Don Rickles, left, playfully strangles future RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, on the set of roast of some sort in 1977.
Famed late night show stalwart, actor and insult comic Don Rickles died at his home Thursday from kidney failure. He was 90.
Best known most recently as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise, Rickles also appeared in such films as “Casino,” “X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes,” “RECOiL” and “Dennis the Menace Strikes Again.”
He also was on television in “The Don Rickles Show,” “C.P.O. Starkey,” “Murphy Brown” and “Burke’s Law.”
He won an Emmy in 2008 for his work on “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.”
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his daughter Mindy and two grandchildren.
Artist’s impression of Oprah’s next big scoop.
A source close to Oprah Winfrey
has confirmed exclusively to The Daily Quarterly that the former queen of the daytime talk show has gotten her interviewing juices flowing again after breaking the story to the entire world that perhaps maybe seven of the last dozen or so Tour de France bicycle races might have been won by a cheater.
“She was really stoked to be the first journalist in the world to get the scoop that perhaps those wins were tainted,” the source said. “Being able to bring that sort of scandal to the forefront, especially in a sport like cycling, which is so universally respected and looked at to be such a clean sport that other professional sports looked up to, it really got her going.”
The source said Oprah was really proud of the recent interview, and was almost as excited to do that sit-down as she was when she interviewed author James Frey and was the first person in the world to suspect that Frey’s book, “A Million Little Pieces” wasn’t all it was purported to be. Oprah famously took Frey and the book’s editor, Nan Talese, to task on her show, and exposed the book as fiction to the entire viewing world, stunning anybody who’d read the book.
Sources indicate that Ann Curry will spice up the CNN lineup by filling an obvious gap in the lineup: entertainment news. Titled CNNtertainment the new show hopes to bring TMZ style reporting to CNN.
Recently ousted “Today Show” co-host Ann Curry is wasting no time trying to land her next news anchor gig, and she’s setting her sights squarely on a cable network that has much lower standards of getting the news right than NBC: CNN.
Curry said she enjoyed working at NBC, but understood it was time to move on to “smaller and lesser things” and find somewhere that she would be less stressed out about getting a story right or asking important questions of interview subjects.
Circus of the NFL Stars: if they were better at football they wouldn't be in this mess!
So it seems NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is unhappy with the annual spectacle/exhibition game played in Hawaii known as the Pro Bowl, and said before the Super Bowl last week that he may do away with the game itself, if the quality is so poor like this last one. And some football fans have been saying for years that it’d be more entertaining to see some sort of skills competition rather than a 68-65 football score-fest.
But we say take it one step further, and make it not just a skills competition, but bring back an 80s-staple of network TV that was unceremoniously taken off the airwaves long before its time. I’d love to see a “Circus of the NFL Stars!”