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It’s a Devil-May-Care Edition of ‘The Mix’

In a Daily Mix first, we’re highlighting celebrities who throw caution to the wind in the interest of speaking up for what they believe in, be it social issues, artistic choices or just the plain old (if slightly cruel) need for attention.

Cases in point:

-Legendary fiddler Charles Daniels trashes a growing segment of our population. “There are people out there fathering one illegitimate child after the other,” says The Devil Went Down to Georgia singer. “Quit givin’ money to people that absolutely refuse to work.”

CAPTION: "Put that SOB to work. Make him support those children," Charlie (above) tells us of America's deadbeat dads.

"Put that SOB to work. Make him support those children," Charlie (above) tells us of America's deadbeat dads.

-Rather than having to “go a whole season with walking around with towels in front of me,” The Secret Life of the American Teenager star Molly Ringwald recounts how she worked with the show’s producers to weave her real-life pregnancy into the plotline.

-Jaleel White knocks his show-biz contemporaries for not supporting aging entertainers like the late Ed McMahon, telling us, “We have this new culture that says if you’re not the youngest, hottest, we don’t care about you.”

-Screen idol Bill Pullman explains why, regardless of its uncommercial nature, he has selected as his current acting project a revival of David Mamet‘s 1992 play, Oleanna.

-Purely in the interest of generating a great sound bite, comedian Dave Coulier punks one of his Full House stars live on the air.

-Despite having the golden opportunity of starring in the Twilight series, Michael Welch tells us he’d never want to be a vampire – because they are “miserable, miserable people.”

Plus, a special let-it-all-out farewell to the great Michael Jackson.

So don’t miss The Mix, hosted by everyone’s favorite pod jockey, Shaun Daily, tonight – and every Monday – at 9 p.m. ET!

To tune in, click here.

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Jaleel White: ‘The World Can Be Our Focus Group in Terms of the Internet’

CAPTION: "If you don't like some aspect of an episode, put it up on the comments board!" Jaleel (above) instructs us.

"If you don't like some aspect of an episode, put it up on the comments board!" Jaleel (above) instructs us.

Jaleel White, who was – and remains – adored by millions as uber-nerd Steve Urkel on ABC’s Family Matters, is ditching the airwaves for cyberspace.

Interviewed on TV Talk, Jaleel says it’s the sorry state of the medium that made him a star that drove him to take refuge in digitaldom.

“It was funnier than anything I’d read for TV this season,” he tells host Shaun Daily of the script for his new online sitcom, Road to the Altar, which premiered June 15.

“That’s what people don’t really understand: The material for TV is just getting watered down and watered down.

“I had to take a step back and say, ‘J, where are you getting your laughs from these days?’

“I get my laughs from stuff people forward me, or, quite honestly, cable-channel reality shows. So I realized, just with that combination in itself, that I had to do the project,” the funnyman, 32, continues.

CAPTION: I don't! On set with costars Leyna Webber (left) and Tara Ochs.

I don't! On set with co-stars Leyna Webber (left) and Tara Ochs.

Jaleel also applauds empowering nature of digital media.

“What we did represents the type of comedy that I would like to see more of in the future.

“The world can be our focus group in terms of the Internet. We don’t need four executives standing in the way.”

To hear Jaleel’s full interview, click here.

To watch Road to the Altar, click here.