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Stern on 'Late Show' job: 'My plate is full'

by The Associated Press on April 05, 2014 10:30 AM

NEW YORK — Howard Stern is just one of the names industry spectators are floating around as a possible replacement for David Letterman.

At least for now though, the longtime radio personality says of the idea, “My plate is full.”

Stern addressed the late-night TV talk show host’s retirement announcement while arriving in New York on Friday for “America’s Got Talent” auditions. Stern is one of the judges on the show.

The 60-year-old stressed Letterman’s impact on late-night TV, saying he’s sad to see Letterman leave. Stern said he enjoyed his appearances on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

“I’ve been doing the show for years and years and I’ve had so many funny, great times with him that, you know, it’ll be weird not to have him there.”

Stern also said there are few people in show biz whose opinion matters to him, and Letterman is one.

One of Stern’s fellow “America’s Got Talent” judges, Heidi Klum, supports the idea of Stern taking over for Letterman, saying he’d be perfect.

“Howard is very special, you know? He gets right to the chase. He’s not scared of anything, and I like that about him. He gets things out of people. Sometimes people don’t even want to like say certain things, and he gets it out of them.”

Letterman announced Thursday he plans to retire next year.

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NEW YORK — James Franco has apologized for his Instagram flirtation with a 17-year-old.

On the morning talk show “Live With Kelly and Michael,” Franco said Friday that he used “bad judgment” and “learned my lesson.”

The 35-year-old actor and filmmaker was caught trying to pick up a Scottish teenage girl named Lucy Clode on the photo-sharing app.

Franco said Friday that he was embarrassed and that he’s “a model of how social media is tricky.” He said the awkward process of meeting someone was made “doubly” embarrassing since it was in the public spotlight because of his celebrity.

Franco is currently starring in a revival of “Of Mice and Men” on Broadway.

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LAS VEGAS — Attorneys for magician David Copperfield and several current and former Las Vegas stagehands said Friday they’re in talks to make lawsuits they’ve traded in a backstage dispute disappear.

A Feb. 15 federal wage-abuse lawsuit filed by seven stagehands alleges that over the past three years the veteran Las Vegas illusionist sometimes made them work 14 hours a day and seven days a week without paying overtime.

A Jan. 3 state court lawsuit lodged by Copperfield business entities Backstage Employment and Referral Inc., David Copperfield’s Disappearing Inc. and Imagine Nation Company Inc. accuses six stagehands of breach of contract, conspiracy and disclosure of trade secrets.

Jakub Medrala represents stagehands in both cases, including three who are named in each: Jaruslaw Jastrzebski, Zachary England and Robert Smith.

Medrala and Copperfield attorney Greg Kamer said they were in talks about settling the cases. Each declined additional comment.

Medrala alleges that Copperfield and Backstage Employment and Referral Inc. pressed the January contract complaint in Clark County District Court to try to deter his clients from pressing their wage complaint and filing their February civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

Kamer issued a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a Friday report saying that Copperfield does the right thing for his employees.

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