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By United Press International  |  June 25, 2011 at 3:54 AM
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JERRY LEWIS: American entertainer Jerry Lewis fell ill shortly before he was to perform at a fundraiser in Australia, said Friday.

Lewis, 85, recently announced he has ended his decades-long run as host of the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day telethon because of health issues.

He was scheduled to perform in Sydney in the first of eight charity concerts in the country for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of Australia. However, said the audience for Friday's show was informed moments before it was to begin that Lewis wasn't feeling well.

"He couldn't even get out of the car; he was pale and looked extremely unwell," concert organizer Richard Errington told said it is unclear whether Lewis was hospitalized and, if so, what his condition is.

OPRAH WINFREY: Oprah Winfrey's production company says the U.S. media mogul hasn't booked an interview with O.J. Simpson, contrary to reports claiming she has.

Winfrey ended her self-titled talk show last month after 25 years so she could concentrate on her OWN cable network.

After wrapping up her last episode of "Oprah," Winfrey said one of her goals for her new show "Oprah's Next Chapter" is to get Simpson to confess he killed his ex-wife and her friend in 1994.

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of stabbing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman to death in Los Angeles, but later was found responsible for the slayings in a wrongful death civil lawsuit.

The football Hall of Famer and occasional actor, who is serving time in Nevada on armed robbery and kidnapping charges, has always denied he killed his ex-wife and her friend.

The National Enquirer reported Thursday that Simpson confirmed to Winfrey from prison he was responsible for the slayings.

However, a representative for Winfrey's production company, Harpo Inc., told The Hollywood Reporter, "That's not true."

JAMES SPADER: James Spader is in talks to join the cast of the U.S. sitcom "The Office," which is seeking a new leader after Steve Carell left last season, reported.

Spader is a former 1980s film star whose career was revived by a starring role as brilliant, manipulative lawyer Alan Shore on "Boston Legal," which ran from 2004 to 2008.

He guest starred on "The Office" last season as one of the candidates to replace Carell's Michael Scott as regional manager of Dunder Mifflin.

"In the finale, he kicked ass," a show source told about Spader. "He was so funny and had this weird energy. We didn't want to pass it up."

The Americanized version of the British workplace comedy by the same name is going into its eighth season.

LAUREN CONRAD: U.S. reality TV personality Lauren Conrad and actor Kyle Howard have broken up after three years of dating, E! News reported Friday.

Sources close to the former couple told the celebrity news Web site the split was a mutual decision and no third parties were involved.

Conrad, 24, is best known for her work on "The Hills."

Howard, 33, was a cast member of the recently canceled sitcom "My Boys."

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