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What's a Mother to Do When Children Misbehave?

November 27, 2006 12:00 AM

After a day off, Barbara Walters slipped into her increasingly frequent role of Mama Bear on "The View" to declare an end to another kerfuffle started by one of the ABC daytime show's co-hosts. This one flared after "View" newbie Rosie O'Donnell said that Kelly Ripa, co-host of "Live With Regis and Kelly," had gone all homophobic on Clay Aiken by saying, "I don't know where your hands have been" after he clamped his hand over her mouth mid-interview Nov. 17 on "Live." Ms. O'Donnell said Ms. Ripa wouldn't have made that comment to a straight or cute man, thus effectively outing Mr. Aiken, who has steadfastly refused to answer rumors that he is gay. Ms. Ripa called in to "The View" while it was on the air Tuesday protesting that Ms. O'Donnell knows she is not homophobic and explaining the remark was a reference to Mr. Aiken's having spent the commercial break shaking hands with the live audience in cold and flu season. Ms. Walters declared both Ms. O'Donnell and Ms. Ripa "one of the kindest and most sensitive people in the world," and revealed that the two have talked further off the air. Then Ms. Walters briskly made her final declaration on the subject: "All is well with the world and all is well with them." If Blink were Ms. Ripa, it would take a lot more than that. -Michele Greppi

The Writing's on the Dashboard

There was nothing funny about what Hurricane Katrina did to New Orleans, but comedians have been continuing to help raise money for the Queen City ever since the Comic Relief concert appeared on TBS and HBO on Nov. 18. At the show, Ford Motor Co. donated $50,000 and a new Ford Fusion that last week was being auctioned off on eBay. Bidders beware: The car is slightly used-a constellation of stars including Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Ray Romano, Sarah Silverman, Jeffrey Tambor, Bill Maher, Roseanne Barr, James Denton, Fred Willard, Bo Derek and the cast of "Entourage" have autographed the interior. As of Wednesday, the high bid was $23,545. The auction was scheduled to close Friday at 5 p.m. (PT). -Jon Lafayette

Breaking the Ice

Henry Schleiff has always been known as a bit of a funster, much more so than the stodgy confines of his former Court TV gig would suggest. In his new role as president and CEO of Crown

Media Holdings, parent of the wholesome and warmhearted Hallmark Channel, perennial man-about-town Mr. Schleiff never one to miss a photo opportunity-has a bit more latitude to cut

up. Here he gathers with a few other dignified chief executives (one of whom looks to be a real stiff) at a recent whitetie-and-tails affair in New York's Central Park to promote the Hallmark Channel's Thanksgiving holiday telecast of "March of the Penguins." Looks like a case of happy feet to Blink. -Tom Gilbert