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Seacrest signs for more ‘Idol’

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Ryan Seacrest is sticking around as host of “American Idol.”

The Fox network said Monday night that Seacrest “will continue” as host of the hit singing-competition series, over which he has presided since its premiere a decade ago. The network gave no specifics about the length of his new contract, or any monetary details.

Seacrest called the show’s run until now “a wild ride” and said he is excited it will continue with him on board.

Seacrest recently announced he will take part in NBC’s coverage of the London Olympics.

Addiction addressed

Comedian Russell Brand says “love and compassion” are the key to weaning addicts off drugs.

Brand testified to a parliamentary committee Tuesday in London about his own experience of addiction and said society should not “discard people, write them off on methadone and leave them on the sidelines.”

During a 30-minute appearance, Brand said he believed drugs should be legalized.

Lineup grows

Comedian and actor Kevin Hart has been added to the main stage lineup for the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

Organizers say Hart, hot on the heels of his starring role in this past weekend’s No. 1 film, “Think Like a Man,” will debut his comedic talents during the festival scheduled for July 6 through 8 at the Superdome. Hart joins a lineup that includes Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi, Fantasia and Eve.

Summer events

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Include event name, date, time, location, cost and a contact number. Deadline to receive items is Friday.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Al Pacino is 72. ABBA singer Bjorn Ulvaeus is 67. Singer-songwriter Rob Crosby is 58. Actor Hank Azaria is 48. Former “Early Show” host Jane Clayson is 45. Actress Gina Torres is 43. Actress Renee Zellweger is 43. Actor Jason Lee is 42. Actor Jason Wiles is 42.

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