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Sawyer looking to leave "GMA"? No Stewart/Colbert ticket in '08. And Victoria Beckham: "I look really awful naked."

Published October 10, 2006 1:30PM (EDT)

Morning Briefing:
Diane fixin' to cut and run? After her conspicuous absence from a party for "Good Morning America" staff last Friday, rumor has it that Diane Sawyer is looking to leave her post at the morning show. As a source tells Rush & Molloy, "The staff took Diane's absence as a clear message she is leaving the show and is slowly starting to separate herself from it." A rep for ABC claims there's nothing to the whispers, saying Sawyer couldn't make it because "she was sick in bed." (TMZ, Rush & Molloy)

No Stewart in '08: In an interview as part of the New Yorker Festival over the weekend, Jon Stewart told New Yorker editor David Remnick that there's no chance he'll run for president, and that the T-shirts that are part of a fan-driven campaign endorsing him and Stephen Colbert "are a real sign of how sad people are" about the state of American politics. Said Stewart, "Nothing says 'I am ashamed of you, my government' more than 'Stewart/Colbert '08.'" (Fox)

Beckham dishes on Beckham: Ex-Posh Spice Victoria Beckham has admitted she has a few body-image issues, telling the Australian version of Harper's Bazaar recently that she has "no bum at all." She also says all those paparazzi shots of her looking rail thin in high fashion don't tell the whole story: "I've got so much saggy skin on my stomach, I might fit into jeans, but trust me, I look really awful naked." (People)

Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie have patched up their friendship, announcing to paparazzi after a meal together on Sunday night, "We are back!" (E Online) ... Funnyman Tim Allen, 53, married his girlfriend of five years, Jane Hadjuk, 39, over the weekend in Colorado -- it is his second marriage, her first. (Associated Press) ... Katie Couric's viewership on "The CBS Evening News" fell again last week, to an average of 7.04 million, putting it solidly in third place behind ABC's "World News" (7.97 million) and NBC's "Nightly News" (8.56 million). (Associated Press via Yahoo) ... Sharon Stone will co-host this year's Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 11. (Fox News) ... Music retailer Tower Records is going out of business -- the company's assets were sold for $134.3 million on Friday after nearly 30 hours of bidding, and the stores began going-out-of-business sales over the weekend. (Washington Post)

Money Quote:
Jimmy Buffett says French police mistook vitamins for ecstasy when they searched his plane's luggage last week: "I don't know about you, but at a few months away from turning 60, I carry a few prescriptions, including a B vitamin supplement called Foltx ... 'Ecstasy,' they said. I have never taken it and couldn't tell you the difference between a hit of ecstasy and Excedrin PM. My vices these days consist of boat drinks, beer, wine and the occasional hot fudge sundae." (Page Six)

Turn On:
The Detroit Tigers play the Oakland A's in California for the "American League Championship Series Game No. 1" (Fox, 8 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday night, plus HBO airs "The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl" (8 p.m. EDT) and Brooke Shields returns to her therapist role on "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 10 p.m. EDT).

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): Lou Dobbs
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): Carly Fiorina
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Bob Woodward, Nicky Hilton, Joseph Arthur
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Tiger Woods, Emeril Lagasse, Chingy
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Tina Fey
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Laura Linney, Jordana Brester, Say Anything
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Jason Lee, America Ferrera, Gym Class Heroes
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): David Cross
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Ariel Levy

-- Scott Lamb

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