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Gay 'Survivor' Contestant Caleb Bankston Dies in Train Accident

Caleb Bankston, who competed on Survivor: Blood vs. Water with his fiancé Colton Cumbie, died in a train derailment at Birmingham's Alabama Warrior Railway where he worked, according to People.

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Cumbie's Twitter account is protected but according to The Daily Mail, he wrote, 'I just wish it was me....'

Details of the accident are not known.

Caleb, who was a Locomotive Engineer/Conductor at Alabama Warrior Railway, according to his Facebook page, finished in the top 10 when he competed with Colton on Blood vs. Water.

"Caleb was an amazing man and friend," fellow contestant Aras Baskauskas told PEOPLE. "One of the sweetest and most sincere humans I've ever come across. I am gutted by his loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

TMZ updates:

Bankston -- a contestant on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" last year  -- was checking on something in the small space between two of the cars when the train went off the tracks. Cops say the rear car slammed into the forward car ... with Bankston caught helplessly in between.

Since this is an industrial accident, Birmingham PD says the Federal Railroad Administration and the railway company’s safety officer will conduct separate investigations.

So far, it is unknown what caused the derailment. We're told there was one oPublishther worker on the train at the time of the crash ...  he was not injured.

Bankston was one of the kindest, most patient Survivor contestants in recent memory.

Watch a scene that displays the devotion to his fiancé Colton, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Male Salsa Dancers - One Straight, One Gay - Dazzle 'America's Got Talent': VIDEO

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Two fierce salsa dancers - one straight and one gay - so inspired the audience and judges on America's Got Talent last night that Howard Stern and Howie Mandel decided to take up the art.

Check out John and Andrew's amazing routine and the subsequent dance lesson,
AFTER THE JUMP...

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The End Of Twerk Spells Trouble For Season Two Of 'Big Freedia: Queen Of Bounce' - VIDEO

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Were you aware that “twerk” will be completely over in about a month??! In fact, it may already be over even as you read this (thanks a lot, Miley).

It’s true, at least, according to the season two trailer for Fuse’s Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce.

Season two of His Royal Majesty’s show will have him dealing with drunken diva backup dancers, his mom’s cancer and the ever-impending twerk-shortage threatening to end his reign.

Will Freedia find a new inexhaustible form of Bounce? Will his mouthy booty-shakers finally get their drunken asses in gear? Will his butt-shaking empire earn them all a third season? Join Big Freedia and find out!

See two trailers AFTER THE JUMP…

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Right-wing Extremist Benham Twins Closing In On New TV Deal: VIDEO

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David and Jason Benham, the would-be HGTV hosts whose show was canceled this week by the network after Right Wing Watch wrote a lengthy post about their family's anti-gay, anti-choice, and anti-Muslim extremism, are reportedly in discussions to bring their show to another network.

The brothers spoke with Eric Bolling yesterday on The O’Reilly Factor about their thoughts on being dumped by HGTV and revealed they already have a few new network offers for their show.

FAITH_DRIVEN_CONSUMER_LOGO_TMThe Hollywood Reporter adds that the brothers are working on the alternative plans with help from Faith Driven Consumer, the advocacy group that played a big role in drumming up support for Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson after his own anti-gay remarks led to a (temporary) suspension from his hit A&E show.  

“We are brokering a possible deal between them and their show and an alternative network to HGTV,” said Faith Driven Consumer founder Chris Stone, who declined to say which network the brothers are in discussions with. “Whether it’s HGTV or the network we’re talking about, we want to see them on TV.”

The group has launched a petition drive in support of the Behnams that so far boasts over 12,000 signatures.

Watch the twins' segment on The O'Reilly Factor, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Right-Wing Extremist Benham Twins Hit CNN to Complain That HGTV Was Bullied into Dumping Them: VIDEO

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Anti-Gay, anti-Choice, and anti-Muslim extremists David and Jason Benham appeared on CNN yesterday to discuss the cancellation of their show and said they believed HGBT was "bullied" into dumping them:

"We love all people. I love homosexuals. I love Islam, Muslims, and my brother and I would never discriminate. Never have we -- never would we," said David Benham. "Never have I ever spoken against homosexuals, as individuals, and gone against them. I speak about an agenda. And that's really what the point of this is -- is that there is an agenda that is seeking to silence the voices of men and women of faith."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Previously...
HGTV Cancels Show After Stars Revealed to be Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice, Anti-Muslim Extremists [tlrd]
Benham Bros: 'Anyone Who Suggests We Hate Homosexuals...is Misinformed or Lying' [tlrd]

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Benham Bros on HGTV Cancellation: 'Anyone Who Suggests We Hate Homosexuals...is Misinformed or Lying'

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David and Jason Benham, the would-be HGTV hosts whose show was canceled yesterday by the network after Right Wing Watch wrote a lengthy post about their family's anti-gay, anti-choice, and anti-Muslim extremism, have released a statement posted by USA Today.

Said the brothers:

"The first and last thought on our minds as we begin and end each day is; have we shined Christ's light today? Our faith is the fundamental calling in our lives, and the centerpiece of who we are. As Christians we are called to love our fellow man. Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying. Over the last decade, we've sold thousands of homes with the guiding principle of producing value and breathing life into each family that has crossed our path, and we do not, nor will we ever discriminate against people who do not share our views...

...We were saddened to hear HGTV's decision. With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals. If our faith costs us a television show then so be it."

In related news, Jeremy Hooper makes note that some have said that David Benham is disconnected from Operation Save America. Not true.


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