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Winfrey calls Ripa and Strahan talk-show royalty

by The Associated Press on May 29, 2013 10:39 AM

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey doesn’t have a daily talk show anymore.

But two years after abdicating her throne, the former talk-show queen is clear who she thinks now wear the crowns: Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.

Winfrey declared the co-hosts “the reigning king and queen” during a surprise appearance on Tuesday’s “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

Winfrey, who now runs the OWN cable network, where she appears on-camera on a less-frequent basis, insisted she doesn’t miss the daily talk-show grind.

She was brought on “Live,” unannounced, by guest Tyler Perry.

He is now producing shows for her network.

Perry’s new drama, “The Haves and the Have Nots,” was scheduled to premiere Tuesday night. His new comedy, “Love Thy Neighbor,” debuts today.

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LONDON — Everyone’s favorite literary singleton will return in a new novel titled “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy.”

Publishers disclosed the title of Helen Fielding’s forthcoming book on Tuesday.

It continues the comic saga of diary-writing Bridget’s romantic and professional adventures.

The character, introduced to readers in two 1990s’ novels, now must cope with an age of text messaging and social media.

Fielding said Bridget is older now and her “life has moved on. But, the question is, just how much?”

The previous books, “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” sold 15 million copies between them and were adapted into movies starring Renee Zellweger.

The new book will be published Oct. 10 in Britain by Jonathan Cape, and Oct. 15 in the U.S. by Alfred A. Knopf.

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating Justin Bieber for reckless driving after witnesses — including former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson — complained about the pop-star’s alleged freeway speeds in their gated community in north Los Angeles County.

At about 8 p.m. Monday, Bieber allegedly drove his white Ferrari at freeway speeds in what is a 25 mph zone, Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

Johnson was outside with his 3-year-old daughter who was preparing to get into a small electric car when Bieber zoomed by. Johnson was upset and got into his Prius, following Bieber to his nearby home.

As the garage door was closing, Johnson put out his arm and stopped it, telling Bieber he wanted to talk about his reckless driving.

Whitmore said Bieber scurried into his home without speaking.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department received two calls and responded to the location. When they tried to talk to Bieber, however, they were also turned away.

“His security detail said he declined to talk to us based on the advice of counsel,” Whitmore said.

Deputies interviewed two witnesses, including Johnson, and wrote up their report.

They handed that off to detectives who are continuing to investigate the incident.

“Their eyewitness testimony to our deputies was definitive — not only the speed, not only the vehicle, but Mr. Bieber was sitting and driving in the driver’s side seat,” Whitmore said.

Deputies plan to send a reckless driving report to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to consider filing misdemeanor charges in the next week or two.

Bieber’s publicist did not immediately return a call for comment. Johnson declined to comment via ESPN, where he now works as a TV commentator.

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