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Daytime Dish: Vincent Pastore Comes to General Hospital

Vincent PastoreIf you’re still trying to recover from the loss of , you might be able to satisfy some of your mobster cravings with a little General Hospital. Later this fall, Port Charles will welcoming one more criminal into its borders. Actor will be transitioning from his years in New Jersey to become the latest gangster in the New York town.

Vincent will play Maximus Giambetti, a mobster whose two sons, Max and Milo, currently work for Sonny Corinthos. He comes into town mistakenly believing Max Jr. is the head of operations in the area. He will then, of course, find out that his boys are only bodyguards. (I envision some tasty scenes with Diane trying to defend her loyal beau.)

Look for Pastore to enter the scene in October.

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‘Apprentice’ Celebrity Contestants: R.I.P.

Apprentice celeb edition: coming soon“Stars” of the new celebrity edition of were seen putting a nail in their coffins on the streets of New York this past week. I’d like to take this moment to hold a proverbial candlelight vigil for the careers of Piers Morgan, Omarosa (did she have a career?), Trace Adkins, Marilu Henner, Stephen Baldwin, playmate Tiffany Fallon, Lennox Lewis, Vincent Pastore and Gene Simmons. I am aware that many of these beloved characters left us a long time ago (I’m looking in your direction Baldwin).  I also know that this isn’t necessarily the end for the likes of Adkins and Ortiz. But let’s face it, starring on the “celebrity edition” of any reality show is like having unprotected sex with a Brazilian hooker - it may not mean instant death, but it’s a step in the right - er - wrong direction.

This gaggle of C-listers were seen in New York shilling out hotdogs to tourists during an Apprentice challenge. Apparently former WWE Champion John Cena was among the contestants, but he gets a pass because he is only there due to an injury that will sideline him for up to a year. Among those who showed up to gawk were New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and rotting porn star Jenna Jameson.

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John Ratzenberger to Fill in on ‘Dancing’

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Prime Time, Reality, ABC, Rumors,

John RatzenbergerVincent Pastore bailed on Dancing With the Stars after he realized that it would require physical activity. Luckily, Dancing was able to fill the void left by Pastore by recruiting John Ratzenberger, famous for his role of Cliff Claven on Cheers, as well as a multitude of Pixar film voice work. Pastore left after just one week of rehearsals when he discovered that it was a bit more than what he signed on for. Ratzenberger, 59, was asked to appear on the dance competition before, but had to turn it down due to a scheduling conflict. It’s good that he was free this go-around, and able to slip in quickly at the last minute. Tune in on March 19 to see how Ratzenberger and fellow Dancing contestants Joey Fatone, Billy Ray Cyrus, Heather Mills, and others make out in the big dance-off.

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Vincent Pastore Ditches Dancing With the Stars

Vincent PastoreSo, the Dancing With the Stars lineup was in place—when, just as we are poised to begin season four on March 19th, one of the contestants drops out. That’s right, Vincent Pastore, of The Sopranos, has decided to leave the dance competition. And why? Because he found out that it’s more strenuous than he anticipated. You would think after his weight loss on Celebrity Fit Club that he would be in decent enough shape to tackle this challenge. The contestants have only been in training for one week, so I guess it’s good that he came to this realization now… then again, how could you not think that this ballroom dance-off was going to be easy? “When I initially committed to joining Dancing with the Stars I didn’t realize just how physically demanding it would be for me,” Pastore said. “Unable to put forth my best effort, I felt it appropriate to step aside and give someone else the opportunity.” The producers are a-ok with this decision, saying that they “respect his decision.” So now the question is—who will fill those big shoes? Does Dancing With the Stars have understudies? Or will the show go on with one less celebrity?

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