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Friars tap Larry King for dean

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Larry King will soon help rule the roasts at the Friars Club.

The longtime TV and radio host is the new dean of the century-old organization famous for its raunchy celebrity tributes.

The Friars announced Wednesday that King will succeed Freddie Roman and serve for the next two years. The 80-year-old King will assist Friars Club “abbot” Jerry Lewis and the board of directors in overseeing the roasts, dinners and other events.

Radio personality William B. William and vaudeville star Harry Delf are among previous Friars deans.

Payne apologizes

One Direction member Liam Payne says he is sorry for being “stupid and irresponsible” after he was photographed standing on a building ledge 34 stories above the ground.

A photo published Wednesday in British tabloid the Sun shows the boy-band singer standing on the ledge of a high-rise with a city that appears to be London behind him.

The 20-year-old said in a statement that “I regret being there and having a photo taken. It was a stupid and irresponsible thing to do.”

He urged fans not to imitate his “extremely dangerous” behavior.

Pine blasts Russia

Chris Pine says the U.S. should have done more in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics to protest Russia’s anti-gay legislation, which he calls “clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense.”

“I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there,” the 33-year-old actor said in an interview while promoting his film “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” “What’s happening there in terms of gay rights or the lack of it is extraordinary and awful.”

Simpson to marry

Ashlee Simpson is ready to give marriage another try.

The actress and singer is engaged to boyfriend Evan Ross, who is the son of Diana Ross.

The pair announced the news Monday on Twitter.

Simpson was previously married to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz. They have a 5-year-old son, Bronx.

Evan Ross is an actor who will appear in the final two film installments of “The Hunger Games.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Barbara Lynn is 72. Singer Ronnie Milsap is 71. Director John Carpenter is 66. Actress-dancer Debbie Allen is 64. Singer Sade is 55. Actor David Chokachi is 46. Supermodel Kate Moss is 40. Actress Renee Felice Smith is 29.

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