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MICHAEL JACKSON, the interview with Oprah Winfrey, and the hangover from it, have continued to grab the headlines. Jackson said that he has a skin pigmentation problem; his sister La Toya then claimed in another television interview that he doesn't. Today headlined the story 'Jacko's telling little white lies', and the Daily Mirror topped it with 'La Toya gives Jacko a smacko in the face'. The Mirror then capped the saga with its 'Jacko mud cure' story, about an invitation that Jackson has supposedly received from Israeli officials to treat his condition with a mud bath in the Dead Sea.

Elsewhere, Tango paid nearly pounds 20,000 to place a 30-second ad in the first commercial break of Sunday night's film Last Tango in Paris; Paula Yates said 'blow- job' when interviewed on The Word; Chris Tarrant is to present a new BBC show; and Leslie Crowther returned home after four months in hospital.

Finally, it was reported that the presenter of Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, Chris Evans, hasn't seen his love child for two years, while his air-time opposition - GMTV presenter Eamonn Holmes - is under pressure from his son to name his new baby Scott or Virgil after the stars of Thunderbirds.

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