“Yeah, we’re still friends. Look, I said what I said…I didn’t think what she said was appropriate. I wish her the best and I hope she bounces back and is back on the road. She’s incredibly funny, and a lot of people love her.” – Anderson Cooper tells Andy Cohen about the status of his friendship with Kathy Griffin.
It’s over – our great national tragedy is coming to a close. Kathy Griffin is back. Well, not back as in working. But back as in ready to work. “I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed. I have been completely exonerated. Finally,” tweeted the funny lady. The statement was meant to shoot down a report that Griffin was not only still under investigation but also facing jail time.
Although she’s not in the big house, she’s having trouble with a big house. Although she recently moved into palatial digs within spitting distance of Kim and Kanye, her old house, Wings (which was featured in her “D-List” show), has been in limbo. Nothing squelches sales like a Secret Service investigation. Kathy paid $2.85 million for the house in 2004, so she listed it for $6.5 million. Then the scandal happened, and she took it off the market. Now, it’s for sale again, for the marked-down price of $5 million.
Aaron Carter is making lots of announcements for someone with virtually no career. A few weeks ago, he tearfully told “Entertainment Tonight” he has an eating disorder and actually gets fillers in his face – and if that’s what he looks like with fillers, it must be REALLY bad. “I have a hiatal hernia. I have a stress condition it’s an eating disorder….How would you feel every two seconds seeing a Tweet, ‘You have AIDS. Go die. Oh, look at this meth head. Oh, meth kills. Crack kills.’ I’m not a meth head. I’ve never touched it in my life.”
Then this week, another revelation – he’s bisexual. He might have considered revealing this when he headlined LA Pride in June!
“I grew up in this entertainment industry at a very young age and when I was around 13-years-old I started to find boys and girls attractive. There were years that went by that I thought about it, but it wasn’t until I was 17-years-old, after a few relationships with girls, I had an experience with a male that I had an attraction to who I also worked with and grew up with.” Let the guessing game begin. My money’s on someone with the initials PS.
Screen legend Olivia de Havilland is eager to have her day in court. As you know, the 101-year-old, two-time Oscar winner was less than thrilled with the way Ryan Murphy and the FX Network portrayed her in “Feud.” She filed suit against the network and the auteur for an undetermined amount. The network shot back, saying, “The law on this is very clear: No permissions of any kind were required in order to tell the tale. Docudramas, such as this one, are original narrative works, based on real, verifiable facts and events.” Undaunted, Livvy is moving the case to court – and quickly. Her lawyers have requested a speedy trial: “Based on her unusually advanced age, Olivia de Havilland moves for preference in the setting of trial of this matter under California Code of Civil Procedure and asks the Court to set this case for a jury trial in November 2017, or in any event on a date within 120 days of the granting of this motion.” The case has been assigned to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly Kendig, who will formally hear the motion on Sept. 13. We’re told de Havilland, who lives in Paris, will not be attending. Perhaps she’ll send Catherine Zeta-Jones!
Our brief “Ask Billy” question comes from Justin. “Thanks for the video of both parts of ‘Angels in America’ from London. But, here’s one better – Bette Midler in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Nobody has any footage. If anyone can get it, you can.”
I can, and do. Many people have attempted to film clips of Bette Midler in “Dolly.” Those who posted footage online found it quickly removed due to the vehemence of pit bull producer Scott Rudin. There has been an embargo on any clips of Bette in the role – the rationale being, if you wanna see her, spend $600 and buy a ticket. But, the wait is over. There are a couple of tantalizing videos on BillyMasters.com. Well, the word “video” might be a misnomer. Yes, there are fleeting images of Midler, but most of the time she’s onstage, the spotlight is so bright it almost completely washes her out. Still, you can hear her perfectly and see glimpses of a ghostly Divine Miss M on our website. And if you want to see Bette in “Dolly” in person, you better act fast – she leaves on Jan. 14.
When our answer to an “Ask Billy” question is “You Bette”, it’s definitely time to end yet another column. Your best bet is to check out www.BillyMasters.com – the site that never holds anything back. Of course, keep sending your questions to me at Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before Caitlyn Jenner replaces Bette Midler in “Dolly”!
So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.