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'Big Bang Theory' star Kaley Cuoco engaged

The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco is engaged to Josh “Lazie” Resnik, an addiction specialist, People reports. The 25-year-old, who also starred on Charmed and 8 Simple Rules, has yet to set a wedding date with Resnik. “The surprise proposal took place during a quiet date night at home,” her rep says. “The couple are very happy and excited to begin planning their wedding.”

Zachary Quinto comes out as 'a gay man'

Though he’s been cagey about his sexuality in the past, Star Trek star Zachary Quinto refers to himself as “a gay man” in an interview with New York magazine about his new film Margin Call. While speaking about his recent Broadway stint in Angels in America, Quinto remarked, “As a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed.” Quinto will next be seen playing a gay interior designer on FX’s American Horror Story.

UPDATE: Quinto has written a blog entry on his official website about his decision to come out. He was inspired to do so after the highly publicized suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer.

when i found out that jamey rodemeyer killed himself – i felt deeply troubled.  but when i found out that jamey rodemeyer had made an it gets better video only months before taking his own life – i felt indescribable despair.  i also made an it gets better video last year – in the wake of the senseless and tragic gay teen suicides that were sweeping the nation at the time.  but in light of jamey’s death – it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it – is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.  our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay lesbian bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country.  gay kids need to stop killing themselves because they are made to feel worthless by cruel and relentless bullying.  parents need to teach their children principles of respect and acceptance.  we are witnessing an enormous shift of collective consciousness throughout the world.  we are at the precipice of great transformation within our culture and government.  i believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society – and it is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action.  jamey rodemeyer’s life changed mine.  and while his death only makes me wish that i had done this sooner – i am eternally grateful to him for being the catalyst for change within me.  now i can only hope to serve as the same catalyst for even one other person in this world.  that – i believe – is all that we can ask of ourselves and of each other.

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Jack Osbourne to be a dad

On the heels of his recently announced engagement, Jack Osbourne will confirm on this evening’s Piers Morgan Tonight that he and fiancée Lisa Stelly are expecting their first child together, reports People. Jack sat beside his parents Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, who will be first-time grandparents, for the interview. They both expressed unreserved support and excitement, as did Jack’s sister Kelly, who tweeted the baby news late last night. Despite his history as a reality star, Jack told Morgan, “I’m not going to do a reality show.” The father-to-be prefers to be behind the scenes these days as producer, most recently on the well-received documentary about his father, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.

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Netflix abandons plan to spin-off DVD service

Netflix has reversed its decision to spin-off the company’s DVD delivery option into a new service called Qwikster, according to the New York Times. “Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that,” Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings said in a statement. “There is a difference between moving quickly — which Netflix has done very well for years — and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case.”

On September 18, Netflix announced its intention to separate the company’s online streaming and DVD-by-mail services. The plan attracted criticism from users and prompted the price of Netflix stock to slide.

Many Netflix customers had already been disturbed by a recent price increase which raised the cost of having both online streaming and DVD-by-mail delivery from $10 to $16 a month. That increase is unaffected by today’s announcement.

TV salesman Don Lapre found dead in jail cell

Don Lapre, the self-proclaimed “King of Infomercials,” was found dead after an apparent suicide in his Arizona jail cell on Sunday, People reports. Lapre, 47, was known for his late-night self-help advertisements, which promised viewers that they could make millions as easily as he had. These advertisements were parodied by David Spade on Saturday Night Live. 

Lapre was days away from standing trial in a $52 million fraud case involving his Internet-based company, “The Greatest Vitamin in the World.” Lapre’s indictment claims that he tricked at least 220,000 people out of millions of dollars from 2004 to 2007, using a pyramid scheme that sold vitamins that did not produce the heath benefits he claimed. The company was shut down in 2007 after multiple complaints, and Lapre was charged with 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, and promotional laundering. If convicted, he would have faced between $250,000 and $500,000 per count and five to 25 years in federal prison.

Jeff Conaway's death ruled accidental, autopsy reveals

The May 27 death of actor Jeff Conaway (Taxi, Grease) has been ruled accidental and caused by a major internal infection, according to a coroner’s report released Friday. Coroners did not conduct a toxicology test as Conaway had been hospitalized for more than two weeks prior to his death, meaning the test would have come back clean. However, when the actor entered the hospital May 10, there were opiates and other drugs in his system, according to Los Angeles County coroner Craig Harvey. In 2008, Conaway appeared on the third season of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.

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'SNL' couple Fred Armisen and Abby Elliott break up

Saturday Night Live colleagues and off-screen couple Fred Armisen and Abby Elliott have called it quits. According to People, the two ended things amicably after growing apart while filming non-SNL projects in different locations this past summer. Armisen began dating Elliott after splitting from ex-wife and Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss.

'The L Word' star Leisha Hailey escorted from Southwest Airlines flight for kissing girlfriend

Former The L Word star Leisha Hailey was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight Monday morning, after fellow passengers complained that she and her girlfriend’s kissing was “excessive.” Hailey took to Twitter to voice her complaints. “This is an outrage,” she tweeted. “I demand a public apology by @SouthwestAir and a refund. Hate is not a family value. I will never fly this airline.” She then called for a boycott, and accused the airline of hiring homophobic employees.

Southwest denied the allegations in a statement, saying that their actions were based on behavior, not bigotry: “Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive. Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender. The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight.”

Southwest is the official airline of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA), and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

'16 and Pregnant' couple arrested, facing child endangerment charges

A young couple once featured on MTV’s docu-series 16 and Pregnant have lost their child to the state and now face charges of child endangerment after being arrested Tuesday, according to reports.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services took custody of the 2-year-old daughter of Joshua Rendon and Ebony Jackson-Rendon after a search of their home at the Little Rock Air Force Base revealed unsanitary living conditions and drug paraphernalia. According to reports citing police sources, feces, flies, and maggots were found in the home, as well as one gram of synthetic marijuana, empty packaging, and pipes allegedly used to smoke the controlled substance.

Along with child endangerment, they also face numerous other drug related charges. . Rendon and Jackson-Rendon, both 19, appeared on the first season of the show.

'Bones' star Emily Deschanel welcomes first child

Baby Bones has arrived.

Emily Deschanel and husband David Hornsby, star of newbie comedy How to Be a Gentleman, welcomed a son today, her publicist tells EW. Henry Hornsby is the first child for the couple, who announced Deschanel’s pregnancy back in March.

In May, the season finale of Bones revealed that Deschanel’s real-life pregnancy would be worked into the show, when her character told Booth (David Boreanaz) that she was pregnant. The first half of this season, which gets a late start on Nov. 3, will focus much on her character’s preparation for motherhood.

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