Wednesday, August 26, 2009
As if The View didn’t already have enough estrogen to power an aircraft carrier.
Word on the street (OK, PEOPLE.com) is that mom of eight Kate Gosselin is among the celebrities who will step in as guest host while Elisabeth Hasselbeck is on maternity leave.
Gosselin will appear Sept. 14 and 15, according to PEOPLE.
LaToya Jackson and Meghan McCain will also help out.
Gosselin, the star of “Jon and Kate Plus Eight,” is in the middle of a very publicly televised divorce.
Read more about Kate and her cad of a husband Jon here.
Update: Sunda Croonquist appeared on the “Today Show” Thursday, Aug. 27, to defend her routine.
“It’s my family, it’s my reality,” she said, later adding that it has not always been easily to be in her family.
“A few times I’ve been asked to step out of family photographs. That’s a very crazy feeling,” she said. ” I guess I wasn’t right for the Bat Mitzvah pictures that day.”
Croonquist said she is upset her daughters can’t have their grandmother or spend the holidays with her husband’s family.
“Maybe she doesn’t like Swedes,” she said when asked why that was the case.
See video below.
Now who doesn’t like a mother-in-law joke?
Apparently not Sunda Croonquist’s mother-in-law.
Ruth Zafrin of Brooklyn has filed a lawsuit against Croonquist, a veteran comedian known to spit out a “take my mother-in-law, please!” joke, The New York Post says.
Croonquist has appeared on Comedy Central.
Zafrin claims Croonquist has spread defamatory and racist lies about her, the newspaper says. Zafrin’s daughter and son-in-law have also had enough and seek damages.
They want Croonquist to remove offensive statements from her routine, website and recordings.
Croonquist, who is black and Swedish, converted to Judaism when she married Zafrin’s son, an attorney.
Croonquist says her jokes are not mean-spirited and reflect her culturally diverse background.
In one joke mentioned in the lawsuit, Croonquist makes a crack about her first visit to her mother-in-law’s home, the post says.
“I walk in, I say, ‘Thank you so much for having me here, Ruthie.’ She says, ‘The pleasure’s all mine, have a seat.’ ” Then, in a loud aside, ‘Harriet, put my pocketbook away.’
Check out a video of her routine above. Is the mother-in-law being too sensitive?Should the comedian knock it off?
What do you think?