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Website apologizes to Clooney


The British website Mail Online apologized Wednesday to George Clooney for alleging that his fiancée’s mother opposed their marriage on religious grounds – a story Clooney called both wrong and irresponsible.

Clooney is engaged to Beirut-born London lawyer Amal Alamuddin, whose father, Ramzi, belongs to a prominent Druse family. The Druse are adherents of a monotheistic religion based mainly in Lebanon, Syria and Israel.

Citing unnamed family friends, Mail Online, which is affiliated with Britain’s Daily Mail tabloid, reported this week that Baria Alamuddin wanted her 36-year-old daughter to marry a Druse man.

In a statement issued to USA Today, Clooney said Baria Alamuddin – a well-known journalist – was not Druse and “is in no way against the marriage.”

Mail Online said Wednesday in a statement that the story had been “supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist.”

“We accept Mr. Clooney’s assurance that the story is inaccurate and we apologize to him, Miss Amal Alamuddin and her mother, Baria, for any distress caused,” it said.

Fundraiser set

How often do your favorite TV outlets all carry the same show at the same time – and in prime time, without ads?

Tune in to just about any channel Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time to see for yourself. Dozens of broadcast and cable networks will again donate a simultaneous hour of commercial-free airtime to carry the fundraiser “Stand Up to Cancer.”

Participants will include ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, HBO, Showtime, Lifetime and ESPNews.

The money raised supports cross-disciplinary research toward new cancer treatments.

Jersey tourists

Kim Kardashian is playing Jersey shore tourist.

Kardashian and her friend, Jonathan Cheban, went on rides on the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights and stopped for frozen custard Tuesday.

Her rep said they were taping segments for the series “Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons.”

Seaside Heights was the setting for MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Mavis Staples is 75. Actor Ron Glass is 69. Singer Arlo Guthrie is 67. Singer Neil Tennant is 60. Actor Gale Harold is 45. Actress Sofia Vergara is 42. Actor Adrian Grenier is 38. Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is 37. Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas is 34. Singer Jessica Simpson is 34.