KEITH OLBERMANN: Keith Olbermann announced on Friday's edition of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" he is leaving the U.S. cable network MSNBC effective immediately.
The network confirmed his departure but offered no reason for it. The news came two months after the TV commentator was suspended for contributing to Democratic candidates without getting permission from his bosses, which is company policy.
"MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract," said a statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter Friday. "The last broadcast of 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC's success and we wish him well in his future endeavors."
Olbermann had been the host of "Countdown" since 2003.
ROGER EBERT: U.S. film critic Roger Ebert says he has been wearing a silicone prosthesis over the lower half of his face, which was removed during his battle with cancer.
"This device (fits) over my lower face and neck and (is) colored to match my skin," People.com reported the 68-year-old columnist as saying on his blog Wednesday.
"I will wear the prosthesis on the new television show -- that's not to fool anyone, because my appearance is widely known," he said. "It will be a pleasant reminder of the person I was for 64 years. Symbolically, it's as if my illness never happened and, hey, here I still am, on the show with these new kids ... When people see the 'Roger's Office' segment, they'll notice my voice more than my appearance."
Set to premier Friday on PBS stations, "Ebert Presents At the Movies" will star critics Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and Christy Lemire.
The show will be produced in Chicago at WTTW, where Ebert and the late Gene Siskel began taping their "Sneak Previews" review show 35 years ago.
Co-producer Ebert also will serve as host of a special segment each week.
Ebert, a longtime columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and former co-host of "Siskel and Ebert At the Movies," has battled cancer for years and can only speak via computer. A syndicated version of "At the Movies," featuring lesser-known critics, was recently canceled.
IVANKA TRUMP: U.S. reality TV personality Ivanka Trump, the daughter of real-estate mogul Donald Trump, has announced via Twitter she is pregnant with her first child.
Ivanka Trump, who appears with her father on TV's "The Apprentice," married New York Observer owner Jared Kushner in October 2009.
"I have been wanting to share some amazing news with you all for some time," People.com quoted her as saying in a Twitter message Friday. "I'm pregnant! Jared and I couldn't be more excited."
She did not mention her due date, or whether she is expecting a boy or girl.
KATHLEEN TURNER: Actress Kathleen Turner is to return to Broadway in Matthew Lombardo's new play "High," the show's producers announced.
To be directed by Rob Ruggiero, the play will begin previews March 25 and open April 19 at Manhattan's Booth Theatre.
The cast also includes Stephen Kunken and Evan Jonigkeit.
"'High' explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility," a synopsis said. "When Sister Jamison Connolly (Turner) agrees to sponsor a 19-year-old drug user in an effort to help him combat his addiction, her own faith is ultimately tested. Struggling between the knowledge she possesses as a rehabilitation counselor and a woman of religious conviction, she begins to question her belief in miracles and whether people can find the courage to change."
Turner returns to Broadway following her performance in the 2005 Tony Award-winning revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" She also has starred in Broadway productions of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Indiscretions" and "The Graduate."
Her film credits include "Body Heat," "Romancing the Stone," "Prizzi's Honor" and "Peggy Sue Got Married."
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