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They Said What? for February 28, 2006

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• “Now people aren’t willing to skinny dip at 2 a.m. There are paparazzi on the island.”
Matthew Fox, on how fame has curbed the bonding rituals among the Lost cast

• “I promise I won’t make a record out of this one – even though it’s tempting.”
George Michael, whose ’98 arrest for lewd conduct in a men’s bathroom inspired his video for “Outside,” on facing drug possession charges

• “I hadn’t even shaved my legs. You think, ‘F– it. I’m 20. It’s Annie Leibovitz. It’s something to show the grandchildren.’ “
Keira Knightley, on shooting her nude Vanity Fair cover, to Time

• “I have never known a stronger woman in my life. “
Lance Armstrong, in a statement, after it was revealed that ex-fiancée Sheryl Crow underwent surgery for breast cancer

• “Well, if they counted me out, then they just have to count me back in.”
Mariah Carey, on her surprise comeback, to Barbara Walters

• “If I had the kind of movie career they had, I’d be sitting in the audience. I wouldn’t be the jerk onstage directing traffic.”
Jon Stewart, on hosting the Academy Awards in front of his Hollywood peers, to the New York Times

Ashlee Simpson
• “I wanted to be a ballerina, or Drew Barrymore.” – Ashlee Simpson, on her childhood aspirations, to Elle

• “I want to thank all the white kids who beat (me). I’m rich!”
Chris Rock, upon winning an NAACP Image Award for Everybody Hates Chris, which is based on his childhood

• “I just lost my best friend.”
Andy Griffith, on the death of his longtime pal and costar Don Knotts