Burt Reynolds did indeed have a quintuple bypass last week. Burt Reynolds was not, however, rushed to the hospital for said quintuple bypass. Everyone take a deep breath, OK? If your hair's on fire, just put that out right now and we'll forget it happened.
Like Rue McClanahan before him, with her cardiac-illness-but-not-cardiac-arrest, Reynolds, 74, appears to have taken advantage of the age-old traditions of "making an appointment" and "planning" to get necessary but not emergency surgery.
"All reports that are implying he was rushed to a hospital are completely untrue," said his manager, Erik Kritzer, "as he has had this operation scheduled for over a month."
Reynolds -- who in September checked himself into rehab in West Palm Beach for an addiction to painkillers -- has been released from the Florida hospital where the bypass operation was performed.