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Names in the News - March 22, 2007

Staff Report • Mar 22, 2007 at 12:57 PM

NEW YORK - Kelly Ripa says Regis Philbin, her co-host on "Live With Regis and Kelly," is back home after having heart bypass surgery last week.

Ripa revealed on Wednesday's show that Philbin, 75, had been released from the hospital two days ago. "We were sworn to secrecy, I don't know why," she said.

"So you couldn't even mention it to me?" asked comedian Howie Mandel, who was filling in for Philbin. Ripa replied: "I don't know if I can mention it to you now!"

Ripa, 36, said Philbin might call the daytime talk show Friday to give an update on his recovery. Philbin announced last week that he was having the surgery.

Headed homeHANOI, Vietnam - Angelina Jolie and her newly adopted 3-year-old son left Vietnam in a private jet on Wednesday, en route to the boy's new home in the United States. The superstar adopted Pax Thien Jolie in Ho Chi Minh City last week, but they later came to the capital city of Hanoi to pick up a visa allowing him to enter the United States. Jolie left a pack of disappointed paparazzi in her wake, fleeing from them before boarding the awaiting Gulfstream jet at Noi Bai Airport. During her week in Vietnam, Jolie spent her time cooped up in luxury hotels, shielding Pax from the photographers that trailed them everywhere. On the few occasions they came out to do adoption paperwork, they traveled in cars with darkened windows and only emerged after parking in basement garages that were sealed off from the media horde. Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, made a surprise trip to Vietnam last November, when they visited the Tam Binh orphanage on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. Pax had been living at the orphanage since he was abandoned as an infant. Jolie filed adoption papers as a single parent because she and Pitt are not married. They have three other children: 5-year-old Maddox, adopted from Cambodia, 2-year-old Zahara, adopted from Ethiopia, and another daughter, Shiloh, born to the couple last year.Judge GeorgeLOS ANGELES - Boxing great, ordained minister and grilling guru George Foreman has added another job to his resume: reality TV judge. Foreman, 58, will be one of four judges on ABC's "American Inventor" when it begins its second season June 6, FremantleMedia North America Inc. announced Tuesday. He will be joined by former NBA executive Pat Croce, British businessman Peter Jones and undergarments entrepreneur Sara Blakely, creator of Spanx. "American Inventor" features inventors from around the country competing for a chance to mass-produce their product and win a $1 million prize.

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