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Billy Gardell Tells 'Early' How 'Mike & Molly' Has Changed His Life (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 24th 2011 5:30PM
In an interview with 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) 'Mike & Molly' star Billy Gardell discussed how the CBS sitcom has rocketed his career to a new level of success. While his co-star Melissa McCarthy has had a truly epic year, winning an Emmy and starring in 'Bridesmaids,' Gardell told Mo Rocca that the show's fans have been steadily increasing the size of the crowds at his stand-up shows.

But while his comedy shows may be getting bigger in size, Gardell is decreasing in size himself. He's lost 25 pounds, or "one chin," since the show began. Gardell said that his producers were behind him in his weight-loss journey, assuring him that they would write the changes into his character's story. Even with the support, Gardell admitted that "sometimes the cake wins."

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Melissa McCarthy Doesn't Remember Her Emmy Acceptance Speech (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 26th 2011 3:00PM
Melissa McCarthy was part of one of the most memorable moments of this year's Emmys, the beauty pageant sketch that broke out when the nominees for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy all rushed the stage. McCarthy told 'Early' (9AM ET on CBS) that she thought her work was done after the bit, and was so shocked after winning that she completely blacked out.

"I thought the bit worked, this was great, let's get back to our seats," McCarthy explained, before realizing that she had won. Her priceless, surprised reaction was memorable for viewers, but not for her. She said the moment was was so surreal that she has no memory of her speech. "I had to re-watch it because I didn't remember a word I said."

The 'Mike & Molly' and 'Bridesmaids' star remains charmingly baffled by her recent run of success. "I don't know what's happening, but I like it," she joked.

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