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‘Dukes of Hazzard’ star Catherine Bach reveals why she almost turned down Daisy Duke, whether she ever dated her castmates

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‘Dukes of Hazzard’ star Catherine Bach reveals why she almost turned down Daisy Duke, whether she ever dated her castmates

Daisy Duke is hitting the road with the “good ole boys.”

“The Dukes of Hazzard” stars Catherine Bach, John Schneider and Tom Wopat are reuniting to celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary with the “Good Ole Boys Tour,” a car show and concert series kicking off on April 13 in Bakersfield, Calif.

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“The Dukes of Hazzard,” which chronicled the adventures of “the fast-drivin’, rubber-burnin’ Duke boys of Hazzard County,” aired from 1979 until 1985. And while the castmates have stayed in touch over the years, Bach, who sizzled on the screen as sultry country girl Daisy Duke, didn’t think twice to kick off the celebration with fans.

Catherine Bach as "Daisy," top, Tom Wopat as "Luke," bottom left, and John Schneider, right, as "Bo" with The General Lee, from "The Dukes of Hazzard."

Catherine Bach as “Daisy,” top, Tom Wopat as “Luke,” bottom left, and John Schneider, right, as “Bo” with The General Lee, from “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
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We spoke with the 65-year-old star about how she earned the iconic role, why she almost turned it down and becoming a sex symbol. Bach also set the record straight on whether there was any canoodling with Schneider, 59, or Wopat, 67.

Fox News: How does it feel to know “Dukes of Hazzard” is 40 years old?
Catherine Bach: It’s just wild. I’m just so proud of this legacy. We’ve managed to entertain people after all this time. And now it’s a hit on Amazon. It’s just wonderful. This is what the show was about — entertaining people. I’ve done a lot of different things since that show, but this part somehow continues to connect with people. It just makes me proud. And I just love meeting the fans. … We just want to take “Dukes” on the road for them. … Because of that show, I’ve not only managed to meet fans but their kids too. It’s crazy… It’s a history we all share together.

Fox News: Producers originally wanted a Dolly Parton look-alike to play Daisy Duke. So how did you get the role?
Bach: That’s still a mystery *laughs*… I had just done a one-woman show that was well received. That resulted in an offer to do movies of the week with ABC…. It’s funny because around that time, my agency had fired me and I hadn’t gone out in an interview for two years. According to them, I was too exotic looking. I was told, “We’re never going to make money off you. Aside from doing a movie here and there, we don’t see a television series in your future. We just don’t see that kind of thing happening. So we’re going to let you go because it’s a lot of work to represent you.” That’s what initially compelled me to do the one-act play.

American actress Catherine Bach on the set of the television show, "The Dukes of Hazzard," July 1980. — Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images

American actress Catherine Bach on the set of the television show, “The Dukes of Hazzard,” July 1980. — Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images

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My husband at the time was very connected with show business and worked with Bob Clark, who was writing with the show’s creator, Gy Waldron. He must have told him my stories because Bob called me and said, “I’m working on this project and I’ve been thinking about you. I bring you up about your stories. I would love for you to try out for this role, Daisy Duke.” I went, “No, no, no.”

Fox News: Why didn’t you want to play Daisy Duke?
Bach: Here’s the thing — they’ve been looking for a year for that part. They went to New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Georgia and California. Nothing. So I said, “That’s very nice of you to think of me, and I know you’re doing this as a favor to my husband, but you don’t have to.” I just didn’t think I had a chance. But he goes, “I really want you to come in.”

American actress Catherine Bach on the set of the television show, "The Dukes of Hazzard," July 1980. — Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images

American actress Catherine Bach on the set of the television show, “The Dukes of Hazzard,” July 1980. — Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images

A few weeks later, I was at some little Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills with my girlfriend, who directed my one-act play… I tell her, “I do have this interview that I’m supposed to go, but I’m not. … You know part Daisy Duke for Warner Bros.? They want me to come in, but I know I’m not going to get it.” … She goes, “It’s Warner Bros. You never know who you’re going to meet on the way in and on the way out. Just go!” So I went.

After I did my reading during the audition, there was total silence. I thought, “Oh no, they didn’t like what I did.” Then everyone, we’re talking about 30 people, got up and started clapping. They just connected with my vision of how this part should be played. Two weeks later I was on a plane to Georgia.

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Fox News: Is it true you came up with the idea to wear short shorts or daisy dukes?
Bach: You would have too! *laughs* [The creators] wanted me to wear a poodle skirt that matched the tablecloth. I said, “You want me to match the tablecloth? That’s demeaning to women.” They went, “We didn’t come up with that!” They took me across the street from Warner Brothers and sure enough, there were these older ladies waitressing at this little Italian restaurant wearing poodle skirts that matched the tablecloth.

I had go-go boots, a white turtleneck and a blonde wig because the creator loved Dolly Parton. I thought, “We need a costume change.” So I got my jean shorts that I could never get even, with cowboy boots and a little top… They loved it.

Fox News: Honestly, were there any dates or hookups with you and Tom Wopat or John Schneider?
Bach: Let me say this — as much as those guys were the most charming, sexiest friends and men on the planet and women all over just adored them — they were really like my brothers. As much as I appreciate them, there’s no way I would be, as you say, hooking up with them. Just look at your brother or whoever is really close to you and go “Can I do this?” It’s a no *laughs*.

Fox News: You posed for a famous poster that sold 5 million copies and your legs were insured for $1 million. How did it feel to be this sex symbol, this American pinup?
Bach: I didn’t look at it as being a pinup. On a personal level, my husband at the time didn’t like me working. So I was going through this hard time emotionally trying to be independent and assertive… Also, Warner Bros. wanted me to follow the same formula as Farrah Fawcett… But I felt like audiences wanted something else. They wanted an all-American country girl… They said, “If you’re not doing it our way, we’re not paying for it.” … I said, “No problem, I’ll do it.” So I took those shorts, a little red and white top I made…. I did my own makeup and got some daisies… A friend of mine shot that poster, front start to finish, in an hour.

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Fox News: Were you ever worried about being typecast?
Bach: There is a certain amount of typecasting, sure. Everybody goes through that… But I know I’m an actress. And I have not played that part since I finished “Dukes of Hazzard.” … I know who I am and I’m not worried about it. And everything can’t be the biggest hit. You can get the biggest part every single time. All I can do as an actress is deliver the work the best way I can. And I don’t mind if people still call me Daisy Duke or associate me with her. I think it’s cute and charming.

Fox News: You’ve managed to avoid scandal in Hollywood. How?
Bach: I don’t know *laughs*. I’m interested in having a good time. I’m not interested in drugs. Just think about where those drugs come from. It’s disgusting. Just watch “Narcos” *laughs* and you’ll see why you shouldn’t be around that. It’s horrible. I wouldn’t even consider that. As for alcohol? I’ll have a drink, sure, but I won’t let anything take over me. My love for my family, my children and I, ultimately, prevent that.

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KISS guitarist Paul Stanley explains how a childhood deformity led him to become a rock legend

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KISS guitarist Paul Stanley said a physical deformity is responsible for pushing him to become one of the most flamboyant and stylized rockers in history.

Stanley may be better known to fans for the “Starchild” persona that he’s used since he started with the iconic band in the late 1970s. Stanley would paint one black star over his right eye, which he recently revealed was part of the rock and roll glamor he turned to after being a social outcast in his youth.

Stanley sat down for an interview with Dan Rather on AXS TV where he got candid about living with a deformity called microtia and how it pushed him into the spotlight.

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“I pursued fame as a way to compensate for a lot of insecurities. I was born deaf on my right side and I had a birth defect. I had what’s called a microtia, which is basically not having an ear. Having a crumpled mass of cartilage,” he shared. “And, I wasn’t very socially adept and when you have something physical that sets you apart from people it makes you really a target of unrelenting scrutiny and sometimes ridicule. And, quite honestly, the idea of becoming famous was a way to push it in people’s faces and go, ‘you see, you should have been nicer to me.’”

While he’s grateful for the many years he spent with KISS and for the life it’s given him, he says that he learned quickly that fame wouldn’t solve his problems. However, he thanks the rocket-ride for teaching him that lesson early, when there was still time to do something about it.

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“I was fortunate enough to have success come to me and realize that didn’t change anything. So I was really blessed because, at that point in your life, it’s either a disappointment because it’s not a remedy and you either put a needle in your arm, a gun in your mouth or you live life as a victim, and I’m not cut out of that,” he said. “So I decided that I would spend my life and my time on self-exploration and trying to make myself a better person and seeing where that was going to take me.”

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Now, Stanley and the rest of the band are preparing to leave their makeup and armored outfits behind at the conclusion of their “KISS End of the Road World Tour,” which kicked off earlier this year.

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Pink says she’ll no longer share photos of her kids after people comment ‘just some of the nastiest things’

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Pink says she’ll no longer share photos of her children on social media after receiving a slew of negative comments about her parenting abilities.

The 39-year-old mother of two appeared on Monday’s episode on “The Ellen Show” where she spoke with host Ellen DeGeneres about the decision to cut back on posting about her kids. The final straw came when she shared an image of her and her children admiring a pelican that flew into their room and allegedly stayed with them for about two hours.

Pink caught backlash online for the fact that her 2-year-old son, Jameson, was bottomless with no diaper in the beach photo despite the fact she edited out his private parts.

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“We live on a farm. My kids are naked. It’s what happens. I’m naked sometimes,” Pink explained (via The Hollywood Reporter).

She continued: “People went as far as saying, ‘Someone should call Child Services,’ because he didn’t have a diaper on, and ‘How dare I?’ — just some of the nastiest things,” an emotional Pink said. “I cried so hard after that because I like to share my family. … I’m prouder of my kids than anything I’ve ever done and I just won’t share them anymore. I won’t do it.”

The star acknowledged that she has a responsibility to her kids, Jameson and 7-year-old sister Willow, given that she’s in the public eye. However, she takes issue with the “anonymous” keyboard warriors’ approach.

“There’s a kind way to be online. I’m open to kindness online,” she said.

The image in question remains on Pink’s Instagram. However, she has since changed the caption to be a scathing lecture to the trolls that commented on her child’s bottomless appearance.

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“There’s something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Going off about my baby’s penis? About circumcision??? Are you for real? As any normal mother at the beach, I didn’t even notice he took off his swim diaper,” she wrote. “I deleted it because you’re all f—ing disgusting. And now I’m turning off my comments and shaking my head at the state of social media and keyboard warriors.”

Pink concluded: “And the negativity that you bring to other people’s lives. There is something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Smfh. Here’s a picture of the pelican we obviously caught and abused for hours before dangling baby penis in its face.”

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In her interview with Degeneres, Pink noted that she’s happy to engage with her online haters if she has the time. She previously fired back at critics of her opinions on the Covington Catholic school students after they were criticized for their behavior at a march for Native American people.

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Prince Harry and Prince William were distant at royal Easter service amid feud rumors: reports

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Even Easter couldn’t warm up the cooling of Prince William and Prince Harry‘s once-close bond.

Sources say the feuding brothers were noticeably distant at royal church services on Sunday.

Witnesses told People that William, 36, and Harry, 34, didn’t speak to one another outside of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, neither before nor after church.

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One spy, however, caught the brothers exchanging pleasantries briefly in a video posted to Instagram.

The princes’ cousin and her husband, Zara and Mike Tindall, reportedly sat between William and Harry at church. William’s wife Kate Middleton was also present.

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Heavily pregnant Meghan Markle is on maternity leave and wasn’t in attendance.

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A source told Entertainment Tonight that Harry and William are at “different stages in their life” and are “no longer the boys” the world knew when they were growing up. The insider also noted that the gentlemen sat apart from one another at the premiere of “Our Planet” earlier this month.

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The feud was reportedly sparked when Prince William expressed concerns over how fast Prince Harry and Meghan, now Duchess of Sussex, moved in their relationship.

The awkward Easter outing comes on the heels of reports that Harry and Meghan may work abroad in Africa at the behest of William, who allegedly wants to keep the spotlight on the Cambridges.

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Kensington Palace didn’t deny the rumors of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex potentially working overseas, but said in a statement, “Any future plans for the Duke and Duchess are speculative at this stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles. The Duke will continue to fulfill his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.”

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