Commentary: 5 examples of $#*! Gordon Gee says

Published: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 @ 1:57 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 @ 1:57 PM

Perhaps the short-lived CBS show “$#*! My Dad Says” would still be on the air if network execs had cast retiring Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee in the starring role.

As my tenacious colleague Laura A. Bischoff has reported over the years, Gee has said (and spent) some $#*!

Legendary actor William Shatner, the guy who got the part in the CBS show, wouldn’t have stood a chance against Ohio State’s prez.

Gee could have simply channeled himself in delivering the role he was born to play and added primetime Emmy winner to his list of accolades.

The 69-year-old said Wednesday he decided to retire after taking a cruise with his family. He was in the midst of another foot-in-the-mouth controversy when the exit was announced Tuesday.

The latest controversy involves off color “jokes” about priests at the University of Notre Dame, Catholics in general and other universities.

One in particular seemed plucked from the ”$#*! My Dad Says” Twitter account:

“…the fathers are holy on Sunday and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week. You know, you just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or Friday and so. Literally, I can say that. Very true. Father Joyce was one of those people and who ran the university for many, many years.”

Justin Halpern, the son behind the $#*! My Dad Says Twitter account the TV show was based on, would have had to edit down that comment.

I could totally hear a ‘dad’ or Vice President ‘Uncle’ Joe Biden (joking) making most of the gaffes credited to Gee — I may have given the one mentioned above a ‘I-can’t-believe-you-said-that’ laugh — but not a dad who leads one of the nation’s largest universities and takes home a bajillion in taxpayer dollars annually.

Read: Arch: Gee’s truest words

5 examples of $#*! Gordon Gee Says

The Dayton Daily News has compiled a list of gaffes from Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee. Cue the uncomfortable laughter.

December 2012 At an Athletics Council meeting, Gee said Notre Dame was never invited to join the Big Ten Conference because they’re “not very good partners” and “the fathers are holy on Sunday and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week. You know, you just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or Friday and so. Literally, I can say that. Very true. Father Joyce was one of those people and who ran the university for many, many years.” Gee also implied that the SEC can’t read or write and that the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville were not academically worthy of joining the Big Ten.

January 2012 — Gee quipped that OSU’s individual colleges used to operate like PT boats shooting at one another in the ocean. “It was like the Polish army,” he said.

March 2011 — Gee brushed aside a question about whether then head football coach Jim Tressel would be fired. “Are you kidding me? Let me just be very clear. I’m just hopeful the coach doesn’t dismiss me.”

November 2010 — Gee remarked that Ohio State’s football schedule is tough. “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day. So I think until a university runs through that gantlet that there’s some reason to believe that they not be the best teams to (be) in the big ballgame.

1992 — Following a tied game against Michigan, Gee said: “This tie is one of our greatest wins ever.”

Sources: Dayton Daily News, Columbus Dispatch and The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer

Contact this columnist and blogger at arobinson@DaytonDailyNews.com or Twitter.com/DDNSmartMouth

Linkin Park to live stream sold out Chester Bennington tribute on YouTube

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:31 PM

Looking Back: Chester Bennington

Linkin Park’s show on Friday in honor of its late frontman, Chester Bennington, is sold out, but fans can still be part of the concert.

Rolling Stone reported that the band announced Oct. 21 that the show would be livestreamed on its YouTube page.

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The event, called Linkin Park and Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington, is being held at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. It was announced on Aug. 22 as a “special public event” and officially announced as a concert Sept. 18.

Related: Linkin Park announces show honoring Chester Bennington

Bennington, the lead singer for the band, died on July 20 of suicide

“The band will be joined by a number of other artists, for an unforgettable night of music to honor the man that touched the lives of so many around the world,” the band said in a September news release.

Linkin Park is live streaming a concert celebrating the life of its lead singer Chester Bennington, who died of a suicide in July.(Vivien Killilea/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, with the go-ahead from Bennington’s family and the band, an episode of Apple Music’s “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” with bandmates Bennington, Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson and comedian Ken Jeong, was released for free on Linkin Park’s Facebook page.

“Linkin Park & Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington” will be streamed live on the Linkin Park YouTube page on Friday at 7:45 p.m. PDT.

What Hollywood’s men are saying about Harvey Weinstein amid sexual harassment allegations

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:10 PM

A number of men in Hollywood have responded to sexual harassment and assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.
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A number of men in Hollywood have responded to sexual harassment and assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.(Andreas Rentz/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of multiple sexual assaults and harassment incidents dating back to the 1980s, according to groundbreaking investigations from the New York Timesthe New Yorker and other outlets.

Related: Timeline of Weinstein allegations dating back decades

Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, Lena Headey, Lisa Rose and Kate Beckinsale are among the many women who have come forward with allegations against Weinstein.

There are more than 50 accusations against the producer so far.

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Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said last week, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein.”

Harvey Weinstein Fast Facts

Here’s a running list of some of Hollywood’s biggest male stars and media moguls on Harvey Weinstein:

Kelly Clarkson says she was unhappy when she was ‘really skinny’

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 9:29 PM

Kelly Clarkson made a personal revelation about her body and happiness in a new interview.
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Kelly Clarkson made a personal revelation about her body and happiness in a new interview.(Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Despite nearly incessant reports about her figure, Kelly Clarkson is just fine with her curves.

In a revealing interview with Attitude magazine, the singer and mother of two revealed that soon after her career reached new heights after the release of her sophomore album, she faced increased pressure from executives to be thin.

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“When I was really skinny, I wanted to kill myself,” Clarkson told the magazine. “I was miserable, liked inside and out, for four years of my life. But no one cared, because aesthetically you make sense.”

“It was a very dark time for me,” she said. “I thought the only way out was quitting. I, like, wrecked my knees and my feet because all I would do is put in headphones and run. I was at the gym all the time.”

A few years after “Breakaway,” Clarkson released “My December” in 2007. She fought with her label for creative control to be able to make the album she wanted. 

“I was around some really negative people, and I got out of it because I had a lot of great people there too. It was a case of turning around, facing them and walking toward the light.

“There’s a song on ‘My December’ called ‘Sober.’ There’s this line ‘Picked the weeds but kept the flowers,’ and I just live my life by that because you are who you surround yourself with.”

'Magnum P.I.' reboot in the works: reports

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:26 PM

Actor Tom Selleck stars as Thomas Sullivan Magnum on the CBS television series
Actor Tom Selleck stars as Thomas Sullivan Magnum on the CBS television series "Magnum, P.I." He is in a red Ferrari 308 and wearing a Hawaiian floral print shirt. Image dated January 1, 1984. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)(CBS Photo Archive/CBS via Getty Images)

CBS is working on a reboot of its classic show “Magnum P.I.,” according to reports.

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The first eight seasons of the original series aired on CBS in the 1980s. The show starred Tom Selleck.

The series reboot “follows Thomas Magnum (Selleck’s former role), a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. With help from fellow vets Theodore ‘TC’ Calvin and Orville ‘Rick’ Wright, as well as that of disavowed former MI:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on the cases no one else will, helping those who have no one else to turn to,” Variety magazine reported.

The reboot has already been given a “pilot-production commitment” from the network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s unclear whether Selleck will return for the reboot, but as he is currently under contract with CBS for the hit show “Blue Bloods,” it’s plausible that he could appear on the new “Magnum P.I.”

The reboot comes after a recent attempt to revive the series flopped.

Last year, ABC attempted to develop a sequel series, titled “Magnum,” which would have followed Magnum’s daughter who returns to Hawaii to take over her father’s P.I. firm. However, the show did not move beyond the development stage.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.