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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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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."
Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton surprised Barbara Walters on her final episode of The View.
The veteran American broadcaster will retire today at the age of 84 and she was joined by a host of A-list stars, including Michael Douglas, who helped bid farewell to the star at the taping of her last episode yesterday. Barbara struggled to hold back the tears as Oprah, 55, brought out 25 female news anchors - including Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer - who have all been inspired by her six-decade career.
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.
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.
Oprah Winfrey is taking a self-help show on tour.
The media mogul will go on the road this autumn for two-day arena events called Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend.
The show will see Oprah, 60, take to the stage on a Friday night, and the following day a host of people who have featured on her talk show or her OWN network will also join the discussions, with Iyanla Vanzant, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert and Pastor Rob Bell among those who will appear at each of the eight cities on the tour. Additionally, author Deepak Chopra will be an occasional guest.
"It's about living the life you want, because a great percentage of the population is living a life that their mother wanted, that their husband wanted, that they thought or heard they wanted," Oprah said.
The tour will begin in Atlanta, Georgia, across the first weekend in September. And those wishing to attend the shows will have to pay out quite a sum, with ticket prices starting at $99 and rising to a staggering $999 for a chance to meet Oprah.
Lea Michele wants a role on American Horror Story.
The actress is gearing up to film the final season of Glee and intends to remain loyal to show creator Ryan Murphy as long as he wants her to play uptight Rachel Berry - but would happily jump ship to his other pet project for its upcoming carnival-themed series four.
When quizzed whether there might be a Rachel spin-off in the works, Lea remained coy and told chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, "I come from Broadway and on Broadway you stay in a show and that's it. You make it your home. So for me, I like the schedule, I like the routine, and I love Ryan and I love Rachel Berry. So I'll be Rachel singing in a senior citizens home for everyone. I've literally have said before that I will work for Ryan Murphy for the rest of my life. Unless he wants to put me on American Horror Story, I know what the theme is for next year and I'm in if he'll have me at least maybe for one episode. Let's start that campaign right now actually!"
Lena Dunham's mother wants her to marry Jimmy Fallon.
The Girls star has a "great boyfriend" in Fun. guitarist Jack Antoff but she admitted her mom has always had a secret hope that she would tie the knot with the late night talk show host, though he is already happily settled with wife, Nancy Juvonen and their eight-month-old daughter Winnie Rose.
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