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Showbuzz

May 7, 1999
Web posted at: 4:24 p.m. EDT (2024 GMT)

Today's buzz stories:

Live from New York... it's Monica Lewinsky?

NEW YORK (CNN) -- If reports are true, Monica Lewinsky must have a good sense of humor. Though NBC was keeping mum about it, the former White House intern who had sexual relations with President Clinton might appear on the network's "Saturday Night Live." The comedy show previously has used the Lewinsky scandal in several skits featuring "SNL" cast member Molly Shannon as Lewinsky.

"This is a live show. The only thing I know for sure is that Cuba Gooding Jr. is the host and Ricky Martin is the musical guest," an NBC spokesman, Marc Liepis, said Friday.

During a skit rehearsal this week, Lewinsky was said to make jokes about dating and phone sex with President William Howard Taft, according to the New York Daily News. Taft was president from 1909-1913.

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Wynette

Wynette's husband dropped from lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) -- Tammy Wynette's manager-husband is off the hook in a lawsuit alleging drug addiction caused the country music star's death last year. Three of Wynette's four daughters filed the suit, but agreed Thursday to drop George Richey as a defendant.

"My six-month nightmare has ended," said Richey, Wynette's husband when she died April 6, 1998 at the age of 55. "Today's dismissal of the lawsuit against me is recognition that I provided loving support for Tammy and was not responsible in any fashion for her death."

The lawsuit will continue against Wynette's private physician, whom the daughters accuse of malpractice in treating Wynette with large amounts of narcotics. In the agreement dropping him from the suit, Richey relinquished his right to one-third of any money the daughters receive if they win their case, and gave up his right to sue the daughters for libel.

The original suit alleged that Richey ignored advice to take Wynette to a hospital when she became ill, and contributed to her addiction.

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Wolf (left) with co-star Jay Mohr in the recent movie "Go"

Scott Wolf: From 'Party' to Broadway

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Scott Wolf is headed to Broadway. The star of TV's "Party of Five" and the recent film release "Go," Wolf will join the jazz-themed play "Side Man" shortly after current lead Christian Slater departs following the Tony Awards on June 6, according to Variety.

"Side Man," currently up for a Tony as best play, centers on the emotionally corrosive effect that a jazz sideman's lifestyle has on his marriage and on his relationship with his son.

Despite positive reviews, "Side Man" has suffered poor attendance, with runs both Off Broadway last season and at the Roundabout Theater Co. this season.

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The Eagles

Eagles to play L.A. on New Year's

HOLLYWOOD (CNN) -- The Eagles will soar into the new millennium. The rock band that reached its peak in the 1970s and '80s is set to play at the new Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on New Year's Eve 1999.

Tickets for the triple-billed show, which also boasts Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt, will go on sale May 16 and range in cost from $50 to $1,000 a seat. It is the first announced concert for the arena. The $350 million downtown center is set to open in October and will be the linchpin in Los Angeles' efforts to revitalize the downtown area adjacent to the Convention Center.

The Eagles are being paid a guaranteed sum for the concert, and will also get a percentage of the ticket sales for the 22,000-seat arena, for a likely multimillion-dollar windfall. The deal also earmarks a portion of the proceeds for L.A's Best: After School Enrichment Program.

The Eagles last played in the United States in 1995. They're known for such hits as "Hotel California," "Long Run" and "Take It Easy."

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Reuters contributed to this report.

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