What happens in Vegas … becomes a national story on “Entertainment Tonight.”
Wynonna & the Big Noise’s headliner show at the Bing Crosby Theater next Thursday reminded of an incident in Las Vegas in 2015 between the Judds (Naomi Judd and daughter Wynonna Judd) and longtime celebrity journalist Robin Leach, who this journalist worked alongside for a decade in Las Vegas before his death in 2018.
The Judds, after a prolific, award-winning and successful career as a duo – their No. 1 hits include “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” “Girls’ Night Out” “Grandpa (Tell Me ’Bout the Good Ol’ Days)” and “Love Can Build a Bridge” – disbanded in 1991 due to Naomi’s health, but they reunited for a nine-show run, “Girls’ Night Out,” at the Venetian in Las Vegas in 2015.
During a news conference leading up to opening night, Leach was asked what he thought about Naomi Judd’s white satin, feather-collared gown, possibly by Judd herself, and the Brit widely known for “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” responded, “Hideous.”
Oh, no, he didn’t – and Wynonna wasn’t having it. “You know what? She’s my mom. If she wants to show up in spandex and a tube top, go girl!” Wynonna told Nischelle Turner of “Entertainment Tonight.” Um, no.
“So I’m downstairs in my dressing room, and Wynonna came in like a raging bull,” Naomi Judd continued to “ET.” She said, ‘He’s coming downstairs now!’ And I went, ‘Why?’ And she said, ‘Because he’s going to apologize to you!”
“He hurt your feelings,” Wynonna added. “And I’m not going to let that happen. If anyone’s going to hurt your feelings, it’ll be me.”
Leach indeed apologized and presented Naomi Judd with flowers a few days later during the opening night, and she accepted his apology. He later told yours truly that he felt very badly for his unacceptable indiscretion. In working alongside him for 10 years in the Entertainment Capital of the World, this was a rare misstep for the hard-working, kind, generous and sincere journalist.
And who can blame a child for defending her mama?
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