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Published: Fri, July 12, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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‘Men’ sitcom to add lesbian character

LOS ANGELES

“Two and a Half Men” is about to become “Two Men and a Gay Woman.”

Partly as a replacement for Angus T. Jones, whose screen time will be sharply cut after he publicly bashed the show as “filth” last year, CBS’ hit sitcom is going to add a recurring and possibly permanent lesbian character named Jenny. She’s the 21-year-old illegitimate daughter of the late Charlie Harper, who was played by Charlie Sheen, who himself was booted from the show after tangling with his bosses.

The role of Jenny has yet to be cast. She “will share many traits with her deceased father, including her love of women,” E! News reported.

Travis recovering from brain surgery

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Country-music stars and fans joined together to urge prayers for Randy Travis overnight as he recovered from brain surgery after a stroke at a Texas hospital.

Travis remained in critical condition after surgery Thursday morning to relieve pressure on his brain, publicist Kirt Webster said. The 54-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer had been improving while being treated for heart failure caused by a viral infection when he had the stroke.

Bieber apologizes for presidential antics

NEW YORK

Justin Bieber has apologized by phone to Bill Clinton for cursing the former president and spraying his photo with cleaning fluid in a New York City restaurant kitchen earlier this year.

Clinton’s office said Thursday the pop star called and “he apologized and offered to help the Clinton Foundation.” Clinton’s office declined to provide any other details.

A video released Wednesday by TMZ.com shows the 19-year-old Bieber urinating in a mop bucket as he and others race through the restaurant kitchen. Before exiting, Bieber sprays the Clinton photo and drops the f-bomb in reference to the former president.

Actress is leaving key role on ‘NCIS’

LOS ANGELES

Cote de Pablo is leaving “NCIS.” The Chilean-born actress has decided to call it quits after eight seasons of playing Ziva David, the Israeli agent on CBS’ hit crime drama.

De Pablo will return long enough to wrap up her character’s story, but she won’t be staying for the rest of the show’s 11th season.

Paula Deen dumps her legal team

SAVANNAH, Ga.

Paula Deen is replacing her lead legal team weeks after admitting she had used racial slurs in the past, a revelation that prompted several of her lucrative business deals to collapse.

A spokeswoman for Washington-based Grace Speights confirmed Thursday that she had been retained as lead counsel for Paula Deen Enterprises Inc., and other defendants in an employment- discrimination lawsuit filed by Lisa Jackson. Jackson once worked as a manager at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, which Deen co-owns with her brother, Bubba Hiers.

Adam Lambert will join ‘Glee’ in Season 5

LOS ANGELES

Adam Lambert, familiar to Fox viewers as an “American Idol” runner-up, will be returning to the network this fall when he joins the cast of “Glee.”

“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy announced the cast addition on Twitter on Wednesday, telling fans, “I am thrilled to announce that the super-talented Adam Lambert is joining the cast of Glee this fall.”

Murphy did not indicate whether Lambert would be a series regular or just a guest star for an episode or two.

Inventor of iconic party game dies

ST. PAUL, Minn.

The Minnesota man whose Twister game launched decades of awkward social interactions at parties has died. He was 82.

Charles “Chuck” Foley died July 1 at a care facility in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. His son, Mark Foley, said Thursday that his father had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Foley and a collaborator, Neil Rabens, were hired in the mid-1960s by a St. Paul manufacturing firm that wanted to expand into games and toys. They came up with a game to be played on a mat on the floor, using a spinner to direct players to place their hands and feet on different-colored circles.

“Dad wanted to make a game that could light up a party,” Mark Foley said. “They originally called it ‘Pretzel.’ But they sold it to Milton Bradley, which came up with the ‘Twister’ name.”

The game became a sensation after Johnny Carson and Eva Gabor played it on “The Tonight Show” in 1966.

Hasbro Inc., which now manufacturers the game, said it continues to be a top seller.

Vindicator wire services


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