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Names in the News - May 3, 2007

Staff Report • May 2, 2007 at 11:57 AM

NEW YORK - The talk show must go on. Ellen DeGeneres, who injured her back over the weekend, is hosting her syndicated talk show from a hospital bed on the set.

"No, I'm not being lazy," DeGeneres, 49, told her TV audience on Tuesday. "I'm forced to bed rest right now. ... And, let me just start by saying I'm on pills."

DeGeneres - wearing a pajama-like top and a blanket over her legs - said she "tore a ligament and did something to something else" on Sunday when leaning over to pick up her dog in her kitchen, and, as a result, isn't able to "sit, to move or to do anything."

"This is not a sweeps stunt. ... This is not like what Regis (Philbin) did - that whole bypass surgery," she joked.

All guests sat upright in separate adjustable beds on Tuesday's show. The first guest was Ryan Seacrest, who was wheeled out onstage. "This is a first for me to be in bed with you," the "American Idol" host told DeGeneres, who said she'd like to find him a girlfriend.

Also making an appearance was DeGeneres' doctor, Fred Lerner, who said he expected she would stay in bed for about a week. "I'm hoping in a few weeks, we can see you dance here," he said.

NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi will be the first act to rock "The Rock," the state's newest arena, officials said Wednesday.

The band will play several shows at the Prudential Center starting Oct. 26, said Pat Smith, a spokesman for AEG New York/New Jersey, part of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which is booking concerts and special events for the arena. The number of shows has not been determined, he said.

The $365 million arena, which will be home to the New Jersey Devils of the NHL, is under construction in downtown Newark. It can seat 19,500 for concerts.

The band, whose hits include "You Give Love a Bad Name," includes lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, a native of Sayreville.

The arena gets its name from Prudential Financial Inc., the Newark-based financial services and insurance giant whose symbol is the Rock of Gibraltar.

Tickets for Bon Jovi go on sale in mid-June.

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