PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Fey, Phillippe among SNL's April hosts

NEW YORK — Tina Fey, Ryan Phillippe and Gabourey Sidibe will be taking turns as ‘‘Saturday Night Live'' hosts this month.

NBC said Thursday that Fey, former ‘‘SNL'' cast member and head writer, is hosting the April 10 show and will be joined by pop star Justin Bieber.

Phillippe is set to host the April 17 show with Ke$ha (KEHSH'-ah) as the musical guest. On April 24, ‘‘Precious'' star and Oscar nominee Sidibe will take on hosting duties and the band MGMT is to perform.

Fey, the star and creator of NBC's ‘‘30 Rock,'' is making her second appearance as host, while Phillippe and Sidibe are first-timers.

Phillippe is in the upcoming film ‘‘MacGruber,'' an adaptation of the ‘‘SNL'' sketch about a hapless special-ops man, played by Will Forte.

Jackson doctor fights to keep medical license

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson's doctor is ‘‘hanging on by a thread'' and must be allowed to continue practicing medicine in order to pay for his defense on a manslaughter charge in the pop star's death, the physician's lawyers said in court papers filed Thursday.

Responding to a bid by the California attorney general to suspend Dr. Conrad Murray's medical license pending trial, attorneys Ed Chernoff and Joseph Low said that the effect would be devastating to the doctor who already faces a slew of financial problems.

‘‘He is, without fear of overstatement, hanging on by a thread,'' the attorneys wrote. ‘‘His ability to pay for his own defense depends almost entirely on his ability to continue to treat patients.''

Hudson now a rep for Weight Watchers

NEW YORK — Jennifer Hudson didn't gain a huge amount of weight when she was pregnant with her son, but it was enough to make her do a double-take when she saw a picture of herself.

Hudson, a former ‘‘American Idol'' finalist who won a best supporting actress Academy Award for ‘‘Dreamgirls,'' has lost the baby weight and more, and she says it's because of Weight Watchers — for which she is the new spokeswoman.