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'Bachelor' in reality

"The Bachelor" host Chris Harrison is going be a bachelor again.

A spokeswoman for the 40-year-old TV personality said Thursday that Harrison and his wife are ending their 18-year marriage.

Harrison has hosted the ABC dating series and its various spin-offs since "The Bachelor" debuted in 2002.

"Though we have made this incredibly difficult decision to separate, our love and mutual respect remain, and we look forward to sharing in the lives of our wonderful children," the couple said in a joint statement.

They have two children together.

The eighth season of "The Bachelorette" is set to premiere May 14.


Kim wants faster divorce

Kim Kardashian's attorney told a judge Friday that the reality star wants her divorce from Kris Humphries to move forward but that the case has been slowed by the NBA player's hurt feelings and his desire for an annulment.

Humphries' attorneys said they needed more time to gather information to decide whether to pursue allegations that the couple's 72-day marriage was a fraud. Proving the allegations would likely require a trial, which Kardashian's attorney Laura Wasser said could prove costly to her estranged husband.

The couple was married last summer in a lavish, star-studded and televised ceremony, but Kardashian filed for divorce on Oct. 31. Humphries responded a month later asking for an annulment, claiming the couple's nuptials were based on a fraud, but not laying out specific evidence.

"I feel that [Humphries'] personal feelings and maybe some media drive is keeping this case alive," Wasser said. She said the couple is eligible for a divorce since it has been more than six months since Kardashian filed her petition.

"Certainly, they've been separated longer than they've been married," Wasser said.

She said if the case goes to trial and Kardashian wins, she will ask that Humphries pay her hefty legal fees. Currently, Kardashian wants each side to pay their own fees.

The comments came during a routine hearing Friday in which a judge allowed Humphries' Minnesota attorney, Lee Hutton, to take part in the case.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Moloney told both sides to return to court on Aug. 15 for a status hearing.


Celebrity birthdays

Sunday: Singer Bob Seger is 67. Actor George Clooney is 51. Actress Gabourey Sidibe is 29.

Monday: Actress Traci Lords is 44. Actor Breckin Meyer ("Herbie: Fully Loaded," "Road Trip") is 38.

Tuesday: Comedian Don Rickles is 86. Drummer Alex Van Halen of Van Halen is 59. Actress Melissa Gilbert is 48. Singer Enrique Iglesias is 37.

Wednesday: Actor Albert Finney is 76. Guitarist Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly and The Crickets is 75. Actress Candice Bergen is 66. Actress Rosario Dawson ("Grindhouse," "Josie and the Pussycats") is 33.

Thursday: Singer Donovan is 66. Singer Bono of U2 is 52. Actress Lauren Potter ("Glee") is 22.

Friday: Comedian Mort Sahl is 85. Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo ("24") is 60. Actor Cory Monteith ("Glee") is 30.

Next Saturday: Composer Burt Bacharach is 84. Actor Emilio Estevez is 50. Actor Malcolm David Kelley ("Lost") is 20.

-- From News and wire services