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Brian Grazer to replace Brett Ratner at Oscars; Piers Morgan quits ‘America’s Got Talent’

A mix of the morning’s entertainment headlines...

Brian Grazer and Brett Ratner. (Robin Beck/Getty)

Still no word on who will replace Eddie Murphy as the ceremony’s host. If Grazer follows Ratner’s suit and picks a performer he’s worked with in the past, Entertainment Weekly guesses he may pick Tom Hanks, Steven Martin or perhaps even Jason Bateman. (Vulture; EW)

Piers Morgan announced Wednesday that he is leaving NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” to focus on his CNN show.

“I've loved every single second but discovered that juggling, to my surprise, really is a bit more difficult than I thought,” Morgan said.

Nick Cannon, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel are expected to continue with the show.

Nancy Grace is donating eight weeks worth of her “Dancing With the Stars” paychecks to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. (THR)

Madonna is “very upset” — hydrangea angry, even — over the leak of her new single, “Give Me All You Love.” (Reuters)

Mariah Carey maybe “dissed” Kim Kardashian at a Jenny press conference: “I'm a real person, I'm not going to put on a fake face for Hollywood ... Sometimes we make each other mad, that's why we aren't divorced after four months.” US Weekly reports the audience “gasped” at this remark, which Carey followed up with, “I’m just saying.” (Us Weekly)

Barry Williams wants to serve you brunch, after the jump.

Presented without comment: The cover of R. Kelly’s autobiography, “Soula Coaster: The Diary of Me.” (BWE)

Tori Spelling’s new baby, Hattie, gets her first Us Weekly pictorial. They grow up so fast! (Us Weekly)

Nicolas “Maybe A Vampire” Cage reportedly purchased a pricey knife in Alaska to cut his steak with. (TMZ)

Have you recently wondered what Barry Williams, aka Greg Brady, is up to these days? He’s doing a show in Branson, Mo. called the “Brady Brunch,” of course! (Gawker)


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