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Barbara Walters Outs Herself As A Lover of the Light Brown

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Pre-taped episode of “The Oprah Winfery Show” with Barbara Walters as a guest. Set to air Tuesday, Walter narcs on herself as being a, ahem, “Negro-lover.”

In celebrity news that I didn’t know I wanted to know, ABC’s Barbara Walters decided to do a celebrity scoop on herself and divulge an affair she had with United States’ first popularly elected black senator, Edward Brooke.

In an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” scheduled to air Tuesday, Walters shares details of her relationship with the married Brooke that lasted several years in the 1970s, according to excerpts of the show provided to the AP.

… Walters said he and she knew that public knowledge of their affair could have ruined their careers.

At the time, the twice-divorced Walters was a rising star in TV news and co-host of NBC’s “Today” show, but would soon jump to ABC News, where she has enjoyed unrivaled success. She said her affair with Brooke, which never before came to light, had ended before he lost his bid for a third term in 1978.

On one hand, this is … surprising, I guess. On the other hand, who wanted to know this? I mean, really. This would have been a salacious career ender in the 70s, but it’s 2008. Being “down with the swirl” doesn’t pack the punch it used to.

Walters, reportedly, pushed Brooke to leave his wife and when he did, she was pressured by friends not to marry him as the scandal would ruin them both.

Naturally, Brooke hasn’t had much to say about being outed as a lover of Barbara Wah-Wah. I think his silence basically says, “I’m 88-years-old. Please stop calling.”

But if you want people to buy some books when everyone got sick of hearing about you 20 years ago, interracial love gone bad sells much much better than media doyenne dishes on her failed relationships with other white people that you’ve already heard about extensively.

It’s no Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, but hey, it’s news-ish, right?

Washington Post’s The Reliable Source has more info on the once-torrid romance.


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May 2, 2008 at 10:04 pm

Lower Your IQ: Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey Allegedly Married. Allegedly.

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Everyone take your brain out for a breather … the Associated Press is reporting that allegedly Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon got married.

I know.

Just … just let the stupidity envelop you. Nick Cannon, who’s not funny, and Mariah Carey, my favorite Photoshop Diva, have tied the knot, allegedly, in the Bahamas, allegedly. And can I say “allegedly” enough? No I can’t. Allegedly. Allegedly. Allegedly.

Nick Cannon is cast as Mariah Carey‘s lover in her new video — but has the superstar diva given the young actor a considerably bigger role in real life?

According to several published reports, Carey, 38, married Cannon, 27, on Wednesday. Neither Carey’s publicist nor Cannon’s manager returned requests from The Associated Press for comment.

If the pair did indeed wed, it would be a whirlwind romance. Word that the two were seeing each other first surfaced in the last few weeks. Last Saturday, Carey was seen sporting a huge diamond ring on her finger at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of her movie, “Tennessee,” in which she plays a waitress. Cannon was at her side at the party. Speculation swirled that the couple were engaged.

I smell fix because this makes no sense. Mariah Carey and Derek Jeter, that was hot not-black-black-person sandwich. Mariah Carey and Eminem. Dysfunctional, but Mariah’s kind of trashy so it still made sense. Nick Cannon of Nickelodeon? This does not compute.

This is the same Nick Cannon who seems to do pretty women drive-by relationships. Who seems to hop on whatever chick is hot at the moment — from singer Christina Milian and Negrophile Kim Kardashian and Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks. If she’s got cache, he wants to cash in.

Feel free to give all this the alleged side-eye.

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May 2, 2008 at 5:07 pm