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Travolta apologizes to Menzel

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John Travolta has apologized to Idina Menzel for mangling the pronunciation of her name during the Oscars telecast, saying he’d been “beating myself up” over it.

On Sunday night’s Academy Awards show, Travolta took the stage and introduced Menzel, but he seemed to say “Adele Dazeem” instead.

Menzel seemed unperturbed by the flub as she sang out “Let It Go,” from the animated film “Frozen.”

Travolta said in a statement released Tuesday: “I’ve been beating myself up all day. Then I thought … what would Idina Menzel say? She’d say, ‘Let it go, let it go!’ Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy ‘Frozen’ took home two Oscars Sunday night!”

Babies in the news

•Actor Kelsey Grammer, 59, and his wife, Kayte, are expecting their second child, according to People magazine’s website Wednesday. Grammer has four children from previous relationships.

•Actress Thandie Newton announced on Twitter that she has welcomed her third child with her husband, producer Ol Parker. Booker Jombe Parker was born Monday.

Daphne Oz gave birth to her first child with husband John Jovanovic on Feb. 26. “The Chew” co-host named her daughter Philomena Bijou Jovanovic, she said via Skype on the show Tuesday.

Scarlett Johansson is expecting her first child with fiancé Romain Dauriac, People’s website reported Monday.

Awards host tapped

Conan O’Brien announced Tuesday on his TBS talk show “Conan” that he’s hosting this year’s MTV Movie Awards on April 13.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Ben Murphy is 72. Singer Mary Wilson is 70. Singer-guitarist David Gilmour is 68. Actor-director Rob Reiner is 67. Actor Tom Arnold is 55. Actor D.L. Hughley is 50. Actress Connie Britton is 47. Rapper Bubba Sparxxx is 37.

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