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Leno awaits ‘cool down’ before talking to Conan

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey that will air Thursday, Jay Leno says he still hasn't spoken to ousted "Tonight" host Conan O'Brien.
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In an interview with Jay Leno that airs Thursday, Oprah Winfrey asked the Leno whether he spoke to Conan O’Brien during the weeks the two were embroiled in an on-air late-night hosting war.

“I haven't talked to him through all this. No. I haven't,” Leno told Winfrey. Why?

“I don't know. I think it — let things cool down and maybe we'll talk, you know,” Leno said during Tuesday’s taping.

As to whether he found any of the barbs that came his way to be hurtful, Leno said that it’s all part of the job.

“It's what we do, you know?” Leno said. “You can't — it's like being a fighter and say when you got punched in the head, did it hurt? Well, yeah. But you're a fighter. That's what you do.”

The last episode of “The Jay Leno Show” airs Feb. 9. He returns as the host of “The Tonight Show” on March 1.

Will Abdul go ‘Dancing With the Stars’?Even though a stint as a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars” is not Paula Abdul’s dream job, she would do it for the chance of a larger role at ABC.

Before her days as the “nice judge” on “American Idol,” she was a professional cheerleader, scored a string of pop hits and starred in a brief but bizarre reality show.

“She’s been wanting to make her mark on a network long term,” said a source close to Abdul. “She’s had reality shows and such, but she hasn’t had one place to develop the Paula brand. If ABC were to give her that chance, she’d probably do it, even if being on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ was the trade-off.”

Why wouldn’t Abdul want to be on the show? “She’s one of the best choreographers and dancers that’s ever lived. It would be a little embarrassing if she didn’t win,” said the source.

As for the possibility that Abdul will be on the show, “Dancing With the Stars” never confirms or denies potential contestants, but a source close to the show said that Abdul would be welcome.

“The crop of contestants hasn’t exactly been A-list,” said the source. “She’s proven to be good television, she’d be great.”

Lady Gaga doesn’t need iced cheeseWhen it comes to weirdness, Lady Gaga provides an endless stream of fodder.

Pop sensation Lady Gaga’s eccentric style ranges from pantless getups to blinding face masks.

So it’s completely conceivable that the Lady would have some odd backstage requests for her concerts.

According to Life & Style, Gaga’s contract rider for her upcoming Irish concerts next month stipulates “non-smelly cheese on ice” and “a cleaner to completely bleach the backstage area before she arrives, a tarot card and a spiritualist.”

It does seem to be a bit much, even in comparison to Van Halen’s infamous demands regarding no brown M&Ms, so we’re glad that Gaga’s rep has cleared this up: “This is totally not true … it’s a bogus rider,” he said.

When wind blows, McDreamy thinks of his wifePatrick Dempsey is taking his McDreamy-ness to the big screen this February when he appears in “Valentine’s Day,” but don’t take his appearance in the film as a de facto endorsement for the holiday.

“I’ve never really believed in Valentine’s Day. You’re anxious about buying the right gift, but it’s really about your heart, not a TV commercial for De Beers diamonds,” Dempsey told Readers Digest. “The best Valentine’s Days are magical and spontaneous and just sort of unfold.”

Dempsey’s heart might be on the cold side when it comes to the Hallmark holiday, but he’s nothing if not romantic when it comes to the notion of marriage.

“Once you go through the Romeo-Juliet phase of a relationship, you can become road weary,” he told the magazine. “The key is to find that childlike innocence and openness again. Little things — Jillian recently surprised me with wood chimes. Anytime the wind blows, it reminds me of her.”

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