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Sugar Bits — Late Night Talk Shows Return to TV


  • Late night TV's return last evening met mixed results, as only Letterman and Ferguson were able to use writers and Leno and O'Brien had to go it alone, resulting in Conan showing off Christmas cards and spinning his wedding ring on his desk for as long as he could. Good or bad, it's still nice to have something fresh on TV. — AP
  • After going on maternity leave in October in preparation for the birth of her son, who was born on Nov. 9, Elisabeth Hasselbeck will return to The View on Monday. It will be interesting to see how things go down when all five hosts are reunited at the table. — ABC
  • On Tuesday, volleyball star Gabrielle Reece and her husband, surfer Laird Hamilton, welcomed their second child together, a daughter named Brody Jo Hamilton. That is going to be one athletic baby! —People
  • Recently separated Sean Penn will head the awards jury at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Since his movie Into the Wild got such glowing reviews, Sean seems like a smart choice. — AP
  • Russell Crowe is leading a movement in Australia to ban gambling machines in pubs and clubs in order to make social spaces more family friendly. Sounds like this this reformed bad boy wants everyone to clean up their act right along with him. — Reuters
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