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ABC News says Robin Roberts will be back on the job at the "Good Morning America" anchor desk on Feb. 20. Her return will be five months to the day since her bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder, The Associated Press reports.
Roberts has gotten the all-clear from her doctors, according to the announcement made Thursday on "GMA." She reached the critical 100-day benchmark in December.
In January, she began a series of dry runs at the "GMA" studio to re-acclimate herself to the work routine.
Her last day on "GMA" was Aug. 30 before she started her medical leave.
About a year ago, Roberts began feeling the symptoms of her illness, known as MDS.
She said in a statement: "What a difference a year makes."
That's one way to stand by your man.
Rihanna attended boyfriend Chris Brown's court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday -- and later stepped out with him after a late night in the studio, People reports.
Brown, 23, was in court for possible probation report falsification involving the community service work he was required to do after domestically abusing Rihanna, 24, in 2009. Joined by Brown's mother, Joyce Hawkins, and two other women, Rihanna sat stoically as the judge discussed Brown's case.
Then, hours later, the couple were photographed leaving a recording studio together in Brown's Porsche around 4:30 a.m., after having spent five hours together inside.
Following the assault in 2009, the couple parted ways. But in a recent issue of Rolling Stone, the "Diamonds" singer revealed they rekindled their romance.
"Even if it's a mistake, it's my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I'd rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it," she said.
But Rihanna insists that things are "different now."
"We don't have those types of arguments anymore. We have each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don't want to lose that," she told the magazine.
The Grammy Awards have seen enough private parts.
In an unusually frank email to attendees of this Sunday's music-awards show, CBS has identified -- rather bluntly -- exactly which body parts it doesn't want to see exposed by those swanky designer outfits, People reports.
"Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered," reads the email, obtained by Deadline.com. "Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic."
The missive continues: "Please avoid sheer, see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible 'puffy' bare skin exposure."
It remains to be seen how seriously attendees will take the instructions. But CBS is clearly hoping to avoid more notorious outfits -- in the tradition of Jennifer Lopez's plunging Versace dress from 2000, or Lil' Kim's purple jumpsuit with seashell breast cover from 1999.
Along with obscenity, CBS is also wary of branding and politics. The network has further requested no logos on outfits and no lapel pins or other accessories indicating a commitment to a cause.
The 55th annual Grammys will air Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m. from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Barbara Walters isn't "scratching too much" from chickenpox, but she says she won't be back at "The View" for three more weeks, the AP reports.
Walters phoned into the ABC talk show Wednesday. Calling from her home, she reported that she's weak but not in any pain.
She was hospitalized on Jan. 19 after fainting and cutting her head at a party in Washington, D.C. The 83-year-old has said she had the chickenpox and a temperature at the time but didn't realize it. She suffered a concussion and got six stitches. She was released 10 days later.
She announced Wednesday: "I'm not itching away."
Then she marveled that the best remedy for itching is an age-old one, saying: "We have Facebook, Twitter and calamine lotion."
Seeing her mom, Shirley MacLaine, play a saucy septuagenarian on "Downton Abbey," Sachi Parker couldn't help but smile.
"She was true to form," Parker says of MacLaine, 78, whose zinger-slinging turn as Lady Grantham's American mom shook up the big house this season. "It certainly hit home."
Hearing about Parker's relationship with MacLaine makes it easy to understand why.
Raised mostly by her dad, Parker grew up feeling distanced from her movie-star mother. She yearned for MacLaine's attention -- so much so that when Parker, 56, also an actress, became a mom herself (to Frank Jr., 16, and Arin, 14, her kids with ex-husband Frank Murray), "I overcompensated," she tells People. "But being a great mom is healing for me."
In her memoir "Lucky Me," excerpted below, she shares her painful story (a story her mother, in a statement to People, calls "virtually all fiction. I'm sorry to see such a dishonest, opportunistic effort from my daughter").
For all their ups and downs, she and her mom "love each other dearly," Parker says. "I've accepted who she is."
At age 2, Sachi was sent to live in Japan with her dad, producer Steve Parker. In the summers she visited MacLaine. "My visits in L.A. started at the airport, with Mom rushing up and giving me an all-encompassing hug. Once we got into the car she'd say, 'Let's have fun!'
"Sometimes we'd head down to the Piggly Wiggly and eat cookies from the bakery. They weren't supposed to be free, but Mom had no qualms about grabbing one. No one stopped her; she was a celebrity, after all."
Just three weeks after Mindy McCready lost her boyfriend, songwriter David Wilson, the embattled country singer has suffered another setback, People reports.
In an emergency hearing on Wednesday, a judge ordered McCready to be committed to a treatment facility to cope with mental health and alcohol issues. During the hearing, McCready, 37, admitted to drinking too much alcohol, blaming her overindulgence on her grief at Wilson's death.
McCready's two children -- Zander, 6, and Zayne, 9 months -- have been removed from her home and are in foster care.
Zayne's father is David Wilson. Zander's father is singer Billy McKnight.
"As you can imagine, the tragedy of David Wilson's death has been devastating and crippling to Mindy and her entire family. We can confirm Mindy was admitted to an in-patient facility yesterday," McCready's rep tells People.
"While taking appropriate and much needed time to grieve, her sons have been placed in foster homes where they are comfortable and cared for. We have no further statement at this time. Thank you for your patience, understanding and sensitivity."
It's not the first time that trouble has found McCready, who has a long history of drug abuse, arrests, rehab and suicide attempts.
First Published February 8, 2013 12:00 am