Rosie O'Donnell was more surprised than anyone when NBC's new chief Ben Silverman made her an offer she could refuse.
Last week at the Television Critics Association presentation of new shows, Silverman told the audience that he was back in business with Donald Trump for a new season of "The Apprentice," adding that he would like to see O'Donnell among the fresh crop of celebrity guests.
Given Rosie and Trump's history this year, it was an unlikely proposition. Sources say that there's no way Rosie is going to do it, so don't get excited.
After the announcement, I'm told, Silverman sent Rosie a personal note saying he was sorry if she had been offended by the idea.
Silverman remains a steadfast fan of O'Donnell and wants her anywhere on the network as soon as she is ready. He has already talked daytime with her as well as a nighttime pundit show on MSNBC. O'Donnell has not warmed to the latter idea.
Meanwhile, Rosie heads west soon to film her recurring role on FX's "Nip/Tuck." It was one of many subjects she addressed Wednesday on her video blog. But fans shouldn't expect a daily video, Rosie warned.
"We have lives," she joked.
I told you a few weeks ago that film producer Julius Nasso was upset with The Los Angeles Times and writer Chuck Philips. The reporter called Nasso "a member" of the Gambino crime family.
Now Nasso, who logged jail time with Gambino family members for extorting actor Steven Seagal, is suing the Times. He wants $10 million.
Nasso — who produced "Narc" and other films in addition to six action flicks with Seagal — is upset because his sentencing judge in New York had concluded that he was NOT a member of the Gambino family. He's just a member of the Nasso family.
Nasso says that in his complaint, he demanded an apology or a retraction from the Times back on July 5, but received no response.
The word went out Wednesday that the Police may be in the studio. Does that mean a new album?
"No," a source said.
But a revamped version of an old song as a one-off single, possibly for downloading only, could be in the works.
I wrote in this space after seeing the Police's Staples Center show in Los Angeles that they should re-record the little known "Truth Hits Everybody" for release now. The lyrics could not be timelier, and the music sounds fresher than almost anything on the radio today. Hopefully, that would be their choice.
In the meantime, Trudie Styler, aka Mrs. Sting, is letting the $51,000 court award to her former chef fall like rain off a duck's back.
The intrepid Trudie heads to the Hamptons on Saturday for a Rainforest Foundation event. She then flies back to Ecuador, where she is overseeing a documentary and doing goodwill work to bring clean drinking water to the populace with inventor Dean Kamen.
By next Wednesday she will be in Montreal to join the Police for their two-day stop there, followed by their mega appearance at Fenway Park in Boston.
What are you doing next week?
Maybe you have heard by now. At Hollywood talent agency ICM, superagent Ed Limato was bounced last week most unceremoniously. His crimes? He had gotten older — and cost a lot of money.
Limato represents Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steve Martin and a raft of big-name talent.
But ICM has undergone a couple of sea changes recently. They merged with smaller, hotter agency Broder Kurland and got an infusion of investment cash. To all these new people, Limato must have looked like a dinosaur.
Limato also gave an annual Oscar party for which ICM paid dearly every year. With a $1 million price tag, the Limato soiree had been a hot ticket for many seasons. But everything comes to an end, and lately the party had a stale feel to it. Other agencies — notably Endeavor — have started to steal Limato's thunder.
Endeavor, by the way, is one place Limato and his band of stars won't find a happy home. Endeavor's head guy, Ari Emanuel, has been highly critical of Mel Gibson, formerly Limato's biggest client.
Limato would have to cut Gibson loose to join Endeavor. And don't think that's not a possibility. With Gibson essentially dead in the mainstream movie world and wanting to direct more esoteric films, he may just step aside and let Limato make deals without him.
Is this Limato's "Apocalypto?" It's unlikely. With his roster and contacts, he's going to make a comeback fast.
ICM's new management may not be loyal, but Limato's clients are. His party list was thick with names who have known him for decades.
But with that party now endangered, Oscar weekend is suddenly turning into a question mark. Mortons is closing, which means Vanity Fair may have to find a new location for its famous party. We may be at the end of one era and the beginning of another.