*Just like the headline says, this page/board is where you can discuss the stuff that we didn’t cover in today’s issue. (It’s sort of like feedback with a twist) Remember, NO name calling, racial taunting, graphic sex talk and vulgarity in general, PLEASE.
EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audre Lorde
March 7: Guitarist Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers is 62. Comedian Wanda Sykes is 50.
Mar. 7, 1942: First cadets graduated from flying school at Tuskegee.
“Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious” airing Saturday, January 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
*Comedian Wanda Sykes returns to OWN with another two-part “Herlarious” special, airing this Saturday, Jan. 4, and Jan. 11 at 10 p.m.
The lineup, which combines a mix of stand-up and sketch comedy, features Sykes with special guests Kristin Chenoweth, Wayne Brady, Jeff Probst and Camryn Manheim, along with comedians Adele Givens, Jessica Kirson, Helen Hong and Kellye Howard.
Sketches include “I Love Reality,” Wanda’s homage to reality television, featuring Kristin Chenowith as a much-needed vocal coaching to diva-wannabe Wanda and Jeff Probst as the host of an adventure show.
*Comedian Wanda Sykes sat down with Kathie Lee and Hoda to discuss her new comedy special and her feelings on the Paula Deen controversy.
Sykes’ new show “Herlarious,” will air this weekend on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She almost didn’t make it to the interview after falling asleep on the train and missing her original flight.
“I was drinking the night before, if you really want to know,” she said, when asked why she had missed her stop.
The comedian has voiced her opinion about Paula Deen in the past and has now stated that she does in fact feel bad for her.
You may recall Sykes making headlines after criticizing the celebrity cook for the way she handled the entire racism scandal. So its no surprise that she didn’t hesitate to speak up when Hoda asked her about Deen on Thursday.
“She said she’s only said the N-word once, but now that she’s lost her whole empire, I’m pretty sure she’s saying it a lot more,” Sykes cracked, although she later added, “I feel bad for her, I do.”
During an appearance last month on “The Tonight Show,” Sykes told host Jay Leno that Deen needed to stop her various public apology attempts.
“She should’ve had a friend to just tell her, ‘you need to just shut the hell up right now.’ Just sit down and shut up. She’s out here blabbing on the TV,” she said. “I thought on the TODAY show she should’ve ran out and just tongue kissed Al Roker … gave him a lap dance and said, ‘I got no problems with y’all!’”
“She should’ve had a friend just tell her, ‘you need to just shut the hell up right now.’ Just sit down and shut up. She’s out here blabbing on the TV,” Sykes told Jay Leno. “I thought on the ‘Today’ show she should’ve ran out and just tongue kissed Al Roker … gave him a lap dance and said, ‘I got no problems with y’all!’”
It seems as though Deen’s world is crumbling down right before our very eyes. She has lost a number of business and endorsement deals over the last two weeks after admitting to using racial slurs in a legal deposition.
As we’ve chronicled, companies like the Food Network, Smithfield, Walmart and Caesars Casino Company have all cut ties with the famous chef.
As Sykes referenced above, Deen appeared on the “Today” show in an attempt to formally apologize and clear her name. Between her appearance, accompanied by the string of apologies posted to Youtube and hiring crisis consultant Judy Smith – the inspiration behind the hit TV show Scandal” – Deen has been working feverishly to save her career.