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By United Press International  |  June 17, 2011 at 3:49 AM
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DAVE CHAPPELLE: Dave Chappelle's publicist says the U.S. comedian is not planning a return to television, contrary to online rumors claiming he is.

The popular comic has made few public appearances since reportedly walking away several years ago from a $50 million contract to continue starring in his sketch comedy series "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central.

While there has been vague speculation for months about the possibility Chappelle will return to the small-screen, The Daily reported Thursday the comedian is in talks with a subscription service similar Hulu or Netflix to star in a show over which he would have tremendous creative control.

However, Chappelle's representative Carla Sims told the story is "absolutely untrue."

One source told the entertainment news Web site Chappelle, 37, is still trying to figure out what he wants to do with his career.

"He's enjoying his life; he has a new daughter and is just doing what he's really passionate about -- stand-up," the insider told

OPRAH WINFREY: Oprah Winfrey says she wants imprisoned former U.S. football great O.J. Simpson to confess to her he killed his ex-wife and her friend.

Simpson was acquitted of stabbing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman to death in 1994 in California, but later was found responsible for the slayings in a wrongful death civil lawsuit.

The ex-football player and occasional actor, who is now serving time in Nevada for armed robbery and kidnapping, has always denied he killed the pair.

The Washington Post reported Winfrey told people gathered at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association convention in Chicago she wants Simpson, who turns 64 next month, to submit to an interview for her Oprah Winfrey Network and admit killing his ex-wife and Goldman.

"I have a dream of O.J. Simpson confessing to me," the Post quoted Winfrey as saying. "And I am going to make that happen, people. I don't just want the interview. I want the interview on the condition that you are ready, Mr. Simpson."

KELLY OSBOURNE: British singer and TV personality Kelly Osbourne said via Twitter her 3-month-old Pomeranian puppy Noodles has died. said Osbourne took the dog to the vet this week after she suffered a seizure. Tests revealed she had swelling in her brain.

"Noodles is not going to make it," Osbourne wrote on her Twitter account Wednesday. "She was born with a brain defect and I have to put her to sleep today. I'm devastated. I just can't believe it."

MATTHEW BRODERICK: Kathleen Marshall is to direct and choreograph the new Broadway musical comedy "Nice Work if You Can Get It," starring Matthew Broderick.

The 1920s-set show's producers announced Thursday the musical will open next spring.

Broderick is a film star and two-time Tony Award winner who has previously headlined the Broadway productions of "The Producers," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs."

Produced by Roger Berlind, Sonia Friedman, Roy Furman and Scott Landis, "Nice Work" has a book by "Memphis" writer Joe DiPietro.

"Work" is described as a screwball romantic comedy featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin and revolving around a wealthy playboy who gets mixed up with a hilarious trio of bootleggers.

"I am beyond thrilled to get to work with Matthew Broderick again and to bring Matthew back to Broadway in his first musical since 'The Producers.' The chance to do a new musical comedy with timeless songs by the Gershwin brothers is just heavenly," Marshall said in a statement.

Additional casting, venue and creative team will be announced shortly, the show's producers said.

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