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When Chris Christie briefly considered a bid for the White House in 2011, many suggested the popular New Jersey Governor was too fat to be President. However, if he decides to run in 2016 his weight may be less of a burden; in an interview with the New York Post, Christie has revealed that he underwent secret gastric-band surgery earlier this year, and observers say it is already paying off.

Letterman: 'Even my sat nav won't talk to me'

David Letterman, the late-night comic who astonished his audience last week by detailing an alleged extortion plot against him over affairs he had with female staff members, is now using his airtime to apologise to his wife and production team.

Letterman says wife 'horribly hurt' by sex scandal

Late-night TV host David Letterman has apologised to his wife on his Late Show, saying she had been "horribly hurt by my behaviour."

Philip Hensher: The Cameron dilemma for impressionists

That thoughtful and accomplished comedian-impressionist, Alistair McGowan, has said he is quite unable to imitate David Cameron. After repeated attempts, "all that comes out is an upper-class whisper". It's true: has anyone succeeded in capturing Cameron's way of talking, or even in isolating any characteristic gestures? His voice doesn't sound "upper class" to me: it sounds neutral, relaxed, and middle class, like a BBC announcer from the 1970s. He is remarkably free of verbal or physical tics, as far as I can see; there is little on the surface to ridicule.

Letterman's rivals quick to jump on chat-show host's confession

But industry sources say he was right to own up to affairs with his staff

Letterman's TV confession foils '$2m blackmail' plot

Chat show host shocks audience with revelation that he had sex with women who worked on his late-night programme

Celebrity sex scandals

This week, chat show star David Letterman shocked his audience when he revealed he had slept with female employees, and as a result had been blackmailed for 2 million dollars.

Chat show star David Letterman reveals blackmail plot over affairs

US chat show host David Letterman made an extraordinary confession to a string of affairs on his top-rated TV show after an alleged two million dollar blackmail plot.

War of US late-night big hitters rocks the nation's TV habits

Chat-show host Jay Leno returns to the screen with A-list line-up, ousting drama from prime time slot

American Football: The third coming of Brett Favre

His first comeback bombed but the gridiron legend, 40 next month, won't stay away. Can he still cut it?

Farah Fawcett, the original Charlie's Angel, dies at 62

Actress loses three-year battle with the cancer she dubbed her 'terrorist' at Los Angeles hospital

Ed McMahon dies at 86

Ed McMahon, a fixture on US late-night television for 30 years as the full-throated announcer and sidekick for Johnny Carson on NBC's "The Tonight Show," died yesterday at 86 after battling a series of illnesses in recent months.

Who will have the final say in the clash of America’s TV chat kings?

As Letterman trades blows with O’Brien, Leno is poised for a dramatic return.

Caught in the Net: Fein line in matters of pop

Russ Feingold, a Democratic US senator for Wisconsin who's been turning his attention to the more relaxed matters of pop music, posted a video on his website (www.russfeingold.org) last month entitled "Fein Tunes", where he discussed music that interested him, offering a shout-out to fellow Wisconsinite, Bon Iver. A later instalment discussed his fondness for Wilco, in particular for 'Mermaid Avenue' (1998), the album of Woody Guthrie songs they recorded with Billy Bragg. Feingold's timing is good as Wilco's new album is released in June, and already available to stream at their website, tinyurl.com/ppx8nn.

No word on paparazzi in police log on Madonna fall

A police report on Madonna's fall from a horse is silent on whether paparazzi scared the animal, as her spokeswoman has said.

The lighter side of policy: Obama to appear on talk show

Fans of America's late-night talk shows expect politics to intrude on the traditional fare of jokes and celebrity pandering when the country is in campaign mode. They do not expect to be similarly disturbed when the elections are over. It is a contract between comics and couch potatoes that has endured for years. But no longer.

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