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Country singing great Roy Clark, the longtime host of Hee Haw, admits that life behind the camera wasn't always as pleasant as life in front of it. Clark says that he and co-host Buck Owens had more than their fair share of disagreements over the years, and that on one occasion the two almost squared off. In his coming autobiography, he insists that Owens could be a "real prima donna" at times, and suggests that the two were doing more acting than anyone realized as on-camera amigos in that legendary series.

He once said he never would, but now he is. Hugh O'Brien, 68, has decided to jump back in the saddle and reprise his role as legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. The veteran actor, who played the role in his own TV series from 1955 to 1961, has decided it might just be the thing to do after this many years. He'll be heading out to Arizona soon to film a TV movie in which Earp returns to Tombstone, Ariz., some 25 years after the celebrated shootout at the O.K. Corral. O'Brien says he thinks it's going to be tons of fun, and can't wait to get going on the project.

The way things are going, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee could well find itself short two hosts before very long. Regis Philbin is one of the names rumored in the running for a late night show on CBS to follow David Letterman, and now co-host Kathie Lee Gifford is threatening to walk off the syndicated show herself.

Her contract is up in August, and she's telling friends that she will look in other career directions if producers don't meet her demands. Gifford has her own clothing line and is coming out with an exercise video soon. She also is in the running for a sitcom pilot and says she would like to give Broadway a try. No word from producers, but if she bolts, it could help Regis _ he's under contract for nearly two more years unless the show closes down earlier. Stay tuned.

Sharon Stone will make her third Oscar show appearance as a celebrity presenter March 21 at the 66th Academy Awards. Stone recently starred with Gene Hackman in The Quick & the Dead and soon begins co-starring with Sylvester Stallone in The Specialist. The Academy Awards will be held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center. The show will be broadcast live by ABC beginning at 9 p.m.

PARTING WORDS: "So many of the things I've been talking about for the last 10 years are now mainstream _ I'm not nearly as salaciously controversial as I used to be." Entertainer Shirley MacLaine in the Kansas City Star.

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