Katie Couric Will Host ABC Talk Show

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You can stop sitting up at night worrying about who will take Oprah‘s spot. Katie Couric has inked a deal with ABC to host a syndicated daytime talk show. She’ll serve as host and producer and also contribute to various ABC news programs. She’s expected to take the 3 p.m. time slot that Oprah held for 25 years in many parts of the country. [TMZ]
Couric said, “I’m very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979. It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show … and to contribute to such a vibrant, innovative news division. I can’t wait to be part of this incredibly talented, visionary team.” [ABC News]

Jennifer Lopez has temporarily blocked the release of the sex tape she made with her ex, Ojani Noa. She was granted a restraining order against Noa’s girlfriend, who is trying to sell the tape. [TMZ]

Apparently George Clooney loves looking at Sandra Bullock‘s son Louis’ adorable pouty expressions. Stars really are just like us! [Daily Mail]

Prince William and the Duchess Formerly Known As Kate Middleton will live in Kensington Palace, which is where Princess Diana lived post-divorce. They’ll only stay in Will’s childhood home when they’re in London, and they’ll spend most of their time in their home in Wales. [Us]

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is still supporting Mildred Baena emotionally and financially. “The scandal going public has really taken a toll on Mildred, so Arnold encourages her not to listen to what people are saying about her and just tells her to stay strong,” says a source. [Radar]
  • Jessica Biel was spotted riding on the back of a motorcycle with Gerard Butler, because that’s what you do when you’re a newly-single Hollywood actress. [TMZ]
  • In case you were wondering, Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriguez are still dating. [UPI]
  • Michael Jackson‘s iconic red “Thriller” jacket is being auctioned. It’s expected to go for at least $200,000, but if you’re planning to sport an insensitive zombie Michael Jackson costume next Halloween you can’t afford not to bid. [AP]
  • Nikki Reed is engaged to Paul McDonald, who you may or may not know as the guy who didn’t win American Idol. [Us]
  • Josh Duhamel will do a cameo on All My Children in the fall. You may recall that his character, Leo du Pres, is believed to be dead, but his body was never found, which on soaps means he’s most certainly alive. [EW]
  • Christina Hendricks on playing Joan: “I think I can separate myself quite a bit. It really is sort of a transformation once we go to work and put on those clothes and change our hair and makeup. And I can leave her at work, I think. (Laughs) But my husband teases me and says I have that walk all the time.” [The Wrap]
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