Israeli dirty joke: A Muppet sidles up to a Bar...

Posted: April 09, 2014

ISRAEL'S MOST beautiful export, Bar Refaeli, has made a commercial so racy, FoxNews.com says, the country's Second Authority for Television and Radio banned the ad during daytime and prime time.

Haaretz newspaper said the move was made because the commercial has "too many sexual insinuations."

Refaeli's co-star? Red Orbach, an Israeli Muppet.

The steamy spot shows Bar and Red in bed, with the Muppet fantasizing about the superduperJewpermodel. Multiple images of Bar are then shown washing Red's car, lounging with him in a Jacuzzi and playing strip poker.

The ad is for Hoodies brand underwear. It would be funnier if it were for Cialis.

* As for a show that will be too racy, an Internet reality program is in the works called "The Sex Factor," in which a quintet of porn stars ( Tori Black, Lexi Belle, Remy LaCroix, Keiran Lee and former Duke student Belle Knox) will judge an amateur contest seeking the next big thing.

Unless it's a woman, in which case it will be the two next big things.

The grand prize of $1 million will be presented at the AVN Awards next January.

Given what some people will do in a fleabag motel for $50, one can only imagine what folks will be willing to do for $1 million.

(You may want to cover your eyes during the elimination rounds.)

* In news of another reality show that features sword-swallowing contestants, the "Got Talent" franchise has been deemed the most successful reality-TV format worldwide by Guinness World Records.

Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia said yesterday that the format that was launched as "Britain's Got Talent" has been adapted for broadcast in 58 countries. The latest versions to air include those in Iceland and Brazil.

So it won't be long before Simon Cowell is hoarding as much cash as Apple.

Alistair Richards, president of Guinness World Records, said in a statement that "Got Talent" displaced "Strictly Come Dancing," another British format that has been sold to more than three dozen countries.

* Speaking of Apple, and Tattle's occasional foray into the world of income inequality, it's been reported that the maker of the iMac, iPad, iPhone and iTunes is sitting on a cash haul of $159 billion.

To put that in perspective, Apple could give each of its 80,000 employees a $1 million bonus and still have $80 billion left over.

Or it could buy the Comcast/NBC/Universal empire - for cash - and still have about $30 billion left for iWalking around money.

* As for Comcast subsidiary NBC, the network is preening like a peacock over the strong start of Jimmy Fallon.

NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke expressed no fear yesterday about who will replace David Letterman upon the late-night comic's planned retirement from CBS next year.

Fallon "is the best and no matter who CBS puts in that place, I think he'll still be the best," Burke said.

"He has turned out to be, I think, exactly what America is looking for," Burke said.

Tattle expects hyperbole when it comes to a medium in which every episode is "special," "riveting" "or the most thrilling/funniest/most dramatic yet," and there's no question that Fallon's gotten off to a gangbusters start, but when you're claiming 5 million viewers as a referendum on the taste of America, you're kind of ignoring that a couple hundred million adults are not watching.

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* Malaysia and Indonesia have joined much of the Muslim world and banned the biblical epic "Noah," because of its visual depiction of the prophet mentioned in the Quran.

As for the No. 1 film at the Malaysian box office last weekend, it was "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." The star-spangled Avenger was followed by "Divergent," "Need for Speed" and "Mr. Peabody and Sherman."

But no "Noah." Go figure.

* Ten world-class soloists put costly Stradivarius violins and new, cheaper ones to a blind scientific test and the new instruments won handily.

Most of the musicians couldn't even tell whether they were using old or new violins based on the sound. The musicians wore dark glasses and the lights were dimmed when they played the dozen violins in a rehearsal room and a concert hall.

The study was released yesterday by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Barbara Walters will make her final television appearance on "The View" next month, ABC said yesterday.

Walters' last day as a co-host on the all-women talk show she created in 1997 will be on May 16. ABC, a unit of the Walt Disney Co. (which could also be purchased by Apple for cash), will also air a two-hour evening special on the same day focusing on her career and her life.

"In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters," Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.

"She broke barriers, defied convention, made history and set the standard for journalistic excellence for more than 50 years. It's hard to imagine television without her," he added.

No David Letterman. No Barbara Walters. Paul Guilfoyle is leaving "CSI." What's next, no "Law & Order" reruns?

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


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