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PEOPLE: TV host, writer Linkletter dies

TV host, writer Linkletter dies

LOS ANGELES -- Art Linkletter, whose ''People Are Funny'' and ''House Party'' shows entertained millions of TV viewers in the 1950s and '60s with the funny side of ordinary folks and who remained active as a writer and speaker through his ninth decade, died Wednesday. He was 97.

Linkletter died at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles, said his son-in-law, Art Hershey, the husband of Sharon Linkletter.

''He lived a long, full, pure life, and the Lord had need for him,'' Hershey said.

Linkletter had been ill ''in the last few weeks time, but bear in mind he was 97 years old. He wasn't eating well, and the aging process took him,'' Hershey said.

Linkletter hadn't been diagnosed with any life-threatening disease, he said.

Linkletter was known on TV for his funny interviews with children and ordinary folks. He also collected their comments in a number of best-selling books.

''Art Linkletter's House Party,'' one of television's longest-running variety shows, debuted on radio in 1944 and was seen on CBS-TV from 1952 to 1969.

DeGeneres to start own record label

NEW YORK -- After a season judging singers on ''American Idol,'' Ellen DeGeneres is delving deeper into the music business with her own label.

The talk-show host was announcing on her show Wednesday that she is starting a label called eleveneleven. Her first act will be 12-year-old Greyson Chance, who recently became a sensation on YouTube with his piano version of Lady Gaga's ''Paparazzi.''

There's no word on when the label will start.

Richter, O'Brien writers to tape TBS special

LOS ANGELES -- Andy Richter and Conan O'Brien's writers will take the spotlight in a TBS special to be taped during a Chicago comedy festival next month.

TBS said Wednesday that the one-hour special, with the working title ''Team Coco presents Conan's Writers Live,'' is scheduled to air June 27. The show will be taped June 17 during the second annual Just for Laughs festival.