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    "Malcolm" Star Buys "Newlyweds" House

    Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey are moving on. And that leaves the door open for a Malcolm in the Middle star to move in.

    Just days after the soon-to-be-divorced couple listed their Calabasas, California, home, the setting for much of their Newlyweds hijinks, it was snapped up by Justin Berfield, who plays Malcolm's bullying older brother Reese on the Fox sitcom.

    The sale was confirmed Tuesday by Berfield's publicist.

    Simpson and Lachey were asking $3.75 million for the Mediterranean-style house, which includes a screening room and a music studio, but Berfield's rep declined to say how much the actor spent for the digs.

    Berfield, 19, did have an in, though, so he might have gotten a discount. He and Jessica's father, Joe Simpson, partnered to produce the E! reality show Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive last year. Berfield has been friends with the Simpson brood for several years.

    To help finance the move, the Malcolm star is putting his pedigreed 1930s Hollywood home (formerly owned by both George Clooney and Jaime Pressley) up for sale for $2 million.

    Since filing for divorce last month, Jessica Simpson, 25, has reportedly relocated to a $3 million Beverly Hills home. She's due to make her first post-split public appearance at Tuesday's People's Choice Awards on CBS.

    No word on Lachey's house-hunting endeavors, but the 32-year-old is staying busy. He's working on another MTV reality show chronicling the making of his second album, has logged time working on a sitcom pilot for the WB and is set to guest star on a February sweeps episode of the WB sitcom Twins.

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