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Asner out of hospital

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Ed Asner’s publicist says the 83-year-old actor is out of a Chicago-area hospital after being diagnosed with exhaustion.

Publicist Charles Sherman says Asner was released Thursday and plans to fly home to Los Angeles. He likely will postpone some performances of his touring one-man stage show.

Schultz loses spot

Heartland liberal Ed Schultz is losing his prime-time show on MSNBC.

The cable network says Schultz is being moved to the weekends, to host two-hour shows Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. Union advocate Schultz, whose nightly show preceded Rachel Maddow, has increasingly seemed out of place in MSNBC’s bookishly liberal lineup.

Schultz will be replaced weeknights by Chris Hayes, whose talk show, “Up,” has been a weekend morning mainstay on the MSNBC schedule since 2011. It begins April 1.

Suits settled

Keith Olbermann and Current TV say they’ve settled their dispute nearly a year after Olbermann was fired by the network and responded with a $50 million lawsuit.

Both parties say in a Wednesday statement that the terms of the settlement are confidential.

Olbermann was fired last March as a host and executive at the left-leaning cable talk network.

Olbermann sued, claiming Current violated his agreement and engaged in shoddy production values. Current’s countersuit accused him of breaching his contract, including taking vacation without notice.

New trial in case

A judge has overturned an $8.5 million verdict awarded to a former “Price is Right” model in a pregnancy discrimination case and ruled a new trial is necessary.

Judge Kevin Brazile ruled Tuesday that he didn’t properly instruct the jury that ultimately came to a 9-3 decision in Brandi Cochran’s favor last year, City News Service reported. He based his ruling on new legal guidance from the state’s Supreme Court.

Cochran convinced jurors that the show’s producers discriminated against her after she became pregnant and they refused to allow her to return to the show.

Brazile determined he should have instructed the jury to decide whether pregnancy discrimination was a substantial factor in the producers’ decision to keep Cochran from rejoining the cast after her child was born.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Drummer DJ Fontana is 82. Actor Judd Hirsch is 78. Singer Mike Love is 72. Singer-keyboardist Sly Stone is 70. Singer Dee Snider is 58. Model Fabio is 52. Singer Bret Michaels is 50. Singer Rockwell is 49. Singer Mark McGrath is 45. Actress Eva Longoria is 38. Musician will.i.am is 38. Rapper Young Buck is 32.

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