Katie Couric

Bette Midler Says Young Female Stars Starting to Get Gross

Veteran entertainer Bette Midler has urged young pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga to show some class as they continue to test the boundaries of sexiness and creativity, because they risk demeaning all women with their “gross” stunts.

The singer/actress is not naming names, but she admits some of the revealing and eye-popping performances she has seen of late have done little for womenkind and she appears to refer to Spears’ latest video for Work B**ch!, in which the singer grinds in a bikini before cracking a whip at one female crawling on the floor, as one of the more crass acts she does not approve of.

Midler tells Katie Couric, “I think there’s a difference between pushing the envelope sexually and pushing the envelope creatively. I think you can be as creative as you want to be and as inventive as you want to be… but I think the idea of whipping other girls… I don’t know. There’s a grossness to it that I think is not flattering to people, to the women themselves.

“Not all the time, I’m not saying all the time because some people are very sensitive about the way they use their bodies and the way they use their sexual power But I do think that when it’s really gross, when it’s really coarse, it’s so demeaning, not just to them but to all women and I don’t really like it. I don’t like it.”

Midler isn’t the only star speaking out – Katy Perry has also urged her fellow pop peers to focus on their talents and halt the trend of stripping off onstage and in videos.

She said, “I’m not talking about anyone in particular. I’m talking about all of them. I mean, it’s like everybody’s so naked. It’s like, ‘Put it away. We know you’ve got it. I got it, too’.

“I’ve taken it out here and there. And I’m not necessarily judging. I’m just saying sometimes it’s nice to play that card, but also it’s nice to play other cards. And I know I have that sexy card in my deck, but I don’t always have to use that card.”

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A Very Gaga Thanksgiving Includes Tony Bennett and Turkey Carving

On Thanksgiving night, NOVEMBER 24 (9:30-11:00 p.m., ET), the ABC Television Network will air a 90-minute special, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving. The broadcast, which was conceived and directed by Lady Gaga, offers an intimate look inside the private life of the award-winning artist as she performs eight songs in front of a small audience filled with her close friends and family. Performances include a duet of “The Lady is a Tramp” with Tony Bennett as well as her newest single, “Marry the Night,” “You and I,” “The Edge of Glory” and the holiday classic “White Christmas,” among other hits.

Katie Couric sits down with the icon in her alma-mater, Sacred Heart Catholic School in Manhattan, as the two discuss the meaning and inspiration behind some of Gaga’s biggest hits. Gaga also opens up about her relationships with family and friends and shares heartfelt stories from her past, as well as what her life is like now living in the public eye. Legendary chef Art Smith stops by to help Gaga prepare a Thanksgiving feast of deep-fried turkey and waffles for her guests. This “Gaga-fied” Thanksgiving celebration reveals the traditional side of one of today’s most innovative artists.

“We all know Lady Gaga is a phenomenon,” said Couric. “This is a chance to see more of who she is beneath the wild costumes and staged musical numbers… Lady Gaga as a high school student still bruised by being excluded from the party, Lady Gaga as a devoted daughter and caring sister, Lady Gaga as a 25-year-old woman embracing fame and fortune that seemed to come overnight. She will impress you, delight you and surprise you.” 



A Very Gaga Thanksgiving is produced by Steven Johnson of Factory Films and ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions, with Rudy Bednar and David Saltz as executive producers. 

A Very Gaga Thanksgiving To Air November 24 on ABC

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On Thanksgiving night, NOVEMBER
24
(9:30-11:00
p.m., ET), the ABC Television Network will air a 90-minute special, “A Very
Gaga Thanksgiving.”
The broadcast, which was conceived and directed by Lady
Gaga, offers an intimate look inside the private life of the award-winning
artist as she performs eight songs in front of a small audience filled with her
close friends and family. Performances include a duet of “The Lady is a Tramp”
with Tony Bennett as well as her newest single, “Marry the Night,” “You and I,”
“The Edge of Glory” and the holiday classic “White Christmas,” among other
hits. 
Katie Couric sits down with the
icon in her alma-mater, Sacred Heart Catholic School in Manhattan, as the two
discuss the meaning and inspiration behind some of Gaga’s biggest hits. Gaga
also opens up about her relationships with family and friends and shares
heartfelt stories from her past, as well as what her life is like now living in
the public eye. Legendary chef Art Smith stops by to help Gaga prepare a
Thanksgiving feast of deep-fried turkey and waffles for her guests. This “Gaga-fied”
Thanksgiving celebration reveals the traditional side of one of today’s most
innovative artists.
“We all know Lady Gaga is a
phenomenon,” said Couric. “This is a chance to see more of who she is beneath
the wild costumes and staged musical numbers… Lady Gaga as a high school
student still bruised by being excluded from the party, Lady Gaga as a devoted
daughter and caring sister, Lady Gaga as a 25-year-old woman embracing fame and
fortune that seemed to come overnight. She will impress you, delight you and
surprise you.”
“A Very Gaga Thanksgiving” is
produced by Steven Johnson of Factory Films and ABC’s Lincoln Square
Productions, with Rudy Bednar and David Saltz as executive producers. 

Katie Couric’s Daytime Show ‘Katie’ Cleared In Over 60% Of The Country In Just Six Weeks

In a period of only six weeks, Katie Couric’s highly anticipated nationally syndicated talk show, “Katie,” has already been cleared in over 60% of the country, it was announced today by Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. “Katie” is slated to premiere in September 2012.

“To have garnered such exceptional clearances in this short period of time is attributable to the enduring strength of the Katie Couric brand and her wide-ranging appeal as one of the brightest, most talented and most dynamic personalities in the business,” commented Marinelli. “We are enormously pleased to partner with such a stellar group of stations across the country.”