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Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel End Their 10 Year Marriage

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Well, someone’s not going to be full of the Christmas spirit this year: Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel have announced their decision to split after ten years of marriage. They’ve got a 4-year-old son, Walker, who they’ll continue to focus their energies on parenting, but their relationship has run its course.

Here’s what their reps told People:

“Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs have jointly decided to separate at this time,” reps for the couple tell PEOPLE. “Their primary focus and concern is for their son. We ask that you respect their privacy during this time.”

Diggs and Menzel, both 42, met as costars in the original production of the Broadway musical Rent in the mid-1990s.

Damn, that’s a shame, but it happens. I don’t follow either of their careers too much, to be honest, but I’ve seen both of them in several things (Idina on Broadway, Taye in various and sundry TV things) and think they’re talented. Here’s hoping they keep it mature for the sake of the kid.

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Taye Diggs Is Headed to ‘New Girl’

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Don’t you just love New Girl? Well into its third season now, it’s really turned into a legit hilarious and clever show with great characters. Plus, hello, Zooey Deschanel is the cutest. Her embodiment of Jess really takes the show to the next level and it’s worked out really well.

Well, now Jess is due to get a new love interest on the show (JUST HOOK UP WITH NICK, YOU ARE MEANT TO BE) in the form of Taye Diggs, who will be a guy named Artie in the seventh episode. Considering his stint spans all of one episode, I doubt that’s going to work out.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Described as a “smooth, confident ladies’ man,” Artie has his eyes set on Jess, which proves to be problematic for her new relationship with Nick. And New Girl fans, take note: The episode in question also heralds the return of Damon Wayans Jr. The Happy Endings star, who played Coach in the pilot episode, kicks off a multi-episode arc at the same time.

Fair enough. Also, thank god Damon Wayans Jr is coming back. Ever since Happy Endings was canceled well, WELL before its time, I was hoping we’d get to see him back on TV. But seriously, I really miss Happy Endings.

I Am Really Excited That Idina Menzel Is Married to Taye Diggs

First things first: If you don’t watch Glee, and you’re wondering why everyone has been spending the past 24 hours talking about dolphins being gay sharks, here’s why:

That chick Heather Morris who plays Brittany does the best TV ditz I’ve ever seen in my whole life.

When I talk about Glee, people are always like, “Dude, is that actually the actors singing?” The answer is yes. Many of the stars are cast from Broadway. Matthew Morrison (Mr. Shuester) starred in Hairspray, Lea Michele (Rachel Barry) played Young Cosette and later originated the role of Wendla in Spring Awakening (if you haven’t heard that soundtrack, GET IT OMG GET IT), Jenna Noelle Ushkowitz (Tina) did The King and I and Spring Awakening and Kristen Chenoweth (who guest starred as April Rhodes last season) is a Broadway goddess, but is perhaps best known for originating Glinda in Wicked.

But what I just put together is that this season’s latest musical vixen — Shelby Corcoran, the coach of the rival glee club and Shuester’s new love interest) — is Idina Menzel, who originated the role of Elphaba in Wicked (opposite Kristen Chenoweth). So, like, when I’m in my bedroom blasting “Defying Gravity,” that’s who I’m listening to. OMG I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL SHE SINGS. But before she did Wicked, she — get this! — originated the role of Maureen in Rent, which is where she met total hottie Taye Diggs, who was playing Bennie in that production several years before the whole world fell in love with him on the big screen in How Stella Got Her Groove Back. AND NOW THEY ARE MARRIED AND HAVE A BABY. SO HOT AND AWESOME.

Is that waaaaaay more Broadway info than you wanted from a celebrity gossip blog so early in the morning? WELL I’M NOT SORRY.

But here’s a kind of funny mockery of the Glee in 60 Seconds promo anyway:

Hey, do you have the Spring Awakening soundtrack yet? GET IT.

It’s A Boy!

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Actors Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel are the proud new parents of a baby boy.  In a rare stroke of Hollywood kindness, they have given their son a completely and totally normal name — Walker.

This is the first child for this genetically blessed couple that met in the 1996 Broadway production of Rent.  Congrats to the happy couple!

Moving Forward on the Grey’s Anatomy Spin-Off

Kate Walsh and Taye Diggs on the Set of Private Practice in Malibu

Kate Walsh is one busy lady.

The newly engaged Walsh was spotted filming Private Practice, her Grey’s Anatomy spin-off, with hottie co-star Taye Diggs in Malibu yesterday.

The two-hour “premiere” of Private Practice — during a special two-hour episode of Grey’s — did well for ABC, so it looks like they’re moving full speed ahead with the series.

I wonder if Ellen Pompeo is pissed. Ellen gets her own series, then gets engaged. Now Kate gets engaged and gets her own series.

If anything, Katherine Heigl must be fuming.

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