Let the Babble Begin
The highlight of the evening: a skit, featuring the assembled bigmouths, about a secret club for talk show hosts. Joan Rivers—off site but participating via video monitor—proposed a show on "People Who Have Slept with Madonna," adding, "I have Yankee Stadium on hold."
From L.A. (where she is starring in the play Six Degrees of Separation), Donahue's wife, Mario Thomas, sent a video valentine. "He's a great cook and a great slow dancer," she revealed. "Happy 25th anniversary, Phillip."
"It took 25 years and 6,000 hours to make it to Broadway," said an emotional Donahue, onstage at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Then he did a soft-shoe—in front of seven kids dressed up in white hair and glasses—to "Me and My Shadow."