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News 11/26/2006

David Blaine ended his two-day sojourn in a giant gyroscope above Times Square by managing to escape his shackles but failing to nail his landing on Thursday. Blaine jumped and crashed through the stage but did not appear to be seriously hurt.

Barbara Walters announced Wednesday that the three-way dustup among Kelly Ripa, Clay Aiken, and Rosie O'Donnell...in which Clay tried to shut Kelly up by putting his hand over her mouth, which Rosie interpreted as homophobic...had been worked out and "all was well with the world."

News 11/22/2006

Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby were among the speakers at Ed Bradley's memorial service Tuesday, while Aaron and Art Neville, Jimmy Buffett, Allen Toussaint, Wynton Marsalis, Lizz Wright, and Irma Thomas all performed in the late newsman's honor. Bradley died Nov. 9 of leukemia.

"My Name Is Earl" star Ethan Suplee is expecting his fourth daughter with wife Brandy Lewis, People reports. The announcement comes shortly after Suplee's costar Jaime Pressly revealed that she too is expecting.

O.J. Simpson's former sister-in-law, Denise Brown appeared on Tuesday's "Today" show and accused News Corp., the conglomerate behind the yanked pseudo-confessional "If I Did It," of offering her family millions of dollars in hush money. A News Corp. spokesman confirmed the families were offered the profits from the TV show and book, but denied it was hush money. Meanwhile, Simpson insisted in a Miami radio interview Wednesday that his ill-fated tell-all and TV special was neither a confession nor his idea. When asked point-blank if he committed the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman, Simpson replied, "Absolutely not."

Relatives of Melinda Duckett, who committed suicide after she was aggressively questioned by CNN's Nancy Grace about the disappearance of her two-year-old son, is suing the talk show host and the network, alleging that Grace pushed the fragile woman over the edge. Police have said Duckett remains the main suspect in the child's disappearance.

"Comic Relief 2006" raised $4 million to aid Hurricane Katrina victims and support animal rescue efforts in times of disaster. Original hosts Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, and Whoopi Goldberg helmed the star-studded fundraiser, returning for the first time since 1998.

Michael Richards has reached out by phone to civil rights leaders including the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton in an effort to make amends for his racist outburst last week, TMZ.com reports. Sharpton has already said he did not accept Richards' apology on "Letterman" Monday night. Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx told reporters at the AMA Awards that he would have "whopped [Michael Richards] on sight," had he happened to be in the Laugh Factory when the "Seinfeld" star went on his racist rant. Foxx also called the incident "sad."

Online thieves used the lure of tickets to the "Oprah Winfrey Show" to seduce unsuspecting consumers into revealing personal information via email, officials report. For the record, "Oprah" tickets are free and can be booked via reservation.

Reality duo Rob and Amber are expected to return for CBS's "The Amazing Race: All Stars," Daily Variety reports. The 11th edition of the globe-trotting competition is due to premiere early next year.

The classic film The Wizard of Oz is being reinterpreted as an edgy science-fiction fantasy miniseries for the Sci-Fi Channel, Daily Variety reports. Just so there's no confusion between the old and new, the project will be dubbed "Tin Man."

Lifetime has ordered 18 episodes of a dating show called "Gay, Straight or Taken?" in which single women will be introduced to three men: one gay, one in a relationship, and one single and ready to mingle. If the contestant can correctly identify the available man, she wins an exotic trip for two with him; if she fails, the man she chooses incorrectly takes the trip for himself.

NBC is spinning off the indie pic Thank You for Smoking into a small-screen series, Daily Variety reports. The show will pick up where the movie left off, with lobbyist Nick Naylor running his own film.

Tawny Kitaen was charged with felony drug possession after sheriff's deputies said they found cocaine in her apartment during a search of the former pin-up girl's home in May,

News 11/20/2006

In reality TV news: The Cho Brothers Erwin, a 32-year-old insurance company manager, and Godwin, a 29-year-old financial analyst, both from San Francisco, CA, were "Philiminated" Sunday on CBS's "The Amazing Race 10."

FOX and its parent company News Corp. has elected not to air the O.J. Simpson special "O.J. Simpson special, If I Did It," and has canceled the publication of the accompanying book. The special had been scheduled to air Nov. 27 and 29 and was set to feature Simpson discussing his "hypothetical" role in the 1994 slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. The book was due in stories Nov. 30. The move comes after Ron Goldman's family launched the Website DontPayOJ.com, which lists the addresses and phone numbers of FOX Broadcasting, HarperCollins, and Judith Regan's imprint, ReganBooks, and urged people to boycott the corporations for giving Simpson a platform.

Michael Richards, a.k.a. Kramer on Seinfeld, unleashed a shocking racist tirade on two black audience members who taunted him during a show at the Laugh Factory Friday; a spokesman for the comedy club stated Richards has been banned from performing there again. Richards apologized during an appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman," saying, "I lost my temper onstage...I'm really busted up over this and I'm very, very sorry to those people in the audience...the blacks, the Hispanics, the whites...everyone that was there that took the brunt of that anger and hate and rage and how it came through. And I'm concerned about more hate and more rage and more anger coming through."

David Hasselhoff and his estranged wife, Pamela Bach, reached an agreement in their divorce battle that keeps most of the details of his finances confidential, his attorney said Monday. Bach was allowed to review documents concerning Hasselhoff's savings and income after agreeing to only share them with her lawyers, accountants, and financial consultants. A hearing on spousal support is set for Dec. 4.

"Sopranos" star Steve Schirripa told Celebrity Week that the show has been extended by one episode. "We were only supposed to do eight, but they just added a ninth show," Schirripa said.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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