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Making her first post-Boobygate TV appearance, Janet Jackson will host Saturday Night Live on April 10. Actually, she'll be both host and musical guest. Just to be safe, rumor has it NBC may air the show with a 67-week delay. In related news, Ben Affleck hosts SNL for the second time on March 13. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

In a bid to extend their 15 minutes of fame (and do a little damage control in the process), Sue and Omarosa made the talk-show rounds this morning. During an extremely awkward interview with Harry Smith on CBS' The Early Show, Sue was reunited with Rich and confirmed that she has since made peace with his private parts. And despite threats made on the island about a lawsuit, she said she has no plans to take action against CBS or producer Mark Burnett. However, Sue then added that everyone's "been really great" about the matter. (I smell a settlement.) And on NBC's Today show, Omarosa danced around the L-word herself when she suggested her "concussion" could have been prevented had she been advised to wear a hard hat at the poppy seed plant, er, I mean the construction site. (Look for our Q&A with Omarosa early next week in Insider. And don't bother sending in read more

DANCES WITH ELEPHANTS

Kevin Costner is in talks to direct and possibly star in Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived, a film described as a Black Stallion-type love story between a man and an animal. It's rated Ewww.... read more

AFTER FRIENDS

Paul Reiser is wooing his onetime Mad About You costar Lisa Kudrow to make a guest appearance in a comedy pilot he's producing for NBC. The potential series, My 11:30, stars Jeff Goldblum as a playboy New York businessman who seeks help from a no-nonsense female shrink, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In related news, Kudrow's Friends bud David Schwimmer has signed on to direct and executive produce the Peacock comedy pilot Nevermind Nirvana, which centers on an East Indian guy and his white fiancée. read more

SPEAKING OUT

Ethan Hawke is opening up about the end of his five-year marriage to Uma Thurman, which can only mean one thing: The dude's got a movie coming out. In an interview on tonight's 20/20, the star of the upcoming Taking Lives admitted that career pressures contributed to the split. "I don't know if it's just too hard to be married to a woman that wants to be a movie star," he said. "I know that she has that right to want that." read more

MARTHA'S GUILTY

After deliberating for three days, a jury pronounced Martha Stewart guilty of all charges Friday in New York City. The 62-year-old domestic guru — who suspiciously dumped her ImClone stock the day before it tanked in 2001 — appeared to grimace as each of the four counts against her was read in court. Her former stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic, also was found guilty on all charges, except for filing a false document. Will Martha do time? Her charges carry up to 20 years in prison, but experts say she'll likely get a far lesser penalty. We won't find out until sentencing day, which is set for June 17. Meanwhile, in a message posted on her Web site, Stewart said she was "obviously distressed by the jury's verdict but I continue to take comfort in knowing that I have the confidence and enduring support of my family and friends. I will appeal the verdict and continue to fight to clear my name. I believe in the fairness of the judicial system and remain confident that I read more

FAIR CONDITION

Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital scared up some decent ratings for ABC in its debut Wednesday night. An average 14 million viewers checked into Hospital, making it the network's best drama premiere since Alias more than two years ago. One troubling sign: Viewership dipped throughout the two-hour premiere. read more

DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YA

Reality fans were singing "Ding-dong, the witches are dead!" last night when two of the genre's most memorable villainesses — Survivor: All Stars' Sue Hawk and The Apprentice's Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth — climbed back on their brooms and flew off. On Survivor, Sue became the second castaway this season to up and quit after she suffered an emotional meltdown in the wake of her run-in last week with Richard Hatch's genitalia. Omarosa, meanwhile, was fired from The Apprentice after she suffered an emotional breakdown in the wake of her run-in last week with a falling poppy seed. read more

JACKSON JACKPOT

The world's largest collection of Jackson family stage costumes, props, photos and documents reportedly has been sold to an unnamed European buyer, who intends to display the memorabilia in Europe and Japan. Henry V. Vaccaro Sr., a 63-year-old New Jersey businessman, had acquired the stuff — enough to fill his 6,000-square-foot storage room — after nine years of legal tussling with the Jacksons. He says they handed over this collection after agreeing to buy his guitar company years ago, then defaulting on $1.4 million in payments. He wouldn't say what his mysterious buyer paid, but it must be a lotta moolah, since he told The Associated Press, "I don't know what I'm going to do with myself." read more

SHORT CUTS

Fox is developing a TV movie based on Rodney Dangerfield's forthcoming tell-all bio It's Not Easy Being Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs... The FCC will not impose fines against NBC for its live telecast of the 2003 Golden Globe Awards in which Bono said a bad word on the air, the Wall Street Journal reports... The romance between Sopranos star Edie Falco and fellow thesp Stanley Tucci is over, according to the New York Daily News. read more

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