Ex-colleagues (O’Donnell?) dumping on show for publicity hurts, host says

Ripping on ‘The View’ riles Walters

Rosie O’Donnell’s name was never mentioned, but it was clear whom Barbara Walters was referring to when she opened "The View" with a complaint about former colleagues who criticize the show after they leave.

Walters says some people who have done the show have felt the need "to dump on it, maybe for their own publicity." She says "that not only hurts me, but I resent it."

Her comments came one day after O’Donnell told reporters while promoting her upcoming variety special that Walters wanted everyone on "The View" to make believe they were getting along when that wasn’t the case. Since leaving the show, O’Donnell says she’s experienced something almost like "post-traumatic stress disorder." Rosie also claims that she’s responsible for giving the show a more political flavor. That before she showed up, "they wanted to talk about lipstick shades."

Rosie is gearing up for her NBC variety special, "Rosie Live," which airs Wednesday at 7 p.m. In the tradition of Carol Burnett and Ed Sullivan, the show will feature a monologue, musical production numbers and comedy skits. Guests include Alec Baldwin, Liza Minnelli, Ne-Yo, Alanis Morissette, Kathy Griffin and Jane Krakowski. Rosie says don’t expect anything controversial or any political discussions.

Wanda Sykes speaks out

After endlessly referencing a "girlfriend," Wanda Sykes put a finer point on her identity. In September, Dallas Voice asked her if the comedian would object if someone described her as an "out and proud lesbian." Sykes said that would be cool with her.

But the "New Adventures of Old Christine" star says the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California has led her to be more outspoken. At a gay rights rally in Las Vegas last weekend, Sykes told a crowd, "You know, I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn’t feel like I had to. I was just living my life."

The Maryland-raised Sykes said Prop 8 made her feel as if she had been attacked. "Now, I got to get in their face," she said. "I’m proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay."

Kidman and Theron go out for "Danish"
Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron both won Oscars for playing lesbians and for wearing fake noses — in "The Hours" and "Monster," respectively — but the mind reels about what kind of prostheses will be required for their next movie. "The Danish Girl" will star the duo as real-life artists Einar and Greta Wegener. Einar (Kidman) began life as a man but later became the world’s first transsexual in 1931; Einar’s road to womanhood began when he stood in for a female model in a painting that Greta (Theron) was creating. Anand Tucker ("Shopgirl," "Hilary and Jackie") will direct from Lucinda Coxon’s adaptation of David Ebershoff’s book. Look for Kidman and Theron to astound the world almost as much as the real Wegeners did, when "The Danish Girl" eventually hits theaters.

Prince — anti-gay fundie
Fond of high heels, rocker Prince recently spoke out in an interview — that the Bible opposes homosexuality. The comments appear in the Nov. 24 issue of the New Yorker. "So here’s how it is," Prince began, "You’ve got the Republicans, and basically they want to live according to this." He pointed to a Bible.

"But there’s the problem of interpretation, and you’ve got some churches, some people, basically doing things and saying it comes from here, but it doesn’t."

Prince then moved to the other side of the political aisle, Democrats, saying, "They’re, like, ‘You can do whatever you want.’ Gay marriage, whatever. But neither of them is right."

When asked for his views on gay marriage, Prince tapped his Bible and said, "God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough.’"

Seven years ago, Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness, a faith that believes homosexuality is a "serious sin" and gender roles are defined.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 21, 2008.

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