Friday, February 7, 2003

The body, the talk show host

St. Paul, Minn. -- He has been a professional wrestler, talk-radio host and Minnesota governor. Next up for Jesse Ventura: his own cable show.

Ventura announced Wednesday on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" that he would soon be host of a nightly program on MSNBC.

"I'm going to educate 'em, entertain 'em and tell people the truth," Ventura said, adding that he hoped the show attracted the sort of young people who helped him get elected in 1998 but who might not be paying much attention to politics these days.

P. Diddy pairs up with Universal

New York -- P. Diddy has picked a new partner.

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, the 33-year-old hip-hop entrepreneur, has signed a three-year deal with Universal Records to press, distribute and promote music from Bad Boy Entertainment, both sides said.

The agreement, reached eight months after Combs ended his longtime venture with Arista Records, allows Combs to retain 100 percent ownership of his company, its artist roster and catalog.

"I'm blessed to make the money," Combs said after the deal was finalized. "But what I'm trying to do is make history, make some hit records."

Gabor celebrates recovery

Los Angeles -- Zsa Zsa Gabor spent her 86th birthday Thursday in the luxury suite of a hospital for aging movie stars, recuperating from a car accident late last year.

"Frederic is going to surprise me with something," Gabor told KNBC-TV Wednesday, referring to her husband, Frederic von Anhalt. "I hope it's something very, very shiny."

Gabor was moved last month from a hospital to the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in suburban Woodland Hills.

She suffered broken bones in the Nov. 27 crash in West Hollywood and received stitches to close wounds to her head, hands, arms and legs.

"I'm much stronger. I'm much better. There's no comparison," Gabor said, adding that the first thing she would do when she went home was "buy myself a beautiful new gown."