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He’ll be more hip than ever

Philbin
Philbin
From Wire Reports

Regis Philbin plans to return to his daytime talk show early next year following successful hip replacement surgery.

“Word from the hospital is that everything went perfectly this morning during Regis’ hip replacement surgery, and his doctor said that Regis couldn’t be in better shape,” an e-mail from “Live! With Regis and Kelly” said after Tuesday’s operation.

Philbin, 78, had triple heart bypass surgery in 2007.

Kelsey’s new perch

Kelsey Grammer, fresh from the cancellation of his second TV sitcom in as many seasons, is set to star on Broadway in “La Cage aux Folles” next spring.

The 1983 musical involves the relationship between a French Riviera nightclub owner (Grammer) and its drag star.

Grammer, 54, played Dr. Frasier Crane on the NBC comedy series “Frasier” for 11 seasons. His most recent series were Fox’s “Back To You” and ABC’s “Hank,” which was canceled last month.

Bridget loves … Betty?

Meredith Baxter, who played mother Elyse Keaton on the 1980s TV series “Family Ties,” said on Wednesday’s “Today” show that she is a lesbian.

“Some people are saying, were you living a lie? And, you know, the truth is, not at all. This has only been in the past seven years,” she said.

The mother of five has been married three times, including to David Birney, her ’70s co-star on “Bridget Loves Bernie.”

The birthday bunch

Country singer Ferlin Husky is 84. Singer Andy Williams is 82. Director Jean-Luc Godard is 79. Singer Jaye P. Morgan (“The Gong Show”) is 78. Singer Ozzy Osbourne is 61. Actress Daryl Hannah is 49. Actress Julianne Moore is 49. Actor Brendan Fraser is 41. Singer Montell Jordan is 41. Actress Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed”) is 36. Actress Anna Chlumsky (“My Girl”) is 29. Actor Brian Bonsall (“Family Ties”) is 28. Actress Amanda Seyfried is 24. Actor Jake T. Austin (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) is 15.

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