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Meredith: "View" Not A Joke, Actually

8/29/2006 9:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

So it was all just a big misunderstanding: Meredith Vieira says that she didn't really mean that her old show "The View" had become "a joke" when it was printed in a recent interview. What's more, her ex-boss Barbara Walters had threatened the physical safety of her husband if it had in fact been true.

Vieira explains that the quote from Time magazine, which certainly caught the attention of a plethora of media outlets, was taken out of context. "I felt that the media was turning ["The View"] into a joke, not that the show was a joke," she says.



Indeed, as the New York Post reports this morning, Time magazine added a clarification to its own website: "[Vieira] assures Time that in no way were her comments meant to be insensitive or derogatory..." And when Vieira called Walters to explain herself, she tells the Post, Walters understood – but with a caveat: "She said [the 'joke' quote] doesn't sound like you, but if it was you, I'll have to hurt your husband." Walters was on vacation yesterday and didn't comment.

Meanwhile, Vieira's former "View"-mate Star Jones got back from a European vacation recently, only to watch her husband Al Reynolds take off to a club with three young men and a woman, according to Page Six. But Reynolds may just have been trying to help out his unemployed wife. As one friend explains, "Al went out with the new female host of '106th and Park' and a group of executives from BET."


That's Not So Hot: Paris Album Fizzles

Despite a blitz of hype and promotion that seemed to go on all summer, Paris Hilton's album "Paris" had a dismal first week, with just 75,000 copies sold in the United States, and is projected to sell a paltry 30,000 in its second week.

What's more, industry insiders are blaming the sorry sales figures on Hilton's refusal to support the record with a tour – and they're saying that it's because she really just can't sing. The album is hovering near the basement of Billboard's Hot 100, reports Page Six, and, as a result, her record label has rushed out a second single called "Turn It Up," which hasn't exactly burned up the charts. The problem, according to an industry source cited by the Post, is that while she did plenty of preening and posing for cameras, she hasn't done what most artists do when they release an album: perform on tour.

"The international people are not inclined to do a big push since she can't back up the album with a tour. Obviously, she can't sing live." Hilton's tireless rep, Elliot Mintz, himself a longtime confidant of recording artists, responds, "To me, [the album] sounds huge. For a newcomer, this is incredibly impressive."

Emmy After-Stories: Piven Impaled While Mom Covers Ears

As ever, the real activity on Emmy night came later in the evening, after the sun had gone down on LA. Rush & Molloy report that Emmy winner Jeremy Piven actually opened a blood vessel trying to kiss his statuette, and that he noticed that everyone he subsequently kissed was covered in his blood. Lovely.

And while Prince did his thing at the People magazine party at the Mondrian and Pink did hers at Social at the TV Guide bash, HBO got hired dancers to try to get the party started, like at bar mitzvahs and company holiday parties. Apparently, says the LA Times, Aida Turturro of "The Sopranos" did her best to get people groovin' but that she failed utterly with Olympic skater Sasha Cohen.

Elsewhere at that party, after cleaning up his wound, Piven held court with his on-screen entourage, but his mother, who had gone to the show as his date, had to clap her hands over her ears because the pounding disco tunes were too loud. Also, Candy and Randy Spelling showed up, but went their separate ways.

Party Favors: Couric Gets Prez On First Show, Tom Arnold Files For Legal Separation, Eminem Designs Sneakers

Katie Couric's first broadcast may include the biggest guest of all -- the President of the United States. If producers deem the sit-down to be newsworthy enough, they'll include it in a segment on the show – and then put the rest on a 9/11 primetime special called "How Safe Are We" ... Tom Arnold has filed for a legal separation from his third wife, Shelby Roos, reports People. The couple met in 2000 at the Democratic National Convention in LA and were married in 2002. The legal separation suggests that the couple may eventually reconcile, says a rep. Arnold's previous two marriages, one of them to Roseanne Barr, ended in divorce ... Eminem is designing a line of limited-edition kicks for Nike. Just 64 pairs will be available, and proceeds will benefit the Marshall Mathers Foundation, which helps troubled youth in southeast Michigan.
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Tom Cruise    

What? You mean Paris Hilton can't really sing? I'm devastated.

2978 days ago
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jennifer    

Was it a misprint as well about her complaining about her new hours on the Today show? Ah, I still think Ms. Meredith should get out into the real world and see how the rest of us cope ..... on much less $$$.

2978 days ago
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Tracey    

BEHOLD! The wrath of Babs Walter is mighty indeed! She makes "B" and "C" list b****es shake in their boots!

2978 days ago
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MommaT    

Of course she is gonna "back pedal/moon walk" whatever you want to call it, that she didn't really say that. She is gonna blame "taken out of context". One will never know what she really said. BFD..........I personally don't care for the woman. I don't plan on watching the "Today Show" when she begins her REIGN.

2978 days ago
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Mike C.    

Paris brought 75,000 copies of her own album!

2978 days ago
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Chic    

Just when I was about to give Meredith V some street cred...she would have been better off to just stick w/the quote, because everyone knows that she's telling the truth...the show is an absolute joke. Just like Barbar's 20 + years in the business

2978 days ago
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Go Away Forever    

Babs is no joke! Meredith will be kissing butt for months!

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Is it any surprise that Hoe-zilla the human sperm bank can't sing?

Sure, she can blow. I have no doubt about that. But it's not the the kind of blowing you can do on a album. If the record producers are smart and want to salvage their reputations, they'll claim temporary insanity and stay as far away The Walking Condom as they can!

2978 days ago
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bogart4017    

M.V is sexiest woman onm daytime television. She's smart,attractive and she doesnt do underwear! Easy access baby! I'll beat up them guts any day!!!!

2978 days ago
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kathryn    

Why are all these women scared of Barbara Walters?

2978 days ago
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Tracey    

@ Question #9:

"Why are all these women scared of Barbara Walters?"
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Like her or not, Babs Walter is one of the most powerful PEOPLE (not just women) in journalism. She's an institution unto herself. She's been in the industry for decades, and paid her dues. She *IS* the people in "high places." When it comes to women in journalism, she's the Queen "B." Just like powerful people anywhere else, you cross her and she can close doors on you because no one wants to cross her. She knows far too many other people in "high places."

I'm no huge fan of Babs, but it would be like working in politics and crossing the President. It's just not smart if you want to keep your career. Babs is the First-Lady of journalism.

2978 days ago
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KJ    

**REALLY LAUGHING OUTLOUD!** DIDN'T THE STUPID RECORD EXECUTIVES KNOW PARIS CAN'T SING!? Everything that Paris does, she does NOT take it seriously. I mean she has so MUCH money -- why would she want to promote her silly record and go on tour? THIS IS NO SURPRISE but I guess the record executives thought the public was going to overwhelmingly purchase Paris' CDs by the millions so THEY could make millions! LOL! SHE IS NOT MARIAH CAREY WHO CAN SELL MILLIONS. DON'T YOU HOLLYWOOD BIG SHOTS GET IT YET? PARIS IS TAKING YOU GUYS ON A RIDE and it's her silly rules.

TMZ, C'MON THERE ARE OTHER ACTORS/ACTRESSES WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR ABOUT WITH SOMETHING PARIS DOES NOT HAVE -- TALENT.

2978 days ago
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kathryn    

Didn't Babs say she would have "lied" for Star Jones? That's a real journalist?

2978 days ago
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SicknTired    

I dont know of anyone who is more of a waste of Human being then Paris Hilton. I am not going to bash her and say mean things about her, she does all of that to herself. Noone hates her becuase she's rich....if she was a classy, intelligent wealthy young lady, I think the public would love her, but she is a prime example why foreign countries hate us!! Since people like her is all the Media seems to be interested to talk about, thats all other countries see, and they think we are all egotistical, stupid, name brand wearing, starbuck drinking, oversized sunglasses wearing morons!!!! PLEASE TMZ, Listen to the people and talk about people we give a s*** about!!!! People worth talking about enough about THE TRAGEDY THAT IS PARIS HILTON. Her stick figure and and pasty face make me sick....oh and Nicole Riche...shut the f*** up about her to!! Quit infesting our minds with the disease that is all these talentless,rich for nothing, idiots....

2978 days ago
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Kiley    

NO MIKE C. PARIS BOUGHT 105,000 COPIES OF HER OWN CD DONT FORGET ABOUT HER SECOND WEEK!!!

2978 days ago
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me    

1. SURE SURE...MEREDITH....YOU DIDN'T MEAN THAT.....RIIIIIGHHHHT!!!!

2. PARIS HILTON CAN'T SIGN FOR SH*T...AND I RATHER DOWNLOAD FREE MOANING PORN THAN LISTEN AND BUY HER $10 PIECE OF SH*T....SERIOUSLY....JUST LISTEN TO A PORN FLICK AND YOU HAVE PARES HILTON ALBUM....S H * T GIVES ME THE CREEPS!!!!

I CAN PICTURE ALL THE CRABS RUNNING AROUND IN THE STUDIO.....EWWW!

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