72-year-old soap star kicked off flight after toilet tiff 

For “All My Children” actress Jennifer Bassey, “Aren’t you going to flush?” were apparently fightin’ words.

Bassey was kicked off a plane in New York earlier this week after allegedly assaulting a Delta flight attendant who paid a little too much attention to her lavatory visit and even accused the 72-year-old of failing to wash her hands, according to TMZ.

As the actress returned to her seat on the Tuesday flight to Indianapolis, which was still on the airport runway, the flight attendant allegedly bumped into her and snarled, “Don’t touch me,” Bassey told TMZ.

The TV veteran responded with a timely F-bomb, whereupon the plane returned to the gate. Police were called about an airplane assault, but let the septuagenarian go after failing to find evidence of any sky smackdowns.

For the record, Bassey told TMZ, while she neglected to wash her hands in the closet-sized facilities, it was only because she was heading to her seat for some hand sanitizer. Honest.

NICHOLS RECOVERING AFTER STROKE

Lt. Uhura is still with us.

Nichelle Nichols’ agent reported that the “Star Trek” star was “awake, eating, and in good spirits” on Thursday after suffering a mild stroke the night before at her Los Angeles home.

The 83-year-old actress, who was praised by Martin Luther King Jr. for playing a strong black character on television during the civil-rights era, underwent CT and MRI scans to gauge the extent of her injuries, her agent posted on her official Facebook page. Nichols suffered some “mobility loss,” the statement read, but is “able to have full conversations.”

“We greatly appreciate all of the love and support her fans are showing at this time,” the Facebook post read.

QUICK TAKES

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Navi Rawat (“Numbers”) is 38. … Retired Giants pitcher Russ Ortiz is 41. … Singer Brian McKnight is 46 … Actor Mark Wahlberg (“The Departed”) is 44. … Jazz musician Kenny G is 59. ... Singer Laurie Anderson is 68. … Musician Fred Stone of Sly and the Family Stone is 68. ... Broadcast journalist Bill Moyers is 81. Got scoops or Bay Area celebrity gossip? Email scoop@sfexaminer.com.

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Giselle Velazquez

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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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