1. Star Jones and Barbara Walters
Star who?? Ah, how easily we forget!
In summer of 2006, Star Jones of The View resigned from the show, before she could officially be fired. It seems that Barbara Walters and company were a tad tired of Star’s shameless self-promotion, especially during the preparation for her nuptials, and some of her politically inflammatory remarks on certain issues of the day.
It seems that Babs was not pleased about Star jumping the gun with the announcement of her departure, as the show allegedly wanted her to go out with dignity, with the obligatory, insincere “send-off” show.
While Ms. Walters started the day following Ms. Jones’s flamboyant exit with a stinging denouncement of the diva, claiming that she felt “betrayed”, Star went on the defense by going on Larry King to describe her own issues of betrayal.
This feud was a hot news item for awhile, but it quickly fizzled out within a matter of weeks and now your guess is as good as mine regarding the career and personal status of Star Jones.
Fickle, fickle fame!
2. Rosie O’Donnell and the World
The View seems to have been a hotbed of contention in 2006.
Ever since joining the show as one of its co-hosts, Rosie O’Donnell’s candid and, often, over-the-top remarks have put her at odds with several celebrities.
First, before even coming aboard the show, she made less than kind remarks about then co-hostess of The View Star Jones, insinuating that Ms. Jones was not being truthful about how she lost weight. Then she made remarks, suggesting that Oprah Winfrey and friend Gail King were “in the closet” lesbians. Next, there was her unfounded accusation that Kelly Ripa’s offense at Clay Aiken’s putting his hand over her mouth was based on “homophobia”.
Her last verbal volley of the year, however, was a real doozie, as she criticized Donald Trump for not firing Miss USA Tara “Party-All-the-Time”Conner and for what she deemed as his moral indiscretions and hypocrisy. As anyone knows, one does not mock “The Donald” without repercussions and he seems intent on making her pay for her chastisement, returning fire with his own uncomplimentary vocal missiles. He might even take some legal action, according to his recent statements. (I think it was her making fun of the hair-swooping thing that got him all fired up!)
One would think you were watching two whiny middle school students instead of two grownup, mature professionals, who should know better.
Rosie-who has been on more than one of my end-of-the-year lists- seems to live for controversy, so I think we can expect her to feud with even more folks in 2007.
Say, Babs, bet Star Jones seems pretty tame now, huh?
3. 50 Cent and Oprah
At least, it was a feud in rapper 50 Cent’s mind.
It seems that he, along with other rappers, was insulted by Oprah Winfrey’s failure to showcase “gangsta” rappers on her television program. He accused Oprah of being a sell-out, because she has spoken out against the negative, female-bashing lyrics in many popular rap songs and because he thinks that she caters more to white, upper-middle-class female audiences than to those from her own community.
Apparently, he may have hoped to get a little mini-war going on between the t.v. talk show queen and himself, but grande dame that she is, Oprah totally ignored the criticism, at least publicly, leaving him behind, pouting and robbed of the attention he sought.
Rap music is going to sell, whether Oprah promotes its artists on her show or not. Either way, she is under no obligation to endorse music whose message she disagrees with.
Let 50 Cent get his own show, then he can do as he pleases.
4. Kelly Ripa and Clay Aiken
Who knew Kelly Ripa had it in her?
The elfin co-host of Live With Regis and Kelly got upset when singer Clay Aiken, who was sitting in for Regis Philbin as a guest host in November, placed his hand over her mouth, allegedly his idea of a playful way to get her to clam up, so he could get a word in edge-wise.
Kelly was not a happy camper with this move and, with a forced smile, informed Aiken that his gesture was a “no-no”. Upon Regis’s return, Kelly launched into a criticism of the former American Idol runner up for being “rude and disrespectful” in his actions.
Who knew the whole thing would escalate into something so huge, with Rosie O’Donnell (See #2) adding her own garbled interpretation of Kelly Ripa’s protest, which prompted Ripa to call The View and confront Rosie for her remarks.
It all got way too silly, but it did prove that Ripa has a lot more feistiness than I gave her credit for.
5. Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey
It seems that there were unfriendly verbal exchanges made between Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey, two stars of “Grey’s Anatomy”, and the fellas got into a physical fight, with Washington primarily being the aggressor, according to some insiders. Things got very tense on the set.
This is not the first time Washington has been said to have gotten into blowups over something during the course of his career. According to TMZ.com, the actor was involved in at least two other incidents, while filming two other television shows in the past.
I really hope he will take some kind of anger management class or get some serious therapy, before he sabotages a promising career with his out-of-control temper.
Why Do They Do It?
It’s amazing that famous folks making astronomical sums of money, who ought to be happy with their lot, waste so much time bickering over what amounts to be really insignificant stuff.
I suppose it proves that they have one thing in common with the rest of us.
They are human.