Tattle: O'Donnell hit with heart attack

Rosie O'Donnell blogged about her heart attack.
Rosie O'Donnell blogged about her heart attack.
Posted: August 22, 2012

IT WAS KEPT A SECRET longer than one might expect, but People magazine reports Rosie O'Donnell suffered a heart attack last week.

As Rosie is one of the more polarizing celebs Tattle has ever written about, Internet comments sections are probably full of good (and not so good) wishes.

According to People, Rosie, 50, played Internet doctor when she was beset by painful symptoms and took a Bayer aspirin (product placement not paid for) as she'd seen in ads.

"Thank god/saved by a tv commercial/literally," she blogged Monday.

Once she was taken to the hospital, doctors found that Rosie's coronary artery was 99 percent blocked and put in a stent.

"She is now home and resting comfortably. She is very, very lucky," said her rep, Cindi Berger.

People said Rosie's health crisis went down like this: Last Tuesday she helped heave "an enormous woman" out of her parked car, and soon after her chest ached, her arms hurt, she became nauseated and her skin got clammy.

"Maybe this is a heart attack," she blogged. "I googled womens heart attack symptoms/I had many of them/but really? - I thought - naaaa."


* Speaking of survivors, former "Double Dare" host Marc Summers (who now produces and hosts shows for the Food Network) is recovering at home after he smashed up his face in a car accident while returning home from Philadelphia International Airport.

Summers told People that his taxi got caught in a "torrential downpour" and "lost control, hydroplaned."

Summers face-planted the taxi partition.

"Everything on the left side [of my face] from my eye socket down was just wiped out," he told People. "My eye socket got all swollen. I'm having trouble seeing completely out of the left eye. . . . There's lots of titanium and screws in my face."

Summers texted 24/7 Dan Gross that he asked to be taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. "They're the best," he said.

He expects a full recovery.

* And in less-important survivor news, Lisa Whelchel, who played Blair on the '80s sitcom "The Facts of Life," will be a contestant on "Survivor: Philippines."

You would think tomboyish Jo would have a better chance.


Romain Julien, a model who was injured during the bottle-throwing brawl between Chris Brown and Drake, is suing both singers and the owners of the New York nightclub.

Julien says in his suit that he suffered severe injuries during the June 14 melee, including a severed tendon in his hand. He is seeking actual and punitive damages.

* Showing the utter desperation that has befallen "American Idol," the show is in talks with multicolored fashionista/rapper Nicki Minaj to join the show as a judge.

It's hard to dislike Nicki as either a person or performer, but as a judge of a national karaoke competition?

Then again, she'll probably be a lot more interesting than Britney Spears and Demi Lovato over on "X Factor."

* Rapper Juvenile (a/k/a Terius Gray) has been arrested on disorderly conduct charges after police responded to a fight at a nightclub in Miami Beach's Fontainebleau Hotel.

A Miami Beach police report said the 37-year-old Juvenile was in the middle of a fight that broke out early Monday at the hotel's Club Liv. The report says the fight spilled out to the front of the hotel and involved about 100 people. Many were yelling and pushing and shoving each other, but no injuries were reported. It's not clear what started the fight.

Corrections officials said Juvenile was jailed (Juvenile detention?) on $500 bail.

* The producers of "Live! With Kelly" say Kelly Ripa's new co-host will be revealed on the show Sept. 4.

Welcome back, Regis!

* Soccer gold medalist Alex Morgan has signed with Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing for The Kicks, a three-book series for middle-schoolers. The first novel will come next summer, the publisher announced Monday. The main characters will be four young girls. The themes will be friendship, leadership and, of course, soccer.

* Also becoming a writer? Caroline Manzo of "Real Housewives of New Jersey."

She has a deal for Let Me Tell You Something, in which she will give life lessons on family, friendship and long-term happiness. It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Monday that the book will come out March 26, 2013.

* The ratings boost the London Olympics gave NBC's "Today" show has vanished so quickly, it's as if Usain Bolt ran off with it.

Nielsen says ABC's "Good Morning America" beat "Today" last week by an average margin of 162,000 viewers.

* Our good friends at the Parents Television Council said Monday that its researchers have found an increase in implied nudity.

The PTC, which suffers from PTSD (Primetime Television Sex Disorder), found 76 instances in which a person appeared nude, with private parts obscured by pixilation or carefully placed objects, in prime time last season. The group says that's a sharp rise from the 15 instances the networks aired the previous season.

Examples include a naked man jumping out of a car trunk in "Betty White's Off Their Rockers."

Speaking of off their rockers, the PTC plans to complain to the FCC.

* It's all this PTC prurience that leads to the incident in Oklahoma, in which high-school valedictorian Kaitlin Nootbaar and her 4.0 GPA have been denied a diploma because during her graduation speech she said "hell" (as in "how the hell do I know") instead of "heck."

Kaitlin was told by school administrators that she would not get her diploma until she handed in a written apology.

What the hell is going on in the world?

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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