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By SHARON FINK, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 4, 2002


REALITY BITES BACK: An e-mail exchange between The Bachelor, Alex Michel, and a friend that's making the Internet rounds has Michel saying that winner Amanda is "much fatter" than runner-up Trista, ABC pressured him to pick "the underdog" and he still got to have sex with Trista anyway.

ABC is understandably furious -- but because that part of the e-mail is a hoax.

Jonathan Locker, a friend of a friend of Michel's, made up a response from Michel and attached it to a string of real e-mails between Michel and pal Jeffrey Sahrbeck.

"It was a complete hoax," Locker told the New York Post, "and I feel really bad about it."

Locker was inspired when, at Michel's request, Sahrbeck forwarded to several of his friends a Michel e-mail trying to drum up viewers for The Bachelor's April 25 finale.

Locker attached a response to the e-mail chain that said in part: "Alex . . . Do you like fat girls or something? Amanda is nasty -- she is packing extra lbs all over the place. Trista is smoking hot and she is a Heat dancer. Anyway, I lost a lot of faith in both you and the ABC network. Regards, Jon."

Then Locker attached a bogus reply under Michel's name that read, in part: 'There is no doubt that Amanda is much fatter that Trista, but the producers made me pick the underdog. Don't worry, I bagged Trista. Alex."

Sahrbeck e-mailed Michel an apology, the Post says. No word on whether Locker has apologized to Michel -- and Amanda and Trista.

AT LEAST HER SCHEDULE IS OPENING UP: The National Enquirer had it first, and of course it was strongly denied through official channels. Now Us magazine, Access Hollywood and Extra also are reporting that Rosie O'Donnell and her partner, Kelli Carpenter, are expecting a baby. Us says Carpenter is several weeks along and even gives details of the couple's alleged visit to a doctor's office. No reports yet on who the father is. O'Donnell's publicist had no comment to Eonline.com.

AND IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY: Sold on eBay recently: the cabin associated with one of the greatest movie death scenes of all time.

Lindy Martin of Excelsior, Minn., now is the proud owner of the hideout of the two bumbling kidnappers in Fargo. The wood chipper that played a part in the demise of one of them was not included.

"We needed a cabin, and it saved us having to build one," Martin tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "It's kind of cool to have the Fargo cabin, but mainly we just wanted a cabin."

Martin did the bidding for her mother, Elsie; her winning offer was $10,000. They're moving the cabin from Minnesota's Square Lake, which is near Minneapolis-St. Paul, to Barnes, Wis., for those of you who want to update your famous movie sites tour list.

The cabin was sold by a Minneapolis broker and his wife, who were going to tear it down to build their dream home. But in a semirelated bloody mess, what could be dreamier than owning a cabin in which Steve Buscemi dripped fake blood?

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