Savage comments bring firing

New York -- MSNBC Monday fired talk-show host Michael Savage for making strident anti-gay comments on his Saturday cable television show.

The incident happened when Savage, known for his sharp tongue and controversial conservative stances, was taking calls about airline horror stories.

One caller who identified himself as a gay man began to talk about smoking in the bathroom. Savage cut him off and asked: "So you're one of those sodomists? Are you a sodomite?"

"Yes, I am," the caller replied.

"You should only get AIDS and die, you pig," Savage said. He also referred to the caller as "a piece of garbage."

'Dawson's Creek' star weds

Los Angeles -- James Van Der Beek, who starred as hopeless romantic Dawson Leery on "Dawson's Creek" for six years, married actress Heather McComb over the holiday weekend in an outdoor ceremony in Malibu.

Guests at Saturday's ceremony included Van Der Beek's "Dawson's Creek" castmates Michelle Williams, Meredith Monroe, Busy Philipps, Hal Ozsan and Mary-Margaret Humes, along with fellow actors Soleil Moon Frye, Teri Polo, Essence Atkins and Eric Balfour.

"Dawson's Creek" ended its six-year run in May. Van Der Beek's movie credits include "Varsity Blues" and "The Rules of Attraction." McComb appeared in "Apt Pupil" and the TV series "Profiler" and "Party of Five."

The bride and groom are both 26.

Simon says yes to 'American Idol'

Los Angeles -- "American Idol" villain Simon Cowell has signed a contract to judge the crooner contest for another three years, the Fox network said Monday.

Cowell agreed to return to "American Idol" if Fox would make his show-business dreams come true. He wanted help establishing his own production company, simcow Ltd., and a first-look agreement with the network to run a new reality-TV series from him.

Cowell declined to say how much he was being paid or what new shows he planned to produce. He already oversees the new dating program "Cupid," which is set to premiere on CBS Wednesday.

Cowell will begin judging auditions for a third season of "American Idol" later this summer. The new season starts in January.

Spike Lee, TNN settle lawsuit

New York -- Filmmaker Spike Lee and Viacom have settled a lawsuit Lee filed to keep the media giant from calling its TNN cable television network "Spike TV."

Lee had obtained a temporary injunction in June, preventing the name change, but on Monday state Supreme Court Justice Walter Tolub lifted the order.

The ruling means Viacom, which also owns CBS and MTV, can proceed immediately with plans to rebrand TNN as Spike TV, the "first television network for men." Settlement details were not disclosed.

Lee, director of "Malcolm X" and "Do the Right Thing," got the injunction after claiming that Viacom was renaming TNN in a deliberate attempt to hijack his name, image and reputation.


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