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Amy Fisher signs copies of her new book "If I Knew Then" at Barnes & Noble in New York on October 25, 2004. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh) | License Photo

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MICHAEL JACKSON: British insurance company Lloyd's of London has asked a Los Angeles judge to nullify a $17.5 million policy guaranteeing a series of Michael Jackson concerts.


The 2009 shows did not go on as planned at London's O2 arena because Jackson died in Los Angeles days before they were to begin.

The pop icon's doctor is awaiting trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Jackson's death at age 50.

Dr. Conrad Murray is accused of administering lethal levels of anesthesia and sedatives to Jackson in an effort to help the singer sleep. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The BBC said Lloyd's of London is suing AEG Live, promoters of Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" concert series, saying the company failed to reveal Jackson's apparent "prescription drug use and/or addiction."

The insurer alleges a required physical examination was never carried out, so it should not be forced to pay the claim.


Representatives for AEG Live, which filed the claim within days of Jackson's June 25, 2009, death, were not available for comment, the British broadcaster said.

JOSH DUHAMEL: Actor Josh Duhamel is set to reprise his role of con artist Leo du Pres on the U.S. daytime soap opera "All My Children" this August, ABC said Tuesday.

"Leo was paired with Rebecca Budig's Greenlee in 2000 and the two characters quickly became a soap super-couple," the network noted in a news release. "When Leo went over a waterfall years ago trying to save Greenlee, his body was never found, leaving daytime fans hopeful the character would someday return."

Duhamel, who is best known for his work in the "Transformers" film franchise, was nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards during his time on "All My Children." He won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2002 for his portrayal of Leo.

"Everyone at 'All My Children' is thrilled and excited to welcome Josh back to Pine Valley. The appearance of Leo is sure to be one of the highlights of the season," Julie Carruthers, executive producer of "All My Children," said in a statement.

The daytime drama began in 1970. ABC announced in April plans to cancel the show when this season wraps in September.


AMY FISHER: VH1 says the fifth season of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," its reality series set at California's Pasadena Recovery Center, will premiere this month.

This season's cast includes Michael Lohan, father of actress Lindsay Lohan; actresses Sean Young and Bai Ling; baseball player Dwight "Doc" Gooden; tabloid star Amy Fisher; musician Steven Adler; reality TV personality Jessica "Sugar" Kiper and actor Jeremy Jackson.

"Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" is set to premiere June 26 on VH1.

"In the fifth installment of the 'Celebrity Rehab' franchise, Dr. Drew takes viewers behind the closed doors of rehab and inside the often misunderstood treatment process," VH1 said in a synopsis. "From heartbreak to hope we follow Dr. Drew and his patients on their difficult and deeply emotional journey to sobriety. An often raw and unflinching look at the many faces of addiction, Dr. Drew shows us that rehab is not a glamorous spa vacation for celebrities as portrayed in the media but a profound life-changing process that offers hope for a better life."

CRAIG FERGUSON: "The Late Late Show" is leaving its home base of Los Angeles for a week and will tape in Paris, host Craig Ferguson said.


Ferguson made the announcement on Monday night's edition of his chat series.

French-themed episodes of the show are to be taped June 13-17 and will air the week of Aug. 1.

"This is the first time in the history of this show that we've been allowed outside," Ferguson joked.

"Historically, when Americans don't know what to do next, they go to Paris. Benjamin Franklin is like: 'What am I going to do now? I'll go to Paris!'"

Joined by Kristen Bell and other celebrity guests who will be announced at a later date, Ferguson will explore some of Paris' most iconic landmarks, CBS said in a news release Tuesday.

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