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Kim Kardashian was a guest on The View this afternoon.

Sorry, the NEW and IMPROVED Kim Kardashian, we should say, as the reality star responded to questions about her divorce from Kris Humphries by rattling on about how she's changed SO much since that relationship and how she now values the "small things" in life, such as "time."

What about Kanye West?

Kardashian said she hopes she is now in a "permanent relationship" with the rapper who appreciates her porn career and explained her recent gift to him of a Lamborghini by explaining:

"He’s been there to support me through so much. It’s not about all the material things and I really thought he should have it."

Wait... what? Even for someone who thinks a reality star deserves a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that quotes makes no sense.

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Rielle Hunter was eviscerated on The View yesterday as the gabfest panel, in particular Whoopi Goldberg, went nuclear on John Edwards' mistress.

"In your book, you trash a dead lady," Goldberg stated, referring to Rielle Hunter's new tell-all book, in which she bashes Elizabeth Edwards often.

"That was kind of crappy."

Regarding What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me, the author responded, "I wrote to tell the truth. I was truthful about their dynamic."

In the interview, Hunter acknowledged that despite recent photos of the happy family on a North Carolina beach, she broke up with John Edwards.

Asked if the split was caused by her memoir, Rielle dodged. "I don't want to hide any more," she said. "It's hard under media scrutiny, it takes a toll."

The mother of Edwards' love child spent a good part of the interview defending herself. "I'm not a mistress, I'm a mom," Rielle Hunter insisted.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck wasn't buying it: "Truth be told, you were a mistress." 

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Joy Behar is not leaving ABC's The View, at least not yet, despite reports of her imminent departure ... but she will anchor a new show on Current TV.

Behar will co-host a 6 p.m. talk show Monday through Thursday starting in September for the low-rated outlet founded by former V.P. Al Gore.

The program will repeat in prime time. As a dry run of sorts, Behar will guest-host for the vacationing Eliot Spitzer next week on Current’s Viewpoint.

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In a statement yesterday, Al Gore called Behar “a beloved veteran television personality with her finger on the pulse of what viewers care about.”

Well, sometimes. HLN last year axed The Joy Behar Show due to low ratings.

At least in this case, things are almost guaranteed to work out better for Joy and Current than when the network brought on Keith Olbermann.

Current hired the outspoken ex-MSNBC host to great fanfare and a high salary, then fired Olbermann after he warred with executives over technical issues, his work schedule and assorted other issues, which he's suing them over.

See Joy? The bar has been set unbelievably low for you.

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Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile of The Real Housewives of New Jersey appeared on The View yesterday. But the castmates did not do so as a group.

Due to what she referred to as "family issues," Giudice refused to conduct her interview alongside Gorgoa and Wakile, telling the co-hosts:

"We have family issues that we need to resolve and I didn't think that today was the appropriate time, you know, in front of an audience and it to be done in just a few minutes."

We gotta give props to the Bravo producers for staging this controversy and finding a way to extend the feud beyond their show. And negative props to The View for allowing itself to be used in such a manner.

Teresa Giudice on The View

Meanwhile, an insider tells The New York Daily News that Gorga "flipped out" when she learned Giudice would not be on stage with her, supposedly telling someone over her cell phone

"Our plan is ruined... we have to come up with another way to take her down.”

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President Barack Obama fielded questions about the economy, gay marriage, Fifty Shades of Grey - all the key issues - with the women of The View this week.

He corrected Elisabeth Hasselbeck when she described the President’s and Mitt Romney’s position on gay marriage as essentially the same. Not so, he says.

Obama discussed the JP Morgan banking crisis and much more in what was a pleasant, but ultimately forgettable and unnecessary visit to the daytime gab-fest.

There were some substantive policy discussions during his brief visit, but the highlight, at least from THG's perspective, was Obama dishing on celebrity gossip.

Watch him answer a pop quiz from Joy Behar below:

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"Do you like it when he's rough?"

With these words, and accompanying visuals, Barbara Walters made Elisabeth Hasselbeck crack up, viewers scratch their heads and Whoopi Goldberg's "eyes bleed."

The 82-year-old was yammering about sex this morning The View, inspired by the erotic novel series 50 Shades of Grey, in which a 20-something girl starts a relationship with an attractive, wealthy man who's into bondage and S&M.

Suffice to say, it was an awkward:

Hasselbeck, a married mother of three, sort of dodged the question by saying she's on a break right now ... but for Whoopi and others, the damage was done.

For a less disturbing discussion of this hot topic, follow this link to tell us who you think should play the leads in the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey movie.

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Only Nancy Grace would make the women of The View come across as sane, reasonable and united.

That's what happened when this awful human being appeared on the talk show this week and was asked about her infamous Whitney Houston comments, where she randomly wondered - soon after the singer died - whether someone had "pushed" her down in the bathtub.

Wasn't this asserting disrespectful to the family, Grace was asked. You're missing the point, ignorant idiots, she basically replied, rambling on about wanting to know the truth, condescendingly explaining why autopsies exist and telling the ladies it's easy to "throw stones behind a coffee mug."

But it's not easy being Nancy Grace, people! Watch the exchange below:

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Star Jones returned to The View Wednesday.

It was her first visit to the ABC talk show since her much talked-about departure in June 2006, and the topic was one of the first to come up yesterday.

"It was ugly. Everything. It was a bad emotional time. Nasty things were being said in the media," Jones said after Barbara Walters brought up her exit.

At the time, Star Jones abruptly announced she was leaving The View on the air, then revealed she had in fact been fired by the daytime gab-fest.

"I wanted to go out on my own terms so that if I walked back here I'd feel good about it," Jones continued. "I had eight fantastic years here. One was 'eh.'"

"I came back here to congratulate you on everything that you all have accomplished. And I hope you congratulate me on what I accomplished."

Walters and Joy Behar also asked Jones, who came on the show to raise awareness about women's heart health, about her 2003 gastric bypass surgery.

Jones had long kept secret the reasons behind her 160 lb.-weight loss.

"We tried to protect you. We were told, 'Don't say it was gastric [bypass]. Say it was pilates and portion control,'" Behar said, before adding:

"You are now a skinny bitch ... Congratulations." "We did lie for you!" Walters added, to which Jones responded, "Who cares? I look good."

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Sherri Shepherd is on Team Breezy.

The View host has been vocal in defense of Chris Brown before, so it's no surprise that she stood up for the star in the wake of this week's Grammy lovefest backlash.

All Brown did was show up at the award show, perform and win. No controversy at all. Yet his mere presence at the event after his 2009 attack on Rihanna upset many.

While Shepherd criticized female fans who Tweet about how they'd let Chris beat them all night (among other things), Shepherd defended Brown from criticism.

He may even be a role model, she says. Why?

"There may be a child in a situation of going through abuse that Chris Brown has gone through. His mother was abused right in front of his very eyes six years before this happened to Rihanna. He used to wet his pants from the fear," Shepherd says.

"He was a victim! He became an offender. He did what the courts told him to do. He went to 52 weeks, a year of domestic prevention counseling."

That's all true, and she makes a strong case. But on the flip side, critics will point to the (perceived) utter lack of responsibility Brown has taken for his actions.

Behind-the-scenes blowups, arrogance and a lack of remorse (real or otherwise) contribute to the lack of forgiveness in people's eyes. Not heartlessness.

What do you think? Is Chris Brown a role model?

 

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Whoopi Goldberg farted on The View hardcore today.

Seriously, there's breaking wind and there is cutting ass.

This is the latter. It was a loud one, and there's no hiding it. To her credit, Whoopi didn't even try after the fart interrupted her interview with Homeland star Claire Danes, saying, "Excuse me, I think I just blew a little frog outta there!"

Seriously:

A rep for ABC said that Whoopi Goldberg farting on The View (not for the first time, either) "was in good fun ... secretly we hoped it would get posted on YouToot."

Gotta give them credit for honestly. And that play on words.