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CLOWN COUPLE MAKES 'RACE'

Under occupation, they list "ambassadors of laughter." But the job New Port Richey's Dave and Cherie Gregg hold with the Ringling Bros. circus comes by a much-less complicated name: clown. The couple, who perform in a charitable program for kids operated by the circus, are among the just-announced cast of CBS' unscripted show The Amazing Race, competing in a race around the world filmed for the show's 20th cycle. The show debuts on WTSP-Ch. 10 at 8 p.m. Feb. 19, featuring 11 couples in an intercontinental race. Both age 44, the Greggs are actually performers with a circus initiative that brings free programs to schools, daycare centers, pediatric care units and libraries, allowing kids who might not be able to attend circus performances to get a sample. But fans know the time pressures and challenges filling the Amazing Race are enough to make the sunniest couple turn on each other. But there are exceptions; the last time a Tampa Bay area team competed on the race, Tampa residents Tina and Ken Greene rekindled their marriage after a period of estrangement, landing in second place in December 2008. - Eric Deggans, Times TV/Media Critic

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Demi seeks help

Demi Moore reportedly had a seizure Monday night and was taken to a hospital for complications from anorexia, reports say. "She collapsed after having an epileptic seizure," a source told RadarOnline, which noted the 49-year-old Moore has gotten sickly since splitting with Ashton Kutcher. "Demi is in getting treated for anorexia, as well as other issues that caused her seizure. She has not taken care of her health at all lately and has lost a ton of weight." The site also says Demi is going to start rehab for some form of substance abuse, although her camp denied that. "Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health," her rep said in a statement to People. "She looks forward to getting well and is grateful for the support of her family and friends."

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Deen's publicist quits

Paula Deen's publicist of six years, Nancy Assuncao, has left the Food Network star's employ after disagreeing with "Paula's plan to be a drug-company spokesman," a source tells the New York Post. A publicist with principles? Next thing you know, we'll be reading about an honest politician.

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Pillow talk

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville revealed on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live that she and Gerard Butler had "a little week of fun" awhile back when asked about the most famous person she'd ever had sex with. She told Andy Cohen she rated him an "11" in that regard.

- jgillin@tampabay.com

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