Scoop! Meredith jumps in on ‘View’ bashing

Meredith Vieira thinks she is all that since leaving “The View” for “Today.”

Vieira is talking smack about the show that launched her career, calling it “a joke.” She claims she doesn’t watch the daytime chatfest anymore, but did check it out the morning Star Jones Reynolds made the announcement that she was being booted from the show.

“I’m proud of the work we did there, but it’s not a good time in the history of that show. It’s hard to watch. It sort of became a joke,” Vieira told Time magazine.

Ummm, are you sure it wasn’t a joke before you left, Meredith?

When asked if, after nine years on the job, she was sick of the talk show, Vieira said, “Not tired, but I’d been doing it for nine years. The positive side was that it was like a wonderful, comfortable pair of slippers. But you can become so blasé.” Yes, a pair of comfortable, whiny, cringe-inducing slippers. …

No excuse for being tardy

William H. Macy has some harsh words for Lindsay Lohan.

Macy, who is out doing the publicity rounds for the animated “Everybody’s Hero,” in which he lends his voice, was asked about his party girl co-star in the upcoming film “Bobby,” who also happens to be working with Macy’s wife, Felicity Huffman, on the film “Georgia Rule.”

As you may recall, “Georgia Rule” is the movie in which Lohan has been showing up late and even called in sick one day, claiming “dehydration” after a night of partying.

“It’s inexcusable. It’s nothing but disrespect. And Lindsay Lohan is not the only one. A lot of actors show up late as if they’re God’s gift to the film. It’s inexcusable, and they should have their [butts] kicked,” Macy told Zap2It.com.

Take my Emmy, please

Don’t look for any resentment from “Rescue Me” star Denis Leary over his best actor in a drama series loss to “24” star Kiefer Sutherland at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

At Fox’s Emmy after-party at Spago, Leary sang Sutherland’s praises.

“It really couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy,” Leary told The Associated Press.

Leary almost did get an Emmy that night. “Monk” star Tony Shaloub wasn’t keeping a watchful eye on his best actor in a comedy series trophy, and Leary tried to snag it.

“I took it and almost got away with it, but he noticed,” Leary said.

Meanwhile, at TV Guide’s party at Social Hollywood, Emmy winners and losers got to check out the Battle of the Network Stars band made up of “Desperate Housewives” star James Denton on bass and “House” star Hugh Laurie on keyboard.

Where’s the respect, Em?

Kendra Wilkerson, one of Hugh Hefner’s “girlfriends” and star of “Girls Next Door,” is claiming Eminem was rude to her during a music video shoot.

Wilkerson agreed to play the rapper’s love interest in the video for his upcoming single (and we’re not making this up), “Smack that A@!.” But what was sure to be a completely sexist-free video shoot for a warm and fuzzy song was ruined by Em’s dreadful antics.

“Eminem came out of his trailer and threw water on her and was really disrespectful,” Wilkerson’s agent Jonathan Baram told PageSix.com. “He flipped out on her.”

For his part, Eminem feels terrible about his behavior. Well, Eminem’s rep says he feels terrible, anyway. The man who rapped “[Bleep] Please” and “Kill You” has sent flowers and a handwritten apology to Wilkerson, which we’re sure she got someone to read to her.

And, luckily for Em, the “Sorry, I threw water on you” bouquet worked — Wilkerson says everything is cool now.

“Now that I think about it, he was probably just playing a joke,” Wilkerson said. “I don’t want there to be any controversy between me and Eminem.”

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