One of our favorite sitcoms, “Laverne & Shirley,” was honored at the TV Land Awards and Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams turned up, along with costars “Lenny“ and “Squiggy.” Everybody got along fine onstage but the two leading girls were distinctly cool with each other while sitting at their table in the audience. A source told us they barely acknowledged one another and Penny (who CAN be gruff) made a point of turning her back to Cindy and chatting only with her friends. Is this an old feud or a new one?
On one hand we like to think this nasty feud between Joan Rivers and Chelsea Handler is a clever publicity stunt to publicize the E! channel. But if it’s NOT, they should BOTH be ashamed. It’s difficult to tell who’s being more childish: Joan has a hot temper and she described Chelsea to Howard Stern as “a whore who slept her way to the top,” “not funny” and “a drunk.” She sounds jealous and resentful of Chelsea’s success. Chelsea dismissed Joan’s comments “What the f—do I care about Joan Rivers?” as if Joan is of no importance. Joan IS important- she’s a pioneer in the field of female comedians. Yes, she paved the way for women like Chelsea. Chelsea IS funny and she’s the first one to admit she drinks and slept with the boss. Both Chelsea and Joan are demeaning themselves with this petty behavior- don’t they know women must stick together? Get a grip, you two.
Oprah is NOT happy with Rosie O’Donnell. First of all, Rosie’s show isn’t pulling in the ratings that Oprah’s OWN network desperately needs. In order to boost viewership and create excitement, Oprah suggested that Rosie invite people she has famously feuded with to be on the show – like Barbara Walters, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, or Bill O’Reilly. She wants conflict. Oprah remembers the humongous ratings she got when Sarah Palin guested on her show and wants more of THAT, but Rosie is resisting. A major ego clash is predicted.
Jennifer Aniston got some bad news this weekend – her mother Nancy Dow, 75, had a stroke and was hospitalized in serious condition. Jen’s boyfriend Justin Theroux immediately drove her to the hospital and waited patiently outside. This is particularly upsetting for Jennifer because she refused to have anything to do with her mother for 12 years. Jennifer was infuriated when Nancy gave a TV interview and talked about Jen in 1996, and stopped speaking to her mom. Later Nancy wrote a book about their relationship and she didn’t get an invitation to Jen’s wedding to Brad Pitt. Brad constantly tried to talk Jen into forgiving her mother, but they didn’t reconcile until 2008. Now that her mother is so ill and unable to speak, Jen feels awful about the estrangement and the time together they lost.
Denise Richards is smarter than she looks. We were startled to hear that she was invited to appear on the first episode of this season’s “Two and a Half Men” with Ashton Kutcher. Certainly she can use the money and exposure for her lagging career. But we give her credit for instantly recognizing it was not a generous gesture on the part of producer Chuck Lorre, but simply one-up-man-ship. It would have been a huge slap in Charlie Sheen’s face if Denise had accepted the role. Denise doesn’t want to erode relations with the father of her children so she regretfully turned down the opportunity.
Paris Hilton is not on great terms with her aunt, Kim Richards, one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Kim’s daughter Whitney turned 21 recently and Paris insisted on hosting a wild party for her in Las Vegas. Kim was totally against the idea because she has struggled with alcohol problems of her own and the last thing she wants is to have her daughter boozing it up in Vegas. Paris ignored Kim’s wishes and threw the party anyway, figuring Kim would “get over it.”
There’s no love lost between Martha Stewart and Barbra Streisand, and it all started in 1997 when Martha became annoyed because she worked on the terrace of Babs’ New York apartment planting rare roses, and never got paid for it. Martha got word through mutual friends that Barbra was interested in her ideas for the nuptials that same year (Josh Brolin), and Martha promptly informed her staff that if Barbra calls take a message, she’s in a meeting!