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Injury sidelines Lane

Nathan Lane injured his leg during Wednesday’s performance of “The Nance” and had to pull out of the show.According to a spokeswoman for the play, Lane was unable to finish Wednesday night. His understudy went on instead.

In Douglas Carter Beane’s play, Lane plays a “nance” – a show business term for a stereotypically camp homosexual man – who is struggling both with his own identity and frustration at society’s hypocrisy toward homosexuality.

Lane, a Tony winner for “The Producers” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” was nominated for a Tony this year for “The Nance,” which features a large rotating set the actors must navigate as it spins.

Oprah to return to ‘Late Show’

Eight is enough? It is for Oprah Winfrey. The media mogul will visit “Late Show with David Letterman” for the first time in eight years.

Her return, which will take place Thursday, , marks her second visit to the show – the first was in 2005 when she promoted the Broadway musical “The Color Purple,” which she produced.

The 2005 appearance was a historic TV moment (for some). It seemed to signal a burying of the hatchet after a 16-year feud, which, Winfrey implied at the time, was all in Letterman’s head.

This time, Winfrey has a film project in the works and it is in need of promotion. She is heading to the “Late Show” once more to get the word out about her upcoming film “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” a film based on the account of former White House butler Eugene Allen.

Company stands by Deen

The North Carolina-based home furnishings company that markets Paula Deen’s furniture line is sticking with the embattled celebrity chef.

The High Point Enterprise reports that Universal Furniture International will continue to market the Paula Deen Home Collection.

Deen has been under fire since the revelation earlier this year of a legal deposition in which Deen admitted under oath to having used the N-word. Many companies have dropped Deen since the deposition became public.

Gaga to perform at VMAs

Lady Gaga will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards next month. It will be one of her first appearances since having hip surgery in February.

The 27-year-old pop star will perform her new single at the Aug. 25 awards show, which will air live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, MTV announced Thursday.

Gaga sang the national anthem at New York’s Gay Pride last month.

She will release a new album, “ARTPOP,” on Nov. 11.

Honors for Franklin, Jackson

Aretha Franklin and Bo Jackson will be honored at the 2013 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon in Chicago next month.

Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Franklin and Jackson will receive awards Aug. 24 before the annual Civil Rights Game. The luncheon is one of the events surrounding the Civil Rights Game that pay tribute to people who fight for equal rights.