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So What Do You Do, Todd Thicke, Host of America’s Funniest Home Videos?

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R&B crooner Robin Thicke may still be nursing his wounds following his divorce from actress Paula Patton, but not everyone in the family is having down days. Uncle Todd Thicke, who happens to be the executive producer of ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos, is riding high on his career success in the wake of the long-standing ratings juggernaut’s 25th season premiere on Oct. 12.

Since its debut in 1989, AFV has focused on wholesome, family-friendly programming that made viewers want to grab a friend and share the laugh-out-loud funny clips long before they ever knew what “viral” meant. It’s a perfect fit for the married father of two who maintains a happy home life even while admitting to a “relentless” work ethic. But while Thicke, whose famous family includes brother Alan Thicke, may not have all the answers on work-life balance (“You’re asking me a question the Dalai Lama is struggling with!”), he does have plenty of advice to help young professionals break into TV writing and blow past the competition.

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Alan Thicke Shocked by Kirk Cameron Backlash

The latest edition of SiriusXM show “The Six Pack” featured a very interesting interview with actor Alan Thicke.

The one-time Growing Pains dad said he was in close contact with Kirk Cameron all the way through the controversy that erupted in the wake of the latter’s remarks about gay marriage and homosexuality. And that he privately warned his former co-star not to take any jokes he might make too seriously. Overall, Thicke confided to Cameron, he respects the actor’s right to his own opinions.

Thicke also addressed the social media and Internet backlash that followed Cameron’s appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight:

“I was astonished at all the hate-mongering, venom-spewing vitriol that I saw. Going both ways, in both directions. It wasn’t only the incredibly hypocritical Christian wing who was calling me names, really vicious mean ugly kind of commentary, for my support of the gay and lesbian community. On the other hand, the gay and lesbian community attacking Kirk and all evangelicals and people of faith, that wasn’t right.”

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Kirk Cameron Didn’t Learn Homophobia From His ‘Growing Pains’ Family

In a recent appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight, Kirk Cameron condemned homosexuality, calling it “unnatural” and “destructive to… civilization.”

Cameron certainly didn’t pick that up from the Seavers. His former TV parents, Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns, are outspoken supporters of gay rights, as are Growing Pains siblings Tracy Gold and Leonardo DiCaprio. Gold responded to Cameron’s statements on Twitter:

Thicke has also used Twitter to respond to his former TV son’s anti-gay statements. And he’s been having some fun with it:

REELZ Renews Sam Rubin

The formula for the weekly REELZCHANNEL program Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin is similar to that of Real Time with Bill Maher and no longer on-air The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Bring together a colorful panel of celebrity guests to address a grab-bag of juicy topics.

Here’s a recent clip featuring actors Adrianne Curry, Sam Jaeger and Alan Thicke. This particular panel does not exactly give a ringing endorsement to the basic premise of de facto 2011 Best Picture Oscar winner The Artist:

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Lunch: Hoda Kotb, Dan Abrams & George Stephanopoulos Brave the St. Pat’s Crowds

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The hardcore Michael’s regulars weren’t about to let a little thing like the Saint Patrick’s Day parade get in the way of their power lunch today. After a slow start, the dining room filled up nicely with plenty of media mavens and talking heads. The Today show’s Hoda Kotb was among the first to arrive and looked smashing in her emerald floral sheath by Adrienne Papel. “I’m meeting Dan Abrams, but he’s coming from downtown so I hope he makes it,” said Hoda, having made her way through the few thousand extra people clogging up the sidewalks on the East Side.

With Kathie Lee Gifford on vacation this week, Hoda has been enjoying something of a television time warp with her guest co-hosts. On Monday, she was joined by Beverly Hills 90210‘s resident good guy Jason Priestley, Growing Pains‘s Kirk Cameron came by on Tuesday, and his TV dad Alan Thicke was today’s blast from the past. “Tomorrow, Ralph Macchio from The Karate Kid is coming in and Friday it’s Andrew Shue. I’m having a lot of fun.” Turns out Hoda is something of a sitcom aficionado and can easily reel off her TV favorites from days gone by: “I loved Growing Pains, Who’s The Boss, Rhoda, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” We could have talked about iconic TV hits forever, but luckily Dan did make it uptown and lunch went on as planned.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. This year’s “Kelly Gang” contingent: New York Post‘s media man Keith Kelly with a table full of revelers, including Jim Kelly, Tom Kelly, and Kelly Delaney.

2. George Stephanopoulos and David Anton. I caught George on his way to his table to ask who he thought should take his Sunday morning seat. “I don’t know!” he said with a smile and dashed off before I could get in a follow-up.

3. Margo McNabb Nederlander and another stylish blonde gal we didn’t recognize

4. Hoda Kotb and Dan Abrams

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