The Shmooze

Bye Bye, Barbara Walters

By Anne Cohen

Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton were among the surprise guests who showed up to say goodbye to Barbara Walters during her last taping of “The View” on Friday.

The journalist filmed her final appearance on the ABC talk show, celebrating a career of more than 50 years in TV news.

The question now is, who will replace her?

Well, Walters is rooting for Hillary. Ever the reporter, the grand dame of TV journalism even asked the former Secretary of State THAT question: Is she running in 2016?

“I am running — around the park,” Hillz quipped back.

Oprah thanked Walters, saying that she owed much of her career to her, as a woman who led the way for others to follow.

You know, in many ways I feel responsible for you,” Walters said.

“Well, you should!” Winfrey replied.

Per the Hollywood Reporter:

Among the women who walked onto the stage to greet Walters and then form a star-studded semicircle were Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Jane Pauley, Joan Lunden, Connie Chung, Elizabeth Vargas, Robin Roberts, Amy Robach, Juju Chang, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Tamron Hall, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Maria Shriver, Mika Brzezinski, Paula Zahn, Gayle King and Lisa Ling.

Looking at all the women assembled together, Walters, who’s recently commented that she feels her legacy is in paving the way for women who’ve come after her, said, “This is my legacy. These are my legacy.”

Her old friend and fellow member of the tribe Michael Douglas also stopped by for some gossip about who’s a better kisser, Matt Damon or Diane Keaton (“They both wear different chapstick,” was the diplomatic answer).

Asked what she’ll fill her time with after retirement, Walters said that she was planning to take a trip to Berlin with a friend.

“The good news is that I will have time now to get Botox,” she added. “But now that I’m not going to be on the air, I don’t need to get Botox. But starting soon I will be available for supermarket openings and charity auctions. For a $10 bid, you can have lunch with me. For a $20 bid, you don’t have to.”

“Now having this amazing career, how can I just walk away and say goodbye?,” she continued. “This way, from the bottom of my heart to all of you with whom I have worked and watched and been by my side, thank you.”

No goodbyes for her. Walters signed off with an “A bientot,” (French for “See you soon”) and a kicker: “When all of that is done, I can take some time and enjoy my view.”

Bye bye, Barbara! We’ll miss you.

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Marc Mezvinsky's Apartment For Sale

By Anne Cohen

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Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

If you can’t keep up with the Clintons, you can at least try and live like them.

Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton’s banker hubby, is unloading his $4.5 million apartment at the Grand Madison, a 12-story, 191-unit building at 225 Fifth Avenue, the Real Deal reported. Mezvinsky, 35, had reportedly purchased the three-bedroom, 2 1/2 -bath condo for $4 million in 2008.

The couple, who had been living in the apartment since their wedding in 2010, have just closed on a $10 million 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, 6 1/2- bath apartment at the nearby Whitman, across from Madison Square Park. The five-story luxury building has a key-locked elevator and one apartment per floor.

According to the New York Post, Clinton’s rep noted “Chelsea and Marc love the neighborhood and are excited to be staying close by.”

President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton toured the apartment in March and gave their seal of approval, pausing to take pictures with some of the construction workers.

In the meantime, for a mere $4.5 million in spare pennies, you too can get a taste of the high life.

Check out the couple’s new pad below:

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Bill Clinton Wins Father Of The Year

By Anne Cohen

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Chelsea Clinton and Bill Clinton

It’s not everyday that your achievements in fatherhood merit both recognition from the community and a TextFromHillary.

Former President Bill Clinton was honored by the National Father’s Day Committee at the 72nd Annual Father Of The Year Awards, during a lunch benefiting Save The Children on Tuesday. Presented with the award by daughter Chelsea, he joked:

“I [received] a text message from Hillary [Clinton] saying, ‘Congratulations. I think you deserve this.’ In our family, that’s a very big deal,” he said in his acceptance speech. The honor has been given out by the National Father’s Day Committee since 1942.

It’s unclear which was more significant (after all, quips from Hillary are rare gems.

Chelsea, whose presence at the ceremony was a surprise, gushed over her daddy.“Every day he’s my dad, and I don’t need an award to tell me he’s the best that I ever could have hoped for,” she said. “But I’m grateful he’s getting the recognition that I, of course, his unapologetically biased daughter, think he’s always deserved.”

The 33-year old added that hubby Marc Mezvinsky will have a hard act to follow. “Of all reasons that I’m proud of my father, I’m most proud that he’s my dad and that he’s always been there for me. And he’s set the bar very high for my husband, as Marc [Mezvinsky] and I think about having our own children,” she said. “He has always provided me a safe place to land and a hard place from which to launch.”

In his acceptance speech, Clinton added that despite his heavy load of responsibilities, first as Governor of Arkansas and then as President of the United States, his daughter has always been his first priority. According to Parade magazine, he concluded by recounting an episode from Chelsea’s birth, during which he had to fight with the hospital staff who wouldn’t let him be present for his wife’s Cesarean section “If you send her into that room without me, I think you’re making a big mistake … I want to see my daughter born,” he remembered saying. Eventually, the doctors gave in. “They let me go in and hold Hillary’s hand. I saw Chelsea come out, and it changed the hospital’s policy on letting fathers into the delivery room when surgery was required. And from that day to this, I have believed without the shadow of a doubt that it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me.”

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Chelsea Clinton On Hillary, And Running For Office

By Anne Cohen

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Chelsea Clinton at CGIU

In an intriguing interview on Monday’s “Today Show,” Chelsea Clinton said that she would be open to running for office someday.

“Right now I’m grateful to live in a city, in a state and a country where I strongly support my mayor, my governor, my president, my senators and my representative,” she said, adding that “If at some point that weren’t true and I thought I could make a meaningful and measurably greater impact, I’d have to ask and answer that question.”

As for whether or not her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will be running for president in 2016, anything is possible.

“I deeply respect and appreciate all of the admiration and respect and gratitude for my mother’s service,” Clinton said. “As a daughter, I very much want her to make the right choice for herself. I know that will be the right choice for our country, and I’ll support her in whatever she chooses to do.”

After years of shrinking from the spotlight, Chelsea Clinton has stepped up her game. She recently took a leading role at CGIU, the Clinton Global Initiative’s meeting for college students, where she appeared with daddy Bill and moderated panels and discussions, and appeared on the cover of Parade on Sunday.

Surprisingly, Chelsea doesn’t attribute her interest in public service to her parents, but rather to her grandmother, Hillary’s mother, who died in 2011. “She probably didn’t think of it as urging,” Chelsea told “Today,” “she definitely thought of it as, you know, grandmotherly nagging, and she exercised that prerogative often.”

Bubbe knows best.

Watch the whole interview here:

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Chelsea Clinton and Hubby Buy $10.5M Condo

By Anne Cohen

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Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

Hey NoMad, you have new neighbors!

Chelsea Clinton and hubby Marc Mezvinsky have signed a contract for a $10.5 million condo across the street from Madison Square Park, the New York Post reported Thursday.

The couple will be moving into 5000-square-feet on the fourth floor of 21 East 26th Street, including four bedrooms, six and a half baths, a media room, and views of the park (see pictures below). The gigantic master suite has two baths and two dressing rooms — essential for any couple who plans on staying married.

Condo fees are $4,342 a month, and the monthly real-estate taxes are $7,913, MSN Real Estate reported.

The aforementioned full-floor condo is located in a new Flatiron development called The Whitman, a residential building converted from a 1924 showroom owned by the plumber’s union. Tres chic.

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Natalie Portman Stumps for Obama in Black

By Simi Lampert

Natalie Portman stumped for President Obama on Saturday at the Nevada Women’s Summit, where she spoke about the president’s commitment to women’s rights.

Portman has a history of flexing her political muscle. In 2008, she defended Hillary Clinton against sexist barbs and then made phone calls for Democratic nominee, Obama. Four years before that, Portman took up John Kerry’s campaign as a cause.

In case you’re wondering what Portman wore while discussing politics (a collared blouse and pants), what color they were (matching black), or what Babble’s famecrawler thought of it (“uber-cute”), you can easily find that with a quick Google search.

But if you actually want to know what she said, scroll all the way down and click on the British Daily Mail article which goes into detail about her remarks. “The president has proven that he is a strong advocate for women and a defender of the issues that are important to women and their families, from affordable health care to fair pay and quality public education,” she said according to the Daily Mail.

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Hillary Clinton (Gently) Turns Down Jason Segel

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Jason Segel is a guy who looks ahead and thinks big. While complimenting his current co-star Emily Blunt (“The Five Year Engagement”) in an interview with Us Weekly back in March, he mentioned that he’d ultimately like the chance to appear on the big screen together with another special gal.

Segel wasn’t talking about Mila Kunis, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Aniston, or any of those other romcom leading ladies. He was thinking really outside the box…well, at least outside of Hollywood. Who does he want to share the marquee with? None other than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Where's Hillary? Hasidic Newspaper Photoshops Clinton Out of Bin Laden Photo

By Nathan Burstein

A Hasidic newspaper in Brooklyn has attracted national attention for defying explicit White House instructions and erasing Hillary Clinton from what’s arguably the year’s most powerful photo.

The Yiddish-language newspaper, Der Tzitung, also erased Director of Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason from the image, which was taken as President Obama and his top officials watched the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Der Tzitung left all the men in the photo. The paper’s decision to alter the image directly violates instructions from the White House, which decreed upon the image’s release that it “may not be manipulated in any way.”

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Clinton Wedding: WikiLeaks at the Wedding

By Dan Friedman

The Forward has learned that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is not in Melbourne, Australia, as has been widely reported. According to documents that Assange accidentally leaked to his own website, Assange has set up shop in Rhinecliff, NY, where he and anonymous volunteers are amassing top-secret information about Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to Marc Mezvinsky.

The Forward has managed to plant moles in the Assange team, who have been issuing a steady stream of revelations about America’s most highly classified nuptials. Here are some of the highlights:

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  • Although President Obama has not been invited, he will attempt to crash the wedding posing as SNL cast member Fred Armisen, an old friend of the Clintons.
  • Al Gore will be attending and, after his recent separation, will be bringing the Internet as his date.
  • One of the ushers will be Usher.
  • The teams for post-dinner charades have already been decided, and the early money is on Oprah, Steven Spielberg and Doris Kearns Goodwin as the team to beat. According to X-rays of the game envelopes, the first answer appears to be “Saved By the Bell,” or “The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993.”
  • In honor of the wedding, the town of Clinton, NY, 15 miles from Rhinebeck, will change its name to I Give It Three Years, NY.

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Clintons: Surviving as MOTB, FOTB and Converting

By Ilana Arazie

“If you can survive being an MOTB, being the special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism seems like a relief,” Hillary Clinton quipped recently to fellow MOTB – Mother of the Bride – U.S. Special Envoy To Combat Antisemitism Hannah Rosenthal at an event honoring Rosenthal in Washington.

Clinton has been taking time from Middle East policy to help her daughter Chelsea with tastings and dress fittings for her upcoming wedding to Marc Mezvinsky on July 31. Specifics of the wedding have been kept so quiet that “details are harder to ferret out than the president’s Afghanistan strategy,” the New York Times Style Section declared this Sunday.

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Secretary Clinton Urged To Press Israel To Remove Israel’s New Barrier — Against Foreign Gefilte Fish

By Nathan Guttman

As if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doesn’t already have enough trouble with Israel, now this: Clinton is now expected to put some pressure on the Israelis once again, this time not because of the settlements, but because of gefilte fish.

Turns out that Israel has imposed a 120% import duty on processed gefilte fish — the famous Jewish Passover staple, and this decision made it to the floor of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday.

“I have [in my district] the world’s only fish processor of gefilte fish,” stated Illinois Republican Don Manzullo when his turn came to present Clinton with questions. As Manzullo described the origins of the fish (Asian carp caught in Lower Mississippi and the Great Lakes), Secretary Clinton began to chuckle as did some of the committee members.

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