Get Your Good News Gossip

Regular readers, and practically anyone who’s ever met me, know that I’m not a big fan of the snark. There are plenty out there who are, but I prefer to be more of a celebrator of the good things in life. Heck, that’s pretty much the founding principle of this blog. It’s also the impetus behind one of a series of columns–Hamptons Habitues–that I’m now writing for Hamptons Real Estate Showcase, for which I’m thrilled to be an Editor at Large. Yay! Hope you enjoy reading this column as much as I enjoyed writing it. If so, please also also check out my Haute Spot interview with Jill Rappaport and Long Distance Love  featuring PJ and Joe Delia, Lucette Lagnado and Doug Feiden, and some tasty morsels about Ina and Jeffrey Garten in the Presidents Day issue, now on newsstands all over the East End.



Own One of Jerry Seinfeld’s Prized Porshes


Jerry’s 1955 Porshe 550 Spyder will be included in the auction.

Jerry Seinfeld is auctioning off 16 of his prized Porshe automobiles from his extensive  collection early next month. The cars–including an unrestored 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder (estimated to be worth between $5- and $6 million) a 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster ($2.5 million), a 1959 Porsche 718 RSK (estimate not being revealed. Hmmmm.), and a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR ($1.5 million)–will  be auctioned on March 11, starting at 11 a.m. at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auction. An auction preview is slated for March 10.

Seinfeld, who is bonkers about cars but does not consider himself a collector, says that he’s ready to see the members of his personal fleet go and be enjoyed by another automobile enthusiast.

“And the reason I wanted to bid these cars farewell in this way is really just to see the look of excitement on the faces of the next owners who I know will be out of their minds with joy that they are going to get to experience them,” says Seinfeld, according to Forbes.

Looks like the lowest bid in the Seinfeld lot is $60,000. I guess that means that we won’t be seeing Jo(h)n Voight’s 1989 LeBaron, famously purchased by George Costanza, played by Jason Alexander, in the “Mom & Pop Store” episode of “Seinfeld,” which aired in 1994. Rats. That’s the only one that might just be in my budget.

The Gooding & Company Amelia Island auction will be held at 6800 First Coast Highway on Amelia Island, Florida, on March 11. Catalogues are $75 and include admission for two for general admission to the viewing. Can’t make it but want to get your hands on one of Jerry’s hot rods? Bidding will be accepted in person and by phone.

Jason Alexander Spills Some “Seinfeld” Beans to Howard Stern

Jason Alexander on the Howard Stern Show.

Jason Alexander on the Howard Stern Show.

Much ado has been made of Jason Alexander’s guest appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” on Sirius XM on Wednesday, particularly as it relates to the killing off of his character’s fiancee, Susan, on “Seinfeld.”

First off, I’m a huge fan of the show and I find reason to bring some scenario up from it several times a week. Seriously. And forget about it when I was actually in the presence of Jerry Seinfeld at the Hampton Classic a few years ago. That was super cool. But, I’ve always been bothered about the way they ended the George and Susan engagement. Of course it didn’t leave as bad a taste in my mouth as it did the former NBC executive’s …

I know, that was bad but I just had to.

Now that I know why, and not just because every member of the gang is a bad apple who deserves what they finally got coming to them in the last episode, I find Susan’s demise just a little bit more palatable. Not sure if Heidi Swedberg would feel the same way, however.

The Stern interview also shed some additional light on Alexander’s casting as the world’s most memorable sidekick. Did you know that Nathan Lane (who lives in East Hampton), Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito, Chris Rock, Paul Shaffer, Brad Hall, David Alan Grier and Larry Miller were all considered for the role? It’s true.

Listen here for the full interview:

Baldwin, Seinfeld, Clinton and More Show Up for David Letterman


East Enders represented last night for (fellow former Hoosier) David Letterman’s final “Late Show” appearance.

Making up a significant portion of the show, Hamptonites who dropped in included Alec Baldwin, Barbara Walters and Jerry Seinfeld. Bill Clinton also stopped by, via prerecorded message. And Steve Martin, who has appeared with his bluegrass band (great show!) at Guild Hall and also has lots of Hamptons ties, also appeared.

During the final Top 10 of Letterman’s 6,028 broadcast/three-decade career, Alec got the “Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say to Dave” party started with, “Of all the talk shows yours is the one most geographically convenient to my home.” Barbara told the “Late Show” header that he smelled like a dictator; Jerry lamented his future career without Dave, and then bucked up, natch; and Steve dissed the acerbic host’s physical appearance.

Here’s the clip:

On Monday night, class act Jimmy Fallon gave an emotional tribute to his fellow late-night host and competitor on his “Tonight Show.” Bravo. Here’s a video of his homage:

Hamptons Screen Savers: East Enders in the Spotlight

Hamptons Screen Savers: East Enders in the Spotlight

Southampton’s Barbara Walters will be the recipient of the Literary-Media Arts Award at Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards on March 10. Page Six of the New York Post has also reported that Blythe Danner (is she in East Hampton or Amagansett? I’m not precisely sure) will be honored during the event. Awaiting official confirmation on that one.
Of course Bridgehampton’s Madonna has been in the news for all sorts of things recently–using the ‘N’ word on Instagram, pulling it off and replacing it with a message that read ‘get off my dick haters,’ injuring her foot while dancing, and then the inconsequential matter of performing at the upcoming Grammys on January 26.
Beyoncé, is also expected to perform at the music awards ceremony. I’m guessing that she will carpool with husband, Jay Z, who has been nominated for nine awards. The two have rented in East Hampton, Wainscott and Bridgehampton in summers past.
Bridgehampton’s Bob Balaban is on two screens right now: he’s got a recurring role as Dr. Rice on “Girls” and will play Preston Savitz on George Clooney’s soon-to-be-released “The Monuments Men.”
Montauker Ralph Macchio will co-star on “Psych” next Wednesday. What a nice man. Looking forward to seeing him on the small screen.
Speaking of “Psych,” Celia Weston (you’ll remember her from “Junebug” or as Mother Tucker on “Modern Family”) was just on this last episode on Wednesday, January 15. I don’t think she’s got a place out here but I met her a couple of times this past summer at events in East Hampton.
Blondie, who has performed at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, followed up her Punk Challenge appearance on “Project Runway” with a surprise telephone call on the reunion special this past Thursday.
I’ve been hearing whispers that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will be reunited in “A Speck in the Sea,” a film about lobsterman John Aldridge, who fell out of his boat 40 miles off Montauk last summer and survived by using his boots as flotation devices. Interesting.
We all know that Jimmy Fallon will be replacing Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” come February 17. I’m guessing there will be more opportunities for the family to visit their home in Sagaponack since the show is moving to New York.
Lastly, though he’s denied that there will be a “Seinfeld” reunion, something’s in the works (Super Bowl ad, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” etc.??) with East Hampton’s Jerry Seinfeld. He, Jason Alexander AND Larry David were all spotted around Tom’s Restaurant (aka Monk’s) in Manhattan on Monday.
I guess that’s enough Hampton’s Screen Saver scuttlebutt for now. Happy Saturday!

* Wiki photo of Barbara Walters.

Jerry Seinfeld Chills Out

Jerry Seinfeld Fun Fact

I just learned from a friend that Jerry Seinfeld is seriously into transcendental meditation. Interesting.
Apparently he’s been doing it for more than 40 years and credits his successes to the practice. Huh.
I did a little digging and found this interview he did with Alec Baldwin on his show, “Here’s the Thing,” which airs on my favorite radio station–Southampton’s own 88.3 Peconic Public Broadcasting–in October. During the chat, Jerry credits TM for helping him get clearer skin, and the ladies, back in the day when he was in school.
In response, Alec says he should try it so he can also get rid of acne too, as well as toxic energy, which he likens to Chernobyl.
It’s a good, sometimes funny, chat between two quick and clever guys who happen to make the Hamptons their home.
*Photo by me, taken at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

Jon Bon Jovi at the Hampton Classic

Jon Bon Jovi at the Hampton Classic

So many worlds have collided in the last few days here on the East End. First there was Jon Bon Jovi (my “friend” from Great Chefs) chatting with Matt and Annette Lauer about their newly opened Bright Side Farm (Not only did I have the pleasure of visiting their Water Mill-based stables two weeks ago, they both made a point to tell me on Sunday that they liked the article I wrote about the experience. How cool is that!) at Grand Prix day at the Hampton Classic on Sunday. Then last night I was out for dinner with a friend and bumped into Billy Joel (fellow Sag Harborite and everywhere man) while we were waiting for a table at the restaurant. Scoop: he said he’s planning a few concerts soon. Yay!
That’s two bona-fide rock stars and the most recognized man on American morning television in two days. These encounters are in addition to running into just about everybody at the Classic on Sunday, including Billy’s ex-wife and dear woman Christie Brinkley; Jerry Seinfeld; Sofia Vergara; James Lipton; New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg; his daughter Georgina, who managed to earn third place in the Grand Prix even though she’s now heavily pregnant; Beth Stern (no Howard in sight, for me at least) and Kyle McLachlan. Pinch me.
I don’t expect to run into anyone today–the Tuesday after Labor Day is referred to locally as “Tumbleweed Tuesday” as all the seasonal folks make a mass exodus back to the city–but who knows. As someone who has bumped into Edie Falco at the Bridgehampton K-Mart more than once, nothing surprises this Hamptons Party Girl.