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Lohan checks into rehab. Britney's camp denies baby talk. Plus: The J.T. LeRoy hoaxer says she did nothing wrong.

By Scott Lamb
Published January 18, 2007 2:30PM (EST)

Morning Briefing:
Knight enters "Greygate" fray: After Isaiah Washington denied, during an interview after the Golden Globes on Monday, ever calling his "Grey's Anatomy" costar T.R. Knight a derogatory term for a male homosexual, Knight showed up on "Ellen" yesterday to give his side of events, which he did in a halting, heart-wrenching kind of way. Struggling with his words, he tells Ellen DeGeneres that during the now-infamous on-set fight last fall, Washington did, indeed, go there: "He referred to me as a faggot ... it's such an awesome word, isn't it?" You can watch the interview on Video Dog here. (Defamer)

Lohan checks in: In what must come as a relief to both concerned fans and her liver, Lindsay Lohan has checked herself into rehab. In a statement released through her rep on Wednesday, the starlet said: "I have made a proactive decision to take care of my personal health. I appreciate your well wishes and ask that you please respect my privacy at this time." The catalyst, apparently, was Prince's big post-Golden Globes bash -- Page Six reports that she was found passed out in a hotel hallway after partying until 6 a.m. Us Weekly writes that she checked into Wonderland Center in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon. (People, Page Six, Us Weekly)

Britney denies pregnancy rumor: After the rumor about Britney Spears being pregnant again made the Internet rounds Wednesday, her manager told Us Weekly that "Britney is not pregnant" and any report to the contrary is "absurd." We're agnostic on whether there's any truth to the story, but it does seem worth pointing out that her rep also vehemently denied Spears was pregnant the last time around. (Us Weekly,

The Jolie-Pitts head to New Orleans: There have been rumors that supercouple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (plus their brood) were relocating to New Orleans ever since Pitt began filming on "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" late last year, but at the Golden Globes on Monday night, Jolie confirmed the family will settle there. "We love it there," she told Us Weekly. "The kids are going to go to school there. We're really looking forward to it." The family has been living in a $3.5 million mansion in the French Quarter. (Associated Press, Us Weekly)

Sad news from Vienna, Austria -- Paris Hilton will be attending the city's famous Opera Ball next month, but Britney Spears, who was supposed to come with her, is no longer on the list. Christina Lugner, who invited Hilton to attend, explains, "They unfortunately do not get along anymore." (The Scoop) ... "Dreamgirls" is the No. 1 album in the U.S. again this week, having sold just 60,000 copies -- 6,000 fewer than last week, which is a new record-low sales number for a No. 1 album. (Billboard) ... "American Idol" meanwhile had record-high numbers for its debut: The Season 6 premiere was the biggest debut ever on Fox, drawing an estimated 37.3 million viewers. (Associated Press) ... Publishing house HarperCollins announced Wednesday that it's shutting down all operations of Regan Books, the imprint headed by Judith Regan before she was fired last month. In a statement, the company said: "Effective immediately, the Regan name will no longer be used and an interim logo, HC, will appear on all books published through summer." (Hollywood Reporter)

Money Quote:
Laura Albert, the woman who penned novels under the fake identity of J.T. LeRoy, on why she won't apologize: "For me, J.T. was never a hoax. And people say, 'Well, why don't you apologize.' What for? Because you bought a book? Because you were moved by the words? ... People responded with great love and great joy. We never sat there and said, 'Ha, ha, we're tricking people.'" (Page Six)

Turn On:
On Thursday night, "Scrubs" (NBC, 9 p.m. EST) has a special musical episode, and it's the season premiere of "American Chopper" (TLC, 9 p.m. EST). Also on Thursday, the battle of the blowhards: Stephen Colbert will be a guest on "The O'Reilly Factor" (Fox, 8 p.m. EST) and, later, Bill O'Reilly shows up on "The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST).

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EST): Taylor Hicks and Fantasia Barrino
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST): Harry Shearer
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST): James Woods, Lisa Lampanelli, Five for Fighting
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST): Megan Mullally, Annuals
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST): Chevy Chase, Hannah Storm, Montgomery Gentry
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST): Rupert Everett, Sophia Bush, Robin Thicke and Pharrell
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST): Robin Wright Penn
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST): Bill O'Reilly

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