Season 18 of The View started up yesterday - did you catch it?
Whoopi Goldberg returns. Rosie O'Donnell is back - despite quitting the show seven years ago and vowing never to return. Actress Rosie Perez joined the team. And the fourth member, also new to the show, is conservative political commentator Nicolle Wallace.
You'll remember at the end of season 17, hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy were unceremoniously wheeled out the door. And the show's creator, Barbara Walters, retired over the summer.
The first show, from all reports, had all the elements of a shaky shakedown cruise. Let's see if the boat will stay afloat...
Robin Thicke's in the middle of a lawsuit with the family of Marvin Gaye about the music that went into his big hit, "Blurred Lines."
You'll recall that despite its hit status, the song stirred up a lot of controversy, ending up with Robin being labeled a mysogynist - and that's a generous characterization.
It didn't help any that Miley Cyrus joined him on-stage at the Grammys to twerk along in her mostly-naked style as Robin sang the tune dressed as Beetlejuice.
Anyway, the lawsuit claims that Robin and the song's producer, Pharrell Williams, were heavily influenced by and may have borrowed some of Gaye's music. The Gaye family says that Robin gave interview after interview saying how much Gaye inspired him and the creative process that went into the song.
Now, in a deposition from April that's just been made public, Robin's singing a different song. From the transcript:
"I was high on vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn't want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit."
He also says in the year following the song becoming a hit, he never gave one sober interview.
Which helps explain the Beetlejuice fashion choice too...
For the talent portion of the competition, she sat cross-legged on the stage and sang Pharrell's "Happy" while banging a red cup on the floor.
Afterwards, she explained the cup.
"The reason why I chose to do that talent is I wanted every single little girl in America to be able to see that you can do that talent — you can do whatever talent you want on national television — even with a red cup — and still be Miss America and have the time of your life. I literally in that minute and 30 seconds had the most fun I've ever had, and that's because I stayed true to myself and I did what I wanted to do for my talent, no matter what everybody else told me, and it paid off. I'm very happy about it."
And there's the lesson for all future Miss America contestants.
Why waste money on singing lessons or music lessons when all you have to do is master a Solo cup?
Ray Rice has been the subject of a lot of chatter these past few weeks, especially since he was released by the Baltimore Ravens after video surfaced of him knocking his then-girlfriend out in a casino elevator in Atlantic City.
Everyone's talking about domestic abuse because of it, and it's good for the conversation to happen.
But then you get interviews like this one, with Chris Brown doling out advice on MTV to Rice.
Yes, that Chris Brown. The one convicted of felony assault after beating Rihanna five years ago.
There's something that doesn't feel right about that… Maybe it's just me.
While perforing in Australia over the weekend, Kanye West stopped his concert and said he couldn't go on until everyone was standing. He then went to great lengths to point out the two people who hadn't stood up with the rest.
One guy stood, but waved his prosthetic leg at Kanye, who gave him permission to sit back down.
But other guy didn't stand, and Kanye refused to start the show. When Kanye was told the concertgoer was in a wheelchair, Kanye allegedly told his security team to make sure the guy was handicapped. He didn't start the show until that was confirmed.
Way to go, Yeezy. Paying $100 or more to see you isn't enough to prove someone's a fan. Now you've got to get out of your seat too?
Or maybe Kanye thinks he's a healing force.
How long do you think it will be before he's on the road perfoming in "Yeezus Christ: Superstar?"
There's video of the incident, and it's painful to watch - especially when the audience started booing the guys who didn't stand up and yelled, "Stand up! Stand up!"