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‘Clarice’ not bitter about losing role on show

Fayetteville native and actor Gary Anthony Williams has lost his gig as cross-dressing Clarence/Clarice on ABC’s “Boston Legal.”

But he’s not upset he won’t be on the fifth and final season next season of this quirky dramedy.

“It’s the single best experience I’ve ever had,” he told Buzz. “Without sounding too Hollywood, I have to say working with William Shatner and James Spader was absolutely amazing.”

Williams said he was only supposed to show up for one episode, but producer and writer David E. Kelley kept him for two years. “It was a gift that lasted far longer than I had anticipated,” he said.

He didn’t get an official scripted exit, and he doesn’t expect the show to even reference him again. That’s simply how Kelley handles character departures. They typically just disappear.

Williams also plays the cynical Uncle Ruckus on Aaron McGruder’s Adult Swim animated series “The Boondocks,” but he’s not sure if it will be back a third season. Otherwise, he’s working on a new Mike Judge (“Beavis and Butthead”) animated series where he plays a neighbor to a very granola family. And he has a role as a possible killer in an upcoming horror flick starring John Cusack called “The Factory.”

The former “Malcolm in the Middle” star returns to Atlanta at least once a year to visit family and stops by Agatha’s: A Taste of Mystery. He writes plays for the downtown theater once a year. His newest is a Western parody dubbed “Annie Gets Your Uzi” set to run later this summer.

A GOOD REASON TO MISS REUNION

Atlanta’s Richard Blais, who fell just short of winning Bravo’s “Top Chef,” missed the reunion show Wednesday night because he and his wife were having a child. But he showed up on satellite.

Blais admitted to the judges the night of the finale that he had “choked.”

“The fact he said it to us I was really shocked,” said judge Gail Simmons during the reunion show. “Richard is very honest. I don’t think he has much of a poker face,” added judge Ted Allen.

During the reunion show, Blais was dubbed “our little Willy Wonka.” His most memorable dish from the show? The banana scallops with guacamole.

As for his problems during the finale, Blais said, “I was my own worst enemy. I overthought it a little bit. I didn’t relax and do what I did throughout the competition.” But he did receive a baby-sized Top Chef shirt for his newborn daughter Riley.

JACKSON TRIES HAND AT REALITY SHOW

Part-time Atlantan Janet Jackson is getting into the reality-show business, but it’s not going to be cameras following her around รก la Denise Richards or Keyshia Cole.

Rather, the singer is helming an MTV talent competition seeking singer/dancers along the lines of Justin Timberlake or Jackson herself.

According to Variety magazine, the show will take place in street locales, rather than a studio soundstage. She may play a mentor type. No name for the show just yet.

Jackson’s latest album “Discipline” has not done particularly well, and she has complained about a lack of support from Island Def Jam.

RANDOM BITS

Lil Wayne is the new king of hip-hop. His latest, “Tha Carter III,” sold more than

1 million copies last week, the first time an act has passed the six-figure threshold in a debut week since 50 Cent in 2005. And this is quadruple the opening week of his last release in 2005. Topping the singles chart with “Lollipop” certainly helped … ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show continues to do well in the ratings, ahead of Craig Ferguson and not far behind Conan O’Brien. Now he’s getting an early contract extension guaranteeing he’ll be around at least through 2010. … WGCL’s “Better Mornings” show has a new weather forecaster. Jennifer Valdez comes from sister TV station WYFF in Greenville, S.C. She replaces Dagmar Midcap, now doing weather at 4, 6 and 11 p.m. … Gov. Sonny Perdue and first lady Mary Perdue proudly announce the arrival of their 10th grandchild, Rabun Ophie Perdue. Rabun is the daughter of Dan, the Perdues’ youngest son, and Jessica Perdue, daughter of Johnny and Georgia Woods of Perry. Rabun Ophie was born Wednesday evening weighing 6 pounds 11 ounces. She is the first child for Dan and Jessica Perdue. The governor now has five grandsons and five granddaughters.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Actress Olympia Dukakis is 77. Actor Martin Landau is 77. Actor Danny Aiello is 75. Actor John Mahoney (“Frasier”) is 68. Musician Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is 66. Singer Anne Murray is 63. Home repair show host Bob Vila is 62. Singer Lionel Richie is 59. Actor John Goodman is 56. Actress Nicole Kidman (above) is 41.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It’s a bitter pill to swallow. But I’ve got a lot of water.”

Atlanta’s T.I. to Rolling Stone magazine,

about his impending jail sentence in 2009

Contributing: Wendell Brock and news services

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