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MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell will be off the air for several weeks after being involved in a car accident over the weekend while vacationing, MediaBistro's TVNewser reports.

Here's MSNBC's statement:

"Lawrence O'Donnell and his brother Michael were injured in a taxi accident on Saturday while vacationing out of the country. They were transported back to the U.S. -- Lawrence to NYC and Michael to Boston. They are both under the care of doctors and expected to make a full recovery. Lawrence will be off from MSNBC for several weeks as he recuperates. Our thoughts and support are with the O'Donnell family, and we look forward to having Lawrence back on the air soon."

Alex Wagner was slated to fill in on "The Last Word" Monday night and tonight, with Ari Melber filling in on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Mad Men" returned for its final season, but not all of its viewers did. The season seven premiere of the hit AMC drama pulled in just 2.3 million viewers with 1 million of them in the key 18-49 demographic, E! News reports.

"Sharing a Sunday night premiere episode of 'Mad Men' on AMC is a uniquely satisfying experience as a fan and something we never take for granted as a network. Congratulations and thank you to Matthew Weiner and his remarkable team ... for, once again, treating us all to the rarest of entertainment air," Charlie Collier, AMC president, said in a statement.

The season seven premiere was down from the sixth season bow; the April 2013 premiere had 3.4 million viewers. This was the lowest season premiere since 2008, the show's second season debut.

"Mad Men's" final season will be split, as AMC did with "Breaking Bad." The final seven episodes will premiere in spring 2015.

"Mad Men" airs 10 p.m. Sundays on AMC.


Zac Efron may not have kept his earlier promise to accept his MTV Movie Award sans shirt, but no matter -- presenter Rita Ora was quick to assist.

The "Neighbors" star, 26, had tweeted, "If I beat Thor [Chris Hemsworth] -- I'm accepting the award shirtless on stage" back in March, but when the moment finally came Sunday night, Efron's button-down remained firmly in place.

As the audience heckled him, Ora snuck up behind Efron and did the honors, ripping his shirt down to the navel to reveal that the actor had in fact been working on his fitness.

"I really don't know what to say, but thank you so much to my fans," a bare-chested Efron added before laughing and removing the top completely, whipping it around like a lasso. Rounding out his acceptance speech? A flex and salute to the cheering crowd.

Well, he did write the song that makes the whole world sing.

Pharrell Williams, 41, couldn't help but get overcome with emotion as Oprah Winfrey, 60, played a clip of fans around the world, doing the "Happy" dance during a one-hour interview Sunday night, People reports.

"I don't know why I'm crying!" he laughed, as he wiped away tears, referring to the positive message of the video.

"It makes me cry, too!" Winfrey agreed.

Wearing his now-signature Vivienne Westwood hat, Williams also opened up about his astronomical past two years, from winning four Grammys and being nominated for an Oscar for "Happy," to his wedding to longtime girlfriend Helen Lasichanh, who is also the mother of his 4-year-old son, Rocket.

In fact, Oprah wanted to know why the couple chose the name Rocket.

"In the same way the Indians named their children after a force or animal or element, we named him after a man-made machine that was meant to go up, meant to ascend," Williams explained, noting he hopes he's destined for greatness.

He also talked about how he's adjusted to being the guy in the spotlight, after so many years working behind the scenes as a much sought-after writer and producer who has worked with Jay Z and Gwen Stefani. "I was happy being the guy standing next to the guy," he said.

Over the weekend, Williams made his Coachella debut, where he was joined on stage throughout his set by friends and past collaborators including Snoop Dogg, Nelly, P Diddy, Tyler the Creator, Busta Rhymes, Diplo and Stefani.

Discovery Channel has set the date for its live coverage of the first wingsuit flight off the summit of Mount Everest, The Associated Press reports.

The network plans to air "Everest Jump Live" at 9 p.m. May 11, weather permitting. It will also be telecast globally.

High-altitude climber Joby Ogwyn will make the attempt. Discovery will air a live two-hour broadcast showing the California native as he battles conditions on the way to the summit of the world's tallest mountain, then takes the plunge. His custom-made wingsuit will be equipped with cameras to capture the descent of more than 10,000 vertical feet at speeds exceeding 150 mph.

The event will be preceded by five nights of live programs from Everest covering Ogwyn's training and preparation. They begin May 5.

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