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Fallon will host nods to Leno

Fallon

Jimmy Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his “Tonight Show” predecessor Jay Leno with the nation's top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

The performing arts center announced Wednesday that Fallon will join Chelsea Handler, Jerry Seinfeld, Wanda Sykes, Betty White, Kevin Eubanks and others in honoring Leno with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Leno will receive the prize during a performance by his fellow comedians Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS.

Producer dinged

BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyoncé and Jay Z's daughter was televised Monday on the network's music video countdown show, “106 & Park.”

A source at the network, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the matter publicly, said the producer was suspended after a remark about 2-year-old Blue Ivy's hair.

On Monday's show during a segment about Blue Ivy's hypothetical thoughts during Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, guest host Kar­rueche Tran said: “I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair.”

Stephen Hill, BET's president of music programming and specials, publicly apologized on Twitter.

Tran tweeted that she did not write the joke, and Hill tweeted that it was not Tran's fault.

“We also apologize to her for putting her in that position,” he wrote.

Spacey to sing

He has lied, cheated and killed, but “House of Cards” President Frank Underwood isn't done yet. Next he's going to sing.

Two-time Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey will take time out from filming the third season of the Netflix hit series to show off his vocal talents at a one-night-only gala Sept. 29 at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. The concert will benefit scholarships and grants for emerging artists.

Spacey promises music, a few stories and a surprise guest or two, all backed by a 40-piece orchestra. Tickets, still available, cost $104.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Wayne Osmond is 63. Actress Jennifer Coolidge is 53. Singer Shania Twain is 49. Actor Jack Black is 45. Actor Jason Priestley is 45. Singer Jake Owen is 33. Singer Florence Welch is 28. Actress Quvenzhane Wallis is 11. Reality TV star Alana Thompson is 9.

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