rush Hour’ sequels these days” Tucker.

“These people have the power to do things,” O said about her famous friends. “They have voices which can be heard in the U.S. and across the world.”

Just ask adult film star Mary Carey (née Mary E. Cook), who’s getting an earful from Mariah’s lawyers because the songstress isn’t comfortable with the similarities between the two names. Although a recent report that Mariah had won the suit was dismissed by TMZ, I wouldn’t mess with anyone who worked out in high heels and changed outfits about 358 times on her episode of “Cribs.” Derek Jeter taught me that.

If Mimi wins the suit, however, Suburbarazzi might want to secure lawyers to fend off legal action from Subway, Burberry and Razzles. Mmm… Razzles.

(AP photo by Denis Farrell.)