by Hilton Hater at . Comments

The feud between GLADD and The View is far from over.

On June 22, comedian D.L. Hughley co-hosted the ABC talk show. He and Sherri Shepherd got into a discussion about the prominence of HIV among African-Americans, both agreeing that it exists because gay black men ("on the down low") have sex with women.

Sherri Shepherd at the Oscars

"When you look at the prevalence of HIV in the African American community, it's primarily young women who are getting it from men who are on the down low," Hughley said.

However, the Centers for Disease Control has provided numbers that disprove this theory.

Therefore, GLADD has demanded a retraction and an apology from the show, taking out a full page ad in Monday's Variety expressing its displeasure with ABC and the hosts.

Yesterday, the network released the following statement:

"[D]uring a discussion about blood donation and the transmission of HIV/AIDS, a guest moderator on the show expressed his interpretation of data about one way the virus can be transmitted. The topic of HIV/AIDS has been raised many times over the show's 13 years, with many voices and opinions contributing to a conversation that we expect to continue as long as The View is on the air."

That was it. Doesn't exactly say much, does it?

In response, Cindi Craeger - GLAAD's director of national news - described the statement as "evasive" and said: "This program reaches millions of viewers and ABC must ensure that its platforms aren't used to perpetuate dangerous falsehoods that put our community in harm's way."

There is a fine line between expressing one's opinion and tossing around discriminating statements that contradict facts. Did Hughley and The View cross it? You tell us.

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

This is a first: The View is facing controversy, and it's NOT over something Elisabeth Hasselbeck said.

In fact, that conservative commentator - whose most recent example of opinionated nonsense involved a shot at Erin Andrews - has nothing to do with why GLADD is taking aim at this ABC talk show.

Derek Lowe Mug Shot

Instead, the organization has its sights set on Sherri Shepherd and D.L. Hughley, the June 22 guest host. On that date, the pair talked about the influx of HIV among African-Americans and blamed it on gay black men that were in the closet, aka "on the down low."

"When you look at the prevalence of HIV in the African American community, it's primarily young women who are getting it from men who are on the down low," Hughley said.

Added Shepherd, offering no data to back up her assertion: "It's so big in the black community with women because they're having sex with men who have been having sex with men."

In response, GLADD has taken out a full-page ad in Variety that reads:

"The Centers for Disease Control has publicly disproven this myth. And since June 22, thousands of people have written to ABC, asking that The View provide correct information to viewers. Unfortunately, those requests have been greeted with silence from both ABC and The View."

Panelists on the show are known for expressing their opinions and have the right to speak their minds, of course. But when making grand claims such as the one above, it would nice if they relied on facts to support their statements.

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

We were all set to make fun of Sherri Shepherd.

The View co-host is the latest in a long line of celebrities to flaunt her lost weight on a magazine cover, sending a message to some that you're a failure if you haven't dropped many pounds, while also not acknowledging that money plays a major factor in these success stories (personal trainers, chefs, etc.).

She also hates on Cookie Monster.

But Shepherd actually makes a couple salient points in the OK! article.

Sherri Shepherd in a Bathing Suit

She doesn't advocate starving oneself, or relying on a dangerous tool such as a cleanser. Instead, Sherri emphasizes the importance of working out and finding balance in one's life.

"Sometimes I just said 'I don't want tilapia anymore; I can't even deal with salad. I want M&M's and Ruffles, and I'm gonna do it.' But the difference was I was gonna get back up and go to the gym and keep my commitment. I never once felt like I deprived myself," she said."

Overall, Shepherd lost 41 pounds and dropped 10 dress sizes, all without surgery. Mighty impressive.

As she flaunted her new body on The View earlier this month, it was hard not to admire her commitment. If she would just punch Elisabeth Hasselbeck in the face, she'd be our hero.

by Free Britney at . Comments

We know Sherri Shepherd abhors all that Cookie Monster represents.

Absurd as that is, we know she puts her money where her mouth is.

Fat Kirstie Alley Picture

After months of dieting and exercising, The View co-host fulfilled her promise to walk out on stage in a bathing suit on Thursday's episode.

Walking on stage to "I'm Every Woman," Shepherd, 42, proclaimed, "I feel really great. I just wanted to show people that you don't have to do anything crazy. You just have to make some choices and exercise and the weight will drop off."

Sherri Shepherd looks like a new woman.

Since May, Sherri Shepherd lost 5 inches from her waist and 10 inches overall. Barbara Walters said her View colleagues "were very proud" of Shepherd, who celebrated by indulging in ribs and M&Ms producer Bill Geddes brought her as a treat.

Dieting hadn't been easy, Shepherd, who had been eating "a lot of grilled chicken, a lot of salad, a lot of water," said, adding loudly that "I'm miserable!"

In terms of exercise, "I do a lot of stairs, a lot of planks, a lot of squats, a lot of treadmill, a lot of screaming - and I do this four times a week."

by Free Britney at . Comments

It's a slow news week. Exhibit A? During yesterday's "Hot Topics" segment of The View, the panel got into a huge fight over none other than Cookie Monster.

Things got a bit testy as Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd discussed an upcoming healthy eating PSA on Sesame Street, in which Cookie Monster, the show's lovable, ravenous blue dessert fiend, is taught about the benefits of smart food choices.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and a polite, well-educated stalk of broccoli try to teach the Monster a lesson in dieting. But is this really necessary?

Sherri Shepherd thinks so, apparently blaming Cookie Monster for the poor dietary habits of our nation's youth. Whoopi's answer? "Bull! It's a puppet!"

Check out the all-important spat below ...

Call us crazy, but is Cookie Monster even fat? It looks to us like he balances out his love of tasty snacks with an exercise regimen. He can be a tad rude, yes, but who among us hasn't devoured a dessert and left a shower of crumbs in its wake?

It's all about moderation, kids. Why can't you have a cookie but not 73 in one sitting? Besides, all this will do is anger Cookie Monster. Before, he focused on the Cookie aspect; do you really want to be around when the Monster comes out?

And where does it stop? Will Oscar be put on Prozac? Will Elmo next be barred from speaking in the third person, to cure the country's self-centeredness?

Whose side are you on?

 

by Free Britney at . Comments

Just a typical day on The View.

Barbara Walters wasn't pronouncing the letter R, Whoopi Goldberg sounded surprisingly level-headed, and best of all, Elisabeth Hasselbeck incurred the rage of Sherri Shepherd when she went on her latest diatribe against Barack Obama.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck at Fashion Week

At least that went better than her defending Sarah Palin.

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FAMILIAR VIEW: In an election year with her beloved party's approval ratings in the toilet, Elisabeth Hasselbeck takes another beating - almost literally - on The View.

by Mischalova at . Comments
Sherri Shepherd PicSherri Shepherd made a successful debut on The View yesterday. In other words:

Unlike Whoopi Goldberg on her first day, Sherri did not defend Michael Vick. What did she have to say about the initial performance?

Read for yourself. Here's a blog entry from the talk show's new panelist:

I just want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of my fans who tirelessly emailed and wrote Barbara Walters, Bill Geddie and the ABC executives on my behalf. To think that you all took time out of your busy lives, leaves me speechless.

To those of you who prayed… let me tell you … PRAYERS WORK! Because it is a miracle of God that I am now a co-host on The View.

To those of you who fasted for me to get this job… YOU CAN EAT NOW!

I just want to say again, I appreciate all of you from the bottom of my heart for your belief in, and support of, me and while I can't begin to personally answer all of the emails that I have been receiving, I am reading my webboard and chat line.

Now just keep praying, that every morning I don't put my foot in my mouth - but if you know me, it's bound to happen...

Shepherd seems nice and all, but The Hollywood Gossip staff also has a message for those that prayed or fasted for her to be named a host on The View: There may be more important causes in life to focus on.

Stop insulting the concept of prayer and a Higher Power by thinking It cares about who fills a seat on a talk show.

Where is Rosie O'Donnell to blame America for 9/11 when we need her?

by Mischalova at . Comments

We wonder what criminal Sherri Shepherd will defend on her first day on The View.

A day after Whoopi Goldberg somehow stood up for Michael Vick during her premiere as a permanent host, it's been officially announced that Sheperd will join the gab fest next week.

Sherri Shepherd Photograph

Goldberg's debut on the all-female forum drew approximately 3.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, making it the show's second-most-watched season premiere. The one with Rosie O'Donnell in 2006 edged it out, as it was seen by 4.4 million.

Shepherd's arrival gives The View its first full cast since before O'Rosie came and went.

The topical talk show also ditched the awful Star Jones Reynolds and the pretty Meredith Vieira during the past two seasons.

by Mischalova at . Comments

Sorry, Rumer Willis, looks like you haven't been chosen as one of the new hosts on The View.

Two months after Rosie O'Donnell walked away from the show, speculation is rife that Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd are about to be sitting in the hot seats permanently.

The Los Angeles Times
and People magazine report that a formal announcement is expected next week regarding these two comedians joining the ABC daytime gabfest.

Sherri Shepherd at the Oscars

The real question on everyone's mind is how they'll get along with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Her and O'Donnell did not exactly see eye to eye... or toe to toe... or belly to belly...

Welcome, Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg to The View. Let's see how well they dish on various celebrity gossip topics.

Last year, Star Jones looked as ugly and acted as obnoxiously as ever; she also left the program amid backstage rancor and a public clash with Barbara Walters. Since then, she's said The View needs more diversity on its panel.

In a much smoother departure, former panelist Meredith Vieira also left the show last year, to join NBC's morning show Today.

Recently, Goldberg Shepherd and Kathy Griffin have been mentioned as the main possibilities to join Joy Behar, Hasselbeck and Walters at the table. We're not sure why Dina Lohan wasn't considered for the job.

Oh, right. It's because she sucks.

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Sherri Shepherd Red Carpet Pic Sherri Shepherd is a comedic actress and is latest to join The View on ABC. She got herself into trouble in the summer of 2008 by saying... More »
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