The Final Straw: Even if she's not really authorized to do it, who better than Kathy Griffin to act as Rosie O'Donnell's spokeswoman? Griffin says O'Donnell told her that she quit "The View" early because the director used a split screen during her now-infamous final dispute with Elizabeth Hasselbeck. It was then that she "knew it was over." She said the split-screen made "The View" look like "The Jerry Springer Show" (although wouldn't that be a step up?). (AA)
Generation Gap: It's the end of the world as we know it: The New York Times ran a story with the word badonkadonk in it on Sunday. On the upside, the "St. Elmo's Fire generation" has been officially christened. (NYT)
Hollywood Nights: I love how the news stories about Lindsay Lohan's car crash and arrest include firsthand accounts from people who just happened to be two inches away, and by people I mean paparazzi: "I quickly got out of my car and said, 'Lindsay, are you OK?' And she didn't really respond, she was moving fast," said X17 photographer Perry Farinola. Farinola then saw Lohan get into another car. Too bad she didn't hit and run. (ABC)
Did He Get Fired From D&D? Somebody call Allison, quick. Andrew Shue is back with a new film about soccer, "Grace," that's based on his own family's tragic loss. (AP)
PSA: "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington, making amends for his use of an anti-gay slur, cautions in a public service announcement that "words have power" to hurt or heal: "I hope viewers will take a moment to reflect on the power of words, particularly when it comes to the lives of young people and their experience at school. Words have power. The power to express love, happiness and joy. They also have the power to heal," Washington says in the message. "When you use words that demean a person because of their sexual orientation, race or gender, you send a message of hate. ... We have the power to heal and change the world by the words we use." (AP)
Love Is Blind, Now: Young Linda Riss broke up with her older, married lover, BurtPugach, when he wouldn't follow through on his promise to divorce his wife. He responded by stalking her and hiring thugs to throw lye in her face, leaving her disfigured and blind. After spending 14 years in the slammer for this henous assault he got out of jail and they've been married for the 33 years since. Sounds like love to me. "Crazy Love" sounds like the movie of the year to me. (NYT)/li>
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