STILL NOT LEAVING — Quick: who are the current panelists on The View? Who just left? Who just joined?
Who can believe that next season will be their 21st? Is Barbara Walters still in charge?
Whoopi Goldberg is still not leaving The View, the ABC News daytime talker she joined in 2007 and has for years ably performed the role of Den Mother.
Reports of Goldberg leaving the show have become a regular spring thing, like the blossoming of the crocuses which, like the Goldberg reports, die off a few weeks later.
In May of ’16, for instance, it was reported Whoopi was exiting the show. In September of ’16, Whoopi said those spring reports were just premature, and that she would “probably not” return next season – which would be this coming season.
“I have to do it, baby, because I have to go and grow,” Goldberg had said at the time, to Wendy Williams. “I got stuff to do. I got movies I need to direct. I got books I got to finish.” She added, “this was great and I love doing it, but it’s been a while and they’re in their 20th season. They did this without me.”
Happily, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, Goldberg has decided to stick around. Coincidentally, or not, the program also seems to have recovered from its several seasons-long panel madness, that saw the quick exits of Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez, Raven-Symone, Candace Cameron Bure, Michelle Collins, and Nicolle Wallace who has gone on to tear up the turf over at MSNBC, where she’s far better suited. Like other topical talk shows, The View is enjoying a ratings bump in the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, which may have played into Goldberg’s decision to stick around.
Goldberg has had quite the roller coaster of a career. Sure, she’s acclaimed, but who would have thought that being a panelist on a morning talk show would have been her bucket of gold. I have a dear friend, who I won’t name, that’s been ensconced at the beleaguered show since day one and though we never discuss it, the constant changing of the guard must be downright infuriating. How could it not be?
I’ve long stop watching it; I think the days of all the panelists talking at once killed it for me. Letterman used those moments as a running gag … and, it was hilarious. Truth be told, I’m a Today Show guy from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM … then I’ve had enough.
THE KID SPEAKS — August Darnell a.k.a. Kid Creole of Kid Creole and the Coconuts wants to make it clear that despite some confusion from fans on social media, it’s the other Kidd Creole — of hip-hop pioneers Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five — who was recently charged with stabbing a 55-year-old homeless man to death in New York City last week.
Kidd Creole (Nathaniel Glover) allegedly stabbed John Jolly, a registered sex offender who had served time for raping and assaulting a woman. He had been staying at a shelter in the Bowery and had at least 16 prior arrests. Glover was taken into custody Wednesday (Aug. 2) and charged for the Tuesday night stabbing.
To clear up any confusion, Darnell provided two separate comments to Billboard.
“I have been locked away in a recording studio in Copenhagen for the last 2 weeks. I did not know about this situation. Now that I know, I still do not know. Innocent until proven guilty is still the law of the land. Let’s wait!” he wrote in the first. “All I can say now is that I have never met Nathaniel Glover but I thoroughly enjoyed the Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five experience. Nathaniel has never been involved with Kid Creole and the Coconuts. My condolences go out to him and his family at this unfortunate time” adding a post-script, “to the KCC fans who were concerned by this news, all I can say is IT WASN’T ME. But thanks anyway for the concern.”
“I was informed, by various news outlets, that the victim (John Jolly) had no family, no friends and no home. If this is indeed FAKE NEWS, then obviously I extend my sincere expressions of sympathy to Jolly’s family. I received a message today that read ‘#Kidd Creole has went off his coconut, and stabbed a bloke to death… a cha cha cha.’ There are 2 essential things wrong with this message: 1) it has not yet been proven that Nathaniel killed John, and 2) this Kidd Creole is not associated with Coconuts … the fruits, the nuts, the seeds or the women. So I must thank you and everybody else for clearing up this matter.”
Our pal David Salidor, who was the PR-person back in the day for the group and the much-missed Ze Records said: “I knew there was no way it could have been August, but the teases before the news about an 80’s supegroup and something about a kid … had me somewhat concerned.” Salidor last worked with Darnell on his play last year Cherchez la femme commented, “Nobody does it better than August Darnell; the play was a brilliant encapsulation of his life, career and the essence of August. It was positively brilliant.”
SHORT TAKES — Micky Dolenz’s two shows at Feinstein’s this weekend in San Francisco were apparently major hits. Dolenz performed his A Little Bit Broadway; A Little Bit Rock and Roll at the club located in the Nikko Hotel. Congrats. Next up: B. B. King’s in NYC September 7 … Have you heard about the new show Ikea Heights? Actually, it was a one-time fantasy about a Dynasty-like tale filmed entirely at Ikea … during regular business hours. The store was open, the staffers were working … but, no one caught on. Hilarious. Check it out here: http://didyouknowfacts.com/ikea-heights-soap-opera-filmed-entirely-inside-ikea-store-no-idea/?utm_source=Web&utm_medium=Partner&utm_campaign=AOLHP&utm_term=pubexchange-did_you_know-aol … Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC tonight at MSG and Herbie Hancock at the Beacon … brilliant article by the L. A. Times’ Randy Lewis on Randy Newman; whose tub-thumping a new album. Just great. Check it out here: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-randy-newman-don-henley-dark-matter-20170803-story.html … The movie of the summer? Wonder Woman …. North of $400 million. Nicely played Patty Jenkins … MTV bringing back TRL in the Fall. Why not? Loved that show with Carson Daly. No word on who’ll host it, but stayed tuned … A few issues back, People Magazine featured a major, major cover story on the Trump-kids. As I read it, I was amazed at how bitter and one-sided it was; quoting innumerable un-named sources. I was also amazed that the story had no byline. Reading last week’s issues, several readers raised those same thoughts. Sure, Trump has accused a People-staffer of inappropriate actions (and, she did as well), but the story in my opinion crossed the line somewhat. I don’t think any of the points raised in the story were un-true, but the sensationalistic way in which they were revealed were, again, in my opinion, wrong. A definite cheap-shot by the magazine. Truth be told, my respect for them dropped a lot.
Till next time…