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Report: Anderson Cooper may replace Matt Lauer on 'Today'

NEW YORK, March 27 (UPI) -- NBC is talking to CNN's Anderson Cooper about replacing Matt Lauer as host of the "Today" show in New York before the end of the year, Deadline said.

The news comes as Lauer continues to be widely criticized for last year's firing of his co-anchor Ann Curry. Lauer is also being partially blamed for the loss of "Today" viewers to its ABC competitor "Good Morning America."

Deadline said NBC told Lauer it was courting Cooper as his replacement and asked Lauer to give the transition his stamp of approval.

Instead, Lauer allegedly called Cooper to voice his outrage over the prospect of being replaced before he is ready to leave.

Lauer's call surprised Cooper, who thought Lauer supported the "Today" show change, the entertainment industry news website said.

Deadline said the network has also considered Ryan Seacrest, Willie Geist and David Gregory as possible replacements for Lauer.


Neighbor accuses singer Justin Bieber of battery

CALABASAS, Calif., March 27 (UPI) -- Justin Bieber's neighbor in a posh, gated community in Calabasas, Calif., has filed a police report after an alleged altercation with the singer, TMZ said.

The 19-year-old pop star is accused of battery in the police report filed Tuesday, but the nature of the alleged physical abuse was not specified.

The battery allegedly happened during a dispute with a neighbor who criticized Bieber for recklessly speeding in his Ferrari through the neighborhood while children were playing and people were walking their dogs, TMZ said.

The celebrity news website said multiple residents have since corroborated the complaining man's story.

TMZ didn't name the man who filed the police report.


TV's 'Judge Joe Brown' canceled after 15 seasons

NEW YORK, March 27 (UPI) -- The current 15th season of "Judge Joe Brown" will be the American small-claims court show's last, producers said.

"'Judge Joe Brown' will not be returning for another season. We would like to thank Joe for 15 great years, as well as executive producer John Terenzio and the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication to the show," CBS Television Distribution said in a statement Tuesday.

Broadcasting & Cable said the show's producers and Brown could not agree on the terms for a new contract.

Brown also told the industry publication that CBS Television didn't properly promote the syndicated show.


Panettiere and Klitschko get engaged

LOS ANGELES, March 27 (UPI) -- "Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere and Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko are engaged and planning a summer wedding, UsMagazine.com reported.

"Very few people know and she isn't wearing her ring publicly yet," a friend of the couple told the celebrity magazine. "Looks like a summer wedding!"

Panettiere, 23, and Klitschko, 37, broke up in May 2011 after dating for two years. They reconciled in January.

UsMagazine.com didn't say exactly when the couple became engaged.

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