Celebrity Updates: Ian and Harry—REJECTS!

Frankly, I didn’t even know he was a serious contender. (Actually, I didn’t even know he was in the running at all.) But, according to former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Ian Ziering, he was stunned to hear Drew Carey beat him out for “The Price Is Right” gig.

“I guess I was a little disappointed,” Ziering, recently told reporters. “I was really kind of hoping that would happen.

Sure, he did a fairly decent job recently lighting up the floor on last season’s “Dancing with the Stars,” but I’m not sure knowing how to shake your groove qualifies a person to take over for a TV legend on a show that practically everyone in America has seen at one time or another. (I suppose it doesn’t hurt, but I don’t recall Bob Barker doing much dancing on the show.)

Still, it seems Ziering truly thought he had a legitimate shot at hosting the popular game show.

“For the last month, I’ve been so titillated, my family has been excited at the mere notion of me hosting The Price is Right,” Ziering admitted to reporters.

But, alas, the actor’s dreams were dashed on Monday when Drew Carey announced to David Letterman (and the world) that he was asked to replace the iconic Barker on the long-running game show.

Oh well, perhaps, Ziering can host his own dance show… goodness knows we don’t have enough of those types of shows on TV.

Not for nothing, but some Harry Potter fans don’t have time to be weeping over Ziering’s loss… they have their own problems to deal with.

Some readers of the mega-popular just released epic “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” have found pages missing from their copies.

The book’s publisher, Scholastic, has confirmed that a few hundred of the 12 million copies of the book reportedly have pages missing. Can you imagine?

According to Scholastic, in most cases fans have returned to the store to exchange them, while others have kept them as mementos, and still others are trying to hock them on eBay. (As of today, several copies of the misprinted books were being offered for sale on the online auction, with opening bids as high as $40.)

The book broke records last week selling 8.3 million copies in the U.S. during its first 24 hours of release Saturday, and an additional 2.6 million copies the first day it was released in Britain.

Given the massive printing, Scholastic officials said problems were unavoidable. The publisher added that it would be happy to replace any book with a defect and advised customers to take the reject books back to the place where they were purchased.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.