“‘The View’ goes on without Rosie
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is trying to patch things up with Rosie O’Donnell, her former co-host on ABC’s “The View,” after last week’s on-air spat.
On Tuesday, May 29’s show, Hasselbeck said she and O’Donnell were “in communication a lot,” though Hasselbeck didn’t say whether they had talked on the phone or exchanged e-mails. Their confrontation last Wednesday led to O’Donnell’s early departure from the daytime chatfest.
“This weekend gave us the opportunity to tackle our most important Hot Topic yet, and that was the power of forgiveness, and I believe that we’ve begun that process,” Hasselbeck said. “And so now that enables us to move on in a very positive way. … I’m really happy about that.”
Show creator and co-host Barbara Walters said Tuesday she had been sending e-mails to O’Donnell and they remain “close friends.” Walters also said O’Donnell is welcome back to “The View” as a panelist at anytime.
The argument between Hasselbeck and O’Donnell began over O’Donnell’s earlier statement about the war: “655,000 Iraqi civilians had died. Who are the terrorists?”
Talk-show critics accused O’Donnell of calling U.S. troops terrorists. She called Hasselbeck “cowardly” for not saying anything in response to the critics, which set off their lengthy argument.
On May 25, ABC said O’Donnell asked for, and received, an early exit from her contract. O’Donnell said last month she would be leaving because she couldn’t agree to a new contract with ABC executives.
In a video blog posted Saturday, May 26 on her Web site, O’Donnell said she didn’t think she and Hasselbeck would ever speak again.
“I haven’t spoken to her, and I probably won’t, and I think it’s just as well,” O’Donnell said. “I wrote her an e-mail, and she wrote me back, and there you have it.”
O’Donnell also said she never really fit in on the show.
Adam Sandler’s “‘Gay Robot’ gets animated on Comedy Central
One of the funniest TV pilots that never actually made it to TV is “Gay Robot”, a sitcom about straight fraternity brothers and their friend, a rainbow-flag waving, guy-chasing robot. (His inventor accidentally spilled a wine cooler on his circuit board you know how these things happen.)
Even with the clout of Adam Sandler behind it “Gay Robot” was a song on one of his comedy CDs – the pilot didn’t get picked up, although it has amassed a fervent following on MySpace and other Web sites. But all is not lost Sandler’s production company has gone back to the drawing board and is developing “Gay Robot” as an animated series for Comedy Central.
No word yet as to when the new cartoon version might premiere on the network, but expect lots of sarcastic android bleeps when it finally happens.
Lance Bass gets reality TV show on Logo
Music stars as diverse as Jessica Simpson and Ozzy Osbourne have seen their careers boosted by starring in their own reality shows, and now a gay superstar is following in their footsteps.
Former ‘N Sync member Lance Bass, who notably came out last year, is working with the Logo network on a reality show of his very own.
(Bass’ last encounter with reality TV was his relationship with “Amazing Race” winner Reichen Lehmkuhl.)
Logo is part of the MTV Networks family, and gay network exec Brian Graden, a key player behind “Newlyweds” and “The Osbournes,” will be involved in putting the show together.
No date set for Bass’ show, so we’ll have to wait and see if the singer develops a trademark along the lines of confusing chicken with tuna or chucking canned hams over a fence.
Harrelson stars as gay “‘walker;’ Schrader begins Holocaust drama
Director Paul Schrader will be in theaters next with “The Walker,” which stars Woody Harrelson as a gay “walker” for Washington, D.C., society ladies at gala functions.
And for his next project, Schrader will team up with legendary gay actor Sir Derek Jacobi for the Holocaust drama “Adam Resurrected.”
The gritty film, which also stars Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe, is based on the novel by Yoram Kaniuk, and tells the story of a circus performer in a concentration camp whose life is spared so he can entertain Jews on their way to the gas chambers.
(Wait isn’t this the plot of Jerry Lewis’ infamous, never-released “The Day the Clown Cried?”)
Shooting began in April, so don’t be surprised to see “Adam” in theaters before the end of the year.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, June 1, 2007.