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Let's Get This Party Started: Top Stories for 07/10/06

7/10/2006 5:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

As Star Jones makes her first hosting appearance on television tonight since being fired from "The View" -- on HGTV's "House Hunters" -- we learn the origins of her and Rosie O'Donnell's descent into full nuclear conflict.

It was all peaches 'n' cream between the talk-show divas until Rosie was a guest on "The View" in May 2004.



On the May 12, 2004 episode of "The View," as recounted this morning in Lloyd Grove's Lowdown column, Rosie started by complimenting Star on her weight loss, saying, "You look fabulous! It's like 'Twinkle Twinkle Shrinking Star.'" But the discourse got a little more contentious from there, with Rosie suggesting that women "stand up and scream" to protest Martha Stewart's conviction, and Star objecting.

Rosie then suggested that African-Americans have so few role models that they rally around men like O.J. Simpson and basketball players Jayson Williams, which ignited Star's rage. On the following day's show, Jones criticized Rosie's view, which angered Rosie, and Jones never apologized, despite the urgings of Barbara Walters.

Meanwhile, even if her most recent ex-boss might not concur, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes tells the Daily News that Jones "was an exceptionally talented young prosecutor when she worked for me."

Suri Cruise's Silent Birth Leads to Quiet Life

Just where exactly is Suri Cruise? No one knows for sure, though TMZ has proof at least that someone filed a birth certificate for someone by that name.

However, a cult specialist tells MSNBC's Jeanette Walls that Suri's strange absence from public view may have something to do with what Scientologists called "removing engrams" though a process called "auditing." Rick Ross of Cultnews.com says that engrams are "negative experiences coupled with noise," and that shielding the baby from the paparazzi would reduce the onset of such engrams.

Ross adds that Cruise, according to reports from his promotional tour for "Mission: Impossible III," is getting increasingly wrapped up in the Scientology dogma, and that he would have locks checked and take longer routes to places while on tour to prevent, presumably, the creation of engrams.

Bono Gets Strife From Far Left for Video Game

U2 frontman and political crusader Bono is getting flack from left-wingers who say that he's investing in a video game that's unfairly critical of Venezuelan tyrant Hugo Chavez.

In "Mercenary 2: World in Flames," a game created by Pandemic Studios, in which Bono's private equity firm has invested, Venezuela is portrayed, according to Page Six, as "a banana republic led by a power-hungry tyrant." Players take on the role of a mercenary sent to the South American land to combat a dictator that's seized control of the country.

Now, left-wing commentators are blasting Bono, saying that he "glorifies stale, old mercenary approaches" by investing in Pandemic, and that he "should use his financial interest in the company to kill it, or better, he should pull out entirely as an investor, and condemn such imperialist garbage." Bono had no comment.

Brit Invasion Coming To US "Office"

What we'd really like to see is a steel-cage softball (or would that be cricket?) match between Dunder Mifflin and Wernham Hogg: The New York Post reports that stars of the original BBC incarnation of the seminal workplace comedy "The Office" will be making appearances on the NBC series of the same name.

Though details about plot and character are scarce, US "Office" co-creator Ben Silverman tells fans to "expect some cameos from the UK paper company," though for the time being, David Brent (played by Ricky Gervais in the Brit version) will not be one of those cameos. However, Gervais is writing a separate episode of the US version of the show. "We're going to save the big man for now," says Silverman.

Piven Doesn't Dig Cigs

Whatever else he may enjoy, Jeremy Piven doesn't sanction cigarette smoking, as some twentysomethings on the beach in Malibu discovered last weekend. Page Six says that Piven was walking along the beach the day after attending Lindsay Lohan's 20th birthday party nearby when he spotted some youngsters smoking, whereupon the 41-year-old "Entourage" star "launched into a tirade about how smoking ages you," and "took off his sunglasses so they could inspect his skin."

"Miami Vice" Approaching "Heaven's Gate"

The bad buzz surrounding Michael Mann's "Miami Vice" continues to circulate, with a report today from Lloyd Grove that Mann's "process" in trying to get the project finished (or, perhaps salvaged) is driving the studio and all around him mad. The film, starring Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell, is reportedly going well over its $120 million budget.

Universal chairman Marc Shmuger responds to the reports, saying that it's "definitely" opening on time and that Mann's process is "exhausting, it is intense, and some people are not up to the challenge. Either they keep up with him or they fall by the wayside. It creates some raw feelings along the way."

The remake of the 80s TV show, which Mann created, is scheduled to open July 28.
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openminded    

It's a shame that Barbara (THE VIEW) is trying to shame Star when ROSIE is in the same shoes do anyone remember when Rosie got an national t.v. and shamed herself and the country with her awful singing and she too lost alot of wieght and apparently decided to show her true racist colors . i will never support rosie again. She shouldn't be allowed to co host anything . On the comment about blacks not having any role models but O.J. it's a ridiculous statement and she need to remember when blacks came over here to america and was used as slaves it was the Black people who raised, washed, feed, and influenced white children. I hope Barbara and Rosie live a life full of all the shit they put out.

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Diedra    

I am amazed that Barbara Walters would want Star to apologize to Rosie instead of wanting Rosie to apologize to the millions of African Americans that she offended with her ignorant remarks.

Star was right to be outraged by such comments when we have the likes of Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Todd Smith and other Black American Men who are more than roll models for every lifestyle a young black male could want to lead.

Barbara and Rosie are quickly becoming disliked by the African American community, and once we dont like you, you can never return to our favor.
She will feel it.

2997 days ago
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Diedra    

In response to #3 your just gay and wish you were sucking on Rosies tit!

2997 days ago
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JK    

#2 I think you have Rosie O'Donnell confused with Roseanne Barr!! Barr is the one that sang the national anthem so bad not O'Donnell. Get your facts straight!!

2997 days ago
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nat    

Watch your mouth Tomara, how dare you call someone an "angry black"? How would you like it if I called you a ditzy white c*nt? Go screw your cousin you hillbilly turd.

2997 days ago
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Angelique    

Yes, blacks do have role models, but they shouldn't be sports stars as Rosie implied (by the way how does slavery have anything to do with the topic?). A role model should be someone like Bill Cosby that tells the truth and demands that blacks make a better life for themselfves and become educated--get jobs and stop living off the government. Just as other races should have the same standards for themselves. A sports star is not likely promoting a higher standard of living.
PS--I am not white, I am just educated!!

2997 days ago
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openminded    

Reply to comment #3. Yes i am black but I'm not angry about it at all. The truth hurts and i don't care how you turn or twist it ; it is what it is. There is nothing in this world worst them a wolf in sheeps clothing whether it's black or white. I only need to be me and know Jesus that's who i want to be like.
#6. Thanks for the straightening out of the Rosie's but i'm sure the comment was out of place regardless of who made it.

2997 days ago
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lavonne    

Barbara Walters does not know what she has done by making such an issue out of SJ's termination. She has turned her co-host into a likeable person again as opposed to just an irritating voice. Oh, and btw, Joy people don't really like it when you insinuate that they are wearing a wig.

2997 days ago
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Misha Cameltoe    

Nat, being called an "angry black" and being called a "ditzy white c*nt" are not apples to apples...I know that being called an "angry black" is upsetting to some but she didn't call you a "angry black b*tch", so there is no need for the vulgarity

2997 days ago
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lili    

hey guys!

no need to slit each other's throats here!

both rosie AND star are imperfect, regardless of color.
what rosie said wasn't sooo offensive, she's right. whenever a black celebrity is convicted of a valid crime, black community tend to rally around them anyway, kind of desperation.
but star is right also, i think rosie is an overall loudmouth obnoxious person, cen't believe she was chosen for the view. didn't come out of the closet until after her stupid show, where seh was always pretending to be in love with tom cruise.

2997 days ago
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DeAnna    

Star was pretty bad. She was one of the worse people on t.v. just no real character, but Rosie she is truly the bottom of the pits. Rosie has problems with anger management, is soooooo opinionated. If you don't agree with her, she flies off into a rage on camera. She seems to really have tunnel vision. She is nasty, rude, crude, and one vulgar lady dude. Rosie has no class and never will. She will definitely bring the "View" down. She will never be an Ellen who is so wonderful, witty, and classy.

2997 days ago
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lili    

i actually HATE the View, and expecially barbara.

she allows someone as obnoxious as rosie on the show, who can apparently say whatever she wants, and then makes star look bad for saying something intelligent.

if you don''t want to discuss anything, why is it called the VIEW.

it's like a dictatorship. rosie and eliz are going to go at it, in loud shreaks, and the show will hopefully tank.

star and meridith were the only ones worth watching, joy is funny, but it's getting old.

elizabeth is always yeliing/shreaking, has a shrill voice like nails on a chalkboard.

i with the best for star, and think that a news oriented talk show would be the best thing for her intelligence.

2997 days ago
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Mary    

I used to really like House Hunters on HGTV, but to have Star on there. No thanks.

2997 days ago
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nat    

yes there is, and this is between me and Tomara, so but out.

2997 days ago
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nat    

Oh, and to continue with my rant, calling someone an "angry black" is inherently "vulgar", and I was offended and that's enough for me. I didn't say that the my comment had to be on par with Tomara's but I did mean to imply that she wouldn't like that if I called her that.

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