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Colmes leaving Fox show he shares with Hannity to strike out on his own

Fox News host Alan Colmes will leave his role as co-host of Hannity & Colmes at the end of the year, the network announced yesterday.

Colmes, 58, who has hosted the program with Sean Hannity for 12 years, will remain with the network as a liberal commentator and will develop a weekend program.

"Although it's bittersweet to leave one of the longest marriages on cable news, I'm proud that both Sean and I remained unharmed after sitting side by side, night after night for so many years."

Fox News had no word on a name change or a new host for Hannity & Colmes. Hannity, the popular conservative commentator, might become the sole host of the program, according to one source close to the network who insisted on anonymity while speaking about private deliberations.

Done deal

Michael Jackson and a Bahraini prince have settled their differences.

Attorney Bankim Thanki confirmed to London's High Court yesterday that Jackson and Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa had settled their legal dispute over a planned music project that fell apart in 2006, adding that details of the agreement would not be disclosed.

Al Khalifa first befriended Jackson in the wake of his trial on child molestation charges in California. The sheik took the singer under his wing after he was acquitted in June 2005, moving him to Bahrain and showering him with money.

The sheik said the cash was an advance on the music project; Jackson said the money was freely given. Al Khalifa was suing for $7 million, the amount he claims he gave Jackson as part of their project.

Food cooked his way?

Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that a restaurant at Encore, his newest resort, will be named Sinatra, in honor of the the Strip's frequent performer, Frank Sinatra.

Wynn says the singer's family has lent him Sinatra's Oscar and Grammy awards, which will be featured prominently in the restaurant.

And, he says Paul Anka has promised the gold record that he won for writing the English lyrics for "My Way," which Anka wrote with Sinatra in mind.

Encore is scheduled to open Dec. 22.

Ripped from the headlines

Dick Wolfe, executive producer of NBC's crime drama Law & Order, claims he's never going to run out of stories. "When [Brandon Tartikoff, then chief of NBC] bought L&O; ..., he said, 'What's the Bible' [source of material]? And I said, 'The front page of the New York Post.'

"And it has not been a bad piece of source material because ... we can't come up with stories better than a headless body found in a topless bar."


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