Rosie O’Donnell swears off the sauce

Ever since leaving The View, Rosie O’Donnell’s blog hasn’t had nearly as many salacious anti-Hasselbeck haikus as it used to. But last week its regular readership was treated to one interesting little “Ask Ro” Q&A:

Kathy writes:

So Rosie, Alcoholic or NOT? Just spit it out! Don’t go all Star Jones on us here. What led to you stopping the Beer? You’ll only help someone else. “you felt it was time�…WHY…inquiring minds…


Rosie’s response:

cause i was drinking too much
cause i didnt want to anymore
cause it is hard to lose weight wen drinking
cause i can never have only one


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People of the Year — 2. Rosie O’Donnell

No need to roll your eyes. Aside from Britney, Paris, and Lindsay, few tabloid regulars exhausted the public’s patience quite like O’Donnell. From the never-ending feuds—with Trump, Ripa, O’Reilly—to the now-infamous split-screen showdown with View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the South Nyack resident became a better fight-maker than Don King in 2007. Even after she quit the daytime gabfest (three weeks before her contract was up), Rosie continued churning up controversy in her wake, even going so far as to suggest in her new memoir, Celebrity Detox, that Barbara Walters should retire. But putting aside all the bilious rhetoric for a sec, one thing separates the former Queen of Nice from the aforementioned tabloid bimbos: O’Donnell’s public showdowns all stemmed from a passionate defense of her liberal views (on Bush, the Iraq war, gay rights, etc.)—and not from, say, a lack of panties or repeat DUIs. Her tirades might have been over the top, but her political courage does make her a role model of sorts. That said, if she ever takes your parking spot at the Palisades Center, don’t even think of starting a shouting match—she’s way out of your league.

Prediction for 2008: She may have lost The Price is Right hosting gig to Drew Carey, but we predict a return to network TV, as the co-host of the newest British import, Boiling Point.

Adapted from “People of the Year,� Rockland Magazine, December 2007

(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)

Rosie O’Donnell’s newest nemesis: Larry King


It was never a question of if Rosie O’Donnell would be back on TV, but when. And according to one blog, Lying on the Beach, she’s already begun to leak details of her new program at the Miami Book Fair International, where she is currently promoting her new memoir, “Celebrity Detox.”

In the midst of ranting about being canned from “The View,” the South Nyacker mentioned how she just signed a deal to host her own TV talk show. She specifically said she’d be going up against “the guy with the suspenders and the long face.” Which, presumably, was a reference to Larry King (or perhaps Ed Grimley).

According to the blog’s authors, Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman, her publicists wouldn’t allow her to say any more than that. No word on what network will run the show (Greenberg and Whitman believe it’s CNBC), though I’d personally love to see Rosie teamed up with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. Why exactly Rosie chose to single out King as a competitor is not quite clear to me (there are plenty of other shows on during the 9pm time slot, including possibly “The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition”), but I can only assume it has something to do with King regularly inviting The Donald on to rail about Rosie.

On the podcast, the Beach bloggers also go on to say that the official announcement of Rosie’s show will come sometime next week. And of course, expect Trump to be on Access Hollywood or Extra two to three hours thereafter.

“Rosie to host her own TV talk show” [Lying on the Beach]

(O’Donnell: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong; King: AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

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)

Whoopi whoops Rosie


Who would have imagined that sedate Whoopi Goldberg would draw higher ratings than controversy magnet Rosie O’Donnell? But, according to Variety, that’s exactly what’s happening.

After premiering to less than stellar numbers (1 million less viewers than O’Donnell got on her first episode), Goldberg’s numbers have steadily risen. So much so that in its second week of the season “The View” is up 16 percent over last year. Sheri Shepherd can also claim some of the credit, as the show added 4 percent in total viewers in the second week, when she joined the permanent cast.

Of course, in the solipsistic “view” of the Lower Hudson Valley we hold here — with O’Donnell’s ties to South Nyack and Goldberg’s ties to Tuxedo Park — everybody’s a winner.

(Goldberg: AP Photo/Reed Saxon; O’Donnell: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Now we know where Barry Manilow stands on the whole Rosie-Elisabeth catfight

manilow.jpgIt’s not clear whether Manilow’s decision not to appear on today’s episode of “The View” was more of an insult to Elisabeth Hasselbeck (who he refused to be interviewed by), a show of solidarity with Rosie O’Donnell (who Manilow is good friends with), or actually a dis of Manilow himself. But, well, I’m going to bet it’s explanation No. 3.

Apparently Manilow demanded that the show not have right-winger Hasselbeck on the stage at the same time and the folks at ABC said, basically, nuh-uh. As producer Bill Geddie put it on Barbara Walters’ weekly SIRIUS radio show, “He said, ‘I’ll do Barbara and Whoopi or I’ll do Whoopi and Sherri or some combination, but I won’t sit with Elisabeth,’ and I said ‘Well, then you won’t be on the show. It’s that simple. And that was the end of it. He’s not going to call the shots. You’re not going to tell me how to produce the show.”

Could this be the start of a trend? Will other left-leaning celebs like Susan Sarandon start canceling their appearances? Is a Rosie-inspired boycott in the offing?

Most important of all, Does anyone even watch “The View” anymore?

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

In anticlimactic fashion, ‘The View’ adds 5th panelist

110838_537_pre.jpgWith the departure of South Nyack’s Rosie O’Donnell from “The View,” the quest to replace her with a high-profile, provocative figure kept Hollywood insiders guessing and talking.

Which B- or C-lister would it be? Rosanne Barr? Kathy Griffin? Ricki Lake? Wanda Sykes? Bette Midler? Gayle King? Would it be a man? Perhaps Mario Cantone or Ross (Matthews) the Intern from “The Tonight Show”? Or, in a bizarre twist, would it possibly be Ivanka Trump, the daughter of O’Donnell’s most publicized rival?

As we all know, Whoopi Goldberg made her “View” co-host debut this week, even stirring things up with some commentary about Michael Vick that I’m not even sure she really believes. But, as far as “View” co-host stories go, the real news appeared to be over.

tjndc5-5fx34669pk1dk9s5sx_layout.jpgBut today, the Associated Press informs us that “The View” will be adding Sherri Shepherd, whom Suburbarazzi’s own Robert Zeliger correctly placed at the bottom of his potential co-host rankings among the nominees he considered.

Now, I’ve never heard of Shepherd before, so I won’t critique her talent. But the fact that she was the only name among those Zeliger mentioned that I didn’t recognize doesn’t help “The View” secure any new viewers. Then again, I’m not in front of a TV when “The View” is on, so no one is trying to reach out to my demographic.

Still, even if Shepherd’s a good fit for the show as a guest, why wouldn’t Sarah Lawrence College alumna Barbara Walters make waves by landing another permanent high-profile, buzz-worthy panelist? Would it cost too much money? Or too much ego? Discuss.

(Goldberg photo: ABC/Steve Fenn; Shepherd: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

It’s official: Whoopi is the new Rosie


We’d already heard the rumors about the new moderator of “The View,” but yesterday Barbara Walters made the on-air announcement: Whoopi Goldberg will join the show for its 11th Season on September 4.

This is particularly good news for the Lower Hudson Valley (well, the extended LoHud), as Goldberg was once a resident of Tuxedo Park, meaning that our region will continue to have a presence on the morning show — and we’ll still have the dubious privilege of being able to blog about it here on Suburbarazzi.



(Photos ABC/Steve Fenn) 

Rosie O’Donnell wanted to ‘gay up’ Price is Right, belly rub Trump

Drumroll, please. Here, with a heavy heart and a pained grimace, I present you with the 100th Suburbarazzi post about Rosie O’Donnell. Yes, we counted.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

The latest news on the South Nyack rabble-rouser is that, while doing stand-up before a 1,500-person audience on her cruise for gay and lesbian families, she explained part of the reason she didn’t get “The Price is Right” gig.

Naturally, she also lashed out, again, against her twin nemiseses (nemisee?) Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Donald Trump. Which of course is hardly news. But what did shock a few was the persistent level of vitriolic hate fir Hasselbeck and the bizarre threat she made towards The Donald. Us Weekly even shows a giant photo of the former that she doctored up to look like the devil.

As for “The Price is Right,” part of the reason CBS passed is that she wanted to “gay it up.” Some excerpts from the show are after the break.

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Who’s that on ‘The View’? It’s a MAN, baby, it’s a MAN!

AP/ABC, Heidi Gutman

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-host 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.”

Booze hound Danny DeVito launches his own liqueur

AP Photo/Phil McCarten

OK, I’ll admit, the local connection here is weak, but I can justify writing about DeVito’s new brand of booze for one simple reason: He revealed himself as a charming drunk on The View, back when Rosie was co-hosting, and of course she lives in South Nyack.

The Philly Inquirer reports that DeVito’s new business is going to be called Premium Limoncello, an after-dinner liqueur made in Italy and available in August for about $25 per pobble. As may recall, this was precisely the same drink that he told Rosie and the gals that he had been consuming in mass quantities.

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