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Manganiello bows out

Joe Manganiello, the world’s hottest werewolf on “True Blood,” has reportedly withdrawn from a History Channel project because of an unidentified health issue. Page Six reports the 39-year-old, who married “Modern Family’s” Sofía Vergara, 43, in November, will bow out of the role of Rip Taggart in the network’s Navy SEALs drama, “Six.” Manganiello had only filmed two of the eight episodes, and the network is scrambling to recast the role. Efforts to reach the actor’s representatives, Page Six adds, were unsuccessful.

Paula Abdul will speak

at temple in Southfield

Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield will host Paula Abdul, 53, as their featured speaker at the temple’s Lois Linden Nelson Women’s World celebration on May 4. The event, which features free all-day pop-up boutiques and Abdul’s remarks at noon, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Abdul’s family are Syrian Jews. Tickets just to hear Abdul are $36 apiece, and $54 if you also want lunch afterward. Call (248) 357-5544, ext. 48 for information.

Aw, that’s sweet

Gilded royals Prince William and Princess Kate, just winding up a weeklong tour of India and Bhutan, have missed their children, Prince George, 2, and 11-month-old Princess Charlotte “massively,” according to the Prince of Wales, 33. Exhilarated and breathless after a 10,000-foot hike in Bhutan, the 34-year-old royal mum told People they’ll bring the kids on future diplomatic trips when “they’re a little bit more mobile.” Sounds like a plan.

Did we ask?

We all have childhood traumas to overcome. In reality star KhloéKardashian’s case, a surprise wax-job on her armpits, of all places, left a deep and abiding wound. “I was so terrified because she didn’t warn me!” Kardashian, 31, tells PeopleStyle, referring to her mother, Kris Jenner. “I was like, ‘What is happening?!’ I thought that was part of the facial (I was having). It was so traumatizing.” Corollary damage reportedly involved being phobic about facials for years, due to the grim association.

In other Kardashian news …

Mother-of-three Kourtney Kardashian, 36, has allegedly been hooking up with 22-year-old Justin Bieber when the “Sorry” guy’s in Los Angeles, according to London’s Daily Mail. “(Kourtney and Justin) have hooked up a few times,” an anonymous source told the newspaper, “including recently. It happens in L.A. He has met her kids, but they don’t hook up around the kids. It’s on nights when she has help and is able to go out.” Well, that’s a relief.

Cox + McDaid, again?

They called off their engagement in December, but judging by a smooch at London’s Heathrow Airport Thursday, “Friends” star Courteney Cox, 51, looks to be getting friendly again with ex-fiance, Irish songwriter and singer Johnny McDaid, 39. Yahoo Celebrity also reports that after their break-up, rumor had it Cox was starting to see another “Friends” alum, 46-year-old Matthew Perry, though the news story was quickly denied.

Compiled by Michael H. Hodges

mhodges@detroitnews.com

@mhodges_artguy

Saturday’s birthdays

Shay Johnson, 27

Martin Lawrence, 51

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 69

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