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Dr. Phil: Oprah’s Show Was Home For Me

Dr. Phil McGraw , who rose to fame appearing on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and eventually launched his own TV program, is opening up to ET about the news that Lady O is ending her show in 2011. “This is a very nostalgic moment for me. Oprah Winfrey is first and foremost one of my dearest friends and obviously the person who taught me everything I know about television,” Dr. Phil tells us. “Her show was home for me for five of the most exciting years of my life. ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ is the gold standard and I know that she will succeed at whatever she chooses to do next.”

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James Franco on Joining ‘General Hospital’ as an Artist of Death

James Franco is best known for his roles in the feature films ‘Spider-man,’ ‘Milk’ and ‘Pineapple Express,’ so everyone was surprised when the Golden Globe winner announced he was joining the cast of "General Hospital" for a short-term story. Franco’s first appearance on the daytime drama is today. He will be playing a character named … what else? Franco. "There is no first name or last name. It is just Franco," he explains. "He is an artist. I think he works in various mediums. He spray paints, he tags and he arranges installations based on murder scenes. He is obsessed with death. He actually goes to real murder scenes to find inspiration."

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James Franco on Joining ‘General Hospital’ as an Artist of Death

James Franco is best known for his roles in the feature films ‘Spider-man,’ ‘Milk’ and ‘Pineapple Express,’ so everyone was surprised when the Golden Globe winner announced he was joining the cast of "General Hospital" for a short-term story. Franco’s first appearance on the daytime drama is today. He will be playing a character named … what else? Franco. "There is no first name or last name. It is just Franco," he explains. "He is an artist. I think he works in various mediums. He spray paints, he tags and he arranges installations based on murder scenes. He is obsessed with death. He actually goes to real murder scenes to find inspiration."

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Oprah’s ‘Favorite Things’ in Her Journalism Career

Oprah’s career as host of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" has spanned decades, making for many memorable moments. In conjunction with the announcement of ceasing production of her talk show in September 2011, the woman who has come to be known as Lady O selected her "Top 20 Moments." Of all of the celebrity guests she has welcomed to her studio, one in particular stands out. Oprah nominated Mary Tyler Moore as her "Favorite Celebrity Woman" for her surprise appearance in 1997. A dedicated viewer of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," Oprah was inspired by Mary and blown away when she unexpectedly read her name on the teleprompter to cue the star to walk on stage. Oprah has launched several projects that she holds very close to her heart. In 1996, the famous "Oprah’s Book Club" was established to promote literacy and inspire people to read. To this day, viewers continue to rely on Oprah’s advice on what book to pick up next. With the evolution of technology, the book club has grown into an interactive forum for the host to connect with fans by means of Skype.

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Jill Martin Dishes ‘Fashion for Dummies’

Emmy-nominated television personality Jill Martin dished exclusively to ET about her new book, Fashion for Dummies , at a star-studded party in NYC. “We’re really reinventing the Dummy series in a way, because we’re really now making it about fashion, and about women learning how to take what’s in their closet and reinvent it,” Martin told us about her new book, co-authored by Pierre A. Lehu and in stores now. “With the economy the way it is, no one wants to go out and spend a million dollars. So we’re saying, shop in your closet,” she adds.

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Self-Professed ‘Dork’ Crowned ‘America’s Next Top Model’

Redhead Nicole overcame her shyness and fellow finalist Laura to become the first petite-cycle winner on "America’s Next Top Model"! "This journey was incredibly hard. I had to learn to embarass myself and to speak, which was a struggle," Nicole said after winning, adding: "I’m a dork and I’m ‘America’s Next Top Model!’" On the season finale, Nicole said she’d led a "sheltered" life that occasionally contributed to feelings of social awkwardness. She even admitted to having spent a school lunch alone in the bathroom stall.

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Jon Gosselin Unwinds in Waikiki

Jon Gosselin sailed the stunning waters off Waikiki in a 40-foot catamaran on Wednesday. While out at sea, the father of eight crossed paths with giant sea turtles and schools of colorful fish. Click here for pics of Jon arriving in Hawaii last week.

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Report: Nicole Richie Hospitalized

ET has the latest… Nicole Richie is reportedly currently being treated in the hospital. Read on for details. A rep for the TV personality tells US magazine that the mom of two has checked in to a Los Angeles hospital to be treated for pneumonia. The rep tells US , however, that Richie is "doing well."

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Cindy Crawford’s Alleged Extortionist Turns Himself In

Edis Kayalar , who reportedly attempted to extort $100,000 from supermodel Cindy Crawford , has turned himself in, German prosecutors told The Associated Press . According to the AP, Kayalar turned himself over to police by walking into a precinct in the city of Stuttgart late Monday. He has been charged in the United States on one count of extortion and could face up to two years in prison if he is convicted. The 26-year-old is accused of allegedly threatening to leak a photo of Crawford and husband Rande Gerber ‘s young daughter Kaia , who was reportedly posing in a questionable manner. He purportedly obtained this photograph from the family’s former nanny whom he is acquaintances with. Kayalar will appear before a judge today to determine whether he will remain in custody, according to the AP.

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Vampires Come Out at Night for ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ Premiere

As daytime turned to twilight in Los Angeles, fans littered the streets to catch a glimpse of their worshipped vampires and werewolves. ET’s Kevin Frazier spoke to the stars of ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ to get their reaction to the fan’s reception of their rise to super stardom. Robert Pattinson , who attracts tens of thousands of fans wherever he goes, said of all the attention, "You never ever get used to it." He joked that to go out in public he has to "find a good way to disguise myself…I have to make friends with some prosthetics people." Relishing in the spotlight, Kristen Stewart reacted, saying, "You have so much human energy thrust at you…As an actor, nobody gets to share something that they love so much with so many people. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity."

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Which of the Final Four Will Make the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Finale?

There are four dancing duos left on "Dancing with the Stars," but only three slots in the finale. Tonight the four remaining celebs — Joanna Krupa , Mýa , Donny Osmond and Kelly Osbourne — compete for a spot in the finals. Each of couples performed three dances tonight: a ballroom dance, a Latin number and the Knock-Out dances they have been working on for several weeks. Monday night, each of the stars was required to let go of their partners and do a 15-second solo in the Latin dance. Kicking off the night with the tango were Donny and his professional partner Kym Johnson , who struggled with a costume mishap. Head judge Len Goodman took him to task: "The sadness of it is when you did your Argentine tango, it was so great. I don’t know if it was Kym’s dress, or…" At this point, Donny interrupted and blamed it on his sister, saying, "I saw Marie ." Bruno Tonioli pointed out, "You completely lost it. Usually, you are a master of disguise. Tonight, you couldn’t cover it up. You went to pieces. At this stage of the preceding, it is tragic." Carrie Ann Inaba commiserated with the couple, saying, "There wasn’t a lot of the push-pull. I know there was a lot of drama in your head. I think you handled the costume misfortune pretty well." They received 21 out of 30 points.

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Joe Jackson Still Seeks to Dismiss Michael Jackson Estate Executors

"The Insider" has learned that Joe Jackson, the father of Michael Jackson, is still seeking to dismiss the executors of his late son’s estate with a new appeal filed in court. See the papers here! According to the papers, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jackson objects to the appointment of John Branca and John McClain as executors of the estate and requests that they be dismissed in an appeal of the final order delivered by the judge on November 10. Last week, Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff decided that Jackson cannot challenge the executors of the King of Pop’s will or inherit the late star’s assets, according to the Associated Press. The judge said that the 81-year-old Jackson patriarch can follow through with a motion to seek a family allowance from Michael’s estate — but he cannot inherit his late son’s assets because he is not named in the will.

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