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Gymnastics fans are going to flip over the selection of Mary Lou Retton as the host of the upcoming PBS kids show Flip Flop Shop. The Olympic legend, who won the hearts of a nation with her warm smile and stellar performance at the 1984 Games, will lead pre-school and grade school viewers through a fun half hour of physical activities, games and original songs. The show is designed to teach self-confidence and provide a bit of exercise at the same time. Retton, 27, was the first American woman ever to win the overall gold medal in gymnastics in the Olympics. The always energetic Retton says she's thrilled about the opportunity, and if she enjoys the experience she'll keep an eye on TV as a future career possibility.

The off-camera romance continues, but the soon-to-be-wed Daniel Baldwin and Isabella Hoffman no longer will be sharing a ride to work. Baldwin has announced that he's leaving the cast of Homicide: Life on the Streets to focus his talents on a feature film career that just keeps knocking at his door. The lovebirds met as co-stars of the series and both really liked the work, but Baldwin says he's just been offered too many good film deals to keep turning them down. The lovebirds say they will miss spending their days together, but they certainly will have a lot more to talk about once they clock out and get home.

The future of NBC's Wings was looking pretty bleak as recently as a couple of weeks ago because popular star Tim Daly wasn't so sure he wanted to sign back up. It seems that Daly had quite a few offers to appear elsewhere, and while everyone else in the cast had gladly provided their John Hancocks to new two-year contracts, Daly just couldn't bring himself to do it until he was finally made such a great offer that he couldn't refuse.

"Can you believe me and Erica in the same room in New York?" laughs exercise guru Richard Simmons, who'll be appearing tomorrow on All My Children. In the story, Simmons makes a guest appearance as himself on "The Cutting Edge with Erica Kane," demonstrating with Erica exercises that strengthen the lower back. "Cutting Edge" does not exist outside of Pine Valley, but Simmons says appearing on the fictitious chat show "is like going on the David Letterman show." "The real message of this is that there are a lot of women who hurt themselves, and they think (the injury) is light, but it really isn't," says Simmons. "I only do this sort of thing if there's a good message, and I thought that this was good." While this is his first stint on AMC, Simmons had a recurring role on General Hospital in the early '80s.

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