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Country Legend Clint Black Weighs in on Chely Wright

hollywoodexclusive1Many in the celebrity field are predicting that country star Chely Wright has put her career in harm's way with the admission in her new "Like Me" autobiography that she is gay.

County legend Clint Black is not so sure. He says, "I think the audience is sophisticated enough to give people the freedom to be what they are. But I believe there may be powers that be in radio and within record companies who will feel the news may be too much for a country audience. People here listen to music with little kids, and pushing sexuality too strong may cause harm. It all depends how Chely handles the situation. They don't want to have to turn the radio off because there are youngsters in the house. Having a young daughter myself, I have to be conscious of the birds and bees, if you know what I mean." Black's daughter, Lily, by wife Lisa Hartman, is 9 years old.

Black's "Flicka 2" DVD, which premiered this week, couldn't be a better example of family fare that offends no one and has potential to please the masses.

Making it was, says Black, "a wonderful experience," with Patrick Warburton and Tammin Sursok co-starring in the adaptation of the best-selling novel. "Hearts will race." It's a piece of which all concerned should be proud.

TV TURBULENCE: Wayne Brady has no desire for his hosting assignment on "Let's Make a Deal" to go on for years.

"To be honest," says Brady — who also emceed the game show "Don't Forget the Lyrics!" but earlier turned down the chance to host "The Price is Right" and "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" — "I have no desire to turn into the king of game shows. I consider myself an actor foremost, and a writer and singer, and I still tour and do Broadway shows."

"Let's Make a Deal," he says, has proven to be more of a strain than he imagined it would be. But then, he says, "Everything always turns out to be harder then I expect it to be. Whenever I tell myself, 'Oh, I can do this in my sleep,' it turns out to be more difficult than I imagined. "

Brady can see a sitcom in his future, "But only if it's funny — and most of that genre aren't funny nowadays. The standouts are 'Modern Family,' ' 30 Rock,' 'How I Met Your Mother.' Besides that, forget it."

LOVE LETTERS TO MOM: Lori Loughlin is glad her "Meet My Mom" telepic, debuting Saturday (5/8), has been used to promote writing to soldiers overseas. In fact, the Hallmark Channel set up a media wall on its Facebook page for troops to post videos to their moms for Mother's Day — which has generated gratifying response from entities from the USO to the Pentagon Channel.

"You hear so many tragic stories about the military, it's nice to be doing something that's sweet," Loughlin tells us. "It just makes you feel good."

The film has her as a single mother whose son's school project — writing letters to a serviceman — leads to a hunky sergeant showing up at their door.

"A lot of things added up just right" for Loughlin to make the movie, she says. "I thought it was a nice script. It fit in the window of my '90210' hiatus. And it shot in California, so I could stay at home, which is always welcome," notes Loughlin, who has two young daughters with her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.

THE DOCTOR IS REAL IN: "The Doctors" handsome Dr. Travis Stork tells us he's taking a mountain biking tour this summer "and I cannot wait." He's an avid cyclist, who often pedals to work at the studio in Hollywood and at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. "When it comes to healthy living, the way I live my life, I practice what I preach. I wouldn't ask anyone to do anything I wouldn't do myself," he says.

Taking time away from his duties at Vanderbilt, his syndicated show and his ongoing promotion of the healthy lifestyle isn't something the 38-year-old former "The Bachelor" star does often. He makes it clear, however, he's just fine with that. With is latest book, "The Doctor Is In: a 7-Step Prescription for Optimal Wellness," advising readers as to how to be their own health guru, he says he finds public response more rewarding than he could have imagined. "More than anything, people will come up and say, 'Thank you. I learned so much from your show.' It's just remarkable."

To find out more about Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith and read their past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.



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  1. Oh lord. This is why people have an unfavorable opinion of country music and the south. Clint Black sounds so ignorant! I'm so sure Chely is going to start singing about lesbian sex. Jeez. What a ridiculous thing to even say. Get with it country music. Join us here in the 21st century.