Elizabeth Berkely Gets Eliminated — What’s the Real Story?

A few weeks ago my father called to ask why Elizabeth Berkely is unlikable, insisting she’s great and deserved far more credit than she was getting. “She just is,” I said. “i can’t explain it.” But his question forced me to further explore the arbitrary thoughts in my head — and the head of the public. In short, I came up with nothing. There’s something about her that seems almost arrogant and aware of her talent, rather than the very humble Leah Remini who you feel automatically inclined to root for. As for Bill Envall, he’s supremely likable, and the task of explaining that is far great than my original inquiry. Watch Elizabeth Berkely’s last performance on the show.

Tabloid Gossip — Links & Things


  • Megan Fox is pregnant. Celebuzz
  • Evan Rachel Wood gave birth. MSN
  • Adrienne Bailon has yet to claim her baggage. Bossip
  • Jodie Sweetin’s ex-factor just got more complicated. TMZ
  • Will.I.Am might join American Idol. E! Online
  • Simon Cowell put a baby in a married woman’s belly. NYDN
  • Raven Symone put one foot out of the closet. CNN
  • Jennifer Aniston is a bare-faced beauty. People
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey have some real problems. THG



‘The Talk’ Panel Tells Howard Stern Why Leah Remini & Holly Robinson Peete Were Fired

Howard Stern is the only man who could get to the bottom of why Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete were fired from The Talk. Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, and Sharon Osbourne appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show to promote The Talk, and Stern grilled them for an explanation. Though Stern implied that Chen was to blame because of her marriage to CBS honcho Les Moonves, Gilbert quickly came to her defense and explained that the studio and the network made the final decision, and Chen didn’t have a say. Stern then pressed Osbourne, who is always honest. She quickly said that the chemistry was clearly off with the prior panel, and she therefore had a feeling they’d get the boot. Stern also asked Chen to confirm whether she insisted on being present when hot-button subjects were discussed, and she admitted that because of her journalist background, she was the only one who knew how to avoid a lawsuit. So what have we learned from all of this? We learned that the television industry is very similar to high-school, so you better make nice with the popular girls, especially when one such popular girl is dating the captain of the football team.

Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete Fired From ‘The Talk’?

When I first watched ‘The Talk,’ I knew almost immediately that the show would not survive with its panel of hosts. The women didn’t gel, and the only person that I thought had true talent was Julie Chen, who, similar to Barbara Walters’ role on ‘The View,’ is a real journalist (though there is only one Babs). So it’s no surprise that three of the original hosts have been given the axe. This includes: Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete, and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Leah Remini recently admitted to the firing (or “not having her option picked up” as it goes in Hollywood), which I appreciate. There’s no need to develop some elaborate excuse about not wanting to return (hear that Megan Fox?). Though I feel bad for them, this was a good decision on CBS’ part. First, Remini wasn’t funny. She’s an actress not a comedian. Unlike Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and Sherri Shepherd, Remini not only lacks the timing necessary to navigate those segments, but she also is the rare breed of annoying, which includes thinking you’re funny when you’re not (at least Julie Chen never attempted jokes). As for Holly Robinson Peete, she just wasn’t particularly interesting or funny. I hate to be harsh, but I’m glad CBS got their act together. There are rumors swirling that Kris Jenner might be the new co-host, which is actually a good idea. Despite my love/hate relationship with the Kardashians, they are relevant — like it or not.

Marissa Jaret Winokur Leaves The Talk — My Prediction Was Correct

I hate being right sometimes.  I know that sounds sarcastic, but I really do hate being correct when it involves someone’s job.  About a month ago, I wrote a post about how Marissa Jaret Winokur might be fired from The Talk, as she’s rarely ever seen on the show.  It’s now official.  Marissa and CBS “mutually parted ways.”  I actually really liked Marissa on the show, but I know about Hollywood head-counts, and where fat can be trimmed — it will be trimmed.  Plus, it is absolutely ridiculous to have that many panelists on The Talk.  Without Winokur, there are still five women, one of which also needs to go.  I won’t tell you who though, because here at The Dishmaster, I try to be positive.  After all, someone told me last night that I “come off as very negative,” and because I’m actually an inherently positive person, I refrained from telling him to “go fu*k himself.”

Why Doesn’t Sara Gilbert Discuss her Relationship on ‘The Talk?’

There’s something very annoying about CBS’ new show, The Talk, and it isn’t Leah Remini’s incessant yelling.  It’s Sara Gilbert, who never openly discusses her relationship on the show.  Gilbert is an executive producer and co-host, and you might remember her as Darlene Conner on Roseanne.  She came out of the closet in 2010, and she has has been with her partner, Allison Adler, since 2002.  So what’s my problem?  Gilbert has not mentioned her partner once since the show began, despite every other panelist discussing their significant other.  In fact, the premise of the show (besides being a blatant rip-off of The View), is that it provides a support system for mothers, because the ladies often discuss their personal struggles on the show.  So wouldn’t it be appropriate for Gilbert to mention Adler?  I understand that everyone finds their own way to talk about things, but if you join a talk show, and you’re not completely open about your personal life, I have a problem.  If she isn’t ready to discuss it, then she shouldn’t have signed on to the show.  Besides, this is a perfect forum for her to educate people on her personal life, and it could potentially help other same-sex couples with their own struggles.