Whoopi backs away from Cosby

One of the few celebrity defenders Bill Cosby, 78, had during the recent meltdown of his reputation over rape allegations was longtime pal and “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg. But now, even Goldberg, 59, is having second thoughts. In a conversation aired Tuesday with Dan Abrams, ABC News’ chief legal affairs anchor, Goldberg said she’d taken a lot of heat for her Cosby defense. Director Judd Apatow tweeted on July 9, “Think @WhoopiGoldberg is trying to be a loyal friend. It is sad that Bill Cosby is so sick that he puts his friends in that position.” Goldberg wound up the segment by addressing Cosby directly: “It looks bad, Bill. Either speak up or shut up, because people know now there is a lot more out there than they thought.”

CBS Radio Detroit slashes staff

CBS Radio Detroit laid off 13 staffers Monday, as well as three at WWJ-AM who took “voluntary buyouts.” Afternoon co-anchors Jayne Bower and Greg Bowman, and evening anchor Paul Snider took the voluntary buyouts, The Detroit News learned. At least two WWJ account executives and several AMP 97 salespeople got the boot as well, all part of belt-tightening across CBS Radio nationally. Also out the door at WWJ were technology reporter Ed Cardenas, overnight producer Gary Lundy and overnight anchor Rob Sanford. Pre-taped newscasts will run overnight, monitored by a board operator. It’s been a tumultuous few years for WWJ. Earlier this year, reporter Marie Osborne left the station after 11 years to anchor middays at crosstown competitor WJR-AM, while Erica Murphy, a reporter/producer, jumped to WJR as a reporter/anchor.

Pumped-up Cage

If you want the star treatment, what could be better than an immense, inflatable replica of your head in a cage titled “Nicolas Cage in a Cage?” No word whether the “Rage” star, 51, is pleased with the newest installation by Barcelona’s art-duo Hungry Castle, which will go up at Australia’s wintertime music-fest, Splendour in the Grass, later this month. Hungry Castle told London’s Independent newspaper, “People can punch Nicolas Cage, they can hug Nicolas Cage, but no one will ever break Nicolas Cage. Ever.”

Color me pink

Anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy apparently has had it up to here with her signature platinum locks, so early Tuesday she dyed them what Page Six calls “an impossibly bright shade of pink.” On Tuesday’s “Today” show, the 42-year-old former “The View” host told Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, “This morning I woke up and said, ‘I’m feeling pink.’ ” Well, haven’t we all had days like that? The dye, by the way, is permanent. Should McCarthy tire of it, “Then there’s always bleach,” she said.

Aging with grace

The Hole frontwoman Courtney Love isn’t worrying about those little facial lines now that she’s 51. “To me, aging gracefully is to let it happen and accept it. In my experience, fighting it always seems to backfire and make people look ridiculous,” Page Six quoted the rocker. Recently getting back into acting, Love said the women she admires most are those that don’t fight the ravages of time. “You see actresses get work done and it makes them unrecognizable,” Love said. “I look at these actresses like Diane Keaton, who has never had anything done, and I think that’s cool. It’s sexy, really.”

Wednesday’s birthdays

Elyar Fox, 20

Taylor Kinney, 34

Arianna Huffington, 65

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