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Bette Midler Celebrates 72nd Birthday On Stage at 'Hello, Dolly'

Bette Midler celebrates her birthday live on stage at Broadway’s Hello, Dolly on Friday (December 1) in New York City.

The legendary entertainer turned 72 that day and the cast and crew of the musical surprised her with a giant cake on stage during the curtain call.

Bette‘s co-star David Hyde Pierce led the audience in singing “Happy Birthday” to the Divine Miss M.

Earlier in the week, Bette called out Geraldo Rivera for allegedly groping her in a bathroom during the 1970s. He eventually released an apology to her.

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Geraldo Rivera Apologizes to Bette Midler, Says He Remembers Things Differently

Geraldo Rivera is speaking out to apologize to Bette Midler, who accused the reporter of groping her in a bathroom back in the 1970s.

The 74-year-old host says that he remembers the events differently than Bette.

“27 years ago I wrote a tawdry book depicting consensual events in 1973-45 years ago-I’ve deeply regretted its distasteful & disrespectful tone & have refrained from speaking about it-I’m embarrassed & profoundly sorry to those mentioned-I have & again apologize to anyone offended,” Geraldo tweeted on Friday morning (December 1).

“Although I recall the time @BetteMidler has alluded to much differently than she, that does not change the fact that she has a right to speak out & demand an apology from me, for in the very least, publically [sic] embarrassing her all those years ago. Bette, I apologize,” he added.

Bette has not yet responded to the tweet.

Bette Midler Accused Geraldo Rivera of Groping Her in Newly Resurfaced Interview

Bette Midler made an allegation against Geraldo Rivera back in 1991 that has only just resurfaced in the wake of a series of sexual harassment allegations over the past few months.

During an interview with Barbra Walters, Bette explained that Geraldo was “unseemly.”

Geraldo and his producer came to do an interview with me, in the ’70s, the early ’70s. And this was when he was very, sort of, hot. And he and his producer left the crew in the other room, they pushed me into my bathroom, they broke two poppers and pushed them under my nose and proceeded to grope me.”

“I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera. He was… he was unseemly,” she continued.

Geraldo wrote about the experience in his 19991 memoir Exposing Myself: “We were in the bathroom, preparing for the interview, and at some point I put my hands on her breasts,” he wrote.

Watch the interview below.

Bette Midler Slams 'Hocus Pocus' Reboot, Wonders Who Will Play Her Role

Bette Midler doesn’t seem to pleased that Hocus Pocus is being rebooted, especially years after she tried to get a sequel to happen with her co-stars.

“I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!” Bette told People.

Bette then spoke about who will be playing her role in the film, Winifred Sanderson.

“I’m not sure what they’re going to do with my character,” Bette said. “My character is very, very broad and I don’t know who they’re going to find to play that.”

See photos of Bette dressed as Winifred for last year’s Halloween…More Here! »

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Dita Von Teese Banned From Performing Burlesque at Bette Midler's Halloween Party

Dita Von Teese was banned from performing her Burlesque act as scheduled at Bette Midler‘s Halloween event last night.

Bette‘s annual Hulaween event to benefit the New York Restoration Project was held on Monday (October 30) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and the Bishop of New York stopped Dita‘s performance.

“I’m not performing anymore. The church banned me…Reverend Andrew M. L. Dietsche pulled the plug and said, ‘No… there is no burlesque performance in a church,’” Dita told Variety. “I have performed in a lot of churches all over the world, but they are all venues and this is a real church, so I can see their point.”

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