Barry to Elisabeth; Your "View" is Dangerous
UPDATE: A source tells TMZ that it's not Barry who's writing this song -- in fact, "View" producers pulled the plug on Manilow's performance when his people demanded that he appear on the show without Elisabeth. Manilow has in fact performed on the show twice before -- both last year -- along with Hasselbeck.
TMZ has learned that legendary singer Barry Manilow has pulled out of his scheduled appearance on "The View" tomorrow -- because he strongly disagrees with host Elisabeth Hasselbeck's conservative view! Paging Rosie O'Donnell!
In an exclusive statement to TMZ, Barry says, "I strongly disagree with her views. I think she's dangerous and offensive. I will not be on the same stage as her." Barry, taking a stand!
Manilow is currently on a press tour promoting the release of his new album, "Greatest Songs of the Seventies."
A network spokesman had no comment.
Ft. Lupton Judge Punishes Violators With Manilow
Unusual Sentence Results In Few Repeat Offenders
In a courtroom with mostly young adult offenders, Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" played loudly on a boombox.
During the full hour of punishment, they were not allowed to chew gum, eat, drink, read or even sleep.
Most violators found the first few minutes funny. As time wore on with Karen Carpenter, Barry Manilow and Barney songs, they weren't laughing anymore.
"At about 20 minutes into it, I was trying not to fall a sleep," said violator Luis Cano.
Judge Paul Sacco carries out the punishment about four times per year. He said he believes the sentence fits the crime.
"When you have a person playing rap at extreme volumes all over the city, and they have to sit down and listen for an hour to Barry Manilow, its horrible punishment," he said.
Sacco said his love for music and helping youth inspired the unusual sentence.
"It's a punishment but it doesn't hurt as bad as jail or (paying) a lot of money," he said.
The judge also said there have been only a few repeat offenders of the noise ordinance law. This type of punishment for the city has been around since the 1990s.