*Rosie O’Donnell returned to The View today for the first time since her epic battle with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck in 2007. The visit went rather smoothly – until the topic turned to Woody Allen’s alleged sexual abuse of his daughter.
Co-host Sherri Shepherd asked O’Donnell to weigh in on the topic. The director’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow recently wrote a blog post in which she detailed her accusations she was sexually abused by Allen when she was 7. Allen has denied the accusations, and Walters has stood by him all week. This has caused friction with Sherri, who believes Dylan.
“I totally believe her,” O’Donnell said on Friday’s show, adding that she and Dylan’s adopted mom, Mia Farrow, are “very good friends.” “She’s the best mother I’ve ever seen…I firmly believe Mia, and I firmly believe Dylan,” Rosie said.
*Sherri Shepherd made her regrets known Tuesday as she apologized for perceived anti-gay comments she made during a recent interview on the Fusion network.
During her interview with “Alicia Mendez Tonight” (on the Fusion Network), Shepherd was asked about her thoughts on homosexuality.
*She wasn’t a favorite at all!
Sherri Shepherd says she was attacked by the viewers when she first joined “The View” — the hit daytime talk show.
But it did take the host a while to get comfortable in her role. Perhaps, three years into it.
*NASHVILLE, TN – The 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards today announced the lineup for Gospel music’s biggest night. Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell, Shirley Caesar, Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, Isaac Carree, Tasha Cobbs, Ricky Dillard, VaShawn Mitchell, Lexi, Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy and Jonathan McReynolds are the early notable names set to grace the stage.
A hallmark of the Stellar Awards telecast has become the powerful, stirring artist collaborations brought together by the show’s producers — this year, The Canton Spirituals, The Gospel Legends and The Wardlaw Brothers will team for the Quartet Collaboration; while Erica Campbell joins Jekalyn Carr, Latice Crawford and Lexi for the Female Collaboration.
*The addition of 27-year-old Sasheer Zamata to “Saturday Night Live,” the show’s first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph left in 2007, has been met with praise following the announcement Monday evening.
Former writer and cast member Tina Fey told The Hollywood Reporter, “I think Kerry Washington did such a great job on the [Nov. 2] show [in a sketch that addressed the controversy]. And you saw how great it was for Jay Pharoah to have someone playing Michelle Obama opposite [his President Obama]. So I feel like they registered that really quickly and they’ve acted on it really quickly.”