UPDATE: I watched today to see what Rosie would say and she said NOTHING. Things seemed tense with Whoopi. I’m starting to think that Rosie O got axed which is so wrong as she was there EVERY DAMN DAY unlike the other three and graciously took over moderating and picked up the slack when the others were out. I’ll keep you all updated.
File this under “Well, I didn’t see that coming!” I have been intrigued by all the weirdness at The View to the point where I actually posted about it recently despite it not normally being in my wheelhouse of entertainment news coverage. It that post I pointed out that Rosie O’Donnell was the only member of the four co-hosts who was consistently showing up to work.
Rumors abounded about friction between Whoopi and Rosie which I debunked. I am shocked to hear that Rosie has been estranged from her wife since November and has now file for divorce and is leaving The View. While Rosie’s view is rarely in line with my view, that was the initial concept of the show and her view was certainly a unique one that will be missed. Rosie is extremely talented in the talk show realm and we all noted that when she filled in as moderator the show ran much more efficiently. Personally, I think this could be the death knell for an already struggling show. It’s a good thing Mario Catone is always waiting in the wings to step in for whoever doesn’t show up each day. Rosie was on today with Martha Stewart and I really didn’t pick up on any problem. She’s supposed to appear all next week. She was already talking about wearing a dress on the Valentine’s Day show next Friday.
I’m not sure how quitting a lucrative job can be the best way to support five kids. It’s also interesting that Rosie always seems to have primary custody after her divorces. Her next future ex-wife has had a series of health problem related to some rare tumors that were removed just before they married.
I keep watching to blog about The View but I really don’t think too many of you are watching it. I quit watching morning shows for awhile, and then I started taping a few of them to zip through in the morning in case anyone interesting is on. I started tuning back in to The View this season, and it’s been pretty horrible. Somehow the fact that it is trainwreck is making me want to tune in. Lately, I tune in to see who is actually going to show up to work.
Let’s review. On the new season, we got rid of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, and added Nicolle Wallace, Rosie O’Donnell and Rosie Perez. This means we have Whoopi, Nicolle, and the two Rosies. I don’t think all four of them have been on at the same time for a full dozen shows. It’s been a last minute search for hosts pretty much every day. Mario Catone has hosted more consistently than pretty much anyone except Rosie O’Donnell who seems to always manage to show up for work. Rumors abound. Let’s break them down one by one. Continue reading
Oh god. I knew I should have made coffee today. I was minding my own business moderating comments and The View started blaring in the back ground. There was loud dance music and Rosie O and Whoopi were dancing it up and the Republican chick, Nicole? and Madea were dragging ass across the stage. Then I realized it was not Madea. It was Nene Leakes. I’m not kidding. I really thought Madea was there for a Christmas movie or something. Apologies.
Nene’s wig. God it is horrible. I’m one of the few people who kinda likes the finger waves, so my bar is very low, but it’s bad. Okay no it is not. When she literally dragged ass across the stage in the matronly black dress it looked bad, but up close from the front it’s okay. I wish she would realize that blond is not a good choice for her. Even when she wears the white face makeup, it still doesn’t work for her. But, at least it is longer, nearly shoulder length, she is in for Rosie Perez. Whoopi made some big deal about Rosie Perez rumors about her leaving are not true. Those are not the rumors, the rumors are that O’Donnell is out the door. So that was weird. Anyway. Nene’s lumbering may mean she is sore from the Broadway workout. She is not losing any weight yet. She didn’t lose any on DWTS either did she?
Meanwhile everyone is chatting about Nicole’s interesting night at home last night full of catastrophe and Nene is just like a tennis tournament spectator. Nene is annoying me and all she is doing is smiling and nodding and preening her wig. I’m really trying to be nice. It’s not working. Nene is out of her element sitting at a table talking about politics. She is literally sitting there with her hand on her chin going “mmm hmmm” no matter who is talking. Continue reading
This is something I did not see coming. When Nene Leakes and Sherri Shepherd were both rumored to be up for the same part in the Broadway production of Cinderella, the initial rumors were they were angling for the part of the fairy godmother. In that story, to me the most important point was that Nene was so butthurt over comments made by Wendy Williams she was finger-painting “Wendell” on pocket books with nail polish.
As it turns out, both Sherri Shepherd and Nene Leakes have gotten the part of Cinderella’s mother to be played across from Keke Palmer. Cinderella has been on Broadway since January of 2013 with a predominantly white cast. That will all change next Tuesday when Sherri Shepherd and Keke Palmer take over the roles of on September 9th. Shepherd will be the first African-American woman to play the evil stepmother on Broadway. She will play the role through November 22. Nene Leakes will take on the role on November 25th presumably playing the role until the curtain falls for the last time January 3, 2015. Continue reading
Things in the divorce between Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally continue to get worse by the minute. Back in May, when I first reported on their divorce, Sherri’s camp seemed to indicate that Sal was not working and had not worked for the entire marriage and Sherri was on him to get a damn job. At that time I found it odd that Sal was the one who had left their NJ home and gone back to L.A. to file for divorce. He also filed for custody of an unborn child we found out about that the couple was having through a surrogate.
Then a week later, it hit the Internet that her first husband, Jeffery Tarpley, had gone to court asking for an emergency modification of his custody agreement regarding his son, before Sal had filed his case. The judge did not grant an emergency hearing but instead set one to happen sometime this month. Tarpley said that Sherri was working too much, and leaving Jeffery with unqualified nannies and it was affecting his developmental skills. Also, it was interfering with his ability to see his son.
Now TMZ is reporting even more shocking allegations from all sides. You may need a drink for this. As you recall, Sherri had a difficult pregnancy with Jeffery and he was born premature which caused him to have some congenital issues regarding his development. So, “they” decided to use a surrogate. Continue reading
Sadly, Sherri Shepherd’s relationship woes and custody issues continue to escalate as TMZ is reporting today that not only is her current estranged husband, Sal suing her for custody of their unborn baby, but her ex-husband is also suing for full custody of their son Jeffrey. The bombshell of the story is that her ex-husband Jeff Tarpley filed for custody of Jeffery BEFORE either Sal or Sherri filed any paperwork, according to TMZ. This does not bode well for Sherri.
That said, the reasons that Jeff Tarpley lists as needing an emergency modification of their custody agreement seem a bit flimsy. Jeffrey was a premature baby who had to fight for his life when he was born. I am not aware of his specific special needs but Sherri has spoken about them on many occasions. He has overcome so many odds to develop into the kid he is today. It is unfair of his father to suggest that Sherri is a bad mother because as his paperwork suggests Jeffrey “can’t tie his shoes” or reads “at the second grade level.” Children with learning disabilities to not progress at the same rate as other kids. There are plenty of 9-year-olds who read at the second grade level that do not have his congenital issues. He also suggests that his hygiene skills are lacking. Perhaps there is more too it than that, but having taught 9-year-old boys, I can tell you that a lot of them have poor hygiene. It’s called being a nine-year-old boy. His case is best made by pointing out that Sherri works a lot and according to him leaves him with “unqualified nannies.” Continue reading
It took me a while to warm up to Sherri Shepherd when she first came on The View. But during her tenure there, she has grown up a lot. She even understands the earth is round now. She’s endeared herself to me with her reality gossip updates and because of her BFF, comedian Bone Hampton, who I got to know on Twitter when I first started blogging. I try to keep my distance from the people I blog about because it just makes it easier for me to be objective. The situation with Sherri is so personal, it feels weird to even blog about it. So I am going to ask that your comments be respectful on this post.
I’ve been reading the rumors for days and they are varied and mostly wrong I imagine. On site said that Sherri was divorcing Sal because he has not worked since the marriage. I found that hard to believe. I know that Sal was very close to her son and I think Sherri would probably put up with a lot before taking the father figure out of her son’s life. I don’t know what is going on for sure but it must be bad. Continue reading
Apparently, Kandi and Mama Joyce and Todd were on yesterday. Mama Joyce continued to lay into Todd, Kandi was crying and they are all still talking about it today. Apparently, Whoopi told Mama Joyce to mind her own business and have a seat. I have to wonder if any of this is real. Why would you go on national TV with your mother and your boyfriend when you know full good and well your mama is going to trash your man. On the other hand, why would you allow it as a fake storyline either? RHOA is just a hot mess these days.
By the way the Friday shows are the View are filmed after the Thursday shows on Thursday so it is likely that Nene ran into Kandi and Todd and Mama Joyce backstage.
They start with Nene’s crappy speech at the charity ball. She is wearing a black cocktail dress and her Johnny Tremain/ George Washington with that seems even bigger than usual. Sherri starts by asking her opinion on Mama Joyce and the whole Kandi situation. Sherri ass what she has to say about that situation, Nene says, “Nothing.” Oh so it is going to be one of those “interviews.” Sherri ass again if she thinks Mama Joyce should let Kandi make her mistakes. Nene says, “She should let Kandi make her mistakes.” Why is everyone so sure Kandi is making a mistake? Continue reading
Brandi Glanville was on The View today shilling her new book Drinking and Dating. Jenny started the questioning with Eddie Cibrian and his affair with Leann Rimes. Jenny says that Brandi recently stated that it was all her fault. Jenny wants to know why she feels that way. Brandi says, “Well, I think that as a woman you always have to trust your gut and I knew in my gut, something was wrong and I just didn’t do the investigating I should have done. I just wanted to believe that I was crazy and jealous and….”
Sherri interrupts, “So you completely trusted him is what you are saying is your fault.”
Brandi, “I did.”
Jenny, “Do you think there were previous affairs?”
Brandi, “Oh yes, there were.”
Jenny, “Do you have proof of it?”
Brandi, “Do I approve of it? Oh yeah, have a lot of affairs! Oh proof. Yeah.” Continue reading
I have been a fan of reality TV since the very first episode of the Real World aired. When the first season of Survivor aired I was so into the show that I would participate actively in an online “spoiler” group. It was in fact because of us, and groups like us that Mark Burnett and crew began sequestering contestants who were voted off the island. I was beyond over involved in the program. I was a huge fan of Elisabeth the tiny blonde contestant that was the first in my recollection to be called “America’s Sweetheart.”
I was not particularly interested in The View until she gained a hosting position. She remains one of the few reality contestants to go on to a long-standing career in television. I can’t believe it’s been ten years. Continue reading
Remember when we talked about Joy Behar leaving The View and the rumor that Elisabeth was getting the axe? It was very strange that Elisabeth just sat there and said nothing during Barbara’s grand denial. Yesterday The New York Post ran a short story on Page Six claiming that Joy and Elisabeth were both to be fired. Joy apparently went with the moving on to other things (after 16 years at age 70) story and I sort of bought it, but Elisabeth seemed to be uncomfortably silent in a segment that was about her. Continue reading