It’s round two of George Clooney vs. Bill O’Reilly.
Last week, the Fox commentator delivered a caustic report on celebrity efforts to raise money for tsunami victims. Yesterday, Clooney blasted back with a searing letter to O’Reilly, challenging him to join the effort. The clash echoes a spat the two had over a fundraiser for the victims of 9/11 — a controversy that was revisited during the recent dustup.
“A national TV telethon will raise millions and ‘The Factor’ will be watching to see if the money gets to the tsunami victims. If it does not, there will be trouble. And this time nobody can say they weren’t warned,” O’Reilly said last Thursday on his show, "The O'Reilly Factor." “If George Clooney and other stars go on TV and ask you to give, then they had better be involved all the way down the line. Now I don’t expect the celebrities to audit the books, but if problems are brought to their attention, they must help solve those problems.”
Clooney wrote back to O'Reilly, saying: “I don’t make as much money as you, Mr. O’Reilly (a fact that’s easy to check), but I’m fascinated by your use of the word CELEBRITY as if you’re not one... you put on make up, you do Leno, The Today Show, go on book tours, and do junkets, so let’s be clear... you are a well paid celebrity. So all right, Mr. Journalist... come on in. I’m booking the talent for the Tsunami event ... and you, Mr. O’Reilly, are now officially invited to be a presenter ... So what do you say, Mr. O’Reilly ... either you ante up and help out AND be that watch dog that you feel we clearly need ... or you simply stand on the sidelines and cast stones, proving that your January 6 TV show was nothing more than a ‘box of lights and wires’ designed to make you wealthy.”
O’Reilly said on his show last night that he’d consider the offer. “I got a letter from my pal George Clooney today. I don’t think he likes me,” the Fox pundit said. “After a few insulting paragraphs, Mr. Clooney invites me to be a presenter on the Tsunami telethon this weekend saying I can watch the fund raiser first hand. . . . That sounds good to me but I have to see what the format is. I would like to go over there and check things out whether I make a pitch or not depends on how organized things are.”
“Just to tell you another thing about the six million Jews that were killed in the Holocaust. The question was that the Light was blocked. They didn’t use Kabbalah,” Rabbi Yardeni told the BBC reporter. A source tells The Scoop that Madonna and Rabbi Yardeni are “very close.”
“The Kabbalah Centre has not seen the BBC program and is unable to comment accurately on its content,” a spokesman told The Scoop. Madonna’s rep said that she was unable to get in touch with the star for comment.
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