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Kathie Lee Gifford’s new “Today Show” gig starts Monday. She will be joining Hoda Kotb to host the fourth hour of NBC’s popular morning show.

That’s not to say she had any intention of returning to TV after an on-air hiatus of over 10 years.

She says, “I was having lunch with a friend at [Manhattan restaurant] Michael’s on Nov. 7, and Hoda ambushed me and said, ‘Will you come on the Today show?'”

After thinking about it for the next few months, Kathie Lee decided to sign on.

“For 15 years Regis and I had a ball, and that’s why it was successful. I know now that Hoda and I can have fun together, too,” she says.

She also likes the fact that “Today” is different from that of her previous hosting job at “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” in that it is, “about other people, not about the hosts.”

Plus, she adds: “I can handle it better now, and I’m wiser. At my age, you give up your thighs but you gain wisdom.”

Source: People

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Students at a school in New Orleans, Louisiana were in for a big surprise recently when Reese Witherspoon showed up as a volunteer teacher for the day.

Reese’s teacher-for-a-day stint, which was filmed for the upcoming “American Idol” charity special “Idol Gives Back,” was at the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School, where at-risk kids learn to become community leaders.

The children were read to by Reese and also had help with their studies by the Academy Award winner.

Other celebrities taking part in the charity special, which is set to air on April 9th, are Brad Pitt, Bono, John Legend, Snoop Dogg and Carrie Underwood.

Source: ICYDK

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Katie Holmes will be making her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons.”

She has already committed to taking part in a private workshop of the play in May.

Broadway veterans John Lithgow and Dianne Wiest have also been cast as leads in the play.

Katie was active in her high school’s theater program, but has not taken on a stage role since then.

She has struggled to keep her career afloat since her marriage to Tom Cruise, and is reportedly hoping to revive her career with this role.

A source says, “This play will be like a shop window for Katie. The aim is to remind people of her acting chops. It’s kind of a neat idea. [Tom Cruise’s first wife] Nicole Kidman had Hollywood eating out of her hand when she was in The Blue Room.

Katie’s latest project, the comedy “Mad Money,” was not well received by critics or moviegoers.

Source: Daily Mail

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Sisterly words of advice from Lindsay Lohan to Ali LohanUS Magazine

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Sir Mick Jagger’s ex-wife, Jerry Hall, is getting a rumored $2 million advance to write her life story for HarperCollins.

Jerry had four children with the Rolling Stones singer, and ended their marriage in 1999 when it came out that Mick fathered a child with Brazilian model Luciana Morad.

The NY Post’s Liz Smith predicts that Jerry will “have lots to say about her own life, philosophies and adventures in this book. She ain’t her own demanding kind of woman from Texas for nothing.”

Source: NY Post

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have proved adept at producing a family. Now they’re taking it to the small screen.

Angelina and Brad are making their first joint producing effort with an HBO series about aid workers.

The pair will serve as executive producers of the as-yet-untitled drama, which will explore the behind-the scenes politics of an international aid organization, and chronicle the lives of humanitarian workers assigned to dangerous zones and the needy people they assist.

Source: Reuters

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The View’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced on Tuesday that her last day before her maternity leave will actually be next Tuesday, October 23rd instead of her originally-planned date of November 8th.

The change in date is due to the fact that Elisabeth’s quarterback husband, Tim, just got signed with the Arizona Cardinals football team, and she will need to travel to Arizona to acquaint herself with her new surroundings, spend time with Tim and daughter Grace, and meet the doctor who will deliver her new baby.

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