Harvey Weinstein is No Laughing Matter at AmFar


James Corden’s off-color jokes spur an angry smack-down from Rose McGowan.

Someone should have told James Corden that it’s a little too soon to be cracking Harvey Weinstein jokes in Hollywood. The amiable late-night talk show host, who headlined Friday night’s blockbuster AmfAR Gala in Los Angeles, tried but failed with a couple of jokes about the embattled studio boss, who has been a longtime member of AmFar’s governing board.

“This is a beautiful room. A beautiful night in L.A!” Corden began, addressing the crowd of Hollywood heavyweights who had amassed in the sprawling Beverly Hills estate of supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle. “It’s so beautiful that Harvey has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage.” A chorus of hisses, moans and nervous laughter erupted from the crowd. Undaunted by the shrill reception, Corden kept going.

“It’s been weird watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water this week,” he said. “Ask any of the women who were forced to watch him bathe—it’s weird watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water! Honestly, Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight but he’ll settle for whatever potted plant is closest.”

Crickets. Corden took the hint and moved on. But others were less forgiving. Soon after the event, Rose McGowan, who alleged that Weinstein had raped her, launched an angry attack on Corden on Twitter.
“YOU MOTHER****** PIGLET,” she wrote and then proceeded to list three points. 1) James Corden is a close friend of [Harvey Weinstein’s…2)Hearing the audience’s vile roars & laughs hows EXACTLY what kind of HOLLYWOOD you really are…3)@CBS DONATE TO @ELAWC OR YOU TOO SUPPORT RAPE CULTURE.” CBS is the network that airs Corden’s show. Neither Corden nor CBS ad responded to McGowan’s tweets at press time.

Meanwhile back at the gala, which was held at the Beverly Hills estate of supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle, some of the guests were probably thinking about another recent New York Times story about Harvey Weinstein that came out days before its explosive harassment expose. The story revealed that ghe producer had managed to direct $600,000 of the money raised at amfAR’s Cannes gala this year to the American Repertory Theater, the nonprofit playhouse that ran a tryout run of Finding Neverland, a Broadway musical that Weinstein produced. Weinstein insisted to the paper that he did nothing wrong and was only trying to help both amfAR and ART.

Weinstein aside, the evening’s main event was a salute to Julia Roberts for her humanitarian efforts, including work to combat HIV/AIDS. Things started off with a surprise performance by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who serenaded Roberts with a rendition of Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman. Soon after, Corden joined Martin on stage for a cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares to You.”

Tom Hanks kicked off the evening with a tribute to Roberts, who was presented with a pricey watch courtesy of Harry Winston. Then the flock of celebrities who gathered for the event had to prove their worth at a live auction. First on the block was Corden himself. A gussied-up guest anted up $65,000 for a chance to visit the portly comedian on The Late Late Show to film a special segment of Carpool Karaoke. A lunch with Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, and Ryan Murphy was a real crowd-pleaser. Hanks sweetened the deal by promising to attend, and Corden promised he and Sean Penn would cook. The lunch sold twice, bringing in a total of $210,000.

Also spotted at the star-studded soirée were Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Melanie Griffith, Heidi Klum, Colton Haynes, Cheyenne Jackson, Sophia Bush, Matthew Modine, Busy Philipps, Nina Dobrev, Bethany Frankel, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Gilles Marini.

The gala closed with a performance by Fergie of her hits “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Glamorous” and her new single “You Already Know.” She even got Roberts, Connie Britton, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Ongina and others to come on stage as she closed with “I Gotta a Feeling.” As the crowd then streamed to the exits, CAA honcho Kevin Huvane rubbed Kate Hudson’s buzzed head before the two ambled over to the valet, where they were offered hot chocolate and a small bag of MAC Cosmetics.

The evening raised more than $2 million for AmfAR.

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