Dan Gross: 'Glee' star fights bullying

Max Adler of 'Glee" is supporting anti-bullying efforts.
Max Adler of 'Glee" is supporting anti-bullying efforts. (FILE PHOTO)
Posted: February 23, 2012

"Glee" actor Max Adler has teamed up with local T-shirt company ShoutBcause to promote its line of anti-bullying T-shirts. Adler, whose gay character, David Karofsky, bullied Chris Colfer's character, Kurt, and who was severely bullied himself on Tuesday's episode, has been working with a Los Angeles nonprofit called City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts. Chester County's Joe Harris, chief "movement" officer of ShoutBcause, contacted the group to get Adler their shirts.

Adler wore one of the company's anti-bullying shirts yesterday while interviewing with national media, including "Access Hollywood." Harris' partner is Jenifer Jurden of Wilmington, whose title is chief enlightenment officer. For more info on the T-shirt line, visit nobullytxt.com.

Byrne still benched

After more than a month, Tom Bryne, nighttime host for 97.5 The Fanatic, remains on leave from the sports-talk station as a result of being arrested last month and charged with aggravated assault and robbery over his alleged beating of a cab driver.

Through the station, Byrne apologized for his actions last month and said he would be taking leave while "he works through these issues," read a statement from Greater Media, which owns the Fanatic.

Byrne's preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 17.

We checked in with Greater Media about if and when Byrne would return, but the company had no comment. Reached yesterday on his cellphone, Byrne also declined to comment.

The horror, the horror

Horror movie buff Michel Sabourin, of West Grove, Chester County, will be a contestant today and tomorrow on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (12:30 p.m., 6ABC). Sabourin, who runs SlasherCast.net, told show producers his favorite film is "Friday the 13th" and that he wanted to name his two sons Jason and Freddy, after the killers in "Friday the 13th" and "Nightmare on Elm Street," but his wife Misty vetoed that and they went with Andrew and Johnathan instead. The couple also have daughters Rebecca and Brittany. Sabourin said he hoped to win enough money to buy a new car. But will he? Tune in and find out.

Kardashian switcheroo

Kim Kardashian flew to town last minute yesterday to take her under-the-weather sister Kourtney's place selling the family's K-Dash fashion line live on QVC.

CHARITABLY MINDED * Will Smith is in town shooting "After Earth," with director M. Night Shyamalan, but only time will tell if he drops by the Maternity Care Coalition's Escape to Hawaii event March 10 at the Millennium Ballroom at the Loews Hotel. His mother, Carolyn Smith, is an honorary chairwoman, as is Diane Croce, wife of pirate-lover Pat Croce. The event, hosted by 6ABC's Nydia Han, who is expecting a baby soon, is themed after the 2012 Flower Show. It honors Jack Ludmir, OB/GYN chairman at Pennsylvania Hospital, and Nathalie Bartle, professor at Drexel's School of Public Health. For tix or info, call Grace Rosenthal at 215-989- 3565 or visit momobile.org. * 6ABC's Ali Gorman hosts the 4th annual Fallen Hero Polar Plunge, at 11 a.m. Saturday at the 15th Street beach, in North Wildwood. An after-party at Keenan's Irish Pub will benefit the families of fallen Philly police officers. For info, call 215-990-8689.

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