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It’s a Revealing Edition of ‘The Mix’!

How revealing, you ask?

Well, much as we’d like to answer that, we don’t want to reveal too much about the revelations – except to say they answer such all- important questions as:

“I had the opportunity to leave college early . . . like Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan,” Patrick Ewing (here in a pre-9/11 New York City) tells BlogTalkRadio.

“I had the opportunity to leave college early. . . like Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan,” Patrick Ewing (here in a pre-9/11 New York City) tells us.

—Did music producer Phil Spector – who was arrest- ed in 2003 for the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson, only to be acquitt- ed four years later – brand- ish guns at The Ramones while he was recording End of the Century with the punk rockers in 1980?

—Why does “Snapple Lady” Wendy Kaufman “despise and detest the people” from confectionery powerhouse Cadbury?

—Who inspired NBA legend Patrick Ewing to finish all four year of his Georgetown education – rather than leave the university early to turn pro?

—At what age did formerly 500-pound actor Ron Lester lose his innocence – and to whom?

—What eyebrow-raising story about himself did Ernest Borgnine Google with intense interest this past summer?

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

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BlogTalkRadio’s Newest Celebrity Host? 350-Pound ‘Loser’ Ron Lester!

Ron Lester’s loss is BlogTalkRadio’s gain.

Since undergoing dramatic duodenal-switch surgery in 2001, the Varsity Blues star not only has a buff new bod, but a new lease on life, too.

And now he’s bringing his inspirational attitude to the world’s largest online radio network.

“Fat-ass” no more.

Ron: “Fat-ass” no more.

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET, beginning tonight, Ron will talk about his ongoing efforts to stay buff after shedding 350 pounds. He’ll also discuss how he plans to remove all the excess skin left after his procedure.

Moreover, he’ll help others with physical and emotional challenges overcome those hardships – and go, as he tells us, “from fat-ass to kick-ass.”

Tipping the scale as a tubby teen.

Tipping the scale as a tubby teen.

At Ron’s low point several years back, he feared that – even with his svelte new figure – he couldn’t continue living in this cruel, cruel world.

“My then-girlfriend and I courted for a couple of months, and when we were getting ready to have that magical moment, when I got naked, she saw my skin,” Ron told BlogTalkRadio host Brett Cohen last month on World Talk Live!

“I looked like a deflated balloon. It grossed her out.  She broke up with me that night – asked me to leave.  And that about killed me.

“I literally sat out in my truck and I had a gun and I went through all this stuff – I lost the weight and I’m still gettin’ treated like this? I can’t win for winning.

“And I was going to kill myself. But then I said, You know what, she’s not worth it.”

Total hottie today.

But a total hottie today.

After moving from his hometown of Kennesaw, Ga., to Los Angeles in the mid-1990s, Ron began his showbiz career a stand-up comic. His first acting role was in the 1997 flick Good Burger. Two years later, he landed a recurring role on the Judd Apatow-produced NBC comedy Freaks and Geeks.

In 2001, Ron appeared in Not Another Teen Movie, parodying his role as the rotund Billy Bob in Varsity Blues. That same year, he underwent his weight-loss surgery – and flat-lined during the risky procedure.

The actor, 38, now clocks in at a healthy 190 pounds.

To hear Ron’s new show, Ron Lester Online, click here.

To hear Ron’s November 10 interview on World Talk Live!, click here.

Ron Lester: 350-Pound Loser – and Lovin’ It!

It’s been seven years since Varsity Blues star Ron Lester underwent the dramatic surgery that allowed him to shed 350 pounds – after leaving him dead on the operating table.

“This is what’s left after losing 348 pounds,” says Ron in his new BodyBuilding.com video.

“This is what’s left after losing 348 pounds,” says Ron in his new BodyBuilding.com video.

Now he’s back on BlogTalkRadio to update us on his progress, and let us know what’s next in his career.

Atop the list of questions from fans who’ve watched the actor’s new BodyBuilding.com video (and know that’s he’s already had 16 epidermis-tightening procedures) will no doubt be, “How do you plan to get rid of all that extra skin?”

But rest assured that World Talk Live! host Brett Cohen will cover that territory and more when Ron – who once tipped the scales at 508 pounds – appears live today at 4:30 p.m. ET.

After moving from his hometown of Kennesaw, Ga., to Los Angeles in the mid-1990s, Ron began his showbiz career a stand-up comic. His first acting role was in the 1997 flick Good Burger. Two years later, he landed a recurring role on the Judd Apatow-produced NBC comedy Freaks and Geeks.

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"But I still have a lot of skin to remove," laments the 38-year-old actor.

In 2001, Ron appeared in Not Another Teen Movie, parodying his role as the rotund Billy Bob in Varsity Blues. That same year, he underwent duodenal-switch surgery, and flatlined during the risky procedure.

Now the actor clocks in a healthy 160 pounds.

To hear Ron’s BlogTalkRadio interview today, click here.

For more on Ron, click here.

Varsity Blues’ Ron Lester

STORY UPDATED Nov. 25, 2008 @ 5:35 pm ET: Ron Lester spoke with BlogTalkRadio’s World Talk Live! today, discussing his ongoing recovery from his 2001 weight-loss surgery, his new fitness regime and his upcoming role in a Judd Apatow comedy – in which he’ll be wearing a fat suit. To hear the interview, click here.

“The hard work of so many, sacrificed by the disrespect of few,” said Coach Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight, also a BlogTalkRadio guest) in 1999’s Varsity Blues. Today, Ron Lester, who portrayed linebacker Billy Bob, joins BlogTalkRadio for an exclusive interview.

Lester

Comedian and Actor, Ron Lester, joins The War Zone tonight at 9pm ET. Lester, who won hearts the world over as the hard-drinking, gregarious big man who suffers greatly at the hands of his brutally demanding coach played by Voight.

Lester’s a whole different man now – and smaller too, having slimmed down from his former 508 pounds. Join them live tonight.

Varsity Blues’ Ron Lester

STORY UPDATED Nov. 25, 2008 @ 5:35 pm ET: Ron Lester spoke with BlogTalkRadio’s World Talk Live! today, discussing his ongoing recovery from his 2001 weight-loss surgery, his new fitness regime and his upcoming role in a Judd Apatow comedy – in which he’ll be wearing a fat suit. To hear the interview, click here.

“The hard work of so many, sacrificed by the disrespect of few,” said Coach Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight, also a BlogTalkRadio guest) in 1999’s Varsity Blues. Today, Ron Lester, who portrayed linebacker Billy Bob, joins BlogTalkRadio for an exclusive interview.

Lester

Comedian and Actor, Ron Lester, joins The War Zone tonight at 9pm ET. Lester, who won hearts the world over as the hard-drinking, gregarious big man who suffers greatly at the hands of his brutally demanding coach played by Voight.

Lester’s a whole different man now – and smaller too, having slimmed down from his former 508 pounds. Join them live tonight.