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Early exit for Star Jones Reynolds

Star Jones Reynolds was booted from ``The View" yesterday, one day after surprising ABC and Barbara Walters by saying on the air that she wouldn't be returning to the talk show in the fall. Reynolds was quickly erased from the opening credits of the show , now down to three women from the usual five. ``It is becoming uncomfortable for us to pretend that everything is the same at this table," said Walters, the show's creator. ``Therefore, regrettably, Star will no longer be on this program." ABC had decided not to renew Reynolds' s contract months ago, and the show was planning to let Reynolds announce it later this week and say whatever she wanted about why she was leaving , according to Walters. Instead, Walters said she felt blindsided when Reynolds broke the news Tuesday, then was quoted in People magazine as saying she felt like she was fired. Walters said in an interview Tuesday that research showed audience members were turned off by Reynolds' s dramatic weight loss and glitzy wedding to banker Al Reynolds in 2004.

Jury selection starts in Jackson battle
Jury selection began yesterday in a bitter court fight between Michael Jackson and a former porn producer who figured prominently in the pop star's child molestation trial. Jackson was not expected to testify at the trial of a $4 million breach of contract lawsuit by ex-business associate Marc Schaffel and was not in court as a pool of prospective jurors was summoned to a Santa Monica, Calif., courtroom. Prosecutors named Schaffel an ``unindicted co-conspirator" in Jackson's sex abuse case and accused him of helping the entertainer intimidate his young accuser and the boy's family.

`Lost' star marries actor
Emilie de Ravin , who plays Claire Littleton on ABC's ``Lost," has married actor Josh Janowicz . The pair, who live in Los Angeles, wed June 19 in a ``small, intimate ceremony" in Melbourne, Australia, de Ravin's publicist said yesterday. The couple became engaged on Jan. 1, 2005, while visiting de Ravin's family in Australia. De Ravin, 24, recently starred in the thriller ``The Hills Have Eyes." Janowicz, also 24, stars in the upcoming drama ``On the Doll."

Positively Main Street, Cooperstown
Bob Dylan has played at historic Doubleday Field -- music, that is. Now, he's back, and for good, just a block down Main Street in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. The museum has added the baseball episode from the famed singer-songwriter's weekly music show, ``Theme Time Radio Hour," on XM Satellite Radio to its archive, it was announced yesterday. The one-hour episode contains Dylan singing an a cappella rendition of ``Take Me out to the Ball Game," along with classic baseball-announcing calls, such as Curt Gowdy's description of Ted Williams' s home run in his final at-bat with the Red Sox. It also contains several original baseball compositions, including Buddy Johnson's ``Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?" and ``The Ball Game" by Sister Wynona Carr.

Francis returns for soap anniversary
``General Hospital" is giving fans much to talk about: the reunion of Luke and Laura Spencer, the ABC soap opera's most popular couple. Genie Francis (above, with Anthony Geary), who originated the role of Laura nearly 30 years ago, will return to the show -- and to the fictional town of Port Charles -- to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Luke (played by Geary) and Laura's wedding, which was seen by 30 million viewers on Nov. 16, 1981. Francis, 44, will appear in a series of episodes beginning in October, the network said. Francis has left the show several times; her most recent departure was in 2002.


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