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Conan O'Brien admits that the feud between him and Jay Leno remains fierce.
The bitter rivalry began in earnest in 2010 when, barely six months after replacing Leno as host of The Tonight Show, Conan was ousted from the show. "In some ways, that was more intense than Jay versus Dave [Letterman]. It felt like the younger guard [supporting Conan] against the old guard [Leno]. People were having rallies, making videos slamming NBC, and NBC was thinking, 'How is Conan doing this?' I was being credited as a genius when I didn't have the slightest idea who these people were," Conan told ShortList magazine.
Conan - who now hosts a new self-titled talk show - added that some of his most ardent fans even went so far as to get a tattoo as a show of support. He was, however, quick to point out that he didn't necessarily appreciate the gesture. "They've tattooed my face on their body. I always feel like, 'Look, I'll pay to have that removed,'" the talk show host added.
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"I was due the next day. So it's my first kid, I'm in a Mad Men outfit, I turn to everybody and I hysterically start crying, and a really pregnant woman crying is terrifying. So, juicy tears just like squirting out of my eyes. And it was like the punch line to a joke, it's like, my doctor just died and I'm due tomorrow. And Jon Hamm, who I am just getting to know, comes over and puts his hands on my shoulder and is like, 'This is a really important show for me. I'm gonna need you to get your s*** together.' And I laughed so hard, I probably peed myself – I believe that going through crying to laughing adds like five years to your life."
- Amy Poehler recounts in her memoir how Jon Hamm helped her get through her first pregnancy on Saturday Night Live.
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Chelsea Handler's talk show will end on August 26.
The 39-year-old presenter - who confirmed in March she intended to leave Chelsea Lately at the end of her contract - will depart E! three months before her current agreement comes to an end, and is delighted with the work she did for the network.
"I myself am more surprised than anyone that I was able to hold down a job for seven years, and it was a fantastic seven years. I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I'm glad I went," she said in a statement.
Suzanne Kolb, the president of E!, praised the star for adding "a distinct voice to late night with her acerbic wit and fearless commentary."
Neil Patrick Harris was asked to present The Late Show.
The How I Met Your Mother actor - who raises twins Harper and Gideon, three, with partner David Burtka - was asked to replace David Letterman on the nightly talk show and even got as far as meeting with CBS executives to discuss the opportunity.
"They called me in and sat me down and asked if that would be something that I would be interested in doing," he said. However, despite the lucrative offer, the 40-year-old actor turned down the job as he worried about getting "bored" and wanted more flexible working.
"In that instance I felt like I knew what my skill sets were. I was surprised that he pitched me that idea, and I sort of sat for a minute with it and told him the things that concerned me about the longevity of that kind of gig. I would get bored of the repetition fast, and the structure is so set that I don't have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, musical act, good night," he said on The Howard Stern Show.
Charlize Theron is to host Saturday Night Live for the first time.
The Young Adult actress has been chosen to front one of the last episodes of the hit NBC show's most recent series on May 10. She will put her comedic talents to the test when she makes her hugely-anticipated appearance to promote her new Seth MacFarlane western, A Million Ways to Die, E! Online reports.
Joining the 38-year-old star in the recently announced line-up are The Amazing Spider-Man favorite Andrew Garfield, and Lonely Island joker and SNL regular Andy Samberg, who are hosting on May 3 and May 17 respectively.
Charlize will be joined by indie rockers The Black Keys, who have already performed on the show twice, while Andrew's episode will feature a live set from Coldplay and Andy will be accompanied by first-time performers St. Vincent.
Chelsea Handler has been in talks to host a daytime show.
The 39-year-old presenter - who is to leave E! when her Chelsea Lately contract ends - had sparked speculation she was to replace Craig Ferguson on The Late Show on CBS after posting an Instagram picture of her holding papers branded by the network, but insiders insist she won't be taking on the 12:30 am slot.
"There are no discussions with Chelsea Handler regarding the network's 12:30 late night broadcast," an official statement from CBS read.
Instead, sources told the New York Post newspaper that she met with executives to discuss the possibility of a syndicated daytime talk show, following in the footsteps of the likes of Kris Jenner, Katie Couric and Anderson Cooper. However, it seems the outspoken star could have jeopardized the plan with her social media posting. "Chelsea Handler is a pain in the butt," an executive told the newspaper.
Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on the Late Show.
The 49-year-old host, who currently fronts The Colbert Report, will be taking over from the 66-year-old star on the CBS show when he retires next year.
"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth," Stephen said in a statement.
Stephen hosts his Comedy Central show, which he has fronted since 2005, in the character of a conservative cable news anchor and, although the late-night program will finish its run in eight months time, it is not yet known whether his alter-ego will live on.
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has landed a new reality show.
The former Jersey Shore star will be joined by members of his family in The Sorrentinos, an eight-episode program commissioned by TVGN, formerly the TV Guide Network, and is described as a "docu-comedy."
The show will feature Mike, his mother Linda and siblings Melissa, Frank and Marc and the reality star - who checked into rehab to be treated for an addiction to prescription drugs in 2012 - says it will focus mainly on his efforts to establish an ongoing TV career, as well as his attempts to stay clean.
"The reality of the situation is ... for the first time, fans and the general public, will be able to see and, well, meet Michael Sorrentino. This next chapter of my life is about sobriety and family, and I'm stoked to take people on this journey with us," Mike said.
Sandra Bullock is planning a TV version of Miss Congeniality.
The Heat actress reportedly wants to produce a comedic spin-off of her hit 2000 movie, in which she played FBI agent Gracie Hart, who went undercover at a beauty pageant, and is confident it would be a success.
"Sandra is planning on producing a comedic TV version of her smash movie series Miss Congeniality that's being described as Bridesmaids Meets 24. Sandra loved her Miss Congeniality FBI agent character Gracie Hart and the concept so much that for years she has continued to keep up friendships with FBI agents she met while researching it. Sandra loves that real FBI agents, particularly female ones, continue to respond to and write her letters about both Miss Congeniality and The Heat," a source said.
The 49-year-old actress - who produced The George Lopez show from 2002 to 2007 - is looking forward to casting the lead role and wants to introduce the character to a new audience.
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