Video: 'Tabs': Mel Gibson has an excuse

By Keith Olbermann Anchor, 'Countdown'
updated 10/11/2006 4:02:55 PM ET 2006-10-11T20:02:55

Keith Olbermann rounds up tabloid and entertainment news every night on “Keeping Tabs.” On Monday, Oct. 9, he had this to say:

A reminder from Mel Gibson that alcoholism has never been so popular... 

Granting Diane Sawyer his first interview since his arrest for drinking, driving, and blaming the Jews last summer, ABC was nice enough to release a few quotes in advance of the broadcast. 

Gibson rationalized, “It was just the stupid rambling of a drunkard, you know, and what I need to do to heal myself and to be assuring allay the fears others and to heal them if they had any heart wounds from something I may have said.  So, this is the last thing I want to be is that kind of monster.”

He then reportedly mumbled something about how much he misses Henry Ford, wondered if he could borrow Diane’s copy of the “New York Post” and asked what time last call was. 

Torre squashes rumors
As Jay Leno once said at a similar event, “This is indeed a country of diminished expectations when you hold a news conference to tell people that a guy has not been fired.” 

Joe Torre, who has managed the New York Yankees to the last nine consecutive American League East Division Championships, and who has not won the World Series since 2000, was today not dismissed by tempestuous Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner, after the team’s second consecutive first round play off exit. 

Joe Torre, New York Yankees manager, on the announcement:

I just got off the phone with George Steinbrenner a few minutes ago, and he has informed me that I will be here as his manager next year.  Which I am very excited about, because this has been, you know, the best job of my life. 

Moments later, Steinbrenner issued a statement reading in part, “I spoke to Joe Torre today and I told him, ‘you’re back for the year...the responsibility is yours, Joe, and all of the Yankees.’”

Paris Hilton's stash
Call a friend, we’ve got a never-before seen glimpse inside Paris Hilton’s purse.  It’s not even a pun.  The blonde dumbbell, photographed outside at a fashion show in Milan this week, sported short hair and a fancy new silver handbag.  But once inside, “Daily Mail” photographers say they caught Paris with her purse open as she went to touch up her hot pink fingernails.  Woops. 

Now what could that possibly be in that little plastic baggie in there?  She really doesn’t strike us as drug user, so maybe that’s leftover Oregano from a fine Italian meal there in Milan?  Maybe potpourri to make her handbag smell fresh? 

Then again, Hilton’s publicist said, “It would be unfair to draw any conclusions based solely on these photos.” 

So, maybe it is weed. 

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