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Apr 09, 2013 -- 8:47am







In a new interview, RAY J implied that his new song "I Hit It First", ISN'T about KIM KARDASHIAN . . . even though it totally is.  He said, "It's a song, it's not about that, it's about a concept.  People going way too deep . . . I'm not trying to create no war, it's all love.  We're doing music."

SARA GILBERT and LINDA PERRY are going to scissor as WIFE AND WIFE, just like God intended . . . because they're engaged.  It was Linda who popped the question, and Sara gave all the details yesterday on "The Talk". It all started with a picnic at a park.  Sara said, quote, "The people picnicking next to us pull out string instruments from under the blanket, walk over and they start playing 'Love Song' [by The Cure]."  (Apparently it's their song.) Then Perry went to her backpack and pulled out five T-shirts, which she put on one at a time.  The first shirt said "Will", the second said "you", then "marry", then "me" . . . and the last shirt had a question mark on it. Then Linda introduced JOHN WAITE, who sang "Missing You".  That's another favorite song of theirs, but it's a BREAKUP SONG, so Linda couldn't really use it as a lead-in to the proposal. Sara called it, quote, "the most amazing proposal ever." Linda Perry is a MAJOR music producer and writer . . . and the former leader of 4 NON BLONDES.  She's 47.  Sara was best known for playing Darlene on "Roseanne" before taking a gig as one of the hosts of "The Talk".  She's 38.)

"Teen Mom" star FARRAH ABRAHAM shot a sex tape with porn star JAMES DEEN.  When she was first questioned about it, she tried to pretend she knew nothing about it, but it sounds like the whole thing was planned.  Deen says he and Farrah "got tested together" on Friday, then shot the tape over the weekend.  It's being shopped to various porn companies.  Farrah is 21 now.

ANNETTE FUNICELLO . . . one of the original Mouseketeers on the "Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s . . . died yesterday after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.  She was 70 years old.She had been in a coma, and her family made the decision to take her off life support yesterday.Annette entered a new, post-Disney phase of her career when she starred with FRANKIE AVALON in the 1963 flick "Beach Party" . . . a hit that led to numerous sequels, including "Muscle Beach Party", "Bikini Beach" and "Beach Blanket Bingo".She also recorded some hit singles, including "Puppy Love".In the 1970s, she backed off her showbiz career to raise a family . . . but she also starred in a series of commercials for Skippy peanut butter.In 1987, she and Frankie did a new beach movie, "Back to the Beach".  It was during filming that she started experiencing the first symptoms of MS.  She went public in 1991.Sadly, her last years were not happy.  She lost the ability to walk in 2004, and the ability to speak in 2009.Annette is survived by her second husband Glen Holt, and three adult children from her first marriage.Frankie Avalon issued a statement saying, quote, "She was a very courageous gal that fought and fought and fought . . . I'm devastated.  I loved this gal."PAUL ANKA, who dated Annette years ago and wrote "Puppy Love", said, quote, "She was a lovely lady.  She was a great star.  And it's a very very very sad ending."





Just like ANNETTE FUNICELLO, BRITNEY SPEARS launched her career on the "Mickey Mouse Club".  So when the paparazzi caught up with Britney yesterday, it's no surprise that they asked her how she felt about Annette's death. -But her answer WAS a surprise.  Because she said, quote, "I think that's great." Obviously, she didn't even hear the question.  She was just giving the paparazzi a stock answer before moving on. -And she addressed that later by Tweeting, quote, "Misheard a question I was asked earlier by press while I was out and about.  I am DEVASTATED to hear about the passing of Annette Funicello.-"She was a role model for me during my days as a Mousketeer.  #Heartbroken."

Born Oct. 22, 1942, in Utica, N.Y., Annette Funicello moved to Southern California with her family at age 4. A natural performer, she was discovered by Walt Disney in 1955, when the movie exec, who was in the process of casting his latest kids' TV program, saw her playing the Swan Queen in Swan Lake at the Burbank Starlite Bowl.

By now you've heard that former British Prime Minister MARGARET THATCHER died yesterday at the age of 87.Or, if you get your news from Twitter, you may have heard that CHER died.  That's because after Thatcher's death, someone started the confusing hashtag #nowthatchersdead.The correct way to read that is "Now Thatcher's Dead".  But it can also be read, Now That CHER'S Dead". Just so we're clear:  Thatcher's dead . . . Cher's still alive.

MTV will air a "sneak peek" of Vinny Guadagnino's new talk show this Sunday after the "MTV Movie Awards".  (Vinny was arguably the most sane of the "Jersey Shore" morons.  "Jersey Shore" ended its run in December.)The show is called "The Show With Vinny", and instead of interviewing various celebrities in a studio, Vinny will have them over to his family's home in Staten Island, where his mother Paula will cook for them."The Show With Vinny" premieres on May 2nd.

The History Channel's "Bible" miniseries was a big hit while it was airing, so it shouldn't be surprising that it's been a huge hit on video."The Bible" sold 525,000 copies on DVD and Blu-ray during its first week of release, and that's already enough to make it the best-selling miniseries of all time.

Teenage girls:  Drama alert!  LOUIS TOMLINSON from ONE DIRECTION and TOM PARKER from THE WANTED have been sending sassy messages back and forth on Twitter.One Direction and The Wanted have had words in the past . . . but this time, it all started when Louis re-Tweeted a link to an interview where Tom admitted that he was, quote, "shattered" after being rejected by the British "X Factor".Of course, One Direction did really well on the show, finishing third in 2010.Tom accused Louis of talking smack about them because Louis was upset that he "didn't get into" The Wanted.  Louis responded, quote, "Pal, we both know I wouldn't waste my time auditioning for your band.  You humor me with your bad boy persona."It went on and on . . . and other group members entered the fight, including JAY MCGUINESS, who called One Direction, quote, "One of the most overrated, arrogant and insincere" groups . . . with a, quote, "shocking lack of talent."



When LL Cool J said his new single with Brad Paisley would "get a lot of attention," he probably didn't mean it like this.The song "Accidental Racist" landed online this morning and it's been the source of controversy and ridicule all day long.In the tune, Paisley tries to say he's proud to be a Southerner, but isn't proud of their past. LL responds with his side, via an awkward rap, telling "Mr. White Man" not to judge him by his appearance.






• "The Voice" [Blind Auditions] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on NBC.

 • "Dancing with the Stars" [Results Show] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC.  Brad Paisley, Jennifer Lopez, and Andrea Bocelli perform.

 • "Ready For Love" [Series Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC.  This show is produced by Eva Longoria.  Three bachelors, including Tim Lopez from the Plain White T's, mingle with 12 women while getting advice from matchmakers.

 • "The Millionaire Matchmaker" [6th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Bravo.



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