Sideshow: Sara Gilbert on coming out

Sara Gilbert had a faux beau in Johnny Galecki; he kept her secret.
Sara Gilbert had a faux beau in Johnny Galecki; he kept her secret. (RICHARD SHOTWELL / AP)
Posted: September 15, 2013

Sara Gilbert, 38, who kept it real ( really real, man) as Darlene Conner on ABC's Roseanne, said she kept her sexuality a secret through those halcyon TV days. She even had a faux beau, Johnny Galecki. "I thought he was super cute and . . . he would come over and we would make out and then I would start to get depressed," Sara tells The Talk. He took her ambivalence personally, so Sara told him she was gay. "I was always so scared if it came out," says Sara. But Johnny helped her keep it secret for the show's nine-year run.

When Barbie dolls attack

The pageant world has been rocked with an ugly revelation. The New York Post uncovered a July audio recording that has then-newly crowned Miss New York Nina Davuluri dissing Miss America, Mallory Hagan, calling her "fat as [expletive]." Pageant organizers, probably in overdrive as Sunday's Miss America pageant looms, say Nina isn't guilty of any malfeasance. Let's hope she wins!

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Paris Hilton, 32, wants in on Miley Cyrus fever! She's done a bondage-themed photo shoot, bits of which she shares on Instagram.   . . . Nicole Kidman says she's OK after getting clipped by a bicycle-ridin' paparazzo in New York. . . . Dina Lohan was arrested by New York State Police Thursday night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

'Foyle's War' returns

Calling all fans of the British mystery Foyle's War, which stars Michael Kitchen as a murder detective during WWII. The war ended in the show's previous season, but the series did not. It returns after a three-year break Sunday at 9 p.m. on PBS (WHYY TV12) with a twist: Foyle is recruited by British Intelligence to hunt down Soviet spies. Three feature-length episodes air weekly through Sept. 29.

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