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Flap over ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch’s anti-gay remarks

Cast members from ‘Duck Dynasty’ Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson and Phil Robertson get ready to throw out the first pitch prior to the start of the game between Chicago WQhite Sox and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Sept. 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
Cast members from ‘Duck Dynasty’ Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson and Phil Robertson get ready to throw out the first pitch prior to the start of the game between Chicago WQhite Sox and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Sept. 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertston may be persona non grata after making homophobic comments and controversial remarks about black people to GQ (A&E suspended him indefinitely from the show), but some people are actually in this guy’s corner. While the hashtag #StandWithPhil became a thing, Glenn Beck invited Robertson and the crew to his own network, the Blaze. Many conservative Christians took offense that Robertson was axed for expressing his beliefs, which we will not republish here. But CNN host Piers Morgan tweeted, “Phil Robertson is not a ‘victim of political correctness.’ He’s a victim of his own repulsively racist, homophobic bigotry.”

Several online petitions have been started to show support for the Duck Dynasty star, including one on Change.org that has amassed more than 50,000 signatures and a website IStandWithPhil.com, which had gathered more than 22,000 signatures.

Probable cause

Investigators have found no evidence that the Porsche carrying actor Paul Walker had mechanical problems before it crashed and exploded into flames, killing him and the driver. The investigation also has ruled out debris or other roadway conditions.

Endless love

Could a reconciliation be in the works for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez? For those who care, probably not. The 19-year-old Bieber told L.A.’s Power hip-hip radio station, “Right now we're taking a little time and not talking.” But he added that the two singers will likely end up as great friends and that he will “always” love her.

In other couple news, Robin Wright, 47, is engaged to actor Ben Foster, 14 years her junior.

Copy cat

There may be legal ramifications for Shia LaBeouf after he copped to borrowing someone else’s work. LaBeouf posted his short film about a depressed online movie critic, Howard Cantour, Monday on HowardCantour.com. Buzzfeed caught on to similarities between the actor’s movie and the comic, Justin M. Damiano. LeBeouf tweeted that he was “inspired” by the work and failed to give the creator, Daniel Clowes, proper credit.

Fame game

Want drama? Real Housewives of OC castmate Tamra Barney is fighting back against her ex, Simon Barney, who went to court to try to get their three eldest kids from appearing on the show. He doesn’t approve of Tamra’s behavior on the Bravo fame vehicle (e.g., getting a bikini wax for cameras). In a new court filing obtained by RadarOnline the mother of four told a California judge: “I am saddened that the Petitioner has made it a point to portray me as someone that does not have our children’s best interests at heart.”

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  • Coming to town

    Spend the night with Joan Collins

    Cue the Dynasty music and break out the shoulder pads — Joan Collins is coming to town Friday night with her one-woman show. But don’t expect the Hollywood legend, 80, to focus on her time as bitchy Alexis Carrington Colby on the famed ’80s night soap opera. Collins has quite the acting pedigree, having debuted on the London stage at the age of 9 before she made it on the big screen in such 1950s movies as The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing and Rally Round the Flag Boys. Still quick as a whip, the glamorous as all get-out Brit will tell you all about her illustrious career and more during One Night with Joan at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

FILE - This July 6, 2013 file photo shows Bollywood actors Sridevi and Prabhu Deva, left in yellow, performing during the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Macau. The IIFA is holding its annual awards ceremony in Tampa this week. The city is an unusual choice for the awards extravaganza, but tourism officials hope it will be an economic boon to Tampa, which has hosted four Super Bowls and the Republican National Convention.

    Indian film awards arrive in Tampa, Fla., but why?

    The so-called Bollywood Oscars have been held in Macau, Singapore, London — and now, Tampa?

 <span class="cutline_leadin">IN THE KITCHEN:</span> Myles Chefetz does a tasting in the kitchen at Prime Fish with chef Todd Zimmer, April 14, 2014. Chefetz also owns Prime 112, Prime Italian, Big Pink and the upcoming Prime Private. Chefetz is one of the most successful restaurateurs in Miami.


    Myles Chefetz, Michael Schwartz dominate Miami’s fine-dining scene

    Myles Chefetz and Michael Schwartz, who were once business partners, each went their own way — Chefetz to South Beach, Schwartz to the Design District. They now dominate Miami’s fine-dining scene.

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