- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 30, 2006

Black to host KCA

Comic actor Jack Black has three reasons to celebrate.

There’s his recent marriage to longtime girlfriend Tanya Hayden on March 14, Tuesday’s release of the Oscar-winning “King Kong” (in which he played Po) — and now his stint as host of Nickelodeon’s 19th Annual Kids Choice Awards.

The pudgy star will preside over the awards ceremony, airing live tomorrow at 8 p.m. on the cable network. The show, perhaps the only awards presentation geared toward children, allows youngsters to cast ballots for their favorite films, music, sports stars and television programs.

This year, the animated feature “Madagascar” tops the nominees list with three bids, followed by “Herbie: Fully Loaded” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with two nominations apiece.

Bruce Willis, Whoopi Goldberg, Lindsay Lohan, Jon Heder, Ludacris and Hilary Duff are among the celebrity presenters. Chris Brown, Bow Wow and Pink are the musical guests.

Reunited

As promised, flamboyant rap star Flavor Flav returns to VH1 on Sunday with “Flavor of Love Reunion,” the follow-up to his date-seeking reality show that featured 20 women who hoped to become the apple of his eye.

Those who tuned in weekly for the catfights among the contestants during the show’s six-week run can expect more of the same on Sunday’s reunion show, airing at 8 p.m.

In the end, Detroit’s Nicole Alexander (aka Hoopz) emerged as the winner. But with nearly 6 million viewers for the show’s finale, the highest-rated program in VH1’s history, the romance is unlikely to last.

Look for the network to announce a second serving of “Flavor of Love,” featuring a slew of new contestants, in the very near future.

‘View’ brouhaha?

Speaking of catfights, tongues are still atwitter about the on-air bickering between “The View” co-hosts Star Jones Reynolds and Joy Behar during Monday’s edition of the popular ABC chatfest.

Miss Jones Reynolds — who disputes accounts that she was near death while recuperating from breast-lift surgery March 17 in Los Angeles — didn’t get much sympathy from Miss Behar Monday when she called the daytime show to report on her condition. She also received the third degree from Meredith Vieira, one of the show’s four co-hosts, reports the New York Daily News.

According to the newspaper, Miss Behar fidgeted and grimaced during Miss Jones Reynolds’ recitation — including her assertion that “I did not almost die” — and finally cut her off.

“OK, Star, that’s enough about you! On to us. Bye!” Miss Behar screeched, following up with a salty gibe that the network edited out.

“I’m so glad you haven’t changed,” Miss Jones Reynolds responded sarcastically.

Miss Vieira, meanwhile, relentlessly grilled Miss Jones Reynolds — who has refused to address earlier reports that she has had gastric bypass surgery — about whether she’d received breast implants in addition to a lift. Finally Miss Jones Reynolds acknowledged: “I did … Friday was my 44th birthday.”

Miss Vieira gave Miss Jones Reynolds a break on the question of a widely reported tummy tuck, and Miss Jones Reynolds’ flack has declined to comment.

During the on-air phone call, Miss Jones Reynolds went out of her way to thank “View” colleague Elisabeth Hasselbeck for sending flowers to the hospital and producer-panelist Barbara Walters for phoning to check up on her — unlike, notes the Daily News, Miss Vieira and Miss Behar.

“The View’s” spokesman Karl Nilsson told the newspaper: “Meredith was in Jamaica, and Joy was in Puerto Rico. They were literally out of the country,” he explained.

“If you watch ‘The View’ regularly, Star and Joy like to tease each other. No harm done.”

Batter up

With the countdown on for baseball’s opening day, cable’s Food Network continues its salute to the national pastime by dishing up a buffet of shows on ballpark and tailgate cuisine.

“Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee” offers a menu of semi-highfalutin fare (shrimp skewers marinated in an orange-champagne vinaigrette, cheesesteaks, and something called a “drunken float” ) on its “Baseball Tailgate” segment, airing tomorrow at 11 a.m.

At 8 p.m., chef Emeril Lagasse whips up recipes for a barbecue short rib sandwich topped with bleu cheese slaw, andouille corn dogs with Creole mustard, spiked watermelon sorbet cups and root beer floats on “Emeril Live.” Then at 9 p.m., “Unwrapped” host Marc Summers takes a look at America’s favorite hot dog haunts.

Yum.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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