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He’s got a brand new ‘Baggage’

Fri., March 26, 2010

Jerry Springer is reinventing himself again, this time as host of a dating game series.

“Baggage,” debuting April 19 on the Game Show Network, gives three contestants the chance to win the eye of a prospective date.

The hitch: Contestants have to reveal their faults and foibles.

Players will carry suitcases on stage to represent the baggage they’ll confess to and defend. After the contestants are pared down to one, the potential date must own up to a fault of his or her own.

Suitors include a shoplifter, a woman who gets psychic advice and a control freak.

Springer, 66, calls “Baggage” a family friendly show that’s “just fun and lighthearted. There’s no life-changing issues.

“I’m like the crazy old uncle. People feel comfortable telling me their secrets, that I won’t be judgmental.”

Love-hate relationship

Jennifer Love Hewitt split up with her “Ghost Whisperer” co-star, Jamie Kennedy, just as she was about to embark on a tour promoting her new book about relationships.

Still, she went ahead with the publicity tour for “The Day I Shot Cupid: My Name is Jennifer Love Hewitt and I’m a Love-Aholic.”

And she’s embracing one of its lessons: Allow yourself 72 hours to wallow after a breakup. Then move forward.

“Put your big girl pants on and move on,” Hewitt says. “Seventy-two hours is an appropriate time. After that you start to smell and your friends don’t want to talk to you.”

The birthday bunch

Actor Leonard Nimoy is 79. Actor Alan Arkin is 76. Actor James Caan is 70. Singer Diana Ross is 66. Singer Steven Tyler is 62. Actress Vicki Lawrence is 61. Actor Martin Short is 60. TV host Leeza Gibbons is 53. Actress Jennifer Grey is 50. Singer Kenny Chesney is 42. Actor T.R. Knight is 37. Actress Keira Knightley is 25.


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