Elisabeth Hasselbeck 'Going for the Kill' With Adam Lambert
It's On Between Hasselbeck and Lambert
Of all the fabulous argue-happy ladies on 'The View,' the conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck is the one that is most excited about controversial singer Adam Lambert's taping today ... because she smells blood in the 'View' water. "She can't wait to bait Adam about his infamous inappropriate performance," an insider told me, "and don't expect her to pull any punches. She's going for the kill."
Lambert's face-in-crotch, keyboardist-tonguing American Music Awards performance seems to be easy fodder for Hasselbeck, who 99 out of 100 times falls on the right side of politically neutral. She's also said to be quite upset that Lambert's 'View' interview and performance will be taped (and air on Thursday) rather than the usual live format, because she knows this is is a big, fat softball for her to whallop out of the park. But she should probably blame Lambert for that, as ABC -- for good reason -- is a bit nervous about giving him a live spot.
"Elizabeth knows the power of live TV. Remember, it was her live fight with Rosie that made her a household name. She would love to make headlines again by getting into it with Adam," said a source.
However, if she thinks Lambert is easy prey, she might be in for a surprise. Lambert's pal has told me: "Adam has had to deal with people like her all his life. If it's a fight she wants, she's got it."
Rawr! No matter what side you are on, tune in Tuesday to see who wins!
Rocket Man Comforts Piano Man
When the tragic news broke that Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley's daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, was hospitalized after a reported failed suicide attempt, the first person to call offering support was superstar Elton John.
"Elton has been friends with Billy for years and knows only too well the effects of substance abuse. He did what any other real friend would do in the same circumstance, he wanted to help," a friend of Elton tells me.
This isn't the first time the flamboyant star has wanted to get involved. He also reached about to troubled singer George Michael, who told him to, "shut up and get on with his own life." We're guessing (and hoping) Elton's call to Billy was a bit more cordial.
Catherine Zeta Jones Gives Lansbury Star Treatment
Not only is Catherine Zeta Jones Broadway's biggest and newest arrival, she's also its most generous. Catherine insisted from day one that the real star of the new production of 'A Little Night Music' would be Broadway legend Angela Lansbury. "Catherine is such a huge movie star who could have demanded the whole revival be all about her. Instead, she did the opposite. She is sharing top billing above the title and has even made sure that Angela gets the star dressing room right next to the stage," a 'Music' insider says.
When was the last time you heard of a movie star deflecting attention on themselves so that another could shine? That's right ... probably never. So the next time one of you big Hollywood film stars fancy doing a little bit of old Broadway, give Catherine a ring before you learn your lines.
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