Mark Zuckerberg Rings NASDAQ Opening Bell; Letterman & O'Brien Talk Jay Leno; Betty White Gets Roasted
05.18.12 by Chris
ReelzChannel Celebrity Rundown
Today is finally the day that Facebook goes public — one of the biggest IPOs ever. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rung the NASDAQ opening bell from the social network's California headquarters. Some water cooler points about the company going public:
— Zuckerberg is expected to pocket $20B personally;
— Because he owns 2.3 percent of Facebook, Bono will surpass Paul McCartney to becoming to world's richest rock star;
— This IPO creates a thousand new millionaires;
— With a valuation of $104B, Facebook is worth more than Disney, Kraft, and Amazon;
— Apparently money heals all wounds because Eduardo Saverin congratulated Zuckerberg over Facebook about the company going public. He should, the IPO is expected to make Saverin $3B.
In his first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in 13 years, Conan O'Brien talked about Jay Leno — an arch nemesis for both hosts (it was Leno who took the Tonight Show away from both Letterman and O'Brien). "I was delighted by everything that happened, except you losing your job," Letterman said about the debacle a few years back when Leno replaced O'Brien on the late-night talk show. "The only consolation I took during that period was that you were happy," O'Brien said.
Betty White received her own Friars Club Roast on Wednesday, and if you thought the club, which is known for their no-holds-barred roasts, was going to go easy on the 90-year old, you were wrong.
The comedian Jeff Ross said the roast was organized as a lunch “because we didn’t think she’d make it till dinner.” “She’s so old, the color white is named after her,” Ross said, but he might have crossed the line when he added, “I’m looking forward to your next appearance — in that vase above your mantel.” The joke received a loud groan from the crowd. Joy Behar, Regis Philbin, Valerie Bertinelli, Valerie Harper, Liza Minnelli, and Larry King all attended the event with Barbara Walters as the M.C. “She’s so old, she thinks I’m jailbait,” said King, who is 78.
And in is-it-1993? news, Jenny McCarthy announced she's posing for Playboy at the age of 39.