Today on The View Rosie and Whoopi were joined by guest co-hosts Mario Cantone and Joy Behar! Nicolle was out sick again today and Rosie Perez returns in February.
With This Ring, I Me Wed: There’s a woman who was unable to find “the one” by the time she was 40-years-old so she threw herself a wedding to marry herself! She bought a gown, walked down the aisle, had bridesmaids and invited friends and family to attend. Mario said, “Marrying yourself is destroying the institution of marriage and ruining family values!” Joy said, “Next they’ll be marrying beasts, pigs and cows!” And she said the perfect wedding gift for this woman would be endless batteries. Rosie said Jane Lynch’s character on Glee started this trend of marrying yourself.
Go with the Flo: One of TV’s favorite sitcom moms, Florence Henderson, says she’s having the best sex of her life at 80-years-old! She also said she still has “friends with benefits” and will only date men who can keep up with her in bed. Rosie said, “Way to go Carol!” Mario thinks Florence is still a “hot mama.” Joy wondered how Florence is dealing with the gynecological issues that happen at her age. Joy’s doctor told her her vagina is the wrong color, for example! It is violet and should be dark purple which means her vaginal wall is thinning! Whoopi pretended to look up her vagina to see what color it was.
Aged to Perfection: There is a 31-year-old man who was just profiled on My Strange Addiction who won’t date anyone under the age of 60. In fact, he just finished dating a 91-year-old woman. Joy joked that his ideal woman is Barbara Bush (get it?). And Mario sat with his mouth agape, completely speechless…which is rare. Whoopi was thrilled about the story and said maybe someday she’ll be a cougar too! Mario thinks there is someone out there for everybody. And he heard dentures turned this guy on and he wanted to know if the guy preferred the dentures in or out of the mouth. Joy thought this “older woman thing” was just a fetish and she asked Mario if he had any fetishes. Mario said some people think he has a fetish for black men, because his husband is black, but that’s not true! He said he likes all men and doesn’t discriminate. Rosie. Didn’t. Say. A. Word.
Mommy Nearest: Research is showing that kids grow to resent mothers that are overly controlling. Joy agreed. She said kids will start to hate you if you are a “Tiger mom.” Rosie said her problem as a mom is that she’s “under-controlling” especially according to her ex-wife Kelli. She said Kelli is a fantastic parent but Rosie simply has a different style. She’s much more permissive. Mario doesn’t know what he would be like as a parent but he said if he’s around a child who is crying, his instinct is to give them something to quiet them down. He worried he would spoil his child rotten just to keep them happy. Mario said his mother wasn’t overbearing but you never knew what kind of mood she was going to be in from one moment to the next. Joy said her mother had mood swings like that too and she attributed it to B.I.D. or “Bipolar Italian Disorder.” Joy said some would call her an overprotective mother but she said she can’t help being a worrier. She thinks women, in general, are worriers. Rosie said she’s a worrier too when it comes to her kids. When her kids go to a friend’s house she wants to meet the parents and that infuriates her daughter Chelsea. Joy’s father would never let her sleepover anywhere.
What’s in a Name: A French court has banned some parents from naming their child “Nutella.” The couple argued that they wanted their child to be popular and sweet like the spread, but the court said no. Whoopi was surprised a court would even care about a baby name especially with all the crazy baby names out there. Joy pointed out that Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter, who is named Apple Martin, is just one letter away from being named Apple Martini! Mario read some of the most popular food-related baby names including Apple, Brie, Basil, Candy, Chardonnay, Evian, and Hennessy.
Their Own Devices: The country of Taiwan just made it illegal for children under 2 to use any electronic device – phones, iPads, etc. Joy thought it was a good idea! Whoopi wanted to know how an entire country could enforce such a law and Rosie pointed out that all those products are probably made in Taiwan! Joy’s grandson, who is just about to turn 4, was playing a game on her iPad. It said he had to pay .99 cents for the game he wanted so he said, “These fucking people always want money!” He’s FOUR! Whoopi wanted to know where he got that language from?! Joy’s daughter blames Joy for teaching him the f-word but Joy swears she doesn’t say that word in front of him. Maybe near him, but not “in front” of him.
Antonio Banderas: Antonio Banderas stopped by The View to discuss his new role in the new animated feature The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Antonio said this project fell into his lap accidentally. He said years ago he acted in the movie Spy Kids which was a huge success. Then he joined the Shrek movies which led to Puss ‘n Boots and now Spongebob! He said he likes to remain versatile and do these characters in these kids’ projects. Antonio said the essence of being an actor for him, is to be open to the possibility of visiting many different genres with his work. He was the only actor in the film because every other character was animated, so he had to use his imagination for all the scenes. Rosie complimented Antonio for all the work he’s done on Broadway including his work in the play Nine. Antonio said he would love to come back to Broadway and acting on the Broadway stage was the happiest time he’s ever had living in America. Rosie said the same with her. She said Broadway is the most fulfilling experience she’s ever had as an actress. Antonio said theater is like a wonderful woman that loved him once but he’s abandoned her! Antonio also play Picasso in 33 Days. Before he got the role of Picasso he painted a little privately but never for anyone else. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opens in theaters on February 6th. Go see it!
Rosie’s Weight Loss: Two years ago Rosie had a heart attack and last year she had vertical gastric sleeve surgery to lose weight. The doctor who performed her surgery whom she credits with saving her life, Dr. Amit Trivedi from Hackensack Medical Center, joined her for an intimate one-on-one discussion. Firstly, she thanked him for saving her life. Dr. Trivedi said we have to rethink the way we think about obesity. There are gyms on every corner, thousands of books about diets and yet we’re the heaviest we’ve ever been as a nation. Rosie chose vertical gastric sleeve surgery (VGS) but she said each person is different and they need to decide what is best for them personally. She chose VGS because it has the least amount of complications after the surgery. Dr. Trivedi said VGS is one of the safer operations that they offer and less than 1% of the people who get this operation have any issues whatsoever. Rosie was on 16 medications after her heart attack but after losing the weight with the surgery, she’s now on just 4! The surgery has tremendously helped her overall health. Dr. Trivedi explained how VGS changes the size of your stomach from the size of a football to the size of a banana. The stomach can no longer hold as much food and by removing about 80% of the stomach, he also removes the hunger producing hormones.
Rosie said her stomach surgery was done through her belly button and she doesn’t even have a scar. Dr. Trivedi said Rosie’s new stomach, which is about the size of a toddler’s stomach, now matches her metabolism. She has more energy now, she’s on less medications and her heart is a lot happier because of it. Rosie said a lot of people like her who have been heavy for most of their life are heavy because of emotional eating. Dr. Trivedi said the surgery helps those that eat emotionally but that’s not the only thing that contributes to their weight. By removing the hunger hormone producing part of the stomach, the physical hunger is gone. Rosie said that’s true for her. Once she had the surgery and her body recovered she could walk past the popcorn at the movie theater without a problem! She has no desire to eat it when before she couldn’t resist. It’s almost like the surgery did something to her brain, she said. Dr. Trivedi said that’s what removing the hunger hormones does. He said they also have nurses and support groups to help people deal with emotional eating.
Rosie said every person has to be ready to make the change before they have the surgery. She almost died and the doctors told her if she didn’t lose weight, the chances of her having another heart attack was much greater. She had considered having surgery in the past but never took that step. Dr. Trivedi wanted people to know that they don’t have to wait for a life-changing or life-altering event to decide to have weight loss surgery. He said we have to see obesity as the disease that it is. The disease is very specific and has specific symptoms such as diabetes, heart disease, knee problems, arthritis, polycystic ovaries, etc. And instead of getting a patch for each one of those symptoms, Dr. Trivedi believes in treating the one underlying problem – the obesity. Rosie’s only regret about the surgery was that she didn’t do it 10 years ago.
Is Weight Loss Surgery For You:
Q: How does one overcome the guilt and shame one feels because they aren’t able to lose the weight on her own?
A: Dr. Trivedi said the doctors at his hospital are asked that all the time. He said guilt and shame are part of this disease but treating it is the best thing you can do for your health. He said you have to make a decision. You have to either choose life or choose staying the way you are which has definite health risks. He said guilt and shame is a normal concern of his patients but they have support groups that can help patients with that issue.
The audience member also realized she has no photographs of herself with her kids and if something were to happen to her, her children would not have any pictures of their mom. The audience member never allows herself to be photographed because of her weight. Dr. Trivedi said these are more of the consequences of the disease of obesity. It doesn’t just effect your health it has emotional consequences too.
Q: What it’s like to be pregnant after surgery?
A: Dr. Trivedi said surgery and losing weight will actually allow you to have a healthy pregnancy. If you get pregnant at a high weight you’re immediately considered high risk because of the increased risks of diabetes and high blood pressure. Losing weight is the best thing you can do for your pregnancy.
Q: How long is the recovery period?
A: Dr. Trivedi said the recovery period is very short. The surgery only takes a day or two of recovery time in the hospital and most people are back to work within a week after VGS.
Q: Is Rosie still tempted to eat fattening foods since having VGS?
A: Rosie said not as much as before the surgery. She said before VGS when her kids would ask to go to McDonald’s she would get a Quarter Pounder Meal. Now she orders a small fry, eats a few, and gives the remainder to the kids. The surgery has changed the way she feels about food and the way her taste buds react to food. It has also changed her cravings and overall hunger. Rosie said she doesn’t have the “obsessive relationship” with food that she used to have.
Q: An audience member who had VGS last June and lost 80 pounds, has noticed that some of his old habits of overeating are starting to come back. He wanted to know what he can do to not fall into that same behavior he once had.
A: Dr. Trivedi stressed exercising and attending the support groups following the surgery so you can get support. Rosie suggested the online support groups. She found a lot of helpful people on them before she had her surgery and now likes to go on the online groups to give advice and offer support to others.
An audience member who had the lap-band surgery that didn’t work chose to have VGS and she’s lost 40 pounds in the last four months!
Rosie said she’s heard before that lap-band surgery doesn’t always work for everyone. Dr. Trivedi said it’s important for people to find what works for them. But he said if the surgery you chose doesn’t work for you, they can help you find that tool that does work.
Rosie encouraged anyone thinking about this surgery to take your life into your own hands. Be the one to save your own life.
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Money Talks: The whole country is talking about the Super Bowl right now except for one guy, Marshawn Lynch. He doesn’t like talking to the press but he likes talking about Skittles! He’s been getting heat for not talking to the press and sports journalists are very upset with him. Ed Sherman is calling for a Skittles boycott claiming they’re helping Marshawn mock the media. Padma said meanwhile, the media makes it their job to go around mocking everybody. And she said if she were an owner of a football team she would want the players to concentrate on what they’re going to do on the field not how they talk about it afterwards. Mario thinks there are ways to work the press and Marshawn could have improvised. Whoopi said all of the hosts would be able to improvise but maybe Marshawn doesn’t feel like he could. Richard Sherman, who was blasted in the media last year for how he spoke to the press after a game, supports Marshawn’s choice not to speak to them.
Do What on a First Date: There’s a new book entitled Own That Guy in 60 Days that claims that if women have sex on the first date, pay for dinner and do not play hard-to-get, they will get the man they want in two months. No one at the table thought that could possibly be true. Whoopi doesn’t want to own anybody anyway! Padma called it “stupid” and said she wouldn’t be attracted to anyone she could own. Rosie thinks the most valuable thing you have is your integrity and that should never be bought. Mario thinks it’s different with men and he said if a man can have sex with a woman on a first date, they would. But he knows a lot of straight men who, as much as they want sex on the first date, won’t respect the woman’s decision to have sex with them. Whoopi would ditch the book. Padma thought the only good advice from the book was to call or text the next day to say “thank you” for the date. Rosie said if Padma called her back the next day after a date, she’d be celebrating!!
Oh Baby: The measles outbreak on the west coast is causing some parents to speak out. One woman took her baby to the doctor’s office when it turned out that another unvaccinated child, who had tested positive for measles, had recently been in that waiting room. Now her baby has to stay in a mandatory 28-day quarantine. Whoopi understands people are afraid of vaccines but doesn’t understand how parents can’t realize that they’re putting other kids at risk. Padma spaced her daughter’s vaccinations out but said her daughter is up-to-date. She understands the mom who is upset. She thinks it’s fine if you don’t believe in vaccines but you should also make sure you don’t affect the health of other people. Mario believes in vaccines. Rosie’s kids have all been vaccinated. However, a lot of parents at her children’s school chose not to vaccinate. Padma thinks if you don’t vaccinate your children they should be required to wear a bracelet identifying them as non-vaccinated. Rosie wasn’t sure about that idea but said it’s a difficult topic for some parents. Whoopi thinks it’s crazy we are talking about a disease that was irradiated years ago all because some parents are being irresponsible. She said if she gets measles from your child because they weren’t vaccinated, she’s coming to your house!
Padma wished there was a vaccine against jerks! But Whoopi said jerks can be good in your life because they teach you what you don’t want. Rosie listens to a woman named Esther Hicks on YouTube who calls that phenomenon “contrast.” She says contrast presents itself in your world so you can be in alignment and realize what you don’t want. And Mario said it’s just as important to “listen” to your history so you can learn from it and not make the same mistake in your next relationship. Whoopi said we choose to play with jerks because we are often afraid to be alone even when all the signs tell us to run. Padma quoted Maya Angelou and said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
Holy Matri-Money: Actress Gabriel Union wants people to know that she signed a pre-nup before marrying NBA superstar Dwayne Wade because she makes her own money and doesn’t need his. Rosie thought it was fantastic and said, “Good for her!” Mario and Padma agreed. Whoopi said she would talk about a pre-nup on the first date to ensure she leaves a relationship exactly how she entered it in case anything ever happens.
Padma Update: The first half of the Top Chef finale was last night! And Padma also has a company called Easy Exotic that sells culinary products and tabletop items at places like Kohls and Target. They are also introducing frozen organic rices at Whole Foods! When Padma said “frozen” Rosie burst out into song and began singing Let it Go. Padma said she and her daughter are big fans of the movie too! Rosie mentioned how she wants to go on the Frozen cruise and they had a whole Frozen discussion about their love of the film.
Kevin Costner: Oscar winner Kevin Costner joined our hosts to discuss his new film entitled Black or White. He plays a widower who gets pulled into a racially-charged custody battle for his granddaughter. Whoopi wondered if Kevin felt compelled to do a movie that discussed this issue because in America, we’re not having the discussions we need to be having about race. He said he just knew when he read the story that he couldn’t run away from it. He said the film tries have an authentic look at where we are with race today. In the film, Kevin’s character and Octavia Spencer are in a custody dispute over their granddaughter. He said when lawyers get involved in a custody issue, race can sometimes get used as a tool as it does in this movie. Kevin said this movie says a lot of things he wished we could say. He even chose to finance this movie himself. Kevin said his problem is he can’t fall out of love with something and once he heard this project wouldn’t get made, he and his wife chose to finance it themselves. He said he would like to make more movies, but if he never gets to do another movie, he would happily live with this one as his last. Kevin spoke about the wonderful actress who plays his granddaughter in the film, about what it’s like to be a father a second time around and about being a musician. Black or White will be in theaters nationwide tomorrow, January 30th. Go see it!
Impractical Jokers: In Impractical Jokers, four very funny friends, Q, Murr, Joe and Sal, compete to embarrass each other in front of an unsuspecting public. They dare each other to do crazy things and the public has no clue! The four men have been friends since high school and have known each other for over 25 years. Mario felt like he was at his cousin’s bachelor party and he loves the show. One of The View producers got the four Impractical Jokers together before the show to perform some practical jokes on unknowing audience members! Rosie’s favorite episode of Impractical Jokers was the mashed potatoes episode.
Rosie’s son is a HUGE fan of the show and told her she looks like one of the guys – Q. She agreed! So, she appeared in an episode to prove it! Watch below. But Q has since grown a beard so it ruins their look-alike contest so he handed Rosie a fake beard to wear. So Rosie got Q a fake I.D. that says “Brian O’Donnell” so he can pretend they’re related! The Impractical Jokers are on tour and this weekend in Florida. And their new show premieres tonight on TruTV at 10/9(c)!
Audience Giveaway: Everyone in the studio audience got a copy of Impractical Jokers: Season 2 on DVD.
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written by Kelly Weist
Today the ladies of The View were joined by guest co-host Michaela Watkins who does a fabulous Arianna Huffington impersonation! She is also going to be on a new Netflix series entitled Wet Hot American Summer with Bradley Cooper.
Weather or Not: New York City did not get hit as badly by this week’s blizzard as the mayor predicted. Nicolle thinks he’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. She said he would have also been blamed had he not warned the city and they got slammed by a storm. Whoopi thinks we should all pay attention to the meteorologists regardless. Rosie agreed. She said whenever she’s on a flight with turbulence, if the flight attendants appear concerned, she gets scared. She looks to the experts to know how she should react and feels the same about the weather. Rosie had 5 kids home with her yesterday during the snowstorm and thanks to Apple products, everyone had their own entertainment to ride out the storm! Rosie binge-watched the series Wentworth, an Australian female prison drama and she loved it. Michaela loved how verbose New Yorkers were when the storm didn’t deliver as promised. She said if there was a weather event like that in Los Angeles, it would have been so epic they would have already sold the movie rights to it.
School Is Closed: There’s a principal in Providence, Rhode Island whose video has gone viral for the way he announced the snow day. Rosie gave him a standing ovation! Watch the video below and you’ll see why…
Money Talks: Over 100 million people will be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday and yesterday the Patriots and Seahawks sat down for media day interviews. Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch didn’t have much to say to the press so he repeated, “I’m here so I won’t get fined” twenty-five times during an interview yesterday! Whoopi pointed out that football players are contractually obligated to speak to the media and Nicolle wondered why. Rosie said it’s similar to when an actor does a movie. She said the studio invests a lot of money in the actor’s salary and in the production of the movie so actors are required to do promotion events for the movie. Michaela thinks actors are more naturally inclined to speaking to the press and didn’t know why it would be necessary for football players. Nicolle said if she was doing media training for professional football players and one of them told her they didn’t want to talk to the press, she would have begged to get someone else. Nicolle didn’t think he should have to do it and she admired his message. Rosie liked it too! Whoopi said that everyone doesn’t do press events well, yet everyone wants to look their best in front of the media. She doesn’t think they should force the players to speak when they clearly don’t want to.
Ad Nauseum: GoDaddy just pulled their Super Bowl commercial that was set to air on Sunday after animal rights groups took issue with it. Watch the ad here. Nicolle can’t be neutral when puppies are involved. She doesn’t think the ad is cute or funny. She uses GoDaddy but thinks the ad is in terrible taste. Rosie didn’t know why Nicolle was so offended by the ad because she just purchased a purebred dog from a breeder. Nicolle thinks it makes light of the connection between humans and animals. Rosie didn’t find it so horrific and said she owns some purebred dogs herself. Michaela, who admittedly still has PTSD from the movie Benji, said to her the ad offended her not because the dog was a purebred being sold on the Internet, but because of the woman’s cold-hearted attitude. And she worried about the actress who bragged about booking a Super Bowl ad that’s now been pulled! Nicolle admitted to watching the Super Bowl for the commercials and Rosie wondered why they’re releasing them before the big day! She thinks it ruins part of the fun.
A new commercial by UltraViolet is taking aim at the way the NFL is handling domestic violence. Watch the ad here. Whoopi thinks the ad is “an interesting addition” and reminded everyone that not all football players are domestic abusers. Rosie thinks they would have gotten a more emotional response if they had shown an act of domestic violence instead of a woman being tackled for 1/8th of a second on a football field. Nicolle felt like the ad highlighted the collision of the two issues – football and domestic violence.
Idol Banter: American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is suing the show’s production in an attempt to escape his oppressive contract that he felt manipulated him into accepting jobs that hurt his career. Rosie said the contract reminded her of the “old studio system” where they would sign actors for one movie and then commit you for a five year deal with the studio. Then the studio would “lend” you out to other studios. She sort of understood what Phillip was saying. Back in the day, Rosie was on a show called Star Search that launched many careers. But, she said, there was no obligation to Star Search after you won. She doesn’t think American Idol should have the right to own the talent of the entertainers for five years when they’re already getting them to perform for free on TV. Nicolle read the show’s response which stated that the company has always acted in the best interest of Phillip and they’re proud of everything they’ve accomplished together. They also said they would vigorously defend themselves against the accusation that they haven’t always had Phillip’s best interest in mind. Nicolle thinks maybe there should be a middle ground because she said she never would have bought Phillip’s CD if it wasn’t for the show. Michaela who works on Saturday Night Live said one could say the same thing about that show launching the careers of actors. She said you don’t get rich performing on SNL but you do get famous and the show doesn’t own you afterwards. She thinks the artist should have the right to choose whether to have the show act as manager.
Family Values: Alabama’s only openly gay legislator Patricia Todd said she will expose politicians having extramarital affairs trying to block the state’s marriage equality bill who cite family values as their reason. Michaela thinks they are totally separate issues and we should make gay marriage legal because it’s the right thing to do not because we’re holding someone hostage. Nicolle thinks Patricia’s point is that in politics, there’s a lot of hypocrisy and politicians who hold “family values” as their reasoning shouldn’t have that right if they don’t hold “family values” in their own lives. Rosie thinks you never want to become what you loathe but you should aim to rise above it. She understands Patricia’s anger and her reasoning but doesn’t think it’s a morality contest. Rosie said simply, “Equality is about the Constitution and everybody should have the same rights.”
Zombie Cat: Bart the cat, who was hit by a car and presumed dead so his owner buried him, has risen from the dead! For 5 days the family mourned the cat’s passing and then suddenly Bart showed up! He actually dug himself out of the grave! He was taken to a vet and though he may lose an eye, they expect him to recover.
Oscar Isaac: Oscar stars as an honest business man who will not bow to organized crime in A Most Violent Year. Rosie first saw Oscar in Madonna’s film W.E. and she was surprised he was American because he did such a convincing accent in the film! Oscar said his second language is Spanish but he moved to the United States when he was 3-years-old. The film A Most Violent Year is set in 1981 which was statistically one of the most violent years in New York’s history. Jessica Chastain co-stars with Oscar in the film and he said they are longtime friends. They went to Julliard together and they have always stayed in contact since school. When the actor who was originally cast on the film backed out of the project, Jessica pitched him to the Director and he got the job! A Most Violent Year will be in theaters nationwide on Friday (Jan. 30th). Go see it!
To make Mario’s banana bread: Take 8 ripe bananas and mash them in a bowl. In another bowl, sift together 2 cups of flour, ¾ of a teaspoon of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1¼ teaspoon of salt. In another bowl cream together 1 ¾ cup of sugar and 2 sticks of soft butter. Add 3 eggs to the sugar/butter mixture and continue mixing. Combine all the ingredients together and mix thoroughly. Pour banana bread mixture into two greased banana bread loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 50 minutes.
If you’re in New York City, Mario sells his banana bread at Stone Street Coffee on 19th Street and 9th Avenue in New York City!
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written by Kelly Weist