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O'Brien to return, with iPhone from home

With iPhones and Skype, Conan O'Brien is going back on the air.

The late-night host said he will resume putting out new episodes of TBS' "Conan" on March 30. His staff will remain at home, and the show will be cobbled together with O'Brien on an iPhone and guests via Skype.

"This will not be pretty, but feel free to laugh at our attempt," said O'Brien on Twitter.

The late-night shows have all shut down production due to the coronavirus pandemic to avoid congregating live audiences and large TV crews. Some hosts have pumped out web videos.

Jimmy Fallon has produced 10-minute "At Home" shows for NBC's "Tonight." In one episode, he did a video chat with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Jimmy Kimmel and David Spade have given monologues from their homes. On Monday, Stephen Colbert delivered a 10-minute monologue from his bathtub in a segment that was added to an episode that was otherwise a rerun of CBS's "The Late Show."

O'Brien, though, is the first to try to remotely mount a full broadcast from home.

"The quality of my work will not go down because technically that's not possible," O'Brien joked in a statement.

Monaco's Prince Albert II contracts new virus

The palace of Monaco says its ruler, Prince Albert II, has tested positive for the new coronavirus but his health is not worrying.

Albert, 62, appeared to be the first head of state who has publicly said he contracted the virus.

In a statement Thursday, the palace said he is being treated by doctors from the Princess Grace Hospital, named after his U.S. actress mother. It says Albert is continuing to work from his home office in the palace and is in constant contact with members of his government.

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In the statement, Albert urged residents of his tiny Mediterranean principality to respect confinement measures.

Albert is the second child of Princess Grace — formerly Grace Kelly — and Prince Rainier of Monaco. Albert became a five-time Olympic bobsledder and in recent years has been a global environmental campaigner.

Fluent in English and French, Albert graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts with a degree in political science in 1981, and is a member of the International Olympic Committee.

He and his wife, the former Charlene Wittstock, have twin children.

Former prosecutor sues Netflix over series

Former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein has sued Netflix and film director Ava DuVernay over her portrayal in the streaming service's miniseries about the Central Park Five case, which sent five black and Latino teenagers to prison for a crime they were later absolved of committing.

Fairstein claims in the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Fort Myers, Florida, that the four-part series "When They See Us" defamed her by portraying her as a "racist, unethical villain."

"Most glaringly, the film series falsely portrays Ms. Fairstein as in charge of the investigation and prosecution of the case against the five, including the development of the prosecution's theory of the case," Fairstein's lawyer, Andrew Miltenberg, said in a statement. "In truth, and as detailed in the lawsuit, Ms. Fairstein was responsible for neither aspect of the case."

Fairstein was the top Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor in 1989 when the five teenagers were charged with a vicious attack on a jogger in Central Park. The convictions were overturned in 2002 after convicted murderer and serial rapist Matias Reyes confessed to committing the crime alone. DNA linked him to it.

Fairstein, who became a best-selling crime author after retiring from the Manhattan district attorney's office, observed the boys' interrogation but didn't personally try the case.

Today's birthdays: Actress Kathleen Widdoes ("As the World Turns") is 81. Actor Timothy Dalton is 74. Comedian Brad Hall ("Saturday Night Live") is 62. Actress Kassie Depaiva ("Days of Our Lives") is 59. Actor Matthew Broderick is 58. Actress Laura Allen is 46. Actress Sonequa Martin-Green ("Star Trek: Discovery," "The Walking Dead") is 35. Actor Scott Eastwood ("The Longest Ride") is 34. Actress Jasmin Savoy Brown ("For the People") is 26. Actor Forrest Wheeler ("Fresh Off the Boat") is 16.

— The Associated Press


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