Country legend Linda Ronstadt has become the latest celebrity political casualty, after being fired for praising Michael Moore's controversial film FAHRENHEIT 9/11 during a live performance.

Before singing Desperado for an encore at Las Vegas' Aladdin hotel and casino on Saturday night (17JUL04), the 58-year-old singer called Moore a "great American patriot" and "someone who is spreading the truth". She also encouraged the audience to see the documentary, which criticises American President George W Bush.

Ronstadt's comments drew loud boos and some of the 4,500 people in attendance stormed out of the theatre. People also tore down concert posters and tossed cocktails into the air.

Aladdin president BILL TIMMINS says, "It was a very ugly scene. She praised him and all of a sudden all bedlam broke loose."

Timmins quickly decided Ronstadt had to go - for good. He says he didn't allow Ronstadt back in her luxury suite and she was escorted off the property.

He adds, "(Ronstadt's antics) spoiled a wonderful evening for our guests and we had to do something about it.

"As long as I'm here, she's not going to play."

Ronstadt had been booked to play the Aladdin for only one show.

Last week (ends16JUL04), comedienne Whoopi Goldberg was dropped as a spokesperson for diet aid company SLIM-FAST after she mocked Bush during a fund-raiser.

20/07/2004 02:33