Andys Blog

Andy Cohen covers the weekend tabloid gossip.

on May 1, 2006

I spent my Saturday onboard American Airlines Flight #2 from LA back home to NYC. I have flown this route several times this month and know every answer to the Friends edition of "Scene It!" that is shown on the plane. (I love "Scene It!")I'd been saving Chronicles of Narnia for a day like Saturday and I treated myself and loved it. Then I hit my periodicals.

The weekend editions of Page Six usually suck. I always assume it's the place where they dump stuff that they wouldn't publish during the week. (Liz Smith's Sunday column reads to me like a hodge-podge of press releases for benefits that are low on ticket sales, but that's another story.) Saturday's Page Six featured a fascinating roundup of celebrity babysitting oddities that gave me cause for pause mixed with a touch of food for thought.

Consider that, as a teenager in Darien, Connecticut, actress Chloe Sevigny used to babysit a 3 1/2 year old Topher Grace! She says he was a good boy but that she used to fall asleep on the job. Consider that Michael Bolton used to babysit Paula Abdul. Abdul says she once stuck a pencil in her knee and babysitter Bolton had to take her to the doctor. I am "Straight Up" tellin' you that I think that lady is nutz.

The Post also reports that Bionic Woman superlady Lindsay Wagner babysat for the kidz of "Rhinestone Cowboy" Glen Campbell! And they say that Al "Grampa Munster" Lewis once hired Charles Manson to look after his kids in the 60s. As much as I want to doubt that story, crazier things have happened. The Post says Manson played guitar for the kids and quotes Al saying, "He didn't chop no heads off, he was very nice with me." The Doozy for me is the notion of Steve McQueen babysitting for Herb Ritts. Whaaaaayt???