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'Will & Grace' sidekick says he's gay

Four years after ending his run as Jack McFarland, "Will & Grace's" flamboyant sidekick Sean Hayes has confirmed that he is gay. The 39-year-old actor appears on the cover of the new issue of The Advocate, E! Online reports. "I am who I am," he told the magazine. "I was never in, as they say. Never." As for why Hayes waited so long to come out, the actor says it was nobody's business. "I believe that nobody owes anything to anybody," he said. "You are your authentic self to whom and when you choose to be, and if you don't know somebody, then why would you explain to them how you live your life?" Hayes is about to make his Broadway debut co-starring with Kristin Chenoweth in "Promises, Promises."


Burke to replace Harris on 'DWTS'

Former "Dancing With the Stars" winner Brooke Burke will be Tom Bergeron's new partner when the series starts again later this month. She'll replace Samantha Harris as co-host. Bergeron made the announcement Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America," The Associated Press reports. As a contestant, Burke won during the season that ended in November 2008. She has hosted TV shows including CBS' "Rock Star" and E!'s "Wild On." The mother of four children has also built her own business on parenting issues, with an online baby products store and job as the "mommy correspondent" on the syndicated show "The Doctors." The new season begins March 22.

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