Sunday, January 27, 2008

Ringo Starr dissed by Regis Philbin

In a terrible sign of the times, the producers of Regis and Kelly wouldn't let Ringo Starr have four minutes to play his new song. Ok, I think I watched Regis and Kathie Lee maybe a half dozen times when my kids were little, but I haven't seen it in years and had to go look up the actual new name of the show. (And do research to learn that Kelly of Regis and Kelly is Kelly Ripa. Oh and by the way, in my research I found a great cameltoe picture of Kelly Ripa. See it here).

So, let's review: it's a daytime tv show I've heard of but don't watch. On the other side you have ONE OF THE BEATLES. BY THE WAY, THERE'S ONLY TWO BEATLES LEFT! I would give Ringo the whole frickin show if he wanted it. What is wrong with these idiots? Ringo was part of the most influential rock group ever. As a Beatle, he was a significant part of one of the most important cultural movements in the last hundred years or so. Four minutes?

Some quotes from an AP article:

Starr, who is promoting his new album, "Liverpool 8," planned to perform the title song with fellow rocker Dave Stewart. However, due to miscommunication between his publicist, Elizabeth Freund, and the musical director, Starr didn't realize the performance had to be 2 1/2 minutes or less, Freund told The Associated Press.

When told Tuesday morning that the performance had to be shortened, Freund said Starr tried to cut about a minute of the song's 4 minute, 15 second length, down to 3 minutes and 30 seconds. However, according to Freund, producer Michael Gelman said it had to be less than 3 minutes.

"We offered to cut back our chat time and asked them to fade or go to commercial. They were not willing to do that and Ringo was not willing to cut it further, so without a compromise we were not able to stay," Freund said in a statement to The Associated Press. "Ringo left saying, `God bless and goodbye. We still love Regis.'"

A spokeswoman for "Regis and Kelly" disputed some of Freund's contentions. The representative, who declined to be named -- citing show policy -- told the AP the show's producers tried to work with Starr. The spokeswoman also said the time of his song was almost 5 minutes, not 4 minutes and 15 seconds. She also said that his appearance had been booked since November and that Starr's representatives had agreed to the time requirement for the song.

With Starr absent, fashion designer Michael Kors and the winners of CBS' "The Amazing Race" did extra segments to fill his time.

Despite Tuesday's drama, she said the show would absolutely welcome Starr back.

However, Stewart had plenty of criticism for the show, calling it "disrespectful treatment of us as artists."

"Four minutes (3 minutes and 40 seconds, actually) seemed like an appropriate amount of time for a former Beatle. Mr. Gelman apparently felt Ringo's musical legacy should take a back seat to additional banter about the size of Ms. (Kelly) Ripa's derriere," he said in a statement.

The spokeswoman for "Regis and Kelly" said there would be no comment on Stewart's statement.

Starr, 67, shortened his song for CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman," but it was still over 3 minutes, Freund said.

But he was able to play the full song later Tuesday on "Rachael Ray."

"Ringo taped an interview and performance on our show this afternoon, which was absolutely amazing. He performed `Liverpool 8' in its entirety ... and was a complete professional and a pleasure to work with," said Charlie Dougiello, a spokesman for Ray.


I especially like this line:
Despite Tuesday's drama, she said the show would absolutely welcome Starr back.

I hope Sir Ringo and Sir Paul McCartney do every other daytime talk show in the world and never do anything that is related to Regis and Kelly, or anything that producer Michael Gelman works on. Hopefully someone at the show will realize that they have their priorities out of whack and cut ties with producer Michael Gelman. To think that the winner of the Amazing Race gets equal time as a Beatle is insane.

Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics) said it well when he said "Four minutes (3 minutes and 40 seconds, actually) seemed like an appropriate amount of time for a former Beatle. Mr. Gelman apparently felt Ringo's musical legacy should take a back seat to additional banter about the size of Ms. (Kelly) Ripa's derriere," he said in a statement.

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