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Barbara Walters is back!
The morning show co-host returned to "The View" on Monday after spending the past six weeks recovering at home from chickenpox and a head injury.
"Today after a lot of scratching and rest, I am fine and I am healthy," Walters said after being greeted by an enthusiastic studio audience.
Walters went on to reveal that she actually contracted the chickenpox from interacting with a celebrity, "who shall remain nameless," in early January who wound up having shingles.
"If you have never had chickenpox, you can get it from someone who has shingles," she said. "I didn't know that."
However, just before getting ill, Walters fell and cut her forehead while visiting the British ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C., on the eve of President Barack Obama's inauguration.
"The pox came and went weeks ago. The head injury took longer," Walters noted.
"Downton Abbey" is moving on!
Welsh actor Tom Cullen has joined the cast as Lady Mary's (Michelle Dockery) new love interest -- in the wake of the death of Matthew (Dan Stevens) -- for the hit period drama's fourth season, E! News reports.
Cullen will play Lord Gillingham, an old family friend of the Crawleys who has known Mary since childhood.
"I can announce that I'm in the new season four of Downton Abbey," Cullen confirmed on Twitter. "So excited. My heart is beating a little too fast."
Cullen's previous credits include the miniseries "World Without End" and "Weekend," an indie film.
Other newbies joining the successful series in season four are Dame Harriet Walters as an old friend of the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as a guest who sings in the house, Julian Ovenden as aristocrat Charles Blake, Nigel Harman as Green, a visiting valet, and Joanne David as the Duchess of Yeovil.
nNBC is planning to announce Jay Leno's retirement from "The Tonight Show" sometime in the next year, sources confirm to E! News.
The front-runner to replace him? Jimmy Fallon, who has been successful at the 12:35 a.m. time slot with "Late Night." Sources add that nothing is official yet, and no official offer has been made to Mr. Fallon.
Mr. Leno is signed through 2014.
But the competition at the 11:35 p.m. slot is now stiffer than ever, with ABC moving Jimmy Kimmel to the coveted spot. While Leno still performs well for NBC, Kimmel has proved to be competitive in the ever-important 18-49 demo.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported news of Leno's exit from NBC.
Willkommen, "America's Got Talent!"
Heidi Klum is joining the NBC reality show as a judge, the network announced Monday morning.
Klum told People: "I just arrived in New Orleans, and it was hard to go to sleep last night. I'm not sure who will be more nervous though -- me or the contestants!"
Speaking about her fellow judge on the show, Klum added: "I've always wanted to work with Howard Stern. I think he's so funny, charming, handsome and smart. And, yes, he did tell me to say this."
Paul Telegdy, president of NBC alternative and late-night programming, said in a statement: "Heidi has an amazing career across multiple media platforms and has built a brand that is a force in the entertainment business. She has achieved superstardom while balancing being a businesswoman and hard-working mom, bringing a huge amount of experience, discernment and taste to the panel."
He also said, "The contestants will benefit from Heidi's international sensibility and understanding of what works in today's global entertainment industry."
The model-turned-host, 39, will join fellow judges Howie Mandel, Howard Stern and Mel B.
Klum is no stranger to televised competition -- in addition to hosting "Project Runway," she also hosts Germany's "Next Top Model."
The drummer for country music star Kellie Pickler has been identified as one of the people hospitalized in two crashes along Interstate 65 in central Kentucky, The Associated Press reports.
Pickler's manager, Larry Fitzgerald, said Gregg Lohman suffered serious injuries in the wreck Saturday.
University of Louisville Hospital spokesman David McArthur said Lohman remained there in serious condition Sunday.
State troopers have said a collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV headed north started a fire that slowed traffic on both sides of the interstate Saturday. Troopers have said the wrecks on the southbound lane were likely caused by people slowing to look at the initial crash.
Six people from rural Wisconsin were killed when the tractor-trailer rear-ended their vehicle. Two foster children survived and were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Blaine Anderson and Kevin Keller? Betty Cooper and Noah Puckerman?
Things are not as they usually are in the halls of William McKinley and Riverdale high schools, the AP reports.
And that's just the way it should be, says Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. He's a "Glee" writer who penned a four-issue story arc for "Archie Comics," a crossover crash that blends the snark of the TV show's McKinley High and the long-standing wholesomeness of Archie, Jughead, Betty and other Riverdale denizens.
The two worlds combine this week in the pages of "Archie Comics" No. 64, a story that extends through issue 644.
Show creator Ryan Murphy calls "Archie Meets Glee" a story that honors and celebrates "the two worlds. Not just their similarities, but their differences."
First Published March 5, 2013 12:00 am