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Conan's ''Tonight Show'' debut and Jennifer Hudson's pregnancy made news the week of May 29, 2009

Paging obstetrics: ER’s Parminder Nagra, 33, and husband James Stenson, 34, welcomed son Kai David Singh Stenson on May 19 in L.A…. My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, 32, and wife LynZ, 33, greeted daughter Bandit Lee Way on May 27 in L.A…. Kimora Lee Simmons, 34, and Djimon Hounsou, 45, welcomed a son on May 30.

Exene Cervenka, 53, of seminal L.A. punk band X announced June 2 that she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. X’s current U.S. tour will not be affected. Cervenka has a 21-year-old son with ex-husband Viggo Mortensen, 50.

Angelina Jolie, 34, was treated for a minor injury (reportedly a bump on her head and a cut between her eyes) on May 29 after shooting an action scene on Long Island for her upcoming film Salt. Jolie was released from the hospital the same day…. Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan, 47, recently underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his bladder. The band’s tour will resume on June 8 in Leipzig, Germany.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has initiated an investigation into whether TLC’s Jon & Kate Plus Eight is violating child labor laws, a department spokesperson said. ”TLC fully complies with all applicable laws and regulations,” says a rep for the cable network. ”Jon & Kate Plus Eight is no exception.”

On June 1 in L.A., Brandy, 30, reached a settlement with the children of Awatef Aboudihaj, the woman she fatally injured in a 2006 car crash. The singer agreed to pay $300,000 to each of Aboudihaj’s two children. Aboudihaj’s husband has yet to settle his case against Brandy…. An attorney for Rihanna, 21, said that the singer will comply with a subpoena to testify at the preliminary hearing for Chris Brown, 20, on June 22. Brown is charged with assaulting Rihanna in February. In other Brown news, photographer Robert Rosen sued the singer on May 27 in L.A., claiming that a bodyguard assaulted him on March 13 when he tried to snap pictures of Brown. The singer’s lawyer said, ”This is a specious and frivolous lawsuit by one of the paparazzi seeking a payday.”… A League of Their Own star Lori Petty, 45, was arrested on May 30 in Venice, Calif., on DUI charges. The actress allegedly struck a 14-year-old skateboarder with her car; the skateboarder was treated on the scene for minor injuries…. Paparazzo Rick Mendoza sued Britney Spears, 27, on May 29 in L.A. for allegedly running over his foot in 2007…. Phil Spector, 69, was sentenced to 19 years to life behind bars on May 29 in L.A. The legendary producer, who was convicted in April of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003, plans to appeal…. J.D. Salinger, 90, sued a writer who uses the pseudonym John David California for unspecified damages in NYC on June 1, seeking to stop the publication of an unauthorized sequel to his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye. According to the reclusive author’s lawsuit, California’s 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye ”is a rip-off pure and simple.”… American Express sued Courtney Love, 44, on May 27 in L.A. federal court, claiming that the singer owes them $352,059.67 in unpaid bills. Love’s attorney says the credit card charges are largely fraudulent: ”If the charges were legitimate, of course they’d be paid. Courtney has been the victim of people using her identification over the years.”… Country star John Rich, 35, of Big & Rich, was charged on May 28 with assault and harassment, stemming from two earlier incidents involving former Nashville Star contestant Jared Ashley. Rich has denied the charges…. On May 26, Ozzy Osbourne, 60, sued former Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi, 61, for alleged unpaid royalties from band merchandise. — Simon Vozick-Levinson, with additional reporting by Jennifer Boeth

Conan Takes the Tonight Show Reins From Jay
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and the Masturbating Bear were nowhere to be seen, but that didn’t stop Conan O’Brien from beginning his tenure on NBC’s late-night talk-show institution, The Tonight Show, in absurdist style on June 1: The host ”ran” from New York to Los Angeles, only to realize that he’d left the keys to his new Universal City studio back in the Big Apple. With former Late Night sidekick Andy Richter serving as announcer, and Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam appearing as guests, O’Brien became the show’s fifth host in 55 years. ”I think I timed this moment perfectly,” he told the audience. ”I’m on a last-place network, I moved to a state that’s bankrupt, and tonight’s show is sponsored by General Motors.” (O’Brien notched a 7.1 in preliminary overnight ratings, the highest for a Tonight Monday telecast in more than four years.) Three days earlier, Jay Leno vacated his post graciously — with O’Brien as his last guest — and sentimentally showcased all 68 children born to Tonight Show staffers during his 17 years behind the desk. (The late-night king ended his reign with a hefty 8.8 overnight rating.) Leno’s goodbye was understandably understated, given that he’ll be Jaywalking to prime time in just three months: The Jay Leno Show debuts Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. — Dan Snierson

J. Hud: ”That’s a goal — get married and have a family”
Is Jennifer Hudson, 27, about to become a mom? Longtime friend Felicia Fields told the Chicago Tribune that the Oscar winner, who’s engaged to former I Love New York 2 contestant David Otunga, 29, gathered her closest pals to celebrate in her hometown of Chicago on May 30: ”It was a baby shower, a quiet gathering of friends and mostly family….They’re really trying to keep it kind of quiet.” Hudson’s reps would neither confirm nor deny the reports, but back in March, the Dreamgirls star told EW that motherhood was definitely in her future. ”Of course I want to have some kids. I want little bigheaded babies,” Hudson said. ”That’s a goal — get married, have a family.” — Simon Vozick-Levinson, with additional reporting by Sean Smith