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GAGGED

MSNBC has muzzled Pat Buchanan. The struggling cable news net axed the conservative politico's talk show Buchanan & Press, although a rep says both Buchanan and Bill Press will continue to serve as contributors. read more

HE'S SORRY

Country crooner Glen Campbell, who was arrested in Phoenix on Monday on suspicion of drunken driving, hit and run, and aggravated assault, is asking for the public's forgiveness. In a statement, the 67-year-old entertainer said, "Yesterday I was arrested and put in jail. Even at my age, I learned a valuable lesson. I apologize to my wife, my family, my friends and my fans." read more

OUCH!

Las Vegas hottie Josh Duhamel recently tore his Achilles tendon in what an NBC rep characterizes as a "sports-related injury." As reported in an upcoming issue of ABC Soaps In Depth magazine, Las Vegas producers are writing the actor's injury into the show. Apparently, his security whiz character gets shot in the leg. D'oh! read more

WHAT ABOUT DAVID?

Tori Spelling, 30, became engaged over the weekend to actor-writer Charlie Shanian, 34. The couple met two years ago when they were cast in a Los Angeles production of the play Maybe Baby, It's You. In a recent interview with TV Guide Online, the iconic 90210 virgin confessed that Shanian "is the one." And I repeat: What about David?!?!?! read more

CAUSE OF DEATH

The death of 27-year-old actor Jonathan Brandis has been officially ruled a suicide. According to a coroner's report, the SeaQuest DSV star hung himself with a nylon rope in the hallway of his Los Angeles apartment complex on Nov. 11. He was found unconscious that night and rushed to a hospital, where he died the next day. Most recently, Brandis had a starring role in the ABC drama pilot 111 Gramercy Park. read more

TRU OR FALSE?

Despite lackluster ratings and virtually no critical support, Tru Calling has been picked up by Fox for a full season. I'm baffled read more

THAT EXPLAINS IT

Nielsen says it has figured out why hordes of young male viewers stopped watching TV this fall. (An alarming 8 percent decline in men ages 18 to 34 had the networks freaking out.) The company insists that the advertiser-friendly demo is still watching the same number of programs, but just on fewer days and with more channel surfing. read more

JUDD MARRIES

Wynonna Judd, who was arrested earlier this month and charged with drunken driving, married her longtime bodyguard D.R. Roach on Saturday in Leiper's Fork, Tenn. It's the second marriage for both. read more

CAUGHT ON TAPE

Speaking of Michael Jackson, a Superior Court judge Tuesday issued a temporary order barring Santa Monica-based XtraJet from releasing secret videotape of the self-proclaimed King of Pop conferring with attorney Mark Geragos as they flew from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara for his surrender. The video — which featured no audio — allegedly showed Jackson appearing relaxed and calm as he taught Geragos how to moonwalk. read more

RECOVERING

Rocker Meat Loaf underwent heart surgery over the weekend after collapsing on a London stage last week. The 56-year-old "Bat Out Of Hell" crooner was reportedly suffering from Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a defect of the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat. read more

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