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O'Reilly's criticism prompts Clooney letter



Published: Fri, November 9, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



O'Reilly's criticismprompts Clooney letter

NEW YORK -- There's a feud brewing between George Clooney and Fox News Channel's tough-talking Bill O'Reilly.

O'Reilly stirred up a perfect storm in Hollywood last week when he attacked celebs such as Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt for not coming on his "The O'Reilly Factor" and defending themselves from various news reports that said money they helped to raise through events such as the "Tribute to Heroes" telethon and The Concert for New York wasn't going to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

He told the New York Post, "These stars get a lot of positive publicity when they do these events, but when it's time to take some responsibility, they are MIA." He called the tight-lipped celebs "weasels."

That's when Clooney, one of the driving forces behind the all-star "Tribute to Heroes," stepped in. The former "ER" star wrote the TV host, calling his remarks "nothing short of a lie" and defending how the United Way handled disbursements of the Sept. 11 Telethon Fund, according to E! Online.

"What is not important is your attack of the performers. What is important is your accusation that the fund is being mishandled and misused ...

"To have given out all of the money only six weeks after it was raised, would truly be irresponsible. If you were a journalist, you would have known that."

After mourning wife,McCartney fell in love

LONDON -- Paul McCartney said he cried every day for the first six months he went out with Heather Mills because he was still grieving for his wife, Linda.

McCartney, who plans to marry Mills next year, said he was unsure if he would ever be able to love again after Linda died of breast cancer in 1998.

The former Beatle, now 59, said of his affair with the 33-year-old Mills: "For the first six months of our relationship, I was pretty much crying every day. She was very supportive. But she was like, 'No, I understand what you're going through.'"

McCartney told the Sun tabloid. "That pretty much cemented our relationship. Otherwise it wouldn't have worked. ... You can't help when you fall in love. When it happens, it happens. When I first started with Linda, John Lennon, like a lot of people, said 'I'm surprised by your choice -- are you sure?' And I said, 'Yes, I'm surprised by yours, too' and we both had a little laugh."

Actor discusses cancer

WAUSAU, Wis. -- Robert Urich visited central Wisconsin, not to talk about his acting career but to talk about his battle with cancer.

Urich underwent chemotherapy, radiation treatments and two operations in the mid-1990s for the rare cancer synovial cell sarcoma, which attacks the joints.

"Charge forward with hope and get the best medical advice you can," the 54-year-old actor said Sunday night at the Grand Theater in Wausau. "Talk to your friends, neighbors, family, and together you attack it. We can't always control what happens to us, but we can always control how we react to it."

Urich, who starred in television's "Spenser: For Hire," is among the cast of NBC's "Emeril," which is on hiatus.

Stiller, wife announcefirst child is on the way

NEW YORK -- First, Ben Stiller and his wife, Christine Taylor, co-starred in the comedy "Zoolander."

Now, they have another project in the works: their first child. The couple are expecting a baby, People magazine reported in its Nov. 19 issue.

Stiller's parents, comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, are thrilled.

"I got a call from Ben," said the 74-year-old Jerry Stiller, who got the news while on the set of the CBS sitcom "The King of Queens."

"'Dad, I've got to tell you something.' Ben is like a kid still, when he drops these little pieces of information. He said, 'You're going to be a grandfather.' I said, 'I'm so glad, so happy, but I still have to learn my lines!'"

Today's birthdays

Sportscaster Charlie Jones is 71. Baseball executive Whitey Herzog is 70. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham, D-Fla., is 65. Actor Charlie Robinson ("Night Court") is 56. Movie director Bille August is 53. Actor Lou Ferrigno is 49. Rock musician Dee Plakas (L7) is 41. R & amp;B singers Ike and Mike Owensby (Twice) are 33. Rapper Pepa (Salt-N-Pepa) is 32. Rapper Scarface (Geto Boys) is 32. Blues singer Susan Tedeschi is 31. Pop singer Nick Lachey (98 Degrees) is 28. R & amp;B singer Sisqo (Dru Hill) is 23.




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