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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Barry Manilow refuses to do The View

Singer Barry Manilow has refused to keep his scheduled appearance on The View today because he didn’t want to share a stage with Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Apparently, Manilow disagrees with Hasselbeck’s politics. He issued this statement on his Web site yesterday:

Hey guys, I wanted to let you know that I will no longer be on The View tomorrow as scheduled. I had made a request that I be interviewed by Joy, Barbara or Whoopi, but not Elisabeth Hasselback. Unfortunately, the show was not willing to accommodate this simple request so I bowed out.It’s really too bad because I've always been a big supporter of the show, but I cannot compromise my beliefs. The good news is that I will be on a whole slew of other shows promoting the new album.

Good for The View for refusing Manilow’s absurd request. The last time I checked, in a democracy people are allowed to have differing opinions. How petty that Manilow feels he can’t discuss his new album with someone whose views he opposes. By the way, if he’s going to diss Elisabeth, he should at least learn how to spell her name correctly.

Hasslebeck is a conservative on a show that features primarily liberal actors, musicians and hosts. Although she passionately argues her politics with co-stars, she doesn’t with guests, as they are usually there to promote a project. Shame on Manilow for acting like such a prima donna. I suddenly have the urge to torch my Manilow music collection, because even though he writes the songs, he won’t perform them on The View.


Melisa said...

What a jerk. Plenty of liberals have shared the stage with Elisabeth, including Susan Sarandon and James Brolin. This is beyond silly to not like someone because you disagree with their opinions. Grow up, Barry!

Anonymous said...

Obviously, you don't know Barry Manilow well at all and there is a reason he spelled her name wrong, trust me.

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