Jay Leno doesn’t appear to be winning anyone over with his move to retake “The Tonight Show,” as Jimmy Kimmel and Rosie O’Donnell tell him to let Conan O’Brien keep the show. “Shame on Jay Leno,” O’Donnell told reporters Thursday night after an HBO Television Critics Association panel, according to MSNBC. “I have been a big fan of Conan O’Brien,” she said, directing her comments to Leno. “And if you’re privileged enough to be asked to drive the bus, you should say thank you and drive it to the best of your ability and when it’s time for them to hire a new driver, you should say, ‘Thank you for allowing me to drive this for as long as I did,’ and pass the keys to the new guy.” “I think the best prank I ever pulled was… I told a guy once that five years from now I’m gonna give you my show,” Kimmel said. “And then when the five years came, I gave it to him, and then took it back almost instantly. It was hilarious.” Kimmel knocked Leno several times for reportedly taking “The Tonight Show” away from O’Brien, joking: “Listen, Jay, Conan and I have children, all you have to take care of is cars. I mean, who have lives to lead here. You’ve got $800 million, for God’s sakes… leave our shows alone.” mThe late night monologue jabs continued with O’Brien and David Letterman. “There’s a rumor that NBC is so upset with me, they want to keep me off the air for 3 years,” the “Tonight Show” host – for now – said. “My response to that is, if NBC doesn’t want people to see me, just leave me on NBC.” “No matter what happens,” Conan noted, “it’s been a real honor to sit in the same chair as Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, and Jay Leno.” Letterman, who went through his own late night shuffle long ago with NBC and Leno, seemed to delight in the new brouhaha. “Do you folks know what’s going on with NBC and the trouble they’re having with Jay Leno and Conan O’ Brien?” he asked his audience. “Are you getting tired of hearing about it? Me neither.” He went on to joke: “Let me define a couple of terms for you: bypass surgery is when doctors, surgeons restore blood flow to your heart. A bypass, a bypass is what’s happening to Conan O’Brien.” Reports on Thursday suggested Leno has already struck a deal to take over “The Tonight Show” once again, booting O’Brien, who will possibly find a home at another network. However, NBC sources have denied any deal was struck.
MADONNA has reportedly moved her new boyfriend into her New York flat. The singer, who has reportedly been dating Jesus Luz since January since she split from husband Guy Ritchie. The 50-year-old introduced Luz to her three children, 12-year-old daughter Lourdes, son Rocco, eight, and adopted tot David Banda, three, last month. A source told the Sunday Mirror: “Jesus has left his old life and his old friends behind. His whole world has turned on its head since he met Madonna. ‘A few months ago he was living at his mum’s place in one of the poorest cities in the world. Now he’s got his feet under the table in a massive mansion block overlooking Central Park. And he’s on the books of the biggest modelling agency in the world. ‘Madonna has changed too. She’s mellowed into a completely different person from the one who was married to Guy Ritchie. She never used to like cooking but now she has really got into it. They laugh a lot and enjoy staying in.’
More about Madonna
Name at birth: Madonna Louise Ciccone
Madonna used a mixture of talent, pulchritude and relentless self-promotion to become one of the most famous recording artists of the 20th century. She released her self-titled first album in 1983 in the guise of a streetwise pop ragamuffin, and over time she kept one step ahead of the game by jumping from persona to persona: dance club queen, balladeer, cowgirl, channeler of the Mysterious East. Her other albums have included Like a Virgin (1984, with the hit single “Material Girl” giving her a new nickname), Ray of Light (1998), Music (2000), American Life (2003), Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005) and Hard Candy (released in 2008, the year she turned 50). She has also acted in over a dozen movies, including Dick Tracy (1990, with Warren Beatty) and A League of Their Own (1992, with Rosie O’Donnell). No stranger to controversy, Madonna has long been a favorite of the tabloids on topics ranging from her racy videos and TV appearances to her sometimes-mystical religious beliefs to her marriages to actor Sean Penn (1985-89) and filmmaker Guy Ritchie (they married in 2000, and announced in 2008 that they would divorce). Her daughter Lourdes was born in October of 1996, fathered by Madonna’s personal trainer, Carlos Leon. In August of 2000 Madonna and Ritchie had a son, Rocco. In October of 2006 they adopted a a motherless 13-month-old child, David Banda, from the African country of Malawi.
Extra credit: Madonna attended the University of Michigan on a dance scholarship… Her daughter Lourdes is named for the site where Bernadette Soubirous saw visions of the Virgin Mary… A fall from a horse in 2005 left the pop star with a broken collarbone and three cracked ribs… The RIAA reported in 2008 that Madonna had sold over 63 million albums in her career.
Madonna appears with Marilyn Monroe in our loop Mole Mania.
Britney Spears may have put her head-shaving, hell-raising days behind her – but people still don’t want to be her neighbor.
Despite her recent comeback, the pop star topped the list of worst celebrities of 2008 in a thoroughly unscientific survey.
Sarah Palin, on the other hand, was named the most desirable neighbor in the Zillow.com poll. Maybe folks just want a clear view of Russia.
Some 2,000 people were questioned for the real-estate site’s survey, and one in five said they wouldn’t want to live near Spears.
Loudmouth comedian Rosie O’Donnell was a close second. It’s not clear why – but perhaps her former “View” colleagues got extra votes.
Filling out the list of folks who need really big fences were Joe the Plumber of 2008 election fame, Lindsay Lohan, Pacman Jones and disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
On the upside, 13% of those surveyed said Oprah Winfrey would make a good neighbor, followed by Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Tina Fey.
About 3% of the group said they’d love to live near Britney – most of them men.