Walters Worries About Couric; Rudy Heads To New Hampshire

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Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Barbara Walters fears Katie Couric, Charlie Sheen bails out Lenny Dykstra, and Rudy Giuliani is headed to New Hampshire

  • Katie Couric will make her departure from the CBS Evening News official later this week, but Barbara Walters isn't excited about the thought of Couric hosting a daytime talk show--especially one on ABC, Walters's home network. A source says The View co-host got "really worked up" by the Couric-to-daytime rumors and that the 81-year-old Walters is "very worried that Katie is going to muscle in on her territory." Couric has already met with ABC News president Ben Sherwood "at least once" to discuss a move to the network. [Gatecrasher]
  • Rudy 2012? The former New York City mayor will be in New Hampshire next month for a house party hosted by Ovide Lamontagne, the influential Granite State Republican fundraiser who has already hosted similar events for GOP White House hopefuls Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum. Giuliani also made a stop in New Hampshire in March. [New York Observer via New Hampshire Union Leader]
  • Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra was briefly considered a financial wizard before the recession and subsequent investigations revealed a less successful, less law-abiding side to the outfielder's persona, but at least he still has his friends. Two weeks after Dykstra was arrested for embezzling $400,000, he's free on bond--but only after Charlie Sheen posted the $22,000 bail. Said Sheen: "The rendition guilty trolls that kidnapped my dear friend Nails clearly forgot that he's a fellow Vatican assassin and his best pal is a warlock." [TMZ]
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Zack Galifianakis, Spike Lee, and taxi cab magnate Andrew Murstein were among the celebrity New York Knicks fans who received words of encouragement from Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce following Sunday's loss. "Don't worry," said Pierce to the notables seated courtside, "you guys are on the right track, All you need are one or two more pieces to the puzzle and you'll be in contention for a title." [Page Six]
  • 21 Jump Street launched Johnny Depp's career and now he's repaying the favor. Depp is close to signing on for a "small, uncredited cameo" in the upcoming movie version of the 1980s undercover cop series, set to star Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. [Entertainment Weekly]

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