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'RuPaul's Drag Race' shocker! America's Next Drag Superstar NOT crowned in season finale

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You read that headline right, Drag Race fans: RuPaul pulled a fast one on the queens — and the show’s rabid viewership — by shockingly announcing on tonight’s season 4 finale of the reality competition that she would not be crowning America’s Next Drag Superstar. Chad Michaels, Phi Phi O’Hara, and Sharon Needles all remain in the competition…for now.

“Ladies, I’ve made my decisions,” RuPaul said, with all the drama in the world, just as she was about to reveal her choice on the runway. “Chad Michaels, Phi Phi O’Hara, Sharon Needles, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, America’s Next Drag Superstar is…going to be announced next week on RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunited.” (Note: EW will be on the scene for the reunion, which is taping Wednesday evening in Los Angeles, and will share all the details will you in time.)

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'RuPaul's Drag Race' contestant Latrice Royale talks elimination, Sharon Needles, and what's next

Latrice Royale was shockingly eliminated from RuPaul’s Drag Race in last week’s new episode, which whittled the field down from four to three. (Sharon Needles, Phi Phi O’Hara, and Chad Michaels are still standing.) At the time of her departure, Ms. Royale was nowhere to be found for a patented EW exit interview, but we caught up with the beloved big queen for a few minutes today. Latrice is a pleasure: She gamely talked to EW about her elimination, that touching speech she made to RuPaul, the contestant she’s rooting for now (thankfully, it’s not Phi Phi!), whether a big girl will ever win the Race, and what her next move is. Read on for all the dish from Latrice Royale.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did it feel when you were eliminated? Sad?
LATRICE ROYALE: I had such an amazing experience, and I had grown and gotten so much more out of the competition than I expected, so it was really a rush of emotions overtaking me. I had come to the realization that I had really, really made a mark and a difference on the show. It was so emotional for me. I didn’t want to leave the girls. RuPaul has really changed my life. I really feel that. I’ll never be the same.

How have you changed?
For me, personally, I had a lot of healing to do and I didn’t realize that coming on the show was going to give me the opportunity to do that, to close some chapters and open up some new ones, you know? It was just amazing. Of course I was with other contestants, but I was there by myself — no distractions — so you kind of have to face your dark days, you know?

With the challenge that eliminated you, did you think the judging was fair? Should someone else have gone home?
I mean, it coulda went either way. For me, we were all trying to create and make things fresh and new. And then some people just grabbed their dirty laundry out of their suitcase and walk it down the runway and win? I’m bitter! I still can’t swallow that pill.

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Former '80s child stars rally against Kirk Cameron's 'stupid opinions' -- VIDEO

What do Maureen Flannigan, Keith Coogan, and Josie Davis have in common? Aside from being former child stars from neon-splattered ’80s sitcoms, the three are all CCOKCs (pronounced exactly how you think it is): Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron.

In a new Funny Or Die video, the erstwhile teen thespians — including Kenn Michael (The Parent ‘Hood), Brice Beckham (Mr. Belvedere), Jeremy Licht (The Hogan Family), and a surprisingly hot Christine Lakin (Step by Step) — join together in solidarity against their former peer Kirk Cameron, whose incendiary remarks about homosexuals launched the wrath of a thousand seven child stars.

“We’re pledging to raise awareness about a serious threat to our civil rights: Kirk Cameron’s stupid opinions,” say the actors from the ’80s and ’90s. “As former child stars ourselves, we don’t want to be associated with that horses—.” Watch the video below, lest I spoil more of what’s spewed from the mouths of the poster children of a lost era. READ FULL STORY

'Hard Times of RJ Berger' star comes out, talks new MTV show

Hard Times are getting better for Paul Iacono. The 23-year-old actor and former star of MTV’s The Hard Times of RJ Berger today announced on Twitter and in an interview with The Village Voice that he is gay.

Iacono tweeted, “Yes I’m gay. And yes, it does get better. #YOLO.” If you didn’t get the references, the hashtag stands for “you only live once” and the allusion is to the It Gets Better Project, which focuses on preventing suicide and encouraging positivity among gay youths. In his interview with Village Voice, Iacono — who played high school nerd RJ Berger on the cancelled MTV comedy — revealed that his coming out wasn’t wholly planned or expected: “I’m rolling with the punches here. I was asked if I was comfortable doing gay press. I said ‘Of course.’ I didn’t think I’d be coming out. But why not now? I think it’s the right time to say something.”

Though Hard Times was cancelled, Iacono is prepping for a role in another upcoming MTV show called Kenzie’s Scale, in which he plays a college student who moves with his high school sweetheart to New York, only to have a gay awakening when he gets there. Iacono insists that the show is “a radical young Will & Grace” (in that they continue to live together as friends) and hopes that his role will provide LGBT youth with another gay character to look up to (he mentioned Glee‘s Chris Colfer as another positive influence).

Read more:
MTV cancels ‘Hard Times of RJ Berger’
MTV’s ‘RJ Berger’ returns to series-high; ‘Jersey Shore’ ends strong

Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally join Americans for Marriage Equality campaign -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are the latest celebrities to show their support for gay and lesbian marriage by filming a video ad for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, and its Americans for Marriage Equality project.

Offerman, who wed Mullally in 2003, begins, “You know, the night Megan and I got married, she actually thought she was marrying Cedric the Entertainer.”

“I sure did,” Mullally says.

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Mother of gay Flight 93 hero responds to Carson Daly's JetBlue joke: 'Gay men and women come in every shape and size'

Carson Daly has already apologized for what many, including GLAAD, deemed an offensive joke while discussing the recent JetBlue incident in which passengers had to subdue their pilot after he had an inflight meltdown. But Alice Hoagland, mother of Mark Bingham — one of the passengers who charged the cockpit of hijacked Flight 93 on the morning of 9/11 — would like to remind everyone, including Daly, that stereotyping gay men is wrong.

On his morning radio show Wednesday, Daly had said, “It turns out on this particular [JetBlue] flight, most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas…. There was a bunch of dudes and well-trained dudes. What are the odds of that? …. Thank god…. My luck, it would be like, ‘This is the flight going to [the gay pride parade] in San Francisco’ …. I mean, that would be my colleagues…. ‘Uh, we’re headed down to Vegas for the floral convention.’…. ‘Can we get a little help up here with the pilot?’ ‘Oh, Nooo!’…. ‘No thank you. Handle it.’”  READ FULL STORY

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