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April 23, 2001
Where's Paul Lynde when you need him? Producers of Hollywood Squares were nearly caught a square short last week as they prepared to tape a sports-themed episode of the game show in L.A. Among those scheduled to appear were Evander Holyfield, Gabrielle Reece, Pete Rose and Jason Sehorn. Problem was, on the day of shooting, Rose (below) was nowhere to be found. "Everyone was so angry because there was no call and no way to get ahold of him," says Squares publicist Jeffery Bowman. Fifteen minutes before taping was to start, producers tapped comedy writer Bruce Vilanch to pinch-hit. A spokesperson for Rose says his flight out of Cincinnati was canceled and that Rose left two messages with the show. Bowman insists no calls were received and adds, "The big joke was that we should have taken bets on whether Rose was going to be here."
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April 23, 2001

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Where's Paul Lynde when you need him? Producers of Hollywood Squares were nearly caught a square short last week as they prepared to tape a sports-themed episode of the game show in L.A. Among those scheduled to appear were Evander Holyfield, Gabrielle Reece, Pete Rose and Jason Sehorn. Problem was, on the day of shooting, Rose (below) was nowhere to be found. "Everyone was so angry because there was no call and no way to get ahold of him," says Squares publicist Jeffery Bowman. Fifteen minutes before taping was to start, producers tapped comedy writer Bruce Vilanch to pinch-hit. A spokesperson for Rose says his flight out of Cincinnati was canceled and that Rose left two messages with the show. Bowman insists no calls were received and adds, "The big joke was that we should have taken bets on whether Rose was going to be here."

John McEnroe, who's been trying to sell his memoirs for years, has found a publisher. Little, Brown U.K. will pay McEnroe around $750,000, a rich contract given that tennis books rarely do well and that McEnroe is not going to dish on his marriage to actress Tatum O'Neal....

Former Olympic champion Scott Hamilton, who will be retiring from the Target Stars on Ice tour this month, may go Hollywood full time. He costars with Jason Alexander and Wendie Malick in On Edge, a mock documentary about three dysfunctional female skaters with Olympic dreams. In the film, which is being shopped for distribution, Hamilton plays a demented former skating judge and coach. "The skating world is hard to make fun of," says Hamilton, "because it does such a wonderful job on its own."

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