Celebrity Sizzle by Mark Stone
I’m not happy that I have to lead with a Whitney Houston Oprah interview story. Not that I dislike either of the two women, but normally there’s much more attention-grabbing celebrity news out there to write about. With the death of Patrick Swayze (very sad news), the Internet still abuzz over Kanye, and far too many celebrity media outlets covering Jessica Simpson’s lost dog (who was apparently snatched up by a coyote), it’s pretty slim pickings today.
But Celebrity Sizzle must go on – even during a slow news day – so on we shall go. Yesterday Oprah Winfrey aired her official premiere episode of her 24th season and showed the much-hyped interview with Whitney Houston. Throughout their intimate conversation, Whitney revealed to Oprah that in an alcoholic rage, Bobby Brown spit on her and threw her against the wall. In an effort to defend herself, Whitney took the phone and whacked him over the head with it and made him bleed.
Worst part of the story? Their daughter watched the whole thing. What a shame that their daughter had to witness this horrible incident. Will she ever live that down?
At least Bobby is one Brown who didn’t get away with a serious domestic violence offence ‘cause obviously Whitney wasn’t having that. I think there’s another guy with the last name Brown that should be sentenced to spend some phone time with Whitney!
Obama calls Kanye a jackass
You know that you’re in desperate need of damage control when the most popular President of the United States in decades is calling you a jackass. Yes, it’s true: Obama called Kanye West a jackass.
The statement was made off-the-record during an interview with ABC News reporter Terry Moran. Moran caused quite a commotion last night on Twitter after tweeting the following: “Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a “jackass” for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential.”
Moran removed the tweet soon after posting it, but with over a million followers, the message quickly bounced around Twitter through thousands of users.
An ABC spokesperson explains to POLITICO what happened:
“In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview. This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologize to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again.”
Racists are extremely conflicted over this news. On one hand, they hate Obama and that they have a black president; but on the other hand, he’s calling another black man a jackass. Perhaps their heads will explode in one giant racist blow-‘em-up.
Kanye’s apology on Jay Leno
In a stroke of luck for Jay Leno, Kanye West was scheduled to perform on his inaugural show last night with Jay-Z and Rihanna. None of the three musicians had planned to speak with Jay for his show, but because of Kanye’s antics at the VMAs Jay’s producers booked a brief interview with Kanye for the show.
Kanye apologized once again for what he did to Taylor Swift, but what bothered me (about Kanye, not the show – more on that to come) was how he so arrogantly stated that he should have “helped” Swift instead of hurt her. He said he was a celebrity and that he needs to help people.
Dude, look at the sales figures. Taylor Swift is outselling you by a wide margin. She doesn’t need your help – she’s doing fine all by herself. Now move on, take your much-needed “break”, and come back in a year with another great CD. As much as I dislike his behaviour, it doesn’t change the fact that I enjoy his music.
As for Jay’s show… Wow. It was horrible. If this is what NBC calls comedy, we are in trouble. They had all summer to write for it, but everything about the show seemed stale and dull. How can you screw up an interview with Jerry Seinfeld with an impromptu TV appearance by Oprah Winfrey? That could have been comedy gold, but instead was excruciatingly bad. The only good moment (which had nothing to do with comedy) was when Jay pulled out the dead mom card on Kanye and asked him what his mother would have said about his behaviour at the VMAs. It was one of those rare “tough questions” for Leno, but it was uncomfortable. Kanye fumbles and stumbles for a coherent response (he failed), and then Jay does a complete 180 on the tone and asks, “Are you ready to sing?” Classic.
Watching Jay Leno’s show was like watching the greatest recipe in the world for chocolate chip cookies being baked. You know you have all the perfect ingredients, you put them all together, and the result looks amazing. You can’t wait to dig in. But when you do, the cookie tastes stale. The chocolate chips are awesome and delicious, but nobody told you that the cookie dough had been sitting on the shelf for years getting musty. You leave the table with a bad taste in your mouth, not sure if you want to try again.
Is Neil Patrick Harris the “Great Gay Hope?”
In an interview with New York magazine, Emmy host and How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris is being heralded as the most successful openly gay actor today, and is being billed “the Great Gay Hope.”
NPH finds it “weird,” saying, “I appreciate that. But it feels weird to own that.”
As for his relationship with boyfriend David Burtka, “We yin and yang very well,” he says. “We’re both Geminis, but I, you can probably tell, I process what the options are, and figure out what to say, and he tends to just say what he is feeling. I’m just bowled over by him. He’s made my life exponentially more livable. He’s just — great. I’m his forever protector, and I’m happiest when he’s happy.”
Although the couple has no plans for adopting a baby or using a surrogate, Harris says, “We’d make very good parents.”
I still find it amusing that the most successful openly gay actor plays the most womanizing misogynistic slut on television with his Barney Stinson character. How I Met Your Mother is successful mostly because of what NPH has done with the role of Barney. He is living proof that you don’t have to stay in the closet to be successful. Hollywood, while unforgiving in so many ways, is pretty open with respect to sexuality. Sp what’s stopping all those other actors that are trapped in the closet?
Jennifer Grey remembers Patrick Swayze
Patrick Swayze was a good man and will be missed. Jennifer Grey, his co-star in Dirty Dancing, remembers him: “When I think of him, I think of being in his arms when we were kids, dancing, practicing the lift in the freezing lake, having a blast doing this tiny little movie we thought no one would ever see.”
Grey, now 49, says Swayze was a “real cowboy with a tender heart,” who was so fearless doing his own stunts that “it was not surprising to me that the war he waged on his cancer was so courageous and dignified.”
“Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace,” she adds. “My heart goes out to his wife and childhood sweetheart, Lisa Niemi, to his mom, Patsy, and to the rest of their family.”
Papa Joe Simpson dresses up as a coyote
Can someone please explain why Jessica Simpson’s dog is getting so much attention in the celebrity media today? As a huge animal lover, I am very sorry for her and saddened that a coyote snatched her canine companion up. But this story, which stemmed from a Twitter tweet from Jessica, is huge news on all the big celeb sites today.
The only logical explanation: in an attempt to get his daughter some well-needed press, Papa Joe Simpson dressed himself up as a coyote and took the dog home with him, and will keep and love it as his own until Jessica either gets a hit song or hit movie. Hope the dog doesn’t mind living with grandpa for a while, because it may be a long wait.Whitney Houston’s disturbing revelations