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ricki lake show canceled after one season

Twentieth Television has canceled the syndicated 'Ricki Lake Show' after one season that failed to attract viewers.

The former 'Dancing with the Stars' celebrity returned to day time television in September 2012 with the launch of a new show that categorized her as a "working mom trying to figure life out" and inviting viewers to share her journey.

The 44-year-old actress and producer found early success on television that turned into an eleven year career from 1993-2004 with her first daytime talk show 'Ricki Lake.'

One of her pet projects was the creation of a home birth and midwifery documentary 'The Business of Being Born' that was released in limited markets in 2008 after it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Ricki began dating Christian Evan in 2009 and married him in April 2012.  She has two sons, Milo, 15, and Owen, 11, born during her 1994-2005 marriage to illustrator-bartender Rob Sussman.

Photo:  Twitter-Ricki Lake Show

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ricki lake wedding day

Ricki Lake and her jewelry designer fiance, Christian Evans, were married on Sunday in a secret ceremony in southern California.

Lake tweeted a wedding day photo after she eloped with Evans, saying, "Yup.  This is me.... Sadie Sadie married lady. :):) Love is in the air. Xo"

The couple, who have dated for 18 months, announced their engagement in August.

"It was a beautiful moment I will never forget," Lake tells People magazine of her wedding day. "I wasn't anxious or nervous. I was really relaxed and excited."

"I didn't think it would happen at this point in my life," says Lake, 43. "We just clicked," she adds about meeting Evans, 40. "It just feels like he was the right one all along."

Lake has two sons, Milo, 15, and Owen, 10, from her first husband Rob Sussman.

photo via Ricki Lake's Twitter page

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Posted by Meg
three finalist vie for dwts championship

Ricki Lake placed third and Rob Kardashian was runner-up ...

On night-two of season thirteen's Dancing with the Stars finale, the three remaining celebrity competitors and their pro partners had one last opportunity to impress the judges with their musicality.

Monday night Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez and Rob Kardashian performed two routines.  The 24-year-old reality star and his pro partner Cheryl Burke beat out the talk show host and the war hero--performance videos and leaderboard scores.

Going into Tuesday night the Vegas oddsmakers were predicting that Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff would take home the coveted mirrorball trophy.

After all three couples performed their favorite dance of the season, Ricki and Derek were eliminated based on a combination of judges scores from Monday and Tuesday plus viewer vote totals.

Going head to head in the championship round, J.R. and Rob hit the dance floor for the Instant Samba round, performed to the song Shake Your Bon-Bon by Ricky Martin.  Martinez and Kardashian received perfect 30 scores from the judges.

jr and karina take the trophy

Based on a final tabulation, J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff won the championship.

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rob kardashian has leg up in competition

Rob Karashian has a leg up going into the final night of competition ...

The two-part Dancing with the Stars finale performance episodes kicked off on Monday night with the remaining three couple's performing two routines for the judges.

Tuesday night will be a dancing extravaganza.  The remaining three couples will dance the Samba once more for the judges.  The previously booted competitors will all hit the dance floor for one last performance with their pro partners.

Monday turned out to be another big night for Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke. After being conspicuously absent from the audience in recent weeks, reality celeb Kim Kardashian cheered her brother on from the family rooting section.

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Rob, 24, leads the pack going into the second night of performances, chalking up 9,9,9 for his waltz, and 10,10,10 for his freestyle performance to Minnie the Moocher.

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff experienced agony and elation after getting the lowest score of the evening for their Cha-Cha-Cha, and a set of perfect 10's for their ambitious freestyle danced to Whine Up.

The most consistent pair this season, Ricki Lake and Derek Hough, were given solid 9's for their two performances but the judges have suddenly cooled on the fair-haired dance pro and his talk show host partner.

It is subtle but the praise they enjoyed early and often in the competition has diminished.  Hough has danced all three of his previous finale partners to victory:  Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, and Jennifer Grey.

He isn't the only pro who knows how to win.  Cheryl Burke was successful in back-to-back wins in season two and three: Drew Lacey, Emmitt Smith.

Karina Smirnoff's best showing was a second place finish during season three with Mario Lopez.  Can she and the war hero beat out the competition?  She really has sacrificed a great deal this season, calling off her wedding to MLB player Brad Penny in order to devote herself fully to J.R. Martinez.

Check out more photos from last night and view their freestyle performances below.  We're thinking that Hough and Lake may have been intentionally snubbed with their less than perfect scores:

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Posted by Meg
ricki lake suffers first big bruise

Team @Drickilous logs first DWTS injury ...

Twelve celebrities and their professional dance partners have been rehearsing with reckless abandon in order to be ready when the popular ABC hit show Dancing with the Stars kicks off on Monday, September 19.

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The first injury has been reported via Twitter by Ricki Lake.  She tweeted a photo of a decidedly black and blue shin and said, "Look, my first injury.  Don't ask how it happened."

Actually she knew exactly how it occurred.  She was swinging one foot when her heel made hard contact with her other leg, causing a significant contusion.

She followed that up with, "Not sure how my bruise turned into a medic showing up? I'm fine!!"

Lake was assigned to the most successful pro partner on the show, Derek Hough, who enjoyed mirror ball success with Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger and Jennifer Grey.

Ricki and Derek have given themselves the team name of @Drickilous.  The talk show host is drawing her inspiration from one of last season's fan favorites, Kirstie Alley.

Go Ricki!

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Posted by Meg
ricki lake thrilled with dwts gig

Ricki Lake will be competing on the thirteenth season of Dancing with the Stars.  We are big fans of the talk show host and can't wait to see her shaking it on ABC.

The big reveal happened last night and Lake took the opportunity to upload a video announcement of her own, that featured her rocking a t-shirt and tutu.

She jumped out from behind a door and said, "I've been wearing this tutu for a while to get myself in the mood...I'm going to be doing DWTS.  I'm more than a little nervous, actually terrified."

"Those of you who know me from Hairspray way back when I was a big girl dancing--I was faking it.  I am not a trained dancer therefore I have no idea what I'm doing.  I'm hoping to channel Kirstie Alley because she was a big inspiration for me last season."

Ricki, who once tipped the scale at 270 pounds, lost 140 pounds "the old-fashioned way" in 2007.

Lake hosted a popular talk show from 1993-2004 and will do it all over again with the launch of an "Oprah-like" format talk show in September 2012.

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ricki lake shares photo and announces engagement

Engagement announcement ....

Ricki Lake shared some exciting news Thursday via Twitter.  She announced her engagement to jewelry designer Christian Evans, and tweeted a photo.
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Lake, 42, is the mother of two sons - Milo, 14, and Owen, 9, from her previous 10 year marriage to Rob Sussman.

The accomplished former talk show host and documentary producer of The Business of Being Born, has had a break from television but recently signed with Twentieth Television, Universal Media Studios and CBS Television Distribution and will be developing a new talk show with a more "Oprah-like" format than her previous show, slated for a September 2012 launch.

Ricki Lake Lost 140 Pounds

The writing team from Bitten and Bound had an opportunity to hear Ricki speak at the BlogHer '11 conference held last week in San Diego.  We were collectively impressed.

Photo:  Twitter-Ricki Lake

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Actress Ricki Lake lost her Malibu rental home early Saturday morning after it burned to the ground.  Lake, her two sons and their dog were able to get out of the home without injuries.

Ricki was refueling a portable heater when she accidentally set her couch on fire.  The flames quickly spread throughout the home.  By the time the fire department arrived at the Pacific Coast Highway residence just west of Topanga Beach, it was too late to save the structure.

According to deputies with the Malibu Sheriff's Station, Lake and her sons were standing outside when the fire department arrived.  Flames shot 30 feet into the air as the attic and roof burned.  Power tools had to be used to cut into gates of adjacent houses to protect them.

The fire was extinguished by 7:30 a.m. after a 20 minute effort by the fire crew.

The television personality, famous for losing 140 pounds, is currently staying with friends.  Her rep said, "Lake lost many personal items, but is grateful that everyone is OK."

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Posted by Meg
ricki lake lost 140 pounds

Ricki Lake is an actress and tabloid talk show host who is best known for her long running Ricki Lake Show and a recurring role on King of Queens.  She made some significant life style changes in early 2007 and has lost 140 pounds 'the old fashioned way'.  She once tipped the scales at 270 pounds and still can't believe that she was ever overweight now that she has become accustomed to her new form.

The 40 year old mother of two sons, credits her daily delivery of prepared meals from Fresh Dining.  The organic fare satisfies her and keeps her on track but she does worry that something could throw her off balance.   She stays active and is satisfied with her current weight but does admit that she is guilty of wanting to lose more.  Not immune to the pressures of staying thin, she said, "According to Hollywood standards, I'm not a thin girl, I'm a normal girl."

The holiday season can pose problems for many people who suddenly lose their resolve and succumb to full blown grazing.  She weighed in on the dilemma by saying, "I will be really conscious because I have this book coming out and I want to look great.  I don't need to lose any more weight but I don't want to go backwards.  So I'm not going to pig out this Christmas."

We checked out the website and discovered that Fresh Dining, located in Southern California, was founded in 2005 and offers five plans:  Fresh Dining, Fresh Lite, Healthy Lifestyle, Fresh Mommy and Whole Family.

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Ricki Lake used to weight 260 pounds. She conquered her weight issues and went from a size 24 to a size 2. She recently sat down with Access Hollywood to do a segment on body image and in the process revealed some personal baggage that she believes contributed to her early weight issues.

The former talk show host showed a pair of denim shorts that she saved to remind herself how far she has come in her weight loss journey. Lake has previously shared the fact that she was sexually abused as a child. She didn't start to address those issues until she was in her 20's. She never confronted the abuser but did eventually share the information with family.

She acknowledges that it took her 39 years to make peace with her past and she has finally developed a healthy image of herself. She feels healthy and looks fabulous.

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