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JAY LENO-PAY CUT

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- Jay Leno is making cracks about the cutbacks at the "Tonight Show." Leno opened his show last night with the line, "Welcome to the `Tonight Show' or as Comcast calls us -- `The Expendables."' Leno accepted a paycut of about five million dollars to save jobs. His staff was cut by ten percent, according to a person familiar with the moves. During the show last night, Leno noted the Tonight Show is number-one. He says at NBC "that kind of thing is frowned upon." Leno adds that he knew something was up, when he found a peacock head in his bed Friday morning.

STARS REACT TO PHYLLIS DILLER'S DEATH

UNDATED (AP) -- Everyone from Barbra Streisand to Bob Newhart and Kiefer Sutherland are praising Phyllis Diller, who died at the age of 95. Streisand says she "adored" Diller's "wondrous spirit." Kiefer Sutherland tweeted that Diller was a friend and "one of the great comic icons of all time." Bob Newhart says there was no one like Diller before and he doubts "if there will be anyone after."

PHYLLIS DILLER WAS A GROUNDBREAKER

UNDATED (AP) -- Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg and other female comedians owe a debt to Phyllis Diller. She was a nearly 40-year-old housewife when she got into standup in 1956. Women comics weren't widely accepted then. However, Diller told reporters in 1998 that she thought being a woman actually helped her. She said she was never made to feel like she was "a girl" among men. Her relatives were appalled that she was working in nightclubs. She said they thought she'd gone to hell.

WHY DID TONY SCOTT JUMP TO HIS DEATH?

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Relatives, friends and fans don't understand how the director of "Top Gun," "Unstoppable" and many other hits could jump off a bridge 18 stories high to his death. Tony Scott left notes for loved ones. But it could be a month or more before we know the official cause of death. Tom Cruise says he and Scott were working on a sequel to "Top Gun." He says Scott was "a creative visionary." Christian Slater starred in Scott's "True Romance." He says Scott was "the best." Scott was 68.

ROSIE O'DONNELL HAS A HEART ATTACK

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rosie O'Donnell has had a heart attack. She writes on her blog that she's "lucky to be here." She says she went to the doctor after feeling nauseous and achy. Doctors found an artery that was 99 percent blocked. They inserted a stent to open it up. O'Donnell is 50.

WILLIAM WINDOM DIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The guy who played a country doctor in more than 50 episodes of "Murder, She Wrote," has died. William Windom won an Emmy for his role in the 1969 TV series "My World and Welcome To It." He was also the prosecutor in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Windom died of congestive heart failure at his home. He was 88.

MATTHEW PERRY SHOW BEING PREVIEWED AGAIN TONIGHT

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) -- NBC is giving people a second chance to preview the first episode of Matthew Perry's new show. "Go On" will be shown tonight. It aired after the Olympics the first time. Perry says he doesn't use comedy to mask his real feelings as much as he used to and as much as his character does. He says he's better now that he's older. The series officially premieres September 11.

"TODAY" SLIPS BACK TO SECOND PLACE

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Olympics didn't have a lasting effect on the ratings war between the "Today" show and "Good Morning America." "Today" beat GMA ever week the Olympics were on. But the first week after the games were over, GMA was back on top by an average of 162,000 viewers.

FINAL BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Expendables 2" made a tad less than originally estimated. Final figures show it raked in $28.6 million in his opening weekend, $200,000 less than the preliminary estimate. That's still good enough for first place. "The Bourne Legacy" slips to second after one week on top. "ParaNorman" opens in third, followed by "The Campaign" and "Sparkle."

"THE EXPENDABLES 2" - DOLPH LUNDGREN

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's a good thing Dolph Lundgren works out most days anyway. He might not have been able to do all the stunts in "The Expendables 2." Lundgren says he lifts weights and does martial arts. He also swims and runs. Lundgren says he works out six days a week.

MICHAEL J FOX RETURNING

NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC is making it official: Michael J. Fox is back. Fox's new comedy, loosely based on his life, has a 22-episode commitment from NBC. It's set to premiere in fall of 2013. The new series comes more than a decade after Fox left ABC's "Spin City" to concentrate on fighting Parkinson's disease.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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