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New & Noteworthy: Rosie drops a Pretty Penny

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Eileen Murphy

First Lady and senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to be awfully bummed by the news that one of her most high-profile supporters, talk show host Rosie O’Donnell, won’t be voting for her in this year’s New York elections.

No, Rosie hasn’t had a quickie conversion to the side of Mayor Giuliani, whom she said resembled a "Pez dispenser" last year. No, it seems that the Long Island-bred comedian is moving out of state, to the leafy environs of Greenwich, Conn.

The Wall Street Journal reports that O’Donnell has "agreed to sell" her home in Nyack, N.Y., for $2.25 million. This may sound like a lotta loot, but it’s actually a half mil below Rosie’s asking price. The house, named "Pretty Penny" by its previous owner, the late actress Helen Hayes, was built in the late 19th century. O’Donnell had spent a pile of dough modernizing the house, installing new electrical and plumbing systems, but in the end, it just wasn’t her cup of tea.

Rosie’s new home will be a $6.5 million house on a 12-acre plot, which should give kids Parker, Chelsea and her recently adopted baby boy plenty of room to play. And when they want to go to the beach, she’ll just schlep the whole kit and caboodle to her other home, a $6.75 million spread on Florida’s exclusive Star Island in Biscayne Bay.

Hmmm . . . we wonder what elections are on the slate in the Nutmeg State.

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Kenny to critics: shut up!

Irish talk show host Pat Kenny, who slipped into the hot seat vacated by "Late Late Show" legend Gay Byrne, is finding that the spotlight is burning his bum. Or something like that, if you catch our drift.

It seems that critics are blaming the hapless Kenny for the show’s drop in ratings since Byrne’s departure. At first, Kenny says, he took it all personally. Then, he just shrugged it off. Now, he says, he welcomes the controversy.

"As regards the people who are having a go at me," he told the Sunday World. "The day they stop doing that is the day I know I’m finished."

In his defense, though, Kenny points out that the playing field has changed drastically since Gaybo’s retirement.

"When critics talk about ratings, what they don’t realize is that there’s now four home-grown television channels to choose from," he said. Anyway, he adds, "If the show was as bad as people are making it out to be . . . I don’t think people like Melanie C. would be coming in to see us either!"

Well, Pat, that may be, but then, it’s not like those Spice Girls are all that busy these days, are they?

She’s a model, you know what we mean?

Really, it’s on days like this that we really miss the late Charles Comer, who passed away a year ago this week. Charlie, whose answering machine message always proclaimed, "Showbusiness is my life!" would have been able to tell us whether recent stories linking "Feet of Flames" star (and Comer buddy) Michael Flatley to supermodel Naomi Campbell were true. In his absence, we’ll just have to guess . . .

The Sunday World weighs in with an exclusive this week, insisting that Flatley and Campbell are smitten with one another. The two celebs were apparently observed canoodling in Germany last week, where Flatley has been rehearsing for the relaunch of his dance extravaganza.

Naturally, the official story is that the two are just "very good friends." Flatley’s publicist, Chris Roche, reveals that Michael and Naomi "get on very well together."

They get on so well, in fact, that Flatley "is trying to break off rehearsals at the moment to make a flying visit to Dublin next weekend," said Roche. "He hopes to take her to his favorite restaurant on St. Stephen’s Green for dinner."

Campbell, who has decided to give up her runway career because it’s "very stressful," will be strutting her stuff this week at the Brown Thomas show in Dublin, along with pals Christy Turlington and Yasmin Le Bon. Sounds like Flatley will be in hog heaven.

And anyway, what he spends on airfare he’ll save on dinner, right? After all, how much could a couple of stalks of celery and some black coffee cost?

They’re too sexy for their shirts

Speaking of Flatley, the Lord of the Dance was probably not terribly impressed to find that he was named the least sexy man in Ireland.

Following Flatley in the ranking of least sexy men in a poll conducted by the Irish magazine Social & Personal were comedian Brendan O’Carroll and that tough-talking puppet, Dustin the Turkey. Now, we’re not sure what criteria were used, but really — Michael less sexy than a turkey? What about when he wears his headband and gets his chest all oiled up?

The magazine also named the most sexy men in Ireland, and we must say, it’s a rather eclectic group. Voted number one was Boyzone’s Keith Duffy (no, he’s not the one with the manky eyebrow — that’s Shane). Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, a fine figure of a man, was No. 2, with J.P. McManus coming in at No. 3.

Win tickets to see ‘Me Arse’

Now that we have your attention — and before you injure yourselves rushing for the phone — we have to ‘fess up. Lucky winners in our ticket giveaway will have to content themselves with the Irish Arts Center’s arse — the encore production of their hit show, "Celtic Tiger [me arse]."

The very funny play, written by Don Creedon and directed by Neil Jones, begins previews on Feb. 16 and opens on Feb. 24 at the Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51 St., NYC. The show will run through March.

We have 10 pairs of tickets to give away to the show, which our colleague Jack Holland called "brilliant satire" and a "provocatively funny rendering of modern Ireland." To enter, call the contest line at (212) 581-4125

Contest lines open Saturday, Feb. 12, at 9 a.m. and closes Monday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m.

Leave your name, address and evening phone number on the answering machine. Ten winners will be chosen at random from all entries received between Saturday and Monday. Calls received before or after the contest period won’t count, nor will multiple entries (one per person, please!) Winners will be notified by phone, so make sure to include your area code!

There’s something about Daniel . . .

You know you’re having a bad day when someone mistakes you for Ben Stiller — at least, if you’re hunky actor Daniel Day Lewis. Page Six of the New York Post reports that Daniel was in a bit of a tizzy the other day when some fans confused him with Stiller, who is best known for his on-screen zipper difficulties. DD-L, of course, is best known for being a babe.

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