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May 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

Actor George Lindsey dead at 83

NASHVILLE, May 7 (UPI) -- Actor George Lindsey, famous for his work on TV's "Hee Haw" and "The Andy Griffith Show," has died in Nashville, Tenn., after a long illness, his family said.

He was 83.

The Tennessean newspaper confirmed the Alabama native died early Sunday but did report the specific cause of his death.

Griffith, who played Sheriff Andy Taylor to Lindsey's mechanic Goober Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show," released a statement Sunday, expressing his sorrow at the loss of his longtime friend.

"I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit. In recent years, we spoke often by telephone. Our last conversation was a few days ago," Griffith said. "We would talk about our health, how much we missed our friends who passed before us and usually about something funny. I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our 80s, we were not afraid to say, 'I love you.' That was the last thing George and I had to say to each other. 'I love you.'"

Lindsey also appeared in the TV shows "M*A*S*H," "Gunsmoke," "Herbie the Love Bug" and "C.H.I.P.S.," as well as the movies "Take This Job and Shove It" and "Cannonball Run II." He served as a judge for the Miss USA pageant for years and lent his voice to animated characters in Disney's "The Aristocats," "The Rescuers" and "Robin Hood," The Tennessean said.


Dave and Rachel win 'Amazing Race'

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Army combat pilot Dave Brown and his wife Rachel have won Season 20 of "The Amazing Race."

They traveled nearly 40,000 miles across five continents and 22 cities to win the $1 million prize.

On Sunday's 2-hour season finale, they beat out their fellow finalists in challenges that took them to India and Japan.

The others who made up the final four teams were engaged former "Big Brother" contestants Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly; boyfriend-girlfriend Ralph Kelley and Vanessa Macias; and Art Velez and J.J. Carrell, who are Border Patrol agents and friends.

Phil Keoghan is the show's host.


Lampanelli, Guidice fired on 'Apprentice'

NEW YORK, May 7 (UPI) -- Lisa Lampanelli and Teresa Guidice have been fired from the business-themed competition show "The Celebrity Apprentice" in New York.

Guidice was fired after her team lost the challenge to create a four-page print ad campaign for the CHI Touch Digital Touchscreen hair dryer, then pitch it to Farouk Systems and Elle magazine.

E! News said Lampanelli got the boot because the show's star Donald Trump and guest judges John Rich and Marlee Matlin thought her humor was too coarse for the competition.

Still competing this season are "American Idol" veteran Clay Aiken, comedian Arsenio Hall and singer and actress Aubrey O'Day.

Already eliminated from the show were former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, comedian Penn Jillette, "American Chopper" star Paul Teutul Sr., actor Lou Ferrigno, singers Debbie Gibson and Dee Snider, actresses Tia Carrere and Patricia Velasquez, radio host Adam Carolla, "Star Trek" actor George Takei, IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti, author Victoria Gotti and supermodel Cheryl Tiegs.

The last person standing will receive a $250,000 check to be given to a designated charity.


Owen and Buchanan wed in Florida

VERO BEACH, Fla., May 7 (UPI) -- Country music star Jake Owen married model Lacey Buchanan in a sunrise ceremony Monday in his hometown of Vero Beach, Fla., People.com reported.

Buchanan, 22, has appeared in Owen's music videos "8 Second Ride" and "Barefoot Blue Jean Night."

People.com said the bride wore an Amsale gown and veil, while the 30-year-old groom donned a white linen Armani shirt and Tommy Bahama drawstring pants for the occasion. Both were barefoot for the family-only ceremony, which Owen's uncle Ron officiated on the beach.

Owen proposed to Buchanan during a show at his alma mater, Vero Beach High, last month.

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