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October 13, 2004


Reality check No. 1

Boise, Idaho -- Although Troy McClain was fired by Donald Trump during the first season of the NBC reality show "The Apprentice," that hasn't stopping several universities and colleges from recruiting him to star on their campuses.

McClain, who doesn't have a college degree, has been contacted by Boise State University, Columbia University and Albertson College of Idaho over the past six months. He's also received offers from Hollywood, his manager, Ed Moore, said recently.

Moore said McClain met with a Boise State academic counselor last week, but he hasn't made a final decision.

Reality check No. 2

Manila, Philippines -- "American Idol" finalist Jasmine Trias got praise from Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who saluted her singing talent and called her an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere.

The Filipino-American from Hawaii visited Arroyo at the presidential palace Tuesday with her parents, siblings, grandparents and an uncle.

"It's good that as part of the youth, you have a lot of energy, and the smile is always there," Arroyo told the 17-year-old Trias. "And you're a family idol as well."

Trias made it to the top three in the popular singing contest in May.

How about 'Kelly and Regis'?

New York -- She might owe him her household name status, but according to a recent survey, more New York college students would rather room with Kelly Ripa than Regis Philbin, her "Live With Regis and Kelly" co-host.

An Educational Housing Services survey reports that 32 percent of students polled would like to share an abode with Ripa, who also stars in ABC's "Hope & Faith," while only 1 percent chose Philbin.

"College students love Kelly Ripa," EHS President and Chief Executive Officer George Scott said in a recent statement. "One of the things students say they most want to do while living in New York City is to meet celebrities. A third of our residents would love to have the opportunity to meet Kelly. Sorry Regis, maybe next year."

Travolta, Alley reunite

New York -- Look who's joining Kirstie Alley.

The former "Cheers" actress will be accompanied by John Travolta, who was featured with Alley in the "Look Who's Talking" films, in her upcoming Showtime series, "Fat Actress."

The seven-episode, unscripted comedy series won't debut until March, but the cable network has revealed several guest stars slated to step inside Alley's hyper-reality world.

In the series, Alley plays a fictionalized version of herself, a TV and movie actress whose growing weight problem has been well documented in supermarket tabloids. Each "Curb Your Enthusiasm"-like episode emanates from a story outline with the actors largely improvising the dialogue.

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