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By United Press International   |   May 24, 2012 at 3:59 AM

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'AMERICAN IDOL:' Phillip Phillips was crowned the winner on "American Idol" in Los Angeles Wednesday.

More than 132 million votes were cast for the singing competition show's Season 11 finale.

Phillips, 21, walked away with a recording contract. He beat out fellow finalist Jessica Sanchez, 16, for the honor.

The show's judges are Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. Ryan Seacrest is its host.


MICHAEL McKEAN: Michael McKean has officially dropped out of the Broadway revival of "Gore Vidal's The Best Man" after he was hit by a car in New York, producers said.

Starting Wednesday, McKean was replaced in the political comedy by James Lecesne in the role of Dick Jensen, Broadway.com said. Fred Parker is taking over Lecesne's usual role of reporter Mitch Graham in the production.

McKean, 64, suffered a broken leg, bruises and lacerations in the incident Tuesday.

"I have worked with Michael on three previous productions -- 'The Homecoming,' 'The Pajama Game' and 'Superior Donuts' -- and he has never missed a performance, and I understand from his team that he has never missed a performance in his career. So this is the kind of first we are reluctant to announce," producer Jeffrey Richards said in a statement. "Jerry Frankel and I look forward to working with Michael again on a future project."

McKean is also known for his work in the films "This Is Spinal Tap," "Best in Show" and "For Your Consideration," as well as TV's "Laverne & Shirley."

He and his wife, actress Annette O'Toole, were nominated for an Original Song Oscar in 2003 for "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" from "A Mighty Wind."


JIM PARSONS: Emmy Award-winning actor Jim Parsons confirmed to The New York Times he is gay and in a 10-year relationship.

The 39-year-old star of TV's "The Big Bang Theory" did not identify his long-term partner or go into detail about his private life.

The Times interview coincides with Parsons' upcoming return to Broadway in "Harvey" after a successful run playing a young gay activist in "The Normal Heart" last summer.

In the article, journalist Patrick Healy writes, "'The Normal Heart' resonated with him on a few levels: Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment, he said."

E! News said Parsons does not speak publicly about his personal life, but is often seen with his boyfriend at awards shows and other entertainment industry events.


KRISTIN DAVIS: U.S. actress Kristin Davis recently began dating Oscar-winning screenwriter-producer Aaron Sorkin, multiple sources told E! News.

"It's been going on for around six weeks," an insider said. "They are really happy. They have actually known each other a while through mutual friends and would sometimes bump into one another at industry events, but it has only just turned into something more."

Davis, 47, is best known for her work in the "Sex and the City" TV and film franchise.

Sorkin, 50, is co-creator of "The West Wing" and writer of the film "The Social Network."

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