Ringo walks off `Regis’ over song flap.

It’s really been a tough week and a half for our boy Ringo.  First he snubs Liverpool, now this.  It seems that Ringo is throwing more tantrums than most rock stars half his age.  Hopefully, this diva-like behavior doesn’t tarnish his good boy reputation.

Ringo Starr

I mean, it’s not like his antics have hit Britney-like levels, but you never know.  He did steal a Thanksgiving centerpiece from Mr. Chow’s a while back too. Maybe next, he’ll hop out of limos without his pants on.    Of course, we jest just a little bit.  Maybe Ringo is just going through a bit of a spell.

Here’s what we’ve read.

Ringo Starr is known for being the amiable Beatle, but the rock star showed his tough side Tuesday when he walked off the set of “Live With Regis and Kelly” rather than cut short one of his songs.

Starr, who is promoting his new album, “Liverpool 8,” planned to perform the title song with fellow rocker Dave Stewart. However, due to miscommunication between his publicist, Elizabeth Freund, and the musical director, Starr didn’t realize the performance had to be 2 1/2 minutes or less, Freund told The Associated Press.

When told Tuesday morning that the performance had to be shortened, Freund said Starr tried to cut about a minute of the song’s 4 minute, 15 second length, down to 3 minutes and 30 seconds. However, according to Freund, producer Michael Gelman said it had to be less than 3 minutes.

“We offered to cut back our chat time and asked them to fade or go to commercial. They were not willing to do that and Ringo was not willing to cut it further, so without a compromise we were not able to stay,” Freund said in a statement to The Associated Press. “Ringo left saying, `God bless and goodbye. We still love Regis.'”

A spokeswoman for “Regis and Kelly” disputed some of Freund’s contentions. The representative, who declined to be named – citing show policy – told the AP the show’s producers tried to work with Starr. The spokeswoman also said the time of his song was almost 5 minutes, not 4 minutes and 15 seconds. She also said that his appearance had been booked since November and that Starr’s representatives had agreed to the time requirement for the song.

With Starr absent, fashion designer Michael Kors and the winners of CBS’ “The Amazing Race” did extra segments to fill his time.

Despite Tuesday’s drama, she said the show would absolutely welcome Starr back.

However, Stewart had plenty of criticism for the show, calling it “disrespectful treatment of us as artists.”

“Four minutes (3 minutes and 40 seconds, actually) seemed like an appropriate amount of time for a former Beatle. Mr. Gelman apparently felt Ringo’s musical legacy should take a back seat to additional banter about the size of Ms. (Kelly) Ripa’s derriere,” he said in a statement.

The spokeswoman for “Regis and Kelly” said there would be no comment on Stewart’s statement.

Starr, 67, shortened his song for CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman,” but it was still over 3 minutes, Freund said.

But he was able to play the full song later Tuesday on “Rachael Ray.”

“Ringo taped an interview and performance on our show this afternoon, which was absolutely amazing. He performed `Liverpool 8′ in its entirety … and was a complete professional and a pleasure to work with,” said Charlie Dougiello, a spokesman for Ray.

Source: Yahoo Music


9 Responses

  1. Sounds like ol’ Rings needs a nap!

  2. How much do all of you even know about Ringo anyway?

  3. Its funny that you would take the side of puppet shows like “Regis”. I think Ringo was entirely justified in not wanting to cut a song to 2 minutes. All these shows understand is “sound bytes”. This after dealing with the Morning Show idiots in Liverpool last week. They talked over his song and faded to commercials in the middle of it. Ringo needs a better publicist who can get him press without making him look like a fool. Let’s try to see this from Ringo’s point of view eh?

  4. Good point. Remember, he’s probably still got a bad taste in his mouth over that idiotic “interview” by Larry King… I’d be selective too but maybe a tad more sensitive in the PR category.

  5. The point is for Ringo to promote his new CD. After all, people won’t buy it if they don’t know about it. So, he might go on a few “puppet shows”. It doesn’t kill him to follow the rules when he’s on other people’s turf. If Ringo thinks he’s “too good” for TV appearances, fine. Don’t do them. Let’s see how his CD sells on its own. . .

    Has Paul (George? John?) acted in a similar way?

  6. Problem is, his CD won’t likely sell much even with his promotion so all the help he can get he should take. I’d have done the gig at 2 1/2 minutes and just kept playing (like the rooftop concert) and see what happens…

  7. I would call this a demand for respect. It was pointed out by Andre Gardner that 1 year early, David Bowie appeared on R&K and sang two of his songs in their entirety. “What did the producers have against Ringo” is the question that I would like answered.


  8. to raj, cynthia, you both are idiots. you are not beatles fans at all. go back to your brittany spears fan site. you both are arrogant pricks.

  9. ok, i’m sorry. i guess it is i, that needs a nap. it’s cynthias fault, she’s the crab.

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