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Regis looking for another co-host

Regis Philbin will have another round of new co-hosts on his morning talk show, at least for a little while. Philbin's sidekick, Kelly Ripa of the ABC soap opera "All My Children," is going on maternity leave. Her last day is Friday, and she'll be gone just four weeks.

"Everybody's raising their eyebrows about that," he told AP Radio. "She's welcome to take six or eight or how many she needs. We understand, you know, but she wants to do it in four."

Philbin said, a series of college students will fill in on the syndicated "Live with Regis & Kelly." Ripa, 30, replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as Philbin's co-host in February.

Elton's cars hit the road

Pop star Elton John had a superstar garage sale, clearing out 20 vehicles and taking in $2.8 million. The cars up for grabs at Christie's auction house in London included three Ferraris, four Aston Martins and nine Bentleys. The most expensive was a 1993 Jaguar XJ220, with a top speed of 213 mph and only 852 miles on it, which sold for $331,000.

The sale totaled $2.75 million "I hope that all the new owners enjoy these cars as much as I did," John said.

Christie's said John sold the cars because he never got a chance to use them. But he wasn't going to be without wheels. Carey Wallace, the auctioneer's rock and pop specialist, said John was holding on to eight cars.

Newsman Paul Harvey recovering

Fans of Paul Harvey have been getting increasingly worried about the extended absence of the veteran radio commentator, which came after a noticeable hoarseness in his 83-year-old vocal cords. But the official word is that it's nothing more than a severe case of laryngitis for America's most listened-to radio broadcaster.

"Paul's been out for several weeks with laryngitis," says Chris Berry, vice president of radio for ABC News, which syndicates Harvey's two shows. "He's resting his voice. His voice is a little thin right now." Berry says Harvey won't be back "until he gets to be 100 percent."

Authors start war of words

Novelist John Irving has aimed some ugly epithets recently at rival wordsmith Tom Wolfe. It's the latest strafing in the war of words the two have been engaged in, now, for months. Author of "The Cider House Rules," Irving says in the June/July issue of Details magazine that he doesn't know a single "serious writer who reads Tom Wolfe." While Irving insists he never looks at Wolfe's prose, he describes the best-selling creator of "Bonfire of the Vanities" and "A Man in Full" as a hack.

Details reports that Wolfe declined to comment on the article. He's probably just going to work the incident into his next book.

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