Paulina Rubio, one of the judges on "The X Factor" U.S., was a guest host (filling in for Whoopi Goldberg) on ABC's "The View" in New York City on Oct. 21, 2013. Unfortunately, Rubio did little to dispel her "ditzy" image during her guest-hosting duties alongside the show's hosts Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. Rubio got mixed reactions from fans of "The View" who went on the Internet to comment about how Rubio did as a guest host of the show: People either loved or hated Rubio on "The View." (A sample of comments are at the end of this article.)
Rubio did not say much during her time at "The View" roundtable, but what she did say was usually innocuous, boring or downright dumb. Of course, one of the topics that came up was "X Factor" executive producer/judge Simon Cowell and his impending fatherhood. (Cowell's girlfriend Lauren Silverman, a New York socialite, is reportedly due to give birth to a boy in February 2014. This will be the first child for 54-year-old Cowell. Silverman, who is 36, has a 7-year-old son with her ex-husband, who divorced her on grounds of her adultery with Cowell.)
When Rubio (who is the mother of a 3-year-old son) was asked what it's like to work with Cowell, she said, "He's just the way you would imagine. He has a great sense of humor. He's getting sweeter and nicer ... I think it's also because he's going to become a father. We've been talking about the importance of breastfeeding, and Simon told me that he's doing everything that he can."
Walters chimed in, "But he's not breastfeeding. He can't do that."
Rubio responded, "He feels he can do it. He can do it all." She then gave a very fake laugh.
Given that Cowell often gets teased about his "man boobs" that he often puts on display when he wears his too-tight T-shirts, it's questionable how Rubio's breastfeeding comment about Cowell can be taken. It's still a cringeworthy visual that Rubio has put out there. Ick.
The topic then turned to the embarrassing video footage from 2001 that was recently leaked of former "X Factor" U.S. judge Britney Spears singing tone-deaf when her vocals were isolated from prerecorded tracks. Spears has a reputation for almost always lip synching, and there is speculation that she will lip sync her way her through her two-year Vegas residency concerts that begin in December 2013.
When Shepherd commented on how hard it must be to sing and dance at the same time, Rubio said, "Cardio is the most important thing when you're a performer and a musician." Really? Artists who have indisputable talent like Adele or Tony Bennett would disagree, and so would their millions of fans. You don't have to be running around on stage with backup dancers to be considered a great performer.
Rubio and Spears have reputations for being bimbos whose popularity has more to do with selling sex than actual singing talent (not to mention getting loads of complaints from "X Factor" viewers for being terrible judges on the show), so it's not surprising that Rubio is in the same school of airhead thought as Spears. Unlike Spears though, Rubio claims that she does not lip sync. At least that's what Rubio said when Walters asked her directly on "The View" if she lip syncs.
McCarthy and Shepherd mentioned Beyoncé and Pink as examples of singers who can sing well live while they are doing a lot of dancing. The implication was clear: Spears just isn't a great singer, and her choreography-heavy dancing is not a real excuse for her to lip sync, since other singers can sing live and dance simultaneously and still sound a lot better than Spears.
In the Eastern and Central time zones, this last half of this episode of "The View" was pre-empted by a press conference that Barack Obama had about Obamacare enrollment. But it's hard to imagine that Rubio suddenly began making intelligent comments during this interrupted telecast.
As previously reported, Rubio seems to be a mini-publicity tour to try to rehabilitate her damaged image with TV viewers. She has been getting numerous complaints from "X Factor" fans who say she is a terrible judge because of her often-inarticulate comments and questionable decisions.
Rubio is also set to go on the syndicated talk show "The Wendy Williams Show" on Oct. 23, 2013. It will be interesting to see if Williams will ask Rubio tough questions, because that is certainly not what happened on "The View." Besides being a hated judge on "The X Factor," Rubio has a lot of problems in her personal life, including facing eviction from her Miami condo for unpaid fees; being sued twice for assault in the past two years; and going through a nasty custody battle with her ex-husband Nicolás "Colate" Vallejo-Nágera.
Most interviewers on talk shows avoid controversial topics, but Williams often does not. She might bring up Rubio's problems if she has the guts to do it, even if a publicist tells her not to discuss these problems. Williams has also been outspoken about how sleazy it was for Cowell to to have an affair and impregnate the wife of a close friend. All of the other talk show hosts who bring up the topic of the Silverman/Cowell pregnancy act as if he did nothing wrong in the Silverman affair, when in fact the pregnancy came out of a very deep betrayal that has gotten Cowell a lot of backlash from many people in the general public (not talk show hosts who fawn over celebrities).
What Cowell did to the Silverman family is not the actions of a "nice guy," and he has not expressed any public remorse for being a homewrecker. But don't expect Rubio or anyone else working for Cowell to admit this when they do interviews because, after all, Rubio and other people who work for Cowell are on his payroll in one way or another and are probably too afraid to speak out against their boss.
Here is a sampling of comments from "The View" official Facebook page about Rubio guest-hosting on "The View":
"Please tell Paulina that she needs to learn english before accepting co-host with those amaizing women. She is putting herself as a dumb, blonde (and mexican!!!!) woman."
"This woman is mute? who screen your guests? Paulina RUbio is very dumb maybe she is ok for the spanish tv but for a program like the view mmmmm. no way big mistake."
"This show is going down hill fast....one hit wonder host who I can't even understand. SMH."
"I thought Ms Rubio did a great job today."
"The ignorant bimbo!!! Theres very smart ladies in latino stations...why producers bring her!!???"
"Next week they will have Barbara Walters personal driver on as a guest star."
"Who is she?"
"Paulina Rubio is a Mexican 'singer'. It just irks me, that with so much Latin talent, they pick a person of questionable talent. Pretty, but without any brain power as you can see...I'm sure I'm going to get a lot of backlash for my opinion, but it's ok. watch and judge for yourselves."
"Very unhappy with today's show. I hope Whoopi is there tomorrow. . It's awful when she's not there."
"I have followed Paulina's career for two decades now and, even though she is not Maria Callas, she is a successful, talented, hard-working and intelligent business woman and artist. Are there other Latinas with talent? Absolutely! Is Paulina one of them? Unquestionably so! She has not just made a career for herself but has maintained it. And THAT has its own merits at the end of the day."
"She is beautiful!! And she was amazing I want to see her again."
"Going to stop watching."
"She must have a great agent, how she lands these good jobs is not based on her talent."
"Paulina is absolutely gorgeous and a pleasure to see on the "X-Factor"
"Never heard of Paulina Rubio...I take it she's a singer. Wonder if Whoopi is looking for another gig or just needs a few 'mental health' days."
"I don't understand anyone from the view producers can see how getting so boring and meaningless ,, just become other entertainment show."
Oct. 23, 2013 update: Rubio's interview on "The Wendy Williams Show" was very boring. Once again, Rubio told the breastfeeding "joke" about Cowell. And for some weird reason, about half of the interview was about how Rubio used to be in the group Timbiriche and why she went solo. This is very old news that happened back in the early '90s. Most people in Williams' audience don't care because most of them have never even heard of Timbiriche.
There was nothing new in the interview that was revealed about "The X Factor." Rubio did the usual PR talk about how she and the rest of the judges on the show have "amazing" chemistry. Williams admitted that she never heard of Rubio before she joined "The X Factor," so maybe that's why the interview was so boring. (By contrast, Williams' June 2013 interview with "X Factor" judge Kelly Rowland was very lively and asked a lot of good questions.) Williams asked if Lauren Silverman has been hanging around "The X Factor" set, and Rubio said yes. There was no mention of the controversy that Rubio has stirred up with "X Factor" viewers who think she is a horrible judge and are demanding that she get fired.