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Is Survivor's New Winner Anti-Gay?


Now it's starting to make sense. If you detected a little tension between emcee Rosie O'Donnell and Survivor: Marquesas winner Vecepia "Vee" Towery on Sunday night's post-finale reunion show, there may be good reason. While Towery — a fundamentalist Christian — may think God is great, it seems she has a different opinion when it comes to gays.

As the 36-year-old office manager explains to TV Guide Online, she and openly gay contestant John Carroll had a sexual orientation showdown of sorts while playing Survivor. "John told me, 'You realize that I'm openly gay.' And I said, 'Yeah, I kind of figured that. But I have to be honest, based on my spiritual beliefs, I don't agree with the lifestyle. But you, as a person, I have nothing against.'"

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THIS BITES

Bad news for fans of Angel. The WB drama — which hit a new creative high this season — may be losing its brilliant leader. According to The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer David Greenwalt is in final negotiations to join the new ABC drama Miracles as showrunner. Greenwalt would remain with Angel as a creative consultant, but that's of little consolation. read more

SHORT CUTS

DreamWorks has acquired exclusive film rights to the horror video game Fatal Frame from Japanese game publisher Tecmo, Variety reports... NBC has ordered six episodes of The Rerun Show, in which actors reenact classic moments from old TV shows. The series debuts later this summer. read more

Is Survivor's New Winner Anti-Gay?


Now it's starting to make sense. If you detected a little tension between emcee Rosie O'Donnell and Survivor: Marquesas winner Vecepia "Vee" Towery on Sunday night's post-finale reunion show, there may be good reason. While Towery — a fundamentalist Christian — may think God is great, it seems she has a different opinion when it comes to gays.

As the 36-year-old office manager explains to TV Guide Online, she and openly gay contestant John Carroll had a sexual orientation showdown of sorts while playing Survivor. "John told me, 'You realize that I'm openly gay.' And I said, 'Yeah, I kind of figured that. But I have to be honest, based on my spiritual beliefs, I don't agree with the lifestyle. But you, as a person, I have nothing against.'"

Towery — who confesses to having a stepsister who is read more

DARE TO DELAY

20th Century Fox has pushed back the release date of its Marvel Comics feature Daredevil from Jan. 17 to President's Day weekend next Feb. 14, Variety reports. Fox hopes debuting the pic on a holiday weekend will maximize its gross potential. The film stars Ben Affleck and Alias badass Jennifer Garner. read more

SPEAKING OF ROSIE...

Wednesday's final live episode of The Rosie O'Donnell Show was a ratings smash. According to preliminary data, Rosie scored a season-high 5.7 rating/17 share — beating both Live with Regis & Kelly and Oprah. Morning TV just won't be the same without ya' Rosie. read more

ROSS RECOVERING

Friends millionaire David Schwimmer was injured during a bar fight Tuesday night at the Thompson Hotel in Manhattan, the New York Daily News reports. Here's the lowdown: Schwimmer, 35, was with friends at a launch party for the Pet Shop Boys' new CD when he got caught in an argument between two women. A glass went flying across the bar, hitting Schwimmer in the forehead. He was taken to the hospital, where he received a few stitches. Despite British media reports, the actor's rep insists that he didn't "know either of the women. He just happened to be in the bar." read more

MECHANICAL GIRL

The reviews are in for Madonna's London stage debut — and they're not so great. The pop superstar plays a voracious art dealer in Up for Grabs, which had its official opening Thursday. "Madonna's acting, though it strengthens as the evening progresses, is a bit like her neat little trench coat: pale, wan and lacking in color," said The Times. "Mechanical Girl distorts the message of soft-centered satire," said The Independent. The Guardian concluded: "Madonna is not positively bad, just technically awkward." To be fair, the audience gave Madge a standing ovation — and at least one "critic" raved about her performance. "She was wonderful," said her good pal Sting. read more

THE NEXT ROSIE?

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson is in talks to host her own daily talk show in the United States. "I can confirm she has been approached and that there are discussions going on now," her spokeswoman confirmed to The Associated Press. "She is considering it, but it is not a done deal." read more

REUNITED?

P. Diddy's take on ex-lover J.Lo proves there's no bad blood between the initialed ones — and hints that a musical collaboration may be forthcoming. "That's my home girl — we're friends," the hip-hopper tells tonight's Access Hollywood. "We just used to go out back in the day; it's that simple. You know, we're going to always work together, we're going to always be cool. She called me and congratulated me on being number one." read more

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