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Bret Michaels out of the hospital after heart surgery

Bret Michaels' surgery was successful Bret Michaels is out of the hospital and recuperating with his daughters and fiancee at home in Scottsdale, Ariz., following surgery Monday to repair a hole in his heart.

The rocker and "Celebrity Apprentice" winner was discharged from St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The procedure -- involving a catheter inserted into a vein in Michaels' groin, with a device attached to close the hole between chambers of his heart -- had "excellent results," Dr. Mansour Assar said in statement. "Because of the successful outcome and Bret's determination, I believe he will be able to return to normal activity within weeks."

Doctors discovered the hole in Michaels' heart when he had a "warning stroke" in May, after being treated for a brain hemorrhage in late April, after having an emergency appendectomy in early April.

The Energizer Bunny -- oops, we mean the reality-TV star -- was healthy enough to return to the May 23 finale of "Apprentice" and start performing again right away, but knew that the hole would eventually have to be repaired.

Michaels, 47, proposed to longtime girlfriend Kristi Gibson, 39, for the December finale of his show "Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It." They have two daughters together.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Bret Michaels performs in St. Louis on May 29, 2010. Sarah Conard / St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Bret Michaels undergoing heart surgery

Poison rocker Bret Michaels is underwent heart surgery in Phoenix Monday Bret Michaels is undergoing heart surgery in Phoenix where doctors will repair a hole in his heart that has been there since birth.

Surgeons at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center are performing a cardiac catheterization, which would stop blood from abnormally flowing between two chambers in his heart. The procedure requires inserting a scope in the groin area and guiding a closure device to repair his heart. Without the procedure, Michaels, 47, would have a higher risk of developing blood clots and suffering from another stroke.

The hole was discovered when the former Poison frontman was recovering from a brain hemorrhage last April, 10 days after an emergency appendectomy.

"Barring any complications, I should be out within three to four days," he told The Arizona Republic. "Then, I will be down [resting] for three weeks. I don't know if I can sit around for that long, but I'll try my best."

The cowboy-hat-and-bandanna-clad rocker auctioned off his 1969 Camaro Custom Coupe for $200,000 in Scottsdale, Ariz., over the weekend and donated a portion of the proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

He won the third cycle of "The Celebrity Apprentice 3" and recently asked his longtime girlfriend Kristi Gibson to marry him.

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Photo: Rocker and Reality TV personality Bret Michaels arrives for a taping of "The Late Show with David Letterman" in New York last July. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press


Bret Michaels engaged to girlfriend Kristi Gibson -- finally

Bret Michaels engaged to Kristi Gibson Bret Michaels, the heavy metal rocker turned reality TV star, is engaged to longtime girlfriend Kristi Gibson after proposing to her on his show "Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It."

In the episode, which aired Monday, 47-year-old Michaels got down on one knee and proposed to Gibson, 39, adding, "Please say yes, or the rejection will kill me right now."

"The Apprentice" winner, who's had a terrible year health-wise, will undergo surgery in January to repair a hole in his heart. The hole, there since birth, was discovered as he recovered from a massive brain hemorrhage on April 23, 10 days after an emergency appendectomy.

"Love and marriage are the ultimate, but I still get a little sweaty about the marriage thing," Michaels told People before the show aired. 

One problem is solved: "I can't believe that after 16 years, I'm still calling Bret my boyfriend," Gibson said previously on the show. So, problem solved?

They have two kids together: Raine, 10, and Jorja, 5.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Poison frontman Bret Michaels tosses flowers to the crowd as he performs at the finish line of a charity marathon and half-marathon to benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America held in Las Vegas on Dec. 5, 2010. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

 


Miss Universe Pageant judges named -- bikinis included

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Oh, Miss Universe Pageant, you had us at "bikinis."

That said, the Miss Universe Pageant has also named its judges for 2010: husband and wife William Baldwin and Chynna Phillips, Olympic medalist Evan Lysacek and illusionist Criss Angel are but a few of the folks who'll soon join co-hosts Natalie Morales and Bret Michaels in Las Vegas.

Miss-universe-bikinis3 Perhaps it's not quite as exciting as learning who'll judge the next season of "American Idol" -- unless you're Donald Trump. "When you combine the world's most beautiful women, bikinis, a rock star, and a panel of top celebrity judges, you have a recipe for success," the Donald said in a statement Wednesday. 

True. We were actually going to run a picture of a judge or two, but forget that -- you get a shot of a couple of contestants preparing poolside for the competition. Oh, we lie, we lie, that's not all. We went nuts and added a shot of bikini-clad contestants in the pool, below.

Bikini-clad for the good old U.S. of A. will be Miss USA Rima Fakih, of course (hit the links below if you forgot the non-raunchy non-scandal that surrounded her acquisition of that crown).

In addition to the 83 contestants who'll attempt to dazzle with their evening gowns, interviews and ...

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Bret Michaels to co-host the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant

Bret-michaels-arms The Donald apparently sticks with the people he trusts -- Bret Michaels, who won Donald Trump's third "Celebrity Apprentice" cycle, has been tapped to co-host Trump's upcoming Miss Universe Pageant, the organization announced Tuesday.

Michaels joins a roster of male hosts that over the years has included Dick Clark, Bob Barker and Johnny Carson -- though the most recent male hosts have been Billy Bush, Jerry Springer and Mario Lopez.

The event, which features Natalie Morales of the "Today" show co-hosting with the former Poison frontman, will be held in Las Vegas on Aug. 23. 

So, is it terribly right or terribly, terribly wrong for a hair-metal rocker to host a beauty pageant? Let us know in the poll after the jump.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

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Drugs reportedly found on Bret Michaels' tour buses

Bret-michaels Marijuana and unidentified controlled substances were found on two of Bret Michaels' tour buses by police Wednesday night in Indiana, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel reports.

The buses were pulled over near Ashley, Ind., for a problem with lights on one of the buses, police said. A K-9 team got positive results on walk-throughs of both buses, and the drugs were found in subsequent searches. Michaels was not on the bus where police say they found controlled substances, TMZ reports.

No arrests were made, and the tour buses were allowed to proceed; charges have been forwarded to the DeKalb County Prosecutor's Office, Chief Deputy Jay Oberholtzer told the News-Sentinel.

Michaels has gigs scheduled in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on Thursday night and in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Friday.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Bret Michaels in concert in Indianapolis on June 27. Credit: Steve Mitchell / EPA

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