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THE GIRL IS HERS

Singer Brandy gave birth to her first child, daughter Sy'rai, on Sunday. The 23-year-old former Moesha star married the baby's father, producer Robert Smith, last summer. The highlights of Brandy's big day will be featured on MTV's Diary Presents: Brandy — Special Delivery, which debuted on Tuesday and will run for about four or five episodes. read more

AND THE BACKLASH BEGINS...

Not everyone is a fan of MTV's The Osbournes. "This is a sad, sad family," legendary funnyman Bill Cosby groans to Access Hollywood. "The children are sad and the parents are sad. And this is not entertainment... It is the kind of entertainment that you look at, but you wouldn't want it in your home. And I don't like to look at things like that." Sounds like someone's still angry about that Lisa Bonet diss. read more

FRIENDS CLONE?

With Friends likely ending its run next season, NBC has greenlit a remake of the British comedy Couplings — which revolves around the lives of six thirtysomething friends. And they say Hollywood has no original ideas. read more

SAD DAY FOR JERRY FALWELL

Nickelodeon's controversial special on gay parenting, titled My Family Is Different, attracted a record 976,000 viewers Tuesday night. It ranked as the network's most-watched news special ever. read more

YOU'RE ONLY HUMAN

Billy Joel has checked himself into a substance abuse and psychiatric hospital in Connecticut. According to The Advocate of Stamford, the 53-year-old singer-songwriter is receiving counseling for chemical dependency. In a statement, Columbia Records said: "Billy Joel recently checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital for a planned 10-day stay to deal with a specific and personal problem that had recently developed. Joel scheduled his stay in Silver Hill several weeks ago and expects to leave in a few days, as planned." In March, Joel postponed his tour with Elton John because he was ill. read more

PLEA DEAL

Scary rocker Marilyn Manson pleaded no contest Wednesday to disorderly conduct charges stemming from a July 30, 2001 concert in which he allegedly rubbed his genitals against a security guard's neck. (And they say romance is dead.) The judge ordered Manson to pay $4,000 in fines. read more

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

DNA tests have proven that Hollywood producer Steve Bing is the father of Elizabeth Hurley's two-month-old son, Damian. Bing had questioned the baby's paternity, despite Hurley's insistence that he was indeed the daddy. Hurley could now receive millions of dollars in child support, because, well, diapers are expensive. read more

D-V--CE

Wheel of Fortune letter turner Vanna White is divorcing her husband, restaurateur George Santo Pietro, after 11 years of marriage. According to a show rep, the couple "have mutually agreed to divorce and will remain good friends and good parents to their [two] children. They're not bitter." If you say so. read more

FRIGHTENING FORESHADOWING

Six months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Fox's X-Files spinoff The Lone Gunmen premiered with an episode featuring a terrorist plot to fly a commercial airliner into the World Trade Center. Shockingly, this horrifying bit of foreshadowing was never widely reported — until today. "This seems to be collective amnesia of the highest order," marvels Ed Martin, who broke the story in the industry newsletter The Myers Report. "The final act of the Gunmen pilot, which seemingly made no impact last year, now contains some of the most deeply disturbing images ever created for an entertainment program." (Having just viewed the episode again, he's not exaggerating.) read more

SHORT CUTS

Former X-Files star David Duchovny and actress-wife Téa Leoni have named their new son Kydd, gossip guru Liz Smith reports... Accused shoplifter Winona Ryder skipped Tuesday's New York premiere of Mr. Deeds because she reportedly had a doctor's appointment in Los Angeles. read more

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