In an appearance on ABC’s The View today, Stormy Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti revealed a “composite sketch” of the man who Daniels alleges threatened her if she didn’t shut up about her alleged affair with Donald Trump a decade ago.
Avenatti also announced there is a $100,000 reward for information leading to the man’s identification. Folks with any information can send contact Avenatti at IDtheThug@gmail.com.
I want to say, regarding the clips below, Daniels handles herself with a lot of aplomb and confidence here.
Meghan McCain asks direct questions that easily could have elicited a more argumentative or defensive response from Daniels. But instead, she calmly let McCain make her statements and then answered with logic in a calm, reasonable demeanor.
Daniels did get a laugh when asked about Trump’s denial that he knew anything about the $130,000 payment made to her: “I work in the adult business and I’m a better actor than he is.”
The more I see of Daniels, the more and more I’m impressed.
Contrast her appearance on The View with Donald Trump’s histrionic public pronouncements with 4th grade language skills, and you get the picture.
Appearing on The View today, where his daughter Meghan is a new co-host, Sen. John McCain was asked if he was “afraid” of retaliation from Donald Trump after some of McCain’s public statements about Trump.
McCain proceeded to laugh for a solid 15 seconds before shrugging, “I’ve mentioned that I’ve faced greater challenges.”
McCain also took another veiled swipe at Trump’s “bone spur” deferments from the Vietnam War, as well as Trump’s attacks on Gold Star families and accusations that Barack Obama was not born an American.
• The Colorado baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple told the ladies at The View, “I don’t believe that Jesus would have made the cake if he had been a baker.” Joy Behar’s simple response: “Come on — Jesus would have made the cake.”
• A New York City man, indicted on hate crime charges, could face 15 years in prison for violently punching a lesbian on the subway as he shouted “dyke” and “faggots.” The victim suffered a concussion, fractured nose, a broken eye socket and multiple deep cuts.
• According to a new Pew Research Center poll, more Americans (56%) trust German Chancellor Angela Merkel than they do Donald Trump (46%).
• “I grew up in a Christian home and church where I was taught that God hated homosexuality and I could choose to be straight. And I tried for a really long time. And I don’t think I was ever trying to lie to anyone. I was trying to convince myself that I could be something I wasn’t.”
• On his now ex-wife of seven and a half years when he came out to her:“By the time I was able to tell myself and tell her, she just hugged me and cried and told me how proud of me she was for being able to be honest with myself. She’s been my biggest supporter, my biggest advocate.”
• The moment he saw his dad after his story (and he) was finally out: “The day that my story came out, my dad was at work and he read it. And he showed up on my porch while I was curled up on the couch, not sure what people would think, who would be talking about it. And he just knocked on the door – I had no idea he was coming – and he just hugged me for ten minutes and told me how much he loved me.”
• On still being a Christian today: “I feel I’m more in love with Jesus and the scriptures than ever.”
• On the near future: “I’m not dating. I decided to take at least a year to get to know myself as a gay person before starting to get to know who somebody else is in that sort of way,” said Pearson.
Very well-spoken, Trey has a raw honesty in his voice that sounds very freeing for him.
ABC has announced that Joy Behar is returning to THE VIEW next month.
“Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in,” the comedian said in a statement. “Plus, [my husband] Steve was getting tired of applauding every time I gave my opinion. But I’m happy to be back home. And I’m looking forward to sticking my two cents into the hot topics, especially now that Hillary and the Donald are in the spotlight.”
Behar, Candace Cameron Bure and Paula Faris will join Whoopi Goldberg, Raven-Symoné and Michelle Collins as co-hosts of the morning show next month.
Behar, 72, left the show to pursue other opportunities in 2013.
“The View” has been in a state of turmoil since last May when founding anchor Barbara Walters signed off of the roundtable 11 a.m. talker and Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd also left the panel. O’Donnell was recruited back to the show, which she co-hosted in the 2006-07 with much turmoil behind the scenes, along with newcomers Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace. Whoopi Goldberg, the show’s moderator and only returning member of the panel this season, is said to have butted heads with O’Donnell behind the scenes, as well as on-air.
Sources close to the situation said O’Donnell had been struggling with the stress related to her divorce as well as the pressure on “The View” set. The show’s lineup opened strongly in the ratings in September but viewership quickly tailed off. There has been much discussion at ABC about making further changes or additions among the hosts. Sources close to the situation suggested that O’Donnell decided to jump, citing her personal reasons, before she had to face the prospect of getting pushed.
“Rosie is an immensely talented star who comes in each and every morning brimming with ideas, excitement and passion for the show,” ABC said in a statement. “When she told us she wanted to exit ‘The View,’ we respected and understood her desire to put her well-being and her family first. We’re delighted she’s still part of the ABC family with upcoming guest appearances on ‘The Fosters,’ and we know she’ll return to ‘The View’ often with her unique point of view and updates on her work and her family.”
Annie Lennox stopped by THE VIEW on Friday to promote her newly released album Nostalgia, her third covers collection featuring her take on classic 20th century hits – including “Georgia on My Mind” as made famous by Ray Charles, which she performed live to spectacular results 🙂
The colorful and outspoken comedian will board the Hot Topics table for the show’s 18th season premiere Sept. 15. It’s a big gamble, which O’Donnell herself acknowledges — she signed only a one-year (albeit multimillion-dollar) contract so she can bail if the show devolves into another train wreck. If it works, she’ll be daytime’s new comeback kid at 52.
“I think it’s going to be must-see TV,” O’Donnell says over a plate of cookies at Sarabeth’s on a New York afternoon. “My goal is to come in peace. And the contrast between what the show will be and what it was is going to be glaring.”
Interestingly, the new panel of co-hosts met for the first time this week – only a week before going on the air.
Last month came the news that ABC’s The View released Sherri Shepard and Jenny McCarthy from the show. Now sources say Rosie O’Donnell could be coming back to the show with a deal that would be for a one-year/seven figures contract. AND Rosie wants to approve who her co-hosts would be.
We hear terms of her deal would include her appearing full-time on the show alongside Whoopi Goldberg, and O’Donnell will also get “approval over offers to other co-hosts.”
But according to a source, Rosie wants a stipulation that no other reality stars can be slotted as co-hosts, (so Bethenny Frankel’s agent should stop pitching). The deal would bring O’Donnell back after a rocky exit in 2007 after just one season.
I stopped watching the show years ago. Elisabeth Hasselbeck made the show unwatchable, and since then it just became even worse, although I do like Whoopi. Hasselbeck called into Fox & Friends from vacation to rant about O’Donnell’s possible return to The View, saying that Rosie had spit in the face of the US military. You can watch the clip here:
Curious to see how this pans out.
Rumors also are flying that Sarah Palin, former half-term governor of Alaska, would like to join the group. Not sure if she qualifies as a “reality” show star since I’m not sure she understands true reality, but we shall see…
What a great way to start the surprises on THE VIEW today as Hillary Clinton joined the ladies to honor Barbara Walters on her last day as a regular co-host on the show.
Hillary is the only person to have made Barbara’s “Most Fascinating” list four times, and twice she was listed as the #1 “most fascinating.”
Barbara jokingly invited Hillary to replace her on THE VIEW, but then followed up with one more question – “are you running?” Hillary did answer in the affirmative, saying she’s “running around the park.”
Another cute moment occurred when Hillary’s impending grandchild came up. Barbara asked “What do you want to be called?” Sherri Shepard adds, “Nana? President Clinton?” Hillary was clearly avoiding all talk of presidential runs on this day.
Hillary also answered questions about her new book Hard Choices, which focuses primarily on her time as Secretary of State.