People: Ann Romney, Honey Boo Boo, Big Bird, Chris Bauer
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife says her husband will not run again if this race doesn't turn out the way they hope, The Associated Press reports.
Ann Romney told ABC's "The View" Thursday that it was "a very hard thing" to put her family through another White House bid after he lost the 2008 Republican primary. She said she agreed because she feels her husband can bring economic prosperity to America, but they "absolutely" will not do it again if he loses.
Also appearing was the Romneys' son Josh, who was asked about brother Tagg's joke after this week's contentious debate that he wanted to "take a swing at" President Barack Obama. Josh Romney said as someone who's been slugged by Tagg, he can assure Obama he has nothing to worry about.
Move over, Madonna and Lady Gaga!
There's a new gay icon -- Honey Boo Boo!
The reality-show wonder and her family will take a stand against bullying and show their support for LGBT young people by participating in Spirit Day today.
Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson, will mark the day by wearing purple, according to GLAAD. And, yes, her openly gay Uncle Poodle (whose real name is Lee), has also signed on and will be donning purple-hued attire just like previously announced celeb supporters Ricky Martin, Dianna Agron, Snooki, JWoww, Pauly D and everyone at E! News.
"We've always supported gay people, even long before the show started," Mama June Shannon said the other day when she and Boo Boo stopped by the E! studios to promote their TLC show. "We didn't just do it because we have the show. Some people are kind of scared -- what you'd call homophobes -- but everyone knew Sugar Bear [Alana's father, Mike Thompson] had a gay brother. It's not a big deal."
And if that wasn't enough, RuPaul is one step closer to fulfilling his dream of recording a duet with Boo Boo.
"If the time comes along, maybe," June said about the possible collaboration. "I think it would be interesting."
In more Honey Boo Boo news, Rosie O'Donnell told People she wants to buy a new house for the stars of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," but matriarch Mama June has said her family doesn't need a new house but sure could use some renovations on their McIntyre, Ga., abode.
"We're in! Are you kidding me? Of course," O'Donnell -- who compared the show's 7-year-old star, Alana Thompson, to Shirley Temple -- told People Monday at her Annual Building Dreams for Kids Gala to benefit Rosie's Theater Kids.
And she insisted she'd head to Georgia herself to help do the work.
"They do that 'Extreme Makeover' show -- hello! I will call David Zaslav [president and CEO of TLC parent company Discovery Communications] when I get home. I will say [the family is] very into an addition, maybe we get Home Depot to chip in, and we make it the Christmas special: 'Rosie O'Donnell and Honey Boo Boo's Renovation.' "
Although there's already a Honey Boo Boo Christmas special in the works, O'Donnell hopes one day to meet Alana and her loved ones.
"They're taking a family that is supposed to be perceived as 'less than' and showing them [to have] humanity and value," she said. "I don't watch that much TV anymore -- some of the shows like the 'Real Housewives,' I never got into that. People are mean to each other. It's not my thing."
But with all the buzz around Honey Boo Boo, O'Donnell says she decided to give TLC's hit show a try.
"I didn't know what to expect," O'Donnell recalls. "For the first 10 minutes, I was kinda stunned. For the second 10 minutes, I was touched. And for the last 10 minutes I thought, this is really revolutionary TV in a way most people won't understand."
Poor Big Bird.
First the "Sesame Street" icon becomes a political pinata during election season. Now some enterprising entrepreneurs are putting out a sexy Big Bird costume that doesn't bare much liking to the lovable eight-foot Muppet, let alone keeping with his kid-friendly image, E! News reports.
Which is why Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that produces Sesame Street, is crying foul and siccing its lawyers on a variety of Halloween online sellers to ensure the scantily clad getup is given, um, the ax.
"The costumes are not licensed or authorized by Sesame Workshop. We are working with our legal team to have the costumes removed from the market," Sesame Workshop said in a statement.
Specifically, the Sesame folks are targeting websites -- such as Yandy.com -- that are selling a racy version of Big Bird that comes with a yellow cuddle plush mini dress and orange-striped thigh-high stockings with attached bird feet (the bird headpiece is sold separately).
Sesame Workshop does have an authorized line of Big Bird outfits, which are more demure, that's licensed to costume manufacturer Disguise. Those costumes are fine.
A rep for Yandy.com was unavailable for comment.
But what's next? A lingerie version of Elmo?
"True Blood" star Chris Bauer is going to be sinking his teeth in a new play, the AP reports.
The Atlantic Theater Company said Thursday that Bauer will star in a production of "What Rhymes With America" by Melissa James Gibson. Previews begin Nov. 19. The play opens Dec. 12.
The cast also includes Aimee Carrero, Seana Kofoed and Da'Vine Joy Randolph.
Bauer plays Detective Andy Bellefleur in "True Blood" and is known for his role as union boss Frank Sobotka on the TV series "The Wire." He made his Broadway debut in "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 2005.
The company says the new play is "about estrangement and the partially examined life." Gibson, a staff writer on the FX show "The Americans," also wrote the play "This."
First Published October 19, 2012 12:00 am