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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Leno would return to 'Tonight' if NBC asked

Jay Leno

Jay Leno

Leno: I'd return to 'Tonight' if NBC asked

NEW YORK -- Prime-time newcomer Jay Leno says he would have rather stayed put at ''The Tonight Show'' -- and if NBC offered him that job again, he'd take it.

In an interview with Broadcasting & Cable magazine published online Monday, Leno hastily added that such a decision isn't his to make.

Conan O'Brien, his successor as ''Tonight'' host after 17 years, is ''doing fine,'' Leno said.

''Conan is in the same position I was in when I took over. It takes a while. Some will like it; some will leave forever and not come back.''

Mel Gibson, girlfriend new parents of girl

LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson and his girlfriend are welcoming the birth of the couple's first child -- making the Oscar-winner a father for the eighth time.

Gibson's publicist Alan Nierob said Monday that Oksana Grigorieva gave birth to a baby girl named Lucia on Friday at a hospital in Los Angeles.

No further details were available.

The 53-year-old ''Braveheart'' star has seven children with his ex-wife, Robyn. She cited irreconcilable differences in her April divorce petition to end their marriage of 28 years.

Grigorieva is a 39-year-old Russian musician. She and Gibson met while filming ''Edge of Reason.'' Gibson is currently filming ''The Beaver,'' directed by Jodie Foster.

George Jones: Today's country music needs new name

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones isn't a big fan of where the genre has moved in recent years.

When asked about what he thought about music by today's top country stars, the 78-year-old said while they are good, ''they've stolen our identity.''

Jones made the comment during a recent interview when asked about music by artists like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.

''They had to use something that was established already, and that's traditional country music. So what they need to do really, I think, is find their own title, because they're definitely not traditional country music,'' he said.