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Madonna "Startled" By Big Adoption Mess

10/25/2006 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Madonna told Oprah yesterday that she was surprised by the media blitzkrieg she's faced since adopting a Malawian baby, and says the media is, naturally, to blame.

The Queen of Pop taped an interview yesterday on O's show that will air today – even though Oprah, as Rush & Molloy report, really doesn't like talking with her guests via satellite. But that's just how important it was for Oprah to get the first interview with Madge since her controversial adoption. And, according to an audience member who saw the interview, Madonna says that she met baby David's father Yohane Banda and looked him in the eye and got oral and written approval from him to adopt his child.

Meanwhile, FOX 411 reports that little David is happily settled in at the Ritchie-Ciccone household in London. Madonna's other kids, Lourdes and Rocco, "adore" David, and husband Guy Ritchie is "very happy" to have David in the family. Yohane Banda, for his part, tells Time magazine that he is resigned to giving up his child forever: "I don't want my child, who is already gone, to come back. I will be killing his future if I accept that."

"Hassenback" Raped Twice and Murdered

Not everyone has it out for "The View's" resident Miss Smartypants Elisabeth Hasselbeck – ok, maybe almost everyone, including the producers of "Law & Order: SVU," who recently had a character named "Elizabeth Hassenback" raped twice and murdered. And yesterday on "The View," the real Elisabeth got mad about it.

On the show, as the New York Post reports, Hasselbeck recounted her conversation with executive producer Neal Baer of "L&O: SVU" and how she called him out for the unnecessarily proximate reference to her in the episode and his rather noticeable fake tan -- and then she threatened to boycott all "L&O" cast members from the show. When Baer offered an apology, Hasselbeck said she replied: "You don't sound sorry, it's not about feelings. . . and I want you to know I think it's socially irresponsible and I want to have you hear it from me before I vent on 'The View.' " Baer hung up on her shortly thereafter.

Ashton Worried By Bad Rumer

Rumer Willis is an impressionable teenager, and she ought to be home studying rather than out partying with the likes of Lindsay Lohan – or so says her pillar-of-authority stepfather Ashton Kutcher. A "source" tells Life & Style Weekly (via MSNBC) that "education is very important to Ashton, and he's afraid Rumer will think partying is better than studying." But, says L&S, Rumer isn't listening to her 28-year-old stepdaddy. "Rumer can't stop gushing about how cool Lindsay is. [She] feels honored by Lindsay's attention."

Babs More Paranoid Than Homeland Security

Maybe Barbra Streisand is just really trying to make sure she knows where superfan Rosie O'Donnell is at all times. As The Smoking Gun reveals in the rider for her current concert tour, Babs is requiring metal detectors at every door, on-call security staff, and even a police-dog sweep of the venue before she takes the stage for soundcheck. And not only does there have to be all this security, but plain-clothed guards have to be "neatly dressed in dark jackets, blazers, or sweaters." Amongst the other curiosities in Barbra's rider are 150 folding chairs for her staff and five – count 'em, five – living room sets, all of which have to be fabric covered, but not in vinyl.

Party Favors: Clooney and Coens Team Up Again, Strokes Guitarist Has Twins, Esther Williams Recovering From Infection

George Clooney and the Coen brothers are set to team up again for their third film effort, a comedy called "Burn After Reading" about a CIA agent who loses the disk on which his memoirs are saved, reports the Hollywood Reporter. The trio have previously made "O Brother Where Art Thou" and "Intolerable Cruelty" together ... Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi and British wife Amanda de Cadenet have had twins, reports People. The twins are the couple's first kids, and de Cadenet has a child from her previous marriage to Duran Duran's John Taylor ... Actress-swim champ Esther Williams is in the hospital for treatment of a minor infection, and will stay there through the rest of the week. Williams, who is in her mid-80s, is expected to recover fully.


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We aren't attacking Guy Ritchie because he was totally against this adoption.Now that it has happened,. he will be supportive 100%. But, this was far from his idea.

Madonna would have a difficult time adopting a child in US. She is nearly 50 yrs old, which is a little old for our usual adoption. But, she has the child now, probably time to leave her alone, regardless of our feelings. The child is the one who will suffer with having her for a Mom, but lucky to have Guy as a Dad, and he will be the one sutck with the hands on care.

Also, one doesn't know what the birth father was told, or wasn't. All conversation is via interpreters, and therefore open to discrepancies. It does sound like he will be waiting for the child to return with a lot of money when he gets older. But, perhaps that was a misinterpretation also.

2898 days ago


I also saw the episode of SVU, I used to watch "The View" quite often (I can't stand Elisabeth and BW), and I did NOT make a connection between the two. Elisabeth Hasselbeck's name didn't enter my mind even ONCE. She has to get over herself - when is she and the producers of The View going to understand how awful this bitch is? She can't articulate herself very well, the others don't let her speak because they don't respect her, everthing out of her mouth is self-indulgent and absolutely ridiculous - this SVU incident is a perfect example.

2898 days ago


Elizabeth is a total moron she thinks her name is soooo unique that no one else could possibley have it , including a fictional character on a television show, go home and whine to someone who cares, Barbara i beg you get rid of her !!!! no one cares what the survivor looser is talking about.

2898 days ago


I see shades of Star Jones in Elisabeth H. Anyone smell a firing coming on? The people are only gonna tolerate her so much longer before........... so long sucker!!!!!!!

2898 days ago


Wishing Esther Williams a speedy recovery. We love your movies!

2898 days ago

Tom Cruise has landed    

Elizabeth H. is a joke. She continues to prove that she is an idiot. Once the View wises up and dumps her too, the show might actually be watchable. How does a lunatic like that idiot get on TV?

2898 days ago


omg elizabeth get over your self, it's all fiction honey

2898 days ago


Elisabeth your an idiot! Get over yourself!

2898 days ago

tired of anna nicole news    

Re comment #6. That's because she is not married to Eli Manning, moron. She's married to the QB of the Seattle Seahawks, Matt Hasselbeck.

2898 days ago


Elizabeth are you on some sort of drugs? I know an insider that works for the show and they sat on that idea for years and years and because EVERYONE knows who the hell you are they wanted to use your name. Next names on the list

Tosie O' Ronell
Melly Cipa
Taris Bilton
and the one of the names I love
Sarbara Alters

I am so sorry they used your name at the height of your sucess. They should be fired!

2898 days ago

u stink    

#9 I am not offended at all by your comment, and I understand your point. But I feel the need to set some points straight. I wanted to become a nun when I was young, so I spent five non-consecutive years in various parts of Africa, and I can tell you one thing: not all children you find in African orphanages are meant for adoption. Orphanages, at least ours when I was a volunteer, were sort of a daycare center, and an extended care center. When a mother fell ill and a baby had no inmediate family to take care of it, whe took that baby in for the length of the mother's illnes. Also when a mom died and the father couldn't support the child, they brought them to us to CARE until that dad was able to care for the child, knowing that that child would have AT LEAST a decent plate of food once a day. And believe it or not they usually came back for their kids. Maybe after a year, maybe two, but they came, unless they too died. We only were able to take very young babies, since they are at a greater risk of death, and only kept them until they were about five years old. Then they either had to be sent to a relative or moved to another facility.

Believe it or not, these are very humble people. Bright but devoid of all malice. They live day to day. Not many of them are capable of seeing "the big picture" and they certainly don't understand the legal mumbo-jumbo we here are lucky enough to learn about thanks to the internet and tv, among other mediums. I do believe this man is being taken advantage of by someone.

I commend Madonna for wanting to adopt a child. What I cannot condone is her taking that child away from his father. If you fell down on your luck and didn't have a single cent to take care of your children, would that give ANYONE the right to take them away from you? Legal right? Moral right? NO. Yes, the child could and will probably die before he is five, as the vast majority of children in Africa. But he HAS A PARENT WHO SHOULD BE THE ONLY ONE TO DECIDE OVER THIS CHILD'S FATE. If she really wanted to help this particular child, having found out that he did have a dad, she could've done so by helping the orphanage he was in and helping to improve the conditions of his village. AND THEN adopt a parentless child.

2898 days ago

Proud military wife    

FYI...:Elisabeth is married to Tim Hasselbeck, not Matt. Not that it really matters, but if you're going to correct someone, have your own facts straight.

2897 days ago


If Rumer is over 18 she can tell Kutcher to take a long walk on a short pier. What IS that jerk's problem, he is not her father.
Does Kutcher want Rumer for himself???
I feel sorry for Rumer, living in that dysfunctional family. No wonder she is best pals with Lindsay, her family is messed up too.

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