Wendy Kaufman, Snapple’s pitchwoman, found herself in a tussle with actor-comedian Gary Busey on a recent episode of VH1’s reality show “Celebrity Fit Club.”
The flap erupted when Busey, after being knocked out in a boxing workout, gathered his team of famous fatties together for a prayer, which he concluded with the words: “through our Savior, Jesus Christ.” Kaufman objected, asking, “Can’t you do it just for God?”
Busey, a minister in the evangelical Promise Keepers movement, grew angry. “Why don’t you let me finish the prayer, stupid?” Busey said, adding later, “The Antichrist is everywhere.”
Another participant, actor Willie Aames, sided with The Snapple Lady, even though he is an evangelical Christian who once played the superhero Bibleman. “That was crap,” said Aames, best known for his supporting roles in the 1970s family drama “Eight Is Enough” and the 1980s sitcom “Charles in Charge.”
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In what The New York Times has called “one of the boldest bits of replacement casting in Broadway history,” former talk show host Rosie O’Donnell is slated to assume the role of Tevye’s long-suffering wife, Golde, in the “Fiddler on the Roof” revival now on Broadway. The casting change will mean that two of the country’s most recognizable gay figures, O’Donnell and Harvey Fierstein, will be playing the standard bearers of Old World tradition.
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A recent profile of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid shows that the Nevada Democrat never has been one to shrink from a fight. According to an article in the August 8 and 15 double issue of The New Yorker, Reid, as a teenager, refused to back down when his future wife’s Jewish parents tried everything short of a filibuster to send him packing. Landra Reid (née Gould) told the magazine that her father would tear up Reid’s letters and hang up the phone on him when he called. Things came to a head when, over the course of an argument, Reid threw his future father-in-law to the ground.
Though the couple eloped and later converted to Mormonism, their ties to Reid’s in-laws — and to Judaism — never were severed. For as long as Landra Reid’s parents were alive, the Reids observed Jewish holidays with them. To this day, the doorway of the Reid family home in Searchlight, Nev., is adorned with a mezuzah. And in the spirit of true bipartisanship, Reid now wears his late father-in-law’s wedding ring.
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El Al is boasting about flying Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, his wife and several close friends to Israel for a vacation. According to the airline, the entourage includes “close friends” Blaine Trump (sister-in-law of The Donald) and Chris Riley (wife of NBA coaching guru and Miami Heat team president Pat Riley).
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England’s top celebrity couple — soccer star David Beckham and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham — are sporting matching Hebrew tattoos. The soccer stud, whose mother is Jewish, reportedly was the first to get the Hebrew inscription, which means, “I am my beloved, my beloved is mine.”
The tattoos — on his left forearm and her neck — were meant to mark the couple’s sixth wedding anniversary.