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Gunn says he tried suicide as teen

Los Angeles -- U.S. reality television personality Tim Gunn has taped a video message urging young gay people considering suicide to contact The Trevor Project hotline.

The openly gay "Project Runway" star revealed in the clip he tried to take his own life by swallowing 100 pills when he was a young man, E! News said.

"As a 17-year-old youth who was in quite a bit of despair, I attempted to kill myself," Gunn said. "I'm happy to say today that attempt was unsuccessful. But at the time it was all that
I could contemplate. ... I understand the desperation. ... I understand the despair. And I understand how isolated you can feel. Reach out. Get help. You're not alone. It will get better -- I promise."

Gunn, Roberts set for Oscar pre-show

Los Angeles -- Tim Gunn, Robin Roberts and Jess Cagle have been named the hosts of the official 30-minute "Oscar's Red Carpet 2009" in Los Angeles, producers said.

This will be the first time the trio presides over the Oscar pre-show, which is to air Sunday on the ABC television network, immediately prior to the 81st Academy Awards presentation.

Gunn, who is chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. and well-known for his co-presenting of the Emmy-nominated program "Project Runway," will interview celebrities and comment on red carpet fashions during guest arrivals.

Roberts is a "Good Morning America" anchor who will interview nominees as they make their way to the Kodak Theatre on Oscar Night, while Cagle, the managing editor of Entertainment Weekly and the former executive editor of People, will bring his extensive knowledge of film and Hollywood history to his stint as an Oscar pre-show host, producers said.