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Cowell gives his ex a $9 million parting gift

Both Simon Cowell and Terri Seymour’s camps have been referring to their recent split as amicable, and well, how could it not be (at least for Seymour) when a $9 million goodbye gift is involved?

Cowell is said to have given Seymour, who he dated for six years, $5 million cash and another $4.6 to buy a Beverly Hills home just before calling it quits, reports Life & Style.

“Terri phoned Simon about six weeks ago and finished it,” his rep told Life & Style, referring to the breakup. “Simon thinks the world of Terri, and that isn’t going to change. He also understands her reason for ending it.”

According to the magazine, Seymour wanted to marry and start a family, whereas Cowell recently said, “I don’t want to marry anyone, because whoever marries me will end up hating me.”

As for the pile of money Seymour reportedly received: a rep for Cowell says, “this isn’t the kind of thing he usually comments about.”

Blair Underwood: first actor to play ObamaBlair Underwood might have spent Election Day working on the set of his show “Dirty Sexy Money,” but his thoughts weren’t far from his candidate of choice, Barack Obama, who he met back in the late 1980s.

“When I was doing ‘L.A. Law,’ I played a character — Jonathan Rollins — and Stephen Bochco, the show’s creator, said he wanted the character to have ‘a stellar resume and extraordinary background,’” Underwood recalled on Election Day. “So Bochco made him the president of the Harvard Law Review. I didn’t even know at the time if there’d been a black president of the Harvard Law Review.

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“Now, fast forward a couple years into the show, about 1988 or ’89, and I go to Harvard to give this talk and afterward, a tall brother with big ears comes up to me and says, ‘I am Barack Obama and I am the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. You play me.’”

Back to Underwood’s current role, Karen Darling’s fiancé Simon Elder on “DSM” — Underwood says Wednesday’s episode “is our engagement party and of course, nothing goes as planned.”

Matthew McConaughey and family reclaim the AirstreamMatthew McConaughey might have given up his beloved Airstream trailer as his primary residence, but that doesn’t mean the shirtless wonder has cut all ties to it. McConaughey, his girlfriend Camila Alves and their 4-month-old son, Levi, piled in and took to the Texas roads, according to Us Weekly.

After visiting the actor’s mother, Kay McConaughey — who tells Us of her grandson, “He’s beautiful, just so mellow!” — the family has been touring McConaughey’s home state. “Levi’s going to grow up to be a wonderful guy who loves life,” Kay McConaughey told the magazine.

Tim Robbins’ 5-hour voting odyssey By now the story of Tim Robbins’ long road to the polls is well-known, but Robbins got on the phone on Election Night and told Scoop that the fact it took him five hours, two cops, a court order and an incredible amount of tenacity and diligence to vote is not the real story.

“The fact that there’s some kind of attention being paid to me — what should be the real story is there are many like me who did not have the time to do what I did,” says Robbins. “A lot of people went to their polling places and wound up not being able to vote, or they had to cast affidavit ballots. This is info the poll workers should have had. This didn’t just happen to me, it happened to a significant amount of people.”

As for reports that Robbins caused a ruckus, Robbins says, “I was non-confrontational … I just asked the polling person, ‘Are you trying to intimidate me to leave because I have a right to vote and right to an explanation if I can’t.’”

Courtney Hazlett delivers the Scoop Monday through Friday on msnbc.com.

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