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Do as I say, not as I do is Cosby’s new calling card

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ALL PEOPLE WHO agree that moral is as moral does, please step forward. Hold it right there, Bill Cosby.

It’s no joke. According to what he had to say in an interview that aired Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the 67-year-old comedian doesn’t believe that allegations of infidelity prevent him from speaking out about moral issues.

Cosby likened his mistakes to hitting a pothole while driving on a rainy road and trying to warn others to avoid the same fate.

Best known as a warm, wisecracking TV dad on his long-running television show, Cosby sparked debate last year with blunt remarks on personal responsibility aimed at the black community. In 1997, the long-married Cosby acknowledged a brief affair with the mother of Autumn Jackson, a young woman convicted of extorting him.

The entire ABC interview was set to air Wednesday on “Nightline.”

“I couldn’t care less what you think of me as long as you begin to execute that which will save your children,” Cosby said.


Hey, Nick, Cosby has something to tell you

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter was ordered into a three-month alcohol treatment program after pleading guilty to drunk driving. Carter, 25, entered the plea Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court. The judge also ordered Carter to pay $1,200 in fines, placed him on three years’ informal probation and restricted his driving privileges for 90 days. Carter was pulled over March 5 in downtown Huntington Beach. His blood alcohol level measured above 0.08, the legal limit.

Some celebs give more than mere advice

Even though dead, comedian Johnny Carson is still giving something back. Carson’s estate has donated $5 million to Faith Regional Health Services, a medical facility in Norfolk, Neb. The donation will be used to fund an endowment for the Carson Cancer Center, said Faith Regional Chief Executive Officer Bob Driewer. Carson’s gift is the largest the hospital has ever received, Driewer said Tuesday.

He knows that you are what you do

The mayor of Paris has awarded Jackie Chan an honorary medal from the city. “It would have been an immense pleasure just to shake your hand,” Mayor Bertrand Delanoe told the 51-year-old Hong Kong star on Tuesday, a “master of humor, of the burlesque and of self-deprecation.” Chan’s reply: “This mayor knows everything about me!”

You win when the cards are in your favor

Actress Jennifer Tilly became the first celebrity to win the Ladies no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em event at Las Vegas’ World Series of Poker. Tilly, who won $158,625, beat out 600 players, including some of the top female pros in the world. Tilly, 46, got pointers from her boyfriend, poker player Phil “Unabomber” Laak. “Even in the middle of the night, he wakes up screaming out poker terms,” Tilly said. “Most guys scream out other girls’ names.”

But then sometimes just aren’t what they seem

Terry McMillan has filed for divorce from the man who inspired her novel “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” McMillan, 53, said she”s ending her 61/2-year marriage to Jonathan Plummer, 30, after learning he is gay.

The birthday bunch

Singer Lena Horne is 88. Actress Nancy Dussault is 69. Guitarist Hal Lindes of Dire Straits is 52. Actor David Alan Grier is 50. Actor Vincent D’Onofrio is 46. Bassist Tom Drummond of Better Than Ezra is 36. “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino is 21.

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