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Richards to meet offended clubgoers. Lohan joins A.A. Plus: "Daily Show" honcho's moving on.

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Richards to offer in-person apology: After making stops on “The Late Show With David Letterman” and the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s syndicated radio show, the great Michael Richards apology tour rolls on — this time to an in-person meeting with the clubgoers who were the target of his racist outburst. A joint statement released by Richards’ press agent and the attorney for the men explained that the meeting — to be presided over by a retired judge — is necessary to continue the “process of healing and closure.” Howard J. Rubinstein, who represents Richards, also noted that a cash settlement could be a part of that process too. (CNN, Hollywood.com, Fox News)

Larry wasn’t the king of Miami: According to allegations in a recently published book by Joann Biondi, “Miami Beach Memories,” about the town’s “glory days” from 1920 to 1960, Larry King was prone to some less than regal behavior when he lived there years ago. The book portrays King as a gambling boozer constantly struggling to pay off his debts and creditors. “Larry King was a loser,” said retired secretary and boutique owner Shirley Zaret. “Everyone knew it.” A CNN spokesperson had no comment on the book. (Page Six)

Lohan goes anonymous: Hot on the heels of last week’s drunken display at GQ’s Men of the Year dinner, Lindsay Lohan’s mother, Dina, has confirmed that her daughter has been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Dina told People magazine that Lindsay has “been attending some meetings and it’s going to be a slow process.” But Leslie Sloane, Lindsay’s publicist, warns against making too much out of the matter: “And by the way, she’s not saying … she’ll stop drinking tomorrow.” (BBC News, AP)

Also:
The executive producer of both “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” Ben Karlin, has announced that he’ll leave both shows by the end of the year to pursue other projects, including a collection of essays called “Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me.” (New York Times) … Lane Garrison, who played Tweener on Fox’s “Prison Break,” was involved in a car accident Saturday night that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy. Two teenage girls were also injured. (E Online) … Country superstar Keith Urban has checked out of rehab and reunited with his wife, Nicole Kidman. (Us) … No big box office changes this weekend as “Happy Feet,” “Casino Royale” and “Deja Vu” occupied the top three spots for the second weekend in a row. (Hollywood Reporter) … According to her rep, Paris Hilton has backed out of a scheduled appearance on tonight’s “Billboard Music Awards” show rather than go through with a script that included material she found “objectionable.” (People) … Hilton’s new best friend forever, Britney Spears, was the most searched person or subject of the year on Yahoo. The most searched for news story was the death of “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. The war in Iraq finished fourth. (N.Y. Daily News)

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Money Quote:
Will Smith on why his pal Tom Cruise hasn’t been able to sell him on Scientology: “I was raised in a Baptist household and my grandmother would get up out of her casket.” (MSNBC)

Turn On:
On Monday night, TNT airs two back-to-back episodes of “The Closer” (TNT, 8 p.m. EST), the third season of “Supernanny” (ABC, 9 p.m. EST) premieres and Fox presents the “2006 Billboard Music Awards” (8 p.m. EST).

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EST): Rev. Al Sharpton with Sean Bell’s fiancé, Nicole Paultre
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST): Rosie O’Donnell, Lady Sovereign (repeat)
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST): Cate Blanchett, Larry the Cable Guy, Corinne Bailey Rae
Conan O’Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST): Jennifer Connelly, Joan Jett
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST): Betty White, Twiggy, Sam Moore and Travis Tritt
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST): Wilmer Valderrama, Michael Irvin, Chris Daughtry (repeat)
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST): Nathan Lane
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST): Will Wright

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David Marchese is associate music editor at Salon.

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