NEWS ROUNDUP: Peter Reckell Reveals Why He Really Left DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Audra McDonald Visits THE GOOD WIFE

Peter Reckell sets the record straight about his exit from DAYS OF OUR LIVES
"The money thing wasn't an issue for me," Reckell clarifies. "Not having storyline, not being able to do anything artistic there was my issue… I just want the people who support me to know the real reason why I'm not there."

PRIVATE PRACTICE star Audra McDonald heads to THE GOOD WIFE
She will play Alicia's (Julianna Margulies) "nemesis" from their days at Georgetown law school, and the two will go toe to toe again in the courtroom. McDonald has booked one episode at the moment, but there is a chance she could return.

SCANDAL: A Show Makes Friends and History
A political thriller set in Washington, SCANDAL has attracted some inside-the-beltway fans like the political strategists Donna Brazile and Roland S. Martin, who have both tweeted about the show.

GOSSIP GIRL Mexico Is Happening
Check out the cast of GOSSIP GIRL: ACAPULCO.

Lifetime’s SECRET LIVES OF WIVES Pilot Not Going Forward
Lifetime has passed on hourlong pilot.

THE CARRIE DIARIES producer defends leaving twin towers out of show
"We didn't want to cause anybody hurt, said Amy Harris, an executive producer and writer of THE CARRIE DIARIES. "If we caused one 16-year-old who lost a parent in September 11 any pain ... it would have made me feel terrible."

Kelly Ripa Cops to Botox: "It Makes My Makeup Artist's Life Easier"
"It's the Botox," she said, adding that she will, on occasion, get injections in her armpits to avoid sweating. And then there's the occasional jab to her HD-ready face.

"Every seven months or so, my eyelid skin rests on my eyelashes. So I feel like it makes my makeup artist's life easier, and it makes my eyes look a little more open on TV, which is where I happen to work right now."

Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax
From the real life is stranger than fiction files:

Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, the stories said, played this season under a terrible burden. A Mormon linebacker who led his Catholic school's football program back to glory, Te'o was whipsawed between personal tragedies along the way. In the span of six hours in September, as Sports Illustrated told it, Te'o learned first of the death of his grandmother, Annette Santiago, and then of the death of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua.

Manti Te'o did lose his grandmother this past fall. Annette Santiago died on Sept. 11, 2012, at the age of 72, according to Social Security Administration records in Nexis. But there is no SSA record there of the death of Lennay Marie Kekua, that day or any other. Her passing, recounted so many times in the national media, produces no obituary or funeral announcement in Nexis, and no mention in the Stanford student newspaper.

Nor is there any report of a severe auto accident involving a Lennay Kekua. Background checks turn up nothing. The Stanford registrar's office has no record that a Lennay Kekua ever enrolled. There is no record of her birth in the news. Outside of a few Twitter and Instagram accounts, there's no online evidence that Lennay Kekua ever existed.

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