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Zac Efron fights back

Zac Efron is coming clean about his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse.

The former “High School Musical” star opened up to the Hollywood Reporter about the addiction that landed him in rehab last spring, saying: “It’s a never-ending struggle.”

“I was drinking a lot, way too much,” added Efron, acknowledging his drug use, too. “It’s never one specific thing. I mean, you’re in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know? Everything is thrown at you. I wouldn’t take anything back. I needed to learn everything I did. But it was an interesting journey, to say the least.”

Efron, 26, says has been seeing a therapist and has joined Alcoholic Anonymous, which he said has “changed my life.”

“I’m much more comfortable in my own skin,” said the star of the new movie “Neighbors.” “Things are so much easier now.”

Daytime Emmys list aired

CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” led the pack with 26 Daytime Emmy nominations announced Thursday, including best daytime drama.

The 41st annual Daytime Emmys will be presented June 22 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

“The Young and the Restless” will compete against CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” and NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” for best soap, with the Online Network’s “One Life to Live,” which was resurrected online after being axed by ABC, as the final nominee.

Things will be uniquely competitive among the men at “The Young and the Restless” over the next month. Four of the show’s actors – Peter Bergman, Doug Davidson, Christian LeBlanc and Billy Miller – were nominated for best actor. The one outlier in the category is Jason Thompson of “General Hospital.”

Nominees for best actress are: Eileen Davidson and Arianne Zucker of “Days of Our Lives” and Katherine Kelly Lang and Heather Tom of “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

As Barbara Walters’ retirement nears, the ABC legend learned she was nominated for best talk-show host at “The View.”

She’s nominated with her team – Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd – and will compete against Dr. Mehmet Oz, Katie Couric, Rachael Ray and “The Talk” team of Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood.

Simon made 911 call

Paul Simon made the 911 call that led to the arrests last week of him and his wife, singer Edie Brickell, on disorderly conduct charges, according to a police report.

The police report indicates that Brickell, 48, and Simon, 72, became physical with each other Saturday during an argument inside a cottage on their New Canaan, Conn., property.

Simon suffered a superficial cut to his ear, and Brickell, who smelled of alcohol, had a bruise on her wrist, according to the police report.

The couple were allowed to remain on the property, but Simon agreed to spend the night in a second home in Manhattan, police said. The couple are due back in court May 16.

Keillor not about to retire

Humorist Garrison Keillor turns 72 in August, but the creator and host of “A Prairie Home Companion” has no plans to retire anytime soon.

Keillor has a new book out, “The Keillor Reader,” a collection spanning his decades as storyteller, novelist and radio show host. This summer he celebrates the 40th anniversary of “A Prairie Home Companion” and will hit the road for a 32-city tour to promote his new book.