Monday, April 30, 2007

Could Whoopie Replace Rosie?

We thought it was kind of strange that an Oscar winner would want to host a terrestrial radio program in New York City post-Stern, yet that's just what Whoopie Goldberg has gone and done. See, we were laboring under the misguided impression that the Showbiz food-chain began in the muck of Radio, then climbing up the winding staircase of the Music Biz, then Teevee, and, ultimatley, ascending into the celestial heights of "Oscar". But ethnic minorities have over the years busted up the Waspy vertical hierarchy (Think established actress Jlo, continuing to sing; Jamie Foxx on Tour; Salma Hayek exec-producing "Ugly Betty"; Whoopie making boatloads of dough producing "Hollywood Squares").

Could Whoopie's next maneuver leveraging her near 100-percent name recognition and phenomenal Q-Rating be a position on "The View"? Says Don Kaplan in the Post (link via Drudgie-Poo):

"Since last week's announcement when Rosie said she planned to leave the show in June, several names have surfaced as possible replacements.

"Among them are Joan Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathie Lee Gifford and Connie Chung. Out of all of them, Roseanne seems to be the best fit.

"'It's going to be hard for them to follow Rosie,' says an industry insider. 'Roseanne could be the only one capable of pulling it off.'

"Industry insiders have also suggested Bette Midler and D-lister, Kathy Griffin."

Rosanne seems like the likely replacement, but considering Barbara Walters' childlike fascination with African-American hair, Whoopie might be able to make it a "taching moment" for Barbara, starting with, "Don't ever ask Diana Ross if she's wearing a wig."

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