Originally posted by Yahoo! News via E!Three years after going at it over a post-9/11 fundraiser, Clooney, the Ocean's Twelve smoothie, and O'Reilly, the Fox News finger-pointer, are trading barbs again--this time over a post-tsunami fundraiser.
To Clooney, O'Reilly renewed the rivalry last Thursday when he announced on his cable TV show that he would be "watching" to see if the money donated in the upcoming Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope telethon makes it to its intended victims.
"If it does not," O'Reilly warned, "there will be trouble."
Was this statement REALLY necessary? Who else thinks this was just O'Reilly crying out for some attention?
Originally posted by Yahoo! News via E!Clooney, who is recruiting names for the NBC broadcast, took exception to the remarks.
"Your report last Thursday was a preemptive strike...NOT to protect the families affected by the tsunami, but to create more controversy for your own personal gain. Because of it, fewer people will donate money to help truly traumatized victims, they'll be afraid that their money will do no good," Clooney wrote to O'Reilly in a letter released Monday through the actor's publicist.
A veteran pen pal who previously has papered the likes of Entertainment Tonight, the Screen Actors Guild (news - web sites) and (natch) O'Reilly, Clooney closed out his latest missive with a twist: An invitation.
"I'm booking talent for the tsunami event...and you, Mr. O'Reilly, are now officially invited to be a presenter," Clooney wrote, exhorting, "you personally follow up on our fundraising."
O'Reilly addressed the offer on Monday night's edition of The O'Reilly Factor.
During a segment called, "Most Ridiculous Item."
"I don't think he likes me," O'Reilly said of Clooney.
It's pretty bad that this is going from a benefit concert to tsunami victims to a petty Clooney/O'Reilly spat. But here's hoping that this doesn't overshadow that concert's true intention and that this really doesn't turn people off to giving their money to the victims.
Originally posted by TVNewser/FNC"George Clooney pretty much goaded me into it, not that I minded it," O'Reilly said on At Large around 10:30pm. Geraldo asked: "What was it like being in the belly of the liberal beast?" "Everybody was really nice to me to my face," O'Reilly said. The lower-third exclaimed: "O'Reilly's Tsunami Relief." "The experience was 100 percent positive. I'm sure there were pinheads around, but they didn't bother me," he concluded.
Love the 'pinhead' comment after helping the world. Agreed on the Madonna segment, Goon; surprised she didn't break out a Kabbalah chant.
I just hope that a donation was required to get into the door. I know that Rosie O'Donnell complained about that in the "Tribute to Heroes" thing after 9/11 that there should be a million-dollar a head entry fee to participate. Hope they ponied up and it wasn't "Oh it looks like I care!"
Well, just as an attorney, as a human being, I would have thought that if there were recommendations that were so blatantly and flagrantly over the line in terms of torture, that you might have recognized them. I mean, it certainly appears to me that water boarding, with all its descriptions about drowning someone to that kind of a point, would come awfully close to getting over the border, and that you'd be able to at least say today, There were some that were recommended or suggested on that, but I certainly wouldn't have had a part of that, as a human being. - Senator Ted Kennedy, confirmation hearing of Alberto Gonzales, 1/7/2005
The UK can feel free to add itself to a very long list of sovereign countries upon which this honour has been bestowed by the US. It's really one of those "Ah shucks, I'll bet you say that to all the countries" scenarios.