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Newsweek’s new post-Tina Brown IBT-mandated dress code sounds pretty rough. According to the new guide, “Denim jeans, sweat suits, low-rise pants, sneakers, sandals, flip-flops, halter tops, camisoles, baseball caps, sweat suits, T-shirts, tank tops, micro mini-skirts [and] shorts” are all banned, and “inappropriately dressed employees will be asked to return home to change into suitable clothing.” (Politico)
Last Thursday, in an unfinished production space in Dumbo, a group of about 50 people—having traveled to Brooklyn from as far as Australia—gathered to join in everyone’s favorite parlor game: bingo. But this wasn’t just any bingo game. Presided over by Chemda Khalili, a short, busty woman with a mane of black curls, it kicked Read More
Calling Lena Dunham a “little fat chick” might have been the smartest move Howard Stern’s made in the last several years. Not only did his remarks get repeated by Ms. Dunham while she was on Letterman on Friday, but his very public apology on Monday gave him some extra leverage to pull the Girls creator and star (and recent two-time Golden Globe winner) onto his program today.
Here’s what went down.
Last week, Howard Stern was calling Lena Dunham a “talentless little fat chick” on his Sirius Radio show. Actually, to be more specific, he called her “a little fat girl who kinda looks like Jonah Hill(…)keeps taking her clothes off, and it kind of feels like rape.” Which, honestly, is the sentiment we’d expect from the wordsmith once he began musing on last season’s hot topic issue of Girls/Lena Dunham’s BMI.
He also said a lot of other, nasty things about he could tell Dunham had written the show “because she’s such a camera hog that the other characters barely are on.” He really didn’t sound like the world’s biggest fan.
But that was then, and now is now, and in between Mr. Stern had time to rewatch all the show’s weird sex scenes. In a complete 180 yesterday he left Linda Stassi territory, publicly apologized for his comments, and asked Ms. Dunham for an interview.
Because it turns out that he didn’t meant to call her talentless or fat. He meant super-talented and funny.
“If I had abs,” said the comedian Artie Lange as he held his medicine ball-sized paunch in his hands, “I would be dead.”
The former Howard Stern sidekick was sitting inside the new Varick Street studio that is home to The Nick & Artie Show, the sports-and-comedy talk show on Sirius Radio and DirecTV that he co-hosts with fellow comedian Nick DiPaolo. He was cradling his gut, pointing at the scars where nearly three years ago, in his Hoboken home, he took a 13-inch Wolfgang Puck kitchen knife and stabbed himself repeatedly: Six times with hesitation. Three times with conviction.
Rupert Murdoch excused himself from his British newspaper interests, Chris Hayes attempts to distinguish MSNBC from Fox News, and the world loses one of its first and most fierce media critics to ever swing at the inside baseball. These are your Monday Morning Media Briefs:
Occupy Wall Street
Keep it classy, Zuccotti Park! As private security and the NYPD continue to keep the area from being re-occupied, Howard Stern contributor and provocateur Joey Boots tried to get some answers from the men in charge. Instead, he was met by a slew of homophobia and anger: both from the police and Fox News. (Videos courtesy of Joseph Fionda.)
Shock jock Howard Stern announced this morning, on his show of course, that he has signed a new five-year deal with the company. The DJ spent a year teasing listeners with hints that he may leave, and the last few weeks have seen rumors that he would either retire, join the judging panel Read More
“Of course I do!” said Rudolph Giuliani jovially when the Transom asked if he remembered the 1987 release of the original Wall Street. “I was the U.S. attorney when that movie was done the first time. It was about my cases! Boeski, Milken, Levine. Sure. I remember it in great detail–the accurate parts Read More
We weren’t planning on becoming a big Katherine Heigl defender. After all, our hatred for her character Izzie Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy reaches such apoplectic proportions that we’re surprised we haven’t thrown a glass through our television screen by now. (Oh the horror of seeing Heigl-as-Izzie in cancer patient makeup and a bald cap Read More