Entertainment briefs – September 22

Wyclef Jean has officially ended his bid for Haiti’s presidency.

Jean quits politics to promote album

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Wyclef Jean has officially ended his bid for Haiti’s presidency.

A statement sent Tuesday by his publicist says the singer is leaving Haitian politics to promote a new album.

Jean’s candidacy ended last month when the Caribbean country’s eight-member provisional electoral council left him and more than a dozen other hopefuls off the ballot. Nineteen candidates were approved.

No official reasons were given for the exclusions. Jean is presumed not to have met constitutional requirements including living in Haiti. He lives in New Jersey.

The announcement ends speculation the singer would contest the disqualification, though the council does not allow appeals.

The election is slated for Nov. 28.

Lohan satisfied with E-Trade settlement

NEW YORK — A lawyer says Lindsay Lohan is “satisfied” to have resolved her $100 million New York City lawsuit over an E-Trade television commercial featuring talking babies.

Lawyer Anand Ahuja said Tuesday the Mean Girls movie star reached a settlement with the brokerage before withdrawing the lawsuit a day earlier. Ahuja and an E-Trade Financial Corp. spokeswoman say the terms of the agreement are confidential.

Lohan had claimed E-Trade was referring to her in a Super Bowl ad that featured babies talking about a “milkaholic” named Lindsay.

Lohan spent two weeks in jail in California this year for violating her probation in a 2007 case involving drug use and driving under the influence.

E-Trade called Lohan’s claims meritless. It said Lohan isn’t the world’s only Lindsay.

Winfrey on ‘Sesame Street’

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey will be sounding off when she lends her famous voice to the season opener of Sesame Street.

Sesame Workshop has announced that Winfrey will voice an animated segment called “The O Show.” In the spoof, the letter O will host her own talk show with guests including Otto the Orangutan and Ophelia the Octopus.

Sesame Street debuts its 41st season on Sept. 27 on PBS.

Other celebrities taking part during the season include Wanda Sykes, Jason Bateman, Colin Farrell and Katy Perry.

Cher ending Vegas gig

LAS VEGAS — Cher’s final curtain on her headline show on the Las Vegas Strip is set for Feb. 5 after about 200 shows.

Officials at the Caesars Palace hotel-casino said Tuesday that tickets for Cher’s final run of shows starting Jan. 11 will go on sale Saturday.

The last show ends a three-year residency for the iconic singer known for over-the-top costumes, elaborate showmanship and hits spanning several decades.

Cher’s departure from the 4,300-seat Colosseum theatre will come about one month before Celine Dion returns March 15 to start her second engagement. Her first five-year run grossed more than $400 million.

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