DIANA ROSS’S TANTRUM AT LA SCALA: HANDLED CORRECTLY?

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What would YOU do? By now most of you have read about Diana Ross’s recent diva antics at La Scala in Beverly Hills. According to Page 6, Diana arrived early without a reservation to meet her daughter for lunch. The restaurant has a policy of NOT seating incomplete parties without a reservation. Ross asked to be seated right away and was denied, so she marched to a corner booth and sat down defiantly. Management informed her of their policy and said that if she cut the line and sat before her daughter arrived, she would NOT be served. She wouldn’t budge and when her daughter came they both made a big scene and stormed out of the restaurant. LaScala owner GiGi Leon defended his policy and said “We treat everyone the same, whether they’re famous or not.” (You’ve gotta love him for that.) Out of respect for the veteran diva, should he have asked the people in line to allow Miss Ross to cut ahead of them? Or was he right to maintain his fair policy? What would you have done? (Above, Diana got help at Bristol Farms)

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Posted by Janet on January 7, 2013

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  1. By Colin
    On January 7, 2013 at

    This kind of attitude can ruin your day. He did the right thing – 100%.

    At the end of the day, we’re all the same, ‘celebrity’ or not.

  2. By Paul
    On January 7, 2013 at

    Absolutely correct. Spoiled arrogance is not attractive nor should it be tolerated. She is lucky that I was not at the restaurant. I would have recorded the whole sordid situation and posted it online for all her fans to see.

  3. By MrAnonymous
    On January 7, 2013 at

    I just happened to be there. Gigi is a true professional and naturally did the right thing. When Diana thinks about it Gigi did the right thing for her, for the other diners, for her servers, and for the hard earned fifty year history and reputation of La Scala.
    I don’t understand Diana’s little fit but things must be going on, unhappy things. She is one in Hollywood who does not give her 10 or 20 dollars to Focus Adolescent Services, http://www.Focusas.com / The same folks who give a cool milllion to some politician or to save a furry animal find it difficult to give pocket change to help save children and families in America. I know for a fact that through their free national helpline that many Brentwood residents have been saved or their children saved throught the free national helpline that Focusas.com has. Diana knows the same people too. Why she won’t give a dime worries me. If I recall correctly, probably two decades back Gigi had a collection jar right there for a month. It may have been as much as $20,000 given in checks and in cash. Peel those century notes off gang and help save American children. Diana, give them a call; you are really a wonderful person and I love you.

  4. By Denise
    On January 7, 2013 at

    Of course he did the right thing. Good for him that he didn’t back down.

  5. By palermo
    On January 7, 2013 at

    Hasn’t she always acted like an arrogant diva? Good for the restaurant for sticking to their policy.

  6. By crtb
    On January 7, 2013 at

    She got what she deserved.

  7. By CoCo
    On January 7, 2013 at

    It was an asshole move on her part, but I can easily imagine a regular (non-celebrity) asshole doing the same as her.

  8. By Kitty
    On January 7, 2013 at

    He did the right thing. She has a reputation for this kind of behavior.

  9. By Dawn Davenport
    On January 7, 2013 at

    I often wonder who really died in Holmby: was it really Michael or did Diana die and Michael can now roam freely. I mean, who could tell?

  10. By roger glover
    On January 7, 2013 at

    handlle with care, she achieved something in life.
    …..THE AVERAGE AMERICAN IS A LAZY SON OF A BITCH!!

    (so I hate the owner for his action)

  11. By Simone
    On January 8, 2013 at

    Oh well. la Ross must be back on the sauce!
    Goes out and treats the owner and help as if they are lowly Supremes.
    Diana, Diana, Diana time to get over it you are not still doing the boss to get every little thing fixed your way.Show some class in your old age not crass.

  12. By strom
    On January 8, 2013 at

    Good job, call her out and send her away. She has always been an arrogant BLACK and since Obama it seems to have gotten worse.

    Diana is known in Hollywood to have been the woman bedded by more men than any other. Joan Collins came in a distant second. She would not be too enticing today, naked and bewigged!

  13. By frenchgossip
    On January 8, 2013 at

    same rules for every one!

  14. By CountessLurkula
    On January 8, 2013 at

    she’s always rude, i speak from experience.

  15. By jojo
    On January 8, 2013 at

    aaaaannnnnnddddddd who wants to be this is the only thing we hear about Diana Ross all year? #pastyo’prime

    Rules are rules, even for you Ms. Ross, Ms. Nasty if your behavior is bad. Nod to Janet Jackson lyrics

  16. By Shelby
    On January 8, 2013 at

    Stupid bitch has to follow the same rules everybody else has to follow. Period. “Miss Ross” can kiss my rosy ass. She’s no better than anyone else, even though she’s convinced herself that she is. I’d have chased her away with a skillet!

  17. By XYZ
    On January 8, 2013 at

    once a bitch, always a bitch

  18. By Junita
    On January 8, 2013 at

    Earth to Miss Florence Ballard-46 years after you were ousted from the group and her behaviour still has not changed!

  19. By Christine India
    On January 8, 2013 at

    I’ve read that Miss Ross MUST be called Miss Ross only. Further, she is not to be looked at directly in the eyes and they cannot speak to her unless she speaks first. Since I believe this is not just gossip, but true, she should just have left the instant the management looked her in the eye and did not lower his gaze.. Wouldn’t that very thing just have frosted her diva-ness and caused her to storm out. Lord have mercy, these divas act like that and don’t care how the general public HATES this type of behavior.

  20. By Noblecascade
    On January 8, 2013 at

    Good for him, I would have kicked her ass out and her daughter would’ve been right behind her. Everytime I look at her all I want to do is shave her head.

  21. By Nadia
    On January 9, 2013 at

    “Out of respect for the veteran diva, should he have asked the people in line to allow Miss Ross to cut ahead of them?”

    I think the spin you put on this yellow journalism is just that spin. How many people were waiting in front of her? Is it possible that no one was waiting? Were you there? I think the restaurant was way out of line. In Hollywood’s history do most Superstars stand near the entrance waiting? Get real. Miss Ross will always be Miss Ross. Nothing here in this story and the comments but HATERS.

  22. By strom
    On January 9, 2013 at

    Or ENABLERS. Diana thinks that since Barry Obama came along she should naturally go to the front of the line…..others just think they should get an Obama phone with many free minutes!

  23. By strom
    On January 9, 2013 at

    What about the BLACK coach in Texas who was fired for having a LESBIAN affair with a student? Now she is suing and blaming it on race.

  24. By TEvans
    On January 9, 2013 at

    @Storm, Why do you keep bringing up the words Black and Predsident Obama? If Ms. Ross was White and Romney president would her attitude be more accepting to you? Could she be seated without a reservation then? A star (some of them) acting this way in Hollywood is nothing new….is it? The word diva has been associated with Ms. Ross since forever. She has been allowed at the front of the line many times, as have other stars. It has NOTHING to do with skin color.

  25. By Nadia
    On January 10, 2013 at

    I don’t even know why I am bothering with this, people say things online that they would never dare say in public in front of a group for fear of exposing either their stupidity, lack of education or racism.

    What does President Obama have to do with this story other than to further point out that Miss Ross’ skin colour has indeed clouded judgement on some of you?

    Change the story — Barbra Streisand enters La Scala and because her son is late arriving Mrs. Streisand is told to wait.

    Barbara Walters enters and because her daughter is late, she is told to wait.

    Laura Bush arrives to have lunch with her two daughters and Jenna is running behind so the former First Lady is told to wait.

    When I go to my church, our first lady is given difference of being seated before the rest of us.

    Even though she doesn’t work there, the wife of our company’s board chairman is allowed access at all times.

    My niece’s boyfriend is allowed to go into the backoffice of Starbuck’s even though I can’t.

    GROW UP JANET CHARLTON AND THE REST OF SOME OF YOU!

    She is Diana Ross. You may hate her or you may be indifferent but for 5 DECADES she has entertained millions of people all over the world. There isn’t a country that doesn’t know her name. She is a Superstar.

    Somebody wanted to feel good about himself or herself by claiming a badge of “I’m the one who told Miss Ross she couldn’t be seated”

    Someone should make Janet Charlton wait at her next outing. She is just a yellow journalist but if anyone knows that what happened at La Scala was handled right BY THE STAFF, Ms. Charlton should know.

    This whole thing is crazy. Wendy Williams said it right on her show. Go to YouTube and watch what Wendy Williams had to say about this. Just search for Wendy Williams and Diana Ross.

    Yikes.

  26. By strom
    On January 10, 2013 at

    It’s not that she was told to wait…it’s that Diana then threw a fit and wanted to be served!

    Grow up….she has the Diva chip on her shoulder and an arrogant outlook at the world.

    She has has so many men between her legs that she obviously has no pride left!

  27. By Nadia
    On January 10, 2013 at

    Again were you there? What does “throw a fit” mean exactly? And before you even answer that, think on your own life. Has an event happened in your life where others (who weren’t even there) exaggerated what really happened? And then you have to say, “Oh My God, it didn’t even happen like that!”

    YOU WERE NOT THERE.

    And the “men between her legs comment isn’t even worth addressing” Flip the script — LeBron James has slept with “20″ women. Is that good or bad? People who hide behind their computers are hilarious.

  28. By strom
    On January 10, 2013 at

    Where you there? No you weren’t, but this Diana does Diva was widely reported. Why jump in and enable Diana and support this behavior. It just makes you look foolish. Next you will say that BLACK Morgan Freeman wasn’t banging his step grandaughter for YEARS!

    The CDC reports 50% of BLACK women have and spread herpes….wanna take some bets here?

  29. By Nadia
    On January 10, 2013 at

    Must be a full moon ahead. Must be.

  30. By strom
    On January 10, 2013 at

    Where you there? No you weren’t, but this Diana does Diva was widely reported. Why jump in and enable Diana and support this behavior. It just makes you look foolish.

  31. By Cynthia
    On January 10, 2013 at

    I was sad to see so many racist comments posted here, but then it became clear that they are all posted by one person. Thank goodness for that.

    My vote is for anyone of any color to act with grace. Has strom exhibited grace? No. Diana Ross? Probably not either.

  32. By Daniel
    On January 10, 2013 at

    The proprietor handled it appropriately.

  33. By BIG DADDY
    On January 10, 2013 at

    “out of respect for the diva”??? What does that even mean? Is she a war veteran? Has she discovered a cure for cancer? Does she risk her life arresting criminals? Why should she get any more respect than a plumber or a waitress?

  34. By strom
    On January 10, 2013 at

    True…only those who show respect, deserve respect. Diana doesn’t qualify.

    Anyone of any color should act w/ grace and Diana didn’t….here it is only being pointed out.

    She is known for her arrogance.

  35. By Nadia
    On January 11, 2013 at

    I get it now. If you are not a celebrity. If you are an average Jane or Joe getting up every morning fighting against an unfair world and finding most things challenging in your life, it is only natural to resent certain celebrities. It doesn’t matter what I say, what Oprah Winfrey says (“I feel Miss Ross has gotten a bad rap” -Oprah Winfrey”), what Wendy Williams says or anyone else who disagrees with what transpired. This is America and a janitor should get the same service as former first Lady Laura Bush.

    It’s a those who have versus a those who have not battle that is being dealt with here on this forum.

    So it doesn’t matter what anyone says who totally disagrees with La Scala. I have phone La Scala and spoken to the manager directly to voice my objection to what happened. I also sent a letter to the owner.

    Wasting my time on Janet Charlton’s site duking it out with people such as “strom” who brings up President Obama and “black women have herpes” won’t serve a single purpose in the world.

    Pure waste of time and energy. So I’m moving on.

  36. By Jon
    On January 11, 2013 at

    F@%& that if Beyonce or Kim Kartrashian came in they would have gotten whatever they wanted.

  37. By Ola
    On January 12, 2013 at

    Even her BFF Barbara WaWa kept it off the View Hot Topics discussion. Seems Babs is always defending Diana Ross. She would only hear her side of it when the tanked Return to Love Tour controversy was the biggest of news. She should be called “slanted” Barbara

  38. By Christine Kehlo
    On January 27, 2013 at

    PERFECT! Miss Ross plays the diva once again and all of you racist idiots come crawling out of your ghetto slums to defile the Supreme Superstar of all time. PERFECT DIANA, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  39. By Mykel Hackney
    On February 4, 2013 at

    Didn’t she have a broken leg at Christmas-time?! I doubt if it had healed in January! Yes, Diana Ross is a great entertainer. Of course, she’s a DIVA! Get over it, people. She deserved to have been seated

  40. By strom
    On February 4, 2013 at

    OK Nadia, heading off to where enabling all things BLACK are the usual practice I guess! Calling the restaurant and trying to get them to apologize for treating her just like the rules say….we can’t have that in today’s affirmative action society…she must be treated special because, after all, she is of color and 150 years ago people “of color” might have been slaves…..or even worse they might have stayed behind in Africa where they are much worse off today!

    Paging Barry Obama…your table is ready!

  41. By strom
    On February 5, 2013 at

    Paging Nadia!

    Diana thinks that since Barry Obama came along she should naturally go to the front of the line…..others just think they should get an Obama phone with many free minutes!

  42. By strom
    On February 6, 2013 at

    In Addition:

    Miss Ross, as you call her, is known in Hollywood to have been the woman bedded by more men than any other. In other words…she was very free with her increasing large caboose. Joan Collins came in a distant second.

    Miss Ross, as you call her, would not be too enticing today, naked and bewigged, and acting a diva!

  43. By strom
    On February 7, 2013 at

    Christine is the enabler of ALL THINGS BLACK! Hope the Obama phone works, Christine. This is exactly the reason that every other race is passing the BLACKS like freight trains. Enjoy the rap music!

    By Christine Kehlo
    On January 27, 2013 at

    PERFECT! Miss Ross plays the diva once again and all of you racist idiots come crawling out of your ghetto slums to defile the Supreme Superstar of all time. PERFECT DIANA, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  44. By strom
    On February 11, 2013 at

    The CDC reports that over 50% of BLACK women have and spread herpes. With all the “relationships” Diana has had over nearly a half century….should she be worried?

  45. By strom
    On March 11, 2013 at

    Diana is one arrogant BLACK who is not aging gracefully.

  46. By pinky
    On March 11, 2013 at

    Strom, run, don’t walk to your nearest therapist. You need help dude. Lucky you don’t have a real life or grown up job.

    enabling all things Green since 1984

  47. By strom
    On March 11, 2013 at

    Christine is the enabler of ALL THINGS BLACK! Hope the Obama phone works, Christine. This is exactly the reason that every other race is passing the BLACKS like freight trains. Enjoy the rap music!

    By Christine Kehlo
    On January 27, 2013 at

    PERFECT! Miss Ross plays the diva once again and all of you racist idiots come crawling out of your ghetto slums to defile the Supreme Superstar of all time. PERFECT DIANA, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  48. By Lindsey Graham
    On January 7, 2014 at

    Funny thing is it is different for a celebrity. She was very nice to all of us (the other customers: yes I was there). Things were getting a bit out of hand (say what you want but she is a BIG star) and she was stuck in the middle of it. Still she signed autographs and was cordial for at least 30 minutes. She asked to sit down and the waitress/host rather loudly and rudely said she would have to wait like everybody else. It was uncalled for and the waiting patrons let her know it. She (the hostess) went to the back and then the manager came out and started a fuss. And then her daughter showed up and that’s when it all came to a head. I am amazed at how this story has gotten so turned around. Great press for the restaurant I suppose.

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