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Billy Crystal Performs Funny Musical Tribute to David Letterman on “Late Show”

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) — Billy Crystal stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night to plug his new comedy series, The Comedians, and also performed a funny, touching musical number in honor of Letterman, who’s retiring as host of the CBS late-night program next month after a 22-year run.

The 67-year-old comedian, who has made many appearances on Late Show and Letterman’s old NBC show, Late Night, over the past three decades, noted that Letterman is his “best friend on television,” adding, “and what I can’t put into words, I’d like to put into a song.”

Crystal, backed by a chorus, proceeded to launch into a musical number to the tune of “Sunrise, Sunset” from the musical Fiddler on the Roof.

In the song, Crystal chronicles some memorable moments from the 68-year-old host’s late-night run, including his “Stupid Pet Tricks” segment; being passed over as host of The Tonight Show in favor of Jay Leno; and medical setbacks like a shingles attack and heart bypass surgery.

In one of the choruses, Crystal notes, “Three decades as the king of late night, soon you’ll be wandering around a mall.”

The Comedians airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. Eastern on FX.

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Billy Joel Expecting a Baby with Girlfriend Alexis Roderick

Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Billy Joel is going to be a father again.

The singer is expecting a baby with his girlfriend, Alexis Roderick.

“Billy Joel and his girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, are expecting their first child this summer,” his representative said in a statement to ABC News. “The couple…opted to keep any further details of her pregnancy under wraps until their new addition makes an official debut.”

Joel, 65, has a daughter, singer/songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, from his previous marriage to model Christie Brinkley.

According to his rep, the “Piano Man” singer has been dating Roderick since 2009.

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Percy Sledge Dies at 73

Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Famed R&B singer Percy Sledge died Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, his agent Steve Green confirmed to ABC News. He was 73.

The Alabama native, most known for his classic 1966 hit “When a Man Loves a Woman,” which reached No. 1 on the charts, died after a long battle with cancer, his agent of 35 years added.

Sledge had been singing for the past 50 years and music was released under his name all the way till 2013 with The Gospel of Percy Sledge.

According to Sledge’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bio, his hit “‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ topped the R&B and pop charts for multiple weeks and raised the bar for soul balladeering for all time. Yet Sledge’s career didn’t end with that momentous first single. Over the years he racked up a dozen hits at Atlantic, including ‘Warm and Tender Love,’ ‘It Tears Me Up,’ ‘Out of Left Field’ and ‘Take Time to Know Her.'”

His most-famous song was inspired by real life events. “When a Man Loves a Woman” was about “a girl who left Sledge for another guy,” his bio reads.

Sledge “was working as a hospital orderly when he began playing clubs and frat parties,” shortly before his big break.

In 1989, Sledge earned the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Career Achievement Award and in 2005, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Ireland Baldwin Checks into Rehab

Desiree Navarro/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — After Ireland Baldwin noticed some rumors that she went to rehab for “intensive partying,” the model and daughter of actor Alec Baldwin took to Twitter on Monday to set the record straight.

“Apparently I’m in rehab for intensive partying soooo I’m just going to lay pretty low for a bit and maybe get some frozen yogurt,” she joked.

She continued, “I checked myself into Soba for two weeks to just get away for a little bit. I’m not much a party cat but I am here deal with… some emotional trauma and getting the intensive therapy I needed in order to recover. Someday I’ll feel ready to share my story.”

Baldwin, 19, said, “Right now I just needed a breather. I needed a chance to work on myself and gather all the tools. …I need to overcome everything that I had been through and rid myself of all the pain I locked away in unreachable places.”

Her last tweet read, “Everyday is a blessing. You don’t even know the half.”

Baldwin is the daughter of Alec and his ex Kim Basinger. She signed with IMG models in early 2013, but was in the news years earlier after her father left the infamous voice mail that leaked, calling her a “thoughtless little pig.”

She said in 2013 that she had moved on.

“More importantly, my dad has moved on,” she posted on social media. “He recognized that he needed to change, so he made changes. He is now healthy, happily married with a baby on the way. He moved on, so why can’t you?”

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Rita Wilson Has Breast Cancer, Underwent Double Mastectomy

Charles Sykes/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) — Actress Rita Wilson revealed on Tuesday that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy.

Wilson, 58, who is married to Oscar winner Tom Hanks, told People magazine, “I have taken a leave from the play Fish in the Dark to deal with a personal health issue. Last week, with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma.”

She added that she expects to make a full recovery because she caught the cancer early.

“I have had an underlying condition of LCIS, (lobular carcinoma in situ) which has been vigilantly monitored through yearly mammograms and breast MRIs. Recently, after two surgical breast biopsies, PLCIS (pleomorphic carcinoma in situ) was discovered,” she continued.

After a pathology showed no cancer, Wilson opted for a second opinion.

“My gut told me that was the thing to do. A different pathologist found invasive lobular carcinoma. His diagnosis of cancer was confirmed by, yet, another pathologist. I share this to educate others that a second opinion is critical to your health,” she said. “You have nothing to lose if both opinions match up for the good, and everything to gain if something that was missed is found, which does happen.”

The Girls actress said she is getting better every day and feels “blessed to have a loving, supportive husband, family, friends and doctors.”

Wilson married Hanks in 1988 and the couple have two children.

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Chris Harrison Named New Host of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Bachelor veteran host Chris Harrison has just been named the new host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

He will start with the 14th season in the fall of 2015.

“Chris is an accomplished host and valued member of the Disney/ABC family and now he’ll also be bringing his classic talent and charm to Millionaire,” said Janice Marinelli, president of Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution.

Harrison has hosted 19 seasons of The Bachelor and 10 seasons of The Bachelorette.

“This is a great fit and I’m extremely excited and honored to take on this new endeavor,” Harrison said in a statement from ABC.

Harrison will take over hosting duties from Terry Crews.

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David Letterman Draws A-List Stars for Final “Late Show” Broadcast

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) — The biggest stars will visit David Letterman for a farewell chat as the longtime late night talk show host enters his final weeks as the host of Late Show.

This week, Letterman will welcome Sarah Jessica Parker, Billy Crystal, Michael J. Fox, Kevin James and Alec Baldwin, among others. Musical guests include country music singer Chris Stapleton, Tracy Chapman, John Mayer and more.

For Letterman’s final 28 shows, also expect to see George Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Paul Rudd, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Oprah Winfrey, Norah Jones, and Mumford and Sons, plus more.

It will be interesting to see whether Bill Murray will be Letterman’s final guest — he was Letterman’s first guest on Late Night with David Letterman‘s NBC debut in 1982, and again when Late Show with David Letterman debuted on CBS in 1993.

Letterman, whose late-night run on both NBC and CBS totals 33 years, will host his final Late Show May 20.

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Drake Sets the Record Straight About Madonna Smooch

Eric McCandless/CBS(NEW YORK) — Drake doesn’t have any regrets about his kiss with the Queen of Pop.

The rapper, 28, locked lips with Madonna onstage at Coachella Sunday. Madonna, 56, slinked behind Drake, who was seated onstage, as the music ended, and tilted Drake’s chin backward and planted a kiss on his lips.

But as the kiss broke, Drake had a curious reaction, holding his mouth.

Despite his body language, Drake says he enjoyed the smooch.

“Don’t misinterpret my shock!!” he wrote in a post on Instagram Monday night. “I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel 100 about that forever. Thank you Madonna,” he wrote.

The Avengers Assemble on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, Jimmy welcomed Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Scarlett Johansson, the stars of the May 1 Marvel Studio film Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The stars took part in an A-List game of “telephone” that opened the show, before participating in a group interview, in which Johansson jokingly claimed to have done all of her own motorcycle stunts, even though she was with child at the time they filmed. “Are you crazy?!” she laughed. “I was pregnant!”

The actress also lamented wearing a skin-tight “catsuit when you’re humongous.” It all seemed better than Ruffalo’s “man-canceling” leotard, which was used to help transform him via computer magic into The Hulk. Why man-canceling? “It makes you look small everywhere you want to look big, and big everywhere you want to look small,” he explained.

The cast also chatted with fans on Kimmel’s “Wall of America” video screen.

One of those fans who popped up with a question was Clark Gregg, who starred with the cast in the original Avengers, and has appeared in virtually every Marvel movie. As far as moviegoers know, however, the Avengers still think his character, Phil Coulson, is dead — though he’s alive and well on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – and it seemed his absence made the stars’ hearts grow fonder. They went bananas when they saw him on the screen. “Get the f*** over here!” a stunned Ruffalo mouthed, making room on the couch next to him for Gregg to sit. “Where are you?!” Johansson asked. For his part, Downey screamed “Yes!” and fist-pumped.

Gregg explained, “Big fan, big fan…I just wondered if any of you would consider working on the small screen. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but it’s the golden age of television.” Kimmel asked the stars if they’d appear on S.H.I.E.L.D., and after an awkward pause, Evans sarcastically blurted out, “Sure!” and after some cross-talk, Downey jokingly jabbed, “You wouldn’t want to be blown off your small screen.” Ruffalo told Gregg he’s more than eager: “Quit blowing us off!” Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk enthused.

The gang was also split into two teams for “Avengers Family Feud.” Captain America himself, Chris Evans, led Ruffalo and Renner. Downey opposed, joined by Johansson and Hemsworth. After some apparently tequila-based confusion, Downey’s team took the victory — and a tandem bike built and decorated for three superheros.

Appropriate for an episode plugging a Marvel movie, the Kimmel episode even featured an after-credits scene. Kimmel, seemingly sitting in his living room, watched the show end, and said, “What? No after-credits scene?!”

The camera pulled back to reveal Ant-Man star Paul Rudd was watching with him, wearing an Ant-Man shirt. “That blows,” the actor deadpanned, before they started trashing the room.

The action didn’t end for the stars, however, who decamped from Kimmel’s studio and walked across the street to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the movie’s world premiere. The scope of the movie was stunning for both series newcomers Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch, and Paul Bettany, who finally got to suit up as the cybernetic hero Vision after being heard as the voice of JARVIS in the Iron Man movies and the original Avengers. “I’ve never seen sets like this,” the actor explained, “and I’ve never seen film sets destroyed in the same way that I’ve seen film sets destroyed on this film.”

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The Avengers Assemble on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, Jimmy welcomed Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Scarlett Johansson, the stars of the May 1 Marvel Studio film Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The stars took part in an A-List game of “telephone” that opened the show, before participating in a group interview, in which Johansson jokingly claimed to have done all of her own motorcycle stunts, even though she was with child at the time they filmed. “Are you crazy?!” she laughed. “I was pregnant!”

The actress also lamented wearing a skin-tight “catsuit when you’re humongous.” It all seemed better than Ruffalo’s “man-canceling” leotard, which was used to help transform him via computer magic into The Hulk. Why man-canceling? “It makes you look small everywhere you want to look big, and big everywhere you want to look small,” he explained.

The cast also chatted with fans on Kimmel’s “Wall of America” video screen.

One of those fans who popped up with a question was Clark Gregg, who starred with the cast in the original Avengers, and has appeared in virtually every Marvel movie. As far as moviegoers know, however, the Avengers still think his character, Phil Coulson, is dead — though he’s alive and well on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – and it seemed his absence made the stars’ hearts grow fonder. They went bananas when they saw him on the screen. “Get the f*** over here!” a stunned Ruffalo mouthed, making room on the couch next to him for Gregg to sit. “Where are you?!” Johansson asked. For his part, Downey screamed “Yes!” and fist-pumped.

Gregg explained, “Big fan, big fan…I just wondered if any of you would consider working on the small screen. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but it’s the golden age of television.” Kimmel asked the stars if they’d appear on S.H.I.E.L.D., and after an awkward pause, Evans sarcastically blurted out, “Sure!” and after some cross-talk, Downey jokingly jabbed, “You wouldn’t want to be blown off your small screen.” Ruffalo told Gregg he’s more than eager: “Quit blowing us off!” Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk enthused.

The gang was also split into two teams for “Avengers Family Feud.” Captain America himself, Chris Evans, led Ruffalo and Renner. Downey opposed, joined by Johansson and Hemsworth. After some apparently tequila-based confusion, Downey’s team took the victory — and a tandem bike built and decorated for three superheros.

Appropriate for an episode plugging a Marvel movie, the Kimmel episode even featured an after-credits scene. Kimmel, seemingly sitting in his living room, watched the show end, and said, “What? No after-credits scene?!”

The camera pulled back to reveal Ant-Man star Paul Rudd was watching with him, wearing an Ant-Man shirt. “That blows,” the actor deadpanned, before they started trashing the room.

The action didn’t end for the stars, however, who decamped from Kimmel’s studio and walked across the street to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the movie’s world premiere. The scope of the movie was stunning for both series newcomers Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch, and Paul Bettany, who finally got to suit up as the cybernetic hero Vision after being heard as the voice of JARVIS in the Iron Man movies and the original Avengers. “I’ve never seen sets like this,” the actor explained, “and I’ve never seen film sets destroyed in the same way that I’ve seen film sets destroyed on this film.”

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