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OIL LEAK

Peter Garrett, the lead singer of Australian rock band Midnight Oil, is quitting the group after more than two decades to focus on his true passion: saving the environment. "It is time for me to move on and immerse myself in those things which are of deep concern to me and which I have been unable to fully apply myself to up to now," he said. read more

TRUE CONFESSIONS

Glitter may have been a turkey, but it wasn't so bad that it led Mariah Carey to attempt suicide — at least that's what the 32-year-old diva tells Matt Lauer on tonight's Dateline NBC. Carey insists it's "absolutely not" true that she tried to kill herself on July 25, 2001, when she was rushed to a New York hospital after her mom called 911. "I'm far too much of a spiritual person to do that," she says. "That's God's choice when it's time for me to go." read more

LADY SINGS THE BLUES

As those many ABC promos have hinted, Whitney Houston spills her guts to Diane Sawyer on tonight's Primetime (airing at 9 pm/ET). Here's a preview: When Sawyer asks whether it's been alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, pills or "all" of 'em that trouble her, Houston responds: "It has been at times." The singer goes on to suggest she's been "addicted to a few things" — including "making love." Yikes! Houston also denies talk of anorexia and bulimia, and says prayer has been helping her. Hubby Bobby Brown also appears to say, "Me and drugs... we're not friends." Now there's a surprise. read more

PROPS AND LOVE

Slain Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay (aka Jason Mizell) receives a special all-star tribute at this year's Billboard Awards (airing Dec. 9 at 8 pm/ET on Fox). Luminaries including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, as well as Nelly and Nas, will celebrate the DJ's life. read more

Question: My daughter wants ...

Question: My daughter wants to know why The Powerpuff Girls aren't on TV. She says they have all the boy cartoons on, like Pok&#233mon and Jackie Chan, but never any girl shows like Powerpuff Girls. — Susan, Maysville, Ky.

Televisionary: That's so weird, because my daughter wants to know why yours doesn't go to our lovable listings section, look Powerpuff Girls up and discover that the Cartoon Network is running it twice a day, at 7:30 am and 8:30 pm/ET. (Okay, so only half of that is true. I don't have a daughter — I want to know.)

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FAREWELL

CBS News vet Ernest Leiser, the exec responsible for hiring anchor-to-be Dan Rather, died on Nov. 26 after suffering an apparent heart attack while asleep in his South Nyack, N.Y., home. He was 81. read more

HEAR THEM ROAR

Paramount Pictures Chairwoman Sherry Lansing has topped The Hollywood Reporter's annual list of the 100 most powerful women in Hollywood. Among the celebs making the cut were Julia Roberts (12), Madonna (60), Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling (64) and wonder twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (98). read more

ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL

Former Vice President Al Gore has been tapped to host Saturday Night Live on Dec. 14. He'll be joined by musical guest Phish. read more

AND BABY MAKES FIVE

Malcolm in the Middle's Jane Kaczmarek, 46, gave birth to a baby girl, Mary Louisa, Monday in Los Angeles. This is the actress's third child with West Wing thesp Bradley Whitford, 43. read more

JUST CALL HIM BENZ AFFLECK

How smitten is Ben Affleck with fiancée Jennifer Lopez? So much so that the Sexiest Man Alive bought her mother, Guadalupe, a Capri Blue Mercedes E-Class sedan while vacationing in Las Vegas on Thanksgiving Day, the New York Daily News reports. Affleck allegedly paid for the car with "fresh bills." read more

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