Wheel of Anger: Pat Sajak goes off on 'global warming alarmists'

Posted: May 22, 2014

PAT SAJAK may not think the Earth is getting warmer, but one thing is for sure:

Sajak himself is steaming.

The usually mild-mannered "Wheel of Fortune" host took to Twitter to claim, "Global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists."


While a reasoned argument might be that civilization is too dependent on fossil fuels to put that genie back in the bottle so we're just going to have to live (or possibly not live) with the consequences, the notion that being overly concerned with the future of the planet (right or wrong) makes you both unpatriotic and racist seems a wee bit of an overreaction.

* For the record, Pat, Tattle and our little club of unpatriotic racists would like to inform you that although parts of the U.S. were darn chilly last month - our friend in Michigan cursed Al Gore and his crazy global warming - it was the second-warmest April globally since scientists began recording such data back in 1880, according to a preliminary report from NASA.

April temperatures around the planet were 1.3 degrees above average, only .14 degrees below the warmest April . . . way back in 2010.

That makes 350 months in a row for above-average temps on the little spinning blue orb we call home. That's nearly 30 years.

Unpatriotic racists also pointed out that April marked the first month in recorded human history that average carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached above 400 parts per million.

This may not be too bad . . . if we were trees.

Nicki wigs out

Nicki Minaj has asked a federal judge in Atlanta to toss out a lawsuit filed against her by her former wig designer.

In a lawsuit filed in February, Terrence Davidson accuses Nicki (real name Onika Maraj) and Pink Personality LLC of breaking implied contracts, reneging on discussions to launch a reality-TV show and a wig line, and misappropriating his designs.

Lawyers for Nicki filed a motion Friday to dismiss the suit, arguing that Davidson failed to state a valid claim.

The filing says Davidson "is upset because he lost his most famous client" and is now seeking to force himself into a business relationship that Nicki and Pink Personality developed without him to get money from them that he has not earned.


* Another day, another children's book by a celebrity author.

Random House Children's Books announced yesterday that it will release "Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein," a picture book that actress-playwright Amanda Peet collaborated on with her friend Andrea Troyer. Publication is set for fall 2015.

The story revolves around a young Jewish girl who wonders why Santa doesn't visit her house. According to a statement Peet issued through Random House, she was inspired by her two children, who asked why the family didn't have a Christmas tree or holiday lights. Peet says she wanted to write about the feeling of being "left out."

In Touch magazine says Katy Perry and Diplo have broken up.

In Touch says the split occurred "after a one-month courtship," and doesn't that sound quaint. Perhaps they held hands on the porch swing while sipping lemonade.

"Diplo broke up with her because she does not want to be in a serious relationship. She's doing OK and not too sad about it. They wanted different things," said a Katy friend. "She freaked out when he wanted to introduce her to his parents. She doesn't want to get married again - at least not any time soon.

"She wants to date and he wanted something much more serious. It was too much, too soon."

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have been chosen as grand marshals for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday, June 8 at Pocono. They star in the upcoming comedy "22 Jump Street," which just happens to open the following Friday.

Both actors will give the honorary command to fire engines.

Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, hope to have the musical based on their life dancing on Broadway next year.

Producers say "On Your Feet!" will premiere in Chicago this summer before landing at a Nederlander theater in the fall. Jerry Mitchell, who directed "Kinky Boots," will helm the show, with Sergio Trujillo choreographing. The story will be written by Alexander Dinelaris.

The Estefans were both born in Cuba and together became stars in Spanish and English, winning Grammy Awards and fans across the U.S. with crossover hits like "The Rhythm is Going To Get You," "Conga" and "Words Get in the Way," in addition to helping the careers of Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada.

Annette Bening (Goneril), Jessica Collins (Cordelia) and Jessica Hecht (Regan) will play the daughters of "King Lear" this summer in Central Park.

John Lithgow will play Lear.

The Public Theater said performances begin July 22 and run through Aug. 17. Daniel Sullivan will direct.

Ryan Gosling debuted as a film director at the Cannes Film Festival with "Lost River," a stylish, theatrical fable set in the ruins of Detroit that played yesterday before one of the festival's most packed crowds.

Immediate reaction from critics was largely negative. Variety's Scott Foundas called it a "first-rate folie de grandeur." The Telegraph's Robbie Collin dubbed it "mouth-dryingly lousy."


- Daily News wire services

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