[All photos by SCOTT MORGAN for PMc]. Last night, Barbara Walters hosted a "big f***ing party!" for Joy Behar (Joy's words, not mine) at The Oak Room in The Plaza, in honor of HLN's new "The Joy Behar Show". Champagne poured freely, but I was much too busy gaping at the crowd to drink, because basically everyone you've ever seen on a news or talk show was there. Like, icons. Larry King, Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers, and Anderson Cooper in all his suave, silver-haired glory. And Alan Alda was there! I had to bite my lip to keep from humming the Mash theme-song in his ear.
The event was so packed that Anderson Cooper had to brush by me on his way to talk to someone else (alright, so I stayed firmly rooted in place instead of allowing him to pass so as to force him to brush against me...), and Barbara was overheard exclaiming "Who ARE these people? I don't know who anyone is!". She and Joy seemed genuinely thrilled at the turnout, and graciously thanked everyone for coming.
Anderson Cooper Joan Rivers
Joy Behar, AJ Hammer Larry King
Michael Musto Alan Alda
Hoda Kotb Nancy Grace
Louie Fernando, Chuck Nice
Maybe I should have approached Anderson like this?
Marc Chamlin, Bill Stankey, Tyler Delaney
Lorraine Brocco, Stephanie March Bernedette Piccolomini, Donald Berman