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Bristol Palin to Margaret Cho: Mom didn't force me to dance

A war of words has evolved between 'Dancing With the Stars' costars Margaret Cho and Bristol Palin. Cho has recently blogged that Bristol’s mom forced her daughter to appear on the show in an effort to increase her own popularity. Now, Bristol has snarked back at Cho via her Facebook page.

Jennifer Grey to have back surgery

Los Angeles -- U.S. actress Jennifer Grey says she will soon undergo surgery to repair a disc she ruptured in her back while competing on TV's "Dancing with the Stars."

Grey, 50, won the show's coveted mirror ball trophy last week. She is best known for her work in the films "Dirty Dancing" and "Red Dawn."

"It's just going be like a little surgery where they take out the ruptured disc thing, and you know, it won't be a big deal," she told "Access Hollywood." "Compared to the other surgeries I had on my neck, my doctor says it won't be a big deal. I'll be home that night."

People.com said Grey previously had operations to help relieve neck pain that resulted from a 1987 car accident. She also had her thyroid removed after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Jennifer Grey wins 'Dancing'

Los Angeles -- Actress Jennifer Grey and her professional dance partner Derek Hough were declared the winners on "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Tuesday.

The "Dirty Dancing" icon and Hough beat out Bristol Palin and Kyle Massey and their partners for the Season 11 honor.

"I didn't think I was going to compete tonight and I'm really glad I did," Grey tearfully said upon learning her fate.

The actress injured her knee earlier this month.

Hough also led celebrities Nicole Scherzinger and Brooke Burke to victory in previous seasons of "Dancing."

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Powder in Palin mail empties 'DWTS' studio

Los Angeles -- A white powder found in an envelope among Bristol Palin's "Dancing with the Stars" fan mail in Los Angeles turned out to be harmless, ABC said.

The network issued a written statement Friday saying Los Angeles firefighters who responded determined the substance was talcum powder.

The New York Daily News said Saturday part of the building was evacuated for a period.

Palin, the daughter of 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, has been staying alive in the ABC dance competition despite rumors that conservative viewers have been voting for her because they like her mom's politics rather than for her skills as a hoofer, the newspaper said.

Bristol Palin's 'Dancing' sparks standoff

Vermont, Wis. -- Wisconsin police say a 15-hour standoff with an armed man at his home began with the man's frustration with Bristol Palin's success on "Dancing with the Stars."

Investigators said Steven Cowan, 67, whose wife said has been taking medication for bipolar disorder, was watching the TV show Monday night with his wife at their Vermont home when he became agitated during the dance number by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday.

Police said Cowan demanded his pistols, then found a shotgun and some rounds when his wife did not produce the pistols, which had been hidden by his daughter due to safety concerns. Cowan's wife fled the home after he shot the TV.

Brandy eliminated from 'Dancing'

Los Angeles -- Brandy and her professional dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were eliminated from the "Dancing with the Stars" semifinals in Los Angeles Tuesday night.

"I don't know how to feel right now," the singer and actress said upon learning her fate. "It hasn't processed yet for me."

Heading into the show's finals, along with their professional dance partners, are Bristol Palin, Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Kurt Warner booted from 'Dancing'

Los Angeles -- Retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner became the latest celebrity eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday night.

"I learned a long time ago that life isn't always about winning or losing competitions. It's about relationships and impacting people," Warner said upon learning his fate. "I have to say a special thanks to my wife and to my seven wonderful kids at home. They make it all worthwhile."

Turning to his professional dance partner Anna Trebunskaya, he added: "And, of course, thanks to this wonderful woman here, who allowed me to do something that nobody really expected me to do, so I appreciate that.

Everybody out there, I love you guys. I appreciate it. Thank you so much."

Karina Smirnoff set to wed Brad Penny

After her elimination from ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Karina Smirnoff has opened up about the other things she has in her life to celebrate. The ballroom beauty has announced her engagement to St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Brad Penny and is now set to waltz her way down the aisle.

Another shocking elimination on DWTS; Audrina bids adieu

Another week, and another elimination took place ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars.' And, shockingly it was Audrina Patridge who was voted off the popular dance competition Tuesday night.

Brooke Burke to host Miss America Pageant

Las Vegas -- Television personality and "Dancing with the Stars" co-host Brooke Burke will help preside over the Miss America Pageant in January, ABC said Tuesday.

Burke will join Chris Harrison from "The Bachelor" as co-host of the event, which will air live from the Planet Hollywood Casino Resort Las Vegas Jan. 15 on ABC.

"We are thrilled to be working with Brooke for the 2011 Miss America Pageant and look forward to her joining us for the 90th anniversary celebration of this great American tradition. We welcome Brooke into our Miss America family, and we know she will be a wonderful co-host for this exciting milestone in our organization's illustrious history," Miss America Organization President Art McMaster said in a statement.


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