PEOPLE: Joe Manganiello, Sofia Vergara, Rosie O'Donnell, Columbus Short and more!

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That was fast: People’‍s Hottest Bachelor may already be off the market.

Mt. Lebanon native Joe Manganiello is spending time with Sofia Vergara, a source confirms to People, creating what could be the sexiest couple in Hollywood, new as the relationship may be.

“They just started to hang out,” the source says. Reps for both actors had no comment.

The news comes just after Manganiello, 37, raved about the Colombian bombshell in an interview with People for the Hottest Bachelors issue.

“You’‍re gonna get me in trouble. I don’‍t want to be like a home-wrecker. This person is engaged,” he said of Vergara, who split from fiance Nick Loeb in May. “She’‍s got the curves, she’‍s got a beautiful face, beautiful hair, just gorgeous. Naturally beautiful. She's feisty!”

The “True Blood” hunk (whose character Alcide had a shocking scene in Sunday's episode) and the “Modern Family” star first met in May at the White House Correspondents’‍ Dinner.

For Manganiello, dating his celebrity crush is a dream come true.

“There was a picture someone snapped at the White House Correspondents’‍ Dinner where they caught me looking at Sofia Vergara’‍s butt,” he told People during the Hottest Bachelor interview. “When you talk about being manipulated, that’‍s what I’‍m talking about. It’‍s like a moment of zen. There is nothing in my brain. If only I could meditate that well. I don’‍t go after other people’‍s women. She’‍s got a guy. If she was single, I would be like, poof!”

Looks like he went “poof,” all right!

Ready for more Rosie?

Looks like it’‍s happening, as multiple sources confirm to E! News that Rosie O’‍Donnell is close to closing a deal to rejoin ABC’‍s long-running talk show.

O’‍Donnell, who was a host for just one tumultuous season back in 2007, is set to fill one of the empty chairs left by Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, who announced that they will not be returning for season 18, while Barbara Walters retired in May, leaving Whoopi Goldberg as the only remaining host.

ABC declined comment on Rosie, saying, “The View will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively, but at this time, we have no announcement to make, and we are weeks away from making any type of announcement about anything pertaining to the show.”

ABC will meet with hundreds of reporters at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, and an announcement may come then.

O’‍Donnell famously exited the talk show in 2007, one month before her contract was set to expire, after a heated argument with fellow co-host Elisabeth Hasselback,who also later exited “The View” and now works for “Fox & Friends.”

“I didn’‍t want to argue for a living,” O’‍Donnell later said on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” of her decision to leave. “I didn’‍t come back because the director and the producer did a split screen, and they had to prepare that in advance. I felt there was setup egging me into that position."

O’‍Donnell finally returned to the program for the first time in February 2014, with Walters saying, ”I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show’‍s successful history.“

O’‍Donnell also returned to “The View” in May as part of the show's epic sendoff for Walters, which featured appearances from all 11 former co-hosts.

When E! Online readers were polled about who should join “The View” in the wake of Shepard and McCarthy’‍s exits, 16.7 percent voted for O’‍Donnell, who was second only to comedian and “Sex and the City” standout Mario Cantone.

Columbus Short insists he was not drunk at the time of his arrest in Dallas for public intoxication on Saturday, People reports.

“There’‍s something visceral that happened inside of me, and yeah, I’‍ll say it, even as a black man in handcuffs on the ground, for no justifiable reason at all,” the former “Scandal” star told Access Hollywood’‍s Billy Bush on Monday. “I wasn’‍t acting intoxicated. I had had a couple of drinks, but whatever, I was angry, and I used my vocabulary to kind of fight that.”

Short was booked after allegedly fighting with security at a local bar called Katy Trail Ice House, an employee told People.

“To be honest with you, I struggle with medicating with alcohol, I think, and that’‍s a real truth,” he added. “I think that deserves more looking into. If I want to be truthfully honest, I think dealing with the stress of the situations that I’‍ve been going through, medicating with anything, I think, is dangerous because it becomes a crutch.

”But it doesn’‍t change it, the situation,“ he explained. ”That’‍s the funny part – I’‍m in a season where that’‍s not a part of my life – alcohol, drugs, those kinds of things aren’‍t around me, aren’‍t in my life, so it was an unfortunate event that happened the other night.“

Short, 31, has been no stranger to legal drama in recent months. He pleaded not guilty to felony battery after allegedly punching a man at a West Hollywood restaurant in March. And he faces a spousal battery case stemming from accusations that he threatened to kill his estranged wife, Tanee McCall-Short, in April.

”Me and my wife, we're going through problems. Serious, serious problems,“ Short admitted to Access Hollywood. "However, the domestic part of it … I've never put my hands on a woman, physically, ever, and would not."

Idina Menzel is bringing Broadway to baseball, the Associated Press reports.

The Tony-winning performer will sing the national anthem at the MLB All-Star Game on July 15 in Minneapolis. Menzel will also perform during the pre-game ceremony, including a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young.”

The game at Target Field will air on Fox, where country singer Joe Nichols will sing “God Bless America.”

MLB All-Star week will also include a Saturday concert by Grammy-winning rockers Imagine Dragons at the TCF Bank Stadium.

A day later, Panic! At the Disco will perform at the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Target Field.

Singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc will hit the stage at the Home Run Derby on July 14. It will air on ESPN.

The American late-night talk show “Conan” has racked up more than 3 million hits since its debut on an online video site in China, the AP reports.

The comedy show hosted by Conan O’Brien and featuring celebrity interviews is available on the website of Sohu Video, a unit of Chinese online media group and Nasdaq-listed Sohu.com Inc., the company said Tuesday.

It is accompanied with Chinese subtitles and, in less than two weeks, has received more than 3 million hits.

Like other Chinese online video sites, Sohu licenses many hit American TV shows, including the late-night U.S. comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live” and Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show.

Online video isn’t as heavily regulated as television in China and so has more freedom to show dramas and comedies from the United States and other countries.

Jackson Browne, Loretta Lynn, conjunto musician Flaco Jimenez and blues musician Taj Mahal will receive lifetime achievement awards at The Americana Music Association Honors and Awards ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., in September.

Browne, who has lent his voice to a number of social policy issues including clean energy, will receive the “Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting will go to Lynn, who wrote hits such as “The Pill” and “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).”

Lifetime Achievement Awards for instrumentalist and performance will go to Jimenez and Taj Mahal respectively.

The organization is also partnering with Lincoln Center for the Americanafest NYC in August.


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