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Tyra pulls her own Oprah

THURSDAY, DEC. 31, 2009

Tyra Banks is pulling the plug on her talk show.

The former model says the syndicated “The Tyra Show” will end after its fifth season. Banks says she’s sticking with the reality show “America’s Next Top Model” and is forming a new production studio with plans to make movies. She also promised new digital projects but wouldn’t give details.

In a statement on her Web site, Banks also paid tribute to talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey, who’s ending her talk show in 2011.

‘Little Van’ arrives

A new Van Morrison has been born.

The 64-year-old Irish singer says on his Web site that he and his wife, GiGi, welcomed their son George Ivan Morrison III on Monday.

The couple says that “Little Van” is “the spitting image of his daddy.”

Next tour stop: jail

Lil Wayne, staring down a year behind bars at the peak of his career, returned to his hometown of New Orleans for a performance Monday on what he’s calling his farewell tour.

“I’m nothing without you,” he told the screaming crowd of thousands of fans at the New Orleans Arena after opening the concert with “A Milli,” which last year earned him a Grammy for best rap solo.

The 27-year-old rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, pleaded guilty in October to a weapons possession charge and will be sentenced Feb. 9. His plea deal calls for a year in jail.

The birthday bunch

Anthony Hopkins is 72. Tim Considine (“My Three Sons”) is 69. Actress Sarah Miles is 68. Guitarist Andy Summers of The Police is 67. Ben Kingsley is 66. Bassist Pete Quaife (The Kinks) is 66. Actor Tim Matheson is 62. Singer Burton Cummings of The Guess Who is 62. Donna Summer is 61. Bassist Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith is 58. James Remar (“Dexter”) is 56. Bebe Neuwirth (“Cheers”) is 51. Singer Paul Westerberg is 50. Val Kilmer is 50. Singer-actor Joe McIntyre of New Kids on the Block is 37.


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