Jerk? The real Colbert teaches Sunday school
Stephen Colbert was raised in South Carolina to be a Southern gentleman. But he spends his days being a jerk. It must be tough. Not really, he says.
Colbert figures that's because he's embarrassment-proof: “There's an essential embarrassment to being a jerk, and I just don't get embarrassed about things.”
The host of “The Colbert Report” spent 90 minutes out of character recently, telling interviewer Ariel Levy of The New Yorker about the process of playing the right-wing blowhard pundit named Stephen Colbert.
Before every interview, he said, he explains to his guest exactly what he's doing. “I tell people, ‘He's an idiot,'” Colbert said, referring to his alter ego. “I say, ‘Disabuse me of my ignorance.'”
Colbert, who lives in New Jersey with his wife and kids, also touched on one of his hobbies: teaching Sunday school. He's done it in the past and hopes to again next year.
“The great thing about teaching Sunday school is that these kids ask questions that even in college we thought were so deep,” he said. Examples: What's beyond time? What came before God?
Then again, he said, sometimes they're just asking to go to the bathroom.
“And I say no.”
Oprah sued by school's ex-leader
The ex-headmistress of Oprah Winfrey's school for girls in South Africa sued the talk show host for defamation, claiming Winfrey falsely suggested she tried to cover up abuse at the school. Last year, Winfrey suggested that Nomvuyo Mzamane, 39, of Philadelphia, knew about alleged abuse and tried to cover it up, Mzamane says in the lawsuit.
Her lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia on Friday, seeks more than $250,000.
“The thing that hurt my client the most was when Oprah said, ‘I thought she cared about the girls of South Africa,'” said Mzamane's lawyer, Timothy McGowan. “It was devastating. She loved those girls.”
A spokeswoman for Winfrey says the company plans no immediate comment.
High bidder to box Lohan's dad
Michael Lohan, estranged father of Lindsay Lohan, has publicly feuded with the actress, her girlfriend Samantha Ronson and her mother Dina Lohan.
For his next battle, Lohan will use his fists rather than his mouth: He's auctioning off the chance to knock him out in a charity boxing match Nov. 24 at the Hilton Long Island in Melville, N.Y.
Bidding to challenge Lohan begins at $5,000. Proceeds will go to charities including the Long Island Community Chest, which provides financial support to needy families.
‘Idol' alum LaKisha Jones weds
Former “American Idol” contestant La- Kisha Jones has tied the knot. The Flint, Mich., native married financial adviser Larry Davis at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Sunday.
Some fellow “Idol” alums attended the wedding, including Sanjaya Malakar, Haley Scarnato and Melinda Doolittle.
Comedian Joy Behar, 66. Singer John Mellencamp, 57. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, 53. Gospel singer Michael W. Smith, 51. Recording executive Simon Cowell, 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Toni Braxton, 41. Singer Taylor Hicks, 32.
This day in history Oct. 7
1991: University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of making sexually inappropriate comments when she worked for him; Thomas denied it.