Video: Rosie accuses Paula of being drunk on “American Idol”

posted at 2:34 pm on January 18, 2007 by Allahpundit

The Trump feud petered out so it’s time for her to pick another ratings-boosting fight.

It’s not every day you see these words, particularly on this blog, but — Rosie’s right.

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Uh, this from the Network who thinks a show about robbing people is cool. They’re just pissed the show that makes fun of people beat the shinola out of the show about robbing celebrities.

Editor on January 18, 2007 at 2:40 PM

Rosie is right. Can you blame Paula, though?

If I had to listen to some of that, I’d want to have something to take the edge off.

Slublog on January 18, 2007 at 2:45 PM

Paula isn’t drunk; she’s antsy cuz she’s pickin’ out the next contestant to nail.

lorien1973 on January 18, 2007 at 2:45 PM

That was indeed low, but at least they didn’t talk “Chinese” to him.

bloggless on January 18, 2007 at 2:47 PM

Ummmm, so what.

KelliD on January 18, 2007 at 2:49 PM

Simon’s comments made more sense if you had to listen to the clip of him singing, which was intolerable. Rosie’s people didn’t play that, if they had, it would have diluted her point.

Alcibiades on January 18, 2007 at 2:52 PM

Plus, they did this kid a favor by putting his face on TV. If you think William Hung was big, this kid will be type cast in films and tv for life – there are just some things the make-up artist can’t do.

Editor on January 18, 2007 at 2:54 PM

I think Simon could have cut it off before the physical appearance slam – and should have. That’s not criticism, that’s not even an opinion – that’s just mean.

jeffshultz on January 18, 2007 at 2:56 PM

Paula isn’t drunk; she’s antsy cuz she’s pickin’ out the next contestant to nail.

lorien1973 on January 18, 2007 at 2:45 PM

You stole my thunder.

budorob on January 18, 2007 at 2:56 PM

The Trump feud petered out so it’s time for her to pick another ratings-boosting fight.

It’s not every day you see these words, particularly on this blog, but — Rosie’s right.

Right on all counts AP. I don’t hate anyone, but Rosie comes about as close as possible. That said, I can’t hate her for pointing out that Paula is CLEARLY wasted (though she’s less drunk on the show than the clips of interviews we’ve all watched here at HA). And while it was entertaining, it was uncalled for to make fun of that kid’s looks.

RightWinged on January 18, 2007 at 3:00 PM

She’s jealous because Paula is 44 yet still hot while Rosie is a disgusting 350-pound sow that most human beings find repulsive.

JammieWearingFool on January 18, 2007 at 3:01 PM

Plus, they did this kid a favor by putting his face on TV. If you think William Hung was big, this kid will be type cast in films and tv for life – there are just some things the make-up artist can’t do.

Editor on January 18, 2007 at 2:54 PM

lol, interesting take… and probably true. I wouldn’t be surprised if the screeners (it’s clear that the “3 judges” only see a certain bunch that have been screened) got with the producers and decided “this is our next William Hung”. I agree with you though, he’ll be in movies.

RightWinged on January 18, 2007 at 3:02 PM

But if you put the world “republican” on his shirt she’d be all for it

One Angry Christian on January 18, 2007 at 3:03 PM

Plus, they did this kid a favor by putting his face on TV. If you think William Hung was big, this kid will be type cast in films and tv for life – there are just some things the make-up artist can’t do.

Editor on January 18, 2007 at 2:54 PM

LOL

Theworldisnotenough on January 18, 2007 at 3:06 PM

Couldn’t get myself to watch the rosie clip, I did watch the paula clip. So damn it Allah Why did you do it… Why did you put on a clip that made me say an unspeakable truth Rosie’s right…. must distroy keyboard….

Gwillie on January 18, 2007 at 3:11 PM

The entire world is going to hell in a handbasket and we are talking about this rude, crude, no intelligence female? Rosie has no shame about anything and she can’t tell jokes that make people laugh anymore so she is a perfect example of the hate mongering liberal left in all things.

sharinlite on January 18, 2007 at 3:12 PM

After Rosie’s face stops the clock, the clock is right twice a day.

Valiant on January 18, 2007 at 3:12 PM

I put a picture of this Rosie creature on our commode; keeps us regular….

IntheNet on January 18, 2007 at 3:12 PM

Simon said he looked like a Bush Baby.

Me? The world that popped into my mind is Lemur.

Exit Question*: If the contestant was black, would the use of the term Bush Baby have been a racial slur?

*Blatant rip-off of AP’s schtick.

EFG on January 18, 2007 at 3:18 PM

I saw this last night. After that contestant, I looked at my wife and said, “Simon just hit below the belt.”

Then to show them laughing at hime after he left…classless.

I hate to do this, but I agree with Rosie.

Matticus Finch on January 18, 2007 at 3:19 PM

I think Rosie thought that Simon said massive a**, not massive eyes. Ya think?

d1carter on January 18, 2007 at 3:24 PM

I’m not sure. I had some of the same reactions to the people singing. Sorta like a sonic crowd control weapon.

Mazztek on January 18, 2007 at 3:28 PM

Strange… Didn’t Rosie make fun of…

Oh, nevermind.

Mazztek on January 18, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Hilarious. Rosie cracking on someone for making fun of a person’s appearance? Didn’t she make a career out of that? Didn’t this entire Trump fiasco begin with her bashing Trump’s appearance?
Wow!

Gregor on January 18, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Strange… Didn’t Rosie make fun of…

Oh, nevermind.

Mazztek on January 18, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Trump’s hair? And then laugh hysterically? Like she was chiding … Simon for doing?

Yeah. she did.

One Angry Christian on January 18, 2007 at 3:32 PM

A bit of an aside, but it crossed my mind the other night that “American Idol” would be even more entertaining if Simon was replaced by the “Deadwood” character Al Swearengen.

Blacklake on January 18, 2007 at 3:33 PM

Paula is not drunk she is just stressed. I think she needs to touch her monkey.

vcferlita on January 18, 2007 at 3:38 PM

Who’s calling the kettle black? Let’s see… make fun of Trump’s hair. Plastered Devito as a guest on the show. Not her!

maintenanceman on January 18, 2007 at 3:42 PM

Can some of these contestents really not know how bad they are? Is that amount of self delusion possible? (I watched this for the first time, actually had to click to another channel I was so embarrassed for some of these people. Poor things.

honora on January 18, 2007 at 3:42 PM

Blacklake!

I’ll take Al Swearengen for Simon, and Calamity Jane in place of Paula. THEN we’ll have a show!

freakagriep on January 18, 2007 at 3:43 PM

Rosie accuses Paula of being drunk…

And Paula Replies to Rosie:

“Yeah, I’m drunk. And YOU are stupid.
Tomorrow, I’ll be sober… And YOU will still be stupid.”

(apologies to W.C. Fields)

LegendHasIt on January 18, 2007 at 3:44 PM

I think Paula’s on pills, and probably due to severe depression and anxiety caused by having to listen to all these contestants screech through their little numbers.

Is it torture? Only if you’re not getting paid, I guess.

As for Rosie? That’ll do, Pig!

CliffHanger on January 18, 2007 at 3:53 PM

WHY would anyone who watches that show during this elimination process complain about how the contestants are treated? The insults is what this show is about at this stage and everyone knows that.

Looks as well as talent and stage presence are part of becoming the “American Idol”. Every contestant is open to criticizm in every one of those areas. The guy was a goofy looking goon and thanks goodness Simon is there to weed ugly, no talent boobs like him out of the compitition.

He is another case that supports Rush’s call to have one day a year that all ugly people have to stay out of the malls. We have to look at them 365 days a year and it isn’t too much to ask for them to stay home for one day.

Simon should immediately begin to issue warnings when ugly contestants are about to be shown so that the rest of us can look away if we are in the middle of a meal etc.

Rosie? Pot, kettle, black. What an absolute foul puke she is.

csdeven on January 18, 2007 at 3:56 PM

That was indeed low, but at least they didn’t talk “Chinese” to him.

bloggless on January 18, 2007 at 2:47 PM

true

jummy on January 18, 2007 at 3:58 PM

Can some of these contestents really not know how bad they are? Is that amount of self delusion possible? (I watched this for the first time, actually had to click to another channel I was so embarrassed for some of these people. Poor things.

honora on January 18, 2007 at 3:42 PM

Honora, we know exactly how you feel.

Editor on January 18, 2007 at 3:59 PM

I’ve long held the same opinion as Rosie (and I’m sure we’re not alone on this) that the appeal of reality tv is more about watching people be humiliated than about seeing any depiction of ‘reality’. And yet, even though a lot of people agree with this and many people feel it’s wrong, these shows are still some of the most highly rated shows on any given night. Not to mention the fact that people still wait in line for days for the opportunity to be on these shows.

Honora – I’ve often wondered the same thing myself. I’ve only seen the first season (filmed before people could be sure it would be a hit) and although they had bad contestants, they weren’t as bad as clips I’ve seen from the rest of the seasons. Part of me wonders if people are that delusional while the other part is wondering if they purposely try to be awful just so they can get their 15 minutes of fame somehow.

On a side note, am I the only person that didn’t think the boy was that odd looking. He had big eyes, and that’s about all I could see that was out of the ordinary (and they didn’t seem that much bigger than the average persons eyes). If I were searching for an odd looking person, this guy wouldn’t have even been a blip on the radar.

JadeNYU on January 18, 2007 at 4:01 PM

By the way folks, these scary “losers” on the early episodes are picked specifically for the ratings/entertainment value… There are 3 levels of screening before you ever get to see the judges so obviously the “bush baby” look-a-likes, etc. are chosen by show employees to make it to the judge’s room.

That said, I completely agree with EFG about leaning towards “lemur” rather than “bush baby”.

RightWinged on January 18, 2007 at 4:04 PM

am I the only person that didn’t think the boy was that odd looking.

JadeNYU on January 18, 2007 at 4:01 PM

Um, yeah, pretty much you must be.

Editor on January 18, 2007 at 4:04 PM

Part of me wonders if people are that delusional while the other part is wondering if they purposely try to be awful just so they can get their 15 minutes of fame somehow.

I think that’s the reason for a lot of them. The prospect of mockery and embarrassment is nothing compared to the fact that they were on “American Idol.”

I prefer the later rounds, when people actually start singing.

Slublog on January 18, 2007 at 4:06 PM

I was told that the original screening process (before they get to simon et al) eliminates the people who have average voices and keep the extremes of the spectrum for entertainment value.

Putting a great singer next to a really lousy one accentuates just how good the best are and how bad the worst are.

That’s entertainment folks!

csdeven on January 18, 2007 at 4:08 PM

Bush Baby… Methinks his is what he meant… Aye Aye

Mazztek on January 18, 2007 at 4:09 PM

On a side note, am I the only person that didn’t think the boy was that odd looking. He had big eyes, and that’s about all I could see that was out of the ordinary (and they didn’t seem that much bigger than the average persons eyes). If I were searching for an odd looking person, this guy wouldn’t have even been a blip on the radar.

JadeNYU on January 18, 2007 at 4:01 PM

You’d have to have seen the show JadeNYU. They made him (via the magic of television) become “best friends” with some hugely fat and borderline retarded kid that he met in line. It was, sadly (and I don’t do this to mock), like peeking in the door of the Special Education room in high school. They had them doing handshakes, arms around eachother, walking off down the street together, etc. etc. I’m actually starting to think they actually paid these guys.

But anyway, back to the point… you’d have to see all the video (outside of what you see in the View’s clip) to really guage what the kid looked like, and couple it with his performance (the singing and the dancing…. oh, the dancing).

RightWinged on January 18, 2007 at 4:09 PM

and now for an entirely different Bush baby

RightWinged on January 18, 2007 at 4:12 PM

That guy made Steve Buscemi look good.

There is no way he entered as a contestant on Idol expecting he wouldn’t be dismissed as a loser. If he could carry a tune, he might have been judged differently. But he couldn’t sing, and that combined with his “non Idol-like” appearance set the stage for the ridicule he received. No talent, no personality, no looks and a voice like a wounded squirrel will get you the boot on American Idol. If you don’t know that going in, you’re admitting your stupidity and deserve to be laughed out of town.

Simon only said what everyone else was thinking. Problem was he should have kept his thoughts to himself. In defense of crude Simon, every contestant is aware that he doesn’t hesitate to say what’s on his mind. It’s his M.O. like it or not. You go into the lion’s den you’re gonna get bit now and then. Anyone who doesn’t know he’s a lion and not a lamb, hasn’t been living on this planet the last five years.

Oh, and don’t ya just love the screeching loons who beg the judges for a one more chance, expecting approval by singing a different tune. I particularly liked the lad who sang an ABBA tune sounding like Jimmy Durante.

fogw on January 18, 2007 at 4:12 PM

and of course these Bush babes

RightWinged on January 18, 2007 at 4:14 PM

You know.. this season has been the shittiest I have seen yet (American Idol). This may just be the last season of this show.

zerodamage on January 18, 2007 at 4:15 PM

That guy made Steve Buscemi look good.

fogw on January 18, 2007 at 4:12 PM

Those were the exact words I said to my wife last night.

Editor on January 18, 2007 at 4:16 PM

zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…huh? what? did Rosie say something?

Limerick on January 18, 2007 at 4:30 PM

Cliffhanger wrote:

As for Rosie? That’ll do, Pig!

Cup of coffee + Cliffhanger’s post = spewed upon monitor. lol

wccawa on January 18, 2007 at 4:36 PM

Nice to see Rosie showing her disapproval for public displays of intoxication. I guess Danny Devito won’t be returning to the View anytime soon.

Mallard T. Drake on January 18, 2007 at 4:43 PM

Yes, Rosie, but tomorrow I will be sober, and you will still be fat and ugly.

Lehuster on January 18, 2007 at 4:47 PM

Yes, Rosie, but tomorrow I will be sober, and you will still be fat and ugly.

Lehuster on January 18, 2007 at 4:47 PM

I was thinking the same thing, but Lehuster beat me to the punch-line.

Lawrence on January 18, 2007 at 4:55 PM

Rosie is slective in her outrage…apparently the only thing offensive to her is shots at physical appearance? But racism is fine?

Malpaso on January 18, 2007 at 5:07 PM

Can some of these contestents really not know how bad they are? Is that amount of self delusion possible? (I watched this for the first time, actually had to click to another channel I was so embarrassed for some of these people. Poor things.

honora on January 18, 2007 at 3:42 PM

of course they know how bad they are – they just want to be on t.v. they ask for this crap when they go on the show. it’s not like simon’s rants haven’t been well documented or discussed. that being said, simon was just downright cruel to that boy. it’s one thing to critique the singing, but to slam him on how he looks…sheesh simon. grow some.

pullingmyhairout on January 18, 2007 at 5:20 PM

Malpaso wrote:

Rosie is slective in her outrage…apparently the only thing offensive to her is shots at physical appearance? But racism is fine?

And her homosexuality, of course, because AS A GAY WOMAN she finds that EXTREMELY offensive. ugh.

BigOrangeAxe on January 18, 2007 at 5:34 PM

I’ll take Al Swearengen for Simon, and Calamity Jane in place of Paula. THEN we’ll have a show!

Now we’re talking! And Mr. Wu to complete the trifecta! One word, lots of drawings!

Blacklake on January 18, 2007 at 5:38 PM

Where is Trump when you need him..

Viper1 on January 18, 2007 at 5:44 PM

whatever happened to The Bong Show ??

gary on January 18, 2007 at 5:59 PM

You’d have to have seen the show JadeNYU. They made him (via the magic of television) become “best friends” with some hugely fat and borderline retarded kid that he met in line. It was, sadly (and I don’t do this to mock), like peeking in the door of the Special Education room in high school. They had them doing handshakes, arms around eachother, walking off down the street together, etc. etc. I’m actually starting to think they actually paid these guys.

I can see how in that context, he might have started to seem a lot more goofy.

Also, in my defense, I spent the last 4 years in SoCal near Venice Beach and the 4 years before that in NY’s East Village – It’s entirely possible that my freak-meter has been permanently skewed by those experiences.

JadeNYU on January 18, 2007 at 6:10 PM

You know.. this season has been the shittiest I have seen yet (American Idol). This may just be the last season of this show.

zerodamage on January 18, 2007 at 4:15 PM

I understand your point about not liking it, but you’re just one person… here’s the reality:

An estimated 36.9 million people watched the two-hour special on Fox Wednesday night, only slightly down from the 37.3 million who tuned in for Tuesday’s two-hour season premiere, according to Nielsen Media Research.

They were the two biggest nights of prime-time entertainment on Fox since it came onto the air nearly two decades ago.

Again, the two BIGGEST nights of prime-time EVER on Fox.

Also, in my defense, I spent the last 4 years in SoCal near Venice Beach and the 4 years before that in NY’s East Village – It’s entirely possible that my freak-meter has been permanently skewed by those experiences.

JadeNYU on January 18, 2007 at 6:10 PM

Lol. Could be. But seriously, it’s just because you didn’t see the full clip… they didn’t show the performance, they didn’t show all the “backstage” stuff, etc. This kid was like a mascot for the entire show practically.

RightWinged on January 18, 2007 at 6:26 PM

whatever happened to The Bong Show ??

gary on January 18, 2007 at 5:59 PM

I assume you mean the Gong Show, or were you going for the intoxication tie-in?

mikeyboss on January 18, 2007 at 6:32 PM

Here’s my 2 cents…I have watched the show this week and everyday I get the feeling she is trying to pick fights with just about anybody. Why would she do this? Simple..if you recall the Star Jones mess, Babs said she tried to give Star a graceful exit…If Rosie continues this, it will appear that Babs had no choice but to not renew the contract..therefore all the “we love Rosie” moments will not look like the lies they are…

Best part today…when Rosie butted in on Joy’s bashing of O’Reilly…Rosie tried to say that Bill didn’t like the kidnapped kids parent because of a piercing, and Joy..in her nicest New York snap said “what’s that got to do with anything”….

Pam on January 18, 2007 at 6:45 PM

Reminds me of an old gag: In the morning, Paula will have sobered up, but Rosie’ll still be ugly.

ahem on January 18, 2007 at 6:59 PM

And Rosie’s the “moral authority” (to user her EXACT words) on TV shows making fun of people’s appearances? Give me a frickin’ BREAK!

MsUnderestimated on January 18, 2007 at 7:19 PM

Best part today…when Rosie butted in on Joy’s bashing of O’Reilly…Rosie tried to say that Bill didn’t like the kidnapped kids parent because of a piercing, and Joy..in her nicest New York snap said “what’s that got to do with anything”….

Pam, I agree. One day this week, I can’t remember the stupid subject Rosie hung on to, but after about 5 minutes of it, Joy just threw her hands up and said “I don’t give a damn about this subject” (or something like that). I think it’s all going to be over before too long. Rosie may bring ratings, but they’re Jerry-Springer style, and those never last.

MsUnderestimated on January 18, 2007 at 7:21 PM

A drunk Paula beats a sober Rosie anyday.

infidel on January 18, 2007 at 7:53 PM

This entire week, it’s as if Joy is really trying to fight back! It’s a big wall to get through, but if anyone can..Joy can! :)

Pam on January 18, 2007 at 7:59 PM

I agree that Paula looks drunk or otherwise intoxicated, however, Rosie’s “holier than thou” attitude about making fun of people is the pinnacle of hypocrisy!!

Troy Rasmussen on January 18, 2007 at 8:21 PM

Oh, Rosie . . . please buy a first class ticket to some galexy far far away and find some other form of life to torture.

rplat on January 18, 2007 at 8:47 PM

Out of curiosity, has anyone read Brave New World, lately? I’m pretty sure that contestant’s features are what Huxley meant, when he called a few of his minor characters “brachycephalic.”

Tanya on January 18, 2007 at 10:55 PM

A Tanichka comment with a Huxley reference. Swoon.

Allahpundit on January 18, 2007 at 10:56 PM

Oy gevalt.

Tanya on January 18, 2007 at 11:01 PM

I watched both nights and I didn’t notice anything unusual about Paula, she’s always very animated. I think this clip is an editing hit job.

Rose on January 18, 2007 at 11:36 PM

Can some of these contestents really not know how bad they are? Is that amount of self delusion possible?
Honora

I remember thinking after watching some poor guy singing a Madonna song in the first season prelims that his friends did him a grave disservice by not letting him know how bad he was… I guess they didn’t want to hurt his feeling; he was so shocked when he was told how bad he was…That is a clear failure of the liberal ideology. I had to throw in a jab somewhere didn’t I?

Gwillie on January 19, 2007 at 2:49 AM

Maintenceman and Gregor are right.

Rosie is a big obnoxious hypocrite. She slams Trump over his looks, and publicly supports an obvious drunken or DRUGGED Danny Devito, while daring to complain about Simon’s comments about the contestant’s looks and Paula’s behavior.

So, AP, Rosie is NOT “right” to criticize Simon and Paula, considering her own behavior.

georgej on January 19, 2007 at 3:38 AM

Not even a hint of irony about Danny Devito?

Heh. Those post-menopausal hags are blind to their own criticizms.

Black Adam on January 19, 2007 at 6:42 AM

The walrus opens a second front. Smart.

shaken on January 19, 2007 at 7:18 AM

I’m beginning to wonder if Paula has some sort of neurologic disorder…the constant movement, difficult speech…it’s almost like watching Michael J. Fox without his meds. But, even if she is just drunk, so what? I’ll take her over Rosie any day of the week. Also, the contestants on AI are very well aware of what they’re getting into. One of the most bizarre contestants from a couple of years ago is from my town. The local paper interviewed her, and she was proud of the ridicule they heaped on her. She was hoping to parlay the negative attention into a career in comedy. These shows are also heavily edited to reflect whatever “reality” they think will garner the highest ratings.

BeachBaby on January 19, 2007 at 8:28 AM

Rosie is jealous because paula likes men and she has no shot with her.

I question the timing. I think Paula sandbagged it to boost ratings by creating buzz right before the opener. And if not… who cares? I’m ok with a drunk bimbo…it’s only a dopey tv show, and she’s still eye candy.

My tween sees right through the schtick, asked if the talentless contestants were just paid actors who are there for the comedic effect.

Alden Pyle on January 19, 2007 at 9:55 AM

Paula’s drunk on AI, circles are round . . .

rightwingprof on January 19, 2007 at 11:19 AM

Can some of these contestents really not know how bad they are? Is that amount of self delusion possible?

I especially like the delusional gay guys who cry when they aren’t picked. But you’d expect gays to be delusional…they seriously believe having someone shove their %&!@&# up their #*%$#’s is an “expression of love”!

stonemeister on January 19, 2007 at 1:48 PM