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50 Cent gets probation

Rapper 50 Cent has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to vandalism in a case filed after an alleged fight with his ex-girlfriend earlier this year.

Los Angeles City Attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan says the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was ordered on Monday to pay $7,100 in restitution and take year of domestic violence classes.

Jackson had previously pleaded not guilty to destroying items in his ex-girlfriend’s condo during a June argument. The woman had accused Jackson of breaking down a door and kicking her, but the domestic violence charge was dropped Monday.

Furguson to host game show

Craig Ferguson, the host of the “The Late Late Show” on CBS, is getting another TV gig.

Ferguson will host a game show called “Celebrity Name Game,” in which celebrities team with contestants to identify famous figures.

The show will be launched for national syndication next fall; it was developed by Courteney Cox’s and David Arquette’s company, Coquette Productions. “Deal or No Deal’s” Scott St. John will serve as its showrunner.

The Scottish-born Ferguson will remain the host of “The Late Late Show,” which he has fronted since 2005.

Jay Z comments on protest

Jay Z has broken his silence over pressure to shutter his forthcoming holiday collection for Barneys New York, and the hip-hop mogul says he’s being unfairly “demonized” for not responding to protests.

After two high-profile incidents of young shoppers – both of whom were black – being questioned after purchases from Barneys, an online protest emerged calling on the multi-platinum star to withdraw his support from the luxury retailer., a site that has previously taken rappers like Rocko, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne to task over controversial lyrics, launched the petition last week and has already garnered more than 16,300 signatures.

Jay Z made his first statement on the flap by issuing a statement on his website on Saturday.

“I move and speak based on facts and not emotion,” the statement said.

“I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys.”

Brooks’ Vegas show to air

Garth Brooks is taking his intimate one-man Las Vegas show to live television.

A news release issued Monday says CBS will broadcast Brooks’ performance at the Wynn Las Vegas live on Nov. 29.

Brooks came out of retirement in 2009 for a series of occasional gigs at Steve Wynn’s invitation. Brooks formally ended that run after three years, but has played occasionally since then.

The broadcast will be his final performance of the show, which has mostly been Brooks with just his guitar exploring his musical influences with fans.

From News and wire service reports.

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