"You all heard about the whole big MSNBC thing?" Rosie O'Donnell said in a video on her blog this afternoon. "We were in the bottom of the ninth inning. We were almost there, the game was almost over!" But after she let slip to a blogger in Miami that she was in negotiations with the network to host a one-hour show, the network "panicked" and reneged, she wrote on her blog last night:
2day there is no deal
my career as a pundit is over
b4 it began
According to the Times, however, it wasn't panic that caused MSNBC to cop out, but the fact that Rosie would only commit to a one-year contract — as she had done previously on the View. "It's all right," Rosie sighed on her Webcam. "Maybe being a pundit wasn't what's best for me. You gotta believe, what happens is supposed to happen." We bet Dan Abrams, who's time slot she would have taken, believes that, too!
MSNBC and O'Donnell Can't Make a Deal [NYT]
Earlier:Rosie Suffers Television Relapse
Rosie O'Donnell burst into tears after Bill Clinton called her and apologized for being unfaithful to his wife. The guy who won the marathon said he did so by refraining from sex and eating pasta. Katie Holmes said her marathon run was "hard, but good." (She also wore a velvet Hermès gown to a Museum of the Moving Image event honoring her husband.) Damien Hirst installed a bunch of dead sheep carcasses in formaldehyde tanks at Lever House. Ousted Citigroup chief Chuck Prince didn't say hi to Sandy Weill at the Four Seasons. Annie Lennox gave a bunch of fans the finger. Governor Spitzer, Governor Corzine, and Nora Ephron went on a triple date to Cafe Boulud.
Rosie O'Donnell's new memoir, Celebrity Detox, is, according to Amazon, all about "withdrawing from celebrity life — and the terrifying dangers of relapsing into the spotlight." But apparently whatever plans her Rosiness had for a simpler life have been put on hold. This past weekend, she was down promoting the book at the Miami Book Fair when she let slip to a superfan, Steve Greenberg, who runs a site called Lyingonthebeach.com, that she had just signed a deal for a new TV show, "competing with the guy with the suspenders and the long, long face." The Times subsequently confirmed that Rosie is in talks with MSNBC to replace Dan Abrams in the 9 p.m. slot, opposite Larry King. But why is she eschewing normal life for the spotlight again? On her Website, a quote from Martha Graham suggests that the girl just can't help it:
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
A prankster made lewd comments to Ann Curry and Matt Lauer during a media conference call between TV writers and the Today anchors. Banker Rafael Follieri, boyfriend of Anne Hathaway, flew commercial from Atlanta to New York despite supposedly owning a private jet. Padma Lakshmi was overheard telling someone she still was "still trying to work the secret to a great relationship out" hours before she made out with Salman Rushdie at Bungalow 8. (Rushdie also almost fell asleep during a play at the Guggenheim on Saturday.) Ivanka Trump couldn't get into East Village dive Black and White because she didn't have an I.D. The smoking hot ex–First Lady of France, Cecilia Sarkozy, is coming to visit New York with her kid.
Did you guys see the clips of Matt Lauer's quietly uncomfortable interview with alleged toe-tapping senator Larry Craig on this morning's Today show? So did Rosie O'Donnell, and she has something to say about it on her cryptic blog:
you know there have been many whispers about matt lauer and his marriage woes
and another baby
i am watching
as he grills senator craig
and his shell shocked wife
about their sexy gay secrets
it makes me sick
in every way
Jennifer Lopez will supposedly announce that she's pregnant during her show at MSG on Saturday night. Jessica Simpson's people say she didn't drink and dash at the Box — her friend just accidentally took the receipt slip with him. Rosie O'Donnell did an impromptu ten-minute stand-up set during a show by Roseanne Barr at Comix. (Rita Crosby was there, despite having been served a subpoena earlier in the day.) Mariah Carey doesn't know how many bathrooms are in her Tribeca penthouse. Howard Stein, the nightlife honcho behind eighties hangouts Xenon and Rock Lounge, died at 62. The Port Authority says the quality of its toilet paper is much improved, contrary to what Larry David said on last week's episode of Curb. GLAAD forced "Page Six" to apologize for calling the pre-op transsexual who has a reality show on Fox a "she-male."
Donald Trump comes out a winner and a loser in the Post today. It's reported that the city will back his 46-story condo-hotel in Soho, despite neighborhood protests that it will change the character of the area and that it violates zoning laws. The building is already eleven stories high, and Trump says, "it will be one of the finest buildings of its kind anywhere in the world." Which is all great and happy-making, but we're a little disappointed with his performance in his latest spat with former View host Rosie O'Donnell. "Page Six" reports that in O'Donnell's book, Celebrity Detox, she takes some potshots at the real-estate mogul. She calls him "a slug," "a torn scarecrow," and "wrinkled, old and empty, with a Jell-O orange combover." Pretty poetic imagery! But all that the usually verbose Trump can come up with in response was "Rosie is a loser and a very sad case — unattractive both inside and out. I'll wager my book sells a lot more than hers." Oh, come on! It's Monday morning. At least call her fat!
Trump Triumphs [NYP]
Rosie and Trump 'Slug' it Out [NYP]
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Bobby Kennedy Jr. says he and his uncle Ted aren't as opposed to the proposed Cape Cod wind farm as a book says they are. Liza Minnelli and Isle Werther are fighting over a dress. Barneys creative director Simon Doonan is happy to be a "card-carrying fag." Boxing will go upscale when three Ford models replace the traditional ring girls at the upcoming welterweight championship at MSG. Former Justin Timberlake flame Cameron Diaz and current Justin Timberlake flame Jessica Biel will both be at the MTV Movie Awards, which may be awkward. Adam Carolla noted that Rosie O'Donnell is a fat female lesbian, and thus has "triple coverage as a minority." President Bush's chief domestic policy adviser, Karl Zinzmeister, reportedly said he'd never hire another woman because they "just get pregnant and leave." Dean McDermott broke up with girlfriend Mary Jo Eustace via "Page Six."
Rosie O'Donnell's chief writer at The View was busted for drawing mustaches on pictures of arch-nemesis Elisabeth Hasselback. Accused D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey wants to publicize more names from her client list, but ABC News says there are no other even remotely noteworthy names on it. David Blaine wants to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge. (Please!) Mary-Kate Olsen and Matthew Modine are set to join the cast of Weeds. The maps have been removed from Jodi's Shortcuts, the semi-famous Hamptons traffic-avoidance routes. Callers trying to reach Sarah Silverman as part of an MTV Movie Awards promo have been accidentally dialing some company in Texas.
Michael Jackson is trying to reclaim a trove of Jacko memorabilia set to be auctioned off this month, some of which is pornographic in nature. Lindsay Lohan and "boyfriend" Calum Best got into a shouting match at the Soho Grand. Jerry Hall called Mick Jagger cheap. Billionaire David Koch boasted that he had graduated college when his wife was only six weeks old. The Office star Jenna Fischer slipped and fractured four bones in her back at Buddakan, but she's okay now. Charles Barkley thinks Don Imus should just have been suspended, not fired. Top Chef contestant Sam Talbot backed out of his deal to open a gastropub on the Lower East Side.