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‘Housewives’ star has Cross words for Walters

Marcia Cross is no fan of Barbara Walters. The “Desperate Housewives” star is still steaming that talk show doyenne asked her about widespread rumors that she’s a lesbian on “The View” last year.

“I was not happy about it,” Cross recently told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “My father, who’s 80-something, and my mother were in the front row of the audience.”

Walters warned Cross in advance that the sensitive subject would come up. “When I got backstage, Barbara Walters came up to me and said, ‘You know, I have to ask you about this.’ And I said, ‘Why do you have to ask me about this?’ ‘Well, it’s news.’ I was like, ‘It’s news?’ At which point my publicist came in and we sorted out how to deal with it.” That, however, didn’t placate Cross.

“My dad was in the front row going like this [the gestures], ‘What did they say? Are you a what?’” Cross said. “I just thought about Barbara, ‘You didn’t have to ask me that question. That was tabloid-y of you.’ I felt really used. So now I don’t really like looking at Barbara Walters.”

Standing by her [leading] manJames Bond has a defender: a Bond Girl.

Daniel Craig has come under attack from fans of the 007 franchise, who feel that Craig was miscast as the secret agent; more than 20,000 fans have signed a petition, threatening to boycott the latest Bond flick, “Casino Royale.”

“I am happy that people speak badly about Daniel because they are going to be so surprised,” actress Caterina Murino told Entertainment Weekly. “Daniel is playing James Bond like a real actor, not just playful, like always. When Daniel kills somebody, he’s a real killer. When he kissed me, it was so sexy and so real.”

Earlier this year, Craig’s father also defended the casting against those who claimed that the actor wasn’t macho enough to play Bond. “Is he a wimp? No, I wouldn’t like to call him that to his face,” Tim Wroughton-Craig said. “As for the idea he doesn’t like guns — when he was younger he would play with a toy gun like any other boy.”

Notes from all overKatie Holmes is working hard to shed pounds — not for a wedding, but for a movie role, according to reports. . . . Kelly Osbourne refuses to bash Mel Gibson. The rock heiress was at Planet Blue in Malibu when someone offered her one of those tank tops with a mug shot of the actor and the word “Schmuck” on it. “I can’t,” she said. “I’m friends with his kids. Sorry.” . . . Angie Harmon likes to play dress up for hubby Jason Sehorn. “There’s been plenty of outfits and costumes, but that one [French maid] takes the cake,” the former New York Giant tells the September/October issue of Tango magazine.  “A close second is schoolgirl — there’s something about seeing your wife with white stockings up to her knees.”

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